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    HMS Repulse.
    by Scratchbuilder ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง ( Midshipman)
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    ๐Ÿ“ HMS Repulse.Hull strengthening and deck support.
    5 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Midshipman)
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    Dear All.
    Having had a short break from building for various reasons today I finally managed to remove all the remaining sheet decking thank goodness ๐Ÿ˜….
    Next I removed all the old component housings from within the hull and carefully sanded the upper lip of the hull to start taking the wooden supports so the deck will sit nicely.
    One of the problems I previously identified is coming true as you can clearly see in the picture showing the deck resting on the stern support that the hull has opened up and I am going to have to put in quite a few crossmembers to reduce the evident gaps. I will get the side supports in all the way to the bow and tackle the crossmembers in due course.
    Much bigger job than I thought it would be, in fact almost bigger than building from new, but I like a challenge.
    The last photo if they come out in the correct order is of some of the old decking.
    Now,I know I asked a while ago and had a good response from a few of you, but can anyone suggest where I can get this decking.The planks are 2mm in width approx 1/8โ€.
    I have spent hours searching the globe and really am struggling although I can find some in the states.
    Any help once again would really be appreciated.
    So, moving on for now, and once again thank you for all your messages.
    Regards Bill
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: HMS Repulse.Hull strengthening and deck support.
    5 days ago by Newby7 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    I see you are doing a nice job of removing the parts and to my mind trying to save and rebuild a boat is harder then if you started it as a new build.I like the work your doing.
    Rick
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: HMS Repulse.Hull strengthening and deck support.
    5 days ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Bill,
    You are doing a great job on this project even though it seems to be getting much bigger than you expected.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: HMS Repulse.Hull strengthening and deck support.
    5 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Bill,
    So far so very good๐Ÿ‘
    Ref. wooden decking:
    Have you tried Scaledecks? Or is that the US source you mentioned?
    They also have an EU site and offer a Custom Service-
    "Need Something Special?
    If you are looking for a special deal - perhaps you are buying multiple decks, or need to do something out of the ordinary - you can send an e-mail to torstent@scaledecks.eu to let us know what you have in mind. We will do our best to accommodate you. Normally, in these circumstances, we send you a PayPal invoice that you can pay with your PayPal account or a credit card. We won't collect your payment information, and PayPal guarantees your purchase, so you are always protected."

    This link is for the EU site.
    https://www.scaledecks.eu/shop339226f0/Uncut-Wood-Sheets-c37...
    They offer uncut deck sheets in scales 1/74 to 1/500 so your 1/128 is in there๐Ÿ˜Š
    Might cost a bit more but I reckon the 1/128 kits/models of HMS Repulse might be rarer than rocking horse droppings๐Ÿค” So far I've not found anything in 128 scale in my usual sources, and a few more I'd never heard of before๐Ÿ˜ฎ

    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    https://www.scaledecks.eu/shop339226f0/Uncut-Wood-Sheets-c37163723
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: HMS Repulse.Hull strengthening and deck support.
    4 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Midshipman)
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    Hi Doug and everyone.
    Thank you for all your comments.
    Doug.
    Thanks for the link and info,really appreciate it as I know your busy.
    I have been in contact with them and they are unable to help with my quest๐Ÿ˜ข.
    I am still looking and will find something.
    I am not looking for the entire deck but just sheet planking that I can cut and adapt.
    Keep smiling.
    ๐Ÿ‘Bill๐Ÿ‘
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: HMS Repulse.Hull strengthening and deck support.
    4 days ago by Rookysailor ( Captain)
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    Hi Bill, Iv'e mentioned this before, but have you tried Deans Marine, I know he does planking in various scales, it might be worth it to give him a call, they have always assisted me when I have had a problem.

