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    Arctic Convoy
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    ๐Ÿ“ Builders block
    28 days ago by marky ( Commander)
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    No not Lego,has anyone else suffered from this ?,builders block ,it must be similar to writers block ,you know what you want to do but just don't seem to be able to get anything done.
    Don't know whether to start something else just to kick start the grey matter.
    Cheers Marky
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Builders block
    28 days ago by Martin555 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi mark,
    I know what you mean, I am suffering too i want to start work on the next compartment of U552 but struggling to motivate my self.
    I just need to make a start and i will be ok LOL!

    In the past i found that if i do something different like airbrush painting (see attached)for a short time i then start thinking about the original project and what i was going to do then i am good to go again.

    The photos are of my early attempts, the Frog was my last attempt.
    Sorry but i am not an artist.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Builders block
    28 days ago by marky ( Commander)
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    Martin,for "not being an artist" thats excellent work really like the dragon and skull,are the pin ups for above the bunks on the sub ๐Ÿ˜.
    Cheers Marky
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Builders block
    28 days ago by Rookysailor ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Nice work Martin, used to customize paint cars many years ago, then doing the same on large model kits,
    mainly for model shops. What gear do you use, for your excellent airbrushing work?๐Ÿ˜Š

    Cheers, Pete

    btw. love the frog...
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Builders block
    27 days ago by Martin555 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi mark,
    Thats a good idea, I never thought of that.
    Thanks.

    Matrtin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Builders block
    27 days ago by Martin555 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Pete,
    I have a Small 10 Litre compressor and a few cheap Chinese airbrushes.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Builders block
    27 days ago by redpmg ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Marky - Its all summed up in the Now We Are Six book by AA Milne, Its about a shipwrecked sailor who sits on the beach wondering what to do first - you must remember it from childhood ? In the end he does nothing but sit on the beach . Must be the same with us - we get to a point where we are not sure what to do next - and so put everything off. One needs a break at that point - as Martin did.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Builders block
    27 days ago by redpmg ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Martin - you could make a good deal more than pin money by offering to detail motorcycles , cars and models with that kind of talent . Easily fund a few more models too...........
    Small advert on local Facebook page would bring you in a few customers and word of mouth would do the rest......
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Builders block
    27 days ago by Martin555 ( Vice Admiral)
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    That is a good idea but i would need to be a lot better at it than i am.
    It would end up more as a job rather than something to tinker at and that would take the fun out of it.

    Here a two more that i tinkered at.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Builders block
    27 days ago by redpmg ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    The last two and the first two above you could have made into transfers and sell them to the Hells Angels for their bikes Martin - you are really good at it - far better than so many so called professionals Ive seen . You don't have to take on every order - just the ones you feel like doing - wont put people of - you will just get more inquiries............You can keep it at whatever level you like.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Builders block
    27 days ago by marky ( Commander)
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    Buy yourself a tattoo machine Martin ,next step from the air brush .
    Cheers Marky๐Ÿ‘
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Builders block
    27 days ago by Martin555 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi marky,
    With the amount of cockups i make i don't think that will be a good idea LOL!
    What we have to do now is to get your mojo back and get you back to working your magic.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Builders block
    27 days ago by Martin555 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Red,
    Thank you for the complement.
    I don't know how to go about making transfers but as i have said I just tinker with airbrushing, I am reasonably ok with painting my models but as for making money from airbrushing i would have to Practice a lot more.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Builders block
    27 days ago by MouldBuilder ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Is there no end to your talents Martin? Love the pictures, all of them, especially the Frog.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Builders block
    26 days ago by Martin555 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Peter,
    I just like having a go at different things.
    If i could get rid of these shakes i would love to do a bit of hand engraving.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Builders block
    21 days ago by Martin555 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi marky,
    How is your Builders block ?
    I hope you have got your mojo back and are now working your magic on the Arctic Convoy.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Builders block
    21 days ago by marky ( Commander)
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    Hi Martin,
    Went into my old work and was given a car boot full of bits and bobs (scrap)now know what I'm going to do๐Ÿคจ ,amongst the scrap was a lot of vac forming plastic was thinking of using it to plate the Hull .
    When I was in the workshop there were two subs that had been film props from the 1950s I will get some pictures from the lads their about 5ft long and at one time were motorised,they were just stripping off some paint to get into the internals .
    Cheers Marky
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Builders block
    21 days ago by Martin555 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi mark,
    At least plating the hull will keep you out of mischief for a long time.LOL!
    It would be interesting to see the sub photos.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Builders block
    21 days ago by marky ( Commander)
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    Will get the lads to send me some on Monday unless the Uni closes down during the mass hysteria.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Plating question
    2 months ago by marky ( Commander)
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    Thinking slightly ahead after cladding the Hull I thought of doing plating in either card cereal boxes or ice cream tub type plastic ,the question is ,if using the cereal boxes which surface would be outside the printed side or the inside of the box ?

