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    Just to say that the Pic on my profile is not my boat. Although it has the same name !!!!!
    Members Harbour
    Wave Jumper
    This is a very old model from about 15 years ago. I have just put some old motors in and repaired loads of cracks. Its great fun taking it out to sea in waves that are about a foot high and jump from wave to wave. Have tried to down load video from phone but dose not seem to work ? https://youtu.be/r0J3tONuX-Y
    Elly Gray
    Scratch built. Now has had her bottom wet can add to Harbour
    "Black Bird"
    15 Year old ready made model. Revamped. Sunk. Recovered. Re instated. Oh it has literally been at the bottom of the Harbour.๐Ÿ˜
    "ULISES" OCcre Model
    A Great model with lots of detail. Have yet to get the ballast correct. Got some info from a local model shop to fit a motor but had to have several goes at the steering gear. Learning all the time. But well happy with the result. ON with the next.
    FYFE.
    Scottish herring fishing boat. This was build 4. I was delighted with the amount of detail that was in this kit. It was supposed to be a radio control model but still did not know how to do this
    Greek Fishing Boat
    Lovely little display model. Was difficult to do just because of the scale of the Kit. And another big learning curve
    BRUMA Kit boat
    First attempt with a plank on plank Kit. Had not found out about radio control yet.
    AMALFI First attempt to model a boat
    Lock down came so needed to amuse my self and got this kit boat. That's when it all started. AMALFI
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Wave Jumper
    2 months ago by Graham 1954 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hop you can see the Vid now and you will see that its great
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Wave Jumper
    2 months ago by Graham 1954 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi. Are you not able to view the vid. This is the first time I have done this so not sure if I done it correctly.

    I have changed the You tube settings

    https://youtu.be/r0J3tONuX-Y
    https://youtu.be/r0J3tONuX-Y
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Wave Jumper
    2 months ago by Graham 1954 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    https://youtu.be/r0J3tONuX-Y

    Yes my model was the same drive set up with the speed controller operating steering so added a rudder. I will take some more pics for you.
    Hope the link will work.
    https://youtu.be/r0J3tONuX-Y
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Fisher 44
    2 months ago by Graham 1954 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi .Yes.
    Not only dose it have the light mounted it also has a little air puffer to clear the dust shavings. I'm well happy
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    ๐Ÿ“ Fisher 44
    2 months ago by Graham 1954 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Not to be beaten. Still wanting to build the Fisher 44 I have invested in this lovely machine. An electric coping saw. It is brill for the profile cutting and as close I could get to the accurate as using a laser.
    So starting again with the FISHER 44

    "Enthusiasm is now revived"
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    ๐Ÿ“ Fisher 44
    2 months ago by Graham 1954 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    At the start of my build I said I had cut the ribs with a jig saw. The more time I spent trying to clean up and make good the cutting the more disillusioned I got with the build. It was never going to happen. I could see I was never going to be happy with it. It was going to be a chore rather than fun.

    So all the work and the hours that been done was now to be wasted.

