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Ray S

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  • Birthday 04/01/1916

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  1. Bertie, just for you, I can confidently, cautiously and cordially confirm construction continues, carving is creating copious contraptions, ceasing upon completion of this classic civilian carrier of cargo. Ray
  2. @Bertie McBoatface, I don't know, you and your language! I'll get you back yet heh heh! Today was a day for making small parts. Here are some bitts wot I made: See Bertie I told you! I also decided to get the rear steering station started. I have taken the decision to alter the shape of it so I can actually make something that was feasible. The original shape was more pear-shaped, but I could not quite work out the whole design. A reminder of the plans: The station is on the far left-hand side of the plan view, and you can see how bulbous the shape is from the top. It looks like there is an roof-like upper, and those darker areas look like they are almost like 'wings' on the side of the structure as there is a thin line on the side elevation above. The whole lot seems to be on supports, with one of the ship's wheels to the fore, with one of two binnacles in front of that. I have chosen to do the rear station as a rectangular structure as I was unable to get something curved like the plan shows. I started off by laminating two sections of 40 thou card, then skinned the two longer sides with 5 thou card. I then popped a strip of 0.8mm rod along the centreline of the upper part, and skinned the pitched 'roof' with 5 thou card, trimmed all overhanging edges, then skinned the fore and aft section with 5 thou. At this point (halfway through my description above), it looked like I had nicked something from a Monopoly set! However, after a little sanding, something more presentable was found hiding under all the excess plastic: I will drill some holes into the underside tomorrow and attach the supports, which I hope is what it should be like! I have some North Star etched ship's wheels, and some of those are exactly the right size according to the plans, and I will use that as a guide for the supports. That is it for today, I thoroughly enjoyed the day even though it was only small stuff dealt with. Ray
  3. I have just caught up with this and am totally amazed at what you have done so far. That lighting system too is staggering. There is lots of inspiration going on with this build. You don't tend to do 'small' do you, this is another massive build! Ray
  4. Yes, he is tough, Steve. Thanks for the comments, and I am looking forward to Xantho's progress, I note you have got on well with it already! As for the Knight Templar, I have not been idle these last few days, but have been pottering around with two further deckhouses aft. One was fairly tall but square and freshly built by me, the other was oblong and low, and had been built (roofless) way in the dim distant past. My issue this time was how to deal with the glazing on these parts. On the main deckhouse skylight I had used clear plastic for the roof (I know there is a nautical term but...), painted the underside with a thin black enamel, then masked the panels on the upper side before painting the brown framework. It worked quite well, but was less confident about it working at this smaller size. I chose to paint the two deckhouses brown, then masked the framework and painted the glazing gloss black. That worked quite well too, in my opinion anyway: Thankfully, I had thoughtfully looked at the plans again, and realised that the square deckhouse had access to a stairwell down to a cabin, so there had to be a doorway. Guess who forgot the door? Yep, lil ole me! I rectified that, as can be seen on the masking tape between the two deckhouses. I have also to admit that a slight liberty was taken with the number of skylights on that smaller deckhouse, there should be six either side, but I could only safely mask four. Anyway, I was quite happy with the results: Then it was time to consult the plans again to fit the two structures. I again used PVA (Deluxe Materials Glu'N'Glaze) to fit them. It grabs well, and any excess squeezed out when fitting can be cleaned off with a damp cotton bud. The general arrangement of all the fittings follows reasonably closely with the plans, but don't look too close, this is turning out to be more of a ship 'based on Knight Templar' rather than accurate. I have tried to get it right, but there have been a series of cumulative errors occurring, but again I am happy with it as it is. I only have two more major,things to make for the main deck; the aft steering station, which has a weird shape, and the anchor winch, which will be a challenge. There are also a number of smaller items, like the bitts and two binnacles, along with the forward steering staion and flying bridge. The funnel was fitted too today, it needed some CA gel to deal with it. This is where Knight Templar sits at the moment: I think I will paint the Clearfix'ed main cabin windows gloss black while I can still get to them as they look a bit odd being clear while the rest are black. I quite like the slight angle the ship is sat at on the head-on shot, I hope it is within the realms of possibility. That is it for today, thanks for looking and for the 'likes' and comments, Ray
