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    'MOJO'
    by Martin555 ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง ( Fleet Admiral)
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    ๐Ÿ“ Little Mod.
    9 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Guys,

    Just a little modification.
    A good friend and member pointed out something that could end up being a problem later.
    He suggested that a support is fitted to the outer prop shaft tube.
    So this was knocked up and fitted and a quick flick of paint and you would not know i cocked it up in the first place LOL!!

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    9 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Yes Peter but not a normal human. LOL!!

    Martin555.
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    9 months ago by MouldBuilder ( Rear Admiral)
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    You ARE human after all.๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜€
    Peter.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Little Mod.
    9 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    I must say - You have an excellent aim with your paint flicking Martin ๐Ÿ‘
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Little Mod.
    9 months ago by Colin H ( Admiral)
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    Well done Martin, lots of kits fail to supply propshaft tube supports, I always fit a fillet like yours, unless there is a support supplied.
    Cheers Colin.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Little Mod.
    9 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Guys,
    Luckily spotted by a good member and the fix was an easy one.
    That is the advantage of being a site member others notice thing that you might not.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Little Mod.
    9 months ago by Cashrc ( Captain)
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    Martin, Iโ€™ve noticed that in some older Robbe kits they leave the exposed part of the tube unsupported, while Graupner seems to make darn sure thereโ€™s a brace of some sort if the outer portion of the tube is of any real length. Good catch by your buddy and good job on the fix!!
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Little Mod.
    9 months ago by Newby7 ( Admiral)
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    Nice fix Martin and good catch by the member / friend. No cock up you were just testing to see if we were watching. LOL
    Rick
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    ๐Ÿ“ Run Out of MOJO!
    9 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Guys,
    Well i think i will call that it for this one.
    Just need to ballast and test in Big Blue.

    I think i have achieved the original request.

    (The plan is just to make something that is functional and pleasing to the eye, something that will not be complicated and not have lots of bits that could brake off )

    Altho i did not stick to the instruction as such i have tried to build this in a way that showed the kit and itโ€™s assembly.

    For the price the kit it is good value and goes together well, hopefully i have shown the good and slightly not so good bits of the construction.

    The small errors that were found had been forwarded to the kit manufacturer and hopefully these will be addressed.

    As you guys know i have not made a boat using wood for many many years, so i am quite pleased with the final outcome.

    I hope you enjoyed this build and that it will encourage others into this great hobby.

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Run Out of MOJO!
    9 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thank you peter very kind of you.

    Martin555.
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    9 months ago by MouldBuilder ( Rear Admiral)
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    Super job Martin.๐Ÿ‘
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Run Out of MOJO!
    9 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thank's Doug,

    I have been saving the Tubs and Pot as i have been making 'MOJO'.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Run Out of MOJO!
    9 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Superb build Martin โ˜€๏ธโ˜€๏ธโ˜€๏ธ
    Now? Back to the marge tub fleet?
    What's the flavour of the week?
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Run Out of MOJO!
    9 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Seanympth,
    Thank you for the complement, and having followed your build of 'Morston' i think you have done a great job on her.

    The great thing about this site is its members.

    Keeping motivated can be a bit of a struggle at times but the members here on this site really do help.

    If you have the attitude that the next one will be better, then it will.


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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Run Out of MOJO!
    9 months ago by Seanympth ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hi Martin I wanted to say that is a beautiful model, I built my first wooden model (or any model) in 40 years earlier this year I used a HA Kits model and found it a pleasure to build, my results were not as good as yours but that was my lack of skill not the kits fault.
    I was thinking about building another one in the New Year but your pictures have inspired me make sure I do and order one now.
    Thank you as ever for your inspiration
    Best wishes
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Run Out of MOJO!
    9 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Pdj,
    Thanks I do try LOL!!
    As i have said in a previous post starting with a good kit made making this a lot easer, and i would recommend this kit.
    I just changed a few things as i went.

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Run Out of MOJO!
    9 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thank you Seanympth
    The kit from HAKits is great so making this was a lot easer.

    Martin555.
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    9 months ago by Cashrc ( Captain)
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    Martin!!!!! That looks WICKED!! You did a fine job wrestling all that wood into submission! Seriously, sheโ€™s a beaut, you did a grand job on her.๐Ÿ˜Š
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    9 months ago by Pdj ( Recruit)
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    Super, I will be a happy man if I ever achieve your standard of work.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Run Out of MOJO!
    9 months ago by Seanympth ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    A beautiful job, congratulations!
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Run Out of MOJO!
    9 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Mike,
    Thank you.
    As you know wood is not my favourite medium to work with.

