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    RAF Crash Tender (46”) by Vintage Model Works
    by Harvey Kitten πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    πŸ“ Rear deck test
    8 months ago by Harvey Kitten ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    So while 2nd layer of gunwhale stringers glue is setting on 46” boat I thought I’d do some renovations on the recently acquired 36” boat, starting with the rear deck. This will be a useful practice for when the 46” boat needs doing. The original deck was painted white and was screwed down. I’m replacing it with a planked deck, some removable foam tanks, hose & deck hatch with brass handles. The foam tanks need to be removable to get at the screws to lift the deck (access to rudders &servo) here’s where we are up to. Deck is planked with recess for hatch. The cross hatch grid for the foam tanks was made on my 3D printer and once painted will be OK. I’ll make the brass connectors for the hose on my lathe, and the hatch needs a recess milled out for the handles. The hose I have is a bit of corrugated plastic probably from Lego. We’ll see how all this comes out and adjust for the 46” boat in due course. πŸ‘

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    πŸ’¬ Re: Rear deck test
    3 days ago by robbob ( Captain)
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    Hi Steve.
    How are the 36" Crash Tender and 46" new build coming along?
    We've not seen an update for a while.
    Kind Regards.
    Robbob.
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    3 days ago by Harvey Kitten ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hi Robbob, now you've asked...πŸ™„ I have been 'distracted' with other projects - wasn't feeling confident about the skins for the 46" boat, didn't want to mess up, so I bought a Sarik semi-kit for MTB379 to practice with, and that seems to have gone OKish. Back to the Fireboat in the new year after a few other boat repairs, so hopefully the build log will pick up. The 34" boat, I burnt out the motor some howπŸ€” so fitted a brushless + 2S Lipo. Goes very fast!

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    πŸ“ A bit of light relief...
    8 months ago by Harvey Kitten ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    And here it is, finishedπŸ˜‚ or is it???
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    πŸ’¬ Re: A bit of light relief...
    8 months ago by Harvey Kitten ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Haha. I wish! This is a 36” version needing some TLC which I just bought off a friend. I thought it would provide a 3D reference for what I’m building, also a platform for prototyping some of the extras such as fire hoses etc. Plus it needed a good home and some renovation. 😎

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    8 months ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    Looking good in this view how about adding some more pictures to show the whole boat. Is there a mast yet.
    Cheers Colin.

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    πŸ’¬ Re: A bit of light relief...
    8 months ago by Harvey Kitten ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Sorry Colin, my 2nd comment should have revealed that this was a bit of fun... and I have not actually finished the 46” boat yet. πŸ™„

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    πŸ“ Bulkheads & gunwhale stringers
    8 months ago by Harvey Kitten ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    So I’ve made some progress today, glueing the bulkheads in place. Some of them are almost vertical πŸ˜† seriously tho I’m a bit pedantic about keeping both sides of the boat at the same height so clamped all the bulkheads as I glued and adjusted as necessary. 11mm holes are for cable runs. Fitted the cabin sides, using marks to ensure they were fully seated to the bulkheads. Also used the clamp widget in anger as I attached the inner gunwhale stringers. These were also pinned in place with 12mm brass pins. 30 min Glue is running a bit slow as the temperature in the garage isn’t exactly warm. It’ll be set by tomorrow πŸ˜‰
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Bulkheads & gunwhale stringers
    8 months ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    Coming along nicely. Which glue do you use. My usual supply of 5 minute two pack epoxy has stopped stocking it, so looking for a new recommendation.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Bulkheads & gunwhale stringers
    8 months ago by Harvey Kitten ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Zap z poxy is what it’s called - I’m using 30 m glue for the hull as 5 m wouldn’t allow enough time to get everything clamped. Seems to workπŸ‘
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Bulkheads & gunwhale stringers
    8 months ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    Thanks, I will have to look at the local model shop.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Clamp widget
    8 months ago by Harvey Kitten ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Clamping the gunwale stringers will be difficult as there is no sensible place to locate the other end of the clamp. So I made a widget that locates into the slot in the breast hook and provides a parallel surface... we’ll see when we get to glueing!
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Clamp widget
    8 months ago by robbob ( Captain)
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    That's a neat idea, I had to resort to wedges and packing pieces to form parallel surfaces for the clamps to pull against.
    I assume you're using brass pins to fix the stringers onto the bulkheads too?
    Rob.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Clamp widget
    8 months ago by Harvey Kitten ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Thank you. Came to me in an instant while I was staring at the problem. Yup. Brass pins 12 mm. Don’t seem big enough 😁 the whole front end - keel + breast hook are glued and screwed, this seems the likeliest place for damage and needs to be sturdy. Hopefully will glue bulkheads later today once β€˜dad’s taxi’ shift is over.
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    8 months ago by mturpin013 ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Harvey just come across your build blog I am a bit further on with mine, just doing some paint experiments at present.You comment about your ability level, judging by your approach to prep before gluing and your innovative solution to clamping that doesn't seem in doubt. any way there's enough builders on here that have experienced everything you will come across in this build, so if in doubt give them a shout. I've just signed up to your blog - never stop learning
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Clamp widget
    8 months ago by Harvey Kitten ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Thx v much. I had a look at your build blog on this boat and along with Robs, these are my 2 go to blogs for help. BTW, real name is Steve... Harvey is my catπŸ˜‰

