2 september 2018
Before I continue with the Lower deck, the pumps, etc., I first have to finish the rudder. On deck the rudder is equipped with the Tiller Sweep, this is the mechanism to control the rudder.
I started with the hinged parts where the rudder will hang in. First I made the bushings where the hinge pins of the rudder come in. These bushings are milled in so that the hole is just at the right distance.
After milling, I made the supports and shaped them a little. Then the bushings were soldered to the supports and the first hinged part could be fitted.
Now one side is planked and the other side is not. As a result, the supports on both sides had to be adjusted. Despite everything, all buses are in line, allowing the rudder to rotate well and smoothly.
In the meantime I started with the preparations of the pumps and the planking of the Lower Deck. Next week I'm going to start with the deck of the Lower Deck.
12 august 2018
At first I had taken the dimensions of the rudder directly from just one of the drawings. This turned out to be a very bad idea, because there are errors in the drawings. I have to compare the measurements with the other drawings and also check whether they really correspond to the model. So the first rudder was a bit short, so it didn't go through to the Middle Deck. The top of the rudder extends to the Middle Deck and is covered with an 8-sided cabinet. This cabinet could be removed and, if necessary, the rudder could also be operated there.
During a cup of coffee, outside at the garden table, I sat discussing my mistake with my wife. There were quite a few hours in it and then it's just as much bales when you make such a mistake. The disappointment, however, was short-lived because our granddaughter got attention for the rudder. He now uses it to chew and hit on everything in her neighborhood.
I only made one hole in it, rope through it and our granddaughter has the most beautiful teething ring there is.
So I made a longer rudder. In order to be able to measure the required length and holes properly, I installed the deconstruction of the Middle Deck in a dry fit. After that it was a question to place the rudder correctly and everything well measured to determine the holes and the total height of the rudder.
Because the rudder is at an angle the holes have to be made at a certain angle and these holes have to be square as well. This can only be done in the right way by regularly placing the rudder in place and regularly checking everything.
After this the head of the rudder had to be strengthened. I have chosen to use brass for this purpose and not to solder it. The strips are pulled around the head and secured with 3.5 mm nails. I chose brass of the right thickness, this means that you really have to let it run over each other so that there is no space between the strips and the wood. It is a laborious way of doing things and it just took me a day of work, but I am satisfied with the result.
The parts of the hinge that come on the rudder I milled out of 3 mm brass. These 6 parts all have different lengths and are provided with a pin. For this purpose I have milled a groove on the head side, so that the pin can be soldered well into the fork. This way you don't see any soldering tin.
Then all the necessary holes were drilled in the side of the hinge and because the hinges partly fall into the rudder, I milled the necessary slots. It was then a question of sliding the hinged parts onto the rudder and fastening them with nails.
The rudder is in place for the time being. Finally, I have to make the hinge parts that will come on the rear mirror and hold the rudder in place. To do this, the "Stern Post" also needs to be adjusted. The hinge parts run over the V-shape again tightly.
Because I use brass and don't want to blacken it, I have to find a good way to solder the parts. The brass parts will discolour over the years, but you shouldn't see splotches of tin. This is therefore being pursued.
In the meantime my distribution machine has been delivered by Magazijn Blijdorp, so I can also continue with the captains. As it now looks, I also need it to make the other hinge parts for the rudder. We also visited Fijnhout Amsterdam this week. I still needed some wood for the planking of the Lower Deck.
Recently Ome Jan Zwart visited us again to inspect Vic, as we call it. There we looked at the red colour of the hull on the Lower Deck. We have sat down together for a while discussing why the hull is white now, formerly red, etc. Eventually you end up asking why the hull outside used to be black and yellow and now the yellow is being replaced by a kind of pink colour.
After the consultation with Jan, my wife and I had another construction consultation and decided to follow Jan's advice. Meanwhile I have bought a large stock of Maple wood to plank the decks. The inner fuselage will be covered with Ivorywood. In this way, the decks become lighter so that the components stand out better.
So there is still plenty to do.
21 july 2018
Het rudder is controlled by the steering wheel on the Quarter Deck, via ropes the control system on the Lower Deck is controlled. First, the rudder itself must be put together. the rudder is made of Ivorywood. The hinges are made of brass and everything has to work. As soon as all the brass is inside, we start building the rudder.