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    'FAIRACRE' BROADS CRUISER (BATES LOOK ALIKE) RESTORATION
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    πŸ“ 'FAIRACRE' BROADS CRUISER (BATES LOOK ALIKE) RESTORATION AND CURRENT REFURBISHMENT
    1 month ago by jbkiwi ( Admiral)
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    Fittings all 'chromed', spray rails and toe rails finished, and 'Star Craft' decal made (might need re-doing, hard to get it looking good in such a small size) First one I did was on clear sheet which looked good, but came out black when applied on the varnish. I tried the white which came out ok colour wise but with the usual rough edges from having to cut them to shape. Hardly ever looks good on very small decals. Best way is to use a white background and the clear decal sheet, (bit hard to do in this instance). One day we might be able to print white.
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    1 month ago by jbkiwi ( Admiral)
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    Fun fact Martin, a young guy, ( Sam Morgan) started that site with his father (Gareth -who had plenty of dosh and helped him get started) he later sold it to Fairfax media (Aust) for $770m - not a bad profit!!😊 (not to mention the millions he made while he ran the site)

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    1 month ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Jb,
    it is only worth me looking at that site if the models are the same price as a Margarine tub LOL!!!

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    1 month ago by jbkiwi ( Admiral)
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    That's the one Martin, check out the r/c boats for sale , might be something of interest. Been a few interesting models quite cheap lately. Been tempted, but have enough already😁

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    1 month ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Jb,
    The site you refer to dose it have a little blue Kiwi legging it across the top left screen ?

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    1 month ago by jbkiwi ( Admiral)
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    Hi Martin, they were left-over curtains from a Graupner 'Commodore' I built in 1978. Knew if I kept them long enough, I'd find a use for them😁

    I was tempted to buy the blue one which was on our 'Trade Me' sellers site,- sort of like a Kiwi E-Bay, - (see if you can look at it from there - no I don't mean with binoculars MartinπŸ˜‚) Might possibly have been my old one as there were probably not many sold in NZ due to the huge price in those days, (I bought it tax and duty free while working on Norfolk Island)

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    1 month ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Jb,
    I don't think you mentioned how you did the curtains for this beauty.

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    πŸ“ 'FAIRACRE' BROADS CRUISER (BATES LOOK ALIKE) RESTORATION AND CURRENT REFURBISHMENT
    1 month ago by jbkiwi ( Admiral)
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    Boat was 'hauled out' and went into the shed for a bit of work. Progress so far, - chine spray rails fitted, along with port toe rail, (stbd toe rail varnished and ready to go on). Hull re sprayed, old interior lighting wiring removed and 'propspeed' applied to prop and rudder. Preliminary 'Star Craft' decal printed. Cabin carpets cut to shape.
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    1 month ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Jb,
    you certainly can turn out some real master pieces.
    Well done.

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    πŸ“ 'FAIRACRE' BROADS CRUISER (BATES LOOK ALIKE) RESTORATION
    2 months ago by jbkiwi ( Admiral)
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    Think I may have found the boat this was modelled off. I had a thought that it was modelled on a Bates 'Star Craft' cruiser, and having tracked down the star craft owners club, I found this photo on their site which might support that thought. Main difference with the model is that it is a hard chine hull (probably for ease of modelling) whereas the Bates is semi displacement. Everything else is pretty much the same. Fun fact, Bates Star Craft were made to be a British competition for Chris Craft cruisers. Very well made with laminated double diagonal mahogany or teak hulls on Oak frames, and nicely fitted out .

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    http://www.bates-starcraft.co.uk/birth-of-the-star.html
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    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Jb,
    Looks like your time researching has paid off.

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    2 months ago by jbkiwi ( Admiral)
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    Seeing there is not a huge amount going on at the moment, I thought I might put up a timeline of the restoration of an old M/M plan built 'Fairacre' launch, which was found in a farm rubbish bin, and given to me by a fellow plane club member. I did the restoration quite a while back but never put it together on the site, (only a few pics in my harbour).

    The boat was almost completely rotten as it had been sitting in a bin outside for years, so it needed a lot of work. I first de-moulded the inside which was black and washed it all out. It was then left in the sun for a few weeks for the balsa to dry thoroughly. Next thing was to repair the hull, which required cutting out the rotten sections and re sheeting them. Other areas were ground out and filled where necessary.

    The prop shaft was renewed and then the hull was glassed and painted. The inside was coated with 'Everdure' timber sealer/preservative to kill any mould in the balsa and toughen it. The rear rubbing strakes were replaced with dowelled in varnished hardwood and a rubbing strake fitted to the gunwale. The deck was sanded back, the plank lines re-drawn and the deck varnished again. The hull was painted inside with grey enamel which improved it somewhat.

