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    Aerokits Sea Rover, I think? 29 1/2 inch
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    2 months ago
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    This terribly unloved looking model was advertised on Facebook marketplace and wasn't too far from me.
    I thought from the described dimensions it might be a Sea Rover, so took a chance on it.
    There was only one picture with the advert, so i wasn't completely sure what I was actually going to be presented with on arrival.
    The cabin sides have both had it and a few other bits are missing. So, like my smaller Huntsman, I have to get hold of a plan/parts diagram to make the relevant damaged/missing parts.
    In the past, it had it's ic engine removed and converted to electric. I presume initially with just one motor and that I'm guessing wasn't enough so, they fitted an additional 2 propshafts and motors. I now have to remove the extra shafts and convert back to a single one instead. With brushless power, one prop will be more than enough to achieve the scale speed (and a little extra in reserve).


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    7 days ago by Madwelshman ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Well, with work commitments etc, not much has happened on this, or any other of my boats lately.
    But, last night, I cut off the damaged cabin side, down to deck level. I need to dress the remaining edge now, ready for when I fit the replacement cabin sides.
    The new sides won't be fitted until i have finished work within the hull though, the easier access will make the motor and new shaft install much easier to complete, so I think those will be my next jobs to tackle.

    Will
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    1 month ago by Madwelshman ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    I printed the plan out the other day and cut out the side profile for the cabin, glued it onto an old cereal box and have checked it's the correct dimensions, by offering it up against the side that is mostly there.
    Next job is to trim the template down to the depth of what I am going to renew, then I can cut the remaining sides down to deck level.
    After that it'll be fill the two outer stern tube holes left in the hull before trimming and sanding back flush.
    At least, I think that's the plan of action, or something like it.

    Will
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    1 month ago by Madwelshman ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    I also attacked the underside of the hull and sides with a sander.
    It's not in ready to paint finish yet, but it's smoother than it was and I can see more of what sort of condition it is in.
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    1 month ago by Madwelshman ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Well, I managed to spend an hour on 'Rover' this evening.

    On inspection, i found that the remaining stern tube didn't have a shaft in, so....
    I now have a boat with now prop shafts in!
    The stern tube was also bent, so just as well I 'extracted' it.
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    2 months ago by Madwelshman ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    That's good to know.
    Thank you Martin.

    Will
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    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Will,

    I have used a lot of wood from DIY stores in my time for model and have not had any trouble.

    As long as you do a good job of waterproofing the hull you should not have any problems.

    Martin555.
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    2 months ago by Madwelshman ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    I haven't to be honest Martin.
    I have been advised to steer clear of timber from DIY stores.
    I guess as long as you check it over properly, looking for any warping etc and just pick it carefully it's ok?

    Will
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    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Will,
    Have you tried B&Q ?

    Martin555.
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    2 months ago by Madwelshman ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Has anyone any suggestions of where to buy 4mm ply from please? UK only.

    There aren't any model shops anywhere near me, so i would have to have it delivered.


    Thanks in advance.
    Will
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    2 months ago by Madwelshman ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hi Ian, yes, I believe they are as well.
    Thank you for your advice. I will tackle this very slowly and gently, a bit at a time.
    As you say, hopefully the glue has gone brittle after all this time and that will make 'extraction' easier.

    WIll
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    2 months ago by Ianh ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi Will,
    If I remember rightly the deck supports are glued to the cabin sides. I would try a heavy duty knife and a fine razor saw. You do get chisel blades for the XActo range but slowly slowly is the requirement here and see if it works. The glue might be brittle enough
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    2 months ago by Madwelshman ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Does anybody have any suggestions please?


    As previously mentioned, I need to replace the cabin sides on the Sea Rover, but they are bonded to the frames and transom before the hull is decked (see attached picture). I don't really want to go as far as removing the deck unless I REALLY have to.
    Is there maybe a way I can slice down the side of them, between the cabin side and each frame, to cut it away? I did wonder about a multi tool with a the thinnest cutting blade I can get?


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    2 months ago by Madwelshman ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hi Pete,
    The model is an Aerokits Sea Rover, it has a length on 29 1/2" and a beam of 9 3/4"
    It 'should' look like the one in these old adverts.

