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May 2018


The month of May sees the completion of the second of the three Duesenbergs built for my own collection, all - to me - are gems of design, showing the character of the make, of the country and of the period in time when they were originally created - The third is a gem among gems, a custom made car for the man who had everything, unique and beautiful in the extreme.  How much of that can be said of anything produced today.  But you will have to wait until next month to see it going together in all it’s glory.


After that Duesey has been completed, I will take a couple of months rest from the web site, it is that time of year, which will also give me a chance to organise the hundreds of build photos that are gathering together on the new subject for the ‘Current Project’  when I return - the third and last of the Falls of Clyde models - as a fully rigged, sails  furled waterline model.  I have shown bits & bobs of the progress so far from time to time, to whet the appetite of the ship modellers among you.  And here is another snippet of a tool to be discussed in detail a little further down the line.  As my regular followers will know, my interest is in techniques and in solving problems, the subjects in which we find them are less important than in dealing with the materials and tools - which are common to all - and the particular problem in hand - which can also be common to a lot of subjects.


In March I showed a pantographic copier attachment for the lathe, that I ostensibly designed and created to solve the problem of turning the spokes for the ships wheel.  Well a second problem turned up regarding this part of the ship, it being the name on the side of the box housing the steering mechanism attached to the same ships wheel.  My feelings were that the name was there, why not try and reproduce it, having already made one pantographic copier, can it now be modified to do yet another job?  The answer to that was yes & no - Yes the arms could have been used, but I needed to hinge the copier-follower end-part to facilitate access to the master pattern table, which would have created problems to put it back to it’s original use.  So I decided to design and make a new set of arms and a complete new machine from scratch.  I do like making these tools, it must be that having built glass case automobile miniatures for 30 years, and ships and other museum pieces for another 10, the chance to make something that actually works and can produce parts for the subjects being worked on has added a whole new challenge and satisfaction to life.


I show it here as a taster for what is to come, and will cover it in more detail in due time.  Suffice to say that not only has it accomplished it’s original purpose, in being able to carve the name boards for the ship’s wheel box, but is now finding a use in creating and detailing parts for a number of other items - more at a later date.


Incidentally the business end is a Turbo Carver, that had been sitting on my back shelf for 20 years awaiting a use, and at last it has found one.  It runs at 400,000rpm from about 45psi of compressed air, the cutting end being a diamond bit, supplied as part of the kit. A finer one would be an advantage, should  anyone be able to recommend a supplier, I would be most grateful.


Although the company seems to have changed it’s name, the tool is still available here: < http://www.turbocarver.com/ > My 20 year old example needs a shot of fine oil from time to time, that can drop on the work being engraved - which can be a problem.  However it would appear that the new tools run dry, so problem solved, and although it had been in it’s original box and unused since 1997, it came to life the instant the air was connected, before which I had of course given it a shot of oil.


For the car modellers wincing at the thought of ships taking over this web site again, fear not, there are still some more very interesting subjects in the pipe line to come back after the Falls of Clyde has sailed away, some of which can be found here.






                                                                                                                              





















                                   































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An After Sales Service to my book readers

Should you have found inspiration, ideas, or just picked up new techniques from my books, plans, and/or web site Galleries, and have photos of your work built as a result, and would like to give me the honor of showing them to others here, please drop me a line, and I will let you know how to proceed.

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NOTE - Very poor photo copies of some of my books (among a number of others) have been sold on eBay as originals, and eBay, up to this point in time, are protecting the criminals, even though they have ample evidence of my copyright infringement. Should any one have had dealings with- Nicholas Thomas alias - phantomoftheauction09 - and/or  Michael Thomas alias plaininspain9 - or anyone else passing off fake copies of my books, I would be most pleased to hear from them.  eBay UK have now removed both of the above individuals, from their web site, but will not, as yet, provide me with the details I need to put them permanently out of business.  Until they do my advice is DO NOT SHOP FOR BOOKS ON eBAY-UK - Go to AMAZON and get satisfaction.

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I am often asked about the availability of plans.  The following web sites have been brought to my attention, and I am pleased to pass them on here. Some of my own plans are available in my books.  For details, click on the ‘Books’ button on the ‘Home Page’


<http://www.carblueprints.narod.ru>

<http://www.the-blueprints.com/>

http://www.smcars.net/

http://leander.mutsaers.us/

< https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Balclutha_Deck_Plans-_Poop_Deck,_Forecastle_Deck,_Main_Deck,_Main_Deck_Structural,_Tween_Deck,_Tween_Deck_Structural_-_Ship_BALCLUTHA,_2905_Hyde_Street_Pier,_HAER_CAL,38-SANFRA,200-_(sheet_4_of_69).png#filehistory >

   Pantographic copier giving a 3 to one reduction.   

Copier in use - left thumb lowers the tool, the left foot switches on the

   air supply while the right hand uses the point to follow the lettering.

Wheel box complete - with Jock the riveter, in 96th scale

   End result, readable in 96th scale, but a finer point would

                    be useful if I can find one.