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Dumas 1203 Coast Guard Lifeboat (RNLI Waveney conversion) Print Booklet
Author: Skydive130   Posts: 24   Photos: 98   Subscribers: 3   Views: 2508   Responses: 67   |   Most recent posts shown first   (Show oldest first)

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Detailing continues! - Posted: 5th Apr 2018
Have spent half a day adding more details to the decks. First thing was to remove and prime, paint and laquer the rear railings. Then spent some time making a job of fairing in the remoevable deck so that it blends better, still a way to go on that before I am satisfied.

Other jobs included making some plasticard/tube bollards and the fore lifting eye, drill and temp fitting/modifying the side railings, fitting some faileads and making the front towing bollard thingy. Also fashioned from ply, plasticard and brass wire and front escape hatch, sanded, primed and painted orange, will fit when deck is finished.

Having studied the Waveney book I have, it looks like I am going to have to butcher and modify the coxswains cabin quite extensivly as the kit version is based on the Coast Guard 44 footer, quie alot different to our RNLI boats? that will come back end of April as sadly I wong get alot done till then as away on a 2 week course from Sunday (Leaving the Army after 35 years service, having to resettle into CivDiv!)

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Adding rear deck details - Posted: 4th Apr 2018
Has been a few days since I have had a chance to get anything done due to day shifts over Easter. Anyway, a good day of progress today.

Finished painting the Anchor and mounts on the rear cabin. The rest of the day has been concentrating on the rear deck. This includes 4 bollards, cleats and railings. All scratch built using a conbination of plasticard, plastic tube, brass tube, carbon rod and aluminium wire (included in the kit). The cleats are resin and where from eBay. The railings arnt glued into the deck yet, easier to paint off the deck and add at the end.

I am modifying the centre deck as the model I am building had a deck plank with a metal grid on it. I had some wire mesh and laminated that to some ply, should be quite effective once painted and rubbed back to expose the metal wire.

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Response by RNinMunich on the 4th Apr 2018
Aha! So the Missus is now looking for her strainer!! 😲
Good idea, must remember that 😉

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Esc’s, rudder servo etc - Posted: 29th Mar 2018
A few more little odds n ends done today. Rudder servo box and servo installed, all pushrods fitted and centred. ESC's have been installed along side the motors, hooked up to Rx and rotating the right way. I soldered up a Y-Lead with XT60 connectors to connect both ESC's to one LiPo, red wire removed on 1 ESC as would be done with twin aircraft setup. Just the battery tray to make and install and configure a Mtroniks W-Tail unit so that motors and rudders are sinc when turn inputs made.

Last job of the day was to fit the numbering on the rear cabin that came via eBay in da post today.

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Response by RNinMunich on the 29th Mar 2018
Good 'Stuff' 👍
Response by mturpin013 on the 29th Mar 2018
looking really good, I wish I could get a work rate to match yours although I'm retired there still isn't enough time in the day/weeks.
Where did you purchase the lettering?

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Limited progress today! - Posted: 28th Mar 2018
Limited today by tasks around the house as set by “Mrs H”! Ive added the name plate (Not correct scale, but looks nice enough!), painted the matt black anti-dazzle panel and gave the whole thing a couple of coats of laquer.

All thats left to complete the rear cabin is the roof and side numbers 44-003 in black as this particular boat had rear cabin numbers. Looking at some reference pics, it looks like one of the anchors mounts to the front wall of the cabin, so will paint that and attach in due course.

Tomorrow I am going to try and get the rudder servo, ESC's and battery tray fitted before I continue with building the forward cabin and other above deck features.

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Detailing/painting aft cabin - Posted: 27th Mar 2018
Last couple of days has seen some detailing added to the rear cabin using the Waveney Lifeboats book for reference. all bits n bobs have been scratch built and are the general bits that seem to have been added to most of the 22 Waveneys that were in service with the RNLI.

The cabin was was then primed before adding rivet detail using a cocktail stick and PVa glue blobs. The whole thing has had 3 coats of VW Halfords orange spray. Shall leave that to harden overnight before I detail paint the roof grab rail, add the black anti-dazzle panel and the name panels made from official RNLI vinyl lettering.

The whole thing will get a couple of coats of laquer and then will be considered finished!

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Response by RNinMunich on the 27th Mar 2018
Lovely job Sky, Super blobs 👍 Must remember that!
Now then; how many blobs would there be on a 330 ft destroyer? Or an 886 ft carrier? 🤔 Help😲 Jokes aside, great work, Cheers Doug 😎
Hmmm! Wonder if my ink jet printer can handle PVA ink 😁
Response by Skydive130 on the 28th Mar 2018
your printer might Doug, mine wouldnt ha ha! as for adding rivets to a big ol battleship, rather you than me! Ive still got to add the rivets to the foreward cabin, but the efforts are worth it!
Response by RNinMunich on the 28th Mar 2018
Sounds like a 'sticky wicket' to me 😲
Anyway can't get the ship in the paper tray 😡
Got a little so called 'Rivet Wheel' but wasn't impressed with test results.
Wonder if someone makes Micro Rivet Guns !? 😉
Your detailing is great 👍

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Cockpit detailing - Posted: 22nd Mar 2018
Not a great deal of action today, had to do some the as detailed by the “mrs”!

