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LONDON MODEL ENGINEERING EXHIBITION by mturpin013 Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 29 days ago
A good show and as the title suggested it was for model engineers rather than model boat builders, however this suited me and I was pleased to see Robbobs Crash Tender and his latest police boat, both of immaculate quality. If anybody wants a more model focussed show then try Doncaster

Glassfibre cloth & epoxy resin by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 month ago
I used glassfibre cloth and epoxy resin successfully when building my 46” RAF Crash Tender and I chose to do the same with the Police Boat. See: for the Crash Tender blog. The application of the cloth and resin serves to strengthen the hull enormously and produces a completely watertight hull, and after additional coats of resin are applied and sanded between coats resulting in a surface that is absolutely smooth and the perfect substrate for the subsequent paint process. With the benefit of my previous experience and greater confidence working with these materials I used a ‘fast’ hardener with the resin which gives a working time of 30 minutes and a much shorter curing time where previously I had used a 90 minute ‘slow’ hardener. The basic process is to cut the cloth roughly to shape with a good margin of overlap and then use masking tape along one edge so that after the resin has been brushed onto the hull the cloth can just be lifted over onto the resin. I then lightly brush the cloth into the resin and push the cloth into any tight angles, without any further resin on the brush, until the weave of the cloth is filled and there are no air pockets and the cloth is completely flat. At this point DO NO MORE as the resin will start to harden and any more fiddling with it will cause the cloth to lift and bubble, less is definitely more in this instance. The resin should cure completely overnight and can be trimmed with a sharp blade. I tend to cover a hull in five stages, as there are five ‘faces’ to the hull and thus it’s a five day process for me, this may be time consuming but I think the results are worth the effort. I will brush on two further coats of resin when the rubbing strakes and gunwales have been added, this will completely fill the weave of the cloth to create a nice flat surface but it’s essential to rub down each coat after curing. All the materials were bought from ‘Easy Composites’

The bow blocks & outer keel by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 month ago
Hi samc. I'm just writing the blog entry for the hull glassing process and I'll detail the material and process, it's very much the same as the I did on my 46" RAF Crash Tender blog, see here: Are you doing this on your hull or the decks, and what materials are you using ? I'm also using Zpoxy finishing resin on the Police Boat and that's going on OK without any problems. Robbob.

Paint for Thames River Police Boat. by Nerys Lieutenant   Posted: 1 month ago
When I worked on the Thames, late 50's early 60's, I would have said the police boats were painted with black topsides, but it could easily have been a very dark blue. Nerys

Paint for Thames River Police Boat. by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 month ago
Hi Haverlock. I think I'll use a bit of 'modeller's license' and maybe a bit of 'the force' to choose a suitable deep blue. I need to finish this boat quite soon. Thanks for your diligence. Rob.

Paint for Thames River Police Boat. by Haverlock Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 month ago
I did contact the curator to see if it was possible to get some data this was the reply "Not without knowing the type of boat approximate year etc.....I am currently out of the country and returning in Feb....I suggest the model maker contacts me then with as much detail as possible and I will try and assist. Regards Rob Jeffries (Hon. Curator) " So try again in Feb with details and see how he can help

Paint for Thames River Police Boat. by onetenor Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 month ago
Cobalt blue seems right for that period👍 Wow Haverlock that's very deep but I suppose correct. Well done.👍

Paint for Thames River Police Boat. by Haverlock Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 month ago
One would suspect that since police launches were not a high volume item the colours were " what do we have in stock" rather than a specified shade. A given listed colour may well vary from batch to batch. So its reasonable to presume the actual launches may well have had differing shades of the same colour. Since your building a model even were you to find some of the actual paint used it would look wrong on a model since you should be in effect viewing the model as though it were the full sized article looked at from far enough away to see it at the size you have chosen.

Paint for Thames River Police Boat. by mturpin013 Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 month ago
Rob I noticed in the Pathe news links you gave there were two different colour schemes particularly in the deck area, another decision to make!

Paint for Thames River Police Boat. by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 month ago
Hi Haverlock. That's not a bad idea, and they're only in Wapping so a visit isn't out of the question either (I'm in North West London). I've just sprayed the hull with grey primer, so it's time to make a decision 🤔 Good suggestion👍 Thanks. Rob.

Paint for Thames River Police Boat. by Haverlock Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 month ago
Have you tried contacting the curator to see if he can help?

Paint for Thames River Police Boat. by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 month ago
Hi Mike. Yes I have seen the that site and also some interesting Pathe films on YouTube featuring the Thames Police in action, some in colour but you can't really identify the hull colour. See: I would like the hull to be an authentic colour for the period when these boats operated during the 50s' & 60's. The modern boats seem to have a much lighter blue colour on the hull. Thanks for your suggestion though. Rob.

Paint for Thames River Police Boat. by mturpin013 Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 month ago
I assume you've looked at this site

Paint for Thames River Police Boat. by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 month ago
Can anyone confirm the correct colour for the hull of The Thames Police Boat above the waterline? I have seen various shades of blue on other models, some very light which doesn't look at all right, and some in black. The instructions state it should be a dark blue and I'd like to order a custom mixed RAL colour quite soon and I'm looking at RAL 5011 Steel Blue or possibly RAL 5004 Black Blue. Any advice appreciated. Robbob.

Painting by MouldBuilder Admiral   Posted: 2 months ago
Well it is nearly Christmas again and time to go to my testing river in Hungary. This boat will not be ready but I hope to complete the Police Launch this trip. I have started the painting process on the Pilot Boat. Very early on I had a dilemma. When is the correct time to paint. As I generally use rattle cans and an airbrush, I think it best to paint prior to major assembly. I am still not sure if this is the correct approach but I am concerned with masking an assembled unit. I hope that the glue does not ruin the paint finish when I put it together. It is a bit difficult spray painting this time of the year due to the fumes. I spray in the garage with the door open but I am always concerned about air temperature. The finish looks good so perhaps this is not of great concern yet.🤓 I will now leave the hull to dry prior to applying the lacquer. I have completed the insides of the bridge and rear room and will start to assemble this part next prior to masking and painting the outside walls. I have bought a roll of special low tack clear film to protect the windows and frames. I hope this works. I have used the same film to cover the instrument panel which so far seems to be staying on well. I think that these models by AeroNaut are really well designed. It still amazes me that the model looks so natural even though it is made generally from flat thin sheets.😉 I will attach the deck next and then start on the main structures. Happy Christmas to all.