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    πŸ“ Bulwarks and hand Rails
    1 hour ago by Hillro ( Midshipman)
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    Hull Planking build up to handrail level. the kit had a plywood handrail but I dumped that and made mahogany ones.
    The mahogany used was from lift door surrounds from the 1950s. These were 12"x2" planks. Believe it or not these had be painted over.
    Handy having a son who is a lift engineer.
    Some advice is required on double planking the hull in mahogany strip.
    Do I soak the strips first? What type of glue would you use?

    I think this double planking is going to be tricky, any advice welcome.
    Thanks in advance.
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    πŸ“ In need of guidance
    2 days ago by Hillro ( Midshipman)
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    Just a suggestion.
    Contact model car web site as i think these engine are used in them.
    I have spoken to my son who was into fuel driven engines
    1 the fuel you buy has the lubricant mixed in eg nitro 16, nitro 20, etc. the higher the number the more performance. However too high will burn out the engine.
    2 He assumes the starting is by pull cord.
    3 He also asked if the engine is water cooled, the engine needs cooling, cars just use airflow.
    4 The current engine use a pipe from the exhaust to the fuel tank as part of the fuel supply. if not the engine may use petrol oil mix like two stroke mixture.
    5 in a down side these engines can be tempermental . Patience required.

    If you wish more information please post some photos of the engine setup.
    He says a good model shop should give you good advice.
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    πŸ“ Good Buy????
    2 days ago by Hillro ( Midshipman)
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    looks like a great project.
    Please set up a build blog as i would be interest in project progress.
    No pressure 😜
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    πŸ“ Hull Planking to deck level
    5 days ago by Hillro ( Midshipman)
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    Screwed a block of wood to the deck to allow the hull to be held securely upside down in a vice.
    Started planking. Just using the experience gained in Planking other hulls, I just used tapered planks where required. Having a belt sander this is not difficult.
    I would say 60% of the planking did not require tapering.Each plank was pinned each frame.
    This hull is to be double planked so all that is required is a smooth finish.
    At the moment, some shaping of the bow and stern required.
    Next stage is how to go about planking the "bulwarks"
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    πŸ“ Hull and Deck
    7 days ago by Hillro ( Midshipman)
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    Decided to replace the thin veneer deck supplied with kit , with 1mm plywood to stiffen up the hull.
    Shaped lime wood blocks fitted for the bow and stern laminating mahogany bow and stern posts.When deck is secure, will trim the edges to the frame.
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    πŸ“ Dutch Gallot trading Vessel, initial research and build.
    16 days ago by Hillro ( Midshipman)
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    Well , I bought a job lot on eBay, a bundle of Part built display model ship's kits. I bought this mainly for the wood, boat parts etc. To my surprise, I picked up two large boxes of stuff. These boxes contained six partly built models, the hulls seemed to have been started but interest seemed to wane at finishing the rigging and details.
    Anyway sorting through mountains of stuff, I sorted out what was possible to complete like the Bounty etc.
    However I found one box of stuff contain parts to make a Dutch Trading Vessel but in this case no hull parts. The great thing was that a good set of plans containing the hull frame details. There are a set of instructions in French. Using google translate and my limited knowledge of french managed to work out a parts listing.

    I spent some time researching using Mr Google, I could not find any detail of the kit, or the boat.
    However I found the following.


    A galiot was a type of Dutch or German merchant ship of 20 to 400 tons (bm), similar to a ketch, with a rounded fore and aft like a fluyt. Galiots had nearly flat bottoms to sail in shallow waters. These ships were especially favored for coastal navigation in the North and Baltic seas.
    I did not find a lot of info however I found below

    The galeas is a small type of trade ship, used mainly in the Baltic Sea and North Sea. It was popular from the 17th to the early 20th centuries. The galeas was derived from the Dutch galiot. A galiot had a similar rig, but a rounded stern.

    https://www.modelships.de/Galeas-Stettin/Galeas-Stettin.htm

    Looking at its details it looked almost identical to my plans and there are loads of detailed photographs.

    So being what I think is a fairly unique build I thought I would have a go.

