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    πŸ“ 'All Aboard' ;-)
    1 year ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Crews reported aboard today.😊
    Now they're grumblin' about the lack of fittings and furniture πŸ€”

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    πŸ’¬ 'All Aboard' ;-)
    1 year ago by figtree7nts ( Commodore)
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    Wait, Wait! Can I join the crew?πŸ˜πŸ˜œπŸ˜‹

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    πŸ’¬ 'All Aboard' ;-)
    1 year ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    I'll put you first in the queue Ed πŸ‘
    Report to the Dock Office, Pier 16 - with credentials πŸ˜πŸ˜‰
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    πŸ’¬ 'All Aboard' ;-)
    1 year ago by Colin H ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Now I know why I love boating, swap King George V for a place on that crew, but don't tell the wife. Cheers Colin.

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    πŸ’¬ 'All Aboard' ;-)
    1 year ago by figtree7nts ( Commodore)
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    Hi Doug,

    What a coincidence, you should mention pier 16!
    30 some odd years. I worked on piers 15 and 16.
    In new York harbor. Now thoughs were the days!
    Oh, now there's the famous pier 17 built in the mid 80's!

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    πŸ’¬ 'All Aboard' ;-)
    1 year ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Pier 16 rang a bell from somewhere, probably a documentary on New York I've seen.
    Or maybe even you mentioned it when you wrote about your experiences on New York tugs!?

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    πŸ“ The Crew(s)!!
    1 year ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Should with luck report on board on MondayπŸ˜‰
    Driver, Police crew and Relief crew 😁
    Cheers All
    Doug 😎

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    πŸ’¬ The Crew(s)!!
    1 year ago by Donnieboy ( Warrant Officer)
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    Doug,good choice.When you get Jessica in the water,like to see them chasing another boat.I guess he will pull over quickly.

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    πŸ’¬ The Crew(s)!!
    1 year ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Oh Sh....ugar,
    DHL just told me the crews are reporting for duty tomorrow already an' I ain't made the cockpit furniture yet 😲

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    πŸ’¬ The Crew(s)!!
    1 year ago by BOATSHED ( Warrant Officer)
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    I think dressed like that with red blooded men around, I suggest that do confine them to their quarters ans do NOT allow shore leave. I quite fancy the one on the left wearing the dark glasses and holding her trunction up on her shoulder. πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰πŸ˜Ž

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    πŸ’¬ The Crew(s)!!
    1 year ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    I'm still wondering what the GF's gonna say when she sees 'em 😁

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    πŸ’¬ The Crew(s)!!
    1 year ago by BOATSHED ( Warrant Officer)
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    I think you will have a job hiding that many women in your workshop. I think with my past my wife would understand its just a mid life crisis and the fad would soon pass. if your good lady does get upset I could manage the lovely lot. πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‰

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    πŸ’¬ The Crew(s)!!
    1 year ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thanks Boat shedπŸ‘
    I'll bear that in mind in case things get sticky!πŸ˜‰

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    πŸ’¬ The Crew(s)!!
    1 year ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Apropos 'chasing another boat' Donnie,
    Up to now I've only tried her with a 3S LiPo. See vids in my Harbour Post.
    https://youtu.be/b0BWJ3duzDw
    Just acquired a 4S 😲 hope the motor survives the next sea trial.
    At the moment a 2832 / 1000kV is fitted. JFF I also bought a 3750kV.
    If that don't rip the shaft out it should mean she'll catch almost anyone πŸ˜‰
    Wasn't my original intention with the renovation but now I'm curious!
    'Pushing the envelope' 😁
    https://youtu.be/b0BWJ3duzDw
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    Sea Scout 'Jessica' First sea trial, Ostpark Munich 25.05.18. Pt. 1
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    πŸ’¬ The Crew(s)!!
    1 year ago by Donnieboy ( Warrant Officer)
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    Doug the 3s lipo looks like it is enough for the Jessica.Looks like she's running great.Maybe a 4s lipo will put her in for trying for a world record.She runs great.Kudos.
    Donnie

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    πŸ’¬ The Crew(s)!!
    1 year ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thanks DonnieπŸ‘
    The 'speculation' above was sort of tongue in cheek I guess 'What if?' πŸ˜‰
    Maybe I'll try the 3750 in my hovercraft 😁

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    πŸ“ At Last The Sea Trials!! Munich 25.05.18.
    1 year ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Another Flashback - to 25th May at the Biergarten / lake in the Ostpark, Munich.

    Trials vids can be seen here on YouTube.
    Pt1: First run with a 3S LiPo.
    https://youtu.be/b0BWJ3duzDw

    Pt2: 'The competition / residents'!
    https://youtu.be/oMUlSOaAREM

    Pt3: 'Final run', the Bier was getting warm.
    https://youtu.be/zPgYicA0yGw

    They are also posted in the Video Gallery with some info on the batteries I tried and resultant performance.
    I think all the effort was finally worth it 😊
    Now working on a PT Boat refit for the Pacific Theatre as PT109, and the renovation conversion of an ancient Billing Boats fish cutter from static to RC.
    Cheers, All, Doug 😎
    PS Filmed in 1080p. With thanks to my GF Gisela, the Camera Girl.😊
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    πŸ’¬ At Last The Sea Trials!! Munich 25.05.18.
    1 year ago by BOATSHED ( Warrant Officer)
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    She seems to run fine on a left turn, but seems to dig in on turning right. I noticed it on 2 of the videos.

