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    Speedline Models RNLI Shannon Class Lifeboat 1:16 scale
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    ๐Ÿ“ Painting and detailing the wheelhouse...
    4 days ago by Skydive130 ( Commodore)
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    3 days of work has seen the wheelhouse primed, based painted with the airbrush followed by 2 coats of Halfords VW orange for the final paint finish prior to lacquer inch. The reason why I hit the cabin with the airbrush was to get a thin layer of orange paint into the many nooks and crannies before the main coats. This way you get a good finish without trying to get rattle can paint into the creases and folds ect causing detail loss with the thicker paint. Happily itโ€™s come out well.

    Iโ€™ve added most of the decals and at this point hit the wheelhouse with gloss lacquer before starting to add the many details that Iโ€™ve already made or still need to make, believe me there is a heap more detailing parts to come, especially on the flying bridge ect!

    There is probably another week to ten days work on the wheelhouse to come......
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    3 days ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    Ahh...OK, thanks for the explanation, I've never airbrushed anything so the process is very much a mystery to me.
    Rob.
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    3 days ago by Skydive130 ( Commodore)
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    Hi Rob, I use Vallejo or Tamiya airbrush acrylics through my airbrush. The orange is slightly darker than the Halfords vw orange, but once the spray overcoats go on you cannot see the airbrushed orange.

    I reckon putting rattle can paint through the airbrush would end in disaster!

    Sy
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    3 days ago by Skydive130 ( Commodore)
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    Many thanks Peter, although it will slow down a little as Iโ€™ve got to work 5 out of the next 8 days ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฌ๐Ÿคฌ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
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    3 days ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi easy.
    Very nice finish๐Ÿ‘.
    Are you decanting the paint from the rattle can to do the airbrushing?. What's the process?
    Rob.
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    3 days ago by mturpin013 ( Commodore)
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    Hi Sy that's a great tip about using the air brush for the hard to get to places, I have just sprayed the cabin on my Police boat and suffered exactly that problem, noticeable when removing the masking tape on those tight corners you tend to get a build up of paint.
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    3 days ago by MouldBuilder ( Commodore)
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    How long have I not been paying attention. You really are progressing at a pace Sy. This model is really looking superb. Superb workmanship as usual.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Getting some paint on ....
    7 days ago by Skydive130 ( Commodore)
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    Last couple of days has been a dusty affair! Itโ€™s been mostly sanding, filing weโ€™re required and generally getting the large pieces I.e the hull and wheelhouse ready to prime and start painting.

    Firstly, the hull was primed grey with 2 coats, followed by 3 light build coats of Ford Galaxy Blue for the upper sides of the hull. Having left that for 24 hours, using my cheap eBay laser level mounted to my camera tripod, the waterline was established both sides before masking for the black lower hull. This was duly added with a coat of Matt black, followed by 2 coats of satin black. This will be left for a further 24 hours before I spray paint the silver keel. The whole hull will then get a coat of lacquer before I add the waterline and other decals. Once all the decals and other ancills have been added less the drive nozzles and trim tabs, the hull will get a couple of coats of gloss lacquer above the water line and a Matt coat below.

    Other jobs was to identify what stanchions go weโ€™re on the deck using the pre-marked guides, drilling holes for the feet. The stanchions were then cleaned, prepared, primed and painted and finished with a light wash around the bolt heads before finishing in Matt lacquer.

    Another major dusty task was to identify and prepare the 10 pieces of cast resin that make up the fendering around the lip of the deck. These will be painted off the boat before adding later in the build.

    Last job was to finish cleaning and preparing the wheelhouse, which has now been given 2 coats of white primer in preparation for the VW brilliant orange. Tomorrow I shall give all the nooks and crannies a blast with orange acrylic with the airbrush. Iโ€™ve found in the past that if you go straight in with the Halfords rattle can, you donโ€™t always get the thicker paint into the tighter spaces unless you go really thick. A few light passes with airbrushed orange will then see the rattle can paint go on a lot nice, I hope!....

