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    Bill's H A Kits Morston build - prep
    by billmcl61 ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช ( Warrant Officer)
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    ๐Ÿ“ Day 2
    12 days ago by billmcl61 ( Warrant Officer)
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    After leaving things overnight to let the glue fully dry, I had another look to see why the bulkhead wouldn't sit fully home the night before, and found that I hadn't sanded the bottom of the tabs where they were connected to the sheet, it wasn't much... but it was enough, so I'll put that down to operator error (and laziness) lesson learned.

    Day 2

    I made sure not to repeat the mistake of the night before, and sanded all the edges to remove the charring from the laser cutting, parts fitted perfectly. So glued everything up and clamped the squares to the side pieces to make sure they were perfectly straight, I'll leave everything overnight again to let the glue dry.
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    5 days ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Bill,
    You have made a good start to this build.
    It pays to take your time and do plenty of dry fitting and if possible look at it at all different angles.
    Hopefully you will then spot any potential future problems.

    Keep up the good work.

    Martin555.
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    11 days ago by Seanympth ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Enjoy it , well done!
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    ๐Ÿ“ And we're off
    13 days ago by billmcl61 ( Warrant Officer)
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    At last, I've finally glued something together, I sanded the edges of the 2 forward bulkhead plates and using aliphalatic glue, stuck them to the main deck, I noticed that the bulkhead plates protrude through the deck a wee bit, so I cut up a sheet of balsa to use as spacers underneath.
    One thing I didn't count on was the glue going off so quickly in the nozzle, on the second plate gave the bottle a squeeze-nothing, so gave it another slightly harder squeeze-nothing, after a few increasingly harder squeezes the wee congealed lump popped out the end of the nozzle followed by a fair amount of the glue I was looking for, unfortunately it landed just about everywhere apart from where I wanted it, but at least I had glue now ๐Ÿ˜Š, lesson learned? nah probably not
    I got a set of right angles from amazon which worked out better than I could have hoped, they fill the gap between the 2 bulkheads perfectly, they just needed a bit of extra weight to help them... so raided the cupboards as I'm working in the kitchen anyway ๐Ÿ˜Š and found a couple of suitable weights
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: And we're off
    13 days ago by billmcl61 ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi Doug,

    luckily I somehow managed to avoid that pitfall๐Ÿ˜Š.
    Yeah I read both the build blogs last night and there was no mention of anything like that, funnily enough I noticed later that I hadn't left a gap below the 2nd bulkhead and that sat down no problem, so it's probably me๐Ÿ˜† I'll have a closer look tomorrow.
    That's strange Doug, I've just had a look and they seem to have a stock of them, handy things to have and pretty cheap, I like the wee recess in the corner to stop them sticking to any glue that squeezes out - well that's the theory anyway - we'll soon know tomorrow.

    Bill
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: And we're off
    13 days ago by billmcl61 ( Warrant Officer)
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    Ah good idea Geoff, I'll dig something out for that.
    The bulkhead fitted ok but the tabs protruded slightly so I just raised the deck so that I could get the bulkhead all the way home.
    I did a dry fit of the parts and they seated ok in my hand but when I laid the deck on the mat the bulkhead sat up a wee bit.

    Bill
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: And we're off
    13 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    "The right angles are available here ..."
    Seems like you bought up the whole stock Bill ๐Ÿค”
    '4 Pcs Positioning Square Clamps Right Angle Clamps, 90 Degree Type L Corner Clamp for Boxes,Picture Frames, Cabinets, Drawers, Carpenter Tool
    Brand: Cyleibe
    4.8 out of 5 stars 9 ratings
    Amazon's Choice for "positioning squares"
    Currently unavailable.
    We don't know when or if this item will be back in stock. '
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    13 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Off - and running ๐Ÿ‘
    As long as you haven't glued your feet to the floor Bill! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
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    "I noticed that the bulkhead plates protrude through the deck a wee bit, so I cut up a sheet of balsa to use as spacers underneath. "
    Did you check the other two Morston Blogs to check if they had such a problem, and if so what they did about it?
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: And we're off
    13 days ago by mistyoptic ( Warrant Officer)
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    See my build blog, 2 months ago on Pilot Launch (Thinking about Twin rudders) where I show a means of using glue from a small lidded pot rather than from the bottle, this saves the sort of dilemma you have just experienced. Be careful if you think things are not lining up or not fitting properly, before you interfere with them, HA kits accuracy is almost beyond question. Regards Geoff.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: And we're off
    13 days ago by Seanympth ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Well Done๐Ÿ‘
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: And we're off
    13 days ago by billmcl61 ( Warrant Officer)
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    The right angles are available here - forgot to add them to the post.
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Positioning-Picture-Cabinets-Drawers-Carpenter/dp/B08N12SKP2/ref=sr_1_22?_encoding=UTF8&c=ts&dchild=1&keywords=Angle+Clamps&qid=1617396732&s=diy&sr=1-22&ts_id=1938861031
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    ๐Ÿ“ It's here
    14 days ago by billmcl61 ( Warrant Officer)
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    Ah finally it's arrived, well actually it arrived a few days ago but I've been a wee bit busy so just got the first opportunity to have a look at the kit.
    Overall I'm impressed with the kit, laser cut good quality ply on 3 sheets, window frames and other bits n bobs, no unnecessary fancy box or packaging to throw out, so far so good.
    Unfortunately one of the sheets got damaged during transit, but nothing major, the break on one of the keel plates will be sandwiched between 2 reinforcing plates - so it's easily fixed and once glued up you'd never be any the wiser ๐Ÿ˜Š.
    I've removed all the main structural parts from their sheet and put the rest back in their bag in a safe place๐Ÿคž, ready to start putting some bits together.
    I've tried test fitting a few parts together and the fit is snug without being overtight.
    So cleared the kitchen table of all the accumulated junk and got my A3 cutting mat out (yep been there - done that, ain't doing it again ๐Ÿ˜Š) ready to make a start tomorrow.

