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    πŸ“ Update on the Bulldog rebuild
    2 months ago by Fred ( Midshipman)
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    Hi One and All
    I see that I started this blog some three years ago.

    On Saturday I posted that I had got myself a hull and plane pack for the Guardsman, in reply to a comment I said that I had a rebuild that I had just put to the back of the garage as the deck housing was making her look as if she had broken her back, so this Sunday i made time to get her from out off the garage, I think that I will give her a second chance it should be only making a new top half of the deck housing to stop her looking like a broken ship, then move onto fitting he out. so may be in another three year who knows I just my have a working model.

    Keep Safe

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    πŸ’¬ Re: Update on the Bulldog rebuild
    1 day ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thank you Doug.

    Martin555.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Update on the Bulldog rebuild
    1 day ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Martin,
    Delete the bracket ')' from the end of the link and it will work.
    Cheers, Doug 😎
    PS Don't worry, I corrected Fred's post πŸ˜‰
    The link now works.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Update on the Bulldog rebuild
    1 day ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thank you Fred,
    I have clicked in the link that you have just posted but it says "page cannot be found".

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    πŸ’¬ Re: Update on the Bulldog rebuild
    1 day ago by Fred ( Midshipman)
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    Hi Martin555
    Thank you for the comment with regards to the three pin plug.

    As for the Bulldog she is still at the back of the garage, this is only due to me only working on the Wacht an Rhein
    https://model-boats.com/blogs/80851
    at this moment, I then hope to start on the Lady "T" along side the Guardsman, I started the Wacht thinking that I would have her finished in six months, well it has been a year now and the light at the end of the tunnel is just getting that bit brighter.

    The funny thing is I got Bulldog when the wife and I had been to a Mobility car show in Peterborough and placed the order for her new car, at the end off this month we return that car and pick up her new one.

    Keep safe and its good to have you back.

    Fred
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Update on the Bulldog rebuild
    2 days ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Fred,
    Reading through your log i like the use of the brass from an old three pin plug for the rudder control horns.

    I know you started this refurbishment 3 years ago but do you have a progress update and photos to show us ?

    Martin555.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Update on the Bulldog rebuild
    1 month ago by RHBaker ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Fred,
    If you can send me a private message with your E mail address, can send you the plans.
    Build this model some years ago as the Beagle and wrote a blog too.
    Rowen
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    πŸ“ H.M.S Bulldog
    3 years ago by Fred ( Midshipman)
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    Hi
    After sorting out the rudders I fitted the rear deck, I then moved on and fitted the for-deck, now we all know about saying measure and measure again then cut, well I did just that and yes I had made the cutout in the for-deck too small by 1/2 an inch in length, I only found this out when I started to make the for-deck housing. I had to do the for-deck housing so the I could work out just were to fit the smoke stack housing as I have no plans for this boat, so all measurement's are taken from all the old deck's and deck housings.

    All the bestπŸ‘

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    πŸ“ Rudder Horns ect
    3 years ago by Fred ( Midshipman)
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    Hi
    Well after some time thinking about making some new rudder horns (thinking = four beers) I have made them out of an old three pin plug I used the small fuse clip that the wire goes into, I have also used a mini servo and all seem's to work O.K, new motor mount made so that the motor's now line up, I also had to make a new rear deck and bulk head I will in time plank the rear deck, I have also started on making new rear deck housing.

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    πŸ“ Hair pulling not that I have any
    3 years ago by Fred ( Midshipman)
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    As the title say's it's hair pulling time again, I tried to fix the W/M rudder horn's but with no luck, and my local model shop do not have any collets that small. moved onto fixing the motor's and yes they were out of line so set to and make a new motor bed.

    I came across a site called Scale Warship (www.scalewarship.com) so I only went a got myself some Photo Etch R.N Generic Port holes and R.N Generic style Ladders, and yes the person that built her in the first place has made the port hole's way to big so out with the p40 filler.

    Will I ever get a run of good luck with this Ship.😁

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    πŸ“ Rudder link
    3 years ago by Fred ( Midshipman)
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    O.k been a bit of some time since my last update.

    So to-day I tried to sort out the rudder link, I first tried to use some thin rod but that just bent when I tried to put the rudders over, next was some thicker rod that worked to a point (just like me😁), I have now come to the conclusion that I need better rudder horns than the W/M one's in the kit so I will start looking for some small brass collets and make my own.

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    πŸ’¬ Rudder link
    3 years ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Something like these Fred?
    Cheers, Doug 😎

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    πŸ“ Deck Beams and Anchor Port's
    3 years ago by Fred ( Midshipman)
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    Hi
    Sorry for the delay in posting, as you see I have now fitted new deck beams along with cutting out and fitting box's around the anchor port's, I have also painted the inside of the hull, next job is to fix some new cross beams for the new decks to sit on.

