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    Lesro Atlantic 21 RNLI RNLB RIB 1:12 scale
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    ๐Ÿ“ Model complete less coxswain....
    6 days ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Iโ€™ve quite a bit to report since my last update 11 days ago prior to our trip to Cyprus. Whilst we had a fantastic time on the most part in Papfos, the sun was shining, the food and drink was good, but sadly my Dad passed away half way through the week ๐Ÿ˜ข. Since coming home my sister and I have had a heap of things to deal with regarding arrangements ect, but itโ€™s all coming together and despite COVID, we will give him an awesome send off on the 6th Nov.

    Anyway, today I had a little time to myself so set about finishing making the self righting airbag platform, tarp and rope work for it (the rope work in real life is elasticated to allow the airbag to inflate under the tarp when activated by the crew, there is an interesting video of this in action on YouTube!). So, to that end, I now consider the model complete except the crew figure which I hope to finish painting tomorrow!

    An interesting footnote is that whilst on holiday I thoroughly read and enjoyed the Atlantic series book I mentioned in a previous update. It appears since I started the detailing of this model, that I have infact built an Atlantic 75! I had been using a series of photos that I got off google for reference that was described as a 21 by the owner, but the roll bar, dustbin and a few other details donโ€™t appear on any 21, but the 75? The thing with the 75 is that there is very little difference to the 21. The 21 was 21 ft long, the 75 was 7.5meters long, so about a meter longer. Same 3 crew positions and appearance wise almost identical. So do I class my model as a 21 or 75, does it really matter, probably not?

    My next update should should the coxswain fitted followed by a final update of the complete model on location in Southwold and hopefully some pictures on the water. It will Then be time for the next project.......
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    6 days ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Simon.
    Welcome home to blighty.

    So very sorry to hear of your fathers passing, it must be comforting to know that you visited him frequently before you left for your holiday.๐Ÿ˜”

    The boat looks absolutely fabulous now and a credit to your abilities.
    I suppose you could call it an Atlantic 48, that being the average of the two craft that you have based your detailing on ๐Ÿ˜œ.
    Not that there's anything average about the end result.
    I'm looking forward to seeing some 'action' pictures.
    Kindest Regards.
    Rob.
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    6 days ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Thank you very much for your kind words Rob, much appreciated ๐Ÿ‘ Dads certainly in a better place and with Mum. He really was so unwell and in pain the last few weeks, we feel it a blessing that he is now at peace, but we shall miss him terribly all the same.

    Might be a while before I can get the model to the seaside for photos, but watch this space ๐Ÿ˜‚
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    6 days ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Sy,

    Very sorry to hear about your Dad.


    As for calling your RIB a 21 or a 75 there will always be a rivet counter somewhere that will say something, So just makeup a number and give them something to argue about LOL!!

    I have almost run out of words to describe your skill as a model maker and the models that you produce.

    Definitely museum quality made by a true master.

    Martin555.
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    6 days ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    In the circumstances I can understand your relief Sy.

    It rather does put all our collective moans about the current situation and lack of personal motivation into perspective.

    Rob.
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    6 days ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Thank you very much Martin as always for your kind words ๐Ÿ‘

    As for the alleged rivet counters, they can bite my butt ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
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    6 days ago by jbkiwi ( Vice Admiral)
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    Condolences Sy, I know what a job it can be sorting things out. My younger sister and mother passed away almost exactly a year apart about 12 yrs ago and I had to sort my mothers funeral out by myself, while looking after my son and trying to work, plus sorting her house out for sale. At least you have family to make the time a bit easier.

    Model is looking excellent and I'll be putting up a vid (hopefully) and pic of something which might interest you ( sort of an advance on your RIB.)

    JB
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    6 days ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Many thanks JB for your kind words ๐Ÿ‘

    Iโ€™m now intrigued by what you are going to be showing re RIB, I wait with abated breath!

    Kind regards Sy
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    6 days ago by mturpin013 ( Captain)
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    Hi Sy,
    So sorry to hear about your Dad.
    You have exceeded all expectations of a build blog and contents, it is so realistic, great job.
    We look forward to your next encounter.
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    6 days ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Many thanks Mike, kind words gratefully received.

    Hopefully the final photos in the big outdoors, hopefully on the sea itself if calm enough will finish this chapter nicely before the next build. Must ensure I clean the boat fully after a dunk in the sea, can only imagine salt water corrosion reeking havoc!

    Kind regards Sy
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    6 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Sorry to read the news about your Dad Sy. My condolences.
    I can identify with your feelings on two levels.
    Getting the news while out of the UK, I was still working here in Munich and preparing for a business trip. Did some rapid rearranging to go and help my big Sis with the necessaries.

    And a certain sense of relief. Dad had been suffering from Parkinson's and Alzheimer's for some years, the last few in a care home. The last words he spoke to me before he went into hospital towards the end were "If I knew who you were"!

    Dad worked on fighter radars and radios during WW2, mostly on Spitfires and Mosquitoes, so we scattered his ashes from the cliff top at the Battle of Britain Memorial at Capel le Ferne in Kent. With the wind blowing down towards Folkestone where we both were born.
    Mum is still battling on at ninety-five!๐Ÿ˜Š
    Best wishes, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
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    6 days ago by Colin H ( Commodore)
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    I echo all the thoughts of our fellow members Sy, especially losing a father, I'm lucky I still have some of my dads models.
    But best of all are the memories of when we were together out on the sea, mostly fishing but sometimes just enjoying each others company.
    Cheers Colin.
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    6 days ago by Rookysailor ( Captain)
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    Can I offer my condolences to you and your family, there is never a good time,to loose someone close to you, especially your Dad, but as you say, he's with your Mum now, and without pain, but not a good time to hear about it, just keep your pecker up, and continue building your masterpieces Sy.

