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    Morston - H A Kits (small version)
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    πŸ“ Finished painting and she floats, end of the build
    22 days ago by Seanympth ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Well, first a big thank you to everyone for their encouragement and advice.

    Today I decided that she is finished, the painting was much harder than I imagined, I was disappointed with my first attempts and I let her sit for too long. But thanks to Geoff, I went back and finished her. Originally I was planning to put some rails and other bits on her but I want to sail her first.

    Overall I am very pleased with the end result and am looking forward to sailing on the Clevedon model boat pond on Sunday all the electrics work. She seems to float OK in the bath but the test will be on the 'real' water.

    As I say she's quite rough in some places, I feel I let the kit down, this is my lack of skill or impatience but looking at her I am pleased with the overall result. I can see what I should have done and hopefully will do on my next build.

    I would highly recommend HAK kits, the instructions were easy to follow and the wood wonderful to work with, I think that this company undersells its products as it was a delight to build, it was the painting that I struggled with.

    Once again big thanks to Geoff and everyone else who has tried to keep me on the right track.

    Best wishes
    Treve
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    14 days ago by BOATSHED ( Midshipman)
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    She's is very nice. have you put any video on of her on the water and running ?
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    22 days ago by mistyoptic ( Midshipman)
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    Well Done Treve, Hope there isn't a bad weather warning in Bristol on Sunday. She looks good and I love the seat and you have put your own ideas on it.
    Well done. What will the next one be. Best regards Geoff.
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    22 days ago by Newby7 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Finished is good. I find painting can be a pain some times especially if patients isn't one of (MY) your strong points. After sailing her you may want to do the rails and other bits later.
    Rick
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Finished painting and she floats, end of the build
    22 days ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Looks good Treve,
    Remember one of the best tool in your toolbox is patience and it comes in different quantities LOL!!
    When building a small amount goes a long way.
    Looking forward to seeing her in the wet stuff.

    Martin555.
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    πŸ“ I am finding the painting very slow
    1 month ago by Seanympth ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Its probably because I am finding it fiddly but that's the nature of the game.
    Its a bit rough and still a few more coats not so happy with the colour's I was hoping for a 'Cornish' fishing boat blue but we will see how it ends up.
    Just assembled the HAK kit stand, its simple, cheap and does the job perfectly. I will glue it on to an Ikea chopping board when they open.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: I am finding the painting very slow
    1 month ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Zooma,
    If you thin the paint a little and rub down in between coats you should get a better Finnish.
    Thinning the paint will make it runnier but you get a lot less brush marks.

    Martin555.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: I am finding the painting very slow
    1 month ago by zooma ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    I also find painting any of my powerboats to be the slowest part - and for me at least - the worst part!
    Cutting the parts from plan and assembling the boat is what I enjoy doing the most, but painting (the bit that shows off the model the best) is not something I enjoy as I am finding it hard to get a really nice brushed finish.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: I am finding the painting very slow
    1 month ago by billmcl61 ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi Treve,

    I like the colour, and the stand is a great idea.
    I've had a minor mishap with mine, but this is giving me the urge to restart again.

    Bill
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    πŸ’¬ Re: I am finding the painting very slow
    1 month ago by Seanympth ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Many thanks Martin, Best wishes Treve
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    πŸ’¬ Re: I am finding the painting very slow
    1 month ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    I think the colour looks good Treve.

    Martin555.
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    πŸ“ 2 coats of undercoating completed
    2 months ago by Seanympth ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Now for the fun bit! It all takes longer but I am looking forward to hopefully launching her soon.
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    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    For your first model boat after a 52 year rest i think you Are doing a wonderful job.
    I bet it started brining back memories.
    I can't wait to see her in her final colours.
    Keep up the good work.

    Martin555.
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    2 months ago by mistyoptic ( Midshipman)
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    Looking good Treve, Well worth the effort you have put in, looking forward to seeing the top coat.
    Geoff.
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    πŸ“ What a big difference Eze Kote has made
    3 months ago by Seanympth ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Just wanted to say that work on the slipway has been a little delayed recently but she now has 3 coats of Eze Kote on and the surface is much better.
    Thank you for your advice, now a sand and undercoat.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: What a big difference Eze Kote has made
    2 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Fy mhleser Will, gobeithio y bydd yn helpu. (I think!πŸ˜‰)
    Cheers, Doug 😎
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    πŸ’¬ Re: What a big difference Eze Kote has made
    2 months ago by Madwelshman ( Warrant Officer)
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    Thanks Doug, all this advice is very helpful for an amateur and newbie to working with wood like I am.

    Will
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    2 months ago by Madwelshman ( Warrant Officer)
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    Thank you for the advice, much appreciated.

