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    ๐Ÿ“ My Susan Upperworks and fiddly bits
    5 months ago by muddy ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Having now being pleased with the fishing boats performance, time has come to try and make it look like a working boat, this is not a scale boat just a standoff scale, so as when one looks at it , one knows what type of vessel it is, hopefully.
    It will need some sort of winch and a net hoisting frame.
    Started with a hoisting frame and made up a jig for some sort of angles for realistic appearance.
    Some hatchways and a winch motor bed/frame.. Most of these items were made from Plasticard and Packets of round and rectangular section. It makes for a quick end resault if a Cyno type glue is used. Not sure about the Companion ways/Hatch ways.. Not forgetting the engine exhaust pipe ..lol..
    The Bollards were made from 6mm hardwood/Spruce doweling ..
    Regards Muddy..
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    ๐Ÿ“ My Susan Paint and float tests
    5 months ago by muddy ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    The last of the masking-up and hull painting.. The power plant or drive motor, was originally going to be a 385 size type of motor, one of the expensive ones from Howes, ( lol ) at ยฃ3-ยฃ5 each, i really like these little motors as they have such a voltage range 3-18 volts I Believe, thinking about the hull shape Bilge style and its bulk, i changed my mind and opted for a 380 size motor with a gearbox, hoping to keep the voltage down but have plenty of torque at the prop. Next was a float test, and not permitted in the bathroom after a "mishap" with a previous boat. Found an old hull, which i think was a Waterwitch, and would fit the bill perfectly in size for a float test, some funny looks from a pal who came to call, and noted that the water shud be on the outside, but this bulky hull was acting as a good water tank..
    First sea trials with a 35mm 3 blade prop were a joke, in actual fact it performed like the real thing, about half throttle was applied and there was some turbulence at the transom and the boat just sat there for a second or two, then started to make way, very slowly, full throttle was applied and i just sat back and laughed, an immediate return to pond side harbour and a prop change, the biggest i had in the box, the difference was most appealing..
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    ๐Ÿ“ My Susan Painting
    5 months ago by muddy ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    After most of the Build was finished, time for some paint.
    As this is a wood build, most items received about 6 coats of 50/50 cellulose dope and thinners, lightly sanding between each coat. The first job was to paint he insides of the Bulwarks and associated deck bits, decided to do this in Humbrol enamel, as it would be easier to touch up after other operations..
    I found a Satin spray which is ideal for this job, it can always be glossed up, or dulled down with a matt version. Tend to use cling film on fiddly jobs like this as it has a type of adhesion, maybe just static, but once placed , stays put, if the surface is dust free.
    Next job was the hull painting.
    Lots of masking up, and trying to find some paint, came across some spray paint from Wilko, not a great choice in colours, but all the basic's were there and cheaper than any other at the time. The Wilko spay paint went well, a bit thicker than others but this is what i wanted for this boat's hull. Rubdowns and resprays were aplenty. The upperworks was painted by hand with Humbrol Enamel, some NOS, more old than new, it took some time to mix up.. lol.
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    ๐Ÿ“ My Susan
    5 months ago by muddy ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    After a HORRIBLE couple of years and not finding the time to indulge into the website or the workshop, I finaly managed to finish the Fishing Trawler My Susan, in finish I mean she hit the water for sea trials. There will be many I hope bits and bob's to make and fit, transforming her into a lookalike working boat, without going over the top.. If there are any double-ups of pics I apoligise.
    As I mentioned in the past most of these build pics were rescued from a crashed pc. So I,m trying to pick up the tail of build in pics from this blog, which does not look correct to me, must have suffered a major touch of finger blight and posted these/this build onto the Gwen Eagle blog, so this could get exciting trying to follow either of the blogs, again i apoligise for this "foo-parr".. Think this where i left off..
    Dont forget the boat stand, an ideal time whilst in unpainted and " rough " state of the build.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Eagle Cabin Cruiser
    2 years ago by muddy ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Varnish the fore deck, a few coats yesterday, Wilko Yacht Varnish, thinned with white spirit about ten percent. and four coats today. Muddy ..