    Oh, and I painted the wheelhouse door! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Getting some paint on ....
    6 days ago by Skydive130 ( Commodore)
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    Hi Pete, the door was a one piece moulding in resin (hence the quality detailing), the window glass was of course separate glued in after painting with clear canopy glue, the window frames self adhesive vinyl that came with the kit. All the details were hand painted with tamiya acrylic after spraying with VW orange and then lacquered ๐Ÿ‘

    Letโ€™s hope the rest of it turns out like the door lol.

    P.s, the Stormtrooper is a little dusty ha ha
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    6 days ago by Rookysailor ( Commodore)
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    You've done a beautiful job on the inner door Sy, the finish you have got is spot on, and the hinges look so real, did you paint them, or are they metal?

    Cheers, Pete

    btw Hope the stormtrooper has cleaned his boots before getting on the deck!
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Getting some paint on ....
    6 days ago by Skydive130 ( Commodore)
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    True mike, so true ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
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    6 days ago by mturpin013 ( Commodore)
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    I know what you mean about impatience, and painting is the worst thing for this. If only paint was instant dry hard model painting would be a happier place.
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    7 days ago by Skydive130 ( Commodore)
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    You know me Rob, I suffer from impatience, hence why I finished the door less itโ€™s handle, just had to have something orange finished ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ thereโ€™s probably still another 175+ resin parts to prep and paint, so weโ€™ve a way to go!
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    7 days ago by Skydive130 ( Commodore)
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    Cheers Rick, may the force be with you ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
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    7 days ago by Newby7 ( Commodore)
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    Hi Sy Waiting to see Obi wan and Luke.These are not the droids you are looking for.
    You are a master builder. Blows me away the work you do.
    Rick
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    7 days ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Sy.
    Well...if the door is anything to go by the rest of it is going to be fantastic.
    The amount of detail 'moulded-in' to all of the parts is amazing๐Ÿ˜ฎ
    PS. Luv the stormtrooper testing if the paint is dry ๐Ÿ˜‚!!
    Rob.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Preparing hull for paint & finish cutting window openings..
    9 days ago by Skydive130 ( Commodore)
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    Back at it today after a few days at work....

    First job today was using mikes tip, I used a very small washer and pencil to mark the inner perimeter on the remaining window openings in preparation for drilling, filing and sanding. Mike, that tip worked a treat, thank you! A good couple of hours of work saw the remaining window openings all done and having checked with the pre cut green tinted windows that came with the kit, they are a perfect fit!

    Next job was to reverse the servos internal wiring on one of the reverse thruster buckets so that on operation they will both lower and raise in unison. Martin suggested I do a separate โ€œhow toโ€ on the technique and I have done that for those who are interested in the โ€œhow to articlesโ€ section. I could have hooked the servo up to a spare channel on the receiver and mixed it in the transmitters mixing area (flaperons would have worked), but I preferred the option of soldering simply because itโ€™s easier! If you look on the electrics board, you will see Iโ€™ve added a Turnigy servo speed reducer so that when the reverse buckets are operated, they do so slowly instead of at the speed of a startled gazelle and un-scale like. These speed reducers are often used by aircraft flyers for flaps.

    Next I proceeded to insert 2 aluminium flat bars across the hull fore and aft. My thinking is that I am going to use these to secure the deck to the hull by having 3mm bolts in the 2 towing bollards that will tighten onto a glued nut under each bar. This will make it easy to remove the deck for maintainable as the wheel house will be bonded to the deck, meaning no access via the wheelhouse. I have some self adhesive 1.5mm sealing rubber used for double glazing that Iโ€™m going to put around the perimeter lip of the hull hopefully giving me a water tight seal when the deck is bolted on, TBC ๐Ÿ˜‚

    Last job today was to spend some time doing a final sand with wet n dry on the hull, clean it with panel prep to ensure it was dust free and give it 2 coats of grey primer. Hopefully tomorrow Iโ€™ll start getting some colour on the hull!
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    7 days ago by mturpin013 ( Commodore)
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    Hi Sy, I'm really pleased the washer trick worked for you, it saves a lot of time and gives a really accurate marking out for cutting
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    ๐Ÿ“ Continuing the wheel house details...
    13 days ago by Skydive130 ( Commodore)
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    Several hours has of work (why do we call it work, itโ€™s all pleasure in my brain!) has seen not a lot done....

