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    SLEC Harbour Pilots Boat by Robbob
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    ๐Ÿ“ The Windscreen Wipers...update.
    2 days ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    Following up on Martinโ€™s suggestion I have added a simulated track slot to the wiper boxes.
    I didnโ€™t have any black Trimline tape as used by Skydive130 on his model but I did have some silver self-adhesive vinyl that I trimmed a 1mm strip from and applied to all three of the wiper boxes.
    The effect is very much the same if not better and is a great finishing detail to the wiper assemblies ๐Ÿ˜Ž
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: The Windscreen Wipers...update.
    2 days ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Sy.
    I'm pleased that you approve ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜Š.
    Rob.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: The Windscreen Wipers...update.
    2 days ago by Skydive130 ( Commodore)
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    The difference is there to see Rob, looking like those wipers would sweep now ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
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    ๐Ÿ“ The Windscreen Wipers.
    3 days ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    Unlike the windscreen wipers on cars which sweep in an arc the wipers on the Southampton Pilot Boats sweep in a linear motion.

    Close examination of some of the โ€˜photos show the wiper arms extending from the mechanism boxes and the rails that they run on and the pivot point of the arms.

    The three wipers boxes are fixed to the front of the cabin just below the windows and to make these boxes I laminated some styrene bar to make up the thickness required and then trimmed them to the right dimensions.

    The fixings for the boxes are two styrene rods with a short tubular spacer and matching holes were drilled through the boxes and then used as a template to drill the corresponding holes in the cabin front panel.

    The spacer is required to ensure that the wiper arms are distanced correctly so that the arms and blades meet the front surface of the windows correctly.

    The arm pivots were made from some short round styrene bar glued to the top surface which was then drilled through and into the box and a piece of 2mm brass tube was inserted to form a socket into which the wiper arm will be fitted.

    The wiper blades were made from some styrene bar shaped and rounded to simulate a wiper blade and rubber. A short piece of styrene box section form the โ€˜socketโ€™ into which the wiper arm will be fitted.

    The wiper arm is a short piece of 1mm brass rod bent at each end to the correct angles so that with the boxes in position on the cabin fronts the wiper blades sit centrally and completely flat on the window surface.

    The arms were removed from the boxes which were then sprayed with some gloss white with three small black dots to simulate some fixing screws.

    Some further research enabled me to identify the manufacturer and I produced some graphics in Adobe Illustrator to simulate the type and serial number plate in black and a โ€˜Wynneโ€™ logo in blue and these were printed in various sizes onto some clear decal paper.

    I chose the most appropriate scale of decals to look correct on the boxes and applied them after which I sprayed the boxes with some clear gloss lacquer to seal and protect them.

    The brass wiper arms were then fixed into the arm pivots with some glue and with the boxes temporarily placed on the cabins they were adjusted to sit flush on the window surfaces.
    After the glue had set the wiper assemblies were removed and the pivots arms and blades painted with metallic silver and matt black. Some satin acrylic lacquer was later brushed over these to protect the silver and black finish. The boxes remain gloss white with clear gloss lacquer.

    The three linear windscreen wiper assemblies were finally glued in place on the cabin fronts using a small dab of canopy glue which will fix them in place sufficiently but allow them to be removed if required at a later stage. ๐Ÿ˜Š
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: The Windscreen Wipers.
    2 days ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Sy.
    You did indeed add a track line, I should have looked more closely at your model ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜.

    What news of your current project?

    Kind Regards.
    Rob.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: The Windscreen Wipers.
    2 days ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Missouri.

    "I also thought that - given the level of detail here - the track line could be added"

    Working on it right now ๐Ÿ˜
    Rob.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: The Windscreen Wipers.
    2 days ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Graham.
    The decals do add a lot of detail, just for fun I added some text to the serial number plate to see how well it resolved ๐Ÿ˜€
    I'm just adding the additional detailing that Martin suggested so I'll post an update on that later today.
    Rob.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: The Windscreen Wipers.
    2 days ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi JB.
    Thanks for your kind words ๐Ÿ˜Š.
    So more detailing yet to come.
    Rob.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: The Windscreen Wipers.
    2 days ago by jbkiwi ( Admiral)
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    Nice job on the wipers Rob, spot on.

    JB
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: The Windscreen Wipers.
    2 days ago by Graham93 ( Captain)
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    Rob,

    Love the level of detail, especially going to the lengths of adding the decals ๐Ÿ‘

    Graham93
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: The Windscreen Wipers.
    2 days ago by Skydive130 ( Commodore)
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    I used trimline tape for the track line Rob, took 2 minutes ๐Ÿ‘ however, another stunning detail piece of the final jigsaw ๐Ÿ‘
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: The Windscreen Wipers.
    2 days ago by Missouri ( Leading Seaman)
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    I also thought that - given the level of detail here - the track line could be added. Another excellent bit of modelling.๐Ÿ‘
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: The Windscreen Wipers.
    3 days ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    "I did wonder if you could fit a small linier servo in the cockpit"

    That would be a nice touch Mike but at this scale it would be very very difficult to engineer, particularly with three wipers all at different angles and with different stroke lengths.

    If they were conventional wipers it might be possible but really not worth all the effort to make them a 'dynamic' rather than 'static' feature of the boat.

    Martins suggestion is do-able though ๐Ÿ˜
    Rob.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: The Windscreen Wipers.
    3 days ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Martin.
    I did consider that and I might just put a very thin sliver of vinyl tape to simulate the track that the arm runs in ๐Ÿ‘.

    Update to follow ๐Ÿ˜€.
    Rob.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: The Windscreen Wipers.
    3 days ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Absolutely fantastic work Rob.
    However one little criticism maybe a black painted line to represent the tract that the wiper blade arms run in.
    (only noticeable due to the scale)

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: The Windscreen Wipers.
    3 days ago by mturpin013 ( Commodore)
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    A nice touch Rob very well executed, I did wonder if you could fit a small linier servo in the cockpit
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    ๐Ÿ“ Final Fitting of the Handrails.
    7 days ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    A quick update on the cabin detailing as I near completion of the Pilots Boat.

    Fixing the windows and frames in place would have been very difficult with the cabin handrails in the way so itโ€™s time to do the final fitting of the handrail components.
    They were made in two sections for ease of construction and handling with a jointing component at the front in the form of a 3mm tubular socket for the handrail and a wire reinforced butt joint for the safety rail.

    All of the supporting uprights were threaded during construction for fixing through the cabin sides and engine room roof and it was just a case of getting all of the threaded sections through all of the fixing holes without scratching the paint as a certain amount of distortion of the rails is required to get them to line up with all of the fixing holes one at a time.

    Thankfully both pieces went in place without incident and I could then fit the 2mm nuts and washers and tighten them all with a small box spanner.

    The jointing of the rails at the front just involved cleaning the mating faces of the joints, passing a jointing wire through the safety rail jointing holes and twisting to draw the faces together.
    A dab of flux and a touch with a 100w soldering iron was all that was required to soft solder the joint and the wire twist snipped back and filed smooth with the safety rail on its front face to leave an almost invisible joint.

    A quick clean up to remove any remaining flux and a spot of brush painted etch primer and metallic silver saw the joint completed.
    The โ€˜ropeโ€™ grip was then put on the handrail, this took a while as it needed to be โ€˜sewnโ€™ around the rail through the gap between the safety rail one turn at a time and completed in two sections either side of the soldered tubular joint.