    So I am building the hull, using the plans for the frames 4mm ply.
    the hull planking is double planked.
    this I assume I have to skin the hull using mahogany strips on top of the first layer of planking.
    Is This a correct assumption?
    https://www.modelships.de/Galeas-Stettin/Galeas-Stettin.htm
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    πŸ“ HMS Halifax - Kit Build
    2 months ago by Hillro ( Midshipman)
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    This ship was my second kit build.
    Unfortunately i did not take any build photographs.
    The kit provided all the materials you need and is not hugely expensive.
    Interesting History

    HMS Halifax

    HMS Halifax was a schooner built for merchant service at Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1765 that the British Royal Navy purchased in 1768 for coastal patrol in North America in the years just prior to the American Revolution. She is one of the best documented schooners from early North America.

    The Royal Navy purchased the schooner on 12 October 1768 and renamed her Halifax; she met a need for more coastal patrol schooners to combat smuggling and deal with colonial unrest in New England. The careful record of her lines and construction by Portsmouth dockyard naval architects, and the detailed record of her naval service, make the schooner a much-studied example of early schooners in North
    After being surveyed in September 1768 she was commissioned in October and fitted out at Portsmouth between October and December. Her first commander was Lieutenant Samuel Scott, who sailed her back to North America in January 1769. In 1769 Halifax confiscated and towed the schooner Liberty, later HMS Liberty, belonging to John Hancock. Halifax returned to Britain for a refit in December 1770, and the following year was under the command of Lieutenant Abraham Crespin. Lieutenant Jacob Rogers took command in 1773, and was succeeded in 1774 by Lieutenant Joseph Nunn.

    After an active career on the coast on North America she was wrecked on 15 February 1775 at Foster Island near Machias, Maine. she was reportedly intentionally run aground by a local pilot. The court martial of Nunn, his officers, and crew, attributed the loss to the pilot's ignorance; nothing came of this as the pilot had disappeared while Nunn was arranging transport from Sheep's Island to Boston for his crew with a local shipowner, Mr. Beale.

    The wreck played a role in the Battle of Machias later that year, when Admiral Samuel Graves ordered that her guns be recovered. A later schooner named Halifax serving in North America was recorded as being purchased in 1775, though her lines were identical to the Halifax sunk that year, and she may therefore have been saved and returned to service.
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    πŸ“ The Mayflower Rigging and Sails
    2 months ago by Hillro ( Midshipman)
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    To finish off the model the spars, sails, and all the associated blocks, ropes, etc.
    Quite a challenge, i tried were possible to fit the correct lengths of rope meaning lots of slack to be hung up on the rope racks, if that's what they're called.
    Also as a little detail have the flags fluttering in the correct direction.
    Also anchors shown .
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    πŸ“ The Mayflower Masts
    2 months ago by Hillro ( Midshipman)
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    The kit has all the parts to put together the masts and rigging.
    The rope whipping on the masts renewed my skills from as a teenager making my own fishing rod. Whipping all the rod eyes to the rod.
    The shrouds took a while, over 800 knots. This took a while and a load of patience.
    Tapering of the masts and spars were undertaken using a band Sander. This saved a lot of time.
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    πŸ“ The Mayflower. Fitting deck stuff
    2 months ago by Hillro ( Midshipman)
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    Fitting out things like gun ports, poop windows, ladders etc.
    Beginning to look the part.
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    πŸ“ The Mayflower Ship's Boat
    2 months ago by Hillro ( Midshipman)
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    Now made ready for fitting.
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    πŸ“ The Mayflower. Deck Fittings
    2 months ago by Hillro ( Midshipman)
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    Ladders, hatches, bilge pump manufactured and assembled ready for fitting.
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    πŸ“ The Mayflower Superstructure
    2 months ago by Hillro ( Midshipman)
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    Planking, handrails and detail added.
    Holes drilled for masts. This took a bit of care as the mast slope slightly to the stern.
    Gunports cut out
    Rudder fitted.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: The Mayflower. The decks
    2 months ago by Hillro ( Midshipman)
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    I just used the pin vice with a small drill to indent the planks then used the point of a well sharpened HB pencil rotated in the indent.
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    πŸ“ The Mayflower. The decks
    2 months ago by Hillro ( Midshipman)
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    These were made from limewood strips, using pencil for the caulking.
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    πŸ“ The Mayflower. The hull planking
    2 months ago by Hillro ( Midshipman)
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    i bought a book to find out how this is done. it is very technical, calculating the various tapers applied to the planks.
    The planks are glued and pinned using brass pins.
    I bought a hand mini drill to pre drill the pin locations in the planks.
    To bend the planks i soaked them in water for 15minute and used the back of a soldering iron to assist in the bending.
    Starting at the gunwales and the keel working couple of planks at a time to reduce the risk of twisting the hull.
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    πŸ“ The Mayflower. A kit build
    2 months ago by Hillro ( Midshipman)
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    This was my first attempt at building a desk top sailing vessel.
    The kit came with everything you need except the hand tools.
    The kit had two plans and an instruction book.
    The first stage was to read the book a few times and examine the plans, parts etc.
    First stage was to put together the hull parts, these came laser cut from sheet material. Tidying up with sandpaper as required.
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    πŸ“ Mayflower II Restoration
    2 months ago by Hillro ( Midshipman)
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    Hi Doug
    I don't have a harbour yet!
    What do you expect in the harbour?
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    πŸ“ Mayflower II Restoration
    2 months ago by Hillro ( Midshipman)
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    Here is my attempt at building the Mayflower from a kit.
    The planking was a bit tricky to get right but the hardest thing was getting the sails and rigging right. The number of sheets (ropes) is unbelievable hence the saying "getting to know the ropes"
    It was a fun build.
    I do have more build photos if members are interested.
    Great display item.
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    πŸ“ Dual rudder alignment.
    2 months ago by Hillro ( Midshipman)
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    Wow, some answers!
    In my opinion there is not relationship between car steering and rudders.
    i would expect the rudders to be parallel in all positions. eg straight ahead , rudder both straight.
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    πŸ“ Under Sail
    2 months ago by Hillro ( Midshipman)
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    At the start of the build using drawings from model boat mag. I researched this boat and found the first boats were purely sail driven.
    The hull dimensions and design has not changed because of the introduction of gasoline engines therefore through a suggestion of a watcher have been working on an alternative superstructure changing my boat to sail.
    I sent for a set of plans for the actual boat from Brown,Son and Ferguson Ltd, Glasgow.
    These included sails and rigging plans.These had to be rescaled to suit my hull
    Attached photographs show my attempt at sails. These are not finished but I have included wired luff ropes served all the way. Still to fit crinkles, etc.

