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    Response
    Re: 36'' Maiami Crash boat used for camera boat.
    "everything has been converted to electric long ago" Know what you mean John. I've still got a 5ltr canister of pepped up glow fuel kicking about in the cellar. Probably degenerated into uselessness by nowπŸ€” Maybe I'll stick in the car or use it to start the barby😊 Re Premium line- Belfast wasn't so bad, but had the same crappy plastic props held on with grub screws. So she's getting threaded shafts and brass props from Raboesch πŸ˜‰ On Graf Spee though I noticed a lot of resin casting faults, evidence of air bubbles and smudged detail, as well as over / under-spray in the painting and lifting of the wooden
    decks
    . Had to inject liquid CA glue round the edges to stop it peeling ☹️😠 Best thing on both ships were the faultless hulls with double skinning!πŸ˜‰ One thing surprised me with Belfast though- the recommended SLA batteries don't fit! I couldn't get them in any which way πŸ€” Not to worry, they go in my 1:72 destroyer with ease 😊 BTW I prefer lapsang souchong πŸ˜‹
    2 days ago by RNinMunich
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    Re: Upnor, Thames Sailing Barge
    "Arethusa" !? (AKA Peking) Funny you should mention her Ropey! I've been tracking her renovation, here in Germany, since Nerys mentioned her association with the ship. Last I heard the hull was done, she's been refloated, new teak
    decks
    fitted and was waiting for her new masts. Reports are here on the site - somewhere πŸ˜‰ Update June 2019; back in dry dock having her masts fitted😊 See pics. Look here for more of the latest pics https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/CategoryπŸ˜›eters_Werft Hmm! on saving this post the site changes 'colonP' to πŸ˜› !!??πŸ€” Change it back in your browser address box! Plan is that next year she will become part of the Schifffahrt Museum display in Hmaburg. Cheers, Doug 😎 "Peking was launched in February 1911 and left Hamburg for her maiden voyage to Valparaiso in May of the same year. After the outbreak of World War I she was interned at Valparaiso and remained in Chile for the duration of the war. Awarded to the Kingdom of Italy as war reparation she was sold back to her original owners, the Laeisz brothers, in January 1923. She remained in the nitrate trade until traffic through the Panama Canal proved quicker and more economical. Arethusa II In 1932, she was sold for Β£6,250 to Shaftesbury Homes. She was first towed to Greenhithe, renamed Arethusa II and moored alongside the existing Arethusa I. In July 1933, she was moved to a new permanent mooring off Upnor on the River Medway, where she served as a children's home and training school. She was officially "opened" by Prince George on 25 July 1933. During World War II she served in the Royal Navy as HMS Pekin(g?). "
    6 days ago by RNinMunich
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    46'' RAF Crash Tender
    Hi Elsrickle, Those are the same drawings that I posted 6 days ago. if I remember correctly Martin (Westquay) sent them to me a year or so ago to ask me to enhance them a little so we could decipher the text describing the paints used. Thanks for blowing up the text πŸ‘ It confirms as I had posted;
    decks
    , cabin sides and tops were all the same shade of grey. https://www.e-paint.co.uk/Lab_values.asp?cRange=BS%20381C&cRef=BS381C%20631&cDescription=Light%20grey
    decks
    non-slip, cabins smooth. No white anywhere. But if you like white - Why not?πŸ˜‰ Cheers, Doug
    17 days ago by RNinMunich
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    46'' RAF Crash Tender
    Hi John, I'm not denying that some RAF boats did have planked
    decks
    , especially some HSLs. But not the two crash boats / Fireboats (93 & 94) which Ray's model is based on. Some boats seem to have had a multitude of colour schemes over their service lives. Especially those stationed in the Med and tropical zones. The service life of 93 and 94 seems have been pretty short in comparison so photos are nearly as rare as rocking horse droppings. All I can offer is the paint scheme 'as built' (or intended?) by Vosper. In the end "Yer pays yer money and yer takes yer choice!" Cheers mate, Doug 😎
    22 days ago by RNinMunich
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    46'' RAF Crash Tender
    Doug, to go with your no plankey deckey I found a few pics of
    decks
    on various smaller boats used by RAF. The white and grey H&Ds in tropical white look the best in my humble opinion. The 100 series HSL seems to be one of the only rescue boats with planked
    decks
    , - later boats seem to be all painted ply. Almost everyone seems to go with the black and grey theme for most boats, (the RNZAF painted their 64ft HSL hull black with varnished coamings at one stage but soon changed it to 'Launch Blue' as black was not on (no reference to pool) apparently, - ended up white in the end with varnished coamings!
