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    HMT Resolve
    Resolve was a class of ocean going tug built for the Admiralty just after WW1. The model is built from the Caldercraft kit and I am really pleased with the way it has turned out. The many white metal parts are of good quality and as you can see, there is much detail, all included in the box. At the time of writing, the closest she has got to the water is for her hull only sea trials where she performed well. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hv5RNJXMm64 The cardboard box you see contains the many white metal parts to give some idea of any extra ballast required. She is currently gathering dust in my garage whilst I impatiently await for some kind of normality to return.
    Harbour Defence Motor Launch
    Another semi-kit from Rob Fowler, rob4boats@yahoo.co.uk, who also supplied my MASB. The hull is very well made and extremely robust. At 1/24 scale fittings and crew are easily available so there was very little to scratch build. I can only claim ownership of the lockers, and splinter matting (made from Lilliput). The colour scheme is (loosely), based on Western Approaches camouflage and this was my first attempt at weathering. On reflection it looks quite clunky close up but looks okay on the water.
    Motor Anti-Submarine Boat
    Built from a semi-kit, she is based on MASB 23, with a BPB 63' long hull. I found it greatly therapeutic and satisfying to plank the deck - for the plank around the edge, I used flexible beech, expensive but does the trick, I think. I used Lifecolor acrylic paints applied with a brush throughout. I purchased the figures from Deans and you will see that the skipper is trialling the new 'cell phone', which he is holding in his left hand. (If any of you can identify this item as anything else, answers on a postcard............).
    HMS CAMBELTOWN
    She is scratch built based on a grp hull to 1/96 scale. The boat is (more or less) as she would have been, immediately after entering service with the RN from the USA on lease/lend. The majority of the build is from plans with plasticard and the finer details (torpedo tubes, guns) is 3D laser printed. Colour scheme is my interpretation of Western Approaches camouflage.
    HMS HOOD
    Built from a Trumpeter kit, scale 1/200. I found the kit to be of excellent quality with very nearly 2,000 parts. I upgraded the main armament to metal gun barrels and treated my self to a wooden deck - well worth the extra expense. I also purchased the RC conversion kit from Deans, which was quite expensive, but once more worth the extra expense. The only problem is that this was designed as a showcase model and a lot of the fine detail does not cope at all well with the rigours of the pond side. It is only launched on very special occasions
    (Other) KD Perkasa
    I acquired the boat as an unfinished project, consisting of a decked unpainted hull and basic superstructure. Early replacement of lead acids with Lipos increased the speed and I think she looks really good on the water. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwOalFnRjPw (Motor: Turnigy 1250 outrunner) (ESC: Viper Marine) (8/10)
    (Working Vessel) Pilot Boat by Aeronaut
    My first attempt at building a plastic hull proved difficult due to the bends and curves but the final result was satisfactory. The lighting system/circuit also proved a challenge but she looked well at a recent illuminated regatta. All in all I am quite pleased with the final result (Motor: MFA 540) (ESC: Mtronics MicroViper Marine) (8/10)
    (Yacht) Stormy Weather
    Built from a kit by Colombini, this is based on a 54ft yawl, Stormy Weather, which was launched from the Henry Nevins yard in New York in 1934. I bought the kit from the bargain basement in my local model shop and with only one sheet of instructions in English and five diagrams with notes in italian, I am pleased with the result. (8/10)
    Recent Posts
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Which PLA?
    9 days ago by cormorant ( Lieutenant)
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    Hi Folks
    Having read many of your comments, can I try and put a positive note on 3D printing.

