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working on hand rail and stanchions by Mataroa Captain   Posted: 2 days ago
Hi i need some help on hand rail and stanchions the measurement how far in from the side of the superstructure all so between stanchions and the full length of the hand rail front and back of the of superstructure. many thanks cliff

The foam tanks. by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 days ago
I need to make the foam tanks as two separately removable items to allow the deck to be removed for access to the rudder servo etc. The most intricate part of the foam tanks is undoubtedly the gratings that go over the top of them, fortunately there is a ready-made grating available that makes their construction unnecessary 👍👍. I bought this from, the grating ’WG7’ that they supply is dimensionally perfect for the job and can be easily assembled into the shape required. The casing for the foam tanks was made from a combination of materials, the base is 4mm ply, the back is 2mm ply, the front and sides are 2mm plasticard and the top is 1.5mm plasticard. The grating panel was assembled to the correct length and width for the scale and bordered with some 3mm x 4mm mahogany strip, the grating does not run the full length of the foam tanks and there is a plain section to the rear which will be a plasticard infill. The wood and plastic panels were all cut by knife and only needed the edges trued up with a small plane. All the joints were fixed with superglue with a reinforcing piece on the inside of the joint for strength. At all stages the assembly was checked for square and size and dry fitted in the deck well to check for fit. The grating panel was sanded to a smooth finish and a light mahogany stain applied to just the outer mahogany frame as I quite liked the contrast between the light and the dark woods, they were then sprayed with several coats of satin lacquer and set aside to dry. Before glueing the tank tops in place some short bracing pieces were fitted for rigidity. The tanks were given a rub down with fine abrasive paper as a key and sprayed with two light coats of grey primer and then a final paint finish of BS631 RAF Light Grey, the same as the rest of the superstructure. The two infill panels were painted the same and then epoxied into the grating panels. Before fixing the gratings to the top of the tanks some mahogany trim was applied to the tank sides. I need to devise a method of holding the tanks in place on the deck, probably with some of those small but tenacious little magnets that can be let into the bases of the tanks and concealed on the underside of the deck panel. I’ll need to make the suction hoses soon and that will involve a bit a brass turning by ’you know who’ so I’d better get busy with some engineering drawing for the man with the lathe 😉

more work on the solent by Mataroa Captain   Posted: 3 days ago
Hi i did sum modification to the front of the superstructure it was out of line and all so i work on fitting the propeller shaft in.The 2 motor needit to be fitted in and the 2 15A speed controllers . I made up the battery tray and fitted it in the hull . cliff

FELIX by Inkoust Commander   Posted: 21 days ago
Kit German port boat. The drive motor 500, LIPO 4000 mA. Hilarious kit from Crick. Combination of ABS and timber. Everything needed for the position of the boat is the content of the kit. Still under construction. Painted hull and superstructure, glazed windows, left mast and lighting.

Shamrock Fast Police Boat by sonar Commander   Posted: 22 days ago
Found a tin of paint down the local tip. With the RAL number 5002 The same colour as the hull. Went across the estate to buy a light bulb for the car and then popped a little further down and called into a plastic sign makers. They had some scraps of Foam board plastic they were throwing out so I asked If i could have some and they said yes. They also said I could call again next week and take any of the scrap they had all for free. So the Police boat has started. Formed a frame around the hull and then cobbled together some supports after all I will not need access as the whole lit will lift off. Also manage to pick up some rubber for fendering approx 3 mtrs 10mm wide 4mm thick. I have a small amount of the plastic left to start the superstructure. So far the cost is £0.50. So I am off to a good start...

Shamrock Fast Police Boat by sonar Commander   Posted: 23 days ago
I have been giving some thought to How I can use the hull From the big blue hull . I know it is Not the same as the shamrock fast police boat but close. The hull is 54 inches long so I took the plans to a friend that has a printers and had the plans blown up to the full size of 54 inches. Two massive pieces of paper. So that,s the start.. I am trying to keep the deck of the big blue boat without removing stuff like ladders bollards winches. So Another deck and superstructure that will just fit onto the hull. Now start,s the game of finding stuff to make the vessel using as many reclaimed and free Items as I can. So with that In mind I am off today scavenging for some stuff that could do the job.. A few Ideas what I am looking for but as yet No idea where to look.

Big Blue by Peter47 Lieutenant   Posted: 27 days ago
Nice work so far, my Brother had a similar idea, re hatch sizes, but he scratched built boat hull in 4 watertight sections, held together with rods, pushed pushed down from deck and using computer leads for Bow thrusters/lighting/radar etc. With all sections in place it could a large tanker, remove one section it could convert to a coaster, using Bow and Stern it became a large tug, all superstructure could be placed in any position on deck,even bridge section could be altered, by sliding it back and forth, back for cargo /oiler, forward tug. All this he could do in minutes, so looked it looked like he'd brought a shed load of boats to the lake. :-)

Big Blue by sonar Commander   Posted: 29 days ago
A little bit more done I was given the life rafts / hatches /and doors. From a family member. But still a little more to do yet including the Shipping Containers and a few smaller items. Just have to now look about for some stuff to make them from. So far the total of the build is £ 11.00 including superglue. two packets x4 in a packet from the £1. Shop. Every thing else is recycled from home or the local tip. The tip mainly the paint A table leg and the fliptop bin That was the basis of the superstructure. The mast a piece of wire one wooden chopstick a small length of 6 mm doweling and 4 rubber clips that fit to the back of a woman's earrings. The cranes a small amount of Softwood timber that came as packing with a new tumble dryer plastic ladders and hand rails from a plastic washing up bottle Paint from the local tip large tin 3/4 full and two doors given to me. Hand rails and window frames a little rough looking but o.k cut out of an old plastic sold sign found right outside the house. Life rings old buttons filed and sanded. and so on. More to follow when I get a little more time...

