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    HMT Resolve by Caldercraft
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    ๐Ÿ“ Sea Trials
    3 months ago by cormorant ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Can't find a way to put more than one youtube link per post so here is a separate one, as described in my previous post.
    HMT Resolve Sea Trials
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Sea Trials
    3 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Steve,
    Don't try to put two Utube URLs in the box on the right of the edit window.
    I haven't ever tried to but I don't think it will work.
    I might experiment with various separator characters sometime.
    Instead-
    Just copy the URLs (from the address box on the relevant Utube pages) into the text of your post.
    Keep them on separate lines with no other characters on the same line.
    That's how I managed to get 3 vids of my Sea Scout trials into one post some time ago.
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Sea Trials
    3 months ago by cormorant ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Thanks Doug. Never even thought of that. Easy when you know how!
    Steve
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    ๐Ÿ“ Ready for Launch
    3 months ago by cormorant ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Still experimenting with Martin 555's idea re antenna and signal halyards (thinking about magnets), and a few more crew members to fit (yours is on the stern, Scratchbuilder)
    In all other aspects, she is ready for sea.
    The closest she has got to the water so far was in her sea trials - the cardboard box contains all the white metal fittings and it was good to see that she requires little if no extra ballast.
    Can all you tug specialists disregard the blue/red flashing light on the foremast - bit of artistic license there.
    Thank you all for your help and kind remarks during this most enjoyable and satisfying build.
    I am now about to move over to the dark side into the mysterious world of submarines. Watch this space.......
    HMT Resolve
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Ready for Launch
    3 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    You have done an excellent job, and you should be incredibly proud.
    It has been a pleasure to see your model.
    Thank you.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Ready for Launch
    3 months ago by jbkiwi ( Rear Admiral)
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    Great job Steve, you would have to be very happy with the result! Guess it's going to be a while now till we see a video, due to the plague!
    JB
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Ready for Launch
    3 months ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Steve,

    You did a smashing job on her!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
    Well Done, Bravo, Zulu!

    Cheers, Ed
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Ready for Launch
    3 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Brilliant stuff Steve๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
    But after Campbeltown I didn't expect anything less๐Ÿ˜‰
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Ready for Launch
    3 months ago by marky ( Captain)
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    excellent video ,"all ship shape and Bristol fashion".
    Great looking ship .
    Cheers Marky๐Ÿ‘
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Ready for Launch
    3 months ago by MouldBuilder ( Captain)
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    You have done an amazing job building that ship Steve. She looks perfect.๐Ÿ˜Š
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Ready for Launch
    1 month ago by Scratchbuilder ( Warrant Officer)
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    Morning Steve.
    He is looking very chilled as he takes in the view.
    Regards Bill.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Ready for Launch
    1 month ago by Scratchbuilder ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi Steve.
    Glad to see the painted figure on the stern.
    I attach a picture of his brother on the stern of one of my boats.
    Regards Bill.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Lights and final rigging
    4 months ago by cormorant ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    That's about it chaps, apart from wiring the lights and smokers, and painting and fixing the crew in place.
    I have electrified the mast lights (five in all), navigation lights, searchlights, and illuminated the inside of the wireless room, bridge, flying bridge and a hatchway.
    There are two fixed lights on the foremast and three oil lamps on a halyard. These indicate what kind of operation the tug is carrying out - towing etc.
    The lights supplied in the kit are all in white metal, so I decided to drill them out and use micro led's to illuminate. I simulated the halyard for the oil lamps with brass rod and the connecting wires.
    I finished rigging the masts with ratlines, which, after a disastrous first attempt, I made on a jig.
    Using the five foot rule for both lights and ratlines, I am reasonably happy with the effect.
    The antenna between the two masts is made from .45 nickel silver rod which gives both rigidity and a 'sag'.
    The problem with attaching the antenna to the wireless room roof is that the masts are attached to the boat and the centre deck, containing the wireless room, is removable to access batteries etc.
    This problem also affects the signal halyards on the foremast, the ends of which should be attached to the flying bridge.
    I'm working on a solution, but I don't hold out much hope.
    Once I have completed the build (shouldn't be too long) and carried out a 'snagging' tour, I will finish the blog with a video of the boat with lights and smoke.
    We are all going to have to wait to see her afloat of course, but I will make a video of that and include it when I put her in the harbour.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Lights and final rigging
    4 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Just an idea.
    You could solder the wires from the masts to the top of small brass screws and then just push them into small holes on the deck/deckhead.
    Fit a piece of wood material under the deck/deckhead so that the screws can sit flush with the deck/deckhead.
    Then when you need to get at the bits and pieces inside your boat you just lift the screws out of the holes.

