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HM Schooner Ballahoo by egkb - Caldercraft - 1:64 Scale - First Proper Wood Build


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Hi Kester, your wish is my command.. ;)

 

Have just finished taking some photos.

 

The strings used are purely for demonstration purposes (in fact to make the serving clearer there are '3' layers!) I rigged up a thin piece of wire to help hook the line through the holes, and it works a treat.  With some clips I should be able to hold 'blocks' in place to whip the rope ends!

I had to use a tiny dab of CA glue to hold the serving 'rope' to the 'rope' being served (if you follow) else I found it just spins in place without wrapping itself around the standing part.

 

The whole shooting match cost about €10 (and that was for the Lego Cogs, and the Styrene Tubes (the small white bits) all the rest was lying about the house!)

 

Oh and that's just some tape holding the ends of the string in place, I'll probably notch the white tube ends later!

 

Bit of a Result I think.. :P

 

Eamonn

 

BTW I'm still a timber free zone! :(  :(  :( :(  

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Hi Nigel, am glad to hear about your Lime Wood :angry: Honestly I am... :mellow:  Not a bit jealous over here or anything!

 

The Lego Gears I got from eBay had enough bits-n-bobs to make up a rope walk but as you say it is probably a lot easier to order it in (exactly what I'm doing in fact at the moment from Alex in Germany)

 

Regards the Timber shipment, I am guess in it may be a combination of late postage and weather restrictions that are holding things up, mind you with the cruddy weather we are having it wouldn't be too pleasant in my build room anyhoo, not to mention a bit too dark (I like building using natural light!) this is me being all pragmatic.. :huh:

 

Sail 'er Easy Mate.

 

Eamonn

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I had thought CMB announces availability for each article -- there are many times when I have looked for something on their site and it says 'not currently available' or words to that effect. When I bought the Sherbourne, it was because their site said the Lady Nelson was out of stock, so I rang and asked if there would be anything similar that they had in stock. I was very pleased with their advice to buy the Sherbourne. It may be that with wood they don't advertise stock levels, though.

 

Tony

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Hi Tony thanks for dropping by,  I'm usually ok delivery wise from Cornwall (I choose regular post, not via UPS so I really didn't expect to have the parcel delivery guy knocking on my door after a couple of days :P ) I've not had deliveries run this 'late' before from them though but then again the weather would have held it up considerably, if there is nothing by the middle of next week I will email Sam (replacements are most likely going to take a week or 2 on top of that again , which is a right pain to put it mildly) I don't want to start another Build as I've kinda gotten into a Ballahoo mind-set (thinking ahead to obstacles and how to avoid them etc) I also don't wish to start at the Garboard with the Walnut planking that came with the kit as I want full planks at the Bulwarks (and the Wales are laid off these too) I'll just have to be patient and try to get the impetus back when they eventually arrive!

Perhaps I'll make a start at shaping the Masts if nothing shows up by Wed next.

 

Take Care

 

Eamonn

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I'm a life member of my local branch of BBA.. :mellow:

 

Posty Dude has a restraining order out against me too,  I don't know Arming & Construction! but I have Arming & Fitting on my shelves, seem to recall there was a title by that name some time ago though.. is it worth a look?

 

E

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Eamonn,

 

BBA? I know it well, although I haven't bought anything for a while. I must rectify that! :) Sorry for the mention of Amazon, by the way. I do buy things from them, but usually through their marketplace. I would never pay those ridiculous prices – and am surprised they don't have a second mortgage scheme!

 

I like your serving machine, it looks just the job. I know what you mean about fixing the line with a spot of glue. I didn't do that for the first trial, and wondered why it was just going round and round – and no neat serving was appearing. :huh: Alexey actually suggests threading the end of the serving/seizing line through the shroud or whatever with a needle. This does the trick, but it's quite difficult to do with the smaller dimension line, and I still also put on a dab of glue to be sure. 

 

I'm doing running backstays now, but they're proving to be a bit tricky, causing me a few headaches – and the emission of not a few bad words!  :angry:  I'll write more about that in my log (not the latter obviously).

 

Sorry to hear you haven't received your wood yet, but you are probably right that it's due to the weather. However, going by the amount of filler you ordered, I expect the captain of your timber ship has had instructions to remain in port. :P

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Hi Again Kester,

 

I too am a big Amazon buyer (for more much mundane 'new releases' books of course) I find I have to fund my book shopping by 'Knocking Off' the odd Bank in my spare time! BBA have told me that that is just enabling my problem though, and to stop immediately.. ;)

 

Am looking forward to giving the old Serving Machine a lash, but given the lack of 'Stuff that Trees are Made of' it may be some time away yet! (admittedly some choice words may be spoken by me at that time too, being as how I'm an Ex Sailor & Irish those words may extent to.. dare I say it.. 'Colourful' :mellow: )

 

Hopefully in a few days I can look back at the Great Timber Shortage of 2014, with a happy tear in my eye and say.. 'Ah Yes, I remember it like it was yesterday' as I take another sip of sherry!!

