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    Just another, Smit Nederland Build!
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    ๐Ÿ“ Just an Idea!
    28 days ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    On the Smit Nederland there is a Ladder.
    That goes aloft on the Pilot House!

    This ladder has to be assembled!
    And as I'm not to good at soldering!

    I decided to cheat!
    So , I used an STL file (3D Print file)!

    It's almost right in height!
    But, the width is questionable!

    So, I might have to change it's width!

    I do think the rungs are in the right place though!

    Maybe, eventually I'll get into soldering!

    But, I tend to procrastinate! LOL!
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Just an Idea!
    28 days ago by Newby7 ( Commander)
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    Soldering try it you'll like it LOL.
    You will get the ladder right.
    Rick
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Just an Idea!
    28 days ago by cormorant ( Lieutenant)
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    I tried soldering photo etched parts recently. Of course, I was immediately disadvantaged as it was part of a Dean's kit.
    I ended up using super glue. Some sticky fingers but much better than my soldering attempts.
    I've used super glue on several occasions and have always been successful.
    Worth a try in the future Ed?

    Steve
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Just an Idea!
    28 days ago by MouldBuilder ( Captain)
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    Try soldering on scrap pieces Ed. If soldering small wire, I would recommend an 18 or 25 watt iron. If larger, say 3mm, then 40 to 60 watts is better. Clean the parts to be soldered well with abrasive paper. Use a good quality flux and lightly tin both parts if practical. Place iron on the joint to give sufficient heat and add the solder very carefully as it is easy to add too much. Try to ensure the whole joint area is hot or the solder will not flow properly. It really is down to practice, but I agree, it is fun to do. Don`t forget to clean and flux the iron tip as well as the joint and the solder.
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    ๐Ÿ“ 55 Gallon Drums!
    29 days ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi All,

    It's been a while!

    I thought I would do something on the Smit!

    So, using me 3D Printer!

    I found some files on Thingyverse!

    I tried to scale them as best as I could!

    The pallets are about 35mm squared!

    And the drums stand about 25mm tall!

    I don't have a lathe.
    But, I do have a 3D printer!

    Thanks to Martin555 who recommended.
    That I should make the drums on a pallet model!
    To add to the Smit Nederland build!

    These, I'll place somewhere on the deck of the Smit!

    The weather here is really rainy!

    We have some storms down the coast!

    It's just really wet all around!

    So, I'll have to wait a few days before I can spray paint!

    I have picked the colors that I will be using!

    I'm hoping they look nice!
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: 55 Gallon Drums!
    29 days ago by cormorant ( Lieutenant)
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    What can I say Ed. Makes up for all the breaking filament and the horrible smells.
    Very well done!

    Steve
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: 55 Gallon Drums!
    29 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    BRAVO ZULU Ed๐Ÿ‘
    Great! Now you can have marimba music on board๐Ÿ˜€
    Break out the Havana rum chaps, Splice the Mainbrace๐Ÿ˜‹
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: 55 Gallon Drums!
    29 days ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Steve,

    They came out better than what I thought they would!๐Ÿ‘

    Cheers, Ed
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: 55 Gallon Drums!
    29 days ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Doug,

    That's right!
    Now, all I have to do is bring out a Stogie for Cuba! LOL!

    Cheers, Ed
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: 55 Gallon Drums!
    29 days ago by Rookysailor ( Captain)
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    They are Magic Ed, you should have a word with Stephen, and get some made to buy in the shop, especially if you can make them to any scale.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘


    Cheers, Pete
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: 55 Gallon Drums!
    29 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Just don't forget to print the marimba band though Ed
    "Shrimp boats (and Ed's tug๐Ÿ˜‰) are a coming, there's dancing tonight"๐Ÿ˜
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: 55 Gallon Drums!
    29 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Excellent idea Pete๐Ÿ‘
    Put me down for four at 1/35 please๐Ÿ˜Š
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: 55 Gallon Drums!
    29 days ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Pete,

    That's an excellent idea!
    Not, sure I could sell them!
    I printed them from a Thingyverse file!

    I don't think I could charge for them!
    But, I wouldn't mind making some money!!!!!

