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    52' Motor Lifeboat Victory
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    ๐Ÿ“ Planks
    2 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ KevinH ( Warrant Officer)
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    I did get quite a bit done. Let the sanding begin!

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Planks
    2 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น AlessandroSPQR ( Commodore)
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    Hi Kevin, it's a very original planking, that of your hull.
    I love originality.
    I think you'll focus on sanding. I'm interested in seeing your way of proceeding and the final result.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Planking Continues
    5 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ KevinH ( Warrant Officer)
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    I do not know how much I will get done this weekend, but in two weeks we are going down to four-day work weeks, and that will help. I was gifted a large quantity of balsa wood, and need to get this done so I can use that to revitalize a project that would not fit here as it is a Flying Boat. Still looking at August for 100 percent completion on this one.

    ๐Ÿ“ Little Bit of Pilot-House Work.
    10 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ KevinH ( Warrant Officer)
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    Picture is worth ten words.

    ๐Ÿ“ Propulsion and Steering Sorted
    11 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ KevinH ( Warrant Officer)
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    Took less time than expected. Looking forward to planking this Queen of the Fleet.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Propulsion and Steering Sorted
    10 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Rudy-M ( Midshipman)
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    Enjoy the planking. I had so much fun getting my fingers off the hull and the planks off the superglue. ๐Ÿ˜
    ๐Ÿ“ Deck Fitted
    11 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ KevinH ( Warrant Officer)
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    Well throat surgery frees up time for boat building. I had to wrangle and shim some frames, but the overall effect is one I am happy with. this will be the lower deck; I will be constructing the upper works from styrene. Motor and steering get fitted next before planking the hull begins. I am shooting for August mid-time for completion of this one.

    ๐Ÿ“ More Progress
    15 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ KevinH ( Warrant Officer)
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    There are a lot of frames on this bad boy. It is going to be heavier than I expected. I am going to get more done Thursday through Sunday as I recover. Hoping to begin planking. Have to verify placement and height of the frames, deck, then plank.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: More Progress
    14 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Len1 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    they always seem to turn out bigger and heavier than expected. Looking good so far. Len
    ๐Ÿ“ Frames
    20 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ KevinH ( Warrant Officer)
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    Why do people build from kits? I know why, this can be so tiring. Still taking my time on this one. I want it to be as much a display piece as it is drop in the water and enjoy. All the while, as you can see on the computer, learning about battleship gun manufacture. I anticipation of the North Carolina build.

    See you Sunday on the pond, just not with this vessel quite yet.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Frames
    18 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Isaac ( Midshipman)
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    Regarding your leaky boat, why not just epoxy coat the entire external mottom and repaint it. I find bilge pumps to be just a band aid.

    Maybe water is entering via the prop shafts? Or rudder shaft?



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    ๐Ÿ“ MLB Begin
    1 month ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ KevinH ( Warrant Officer)
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    The 213' will be a lost cause as far as R/C, I will live as a display only. PBY project has sacrificed wood for the 52' MLB project. Final parts came in for my nine-year-old project, and surgery recovery has kept me home for the last five days.

    So, I began this today as the sun came up.

    1/24th scale (I did toy with the idea of doubling it.)

    3mm Basswood keel and frames.
    Twin Brushed 380 motors from another scrapped boat project.
    Plank on frame 1/8" Balsa planks.
    Fiberglass the hull.
    Moving radar.

    Build as 52312 MLB Victory.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: MLB Begin
    30 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง flaxbybuck ( Captain)
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    Good luck with your project Kevin. Enjoy the build. That's what it's all about ! ๐Ÿ˜‰
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: MLB Begin
    1 month ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Len1 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    good luck and have fun.
    Len
    ๐Ÿ“ 52' Motor Lifeboat Victory
    1 month ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ KevinH ( Warrant Officer)
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    One of my nine-year projects is coming to an end. I am sad to see it completed in some ways, overjoyed in others. Many projects have been begun and shelved over those nine years; some are in the trash now.
    What is known is the 213' WMEC-168 Yocona is hit or miss whether my attempts to waterproof a static hull will be successful. So on hold or a side project.

    The Gunboat Philadelphia is on-going at work between shifts.

    PBY that doesn't Fly I will place on hold, pending possible actual flight. (That will put three aircraft inline to be completed.)

    The battleship North Carolina....Big. Not so complex as physically large undertaking.

    SO, begin at the beginning as I tell my students. I pondered purchasing the laser-cut kit from Canada, but it is just frames, deck, and pilothouse. Yes, it is 1" to one foot scale, and would match my 44' MLB perfectly, but $286 plus shipping? For me too much, I will build at 1/24th scale for now. Small enough to store, big enough to detail and outfit with running gear.

    My 44 MLB, is a leaky, but I am installing an automatic bilge pump. I get so much joy out of running it, and I will have the tri-fecta of MLB's 36', 44', and 52'. The 213 should be complete around the time I finish, so four CG projects in a years time, plus the Philly is a quick build. So, it is a year, year and a half plan.

    This will be a slow one.

    Non Boat picture is project that is almost complete.
    Kevin

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: 52' Motor Lifeboat Victory
    1 month ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ LewZ ( Commodore)
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    Kevin, I feel the same way with each of my boats (mixture of sadness and happiness) at the end of a build. I'm sure many others do as well. If it keeps us happy that is great. See you at the park.

    Lew


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