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Re: Linkspan Models Norland / Norstar - Development of a kit.....
« Reply #100 on: November 23, 2014, 06:19:38 PM »

Now that the Free Enterprise V plug is finished, I can move on to working on the plug for the Norland......
 
All the frames and keel have been printed and now transferred to ply ready for cutting.  This plug will be done differently to the FEV in that it will be plank-on-frame.
Here we go - the clock is ticking!!!!
 

 

 
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Re: Linkspan Models Norland / Norstar - Development of a kit.....
« Reply #101 on: November 29, 2014, 01:58:12 PM »

Been turning perfectly good sheets of plywood into sawdust this morning  %%
 
Roughed out the hull profiles for the plug - now to run them through the bandsaw to get them to the proper shape....
 

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Re: Linkspan Models Norland / Norstar - Development of a kit.....
« Reply #102 on: November 30, 2014, 06:40:00 PM »

Hull profiles all cut to shape!!!
Now to see if it actually resembles a hull when it is all fitted together..... %%
 

 

 

 

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« Reply #103 on: November 30, 2014, 08:59:45 PM »


Now that is really a nice bit of saw work.    :-))


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« Reply #104 on: November 30, 2014, 09:17:47 PM »

Thanks Ken!!  :-))
Managed to break a new bandsaw blade in the process though, which was a bit of an annoyance.......
 
Pleased that I got it all done though - need to take a trip to B&Q tomorrow to buy a plank of mdf long enough to mount it all on.

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« Reply #105 on: December 01, 2014, 10:36:36 AM »


I love my bandsaw.  i even cut the dog's biscuits into three's  by hand, each side of the blade   :o   I use it for everything I can.

You blades must be quite thin , as I've never broken one in 50 years. Just worn them to death.

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Re: Linkspan Models Norland / Norstar - Development of a kit.....
« Reply #106 on: December 02, 2014, 03:08:13 PM »

Carl,

This is brilliant news and thank you so much for sharing your progress with us. The pictures of the hull spacers look great, and the shot of that keel former gives a tantalising first glimpse of the size of what you're about to create.

The loss of hard drives and all that much data can feel like a body blow - the same thing happened to me years ago, when my hard drive crashed and I thought I'd lost almost four years worth of detailed 3D mesh and texture modelling for umpteen railway simulation projects. It almost finished my interest in the hobby; so well done for getting back up and keeping going.  :-))

Can't wait to witness next year's progress with this model  - slowly but surely you are re-awakening a slumbering North Sea giant from the past, all power to you! 

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Re: Linkspan Models Norland / Norstar - Development of a kit.....
« Reply #107 on: December 02, 2014, 11:27:57 PM »

I love my bandsaw.  i even cut the dog's biscuits into three's  by hand, each side of the blade   :o   I use it for everything I can.

You blades must be quite thin , as I've never broken one in 50 years. Just worn them to death.

Cheers

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Hi Ken - yes, the blade is very thin and runs on a 3 wheel Dewalt DW100 saw.  Spoke with Ian at Tuff Saw's who supplied the blades and he has said that if I send it back he will have a go at re-welding it. It is a 1/4" Hobby/Thin Gauge blade with fine teeth so that it doesnt rip the ply to shreds....

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« Reply #108 on: December 02, 2014, 11:33:41 PM »

Carl,

This is brilliant news and thank you so much for sharing your progress with us. The pictures of the hull spacers look great, and the shot of that keel former gives a tantalising first glimpse of the size of what you're about to create.

The loss of hard drives and all that much data can feel like a body blow - the same thing happened to me years ago, when my hard drive crashed and I thought I'd lost almost four years worth of detailed 3D mesh and texture modelling for umpteen railway simulation projects. It almost finished my interest in the hobby; so well done for getting back up and keeping going.  :-))

Can't wait to witness next year's progress with this model  - slowly but surely you are re-awakening a slumbering North Sea giant from the past, all power to you! 

Best wishes,

Peter

Hi Peter - Long time no hear!!!
Hope you are well?
 
Yes, the data crash was rather a body-blow but, thanks to some wonderful friends in various places, I seem to have managed to recover most of the lost data as we exchanged a lot of info between us over the years - effectively, my friends acted as a 'data backup storage'  {-) .
 
As to the ferries - now that I have a half-decent workshop and the day-job has calmed down a bit, I am thoroughly enjoying myself with these.  The fact that the workshop is just 5 paces out of my dining room through 1 door is a great incentive to get things done - no traipsing down a cold garden to a shed!!!!!

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Re: Linkspan Models Norland / Norstar - Development of a kit.....
« Reply #109 on: December 07, 2014, 07:14:52 PM »

Another productive day in the shipyard!!!
 
