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  1. I probably should have said this earlier but a lot of stitch and glue builds use cable ties. Easier to tighten than twisting wire.
  2. My friend, slowly but surely it takes shape and from my own experience I can assure you there are myriad ways of handling and holding bits of boat that will present themselves to you in absence of reliable assistance.
  3. "Reasonably representing the real thing" he says while making the most beautifully detailed model!
  4. Gary, I'm always glad to be of service be it confusing or not. The Waratah is great fun, just last weekend myself and the Commodore of the fleet gave her deck a salt water wash and scrub, oh the joy!
  5. I'll answer your prop walk question, or confuse you. I crew a 1902 steam tug named Waratah, she has a right hand prop and the tow hook wasn't generally used because they had been deemed dangerous so a line was made off to the port towing bollard and the wear from the towlines is very evident. The reason the port bollard (which is mounted directly behind the cream coloured superstructure and about 1mtr off centre) was used is because the prop walk wanted to turn the boat to stbd and the tow line to port helped correct it. When coming into our berth if the mas
  6. Yeah I didn't think you'd make a mistake like that but thought it should be pointed out just in case. There are people who really can't get their heads around gears and the like.
  7. Beautiful work Valeriy but unless I'm missing something it appears that one of the "V" cut gears needs to be turned the other way, those teeth won't mesh like that.
  8. I found the perfect collet chuck for holding those tiny nails etc. It was the chuck in an elcheapo dremel knock off I used years ago. Glad I kept the motor part when I chucked the rest out. The chuck was held to the motor shaft with a grub screw so it was easy to remove and does a great job.
  9. In the last pic above you can see two brass studs with conical heads. I have used these throughout the build and they are the small brass nails that come with ship kits. The heads on them are awful so I have reduced them in size and centered the heads by turning the angle into them. To do this in my lathe was difficult because even the jacobs chuck that fits the headstock would not hold them. After I bought a set of ER32 collet blocks and chuck I still couldn't hold them because they are only 0.87mm but I remembered a cheap old dremel knock off I had and the collet chuck was very e
  10. A little bit more hardware, the screw jack and socket for the arm used to turn the gun when aiming (so the vertical and horizontal aiming system) Yes, the wooden handles are belaying pins!
  11. How about some trunnion clamps for want of a better word. I clamped two pieces of brass together in the mill vice, drilled through on centre, separated them and used them as press molds to shape the clamps before bending the brass around to form the hinge. I then filled the rolled brass hinge section with solder before running a drill through it to get a nice round body for the hinge pin. The fixed part of the hinge was milled from bar stock and drilled before being cut off with a slitting saw.
  12. More a display piece I think but it will have some of its associated equipment
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