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gecon07/08/2020 15:33:10
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20200807_161340.jpg20200807_160645.jpgWell, not much new....but a 'new look'. Looking like a Greek fishing boat with this masking tape on it. Should be a bottle of Ouzo on deck but the clutter of rubbing strakes and side cappings make it a bit cramped for a party.

Ship's wheel been dunked in teak stain today due to the hull paint shop being closed. The brass rim is to be applied during the weekend.

Wish all a pleasant, safe, weekend,


Edited By George Edward Connery on 07/08/2020 15:37:52

Edited By George Edward Connery on 07/08/2020 15:39:43

gecon10/08/2020 23:03:28
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20200809_205520.jpgShips wheel received an allmost-round brass ring and the whole lot dunked in Owatrol D2 varnish and drip-dried.

20200810_193120.jpgHull topsides now silky-gloss after a lot of effort plus helpfull suggestions from a forum member who uses a hull as a shaving morror.

Some mahogany and varnish will appear eventually in the form of capping rail, bulwark cladding and rubbing strake.


gecon11/08/2020 23:00:30
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Last bit of masking tape removed today and boot top stripes added. They weren't very sticky so hope the tape will stay on the hull....allways the optimist!20200811_233706.jpg


gecon12/08/2020 18:35:05
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Side cladding added today.


gecon13/08/2020 16:23:07
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Rubbing strakes added today. Quite tricky -for me at least- to bend them to suit the hull curves. Photos not in album yet.


gecon16/08/2020 08:41:00
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Weekend activities:

Doing quite a bit a 'head-scratching' in the scratch build dept. recently. Previously painted brass portholes don't seem to want to have humbrol enamel sticking to them. Must admit that I didn't think to sand/degrease them before paintingblush. Anyway didn't really like the look of the Humbrol aluminium (56?) paint. It seemed a shame in the first place to paint over that lovley brass but the 1:1 Fisher did not have brass ports. Maybe the 1:12 will?

Need also to make simulated bolt heads for the porthole surrond. Used pinheads but not sure if they'll survive the scrutiny of the 'paintshop inspection' team either. May now have to use heads of brass planking pins or just blobs of brass/gold paint?

Varnishing of mahogany bits is coming along OK but one of the rubbing strakes came away from the hull at the aft end (with some layers of paint attached). Zap-A-Gap put it all back (including paint!) but under some bending stress, so we'll see how that fairs in time.

Might need a break soon to avoid being tempted to make quick-fix solutions.

A bit foggy here this morning but if it lifts by noon one of the grandchildren (24 years old!) is going to film the Comtesse from his Mavic drone.


Ray Wood 216/08/2020 10:58:11
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Hi George,

Rivets round the portholes I'd use pva applied with a cocktail stick, looks pretty good when painted 👍

I used this method on 1/6th scale Hawker Hurricane wings must have been thousands of them 😀

Regards Ray

gecon16/08/2020 15:46:57
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Hi Ray,

Many thanks, I was considering blobs of 5 min Araldite but PVA will be much easier -and cheaper. Can you mix gold or brass acrylic paint with the PVA do you think?

Regards, George.

gecon17/08/2020 07:09:10
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Tried the PVA solution (ah, sorry!) but I can't make that resemble the bolts used to secure portholes. I see though that respectable 'rivets' can be made with PVA blobs.

I'll get back to the drawing board and work on my pinheads I think. Or maybe just fill the holes around the porthole flange with paint and hope nobody notices.

Here is a photo of the pinhead jobs -the many of pins loosened when I cut the legs off and I could not cut them off close enough to the underside of the flange. I'll maybe try again and cut before glueing. Pity I didn't do just one for a test. Now I have 6 ports to do the rehab' on. Off to raid the Admiralty sewing-20200811_232028.jpgsupplies dept.


gecon20/08/2020 18:36:45
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20200820_165936.jpg20200820_170145.jpgProgress report:

Mounted the rudder yesterday, though I have not yet sealed the hole around the rudder tube. Do that with epoxy resin I think. It has to be carefully poured in around the outside of the top section of the rudder tube which needs to be sealed off below -where it exits at the top of the rudder.

Also had a go at setting up my first ever sailwinch control run. Decided to try a spring tensioned 'endless loop' on the winch drum Though it's not really 'endless'; the ends are fastened to the two anchor-holes in the grooves on the drum. After a bit of tensioning of the spring and servo travel adjustment it seemed to be OK. Will be fitting a brass guide tube to lead the sheet up through the deck and wheelhouse to the end of the main boom....I think.

Never done any of this before but I think I have the theory right so I'll just have to try it out and see. The main boom sheet is the easy one, next is the two servos for genoa control. Will try to add photos soon.


Edited By gecon on 20/08/2020 18:48:10

Edited By gecon on 20/08/2020 18:48:44

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