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    Robbe PT15 cabin and bridge..from scratch...
    by Cashrc ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ ( Lieutenant)
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    ๐Ÿ“ Buttoned up and ready to go
    3 months ago by Cashrc ( Lieutenant)
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    Well, hello all you fine people in stuck-at-home land!! Got her done. Sheโ€™s remotored, repropped, rebalanced, rebuilt, remagneted and rebuilt. Say that ten times fast with a shot of 80 proof after each time youโ€™ve uttered the words๐Ÿคฃ
    Anyway, I think sheโ€™s ready. I have stronger magnets up front, and a piano wire locating pin aft. Thatโ€™s better than she had originally. Also, when I reinstalled the receiver I attached it to the bottom of the deck with Velcro, and ran most of the cables under the deck proper. I used small pieces of duct tape to secure the cables to the bottom of the deck. The resulting install is much cleaner. I also swapped the Turnigy function switch to the Chief Jenkins, so the nav lights and searchlight com on as one. Light bar is controlled and powered thru the receiver, so itโ€™s not affected. I used the repurposed SXM switch in the PT. She now has nav lights, a mast light, general quarters red lighting, and a searchlight all independently controlled. Also, thereโ€™s 4 ounces of ballast secured all the way aft.Only thing I might do is to paint the back of the light boards grey to match the boat. I think sheโ€™s ready.
    Oh, Iโ€™ve included a shot of her original bridge in the next set of photos, so we can see the differences.
    Cash
    Robbe PT15 Second Function Check and Rebuilt Superstructure
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Buttoned up and ready to go
    3 months ago by MouldBuilder ( Captain)
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    You have made a super job of the repair Cash. It looks as good as new. So many people would have given up and started on a new model. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Buttoned up and ready to go
    3 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Cash,
    You have done a really fantastic job.
    She is definitely a boat to be proud of.

    Well done.

    Looking forward to seeing her in the water.

    Martin555.
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    3 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Super job Cash๐Ÿ‘
    Wonder what they did with all those horseshoes!?๐Ÿ™„
    Hope that cog wheel is man enough to handle 1700 kV!๐Ÿคž
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
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    ๐Ÿ“ Done!! At least the pretty bits
    3 months ago by Cashrc ( Lieutenant)
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    Hi all..well, the external work is 99.9 percent done. Details added, everything assembled and painted, lights fitted. Now....I need to wire the lights, I really wish Graupner hadnโ€™t gone belly up as I love, absolutely love their SXM multifunction switch. I can control 4 separate banks of lights form 1 channel and 1 three position switch. Canโ€™t find them now, scarcer then hens teeth. I might just wire the mast and nav lights on one circuit, but I want the searchlight on itโ€™s own circuit..and, thanks to Fleet, I might, just might light up the interior of the bridge..but not in the normal sense. I have a small collection of RAM light kits, one of which is a brake light kit for rc cars. So...I have a red bulb, and a reflector. I was thinking making a big enough hole under the bridge so that the reflector could be tacked under, and the red light would light up the bridge...a โ€œGeneral Quartersโ€ lighting effect. Maybe...
    Anyway, I have to do a little balance and also play with my power. The brushless inrunner was way too hot, Iโ€™m thinking going back to brushed with just a touch more power than I had before the brushless fiasco, or a brushless outrunner, which would negate the gearbox, and just make sure my KV isnโ€™t too steep. Or...I put on a smaller, lower pitch prop. When I first floated her she looks fine, but this ship is designed for 8 sub c cells, Iโ€™m either run in 6 sub c or 2 lipo, plus the equipment Iโ€™m using is much smaller and lighter than was was shown on the plans..so Iโ€™m pretty sure sheโ€™s light in the stern, by probably almost a quarter pound, maybe a touch less.
    Cash
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Done!! At least the pretty bits
    3 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Well done Cash, good as new.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Done!! At least the pretty bits
    3 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Cash,
    Good work Sub.๐Ÿ‘
    Yeah, shame about the SMX๐Ÿค”
    But you might try this as a substitute, data sheet attached-
    https://www.componentshop.co.uk/p62-quadswitch.html

    Red lighting is good for the bridge๐Ÿ‘ Not too bright!
    Helps to preserve the night vision of the watch crew.
    The reflector idea sounds good too.

