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PostHeaderIcon Building a Thames Barge by Bob Smith - Part 6

Part 6

Well time is moving on and so is the build, I have started on the leeboards which were made of some scrap plywood then sanded I then added the planking which is made of 1/16th x 10mm planks of balsawood and using contact adhesive to stick it to the plywood.

The next job was to sand and shape and add the cross strapping and there in lies the next problem, the strapping is normally made out of brass but looking into the price it was going to be about £10 - £15 for something that was going to be painted matt black.

The problem was solved when on Saturday 3rd March I went to the Annual North Somerset show at Weston-Super-Mare, there I meet Andy Trewin who told about a little trick of using coffee stirring sticks and dressmaking pins and below you can see the results which I am very pleased with.


The next job was to assemble the various winches and main mast tabernacle and paint them.

I bought a can of crystal clear spray acrylic matt varnish to overspray the whole boat but when I started to spray the leeboards it started to spit the paint out and dried with a milky finish so I took the can back to where I bought it and the changed it for another one which behave in exactly the same way. I then decide to do some research on the internet and found the telephone number of the manufacturer and gave them a phone and the answer I got from them was “yes, we have had trouble with that particular item, you need to take it back to where you bought it and get your money back” so after that it seems I will move on to Plan B.

Another problem was with the giggly bits on the bow & stern. I got hold of the wood veneer paper but when I printed on it I find the quality of the print was very poor and very blurred so I am looking into using Decal Inkjet Transfer paper and making my own transfers.

I got hold of the transfer paper which was quite expensive because for some unknown reason you can only buy it on line, and before you ask I tried all the stationers and hobby shops but the staff in most of them looked at me as if I had two heads (aren’t the younger generation wonderful) so it is back to the drawing board with that particular problem.

Plan B, I was browsing around the paint department in B & Q and came a product called “Rust-o-leum” which made a matt clear vanish spray, it cost £7.98 so on the Wednesday O.A.P day I went with my 10% discount card and purchased a can I then tried on the hull first and thankfully it went on perfectly so it seems price does matter.

Unfortunately due to illness in the family I have had to put a hold on working on the Lady D but the other day I had a phone call from the Woodspring Model Sailing Club Scale Sail Secretary John Collins who said he had a small Thames barge which needed a good home so I went over to have a look and came home with a “Moggy”.

Moggy turned out to be “Kitty” a 1/40 approx scale barge which had been made from plans given free in the “Model Boats” 1999 magazine and apart from sorting out a few problems with the sails, rigging and a new keel she seems in very good condition.

Below are a few pictures of her on arrival at her new home.



I hope to get her in the water soon!!!

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Last Updated (Monday, 23 July 2012 09:32)