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    πŸ“ Final Finishing before Sea trials ;-)
    1 year ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    A quick Flashback to May 😲 Got sidetracked with 'lectrickery' an' stuffπŸ€”

    Hull was given a final spray top coat and gloss clear lacquer coat. All flatted back in between coats with 3000 grit Tamiya W&D sponges. Used wet with a drop of liquid soap. Then a few hours of polishing with car paint cutting compound and finally with 'anti hologram' polish until it feels like glass.😊 Same polishing procedure for the decks and cabin sides.
    Fitted a few deck fittings; tank filler caps, which also hold the aft deck down, and 'Jam' cleats fore and aft. Both from the 'Riva' range from Krick. Apart from the cockpit she's done! Need suitable scale crew and cockpit furniture now. Ship's wheel I have but that's it so far.
    Last pic is a reminder of how the 'old girl' started out last year, after 25 years of neglect in the cellar!
    Sea Trial soon. Cheers, All, Doug 😎

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    πŸ’¬ Final Finishing before Sea trials ;-)
    1 year ago by Donnieboy ( Warrant Officer)
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    Excellant paint job.What a great shine.You won't lose sight of her on the water.

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    πŸ’¬ Final Finishing before Sea trials ;-)
    1 year ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thanks Donnie, πŸ‘
    was worth the effort and generous dollops of patience! And I learned a lot along the way. I included also the 'bloopers' in my blog😑
    And you're dead right, if the sun's out it bounces off her quite nicely😊
    I have no idea what to do with the cockpit thoughπŸ€”
    I'm more used to the bridges of naval ships!
    All suggestions (printable ones please, all others in a sealed envelope to ...πŸ˜‰) will be gratefully received!
    Cheers, Doug 😎
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    πŸ’¬ Final Finishing before Sea trials ;-)
    1 year ago by Donnieboy ( Warrant Officer)
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    For people to occupy the cockpit I usually peruse the toy section of the Dollar store.Then modify them with Milliput.I don't know if you have any comparable store over there.It's a lot less expensive than the hobby shops.The other bits and pieces I just have to remember what cabinet and drawer they are in.

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    πŸ’¬ Final Finishing before Sea trials ;-)
    1 year ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Donnie, been looking around toy store but not found anything suitable yet. Someone (maybe Figtree?) gave me a link to a possible source.
    There I found some sexy police er Ladies!?
    Maybe I'll turn her into a Police launch! πŸ˜πŸ˜‰
    Ciao, Doug
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    1 year ago by figtree7nts ( Commodore)
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    What's that link again?😜
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    1 year ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Good question Ed, I just spent half an hour looking for it!
    Aha!
    https://www.ebay.de/itm/Sexy-Girl-Set-Police-Polizei-4-Figur...
    long linkπŸ˜‰
    Thinking of re-crewing your tug?? 😁
    https://www.ebay.de/itm/Sexy-Girl-Set-Police-Polizei-4-Figurines-Figur-Hot-1-18-Figures-American-Diorama/253294946598?_trkparms=aid%3D555017%26algo%3DPL.CASSINI%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D53392%26meid%3D7ef2ed3a79f9407abd939ec03329dcad%26pid%3D100507%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D1%26%26itm%3D253294946598&_trksid=p2045573.c100507.m3226
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    πŸ’¬ Final Finishing before Sea trials ;-)
    1 year ago by Donnieboy ( Warrant Officer)
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    If figtree7nts crews his tug with them he may get more requests to tow in more stalled boats on the water.Good choice.Totally different.

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    1 year ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    OK, you convinced me Donnie! πŸ˜‰
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    1 year ago by figtree7nts ( Commodore)
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    Hi Doug,

    If I put a bunch of girls on my tug.
    Don't think we'll get any work done!😜😜😜

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    1 year ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Depends on the scale Ed πŸ˜²πŸ€”
    On that happy note, G'night All
    Cheers, Doug 😎
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    1 year ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi All, while sorting and archiving various mails/posts discovered that it was Krampus who sent me the link to American Diorama for crew figuresπŸ‘
    Thanks Braulio.