    Hope this helps.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Lights and final rigging
    4 months ago by jbkiwi ( Rear Admiral)
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    Looking forward to the video Steve. Excellent work and all done in a very short time.
    JB
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Lights and final rigging
    4 months ago by cormorant ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Thanks Martin, I'll give it a try.

    Steve
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Lights and final rigging
    4 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Glad i could help Steve.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Funnels, Awning and Lifeboats
    4 months ago by cormorant ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    The build is coming to an end, sad in a way, but so looking forward to seeing her on the water.
    Fitting and rigging the funnels was pretty straightforward, but once again with an eye for detail, even a lever to operate the steam whistle. This will be attached to the flying bridge once in place.
    Using 0.7mm steel wire, painted matt black, makes it so much easier to get the tension right in the rigging wires.
    Though not on the plan, I propose to add wire 'grids' (is that what they are called Doug?), to the tops of the funnels to finish them off.
    I found the awning an interesting build. The first problem was that I had not been accurate enough when drilling the holes for the brass rod supports - I needed to re drill one or two to get them in line. However, once aligned correctly, fitting the wood strips for the roof was quite straightforward.
    The 'canvas' cover is kitchen paper stiffened with diluted pva, rolled up and painted with acrylic.
    The fixings on the apex are drops of pva, allowed to dry and painted matt black.
    (Sorry if I'm "teaching granny.....", but I hope it will help some in future builds).
    Once the lifeboats had been glued in place they were rigged with double blocks and tied off to one davit by a toggle (which was a tiny separate part). Again, an eye for detail.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Funnels, Awning and Lifeboats
    4 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Very very nice work.
    You have done an extremely fantastic job.
    Well done.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Funnels, Awning and Lifeboats
    4 months ago by Scratchbuilder ( Warrant Officer)
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    Steve.
    Well done,looking superb.
    Canโ€™t wait to pictures of her on the pond.
    Bill
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Funnels, Awning and Lifeboats
    4 months ago by MouldBuilder ( Captain)
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    Looks really good. The carpets on the lower decks are an extra touch?
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Funnels, Awning and Lifeboats
    4 months ago by Georgeconna ( Leading Seaman)
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    Just come across this, Looks Lovely. I must have a read through your build now!
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    ๐Ÿ“ Masts
    5 months ago by cormorant ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Please forgive me if I am starting to sound like an 'anorak', but the more this build goes on the more excited I get!
    Having resolved (excuse the pun) the problem with the oversized dowel, I have now (almost) completed both masts.
    The tapering of the upper parts was a bit hit and miss but the id's of the various mast rings was a good guide. Once again, there was a lot of white metal, but I was able to file most of it down to get a reasonable finish.
    The rigging diagrams were okay, but it would have been most helpful if the lengths of thread could have been indicated on the plan, particularly where things like double blocks were used. I have ended up ordering more thread to be on the safe side. However, it was good to be able to use the blocks and belaying pins in the way in which they were intended!
    During my many visits to youtube and other build blogs of Resolve, I found a noticeable lack of cross trees on the foremasts. I had almost decided not to go ahead with the crosstrees when I realised that all the other boats were built as civilian vessels. They had not the same requirements for signal halyards and flags as my RN version? (RNinMunich - what do you think Doug?)
    There are a total of eight lamps on both masts , which I intend to electrify and will be including in a separate block for lighting.
    There are ratlines on both masts which I thought would be quite easy to make. The plan says to fix the ratlines to the shrouds using clove hitch knots. As the ratlines are no thicker than cotton thread, no messing with knots fo me, I would use superglue! The vertical shrouds would be laid on A4 lined paper and the lines would indicate where to glue the ratlines. When finished any surplus glue and paper would be tweezered off leaving a perfect finished item. What a load of b******s ! Glue and surplus paper everywhere - in the bin!
    I built a wooden frame on top of A4 lined paper and being careful to keep the shrouds and ratlines away from the frame and paper ended up with a reasonable result. I propose to source some 'climbing' figures to attract the eye to them and not the ratlines.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Masts
    5 months ago by marky ( Captain)
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    Wonderful detail you must have the patience of a Saint .
    Cheers Marky๐Ÿ‘
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Masts
    5 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Excellent workmanship.
    Extremely well done.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Masts
    5 months ago by Scratchbuilder ( Warrant Officer)
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    Looking absolutely first class.
    Well done.
    Bill
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Masts
    5 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Brillo stuff Steve ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
    Lovely detailing.
    This class of tug was sometimes known as the Rollicker class, sometimes as the Resolve class! None were completed before WW1 was over.
    Attached are three photos of HMT / TST Rollicker; one (#3) as completed for the RN, two as later in civvy service. Oddly the RN version has no cross-tree / yardarm, but the civvy version does!๐Ÿค”
    So the short cross-tree you have on the foremast could be said to be correct. Who's gonna know? Apart from us of course๐Ÿ˜‰
    Here's a link to some more photos and info.
    http://www.clydeships.co.uk/view.php?ref=23895#v
    and more pics
    https://www.google.com/search?q=hms+resolve+tug&client=firef...
    Including a GA of TST Rollicker showing cross-tree, rigging and aerials.

