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  • Birthday 08/21/1950

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  1. Hi Guys, Thanks for the comments and remarks, always useful. Techtonic, I can see I'm going to have to be on my game if I want to make half a good job of her, I do build for myself so tend to run wild sometimes so every now and again I need to be reigned in. The masts are not fitted permanently yet, I still have to stain then and fit them out, it's my intention to run with full sails, the material has been dyed cut and the sails made, just waiting for the boss to run them up on the sewing machine, not something she enjoys, but we have to crack the whip now and again dont we. Next step for me is to step the masts and fix them in place, and then were coming to the part I hate, Ratlines, I get in a right old pickle doing them but its a must do job and can be made to help the ship look good. Right, I hope you enjoy the pics, it's actually happened Grant. Usual finish gents, comments and remarks always welcome, even suggestions.
  2. Hi Sjors, The kits are ok in that most parts fit reasonably well, my beef with OcCre are the instructions or should I say the lack of them. There is so much guesswork involved with them I almost feel like a detective. Were getting there though, I must post a pictorial update soon but I'll bring you up to date. All the deck furniture is on and I have an issue here, it appears that the cabins are out of scale to my anyway, the Bowspit is made up and fitted with just a few bits to go on, you know the sticky out bits that get broken to easily, they wont go on until ready for rigging. The fore mast and main mast are almost complete, they've been stepped but not completely fixed, still a fair ways to go and I have the added problem of having to fix the sails, should be fun. So there we have it in a nut shell mate just a whistle stop info tour to bring you up to date. Stay Safe mobbsie
  3. Hi Techtonic, Thanks for looking in and the comments and remarks, I checked out the center chain plate and you were right, port and starboard plates were too far apart. I have now moved the chain plate on the starboard side so the gap is somewhat reduced, also the deadeyes were at the wrong end of the plate, with not a lot huffing and puffing they were repositioned so the whole thing is now closer together. I think (not sure) but I think I was thinking of what you said about the chains fowling the line of the gun ports so after all that, it turns out to be your fault (not really). With regard to the angle of the plates I'm afraid they are going to stay as they are, there's a bit too much of a risk of doing some real damage and I dont want that, I think its a case of most people wont notice and there are no ship builders in my area. King Plank has been fitted and I made a couple of puddings for the mast bases, sure to get a comment about them. I'm just building a cooker to fit under the fore deck, it's not going to be an elaborate job but it should look the part. Thanks again for the comments, they are appreciated. Stay safe mobbsie
  4. Hi Grant, RobP1025 and Techtonic, Thanks for looking in guys and for your comments, with regard to the center plank and I know it's slightly lower than the others it was my intention to wait and put the plank in when the hatches and stairways are fitted. I do have a plank long enough and a little wider than whats there and I could put it in now, this is what becomes of leaving a hobby for so long, my own fault, so whats the consensus of opinion, place it in now or wait for the deck furniture to go in, I dont mind either way, let me know please. It is a little higher than the rest of the decking, about 1 mm, I could shamfer the edges to bring it in line or leave it proud. Just checked out your Beagle Techtonic and it's looking very busy, it's a lovely build to well done so-far, seeing your deck configuration has made my mind up, I'm going to shamfer the edges and put it in. We'll see what happens in the future. Be Good and Stay Safe mobbsie
  5. Hi Guys, The center plank was left out because it is the center plank, otherwise known as the master plank, it is slightly wider and all deck calculations come from the plank. Most ships will have it built in, or so i'm led to believe. I'm open for correction if i'm wrong. I have an up date to the log which I hope hope most will find interesting if not entertaining. I dont like the stern on this ship and as I was working on it I had it between my knees, (these are my third clamp). I must have put too much pressure on the ship because it disappeared from between my legs and hit the floor with a resounding thump, after having cooled down and let the air change color back something like normal I picked her up only to find the the Fore Peak had snapped off. The only way I was going to repair it was by cutting more of the peak away and cutting a new one, Iv'e never done this before but it's only because of the experience and advice over a long period that I took it on, no need to worry, it all came out well, the new Fore Peak looks ok. The ship is coming together well and I'm making good progress on her, the hull is complete with all the chains plates on, looks ok. Enough written word, it's picture time, dont forget I'm open to all comments good or bad, if you have a bad one the give me a suggestion as well. mobbsie
  6. Good Morning Gentlemen, When I wrote my first post in the forum just lately, I said that I wanted to build the Surprise but that I wanted the Jotika version, well, I'm very sad to say we aint getting it, not any time soon anyway. I spoke with Cornwall Model Boats and they confirmed my worst fears within the modeling world. With all the publicity they pushed onto us and then to just abandon the project without saying a word to their bread and butter buyers astounds me, so there we have it guys, if you want to build the Surprise its going to have to be Mamola or one of your own preferred manufacturers. Sorry to be the bearer of sad tidings gents but there we have it. Be Safe mobbsie
  7. Hi Guys, here goes, my first build log for what seems like a decades. Unfortunately I had already started the kit before coming home to M.S.W. The hull is almost completed with a bit more planking to be done, that is so different to what i'm used to, the first planking is really thick, I suppose because there's a lot of sanding to be done, the second planking is so different, it's almost like paper its that thin, so that was my first shock, my second was that all Blocks, Dead eyes are all made of plastic, they are all one size as well 4 mm so all will need replacing. The ropes are quite poor quality and so again all will need replacing, so a rope walk is on the menu ans also a rope server. With regard to the white metal parts again all will require a lot of working on or replacing, on a plus note the stand is nice. I went quiet on the Forum for a week or so because I was attempting to build a rope walk and server, I did end making them but they are of such a poor quality that I cant use them, while testing them I had to make so many running repairs it turned out to be a complete waste of time and money, one good thing is that I learned to duck quickly in order to miss the flying plates, not doing that again. So I will show a few photos so you can see my progress so far. Any and all comments good or bad are more than welcome. mobbsie
  8. Hi Guys,

