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Re: Another Sealight puffer build
« Reply #50 on: July 09, 2018, 06:37:47 PM »

Looking good to me. I like the twin color paint job!
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Re: Another Sealight puffer build
« Reply #51 on: July 09, 2018, 09:35:57 PM »

Paint? what paint? ok2
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Re: Another Sealight puffer build
« Reply #52 on: July 09, 2018, 10:47:50 PM »


Beautiful work!   :-))
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Re: Another Sealight puffer build
« Reply #53 on: July 11, 2018, 06:46:18 PM »


One of those days when it is best to give up.
Spent the morning making the sides of the wheelhouse; sat back and realised I had made two identical starboard sides.


Doh!
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Re: Another Sealight puffer build
« Reply #54 on: July 11, 2018, 08:46:07 PM »

Ah, crap. But $hit like that happens. Don't let it get you down. Consider it practicing for making the real thing  :-))
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Re: Another Sealight puffer build
« Reply #55 on: July 12, 2018, 07:38:37 PM »


Technical question re. puffers: the hatches have boards round the edges that, with wedges, are used to secure the tarpaulins. Are these boards timber or metal?
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Re: Another Sealight puffer build
« Reply #56 on: July 21, 2018, 12:52:24 PM »

A bit more progress with the wheelhouse; windows yet to be glazed. I am not sure how to hinge the door; 1/32 scale is a bit small for hinges. Might be pintles top and bottom; I have yet to decide.
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Re: Another Sealight puffer build
« Reply #57 on: July 21, 2018, 05:06:48 PM »

Technical question re. puffers: the hatches have boards round the edges that, with wedges, are used to secure the tarpaulins. Are these boards timber or metal?
Phil

Usually flat steel bar's, if that's the correct term, the thick end of the wedge would or should face forward.

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Re: Another Sealight puffer build
« Reply #58 on: July 22, 2018, 01:50:43 PM »


Thanks, LB.



Windows now glazed, and roof dropped on temporarily. I am annoyed at the odd glue smear on the glazing- I know you can get model aircraft canopy glue, but no model shops near, and on-line isn't very quick.
Now to tackle the inside details.
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Re: Another Sealight puffer build
« Reply #59 on: July 22, 2018, 02:25:22 PM »

and the rear:
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Re: Another Sealight puffer build
« Reply #60 on: July 22, 2018, 02:27:12 PM »

Some artistry and the smear becomes super-detailing......seagull droppings :D
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Re: Another Sealight puffer build
« Reply #61 on: July 22, 2018, 08:01:16 PM »


A bit out of focus, but the home made hinge is only 5mm x 1.5 mm.
Door interior yet to be painted.
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Re: Another Sealight puffer build
« Reply #62 on: July 22, 2018, 11:31:59 PM »


This is shaping up as a new MasterClass for Mayhem!

 Great work Phil.   :-))
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Re: Another Sealight puffer build
« Reply #63 on: July 23, 2018, 12:01:34 PM »


The masterclass was by Banjoman.
I'm just Bodgerman.
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Re: Another Sealight puffer build
« Reply #64 on: July 24, 2018, 09:48:15 AM »


Door hung on working hinges- not sure it would stand flapping around in a force 8 though. The model will be of the ship in the early 60's- the skipper must have a pal in the local garage, because he has the Pirelli calendar on the back of the door. If only he knew what that would be worth in 50 years time!

All of the wheelhouse scratch built so far.
The roof is just dropped on loosely.
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Re: Another Sealight puffer build
« Reply #65 on: July 24, 2018, 08:51:21 PM »

the skipper must have a pal in the local garage, because he has the Pirelli calendar on the back of the door. If only he knew what that would be worth in 50 years time!


But only if it's still clean and not... sticky, if you catch my drift.  ;) Nice touch, though! :-)
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Re: Another Sealight puffer build
« Reply #66 on: July 25, 2018, 09:57:05 AM »


But only if it's still clean and not... sticky, if you catch my drift.  ;) Nice touch, though! :-)


Lol thatís wrong  :}
Great detail I love the working hinges  :-)) :-))
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Re: Another Sealight puffer build
« Reply #67 on: July 27, 2018, 05:01:12 PM »


A bit more progress- the bits and bobs are ready to be glued inside the wheelhouse.
If anyone wants to be picky, the blue and yellow chart, of Mull of course, is a few years too late to be in period! Looks better than the old black and white Admiralty charts though. And if anyone is really picky, the Pirelli calendar is two years too late.
I photographed one of my own charts, and printed it off at passport size- turned out this was exactly 1/32 scale. I then added 2mm all round, and got a size for the chart table. After I had finished this, I had the horrible thought- will it fit across the side of the wheelhouse?
It did, with 1/2 mm clearance at the ends- how's that for luck!

The Skipper worried me- matt paint does not look too convincing for cloth. I painted the blue, and then dusted talcum powder over the wet paint- looks better.

Looking at the photo, I have just noticed that the little brass makers nameplate has dropped off the binnacle- out with the glue again!
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Re: Another Sealight puffer build
« Reply #68 on: July 29, 2018, 01:29:00 PM »


Wheelhouse now finished- there's even a joint in the meat safe for the skipper's Sunday roast.
One step further on...
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Re: Another Sealight puffer build
« Reply #69 on: July 29, 2018, 11:20:17 PM »

Very nice woodwork Phil  :-)) .... a little salt spray dust for aging?  O0

Assuming the navigation lights would have been oil lamps, did they just sit in their shelf binnacles during the day & be hoisted up on dusk?

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Re: Another Sealight puffer build
« Reply #70 on: July 30, 2018, 09:12:48 AM »


Hi Derek;
I will weather things down a bit once the build is completed.
I have located five photos of Sealight, obviously taken in daylight- three show the lamps in situ, two no lamps. I guess it depended on the crew.
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Re: Another Sealight puffer build
« Reply #71 on: August 01, 2018, 04:22:23 PM »


A few more bits done- the major bits are not glued together yet, as they will be painted first. Looking a bit more like a ship at last.
The bulwark capping is wrong where it meets the quarter deck; that's the next job. The wheel house roof is only dropped on loosely.

Wish I had a bigger workbench- that's it, in a corner of the garage.
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Re: Another Sealight puffer build
« Reply #72 on: August 06, 2018, 04:35:03 PM »


A bit more progress- that's the superstructure finished.
Now to install the electric motor- I've been waiting weeks for the correct coupling, which has arrived at last.
I think my archaeological training must have kicked in- I seem to have started at the top and worked downwards!
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Re: Another Sealight puffer build
« Reply #73 on: August 06, 2018, 05:43:58 PM »

I might have to replace the eyes on the funnel for the stays- they are thin white metal, and the slightest knock on a stay bends them down. I was wondering why there was a slack stay in the photo. It will need careful surgery to replace them with hard brass wire.
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Re: Another Sealight puffer build
« Reply #74 on: August 06, 2018, 06:49:18 PM »

I use the eyes cut off fishing hooks, you can get then any size and are as cheap as chips. Good for deck eyes, mast rigging eyes etc. :-))

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