    The cabin was almost a write-off as the front part had warped out of shape. This required adding small sections of thin ply and veneer to get the deck line anywhere near straight. The cabin saloon roof was cut off to allow access to the inside (and to later re-do the windows). The cabin sides were sanded back as far as possible and then re-varnish/stained with 4 coats to try and hide the ply weather staining defects.

    The inside was carpeted (left over grass from my sons model layout) and the seats painted (don't ask me why I painted them moroonπŸ˜€). The cabin roofs were sanded back and repaired, then painted and re-fitted with blocks and screws so as to be removable. They had been planked originally but were pretty rough, so paint was the best option. New windows were installed after re-shaping and repairing the openings in most of them, and some left-over Graupner 'Commodore' curtains (from 1978) were used to cover the windows.

    The old Graupner monoperm motor was re fitted after a tidy up, although it's pretty knackered as the bushes are worn out. It still runs very quietly and pushes the boat at a decent speed, so saved having to buy a new motor. I used my old 1978 Futaba FP-MC llB 12-24v 10A ESC which still works perfectly, to run the motor from a 3s Lipo and a Sanwa servo for the rudder. The main power switch is a 12v car aux switch hooked to the ESC, and the output from the ESC run to a stereo speaker connector, then to the motor (simple to disconnect) The TX used is a 2.4 TGY (Flysky) 6x, converted to twin throttles (used on the MTB as well)

    The lighting is a mixture of LEDs (nav/running lights/dash-top power indicator) and grain of wheat bulbs for the 3 cabins. The are all independently controlled from an 8 way micro PCB switch and have resistors to balance the lights. I also fitted a mast,, grab rails, a few deck ornaments, and made a boarding ladder for the transom.

    The model is far from perfect, but considering it's previous state I think it's a slight improvement. The boat runs nicely and is very quiet as well. The original builder made a good job of it and used ply frames and 4x4mm hardwood stringers which probably saved it from extinction.

    While I'm waiting for the sampan to arrive from China, I am going to make a start on a small refurbishment and tidy up a few bits. I'm going to fit a spray rail on the chine, a toe rail, simplify the lighting (all LEDs switched from the TX), better on off switch and tidier wiring, anchor, bow roller, new motor, new interior and whatever else needs improving. Wouldn't mind actually getting hold of a plan (still available) and scaling one up to 40" and 'Starcrafterising' it, - would make a nice and unusual model.
    R/C 'Fairacre' launch
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    2 months ago by jbkiwi ( Admiral)
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    Good find Baz, I have kept all my old plans/assembly drawings as well (mostly Graupner boat and plane assembly plans, along with other plane kit and scratch plans ) I may just purchase a plan from Sarik if they still have one, for next winters' project, and as mentioned, scale it up a bit, (if we can still get balsa!). In short supply here at the moment. If it comes to the crunch, there's always f/glass and plastic, but I prefer wood.

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    2 months ago by Shipyard Baz ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Just found the plan for the Fairacre ll. Thought it was five bob, but it was five & a tanner
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    2 months ago by jbkiwi ( Admiral)
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    Re - you have certainly worked your magic on this one

    Thanks Martin, but I only attempted it because I had never seen another one like it, and I cant resist 'orphans' in needπŸ˜‚

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    2 months ago by jbkiwi ( Admiral)
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    Re - I think I would have used it as firewood.πŸ˜†

    Would have been gone in a flash Graham, wouldn't have even made good kindlingπŸ˜‚

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    2 months ago by jbkiwi ( Admiral)
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    Hi Baz, looks good and an interesting conversion. Looks like a good project for you to restore with modern gear. I think this one may have been built around the same time but I've never seen another one here. I wondered if it might have come from the UK as it doesn't seem like a usual subject for NZ modellers.

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    2 months ago by jbkiwi ( Admiral)
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    Thanks Colin, I won't tell you what I said when the guy gave it to me and my finger went through the hull😁

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    2 months ago by Colin H ( Rear Admiral)
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    You have given a new meaning to restoration, it's a fine piece of workmanship and now you have a beautiful broads cruiser.
    Well done shipmate, Colin.
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    2 months ago by Shipyard Baz ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Nicely done, I made the Fairacre ll, around 1970, the only boat plan I ever purchased (5/-) five bob. Still have the plan, here's mine but with my centre cabin conversion, the photo is dated 1977c. The motor was a Decaperm Geared and Macgregor MR200 transmitter, single-channel (Deac). Still have the hull!
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    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Jb,
    That is a very nice boat.
    It is hard to believe considering the state she was in before.
    You have certainly worked your magic on this one.

    Well done.

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    2 months ago by Graham93 ( Captain)
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    JB,

    Master of the understatement: β€œconsidering it's previous state I think it's a slight improvement” !

    Nice restoration. Amazing what can be achieved with a little determination πŸ‘ I think I would have used it as firewood.πŸ˜†

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