    In the last picture the life raft container and engine roof window have been placed but not fixed yet just to see how the rails look at the cabin front at this stage.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Final Fitting of the Handrails.
    4 days ago by Skydive130 ( Commodore)
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    Looking awesome Rob, canโ€™t wait for the final reveal ๐Ÿ‘
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    6 days ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi JB.

    "Can't wait to see the model all together and on the water"

    You and me both shipmate.....๐Ÿ˜€
    Keep Safe.
    Rob.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Final Fitting of the Handrails.
    6 days ago by jbkiwi ( Admiral)
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    Well worth the time taken Rob, absolutely brilliant! Can't wait to see the model all together and on the water.

    JB
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Final Fitting of the Handrails.
    6 days ago by stevedownunder ( Midshipman)
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    Hi Rob,

    Very nicely engineered and beautifully executed, great work on a tricky part.

    Cheers,
    Stephen.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Final Fitting of the Handrails.
    7 days ago by Ianh ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Solder Combinations are always worth it! Building Copper Boilers you use 2-3 different grades of Silver Solder.
    Little known fact is that the temperature has to be higher when de soldering solder compared to it's melting point.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Final Fitting of the Handrails.
    7 days ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Rob,
    I amended my post hopefully i got it right now.LOL!!

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Final Fitting of the Handrails.
    7 days ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Martin.
    I'm no saint and I definitely don't want to be anyones 'patient' at this time ๐Ÿ˜‚

    Ps. I don't think you're ever likely to be lost for words ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Rob.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Final Fitting of the Handrails.
    7 days ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Geoff.
    Fortunately I have a lot more time to pay attention to detail on my models now that I'm retired.
    It's amazing how much detail you can add to a model if you have the patience and good reference 'photos to work from ๐Ÿ˜€.
    Rob.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Final Fitting of the Handrails.
    7 days ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Rob,
    Excellent work and the patience of a saint.
    I am getting lost for words.

    Martin555.
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    7 days ago by mistyoptic ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Rob, Thank you so much for the detail and I must say that your work is encouraging me to get a bit more adventurous with my modelling work, particularly using scratch materials. Geoff.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Final Fitting of the Handrails.
    7 days ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Mike.
    A combination of silver and soft soldering actually ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I've been quietly working away on the final detailing since New Year so very soon you will see the final thing take shape. All very 'fiddly' but very satisfying ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘
    Rob.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Final Fitting of the Handrails.
    7 days ago by mturpin013 ( Commodore)
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    Some tricky silver soldering there Rob, I can see why you've been quiet recently it must have taken an awful lot of time to build all that, let alone the planning to achieve such a superb outcome, a standard to aspire to
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    ๐Ÿ“ The Cabin Windows & Window Frames
    25 days ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    Last blog update before Xmas........

    The cabin windows are made in much the same way as the roof windows were made using paper templates of the window apertures transferred to the Lexan plastic for cutting and shaping.
    The cabin side windows are made from 3mm Lexan to match the thickness of the ply used in the construction and the front windows from 1.5mm for the thinner ply in that place.
    All were made to be a tight fit in the apertures with the front face of the Lexan completely flush with the outer face of the cabin. The protective film on both faces of the Lexan was peeled off after the shaping was done and then washed to remove all traces of contaminants before the tinting film was applied.

    The front and side windows were finished with some โ€˜darkโ€™ 20% film on all of the outer faces and left to bond to the Lexan overnight. After trimming the surplus film around the windows they were glued in place using thin canopy glue which from my previous experience with the roof windows is drawn into the minute gaps between wood and plastic by capillary action.

    The window frames were made from strips of Plasticard in the same way as previously described for the roof windows.
    At this point I ran out of plastic filler for smoothing the corner fillets and on the advice of some fellow forum members I used a concoction of styrene shavings and poly cement to make a paste which worked sufficiently well until I could source a new supply of Humbrol filler.
    The forward cabin window on each side has some additional pieces of framework to simulate a sliding section of the window.
    All of the frames were flatted on a fine grade sanding plate and painted with metallic silver spray, no priming required as the Plasticard doesnโ€™t really need it after it has been abraded thoroughly.
    A final coat of clear gloss lacquer on all the frames was sprayed as a protective finish.
    I took particular care to get the alignment and spacing of all the windows correct and found that using straight edges on the side windows and applying masking tape โ€˜guidesโ€™ for the front windows helped greatly .
    All were secured with a tab of tape or weighted down to ensure that the frames bonded completely flat on the cabin, once again using dots of canopy glue on the frames.

    The forward engine room roof window is just a plywood square with a Plasticard frame, the ply painted matt black and a piece of Lexan over the ply with the 20% film applied to form a โ€˜dummyโ€™ window.

    Not too much to do now before this model is finally finished....... but for now I'd like to say a big THANK YOU to all that have been following my blog and giving me so much advice and encouragement ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‘.

    A Very Merry Christmas to All ๐Ÿ˜.
    Robbob.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: The Cabin Windows & Window Frames
    7 days ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Nerys.
    Not upset at all m'dear ๐Ÿ˜Š
    Now I've looked at an A40 Pininfarina that you describe I can see where you're coming from ๐Ÿ˜
    I'm not going to mock that one up in Photoshop though ๐Ÿ˜Ž.
    Rob.
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    17 days ago by Nerys ( Vice Admiral)
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    Actually Rob, I meant the A40 Pininfarina. It's the first picture that made me think the profile was very similar, but I really don't want to upset you, it's just how it looked to me at a first glance.

    Nerys
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    Hi Nerys.

    "a couple of those photos of the orange deckhouse did remind me of an Austin A35 with a long bonnet"

    I don't quite see the similarity myself.......perhaps others should decide?? ๐Ÿ˜†
    Rob.
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    20 days ago by Nerys ( Vice Admiral)
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    I'm not being rude Rob, but a couple of those photos of the orange deckhouse did remind me of an Austin A35 with a long bonnet.

    Cheers, Nerys
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    24 days ago by MouldBuilder ( Commodore)
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    Super job Rob. Those transfers are really good. The detail quality is outstanding. It just goes to show the extent of improvement required to get anywhere near this level. Roll on retirement so that I can have a go.
    Peter.๐Ÿ‘
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    24 days ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Missouri.
    Looking forward to showing it sometime next year.

    As a club we are making preliminary plans for our club exhibition in September, assuming that this all blows over by then, that might be the first opportunity to show it off !!