    Cheers, Pete๐Ÿ˜Š
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: HMS Repulse.Hull strengthening and deck support.
    3 days ago by marky ( Captain)
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    Hi Bill, do you have a maker space near you that could laser engrave /cut your deck for you using your drawings .
    Cheers Marky๐Ÿ‘
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: HMS Repulse.Hull strengthening and deck support.
    3 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Brilliant idea Marky,
    Never tort o dat cos I don't think there is a Maker Space in Germany.
    Certainly haven't heard of one in Munich๐Ÿค”
    I was going to suggest knocking up a jig to scribe a suitable sheet of 0.5.mm ply.
    Similar to what you might use to cut planks!
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: HMS Repulse.Hull strengthening and deck support.
    3 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Bill,
    Sorry Scaledecks dipped out.
    Surprises me cos they make uncut sheets in other scales.
    If they've got the gear (presumably CNC) where's the problem to set it up for wider planks?
    Must have so many orders that they just couldn't be bothered. So much for Custom Service๐Ÿ™„
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: HMS Repulse.Hull strengthening and deck support.
    3 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    BTW Bill,
    I need new decks for my Billing Gina 2 fish cutter restoration.
    Original was printed with 2.5mm planking and was so dry and brittle it fell apart when I started dismantling the boat for restoration, and conversion to RC.
    Been looking for 3 years now, no luckโ˜น๏ธ
    So I'm resigned to knocking up some sort of jig to make my own from the 0.5mm 3 ply I have. Originally bought to refit the superstructure on my 1/72 destroyer.
    Might even make it in 3mm ply then I don't have to mess with a base deck as well.
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: HMS Repulse.Hull strengthening and deck support.
    3 days ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Bill,
    A silly answer have you thought about Matchsticks for the decking ?
    If you make a template and covered it with Cling Film you could glue the matchsticks together to the desired shape and pattern.
    To get the calking effect you mark one edge and top and bottom with a marker pen.
    Admittedly it will need a bit of sanding to get the thickness down.
    You can get bags of Matchsticks on the internet.

    Just an idea.


    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: HMS Repulse.Hull strengthening and deck support.
    2 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Midshipman)
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    Thank you so much for all the valuable suggestions re the decking.
    I am spoilt now for ideas.
    I am away at the moment but on my return I will check out all the ideas and report back.
    Thank you all
    Bill๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
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    ๐Ÿ“ HMS Repulse...Propulsion system.
    17 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Midshipman)
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    Dear All.
    Today I assessed the proโ€™s and cons re the propulsion system fitted.
    It is a good plant drive system with four motors and attached gearbox drives.
    Although running,there was a lot of vibration and what I call hesitation in the system.
    Decision....take it out and refurbish.
    Having removed all the shafts carefully and ensuring that I clearly remember which shaft is which I saw clear signs of bearing wear on the port inner and starboard outer A frames.
    Not bad enough to think about replacement, just a little care and attention along with a good running grease to pack the shafts/A frames (not a problem for my running speeds)
    I hope that this weekend I can refurbish the engine room area and return all the running gear in a more favourable condition.
    I am unable to remove the rudder because of the way in which it has been fitted,but,itโ€™s fine and will only require a new tiller bar for the servo connection ๐Ÿค”.
    Will update the results soon.
    This is a great project and thank to all those who are giving your input.
    Regards Bill.๐Ÿท๐Ÿท
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    16 days ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    You are doing a great job Bill.
    Keep up the good work.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ“ HMS Repulse Refit..Deck and Hull Update.
    22 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Midshipman)
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    Dear All.
    This afternoon I continued to remove the decking that I started last week.
    Having been very meticulous and using a fine modelling knife I found that it was taking so long that I reverted to mans best friend .....the hammer and chisel to gently lift the planking off.
    Some came off in chunks but most of it was held on firmly with I think Evo stick.๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข
    It was at this point in time that my worst dream came true.As I thought the deck had just been glued on to the side of the hull and had only some very flimsy plastic for support with no substantial support.At some points on the hull there were some quite large gaps that didnโ€™t even have any glue.
    Plan B... remove the entire deck.
    On reflection the best thing that I could do as I can now totally refurbish the interior, of the hull And at the same time use the space to have easier access for the motors and other fittings.
    With all the space I have I have decided to activate at least one anchor and will use sail servos for that aspect.
    I will be fitting smoke generators as work progresses.Not sure If I will fit one or two.
    However back to the deck and I continued to remove all the fittings and off it came with no problem and more importantly no broken sections along the edges.
    I found lots of filler from the original builder which is sanding down nicely.
    So now to sand and strengthen the hull interior for repositioning of the deck when the interior is finished.
    Repulse is on the mend and will be a much better ship for the work involved.

