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    In fairness, I inherited a couple from my dad who carved animals from wood. However, I shamelessly copied his ideas on the newer ones. I like the small handles - I find it gives me more control than the xacto type handles on small items. Cheers Alan
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    For those in the UK, I have a Proxxon Sander (on the right), lovely quality machine, bought from Germany (a lot cheaper than UK retailers - and shipping was 1/3 of the price as well). Cost about £173 at present at Amazon, I saw the one on the left in Lidl (a German owned supermarket chain) today at a few pennies less than £30. Its marked made in Germany (as are Proxxon). They look practically the same. May be worth a trip if you need one. Alan
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    HI Lou, Hacksaw blades can make good edges as long as they are the good old fashioned type made from high carbon steel that fractures when bent (4 times around a large parade ground at the double for breaking one during fitting training soon taught RN apprentices to use a hacksaw properly), not one of the modern flexible ones that only have hardened teeth. I also use used 'x-acto' type blades epoxied into dowel, and resharpened and shaped as required. See photos. The furthest right is made from a needle and is about 0.5 of a millimetre used for small holes in styrene. (1 cm grid) This one is made from a masonry nail and is about 2 mm. best Alan
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    To make your own small chisels cheaply, get a box of masonry nails, they come in different sizes as well, and using cut off disks and grinding wheels in a small power tool, shape and sharpen the ends as required, then sharpen on a hone. (safety specs on ). Use some dowel as a handle. These keep an edge as they are high carbon steel. Alan
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    A You Tube SIB Video

    I wondered as well. Not sure how elastic would last over time tho' Best Alan.
  6. Hi All, Came across this demo whilst browsing. There are definitely some techniques here that I haven't seen before, and talk about minimum tools and materials! However the finished SIB is worth a look at. Alan
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    HMS Gannet

    Had a visit to Chatham 2 years ago during the EASIB convention which was held there. Whilst booking tickets on line, I spotted that there were a couple of organised tours of 'Behind the Scenes', and was lucky enough to get a couple of places. We were taken around the model ship storerooms, where the models belonging to Maritime Museum Greenwich are stored.. There are some outstanding models from, old as the Ancient Egyptian tombs to early last century. Some of these can never be put on display to the public as the cases are works of art in their own right, but the glass does not meet modern safety standards and the cost of dismantling and replacing the glass is exorbitant. If you are doing research, you can however ask for a model to be brought forward to a back room for study. Takes a few weeks to organise. The Gannet, along with the other exhibits are well worth seeing. I have my 18 inches of rope I helped make in the rope walk (still a commercial concern) and will incorporate it into a stand one day. Well worth a visit if you get a chance Alan
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    Pirate type Galleon

    My sympathies. I've been there as well. Take the opportunity to modify, and make better as well as repair, and don't rush it. Its all a learning experience. You'll get there. Alan
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    Proportional Dividers

    thanks for the likes Alan
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    Pirate type Galleon

    My 1p worth that may help. These are from the Black Pearl plans I drew up. I did not use them all in the end. Alan rigging.pdf
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    Sailing Stories

    Long, long ago, in the summer of '76, as I had just finished my RN Artificer apprenticeship, I was volunteered to crew a Bosun Dinghy in the annual 'Engineers Regatta' where RN Engineers from different RN Training Establishments gathered to display their collective lack of seamanship in Portsmouth Harbour. We were launching the thing on a hard on the Gosport side, which entailed getting it off the trailer into the water (no problem) , stepping the mast and rigging it. The mast was swung upright, and for some reason that still escapes me, I was required to hold the bow (chest deep) while the 'skipper' did up shackles etc. The next thing I know is that I am being pulled out into the harbour by 'something' that was gripping me by the neck. I couldn't breathe or shout, and things were turning black when there was a lot of shouting (involving some exceptionally colourful language), hands grabbed me, the 'something' was unwound, and I was pulled gasping into the rescue boat. I got my wind back, discovered what had happened and joined in the use of the colourful language. What had happened was this; two members of the Women's Royal Naval Service (WRNS), (now fully integrated into the RN) had finished rigging their Bosun next to us and set sail. I will say nothing sexist about it being a good idea to have a look round, check things are secure and ship shape before casting off, however none of this was done as they left a rope trailing which wrapped around my neck and shanghied me as unwilling 'crew', or in this case as a sea anchor, the effect of which was unnoticed by the WRNS until the safety boat crew, alerted by my skipper, turned up to the rescue. They were towed back to the hard and told never to darken the sea again. I was told to get back in the Bosun and race - and by the use of a bit of gamesmanship involving not doing a penalty 360 that wasn't spotted we came third. Never sailed since. Alan
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    Started build no.2

    Yep. Working to a deadline takes the fun out of it. Alan
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    Pirate type Galleon

    Spanky, A very nice job indeed. Its a bit late for advice now, but if you plan to split the hull, its a lot easier if you start off with a 'composite block' made up from separate, close fitting pieces pegged together. If you plan the 'split' along, say, the waterline or a whale, it helps hide it. The pieces can be pulled together in the bottle using control threads and the pegs. If you want some small, very thin saws the look here - http://www.radubstore.com/ - I have some of the tools from here and can vouch for their efficiency. They also keep an edge. The first saw blade I used lasted about a year being used on various types of wood (hard and soft) and on brass rod and tube when making tools. Looking forward to more Alan
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    My first SIB: Dimond

    A nice piece of work. Alan
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    James Miller 3 masted schooner

    Another lovely bit of work, John. Looking forward to seeing the rest of the build. Alan