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    Caldercraft Northlight Clyde Puffer.
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    📝 The hatch
    9 days ago by 🇺🇸 Cashrc ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi y’all. I was able to fabricate a decent looking hatch for the Puffer over the past few days. I’ve put a lot of detail into this boat, but the hatch/hold is where I skimped a bit, at least for now. The kit is supposed to come with a molded plastic hatch that the builder adds details to, but this kit, although never started, was used, and the only thing missing was the hatch. Sooo……I built it up out of plastic sheet, then added the kit wood pieces to make it look like a simple hold. This is the one part of the boat that will be removed and reinstalled on a regular basis, so I kept it simple. Now, the radio gear IS under the deckhouse, but once everything is wired in and hooked up, there should be no reason whatsoever to access that except in the case of a malfunction, so once that checks out I’ll use small “L” brackets to mount the deckhouse to the deck…if something does go tango uniform I’ll be able to take out 2-3 screws and access the radio components. So, my next step is the mast and boom. Don’t know if I’m going to mount the boom in the stock location or raise it up a bit. I just need to get it built to the point to where I can install and remove a battery and make sure I have enough clearance to remove the hatch without breaking anything.
    Cash

    💬 Re: The hatch
    8 days ago by 🇬🇧 PeterL3 ( Master Seaman)
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    Like your hatch nice and neat plus workman like are you going to cover with tarpaulin don't forget the wedge blocks round the edge great build so far you cannot beat a puffer peter l👍👍👍
    💬 Re: The hatch
    9 days ago by 🇩🇪 Wolle ( Lieutenant)
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    Really well done, I really like it.
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    📝 Chains and rails yall, chains and rails
    16 days ago by 🇺🇸 Cashrc ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi y’all. Did the rudder chains and associated parts and the railings for the back deck today.
    The rudder chains were first. I didn’t have enough chain to complete the job, but I looked in my stash and had a short piece of the same size, so I used fine wire to attach the 2 pieces and we were in business. There a faux rudder horn that slips over the rudder post and is glued to the deck. Once I measured the chain into 2 halves and all the paint was dry, I assembled my chain system. I checked fit, realized my port chain was too long, and glued everything together, and realized my port chain was now a quarter inch too short, and the final pulley was already glued to the chain. I went ahead and used it. I know it’s there, but it’s not that noticeable, unlike my port drifting winch, which was obvious. So, I finished up the rudder chains as it sits. In the future I might get a wild hair and break the pulley loose, lengthen the chain by 2 links and redo it, but not right now.
    I made up the aft railing. I wanted to use brass wire vs the kit supplied mild steel, but I only had enough brass to do the top railing. So once my holes were drilled, I set up the stanchions and glued the top rail in place once I was satisfied with the fit. I pre bent a slight bend into the mild steel, fed it thru the holes and once it looked okay I glued it in place. I then removed the assembly for painting and installed on the boat. The rudder servo is mounted too.
    So, I have a few more minor details to do aft, but those will wait till im almost done. Next up is the main hatch, then the mast and associated rigging.
    Cash

    💬 Re: Chains and rails yall, chains and rails
    15 days ago by 🇬🇧 PeterL3 ( Master Seaman)
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    Like the way you have done the steering chains very nice build peter l
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    💬 Re: Chains and rails yall, chains and rails
    16 days ago by 🇬🇧 PhilH ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi great looking model some top class work👍
    Philuk
    💬 Re: Chains and rails yall, chains and rails
    16 days ago by 🇧🇪 hermank ( Commander)
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    Cash rc a good sunday morning
    very nice built. congratulations👍👍👍
    📝 Winch not straight!!
    19 days ago by 🇺🇸 Cashrc ( Vice Admiral)
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    I noticed looking at the pics that the winch was not quite straight. I don't mind if its a little off center to one side or another, but not pointing 10-15 degrees to port. Luckily, i didn't use a lot of glue to set it in place, so i took a long, thin Xacto blade and was able to get underneath the base and loosen it without marring anything up, then i reglued it. I feel better now.🤣

    💬 Re: Winch not straight!!
    19 days ago by 🇺🇸 cyril413 ( Leading Seaman)
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    you did the right thing straightening the winch P was correct in his assessment it would have bothered you every time you looked at the tug
    cy👍
    💬 Re: Winch not straight!!
    19 days ago by 🇬🇧 PhilH ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi if you had not straightened it it would only niggle at you ever time you saw it 😂😂
    Phil uk👍
    📝 Fwd deck basically done.
    21 days ago by 🇺🇸 Cashrc ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi y’all. Had a little time after work so I finished up some other details. Vent, cleats, some sort of deck vent, galley exhaust, etc. most of these are metal fittings, the vent is built up of fittings and a dowel, the galley chimney is a fitting and tubing. Couldn’t find the galley chimney base, think it hit the floor at some point and went who knows where, so I improvised. Need to do some touch up and then it’s off to the rudder servo and linkage, and aft deck details😀
    Cash