 

All The Best

 

Eamonn

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Nigel I think we both must have the market in Model Boat Supplies sown up, me with Glue & Filler, and you with 'exotic' Timber's ! well maybe not sooooo exotic, but to a body with not even enough to start a really really small fire it is all pretty exotic :huh:  

 

All The Best

 

Eamonn

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NEWSFLASH....Woo Hoo part 1 of my timber order arrived this morning, that's the good news... the bad news it that the order doesn't have the stuff for Ballahoo's bulwarks.  :huh:

 

 

Can't win :(

 

Eamonn

 

Let's see wot tomorrow brings..

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Hi guys, well at least something arrived and it gives me hope for the rest of the consignment, I wouldn't have been able to do anything until Tomorrow at best anyhoo (that's why I was prepared to give till mid week before contacting Cornwall)

It turns out they may have shipped my 2 orders (placed at virtually the same time) separately (I had asked them to combine shipping costs, but I guess dispatch just went ahead and sent them) 

 

The order that arrived contained various sized Beech timber, and if the worst comes to the worst I'll be able to work with them (after a little bit of sanding that is)

 

Thanks for checking in,

 

Am off out shortly for the evening so won't be back in touch until tomorrow morning.

 

Take Care

 

Eamonn

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At Long Last I have Good News to Report...

 

Yup! you guessed it, my timber arrived this morning and I have the first row of planking in place on the bulwark (just the Starboard side mind you)

I have cut the timber for each row (strake) up into the scale equivalent of approx.18 foot planks.

 

I should be able to get a few more strakes done on both sides tomorrow.

 

Thanks for checking in folks, and for keeping an eye on me during the Great Timber Drought of '14.. :P

 

Incidentally I think Nigel was right when he said that CMB don't always have product in stock when they take an order, even though sometimes they have 'Temporarily out of Stock' marked on some items... as a quick check on the invoice dates show that my shipments are only traveling just over 9 days! (as opposed to the 3 weeks as of tomorrow, since my order was placed)

 

Will have All New Shinny Photos Soon...

 

Take Care.

 

Eamonn

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Postman and CMB are off my 'Hit List' twas a close thing though.. ^_^  (they were in for such a severe frowning upon :angry: :D

There mustn't be a nautical book available in the whole of Europe as Nigel owns them all now.. :P

 

What blocks did you pick up Kester, 'tisn't something I've looked at with a critical eye yet! are the kit ones not up to scratch or is it that there aren't enough of them?

 

Eamonn

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Be careful Kester :D Are you in receipt of said blocks?or are they in what we now know to be the black hole,the mail order ether :D  :D  :D  :D  :D  

 

Nigel,

 

You have me worried now – they're still out there I'm afraid. :o

Actually I'm not that worried. I get them from here, and had a reply email confirming my order soon after:

 

http://clasicmodel.com/shop/index.php?route=common/home

 

I've dealt with him before, and he has been reliable. They're very nice blocks btw, ready to use and already stained and polished. Sorry, but I think most kit-bought blocks are c---p, even though Caldercraft blocks are probably the better ones. 

 

However, I will need a suitable triple block soon (fitted at the end of the bowsprit – for the topgallant stay and the topsail braces) but they only sell them in packs of ten. I only want one, and I'm not sure I'll be using many elsewhere. So, if anyone knows where I can buy a suitable block, perhaps in smaller numbers...? I'm not really into making my own, but if I can't find any, I suppose I'll have to resort to modifying one of the Caldercraft ones. :huh:

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Hi All, Had to do a little reconstructive surgery earlier today, not too much just that I was unhappy with the fit of some planks against those above them, particularly around the gun-port areas so I popped them off (I originally laid the strake full plank length across the ports, but when I examined them after removal of the Clothes Pegs and Clamps I saw slight gaps, so I rough cut the planks to expose the ports and in so doing made them shorter thus allowing them to sit better)

 

Still no photos as I don't think anyone will wish to see a bunch of Clamps & Pegs, unless of course someone has a 'Clamp & Peg' fetish! that case just sing out and I'll take a few pikkies for you.. I won't judge.. honestly (you are after all talking to a 'Plank Taster' remember) :P  :P  :huh:

 

It's all go over here on Ballahoo eh!

