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    Just another, Smit Nederland Build!
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    πŸ“ Alligator clip test Leads!
    6 days ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    So, I just received my alligator test clip leads!
    As, I am working on another project at the present time!

    I think tomorrow will be a perfect day.
    To to run my LED test!

    It will be a simple setup!
    But, will take time to do so!
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Alligator clip test Leads!
    6 days ago by MouldBuilder ( Captain)
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    Have a good day Ed.
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    6 days ago by marky ( Captain)
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    At least there not all White 😁 enjoy .
    Cheers MarkyπŸ‘
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Alligator clip test Leads!
    6 days ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Thanks, Peter!
    I will!

    Cheers, Ed
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Alligator clip test Leads!
    6 days ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Marky,

    Isn't that the truth!
    First thing I did was make sure.
    They where different colors..........

    Cheers, Ed
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    πŸ“ Rubber Hose!
    6 days ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    I'm sure most of you have seen.
    The Rubber Hoses that protrudes form the Funnels!
    These are the connections.
    I made to connect the 12 volt smokers.
    I'm going to use on the Smit!

    See, I purchased 2 smokers.
    They have 1/4" outlets for the smoke.
    So, I decided to use Rubber Hoses!
    The Rubber Hoses being a 1/4"ID!

    The Smit will have independent throttles!
    So, 2 Smokers are to be used!

    About the Rubber Hoses!
    I've seen where 1/2 brass pipe.
    Was used for the smokers!
    But, I didn't want a lot of smoke coming out of the model!

    So, I got small 12 volt smokers!
    I think this will look more true to scale.
    Than a 1/2" brass pipe coming out of the Funnels!

    I've seen it and they look awful!!!

    I on the other hand.
    Am only using the 1/4" Hose!
    So, It should look great!!!!
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    πŸ“ Completed Mast and Funnels ready to prime!
    7 days ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Finally the Smit's Mast and Funnels are completed!
    And ready to prime!
    I'll prime tomorrow as it's raining at the present time!

    I'm currently waiting for some alligator clips with wire attached!
    I'm going to use them to pretest the lights on the Mast!

    I plan on doing a full connection!
    That is full RC setup!
    Just to see if all goes well!

    If it doesn't they'll be a few choice words said!
    Anyway Fingers Crossed! 🀞🀞🀞!
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Completed Mast and Funnels ready to prime!
    7 days ago by Rookysailor ( Commander)
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    Just take your time Ed, and don't miss any connection, check, and re-check every joint, and I'm sure you will get everything working as you want,

    Cheers, Pete

    btw, the mast looks great with the funnels now, nice and straightπŸ‘
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Completed Mast and Funnels ready to prime!
    6 days ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Pete,

    Thanks, It took some doing!
    But, it's nice and straight!
    A bit tilted aft but, it looks ok!

    I just hope I don't blow myself up! LOL!

    Cheers, Ed
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Completed Mast and Funnels ready to prime!
    6 days ago by marky ( Captain)
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    Brilliant Ed , don't get your wires crossed😁.
    Cheers MarkyπŸ‘
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Completed Mast and Funnels ready to prime!
    6 days ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Marky,

    The plan is to not see any magic smoke!
    Except from the smokers!!!! LOL!

    Cheers, Ed
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    πŸ“ Funnels and Wiring!
    9 days ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Have you ever had to work on something.
    And needed two sets of hands!

    Well, running the wires on the Smit's Funnels!
    I had to ask for the wife's help!

    I had 8 wires to run and not enough hands!
    Anyway, I accomplished my task!

    There are 8 wires for the Smit's Mast!
    There being 2 grounds!

    So, I ran the grounds on port side and the starboard side!
    I ran the forward Mast lights on the port side!
    And the Aft lights on her Starboard side!

    Making 2 circuits which I'll control from a 4 channel controller! I may put more lights!
    This is why I'm using a 4 channel controller!
    Please see picture to right!

    The Smit has other running lights.
    Which, I may put on the model!
    I think it would add more details to it!

    Next, I will complete the Funnel and Mast Assembly!
    Getting it ready for Priming!

    I ordered the actual paints that are needed.
    To complete the Funnel and Mast Assembly!

    The paints are Enamel based!
    And according to what I've read.
    On the tins they take about six hours to dry!

    So, no touching!!! LOL

    Oh, I neatly ran the wires under the Mast Support!
    I'll also cover the wire with tape.
    Which will be painted coving the wires!
    Hiding the wires from view!

    This being advice from Martin555!

    Thanks, Martin!
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Funnels and Wiring!
    9 days ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Nice work Ed,
    It has been a bit of a battle but you got there.
    Well done.