    Cheers, Pete
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    6 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    "So do I class my model as a 21 or 75,"
    You have several choices Sy,
    48 as Rob says๐Ÿ‘, or
    69; 21' = 6.4m + 7.5m = 13.9/2 = 6.95 ๐Ÿ˜‰ or
    22; 21'+24.6' = 45.6'/2 = 22.8 ๐Ÿ˜‰ (7.5m=24.6') or
    just ARR; Atlantic Rescue RHIB๐Ÿ˜
    But 'What's in a name'? A rose by any other name ...
    Cheers, Doug๐Ÿ˜Ž
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    6 days ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Thank you for your kind word Doug, my dad always regailed his national service stories from when he was in the RAF as an engine fitter, he was my influence for joining the Army and my keen interest in military aircraft! I often wonder if things would have been different if he hadnโ€™t served?

    Kind regards Sy
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    6 days ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Cheers for your thoughts Colin,

    I like you have so many fond memories from childhood until our last trip on a Thames Barge from Maldon last year, sadly he was struggling then and went downhill rapidly after that special day. Still, Iโ€™ve a lovely picture from that day of dad looking at peace.

    Kind regards Sy
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    6 days ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Many thanks for your kind words Pete,

    I promise, the models will still keep coming, we need our escapism!

    Kind regards Sy
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    5 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    "I often wonder if things would have been different if he hadnโ€™t served?"
    Same here Sy๐Ÿ‘
    I got my interest in radio from Dad, ended up taking me all over the world.
    Didn't lead to joining up though.
    Apart from anything else, Dad once said to me
    'If you want to make money from radio / electronics don't join up, go into industry!'
    For a brief period I was tempted to join the Navy.
    Always had an affinity with ships somehow.
    All the best, and keep your exquisite models coming๐Ÿ˜€
    Doug
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    5 days ago by hmsnostalgia ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    My condolences to you and your family, it's been an awful year all round; if its needed, I hope your RIB 75/21 will provide an appropriate distraction, but I don't think anyone would be upset if their was a slowing down near the finish line. ๐Ÿ‘
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    5 days ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Many thanks for your kind words ๐Ÿ‘ the Atlantic is finished apart from another couple of hours of painting on the figure, I have managed a couple of hours on him today, so hopefully not too long!

    Kind regards Sy
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    5 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Hi Sy.
    Firstly, sorry to hear about your Dadโ€™s passing..Condolences to you and family.

    Re the build!....weโ€™ll say no more you have excelled in all aspects.
    Any ideas what the next project will be.
    Regards Bill
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    5 days ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Firstly, thank you very much Bill, very nice thoughts ๐Ÿ‘

    As for the next project, Iโ€™ve 2 options, both lifeboats? The fist option is I have the sarik hobbies plan and hull kit for the Tyne class lifeboat. Over the weeks I have gathered enough electronics and plasticard to make a dent in this model as itโ€™s going to be a scratch build less the hull.

    Second option is a 500mm length Model Slipway FSB Tenby unstarted kit I picked off eBay. The more I look at this kit, it appears to be a basic Tamar class lifeboat and is crying out for a big makeover with as much detail as I can produce! Ive not Got the motors ect for this yet as I would need advice from you guys about suitable small motors going twin as against the original design of the kit calling for a single motor. As much as I try, there is very little info on this long discontinued kit, Iโ€™m not sure they produced many?

    Kind regards Sy
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    5 days ago by marky ( Captain)
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    Hi Sy ,sorry for your loss ,thoughts are with you and your family .
    Mark
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    5 days ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Many thanks Mark,

    Kind regards Sy
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    5 days ago by Ianh ( Midshipman)
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    Been There!
    Rivet Counters are an absolute pain. Building Live Steam Locomotives I built a loco and certain critic mentioned that the model was incorrect as the the rear of tender was not riveted to the frame. As it was modelled on a specific Loco I produced the photos and there was the tender back with no rivets! The story behind this particular loco was that it had an accident and the tenders rear was replaced using welding. So nuts to the rivet counters out there
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    5 days ago by billmcl61 ( Warrant Officer)
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    Good one Ian, that must have been really satisfying to silence a know-all

    Bill
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    4 days ago by MouldBuilder ( Captain)
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    Sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad Sy.

    You really have made a superb job on the boat. Fantastic detailing as it is obviously your trade mark. Any idea as to what you will do next?
    Super job.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
    Peter.
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    4 days ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Hi Peter, thank you so very much for your kind words ๐Ÿ‘


    As for the next project, Iโ€™ve 2 options, both lifeboats? The fist option is I have the sarik hobbies plan and hull kit for the Tyne class lifeboat. Over the weeks I have gathered enough electronics and plasticard to make a dent in this model as itโ€™s going to be a scratch build less the hull.

    Second option is a 500mm length Model Slipway FSB Tenby unstarted kit I picked off eBay. The more I look at this kit, it appears to be a basic Tamar class lifeboat and is crying out for a big makeover with as much detail as I can produce! Ive not Got the motors ect for this yet as I would need advice from you guys about suitable small motors going twin as against the original design of the kit calling for a single motor. As much as I try, there is very little info on this long discontinued kit, Iโ€™m not sure they produced many?

    If peeps wanna vote for the next build? Kind regards Sy
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    4 days ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Simon.
    I know that you are a big fan of RLNI boats so it's clear that you're torn between the two.
    The Model Slipway 'Tenby' sounds like it has more scope for the sort of makeover and extra detailing that you are so good at.
    I'm in a slightly similar situation trying to find something to build as a next project that I've not tried before so I'll be asking for suggestions for that.
    Rob.
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    4 days ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    What I shall do Rob is to post a few photos of both options soon so that everyone can see the choices. However, Iโ€™m at the moment tending to agree that the Tenby (closet Tamar) might be the choice!

    As for being a fan of all things RNLI, heroโ€™s everyone of them, past and present ๐Ÿ‘ the boats are pretty neat too ๐Ÿ˜‚
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    4 days ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Sy,
    I will hold off with my suggestion until i see the photos.

    Martin555.
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    4 days ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Rob,
    Will we be given a choice to pick from or will any suggestion do LOL!

    If you are like me the budget will play a major part.

    Martin555.
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    4 days ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Soon Martin, very soon ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
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    3 days ago by hmsnostalgia ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    RE rivet counters

    I totally agree with you, there are obsessives and there are OBSESSIVES ! ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜›
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    3 days ago by jbkiwi ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Sy, you might have seen the 'and now for something different' vids in the media gallery. I thought it might be right up your alley๐Ÿ˜. Vids are a bit rubbish but you'll get the idea.

