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    BLUEBIRD K7
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    Rookysailor
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    Excellent work Wayne, I may in the future be asking you for help in buying a resin printer, hope you will oblige me.๐Ÿ˜Š

    Cheers, Pete
    Rowen
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    It is.
    A picture, memory, anecdote or something quite small gets you launched on a totally new endeavour.
    As my thoughts on the Bluebird mature will be in touch.
    Rowen
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    Midlife306
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    How do everyone, itโ€™s amazing you start off with a project & it leads you down lots of different avenues.
    I started off with a set of plans that were of a very inaccurate early version of K7, I started building it in 1/12 out of balsa & as my research intensified it highlighted the errors in the plans, so I had to keep cutting it apart to correct the significant errors. It ended up with a brushless motor & prop, got liberally coated with Easycote sanded smooth & put on a shelf, where it remained, it never got wet!!
    I then built one in 1/24 for the grandson.
    Then I discovered the Bluebird project, the guys that found, raised & restored the real K7. Iโ€™ve spent lots of time on their website & their Twitter feed, the definitive info is all there. Iโ€™ve been up to their workshop in the northeast a couple of times, Iโ€™ve taken hundreds of pictures of the old girl & ive got to say she looks even more beautiful in the flesh!!!
    I was allowed to strip the paint off the bump at the bottom of the tail, itโ€™s actually a clamshell cover for a parachute system on the original Gnat aircraft it came from, shame it wasnโ€™t operational on the 4th Jan 1967!!!
    What a feeling removing that historic blue paint (RAL 5009 iirc) only to find day glow orange underneathโ€ฆ
    I went to watch her perform on Loch Fad on that Isle of Bute, what an experienceโ€ฆ.
    I got well into building a K7 in 1/4 scale armed with all the newfound detail. Alas more grandchildren arrived, No 4 due in 2 months, so I had to give up my attic modelling room, and with it had to go the big K7, that was a very sad day, perhaps I should have sold it but the market for a 6foot long unfinished model were rather limited with covid & all that malarkey.
    Iโ€™ve since had my cellar tanked & built a new workshop down there, Iโ€™ve 2 resin printers & 7 fdm printers. So I can print anything from a microscopic gearstick to a 500mm cube, Iโ€™ve printed lots of WW2 stuff, tanks, trucks etc in 1/16 & 1/6 scale, now Iโ€™m having a play with science fiction stuff, Iโ€™m currently printing the Hydra Submarine from captain America.
    If anyone needs any info, please let me know!
    Sorry for the war & peace, perhaps I should have put a long post warning at the top lol
    Cheers
    Wayne
    Ohh, ps, Iโ€™m very flattered that you still remember me Doug๐Ÿ‘
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    Rowen
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    Thanks John.
    That drawing is what I need to think this out.
    Rowen
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    Thanks Doug, very helpful, as usual.
    I had seen the article and it perked my interest.
    Am going to investigate further, think the model has some potential. No urgency as my Visby class needs much further work to finish anyway.
    Need to find some scale drawings and can then design something close to scale. Am also cogitating on the various construction techniques as wondering if could make up a upper hull buck, then shape thin styrene around it.
    Food for thought!
    Thanks again, long past your bedtime in Munich.
    Best Rowen
    JOHN
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    Hi this may help you out

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    Newby7
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    Thanks for the video Doug
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    No sweat Rowen, glad to help.
    I have a digital subscription to MB mag so is easy to pdf relevant articles, and if you're in contact with Ashley then ...๐Ÿ˜‰
    Like I said, check out Midlife's Blog on K7, I think he was 3D printing his, but he must have some plans and drawings to do that.

    You're right, 2AM here now soooo, last slurp of Portugieser-Dornfelder Rose and up (or down in my case) the wooden stairs to Bedfordshire.
    G'night all ๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿ˜ด
    Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    PS Trust you all had Happy Easters - like these hip Easter wabbits!๐Ÿ˜
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    Young at heart ๐Ÿ˜‰ Slightly older in other places.๐Ÿ˜Š Cheers Doug
    Rowen
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    Thanks Doug, very helpful, as usual.
    I had seen the article and it perked my interest.
    Am going to investigate further, think the model has some potential. No urgency as my Visby class needs much further work to finish anyway.
    Need to find some scale drawings and can then design something close to scale. Am also cogitating on the various construction techniques as wondering if could make up a upper hull buck, then shape thin styrene around it.
    Food for thought!
    Thanks again, long past your bedtime in Munich.
    Best Rowen
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    RNinMunich
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    Look no further Rowen ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Also, look for Wayne's (Midlife) Blog on the K7 here on our site - around 3 years ago I think.
    Good luck my friend๐Ÿคž
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    PS the files came out mixed up! ๐Ÿ™„
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    Young at heart ๐Ÿ˜‰ Slightly older in other places.๐Ÿ˜Š Cheers Doug
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