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  1. 3 points
    Thank you everyone for the advice and warnings. I've found some nicer timber to use, but I have no idea what it is, any ideas? It came out of the frame of an old worn out LazyBoy recliner chair we threw away. The photo below shows it has a really fine grain structure. It sands, cuts and chisels nicely. You can see I chiseled of the corner of the bottom piece, and you can hardly see the grain. I really don't want the split lines to be visible and because I won't be planking the hull, the mating surfaces must be perfectly flat to each other. So my new bit of timber needs to be sanded dead flat. I find sanding such small widths by hand often creates a rocking motion, resulting in a slightly curved sanding surface. So I placed a sacrificial block each sight to stabilise my sanding. See photo. I can't just drill through the hull stack to make the dowel holes because I can't have them seen (not planking), so I drilled one side, inserted a little dowel peg tool into the shallow drilled hole and pressed the two sides back together. The sharp little point of the dowel tool (sharpened, cut down nail) made an indentation on the adjacent hull section. I could then drill out the matching dowel hole. The below photo shows a bamboo dowel on the left, and the little dowel marker tool on the right, leaving an indent. So I now have my hull stack doweled and ready for shaping!
  2. 2 points
    Dan: I got this and everyone will want one. Wait and see. 😁 Bruce
  3. 1 point

    More failures than success, ...so far

    Well, I've been noodling around for a bit but seem to be learning the hard way a lot. My previous pirate type galleon failure had a lot to do with my lack of how to rig properly, stressing masts etc to breaking point. I have since done D.Siemens Bermuda Sloop but made it too complicated by having the hull in 3 separate pieces, choosing an old bottle with a very small opening that dives into the bottle proper making manipulation difficult. As a result, I settled for less sails and cut my frustrations short. I have made the sea too deep and broken the mast on the roof of the bottle. I threw one out because I slopped too much resin and caulk on the inside of the bottle moving things around. Maybe the challenge, the fact that it isn't easy, the patience learned, I don't know but it still fascinates me. My most recent failure is another galleon. I started out with an over an under split hull. Things went well I put the sea of resin into the bottle. I tried to manipulate it when it was too hard and messed it up. I threw out that bottle and grabbed a Pinch bottle I had laying around. I put the bottom part of the hull in however when I went to put in the upper hull and rigging, I found out the opening to the Pinch bottle is smaller than the original bottle. The original bottle fit well.Unfortunately the Pinch bottle did not. So it's back to the drawing board but I'm humbled rather than angry, and I hope that some day my failures will pay off in the form of some amazing success. Similar rookie frustrations out there?
  4. 1 point
    Here are some photos of my progress on my scratch-built, 1/1500 scale HMS Dreadnought, 125’ to 1” at just over 4” long overall. The hull was made from boxwood, the deck planked with bass. The balance of the detail is mostly brass, with some styrene, aluminum, and tungsten wire. The funnel was made from aluminum sheet, and is hollow all the way through. Probably overkill, as I included not only the external piping but internal as well. The handrails are brass, awning stanchions are tungsten wire. The bridge has a full interior, ship’s wheel, telemotors, binnacle, chart table. They can all be seen through the bridge windows and through the bridge wings. The bridge windows will receive glazing but not until the model is finished and clear coated Total parts count at the time of this post is 702.
  5. 1 point
    Yeah, they can be very strange
  6. 1 point

    HMS Dreadnought, 125’ to the Inch

    Just great modelling. Love that you use an old Scottish shilling to compare scales. Ideal for oldies like me😁
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    Fabulous detail.
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    You have had a rough go of it. 😲 I'm sorry to see its been so difficult. I think we've all been there at some point. I made this after a bad wreck of a brigatine I was building. I also had a bad wreck with my Scavanger build. Theres a build log on that one. You got the right attitude. Theres a belief in art that every one has a certain amount of mistakes. Trick is to get them all out of the way early on. I hope your next one comes out better.
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