    https://www.ebay.de/sch/i.html?_odkw=american+diorama&_osaca...
    https://www.ebay.de/sch/i.html?_odkw=american+diorama&_osacat=0&_from=R40&_trksid=p2045573.m570.l1313.TR6.TRC1.A0.H0.Xamerican+diorama+1%3A18.TRS0&_nkw=american+diorama+1%3A18&_sacat=0
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    πŸ“ Making and Fitting tinted windows
    1 year ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    This was actually done back in April, somehow it ended up in another thread and I forgot to put it here!πŸ€“
    After spraying the cabin white I used the windows 'oles to mark templates for the windows. Which I then transferred to 3mm tinted perspex / acrylglass and cut out on the table scroll saw. Despite careful marking and cutting still had to fiddle about with filing to get 'em to fit right 😑
    Pics 1 to 3 show fitted windows still with protective film.
    Pics 4 to 6 film removed but still to be polished.
    7th pic; Les pièces,
    8th pic; ze glue πŸ˜‰
    I chose 3mm 'glass' a) to match the 3mm ply of the cabin walls - makes it easier to get a flush fit, b) could get it in green tint 😊 Think there was also grey and red !!!! Red for a 'Fun' Boat perhaps 😲
    Glue used; Deluxe Materials Canopy Glue; "Thick, flexible glue. High grip.
    Dries clear. Fills gaps." Here endeth the advertπŸ˜‰
    Last pic shows final result after polishing. Maybe sometime, when I haven't got more interesting things to solve and build, I'll make some alu or mahogany frames! πŸ˜‰
    Happy glazing folks😁 Cheers, Doug 😎

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    πŸ“ Bits n pieces arrived / Aft Deck Mk 2 built ;-)
    1 year ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    6mm lime wood planks from Krick and 4mm tap from Conrad arrived on Wednesday so Full Speed Ahead.
    This time formers were made from the 6mm lime so no bending or slitting required, new piece of mahogany cut so that this time no inserts left an right were needed. 😊
    Formers attached using Rocket cyano and a bag of clamps and left overnight.
    The 'Riva' tank filler caps were tapped 4mm and appropriate holes bored in the deck piece. Neodymium magnets attached to forward edge.
    Deck fitted and trimmed in situ for flush fit all round. Transom got scratched during this process so will need a resprayπŸ€”
    Underside sealed with two coats of EzeKote and sealing / varnishing / lacquering process started on the topside.
    Last two pics show current status; So Far So Good.πŸ˜‰
    Next step; fit windows made of 3mm green tinted acrylic 'glass', which also arrived Wednesday.
    Will now have to start thinking about what to do in the cockpit 😲 All I have so far is a 25mm ship's wheel. Furniture building is not exactly my Forte! First time for everything I suppose!
    Suggestions gratefully received!!
    Ciao for now, Doug 😎
    Almost forgot! While waiting for varnish to dry I tackled an old problem with the rudder. Namely; asymmetric rudder throw caused by the rather bulky connecting rod binding on the rudder arm! Suddenly remembered I still had some E-Z Connectors from old aircraft days. Been hanging around for 35 years or so waiting for something to do! So replaced the old plastic linkage with 1mm spring steel rod and two E-Z connectors. Works a treat 😊

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    1 year ago by Donnieboy ( Warrant Officer)
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    Coming along nicely.Love the finish on the deck and roof.Also it's nice to find something in the parts bin that can be used again.That's if you remember where it is.I have a little trouble remembering where I put them.

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    1 year ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Know what you mean DonnieπŸ‘
    That's why on retiring last year I spent weeks sorting through boxes of 'stuff' and putting all such little bits into those little plastic cabinet drawers.
    WITH LABELS!! Amazing what you find through such an action.
    Tedious but has helped a lot since 😊

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    1 year ago by kmbcsecretary ( Warrant Officer)
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    Nice work there Doug it's coming along nicely now , lovely finish on the varnishing

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    1 year ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thank you 😊

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    Thanks very much MT, 😊
    I may not be quick but I do try to be thorough! Used to drive my boss nuts, but I got results πŸ˜‰
    Yep, saw that in Model Boats ( I have a digital subscription - disadvantage is that I don't get the free plans 😭) nice subject - good luck πŸ‘
    Will watch your progress with interest.
    Next job for me is to cut out the windows from 3mm green tinted plexi (or acrylic) 'glass'. Last step to make the Sea Scout waterproof.
    If the weather holds up I will drive down to Garmisch, ca 100km south of Munich, on Saturday to meet up with Krampus, from this site; for sea trials of the Sea Scout. Wish me luck, or 'Hals und Bein-bruch' (Break neck and leg!) as the locals say 😲 After 33 years I still haven't figured out why πŸ€“
    Yesterday experimented with printable decal sheets for the nameplates!
    Watch this space!!! πŸ˜‰ Ciao, Doug 😎

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    1 year ago by dpbarry ( Recruit)
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    Im an IT techy in a school and we have a versalaser in the technology department. We've had mixed results with certain woods and plastics so i'd be interested to know what type of lasercutter your son uses.

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    Hi Guys,
    Can you perhaps continue this laser cutter discussion in a new thread please? This is a Build Blog and will be printed out as a memento booklet when it's finished. Many thanks, cheers Doug 😎

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    1 year ago by Donnieboy ( Warrant Officer)
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    E-Z connectors are the way to go.I use them all the time.Adjustments are easy to do.You don't have to pull everything apart.I really like the way your build is going.Finish is excellent.

