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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Thwarts are cut and floors are in, and the floors were every bit as fiddly as on the real thing!
  4. 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!
  5. Yeah that sounds like a plan, thanks. I'll have a look for the Creole build. Meanwhile the centreboard case and centreboard are in.
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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!
  10. 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."
  11. 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"
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Greg, the 1:1 molds were stepped to locate each strake and give a flat land on the mold for the strake. The lands between strakes were still planed to give a proper mating surface. So if you took a completed boat and pressed a giant profile gauge into it you'd get the shape of the mold if that makes sense. The stepped molds just worked as a guide so all the strakes overlapped by the correct amount etc. It's very hard to replicate at his scale because the ply is only 0.8mm thick so in this case they are more just guide lines to work to. This pic doesn't show it very well because it's of a concave part of the hull and the next strake did fall flush on the garboard at that mold but was then rebated into the garboard as it flowed to the transom. You can see the step for the third strake and a straight edge placed on that land would hit the edge of the second strake so you remove material from the second strake until the straight edge lays flat on the third strake land and fair it to the next mold etc.
  16. Yes John, it was the same with the full size version. An occasion that called for single malt in that case!
  17. Port garboard is on! I knew I had drawings of the strakes at a small size to show how they went together. As luck would have it the drawing is at 50% of the build size so I just had to double the size and tweek them a bit to make them fit, well the first one anyway. The ply at 0.8mm is easily cut with good scissors which makes life easy and means I can cut the strakes inside, no sawdust!
  18. Now that I have the molds sorted I've been able to attach the transom and the keelson is now glued to the transom with the same strengthening knee I decided to add to the full size boat.
  19. I had a set back with this project. I'm guessing that the heating inside caused the building "spine" to warp a bit so everything went out of whack. I walked away from it for a while! Hopefully the problem is now solved by using different materials and approach. Everything is now clamped and aligned very nicely.. Rather than removing the molds to add glue and re-position them I will cut several small blocks and just glue them into the right angles in the jig so it all stays aligned.
  20. Mate, I've never heard that one. I like "Sucks to be you" as an alternative
  21. Quite appropriate John On that, when Neil Armstrong died I worked for a car dealer, in the workshop. In the lunch room I saw the headline on the paper and said "I saw that man walk on the moon" crickets, tumbleweeds. I was the only one old enough to have seen it 😕

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