    Check out the Crimbo card I made for the club members & website visitors..๐Ÿ˜€

    Rob.
    https://stalbansmes.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/SADMES-2020-Xmas-Card-for-Website.jpg
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    24 days ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi JB.
    Well spotted !
    Yes I have now fitted the handrails, I couldn't fit them until all the cabin windows were all in place, and a few other fittings which I'll cover in some further blog updates.
    Have a great Christmas and New Year Admiral.
    Rob.
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    24 days ago by jbkiwi ( Admiral)
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    Another beautiful bit of work Rob! - widows and frames are perfect๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ Looking forward to the sea trials next year (sometime). Last pic rails and boat hook are also ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

    JB
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    24 days ago by hmsnostalgia ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Steady on Rear Admiral Colin, Robbobs hat is already a bit tight !! ๐Ÿคฃ ๐Ÿ˜œ ๐Ÿ˜„.
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    24 days ago by hmsnostalgia ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    I second THAT !!. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
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    24 days ago by hmsnostalgia ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Rear Admiral Robbob SIR !!, I've been following your build blog intently and am in awe of your methodology, attention to detail, clear and concise photos and description, patience, especially of your good lady wife !! ๐Ÿคฃ, (or does banishment to you workroom suite both of you ?? ๐Ÿ˜œ) and finally your innovative and inspirational solutions to the inevitable problems that arise. Most of ALL though EVERYONE is waiting to see the video of your craft on the water !! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ‘
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    24 days ago by Missouri ( Leading Seaman)
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    Beautiful detailing. Some time next year I'll get to see it. Happy Christmas Bro.๐Ÿ‘
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    25 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    " ... the 'foot' of Python ๐Ÿคฃ......(obscure reference to a previous episode in my career ๐Ÿ˜‰).
    Aha! I just knowed it! YOU are the REAL Monty Python!
    Many thanks for a million laughs๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜
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    25 days ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Pete.
    Glad you have enjoyed the blog so far, not long before the final reveal then it's on to the next project.
    Have a great Xmas and new year.
    Rob.
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    25 days ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Doug.
    A ruler and the hand of god?.........more like the 'foot' of Python ๐Ÿคฃ......(obscure reference to a previous episode in my career ๐Ÿ˜‰).
    Thanks for the sentiment though.
    All the best for 2021.
    Rob.
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    25 days ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Mike.
    The way things are looking at the moment the maiden voyage will probably be in the bathtub ๐Ÿ˜†.
    Rob.
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    25 days ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Colin, if it weren't for the ruler I'd get nothing straight and level ๐Ÿ˜‚!
    Kind regards.
    Rob.
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    25 days ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Stephen.
    Thanks for your kind words.
    Rob.
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    25 days ago by Colin H ( Rear Admiral)
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    With quality like that you could be right Doug, maybe he should change his name to devine
    modeller.
    Cheers Colin.
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    25 days ago by Rookysailor ( Captain)
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    Have really enjoyed this build Rob, you've given so many tips and tricks to all of us, trying to ascend to your quality of building, I think that this is your best detail build, and has been a pleasure to follow.๐Ÿ‘

    Wishing you & your Family a Happy, Healthy Christmas.

    Cheers, Pete
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    25 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    "If it wasn't for the ruler and fingers in the pictures ..."
    That's The Hand of God' and a film prop from Gulliver's Travels Colin๐Ÿ˜
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    25 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    "not feeling in the mood for modelling at the moment. Iโ€™ve a couple of big projects lined up for the new year though."
    Know what you mean Sy. Same with me ๐Ÿค” Including the two projects for the New Year!๐Ÿ˜Š
    Keep on showing us 'The Way' Rob ๐Ÿ‘

    Celebrate as best you can under the circumstances folks๐Ÿคž
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
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    25 days ago by mturpin013 ( Commodore)
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    That's yet more nice detail on this superb model, I think we are all looking forward to the maiden voyage, have a good Christmas
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    25 days ago by Colin H ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi Robbob,
    If it wasn't for the ruler and fingers in the pictures I thought it was the real boat.
    Exceptional work shipmate, have a good Christmas and a better new year.
    Best wishes, stay safe and well, cheers Colin.
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    25 days ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Your work is so professional, i wish i had half the skill you have.
    Excellent.

    Marry Christmas Rob.

    Martin555.
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    25 days ago by stevedownunder ( Midshipman)
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    Beautiful work Robbob,

    And have a safe and merry Christmas.

    Cheers,
    Stephen.
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    25 days ago by Skydive130 ( Commodore)
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    Another fine update Rob, really excited for the final reveal!

    Iโ€™ve decided to can my Tyne build, I wasnโ€™t enjoying it, too many things going on with sorting my late fathers estate and the doom and gloom of COVID have really left me not feeling in the mood for modelling at the moment. Iโ€™ve a couple of big projects lined up for the new year though.

    In the meantime, stay safe and well and hope you have a good Christmas.

    Kind regards Sy
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    ๐Ÿ“ The Engine Room Air Intakes.
    30 days ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    Iโ€™m slowly adding a lot of previously made detailing items to the cabin structure and these are some engine room air intake/ventilation grilles that I made at quite an early stage of the new cabin construction and rather than cutting holes for these in the cabin sides I chose to simulate them with some false panels.

    I started by making some card mock-ups to determine the right size and position using some โ€˜photos of the real boat as a reference and the dimensions transferred to some 1.5mm ply and cut to shape with a sharp knife.

    The centre portion of the panels were cut out and then a framework of 1.5mm ply strips fixed to the rear of the panels to form a framework around the edges to add rigidity and also to form a recess into which I could fit a .7mm black Plasticard backing piece and a piece of fine stainless steel mesh to simulate the intake grille.

    The two ply panels were flatted down, the edges and corners lightly rounded and then given several coats of sanding sealer followed by two coats of metallic silver. The fixings around the perimeter of the vents were simulated by making some waterslide decals to simulate the bolt heads.

    The graphics were generated in Adobe Illustrator, printed out onto some โ€˜clearโ€™ decal paper and then coated with some clear gloss lacquer to fix the black ink to the clear decal film.
    The graphics were applied to the panels in one piece and fixed with some Micro Sol and Micro Set solution to bond them to the paint surface and when almost set the centres of the decals were cut out using a scalpel blade to leave just the outer portions.
    An earlier experiment applying the decals with the centres already cut out was not too successful as the decals were very difficult to position without causing tears and ripples in the film. When successfully applied and fully set the decals were over-sprayed with some clear gloss lacquer to protect them.

    When the paint and lacquer had fully hardened the black Plasticard and stainless steel mesh were glued into the recesses on the rear of the panels using some canopy glue and placed under some weights to keep the panels flat as the glue set.

    The positions of the panels were marked out on the cabin sides using some masking tape strips as guides and the completed panels were glued to the sides of the cabin using some dabs of epoxy resin and the panels were weighted to hold them flat as the epoxy set.

    I think the finished panels are quite a good representation of the intake panels with the combination of the matt black backing and the steel mesh giving them the illusion of some internal โ€˜depthโ€™.
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    26 days ago by hmsnostalgia ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Good grief Robbob, worried about hex bolts or screw heads with slots !!!, the devil is certainly in the detail ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜‚
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    29 days ago by Ianh ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi Robbob
    Look at my Avatar maybe I need to add the bolt to the collection! And yes you do get hex bolts with slots.
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    29 days ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    Martin & JB
    Thanks for the vindication.......I feel a lot happier now ๐Ÿ˜
    Rob.
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    29 days ago by jbkiwi ( Admiral)
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    Hadn't noticed till you pointed that out Rob๐Ÿ˜ On the ok side, I have seen small bolts with slots, (especially with electrical screws) if it makes you feel better.

    JB
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    29 days ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Rob,
    I did notice the slot on the bolt head, i did not say anything as believe it or not i have actually seen this on some control panels.

