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    HAKITS Morston
    by mistyoptic ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง ( Warrant Officer)
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    ๐Ÿ“ HAKITS MORSTON
    24 days ago by mistyoptic ( Warrant Officer)
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    Well the great day has been and gone.

    Mr. Johnson said I could go out, so I went, last Wednesday for the first trip with the Morston on a posh new stand and ready to be launched. Paul at HA had warned me that I might need to put some weight in the stern to balance, so I did. But it was not enough. I think his reasoning was that I had used a heavy brushed and geared MFA 500 which was heavier that the recommended brushless. I am also using NIMH batteries instead of lipos. All of this extra weight to the very front of the hull under the hatch.

    However, undaunted back homefor a week and with some more lead in the stern, in three largish amounts, but only one was needed to get a satisfactory balance. I really must take some education on buoyancy because I thought I would like to put the pot markers in the water beside the boat. As a result of two hip replacements we have replaced our bath with a shower, so with little bits of lead attached to the end of the marker posts, I dropped them into the now full garden water butt and they went straight to the bottom! But my handy grabber was able to retrieve them.

    Back to the pond again yesterday afternoon, Wednesday) and I was very pleased with the performance now and the afternoon passed at Woodbridge model yacht pond on one 2000 NIMH with still some to spare.

    Now that the model has reached this stage it can be transferred to My Harbour with satisfaction. The Pilot Boat is just about finished so watch for that blog to be continued and concluded soon.

    Thanks to all for following this blog.
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    24 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    "but they have to speak with a Norfolk accent to be realistic"
    No problem Geoff ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Get a sound module you can load sound files to from the PC.
    Use the Voice Recorder App in the PC to get your family and friends to record some suitable (๐Ÿ™„) commands / comments and away you go!
    Keep it clean lads, might be kiddywinkies at the lake ๐Ÿ™‰
    ๐Ÿ˜Ž
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    24 days ago by Newby7 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Not sure much work would be done with Doug's crew at work.
    Rick
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    24 days ago by mistyoptic ( Warrant Officer)
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    Thanks Bill, Regards Geoff.
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    24 days ago by mistyoptic ( Warrant Officer)
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    Thanks Doug, I think you are right, but they have to speak with a Norfolk accent to be realistic and I don't think that your lot are hardly dressed for a North Sea crabbing trip in February! However love your humour and appreciate your encouragement.
    Regards Geoff.
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    24 days ago by mistyoptic ( Warrant Officer)
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    Thank you for your comments Jsh and I must tell you that when I was looking for inspiration to detail this basic kit I did find pics of the Maine lobster boats on the web and noted how similar they are in outline to the HA Kits model. The mahogany transom is not included in the kit but I felt that such an addition would be attractive .
    Kind Regards Geoff.
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    24 days ago by Colin H ( Vice Admiral)
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    Turned out a very good model, detail and balance makes it look very realistic on the water.
    Well done and happy sailing.
    Cheers Colin.
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    24 days ago by Jshander ( Recruit)
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    You do great work. Your model looks very similar to ship off northeast Maine for lobster trapping. I love the mahogany transom!
    Jim
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    24 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Excellent job Geoff ๐Ÿ‘
    Now how about some crew?
    See attached motley crew of my Sea Scout for some inspiration ๐Ÿ˜
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
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    24 days ago by billmcl61 ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi Treve,

    it looks great on the water, I like the wee additions, it really adds to gives it a different look.