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    1 year ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thanks Donnie, much appreciatedπŸ‘ 😊
    Not so much a build as a renovation but she's not doin' so bad for 55!
    Spent the last coupla days cutting and trimming 3 of the 5 windows out of 3mm perspex, not as simple as I'd imagined - but that's another update πŸ˜‰
    Like to think that Dad's lookin' down and approves.
    BTW: can you still buy the E-Z connectors? Still have a few but would be good to know where to get some more.
    Cheers Doug 😎

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    Doug,my thoughts are that a renovation is as close to a build you can get.It's done with love.We can still buy E-Z connectors here in Toronto.Let me know when you need some.

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    I think you're right Donnie, a renovation is often more difficult and time consuming than a new build!
    That's good to hear about the E-Z connectors, do you have a link to an On-line shop by any chance?
    BTW: saw your post about Krampus' sailing area, actually I wanted to be there as well but my boat ain't ready yet 😭
    attached a few pics of my 'Home Port' in Munich, 3rd pic shows the corner where I sail from, right next to the BiergartenπŸ˜‹, cheers Doug😎

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    Spent a 'relaxing' day cutting and trimming new parts!
    Pics later, off to the GF now for an Easter Dinner 😜
    After that - 'Let the bending commence' πŸ˜‰
    Happy Easter folks, 😎

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    1 year ago by Rookysailor ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Happy Easter Doug,😊
    Peter

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    Can't wait

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    Watch this space! 😁

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    I'm watching πŸ™ˆ

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    1 year ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    See no evil .... πŸ˜‰

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    give up and go home! Oh! I am home 😁
    Since I need access to the rudder the after deck has to be made as a removable hatch. Would you believe at the last refit (25 years ago) I actually managed to shoehorn the RX and RX NiMH battery in there as well!? Pic 1 shows what it looked like when I started this refit, after 20 odd years in the cellar 😲
    Anyway, I wanted the deck to be mahogany to match the cabin roof and as a hatch it was obvious that it would need a subframe. Pic 2 to 5, had to open a new bag of chomp chomp clamps πŸ˜‰ Trial fit Pic 6. SFSG!
    Under side was sealed with two coats of EzeKote and fixings added; neodymium magnets at the forward edge, domed captive nyloc nuts glued into the under frame at the aft edge. Pics 7 & 8. These will then accept 4mm studs screwed into Riva style fuel filler caps to hold it down and (hopefully) keep it watertight.
    Mahog was then finished in the same laborious and patience testing process described above (or is it below😲) for the cabin roof and decks. Pic 9 shows it screwed down with normal 4mm 'Camembert' head screws - Why? see below πŸ˜† Finish was OK.. BUT
    After leaving screwed down overnight a hairline crack had developed 😑
    Pic 10. Also, I didn't like the 3mm fillets between the hatch deck and the main deck, and was wondering what to do about the lip on the bulkhead at the rear of the cockpit. There was a chunk cut out in the middle. This was where in the old days we had a tiller bar to set the rudder for Free Running on a great circle (Radnor Park Lake in Folkestone - side note for Graham P74, probably before he was bornπŸ˜‰)
    Sooo .... machined the lip away, removed the 3mm fillets, made a cardboard template for the new deck-piece and tomorrow is another day. Wonder what I can muck up then !!?? 😊 G'night all, ciao Doug 😎
    Oh yes the Filler caps - drilled them on the lathe for 4mm thread clearance, dug out the tap set, selected 4mm 0.7mm pitch ..... Oh S..t, only a tapered tap which starts cutting at 5mm. Hole in the cap is only 5mm deep.😑 Immediately ordered 4mm parallel machine tap, should be here on Wednesday. No sweat, should have deck hatch Mk. 2 finished by then 😎

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    1 year ago by marky ( Lieutenant)
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    Doug Like the paint job in pic 12 😁 ,maybe a bit too pop arty πŸ‘.Cheers Marky BTW great finish Yee with the patience of a saint and still have time to answer all and sundry enjoy Easter and all the chocolate the bunny bestows on you

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    Mornin' Marky, Thanks😊 Yeah, you're right, perhaps a bit too 'avant garde' for the traditionalists and full HDMI to boot! 😁
    Good to see you on siteπŸ‘, how's the paddle wheeler going?
    Can't wait for the sea trial. Rootin' for ya πŸ‘ All the best Doug 😎

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    Morning Doug , paddle steamer has come to a bit of a standstill at the moment ,lots of little fiddley bits to do but fingers are like sausages just now ,had terrible problems with the hull taking a real twist after some of the planking just springing off will take some pictures and put them in the blog . Cheers MarkyπŸ‘

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    Oh dear πŸ˜† if at first .....! πŸ‘πŸ˜‰

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    1 year ago by mturpin013 ( Lieutenant)
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    I like the new clamps, you won't lose them in the dark. another matching gloss finish, very satisfying

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    1 year ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thanks mt, 😊
    have now built the Mk2 and spent half the night preparing it for lacquering 😲 More later with pics, ciao for now, Doug 😎

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    1 year ago by mturpin013 ( Lieutenant)
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    Hi there, not wishing to be critical but constructive, here goes, the crack could have been caused by the frame not being strong enough to withstand any flexing. Looking at the pictures I can see you have partially cut through the cross frame to allow it to bend to the required shape, however the frame is now only half the thickness of the original x section. I think it would have helped if the cuts had been filled in to maintain the original x section strength. The drying process of of any surface application can cause some quite surprising stresses. Only a thought not a criticism.

