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Postby Boghopper » Tue Oct 15, 2013 6:51 am

Pretty boat Michael. We have a 1936 12' Uffa King in the garden. Needs a bit of work before we set sail. You know how it is. Also very impressed with the accurate rigging on the cutter. My brother's latest build is a 36' gaffer based on the Victorian Vivid. Apparently it takes 24 pieces of 'string' to control when she's under full sail!
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Postby michael » Mon Mar 17, 2014 11:26 pm

An update for those who might find it useful.
The winter was a bit hard on the layout(again)at least it did not get damp but the spray adhesive is not holding as well as I had hoped so I needed to carefully peel up the concrete surface in the east end.

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next a tracing on the 140 lb watercolour paper was done by pressing down with a rounded tool

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this next image shows the flip side that is embossed this was cut out with a pair of scissors

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Next a central support strip of card was laid in loose between the rails this was approx 4 mm narrower than the rails.

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After the watercolour paper was soaked for a couple of minutes it was then wedged down between the card and the rails with the forming tool.

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a shot looking down the curve from the points

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a coat of Gesso was applied with a toothbrush


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After the gesso had dried then a selection of pastel powders and pastel crayons sprinkled to get the colours

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looking toward the points after the powders were blended.

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There are a few spots to fill but only a few, when the rest of the infill is completed i will stick the top concrete back down with some PVA.
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Postby henrix72se » Tue Mar 18, 2014 8:02 am

Great watching your work.

Also nice to see Macton continue to develop!

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Postby demaine22 » Tue Mar 18, 2014 9:19 am

Beautiful work :)
I think I'll try this technique when doing the yard area with the boy 8)
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Postby Cross Kitter » Tue Mar 18, 2014 6:50 pm

Lovely work and glad to see you back Michael.

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Postby Simon Andrews » Wed Mar 19, 2014 12:20 pm

A very useful reference for making inset track. Thanks for posting.

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Postby rue_d_etropal » Wed Mar 19, 2014 1:27 pm

nice photos Michael. I was intrigued last year when you first posted some photos, but there are no shots of how you have done the section between the moving rails , which is always the tricky part.
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Postby michael » Thu Mar 20, 2014 3:37 am

Thanks everyone for the kind remarks. Simon I am working on the rest of the points, it is tough right now as i have come down with a dooozy of a cold, and I dont feel very well.

Michael
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Postby henrix72se » Thu Mar 20, 2014 7:51 am

michael wrote:Thanks everyone for the kind remarks. Simon I am working on the rest of the points, it is tough right now as i have come down with a dooozy of a cold, and I dont feel very well.

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keep warm and sit down, relax with a nice good railway book, a little nap after finishes it .. , always seems to cure me at least.. :wink:

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Postby Rust Boiler » Sat Jun 28, 2014 2:46 pm

Hello Mike, I am new here and have read quite a few of your bloggs and answers. It is apparent to me that you are clearly an excellent and experienced modeller and fast becoming my idol. I want to build a MERCURY and have seen how you have made yours. Excellent. Could you answer me some questions please?
Is the Percy Chassis nice and smooth slow running?
Where do I get the chequer plate from for the cab foot plate?
I have a Unimat lathe just purchased and itching to be used and want to emulate what you have built. Could I buy any drawings from you for that particular model? Tips?
I also have just bought the Smithers 18" gauge railways book. Are FLY, ROBIN and WREN the same animal?
Really keen to hear from you.
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Re: Macton works developments

Postby michael » Thu Sep 24, 2015 4:46 am

Well it must be apparent to most that I have not been very active regarding the Macton works model, or much else in GN15. I will report that the model has not changed or deteriorated further than the last work, I just have not had much inspiration to work on it. One of these days I am sure that I will be inspired to do some more work on it, let us say that Bertrand and the rest of the staff have been enjoying the vacation.

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Re: Macton works developments

Postby Bilco » Thu Sep 24, 2015 9:19 am

Hi Michael,

Good to see you posting again! I recently went through all the Macton Works posts, and was particularly taken with 'Mercury', though I think you've been modelling in other directions recently.

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