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PostSubject: Re: Jupiter, a Caledonian macBrayne Ferry   Thu Jun 15, 2017 6:49 pm

all three ramps have now been adjusted, base brackets fixed and side flanges added to stop ingress of sea water onto the car deck.......

next job will be to seal the added timber with sanding sealer and then to add the hydraulic rams, clamps and retainers before painting them and fixing to the vessel.

















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PostSubject: Re: Jupiter, a Caledonian macBrayne Ferry   Thu Jun 15, 2017 10:11 pm

been fabricating the hydraulic rams [ none working] and retaining clamps for the ramps. these will be painted and fitted tomorrow, and then mated up with the ramps which will be fixed in the closed position over the weekend.


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PostSubject: Re: Jupiter, a Caledonian macBrayne Ferry   Thu Jun 15, 2017 11:43 pm

2thumbsup 2thumbsup 2thumbsup 2thumbsup 2thumbsup 2thumbsup Well done a great whooooops cover up Neil. 2thumbsup 2thumbsup 2thumbsup 2thumbsup 2thumbsup 2thumbsup
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PostSubject: Re: Jupiter, a Caledonian macBrayne Ferry   Fri Jun 16, 2017 6:30 pm

and here's another one Damien................the white lining tape just wouldn't stick to the hull for the boot topping..............think it was just too old...........so have masked the hull up and will spray it white tomorrow.









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PostSubject: Re: Jupiter, a Caledonian macBrayne Ferry   Fri Jun 16, 2017 11:22 pm

The ramps each have small flaps on the uppermost parts of the structures which hinge allow for the vehicles to exit and enter the car deck smoothly.

originally I had moulded the tabs onto the ramp main bodies but they were never strong enough to work and on most casts/ fell off with the slightest of knocks, and so I made them from fine wire and formed a ring to act as the tab.......seems to work ok and with some paint, they will be fine enough to carry muster.
















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PostSubject: Re: Jupiter, a Caledonian macBrayne Ferry   Sat Jun 17, 2017 4:55 pm

the boot topping [ waterline] has been sprayed white, anchors fitted and the ramps partly painted, and then it was time for a play....

got out all my little toy cars and dusty as they were, I added to the deck.........might need to thin them down a bit when I get the model in the paddling pool or she'll go down faster than the Costa Concordia, but at the moment, all of the classic cars, except the Aston Martin and the little blue Fiat 500 are cares I have had the privilege of owning in my younger days of wanton carnage, lol.













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PostSubject: Re: Jupiter, a Caledonian macBrayne Ferry   Sat Jun 17, 2017 7:35 pm

That' s certainly a full load Neil. Hope its well balanced or the might all get a wash when she rolls over lol! lol! lol!


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PostSubject: Re: Jupiter, a Caledonian macBrayne Ferry   Sat Jun 17, 2017 9:09 pm

They packed 'em in tight Barrie....squeezed as many on as possible, lol.......Got a photo of my car on the real ship somewhere lol.

I doubt whether my rendition will take as many, but will find out in a few days when I get the pool out lol.
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PostSubject: Re: Jupiter, a Caledonian macBrayne Ferry   Sun Jun 18, 2017 12:57 pm

ramps have now been painted and are going to be fitted permanently later today.













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PostSubject: Re: Jupiter, a Caledonian macBrayne Ferry   Sun Jun 18, 2017 6:44 pm

All these pictures are making me think I need to book ferry tickets to see my cousin on mull. Love the trip over from Oban
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PostSubject: Re: Jupiter, a Caledonian macBrayne Ferry   Sun Jun 18, 2017 9:36 pm

all 3 ramps have now been permanently fitted with the rams in place, just the clamps to hold them on place to be glued on, but these have had to be drastically modified to fit into the space left by fixing the rams......early start tomorrow.


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PostSubject: Re: Jupiter, a Caledonian macBrayne Ferry   Sun Jun 18, 2017 9:46 pm

it's a nice sail up the Sound to Tobermory.........some beautiful scenery..........will be up in largs again this year, and usually go to Oban for a day trip..........have you been on Calmac lately..........if not in the past 2 years, you'll find the ferry fairs have been cut drastically

where as 3 years ago a return trip to Arun from Ardrossan would have been around 170 quid, because of the new rules laid down by Scottish parliament, the company is only allowed to charge what would be a respective price for fuel foe a car for the distance driven, x the number of passengers, and as such you are now looking at a fair of 75 quid return for car and 3 people....it's brilliant.
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PostSubject: Re: Jupiter, a Caledonian macBrayne Ferry   Mon Jun 19, 2017 12:17 am

Yes I know. I try to get up once a year. My cousin lives in finnophort  right on the sea front. It was him who got me it to boat building. He's also steam trains running on a track in the back garden. Lucky sod. 
  Love it up there all your troubles seem to just disappear
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PostSubject: Re: Jupiter, a Caledonian macBrayne Ferry   Mon Jun 19, 2017 10:06 pm

been busy today, not only with the model, but helping my younger daughter with her last day of her A levels....she has been studying hard for two years and the culmination was the sixth form art show.......she has been studying photography, textiles and history.

