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HMS Victory by gjdale - FINISHED - Mamoli - Scale 1:90


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Thanks for all the kind comments folks, and for the "likes".

 

Mikec - the small black machine is the Thickness Sander by Jim Byrnes.  The larger machine is an Oscillating Spindle Sander.  Re your second question, the answer is no, I do not intend on installing sails, but I have included the blocks anyway. I'm a bare yards kinda guy. :) 

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Hi Grant,

 

I'm sure the Byrnes Thicknesser will get a good workout :D . I wouldn't be without mine - it's nearly a "must have" tool for any scratchbuilder.

 

Here's a tip - when you start making sawdust don't throw it away. Stick it in a jar, label it, and use it for filler (mixed with PVA when you need it). Do the same for all the types of wood you sand and you'll never run out :) .

 

BTW - do you have a Byrnes Disc Sander? Another extremely valuable asset - or was that what you were hinting at ;) ?

 

:cheers:  Danny

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Thanks for that tip Danny - I'd already started collecting some of the sawdust from the Byrnes Saw with that in mind. I'll do the same with the sanders. And yes, I do already have the Byrnes Disc Sander as well - what a beaut little machine THAT one is too!

 

And thanks Lawrence and Dragzz for dropping by.

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Thanks Marc - you are too kind! :blush:  :blush:  :blush:

 

I decided to install the Fore Lower Yard before moving on to the next yard - figured it was probably going to be safer on the model than sculling around the shipyard!

 

I had previously decided that I was not going to serve any of the lines on this model, but I made an exception when it came to the yard slings.  I wanted to have a play with my serving machine (Alexy's product) and I'm quite pleased with the result.  The sling has an eye in one end, and a thimble seized into a bight.  It then wraps around the mast with the "tail" end passing through the eye and then being stopped back to its standing part with three round seizings.  Here is the result:

 

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The yard was then attached by lashing the thimbles in the sling and the sling collar (on the yard) together.  The truss pendants are then fitted to hold the yard against the mast, and the Jeers were then reeved.  Here is a few shots showing the yard in place.  You can see a mixture of kit-supplied blocks and my own blocks in these photos.  The kit blocks were fitted to the masts and tops before I decided to start making my own.

 

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Blocks have been seized in the lower end of the Truss Pendant falls, but these have not yet been reeved and belayed.  Likewise, the Jeer falls have not yet been belayed.

 

I was about to rig the lifts, when I realised that the previously installed lift blocks on the mast were incorrect.  So I took them off, spent an hour or so stropping some new ones, and then while attempting to fit these, managed to drop them into the space-time continuum void between the model and the desk.  :angry:  :angry:  :angry:

 

I decided that was probably a good time to stop for the day!

 

 

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Looks good Grant as usual.....very nice...  I am studying serving machines.  Mobbsie was kind enough to share photo's and instructions on building his.  I noticed you mentioned Alexy's version here.  May I ask what it is and do you have any pictures of it?  I'm trying to plan ahead....Thanks Mate....

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G'day Mate,

 

That's some impressive rigging going on there my friend, I don't have a clue what I'm looking at but I know it's good.

 

Wise move to give it up for the day, problems have a habit of growing into catastrophes, so wise to walk away. 

 

She aint going anywhere.

 

Be Good & Stay Safe

 

mobbsie

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Thanks everyone for the kind words, encouragement and "likes". I forgot to mention that the light coloured thread seen in the pictures is from Chuck. I can't even begin to describe how vastly superior it is to anything I've used before and it looks........ well, like rope I guess :D

 

Bob - you are so right! After all this time, I couldn't wait to see at least one yard in place. :)

 

John - here is a link to a thread started by Alexy for his serving machine. It includes pictures and a link to a video demonstration. He will quote you a price and shipping via PM. I think it is a well made machine and works as it supposed to. Alexy is very prompt in responding to queries, and postage to Australia was very fast indeed. Of course, it's more expensive than a home made one, but worth the expense in my opinion. Usual disclaimers.

 

http://modelshipworld.com/index.php?/topic/1594-serving-machine-20-not-just-serves-ropes/?hl=%2Bserving+%2Bmachine

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  • 2 weeks later...

Haven't managed a lot of time in the shipyard lately, but the block party continues and the yards are slowly taking shape.  I completed belaying the Truss Pendants, Jeers, and Lifts on the Fore Lower Yard, and have just completed attaching the blocks for the Fore Topsail Yard.  I've decided to attach each yard to this (or relevant similar) stage before proceeding with sheets and braces etc.

 

The Topsail Yard is attached to the Mast via a Parral instead of Trusses.  The Parrals are made up of a series of "Trucks" (essentially egg-shaped wooden beads) separated by vertical "Ribs".  The kit does not provide for the Ribs, so consulting once more with Longridge, I decided to make my own.  Longridge provides a good diagram (with dimensions) and description on pg 213 (and Figure 139).

 

To make the Parral Ribs I first cut a strip of 1/32" x 3/32" Swiss Pear into pieces approximately 6mm long and then spot-glued these together in gangs of three and the ends tidied up on the Byrnes disc sander.  They were then roughly marked (by eye) to find the approximate locations for the holes which were then drilled with a 0.5mm bit.

 

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The "B" shape was then drawn (again by eye) onto the gang, and filed to shape with a triangular needle file, finishing with a flat needle file.

 

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The gangs were then given a 15 minute soak in bath of Isopropyl alcohol to soften the glue before carefully separating them again.

 

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The results are quite pleasing - and of course I made about double the number needed to ensure the God of the Space-Time continuum gap is fed appropriately!

 

I was also a little side-tracked lately by completing this little model of Leonardo da Vinci's Aerial Screw that was given to me for my birthday recently (I beg the Mod's tolerance for this one off-topic pic):

 

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G'day Grant,

Nice job on those ribs mate, I think I'm in for the same.

I'm going to have to use different wood and paint them black, hopefully I will get them to look a little like yours so thanks for the heads up on your technique.

 

Be Good

 

mobbsie

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Thanks Mobbsie and Sjors.

 

These were very easy to make, and while you could call it "mass production" of sorts Sjors, it was nearly all "handraulic". The trick is to use only the tiniest amount of glue in the first stage, which makes the final separation easier.

 

Mobbsie, I haven't decided yet whether to paint them black or leave them "au naturale", but I'm leaning towards paint.

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Grant just visited for the first time I think, your work on those details on the yard and mast are great, I like the comment about Longridge's drawing being made from your work and not the other way round. I have Longridge's book and have often thought that models of just those fold outs would make for some fun and interesting work. and you seem to have accomplished that. Much too small for me though. I would end up in a straight jacket. I will have to have a look through the rest of your build now.

 

Michael

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Grant just finished the entire build log so far, most impressive work. your work on the small boat was really fine workmanship I, would have no fingerprints left after that.

 

After viewing all the block-work all I can say is that I am glad I only have one mast and a few blocks.

 

Michael

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