    I'll even thro in the pallet! LOL!

    Cheers, Ed
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: 55 Gallon Drums!
    29 days ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    They look great Ed.
    Well done.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: 55 Gallon Drums!
    29 days ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Thanks Martin,

    I try!

    Cheers, Ed
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: 55 Gallon Drums!
    29 days ago by MouldBuilder ( Captain)
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    Well done Ed. They look really good.๐Ÿ‘
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: 55 Gallon Drums!
    29 days ago by Rookysailor ( Captain)
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    "I don't think I could charge for them!" can't see why not Ed, I used to own a crafting shop, and sold rubber stamps and the like for making greetings cards, but it was OK for the customers to use said stamps for images and sell them, so I don't see that you have a problem, thingyverse is available world wide, so I don't envisage them knocking on your door for license fee's๐Ÿ˜Š

    Cheers, Pete
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: 55 Gallon Drums!
    29 days ago by Newby7 ( Commander)
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    I'm sure after painting and set up they will look great.
    Rick
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    ๐Ÿ“ Smit Nederland Update!
    2 months ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    As I am working with my 3D printer!
    I had stopped working on the smit!

    But, maybe in a few day time.
    I will continue to build my Smit!

    But, for now it's Mothballed!

    I have a feeling soon.
    I'll continue to build the Smit
    I'm getting the bug.......
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Smit Nederland Update!
    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Ed,
    You will probably find doing something different for a while will give you renewed energy.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Smit Nederland Update!
    2 months ago by marky ( Captain)
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    Its all these White wires Ed .
    Cheers Marky๐Ÿ‘
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Smit Nederland Update!
    2 months ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Marky,

    It's like a bowl of Spaghetti's! LOL!

    Cheers, Ed

    PS. Eventually I'll get to it!
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Smit Nederland Update!
    2 months ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Just a few more day to go!
    While I learn this new 3D printing thing!

    I have thought of working on the Smit.
    But, It's not time yet!

    That's why I say just a few more days to go, LOL!
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Smit Nederland Update!
    1 month ago by MouldBuilder ( Captain)
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    This will prove to be a dangerous move. I know this as I now have four models in progress. I WILL finish one soon. Maybe.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Arduino or Not?
    2 months ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    I had thought of controlling the Smit.
    Using my Futaba F-14!

    I had thought of using the Channel Expanders!
    To Expand the F-14 to 16 Channels.
    But, the Expanders failed!

    The F-14 couldn't be expanded!
    Leaving me to just 8 channel!

    I did how ever purchase 2 remote controllers
    Which can be used to expand.
    How many channels the Smit has!

    But, I know that the Arduino.
    Can be programed to control.

    Lights at different times
    Which is what I'd like to do!

    And who has educated me on this!
    None other than Martin555!
    Who has an Arduino in his Cottesmore model!

    So, now I am thinking of learning.
    About the Arduino boards!
    And incorporating one in my Smit model!

    So, what do you think?

    Should I take more time learning Arduino?
    Or should I just continue the build.

    As the Smit as intended to be used.
    Using the F-14 Controller?

    Please, let me know your opinion?


    Cheers, Ed
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Arduino or Not?
    2 months ago by Graham93 ( Commander)
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    Hi Ed,

    Iโ€™ve never used Arduino, but I think it is a good choice if you are new to programming control systems. Once you get into it there are so many things you would be able to add to you Smit. I think you should go for it, but start with something easy, like controlling the lights.

    Graham93
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Arduino or Not?
    2 months ago by Fireboat ( Midshipman)
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    Not sure how to connect arduino boards to boats & controllers, but this was my last arduino project ๐Ÿ˜Ž so if you get stuck with coding!...

    Stephen
    Musical Light Show Christmas Tree - Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Arduino or Not?
    2 months ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Graham93,

    Thanks,

    That exactly what I'd like to do!
    Control the running lights!

    But, first I've got to learn it!
    The Arduino that is!

    Cheers, Ed
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Arduino or Not?
    2 months ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Stephen,

    I remember when you showed it to me!
    Very good project!

    I didn't know you used an Arduino!
    To control your Christmas tree!

    Very good, I hope to control the lights in my Smit!

