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    Time to let go !
    For some time now, I've been addicted to purchasing beautiful things, particularly well made things, without much thought for my family, my job, or where the heck I'm going to put them ! On one such escapade I helped out with disposing of a small flotilla of very well made boats, with the intention of keeping one, and having made my decision on which one to keep, the rest must now sail away ! I must admit that I'm a sucker for 'plug N play' the easy way out possibly, but I really don't yet have the time to build a kit myself, which is my aim for the future . Ho Hum. Anyway, enough about me, what about the boats ? I hear. Well, the first is a very well constructed Model Slipway 1:43 scale Assurance Class WW2 armed tug. The model has sailed previously, but is presently only fitted with a motor, rudder servo and various wiring. It will of course need finishing in this respect. The build quality is excellent, and is as it should be, except for a little attention required to the rigging, as visible in the images. Also, the white I.D.
    decals
    are slightly flaking, on the port side ( now I am being picky, but that's about the extent of 'things to do'). I guess the initiated will know the spec. but if any further info is required, please do ask. I am open to very sensible offers for this, and the other boats that I will be releasing. I purchased a collection, to save them from a commercial brokerage, and to retain one for my own use, which is now the case. Please do ask any questions, or let me know if you need further images of any aspect of the craft. Of course, I will not post, and it will be advisable for a prospective buyer to view first. The boat is presently moored in South Manchester, with easy access from the motorway network. Best regards.
    6 months ago by Davecounty
    Response
    Motor, mount & prop-shaft.
    I have just visited their site again and they do not show much to do with the boats they have for sale. All I see is the 46" RAF Crash Tender and the Police Launch that just has a picture and no other information. They show no prices, I was also under the impression that they had several models in their list for sale. I do have the 46" Crash Tender I purchased at Wings'n'Wheels about three years ago. I din't find their site that informative other than for the Crash Tender. My kit doesn't even have the windows and
    decals
    that is says and shows in the descriptions. I'm very disappointed really. I will get round to building it one day though. As I will the 34" I bout back in 1994 from Aerokits.
    7 months ago by BOATSHED
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    (Racing Boat) Kyosho Jetstream
    I restored this from a basket case, luckily the
    decals
    were in the box and never used, I reckon its from the late 1980s quite a collectible boat nowadays, runs lovely, has The optional trim tabs which it needs. I painted it with enamel paint then clear coat over the
    decals
    pretty model. (Motor: Os 10 with pullstart) (9/10)
    10 months ago by Biscuit
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    ''Surfury'' Stern Name
    try SHG Marine Jerome moulded a 36" gf hull in the 70`s and he had some
    decals
    in stock, depends on your scale of course also had cleats, offset rudder, wheels etc
    10 months ago by vortex
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    Transfers
    Thanks for the link Havelock, For me though a can of fixer is still cheaper than a laser printer for the few times I need to print
    decals
    , an' I've already got two A4/A3 ink jet jobs any way. Bon chance to our richer members who have laser printers. Cheers, Doug 😎
    10 months ago by RNinMunich
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    1/16th scale Fire Boat
    decals
    That's done. My chum is casting resin crew members as we speak and I have some binoculars in white metal. Cheers, Martin
    11 months ago by Westquay
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    1/16th scale Fire Boat
    decals
    Hi all, got my Crash Tender bottom sprayed red today, so I'm nearing when I'll need the hull
    decals
    for FIRE, roundels and numbers. Anyone know where they can be had from? Also what does that stuff on the bow say/look like. I can hand paint that if necessary. Cheers, Martin
    11 months ago by Westquay
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    1/16th scale Fire Boat
    decals
    Thanks, Robbob. I'll order some up. Martin
    11 months ago by Westquay
    Forum
    1/16th scale Fire Boat
    decals
    Hi Martin. BECC do a set in 1:16 scale for your boat. https://www.cornwallmodelboats.co.uk/acatalog/Becc-Model-Accessories-Fire-Tender-Decal-Set-1-16-Scale-B-FTS1-16.html#SID=601 Robbob
    11 months ago by robbob
    Response
    Range Safety Launch?