All the hull bulkheads prepped and ready to be fitted to the building board :
 

 
These were then clamped to the board and securely screwed down :
 

 

 
All present and correct!!! Just the keel to add :
 

 
Keel added!!! :
 

 

 
Now for a spot of planking........
 

 
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« Reply #110 on: December 07, 2014, 08:04:18 PM »

Fantastic stuff Carl, looking absolutely superb!  :-))  :D  :-))
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Re: Linkspan Models Norland / Norstar - Development of a kit.....
« Reply #111 on: December 09, 2014, 11:41:04 PM »

Been 'eyeing in' the planking and sanding the bulkheads to ensure they lie fair.
 
Dropped a few planks on dry to see how they run and try and work out the sequence:
 

 

 
It is going to be a bit of a bind having to turn this model around every couple of planks - but that's the way it has to be!!!!
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Re: Linkspan Models Norland / Norstar - Development of a kit.....
« Reply #112 on: December 10, 2014, 11:17:33 AM »


I had this problem with one of my  'Big'  boats.

I put a pivot point in one end of the base frame and a fold up leg on the other. I then swung the base board out into the workshop on the pivot and fold the leg down to the floor.  It looked like an ironing board and I was able to walk around both sides.

When finished for the day I could fold the arm away and swing the whole assembly back onto the bench.

Hope this helps

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Re: Linkspan Models Norland / Norstar - Development of a kit.....
« Reply #113 on: December 10, 2014, 11:27:06 PM »

Thanks for the suggestion Ken  :-))  I will probably give that a go this weekend  O0 . Will make life so much easier!!!
 
Well, this evening I started the planking - both sides.  This is the first ever planking I have done in my life!!!  Time consuming isnt it?
Got this far and will let this lot dry off and continue tomorrow evening........
 

 
Doesnt look much does it?
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« Reply #114 on: December 11, 2014, 01:00:23 AM »

Hi Carl....planking is time consuming but is also such a rewarding experience  :-))....you will love the final product  O0

It appears that you are using PVA white glue....which is OK providing it is adequately sealed [interior & exterior], and one plank installed to port followed by one identically located plank to stdb is the rule  :-))

The planking material also appears to be relatively close straight grained which is a good attribute when you come to steam bending....what species of timber is it?

However am unsure why the planking length spans 4 frames only where you also show one plank spanning approx. 14 frames ?..... keep us posted with images...... Derek
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« Reply #115 on: December 11, 2014, 09:21:10 AM »

Hi Derek,
Yes, I can agree that this caper of planking is surely a peaceful exercise!! It cant be rushed.....
 
The timber I am using is cedar from Dennis at Twigfolly - good price and very quick service  :-))
 
As for glue, yes it is pva but this is only a plug - it will not see water. Once all the planking is on I will give the inside a couple of coats of resin to add strength before working on the outside of it.
 
Re the planking lengths - the elements only spanning 4 frames are forming the section of superstructure above and in line with the main hull as shown below (where the concentration of windows is). On the finished plug there will be guidelines here to show where to cut the final shape and where the windows will be. The first plank spanning 14 frames is the first of the main hull planks:

 
Looking forward to carrying on with it this evening  :-))

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« Reply #116 on: December 11, 2014, 12:22:18 PM »

Instead of individual pins to hold the planks used a good hand stapler, I don't mean the office desk type either Stanley do a good one and I got mine from Screwfix.

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« Reply #117 on: December 14, 2014, 11:35:49 PM »

Planking, planking, planking................
 

 
I have a feeling that this is going to take a bit of time!!  :-))

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« Reply #118 on: December 18, 2014, 11:49:10 PM »

Another favorite ferry. Keep planking mate. Nice job  :-))
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« Reply #119 on: December 20, 2014, 06:30:07 PM »

And yet more planking.......... %)
 

 

 
Will it ever end I ask myself........ %%
 
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« Reply #120 on: December 20, 2014, 07:00:40 PM »

Hi Carl
looking good. For the bow are you going to be using blocks of wood?

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« Reply #121 on: December 20, 2014, 09:14:10 PM »

Thanks John - Yes, for the bow and the stern also. I have the templates at the different waterlines ready so that the shape comes out correct.

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« Reply #122 on: December 20, 2014, 09:36:29 PM »

Just as a matter of interest where about do you sail your boats, is it in Redditch.
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« Reply #123 on: December 20, 2014, 09:48:39 PM »

To be honest, I havent had the time to actually sail anything in over a year now  >:-o
 
I dont know of a lake in or near Redditch to sail on, but there are quite a few canals!!! Are you local?

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« Reply #124 on: December 20, 2014, 09:56:53 PM »

Yes I am in Redditch, I tried getting the use of Arrow Valley lake from the council but after almost a year I gave up and now I travel to Bournville
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