    Martin555.
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    29 days ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    Thanks for the slightly 'over the top' praise Doug.
    However.....
    By my own admission the 'bolts' are a bit odd in that they have a hex head, like a bolt, but also a slot, like a screw...a sort of hybrid fixing ๐Ÿ˜‰
    So perhaps I should have made the head round with a slot to represent a screw ? ๐Ÿค”
    Or left the slot out to represent a bolt head........only a pedant like me would comment on his own mistakes..๐Ÿ˜†
    Rob.
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    30 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Just one more step for Rob's model,
    but another giant leap for the rest of modelkind!
    From personal experience, in part professional, I know just how difficult it is to represent such things like those bolt heads in a realistic fashion. I.e. not absolutely identical and all lined up in the same direction like soldiers on parade. Very well done Robโ˜€๏ธ
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
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    30 days ago by stevedownunder ( Midshipman)
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    Lovely vents Rob,

    I like the decal bolt idea.

    Cheers,
    Stephen.
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    30 days ago by jbkiwi ( Admiral)
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    Very nice Rob, clever idea for the screws๐Ÿ‘

    JB
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    30 days ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Marky.
    Thanks for the kind words
    I'll be finishing off the rest of the cabin windows in the next bit and frankly very glad that they're all done so I can get the rest of the cabin detailing finished ๐Ÿค—.
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    30 days ago by marky ( Commodore)
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    Another great piece of craftsmanship Robb, the windows are also great ,I remember how hard it was helping my son to do car windows when I gave him a hand years ago when he used to do window films and car wrapping for a company just after he left school ,he was good at it I was a bit of a hindrance โ˜น๏ธ
    Cheers Marky๐Ÿ‘
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    30 days ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Another fantastic step completed Rob.
    Well done.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ“ The Roof Windows & Window Frames.
    1 month ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    Thereโ€™s a lot of windows on the cabin of this boat, 16 in all if you include the one at the forward end of the engine room roof, all of which require a frame too and as I donโ€™t intend to detail the interior I have decided to apply a โ€˜tintโ€™ to all the windows to obscure the interior.

    I started with the three roof windows by making a template of the window apertures which I could then transfer to some 1.5mm clear Lexan sheet and cutting and trimming all of them to be a friction fit in the roof apertures.
    The Lexan is thin enough to be easily shaped by scoring a snapping and the edges scraped and filed to remove any burrs or rough edges.

    The roof windows on the real Pilot Boats have a heavy tint to make looking skyward up to a tall vessel alongside a lot easier in bright daylight and I simulated this by applying some window tinting film that is normally used on car windows.
    This film was bought as a โ€˜sample sizeโ€™ from an eBay seller and is described as โ€˜Limoโ€™ which means it only allows a 5% light transmission.
    The film has to be applied to the outer surface of the โ€˜windowโ€™ using a combination of soapy water, lint free cloths and rubber squeegees and to be honest is not at all easy to apply ๐Ÿ˜  without getting trapped air or specks of dust or other contaminants that cause microscopic bubbles and bumps in the process, but after persisting I managed to get some passable results ๐Ÿ˜Š.

    The film was left to bond to the Lexan overnight before it was trimmed back with a sharp scalpel blade.

    The roof window frames need to be made as narrow as possible so these were made from 1mm styrene sheet cut into 3mm strips which were glued together to form the frames with fillets fitted to the inside corners while overlaid on a paper template.
    When the glue had set the frames were removed from the paper backing and the internal and external corners rounded with files and the framed flatted on both sides to smooth them and provide a good surface for painting.

    The paint finish is two coats of metallic silver and a couple of coats of clear lacquer.

    Fitting them into the roof was very straightforward, the friction fit was helpful to hold them in place while canopy glue was used to fix them, the thin glue was applied with a fine brush around the edges of the windows and capillary action drew the glue into any gaps between the Lexan window and the ply roof panel.

    The frames were also fixed down with canopy glue applied as a series of dots around the underside of the frame and held in place with masking tape until set. Any excess glue is easily wiped away with a damp cloth and it dries completely forming a very strong bond.

    When all the glue had set the windows were polished with a soft cloth and I think that the overall look of the roof windows is very good ๐Ÿ˜Ž.
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    1 month ago by Ianh ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Tamiya Smoke coms in a Rattle Can at a price.
    I have tried it but won't use as it Bu*****d up the windows on a Tamiya truck I couldn't get a constant coverage due to pooling so the density varied greatly.
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    1 month ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Blow! Moi Rob?
    I couldn't blow the cream off the 'top o the milk', let alone the skin off a rice pudding!
    Credit where credit's due Rob๐Ÿ‘
    All the best, stay as safe as possible in these troubled times๐Ÿคž
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    PS Apropos staying safe; I've hermetically sealed my workshop and arranged a filtered air supply. With O2 cylinders in reserve! An' if you believe that then you must also believe DJTrump๐Ÿ™„
    Nevertheless, I'd like to be able to take such precautions, we are now in Lockdown 3.0 including Curfew after 21:00 and no fireworks on New Years Eve. What a wonderful world! Happy Christmas all๐Ÿ˜
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    1 month ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Doug
    Yes, another re-scaling would not be a surprise....thanks for the kind sentiments though, but I suspect you're just softening me up for the blow....๐Ÿ˜‰
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    1 month ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    "That was until the last re-scaling of the ranks and I'm just slowly making my way back ๐Ÿ˜‹"
    Hi Rob,
    Looks like we might be heading for another 'rank-quake'!
    Last time even I (๐Ÿ™„) was demoted to Admiral!
    All just for a bit of fun when all said and done, but every time the Crรจme de la crรจme rises to the top of course.๐Ÿ‘
    Been following your build and blog with great interest as usual.
    Excellent work, outstanding attention to detail, well thought out solutions to the inevitable snags, backed up by good research and exemplary skills, and great 'How to' tips explained in your Blog entries to boot!
    Hat off Admiral, no way we mortal amateurs can compete with pros like you.
    But we continue to struggle to keep up๐Ÿ˜
    Keep 'em coming Rob๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜€
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    PS I 'cheated' with the tinted windows on my Sea Scout, I found some green tinted 3mm acrylic glass on the Krick website.๐Ÿ˜Š Didn't make it any easier to cut, trim and fit though!๐Ÿค” Template > scroll saw > try > file and fiddle > try > file and fiddle >>> eventually glue in with Deluxe Materials Canopy Glue. Boy was I glad to get that cyclic torture finished!
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    1 month ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi JB.
    Admiral....been there....done that.....and got the scrambled egg!!
    That was until the last re-scaling of the ranks and I'm just slowly making my way back ๐Ÿ˜‹

    I did find the film easier to apply after a bit of practice and the rest of the tinting went a lot better.
    Rob.
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    1 month ago by jbkiwi ( Admiral)
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    Thanks Rob, never been an Admiral before๐Ÿ˜‚ The problem with models is, you're working to such a small scale that any dust in paint,- under films or coverings , stands out like the dogs proverbials๐Ÿ˜. On a car or house, you wouldn't see it.

