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