    PM reply sent.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Run Out of MOJO!
    9 months ago by mturpin013 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Martin what great result a credit to your "woodworking skills". I've sent you a PM.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Run Out of MOJO!
    9 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Guys,
    I want to thank you all for the fantastic comment, It means a lot to me.

    Thank's Gary,
    I do have some things in mind for the next project but i need to work a few things out first.

    Thanks Michel-claude,
    I am pleased you like 'MOJO'.

    Thank's Bill,
    As you know the problems i am having only delayed the Finnish.
    Unfortunately the only maiden voyage she will be getting will be in Big Blue LOL!!

    JB,
    Now there's a thought a Bedside light!

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Run Out of MOJO!
    9 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    You've made a spot on job of that Martin, nothing wrong with your 'woodworking' skills ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ You certainly can be proud of that job. Nice how you've added your personal touches as well, makes it unique, (are you going to have it beside the bed and admire it at night ? - or should I have asked, will you be allowed to?๐Ÿ˜)

    JB
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Run Out of MOJO!
    9 months ago by Scratchbuilder ( Captain)
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    Hi Martin.
    End of MOJO ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฅฒ.
    A great build and as always explained clearly and concisely.
    Considering your circumstances at the moment I think you deserve a ๐Ÿ†and a๐Ÿฅ‡.
    She really looks great and I do look forward to the maiden voyage.
    Regards Bill.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Run Out of MOJO!
    9 months ago by Mike Stoney ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi Martin!
    I can't find any words except a loud
    *** " W O W" !! ***
    Greetings from Michel-Claude
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Run Out of MOJO!
    9 months ago by GaryLC ( Lieutenant)
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    Hi Martin, I think you have rather excelled yourself as that is one great-looking boat you have there. Nice clean lines and no clutter with regard to masts and rigging and other easily damaged bits which tend to break off especially when transported in the car. That is also a very well-thought-out bit of planking which looks really good. Plastic is o/k and has its uses but nothing beats a hardwood deck with a bit of varnish on it, and even more so when the planking is spot on. So ten dollar question what is in the pipeline for the next build, as like women and shoes you can never really have enough. Regards, Gary.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Run Out of MOJO!
    9 months ago by jacko ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Ho No, No, Mo Jo
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Run Out of MOJO!
    9 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thank's Rick.
    A very nice comment.
    But i don't have the enthusiasm that i used to have.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Run Out of MOJO!
    9 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thanks Red.
    It has come out a little better that i thought it 'wood' LOL!!

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Run Out of MOJO!
    9 months ago by Newby7 ( Admiral)
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    Nice work Martin. You make it look easy even if you are not fond of working with wood. Can see no mater the medium you do it with great expertise.
    Rick
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Run Out of MOJO!
    9 months ago by redpmg ( Commodore)
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    A great build Martin - that's a really good looking boat - You should be proud of yourself...........As Graham says the planking is especially well done. Cant get that effect with plastic alone............Most kits etc have bits of both too.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Run Out of MOJO!
    9 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thank you Graham,
    I am not sure what i will be doing at the moment, i do have a few things rattling around in my mind (or was that the brain slipping LOL!!

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Run Out of MOJO!
    9 months ago by Graham93 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Martin,

    I think it looks great. I especially like the deck planking๐Ÿ‘

    Whatโ€™s next? Are you going to continue with working in wood, or are you going back to plastic?

    Graham93
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    ๐Ÿ“ Windows
    10 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Guys,

    The windows in this model kit was a little bit disappointing, the window frames are 3D printed plastic and the gazing part is 0.25mm clear plastic sheet.

    I first removed the frames from the template sheet.
    Then placing the clear plastic sheet over the appropriate window template and then cut the four state edges first then with the aid if some nail clippers i then nipped the corner radius.

    Care must be taken to get the clear plastic to fit in the frames as you only have a few mm of lip for the clear plastic to clue to.

    I then used UHU clear glue to glue the clear plastic to the frameโ€™s

    I used CA glue to glue the frameโ€™s to the superstructure.
    Again you only have a few mm of lip on the window frameโ€™s to glue to the superstructure.

    It is almost imposable to do this stage without getting light scratches and marks on the clear plastic.

    My next stage will be to paint the window frames white.

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Windows
    9 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    JB,
    Having not worked with wood much i woodn't know. LOL!

