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    ๐Ÿ“ Navigation lights and Life Rings.
    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Guys,

    Navigation lights.

    Next to get a coat of looking at was the Navigation lights.
    The tops of the LEDโ€™s were filed down and a small piece of plastic glued to the top same as the mast light.
    Plastic shields were made for them. (there is probably a proper name for them but i cannot think of it at the moment. )

    The insides were painted with Humbrol matt black (No 33)
    The outsiders again with Humbrol white gloss (No 22)

    The plastic is slowly creeping in LOL!!

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    Life Ringโ€™s

    Made from layerโ€™s of Plastic cut to approx 37mm X 22mm the hole was cut out and hand sanded then the outside was cut and also sanded by hand.

    Painted with Humbrol (No 22 white gloss and No19 Red gloss)

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Navigation lights and Life Rings.
    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thanks Ed,
    It would of been easer if i had a Lathe instead of doing it by hand.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Navigation lights and Life Rings.
    2 months ago by figtree7nts ( Admiral)
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    Hi Martin,

    I really like the way you made the life rings!

    They add detail to the model!

    Job Well done!

    Cheers, Ed
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Navigation lights and Life Rings.
    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thank's guys,
    There is still quite a bit to do.
    I am now waiting for the weather to cool down a bit before i go in to my little workshop to do a bit more.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Navigation lights and Life Rings.
    2 months ago by Newby7 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Let there be light .Nice job Martin
    Rick
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Navigation lights and Life Rings.
    2 months ago by Scratchbuilder ( Commander)
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    Martin.
    As always looking good and up to your normal high standards.
    Bill๐Ÿ‘
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Navigation lights and Life Rings.
    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thank you guys.
    And thank's for the reminder Red.
    Ropes now fitted.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Navigation lights and Life Rings.
    2 months ago by redpmg ( Commodore)
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    Sshh Martin - you can use plastic curtain rings etc for lifebelts - depending on the scale - and here we are trying to wean you off the stuff............

    Sensible thing to do - but don't forget the ropes ..............
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Navigation lights and Life Rings.
    2 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Nice work Martin, lights look excellent, as do the life rings๐Ÿ‘ Why buy them made from plastic when you can make your own from the same material at a much cheaper price.๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘

    JB
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    ๐Ÿ“ Hand rails.
    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Guys,

    I was tempted to make these from strips of the dreaded โ€˜Pโ€™ but decided to use wood.
    Unfortunately the only wood i had was thin strip wood so i glued two strips together for the main rail and two strips for the standoffโ€™s

    The standoffโ€™s were then cut to 10mm lengths and glued to the main rails.
    After a bit of sanding some varnish was applied and then they were attached to the cabin tops.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Hand rails.
    2 months ago by Newby7 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Well done Martin
    Rick
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Hand rails.
    2 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Nice work Martin, they have turned out very well. I think you will enjoy adding all the 'bits'๐Ÿ˜

    JB
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Hand rails.
    2 months ago by redpmg ( Commodore)
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    House prices are in the millions usually JB except for some places you would not like to be - enormous squatter camps in most places - one of which in Capetown stretches for miles along the main road past the airport - and that's not the only the one there - many others - even this small town has a fairly large one.
    Vehicles are a minimum of around 200k - pension is a joke - but so much funding has disappeared its not really surprising. Since the recent troubles Emigration Agencies report a rise in applications of 150% .............

    Exchange rate is 10.12 so that equates to R 1113.20 - not much better than us !

    Governments everywhere will never change - think the people are their servants - not the other way around as it should be. One only has to read George Orwells Animal Farm to realise that................
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Hand rails.
    2 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Cheapest price here Peter, seems to be NZ$110 with a month wait through a huge recently opened warehouse (Mighty Ape) which sells most things, but doesn't seem to have a lot of stock, (although it appears to) just seems to be a huge middleman, shipping things from China. A small toy store in Wanganui had one in stock for $110, but i checked the NZ business register and the shop as gone (still showing on goog earth street view 2018).

    How would people manage on that pension,? we couldn't live in a tent for that here. Our average house prices here are supposedly $820K, and we have people living in cars, campers and tents all round the country because they can't even afford to rent,- which starts around $390/pw (if they can find a place) I suppose in SA, with half the country unemployed, there's no-one to pay the taxes required to sustain a decent pension. The govt here would like to reduce the pension, or do away with it, (make pension saving compulsory,- we have a voluntary system now, along with paying for it with a targeted tax) but that would be certain death for any political party. Big store is at-

    https://www.mightyape.co.nz/

    JB
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Hand rails.
    2 months ago by redpmg ( Commodore)
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    Seem to have a similar problem Martin - checked on the price of a Revell 1/144 HMCS Snowberry - local minimum is R 1350 and up to R13,000 - which is absolutely ridiculous - In UK most are around 32quid or the exchange equivalent of R608 - and a lot found at 29quid or R551.....

