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    Mornin' Pete, Thanks๐Ÿ‘ I'll be mailing Stephen re photos etc when I get my thoughts coherently together! Some tricky coding / algorithm changes will be needed, and we shouldn't forget that Stephen is still a member of the working society! RE "when are you going to start on HMS Manxman?" My problem is that I'm torn between HMS Manxman, a very complex construction, and my AKULA 2 Submarine! At least the AKULA hull is almost complete, only conning tower detail & scopes to do) and the rest is 'just' ๐Ÿ™„ fitting out; dive tank & electronics etc. I've also temporarily shelved the restorations / conversions of my fish cutter and a
    PT Boat
    . Diverse interests ๐Ÿ˜‰ HELP! What should I do? I really like Manxman as well, since I built the Airfix 1:600 kit as a kid. I read up on her history and became fascinated. Her build will really take time to be able to do her justice. I heartily agree 'Iconic'. I've seen her described as 'The last ship the RN had that LOOKED like a warship'. She survived until 1972 in various guises! Coincidentally the same year as my other RN favourite H class Destroyer HMS Hotspur, also inspired by the ancient (like me!) Airfix kit and reading her history. Inspired me to scale up the 1:600 kit and scratch build a 1:72 version when I was about fifteen. Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    9 months ago by RNinMunich
    Re: (Naval Ship) PT 109
    Hi Chris, That may well have been one of the many variants, but the 37mm M3 was originally developed as an Army Field gun (Anti-tank). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/37_mm_Gun_M3 Which is what JFK, and others apparently, mounted on his PTB. What you are thinking of was the M4 version. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M4_autocannon Some later
    PT Boat
    s were fitted with these, as the attached pic of the restored PT658 shows. Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    9 months ago by RNinMunich
    EeZeBilts From Keil Kraft
    "Perhaps DG is the best one to answer this -" Dunno why - my boats will sink like anyone else's if they fill up with water. Partly it's horses for courses - don't sail a boat with a low freeboard on the choppy side of the lake where the waves break over the bow. Fast boats which deflect water away might get away with it - slower displacement hulls where the water creeps up the side won't. Google 'Coandฤƒ effect' for a more technical description of the reason water sticks to surfaces. Tugs usually have heavy ballast and are more likely to have waves breaking over them than to ride up and over them. And sealing a deck effectively is going to depend very much on the way it's designed to fit on the hull... Adams of Adamcraft fame in the 1950s used to stretch clear plastic 'clingfilm' over the decks of his open boats (it was invented in '49!) to keep the water out, and you might find that trick useful if you have to have a removable deck. The clingfilm would go underneath the deck, of course... Sinking is less of a problem with EeZeBilts (though the Beaver with its heavy ballast would go down). They are made of many watertight compartments. If your boat doesn't have such flotation support, try using expanded foam in all the spare cavities. I do this in my boats, partly as a safety measure, partly to deaden the motor sound and stop the decks from 'drumming' and partly because I mount batteries and radio equipment in it. Here is a shot of a
    PT Boat
    with removable centre deck, which is happy in heavy waves - you can see the foam blocks...
    11 months ago by DodgyGeezer
    Re: Refit Irishman to Yorkshireman tugboat
    " It had had at least 4 coats of paint the latest being done by what looked like a plasterer." Funny that Rogal! I had exactly the same situation with the restoration / conversion of an ancient Billing Boats fish cutter, the Gina 2. Dave-M actually said he thought it looked like it had been plastered! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Pics show the wreck I started with and where I'm at. Paint finish in last pic is actually Arctic White, lighting and camera makes it look very off white!๐Ÿ˜ฎ Oh well! She'd been at sea for a while ๐Ÿ˜ You can follow my 'trail' in my Build Blog at https://model-boats.com/blogs/43305 I am also converting Gina from the original static model to RC. I restored a period (50s) Taycol Target motor to go in her. Pic 3. The Taycol came from the Sea Scout 'Jessica' that my Dad built in the early 60s. My Blog of restoring her is also on this site. Similar techniques used๐Ÿ˜‰ https://model-boats.com/blogs?q=Jessica Happy restoring, it's sometimes frustrating but in the end very rewarding.๐Ÿ˜Š I also have an ELCO
    PT Boat
    under similar restoration and refit/upgrade. (No blog as yet!) Good luck with your venture ๐Ÿ‘ Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    1 year ago by RNinMunich

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