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    Row, row, row, yet another boat
    by Graham93 ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    ๐Ÿ“ Rear Deck
    20 hours ago by Graham93 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Before planking the rear deck, the mounting arrangement for two servos needed to be made and fitted.

    Each oar is powered by two servos. One to raise and lower the oar, the other to provide the fore and aft stroke movement. I want, as far as possible to hide all the mechanics from view, which in an open boat, is not so easy.

    The stroke servos provide the power to move the dinghy, and hence need to be a reasonable size and torque. The ones I selected are TowerPro MG996R metal gear servos with a torque rating of 9.4kg cm on 4.8V. They are too big to fit under the floorboards in the dinghy so the only other option is to fit them under the rear deck.

    A cardboard template was made from the hull and a piece of 3mm ply cut to shape with mounting holes for the two servos. This slides into place under the rear deck and is held in position by a single M3 socket head bolt which screws into a captive nut in a piece of oak glued to the keel. The rear edge of the mounting plate slides under retaining strips glued to the inside face of the transom. A thin piece of mahogany veneered ply is glued to the front of the servo mounting plate to conceal the servos. Two notches at the bottom of the mount give room for the pushrods to exit the mount and run along the floor of the dinghy to the oars. These pushrods will be concealed with removeable planked floorboards.

    Once this assembly was complete, the rear deck was planked with mahogany to match the rest of the gunwale planking.
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    20 hours ago by Martin555 ( Admiral)
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    Hi Graham,
    She is looking better and better each time i see your progress.
    Keep up the good work.

    Martin555.
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    14 hours ago by jbkiwi ( Rear Admiral)
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    Must be something about lockdown which is improving creativity, -nice bit of concealment Graham. Rear deck looks very nice as well.
    JB
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    ๐Ÿ“ Gunwales
    5 days ago by Graham93 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Having removed the dinghy from the building jig, the first job was to cut and fit the oak forward deck beam and centre plank.

    These were followed by mahogany inwales running the length of the boat pinned and glued along the top inside edge of the frames. Once the glue was dry, and the clamps removed the top edge of both the outwales and the inwales were planed level to each other to enable the cover planks to be fitted. To accommodate the curvature of the hull sides, the planking is fitted in three pieces on either side. Fitting these planks was quite a challenge. There wasn't a single straight edge to work to. It was also important to position the nails carefully as there will be visible on the completed dinghy (not paint here Doug!) In the end, I glued and clamped the planks in position one at a time. Once all three were in position on one side and the glue was set, the edges were trimmed flush to the inwale and outwale. Then it was possible to mark the position of the nails at a constant spacing from the edges of the planking. The nail holes were predrilled and the pins carefully hammered home.

    The softwood frame braces were removed, opening up the inside of the dinghy and the oak rear deck beam was fitted. Finally the foredeck planking was fitted. The stem still needs to be trimmed back somewhat as it is too tall. The rear deck planking also needs to be fitted, but not before the servo mounting plate is designed, made and fitted.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Gunwales
    5 days ago by Martin555 ( Admiral)
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    Very very nice Graham,
    It is a shame to let Bionic bill anywhere near it.

    I do have one question.
    How are you going to hide the screws that show ?

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Gunwales
    5 days ago by Graham93 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Thanks Martin,

    There will be removable floorboards when it is all complete. These will hide many of the bolt heads. For the rest I plan to fill the hex sockets in the heads with epoxy and then paint the smooth heads grey to make them look like coach bolt heads.

    Graham93
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Gunwales
    5 days ago by Joe727 ( Lieutenant)
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    Graham,
    It's really a pleasure to see such fine woodworking at a small scale, very inspiring. Your initial concept of building an authetic model with actual construction techniques was a great one. Some day I will have to try it, but I'd better get a little more practice in.

    By the way, what do you use to take photos? They are very good. ๐Ÿ‘
    Joe
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Gunwales
    5 days ago by Graham93 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Thanks Joe,

    When I started this build, I thought it was going to all be about the controller that makes bionic Bill move, but it has turned into much more of a woodworking project. It's nice to be able to use some real timber for a build, especially as all the timber is from my 'it will probably come in useful one day' stack.

    The camera is a simple digital Olympus with fixed lens, nothing special. However when taking the picture, I try to exclude as much background junk from the photo as possible (there is a lot of clutter in my workshop which I don't want to show everyone !๐Ÿ˜‰) Also I do post-process many images on my desktop before posting them. Mostly it is just a case of cropping out clutter and the occasional touch up to remove dirt etc as you can see in the two comparison photos of the frames photo I used in an earlier post.