    I'd go for the outrunner if I were you.
    Remind me; what size / type of prop are you using?
    Single shaft?
    BTW Don't change more than one thing at a time; i.e. either size or pitch.
    Otherwise you won't know what actually did the trick!

    Re trimming / ballast; sounds like you've got leeway for a heavier, higher capacity battery๐Ÿ‘
    OR; A beef quarter-pounder snack for the crew ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜

    Hope you remembered to fit the neodymium magnets!!??
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    https://www.componentshop.co.uk/p62-quadswitch.html
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Done!! At least the pretty bits
    3 months ago by redpmg ( Commander)
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    Well done Cash - you made a really good job of it - as Doug says dont forget the Neodyms to fasten it down this time - wonder how long before we can see it on the water..........
    Sure you will get the motor sorted as long as you get permission to use the indoor test tank......
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Done!! At least the pretty bits
    3 months ago by MouldBuilder ( Captain)
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    Great job Cash. As good as new. Must learn to do that.๐Ÿ‘
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Done!! At least the pretty bits
    3 months ago by Cashrc ( Lieutenant)
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    Hi Doug. Well, Iโ€™ve decided to go with the same size and KV outrunner that I have in my Acapulco. Itโ€™s a 36mm diameter 1750 kv unit. Now, the Acapulco is just a touch smaller and probably at least a pound or more lighter, probably 2 pounds. However, I propped her very conservatively and it did great, good turn of speed, very controllable and the motor rarely gets over ambient temperature. Now, on the PT, instead of a 3 blade low pitch prop, Iโ€™m using something similar to the stock prop, but smaller and slightly less pitch. I intend to get her out when we can and take a selection of props with me, and keep her close till sheโ€™s sorted out. Main thing I have to learn is balance. Iโ€™m pretty sure, even though she looks good sitting in the tub not moving, that sheโ€™s light in the stern. I might need to add 4 ounces or so aft. Iโ€™ve been told that planing hulls need to balance about 70 percent back from the bow, but I really could use some help in this area.
    Cash
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Done!! At least the pretty bits
    3 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Look forward to the Trials Report Cash๐Ÿ‘
    Don't know about 70% back, sounds a bit much.
    My Sea Scout is trimmed to sit 'flat' when at rest and she still rises nicely to the plane as my trials videos show.
    BTW before the advent of titchy rare earth magnets I fixed the rather top heavy bridge structure of my destroyer, caused by fitting a radar drive under the bridge deck and a brass foremast which also acts as RX antenna, by making it a tight fit on the coaming.
    As 'belt and braces' I also fitted hooks under the superstructure and in the keel with an aircraft wing fixing rubber band between them. Basic but effective๐Ÿ˜
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Done!! At least the pretty bits
    3 months ago by samc ( Master Seaman)
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    Graupner SXM multifunction switch
    just looked it up and a place in the BElgium
    and ebay

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Done!! At least the pretty bits
    3 months ago by Cashrc ( Lieutenant)
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    Thanks Martin!
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Done!! At least the pretty bits
    3 months ago by Cashrc ( Lieutenant)
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    Peter, I donโ€™t need to โ€œget permissionโ€ to use the indoor test tank. By God, man, I RUN this house!! I run the dishwasher, the vacuum, the dryer, and Iโ€™m in charge, in CHARGE, mind you, of litter box cleaning and maintenance๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ
    Cash
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Done!! At least the pretty bits
    3 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Gisela and I have a similar division of labour Cash.
    I deal with all important stuff like Defence, Foreign Affairs, Homeland Security, Trash Disposal / Recycling etc.
    While Gisela looks after the minor stuff-
    Like where we're going on holiday, what we're gonna eat, directing my Maintenance and Repair activities, Treasury, i.e. all the unimportant stuff๐Ÿ˜
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
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    3 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Doug, Cash,
    I am also the Boss! in my house, that is when my wife lets me.LOL!

