Saturday, 22 November 2014

Lifes a beach

Hout Bay in South Africa and where I have lived for more than thirty years, once we were here there was really never any reason to leave.

For me this is a big day, after many months of working on the 1967 Hillman Imp Californian I was at last able to take it out and drive the car.

Click on the image to see it full size!

Nice car, pity about the paint job but thats next on the cars program.

The cars motor glass has already been removed, all new rubbers are either in stock or will be sourced from our suppliers overseas.

The front of the car has been refitted already, the engine and transaxle were removed, and inspected with the engine being taken apart and the head serviced with a new timing chain and re setting of tappets. With the entire engine bay being repainted and the engine refitted, the car is really a lot better under the skin than it looks right now.

This should be a nice job for the December holidays!


December 25th 2014, the car was booked in a week back for a respray at a professional auto paint shop early next year.

This now gives me the time to prepare the 1967 Singer Chamois we have owned over twenty years for its transfer to a new owner around February 2015.

Mirror dinghy kit packing

This was an entire days work, there are so many items in the Mirror dinghy parts list that each has to be checked and ticked off, then bundled and taped as a way of keeping them together.

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There are nine Mirror Dinghy wood sets on the tressel's one long pack and one short pack per each boat, a two page packing list with the boats ISAF number is included with each set so you can check them off yourself, as each part has its number taped onto it.

How hard can this be?  well a whole lost simpler than it was for me to do!


Thursday, 20 November 2014

Mirror Dinghy kits sets ready in Cape Town, South Africa

There are nine sets of wood Mirror Dinghy kit sets and CNC cut plys ready for building now, they may be sold as the person who placed the entire order is the person who will be issuing them to new buyers and we hope builders.

To see a larger image click on each picture.

The machine work was done by a qualified specialist, the cutting to size was done in house and took four days to cut to the specified lengths, some are also shaped.

We hold nine ISAF plaques and will be having the boat number CNC engraved into each transom board which is supplied in lightweight Obeche wood.


Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Jims DS 15 build progress

We have been surprised at the speed at which Jim has built the DS 15 kit we sent him a few months back,he is at the primer stage now on the hull!

Check Dudleys own blog for a view of more pictures and his words on the build.

There are jig saw joints in this boats panels, a nice way to join plywood and easily.

Check that smooth finish, the moulded radius ply was made with two layers of our 3mm thick Superform bending plywood.

We also supplied the International Paints Intergard epoxy primer.


Monday, 17 November 2014

Mirror Dinghy kit woodwork

We are cutting nine sets to a pre placed order, they will be finished tomorrow and we can then get the right time allowance per  each kit?

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That sure is a lot of timber, I wonder what it cost?

One blog viewer counted twenty nine plywood panels?

Now I know and can see a forth day of  cutting to size and doing profiles, I can now understand why a Mirror kit in the UK costs around GBP1000, which is R16,000 which is probably where our kits are going to be priced at.

We are supplying light weight Meranti and Obeche, both being selected for the job.

This was the result of our first CNC cut Mirror Dinghy , which in its self was a world first, as we were the first company since the Mirror started production to CNC cut a Mirror kit set of plywood panels.

The build measured first time!