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    Speedline Models RNLI Shannon Class Lifeboat 1:16 scale
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    3 days ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    So, at long last Iโ€™ve added the finishing touches to the boat itself. This included finishing the railings, sorting the electronics, glueing the main cabin to the deck and a little bit of paint touch up here and there. As Doug rightly says, is a model ever finished? Apart from an RNLI flag to add and the crew, I donโ€™t anticipate adding anymore to it apart from ballast if needed!

    Today I set about painting the first of 4 crew figures. I did have 5 figures but Iโ€™ve โ€œsquirrelledโ€ one away for my next build as these figures are no longer available and he will be ideal for the model, to be revealed! This one figure took about 4 hours of painting post primer, hopefully the other 3 will be quicker!

    AS this model requires several transmitter inputs, I decided not to put sticky reminder labels on my transmitter. Instead I opted to make a board from plasticard then printed the control inputs, mashed it and painted it. It now slips over the transmitter antenna as a reminder, but once Iโ€™ve learnt the controls, I can easily discard.

    So, the next update should included the completed figures in position on the boat and then hopefully some shots on the water......
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    19 hours ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Excellent Sy,
    Looking forward to it.

    Martin555.
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    19 hours ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    I like her simple lines Martin and itโ€™s a little different from my norm. Thereโ€™s plenty of scope to super detail the cabin area and add the canvas roof and sides that she sports in real life. Also the kit detail parts have plenty of scope for improvement or replace with scratch built.

    As for a โ€œwhatโ€™s in the boxโ€, no problem, once I start the post that will be the first entry ๐Ÿ‘
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    21 hours ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Sy,
    I knew it was USCG but unsure as to what model.
    Was expecting something with a lot of detail on the deck.

    This boat however looks very nice and i am looking forward to seeing you work your magic on her.

    How about a 'Whats in the box review' before you start.

    Martin555.
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    1 day ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Wasn't so hard Sy, the clues were pretty broad ๐Ÿ˜‰
    The kit seems a bit spartan, so plenty of scope for your 'detailing'.
    Looking forward to that ๐Ÿ‘
    Go Sy Go! ๐Ÿ˜
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    1 day ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Boom! Nailed it Doug, thatโ€™s 2 cents of 1โ‚ฌ I owe you ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚.

    Itโ€™s a pretty little thing with an interesting history and a well documented rescue. Happy to report itโ€™s a better quality kit by Dumas after a previous experience with one of theirs. The original 36500 is still about in the states, so plenty of reference available.

    I shall hopefully be starting her in June after the finale on the Shannon and a few essential tasks about the house ๐Ÿ‘
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    1 day ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    My 2 Cents worth ...
    https://www.dumasproducts.com/product/uscg-36500-36-motor-li...
    ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜Ž
    https://www.dumasproducts.com/product/uscg-36500-36-motor-lifeboat-1258/
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    1 day ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Cheers Rob, let the guessing game begin, if the clues are anything to go by, it should be reasonably easy to work out ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
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    2 days ago by robbob ( Admiral)
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    Hi Sy.
    Congratulations on completing another masterpiece ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ˜€.
    Supreme workmanship and finish as always.
    So onto the next project then......and just like everyone else I'm intrigued as to what it will be after considering the 'clues' that you have given us.
    Looking forward to seeing some video of this one and the RHIB too.
    Rob.
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    2 days ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi Stephen, many thanks for joking the party and thank you for your kind comets.

    Kind regards Sy
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    2 days ago by stevedownunder ( Midshipman)
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    Absolutely stunning Sy,

    Fantastic boat and crew member, looks like 4 hours well spent in my opinion.

    Cheers,
    Stephen.
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    2 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    In Chile and Brazil as well Sy ๐Ÿ‘
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    2 days ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Cheers Mike, sea trials soon! As for getting back to wood, indeed poetic licence and the chance to make those little things๐Ÿ‘

    Kind regards Sy
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    2 days ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    JB, that business of the water going down the plug the other way in the Southern Hemisphere is myth, when I was in Australia in went the same way ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
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    2 days ago by mturpin013 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi Sy what a great finish, it is surly one of the smartest models on the site, we are all looking forward to sea trials.
    Your next project is to be wood - welcome back to real creative modelling and a bit of poetic licence.๐Ÿ˜
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    3 days ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    I think it's mainly the Northern hemisphere which likes mode 2 Sy, cos you guys are upside down to us, ๐Ÿ˜‚ water runs a different way down the plug hole down here๐Ÿ˜

    JB
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    3 days ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Indeed JB, train on one mode, try and switch to another mode, thinking throttle is elevator and vice versa, result, model re-kitted! I think mode 2 is the norm in Uk?

