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Miss Caroline by Bedford - Scale 1:8 - model of my full size build

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This is a beautiful model you’re building here Bedford.  And who doesn’t love a lapstrake pulling boat?  1:8 is such an enjoyable scale to work in and your metal details are really great.  Extremely nice work.

 

Oh - and your full size build is stunning and I’m sure she’s a pleasure to sail and row.

 

Gary

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Thanks Gary

 

Yes I love rowing her and can normally maintain 3.6 knots if the tide isn't against me, 4 knots with a tide. Still a lot to learn about sailing but I love it.

 

One of the putt putt skippers came up to me after the parade on Sunday to have a better look at the boat and commented on how well it rode in the water and that it just "looked right" out on the water. I was motoring with the Torqeedo outboard and had 20 litres of water up forward for ballast so it's good to know I seem to have the ballast correct.

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I am going to retire to a sea-side city in a few years time, but the down-side is that it is an open coast. I would love to have such a neat boat in such a lovely area as you are in. Unfortunately, most of similar areas in Europe are in regions with pretty miserable weather and short summers .... I am jealous ...

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Time for the oars, first I cut the spruce to 7x7mm at 1 foot, yes I'm throwing in an imperial measurement because the oars are 8 feet long so at 1:8 scale... 1 foot!

I beveled off the corners and sanded down until I had 5mm diameter shafts.

 

Next was the blades and the shafts are too thin and flexible to plane 80mm long flats for the blades to attach to so I cut more spruce 7x 16x 80mm then had to find a way to accurately drill a 5mm hole through them.

 

Answer, remember that the lathe headstock has a 3mt taper as does the mill so place the mill chuck in the headstock, insert about 5mm of the 5mm drill bit to leave enough length to go through the 80mm blade then pack up the blade blanks in the tool post and feed into the drill.

 

Glue blanks onto shafts then a little planing and sanding.....

 

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I actually like this idea of slipping a flat piece of wood for the blades over the round oars. May not work for sea-oars. but certainly for this type of freshwater-oars with wider blades.

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Can someone tell the four oarsmen of the apocalypse their oars are ready!

 

I scraped the back of the leather to thin it down and it seemed to work reasonably well, made a clamp jig with all the holes in it for the lacing and tapped a brass nail through each hole to create the collar then applied glue to each end of the cord so I could poke it through the holes and lace them up.

 

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I'm trying to decide if I like this idea for a display stand. I want something that isn't flash so it doesn't detract from the model and I want it tall enough that I can display the boat with the centre board deployed. I came up with this stand which is inspired by the stand I built the full size boat on.

 

The oars can be stowed on the stand below the boat.

 

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HI Steve

 

the work is very delicate. The way you've used two contrasting colours of the timber also looks superb.

 

I like the idea of the stand, but have you tried it upside down? To me it needs a solid base & delicacy where it meets the hull - I like the concept but I think that design unfortunately obscures too much of the hull. The idea of making look like a 1:8 cradle is clever, & I encourage you to not discard the entire concept.

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A little while ago Keith told me about ER collet blocks and I liked the sound of them so did some research and bought myself a Christmas present, I ended up getting 5C instead for a few reasons

  1. There is a machinery shop not too far from here that stocks them
  2. They were actually cheaper than the ER blocks
  3. Importantly the collet locking nut is on the rear and the O.D. of said nut is smaller than the block so the whole thing can rest flat on the mill table

I am really enjoying the effortless repeatability they offer in either 4 or 6 planes. The first project was the 4 tab mast band.

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For more detail on how I make them here is a post I did on them a while back:- 

 

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On 12/28/2019 at 3:07 AM, Bedford said:

I am really enjoying the effortless repeatability they offer in either 4 or 6 planes.

Yes - once you have them you wonder why you didn't buy them years ago. Like Eberhard I was intrigued by the way you made the mast bands. Very clever.

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