    JB
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    1 month ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Ian.
    I did try using a card but the hard plastic edge caused very fine scratches in the film so I ended up using a silicone rubber squeegee that I normally use to trim and shape silicone seals around bathtubs etc. That worked really well !
    Rob.
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    1 month ago by Ianh ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi Robbob,
    I used it on Acrylic clear and although the paint is of high quality being Tamiya. The 'Density' is the problem as like I say it pools even when painted thinly.
    I use an old credit card to get the window film correct although fiddly it's less of a problem
    Cheers
    Ian
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    1 month ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi JB.
    Firstly......congratulations on your promotion to Admiral...very well deserved sir ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜€

    Yes, quite correct about the drop of detergent in the water, I think it's a lot to do with surface tension and enabling a degree of 'slip' to position the film before it's 'squeegeed' down. The real problem is trying not to get any dust or grit between film and window that cause the lumps and bumps โ˜น๏ธ
    Rob.
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    1 month ago by jbkiwi ( Admiral)
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    Looks great Rob๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ I had the same problem applying tint to the Hartley windows as they were quite large, and I think the surface of the PETG sheet had tiny imperfections which trapped bubbles, which were impossible to squeegee out. Looks ok If you don't get too close. The secret apparently is the correct amount of detergent in the water. The guy who used to fit all the accessories and body protectors at Toyota where I worked, said he was told by a tinting expert to use something like 6 drops to 500ml. I think it's the surfactant which stops the film sticking. Supposedly you need very little,- too much and it won't stick, - too little and it won't slide.

    JB
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    1 month ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Ian.
    I also suspect that the very polished finish of the Lexan would be a difficult substrate for the paint to bond onto unless the surface was abraded which would not a desirable effect on windows.
    Rob.
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    1 month ago by Ianh ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    I have used this film on my Tamiya trucks although fiddly it seems to work well.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
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    1 month ago by Ianh ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Just my two penneth
    Tamiya Smoke is very difficult to get an even cover. and tends to 'pool'
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    1 month ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Steve.
    Sadly I don't have an airbrush, I usually get by with 'rattle cans' and fine brushes for detail work but I can definitely see the advantage of having one at some stage.

    The window film cost less than ยฃ2 for both 'sample' sheets so it was more economical to use it in this instance as the investment in a quality airbrush and compressor, and not to mention the 'learning curve' of airbrush techniques, was not really a viable alternative.

    Rob.
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    1 month ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Sy.
    Yes they have turned out quite well but the film is very tricky to apply on such a small scale, it's probably a lot easier to put on car windows as intended๐Ÿ˜‰
    Rob.
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    1 month ago by stevedownunder ( Midshipman)
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    Lovely work Rob,

    If you have an airbrush an alternative to the film is to spray Tamiya smoke paint onto the inside of the window, not that it matters now the job is done.

    Cheers,
    Stephen.
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    1 month ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Excellent work Rob,
    You are definitely enjoying this build.

    So are we.

    Martin555.
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    1 month ago by Skydive130 ( Commodore)
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    And very nice theyโ€™ve turned out Rob ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
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    ๐Ÿ“ The Rear Cabin Door & Windows
    1 month ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    The cabin rear door is very simply made from 1.5mm styrene sheet, a larger piece forming the base and frame and a slightly smaller piece forming the door and a further piece as a window frame.
    All of the corners are radiused as per the real door and frame and before fixing the door to the frame I simulated the fixing bolts around the frame by using thin slivers of hexagonal styrene rod around the perimeter โ€˜frameโ€™.
    These were all reduced to a uniform height by flatting them on my fine sanding plate.
    The two parts were then glued together using poly cement and then the aperture for the window was cut through both pieces.

    The window frame was made from a small piece of 1mm Styrene in one piece which involved a bit of cutting, filing and scraping, itโ€™s made slightly oversized so that the window glazing can be fitted into the window aperture with the frame acting as a rebate.
    This was glued to the door front ensuring an even overlap all round.

    Two 2mm holes were drilled through the door, one for a door handle and a second to simulate a lock boss and some short pieces of 2mm styrene rod used to simulate the door hinges.

    The door handle was made from a piece of 2mm brass rod, bent and flattened slightly to form a handle, a couple of short pieces of styrene tube were formed into a handle base and glued to the door over the frame and a piece of 2mm rod glued into the โ€˜lockโ€™ hole and trimmed to be just proud of the door surface.

    The brass door handle was etch primed, sprayed silver and then clear lacquered.
    The whole piece was cleaned and de-greased with panel wipe and then painted with two coats of white gloss.

    The frames for the two rear windows were made from styrene strips with a fillet in each corner that was rounded with a file and the outer corners rounded as well, some Humbrol filler was used to fill the joints and after drying the frames were flatted on both sides on a fine sanding plate. The frames were also painted with two coats of gloss white.

    The โ€˜glazingโ€™ for the door and windows was cut and shaped from 1.5mm clear Lexan to fit into their respective apertures and all three were covered with a 20% tinting film, the film allows only a 20% light transmission and thus is 80% opaque. Applied to the outer surface of the windows they look very effective and reflective ๐Ÿ˜Ž

    The door glazing was glued in place using canopy glue applied with a fine brush to avoid any glue getting onto the surface of the โ€˜glassโ€™ and left to set.

    The door was finally positioned on the rear wall of the cabin and a 2mm hole drilled through for the door handle and the door assembly then glued to the cabin using dots of epoxy to ensure that no excess squeezed out when the door was pressed into place and the door handle fixed through the handle boss with a dab of epoxy.

    The two window glazing pieces either side of the door were also glued in place with canopy glue to be completely flush with the outer surface of the walls and when fully set they were cleaned before the two window frames were fixed over them with canopy glue as well.
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    1 month ago by hmsnostalgia ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Dolls houses !!, ๐Ÿ˜ฎ look out ROBBOB, there's the smell of mutiny in the ranks !! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜†, but he's right, that 'TRADEMARK' attention to detail is raising the bar AGAIN !!!!!! ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘
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    1 month ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    Thanks JB ๐Ÿ˜Š.
    Right now I'm glueing in all the windows and trying not to get canopy glue all over the window panes, blog on windows and frames coming soon.
    Rob.
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    1 month ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Sy.
    I am surprised that as the 'Styrene Meister' you haven't come across it before..๐Ÿ˜‰
    I bought an 'assortment pack' of Evergreen styrene from eBay some time ago which included the hex rod. But you can buy it from online from 'Hobbies' too.
    They are near Norwich which is in your neck of the woods ! (Assuming they are able to be open in the current circumstances).

    I need to buy in some more plastic rod from them for the bollards on the Pilots Boat, typically I've run out of the two sizes that are just the right diameter for the correct scaleโ˜น๏ธ
    I only discovered that this morning while planning the the days work...๐Ÿ˜กGrrrrr
    Rob.
    https://www.hobbies.co.uk/materials/plastics#q=pageitems.60
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    1 month ago by jbkiwi ( Admiral)
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    Another lovely bit of work Rob!
    JB
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    1 month ago by Skydive130 ( Commodore)
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    Go for it Mike, itโ€™s my new fave medium lol! So versatile, you can just about make anything!
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    1 month ago by Skydive130 ( Commodore)
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    Hi Rob,
    Weโ€™re do you get your hex rod from as Iโ€™ve always simulated bolt heads with round rod as never been able to find hex rod?

