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Bertie Psmith

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    The Entropy Group Build Proposal. It's brill!

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  1. The end of the week? Ha! This morning I fitted the go-faster stripes to the Port side. These are rubbing strakes designed to protect the hull planking from abrasion by other boats, quays and possibly nets? The top one is a double and is rounded while the others are all simple square timbers; this makes me think it might have had a purpose related to hauling a couple of miles of netting over it. That's the first one fitted, 4mm below the top of the bulwark. It's 2mm wide walnut. It has quite an open grain but the colour will be lovely so the grain is a minor matter. The thing that's been keeping me up nights was working out how to install it in the right place and parallel to the top while avoiding making a mess with the glue. CA was recommended but I knew that would end up messy and there's the dermatitis thing too, so I stuck to wood glue (). There was very little spring in 2mm of wood but I still bent it to fit to minimise the chances of it boinging at an inopportune moment. There's a clue in the photo to how I made it parallel and incidentally kept the glue under control. Tamiya masking tape. I cut it down to 4mm and stuck it to the top of the bulwark, which gave me not just a line to follow, but a little ledge to butt the strake up against. I clamped the ends for piece of mind but there really was no need. The small quantities of wood glue that I use lose their water content very quickly and the polymerisation of the resin happens almost as fast as CA. The bond continues to strengthen for some hours but for non structural, small joints like these, it's stuck firm in a minute or two. Just about enough time to spread glue on both sides of the joint and get it lined up. Gluing is always a bit of a drama for this reason! I continued to use the tape, cut to the appropriate widths to space the lower strakes. The three bottom ones are 1mm square and for them I taped both sides of their intended location which worked very well as I could feel them slipping into place. Peeling the tape away before the glue fully dried seemed like a good idea and kept it all tidy. I got this idea from a brother Britmodeller who lined up the roundels on the huge wing of the Vulcan using Tamiya tape in a similar way a while back. Was it you @Adam Poultney? Whoever it was, I'm much obliged.
  2. The rudder is also smooooth now, but before I mount that and start varnishing, I remembered that I must first apply the rubbing strakes to the hull. I have a feeling that I mentioned them already but they slipped my mind. Many things do that and another important slippage is my reading. Did you ever buy a book, fail to read it properly and think that you had done the research that you intended? Well I have a pile of books on my bedside table that's taller than said table and when I get to bed I'm asleep in ten minutes. That stack of maritime literature is consequently growing rather than diminishing and I am learning nothing about rigging and similar subjects of interest. I get so driven by the need to do something with my hands and post pictures of it that sometimes I forget that research is also a part of modelling, even if it does not make for lively updates. So I'm telling myself to get a grip on the books and I'm telling you that things continue to happen here and I'll be back as soon as something photogenic happens (by the end of the week probs). Until then I bid you a fond adoo.
  3. I may have settled on a personal project for the GB. (I may have mentioned this before?) I've come across the reality of this photo several times in different places, a retired horse living out its last days in the corner of a field with a small donkey for company. Fear not, I don't propose to model a dying horse, all I want to take from this scene is a large retired machine gently rusting away in a quiet corner of a scrapyard with a small rusty machine for company. Sad but somehow sweet? I suppose I want to sugar the bitter pill that Entropy has in store for all of us...
  4. I hate to say it because it seems like sucking up to the host, but I’m rather inspired by your ridiculously good 1/48 diorama. 1/48! It shouldn’t be allowed!
  5. Blimey, I thought they had all died out. Perhaps they are re-enactors?
  6. That's a little too cryptic for me.
  7. Excellent. These are really appealing to me. I'm considering attempting one with battle damage revealing those insides.
  8. There's a Wanted Section of the site where you can ask more widely for your RE8. Best of luck with the quest.
  9. I thought so too, yet there are many of last year's proposals still in the Bunfight section, so I was beginning to doubt myself. @Enzo Matrix, could you clarify this please? Not me. I have the Entropy GB to steward and much else to do on the modelling front. I suspect the NATO GB proposal will coast through so I might well build my Leopard derivatives there.
  10. I wouldn't dare run two concurrent ship builds! Having this on the dining table is supposed to encourage me to finish Lady Isabella, perhaps a little earlier than otherwise. Groan . Maybe it was a typo and she was really HMS Eagle? Thanks Rod for that suggestion. Unfortunately, drawing or drafting linen is not available here and even if it was, I don't have the sewing skills or eyesight to make my own sails from any kind of cloth. I think that the strange thick fluffy table mats provided for sails would have been imposed on OcCre by considerations of pricing. This (beginner's) kit was only £110 and economies would surely have to have been made. My current build 'Lady Isabella' from Vanguard Models has only three sails and they cost an extra £36, with boltropes and cringles* sewn in for me. They are quite nicely done but even so, I'm not a fan of sails on a model because they seldom hang convincingly, to my eye at least. Another thing that sets me against fitting sails is the fact that the ship is stationary on a stand and unmanned; sails would seem to be inappropriate. On the other hand, if the sail were off, then the yards wouldn't be hoisted either so this is a rather spiralling line of thought. I'm inclined to place accuracy a very long way behind beauty in making my decisions about this build. *Rough definition: Boltropes are sewn into the perimeter of a sail for strength and to spread the forces imposed by the rigging connections to the sail's corners. Cringles are circular 'eyelets' for attaching the rigging to the sails. All naval definitions are incredibly complicated and shot to pieces by weird exceptions so please allow me a little slack in my terminology. Strictly speaking and by contemporary naval definitions, Beagle wasn't even a ship, because she wasn't square rigged on all three masts. In my limited reading so far I've seen her variously described as a bark, a barque, a ship-rigged sloop, and a brig!
  11. That’s right. No plans exist and much of our ‘knowledge’ is based on drawings and book illustrations made by artists who didn’t see her at the time. I have read that as a small, insignificant vessel she almost certainly carried no figurehead. The only evidence to the contrary is a drawing in an early edition of Darwin’s book that has a shape or shadow suggesting a dog’s head. However that ‘almost’ gives me scope to use the charming puppy supplied in the kit. Sometimes lack of information is a boon!
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