    Govt monthly pension here is R1800 - so work that one out.............
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Hand rails.
    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Red,
    The problem then is if it ends up as mine then i am restricted to a tighter budget than before as i have paid for this so far.LOL!!!

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Hand rails.
    2 months ago by redpmg ( Commodore)
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    Sorry to hear about that Martin - hate it when people renege - but unfortunately some do.

    However you have made such a great job of it so far - you can certainly make changes & additions at this stage - including sound systems, lights and other operating features.

    JB will almost certainly chip in with suggestions for other stuff as well !
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Hand rails.
    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thanks Red,
    It is looking like i will be keeping it at the moment as the guy that i am making this for has not been in contact with me for a while and has not made any payments.

    It is annoying as i would of made it differently for myself.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Hand rails.
    2 months ago by redpmg ( Commodore)
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    Well done again Martin - you get better & better at this wood bit..........

    You definitely will find it hard to part with this one ..........
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Hand rails.
    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thank you Colin.
    I forgot to change the heading from the last post.
    Changed now thank's

    Sorry Colin but now it looks like your reply heading is incorrect. LOL!!

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Mast
    2 months ago by Colin H ( Vice Admiral)
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    Well done Martin, very nicely done and looking very realistic.
    But shouldn't the heading be grab rails or hand rails.
    Cheers Colin.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Mast.
    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Guys.

    Decided to use the mast from the kit as a template to make a new one from plastic as we liked the style and shape of it.

    Yes you guest it ! (Layers of Ice-cream tub plastic)

    The reason for this is that one small knock would snap the wooden one, the plastic one should spring back into place.
    (Sorry Nerys it had to be done LOL!!)

    The mast light is just a 5mm white LED with the top filed flat and a small piece of plastic stuck to the top using CA glue, and filed round.

    After painting the top and bottom of the LED to make the light look as if it is in a housing.

    Wire wrapping wire was then solders to the LED.
    The wires were glued down the front edge.

    When painted the wiring is hardly noticeable.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Mast.
    2 months ago by Cashrc ( Captain)
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    Looks good Martin! I like plastic myself, but I do plan on doing a planked hull one day. However, for fragile parts that you know your just going to break fiddling with the boat, plastics a good choice for strength and ease of repair. I also like fiberglass and cf tube.
    Cash
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Mast.
    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Paul,
    That is good to know.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Mast.
    2 months ago by HAKits ( Master Seaman)
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    I do have 3d printed masts and did include them in the kit but people said they liked to varnish a wooden mast rather than paint the plastic to look like wood. I will include both from now on. If any body wants a plastic mast just email me. Paul HAKits
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Mast.
    2 months ago by MouldBuilder ( Commodore)
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    Super replacement Martin. I am doing the mast for Dรผsseldorf and I must say that it does look rather weak. I am sure I will knock it off several times. Peter.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Mast.
    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Guys,
    Sorry to of disappoint you with the use of the dreaded 'P'
    But i did not want the wooden mast to snap as soon as you look at it.
    Also the smaller fittings are much easer to make in this material and require less filling and sanding.
    Plus the fact that i have not quite got use to working with wood.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Mast.
    2 months ago by Newby7 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Martin Woodn't the mast look good in plastic. LOL
    Rick
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Mast.
    2 months ago by mturpin013 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Great replacement, but it does worry me that your head has been turned, what can we do to make sure you take the right path๐Ÿ˜
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Mast.
    2 months ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Thereโ€™s no doubt Martin, the wooden one as nice as it looks will be forever broken. Your plastic replica is the โ€œmutts nutsโ€!

    Kind regards. Sy
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Mast.
    2 months ago by Nerys ( Admiral)
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    Hi Martin, I'm sorry you had to desert your new found interest in wood by reverting to that funny stuff but I must admit your mast looks really good and probably better than a wooden one.

    cheers, Nerys
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Mast.
    2 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Very nice Martin, didn't think it would be too long before you fell off the (plastic) wagon๐Ÿ˜‚

    JB
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Mast.
    2 months ago by Colin H ( Vice Admiral)
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    Beautifully done Martin. I think it looks much better than the wooden one.
    Cheers Colin.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Superstructure (continued)
    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Guys,

    I am overwhelmed by the support of the members on this site.
    And i would like to thank you all for your kind comments and support through what has been a crazy time.

