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Footski

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Arran Mail Boat (miniature).
« on: September 25, 2016, 04:56:34 PM »

After making up my mind to have ago at doing a miniature, I settled on Bob Wilson's Arran Mail Boat from the 1930's.
I have had some problems posting photos, but got this one, so here it is. Since taking the shot, I decided I was not happy with the main superstructure so have redone it. I hope to have more photos soon. Today I built the mast and boom and am very pleased with them.
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Re: Arran Mail Boat (miniature).
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2016, 05:02:04 PM »

Very nice  :-))
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Re: Arran Mail Boat (miniature).
« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2016, 05:03:09 PM »

What and get accused of plaggggggerism......or whatever.. %%
This is an earlier shot after the hull had been carved.
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Re: Arran Mail Boat (miniature).
« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2016, 06:07:21 PM »

These shots were taken today and show where the model is upto. None of the parts are attached to the deck yet. Much to do before then. I must say it really is great fun, learning new ways to do things.......very small.
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Re: Arran Mail Boat (miniature).
« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2016, 06:26:28 PM »

very nice model Footski.

I will follow this one with great interest.

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Re: Arran Mail Boat (miniature).
« Reply #5 on: October 02, 2016, 04:54:00 PM »

I decided to have a go at building the base and case. This I should a shot of progress up to this morning. Sorry about the poor focus...None of the deck fittings are secured....Plenty of time for that.
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Re: Arran Mail Boat (miniature).
« Reply #6 on: October 05, 2016, 07:27:37 AM »

That is looking very smart!     The advantage of miniatures is that they don't cost much, don't take up much space and can be as detailed as you want them to be.    And, most important, you are not confined to what kit manafacturers want you to build.     There are loads of plans to be found in books and old shipping journals.
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Re: Arran Mail Boat (miniature).
« Reply #7 on: October 05, 2016, 02:58:24 PM »

Disaster has struck! The case has been confined to the Rubbish......I removed the plastic covering on the plexiglass too early and when I came to clean it up, there were traces of superglue showing and small scratches on the surfaces. A tough lesson to learn, but I will not accept my stupidity, so......back to the workroom and this time more patience and care is needed.... >>:-( .


Still loving the journey....
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Re: Arran Mail Boat (miniature).
« Reply #8 on: October 05, 2016, 07:09:31 PM »

Superglue has a nasty habit of running.   That is why I glue the perspex case together with Evo-Stik contact adhesive.   It can be very stringy, but does not run.    But your base beading should be OK to fit with some new perspex.      It can be very easy to miss scratches that go through the protective coating, and there is nothing worse than finding them at the last stage of case construction.  On one occasion, I was convinced that I had checked each panel so thoroughly that there was not a single scratch anywhere.   When I peeled the backing off, I found a flaw in the front panel in the form of a jet black spot within the actual panel itself! :((
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Re: Arran Mail Boat (miniature).
« Reply #9 on: October 05, 2016, 09:07:58 PM »

Bob,
I am glad I am not on my own. Still, I know the second attempt will be better. I will also use contact adhesive, but was not sure it would work properly!
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Re: Arran Mail Boat (miniature).
« Reply #10 on: October 15, 2016, 02:27:33 PM »

More progress. The second case has been completed, this time using contact adhesive and the plastic covering has been left on until ready. A few more bits have been added to the boat and the sea has been completed, albeit, not the best.
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Re: Arran Mail Boat (miniature).
« Reply #11 on: October 15, 2016, 02:50:08 PM »

Interesting build Footski!
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Re: Arran Mail Boat (miniature).
« Reply #12 on: October 15, 2016, 03:46:51 PM »

Deceptively detailed Footski. it may be small but you have lots happening on board  :-)) I was going to suggest you get some acrylic textuing gel and sculpt some waves on the perspex saving you having to re make the base, but you got on with it before I read your topic!
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Re: Arran Mail Boat (miniature).
« Reply #13 on: October 15, 2016, 04:11:53 PM »

Interesting build Footski!
Good to hear from you Mike. I hope all is well at your end?
This model is a bit small for Puffins pond........mind you I believe he has sold it?
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Re: Arran Mail Boat (miniature).
« Reply #14 on: October 15, 2016, 04:13:03 PM »

Deceptively detailed Footski. it may be small but you have lots happening on board  :-)) I was going to suggest you get some acrylic textuing gel and sculpt some waves on the perspex saving you having to re make the base, but you got on with it before I read your topic!


That gel actually sounds great, but not for this model at this stage. Thanks for the suggestion....
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Re: Arran Mail Boat (miniature).
« Reply #15 on: October 15, 2016, 06:16:49 PM »

Hi Footski - yes, lots of changes - sent you a pm, regards, mike
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Re: Arran Mail Boat (miniature).
« Reply #16 on: October 25, 2016, 02:05:03 PM »

That is looking very smart - well done.      Arran Mail is an excellent choice for a first miniature.    You can find lots of images  of the actual ship by doing a Google search.
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Re: Arran Mail Boat (miniature).
« Reply #17 on: October 27, 2016, 02:06:31 PM »

Finished at last.....Now onto the next one...
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Re: Arran Mail Boat (miniature).
« Reply #18 on: October 27, 2016, 06:11:56 PM »


Nice job!  :o
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Re: Arran Mail Boat (miniature).
« Reply #19 on: October 27, 2016, 06:12:54 PM »

Very nice Footski. Queen Mary next?

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Re: Arran Mail Boat (miniature).
« Reply #20 on: October 27, 2016, 06:19:57 PM »

Very nice.
Clipper ship next?


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Re: Arran Mail Boat (miniature).
« Reply #21 on: October 27, 2016, 07:35:52 PM »

Cheers guys. A special award to Ned.....Next is a two masted Topsail schooner by the name of "Hope", which is a sentiment close to my heart.......I hope I do a proper job of it... %%
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Re: Arran Mail Boat (miniature).
« Reply #22 on: October 27, 2016, 09:57:47 PM »

Lovely job Barry - well done :-))


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Re: Arran Mail Boat (miniature).
« Reply #23 on: October 28, 2016, 10:05:14 AM »


You've found your Forte', Barry.  She looks smashing.     :-))

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Re: Arran Mail Boat (miniature).
« Reply #24 on: October 28, 2016, 04:36:08 PM »

Thanks fellas and a great little play on words Kenny.... :-)) .
Schooner is under way.....
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