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    Evenin' MT, Go to the Top of the Class! πŸ‘
    I came to the same conclusion so I built Mk2 like the Proverbial Brick S..t House 😲 Pics 1 & 2. in the meantime my 6mm lime boards had arrived from Krick so this time I cut formers and didn't bend or slit anything so it's good an' rigid 😊
    Pic 3 clamping, Pic 4 trial fit prior to final trimming, Pic 5current status; 3 coats pore filler, 2 coats Lord Nelson gloss varnish flattened with 3000 grit. Still a little way to go, CU tomorrow, Cheers Doug 😎
    BTW: had never thought of filling the slits, πŸ€“ damn good tip, must remember that πŸ‘πŸ‘ Could come in handy on my HMS Manxman build - last pic is from the the Deans Marine instructions for the hull preparation! Reckon I can do it a bit neater πŸ˜‰

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    1 year ago by BOATSHED ( Warrant Officer)
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    Lovely looking car. But what a beautiful looking dash board. I love the grain in the wood. AWESOME.

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    BeautifulπŸ‘ - Walnut? Brought back memories of restoring my second car - a clapped out Triumph Herald which I pimped up with the engine (which I gas flowed and fitted dual Strombergs), suspension, disc brakes and all the walnut from a Sunbeam Rapier. Recaro seats and sprayed metallic blue it turned out a nice 'Street Sleepin' Meany'!
    Lots a fun to build and even more to drive πŸ˜‰
    Oh jeh! When I think about it that was 45 years ago, Tempus Fugit πŸ€”

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    RRRRR! The P5 engine, nice! Veeery nice πŸ‘
    I only had the Rover 2000 while still in UK. Great shame that they couldn't realise the original intention of putting a gas turbine in that design.
    Production cost too high apparently 😭
    About 15 years ago I found (and bought) a scarlet Rover 2.7, the one with the Honda V6 motor, I know not the same but still fun to drive.
    Scared the you know what's off the GF on the Autobahn!!! 😁
    Guzzled too much Go Juice so since then I'm a Toyota fan, Yaris TS and Verso Exec. "Nothing is impossible", Cheers Doug 😎

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    Talking of clamps see these I got 20. For the Missus of course.. Oops nose grew;--https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=steel+clothes+pegs&oq=Stee...
    On offer from Groupon. Very strongπŸ‘πŸ˜Š
    https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=steel+clothes+pegs&oq=Steel+clothes&aqs=chrome.3.69i57j0l5.22000j1j1&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8.
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    I'll believe ya!
    Thousands wouldn't πŸ˜‰
    "Cheap at half the price" as Granny would have said!

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    1 year ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Sooo ... Happy with the cabin and main deck so onward and upward with the hull. At a previous stage the hull was already sealed, primed and two coats of gloss Royal Blue, or at least what passes for Royal Blue in Germany - seems a little light to me but I like it anyway.
    Over-spray from other operations was sanded off with a 600 grit sponge.
    This revealed a few imperfections around the bow that needed sealing (EzeKote) and re-flattening. No one's perfect!πŸ˜‰
    These areas were re-primed using a primer-filler from the pro auto branch, flattened off with 1000 and 1500 W&D and the whole hull given a quick blast of Royal Blue again and flattened with 2000 grit wet. Pic 1.

    The finishing coats were then applied: 3 coats blue and 3 coats protective lacquer (contains a UV filter😎). Flattening with wet 3000 plus liquid soap between each coat.
    Finally cutting polish and finishing polish, as for cabin roof and main deck.
    Polishing might give her an extra knot or so, scale of course😊

    Results of all this can be seen in pics 2-6.
    After removing all the masking tape full effect is shown in pics 8-10.
    Minor Arrrgh!: the masking tape on the main deck had been on too long and the white on the cabin walls had hardened, so when I removed the tape some paint came with it 😑 No sweat! I'll trim the cabin with a mahogany moulding 😁

    BTW: the W&D used here are all Tamiya sanding sponges. Not the cheapest sort of W%D but I'm so impressed with how they work and their longevity that I've acquired a modest stock of grits from 240 to 3000πŸ˜‰
    Only slight disadvantage; it's virtually impossible to get old colour out of them, unlike W&D paper, so you need new sponges for a new colour!
    E.g. I didn't want to use sponges I'd used on the blue hull for the white cabin walls!! Big advantage: you can use them wet on raw wood without staining the wood black!