    Bill
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    24 days ago by mistyoptic ( Warrant Officer)
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    Thanks for the compliment Treve,

    Geoff.
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    24 days ago by Seanympth ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Beautiful photos, you have done a great job.
    Thank you for sharing๐Ÿ‘
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    ๐Ÿ“ HAKITS MORSTON
    4 months ago by mistyoptic ( Warrant Officer)
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    Well it seems like the building has come to an end and the boat is ready for the water, if only I were allowed to drive to the pond, I await further instruction from HM Govt. At least I have had my first jab now which is a bit more comforting.
    To HAKITS I say thank you for a great build, it went well and as I have said throughout, it is a good design, well thought out and well manufactured. It gives a lovely boat which can then be the basis for trying new techniques in scratch building and fitting. As I said at the beginning I used Cee King of Whitby as an influence for what I put on the deck. They have a facebook page and a website. As a further compliment to them I have just received the larger version of the pilot launch which on first look has all the qualities of the Morston in materials and quality.
    Simplicity in design but a good solid build. So watch for a new blog starting soon. A few pic to show the finished product.
    Regards to all Geoff.
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    4 months ago by Ianh ( Commander)
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    Covid is a pain in the rear! We can't use our facility either๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜ 
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    4 months ago by Newby7 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Very nice build.It should look good on the water when you can get there.
    Rick
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    4 months ago by Madwelshman ( Warrant Officer)
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    Well done Geoff, that's a cracker of a model you've built yourself there.
    I look forward to seeing the Pilot boat when that gets to this stage too.

    Will
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    4 months ago by mturpin013 ( Rear Admiral)
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    I'm not sure whether this is the good part of a build or the bad, great boat but you've nothing to do now๐Ÿ˜‰or have you?
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    4 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Geoff,
    You have done a great job.
    Well done.
    The stand is looking good too.
    Already looking forward to the new blog.

    Martin555.
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    4 months ago by Colin H ( Vice Admiral)
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    Well done Geoff, you have made a superb model which I look forward to seeing on the water.
    Cheers Colin.
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    ๐Ÿ“ HAKITS MORSTON
    4 months ago by mistyoptic ( Warrant Officer)
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    I feel that I must now be getting to the end of the project as I have been able to start putting the radio gear back into the hold.
    But I thought it would be a good idea to create some duck-boarding to go toward the rear of the lower deck and this has been made and varnished. Solid walnut, I am not sure if this is meant to be a fishing boat or a luxury yacht, but to my simple eye it looks ok. The space created in the plan for the motor, radio and battery is generous and is easy to access all components, ESC and RX have been attached to the sides of the hull using velcro. Where velcro is to be used, I have first coated the area with white glue and allowed to harden before sticking the velcro in place, this gives a much better hold.
    The RX switch I have mounted on a strip of plastic angle so that it is a tight fit to the bulkhead and can be slipped out when required, see pics. The rudder as shown was scratch built using two slices of PC printed circuit board glued together with the copper sides out and the top slotted to take the rudder shaft. this then gives a flush finish to the blade. The esc is attached to the side of the hull to gain what cooling there might be from this situation and the Rx mounted well up out of harms way and in the shelter of the deck above. The rudder servo is accessed by the rear hatch and again is easy to get to. I have vaselined the rod at the pivot points. The Hatch cover has had hand rails fitted and two mushroom vents (Domed buttons purloined fro you know who!) I think that is about all for now, my next report will be the final, until such a time as I am allowed to go to the pond to do a trial run.

    Geoff.
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    4 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Geoff,
    RE :- white glue and allowed to harden before sticking the velcro in place, this gives a much better hold.
    Great tip thank you.