    Martin555.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Funnels and Wiring!
    8 days ago by Rookysailor ( Commander)
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    That's certainly a lot of wires Ed, you mention your wife helping you, did she bring her knitting needles?
    there's enough wire to make a pullover! Ha,Ha,😁
    It will really make the boat having all the lights fitted, you can never have enough lights, I say! I have a model of "St Olaf" a WWII hospital ship, which will need some 150 interior lightsπŸ™ƒ

    Cheers, Pete
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Funnels and Wiring!
    8 days ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Pete,

    I couldn't have done it without the wife's help!
    The wife doesn't knit, So had to scratch my head a lot!

    Your "St Olaf" sounds really complicated with 150 lights!
    It's going to be a nice model to look at at night!

    Cheers, Ed
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Funnels and Wiring!
    8 days ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Thanks Martin,

    Onward and Upward, Right!
    It took a bit of doing.
    But, I finally got there!

    Just a few more add-ons to do!

    Cheers, Ed
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Funnels and Wiring!
    8 days ago by Rookysailor ( Commander)
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    Hi Edd, you will have to treat your wife, for the assistance she gives you.
    Have posted a link for the "St Olaf" just to show her size, won't be building her for a while, already had her for over 18 months.πŸ˜‘

    Cheers, Pete
    http://deansmarine.co.uk/shop/product_info.php/cPath/10_20/p...
    http://deansmarine.co.uk/shop/product_info.php/cPath/10_20/products_id/2897
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Funnels and Wiring!
    8 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    So that's 'all white' then EDπŸ˜‰
    How do you tell which wire is which?
    Greetings to Jenny, your able third and fourth handπŸ‘
    Cheers, Doug😎
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Funnels and Wiring!
    8 days ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Doug,

    I made the 2 ground wires.
    Longer than the wire to the lights!

    I ran the grounds first!
    That way I could then run the others!

    Let's just say running the wires.
    Was easier with Jen's help!

    BTW, Regards to Gisela!

    Cheers, Ed

    PS. could find different color wire.
    White was all I had!

    Ed-
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Funnels and Wiring!
    8 days ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Pete,

    The wife helped me, And I helped her to cook dinner!

    Your "St Olaf" looks like quite a nice model!
    I remember seeing it a while back!
    On the Dean's website!

    I'm sure you will have a nice time building her!
    I look forward to reading her build blog.
    Once you start the build!

    Great choice BTW!πŸ‘

    Cheers, Ed
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Funnels and Wiring!
    8 days ago by Cashrc ( Lieutenant)
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    Ed, it’ll all be worth it first time you light the Smit up in the dark. You’re doing a fine job...keep up the good work!
    Cash
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Funnels and Wiring!
    8 days ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Cash,

    Thanks, I'm trying as best as I can!

    Cheers, Ed
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    πŸ“ Reinforcement of the Mast!
    21 days ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    The mast of the Smit Nederland.
    Is glued to a support that separates the two funnels!
    There is nothing really to glue on to!
    So, I glued it to the support.
    Then I placed some Epoxy on to the support and the mast.
    This I hope will reinforce the mast!

    Next I will run the wires from the running lights.
    The wires will run down the funnels.
    And thru the bottom of the main cabin!

    This will be done after I prime and paint the mast and funnels!

    Next I'll build the tow winch!
    I had thought of making a working a working winch.
    But, I'm not sure if my idea will work!

    So, I may have to settle for a static winch!
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Reinforcement of the Mast!
    21 days ago by Rookysailor ( Commander)
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    A working winch Ed, fantastic πŸ‘if you can work it out,
    I would like one on my Yorkshire Man, If you can work out the mechanics, put me down for one.😊


    Cheers, Pete
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Reinforcement of the Mast!
    20 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Pete and Ed,
    You only have to go to Build Blogs and search for Winch and you'll find the solutions😊
    Like here-
    https://model-boats.com/blogs?q=Winch
    Cheers, Doug 😎
    https://model-boats.com/blogs?q=Winch
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Reinforcement of the Mast!
    20 days ago by Rookysailor ( Commander)
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    How do you find these blogs so quickly Doug, I have great trouble looking for blogs that I would like to catch up on, the one where Ron I think, got some resin figures from Shapeways, struggling to find out how to search for it.😐


    Cheers, Pete
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    20 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Pete,
    Like the Brooklyn cop told the old lady who asked him 'How do I get to Carnegie Hall?'
    "Practise lady, practise!"
    It's simply (πŸ™„) a matter of finding the right keyword to search for.πŸ˜‰
    Happy hunting🀞
    😎
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Reinforcement of the Mast!
    20 days ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Ed,
    When you say you are going to run the mast wires down the funnels, i assume it is on the inside of the funnels to hide the wires.