    So, that's how I've spent the last two weeks, what have U lot been up to??? πŸ˜‰ Happy painting people, cheers Doug 😎

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    1 year ago by marky ( Lieutenant)
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    Hi Doug ,Really nice paint job i know you say the colour is royal blue ,do you know the manufacturer thought it might look right on the puffer I've just started ,originally thought of green and yellowish orange but when I tried them together they looked very much like a 1950s Glasgow corporation bus .Cheers Marky Oh nearly forgot go for the gold ,think the contrast would be right

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    Hi Mark, thankyou 😊
    The paint is, not surprisingly for me, from a German manufacturer: Peter Kwasny Gruppe. They also make the pro car paints I sometimes use.
    It's article number 320 078. KΓΆnigsblau / Royal Blue.
    The can top is darker than the finish actually turns out!
    To me it's lighter than Royal Blue but I'm happy with it.
    I also used -
    the white primer from the same company; article number 320 411,
    before that light grey filler primer, # 233 032,
    and finally clear high gloss protective lacquer # 633 017.
    The blue and the white primer I found in a local building supplies store under the name 'Hit Color Decospray'!
    They are specified for indoor and outdoor use; emission class A+. πŸ‘
    You might find something similar in your local DIY shop.
    I think your Puffer would look superb in this colour. if you want a darker shade you might try a thin coat of matt or satin black after the primer?

    The primer filler and lacquer I bought online some time ago as part of a Pro Scratch Repair kit for my last car. Now what can I do with the rest of the Toyota Navajo Red ??? I sent them the paint code from my car registration and they mixed up an absolute perfect match and delivered in about 10 days 😊 I'll dig in the archive for the web link.
    Ciao, Doug 😎
    PS I think you're right, I'll go for Gold (πŸ˜‰) and hope I don't mess up the hull! Tamiya tape should help.

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    Hi Mark, here's the link to the manufacturer website.
    http://www.kwasny.com/en/products/
    Forgot to mention, the gloss white I used is also from them, from the 'belton' series. The Primer Filler and Protection Laquer are from the 'Auto K' series. Don't know if they can send paints to UKπŸ€” Maybe they have a British distributor? look forward to pics of the Puffer πŸ‘ Doug 😎
    http://www.kwasny.com/en/products/
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    Thanks for that Doug,if I cant get it here I will get my local car paint supplier to mix a bit for me ,pictures of the puffer soon,and with any luck the paddle steamer is nearing completion .Cheers Marky

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    The blue you have used on her really looks great and the white upper sets it off. Love the decking as well. Are you going to put any pin striping down her sides. Look forward to seeing her finished and on the water. Will you be posting video of her running.

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    Thanks BoatshedπŸ‘.
    Yep, after consultation here on the site I've decided to 'Go For Gold' pin-striping. Never attempted that before, hope I don't screw up the hull 😲
    Sea Trials have been postponed due to snow and sub-zero temperatures again 😑 Soon as it warms up I'll be off with TX and cam! Oh yes, and perhaps the boat as well😁
    PS: Have some gold enamel (14ml tin) so will fire up the compressor and use my smallest air brush nozzle ~0.03mm! Out of practise so will try on scrap wood / gloss photo paper first!!!! πŸ˜‰

    Many thanks to all for the very encouraging responses 😊😊
    All the best, Doug 😎

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    Really nice paint job, a testament to patience and perseverance.

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    That looks awesome. Looking forward to see it in action!

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    Many thanks MT😊 You're sooo right! I may be slow but I want to end up with something worth looking at on the shelf as well as on the waterπŸ˜‰
    Have to admit that every time I walk past her on the bench I can't resist running my finger tips along the glassy deck and smiling 😁

    Thanks to you too Krampus,πŸ‘ Temperatures should be back into double figures next week so maybe I can do some trials end of the week.
    Now cogitating how to fix the after deck, probably with neodymium magnets as I did on the cabin roof.
    BTW: where did you get the crew for your Triton Springer? Look about the right scale for my Sea Scout? Cheers All, Doug 😎

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    She is looking fantastic. Great glossy finish on the hull and the deck finish is like glass. What varnish have you used on there ?? Looking forward to seeing her in action on the water.

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    Thank you Boatshed, much appreciated 😊
    All the materials used, and the sequence, are shown above with some links to the suppliers. Secret ingredient is patience!
    What makes the big difference to the final gloss is the protective lacquer from the two part system used on cars these days, followed by two stage cutting back and polishing - WHEN the lacquer is fully hardened! I use a halogen lamp to speed up the hardening a bitπŸ˜‰
    Big difference from what I started with - see pics!😁
    Happy lacquering, Doug 😎

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    I think a lot of my problems are that when painting I have used brushes, and I find that these new ones that are now not pure soft bristle do not give such a good finish and I should be using spray paint. I do not seem to get the finish on them that I should. it is your secret ingredient ( patience) that I must be lacking. The more I look at your Sea Scout I the more I think that the hull is almost the same as the Sea Hornet that I have got but with an upper structure. Any was thanks for the information I will have to get my head into gear and search my brains to see if I can find some of you secret ingredient. Have you decided yet on your pin striping. But I will look forward too seeing yours in action.