    Martin555.
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    4 months ago by Seanympth ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    She looks beautiful a wonderful job and I thank you for all your hints and photos. Thank you for the inspiration๐Ÿ‘
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    ๐Ÿ“ HAKITS MORSTON
    4 months ago by mistyoptic ( Warrant Officer)
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    Things seem very slow at the moment what with painting the hull, the new paint has arrived now and so have been able to put the final coats on the the bottom and the sides. I have concluded that there is only so many times that you can paint a hull and rub it down again in search of perfection and so have had to say 'that is it' but still a long way from what I would like, but I think possibly my expertise has reached the limit. In the meantime I have been glazing the window frames. The kit comes with a sheet of templates for the glazing and a sheet of fairly thin acetate. Like everything else in this kit the templates are very accurate, and to my simple mind then there should be no problem in cutting the acetate to size and shape. but cutting a translucent material into relatively small shapes is not easy, there was a point when I thought I might even board the windows up! But with perseverance it all came good in the end.
    For the four larger cabin windows, two sides and two front, I felt the acetate would not be quite man enouch so I used a 1mm PTEG plastic sheet. THis was much easier to manage, the sizes were larger and I could stick the template onto the sheet while I cut it out as the sheet has a protective film on each side. It was then a matter of turning the frames over and running a bead of canopy glue, with a cocktail stick, to the back of the frame.
    For future reference I feel that 0.5 mm would have been adequate. I have also tried my hand at scratch building some fittings, the marker bouys, a search light from a syringe barrel and used the rubber end of the plunger as the back, point outwards and the round end off the plunger as the front. Mounting bracket was from piano wire and ali tube. Two doomed buttons were mounted on ali tube to pass as mushroom vents. The pics give a rough idea of what I have been doing. As a further note I have so enjoyed building this model that on Friday morning I ordered another Kit from HAKITS, the larger version of the pilot boat, and it arrived this Monday afternoon at 4.30pm as I have been writing this blog.

    I hope I will be able to do a blog on this model in due course.
    Geoff
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    4 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Geoff,

    Another Kit ! well done good to see you have got the model making bug.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ“ HAKITS Morston
    4 months ago by mistyoptic ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hello again, Seems ages since I did an update but there have been other things happening, and now I am shielding again so am confined to the workshop alas! Have been moving on a bit with the hull painting, a somewhat slow moving operation it seems. I have now painted the lower hull and upper hull, except for the final coat which will be applied after the deck and superstructure are complete. Have started to paint deck and cabin roof, (Hivis) and some of the railings and also have now netted the crab pots and have begun to create some crab pot markers, although I don't know how i will cast them into the water, let alone retrieve them. In the pics the rails are just standing in place and are not yet fixed. In order to give the bow rail extra strength at the joint I hooked a small piece of wire around the rail and then soldered this into a short length of brass tubing, the upright was then soldered into the tube on the underside. The Mahogany transom was given three coats of varnish first of all and then masked off for the rest of the painting process. Will keep on with this task in the next few days. It seems that the model trade is struggling for supplies at moment, I am still awaiting an Aeronaut Victoria kit ordered in October and I needed two more pots of Humbrol to finish the lower hull and the colours are out of stock. Must be patient in these difficult times, I am sure.
    Happy New Year to All
    Geoff
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    4 months ago by Seanympth ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Geoff,
    The boat is looking beautiful, you have been busy, many thanks for the update, best wishes Treve
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    4 months ago by Ianh ( Commander)
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    Hi Geoff,
    Same in SA Tamiya Paints are very scarce. I need some spraypaint for my Sea Commander which is painted with a Rustoleum Paint Colour not obtainable at present.
    Unfortunately we don't have a Halfords and I worry about paint types in Cans ie Cellulose ( gotta read the fine print๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š)
    Thanks to Covid
    Regards
    Ian
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    ๐Ÿ“ HAKITS Morston
    5 months ago by mistyoptic ( Warrant Officer)
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    Afraid no pictures today as nothing much changes visually except undercoats are coming and going, painted on and sanded off. All of the model has now been undercoated and am now working on the bottom of the hull and the sides. These will be taken to first top coat in the next few days and then will move to taking the finishing of the deck and superstructure further. I have still not decided on the final colour scheme but have a fairly firm idea of what it will be. At least I have a good excuse for staying at home an continuing my labours on the model, as I am classed as a shielded person. More soon with some pictures I expect.
    Good wishes to all and hope you can stay safe.
    Geoff.
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    5 months ago by mistyoptic ( Warrant Officer)
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    Thanks Doug, in fact I stripped it all off again! and have reverted to using a Humbrol Gloss instead. I must say that this finishing is giving me more trouble than all of the woodwork put together, but am finally conquering it. When it gets to a presentable stage will post pics. After 1st January will there be a tariff to be able to communicate with you?!
    Geoff
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    5 months ago by mistyoptic ( Warrant Officer)
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    Thanks for comment Trevor. I rather think that we may have been a cross purposes for a bit as from your phots it would seem that possibly you have the smaller version, 20in model whereas mine is the larger 27 inch. I think the woodworking detail is much the same but when it comes to fitting the motor then the MFA 500 geared will be too big, a model of this size will happily run on a 400 size motor. If you have bought an esc to run the 500 geared motor then it will be fine to use it for a 400 size. I have an MFA 400 in another kit of 23 inches and it powers that at a good lick. So would suggest any good quality 400 size motor which will have a 2.3mm output shaft (1/8 inch) and can be connected to the prop shaft with a rubber flexible coupling for simplicity and will be less strain on the motor than a universal coupling. Just make sure that the shafts line up nicely. If you choose an MFA these come with a mounting plate which allows you to mount it on a sloping plate which can be shimmed to get an accurate line up. I did not have a shaft with my kit but bought it separately. Will send a drawing by pm to show what I mean. Otherwise all should be ok! I am very pleased to be able to help.