    A couple of hours spent finishing off all the brass wheelhouse railings which have all now been filed, sanded, primed and awaiting their final coats of paint and lacquer.

    I then made a start on cutting the windows out ready to receive their glass once painting has finished. I wanted an even 1mm lip inside the frame as a good purchase point for the window. This lip will be covered once the glass is in as the glass has a black vinyl adhesive frame around the perimeter of the glass. I came up with the idea of attaching a piece of lead pencil to a 0.75mm piece of plastic rod and scribed the inside of the window pain to give a good line to drill, cut and file back too, worked a treat. 2 windows cut, 7 more to go!

    Last job of the day was to tidy up all the internal wiring using some nice eBay self adhesive cable tidies, I think they were about ยฃ4 for 50 inc postage! Once Iโ€™d done that I hooked up all the servos to the transmitter making sure that a switch was assigned for the reverse thruster buckets and a pot switch for the trim tabs, steering nozzles hooked up to aileron stick. I shall need to reverse the polarity on one of the nozzle servos which I will do by re-soldering the internals instead of buying a reversing switch, easy enough to do.

    Thatโ€™s it now until Thursday, have a great week and stay safe ......
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    9 days ago by Ianh ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Guys
    Did you know BA is actually a metric thread!
    Seriously I find BA brass and stainless bolts easier especially with the small her heads. When you switch to metric fine there are several standards
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    10 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    DON'T PANIC Michael!
    Was just pulling your mooring lines ๐Ÿ˜
    Not many BA stockists over here.
    I guess a 1 or 2ย mm washer would do just as well.
    Although I am full of admiration for the guys who can get steam up with their wondrous machines, steam is not something I propose to get into. At least, not beyond my little Put-Put / Pop-Pop steamer ๐Ÿ˜‚
    Mind you, I do have a Hydrogen Engine kit up on the shelf still. Thinks ๐Ÿ’ก
    Keep your good stuff coming๐Ÿ‘
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
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    10 days ago by mturpin013 ( Commodore)
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    Hi Doug I realise that BA is old fashioned but I still use all the BA sizes as I have all the BA taps and dies and Brass nuts, half nuts, bolts and screws with all the range of heads Etc are all available on E Bay, you tend to find that a lot of the model steam engineers use BA as standard.
    http://www.livesteammodels.co.uk/shop/index.php?route=common...
    http://www.livesteammodels.co.uk/shop/index.php?route=common/home
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    http://www.livesteammodels.co.uk/shop/index.php?route=product/category&path=73_75_190
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    11 days ago by Skydive130 ( Commodore)
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    Hi JB, could be an option on my Dx8 tx, Iโ€™ll have a look at the manual, I do have a spare channel on the rx ๐Ÿ‘Œ
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    11 days ago by jbkiwi ( Admiral)
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    Hi Sy, can't you plug the offending servo into another channel, reverse it and link it to the servo in the other channel, using the radio if it has that capability? As you would do for flapperons.

    JB
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    11 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    "a small BA washer is about right."
    Awesome tip indeed Mike,
    but where the whojamawhatsit am I gonna find a small BA washer in Germany?๐Ÿ˜ญ
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    11 days ago by Skydive130 ( Commodore)
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    Awesome tip mike, even better, Iโ€™ll try that Thursday on the other 7 windows ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
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    11 days ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Excellent Tip Mike.

