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  • Hakan,


    I haven't commented on your thread before (I've only been a member of the forum a couple of months now) but I have been reading your thread from the beginning. I only subscribe to a few threads and yours is one of them.

    Not only are your scenes and your equipment beautifully done but they seem to have a precision and a quality to them that you don't often see. They are almost like the feeling you get from a fine piece of hand-crafted furniture. True craftsmanship.

    I just wanted to say hello and thank you for sharing your model railroading with us. This mine scene is just superb.
    Tom - blog: https://trainblog.tharbin.com

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    • Hi Hakan, sorry I have not commented in awhile, been kept busy doing other stuff.

      Your mine scene has developed into another great point of interest on your layout!

      Your attention to detail is always remarkable, and always a pleasure to view.

      Perhaps this is a "Leaverite" mine, they dig it out and leave it right there.

      Keep up the great work!


      Greg Shinnie

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      • Thank you Mike! Hmm may be gold they are digging out. Don’t tell anyone#128512;

        Thanks Tom, and welcome to the forum! I’m happy you like my modeling. I haven’t so much time at the moment so it can take awhile between posts.

        Always happy to hear from you Greg! I can imagine you are busy. My busyiness come from a two year old who has way to much energy for his old dad to cope with#128512;

        Hmm...Leaverite could be the thing. Now I have many options to chose from. Thanks all for the ideas and suggestions.

        Hakan

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        • You are now bumped!
          It's only make-believe

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          • Thanks Bob, here is also a small update.

            I have abandoned my mountain modelling for the moment as the mine scene is near complete. I'll post some photos of it later.

            Shiver me timbers, the lure of the sea became too great and I needed to hoist the anchor and abandon myself to the seven seas. Well that came out a bit corny.

            What I have started on is one of my harbour vessels. The first one is a gaff cutter inspired by English gaff rigged fishing vessels. The foundation is an old Revell 1/125 scale kit of a french Tuna fishing boat on which I cut the bottom off. I made new spars from wood dowel which I reduced in size and shape by sanding them with some medium sandpaper. To make wooden blocks, mast hoops, lanterns and anchor I used my Photon 3D printer which has come more and more useful for making difficult parts in masse. The sail is made of silk span which was painted with ordinary acrylic paint using a roller. It is a neat trick ship modellers have used for some time. I found some very good how to movies on Youtube on the subject silk span sails which helped a lot. The small dinghy I found on Shapeways. It has great detail and fit neatly as a deck boat.

            Here are some progress pictures.









            Main sail before furling.



            Some 3D printed details

            Next is to make a furled foresail together with some more deck and rigging details. To be continued...

            Hakan

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            • Hakan,

              Your new boat project is very thought-provoking. It’s something I might do some day, except it would be a little steam-powered launch for an inland lake.

              Nice job. Your 3D printer has definitely proved its worth.

              Mike
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              Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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              • Nice bash job on the cutter Hakan.
                Frank

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                • Very well done! :up:
                  Carl

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                  • Yes excellent job.
                    It's only make-believe

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                    • That looks good! The wooden spars make you think the hull is wood too.

                      The printed details came out nicely.

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                      • Thanks Mike, the printer is a good substitute for those hard to find parts. I hope you start on that steam launch. Would be great to see with you working your styrene magic.

                        Thank you Frank, Carl, and Bob! I'm happy you like it. For me it was something of a new start. I had been itching to start on my harbour scene for some time now. A while ago Bob and I exchanged ideas and I started to research harbours on the Northern California coast. To my dismay as my knowledge was virtually nil I found out that the type of harbour I was after i.e. a Maine type of Dave Frary, Troels Kirk type of harbour was a very rare thing. I found one harbour that comes close and that is Fort Braggs Noyo harbour. Photos of that harbour conveys the feel I'm after. I'll use that as a inspiration when making mine.

                        http://www.noyoharbordistrict.org/

                        Thanks Bill, the parts came out better than on the photo. My camera (Iphone) could not do them justice. The hoops came out a little to thick but it was a compromise to get some strength in them.


                        Happy modeling!

                        Hakan

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                        • Hi Hakan, great looking sailboat!

                          I never knew about the silk span painted with latex paint to make sails.

                          I will have to give this a try in the future.

                          Glad to see your living up to your factory's reputation of being quality sailmakers.




                          Greg Shinnie

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                          • Thank you Greg!

                            I hope the sails make justice to such a beautiful building.

                            I didnt know either. I thought thin cotton or similar but to my surprise

                            testing it came out very easy to work with and captures the feel of sailcloth.

                            Here is a link to the Youtube films I found.

                            https://youtu.be/g_m_VWzk4w8

                            Hakan

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                            • Nice looking cutter. Thanks for the information on silk span, was wondering what to use on my schooner build if I decide on adding sails.
                              Phil Z

                              POR (press on regardless)

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                              • Just fantastic, Hakan. As a dad of 2 and 3 year olds, I'm impressed with just how much modeling you manage to accomplish. Since becoming a dad, I've wished for the superpower of never being tired. Ha.

                                Keep on keeping on.

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