    I knew nothing about it when I purchased an Ender 3 Pro just after Ed bought his. In that time I have successfully printed quite a few model boat fittings - Bofors, vents, lifeboats etc., from Thingyverse, using Cura software to slice and re-scale (if necessary).
    I have also upgraded to a silent motherboard and a dual drive extruder, with great help from YouTube.
    Like you Ed, my first purchase of filament kept breaking so I am now using this - https://www.amazon.co.uk/1-75mm-Black-PLA-Printer-Filament/d... with no breakages so far.
    To date, touch wood, I have had no problems and have really enjoyed the experience.
    Steve

    Ps. Please don't take this as blowing my own trumpet, it's trying to encourage those who are thinking of going for it.
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/1-75mm-Black-PLA-Printer-Filament/dp/B01BZ5ND8O/ref=sr_1_8?crid=2R66Y2NGX4NVB&dchild=1&keywords=pla+filament&qid=1602748696&s=industrial&sprefix=pla%2Cindustrial%2C146&sr=1-8,
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Extruder Fan!
    20 days ago by cormorant ( Lieutenant)
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    Hi Ed
    Glad to hear that you are back up and running and printing again.

    I have just upgraded my printer with this:-

    Creality 3Dยฎ Upgraded Supersilent 24V Super Silent Mainboard Motherboard With TMC2208 Driver For Ender-3 / Ender-3 Pro 3D Printer - Ender-3
    which I got from Bangood

    Two of the main advantages are that it takes all the noise out of the stepper motors, and has a built in boot loader.
    The boot loader means that I can easily upgrade the firmware .
    It is a straight replacement with the existing motherboard and you will find plenty of help installing it on YouTube.

    Cheers
    Steve
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Scullduggery
    2 months ago by cormorant ( Lieutenant)
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    Being an ex smoker, just love the pipe!
    Superb filming too.
    Well done indeed.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Just an Idea!
    2 months ago by cormorant ( Lieutenant)
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    I tried soldering photo etched parts recently. Of course, I was immediately disadvantaged as it was part of a Dean's kit.
    I ended up using super glue. Some sticky fingers but much better than my soldering attempts.
    I've used super glue on several occasions and have always been successful.
    Worth a try in the future Ed?

    Steve
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: 55 Gallon Drums!
    2 months ago by cormorant ( Lieutenant)
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    What can I say Ed. Makes up for all the breaking filament and the horrible smells.
    Very well done!

    Steve
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Help with understanding 3D Printing, highs and lows.
    2 months ago by cormorant ( Lieutenant)
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    I agree with mturpin's comparison of scratch building to 3D.
    However, Figtree put me onto the software programme, Fusion 360, which will allow me, once I've got the hang of it, to design my own fittings.
    Fusion 360 is, to me, a complicated programme, and though I have been following tutorials on line, I'm not holding my breath.
    However, an interesting new venture.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvrHuaHhqHI&vl=en
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Help with understanding 3D Printing, highs and lows.
    2 months ago by cormorant ( Lieutenant)
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    Hi Paul.
    Thanks for the intro. I have just started with a Creality Ender 3 Pro, which to my untrained eye gives a good result. It cost me just over ยฃ250 and so far I am very pleased.
    I have heard of the need to upgrade the firmware but I'm told it requires something called a "boot loader"? I need to do a bit more research on that.
    I have already experienced breaking filament which I keep in my office in the house. It broke once without the extender and has just broken again, with. Luckily, I got it from Amazon who have given me a full refund. I am currently using AMZ3D, which feels a bit more flexible, and only a couple of quid more than the other stuff.
    I look forward to reading more on your blog.

    Cheers

    Steve
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Which Bed is Better?
    2 months ago by cormorant ( Lieutenant)
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    Hi Ed. Try this link. The guy seems to know what he is talking about and I'm sure he will answer your question.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=baVA5G8HH04

