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>> Home > Boat Building Blogs > Dumas 1203 Coast Guard Lifeboat (RNLI Waveney conversion)
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Dumas 1203 Coast Guard Lifeboat (RNLI Waveney conversion) Print Booklet
Author: Skydive130   Posts: 28   Photos: 121   Subscribers: 2   Views: 5748   Responses: 75   |   Most recent posts shown first   (Show oldest first)

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she sails! - Posted: 27th Aug 2018
I was hoping to get the Wavney on the water yesterday, but the weather gods put paid to that! Anyway, today was the day, so after adding almost 2kg of lead ballast fore and aft to get her on the waterline, it was off to Needham Lakes near Stowmarket, Suffolk.

The initial sailing report is that she looks fantastic on the water despite it being a little choppy in the wind. The motors, ESC's performed perfectly, steering needs no adjusting and and at full tilt looked scale with a really nice bow wave. After 20 minutes of sailing which only dropped the 3S lipo down my 30%, all was well apart from a tiny little bit of water ingress at the back near the rudders. I can only put this down to water ingress from high speed passes as the bow wave created a little puddle of water on the rear deck. I know the hull is watertight as she was sat in the hot tub for an hour this morning and was as dry as bone following that. Will have to look at sealing the removable rear cabin as I think thats where the water got in?

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Response by RNinMunich on the 27th Aug 2018
Looks pretty realistic 👍👍
Nice work😉
Response by Skydive130 on the 27th Aug 2018
many thanks👍
Complete! - Posted: 25th Aug 2018
So, having had a few days off during the week when "The Boss" has been at work has given me enough hours to finish The Waveney off!

Its been a hard week of making the small bits n bobs from scratch using a combination of balsa, carbon rod, brass rod, plastic tube, plastic sheet etc to make the radar array, antenna mast, extra cockpit details ect. The deck winch was made from large Servo output discs! The RNLI flag printed off Google! This has been followed by alot of detail painting and laquering.

Anyway, I think I have just about exhausted as much detail as can be had at this scale and and happy to call completion! Only job to do now is get it in the Hot Tub and add the 2 Kg of ballast to get her on the waterline. On water photos and video to follow in the last update on this thread!

as for next projects? I have the Aeronaut Pilot boat sat in the pile and the Fairy huntress 23 plan and wood pack on route from Sarik Hobbies!

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Response by Donnieboy on the 25th Aug 2018
Great job.Looks really good.Will be nice to see your future builds.
nearing completion! - Posted: 19th Aug 2018
So, I have managed to crack on quite a bit this week. Ive done a heap at work on nights this week, followed by near enough a whole weekend of no interuptions as the "long haired Segeant Major" has been at her parents for the weekend!😁

it took a couple of days to build the coxswains console out of balsa and alot of fettling with plastitube and sheet, very please with the outcome. its not 100% scale acurate as is the rest of the model, but close enough to give a good representation of the wheelhouse contents. Just the Coxswain and seat to build and paint for a completed wheelhouse.

The rest of the weekend has seen the cockpit just about finished, painted and laquered.

So, to complete the model the following items need to be built, painted and fitted. Radar mount and radar, instrument dials, cockpit glazing, antenna mast and rigging, towing bitt, rear cockpit railing and winch, hull grab ropes, anchor, and finally about 2 kilos of lead ballast to get her sitting right on the water. I reckon another week to 10 days for a completed model!

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Response by RNinMunich on the 19th Aug 2018
Very nice build Sky 👍👍
If you need some instrument dials, radio / radar / GPS / instrument panels here they are!
With suitable pdf or photo software (I use Irfan View) you can scale them to fit. Print on lightweight gloss photo paper or clear vinyl foil, or even printable decal film. Fix with a photo spray.
Have fun, cheers, Doug 😎
Response by Skydive130 on the 19th Aug 2018
cheers Doug, very helpful!👍
Devils in the detail - Posted: 13th Aug 2018
after another week of work and in-laws visiting, ive managed to get a couple of days of detailing work done on the wheelhouse structure.

The local model shop parted with several bits of plasticard, plastic rods and strips of various sizes after I parted with a few quid! after alot of photo studying, I have made a fair start on adding all the detail inside the wheel house. Its not a 100% acurate, but at this scale and once painted it should show a fair representation of the Waveney class wheelhouse. There is still quite a bit of detailing to go, before I remove the major components for detail painting. Ive started to build the seat for the Coxswain.

There is also alot of roof detailing to go, but all in good time!

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Response by Donnieboy on the 13th Aug 2018
The wheelhouse is really coming together.Nice job.Will look great when finished.
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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Response by Skydive130 on the 3rd Aug 2018
It’s been a while since I did some work on the Waveney! ive been busy with courses to get ready for Civvie street and have had a sideways step with some aeromodelling.

Anyway, have pressed on this week with the decks being finished and painted. all deck fittings scratch built, stanchions fitted and a crew figure painted and fitted.

Today has seen the start of modifying the cabin to make it look like the UK version of the coast guard ship. The cabin rear end has had lots or pieces of ply and balsa fettled to make an enclosed cabin. the finishing touch will be a roll up vinyl rear cabin door which was a scrap piece of orange fake leather sourced of ebay for 99p!

i had the model in the wifes hot tub to see where the balance was and it looks like its going to need about 2 kg of lead ballast in various places inside the hull to get a good sit on the water line.
Response by Donnieboy on the 3rd Aug 2018
Nice job.Looks good.Love to see the finished product.
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 😉
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?
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 👍
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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