    BTW: I knotted the thread on the funnel stays and halyards of my 1/72 destroyer with half hitches using two pairs of tweezers๐Ÿ˜‰ Fiddly but it works. I then sealed them with glooper sue๐Ÿ˜
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    PS Just went and listened very closely to my Anorak, even shouted at it, but not a peep back!๐Ÿ˜
    http://www.clydeships.co.uk/view.php?ref=23895#v
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    https://www.google.com/search?q=hms+resolve+tug&client=firefox-b-d&tbm=isch&source=iu&ictx=1&fir=777nwM-6imRMoM%253A%252C7M6ghgf_n9bVYM%252C_&vet=1&usg=AI4_-kS6OUpYf33kjv07fpNJw9q_siZ9tw&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiAir7rotnnAhVgQ0EAHdN5AcoQ9QEwA3oECAkQCw#imgrc=_W7FeVbVxHWrtM&imgdii=91Ue0zIR5pM8BM
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Masts
    5 months ago by cormorant ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Thanks Doug. Lot of info to go on there, even if it does blow my cross tree theory out of the water. I think I'll stick to my method of ratlines and 'blooper sue' and leave the half hitches to the experts.
    Keep listening to your anorak - I'm told trainspotting may help.
    Cheers
    Steve
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Masts
    5 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Glad to help Steve, IF I did this time ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜”
    Sorry to blow your theory, on the other hand; there seems to be a pair of lines going from the ends of that short cross-tree down to the bridge.
    So maybe they were the flag halyards?
    When I tied off my thread I first sealed the ends with a tiny drop of liquid CA to stiffen them.
    I could then poke them through the loops easier.
    Then I cut off the excess and applied another tiny drop of CA to the finished knot to lock it.
    I didn't stick the lines to any paper, but did stick the tweezers to the knot occasionally ๐Ÿค”
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    Oh BTW; Listened to my anorak again, but it's Pierre Cardin (๐Ÿ˜Š) so it just muttered on about 'chemin de fer' or summat!!๐Ÿ˜
    One gets outta touch with street slang as an Ex Pat!
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Masts
    5 months ago by Rookysailor ( Commander)
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    Plenty of threads to catch your sleeve on when sailing
    Steve, that;s always a problem with scale, you strive to be realistic, then have problems keeping it perfect,
    but a lovely job you have done๐Ÿ‘


    Cheers, Pete
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Masts
    5 months ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Steve,

    I love the rope work!
    I especially like the ratlines!
    Your model has great details!

