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    The Vosper 46โ€ RAF Crash Tender Kit By Vintage Model Works
    by mturpin013 ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง ( Vice Admiral)
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    ๐Ÿ“ Belated video
    9 months ago by mturpin013 ( Vice Admiral)
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    JB asked if there were any video's of the Crash Tender I had forgotten I hadn't posted any, here are a few
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    16 days ago by pressonreguardless ( Midshipman)
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    Hi Mike,
    Very impressive, looks like the real thing๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
    She does move, even a little rooster tail๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š
    Trev
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    16 days ago by GaryLC ( Lieutenant)
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    Hi Mike, and well done that looks incredibly realistic on the water, and a joy to watch it go through its paces, great stuff, and a job well done and the exhaust smoke and water is a nice touch and adds a little extra realism. Regards, Gary.
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    16 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Boatshed,
    Scroll down a few posts and JB explains exactly how to do it. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
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    17 days ago by BOATSHED ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    How do you open these Media Files, I have been trying to open them.
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    8 months ago by ian j ( Recruit)
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    Hi Michael,
    Seeing your boat at the lake (regatta 26/9) and having the pleasure of seeing it sail, there are no more comments i can add that haven't already been said. I look forward to seeing it again.๐Ÿ‘
    Kind regards
    Ian
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    8 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Well Mike,
    There is not a lot i can add that has not already been said by the other members.

    Excellent workmanship and fantastic videos.
    Well done sir.

    Martin555.
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    8 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Paul, click on the vid, click small down arrow top left of the black screen, downloads to your files and you can view it from there.

    JB
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    8 months ago by Tall Paul ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Unfortunately I could not get the videos to run

    Instructions please
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    9 months ago by Graham93 ( Rear Admiral)
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    The videos are great Michael. It must make all of the time and effort seem worthwhile when you can see it on the water like that.

    Graham93
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    9 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Well done Mike, very nice job. looks like you have it well sorted. Smoke/ water system is working well by the looks of it (Graham and I will be sending you an invoice in the mail๐Ÿ˜) Certainly well worth installing it, adds that bit extra to the model. The weight you were worried about doesn't seem to be worrying it too much either, makes a realistic wash๐Ÿ‘.

    JB
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    9 months ago by stevedownunder ( Commander)
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    Love the videos Mike,
    Your crash tender looks stunning on the water.

    Cheers,
    Stephen.
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    9 months ago by Newby7 ( Admiral)
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    Great video's Mike .Liked the exhaust.
    Rick
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    9 months ago by robbob ( Admiral)
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    Excellent videos Mike, the slo-mo really does help to make the scale far more realistic. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜€
    Rob.
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    ๐Ÿ“ The end PLUS
    2 years ago by mturpin013 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Well eventually the day came when the conditions allowed the maiden voyage, so all systems checked and a dry run at home before we set off for the 1hr 30mins round trip to my clubs lake. I only joined this club in January after visiting a few in my area (50 mile Radius)and finally having talked to these clubs at boat shows and assessing the โ€œwarmthโ€of the welcome I decide to join The York Model Boat Club. They sail at Lathem on a lake owned by a nearby caravan site and the site is really nice with a club house and toilet facilities, landing stage,two rescue rowing boats in fact all that you could wish for. There seems to be an even split between power and sail and the lake is big enough to allow both to sail at either ends of the lake.
    This is the first opportunity to sail with the virus issues. We arrived at the lake and the first job was to get my grandsons Freeman 22 on the water to keep him occupied whilst my son and myself prepare the Crash Tender. Again a final check of all systems however we noticed that there wasnโ€™t any reverse, OH NO! we set about checking the ESC settings but with no change (more on this in the forum later).We decided having driven all this way to at least put it in the water and โ€œGo Forwardโ€ as it were. The club has a launching cradle which allows the older generation to put the boat in the water with a minimum of effort, place said boat in the cradle and lower it via the rope until it floats, and float it did, so thatโ€™s a plus.
    The smoke generator worked well to simulate engine starting (but we failed to capture this effect on film) sorry. We sailed the boat around the lake at various speeds and turning both to Port and Starboard and Iโ€™m pleased to say it seemed to perform as expected. So in general Iโ€™m pleased with the performance. I am going to post in the forum about the issues with reverse and battery life, I'm sure that something simple is wrong as Robbob has exactly the same set-up in his Crash Tender and his seems to work well so Iโ€™m hoping for some help and a solution.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: The end PLUS
    2 years ago by MouldBuilder ( Rear Admiral)
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    Looks really nice Mike. Looking forward to the video.๐Ÿ‘
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    2 years ago by mturpin013 ( Vice Admiral)
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    As soon as I get the reverse sorted out there will plenty of pics and videos
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    2 years ago by stevedownunder ( Commander)
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    Hi mturpin013,
    Fantastic!!!
    The club you have joined sounds really good with great facility's.
    Is there any chance of on the water shots?
    Cheers,
    Stephen.
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    2 years ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Although you had a problem i bet it still felt great to see her on the water and to be out of lockdown.

