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  1. Several of my friends seem to have had the coronavirus infection. One confirmed, rest almost for certain but no test. The symptoms are very variable. We suspect we may have had the virus already as we came into contact with the confirmed case 4 days before she became unwell. All the family developed symptoms, again very variable, myself sore throat for 2 days, my wife fever and sore throat for 2-3 days, children a bit all over the place. No way of telling as no testing available and with two very young children in the family, viral infections of all kinds come and go. We of course still take all precautions but it would be nice to know whether one is immune.
  2. Lol, Carl this would mean going to waste the 150 m of rope I spent weeks making! Maybe best to press on...Indeed, Mark, not all countries are continents!😄 In England we are like sardines in a can.
  3. I did a tiny bit of work today but I managed a breakthrough! To complete the rails, I needed discs made of brass at 7 mm diameter with a central hole of 2 mm. I looked for brass washers but could not find them in these exact dimensions. There are Jewellers tools that cut discs of any size but are expensive. I ve been scratcing my head for days now but finally I figured a way to make discs from brass sheet. Needs a fair bit of tools but nothing too specialised. I used the Dremel bit for mounting grinding discs, the screw has a diameter of 1.3 mm. I drew 7 mm circles in thin scrap wood and drilled a 1.3 mm hole in the middle. I cut small pieces of brass with a hole in the middle. I sandwitched it all, mounded the assembly on my cordless drill and started grinding against the rotating disc sander. The result was excellent. This is a process to make a few discs, not for mass production. I opened the hole to 2 mm on my drill press. This needs care as it is easy to make the hole off center This is how each rail is supposed to be, The shaft, the disc and the sleeve at the bottom will all be soldered together. The shaft will be glued through the deck and there will be 4 brass nails through the disc and into the deck. The next photo shows scrap pieces but the final rail will be something like this.
  4. Mark and Carl, it is a BIG baby! Even as a half hull! I think after completion I will take the masts down in all my models and pack them away, to come out in 20 years time... Bedford, I tried the hairdryer and it seemed the wrong tool for the job. The heat gun came in and it was much better, more controlled and consistent. Safer as well as it was the admiral's hairdryer!
  5. Just caught up GL. Great news she is safely back. The boat looks fantastic, I enjoyed going through the planking very much! I am surprised that you had so many straight edges and so little spilling was needed. This is a very elegant hull, pure wood poetry! Bad luck with the crushed wood. 2.5 mm strips can be very hard to bend into place. Did you use any heat? You may have mentioned it but I must have missed it, what wood are you using for the planks?
  6. Well Keith, the Yawl is I think next on line but at 1:10 scale it will be equally huge so the Deben needs to leave the shipyard first (and go where? I do not have the answer)
  7. Thanks GL I used Beadalon wire, I think this is 0.65 mm. This is a great wire as it is encased in a plastic transparent wrap. It is served with ordinary black thread in my home made serving machine. Brass electric wire crimps are used for thimbles. The seizing in these is beadalon crimps blackened with black gesso, as they were made a long time ago but now I would use the smallest size fishing crimps wrapped in thread-this gives a more elegant result.
  8. Regarding Stay Brite 1. Does it have gap filling properties or pieces need to touch as in silver soldering? 2. Do you use a torch or a soldering gun in high setting?
  9. I think maybe another update might be in order as I was allowed to spend quite some time in the garage. First of all, a photo of the finished belaying pins. They have a coat of Tung oil on but the colour of the wood barely changed. I also took a photo of my drill inventory-part of it at least. You can never have enough drills. I did an experiment with seizing the lines. This is wire rope, seized with black thread and encased in shrink tube. The crimps are fishing crimps cut in three. It looks ok I think. One side done. Note that the ropes are not touching but I think after the crimps have been seized with thread they will come closer together. I attached a piece of wire rope to temporarily hold the spreaders in place. The other spreader was badly attached so I had to remove it, fill the pivot hole and re-drill. A few more photos, the boat is large and is difficult to get good shots I also installed the forestay. The bowsprit had taken some nasty bumps over the last few months and I noticed it was loose. I glued it again but I must remember to be careful. With the bob stay on, it should be more secure. Suddenly it feels that the end is very close! A couple more photos
  10. Thanks to all! Deuxey, the shafts on the pins were temporary to allow spinning of the heads for shaping. The pins now have very long shafts that will be cut to length later on Keith,making shackles is easy and actually fun! You will find very useful the thin grinding discs that Proxon sells to cut and shape the brass. Mark, I have drawn up the rigging (most of it anyway) except for the sheets for the jib and staysails-no idea how these will be. There is always the chance I ll need more than I have. I was not aware it is called "becket", learned a new word! Regards Vaddoc
  11. Many thanks to all for your likes and comments. Like many we are not allowed to leave the house so plenty of time to work on the boat! I ve made lots of blocks, many more than these in the picture. I hope they will be enough, making blocks is very complex and time consuming and I would not want to go back to it. I also made two hearts for tensioning the stay sail. I had to make them 4 times before I was finally happy. I then made some belaying pins. I do not want to buy wood at this time so I used whatever I had. I found a 3 mm dowel in my stash, I think it is Birch and used also toothpicks. It was a bit tricky to drill and then shape it but I used a wooden peg which worked very well. I then made the reefing comb, again fully functional with brass sheaves. I then finished and install the spreaders and then attached the 3 pairs of shrouds with shackles I then polished all my shackles. I think they will not be enough but making more is easy and relatively fast. In the end I used CA glue to secure the pin Now, to attach the shrouds and define their length, the mast needs to be up and somehow secure in place. I used scrap wood to secure it in place. I then made some templates from scrap plywood to hold the eyes in a fixed position The (dreadful) figure is 1.75 cm in height. It looks a bit out of scale, I think I ll need to recheck things. On the other hand the Deben is about 7 m long so it is not a big boat. There will be pin rails on the shrouds and I roughly checked the height the need to be placed at for a comfortable reach I will use black shrink tube as Michael suggested earlier in the log, I think it is a very elegant solution. I also got some fishing crimps which I cut to size and should give a very tidy result. However I need a heat gun which I ordered. So waiting for the gun to arrive, I started work on the rails. These proved very fiddly. I need 8 and after I had spent hours making them, I managed to ruin them all by carelessly drilling at random places for the second rope to go through and not parallel to the first rope I realised my mistake after I had marked or drilled all 8 pieces and run out of brass rod. Next day however, I thought of just soldering a piece over and re-drilling. There will be more pieces soldered to the base so I think in the end it will look fine This was good progress and I think I should be able to do a bit more work this week
  12. I ve done this in the past Mark and it can be excellent entertainment, especially in these times of self isolation!
  13. Now these are great news, my very best wishes to you Dan! Vaddoc
  14. Just spoke with a friend of mine in London, 47 y old, recovering from viral infection. Absolutely no doubt this was coronovirus. He is very fit and healthy. Started off with mild symptoms, got worse within a few days, chest pain, throat pain, intense dry cough, sleeping most of the day, fever. Now after two weeks is better, but still has a lot of cough. Mid way he called an ambulance as he could not breath, took 3 hours to come. By that time he was better. Crew told him that people do not get tested. Was not seen by any other health care professional. Many of his friends in London have/had pretty much similar symptoms, none was tested. I now see why mortality in the elderly is so high, this is a nasty bug. I almost envy him, he is now home free in regards to this.

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