    Graham93
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Gunwales
    5 days ago by jbkiwi ( Rear Admiral)
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    That looks fantastic with the gunwales done, especially like the planking, as the full size boat plans I bought from US, show a number of the boats and runabouts built exactly that way, (all 1/2"Mahogany planks,- one 12ft yacht planked straight across) but the cost of doing a 16ft runabout would be prohibitive. I was thinking of making one in ply instead (pic), (perhaps when I get rid of my other boats)๐Ÿ˜ This would be right up your alley to scale Graham?๐Ÿ˜
    JB
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Gunwales
    4 days ago by marky ( Captain)
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    Graham,craftsmanship of the highest level.
    Cheers Marky๐Ÿ‘
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Gunwales
    4 days ago by mturpin013 ( Commander)
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    As expected a great result well executed, the more I look at this project the more I'm tempted to have a go, with one exception and that is the power source, electronics isn't my thing but but mechanical things are, so I'm thinking an outboard motor, we will have to see.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Gunwales
    4 days ago by Nerys ( Captain)
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    You wouldn't know that wasn't a real full size dinghy sitting there. All praise to you.

    Nerys
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Gunwales
    4 days ago by Graham93 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Thanks JB. Yes that certainly does look like a good candidate for the same planking treatment. Iโ€™m planning to take a break from planking for the next boat, and perhaps turn to plastic recycling like Martin๐Ÿ˜‰
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Gunwales
    4 days ago by Graham93 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Thanks Mark, itโ€™s been fun, but still a long way to go.

    Graham93
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Gunwales
    4 days ago by Graham93 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Michael,

    I can thoroughly recommend the plans Iโ€™m using for this - details in the first post of this blog. The plan does include an engine well in the rear deck for fitting an outboard, but Iโ€™ve omitted that, intending to rely on the oars instead - hope that doesnโ€™t turn out to be a mistake!

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Gunwales
    4 days ago by Graham93 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Thank you Nerys, that is praise indeed when I know it is coming from someone with a lifetimes experience messing with boats ๐Ÿ‘

    Graham93
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Gunwales
    4 days ago by MouldBuilder ( Captain)
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    Fantastic workmanship Graham.
    You could blow the pictures up and the result would look like a real boat.๐Ÿ‘
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Gunwales
    3 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    My gob has rarely been so smacked!๐Ÿ˜ฎ
    Can't compete with that, never seem to get my tools sharp enough to achieve anywhere near that accuracy with hard woods๐Ÿค”
    BTW: are you SURE you don't want to build in a tiny aux motor?
    Just in case BB gets lazy and decides to just drift about sunbathing!โ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜ด
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
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    ๐Ÿ“ Marking the waterline
    9 days ago by Graham93 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    The plan gives details of how to mark the waterline. Being concerned about the total weight I decided to pencil the waterline onto the primed hull so that I can check how it floats and what balast it might need (anyone come up with negative balast yet, in case I need to lighten it?)

    Two horizontal battens were set up on the building jig at the correct height and a length of string was then used to draw the waterline position onto the hull.

    Now the big reveal, time to remove the hull from the building jig. It came off relatively easily with just a couple of screws which were a bit difficult to reach. The inside looks OK, only 3 pins just sticking through out of the 1000 or so that hold all the planks on. Easily fixed with the Dremel and an abrasive wheel.

    My priority was to check the weight. The full size plan states that the empty dinghy should weigh in at 400kg. I have built it to 1/6th scale so the target weight should be 400kg divided by 6 cubed or 216 which gives a target of 1.85kg. The hull isn't complete yet, but I needent have worried. It weighs just 1.55kg ๐Ÿ˜.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Marking the waterline
    9 days ago by jbkiwi ( Rear Admiral)
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    Looks good Graham, once you get the thwarts in and the gunwales done it will be looking really smart. Are you doing inwales or frame spacers and caps on this?
    JB
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    9 days ago by Martin555 ( Admiral)
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    Hi Graham,
    I bet you let out a big sigh of relief when you looked on the inside for the first time.
    I think it has come out very well.
    Super job.
    Well done.

    Martin555.
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    9 days ago by Graham93 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Thanks JB,

    The intention is to fit inwales and cap them with mahogany gunwales - stained and polished, not painted!

    The thwarts will need some thought as I need to sort out the geometry for bionic Bill. Have to make sure he is comfortable, otherwise Iโ€™ll never get him rowing.๐Ÿ˜†
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Marking the waterline
    9 days ago by Graham93 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Martin,

    Yes it was a relief to finally get to see the inside. I think it will look OK varnished to show off the timber. (Iโ€™m sure Doug will be happy to hear that ! ๐Ÿ˜†
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Marking the waterline
    9 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Marking the waterline
    9 days ago by mturpin013 ( Commander)
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    Graham I was going to say ballast or balloon, as you say if its available Ill some for my crash tender otherwise I can't take passengers or a captain!
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Marking the waterline
    8 days ago by marky ( Captain)
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    Very nice Graham, lets hope bionic bill hasn't eaten too many pie's.
    Cheers Marky๐Ÿ‘
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    8 days ago by Graham93 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Mark,

    He doesnโ€™t eat much, so I donโ€™t think he needs to go on a diet before he goes rowing. In fact he spends most of his time asleep and seems to need an electric shock to get him moving at all LOL๐Ÿคฃ
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Marking the waterline
    7 days ago by Martin555 ( Admiral)
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    Is that classed as electric therapy Graham. LOL!!!