    22 days ago by jbkiwi
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    46'' RAF Crash Tender
    I don't know anything about
    decks
    on ASR launches or similar but have a strong memory of the laid planked
    decks
    on RN ships being scrubbed every morning. They were always bare wood to ensure non slip finish.
    23 days ago by Nerys
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    46'' RAF Crash Tender
    Totally right Martin, I think it's a bit like scale judging where people who have never seen or been near a subject (plane or boat or whatever) are judging someones' work from photos. There's always somebody who comes up and says "why didn't you do it this way" I doubt whether anyone can build a 100% scale model so it all seems a bit pointless to me. I think if the public think something looks fantastic and you're happy, then you've done a good enough job. Precise models belong in museums where thousands of people can see them, not just a few at your local pond. I'd like to plank the
    decks
    on my ST but I'll do it as it was when I knew it, (and have photos) but no doubt one day someone will tell me it's not correct, BUT, you're safe Martin,- there's not a person in the world who can tell you the pike's not correct ! John
    23 days ago by jbkiwi
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    46'' RAF Crash Tender
    I feel in two minds about that PT Boat. They are so cheap to make that I made a couple, and have been tempted to make some more - enough to equip a squadron, and then do a little video of them performing the 'mass attack' manoeuvres which are specified in the PT tactics handbook provided to each captain. But both the ones I made had wood-plank
    decks
    . Should I keep on being inaccurate, but matching, or should I paint them up in proper camouflage colours ... ?
    23 days ago by DodgyGeezer
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    46'' RAF Crash Tender
    Hi DodgyGeezer, I agree with you, wooden
    decks
    do look better. I suppose if the model maker is a true scale modeller then the urge to get it right is powerfully strong. You mentioning the Flower class corvette has just reminded me that I have an original Matchbox 1/72 scale kit up in the loft. Martin.
    23 days ago by Martin555
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    46'' RAF Crash Tender
    I am reminded of the 1/72nd Revell Flower class corvette model. That had a steel plate deck, with non-slip walkways and some small planked areas at the bow and amidships. But the model has the deck completely covered in moulded-in raised planking lines, and if you want a more accurate model you have to sand or scape these away... My own EeZeBilt PT Boat had a stained and drawn planked deck, because I thought that looked pretty. But in reality the originals had plywood sheet
    decks
    which were painted. I think a few of the ELCO 80ft prototypes may have had planks - but they were all initially delivered painted grey, so you would never have seen them. They just look better with wood planking, don't they...? "....I have been told that when the boat was commissioned into service all the superstructure was painted white ~ I see the majority of other models grey with white roof......." I think that all service craft have a delivery specification paint job, which would act as an 'undercoat' and then they have other paint jobs specified for different theatres, and maybe even different tasks. These paint jobs may change rapidly - particularly where camouflage or FoF recognition is involved. So if you want to be accurate, you need to look up a date and a location and find the official specification for that craft at that time. Luckily, I think that that Crash Tender had a short career on the South Coast, and probably only ever sported one official pattern.
    23 days ago by DodgyGeezer
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    46'' RAF Crash Tender
    Hi MaggieM I saw the same boat as you at Warwick, a superb example of planking on a very well built model, but these boats were working craft and not 'gin palaces' so that kind of deck finish would be inappropriate although I did choose to plank the lower
    decks
    and towing deck on mine. It's such a shame that so few photos of 93 and 94 exist and all of those are in B/W so the question of paint colours is very much hotly debated. There are a couple of films too, again in B/W, that are very useful for all but determining the colours. I'm convinced that there's a big 'Ministry of Supply' book on these boats somewhere and I've seen some pages from it but it's whereabouts has eluded me to date. If anyone knows where that might be ...let me know πŸ˜‰
    24 days ago by robbob
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    46'' RAF Crash Tender
    Hi. The original boats had
    decks
    painted with a grey anti-slip paint called Cerrux, some modellers choose to plank the main deck but it doesn't look right to me, ultimately the choice is entirely yours. I hope you enjoy building the model, and do try to do a build blog πŸ˜€. Robbob.