    Geoff
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    5 months ago by Seanympth ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi Geoff,
    I have read through your posts and you provided the answers, I just had to read them carefully, its a 6mm output from the gearbox, amazing what information is on the label, Just one thing your motor seems to be a lot further forward than mine is able to go.

    Many thanks for letting me pick your experieince
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    5 months ago by Seanympth ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi Geoff, A happy new year to you, sorry to keep asking questions, I am having a bit of difficulty finding a flexible coupling to match the tube and the end of the gear box from the motor, I have the same motor and gearbox as you and the tube supplied with the kit but I cannot measure the thread on the tube or the size of the motor accurately, and whilst I am asking a favour what size is your battery pack as once again the one I ordered does not fit the space.
    Sorry to be asking these simple questions that I should have figured out earlier, buy the way thanks for your tip about the fitting of the tube.
    Many thanks and best wishes
    Treve
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    5 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Geoff,
    Ref your problems with a red oxide bottom (ooh la la!๐Ÿ˜ฎ) I thought most guys in UK used Halfords red primer?
    Don't forget to seal it with a coupla coats of satin or matt lacquer, as primer paint is porous - it's mostly chalk dust or similar. I trust you'll get your boat into prime condition๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜€
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
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    ๐Ÿ“ HAKITS Morston
    5 months ago by mistyoptic ( Warrant Officer)
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    Have not written for a few days, but this does not mean I have been idle, have continued the painting process and applied, to the upper areas of the model, I coat of primer, and two of undercoat, rubbing down with wet and dry between coats. The liteply for the deck and sides is quite grainy and will take a bit of application before it becomes flush. Between times I have been continuing with the deck paraphernalia and have now built two chests for the deck and fitted one with a good old-style Norfolk catch, a bit of wood shoved through the staple. My father always shut his rabbit hutches like this and he never lost one! The fish boxes and crab pot skeletons have been stained with best quality Indian Rosewood and I have now procured some suitable netting, From Boots, a heavy weight bun net, got a funny look at the counter! The Radar scanner and life-rafts are temporarily placed on the cabin roof for photographic purposes.Have made a bucket from a pill box, the steps have been varnished with a second coat and the cabin door is now ready for 'hanging'.
    Will press on with painting day by day but there may not be much to show for the next few days.
    Geoff L.
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    5 months ago by mistyoptic ( Warrant Officer)
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    Thanks for the link Doug. Have not heard of this company before, but they are only two counties away! Will certainly stock up now.
    Geoff.
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    5 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Help (from experience) gladly given Geoff,
    Lots of us use Ezecote, ya can't whack it!๐Ÿ˜€
    Water based, dilute-able, no pong, clean your brushes in warm water and washing up liquid.๐Ÿ˜Š
    Also great for fast fibre-glassing, especially for reinforcements inside a hull. Sets in about 20 mins on a warm day. Takes a bit longer here in Munich at the moment at temps around freezingโ„๏ธ๐Ÿค”
    Here the gen on Ezecote-
    https://deluxematerials.co.uk/collections/building-finishing...
    Happy building, Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    PS I'M NOT a shareholder in Deluxe Materials, just a very satisfied user๐Ÿ˜Š
    PS Never seen a 'balsa locomotive'!? Wassat all about?๐Ÿ˜‰
    Hope the firebox is well insulated!๐Ÿ˜ฎ
