My Models -
I perused with
interest Peter Uney "tidy" workshop.
I, too, have moved in out of the cold. One of the advantages of "losing"
one's offspring is all of a sudden the house is empty. I received
permission to convert a bedroom into the room of my dreams. I started by
fitting a laminate floor, for the ease of cleaning, and then fitted the
work benches that you see, in an "L", underneath the window. Storage
shelves hold the models on the stocks, and a further long shelf supports
drawer units for tools, and lathe accessories, storage for materials is
under the work bench in plastic bins.
A long time ago, I made the decision to mainly build from plans, either my
own drawings or purchased. (I object to the term scratch building as we
have all had to make pieces for a kit to look good, thus we all build from
scratch at some time or other.) Thus, I have equipped myself with the
tools to do the job. I use two lathes, a Unimat and a mini multi, which is
an excellent far eastern machine. Under the workbench, I store a scroll
saw, a grinder, and a small wood turning lathe. In the garage, I have a
band saw and table saw. I buy my wood in planks and saw it to my
requirements. I did say buy, but most of the hardwood comes from bits
collected from scrap bins.
Currently, I have two models on the stocks. Kitty, a Thames Barge, hull
from the free plan by Richard Webb, and the fittings researched from Edgar
March's book. It is fitted with control on fore, main and mizzen sails,
from three servos with one on the rudder. Currently, I am rigging the
vessel. The maiden sail will be in May?? The other boat is "The Pride of
Exmouth", a local pleasure cruiser. This has been built from the original
drawings to a scale of 1:40. All, I have to do is make the window frames
and finish the painting.
This last model is the third that I have built of local craft, I live in
Exmouth. If you would like, I can email you photos of the other two. There
is only one problem with having such a pleasant working area, The other
spare bedroom is filling up with finished models.
My latest project is working in a scale of 12" to a foot. I am currently
refitting my 22' Corribee, vintage 1985. You should try it yourself, it is
just like building a model.
I hope that you find the above of interest. please keep up the good work
with your site.