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    8 months ago by robbob ( Captain)
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    Anyone noticed the similarity between our Harvey Kitten and the actor Harvey Keitel ?......hmmmm....I reckon it's an aliasπŸ€”
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    8 months ago by Harvey Kitten ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Does he build model boats tho?😎🀣
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    8 months ago by robbob ( Captain)
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    At the moment he's selling insurance for Direct Line....😁
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    8 months ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    Great idea, nice to share these thoughts with us mortals in the modelling world.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Clamp widget
    8 months ago by Harvey Kitten ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    do you need any insurance Robbob?πŸ€”
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    8 months ago by Harvey Kitten ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    That’s the great thing about this site- we all share, we all win.
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    πŸ“ RAF Crash Tender (46”) by Vintage Model Works
    8 months ago by Harvey Kitten ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Well here we go... I have made a start on this great kit by VMW. This all started about 15 months ago, when I saw a completed model at Alexandra Palace model engineering exhibition. I talked with the builder/ owner, Rob, who has extensively posted on here his build blog ( and very useful reading it has been!) So eventually I got round to buying a kit last autumn ( other boats being built) and... went to the model engineering exhibition this year, and talked with... Rob, who said I β€œ should get on with it...” So I have. There are a few other members of this great website who have built/are building this model and I have read several blogs & looked at pictures which are a fantastic resource, but a bit worrying as I’m not sure my modelling skills are as good πŸ˜‰. I don’t know what new ideas to show, but I will try keep a regular update of progress on the boat. Having made a sturdy building board, it seems sensible to work from the bows backwards, as once the bow structure is glued accurately everything else should follow. Having dry fitted all the frames to the keel and measured for alignment, I was nervous that a mm out anywhere could accumulate errors, so I decided to steam and bend the gunwhale stringers and dry fit them as well. This will help prove all the frames correct height port & starboard before I commit to glueing. It looks OK eyeballing it but I’m also constructing some right angle brackets to clamp the frames to while the glue sets. Just in case! I’ll be working on the boat most days, but That won’t always be reflected in much progress in pictures! And unlike previous blogs I’ve done, where the boat has been nearly finished before writing anything,this one is going to be β€˜realtime’.

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    πŸ’¬ Re: RAF Crash Tender (46”) by Vintage Model Works
    8 months ago by robbob ( Captain)
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    Hi Steve.
    And about time too.......πŸ˜€πŸ‘
    I'll be following this blog with great interest.
    Robbob.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: RAF Crash Tender (46”) by Vintage Model Works
    8 months ago by Harvey Kitten ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    No pressure to get on with it then...🀣
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    πŸ’¬ Re: RAF Crash Tender (46”) by Vintage Model Works
    8 months ago by Gravedigger47 ( Leading Seaman)
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    Hi! I have just built the fire tender raf and I did have pictures up but they seem to have vanished but I will send some pictures of the fire tender, and the Wattle both scratch built I acquired the fire tender kit from Marky but remade it all in balsa and thin ply kept the patterns for future ref. Now how did I manage to get pictures up
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