    Hi Neville, Thought you wanted to renovate the original Range Safety Launch design? I don't see any structural changes from that design. That's why it was so easy to identify. If you want to add fantasy bits and fittings that's entirely up to you, but in that case the number,
    decals
    and even the colour can be fantasy too! How about sky-blue pink with purple spots? 😲 Your boat - your choice. Doug
    12 months ago by RNinMunich
    Response
    Bit of a problem.............
    I believe it should be black Neville. I would also correct the number. All the Fireboat and similar builders on the site know where to get the
    decals
    . Check out the Build Blogs / Discussions. I've started printing my own on adhesive Decal Paper, but I'm just like that πŸ˜‰ Cheers, Doug 😎
    12 months ago by RNinMunich
    Response
    Bit of a problem.............
    So heat gun should arrive tomorrow.....................Oh I do like buying new toys! Given that I am now going to destroy all the
    decals
    , should I be changing the number on the hull and would that mean a change from Blue to Black? I should not be asking this, but looking it up. However, you have it in your head. Enjoyed the 'woodies' bit elsewhere. TTFN.
    12 months ago by NPJ
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    Martin's Taycol Conversion Boards
    Howdy Ed, Yep, will do. Have taken some pics along the way. Mast lights and searchlight are working. Red/Green Nav lights fitted (had to spray the roof the right colour first - white not grey!) but not wired up yet. About to do that now. After that the two aft facing Towing lights and deck flood lights. Also discovered that there should be two deck lights P&S of the main cabinπŸ˜‰ Will need the miniscule chip LEDs for those - Now, where did I put my microscopeπŸ€“πŸ€” In fact while researching I found there's a whole list of 'bits' missing. Not least the Life Raft, which should be behind the wheelhouse!!😲 (In God we trust - But just in case we want a Life Raft 😁) Have also started drafting new
    decals
    with the correct owner's logo and fonts. The wiring is only a lash up at the moment to check that everything works. As soon as I'm happy, with resistors an' all, I'll fit some mini connectors. More soon, (in a different thread cos this will bore the pants off Martin. A NO Lights Man!) That reminds me of a banner I once saw above the RAF Controllers at the London Air Traffic Control Centre. "RAF controllers do it in the dark" πŸ˜²πŸ˜‰ The civil side was brightly lit, other side of the wall the RAF guys had minimal desk lighting only. Cheers, Doug 😎
    12 months ago by RNinMunich
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    Vinyl lettering
    Hi Manofkent (from a fellow man Of Kent! FolkestoneπŸ˜‰) If you have an inkjet printer and the Bliss font on your PC (downloadable I expect) you can make your own
    decals
    , any scale you like, with printable decal film. For instance, found on Amazon- https://www.amazon.de/dp/B00835TC7Q/ref=pe_3044161_185740101_TE_item_image Must also be on Amazon UK. RM Logistic UK Limited 20 Carville Grove Wigan WN2 4NN GB I made the name
    decals
    for my Sea Scout with this, using Winword on the PC. Cheers, Doug 😎
    1 year ago by RNinMunich
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    Crash Tender davit info...
    Gents, chinchilla dust is the flavour of the month treatment for making country lanes in model scenery, which, as you know, is my Winter pursuit. But, having a wonderful clear up in the workshop to incorporate this mornings win at a local auction of a 10 drawer document cabinet, I found my dust and it was a bit course. The Chinchies were obviously a little damp when ground So, perhaps a trip to Wickes is called for. I was right next door earlier and forgot all about it, dammit. No matter, plenty to do afore then. So nice to get all my plans and
    decals
    and info sheets in their own drawers. Tea break over, back on me 'ead. Cheers, Martin
    1 year ago by Westquay
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    what have I got?
