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Painting by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 24 hours ago
Mornin' Martin, We musta had the same Grandad! And he musta had a bicycle!! 😉 Mine was a master carpenter, made a lot of church furniture amongst other beautiful things, and used such techniques and similar sayings.👍 I inherited a few of his tools, chisels and planes and his W.H. Marsh wood stamp. Granny unfortunately sold the rest before I could get down to Folkestone and prevent it 😭 I was in the middle of A Level exams at King Ed VII Grammar in Kings Lynn at the time. Cheers, Doug

BRAVE BORDERER by BOATSHED Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 27 days ago
Very nice, shame they are not on the internet for sale. Well done for such fine work. I'm shocked by some of the work I see on this site and wish I also had the expertise and tools do such fine work. I'm watching your build with eagle eyes. Please keep posting. Will you be adding video of her running at some point ?

Taycol Supemarine Resurrection by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 month ago
Shucks! An I was hopin' you'd build me a little 4 cylinder diesel for me to run a brushed motor as a Genny for all the lighting on my ships! Or for the diesel electric propulsion on my Type 45. Now wouldn't that be cool!?😁 BTW Some of Nick Carters tips an tricks showed me how to convert one of my tools to something that'll do what I want! So, out with the Proxxon mini-grinder😉 Cheers, Doug PS It wasn't a wrong steer cos it led me to all sorts of useful 'stuff' and above all helpful info👍

Taycol Supemarine Resurrection by Westquay Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 month ago
Ah, some of my Taycols are also plastic capped, so nice move trying to fit brass bushes invisibly. BTW, if you're after small tooling for your lathe, try Carter Tools in the States who deal in Taig lathes like mine, although I got mine from a company called Peatol. Cartertools are a great company and sent me spares for a very good price when I needed a new drive belt and an indexing attachment. Cheers, Martin

Taycol Supemarine Resurrection by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 month ago
Don't remember Joe Lynch but John Bluthall was brilliant 😁😁😁 PS OK, I'll leave the shafts at 6mm, less a tiddly bit for the oil film! PPS Apropos lathe spares; I'm having a little trouble finding 6x6 tools for it. the Proxxon spares are a bit pricey🤔 Oh well, there's always the grinder! (Also Proxxon!!!)

Elaine motor update/assembly pictures by onetenor Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 month ago
Colin Come on mate Spill the beans. What did you clean the motor with? And % of diesel to Methanol. I want to try it. Re engine cleaning I am using rubber buffing tools from Mano Mano as the post above to Doug. Shifts the oxides nicely. Good on copper, brass and pewter too. 6 tools in 3 different shapes.Cylinder Conical and rounded cylinder.Get into the nooks and crannies. They do wear away but they are cheap enough.

'The Stripper' by NPJ Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 months ago
It seems that the proper procedure for fixing the leak and then moving on to “the good stuff” is to strip all the paint off and see what we have. So the heat gun has been obtained ( I already had the fire extinguisher..) as amongst other reasons there would be less dust. Time for a few tentative steps. Now at this point I am not only well out of my comfort zone, but up to my knees in my “slough of despond”………………………. After all, I bought a boat to sail this month and so far I have drilled holes in it and am now about to set it alight! First image shows efforts with lower heat and using the tools supplied and the next two show temperature taken up to 450 degrees c and a ¾ inch chisel used to remove paint. A much better outcome. Now who suggested that would be the answer I wonder??? 45 minutes spent to get this far and although I did remove the plastic props ( being replaced by brass anyway) I wondered if I should remove prop shafts? I have used a bit of a deflector to reduce the heat anyway. On the final images, I wonder whether I am down far enough to start sanding or to go further. Now that I have started I hope to complete at least the general stripping tomorrow. TTFN. NPJ

A return to the hobby! by onetenor Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 months ago
When i'm back on my feet I intend building another Speranza. (was that a Veron kit?) I can get the plans from Model Dockyard and Cornwall Boats etc but does anyone know if the kit is available somewhere? I have all the tools needed to cut frames etc but want to do it quickly. Awaiting reply from SLEC👍

useful tools and their sources by onetenor Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 months ago
See how cheap these are now.----

