Jump to content

Kevin Aris

Members
  • Posts

    509
  • Joined

  • Last visited

Posts posted by Kevin Aris

  1. good evening

     

    my av still continues, had anticipated putting this away again and doing something else by now, but enjoying it that much i will complete it now, but possibly without sails

    the main mast was made up and placed into position

    uxNN62g.jpg

    bowsprit netting went in 

    jbVFh41.jpgUEuZhJq.jpgjvsnekW.jpgKcv2wpJ.jpg

    foremast shrouds went in as the standing rigging commenced

    65qBGfz.jpg

    pin rails scratched from the kit 8 holes to 19

    SmyHVea.jpgcG7jva0.jpg

    fore backstays and main stays in

    along with the derrick rigging

    VTBGXNW.jpghxh5Xz5.jpgILCBmZw.jpg

    • Like 6
  2. good evening everyone

     

    i continue to work on this beast, often going backwards, but getting there

    all blocks that attach to pintles or none rope tend to have round collets, i have tried to replicate this using and alternative evergreen tube

    IMG_0193.thumb.JPG.5f894041f6ffe563bddcdIMG_0194.thumb.JPG.28b8e2dee12b8ee94c430IMG_0200.thumb.JPG.917a80bc19e15eba94a7bIMG_0202.thumb.JPG.d1734a25afcaf7f0db81d

    IMG_0272.thumb.JPG.7316664daef37246a9614IMG_0283.thumb.JPG.043aa781d46aecbadbee8

    at this stage she was put away for a month or so whilst i did another project which has since gone on hols again in an attempt to complete the running rigging  by Christmas this yearIMG_0656.thumb.JPG.287429d75be1fb5765026IMG_0657.thumb.JPG.a8d9a5dff1271c82795c7

    main mast

    IMG_1009.thumb.JPG.50e06c779493a145f8997IMG_1010.thumb.JPG.f70f100cb73514a9fa15dIMG_1013.thumb.JPG.76d2761b90ecc6f7bc37fIMG_1018.thumb.JPG.af06dad6c28a42acd8992IMG_1027.thumb.JPG.6541398e6b2ecbf0fef95after 13 years the Amerigo has some mast rigging, IMG_1075.thumb.JPG.e06f953d855f43e125ab6IMG_1076.thumb.JPG.778a2ca1d37417e280401

    • Like 9
  3. good evening everyone

    quite a bit done to the chassis today, although you wont believe it

    the brass round will eventually be bent and attached to the handbrake lever, however the way the kit wants me to join them to the raft made me look at alternatives, but there would need to be more room required to achieve it so i came up with my own idea, which is tidier and looks better

    the lever moves this raft which in turn creates friction on the wheels to slow them down

    these bits of brass sandwich the raft which is tidier then a 1mm hole to attach

    IMG_0547.thumb.JPG.0caf113dcf8c63da11c18

    IMG_0545.thumb.JPG.4b2bde00abe3bef0b10e2

    IMG_0546.thumb.JPG.0aca03a00302be73a2402

     

    carriage suspension

    each corner has a vertical metal bandings and has taken some time to get right 

    two metal strips are turned at one end, and fixed to the frame the other, a folded bands secures them, and a rod stops them from collapsing 

    still very much work in progress

    IMG_0548.thumb.JPG.de5bdd36456d0b8a21932IMG_0554.thumb.JPG.9ada8a74c042e2e4afb65IMG_0555.thumb.JPG.211094d6af319966981abIMG_0556.thumb.JPG.130725786301c5ba7edaaIMG_0557.thumb.JPG.14fe8ea438785305586d6IMG_0558.thumb.JPG.995559ad979becd3137a5IMG_0559.thumb.JPG.19089f3cad6e8cc5f6fa1IMG_0560.thumb.JPG.47daadf089dae8b9402a4IMG_0562.thumb.JPG.e6b3fbc437709a760def3IMG_0563.thumb.JPG.e33aa7cbabb0614440615