    Brain wave. Its going to make a unique hanging basket.
    Hooray !!!!
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    ๐Ÿ“ Wave Jumper
    2 months ago by Graham 1954 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    This is a very old model from about 15 years ago. I have just put some old motors in and repaired loads of cracks.
    Its great fun taking it out to sea in waves that are about a foot high and jump from wave to wave.
    Have tried to down load video from phone but dose not seem to work ?
    https://youtu.be/r0J3tONuX-Y
    https://youtu.be/r0J3tONuX-Y
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Planking 2
    2 months ago by Graham 1954 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hope you add this to your Harbour
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    ๐Ÿ“ Fisher 44 (Motor sail )
    2 months ago by Graham 1954 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Started my new build. Keel is 10mm ply and ribs are 6mm ply. Have not got a band saw so cut with jig saw. I wont do that again. A lot of preparation before I start planking. Scale is 1" to 1ft. on the plans so photo copied and reduced by 20%. Think I am going to have a real problem with the round stern. But do like a challenge
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    ๐Ÿ“ Elly Gray
    2 months ago by Graham 1954 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Scratch built. Now has had her bottom wet can add to Harbour
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: "Black Bird"
    3 months ago by Graham 1954 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi. Yes all the electrics were fine. I took out the motors and washed them in fresh water. Then attached my drill and ran them for about 15 mins. Then sprayed WD40 and soaked them in it and ran again with the drill before connecting the battery.
    It said that the speed controller and receiver was water proof any way. The big surprise was that the battery had not shorted out and took a recharge.
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    ๐Ÿ“ "Black Bird"
    3 months ago by Graham 1954 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    15 Year old ready made model. Revamped. Sunk. Recovered. Re instated. Oh it has literally been at the bottom of the Harbour.๐Ÿ˜
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    ๐Ÿ“ "Oh dear"
    3 months ago by Graham 1954 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Update.
    I was about to register the coordinate's of the sunken vessel with the Harbour master. I had a call from a fisherman friend to say.
    The tide has gone out and The "Black Bird" is sitting in the mud. Recovery plans put into action.
    Im Amazed that after drying out every thing is still working.
    Happy Days ๐Ÿ˜Š
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    ๐Ÿ“ "Oh dear"
    3 months ago by Graham 1954 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    I bought a couple of ready made RC boats about 15 years ago and have been at the back of my garage for that time. Used to play with them on the sea.
    So as you can expect they were some wot corroded. Fitted new new twin 12v motors to one and controller.
    First mistake:
    When I purchased the controller and then fitted to the boat I could not get the controller to work. All the other controllers I had bought, exactly the same were fitted in there models and just worked.
    I returned to the model shop and said " Oi you sold me a dud"
    They checked it out and showed me that the receiver had not been calibrated to the hand set (oooops big red face)
    I had no idea that I could buy a receiver on its own and up till now I have been collecting hand sets for each and every model.
    Second mistake:
    Any way after fitting the model out with the new power plant with the idea that it would go real Fast (Speeeeeeeed)
    I take the boat to my marina. The original model had two little 7.5v motors and was quite fast but now.
    Placed the boat in the water switched on and off it went. Boy was it quick. One dash to the other end of the pontoons and back. Brilliant one fast turn in front of me flipped over and sank.

