Here is a list of all the postings neil howard-pritchard has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: Steam Engines|
i once owned a Stuart Tripple expansion engine in an early stage of build which i had been given.....probably about 35 years ago, but not being a model engineer i couldn't complete it and couldn't get anyone to complete either even after advertising in Model boats magazine at the time........so sold it.
i know i couldn't have machined and built it, as 10 years before that i had bought from Stuart in Henley on Thames where they had their works and shop, with built engines in the windows at the time on the main street, and often went up there to have a gaze, as i used to teach just down the road in Maidenhead.
For i had a bash under the guide of the metalwork head of department of turning and milling one of the con rods for my new kit.....the Stuard compound twin launch engine which cost me 90 quid at the time.
but i would have loved to have seen both finished and working...........but not to be, as i sold them on to friends at the time.
whether they got built i dont lknow.......but the sands of tiome move never to reform the same way. a chance missed and now lost for ever.
|Thread: Great Eastern|
i find it heartbreaking.........and a film star too.
like chopping up Sophia Loren.........tears run down my face at the thoughts of it becoming match wood.
|Thread: Colin Archer 1:15 scale|
looking superb George.......wish i'd kept my kit now............
c'est la vie.
|Thread: TYNE Class Lifeboat build|
you are quite correct Richard..........had not seen the other colours before. cheers.
just didn't want to blow anything up lol.
i miss the old bugger all the time for a calming and sarcastic dry humoured chat...
but its at times like this that i have to show how thick i am, when i cant just message Dave Milbourn and ask him which coloured wires join the standard red white and black to some chinese multi coloured ones....
please guys, any ideas..........i have the normal lead from one servo, plus the servo with the reverse polarity switch, both in the normal colours that i understand.........joining to a Y lead that i havent come across before.
please can some electronic wizard tell me the colours from the nice coloured plugs mate up with the red white and black of my servo leads......
thanks for any help.
and with kind help and knowledge from members on other forums i was able to connect properly without the need of a fire extinguisher.
but now i can begin the process of finishing the Tyne which has been a long time in the waiting............almost a year since i last did anything to it.
|Thread: 2021 Builds during lockdowns|
i have no idea Richard, the moulds themselvs weigh in sufficiently heavy enough..........launching strops will be needed, i'm sure lol.
plus some 7ah batteries to act as ballast for the Windermere sail next summer will weigh it down well and give me the chance to do the sail in one go without swapping batteries.
|Thread: Commodores Challenge|
where is Etherow Bob, and do they still have a lifeboat gathering...obviously when this pandemic is over.
is this what you are after, Bob.
hopefully just having a nice holiday break.
|Thread: Neil at Work|
you've caught me out........here it is lol.......
i have to confess.........it's one of those little seaside tourist shop ones made in China, but given to me as a present years ago........
but it resides along side my other ones, as it deserves to be.
Is that me Colin.............
thats how i learnt.....
I found out after my adopted dad died last year, that not only was my paternal grand dad a master cabinet maker and registered into the guild of cabinet makers, but my paternal father who died when I was 15 months old was also a cabinet maker, a pattern maker, and had built the original builders model for the Monarch steam Ship company of the Caledonean Monarch, whilst woprking as a pattern maker for a long gone company called Tweedle and Smalleys, of Rochdale where they came from.
The model now apparently is resting somewhere in the cellars of Glasgow science museum...
So, that painting is rather apt...........its in the genes lol. I love it,
|Thread: Which prop shaft|
search me Ashley...........i'm as confused as you are.
|Thread: 2021 Builds during lockdowns|
well, infuriatingly so, it looks as though this damned Covid pandemic is going to go on longer that we have all anticipated, and so i reluctantly cancelled my and my daughters holiday in Cornwall planned for next month until 2022.
last year i had to cancel a trip to Calgary, Canada to see an old friend Mick Burke, and now cancelled my holiday to take a Mersey class lifeboat that i practically rebuilt for my old friend Mick French [as seen in the build bloggs] also because of the ongoing pandemic.
and so i have got myself a new build, once i have finished my Tyne class lifeboat in the autumn.
it is a beast of a model, and not surprisingly a lifeboat. the mouldings come from Speedline models, and although older mouldings and a little cracked around the wheel house flying bridge......they will hopefully turn out well, and a possible contender for the Windermere charity sail in 2022
A Tamar class lifeboat, moulded at 1;12 scale and approximately 53 inches long........oh happy lockdown!!!
|Thread: Commodores Challenge|
looks lovely Bob.........love and happiness have gone into that.............and hope she gives back in return.
|Thread: Ouch - Biff on the nose|
very nicely done..............superb repair
|Thread: GRAUPNER RAU IX Whaler|
as there are no offers of a swap for another lifeboat i have decided to sell it.
i have put it up on ebay at £335 .00p, plus £25 quid postage by courier............
but as one pays fees on ebay, i will let this model go for £300 plus postage or personal pick up from Poulton le Fylde..........i've had my jabs lol
find another one..........they are rarer than hen's teath.
|Thread: Colin Archer 1:15 scale|
oh , a babbling blog is so much better....then you don't miss any of the important points that you have to make.
I had one of these kits given to me by the wife of an old friend who sadly died from ahlziemers, and please dont castigate me when i make a jolity of it, as it was with humour that i got through the trauma of my mum dying from it 15 years ago, after 9 years of downhill suffering.........we all cope in our own way with the disgusting desease. and mine was to make fun of the desease, and its consequenses, and not the person who, you love and doesn't know they are suffering..
But when i got the Archer, almost every part of the wooden deck beam support ladder was held together I presume by gravity and spittal..........my dear old friend had probably forgotten to put the glue in the joints, but he was a tryer, eveN to close to the end, but half the time didn't know what kit he was working on next..........never were two kits in all his collection that i sold for the RNLI complete, and had to go through them all to sort them out........think he knew and sent me the task of sorting them whilst driving me crazy,
and so i sold it at the blackpool show along with all his others with all funds going to the RNLI, as he would have probably desired, as he was a ships captain of deep sea cargo vessels during his life,,,,,,,
and so i will be following this build to see just what i missed,
Edited By neil howard-pritchard on 19/05/2021 21:58:44
|Thread: RAF rescue launch ASR HSL|
that is probably animal/fish glue boiled down from fish and animal bones [usually horse, donkey or pig bones and hide]......but you can buy it still as a ready "stewed" resin pellet these days , just needs boiling up again .
incredible strength, even stronger than cascamite powder glue............
but stinks like the bowels of hell, lol.
|Thread: Liverpool class lifeboat and tractor/carriage build|
i have an atlantic 21 kit that i am going to build in the future so might buld one of these 12th scale working landrovers and a trailor for the lifeboat rib.......and then call the land traffic a day, lol..............but not till next year.
ahhh, relief.........now i can tidy up at home and tidy up in the workshop........then get on with my Tyne..........
for i have finally finished the carriage to attach to the tractor that pulls my new [ when i have built it] Metcalf Models Liverpool class lifeboat, to be named Edgar George Orlando and Eva Child whilst stationed at Blackpool.
having never built such a model, i have really enjoyed the challenge, and dont think it looks too bad.
All lines and strops have been added for both hauling and holding to the carriage whilst in transit from boat house to sea.
hope you like it...........i do..........might not be 100% accurate, but looks the part from ten paces with a boat sat on top, lol...And before i started i didn't have an idea as to how long it actually is.........48"...
bigger than one of my lifeboats, as was...........no where to put it lol.
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