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    VINTAGE MODEL WORKS 36'' THAMES POLICE LAUNCH (2022)
    by AndyS ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง ( Leading Seaman)
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    ๐Ÿ“ Bulkhead Formers
    10 days ago by AndyS ( Leading Seaman)
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    Next stage, the bulkhead formers, there are 6 sets mostly made up of 4 parts: 2 attached either side of the keel and the other 2 to the sides of box, aligned along the laser markings on the box, another 2 pieces fit on the front of the keel.
    I thought I'd copy Michael's idea of providing conduits for the wiring, but instead of 'homemade tubes', I used some flexible plastic 8mm tubing I had.
    However, I started with another schoolboy error (see photo). Having drilled the holes for the tubing through 3 bottom formers (at the same time) a trial fitting (before gluing) proved that the middle one was out of line due to the thickened laminated part of the keel! I was fortunate that this was the side of the keel that only required the shorter tube. So after a bit of filling/sanding and re-drilling all formers pinned and glued as necessary.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Keel
    19 days ago by AndyS ( Leading Seaman)
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    So, apart from the small hiccup over the drilling of the prop-shaft hole (thanks to Michael) the construction of the keel went very smoothly.
    I drilled an 8mm wide rectangular hole, the length of the gap between the 2 parts of keel, as shown on the plan.
    As said previously the laser cutting is so accurate, apart from sanding the nibs, the various keel parts can be pinned and glued together quite easily. Similarly, the 2 made up sections of the keel are then glued to the centre of the bottom of the box.
    The keel is then strengthened around the prop-shaft hole and rear of the box (rudder?) by laminating.
    Please excuse my lack of technical knowledge and vocabulary!
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    ๐Ÿ“ VINTAGE MODEL WORKS 36'' THAMES POLICE LAUNCH (2022)
    25 days ago by AndyS ( Leading Seaman)
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    Well the heat has subsided and I am able to get back into the shed....I mean workshop and make a start on this model.
    I've studied the plans, the directions and a couple of blogs on this site (Robob's & mturpin's) for the same model.
    The first small difference is that the base of the box now comes in one piece of 6mm ply.
    Initially I found cutting the nibs of the ply sides quite hard, there isn't a lot of blade room, but I found a firm cut with a Stanley knife worked well.
    The box was then glued, pinned and clamped and checked for square.
    I've made a start on the keel, but at the moment I'm unsure about drilling the prop shaft hole.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: VINTAGE MODEL WORKS 36'' THAMES POLICE LAUNCH (2022)
    24 days ago by mturpin013 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Andy glad to see you've made a start I'm sure you will enjoy the build as its a great kit. if you need any help just shout and I'm sure either me or Rob can help out.

    Andy this is an extract from my blog provided you follow the keel build instructions it leaves a square hole large enough to accommodate the shaft, just re-read the blog I'm sure it will clear your concern.

    "I forgot to publish this operation at the correct build point so here it is slightly behind. The angle of the prop shaft is taken from the drawing so it can be transferred to the brass shaft whilst in situ; the hole created by the build leaves a square hole large enough to allow some vertical and lateral movement so I can now position the shaft with the aid of the angle gauge along the centre line and set using epoxy. The underwater part of the prop has a supporting ply quadrant which will be epoxied at the same time, I use some light wedges to position the shaft and hold it whilst the epoxy sets".
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