Brass bashin' Chris Craft deck fittings... by Westquay Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 months ago
Hi folks, I've been filling in spaces in the Vincent epic with making deck fittings for the Chris Craft Special Runabout. I can't find or, probably, afford to get them nickel plated, so I will give the brass fittings to a chum who does casting of white metal, then I can a) get more than one of some and b) burnish them to look like chrome and then lacquer them. I'm assuming there might be a measure of interest in how these are done. I'm afraid I can't tell you how to do these without a lathe, because I've always had or had the use of, a lathe. They can be bought for a fraction of the price of a kit, off ebay. My No 1 son bought a lathe exactly like mine (a Peatol, which is same as the Taig), only on a huge base with a nice big motor, a tool rack to hold every supplied, additional tool they make for it and even the book on how to use it and make even more tools for it, virtually unused, for £200. Similar small lathes can be had for even less. It's the brass that costs these days! Anyway, the trick is to break down the shape to that which can be cut, turned or bent. You can do all those things, so all you need to be able to do is silver solder and soft solder. If you can't yet, learn, sharpish. Silver soldering has enabled to earn a living till I retired. It helped me bring up a family of 5, so it's clearly very useful. I won't describe it in boring detail as these days there's a Youtube for every damned thing if you can tolerate that ghastly delivery that so many of them have. I can't, so I'm happy to answer questions if anyone wants to be told straight what to do. Golden rules....make it totally clean with a Swiss file, have sufficient heat, use the right flux. In silver soldering, just sprinkle the powdered flux on, don't bother making a paste, it'll just fizz and shift your little parts. For this part, one of the various patterns of deck lights/flag pole holders that Chris Craft used, I started by turning the main shape of the bulbous bit to be rather like a thimble. I then cut gaps out of it in the vice with a junior hacksaw, so that it had three legs, oversized for now. Then make a teardrop shape out of 1/16th" sheet and cut a hole in it to match. Why the hole? Well, if this is to cast successfully, I don't need any undercuts or "hooks " in the mould so it has to be hollow. Also, I need to put the light lenses in after it's all finished as these units had riding or nav. lights in them. They also had a small jack staff in the top with a burgee or even a national ensign attached. To make the rather art nouveau-ish back end I made a cardboard pattern of what had to be cut from 1mm brass sheet to be folded, hammered a bit and rolled a bit to fit onto the back of the thimble section. I silver soldered the thimble on first, to make it easy to fit the back rolled and folded bit, which was itself then silver soldered on. After that, it's all down to filing to shape, then as you can see from the pencil lines, cut out the teardrop shaped holes in the back which leave a central spine shape. I would first drill a 3mm hole and then, with the piece in a vice use a dental burr in a minidrill and hand mill it out, but PLEASE make sure it can't slip or you could be the owner of a grooved thumb or worse. Finish with files and papers of various grades. More anon when I do the next bits, although you're already further on than I am! Cheers, Martin

Mahogany in Scale by Westquay Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 months ago
Doug, I don't generally "do" foreign and Pete certainly wouldn't. As you say, most are model railway or strictly stick and string model ships. What we wanted to do was a general model hobby museum with a bias toward the RC hobbies. Ain't none of them. History of RC, RC cars, boats and aircraft. Materials, tools, etc. Mags and books, that kind of thing. Martin

20th Scale ELCO 80ft PT boat part 7 by CB90 Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 months ago
Hi RNinMunich, Should not be too bad as will cut ply slit/profile from tubes to the transom then reinforce inside under rudder compartment. rest of the tubes length are already supported. I really wanted to make sure the motors and shafts were in excellent alinement, and being able to see through the hull is a good advantage. (note. do not have facilities to make alignment tools). In previous models I have left it towards the end of the build to fix motors couplings and have found alinement to be a bit difficult, especially on smaller boats.

Another useful site for all 'Woodies' ;) by Westquay Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 months ago
Doug, I do most of that with veneers, which just require a sharp scalpel. No need for too much precision woodwork, but if there is, you just treat the timber as metal, using metalworking tools to cut and work it. It really isn't difficult. What MIGHT put some people off are all those shiny deck fittings and hull furniture. They have to be done by hand in brass, then polished, then sent off to be plated. Each of my Rivas had over 150 separate pieces of polished brass and nickel silver to be plated! Martin

useful tools and their sources by onetenor Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 months ago
It's the crimping part I'm more concerned about. I have those others and then some. In my various tool kits.Saves me getting to a job without the right tools. There is quite a crossover from one to another. I'm not hunting these tools they pop-up. Here's another 4--- See also general resources😊

useful tools and their sources by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 months ago
Here 😉