Painting the deck & superstructure. by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 month ago
Hi Paul. It looks like our paint colours are very similar so the BS colour mix is consistent which is good to know. My 94 is coming along slowly as I have been taking a lot of time getting the paint finishes right and dried and hardened but that has also meant that I could spend time between paint coats to do some detail work as you will see soon. Side by side yours would win the beauty contest and undoubtedly a race too 😎

Painting the deck & superstructure. by pmdevlin Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 month ago
Hey Rob, I'm glad you mentioned the greenish hue, I have the same, and have always pondered over if it was correct. When I painted my 3 footer, in the BS 631 It had the green look, so when I did the 4 footer I used a different paint supplier, and it was the same. I wonder if over time the definition of the colour has changed? Coming along nice, its very time consuming isn't it! As you have 94, and I have 93, same boats but subtle differences as they were in real life, it would be very nice to get them together some day👍

Painting the deck & superstructure. by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 month ago
Although the colour of the grey primer and that of the textured finish look quite good together I am committed to use the custom colour paint that I had mixed for the deck finish. The masking process took a while to do thoroughly as I didn’t want any overspray problems at this late stage but once I was satisfied I applied the first light coat of the ‘BS631 RAF Light Grey’ finishing coat. After a 20 minutes or so the second light coat was applied and then left overnight to harden, two coats on the deck is sufficient as I don’t want to fill the texture finish and ruin the effect. The deck was then masked to leave the cabin sides and superstructure exposed so that I could put a third and fourth coat of the colour on those areas. The resulting gloss finish looks quite good and will be a good contrast to the textured decks that will be finished in matt lacquer. The masking on the decks was then removed and the cabins and superstructure masked up to just expose the decks to receive two light coats of the Halfords matt lacquer. Everything was left for a few days to harden before all the masking was removed to reveal the final result of the painting process. The overall result is very pleasing and was well worth all the time and materials used to achieve it. The custom colour has a slightly 'greenish' hue in contrast to the grey primer that I have been looking at up until now and took a while to get accustomed to but I can say that now really like the colour scheme and that it is reasonably true to the prototype 😁

Big Blue by sonar Commander   Posted: 1 month ago
A few more little items now added. And still a lot to make and do. Another 20 shipping containers to make for a start. As the superstructure is removable I was thinking I should make all the rear deck area as the same removable. I then would be able to make another rear deck with a different type of cargo and another type of superstructure both to fit the same Hull. Hence a few boats all using the same Hull and running gear. Having the advantage of Not having to buy another hull or the electronics and motors... Running gear and the electronics I have not as yet sorted anything out. So will have to look about for that OR use the electronics and motors from the Ayton Cross tug as I made them removable as well. Another wait and see thing I guess...

Dr. Ing. Sander by Inkoust Commander   Posted: 1 month ago
The German model of fire boats. Hull with plankováním-wood, fiberglass superstructure. Drive 2 pieces motru 400 with gear ratio 1: 3, used customized truck from washer pump and powered by the 400 system. Complete illuminated flagpole, lights, cabin space and marker lights. Lifting the fire escape personally manufactured servo. Two functional water cannons. Batteries 2 pcs NiCd 3000 mA

Build Update by Pav403 Commander   Posted: 1 month ago
Hello all, Hope you are well? It's taken a while to get to where I am but I can start to see some real progress. I've managed to get the main superstructure complete, they are at a stage where they could be connected to the deck if it was ready. The Hull is now covered in a layer of Balsa, it does now need a lot of rubbing down so I can then look at applying a layer of fiberglass. I've not ordered this yet but I have seen it advertised at Cornwall Model Boats. If anyone has any suggestions on how to fiberglass I'm happy to hear any advise as this will be my 1st time. Good luck with your builds Regards Dave

Lacquering the hull. by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 month ago
Now that the self-adhesive vinyl lettering and hull markings are now applied and correctly positioned…😉 I can now spray the lacquer finish on the hull. The gloss black areas will have a number of coats of Halfords clear gloss lacquer and the red ‘anti-fouling’ areas finished in Halfords clear satin lacquer. I started with the gloss lacquer first, so the all the deck area and the red ‘anti-fouling’ areas were masked. As I wanted the white waterline to be sealed with the gloss finish I masked below the line. After a thorough wipe over with some panel wipe the first coat of gloss was sprayed followed by a further two coats at 30 minute intervals. Fortunately it all went on without any runs or blemishes so I left it for a week to thoroughly harden after removing the masking. The black area was then masked from the bottom of the waterline, the area cleaned with panel wipe and sprayed with three coats of Halfords clear satin lacquer. With all the masking removed the boat was them put aside and left for a week for everything to dry thoroughly and then I polished the black area with some ‘T-cut’ polish to remove any surface blemishes and bring it to a full shine. All the hull marking and lettering are now firmly fixed and sealed and I’m very pleased with the final results. The next job will be to spray the deck and superstructure with the BS631 RAF Light Grey and then the majority of the paint process will be complete 😁