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Done!! At least the pretty bits
    3 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Found it Sam๐Ÿ‘
    Thanks for that tip off.
    They've got some useful stuff๐Ÿ˜Š
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    https://www.ep-fun.be/contents/nl/p25737_Switching-module-mu...

    https://www.ep-fun.be/index.html
    https://www.ep-fun.be/contents/nl/p25737_Switching-module-multi-function-SXM.html
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    https://www.ep-fun.be/index.html
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    ๐Ÿ“ Almost ready
    3 months ago by Cashrc ( Lieutenant)
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    Need a few more things done, then sheโ€™s ready....๐Ÿ˜Š
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Almost ready
    3 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Cash,
    Excellent work.
    I hope you don't lose this one to Davy Jones LOL!!

    Martin555.
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    3 months ago by redpmg ( Commander)
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    Better than new Cash - how are you going to secure it now?
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Almost ready
    3 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    "I hope you don't lose this one to Davy Jones LOL!!"
    "how are you going to secure it now? "

    Confucius he say:-
    'He who forgets to fit neodymium magnets
    will lose his top and rue the day!' ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ญ

    Cheers, ๐Ÿ˜Ž
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Almost ready
    3 months ago by Cashrc ( Lieutenant)
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    Iโ€™m thinking better magnets and also small pins made from small steel cotter pins, secured to the hull by strong thread and hidden when on display.

    Or maybe duct tape๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ
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    ๐Ÿ“ A minor oops, or lets make it Kustom๐Ÿ˜€
    3 months ago by Cashrc ( Lieutenant)
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    Hi yโ€™all. So, I got the mast finished and painted, made holes for light to shine thru the windows Iโ€™ll add, painted the nav light boards, and finally painted the superstructure. I have a few small blemishes to fix, but while I was looking it over I realized I made an error. Now, if this was a truly museum quality scale model, one that was destined for a contest based on accuracy of details, markings and paint..well, this would be egregious...however, the Robbe kit is basically what used to be called in model aviation โ€œstand off scaleโ€..some things are omitted or glosses over so that the model in question is judged from 5 or 10 feet away. Anyway...man I really hate to admit this..I set her up for 4 forward bridge windows. Looking at my old pics of the first build I realized there are three. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Went in and showed my wife, the Commodore, and told her what Iโ€™d done, and that there were 2 ways to go forward. Fill the holes, sand, cut new holes and repaint, or carry on with the revision. I reminded her as acting Commodore, even though itโ€™s an honorary title, she could โ€œpull rankโ€ and send an order thru the appropriate channels to go ahead with the โ€œupdated revisionโ€. She looked at me funny, then she got it and approved the updated window revision.๐Ÿคฃ
    So, only person who would EVER notice would be some person whoโ€™s studied the Japanese post war PTโ€™s in general, and this class in particular. Odds of me running into someone like that would be...letโ€™s just say Iโ€™d have better odds in Vegas. Anyway, Iโ€™m fitting windows tomorrow.
    Cash
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: A minor oops, or lets make it Kustom๐Ÿ˜€
    3 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    You have done an amazing job on that superstructure and you should be very proud of what you have archived.
    A job extremely well done.

