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MickyK

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  1. Hi Lubber, The detail on your ship is incredible, I love it! And, at the end of the day, it's your ship, and if it differs from the original, just say that it went in for a re-fit when you became Captain! Cheers Mick
  2. Hi All. A bit more progress! The Main and Mizzen are now on deck, at the moment just sitting there. I think I'll do the lower shrouds at a later date, mainly so they don't get damaged, and more importantly, they don't get tangled! I've put the sheets on the gaff sail, and they are becoming a nightmare, so those bits and pieces of thread which will end up hanging out of the bottle come launching time will be sorted out later. Still a bit more to do! Cheers, and stay safe. Mick
  3. Hi All, I've not done a lot of SIB'ing, but I thought that waxed thread and glue, CA or otherwise, would be incompatible. At the moment I'm using un-waxed Uni thread, (fly tying thread), but as Jeff commented, waxed thread would run through holes and blocks easier. So can waxed thread be glued successfully? Thanks Mick.
  4. That's awesome! By the way, what is Kraken? Cheers Mick
  5. Hi All, I'm down-under, and it's happening here as well. There seem to be "pockets" of contagion around Sydney, and most of them seem to have been instigated by people that had traveled into Aust from overseas. Now, like everywhere, there are travel bans in place, much tighter screening at airports, no large gatherings of people, most of our major sporting events either behind closed doors, or cancelled for the foreseeable future. The 3 deaths, so far, have been the elderly, living in nursing homes. My particular "self-isolation" is because I don't have much of a social life!! You may have seen on the TV news about our shortage of toilet paper, no-one has been able to explain "why toilet paper", I can under stand non-perishable food stuffs etc. So I hope everybody stays well, and it is a very good excuse to get on with your hobbies. Cheers Mick
  6. Hi All. I've done the hand-rails,(Gunnels?, Capping rails?, Bannisters?, Not sure of the correct terminology.) Made from polyester thread, wiped with super-glue (CA), then wiped with a rag. Makes the thread quite rigid. Then glued with CA. The canons aren't loaded yet, but they are made from styrene. Cheers Mick
  7. Thanks James, The deck is planked with Light Ash veneer, left over from another project, with a couple of coats of clear, satin stain. The hull is planked with paper, given a mottley stain, and glued on with PVA. And the bulwarks are styrene. It only took 5 or 6 attempt to get them to fit, what with the sheer-line and the chain plates, (chains, channels??). Cheers Mick
  8. Hi, That's looking really good. Cheers, Mick
  9. Hi All. Above the water-line is planked, the bulwarks are on, I wanted to plank below the water line, but it wouldn't happen! So it's painted, with "white stuff". The gunwales (capping rails?)are next, followed by the transom, and then the deck furniture, cannons, wheel, capstan, jolly-boat,anchors,other stuff. And masts etc. The list goes on and on.... Cheers Mick
  10. Hi Bruce, It's looking good! Have you also thought of using thick copper wire, or thin copper or brass rod for the oars? It's a bit more malleable than steel. Just a thought. Cheers. Mick
  11. Hi all. Deck planking is done! More to come. Cheers Mick
  12. This should be fun!! Personally, I have my limits! But I'll keep watching. Mick
  13. Thanks tazam, It was the only way I could figure out how to make them robust, and also follow the sheer- line of the ship! Mick
  14. Hi Jeff,. All the masts line up in a nice straight line, it's just because of over enthusiastic sanding in shaping the hull that made it go all skewiff! I've just drilled and Dremmelled both the fore-mast and the mizen-mast holes, and dribbled epoxy into the holes. Tomorrow, I'll re-drill the holes in the correct place. Are there any secrets to drilling into West System Epoxy?? My plan is to drill a small pilot hole, (0.8mm) then drill out to the correct size. Hope it works! Mick
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    That ship looks excellent! Cheers Mick
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