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4 hours ago, maaaslo said:

you might be still shipping to the continent Chris, but customs charges that your customers are going to be hit with are no scaremongering. they are a harsh reality. or as us remainers liked to call it: Project Reality. i hope you can still continue posting to the EU. some retailers have already said they wont be doing so. 

it would be a loss to the modelling world if you went out of business due to the customers sending goods back. some retailers are already feeling the effects very bad.

Thats what was also reported to me but I hope that this will not affect the interrelationsuip between the modellers like Pablo, Paul or Pov.

Clark

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10 minutes ago, Clark said:

Thats what was also reported to me but I hope that this will not affect the interrelationsuip between the modellers like Pablo, Paul or Pov.

Clark

nothing changed for me. i will keep buying my models the same way i always did. part build and abandoned from ebay. and when i fancy a paper model, i will travel home and order them in to be delivered there. i am from EU country, so have options.

regarding Chris's business, only time will tell how affected it is going to be.

 

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16 minutes ago, maaaslo said:

nothing changed for me. i will keep buying my models the same way i always did. part build and abandoned from ebay. and when i fancy a paper model, i will travel home and order them in to be delivered there. i am from EU country, so have options.

regarding Chris's business, only time will tell how affected it is going to be.

 

I thought you were from Wickford, UK?

 

 

14 minutes ago, chris watton said:

I think I will start a fresh thread soon, as this is long and now getting a little too off topic

That's an idea!

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On 1/8/2021 at 2:49 PM, chris watton said:

OK, Jim (Hatch) has put together the three mini coat kits that will be standard for the Sphinx kit, a 22' yawl (£24), 24' launch (£25.50) and 28' pinnace (£28.50). And he has done a marvellous job, I think.

 

I am hoping to have a few of each in stock next week, to buy individually, as Jim is doing a little online (PDF) build manual for each.

 

The 18'cutter is also getting a small revamp, in keeping with the new releases. The boat kits will have extensive laser cut parts, in pearwood (0.6 and 1mm), including laser cut pear oars, thwarts/stern sheets and gunwales if applicable,  and MDF bulkheads and building base. The keel for all new boats is 1mm pear, to keep the scale look, plus a PE sheet for the finer detail (floor/gratings and 'iron work)

 

A little later, I will have a 36 and 34' launch, 32' barge and 32' pinnace, and finally a 36' admirals barge, which will be suited for a larger model with the single boat on/in the waist

 

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Chris, those boats you designed are absolutely spectacular.

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3 minutes ago, DARIVS ARCHITECTVS said:

Chris, those boats you designed are absolutely spectacular.

Thank you very much! Jim has done a superb job in putting them together. And to think, a year ago he hadn't touched any wooden kit for years!

1 minute ago, Jim Rogers said:

Chris is Age of Sail going to carry your small boat line?

They do, they are my US distributors.

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10 hours ago, glbarlow said:

I agree, but isn’t that what this thread was becoming. Either way, I’m good. 

I did not want to start a discussion about Brexit. I only wanted to express my hope thant we can rely on you, Chris, in the near and distant future. Pinnace was ordered yesterday. I am eager to start.

Clark

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Do not worry, Clark, you said/did absolutely nothing wrong! I also hope you can rely on me, as I am always investing in new designs and products. It seems I have very healthy sales outside the EU anyway.

 

Once I have a larger update (still in the 'Doldrums Stage' with Sphinx), I shall start a new topic. But for now, I am still plodding on with Sphinx, designs are around 90% there (I really do agonise over many parts as to the best way to design them, having the end user in mind when doing so..), and once done, the final prototype parts will be sent to Jim for the final building and manual shots. And as Jim does that, I then concentrate on drawing the plans (although mast and yard drawings are already done, needed to to get the correct dimensions for laser and PE mast and yard fittings, tops, trestle/cross-trees etc.)

 

So, I best crack on....

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OK, I never meant to plank the whole Sphinx hull, as this model will be thrown away once all the info I need has been taken from it. But couldn't help myself. this is a very quick planking job (a day), using scrap 1x4 Tanganyika instead of wasting the pear on a disposable hull - no filling, just a quick sand so I have a smooth (ish) surface for checking all parts that are to be fixed to it. I am happy with the hull lines, nice shape to plank, too.

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3 minutes ago, ccoyle said:

Wow. I would cry tears of joy if I could get a planking job that looked that good done in a day. 😑

That Tanganyika was much easier to use, but a lot of the planks have this mottled effect in them, making it look like those 'mottled' paint schemes I see on WW2 German aircraft in the North African theatre...

 

One thing I must stress, it is very important to mask off the finished engraved upper hull before sanding...

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1 hour ago, CTDavies said:

 if a modeller wants it, he‘ll find a way to get it. 😆

i got myself a kit of La Gloire off of a shop i have only later discovered was based in the Oz. 400quid i paid for it. later got hit by another over 180quid in customs charges... paid it in a blink of an eye. that kit is so much cheaper now, but i dont care.

and the wife never found out...LOL

 

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Congrats on your tanganyika planking .🤢 

I was inspired to get out a bit of scrap  that I had and try  shaping it - not much success - it seemed very brittle no matter what i tried -  wet heat, steam, dry heat etc ect?  Did you find it more inflexible than other woods or do I just have a duff sample  ?

 

And while you are displaying your skill ( how to plank a hull in a day !!!)  do help all us mere mortals .

I think you seem to favour CA over  PVA but   - speak  - tell us - how do you shape the strips ? 

 

The only clue I have ever had when we were discussing things once was that you appeared to be bending the strips with a rusty pair of pliers !

 

 

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