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    ๐Ÿ“ Eagle Cabin Cruiser
    2 years ago by muddy ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Once the deck was removed and the old bulkheads cleaned up a new ply deck was laid, followed by a Mahogony planked deck, later the side strips were added and some rubbing strips, ( we have bricks lining our local pond and they can take chunks out of the woodwork ) .
    This is now the state of play, so a lot of finishing to be done, painting and varnishing plus some deck fittings etc..
    But that is all in the future.. Regards and thanks for all the Likes and Comments Muddy ..
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    ๐Ÿ“ Eagle Cabin Cruiser
    2 years ago by muddy ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    New Deck, This two hour job as previously thought, was started, it being 5 years after the first " sea trials" and disappointment. First question was where to start with lifting the planks off, it was quite apparent that the planks did not want to be removed. No matter how delicate and forceful they did not budge. So saving the planks was out of the question, gain access to the plank edges was required and this was done by drilling some 1 1/2 " holes in the deck, but still very reluctant to depart their location. The jigsaw was called apon and ran a series of cuts across the planks, by this time and desperate i just wanted them off we were well past the allocated removal time and it was cold in the shed. So with a lot of grunting a 2lb hammer and a mini lifting chisel/crow bar the deck was removed, the hull was marked out for a 1" removal at the bow tapering back to the original level at the wheelhouse. Jigsaw did most of the work assisted by a roll of sandpaper. The deck was off and ready for a replacement. This was the first time i have ever done a modification to a hull, and i dont mind admitting was not happy untill i could see the light and prospect of a new deck and a better look vessel.
    And a lot was learnt whilst this undertaking was in progress, but if i had not done this "job" i would still be in the dark about a lot of things, and my advice is if you dont attempt it, it aint gunna work, so one has to grasp the nettle and give it a go. Now where's the new planks.. Muddy ..
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Eagle Cabin Cruiser
    2 years ago by muddy ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Mmmhh ! Not realy, just silly ness lol .. The pics of the finished or ready to sail test, do not tell the tale, she was ugly, out of proportion and yucky.. Besides that i didnt want to scrap her she is worth her wait in brass, one thousand eight hundred and sixty brass pins .7mm x 7mm, are in there somewhere, Plus their is something about her looks ..Some shake their head and away, i call it anger management lol .. I like scratch building, but she was built from works lines or ships lines so there was a lot more effort placed into the project.. Lets hope for some slightly warmer weather, and dig out the paint brushes.. Regards Muddy ..
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Eagle Cabin Cruiser
    2 years ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    You are a very brave guy.

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Eagle Cabin Cruiser
    2 years ago by ianed57 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Yikes! Must have taken a fair bit of courage.

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    ๐Ÿ“ Eagle Cabin Cruiser
    2 years ago by muddy ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Running Trials, Just before water tests, decided to change the drive motors from Decaperms to 777's. With 12 volts on the motors she was trying to fly and looked ridiculous. The voltage was reduced to 6 and things looked more sedate and true. But the motors ran a little warm, even prop changes did not appear to make any differences, so reverted back to the Decaperms and 50mm 3 Blade Props, from Prop Shop, i do like these Props and they work very well. Off to the pond we go and trials begin, she performed really well and was not disappointed, if required she showed her Foot but no attempt to fly or plane. But, and a Big BUT things did not look right, the Bow/Prow was to high and it look ridiculous, pics to show off this. So back to the Harbour and she was put on the shelf, disappointed was not the word and thoughts went to another build or two.. So over a period of time thoughts went back to her, and a modification was devised, very simple remove the deck chop off an inch or so at the bow and taper it back to the cabin front, a two job i thought , so i went with it, lol but it didnt last long.. Regards Muddy ..