 

More exciting updates later.. ^_^

 

Eamonn

 

Ok Ok you talked me into it here's some Gratuitous Clamp & Peg And Pin Shot's.. ;)

 

The layer visible with the Pins in, is just there to compress the 2nd layer against the top one!

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Eamonn,

 

I'm not sure the way this log is going! :huh: However, any chance of a free 'Clamps, Pegs and Pins', issue No 1,  by way of a trial offer? You mentioned a fetish ... :)

 

Good call on your bulwark planking. I think it looks better to fit the planking around the gunports, rather than planking across and cutting them out afterwards. Btw, it looks as though you might shortened the legs of your stand, the forward one more than the after, am I right? Hmm, I've seen that before somewhere... :rolleyes:

 

Good tips, Nigel.

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Hi Guys, 

 

Nigel you have me wondering if I can make up a set of those 'Miskin' clamps now.. ;) What caused thi small 'issue' is that there is virtual Edge Bending going on here required to follow the flow of the bulwarks top edges, this will ease itself the further down I go thankfully due to subtle plank shaping, I will only be taking the 'natural' planks as far as the waterline (Well 1 plank or so  further to be totally accurate) than back to the original supplied walnut (as the White Stuff will be going on there)

 

Kester, Yea, not planking over the gun-ports is the way to go! sooooo much easier to fit the planks and you don't have to mess around cutting them out afterwards!

The Stand is 'as it comes straight from the box', did you trim yours down a bit?

Incidentally the Issue 1 of 'Clamps, Pegs & Pins comes with an introductory free Map Pin!!! and is shipped in its own discrete plain envelope, to avoid untoward attention & embarrassment !   Not for the Faint Hearted as it is Racy Stuff.. :huh:

 

Sail 'er Easy Folks

 

Eamonn

 

Big Thanks to all the 'Likers' also..

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Tip For Today:  Don't leave 1st layer planking material lying around the Shipyard when doing 2nd layer planking with different yet visually quiet similar wood!!  I think you can guess the rest.. :(  (luckily I caught it before going beyond 1 single plank!) PHEW.. 

 

Especially after me waiting so long for the right timber..

 

To quote Kryten from Red Dwarf.  'Engage Embarrassment Mode.. Embarrassment Mode Engaged.. :wub:    :wub: '

 

Sail 'er Easy Folks,

 

Eamonn

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Just a quick update to let ye all know that 2nd planking is continuing slowly, 3 strakes complete on stbd side and 2 on port.  All ye Clamp, Peg & Pin fans would think all your Christmas's had come at once... there are that many of the things sticking out from the Ballier  :P

 

Take Care Folks

 

Eamonn

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Hi Eamon - I'm sure you'll fix the mix-up, after seeing someone make a similar mistake on the old site I was especially conscious of this (think they got the decking strips mixed up).  Anyhoo - wanted to ask you how you were cutting your planks around the gunport, are you cutting it exactly (if so, would love to know your trick) or keeping a small overlap to finish back later - I found this the very devil to do with the walnut seemingly splitting all the time.

 

Love the pins and clamps by the way...maybe some more photos from the stern?  B)

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Hey Jason, long time no hear!..  I'm leaving plenty of overlap around the gunports  and will use a combination of scalpel and sanding to get them flush (I just keep running the scalpel down the plank a few times and eventually it goes through!)  I'm not using the kit Walnut for this area so it's splitting isn't an issue, though I will be going back to the walnut for the lower part of the hull (which will be painted with the proverbial White Stuff)

 

Will have to wait until after the 'water-shed' to post photos of the stern, and they may have to have an 18 cert.. 'All in the best possible taste though'.. ^_^

 

Take Care.

 

Eamonn

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Don't worry I haven't forgotten ye all.. work caries on a-pace, another row and a bit completed today...

 

News Flash's of this calibre must make for seriously heady reading...

 

Might even have a photo tomorrow to add to the drama ! :huh:

 

Bye For Now

 

E

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Photo Update Time... Taaa Daaaa!

 

Am just about at the level of the Wale on the Starboard side, few more to go on Port to catch up..

I had an extra plank on the stbd bow but wasn't happy with it to popped it straight back off (it needs to be shaped better)

 

The further down I go the quicker things will move as I move away from Scale Size planks and onto full length ones.

 

Anyhoo enough chat, here's the main event.. ^_^

 

All The Very Best Folks

 

Eamonn

 

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