    Martin555.
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    9 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Red,
    I decided to hand paint the windows frames.
    I took a change and painted without masking off.
    Just keep holding my breath at each stroke of the brush.
    By the time i finished i was blue in the face and seeing stars LOL!!

    Martin555.
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    9 months ago by redpmg ( Commodore)
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    Very punny JB - but as you say Martin is making a great job of this build..........
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    9 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Excellent job on the windows Martin, always a hard part to get looking clean and neat, well done. For someone who says they don't like wood, you 'woodn't' know it๐Ÿ˜ Much better for you than plastic, and smells nicer too๐Ÿ˜

    JB
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Windows
    9 months ago by redpmg ( Commodore)
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    I hate the word Learner they use for school pupils here - we are all learners throughout life - and as we get older we sometimes have to re-learn..............So not to worry Martin - we all do it - I find myself in the same situation frequently............

    You have done a splendid job on the windows - those minute scratches etc are very difficult to avoid.

    Perhaps a light card template around & inside each window might make the paint job easier ? Should be easy enough to make from the plastic card they came on ?
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Windows
    9 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thanks for the nice comments guys.
    I really do appreciate them.

    Martin555.
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    9 months ago by stevedownunder ( Commander)
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    Hi Martin,

    Looks good, always a difficult job doing windows.


    You have got a bit of masking to do there.

    Cheers,
    Stephen.
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    9 months ago by Cashrc ( Captain)
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    Martin, I feel your pain. Iโ€™ve been bouncing back and forth between painting the SAR and installing windows to the frames. And youโ€™re right, thereโ€™s almost no way one can install the windows to the frames without getting a small smudge of glue near the corner, or a scratch. However, I think you did a top notch job sir!!!
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Windows
    9 months ago by mturpin013 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Very neat job Martin, good definition widow frames can make a model, and these look really good.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Windows
    9 months ago by Newby7 ( Admiral)
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    Nice work Martin. Like the clipper idea. Good luck with the painting and installation of the windows.
    Rick
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Windows
    10 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Graham,
    RE:- painting BEFORE.

    Wish i did too, i don't know why i did didn't.

    I was always told you learn from your mistakes.
    I don't seem to.LOL!!!

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Windows
    10 months ago by Graham93 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi Martin,

    I also found cutting the plastic sheet to fit a bit of a fiddle (different model from same supplier). Especially as the template sheet I received did not have the right sized outlines for the frames!

    I wish Iโ€™d thought of using nail clippers, that would have made it a bit easier. I guess that idea has come from your extensive plastic experience ๐Ÿ˜†

    One thing though, I did paint the frames white BEFORE fitting the glazing.๐Ÿค”

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    ๐Ÿ“ The end is in sight
    10 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Guys,
    Quick update,
    Made and fitted a couple Fairleads.
    Fitted Life Rings.
    Made and fitted a couple of mane boards.

    I may have a go at the windows next.

    Martin555.
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    9 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Looking really good Martin, love the name board and life ring holders.๐Ÿ‘

    JB
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    10 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thanks Bill,
    I admit i am glad that all the wood work is done,
    As you know me and wood dose not get on to well.LOL!!


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    10 months ago by Scratchbuilder ( Captain)
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    Martin.
    Keep it coming.
    Nearly there.
    Great job.
    Regards Bill.
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    10 months ago by stevedownunder ( Commander)
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    Hi Martin,
    Looks great, very neat.
    Not much plastic in sight....๐Ÿ˜€

    Cheers,
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: The end is in sight
    10 months ago by Newby7 ( Admiral)
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    Martin Windows YUK๐Ÿ˜œ Not the best parts of my builds.
    Rick
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    ๐Ÿ“ Working Navigation Lights
    10 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi guys,
    Today i had a little tinker in my little workshop and decided to strip down another damaged servo to use as the Navigation light control switch.

    After removing the PCB, Motor, and Potentiometer from the servo casing i then unsoldered the motor leaving just the potentiometer and PCB.

    I then joined the Port, Starbd, and Masthead lights together (Cathode to Cathode Anode to Anode, + to - ) then connected them to the two wires that controlled the motor.
    I also fitted a 12R resister in line to dim down the LED's.

    The LED controller was then glued in place using Hot Melt glue.

    Then i centred the Potentiometer.
    Connected the controller to the receiver and now i just flick the switch on the Transmitter and the Navigation lights come on.

    You can also use this system to operate two LED Circuits by Connection another set of LED's but reversing the polarity of the LED's

    The beeping sound in the video i the Transmitter battery getting low.