    Martin555.
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    11 days ago by mturpin013 ( Commodore)
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    Hi Sy another tip for inscribing a line around a window opening, I use a small washer and run it round the frame with a pencil in the hole, it will scribe a line inboard of the window frame by the difference between the o/d and i/d of the washer.
    Give it a go it would work a treat on those window frames, a small BA washer is about right.
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    12 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Simon,
    Sorry to read that scribing the windows gave you a pain๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿค•
    but the result was worth it!๐Ÿ‘
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    13 days ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Sy,
    That will be great, and i am sure it will benefit many members and help the new guys as well.
    I too have modified servos in this way but have not had to mod one for some time.

    Thank you.

    Martin555.
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    13 days ago by Skydive130 ( Commodore)
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    Hi Martin, more than happy to do a โ€œhow toโ€ on the servo reversing, itโ€™s very easy, I learnt off YouTube lol. However, I shall explain in pictures and text Thursday or Friday ๐Ÿ‘
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    13 days ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Sy,

    The window frames are looking good.

    When you do your servo reversing modifications will you be making a separate entry on your blog just covering the servo work, or maybe you would consider doing an article for the 'How-To' section.

    Martin555.
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    13 days ago by Skydive130 ( Commodore)
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    Their excellent Rob, really stick well and cheap as chips!
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    13 days ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    A very neat installation Sy.
    I've used a lot of those little ali cable clips in my time, just perfect for the job ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
    Rob.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Adding the wheelhouse details....
    14 days ago by Skydive130 ( Commodore)
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    First day back at it after a few shifts at work, gotta earn those pennies to fund this hobby!

    Today has been productive in that Iโ€™ve managed to cut out all the holes ready to install the various side bins the are on the wheelhouse. These include a port and starboard fuel filler box, fire fighting housing, fore life-raft housing and the radiator intake vent hole aft on the starboard side. Once all the holes had been cut using the dremel, they were tidied up with various files and then each resin part was tack glued with CA before adding epoxy on the inside. Once set, any gaps was addressed with P38 filler and sanded back once set.

    Iโ€™ve also spent some time measuring all the fixing points for the various grab rails that are fitted to the wheelhouse. A few weeks ago, I emailed the RNLI asking if they had had a set of plans for the Shannon, within minutes I was sent a full set of PDF files showing all the views of the boat, top, sides, 3D view and they show every detail of every part fitted, simply superb. I was able to get the required scale up increase from a member on a Facebook Shannon model group and he put me in touch with a printer in Yorkshire who could print all 3 sheets for ยฃ15 posted, they arrived within 48 hours and will be invaluable during this build. A huge thanks to the RNLl, Dan on FB and the printers!

    The various rails are made from brass wire and the fitting and soldering of the legs was done in situ on the boat for accuracy. Once all the brass had been cleaned up, I added the photo etched mounting circles with thick CA. the roof rails have been primed, but I have still to complete the side grab rails and the front rails.

    Also added was the large photo etched roof detail sheet which was a superb fit along with a couple of resin parts on the side which are painted orange when the wheel house gets painted. There is an abundance of detail parts still to add but these will be prepared and painted off the wheel house and added once the main wheelhouse painting has been done.

    Iโ€™ve got a nice large compartment box to put completed detail parts in so that I can add them at a later date ๐Ÿ‘Œ
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    13 days ago by Skydive130 ( Commodore)
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    Hi Rob, your almost right, itโ€™s my father in law who is the volunteer and he can still be seen (when lock down ceases and allows the reopening) down at the lifeboat museum in Southwold Suffolk on a Sunday.

