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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
    πŸ’¬ Re: Nano Polymer Adhesive!
    3 days 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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    πŸ“ 3D Printer
    9 days 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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    πŸ“ Deans Marine LST 388
    9 days 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 Β£50, other than from Deans.
    Hope this helps.
    Steve
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    πŸ“ 3D Printer
    9 days 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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    πŸ“ 3D Printer
    9 days 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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    πŸ“ 3D Printer
    9 days 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.

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    πŸ“ 3D Printer
    10 days 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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    πŸ“ 3D Printer
    10 days 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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    πŸ’¬ Re: Printers Revenge!
    10 days 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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    πŸ“ 3D Printer
    10 days 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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    πŸ“ 3D Printer
    11 days 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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    πŸ“ 3D Printer
    14 days ago by cormorant ( Lieutenant)
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    Thanks Ed. Much appreciated!
    Steve
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    πŸ“ 3D Printer
    14 days 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 Β£50. 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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    πŸ“ Deans Marine LST 388
    15 days ago by cormorant ( Lieutenant)
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    Good or bad?
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    πŸ“ Deans Marine LST 388
    15 days 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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    πŸ“ 3D Printer
    15 days 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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    πŸ“ 3D Printer
    15 days 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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    πŸ“ 3D Printer
    16 days 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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    πŸ“ Deans Marine LST 388
    16 days 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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    πŸ’¬ Re: HMT Resolve
    1 month 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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    πŸ’¬ Re: HMT Resolve
    1 month 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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    πŸ’¬ Re: HMT Resolve
    1 month 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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    πŸ’¬ Re: HMT Resolve
    1 month ago by cormorant ( Lieutenant)
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    At last, after months of enjoyable building, I was able to launch the finished model and as promised, a video of the day.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKVzGPVHqGQ&t=5s
    Many thanks to the photographer, Chris, aka Octman.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKVzGPVHqGQ&t=5s
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Mast Configuration!
    2 months ago by cormorant ( Lieutenant)
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    I know what you mean about getting it slightly wrong Ed. However, the painstaking work of 'un-glueing' is always worth it.
    Well done and keep it going.
    Steve
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    πŸ“ SHG Model Supplies
    2 months ago by cormorant ( Lieutenant)
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    Bite the bullet and go elsewhere.
    I see Modelboatbits does a 4.7mm shaft on his Ebay shop - https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/MODEL-BOAT-PROPSHAFT-4-73mm-DIAM-... any good?
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/MODEL-BOAT-PROPSHAFT-4-73mm-DIAM-BRASS-TUBE-2mm-STAINLESS-INNER-VARIOUS-LENGTH/202493965731?_
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    πŸ“ HMT Resolve
    3 months ago by cormorant ( Lieutenant)
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    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.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hv5RNJXMm64
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Harbour Defence Motor Launch
    3 months ago by cormorant ( Lieutenant)
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    Thank you Nerys. No, the Fairmile B was a different boat, longer and heavier than the HDML.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harbour_Defence_Motor_Launch
    http://www.ww2ships.com/britain/gb-sc-001-b.shtml
    Hope this helps.
    Steve
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harbour_Defence_Motor_Launch
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    πŸ“ Harbour Defence Motor Launch
    3 months ago by cormorant ( Lieutenant)
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    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.
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    πŸ“ Graupner 6v Smoke Generator
    4 months ago by cormorant ( Lieutenant)
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    Sill awaiting mine, but I’m sure that’s the case. At least we know for next time.
    Cheers. Steve
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    πŸ“ Graupner 6v Smoke Generator
    4 months ago by cormorant ( Lieutenant)
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    Just picked up on the 'Seuthe' link. It seems highly likely that Graupner re badged their smokers and sold them at a more expensive price.
    They are freely available, and cheaper at various model railway suppliers in UK.
    Thanks chaps!
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