The other alternative method on heavy plate was heat and hit with a sledge hammer, as used when I had to repair a barge at canal side. using flat bar under leading edge and steel slab on topside. Hard work but so satisfying to see the finished job floating without leaks.
It's looking good so far. Please excuse my ignorance, but what is bondo. I usually use p38 filler or polyester resin for such jobs, is this the same. Keep seeing bondo mentioned so just had to ask, I'm only a beginner of fifty plus years of modeling. I'll get there one day.
Hi Ed, on the next you could try to slit the rudder stem and do it in one piece I've done this a few times in the past and especially good when not able to solder I've riveted instead, using 1.2 mm brass rod as rivets. Hope this helps, Colin.
Sounds brilliant, am looking at making a butty barge by a similar method but using polystyrene packing boxes, for towing with my tugs. Hope all goes well with your build, looking forward to posts. Cheers Colin.
Lucky I've still got my old Bohler, paid £19-99 for it in 1998. Used on many projects including 4 real boats that my dad renovated in the last few years of his life. So far it has had about 200 hours of use and never let me down. I have replaced the brushes once so far but have 2 more sets just in case. 2 years ago I bought 50 sets of discs from a model shop that was closing, the entire stock, but am down to last 2 sets. So hopefully a new supplier shortly if shipping costs and import taxes not too high. Cheers Colin.
Thanks Doug, went on KALEAS site and am awaiting a reply about what grades are available, also available is a new version of the 3D sander for 29euros. I've asked if they are available in the united kingdom. Cheers Colin.
Thanks Dave and Doug. Will check them out. Have tried cutting down larger discs but don't last as getting them true is almost impossible as the material they are made of is too stiff and crumble. The proper ones are cloth backed and very flexible. Cheers Colin.
Hi all, I'm really struggling to locate some new sanding discs for my BOHLER 3D Sander. It takes 1.5" doughnut discs with the felt backs for quick change. I would like 120/240/400 grit. Anyone know of where I can get some from. I've located some in the USA, but much too costly. Thanks guys I really miss this tool as it's perfect for compound curves on small hulls. Cheers Colin.
[Score: 8/10] 48" VALIANT Capable of 4mph and a runtime of 90mins Single Propellor (4 Blade 70mm) Geared to a 540 (4 Blade) Powered by Lead Acid (12v) 14Amp/h Batteries Controlled Through MTroniks Viper marine (25Amps) ESC - Comments: This tug was built by a modeler in Bristol during the early 1960's it was given to me at the Abergavenny Steam and vintage show in 2016 by the makers grandson who told me it had been on display in his mums house from 1970 when his grandad died till 1987 when she died then put in his parents attic till it was given to me. it had a couple of holes in the hull and the upper works had been broken so required fixing. not having any pictures I used all the original bits that came with it so I hope it looks as it should. It's made mostly from balsa with some wooden bits and replacement planking from coffee stirrers otherwise all original. It requires 2 x 12v 7ah lead acid batteries and about 5 kilograms of ballast. (Silver Sand in 500grm packs). On the only test run I've managed to tow a 16 foot fishing boat with three men on my local fishing lake.
Hi Ron, Thanks for your comments. The small Tug (EMANUEL) is 16" long, scale unknown. No crew as yet, but will try some of my model railway figures. The larger Tug (VALIANT) is 48" and is 1/32nd scale. But using 1/35th scale crew. As for your Gipsy yacht. I'd love a copy of your plans, could it be possible to copy and email. If yes I'll pm you my email address, it's quite possible I have a suitable part built hull that was donated to me at a show last year. Cheers Colin.👍
Illegal to have trailer on car tyres, something about ply rating for trailers over 250kg unladen and carrying capacity. If you check with tyre outlets they will explain. My trailer weighs in at 293kgs unladen and has carrying capacity of 1750kgs. Cheers Colin.
Here's a quick sketch of trailer outline, the axle and tow-bar was from an old trailer tent, it has brakes and is capable of carrying 1 ton easily. The frame work is mostly 40x40x3mm angle iron on a base chassis of 50x75x6mm box section. The panels are 9mm marine ply with plastic coated steel over for the roof, (which is removable for tall loads.) the sides are 12mm marine ply and the floor is 18mm ply. Semi elliptical springs from a van, shock absorbers from a motor bike. 12" wheels with commercial tyres to comply with law.(NEVER USE CAR TYRES) Its fitted with reversing lights and warning bleeper. Hope this is helpful . Cheers Colin.👍
I built a trailer specially for the job, there are three shelves each side full length of trailer. The size is 8' x 4' by 4' high inside. Also the walls are covered with thin foam rubber, the shelves have holes for fixing the boat stands down, the suspension is soft but well damped. Needs it on roads round here. Will try to put a sketch together when I get back to my computer. Cheers Colin.
Hi all I've not been as active as i should be as my pc is in the attic, so I've managed to borrow an old laptop for a few days so will try to catch up. As the app on my phone won't let me upload pictures. Here's some pic's of my two Tugs. Got to go wifes calling.
Just started this re-furb 😭, I forgot about this boat, it was built in 1966 by my dad👍. Been in my sisters loft since 1975 and was only found a few weeks ago when she moved house. so hope to add to my harbour as soon as its seaworthy.👍 Biggest problem is the amount of fiberglass on the outside of the joints, old heavy duty stuff but seems to be coming away okay, will be coating hull in Ezicote and fine glass cloth. At least it makes up for the loss of dads old Sea Queen.😊
Just a few of my boats on display at shows last year. Its great being able to talk about ones hobby and get others interested. Some of the shows supply a small paddling pool so I can let youngsters have a go. Hope to see more of you at shows in the future. I usually take about 20/30 models and on 2 day shows change the display on the 2nd day. And my wife usually takes about 250 die-cast model lorries and buses. Along with a 1.76th scale circus for her display.
[Score: 8/10] 16"/800g Emanuel Capable of 1mph and a runtime of 30mins Single Propellor (3 Blade 20mm) Belt Powered by NiCad (7.2v) 2Amp/h Batteries Controlled Through Mtronics Viper Marine 20amp (5Amps) ESC - Comments: Built in 1954 by my Grandad. Construction is Bread and Butter in Balsa originally a free sail model but now converted to RC. 27mhz.was given to me on my 5th birthday. Not sailed for over 25 years, but now happy sailing for short runs as prop shaft leaks slightly.
Hi Fred, I have similar problems transporting my boats, so I have built a trailer that I can carry up to 20 of my boats to the shows. I put the smaller ones in the car or camper. Also the trailer doubles up as storage. Cheers Colin.