I am amazed that she has never done either before but if I had been producing models as good and fine as her photography and textile design when I was 18, I would have been stupendous at model making now.

here are two examples of her design work, based on the sea shore, and rust and decay, for textiles, and the photography of the friend who modelled one of her design corsets.

she wants to progress further onto design, as a diploma and then in a year, possibly university, or an apprenticeship if she can find someone to take her on.  oh and she's far better with the computer than me......she's out celebrating and I haven't a clue how to rotate the photos....could one of my friendly mod team do it for me.....

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PostSubject: Re: Jupiter, a Caledonian macBrayne Ferry   Mon Jun 19, 2017 10:28 pm

the rest of the day was spent adorning the wheelhouse with all it's fittings.......still a few more to go on but my brain was frazzled by 22.00 hours and I was becoming impatient, so left the rest for a new start tomorrow.






















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PostSubject: Re: Jupiter, a Caledonian macBrayne Ferry   Tue Jun 20, 2017 6:57 am

Fantastic level of detail Neil 2thumbsup 2thumbsup 2thumbsup 2thumbsup

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PostSubject: Re: Jupiter, a Caledonian macBrayne Ferry   Tue Jun 20, 2017 1:41 pm

2thumbsup 2thumbsup 2thumbsup 2thumbsup 2thumbsup  Another Show piece  Matey 2thumbsup 2thumbsup 2thumbsup 2thumbsup 2thumbsup
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PostSubject: Re: Jupiter, a Caledonian macBrayne Ferry   Tue Jun 20, 2017 2:20 pm

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2thumbsup 2thumbsup 2thumbsup 2thumbsup 2thumbsup  Another Show piece  Matey 2thumbsup 2thumbsup 2thumbsup 2thumbsup 2thumbsup
not from close quarters it ain't matey..............paintwork a bit ropey to say the least.............and some detailed pipework missing, so am classing it as a "stand off" scale model............

but after 4 years looking at it, I'm just longing to get down to something I like........another lifeboat. lol.
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PostSubject: Re: Jupiter, a Caledonian macBrayne Ferry   Tue Jun 20, 2017 2:31 pm

Don't run ya self down mate it's great. 2thumbsup 2thumbsup 2thumbsup 2thumbsup 2thumbsup 2thumbsup 2thumbsup 2thumbsup 2thumbsup 2thumbsup 2thumbsup
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PostSubject: Re: Jupiter, a Caledonian macBrayne Ferry   Tue Jun 20, 2017 5:28 pm

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but after 4 years looking at it, I'm just longing to get down to something I like........another lifeboat. lol.
Just pleased to hear you are going on building - doesn't matter what Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes 2thumbsup 2thumbsup 2thumbsup 2thumbsup

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PostSubject: Re: Jupiter, a Caledonian macBrayne Ferry   Tue Jun 20, 2017 8:40 pm

cheers guys.....I bow to your lovely comments.

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PostSubject: Re: Jupiter, a Caledonian macBrayne Ferry   Tue Jun 20, 2017 9:43 pm

the upper wheel house has now been completed with all detailing except for a couple of EPERB's to be attached to the ends of the flying bridge wings and some pipework on the engine room extractors which I might or might not fabricate from wire and some string lagging at a later date.

I have also added some passengers, and crew to the decks, more to follow, each little cluster having a chinwag whilst the ship makes her inexorable to and fro trips across the Clyde from Greenock to Dunoon and back.








































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PostSubject: Re: Jupiter, a Caledonian macBrayne Ferry   Tue Jun 20, 2017 10:48 pm

Nice work. Where do you pick up all your figures. Will be buying some so for my yacht
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PostSubject: Re: Jupiter, a Caledonian macBrayne Ferry   Wed Jun 21, 2017 1:05 am

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Nice work. Where do you pick up all your figures. Will be buying some so for my yacht


just off ebay under model railway section.........quite a selection in different scales and reasonably cheap too.
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PostSubject: Re: Jupiter, a Caledonian macBrayne Ferry   Wed Jun 21, 2017 6:49 am

Hi Neil - I notice your daughter is on the bridge 2thumbsup 2thumbsup

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PostSubject: Re: Jupiter, a Caledonian macBrayne Ferry   Wed Jun 21, 2017 9:42 am

aye, barrie, but I bet you got the wrong one, lol.........she's the promising first officer next to the binnacle, lol
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PostSubject: Re: Jupiter, a Caledonian macBrayne Ferry   Wed Jun 21, 2017 5:35 pm

Well!!!, after nearly 4 years on the go, I can say that apart from a few odds and sods to put on to the model, she is 95% finished taking into account those small bits like adding the flags and pennants, small amount of pipework, oars for the lifeboats, the port and starboard nav lights, which will take me a day to do, and some more figures......and of course..........naming her and putting on the company logo's.......I left off the main mast so that I didn't knock it when I was taking the following photos.

the stringing of the life rafts took 4.5 hours on their own........got faster as the more I did, lol.


































