Fleet Admiral Onetenor, Sir! Well, I’ll go to the foot of our stairs! That is a very good suggestion and blindingly obvious when you point it out. Luckily for me - and my dear little ships wheel - everything went swimmingly as I blundered along. I would really like to know what it is made of, but don’t think I will bother to write to Amati to find out. Dear Amati, you know that annoying ships wheel? Well... 🤓
Let me bring you all up to date. I called a meeting with me and the now famous wheel and noticed there was a lot of flash that had not been cleaned off the castings, so I started filing it off. It was not easy. The metal was hard to file and the revealed surface looked as shiny as the chrome outer. I clamped the rim in a small vice and did the flux and solder thing and it worked! So I mounted the whole assembly in the cockpit of my Huntsman, braced it and superglued it. After a suitable time had elapsed I removed the support and the wheel promptly fell off! It is so heavy! Undaunted I got out the Gorilla Glue and that seems to have fixed it. Yay!
Looking at your “helping hands”, which I think will be my next purchase, it occurred to me just how many “Labour saving” devices and techniques I have accumulated in some 40 years of building model boats. I don’t think there are many things that need fixing around the house that I wouldn’t have a go at thanks to the lessons learned with a hobby such as ours. I’ve gone all weepy now!
I got it from the excellent Cornwall Model Boats. Look in Amati model boat fittings on their website and select “ships wheels”. It’s the last one on the list and looks like it came of my Dad’s old Ford Pop. It arrived in a small zip lock plastic bag with no instructions or other details. Also for its size (40mm dia.) it is remarkably heavy - and very slippery. However I do this it’s going to need a jig to hold it (plasticine?) as the jointing tags are about one millimetre square.
I have just taken delivery of an Amati 40mm did chrome plated ships wheel. It comes in three separate, very slippery parts which need to be secured together, but with no directions how to do it. Can anyone recommend a good way to fix it all together? I have tried superglue but that only got it over my fingers and everywhere else. I am leaning towards solder, but have bottled out so far. Any suggestions?
Model Boats magazine January 2016 ncluded a free plan of a Huntsman 31 complete with photos and a step by step build guide. Unfortunately the model is 24". I also wanted a bigger model so I redrew the plan double size. It wasn't too difficult and only took a couple of evenings with a some lining paper from B&Q and a calculator and voila! At the moment I am planking the roof of the cabins and trying to decide between a brushless motor and an old Weston rare earth brushed motor I used to use for fast electrics. The article in MB also ran into February 2016 where all the fiddly finishing bits were described, also with many photos. I expect one can obtain back issues from their web site. Anyone interested in Huntsmen should get these two issues for the detail alone.
My Dad was a "real" woodworker, you know, with chisels and mallets and spokeshaves, and stuff. He always insisted that you should never try to catch things falling of the bench in case it was a chisel or a Stanley knife. I never had the opportunity to stab myself in the foot though, but I did trip over the odd cabinet trying to get out of the way.