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Oops!  Missed the 'Britannia in the list!  Besides, my brother-in-law lives in Fort William, so still south! :)

 

John

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Hi John,

 

Would have loved to do more but the only ship 'up north' (by UK standards - as all are up north from Melbourne) was the Britannia (thanks Keith).  I think I may have had my leave cancelled if I had sounded out the Admiral to do more :)  As it was she was having 'kittens' by my wanting to climb the rigging on the SS Great Britain.  There was a chance to do it (for a fee) but unfortunately the activity had closed by the time the tour had finished :( 

 

I did have Chatham on my list but time ran out unfortunately.  I was told it is undergoing a major refurbishment and that it will be a much better visit in the future - so there's my excuse to go back ;) :)

 

cheers

 

Pat

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5 hours ago, BANYAN said:

it will be a much better visit in the future - so there's my excuse to go back

Maybe a UK meeting for Europe once finished ...

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Hi Carl,

If I get the chance to go back I will certainly allow a couple of days to catch upu with a few MSW members :)  The last trip was just too hectic with a lot compressed into a very short time..

 

John, there is also the Titanic experience in Belfast (I think).

 

cheers

 

Pat

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You've got the time, a leisurly pace would be nice ... on the other hand, you did see Victory, and other ships which I still have to visit!

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Hi folks, another quick update.  I have been side tracked with research of late but have managed to make a start on the broadside guns.  These were 32 pounder 25 cwt guns to the Dundas pattern, mounted on rear-chock carriages.  As usual close ups show more dust, lumps etc than to the naked eye, so I am going to have to clean them up a little more yet :(

 

As you can see these are small at 1:72, only 22 x 12mm at the widest, and the prototype  is a rough 3D print barrel.  The ones I will fit will be printed to a much higher fidelity and include the sights and gunlock - won't be as 'rough'.  The prototype was used to ensure it fitted the ports etc correctly, and work out a way to run the production line.  The rear worm drive elevating mechanism still has to have the handle added and the striker plate on the chooch will be a little more refined.

 

The production version wheels are only dry fitted as I am still trying to determine whether to blacken the outer hub.  the photo I am using as a reference (of the actual ship's gun) and contemporary information suggest these, and the wheel rims /rollers were made from gunmetal and not iron.  They just seem a little too bright but my attempts to dull them have produced inconsistent results - I may just live with them :)

 

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cheers

 

Pat

 

 

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Thanks Ed, Rob and Keith, appreciate the feedback from such fine model builders.  Six carriages now made, just waiting for some PE and the barrels.  I have made a start on the gun tackles - ugh!  Talk about a frustrating task with 2.5mm blocks and 2mm hooks - one down only 11 to go :(  

 

cheers

 

Pat

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Thanks Tony, you made my day with your comment re local history; exactly what I am trying to achieve here - preserve the history of this ship :)  and, thanks also for the 'kudos'.

 

cheers

 

Pat

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Hi Rob, not too far off.  I have been sidetracked with a lot of research on the rigging, getting the "honey please do and Christmas to do lists done and... :)  You get the idea I think too many things to do and not enough hours.  I am currently working on completing the broadside guns.

 

Thanks for looking in.

 

cheers

 

Pat

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