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    πŸ’¬ Deck Beams and Anchor Port's
    3 years ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Evenin' Fred, just got back from shopping & car-wash, -3CΒ° and still snowing 😑 so no sailing for a while😭 Thinks; must chuck my hovercraft together πŸ˜‰
    Re: marking out - use a medium tip red felt marker and it'll show up on anything (except perhaps red satin pyjamas!!😲😁)
    If you've got a mini-drill (Dremel or similar) just whiz the paint off where you need to glue with a mini sanding disc. No great shakes, we've all had to do it, especially with renovations. Cheers Doug 😎

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    πŸ’¬ Deck Beams and Anchor Port's
    3 years ago by Fred ( Midshipman)
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    Hi Doug

    Good pointπŸ‘ I have just made more work for myselfπŸ˜†, my thoughts behind it was that I could see my fixing marking's when I started fitting the cross beams for the rudder servo and speed controller.

    All the best

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    3 years ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Fred, More haste, less speed! it's not a race.
    Glad to see that you're making progress, but I would have waited to paint the inside of the hull until it was fitted out. To make sure that the internal fittings stick and STAY stuck. πŸ˜‰
    Good luck, Doug 😎

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    πŸ“ The Fun Starts
    3 years ago by Fred ( Midshipman)
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    Now the fun starts
    I started by rubbing down the inside of the bulwarks, in doing so I found that they had not been taken down to their correct level. so I started by removing the excess until they were all at the correct level.
    I the started to fitting all new deck beams and tided up the gunge that had been used to fix the shafts and rudder posts,

    You my ask whey have I not use filler to smooth out the bulwarks, well I am going to try plastic card, I am hoping that it will work so when I come to fit all the rib's to the bulwarks I can use liquid glue and not super glue.

    Sorry but I will have to post the photos later as the battery in my camera need's charging.

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    πŸ“ Decks removed
    3 years ago by Fred ( Midshipman)
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    Now that the decks are removed I was then able to see how all the running gear was placed and fixed, I was in luck as the original builder had use a 300 type motor x 2 and had not gone down the servo motor route, I removed all the running gear alone with the electrics that was in place, I now turned my attention to the shafts, as they were fixed in place I felt that it would do more damage to remove them and replace them with new, it is a shame that the prop's are plastic I just may well look at replacing them at a later date.
    I now looked at the rudders and as they are of white metal I felt that they would be O.K.

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    3 years ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thanks Dave, looks like a bath of paint stripper is in order! 😑

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    3 years ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Great idea Marky πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ I'll nail her on the wall 😁

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    3 years ago by marky ( Commodore)
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    Doug ,that crackle paint affect is very in with trendy interior designers .Cheers Marky

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    3 years ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi deep...,
    Don't know about 'used' looks more like THROWN IN' 😑 from across the room! Good luck, just don't hit the chisel too hard!! Try with a not too blunt chisel to get the bevelled edge under the rim of the c**p.
    Re: time to work...
    The fish cutter is well down the to-do list πŸ˜‰
    Although I have managed to clean up and modify my old Taycol Target field motor (removed from the Sea Scout) to run both forward and backward off a normal brushed ESC which will now go in the cutter 😊
    My Sea Scout renovation is top of the list. She's now fitted with a new RX, shaft/prop and brushless and ready for sea trials, when the local lake melts πŸ€” Then just cosmetics, mostly in the cockpit and after deck area.
    After that fit decent brass props and electronics to my HMS Belfast.
    After that .... we'll see πŸ˜‰
    PT109 needs a respray and electronics ... Graf Spee needs a new prop shaft stbd side ... Catalina needs electronics fitting ... Southampton tug needs putting back together ... πŸ€”
    As a single pensioner finding time is easier that it was a year ago.
    The GF has her own abode ca 2 miles away πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰
    Happy chiselling, Doug 😎
    PS suspect the biggest mess from the cutter will be removing what looks like layers of ancient oil based paint 😑 Will wait for the summer to do that outside.

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    3 years ago by Fred ( Midshipman)
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    Hi Dave
    When it stop's raining I will be able to get out into the garage and see what I can do, did not give it a thought about how I would go about removing the c**p that has been used.

    Fred

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    3 years ago by Fred ( Midshipman)
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    Hi Doug
    That look's like an interesting job you have on your hands,
    I just do not know how you find time to work on your boats.

    Any idea how old this one is ??

    Fred

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    3 years ago by Dave M ( Vice Admiral)
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    Fred
    If you are lucky it will just detach if hit with a blunt chisel and hammer!!