    Hopefully not too long before I can get done video of this Shannon and the 21

    Kind regards Sy
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    3 days ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Extra nice job Sy, will be looking forward to the vid now you're allowed out. Interested to see how the RIB goes as well. I see you're a cack hander (mode 2)๐Ÿ˜‚lol. We're mostly mode 1 down here,- hard to train someone on planes when they've started on mode 2 ( probably the same in reverse) can get hairy๐Ÿ˜ฎ

    JB
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    3 days ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Cheers Bill, must admit, very pleased with it, itโ€™s taken goodness only knows how many hours!

    As for the next model, happy to say back to wood and plenty of scope for added detailing, thing USCG?
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    3 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Morning Sy.
    Yet another model to exhibition and display standards.
    First class work in all areas.
    Regards Bill.

    PS.....And the next project will be???
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    3 days ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi Doug, my lady crew member had been out on the โ€œlashโ€ the night before and hadnโ€™t removed her eye shadow before a shout! ๐Ÿ˜‚

    As for throttle left stick and steering right, donโ€™t forget I come from a RC Aircraft background, so it would have been throttle left, aileron/elevator right in mode 2, just going with what Iโ€™m used too.

    As for a biergarten next to your lake, you lucky sod, all weโ€™ve got is a ice cream van on a nice day and he doesnโ€™t even do whippy ice cream, itโ€™s that horrible scoop stuff ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

    Kind regards. Sy
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    3 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Exquisite work Sy ๐Ÿ‘
    But we don't expect anything less from you now ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Ref your Controls;
    I still wonder why folks waste an RC channel to switch the radar!?
    No self respecting skipper would leave harbour without ensuring that his radar is fully operational before he orders 'Let go forrard, let go aft'.
    And no way would he switch it off before he is safely tied up back in harbour again.
    I 'switch' on the radar in my destroyer simply by inserting the 1.5V alkaline cell before launching.๐Ÿ˜‰
    Rudder and throttle: Why on two sticks?
    I set up all my ships for throttle and rudder both on the right stick.
    Then I only need one thumb for navigating.
    Leaving the left hand free for special function switches etc,
    or the Bierkrug or wine glass๐Ÿ˜‹ - I sail on the lake right next to the Biergarten in the Ostpark here in Munich ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‹
    For 'hands free' cruising I use the Trim switches to set cruising speed and rudder for a circular patrol.
    Looking forward to your sea trials.
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    PS I think your lady crew member needs a finer eyeshadow pencil.
    Or did she try to apply her eyeshadow whilst underway? ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
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    3 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    "That way your crew could be put on ether boat."
    That'll be one sleepy crew Martin ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ™Š๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿ’ค๐Ÿ’ค๐Ÿ’ค
    "I see this member of the crew is female (Blue eyeshadow)."
    Not to mention the 'bumps' in the rescue suit Martin!
    ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜Ž
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    3 days ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    The fact that they are RNLI and not US Coast Guard should be clue enough Martin ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
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    3 days ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    SY,
    Sooo ! you won't be able to interchange this crew as they have RNLI on their clothing.

    Martin555.
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    3 days ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi Martin, I donโ€™t want to say too much bout my next build yet as I would rather finish this, have a Few days off to do stuff around the house before I start the next build. Suffice to say, the next build is a lifeboat, but not one of ours?

    However your idea of fitting magnets may well be a good idea! Iโ€™ve got some rare earth neodymium magnets somewhere, Iโ€™ll see what I can do!

    Kind regards Sy
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    3 days ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Sy,
    Firstly i must say you workmanship and skills always amazes me.

    I see this member of the crew is female (Blue eyeshadow).

    You say these figures are no longer available.
    So the crew member you squirrelled away could have the rest of the crew join him/her.

    Have you thought about drilling the crews feet and fitting small magnets or steel cut off from nail's, and placing magnets under the deck were you want the crew to stand/sit.

    That way your crew could be put on ether boat.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Almost there....
    12 days ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    All that remains now is to complete the railings on the stanchions and the crew. Completed the stern railings, a job I didnโ€™t enjoy and hope never to repeat! Itโ€™s not perfect, but acceptable. Also finished are the lifebuoys and beacons, along with finishing the anchor weathering and straps.

    Final jobs include the crew, finish the lighting wiring, finish radio setup and ballast as required....

    Oh, and promoted to โ€œRear Admiral โ€œ too, is that a high rank? Iโ€™m ex army and made SSgt, so thinking itโ€™s better than that ha ha
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    12 days ago by mturpin013 ( Rear Admiral)
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    No build is ever perfect Sy, but you have made an exceptional boat you should be proud of, we need builders who can inspire new-comer's to the hobby and as Rear Admiral you fall into that category, great job๐Ÿ‘
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    12 days ago by Newby7 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Congrats Admiral .
    Rick
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    12 days ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Ha ha, cheers Martyn, sadly I donโ€™t think it comes with pay, pension or @ny other benefits ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
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    12 days ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Congratulations on your promotion Rear Admiral Sy.
    Extremely well deserved.