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Glassing the dinghy
    10 days ago by Graham93 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    WARNING: Based on a few of the comments made about my last Update, some members may find a few of the following photos upsetting..๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ

    The mahogany used to plank the dinghy was sawn to 3mm thickness, but not planed. This meant that the hull needed a lot of sanding to produce a smooth finish ready for glassing.

    Once smooth, I used slow setting epoxy resin and 25g/sq m. woven glasscloth to cover the dinghy. I'm a novice when it comes to glassing hulls, hence the use of slow setting resin. Three pieces of glasscloth were used, one either side of the keel to cover the length of the hull, and one for the transom. 24 hours was left between fitting each piece.

    The chine rubbing strips, cut from mahogany were then glued and pinned in place, using 5 minute epoxy and the entire hull given a second coat of epoxy resin. This was left for 3 days to fully harden and then rubbed down with 600 grit wet & dry, used wet. Once smooth, which didn't take long when compared with the initial plank sanding, mahogany rails were fitted to the edge of the sheerplank and the transom. These were pinned and glued with epoxy. Having had to race against time when gluing the chine rails using 5 minute epoxy, I bought some regular epoxy to glue these rails. It has a 90 minute working time, and made for a much more relaxing fitting process.

    Finally the rails were masked and the hull given two coats of grey etch primer using a rattle can (!!!). I think it will look great once it is finished with a white gloss topcoat (I know not everyone agrees with that ! ๐Ÿ™„)
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Glassing the dinghy
    10 days ago by Martin555 ( Admiral)
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    Well Graham she has come out looking good.
    Lovely smooth out side of the hull.
    I cannot wait to see the inside.

    Get ready to get a bit of a grilling LOL!!!!!

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Glassing the dinghy
    10 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Nicely done Graham .... BUT
    โ˜น๏ธ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ™ˆ
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Glassing the dinghy
    10 days ago by Graham93 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Thanks Martin,

    Canโ€™t wait to remove it from the build jig to see what it looks like inside, and to check the weight.

    Graham93
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Glassing the dinghy
    10 days ago by marky ( Captain)
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    Very nice Graham , me thinks Fleet may have had a sleepless night last night๐Ÿคฃ like Martin I wait with baited breath for the interior.
    Cheers Marky
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Glassing the dinghy
    10 days ago by jbkiwi ( Rear Admiral)
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    AAARGH NOOOO,! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ฎ ๐Ÿ™ˆ Just kidding, whatever the colour, it's going to look great! I'm sure it will be another family heirloom!
    JB
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Glassing the dinghy
    9 days ago by Graham93 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Thanks JB. Not sure about it being an heirloom, think the family more likely to think it a white elephant๐Ÿ™„

    Graham93
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Glassing the dinghy
    9 days ago by Martin555 ( Admiral)
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    When Bionic Bill dose his thing they will soon change their minds.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Stand
    15 days ago by Graham93 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    I decided that now was a good time to build the stand for the dinghy, so that it would be ready for use when the hull is removed from the building jig.

    I started with the hardboard template I had used to build the frames. This was cut out using the marked frame outlines as a guide. It was then tried on the upturned dinghy to check for the correct shape. The shape was then transferred onto some 9mm ply salvaged last year from a skip - I knew it would come in useful one day!

    Once the hull shape was cut out of the two formers they were taped together and pilot holes drilled through both pieces. The two outer holes in each piece were drilled through 12mm, the other three holes were drilled halfway through using a flat bit.

    Curves were added by drawing round a suitable sized paint tin and then cut out with the scroll saw. Not really necessary, but they do make the completed stand look more elegant, and they reduce the weight a little.

    12mm dowel was cut to provide two long and three short lengths. The long lengths fit through the outer holes and are pinned through the edge of the ply, the shorter lengths are glued and screwed in the three central holes. A couple of coats of quick drying woodstain and a few pieces of pipe insulation and the stand is complete.

    The last photo shows the reason for the longer dowels. My launch straps can be looped round the end of the dowels to make stand into a carrying frame.
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    15 days ago by robbob ( Captain)
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    Hi Graham.
    That's a very practical stand and carrying solution ๐Ÿ‘.
    BTW. Pipe lagging works fine but neoprene rubber strip would look better if the stand is for display too.
    Rob.
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    15 days ago by Martin555 ( Admiral)
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    I agree with Graham, the pipe lagging dose look a little out of place.
    Maybe if you cut them into thin strips (like small pads) and glued them on.