    Will
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    πŸ’¬ Re: What a big difference Eze Kote has made
    2 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    "... and it needs to be done in an open space as the smell from the resin is not pleasant."
    That's rather the point with EzeKote jb,
    It's a water based resin, needs no hardener, and has no evil gas emissions or pong at all πŸ˜€
    You can also use it as a sanding sealer (and balsa strengthenerπŸ˜€) by adding 10-15% water.
    Finish with 2 or 3 coats of neat resin, sanding with 320 / 400 / 600 W&D between coats and you end up with a sound strong hull ready for priming and top coating.
    I only use tissue on the inside of the hull, esp to strengthen parts gone thin due to shaping / sanding. More usually on a restoration job.
    Cheers, Doug 😎
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    3 months ago by jelley_baby ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi, I used to use Sanding Sealer, to finish before painting, and I assume that Eze Kote is a similar product. With smaller hulls using fibreglass and tissue is probably unnecessary but if I were reselling a Sea Commander I think that I would use Fibreglass resin and a light tissue, as with a little finishing the hull will have a good strength and finish, when I restored my Sea Commander I did just that and the hull now feels solid. I will add however that the first time you do it is the worst, and it needs to be done in an open space as the smell from the resin is not pleasant.
    Hope these comments help.
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    3 months ago by billmcl61 ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi Treve,

    Many thanks for the photos, they'll be a huge help.
    Sure is compact in there, good solution for placing the battery though.

    Bill
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    3 months ago by billmcl61 ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi Geoff,

    They look perfect thanks

    Bill
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    3 months ago by Madwelshman ( Warrant Officer)
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    Excuse my ignorance here πŸ€”, but will the Eze Kote act as a sealer on the wood, so you won't need to glass cloth the hull afterwards?
    I haven't done anything with wooden hulled model boats until recently and as all of my need work of some sort, I wondered if this is an alternative to glass cloth to seal the wood/hull?

    Thanks
    Will
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    3 months ago by Seanympth ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hi Bill, the space is tight on this smaller model, the only place for the battery was the floor against the bulkhead I made a tray from scrap to hold it and the switch for the speed controller as you can see space becomes tight when the decking and sides are on.
    It took me a while to figure out how to mount everything and the members were very helpful as I thought that the speed controller needed a clip.
    As the clearance is tight for the rudder I had to use a micro servo as the normal one is too tall. Once again a big thank you to Geoff for his advice.
    I have attached the photos that show the layout I used, there is no space or access under the cockpit floor.
    I hope this is helpful, any questions please ask.

    Thanks Treve
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    3 months ago by mistyoptic ( Midshipman)
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    Hi Bill Have a look at Overlander 5 cell Nimh 1600, super little pack. size is given on site so you can check for fit Best Wishes,
    Geoff

    https://www.overlander.co.uk/nimh-batteries/6v-5s/2-3-af-160...
    https://www.overlander.co.uk/nimh-batteries/6v-5s/2-3-af-1600mah-6v-flat-bec-premium-sport-nimh-battery.html
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    3 months ago by mistyoptic ( Midshipman)
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    Looking good Treve,

    Regards Geoff
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    3 months ago by billmcl61 ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi Treve,

    Its looking good, the eze-kote certainly makes a difference. I'm just waiting on my stuff to arrive so that I can get started, I'll be getting the same size of boat as you.
    Just one question, where are you putting the batteries, it doesn't look like there's much room below decks, I'm thinking of 4 cell Ni-cad flat packs, which should (hopefully) sit under the main rear cabin.
    Bill
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    πŸ“ And I thought this would be a quick easy part!
    3 months ago by Seanympth ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Well as I am sure everyone knows it's not easy to fit the chines or rubbing strips as I called them, just not enough hands, thank goodness for Gorilla tape, maybe this week to start on the Eze Kote. But its fun, thank you all for your support. I am going to need more gentil sanding to remove a bit os spare glue
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    3 months ago by Colin H ( Vice Admiral)
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    Good afternoon seanymph,
    I always put on the strakes, spray rails and rubbing strips after the Ezekote and fibreglass, that way any external damage is restricted to the areas meant for the purpose.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ I had forgotten the rubbing strips
    3 months ago by Seanympth ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Well it pays to read the instructions! Thankfully I had taken the advice to spend a bit more time on preparation and its amazing when you look closely that the surface is not as good as you thought it was. Then I realised that I had not put the rubbing strips on so once more the fun with clamps and tape. I love these cheap clamps from Toolstation but still could do with another pair of hands.
    I have the Eze Kote resin so as soon as the strips are on and the joins smooth it will be time for the paint brush
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    At least its allowed you to re-asses the hull for for any defects before painting and its easier to sand when the rubbing strakes aren't on
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    3 months ago by mistyoptic ( Midshipman)
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    Good luck with the finishing Treve, but don't hurry it. REgards

    Geoff
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    Re - There's always something that trips you up😊