    Martin555.
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    12 days ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Thank you all very much for your kind comments, I just wish my long suffering wife felt the same!
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    12 days ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Sy,
    I can only agree with the other guys.
    Awesome work.

    Martin555.
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    12 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Sy.
    Words fail.
    First class workmanship and top quality work.
    You should be very proud of all you do.
    Regards Bill.
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    12 days ago by Colin H ( Vice Admiral)
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    Sy, your amazing models are some of the very best quality and finish.
    Your idea of acceptable is better than most of us normal people can achieve.
    Keep it it up shipmate, I may get there one day before I die.
    Cheers Colin.
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    12 days ago by Newby7 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi Sy your acceptable would make me feel good.Another great looking boat.
    Rick
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    ๐Ÿ“ The end is in sight.....
    14 days ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Quite a bit done over the last few days, and my wifeโ€™s summer house is also finished, so happy wife, happy life ๐Ÿ˜‚

    I spent a whole day shaping, bending, soldering, and filing the stern rail and only got it half finished, I shall finish that off Tuesday I promise!

    The life rings were somewhat easier, just requiring the resin parts cleaning, priming then a couple of light coats of brilliant orange before giving them a acrylic wash of orange/red to darken them as per the real thing. Finished off with some strips of silver trim tape and paracord they are ready to go on when the railing is finished.

    Other jobs have included seeing the fendering competed. Also made was the mounting bracket for the anchor made from plasticard as not supplied in the kit. The strap with made from a sliver of ultrathin plasticard and crimped with pliers before painting and giving it a brown wash.

    Iโ€™ve now made a start on adding the railing wire and turnbuckles. The turnbuckles were supplied as cast brass parts and really would be very difficult to model from scratch. However the supplied turnbuckles are short in qty and Iโ€™ve contacted the seller for extras as need another 10 pieces to complete!

    As far as the model is concerned, all thatโ€™s left to do is finish the railings, bond the cabin to the deck, a couple of odd small items to paint and add, add ballast as required and finish sorting the electrics. Oh, and there is the matter of painting 5 crew figures...........!
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    13 days ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi Rob, by the time I post my next update, possibly today, at latest tomorrow, the boat will be finished less one side of the railings. I was short changed in the prototype kit, but the seller has sent some more cast brass turnbuckles, hopefully here the next couple of days. Then itโ€™s onwards with the figures!

    As for a next project? RC wise Iโ€™ve nothing lined up. Iโ€™m still awaiting delivery of the MS Loyal Fleet tender kit from France, no idea when that will arrive. Iโ€™ve also got a couple of Occre display ships in the cupboard, one of those could be next, alternatively Iโ€™ve been eyeing up the Dumas Motor Lifeboat USCG 36500 kit for quite a while, may push the buy now button on that?

    What about you, anything planed? Kind regards Sy
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    13 days ago by robbob ( Admiral)
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    Hi Sy.
    Just loving your work ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‘
    The detail is quite amazing and Im looking forward to seeing the finished crew figures.
    Congratulations on another marvellous build...so what's next I wonder?
    Rob.
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    14 days ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Shouldnโ€™t be too long JB, all down to detailing now and the figures, electrics and final touch ups!

    Kind regards Sy
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    14 days ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Top stuff Sy, your detailing is brilliant๐Ÿ‘ Hope we'll get to see a vid of the sea trials soon, now you are all allowed out to play๐Ÿ˜.


    JB
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    14 days ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Thank you for your kind comments Gary, glad your enjoying it.

    Thankfully (or not!๐Ÿ˜‚) Iโ€™ve got a few Shannon crew members on another forum following my build who keep sending me pictures of other things I can add. This is weโ€™re I get to add a few scratch built details not in the kit and really bring this model to life.

    Kind regards Simon
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    14 days ago by GaryLC ( Warrant Officer)
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    Absolutely love it, it is all the fine and intricate detail that makes all the difference in the world.
    A great-looking boat, well done. Regards,Gary.
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    Indeed Martyn, all the wiring will duct along the underside of the roof and down the back wall out of sight, out of mind. Still got to wire in the switching unit for lights and radar.

    Cheers for now, Sy
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    Many thanks Rick ๐Ÿ‘Œ
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    14 days ago by Newby7 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Love the work you do. Adds so much to the builds .
    Rick
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    14 days ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Fantastic work again Sy,
    Your attention to detail is excellent.
    I assume when you said finishing the electrics you are going to hide the small white cables to the two searchlights on top of the bridge.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Once again the devils in the detail...
    21 days ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    So, it may not look like a lot has been done, but trust me, what you see is another 25 hours of progress!