    Martin555.
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    15 days ago by Graham93 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Thanks Rob, Martin,

    The foam isnโ€™t glued so it would be easy to change. It does provide good support when transporting models, but I agree the stand doesnโ€™t look as good as it could for display purposes. There again, if I were going to display the dinghy at a show, Iโ€™d probably want to make an oak, or mahogany stand and french polish it.๐Ÿ˜‰
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    15 days ago by Martin555 ( Admiral)
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    "mahogany stand and french polish it"
    That will look nice.
    As long as it dose not out shine the model.

    Martin555.
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    15 days ago by redpmg ( Commander)
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    That's a very useful stand Graham - especially as it can double as a transporter. If you are going to make a fancy stand you will have to varnish the hull........

    Was always amazed at the amount of good stuff people discard in the UK - cant believe what was sent to the dump - put in skips - glad to hear I'm not the only one who rescues bits & pieces from skips. Have some very useful planking cut from dumped wood - our garage in Southbourne had shelving made from wood "found" in a skip.

    (Brother in law once got an almost brand new gas fired fancy covered stand type barbecue - four burners, grill plate, fold out sides, complete with two gas bottles from the Lymington dump - paid the workers a fiver for it - cost new around 450 quid.)
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    15 days ago by marky ( Captain)
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    Nice Graham,last picture I thought it was a garden swing for bionic Bill to relax on after a hard days rowing๐Ÿ˜Š.
    Cheers Mark๐Ÿ‘
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    15 days ago by Ygagnon ( Leading Seaman)
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    Very well built, nice design and easy for display and transport
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    14 days ago by Graham93 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Thank you all for the nice comments.

    Red, it does sadden me sometimes when I see what is being thrown away at the dump. So many things I could make use of, but no one is allowed to remove anything so it goes for recycling, or more often to landfill.

    The plywood was an 8ft x 12โ€ length I spotted in a skip near our postbox. It was there for 3 days, being rained on, and having rubble piled on it before I rescued it. Did get some funny looks carrying it home. Iโ€™ve made a box to house a bench power supply made from an adapted PSU from an old PC, a stand for the Crash Tender, and this stand for the rowing boat, and there is still a bit left ๐Ÿ‘.

    Mark, โ€œ a swing for bionic Billโ€ .... Donโ€™t give him ideas, Iโ€™ll never get any work out of him ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ

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    13 days ago by jbkiwi ( Rear Admiral)
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    Another nice job to compliment the equally terrific dinghy. looking forward to seeing the finished model on the water. Good idea for the carrying straps. I used the pipe lagging myself on the metal arms of a shelving system for my boats and planes, - works well as it eventually conforms to the shape of the model. I used some 15mm self adhesive sponge draft strip on my stands which works nicely, if you were looking for anything thinner. protecting the model is the main thing, whatever you use.
    JB
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    13 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Warrant Officer)
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    First class stand with excellent carrying handles.
    I have used self adhesive door draught excluder to sit the boats on.
    Itโ€™s not obtrusive and offers a good soft base to sit the boat on.
    Bill
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    ๐Ÿ“ Bottom planking
    18 days ago by Graham93 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Planking the bottom starts at the transom with a 35mm wide planks fitted either side of the keel at an angle. These were glued and nailed to the hog, transom, battens and chines. Subsequent planks are all 24mm wide and butt up against the previous ones. At the rear of the hull, the bottom planks overlay the side planking. Towards the front, the bottom planks butt up against the side plank. All the planking is mahogany and was cut 3mm thick from a wider board using the table saw. It was sanded smooth to remove the saw marks. Particular attention was paid to sanding the inner surface as it would not be possible to sand this from inside the completed hull.

    Once all the planks were in place, the overhanging ends were trimmed flush with the side planking. Oak capping strips were added to the keel and stem to cover the bolt heads holding the structure together. Rather than trying to bend a thick section of oak, the curved section of the stem was capped with multiple thicknesses of oak veneer glued one at a time. These were then trimmed and sanded to shape.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Bottom planking
    18 days ago by Martin555 ( Admiral)
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    Hi Graham,
    That did surprise me, i was expecting the bottom planks to run for and aft in strips.

    Great work.

    Not long and she will be off the jig.
    I bet you are looking forward to seeing it the right way up.

    Martin555.
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    18 days ago by Graham93 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Martin,

    Iโ€™m glad they didnโ€™t run fore and aft. That would have made them much harder to shape and fit without gaps. Much easier fitting short planks.

