Saturday, December 31, 2005

Puffer on the pond

OK, let's start with something I have built in the past. This is a 4mm:1ft scale model of a Clyde Puffer. It's built from a Deans Marine kit which is fitted with 2 channel radio control.
While not a very big boat, it's pleasent to sail but needs very smooth water. A change to NiM batteries fron Ni-cads didn't help either. The former are quite a bit heavier and so I need to pull some weight out of the bottom to get the waterline back where it should be and not at deck level !

Welcome to my blog

New year, new blog.

I have been thinking about doing this for some time. This isn't my first blog. It's not my first time on the web either. However it's something new for me. I read plenty of blogs and enjoy some of them a lot. The ones I enjoy tend to be those where people have a focus to their writing. Usually it's about their work, but sometimes they have a running character and style.

My other blog doesn't have this, it's just a place to rant. So I want to write a successful blog and that means focus is required. But I don't want to write about my job. If I did I suspect there would be workmates chasing me with flaming torches and pitchforks !

On the other hand, I am a keen modelmaker. "Perhaps", I thought, "I could write about the things I'm making." Maybe someone would be interested in that. Most of the posts will be short, some little more than updates about existing projects. Thanks to Flickr and the world of digital photography I can add pictures.

The name is a tribute to the "Bray's Bench" column that appeared in the late lamented Model Maker Magazine in the 1980's.

Ho-hum. I suppose I better go and make something so I can write about it now.