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    Bluebird of Chelsea
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    πŸ“ Bluebird of Chelsea
    17 days ago by ChrisG ( Warrant Officer)
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    Managed to get into my garage and decided to reduce the thickness of the strips for the foredeck, liked Roy`s suggestion with the jig based on two steel rules which worked well but as I have a lot to do it was a bit of a faff.
    So belt sander clamped in the workmate and having carefully marked each plank at 4mm proceeded to reduce the planks width. First few took time but the more I did the quicker and easier the job became ending up with the required 30 that I was happy with.
    The only downside is that I have no fingerprints left on three fingers on my left hand😁
    I intend to use a black felt marker to blacken all edges giving a scale caulking look when sanded.
    Regards ChrisG
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    πŸ“ Bluebird of Chelsea
    19 days ago by ChrisG ( Warrant Officer)
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    I have `bit the bullet` and glued the ply fore deck onto the hull I just hope that I do not need access later, I always find this a difficult decision but one that has to be made if progress is to happen. My next task is to plank the deck, I was hoping to use teak to match the real thing but the cost even though the model is small is a bit above my budget.
    I have some appropriate coloured planks in stock but they are about 6mm wide and I will have to trim them to the required 4mm. Not sure how I will do this but am going to try jamming the belt sander upside down in the workmate and carefully sand each plank to size.
    I am sorry but I am going to close, problems either with this website, my laptop or user error, probably the latter.
    I hope to continue later.
    Regards ChrisG
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    19 days ago by ChrisG ( Warrant Officer)
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    Thanks Roy
    Never rains but when it pours, just went into the garage to find 2 metal rulers and the other bits to replicate your jig idea and one of the cables on the up and over door decided to give up the ghost and the door dropped pinning me half in and half out of the garage. A neighbour kindly lifted the door and rescued me, I could have been trapped for hours😠.
    So at the moment no rulers, no jig, and no access to the garage plus a very sore back, I am thinking of taking up knitting.
    Regards ChrisG
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    19 days ago by roycv ( Midshipman)
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    Hi not sure how long your deck planks are but I had a similar problem with a lot of planks. I made a sanding jig.

    What I did was to get 2 old metal rulers and a suitable length of planking clamped thicknesswise and at 4mm depth, leaving a level 4 mm U section for placing planks to be reduced.
    I used clamps at the ends and the centre section was clamped in a vice, so securely holding the jig together.
    Insert the plank in the groove and sand or cut to size. Check the first one out is correct width as well!
    It worked for me and I hope this helps.
    regards
    Roy
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    19 days ago by DuncanP ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Looking good! Good luck with reducing the size of your planks. Sounds like a bit of a difficult task! Cheers Duncan
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    19 days ago by ChrisG ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hello Colin
    Back as soon as possible, not sure of this system gremlin, I was much better with a quill pen🀣
    Can`t afford another laptop and heat the house.
    Regards ChrisG
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    19 days ago by Colin H ( Admiral)
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    Hurry back Chris, looking forward to seeing the rest.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Bluebird of Chelsea
    28 days ago by ChrisG ( Warrant Officer)
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    I am tired of rubbing down and filling and finally called a halt to it and gave the model a coat of sanding sealer. Then fitted the prop shafts and rudder shafts then a little more filling and sanding before a coat of sealer/undercoat which always shows the missed bad bits.
    I get a little peeved these days having to find paints that do not have unfortunate reactions with other paints, I like Humbrol finish and have used that for years since building railway engines but most outlets only seem to sell preperation paints of the water based variety, and that stuff in my opinion is a travesty. I did find something fit for purpose in the garage goodness knows how old it is.
    I bit the bullet this week and started cutting panels out of 2mm ply as templates for the wheelhouse and other topside accommodation to make sure that they all look right before cutting out of mahogany. I think it will take much time and a lot of patience before this will be anywhere near finished, I am no cabinet maker!
