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    ๐Ÿ“ Transmitter and Receiver
    2 days ago by DuncanP ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    On the Planet ts2+2 you can adjust the rates for both ch1 and ch2 separately. Great๐Ÿ˜Š
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    ๐Ÿ“ Transmitter and Receiver
    2 days ago by DuncanP ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    I personally like the Planet TS2+2. It is 2 channel with to auxiliary channels for say switching on lights etc. I particularly like it because on the top left of the transmitter there is a switch that allows you to switch to a tailored second rate. This allows me at the flick of the switch to lower the power to the electric motor when my grandson is having a go. Otherwise it is a bit too fast for him. Brilliant! It is also quite cheap to buy and you can also buy extra receivers. Hope this late reply helps. Cheers Duncan ๐Ÿ˜Š
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    ๐Ÿ“ Guestbook
    10 days ago by DuncanP ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Wonderful site with a lot of very helpful members. I have learnt a lot from all the contributors replying to my questions. Thank you all!
    Looking forward to the Christmas quiz!
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    ๐Ÿ“ Glue / solvent
    11 days ago by DuncanP ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Thank you. D
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    ๐Ÿ“ Glue / solvent
    12 days ago by DuncanP ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hiya. I'm a bit confused as there are some in green bottles and some in white bottles. Some also have Pt56 as well as Formula 560 on the bottles. Different suppliers seem to be showing different properties of the two bottles. Confused.Com!! ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€Any ideas please? Is it because one is newer than the other? Thanks D
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    ๐Ÿ“ Glue / solvent
    12 days ago by DuncanP ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Thank you Chris for that info. It is to stick the metal surround onto the window covering the headlights which are mounted in the bow. So potentially it will also get wet. I'll definitely check it out. Cheers D
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    ๐Ÿ“ Glue / solvent
    12 days ago by DuncanP ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    On this subject, any suggestions please of whether Deluxe canopy glue will work with plastic windows onto metal frames? I know on my tube it doesn't mention it being suitable on metal but I was wondering if that was just an omission.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Hatches
    17 days ago by DuncanP ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Looking good. Coming along nicely๐Ÿ˜Š.
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    ๐Ÿ“ re vintage model workshop
    22 days ago by DuncanP ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi Chris. Thanks for mentioning googling Humbrol paint quality. Some interesting comments. Some good and some not so good. Sounds like there had been some bad batches around. The tin I'm using is a bit thick and hasn't brushed the first coat on as evenly as I've experienced before. Wondered whether I could thin it a bit with white spirit because Humbrol thinners are very expensive. Has anybody had any experience of adding white spirit to Humbrol Enamel paint?
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    ๐Ÿ“ re vintage model workshop
    22 days ago by DuncanP ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi. The website for SLEC boat accessories is:-
    https://www.slecuk.com/vintage-model-boats/boat-accessories
    They also produce various wooden kits including a 34" Fire Crash Tender. They are very good and helpful to deal with.
    Cheers๐Ÿ˜Š Duncan
    https://www.slecuk.com/vintage-model-boats/boat-accessories
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    ๐Ÿ“ re vintage model workshop
    23 days ago by DuncanP ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    I didn't know that. For what reason is supposed to be not as good?
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    ๐Ÿ“ re vintage model workshop
    23 days ago by DuncanP ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    SLEC have transfers and various fittings for at least the 34" version. When I refurbished my 50 year old model during lock down I used the 50ml Humbrol enamels which gave a good finish. ๐Ÿ˜Š
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Planking the Deck
    30 days ago by DuncanP ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Looking great. Time consuming but satisfying watching it coming together.๐Ÿ˜Š
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Bluebird of Chelsea
    1 month ago by DuncanP ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Looking good! Good luck with reducing the size of your planks. Sounds like a bit of a difficult task! Cheers Duncan
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Midwest Main Lobster Boat
    1 month ago by DuncanP ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Looking forward to watching the progress of your latest project. ๐Ÿ˜Š
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    ๐Ÿ“ Boat Show
    1 month ago by DuncanP ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    I agree. I built a Aerokits crash tender in my 20's and refurbished it during lock down. This has solid ply bottom and sides so wasn't too difficult to build. For my 70th my wife bought me a Riva Aquarama kit with double planked hull. Without this experience of building this I certainly wouldn't have attempted to build a scratch built craft. Also I would had to invest in a band saw to cut out the frames etc! They are not cheap either. ๐Ÿ˜€
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    ๐Ÿ“ Boat Show
    1 month ago by DuncanP ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    I tried to get my grandson interested in building a simple boat but along with his Dad he prefers to have one ready to go on the water. He doesn't seem to understand that a lot of the pleasure is building it and then seeing it sail! It seems to be part of our 'get it and then throw it away' society that we have today! When I was a teenager if you wanted something R/C you had to build it because there was no other option really! Like someone else mentioned postage of some building materials are prohibitive basically because you can't go to a local shop and buy what you need.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Bluebird of Chelsea
    1 month ago by DuncanP ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Coming along nicely. I agree with you about the sanding and filling - it seems to be a never ending job. It will look superb when finished I'm sure. I like yourself like the 50ml Humbrol paints but they are hard to resource. I've got a tin which I hope will be enough to do 2 coats over the varnish - which is below the waterline and slightly above. I would have been on with that now if hadn't been for my set back with the masking tape pulling bits of the varnish off! Sanding back the beautiful varnish finish was rather heart breaking! As someone said - that's modelling for you! I will follow your build with interest. Good luck. Duncan
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: DISASTER has struck!!
