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Broad Ambition - The Model

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a tiny hole will be drilled and the pin pushed in, with a representation of a slot scratched or ground onto the head.

Dremel a groove into the top of each head - Bro' has a set of attachments for his Dremel, there are some proper fine cutting discs available, the genuine items are good quality

Griff

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perhaps I should carve a picture of BA onto the pin head, it has been suggested elsewhere that using a knife blade and a sharp tap with a hammer will leave a suitable crease for the slot, I have some right fine dremel discs, but I dont think they are fine enough. anyway, the first rib I steamed was fitted this evening, I now have an extra day every weekend up to christmas.

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Making the most of my long weekend, earlyish start, so thats one plank steamed and bent, another glued into place, hopefully I will be able to do another the same this evening. as I get further up the hull the bends at the bow get easier.though I still need to work out what to do with the ones that are a little off.

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well a bit more work, another plank shaped and steamed, and another glued in place, I finally have a plan for the wayward planks, now I have a few more planks in place I can use those to clamp one end of a stiff strip of wood, which can be clamped to the keel at the other end to pull those planks in, they will be damped to help them bend.

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'B.A' was never caulked using the traditional method.  It was unsuitable for her hull as they knew that a mould for GRP was to be taken from her hull.  Traditional caulking would have shown up all the plank joints.  Instead Powles used long lengths of teak cut on a circular saw to a wedge shape 1" wide with the outer edge of the wedge being no more than 1/4" thick.  These long wedges were then hammered into the joints between each plank, then planed / sanded to give a perfectly smooth finish.  We employed the same method during the restoration

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Another treat tonight, a video showing the making and fitting of a plank (also a couple of photos) to save you 15 minutes of watching a pipe steam, I split the video into 2 parts.

 

 

 

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Tonight was a bit same again as I shaped and steamed another plank, plus fixed the one I did yesterday. I have 9 planks fixed and one shaping, so about 1/3 done.

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Another plank shaped and steamed another plank glued up and clamped, day by day a little progress and we will get there.

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Good evening - its me again, another plank started, another plank finished, and a long weekend ahead.

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first task this weekend is to fix those wayward planks at the front, so stiff piece of 1/2 x 1/4 oak strip as a brace, plus a couple of clamps and a wedge, and now for the glue to dry, this side was the worst one, and we will give the glue plenty of time to set.

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a couple more pictures- hopefully without any camera shake this time., and I am sanding the keel back to plank level at the back

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Just a quick question for Griff - do you know the font used for Broad Ambitions name? and also the exact height of the letters?

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Well a shopping visit has got the liquid gold leaf and brushes for that lettering, when he time comes my draughtsmans skills will be called into play for hand painting the names, gold with a red lining.

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I also purchased a few more spare clamps, some more 1" 4 2" and a couple of 3", these have already come in handy ( the 4x 1" and 4x 2" have already been ground down to fit between ribs), one rib steamed, another glued in place and the other sprung plank is being forced back into shape. I also spotted Lidls still had a couple of finger belt sanders left, so got one to help smooth the hull down later.

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It does look like it, I will still await input from Griff on this one though.

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you are talking to the man who used to paint the eyeballs of 25mm figures, then pluck a single hair dip it in blue paint and apply the pupil to the eye, now I do need a stronger magnifying glass these days (or wear 2 pairs of glasses), but I dont reckon the skill has quite gone yet, if the real lettering is 6" high I do have 12mm to do each letter, it will just take care and patience.

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so being a weekend a second rib has been shaped and steamed, and the one done earlier today has been glued in place, the keel / hog has been faired into the planking using the belt sander and its looking good, very happy with progress at the moment.

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actually its more of a double shadow, with white (hull colour) between the letter and the shadow, all I really need is a straight on view to print out as a template to copy.

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10 hours ago, FairTmiddlin said:

Give us a chance Peter

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Perfect! Better than the original;).

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This morning I have steamed and bent another plank, fixed another, I will be coming to the narrow planks that go around the corners, this means I have almost finished the bottom part of the hull, once around the corner we will be onto the sides. The lettering, I think I will add the various pictures I have together in CAD and from there I can create the graphics, these will be stuck temporarily just above the area they will be copied to on the finished model, then freehand copied directly to the hull, maybe a practice piece will be done first. what am I saying maybe? - of course a practice piece will be done

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