Started to put the wheels together ,joy of the laser is it fitted together nice and neat👍
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paddles - Posted: 28th Oct 2017
after a few attempts trying to master the CAD drawing malarky i think I finally got it to do what i wanted ,it was so much easier with a pair a of dividers , pencil and a ruler but alas the laser doesn't do old school .Very pleased with the results .👍
Way to go Marky 👍 Nice result. Know what you mean, I learned my drafting 'old school' as well, with drawing board clips and all the paraphernalia; H & B pencils, T squares, set squares, etc etc. Cheers Doug 😎
Look nice and detailed. I can't wait to see the finished product.
paddle boxes - Posted: 25th Oct 2017
while the paddles are on the drawing board being redrawn as I drew them with 8 spokes then realised there should only have been 7 thought i would have a stab at the paddle boxes ,bendy MDF and bendy ply yah beauty made it slightly easier to get the curves .long live the wood workshop scrap bin or as the good lady calls it the back bedroom .
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off and running - Posted: 22nd Oct 2017
keel frames and deck together ,couldn't remember if you planked in two halfs and then joined together so put it together and will plank alternative sides some fettleling and sanding to do first .
Hi Mark, you did it just right 👍👍 If you plank separate halves the hull will most likely turn out twisted 😡 Alternate planking of the complete hull is the best way to prevent this. Starting from the keel plate and working up to the gunwale. Interesting subject, watching with great interest, more power to your laser cutter 😉 Cheers Doug 😎
Hi Doug, only problem is that Ricky's insisting i do the drawings myself so what took him 2 minutes to draw up takes me a tad longer ,he's going to put the drawing programme onto an old laptop so I can practice anytime ,anyplace ,anywhere (an old Martini advert for those longer in the tooth) Cheers Marky 👍 forgot to mention my brother was across at your neck of the woods for the football last Wednesday
Aha! So he was one of the guys who clogged up the Richard Strauss tunnel on the Munich ring when I wanted to get to my bowling club evening !!! 😉 Happy CADing, it's not so bad once you've learned how to make it do what you want and not what IT thinks you want! Love your Stern-wheeler, can't wait to see her in action 👍 Cheers Doug 😎
paddle tug Aid - Posted: 20th Oct 2017
Wife bought me a nice little book cheaper than the original cover price ,decided nice little paddle tug would be the next project enlarged the drawing in the book to desired size hull will be 30"(760mm)long keel and frames were laser cut will build the hull and plank then cut out for the paddle boxes ,don't know if this is the right way but it made sense to me
Like your plan, is the book readily available, from the picture I take it that the tug has for and aft rudders, are you building with independently driven paddles or single shaft. Love the shape. Best wishes for a super build, Colin.
my wife got the book online from a company called Abe's books i think they had 3 or 4in stock ,it does have fore and aft rudders and is very symmetrical looking ,Aid was built in 1889 and worked out of Ramsgate ,I have only built static models before (3)so will build the hull and decide from there, I am attempting to draw the wheels using CAD and will hopefully get them water jet cut or photo etched at my work
Hi Colin ,the book is Famous paddle steamers by F.C.Hambleton sorry there is no ISBN number as its an old library book ans it has a sticker where the number is, if you search Abebooks uk it takes you to a page click on second hand books this gives a search panel enter the book title and auther and it will take you right to it ,they had 4copies when i looked this morning .Happy hunting Marky
Hi, I have a copy which I bought new in the early 70s for 60p! There is no ISBN number. The original was published in 1948 so my version is a reprint from 1971. Aid looks a nice boat which should make an interesting model. I am looking forward to reading how construction proceeds and the techniques you adopt. Good luck with it! Edward
A really intriguing choice of model, and a great example of where inspiration can be found for a scratch-built model. I will look forward to seeing a picture of the finished vessel. I notice that the book does not contain any information on the hull lines; what did you use as the source for the shape of your frames? Roy
hi Trillium, I have to admit to the use of advanced technology, I luckily work with some very talented craftspeople I took the book to my work where the picture was scanned by my friendly CAD technician Ricky who then used a programme to strip it down to basic lines (some guess work was needed here) deck level and keel shape were then made into a 3D line drawing ,Ricky then divided it into equal parts to get the basic frame shape then manipulated the frames using the Billings St Chanute as reference ,when we were happy he transferred it to the laser and cut it for me some of the frames didn't quite match and some tweaking was needed ,the guys at the work also enlarged the picture from the book to a working drawing with a hull of around about 30". Cheers Marky