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    RAF Launch.Childhood Revisited.Part 1
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    ๐Ÿ“ RAF Launch. Part5.Internal rebuild starts.
    5 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Scratchbuilder ( Vice Admiral)
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    Good afternoon All.
    Itโ€™s been a little while since the previous update due to ill health โ˜น๏ธ.
    As we have discussed previously on this forum it is offen more challenging refurbishing than starting from scratch.
    With as much of the old paint removal done as I can without damaging the hull integrity and the drive shaft tubes made and dry fitted along with the rudder posts to ensure all is true I decided to fit those components.Like most of us there is only so much tinkering you can do before you commit yourself.
    Shaft tubes and rudder posts fitted and allowed to set fully.
    I then dry fitted the rudder servo to ensure a good position.A quick test was conducted and there is a good movement on both rudders.
    I wanted to ensure the servo position as low as possible in the hull to give me more upper deck depth on the stern section.
    I then began to refit the interior of the hull.
    The original hull has had so many parts cut out and holes drilled in it that it looks a real mess.
    To that end I am basically making new sections,bulkheads and internal decking to fit.This will also give me a sound base for all the internal fittings.
    Not an easy task as nothing is straight โ˜น๏ธ.
    Once again hopefully the pictures tell the story.
    Slowly the rebuild progresses and finally a first spray coat of primer from the rattle can was applied.
    Time to stop at this point to let things dry and settle but once again I dry fitted the motors to ensure they sit correctly.
    There will be a delay before anymore work is done as hospital calls tomorrow for a new hip,and itโ€™s snowing in Sunny Devon โ˜น๏ธ.
    Take care all and stay safe.
    Regards
    Bill.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: RAF Launch. Part5.Internal rebuild starts.
    4 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Scratchbuilder ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hello Flaxby.
    Thank you.
    Restoration is slow at the moment due to the old hip replacement which has gone well and at least I donโ€™t walk around in circles anymore.
    I doubt if I will get to the Boatshed until after Christmas now as itโ€™s a bit of a walk on slippery grass to the bottom of the garden. โ˜น๏ธ๐Ÿฆต๐Ÿฉผ.
    You are quite correct these restorations are sometimes more time consuming that starting from a new build,but very satisfying.
    Will update progress as soon as.
    My thanks again.
    Regards
    Bill๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŽ…
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: RAF Launch. Part5.Internal rebuild starts.
    4 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง flaxbybuck ( Captain)
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    Good morning Bill,
    I have only just discovered your build blog and wish to congratulate you on making such a thorough job of the boat restoration. I know we have not yet seen the finished item, but your portfolio of progress photos has been such a pleasure to look through, and really portrays the amount of work involved. I have done similar restorations so know just how time consuming it is, and how one is constantly making decisions whether to keep, repair or replace.
    Good luck with the new hip . ๐Ÿ˜‰
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: RAF Launch. Part5.Internal rebuild starts.
    5 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Doogle ( Commodore)
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    Hi Bill, just catching up on things and saw your post. Wishing you all the best and pray for a quick recovery for you. All the best and looking forward to seeing more of your post when you get your "sea legs" back again,
    Regards,
    Chris
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: RAF Launch. Part5.Internal rebuild starts.
    5 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Scratchbuilder ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hello Pete.
    Thank you re the hip๐Ÿคž.
    Just a quick response before I go in to hosp.
    Re the balsa.Valid observations ๐Ÿ‘.What you can see is purely cosmetic covering the original ply so that the structural integrity is not compromised.
    The previous owner/owners had cut out or drilled so many holes it looked awful as can be seen.
    Hopefully my work will make her look tidier.
    Thank you also for everyone elseโ€™s kind words.
    Regards
    Bill.๐Ÿš‘
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: RAF Launch. Part5.Internal rebuild starts.
    5 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง PeteJev ( Master Seaman)
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    Hi Bill Hope all goes well with the hip. I note that your replacement bulkheads and lower decks are all in balsa instead of the original ply. Any specific reason for this or just that balsa is easier to work. All the best Pete
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: RAF Launch. Part5.Internal rebuild starts.
    5 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    So far so good Bill,๐Ÿ‘
    "Not an easy task as nothing is straight"
    Reminds me of the inside of the Billing Boats Gina 2 cutter I'm trying (on and off๐Ÿค”) to straighten out. I'd have been better off scratching a new one.