    Martin555.
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    3 months ago by redpmg ( Commander)
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    Brilliant job Cash - no one will ever notice the windows - especially if you never had said anything .
    Think it does look better than the original .
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    3 months ago by jbkiwi ( Rear Admiral)
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    You'll probably find an armchair (or deckchair) 'expert' somewhere Cash, just tell them it was a special one off modification for South China Sea patrols, as the captain complained about the large 'blind spots' hindering vision. That will give them a few wasted hours of Janes reading when they get home๐Ÿ˜
    JB
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: A minor oops, or lets make it Kustom๐Ÿ˜€
    3 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Don't worry Cash,
    Only about 5000 of us know๐Ÿ˜‰
    and WE won't tell - will we chaps and chapesses??
    All together now "OF COURSE WE WON'T" .... will we?๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ
    Regards all, from your 'swivel chair' Admiral.
    Modification approved Sub. //Fleet.๐Ÿ˜Ž
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    ๐Ÿ“ Hauled Up Before the Mast...Again!
    3 months ago by Cashrc ( Lieutenant)
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    Hi yaโ€™ll. Before I go on, I just want to say thanks for the support, comments and ideas. Really helps especially with whatโ€™s going on now. Again..thank you.๐Ÿ˜Š
    So..got up this morning and did a little more work on the mast assembly. The original fittings kit had brass standoffs for the mast lamps which were made from the brass parts and brass servo grommets. I have grommets galore, but my brass stock was either too thin or too thick. So, I used cut down servo arms for the bases and the grommets for lights. I then turned my attention to the upper radar doohickey on the upper part of the mast. In case yโ€™all are wondering, โ€œdoohickeyโ€ is an accepted technical term here in Texas. Anyway, the best way to make this thing up is to make up a jig from a piece of 1/4 inch soft balsa sheet. The object is to bend the unsoldered end down to press into the wood to keep the wire steady while soldering. I went one step further and tacked that end with a little CA, once done I cut the radar loose then proceeded to measure, cut and bend the wires to shape.
    The lower radar and housing is made up of modified legos, the bar from sheet and rod, and the small support is brass wire with nylon tube over that. I then made up and soldered/glued the tip aerials on. I need to ad the main lamp and horn, then a little going over with fine sandpaper to clean up and paint.
    Cash
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Hauled Up Before the Mast...Again!
    3 months ago by redpmg ( Commander)
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    Hi Cash - if anything that superstructure is going to look better than the original - really good work you are doing there.
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    3 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Very good work cash.
    I like the โ€œdoohickeyโ€
    I bet you are really enjoying making this.

    Martin555.
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    3 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Cash,
    Looking good๐Ÿ‘
    "Doohickey" is not exactly unknown to us Pommes either๐Ÿ˜‰
    Probably imported by the USAF, or maybe my Dad picked it up during his Thor Missile training in the States in '58?
    Anyway, your spidery doohickey at the top of the mast is not part of a radar.
    Looks more to me like the ground plane (i.e. electrical counterbalance) for a coaxial UHF antenna.
    The actual antenna being the thick stub above the spider.
    See attached pics of such antennas from Rohde & Schwarz, which I used extensively in my naval ship COMMS system designs. The E version being the later one with extended frequency range for DATALINK compatibility.
    There was always a departmental 'fight', COMMS, ESM, Radar, for prime position at the top of the mast to get maximum range๐Ÿ™„
    The 'trombone slide' on the starboard boom looks like a VHF folded dipole for Low Band VHF.
    The 'downpipe' on the port boom is probably a straightforward VHF High Band dipole.
    What I miss is a couple of 5 or 7m, maybe even 10m (30ft), HF whip or rod antennas?
    And of course, MOST important, the combi TV and AM/FM radio antenna!!๐Ÿ˜‰
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
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    ๐Ÿ“ Up Before the Mast!!
    3 months ago by Cashrc ( Lieutenant)
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    Hi yโ€™all. Got some really fun news Thursday. Iโ€™ve been furloughed ๐Ÿ˜ฎ! The company will keep paying my insurance, and I lose no seniority, but they are making temporary cuts across the board...so basically, I have a 30 day unpaid vacation. They want to try to get me back on board after that. Weโ€™ll see. Luckily I donโ€™t have a lot of bills, house is paid for, got a small improvement loan and the normal lot of utilities so weโ€™re okay, and I have one more check coming on the 10th. Soooooo....Iโ€™ll have plenty of time to spend with family, get some rest, and oh...BUILD๐Ÿ˜Š
    So, since this is the first time Iโ€™ve been unemployed, temporarily or otherwise, after I came home and commiserated with my wife, I decided to go to the bench and abuse some brass and plastic ๐Ÿ˜‚
    I did what I did with the original mast, substituted a 6 mm piece of CF tubing for wood. My main yardarm is a slight bit thicker than the first mast as I had to raid my stash for brass tubing. Took a couple of hours to cut, bend, fit, glue and solder but itโ€™s about halfway there. We binge watched โ€œThe Marvelous Mrs Maiselโ€ till 130 am, so Iโ€™ll be getting up about 9 am and start on finishing the mast tomorrow. Iโ€™ll post my progress.
    Cash
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Up Before the Mast!!
    3 months ago by redpmg ( Commander)
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    Sorry to hear about your work problem Cash - one wonders how many are in the same boat. At least you are taking a positive view of it . We are in pretty much the same situation as all Laser orders have stopped and better half's small business is closed for the duration - so both her part time employees have no income either.

