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HI all I'm in the process of trying to build a silent class life boat and having problems with the building the hull is there any one on here that may have some pictures of there's that they have built or still building any help would greatful, thanks
Hi Lee I have a model of the Solent. It was built from the Aerokits kit. I have an extensive collection of pics which should help. Far too many to post hers so I am sending you a private message with a link to my Dropbox files. This will allow you to view on line and download what you require to your own PC etc. Dave
Hi Dave m and thanks again for the picture and the files been very helpful, one question on the plans it says cover the wood in polyurethane. when you made yours did you cover it in polyurethane? Was it varnish or resin? Not sure what to use. Regards Lee
Hi Lee The original kit was produced in the 1960s when supplies were very sparse and the polyurethane was considered a good product to waterproof the hull and give a good finish. Wood is from a living tree and continues to dry out over many years. I built a Billing Mercantic plank on frame and used Cascamite glue which produced a fine and waterproof hull. Some 30yrs later I found that the wood had split inside the glue line. I now cover all my hulls with fine glass cloth and layup resin. I also apply glass matting and layup resin to the inside of the hull. In the case of my mahogany planked schooner hull I left the outside covering but the inside is glass mat. It is sometime since I completed the hull on the Solent but I do know the wood is covered. I have tried different products over the years so I can't be sure what I used with the resin. The hull is 100% waterproof. My advice would be to use resin. Dave 😀
Hi Lee No you need layup resin. Its thinner than the car body repair resin and uses a different catalyst. I buy mine from a local car repair supplier, costs about £20 foe a litre which will be more than enough. If you can't findn any on Google rearch for car body repairers and ask them where they buy their layup resin. dave
Hi Kipper This is an Epoxy resin. Will be OK but the Polyester resin they sell is cheaper and, in my opinion, easier to use. Postage costs can be high so if you can find a local supplier in your area this will save the postage. I originally used TOMPS and found them reasonable. Their website has some excellent videos showing you how to use the products. Dave