    Kind regards Sy
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    1 month ago by mturpin013 ( Commodore)
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    Rob, again a triumph, you have really got the hang of styrene, you almost tempt me to have a go with it
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    1 month ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Missouri.
    Your'e suggesting I become a property developer ? ......๐Ÿ˜†
    Rob.
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    1 month ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Sy.
    Shouldn't be too long now, the majority of fittings are all made and just need to be fixed and finished.
    I've still to make the roof ventilators using your construction method along with the deck bollards, and perhaps an anchor too.
    Like yours, my workshop is perishing cold so I have to pre-heat it before I can do any workโ„๏ธโ˜น๏ธโ„๏ธ
    Rob.
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    1 month ago by Missouri ( Leading Seaman)
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    When you're done with boats you can start on dolls' houses. With that level of detail they would sell very nicely! I'll let your wife know your granddaughter wants one for next year.๐Ÿ˜‚
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    1 month ago by Skydive130 ( Commodore)
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    Itโ€™s so satisfying working in plastic, amazing what can be done! I remember when I was scratch building an Aerokits Solent lifeboat and I nearly lost the will to live looking for ready made 1:12 lifeboat doors!

    Not long now Rob before the final reveal, itโ€™s looking fantastic!
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    1 month ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Martin.
    Yes you're quite correct, when making the frame for the cabin door window I did just that ๐Ÿ‘.
    Rob
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    1 month ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Rob,
    I have found that if you want to make window frames in one piece the best way is to cut out the part that would be the glass first and then cut out the thin frame.
    If you do it the other way around the thin frame could split or go out of shape.

    Martin555.
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    1 month ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    Thanks Martin.
    The corner radius of the door isn't quite right, but who's to know ๐Ÿ˜œ and the window frames look a bit too 'heavy' but it's almost impossible to make them any thinner with styrene strip and trying to cut out window frames in one piece is sheer hell. Other than that I'm quite pleased with the end result.
    Rob.
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    1 month ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Really nice work Rob.
    The small details make it look so real.
    Well done.

    Martin555.
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    2 months ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    There are a couple of life rings attached to the stern of the Pilot Boats which will be a nice finishing detail for the handrails.

    These life belts had previously been modelled extremely well by Sy (Skydive130) on his Pilot Boat and using his build blog as a guide I decided to try to make some for my boat.

    I looked for some wooden rings of the right size from various sources including eBay without success and so I asked Sy where he got his and he very generously said that he would send me a selection of sizes from his own โ€˜stockโ€™.
    They arrived a couple of days later and I selected 45mm diameter rings which was the perfect size and scale.

    The wooden rings were given a rub down with some abrasive paper and then given several coats of sanding sealer to get a nice smooth finish and then sprayed with two coats of VW Brilliant Orange.

    Initially I put the white bands on the rings using the same white vinyl coach-lining tape that I used for the water line, but after my success with making my own waterslide transfers I decided to add some graphics to the rings and the vinyl tape I had used was not really suitable for the graphics to lay over because of the thickness of the tape.

    The new graphics were generated in Adobe Illustrator and printed out at โ€˜photo resolution onto some clear waterslide decal paper and over-sprayed with some Halfords clear gloss lacquer to seal the black ink onto the clear film.
    The old vinyl tape was removed from the rings and any adhesive residue removed with some panel wipe and then I painted on the new rings with some white Humbrol acrylic paint, which needed a keen eye and a very steady hand ๐Ÿค“

    After carefully cutting out the graphics from the sheet with a scalpel I applied the decals using some Micro Sol and Micro Fix solution, the latter is formulated to soften decals to make it โ€˜setโ€™ down onto the surface and conform to any irregularities and curvatures.

    After the solutions had done their jobs and fully set and dried I filled and painted the โ€˜pin holesโ€™ that I used for handling the rings before spraying the rings with some satin lacquer to seal the graphics onto the rings.

    The finished rings were fixed onto the stern railings with some thin .7mm brass wire โ€˜staplesโ€™ with a dab of epoxy resin to secure and strengthen the fixing.

    Finally a big Thank You to Sy for his generosity in supplying me with the wooden rings, itโ€™s very comforting to know that on this forum we can not only share tips, techniques and ideas but on occasions materials too ๐Ÿ˜
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    2 months ago by MouldBuilder ( Commodore)
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    Super job Rob. They look perfect. I had no idea you can make your own transfers. I will give this a go.
    Can I ask where you get your white tape from. I would like to use quality tape for my Dusseldorf.
    Thanks, Peter.
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    2 months ago by woodie - paul ( Leading Seaman)
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    wow - brilliant, thanks for the share ๐Ÿ‘
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    2 months ago by Ianh ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    When I die, Please lord do not let the wife sell my workshop for what she thinks I paid for it!๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š
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    2 months ago by marky ( Commodore)
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    Another fantastic job ,a true artist Rob.
    Cheers Marky๐Ÿ‘
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    2 months ago by jbkiwi ( Admiral)
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    Very nice work Rob๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

    JB
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    2 months ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    Thanks Pete.
    I would imagine that the life rings are just lashed onto the railings with a couple of ropes with some sort of quick release knot ?
    If you look at the first 'photo in the blog post you will see just a mess of ropes and one of the rings is 'back to front' for some reason.
    In the 'photo I attach now there's a view of the belts on another of the boats.....just as messy !!
    Rob.
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    2 months ago by Rookysailor ( Captain)
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    Nice bit of work with the lettering Rob, and the neat fitting of the rings, how are they attached to the real boat? could that not have been replicated.๐Ÿ˜Š

    Cheers, Pete
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    2 months ago by mturpin013 ( Commodore)
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    Once again Rob some nice detailing
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    2 months ago by brianupyonder ( Warrant Officer)
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    they are very good but i hope you never have to use them
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    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Ok rob but you know it will now bug you LOL!!

    Martin555.
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    2 months ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    "I am sure with your skills you could make a tidy rope setup"

    I'm not so sure Martin, besides I've got more important detailing to get finished before I can move on ๐Ÿค”.
    Rob.
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    2 months ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    Sy

    "PS donโ€™t tell the wife about the ยฃ900 splurge on eBay for a Speedline Models RNLI Shannon kit Iโ€™ve just treated myself too!"

    Your secret is safe with me and all of the model boating fraternity wordwide ๐Ÿ˜†

    PS.....HOW MUCH ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
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    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Rob,
    I am sure with your skills you could make a tidy rope setup.

    Martin555.
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    2 months ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Martin.

    "I assume the robe work will be done later"

    I'll probably not bother with any of the rope detailing on the rings, visually it might just look 'untidy'.
    Rob.
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    2 months ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    Thanks for the compliments Sy.
    I'm very grateful for your material contribution to my model too ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘
    Rob.
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    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Rob,
    I assume the robe work will be done later.

    Martin555.
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    2 months ago by Skydive130 ( Commodore)
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    They look fantastic with the Southampton logos Rob, a very visible part of the model that has been given the โ€œRobโ€ touch which will certainly stand out. So very glad I could help with supplying the wooden rings and many thanks for your kind mentions in the narrative ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

    Kindest regards Sy (ps donโ€™t tell the wife about the ยฃ900 splurge on eBay for a Speedline Models RNLI Shannon kit Iโ€™ve just treated myself too! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚)
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    ๐Ÿ“ Finishing the Stern Handrails
    2 months ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    The remaining parts to go onto the handrails are the washers that form the mounting flanges at the base of each upright and these can only be soldered in place with the handrails on the deck to ensure that they are at the correct angles to sit properly on the curvature of the rear deck.

    I marked the three mounting holes for each assembly using my paper template and drilled a 2mm hole through the deck for each and then fitted the railings to check for fit and set the correct height for each ensuring that the top of the handrail was properly lined up with the cabin handrails.

