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hammer

Member Stats
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Member No. 1996
Registered 12th Nov 2012
Last Online 12th Aug 2017
City Devon
Country United Kingdom
Boats in Harbour 7
Sailing Locations 2
Forum Posts 61
Photos Posted 339
Likes Received 131
Likes Given 8
243 Total Posts
Sailing Locations
Torbay & district model boat club
Since: 23rd Nov 2013
trechford model boat club
Since: 16th Nov 2014
Harbour
HILDA
Type: Other
Crowpill
Type: Working Vessel
spray
Type: Working Vessel
+4 More
Fleet Admiral!
Ranks Points
Fleet Admiral 1000
Admiral 800
Captain 600
Commander 400
Lieutenant 200
Sub-Lieutenant 100
Chief Petty Officer 50
Petty Officer 25
Seaman 10
Apprentice 2
Recruit 0
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Boats in Harbour 8 56
Forum Thread 5 25
Forum Post 2 122
Event 8 0
Photo Gallery 10 50
Photos Response 3 45
Video Post 15 30
Video Response 3 3
Build Blog 20 160
Blog Post 5 355
Blog Response 3 234
Sailor 8 16
Guestbook Post 8 8
Liked Posts 1 8
Received Likes 2 262
1374 Total Points
United Kingdom
Recent Posts
Ketch Irene by hammer Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 7 days ago
On the water, a few teething troubles not much. All my mistakes, very pleased. Sorry loaded same photo twice, don't know how to delete one.

Ketch Irene by hammer Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 month ago
Almost finished just the shrouds to complete. I left them until last to give better accesses to the inside. Radio fitted & adjustments made to the controls.

Ketch Irene by hammer Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 months ago
Photos should have been on before but went astray.

Ketch Irene by hammer Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 months ago
Rope walk finished & working well,

Ketch Irene by hammer Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 months ago
Sent away for some rigging cord. After waiting a week it arrived, well I got it wrong to thin. So I have decided to make a rope walk. Then I can make exactly what I want. Found a set of gears from my rubbish, probably out of an old printer. Turned axels to fit the bore with a sharp point on the end. Placed a small gear against the large on top of 3/4 ply. with the axial in each tap with hammer & gives the spacing. draw a circle & divide by three. Drill the holes starting with a small drill, then one of the correct size. Cut the point off axels push through the holes. An angel cut on the axels of the small gears where they protrude through the ply. These will hold the cord, & the tension will hold the gears in mesh. I am using an off cut of decking board for the track. That's the Whorls finished. Just the Topper & Looper to follow soon.

Ketch Irene by hammer Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 months ago
I have found out that topsides should be white, needs another coat. Finished enough blocks to get the gaffs up & patterns for the rest of sails made.

Ketch Irene by hammer Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 months ago
Made a ventilator Photo 1 the tools 2 the result 3 in position.

Ketch Irene by hammer Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 4 months ago
First photo a hit & miss vent, cut to make gratings, painted streaky brown. This is not my idea, but its a good one. The hawser hole finished & the stern ready for filler & paint. Will finish hull paint before completing topgallant rail. Although I have a stand still using the pillow, as it makes a good pin cushion.

Ketch Irene by hammer Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 4 months ago
The cunning plan for the sails. Heming & stitching is difficult to get anywhere near to scale, unless the scale is large. So I experimented with the flying jib, worked very well. Except I have the bolt rope on the wrong side. I had tried this on glass before but the glue puddled showing badly. Using the Paper pattern cut out the cloth ( I use ticking) With at least 1/2" all around. Mine was washed & ironed. This was because it has been folded in a drawer since the last boat. Cut 4 Teflon blocks & drilled 2 holes ( Teflon cut from an old chopping board). A panel pin through holes one up one down. Place paper pattern on a board, nail the blocks so the nail sticking up is on the point. The other nail is clear of pattern, this will allow the block to pivot. Wind a string that has been soaked in PVA (water resistant type) around the nails. The cloth is slightly dampened with a spray, not to much or it will be to heavy & also the glue could run. Push the nails up through the cloth letting it sag again not to much. When dry remove it from board, cut off the excess cloth as tight as possible to the string. I then mark the panels with pencil. I do this on both sides, after the first side I tape it to the window so I can see & get them the same. Then give sail a coat of very watery coat of PVA, some mixed with acrylic paint. Seen on my model Flying Foam I had over done it a bit.

Working out scale by hammer Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 4 months ago
More often than not that is how I work. Plans of different scales to the model. I make a scale rule model on one plans on an other. Paint the rules different colours, with red for the model.

Ketch Irene by hammer Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 4 months ago
Here is a trick I am proud of. The cast hawser hole in the bulwarks can be difficult to carve. This is the easy way. Drill a hole down the centre of a dowel, of a suitable size. Cut off the end at a sharp angle, then a slice at a slightly less angle. Then cut in half across the shortest point, turn one piece over & glue back together. (right hand side No 4) A bit of sanding jobs a good'un. Coming together. Yes but its the little bits that take the time.

Ketch Irene by hammer Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 4 months ago
First the hand rail fitted then bottom plank on bulwarks, then chain plates. then the rest of the planks, Around the stern the planks are vertical. Started on the topgallant rail. Also made a vent for the engine room, from the handle of a milk container.

Ketch Irene by hammer Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 4 months ago
Fitted up the masts, just to get away from planking for a wile. Made patterns for the fore sails. A lot of stitching to do as I watch rubbish on TV.