    I decided to leave the crew figures alone until the bank holiday break and concentrate on getting the deck progressed.

    After many hours of masking all the areas not getting a coat of texture paint, the textured paint was applied with 2 light coats. once fully hardened overnight, the masking tape was removed before giving the whole deck another coat of primer to seal the texture and then hit with Tamiya German tank grey for the final deck colour. once that was dry i gave the whole deck a couple of coats of matt lacquer. On some full size Shannons, there seems to be a lighter grey on the deck on all the areas not treated with grip paint, but i decided against this keeping things simple and not trusting my masking to give me a reas of bleed that would require hours of swearing and cursing!

    Onwards with starting to fit the deck fittings, most of which had been prepared and painted weeks ago. There are still quite a few details to add to the deck which include the remaining bumper strips, fore and aft railings (looking forward to making them from 2.5mm brass rod-Not!), grab lines, towing bits, anchor ect, hopefully crack the back of them at the next session before finally glueing the cabin to the deck. Not seen in the pictures is the rudder sealing strip I have applied to the top lip of the hull to hopefully give me a water tight seal when the deck is bolted down, we shall see!
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    16 days ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Indeed Mike, the detail looks great after all the masking, but not something I wish to repeat soon ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
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    All that time spent masking and then its all over, as the spraying takes such a short time compared with the masking, but its worth it for that finishing detail
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    19 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    I get one once in a while Sy. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    If I try really really hard!๐Ÿค•๐Ÿ˜
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    19 days ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Now thereโ€™s a thought Doug ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ‘Œ
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    19 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    I'm sure you can find room for a Barnacle or two Sy ๐Ÿ˜‰
    A shark tooth stuck in the transom perhaps ๐Ÿ˜
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    21 days ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Cheers Doug, the โ€œOrcaโ€ is special I must admit. I was watching Jaws the other day to see if I could add anything else!
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    Cheers Rick ๐Ÿ‘
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    21 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    "and not trusting my masking to give me a areas of bleed that would require hours of swearing and cursing!"
    Hi Simon,
    I used to have that problem when I still used 'normal' crepe masking tape.
    Since I switched to the (admittedly more expensive, but wodja get for sixpence these days?๐Ÿ™„) Tamiya masking tape no more creep. No more agro ๐Ÿ˜€
    Of course a textured surface does complicate the issue!
    Nevertheless, great result Si, as expected ๐Ÿ‘ (Still prefer your Orca though ๐Ÿ˜)
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
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    21 days ago by Newby7 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Sy ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘Can only say WOW. you do great work.
    Rick
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    Cheers Martin, certainly likely to be a keeper!
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    21 days ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Sy,
    Well worth all the time spent masking up.
    She is looking great.

    Martin555.
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    28 days ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    In between doing the work on the deck shown in my previous post, Iโ€™ve made a start on the first of the figures.

    Made of resin, they are quite superb and deserve the best painting I can muster! First thing was to clean any flash, wash and then prime in white.

    I tend to use citadel paints for figures from Games Workshop, simply because I used to paint gaming figures, am used to working with them and they have strong colour properties. The choice of colours available is vast like most model paint companies, but if you stick to a fairly basic pallet of about 30 colours, most other shades can be mixed from them. Another great investment was a wet pallet, something Iโ€™ve never had until recently, but put paint on it, they last for days and can be mixed on it instead of a plate which drys too quickly. Also worth having are contrast washes for shadows ect.

    Once the primer was dry, the hole figure got a wash with an orange/yellow pigment then dry brushed in yellow adding a cream white for highlights.

    I made a start on picking out the black detail and started the skin tones, a long way to go before the figure is finished......
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    28 days ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    I think the figures will bring the Shannon to life Bill, thatโ€™s the plan anyway!
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    28 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Sy.
    As always your attention to detail is beyond reproach.
    Keep up the good work.
    Bill
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    Sy steady hand and a good eyes. Excellent work.
    Rick
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    Today has seen the start of preparing the deck for primer and paint........

    First thing was to ensure a good fit on the hull, followed by a gentle sanding with 600 grit to act as a key for the paint then the whole thing was washed in warm soapy water to remove any grease ect and left to dry in the sun.

    This was followed by 2 coats of Halfords grey primer and later in the day a couple of coats of humbrol light grey. All areas that are to have the anti slip texture paint applied will eventually be a darker grey, but this will be after a horrendous amount of masking on the areas to be left light grey.