    The height of each leg was marked relative to the deck and then removed so that I could put the washers on the legs and also a thin ply spacer that will act as a sacrificial heat shield during the soldering process. The handrails were then put back into their mounting holes and the height of each adjusted to the correct alignment but with an additional allowance for the thickness of the ply spacer and then the washers were soldered in place.

    After shaping the handrail bases with files and emery paper the handrails were thoroughly cleaned and de-greased, given a spray coat of etch primer and then two coats of silver spray and finally a coat of clear gloss lacquer.

    When the paint and lacquer was full dried I wound the cotton cord โ€˜ropeโ€™ handgrip onto the top rails, this took a bit longer than the cabin handrails because the cord had to passed through the rails for each turn but it was a fairly quick process for the short lengths of rail to be covered.
    The ends of the rope were tacked with some cyano glue to fix them at each end and then the rope handgrips were given two coats of satin acrylic lacquer to consolidate and protect the windings.

    Because the deck into which the railing will be fitted is only a skin of 1.5mm ply I will have to fit some supporting pieces underneath the deck into which the uprights can be securely glued, fortunately there is some limited access to the underside of four of the six uprights and this should be sufficient for a firm fixings of each assembly.

    These railings along with all the other fitting that Iโ€™ve made will be fixed to deck in the final assembly.
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    2 months ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Seafarer
    Thanks for your kind words.
    The recent 'photos are from my Samsung 'phone camera for convenience and the pictures are are surprisingly good but it doesn't always autofocus on the point I want it to and also it 'strobes' in the LED lighting that I have over my bench if the scene is too bright.
    I keep having to remind myself it's just a 'phone and won't ever match my DSLR for quality ๐Ÿค“.
    Robbob.
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    2 months ago by seafarer ( Leading Seaman)
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    Excellent work and great clarity on the photos.๐Ÿ‘
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    2 months ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Mike.
    There was very little danger of the deck being damaged, the brass was very clean and properly fluxed so the instant heat from my 100w iron flows the solder very quickly so the heat didn't get of a chance to conduct through to the deck and do any damage.

    Soldering the washers on the cabin handrails was much more difficult because I couldn't use the ply spacers and used foil instead which worked very well too ๐Ÿ˜€.
    Rob.
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    2 months ago by mturpin013 ( Commodore)
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    Hi Rob, how long did you hold your breath for when you looked under the ply spacers to make sure the green paint hadn't turned brown.
    The railings look great and the tubular joints are that additional eye catching detail which sets them apart from others, well done.๐Ÿค“
    I think I will have to go back and remodel my scramble ladder on the crash tender๐Ÿค”
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    2 months ago by hmsnostalgia ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Absolutely fabulous Robbob!!, as others have said, 'A masterclass'!! ๐Ÿ‘
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    2 months ago by Julio ( Master Seaman)
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    fine job... congrats!!!
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    2 months ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Martin.
    After threading all that cotton it's me that deserves to get spliced ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿฅƒ๐Ÿ‘
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    2 months ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Marky.
    Thanks for the kind words.
    Good to hear that you're out of hospital and on the mend๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘.
    Best Wishes.
    Rob.
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    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Great work Rob.
    You will be splicing eyes in cotton thread next LOL!!

    Martin555.
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    2 months ago by marky ( Commodore)
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    Hi Rob , just catching up with the build ,the handrails look superb ,brilliant craftsmanship .
    Cheers Marky๐Ÿ‘
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    2 months ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    Thanks Sy.
    I actually looked at how you made your railings for initial inspiration and just made some improvements to incorporate some additional detailing ๐Ÿ˜.

    I quite enjoyed designing the lighting circuits for this boat, I'm disappointed that I couldn't put lighting on the mast for practical and storage reasons but the radar unit did turn out very well and integrates nicely with the electrical wiring loom and switching. Be advised that he motor/gearbox/pcb I used is quite expensive ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

    Will you be modifying a mini servo for 360 deg. rotation for the radar on your Tyne model?

    Rob.
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    2 months ago by Skydive130 ( Commodore)
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    Hi Rob, your railings bury mine for quality, they are absolutely superb! However, Iโ€™ve taken on board your techniques and will defiantly use the technique on future railings. Iโ€™ve spent a little time last night re-reading your section on lighting and the radar motor as Iโ€™m hoping to incorporate those methods on my Tyne and later down the line โ€œDrumbeat of Devonโ€ model slipway fisheries boat I pick up off eBay (please donโ€™t ask what I paid, but when your desperate for a slipways kit unstarted, you pay!) ๐Ÿ˜‚

    As for my current build, nothing this weekend as my sister and I have been busy sorting Dads house ready to go on the market from Tuesday, however Iโ€™ve a 4 day weekend next week, so will progress then.

    Take care, kind regards. Sy
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    ๐Ÿ“ The Stern Handrails Part 1.
    2 months ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    Firstly, my apologies for the long break between blog updates, sadly a lot of things have conspired to divert me from my model making activities, including a shortage of time and materials (bad planning !) and a family bereavement further resulting in a temporary loss of 'mojo'.

    But...onwards and upwards ๐Ÿ˜

    The stern handrails on the Southampton Pilot Boats donโ€™t incorporate a safety line attachment rail so that makes them slightly easier to make but the construction is the same as the cabin handrails.

    The stern on the real Pilot boats is not as curved as the hull of the SLEC model that mine is built from so a bit of modelling licence is required to simulate these rear handrails. Neither will it have the rear ladder seen in the first โ€˜photo which I have no intention to replicate as that would have required a major construction change in the early stages of making the hull.

    I started by making a paper template of the stern area and marking the positions of the three supporting uprights making sure that the line of the cabin handrails will be visually extended to the stern handrails and they will also follow the curvature of the stern rather than be square as on the real boat.

    When I was happy with the layout I taped the template onto a piece of scrap ply and drilled the three hole positions of each upright and fitted some short pieces of styrene rod to act as bending radius formers, allowing for the thickness of the brass rod in the process.

    A 300mm length of 2mm brass rod was then annealed along its whole length and then placed in the bending jig to form the top handrail. Before the second bend was made I inserted a tubular brass โ€˜tee pieceโ€™ that I had made previously when making up the cabin handrails as it would not be possible to do that after the bending process.
    The remaining bends in this piece had to be done very cautiously after measuring multiple times to form the correct angles and geometry of the two outer legs. Fortunately the calculations and bending all worked out OK and the basic frame was made. The centre upright is just a single piece of 2mm rod that locates into the โ€˜tee pieceโ€™ and this was soft soldered in place.

    With the framework temporarily removed from the ply jig two additional tee pieces were loosely fitted to each of the outer legs.
    The two horizontal bars of the framework were bent to shape on the jig and the ends ground flat and to the correct length to fit neatly onto the tee pieces when the framework was placed back into the jig with the centre of the rail neatly resting on the centre leg.

    Further measuring and adjustment was needed to set the correct overall height of the rail assembly to follow the height of the cabin handrails and the two lower rails adjusted to the desired height and spacing and then the parts were temporarily held in place with some tinned copper wire twists.

    All the joints were then soft soldered together, the joints of the tee pieces being unaffected because they were previously silver soldered together. All traces of flux were then removed and the whole piece cleaned up with files and emery cloth.