    It is nice to see your new club think about the older person and how he/she can put there boats in and out of the water.
    It looks a nice place to go.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ“ THE END
    2 years ago by mturpin013 ( Vice Admiral)
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    The final craft ๐Ÿ˜œ I thought I'd just post some final pictures that I sent to the manufactures of the kit. The build has taken nearly 3 years to complete and I have to say its been an absolute pleasure to build. Although it was a "kit" and very comprehensive it is, with all the parts to build a complete structure and of course you need to add all the power system and control equipment I found that it allowed the individual to add as much or as little personal touches as you want whilst still being able to produce a sailing model with a minimum addition of personal touches
    You will, if you have read the full blog realised that I have taken full advantage of adding all the additional personal touches I can. There is an awful amount of credit to be given to the members of this site who have contributed to my build in the form of advise, comments both truthful/cryptic but mostly very helpful, and also in the form of electronic devises custom built to my specification.
    I finally finished the "Display stand" and the transport box and thought people may appreciate some pictures of the boat in "display mode" showing all the internal detail, I often visit shows and want to be looking inside models to look at the construction methods and individual details that I can use in my future builds.
    Anyway I hope you have enjoyed the blog as much as I have writing it but most of all all building it. This is a fantastic site and my thanks also go to Stephen who is the creator of this facility and has given so much pleasure to so many modellers.
    Keep an eye out for the next build
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: THE END
    9 months ago by Mike Stoney ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    My respect! This is called first class perfectionism . . .
    Hobbyist greetings
    Mike Stoney
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    2 years ago by mturpin013 ( Vice Admiral)
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    HobbyKing 90A Boat ESC

    Turnigy Aerodrive SK3 - 5045-660KV Brushless Outrunner Motor

    HobbyKing Boat ESC Programming Card

    9.6v 50000 mah Nickel-Metal Hydride (NiMH) Battery Packs x 2
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    2 years ago by martincliffe ( Able Seaman)
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    Hi
    Nice build I
    Am in the process of refurbishing my uncles fire float, what brushless motor, prop and battery are you using?
    Looking to change the old brushed motor so looking for some advise
    Thanks in advance
    Martin
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    2 years ago by Joe727 ( Commander)
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    Michael,
    Extremely nice build!
    Nice detail and I like the deck planking, good job.
    Joe
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: THE END
    2 years ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Great job Mike, and you've certainly put your machining skills to good use. Looking forward to the video.
    JB
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: THE END
    2 years ago by Xcpilot ( Leading Seaman)
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    Great Job ๐Ÿ˜ŽJT
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    2 years ago by Ianh ( Commander)
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    Excellent
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: THE END
    2 years ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Simply superb Mike โ˜€๏ธโ˜€๏ธโ˜€๏ธ
    and a great inspiration ...
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    to send my miserable fleet on a last voyage with open sea cocks!!๐Ÿค”
    ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜Ž
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    2 years ago by nasraf ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Having been away from this admirable web site for a few years doing something else, I have missed following Mike's story in building his Fire Boat. There is probably not a better one built or such a comprehensive blog of the journey to its completion and I can see why it has taken three years to do. He should be very pleased with his achievement and of displaying the art of the engineer, that I fear is being lost with the younger generations, who have not been brought up with meccano and model making with bits of wood and metal.

    Well done from an admirer.
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    2 years ago by Scratchbuilder ( Captain)
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    Well done Mike.
    A superb addition to the fleet.
    Excellent build and blog.
    Regards Bill ๐Ÿ‘
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    2 years ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Michael,
    I have throughly enjoyed your build log, your model is absolutely awesome, and the detail work is incredible.
    She is something to be really proud of.

    Again awesome work.
    Extremely well done.

    Martin555.
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    Supercalafragilisticexpialidocious.

    Certainly the best detailed model I have had the good fortune to see.
    Well done shipmate, Colin.
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    2 years ago by sjkraft ( Recruit)
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    Thank You. The attention to detail is amazing.
    I have a partially finished hull which was given to me and an unopened kit in the box. I will use your work as a guide.
    Thanks, and Nicely Done !
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    2 years ago by Nerys ( Fleet Admiral)
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    If I could think of any further congratulatory messages that haven't been used by others, then I would express them. I don't think I have ever seen a model with such marvelous attention to detail.