    JB
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    3 days ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Sy.

    "Will we be given a choice to pick from or will any suggestion do LOL!"

    All is explained in my thread: https://model-boats.com/forum/83101#83111

    Cheers.
    Rob.
    https://model-boats.com/forum/83101#83111
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    3 days ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Sorry Rob,
    I forgot about that thread.

    I think all suggestion should be posted to the "First Time Plank on Frame" thread as this thread is about Sy's RNLI RIB.

    Martin555.
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    18 days ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    On my daily trawl through eBay looking for future projects I noticed this example of a Lesro Atlantic 21 for sale. If people would take better pictures and include a better description on their listings they may generate more interest? Other notable listing errors currently is a miss spelt Aerokits Solent lifeboat kit which I would have been tempted with if it wasnโ€™t for collection only and an Arun class lifeboat (way overpriced at ยฃ1500 buy now) spelt โ€œAronโ€

    What am I actually hunting for? A Model Slipway Tamar unstarted or part started, hens teeth I know! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
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    18 days ago by Colin H ( Commodore)
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    Don't you fancy the real thing at a more affordable price.
    It needs a little bit of work.
    Cheers Colin
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    18 days ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Hi Colin, if I was to bid for and win what looks like a huge cash cow, my life on this earth would probably be rapidly halted by my long suffering Wife! I shall watch it with interest though, curious to see what someone will pay? Iโ€™m also curious to know what her former RNLI number was just to search her history, might just pop that question to the seller!

    Kind regards Sy
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    18 days ago by Colin H ( Commodore)
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    Your not alone Sy, my wife spotted this in my watch list, and warned me that it was a nono.
    Even though she knows that I want a fishing/day boat for family use. I've been ordered to look for one with less work needed.
    Cheers Colin.
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    18 days ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Ha ha Colin, rumbled by the eagle eyed Mrs! Welcome to my world ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
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    18 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Have you looked at this Sy?
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SPEEDLINE-MODELS-1-12-TAMAR-CLASS...

    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SPEEDLINE-MODELS-1-12-TAMAR-CLASS-LIFE-BOAT/283776162793?hash=item4212609be9:g:HocAAOSw5v9ePv6Q
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    17 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    "Even though she knows that I want a fishing/day boat for family use. I've been ordered to look for one with less work needed. "
    Probably cos Caroline's already twigged who'll end up doing the heavy stuff Colin๐Ÿ˜‰
    Hope you find a suitable craft, Best o luck to you both๐Ÿคž
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
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    17 days ago by MouldBuilder ( Captain)
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    I have the Model Slipways Tamar Class Lifeboat ready for a start next year. I would like to tempt you further in the thought of buying one as there would be no better blog to follow when I start mine. The kit is amazing. The hull is very rigid and very well moulded in fibre glass.
    Hope you find one soon Sy. I will follow you but would expect to complete around two years behind. Martin would probably say that two years would be extremely optimistic.๐Ÿ˜
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    17 days ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Hi Doug, Iโ€™ve looked at that eBay listing many times however.......

    All you get for almost ยฃ400 is the hull and superstructure. No plans, or any detail parts ect. I calculated it would cost in excess of ยฃ1000 to get everything needed to do it justice! Just cannot justify that, but many thanks for looking out for me ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
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    17 days ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Hi mouldbuilder, If thereโ€™s anyway I could pry that Tamar out of your hands, please PM with a price and Iโ€™ll Dig deep into my pockets! However, knowing that Model Slipway are no more, I have a feeling you wouldnโ€™t part company? One will turn up one day Iโ€™m sure ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ‘
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    17 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Yikes! No Sy, not with a 10 foot bargepole!!
    Thought it was pricey myself but thought there was more to it than just the plastic!
    Oh well! I'll keep me eyes open, but I guess by now you've even dredged the Marianas Trench!๐Ÿค” Didn't see you on the Secrets of the Sea docus though๐Ÿ˜‰
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
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    17 days ago by MouldBuilder ( Captain)
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    Oh. I had no idea they had gone. I bought the model only around six months ago.โ˜น๏ธ
    I am afraid that I am looking forward to making it. Sorry.โ˜น๏ธ
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    17 days ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    I fully understand, Iโ€™d be keeping too! You must have got very lucky to get one when you did. I ordered a loyal fleet tender from them months ago which theyโ€™ve said they will still honour although Iโ€™m not confident. Enjoy your Tamar ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
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    17 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Fingers and anything physically possible (without falling over๐Ÿค•) crossed for you Sy! ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿคž๐Ÿคž
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    17 days ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Cheers Doug ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ‘
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    19 days ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Iโ€™ve not had a lot of time this weekend with another trip to see dad and getting a COVID test! (Going to Cyprus and have to have one before travel Wednesday!)

    However, Iโ€™ve managed to build the self righting airbag platform from plasticard, tube ect, getting it finished and painted. The big blob of orange on top of the airbag tray is the simulated airbag itself. This was simply an off-cut of glass cloth folded, scrunched and then firmed with some epoxy, primed and given a couple of coats of orange acrylic. This will eventually be mostly hidden by the last piece in the jigsaw which is the tarp that covers it and the rope work as per the picture of the real thing.

    Talking about the tarp, again Iโ€™ve used some glass cloth taped to a frame and given one coat of resin to semi fill the weave. Once dry Iโ€™m hoping it will be flexible enough to mould over the airbag once cut to size and painted, I shall then make up the rope work and consider the model finished! Iโ€™ve re-done the grab ropes on the sponsons with 1.5mm black cord as I didnโ€™t like the result of the thinner cord and shrink tube Iโ€™d done before. The book was an eBay find and I wish Iโ€™d had it at the start of the build as itโ€™s full of great things, oh well ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

    So, once Iโ€™ve finished painting the figure and done the last couple of bits, it will be done. Unfortunately from a modelling point of view you guys will have to wait a couple of weeks for the final reveal, as Cyprus beckons, but I promise to get back on it as soon as we return!
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    19 days ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Sy,
    I think when the white rope is added to the self righting airbag it will look almost real.

    This is the best RIB i have ever seen.

    Extremely well done.