    My late father sadly had no sea legs, in fact he couldnโ€™t swim a stroke bless him, hence he joined the RAF, although he did share the same passion for the RNLI. My sister and I raised over ยฃ500 at his funeral from donations which we shared equally between the RNLI and RAFA ๐Ÿ‘
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    13 days ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    "Hence the reason why Iโ€™m a subscribed member of the RNLI Rob, they are my heroโ€™s ๐Ÿ‘"

    If I recall correctly your late father was a RLNI volunteer too, and you must be very proud of that connection with with such a honourable institution too.
    Rob.
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    13 days ago by Skydive130 ( Commodore)
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    And I look at how neat your work is Mike and I thought youโ€™d be more organised than me! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
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    13 days ago by mturpin013 ( Commodore)
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    I like the finished parts box, I afraid I'm not so organised, all my finished parts are in the workshop - somewhere!๐Ÿค”
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    Hence the reason why Iโ€™m a subscribed member of the RNLI Rob, they are my heroโ€™s ๐Ÿ‘
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    13 days ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Sy.
    The kit is incredibly detailed, no wonder that it cost so much ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
    It's great that there's such an active community of RNLI modellers and the charity themselves are so keen to provide plans and drawings.
    All in the interests of good relations with the public who are the main funders of all of their work.
    Very commendable ๐Ÿ˜Š.
    Rob.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Cabin/wheelhouse resin details...
    19 days ago by Skydive130 ( Commodore)
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    Just a short update today as my tolerance for working in my freezing (despite 2 plug in freestanding radiators on at full tilt!) workshop has wained โ„๏ธ๐Ÿ˜‚

    Concentrated on fitting, glueing and filling in any gaps on the rear bulkhead walls, and although the picture shows the completed look less handles and other ancillaries, some of the inner panels are removable to aid painting and will be glued in at the end.

    Other items made of resin that have been cleaned up and fitted included the forward lifeboat stowage box, forward escape hatch, tool bin hatch lid and forward vent and the rear deck escape hatch.

    I may do a little more tomorrow with more hatches ect to install before I return to work Wednesday. In the meantime, I shall walk the dog in 2 feet of snow!

    Stay safe guys......
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    19 days ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Sy,
    Thank's for the information.
    I used to use Halfords grey primer but i found that more was wasted than used.
    So i am still on the hunt for a non gloss primer that i could thin down and use in my airbrush.

    Martin555.
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    19 days ago by Skydive130 ( Commodore)
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    Martin, good old Halfords grey primer and the main blue red and orange (when done) are Halfords rattle cans too. The finer details are Vallejo, tamiya or Mig acrylics either brush or airbrush painted ๐Ÿ‘. Iโ€™m going to finish this factory fresh, no weathering apart from a little dark washes around rivets, bolt heads ect
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    19 days ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Sy,
    Are you painting the "Severn" with Acrylic paint ?
    If so then what primer are you using ?.

    Martin555.
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    19 days ago by Skydive130 ( Commodore)
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    Martin, itโ€™s funny you should mention airfix, it was my bread n butter as a youngster and I moved onto RC as I wanted my models to do something after they were finished! It just so happens Iโ€™ve got the airfix โ€œSevernโ€ on the conservatory table ready to start again when itโ€™s warmer!

    As for prepping resin parts on the kitchen table, that would result in a death sentence!
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    19 days ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Sy,
    It look in the photos like you are making an Airfix kit LOL!!
    Not what you are used to i bet.

    Surly you could clean up a lot of the resin parts in advance using a tray on the table in a nice warm Kitchen ?

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Photograph issue, last nights update went AWOL........!
    19 days ago by Skydive130 ( Commodore)
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    I posted an update last night, but strangely the photographs Iโ€™d added of which there was quite a few have disappeared overnight? Sadly Iโ€™d already deleted the photos of my iPhone so wasnโ€™t able to put them back on the post. All Iโ€™ve been able to do is add some pictures Iโ€™ve taken this morning of were I am in the build so far.

    Frustrating......
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    19 days ago by Skydive130 ( Commodore)
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    Thank you Martin ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
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    19 days ago by Newby7 ( Commodore)
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    The Photo Grinch strikes again.
    Rick
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    19 days ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Sy,
    Re :- photos.

