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Unnamed Freelance Steam Yacht by Herbert Pockett - CARD - c1901. 8mm:1'


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This log will describe the design and construction of a deep draught wooden hulled steam yacht of sixty seven feet over all length that I am currently drawing up on an A1 size drawing board using Copenhagen ship's and French curves.  It is a first project, being both a first venture in card and the first model I will have designed for myself.  It is also the first model of any kind that I've  built in more than forty years. I will build the boat with scrap card, since I currently have no income of any kind.  Unfortunately the software for my digital compact camera is on my PC and that is currently dead, with some sort of hard drive problem, and although I hope to reactivate it, with a Linux distro, and buy another windows machine in the not too distant future, there are unlikely to be any photographs of the construction process for a while.

 

I started the drawings in late November of last year and thought that I was ready to begin the tracings in December.  Progress was delayed until early February of this year, due solely to my dire financial circumstances, and then, having completed one half bulhead tracing, I realised that I had to give a little more thought to the actual structure of the hull.  At present I do a lot of thinking and little actual drafting, however, this means that I am now quite clear on how to put the pieces together.

 

Expect progress to be slow.

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Well, progress is slow and I've done very little work on the drawings since the last post.  However, I am now clear on how to proceed with the bow and midship sections and have more or less worked out how to construct the stern.  I've also been playing with pieces of card to test various ideas and have started work on a base, in corrugated card, to hold the work.  Mundane domestic matters have occupied most of my time since early February but with those out of the way I'm free to continue, or would be, had a minor yet nonetheless irritating financial error on the part of a third party not left us short of cash.  I had planned to buy a technical pen with which to make a lines drawing on polydraw, an A2 pad of which I have had for years, as well as some more bottles for the stout I'm waiting to brew when Spring finally asserts herself.  When I started the project I thought I'd be more or less finished with hull construction by now, yet I haven't begun.  How frustrating it is to have to play 'the old waiting game' due only to a serious shortage of nothing more substantial than some electronic ones and zeros on a hard drive somewhere.

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Nice to know that someone is still pushing a pencil around a curve to make a drawing of a ship. I recently made a set of reduced-scale ships curves with an eye towards doing the same. I also tend to spend the greatest part of my modeling time mulling things over in my head, putting tools to materials only when I believe I've worked out the correct approach.

 

BTW, Herbert Pockett-- real name, or from the character in Dicken's Great Expectations?

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Nice to know that someone is still pushing a pencil around a curve to make a drawing of a ship. I recently made a set of reduced-scale ships curves with an eye towards doing the same. I also tend to spend the greatest part of my modeling time mulling things over in my head, putting tools to materials only when I believe I've worked out the correct approach.

 

BTW, Herbert Pockett-- real name, or from the character in Dicken's Great Expectations?

Mike

 

Sorry for the delay in replying to you: we had our internet and phone line disconnected (at our request) at the start of May and are now dependent upon the local library for computing and internet, where access is limited.

 

Thanks for the reply.  I'm impressed that you are making your own curves.  Mine are Linex, bought more than thirty years ago from one of those cluttered specialist shops that used to have whatever one wanted, and no longer exist.  I bought three and they cost me almost exactly two thirds of a week's pay.  Linex are still in business and one day I hope to buy more templates, should I ever be fortunate enough to find out what having a 'disposable income' is like.  I was trained as a technical illustrator forty years ago and always enjoyed working on a board.  Using a CAD programme doesn't offer the promise of the same satisfaction.  Doing it 'freehand', as it were, and by eye are much more rewarding for me.  I've also just taken up sketching and colour work again. 

 

Herbert Pockett is not my real name, and I did crib it from Dickens.  The book is a favourite of my wife's and mine and I've read it aloud to her several times.

 

Many thanks for your reply.

 

Best wishes

 

 

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HP

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