    1 month ago by DuncanP ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    For the final coat of varnish I used to 2000 grade sandpaper. Perhaps it was too fine. I've now sanded it down with 1200 grade paper and recoated the varnish. I've had my electric radiator on as well so the temperature was 20degrees C before starting to varnish - but I will switch off soon otherwise I won't be able to afford the electric bill! How long do you suggest leaving the varnish to harden before applying masking tape? My man cave is normally about 14degrees during the day during these mild days that we are unexpectedly experiencing at the moment. I have a dehumidifier in there keeping it between 60 and 70 humidity. Thanks Duncan. ๐Ÿ˜
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    ๐Ÿ“ DISASTER has struck!!
    1 month ago by DuncanP ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    DISASTER! I left my yacht varnish to go hard for nearly 3 weeks. I put standard masking tape on in order to form a line of where to sand the bottom up to the waterline. It was difficult when applying this masking tape to cope with the curves leading up to the bow so I decided to order some 12mm Tamiya Masking Tape for Curves. I also ordered an Edding 0.8mm white marker pen because it was difficult trying to mark and see a pencil maker on the varnish.

    I made up my own waterline marker with clamps and set square and a box with felt feet which made it easy to slide along the side of the hull. It worked OK.

    I then applied the Tamiya Masking tape for curves tape.
    It did the job I wanted but then I noticed a slight kink in it on the transom. I therefore lifted the tape off to reposition it and to my horror this tape pulled the varnish off! The other standard masking tape was fine. I therefore decided to take the tape off the rest of the hull and again in one place it has pulled the yacht varnish off! It would not have been so bad if it had just been the transom that I would have to sand and repaint but now it will be the whole hull again!! One step forward and 4 backwards. Depressing.
    Any suggestions for masking up again after revarnishing without having the other problem of bleeding!
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    ๐Ÿ“ Boat Show
    1 month ago by DuncanP ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Unfortunately there are no longer very many model shops where you can go in and browse for kits, bits and fittings. The majority that are still in existence seem to concentrate on model trains and therefore I have to search on the Internet for bits etc. Then often the postage is dearer than the bit you want! For example I wanted some 1x1mm lime wood strip which cost ยฃ3.24 for 10 but because of post office size restrictions it would have to be sent by carrier which was more than ยฃ9.00!! This does not help to promote our hobby!
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    ๐Ÿ“ Gluing fittings
    2 months ago by DuncanP ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Thank you for all your suggestions for gluing the fittings onto the decks. I will experiment with your ideas and then choose. Cheers Duncan
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Bluebird of Chelsea
    2 months ago by DuncanP ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Looking great! Looking forward to watching your progress on this great model.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Varnishing complete!
    2 months ago by DuncanP ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi Everyone. Managed to get 4 coats of varnish onto first of all the decks and then onto the hull sides. The bottom had 4 coats earlier in the build. I will need to polish out the dust specks eventually. I tried really hard to avoid any dust by sanding and wiping down outside but still got dust specks! I've started to build the dashboard which I found very fiddly and inevitably got some CA glue on my figures even though I was using reverse tweezers. Unfortunately, the simulated light switches seem to have the glass domes missing from the kit so I've raided my wife's bead box and managed to find some small coloured beads to make the domed fronts of the light switches! I still need to fit the key sockets and keys, plus the gear levers and steering wheel to the dashboard. After a lot of messing about with paints for the seats I have found the Tamiya TS10 French Blue spray paint to be the best match. Having sprayed them I have then sprayed them with a Matt lacquer finish over the top of these seats. I decided to separate the seat sides from the main part of the seat to make the painting job easier as after my first attempt I found some leakage under the masking tape. I've just ordered an Edding white 0.8mm permanent marker to create my waterline mark prior to painting the bottom of the hull white. I couldn't see the pencil maker clearly on the varnish and this marker writes on glass and metal and is waterproof - so it should be OK. Pity in a way I'm going to be covering up the lovely mahogany bottom with white paint but in the end I think it will look better. I bought a 13mm wood drill from the Blackpool Model boat show to create the two holes for the cabin skylights. I drilled these holes with great trepidation! Added a touch of varnish around the inside of the holes afterwards. Just a warning to anyone else building this model - I measured the distance from the dashboard to the centre of the skylight on the full size plan. Unfortunately, this turned out to be right over one of the bulkheads which then involved cutting away a small portion on each side for the skylights. Once the bottom has been painted white, I will be able to get on with the deck fittings. Any suggestions for best glue for chromed brass fittings to be attached to the varnished decks. I wondered about using my Deluxe Cockpit canopy glue - any thoughts?
