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Billings Sea King refit by AllenA Admiral   Posted: 3 days ago
Hi Winqcoax, Did mine recently. It was mainly cosmetic. Good luck with the restoration. Here are some before and after photos.

Chris Craft Cruiser by Brightwork Lieutenant   Posted: 3 days ago
[Score: 5/10] 26" Chris Craft Cruiser - Comments: Dumas Chris Craft Deluxe 1954 Bought as is ..needs restoration

Looking for an Aerokits Solent lifeboat by Dave M Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 days ago
Hi smear Welcome to the site. You can find models on e-bay from time to time and there are also copies of the original plans plus templates for the formers to enable you to make from scratch. There was a recent article in one of the mags describing a restoration and I suspect it will have resulted in a high demand for the models so they may not be that easy to find. Hopefully you will find one soon. good hunting Dave

LESRO Sportsman mk1 restoration by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 4 days ago
Wow! We have a celebrity member😉 Welcome aboard. Lucky find in the junk shop, hull looks pretty much like the Sea Scout! Happy renovating, cheers Doug 😎

LESRO Sportsman mk1 restoration by Rhiannesdad Seaman   Posted: 4 days ago
Found this model in a junk shop in Lincolnshire , no motor or radio gear. Not done any boat modelling for many years so I took it home. The hull and cab are pretty solid for a 30 year old so i will start off by stripping the paint and giving it a freshen up, then I plan to add windows which I have cut from 3mm perspex and lower the rear deck. Also I am toying with a plan to convert the cabin into a mk2 sportsman by adding a top deck and radio mast, then finish off with a few scale figures and fittings. I will keep adding photos as I progress, if you are reading this and have a sportsman I would love to see what you have done with yours, regards, Nick.

Varnish by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 5 days ago
Exactly Haverlock👍 wet with washing up liquid between coats is what creates the polishing effect and final gloss. Something I learned the hard way back in my car restoration days. Dry sanding creates more of a 'silk/satin' or worse matt effect. 😎

46" Crash Tender from a generous man. by smear56 Chief Petty Officer   Posted: 21 days ago
The idea came from an article in Model Boats in january 2004, "areokits et al" part of it is a restoration of a crash tender retaining the shell of the IC engine. Steve.

Seen in Portsmouth Naval Dockyard by neilmc Commander   Posted: 23 days ago
Went for a wander today with my old man to the Naval Museum and these are alongside having been restored by the apprentices and restoration trust. No fire boats though. 102 can be hired out at £300 for half a hour and takes 10 people not bad for £30 each. More photos added.

46in Fireboat for restoration by Reg Apprentice   Posted: 23 days ago
Hi Allen, I'm home Thurs to Sunday most weeks, the boat is ready for collection anytime. Call me 01934623229.

46in Fireboat for restoration by AllenA Admiral   Posted: 23 days ago
Hi Reg, I am in Cardiff. I would be interested in restoring the crash tender. Allen

46in Fireboat for restoration by Reg Apprentice   Posted: 24 days ago
Built around 50 years ago and stored for the last 35 years this Keilkraft 46in crash tender needs a good home, it has an OS 20 engine that still turns over but no radio. There are some of the ally fittings with it but not the full complement. Rather let it go for restoration than down the dump. I'm in Weston super Mare.

34" sea commander Aerokits kit by boaty Commander   Posted: 1 month ago
Hi Garth, I have my second Sea Commander which I still use , but the first one I sold 13 years ago. I never actually built a Sea Commander but the one I have now and the previous model I picked up cheap and restored them. You do get things like this that come up on Ebay occasionally and though restoration appears sometimes to be challenging I find a lot of satisfaction when the work is completed. My first Sea Commander I found underneath a table on a stall in Ellesmere Port Market and it was about to be binned. The stall holder was glad to accept five pounds for it and it turned out that the hull was quite solid and all I had to do was to make the cabin roof, sand it all down, paint it then fit the motor and radio. I hope you get your Sea Commander, they are lovely boats from yesteryear and even a new build is very rewarding. Boaty😊

Added extras by Dave M Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 month ago
Hi Skydive I use a couple of Bhuler motors in my Solent so the 600 should be OK with your setup. The Solent was not a fast boat with a max speed of about 10 knots. You will need the battery for ballast. I have a whole series of pics of my model during restoration that I will share over dropbox if you wish. Just send me a pm with your e-mail. My stanchions were about 2" if I remember correctly. Looking good Dave

Crash Tender Shaft Tube Poistion by Wingcoax Chief Petty Officer   Posted: 1 month ago
To neilmc, it's a long time since i saw the old Alliance. I was involved in the restoration of the main electrical switchboard when she was still in the water.

Crash Tender Shaft Tube Poistion by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 months ago
Agree 👍 The longer shaft is an advantage cos it provides more flexibility and 'wiggle room' inside the hull for the motor mounting. One thing puzzles me! "Skeg hole"? Do you mean the water scoop hole? I always understood that the skeg is the extension of the keel intended to protect the screw and rudder, and in many cases is a metal extension of the keel to support the bottom end of the rudder shaft! See attached examples of rudder skegs; Billing Fish Cutter (an inherited restoration project!), Southampton tug, U25. Neil; what you referred to as 'the skeg' is generally known as an 'A bracket' or 'Bearing bracket'. It's purpose is to support the final shaft bearing just before the prop. On full size ships the shaft tube does not extend all the way back to the prop. It stops at the hull exit and the 'A' bracket supports the final bearing at the end of the actual drive shaft. See final pic showing the stbd. outer shaft of my HMS Belfast cruiser. (About to be fitted with new brass Raboesch props!) If I were you I would not even try to bend the bracket again, and would not screw it onto the hull as it was. This is a double violation of the hull integrity and will eventually cause water to creep into the wood and start it rotting! I would cut off the right angles and solder the legs together to form a solid unit, making sure that it fits tightly around the shaft tube!! THEN; when the shaft tube is correctly fitted in the hull and everything is cured cut a slot to fit the bracket into the hull and epoxy it in. Fill and smooth on the outside as needed. Looks better and lasts longer 😉 Again, see the Belfast pic. Cheers Doug 😎 So ends the 17th epistle from admiral Doug😉 Hope it helps!