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Another great summer day! by figtree7nts Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 days ago
Today is another great summer day! So, I took to spraying the Handrails and Davits. The handrails that go around the cabin aft. Need to be made up and sprayed as well! The Life rings that come with the kit. Are made of white metal. I figure for now spray them orange. And put white ribbons every 90 degree's! Kind of make them look like life rings!

What do you think? by figtree7nts Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 days ago
It is a beautiful summer day. Thought I'd do some spraying! So I sprayed the Brooklyn's Pilot house and main cabin! The origanal Brooklyn was a deep dark green. But I thought against using a dark green! I myself like a light green tug! But the port lights will be a dark green! to show some contrast. The pilot house window frames will be a brown (Using brown primer) for this! All the hand rails will be black.... So, What do you think?

Crash Tender davit info... by Westquay Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 days ago
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

Seaplane Tender 360 by Bryan-the-pirate Commander   Posted: 3 days ago
Thanks Doug I am hoping to keep the livery as is and assume this was 360 before the loan. She is watertight and the cabin is a case of realigning the window panels. I am still in contact with the old owner and want him to recognize it next time he sees it.

Seaplane Tender 360 by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 days ago
Hi Bryan, If you want to do the SOE version she was most likely painted all matt black! The colour of skulduggery 😉 What ever you do, despite your good intentions to retain the 'old patina', judging by the photos you are in for a complete strip back and redo. Just as I have discovered with the PTB I bought. Thought it would just be a 'cosmetic job', flatten back and respray with Pacific green camouflage. Ho ho ho! Pics show what she currently looks like after cleaning off layers of enamel, and discovering that the prop shafts and rudders were misaligned and the chine strakes glued to the paint. 😡 Never mind an engine room fire when I tried to test the 'as bought' motor installation. 😭 Since those photos I have fitted new a new chine strake and started reinforcing the thin hull with glass fibre tissue. Next issue; set prop tubes properly and make an alu bracket to mount both the motors. Then set the rudder stocks correctly. Last thing I want is to dampen your enthusiasm, but that hull looks like it needs oodles of TLC. 🤔 Be aware of what's ahead of you and plan accordingly👍 Deck looks pretty neat, if unusual for a WW2 in service boat! As far as I can tell from the photos it's not just the cabin roof which is warped 😲 cabin and window frames will also need some attention by the looks of it. Before you run that motor I would strip it, clean all parts and check brushes and commutator for wear. See my Sea Scout blog 'Taycol Target motor' for a 'How to'. Should run well with a 3S LiPo, 11.1V. These boats weren't the fastest, 28 - 30 knots I believe. Which is why ST360 was reduced to more mundane duties after try outs by SOE. Don't forget some spark suppression!! Good luck, whatever you decide to do have fun doing it, Cheers Doug 😎

Seaplane Tender 360 by Bryan-the-pirate Commander   Posted: 3 days ago
Having identified the boat the restoration starts... I was given the boat about 10 years ago but had done nothing with it. Finally I decided it was it's turn to be made operational. With the help of many on here the boat was identified as a kit built seaplane tender belonging to the RAF. Once it was established as a 41.5 ft version I looked at their history and decided that 360 had the best story having been loaned to the SOE during the war and had taken part in some agent landings and recoveries. The Boat was built in the late 50s/early 60s as a pond boat powered by 3 Every ready cardboard wrapped 4.5 batteries in series powering a Bassett lowke marine motor. Steered by a sprung set rudder. The decision to try and keep the finish as original as possible was easy but throws up some problems. I want radio control in the boat and have a nice large cabin to house it in but the rudder has no significant stem to attach a servo to so a new rudder is needed with an above waterline shaft. The Motor... Do I use that one or replace it with something modern. The cabin roof was warped ( see thread titled warped wood)

Crash Tender davit info... by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 days ago
Martin. The 'Deck Anti-Slip Finish' bit is on page 4 near the top. Re: Colours. As there seem to be no colour photographs or film of the boats the question of colours for the decks, cabins and roofs is open to speculation but you are quite correct to point out that the plans do not specify white for anything other than the hull markings. The cabin roofs I believe would indeed have a textured coating as the crew were required to stand on them to operate the monitors etc. but I decided not to replicate the texture as is would just look like a bad paint job! I did carefully consider the colour options when painting my boat and decided to texture the deck and paint it in the colour specified ‘BS631 RAF Light Grey’ but to leave the cabin roofs untextured and painted white as that seems to be the consensus, and to my eye it does look 'right'. It is also a great shame, as you say, that one of the most popular RAF boats were so few in numbers and not well documented or photographed during their service life. I have a suspicion that a book of drawings and specifications does exist somewhere as I have seen a few pages that appear to have 'Ministry of Supply' indexes and page references. The 'Plans & Docs' section of this site has some useful information and some 'photos and drawings but they are of very poor quality and resolution. Wouldn't it be nice if whoever has that resource were to make it generally available, I believe it's out there somewhere. We can only hope. Robbob.