    Do like the mast on the superstructure however - really good work there
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Up Before the Mast!!
    3 months ago by marky ( Captain)
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    Sorry to hear about your work ,lots in the UK in the same boat ,if your furlouged here the government will pay upto 80% of your salary to a maximum of ยฃ2500 per month ,a bit more tricky if your self employed where the formulas a bit weird and difficult according to my brother.
    Stay safe and try to enjoy the time with your family.

    Cheers Marky๐Ÿ‘
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Up Before the Mast!!
    3 months ago by marky ( Captain)
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    Sorry forgot to say ,the mast and superstructure are looking great .
    Cheers again Marky๐Ÿ‘
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Up Before the Mast!!
    3 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Cash,
    I bet you are enjoying making this instead of assembling the kit.
    You get more satisfaction knowing that you made all of it.
    Really looking good.
    Well done.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Up Before the Mast!!
    3 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Liked the work you've done there Cash๐Ÿ‘ but not the news๐Ÿ‘Ž
    The employment laws (or lack of them and social insurance) are the main reasons I turned down a transfer to the US, (Lake Success, Long Island, New York) in '87 and decided to stay in Munich.
    Never regretted it. Best of luck for the future๐Ÿคž enjoy your extended workshop time.
    Helps to take the mind off the damn bugs!โ„๏ธโ„๏ธโ„๏ธ
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    PS Message from Chief of Staff: Your fictitious salary as Sub Lieutenant in our fictitious Texas Navy Detachment will continue to be paid into your fictitious Cayman Island account for the duration of the emergency ๐Ÿ˜ FLEET//
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Up Before the Mast!!
    3 months ago by mturpin013 ( Captain)
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    Goodish news on the job, but my advice is submerge yourself in the family and modeling, It will all come right eventually, keep smilling.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Fiddly Bits on the Roof...(yeah, itโ€™s a stretch)
    3 months ago by Cashrc ( Lieutenant)
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    Hi yโ€™all. Last day of vacation back to work Tuesday, so I gotta as much done this morning as I could. Made some holes in the back part of the bridge, these will let some light shine thru the tinted windows I will install later. I did the aft ones as access will be limited by the rails and mast. I just did holes in the very back and rectangular cut outs in the aft sides. I was going to forego this and just paint or decal the windows, but someone ( cough,cough,FLEET! cough,cough) convinced me otherwise.๐Ÿคฃ
    Anyway, got that done, then dug into my Cornwall care package and brought out the stanchions I ordered. They are Caldercraft units, look almost exactly like the originals, but the are just about a hair thinner, and the corresponding holes in the balls are smaller. Luckily I had some brass and piano wire the right size. I also ordered some ladder stock which I used. I loosely built up the rails, attached the stanchions and wires in their drilled holes, and made sure everything looked good before I caโ€™d the mess together. Where the upper rail, it down stanchion and ladder rail meet I soldered and put a drop of ca on to be safe. I then built and installed the two mushroom ventilators.
    Thatโ€™s almost it, save for a few things. Lights, mast, etc. a few things that arenโ€™t supposed to be grey will be added last. Iโ€™m very close to the first coat of Tamiya AS26 grey, once thatโ€™s on I can judge what needs a little more sanding, filling, and touching up before the second coat. Think Iโ€™ll have her done by late next week.
    Cash
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Fiddly Bits on the Roof...(yeah, itโ€™s a stretch)
    3 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Whoooo? Li'l ol' meee!?๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Now that's what I call 'Pushing 'limits' Cash๐Ÿ‘
    Wasn't sure if you would risk it, but I'm sure you'll be glad you did - WHEN it's done and dusted๐Ÿ˜Š Especially if you illuminate the wheelhouse.๐Ÿ’ก