    Doug
    Looks like someone plastered over the hull. Good luck with removing whatever it is

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    3 years ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Someone didn't like cleaning up and sanding did they?? 😑
    More power to your Dremel deepdiver
    (hope the Bulldog doesn't do that!!πŸ˜‰)
    I suspect I will find something similar when I open up the ancient Billing Fish Cutter that I inherited from my Aunt. No idea how she got hold of it!
    Will thus watch with great interest how you cope with this lot,
    cheers Doug 😎

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    3 years ago by Fred ( Midshipman)
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    Hi Dave

    Yes it doe's look bad I was thing that I could remove most of the fixing past and refit them with some P38.

    All the best

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    3 years ago by Dave M ( Vice Admiral)
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    Looks OK. Pity it was built in such a slaphazard manner. I hope the shafts and rudders are watertight, the plastic padding looks somewhat unsafe.
    At least you can get at everything so renovation can commence.
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    πŸ“ H.M.S Bulldog
    3 years ago by Fred ( Midshipman)
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    Hi One and All
    First my I take you all down memory lane, the second model ship that I made was the Dean Marine HMS Bulldog, so when I saw one for sale on a Facebook page at Β£50.00 I went for it, oh such a big mistake.
    When I picked it up from a friend in Norwich (who had collected it for me) I could have just put it into his bin😭, after looking at it for some time I felt that I could in time make a passable model out of it, and this is my attempt at a rebuild.
    I must say at this point that this will not be a fast rebuild.πŸ‘

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    3 years ago by Toby ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hello Dave
    Here are a couple of photos at the stage of Bulldoginess at which I am currently.

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    3 years ago by Colin H ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi Fred, I have similar problems transporting my boats, so I have built a trailer that I can carry up to 20 of my boats to the shows. I put the smaller ones in the car or camper. Also the trailer doubles up as storage.
    Cheers Colin.

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    3 years ago by Fred ( Midshipman)
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    Hi Dave
    Thanks, please do not think that at any time did I take you advice as a criticism, after all how will some one learn is some one does not show them the path to go down.

    all the best

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    πŸ’¬ H.M.S Bulldog
    3 years ago by Dave M ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Fred
    No need to apologise. it is always difficult for new members and I was not criticising, more trying to help you and others get the best out of posting to a build blog.
    I look forward to seeing how you progress
    Good luck
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    3 years ago by Fred ( Midshipman)
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    Hi Dave M
    Thank you for your advice, I did not see the box until I had posted, I will do it next time.

    This is my first time ever at doing a Build Blog let alone a rebuild so this is a very steep learning cover for me in one way or antherπŸ‘ , so sorry for any mistakes that I am likely to make.

    RH Baker yes your boat is the best size but I have an SLK😊 and the boot space is a bit tight, so most of my boats just will not fit so I now have to ask if any one can take them to our lake or show for me,

    All the Best

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    πŸ’¬ H.M.S Bulldog
    3 years ago by RHBaker ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Think it was a great deal. Cannot buy the hull for anywhere near 50 GBP!
    I built one under a blog HMS BULLDOG / BEAGLE a couple of years ago. Turned into a nice model and very nice sailer. Only downside is she is bigger that fits my car easily and susceptible to transport damage.
    Good luck. As Dave M suggests, write a blog so we can watch the rebuild, it should be interesting.

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    3 years ago by Dave M ( Vice Admiral)
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    Glad to see you have started.
    With a Build Blog you can add new posts to your blog, including more pics. Just click the box at the top.
    This will allow others to see your progress and add help and advice in the response box.

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    3 years ago by Fred ( Midshipman)
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    I first started by removing all the decks, this was just a case of running a knife around the inside of the hull, the decks just feel out as it looked as if they had been fixed to the hull with double sided tape but it was just a case of using the wrong type of glueπŸ˜†, on removing the fore-deck I found that it was in two pieces, think I will make the new one in one piece, I left all the deck fitting’s fixed to the decks so that they would not get lost,

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    3 years ago by Fred ( Midshipman)
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    Hi Dave M

    I just wish, as I did the last one some 27 years ago.😊the old brain box is not a young as it was and over the years I have fallen in to bad habitsπŸ€“.

    I am hopping that I will be able to work out just how to do it again but only better, I will be taking my time on this as I would like to replace the deck along with opening out the anchor recesses and may be adding some more detail.πŸ‘

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    3 years ago by Dave M ( Vice Admiral)
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    Still a reasonable buy for Β£50.
    I look forward to following your restoration. There are clearly many challenges ahead and it will be interesting to see how you proceed.
    As you have built one before you will possibly remember how it went together, which is always a great help in any restoration.
    Good luck

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