    Keep up the good work!๐Ÿ‘

    Cheers, Ed
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Masts
    5 months ago by jbkiwi ( Rear Admiral)
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    Nice work Steve, looking more impressive by the day!
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Masts
    5 months ago by redpmg ( Commander)
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    Steve - that's a very nice job you are doing - loads of patience involved - just wanted to comment on dooper sue :- being a bit allergic to it found using fast drying water resistant white glue worked quite well on rigging. Using a blob on a piece of plastic card applied it with a toothpick - grabbed quickly so you could glue other sections fairly fast - but took a while to dry completely so left it on the frame overnight. Also does not tend to stiffen the rigging as does dooper sue and does not spread along the cord/paper (forgotten what the correct term is - getting old ). Looks a bit like knots too when dry.......If you want to make it totally waterproof a small dab of varnish does the trick. Apologies if Im teaching grandma again....
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Masts
    5 months ago by cormorant ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    I was hoping to use them as signal halyards and secure them to the flying bridge with the row of belaying pins.
    Problem is, the flying bridge is attached (not permanently yet), to the centre sub deck, which is removable to access the hull. The mast is permanently attached to the foredeck and the hull. That means I need some way of quick releasing the halyards.
    Best put my thinking cap on.
    Ps. If you will go for designer label anoraks, what do you expect?
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    5 months ago by cormorant ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Thanks Pete, you are quite right!
    I have built a 1/200 scale model of HMS Hood and only dare take her out on Very Special occasions.
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    5 months ago by cormorant ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Dear redpmg
    Yes, I find the fumes from glooper sue quite irritating and it does stiffen the joint as you say. I did try water resistant pva in my initial experimentations, but it did not dry quickly enough for my patience.
    I do find pva extremely useful for rivet heads and the like, once again using a cocktail stick to apply and painting the appropriate colour when dry.
    Please don't apologise for teaching grandma again - all tips and tricks gratefully received!
    Steve
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Masts
    4 months ago by Joe727 ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Thanks for posting the detailed photos of the mast and rigging, I am starting to scratch build some mast and boom details, your photos are of great help.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Starting to look the Part
    6 months ago by cormorant ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Many more (mostly) happy hours in the boat shed and the build still goes well, but with plenty more to do.
    I have almost finished the flying bridge, which previously gave much trouble with the cladding. However, with most of the fittings, including racks of belaying pins and other detail, it looks ok, though I'm still picking the superglue from my fingers.
    I loved building and fitting out the workbench on the after deck, which contains a vice and a number of spanners.
    The large cowl vents are made up of white metal and dowel. Frustratingly, the dowel needed much fettling to fit the white metal base and cowl. I completed the task satisfactorily, but it took a long time.
    I have made a start on the foremast, as you can see, the basis of which is dowel and plastic (referred to as alloy in the plans)tube. However, another frustration was that however much fettling I did I was unable to fit the dowel into the tube.
    A visit to Jotika found that the dowel was 0.5mm oversize. John replaced it without problem, but I was a somewhat disappointed that I had to make the trip.
    It seems that the main jobs remaining are the foremast to complete, the aft mast to construct and the funnels to build, fit and rig.
    Ps. The figure you can see is one of the 3D printed ones, but only partly painted - more detail to follow.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Starting to look the Part
    6 months ago by Inkoust ( Warrant Officer)
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    Greetings, very nice work. Obviously I still have a lot to learn. Thumbs up. Health Zdenฤ›k ๏ธ
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Starting to look the Part
    6 months ago by MouldBuilder ( Captain)
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    Very impressive.๐Ÿ‘
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Starting to look the Part
    6 months ago by Rookysailor ( Commander)
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    Looking really good now, love all the little scale bits,
    makes it come to life, seriously thinking of buying one now.๐Ÿ‘


    Cheers, Pete
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Starting to look the Part
    6 months ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Steve,

    Outstanding workmanship!