    Bill
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    5 days ago by Cargoman ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Really glad you received the boat ok the post office tracking shows it to be still in transit, looking forward to keeping an eye on the build, been good to make contact with you happy building.
    Regards
    Cargoman
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: It's here
    14 days ago by billmcl61 ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi Geoff,

    I've just read both Treve and your builds again, going for a snooze now then I'll make a start, the more I look at it the more I'm impressed by the thought that's gone into the design and the overall quality of the kit.
    I'm dying to start it but I've purposely held off overnight, so that I have a clear idea of how I'm going to tackle it.
    I like the additional items you've added and I might borrow some of your ideas.
    Bill
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    14 days ago by billmcl61 ( Warrant Officer)
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    Thanks Doug, bed first then I'll start.

    Bill
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    14 days ago by mistyoptic ( Warrant Officer)
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    Bill,
    Just Relax and enjoy it, you will become enthralled, and as the build progresses you will find that it compels you to keep going, the accuracy of the laser cutting and the fit as it builds up will encourage you, as the builder, to maintain the same level of accuracy as is already established in the kit. I have just about finished my second HA kits and must say they build into much nicer boats than you would have thought from the 'picture on the packet'. All good wishes Geoff
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: It's here
    14 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Go Man Go! More power to your Xacto Bill ๐Ÿ‘
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    ๐Ÿ“ Bill's H A Kits Morston build - prep
    23 days ago by billmcl61 ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi Everyone,

    I'm just getting things ready while I'm (im)patiently waiting on the postman to arrive with the kit Bob (cargoman) sold to me (with our Dougs help), Bob and I had a good old natter on the phone beforehand, and I'm now in the hands of the post office, An post and HM/Irish customs as we are now "post"-brexit (hah - how apt is that๐Ÿ˜Š).
    So nothing of note to post just yet, I've got eze-kote ordered and that should arrive soon-certainly before I need it๐Ÿ˜Š, once I've started the build I'll figure out what I need in running gear batteries etc once I see what space I have.
    I will of course be using the 2 excellent build blogs of mistyoptic and seanympth as reference and guides.
    I'm already thinking of ways to make this a wee bit different, although as a beginner I should really be building this straight out of the box - ach we'll see.
    More soon hopefully.

    Bill
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Bill's H A Kits Morston build - prep
    23 days ago by mistyoptic ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hello Bill, Hope you enjoy your build, and do think ahead as you go through, fit the motor and trial fit all the radio gear, before you put the side skins on, other wise you will be very much encumbered! You will find that the hull will be very sturdy as all of the laser cut parts fit together immaculately, always pleased to help if requested.

    Best wishes Geoff.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Bill's H A Kits Morston build - prep
    23 days ago by billmcl61 ( Warrant Officer)
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    Thanks Rick and Doug, I'll be taking your advice and concentrate on initially getting the model built, then I can think of ways of personalising it, I think the changes I'll be contemplating will mostly be cosmetic in nature but as you say first things first.
    Although I'm eager to produce something stunning with this kit, I have to remember that I still haven't managed to complete a model boat yet, so I need to keep my feet on the ground and concentrate on learning the basics as I go along๐Ÿ˜Š.
    I'm really looking forward to getting started with this kit, and I'm sure that although this is a relatively basic kit designed for people like myself, it will have it's challenges.
    Hold nose and jump ๐Ÿ™ˆ

    Take care and stay safe
    Bill
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Bill's H A Kits Morston build - prep
    23 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Quite so Rick ๐Ÿ‘
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Bill's H A Kits Morston build - prep
    23 days ago by Newby7 ( Commodore)
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    Bill whether you build out of the box or do color outside the lines the boat will still be your build .Good luck
    Rick
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