    Cheers, Ed
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Arduino or Not?
    2 months ago by G6SWJ ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi Ed,

    I can't find the link right now - some guys have been using Arduino in F14/F16 as the multi channel decoder - I am pretty cetain the encoder as well.

    I will see if I can find the web links

    What type of things do you want to achieve/control with Arduino in your model?

    Regards
    Jonathan
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Arduino or Not?
    2 months ago by SeamanCook ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    I've tried and "bounced off" microcontrollers. I might try again...Arduino offers a lot of bolt on goodies - at a rapidly increasing price. But its a matter of time. As an example, assume I have 5 channels available, each of which controls one light or device. But some combinations may be unrealistic.
    So I reckon that a state machine is an option. Have as many different lights and radars to turn as you wish. But then define say 16 combinations (states) that are realistic for you.
    The parts exist to use 4 channels as a binary address. That's 8+4+2+1 and a zero, making 16. The Fifth channel, when clicked, memorises the count selected on the 4 channels..that defines one of the 16 states.
    You can then also use the 4 channels again to control 4 items more, individually, provided you leave the select switch Ch5 alone.
    And if you want to change anything you add or take away a wire.
    In a way, you are programming without the programmer. My father loved to twiddle switches, and this sort of setup would have even kept him happy.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Arduino or Not?
    2 months ago by Rookysailor ( Captain)
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    Thinking of learning Arduino Ed could be a big task, especially if your intention, is only to use it in the Smit, but if you intend to use it further, I'm sure Martin will help you with the task.๐Ÿ˜

    Cheers, Pete
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Arduino or Not?
    2 months ago by Newby7 ( Commander)
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    I think taking your time will turn out well for you as making the model do what you want is your objective.
    Rick
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Arduino or Not?
    2 months ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Jonathan,

    Thanks for looking for the link!
    I'm definitely interested!

    I'm actually not sure yet.
    Of what I'd like to control!
    Lights for starters!

    But, The sky is the limit!

    Cheers, Ed

    PS. Please try to find the Link?
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Arduino or Not?
    2 months ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Thanks, SeamanCook

    Anything is possible!

    Cheers, Ed
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Arduino or Not?
    2 months ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Pete,

    Thanks, I'm going to have to use a lot of grey matter!
    But, I'm sure I'll be able to achieve what I want!

    Cheers, Ed
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Arduino or Not?
    2 months ago by G6SWJ ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi Ed,

    Do you still have the Robbe encoder/decoder that failed to work?

    I remember I got additional grey hairs when I played with them a few years back - a basic fundamental of how they work is "odd" I seem to remember and can leave you with the impression they don't work!!

    If you still have them I'll back track and find my workings and post it here.

    You can still buy encoders/decoders from a company called Wetronic

    https://wetronic.nl/multiswitches

    Learning Arduino from scratch to be able to use in your model boats is a fun subject. However there is unlikely to be much that you want to do that others have not done before and published their code on the net.

    A good way to learn is to get a grip of the basics:
    1. How to use the IDE (the software where you write code - a simple text editor environment)
    2. How to upload code to the Arduino board

    Rarely do I start with a blank canvas - you normally find a set of code that achieves close to what you want and then tweek around the edges.

    For example if I want to use a GPS device - I "include" someone else's code in the form of a reusable library to catch the GPS data the GPS hardware spits out in the form of NEMA sentences, parse it to extract the values and then work with those values in my program.

    The net result is I can access meaningful GPS values in my code without having to do any work to get them from the GPS hardware.

    I have been programming for 40 odd years but if I was given the GPS hardware and needed to write my own code to achieve the same result as above I would struggle.

    For example connecting the Arduino to a RC receiver is simple.

    The code to achieve reading the channel values is simple in principle but tricky in coding terms.

    But you don't need to worry about it as it's been done by others and refined to a slick solution(s). You simply include their chunk of code in your program and build on the channel values it outputs to do your stuff - switch things on/off etc

    Have a look at this link - remember all you are interested in is the output from the code - "my radio control receiver channnel values"..

    https://ryanboland.com/blog/reading-rc-receiver-values

    The concept of hacking(building on) open source code / reusing code & prewritten code libraries to interface to hardware is what it's all about...

