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« on: February 28, 2016, 09:32:43 pm »

Hello - for this first posting I'm just going to write a few things about my modelling background, my interests and the Woodspring Model Sailing Club, for which I am the secretary.

I made my first model boat a long time ago - my first 'proper' one was built from a Model Boats magazine plan when I was about 15 - the 'Molendinar Pilot Boat'.  Many years went by before I got back into the hobby properly, but since settling in the West Country I have built myself a Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter called 'Eliza Rose' - photo attached.  She is built from a Waverley Models fibreglass hull at one inch to the foot.  I wanted to make a model of a sailing pilot cutter as you would see it today, converted for cruising, so I have included a skylight in the deck where the original would have had a flat working deck area.  The hull is also painted green as I have seen on one or two examples, not the matt black of the originals.

I'm also interested in Steam models and I'm a member of the Cheddar Steam Club.  I have built a couple of small steam engines and hope to put one of them in a small steam-powered model boat this summer. 

My main modelling interest is in ships and boats from around the late 1800s and early 1900s - both sailing and steam.  I think ships from this period had reached a very high level of capability and seaworthiness but still looked beautiful, being still designed by eye rather than optimised by a computer. I like tramp steamers and I plan to build (eventually) a model of a Great Lakes steamer from this period - hence my User Name 'Laker'.

Thank you if you have read this far and your attention hasn't wandered off!  I would like to finish with a mention of my club, the Woodspring Model Sailing Club which is for model boaters in the North Somerset area.  We sail on a beautiful lake at the Portishead lake grounds and you can find more details of our club at www.woodspringmsc.webeden.co.uk.

Best Wishes,
Laker.
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Re: First post on the Mayhem Forum...
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2016, 10:27:34 pm »


Greetings Laker and Welcome to the Mayhem!

We'd love to see more photos!

Martin   :-)
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Re: First post on the Mayhem Forum...
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2016, 11:24:48 pm »

Hello Laker and welcome aboard.

That's a beautiful looking cutter, hope (like Martin) to see more of your work in the future.

Regards,

Ray.
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Re: First post on the Mayhem Forum...
« Reply #3 on: February 29, 2016, 08:38:25 am »

Welcome Laker,


What a stunning model  :-)) :-))


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« Reply #4 on: February 29, 2016, 09:27:03 am »

Welcome aboard.  O0
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Re: First post on the Mayhem Forum...
« Reply #5 on: March 01, 2016, 01:04:24 pm »

Welcome Laker,
What a pretty little gaffer!


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« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2016, 10:22:06 pm »

Thank you for the encouraging comments.  I have attached a few more photos from the build so that you can see inside the hull and see some of the decks details, plus another one of sailing on the Portishead lake. 

The deck planking is 1/16" thick limewood, stained with about 15 coats of strong black coffee then varnished.  This was one of many hints I learned from other modellers in the Woodspring MSC.  There are several other Pilot Cutter models in the club, some of which are built up plank-on-frame and some are much more detailed than this one. 

Laker
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« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2016, 11:23:46 pm »

What a beautiful model, with stunning woodworking. the colours give the model so much "warmth" and character.

Tremendous workmanship.

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« Reply #8 on: March 04, 2016, 11:43:30 pm »

That is built to a beautiful standard an I love the detail
The rigging is superb, the shroud blocks and the roller reeling on the main.
You have definitely achieved your objective to create a modern cruising version of a working classic.


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« Reply #9 on: March 05, 2016, 06:57:00 am »

Beautiful boat welcome to Mayhem.   U2
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« Reply #10 on: March 05, 2016, 01:04:18 pm »

She looks beautiful and I bet she smells lovely as well. I reckon tea and coffee do impart warmer colours than we can sometimes get from synthetic stains.

There are quite a few of us in the west!

Welcome to the forum by the way :-))
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« Reply #11 on: March 12, 2016, 02:58:06 pm »

Just picking up on the comment on killing all pond weed by BallastanksIan - We sometimes have pondweed in our lake at Portishead lake grounds and it can snag the racing boats in particular with their deep keels.  The lake is brackish - the amount of salt depends on how the sluice gate has been used and the amount of recent rainfall.  More saltwater keeps the weed at bay.  It is a public lake so we can't take any action when the pondweed strikes.  Fortunately it has only been a problem a few times over the last 10 years.
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« Reply #12 on: March 12, 2016, 08:17:08 pm »

We keep having water ;level problems which seem to enourage the weed to grow, having less solar obstruction to inhibit it. We hope to do something about it soon!

It is a shame that you and the council cannot come to an agreement about sorting it out when it is a problem, as you are at the mercy of the maintenance budget.
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