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  1. Somewhere to put that Glenfiddich we were talking about earlier! 😆😁
  2. Canopy - Part 7 - Getting there... At the end of the last post I had got to the point where the cockpit aperture was only very slightly wider than the 'canopy base' for a few mm just behind the pilot's shoulders, but there is a 3D aspect to this problem. Look at the photo below to see what I mean. On the starboard side of the cockpit you can look right through a gap between the bottom of the orange base and top of the fuselage, that gap is there simply because the orange plastic is flat while the fuselage, when viewed from the front, is circular. So we need to get the base to conform much more closely with the top of the fuselage. Here's how I've done it - I've never used hot water to assist shaping sheet plastic before, but it turned out to be dead easy. I'll be using this method again. First assemble the tools as shown below. A coffee cup probably isn't really a 'tool' but you know what I mean; perhaps equipment is a better word. Boil a jug of water and pour the water, while still very hot, into the coffee cup. Dunk the piece of plastic into the hot water - not for long; only about as long as you would dunk a chocolate chippie biscuit into hot cocoa. Pull the, now very soft and pliable, piece of plastic out of the water and press it onto the outside of the dowel so that it is forced to mold a gentle curve along it's long axis. In this case the dowel is a much smaller curvature than the top surface of the fuselage, but luckily less than 100% of the curvature was transferred to the plastic. The resulting contour was a pretty close fit. Now all I had to do was knock back some of the paint-work and scribe in some cross-hatching so that the soon-to-be-applied araldite would have something to grip. Following a quick spray of primer over the bare plastic (note that it's no longer Woolworth's orange) I used two-part epoxy to glue the 'canopy base' onto the top of the fuselage. I held it tightly in place with Tamiya tape and let it sit for a few hours. The tape helped enforce the close conformity of the part with the top of the fuselage. Whew! that's looking better. Now I have a sensible looking structure to attach the canopy to. The canopy clips onto the base now, so although glue will still be necessary it won't have to do 100% of the work. I am happy with the outcome here. You may note that there is still a very small residual gap between the canopy and the fuselage, again just behind the pilot's shoulders, but this should be easily filled. I'm now confident that I've got most of the 'engineering' associated with the canopy sorted out. Phew! I think I'm getting there...
  3. Hi Adrian, For what it's worth, I find myself using two-part arildite epoxy more and more. Very strong, grips plastic and wood ok and plenty of wriggle time. Also very cheap and readily available. Only drewback I can see is it tends to be a bit thick and 'gluggy' so if you want a thin skin of glue might not be so great. And it stinks the house out!😀
  4. Canopy - Part 6 - Taking a big problem and making it smaller Hello, It's been a while since my last posting here, mostly due to life getting in the way - families, holidays, work... you know the kind of thing... Anyway, at my last major posting I suggested that I was about to re-start the entire fuselage and to my delight Hendie seemed to believe me - at least briefly! Suffice to say I am not actually going to build the whole damned fuselage again! Here's another view of the problem that I have to solve, there's a gap approximately the size of the Grand Canyon either side of the canopy. Hmmmmm... I have decided on fairly simple and rather dodgy fix - but in the interests of time and simplicity it will do. I just cut out two small lengths of 1.5mm evergreen styrene sheet, each a bit longer than the cockpit aperture and smeared a blob of two-part epoxy on the top side of each end of each piece. I then ran a bit more along one edge of the plastic strip. I then used tweezers and bad language to position each piece of plastic inside the cockpit and along the top of the cockpit wall. As each plastic strip is longer than the aperture the excess plastic at either end sits sit inside the cockpit under the fuselage skin. I then forced the plastic upwards, using the tweezers, so that the glue on either end attached to the inside of the fuselage skin. I also pressed outward so that the glue on the outside edge gripped onto the outside fuselage wall. I then held the piece in place, manually, for about 10 very boring minutes until the glue gained a secure grip. I should have taken more photos to make the process clearer but that would have required 3 hands! Using glue in this 'upside-down, inside-out' kind of way is not very smart because any bump from above will subject these 'hanging' strips to forces that will tend to push the strip downward and as glue is very weak under tension (as opposed to under compression) the bit of plastic will drop off easily. Therefore I let the glue cure for 24 hours before gently smothering the plastic strips in perfect plastic putty to smooth out the dodgy work. As you can see in the photo below - the gap is now considerably reduced, not quite eliminated, but now much more manageable. Don't worry about all of the PPP smeared all over - it cleans up very easily with a bit of sandpaper. From here I think I can see my way clear to sorting this canopy business out once-and-for-all and I am getting my 'mojo' back for this project. So expect the posts to start coming a bit quicker in the foreseeable future. I am starting to think that with a good set of military spec binoculars the finish-line might now just be visible in the distance! Hope you can all sleep easier now knowing that this situation is under control! Reconcilor
  5. I second Phoenix's comments above. Always nice to see scratchbuilt projects, especially to this standard.
  6. It's been a while since I've last seen this thread but now I've caught up and am impressed with your progress. Keep going, it's looking good.
