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The flagstaff. by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 days ago
While waiting for paint and lacquer to dry I thought I'd try making a flagstaff to go at the stern to take an RAF ensign that I'd like to fit. I used a short length of 5mm brass tube set into a circular flange that I shaped from some brass sheet. The hole in the flange was filed out to take the 5mm tube at an angle and was soft soldered into place, a 2mm nut was then press fitted into the base of the tube and secured with a drop of superglue. The pole we made from some 2mm brass rod tapped with a 2mm thread on one end. A short length of 4mm rod was bored out with a 2mm hole and was soft soldered close to the end to fit snugly into the 5mm base tube to act as a spacer, and another short piece of brass hand turned to make a knob at the upper end. During initial construction I had set a wood block below the deck at this point to provide a support for a flagstaff (always thinking ahead 😉) and this was drilled out at an angle for the 5mm base which was epoxied in place ensuring that base was seated correctly and the flagstaff was vertically aligned. The length of the flagstaff is about 11cm above the deck and is removable for transportation. It turned out really well and I will keep the brass finish but give it a coat of clear lacquer to prevent it tarnishing. I will order the two flags (flagstaff and mast) from Mike Alsop flags & ensigns as soon as I have worked out the correct sizes for 1:12 scale.

Painting the deck & superstructure. by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 days ago
Hi Paul. It looks like our paint colours are very similar so the BS colour mix is consistent which is good to know. My 94 is coming along slowly as I have been taking a lot of time getting the paint finishes right and dried and hardened but that has also meant that I could spend time between paint coats to do some detail work as you will see soon. Side by side yours would win the beauty contest and undoubtedly a race too 😎

Painting the deck & superstructure. by pmdevlin Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 days ago
Hey Rob, I'm glad you mentioned the greenish hue, I have the same, and have always pondered over if it was correct. When I painted my 3 footer, in the BS 631 It had the green look, so when I did the 4 footer I used a different paint supplier, and it was the same. I wonder if over time the definition of the colour has changed? Coming along nice, its very time consuming isn't it! As you have 94, and I have 93, same boats but subtle differences as they were in real life, it would be very nice to get them together some day👍

Painting the deck & superstructure. by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 days ago
Although the colour of the grey primer and that of the textured finish look quite good together I am committed to use the custom colour paint that I had mixed for the deck finish. The masking process took a while to do thoroughly as I didn’t want any overspray problems at this late stage but once I was satisfied I applied the first light coat of the ‘BS631 RAF Light Grey’ finishing coat. After a 20 minutes or so the second light coat was applied and then left overnight to harden, two coats on the deck is sufficient as I don’t want to fill the texture finish and ruin the effect. The deck was then masked to leave the cabin sides and superstructure exposed so that I could put a third and fourth coat of the colour on those areas. The resulting gloss finish looks quite good and will be a good contrast to the textured decks that will be finished in matt lacquer. The masking on the decks was then removed and the cabins and superstructure masked up to just expose the decks to receive two light coats of the Halfords matt lacquer. Everything was left for a few days to harden before all the masking was removed to reveal the final result of the painting process. The overall result is very pleasing and was well worth all the time and materials used to achieve it. The custom colour has a slightly 'greenish' hue in contrast to the grey primer that I have been looking at up until now and took a while to get accustomed to but I can say that now really like the colour scheme and that it is reasonably true to the prototype 😁

2 motors 1 esc by sonar Lieutenant   Posted: 5 days ago
I was looking at these as motors. using 12 volts. 3 - pole electric motor with integral cooling fan and high quality carbon brushes. Two flux rings offering high torque motor. Originally specified for Black and Decker power tools, these motors are of the highest quality and recognised as one of the most useful model motors currently available . Suitable for 6 - 12 volt applications. No Load speeds approx. 4.8V 1.7A 8500 RPM 6V 1.9A 12000 RPM 7.2V 1.9A 13500 RPM 9V 2A 20000 RPM Dimensions: L65mm, D36mm, Shaft diameter 3.2mm Off load Current: 1.57A

Big Blue by sonar Lieutenant   Posted: 6 days ago
A few more little items now added. And still a lot to make and do. Another 20 shipping containers to make for a start. As the superstructure is removable I was thinking I should make all the rear deck area as the same removable. I then would be able to make another rear deck with a different type of cargo and another type of superstructure both to fit the same Hull. Hence a few boats all using the same Hull and running gear. Having the advantage of Not having to buy another hull or the electronics and motors... Running gear and the electronics I have not as yet sorted anything out. So will have to look about for that OR use the electronics and motors from the Ayton Cross tug as I made them removable as well. Another wait and see thing I guess...