    NOW ....for the eagle eyed amongst you, have you spotted In the pictures what the original builder used for the bilge keels....... You got it car windscreen wiper blades.Could be a first in a self cleaning hull idea ๐Ÿค“๐Ÿ˜ฎ.
    At that point the boss said if I didnโ€™t come up from the shed now,dinner would be in the dog ๐Ÿ˜‚.
    Take care and stay safe.
    Regards Bill.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: HMS Repulse Refit..Deck and Hull Update.
    22 days ago by Newby7 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Wonderful start and so much more to keep you busy.Rick
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    22 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Midshipman)
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    Hi Rick.
    Your right.
    Itโ€™s like all these projects, they seem to grow As you find further problems,but,hopefully it will be worth it.
    Bill๐Ÿ‘
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: HMS Repulse Refit..Deck and Hull Update.
    22 days ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    You are doing a great job Bill.
    It is frighting that the more you do the more you find is wrong.
    Keep up the good work.

    Martin555.
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    21 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Midshipman)
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    Thanks Martin.
    Keeps me out of mischief, and even at my age the enjoyment I get from it is so satisfying.The dockyard Forman (wife) keeps me in check ๐Ÿค”.
    Onwards and upwards.
    Bill
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: HMS Repulse Refit..Deck and Hull Update.
    21 days ago by Rookysailor ( Captain)
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    Your dinner's in the dog, now where have I heard that before!! it's amazing where the time goes when you get involved with a build Bill, looking at the foto's, it looks as if the original builder was a 'Bodger', all that glue running down the inside hull, very messy, glad to see a professional builder working on her now๐Ÿ‘

    Cheers, Pete
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    20 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Midshipman)
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    Thank you Pete.
    The original builder was Bodger with a capital B!!
    Itโ€™s a shame as he had some good ideas but failed to finish the job in a proper fashion.
    However gives me a chance to rebuild a fine ship.
    Regards Bill.
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    20 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    "The original builder was Bodger with a capital B!!"
    Go easy on him chaps, whoever he was.
    We have no idea under what circumstances he was working, or when!
    He obviously had some good ideas, which he implemented as best he could.
    An achievement in itself. We can't all be pros๐Ÿ˜‰
    But I do like what you are doing with her Bill - A Midlife Refit or SLEP!๐Ÿ‘
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
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    20 days ago by Joe727 ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Bill,
    I like your efforts so far but I must admit I got tired just looking at all of your work. Good luck, keep it up!
    Joe
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    19 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Midshipman)
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    Hi Doug.
    I hear what you say re the term Bodger.
    In my case I say it tongue in cheek as it was used a lot in my family in my youth.
    The reason being that my Great Uncle was a โ€œMaster Bodgerโ€œ
    The true definition of a Bodger is a craftsman who turns wood,normally from unseasoned trees.Initially he made chair legs but then turned (if you
    pardon the pun) his skills into other areas of wood turning.
    My family name is Bolt.
    As a result my Great Uncle was also known as Bodger Bolt in his village.
    Sadly he never came back from the trenches in WW1.
    I am myself indeed a Bodger as I turn wood as one of my other hobbies although I am not very good at it,so I suppose I am a bit of a Bodger Bodger ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚.
    You are however right we all have different skill levels.
    Re SLEP.... I-take it you mean Shelf Life Extension Program...If so,yes indeed.
    A long job.
    Regards Bill.๐Ÿ‘
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    ๐Ÿ“ HMS Repulse.. Refit.
    27 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Midshipman)
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    Oh dear.
    Don't you just wish that sometimes you hadnโ€™t started something, but then reflect and think.......It will all come good...I hope !!!
    Having sorted the main armaments it was time to strip all the deck fittings ready to take off the the awful deck planking.
    Lots of photographs to record the numerous fittings that I have removed.I do think that I am going to have to get some plans as some fittings are different from actual photographs of the ship.
    As you can see from the pictures itโ€™s a bit of a mess.
    One of the problems I have to rectify is that the upper deck has been laid directly on top of the hull with no cross members to support it.
    This is causing the whole deck to bow inwards.
    I am looking at trying to strengthen from within, or in a worst case situation I will have to remove the whole deck and start again ๐Ÿ˜ข.
    Time will tell,as we progress.
    Keep you posted.
    Regards
    Bill.
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    27 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    I agree Bill,
    WOTTAMESS!๐Ÿ˜ฎ
    The deck looks awful, apart from being tatty, the planking should never be fitted simply end to end with no offsets๐Ÿค”
    Apropos fittings detail: Don't know which era the model is supposed to represent but here's few pics to be going on with. Still trawling๐Ÿ˜‰
    The two huge scale pics are from Haifa July 1938. (Quelling the Arab Revolt!).
    The two smaller, darker pics are from Singapore December 1941, arrival showing stbd side, and departure showing port side.
    Good luck๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿคž
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
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    27 days ago by Rookysailor ( Captain)
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    It's a beautiful ship Bill, and will be well worthwhile any time you spend on her, the deck replacement will be time consuming, but just imagine what a thrill you will have when YOU have finished it๐Ÿ˜€

    Cheers, Pete
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    27 days ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    You definitely have a big job on there, but a man with your skills and talent will soon lick this into shape.