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Eagle Cabin Cruiser
    2 years ago by muddy ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Hello Ian,
    Yes we are stuck for choice I believe, There has been a collection of drawings here in the past, some were given away but most passed on to the club. Did build Margaret Hull and then passed it on to a pal, and believe its nearly finished so i,m looking forward to seeing that sailing.
    Painted Lady, was going to do that in a Gum Paper Hull, The keel and bulkheads were cut, but the bulkheads disappeared and the keel was broken up, and only in the past week or so the Bulkheads reappeared, and in the process of tidying up came across a Trawler Think its its called Storm, a rough cut keel, and a pack of plywood cut squares which look the part, so that may stand a chance, but there not enough hours in the day just lately and these past years have not been kind. Dulux Paint does stand a chance i must admit, but there are a few cans of Wilco Enamel under the bench, in white and Red, so they are about to be "tested", especially now the better weather is apon us.. Blackfriers enamel i have not seen around here. But notes are being taken , lol.
    .. Muddy ..
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    2 years ago by ianed57 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Hi Muddy,
    You are a man after my own heart. I have the drawings for Margaret and Speranza. I decided some years ago that one of my hobbies was collecting drawings.๐Ÿ˜Š
    I also spotted the plan for Painted Lady in one of your photos. All lovely boats- we are spoilt for choice, and that's the trouble! So many boats, so little time- although a bit more these days, admittedly.
    With regard to paint, you could probably do worse than Dulux. I often use Blackfriars enamel.
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    2 years ago by muddy ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Many Thanks Ian, well in my mind this is what it's all about, another view on another build by another builder, maybe not "your" way, but sometimes things can be inspiring..
    I,m sorry to inform you, lol .. honest ! but she aint realy finished yet, and as of yesterday still undergoing the deck refit.. If this -19 thingy goes on much longer she may even get repaint, it might be Dulux from under the stairs but something will have to seal up the grain.. Think the last set of pics is about to be sent, so there will be a lapse untill next time sea trials..
    Know what you mean about blogs, i have 3 unfinished besides this one, The Speranza is still on the shelf, and an Elizabeth the Underhill drawings. you may catch a glimpse of her in these pic shots covered in masking paper.. Thank you for the comments, all very much appreciated.. Regards Muddy ..
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    2 years ago by ianed57 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Hi Muddy,
    Well, it's definitely the Gwen Eagle and what a lovely boat. Having realised that the build took place some years ago and that this is a retrospective look, I was glad, knowing that we'd actually see the final result. So often we start following build blogs only for it to peter out halfway through. It's why I don't do build blogs as I'm a shocker for building in fits and starts. This is a good way to do it, knowing the boat was actually finished. Also a relief to know that you aren't superhuman and didn't build it in three days! I have found it very valuable to study your photos and methods- really inspiring. I agree she was a bit fast initially and could have done with ballasting down at the bow- but still looks fabulous on the water. The third photo looks just about right to me. Lucky man to have two pristine Decaperms. Thanks for showing us all.
    Regards, Ian
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    2 years ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Nice job muddy, she cuts through the water well.

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    ๐Ÿ“ Eagle Cabin Cruiser
    2 years ago by muddy ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Cabin/Upperworks, Fishing off the rear cockpit, this was just veneered with the planking drawn it with a hard pencil a 1H i think and the nail marks with the centre poit in the compass, a nobed pin could be used, then rub in a touch of Cyno into the nail marks this highlights the mark and makes them more pronounced. On to the painting, used a filler paint for the first cote
    the Halfords grey Primer, followed by colours of choice, thought an Ivory or off White would suit this boat better than a sparkling dazzle white.. Launching/ Running trials approaching.. Muddy ..
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    ๐Ÿ“ Eagle Cabin Cruiser
    2 years ago by muddy ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Cabin/Upperworks, cutting out the sides, and i always cut them as a pair, then made up the internal formers and roof supports, the roof's were planked, and veneer was added after the main cabin construction. Had a bit of a funny senior moment, and planked the roofs in striped, bad idea, i now dunna like em', so more painting.. urghhh ! lol.
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