    I still have the other old model so I have a chance to learn by my mistake's again.๐Ÿ˜ญ
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    ๐Ÿ“ Plans wanted
    3 months ago by Graham 1954 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi Dave.
    Yes thank you for looking. I have now seen that set of plans and ordered. Don't know why the model is named as it is but it is a FISHER motor sailor.
    Think I may have to scale it down a bit as the plans are for a model 4ft long
    Graham
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    ๐Ÿ“ Plans wanted
    3 months ago by Graham 1954 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi Mike.
    Thank you for this. Yes I have got the plans for the 25. Itโ€™s just that the stern is totally different to the Fishers larger itโ€™s that that Iโ€™m struggling with. Is real good you sent the link on the Boat mag.
    Thank you very much for that.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Plans wanted
    3 months ago by Graham 1954 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi all. I would like to start a new build and was looking to replicate a FISHER 34 Have been hunting high an low for some plans. So if you have or know of please let me know. Thank's๐Ÿ˜Š
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Elly Gray Sails Fitted. (BUT)
    3 months ago by Graham 1954 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Thanks for the approval Looks even better now she floats upright.๐Ÿ˜‹
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Elly Gray Sails Fitted. (BUT)
    3 months ago by Graham 1954 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi ChrisG.
    Yes have taken your comment on board. Spent the afternoon playing in the bath.
    Added 24 oz o lead strip to the hull. Bobs around like a goodan.๐Ÿ˜
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    ๐Ÿ“ Elly Gray Sails Fitted. (BUT)
    3 months ago by Graham 1954 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Building from scratch ain't easy. After drying out the hull testing the water line and realized the 6v lead acid battery was far to heavy and mounted to high in the hull. I swapped for a smaller battery mounted down in the bottom of the hull.
    Back to the marina now with the mast and sails all fitted. It was lucky that there was nobody about because of the embarrassment I would of had when I placed in the water only to find that a 5 degree angle caused here to roll over. I did say that I was not sure how much lead was required on the keel. Yet again learning the hard way
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    ๐Ÿ“ Elly Gray
    3 months ago by Graham 1954 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Should have added to the last post. I fitted to the keel a lead ballast strip acquired from the roof repair that I had done from the off cuts. Not sure yet that I have added enough.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Elly Gray
    3 months ago by Graham 1954 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Have now completed the deck. This from 2x2 pine. I f you look at the real boat I have tried to replicate hatch and cabin. Paint job on hull sort o done.
    Have taken to my marina for testing the motor drive and check on the water line. Bad mistake.
    Had only painted the hull with undercoat.
    Seems that undercoat is not that water proof. Had quite a lot of plank swelling so now drying out before I paint proper. See Learning all the time. Even if its the hard way.
    Motor drive went quite well and happy. Now can paint on and get the water line correct I hope.๐Ÿ˜Š
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: The deck and cockpit
    4 months ago by Graham 1954 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Oooooooo I'm so impressed with the decking. I will make sure I use this method on the next construction. You learn so much on this site.
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    ๐Ÿ“ "Elly Gray"
    4 months ago by Graham 1954 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    So now the main planking to the hull is now complete. The keel is from two 6mm ply glued together and the ribs are 6mm ply. The planking I used was 6 x 2 lime wood two layers.
    Trying to reproduce the deck layout true to the original and give me access was difficult. I decided to make a ply base to position the hatch openings and wheel house. As luck had it on the last kit build " ULISES" The wheel house was just the right size and shape so I could follow the plans from that to construct. The completed deck in pine wood 2x2 It was only a couple of days ago on this site that the use of black card could be used to represent caulking. See learning all the time.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Fletcher
    4 months ago by Graham 1954 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    I So do admire the detail that you have made. There are model makers and there are MODEL MAKERS.
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    ๐Ÿ“ "Elly Gray"
    4 months ago by Graham 1954 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Just to show the Pic's of what I was trying to replicate on my model. The 5th Pic shows a jacuzzi in the stern. I could not replicate that as the steering gear took up this space. There has to be some poetic license on making a model.
    Up until now I had only built kit's so all the bits you needed came with it.
    So now came the hunt for stuff. Went to my almost local hobby shop. Got loads of info but they were more into motor cars an plane models. Got the motor and controller and that as they suggested other stuff they were going to order in for me. Well!!!
    Its not my thing surfing. Its amazing the sites you are directed to when you type in nautical parts. Really did not know that porn site's used that sort of equipment ?????
    Found a Company ( not sure you can advertise the name )
    But they do make some wonderful pasty in that part of the world.
    Big eye opener to the world of model making.
    So more confidence now to get on with it.
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    ๐Ÿ“ "Elly Gray"
    4 months ago by Graham 1954 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    As this was the first time I had constructed from scratch was not sure. Thought just sort of copy the construction of how the kit models were done. I made up loads of paper templates of the ribs until I got it correct I think. Then marked out and cut from 6mm ply an stuck it as you do. Was going to do plank on plank with 5 x 2mm Lime wood. Think I made it real hard for myself bending the planks to make the stern due to the shape.
    Also the location of the prop within the hull. Getting the alignment for the prop shaft proved to be a real problem as it seemed I needed a 8mm drill 12" long. The estimated length of the hull was to be 950mm. All the calculations was taken from the photos of know dimensions and then scaling.๐Ÿ˜ด
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    ๐Ÿ“ "Elly Gray"
    4 months ago by Graham 1954 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Just a short story why I decided to try and construct a model from scratch.
    I was asked to crew "Elly Gray" from Portsmouth to Portugal and then on to the Greek islands. You dont say no to an offer like that.
    She is 19mtr. in length and goes 64 Ton. A one off pilot cutter and is now about 8 years old. A difference with the normal sail rig with the boat she also has a square rig sail.
    I had photos and a small line drawing of her hull to go by and the wonderful memory of the time sailing her.
    So on with the build !!!!!!!!
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: "ULISES" OCcre Model
    4 months ago by Graham 1954 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi Stuart. Yes the stern was the difficult part just getting the curve correct. And Oh yea right fiddly doing the the row boats
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: "ULISES" OCcre Model
    4 months ago by Graham 1954 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi Thank's Rudy. Hope to get her in the water soon.
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