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  1. Hi Grant, At first I thought to myself Chinese Snow Shoes but now a little more progress has been made I've changed my mind, I'm now thinking along the lines of a means of assisting with Child Birth, I think it's the Leather Straps and the Stirrups that's doing it. Your storage cabinet's look great mate, really nicely done. All you need to do now is to build somewhere to store the storage units, and don't forget the bike needs dusting. Bet your glad I'm back aint ya. Be Good my Friend mobbsie
  2. Hi Donn, That planking is a lovely colour mate. I bet you hated treenails in the end didn't you, so many and yet, sorry to say, there's more to come, a lot more. Keep up the good work mate. Be Good mobbsie
  3. Hi Bob, Embrace the Ratlines mate, don't arf make you appreciate the rest of the boat, for not liking them you made a awful good job on them. Good luck with the running rigging, no doubt you'll do your usual superb job. Be Good mobbsie
  4. Hey Denis, You got enough sauce without nicking it, serves you right if you got your knuckles rapped. Just found you my friend and your making some rapid progress, it's not been without it's problems so far and I have to say you've mastered them very well. Gonna follow you now if I may, you don't get rid of me that easily mate. Be Good mobbsie
  5. Hi Guys, Thanks for the good words and the likes gents, most appreciated. It's about time I gave an update and that will be happening very soon, I must admit to have taken a short break but I am back in the game now. Gary, I will PM you and let you know my thoughts. rony, When doing the planking I use "Push Pins", these have a shoulder on them which leans onto the plank and keeps them in place, to cement them, I first soak the planks for 10 - 15 minutes, wipe off any surplus water and then use a thick super glue gel, you have to be quick and accurate as the glue will set in seconds, it can also be a bit messy if you get it wrong. Hope that answers your question mate. Denis, I promised you some better pictures of the deck with the lighter coloured treenails, hope these do the job mate. OK, now for a quick update, second planking is now complete and as you will see it does look a little different, because below the waterline will be coppered I didn't want to use all my Swiss Pear and so used the kit Walnut to finish off. As you can see I haven't put the stem or keel in yet, they were the next job to be done, unfortunately no pictures. Coppering has started, and finished, I used the individual plates as supplied by Caldercraft, I like these plates and they are easy to work with, my one problem was that I didn't have a plan to work to and so it was a case of trial and error, believe me when I say there were a lot errors. My next move was to lace a 2mm x 2mm strip along the top of the waterline, this was painted black prior to gluing on but that will be for the post. That's it for now gents. Be Good mobbsie
  6. Hi Denis, Not the easiest ship to build mate and you made a superb job of her, well done. If your going to take on the Hood or Missouri your going to need a bigger shipyard, good luck with that mate. Happy Holidays mate. Be Good mobbsie
  7. Hi Donn, Nice job on the bow filler mate, I assume you faired the bulkheads so you get a smooth lay of the planks, the pictures don't show it unless I'm missing something. The one thing you will find with this boat is the there is an extraordinary amount of sanding to do, she's a big boat with a lot of wood. The planking is looking good and treenailing will enhance it greatly, if you go with the pencil be careful you don't smudge the lead along the decking. I'm enjoying what your doing mate and for only a second build she's looking good. Well done. Have a lovely Christmas and New Year. Be Good mobbsie
  8. Hi B.E. I missed the start mate, hope there's room to fit a little fat man in. You've made a great start and that Stem looks the business. You gotta love Proxxen, all my model power tools are Proxxen, they do have their limitations though, if I had had more knowledge when I got them I think I would have been a bit more discerning, still hindsight and all that. Have a good Xmas and New Year mate. Be Good mobbsie
  9. Hi Donn, Your making some rapid progress mate and so far all looks good. Before you go too far make sure you fair the forward and stern bulkheads, this is critical in order to get a smooth bend when planking. From memory which is a little shaky nowadays there is a lot of it to do. You may need to put some kind of filler in between the Stem and No 1 Bulkhead to assist with getting that bend right. I watch on with interest mate. Don't forget to enjoy the process. Be Good mobbsie
  10. Hi Denis, She's looking really good mate. With regard to your slack rigging, have you tried soaking the thread in diluted PVA and hanging it up to dry with a weight attached to the bottom, run a finger down its length when wet to stop any blobs of glue. When it's dry it will be quite rigid. It worked for me in the past mate. Keep up the excellent work Be Good mobbsie
  11. Hi Guys, Thanks gents for your kind comments and the likes. I have been consumed and totally blinkered with my central heating and getting it fixed, it's been out for the last 3 weeks but it's sorted out now and were back on track, it's surprising how many ways there is in trying to keep warm and I'm keeping a lot to myself. Grant, that my friend is exactly what I going to do, I found that after a short time the patina was flaking off leaving a dirty brown metal base, not a pretty sight. Popeye, I haven't tried spraying lacquer on but I'm thinking that it may stabilise the surface and stop further reaction but I'm not sure if it would stop the flaking, I'm putting this test / experiment to bed now but that's not to say it will stay there, never say never. Kier, the answer to your question mate is that I'm retired, I retired in 2011. I have a wonderful wife who is quite happy for me to spend as much time as I like in my boatyard, thinking about it does seem strange because she positively encourages it. She takes on all the garden chores and some house DIY. I don't think she likes me very much ha ha. OK time for an update. I have completed the Gundeck planking, although I'm not completely happy with it mainly due to the boxiness of the joggleing, I'm hoping that the deck furniture will detract from this. For the Treenails I used some Lime sawdust, I drilled 0.6mm holes and mixed up a paste of sawdust and diluted white glue. I then tackled the Stern Counter, this is made from 0.8mm ply and from the start fitted nicely, this was glued, sanded down and planked using 4 x 1mm Swiss Pear. Next up was fitting the Wale and Black Strake, the kits 4mm Walnut was substituted for Swiss Pear, the positioning of the first plank is critical in that the measurement to the gun ports varies along the length of the gun port pattern. Once this first plank is laid the second buts up tight beneath it, these form the Wale, for the Black Strake a piece of 0.5 x 4mm Walnut is fitted to the top plank of the Wale. , I then painted the Wale and Black Strake dull black using Admiralty Paints, I also marked the waterline although this will be planked over. I will be posting another photo of the Gundeck as there is far too much shine and also the Treenails cant be seen. That's it for now guys, see you soon. Be Good mobbsie
  12. Hi Mike, I made a few tests all with varying degrees of success and failure, the upshot is that I will not be using artificial aids to bring about patination. I used Caldercraft's individual plates on my last test, I painted them with a Red Wine Vinegar and Miracle Grow, I got a good colour on them but after about a week it started to chip off leaving a dirty brown base metal beneath, not a good look. It could I suppose be argued that when a colour your happy with has been reached it could be sprayed with a lacquer to stop further reaction (not tried), but I have decided to put this one on the shelf until it raises it's head again. I'm going to plate Pickle, rub the plates with wire wool and leave the atmosphere to do the rest. I will with your permission post a picture to show my best result, but even this has started to peel since the picture was taken. Be Good mobbsie
  13. Hi Andy, It's great to see back mate and resuming with your leviathan, I'd forgotten just how big she is. I was sorry to read about your work but I was more concerned to read of the problems with your eyesight. I can only hope that all will be resolved and that your returned to both full employment and full fitness very soon. Take care my friend mobbsie
  14. Hi B.E., I see you painted the stern sheets and added a storage box and hinges, nice touch mate. Nice job on the windlass and your oars ain't shabby either, altogether she's a lovely little boat. Be Good mobbsie
  15. Hi Bob, I can only agree with what they all said mate, truly fantastic. Be Good mobbsie

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