    • Like 2
  4. good morning everyone

    never got quite as much done yesterday, as the wife walked out on me

     

    when i say the wife walked out on me that not quite what happed, for a start she got in a car, not walked, and it was our car,  and i was driving, and i knew where she was going, oh and she comes back Tuesday

     

    the horse is still being worked on, but already i am changing things 

    IMG_0532.thumb.JPG.11e4b5714e2d1ad8837f7IMG_0533.thumb.JPG.e70bdbb884c84049c90e0IMG_0534.thumb.JPG.35eeaed73be18fd549c21IMG_0535.thumb.JPG.7e435ba4beb2e3b3f505bIMG_0536.thumb.JPG.b3abe29819432c4c5ab40IMG_0537.thumb.JPG.6de11b36d1f8a4e6aadf6IMG_0538.thumb.JPG.b7d9ece6f26e1f463e938IMG_0539.thumb.JPG.83eac8e59fe7fc102e21athe instructions call out for a simple 3 sided brace but looking through other logs i am going with a full braceIMG_0542.thumb.JPG.8c6f6b2bf14c8f42fdbd6IMG_0540.thumb.JPG.20e33785fe525ee612e47IMG_0543.thumb.JPG.33d1fbe2503010a2efec9IMG_0544.thumb.JPG.82a9a3fa8b3b487f6eabd

    • Like 1
  5. good afternoon everyone

    day 2 of my latest build, 

    wheels are first, But having done them last on the hearse build i am going to wait a while, however i did the hubs as i am using a different sort of acrylic paint,  they are taking some work to make them presentable

    IMG_0514.thumb.JPG.aa8b1a651ce058c8fea80IMG_0515.thumb.JPG.87cacd1b81dd92818debdIMG_0519.thumb.JPG.d3a7248fc21f67c99c98c

    starting the chassis

    the kit provides 5mm x 5mm walnut for the longitudinals and have a cleft put along the full length, i did this by hand, it looked a utter mess, so i used some 6x6 and used the table saw, 3 clefts are on either sided of the chassis front and rear  

    mainly only the laser side is painted, most of this has now had at least 3 coats, with no primerIMG_0516.thumb.JPG.a287568153f32b3f78c7bIMG_0518.thumb.JPG.eab6008deb5712cefe639IMG_0520.thumb.JPG.d2dab6fd09e93d1447bcaIMG_0521.thumb.JPG.0129cf838ccee10c1a7b3IMG_0524.thumb.JPG.a400e36208c6daf345dc9IMG_0526.thumb.JPG.6304e30211cc0ead241d2IMG_0529.thumb.JPG.da93fd2d793165fac6325

    at present i am now doing the hounds

    IMG_0527.thumb.JPG.f82643a50e1db208c01d9

    IMG_0530.thumb.JPG.98d3109b4ecda53e0e9f9

    IMG_0525.thumb.JPG.7e2b8c957378b641a14ef

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    • Like 1
  6. rated as one being better detailed than the 1/12 Model Trailways Concorde Stagecoach i fancied this after the discovery of my Tudor mansion, built and forgotten about, and it quickly follows my completion of the hearse build

    what i have found to be a pain, no instruction handbook, just a CD, or you can download from different places

    priced at about £130 im sure it will keep me out of trouble for the next few weeks

    IMG_0483.thumb.JPG.c088be2318de3d239a5ffIMG_0482.thumb.JPG.f5dbeab06d7d00efd1305IMG_0481.thumb.JPG.dd1261eb876d1df3d5222IMG_0480.thumb.JPG.44d7873be2c5264ff26e3IMG_0479.thumb.JPG.d6faf8fc12e9ab42e8610IMG_0478.thumb.JPG.dc7f9c76cf846e7c889e6IMG_0477.thumb.JPG.ed8a80d150233c4551e0fIMG_0484.thumb.JPG.213cfccd04e10c507e6e4