    24 days ago by robbob
    Blog
    New drive Train and Oiler
    Most of this actually took place last August / July! Regular readers may have seen that when Dad built this boat in the 60s he put a Taycol Target field motor in it. About 25 years ago I put a Decaperm and 'modern' transistor ESC in her to provide forward and reverse. Performance was sedate to say the least. I have since modified the Taycol (see below) so it can be run forward and reverse and decided to put it in an ancient Billings Boats Danish fish cutter (Gina) that I inherited from an Aunt. The cutter is badly in need of renovation (see pic 1) and the Taycol will be more suited to her performance requirement! On advice from Canabus in Hobart I obtained a Propdrive 2830 1000kV brushless motor, appropriate ESC and a 35mm 3 blade prop from Raboesch. Pic 2 shows the old and new motors. Next step was to trial fit new motor mount, coupling and prop. Pics 3 &4. While doing this it became obvious that a new shaft was in order, as mentioned in last update. Soooo, - appropriate stainless steel rod, thrust washers and set ring were acquired and back to the workshop. After cutting to length to accommodate the new coupling type a 3mm thread was cut a the prop end. At the inboard end I milled recesses for the grub screws in the set ring and the coupling, pics 5 - 7. I don't like to just file(or even mill) flats for the screws cos they have a tendency to slip and work loose😑 Trial fitted the new shaft and found I'd boobed a bit with the measurements and need extra thrust washers to make up the difference. 😲 Pic 8. No sweat, they came in a pack of 50 anyway😊 You can also see in this pic that I decided to fit an oiler pipe while everything was in bits anyway.πŸ˜‰ To solder it on in a cramped space without setting the boat on fire 😑 I packed a wet rag underneath and used a gas Kitchen Torch! Known as a 'Gas Gourmet Burner'. Yep, those handy little gas torches like your Missus uses to melt the brown sugar on her CrΓ¨me BrΓ»lΓ©e!! So do I, delicious πŸ˜œπŸ˜‰ The torches are not expensive, small, very handy, refillable with lighter gas and can be adjusted to a very small hot flame. ideal for this job. See pics 9 & 10. Pic 11 shows the new motor & mount, shaft and coupling all trial fitted after using a brass alignment tool I quickly made up on the lathe. Pic also shows the trial electrical installation after cleaning up the 'machinery compartment' a little and painting with silver Hammerite. A Quickrun BL ESC is sitting in the bottom in one of the trays my Dad originally fitted for the 2 wet cell (very wet!) 6V lead acid batteries. The home made board on the left carries the battery and ESC connectors, main ON/OFF switch with LED, blade fuse holder with a 20A fuse and a green LED which tells me if the fuse is blown! Stuck on the walls (OK Bulkheads!) with so called Servo Tape are a 6 ch Turnigy iA6 2.4Gig RX and the arming switch for the ESC. Battery compartment is sized to fit 2S and 3S hard case LiPos. For trials I can fit my Wattmeter forward of the switchboard and splice it into the battery supply using Tamiya connectors. Might change these to XT60s later if current drain is more than 12 to 15A. All for now, all this was pulled out again preparatory to cosmetics on the hull,
    decks
    , cabin roof and walls inside and out. But that's another chapter so, 'Tune in next week, same time same channel when once again it's time for 'WHAT DO YOU MEAN BUCK RODGERS IS APPROACHING!? 😁 Or 'The Saga of the Cabin Roof' πŸ˜‰ Cheers Doug 😎 BTW: After drilling the shaft tube for the oiler pipe I flushed it out with light machine oil (pumped in from a big syringe) and shoved a few pipe cleaners through (rotating them on the way) to remove any remaining drill swarf!!
    1 year ago by RNinMunich
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    water is wet and so was I.