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    2 months ago by Rookysailor ( Captain)
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    Hi Will, can you please let us know the size of your boat ie, length, width etc. looks like a very interesting build๐Ÿ˜Š

    Cheers, Pete
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    2 months ago by Madwelshman ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Agreed Bob, what a nice looking example.
    Definitely something for me to use as inspiration.

    Will
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    2 months ago by zooma ( Master Seaman)
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    That is a really nice Sea Rover - one of the best I have seen and it should give Will something to aim for ๐Ÿคฃ
    Bob.
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    2 months ago by Madwelshman ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    I totally agree Ianh, lots to do before I even think about wetting her bottom and lots to think about before attacking it with anything sharp or a grinder ๐Ÿ˜

    Will
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    2 months ago by Ianh ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Looks like you have got a lot of work there.
    Just time and patience pays off, think before cutting, grinding etc.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
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    2 months ago by Madwelshman ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Thank you jbkiwi, That's certainly handy for some references.

    Will
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    2 months ago by jbkiwi ( Admiral)
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    Hi MWM Here's an aero kits Sea Rover currently for sale here in NZ. Has a pic of the plan which may be of some help.

    JB
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    2 months ago by Madwelshman ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Yes, quite possibly Martin.
    I will clean/sand things back and see what reveals itself, then I can decide which way to approach(attack) it.

    Cheers
    Will
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    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Will,
    You might have to cut the glue away with a sharp knife.
    Martin555.
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    2 months ago by Madwelshman ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    That's an idea Martin, thank you.
    I will do a bit of sanding etc to get back to the wood 2st and see what I've got then.
    Ideally, i suppose I ought to try and remove the epoxy that bonded the tube in. A Dremel (other brands are available) might be ideal for that I guess.

    Will
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    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Madwelshman,

    I would be tempted to glue a small square on the inside of each slot covering it completely.
    Then fill the slots from the outside with wood and filler.

    Martin555.
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    2 months ago by Madwelshman ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Cheers Martin.
    No, I want to see it through to the end.
    It's a nice sized model, one you could just chuck (not literally) in the boot and go get it wet. Plus, it was just crying out for some TLC.

    The Sea Commander I have also bought ๐Ÿ™„ is in need of some attention too, but nothing as drastic as the Rover.
    Mind you, the Commander hasn't arrived yet, so I could be in for a shock! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
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    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    There is no turning back now.
    Good luck with the refurbishment

    Martin555.
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    2 months ago by Madwelshman ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    I know to some this may be an easy and minor job, but to me, it's a decent job now (partly) done.
    I'm learning as I go.

    So, I now have two bloomin great oval holes in the Sea Rover hull.

    Can anyone advise me the best product/way to fill these holes to make the hull watertight again please?

    Obviously I need to have a good tidy up and smooth that area out, especially underneath.

    Will
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    2 months ago by Madwelshman ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    So, some progress made today.
    The two additional stern tubes/prop shafts have now been 'extracted' ๐Ÿ˜
    I removed the tube support from between each one and the bottom of the hull, then using a grinder (yes, a grinder๐Ÿ™„)
    chopped through each tube in the length between the bull and the bulkhead by the motors. This allowed me to remove the chopped stubs. Then, with some pipe grips, managed to get both tubes loosened and turning in the epoxy, until they were free enough to be withdrawn.
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    2 months ago by Madwelshman ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Cheers Newby7,

    Yes it does look that way doesn't it.
    It will definitely be a bit of a challenge, but if I can do it, then it means I have saved one from being broken up(further) or burnt, which is good as far as I'm concerned.

    Lots of head scratching ahead of me I think ๐Ÿค”

    Will
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    2 months ago by Newby7 ( Captain)
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    Looks to me you have your work set out for you.Needs a lot of TLC.Good luck with the build.
    Rick
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    2 months ago by Madwelshman ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Martin,
    I will do my best tp post updates as and when they happen.
    I'm not the quickest worker, so I can't say how frequent they will be.

    Will
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    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Madweilshman.

    I hope we see your refurbishments in a build log soon.

    Martin555.
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    2 months ago by Madwelshman ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Inside the hull is some strange sort of waxy 'stuff'.
    I have no idea what it is. It hasn't bonded particularly well to certain areas of the hull and I have now managed to scrape a majority of it out. Still some more to do yet though.
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    2 months ago by Madwelshman ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    These are some pictures that I took the day after collecting the boat.
    I took it into work with me to give a bit of a clean off and see what I had bought ๐Ÿค”
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