    📝 Couple of hours today
    22 days ago by 🇺🇸 Cashrc ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi y’all. First off thanks for the compliments. I’m lucky to have a family that gives me time in the shop, and good friends both locally and on line. Sometimes I get something done, I think I could have done better, but y’all keep me on an even keel. That’s a big help!!
    Anyway I slept in for the first time in a while. We didn’t make church, so I did a couple of chores (somehow, at some point I became the litter box custodian. Think I was snookered) watched a little Starblazers 2199, then went in the garage and knocked out the companionway/closet/whatever on the fwd port side of the boat. On both structures I elected to sheet the wooden blocks with plasticard vs the supplied printed wood, but I did use the wood for the doors. I then reattached the anchor davit (?) that I’ve broken off twice, and did up the anchor chain anchor and supporting parts. The dual pulley for the davit is supposed to be a “molded wood” part, I couldn’t find them in the kit to save my life, so I used a spare from another build that was in my stash. I keep spare parts.😂
    Anyway, that’s all for now, I’m hoping to have all the forward deck details done this week, then I’ll start finishing up the aft deck and some of the radio install.
    Cash

    💬 Re: Couple of hours today
    22 days ago by 🇺🇸 BarryS ( Warrant Officer)
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    Looking good Cash.
    I believe we all have to think a little outside the box when building stuff.
    Sometimes it is just necessary.
    Barry
    💬 Re: Couple of hours today
    22 days ago by 🇺🇸 Commodore-H ( Midshipman)
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    Great looking winch
    I hate when parts break, it always gets messy when fixing stuff. I make everything from scratch if something breaks I typically make new stronger version. Davit shouldn’t be hard to make an improved version😔
    📝 Sand and restain for and aft decks, winch, one companionway
    23 days ago by 🇺🇸 Cashrc ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi y’all. Tried to simulate planking on the for and aft decks, did not like the result so I sanded the heck out of them…actually was able to get rid of most of the reddish stain I used, then went back with “Golden Pecan”…not perfect but better. Then I tackled the winch. The winch is built up from castings and rod on a wooden base. I prepainted all the parts, and assembled it. Sounds easy, but it took some finagling to get it somewhat right, but I’m pleased with the results. I did a test drill on the hull for the winch’s overboard line. It’s supposed to come thru a boss on the side of the hull, but my deck is just about 3/32 or so too high, so I filled the hole and re-drilled. After that was sorted out I built up the companionway. Didn’t like the wood used to sheet the pre carved wood block, so I used thin plasticard, but used the wood for the doors. I think I’m going to get the front deck area mostly fitted out, then back deck and radio install, then the hatch/ships boat, then lastly the mast and rigging. She might see water middle of next month.
    Cash

    💬 Re: Sand and restain for and aft decks, winch, one companionway
    23 days ago by 🇬🇧 flaxbybuck ( Commander)
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    Brilliant job on that winch Cash. 😉
    💬 Re: Sand and restain for and aft decks, winch, one companionway
    23 days ago by 🇺🇸 jumpugly ( Lieutenant)
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    Wonderful work on the ape winch! I ordered a 3D printed version for my Lumba, but congrats to you on the work and dedication that went into yours Cash! My lack of patience comes to the fore every now and again! 😂
    📝 PLANKING
    29 days ago by 🇺🇸 Cashrc ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Gary. Dont know about planking the fore and aft decks, as the ply overlays are already on, and that would make the deck that much thicker, which imho would look rough. However...i might try to scribe the planking lines in place, that and a good finish sanding might do the trick. I'll look into it.
    Cash

    📝 Bit more today.
    29 days ago by 🇺🇸 Cashrc ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi y’all. Well, we WERE going to run boats at Josey today, but we got a ton of rain Friday night and Saturday morning. This morning (Sunday) we showed up, it was muddier than we thought and the wind was cold and blowing right in our faces. So, since we had very few to show up we called an audible and went to breakfast….
    I got home and did a bit on the pilot house. I decided I wanted a “warm” lighting for the house, I found that using a 12 volt clear bulb would give that effect, as the SXM module I’m using for lighting is supplying 2s power.
    Since all the nav light and the house light cables run down thru the floor of the pilot house, I decided to do a screw attach for the roof. This way, if I lose a bulb or such, I can remove the roof and effect repairs.
    Cash