    This is one of the best Fairey
    decks
    I have ever seen on a model, you should put it in its own listing. I applaud your workmanship and patience. Keep it up shipmate. Cheers Colin. πŸ‘
    1 month ago by Colin H
    Blog
    40'' Seaplane Tender, new build B
    Finished planking hull, now started on fairing it. Planks (1.5mm balsa) were just pulled in to the center stringers by clamps and thick cyno'd to those first, then once set, top and bottom ends of the planks cyno'd. When dry, a bead of balsa glue run along every stringer to keep everything in place. Once faired, it will be glassed and once done the inside will be worked on. Deck will be 1.5mm marine ply, but I will have to resist the urge to stain it, as the subject boat had painted
    decks
    . bead
    decks
    πŸ‘ Like πŸ’¬ Comment πŸ—£οΈ Share 1
    1 month ago by jbkiwi
    Blog
    Fitting shafts and motors
    I have spent the last couple of sessions preparing and fitting the prop shafts, mounts and pump plate. First was to prepare the wood profiles, paint with sanding sealer and then prime them. They look a lot neater sprayed grey than just plain ply wood. I checked the two motors and found that the suppressor was not of the correct value. I removed it and replaced with the normal 47nf capacitor across the terminals and 10nf from each terminal to the casing. I then connected the wires to the terminals. I built the assemblies, fitted the motors and placed then in the hull. I then inserted the shafts and connected them to the motors via solid connectors. I prefer solid drive connectors where possible as I believe this should reduce vibration which is often introduced through universal joints. When I was happy with the alignment, I glued the shafts in place with Acrylate. I then fitted and glued the water intake pipe also with Acrylate. Next came the pump plate. This plate also has the rudder servo secured to it. After assembly, this was also glued to the hull. Next job was to fit the rear deck support and the bead on the outside which will eventually hold the rubber fender strip. The pencil taped to the flat stick at a distance of 12mm was used to mark the outside of the hull similar to marking the deck support line before. It was now time to prepare the two deck levels. Strengthening braces of ply wood were fitted all around. This has resulted in quite a strong unit. The instructions say that the fitting of the
    decks
    is next. I think they have forgotten all of the working features of this build. If the
    decks
    are glued now, there is no room for fitting in all of the gadgets. I will wait until I know what is required. Next time I will start the preparation of the cabin. This part contains most of the fire monitor servos and piping, radar and search lights plus general lighting. Very busy.
    1 month ago by MouldBuilder
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    Mistery box
    Whilst I was at the Abergavenny steam and vintage show today I was offered some model boat stuff for a charity donation. Box of assorted boat fittings and a box of motors etc including another Taycol, plus a mistery box. When I got home I opened the box to find a large tug Hull and
    decks
    but no name or instructions. So if anyone has details of this tug I will be eternally grateful. All parts are labelled, J&P. McConnell, Mersey Tugs, Catalogue number 00603.
    2 months ago by Colin H
    Blog
    Yorkshireman refit- rear deck
    No turning back now I thought this was going to be straight forward. I've decided to put the main bridge superstructure to one side of the work bench and forget it, for now. In the past I found its easy to try to do to much, you get bogged down,disheartened and loose interest. So the next job now the
    decks
    are off was to check the rudders operation. It did seem a bit vague,the boat came with a full set of working radio gear. 4x6volt batteries in banks of 2 that took a charge well. A steering servo and 2x decaperm geared 6v motors turning in opposite directions with handed 4 bladed screws. The rudder cranks were white metal that didn't grip the rudder shafts tight enough, hence the vagueness, 1 motor was loose on the mountings, the other had a cracked gear box cover. Is it me, this scenario seems so reminiscent of so many good looking cars and bikes I've bought over the last 40 years, only to find within a couple of weeks you've got "sucker" written across your forehead, and a lame dog on your hands. These to me are the type of challenge I like. There the only ones I know come to think of it. New kits are for pussies? Jokingly. Anyway if someone in the past has taken all that time and effort to turn a silk purse into a pigs ear, I look at it as a challenge to turn it back into its former glory. None of the hatch tops were square especially the covers for the rudder cranks, and as can be seen in the accompanying photos the deck holes weren't raised to stop water ingress. I re cut the holes to help fit new cranks and fitted 10mm up stands, made new sheet hatch covers then refitted the original hinges and handles. Also while cleaning the loose paint layers off the outer stern bulwark, I uncovered the original name of the boat. It was originally a "Yorkshireman" hence my goal to turn a Irishman into a Yorkshireman. Apparently after a bit of reading up they were sister ships in real time and were built not 20miles from me at Selby, Yorkshire around 1976.
    2 months ago by Rogal118
    Response
    Re: Type V11C Submarine.