    You have made it difficult for me to leave LOL!!

    So i shell continue to do my best to help were i can.

    Now back to the log.

    Glued on the roof (Deck head) to the superstructure and modified the front a little.
    I had to cut some strips of the scrap plywood to glue down the inside of the cabin roof to help to level both half of each roof section.

    Again plenty of filling and rubbing down.
    Added a little paint, and she is starting to look a little better.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Superstructure (continued)
    2 months ago by Cashrc ( Captain)
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    Glad youโ€™re hanging in there Martin. New projects coming along nicely too!!
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    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thank you Sy,
    She is getting there.

    Martin555.
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    2 months ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Starting to look like a real beauty now Martin, awesome ๐Ÿ‘
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Superstructure (continued)
    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Nerys,
    I have painted the cabin roof's Humbrol (No 22 white gloss) to match the Hull.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Superstructure (continued)
    2 months ago by Robertcooper ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi Red

    This work you have done on this boat is looking absolutely fantastic canโ€™t wait to see it finished.

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Superstructure (continued)
    2 months ago by Nerys ( Admiral)
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    Superstructure looking good, take it that you will finish the cabin tops with similar to the great looking main deck.
    So pleased you are still around.

    Cheers, Nerys
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Superstructure (continued)
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    Hi Red,

    There are white plastic window frames supplied in the kit along with a small sheet of clear 0.25mm plastic and a template sheet for the window plastic cutting.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Superstructure (continued)
    2 months ago by redpmg ( Commodore)
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    Martin you are really excelling here - what did they supply for windows ? 2mm perspex would be great - plus frames of course . Were there frames in the kit ? - either clear drying waterproof white glue or canopy glue holds windows securely. If there were no frames supplied you could scan the plan or use paper to draw around each window and send scans of that. From those will be able to draw frames which over lap the windows slightly in Corel. Makes for a much neater finish and you can even revert to your old favourite material or cardboard from those . Just make sure you paint the cardboard first..........

    Yes Grandma !

    Very glad you are staying and have your Mojo back.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Superstructure (continued)
    2 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Looking pretty flash Martin.๐Ÿ‘

    JB
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Superstructure (continued)
    2 months ago by Newby7 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Well done Martin Glad you are staying.
    Rick
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Superstructure (continued)
    2 months ago by Scratchbuilder ( Commander)
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    Martin.
    Your a smooth talking so and so ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚.
    She is starting to look really good now.
    The Mojo is definitely back.
    Keep at it.
    Regards Bill
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    2 months ago by Robertcooper ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi Martin

    No one wantโ€™s you to leave this site. Just stay put because you have helped a lot of people on this site including me as a novice. So you and Bill stay with this site because you have many friends and we all have a lot of banter here.

    Regards
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    Hi Guys,

    Just another little update.

    There is not really a lot i can say about this bit.

    I have decided to panel the superstructure with the dark wood strips (5mm x 0.50mm)
    Again coats of varnish and rubbing down in-between coats.

    I have left off the roof at the moment as i will change the front and i might want to do a little something in the wheelhouse, so it will be easer to get in to.

    Still more work to be done.

    Incase you were wondering what the boat and stand is on it is an old sowing machine table that is on wheel that can be moved around to wherever i need it.
    It is another rescued item that was destine for the rubbish dump.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Superstructure (panelling)
    2 months ago by GaryLC ( Midshipman)
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    The best news of the day is you are here to stay, thank God for small mercies, and welcome home.
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    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thank you Rick.
    Working with wood is very messy compared to what i am used to.

    Martin555.
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    2 months ago by Newby7 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Wonderful work Martin. You make it hard to believe you don't like working with wood.
    Rick
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    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thank you Bill,
    Still plenty to do.

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    2 months ago by Scratchbuilder ( Commander)
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    Hi Martin.
    Well,you certainly seem to be progressing in the right direction on this one.
    Keep it up.
    Regards Bill
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    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thank you Robert.
    I have a bit more work to do before i can write another update.

    Martin555.
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    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Nerys,
    The dreaded 'P' word tut tut! would i do something as evil as that LOL!!

    I do have to make some deck fittings like a Samson Post some bollards and some fairleads so maybe a bit more of the dreaded 'P' will slip in to this build.

    I have to do a bit of research to find out what i am looking for before i can make them.

    Martin555.
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    2 months ago by Robertcooper ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi Marin

    You are doing a fabulous job of it.
    Robert ๐Ÿ‘
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    2 months ago by Nerys ( Admiral)
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    Hi Martin, looking at your photos of the superstructure, it looked so white that I thought it might be the dreaded 'P' word, but am relieved to hear that you had not gone astray and were using ply.
    Please forgive me for doubting your integrity. I think you are right in using strip wood, it will give a better effect than sheet.

