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  1. Looking good John, working at ANMM is a bit of a two edged sword isn't it.
  2. The rowlock bases are made and fitted, it's moments like this I really wish I had much smaller and more accurate machining capabilities. I was able to do some on the machine thankfully but the final shaping was done by hand and even at this scale the bases are too small to drill all the screw holes and fit brass nails as screws but after fitting them I realised I could have just drilled small holes and put the shaft of the pin in to represent the screw heads. Too late now. I drilled a 1.5mm hole down through a piece of 3mm brass then used the Dremel cutting wheel in the mill to open the hole up then using the same wheel I cut that edge off the stock and into 6mm lengths for the pivot holes which were then soldered to two layers of 0.25mm brass plate bent at right angles then soldered together to give the 0.5mm thickness required. Next onto the rowlocks themselves
  3. There's more to come but I think it will slow down now because I have to make a lot of fittings before I can build the sailing rig
  4. The stanchions, bearers and cleats for the stern sheets are now in so the next job is varnishing everything I won't be able to get to once the planks are glued down
  5. Thanks Michael, I'll have to see what I can find in leather! You've been pretty quiet lately, nice to see you back on deck.
  6. Stern sheets made, now to do 4 more cleats for the sheet bearers then I can finish of this part of the build and varnish out the hull then glue all the sheet planks in. Then onto the breast hooks etc.
  7. Bow sheets cut and bearers glued in, I have to varnish under the sheets before I can glue them in
  8. It feels like building the real boat, I'm doing pretty much everything the same way only it's nice to be able to pick it up and turn it over or around!
  9. I scraped the hull of the full size version while getting it on the trailer when I sailed it on Tuesday so I had to get the white paint out to effect the repair so while it was out...........
  10. Thanks Keith, she's no Germania but she's going to be a nice model of a knock about dinghy. The mast step is in and the floor boards are cut from left over mahogany. I've been trying to cut small blocks to go between the planks and toggles to hold them down but the wood keeps splintering so I'll glue the planks down and make individual "T" shapes to replicate the original setup, hopefully that will be easier.
  11. Thanks Peter, draw filing is a good option, I'll try milling it first as suggested above but your idea is filed in case that fails. I am no stranger to the (as some see it) mystical world of soldering so I could easily do it in short lengths and solder together.
  12. Thwarts are cut and floors are in, and the floors were every bit as fiddly as on the real thing!
  13. 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!
  14. Yeah that sounds like a plan, thanks. I'll have a look for the Creole build. Meanwhile the centreboard case and centreboard are in.
  15. 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.
  16. 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
  17. 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.
  18. 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!
  19. 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."

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