    Martin555.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Reinforcement of the Mast!
    20 days ago by MouldBuilder ( Captain)
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    Have a go at a prototype Ed. You might be surprised and be glad you gave it a go. πŸ‘
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Reinforcement of the Mast!
    20 days ago by Ron ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    On the real boat, the mast probable extended below deck. Could you add a small diameter brass tube insert from below up into the mast? That would certainly provide better installation and strength than just epoxy flush to the surface. One good knock in transport or carelessly movement of your hand reaching across the model could dislodge it.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Reinforcement of the Mast!
    14 days ago by Hande of Espoo ( Recruit)
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    actually - on the real S.N. the mast is fellable (is that a word at all πŸ˜‚). I mean that it can be turned down for passing under bridges etc. This means, it doesn’t extend down through the decks. the pivot axis is somewhere around the mast support. I’m planning to implement this mast turning capability on my ”Delfi”, ex Smit Ierland, a sister vessel of Smit Nederland. I’m building it from the Billings S.N. kit. The differences are minor.
    You are doing a great job! I’m learning from you at every step. I made the winch already as a static one. I couldn’t dream of a working one ... well I _could_ dream of it. Not more πŸ™„
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Reinforcement of the Mast!
    14 days ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Martin,

    Yes, I'm putting the wires on the inside of the funnels!

    Cheers, Ed
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Reinforcement of the Mast!
    14 days ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Ron,

    I was trying to figure out.
    A better way to support the Mast!
    But, the piece that's used as the support.
    Is it's self flimsy, But, I didn't want to distract from the actual details of how the mast goes placed on the support!

    So, Epoxy was my solution!
    So, after the model is completed!
    I'll have to protect it as best a I can!

    I figure I'll have to apply a bit of social distancing.
    For my Smit!

    A one meter distance of stand clear!

    Might help in the mast not getting knocked of!

    Ed-
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Reinforcement of the Mast!
    13 days ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Hande of Espoo,

    I have yet to build the winch!
    I'm thinking of making a working winch!

    What are you going to do with your winch?

    Cheers, Ed

    PS. I really like the Idea you have.
    Of a foldable mast!
    I really would like to see your model?

    Ed-
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    πŸ“ Mast Configuration!
    29 days ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    I had glued the mast of the Smit!
    But, after looking at it over and over!
    I decided it wasn't straight enough!

    But, what to do about it?
    So, I carefully scribed away the glue.
    That was holding it in place!
    And carefully broke the glued pieces!

    Then realigned the mast!
    So it would be straight up!

    I think the mast looks better now!

    As you can see from the before and after pictures!
    It's much better now.......


    PS. Sorry about the blurry picture!
    Not sure what happened.......
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Mast Configuration!
    29 days ago by captaindoug1 ( Master Seaman)
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    Looks good are you making working anchors also if so Banggood has what they call an upgrade, aluminum 25T servo winch kit for 1/10 RC crawlers, what you need is a 360 degree servo to use it on an glue a larger disk to them for more space, I am working on some now
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Mast Configuration!
    29 days ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Captaindoug1,

    I had seen a build on here.
    Where on of the lads had.
    Made a working winch!
    Which I've forgotten where it's at!

    I do know it possible to do so!
    But, I've seen where the Smit.
    Runs low in the water.
    And I don't want water to get into the hull.
    Thru the anchor tubes!

    So, I'm not putting working anchor chains!

    My Smit will have working lights and radar!
    Not sure what else I may have RC!!!

    Cheers, Ed

    PS. It's a slow work in progress......

    Ed-
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    29 days ago by MouldBuilder ( Captain)
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    That looks much better Ed. I bet you are glad you changed it.
    You are making a great job with the build.πŸ‘
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Mast Configuration!
    29 days ago by Rookysailor ( Commander)
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    Infinitely better Ed, you just know when you have to get something rightπŸ‘


    Cheers, Pete
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    28 days ago by cormorant ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    I know what you mean about getting it slightly wrong Ed. However, the painstaking work of 'un-glueing' is always worth it.
    Well done and keep it going.
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    28 days ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Nice work Ed,
    Well worth the extra effort.

    Martin555.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Mast Configuration!
    21 days ago by captaindoug1 ( Master Seaman)
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    RE; Working anchors
    what I have done with the anchors is run the chain up a tube to the winch, this would keep water from entering the hull
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    14 days ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Steve,

    Thanks, It took some doing!
    But, the mast is now centered!