    https://deluxematerials.co.uk/collections/building-finishing-products/products/eze-kote
    ๐Ÿ”—
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    5 months ago by mistyoptic ( Warrant Officer)
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    Thanks for your comments Doug. I have tried balsa loc and also diluted pva glue but not the item you suggest, will look into it further.
    Geoff.
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    5 months ago by mistyoptic ( Warrant Officer)
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    Thank you for the compliment, glad you like the model, and I am sure the smaller version will be just as good to build. The quality of the kit is first class and the build is delightful, it could easily be regarded as a simple beginners model, but it does give an excellent model to develop to what ever extent one is able or inclined. Hop you enjoy your build as much as I have mine.
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    5 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Excellent stuff Geoff๐Ÿ‘
    I particularly like the precision woodwork on that door. Hat off Sir๐Ÿ‘
    " The liteply for the deck and sides is quite grainy and will take a bit of application before it becomes flush."
    A word to the wise๐Ÿ˜‰
    In such cases, balsa etc, I first apply a couple of coats of sanding sealer. For which I use a solution of Deluxe Materials Ezecote + 10-15% water. When thoroughly dry I flat off with 400 W&D and apply one or two coats of pure Ezecote. Flat off with 400 W&D, apply your primer and top coats to taste and you are guaranteed a strong waterproof surface.๐Ÿ˜Š
    BTW: Ref 'Norfolk catch' I remember my Grandpa showing me the same 'lock' on his allotment shed in the late 50s. And that in the SE of England, about as SE as you can get, Folkestone, Kent๐Ÿ˜‰
    BTW 2: Ref 'Heavy weight buns' ๐Ÿ˜ฎ I don't buy netting, I use the stuff vedgies come in; spuds and onions for large scale, garlic for small scale fine mesh. Saves all those 'funny looks', although I might, in such circumstances, just smile broadly and say 'It's for my dog, he has a penchant for bananas!'. That oughta keep 'em guessing for a while. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‚
    On that jocular (๐Ÿ™„) note,
    G'night Shipmates, STAY SAFE ALL๐Ÿคž
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
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    5 months ago by Cargoman ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Really nice build saw this in its early days and liked it, so 2 of us bought the smaller version and after a phone call to order them they were delivered to my friends home address by the owner, who was coming over to the local model shop great service.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜Š
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    5 months ago by Seanympth ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Thank you for your post, you have done an amazing job๐Ÿ‘
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    ๐Ÿ“ HAKITS MORSTON
    5 months ago by mistyoptic ( Warrant Officer)
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    Have started the big cover-up and set about priming the top part of the hull and then rubbing down first coat. I did not know exactly how to go about the order of painting the model but decided I would get the tricky part out of the way first. It is not easy to get into the cabin to paint the interior but am managing the best I can. I must admit this in not my favourite part of building a model boat but will do my best.
    I was distracted today as the weather was tolerably reasonable to go down to the pond, overcast but dry with lightish wind. I took my Aeronaut Diva for it's maiden voyage and was pleased with the result. the pond had a few other members there with yachts and power boats. I must say that I was somewhat impressed with the top speed of this model running on and MFA 385 with 6 2000 Nimh cells. I sailed for almost an hour with a few breaks for heat checks on motor and speed controller and did not have to change battery. The concrete wall s of the pond came up very fast but was able to stay away from them, in fact the rudder was a bit fierce so have now shortened the movement, otherwise a super boat to sail.
    More later