    I shall move onto that stage Tuesday and Wednesday, meanwhile, Iโ€™ve been working on the first crew figure!
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    There in lies my surprise Martin! The cabin will be bonded to the deck, then the deck will clamp fore and aft to the hull with a seal in between. All will be revealed ๐Ÿ‘

    Kind regards Sy
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    28 days ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Sy,
    I was surprised to see the deck was not glued to the hull.

    Martin555.
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    So.....

    In-between painting my good ladyโ€™s summer house whilst dodging showers and watching my beloved West Ham United give me close to another heart attack after being 3-0 up for the third time in the bounce and neatly throwing it away, Iโ€™ve managed to get the remaining parts painted and added to the cabin.

    The only thing left to do is add a 1mm carbon rod upper section to one of the longer antennas as Iโ€™ve run out, but more on the way. There was no mounting bracket for the search light in the kit (although looking at various Shannonโ€™s, they arenโ€™t always fitted?) so I made one from bits of plasticard and tube, youโ€™d never know!

    Also not supplied are the locking levers for the upper gantry which allows the gantry to be lowered when in a boathouse (slipway launched), again made from plasticard and painted red before fitting. Try as I might, I cannot find anything else to add to the wheelhouse/cabin having looked at the official RNLI plans and photos hundreds of times, so thatโ€™s it, wheelhouse done less the antenna and finishing the light wiring...

    Next, onwards with the deck and all the associated parts for that.
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    19 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Please yourself Sy! ๐Ÿ™„
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    Thank you very much for the compliment, I aim to please ๐Ÿ‘Œ
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    19 days ago by Lordgord ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Looking at these photos I wonder at the talent and patience of the builder.
    Wonderful model.
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    1 month ago by AustinG ( Leading Seaman)
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    Hi Doug,
    Many thanks started it a few min ago.
    Austin
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    Hi Austin,
    That was a 'joint' Post from Martin and me, Doug!
    (I took the liberty of editing it ๐Ÿ˜)
    I didn't take the photo, I found it in Wiki.
    It was taken in Tobermory, Ontario.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CCGS_Thunder_Cape
    Info on the class-
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cape-class_motor_lifeboat
    Haven't noticed your new Blog yet.
    When you start it Martin and I will shift this stuff over to it from Simon's Blog ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CCGS_Thunder_Cape
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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cape-class_motor_lifeboat
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    1 month ago by AustinG ( Leading Seaman)
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    hi Sy,
    I'm fairly new to building and this is first time have considered installing lights. Beside the normal nav lights red and green mounted on cabin top this boat has the following 1 anchor light, 2 amber towing lights, 1 stern light located on mast plus 1 blue light 2 spot lights 1 searchlight, 2 deck lights on base of mast which mounted on gantry above cabin. Sorry to be long winded but unable to find any real information on web re where to start.
    This is the one used by USA and Canadian Coast Guard, my model is based on Thunder Cape located in Ontario.
    All suggestions welcomed.

    Austin
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    Hi Austin, ask away on lighting advise, if I donโ€™t have the answer there are certainly friends of mine on here who will.

    Kind regards Sy
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    I agree Doug, Orca is still my fave too, especially as she was virtually scratch built. Defo a keeper!

    Kind regards Sy
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    Cheers JB, shouldnโ€™t be too long now before she gets her feet wet!

    Kind regards Sy
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    Excellent job Sy, looking forward to the sea trials (first rescue job) You certainly have a way with the fiddly bits๐Ÿ˜

    JB
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    Yet another Gobsmacker Sy ๐Ÿ˜ฎ ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‘
    My favourite is still 'Orca' though!
    She was (still is I hope) SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPIALIDOCIOUS ๐Ÿ˜‰
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    Fantastic work, real professional. I,m building a MLB 47 life boat and would appreciate information regarding installation of lights.

    Austing
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    I try mouldbuilder, if I can inspire others, thatโ€™ll do ๐Ÿ˜‚
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    Cheers for the compliment Rick ๐Ÿ˜‚
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    Great job Sy .Are you sure your not working for a boat museum.
    Rick
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    1 month ago by MouldBuilder ( Commodore)
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    Stunning. You have once again done a fabulous job Sy. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
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    1 month ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Very nice indeed Sy,

    Martin555.
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    1 month ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Just so that you didnโ€™t think Iโ€™d disappeared off the face of the earth, I thought Iโ€™d better do a little update. Last Easter weekend was mostly spent in the garden building the wifeโ€™s summer house, this weekend Iโ€™ve been excused garden chores!

    Iโ€™ve now just about finished the radar gantry and all the wiring now disappears into the cabin for sorting onto the switch later. Iโ€™ve decided that all lights and radar will be operated on a single switch just so that I could hide all the wiring connections inside the gantry head and then having a single wire coming down each arm into the cabin. In an ideal world I would have control over each component individually but that would have resulted in a mess of wires tracking down the arms and at this scale that would have wound me up!

