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    Aeronaut Graf Spee
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    ๐Ÿ“ How to get access?
    10 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ whittonm ( Able Seaman)
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    I am making progress on the superstructure. However, I do need some advice.

    In the past, when building boats like this, I made the superstructure (pilot house, cabin..) removable to allow access to the RC, battery, motors, etc. The removable pieces were held in place with unobtrusive screws, velcro, or similar.

    In this kit, there are no instructions on how to handle access, so I have two options:
    1. Made the two pieces of superstructure removable. This is not straightforward and provides quite limited access. It will be a squeeze to get batteries in and out or maintain the gear. Comments?
    2. Make most of the deck removable. This would provide excellent access but is challenging because the deck is large and thin and there are no obvious unobtrusive ways to hold it in place. I was thinking of buying small powerful magnets from China and using 6 to 10 of them to hold the deck in place. Any other ideas?

    Photo below of the hull and uncut deck with some of the superstructure sitting on top (nothing glued to deck yet).

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: How to get access?
    9 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Len1 ( Midshipman)
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    I use neodymium magnets which is the name for the small powerful magnets you are referring to. The work quite well and are very powerful and you do not need to use many of them. Be careful as they are brittle and will crack if you allow them to snap together.
    ๐Ÿ“ Aeronaut Graf Spee
    18 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ whittonm ( Able Seaman)
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    I bought this kit about 10 years ago from a German model shop. It is definitely old-school, with great detailed plans, detailed stock list, but no instructions beyond a couple of paragraphs. I have not built a model in 20 years but was very active in my youth 50 years ago. I find that my skills have deteriorated and this will not be a great build, but it is enjoyable solving the problems and figuring out how to build this thing.

    It has a plastic hull, a very nice plastic fitting set, but the rest of the kit is wood, with many pieces which have to be cut from printed sheets. Luckily, I have access to a wood shop with jigsaw and sanders.

    I have fitted out the hull, added the motors, and started the superstructure. Stay tuned for further progress, I hope.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Aeronaut Graf Spee
    15 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง CHRISTOPHERH1 ( Able Seaman)
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    Go for it ! at least the hull is already done.I have built a couple of aeronaut boats Princess and Victoria and they went together well.
    You will enjoy it!
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Aeronaut Graf Spee
    17 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    My Graupner Graf Spee;147cm, 1/128. Pic #1.
    Pics #2&3; Modelling on a GRAND SCALE; a 30ft Graf Spee capable of carrying two people๐Ÿ˜ฎ
    Will be following your build with great interest Whitton๐Ÿ‘
    Cheers, Doug๐Ÿ˜Ž
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Aeronaut Graf Spee
    17 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ whittonm ( Able Seaman)
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    Reference books that I am using. The kagero book is really good.
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Aeronaut Graf Spee
    17 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ whittonm ( Able Seaman)
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    The ship is 94 cm long and scale of 1:200.
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Aeronaut Graf Spee
    17 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Doogle ( Captain)
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    Ooh goody, looks like a great project, looking forward to seeing how your build progresses ๐Ÿ‘
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Aeronaut Graf Spee
    17 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Wolle ( Lieutenant)
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    Hello, an interesting project. I'd be happy to look over your shoulder. What is the scale of the ship and how long is it?


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