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    Always loved model boats, having sailed a fireboat that my dad made when I was a kid.
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    πŸ“ Slec Huntsman new prop
    2 months ago by Bassman1975 ( Master Seaman)
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    Thats a mini work of art, will be getting a pair of those for mine.πŸ‘
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    πŸ“ Grease is the word..
    2 months ago by Bassman1975 ( Master Seaman)
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    I would use a syringe, you can get them for cheap enough from the chemist, or ebay etcπŸ‘
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    πŸ’¬ Re: And so it begins.....
    2 months ago by Bassman1975 ( Master Seaman)
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    Thank you Chris,

    Very helpful.
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    πŸ“ New Glue on the Block
    2 months ago by Bassman1975 ( Master Seaman)
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    Hi Roy,

    Thank you for the infoπŸ‘
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    πŸ“ Work stand
    2 months ago by Bassman1975 ( Master Seaman)
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    Happy days, I think I'll grab one too. πŸ‘
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    πŸ“ New Glue on the Block
    2 months ago by Bassman1975 ( Master Seaman)
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    That could be good timing, is it aliphatic glue?

    Thanks
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    πŸ’¬ Re: And so it begins.....
    2 months ago by Bassman1975 ( Master Seaman)
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    I ordered the plans from Cornwall model boats, in my hast it didn't even realise it wasn't the same model πŸ™ƒ.

    I think I am going to build it as a sport, you're right it does look better, and less bulky.

    Will get ordering some ply today I think.

    Thanks again for the advice.
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    πŸ“ And so it begins.....
    2 months ago by Bassman1975 ( Master Seaman)
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    Whilst waiting for some diesel to test the taplin (my local model shop is closing this month, and has no stock and will not be ordering any either, shame). I thought its time to tackle the boat.

    Firstly the lift off superstructure was completely dismantled, only the front cabin/window section broke. Every other part came apart. Thanks to the very old glue no doubt.

    Now I am two minds if I should build as a sport, as I have plans for this and I think I prefer the look. Or should I rebuild it as it was.

    I think the latter as it is supposed to be a restoration project, but I'm undecided πŸ™ƒ

    Have also started to remove the veneer decking, very slow and tedious task but almost there now.

    I decided to completely remove the foredeck as A: it had some damage. B) the ply had started to swell from water damage and C) it wasn't a great fit.

    The plan of attack is to make a new part for the deck, then turn my attention to the Hull.

    I will be running twin screw/rudder for a more scale appearance so have the daunting task of removing the old propshaft. I think I may drill it out, by stepping up bit sizes to sneak up on the O/D so it's as least destructive as possible.

    If anyone with more experience than me(which is pretty much zero) has any methods of removing the prop that would be a better way, please let me know😎

    Thanks for looking.

    Ps where is the best place to buy ply? And is cyano OK for the assembly or is pva wood glue better?πŸ‘
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    πŸ’¬ Re: The Marlin Cabin Cruiser (Vintage Model Works)
    3 months ago by Bassman1975 ( Master Seaman)
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    That planking look stunning. Top job πŸ‘
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    πŸ“ Work stand
    3 months ago by Bassman1975 ( Master Seaman)
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    Hi,

    I did find a stand on ebay that looked OK ish.
    Price is decent, and I like the adjustability of it. Not sure if it will work for you?
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    πŸ’¬ Re: New bearings in, all assembled
    3 months ago by Bassman1975 ( Master Seaman)
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    Hi Colin,

    I think I am going to sell it on to be honest. There is a non runner on ebay that seems to getting some good interest.

    My thinking is that the funds raised from selling the taplin, will be enough to cover the conversion to electric, possibly even twin.
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    πŸ“ New bearings in, all assembled
    3 months ago by Bassman1975 ( Master Seaman)
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    New needle bearings arrived this morning, so a final clean and then it was time to reassemble.

    Had to make new crank case gaskets, but that was simple enough.

    Nut and bolt method to carefully press the bearings home, makes it easy to ensure they go in square.

    Constantly checking the crank assembly to make sure there was no binding, and with the flywheel on, it spins over very nicely.

    Added some assembly oil and even with the screws loose, there feels to be great compression.

    Had to make a new exhaust gasket, but it looks a little.... rubbish. So will re do that.

    I think it looks great, I didn't want to try to get it looking as new, as it is older than me.

    Need to get some diesel now so I can try and get it running this week.

    I think I will sell it on and push forward with electric power.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Raf fire float.
    3 months ago by Bassman1975 ( Master Seaman)
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    My dad built an aerokits one, many many years ago, and in many fond memories sailing it with him when I was a boy over wansted flats, and Victoria Park.

    I think once I have completed my current project, I will build one.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: All clean
    3 months ago by Bassman1975 ( Master Seaman)
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    That you so much Chris, very helpful.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: All clean
    3 months ago by Bassman1975 ( Master Seaman)
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    Hi Chris, it's the 47" version.

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    πŸ“ All clean
    3 months ago by Bassman1975 ( Master Seaman)
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    Managed to get everything nice and clean, bearing shop had the ball bearings but not the needles, so they have been ordered. Hopefully here in a few days.

    Will then reassemble and then look to setting it up on a bench to give it a test run🀞
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    πŸ“ Out of the solvent wash......
    3 months ago by Bassman1975 ( Master Seaman)
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    Took all the engine parts out of the solvent bath, and now clean....ish I can inspect all the parts. The pistons and cylinders look great, no scoring at all. Very little play if any the both the little end and big end bushings.

    Thats the good bit, all of the crankshaft bearings (4 ball and 2 needle) are toast. Unfortunately whatever moisture they have been left to sit in has ruined the balls,needles and races.

