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Author: NickG   Posts: 7   Photos: 17   Subscribers: 2   Views: 1407   Responses: 6   |   Most recent posts shown first   (Show oldest first)
Preparing the Hull Part 4 - Posted: 16th May 2018
Have managed to get some plasticard from a local model shop and have put a strengthening bar at the front of the hull where the floor was cut out that will also act as a locating tab for the control room.

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Response by octman on the 13th Aug 2018
How is the build progressing. I am thinking of getting this kit as a winter project and would like to see what you have managed to achieved.

Building the Control Room Part 2 - Posted: 4th May 2018
Finally I finished gluing all the windows together on the control room and put the roof on. I found this very tricky to get then lined up and at the correct angle, but eventually after sticking my finger together a few times, I managed to do it and get a result I'm happy with.

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Response by Bruno on the 17th Aug 2018
What was your secret of getting all the windows lined up at the right angle in order to glue them together. I have tried for two evenings now and still can't figure it out. Any suggestions.
Response by RNinMunich on the 17th Aug 2018
Hi Bruno,
would have thought a simple jig carved from a block of wood (or MDF or even that green Oasis stuff that florists use!) would do the trick!
Cover it with greaseproof paper or cling film to stop the frames sticking to it.😉 Cheers, Doug 😎
Building the Control Room Part 1 - Posted: 15th Apr 2018
Haven't had time to go to the model shop to buy some plasticard so I decided to keep the project moving by starting to build the control room.

Firstly I carefully cut out the plastic base and plywood pieces before using some Deluxe Material Roket glue to glue everything together, however some sanding is going to be required once the glue has set to make all the edges smooth.

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Preparing the Hull Part 3 - Posted: 1st Apr 2018
I have glued the hull to the deck and smoothed all the outer edges to a smooth finish. Now it time to start work on getting the middle of the deck to fit back to the main deck so it's off to shop for some plasticard.

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Preparing the Hull Part 2 - Posted: 28th Mar 2018
Tonight I have cut off all of the excess parts of the hull and deck so they fit together and are ready for gluing. Once the hull and deck are glued together I will tidy up the outer edging as this is only been rough cut at this stage.

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Response by RNinMunich on the 28th Mar 2018
Which end are the taps 😁 (faucets to our brothers over the Pond😉)
Preparing the Hull Part 1 - Posted: 27th Mar 2018
As the kit is designed to be static, the first challenge is to be able to provide access to the hull to install and maintain the electric's and R/C equipment.

I choose to cut out the middle section of the top of the boat. A way of fastening this back to the boat will be decided later but this will give good access to the hull to be able to install prop shafts, electric's and R/C equipment.

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Billings Waveney Class LifeBoat - Posted: 27th Mar 2018
Waveney class lifeboat was designed in the USA, but after minor adjustments the vessel was used by the RNLI in British coastal waters. I managed to pickup 1/40th scale Billings Waveney Class Lifeboat Kit from Ebay for £25 including postage that had not been started.

This kit is designed for static display, but with some modelling skill it can be converted to R/C operation. This is now my challenge to convert this kit to R/C control and put as much detail on to as possible without spending fast amounts of money.

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Response by Donnieboy on the 28th Mar 2018
It"s always great to see a static kit being turned into a runner.It can be challenging at first.All it takes is a good look at it and all the pieces come together.
Response by Bruno on the 14th Aug 2018
Appreciate your postings very much. Just getting started on mine and this will help me in getting more confidence as I am new to the hobby.