David Kershaw has always loved makings and uses wood, brass, plastic and electronics in his work. There seems to be various levels of accomplishment in the model making world. From Bought plastic kits ready to be painted, through models made from Scratch ( all the parts made by hand), to Museum standard models that are too good to be played with in case they got damaged. David placed himself in the middle of the range, making some things from scratch, buying in other peoples failures from E Bay, but not achieving museum standard of finish.
The Gun Carriage was made from scratch. He had made a jig to ensure that all the wheels were the same size, and that the axel was in the middle. A brass tire was added to hide the method of manufacture. To a chainsaw carver this seems very fiddly work, but he manages all his work on a small table, whereas my workshop extends the whole of the basement and is still crowded.
David showed us two boats. The Fire boat was an E Bay wreck which needed to be stripped of paint, have certain repairs , and some parts made from scratch. The other boat he is making to plans and he described the problems of this sort of work, It is so easy to get the keel out of line, as the glued on pieces may exert strong forces pulling the whole boat slightly out of shape. He will sail these boats in Heywood with the Mutual Model Boat Society , from 9.30 to 12 on Sundays. He says he prefers boats to airplanes as planes crash more frequently . A trick of the trade? He used a curtain ring as a life Lifebuoy!!
David has a web site that shows the process of building a boat www.perkasa.co.uk .
The gun carriage was built from scratch. A kit would have cost £30, would not have a solid brass cannon, and would not have been half as much fun to make