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Ray Wood 206/07/2021 08:48:07
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Hello Chaps,

Thank you both for your comments about my productivity rate but I'm fairly rough and ready compared with you guys ! Trouble is I'm heading to burn out with the boats I normally turn back to the metal bashing (loco building) in the autumn, but who knows, thought I might buy some castings as the lathe is calling me

Regards Ray

Eddie Lancaster06/07/2021 09:46:17
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Hi. Ray, I found when metal bashing that a casting could take a lot more time to turn into the finished item than a bundle of wood, and a lot of material could be liberated from a scrap bin with a small donation to the coffee fund.



Richard Simpson06/07/2021 09:48:10
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I think that planking around the bow is absolutely superb.

Eddie Lancaster06/07/2021 13:03:13
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644 photos

Hi. Richard, thanks for your kind remarks, I find that bass is easier to bend than balsa when wetted on the outside of the bend, the first planks are only 1mm thick, the second layer will be 1.5mm so will need a bit more help.



Bob Abell06/07/2021 13:12:31
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Here is an easy way of bending planks

Just indent the inner side of the plank

Like it?


bend tool.jpg

Eddie Lancaster06/07/2021 15:11:24
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644 photos

Hi. Bob, thanks for that tip I will try it for the sharp bend needed at the bow.



Tim Rowe06/07/2021 17:57:36
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577 photos

Hello Eddie

Thanks for the photos and yes I can use them. The area that really interests me is the round bilge to chine transitions. It is easy to cheat on the first layers but I would like the final planking to be as authentic as possible.

I know Ray. it will be underwater but I can't help it!

Tim R

Recovering from a hard disk failure and the loss of a number of recent build photos cryingcryingdont know

gecon06/07/2021 18:30:33
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I used this strip bending tool on the Fisher planking. Comes with different jaws for various bending jobs. Must be used carefully of course -or it will crush the wood. Bought from CMB.


Eddie Lancaster09/07/2021 17:24:47
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644 photos

Here is a picture of Westmoreland in full flight.str59.jpeg

The picture is from a book by Kent and Freestone on building TSB's.

This picture is the detail of the joint of the chine were it changes from square to rounded at the bow and stern.


and this is my attempt at that joint.img_1199.jpg



Edited By Eddie Lancaster on 09/07/2021 17:26:42

Tim Rowe10/07/2021 09:30:40
570 forum posts
577 photos

Thanks Eddie

Very interesting and great progress.

I had an IT calamity about 10 days ago when the hard drive simply vanished while online on a news feed. I tried re-starting and got the ominous message - hard drive not found!.

It is still at the computer repair shop and after a week of recovering nothing, they told me yesterday that they were starting to find some files. They are now my best friends as although I was quite well backed up, it is always a huge inconvenience and some of my recent photos (of Kimberley) did not get on the backup.

As a salutary footnote, when it happened I found the underside of the laptop to be far too hot despite the fan working. I can understand a hard drive failure through getting cooked but if it is a solid state hard drive like mine it can apparently self-destruct, vanish if the drive gets too full. I am told that once the memory gets to around 90% full it can become unstable and on some systems, fail without any warning. That could have happened to mine as the hard drive was about 90% full but I am inclined to think it was the high temperature - no hot electric smells however.

Sorry about thee diversion but if you have a solid state hard drive beware. They are great for speed but vulnerable in these aspects.

Hope to be back with photos soon.

Tim R

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