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  • Birthday 10/20/1961

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  1. I've shortened the legs on the stand and it looks better, still seeing what I like. The rudder is fitted and it looks just like the real one. Tiller is next on the agenda.
  2. Ouch! I feel for you Keith One of the most important skills of the modeler is the ability to overcome such an error and I know you'll come up with an interesting fix
  3. I'm trying to decide if I like this idea for a display stand. I want something that isn't flash so it doesn't detract from the model and I want it tall enough that I can display the boat with the centre board deployed. I came up with this stand which is inspired by the stand I built the full size boat on. The oars can be stowed on the stand below the boat.
  4. Can someone tell the four oarsmen of the apocalypse their oars are ready! I scraped the back of the leather to thin it down and it seemed to work reasonably well, made a clamp jig with all the holes in it for the lacing and tapped a brass nail through each hole to create the collar then applied glue to each end of the cord so I could poke it through the holes and lace them up.
  5. Just a thought, what about using shellac to glue the pins in, it's cheap, easy to clean up with mentholated spirits AND you could dissolve the joint with metho if you need to remove the shackle.
  6. Time for the oars, first I cut the spruce to 7x7mm at 1 foot, yes I'm throwing in an imperial measurement because the oars are 8 feet long so at 1:8 scale... 1 foot! I beveled off the corners and sanded down until I had 5mm diameter shafts. Next was the blades and the shafts are too thin and flexible to plane 80mm long flats for the blades to attach to so I cut more spruce 7x 16x 80mm then had to find a way to accurately drill a 5mm hole through them. Answer, remember that the lathe headstock has a 3mt taper as does the mill so place the mill chuck in the headstock, insert about 5mm of the 5mm drill bit to leave enough length to go through the 80mm blade then pack up the blade blanks in the tool post and feed into the drill. Glue blanks onto shafts then a little planing and sanding.....
  7. There's some very nice work going on there and I'm really enjoying the difference between your traditional type of boat and my modern glued lapstrake design.
  8. Thanks Gary Yes I love rowing her and can normally maintain 3.6 knots if the tide isn't against me, 4 knots with a tide. Still a lot to learn about sailing but I love it. One of the putt putt skippers came up to me after the parade on Sunday to have a better look at the boat and commented on how well it rode in the water and that it just "looked right" out on the water. I was motoring with the Torqeedo outboard and had 20 litres of water up forward for ballast so it's good to know I seem to have the ballast correct.

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