    Yes, keen to get it off the jig, but also a bit apprehensive. I donโ€™t want to find it looks like a hedgehog inside with all the nails sticking through ๐Ÿ™„
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    18 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    My dear Sub Lieutenant Graham.
    I have been instructed to advise and inform you as follows.
    Should you persist with your perverse plan to cover that beautiful woodwork with white paint.
    We shall be forced to pursue the following course of action, with dire consequences for your career and well being.
    1 The MPs, Noble Woods Protection Division Naval, will be instructed to hunt you down and arrest you on sight.
    2 You will be taken to a holding cell, with no access to any modelling materials or communications wrt to model making, pending a formal Court Martial Proceeding.
    3 The Court Martial Board, composed of senior officers of this forum, will be constrained to hand down the following sentence.
    4 You will be taken from the court to a place of lawful execution and ....
    Er! Sorry, turned over two pages of the Law-book at once๐Ÿ˜‰
    You will be sentenced to incarceration for life in solitary confinement with only a million pieces of Lego for amusement. Your task will be to recreate the Pyramids of Giza!
    YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!
    HOWEVER! Should you reconsider your plan, seal the wood with three coats of Eze-Kote inside and out, flattening the outside in between coats with progressive (600 to 3000) grades of W&D, followed by two coats of UV proof crystal clear lacquer. Then I am authorised to advise you that your efforts will be repaid with rapid promotion to full Lieutenant. Not to mention a very beautiful boat๐Ÿ˜Š
    FLEET// ๐Ÿ˜Ž
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    18 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    " I donโ€™t want to find it looks like a hedgehog inside with all the nails sticking through ๐Ÿ™„ "
    No problem (unless Bill sits on themโ˜น๏ธ๐Ÿ˜ญ)
    Snip them off with a pair of wire cutters and 'Dremel' the remainder flat.
    Then: HEED THE WARNING ABOVE!๐Ÿ˜‰
    ๐Ÿ˜Ž
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    18 days ago by robbob ( Captain)
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    Hi Graham.
    I'm amazed at how well your build is coming along, your wood skills are clearly as good as your electronic skills. At the scale you're working at it must be nice to produce such a substantial hull in oak and mahogany, and employing good 'joinery' practice too. It 'aint going to be a lightweight but 'aint going to be fragile either!
    I'm really enjoying this build blog.
    Keep up the great work ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜
    Robbob.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Bottom planking
    18 days ago by Graham93 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    FLEET Sir,

    I beg your forgiveness but the die is cast. The outside of the hull is to be painted white. The external woodwork is not to the standard I would wish to be able to finish it with a clear coat. Paint will cover a multitude of sins, and filler ๐Ÿ˜€ ( Also the blog is a week or more behind real time ๐Ÿ˜‰) However the intention is to finish the inside with a clear epoxy finish. It is still firmly fixed to the build jig, so I still havenโ€™t seen how it looks internally, but I am hopeful that it will be acceptable to all.

    Available for Court Martial at your command.

    Regards Sub Graham93
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Bottom planking
    18 days ago by redpmg ( Commander)
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    Looking at that hull Graham it really would be a shame to paint it rather than varnish - you have done a splendid job on it - most mahoganys were painted only below the waterline . Normally painted inside as it was easier to clean etc. The brass pins would only enhance the look,
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Bottom planking
    18 days ago by Graham93 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Thanks Rob,

    The nice thing about model boats (apart from all the friends on this fabulous website) is that I can combine my hobby of woodwork with my interest in electronics. Most of my woodwork over the years has been centred around DIY/house repairs etc but occasionally I tackle something more challenging and satisfying. The oak I've used in the dinghy is offcuts left over from my most recent project completed for my new granddaughter, just before lockdown.

    Graham93
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Bottom planking
    18 days ago by ianed57 ( Midshipman)
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    Fabulous, that is destined to become a family heirloom.
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    18 days ago by ianed57 ( Midshipman)
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    Makes you wonder why more of us don't do diagonal planking when building a hard chine hull!
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    18 days ago by robbob ( Captain)
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    What a beautiful chair ! Your granddaughter may not appreciate it now but as ianed57 said, it will be treasured later.
    Robbob.
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    18 days ago by Martin555 ( Admiral)
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    I really love the bear chair, absolutely fantastic.
    You are indeed a very skilled man.

    Martin555.
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    18 days ago by Martin555 ( Admiral)
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    Fleet Admiral Doug,

    Ref :- A million pieces of Lego.

    I do feel the punishment is a little harsh.
    He should receive at least Twenty lashes from 'Errol T cat' o nine tail's and then keel hauled. Twice.

    Martin555 (Admiral)
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    17 days ago by Graham93 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Thanks ALL for the kind comments about the chair. I do indeed hope it becomes an heirloom as the family need to get lots of use from it to cover the cost of the timber, not to mention the scroll saw I โ€˜hadโ€™ to buy so I could cut out the bear.๐Ÿ˜ Mind you, the new saw has been so useful for model making since I finished the chair. Donโ€™t know how I ever managed without it...๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ

    Graham93
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    17 days ago by Graham93 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Martin,

    Thanks for pleading with Fleet on my behalf, but I think I might prefer the Lego ๐Ÿ˜Š. After all I could ignore his commands once again and build a boat with it...๐Ÿ˜†

