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.
Doug, there are no photos or drawings of either circuit board in the manual. So far I’ve managed to get a look at & a photo of the board concealed in the pilot house. It looks absolutely identical to one of the photos you attached earlier. I can’t tell if there are any “dropping resistors” or not; I recognize that it has what I think are surface-mounted components & a couple of ICs on it but that’s about it. My expertise was in mechanical & industrial design.
All I get is a single page with dozens of headings on it, each another single page and if I click home I get Not found. Not impressive. I get no sign in/log on, etc. I think some of the items are 3Dprinted, but they are very cheap, so I reckon he has his own machines. My son does and says he can produce stuff cheaper by far than Shapeways.,etc. The guy behind Mastman seems to be unusually young, so 3D print would seem to be all he knows. But he needs to improve that wherry out of all recognition before he deserves to sell even one. Wherries were occasionally painted green where that one in the pictures above is blue. A read of Black Sailed Traders is all you need to know about wherries and it has good drawings of Gleaner, a "proper" clinker wherry. It has sections, so any model can be done from it. I am considering making one in 1/16th scale, using one layer of 1/16th" sheet ply for the twist, with a second to thicken the plank to a scale 2" thickness. It would be immensely strong too. I'm almost looking forward to it now. Cheers, Martin
Cheers, KMB. I couldn't find one either. Odd, because I once bought a pair of built boats (Albions) and then sold them when I moved as I had no space. And they were both GRP hulls. Wish I had them now! Although I still find a carvel Wherry somehow wrong. I have Wherries and Waterways, but for sheer atmosphere Black Sailed Traders, by Roy Clark, is the one for me and it also has good drawings of Gleaner in it. I can't personally see why the Thames Barge is so much more popular. The Wherry sailed better with fewer sails and crew and I reckon it was a much more attractive shape AND they had a lot of real races for them, too. Looks like I might have to make a hull and offer its use to a GRP moulder as a pattern in exchange for the first decent moulding. Then I can race a wooden one against a GRP one. In 1/16th scale it'll be 40" long, which is a nice size with a beam of 10 1/2". And it's the same scale as my Vanity cutter and my Crash Tender. Martin
Hi Doug, What ship's foredeck was that? Hood maybe? Looking at the bow shot you put up I cannot see any catheads. From the drawings I have, which are not Admiralty, she had three capstains feeding the chains into only two lockers. Odd. There is also a very large capstan about twenty feet aft of them.
Some idea of her extent when rigged. The tape on the hull is the waterline, so you can see how deep she is. A real Plank On Edge Cutter of the age. The lines I used are of Clara from Traditions and Memories of American Yachting, which is very generous with the English yacht drawings and Clara's lines are so very similar to Vanity's. Vanity was, by the way, built as Mary, renamed Madrena and renamed again, Vanity, which she has been FAR longer than the other two dull ones together. So Vanity she remains as that was her last entry AS A YACHT, in Lloyd's Register. In 1917, she was written down as "Became a houseboat".
Hi, I do believe I have plans of that one. An American friend sent them to me and I think the original builders drawings too. They are at my daughter's place but I will look for them when I go over next. I hope you aren't too desperate for them. Whilst I always contribute to the Lifeboat service I can't raise much interest in the boats themselves so would probably never build it. Cheers, Martin
Evenin' Norm, Best I can do are GA drawings, focsl photos are as rare as rocking horse droppings 🤔 They don't seem too complicated though. Just simple capstans with the drive motors 'downstairs ' near the bilges. So far so good with the build 👍 keep it up, cheers Doug 😎
I think digitalizing the drawings would be the time consuming bit ,if you had a 3D scan of the hull it could be scaled to the desired scale then depending on the printer build dimensions broken down into printable size parts a.Cheers Marky
Hi all, I am in the middle of building Drumbeat of Devon. The problem I have is the kit was purchased quite a few years ago and with moving home 3 times I have managed to lose the 5 cabin front styrene windows. I am hoping someone can help me make or have scale drawings? Cheers Jerry
Blue tack is a kind of elastic putty that doesn't set but holds well and lifts away afterwards, can be re used. There is also white tack, same as above but white. Available at all good diy and craft shops. Lasts for years, I bought two packs in 2010 and still using, also ideal for sticking drawings up on workshop wall.
My next project is a scratch build of a Wianno Senior. Lots of pictures on Google, but had to get permission from the Wianno Senior Association for the build. They had concerns if I was making them on mass or what my intentions were. They sent me some old faint drawings first which I was able to redraw using a magnifying glass. Then they sent me this PDF which I dropped into my CAD drawing bringing to match my drawing. It will be built at 1”=1’ the model 25 1/2” length and 8” beam. Fascinating history on this 1914 Design look it up.
I wanted to try and recreate the detail as per the available photos and drawings that I had so the first thing was to try and make the cabin have walls and a door, so previously I had cut away bulkhead B2 and extended CF2 to the bottom skin and put the door opening in. Now for the actual piece of cabin floor, the entry is slightly strange as there appears to be an inset step from the from the sick bay up into the cockpit but then it is relatively straight forward, it was made from 2mm ply. Planking was something I have never done so a lot of research was done prior to starting. I decided to use a lime wood plank with a black 0.3 black card divider (caulk) all glued with aliphatic adhesive. I found the process quite enjoyable and the results on the test piece for a first attempt were quite pleasing. I then wanted to reproduce the nailing of the planks so I devised a small tool to ensure a consistent pattern Its simply a piece of obeche with four holes, 4 brass pins and a black divider line, this is simply placed on the join line and then tapped with a light hammer and filled with the tip of a black pen. The first attempt looks slightly misaligned but proved the system worked, I have made a more accurate one for the real floor. After the planks were set it was sanded flat which unfortunately leaves the wood grain blackened by the black card dust, however using a plastic eraser it’s easily removed ready for sealing. I thought that the door opening needed some sort of finishing/dressing so I decided to manufacture a mahogany door frame and handrail around the cabin.
Hi Doug. I have just noticed that you have already answered my battery question in an earlier post. Do you have, by any chance, a legend for the MTB drawings you posted earlier. I cannot recognise some of the parts. The machine guns in the other picture look superb. I have found them on a website but it states they are brittle. Is this your experience with this kind of 3d printed item? Thanks.😉