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Herreshoff Buzzards Bay 14 by michael mott - 1:8 scale small

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Thanks for all the positive comments and likes.


Continuing on with the goose-neck the filing of the opposite side.and the ends




I also needed to thin down the tongues a bit.




Next the holes for mounting to the mast were drilled and countersunk.




Then some final polishing, this was done with some wet and dry narrow strips and a brass wire hand brush. the piece was now ready to be unsoldered.




The releasing from the bar did not work in the way I had imagined, I had expected the short piece of bar to drop off because of its weight, but this did not happen, the capillary action of the soft solder was greater that I had anticipated, and by the time the assembly had gotten quite hot I realized that I would need to assist the parting. this I did with a steel scriber.




I had to work at removing the scale next, more work with the wet and dry and wire brush, the resulting look was now more like aged bronze with actually works for me. the swiveling part of the boom end was made from a couple of pieces of brass rod drilled out to be a loose fit on the pin.






The goose-neck is now temporarily attached to the mast with some dressmaker's pins.













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Canadians seem to have a ship modellers nack ... if it's not wood, it's metal, if not metal, paint ... etc, etc. ... some real astonishing metal work again ...



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Michael I agree with the bronze look but if I wanted to keep the bright brass look I would have turned a tip for my soldering iron to slide snugly into the round stock and inserted it with a touch of solder to aid the heat transfer. That way as soon as the solder lets go you can pull the whole thing away from the goose neck before it gets too much heat into it

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Hi  Steve, Thanks for the tip regarding the soldering, I know that one need a little more heat to un-solder Initially I had thought that my large iron would be good, but I thought that the propane torch would be quicker, it was definitely a surprise that it did not just fall off. Isn't that the great thing about this hobby, we just keep learning new things all along. At least I know how to get that aged bronze look on a small piece of bronze now.


On a side note I just finished reading the silver soldering article in the spring edition of the Model Ship Builder Journal it is very good. I might just invest in a smaller jeweler's torch and some of the paste type silver solder as well, I need to get some more liquid silver solder flux. because soldering the two small pieces of brass rod was a bit of a pain with the paste flux which kept falling off the small parts.


and thanks to all who added likes and comments


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Another masterful metalworking achievement, Micheal.  While I envy the larger scale work, I am sobered by the thought of the level of excellence required to pull this off well.  Congratulations.



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Hi Michael


The machining sequence for the goose neck was really interesting. Working out how to manufacture small metallic items is an endless source of fun and your result was excellent. Well done.

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Well certainly a week of picking up on older projects. Today I started to make the pattern for the keel ballast weight. I also decided that the hull will be painted. The planking on this hull is not as good as I would like for a varnished hull perhaps on the next one. so a coat of primer and the rough block from some poplar that I cut when we lived at the lake.

Build part 37




Then an afternoon of sanding to fair the planks at the stern-post and the pattern for the ballast




Another coat of primer ready for more sanding tomorrow morning.



  So I will be working on both the Buzzards Bay 14 and the cutter for the next little while. Lots of Herreshoff deck fittings to keep my metalworking side happy. 





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