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    1/40th Billings USCG motor lifeboat
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    πŸ“ Pretty much done...well, mostly done
    24 hours ago by Cashrc ( Midshipman)
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    Evening y’all. Had the morning to myself, as my lovely bride decided to sleep in, and my daughter is at an overnight Church function. Usually I take the Studebaker61 out early Saturday morning and have breakfast with my car group, but I slept in too, stayed in bed till 830ish...so, since I didn’t roll the Hawk, I decided to knock out some more work on the lifeboat. I did the mast, mast antennas and the side rails, however, I modded the side rails to make install/removal of the drive battery more manageable. The rails are supposed to tie off ate the aft end of the upper deck, I just made them dual rail 3 posters and didn’t extend the upper rail as per the plan. This way I have a little more room to each side without wires or clumsy fingers getting caught or breaking anything. So, the boats not exactly scale, but β€œstand-off” scale. I also finalized my radio install and put in a floor for the battery. I have a few more minor details to work out, but for all practical purposes she’s done and awaits her maiden.
    Cash
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    20 hours ago by Martin555 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Nice work Cash,
    A very tidy little boat, well worth the effort.
    Looking forward to seeing how she acts on the water.

    Martin555.
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    17 hours ago by CaptLarry ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Wow! πŸ‘
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    15 hours ago by redpmg ( Lieutenant)
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    Looking forward to seeing her on the water Cash - lovely job you have made of it altogether - If I did not have so many unfinished projects would sift through the stash and find the kit.........
    Been looking for Commander pics on the Web - memory fails me apart from that it did not have the bullet nose. Looks like it was the 52 model 4 door V8 my dad had . Would have been nearly 68 years ago - can remember he grumbled about fuel usage...... Do you know if it had a split back axle which bolted together ? Know it collapsed and jammed solid on a railway crossing going on holiday to the Cape - fortunately train came once a week and it had been through the day before.........Very frightening at the time
    Apologies for the hijack of your thread...........
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    πŸ“ Bit more
    2 days ago by Cashrc ( Midshipman)
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    Quick update as it’s past midnight...got some deck details painted up and installed, and there’s a post/stanchion/thingy that has 2 rails that bend around to stanchions on either side of the details I installed. Also float tested with drive battery on board.
    Cash
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    2 days ago by CaptLarry ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Cash,
    Looks good! BTW, the orange can contains a gas powered de-watering pump with suction hose and firehose. It can be deployed as firefighting apparatus or to pump out a sinking vessel. Can’t wait to see it run!
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    πŸ“ Fun with railing
    4 days ago by Cashrc ( Midshipman)
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    Okay, so this little boat is kicking my rump. I did the fwd rails this evening, they built up good, and I tried shooting them with Tamiya acrylic thinned with Mr Color lacquer thinner. Had a young man at the hobby shop give me some advice, and it works great! Shot it with my airbrush, installed it then...well, my intentions were to trim the ends where they would butt up against the cabin, maybe socket in to drilled holes by 1/16th inch or so, but after I trimmed them I realized I didn’t account for the rearward rake of the cabin😠. Humph. After thinking about it, I used some very small nylon tube that just fits over the wire, and drilled holes to suit in the cabin, they are not glued in, but will slide in place for display and to facilitate removal of the cabin/deck hatch. Not perfect, but this boats kind of an experiment anyway, I’m learning new techniques and also that my hands are way too big to work on something this small🀣🀣
    Anyway, the way I did the rail is I bent it up, drilled the forward stanchion holes, lined it up and used thin ca with a micro applicator to glue the stanchions to the wire, the pulled the assembly, drilled the rest of the holes, assembled it dry then glued it together. Off the boat, paint, on the boat and glued in place.
    Oh, yeah. Fixed the lights.
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    4 days ago by redpmg ( Lieutenant)
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    Cash you really are a spring chicken compared to some of us - even my 10 year younger better half is a good few years older than you........

    Still haven't answered my query re the hull thickness.......

    With hands too big you still seem to be doing a great job........