Crash Tender davit info... by Westquay Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 4 days ago
Robbob, thanks very much for that. I can work with that. I looked through your blog, but couldn't find the bit about how you did the textured surface on the decks, but I seemed to keep missing it. I don't suppose you could point me to the right page number? I was thinking of doing the same thing myself. I don't know if you saw my thread on colours, but I was wondering if the roofs were white at all. The best pictures we have of the boats show the cabin sides to be a slightly lighter colour than the roofs and decks. Could it in fact be the case that the roofs were also textured and therefore not white at all. The drawing I have that describes colours doesn't mention white, except for the FIRE writing. It otherwise mentions greys only. What do you reckon? Cheers, Martin

Crash Tender davit info... by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 4 days ago
Hi Martin. I have a drawing that shows the davit but not in very much detail 🤔. It is designed to be swapped between attachment points on both port or starboard sides ( hence 'portable' davit) and when not required it is stowed in the centre deck with the ends locating in some sort of retaining points on the deck and then (presumably) secured to the wall of the cabin. I added some detail to the white metal casting that came with my Vintage Model Works kit and also modified it to swivel on a removable fixing bracket. See my build blog for more detail on how I made mine. Good luck with the restoration. Robbob.

LED Tug Mast Navigation Lights by pittsfieldpete Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 4 days ago
Hi, Doug: I’ve got a question about the resistors that’ll be needed for each of the six mast-mounted LED navigation lights. This may seem like a dumb question to an expert like you but please don’t laugh too hard. Anyway, do these resistors need to be installed as close as close as possible to the anode or can they be located some distance away, maybe as much as a foot or so? I don’t know yet what the value or physical size of the resistors will be but I’m pretty sure that the space inside the Richardson’s mast isn’t large enough to house the wiring for the LEDs & the resistors, too. If they can be installed farther away, I was thinking I could put the six resistors on a small board & install it inside the large cabin under the pilot house. When resistors are used in LED circuits do they get warm or even hot? If so, I can open up the dummy rectangular portholes & install black fine-mesh nylon screens in the openings. If heat isn’t a concern then I won’t sweat it (bad pun there, sorry). The hardest part of my project will probably be finding a good online source for the various electronic parts I’ll need. There used to be a great electronics supply store about two miles from my home. Coincidentally, that store was less than a block up the street from a hobby shop where I did business for almost fifty years. Now both stores are long gone. Sniff.

Warped wood by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 5 days ago
"Then this 54 year old baby will be good for another 54." Same with my Sea Scout. Question is - will we!? 🤔😁 Sounds like your Grandad and mine would have got on very well. Mine was also a Master Carpenter and Cabinet Maker. Made a lot of church furniture, amongst a lot of other beautiful things. Used to like his workshop, lots of smelly glue pots 😆 Don't get the(e)Pox 😁 Have fun, Doug 😎 Will shortly be reinforcing my PTB with polyester resin inside and out. No mixing, no pong and brushes wash out in hot water😊 PS: JFF I just dug out my Spektrum DX6 and a brand new AR610 RX. Stuck in the Bind plug, stuck in the battery (via a little switch harness). Pushed the Bind switch on the TX (the DX6 has a Bind push button on the top instead of a Trainer switch). Lights flashed on the TX and a nice ladylike voice told me "Binding" .... "Binding successful". Wonders of modern science 😁 Five minutes and all done. Pulled out the bind plug, switched off RX and TX. Plugged a couple of servos into the throttle and rudder slots of the RX. Switched on TX then RX, twiddled the sticks and Lo and behold! Servos buzzed and moved 😊 Walk in the park 😉 There's hope for my Spektrum yet. Good luck with yours. Cheers, Doug 😎

Warped wood by Westquay Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 5 days ago
Central heating. Death to nice wood. I have had central heating for the first time in my life these last 2 years and my china cabinet, which my Grandad made in the late 1920s has a crack you can pass a match through in the bow top. Grandad would be furious! But I've cut a diagonal in pear and forced it in under the smaller roof and that's sorted that one and the larger roof is already repaired in three corners with the fourth tomorrow. Already getting the slight droop out of the bigger one and glued with epoxy. I was delighted to find the square connector of the Taycol coupling still there along with the original Mersey Marine bow fender. Also the speed controller of my Proxxon drill, which went home very soon after I got the drill, so I ripped it out and wired straight through, so it's been flat out ever since! I wouldn't be without it though! I shall be pressing my epoxy into use to coat the ply both sides, using an old credit card to press it into the grain. Then this 54 year old baby will be good for another 54. Cheers, Martin

Spektrum, new, useless... by Westquay Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 5 days ago
Doug, I have read of the close proximity problems and stood tother side of workshop, but there are lots of metal thins around, not least a 1/6th scale Vincent in brass and a steel drawer cabinet. The table has steel legs and there's a lathe next to the bench, so maybe the garden calleth. We have a glass table on a bamboo frame on which Chris pots plants, so that should be OK. Failing that there's the lawn. Worth a punt, I suppose. Uppermost, to me is towards the bit of the case with the writing on it and on the Spektrum Rx. I was lent, the face where the plugs go down onto the pins. Since the Spektrum Rx. has the pins facing uppards, I simply moved the Orange position through 90 degrees. It really would be sensible if they'd mould + and _ into the case where the pins are. Anyway, it didn't go bang. Didn't do anything, but sit and flash quickly.....except the TX. which should flash, didn't , at any time on any test, so I reckon it's the Tx. which is at fault. When my FlySky arrives I'll be able to check the Rxs. I now have coming against that. I'll give Al's Models a call tomorrow. It was too late today. Cheers, Martin

Windows Taped! by figtree7nts Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 7 days ago
Windows finally taped! Now all I have to do. Is putty the main cabin deck. Around the fascis board (coaming around main cabin). Maybe paint the superstructure by Thursday or Friday!

Deck Hardware Painted! by figtree7nts Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 7 days ago
Today was a good day to spray paint the Deck Hardware. I also hand painted the Fire Monitor too! I painted the Deck Hardware black. The main Deck will be a light Tan. And the Main Cabin Deck light Grey!