    Hope this helps

    Steve
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=baVA5G8HH04
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Nano Polymer Adhesive!
    2 months ago by cormorant ( Lieutenant)
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    Hi Ed
    As you know, I also am new to the Ender 3, but I have the Ender 3 Pro, which comes with a magnetic bed.
    If you haven't got one then I strongly recommend you give it a try. It's not expensive as you can see https://www.ebay.co.uk/i/114257750572?chn=ps&norover=1&mkevt...
    I use a bed temperature of 60 and have had no trouble so far.
    Hope this helps
    Steve
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/i/114257750572?chn=ps&norover=1&mkevt=1&mkrid=710-134428-41853-0&mkcid=2&itemid=114257750572&targetid=910259638509&device=c&mktype=pla&googleloc=1007256&poi=&campaignid=10199638282&mkgroupid=101938390277&rlsatarget=pla-910259638509&abcId=1145987&merchantid=6995734&gclid=CjwKCAjw4MP5BRBtEiwASfwALwHVd0HS1Nn4fEsL1RZ8jEgEx_fYSa-beYdIW6kDaAOimyTxgal_vxoC8eMQAvD_BwE
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    ๐Ÿ“ 3D Printer
    3 months ago by cormorant ( Lieutenant)
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    Hi Doug
    The 'loose' filament came with the printer, as did the dog file.
    A goodwill gesture from the makers to get you going and ensure the set up was correct.
    I have purchased a a reel of filament now and have found a website to print a filament guide.
    Cheers Steve
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    ๐Ÿ“ Deans Marine LST 388
    3 months ago by cormorant ( Lieutenant)
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    As I said before Nerys, you will get NOTHING out of Ron Dean, helpful as he appears to be. It wouldn't be so bad if you were paying for a decent product.
    Unfortunately, he has cornered the market on a large number of kits and sometimes there is no where else to go.
    However, I'm sure you will be able to get necessary adhesives, filler and advice on how to use them for a lot less than ยฃ50, other than from Deans.
    Hope this helps.
    Steve
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    ๐Ÿ“ 3D Printer
    3 months ago by cormorant ( Lieutenant)
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    Hi Ed
    Got the printer on Saturday and set it up with the video you sent me. I'm impressed with the quality and the way it went together.
    Like you, I find there is a lot to learn.
    Here is a link for the 'cowl vent' https://www.thingiverse.com/search?q=cowl+vent&type=things&s...

    Cheers
    Steve
    https://www.thingiverse.com/search?q=cowl+vent&type=things&sort=relevant
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    ๐Ÿ“ 3D Printer
    3 months ago by cormorant ( Lieutenant)
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    Success!
    Downloaded stl file from Thingyverse, re-sized it with Cura, sliced it and loaded it into the printer. Pressed a couple of buttons and 15 minutes later a cowl vent was born!
    Still a lot to learn Ed, but all good so far.

    Steve
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    ๐Ÿ“ 3D Printer
    3 months ago by cormorant ( Lieutenant)
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    Success!
    Downloaded stl file from Thingyverse, re-sized it with Cura, sliced it and loaded it into the printer. Pressed a couple of buttons and 15 minutes later a cowl vent was born!
    Still a lot to learn Ed, but all good so far.

    Steve
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    ๐Ÿ“ 3D Printer
    3 months ago by cormorant ( Lieutenant)
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    Hi Ed
    The files on Thingyverse, can you download them and put them straight into your printer? If so, I assume there is a way of changing the size of the item you want to print?
    Steve
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    ๐Ÿ“ 3D Printer
    3 months ago by cormorant ( Lieutenant)
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    In this case I'll look on the bright side and say half full!
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Printers Revenge!
    3 months ago by cormorant ( Lieutenant)
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    Thanks for tipping me the wink about the blue clip Ed. I've just fitted mine. Where did you get the info?
    If you look at my blog you will see the problem I got into with my first print!
    Steve
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    ๐Ÿ“ 3D Printer
    3 months ago by cormorant ( Lieutenant)
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    And it was all going so well!
    The PLA supplied is rolled up and not on a reel. It got tangled and jammed around the frame. The printer carried on, but with no PLA, so poor old Deefer has only got half a head.
    I paused the print and got the PLA going through again but of course the printer started where it left off, so it all went to raspberry juice.
    On the plus side, I am very pleased with the finish.
    I was going to print it again but now I know I have everything set up correctly, I am going to download a simple file (I have in mind a cowl vent).
    Overall I am very pleased.
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    ๐Ÿ“ 3D Printer
    3 months ago by cormorant ( Lieutenant)
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    I settled for the Ender 3 Pro in the end. Although it comes as a flat pack, the video link sent by Ed is most helpful. It took me yesterday afternoon to build, but there is nothing too complicated or technical.
    I'm impressed with the quality of the parts and and the tool kit - even cable ties and a side cutter - and they supply a quantity of PLA and a test programme - the 'dog'.
    It's currently merrily printing away and is really quiet.
    So far. so good!
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    ๐Ÿ“ 3D Printer
    3 months ago by cormorant ( Lieutenant)
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    Thanks Ed. Much appreciated!
    Steve
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    ๐Ÿ“ 3D Printer
    3 months ago by cormorant ( Lieutenant)
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    Hi All
    Thanks for your advice. I've just ordered the Creality 3 Pro, or V2. As you suggested Peter, it seems the improvements are worth paying the extra ยฃ50. There is an awful to of help on the www, particularly YouTube.
    I will let you know how I get on.

