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Pretend deck planking by scout13 Chief Petty Officer   Posted: 1 minute ago
McDonald's have changed the shape of their stirrers all wavy sides I have seen a deck with the planks held down with drawing pins to make the gap between them. This was into a wooden sub structure then the gaps between the planks filed with black bumper body filler Scout

Pretend deck planking by TOWN3810 Petty Officer   Posted: 8 hours ago

Marian Belle' by Gravedigger47 Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 9 hours ago
I can only dream of a setup like this for my wattle its beyond me I did make a boiler which would have been a big saving. Unfortunately it went missing during our big move so its dream a lot its beautiful a work of art thanks for posting Yours truly Michael (aka-gravediger)

Anteno 2 tug by Joe727 Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 19 hours ago
mturpin, Thanks for the idea with the cooker hood or vent hood as we say in the states. Great idea and I too could use a better system to solder under, nice to combine both paint both and soldering in one as I have just a tiny shop, Joe

Stern & keel formers by rolfman2000 Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 23 hours ago
As Doug has said, thanks for some excellent tips and tricks. The hull is coming along nicely now, and I will assume that skinning is not far away now. Keeping my fingers crossed for one last update before Christmas. Thanks very much Robbob. Looking forward to the next chapter. Best wishes, Dave W 😊

Pretend deck planking by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 23 hours ago
Think I'd go for Maple Steve. Lime might be too light and bright. But you can always stain it reddish brown. Jotika or Billing Boats stain for example. I used Billing stains on my Sea Scout and was very happy with the result. A little of it goes a surprisingly long way 😉 Doug Hmm! Just looked again at the stain bottles I used. Lo and behold - they have Jotika labels!!

Pretend deck planking by steve-d Commander   Posted: 23 hours ago
Found some info that said 16foot was the most common length. 22' is available but the price goes up considerably. 16' will be fine by me as that is half the length of the actual boat so 16" planks on the model. Having trouble finding planks and sheet in the same wood and thickness. I need some sheet for the king planks etc. Have found Maple and Lime so now need to know which comes closest to Teak? Steve

Anteno 2 tug by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 23 hours ago
Damn! I threw one away a few months ago 😱

Brooklyn Steam Tug by Joe727 Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 23 hours ago
[Score: 8/10] 36"/11900g Brooklyn Steam Tug Capable of 3mph and a runtime of 120mins Single Propellor (4 Blade 100mm) Geared to a 550 dc (4 Blade) Powered by Lead Acid (6v) 13Amp/h Batteries Controlled Through Tamar T15 (5Amps) ESC - Comments: I built this from a Dumas Tug Kit, nice kit with lots of detail. Two SLA batteries provide ballast along with lead weight. Gearing is from an older type model aircraft type. ESC is a marine type, forward, backward drive, big 4" Dumas prop. This tug is back in dry dock for addition of led navigational lighting. The initial build was undertaken while I was battling stage 4 cancer, it keep my mind occupied during chemo and surgery recovery, stayed positive! Model building is very meditative to me, try it if you have't, Have fun. Photos to come once out of dry dock.

Cooling coil by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 23 hours ago
Don't suppose it will matter much Steve, since the cooling comes from the wet stuff and not air flow. And as you say it makes the assembly more stable. Cheers, Doug 😎

Cooling coil by steve-d Commander   Posted: 23 hours ago
Too late...all done now. I just thought it would be more stable. Steve

Pretend deck planking by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 23 hours ago
All right all right! I will I will! 'onest Injun. No need to SHOUT 😉 At least I might if I knew where to get the stuff over here. Don't suppose it can be posted from the UK. 🤔

My apparent absence... by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 23 hours ago
Oh Jeez 😲 after all that hard work. I hope you can claim redress from them at least. CU next year, Merry Christmas, Doug 😎

Pretend deck planking by TOWN3810 Petty Officer   Posted: 23 hours ago

Pretend deck planking by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 23 hours ago
Hi Steve, take a look here at some real 'woodies', may give some idea of the variety of plank lengths. Deck plank 'joggling'😉 See pic Happy bending, cheers, Doug 😎 BTW: 5x0.5mm is precisely the size of the mahogany strip I have for the deck planks on my fish cutter. Fortunately STRAIGHT!! I might go for thick black card instead of Plasticard though. Or even a fine filler stained with black paint or ink!? Spacers of scrap strip between the planks while gluing and then fill and sand. Might work 😉 Some guys just go along the plank edges with a black felt pen.

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