    Bryan, that appears to be a Fast Patrol Boat. I don't know that it was a kit one, although Aerokits did one, but it looks to be a very nicely done model. You certainly can't get those batteries any more, Ever ready being long dead as a company, but please keep them. They are more museum pieces than the boat! And that motor is something interesting. if you want to replace it with some modern rubbish, I'd be interested in buying it from you for my "Maverick's collection of Unfeasable Motors". I would be tempted to leave the finish as it is as that is so typical of the period (late 50s), but rarely seen any more. it's a very nice boat and deserves to be kept in period. These boats for real, were not that fast, despite being called High Speed Launches, so you don't need some screaming brushless in it. A 400 brushed would be sufficient. Some suitable
    decals
    on the hull sides would finish it off nicely. You could paint those side windows dark gloss grey to represent glass from a distance. Cheers, Martin
    1 year ago by Westquay
    Response
    Sanding down.
    Hi Peter, you're right about the sanding down. Take your time and apply a generous Dollop of Patience πŸ˜‰ Any short cuts here will show up all through the painting process πŸ€” See my Sea Scout 'Jessica' renovation blog re hull restoration!! My motto for painting is 'Brush for little fiddly bits, spray for big bits' e.g. hulls. I agree model shop spray cans are usually small and relatively expensive for big hull. I use giant cans from the professional suppliers, again see my Sea Scout blog for descriptions and suppliers. Also agree about care with the thin skins. After sanding and sealing, with Lord Nelson pore sealer, I reinforced my Sea Scout inside (where I could get to!) and out with DeluxeMaterials EzeKote resin. it's not the cheapest but it's water based, doesn't pong and doesn't need mixing with hardener Brushes just wash out in warm water. Couldn't be easier 😊 Flat off starting with about 600 or 1000 grit annd work up to 3000 grit and you should end up with a finish like glass - see decks of my Sea Scout😊 For my ELCO PTB I bought Colour Coats MTB Green (from Sovereign Hobbies in UK) for the darker camo patches and italeri Flat Sky, # 4856, which is almost identical to the lighter Pacific Green for the base coat. After painting and detailing, pennant number and
    decals
    and such, I shall seal it all with a matt spray varnish. i use the big Lord Nelson spray cans for that. Re Gun Tubs: love the gun carriages but I guess they're much too big for my 28" boat. 😭 BTW: forward gun tub is too far forward. it should be further aft just in front of the screen round the bridge entrance starboard side and should be set half into the forward cabin. Just cut half of the lower section of the tub away on the inboard side to match the cabin height. See pics. You might find this Pinterest site useful for more detailπŸ‘ https://www.pinterest.de/pin/557039047643301834/ Register to get full access, it's free and you can get updates for the things that interest you. Hi Ray, attached are pdf files of the Aerokits plan. Just scale up to what you need and awaaay you go πŸ˜‰ Look forward to the BlogπŸ‘ Cheers Doug 😎
    1 year ago by RNinMunich
    Blog
    MV TEAKWOOD
    The vessel is virtually compete, just a few finishing touches such as
    decals
    and top masts. Building the deck equipment did not present any unexpected challenges and everything progressed quite quickly. Much assisted by an unusually cold Canadian winter – where is Global warming when you want it? The only comment is that this ship has a lot of deck railings, even with a simple jig these are time consuming. Am hoping to try the first on water ballast check in about ten days, A review of similar models and weights suggests something like about 4 lbs will be needed.
    2 years ago by RHBaker
    Directory
    (Pleasure Craft) Billings Sea King
    Found at a Boot Sale in a sorry state. Retained the 2 Como motors but replaced ESC with Chinese Fan Cooled 320a. Acoms AR-201 Rx, Futaba servo all linked to new old stock Acoms Techniplus Alpha 27mhz Tx. New rudder, original propshaft with new couplings. Hull painted in Hammerite Gold and Plastikote white. Retained orignal Billings
    decals
    . New stanchions and rails. Re-veneered deck and added some fancy balsa work. Plains well after contra-rotating the props. (Motor: 2 x Como Drill) (ESC: Chinese 320a Fan cooled) (8/10)
    2 years ago by AllenA
    Response
    Hermione Lady Colwyn
    I got the
    decals
    from Ebay, 25mm vinyl lettering, for the numbers, I used BECC for the rest, the flag on the bow and the ensigns, although I believe now, they do a specialised RNLI Lettering Pack, and draught marks pack The name was BECC letters on a strip of grey painted plastic card
    2 years ago by JRF1972
    Response
    Hermione Lady Colwyn
    Hi I am in the proses of building this in a 1/12 scale. I live near to the life boat station in Shoreham and see it launched many times Could I ask where you got the
    decals
    from and more so the name of her RNLB Hermione Lady Colwyn. As I will need this for mine Kev
    2 years ago by Spitfire99
    Media
    Bargain Tomkat
    Somebody was either disillusioned with model boats or impecunious to the Nth degree because he let me have this BRAND NEW Ripmax Tomkat complete with Motor, ESC, brand new steering servo,action man driver,
    decals
    and instructions for a brownie with a bluey postage. Not my usual type of model but will make a fun change down at our 'postage stamp' lake (?)
