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PostPosted: Mon Apr 17, 2017 5:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Plan for  feet and end up with a 5 footer
Easier to think big and cut down than the other way around

You're the one contributing so deserve some encouragement. It's been an interesting build and will continue so
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 18, 2017 9:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Missus S is working nights this week so i might not get a chance to get the video off her phone till later, but i have got this amusing photo-


The buoys on the left of the pic are the scoring gates for the straight runners. Speaking of which- you can just see the bows of my wedge straight runner to the right. Mines the metallic orange one, next to the yellow one.
Wedges are another class of straight runners. My new steamer is technically a meter boat, but only because the bowsprit makes up for being a couple of inches too short
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 18, 2017 9:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A great picture, it looks as if you were or are going to have lots of fun.  
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 18, 2017 6:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That picture my questions about saving he boats and it looks like you enjoy the water
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 11:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh god no!!
Im terrified of water. Thats why im wearing the rubber environment suit.
I grew up in equatorial africa, where the water is teeming with sharks, barracudas, sting rays and swimming knives with teeth. No way. No nonono way on earth, will i ever get out of the boat.
Also, we need a bigger boat.
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i do love boats, and sailing full sized boats, and playing with toy ones, and im still terrified of the oggin.

Ps it turns out i have already got a suitable hull for my next project, (Project Bigger Boat)that id forgotten about. Several years ago i accidentally won an auction for a large, homemade display model of the Americas Cup boat Mayflower. Now Gaff cutters are my favourite, and racing ones even more so, but the hull is 5 feet long, and she carries a double bed sheets worth of sail, and i dont need that kind of hassle in my life. Or my house. I already have a (slightly smaller) gaff rigged model sailing yacht of unfeasible proportions in my study, so ive started converting the big display hull into being a working model of a royal navy steam pinnace, cause the hull lines are just close enough to make it feasible. And whilst shell still be 5 feet long, at least she wont be 7 feet high any more as well...
If i cut the back end off to give her a flat, transom stern like an RN pinnace shell only be 4 foot 8....
Anyways, ive got another, large and freshly certificated boiler and a slightly mangled Stuart D10 hanging about doing nothing, so i might as well make something out of them. the hull is planked using some kind of fruitwood, and looks okay from the outside, but the frames are junk ply, and will all need to be replaced. The hull needs some filling and reshaping, and the rear end and keel need loads of work, so im thinking of veneering the outside to hide all the wonkiness within. Ill start another thread.
Ive generally been going through all my old hulls and half done projects that were in storage, seeing what i can make with them. Loads and loads of model boats... Thats what...
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 11:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually- i _Used_ to have a large gaff rigged sailing cutter model, now i have a hull with no deck, and some bits of rigging. I rigged her up a couple of months ago for a sail, as i judged the wind conditions to be light enough (ie virtually no wind- she carries a LOT of sail) but it turns out i judged it wrong and she ripped her own deck off. and then tipped over and promptly sank. Shes snapped her own mast before as well. She has Lots of sails. And Lots of lead in the keel to balance it out. Not much wood inbetween to hold it all together, but when she goes she GOES...

/edit- im rebuilding this yacht as well, with a new deck, higher bows, new servos and electronics and an ally mast. She has a tendency to dig in and capsize when the wind picks up, so hopefully the higher bow And lighter mast will help that out a bit.. ive got plenty of time. i sail model yachts in the winter, and other models in the summer...
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 3:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Worst we got are aggressive pikes. They do bite if hungry so keep your trunks on

I got a small sailboat and it's great fun but no pond

Keeps me out of the water but for the wrong reasons.

They move about at near no wind so all you need is a rudder

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 7:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mr. Synthpunk, before you embark on that new project, we really want to see the video you mentioned.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 10:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah- so do I!
My partner is on night shifts at the hospital all week and I've been out 'working' during the days as well. (Yesterday someone paid me half a days wages to go for a 26 mile bike ride in the sunshine down the canals of london, adjust a screw on a clutch for them (took 5mins) and then go home. It was almost embarrassing to ask for money..) so our paths don't really cross until the weekend this week. Then. I promise.

I'm still in two minds as to paint the boiler shroud and cowl black or not. Black is a funny colour. It only looks good if it's totally perfectly done, IMO.

I'm going to shoot some proper video myself next time I'm down the lake of this boat under steam and everyone else's steamers as well. There are some beauties!
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 11:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The reason limousins are black is because it shows you got the staff to clean it
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Glossy black is indeed difficult as it readily shows any imperfection. But matte and semi-gloss black are much more forgiving.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 23, 2017 8:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Synthpunk wrote:
Yeah- so do I!
My partner is on night shifts at the hospital all week and I've been out 'working' during the days as well. (Yesterday someone paid me half a days wages to go for a 26 mile bike ride in the sunshine down the canals of london, adjust a screw on a clutch for them (took 5mins) and then go home. It was almost embarrassing to ask for money..) so our paths don't really cross until the weekend this week.

Being so talented and earning easy money should make your paths easy to cross. POST A VIDEO. THE PHOTO WAS UPLOADED. WHY IS VIDEO SO HARD??????. Impatient me?.
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Heheheh... she posted the pics on Facebook so i downloaded that one from there. The video itself is on her new iphone wot i am not allowed to touch...

She works for the NHS looking after the poor wretches in the local insane asylum. Ever seen 'One flew over the Cuckoos nest?'...
Nurse Ratched does not appreciate being badgered at home by her boyfriend about steam boats when shes trying to sleep During a week of night duties ..

Later today, when she wakes up....
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That is between the two of you and I know how it goes with the "sacred" items

Yes, eagerly anticipating
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Rich,  if you're moving, I hope it's not far away fro Victoria Park!

Cheers,
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