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    05-20-2019, 10:04 PM
    Alex1N replied to a thread Sooty Tern No. 93 in Building / Repair
    Hello Ian, I think I remember you mentioning the canoeing/kayaking on one of your threads. The ducks are a lot of work because I am making them...
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    05-19-2019, 08:54 PM
    Alex1N replied to a thread Sooty Tern No. 93 in Building / Repair
    Hello Ian, I hope that you find it useful! I know I do. Hello Andrew, welcome to my glacially-moving thread and build. Thank you very much for the...
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    05-17-2019, 06:42 PM
    Alex1N replied to a thread Sooty Tern No. 93 in Building / Repair
    1. Shape transferred to the seven other beak-halves. The template can be seen on the left-most duck beak. I used an offcut made from two pieces of...
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    05-17-2019, 06:19 PM
    Alex1N replied to a thread Sooty Tern No. 93 in Building / Repair
    I've managed to crib a bit o' time hera and there, and I get today off unexpectedly! So: 1. Grinding down the overly thick glue with a flat...
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    05-15-2019, 06:44 PM
    Splendiferous! I always put handles on my file tangs now - even if they're cheap wooden or plastic handles. Saves a lot o' grief (you can tell...
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    05-14-2019, 11:33 PM
    "+ Exercise a little caution when using the blowtorch, especially if you are serving the cake on a delicate platter." :D :D :D
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    05-14-2019, 11:29 PM
    Shame about the glue, Phil. Are you sure it was epoxy? I can't think what else it would be, though. Alex.
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    05-14-2019, 03:37 AM
    Alex1N replied to a thread Sooty Tern No. 93 in Building / Repair
    I was wondering what your ducks were made of, Max. They look quite large, using the Elu's base as a guide. I'm looking forward to getting mine...
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    05-14-2019, 03:22 AM
    Great tip Matt, thanks! Alex.
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    05-14-2019, 02:40 AM
    Alex1N replied to a thread Sooty Tern No. 93 in Building / Repair
    Thank you, chaps. They weigh about 2.25 kg or 4.85 lb in lsd money on average: the two thinner ones are a bit lighter than that, the two slightly...
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    05-13-2019, 03:09 AM
    Alex1N replied to a thread Sooty Tern No. 93 in Building / Repair
    1. I wore this while filing the worst of the ducks' faces clean(-ish). I should have been wearing it when melting the lead, etc., but it was a long...
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    05-13-2019, 02:54 AM
    Alex1N replied to a thread Sooty Tern No. 93 in Building / Repair
    Thank you too, Max. I am really looking forward to using these! I'm keeping an eagle eye out on the post. 1. Leftovers from the melting process:...
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    05-12-2019, 11:49 PM
    Alex1N replied to a thread Sooty Tern No. 93 in Building / Repair
    1. Clip-strainer in use. Note the welding gauntlets. Clip-strainer in use by Alexander_Newman, on Flickr. 2. Large fishing sinker in the...
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    05-12-2019, 10:57 PM
    Alex1N replied to a thread Sooty Tern No. 93 in Building / Repair
    Thank you for your kind words, Hugh and Ian. That pine was nicer than usual to work with than radiata usually is - so maybe it wasn't radiata. It...
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    05-12-2019, 04:32 AM
    Alex1N replied to a thread Sooty Tern No. 93 in Building / Repair
    I had quite a busy weekend on the moulds: 1. Fill lines marked in pencil using depth gauge. The mould parts had been sanded smooth by this stage....
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    05-10-2019, 06:41 AM
    Alex1N replied to a thread Sooty Tern No. 93 in Building / Repair
    On another note - following Max F's great success with his new Sooty Tern rudder, I have decided that I want one too! Especially after thinking about...
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    05-10-2019, 06:21 AM
    Alex1N replied to a thread Sooty Tern No. 93 in Building / Repair
    1. Ripped batten pieces. The narrow batten is around 1.5 mm thick (and was very brittle); another is a bit over 2mm; the other three are 3 mm. I used...
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    05-10-2019, 05:56 AM
    Alex1N replied to a thread Sooty Tern No. 93 in Building / Repair
    Hello Hugh, thank you. The elbow is starting to improve, thank goodness! I have managed to get a bit done over the last few days, so here's a...
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    05-07-2019, 01:20 AM
    Alex1N replied to a thread Sooty Tern No. 93 in Building / Repair
    During the points-plotting for the rudder, etc., I decided to do make some draughting ducks. There's a very useful tutorial on the Duckworks site...
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    05-05-2019, 09:15 PM
    Thank you for the very useful clamping mini-tutorial, Ian! Looking great as usual. Cheers, Alex.
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    05-01-2019, 10:37 PM
    Alex1N replied to a thread Sooty Tern No. 93 in Building / Repair
    Hello Ian, thank you for the suggestion. Jigsaw with block plane, it is! I was going to go up to the workshop yesterday, in order to retrieve the...
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    04-30-2019, 06:04 AM
    An excellent wee beastie, Max! Great to hear that it is performing well. Alex.
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    04-30-2019, 04:12 AM
    Alex1N replied to a thread Sooty Tern No. 93 in Building / Repair
    1. Battened bow stem line viewed from below: another out-of-sequence photo. Battened bow stem line viewed from below by Alexander_Newman, on...
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    04-29-2019, 08:33 PM
    Alex1N replied to a thread Sooty Tern No. 93 in Building / Repair
    Hello Ian, Thank you very much for the kind words, too. Your Kotik is looking fantastic with the new cabin rails! Here's some miscellaneous snaps...
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    04-28-2019, 11:42 PM
    Alex1N replied to a thread Sooty Tern No. 93 in Building / Repair
    1. The board isnít flat. The board isnít flat by Alexander_Newman, on Flickr. 2. Stems-lofting complete.
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    04-28-2019, 11:21 PM
    Alex1N replied to a thread Sooty Tern No. 93 in Building / Repair
    In hindsight, filling and sanding the board between paint coats would have provided a much better surface than those that I lofted the moulds and...
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    04-28-2019, 10:56 PM
    Alex1N replied to a thread Sooty Tern No. 93 in Building / Repair
    Well, about a week ago I found, via an incidental link within the Deckee phone app for boaties, that being over 5.5 m in length, I have to have the...
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    04-28-2019, 10:05 PM
    Alex1N replied to a thread Sooty Tern No. 93 in Building / Repair
    Hello timber_cruiser, I'm very sorry to hear about your father: best wishes to you and yours, and thank you very much for your kind words. Here's...
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    04-23-2019, 08:07 PM
    Alex1N replied to a thread Sooty Tern No. 93 in Building / Repair
    Well, I'm still here, and I'm still doing work on the Sooty. It has been a month or so since I last posted anything here, although there has been...
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