    Get well soon 'you old Hippy you'๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿคž
    Cheers, Doug๐Ÿ˜Ž
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: RAF Launch. Part5.Internal rebuild starts.
    5 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น AlessandroSPQR ( Commodore)
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    Great progress Bill.
    Much harder than starting from scratch, but it's going very well.
    You did well to include many photos. So it's very clear.
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: RAF Launch. Part5.Internal rebuild starts.
    5 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Colin H ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Bill, knowing what you've achieved so far is making me think mine is going to need a major overhaul soon. So far you are making great progress, and I believe you will end up with a good solid model that will last for years to come.
    Cheers Colin.
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    ๐Ÿ“ RAF Launch Part4.Twin Shaft/Rudder build.
    6 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Scratchbuilder ( Vice Admiral)
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    Good afternoon All.
    I am still in the process of stripping many coats of paint from the hull which like many of you I find becomes laborious and is certainly time consuming but nevertheless has to be done.
    Having stripped the bottom and sides I decided to have a break and build the drive shafts and position the rudders.
    The original boat as built had the standard single shaft and rudder.
    I wish to have twin shafts and rudders so set about this task.
    Please see the pictures which explain my written description.
    I firstly marked out the line of the shafts and rudder positions on the exposed hull.
    I had a set of two shafts and rudders in my stores box.
    The rudders needed no modification re size at 4cms x 2.5.cms
    The twin holes were drilled and rudders dry fitted.
    My two shafts required modification.
    Both were 19cms tube length and 26cms shaft length.
    I needed to reduce the tube length by 3cms to obtain the maximum shaft exposure outside the hull for realistic effect.
    This was achieved by heating and removing one end bearing. I then turned down the tube and refitted the bearing as a compression fit.
    Two holes were then drilled in the hull bottom and suitably filed to take the shafts.
    Once the correct angle was achieved with the shaft and propeller in place I made the P support to support the shaft at the prop end.
    Simply made on the lathe by turning the cut off from the shafts and fitting new bearings at each end.
    Then taking a length of brass strip I bent around the bearing and formed the support.
    Once made the upright strip was soft soldered to the tube bearing.
    This gave me two nice sturdy P supports.
    Once again please see the pictures.
    The final pictures show the two shafts and rudders DRY fitted to the hull.
    I still have to make the oiler tubes for the tubes.
    Once the hull has been full prepared with all holes filled and paint removed then the running gear can be fixed permanently prior to sealing and painting.
    This I will discuss in due course.
    Hope all this makes sense,and enjoy.
    Regards
    Bill.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: RAF Launch Part4.Twin Shaft/Rudder build.
    3 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Scratchbuilder ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hello Boatshed.
    Sorry for the long delay.
    Health not been brilliant as of late so well behind with messages and any form of building.
    On this occasion I am using two MFA Como 500โ€™s.
    Attached picture shows a similar motor.
    Sturdy and reliable.
    Regards
    Bill ๐Ÿ‘
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: RAF Launch Part4.Twin Shaft/Rudder build.
    4 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง BOATSHED ( Lieutenant)
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    What size motors are you using in this build please??
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: RAF Launch Part4.Twin Shaft/Rudder build.
    6 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง BOATSHED ( Lieutenant)
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    Hi Scratchbuilder, thanks for letting me know, I will get some of that, I think my Aerokit's Sea Hornet will look forward to it when I get my car back from the menders. ๐Ÿค•
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: RAF Launch Part4.Twin Shaft/Rudder build.
    6 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Scratchbuilder ( Vice Admiral)
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    Morning Boatshed.
    Nice little model,thanks for sharing.
    Re the paint stripper,nothing fancy Iโ€™m afraid.
    Just B and Q own brand,but it does the job ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘.
    Regards
    Bill
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: RAF Launch Part4.Twin Shaft/Rudder build.
    6 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง BOATSHED ( Lieutenant)
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    Hi Scratchbuilder, I have just found a picture on another thread on another blog on this site, and it shows the props. As you pointed out earlier on the original boats both props did run the same way. They say you are never too old to learn something and it's true. I wasn't disbelieving you. I just happened to come across the picture and I thought I would show you.
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: RAF Launch Part4.Twin Shaft/Rudder build.
    6 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง BOATSHED ( Lieutenant)
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    Out of interest what paint stripper have you been using, the Nitromore's paint stripper isn't the same as it used to be. I have heard that some people use caustic soda dips, but not sure about that, I know there is a paint stripper sold in proper marine chandlers and that is for use on fibreglass boats and that is a caustic soda based mixture. The heat gun that I have is a Black and Dekker one and that is quite brutal on wood it can scorch the wood if not careful. I'm curious as I have a couple of old Aerokit's that I want to strip, oneis the oldest that I still have. I made this one way back in 1974 when I was living in Milton Keynes, it the Sea Hornet, I used to have a Enya 19 glow engine in it. This is my RAF Crash Tender that I built 28" long. I started this in 2008 and this is as far as I have got, I will finish it one day.
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: RAF Launch Part4.Twin Shaft/Rudder build.
    6 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Scratchbuilder ( Vice Admiral)
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    Boatshed.
    Nice story and great pictures.
    Nice to remember those who are no longer with us but who enjoyed our sport ๐Ÿ‘.
    Regards
    Bill
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: RAF Launch Part4.Twin Shaft/Rudder build.
    6 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง BOATSHED ( Lieutenant)
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    I have done a little bit of photo trawling and the last time out with boats and my dear old dad (R.I.P.) and this was in 2008 just before they banned IC powered boats on this pond, the next time I went there just with my brother we hadn't seen the sign on the other side of the pond. I had just run my boat out up the side of the pond and bent the shaft. Being an idiot turning to late. Someone in the flats next to the pond had phoned the Blackheath Area Warden and he turned up a few minutes after I had just done that. I would have got an ยฃ80 fine for running an IC engine on the pond then. We should have walked round he said and checked the area bylaws. I had been using that pond since I was 10 that was 1960.
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: RAF Launch Part4.Twin Shaft/Rudder build.
    6 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง BOATSHED ( Lieutenant)
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    Hi Scratchbuilder. Thanks for that information, that is something that I didn't know. I was just lead to believe that contra rotation was all down to torque on the effect that it had on the hull. When I was out once with my Crash Tender with an Irvine 61 when I had it, I used to find that the hull used to dig in on turns and could never seem to stop it from happening. Another modeller pointed out something on the rudder that I hadn't known about. He had said about the leading edge on the rudder and advised trying trimming this part off. So when I got it home, I did remove the rudder and done that. On the next time I went out I found that it had done the trick. I have done this on all my model boat ever since. Bust I am someone that always goes for speed and not scale speed. I think that the Vosper style hulls were built for fast speed which is why they were used for MTB's. I have a 48" PT109 that had a 26cc petrol engine but due to running restrictions all around were I go I have removed the engine and sold that on and I going to fit brushless in that now. Again that is the type I like also the other Aerokit's Huntsman and the Fairey Swordfish they were built for racing Sea Commander built as a fast cruiser. My other boats are tunnel hulls. ๐Ÿšค๐ŸšคSpeed ๐Ÿ˜ Freak.
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: RAF Launch Part4.Twin Shaft/Rudder build.
    6 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Good bit of work going into that Bill, looking good ๐Ÿ‘ Getting rid of the paint is the hardest part, - can't exactly use a belt sander like you would on a 100% boat. Even worse with a balsa hull.