    2 years ago by bilzin
    Media
    HERMANN MARWEDE
    REWELL Kit 1:72, fitted with 3 MIG 280 DC motors, 3 DC controllers up to 20A, 1 LiPol battery 2200mA, 4 channel Turnigy receiver, one microswitch for two rudders. it is dyed with REWELL semi-matt colors in synthetic colors and at the end over
    decals
    and the whole ship three layers of glossy REWELL lacquer. The ship was imported with lead by the keel so that it did not curve on the opposite side in turns. Because I did not reach the four-bladed bolts, I modified three-blade brass. For the time being, the boat has only been tested in a bath at home due to winter weather in the Czech Republic. For its 64 cm it is designed for riding on a calm surface. if I can evaluate this kit it is excellent. I can only recommend.
    2 years ago by Inkoust
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    (Life Boat) HERMANN MARWEDE
    REWELL Kit 1:72, fitted with 3 MIG 280 DC motors, 3 DC controllers up to 20A, 1 LiPol battery 2200mA, 4 channel Turnigy receiver, one microswitch for two rudders. it is dyed with REWELL semi-matt colors in synthetic colors and at the end over
    decals
    and the whole ship three layers of glossy REWELL lacquer. The ship was imported with lead by the keel so that it did not curve on the opposite side in turns. Because I did not reach the four-bladed bolts, I modified three-blade brass. For the time being, the boat has only been tested in a bath at home due to winter weather in the Czech Republic. For its 64 cm it is designed for riding on a calm surface. if I can evaluate this kit it is excellent. I can only recommend. (Motor: MIG 280) (ESC: mini dc 20A - Czech rep) (8/10)
    2 years ago by Inkoust
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    Riva scratch built boat update
    It's getting near to sailing day. 16 coats of boat varnish later my Riva Barrel back Chris Craft will see water soon.Newly arrived parts and
    decals
    from Dumas have arrived from Tucson Arizona.I did drive Doug at Dumas mad with questions on parts but he was very helpful. Had to figure out how to place the back top panel on and off in one go to get access to motor and battery.About two weeks more and I think it will be launch day.
    2 years ago by Alan999
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    Smit Nederland no 528
    Santa came early this morning in the form of a part built Smit Nederland 528 I found at the Boot sale for Β£40. Couldn't put the money in the owners hand quickly enough. The kit looks complete and the Accessories box too. Propshafts, propellers and motors are fitted and all she needs is some TLC. The fact that the purchase came with a Ford Sierra 1/10th RC body and
    decals
    was icing on the cake. I was tempted to put this in How many projects is too many.... but I had to buy it didn't I?