    Martin555.
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    19 days ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Thank you very much Martin, it all rests on a well painted Coxswain, that could make or break it ha ha!

    Sy ๐Ÿ‘
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    19 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Hi Sy.
    As always,looking good and a credit to you.
    Ahhhhhh Cyprus.....remember it well..fond memories,but none as good as Singapore ๐Ÿ˜.
    Regards Bill.
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    19 days ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Hi Bill, Iโ€™ve been to Singapore airport on route to Vietnam if that counts ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

    Kind regards Sy
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    19 days ago by jbkiwi ( Vice Admiral)
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    Looks brilliant Sy yet again,- every piece artwork. Re the resined cloth moulding, - if you need to soften it, try heating it and it should reactivate and soften. Might need to experiment with the heat, but a good hair dryer might be enough.
    JB
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    18 days ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Sy.
    Even more superb detailing...really well done ๐Ÿ‘
    The book has clearly been very useful to you in the latter stages of the build.
    Perhaps you could post the ISBN number to make it easier to find ?
    BTW.... What silver/chrome paint have you used on the handrails around the control panel ?
    It does look very effective and I'm after a similar finish for the handrails on my Pilots Boat.

    Have a fab time in sunny Cyprus ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    Regards.
    Rob.
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    18 days ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Hi JB, the piece of glass cloth has set and is quite flexible. However, once Iโ€™ve cut it to size, my plan using your tip will be to heat it with a fine nozzle and lowish heat on my heat gun and mould it over the fake airbag. I can then remove, paint, glue on and add the rigging to finish the model ๐Ÿ‘

    Kind regards Sy
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    18 days ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Hi Rob,
    Iโ€™ve posted a pic of the ISBN number as suggested for anyone looking for the book. Last time I looked it was available on eBay slightly cheaper than list price with free postage. Dare say itโ€™s available on Amazon too?

    As for the metal work on the console, well itโ€™s not painted at all? Itโ€™s aluminium rod bought in 300mm lengths on eBay and I was satisfied that it was chrome enough without painting ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜‚


    As for Cyprus, it all hinges on us getting our COVID test results back, need then by close of play tomorrow or we are stuffed ๐Ÿคฌ
    Kind regards Sy
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    18 days ago by billmcl61 ( Warrant Officer)
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    Fingers toes and everything else crossed Sy, hope you get your test results in time, I'm really enjoying this build it's turning out brilliantly.

    Bill
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    18 days ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Thank you very much Bill, glad your enjoying the build and hopefully you may enjoy the next build on the board, a lot more scratch building to come! Watch this space!.....!

    Kind regards Sy
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    18 days ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    Thanks for the info Sy, while I'm not going to be building the Atlantic RIB the info on the book will be very helpful for others that may do so.

    Nice shiny aluminium there......I assume you lacquered it as well ?

    BTW.
    Jbkiwi is using some chrome paint that looks just ideal for finishing the handrails on my Pilot Boat, I'm going to have to track down a UK supplier of that.

    Fingers crossed that the test results arrive soon...๐Ÿคž
    Cheers.
    Rob.
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    18 days ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Hi Rob,

    Iโ€™m not sure I did lacquer the aluminium rod, Iโ€™ve a feeling I installed that after painting and lacquer finishing the console. I may be wrong it feels so long ago! ๐Ÿ˜‚

    Looking very much forward to the final reveal on your pilot boat and it wonโ€™t be long until I reveal my next build. Iโ€™ve 2 options for the next build, might put it to the vote as I canโ€™t decide what of the 2 I want to do next.....!

    Kind regards Sy
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    17 days ago by Newby7 ( Captain)
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    Wonderful build museum quality work.
    Rick
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    17 days ago by MouldBuilder ( Captain)
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    You really have made a super job of this boat. I think the painting and super detailing is amazing. Pictures without a background would look as if you were looking at the real thing. I can only dream at being able to produce a quality model like yours. I will keep trying though.
    Peter.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
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    17 days ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Many thanks for your Kind comments peter ๐Ÿ‘

    itโ€™s all about enjoying the hobby, whatever standards you produce. I can promise you there are many modellers out there I look up too for inspiration, especially those who handle an airbrush with deft skills!

    I intend to photograph the Atlantic 21 in natural surroundings once done, namely Southwold itself, as my mother and father in law hail from and live there, will hopefully get a big fat Sunday dinner at the same time ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
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    25 days ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Iโ€™ve had to manage household chores and a visit to see dad this weekend, so not a big update but a little closer to the end!

    Iโ€™ve added as much detail to the motor end as I think is practical. The second motor is built, painted and fitted and Iโ€™ve added a few wires ect to represent the various cables that abound the stern end. Looking at reference photos, there is a lot more on the real thing, but I think โ€œless is moreโ€œ in this case. Iโ€™ve also made a couple of fuel valves, a couple of lifting eyes and the link between the motors.

    Next job was to โ€œcut n shutโ€ the coxswain figure to make him a better fit and look abit more naturally in his pose. Once arms, feet ect had been cut off and repositioned, the joints were filled, sanded and the whole thing primed. The paint thatโ€™s on at the moment is just a test on the colours, a lot of fine detail painting to come. Iโ€™m painting the figure in the current RNLI scheme as I like it, historically it may not be accurate as the Atlantic 21 has been out of service a while and the uniforms have no doubt changed?

    Once the figure is done, the whole thing will be finished apart from the rear frame platform and self righting bag, that will be a challenge but should add that finishing touch ......
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    25 days ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Sy,
    Figure manipulation can be a bit of a challenge as i have discovered when working on 1:48 scale.

    Fantastic work as usual.

    Martin555.
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    25 days ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Fairly easy in this scale Martin, heโ€™s quite a big fellow ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
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    25 days ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    Looking even better now Sy.
    The outboards look excellent, I hope they work well with the linkages now.

    There's something about your coxwain that's making me wince though...ouch ๐Ÿ˜ฎ.
    I hope you've put lots of padding on his seat.๐Ÿคฃ
    Rob.
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    25 days ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    The linkage to the motors works well Rob and Iโ€™ve got reasonable deflection, although the question how much turning Iโ€™ll achieve wonโ€™t be know until it hits the water?