    I think this is the second time that photos have vanished in the past two days.
    Odd.
    I will contact Stephen to see if it is possible to find them.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Hull internals about done, deck and cabin next...
    20 days ago by Skydive130 ( Commodore)
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    Another couple of days of good progress has seen the internal electrics bay nearing completion. Just the wire tidying to do and once fitted connect up the pushrods for all the control surfaces. The radio tray was bonded into the hull with epoxy to start with and then strengthened with โ€œliquid metalโ€ which is similar to P38 filler but when set is like solid rock, bonding really well to GF. The battery tray has a metal support fore and aft and is simply locked into place with a single screw for quick and easy removal for charging batteries in the safety of outside the boat. Iโ€™ve decided to mount the speaker box to the underside of the removable deck so that battery access remains easy.....

    Next job was to start prepping the GF deck and cabin pieces. This started with rough shaping with a sanding drum on the dremel with a good mask on to prevent ingress of dust to lungs! Both pieces were then a rough finished with grades of sandpaper and final wet n dry for a nice pre-finish after which they were cleaned with panel prep spray to remove dust.

    The original decks stemhead was cut out to prepare it for a better quality resin piece. This piece has had extra rivets added and a brass wire roller. Once prepared, it was then bonded to the hull and filled ready for sanding and filing at a later date.

    Next job was to prepare the cabin in the same way as the deck ready for fitting the resin parts aft. Using sandpaper bonded to strips of wood, it was essential to ensure the roof panels remained with there sharp edges instead of rounding them off, a similar feature to the Pilot Boats roof that Robs building. The rear of the cabin was then marked out and cut out ready to start receiving the resin back wall and other parts. Once satisfied with the fit, I bonded the rear cabin wall in with tack spots of CA, then again once happy, the whole thing was solidified with more liquid metal for a strong bond along with a bit of filler in any gaps. I also fitted the port side pieces and will fit the starboard pieces tomorrow. At that point, I shall not add anymore of the rear cabin pieces as painting and adding the detail painting will be a nightmare with all the nooks and crannies, instead those pieces will be be prepared for fitting and painted off boat before final assembly ....

    Rob, please donโ€™t panic! Although Iโ€™ve done a lot this week, there are literally hundreds of pieces to add to this build, it really is a huge Airfix kit, the sort we dreamed of as kids! It will not be finished before your beautiful Pilot Boat ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
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    19 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    "Iโ€™ll hold the last piece back until your final reveal ๐Ÿ˜‚"
    I'll believe you Sy๐Ÿ‘
    Thousands wouldn't!๐Ÿ˜
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    20 days ago by Skydive130 ( Commodore)
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    Everything will come to a halt for a few day after Tuesday Martin as Iโ€™m back at work! Iโ€™ll need a rest to recharge at any rate ๐Ÿ‘
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    20 days ago by Skydive130 ( Commodore)
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    Rob, if push comes to shove and your struggling to complete before me, Iโ€™ll hold the last piece back until your final reveal ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
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    20 days ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    More rapid progress Sy ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
    I'm much relieved that there's an outside chance I'll finish mine before yours is done ๐Ÿ˜….
    Rob.
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    20 days ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Sy,
    You are definitely getting on with this build.
    Looking good so far.
    Keep it up.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Electronics installation continues....
    22 days ago by Skydive130 ( Commodore)
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    I found out on Monday that a family member had tested positive for the dreaded C19, therefore after calling work to tell them, I was instructed to self isolate for 10 days! That person has been banished to a room in the house away from other human beings! Oh well, suppose Iโ€™ll have to make models ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

    So, the past 4 days has seen most of the electronics installed. The main electronics board is 3mm plasticard which after placing all the items to be fitted, was drilled, cut and sanded ect before painting in red oxide spray just to hide the white plastic. Once lacquered and dry, it was mounted to the aluminium cross brace struts which will be bonded into the hull in due course. The tray is easily removable for any maintenance required. Iโ€™ve still to tidy all the wiring, but awaiting some nice eBay +able tidies before I do that. All the electronics have been hooked up and tested on the Tx for correct direction of travel ect.

