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28 foot Ranger type yacht by Mark Pearse - 1:12 scratch built, plank on frame, small

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I've now finished the display stand. I've got a deadline to try & finish the last details of the model, if any of the Sydney forum members are interested there's an evening at our sailing club, talks by Bill Gale, Sean Langman & myself - & the model will be there - Wednesday 5th June. It's on the Ranger yachts generally & Cliff Gale's legacy of designs. Send me a message & I'll send more information.


John, I did consider keeping the bark on the base timber, but a section of bark was missing & I was more confident of the result with it removed.


Keith, yes, I was just using the timber as a stand to show off the brass on (while looking for a chisel to open the tin of paint).


The timber base was finished with 2 coats of clear polyurethane rubbed on with a rag, then rubbed with 000 steel wool dipped in beeswax/gum turpentine furniture polish, then rubbed with a cloth.


This shows how the brass tubes were filled with epoxy glue & drilled for the fixings - this technique was firstly to save cost (tube is 1/5th cost of a solid), & I don't have the equipment to drill out or thread the end of a solid. The brass flats were bend & shaped by hand.



Unsurprisingly the keel support was a bit too flexible, so I soldered an inner flat bar.




The dremel was able to give enough heat for this job. The brass was cleaned up & patinated to a dark brown, to tone it down visually, & was lined with some leather, then screwed together. The brass rods were glued into the timber & the timber will get some pads underneath, probably some unfinished cork.  The holes in the timber weren't done by eye, my brother has a bench drill so I used that.











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thanks everyone


Hi Vaddoc,

the sail numbers are self adhesive vinyl cut to order, but there aren't so many places that do 25mm size. I looked at 'Letraset' type lettering but it's more expensive & the range available is limited these days. For the adhesive stuff, you order a few extras & it might not cost any more but it gives you a couple of sets to try your hand with. The transom lettering is also adhesive vinyl, but I had to go to the USA to order them - http://smalllettering.com They were helpful & good to deal with, & likewise I was able to order extras in different fonts/italics etc & then select when they arrived & experiment with the others.

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Most of the final details have now been done, but I haven't done a spinnaker pole, & it's an important detail so I'll probably make one. Below are photos of the rope coils etc. Initially I did a couple of coils by winding the rope around a piece of stick & then adding glue - & the result was realistic but I doubt that they would look good on a model. It became clear that the slightly messy yet realistic coils would catch the eye & stand out too much. I realised that the point of doing them neatly is that they don't stand out excessively on the model.


The coils were done by drawing an ellipse on a cork base, putting a piece of clear plastic over, & putting a series of pins on the line. Glue was PVA/water about 2:1, then superglue for the lashings & ties. A sharp eye can see that the CA actually stains the thread a little. On some models that might be unacceptable, but I accepted it as part of the ropework colour variations generally.


Anyway here's how they came up; halyards coiled at the mast:



Running backstay:



Jib sheet:



Lazy jib sheet, mainsail sheet:



Main sheet again:



There's a few stains on the thread from the old pins; I scraped some of it off with the tip of a knife but left some on, the odd stain looks quite good.


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Thanks for the invite to the "Cliff Gale's Legacy" talk tonight, it was very informative. Cliff was a great designer.


I stood and looked at the model from several different angles and the hull just looks right, no matter where you view it from.


The model is larger than I thought and I'd have to call it museum quality, just beautiful and it was good to meet her builder.

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Hi Steve


thank you, it was very good to meet you.  I'm glad you enjoyed the event, Cliff's boats are getting more attention & interest these days - the attention is mainly because of their surprising performance in races against boats of any vintage...which is ironic as he designed them more to do simpler things well: fishing, picnicking, camp cruising & single handed sailing. 


I liked your idea of the scaled Tammie Norrie model - I hope you get to that one.

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I like very much the classic style of your yacht and you made a marvelous model of it.
In one of your posts you showed a beautiful action picture of  the 'Stella'. I am experimenting a bit with oil paint to learn to paint and used that picture as model for my first marine canvas.
I hope you don't blame me for the use of your picture before asking permission.


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that's beautiful, & it really looks like the boat. (It's a photo of our boat Cherub, which is 24' - 4' shorter than the model design, but with the same beam dimension & cockpit size).


Very well done & I hope this one gives you encouragement to do some more marine paintings. I'm very glad you liked this photo enough to paint it.



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