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  1. free e book

    Came across this https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Clipper_Ship_Era Alan
  2. What else do you model besides SIBs?

    Thanks Dan Alan
  3. Atlantic Hurricanes

    I hope none of our members on the USA side of the Pond are being affected by these. Thoughts are with those that are. All the best Alan
  4. What else do you model besides SIBs?

    I thought I'd upload these. My daughter has just graduated from university with a BA (Hons) in Model Design and Special Effects, trying for a career in the film industry. The first 3 photos are of a 'medieval book' prop she made. The next ones are of a Tug she made. The brief was; a stop motion child's TV series about a Tug Boat Skipper, the Tug being able to go anywhere in space or another film. It is about 2 feet long, and except for the LEDs, tyres, and rope, is entirely scratch built. The engines and lights were designed in CAD and 3D printed, the hull is glass fibre produced from a carved form. I know I'm her dad, but I'm still impressed. The next is a 1 quarter scale ships gun made by one of her class friends. Glass fibre barrel, wooden carriage, and elm trucks. All the best Alan
  5. CA Glue incident

    Hi All, I thought I'd relate the tale of a recent unpleasant incident I had with a bottle of CA Glue (superglue), as a precautionary for all. My preferred method of using this stuff is to put a couple of drops into a beer bottle cap (cheap, disposable and saved for the purpose), and then use whichever applicator is applicable with the drops in the cap. I was unscrewing the cap off of a 20 gm bottle of CA in order to decant the required couple of drops. I was holding the bottle at an angle in my left hand and as the cap came loose from the nozzle it was followed by a jet of glue into my right hand hand, running down the bottle in my left hand, and rapidly spilling off onto my work mat, table, and then on to the floor. My initial reaction (after an expletive or three) was to grab some paper towel I keep handy and start mopping up. It soaked up the glue OK, but I then discovered it was sticking to my hands, and to make matters worse as the towel was compressed it started to get hot - very hot - to the extent of "Ouch! That's beginning to hurt". A quick sprint to the kitchen sink, plunge hands under the cold water and that was that problem sorted, although hands are still covered in CA and paper towel. I used some acetone (nail polish remover stolen from my daughter) to get hands, working mat and table clean, unfortunately the carpet now has a permanent hard spot about an inch in diameter. What caused this? I think this is what happened. The last time I had used the CA the weather was hot and dry - high pressure. A couple of days later we were heading for wind and rain (it is the UK) with the pressure dropping. My workstation was by a window and the little sun we had was shining on the CA bottle, warming it up and increasing the internal pressure. As I released the cap, the internal high pressure took over and out came the contents. I now unscrew the cap slowly and in the vertical position so any pressure differential is sorted out before the CA get anywhere near the nozzle. So, please be careful with glues, solvents etc. Useful things, but they can sneak up and bite you. Best Alan
  6. What else do you model besides SIBs?

    Nice to see a drawing been done the good old fashioned way. Its my preferred method, I've attempted to teach myself CAD a number of times, but have not got there yet. I use PowerPoint Draw for small things, but MS have changed the menu structure such that it now takes 3 clicks to do what one click used to, so I'm going to make another effort on CAD. Still can't beat paper and pencil tho'. Best Alan
  7. Żuraw Gdański

    Very nice work Artur Alan
  8. Amateur and aged says 'hello

    Hi Dave, Welcome Don't stay a spectator - have a go with a simple SIB to start with. Nothing like it for learning - most of it is considerably different from the way books describe. Alan
  9. Pirate Ship Scavenger

    been there as well. I'm sure you'll manage Alan
  10. Berchems Whale Barque Erik

    I've come across a couple of articles that may help. The link below is to a google book page that shows the build of one of Bob's (Shipbuilder) models; The ESQUIMAUX, a steam whaler of Dundee in an edition of Model Shipwright. https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=6MycZCNIGqkC&pg=PA39&lpg=PA39&dq=dundee+steam+whalers&source=bl&ots=KdO7hfZbsj&sig=ZE065ohvxWScgZ_kk7H_gQF87S0&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj-qrblz4vVAhXlKcAKHXgkDqY4ChDoAQg_MAY#v=onepage&q=dundee steam whalers&f=false It won't be around for long as google change the contents regularly. This link is to an updated version that Bob has available on his website for a very small fee. https://payhip.com/b/ugnq Lovely model Best Alan
  11. Black Pearl

    Thanks for the likes and comments again. Went to see the latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie as well - a very enjoyable film. Disney used the wrong Union Flag again, but since when has the film industry let historical fact get in the way of a good story. I was noting details of the Pearl. I'll have to have a look for some stills. The SIB was good - it really would be a challenge and a half to put one in a bottle with real water. Al
  12. Black Pearl

    All, Thanks for your interest, kind comments, questions over the SIB and concern over my hand. I was moving a large patio plant tub by tipping it on edge and rolling it like you do with a barrel and got my hand trapped between it and a wall. Bruised,swollen and stiff for a while. The stiffness lasted, making holding small bits hard, but its just the pinky now, not much use for modeling anyway. I've uploaded some more phots, one with a ruler to show size. I basically measured the inside of the bottle and shrunk the plans to suit, so I haven't actually got a scale. I've started the mainmast, but its only loosely put together to show a general make up, no glue as yet other than the styrene top. A trial cannon on deck - it needs to be a bit higher I made up a couple of jigs a few years ago for making Hinckley Hinges. There is a mast drilling jig in ‘Ship Models in Glass’ that allows accurate drilling. I adapted this so an off centre hole could be drilled. The male and female halves of the hinge are started in this. A line of holes are centre drilled in one piece (female) and then the offset is used to drill a line of holes, then the mast is rotated through 180 degrees and another line of holes is drilled producing the male half. The second jig is a piece of square section brass with a screw to hold the work piece and the end formed at 45 degrees. A 0.5 mm wide saw blade is used to clear out the female half with the jig guiding the cut to 45 degrees. The sides of the male half are trimmed down and the mitres cut. A bit of fettling to get the fit, I then used the sanding jig to reduce the thickness to 1.mm. If anyone wants the full article I wrote on this for Bottleship, PM me and I'll send it on. The cabin windows were cut from styrene sheet. I crosshatched a piece of thin clear sheet from a bit of packaging with a sharp blade, coated it with black dry marker, let it dry and then wiped off, leaving the scores black. Coloured the other side yellow, and glued to the window frames. The wheel is a watch cog. More soon Alan
  13. Black Pearl

    Thanks for the interest. Its a 75cl bottle (see top). SIB has progressed a bit, but not as fast as I would like. I clouted a hand in the garden and its taken a few weeks for the bruising to go down and my fingers to start working properly again. I'll post an update in a few days. Cheers Alan
  14. Berchems Whale Barque Erik

    Glad to help. I was given a tip by a researcher in the Scottish Maritime Museum to add the word 'wreck' to a web search on a ships name as this generally generated more news space than anything else. Doesn't always work, but sometimes it pulls out info like this - http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?146721 Alan
  15. Berchems Whale Barque Erik

    Searched under 'whaling barque Erik' http://www.mcmanus.co.uk/content/collections/database/erik-middle-ice http://www.mcmanus.co.uk/content/collections/database/arctic-ii-eriks-bridge http://www.mcmanus.co.uk/content/collections/database/erik-beset-ponds-bay http://www.mcmanus.co.uk/content/collections/database/broken-propeller-june-12 http://collections.rmg.co.uk/archive/objects/505926.html Give you a start Alan