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.

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Busy couple of days gone past



Pepe and I have had a busy couple of days just gone.
Saturday we went to the Lake and as you can see from the video quite busy for a Saturday.




Then on Sunday it was dinner at John's and a discussion on his boat Build which is proving to be quite tricky as there is a fault on the plan's, Model Slipway have noted this mistake and have said they have made an entry to this fact on the instructions for others who follow!.

Monday it was a trip with Ruth my youngest granddaughter to Derwent Valley where she took plenty of bird pictures with her Lumix camera, the zoom lens very useful here. Nice change to have company besides Pepe, he's nice and doesn't answer back but you need human company sometimes don't you!.

This is one of mine, my AKA Duckie!

Ruth and Pepe



Ruth didn't know about the Dam Busters practising here, before the raid proper!.
She hasn't seen the film either, will be looking out for it now she say's.

Then it was on to Castleton where we had afternoon tea and toasted teacakes
Dogs welcome sign.

Pepe ignoring Jack Russell on next table, Good boy!.

A few small jobs on the modelling front done.
Life-raft canisters and stands made up, messy jobs with the vacuum moulded canisters!. 

Template made for the motor mount which will be Aluminium plate 

Wing nuts put on tool box.

Not much modelling, but the weather has been too nice for a change!.
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Two blondes walking down the street and they find a make-up compact.The first blonde opens it and looks in and say's "That face is familiar, but I can't put a name to it!"
The second blonde grabs the compact and looks into the mirror and say's "You stupid woman that's me!"

"I can't find the cause of your illness" say's the doctor. 
"But I think it may be due to the drinking"
"In that case" said the blonde, "I'd come back when your sober"

Boom Boom
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 That's it folks.

Friday, 10 August 2012

Trawl Boards

Yesterday after a day at the lake where we met a lot of members enjoying the nice sunny weather, I came home and finished off the trawl boards for the OL2 
I've added a few ribs to the outside just to give them a stronger look, just need to paint them now and they are finished!.
I thought the stepped edges inside the hull would make it difficult to thread the weight blocks in at the lake so added some down spout edging, didn't like to think the down spout was going to waste after cutting it up to try it for the weights boxes, so it was on to the band saw again and cut up some corner pieces.

Before 

After.
Looks neater too I think, just need to fix in those shelf supports on the sides of the motor and then I can cut and fix in the aluminium shelf for the motor, not forgetting to wire up the motor first of course.
Notice the electrics shelf as a lip on now as well!.
Son John (RJR) is making very good progress with his Maggie "M" check out his website
And also on the model Boat website
That's all for to-day folk's must get out whilst the sun is shining, you can do modelling when it's raining can't you.
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Monday, 6 August 2012

OL2 update

On Sunday before going to John's for Sunday Dinner I set up my Band saw in the garage and took the bull by the horns and cut some pieces of wood, I was a bit apprehensive as I'd not used one before, but as in most things you worry about, it was great to use and cut all my pieces in no time at all would have taken all morning with a hand saw.
This is going to be the electronics shelf.
I also cut the sections for the motor mount but haven't put them in yet.

Mr Pointy is in great form again checking out the Edging on the Net pool I made up yesterday as well, it looked a bit basic without the edging on, and I think he approves.

Going off the modelling, I bought a nice Logitech IPad charging station the other day, it charges even when the IPad is switched off, plays your music and your Video's, you can swivel it into portrait or landscape views and the sound is quite good, there again my hearing isn't the best so you would have to judge that for yourself. There's a remote too! and a cable to connect to your TV, looks nice in the living room too, £59.95 from Pc world, must be abell to get it cheaper on E.bay hey.
As you can see on the top right I've become an Eddie Stobart Spotter, something to do whilst travelling round with John on his jobs.
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Man with one chopstick go hungry.
Man who drive like hell bound to get there.
Man who runs in front of car get tired.
Man who run behind car get exhausted.  
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That's all folk's

Saturday, 4 August 2012

More out and about & OL2

Yesterday Pepe and I had a day at Etherow after having helped John out the two previous days painting, not as in Van Gogh, but as in Toilets and Kitchens!.
We had a nice walk round the big lake yesterday with Sylvia (a Etherow friend), and her new dog "Molly", Pepe seems to be getting over his trauma from 18 mths ago when a Jack Russell went for him whilst walking round the lake with his Mum!, it takes time for them to get their confidence back again doesn't it, he's much happier now and not yapping as much. 

Had lunch at the Cafe,
Where's the chip butties then?

Then back home I started on the battery boxes for OL2 and this is the results.
Places for two lead acid batteries, as in this case One 12v and 1 6v for the bow thruster, needs packers when sailing to stop the batteries sliding about, a few strips of plastic foam should do it. then realised I wouldn't be abell to reach the prop shaft end of the coupling to oil or adjust in the future so it was out with the hole cutter and produced this, 
There you go an nice neat inspection hatch, will make a cover for it later, and notice some of the weight's in the trough for size.
That mahogany wood will be given a coat of varnish before the deck get's put on, won't be abell to reach it then!

And there is Mr Pointy checking out the hole!

So now its on to the motor mounting which will have the motor hanging down from the mount, another Abell idea, what would you you do without friends in the club for advise now and then, when tricky bits turn up in the build. The sloping keel meant that the motor mount was too big and the motor was too high for the prop shaft,"Turn it over" Bob said, as simple as that! that's why he's the engineer and I'm the oil rag!.
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A radio announcer is one who works for the love of mike.

The diner called the waiter "I would like to report this meal to the Bureau of Missing Portions"

Fred was the type of bloke who always let his friends pick up the dinner bill, He had an impediment in his reach.
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That's all folk's