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Broad Ambition - The Model

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well not a lot of work tonight, just gluing up the plank shaped yesterday, I was held up over an hour getting across the bridge at dartford due to a bad accident in the approach to the tunnel, it must have been a bad one as they had the green screens up to stop rubbernecking, yet it still held me up.

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Early start this morning, these last two top planks wont get any shaping, plus since we have got away from the sharp curves at the bow, they dont need steaming either, so on with the glue and onto the model, clamped in place. 

At present I am finishing this one side, then it will be the last 4 or 5 planks on the other side too.

in between planks I will be concentrating on that windscreen, so far this part has been a bit of a nemesis for me, with several attempts, but I am determined to get a good finished result, preferably with a jointed frame, but I might go with a plywood frame if I have to.

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Its been sweltering indoors today, outside was worse, so progress was slow today, short bursts.

Still one side is finished planking, the other has about 4 or 5 planks left to do.

As well as that I have produced a blank for the windscreen the top edge still needs shaping, and the outer edges will need to be trimmed.

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the hinges are only pinned in place at the moment in case I want to make them properly, I can then use the plywood ones as patterns,and reuse this set of hinges

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today has been a bit warm, so work has progressed slowly, the next set of planks have been sanded up (it was 33 degrees in the conservatory where I did that) the house has now risen to 30.6 degrees. but despite this a plank was shaped and steamed and clamped into place - just 3 more to go after this one.

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another slow trip  home in hot heat, with the aircon not working (needs regassing) and not a lot of progress on the models, just time to glue the plank on from shaping yesterday, it will be an early night tonight as the heat last night meant I woke at 4am this morning.

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well at last the postman delivered the rest of the hinges I ordered, these are truly scale, next to the piano hinges the look tiny, they would scale to about the size of an average door hinge - there are 20 hinges in each of those little packets.

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after that work I was considering how I would attach the handrails to the roof, I thought I had 2 choices, I can either turn up some stanchions from brass, or I could see if anywhere sold anything suitable. 

then I had a brainwave, after researching chrome paints I decided I would have a try at 3D printing some stanchions - now these are small parts - even for a 3d printer, I printed 36  overnight to get 25 good ones (total material cost about 50p), these will need cleaning up and painting with chrome effect paint, but I am happy with the result - I may have a try at turning one up on the lathe at the weekend - just to see if it can be done, so I am not 100% sure I will use these - yet.

the  pen in the picture is to give some idea of scale.

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I found the end once, it was nice. :)

 

Seriously though Grendel, I've just been given the wood from a blind. Before I use it as kindling, is it of any use to you (or anyone else) ?

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so back home and some of the handrail supports put on the long rails that I constructed, and that plank from yesterday glued in place.

MM, I have a big stack of blinds at the moment, probably enough for a dozen models, so unless you will be at the wooden boat show where I could pick it up then use it as kindling, as there is no point me making a trip especially for a blind.

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