    Also fashioned was a speaker box for the Mtroniks Napier sound module, this time from 2mm plasticard before hitting that with red oxide paint and lacquer. The sound module has been hooked up as per the instructions, and the sound coming from it is silly grin stuff, very satisfying and as loud as you want it! Whilst I was in red oxide mode, I also have the trim tab servo tray the same treatment!

    Last major component inside the hull was to make a battery box from a mix of 2mm and 3mm plasticard which will eventually fit under the main electronics tray and will be removable for safe charging the 2 x 3S 5000mah Lipo batteryโ€™s. Again, painted red for uniformity.

    I prepared all the transom resin pieces and primed them in grey before hitting them with the same chrome paint that Rob used on his Pilot Boat bright work. As Rob correctly suggested, for the parts to remain Chrome, they havenโ€™t been varnished or lacquered, the result again is very pleasing.

    Tomorrowโ€™s plan is final fit the electronics tray, battery box and speaker box, tidy the wiring
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    20 days ago by Skydive130 ( Commodore)
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    Iโ€™m off to Halfords myself on Tuesday for a click and collect for a total of 7 rattle cans to top up supplies!
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    20 days ago by MouldBuilder ( Commodore)
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    Thanks Sy. I really appreciate the help. A trip to Halfords for essential supplies for sanity is required.๐Ÿ˜Š
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    20 days ago by cjanik001 ( Master Seaman)
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    Gees this is impressive.... gonna have to up my velcro game!๐Ÿ‘
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    20 days ago by Skydive130 ( Commodore)
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    Once I get the bit between the horns mike haha.

    I think Iโ€™ve capitalised on having 10 days off and putting in 8 hours a day. Making lists of things to be done at each stage, thinking ahead ect ect. Also, being a kit like this, most of the detail parts are pre fabricated from resin, so that speeds things up. The hardest part of the build installing all the internal gubbins is near done now, but that did take quite a bit of mental planning, even going to bed your thinking how can I tackle that bit ect.

    Oh, and Iโ€™m a bit sufferer of impatience , which is a failing ๐Ÿ˜‚
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    20 days ago by mturpin013 ( Commodore)
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    Great work as always Sy, You must be the fastest builder on this site without question
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    21 days ago by Skydive130 ( Commodore)
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    Hi there, paint choice for the Shannon is all Halfords rattle cans, VW brilliant orange (primed white not grey as it says on the tin!), Ford galaxy blue and a black lower hull. The blue and orange are considered the best match for RNLI colours. On your Tamar, if going for a red hull, VW Mars red is closest, otherwise you can go for white or black as I think Tamars come in all 3 colours depending on what one your building ๐Ÿ‘
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    21 days ago by MouldBuilder ( Commodore)
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    Very nice and Tidy Sy.
    Have you decided on the manufacturer and colours for the main blue and orange.
    It would be very helpful if you have as I would like to buy the paint for my Tamar class before I leave for Hungary. Sorry that I rely on your experience but I am useless at paint selection and I really need to get the Lifeboat right. It might end up red else.๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜
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    21 days ago by Skydive130 ( Commodore)
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    Hi Rick, many thanks for your kind comments. Iโ€™ve added some more โ€œnever to be seenโ€ inner fittings today, update later ๐Ÿ‘Œ