    Cheers, Ed
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Starting to look the Part
    6 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Fantastic workmanship,
    A really nice model indeed.
    Well done.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Starting to look the Part
    6 months ago by cormorant ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Thanks Pete. Despite the frustrations, it really is a most satisfying build. Yes, the kit is expensive, but it is very comprehensive and if you have any problems with duff parts etc., Jotika are only too pleased to help.
    I have found this video very helpful https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSg3opDAszo

    Steve
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Starting to look the Part
    6 months ago by jbkiwi ( Rear Admiral)
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    Looking very nice Steve, you're doing a great job of what looks like a very comprehensive kit. It's going to look terrific on the water. Looking forward to the eventual video.
    JB
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    ๐Ÿ“ Wheelhouse, Engine Room and more detail.
    7 months ago by cormorant ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    I have decided not to fit the working anchor winch. Having been unable to resolve the 'friction' problem, I suddenly realised that as the hawse hole is so close to the waterline, I would lose the effect in any case. Ah, hindsight!
    However, construction progresses with the engine room, steering room and towing gear. Once again, I love the attention to detail, as you can see from the stern steam winch, and engine room telegraph and muzzle loaders on the centre deck.
    The inside of the wheelhouse, which will only be visible if the flying bridge is removable, is also full of detail. (Yes, I know the binnacle needs tidying up and Kelvin's Balls need painting in the appropriate colours).
    The flying bridge is still under construction, but the lack of a diagram has made the fitting of the cladding difficult, with trialling which bit goes where and which edges to glue to which ends. According to the instructions, the cladding is on a 'screen printed' sheet, which is no longer screen printed but laser etched, I am told by Jotika.
    It is also very frustrating when the paper plan, giving part numbers, bears no resemblance to the layout of the sheet itself. (Another item to add to my 'snagging' list for Jotika). Much sanding and filling needs to take place, before the item is worthy of a photograph. I have found that you need to read the instructions three or four times and still be prepared to make mistakes!
    However, I am still excited with the build and I am looking forward to more progress now that my Christmas ban of entering the boat shed has been lifted!
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Wheelhouse, Engine Room and more detail.
    7 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Very nice indeed,
    She is coming along in leaps and bounds.
    Excellent workmanship.
    Keep up the good work.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Wheelhouse, Engine Room and more detail.
    6 months ago by marky ( Captain)
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    Sorry I missed this earlier,Great looking model and superb craftsmanship.
    Cheers Marky
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    ๐Ÿ“ Mauritius, Anchor Winch and Fiddly Bits
    7 months ago by cormorant ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    If you would like to go to a lovely island with lovely people and lovely weather, then, despite the 12 hour flight, Mauritius is the place! The view from our hotel room should give you some idea.
    Back to business. Having further investigated a working anchor winch, I pushed the boat out and spent ยฃ60 on a Krick kit. It comes as a flat pack, is easy to assemble and as you can see, it works!(see YouTube link). However, whilst I can successfully raise the anchors when the winch is in situ below decks, I have yet to overcome the friction to 'drop anchor'. This is work in progress, but I have every confidence. Can someone please remind me to do this Before I glue the foredeck in position next time?
    I love the fine detail in the kit (including the scale lumps of coal) and I am currently in the process of making bottlescrews. The before and after pictures show the scale and what's involved and I have 24 to make. I found that a magnifier viewer is a great help.
    As you can see, the foredeck is taking shape and I am now satisfied with the rail around the 12pdr. However, the instructions are still frustrating, with the 'bulwark stay bases' not being numbered, but identified in the parts list as 'stanchions' and numbered 255.
    I have also learnt another nautical name, 'chain sheaves', an integral part of the steering gear. Having identified the component parts from the pack number, they were easy to assemble, though part number 113, which turned out to be a cowl vent base, was thrown in to the list to further confuse and frustrate.
    Having said all that, that parts and fittings are of good quality and I am looking forward to making more progress (wife permitting!)
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Mauritius, Anchor Winch and Fiddly Bits
    7 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Nice work.
    Doing the small detail work is when the fun really starts!
    You are doing a great job.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Mauritius, Anchor Winch and Fiddly Bits
    7 months ago by MouldBuilder ( Captain)
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    Looking really good. The anchor mechanism really does look realistic.๐Ÿ˜€
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    ๐Ÿ“ Gun, Decks and Capping Strips
    8 months ago by cormorant ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Having suddenly remembered that my wife is dragging me off for two weeks in Mauritius next Tuesday, I thought I had better update things.
    Construction of the windlass was very satisfying so I thought I would jump the gun (sorry!) and build the 12 pounder.
    Another annoying incorrect part number for the gun platform (399 read 361), but the remainder of the mini build went OK. The suggested use of scrap 0.8mm ply as a spacer ensured parallel planking on the gun deck platform and again, the white metal parts required very little fettling.
    Instructions say to fix the stanchions in place, then thread the 0.2mm railing wire. I think it would be easier to thread the wire onto the stanchions and then glue them into place. I also found that the vague instruction to leave a gap in the railings on the 'left rear side' for the ladder, required fine tuning to avoid the bottom of the ladder coming up against a cowl vent. Shouldn't have jumped the gun!
    Next job was to glue the ply capping rails around the top of the hull. I used superglue which gave a quick fix, together with the usual stuck fingers. However, once sanded and painted the end result was very pleasing.
    Supplied are sheets of 'screen printed' deck overlays, which are detailed with planking etc. Instructions say that these decks can be lightly stained, which I initially decided to do. Not a good move! Even a light staining masks a lot of detail. Luckily, I only messed up the foredeck, so a trip to Jotika for a replacement. A chat with John (Jotika) resulted in leaving the decks unstained, which will later be clear lacquered. It seems that the decks were originally screen printed giving much 'heavier' detail which would take a stain. However, the current decks are laser etched so the planking isn't as heavily defined. (More about that later).
    Ok, I have been ordered to start packing my case, so more in a few weeks.

