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    Alasdair Allan
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      #119662
      Alasdair Allan
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        @alasdairallan37423

        Glen Rosa is now essentially complete, bar a few human figures and some steps up to the bridge. My work doesn’t give me much spare time, but I have managed this build in about 15 months. After trimming ballast in the bath again, it’s sea trials on the pond. Any reader in the Edinburgh area who wishes to join me is very welcome. I have waders, but am hoping they will not be required!

        #119678
        Richard Simpson
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          @richardsimpson88330

          Always worth tying a long piece of string to a model for the first time on the water.  I certainly recommend it for steam powered models.  Even if you have waders on you can recover it a lot quicker with some string.  The danger is, of course, not letting it get tangled in the prop or the paddles in your case!  After a few minutes if you’re happy with the way it handles take the string off and run it up and down close to the bank to start with.  Then go for it.

          #119680
          James Hill 5
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            @jameshill5

            Lovely model Alasdair. Good luck with the sea trials.

            I like Richards suggestion of a piece of string, but if you have waders you should be ok.

            Sure you won’t need them.

            Jim.

             

             

             

             

            #119690
            Alasdair Allan
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              @alasdairallan37423

              Thanks!

              #120542
              Alasdair Allan
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                @alasdairallan37423

                rosa pond2

                #120543
                Alasdair Allan
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                  @alasdairallan37423

                  On the pond at last! Took her on her maiden voyage this evening!

                  #120544
                  Alasdair Allan
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                    @alasdairallan37423

                    The idea of a removable keel seems to have resolved ballasting issues, at least when going ahead, though she is still not keen at all on going astern! very pleased with the results though.

                    #120545
                    Richard Simpson
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                      @richardsimpson88330

                      She looks superb and sits just right on the water.

                      #120557
                      James Hill 5
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                        @jameshill5

                        A very elegant model. you’re right to be pleased with the result.

                        #120559
                        Colin Bishop
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                          @colinbishop34627

                          Looks great Alasdair, really captures the charm of the prototype. How deep is the removable keel?

                          Colin

                          #120561
                          Tim Rowe
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                            @timrowe83142

                            Stunning result Alasdair.  Also interested to know about the keel.

                            Tim

                            #120575
                            Alasdair Allan
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                              @alasdairallan37423

                              Thanks for the kind remarks! Will post a photo of removable keel – though please don’t laugh at it.  I suspened an 8cm bolt with a 15cm plastic tube full of lead shot sitting lengthwise on the end of it  Realised that was not deep enough though and so glued some lead flashing to hang a further 10cm further down. If this was not so experimental it would be more elegant than that.

                               

                              #120576
                              Alasdair Allan
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                                @alasdairallan37423

                                BTW is it possible to post a film clip?  couldnt see a way to do that.

                                #120577
                                Alasdair Allan
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                                  @alasdairallan37423

                                  Also , on matters IT, am afraid I have again spent a couple of hours trying to get logged on to the website this evening.  Either I am doing something badly wrong or there is something wrong with my account! Grateful for any help please, as I have tried using several browsers but site only seems to let me on once in a blue moon! Nt having problems gettig into any other site. Which is a shame, as I really enjoy the forum!

                                  #120578
                                  Alasdair Allan
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                                    @alasdairallan37423

                                    Returning to ballasting, I found that when the boat goes ahead she is very, very stable, even when steering. When she stops though, she is prone to heel a wee bit in the breeze.  What she really, really does not like doing though is going astern, even slowly. This always makes her list – sometimes to port sometimes starboard. It may be that if I had a remvable keel that was deeper or longer I would not not have this problem, but for the moment will stick with what I have invented!

                                    #120579
                                    Alasdair Allan
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                                      @alasdairallan37423

                                      keel

                                      #120580
                                      Alasdair Allan
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                                        @alasdairallan37423

                                        Told you it was not elegant!

                                         

                                        #120581
                                        Alasdair Allan
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                                          @alasdairallan37423
                                          #120584
                                          Alasdair Allan
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                                            @alasdairallan37423

                                            not sure if the above film clip is openable but shows her on the pond last night.

                                             

                                            #120588
                                            James Hill 5
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                                              @jameshill5

                                              The video worked for me.  Really looks good on the water. Your weight additions might not be elegant, but they work!

                                              Regarding logging in. I don’t log out when leaving the forum. All I do is check each time that  log out is still visible in the blue band. I’ve found that the posting section is then still working. Now and again I’m told to log in, so do so, and log out re appears in the blue bar and I carry on.

                                              Whether I’m doing things correctly or not, I’m not sure but it seems to work for me.

                                              Jim.

                                              #120593
                                              Len Morris 2
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                                                @lenmorris2

                                                Alasdair, the video worked well for me also.  The only problem was it wasn’t long enough!  It’s so good to actually see a model on the water and it looks excellent.  Very well done.  I don’t think the fish will mind what the keel looks like. 🙂

                                                Every so often I have the log-in problem.  The official advice is to clear your computer casch and cookie files and try again.  Tried it once.  Never again.  It ruined the connectivity to no end of other sites and took days to fix.  It’s caused a few people to jump ship or take shore leave.  Saluting the flag at the moment but the problem does need fixing.

                                                Len

                                                #120616
                                                Alasdair Allan
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                                                  @alasdairallan37423

                                                  managed to get back into site again after another thirty attemts – I can get into the site, but as soon as I get to forums it normally logs me out, so I will make the most of this opportunity!

                                                  #120617
                                                  Alasdair Allan
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                                                    @alasdairallan37423

                                                    Anyway, would welcome any views on ballasting. As I say, the home knitted fake keel I have made seems to make a huge difference and have no problems going ahead, but it does not overcome the problems there are going astern. Does the keel need to be longer perhaps, to overcome that?

                                                    #120618
                                                    Alasdair Allan
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                                                      @alasdairallan37423
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