    2 years ago by AllenA
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    1/30 scale
    decals
    /stickers
    Thank you very much πŸ˜‰
    2 years ago by benidormbob
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    1/30 scale
    decals
    /stickers
    No problem, DON'T FORGET: Her real name is 'LΓΆschkreuzer Weser'!!!!!! Literally 'Extinguisher-Cruiser W...' Weser is a river in north Germany. If you get curious about any German on the sites and need any help with translation let me know, I've been here 32 years now, picked up 'a bit' of the lingo πŸ˜‰ Have fun, Doug 😎
    2 years ago by RNinMunich
    Forum
    1/30 scale
    decals
    /stickers
    Thanks Doug This will help me out a lotπŸ‘
    2 years ago by benidormbob
    Forum
    1/30 scale
    decals
    /stickers
    Hi Bob, try here- https://www.google.de/search?q=L%C3%B6schkreuzer+Weser&dcr=0&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwja4tvGvbzXAhXFXRoKHQkvBZkQsAQINA&biw=1920&bih=955 Most (all?) site are in German (no sweat for me πŸ˜‰) but it's the pics you want anyway! She doesn't seem to have much anyway; just name plates on the superstructure and home port (Bremerhaven) on the stern. Cheers Doug 😎
    2 years ago by RNinMunich
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    1/30 scale
    decals
    /stickers
    Thanks for the heads up. Paper ordered but cannot seem to find any fire related pictures/photos that I can print from so any help on this topic would be great Thank youπŸ˜‰
    2 years ago by benidormbob
    Forum
    1/30 scale
    decals
    /stickers
    Thank youπŸ˜‰
    2 years ago by benidormbob
    Forum
    1/30 scale
    decals
    /stickers
    Hola Bob, why not print your own? You only need a half decent inkjet printer. πŸ˜‰ https://www.photopaperdirect.com/products/A4-Gloss-Vinyl-Self-Adhesive-Sticker-Paper-Buy-20-Get-20-Free.html Cheers Doug 😎
    2 years ago by RNinMunich
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    (Life Boat) USCG CG-44345
    VINTAGE BILLING BOATS (MY FIRST RC ENDEAVOR 1989) 1:20 US COAST GUARD 44' MOTOR LIFEBOAT. ABS HULL & DECK WITH PLYWOOD CABINS. ALL STOCK RUNNING HARDWARE AND FITTINGS. I'M CURRENTLY OVERHAULING HER, HULL IS DECORATED AND MARKED WITH NEW
    decals
    . THE ORIG KIT WAS CG-44329, WHICH SAILED OUT OF US COAST GUARD LIFEBOAT STATION MANASQUAN INLET, NJ. I CHANGED THE HULL NUMBER AND RELOCATED HER TO USCG LIFEBOAT STATION LUDINGTON, MI., WHICH WAS MY DREAM STATION WHEN I WAS A PROUD US COAST GUARDSMAN, '80-86. THERE WERE 110 OF THESE MLB'S BUILT BY THE COAST GUARD YARD IN CURTIS BAY, MD, AND THE DESIGN WAS SO SUCCESSFUL, IT WAS DUPLICATED BY THE RNLI AND STILL IN SERVICE TODAY. THERE ARE EVEN A COUPLE FOR SALE THE LAST TIME I CHECKED. OTHER THAN THE 40' UTB, THE 44 IS MY FAVORITE COASTAL RESCUE CRAFT. YES-MR. ARNOLD PALMER WAS A US COAST GUARDSMAN (YM3) 1950-53 (Motor: MAB 540) (ESC: HOBBYWING) (8/10)
    2 years ago by circle43nautical
    Forum
    What paint type
    Hi Scotty Welcome to the site. Just had a look on the web about Sanson Tugboat see pic. As you intend to allow the planking to show I suggest you use G4 Pond Sealer (Bondaglass Product) on your hull after you have sanded smooth to shape. You can also use on the inside. it's a polyurethane type so can be easily brush applied in thin coats and sets rock hard as well as being totally waterproof. You can overpaint if you carefully roughen the surface with wet and dry paper. Once the colour is dry and any
    decals
    applied you can apply a final coat of G4 over the whole hull and it will be protected against the odd knock etc. As Doug says acrylic is easy and pleasant to use for the upper works and can be sealed with acrylic clear lacquer, I find silk works best on a scale model. Sounds like an interesting project is it a kit? If you start a build blog we can watch your progress and you will be able to ask for help and advice as the build progresses. Please keep us posted on progress. Enjoy the build Dave
    2 years ago by Dave M
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    Hobby Engine Richardson Upgrade
    HI Neville, why did i move the bridge, Ha. the main reason was to make my boat different to the standard, i cut away the staircase and a small part of the railing, re-drilled the mounting holes and basically that was it, i have 4 of these, so each one is different, none except Richardson have the stairs, the first i re-painted in Smit colors, second was like the first but only removed the name and re-named as itchen Marine Wyforce, using vinyl
    decals
    i had made, the third re-painted in Wiesmuller colours, but with the funnels re-located on top of the air intakes with a firefighting bridge across with 2 fire nozzles, they all get a lot of interest, cost very little to alter but are different. Mark
    2 years ago by jarvo
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    Billings Sea King in need of TLC
    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.