    Cheers, Nerys
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    2 years ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Stunning, enough said ๐Ÿ‘
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    2 years ago by robbob ( Admiral)
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    Congratulations on completing the build Mike, your attention to detail and ingenious innovations are evidence of your great modelling and engineering skills, and as already said, I too look forward to seeing a video of the maiden voyage.
    And I'm very much looking forward to your next project.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜
    Kindest Regards.
    Rob.
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    2 years ago by Rookysailor ( Commodore)
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    Excellent build Mike, especially like the dash and all the controls, very lifelike๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘


    Cheers, Pete
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    2 years ago by MouldBuilder ( Rear Admiral)
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    Fantastic model Mike. Well done. Looking forward to the trials and the video next when you can get out.
    I will use your log as my build instructions when I get around to starting mine. Thanks for making then so detailed.
    Peter.
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    2 years ago by marky ( Commodore)
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    Brilliant build and blog ,I and many others have enjoyed it immensely ,thank you so much .
    Cheers Marky๐Ÿ‘
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    2 years ago by Graham93 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Michael,

    Congratulations ๐Ÿ‘. Fantastic attention to detail. I donโ€™t have the patience to put in that much detail and spend that much time on a build.

    Surely the blog is not quite finished though ๐Ÿ˜‰. We still need to see the maiden video, as soon as you are able to get to the lake.

    Graham93
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    ๐Ÿ“ And a little bit more
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    Whilst putting some finishing touches to the boat, like raising the ensign, I find ,as I thought that the cleats to which the ropes that hold the mast and flag in position are really not up to the job, white metal fittings not my favourite. Solution get on the lathe and manufacture some replacements. Using some 16 mm brass bar I first machined flats along a length long enough to make 4 cleats (40 mm)to a thickness of 6.5 mm. This was done to make it easier rather than trying to hold each individual piece in the miller and put two flats on.
    Back in the lathe the diameters were machine and threaded 8 BA, then each one was parted off. Then back on the bench and the profile was filed and the top radius-ed followed by polishing, all done holding each one in a split jig and toolmakers clamp, and finally a coat of lacquer
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    2 years ago by MouldBuilder ( Rear Admiral)
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    They look really good Mike. Such an improvement on those supplied in the kit.๐Ÿ‘
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    2 years ago by mturpin013 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Unfortunately although the club lake is open, both myself and my wife are shielding until the end of this month, Its been a long time but keeping busy, I will be starting a new build soon so looking forward to that.
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    2 years ago by robbob ( Admiral)
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    Hi Mike.
    They look a great deal stronger that the white metal ones ๐Ÿ‘. When you're detaching the ropes to lower the mast it's good to know that nothing fragile is going to break !
    BTW. Congratulations on your promotion to Captain. Very well deserved I must say ๐Ÿ˜€
    Any chance your'e going to sail her soon ?
    Rob.
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    2 years ago by Joe727 ( Commander)
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    Mike,
    Thanks for sharing your cleat design. They certainly look far more substantial than the white metal ones. ๐Ÿ‘ I have to give these a try sometime, one more thing to add to the list.
    Joe ๐Ÿ˜Ž
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    2 years ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Nice detail work Mike.
    You must be running out of things to make for her soon LOL!!!
    Excellent work.

    Martin555.
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    2 years ago by Rookysailor ( Commodore)
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    Beautiful bit of workmanship Mike, If I was as competent on the lathe as you are, I would have a go at making some for my Fireboat.๐Ÿ˜Š