    Graham93
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Bottom planking
    17 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    OK Sub, plea accepted.
    We will consider the extenuating circumstances and commute your sentence to building HMS Victory out of Lego.
    The First Sea Lord expects to see the complete model filling his desk (made from five metres of original timber from Victory's poop deck๐Ÿ˜‰) by next Tuesday week.
    Good luck and have fun Sub. ๐Ÿ˜
    BTW: do you remember the guy who built a similar size Lego model of HMS Hood some years ago? Must check my archive for the photos.
    Cheers, FLEET//๐Ÿ˜Ž
    PS: FLASH MESSAGE just received from His Lordship. Message reads:-
    "Having reviewed recent Forum signals we offer the alternative of making six (adult) dining chairs, preferably with real wood and a nautical motif, instead of HMS Victory!
    Deadline remains as previously communicated."
    He's a hard man His Lordship๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ™„
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    17 days ago by mturpin013 ( Commander)
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    Beautiful work Graham, I'm sure your woodwork is worthy of a clear coat.
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    17 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Evenin' Admiral Martin,
    Re"I do feel the punishment is a little harsh.
    He should receive at least Twenty lashes from 'Errol T cat' o nine tail's and then keel hauled. Twice."
    Their Lordships did consider something like that, but concluded it was too quick for such a heinous crime! Stern lot their Lordships๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿค”
    FLEET// ๐Ÿ˜Ž
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Bottom planking
    17 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    "not to mention the scroll saw I โ€˜hadโ€™ to buy so I could cut out the bear.๐Ÿ˜"
    Excellent excuse Graham๐Ÿ‘
    I'll swallow it, thousands wouldn't๐Ÿ˜‰
    A fret saw would have done the job as well, eventually!
    I bought a scroll saw (on special offer๐Ÿ˜Š) some years ago, never regretted it.
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
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    17 days ago by Graham93 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Fleet,

    In anticipation of the findings of the Court Martial, I made my best attempt at recreating the Pyramids in Lego. I trust Fleet will find this an acceptable pennance.

    Sub//
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Bottom planking
    17 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    From my point of view yes Sub. Well done.
    I will recommend leniency to their Lordships.
    BUT DO NOT PAINT THAT WOODWORK!
    Inside is acceptable but not outside, except below the waterline if you must.
    I trust that myself and my esteemed colleagues have made ourselves clear on this issue Sub.
    It takes a little more work to create a varnished finished, rather than relying on the primer, but it has to be worth it with that wood and your workmanship.
    A lot better than many varnished yacht models I have seen๐Ÿ‘
    Cheers, Doug (FLEET) ๐Ÿ˜Ž
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    17 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Sub Lt Graham,
    First Sea Lord reluctantly accepts your 'Pyramids', can't hide his disappointment re dining chairs though!โ˜น๏ธ
    BTW: I'd never noticed before your blog just how erotic building wooden boats really is!
    All those bottoms and butts๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ™ˆ Not to mention Breasthooks and such!
    Oh dear! Where are my blood pressure tablets!?๐Ÿ˜‰
    Keep on keeping your end up Sub, BRAVO ZULU๐Ÿ‘
    FLEET//๐Ÿ˜Ž
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    16 days ago by marky ( Captain)
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    Lovely build Graham ,looking forward to the finished build .
    Cheers Marky๐Ÿ‘
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    ๐Ÿ“ Low battery warning
    19 days ago by Graham93 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    I have learnt the hard way that it is important to know the state of charge of the battery in a boat๐Ÿ˜Š

    When bionic Bill gets exhausted from lots of rowing (battery low) he starts to panic and look around for the shortest route to the shore! LOL๐Ÿ˜

    The little RX2A receiver I'm using doesn't support telemetry to feed the receiver battery voltage back to the transmitter, like the bigger FlySky receivers do. I added some software to the microprocessor that controls the rowing motion to monitor the battery level. It reads the battery voltage at intervals, and when the voltage drops below a threshold, the controller takes over control of Bill's head turn servo from the transmitter and gets him to turn left and right, looking for the shore. I hope this will be clear enough to see on the lake so that I can get the dinghy back to shore before Bill gives up completely.
    Low battery
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Low battery warning
    19 days ago by Martin555 ( Admiral)
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    Hi Graham,
    At the speed Bionic Bill is rowing at the moment it looks like he is saving energy LOL!!!

    His movement is brilliant and realistic.
    I like the way he will warn you.

