Need to keep up with these things as some of my stuff is on old drives that were on win3.1/XP/millennium/vista/NT./7/8.1/And now 10 sometimes a bit awkward moving between system's. But have a nephew who is a programming analyst and sorts it for me. Wish I could do it but Microsoft changes aren't always easy to keep up with unless your loaded and cost doesn't matter. Cheers Colin
Just got news from hospital, have been referred for surgery, so now waiting for appointment. Also ordered a PC today ready to start again, workshop roof support beams all in place, as well as a new lifting beam and hoist, boarding and felting starting tomorrow. Hopefully will be able to work again soon as the specialist says if opps work I should be pain free. I'll believe it when it happens. Cheers Colin.
Super news, just been in the workshop, only lost the Bounty and the Queen, rest only suffered minor damage, losses include my cordless drill, lifting beam and hoist, they were what did the damage inside. My old PC was squashed as well, but it was already dead, but the assessor has agreed to a replacement, also a new drill hoist and beam and the building works, I'll also need a new side door as it used to open inwards but had to be cut out to gain access. New roof beams arrive tomorrow, the boys think roof will be done for weekend. Housing people are being very good about it all. Off to PC World, tomorrow to look at a replacement, seems every cloud really does have a silver lining. I'm feeling much happier now I've been in my workshop and been able to help clear it up. Just waiting for the doctors decision on my knee and hip and back problems, as I'm fed up being on pain killers that make me feel so useless. My brain only seems to function properly when I'm in pain, but then my body doesn't like to work. Oh well stop feeling sorry for myself there's others far worse off. Cheers all Colin.
Hi Dave, thanks for your very generous offer, it's not the boat so much as the fact it was my dad's boat, so it wouldn't be the same, I've still got 3 of his old boats. And I think the wife is right in thinking we should downsize our fleet. Between us we have about 25? Boats. Plus a few hulls awaiting finishing. And a few kits in the process of being built. And with my R.A. and pain killers its getting harder to concentrate on the modelling. Anyway thanks again for the kind offer but I'll reluctantly say no. All the best Colin.
Don't worry, they have already paid my son and his mates for the work so far, and have offered them a repair contract at very good rates. They are willing to pay the going rate to replace all losses with new stuff, they came with an assessor today and took photos of what's been done so far, as they took photos last week for reference. All I've got to do now is make a list of all losses, assessor told me to list all damaged items as total loss, as they don't pay for hobby work time. So should cover everything, only loss really is the memories of Dad and his boat. Well not the actual memory, but his boat. Thanks to you all for the kind thoughts, much appreciated, it eases the pain of my losses no end. Thanks Colin.
We got some good news today, apparently a neighbour had contacted housing association when it happened last week, so when I rang they said all repair and replacement costs will be covered as long as I send copies of invoices for work done. Also have managed to recover sea commander with minor damage to cabin roof, both Fairey's and one launch undamaged. But big disappointment as the old Queen was crushed, have to wait and see what else is left that can be salvaged. The boys are rigging up a temporary roof at present so should be weather proof by tonight. I forgot to take my pain killers this morning so now suffering and can't walk. Be glad when the quack decides what to do about my problem, I'd rather have no legs than all this pain. Will update tomorrow, cheers all Colin.
Got my Shakespeare 20 years ago it cost a fiver with reel. Just bought one for my grandson, from a fishing shop in Wales, it cost £4-99p with reel. But not as strong as my original and reel is plastic. Good hunting Colin.
We have managed to cut and remove the tree with the help of local farmer and his telehandler. Son has put scaffolding all round the building now and is starting to remove sections of the collapsed roof, with a bit of luck should be able to see inside tomorrow. Son thinks that my working area seems to be the worst affected area by he said there seems to be a couple of boats on the floor in the corner. So fingers crossed something has survived. There were eight boats undergoing repairs, my wife's swordsman, and her two launches, a Norstar Fireboat, a sea commander, a 48" bounty waiting for rigging, my dads old Sea Queen, and a 34" Huntsman having a repaint. As for insurance, mine said I should claim on the trees owner as it wasn't mine. Might be a problem there it was on communal land owned by housing association. Anyway not much I can do till its safe to go in. Must say my son and his two mates haven't stopped from 8-00 this morning till now. By for now Colin.
Only needed once on an old tug, but made recovery very easy with my collapsible fishing rod which is always in my car set up with a small weight and a triple barbless hook. They are also handy for marking a coarse for manoeuvring control tests. Happy days Colin.