    BTW: Before you rush into your first coat of Tamiya grey I strongly recommend that you precede it with a thin coat of light grey primer. That should help prevent any of the 'lifting' problems that Martin555 and others experienced.
    (Unless of course 'the Commodore' is looking for a new 'lifting process'! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜)
    (Good that we have the Atlantic between us!!๐Ÿ˜ฎ)
    Since you've built with styrene use plastic primer if you can, especially if the styrene wasn't prepared by lightly rubbing down with a 600 - 1000 wet n dry, e.g. Tamiya sponge. But any other 'normal', e.g. auto primer will do.
    Also cheaper than Tamiya paint for showing up any defects which need filling/sanding etc.๐Ÿ˜‰

    In view of the alacrity of your repairs Fleet Command will defer a decision on holding a General Court until they are completed, and waive it on successful completion of Sea Trials and commissioning into active service.
    Carry on Sub. That reminds me, I believe your next Promotion Board is coming up soon .... ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Cheers, FLEET// ๐Ÿ˜Ž
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Fiddly Bits on the Roof...(yeah, itโ€™s a stretch)
    3 months ago by Cashrc ( Lieutenant)
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    Fleet, sad to say Iโ€™ve not seen the posts the lifting problem was discussed. The Tamiya paints are a synthetic lacquer, I primered the hull donโ€™t remember if I primered the superstructure. Only trouble Iโ€™ve had is some of the brass parts I had to redo originally, but I had decanted some of the spray paint and brushed it on. The whole thing will get several light coats of TS26 Tamiya after a light scuffing with 1000 grit. Might have to scrounge up another can of primer this week.
    Cash
    PS...donโ€™t know if the cabin can be lit as the bridge is solidly glued on and access...hm..wait, I could come in from underneath in the main structure....Doggone it Fleet you did it to me again๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ
    PPS..โ€lifting processโ€...Bwahahaha!! Iโ€™ll keep that twixt you, me and the forum lest one of us limps for a while..๐Ÿ˜‚
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Fiddly Bits on the Roof...(yeah, itโ€™s a stretch)
    3 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Sorreeee!๐Ÿ˜”
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    ๐Ÿ“ Attack of the Fiddly Bits!!
    4 months ago by Cashrc ( Lieutenant)
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    So, did a little more today, the escape hatches at the bottom of the superstructure and the side rails. I found that the mouthpiece of my vape mod was the exact diameter of the hatches, so I used it as a template.๐Ÿคฃ
    Hopefully Iโ€™ll have enough of the proper size of brass wire to do the upper rails or I might have to scavenge thru my unbuilt kit stash!! Canโ€™t just bop on down to Hobby Lobby right now๐Ÿ˜ฎ
    Cash
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Attack of the Fiddly Bits!!
    4 months ago by MouldBuilder ( Captain)
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    Really coming on well. Will you remove all of the handrails for painting.
    Good job.๐Ÿ˜Š
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Attack of the Fiddly Bits!!
    4 months ago by Cashrc ( Lieutenant)
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    Thanks!! The handrails were painted gray on the original. I had painted the bridge then painted each detail added as I installed them, or after. I had to touch up the bridge several times to correct scratches, etc from various installs. My reasoning now is to install everything thatโ€™s supposed to be gray now, with the exception of the mast, then give the structure several light coats, touch up where needed, then install the mast and other non gray components. Think itโ€™ll come out better that way.
    Cash
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Attack of the Fiddly Bits!!
    4 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Cash,
    After you have completed this i can see you will be doing a lot more scratch building projects.
    Great work.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Attack of the Fiddly Bits!!
    3 months ago by Cashrc ( Lieutenant)
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    Hi Martin. Donโ€™t know about scratch building right now, but I can see it happening in the course of time. However, I have 2 Deans Marines kits in my stash, a โ€œWacht Am Rheinโ€ that I got in a trade, partially built but has quite a bit left to do, and a new โ€œCanned Heatโ€ PBR. Looking at the plans I can see where what Iโ€™ve done an learned so far will be a big help building those two kits.
    Cadh
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    ๐Ÿ“ More fiddly bits!
    4 months ago by Cashrc ( Lieutenant)
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    Hi yโ€™all, real quick update. I modified a Robbe venturi vent into a hailer/speaker by sanding the bell down and installing a rivet into the rear, made the wind break from a modified LEGO, sheet styrene and styrene rod, added an antenna and made a few rails. My care package from Cornwall Model Boats arrived today with some stanchions, ladders and portholes, so Iโ€™m set. Itโ€™s wide open throttle from here on out!!๐Ÿ˜

