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Re: Bluebird of Chelesa - My Winter Build
« Reply #125 on: March 15, 2021, 08:57:45 am »

Wow! No excuse but to keep building? Or do you have to clear a path outside! Snowshoes at the ready..
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Re: Bluebird of Chelesa - My Winter Build
« Reply #126 on: March 15, 2021, 10:10:23 am »

Cherry has started to blossom here in Tokyo with 19 degrees C of outside temperature.
Spring is coming surely.
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Re: Bluebird of Chelesa - My Winter Build
« Reply #127 on: March 15, 2021, 01:58:04 pm »

No need to cut a path.  The small house in the back is my wife's garden shed. 
Doubles as a playhouse for the grandkids when they are able to visit. 

My shop is in two places, the machine shop is in the garage -  Too cold for now. 
The heater in there just keeps the temp a little above freezing. 
The boatworks is in the basement.  Right next to the furnace room.   All mine.  No Sharing.  ok2   

20F  (-6C) today.   Denver is basically closed, 24" of very wet snow came down yesterday. 
Technically the whole state is in a severe drought. So any moisture is welcome. 
The mountains got 4 feet.  All of our water comes from water in the snow in the mountains. 
So more snow - means the reservoirs (lakes) will fill up and our ponds down here in town will too. 

Now - if we can only get all the Canadian Geese to go HOME - the water we sail on will not leave so much slime on our hulls.   >>:-(   

I worked a little on the name plaques that hang on the railings up at the bow. 
The ones provided in the kit were supposed to be wood, with photo-etched letters. 
That was a fail.  The PE letters were so thin and flimsy that they were impossible to work with. 

I tried to paint the name on the wood,  and that was a fail too. 

So I decided to switch to a brass plaque with a black letter decal applied. 
Coated with a little clear spray. 

I am also working on the storage racks for the dock bumpers. 
They have metal straps and need to be sized to allow for removal of the
bumpers if I actually use them while running her. 









   
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Re: Bluebird of Chelesa - My Winter Build
« Reply #128 on: March 18, 2021, 01:37:32 am »

Worked some more on the bumper storage. 
Gave the metal bands a coat of white, then
mounted the pair on the fore-deck. 

The bow has a number of different views in the various publications. 
In some there is a mast, and in some there is a davit for use with the anchor? 

Anyway, I played with one of each. 

The build is slowing down, not too much to go. 
Some work on the stern, a couple of masts, a flag on the stern and a lamp pole at the rear
of the raised deck. 

I also have decided to re-work the electrical to split the lights off to a couple of receiver-
driven switches.  One for navigation, one for cabin. 

Tomorrow I get my second vaccine shot.   :D
Thanks for reading. 

Jim

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Re: Bluebird of Chelesa - My Winter Build
« Reply #129 on: March 23, 2021, 02:29:32 am »

Tested the rear deck removal process. 

I Have decided to re-work the electronics to add
a couple of receiver controlled switches for the
navigation and interior lights. 

I use some medium sized units from a local source, 
Polulu.  Took two and linked them to the same channel.

The FlySky unit I am using has 6 channels, 2 are linked to Switches.
One of the switches has 2 positions,  That is what I am going to usefor the lamps,  Navigation Lamps first and then the Nighttime Cabin Lamps. 

More to come, but I have to go off and do my "day job"  for a couple of weeks.
So it will be a little while before I post more "finishing touches".




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Re: Bluebird of Chelesa - My Winter Build
« Reply #130 on: March 27, 2021, 08:59:03 pm »

I need a little information. and perhaps a history lesson. 

The kit came with two flags.  See the photo. 

Would someone over on your side of the pond please provide me with a littlehistory of the flags, when do they get flown, and on which "mast"?
I see three possible locations:
Bow Maststaff.
The main mast w/ cross arms - amidships. 
coming off either the port or starboard sides.

Stern Maststaff. 
So which flag should go where?
I think I read somewhere that the small, red cross on white, was for being a "little ship".but I am not sure.
Many thanks,
Jim

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Re: Bluebird of Chelesa - My Winter Build
« Reply #131 on: March 27, 2021, 09:17:59 pm »

The Red Ensign is the UK national merchant navy flag and normally flown from the stern.

The smaller flag is the cross of St George but the Dunkirk Little Ships would fly it defaced with the arms of Dunkirk flown from the bow jack staff, known as the Dunkirk jack.

https://www.cornwallmodelboats.co.uk/acatalog/Becc-Model-Accessories-Dunkirk-Little-Ships-Association-Flag-150mm-B-GB25H.html

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Re: Bluebird of Chelesa - My Winter Build
« Reply #132 on: March 27, 2021, 09:34:50 pm »

Colin is quite correct - I would just add (out of interest) that the plain cross of St. George would be flown atop the main mast when a full Admiral(RN) is on board a Royal Navy vessel.


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Re: Bluebird of Chelesa - My Winter Build
« Reply #133 on: March 27, 2021, 10:13:29 pm »

So, with the two flags, is the Merchant Navy Flag the correct one for the Bluebird? 
Does she qualify as a merchant ship?  If not what flag is correct? 

Does the plain Cross of St.George ever get flown on this size ship -
does the Owner qualify as an "admiral" on a private vessel?

Looks like I need to get the Dunkirk Flag from Cornwall. 

Regards,Jim
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Re: Bluebird of Chelesa - My Winter Build
« Reply #134 on: March 27, 2021, 10:53:02 pm »

Yes, as I said , the Red Ensign is right for Bluebird as it is for all UK yachts. The smaller flag needs to be the defaced version.

Colin
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