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Gun, Decks and Capping Strips
    8 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    She is coming together nicely.
    Seeing the winch and gun assemblies now it really looks the part.
    Excellent work.

    It would be interesting when you have finished what the response would be if you notified the kit manufacturer of the numbering issues.!

    I think the two weeks in Mauritius is just what the Doctor ordered.
    I wish you and your wife a really fantastic time.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Gun, Decks and Capping Strips
    8 months ago by Rookysailor ( Commander)
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    Very crisp detail photo's, but it shows a bit of rush building Cormorant, the top rail on the stanchions looks a little bent, same thing with my Sir Kay, so replaced the kit rail with 0.03 brass wire, and no kinks!๐Ÿ˜

    Cheers, Peter
    btw Enjoy your holiday and don't forget the rock!๐Ÿ˜
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Gun, Decks and Capping Strips
    8 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    "the top rail on the stanchions looks a little bent" ๐Ÿค”
    I agree Peter ๐Ÿ‘
    Looks like rather soft wire!
    I would also have been very tempted to replace it with brass or spring steel (piano wire) so that it holds its shape in the curves.
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Gun, Decks and Capping Strips
    8 months ago by MouldBuilder ( Captain)
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    Very nice build. The windlass looks superb.๐Ÿ˜Š
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Gun, Decks and Capping Strips
    8 months ago by cormorant ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Thanks Martin. The manufacturer, Jotika, is just up the road and I visit quite often for bits and pieces. I have already mentioned the part numbering issues and he, John, has asked for a list when I have worked may way through, to rectify the problem.
    Steve
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Gun, Decks and Capping Strips
    8 months ago by cormorant ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Thanks Peter and Doug.
    I did mention that the instructions said to thread the wire through the stanchions when they had been fixed in place. This required pushing the wire as well as pulling, and it got more difficult the more stanchions that were 'wired', causing the kinks.
    My suggestion that the stanchions were 'wired' before fixing in place was in hindsight. I may well remove them and start again.
    Hope this makes sense.
    Steve
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Gun, Decks and Capping Strips
    8 months ago by Rookysailor ( Commander)
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    It's much easier to thread the stanchions after they have been fixed Steve, if you use brass wire, or as Doug suggested, piano wire, I am sure you will not have any problems threading through the fixed stanchions.๐Ÿ˜


