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>> Home > Forum > Boat Specific Chit Chat! > Billings Sea King in need of TLC
Billings Sea King in need of TLC
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AllenA
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23rd Jul 2017 14:28  
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Walked into the boot sale this morning and saw this from 50yds. It's a Sea King needing some love and attention. She is 27.5" long with a 9" beam. Twin como motors, futaba 2ch. receiver and Etroniks Probe ESC. Along with battery and Ripmax Transmitter. I have nearly finished my Dolphin 16 and the Sea King will be the next project. I will add it to my Harbour but she may be in dry dock for a good time as i sort out the cosmetics. I've included the Dolphin in the photos. What a lucky boy! If anyone has photos or plans as to how she should look I would be grateful to see them.


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colinhubbard
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23rd Jul 2017 20:52  
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Wow, fabulous find. I'm as green as the boat with envy , enjoy.


Fair winds and calm waters,
COLIN.
AllenA
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23rd Jul 2017 22:26  
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Thanks Colin....and beyond belief I had her running this afternoon. Told you I am a Lucky boy.

AllenA
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26th Jul 2017 09:57  
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Getting to grips with the restoration. Need some help please. There are quite a few layers of varnish and these are hiding the original plank lines..... red lines. I guess the varnish has darkened over the years. Removing the varnish is difficult and I am looking for some guidance as to the best methods to try. I am worried about using paint stripper in case it delaminates the ply and might a heat gun loosen glue joints. Finally, should I leave the existing Sea King decal and Billings decal on the bow or can I buy new ones? All guidance welcome.


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Dave M
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26th Jul 2017 10:17  
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Hi AllenA
I see there appears to be some varnish inside the hull so perhaps you could try some stripper on a small area to see what happens. A heat gun is probably not wise with all the windows and painted cabin tops and hull.
Used sparingly the stripper should not affect the ply.
Unless the white hull paint is damaged I would leave well alone unless you can source a supply for the decals.
Dave


Live long and prosper

Dave
marky
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26th Jul 2017 11:44  
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If you can get an image of the decal your local print shop would be able to copy it onto waterslide paper for you ,if you have a copier of your own lots of art shops sell waterslide paper.

RNinMunich
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26th Jul 2017 14:06  
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Good tip, thanks Mark. 👍
Have just looked up suppliers here in Munich, 'Abziehbildpapier' ! 😉
2nd German national sport: building long words 😊
Cheers Doug 😎


Young at heart - slightly older in other places 😉 cheers Doug
AllenA
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26th Jul 2017 17:47  
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Thanks Marky. Hadn't thought of that. I have the waterslide paper which I used for some decals on my Grandson's RC car recently. Still think I will try to mask them if I need to paint the hull. Thanks again.

AllenA
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Forum Posts: 70
26th Jul 2017 17:49  
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Hi Dave. Thank you for the guidance. Tried some modern Nitromors which is not a patch on the old stuff but, on this occasion, exactly right for the job.

AllenA
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26th Jul 2017 17:54  
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Hi RNinMunich. This shows the shared origins of the our languages because, as you know, you are Flottenadmiral, pretty close, but in Mandarin Chinese you are 美国)海军五星上将. Now that's impressive.

marky
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26th Jul 2017 18:58  
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is that with boiled rice or egg fried

RNinMunich
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26th Jul 2017 19:18  
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Flied lice! 😡

干杯 道格拉斯 😎


Young at heart - slightly older in other places 😉 cheers Doug
RNinMunich
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26th Jul 2017 19:28  
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Thanks for the 'Like' 指挥官 Allen 👍


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Young at heart - slightly older in other places 😉 cheers Doug
AllenA
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Forum Posts: 70
21st Aug 2017 10:17  
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Sea King now restored. Veneered the deck adding some fancy balsa work on the bow deck. Modern veneers are thin and difficult to manage. Shouldn't have varnished the white areas as so called clear varnish is not clear when painted on white. Overall, I'm pleased with her and learned a lot of lessons. Loved Glue'n Glaze for the windows. What a Godsend. Retained the original como motors added a fan cooled Chinese 320 esc and linked her to a new old stock Acoms Techniplus Alpha 27mhz transmitter and Acoms AR-201 Rx with futaba servo. Hull painted Hammerite smooth Gold, with white Plastikote. Managed to retain the original Billings sticker and name decals.If the bath is anything to go by she should plane quite easily. Might add some ropes and fenders but enjoying her clean looks at the moment.


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RNinMunich
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21st Aug 2017 11:17  
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Nice job Captain 👍👍
Although! I would adjust the alignment of the port engine if I was you! 😉
Cheers Doug 😎


Young at heart - slightly older in other places 😉 cheers Doug
AllenA
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Forum Posts: 70
21st Aug 2017 12:34  
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Hi Doug. I noticed the flexi coupling but didn't realise why until you said and then relooked at the photo. Re-alignment imperative and imminent. Thank you.

RNinMunich
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21st Aug 2017 12:52  
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Good👍 Then you can put in a coupling to match the starboard one as well😉 I wonder if those 'springy things' work like a slipping clutch🤔
I'm scared of unwinding them in reverse as well😲 Don't trust 'em!
Cheers Doug 😎


Young at heart - slightly older in other places 😉 cheers Doug