    Cheers, Nerys
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    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thank's Red.
    I did originally think about covering it with sheets of wood veneer but then to looks like a sheet and not planks.

    I would like to see some more photos of your Police Patrol Boat.

    Martin555.
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    2 months ago by redpmg ( Commodore)
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    The wood on the superstructure is African Mahogany Martin - no idea what the deck planking is - great wood for deck planking - bought a lot from Westbourne and still have some left - believe it was supplied by Billings.

    For the lazy builder Graupner used to supply ready made deck planking - looks like Red Cedar blocks laminated together with thin strips of Obeche to supply the inlay. Then they sliced it into veneer strips about the size of balsa planks. My avatar is planked with it - seemed a good idea at the time all those years ago. Not nearly as good looking as doing it your way Martin
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    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Nerys,

    Plastic stuff, LOL!! I don't know what you mean LOL!!!

    The superstructure is 3mm ply wood covered with strips of some sort of dark wood.

    As you can tell i know very little about wood.

    Before i assembled the superstructure i sanded it down a bit so that it was smooth.

    I am definitely thinking about making another boat using wood, you never know it might even come out better than this one LOL!!

    I did manage to slip in a bit of plastic on the decks LOL!!

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    2 months ago by Nerys ( Admiral)
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    Think you have made a lovely neat job of the motor etc. installation. It's nice to see the stirrings of building another, bigger wooden boat entering your conciousness. You might be converted yet. In any case this build is turning out really well for you, perhaps this will be the first boat you want to keep.
    Only one thing, looking at your superstructure, it looks horribly as if you are using that plastic stuff and covering it with wood, surely not!.

    Cheers, Nerys
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    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Red,
    Unfortunately i have not made a boat that i have wanted to keep yet.
    I did say Yet!

    That sound generator is a simple but very clever idea.
    It is tempting to make it just to hear what it sounds like.

    Martin555.
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    2 months ago by redpmg ( Commodore)
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    You wont want to part with it Martin - really good job you are making of it .

    Sorting out my files today - came across this little gem - thought it might give you ideas
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    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    I knew i should of built it bigger JB. LOL!!

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    2 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Martin, you'd probably have to build a 'bigger blue' to accommodate that model๐Ÿ˜

    JB
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    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Jb,
    I am starting to enjoy it now that the majority of the woodwork is done.

    I will admit it has been better than i thought it would be.

    I can imagine the fun Sy is going to have making his 47" Fairey Huntsman 31. In fact i would like the chance to make that kit myself.

    Martin555
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    2 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    That's looking very smart Martin,- admit it, you're enjoying this๐Ÿ˜

    JB
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    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thanks Robert.
    She is getting there slowly.

    Martin555.
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    2 months ago by Robertcooper ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi Martin

    This is looking Very good keep at it.

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    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi guys,
    Just a little update.

    Fitted the removable electronics tray, motor, prop, and rudder system.

    I now have to think about what else i want to make work.

    I am using a six channel system on this boat.
    So far only two channels used.

    Martin555.
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    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thanks Red,
    As i have said it was my first attempt at this sort of planking.
    I am quite pleased with it.

    Martin555.
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    2 months ago by redpmg ( Commodore)
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    Makes good sense Martin - an original thought as always.

    As an aside met a fellow from Gosport who laid planked decks for a living - gave me a piece that was left over from a job - golden brown coloured Asian Teak - about 100mm wide and 3mm thick - talk about cutting it fine - shows how expensive real teak has got - and the bum-boats in Singapore are made mostly from 1" thick planks of it - some of them are over 40ft long..........

    Your great planking job reminded me of it.
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    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    That is a good idea Red.

    The look i am going for is an x-naval boat that has been converted for private use.
    If that makes sense.

    Martin555.
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    2 months ago by redpmg ( Commodore)
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    Got to have a swiveling spotlight Martin - now that's an idea - have it moving sideways and up & down using a small servo on another channel - shades of JB or Graham here..............
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    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Red,

    So far i have only thought of having Navigation and mast head lights
    And maybe a Radar.


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    2 months ago by redpmg ( Commodore)
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    Progressing well Martin - very neat installation.

    Lights & sound would be good additions - read an article somewhere where a small fitting was attached to the propshaft which hit a small "Drum"as it rotated - (like playing cards running in bicycle spokes to provide an engine sound )- only problem is the propshaft rotates far faster than any full size motor would - so it would sound more like a turbine...........