    JB
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: RAF Launch Part4.Twin Shaft/Rudder build.
    6 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Scratchbuilder ( Vice Admiral)
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    Morning Boatshed.
    Now thereโ€™s an interesting story.
    Shame you never got that lathe!
    We all have stories about Kit launches that we can tell.
    Re the props on my refit launch.
    According to my info the real boats had both shafts and props on the same rotation from the engines(Rover Metorite 375shp each.)
    Hence both props the same.
    If I am wrong I am never too old to stand corrected!! If anyone knows different please advise.๐Ÿ‘
    The model motors will be brushed.
    Regards
    Bill
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: RAF Launch Part4.Twin Shaft/Rudder build.
    6 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง BOATSHED ( Lieutenant)
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    I see that you have both brass props the same, or are you going to change one and go contra rotating. What type of motors are you going to use, will they be brushed or brushless? I see that you are one of the lucky ones that has a lathe to use, some years back when I worked at Tetley's Tea in Bletchley and they were closing the factory down they had a Myford Lathe that was up for grabs. There were so many of us after it it was a case of names in a hat and the manager of the workshop picked out a name. No luck here. Still never been able to get even a small one. Now I'm retired I will not be able to afford one. I think I would sell my soul to the devil for a few workshop tolls on my hit list, but I think he already owns it by now anyway.๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ I had my first RAF Crash Tender for my 9th birthdat 25th August 1950. My father and myself built about 7 in all the others were built out of tea chests that my dad bought home and cut up and we built them all in a line to make sur that we never got the Aerokits one done wrong. One was kept for my younger brother and the rest he gave away to all sorts. I know one was the coalman one was the milkman, one he gave to someone he worked with the others I don't know. I had a ED Hunter 3.46 Diesel in mine and my brother had a Taycol Meteor in his. I can remember taking the accumulator battery round to Lewisham Model Centre sometimes to get it charged as we never had a charger for it. Those were the days. I recently sold off a 34.5" unmade kit that I purchased in 1994, a 48" kit from the Vintage Model Boat Company I think they are called and a 48" Built one all in the last 2 years. I do have a 28" one that I shrunk all the parts of the 34.5" one and that is 95% made from Balsa and a second bottom skin of 1/16th ply on top of the balsa. But I still have not finished building it. That is some 15 years in progress. I'm a bit slow as I have so many projects on top of the model boats and still the ROVER P4 car to finish putting back together that is in my Avatar.
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: RAF Launch Part4.Twin Shaft/Rudder build.
    6 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Trident73 ( Warrant Officer)
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    Looking good Bill! ๐Ÿ‘
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: RAF Launch Part4.Twin Shaft/Rudder build.
    6 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Excellent tutorial Bill๐Ÿ‘
    ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: RAF Launch Part4.Twin Shaft/Rudder build.
    6 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น AlessandroSPQR ( Commodore)
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    Thanks Bill for your long and precise explanation.