    The remaining jobs to see the cabin complete is adding the remaining 4 antenna, a few dummy mast lights and the search light, followed by any corrections and paint touch ups. Following that I can then get on with the deck painting and components and rapidly heading to a completed model, a month or so of work to do I reckon?

    The crew figures arrived today. They are an accurate set of modern RNLI crew cast in resin, but very light considering. The detail is superb and I plan to employ techniques painting them similar to how I used to paint military and war gaming figures. They were not cheap, but I feel money well spent and will set the finished boat of nicely. The only modification I plan on carrying out is the alter the arm position on the coxswain so that he will have control of the helm on the flying bridge.....
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    1 month ago by Rookysailor ( Commodore)
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    I'm also looking forward to you starting the build on the Fleet Tender sy, as I have had one for some time now, and still in the box, bought it from Adrian Clutterbuck, who used to run 'Adrians Figures' now owned my 'Mountfleet', ๐Ÿ˜Š
    btw, your attention to detail is amazing, just wish I could see it in the flesh, so to speak.
    Cheers, Pete
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    That would certainly be my first choice too Martin, hopefully it will arrive soon!
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    1 month ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Sy,
    I must admit i personally would like to see you make the Fleet Tender.

    I think you will also like to make it as i think you will do a lot of weathering and make it look like the real thing and going by your previous builds it will be museum quality.

    Martin555.
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    Hi Rob, Iโ€™ve 2 options after this. Whenever it arrives, Iโ€™ve managed to source an unstarted Model Slipway Loyal Class fleet tender which is currently in France awaiting the owner jumping on a ferry and heading back to the U.K. when COVID allows. Otherwise, Iโ€™ve got a Aerokits Sea Commander cabin cruiser which I got off fleabay for ยฃ60, although itโ€™s not here yet. Hard to tell from the pictures when I bought it, but itโ€™s very old and Iโ€™m hoping the ply hasnโ€™t delaminated ect, time will tell.

    Or, Iโ€™ve a couple of Ocree display only ships I could start, but might not be too much interest on here. Time will tell whatโ€™s next.....

    Kind regards Sy
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    Hi Sy.

    "What about you, have you a next project lined up?"

    I'd love to tell you all but until the prototype is in my hands I'll have to keep it a secret.

    Besides my own 'SWMBO' is taking advantage of the lull in my model making to catch up with mundane DIY and stuff ๐Ÿ˜‹
    Rob.
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    Hi Martin, yes your right, I do miss making bits although Iโ€™ve had to make a few bits on this as Iโ€™ve gone along. But she still been an enjoyable build and the most scale like boat Iโ€™ve built to date, albeit it at a cost in wonga!

    Cheers for now, Sy
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    1 month ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Sy,

    Awesome.
    I know it is a kit but when you work your magic on it it starts to look like the real thing.
    Your model making skills put mine to shame.

    I bet you still miss making all the fittings yourself instead of cleaning and fitting kit parts.

    Keep working your Magic.

    Martin555.
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    1 month ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Trouble is Rob, โ€œshe who must be obeyedโ€ wants man things done in the garden, so itโ€™s finding that fine line! Plus, Iโ€™ve nothing else lined up for after this build as the MS kit Iโ€™ve got promised is still in France waiting to come across the channel when people are allowed to travel again.

    What about you, have you a next project lined up?

    Kind regards Sy
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    1 month ago by robbob ( Admiral)
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    More excellent progress Sy ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‘.

    "a month or so of work to do I reckon?"

    I reckon that at your work rate you'll have it finished much quicker than that ๐Ÿ˜‰!.

    Rob.
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    2 months ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Thought Iโ€™d better do an update just in case you were thinking Iโ€™d given up ๐Ÿ˜‚.

    In between shifts at work and being dispatched into the garden, Iโ€™ve found the time to hook up most of the control surfaces to their respective servos. No issues with the steering nozzles and the reverse thruster buckets, they hooked up and were easily set up for travel, direction, exponential (steering only) in my Spektrum DX8 transmitter. Iโ€™ve set the buckets up onto a 2 way switch meaning that they are either up or down.

    The issue Iโ€™ve come up against and itโ€™s quite a biggie is the trim tabs? I hooked them up via a Y-lead to go into Aux 3 on rx/tx to be on a rotary switch giving me good control over their position. However, the trim tabs only need about 15% of the servos travel to give full deflection up and down which I set up in the transmitter using end point adjustment. The issue though is when you switch the transmitter on followed by the receiver, the trim tab servo arm goes through a quick full travel movement in both directions whist it is binding. If I was to leave it like this, something will break as the trim tabs have limited deflection, either they will break, or the servo pushrod will bend, servo horn break or worst still, the servo will give! If anyone has any solutions to this drama, Iโ€™m all ears!