    At least with LED's lights are easier - and the super bright ones are good for searchlights
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    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thank's Jb,

    I do try and make everything easily removable.

    Martin555.
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    2 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Very nice work Martin, I know you are good at this stuff (re Cottesmore )๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

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    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thank you for all the nice comments guys.

    Martin555.
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    2 months ago by Newby7 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Nice neat job Martin.
    Rick
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    2 months ago by Robertcooper ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi Martin

    The Electronics looks very nice and tidy well done.

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    2 months ago by MouldBuilder ( Commodore)
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    Very neat Martin. You are getting on really well. ๐Ÿ˜Š
    Peter.
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    2 months ago by figtree7nts ( Admiral)
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    Hi Martin,

    I must say!

    What a neat looking engine room!

    Cheers, Ed
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    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Guys,

    It has been a while since my last update but this stage takes a bit of time to do.

    Watching paint dry dose take time and is not that exciting (I have heard that said somewhere before LoL!)

    I started by spreading โ€˜ready mixed Exterior filler to the wooden hull.
    (Purchased from a DIY store.) it is a multi purpose filler.
    Working one section at a time filling and rubbing down quite a few times until i felt happy enough to think about applying some paint to help seal the wood.

    I did not have any primer paint however i did have a small tin of Humbrol matt white that has been sitting around for some years so after a really good mixing i used it as my primer.

    It worked ok i could see what needed more filler and what needed a bit more sanding down.

    I then concentrated on the bottom and applied a few coats of Red Humbrol Gloss (No 19.)
    I decided that i would hand paint the first three coats rubbing down in-between, then depending on the Finnish i thought i would spray the final coats.
    But i was surprised how well the Finnish was so i left it at that and did not bother spraying.

    The next stage was the White gloss paint Humbrol (No 22.)
    Again hand painted.

    I donโ€™t want this to look brand new i just want it to look as if it has been used but looked after. (well that is the excuse and i am sticking to it)

    The rubbing strake was painted with Humbrol (No 33 Matt)

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    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Colin's grandson.

    Thank you for the complement i really appreciate it.

    I am glad you like my boat, I think it is quite cool too.

    I don't want it to go to fast otherwise i might crash it in to something, that is because i am a little better at building boats than operating them LOL!!

    The reason it looks like i build boats quicker than your grandad is i have a lot more time that i can spend on the builds.

    You look after your grandad and watch how he makes his boats and then one day we will see one of you'r boats on this site.

    Martin555.
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    2 months ago by Colin H ( Vice Admiral)
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    Martin, comments from my grandson.
    Firstly he thinks you're building a really cool looking boat and he thinks it will be very fast as it's a fast shape and looks very good. ( these comments are his not mine)
    He wants to know why I can't build boats as quick as you.
    I told him you've had more practice.
    Cheers Colin.
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    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thank you Nerys,
    She is coming along, and i think you will like the superstructure when you see it.

    Hopefully i will be able to update you soon.

    Martin555.
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    2 months ago by Nerys ( Admiral)
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    Hi Martin. For somebody who is not used to working in wood, it appears that you are making a pretty good job of her. There's many a woodworker who would like to do as well, Nice hull, I'm sure the cabin top will be equally as perfect. Am I right in saying that you are building the larger, 27" hull ?

    Cheers, Nerys
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    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thank's Ed and Bill.
    She is coming together slowly.

    Martin555.
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    2 months ago by figtree7nts ( Admiral)
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    Hi Martin,

    I really like the way your boat is coming out!

    Cheers, Ed
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    2 months ago by Scratchbuilder ( Commander)
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    Martin.
    Cracking job.
    Keep it up.
    Regards Bill
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    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thank's guys for your great comments i really appreciate it.

    Jb,
    RE :- coamings.

    The kit dose not include any materials or instructions about coamings.

    So you have to build the superstructure and then make coamings to suit.
    The problem comes when you have to make coamings for around the well deck. you are making them blind and have to hope you get it right first time.
    So that is what i have to look forward to.

    Martin555.
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    2 months ago by Colin H ( Vice Admiral)
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    Martin, it looks rather posh.
    I like the idea of used but well cared for.
    Well done sir, cheers Colin
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    2 months ago by mistyoptic ( Midshipman)
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    Martin, Thanks for this, Nice finish for this wooden hull.

    Geoff
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    2 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Excellent job Martin, looking fantastic๐Ÿ‘. You've done a real nice job on the hull. I'm sure the coamings will be just as good.

    JB
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    2 months ago by redpmg ( Commodore)
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    That is looking really great Martin - well done as you would say............

    You are making a very good job of something in a material you dislike.