    Martin555.
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    26 days ago by kevinsharpe ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    In the words of the great man Winston Churchill - "When you're going through hell, keep going"or alternatively KBO.

    Good Luck
    Kevin
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    25 days ago by MouldBuilder ( Captain)
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    Wow. This is a job and a half.
    Best of luck with it Bill. I will be following with interest as my Hood will have a wooden deck.
    Peter.
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    ๐Ÿ“ HMS Repulse Refit.
    30 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Midshipman)
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    Dear All.
    Today I rebuilt the aft gun rotation mechanism.
    It was a lot simpler than I thought it would be and only took an hour.
    Please see the photographs,but once again I am sorry as they are not showing in sequential order.
    As you can see the old system had a makeshift chain pulley system that was failing miserably.Each time I turned the turret the chain was catching or coming off the sprocket.Not ideal when the system is buried below decks and difficult to get at.
    I decided there was not enough room to use the same principle as the forward turrets as previously described in an earlier blog.
    This time I decided to use a cog system,so off to EBay I go and bought the cogs as shown
    (They are red in the pictures bought from northnottsmodel item number 291146278370 priced at ยฃ2.99 for 5 cogs)
    I took the old chain system off the servo and replaced the larger cog onto the servo head and secured it with two small nuts and bolts.
    For the small cog on the turret drive shaft I had to turn a small brass sleeve to slide over the spindle shaft and attached the cog ....Perfect fit and we have a new safe drive system.
    As you can see from the pictures it is quite compact and fits nicely in the stern section in between the inner prop shafts.
    Tested and works fine with a good turret rotation.
    So thatโ€™s all the turret rotation systems done and put away.
    Next job will be to strip all the deck fittings and take off the awful planking.
    Then to remove and refurbish the drive system and rudder servomechanism.
    Regards Bill.๐Ÿ‘
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    30 days ago by Rookysailor ( Captain)
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    Another nice job Bill, and thanks for the link to Ebay for the cogs.๐Ÿ‘

    Cheers, Pete
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    29 days ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    You are doing a great job Bill.
    Keep up the good work.

    I think to get the photo to appear in the order that you want to see them you will have to put them on one at a time and in reverse order.

    Hopefully i am right LOL!!
    Then again i might be wrong LOL!!!!

    Martin555.
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    29 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Midshipman)
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    Many thanks Pete.
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    29 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Midshipman)
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    Hi Martin.
    Many thanks.
    Iโ€™ll try that re the loading of the pictures.
    Bill ๐Ÿ‘
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    29 days ago by Newby7 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Wonderful work looks good.
    Rick
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    ๐Ÿ“ HMS Repulse Refit.
    1 month ago by Scratchbuilder ( Midshipman)
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    Hi All.
    As previously stated I decided to refurbish the two forward guns rotating mechanism in the first instance.
    The original builder had some very good ideas, but sadly was a bit of a bodger and the finished product was leaving a lot to desire.Could be a case of out of site below decks so no one will see it.
    Firstly I took the entire system apart as the mechanism was binding.This was being caused by the use of brass 3mm shafts which were slightly bent so as the system rotated it was binding.
    Using and old 4mm prop shaft I enlarged the bearing holes and replaced the entire shaft system.
    The servo was also at an alarming angle so I repositioned that.
    The biggest problem was making a new linkage system from servo to sprocket and chain.
    The old Harry Tait chain system was poor so I devised a new system using a good old tried and tested push pull rods on the servo linkages.
    This works a treat and I am getting a good rotation from both guns.
    It just remains for me now to do the finishing touches to the linkages in terms of fine tuning.
    I will then clean and prepare both turrets and barbets prior to painting.That will be in another blog.
    They will be put away until the hull is ready to take them again.
    I am afraid that the pictures are not in the correct order as taken and seem to have got jumbled up.
    The pictures of the single servo mechanism is the rear turret which I removed to do the same refurbishment.
    As I thought,itโ€™s going to be a long job
    Regards Bill.๐Ÿ‘
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    1 month ago by Rookysailor ( Captain)
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    You've done a helluva good job on the guns Bill, will you make a firing mechanism for them? would be very interesting if you did๐Ÿคค