Thin Flat Timber by AlanP Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 7 days ago
Yep, Ikea wooden blinds are a good source of Lime wood, unfortunately they have stopped making that sort, so it is looking in skip times. Cut into strips and the coating sanded off are excellent for plank on frame boats, also good for deck planking and will take a stain. Alan

Build Update by Pav403 Commander   Posted: 8 days ago
Hello all, Hope you are well? It's taken a while to get to where I am but I can start to see some real progress. I've managed to get the main superstructure complete, they are at a stage where they could be connected to the deck if it was ready. The Hull is now covered in a layer of Balsa, it does now need a lot of rubbing down so I can then look at applying a layer of fiberglass. I've not ordered this yet but I have seen it advertised at Cornwall Model Boats. If anyone has any suggestions on how to fiberglass I'm happy to hear any advise as this will be my 1st time. Good luck with your builds Regards Dave

My yacht by Hybrid Petty Officer   Posted: 10 days ago
Hi there everyone wanted to no can any one help me this is Mt yacht it's bin in my family for about 15 years now and I love to take her out sailing. She is 50 inches long and she has 7.1 foothe sails has a fixed to the deck front boom and the other is on the mast I named her storm 04 when I payed 40 pound back 15 year ago please help in identifying what she is thanks ben

Lacquering the hull. by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 11 days ago
Now that the self-adhesive vinyl lettering and hull markings are now applied and correctly positioned…😉 I can now spray the lacquer finish on the hull. The gloss black areas will have a number of coats of Halfords clear gloss lacquer and the red ‘anti-fouling’ areas finished in Halfords clear satin lacquer. I started with the gloss lacquer first, so the all the deck area and the red ‘anti-fouling’ areas were masked. As I wanted the white waterline to be sealed with the gloss finish I masked below the line. After a thorough wipe over with some panel wipe the first coat of gloss was sprayed followed by a further two coats at 30 minute intervals. Fortunately it all went on without any runs or blemishes so I left it for a week to thoroughly harden after removing the masking. The black area was then masked from the bottom of the waterline, the area cleaned with panel wipe and sprayed with three coats of Halfords clear satin lacquer. With all the masking removed the boat was them put aside and left for a week for everything to dry thoroughly and then I polished the black area with some ‘T-cut’ polish to remove any surface blemishes and bring it to a full shine. All the hull marking and lettering are now firmly fixed and sealed and I’m very pleased with the final results. The next job will be to spray the deck and superstructure with the BS631 RAF Light Grey and then the majority of the paint process will be complete 😁

The deck anti-slip finish. by canabus Chief Petty Officer   Posted: 11 days ago
Hi Robbob A serious cut of frame 2 and CF2 would be required. I cut out a section of frame 2, but, not CF2 at this point as I had no wheel house pics. I have download yours, thank you. Sorry about the pics, but, I thought as I live in Tasmania they would be the right way up for you living in Britain.(HA. HA!!). The later kits did not have the full plan with them, but, the original builder still had the plans and frame outlines which he traced out before starting the boat. I borrowed the plans, etc. and have a paper and PDF copy. I have the roof held down by double 10mm magnets, also the roof hatch is a working one. Canabus

Gaffer by NeilHodson Lieutenant   Posted: 11 days ago
[Score: 8/10] 40" Gaffer Capable of 1mph and a runtime of 120mins Single Propellor (3 Blade 25mm) Direct Drive to a Mtronics 400 (3 Blade) Powered by NiCad (6v) 15Amp/h Batteries Controlled Through Chinese (5Amps) ESC - Comments: Built on an R36 hull to a home design based on a broads cruiser. Deck, superstructure and cabin interior finished in mahogany. Gaff rigged with treated cotton sails and fully working rigging, the mast folds at the tabernacle for transport and storage. two captive drum sail servos are mounted on removable trays either side of the mast and hidden behind a panel accessed from the cabin. Electronics are hidden inside a cupboard and the motor underneath a table. Rudder servo sits in another movable tray behind the seat in the drop cockpit.

The deck anti-slip finish. by pmdevlin Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 11 days ago
do the wheelhouse rob,👍 only because I have not seen any others with a scale finish. I was going to do the full wheelhouse, even had a figure for it, but decided the dash was enough!

The deck anti-slip finish. by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 12 days ago
Hi Canabus. That does look like a pretty good example you have picked up there👍 As Paul says it's good to put your own spin on the refurbishment, yours appears to be 180 degrees judging by your 'photos 😜. I made the opening wheelhouse hatch to allow me to get to the servo that turns my searchlight but I soon realised that I would need much better access to fit the wheelhouse glazing, portholes and all of the metal fittings that are on threaded studs, and of course all of the servo and lighting wiring. I have also got a great deal of inspiration and ideas from this site, for instance I also took a leaf out of Paul's book and cut away some of the wheelhouse bulkhead and cabin former to give me room to get a hand inside the space. It looks like you intend to do the same judging by the pencil marks on the cabin former in your last picture. I can now also, at a later date, put some detail inside the wheelhouse such as steering wheel, instruments and controls fairly easily which would have been impossible before. Good luck with the re-furb. Rob.

The deck anti-slip finish. by pmdevlin Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 12 days ago
looks like a nice boat canabus, plenty of scale detail there, you can now improve things to make it "your own" We all have our own spin on things, and this forum will give you some ideas, Paul