    How about having an old wooden crate on the boat with a sound system in it and then you could make him shout something out.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Low battery warning
    19 days ago by mturpin013 ( Commander)
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    Very clever Graham, you never cease to amaze.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Low battery warning
    19 days ago by MouldBuilder ( Captain)
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    Really clever. Even managed to get Action Man to grow hair.
    Brilliant capture of the action.๐Ÿ˜Š
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Low battery warning
    19 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Neat Graham๐Ÿ‘
    As an alternative (later upgrade?) you could give Bill a girl friend on board and have her start waving her arms about! ๐Ÿ˜
    I'll ask my Sea Scout girls if they're interested ๐Ÿ˜‰
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    19 days ago by Graham93 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Martin,

    Sound effects, now thereโ€™s an idea. Perhaps I could have bionic Bill puffing and panting as he tries to row the boat. I keep telling him he needs to get fit, but still no response! LOL ๐Ÿคฃ
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    19 days ago by Graham93 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Doug,

    Donโ€™t want to give the poor fella a heart attack ๐Ÿ˜†

    Graham93
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Low battery warning
    19 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Might give him an incentive to shape up and get fit though Graham.๐Ÿ˜‰
    Hmm! You'll have to duplicate him - but doing press ups,
    OR
    Just put the original in a scale fitness rowing machine until the boat is finished๐Ÿ˜
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    21 days ago by Graham93 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    The keel was cut in two pieces from oak. The rear section (deadwood?) was shaped to fit the curve of the bottom of the hull. Both pieces were glued and bolted to the hog.

    Oak battens were then fitted between the keel and chine to support the bottom planking. Notches were cut into the frames for the battens. A straight edge was used between the hog and chine to determine the depth of the notch in each frame such that the battens are set at the right level to support and attach to the bottom planking. The forward half of each batten is made from two thinner laminates to enable the batten to bend sufficiently to follow the curve of the hull. The battens are glued and pinned to the frames. The two laminates in each batten are also glued along their length. Waterway notches were cut into the battens at several points along their bottom face. Finally the forward section of the battens was flared into the stem to give a smooth support for the subsequent planking.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Keel
    21 days ago by Martin555 ( Admiral)
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    That looks like it is going to be heavy.
    You better start doing a bit of body building Graham LOL!!

    Martin555.
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    20 days ago by Graham93 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Martin,

    It wonโ€™t be me rowing it! I keep telling bionic Bill that he needs to get fit, but he just sits there watching. LOL ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ

    Seriously, I donโ€™t know how heavy it is going to be. Wonโ€™t be able to weigh it until I release it from the building jig. Iโ€™m hoping Iโ€™ll be pleasantly surprised. Time will tell.

    Graham93
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Keel
    20 days ago by Martin555 ( Admiral)
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    Graham,
    The amount of energy that Boinic Bill would of saved up
    He should be off like a speed boat on the day.LOL!!

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Keel
    20 days ago by mturpin013 ( Commander)
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    Does it have a water line defined in the plan ? Whatever it turns out to be I'm sure it will sit well in the water, as I said before Its making me jealous and feeling I need to be doing something similar.
    PS.
    When finishing the interior if you need any mahogany veneer, I have loads, your welcome to whatever you need.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Keel
    20 days ago by Graham93 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Mike,

    Yes the plan has clear instructions on how to scribe the waterline. However, that does raise a question in my mind which I hope those with more experience than I on this site can help with. How is the waterline normally indicated on a dinghy? I don't think it is normal to use different colour anti-fouling paint below the waterline on a dinghy, or is it? Is the waterline marked in some other way?

    A second, and more difficult question, what target weight should I be aiming for? Martin's comments on the build looking heavy has got me a little concerned - not that there is much I can do about it!

    Thanks for the offer on the veneer, I'll keep it in mind.

    Graham93
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Keel
    20 days ago by Martin555 ( Admiral)
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    Graham,
    From what i can see is not many have a water line painted, But here is one that dose.

    Martin555.
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    19 days ago by Graham93 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Thanks Martin, I'm going to just paint the hull white. Not decided how to mark the waterline.

    Graham93
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    19 days ago by mturpin013 ( Commander)
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    Because it gives instruction on how to scribe the water line then we can assume it has one , I would think its just by different colours above and below , I can't ever remember seeing a rowing boat with a white line. I really wouldn't bother with one, as you say there's not much you can do about it but I'm sure it will be fine.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Keel
    19 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    "I'm going to just paint the hull white."
    PLEASE DON'T DO THAT!!๐Ÿค”
    Just varnish it, and you don't need a waterline either.
    Just put a dirt and weed line if you must๐Ÿ˜‰
    Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
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    ๐Ÿ“ Effects of Lockdown
    23 days ago by Graham93 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Bill the bionic rower hasn't been able to get to the barbers for the past 6 weeks during lockdown ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Effects of Lockdown
    23 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    ๐Ÿ˜ฎ 6 weeks or 66 YEARS!!๐Ÿ˜‰
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Effects of Lockdown
    23 days ago by Graham93 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Doug,

    Yes, itโ€™s only 6 weeks, but it certainly feels like 66 years๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜‚
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Effects of Lockdown
    23 days ago by Martin555 ( Admiral)
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    Hi Graham,
    I love it.
    Can you explain what and how you done it please.