Yep I've used it to fix water pick ups and outlets also rudder tubes and not had any problems with it sealing brass to wood and plastic to wood. Seems to take modeling enamel paint okay as well once fully cured. But my personal favourite glue is epoxy from pound land, you get a clamp and spatula free with it as well. Happy sticking Colin.
I presume you want to know how to attach the line, I drill through the center and put a 3" long cocktail stick through the hole and glue in place with epoxy. Then a piece of fine stiff wire formed into a U is bound and glued on the bottom of stick. Then painted in bright colours. Small flag can be put on the top if wanted. Attach a suitable length of fishing line to the wire loop and other end to the boat. I then use a PVA bag to coil the line in. This desolves in water.( available in fishing tackle shops). So if boat sinks bag desolves and releases line.
Hi there all you following this blog. Some sad news today, have just come back from a short break with my son and family, to a devastated workshop with a tree laying across the middle, no roof left its all gone collapsed inwards. My son managed to get inside but wasn't able to salvage anything. He thinks my models on the workbench are all squashed. He is coming tomorrow with a chainsaw to start the clear up. I'm glad the concrete walls haven't been damaged so at least we can re-roof fairly quickly. Also handy having a builder for a son. I'll update when I'm allowed in to see the damage.
Lucky so and so, my nearest legal lake is 30 miles away, my usual sailing days mean an hours drive along B roads or non classified. An hour to two hours sailing and natter to other members then an hours drive home. As I'm a pensioner I can't afford more than once a month. Also no other members live near me to share costs with, but never mind I still enjoy it when I can. Happy sailing to one and all.
Sorry Doug, followed your advice, but didn't get a newer build on the OS, still won't let me upload photos or answer PM's. I even tried the Android 7 update app but its full of crap ads and after sitting up till 4am trying to get the update I gave up, as you have to choose to install the rubbish or deny it. Super frustrated Colin.
As I still don't have a computer I find this very frustrating, I have a homtom ht17 running Android 6.1. Is there any hope of getting the app to work. I've tried uninstalling and reinstalling but no good also freezes when opening photos. Frustrated Colin.
Yep a few splinters, doc said I was lucky I was using high speed self feed or it would have ripped it more. I must remember to use a vice next time. Fifty years engineering, 31 years as industrial first aider, and 20 years as works safety officer should have known better, but I was in a hurry and not thinking straight as my pain killers leave me a little light headed like I've had a few pints.
Thanks for your simpathy, yes it is quite painful when I forget and try to use it. Otherwise just a major annoyance not being able to grip things that you do normally without thinking especially my walking stick, having trouble using the wrong hand for walking the dog. But hoping it will be better in a couple of weeks.
Sea Queen refurbishment on hold, managed to drill 1/4" hole through left index finger and it throbs like hell. So all modelling on hold till it's healed up. Funny thing didn't hurt till I pulled drill back out. Well that's me for now, cheers Colin.
Thanks Dave, yes the old lady is now stable and solid enough to work on. Have a few new bits to make, two cabin roof's and may even re-deck her as the balsa deck has lots of damage and filler would not look good so get family to grab a few handfuls of coffee stirers as they make great deck planks. I am going to put dads 27mhz radio system back in. Then decide which motor is best suited. By the way I still DON'T HAVE A PC. The shop said it has gone past repair so I'll have to save up for a replacement. Unless I find one on free cycle.
Well Chris I have used this method on various models over the last 50+years and not had one delaminate. I prefer this method for repairs to old boats that do a lot of miles travelling to and from shows in my trailer, as a lot of my vintage boats don't get to sail very often and live in my trailer all year round so need protection from damp air, especially ones made of paper mache or card. The exteriors are coated with eezikote and .8 gsm glass cloth. This is very good protection for balsa and other soft hulls, including polystyrene packing boxes that I used for barges and narrow boats.
Sorry for delay answering but my broadband died. Well the consistency I used was like normal liquid paint / pouring cream. Bit messy but good results, kept workshop at 30 degrees c. The object of this job is to restore an otherwise dead boat built by my dad in the late 1950s. Although a bit heavier it isn't going to be used except on special occasions. And will be handed down to my grandson in due coarse.
Hi Doug and Chris, Well good question ? So I rang the local fiber glass moulders to see what they had supplied me, as no label on the jar. It is styrene, and I was told to add 10 parts resin to 1 part styrene. And add Hardner/activator as normal before use or spray activator over the coated area, that is the way I did it, and it works. I think it took about 1 hour to be touch dry, but I left overnight before recoating. Apparently this mix is sprayable using a high pressure low volume spraygun. ONLY USE ACETONE TO REMOVE RESINS AND CLEAN TOOLS AND BRUSHES, DO NOT THIN WITH ACETONE. Best of luck Colin.