    Regards ChrisG
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    28 days ago by pressonreguardless ( Commander)
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    Looking Good ChrisπŸ‘πŸ‘
    Sanding and filling does seem to go on forever.
    Trev
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    28 days ago by DuncanP ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Coming along nicely. I agree with you about the sanding and filling - it seems to be a never ending job. It will look superb when finished I'm sure. I like yourself like the 50ml Humbrol paints but they are hard to resource. I've got a tin which I hope will be enough to do 2 coats over the varnish - which is below the waterline and slightly above. I would have been on with that now if hadn't been for my set back with the masking tape pulling bits of the varnish off! Sanding back the beautiful varnish finish was rather heart breaking! As someone said - that's modelling for you! I will follow your build with interest. Good luck. Duncan
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    πŸ“ Bluebird of Chelsea
    1 month ago by ChrisG ( Warrant Officer)
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    The planking is done but needs lots of `caulking` sanding and general tidying up I think I may apply some sanding sealer before sanding as the wood I have used seems very coarse grained and soft so this process would no doubt harden it up, either that or a couple of coats of GRP resin, to be decided.
    Meanwhile Santa came early on Tuesday and bought me lots of lovely brass bits from Cornwall so I have decided to check these out and have started with props, shafts and making brass skegs and sorting this lot out. I also had delivered an HA boat stand which I am in the process of building. I like these and used one on the previous build.
    I am really enjoying this build loads to think about and plan, I continue to be hesitant about the superstructure and particularly the wheelhouse and how much to reveal of `down below`hopefully it will all work out well and in proportion.
    Regards ChrisG
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    28 days ago by Colin H ( Admiral)
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    Chris, it's apleasure following your build. Static or rc, it's not important, just to see how it proceeds and finally finishes is what I like to see.
    And yes I also have many boxes with obscure collections of parts in, some are from my dad's collection of might be useful one day boxes.
    Carry on sir you are doing a grand job.
    Cheers Colin.
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    1 month ago by ChrisG ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hello Colin
    The skegs are soldered to 2.5m brass tubes within which is a 1.5m brass rod onto which the prop will fit. It is irrelevant really as I have decided that this is going to be a static display model. I hope that has not spoiled any enthusiasm for the build, I have lots of models with motors and r/c gear and rarely get to the lake to use them so it seems a waste of expensive electronics for no purpose plus it is a bit twee down below.
    The props I found in my scrap box and are 30+ year old supplied by Billings, never ceases to amaze me what I have in various scrap boxes 🀣🀣 I bet you are the same.
    Regards ChrisG
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    1 month ago by Colin H ( Admiral)
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    Chris, you are doing a first class job. I have one query about your stuffing tubes, in your pictures it looks like the skews are soldered to the propshafts not the tubes???
    Is it going to be a static display model.???
    Nice props by the way, happy modelling, cheers Colin.
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    1 month ago by DuncanP ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Looking great! Looking forward to watching your progress on this great model.
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    πŸ“ Bluebird of Chelsea
    1 month ago by ChrisG ( Warrant Officer)
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    Apart from getting over a boring virus this week hasten to add not covid I have been progressing with the planking, the photo shows some not overly pretty work but it will look better soon, I notice in the background of the photo a tin of P38 which will almost certainly help me to achieve a smooth hull for painting.
    I spent a happy couple of hours yesterday online shopping for brass portholes, stanchions and other pretty bits which I will hopefully have delivered before U.K. post goes the way of most other things currently, down the proverbial pan.
    The important thing is I am engrossed in something I love doing and at the best time of the year to be doing it.
    Regards ChrisG
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    1 month ago by ChrisG ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hello Trev, I certainly hope you are right, I ordered cedar strip specifically for this build previous to this have always used harder wood, I think cedar strip has many good points it will bend easily and is easy to work but the finish is rougher than expected. I am no purist and have nothing against the likes of P38 to achieve the finish I need in fact I consider it to be like the old caulking but have usually started the finishing process from a better place, we will see.