    Cheers, Pete
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    1 month ago by Joe727 ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Bill,
    Very nice work! Good to see the mechanisms, I have seen these small sprockets and chains available for sale but have never had the opportunity to use them. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
    Joe
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    1 month ago by Scratchbuilder ( Midshipman)
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    Hi Pete.
    Many thanks for your kind words.
    Ummm,I donโ€™t think I will have a go at making them fire as the space is restricted and the turrets are a solid resin,but I suppose I could scratch build a turret and have a go.
    I will give some thought.
    Regards Bill.๐Ÿ‘
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    1 month ago by Scratchbuilder ( Midshipman)
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    Hi Joe.
    Many thanks.
    Going to be a long job,this one!
    The sprockets and chains are really good and well made I have to say.
    Available on EBay ๐Ÿ‘
    Regards Bill.
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    1 month ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    So far so good Bill.
    I see you are in for the long haul!๐Ÿ˜ฎ
    "The sprockets and chains are really good and well made I have to say.
    Available on EBay ๐Ÿ‘"
    Can you tell us where please Bill.
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
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    1 month ago by Joe727 ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Bill,
    We have a great supplier in the states, "servocity.com". They have a great deal of servo related products, lots of gears, chains, etc. I have made several orders recently and they ship fast!
    Joe
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    1 month ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Maybe you could post a link to the site Joe.

    Martin555.
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    1 month ago by Scratchbuilder ( Midshipman)
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    Hi Doug.
    Long haul it is ๐Ÿ˜‡
    EBay company is Bluesky components item number 111646575889.
    For some reason I can load the EBay link direct.
    Regards Bill.
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    1 month ago by Scratchbuilder ( Midshipman)
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    Thanks Joe.
    Iโ€™ll check them out.
    Regards Bill
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    1 month ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thanks Bill๐Ÿ‘
    Found them on the German Ebay๐Ÿ˜Š
    Tschรผss, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
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    1 month ago by Rookysailor ( Captain)
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    Brilliant idea the sprockets and chain Bill,๐Ÿ‘ just ordered the starter kit as they only had three left.๐Ÿ˜Š


    Cheers, Pete
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    1 month ago by Joe727 ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Martin555,
    Here's the link to ServoCity, hope it works.
    I rarely recommend suppliers but I have used them for years and have always been very happy with their products, reasonable pricing and fast delivery. However, they are in the USA and I do not know anything about their overseas policies or shipments. Check the site for that info.
    Joe ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    https://www.servocity.com/
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    1 month ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Joe,
    Many thanks for the link๐Ÿ‘
    They have a great selection of sprockets and chains, amongst other useful looking 'stuff'.
    https://www.servocity.com/motion-components/rotary-motion/sp...
    Look under the header 'Motion Components' ---> 'Rotary Motion' Guys.
    For those of us outside the US of A here's the link to their list of distributors around the world.
    https://www.servocity.com/distributors

    Happy rotating, don't get chained up๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    https://www.servocity.com/motion-components/rotary-motion/sprockets-chain
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    https://www.servocity.com/distributors
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    1 month ago by Scratchbuilder ( Midshipman)
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    Hi Pete.
    Be good to hear how you get on with them when they arrive.
    Happy sailing.
    Regards a Bill
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    1 month ago by Rookysailor ( Captain)
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    will post a photo when they arrive Bill, not sure I will be using them right away, it's the sort of thing you leave in your stack till the time is right.๐Ÿ˜Š


    Cheers, Pete
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    1 month ago by Rookysailor ( Captain)
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    Cogs set arrived today Bill,๐Ÿ‘ photo as promised, don't think I will open them yet, will wait till I need them for a project.๐Ÿ˜

