Confederation Marine Modellers
Workshop session 3 - 4th November 2017
If you have a motor shaft of 1/8" diameter, and a propeller shaft of 4 mm diameter (a common combination) you can quickly make a tool to help align the two. You need two short lengths of 5/32" and 3/16" outside diameter brass or aluminum tube. With the motor placed in its correct fore-and-aft position, measure the distance from the end of the motor casing to the inner end of the prop shaft, and cut the tubes to this length.
To use the tool, insert one tube into the other, and the pair onto the motor shaft. Place the motor into position and then adjust its position up-and-down and side-to-side so that you can easily slide the 3/16" tube off the other tube and onto the prop shaft. When you can do this the motor is correctly aligned to the shaft.
According to a report from one of our members at our meeting in November the pond at Spencer’s has been drained and I guess that signals the end of our boating season of 2017. Yes, some of the braver souls will be out sailing until the water hardens but the majority will tuck their boats away for the winter and put their batteries in winter mode.
So, what now, you might ask. The answer is to get a new boat project going. The displays and demonstrations at our last meeting should prove inspirational to all. We saw the really professional, complex and beautiful catamaran ferry project that Roy has been working on since last January and which he says will be finished this winter. Then we saw boats by Peter F., Austin G, Bill M and me, Paul C. Those demonstrations showed clearly that there are all kinds of boats at all kinds of skill level, time commitment and cost so have a look, think about what you would like to build, turn off the TV and get going!
If you want an opportunity to learn more about building then attend the CMM workshop being held regularly at Bill Turner’s shop in the east end of Hamilton. Two boats are underway and the information coming out of that seems to be endless. And the bonus is that all attending get an opportunity to win one of the boats being built.
If you are hesitant about where to begin then just contact any one of the executive and we will direct you to a member who may be able to help you decide what’s best for your aspirations. Whether it’s sail, power, tug, or pleasure yacht we have access to plans if you wish to scratch build or advice on which kits may fit your needs and budget.
It will be a long winter. Enjoy it!
One year ago there were headlines in the press that three WW2 warships had vanished from the sea bed. They were sunk by the Japanese during the Battle of the Java Sea in 1942, but what was the Battle of the Java Sea, and why was the disappearance of these ships in the news?
Allied navies suffered a disastrous defeat at the hand of the Imperial Japanese Navy, on 27 February 1942, and in secondary actions over successive days. The American-British-Dutch-Australian Command (ABDACOM) Strike Force commander— Dutch Rear-Admiral Karel Doorman—was killed. The aftermath of the battle included several smaller actions around Java, including the smaller but also significant Battle of Sunda Strait. These defeats led to Japanese occupation of the entire Netherlands East Indies.
Hints and tips - Aligning motor and prop shaft.
Pictures and text provided by Paul.
On November 4th nine of our members met again at Bill Turner's wonderful workshop to continue the building of the fishing boat Scarbh and the Pilot 40. By now the frames have been cut and trimmed to lock properly into the keel. Steve spent some time explaining in detail how to be careful with this step so you can save plenty of work down the road trying to straighten things out.
We talked about planking and the methods to be used including adding blocks to the bow and stern thus adding strength while easing the planking job.
The frames will now be attached to the building board and then planking can start.
If you have not been to one of the sessions it's not too late to start. The Pilot 40 is underway but there is still lots to learn about the hull completion and the building of the superstructure. We have not begun the Scarbh yet although it should start next time.
Watch your e-mail for the schedule.
Our next club meeting will be on Tuesday 12th December; pizza at 7pm, followed by model boats you'll love.
Our next public display will be TBA.
Nautical Lore - The Battle of the Java Sea
The Word from the Quarterdeck