    As for the coxswain with a โ€œpole up his jackseeโ€ thatโ€™s so that I can grip it in my forceps for painting purposes! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
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    25 days ago by Rookysailor ( Captain)
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    Brilliant Sy, those outboards really look like they are powered ones, When I saw the resin kits of them, I envisaged trouble, but you've made a silk purse out of a sows ear (old phrase), not much of a smile on the coxswain's face, the photo of him painted, he looks rather stunned!!!๐Ÿ˜Š

    Cheers, Pete
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    25 days ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Those motors were not an enjoyable project Pete, hence why I put of making the second one! Resin isnโ€™t something I enjoy working with and Iโ€™m glad their done! ๐Ÿ‘

    Cheers for now, Sy
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    24 days ago by jbkiwi ( Vice Admiral)
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    Nice job on the motor linkages Sy, hope there's enough turning effort with the motor skegs being small, although it should be ok with two. You may have to leave the props off when running to reduce drag, as they might disrupt the flow and effect steering, - ie they will be restricting the water flowing off the back of the 'rudders' and blocking flow in reverse ). More great detailing with the motor cables etc!
    JB
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    24 days ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Hi JB, all will be revealed once in the water. Iโ€™m not expecting great results on the rudder effect but we shall see?

    ๐Ÿ‘Sy
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    23 days ago by CB90 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Hi Skydive130,
    The procedure looks very painful, for the driver. I'm sure I could see a tear in the poor mans eye.

    One of the best looking models I've seen. Fantastic workmanship.

    Regards
    Roy
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    23 days ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Ha ha Roy, thought my figure painting technique would get a few reactions! Glad your enjoying the build, not far to go now! Kind regards Sy
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    1 month ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    The last day of my long weekend has seen some more progress towards the final reveal.

    I made the self righting airbag O2 bottles and brackets from various bits of plasticard, strip and tube, the hose being just servo wire. Also made was the elasticated ties for the real stowage bags.

    The next task was sorting out the servo to rudder connection which Iโ€™d been putting off for ages but turned out ok in the end. I extended the ball link on the dummy motor by 7mm for more of a stand-off so that at neutral the plastic Bowden cable run straight to the servo. I also added a ball link to the back of the dummy motor which will have a bar link to the second motor so that moth engines turn on one output from the servo. Once servo end was hooked up, all was set to neutral and adjusted in the transmitter. Please to report no binding and adequate deflection for turning the boat.

    Iโ€™ve also screwed down the deck and fitted the rear frame, so structurally the model is about complete less the second motor, coxswain and self inflating platform and airbag and any final paintwork touch ups.

    thatโ€™s it until Sunday folks, gotta work for a few days to fund the next project ๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข
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    1 month ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Sy,
    I have to admit it your detail work is absolutely fantastic.
    This little boat is awesome.

    Martin555.
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    1 month ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    Great looking boat Sy.
    I'm still amazed at your work rate ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
    I think we both started our Pilots boats at roughly the same time but since then you've finished your Pilot Boat and this beauty while I'm just approaching the final stages of mine.๐Ÿ™„
    I'm intrigued as to what your new project will be.....just don't finish building it before I've finished mine.......๐Ÿ˜‚
    Rob.
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    1 month ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Itโ€™s certainly a keeper Martin, even if I donโ€™t sail it much, itโ€™s small enough to be displayed under glass ๐Ÿ‘
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    1 month ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    There might be a pause between projects Rob, I must do some stuff in and around the house before I start again or face the wrath ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
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    1 month ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    I absolutely agree with you Sy.
    Definitely a keeper.

    Martin555.
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    1 month ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    I appreciate the pause Sy, it gives me a little more time to save me from my embarrassment ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Rob.
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    1 month ago by Scratchbuilder ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Well done Sy.
    Got to work.....!! Boring.
    Bill๐Ÿท๐Ÿท๐Ÿท
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    1 month ago by Rookysailor ( Captain)
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    You have a lovely RIB there Sy, I can remember the comments, 'wish I had never bought this rubbish',
    which put me off buying one, but I don't think I could have done the fantastic job that you have done, you should be really proud of this build, just wish I could have done it.๐Ÿ™


    Cheers, Pete
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    1 month ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Thank you as always Bill and Pete for your kind words ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
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    1 month ago by jbkiwi ( Vice Admiral)
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    Looks magic Sy,- glad you've sorted the steering.
    JB
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    1 month ago by Fred ( Warrant Officer)
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    I have been following this with interest as back in the day I was lucky to get my hands on one of the porotypes, and you have done a lot better than I ever did with mine.๐Ÿ‘
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    1 month ago by Newby7 ( Captain)
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    Agreed the boat is fantastic .Thank you for the update on the steering and your solution to the push rod.
    Rick
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    1 month ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Cheers JB ๐Ÿ‘
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    1 month ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Many thanks Fred, to be honest, if Iโ€™d managed to get a full kit I would probably still made the mods I did. The old kit was basic and almost toy like, it needed a modern makeover with modern techniques and hopefully Iโ€™ve pulled it off ๐Ÿ‘
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    1 month ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Cheers Rick, Iโ€™ve done the best I could with the steering. If Iโ€™d thought about it earlier in the build I could have done it different before the sponsons halves were glued together. But my version appears to work, we shall see on the water๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
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    1 month ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Itโ€™s been a good a good day of progress which I revoking takes me to about 90% complete on this little gem?

    First thing was to mask off the whole model less the sponsons and give it a couple of coats of Tamiya Matt clear varnish to get rid of the shine. Not only did it rid the shine but also reacted with the lacquer underneath to give me a milky finish? Now this would normally cause some cussing and obscenities which Iโ€™m pretty good at, however the affect has left the sponsons looking faded, weathered and salty, Iโ€™m pretty pleased ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

    After all that, Iโ€™ve spent the day painting and adding more details including the tied down fabric covers (tiny circles of painted ripstop sail material, rope things at the stern of the sponsons, one sides Grab ropes (run out of 2mm Heat shrink, more on order!), various bits of detail painting ect. I hope the photos do it justice, but when all is done I shall photograph on water and with a neutral background.

    Still need to make up the second motor, paint the coxswain, make the platform for the self righting airbag ect, but we are getting there!
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    1 month ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Awesome detail work Sy.
    And Lucky too.