  5. Good work Mr Bandsaw, and now I know why your glue was blue! As for the joinery, it was spot on, even if you did not know about the subject. The work on the brass fore and aft was very illuminating, and as it is something I may well have to learn, thanks for showing the process with the jeweller's/piercing saw. Good luck with the rest of the build, Ray
  6. That is an excellent result, and a very nice touch using a 1916 penny to show the scale. Ray
  7. Yes, excellent work on this. Those ship's boats are lovely to behold, as is the overall paintwork. There is nothing quite like a Victorian Battleship that oozes character. Ray
  8. Hello all, I am sorry to say that this build is now off for the foreseable future. I am very sorry about this, other things have cropped up. Good luck everyone with your builds though, Ray
  9. Hello all. Firstly, can I say a big 'THANK YOU' for all the kind wishes. I am pleased to say that my Dad has recovered well from Covid, it was scary times there for a while. All those thoughts were very greatly appreciated. I have tentatively re-re-re-started Knight Templar. A little while ago I had the lovely task of creating 16 identical masks for the skylights for the top of the main deck house. A simple task, 3mm x 1mm! Ha! Could I cut straight? Could I cut identical lengths? No! I eventually managed almost identical, so I suppose that was a Yes! after all. I laid a strip of tape down to mark out the lower end of the glazing, then added the masks to that and spaced by eye, and they turned out not too bad in the end: I then gave that three coats of thinned Humbrol 26 enamel Khaki (I had painted the underside of the clear plastic with a thin coat of black to create depth for the skylights). As I was doing so, a niggling thought kept creeping into what passes for my brain. The skylight housing was not on straight! For that matter, nor was the small piece of decking in front of the funnel cutout. I decided that I could not cope with either of those staring at me each time I looked at the model, so I removed both bits. Thankfully, I had glued the skylight housing with PVA so it came off very easily, and the small decking came off with a scalpel eased under the edges, despite having been glued down with Tamiya liquid cement. Before I removed the skylight housing though, I got rid of the masking to see how my plan had worked with the black thin paint underneath: It had given the effect that I wanted. Some of the Khaki lifted when I removed the tape though, which was a surprise. I was going to make another skylight and redo the lot, but I accidentally placed the newly released housing back onto the deckhouse, and it aligned as good as gold, so I have stuck it back down with PVA again. I had been concerned that the glazing would have been out of alignment due to the original skewing, but it looks okay at first glance: I am also now happier with the small decking area which is where the flying bridge will be fitted. I had also made up the small hatch on the far right of the picture, an oblong with some masking tape around the edges to give some raised detail. Another smaller deckhouse is in progress for slightly further aft, and I have still to work out how to do the steering equipment at the furthest aft - it is a funny shape! I will retouch the paintwork around the skylights, but at least the thing is no longer crooked! It is a short and sweet update, but I have enjoyed the small progress. Thanks for looking, and thanks again for all the best wishes, Ray
  10. I am looking forward to this one! This was always a kit I had wanted to build, but shied away from due to a) price, b) space,* and c) skill set! I had an article in a Model Boats special issue which I kept reading time and time again, even bought a 'simple' wood kit to deal with c), but messed that up. Having seen Berties builds on here, I have taken steps to actually get some tools which may help with c) and allow me to correct the problems I had (being too mean to have thrown it away) and I hope to get some more hints and tips from this too. Good luck with the build, and I hope the previous owner will be very happy with your result! Ray * I am not dropping the Oxford Comma, despite what some people would like us to do!
  11. Very good work on Glamorgan Jeff. That launcher looks to be a work of art from this side of the screen, and incredibly delicate. I certainly admire your skills with this. All the best, Ray
  12. It is good to have now cut wood on this long term project Mr Bandsaw. I too have never heard of your newly discovered type of wood, but it sounds interesting. I have plans to try and build another steam coaster at some stage and that wood could be quite useful. The work you have done looks very neat indeed and I am looking forward to the progress on Xantho. All the best, Ray
  13. I am very much enjoying re-reading 'Evidence of Things Not Seen: A Mountaineer's Tale' by WH Murray. A great read, as were three other mountaineering books by the same author, not a 'Wow!' in sight on any of the pages, but a tremendous ability to use the English (or Scottish) language. It is a perennial favourite of mine. Ray
  14. This is coming together very well Beefy, very nice work and I love the sea base too. Ray
  15. @Bandsaw Steve and @robgizlu, thanks for those kind comments. I have had to halt this for a short while as I have been over at my parents looking after them as Dad is Covid +ve, he has been quite bad but is now on the mend, and has done very well for a 93 year old. I will get back to this as soon as I can. All the best everyone, Ray
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