    Hi Martin, ThanksπŸ˜€ Pics are a few years old. Both models are sadly in need of refits now. U25 is functional but the top half, deck and conning tower etc, had an unexpected collision in the work shop dry dock - with the floor 😭 Hotspur was gutted a few years ago to renovate the hull. Intention is to modernise the electronics and fit an Action Electronics dual ESC with rudder mixer to improve the 'cornering' of such a long narrow hull. Crewmen were sort of made by meπŸ˜‰ I shanghaied them from some ancient Airfix 8th Army and Afrika Corps 1/72 soldiers I used on the backyard battlefield as a kid. Modified some for their new roles; e.g. the guys with mine detectors were given brooms to scrub the
    decks
    instead! The ones climbing ladders were originally crawling with rifles in their right hands. Cap'n on the bridge is actually an Afrika Corp tank commander! I have some new crew for U25, one of them seems to be a bit peed off with his posting 😁 Guess I'll have to pull my finger out and put all this 'stuff' in a Blog or Harbour or summat!! Doug 😎
    2 months ago by RNinMunich
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    Hints and Tips.
    DECK FITTINGS Good one(s) DGπŸ‘ I used a similar idea for the bollards on HMS Hotspur, made from short bits of alu tube with 2mm dome head screws through them. They also serve to hold the
    decks
    down. 2mm washer for the base. Visible on the extreme left of the pic. Plywood
    decks
    BTW were made from the recycled back of an old bureau 😊 Depthcharge throwers were made to John Lambert (RIP) plans from scraps of 0.3mm brass, 1mm copper wire and 5 and 8mm wood dowels. Very fiddly measuring the plans, scaling up and double triple checking the marking up of the thin brass bits. (Never mind the snipping!) But worth it I think. Doug 😎
    2 months ago by RNinMunich
    Blog
    HMS Cottesmore IN 1/48 scale.
    Hi Guys, Before I start I would like to thank everybody for the fantastic comments that I have received it is much appreciated. I have and will continue to gloss over parts of the build as I do not wish to seem to be teaching the more experienced model makers how to suck eggs. However if any body has any questions I will do my best to answer them. So let's go. Next to get some treatment was the twin rudders, the rudder posts were positioned and glued with two part epoxy. The next stage was to glue some strips of wood along the length of the hull to give me something to attach the deck to. I am lucky to know somebody that laminates fibre glass so with his guidance I was able to make the two
    decks
    .(sweep deck and main deck.) After cutting and shaping them I then glue some pieces of plastic card on to the deck in various places so that it made it easier for me to find the locations of some parts later on in the build. The
    decks
    were then primed with car primer, then the sweep deck was then glued in place and the gaps filled with car body filler sanded and primed again. It was then that I had to start doing some detail work as if I fitted the main deck it would be extremely difficult to do.
    3 months ago by Martin555
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    New forum rankings.
    Ed, FIRST rule of survival in the military NEVER VOLUNTEER!! Or, as the Sarn't Major / CPO Quartermaster sees it; 'I want three volunteers - YOU, YOU and YOU'. 😁 PS; thanks for your generous offer, I'll be sending you the
    decks
    shortly πŸ˜‰
    4 months ago by RNinMunich
    Response
    Re: Painting the hull – Part 2. The hull colour
    Hi Rolfman2000 (Dave) I only attend the Warwick show as a visitor so I won't be able to exhibit the boat there, it will have another public showing at my club exhibition in September though and it will be fully finished by then. I'm just adding the final detailing to the cabin and
    decks
    now. Hopefully a maiden voyage soon too 😁 Robbob.
    4 months ago by robbob
    Directory
    (Yacht) Koh-i-Noor
    I bought this yacht via a well known auction website. it was owned by an old gent who had passed away and was covered in dust and the ABS white hull had yellowed with age. I cleaned the yacht up, rubbed the timber
    decks
    down and varnished them, re-painted the superstructure, rubbed down the hull and spayed the hull a grey/brown colour. it came complete with auxiliary motor, batteries, sail winch servo, ESC and navigation light switching unit. The yacht sails perfectly and looks great on the water. A real bargain buy. (Motor: Robbe) (ESC: Hitec Gold) (9/10)
    2 years ago by ads90
    Response
    Re: Painting the hull – Part 2. The hull colour
    Good choice RobπŸ‘ sets off the varnished
    decks
    very nicely. On a sunny day with blue skies (I'm an eternal optimistπŸ˜‰) the blue should come through quite well. KUTGW !! Cheers, Doug 😎
    4 months ago by RNinMunich


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