    Kind regards Sy
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    21 days ago by Newby7 ( Commodore)
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    Stop it. What a great looking job. What a shame to be covered up.
    Rick
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    21 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    " Doug, you crack me up, where do youโ€™d find your comedy ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ "
    From life Old Chap, from life!๐Ÿ˜‰
    Have knocked about a bit on this troubled ball and seen and learned summat along the way!
    And if you keep on giving me such superb 'feed lines' well .......... ๐Ÿ˜
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    Er ... good work by the way๐Ÿ‘ Appeals to my electronic engineering instinct๐Ÿ‘
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    21 days ago by Skydive130 ( Commodore)
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    Doug, you crack me up, where do you find your comedy ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
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    21 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Bravo Sy๐Ÿ˜€ (Clap clap clap๐Ÿ˜‰)
    Always a good idea to 'get the lead out'!!
    But of course an 'old' trooper will know that-
    from the drill Sar'nt Major!!
    ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜Ž
    "Am I 'urtin you soldier?"
    No Sar'nt Major.
    "WELL I OUGHTA BE! I'M STANDIN' ON YER 'AIR!"
    "GED IT CUT!!"
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    22 days ago by Skydive130 ( Commodore)
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    If I was to remove the lead ballast Doug ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
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    22 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    "Looking at my Atlantic 21, Iโ€™m sure I could add more ha ha!"
    Until .... Glug glug glug glug ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ
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    22 days ago by Skydive130 ( Commodore)
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    The trouble is Rob is knowing when enough is enough, I like you are always looking for something else to add! Looking at my Atlantic 21, Iโ€™m sure I could add more ha ha!
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    22 days ago by Skydive130 ( Commodore)
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    I think my obsession with neatness on wiring comes from my aircraft days Martin ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
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    22 days ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Sy,

    I agree with Rob a very neat and tidy installation.

    Martin555.
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    22 days ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Sy.
    I'm enjoying you build immensely so far, so the more you have to do the more I will have to enjoy ๐Ÿ˜
    Rob.
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    22 days ago by Skydive130 ( Commodore)
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    As for finishing before your Pilot Boat Rob, I donโ€™t think youโ€™ve any comprehension of the amount of resin parts ect that have to be prepared, painted and fitted to the superstructure ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ along with railings, lightning, the list goes on ha ha !
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    22 days ago by robbob ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Sy.
    Very neat and tidy electrics installation there ๐Ÿ‘.
    The red oxide finish is very reminiscent of the 'Paxolin' board that I used to use as a lad for making up electronic circuits before I could afford to use Veroboard.
    Re: the chrome finish.
    It looks very effective if left unlacquered but beware that handling it too much can also dull the surface because of natural oils on the skin. The durability of the finish is very questionable in my view, that's why I sprayed silver and lacquer on the fittings on my boat.
    Great work.......plenty of time to get on with it now !
    I still reckon you'll finish it before I finish my Pilot Boat ๐Ÿคฃ
    Rob.
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    25 days ago by Skydive130 ( Commodore)
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    Todayโ€™s project was to fashion the servo tray for the 2 trim tabs to be mounted on the transom shelf and wall. Having looked at a few other builds on the various forums, I decided on a plasticard tray mounted on ply. The tray was fashioned from 2.5mm plasticard with reinforcement strips to aid rigidity and some extra pieces underneath to give the screws more material to go into. I then fashioned a mounting point from 6mm ply on the scroll saw for the uprights and a small piece of 2mm ply for the shelf. Once all was made and assembled and checked for correctness using the 2 holes Iโ€™d drill for the output wire, the ply was epoxied onto the transom. I shall beef up the joint with some resin and cloth.

    Having another hour before it was time to walk the dog I started to fashion the tray supports that will have the 3mm Perspex sheet mounted to for electronics. This was simply made from aluminium bar which was locked together with 3mm countersunk bolts and locking nuts.
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    25 days ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Sy,
    I agree with Bill and I really look forward to your updates.

    Martin555.
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    25 days ago by Skydive130 ( Commodore)
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    Many thanks Bill, kind regards Sy
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    25 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Lieutenant)
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    Hi Sy.
    As always excellent quality and high standards shown on all fronts.
    Always a pleasure to look at and read your updates.
    Regards Bill๐Ÿ‘
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