    2 years ago by AllenA
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    Billings Sea King in need of TLC
    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.
    2 years ago by AllenA
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    Billings Sea King in need of TLC
    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
    2 years ago by Dave M
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    Using old motors
    Many thanks Martin, Actually her current colours are what I put on for my daughter Jessica 25 years or so ago! I think you're right, I also had some fears what I might find if I stripped her. I'll just clean her up flat-off and rejuvenate the paintwork, spray cans from the Bastelladen damals! The name plate is a stick-on from the ones we used to put on all her stuff for school πŸ˜‰ Will make new
    decals
    , or stencils perhaps, using the technology of today. The gizmos were 'temporary!😊' as I used her as a test bed for various ideas. Will clean her up as you suggest, get her running on Taycol Power and then see what I can do with the cockpit furniture. Not really my forte, but ya gotta start somewhere aincha? Again, many thanks for the advice, and Goodnight from Munich. (and it's Goodnight from him!πŸ˜‰) PS Midsummer Murders I get here as well on zdfNEO, but 2 years later!
    2 years ago by RNinMunich
    Response
    The deck anti-slip finish.
    Hi Robbob I bought one built without running gear two weeks ago, but with a new set of
    decals
    and new life buoys which I will make the locating bits as the old one's where only glued on. Half the bulb lights do not work so I have removed the wheelhouse roof. The grab hooks(which I have made), the drive line brushes required replacing so I replaced the shaft as well. Installed a Hobbyking 3648-1450kv with a 2 blade 40mm prop. I do not think my boat will be as nice as yours, but, I have seen a few bits on yours I can make, like an opening wheelhouse hatch
    2 years ago by canabus
    Blog
    The Hull Markings
    The paint on the hull has sufficiently hardened and needs a couple of coats of clear lacquer to protect it but before that happens I need to apply the hull markings. The waterslide decal set that was supplied with my kit was probably at least 5 years old when I bought the kit on eBay and they had deteriorated so badly that when I put the large β€˜FIRE’ lettering panel in some warm water it fragmented and clearly was not usable. I called Mike Cummings at vintage Model works and explained my dilemma and he very generously agreed to supply me with a replacement set, and in addition a set of the recently available printed vinyl letters and markings that they now produce. I decided to use the vinyl set as a quick test piece with the waterslide set revealed that the white ink is not solid and therefore not completely opaque. Furthermore I could not eliminate the β€˜silvering’ effect that happens on waterslide
    decals
    despite using various lotions and potions such as Humbrol Decalfix and Microsol/Microset solutions. A test piece with the vinyl lettering sheet was far more successful and when over-lacquered on the test piece the results were very acceptable. Starting with the large FIRE lettering I cut a paper template the same size as the complete word and fixed this with low tack masking tape on the hull, this paper was then outlined in more masking tape to form a window and the vertical spacing of the letters transferred to this to keep the correct spacing. Vertical strips of tape were then used as positioning guides for the letters which were individually cut and placed so that I could eliminate all but the solid white letters and give them a hard edge. Feeling very pleased with myself I removed the masking tape guides and realised to my horror that I had set the baseline of the letters far too close to the waterline and the vertical proportions were completely wrong ….disaster 😱 Feeling ashamed that I could make such a basic error I abandoned the lettering and called Mike at VMW and described my foolish error, no problem he said, I’ll send you another vinyl sheet and also some additional drawing that were missing from my kit that would help with detail finishing. My second attempt with the new vinyl sheet employed the same process but I was careful to measure, mark and check the positions (several times!) before starting. The roundel and numerals positions at the bow and the stern were carefully measured and marked using the supplied drawings and masking tape β€˜guides’ used to fix their positions before application. Lastly the roman numerals that span the waterline at the bow and stern were marked, cut and individually applied. I also took the opportunity to fix in place a couple of modified 6mm portholes to replicate the aft cockpit drain outlets, in the photo is the β€˜94’ waterslide decal which I later removed and replaced with vinyl when I could not eliminate the β€˜silvering’ problem. A big Thank You to Mike Cummings at Vintage Model works for replacing the lettering sheets TWICE! and for the extra drawings, I call that exceptional after sales service !. Cheers Mike πŸ‘πŸ‘ .
