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Swallow by AndyG - FINISHED - 1/8th scale - 1930s lugsail dinghy - small

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I've tried building boats in the house, but I don't have the room, and the models (and I) just get in the way. So, late last summer, I turned this fairly fresh patch of concrete:


Into this:


...which is becoming an absolute joy. A bit narrow (5') but long enough (14') for anything. LED lighting, tonnes of sockets, a radio: I'm good to go! And, with a love of the works of Arthur Ransome, and a commission for a dinghy, I started using my workshop just before Christmas:


This is the start of a one-eighth scale lugsail dinghy, clinker built, sitting on its molds. Pine and lime wood throughout.


Lands cut on the planks using the specialist tools (!), and geralding commences...


I am in clamp heaven!


One-eighth scale is a great size. RW techniques (well, were it a modern epoxy-glued dinghy!) in miniature.


Storming along, now Winter's almost over and I have double-digit Celsius again!swallow023.jpg.c97f8c429f71aa85362b9b1c516bba80.jpg


Lots of work to do, internally - and breaking work on the hull (glue-drying time) to complete some of the other bits and bobs. Rudder...


... yard, boom and mast ...


...More to come!

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Andy wonderful! just the right scale to I might add. can you give a picture or shot of the drawing of the dingy that you used. You mentioned pine and limewood (linden) the ribs look like ply I did not know that you could get pine plywood that thin or did you laminate it yourself from veneers?.

Lovely workplace too.


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Thank you for the positive vibes!


The pine comes from old bits of furniture, ripped and planed to the right dimensions. The limewood? An old Ikea venetian blind, part-destroyed by the kitten. :) "I'll have that!" The ribs are pine ply strips (well spotted!), from a sheet I bought. 1mm thick, I think - I'd have to measure it.


More to follow!

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The drawing is a scaled-up version of the Atkin clinker/lapstrake dinghy, modded by myself to resemble 'my best guess' of the literary original. There's a little evidence of Ransome's original Swallow online, which I've drawn from, too.

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Rattlin' on ...


Sails nearly done ... Just need reef points.


Mast step.


Last pile o' clamps on the starboard side. And...

swallow032.jpg.5a88b37d7bb34b10a945bd5737ab9bac.jpg I'm getting there. End in sight. Thwarts, bilge boards, rowlocks, bit of metal and ropework. A tonne of varnishing. But I can see the end. :)

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And now the sad news!


After blocks and ropework were added, I boxed up Swallow (with a mountain of bubblewrap) and posted her to her new owner this morning. According to the tracking app, she's currently halfway to her new home in Suffolk. I have to say I'm surprised how much I miss her! ...I may have to make one for myself in the future, if only to fill the dinghy-shaped hole in my shed. :) I'll fish for a final photo once she arrives and is assembled.


But before another dinghy ... a bigger boat.



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And ... She made it ok! 


The new owner is a gentleman in his 90s, who 'always wanted' a model of Swallow having read the books pretty much when they first came out. He loves it: I'm so pleased!

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Hi AndyG

Would you be willing to either sell plans for Swallow or build another for me.

I first read S&A when I was 11 I'm 66 now so not as old as your previous commission for Swallow but I still read those 12 books even now.

I am also a member of the Arthur Ransome Society.

I really hope you can help


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