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Schooner Germania (Nova) by KeithAug - Scale 1:36 - 1908 / 2011

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On 8/1/2020 at 1:25 PM, KeithAug said:

The sides were fairly accurate relative to the 4.7" target.

I don't know Keith, that .001" difference between them is going to stick out like a sore thumb.  Future viewers are going to stand back and say "I love this model, but it's such a shame that one cabin wall is so much longer than the other".


Just kidding of course.  Another example of the exacting and elegant precision that is your hallmark.



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  • 4 weeks later...

Sorry to have caused any concern. I sat down at the start of August and wrote down all the household improvement and maintenance tasks I had been putting off (some for years). I was a bit shocked by the length of the list and decided that I needed to get a grip.

My wife refers to the ship workshop as the black hole, which is her way of saying I get immersed to the exclusion of all else. I decided the only way to make house progress was to take away the temptation. This list is now about half as long as it was so I am going to allow myself one day a week back in the workshop and see how it goes.


Here is a bit of an update on progress.


I made the front of the main deckhouse - from a lot of small panels and planks. In the next photo not is assembled but not glued. In the sketch one square represent 1/10" x 1/10".




The panels / planks were glued with the exception of the top plank and the top profile was sanded to the profile of the curved roof.




The top plank was then glued on while being pulled into shape with miniature clamps.




I then cut out the circular porthole windows and turned the porthole frames from a piece of mahogany dowel




I then drew up the aft face - this being a bit more complex due to the pair of doors (which will need some quite small hinges).




More panels and planks were cut.




Before being assembled. A sacrificial door inset was made to allow the curved top plank to be installed and bent to shape.






Thats all for now folks - back to that bloody list.


But I will try to get a bit of time to catch up with all of your builds.

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To be fair I wrote the list without consulting my wife, most of it was just in the "needs fixing category". The only thing she had moaned about was the power of the shower. Its now like a pressure washer and she is well pleased.

10 hours ago, Bedford said:

In the interest of full disclosure I should inform you that I'm divorced

Steve - She has often said I should try it and she would have the money . It seemed like a bad deal.

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Thank you Richard,


I am still rationing myself to one day a week while my house maintenance work continues.


I made progress on rear face of the main deckhouse.


The hole for the porthole frame was cut small with a drill and then opened out with an end mill. I find this produces the best edges (apart from the chip at the top)!!!!!



The weakening of the sacrificial insert worked well and it came out a treat. You can see that I repaired the chip while putting the porthole frame in.




I made the pair of doors.





Then realised I had made the doors wrong. The curved plank across the top of the doors should be part of the doors, otherwise the sliding hatch above the door would be obstructed. The step was made and below the doors.


The replacement doors were made.








In the sketch the squares represent .100" x .100".


Next the hinges.

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Hi Keith good to know I am not the only one doing some of the household tasks. I shall have to give the Modelwork on my stuff that is nautical a one day a week try! sounds like it might get my Mojo back up and running on the cutter.


Your own work is of course exemplary and a great build to follow. I do enjoy seeing how you solve construction challenges.



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Thank you Gary and Richard.

Pat - thank you for the compliment but I think you undersell your own work.

Michael - I am sticking with my "6 days off, one day on" plan for the moment. I seem to be adding to the household list which is a bit worrying.


Thanks to everyone for the likes.


 I though I had better make the hinges for the 2 doors. They are a bit bigger than scale at 1/4" long but sometimes I need to compromise.


I started with a piece of brass sheet .006" thick. I cut a strip and folded this to form a right angle.




I folded this over a .020 steel wire and then carefully cut away one side to create the P shape needed. The steel wire was then pulled out.


I then filed away parts of the P using a former made for a previous build.






This was then cut down into .250" lengths to form the 2 parts of the hinge.




I then carried on with building the cabin. 




I didn't have any details of the cabin door internal steps so I guessed what they would look like.




The balustrade around the stair well was made and brass tube and wire was used to form the small section of handrail and the compression strut which controls the folding down of the balustrade.






The inside portholes were simulated in brass.  A tube was turned to the correct thickness and 3 axial slots were cut to take 3 small square section tubes. The tubes were soft soldered in place.







The outer surface of the square tubes was then turned away on the lathe.




And finally the porthole rings were parted off.




And that is this weeks work.


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