    Martin555.
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    23 days ago by Graham93 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Martin

    Glad you like him. I was hoping someone would ask how he aged so quickly ๐Ÿ˜Š

    I have to admit, I had some help. When I was searching the web for the Action man to be the basis of Bionic Bill I came across a 'head reflocking' service. A sort of reverse barber๐Ÿ˜†. So once the project was underway, and looking promising, I decided to invest and I sent his head off, with some photos of the sort of effect I was hoping to achieve. What came back was a cleaned up head complete with hair and beard, but not quite the look I was aiming for. I spent a few days looking at on-line turorials on model head painting and then got the acrylic paints out. I'm generally happy with the end result. Certainly an improvement on the original .

    Graham93
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Effects of Lockdown
    23 days ago by Martin555 ( Admiral)
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    "head reflocking' service"
    Do they do home visits if so i could get a two for one offer, One action man and me LOL!!!!

    You will have to get your wife to knit him a white Aron knit jumper as after a spell of rowing he will need a change of clothes.

    Martin555.
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    23 days ago by mturpin013 ( Commander)
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    Hi Graham really impressed with the transformation and glad you gave details of the company.
    PS. I have booked myself in next week for the full works๐Ÿ˜
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    23 days ago by marky ( Captain)
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    "Head reflocking service "who would have thought, lots of enterprising people out there .๐Ÿ‘ด๐Ÿง”
    Cheers Mark๐Ÿ‘
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    23 days ago by redpmg ( Commander)
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    Wonder what the slightly smutty film comedians would make of Head Reflocking - cant think of any name except Syd? James? or the Goons for that matter .....
    But it does make a great change Graham - as Martin would say Well Done !
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    ๐Ÿ“ Side planking
    25 days ago by Graham93 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    The sides of the dinghy are planked with four mahogany planks on each side These are 3mm thick and 24mm wide. Fortunately I had suitable timber to allow each plank to run the full length of the boat, so no jointing was necessary.

    Each plank was butted against the previous one and a torch used from inside the hull to show any gaps. Once the gaps had been removed by careful planning and sanding, the plank was glued and pinned into place. Each plank required 57 pins, three into each of the frames.

    Once fitted, the final planks on each side were chamfered to match the chamfer on the chine in readiness for fitting the floorboards. The chamfer was not carried all the way to the front, as the floorboards at the front of the hull butt onto the side planks rather than lay over them.

    (photos in reverse order - I will get the hang of this eventually!)
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    25 days ago by Martin555 ( Admiral)
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    Nice work Graham,
    It is probably a bit early to ask, but in the end will it be painted or varnished ?

    Martin555.
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    25 days ago by Graham93 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Hi Martin,

    The plan is to glasscloth and paint the outside, for strength and waterproofing. The inside will be clear epoxy 'varnished' - that's assuming it looks OK when I take it off the jig. If it looks a mess, I might have to paint it inside ๐Ÿ™„, but I really don't want to.

    Graham93
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Side planking
    25 days ago by redpmg ( Commander)
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    Be a shame to paint the mahogany - would look nice above the waterline Graham - you are making a very good job of the Dinghy - Dumas advice on planking coloration was to use mahogany stain on the mahogany to deepen the colour . Perhaps you could test a small piece first . Also be nice painted on the inside - you can hide things better that way too !
    There I go teaching grandma again........
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Side planking
    25 days ago by marky ( Captain)
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    Looking very nice Graham.
    Cheers Marky๐Ÿ‘
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Side planking
    24 days ago by mturpin013 ( Commander)
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    This has got me drooling as I watch the progress, I am desperate to do a plank on frame, although this one may have me scratching my head with the electronics for the very athletic rower. we will have to see as the crash tender is coming to competition now.
    Absolutely fantastic Graham๐Ÿ‘
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Side planking
    24 days ago by Graham93 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Hi Red,

    โ€˜Be a shame to paint the mahogany - would look nice above the waterline โ€™

    Iโ€™ve focussed on trying to get the inside of the dinghy as clean and tidy as I can so I can varnish it. The outside has a few issues, especially with the nails. I would have to have taken much more care with the positioning of each nail if they were to be visible when itโ€™s finished. A few didnโ€™t drive in square either, which wonโ€™t matter when itโ€™s painted. I plan to paint it white, with mahogany trim which I think will look OK. Maybe next time, when Iโ€™ve finished this one as a practice piece ๐Ÿ˜
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Side planking
    24 days ago by Graham93 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Thanks Marky, Mike,

    The electronics for this has proved to be a challenge, or rather the software that is embedded in the electronics. While Iโ€™ve got it working in the test rig, itโ€™s going to need lots of tuning once installed in the dinghy if it is to actually row as it should. I think Iโ€™m going to have to sort out a test tank big enough so I can test it at home before going to the lake with it.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Side planking
    24 days ago by jbkiwi ( Rear Admiral)
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    That's one solid looking dinghy, I think the nails will add to the external effect if they show slightly.
    JB
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