    Depends if they are non trip chines or not Ian, πŸ˜πŸ˜‚

    JB
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    There's always something that trips you up😊😊
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    πŸ“ Ready for painting
    3 months ago by Seanympth ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Well, sandpaper and filler, done the wood is smooth and I can now start the undercoating.
    I have had enormous pleasure in building my first boat in 52 years.
    Its not perfect, it has many little faults these are my mistakes but I am very pleased with it.
    I think that the painting will take a while and having seen Geoffs photo's he has inspired me to be more creative than I would have been.
    Thank you everyone for your kind comments and support
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Ready for painting
    3 months ago by Seanympth ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Many thanks for your kind comments, it has been a pleasure to build this kit, it has challenged me and thanks to this website and Geoff I am pleased with the result and looking forward to painting her and finally sail her soon.
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    3 months ago by mturpin013 ( Rear Admiral)
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    That's a great piece of work after 52 years, however there are skills you never forget. I look forward to the next build
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    3 months ago by Seanympth ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Many thanks for your advice, I would have gone straight to undercoat. Thank you for taking the time. Best wishes Treve
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    3 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    I agree with Ron πŸ‘
    At least seal and strengthen the wood with a couple of coats of EzeKote water based resin.
    First coat diluted with ca 15% water to soak in. Then two coats neat.
    You'll then have a strong water tight hull and a good base for painting πŸ˜€
    "Don't spoil the ship for a ha'p'orth of resin!"
    Cheers, Doug 😎
    Agopolies if instructing your Mum's Mum to extract yokes from eggs! πŸ˜‰
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    3 months ago by Ron ( Captain)
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    Hang on before painting. Will you be applying a fiberglass layer ? that should be done before painting.
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    3 months ago by Newby7 ( Rear Admiral)
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    52 Years that's a long time between builds.Good to hear you had fun with the build
    Paint away and have fun doing it. How creative can you be. LOL
    Rick
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    πŸ“ Window and roof
    4 months ago by Seanympth ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    This has been challenging but satisfying thank goodness for modern fillers and fine sandpaper.

    I am pleased to say that the roof is now drying and the front windows in place, final filling and sanding and then the first undercoat to go on, Geoff's outstanding model has inspired me to try for some cabin furniture and an attempt at a crab pot but I'll see how it goes.
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    4 months ago by mistyoptic ( Midshipman)
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    Coming along nicely Treve, keep at it.

    Geoff
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    πŸ“ Morston - H A Kits (small version) Cabin fun
    4 months ago by Seanympth ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Well the last three weeks have flown by with little work on the slipway, Geoff was right the cabin roof and cockpit are a challenge, I have muddled through and whilst the result is not perfect I am hoping a bit of filler will help me out.

    I struggled to figure out how to fit the roof to the cabin as despite my effort the cabin was not square but in the end, it seems to fit, can anyone suggest fitting a catch to keep it on when it is finally afloat? The front windscreen is another challenge to shape the edges for a neet fit but what is life without a challenge.

    Just the Cabin roof to fit and its on to painting, I am thinking of a couple of shades of blue for the hull at the moment. I am planning to leave the roof off until I have finished painting the cockpit.
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    I have used very small magnets or velcro to hold hatch lockers in place on my RAF fire tender.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Morston - H A Kits (small version) Cabin fun
    4 months ago by mistyoptic ( Midshipman)
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    Treve, I think you will probably find that the hatch will sit comfortably in place during sailing, unless you reach considerable speed!
    Keep up the good work.
    Geoff
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    4 months ago by Seanympth ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Well after a struggle I finished glueing the sides and have started the cabin. Once again thanks Geoff for the tip to drill a small screw to hold the bits that cannot be clamped, I would never have thought it would work but it did.
    I filled and sanded the hull before starting the cabin, thank goodness for pegs, clamps etc. One point, as this is the small kit of Morston, the space under the rear hatch is tight for the rudder and servo, there is only 5mm from the top of the servo arm to the bottom of the hatch, once again Geoff came to my help with piano wire to join the servo and rudder, I am using a micro servo as the regular was too tall.
    This has been a great kit to build, the timber, cutting of the parts has made it a pleasure to build, any mistakes are mine for not reading the instructions but thanks to Geoff I have been able to correct them.
    I would have no hesitation in recommending a kit from HA Kits based on this one. It also has very pleasing lines to my eye as a bonus.
    Geoff will probably be messaged as he said the cabin roof was the hard part! Any way that's the next task
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    4 months ago by mistyoptic ( Midshipman)
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    Well Done Treve for showing your work to date and thanks for sharing my affection for this design. It is a lovely kit to build and I endorse your recommendation of this company. Keep up the good work and thanks for sharing.
    Geoff
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Morston update
    4 months ago by Newby7 ( Rear Admiral)
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    The boat is coming nicely. Your comments on recommending this kit and seller will help others if looking for something to build.
    Rick
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