    The sequence of photos is excellent, we understand perfectly how you worked.

    The images are very clear, they speak for themselves, thanks for this post, as well as being pleasant to look at, it can be useful to many modellers.
    It is certainly very useful to me.
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: RAF Launch Part4.Twin Shaft/Rudder build.
    6 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Doogle ( Commodore)
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    Hi Bill, sounds interesting. I'll be watching how this progresses ๐Ÿ‘
    Regards,
    Chris
    ๐Ÿ“ RAF Launch Refit.Part 3.Paint Stripping.
    6 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Scratchbuilder ( Vice Admiral)
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    Good afternoon all.
    Someone once said patience is a virtue.
    That rings true with our hobby and paint stripping this launch is no different.
    Itโ€™s not my favorite pastime but has to be done to get back to the bare wood.
    I estimate there are at least four different coats of paint on this hull.(Photograph 5 shows one RAF roundel I found under one layer)
    To remove them I have used a combination of heat and paint stripper.
    Care has to be taken to not damage the hull integrity with the heat or it will become a real Fire boat.โ˜น๏ธโ˜น๏ธ
    The problem as always is getting into the nooks and crannies,but slowly the layers are coming off.
    As you can see once the paint is off it is revealing a good sound hull.
    In the main the original builder used real brass pins,but there are a few metal ones which to be honest have come out quite easily(This was talked about in another members thread this morning headedโ€ฆsteel nail removal ๐Ÿ‘)
    The work continues on stripping the hull but this short post just gives an idea.
    The videoโ€™s show the hull in a better light
    Take care one and all.
    Regards
    Bill.

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    6 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Scratchbuilder ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Barry.
    Thank you.
    It was a sturdy original build by the looks of her.
    I have a couple of sprung joints but easily repairable.
    Regards
    Bill.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: RAF Launch Refit.Part 3.Paint Stripping.
    6 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Scratchbuilder ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Rod.
    Sadly no itโ€™s not an Avometer,wish I had one.
    Regards
    Bill
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    6 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ BarryS ( Warrant Officer)
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    Bill,
    It looks like the original builder did a very good job on hull construction.
    Stripping paint is the one thing that I dread. You have certainly done
    a commendable job.
    Not long off is the joyful part of putting a finish back on it!
    Keep up the good work!
    Barry
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    6 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ RodC ( Lieutenant)
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    Scratchbuilder Bill, is that an AvoMeter on your bench?? The really good paintstripping liquids were those in the 1960-1970s era.
    Rod in Scarborough, Canada
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: RAF Launch Refit.Part 3.Paint Stripping.
    6 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Scratchbuilder ( Vice Admiral)
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    Chris.
    Your right!!
    3 hours was enough for any sane man today !!
    Yep it will be worth it.
    Good tip re the Stanley blades ๐Ÿ‘
    Bill๐Ÿ‘
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    6 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Trident73 ( Warrant Officer)
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    I can empathise with you on the paint removal having done exactly the same job recently. Urrrgh. I went through a lot of paint stripper and I found that old stanley knife blades worked well to scrape it off. Keep going- it will be worth it!
    ๐Ÿ“ RAF Launch Rebuild.Part 2.The Big Strip Down.
    7 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Scratchbuilder ( Vice Admiral)
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    Afternoon All.
    Trusting you are all well.
    This refit like most jobs always finds that what you think will be relatively straightforward has already thrown up a time consuming issue that had to be overcome with gentle persuasion.NO room for a lump hammer here ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜‚.
    The easy part was removing all the deck and cabin furniture/fittings.
    As always being gentle and taking time pays off and I only slightly damaged one porthole!Most of the fittings being white metal and well glued on by the original builder.
    The first pictures show the fittings laid out.
    These will be refurbished in due course.
    As you would expect the hull interior has many coats of thick red gloss and a lot of glue especially around the joints.
    The plan this morning was to remove the old engine blocks.Propeller shaft,rudder tube and redundant water scoop.
    The motor came out easily,just six screws along with the old fuel tank (incidentally if anyone wants the fuel tank drop me a PM with your address and itโ€™s yours,no charge.if there is more than one wanting it then names in a hat by this time tomorrow 13.30.Sorry free UK postage only)
    Then came the problem of removing the old engine blocks which were not only glued in but screwed thru the bulkhead into the hardwood blocks.
    Absolute nightmare!,in all it took me nearly 2hours to persuade them out without damaging the integrity of the hull skin or frames.
    After a lot of huffing and puffing they came free with no damage.

