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  1. Thwarts are cut and floors are in, and the floors were every bit as fiddly as on the real thing!
  2. I've been a bit busy with other things lately but I've finally spent a little time on the lathe and made the handle for the centreboard, the original full size one was much easier!
  3. Yeah that sounds like a plan, thanks. I'll have a look for the Creole build. Meanwhile the centreboard case and centreboard are in.
  4. Mate, I knew I could count on you to consider the finer details I have seen in one of Michael Motts models that he scraped the back of the leather to make it thinner so that's in the back of my mind, still not sure how I'll go actually fitting it though. As for the "D" brass, I can find half round in larger sizes but half round is the wrong shape anyway. Draw a 45mm diameter circle then rule a line 30mm long across it edge to edge and you'll see the kind of profile I need. I was considering making a steel guide with a tangential hole through which I could pull the brass past a mill bit but that would be begging to fail badly. Your idea of gluing it into wood is now at the top of the list.
  5. Yeah, Iain designs beautiful boats and having built it in 1:1 it's pretty easy to replicate at 1:8, they just go together so nicely. The captain comes down to the shipyard to cast his eye over her every now and then
  6. More progress, the exterior of the hull is finished and is ready for paint. I have to work out a way to turn 5mm brass rod into 3mm "D" profile to create the rubbing strips.
  7. Yeah, the mains'l and jib when it's warm enough to go sailing! Meanwhile I've now got the model of my boat half planked!
  8. A few more from Douglas Adams "You live and learn. At any rate, you live." "Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so." "Nothing travels faster than the speed of light with the possible exception of bad news, which obeys its own special laws." "Ah, this is obviously some strange usage of the word 'safe' that I wasn't previously aware of." "The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don't."
  9. Or as Douglas Adams said "Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so"
  10. The beauty of making it is I get exactly what I want. It is short and fat so it fits entirely in my hand and I just have to apply slight pressure as I run along the joint rather than a long contraption that requires greater muscle movement and is therefore less accurate.
  11. I found that letting the next plank into the previous one at stem and stern required a fine chisel or miniature shoulder plane. Found a plane online but a bit much $$ and a bit big so I made a chisel from a short length of 1/8" HSS tool steel and it works a treat! Next problem was applying the glue along the length of the plank without it skinning over due to reverse cycle heating, I needed a quicker way to apply it so I made a glue syringe, it's short and fat (the plunger is 10mm diameter) with a 1mm nozzle. The glue goes on very quickly now.
  12. More progress, both garboards, skeg and keel fitted. On the 1:1 the keel was in 2 pieces joined aft of the centre board slot but on the model it's 1 piece from the fore foot to the transom. I will cut the centre board slot on the mill with a 3mm bit.

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