Welcome to my new Blog



Welcome to my Blog.
My Blog is mostly about my hobbies, ie Model boats,Cross Stitch, Gardening, Days out and about and Photography with pictures taken at and around our Model Boat club at Etherow Country Park, where I can be found quite a few days a week on the landing stage, you might recognize the hat and the dog rather than me. My models and other hobbies can be found in the tabs at the top above the header picture.
There will also be entries of days out with my long haired Chihuahua "Pepe", weather permitting of course.

Friday, 3 June 2011

Roof and rails

Aah ,after the smelly bog blog, we are out in the fresh air again and on the roof!, since the last blog I've been working on the roof section and have pre drilled the roof board to fit the rail stanchions and here is the effect.

The front light is only there it give the look of it and the rails are not fixed permanently will do that after the roof is painted, The brass balls are the excellent work of Bob the Abell again.

You've heard of Golden Balls Beckham, perhaps I should call the boat " Brass Balls Bob"or "BBB" or 7 B's for the 7 brass balls on the boat, funnily enough there are 7 B's (bees) on the Manchester Coat of Arms, and beeing a proud Mancunian seems to all fit together .There's a ship there as well!.



  • The Shield: red (Gules) with three gold (Or) bands drawn diagonally across to the right hand side.
  • The Chief (the white (Argent) top segment): shows a ship at sea in full sail. This is a reference to the city's trading base.
  • The Crest: On a multicoloured wreath stands a terrestrial globe, signifying Manchester's world trade, and covered by a swarm of flying bees. The bee was adopted in the 19th century as a symbol of industrial Manchester being the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution.
  • The Supporters: On the left, a heraldic antelope with a chain attached to a gold (Or) collar, representing engineering industries, and hanging at the shoulder, the red rose of Lancashire, in which county Manchester once was. On the right, a golden lion stands guardant (facing us), crowned with a red (Gules) castle (a reference to the Roman fort at Castlefield from which the city originated). The lion also wears the Red Rose of Lancashire.
  • Motto: "Concilio et Labore"--loosely translated "By wisdom and effort" (or "By counsel and hard work").

 But there I go again wandering off the subject ! 

The roof placed on the superstructure, to check out the looks 



At the rear end with the hatch open and chimney placed for looks
 I then varnished the inside of the roof and whilst that was drying went to the another part of the boat.

 I decided to look at the rear rail seating, didn't want to spoil the excellent work Bob had done on the rear rails so, as I had a few stanchions left, I cut some of the ring out so it would fit over the rails without disturbing them and then added the wooden seat, which will need staining and varnishing.

Needs fixing 


Checked also that the deck board to the electric's department would still open al-right, thats all we need a hatch that would not open at the end of the build. 

So all in all a good session  on the model again.

And for the ahhhhhhhhh factor here's one of Pepe

Don't tell him that's a cat basket!

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" Mum, Dad's going out again.
"Well pour some more petrol on him!.
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What do you call a man who has lost 90% of his brain ?
A widower!
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I have always tried to pay my bills with a smile, But invariably they want money.
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Paddy said that he once cleaned 500 fish in one day.
"Now that takes guts"

Well that's all folks





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