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PostSubject: Re: Jupiter, a Caledonian macBrayne Ferry   Thu Jun 22, 2017 6:25 am

Absolutely stunning Neil. 2thumbsup 2thumbsup 2thumbsup 
I did wonder if we would ever see it complete, but I am very pleased that we did. 
Now onto the next!

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PostSubject: Re: Jupiter, a Caledonian macBrayne Ferry   Thu Jun 22, 2017 3:25 pm

And to think......Neil's done all this work only to leave the thing to a WOMAN DRIVER!!! They do say that daughters are kinda special, though.
Chuffin' good job, m'duck, and worth the four years it took to build.
Now please can the next one have one motor, one prop, one rudder and nothing else?
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PostSubject: Re: Jupiter, a Caledonian macBrayne Ferry   Thu Jun 22, 2017 6:33 pm

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...and he'll still ask you how to wire it all up lol! lol! lol!

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PostSubject: Re: Jupiter, a Caledonian macBrayne Ferry   Thu Jun 22, 2017 8:11 pm

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And to think......Neil's done all this work only to leave the thing to a WOMAN DRIVER!!! They do say that daughters are kinda special, though.
Chuffin' good job, m'duck, and worth the four years it took to build.
Now please can the next one have one motor, one prop, one rudder and nothing else?
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thank you chaps......I finished her this evening but for putting the oars in the boats and raising the ensigns pennant and signal flag, which I'm waiting for.

As for a woman driver.........I doubt she will ever take it to the lake..he he......but last week she passed her "Advanced Onboard fire fighting Course in confined spaces" BA,and full fire suits order of the full week's course and today passed one of the hardest two part, oral and practical tests which goes by the acronym GMDSS...The Global Maritime Distress and Safety System  using all forms of distress signals including practical morse signalling..............so I would have utmost faith in her ability to crash it into the bank with aplomb, lol.

the next model will only have one motor as suggested........a big brushless driving a 3d printed self priming centrifugal pump with 4 outlets operated via valves.............an 1890's hydraulic water jet powered lifeboat called queen.........I'll keep it simple this time, lol.

it was continued encouragement from you lot that saw this finished, and to be honest, i'm glad you did because I like the finished product.
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PostSubject: Re: Jupiter, a Caledonian macBrayne Ferry   Thu Jun 22, 2017 8:17 pm

and here is the finished model, but for what I said earlier.














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PostSubject: Re: Jupiter, a Caledonian macBrayne Ferry   Thu Jun 22, 2017 8:39 pm

Wonderful job. When is she going on her maiden voyage?
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PostSubject: Re: Jupiter, a Caledonian macBrayne Ferry   Thu Jun 22, 2017 9:11 pm

Nice job mate!! 2thumbsup  2thumbsup 2thumbsup


Let me know when you get that pump sorted!! Thumbup
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PostSubject: Re: Jupiter, a Caledonian macBrayne Ferry   Thu Jun 22, 2017 9:54 pm

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Wonderful job. When is she going on her maiden voyage?


it's first will be in the kids paddling pool.........but I got to mow the lawn first, and then dig it out from under a few half built boats in their wendy house. lol.
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PostSubject: Re: Jupiter, a Caledonian macBrayne Ferry   Thu Jun 22, 2017 9:56 pm

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Nice job mate!! 2thumbsup  2thumbsup 2thumbsup


Let me know when you get that pump sorted!! Thumbup


cheers mike............it will be sometime after Christmas, as got to make the moulds and mouldings first, and the plug needs some work first......... neil.
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PostSubject: Re: Jupiter, a Caledonian macBrayne Ferry   Yesterday at 11:19 am

hi neil,  another well built ship  2thumbsup 2thumbsup . it is nice to see you having some fun building again Laughing Laughing cant wait till you build the queen as i have looked at that a few times to build but the power source always puts me off. good luck on maiden sail  of jupiter.


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PostSubject: Re: Jupiter, a Caledonian macBrayne Ferry   Yesterday at 12:51 pm

She's a bottler mate or should I say a glass caser  2thumbsup Thumbup 2thumbsup Thumbup 2thumbsup Thumbup 2thumbsup Thumbup 2thumbsup Thumbup 2thumbsup Thumbup 2thumbsup
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PostSubject: Re: Jupiter, a Caledonian macBrayne Ferry   Yesterday at 3:15 pm

thanks guys.............there I was  this morning ready to take her down to Fleetwood for a sail, and went to the lake around 12.30...............
sadly no chance............even the  real calmac ships don't sail in this weather, lol.





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PostSubject: Re: Jupiter, a Caledonian macBrayne Ferry   Today at 1:41 am

At a guess I'd say a HOT wind as well?
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PostSubject: Re: Jupiter, a Caledonian macBrayne Ferry   Today at 2:00 am

no Damien, it was quite cold..........from 27c the day before it had dropped to 11c..................
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