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karl1113
#1 Posted : 06 May 2010 15:15:44

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this is aimes at the newbees mainly. when your laying the floors on the decking and you want to show floorboard nail, why not use the real thing? treenail,wooden dowels fix 'em down on the rel thing so heres how!
I drilled hole .75mm in the handle of a stanley knife,got some cocktail sticks,and drill the hole in the stanley knife hole? yes insert the cocktail stick into the drill,don't overtighten, and drill about 5mm. you will find that the metel hole will cut the cocktail stick, then do the other end, two dowels per stick.glue into hole 1mm.in floorboard when dry cut.take my word it looks like the real thing.
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#2 Posted : 06 May 2010 15:17:24

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#3 Posted : 06 May 2010 15:18:31

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I will give more tips later, if wanted.
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#4 Posted : 06 May 2010 15:21:24

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Nice one Karl, Thanks for that
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#5 Posted : 06 May 2010 15:26:18

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#6 Posted : 06 May 2010 16:08:28

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Thanks Karl ....cool tip..BigGrin BigGrin
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#7 Posted : 07 May 2010 16:08:22

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ok the next one,I gave this tip on another thread but cant find itnow.
the blocks that came with the carronade are a little out of scale, what will help the situation is to sand of the corners making them more round i use a small needle file for this,then i thread them onto a piece of wire and stain them black because paint will enlarge as will varnish,and block holes.i use ink.
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#8 Posted : 18 May 2010 19:15:53

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This tip is pretty current,the launch supplied for victory is a little on the fragile side.
an old trick was to cover the boat in fine tissue and glue it on with sanding sealer,you have to cut a bit and overlap to get a good fit.allow to dry and put another coat on,when dry use fine wet 'n dry for a smooth finish,you can still varnish because the tissue goe's transparent.
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#9 Posted : 18 May 2010 19:16:58

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#10 Posted : 18 May 2010 21:02:04

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Great tip Karl. Could you tell me what sanding sealar do you use?

Tom
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#11 Posted : 18 May 2010 21:31:46

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I used shellax by britwax, you use methelated spirits to clean up with.
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#12 Posted : 02 June 2010 13:25:11

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this next tip is a real stealer, wire? is yours all bent and twisted? wanna know how to straighten it? easy use two pair of nose plyers or something to grip a length of wire with,one each end and stetch,no matter if you pull too hard! it will allways break on one of the ends,when you 've done that, it will be straight.
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#13 Posted : 02 June 2010 14:17:08

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tom.ganc wrote:
Great tip Karl. Could you tell me what sanding sealar do you use?

Tom


Hi shipmates! BigGrin
I would use sanding sealer for that job but I would use Clear Dope (For shrinking and sealing nylon and tissue paper coverings on balsa wood flying air-craft models.) follow the instructions on the tin you won't see the joins. Small creases are removed as the Dope dries.

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#14 Posted : 08 June 2010 10:19:28

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this next one is about using tools,the razor saw, not much used by newbees,but I think used with a mitre block is invaluable,a,it cut square,it cuts mitres,and for planking is a boon. especially for the ladies,the trick in using a razor saw is use very little pressure.gently sliding it over the wood,I have a aluminium mitre block which I bought with the razor saw at cornwall model boats on line.the block has slots at the base,of various width slots to take different size planks,and the real bonus is it cuts square every time.this is a tool I would say is a must.
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#15 Posted : 08 June 2010 13:58:52

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the deadeyes,that round bit with three holes, and also block,square things with one hole, I dye these with black ink,thread on a piece of wire and dunk them them in the bottle,reason I do this? so you don't block the holes.
Current builds: SotS, USS Consitution, San Felipe, D51 loco, HMS Surprise, RB7, Arab Dhow, Jotika HMS Victory
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#16 Posted : 12 July 2010 15:48:46

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with the deck furniture,it needs to be well anchored to the deck,I use brass nails with the heads cut off,superglue the end ,insert nails,and drill holes,placing the first nail in hole, mark the other hole with the other nail and drill hole.then superglue(thick)the deck furniture to the deck.
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#17 Posted : 12 July 2010 15:56:43

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this pic also shows adding a little extra to the kit.try putting brass pins in the re-inforce it,they take a lotta strain from the rigging,and general knocks.
Current builds: SotS, USS Consitution, San Felipe, D51 loco, HMS Surprise, RB7, Arab Dhow, Jotika HMS Victory
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#18 Posted : 12 July 2010 15:58:53

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#19 Posted : 12 July 2010 15:58:58

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Otherwise known as pinning. It's a good tip as it gives a much more secure method of fixing than simply using glue.

I tended to be lazy about this - until I became fed-up of the arms or hands on my mini's falling off under the slightest provocation.
Schnellboots on back burner

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#20 Posted : 13 July 2010 07:36:58

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Amazingly, i have a tip that i just learnt the hard way.
Shaping strakes (my terminology is improving). I cut them with a very sharp knife and botched loads up.
Try to shape them with sand paper instead. Loads better, for me anyway. more accurate and way safer. lol not that i chopped my finger off or anything.
i dont know what weapons will be used in ww3 but ww4 will be sticks and stones.
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