    Best regards ChrisG
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    1 month ago by pressonreguardless ( Commander)
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    It will look great once sanded out, ChrisπŸ‘πŸ‘
    Trev
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    πŸ“ Bluebird of Chelsea
    2 months ago by ChrisG ( Warrant Officer)
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    I have had an interest in Dunkirk Little Ships since assisting a very good friend to move his from Cookham nr Maidenhead down the Thames through the City of London to Sheerness and out into the North Sea and up to Lowestoft and into Oulton. The trip which took several days is one of the most memorable of my life.
    When looking for a new project and with 1/24 plans available for Bluebird of Chelsea which is also a Dunkirk Little Ship I decided to attempt this as my next build.
    She was built in the early 1930`s for Malcolm Campbell the holder of many speed records on land and water and was 52ft long 11ft 4in beam 4ft 6in draught and displacement of 23.4 tons, powered by twin Perkins diesels.
    She was restored after a busy life including sterling work off the Dunkirk beaches during the WW11.
    If I can do the model justice she should be an absolute beauty to build.
    I have made a start in the usual way by cutting the frames and starting the old favourite plank on frame.
    Lots to do but the right time to get started.
    Regards ChrisG
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    1 month ago by Dampfgerd ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Nice Model
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    2 months ago by ChrisG ( Warrant Officer)
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    Thanks and yes it has a lot going for it, as long as I can do the build justice.🀞🀞🀞
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    2 months ago by seafarer ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Looks a great boat with lots of character.
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    2 months ago by pressonreguardless ( Commander)
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    Thanks, Chris.
    Looking forward to your build😊😊
    Trev
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    2 months ago by DuncanP ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hiya, I'm looking forward to watching your progress. It looks a beautiful boat to build and I'm sure you will do a wonderful job of building this iconic 'Little Ship'.😊 Good luck Duncan
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    2 months ago by ChrisG ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hello Trev
    The plan came from Sarik models as mentioned by Roy. It comes in two large sheets and is very clear to work from. The plan was designed by D Metcalf in 1991.
    I have chosen the sizes outlined as a lot of the clever bits, portholes, stanchions and other bits that I am unable to make myself are available to buy online.
    Thanks everybody for the interest, I have never had so many emails, wonderful.
    And I have been promoted 🀣🀣🀣 I am now part of Great Grandads Navy. πŸ‘
    Regards ChrisG
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    2 months ago by roycv ( Midshipman)
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    As an extra to the little ships I was watching an episode I think from 'Combat Ships' labelled Stealth. To my surprise a boat called Sundowner was part of the programme. The owner had been the senior surviving officer on the Titanic. The story goes on to when he was employed by ??? to spy out the north coast of Germany just before WW2.
    That is the gist, lots more on the programme so won't spoil it for you.
    Roy
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    2 months ago by roycv ( Midshipman)
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    Hi Bluebird of Chelsea was a free plan in Model Boats magazine. This set of plans was printed in blue and red (Ah! Those were the days)!
    At the time there was a several issue set of building instructions. It is very well detailed.
    Currently plans at 1 : 12 scale available BM1449 from Sarik Hobbies at Β£13.00. Model around 27 inches loa. and a hull is also available.
    At the time the owner of the boat invited anyone with a model of Bluebird to come on board.
    Hope this helps.
    Roy
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    2 months ago by pressonreguardless ( Commander)
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    She looks like a great project, Chris
    To repeat Mike's question, where did you get the plans?
    Thanks,
    Trev
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    2 months ago by mturpin013 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Chris what scale is she and where did you get the plan from
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    2 months ago by rolfman2000 ( Warrant Officer)
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    When I belonged to Worcester model boat club, the chairman always bragged about his scale model of this wonderful craft. But, sad to say, I don't think we ever saw it.
    I always fancied doing a double sized 1/12th scale version of it to do it justice. But sadly, it was beyond my skill set πŸ˜”
    I wish you lots of luck with your build, and will follow it throughout its journey 😊
    Kindest regards, Dave W πŸ‘
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