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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
  16. Hi Jason I make no suggestions mate but I am really interested to see your remedy, thin the sides or make new Transoms. Looking at the pics I reckon it's gonna be bigger transoms. Nice jig by the way. Be Good mobbsie
  17. Good fix Rusty. I love your rope work mate, really clean and tidy. She's looking a real treat, a real credit to the skills your showing here. Be Good mobbsie
  18. Hi Denis Your making some really good progress my friend, I like the cam on the choppers, sets them off a treat. Good work on the radars mate, bit of a shame you arn't able to use both though. I'm interested to see just what your going to do about the windows on the choppers and the bridge, always a difficult area I think to get them looking credible. Be Good mobbsie
  19. Hi Guys, Its great to have you gents following along, thanks. As I stated in my previous post I'm interested in the patination of the copper plates for this little boat and so I conducted a few tests to see which gave the best results, here are my findings, I hope you find them interesting. First up was to fix 10 plates onto small boards x 4, a gentle rub down with some wire wool to remove any protection. I mixed two solutions of Tomato feed and both Red Wine Vinegar and White Wine Vinegar, once these had dissolved completely I then brushed the mixes onto two of the boards and set aside. Next to mix up Miracle Grow Soluble plant food with Red Wine Vinegar and the same plant food with White Wine Vinegar, again when dissolved the plates were brushed with the mixtures. Here are some pics after approx 2.5 hour's. First up is the Tomato feed mixtures Red Wine Vin on the left, White Wine on the right. Not a lot of change and so it's not worth bothering with. Next up is the Plant food mixtures. First is the White Wine mix. After a couple of weeks I'm still getting changes, the samples have turned to a Bronze colour. Next is the Red Wine mix, this turned out the best to my mind. The times on the right of the boards is the time on the same day. The Red wine mix again is still changing and has a vivid green hue to it, one problem is that its very fragile in that it rubs off easily. Another problem could be the method of applying the mix, as you can see the mix stains the back board so if using this stuff BE CAREFULL. OK, back to the build, The Gunport pattern is now fixed in place, The first plank of the first planking has been fixed. The first planking is now completed with no major problems, that's a first for me I can tell you. I also made a start on the Gundeck, I don't think the deck is going to give me any trouble to fit and so I thought it would be easier to plank the deck prior to fixing in the boat. I decided to change the planking from 1 x 4mm Tanganyika to 1x4mm Swiss Pear, I cut the Waterways from a sheet of 0.5mm Lime. I looks as if the outer planks are beginning to splay out but that is just the camera angle. Christian, Binnacles were usually positioned just in front of the ships wheel so that the helmsman could steer his course, a lot were moveable and used to be cleared away below deck when the ship was called to action stations. That's all I have for you at the moment gents, just as soon as I have more I'll stick it up. OK gents that's me for now. Be Good mobbsie
  20. Thanks Gents, Apologies for the ropey start guys, just a bit out of practice in both setting up the log and downloading into it, in my defence it's been a pig of a day with Plumbers and Electricians trying to fix my Central Heating System, I'm sure most of us have experienced that type of thing before. I have also been following a discussion in Landlubber Mike's log about copper plate patination, I tried out a few tests and I will post the findings in my next update. It's lovely to have you along guys and I hope I don't disappoint you, if I do please say so. That's it Be Good mobbsie
  21. HM Schooner Pickle was entrusted to carry the dispatches from Admiral Cunningham to the Admiralty in London informing them of the victory at Trafalgar and of the sad loss of the Admiral Lord Nelson. Pickle was finally lost in 1808 whilst again carrying dispatches, she ran aground off Cape Santa Maria on the Chipiona Shoal, there was no loss of life. First up we have the obligatory box shots. Nothing too complicated here and I do have a few ideas for some changes, we'll see how things develop. I have made a start on her, the Main Keel and Bulkheads have been glued up and faired to take the first planking. As you can see there is a slight warp in the Keel, this will be removed. It was at this stage I decided to plank the False Deck, it has made it so much easier so far. By fixing the False Deck in place the warp has all but gone, just a slight bow left. Using the Gunport Pattern Former the bulkheads have been faired. So that's it for now, I have made further progress but they can wait until my next post. Its all pretty straight forward so far but I hope you enjoy the pics. As always guys comments and suggestions are always welcome, both good or bad. Be Good mobbsie
  22. Hi Denis, Is it too late to do anything with the hanger doors now or could you chop a section out and turn the chopper around. Your making really good progress and your certainly achieving good results. I may not say much but I am watching from the sidelines and enjoying what I see, keep it up my friend. Be Good mobbsie
  23. She's looking sweet B.E., love the Ivory colour. Have a good break mate, the weather is settling down a little. Be Good mobbsie

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