    💬 Re: Bit more today.
    29 days ago by 🇬🇧 GaryLC ( Captain)
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    I love your Puffer build and the lengths you have gone to with the fine detail. However, this could be vastly improved with some rivet detail on the lower steel steam plant structure. Please for my peace of mind consider planking the front and rear decks, as there really is no way of getting around this problem. To plank or not to plank that is the question. I absolutely love your puffer build, you are doing a great job. Regards, Gary.
    💬 Re: Bit more today.
    29 days ago by 🇬🇧 flaxbybuck ( Commander)
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    Some nice detailing Cash. Keep it up 😉
    📝 A little Covid, a little Flu, a little work.
    30 days ago by 🇺🇸 Cashrc ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi y’all. So, the weekend after my birthday went a little south. My daughter Grace started feeling bad, then my wife, Teresa, picked up a nasty cough and felt bad also. I picked up a couple of Covid tests, Grace called it, she tested positive. Teresa tested negative. Up to this time I felt fine till about 4 in the afternoon, started feeling a bit rough. Went to work Monday, had enough by lunch and hit the clinic. I popped the test for FluA. Teresa went to our doctor, when the tests came back she tested negative for both Covid AND flu!! Anyway, I didn’t go back to work till Thursday, feeling better. Never had a fever but for a little 100.1, mostly had chills and such. I felt good enough to do a bit on the Puffer Wednesday and a bit today, adding to what I accomplished Sunday.
    I got the hull paint quaked away Sunday, need to touch up the waterline a bit but turned out okay. The Puffer has a couple of upper deck inlays that are printed with deck planking lines and such. My problem is the lines are too dark and thick to look good. I tied sanding a corner to lighten the lines up but the ink just smeared and stained the wood. So at first I was just going to paint the main deck, teh decided to install the overlays upside down and just have “bare” wood fore deck and upper deck. I had already painted the main and bulwarks gray. So I glued them down…and then decided to stain them. I think it looks okay, will look better to my eyes once it gets hit with a coat or 2 of semigloss. My next steps are to paint the upper bulwarks rails, then it’s time for winches, rails, masts and the hatch.
    Cash

    💬 Re: A little Covid, a little Flu, a little work.
    29 days ago by 🇨🇦 Ronald ( Admiral)
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    So glad we took a flu shot and our covid boosters. Do not want the virus, had it once, went on Paxlovid and was fine in a few days.

    Hope you and family are well soon with no side effects.
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    💬 Re: A little Covid, a little Flu, a little work.
    29 days ago by 🇨🇭 Mike Stoney ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Wow Cash!!!
    What a great hull is that!?!? 😮😮😮😮
    The hull rivets look really great.
    Great little details that give the ship its glamour.
    Hobbyist's greetings
    Michel-C.
    💬 Re: A little Covid, a little Flu, a little work.
    29 days ago by 🇬🇧 Doogle ( Captain)
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    She's looking good, hope everyone in your household recovers soon 👍
    💬 Re: A little Covid, a little Flu, a little work.
    30 days ago by 🇩🇪 Wolle ( Lieutenant)
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    I think you solved it great.👍👍👍👍
    💬 Re: A little Covid, a little Flu, a little work.
    30 days ago by 🇺🇸 jumpugly ( Lieutenant)
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    Glad you guys are pulling through the Covid scare. Stay alert, my wife's co-workers at the library are dropping like flies with it.
    My son, in an effort to placate his fiance's family, flew to Disneyworld and got a horrendous case of covid and was laid up for two weeks flat on his back, and he's an aggressive runner and health nut! His fiance didn't get it though! Go figure. It's also been one of the worst winters for upper respiratory infections this year, which may have laid you low. Stay well!
    BTW: the Puffer looks amazing!!!!! 😉
    📝 Cleanup, bulwarks supports, prime and base bottom paint.
    1 month ago by 🇺🇸 Cashrc ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi everybody. Decided to do a bit on the hull today. I cleaned up a few minor issues and installed the bulwarks supports, then I primered her. The first coat of primer is the best, as it shows up in stark relief anything I’ve missed filling or sanding. I then applied a second coat. Then I broke something!! There’s a support, davit, whatever it is up front in the bow. I literally forgot it was there, and had laid the hull bottom up for primer. Well…it bent, and when I bent it back, it broke. I ca’d it, noticed it needed straightening, and it broke at the joint. Not one to accept defeat, and because, like Iron Man, I’m all sorts of stubborn, I drilled both ends with a small bit, and glued it back together with the inclusion of a brass pin. That did the trick!!
    I did the hull paint, and realized once I was done I had painted the bottom the wrong color!!🤣🤣 To be honest, I’ve done that before. It’s matte black, make a good base for the red. On the plus side, I used Frogtape to set the water line, and even with the rivet detail I had a good, sharp edge on the paint. So, if I get any time in the shop tomorrow, I’ll paint the upper hull black then once dried I’ll mask for red….
    Cash

    💬 Re: Cleanup, bulwarks supports, prime and base bottom paint.
    1 month ago by 🇩🇪 Wolle ( Lieutenant)
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    Hello Cashrc
    You are right, now the details, such as the rivets, come out very well. And as a model maker, you can repair almost anything. Good work.👍👍👍
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