Hi Larry As Doug says we need to know what you hope to achieve with your restoration? Also can you advise what modelling skills you have so we can pitch advice at the right level. Intially I suggest you use some soap and water to wash the outside of the model and perhaps layout and photo all the loose electrical bits so we can see what you have. I suspect this is perhaps a Robbe kit as some of the electrics seem to be of that genre. It would be great if any member can identify the model Dave
Is the SS GREAT BRITAIN, as the original as in Bristol UK. If it is I would love a copy as I have a model which is in need of major restoration as it had been in a damp cellar go 50+ years, but it deserves another life. Thanks Colin.
Interesting topic. It would be great if all the models appeared in individual member's profiles under Boats in Harbour. A quick check of those who have posted already suggests many do not post the details. I rarely count the number of models and projects but I have 20 in my harbour and about half as many again under construction or awaiting restoration. Fortunately I have a large shed to store them all as well as space in the loft for the hulls awaiting to be built. Is it too many?, possibly but there is still room space for more but my age is beginning to work against me! Dave
Hi, as I have decided to use my refurbished, newly reversible Taycol Target in the Danish cutter restoration project I am considering going brushless for Sea Scout - 24". Weight empty 1.2kg. Any recommendations? Like Don't Do It !! Or In / Out, kV rating??? As a newbee to BL advice would be welcome. Ta in advance, Cheers Doug 😎
I was thinking more along the lines of a Jag F-Space! 1 to 1 of course 😉 😎 Seriously though folks! I still have my hands full with a couple of restoration projects. In between I'll see how I get on with some smaller 3D boat parts. Then on to the Jag ......
I have spoken to the person who built the boat. It is based on a Vintage model boat company design. It was scratch built and is made of strips of mahogany as I originally suspected. Having looked at the Vintage model company site it most resembles a sea hornet, however another kit may have been available at the time it was made. The strips of Mahogany were the builder making use of the materials they had to hand at the time, hence the vertical strips! The interior is covered in fine fibreglass mesh and 3 thin coats of fibreglass resin. Work on the restoration continues!
Martin The original post was from a new member asking for help on finishing and painting. There are pros and cons with whatever you choose and for a new modeller it can be very confusing. I have used all kinds of paints either brushed or sprayed but now prefer to use Acrylic as (in my opinion) it needs less preparation, dries quickly and is less prone to runs. Unlike cellulose or enamel it can be painted over most prepared surfaces and has a nice flat finish suitable for a scale model boat. Your Sea Urchin looks splendid but when it was built that was the only paint available so the restoration is spot on. Dave
Wow! A real collector 👍 Now that I have a Watt-meter I shall run some tests on my Target (after restoration!), test the reversing circuit and put it back in my Sea Scout where it belongs. The Sea Scout looks a bit sad after 25 years on the shelf. 🤔 She also has the commonly reported problem of de-lamination on the transom, also the Cabin roof curls at the edges. Any tips how to repair and cure this are very welcome. I'm thinking of stripping and varnishing her. What do you recommend? The grey lump half hidden in the cockpit is a siren, the servo with 2 micro switches is for this and the nav lights. Second servo is to swivel a water jet nozzle, pump is the black conglomerate at the rear of the engine compartment. A horrible piston pump but it worked,enough to surprise small boys who got too close 😉 Rudder servo on it's side, like everyone else has had to do. Current motor Decaperm, performance Sedate 🤔 Cheers 😎
Thanks, Doug. No, the woodwork really isn't good enough for varnishing and as it's a scale model it has to be painted. Good old British yacht black, with a coppered bottom. I still have a piece of her copper somewhere. It was perfect after 120 odd years! I'll go with the tissue then, thanks for the info. Apparently you can thin epoxy with meths, but I've never found it that thick and I used 25 litres on my full sized canal boat restoration! Supplied free by West as a kind of sponsorship. Hot weather helps, but, as you say it can go off a bit quick if you're not careful with the mix. A guy at the boatyard once mixed way too much to repair his GRP boat and it started to go off in the pot, which then caught fire. A large set of tongs was handy in dunking it in a barrel of water! Cheers, Martin
u boat by Yax Chief Petty Officer Posted: 2 months ago
[Score: 6/10] 72" u boat Capable of 3mph and a runtime of 30mins Twin Propellors (3 Blade 25mm) Direct Drive to a rewound 540s (3 Blade) Powered by NiCad (12v) 4Amp/h Batteries Controlled Through self made ESC - Comments: Built from a Darnell kit modified bouyancy bag dive system under going restoration.
a REAL scary question 🤔 1 H class Destroyer and 1 Submarine KM IIA (1:72) in SLEP (Service Life Extension Programme!) 1 KM pocket Battleship Graf Spee & 1 HMS Belfast (1:128) in Fitting Out Dock. 1 Tug Southampton ca 1:50 ARTR 1 Kentish Fishing Boat ca 1:50 inherited restoration & motorisation project 1 Sea Scout restoration ARTR, built by my Dad 50 years ago! 1 flying boat ARTR 1 Hovercraft needing painting & RC gear fitting. Potential 'Plastic Magic' :- 1:350 Bismarck, USS Enterprise (The Big E), HMS Hood, HMS Ark Royal, Airfix HMS Illustrious (Invincible class) & T45 Daring 1:72 Revell Flower class corvette, German Lifeboat & S100 class E Boat, Airfix MTB, RAF Launch, KM E Boat 1:144 Revell Fletcher class destroyer. Have started collecting Micron Radio gear for the conversions. And JFF an Airship! Ready except for the Helium needed! Plus many 1:400 1:600 1:720WW2 navies plastic kits & etched parts JFF & to hone the skills I should live so long ! Help 🤔 Cheers from Munich Doug 😎