  7. Hello Frank, A 'Hinkley 43 sloop' - that's what I needed to know! As you say, good drawings available for this class of yacht. I wouldn't mind betting that there are one or two here in Perth, so now I know what I'm looking for, this project is starting to look a bit more viable. I don't know if you have seen my mig 15 thread but if you are interested on pages 6 and 7 'Renshape' gets discussed a lot as does composite decking and some comments on your excellent work. I would stick a link in here for your convenience but am using an iPhone and only know how to do that when using a P.C. Anyhow I've picked up quite a few ideas from your posts so thanks for that. Reconcilor
  8. Awesome! Yeah - that's what I'm talking about!
  9. Hello Albergman, So nice to hear from you. I fear this may be getting confusing. It was ZooL several years ago who was thinking of building his father's yacht. I'm thinking of building the yacht that John Lennon chartered in 1980 'Megan Jayne' subsequently re-named 'jubilee'. If I were to build it it would be full-hull, fully rigged.
  10. I don't mean to offend, but when I first saw the photograph I thought you were holding a large cow-pat.😦🤢🙄😂
  11. Wow! Good photos there. Haven't seen these before. Thanks
  12. Oh Hendie! If only this was April the first I could have so much fun telling you I've already chopped the wings off. 😜 Don't worry, I'm not actually going to start again. Just dial your BS detector up a few notches when reading my posts. 😄
  13. Canopy - Part 5 Taking a small Problem and make it bigger Good suggestions concerning sorting out my tech issues Hendie, thanks for that I will give those fixes a try sometime when I'm less pressed for time. Also great suggestions regards composite decking. I have googled suppliers here in Perth and they are abundant. The stuff looks ideal so will definitely be trying out that idea. But for now, let's see if I can take a small problem and make it bigger - why not? Back to the dreaded canopy. You might remember I was using this rather rough canopy mold as a template testbed to work out how to fit the canopy onto the fuselage and discovered that, when the canopy was placed accurately, there was a rather significant gap behind the pilot's shoulder. Unsure about what to do abut this I decided to postpone solving that problem and start working on my plan to secure the bubble. Found this old discount card from a supplier that will remain un-named. Very, very carefully marked out the outline of the canopy - Hmmmmm... Cut out the shape and checked that the canopy would 'pop-on' over the top of the new...whatsamacallit... 'Canopy base'? It actually fitted pretty well and I was happy. Marked out the hole for the cockpit. Just look at the research effort that going into this would ya! Drill some holes... Grind out some plastic... Ah-ha... Now I have a structure that I can essentially just clip the canopy onto (as shown above) and secure with a beading of well-placed canopy glue - sweet! Only problem is - now the plastic canopy base is flat and it's just made the gap look even bigger - I'm not sure the gap actually is bigger, but it sure looks bigger. So now for the real crushing irony - the root cause of this whole problem is actually a lack of research on my part. Now I know that some of you love, love, love research - and good on you if you do. For me it's 'Research - Smeasearch' (I know that there's no such word). Research for me is pretty close to just another word for homework! (Wow - I bet this post isn't going to get many likes!) So I'm highly dependent on the accuracy of the plans that I'm using; chances are if they are wrong I'll be wrong, and I'll have no-one to blame but myself. So the root cause of the problem here is laziness on my part - the plans that I'm using show no detail inside the cockpit. The canopy is rendered as if effectively opaque so they do not show the size, shape or exact location of the cockpit aperture and when I was carving it out I was just making it up and guessing the size and shape. It seems in my haste I guessed wrong. More homework required. Next time I will be more careful. Now the obvious solution here is to start again. Carve a new fuselage, this time out of composite decking - chop the wings and tail off this one and re-fit them to the new one. Maybe that's what the next post will be about. Best Regards, Reconcilor