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March 2017


The Monza Alfa moves on to the final stages, and there will be many more to

follow before I move back to the Falls of Clyde for another session of ship

modelling.  For me it is all about technique and odd as it may seem, with such

divers subjects, the one has been very beneficial to the other. 


My very first modelling subjects were the Windjammers of the 1880s, from this

I learnt about research, it’s importance, what can be found if one go’s-a-looking

and just how pleased people are on the other side, to help you find what

you are looking for.  The other big BIG learning cycle was/is concentration

to detail.  To see and then to rig a three masted ship in miniature is to learn

how to understand one’s self. To understand the - what appears complexity

of the rigging, only to find that basically it is very simple - it had to be for

those who worked it - full size - in the dark and the worst possible weather

conditions, their life depended on it.


So looking under the hood of a classic car, one also sees what appears to be a

very complex set of parts, but it has order  - if this is in your mind when you

open the hood, it looks nowhere near as complex as it might seem to others. 

With the rigging one can see the beginning and end of each piece, which is

half the problem of making and fitting it.  So with the car, engine suspension,

chassis, etc., ones first question is where to start, find the beginning and end of

everything, and all seems possible.


For those who followed the Falls of Clyde model build, they may recall that

there were three models in the series, that I intended to build.  I covered the

half model, together with the fully detailed centre section in the first episode.

I am please to say now that the third model, a fully rigged waterline miniature

in 96th scale, to show her in all her glory, fully loaded, at anchor, awaiting her

pilot, is now well on the way, as can be seen here.


The big difference, apart from the obvious, between creating a miniature of a square rigged sailing ship and a classic car, is that with the ship model there are two basic stages.  The first is to get the shape of the hull - the big stuff, and for me the base and if possible the case as well completed.  I then have the whole thing in front of me.  Then comes the interesting detailing, the small and very small stuff, to full up the space so made.  With the classic car, it is in essence a small subject, that one starts at one end and finishes at the other, using almost the same materials and techniques from one end to the other, until completed.


With all new subjects I first ascertain where the possible problems - of reproducing the original in miniature - will be, and so make up a small sample to solve them before proceeding to the actual model.  With the new Falls of Clyde model, this appeared to be with:

1 -  The rigging screws - I have yet to see even a commercial professionally produces museum model to show these to scale - here you see the answer - it can be done.

2 - The painting of the Bulwarks with almost 80 fine white rectangles down the inside - and the same for the other sides - looked a formidable masking job, but produced here with no masking at all. 

3 - Finally the deck planking - again - seldom if ever done to any where near scale.  Yet the planking of a ship model - for me - is on-a-par with the wire wheel if a classic car, get it right, and it will ‘create’ the miniature, get it wrong and you will have a poor model, rather than a miniature of the original.

Here I have a scale timber that works to perfection, set up using engineering techniques, produced over 600 planks, in two days, .060” x .060” x 5” + & - .002” there was a slight vibration on the cutting tool or it would have been less, but a scraper finish, which would be the finish of the deck anyway takes care of the slight irregularity.


There are another four classic car builds to cover here before I return to the Falls of Clyde and the answers to the above - watch this space.





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An After Sales Service to my book readers

Should you have found inspiration, ideas, or just picked up new techniques from my books, plans, and/or web site Galleries, and have photos of your work built as a result, and would like to give me the honor of showing them to others here, please drop me a line, and I will let you know how to proceed.

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NOTE - Very poor photo copies of some of my books (among a number of others) have been sold on eBay as originals, and eBay, up to this point in time, are protecting the criminals, even though they have ample evidence of my copyright infringement. Should any one have had dealings with- Nicholas Thomas alias - phantomoftheauction09 - and/or  Michael Thomas alias plaininspain9 - or anyone else passing off fake copies of my books, I would be most pleased to hear from them.  eBay UK have now removed both of the above individuals, from their web site, but will not, as yet, provide me with the details I need to put them permanently out of business.  Until they do my advice is DO NOT SHOP FOR BOOKS ON eBAY-UK - Go to AMAZON and get satisfaction.

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I am often asked about the availability of plans.  The following web sites have been brought to my attention, and I am pleased to pass them on here. Some of my own plans are available in my books.  For details, click on the ‘Books’ button on the ‘Home Page’


<http://www.carblueprints.narod.ru>

<http://www.the-blueprints.com/>

http://www.smcars.net/

http://leander.mutsaers.us/

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