    Cheers, Pete
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    ๐Ÿ“ Opening front windows
    2 years ago by mturpin013 ( Vice Admiral)
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    And some more
    Back to front cabin windows, the two side windows are opening on the real boat so I thought Iโ€™d give it a go since thereโ€™s time to be used up. I actually made 3 attempts at the windows, the first two were OK but not to the standard I envisaged at the start of the job, so Iโ€™ll just detail the final ones which are fitted.
    The first attempts had ill-defined frames made from ply so I wanted to make these better, I used brass wire to form the outer edge which was bent around a former, a left and right hand version being port and starboard, these were silver soldered together at the joint. These wire frames were epoxied onto a ply backing and then the ply was shaped to the form of the wire frame, the centre aperture was marked out using a "pencil and washer" to give an exact width and form following the outside profile this was then taken out with the scroll saw. A final trim and sanding followed by a coat of etch primer they were then put aside whilst I made the Plexiglas window. After final painting the window โ€œglassโ€ was secured in place using canopy glue. Since the windows are opening there had to be a hinge system, and for this I used some brass piano hinge that was only 2.5mm when closed. I used some 0.5mm pins to secure the hinge to the frame along with a careful dab of cyno. Now final fix to the cabin again 0.5mm pins were used. The window needs some sort of โ€œhold openโ€ system so I bent a piece of brass wire and drilled a hole in the lower front frame through the cabin structure, this formed a sliding action capable of keeping the window open. As the window opening is effectively double-glazed thereโ€™s no chance of any water ingress,๐Ÿคž hopefully
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    2 years ago by mturpin013 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hopefully its just about at an end, on with a display stand at the moment and a box to keep it in.
    Anyway good look with your build and don't hesitate to ask for advise if you need it.
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    2 years ago by MouldBuilder ( Rear Admiral)
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    They look perfect Mike. I have this model to make so I will use your log as the main instructions. I hope I have enough ink in my printer.
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    2 years ago by stevedownunder ( Commander)
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    Hi maturpin013,
    In my limited experience things like window frames can be quite tricky to make successfully, one again you have executed them beautifully. Looking forward to seeing on water shots.
    Cheers,
    Stephen.
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    2 years ago by Graham93 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Michael,

    Really nice detail.

    I said last week that these boats are never really finished ๐Ÿ˜† Whatโ€™s next?

    Graham93
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    2 years ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Simply superb! ๐Ÿ‘
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    2 years ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Excellent work.
    I love all this extra detail work you are doing.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ“ leather straps
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    Securing straps for foam hoses
    (This was done some weeks earlier)
    The hoses in the rear cockpit need to be secured to the foam tanks so I decided to make some leather straps with brass buckles. I used some 2mm brass plate and drilled a 6mm hole, then filed it to a square and then a radius was put around all the edges and then it was finally polished. I fitted a brass pin that swivelled to lock the leather strap to complete the buckle. The leather straps was cut to 6mm and then drilled with holes to secure it around the buckle then at the other end a number of holes were drilled.
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    2 years ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    That is awesome work
    I love all these little extra fittings.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: leather straps
    2 years ago by Graham93 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Rob,

    I thought you would know, these boats are never finished! ๐Ÿ˜‚
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: leather straps
    2 years ago by robbob ( Admiral)
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    And there was me thinking you'd finished it ๐Ÿ˜Š.
    So what's next Mike?
    Rob.
    Ps. Do you do watch straps? got and old Timex that needs.......๐Ÿ˜œ
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    ๐Ÿ“ Rescue ladders
    2 years ago by mturpin013 ( Vice Admiral)
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    The Crash tender is all but finished now so I thought Iโ€™d use the lockdown time to make some of the nice to have/non-essential bits.
    The rescue ladders are made from brass brazing rod using the supplied picture to scale the item to the boat. all pieces were cut to size and bent to shape, each piece was then pinned into position and then soft soldered. After a final dressing the ladders were etch primed and the sprayed with a white gloss. I then made some brass clips to hold them in position which match the boat hook clips.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Rescue ladders
    2 years ago by mturpin013 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Check out the forum for weight.
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    2 years ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    It is nice to know your club is open and hopefully many more will be doing the same soon.

    I bet you will do that 40 mile round trip soon.

    I must say again you have done an excellent job on your boat.