    Regards
    Jonathan
    https://wetronic.nl/multiswitches
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    https://ryanboland.com/blog/reading-rc-receiver-values
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Arduino or Not?
    2 months ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Jonathon,

    Thanks, But I sent them back!
    To where I had purchased them from!
    As, Try as I could!
    Couldn't get them to work!
    I even had some of the knowledgeable guys on here.
    Help me with the setup!

    But, nothing worked at all!
    So, I sent them back!
    And was given a full refund!

    I was toying around with the idea of using an Arduino!
    But, I've spent enough time on the Smit build!

    I may not use it after all!

    Maybe I'm over thinking.
    What I want to achieve on the Smit build!

    Cheers, Ed
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Arduino or Not?
    2 months ago by Julio ( Leading Seaman)
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    Hi G6SWJ:
    Is this what you meant when you talked about starting with Arduino?
    The post is very interesting ... I download it
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    ๐Ÿ“ Guy Wire and Handrail Supplies!
    2 months ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    The Smit uses different size brass rods.
    For it's Guy Wire and Handrails!
    Note: I'm speaking about the top handrail!

    The Guy Wire supplied in the kit.
    Is a coil of brass wire!

    So, what I did was order some Guy wire.
    Which is straight and not a coil!
    .5 mm brass rod ordered!

    Oh, all my brass supplies were purchased from amazon!

    The brass supplies I purchased are longer pieces of brass!
    The kit comes with shorter pieces of brass!
    which would mean I would have to make a lot of solder splices!

    So, for instance her port and star board.
    Handrails are the longest pieces.
    On the main cabin!

    Oh, the brass pieces I ordered are 300 mm long!

    PS.

    Hi RON, from Canada!

    The Mast and Funnel assembly.
    Does have support from Guy wires!
    So, the Mast isn't just on top of the Funnel support by itself!
    There are 3 Guy wires supporting the Mast!

    I haven't gotten there yet!
    But, will soon enough............
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Guy Wire and Handrail Supplies!
    2 months ago by Ron ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Ron here...you had any pond time?

    Good planning on not using the coils but buying lengths instead.
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    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Ed,

    If you find you are running out of the brass rod you can straighten the coil by wrapping one end around some pliers and standing on them and then wrap the other end around another pair of pliers and gently pull up until the brass is straight then cut of the ends.

    Martin555.
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    2 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Ed,
    How did the LED tests go?
    Which you wanted to do 'tomorrow 6 days ago'?
    Or did the alligators eat the LEDs?๐Ÿ˜ฎ
    Funny! Thought you were in Connecticut not Florida๐Ÿ˜

    BTW to straighten out brass (or copper) wire from a coil -
    I clamp one end in the vice, cut off the length I need plus some,
    then hold the the free end in a large pair of pliers (or small Mole Grip) and give it a few sharp tugs. Then hold it under tension for about a minute.
    If it breaks off at the vice end (Young's Modulus exceeded) it ain't gonna get any straighter๐Ÿ˜‰
    (If it doesn't break off .... Eat more spinach๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ I hate the stuff so I'm weak as a ๐Ÿฑ ๐Ÿ˜)
    Slightly warming it with a small kitchen gas torch ๐Ÿ”ฅ helps but isn't usually necessary for fine stuff.
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Guy Wire and Handrail Supplies!
    2 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    "until the brass is strait"
    Oh dear๐Ÿค”
    Martin is suffering from a surfeit of Mark Knopfler again!
    What a Dire Strait to get into!!!๐Ÿ˜
    ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    Dire Straits - Sultans Of Swing
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    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Doug,
    Hopefully i got it right this time.
    I suppose it would of helped if i actually went to school when i was younger.

    Mind you i liked the video.

    Martin555.
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    2 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Just pullin' your anchor chain FLEET#2๐Ÿ˜
    Glad you liked the vid though.
    Plenty more good stuff follows that vid, e.g.
    Eric Clapton playing rhythm guitar to Mark's lead!!๐Ÿ˜ฎ
    Cheers, FLEET// ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    PS 'Down the mines were you'? ๐Ÿค”
    But look where you are now๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜Š
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    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Doug,
    Not exactly down the mines but i suffered with a lot of breathing problems, they say a cat has nine lives well i have had eight of mine.
    So very little schooling was had.

