Hello everyone, I’m currently building 1/32nd model of the Canadian WW2 tug Glenside. The tug was built for the Canadian navy in the forties. Some of the Glen class tugs were sold to Foundation Maritime. I will be making this tug as per the Foundation colors where I have a model of the Foundation Franklin also. I will post pics as I progress in the build. The hull is from a fiberglass mold I made from a plug. The prop shaft is 1/4” stainless with brass tube and oilite bearings. The rudder is 1/16” brass plate with the rudder shaft silver soldered top and bottom.
In currently doing several jobs at once , planking the top deck with teak. Making port lights etc.
🇨🇦 Double Rum
2 days ago
Keil Craft 46 inch Raf Fire boat S M Harris
This a kit built in the 1960s its a all wood kit and about to start to prepare for hull refurbishments following some excellent blogs on this site it has inspired me to start on its restoration my first question is if i repaint the hull the top black is in good condition but just matt black what do i do varnish or repaint
🇬🇧 Stephen T
2 days ago
VINTAGE RUNABOUT -NEW WINTER PROJECT?
Threw a dart at a bunch of free plans and came up with this one (old MM plan) No matter what I chose, I would always see something else and wish I'd built that instead, but this has possibilities for a few improvements to the hull and a bit of room for extra 'stuff'. I had it printed originally to A-O size, but it came out a tad large, so I scaled it back to 33" x 10" which should make a good sized model. If I'd gone with the original print size (48") it would have required a weed-eater motor, my own forest, and a trailer. At 33" it will suit 3ft balsa sheets.
Went up to the print place and got it done yesterday, came home and did the bulkhead tracings, then transferred those to some 4mm light ply and cut them roughly to size. Later today I might give them a haircut to the final shape with my small bandsaw. Next job will be to find some spruce for the framing, which could be a challenge, as the main (almost only) model shop in Auckland, is a bit light on for most modelling wood at present.
I'll build it my usual way, - upside down with a central square hardwood spine screwed to the board, with the tops of the bulkheads notched to fit over it and all blocked in place. Once planked and glassed, the spine can be cut out in the required areas. This model could take a while, as I have a dozen other jobs which need doing.
5 days ago
Kitshack 28" Vosper 68' RTTL
I was going to put this on the project shelf and look at it later in the year, but it has proven difficult not to pick it up, plot and scheme so it looks like this one will join the Eventide and Crash Tender on the bench.
I found this advertised on a Facebook group for sale as a project and liked the look of it and thought the waterjet might be something different to play with.
Also there is a bit of a family connection as my father served in RAF Gan where the sister ship 2748 was based, so at one point was thinking this one would be model of 2748 in the white tropical paint scheme.
The hull has been built well, and most of the superstructure is complete, there’s a box full of bits and pieces so I think everything is there to finish the boat, if not I have now have a load of timber in stock left over from other projects.
Turns out that the original RTTL 2748 has been restored, though currently has no interior and is about 4 miles away from me. She was also based at RAF Mount Batten (not far from where is is currently in Plymouth) in the 1950s, so a both local and family connection
As the Kitshack 28" RTTL was very similar, if not identical to the Veron kit so I made contact with Phil Smith's son who has the archive of the Phil Smith designs including the boats he produced for Veron. I now have the full set of plans, templates and build instructions.
So, the plan is to now build the model to be 2748 from the mid 1950s before the addition of the centre roof, as she would have been when towing targets from Plymouth.
Many thanks to those responding to my thread on the forum about the boat, particularly to RichardH and dave976 for letting me have lots of information on RTTLs. Having spent the last few days immersed in the research phase I can't wait to get started. The first job has to be to remove the waterjet and make good the hull so I can fit the propshaft, rudder and keel.
6 days ago