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    Hi Boatshed, Know what you mean about brushing and brushes!
    You CAN achieve the same effect with brushes, but it takes much longer, with much more flattening in between coats. So much more 'secret ingredient is needed!
    Brushes from DIY shops, and most model shops, you can forget πŸ€” too synthetic, too coarse and too prone to shedding hairs. 😑
    For tiny detailing work, esp on Plastic Magic projects, I went to an art supplies store! Prompted by the GF who is into oil and water colour painting! There you will find a great selection of very fine real hair brushes in sizes from 'Help I can't see it'! to about 1" flat, used for applying 'washes' πŸ˜‰ Not cheap, but quality never is!
    For example; I'm using a 1/4" flat camel hair brush for renovating the wood decks of my Graf Spee and HMS Belfast with sealer and satin varnish from the Lord nelson range. Will also apply some Jotica Oak stain to dampen the bright colour a bit.
    For the pinstripe / Boot Topping on the Sea Scout I'm 'Going for Gold', to be applied with the finest airbrush nozzle I have and using Tamiya masking tape to get a good clean edge. hardest part will be getting the tape on right 😲
    Hope I don't mess up what I have already achieved! Cheers Doug 😎

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    Addendum!
    Attached a pic of the selection of artists brushes I have found useful.
    As well as 3 tubes of oil colour useful for weathering effects; detail highlighting, dirt, rust etc. πŸ˜‰ Seal afterwards with a quick blast of clear satin or matt fixer / varnish. The 'fixer' is also useful for fixing inkjet printed colour photos and oil or water paintings 😁
    Clean brushes with artists turpentine or white spirit. Ciao Doug 😎

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    1 year ago by marky ( Lieutenant)
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    Doug, all very neat and clean all my brushes have chewed ends from putting them in my mouth rather than on the table ,not the bristle end I may add though some times I would probably get better results if they were all chewed .

    Cheers MarkyπŸ‘

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    1 year ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Evenin' Mark,
    Admittedly some have not been used yetπŸ˜‰
    But since they weren't cheap, (you may have noticed some have Sable hair bristles!) I do try to look after them. Clean them thoroughly before they can dry out and store them in a long Tupper Ware like box I bought in the same shop. See pic.
    NOT stuck in Peanut and Uncle Ben sauce jars like the DIY shop rubbish I use to paint the garden fence 😁
    I 'chew' cigarettes instead of the brushesπŸ€” Your way is healthier πŸ‘

    Spent the last day or so contemplating how to do the aft deck hatch. Think I might have cracked it! All will be revealed - stay tuned for the next enthralling instalment of
    "Sea Trek: Model Boats, The Final Frontier - Our Mission: To Try What No Man Has Tried Before"! 😁
    (Must take more water with itπŸ˜‰) SlΓ‘inte!

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    1 year ago by BOATSHED ( Warrant Officer)
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    I see you have shown some small bristle brushes. Yes I do have those all stored in a Cadbury's chocolate finger tin. When I said about bristle brushes I meant larger ones from DIY shops for painting larger area's. But looking at your build blog this is where I am going wrong. You seem to be spraying and I use brushes. I am not very good at the spraying lark. I always seem to get runs. I think I must try to rush the spraying but I also seem to get cans that end up spitting the paint when I use them. I think some more perseverance is needed. Thanks for the information.

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    1 year ago by mturpin013 ( Lieutenant)
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    Totally agree about using artist brushes my father was an artist in his spare time for many years and I inherited all his artist materials (another hobby for me to get into) the brushes although very expensive sable hair they can give superb finishes and brushes are sometimes the only way you can deal with those awkward detail. there are some hobby shops (hobbycraft in Leeds W Yorks) that do a range of artist brushes and although synthetic they are fine for model making and there faily cheap.

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    1 year ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Boatshed, the Germans have a saying / proverb
    "Übung macht den Meister"! = 'Practise makes the master' or Practise makes perfect!
    Basic reasons for runs are-
    1) spraying too close and
    2) moving the nozzle too slow,
    Both resulting in a heavy coat that can't support it's own weight!
    Also trying to put another coat on before the previous one is fully dry and hard. Like I said; Patience is the main secret ingredient πŸ˜‰
    Cheap cans spit, quality cans don't!
    The ones I use, esp. the K Series for cars, come with a selection of colour coded nozzles for Small areas cone, Medium to large cone and a large area fan shape. Mostly I use the medium nozzle. Small one if 'touch-ups' are needed 😲They nozzles also fit DIY shop cans 😊
    Start spraying beyond the object and carry on at an even pace beyond the other end.
    Go back in a slightly overlapping stripe until there's an even THIN coat all over.
    Then - FIND SOMETHING ELSE TO DO FOR A HALF HOUR OR SO!!
    It's like the old lady in Brooklyn who asked a Cop 'How do I get to Carnegie Hall'? Cop's answer "Practise lady, practise" 😁
    BTW: shaking a good bit longer and heating the can in hot water (to increase the pressure!) can sometimes help with the 'spitting'.πŸ‘

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    Hi MT, agreed the synthetics are better than they used to be, but still can't beat a good 'well run in' sable brush. πŸ˜‰
    Spray for the big bits, brushes for the fiddly bits! E.g. 600 scale, even for those I don't use the paint (e.g. Humbrol, Colourcoat or Revell etc) straight from the can, it's too thick and gluey for detail work πŸ€” I thin it about 2 parts paint to 1 thinners. Some matt and satin maybe a bit less thinners, varies with type, colour and make. Practise, practise ...
    All good fun Eh!? 😎

