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  1. 7 points
    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.
  2. 4 points

    Western River

    I came back from the European Championship Naviga C. My Western River won the gold medal. Artur
  3. 3 points
    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.
  4. 3 points
    I also do a fair amount of plan drawing. Merchant ships only, so they are not very popular amongst model shipbuilders. Bob
  5. 3 points
    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
  6. 2 points

    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
  7. 1 point

    free e book

    Came across this https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Clipper_Ship_Era Alan
  8. 1 point
    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
  9. 1 point

    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
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    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.
  11. 1 point
    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.
  12. 1 point
    After that, I tried to set and the other two front sails
  13. 1 point
    Then I completed the wiring of the running rigging of the first of the front sails
  14. 1 point

    IJN Yamashiro 1/1800

    Thanks Jesse! Im collecting supplies for USS Arizona next.
  15. 1 point

    IJN Yamashiro 1/1800

    IJN Yamashiro, 1941, 1/1800 Scale The upper hull was 3D printed, lower hull scratch built from styrene. Various PE parts such as searchlights, cram hooks, searchlight platform structures, railings, awning supports, etc. Rigging is ShelfOddity wire, the Aichi E13A floatplane was scratch built from stainless steel.
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    Western River

    Well done! She really is a great ship in bottle. Well deserving of a gold medal. Great work!
  17. 1 point

    Western River

    I won the gold medal in qualifying for the European Championship in Bulgaria. Pozdrawiam Artur