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A big shout out to the generous staff in my local NAAFI/Costa shop who where able to supply me with what seemed like a lifetimes supply of coffee stirrers! Let planking commence! I did see on another build forum that possibly the Vosper had planks running the lenght of the deck, however ive decided to go 16cm lengths of Costa stirers instead of cutting full length planks from another wood source.
This model is nowhere near acurate in scale, therfore I am happy to do staggered planks.
Had a word with my local coffee shop about the used stirrers, they must think i am barmy!!!! but over a couple of days the sorted me with thousands of the damn things, on another site a tip for staining the planks was cold tea, soaked for a few hours the planks take on the tannin colour and just need drying ready for use.
Hi mate, bit late now but if you mix some black powder paint or artists acrylic paint into the pva, the glue dries black and simply sand the excess away to leave the caulk lines, no chance of wonky or lines that have soaked in too far. Mark
Hmm! So far so good. Up to the standard we have come to expect 👍 But won't plank ends flush to the deck edge invite water ingress to the end grain? 🤔 Surely the originals were joggled into a rim board!? Just a thought😉 Doug 😎
Good thinking Batman! 👍 Then all is Ship shape and Bristol fashion. 😉
Planking complete! - Posted: 29th Nov 2017
Finished “Costa” planking today and have put in most of the edge strip (need more strip, model shop Friday!).
Jobs to do before I start the superstructure, finish laying out the RC components, fit rudder parts, make battery tray etc. Put in a 1/4 square strip around deck opening to prevent water ingress. Couple of coats of resin inside radio bay, 1 more outside, sand and prime. Sand, stain and yacht varnish deck.
One question on a water pick-up as using a water cooled ESC! Outlet will be in the transom, does it matter where the pick-up is located?
Planking done, deck stained, some deck detail added (most detailing will follow painting and varnishing). Hull has had a good sanding with wet n dry and has had the grey primer added. Have also given the bottom of the hull a coat of red oxide primer.
Following this and any blemish removal, I will get the airbrush fired up for Tamiya hull red for the bottom and then humbrol midnight blue for the upper hull sides. This will be separated with a strip of white trimline before adding rounders and lettering prior to laquer.
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Painting starts-radio gear in! - Posted: 5th Dec 2017
This day has seen the midnight blue airbrushed on followed by a thin coat of lacquer to give the roundel and trimline a good surface to stick too. Numbers to go on when they arrive from eBay.
Having given the inside of the hull 2 coats of resin to waterproof it, I’ve now installed all
The electronics, just the rudder pushrod to make and add.
Next few days will see little progress as starting nights tonight!
I'm very impressed by your work and the speed that you are doing it, you've certainly a fast worker. It would take me about 3 months to do what you have accomplished in 30 days. Keep up the good work.👍 Robbob
Hi robbob, thank you for your compliments! I can be a faster builder, especially on straight forward stuff, this particular model not being a major challenge so far! The upper deck detailing will take longer though! The other perk is working 4 days on, 4 days off, meaning if my wife is at work I’ve plenty of “me” time ha ha! Kind regards simon
I can't do fast but I can do fastidious 😜 At best I can do a few hours one or two evenings a week and perhaps a whole day at the weekend. Work - life - hobby balance and all that, gotta keep swmbo happy 😉.
Hull numbers - Posted: 6th Dec 2017
That’s it for today apart from a coat of varnish on the deck, vinyl numbers from eBay added.