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    1 year ago by MouldBuilder ( Midshipman)
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    Hi Doug.
    After spraying, how long is the minimum time before removing the masking tape. Acrylic paints used. Thanks.πŸ˜‰

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    1 year ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Pete,
    Depends a bit on the weather! Temp and humidity but basically; a soon as it's touch dry / dust dry. Don't rip it off, pull gently backwards and slightly away from the edge.
    Cheers Doug 😎

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    Thanks Doug. Here goes then!😱

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    1 year ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Sorry the advertised Flash Gordon reel has gone 'walkies' so you'll have to make do with this boring description of how to occupy a day or three and stink out the house!😁
    After the eventual success with the cabin roof I continued with the main deck using essentially the same process. First I had to extend the planking (engraving) from cabin leading edge back to the transom. Dad had only done the foredeck. Pic 1 shows starting point. AKA Square One!
    Pic 2 after initial staining, pseudo planking and sealing. Plank engraving was done with a fine hardened steel scriber / centre punch and a steel rule clamped at 7mm centres. Rule was aligned so that the wood grain pushed the scriber against it. Don't ask how I realised that that was the way to do it (minor Arrrgh!)😑 Anyway, worked out in the end.

    I had started with cherry wood stain but it came out too bright red so from Krick I obtained some Jotica mahogany stain (also some Oak stain for the decks of my Prince of Wales and Bismarck - but that's another pair of Sagas to be.)
    Using basically the same process as for the cabin roof: two sealing coats, two matt varnish primer coats, two gloss varnish coats, two protective lacquer coats, polishing with cutting polish and top gloss polish, and lots of patience and elbow grease (this time an italian LuganaπŸ˜‰) pics 3 to 5 show the result. I'm 'appy with that 😊 Note: to remove build up of sanding residue from the 'planking caulking' I had to resort to an old toothbrush or nail-brush from time to time. The sponge couldn't hack it.
    The aft deck 'hatch' is still the temporary bodge-up I made 25 years ago to quickly get the boat going for my daughter. Think the ply (ca 4mm) came from the back of an old bureaux!
    Haven't decided yet whether to make the new one from the same mahogany as the roof or thin ply and stain like the main deck.
    Suggestions welcome please.

    After the deck time to turn my attention to the cabin walls, looking pretty shabby and full of over-spray - pic 6 😲
    Step 0: masking off, pics 7 & 8 'All Dressed Up and Nowhere To Go'πŸ€”
    Step 1: mucho sanding starting with 180 grit and working through to 600 ensuring removal of all traces of blue as I wanted the final finish to be Arctic White (not Ice Blue!)
    Step 2: two sealing coats, flattening with 600 grit.
    Step 3: spraying with Revell white primer, not impressed, gave a rough dusty finishπŸ€”
    Step 4: sand off Revell muck, flat back with 1000 and 1500 grit sponges, respray with two coats of pro white primer, flattening with 1500 and 2000+ soap respectively. Much better 😊 like the proverbial baby's ...!
    Step 5: two coats of gloss white, same make as the primer!!!, flattening with 3000 grit sponge, wet + a drop of liquid soap.
    Step 6: two coats of protective lacquer as with the varnish. Flattening with 3000 and soap between coats only.
    Interesting effect with this lacquer and the paint (as opposed to the varnish); it seemed to 'melt and fuse' with the paint surface and smooth it out.😊 Just had to be careful not to apply too much at once in case it all ran down and took the paint with it!
    Step 7: finishing with cutting polish and anti-hologram polish.
    Results: pics 9 - 11. Final effect makes it look and feel like plastic or fibreglass, almost forgot that there is wood underneath😁

    Next in this theatre "Hi Ho Silver Awaaaayyyy!" (Sponsored by KiOra!) or 'I'm gonna finish this hull if it kills me!'
    (sorry Flash reels got lost in the post😑)
    Cheers Doug 😎

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    1 year ago by mturpin013 ( Lieutenant)
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    looking good, as for the aft deck 'hatch' go for mahogany, and maybe a bit of surround in another wood round a hatch to break up the area. Anymore detail on the roof?

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    1 year ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Many Thanks MT, πŸ‘
    You're right! I've already marked out the 'hatch' on some 1.5mm mahogany to match the roof.
    Have to think about the surround, i.e. have a rummage through the bits box! But I reckon you're right again, it would look better with some sort of frame.
    Still haven't figured out what to do with the cockpit, or even what scale crew I should be looking for ... Help!😲
    Re Cabin roof detail .. That's it for now, until I start fiddling with mast and lights an' such πŸ˜‰ What did you want to know?
    I've got a ship's wheel ca 1", some chrome deck fittings and Skydive has given me some inspiration regarding the 'Pulpit' rail, apart from that ......
    Ciao, Doug 😎
    Just remembered; I've started cutting out some 1.5mm mahog strip to make the wooden handrails on the roof. More later 😊

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