    As the first piece came out so well repeating the process to make the other rail proved very straightforward and very soon both assemblies were made and ready for finishing. I was quite relieved as my supply of 2mm brass rod was all used up so re-making any parts would have been a further delay ๐Ÿ˜ 

    In the next update Iโ€™ll drill the rear deck to take the rail assemblies, solder the base washers to the uprights and apply the paint and wind on the rope handgrips.
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    2 months ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Doug.

    "Sorry about the (Paenitet de) Threadjack Rob ๐Ÿ˜”๐Ÿค”"

    I'll let Frankie Howerd have the last word on this thread ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿคฃ
    Salutem ๐Ÿ˜Ž.
    Rob.
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    2 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    "Mine has pasted its use by date "
    Well at least it still worked for that Martin๐Ÿ˜
    ๐Ÿ˜‚
    Salutem๐Ÿ˜Ž
    Sorry about the (Paenitet de) Threadjack Rob๐Ÿ˜”๐Ÿค”
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    2 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Tricky (sticky๐Ÿ™„) thing Latin๐Ÿค”
    Depending on where you put the commas, or not, you get
    'I mention not we know it, it is a glue, which is the language of the now at the same time.'
    or
    'Now we know her that the language of the glue at the same time that I mention not.'
    never did really trust these online translators
    I rather like 'the language of the glue' though๐Ÿ˜‰

    What was the chant back then?
    "Latin is a language as dead as dead can be.
    it killed the ancient Romans ,
    and NOW it's killing ME!"๐Ÿค”

    ๐Ÿ˜Ž
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    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    marky,
    RE :- the glue that holds us together.

    Mine has pasted its use by date LOL!!!

    Martin555.
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    2 months ago by marky ( Commodore)
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    Martin , Latin but not as we know it , the glue that holds us together.
    Cheers Marky๐Ÿ‘.
    For some strange reason had to do Latin at school when I stayed in Wick
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    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    marky,
    ???????????????
    I am totally lost.

    Martin555.
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    2 months ago by marky ( Commodore)
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    Martin ,Latine non scimus eam ,illud gluten ,quod linga now simul.
    Hortaturque Marky๐Ÿ‘
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    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    I think Latin is as useful as only having one part of a two part glue. LOL!!

    Martin555.
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    2 months ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Graham.
    In my day the choices for O levels were either 'the sciences' or 'the arts'
    If you chose Physics you also had to do Chemistry as well, similarly with the arts where you had to take language and art together.
    You also chose woodwork or metalwork but were denied the opportunity of doing both. I had strength in all of the above except chemistry and languages so I was forced to take two subjects that would not earn me good passes.

    We didn't do Latin in my Sec Mod school but I do have a favourite Latin phrase:

    "Illegitimi non carborundum" ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Salute.....(think of Frankie Howerd when reading that)
    Rob.
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    2 months ago by Graham93 ( Captain)
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    I had the choice between Latin or Woodwork. I chose woodwork, but my Mum, bless her, insisted I opted for Latin. ๐Ÿ™„ Needless to say, I was so bad at Latin, the school wouldnโ€™t even enter me for the O-level ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Graham93
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    2 months ago by mistyoptic ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    As far as O'level choices were concerned in 1958 I had a choice between Latin or Art. I choose Latin and passed, (just) and have found it so useless for the rest of my life, ah well "Nil desperandum and valete.
    Geoff L.
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    2 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    " before having to choose between metal and woodworking as an O level choice. "
    Funny that Rob,
    I reached a stage where I had to choose between more wood- or metalwork.
    I chose metal. Two years later, after moving from Lincolnshire to Shropshire (different curriculum!) I had the choice of more wood or metal work or German (dropping French and chemistry!).
    I took German - the rest is history๐Ÿ˜Š
    The job here in Munich took me nearly all over the world - anywhere they had a navy!
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
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    2 months ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Doug.
    Thanks for the morale boost ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘.
    I'm getting back on track with the Pilot Boat build now and looking forward to bringing all of the detailing elements together on the new cabin.
    My 'professional' skills are not directly related to model making but I'm flattered by your comments๐Ÿค—.

    BTW. I also remember making a hanging basket bracket using formers and jigs in one of the few metalwork classes I took before having to choose between metal and woodworking as an O level choice.
    I'm very comfortable working with wood and still learning how to work with metals.
    Rob.
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    2 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Welcome back Rob๐Ÿ‘
    Sorry to hear your news, my condolences.
    But happy to see that your Mojo is on song again and to see your latest Master Class๐Ÿ˜Š
    I can see I'm going to have to tackle this silver soldering lark; instead of masses of crock clip heatsinks or cheating with stainless steel stranded wire!๐Ÿ˜”

    You know folks, I had been cogitating if we should ban such 'professionals' from our amateur site ...
    but then I thought (often happens around this time of year๐Ÿค•); we'd probably have to pay a small fortune to participate in such a Master Class Workshop!!!
    Keep 'em coming Rob๐Ÿ‘
    All the best, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    PS Your bending jigs reminded me of school metalwork lessons where we made 'wrought' iron gates and plant pot brackets by bending steel strip around such jigs in the bench vice.
    Now then, where's my 10mm alu rod got to!?๐Ÿ™„
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    2 months ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    Thanks for the support and encouragement Mike.
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    2 months ago by mturpin013 ( Commodore)
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    Glad to see you back in the seat, nice work
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    2 months ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi JB.

    "You're becoming a bit of a whizz at these now!"

    Well I've had a bit of practice now ....holds no fear tackling handrails again๐Ÿ˜†
    Rob.
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    2 months ago by jbkiwi ( Admiral)
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    Another very nice bit of work Rob,๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ You're becoming a bit of a whizz at these now!

    JB
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    2 months ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi mistyoptic
    Thanks for the kind words and for following my blog ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜
    To be frank, I'd never tackled many of the aspects that I've incorporated in this boat had it not been for seeing how it's done by others on this website.
    The reality is that you don't know if you can do it until you've tried it ๐Ÿ˜‰I've picked up a lot of tricks and techniques from others and nothing inspires confidence more than success.
    Rob.
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    2 months ago by mistyoptic ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    What an inspiration! and instructional too, I am wanting to make rails for my fishing boat model and have found this very helpful.
    I have been modelling for over 60 years now but have never wanted to pursue the detailed work, but am now getting so inclined.
    Geof.L
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    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Awesome work Rob,
    You may it all look so easy, the sign of a true Master.

    Martin555.
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    2 months ago by Ianh ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    I am envious of your workmanship
    Looking very neat!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
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    2 months ago by Skydive130 ( Commodore)
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    Hi Rob, firstly welcome back and sorry for your loss ๐Ÿ˜ข, itโ€™s been a difficult time for all of us in so many ways this year......

    Really nice set of rear railings, they should look awesome when fitted. I too of course opted not to include the rear deck cut away section for the ladder, as you say would have needed a major rethink at the stern!

    Kind regards Sy
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    2 months ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Pete.
    In practical terms using 'tee pieces' makes assembly and soldering a lot easier as the bits don't need to be clamped together with wooden pegs or suchlike to hold it all together while soft soldering. And as you rightly say it looks more authentic too ๐Ÿ˜€
    Rob
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    2 months ago by Rookysailor ( Captain)
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    Another piece of brilliant modelling Rob๐Ÿ‘ I love the way you use the tee pieces instead of soldering direct to the uprights, looks so much cleaner and accurate to the original๐Ÿ˜Š

    Cheers, Pete
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