    I am hoping to sail under sail but I think it will have to be windward and then motor back. This because dipping lug sail arrangement is difficult to arrange using rc control.

    Unless any of you know something different.

    just by coincidence Model Boats Mag August 2020 has details of a kit build Zulu.
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    πŸ“ Deans Marine LST 388
    2 months ago by Hillro ( Midshipman)
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    Big article about them in this month's Model Boats
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    πŸ“ Bath test video
    2 months ago by Hillro ( Midshipman)
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    The nozzel size is 20mm.
    Other sizes are available.
    Jet boat test
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    πŸ“ Radar and lights
    2 months ago by Hillro ( Midshipman)
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    Using bits from a cheap self driven hoover bought by a friend from Wish.
    Total useless as a hoover but bits great for radar , flashing leds and battery.
    30 July 2020
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Final Assembly
    2 months ago by Hillro ( Midshipman)
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    Hi, I have been on a day trip on that ship.
    Lunch was served during dumping the sludge. I also was told that the sea bed in that area was covered in tomato seeds.
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    πŸ“ Props removed
    2 months ago by Hillro ( Midshipman)
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    i had the props when i saw a build using jet drives.
    Wow , more like the real thing. Found them on ebay from china at a good price.
    removed the props and rudders, patched up the holes and fitted the jet drives using the motors i was going to use for the project.
    Had a few problems with leaks however now fixed.
    Bath test looks promising.
    Paint job as per Malaysian Police.
    A bit different.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Final Assembly
    2 months ago by Hillro ( Midshipman)
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    Great cheese.
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    πŸ“ Final Assembly
    2 months ago by Hillro ( Midshipman)
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    sorry forgot to take photos of construction of Derrick and associated mast head lighting.
    Used brass guide wires to power up mast head lights. 6 volt wheat grain bulbs, coloured lense covers with associated brass lanterns.
    These purchased using ebay. What a great tool the internet and google is. Mountains of info available at a click of a button.
    Boat named from the city i live and its associated port.
    Guess where?
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    πŸ“ Pulleys, chimney, etc.
    2 months ago by Hillro ( Midshipman)
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    items made from brass .
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    πŸ“ Jurmo Class watercat landing craft
    2 months ago by Hillro ( Midshipman)
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    I started this quite a while ago, ideas came from model boats mag.
    A fun boat for my grandson.
    With no plans had to scale , etc from photographs.
    Build was using plywood from an old wardrobe ( this is built out of the best of birch ply of various thicknesses.
    I fitted twin prop and rudders (not shown) however changed direction after viewing a different configuration.
    More info later
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