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longshanks    3,969
Posted (edited)

I've been struggling with motivation lately so I thought I'd try something different.........

I've long been inspired by the work Bob Wilson aka ShipbuilderMN

Latest post

http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235016920-berwick-law-steel-barque/

 

Plus Ray S & now Murdo entering the arena 

 

I have long had it in my mind to build a series of British Coastal Trading/Fishing craft. Being realistic I'm not going to live long enough to build in what I would normally call a reasonable scale. At this stage I've also got it in my head that I want to build showing the full hull to demonstrate the many varied hull shapes.

 

So the chosen starting point is the 'Clyde Puffer' a more basic shape I can't imagine....   but good to learn the ropes in this scale.

 

300px-J_M_Briscoe_-_Clyde_puffer_VIC32_moored_at_Corpach

 

 

I photocopied the plan and stuck it on plastic card 'bread & butter' style

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Brass sheet was cut out and let in for keel

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Bulwarks planted on outside, to be faired in, supports added on inside

 

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and the signature  picture of the Parker pen

 

P1050024 (Copy)

That's it for now

 

Kev

 

Edited by longshanks

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allyby    270
7 minutes ago, Dave Swindell said:

Ahh, the Vital Spark :)

 

 

My thoughts as well, all you need now is to make a likeness for Para Handy, great work keep it coming, I'm in!

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wyverns4    887

Very interesting! :popcorn: and :drink:

 

Christian, exiled to africa

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Murdo    671
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Looking good so far but sorry mate, what scale is is? Couldn't see it anywhere.

 

 

By the way, I was brought up on Para Handy. Considered a legend with my lot.

 

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Martian Hale    9,795

Great start on what is one of my all time favourite maritime subjects. The Maggie is my favourite film ever. You will be delighted to know that I am most definitely along for the ride on this one and will be offering all the support and encouragement I can! :popcorn: :drink:

 

Martian sitting on the edge of his seat

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longshanks    3,969

Wow looks like a touched a Live Wire with you lot :winkgrin:

You are all welcome to join me on the journey

 

I don't recall ever seeing the series....  I just love the character in these boats.

 

Murdo the scale is 1/200, quite a bit larger than you are using

 

Kev

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Ray S    1,385

Kev, this is looking good so far!

 

How did you do the hull? You said 'bread and butter' style - is it just thick slabs of plastic stacked up then sanded to shape or did you use bulkheads and lay the plastic over them? I know it is probably a silly question...

 

Great to see you getting into scratchbuilding a civilian vessel too, Bob will be happy there are three of us joining him now!

 

Look forward to seeing more,

 

Ray

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longshanks    3,969
4 hours ago, Michael M said:

Ugly

That's a bit harsh :fight:     :winkgrin:

 

Hi Ray,

No such thing as a silly question..

You take the waterlines from the hull drawing and attach to correct thickness material build the hull up in steps. Sorry I didn't take any pics at that stage I was mucking about. This site will explain more fully than I can

http://www.themodelshipwright.com/construction-articles/building-a-bread-and-butter-solid-hull-ship-model/

 

8 minutes ago, Ray S said:

Bob will be happy there are three of us joining him now!

I must say I'm having fun

 

Kev

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beefy66    2,800

Looking forward to seeing this one develop  :popcorn:

 

beefy

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Avereda    375

Aha - when I started modelling again it was partially sanctioned by Mrs Ave on the basis that at some point I would build up the skills to have a go at a Clyde Puffer, particularly the Vital Spark. Notepad at the ready...

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Aginvicta    489

I'll be following this, one of my favourite boats. I have a couple of Para Handy episodes on a video tape which I will have to watch again.

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rayprit    276
12 hours ago, longshanks said:

 

I don't recall ever seeing the series....  I just love the character in these boats.

Kev

 

Hi.................Watch and soak up the atmosphere...........episode 1 of many

 

Good Luck with the build

 

 

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Skodadriver    1,829
13 hours ago, longshanks said:

...

 

I don't recall ever seeing the series....  I just love the character in these boats.

 

....

 

Kev

 

There were two well known television adaptations, "The Vital Spark" which ran between 1965 and 1974 with Roddy McMillan playing Para Handy and the later "Tales of Para Handy" (1994-95) with Gregor Fisher.  There was apparently an earlier adaptation (ca. 1959) with Duncan Macrae but none of it survives. 

 

Best of all are the actual stories: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Para-Handy-Neil-Munro-ebook/dp/B00DFM713E/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1491249392&sr=8-1&keywords=Neil+Munro 

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longshanks    3,969
Posted (edited)

Good to have you all looking over my shoulder.....

 

Today it's  the 7.5mm diameter prop. and rudder

Prop formed as shown

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Wire from household flex wrapped around the posts. Showing posts removed

 

P1050028 (Copy)

 

 

and coated with diluted PVA (ordinary wood glue)

 

P1050029 (Copy)

Before painting

 

Rudder and keel formed from sheet brass

 

P1050018 (Copy)

 

and checked for fit along with the prop

 

P1050038 (Copy)

 

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If you have any questions feel free....

 

Kev

 

Edited by longshanks

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Avereda    375
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There's also  a few links to some short videos on this page http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06s5n0f

The programme's not available on iPlayer unfortunately, would have some useful information IIRC.

 

Just checked again, it was actually this BBC Alba programme I was thinking of which shows the restoration of a puffer

 http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06vft28 - again not on iPlayer but the clips might be useful

Edited by Avereda
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longshanks    3,969
Posted (edited)

and the hatch.....

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I did resist trying to open the hatch but I did pull the tarpaulin back in preparation...

 

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Thanks for looking in

 

 

 

Kev

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beefy66    2,800

Looks like a folded down bed sheet school camp style  :pipe:

 

beefy

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Martian Hale    9,795

Impressive! I can see my 1/144 scale kit getting dragged out before too long.

 

Martian

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Paul E    1,166

Hi Kev,

 

That hatch looks very nicely done and the prop is a very neat idea. Very impressive, I will have to shamelessly steal that one. :thanks:

 

Paul

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longshanks    3,969
2 hours ago, Martian Hale said:

I can see my 1/144 scale kit getting dragged out before too long

 

Cheers Martian, what make would that be?

 

1 hour ago, Paul E said:

I will have to shamelessly steal that one

 

More than welcome.

If I remember rightly the original idea came from the late great modeller Brian King

 

Kev

 

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