Ketch Irene by hammer Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 4 months ago
Thought I would have ago at the fittings for the booms. The bands around the mast made as before ( bore a bar to fit & part off). Solder a lug on place on a mandrill together & drill pivot hole, so they are the same. The barrel, drill down the centre of a 3/16th rod to fit a 3/32 rod. Solder on a lug wile soldering the rods together. Notice the small rod protrudes farther out at the bottom. This is so as I take the tension of the sail the top can pull out freeing the barrel, allowing the sail to be rolled around the boom. The lug is drilled 10BA clearance. The rod in the centre of the boom is turned from hexagon bar, a saw cut down the centre of the remaining hexagon. Drilled & tap 10BA & clearance one side. Now looking in my old gears, thinking of a size to make the reefing drum a stroke of luck. I found the wheels from a correction tape dispenser just the job. Made the stanchions in the 4 jaw. A jig to get the holes the correct distance from the out side of the hull. As the hull planks are 3" & the bulwark planks only 1" the do not run up flush as nearly all models show.

Ketch Irene by hammer Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 4 months ago
Alan a fleet admiral & you don't know what dead eyes are. Or have I spelt it wrong? They are on top of the chain plates & bottom of shrouds pulled together by rope threaded through the holes, to tension the shrouds. Hatches the hold & deck house no problem, but needed one near the bow. A strip of rubber stuck between 2 strips of balsa form the seal. The rubber from a split windscreen wiper. The hatch planks project at the front so hatch slides under. The back screwed down by dolly winch. The present state of play.

Ketch Irene by hammer Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 4 months ago
Chain plates made, dead eyes turned from aluminium as I had no wood dense enough to hold together. Rod placed in 3 jaw with a 1/16th packing under one jaw, drill one hole move rod around one & repeat for other holes. Needed a magnifying glass for this. flotation test & placed the lead on deck. Fitted the mast using 2 levels. Good day norm, I hope mine looks as good on the water.

Ketch Irene by hammer Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 4 months ago
It looks like all my post & photos except 2 have disappeared

Ketch Irene by hammer Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 4 months ago
Thank you do you still have your model? I have plans acquired from Dr Morrish 6 or 7 years ago maybe longer time flies. Although I am building her as in 1920s. Saw her in Tenerife February. Took lots of photos much changed now.

Ketch Irene by hammer Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 4 months ago
Made kits for windlass & dolly winch.

Ketch Irene by hammer Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 4 months ago
Here are the parts for the gearbox, motor from a scraped model monster truck. Gears from my stock, old printers, toys & anything I can get my hands on. Motor & box in place. Marking the prop shaft for the blades. silver soldering blades in place, held temporary with fire cement.

Ketch Irene by hammer Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 4 months ago
Pic 1 shows the drop keel & rudder extended. The carrying handle will hold it up until in the water. The stand doing the same when on display. Pic 2 the sail arm servo & the plastic tubes for control lines.

Ketch Irene by hammer Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 5 months ago
I draw my plans on the sub deck. Used sticks from fast food & coffee shops for the finish deck. Mark edges with marker pen only one edge touching another. Forgot to say in last post, use dividers to transfer measurement to plank

MEMBERS by hammer Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 5 months ago
I am in Teignmouth, not Torbay not that far though. Used to sail at Youngs Park. Then Crealy. Not sailing much now as the new pond ( can't call it a lake realy) at Canonteign falls doesn't fit my boats. That is why I am building Irene. ( build blogs).

Ketch Irene by hammer Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 5 months ago
I have used balsa for the planks, covered with resin inside. Last plank going in, as shown I start with the garboard strake and the top plank & work towards the bilge. To decide the width of the planks, I rap a paper over each frame & mark the length & number. On an A4 paper mark 1/2" spaces across the top staring at the middle. Mark the same number on the bottom at 1/4", join top to bottom. Place the frame length paper across until the length touches the out side lines, draw a line across at this point. After each frame has been done cut out a strip 1/8 each side of the lines. This needs to be replicated one each side of the hull & pasted on each frame. As I fit a plank first remove the paper up to the next mark, fit the plank to this. One red arrow shows the only stealer in the original ship, which I replicated. Other shows the zinc protection against the anchor.

Ketch Irene by hammer Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 5 months ago
Have to turn the boat over for the planking. Resting on a pillow, this allows it to rest in any position & can be hit with a hammer if required. Can't do this with a stand. At the bow can be seen part of the steel keel, the rest pivots down from here.

Ketch Irene by hammer Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 5 months ago
I like to follow tradition so build my models upright as much as possible. Note box for the drop keel. All my information pinned on the wall.

Ketch Irene by hammer Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 5 months ago
I draw my plans on my building board. Find a similar boat for which I do have plans scan in the computer make them the size I want.

Ketch Irene by hammer Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 5 months ago
Yes in all cases, scratch every thing, paint & glue is all I buy. The motor out of a R.C. car installed because new pond has trees hanging over more than half the bank. All my other sail boats are sail only, impossible to sail in these conditions. Two steam driven paddle steamers also. All scratch harbour.

Ketch Irene by hammer Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 5 months ago
Irene still sailing but very much altered, as she burnt down to the water line. My model will be as in 1930s. Built 1909 in Bridgwater, my home town, that is the inspiration. I have a few photos, a rough drawing & her measurements. I sometimes draw my own plans or as this time work from the drawing & photos. I am using a two sided home made scale rule, red for drawing & black on other side for model.

Useful reference photo by hammer Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 9 months ago
Thanks, for reminding me yes it drives nails as well as screws.