    • Like 2
  7. Good evening everyone

     

    with my summer break i am starting another wagon, 

     

    Taken from Wikki

     

    Stagecoaches were familiar vehicles along the main roads of the East and the South before the coming of railroads in the 1830s and 1840s. Even as the nation's network of iron and steel rails grew larger and more comprehensive, stagecoach connections to small and isolated communities continued to supplement passenger trains well into the second decade of the twentieth century. However, stagecoach travel was most difficult and dangerous across the vast expanse of the American West, where it attracted the most attention. In large measure that was because of the inordinately great distances involved and the Herculean effort required to maintain regular service across the region's dry and sparsely populated landscape.

    Stagecoach lines in the East tended to connect preexisting centers of population, and passengers took regular meals at the established inns and taverns along the way. Nothing of the kind existed in the West in 1858, when John Butterfield undertook an overland stage line connecting St. Louis and San Francisco by way of El Paso, Texas. The route also ran through Tucson and Los Angeles, but neither was more than a village of a few hundred residents at that time. A federal contract paid the stage company $600,000 a year to carry U.S. mail across the continent, and that money helped subsidize way stations at regular intervals, where, in the absence of existing settlements along most of the proposed route, the coaches could change draft animals and the passengers could find food. The Butterfield organization spent nearly a year getting everything into place to support semiweekly stagecoach service.

    When Butterfield's Overland Mail Line opened for business on 16 September 1858, the 2,795-mile journey between San Francisco and St. Louis required approximately three weeks of hard traveling, and that was during the best weather. The coaches kept moving all through the day and night except for brief intervals at way stations. Stagecoach fare did not include the cost of meals, which at an average price of a dollar each three times a day for three weeks might effectively add 50 percent to the cost of a through ticket. Sleep had to be obtained aboard the rocking coach.

    Antedating Butterfield's line, a stage line connected San Diego and San Antonio in 1857 with semimonthly coaches. Even earlier, in 1849, a stage line of sorts connected Independence, Missouri, and Santa Fe, New Mexico. But these earlier carriers were not as ambitious as the Butterfield line, nor were they run with the attention to detail that a large support structure demanded.

    In the spring of 1861, with the threat of Civil War and Texas's secession from the Union, the transcontinental stage line moved north. Following the central Over-land Trail, it stretched through the future states of Wyoming,

    Utah, and Nevada. Again the Overland Stage Line had to spend a small fortune to build the support structure required for regular operations across the sparsely populated corridor. The long transcontinental journey remained as rigorous as before.

    The transcontinental stage line attained its greatest geographical reach under the leadership of Ben Holladay. In the mid-1860s, lines of the Holladay Overland Mail and Express Company extended west from the Missouri River steamboat landings in Kansas and Nebraska to a hub in Salt Lake City. From there additional lines served outposts as distant as Butte, Montana, and The Dalles, Oregon, where steamboat connections to Portland were available. Incurring heavy losses in 1864 and 1965 during the Native American unrest that sometimes prevented overland stagecoaches from running, Holladay in November 1866 sold his interests to Wells, Fargo and Company. Wells, Fargo operated stagecoaches along the transcontinental route between Salt Lake City and Sacramento, California, where steamboats connected to San Francisco. Holladay subsequently acquired and built railroad lines in Oregon.

    Railroads generated a great deal of excitement all across the West. As the tracks of the first transcontinental railroad extended east from Sacramento and west from Omaha in the late 1860s, stagecoaches served a shrinking gap. That gap closed when railroad officials drove a last spike at Promontory, Utah, in May 1869 and trains linked California with the rest of the United States for the first time. The era of stagecoaches along the central Overland Trail was over, but thereafter various smaller stage lines linked transcontinental trains to distant outposts. Until buses became popular around the time of World War I, many a road-weary stagecoach continued to meet passenger trains and provide transportation to remote villages in the West. The term "stage" was commonly used to describe any coach, wagon, or sleigh used as a public conveyance. In the 1860s, the heyday of stagecoach lines, the Concord coach, handcrafted in Concord, New Hampshire, by Abbot, Downing and Company, became the quintessential icon of transportation across the frontier West. The first Concord in California, transported aboard a clipper ship that sailed from New England around Cape Horn, inaugurated service out of San Francisco on 25 June 1850.

