Well Happy New Year to one and all. All the best for 2017.
Well had a few goes at making the 8ft x 5ft carley raft and finally finished with the two that I have made. Looked at making the raft from plastic tubing. Even with heat could not get the size correct. To match the scale of 1/96. That made the raft 1 inch long. So took a bit of 6 mm ply. Marked the outline of the raft on to it. Marking the holes to be drilled for the rope work later. Cut out the shape and then filed down to the thickness I wanted and then with sand paper and my drimel rounded the edges until I had the shape that I wanted. Using a 0.45mm drill bit, I drilled out the marked holes for the wire to make the rope work stand out in my mould. The wire came from some very fine wiring, 0.25mm strands. Using tweezers I laced this wire first one way wrapping around the inside of the raft left to right. Then laced the wire right to left using the same holes to create the crossing effect on the inside of the raft. I then using some spot solder, solder the ends of the two laced wires to the holes in the raft. The hardest part was to lace the top circle rope and then the cross ropes that do the complete diameter of the raft.
Think they came out OK. Now to make the wood floor with match sticks cut down to match the size and bond into the base of the raft. Will do that next week. Once done will make a mould and run off some singles and some doubles for the deck island.