    Cheers, Pete
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Gun, Decks and Capping Strips
    8 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Yep that makes sense Steve, but I still wouldn't do it that way with that wire!
    It'll most likely kink while you're trying to fix the stanchions and the remainder are flopping about the shop!โ˜น๏ธ
    Had similar experience using tinned copper wire on my 1/72nd scale H class destroyer๐Ÿ˜ญ Eventually I sequentially fixed and pushed/pulled the wire through stanchion by stanchion rather than waiting until they were all fixed.
    Periodically I had to stretch the wire between two pairs of pliers to de-kink it, which was a pain in the nether-lands!๐Ÿค”
    Took a while on a 1.35 metre deck ๐Ÿค” But I cheated by making the main deck in two sections; midships so I could service batteries, distribution board, ESC, smoker and stern section to get access to motors, rudder and auxiliary sound and switching modules. B and X gun platforms were a bit tricky too!
    Apart from 'kinky' railing - so far so good Steve๐Ÿ‘
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    PS and BTW, having gone to all that trouble threading metres of wire round the railings - I used them as the + and - supply rails for bow and mast lights! ๐Ÿ˜‰ 3V 'rice grain' bulbs in those days. Will be replaced with LEDs during current refit.

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Gun, Decks and Capping Strips
    8 months ago by Rookysailor ( Commander)
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    Like the idea of using the rails Doug, as supply for the bow and masts lights๐Ÿ‘


    Cheers, Pete
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    ๐Ÿ“ Anchor Windlass
    9 months ago by cormorant ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    With the hull fitted out I decided that a few coats of paint was in order.
    For some reason the plan recommends (Humbrol) colour 127, which is 'US' ghost grey. I refuse to use an American colour on a Royal Navy boat, so I have chosen RN Admiralty medium grey 507B, by Lifecolor.
    I have used Lifecolor in the past and find it gives an excellent finish with no brush marks. Below the waterline, the good old favourite Halfords red primer in the 'shake and rattle' tin. I plan to mark the waterline with a boot stripe so "you can't see the join".
    Having promised to be able to control the anchors I thought I had better investigate the practicalities before going any further with the build.
    Why not spend half an hour or so making the anchor windlass as a start? I found this to be a model in itself, which took a couple of days! Very satisfying though.
    First, read the instructions. Then assemble the 35 or so parts on the bench, then read the instructions again.
    The white metal fittings took some fettling, as usual, but the mouldings were much better than most I have come across. (Jotika tell me that they are tooling up to 3D print the fittings in the future.)
    The written instructions missed a few part numbers, but this was compensated for with a full page exploded plan view and a full page drawing of the completed item.
    I found it better to dry fit as much as possible to ensure all the bits lined up and the cogs meshed. Once happy, I used superglue.
    The pictures show the windlass in the raw, but I'm sure it will look much better with a careful paint job.
    When I said "read the instructions again", this was in hindsight, as I am sure you rivet counters will spot my mistake in the completed build. However, if, like me you use the two foot rule, my error in construction should go unnoticed.๐Ÿคž

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Anchor Windlass
    9 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Cormorant,
    That looks quite a complicated winch.
    You only looked at the instructions again just to see were the swear words had to be inserted LOL!!

    Martin555.
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