    Geoff. L
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    5 months ago by Seanympth ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Geoff, as ever many thanks for taking the time to reply to my questions, I was thinking that the motor would be too far forward but thanks for putting me right. Your painting in the latest post is outstanding
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    5 months ago by mturpin013 ( Rear Admiral)
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    That's a nice proportioned cabin and will look really good when painted.
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    5 months ago by mistyoptic ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi Seanymph

    Have fitted an MFA 500 with a 2.5:1 gear box. using a universal coupling onto a 4mm shaft with 3 bladed brass screw.
    With the gearbox it takes the motor well up into the bow, almost as far as it will go. But the forward hatch gives lots of space for the battery motor and RX and esc. Will be using 2000 7.2 nimh.
    If you are using a shaft from as prescribed 4mm 350 mm length check the overall diameter of the tube as mine came out at 7.mm the kit allows for a 6mm shaft so you may have to shim out the doublers to allow the bigger tube to go in without to much trouble.
    Beat wishes

    Geoff.
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    5 months ago by Seanympth ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Thank you for your excellent comments and photos, She looks beautiful what size motor have you fitted?
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    ๐Ÿ“ HAKITS Morston
    5 months ago by mistyoptic ( Warrant Officer)
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    4.12.20
    More progress has been made over the past few days adding strakes along the outside of the hull. This has been reasonably challenging as there is nothing to clamp the strips to until the glue sets. It also highlighted something that I had done previously which made this job more difficult; that was to give the hull a coat of sanding sealer to keep it clean during the build of the superstructure. As a result, the glue, in some places, did not adhere to the s/sealer and sprung off in one or two places. In the end I found that the best way to get the strips fixed was to glue both hull and strip and then secure by using small brass shoe rivets not fully driven home, so that that they could be withdrawn and then the small hole filled after the glue had set. I used a mahogany rubbing strake along the deck line which I will finish with varnish. I also added a false keel of mahogany so that it could be faired into the stern tube skeg and could be shaped to give a sharp bow. This will not be varnished but will be painted as appropriate. I have also fixed the mahogany transom.
    I have also been making other items, such as mast, radar scanner and radar reflector. There are other deck railings yet to shape.
    Now I must begin the finishing process and hope that I can finish it so that it looks as good as it has been to build. I keep thinking of a line from the Flanders and Swann Classic The Gas Man Cometh, โ€˜with undercoat and overcoat he painted every partโ€™!
    Will keep you updated, โ€˜but I may be gone some timeโ€™
    Geoff. L
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    5 months ago by mistyoptic ( Warrant Officer)
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    Thanks for the completion of the verse RN, such clever lyrics.
    Geoff
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    5 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Twas on a Friday morning the painter made a start
    "โ€˜with undercoats and overcoats he painted every partโ€™!"
    Every nook and every cranny,
    But I found when he was gone
    He'd painted over the gas tap and I couldn't turn it on!
    Oh, it all makes work for the working man to do!

