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I can well appreciate that Cliff, I'm finally beginning to see results on my Sea Scout renovation. Have started on the twiddly bits like deck fittings. Your railings look really neat, I doff my hat😉 Cheers Doug 😎
Hi Maaroa Now that you are getting to the detail work, have you decided which Solent Lifeboat your model will based on? There were only four that had the opening type door that Aerokits based their model on. The others had a sliding door entry to the cockpit. Looking nice and ship shape and beautiful wood work. I'm attaching a pic of my Solent. Dave
Hi Dave M i did some research on the solent lifeboat i found out theres a MK1 and MK2 .the MK1 has the sliding doors and in side the cockpit is different to the MK2 .on the MK2 the doors open and the back cockpit is longer then the MK1 back cockpit .the numbers of the MK1 48004 to 48011 .the MK2 48014 to 48016 . I dont know about 48012 and 48013 I think there MK1 i think ? im not quite sure which one to go on ? cliff
Hi cliff Yes the the first 8 004 to 011 had sliding doors and a vertical steering wheel, 012 & 013 are not listed and the series ended with 014 to 016 with the hinged oval doors and seated steering positions. They were all based on the MKII Oakley so this may be the basis for your designation. 48014 was Lady MacRobert based at Montrose 1972 to 1989 48015 was Hugh William Viscount Gough based at Stornoway 1973 to 1984 then Barra Island 84 to 88 and finally Dunbar 88 to 93 48016 was Douglas Currie based at Kirkwell 74 to 75, Macduff 75 to 84, Fraserburgh 85, Portpatrick 86 to 89, Workington 90 to 92. To be correct any one of the last three would be OK Cheers Dave
Good news - Posted: 31st May 2017
Hi Dave i did a bath test with the new props on the sonlent lifeboat .I did full ford and full astern and no problem yet .on saturday i will be doing full test but solent lifeboat through its paces and see what works or not .cliff
Hi Cliff I hope the single grub screw will hold. The prop will create quite a strong flywheel effect. Good luck Dave
propellers specilly made - Posted: 30th May 2017
Hi im very happy with my new specilly made propellers 50mm for Solent Lifeboat .The propeller you get are 3/16 tread but what i need it is propeller with 3/16 hole .The propeller shaft is 3/16".I needit straight through 3/16" hole on the propeller that fittied on the 3/16 shaft and there was no tread on the shaft and there was no one else that can do the job what i was looking for so i called Raboesch to see can they help me and they said yes they can help me with the specilly order. it takes 3 weeks to make them 👍 cliff
Hi cliff How are you going to attach the props to the shaft? Normally if the prop shaft has a plain and threaded end, the threaded end goes to the prop with a locknut and thrust washer, The other end inside the boat has a thrust washer and a collett with grub screw(s). Dave
Hi cliff Now I understand. It's always interesting to see how other modellers connect their drive shafts and I hope this solution works for you. The model is looking good and the detail will certainly add to the character. As you are making most of the fittings I do hope you will keep posting your progress. Dave
Hi Cliff, just read your post, with the specially ordered props i would be inclined to be belt and bracers by dimpling the shaft for the grub screw to fit into, not just a flat (from an engineering point of view) ... looking good
Hi Dennis The propeller shaft is 3/16".I needit straight through 3/16" hole on the propeller with 3mm grub screw .I dill and tap the shaft to 3mm so the grub screw is locking the shaft and the propeller together all so i use loctite 648 has well .The job i done on the shaft and the propeller they will not comeing off again
More work on the Solent Lifeboat - Posted: 23rd May 2017
Hi i finsh the work of reconstruction the superstructure .nexts is to do the detailed work on the superstructure .
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More work on the Solent Lifeboat - Posted: 16th May 2017
HI heres some pics the work I was doing on the superstructure i replace the roof on the superstructure and all so i replace the windows on the wheelhouse .Theres a lot of work still to be done on the superstructure.
Hi Brianaro thanks for ur complementon on lifeboat .im still working on it its slow on the details .
more work on the solent - Posted: 24th Apr 2017
Hi i did sum modification to the front of the superstructure it was out of line and all so i work on fitting the propeller shaft in.The 2 motor needit to be fitted in and the 2 15A speed controllers . I made up the battery tray and fitted it in the hull .
Hi cliff If you have already covered there is not much you can do, except perhaps make sure you seal the inside in the same way you sealed the hull. I have left them in in previous restorations but water always gets to them in the end.
I inherited a Danish Fish Cutter (ancient Billings kit) in similar sorry state 🤔 A 'long term' restoration project! I have already renovated and modified Dad's old Taycol Target to go in it! Cheers Doug 😎