    Martin555.
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    2 years ago by mturpin013 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Thanks for the nice comments but I think Rob hit the nail on the head, so I've stopped building and declared the boat finished and I will put it aside until were allowed to sail again.
    My club is allowing sailing now with added rules to maintain the social distancing (only 1 person etc.), however since its a 40 mile round trip I'll be waiting until normal service resumes.
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    2 years ago by Commodore-H ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Great idea, never seen that before. Very well done
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    2 years ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    You are a very skilful man, and all the extra fittings are a sign of a true craftsman.
    Extremely well done.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Rescue ladders
    2 years ago by MouldBuilder ( Rear Admiral)
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    Super job Mike. Really looking forward to pond trials.
    Peter.๐Ÿ‘
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Rescue ladders
    2 years ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Outstanding, just read through the whole build, a joy! ๐Ÿ‘
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    2 years ago by robbob ( Admiral)
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    That's a nice finishing touch Mike.
    I fear that the longer this lockdown goes on the more weight your boat will put on, as indeed I have ๐Ÿคฃ.
    Have you weighed it properly yet?
    Rob.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Final installation of the smoker
    2 years ago by mturpin013 ( Vice Admiral)
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    At last the water pump has arrived, I had a cancelled order, then after ordering again from another supplier they managed to lose the order, finally someone managed to sell me a pump and deliver it, just two months wasted
    The pump is a 6V Dosing pump Peristaltic Head which gives an interrupted flow as if the boat is just ticking over at a standstill. The water supply is taken from the main feed to the ESC just as it enters the boat, however this water only flows when the prop is forcing water through it and as the smoker will only operate when the boat is stationary the pump had to be a self-priming type.
    Both the air and water pump needed a mounting device which could secure them in the hull, I decide to mount these in the same bulkhead as the main drive motor so as to not make it stern heavy, however a final โ€œbath testโ€ may change the location so they are only Velcroed in position. The piping made for interesting routing as I really donโ€™t like to see loads of pipes criss-crossing all over the place so I routed it through the same holes as the wiring which is just below the deck level and goes through each bulkhead with a 12mm hole, with hindsight I wish Iโ€™d made this hole something in the order of 20mm, however I managed to get the tubes through each bulkhead using my treading wire which has been resident in the holes since wiring commenced. On the bench trial all worked as planned and the increased length of pipe didnโ€™t make any difference, I just need to โ€œbath testโ€ the system now
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    2 years ago by MouldBuilder ( Rear Admiral)
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    I have to agree with the others. Very neat.๐Ÿ‘
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    2 years ago by stevedownunder ( Commander)
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    hi mturpin013,
    Incredibly neat and tidy installation.
    Cheers,
    Stephen.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Final installation of the smoker
    2 years ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    That is a very neat installation.
    Very tidy indeed.
    Well done.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Securing bracket for suction hoses
    2 years ago by mturpin013 ( Vice Admiral)
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    This job has been hanging around like a bad smell, when I finished the hoses the clip to secure then seemed a bit of a let-down. I decide since I had time on my hands I would make an over engineered solution to the โ€œclipโ€. A piece of brass plate was guillotined to overall dimensions, then two 16mm holes were machined to form the radius of the hoses. This was then cut along the centreline to give the two halves. I made a centre locking bar which will hold the hoses in place. The three pieces were then soft soldered together and cleaned up before getting a coat of clear lacquer, finally this was fitted into the inside of the transom wall.
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    2 years ago by stevedownunder ( Commander)
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    hi mturpin013,
    What can I say except amazing work.
    Cheers,
    Stephen.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Securing bracket for suction hoses
    2 years ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Very nice job Michael ๐Ÿ‘
    With an 'over-centre lock' I presume? ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
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    ๐Ÿ“ Window fitting
    2 years ago by mturpin013 ( Vice Admiral)
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    The Perspex laser cut windows are a surprisingly good fit requiring only minor trimming to make a good fit. I secured them into the frames using propriety canopy glue. First putting a light bead of glue around the hole and then holding a piece of ply on one side, then pressing the glazing panel into its hole ensured it was flush with the outer cabin faces. Any excess glue was gently removed with dampened cotton buds before it dried. The kit supplies window frames which I wanted to add a rain lip on the top edge which I made from pieces of plasticard and glued them on prior to painting with aluminium paint. These were then positioned against each window and secured again using canopy glue.
    The front cabin side windows on the real boat are opening windows albeit only to ventilate the cabin so they donโ€™t open a full 90 degrees. I wanted to try and include this feature in my model so I made a ply outline the same size as the windows and then cut the window area out and fitted a Perspex piece, this then required a hinge mechanism, a simple dolls hose hinge, a 150mm length from the model shop. The hinge was pinned to the frame using 0.5 mm brass pins with a touch of epoxy.
    The centre window has a Kent Clear View unit fitted so this has to be made using some black Perspex bar and some flat sheet, the outer ring was machined with a recess to accommodate the supplied Perspex circle and a diameter on the reverse to fit into the hole on the supplied screen, these were then glued in position using canopy glue. A small triangular piece was made with an arm extending to the centre of the unit; again this was fixed in position with canopy glue. Unfortunately I forgot to take pictures of the manufacture and just remembered when it was fitted
    The two front side cockpit windows on the real boat are opening, so Iโ€™ll be tackling that a bit later.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Window fitting
    2 years ago by MouldBuilder ( Rear Admiral)
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    I must take note of this post. I must learn that even though this is one of the last things to do, excitement of completion must not take over and rush it. These look perfect Mike.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Window fitting
    2 years ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    You can tell a true model maker by the way you have protected your deck whilst working on the windows.

    Very nice work indeed.

    Martin555.
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