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  1. When the saw came out of the box, did it come with a fence.....(The straight edge used as a guide for your respective timber)...If not I see this as your major problem. By pushing timber through a saw without a fence the material will want to take it's own course . With a fence or guide ,you are in control.All a guide is ( to make up one) is a length of hardwood 25mmx25mm or 1 "x1"cl;amp it both sides to your desired thickness of the finished cut and away you go .....NOTE always make sure the fence is parallell to the saw blade...hope this is of some help....Have a good day and stay COVID safe
  2. Hi my fellow model makers I'm writing in defence of putting sails on models. As we all have seen some models with and some without sails and I will say from the outset apart from furled sails ,a lot look unrealistic. However I have discovered a small clip on YOUTUBE It is a sales clip for Captain Cooks Endeavour and shows the ship with sails. The sails are nearly all in different stages of being dropped or unfurled and none look tight or false. The builder of the model displays a mastery of depicting a model with sails and I have used the clip a few times freezing it at different stages to get a better look. I would really enjoy it if the model maker had a master class on YOUTUBE.....I also really enjoy Tom Lauria's master classes also on YOUTUBE there is one depicting realistic sail placement.....I hope this is of some help.......We have an amazing hobby....Take care during this Corona virus Build-the-Endeavour-assembly-introduction-720p.mp4
  3. Hi guys, after persevering with threads that come with kits and getting frustrated . I have now discovered waxed thread ( the type used for leather work. ) It comes in all different thicknesses and colors. I find it very easy to work with E.G. threading through blocks etc as it maintains a straight line and sharp point. I do however always drill my blocks out prior to threading, it makes the process so much easier. The finished result ( to me at least ) is very acceptable.I always buy on lineusing EBAY and the thread comes from China at a very inexpensive cost and freight free The company who make the thread is GALACES. It does have a slight sheen in some light so when a model is finished or a separate section I'm working on is complete I will brush over it with a water based flat clear finish ( this also seals the knot. I hope this is some assistance to someone. As I say it works for me and being able to buy in various thicknesses and colors is a great advantage. All I type in is LEATHER WORK THREAD and a whole list of stockists pop up on ebay. Happy building to you all....we have an amazing hobby.....I pity a person retiring who hasn't a hobby........JIM CLELAND
  4. I think a lot of builders are making it hard for yourself. I always stay well clear of oil and spirit based paints and never us finishing oils like Tung oil etc on my work............There are so many lovely acrylic paints on the market ( just remember it's a model and not a real ship) in saying that, you will obtain a more realistic finish with acrylics and they will be a lot more forgiving for you. To obtain a color as close to the real thing as possible, all I do is go to the local hardware or paint shop and look at the 1000's of color swatches they have. When I have selected the right swatch ,I buy a sample pot. Some stores will mix in flat or semigloss .I also have on the shelf a clear acrylic varnish although I hardly ever use it. All I pay is around $ 5.00 for 300ml and that will last many models.. I hope this is of some help. Acrylics are all I use and have never been disappointed. The drying time is fast as well, enabling a fine sand after about an hour if needed. All the best to you and happy modelling...We have an amazing hobby, take care.....Jim
  5. Beautiful work Peter. The ship is amazing and I really like the old mechanism on the docks . It truly is a museum piece.
  6. Hi there shipmates, has any one heard of ZHL MODEL SHIPS. I was just browsing the net last night, as we all do, and came across this manufacturer in China. Looking on YOUTUBE the kits look to be rather extensive in what they offer and their pricing is very competitive. I would just like to know if anyone has bought a kit and what is it like compared to our other manufacturers like MODEL SHIPWAYS etc. Thanks guys it is just a querie . Happy ship building to you all ....We have the best hobby there is and the comaraderie is second to none.....best regards....Jim
  7. I'm sorry Ihaven't answered before . I've just seen the query. I'm building the same kit of the Endeavour The kit came with A3 drawings in the correct size so it is possible to scale direct from the drawings. The instruction book is totally irrelevent. Very badly constructed and not worth reading. If your Fatherinlaw can get the drawings that is all he will need. I would try direct contact to Artesania Latina and requesting purchasing them, in my opinion I wouldn't worry about the instruction book. Conversely he could look on this amazing site as there are many members building the A.L. kit along with many pictures... I hope this helps....All the best...Jim Cleland
  8. Hi to you all on this incredible site. I've been modelling for most of my life, starting at around 7 with Airfix planes and graduating through the ranks to finally wooden boat building (which I think is the epitome of modelling) I'm 70 years of age and always wake with a project in mind. My wife and I have been happily married for 47 years ...no children by choice. She is an artist and I have spent most of my life in theatre designing ,building and painting sets. We live in a beautiful part of South Australia called The Fleurieu Peninsula. Our home is near the ocean and we have some of Australia's best wine on our doorstep. Our area specialises in Shiraz and has won many awards over many years. We are both fortunate to have a workshop each. My wife has her studio filled with skylights and a magnificent view over the ocean while I have my workshop with numerous tools etc. We have both been retired for about 5 years and travelled extensively seeing what our beautiful country has to offer .Since retirement I've finished the AL...Scot tish Maid and am currently building the A,L. ...Bluenose11.....I like the Artesania Kits but the next one will be the Charles W. Morgan by Model Shipways......I consider the Model Shipways company to be the epitome of model kits Well my friends that's all for now ,happy boat building to you all and I thank you all for some amazing insights to our incredible hobby.
  9. What an incredible job. Well done . This could be enlarged for a roll in a movie ,the detail is first class. Exceptional work......Jim Cleland Aldinga Beach South Australia I love our hobby..................................
  10. Excellent work Jaager, thanks for your fast response, I'll try it out. Thanks once again
  11. Hi all model makers. I love our hobby ,the only thing that scares me when building is doing the name on the boat and scroll work if needed. I grew up with applying decals to all my plastic kits and that was easy. However , I'm just about nearing the end of the Bluenose by Model Shipways . The build has been a labour of love but always in the back of my mind was the dreaded lettering and scroll work , If you could offer some advice I would be most grateful. Thank you all and happy boat building....Jim
  12. Beautiful work Tim, you must be proud. What is your next kit? I have the Scottish Maid , Endeavour and Bluenose 11.... So far have half completed the Scottish Maid..... It's a great hobby . Been building models since I was a young boy. Now 70. It's the perfect retirement hobby (for me anyway). Once again congratulations on a museum quality build....Jim Cleland.... South Australia
  13. Building ships is not about speed but the journey. Everything is a special build in itself. What a great hobby we have.
  14. Beautiful work , by a master......well done. from Jim in Australia
  15. Thanks Chris ,sorry about the wrong name ....All the best....Jim

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