    On Saturday and Sunday they do no work at aaall-
    So twas on the Monday mor~ning that the gasman came to call!!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOA_SUKEZRE
    Great song, brilliant pair๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‚
    Oh!๐Ÿ˜ฎ And excellent work Geoff๐Ÿ‘
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYFiL4p4K9Y
    'The Only Flanders and Swann video'.
    Performance in New York 50 odd years ago but still hilarious and the political section still incredibly (Shockingly?๐Ÿ™„) relevant - just update the names!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOA_SUKEZRE
    ๐Ÿ”—
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYFiL4p4K9Y
    ๐Ÿ”—
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    5 months ago by mturpin013 ( Rear Admiral)
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    That is looking really good I like the the mahogany strakes, they will look fantastic when finished
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    5 months ago by mistyoptic ( Warrant Officer)
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    Thank you, Martin.
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    5 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Looking good Geoff.
    Well worth all the effort.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ“ HAKITS Morston
    6 months ago by mistyoptic ( Warrant Officer)
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    29.11. 20
    A bit more progress over the last few days, which has just about brought me to the end of the building process. The cabin windows have been fixed, by gluing to the cabin sides and rear part of lower cabin roof. When the glue had set the top of windows and cabin were sanded and the two halves of the cabin roof glued to the former and tops of cabin and windows. I must say that the whole structure, when set turns out as solid as a rock, as has been the case with this model from the beginning, the components fit together well, with minimum of trimming, although there is sufficient overlap given when trimming is required. Next the fore cabin roof has been fitted. If I have any criticism of the handbook I must say that it occurs on this page regarding fitting the cabin roofs. There are parts in the kit which do not appear in the instructions and it has been a bit of trial and error to find which cabin roof supports go where. The fitting of the fore cabin roof is particularly tricky and I more or less had to take apart my first effort and reassemble. But all is well now. And the pics show the completed cabins. Also have added a skeg to the stern tube. Just the mahogany transom to fit now and one or two details in the cabin which can be fitted after the painting has been done.
    I must say that the vast acres of white wood which now need to be finished to a good standard is a bit daunting. If it was interior decorating, I would get a man in to do it!
    More later. Geoff.L
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    6 months ago by mistyoptic ( Warrant Officer)
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    Thanks for compliment, A lovely kit to build.
    Geoff
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    6 months ago by Rookysailor ( Commodore)
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    You've done a lovely job on the build Geoff, I have a couple of HA kits to build, and also bought his stands, as the owner comes to our club, we can buy direct, have a look at his stands, they are very novel.๐Ÿ˜Š

    Cheers, Pete
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    6 months ago by brianupyonder ( Warrant Officer)
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    it will be worth it in the end
    brian๐Ÿ‘
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    6 months ago by mistyoptic ( Warrant Officer)
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    Thank you Seanympth, Glad this is helping, I am sure you are making good progress, I have found an assortment of clamps to be an advantage, and when fitting the side skins at the bow I have used screws with washers at the head to pull the bow in until glue sets. Screws can then be removed and holes filled. I have found an excellent filler at Wickes store, a natural colour that dries quickly and works well when dry. About ยฃ4 a pot but cheaper than the Ronseal similar product at ยฃ6. I have used the mahogany colour on my previous build, Arronauts Diva.
    Best wishes Geoff.
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    6 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Geoff,
    I am glad you have discovered this fantastic site and that you enjoying building and writing your blog.

    I hope you do many more builds and logs.

    Well done keep it up.

    Martin555.
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    6 months ago by Seanympth ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Many thanks for your build log, I have found your comments and insights extremely valuable, my skills are not at your level but I agree that the parts of this kit all fit well and make it possible for me to fit it together with minium mistakes.
    Thank you once again
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    6 months ago by mistyoptic ( Warrant Officer)
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    Thank you Martin, Yes I really have enjoyed building this model, as I have said in the blog it has gone well. I am so glad that I have recently discovered this site as writing about my build has increased my interest in it. I am fortunate that I have a large garage and within it I have built a small enclosed workshop, electrically heated, with extractor fan and Hifi. A home from home, which during the lockdown has helped in obtaining a good life balance. Over the years I have built model boats, model aircraft and electronic projects as well.
    Over the fifty years + I have had my own home I have amassed a good collection of tools, both hand tools and power tools. I am still using a Black and Decker electric drill I bought in 1972.
    Geoff
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    6 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Geoff,
    It is looking and sounding like you are really enjoying this build.

    You are doing a great job keep it up.

    Martin555.
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