    Martin555.
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    1 month ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Sometime you get lucky Martin, today was the day ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
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    1 month ago by Newby7 ( Captain)
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    The boat is fantastic looking.Wondered if you were able to sort the push rod for turning the motors .I might have missed that post.
    Rick
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    1 month ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    No Rick, you havenโ€™t missed it! All being well I shall tackle that Tomorrow, canโ€™t put it off any longer! Hopefully Iโ€™ll be able to update that As done tomorrow eve U.K. time ๐Ÿ‘
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    1 month ago by Scratchbuilder ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Sy.
    Spot on.
    You certainly get stuck into your projects with gusto.
    As I said not long ago,I wish I had as much time to spare.
    You are doing an amazing job.
    ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿท๐Ÿท
    Bill.
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    1 month ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Working 3-4 days a week helps Bill, but Iโ€™m always being told off for not doing more chores by the โ€œtrouble and strifeโ€!
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    1 month ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Sy.
    As many have already said it's difficult to know if it's real or not in the close-up pictures๐Ÿ‘
    I also think that the 'happy accident' has fallen in your favour.
    Great work.
    Rob.
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    1 month ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Cheers Rob and thank you everyone for the kind words. This project has seen me learn a lot about scratch building to the point I am ready to take on my next project once this is finished. All Iโ€™ll says itโ€™s a Sarik hull and plan set that Iโ€™ve had in storage for a while? Guessing Answers on a postcard To ..............
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    1 month ago by Scratchbuilder ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
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    1 month ago by Newby7 ( Captain)
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    Look foreword to how you get on with the push rods.
    Rick
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    1 month ago by Rookysailor ( Captain)
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    I've seen a few of these craft in the past years, but none of them have ever come close to your detailed one, I thought the pilot boat was good, but! you have excelled yourself Sy with this one, the only problem now, is to try and achieve more on the next one๐Ÿ˜Š

    Cheers, Pete

    btw, can you give details on how I can produce the salty covering on my boats.
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    1 month ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Many thanks Pete for your kind words๐Ÿ‘ As for the pilot boat, Robs puts mine to shame, however the owner of it loves it ha ha.

    As for the Atlantic detailing, I keep looking at my reference pics and often see something else I can add, I have to draw a line and say enoughs enough at some point! I do hope to add some form of representation of all the motor wiring and pipe work if I can as thatโ€™s a busy area on the real thing!

    The next model will be 95% scratch built, the only commercial parts will be the vacform hull and all the internal gubbins! I feel Iโ€™m now ready to take that challenge on!

    All the best, Sy
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    1 month ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Going back to the salty effect Pete! I doubt I could replicate it again but hereโ€™s what happened! The whole model was gloss Halfords lacquered. That set overnight before I masked off what was to remain gloss. I then gave the sponsons 2 coats of Halfords Matt lacquer which gave a very milky look when dried. What I did then was give some areas a gentle rub with a soft cloth with a tiny amount of meths spirit I.e handles and other raised bits then lastly I using Tamiya Matt clear spray carefully sprayed a little bit in places on the sponsons, not the whole thing. It just worked ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
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    1 month ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Sy,
    Ref :- The next model will be 95% scratch built, the only commercial parts will be the vacform hull and all the internal gubbins! I feel Iโ€™m now ready to take that challenge on!

    I think you are more than ready to take on that sort of challenge.

    Martin555.
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    1 month ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Cheers Martin, I hope I donโ€™t disappoint ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
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    1 month ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    I know that will not happen Sy.

    Martin555.
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    1 month ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Sy.
    Some observations and thoughts on the 'milky' lacquer coat..........
    I did have a similar thing happen to me when spraying satin lacquer over red oxide on my Crash Tender hull. The milky effect seemed to reveal the position of bulkheads which would imply that it's a temperature and/or humidity related effect because of different thermal densities.
    On your sponsons are there internal structures where there are vertical breaks in the milky effect that I can see in your fourth picture?

    To avoid it happening again I always make sure that a hull is kept in a warm room overnight before spraying to ensure that it's all at the same temperature. I also pre-warm the rattle can too so that it's not cold paint going onto a warmer surface.
    Rob.
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    1 month ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Well spotted Rob, there are internal formers showing through the lacquer! However, I think it works as Iโ€™m sure the real life sponsons would have separate inflatable cells, so itโ€™s worked out in my favour.

    I shall certainly take on board your suggestions about temperature, although my workshop Is within the house and my rattle cans are also stored in the same place so in theory model and cans should have been the same temperature? Although, I sprayed the Matt first thing in the morning outside, so Iโ€™m wondering if the morning air had moisture in it?
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    1 month ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    Sy.
    My guess is that the moist morning air was the most likely cause.
    So next time you want a 'salt spray' finish you'll know how to do it ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜‰
    Rob.
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    1 month ago by Ianh ( Midshipman)
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    Absolutely Brilliant Work.
    I like the unexpected weathering!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
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    1 month ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Starting to see a small light at the end of a long tunnel! Iโ€™ve spent half day yesterday and about 9 hours today finishing the main colours which included some dark grey panels and the black centre sponson line airbrushed on. This was followed by adding all of the RNLI lettering and flags ect using Becc decals which thankfully I have lots of from previous builds, they are not cheap!

    A lot of today has seen the main detail painting completed which included 24 grab handles and several cell air valves! Jobs left to do is all the detail painting on the transom and the lacquer coats which will just about see the main hull\deck and sponsons complete.

    Still quite a few jobs to do before completion which include some more detail parts, self righting airbag platform on the rear frame, O2 bottles and brackets, 1x motor and connections to servo, Coxswain and a couple of other odds and ends.

    I wonโ€™t achieve much Saturday as going to Dads, but Iโ€™ve got Sunday and Monday to break the back of it......
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    1 month ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    Looks great Sy. Excellent painting ๐Ÿ‘.
    Are we playing 'spot the difference' with the last two pictures ? ๐Ÿ˜œ
    Rob.
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    1 month ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    That would be me uploading the same pic twice Rob ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
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    1 month ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Sy,
    Excellent work yet again.