    The strange bit is i am fitter now than i have ever been.
    Having said that i am not feeling that well at the moment but hopefully it will soon pass.

    Martin555.
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    2 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Very sorry to hear that Martin, had no idea (how could I?) ๐Ÿ˜”
    With me it was the other way round; fit as a fiddle in school and college.
    NOW the breathing problems have set in!
    Self inflicted; 50 years of the weedโ˜น๏ธ
    Get well soon๐Ÿคž๐Ÿ‘
    Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    PS Some years ago I actually had the, rare these days, pleasure of seeing and hearing Mark playing on a seldom reunion with the rest of Dire Straits at an open air concert in Munich.
    He'd done his back in but still appeared and played up a storm propped up on a bar stool.
    A real trouper๐Ÿ˜Š
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    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Don't worry about it Doug,

    I am sorry to hear the weed got you that way.

    Here is a another thing i bet you did not know, i played Drums at a gig for the group "the real thing"

    I had to give up playing due to the breathing problems as it dose take a bit of doing.

    Martin555.
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    2 months ago by Colin H ( Commodore)
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    Snap Martin, between 8 and 13 I only went for about 6 weeks each year. Spent 6 months each year in convalescent homes either in the charnwood forest or at the one at Mablethorpe in the sand dunes. I bet you can guess which I preferred.
    I still get wheezy days, but have learnt to live with it, at least I'm not called the VICK Kid anymore.
    Back to the subject in hand I buy jewelers soft woven stainless steel wire, it costs about ยฃ2.50 for 50 metre reels, I find its great for rigging for my boats.
    Cheers Colin
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    2 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    "at least I'm not called the VICK Kid anymore."
    Not until NOW Colin๐Ÿ˜ On the other hand -
    who would dare to address one of our illustrious Captains, on the Commodore Promotion Board short list, in such an irreverent manner? (Apart from me of course ๐Ÿ˜)

    To the subject in hand-
    "I buy jewellers soft woven stainless steel wire, "
    I agree Colin, I also find the Craft corner of many Garden Centres good sources of multi-strand stainless (used on my U25, seen in the attached pic with HMS Hotspur both 1/72) and various fine gauges of silver, brass and copper wires as used by florists as well as amateur jewellers.
    On small spools but easy to straighten and stiffen as above.
    And they're much cheaper than from specialist model and craft suppliers๐Ÿ˜Š
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
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    2 months ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Ron,

    No Pond time!

    I didn't want to use that coiled up spool of brass!
    I did have a feeling I could have straightened it out!
    But, I want a straight run.
    Of wire connected from the Mast to the Funnels!

    Ed
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    2 months ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Thanks, Martin!

    But, I wanted a straight run from the Mast to the Funnels!

    Cheers, Ed
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    2 months ago by Rookysailor ( Captain)
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    It's a pity we are so far from each other Ed, I can get brass wire any gauge in meter lengths from Javis.๐Ÿ˜

    Cheers, Pete
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    2 months ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Doug,

    Yes, I am a professional procrastinator!
    So, No haven't gotten to it yet!
    Eventually I will!
    Then, I'll need plenty of help!
    Hope, you'll be available?

    Cheers, Ed
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    2 months ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Colin,

    Thanks, The Smit came with a coil of brass!
    But, really didn't like the Idea of using it!

    But, I appreciate the advice!

    Cheers, Ed
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    2 months ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Pete,

    Thanks, for the offer!
    Some times I like the 1 meter length of brass wire!
    It avoids having to solder every few inches!

    I could use some for the Smit though!

