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John Wreford
#1 Posted : 16 April 2010 12:58:22

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Ok now that I've got your attention. A simple question about the real anchor.

The two pieces of wood that form the stock (!) were bound by steel bands. I'm planning to replicate these with some brass strip that I have, rather than the twine provided, but was wondering how the bands were secured. Presumably bolted, screwed or nailed in place but I can't find any references as to where the fittings were.

Anybody know?

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John
Mike Turpin
#2 Posted : 16 April 2010 13:36:39

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The anchor stock was held together by driving on four or six square sectioned iron hoops. I guess this would have been a similar process to putting the hoops round barrels or the steel tyre on a wagon wheel, i.e. putting the hoops on hot and then quenching them with water to contract and pull the halves of the stock together.

We now need to consider how to replicate this on the Victory anchor. I think, like you, I will use some thin brass strip. I will probably superglue the stock first using clamps to keep it together around the anchor shank. Then when nobody is looking I will bend my brass strip so that the ends meet round the stock and superglue it in position.

If the experts have a better suggestion, let's hear it, I have two anchors to do for HMS Halifax and am still hoping to see anchors for Victory, only not today it would appear!

Mike T
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#3 Posted : 16 April 2010 13:55:57

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I've known cartridge paper be used for the banding, sounds naff but it works a treat!

Hope this drawing helps re the location of fixings
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Vic Bower anchor - stock profile from.JPG
Mike Turpin
#4 Posted : 16 April 2010 14:12:43

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Come to think of it I used 160 g/sm card for hinges and chest locks on Halifax so I might try that as easier to cut and shape than brass strip.

Mike T
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#5 Posted : 16 April 2010 15:12:17

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Thanks guys. Card sounds a good idea Mike. Might also givethat a try.

John
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#6 Posted : 16 April 2010 17:19:35

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What colur would the bands be? ie brass is brass unless weathering is taken in to account, or is painted.
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#7 Posted : 16 April 2010 17:22:37

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Hi Tony

Looks like everything was painted black. I was going for brass as it is more accurate looking than twine, when painted, and I have some kicking around!

John
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#8 Posted : 18 April 2010 16:59:28

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I found brass picture wire a great substitute, expensive but hey!
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John Wreford wrote:
Thanks guys. Card sounds a good idea Mike. Might also givethat a try.

John


I used card on mine, it looks fine especially once everything was painted black. BigGrin I'd show you a picture of it but unfortunately my camera doesn't have a macro feature so all the pics are out of focus Mad So a guess a new digital camera is in order before I start my own build diary, this hobby just keeps growing and growing Laugh
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David

John Wreford
#10 Posted : 18 April 2010 17:59:56

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dtgray So a guess a new digital camera is in order before I start my own build diary, this hobby just keeps growing and growing [laugh wrote:


Yet another essential part of the tool kit LOL And we thought buying the model was the expensive bit!

John
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