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    Came across this https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Clipper_Ship_Era Alan
  3. What else do you model besides SIBs?

    Thanks Dan Alan
  4. What else do you model besides SIBs?

    Thats very impressive. That would be a fun industry to be a part of.
  5. Western River

    I came back from the European Championship Naviga C. My Western River won the gold medal. Artur
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  7. For enthusiasts, collecting model ship is more than just a hobby. People can learn about the actual ships with the help of these model ships as they are the actual replicas of real ships. Model ships are used for various reasons and they are in existence for a long time. Nowadays, they not just remained as a mere hobby but are also used as decorative pieces in office and home. Model ships are made up of wood are the best. You can also gift such miniature to someone with interest in old ships.The construction of ship miniatures has been in practice since ages. Because of that, some of the miniatures that are still present aware modern world people about the technology used in seafaring at that time. The successive changes in the construction of these model ships illustrate the advancement of the technology and helped in a proper refinement of design, which can be seen in America’s cup yachts and other marine models.Items like wooden boat miniatures now commonly serve as display pieces due to its soothing and magical atmosphere. Model ship companies also provide good discounts and deals.Furthermore, some companies provide wooden ship kits for sale which can be easily bought through the company’s website.Products like clipper wood ship model have become an attractive choice for the decoration because it creates a natural ambiance to any office or home space. By adding ship models to the interior decoration, we can achieve the feeling of being close to sea even if we are not. It is not wrong to say that these models are enough to add elegance and charm to any place.
  8. Atlantic Hurricanes

    I hope none of our members on the USA side of the Pond are being affected by these. Thoughts are with those that are. All the best Alan
  9. This thirty-page download has been written following requests for plans and photographs of the RMS St. Helena from a number of ship model builders, ex crew members, and passengers who sailed in the ship during her time on the UK – St. Helena – Cape Town between the years 1978 and 1989. The download has 2,398 words, 52 illustrations, including 9 plans. During my time in the vessel, from 1979 to 1989, I took a large number of photographs, and took copious notes that enabled me to draw up an authentic set of plans for the ship. It is only concerned with the ship herself, and does not contain any reference to the many adventures that we had over those eventful years, or life aboard! It contains profile, general arrangement deck plans and a lines plan for the hull. By clicking the link, you can read the synopsis. Then, if you wish to purchase a download, a Paypal button for £2.99 is provided. http://payhip.com/b/hmx2
  10. What else do you model besides SIBs?

    I thought I'd upload these. My daughter has just graduated from university with a BA (Hons) in Model Design and Special Effects, trying for a career in the film industry. The first 3 photos are of a 'medieval book' prop she made. The next ones are of a Tug she made. The brief was; a stop motion child's TV series about a Tug Boat Skipper, the Tug being able to go anywhere in space or another film. It is about 2 feet long, and except for the LEDs, tyres, and rope, is entirely scratch built. The engines and lights were designed in CAD and 3D printed, the hull is glass fibre produced from a carved form. I know I'm her dad, but I'm still impressed. The next is a 1 quarter scale ships gun made by one of her class friends. Glass fibre barrel, wooden carriage, and elm trucks. All the best Alan
  11. CA Glue incident

    I really like CA and use it a lot. I agree though it can be troublesome. A similar problem I have is switching between an old bottle and a new one. I try to get out every last drop before getting a new bottle and very often I'm squeezing the bottle very hard by the time its done. I then switch to a new bottle with the same habit of squeezing hard and of coarse glue goes every where. Be careful with CA. One more note on CA. If you end of glueing your fingers to your model and don't want to break the model getting them off I have found that instead of pulling try twisting. As you twist the glued area it comes apart and creates a smaller and smaller serface until pulling them apart is easy and doesnt break things.
  12. CA Glue incident

    Hi All, I thought I'd relate the tale of a recent unpleasant incident I had with a bottle of CA Glue (superglue), as a precautionary for all. My preferred method of using this stuff is to put a couple of drops into a beer bottle cap (cheap, disposable and saved for the purpose), and then use whichever applicator is applicable with the drops in the cap. I was unscrewing the cap off of a 20 gm bottle of CA in order to decant the required couple of drops. I was holding the bottle at an angle in my left hand and as the cap came loose from the nozzle it was followed by a jet of glue into my right hand hand, running down the bottle in my left hand, and rapidly spilling off onto my work mat, table, and then on to the floor. My initial reaction (after an expletive or three) was to grab some paper towel I keep handy and start mopping up. It soaked up the glue OK, but I then discovered it was sticking to my hands, and to make matters worse as the towel was compressed it started to get hot - very hot - to the extent of "Ouch! That's beginning to hurt". A quick sprint to the kitchen sink, plunge hands under the cold water and that was that problem sorted, although hands are still covered in CA and paper towel. I used some acetone (nail polish remover stolen from my daughter) to get hands, working mat and table clean, unfortunately the carpet now has a permanent hard spot about an inch in diameter. What caused this? I think this is what happened. The last time I had used the CA the weather was hot and dry - high pressure. A couple of days later we were heading for wind and rain (it is the UK) with the pressure dropping. My workstation was by a window and the little sun we had was shining on the CA bottle, warming it up and increasing the internal pressure. As I released the cap, the internal high pressure took over and out came the contents. I now unscrew the cap slowly and in the vertical position so any pressure differential is sorted out before the CA get anywhere near the nozzle. So, please be careful with glues, solvents etc. Useful things, but they can sneak up and bite you. Best Alan
  13. What else do you model besides SIBs?