    Cheers, Ed
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    2 months ago by Rookysailor ( Captain)
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    If you would prefer one meter lengths Ed, let me know the gauge, and I will see if Javis have the right one in stock, then check postage to USA.๐Ÿ˜

    Cheers, Pete

    btw, I have some 2.55mm and some 1.70mm brass wire in my own stock if that is of any use to you, one mtr lengths.
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    2 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    "Then, I'll need plenty of help!
    Hope, you'll be available? "
    You 'nose' where I'm at Ed ๐Ÿ˜‰
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    2 months ago by Ianh ( Midshipman)
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    Spent nearly 40 years on the mines here in South Africa and have Silicosis only a slight touch. But smoking didn't help either!
    Here's a possible useful link for the guys who like brass pulleys and turnbuckles. Proctor Aircraft they supply R/C models that take a lot of work (Some of them go back to Bleirot's Monoplane) So all sorts of stuff available. They used to have agents all over the world but they are good at what they do!
    http://www.proctor-enterprises.com/index.htm
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    2 months ago by MouldBuilder ( Captain)
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    Sorry to hear you are under the weather Martin. Hope you feel better soon.๐Ÿ˜Š
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    ๐Ÿ“ Alligator clip test Leads!
    3 months 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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    3 months ago by MouldBuilder ( Captain)
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    Have a good day Ed.
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    3 months ago by marky ( Captain)
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    At least there not all White ๐Ÿ˜ enjoy .
    Cheers Marky๐Ÿ‘
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    3 months ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Thanks, Peter!
    I will!

    Cheers, Ed
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    3 months 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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    3 months 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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    ๐Ÿ“ Completed Mast and Funnels ready to prime!
    3 months 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! ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿคž๐Ÿคž!
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    3 months ago by Rookysailor ( Captain)
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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 straight๐Ÿ‘
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    3 months 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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    3 months ago by marky ( Captain)
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    Brilliant Ed , don't get your wires crossed๐Ÿ˜.
    Cheers Marky๐Ÿ‘
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    3 months 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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    ๐Ÿ“ Funnels and Wiring!
    3 months 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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    3 months 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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    3 months ago by Rookysailor ( Captain)
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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,๐Ÿ˜
    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 lights๐Ÿ™ƒ

    Cheers, Pete
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    3 months 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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    3 months 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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    3 months ago by Rookysailor ( Captain)
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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.๐Ÿ˜‘

    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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    3 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    So that's 'all white' then ED๐Ÿ˜‰
    How do you tell which wire is which?
    Greetings to Jenny, your able third and fourth hand๐Ÿ‘
    Cheers, Doug๐Ÿ˜Ž
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    3 months 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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    3 months 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!๐Ÿ‘

    Cheers, Ed
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    3 months ago by Cashrc ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Ed, itโ€™ll all be worth it first time you light the Smit up in the dark. Youโ€™re doing a fine job...keep up the good work!
    Cash
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    3 months 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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    ๐Ÿ“ Reinforcement of the Mast!
    3 months 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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    3 months ago by Rookysailor ( Captain)
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    A working winch Ed, fantastic ๐Ÿ‘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.๐Ÿ˜Š


    Cheers, Pete
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    3 months 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 solutions๐Ÿ˜Š
    Like here-
    https://model-boats.com/blogs?q=Winch
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    https://model-boats.com/blogs?q=Winch
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    3 months ago by Rookysailor ( Captain)
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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.๐Ÿ˜


    Cheers, Pete
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    3 months 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 (๐Ÿ™„) a matter of finding the right keyword to search for.๐Ÿ˜‰
    Happy hunting๐Ÿคž
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    3 months 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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    3 months 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. ๐Ÿ‘
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    3 months 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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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Reinforcement of the Mast!
    3 months 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 ๐Ÿ˜‚). I mean that it can be turned down for passing under bridges etc. This means, it doesnโ€™t extend down through the decks. the pivot axis is somewhere around the mast support. Iโ€™m planning to implement this mast turning capability on my โ€Delfiโ€, ex Smit Ierland, a sister vessel of Smit Nederland. Iโ€™m building it from the Billings S.N. kit. The differences are minor.
    You are doing a great job! Iโ€™m learning from you at every step. I made the winch already as a static one. I couldnโ€™t dream of a working one ... well I _could_ dream of it. Not more ๐Ÿ™„
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Reinforcement of the Mast!
    3 months 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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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Reinforcement of the Mast!
    3 months 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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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Reinforcement of the Mast!
    3 months 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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