    I then removed the rudder tube water scoop and single shaft.

    These items were then refurbished and will either be used again or sold on in due course.
    Again you can see the pictures of the shafts etc just after removing and after refurbishing ๐Ÿ‘.

    Sadly the search light does not work,but last evening I was trawling eBay and found an identical new one in a job lot which I managed to purchase.

    So a good mornings work today which I am happy with.
    Please see all the pictures which I hope are all in the relevant order.
    Take care all and stay safe.
    Regards
    Bill.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: RAF Launch Rebuild.Part 2.The Big Strip Down.
    7 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Doogle ( Commodore)
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    That's some achievement Bill ๐Ÿ‘, job well done so far. Happy rebuilding ๐Ÿ‘
    ๐Ÿ“ RAF Launch.Childhood Revisited.Part 1
    7 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Scratchbuilder ( Vice Admiral)
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    Evening All.
    On Christmas Day in I think in 1962 a little boy opened a big box and there was an RAF Rescue/Fire launch kit in all its glory.
    The smile was from ear to ear.
    That little boy along with his Dads help built the kit over time and sailed it for many years.
    Sadly,like a fool I sold the boat many years later,something I regret to this day,especially as at that time we lived within a stoneโ€™s throw from RAF Mountbatten,Plymouth where many were stationed.

    I turned my building skills to mainly RN builds which I still do.
    However of late there seems to have been a resurgence in blogs on RAF launch builds.
    These blogs rekindled my wish to rebuild one.
    With a little help from Colin H on our site (Thank you Colin) he pointed me in the right direction of a 35 inch model.
    Yesterday (5/10/23)I was like a kid in a sweet shop when I collected my winter project.
    Please see pictures as collected.
    So whatโ€™s the plan.
    Basically,a total refit from top to bottom.
    1)Remove the Nitro motor and single shaft and rudder and replace with two motors,shafts and rudders.
    2)Strip the entire boat back to naked hull and start again.
    3)Refit and replace all original fittings including missing items.
    4)Replace deck with planked version.
    5)Fit running lights,possible working fire hoses etc,sound generator etc.
    Plus much more.

    I hope to give you a step by step update as we progress.
    As always please feel free to offer help,especially those that are building similar projects or have in the past.
    Take care all.๐Ÿ‘

    Regards
    Bill.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: RAF Launch.Childhood Revisited.Part 1
    7 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Newby7 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Looking forwards to following your work๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
    Rick
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: RAF Launch.Childhood Revisited.Part 1
    7 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ BarryS ( Warrant Officer)
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    Bill,
    I always like to see the old ones brought back to life.
    It looks like you have a good solid base to work from.
    I will be watching,
    Best wishes,
    Barry
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: RAF Launch.Childhood Revisited.Part 1
    7 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Trident73 ( Warrant Officer)
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    Looks really good and I can't wait to see this one progress ๐Ÿ‘
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: RAF Launch.Childhood Revisited.Part 1
    7 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Colin H ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Well Bill you can re-live that all over again, I got mine as 10th birthday present in March 1959 and also assisted by my dad, finished the build on January 1st 1960 and maiden voyage in the boating lake at Abbey Park in Leicester. On Sunday January 3rd, a cold frosty morning, lake but was ice free. Dad, eldest Sister and my 2 best mates had a great morning, needed us all as she was a free runner and needed catching. Changed to rc in 1965. And electric motor in 1977.
    There's no way I could part with such great memories and definitely wouldn't let the boat go, my grandson wants to have it when I die.
    Cheers Colin.
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: RAF Launch.Childhood Revisited.Part 1
    7 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Doogle ( Commodore)
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    Another great project to follow ๐Ÿ‘


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