    The familiar egg-shaped body of the Concord coach was renowned for its great strength and its ability to keep passengers dry while floating them across flood-swollen streams. Because the inevitable twisting of the coach body on the rough terrain could easily shatter glass windows, it had only adjustable leather curtains to keep out the dust, wind, and rain. The heavy body, often weighing a ton or more, rode on thick, six-or eight-ply leather belts called thoroughbraces to insulate it from the constant pounding of the wheels over makeshift roads. Nevertheless, the swaying made some passengers seasick. Mark Twain aptly characterized the Concord coach as a "cradle on wheels."

    Not all stagecoaches were of the familiar type. Vehicles called "celerity" or "mud" wagons were much lighter and cheaper than Concord coaches and, because they had no springs, offered a much rougher ride. They were primarily used on lines where passenger and express traffic was too light to justify the expense of Concord coaches.

    A Concord coach could accommodate as many as nine passengers inside and another six or more on the roof, though no one in a crowded coach rode in comfort. In an age renowned for its propriety and formality, perfect strangers, both men and women, might have to interlock knees in the cramped space of the interior or rest a weary head on another's shoulder. Some passengers passed the long hours of an overland journey by drinking themselves into alcoholic stupors, while others organized or participated in impromptu songfests. One common form of entertainment was to shoot at the wild animals, such as antelope and prairie dogs, visible from coach windows. Some passengers probably whiled away the long hours worrying about Indian attacks, even though attacks and stagecoach holdups were both infrequent. The violence associated with stagecoach travel in the West was for the most part an exaggeration fostered by dime novels, Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show, and Hollywood westerns.

    Each stagecoach passenger was allowed a maximum of twenty-five pounds of baggage, which rode in a large rear pouch called a boot. The U.S. mail typically rode in the front or rear boot, although, as Mark Twin recalled from personal experience in Roughing It (1872), a large load of mail might be shoved among the feet of passengers. Any express shipments, often gold and silver, rode close to the feet of the driver, a skilled horseman who handled the team of four or six draft animals from a seat atop the coach. Sometimes a special messenger accompanied express shipments to guard them from bandits. On occasion a stagecoach might carry a shipment of produce, such as fresh apples from the orchards of Utah to remote towns in Idaho and Montana.

    Twain's personal account of overland stage travel in the early 1860s is evocative and true to fact. However, the 1939 Hollywood epic Stagecoach, directed by John Ford and featuring a young John Wayne, probably did more than anything else to foster modern perceptions of stagecoach travel as both romantic and dangerous. Louis McLane, onetime head of Wells, Fargo and Company, the most famous name in overland stagecoach travel, wrote to his wife in 1865 about artistic depictions of travel by coach, "I thought staging looked very well to the lithographer, but was the devil in reality." Many hearty travellers who crossed the West by stagecoach in the late 1850s and the 1860s surely would have agreed.

    IMG_0476.thumb.JPG.1b103db05b830de95110f

    • Like 1
  8. good evening everyone

     

    doors

    there was one one hinge supplied instead of 4, replacements come from the states, so i raided the wife dolls house spare parts found 4 and fitted, both doors open

    just handle to fit

    IMG_0390.thumb.JPG.c317250bf7fcc2f2ba7e2IMG_0391.thumb.JPG.e5e168fd7788fec32ad09

     

     

    glazing

    a simple job, but rather than paint the glazing strips black i did them antique gold, it looks ok

    the very thin plastic film was protected in a p[plastic envelope, but for some reason it is marked by the outline of the photo etch decoration which was also in a plastic envelope - spooky,  i did to clean it off somehow