    3 years ago by robbob
    Response
    Spraying the hull black.
    I like the idea of using foil with the masking tape. it seems original and you have used a lot of initiative with preparation for the painting. I too used Trimline and as for the
    decals
    I went to a local printers who did a nice job especially with the FIRE
    decals
    . They adhered very well and nearly 3 years on the are still looking like new.😁 Boaty
    3 years ago by boaty
    Response
    My Club500
    Nice boat, will add some
    decals
    to mine when I find some 😎
    3 years ago by ron1956
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    Aerokits Fast Patrol Boat
    Hi, I'm currently in the process of building my first model. it's one of my fathers that has been sat in the loft, kit form for 30 odd years. I have the
    decals
    to turn it into a fire boat but I'm struggling to find a suitable monitor to place on the coach house roof. Can you remember where yours came from?
    3 years ago by jonbliss152
    Blog
    Detailing the transom.
    The real boat had some detail on the transom which I would like to incorporate on my model, these are the two main engine exhausts and the pump engine exhaust and there are also two small drain outlets from the rear cockpit. As my ESC is water-cooled I want to use the pump engine exhaust detail as my cooling water outlet. I have used brass portholes as the basis for the exhaust details as they look very similar to the real thing with the rivet holes around the circumferences, the two main engine exhausts are 8mm internal diameter and the pump exhaust is a 6mm internal diameter type. I first removed the rear flanges of the larger portholes by rubbing them flat over some wet & dry paper so that they will sit flush on the transom. I left the flange on the 6mm porthole as it will help locate the assembly in the transom. I used a 6mm external brass tube set into the smaller porthole with a very short protrusion on the external side and about 25mm to pass through the hull to leave 20mm inside the boat to connect the flexible silicone water tube to. Once I was happy with the positioning of the details I drilled the single hole for the water outlet and slightly countersunk the outside of the hole to allow for the small flange on the rear of the port hole The tube was fixed into the porthole with a light smear of epoxy and when set the assembly was given a coat of etch primer and a couple of light light coats of black gloss and then set aside as I won't fix it in place until the hull has received it final coats of black gloss. I also etch primed and painted the two larger exhaust pipe flanges ready for glueing to the transom. If I can find a couple of even smaller brass portholes, perhaps 3mm, I may also fit them as the cockpit drain ports in the finishing stages. The hull will get a couple of overall coats of clear lacquer to seal this transom detailing and the lettering
    decals
    as well.
    3 years ago by robbob
    Blog
    DAMEN STAN 4207
    The weather has turned colder and forstalled any temptations to spend valuable boat building time outdoors. Have now been able to focus on finishing the hull. This was done with the usual technique of rubbing down (both mechanical and manual) and then filling any depressions or defects with either wood filler or glaze putty. Then rubbing down again ' and again! After each completed rub sprayed the hull with aerosol paint, initially primer, then working up to colour and finally a clear matte to protect the
    decals
    and dull the earlier gloss finish. I prefer to use gloss for the intermediate coats as it reveals the surface defects clearly. The only problem encountered was with the opening stern gate, after much trial usage this began to get a 'chatter' during opeation. Dismantled and examined the micro servo and found that several small gear teeth had broken off. Attributed this to operating the gate by hand during the build. in future will only operate the gate under power. Whilst more time consuming this prevents any tendency for the linkage to go over centre and lock up, thus overloading and breaking the small gear teeth. The pictures show the hull finished up to deck level. There are no fittings installed. From now on anticipate the model completion will follow traditional lines, so will confine blog entries to those that either capture a milestone, or where something interesting or unusal has happened.