    Cheers, Pete
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    1 month ago by Scratchbuilder ( Midshipman)
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    Excellent news Pete.
    Keep us posted.
    Bill๐Ÿ‘
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    3 months ago by Scratchbuilder ( Midshipman)
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    Today I decided to take a good look at the entire Boat to gauge where to start.
    I have taken a great amount of photography so that she will go back in the same or more realistic fashion.
    Having taken off all the removable superstructure sections I decided that I will concentrate on the main hull both structurally and the mechanical components.
    Starting at the bow I removed the two turrets
    Underneath I found two screws which having undone revealed a turret rotation mechanism hidden away.
    Repulse is giving up her secrets!
    Taking off the gun barbetteโ€™s below decks hidden away is a handmade turret rotating mechanism and servo.
    Removing this I find a quite crude but effective unit and servo.
    This is suitable to dismantle and rebuild whist at the same time improving its design.
    What I am discovering is that whoever built this model previously had some good ideas but was not that tidy in executing them.
    If you look closely at the pictures shown you can see that finishing leaves a lot to be desired.
    Sorry if the pictures are not in chronological order.
    While I am here can I ask if anyone knows of a reliable deck planking supplier.As you can see the existing deck is poor and needs replacing.
    Regards Bill
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    3 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    I think a slow and steady approach and combined with your skills you will definitely get there.
    I am looking forward to future updates.

    Martin555.
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    3 months ago by Scratchbuilder ( Midshipman)
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    Thanks Martin.
    Everything is slow and steady these days โ˜น๏ธ.
    Itโ€™s going to be a long job.
    Regards Bill.
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    2 months ago by hmsnostalgia ( Able Seaman)
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    As a 'big gun' ship fan, it's great to see a model of one of the lesser known Battle cruisers!!, especially if that model is bieng ' rescued'!!, at such a large scale this HMS REPULSE is RARE indeed !!.
    Good luck with your repair of ' HMS Repair' ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ˜
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    2 months ago by Scratchbuilder ( Midshipman)
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    Hi.
    Many thanks.
    Itโ€™s going to be a long refit to undertake with all Iโ€™m finding wrong.
    I love a challenge,so Iโ€™m up for it.
    Regards
    Bill.
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    3 months ago by Scratchbuilder ( Midshipman)
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    Just added a classic picture of HMS Repulse in her Heyday.
    I have been doing a lot of research on her life and tragic ending so it will make her rebuild all that much more relevant.
    Sorry Nerys I forgot to reply to your question.
    She is 6โ€™ 2 long with an 8โ€ beam or 189 x 20 cms in this new fangled metric measurement.
    This makes her 1/128 scale I think.
    I am going to start detailed photography soon to compare with life style pictures as I feel that some of the fittings as fitted are not where they should be.
    I think I will refit her to her paint configuration as at the time of her loss.
    Regards Bill ๐Ÿ‘
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    2 months ago by hmsnostalgia ( Able Seaman)
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    Yes definitely 1/128 scale, same as the majority of the fleetscale models!!.
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    3 months ago by Scratchbuilder ( Midshipman)
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    Hi All.
    During lockdown I received a call from a distant acquaintance who said he had something that I may be interested in.
    After a long and interesting conversation I have acquired the following sad but incredible restoration challenge...... HMS Repulse, in desperate need of a total strip down and rebuild at the hands of HM Dockyard in Devon.
    This is going to be a long and time consuming refit.
    I immediately had to put in place some strengthening crossmembers as the sides of the hull were becoming distorted and bowing inwards.
    I put a speed controller in just to test the motors and they all work but everything is going to be removed rebuilt and replaced.
    Lots of bits broken off and missing.
    So..... Long refit but will keep the Refit Blog running.
    Regards Bill.
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    3 months ago by Nerys ( Commodore)
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    Wonderful model to have for restoration. How big is she. Will be very interested to watch progress. Keep blogging.

    Cheers, Nerys
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    3 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Bill,
    You have got a big job on your hands there but i am sure a man of your talents will soon get to grips with it.

    Good luck.

    Martin555.
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    3 months ago by Rookysailor ( Captain)
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    Beautiful ship Bill, always had a hankering for building the Repulse, a renown class battleship, will look forward to your refit in the future.๐Ÿ˜Š



    Cheers, Pete
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    3 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Doesn't look 22222 bad Bill, I've seen worse!
    Nice project.
    Reckon yo have more chance of finishing that before the end of lockdown than I do of scratching a giant carrier๐Ÿ‘ Will be watching with great interest.
    What scale is she?
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
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    3 months ago by MouldBuilder ( Captain)
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    What a fantastic looking model Bill. Looking forward to your log on this refit. I have just bought the Hood with all the additional trimmings. I will start the build next year.๐Ÿ˜Š
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    3 months ago by Scratchbuilder ( Midshipman)
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    Hi Peter.
    Thank you.Really looking forward to taking her to bits and rebuilding in hopefully much better condition.
    I would like to know more about your HMS Hood.
    What scale and who have you got it from?
    Regards Bill
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