    Cheers Marky๐Ÿ‘
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Plating question
    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Marky,
    If you are planning to make you'r model RC then i would plate the hull with ice cream tub plastic.
    But if you decide to use cereal boxes i would use the smoothest side on the outside.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Plating question
    2 months ago by marky ( Commander)
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    Thanks for that Martin ,thought about using the ice cream tubs and using Tomas's roller idea for doing the rivets.
    Cheers Marky๐Ÿ‘
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Plating question
    2 months ago by Rookysailor ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    If you have got access to litho plate Marky, have a go with that, used it on a destroyer of mine, it cuts with scissors, and glues easy with Cyno (CA.)๐Ÿ˜
    btw, you can also put on rivets with a punch wheel dead easy...
    Cheers, Pete
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Plating question
    2 months ago by redpmg ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Good ideas Pete - Marky various sizes of cheap wheels available at haberdashers - don't try and use better half's one - could lead to a lot of domestic upheaval - they work well on thin card too - 160gm or so - card not that expensive either - cereal boxes a bit thick and tend to disintegrate quickly when wet - always worried about water seeping in and dislodging the contact or epoxy type glue you use for sticking the plastic.....

    Waterproof white glue works well with card on wood hulls - (dont get too wet - use a dryish brush to apply the glue) - then a coat of dope or thin undercoat waterproofs pretty well before painting......Thick will tend to hide the rivet effect.

    All the above comes from learning the hard way......

    Used plastic plating successfully on GRP/ Vac-formed ABS or Polystyrene hulls with solvent type glue - worked OK but don't over-wet as the rivets disappear - guess how that was found out......
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Plating question
    2 months ago by marky ( Commander)
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    Thanks for the idea of litho plate,will take a wee trip into the art college where I worked before retirement they have a printing department and see what I can scrounge.
    Cheers Marky๐Ÿ‘
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Plating question
    2 months ago by marky ( Commander)
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    Thanks for all the help and ideas that will keep me bumbling about and out of mischief for a while.

    Cheers Marky๐Ÿ‘
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    ๐Ÿ“ Holds continued
    3 months ago by marky ( Commander)
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    A little coat of paint fairly brought it altogether,a special thanks to Mr Lee at my local Chinese restaurant for the masts (chop sticks).
    Cheers Marky
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Holds continued
    3 months ago by Martin555 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Good work Marky, she is coming along nicely.
    Keep it up.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Holds continued
    3 months ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Marky,

    I see I'm not the only one.
    That uses Chopsticks for a mast!๐Ÿ‘
    Your model is coming along nicely!

    Cheers, Ed
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Holds continued
    3 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    So you should be getting on apace now Marky,
    Chop chop!๐Ÿ˜Š
    ๆ™šๅฎ‰ ๐Ÿ˜Ž
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    ๐Ÿ“ Holds
    3 months ago by marky ( Commander)
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    Thanks to my friendly laser cutter person 200 little gusset plates in 2 minutes ,some now glued round holds .
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Holds
    3 months ago by redpmg ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Nice one Marky - laser cutting those type of pieces is a doddle - nightmare by hand ! Would also do that sort of thing for other modellers on our Laser - if there were any here now - other than the ones I'm trying to encourage...........
    Everyone else seems to be too far away.............
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Holds
    3 months ago by marky ( Commander)
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    Tried cutting by hand ,murder just trying to get two the same and I don't really have the patience ๐Ÿ˜.
    Was nice to the people I used to manage in my previous life when I worked at the art college and they are quite happy to do me wee favours like laser cutting ,3D printing and as much scrap wood as I can use .
    Cheers Marky
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Holds
    3 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    "Everyone else seems to be too far away............. "
    I'm soooo alone, oh woe is me ๐Ÿ˜ญ
    Know the feeling Red ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Except here, amongst kindred spirits๐Ÿ‘
    "You'll never walk alone!" ๐Ÿ˜Š
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
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    ๐Ÿ“ Razzle Dazzle
    4 months ago by marky ( Commander)
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    Just throwing ideas around Though of giving Arctic convoy a Dazzle cammo paint job ,found a couple of interesting schemes.
    Cheers Marky

