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    Graupner Tina Rowboat build log
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    πŸ“ Bulkheads installed, a slight issue and a bit of paint.
    10 hours ago by Cashrc ( Lieutenant)
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    Hi y’all. I’ve spent my time at the bench installing the bulkheads, I did the most fwd and aft first, just to make sure I installed the aft and fwd pairs first, made adjustments to the slots in the floor plate, then dry fit, marked and installed the rest. There’s also a bulkhead just aft of bulkheads 15 that’s supposed to be glued to the floor plate. In retrospect, I’m thinking it could have been glued to the hull proper, but the manual says glued to the floor plate, sooo...what I did to get it spot on is tacked it to the bottom of the hull with small drops of UHU, then laid medium ca on its top edge. I then sprayed the bottom of the floor with accelerator, and carefully laid it in place. Thirty seconds later I pulled the plate up with the bulkhead glued solid and in the right spot.
    I had one bulkhead that had shifted a bit during assembly, and I didn’t catch it. I tried to remove it, but the top was glued fast and not coming off. I got the bottom loose, broke it free and shifted it just a bit, so it lines up better, and a little sanding saved the day. I’ve just given the inside of the hull a coat of paint, as well as the floor. I’ll lightly sand the interior, and the it’s time to install the radio and oar drive. Once that’s done, I’ll remove the plate/mechanical/radio assembly (it’s screwed down midships, and fore and aft to blocks in the hull) and finish painting the hull.
    Cash
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Bulkheads installed, a slight issue and a bit of paint.
    6 hours ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Looking good Cash.