    IMG_0390.thumb.JPG.c317250bf7fcc2f2ba7e2

    IMG_0398.thumb.JPG.3b0dae5fedbc6d35fb08a

    seat

    wasnt happy about just painting it brown, so i covered it in leatherette, then put a piping around it to hide the white edges, this them made it to wide for the kit supplied back rest so made one out of brass

    IMG_0387.thumb.JPG.c5ea3d2b70301b645c34a

    IMG_0388.thumb.JPG.39ba4a5371acb149ccb9fIMG_0389.thumb.JPG.42357152989bcf1c919f4IMG_0392.thumb.JPG.dbac9dad4dfaef0765f22IMG_0393.thumb.JPG.2eabc6d27475957c52f7bIMG_0412.thumb.JPG.e171cc77d357612ce4daa

    front suspension ongoing

    IMG_0373.thumb.JPG.223a36e3c94df44da09c5IMG_0374.thumb.JPG.1c3445562573db3ca547eIMG_0376.thumb.JPG.4e69e5767d1795b1dd540IMG_0377.thumb.JPG.bd3435036c9978d16afa5IMG_0378.thumb.JPG.cec5c372ffc23cdbc223fIMG_0379.thumb.JPG.4d1a236b6f32e02cdd8c2IMG_0380.thumb.JPG.6ae5e395a71feed28badd

    decoration is now on, just needs tidying up

    IMG_0372.thumb.JPG.a7b1ccd9eec7926412004IMG_0371.thumb.JPG.1caa964e6a350140c7413

    IMG_0410.thumb.JPG.b62fd8af84404c0651538

     

    IMG_0414.thumb.JPG.f74d29fbb7f274664d99e

    IMG_0415.thumb.JPG.e5d2a56a6ab2f2f383a20

     

    IMG_0386.thumb.JPG.0027c1123c6ad98982206

     

     

     

     

    • Like 8
  9. good evening everyone

     

    build continues

    interior

    the rollers are 19mm long and wooden dowel is provided for that purpose, but i had some right dia plastic tubing, easier to cut, primed and sprayed with Ford antique gold rattle can paint

    IMG_0363.thumb.JPG.49efb82498c3cad08e362

    IMG_0351.thumb.JPG.76923b8a9531bd7b854c1

    IMG_0364.thumb.JPG.871ac128dd477966d01aa

    the coffin rails are white metal stations with brass tubing slotted in-between, also in the kit

     

    IMG_0347.thumb.JPG.59ecf3e65baaf516e18b2

    IMG_0348.thumb.JPG.10136b90e15a42cdcca10

    IMG_0349.thumb.JPG.e8ebdc0ac1deee5a44684

    IMG_0350.thumb.JPG.3b674b823436b1c959695

    IMG_0364.thumb.JPG.871ac128dd477966d01aa

    IMG_0365.thumb.JPG.70f3b8eafb784bdea4263

    IMG_0366.thumb.JPG.0648e8f40264553e01033

    IMG_0367.thumb.JPG.6cadd8204c41f220ce7da

    rear wheel suspension was also made up, nothing of the metal bits has taken long to clean up

    IMG_0352.thumb.JPG.3c571cdce8c2c873e8368

    IMG_0353.thumb.JPG.a7a98b7dd98ed328b142f

    IMG_0354.thumb.JPG.b58a415c52ff9fca1c567

    IMG_0355.thumb.JPG.92bc17198aedd46c2ddd6

    IMG_0356.thumb.JPG.0239329b2db16e9664e70

    IMG_0357.thumb.JPG.9b5c106d5e94dfd78cb19

    IMG_0358.thumb.JPG.1118cdf754fa9ee952363

    IMG_0359.thumb.JPG.4d4b20c7a88287d4a7efb

    IMG_0361.thumb.JPG.f5519716d1a20fd4f0235

    IMG_0362.thumb.JPG.829cc860b7e7bd3c7d3a2

     

     

     

    • Like 4
×
×
  • Create New...