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    Graupner Hertha Jeep
    by Cashrc πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    πŸ“ Windows and frames
    2 days ago by Cashrc ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Nothing earth shaking tonight, I installed the skylights in the cabin roof, and the window frames in the cabin proper. I didn’t paint the frames, they’re molded in with, some guys paint them, some don’t, I elected not to. The windows supplied with the kit are tinted and laser cut, but still have to be trimmed as they are a mite oversized.
    Going to see how they fit in the window frames, if I don’t like how the fit I’ll cut windows from clear and make my life a little easier to boot.
    By the way, I use RC56 to do all my glazing, it’s designed for plastic canopies and dries crystal clear. It’s not waterproof but it is water resistant, had several planes get pretty damp flying in misty weather never had the glue let go.

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    πŸ“ More paint
    3 days ago by Cashrc ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    So, my lovely spouse and I went to a function at our Church Friday night..it was a lot of fun, called a β€œGetaway”..it’s primary function was to have couples young and old to rediscover each other, both spiritually and secularly. Anyway, by Friday I’m worn out, work takes its toll. I’m paid well, but I think some of my soul is stripped away each week. Long story short, I told her if I go to this shindig I’ll probably lay off service Sunday. When Teresa and Grace left for church, I went out and did a little painting. That’s the way the day went for me..paint a bit, go get groceries..paint a bit, do the dishes..paint a bit, watch the Cowboys. I got a bit done, however, I just realized the aft part of the deck is mostly white with green panels. I may or may not β€œfix” that, as the deck and hull are joined from the factory, and I think I have stock in masking tape corporations by now.
    Came out pretty good, did a little touch up and I need to do a bit more, but it’s looks ok. Next up is trimming and detailing fittings for the superstructure, windows, add rudder linkage, then glue in the aft deck insert and start to finish her up.
    BTW, thanks to all who have posted so far, I appreciate the kind remarks and input!
    Cash
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    πŸ’¬ Re: More paint
    2 days ago by Martin555 ( Captain)
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    A little bit at a time is always the way to go, otherwise it starts to feel more like a job than a hobby.
    Keep up the good work.

    Martin555.
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    πŸ“ Paint
    4 days ago by Cashrc ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Did some painting today and added a..I don’t know what you’d call it, but it’s a rail that runs around the deck just inboard by 12 mm or so. I’m using some Home Depot rattle can white and Tamiya orange and green, with some leftover appliance epoxy for the hull below the waterline. Going to try to do a bit more tomorrow.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Paint
    3 days ago by Martin555 ( Captain)
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    Hi Cashrc,
    Nice, as soon as you start getting paint on it seems to give you the feeling that you are actually starting to get somewhere.
    Well done.

    Martin555.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Paint
    3 days ago by MouldBuilder ( Midshipman)
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    Looking very good. I must admit that the painting is my least favourite task. I just cannot drum up enough patience. The build looks super. Look forward to seeing it fully painted.πŸ‘
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    πŸ“ Motor mount and keel
    11 days ago by Cashrc ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    I decided to do a bit this afternoon, got the motor mount/stuffing tube assembly completed and installed. The stern tube is glued to the mount then goes thru the bottom of the hull and out the rear of the keel. I did a quick lash up to check fit, and started to tack the keel on, when I found the keel was twisted to the point the boat would have a permanent trim to port. I was able to get the keel off, thought I could tweak it straight, but found there was a molding error that could only be fixed by cutting the lower part of the keel. This allowed me to assemble everything straight, then I glued the cut piece back on and filled the cut with scrap plastic and filler, then sanded it smooth. Before I shut down for the day, I gave the superstructure a light coat of primer so I could better see what I needed to sand or fill on my repair on the fwd window section.