    Well here we go again, it's all changed and I now have to navigate my way around this wonderful forum. this is way of me letting you know that iv'e not fallen of the planet again and that I really do have a ship to build.  Iv'e been quiet on site because I've been building a rope server and a rope maker, neither of which have turned out very well, it would seem I have forgotten more than I thought and taking the bull by the horns I'm going to have to admit to buying them in the not too distant future, I cant keep wasting my time on projects I know I'll not achieve.

    I'm away off yet before I need these tools so you know the saying," never say never".

    I've got to sort out my pictures so I'll leave now, at least you know I'm around.

    Be Safe Everybody


  9. Hi Sjors, Mind if I jump on the band wagon and follow along, looks interesting mate. mobbsie
  10. Peter, I checked out Chris Wattons Sphinx, what a lovely looking ship, there's going to be a long que for this kit I think. I cant believe he's going to bin it when he's done. I'll wait and see what's happening with the Surprise first. Great to be in contact again Peter. Regards mobbsie
  11. Morning one and all, Thank you all so much for your kind welcome, it's good to be home. I'm currently building the Beagle, as soon as I get to know what I'm doing on site I will post some photos, I still have a long way to go so there should be plenty to see. Regards mobbsie
  12. Thanks Ajohnson, by what name do I call you or are you happy with what you have. If your interested in the Surprise I will let you know what reply I get, if I get one. Regards mobbsie
  13. Hi Christian, Good to hear from you again my old friend, I'm trying to get hold of Jotika now but no reply to my email yet, I dont have the room to build another large ship so it's just the medium size, certainly no more than 38 or a 42 even then they are on the large side. I'll keep you informed as to what is happening with Surprise once I find out. Regards mobbsie
  14. Thanks B.E. its been awhile, feels good to be back. mobbsie
  15. Hi Guys, My name is Tony Mobbs and my user name is mobbsie, I am currently a member of the forum but unfortunately fell by the wayside for various reasons, well for me its time to rejoin the fold and meet up with old friends again. Previous builds are, Agamemnon, HMS Pickle, Bomb Vessel Granado, Viking longboat, Louise Steam Launch and a host of other ships. I don't have a build log at the moment but fully intend to if allowed, I say if allowed because I don't know if the regulators will accept me back into the forum, I hope they do. My ambition is to build the HMS Surprise from Master and Commander fame, I'm awaiting the final development from Caldercraft, it's been several years in the development stage so should be near readiness, i'll have to contact John again. Hopefully I'll be remembered by my friends and accepted back.
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