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Working Navigation Lights
    10 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Bill,
    Thank's.
    I try to keep things simple and try to word things with the novice in mind.

    Martin555.
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    10 months ago by Scratchbuilder ( Captain)
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    Hi Martin.
    Brilliant explanation and you are quite correct.
    Good use of redundant parts.
    Your post was simple and to the point,explained exactly what you meant in simple terms.
    Just what the members wantโ€ฆ.donโ€™t over complicate it ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
    Rest easy.
    Regards Bill
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    10 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thanks Red.
    I am sure there are other members here that know a lot more than i do.
    I am not the best at this electrickary but if i can help you at any time just give me a shout.
    The way i do things is a little different to most but that is the way i am LOL!!

    Poor and not quite all there LOL!!

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Working Navigation Lights
    10 months ago by redpmg ( Commodore)
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    Looking better & better Martin - great video - however if I tried that there would definitely be a burning smell and lights extinguished for ever- don't know how you guys do it - all I know is one wires black and the other red - sometimes not - if that's the case time to give up and go home.............

    Think everyone is now following JB's & Grahams lead in gadgetry - would just have to settle for a blue led that flashes on its own and straight wired other lights controlled by a servo............

    The old static round disc Furuno radar would also have to do...............
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    10 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Jb,

    RE :- Your mind does work in mysterious ways
    You are right there it is a total mystery to me too LOL!!

    Thank's Bill,
    These servos have many uses, Doug has also posted some useful information.

    Thank's Mike,
    I was in two minds as to making this a How-To as well as the Radar.

    Thank's Stephen,
    I know what you mean about memory, the amount of times i have done things and then suddenly remembered something when it is to late.

    Martin555.
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    10 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Doug,
    Thank you for that information.
    However i did measure the pot and i was going to replace it with two 2K2 resisters.
    The bad news was i did not have any so decided to stick with the pot.
    Also i thought that if anyone wanted to use this system they would not have the extra expense or trouble of obtaining the resisters.
    It is quite surprising what you can use a damaged servo for.
    I used a couple in my 'Marg' Build as ESC's.

    https://model-boats.com/blogs/73457

    Martin555.
    blogs/73457
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    10 months ago by stevedownunder ( Commander)
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    Hi Martin,
    Great idea, all I have to do now is remember what you did.

    Cheers,
    Stephen.
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    10 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    I see you are getting the hang of this 'electrickery' Martin ๐Ÿ‘
    A word to the obviously wise ๐Ÿ˜‰
    To neaten things up bit you can dump the poti and wires and replace it with two resistors, each one half the value of the pot. Generally they are 5Kโ„ฆ. With luck the value will be printed on the side. If not measure it with your multimeter.
    Given a 5K pot use two 2.2 or 2.7K resistors (so called preferred values; i.e. close enough and easy to find). You can get 2.5K resistors (1% or 2%) but they are more expensive and less common.

    Connect one leg of each resistor together and solder to the board where the pot centre (wiper) was connected. The orange wire in your example.
    Connect the other ends to the board where the brown and purple wires were.
    You may need to experiment as to which way round to make the motor work the way you want. Or use the Servo Reverse switch / setting on the TX.
    Your 'pot' is now perfectly centred and the unit more compact and less fragile (fewer possible points of failure๐Ÿ˜‰)

    If you use a pot on your TX instead of a switch you'll find that you can now use the unit as a mini ESC with reverse ๐Ÿ˜€ At least for mini motors that won't draw more than 1/2Amp (500mA), e.g. winches, cranes, gun turrets etc etc. Heavy duty servos maybe more, 1A or so.
    Or even as a dimmer for your lights.๐Ÿ’ก
    If you want to use it as a mini ESC with reduced power, say 50%, in reverse use two unequal resistors; 1/3 and 2/3 of the pot values; e.g. one 1.5Kโ„ฆ and one 3.3 or 3.6K. This will bias (offset) the 'centre point'.

    If used for a radar etc you can use the unit to adjust the rotation speed without needing an external voltage dropper ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿค‘๐Ÿค‘
    To get more sensitivity of adjustment increase the resistor values keeping the ratio of values the same.
    Hope this helps trigger a few more thunks about uses for redundant servos.๐Ÿ˜
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
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    10 months ago by mturpin013 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Martin, a great how to blog on the radar and RC switch.
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    10 months ago by Scratchbuilder ( Captain)
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    Martin.
    As always the wizardry continues to another dimension.
    May try that for the corvette conversion.
    Well done.
    Regards Bill
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    10 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    I suppose you think you're clever eh? ๐Ÿ˜ Your mind does work in mysterious ways Martin,- who'd have thought of that for a switch?๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

    JB
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    10 months ago by Newby7 ( Admiral)
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    Martin I hear you on that one.
    Rick
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    10 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thanks Rick,
    I find it easer making than writing.LOL!!

