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ShipbuilderMN last won the day on April 17 2015

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  1. How can it be hacked if it is still working?
  2. Just saw the comment on Facebook that Britmodeller has been hacked. Can only say that for me, it is still working! 2nd August 1406 BST
  3. Hi Steve, Thanks, You had used several methods that I had not seen before, and I liked the bit about fishooks etc! Best wishes Bob
  4. Very nice buld, with some handy tips in it. Not many merchant ships ever get modelled for reasons that escape me, so it is especially pleasing when they do appear - Bob
  5. If it isn't fun, maybe best to just go back to what you do like building!
  6. I quite like scale of 32 feet to 1 inch (1:384). They are small enough for normal sized houses or flats, and don't require any high degree of patience to build. This on, the steamer Politician, is shown in a Utube presentation from block of wood to completion. It took a total of 58 hours to build, spread over a few weeks. All timed on a stopwatch. Building costs, virtually nothing. But being scratchbuilt, it would not be a popular choice for a model, but I was never much good with kits! https://youtu.be/dbKlh_aa9r4
  7. I have just finished reading: Pocket Island by Charles Clark Munn (1848 - 1917) This is a free download from Librivox, and I listen to these talking books whilst model building. This one starts in the 1840s with a story of smuggl;ing off the coast of Maine, continued through the American Civil War, and ending again on Pocket Island. A grand tale of adventure. This is the final paragraph, which is very true, and sums up my own feelings at the age of 75: Life at best is but an enigma, and like children pursuing a Will-o-the-Wisp, so do we all pursue the illusive beacon light of a brighter and happier to-morrow-always hoping, never attaining, though striving ever until, wearied of the vain pursuit, at last we fall by the wayside and are forgotten. For anyone wishing to download this free talking book - here is the Librivox link: https://librivox.org/pocket-island-by-charles-clark-munn/ I put it in my Android tablet and listede to it from there. It runs for five hours, twenty minutes - Highly recommended! Bob
  8. Stuart, Several of them give the methods, but it is against the rules to advertise! Bob
  9. From block of wood to completed model - 32 feet to 1 inch - 1:384 - Bob https://youtu.be/LEuoD6klIY4
  10. Yes, I drew it on a large piece of white card using rulers, French Curves etc. Then photographed it and coloured it in using the computer. Bob
  11. Yes, I drew it on a large piece of white card using rulers, French Curves etc. Then photographed it and coloured it in using the computer. Bob
  12. Palermo - 1938 - Elleman Wilson Line general cargo -
  13. Thanks, It has always surprised me that they are not very popular amongst model shipbuilders. The main reasons given are because the rigging is too difficult and they don't carry guns beng merchant ships). Neither argument is remotely valid as the rigging is the easiest part as it is just wire glued on in short lengths with no knots anywhere. The fact that it doesn't have guns (the ports are just decoration, painted on) surely makes things simpler, as you don't have to make what is not there! As for the hulls, a sailing ship is infinitely simpler than a steam ship or warship because it has fewer deck with not many rails, ladders, lifeboats, deck machinery etc. If it is the missing war aspect that bothers you, that is also invalid, because when wars occur, merchant ships are invariably dragged in as well, whether they like it or not! Example, Jervis Bay (Below) Now, that was a complicated model, and her name has gone down in history for her heroic deed in WWII! of drawing a German battleship away from a convoy, resulting in her loss, but allowing the convoy to escape. Bob
  14. Thanks Steve., So sorry to hear of your loss. I knew I could repair the Gulf Stream, it was just the thoughts of doing all the work again so soon that wore me down, and I didn't even make a start for many weeks, but when I did, I soon put it to rights. Bob
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