    I do have one question.
    Are you going to spray the entire model with a Matt clear coat at the end.
    Only reason i ask is she looks a bit shiny.

    Martin555.
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    1 month ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Indeed Martin, the parts that would be rubber I.e the sponsons ect will get a coat of Matt lacquer at the end to calm it down. I am wanting the factory fresh finish, so wonโ€™t be weathering, but will certainly reduce the shine ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
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    1 month ago by Newby7 ( Captain)
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    I just thought you were showing port and bow.
    Rick
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    1 month ago by neilmc ( Warrant Officer)
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    That looks absolutely amazing the paint job is fantastic as are the blog posts. Truly amazing for a gun buster ๐Ÿ˜‰
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    1 month ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Thank you very much Neil ๐Ÿ‘ I like your little kissing fish badge on your shirt on your profile pic, weโ€™re can I get one ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ but truth be told, Iโ€™ve always taken my hat off to submariners, I couldnโ€™t do it!
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    1 month ago by Scratchbuilder ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Morning Sy.
    As always,your work is looking really professional and a credit to you.
    An excellent blog in all respects.
    Regards Bill.
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    1 month ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Bill, I am to please and if Iโ€™m honest, what started as an expensive piece of eBay junk considering what I actually used, Iโ€™m especially pleased with how itโ€™s starting to look! ๐Ÿ‘ and a very good morning to you too ๐Ÿ‘

    Ps, wait to see what Iโ€™ve got next on the building board!๐Ÿ˜‚
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    1 month ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Sy,
    Ref :- Ps, wait to see what Iโ€™ve got next on the building board!

    Interesting ! very Interesting !

    Martin555.
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    1 month ago by mturpin013 ( Captain)
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    Yet again great detailing, hard to tell it from the real thing.
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    1 month ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    So we got back from Cornwall last night after a stop start journey! But a fantastic week away enjoying the weather, fish n chips and more than one cream tea!

    Today Iโ€™ve spent what seemed like an eternity masking off the orange parts ready to get the grey on. 2 coats of grey primer was applied this morning followed my more masking to prepare for the orange strips down the sides of the sponsons. I shall now leave that to harden for a few days before I then mask off for the black strip down the sides of the sponsons, any touch ups required and will then start all the fine detail painting before decals and final lacquer coats.

    Thatโ€™s it until Friday, gotta work next 4 days ๐Ÿคฌ๐Ÿคฌ๐Ÿคฌ๐Ÿคฌ
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    1 month ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    Welcome back Sy.
    You didn't waste any time getting back to the bench!!
    Nice painting...tricky masking ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
    Have you decided on a solution for the 'rudder' linkage yet?
    Rob.
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    1 month ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Very nice Sy,
    Glad you had a nice time, welcome back.
    I see you are still trying to sort out the control of both motors.
    You have control to the port motor already so could you link them both hidden under the motor mounts ?

    Martin555.
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    1 month ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Cheers Rob! ๐Ÿ‘, tricky masking indeed! Iโ€™ve a little touching up to do from a couple of spots that escaped the masking, but overall really pleased with the finish. Once all the touch ups, details and decals have been done, should look good once lacquered.

    As for the steering conundrum, Iโ€™m going to leave that on the back burner until Iโ€™ve done the paintwork, I can then concentrate on it with distractions ๐Ÿ˜‚
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    1 month ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Hi Martin, I will defiantly be only controlling one motor with servo linkage, the second motor will be linked by a bar to the other as in the full sized example ๐Ÿ‘
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    1 month ago by mturpin013 ( Captain)
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    A very realistic looking model, you would have difficulty in telling it from the real thing
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    1 month ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Thank you Mike, must admit I think your Vosper was up there, the metal work was extraordinary!๐Ÿ‘
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    1 month ago by MouldBuilder ( Captain)
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    Really impressive Sy. Wish I had the patience to apply paint like yours.๐Ÿ‘
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    1 month ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    I can be a little impatient especially with rattle can paint, as Iโ€™m not good at leaving it for long drying periods! Iโ€™m trying my hardest to let things set properly before I start adding masking, more paint ect! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
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    2 months ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Whilst on holiday in Cornwall Iโ€™ve made it my goal to visit as many RNLI stations as possible, thank you my long suffering wife who gets dragged off to all these locations!

    The virus has found most stations closed and off limits to visits to protect the crews, so seeing some of the boats has only been possible by staring through salt stained shutters on the station doors including St Ives, Sennen Cove, St Agnes, Newquay. However, the Penlee (Newlyn/Penzance) have a โ€œSevernโ€ Class boat which is in the harbour afloat. Their Atlantic 85 RIB Was out on a training exercise!

    A simple hello to a couple of the crew who were doing some routine maintenance resulted in a guided tour of 30 minutes, up down and sideways. The result being hundreds of reference pics if I ever manage to get a Severn on the building board. A huge thank you to the crew that spent the time to give me the tour, forever grateful, thereโ€™s a paper bank note in the collection tin!

    The other shots show a โ€œWatson Classโ€œ boat the was decommissioned in 1982 and is now under private ownership in Hayle. Sadly it appears to be rotting but possibly not beyond restoring if the owner acts soon?
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    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Sy,
    It sounds like you have had a great time.
    Having a good wife that puts up with you is a real plus LOL!!

    Martin555.
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    2 months ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Martin, outwardly my wife puts up with my antics, inwards I think that sometimes She wished I would disappear into the deep blue sea never to be seen again whilst singing โ€œfor those in peril on the seaโ€!
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    2 months ago by Newby7 ( Captain)
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    Some times good things happen when least expected .The pictures are great.
    Rick
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    1 month ago by Rookysailor ( Captain)
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    Excellent pictures Sy, looks like you're having good weather too, have you put in an offer for the Watson?

    Cheers, Pete๐Ÿ˜Š
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    1 month ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    I would put an offer in Pete, but then I wouldnโ€™t have enough money left to cover the divorce fees! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ The other issue would be getting it up the brook near us in Stowmarket, I feel it would run aground before I could get it on the work bench! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
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    2 months ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Firstly a big shout out and thank you to Rob who kindly converted the motor decals to have a grey background. As can be seen from the picture of the one finished motor, they look great! Again, thank you Rob and glad you received the wooden rings as a thank you!