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    πŸ“ More done
    12 days ago by Cashrc ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Real quick update. I built up the stuffing tube and rudder post. Both are made from 6mm brass tube in which you install flanged 6x3 mm bushings. They’re a tight fit, but I soldered themin just in case. I installed the rudder post tube into the hull, followed by the ply bushings that are glued in place over the tube and against the hull, then slathered epoxy over the joint. I also started test fitting some of the motor mount parts to get an idea how this will all fit.
    Hopefully I’ll get more done this weekend, once the power system is in, I can concentrate on finishing up the upper superstructure, then, it’s time to paint and detail. Thinking about either airbrushing her or Tamiya rattle can. The Tamiya paints aren’t cheap, but they cover well and dry fast.

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    πŸ’¬ Re: More done
    11 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Cash,
    Some (43) pics of the big'un here-
    https://www.marinetraffic.com/de/ais/details/ships/211290190
    Cheers, Doug 😎
    https://www.marinetraffic.com/de/ais/details/ships/211290190
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    πŸ“ Graupner Hertha Jeep
    14 days ago by Cashrc ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Okay, so I’ve just finished the Graupner Taucher Wulf, and I’m one of those modelers that likes to have the workbench..ahh..working. Now, the Wulf was a bit of a pain in the rump to build, mainly because the instructions were almost non existent. There were pictures, mind you, lots of pictures, some even contradicted each other..but precious little info, measurements, that sort of thing. Anyway, I swore up and down that I would never build another modern Graupner boat again. I have a small stash of kits and a couple of boats to restore..nope, not doing it.
    Then, that little voice in my head returned..same voice that tells me it’s okay to drop the hammer at a red light because that voice didn’t see the police cruiser in the parking lot..same voice that says β€œyou’re not THAT full, one more slice of pizza wont kill you”. That voice. The one that said..”Look! The little Hertha Jeep is on sale! You’ve already seen the worst with the Taucher, go ahead and buy it. You KNOW what your getting into this time...ahhhhahahahahaha!”
    So theres a Hertha Jeep on my bench. And, again, lots of pics, a little more info this time, some things that make me scratch my head and some that make sense. The hull is blow molded..I think it’s ABS but it just looks different from any plastic I’ve ever seen. Nicely made though. The kit parts and fittings looked good, so I dove in.
    I decided that this time, I was going to build everything as sub assemblies and make sure everything fits to my satisfaction before I build myself into a corner like I did with the Wulf. The first thing I started was the cabin. It’s built from some very thin laser or machine cut abs. Much thinner than the Wulfs pilothouse. The cabin roof is molded in either resin or plastic and primered, and I used that and the hull to jig up the cabin. Everything fit okay until I got to the forward windscreen. The oblique angles and the way the darn thing fit had me stumped. Then I trimmed it, which was a mistake. However, it started to look decent when I realized that some of the ca had dribbled down and glued the bottom edge of the windscreen to the hull. !!@&&%!!!!
    I had to break the bottom edge of the windscreen to get it loose from the hull. However, I was able to fix the damage with some scrap plastic and a little β€œmodelers bondo” (Tamiya plastic filler). This was a rookie mistake, I was thinking of protecting the hull with wax paper, but I didn’t heed THAT voice, and got burned in the process. Lesson learned.
    Once the cabin was done, I built the insert that goes into the aft part of the hull. I don’t have pics of that yet but I’ll post them soon.

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    πŸ’¬ Re: Graupner Hertha Jeep
    13 days ago by Martin555 ( Captain)
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    A good start Cash,
    Keep up the good work.

    Martin555.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Graupner Hertha Jeep
    13 days ago by jbkiwi ( Commander)
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    I'm sure it will end up looking good once finished. Interesting model.
    JB
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Graupner Hertha Jeep
    11 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    "I had to break the bottom edge of the windscreen to get it loose from the hull."
    Hi Cash, next time something like that happens (and we've all done it!) try a Razor Saw!

    Nevertheless, good startπŸ‘
    I like the Tamiya spray cans too, better than the Revell ones.
    Great for the large stuff like hulls and saves firing up (and subsequently cleaning😝) the airbrush. I reserve that for the fiddly bits where I need a finer spray.
    Cheers, Doug 😎

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