    Hate to admit was not even 40 when I blundered with the lights - could not blame it on anything - and I did not spot the mistake.......
    Good job it was fixed before going to the club........
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    4 days ago by CaptLarry ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hey Cash!
    Do you know what the box like shapes on the cockpit outer walls (Next to the firehose) are for?
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    4 days ago by Cashrc ( Midshipman)
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    Hi Red!! Sorry I didn’t answer your question sooner. It’s pretty thin, you hold it to a bright light and it’s a little translucent. Little bit thicker than a disposable picnic cup, but better material if that helps.
    Cash
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    4 days ago by Cashrc ( Midshipman)
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    Don’t know Larry...no idea at all . First aid supplies? Toolbox? Place to hide your lunch? Best guesses....
    Cash
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    4 days ago by CaptLarry ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    They are air intake chambers for the engines. Each one contain a float/plug that closes the air passage when the boat rolls over in the surf.
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    4 days ago by Cashrc ( Midshipman)
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    Did not know that..that’s cool!!πŸ˜€
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    3 days ago by CaptLarry ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Here is some detail for you....not the best of quality, but from the 44 MLB ops manual.
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    πŸ“ 1/40th Billings USCG motor lifeboat
    5 days ago by Cashrc ( Midshipman)
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    Hi y’all. I had mentioned in the Night Watch thread how we, as in the whole family with the exception of the Cats had come down with a bacterial infection...plus, my Christmas present, a Ro-Marin Dolly with fittings kit and fire monitor kit had been back ordered from Germany, and wasn’t due in till around New Years. It’s here now, waiting to hit my bench. Anyhow, I was off work for the holidays, getting over the crud, kinda feeling sorry for myself. I had cleaned off my bench and done a some reorganization, and I was sitting there, bored to tears. I looked at my kit stash, and I saw the little Billings kit that I had acquired in a trade. Now, this is a small boat, 14 inches long. Smaller than I like. However, the more I looked at it the more I started thinking. I pulled it from it’s resting place and started going thru it. It had 2 props, shafts, and 2 300 sizes brushed motors. I decided that, if I were to build the little beast I would have to simplify the running gear....then, I remembered I had a little 20mm outrunner and esc. So, I started from there.
    Inside the kit was an addendum from the importers of the kit at the time, I think it was Hobby Expo. Anyway, the sheet recommended to have the entire deck made removable so one could access the radio gear and drive batteries. They recommended Velcro. Nope. That’s asking for a leak. Since it’s 20 years or more since this particular kit was made, radio gear and batteries have changed profusely, and for the most part, for the better. So I decided to use the outrunner with a single shaft for simplicity and to keep room for batteries and the steering servo.
    I installed the shaft first, then made up a bulkhead from scrap abs and installed it into the hull, giving me just enough room for the motor and a decent solid coupler. I then decided the stock rudders were too small, so I made some slightly larger out of thin plywood. I used the kit components for the rudder linkage, I then decided where to cut my hatch, cut it out, and basically started building. Everything will be easily accessed save the rudder linkage. All the linkage is attached by z bends, I have adjustment at the servo by use of a barrel connector.
    As of now the boat is basically built, I’m doing the deck details, and I had to repaint the trim line as it was pointed out to me on another board that the trim is supposed to be black, not dark blue..the person who caught my error used to work at the Coast Guard paint shop, and worked these boats, so....I fixed it.🀣
    Anyway, hoping by the end of the week, maybe middle of next she’ll be done, then we’ll see how she goes. I’ve already done a leak test and amp draw, and she’s pulling about 2.5 amps at full throttle, so at least I know I’m not going to burn her up.
    Cash
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    5 days ago by Cashrc ( Midshipman)
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    Just realized I’ve got the navigation lights swapped!!!! Dang it! I’ll fix it tomorrow🀣
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    5 days ago by redpmg ( Lieutenant)
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    Nice one Cash - looking good as always with your builds.
    Have a kit lying around somewhere bought for me in Hong Kong of all places years ago. Never built as the hull seems paper thin - how thick is yours? Could not think of a way to strengthen it without damaging the hull...........
    As to the light swap - my avatar Police Boat was built many years ago - switched on lights - ex who knew not much about boats commented "have you got the lights wrong" - sure enough nav lights on wrong sides.......Embarrassing to say the least ...........
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    5 days ago by Martin555 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi Cash,
    I am glad you are feeling much better now.
    You have done a super job on the little Lifeboat.
    Well done.

    Martin555.
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    5 days ago by Martin555 ( Rear Admiral)
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    At least you noticed the nav lights before she hit the water at the club, otherwise you would never hear the end of it LOL!!

    Martin555.
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    5 days ago by CaptLarry ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Cash,
    Your 44MLB build looks like it is coming along really good.
    I am curious where you got the advice of the blue trim....all the 44MLB’s I served on had black trim. Diesel exhaust soot was/is always a nemesis on white hulls! Even helicopters!
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    4 days ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Cash,

    You did a great job on her!

    I can't wait to see her on the pond!

    Cheers, Ed

    PS. I'm sure you'll get port and starboard sorted out! LOL.....😁
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    4 days ago by Cashrc ( Midshipman)
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    Larry, the paint chart with the kit showed black, but in the garage light, I thought it was a very dark navy blue. Since I didn’t have a dark blue, I used what I had. I need new glasses🀣
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    4 days ago by Cashrc ( Midshipman)
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    Red, that makes me feel better. Nav lights are the same on aircraft too, as a former F-16 crew chief, you would think I’d know better. I know what I’ll do! I turn 59 this month, I’ll blame it on a pre-senior momentπŸ˜‚
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    4 days ago by Cashrc ( Midshipman)
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    Yeah buddy, wrong guy sees that at the pond I would never, ever live it down.
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    4 days ago by Cashrc ( Midshipman)
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    Thanks Ed, she’s fixed. BTW your Smit’s looking good!
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