    Martin555.
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    10 months ago by Newby7 ( Admiral)
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    Great Martin Wonderful write up on the setup.
    Rick
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    10 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Guys,
    Well there is not a lot i can say about this as i covers most of this in a How-To.

    However i connected the radar to a receiver position that is controlled by a potentiometer on the Transmitter so that it slowed it down a little more.

    I have it rotating the in the opposite direction to what i planed but i can always change that latter.

    Martin555.
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    10 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Cash,
    I have been known to manipulate a bit of plastic in my time.LOL!!

    Martin555.
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    10 months ago by Cashrc ( Captain)
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    Martin, I havenโ€™t seen the whole blog yet, but what Iโ€™ve seen/read so far looks good! Youโ€™re getting to be a regular plastic fabricator!!
    Sheโ€™ll be a keeper once youโ€™re done Iโ€™m sure of it.
    Cash
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    10 months ago by Graham93 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Martin,

    It's the rescue launch I'm building with help from my grandson. Been a bit remiss in posting any updates to the blog recently. Watch this space...

    Graham93
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    10 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thank you for the nice comment Graham.
    Your scanner is excellent.
    What is the boat that you have fitted it to ?

    Martin555.
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    10 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Well JB,
    You know my mind work's in mysterious ways or should i say abnormal ways but i think i still have some hidden talents.

    The only trouble is they are hidden so deep that they rearlly surface LOL!!

    Martin555.
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    10 months ago by Graham93 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Martin,

    Here's my completed radar scanner based on your blog and 'how to'

    โ€œImitation is the sincerest form of flattery.โ€ โ€• Oscar Wilde

    Graham93
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    10 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Very nice Martin, another nifty addition to the boat๐Ÿ‘ Your getting pretty good at these handy conversions. Plastic, wood, steam punk, electrikitty, upholstery,- what next๐Ÿ˜ ?

    JB
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    10 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Peter,
    After the servo conversion has been done it can also be used for a Crane winch, A Tug drum winch, and a Radar in fact i am sure there are many uses for it, but for Winches that will be put under a bit of strain then metal geared servos should be used.

    Not all servos are made the same so the conversions will be a little different.
    There are some good 360 Deg servo conversation videos on Youtube.

    Martin555.
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    10 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thanks Stephen,
    I appreciate your comment.

    Martin555.
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    10 months ago by MouldBuilder ( Rear Admiral)
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    Looks really good Martin. I must learn how to change a servo to do full rotations.
    Thanks for the `How To` article. This will prove to be very helpful to a lot of members.
    Peter.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜€
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    10 months ago by stevedownunder ( Commander)
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    Hi Martin,

    Great looking radar unit.

    Cheers,
    Stephen.
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    10 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Red,

    I am not sure what is next, I might try and sort out the cabin wiring.
    I won't be doing to much to this boat just enough to get it a runner.

    I will launch her in Big Blue with no water in it that way i will not be disappointed LOL!!

    Martin555.
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    10 months ago by redpmg ( Commodore)
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    Very realistic Martin - whats next ? What is the launch going to be called ? - and which service??????
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    10 months ago by Newby7 ( Admiral)
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    Wonderful video Martin. Adventure into the black arts and very successful indeed.
    Rick
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    10 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    No problem Graham.
    I hope it helps.

    Martin555.
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    10 months ago by Graham93 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Martin,

    Thanks for this, and the โ€˜How-toโ€. Iโ€™m working on the same thing today, so your posts have been very timely.

    Graham93
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    10 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Guys,

    Due to a few personal problems i have not been able to do much but here is a little update.

    I knocked up a Samson post and a few deck cleats.
    The Deck cleats were made the same way as the cabin top hand rails.

    Martin555.
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    10 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thank you Mike.
    I still have more to do but the end is now in site.

    Martin555.
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    10 months ago by mturpin013 ( Vice Admiral)
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    That's a great looking deck as are the fittings
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    10 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi JB,

    RE :- Wood is your friend.
    So is the Dentist (NOT) LOL!!

    Martin555.
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    10 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Very nice job Martin, - see, -you do like wood after all๐Ÿ˜ - wood is your friend๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘

    JB
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    10 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thank's guys.

