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About Meredith

  • Birthday 07/06/1960

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    Cairns, Queensland, Australia

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  1. Looking for model ship builders living in Cairns. I am in the process of packing up house and have lots of boat stuff to relocate as I can't take anything with me. I have posted in the for sales - but I would be willing to give some supplies away if I can't sell. Hate to have to throw it in the rubbish. Meredith
  2. I like that.... I have to get more wood.. Ohh no... no more room.. Gotta drink me some more whiskey.
  3. I used some brass sheaves from RB Models - also available from Cornwall model boats and a few other places. http://www.cornwallmodelboats.co.uk/acatalog/rb-rigging-sheaves.html
  4. The new colour for belaying pins.. The problem with the trestletrees.... From Lennarth Petersson's book.... sure its just one pic - but all the other examples he uses are pretty similar So I dont think I need to copy the heavy metal kit supplied top trestletrees.. I would have thought just the same as the bottom ones - only a bit smaller in length and width.
  5. Just working on the masts - after fixing the color of the belaying pins - removed the blocks on the tiller - and i think I will change the size of the rope on the cannon while it's easy to get to. I have re made all the ply pieces on the fore mast in pear - but they also supplied a rather chunky metal piece that is supposed to be the top trestletree. I will re make it - but the shape is weird. From all the pictures in the two Lennarth Petersson books I have - they should just be a smaller copy of the lower trestletrees. I have looked ahead with the very brief instructions and I cannot see any use for the extra pieces. I will take some pics and see if anyone can set me straight. Thanks Mark the photo upload was confusing me - not sure why I even considered changing my browser yesterday - but as you know it works I have fair bit of confidence in my server and the people who run it it's been rock solid for about 15 years and it's unlikely that my account will ever close with them but I know what you mean about pics disappearing on posts. A real pity when you find an older thread on a forum and all the pics are gone!
  6. Many thanks Russ. I actually have some brass pins - so I will have a look at them re scale and I have some patina which would turn them brown ( not black )
  7. Thanks so much for the feedback Hamilton. You have said what I was thinking. So I think I will go with that unless some else comes up with suggestion I can consider
  8. Ok... glad I got that solved - I changed to Google Chrome and photos uploaded from my server exactly the same way it always used to work. Now I can happily go back to my build
  9. Ok.. another try.. might be a browser issue... so I got another one
  10. Might notice - I have missing cannon balls - the cat lost them - not me. So I have some on order. I did finally do the head timbers - they are not right - I know.. but that's the way they stay. I hope to do a LOT better on the next build and have the right size timbers to make them properly. Once again I improvised. The copper plating is now very aged looking - I haven't wiped it or anything yet... I also added a little thingie round where the rudder goes into the hull to neaten it up a bit. Need to lash the anchors to the hull.. maybe I will do that next - but I do need a couple of blocks - I could do part of it - we will see.. Probably start doing the masts next - after all I cannot finish off the dead eyes/strops/chain plates until I get the angles from the shrouds on the masts etc.. So that's it for now.. all updated..
  11. I have a couple of questions - if any one can help... 1. Should I leave the belaying pins natural wood - of make them black?? 2. the rope on the canon - should it be thicker.... before I glue things down (sick of the canon falling over every time I bump it ) 3. The blocks on the tiller ropes - I think they are too big/long - are they?
  12. Nope - for some reason I still cannot use photos from my own server. I have to upload them to the site... I am missing something really obvious it seems.. Photos of progress so far..
  13. Hi Hamilton... re the sizes of rigging blocks - I just ordered a few sizes and hope they will look ok.. really scientific eh? I will replace the ones I have on the Bowsprit once Chucks blocks arrive - so I wont work on anything else on the bowsprit until then. I am going to re-do the dead eyes .. strops and chain plates and hopefully do a better job than the first attempt. I also ordered some Chuck deadeyes. Got some progress photos to post - going to add in new post and see if I can link to my own server so I can control the pics a bit better. It hasn't been working for in the last couple of weeks and I really cant be bothered retying posts when the link thing freezes and I have to close the site and restart again... so here goes..
  14. I gave in an ordered a heap of blocks from Chuck,,, But I had another experiment.... This is only from basswood - so a bit soft - but easy to sand. They are oiled so still wet. Once I can decide on the shape I want (these are all different on purpose) I will have to work out a way to make some sort of jig thing to get the sanding uniform. Probably second on the left might be ok (if the bolt was centred. I was slack there). I have a few ideas to try for a sanding template... Or maybe I should just give in and buy a Mill :)

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