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Author: Skydive130   Posts: 4   Photos: 15   Subscribers: 0   Views: 310   Responses: 16   |   Most recent posts shown first   (Show oldest first)
Glass clothing hull - Posted: 18th Sep 2017
So, today after sheeting and filling hull yesterday, today has been dry enough outside to give the hull a coat of sanding sealer and a thorough rub down. This has been followed by applying glass cloth with a squeegeed initial coat of Z-poxy resin. This will be followed by sanding between a further 2 coats of resin.

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Progress! - Posted: 14th Sep 2017
Had some time over the last couple of days to get the Solent moving along.

So, have got all the stringers in which took some time to make sure everything was square at the end. some swearing and cussing did ensue at points trying to get clamps on, nails in whilst trying the aproach of wishing I was an octopus with 8 hands!

spent 2-3 hours sanding, planeing and shaping said stringers and formers to get even curves to make life easier when the sheeting started.

And so the sheeting starts! My logic says sheet from the keel upwards so that by the time I get to the bulwark and overlap can be sanded before sheeting the deck. Sheet 17 went in nicely requiring just a little balsa fillet on the curve at the bow to get a nice flowing finish. My approach on the prop tunnel was to sheet with 0.8mm ply first, I will then add strength from the inside with a 1/4 balsa layer before a final layer of 0.8mm ply, should be strong!

once sheeting is complete, then will be the process of filler where required, sanding, glass clothing, and a whole lot of sanding and priming.

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Response by RNinMunich on the 14th Sep 2017
Coming on well 👍 Recognise the 'blue air and octopus syndrome'!
and the clamps are always out of reach at a vital moment 😡
Comfy workshop though😉
Too comfy for the four legged friend, dozed off ?
Cheers Doug 😎
Response by Skydive130 on the 14th Sep 2017
I was wondering how long it would be before someone spotted "sammy dog"! He loves watching ha!

Temp workshop is now back to conservatory mode now before "mrs H" gets home! My workbench in my workshop was designed for aircraft modelling, in the conservatory I can 360 degree around the boat for ease of working.

Last thing tonight was to temp fitrudder (will be shortened, widened, and will have scale strakes fitted. The rear bollard was made from scrap box plasticard and plastic tube, cost -free!
Response by RNinMunich on the 14th Sep 2017
Watching what ? The floor? 😁
When I need to '360' the ironing board gets press-ganged!😉
"Cost free"? Fell off the truck huh? 😲
Progressing well👍
Added extras - Posted: 9th Sep 2017
Here are some shots of the main plan and the proposed electronics going into my Solent. My only issue is whether my choice of motors is suitable? I've gone with 2 x 600 brushed motors on 15 inch shafts and 45mm brass props which I purchased before reading the article in Septembers model boats mag. The author in that has gone with 2 x 850's? With my aircraft experience, it's strange going "backwards" with brushed motors instead of the aircraft industry standard of using brushless motors, esc's and lipo battery's! And to cap it all, I've not go any aircraft that could possibly drag let alone lift the 12v 7amp lead acid battery that I've bought for this boat!

Any thoughts on motor choice would be appreciated, apart from that I'm good with the electrics. The Mtroniks sound board and speaker is a blast using the Napier diesel sound chip.

Another shot shows some of the decor going on, i.e. RNLI decals, numbering for "Douglas Currie", portholes, anchor, handrail stanchions.

Other decor, doors, bollards etc coming from Macs soon.

Last show shows the finished working radar built from scrap and painted in VW brilliant orange which I believe is a recognised match.

One last question, can someone please give me an approx size for the 3mm main deck stanchions which I will fashion from brass tube and soldered eyelets, rope thickness would be helpful too, many thanks

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Response by Flack on the 11th Sep 2017
I have an original Aerokits Solent powered by two Torpedo 800 brushed motors controlled by two Mtronics 25 amp brushed speed controllers. I normally use two 8.4 volt 5000 mah NiMh batteries, although I have also used two 11.i volt Lipo's. The shafts are fitted with 50mm three bladed brass propellers. The boat performs nicely on the water.
My stanchions are home made from 3mm brass rod with holes drilled to take 2mm chain. The stanchions are 70mm in lenght above the deck with approx 10mm below the deck, the base of the stanchion has a suitable sized brass washer fitted where it passes into the hull, the top of the stanchion is filed to a ronded profile.

Response by RNinMunich on the 11th Sep 2017
Very nice Flack 👍👍
Response by Skydive130 on the 12th Sep 2017
Many thanks fir your info Shaun, especially on the stanchions

Regards Sy
Aerokits Solent Class Lifeboat - Posted: 9th Sep 2017
I am a modeller of 45 years experience, mostly with RC aircraft but have recently got into boats. Have completed the aeronaut Diva and spitfire to a high standard but needed a challenge
So, having spent a long time trying to source an un-started Aerokits Solent, I bit the bullet and bought a set of plans and templates from eBay. Overall the plans are good, the templates need some adjusting as we go for acuaracy.

Have spent the last couple of weeks perusing the plans and sourcing the materials needed. A visit to the Balsa Cabin in Maldon, Essex provided all the ply and the internet has provided the main components I.e motors, props, shafts, ESC, battery, soundboard/speaker, servo mostly sourced from Cornwall model boats and Howes Models

septembers issue of "model boats" had a great article on a refurb which has been very useful for hints n tips on required electrics and the little extras needed to complete.

I do have a workshop where the model will spend most of its time, however my wife's conservatory has been invaluable for using my eBay sourced scroll saw to cut out the formers! The sheet of 6mm ply from balsa cabin was long enough to make keel formers 1 & 2 one piece!

I shall post a more detailed update when I get my computer back from repair Monday!

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Response by RNinMunich on the 9th Sep 2017
Hi Simon, airbrushing is exactly what Mark meant.
I used to use a spray gun - but only when renovating full size cars, or the garage door 😉
Cheers Doug 😎
Response by jarvo on the 9th Sep 2017
Hi Simon, I think the original kit had .8mm or 1mm. Given the sides are in sections you might get away with most of the parts in 1.5mm but some of the areas like the prop housings and the stearn are not going to bend into shape. I use .7oz glass cloth on all my large models, but on smaller models i have used ladies tights, ps, ask before taking!!!!
Doug's comment yes an airbrush but one of mine is a miniature spray gun type, great for larger areas like the hull or cabin.
Response by RNinMunich on the 10th Sep 2017
So is one of mine. Depends mainly on whether the paint reservoir is a little cup above or a big bottle below the valves and nozzle = mini spray gun!
The former is for the tiny stuff and detailing (bits 'n pieces), with nozzles of
(Odd! something went missing on posting???)
... nozzles of (Same phenomena again!!??)
... I give up, Good night 🤔