    Glad to see In Excess is still around - or is that an old tube ? Still using sandpaper and a few other items bought from them although the alkaline batteries have finally time expired. Wonderful shop for bargains............
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    2 months ago by Robertcooper ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Looking very nice Martin keep up with the hard work.

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    3 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Guys.

    I was quite surprised how the main deck came out as i have never done it like that before so i decided to do the same thing on the well deck.
    This time i used narrower strips (4mm x 1mm x 240mm) again using 1mm x 0.5mm white plastic strips cut from the A4 sheet.

    Panelled the sides and back bulkheads of the well deck with a darker wood.
    Again a few coats of varnish, rubbing down in-between coats.

    I then worked on the forward bulk head again applying strips of dark wood and treating it to some varnish.

    It was definitely easer to work on each piece of the Well deck separately and then glue them together as trying to sand and varnish as one unit would of been a bit difficult.

    Light and dark wood strips were applied to the door.

    The hinges were three bits of brass cut to (5mm x 2mm) and the door handle was made by bending and flattening the same 2mm brass and a small collet added just for looks.

    This boat has more stripes than a Zebra LOL!!!!

    Martin555.
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    2 months ago by T33CNO ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Le tonkinois varnish as used by the French navy.
    If I did it again I would use finishing resin first then polyurethane

    https://techno.smugmug.com/Amati-Riva-Aquarama/i-ML9LmZf/A
    https://techno.smugmug.com/Amati-Riva-Aquarama/i-ML9LmZf/A
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    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Very nice indeed T3.

    Did you use Varnish or Resin over the woodwork ?

    Martin555.
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    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Sy,
    Thank you for the complement.

    I have always wanted to build the Sea Queen but i also really like the Huntsman 31.(maybe one day)

    I had no problems with sanding down the deck as both materials are soft.
    I would imagine to get that real shine that you see on some of the decks they must use resin instead of varnish.

    By the time you have worked your magic on the Huntsman it will look awesome.
    Rest assured that will definitely be a build log i will be following .

    Martin555.
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    2 months ago by T33CNO ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Lime planking here onwards in my Riva build, Sy.
    https://techno.smugmug.com/Amati-Riva-Aquarama/i-wMThWWW/A
    https://techno.smugmug.com/Amati-Riva-Aquarama/i-wMThWWW/A
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    2 months ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Iโ€™m following your experience of deck planking with interest Martin. Iโ€™ve ordered the very large Fairey Huntress from SLEC at 47โ€ long and is crying out for nice planking instead of the printed planking on the ply deck supplied.

    Iโ€™m hoping to plank in walnut simply because I love the colour of walnut in favour of mahogany which Iโ€™m not as keen on. Iโ€™m considering the plasticard strip caulking like yours, but another Method Iโ€™ve seen somewhere is using 1mm or 1.5mm thick lime wood as an alternative?

    I was wondering how you found sanding the deck planks and plasticard Martin, did it sand ok being 2 different mediums.

    Very much enjoying your build, kind regards Sy
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    3 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Just take your time Martin, no rush. I find sometimes if you leave it for a few days (or even weeks) you don't tend to get sick of it, and want to do it rather than feel you need to.

    JB
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    3 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thank's Peter.

    The last wooden boat i made was some 30 - 40 years ago.

    Martin555.
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    3 months ago by MouldBuilder ( Commodore)
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    looking really good Martin. Surprising, with your experience, that this is your first attempt at a wooden boat. Nice one.
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    3 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thanks for that comment Ed.
    She is coming along bit by bit.

    Martin555.
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    3 months ago by figtree7nts ( Admiral)
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    Wow, Martin!

    You really got your 'MOJO' back!

    Your model looks fantastic!

    Cheers, Ed
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    3 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Graham,

    Thank's,
    I just do a bit have a rest and then do a bit more.
    Keep having breaks in-between makes it less of a job.

    Martin555.
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    3 months ago by Graham93 ( Commodore)
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    Martin,

    I'm amazed at how much progress you have made in such a short time. I haven't had much time recently to follow your build, and now I get to look at it you have planked the deck, the well deck, made a door with hinges. It all looks fantastic!๐Ÿ‘

    It seems like you certainly have your MoJo back ๐Ÿ˜

    Graham93
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    3 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thank's guys,

    There are bits about it that i like and bits i don't.

    I don't know about enjoying it Jb, it is just a little better now that the worst of the sanding is done.

    Maybe one-day i will have a go at something like Graham's Pilot cutter.LOL!!

    Martin555.
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    3 months ago by Newby7 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Wow coming nicely Martin.
    Rick
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    3 months ago by mistyoptic ( Midshipman)
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    Super job Martin, Inspirational.