    Nice to see a drawing been done the good old fashioned way. Its my preferred method, I've attempted to teach myself CAD a number of times, but have not got there yet. I use PowerPoint Draw for small things, but MS have changed the menu structure such that it now takes 3 clicks to do what one click used to, so I'm going to make another effort on CAD. Still can't beat paper and pencil tho'. Best Alan
  14. What else do you model besides SIBs?

    I also do a fair amount of plan drawing. Merchant ships only, so they are not very popular amongst model shipbuilders. Bob
  15. Many thanks bluenoser! The work is slow, but, nevertheless, it is going A few days ago I was compelled to make building berth. This time the rigging turns out to be more complicated than I did before.
  16. What else do you model besides SIBs?

    Semi Automatic "Bug" Morse Key Feeling like a change from ship models, a few days ago, I decided to try and build a semi-automatic bug key. This type of morse key was first developed in the United States. Conventional morse keys move up and down, and both dots and dashes have to be made manually. When I first went into passenger liners as a junior radio officer in 1965, I found it very hard going sending large numbers of messages, often containing hundreds of words. My wrist was quickly in danger of seizing up, so I obtained a cheap Japanese bug key in Cape Town. The bug key works horizontally, and the side of the palm can be rested on the desk. Pushing the paddle to the right with the thumb, produces a string of dots by vibrating a piece of weighted steel spring with electrical contacts fitted. Pushing it to the left with the forefinger, the dashes have to be made individually. I found this a great help, and was soon able to send for considerable lengths of time without getting tired. In the next twelve years, I got through two Japanese bug keys, the first being accidentally dropped by the third radio officer when it was only a few weeks old. That broke the paddle arm off, and I had to effect a temporary repair until I could replace it again in Cape Town. Despite being quite cheap, I had no complaints about the Japanese keys, they were really good. But I had heard that the American Vibroplex keys were the best of the best. Eventually, I was able to purchase on in Houston, Texas, for about £50. I used that one regularly from 1977 until leaving the sea in late 1992, and still have it today. The key illustrated is purely my own design based on trial and error, and it took almost a week to get it working correctly. I have compared it with my Vibroplex, and although I am a bit "rusty" at morse after 25 years, can still produce perfectly readable code, and cannot tell any difference in handling between mine and the Vibroplex, I incorporated small ball races for the top and bottom bearings that gave a very smooth action. The spring steel is a piece of a junior hacksaw blade with the teeth ground off. The vertical pillars are all old rifle shells cut off to the correct length, and bolted to the acrylic base via holes drilled through ends. The dent caused by the firing pins was a great guide for the drill. The open tops were fitted with home-made caps made from brass, with a fancy brass bolt in the top for purely aesthetic reasons. Solving the spring problem was beyond me, as I could nor find any springs small enough, or of the correct strength. I got round this by using powerful neodymium magnets instead of springs, and they work really smoothly. The tension can be easily adjusted by moving the magnets further apart, or closer together. Neither could I get the dot contacts correct, so I used a small magnetic reed switch. It is actuated by a magnet fixed the vibrating arm. The speed of the dots can be adjusted by moving the brass weight along the vibrating arm. The closer it is moved to the front of the key, the faster the dots. Most of the construction is in brass. The base and paddle are acrylic sheet and the finger knob is a small "button knob" normaly used for glass cabinets. Bob
  17. What else do you model besides SIBs?

    My son got his car into the car show we sponsor at our Church entitled endless summer last weekend. We also had to buy a triple core aluminum radiator as he makes some horse power and the original rad caused the temperature to climb too quickly for my liking! Car does great burn-outs! I bought him a nice set of wires for Christmas also. So the 1-1 build is completed. Jeff
  18. S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald

    Thanks for the comments, everyone, glad you all like it. ----- Well, the Fitz is finally completed and inside the bottle, and I'm rather happy with how it all went, everything went into the bottle nice and smooth, and the paint job makes her look nice and smart. Nice to have one that goes easy for a change, y'know? As for what's next, I think I'm going to be making an SIB of the R.M.S. Carpathia, as that would round off the selection of ships I've made concerning the Titanic and I'm also kicking around the idea of doing another liner, sort of wanting it to be something a little different from the usual, sort of leaning towards the Orient Line's S.S. Orion, as her interiors were done by a chap named Brian O'Rourke (wonder if he's any relation?). Anyway, without further ado, here's some photos of the finished Edmund Fitzgerald, let me know what you think.
  19. S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald

    ive wanted to build this one for a while. im happy you decided to, looking good!
  20. Żuraw Gdański

    Thank you Alan Artur
  21. Pilot cutter Jolie Brise in a bottle - Scale 1/240

    Excellent work. Having been on the ship recently, your model is very accurate. Carry on. Can't wait to see it go into the bottle.
  22. After that, I tried to set and the other two front sails
  23. Then I completed the wiring of the running rigging of the first of the front sails
  24. Many thanks Daniel, IOAN and all who are interesting this project! Then I made a couple backstays
  25. A true artwork! Congratulations! You have golden hands.
  26. Pilot cutter Jolie Brise in a bottle - Scale 1/240

    I love the rope coils and pin rails. Great technique.
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