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Onni last won the day on November 7

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About Onni

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  • Birthday 12/20/1952

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    Lovisa, Finland
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    SIB,modelling,woodworking.Exploring the countryside.

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  1. Onni

    The 'Phoenix' Portsmouth.

    Very nice James. Like the simplicity of the wooden stand too. Onni. ?
  2. Onni

    Gypsy Moth IV

    Thanks James.?
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    Gypsy Moth IV

    After working on HMS Gannet for months felt a need to build something quick and a bit easier. Plumped on Sir Francis Chichester's, 'Gypsy Moth IV' something that I remember from my younger days! Never done a model in an upright bottle before so this was something new for me. (Thanks to Ioan for the idea) From start to finish about 27 days to complete. Split hull design. Carved a new internal stand to allow for the natural curve in the bottle base.
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    Bottle selection.

    Personally speaking I find a bottle with a bit of distortion has a certain charm to it but if the glass is too thick or makes the ship inside the bottle appear to be a bit blurred then it's not really acceptable. I have heard that some people get their bottles from a pharmacy because those bottles have much clearer glass and of course are usually larger.
  5. Onni

    HMS Ramillies, 74

    Nice one Frankie. I think a lot of British people would find it difficult to remember the actual date of Trafalgar.
  6. Onni

    The 'Phoenix' Portsmouth.

    Nice work James. Black lines are difficult. I usually use loads of masking tape and black spray paint but it can be a bit hit and miss affair.Some people just use black cotton glued to the hull which is probably a possible solution on a small model.
  7. Onni

    HMS Gannet

    Thanks Bernard. Its nice that people are interested in the build logs in general and appreciate the work and effort that go in to them.
  8. Onni

    HMS Gannet

    Many thanks James. Yeah its my favourite shot too!
  9. Onni

    HMS Gannet

    Having discarded my original bowsprit, made a new smaller version with thin metal spar and dolphin striker.As previously; made three cotton loops ready in the bowsprit to pull through the forestay,jib stay etc..glued the stays with ordinary wood glue and allowed to dry before cutting them off underneath with a small bit of razor blade cemented to a thin wire.Always a bit shaky doing that as one false move can cut one of the bobstays by mistake which would be a bit of a disaster,however everything went well and I am quite pleased with the finished item.I had already made a larger turks head so it was just a question of fitting it to the bottle neck. Last two pictures show a late Victorian gunboat/sloop 'HMS Gannet 'at anchor in the evening setting sun.......
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    HMS Gannet

    Starboard piece of the forecastle deck is joined to the port side.Try as I might I just could not get the completed deck to stay down tight against the bulwarks so had to resort to using a tiny amount of instant glue (super glue) to stop it popping up. Seems to have done the trick.Added Nordenfelt machine guns ,fully glazed hatches and navigation lights(the white objects which look like R2-D2?) Lightly glued in place the bowsprit but stepping back and looking at it objectively it just looked wrong ( too large) so still having time before the glue set I took it away and am in the process of building a smaller bowsprit which I hope will be more in keeping with the scale.
  11. Onni

    HMS Gannet

    Many thanks Gwyl.
  12. Onni

    HMS Gannet

    Foremast in place and glued. In the first picture note the white loops at the top of the mast used to pull through the boom and jib ropes. (Not sure if those are the correct terms.) Picture two, here I am trying to evenly tighten the back stays together. Capstan fixed in place and also the Arab Dhowl sailing on the starboard side.Port side forecastle in but not glued yet because have to wait until both sides are in before I can fix them together.
  13. Onni

    HMS Gannet

    Progressed to the funnel area complete with air ventilators and boiler vents. Deck cannons in the mid gun ports.On the original ship these ran on rails making them easy to move and position for arc of fire. Only one muzzle loading gun at the front of the ship which used the same rail system so could be moved quickly from starboard to port gun position.Muzzle loaders had to be used in the early 1880's because of problems with the new armstrong breech loaders( a step backwards to the days of Nelson) Wiggled the foremast in;next step is to glue that in place....
  14. Onni

    HMS Gannet

    Main mast goes in and I glue it firmly in place with two component glue.Two of the lifeboats in place but unfortunately the port side one is not at the correct angle and the glue has already set .Not much that I can do with it now.?
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    Welcome. I'm sure that you will get plenty of ideas and advice from the forum. Good to have you aboard.