    The crank Centre bearing was the worst, and felt like it had grinding paste in it, so I had to split the crank, but to be fair was actually pretty easy, some gentle heat on the socket side and tap with a drift and it came apart easy.

    I'll head to the bearing shop tomorrow to source the new bearings.

    It's then time to clean it all with some extra extra fine wire wool (outer casings) and then re assemble.

    I'll have to make a new cork exhaust gasket, and I'll probably make new barrel to crankcase gaskets too.

    Even though I do want this engine to run, and run well. I am leaning more and more to going twin drive, more for scale accuracy reasons, and probably brushless.

    Does anyone have any advice on twin electric setups? Should I have the props contra rotating? Will it be easy enough to balance the outputs?

    Thanks for looking πŸ‘
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Engine removal, strip and clean
    3 months ago by Bassman1975 ( Master Seaman)
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    Hi Colin,

    It looks in very good condition, so am hopeful it will run well too.

    I'm still 50/50 on keeping the engine in the boat, but I do also like the idea of running twin motors. Converting to brushless does appeal for the convenience and easy of running, but the nostalgia is also trying to win by keeping an ic in there.

    I could always go twin glow?

    From the little research I have done so far, these taplins seem to be worth good money, so maybe that can fund a twin engine conversion?😎
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    πŸ“ Engine removal, strip and clean
    3 months ago by Bassman1975 ( Master Seaman)
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    So, after watching a disappointing f1 qualifying.... I decided its time to pull out the old diesel and see if its salvageable.

    Once out, a little gentle torque and it felt "gummed up" like if the fuel had been left in for a long long time rather than being seized.

    Not knowing where she was stuck, i didn't want to force it and risk bending a con rod, marring the bearings or scoring the bores, so I decided to strip it down.

    Was nice to see lock wire used on each end of the crank cases, compression screws came out ok(both at very different turns though) heads came off clean, as did the carb, exhaust and cylinders.

    The cylinder to crankcase gaskets are intact and look in serviceable condition too.

    Have yet to strip the carb.

    By the look of it, the main crankshaft halves seems to be an interference fit, so as long as the centre bearing is OK with no play I will not seperate it.

    I will replace the bearings in both crankcase end cases, I have a local bearing supplier that I use for work, so I'm sure the lt can source the required sizes.

    All parts have been put into my cleaner, so will come back in a day or two once that has had a chance to dissolve all the organic matter and clean/inspect and reassemble.

    Is it too premature to order some diesel for it😝
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Fairey huntsman - restoration project
    3 months ago by Bassman1975 ( Master Seaman)
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    Thank you Chris and Stuart.

    The plans would be very handy πŸ‘
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Fairey huntsman - restoration project
    3 months ago by Bassman1975 ( Master Seaman)
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    Hi Chris, not knowing the manufacturer of the kit I just went for the closest sizewise. It will be for reference mainly, and I do plan on deconstructing the superstructure and using it as a pattern.


    I have been gathering lots of pics from the Internet for a reference too, and am keen to have a go scratch building some bits n Bob's too.

    Have only really built one boat from plan (about 30 odd years ago) with my dad doing most of the "tricky" bits. I did swap out the old diesel engine and put in an Enya 40 when I was about 14, on the old crash tender, then installed the radio gear too.

    My job is quite technical and involves lots of problem solving and fabrication work, so (maybe naively) am hoping some of those skills will help here too.

    Have plenty of experience assembly plastic models but don't mind admitting I am a bit green when it comes to this stuff.

    However that said, I'm not adverse to listening to and taking advice from seasoned modellers, and am looking forward to the journey.

    Pretty sure I will make one or forty mistakes along the way, but thats the best way to learn πŸ™‚.

    So please feel free to offer advice and tell me that I am making a pigs ear if that's the case - I won't be offended πŸ‘

    And any pointers for the best places for deck fittings etc would be great fully recieved.

    I really do want to try to get the twin diesel running, as i think it would really suit the period feel of the boat. So that's the first area I will be tackling.

    If anyone has any reference on needle settings from factory for one, that would be awesomeπŸ‘

    Cheers for now
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Fairey huntsman - restoration project
    3 months ago by Bassman1975 ( Master Seaman)
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    I've ordered a set from Cornwall model boat Co. I took a punt as they were only Β£12.00.

    I have toyed with a gearbox and twin props.... its not a firm no yet 🀣
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Fairey huntsman - restoration project
    3 months ago by Bassman1975 ( Master Seaman)
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    Thank you Stuart, I have ordered a set of plans as I want to rebuild the superstructure.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Fairey huntsman - restoration project
    3 months ago by Bassman1975 ( Master Seaman)
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    I think there is a pool in Maldon, for me I am more looking forward to the build.

    I plan on removing the veneer from the deck and planking it, I have a goal of an accurate scale model, so fingers crossed. πŸ™‚
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    πŸ“ Guestbook
    3 months ago by Bassman1975 ( Master Seaman)
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    Hi all, just thought I'd say hello. Have just bought a little (haha not actually little at all) project to restore. Have created a thread and look forward to the challange ahead. πŸ‘
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    πŸ“ Fairey huntsman - restoration project
    3 months ago by Bassman1975 ( Master Seaman)
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    Found in an antiques shop - knocked them down from Β£10 to just Β£5.

    She needs a lot of work. But I am up for the challange.

    That tappy twin is gummed up and refuses to turn, but I'm hoping to be able to strip and get it up and running.

    Not going to be a quick project, as I run a very busy refrigeration company, but I will update as and when I make progress.
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