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    Lumba Lumba Restoration
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    πŸ“ Balsa deck
    5 days ago by Cargoman ( Leading Seaman)
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    The upper deck is as the rest of the boat is balsa and I sealed it with three coats of sanding sealer and then after sanding filled any imperfections with model filler. Then comes the time to mark out where the cabin sits etc so with a pencil and ruler I start only to find that what I thought was a solid surface was similar to writing on custard. This deck must have been a soft piece of balsa sheet and also my misjudgment of how much work it takes to seal balsa. Next step fibreglass tissue and resin stippled on with a finishing skim with filler and bingo its a firm surface at last.
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    πŸ“ Part 1 Con,t
    7 days ago by Cargoman ( Leading Seaman)
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    Well after a lot of hours I have finally got the hull sealed and all the broken bits fixed and filled,the bow was smashed at deck level and there were numerous holes in the foredeck. The upper deck and the foredeck needed sealing so out with the sanding sealer, funny thing I got quite a large tin on the day before lockdown and you guessed its gone. The outer hull got 2 coats of fibreglass resin and the inside 1 coats followed by flatting off filling and flatting again. I then blasted bits of primer on to see the faults and filled again meaning it now looks like a patchwork quilt but it sealed and smooth. Two main features stood out to me with this boat and those are the oblong windows and the small after deck, so these have to be neat the windows had been covered over with balsa glued on with evo stick and portholes put in. After removing this I was left with not only damaged but uneven sizes of windows now much improved I hope.
    Ordered the new shafts just waiting for delivery so I think I might start with installing these next.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Part 1 Con,t
    7 days ago by jbkiwi ( Vice Admiral)
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    Looks much better now,!

    JB
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    7 days ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Cargoman,
    That is quite an improvement already.
    Keep it up.

    Martin555.
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    7 days ago by Newby7 ( Captain)
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    I don't envy you this project.You have taken on to my mind the hardest part of building a boat.Fixing the broken or missing bits.The satisfaction of refurbishing a boat is great but the work takes twice as long.Good work coming along nicely.
    Rick
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    7 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Hi Cargoman.
    Your hard work is paying off.
    She is starting to look much better already πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸš€
    Bill
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Part 1 Con,t
    7 days ago by Cargoman ( Leading Seaman)
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    Thanks for that Scratchbuilder and the thumbs up, mine are worn away with sanding.
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    7 days ago by brianupyonder ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    will be well worth it in the end
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    πŸ“ Part 1
    12 days ago by Cargoman ( Leading Seaman)
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    The main deck was built but the cabin had seen better days so I drew out the shapes and binned the cabin bits with a veiw to constructing it from plasticard a lot further down the line.
    I have started to add some parts that were missing namely the bridge deck front which I have used some obechi sheet.
    Although the hull is well built it is balsa and by the water that came in when I tested it very old dry balsa so Im fibre glassing it inside and out and hopeing that I can then get some primer on.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Part 1
    12 days ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Cargoman,
    It looks like you are off to a good start,
    Good luck with the rest of the refurbishment.

    Martin555.
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    12 days ago by Newby7 ( Captain)
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    With you fiber glassing the boat inside and out that will help with the water coming in.My suggestion would be to do a second coating of finishing epoxy inside for extra support and protection just in case water gets in.Looks like you picked up a nice looking boat.good luck with the build.
    Rick
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Part 1
    12 days ago by Cargoman ( Leading Seaman)
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    Thanks Newby7 great to hear your optimism thanks for the tip about epoxy.
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    πŸ“ Lumba Lumba Restoration
    12 days ago by Cargoman ( Leading Seaman)
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    Got the idea for this boat after seeing a friends one in America, I found out later that not only is it a discontinued kit but getting hold of a second hand one aint easy.
    So after seeing one on E Bay I bid and won, the boat has been part started and then left for what seems many years as there is damage to parts and some bits missing.
    The hull has been really well built as can be seen on the photos but someone else must have had a try at it as there was balsa stuck over the windows with portholes stuck in. As for the running gear I have decided on twin screw so the single shaft has been removed and 2 new shafts ordered.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Lumba Lumba Restoration
    10 days ago by brianupyonder ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    it looks a nice project
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