    Martin555.
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    3 hours ago by marky ( Captain)
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    So far so good ,there's going to be a fleet of rowing boats soon.
    Cheers MarkyπŸ‘
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    πŸ“ Bulkheads
    6 days ago by Cashrc ( Lieutenant)
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    So, I decided to install the aft and fwd pair of bulkheads, and so a test fit of the upper fairings and floor. From what I’ve read so far, the floor is designed to be removable as it carries the radio and rowing mechanism, while the fwd fairing just drops in place and is kept loos for whatever reasons that I have not yet ascertained. I measured twice, marked and installed, the aft set came about perfect, while the fwd fit the upper fairing slots but I had to adjust the floor slots after installation, which is no huge deal but still kind of disconcerting. Anyway, I’m plugging away a bit at a time, so the more I accomplish the more I’ll understand this beast. Don’t like the idea of the β€œslip-in” fairing though. Gonna see if there’s a way around that.
    Cash
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Bulkheads
    6 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Cash,
    So far so goodπŸ‘
    "while the fwd fairing just drops in place and is kept loose for whatever reasons that I have not yet ascertained."
    I assume that by fairings you are referring to the fore and aft deck pieces?
    Seems to me that one of them must be removable. Otherwise you would not be able to remove the floor piece, or even insert it if you glue both decks down before fitting the floorπŸ€”
    Unless you can somehow make the floor in two sections?
    "From what I’ve read so far, the floor is designed to be removable as it carries the radio and rowing mechanism".
    Just a thoughtπŸ€•
    Cheers, Doug 😎
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Bulkheads
    6 days ago by Cashrc ( Lieutenant)
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    What I’m thinking is to put some small narrow strips directly under the fwd fairing, something I can screw down the fairing down to. The aft fairing can use the transom support. This way, I’ll still be able to get the floor out with a minimum of effort if needs be.
    Hey Doug? You seem to have a wealth of arcane naval knowledge...I’m thinking about doing this boat up as a ships boat, captains launch or β€œjolly boat” from the mid 1800s to maybe early 20th century. Trying to find paint or trim schemes for a smaller boat of that type, maybe one with 2 rowers side by side with the officer of the day looking on, with a national flag and ships/officer’s pennant to boot. RN or USN. Any ideas? I know I’ll have to find/make/modify smaller figures, and the uniforms will be another matter entirely, but if you know of any references I’d be eternally grateful. If anybody else is reading this, same goes, don’t think it’s rude to chime in. I can build the boat and get her running, but to get from where most of these boats end up to what I’m seeing in my poor, old tortured mind is gonna take some help.
    Thanks!!
    Cash
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Bulkheads
    5 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    "Hey Doug? You seem to have a wealth of arcane naval knowledge.."
    Mornin' Cash,
    Thank you for your confidence and faith in my 'encyclopedic' knowledge!πŸ˜‰
    But I have to admit that I mostly concentrate on WW2 and modern warships, with occasional excursions into the WW1 origins of some of the famous WW2 vessels.
    BUT: I have some ideas I want to check.πŸ˜‰ Victorian RN or 19th century USN.
    In which case I would tend towards a white or cream hull.
    I think maybe the Confederate Navy might be appropriate for you?
    Or is that not Politically Correct in these crazy times?πŸ€”
    Cheers, Doug 😎
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Bulkheads
    5 days ago by Cashrc ( Lieutenant)
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    Thanks for the help Doug. Anything you come up with will be greatly appreciated.
    Yep, I’ve thought about building a gunboat from the Civil War, either side, but I’m pretty sure if I built either boat it would offend somebody, somewhere. That’s the problem with my country. No middle ground, were like the old reed radios of the 60s. Hard left or hard right, no one seems to understand that life is like todays radios, proportional.
    G’night!!
    Cash
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    πŸ“ Bulkheads
    7 days ago by Cashrc ( Lieutenant)
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    Did a bit more yesterday. The bulkheads are made up of 2 pieces of die cut light ply each, one assembly per side. I assembled them, once dry I did a light sanding. I checked fit on the first pair and they needed a little adjustment. Once I have gone thru all of the bulkheads I’ll hit them with sanding sealer and install them.
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    πŸ“ Graupner Tina Rowboat build log
    8 days ago by Cashrc ( Lieutenant)
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    Hi y’all. I thought I would start an actual build log on the Graupner Tina. I did the gunwales, added some supports for the floor and assembled the floor today. The gunwales are made up of extruded plastic channel that is cut to size, then a pieces of balsa stock is glued in place. This assembly slips over the edge of the hull with the thicker part of the gunwale inboard. This is not as easy as it sounds, as the hull is made of a plastic that seems to be part abs, part styrene. It’s pretty tough, but the hull is flimsy in tortion until bracing is installed, and the gunwales help it keep its shape. Slow and easy is the word. Once I had the gunwales made up I tacked them in place, and when I made sure the hull wasn’t twisted I ran thin ca on the mating surfaces. The transom gunwale was a bit of a pain, but I got her in. Needed a spot of filler on the diagonal joints at stem and stern, but it looks the part.
    I then added the floor supports and built up the floor, which is made up of 4 parts of die cut ply, doubled up for strength. I sanded a bevel to almost kind of match the hull sides angle, and did a test fit. Needs a touch of the sanding block in a couple of spots but she’ll fit.
    That’s all I did this morning, will try to get some more done this week and I’ll post it here.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Graupner Tina Rowboat build log
    8 days ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Great start.
    I will definitely be following this build.

    Martin555.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Graupner Tina Rowboat build log
    8 days ago by marky ( Captain)
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    Like Martin I shall also be following your build .
    good luck with the rest of it.
    Cheers Marky
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Graupner Tina Rowboat build log
    8 days ago by MouldBuilder ( Captain)
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    This looks interesting. I will follow also.πŸ‘
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Graupner Tina Rowboat build log
    8 days ago by Rookysailor ( Commander)
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    Nice building Cash,πŸ‘ Graupner kits are a bit of a puzzlement at times, built many and found easier ways of doing things than graupner notes say, but you seem to be doing the build perfect so far, looking forward to the next bit😊


    Cheers, Pete
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Graupner Tina Rowboat build log
    7 days ago by Cashrc ( Lieutenant)
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    Thanks for the comments y’all. I agree with Rooky about Graupners kits. They sometimes take the long way around to get something done, when there is an easier way to accomplish the same thing. However, I like the German kits, Robbe, Graupner and Krick. Might be a little nostalgia as the first boat kits I built were when I was stationed at Ramstein, and I enjoyed every one of them. However, some of their aircraft kits were a little over-engineered. I helped a buddy build a Robbe Parat for electric power back about β€˜91 or so. As we were building, I was literally chunking wood to the side muttering β€œdon’t need this, that is too heavy” etc.
    That Parat flew nicely, and we actually had it thermalling a time or two.πŸ˜€
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