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brocstar

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Irish Royal Mail Steamer Connaught build
« on: December 17, 2009, 09:33:40 PM »

Hi All

This is my 12th attempt to upload pics of my latest project! Here are some of the components so far.

All the best

Stuart
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Bradley

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Re: Irish Royal Mail Steamer Connaught build
« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2009, 09:44:02 PM »

Welcome, Brocstar and thanks for the photos.  The boat and the build look absolutely superb and nice to see them :-)).

Derek.
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The Antipodean

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Re: Irish Royal Mail Steamer Connaught build
« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2009, 09:47:59 PM »

Very impressive work there, I love the detail.
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Re: Irish Royal Mail Steamer Connaught build
« Reply #3 on: December 17, 2009, 10:01:17 PM »

Looking very impressive  :-))
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Re: Irish Royal Mail Steamer Connaught build
« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2009, 07:28:18 PM »

That is a "mighty" model.   I never even knew there were any "four stacker"  short-sea mail steamers!       Is the hull still bare frame, or have you got further than the picture?
Bob
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brocstar

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Re: Irish Royal Mail Steamer Connaught build
« Reply #5 on: December 21, 2009, 10:01:15 AM »

Thanks for the interest and the positive comments all!

RMS Connaught was one of 4 sisters on the Holyhead-Kingstown (Dublin) mail run. She was built by Lairds for the City of Dublin Steam Packet Company in 1860. Under her Master Captain Kendall she could accomplish the crossing in under 3 3/4 hours at a speed of 18 knots! She was, for 20 years the fastest vessel afloat.

I have now planked the hull and given it its first skim of glass filler and the first sanding. Lots more to do. The hull at present is to deck level.

All the best
Stuart
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doug james

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Re: Irish Royal Mail Steamer Connaught build
« Reply #6 on: December 21, 2009, 01:53:11 PM »

Very impressive work, I look forward to seeing more of your build. Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Irish Royal Mail Steamer Connaught build
« Reply #7 on: December 21, 2009, 02:03:14 PM »

Really excellent, glad you persevered with the photos.  :-))
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brocstar

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Re: Irish Royal Mail Steamer Connaught build
« Reply #8 on: December 22, 2009, 08:36:07 PM »

Thanks all! - more to follow after Crimble I hope.

Stuart
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dms toucan

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Re: Irish Royal Mail Steamer Connaught build
« Reply #9 on: December 22, 2009, 08:55:39 PM »

HI fantastic build
But I have one correction Kingstown is Dun Laoghaire name change 1922
Martin
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Re: Irish Royal Mail Steamer Connaught build
« Reply #10 on: December 22, 2009, 09:04:32 PM »

Surely he is right then Martin seeing as he is talking about 1860  :-))
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brocstar

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Re: Irish Royal Mail Steamer Connaught build
« Reply #11 on: December 22, 2009, 09:25:11 PM »

At the time (1860) the port for Dublin was known as Kingstown and the RMS Connaught, Leinster, Munster and Ulster (named after the four provinces of a then British ruled NON partitioned Ireland - in which Gaelic was frowned upon!) ran a twice daily scheduled service (ie TWO return journeys) between Holyhead and Kingstown. The ships were disposed of and scrapped by 1900 - some 20 odd years before the port for Dublin was renamed Dun Laoghaire.

Hope this helps

Stuart
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dms toucan

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Re: Irish Royal Mail Steamer Connaught build
« Reply #12 on: December 23, 2009, 12:23:27 AM »

Sorry I got it wrong Dun Laoghaire was named Kingstown in 1821 by King george the 5th and returned to its original name in 1921 by the town council,
Dun laoghaire is 7 miles south of Dublin. Dublin has its own port,   
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Re: Irish Royal Mail Steamer Connaught build
« Reply #13 on: December 23, 2009, 10:59:22 PM »

Absolutely beautiful- that cabin is exquisite! Will be really impressive when it's finished.

Greg
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Re: Irish Royal Mail Steamer Connaught build
« Reply #14 on: December 24, 2009, 01:29:20 AM »

Beautiful worker keep the photos comming.
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brocstar

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Re: Irish Royal Mail Steamer Connaught build
« Reply #15 on: December 28, 2009, 02:42:04 PM »

Thanks for all the kind comments - I really appreciate it!

I have done a little more - I've made all the portholes and drilled the holes to receive them in the hull, added the bow blocks and forward bulwarks and made a start on the Turtle Deck.

All the best

stuart
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Re: Irish Royal Mail Steamer Connaught build
« Reply #16 on: December 28, 2009, 06:48:52 PM »

Exquisite.  :-))
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brocstar

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Re: Irish Royal Mail Steamer Connaught build
« Reply #17 on: January 05, 2010, 06:25:19 PM »

Hi All

I've done a little more work to the hull in preparation for the first coat of paint - lots more to do though. Today I thought I'd assemble the components so far to give me an idea of where to have the decks removable etc. Bear in mind everything was 'loosley' assembled so nothing aligned properly or measured!

All the best

stuart
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Re: Irish Royal Mail Steamer Connaught build
« Reply #18 on: January 05, 2010, 07:41:48 PM »

 

Terrific. She is really looking the part now. You must be proud.   :-))

Ken


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The Antipodean

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Re: Irish Royal Mail Steamer Connaught build
« Reply #19 on: January 05, 2010, 11:28:42 PM »

That is great workmanship.
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Re: Irish Royal Mail Steamer Connaught build
« Reply #20 on: January 06, 2010, 01:29:19 AM »

Simply superb! :-)) :-)) :-))

Regards
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brocstar

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Re: Irish Royal Mail Steamer Connaught build
« Reply #21 on: January 08, 2010, 10:28:10 PM »

Hi All

A little more progress. I've made and fitted the Hawsepipes and fitted the portlight bezels and brass inner rings. I have plated the hull with watercolourist's paper which is textured and gives an 'iron' look and blown on the first trial coat of paint.
Thanks for all the kind comments
All the best

Stuart
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Re: Irish Royal Mail Steamer Connaught build
« Reply #22 on: January 08, 2010, 11:28:23 PM »

Great idea with the paper- I get the feeling you've realised it's going to be the details that make this model, and your onto a brilliant start- those funnels are spot on mate!

Just a shame there's no steam coming out of them...

Greg
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brocstar

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Re: Irish Royal Mail Steamer Connaught build
« Reply #23 on: January 08, 2010, 11:37:30 PM »

Thanks Greg! I have an unused Cheddar Proteus plant - but I don't think it's got the Oomph for this one - also being a paddle4 steamer means a boiler full of water relatively high gives really nasty stability problems.

All the best

Stuart
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brocstar

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Re: Irish Royal Mail Steamer Connaught build
« Reply #24 on: January 10, 2010, 08:27:00 AM »

Hi All

I've made a little more progress. The rear deck and houses are now fitted and the first passanger is on board!

All the best

Stuart
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