    convoy
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Razzle Dazzle
    4 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Mark,
    Good idea๐Ÿ‘
    Here's some more inspiration๐Ÿ˜‰
    https://io9.gizmodo.com/an-illustrated-history-of-unbelievab...
    Happy dazzling ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    https://io9.gizmodo.com/an-illustrated-history-of-unbelievably-camouflaged-ship-676257937
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Razzle Dazzle
    4 months ago by marky ( Commander)
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    Thanks for more inspiration Doug ,was reading that although there are many pictures of dazzle ships they are only in Black and white or sepia most of the colourful images are from the original paint designs.
    Cheers Marky.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Razzle Dazzle
    3 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Here's some more inspiration Marky, some more colourful.
    Many of the original schemes were only black/grey/white anyway!
    Happy dazzling ๐Ÿ˜
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    https://www.pinterest.de/pin/135741376238614786/

    http://www.scari.org/razzle-dazzle.too.html
    https://www.pinterest.de/pin/135741376238614786/
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    http://www.scari.org/razzle-dazzle.too.html
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    ๐Ÿ“ Prop shaft etc,
    4 months ago by marky ( Commander)
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    Well prop shaft arrived in the post ,postie must have sat on it it has a very obvious bend in it the rudder is also the wrong size , will take it on the chin can't be bothered sending them back to China will see if model shop in Edinburgh has something.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Prop shaft etc,
    4 months ago by Martin555 ( Vice Admiral)
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    I am glad you'r parts arrived, but sorry to hear about the damage.
    Well it be possible to modify the rudder and straiten the shaft ?

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Prop shaft etc,
    4 months ago by marky ( Commander)
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    Martin now you mention it I could probably solder another brass sheet onto the rudder to enlarge it ,am going to take the prop shaft into my old work to see if they can push a piece of bar the right diameter through it to straighten it and also try and straighten the inner shaft ,it was just so annoying after the wait.
    Cheers Marky๐Ÿ‘
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Prop shaft etc,
    4 months ago by MouldBuilder ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    I think you might get away with straightening the tube but I have doubts about the shaft. It will be difficult to get straight enough to avoid vibration at the speeds we turn them at. Sorry to be depressing,โ˜น๏ธ Good idea about enlarging the rudder though.๐Ÿ˜Š
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    ๐Ÿ“ Decks
    4 months ago by marky ( Commander)
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    While waiting for bits to come decided to stain the decks ,wee tip :- stain them the same colour your other half wants the window surrounds done in ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ.,a rub down and another coat tomorrow

    decks
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Decks
    4 months ago by Martin555 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Nice Marky,
    Looking good.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Slight alterations
    4 months ago by marky ( Commander)
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    Been a while (internet problems)Have made some slight alterations ,added some extra stringers to take the main deck drilled the main deck and fitted 5mm acrylic pegs ,will post pictures later .super fast internet !don't make me laugh.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Slight alterations
    4 months ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Marky,

    All internet providers claim, Super fast internet connection!
    What a joke!

    Cheers, Ed
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Slight alterations
    4 months ago by MouldBuilder ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    If you can get Virgin in your area, give it a try. I get 213 Mb/s almost constantly. Just tested across wifi at 140 Mb/s.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Slight alterations
    4 months ago by marky ( Commander)
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    Virgin have just started laying cables in our area so may give it a try once their finished.๐Ÿ‘
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    ๐Ÿ“ Decks
    4 months ago by marky ( Commander)
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    Trial fit of the decks ,they actually look a reasonable fit โœจ,if I remove the excess less 1/4" all round where the holds are this would give access for any rc gubbings.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Decks
    4 months ago by Martin555 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Marky,
    That is looking really good.
    It is definitely a totally different and unusual way to build but it is working out great.

    Have you decided to make it radio controlled ?

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Decks
    4 months ago by marky ( Commander)
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    Martin, I have just sent away for a book about rc for the novice.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Decks
    4 months ago by Martin555 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Well Marky, You can guarantee that you will get a lot of help from the good members of this site.

    Go for it Marky.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Decks
    4 months ago by mturpin013 ( Commander)
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    Hi Marky I am in a similar position re RC (first boat), but I've read all the books and really its not that complicated as modern RC seems to be made easy by the manufacturers, just make sure you count the number of channels you will need, I'm not sure I did! but we will see.

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    ๐Ÿ“ Hull frames
    5 months ago by marky ( Commander)
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    Donned the fingerless gloves and the furry hat and braved the cold shed to cut the frames (wife wouldn't let me bring the wee bandsaw into the kitchen) all frames cut and sanded ,the base should be 1" balsa ,I used an old shelf of light wood that was the same thickness ,frames glued in place and deck supports added,did some work on the chart room and flying deck.

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Hull frames
    5 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Excellente Mark ๐Ÿ‘
    Each superstructure 'chunk' is a fine model in itself!
    I envy you guys who can do such accurate woodwork.
    Encore, Encore ๐Ÿ˜€
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž

    Encore
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Hull frames
    5 months ago by MouldBuilder ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    I second Mr Fleets comments. Superb workmanship.
    She is going to look something special when completed.๐Ÿ‘
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