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Bernard Kelly

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  1. Nice job Onni. Is she a destroyer or a corvette?
  2. Very nice work. The fine solder work on the bowsprit was excellent. Congratulations.
  3. I looked up this regiment. They were also known as The Prince of Wales 87th Regiment of Foot.. In 1881 they amalgamated with the 89th (Princess Victoria´s ) Regiment of Foot to become the Royal Irish Fusiliers. This ship was probably used as a troopship as during the eighteenth century this regiment was deployed in many overseas roles. The 89 on the stand could mean the year. The Royal Irish Fusiliers were known as the ´Faughs´.
  4. Very nice James. You have captured it perfectly.
  5. Nice work John. Thanks for the great photos.
  6. That is brilliant for a first build. Well done.
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    Very nice Onni. You have a very good eye for detail and your presentation of the bottle is spot on.
  8. What is your location Bobohamer. I get mine online from England. If you are in the ¨US, somewhere local would be more appropriate.
  9. We just heard yesterday that my granddaughter has been confirmed as having covid 19. By the time she was diagnosed she was about four days in. She says it is not too bad, but then she is only 24. Thankfully she is on the downward slope and is feeling better all the time. She is at university in Cambridge and is now isolated along with her four housemates who are now being monitored for the virus.
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    Nice work Tazam. The lighthouse on the cliff is very effective.
  11. Hi Spanky There are 148 confirmed cases in the Canary Islands at present, of which two people have unfortunately died. Hopefully this lockdown will be worth it. Yes I agree, hospital is an environment that I would prefer to avoid at this moment.
  12. I live in the Canary Islands and at present we are on lockdown. I have not been out since Sunday 15 March. And I have got cabin fever already. We are only allowed out one at a time to go to the supermarket, doctor, chemist and dentist. I am trying to make a Bluenose model but at the moment I am waiting for cataract surgery and finding it very difficult, Even typing this is tough. I suppose my surgery will now be postponed until a later date. Stay safe my friends and look after yourselves and your families. Best wishes to you all. Bernard
  13. Hi John Your usual standards of innovation, technique and manual dexterity. Very nice indeed.
  14. Nice work John. You never cease to amaze me.
  15. Very nice model Bruce. The sails are excellent and I like your idea of filling the trough with epoxy.
  16. Lovely model Joe. Looks really authentic. I once made a model of HMS Belfast in her dazzle paint. It was a kit and I found the result very satisfying, especially the dazzle effect.
  17. Very nice James. I love the colours and the sails look really good.
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    Nice work Onni. Always a pleasure to see your models. Bernard
  19. Fantastic Joe, Great detail at such a small scale. Bernard
  20. Hi Bruce I remember once trying to make my putty a little less sloppy so I added fine sawdust. This could be what is making the sea look grainy. It seemed to harden the putty faster too.
  21. I always used plumbers putty at first. I tried plasticine some time later and found it to be a lot less messy. I remember as a kid in the early fifties we had plasticine, I am not sure what the old sailors used but i should think it was a kind of plumbers putty. I cannot remember the ingredients exactly but I once looked up making plumbers putty and it is quite easy if you can get the ingredients, mainly linseed oil. I should think that the old sailors had access to something like that. Bernard
  22. When I first started making ships in bottles some 47 years ago, the lines under the hull was the method I used. Normally I would cut them off and push the ends into the putty or plasticine sea. In some of my later models i started running the lines through a short very thin plastic tube glued into a groove in the bottom of the hull. Later still I found the best way was to run the lines out through holes in the deck and then disguise them, as mentioned, with hatches and other kinds of deck furniture.
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