    Regards

    Geoff
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    3 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    You're enjoying this, aren't you Martin, I think you've been having a lend, and you've done this before๐Ÿ˜ Nice job,- like your door handle๐Ÿ‘

    JB
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    3 months ago by redpmg ( Commodore)
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    You are definitely outdoing yourself Martin - great to see you at work again
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    3 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Guys,

    Now you see it, Now you donโ€™t.

    The hatch i cut earlier to gain access to the rudder and servo now blends in and you would not know it is there.
    I might have to add some small magnets or something so that i dose not suddenly part company from the rest of the boat.

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    3 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Doug i Just measure in from one edge 1mm and then use a steel rule and a sharp scalpel and make several passes to cut it off.
    It dose curl up as you cut so a bit of straining up is required.
    It don't have to be that accurate as the surface needs to be sanded flat.

    I like the idea of a porthole in the door.

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    3 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Martin,
    How do you cut accurate 1mm strips of plastic? ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
    With a guillotine?
    (Never mind get 'em in the right place!!)

    Will try that for my Sea Scout cockpit panelling ๐Ÿ˜
    Might also nick your door making method, but will add a porthole.
    Glad to see you got your MOJO working๐Ÿ˜€
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5zNa-5LTGE

    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    and now ...
    the original by the man who wrote it
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gNs-29s-0Q
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5zNa-5LTGE
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    3 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thanks red.
    The hatch is a snug fit and i think the superstructure will help to hold it in place as well.
    I will have to wait to see.

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    3 months ago by redpmg ( Commodore)
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    Re the magnets Martin - use Neodyms but not the very strong ones - have a few and some of them would require 2 Gorillas to part them - the sort used for the latch on cellphone (mobile to you) covers would be fine with a strip of metal for each one - two magnets together would test the strength of the hatch ...........

    You are really making a fine job of this build despite not liking woodwork.
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    3 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thank you for the very nice comments Red.

    After seeing some great deck work on this site i thought i would have a go at it.

    The only material i had available to go in between the planks was Plastic.

    And you know me it had to be done LOL!!

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    3 months ago by redpmg ( Commodore)
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    Well done with the planking and the deck Martin - you used the method of planking Dumas advise for their Chris Craft models - presume you thought it up though ? - it's a very professional job you made of it altogether - even the joints look spot on.

    The rudder hatch is extremely well done.
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    3 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Nice bit of fitting Martin๐Ÿ‘

    JB
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    3 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Nerys,
    It is great to hear you are doing a little bit of model making.
    I know how you feel i struggled for a very long time before starting this project for someone else.

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    3 months ago by Nerys ( Admiral)
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    Martin, I'm sorry there's nothing to report on the LST, Alice is doing the painting for me as I have problems with steps to get outside, and she is so busy with the campervan, I don't like to break her chain of thought in mentioning the LST. However, good news, I felt inspired enough to do some work on rigging my auxiliary barge today, which is a great step forward for me after my long period of lethargy.

    Cheers, Nerys
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    3 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    OK Martin.
    But even so the filler caps are a nice fitting for such boats.๐Ÿ˜‰
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    3 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Doug,

    Thank's for the complement.

    I do like the idea of the filler caps.

    I have even thought of having a screw down Jack staff, but i think the superstructure will hold it down.

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    3 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    "so that i dose not suddenly part company from the rest of the boat."
    Coupla small neodymium magnets should fix that Martin.
    I used 5mm round ones to hold the cabin roof on my Sea Scout.
    Pretty sure that Rob and Sy also use them, amongst others.

    Or, since it's on the stern, you could use the Filler caps (got mine from Krick Riva fittings range), like I used on my Sea Scout to fix down the hatch over my rudder servo.
    https://www.krickshop.de/Accessories-Spare-Parts/Accessories...
    I drilled and tapped them for 3mm, inserted 3mm studs (cut from bolts๐Ÿ˜‰), and epoxy glued 3mm nuts into recesses in the flange.
    Forward edge is held down with two 5mm diam. magnets.
    I also put a very thin layer of silicon round the flanges.
    No leaks, even with a prolonged 'reverse gear' test ๐Ÿ˜€
    Magic woodwork for 'Plastic Man' ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    https://www.krickshop.de/Accessories-Spare-Parts/Accessories-for-Ship-Models/Fittings-for-Runabouts-1-10/Tankstutzen-VE2-Riva-Beschlag.htm?shop=krick_e&SessionId=&a=article&ProdNr=63237&p=166
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    3 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    I am the same Nerys,
    I like to be able to get things if they go wrong.