Added the forward cockpit coming roofy thing, shaped, sanded, filled, sealed and sanded again. Last thing today was to build a pair of simulated engine intakes.

My be a few days till more work now as back on shift

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Let’s get some paint on! - Posted: 21st Mar 2018
Last couple of days things have moved on nicely! I have done some more work on the forward cockpit adding window frames from plasticard, still a long way to go on that part of the build. Cockpit is still loose from the hull, will be glued on once all the extra detailing has been completed.

Have started to paint the exterior hull and add some decals. After several coats of grey and red primers with flating inbetween, have left the bottom of the hull oxide red. The blue is "Ford Royal Blue" which is a recommended match for RNLI boats. Some waveneys appear in a light blue, but I am basing mine on 44-003 which was the darker blue. Red and white trimlines added, bumper strips painted black, lettering was from eBay (search custom vinyl lettering). Finally a light coat of laquer to protect. several coats of laquer will be added at the end.

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Response by figtree7nts on the 21st Mar 2018
Outstanding Work! Great painting details....👍
Response by Colin H. on the 21st Mar 2018
Well Doug, if you don't push you won't know the limit. Limits are not a set rule in life or in engineering.
Cheers Colin.
Response by Donnieboy on the 23rd Mar 2018
Nice paint job on the hull.I have to wait for warmer weather to paint.

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Bridge/Cockpit/Flight Deck construction - Posted: 19th Mar 2018
so, having been at work all weekend, today saw a day off and a few hours to start building the foreward cockpit bridge thingy. There will be quite a bit of shape changing mods to this part as we build, simply because the Dumas kit is of the 44ft Coastguard cutter and the Waveney class Lifeboat has quite a few differences.

Changes to make include the windows, the rear walls to be extended to take acount of extra windows at back of cab, forward sloping front piece, engine intakes on both sides, and changes to the roof.

Still waiting on a reference book on "Waveneys" from ebay, should have been here by now! that will give me the change to start super detailing the exterior decs, cabins ect.

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Rear Cabin construction - Posted: 15th Mar 2018
today has seen the rear deck and cabin constructed. I lined the deck piece with some mahogany strip for a neater finish on the edge of the crapy liteply. Construction of the cabin was straight forward, this was followed by shaping, sanding, filling any gaps and a couple of coats of sanding sealer ready for paint. I have also added the railings and stanchions to the roof of the cabin as a start to the detailing to come.

I have ordered a book from Amazon which is a reference book of the Waveney Class lifeboats, so hopefully there will be ample photos for the detailing I hope to add as we go on!

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Response by RNinMunich on the 15th Mar 2018
Now there's an idea, thanks Sky👍
The rest of my fittings for the Sea Scout are chrome so I didn't want to use polished or painted brass for the 'pulpit' railing.
Alu should polish up nicely.😊
Response by marky on the 15th Mar 2018
Doug i know you wont need vast amounts of aluminium rod for your hand rails but a kg of 1.6 aluminium tig welding rods retails for about £15 enough to do about 100M of hand rail ,a lot cheaper than a hobby shop ,if there's a fabricator near you he/she may be able to throw some ends your way. Cheers Marky
Response by RNinMunich on the 15th Mar 2018
Good tip Marky,👍 I'll look into it. Otherwise I was thinking of stainless steel, which is a pain in the 'sit-me-down' to weld 😲

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more progress. - Posted: 14th Mar 2018
First job today was to reduce the rudders by 1cmx1cm which I think not only looks better but should reduce the affects that have been mentioned in comments below.

Ive fitted the cockpit which I assembled yesterday. Its not the best fit into the deck, however, I shall blend it all in with some balsa strip, sand, filler, sanding sealer hopefully for a seamless finish.

I have pictured the 2 x Hobbyking waterproof boat 30 amp esc. These are supposed to be water cooled, however I am not going to fit the tubing and start drilling water pickup and exit holes in the hull x 4 until I think that water cooling is going to be necessary. Once I have watt meter readings for 2S and 3S lipo, it will give me an idea what the ESC are going to be like. Of course if you guys think I need to go water cooling, please let me know! I have an Mtroniks W-tail mixer that will allow the motors to be synched to the rudders allowing the inboard motor to slow or stop when turning. Never used one before, so may need to some programming once hooked up, we shall see.

Last job today was to shoot a could of coats of red oxide primer on the lower hull to see what the resin finish was like. on the whole not a bad finish at all, just a could of tiny areas that need a little sanding for a faily blemish free finish.

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