    Onto easier things, Iโ€™ve spent the last 3 days on and off in between chores building the radar gantry which was mostly kit supplied resin parts with a bit of brass tube and carbon rod.

    I eventually used a radar motor the same as Rob used on his Pilot boat, it just meant hollowing out the radars motor box to contain it and the base of the motor is hidden in the gantry.

    The blue flashing light is the best I could find and works well on 4-6v. The blue lens is a little tall for scale as on the Shannon itโ€™s quite a stumpy one, but mine will do.

    Iโ€™ve still to make the Nav light boxes and the red and green grain of wheat bulbs Iโ€™ve got arenโ€™t very bright on 6v, again if anyone knows of brighter ones for 6v, please let me know before I fit them.

    The photo showing the gantry on top of the wheelhouse isnโ€™t the final result as you can see i5 looks a little wonky. Once Iโ€™ve finished installing all the lights and figure a way of getting the wiring down the arms neatly and inside the wheel house, then I will final fit the gantry.

    Thatโ€™s it now until the Easter weekend, gotta work for the next 4 days ๐Ÿคฌ๐Ÿคฌ๐Ÿคฌ
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    2 months ago by Rookysailor ( Commodore)
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    Glad to hear you have ordered a servomorph Sy, if I had though better, I could have sent you one to try first, as I always have a couple in stock, but I am sure it will fix your problem with the trim tabs.๐Ÿ˜Š

    Cheers, Pete
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    2 months ago by robbob ( Admiral)
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    Hi Sy.
    I did find that as the internal gearing is only a push fit on the shaft you can move it to some degree to lengthen the shaft by pushing the shaft upwards through the gearbox housing. That might give you a bit more shaft to fix the scanner onto.
    Do that with caution though !
    I fixed my scanner with a grub screw fixing but I did incorporate that when scratchbuilding it.
    Rob.
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    2 months ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi Pete, I have ordered a servomorph today hoping this will cure my problem with over servo travel on boot up. Iโ€™ve tried the servos on other switches and itโ€™s still happening, we shall see after it arrives ๐Ÿ‘
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    Hi Rob, it was a squeeze, but carefully hollowing with the dremel was sufficient to get 3/4 of the gearbox inside the housing and the remaining 1/4 sits inside the gantry, so all hidden nicely. My only concern is the output spindle is very short with only about 3mm going into the radar. I put a piece of slightly pressed brass tube inside the radar and this is a reasonably tight fit onto the spindle, but still at risk of coming off and falling into the deep blue yonder!

    Wee shall see ha ha. Kind regards Sy
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    2 months ago by robbob ( Admiral)
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    Hi Sy.
    Looking very good ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
    Was the radar motor and gearbox a bit of a squeeze to get into the radar housing?
    Rob.
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    Hi Pete, that servo morph maybe the solution? Iโ€™m going to try another switch first before I splash out on the gadget, but Iโ€™ll get one if I canโ€™t solve it in the tx.

    Kind regards simon
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    Cheers pete, must admit she is starting to look the part now, it was certainly daunting at the beginning!

    Kind regards. Sy
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    Hi Rowan, many thanks for your suggestion, Iโ€™ll have to look into the spring idea.

    Kind regards Sy
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    2 months ago by Rookysailor ( Commodore)
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    Have had a similar problem myself Sy, had a servo on a warship turret, that used to swing past the stop on power up, I tried a servomorph from Action Electronics, which narrows the servo movement on power up, works fine, have left a link for you.
    btw, loving the build๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
    Cheers, Pete

    https://www.componentshop.co.uk/p96-servomorph.html
    https://www.componentshop.co.uk/p96-servomorph.html
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    2 months ago by RHBaker ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Note there are some suggestions to fix this electronically. Am sure they will work.
    As a simple Mechanical Engineer, could you use a couple of small springs in the linkage to protect the tabs?
    Very interesting build and enjoying reading about it.
    Rowen
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    2 months ago by MouldBuilder ( Commodore)
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    Good Grief Sy. I thought I had only been away for a couple of weeks. You have been making stunning progress on this model. It is looking fantastic. Great workmanship as usual.
    Peter.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
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    Still a way to go mike, all the deck details ect, I reckon late April to early may before finished. Must admit though, the remaining kit parts are a lot less than when I started!

    Kind regards. Sy
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    Its getting near to launch time, I hope we'll see some video's
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    Many thanks for your input Graham. What I might do is try moving the channel over to either a spare 2 or 3 way switch to see if that sorts it. Iโ€™m not going to be messing about with it until next weekend, so others may contribute ideas too.