    Steve
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    ๐Ÿ“ Deans Marine LST 388
    3 months ago by cormorant ( Lieutenant)
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    Good or bad?
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    ๐Ÿ“ Deans Marine LST 388
    3 months ago by cormorant ( Lieutenant)
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    Hi Nerys
    I'm pretty much a scratch builder now and for the bits I can't build, use suppliers such as Shapeways.
    An example of Dean's instructions told me to "drill a hole through the roof of the roof of". Needless to say, I am still looking for a part called the 'roof of'.

    Steve
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    ๐Ÿ“ 3D Printer
    3 months ago by cormorant ( Lieutenant)
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    Hi Ed.
    Thanks for that. I have done some research and it seems that the Creality 3 is the one to go for. There is plenty of help on the www.

    Peter
    Thanks for the info. I'm on the point of ordering the V2. I'll let you know how I get on

    Steve
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    ๐Ÿ“ 3D Printer
    3 months ago by cormorant ( Lieutenant)
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    Just been reading Ed's blog with interest. I'm wondering if the model Creality CR10 - more expensive - would give me better quality prints, or does it just have more bells and whistles than the Ender 3?
    Steve
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    ๐Ÿ“ 3D Printer
    3 months ago by cormorant ( Lieutenant)
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    Hello chaps.
    I am thinking of purchasing a 3D printer, of which I know very little about.
    I don't want a cheap and cheerful one but I don't want to spend an arm and a leg.
    Any advice would be most welcome.
    Thank you.
    Steve
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    ๐Ÿ“ Deans Marine LST 388
    3 months ago by cormorant ( Lieutenant)
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    From my experience you'll not get anything from Ron Dean.
    I made the mistake of buying HMS Manxman from him some months ago and like you was charged an admin fee on top of the shipping.
    The hull is good, but the fittings, both white metal and resin were of poor quality and required much fettling.
    On top of this the 'plans' are all over the place, as are the photographs on the DVD.
    I should have learned from previous experience when buying the drive train kit for HMS Hood. I dared say that one of his in house prop shafts was bent and before he would replace it he wanted it returned for examination in case it ws my fault. Didn't help when I described it as threaded piano wire. I bought one from elsewhere and it cost me all of two quid.
    Hope this helps.
    Steve
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: HMT Resolve
    4 months ago by cormorant ( Lieutenant)
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    Thanks Bill. Yes, I meant to mention that when I introduced the video, sorry.
    He is just having a 'quiet moment' between watches, away from all the hustle on the bridge.

    Steve
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: HMT Resolve
    4 months ago by cormorant ( Lieutenant)
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    Hi Pete. Thank you. I must say, I am really pleased with the end result.
    As for the smokers (Graupner 6v units), I have just wired them up as per instructions.
    Steve
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: HMT Resolve
    4 months ago by cormorant ( Lieutenant)
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    Thanks Martin. The ballast is two 7.2v lead acid batteries which I only install prior to launch. This is due to the weight which I find difficult to manage at my age.
    I have considered adding more ballast, but the amount of extra weight, I feel, will be considerable, to displace the required amount of water.
    Might experiment with a launching trolley.
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