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The Hull Markings by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 13 hours ago
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 ‘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 ‘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 ‘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 ‘94’ waterslide decal which I later removed and replaced with vinyl when I could not eliminate the ‘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 👍👍 .

Smit Rotterdam 478 by sandkb Chief Petty Officer   Posted: 1 day ago
I've started building this Billings kit laid the keel in 2007 ! But until last year it has been in storage due to other builds. Mainly RC model aircraft. I will post some photos of the build during the past year or so to catch up. I'll then post progress more slowly as I go along.

Sweet❤️❤️❤️Heart by Grandpa Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 3 days ago
[Score: 8/10] 24"/1200g Sweet❤️❤️❤️Heart Capable of 12mph and a runtime of 30mins Single Propellor (2 Blade X Type) Geared to a Graupner (2 Blade X Type) Powered by NiMH (7.2v) Batteries - Comments: 18" of Ice covers the pond so much of the information requested must remain blank. The boat has only seen the bathtub ! No leaks. Stable and balanced. Paint is acrylic, clear-coated wood is mahogany. This is a Nor-Star Kingfisher kit with some alterations and added details. Looking forward to posting a video of the boat running on the lake in April after the ice leaves.

Sweet ❤️ ❤️❤️ Heart by Grandpa Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 3 days ago
You have seen it being built. Now it is done. A Nor-Star Kingfisher kit but with some scratch building too. Because of the motor being longer than how the kit was originally designed, the second bulkhead was altered. I am running it with two 2400 Ni-MH 7.2 batteries, a Futoba servo, on a 2.4 GHz Spektrum.

H.M.S. Victory 1805 by GARTH Lieutenant   Posted: 3 days ago
This is a kit by Corel of the H.M.S. Victory It had been started by a another person but It was a little hard to complete Even I'm finding the kit a little difficult & I'm just starting on the masts 😎

Smit Rotterdam by sandkb Chief Petty Officer   Posted: 4 days ago
Billings Kit

HI From Munich by Hugh Seaman   Posted: 5 days ago
I was given a RAF crash tender kit many, many years ago when I was eleven, and a boy in Yorkshire. Now live in Queensland , Australia. I think it was a too much for me, and my Dad wasn't interested, too busy........ and well not a good Dad anyway. It was left partly constructed for years and then I completed the hull and installed an ic engine. Left for more years until I saw this site. Bought a fittings kit and now my boat looks very like others on line.still haven't sailed it, as more needs to be done. I will put up some photos soon. It is interesting to see the differences in the crash tender photos from the members. I guess it reflects our personalities and our boat's histories.

Smit Rotterdam 478 by sandkb Chief Petty Officer   Posted: 6 days ago
I've been building this Billings kit for some years now. [laid the keel in 2007 !!] but I'm slowly getting there. I've just recently joined this Website so not sure if this is the correct place to post some pictures of this build plus a yacht and steam launch. I'll start here anyway and no doubt someone will advise me for future postings.

Our lass 11 by Dave M Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 7 days ago
Try Jackie at Model Slipway, they produce the kit

The life rings. by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 8 days ago
The white metal life rings supplied in the fittings kit not only look flat and uninteresting but more than that they weigh in at 57 grams individually and along with the rest of the metal fittings above deck will raise the centre of gravity quite a lot and may affect the roll of the hull on turns. Well that’s my theory anyway and I’m using it to justify replacing them with something lighter and more pleasing to the eye. I found some plastic ones on eBay that were roughly the same diameter for a couple of pounds each that looked ideal. The rope detail needed to be added to them to replicate the originals and this was done with some nylon cord that I superglued into slots filed into the circumference. I then wound seven turns to form the quadrants, securing each turn with a spot of glue and ensuring that the ends all arrived on what will be the underside of the rings. They were then sprayed with a couple of coats of white acrylic and the red bands brush painted. The weight of the new life ring is 19 grams, exactly one third of the metal one and it looks, to my eye, a million times better 😁 To locate them on the engine room roof I cut some 3mm plasticard wedges and superglued them in place, the actual fixing will be two small screws from the underside of the roof. The white metal ones will make ideal ballast weights if I need to make any adjustments 😉

Smit Nederland by tonyp Chief Petty Officer   Posted: 9 days ago
[Score: 8/10] 34" Smit Nederland Twin Propellors (4 Blade 45mm) Direct Drive to a 2*540 (4 Blade) Powered by NiMH (12v) 7Amp/h Batteries Controlled Through ELECTRONIZE (15Amps) ESC - Comments: THIS IS A 1/32 BILLING KIT THAT I GOT FROM A FRIEND IN PART-EX FOR A TUG I HAD BUILT. QUITE A LOT OF PARTS MISSING BUT ENJOYED THE BUILD. IT LOOKS GOOD ON THE WATER AND PERFORMS WELL. ALSO GOOD FOR TOWING

Maggie m by StevieD Apprentice   Posted: 9 days ago
Hi, Can you guys these boats as a kit?? Looking for something like this, I can remember as a boy watching my uncle build them in Eyemonth in Scotland. I now live in Australia Thanks Steve

Kingfisher progress by jonbliss152 Chief Petty Officer   Posted: 10 days ago
Hi all, Has anyone got info on where you can source the plans or a kit for a Kingfisher? I'd love to have a go a building one but don't seem to be able to find a scrap of information on the model. Cheers Jon

MFA Piranha by boaty Lieutenant   Posted: 12 days ago
Nice to see a MFA Piranha again. I understand that these were built from the kit and not an RTR. I liked the MFA range with their quality hulls and sleek design. Id love to see that Piranha at full speed with the brushless Inrunner on You Tube. Boaty😊

Gribben Head by stwdv Chief Petty Officer   Posted: 15 days ago
1st build Gribben Head Mobile Marine kit (bought the full kit) impressed with content.