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    Lydia Eva Steam Drifter

    All, Thanks for your likes and comments. Much appreciated. Best Alan
  2. Hi All, Some of my photos from the EASIB Convention held in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, on the East Coast of England. I apologise for the standard of the phots. It was great to see so many different SIBs, and swap ideas etc. Some real works of art. Note the SIBs in the yard of ale glasses. Alan
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    Lydia Eva Steam Drifter

    Hi All, I attended the EASIB bi-annual convention last weekend, and had a thoroughly good time chatting with other members, seeing their SIBS and the evening meal for the presentations. It was held in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk on the East Coast of England. It also coincided with the Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival. The quayside had a selection of nautical themed exhibits, historical re-enactment by the local ‘militia’ demonstrating muskets etc, folk singers/groups singing sea shanties, and a few vessels to go aboard and look round, one of which was the Lydia Eva. The large herring fleet had made the town the major herring port in the world in the early part of the 20th century. Built in 1930 and based in Great Yarmouth, Lydia Eva fished along the East Coast and North Sea for nine years. The Royal Air Force brought her in 1939, using her in a variety of roles until she she laid up in 1969. She was acquired by the Trust in 1971/2 and restored as a floating museum in Great Yarmouth. Lydia Eva joined the Maritime Trust's national collection of vessels in London's St. Katherine 's Dock in 1986 but was laid up again in 1990 and eventually returned to East Anglia when the Lydia Eva Charitable Trust Ltd was formed She is listed as part of the National Historic Fleet and there is fair web coverage. Lydia Eva was suggested as the SIB to model for the convention, so I set to. I couldn’t find a set of drawings for Lydia Eva, but I did have a set for Ocean Unity from a copy of Model Shipwright. This was of a similar style, so with a bit of electronic shrink and grow, a reasonable set of lines was obtained. The differences were obtained from photos from various websites. I aimed for a SIB at about 1/250. The Hull Block Hull being formed Cap rail being fitted SIB primed, bulwark interior painted and ribbing being fitted. Wheelhouse being constructed Then I got a new laptop and 'lost' some phots during the data changeover so straight to the finished SIB. And then this at the evening presentations - well pleased. best Alan
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    HMS Ramillies, 74

    Frankie, The e-book 'Miniature Sailing Ship Construction - The Norwegian Barque Svaerdstadat' at the website below contains lots of tips on using brass rod for masts, including a jig for aligning the sections. At just under £5, its well worth it. Link Regards Alan
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    James Miller 3 masted schooner

    Hi John, Lovely build. Have a look at the site below for a 'tool' to hold/manipulate small parts. I've got one and for a couple of Euros its well worth it. The saw blades are well worth trying as well http://www.radubstore.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=77_122&products_id=434 Those blocks look interesting, are they drilled pieces of strip wood? Looking forward to the rest of the build. best Alan
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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.
  11. 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