    3 years ago by RHBaker
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    Aerokits Fast Patrol Launches
    Hi Kalamunda, How did you get round the issue of the hull Lettering/Numbering? I've been unable to source suitable
    decals
    to apply to my boat and was wondering if you could advise? Many thanks Jon
    3 years ago by jonbliss152
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    Monster Mersey
    Because the original builder based it on Scarborough lifeboat,I decided that I would name it after Skegness lifeboat as it's my nearest station to me (52 miles away), so I set about taking all
    decals
    off and naming it Lincolnshire Poacher 12-008 (a name tag and ON number was changed inside cabin) even though it has an orange superstructure the bottom half of the boat was a different colour eg: Aluminium below waterline and blue above waterline,I found it difficult to get aluminium paint (some people said silver would be ok) so I looked around for Ali paint and found it in Halford,engine paint(enamel) so I have used that and I have got to get a couple more cans,the reason for the Ali paint was the first 10 Mersey lifeboats were Aluminium bottom and I did not want silver as there is always someone will say that's wrong ( I don't care) as soon as bottom half is finished I will take some more photos
    3 years ago by skegness
    Forum
    PCF (Patrol Craft Fast) SWIFT Boat Vietnam Era
    HI All, I have very reluctantly decided to see if anybody would like to own my recently completed model of above. It has taken 18 months to complete, I have spent a very long time researching the real thing, this was modelled on an actual boat that served in the Vietnam war. This is a fresh build, so its not all damp and dusty and untested sitting in a garden shed for the last few years! In summary, it has a unique custom build drive train, 100% direct drive, ball raced, water cooled twin screw brushless outrunners. You cannot buy something like this. The glass fibre hull is complemented for strength and lightness with plastic and ply wheelhouse and cabins etc. Lets get to the point, its Β£525. Might seem very expensive to some, but to others that will appreciate the unique individualism, and the amount of work that has gone into this, will see that it has a top end value. The only other Swift Boat available is the much smaller Deans Marine kit, nearly Β£300 unmade, no running gear, I spent over Β£60 just on paint and weathering materials , even the flag was a special order in silk so it hangs and moves realistically The figures where sourced from America, very rare and expensive, Β£25 each, and there are 5 that have been remodelled to suit this boat. Even the 50 calibre bullets for the guns where individually hand painted. The authentic
    decals
    where special ordered from America also. Most of the poor quality white metal fittings and parts have been replaced with custom hand made brass or aluminium parts, again these cannot be bought to this quality. It has working nav lights, cabin lights, wheelhouse lights, rear deck spot light, front searchlight, twin gun turret spot lights and mast lights, operated from your transmitter from two separate circuits so you have a variety of light sequence options. A digital receiver voltage display is visible in a cabin window to prevent loss of signal due to low voltage. Also included is a Bluetooth operated sound unit, which can be operated using an included sd card which has a selection of Vietnam era music, or by Bluetooth from your phone, making this a real pleasure to sail! I will leave the receiver in if a buyer will be using a spectrum transmitter, you need your own transmitter, and possible batteries. I use lipos, we can discuss this if purchased. A custom made storage box is included It comes with spare parts, plans, and various instructions. I will deliver to Wirral, Merseyside or Cheshire, or can meet within that sort of radius. Postage is not an option, its way too big and heavy, overseas delivery is excluded, it will get broken as its fragile. If sold, the buyer will receive a comprehensive hand over to fully appreciate how the boat operates. You need a minimum of 4 channels on the transmitter to fully enjoy all the features of this boat. Maybe the timing is wrong, just before Christmas, I am selling as it just wont get enough use and it needs to be enjoyed, my new hobby of rc flying is also very expensive, so funds are needed for this! A comprehensive build log is available to see, please pm me if interested. Whilst the boat would make a real nice ornament, it really needs to be used and enjoyed, on the few occasions I have sailed, it looks fantastic and draws a crowd. Thanks for looking, treat yourself! πŸ‘
    4 years ago by pmdevlin


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