    We must be due an update on your LST soon.

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    3 months ago by Nerys ( Admiral)
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    I have made similar flush hatches, three of them, along the full length of the open deck of my LST. I did not like the idea of not being able to access the working bits or even for stowing ballast which I anticipate being needed, The plans only showed minimum access to the motors section. The decks being painted I have used a couple of small screws to hold them down.

    Cheers, Nerys
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    3 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Rick,
    Thank's.

    I did cut out the same shape from the scrap ply to make it fit.

    I then taped around the hatch to prevent the wood strips sticking to the deck.

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    3 months ago by Newby7 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Looks great Martin. Can you make an oval the shape of the opening and glue it to the cover.
    Rick
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    3 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thank you Colin.
    I am glad it worked out ok.

    I think the superstructure will hold it in place Hopefully if not i am sure i can think of something to secure it.

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    3 months ago by Colin H ( Vice Admiral)
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    Exceptional work Martin.
    Hidden access is always good to have where you need it.
    Cheers Colin.
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    ๐Ÿ“ The Main Deck.
    3 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Guys.

    This part of the build is not in the instructions, in fact most of this build now will be me just having a play.

    Believe it or not i have got a plan in my head or at least i did have when i started this.

    I have seen some fantastic deck work done by other more skilful members on this site so i have decided that it is something that i will have a go at.

    Firstly
    Two strips of wood was soaked in water for a couple of minuets then clamped to the ply wood former.
    I used the sheet of ply wood that the deck came out of to help form the wood strips that go around the edge of the deck.

    The wood i am using is odds and ends that i have collected over the years.
    I donโ€™t know what the different woods are called so i will call them light wood or dark wood or even lighter wood and darker wood.

    Most of the build was put together using CA glue (superglue)

    The wooden deck planks (7 mmx 1mm x 320mm) was glued down with white wood glue (PVA), that allowed time to move and align the wood and plastic strips.

    Unfortunately i have been getting withdraw symptoms for not building in plastic, LOL!!
    So i cut some plastic (1mm x 0.5mm) white strips from a sheet of A4 to go in-between the planks.

    The deck was sanded back and given a few coats of Yacht Varnish.

    (The photos were taken prior to rubbing down and varnishing)

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    3 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thank's Jb,
    I am sort of getting the hang of it but it is definitely not my favourite material to work with.
    I would probably benefit by making a few more boats in wood.

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    3 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    And you said you were worried about building with wood!, excellent job Martin,- spot on๐Ÿ‘

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    3 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thanks Geoff,
    Hopefully if i do another one it will look a little better.
    As for my friend he won't be getting it if he don't start parting with some cash LOL!!

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    3 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thank you Mike,
    I am quite pleased with it seeing as it is my first attempt but it is nowhere near your standard of workmanship.

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    3 months ago by mistyoptic ( Midshipman)
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    Good job here Martin, some thoughts and inspiration for me on my next build. Looks like your friend could finish up with a super model.
    Regards Geoff.
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    3 months ago by mturpin013 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Great work Martin, deck planking is really satisfying job, Its one of my favourite parts of a build, yours looks really very professional.
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    3 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thank's for the nice comments guys.
    I think i am starting to get the hang of this wood stuff.

    The funny bit about working with head plans is they get updated regularly LOL!!

    Another thing is i use metric and imperial measurements depending on the situation, and sometimes it is just two marks on a bit of tape or the thickness of a screwdriver blade LOL!!
    Dose anyone use the same system ?

    Nerys,
    RE :- dare I ask if this is the first of more wooden boats to come.

    I have always wanted to make the Sea Queen but that will be just be a dream (maybe one day)
    Another boat i would like to make is a luxury motor yacht.
    The problem is there are so many boats i would like to make.

    So in answer to your question Nerys
    Possibly LOL!!
    I did manage to slip a little plastic in LOL!!

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    3 months ago by Nerys ( Admiral)
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    As it is clear that you are beginning to like the look of a wooden build and appreciating the beautiful variations in colour given by the many different woods, and, I hope, realising what a wonderful medium it is to work in, dare I ask if this is the first of more wooden boats to come.

    cheers, Nerys
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    3 months ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Really liking the white caulking between the planks Martin, looking very much like the planking on a Riva type boat. Keep up the excellent work ๐Ÿ‘
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    3 months ago by Colin H ( Vice Admiral)
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    Martin it seems that you have become a master of the wood.
    I like head plans, that way nobody can tell you it's wrong.
    Well done sir, a fine job you are doing.
    Cheers Colin.
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    3 months ago by Newby7 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Martin and his new element.Doing a wonderful job.
    Rick
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