    Cash
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: More fiddly bits!
    4 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi cash,
    That is really starting to look like the original.
    Well done.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: More fiddly bits!
    4 months ago by redpmg ( Commander)
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    When you have completed it Cash sure it will be hard to distinguish from the original - making a really good job of it.

    Stay well away from your customers and please wear a mask & gloves - want to see more of your builds in future.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Dance of the Fiddly Bits!!
    4 months ago by Cashrc ( Lieutenant)
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    So, our county and the surrounding counties are under shelter or stay at home orders. One can go for a walk, walk the dog, etc, but no groups meetings and no gatherings, cinema, etc. Since Iโ€™m in an โ€œessential businessโ€ (parts department auto dealer) Iโ€™m still working. However, I set my vacation up several months ago for this Wednesday till Tuesday next week. Fun. Lotsa fun. Plus, my daughters school has resorted to online class, and my wife is now working from home, and weโ€™re driving the cats mad. They want their privacy back, I reckon. Anyway, built up some of the detail from plastic sheet, wood, legos and zip ties.
    I did the exchangers or ventilators, not sure what they are to be honest, out of sheet styrene, and the mounts from styrene covered balsa. Those were fairly simple. The ventilators were another matter, as the ventilator grilles were molded fittings that are now out of production, with the closest set to me at the bottom of the lake making a good home for catfish. So, I razed my daughters old Legos, found a couple that were close in dimension to my original units, shaped them, sheeted the shapes side with sheet styrene. I then cut off the lugs, sanded, then made grilles from cut down tie wrap strip. Finished the rest of the detail with sheet and strip. Not exactly like my former units, but they look the part. I went ahead and gave them a quick coat of paint to see how they turned out, the installed them.
    Cash
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Dance of the Fiddly Bits!!
    4 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi cash,
    It is surprising what you can make from Lego.
    You are doing a great job.
    Keep it up.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Dance of the Fiddly Bits!!
    4 months ago by marky ( Captain)
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    Hi Cash ,
    Great job ,you and your family stay safe (and the cats).
    Cheers Marky๐Ÿ‘
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