    Iโ€™ve had a mixed bag today? Finished decorating the downstairs bathroom inbetween doing a few jobs on the lifeboat. The main deck got its orange coats followed by a coat of lacquer. Once that was set enough proceeded to glue on a few of the deck fittings I made a while back. Itโ€™s all starting to tie in now and looking to be near completion although there is still a lot of masking and painting ahead of the sponsons, all the detail painting and the remaining RNLI decals.

    Please to say that the cheap eBay switch arrived and has been wired in for the blue flashing light, assigned to channel 5 switch on the tx and all is working fine and dandy.

    I have come across a slight snag but Iโ€™m sure Iโ€™ll work something out? The pushrods to the dummy motors (Rudders See picture 1) run in a straight line from the servo using m2 pushrods. The issue is when the motors swivel they cannot turn using a rigid pushrod as the pushrod is trying to go round an impossible curve? Hope Iโ€™m making sense? I remember reading in the original manual that the original had a flexible snake set up or a Bowden cable which of course will allow for some flexibility at the motor end. Iโ€™ve nothing in my scrap box left over from my aircraft days so will have to source a micro Bowden cable and figure out how to connect to servo and rudders (there isnโ€™t much distance between transom and the current ball link on the motor, so any connector will have to be no more than 15mm in length. Any ideas people, please let me know.

    In the meantime, off to Cornwall tomorrow so next update will be in about 8-9 days ๐Ÿ‘
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    2 months ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Sy.
    The decals look really good, I'm glad I was able to help.
    And thanks for the wooden rings, they are the perfect size for the life belts on my Harbour Pilots Boat. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
    Enjoy your break in Cornwall ๐ŸŒž๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿฆ
    Best Wishes.
    Rob.
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    2 months ago by Colin H ( Commodore)
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    That is one superb model, as we've got to expect from you. Well done hope to see it in action soon.
    Cheers Colin.
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    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Sy,
    She is getting better and better each time i see her.

    Have a great time in Cornwall.

    Martin555.
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    2 months ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Many thanks Colin, glad you like it. ๐Ÿ‘
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    2 months ago by Newby7 ( Captain)
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    I'm sure the push rods will get sorted.Your work just blows me away. Have a good trip to Cornwall.
    Rick
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    2 months ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Many thanks Martin ๐Ÿ‘
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    2 months ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Cheers Rick, I can ponder the pushrod situation on holiday ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜‚
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    2 months ago by Rookysailor ( Captain)
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    The finnish you have done on the outboard is really tasty Sy,๐Ÿ‘ can see your problem with the rudder control, not a lot of room for the bowden cable to retract as the transom stops it, will have a further think while your on your Jolly Holidays, enjoy๐Ÿ˜€

    Cheers, Pete
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    2 months ago by Scratchbuilder ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Well done Sy.
    All is looking really great.
    โ€œOff to Cornwallโ€
    Which part are you going,to get there you will be passing thru my home county.
    I also was brought up in Cornwall.
    Hope you have your passport ๐Ÿท๐Ÿท
    Bill๐Ÿ‘
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    2 months ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Cheers Pete! Iโ€™ve ordered a Bowden cable and some solder extenders, should be here by my return, will have a play then๐Ÿ‘
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    2 months ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    All the way to the bottom Bill, st ives and the surrounding areas, lots of RNLI stations to visit! Passport and visas in date and approved lol
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    2 months ago by Scratchbuilder ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Have a good one.
    You must visit the old Penleigh boat station.
    Itโ€™s fascinating and I am sure you know the history.
    I knew two of the ill fated crew.
    Sad day.
    Bill
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    2 months ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    I certainly do know the very sad story Bill, and it is defiantly on my list of visits ๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ‘
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    2 months ago by Ianh ( Midshipman)
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    One helluva good job!
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    2 months ago by jbkiwi ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Sy, you might have to do a scale setup (pic) as this is the normal way of steering single or dual outboards. Cable comes in from one side to a double ball link on one outboard, with a tie bar to the other outboard. You could use a DuBro aileron ball link (drawing inset) if you've done planes, you'll know the one I mean,- DuBro #183.

    Cable outer should be clamped at the first outboard end, (this is normally a tube incorporated in an outboards' clamp bracket) a pushrod goes through this and returns to the O/B tiller bracket with a tie bar. You might be able to use this or some part of it.
    JB
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    2 months ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    JB, you may have given me food for thought there? What I might be able to do is link the 2 outboards with a bar on ball links as looking at my reference pics of the real thing they are indeed linked. The main issue might be the run from servo to one motor as looking at your diagram itโ€™s showing the servo over to one side Of the hull with cable running down the side Then going 90 degrees to the first motor. As my servo is mounted centrally with no other option that route wonโ€™t work.

    But some variation on your theme is defo an option, so thank you very much for your input ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
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    2 months ago by jbkiwi ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Sy, If you use a flexible wire throttle cable (the steel inner cable with a clear flexible outer) they do bend round reasonably sharp corners and you could route it back to the center maybe? Another alternative might be a bellcrank at the transom to give you 90 deg, and again if you can run the flex cable in an arc from your servo and straight down to the transom ?
    I've had to do a similar cramped setup on my new jetboat project.
    JB
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    2 months ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Hi JB, again a very big thank you for your input and suggestions on linkages. I think the main issue now is that Iโ€™m so far into the build with deck fitted ect, fitting Bell cranks ect would require some major surgery. I will be defiantly using a Bowden throttle type cable and a rigid link between the 2 motors meaning only the one output from servo required.
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    2 months ago by jbkiwi ( Vice Admiral)
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    Sy, no worries mate just one more thing to throw at you,- looking at your pontoons,-would you have enough of a curve for a cable if you could sneak the cable through the stbd pontoon, (ie 2 holes, piece of wire in and out,- feed outer over wire and through, - attach outer, - remove wire,- insert inner)?? Sure you'll work something out. It'll all depend on the 'AOD'๐Ÿ˜‰ and its relation to the space/time continuum๐Ÿ˜. BTW very nice work so far!
    JB
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    2 months ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    That might be an option JB, Iโ€™ll need to look at that when I get home at the weekend, again much thanks for your input, much appreciated ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
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