    'MOJO' should of been finished a long time ago.

    Colin perhaps that is why i am feeling so ill (Plastic withdrawal symptoms) LOL!!!

    Martin555.
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    10 months ago by Colin H ( Admiral)
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    Martin i hope your well as i can't see any plastic. They are looking great, looks like you are mastering the wood stuff.
    Cheers Colin.
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    10 months ago by Scratchbuilder ( Captain)
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    Hi Martin.
    First class post showing first class craftsmanship,as always.
    Keep it up and she will soon be on the water.
    Chat soon.
    Regards Bill.
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    10 months ago by Newby7 ( Admiral)
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    Hi Martin even a little bit is progress well done. You being on with us is good.
    Rick
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    11 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Guys,
    Due to various happeningโ€™s including health problems there has been a slight gap in-between updates.

    So here is a little update.

    This radar was made by using layers af plastic to get the correct thicknesses.
    I made a paper template just to get a rough idea as to the size it would need to be.
    I drilled a small hole in the centre of each section and passed a wire through, this was used to align it all as it was glued together.
    I will drill the hole larger when i modify a small serve to rotate 360 and fit it all to the boat.
    This log is now up to date and as soon as i can i will get out in my little workshop and see if i can do a little more to โ€˜MOJOโ€™

    Martin555.
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    11 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    JB,

    I wanted to be a plastic surgeon, but due to lack of education and the willingness to learn i have to settle for Yogurt Pot & Ice-Cream Tub Manipulator LOL!!

    Martin555.
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    11 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thank's Bill.
    We are looking forward to seeing your build log.

    Martin555.
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    11 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    The P.I.M.P is back! Productor de intrincados modelos de plรกsticos. (Producer of Intricate Model Plastics)๐Ÿ˜‚

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDApZhXTpH8 (for big boys only LOL)๐Ÿ˜

    JB
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDApZhXTpH8
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    11 months ago by Scratchbuilder ( Captain)
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    Hi Martin.
    As we have said,really good to see you back.
    Mo Jo is back in business.
    Keep it up.
    Chat soon.
    Regards Bill.
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    11 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thanks Stephen.

    Health issues might get sorted out one day LOL!!

    I hope to get back in my little workshop again soon to do a bit more.

    Martin555.
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    11 months ago by stevedownunder ( Commander)
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    Hi Martin,
    Great that you are back in business.

    I hope your health problems are under control.

    Really nicely made radar.

    Cheers,
    Stephen.
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    11 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thank's Peter.

    !! Nearly LOL!!!!

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    11 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thanks Ed,
    It is the only way i could get the thickness that i needed.

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    11 months ago by MouldBuilder ( Rear Admiral)
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    Super model of the radar Martin. I can make a sloppy window frame.๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ƒ
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    11 months ago by figtree7nts ( Admiral)
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    Hi Martin,

    The Radar came out with very good details!

    I like the way you laminated everything together!

    Cheers, Ed
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    1 year 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!!

    -------------------------------------------

    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)

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    10 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thank's Cash

    In my experience you can make almost anything for your boat from plastic.

    Martin555.
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    10 months ago by Cashrc ( Captain)
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    Dang. Of all the plastic fabbing Iโ€™ve done so far I never thought to make life rings out of it. They look good!!
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    11 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thanks JB,
    I must admit i am starting to get the hang of using Plastic LOL!!

    Martin555.
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    11 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Go for it Martin, we know plastic's your friend, so we won't hold it against you๐Ÿ˜ You might remember way back, when Team NZ made the first f/glass Americas' Cup yacht (KZ7) it was nicknamed the 'plastic fantastic'. Connors did everything to stop it, but still lost๐Ÿ‘Ž. "What does this prove" you ask,- ain't nuttin' wrong with plastic๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜Š

    JB
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    1 year 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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    1 year 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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    1 year 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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    1 year ago by Newby7 ( Admiral)
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    Let there be light .Nice job Martin
    Rick
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    1 year ago by Scratchbuilder ( Captain)
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    Martin.
    As always looking good and up to your normal high standards.
    Bill๐Ÿ‘
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    Thank you guys.
    And thank's for the reminder Red.
    Ropes now fitted.

    Martin555.
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    1 year 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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    1 year 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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    1 year 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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    1 year ago by Newby7 ( Admiral)
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    Well done Martin
    Rick
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    1 year 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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    1 year 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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    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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    1 year 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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    1 year 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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    1 year 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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    1 year 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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    1 year 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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    1 year 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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    1 year ago by Colin H ( 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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