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    ๐Ÿ“ Boat Show
    2 months ago by DuncanP ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Yes I went on Sunday morning and it wasn't too busy. Good selection of beautiful boats on display. Bought a few tools and some accessories. I was hoping to buy some Humbrol enamel paint and some small modelling nails but couldn't find any. Worth the visit. ๐Ÿ˜Š
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Tug from the past
    2 months ago by DuncanP ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Looks a beautiful little tug and you have constructed it really well. Sounds like you probably got a bargain! Cheers Duncan
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    ๐Ÿ“ How to get a very smooth varnished finish
    2 months ago by DuncanP ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hiya,
    I'm building a Riva Aquarama (see my icon) which has a beautiful mahogany varnished finish. I've applied 3 coats of cellulose sanding sealer followed by 4 coats of yacht varnish. I've taken the hull outside and sanded down between coats with 600 grade paper then wiped down with paper towel and used a sticky roller to remove any remaining dust. The varnish looks good but is marred by very small specks of dust which are presumably airborne. I remember reading somewhere that it is a good idea to finally sand with a very high grade paper and then polish it. My question is what grade of sandpaper - I have some 1000, 2000 and 2500 grade papers. Also can anyone please recommend a suitable polish? Should I look for a car polish, boat polish or some type of furniture polish. There are lots of metal fittings to glue on so presumably sand first and then polish. In the end, I don't want to be left with white polish residue around difficult to access places. Any advice welcome. Thanks in advance Duncan.
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    ๐Ÿ“ How to get a very smooth varnished finish
    2 months ago by DuncanP ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hiya,
    I'm building a Riva Aquarama (see my icon) which has a beautiful mahogany varnished finish. I've applied 3 coats of cellulose sanding sealer followed by 4 coats of yacht varnish. I've taken the hull outside and sanded down between coats with 600 grade paper then wiped down with paer towel and used a sticky roller to remove any remaining dust. The varnish looks good but is marred by very small specks of dust which are presumably airborne. I remember reading somewhere that it is a good idea to finally sand with a very high grade paper and then polish it. My question is what grade of sandpaper - I have some 1000, 2000 and 2500 grade papers. Also can anyone recommend a suitable polish? Should I look for a car polish, boat polish or some type of furniture polish. There are lots of metal fittings to glue on so presumably sand first and then polish. In the end, I don't want to be left with white polish residue around difficult to access places. Any advice welcome. Thanks in advance Duncan.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Bluebird of Chelsea
    2 months ago by DuncanP ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hiya, I'm looking forward to watching your progress. It looks a beautiful boat to build and I'm sure you will do a wonderful job of building this iconic 'Little Ship'.๐Ÿ˜Š Good luck Duncan
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    ๐Ÿ“ Deck Planking
    2 months ago by DuncanP ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Just a bit of an update. Finished the deck planking which took quite a long time to complete! I've applied a couple of coats of sanding sealer onto the deck and also applied some sealer to the saxboards before gluing to avoid any glue staining. I found fitting these saxboards quite difficult as they need to bend in two directions. I heated them in boiling water and then applied them to the deck with masking tape and left them to dry for a couple of days to take on the shape of the deck. It was only semi successful. I then glued them on the deck and held them in place using strong car masking tape. I've had to do some filling using aliphatic glue and mahogany dust mix in places as I couldn't get it to follow the contours exactly. Fitting the rear removal hatches was also a bit of a challenge but got there in the end! Will soon be ready to apply the first coat of varnish - followed by several more coats. Weather is turning colder so my 'man cave' at the back of my garage is not very warm to work in. I'm worried about putting the heater on with the cost of electricity these days because it takes a lot of heating up. 'Catch 22'!!
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