    Cheers, Ed
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    12 days ago by Hande of Espoo ( Recruit)
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    Hi Ed!
    my winch and the anchor windlass are directly from the kit. Pretty complicated, but I succeded in putting them together at last. They do nothing - just sit there. Although their rolls do spin freely. Gives me some sense of ”functionality” LOL!
    I try to learn how to post a picture from my pad - I cannot upload from my photo app...
    Hande
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    πŸ“ Primer, Funnels and Mast!
    29 days ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    So, I had ordered a can of Primer.
    Some almost 10 day ago.
    From a dealer online!

    But, last time I checked.
    The order hadn't even been filled yet!

    So, I decided to go to the local auto parts store.
    There I found some primer!

    Now I can continue to work.
    On the mast of the Smit!

    Then, I can prime after I add some details to her funnels!
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Primer, Funnels and Mast!
    29 days ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Ed,
    You have no excuse now.
    So hopefully you will now get past this hump in the road.
    Looking forward to your next update.

    Martin555.
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    πŸ“ Primer Needed for Mast!
    1 month ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    OK, I'm now waiting to receive.
    Some Primer I ordered!

    See, I usually order from Hornby US.
    But, They've been closed due to corona!

    So, I had to source from another vendor!

    The primer should be here soon!

    Now we play the waiting game!

    Looks, like I'll tinker some more with my Server!
    My other hobby!
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    πŸ“ Mast and Funnels!
    1 month ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Today I completed the mast!
    I also glued it to the Funnel support!

    The mast on the Smit is very flimsy!
    There's basically nothing to glue on to!
    I had to add some support to the mast.
    To glue onto!

    Oh, I have run the wires coming from the LED's.
    Thru a hole I drilled on the Funnel Support!
    I then push thru all the wires!

    Next, I have to run the wires into the Funnels!
    So, each Funnel will have 4 wires running thru the Funnel! This includes the ground wire!

    I will then run the wires into the Main Cabin!
    This is where I'll make all the connections!

    The Smits Main Mast came out a bit tilted!
    I had nothing to glue onto!

    But, Hopefully when I glue down the Funnels.
    I can compensate for the Mast being Tilted!

    Anyway we'll see how it comes out!
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    1 month ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Nice to see you are making progress Ed.
    Keep it up.

    Martin555.
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    1 month ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Thanks Martin,

    I'm just glad I got over that hurdle!

    Now all I have to do is run the wires!

    Also order some Primer.......

    Cheers, Ed
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    1 month ago by MouldBuilder ( Captain)
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    Great job ED.
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    1 month ago by Rookysailor ( Commander)
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    Tis' comin on nicely Ed....😊


    Cheers, Pete
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    1 month ago by Cashrc ( Lieutenant)
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    Hi Ed, sorry I haven’t hollered at you in a while. You’ve been busy!! I think your mast looks good. You build like I do, you try to get it dead on, but if it’s off a smidgen, you adjust and carry on. I believe you’re gonna have a sweet Smit when it’s all said and done, and something to be proud of.
    Carry on sir!!
    Cash
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    πŸ“ LED's on the Mast!
    1 month ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Today, I was Skyping with Martin555!

    Who motivated me into completing the Smit's Mast!
    So, I have used my microscope my solder station.
    To solder the final connection to the smit's mast!

    I had hoped to control her mast lights.
    Independently but the F-14 Controller.
    I have won't do what I want it to!

    So, I'm going to control her lights.
    By using two circuits instead of each light!

    The Smit has 6 lights on her mast!
    3 forward 3 aft!
    I also have to run her port and starboard lights as well!
    There are other running lights too!
    That have to be controlled!

    But, I'll have to get to that at a later date!

    Tomorrow, I'll attach the mast to it's support!
    And the running light wires to where they have to go to!

    I've runout of primer.
    So, it's time to order some!
    That'll take about a week to arrive!

    Oh, I had ordered some micro LED's.
    That have the leads already connected to them!

    I didn't know that the leads were coated with shellac!
    Anyway, I had soldered all the leads.
    Not realizing the leads have a coating to prevent them from shorting!
    I thought the LED's were bad, Not functioning!
    But, Skyping with Martin helped out!
    As Martin realized they had to have a coating!

    So, I had to unsolder all the leads!
    And redo all of them!

    I had to scrape the leads to the LED's to solder them!
    This worked and now the mast is ready for assembly!
    To it support which runs between the funnels!

    Thanks for your help, Martin!
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    1 month ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thanks Ed,
    I am glad that i could help you.
    Keep the updates coming.

    Martin555.
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