    Kind regards simon
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    2 months ago by Graham93 ( Commodore)
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    Hi Sy,

    Iโ€™m not familiar with the Spektrum but I wonder if the issue is being caused by your having to adjust the endpoints so far down to give the required travel. If you have the endpoints set to give the normal (full) travel, does Aux 3 still cycle end to end during switch on?

    If there is no other way to fix it, a bit of electronics fitted between the Rx and the trim servo could interrupt the signal for a few seconds while everything settles down before connecting the servo to the Rx. ( A simple switch could achieve the same, but you would have the risk of forgetting to set it with dire consequences!)

    Graham93
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    2 months ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    A bit more work achieved around chores about the house!

    Finished making the upper wheelhouse windscreen which I really the last bits to be fitted less the radar gantry and all the antennas, safer to leave those off until the end games as Iโ€™m sure Iโ€™d end up breAking something if I build, paint and fit them now!

    Next job was to fit the white waterline, something Iโ€™d been putting off for weeks! Someone on a Facebook forum suggested I tried the BECC trimline, which I duly did. Itโ€™s possibly the best stuff Iโ€™ve used and goes into the corners a lot better than other tapes Iโ€™ve used in the past! I left it overnight thinking that may help adhesion and then over the last couple of days have applied 2 coats of gloss lacquer over the whole hull, followed by a coat of Matt lacquer below the waterline, itโ€™s come out very pleasing to the eye.

    I left this overnight to set and today started fitting all the transom goodies which included the jetdrive nozzle, reverse buckets, trim tabs ect. 20 tiny nuts and bolts later, some of the bolts having to go on in awkward places, all was fitted to the transom. Hopefully not an issue that I will regret later, but Iโ€™ve sealed up all the bolt heads on the inside with epoxy to ensure no water creeps in, letโ€™s hope I never have to remove those parts!

    There is still quite a bit of work to do hooking up all the control surfaces to the servos, but thatโ€™s a job for another day.

    The only issue Iโ€™ve come up against and itโ€™s an annoying one is because Ive fitted the Oceanworks drives which are slightly bigger than the kit ones, Iโ€™ve now not got enough room to fit the resin bilges. If I was to fit them in the little space were they should go they would look terrible. At this point I may have to leave them off......๐Ÿคฌ๐Ÿคฌ๐Ÿคฌ๐Ÿคฌ
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    2 months ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Many thanks for the links JBKiwi ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ
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    2 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Sy, the way they are sitting on the full sized boat in your pic, is probably neutral (half forward half reverse) boat stays still with motor running and can move laterally L&R on the spot -full up for forward, full down for reverse (plus manoeuvering.)๐Ÿ‘ Jets usually run all the time and the bucket is the proportional/ directional movement regulator, (if that makes sense)๐Ÿ˜ With twin jets, the boat can even be made to move sideways for docking. A few vids for a better idea.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCHvod7E_gc

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aojMoSDQe1A

    JB
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    How a Hamilton Waterjet works
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    2 months ago by billmcl61 ( Warrant Officer)
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    They're also known as back draught dampers, because the exhaust ports are so low they just prevent water entering the engines and exhaust pipes when they're not running or just ticking over, the pressure from the exhaust gases will push open the flaps automatically.

    Bill
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    2 months ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    I could make smaller ones Doug, but if they look silly Iโ€™ll scrap em! Iโ€™ll find out what they are and come back to you on it ๐Ÿ‘
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    2 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hmmm!
    I C your problem Sy ๐Ÿค”
    Well, you'll just have to set to and make two smaller ones won'cha! ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Ask your crewman friend what they are. I'm curious too!
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    2 months ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi Doug,

    I mean those exhaust flappy metal things that all lifeboats have, perhaps part of the engine cooling? There are the 2 silver round objects in the picture on their own.

    Kind regards Sy
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    2 months ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Dougs correct mike, the reverse thruster buckets stow above the outlet nozzles in use, they are hanging like limp ##### because they havenโ€™t been connected to the servos

    kind regards Sy
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    2 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Sickeningly ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜‰ brilliant work Sy, exquisite detailing ๐Ÿ‘
    Don't quite get that with the 'bilges' though ๐Ÿค”
    Bilges are inside at the bottom of the hull.
    Do you mean bilge keels perchance?
    If so, surely they are fitted midships along the outside of the hull, maybe ca half the LoA long.
    So how does fitting larger jets inhibit that?
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
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    2 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    I don't think Sy's hooked 'em up yet Mike. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    When connected to the servos I guess the stowed position is above the jets.
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
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    2 months ago by mturpin013 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi Sy looking great. A question in pics 5 & 6 it shows the cowls below the jet outlets is that the "going forward" position? if so doesn't it cause drag?
    However do the cowls sit above the jet outlets when going forward? and lower to reverse?
    Sorry if this is a stupid question
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