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    πŸ“ Construction of a smoker
    5 months ago by Hillro ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Unfortunately no. it was one utilising a 12 volt mister, fitted in a box with a fan.
    Thanks anyway.
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    πŸ“ Construction of a smoker
    5 months ago by Hillro ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    hi peps.
    Can anyone advise me how to find a previous post showing in detail how to make a. Smoker unit.
    I have bought the bits however I can't the detail on how to put it together.
    Careless I know.
    thanks in advance
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    πŸ“ More boat chat
    7 months ago by Hillro ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    yes i understand that but a question or post is sometimes filled with stuff that is totally irrelevant to the subject which means following it very annoying.
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    πŸ“ More boat chat
    7 months ago by Hillro ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    i agree, Join face book if you want to chat.
    it becoming difficult to see the wood for the trees.
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    πŸ“ What connector to use?
    7 months ago by Hillro ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    you can use 9 pin rs232 plugs and sockets . These are used on computer serial comms.
    They are quite bulky but you can leave off the plug casing.
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    πŸ“ Transport System for model boats
    7 months ago by Hillro ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hi peps
    Does anybody have any ideas on how to transport a model from the car to the pond side.
    Distance is about 100metres so carrying is a big ask.
    photos would be useful.

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    πŸ“ Dumb Barge
    7 months ago by Hillro ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Having a couple of tugs in my fleet. I always considered building a dumb barge to play with. However i was always concerned about the weight required for ballast, etc.
    However june 2019 model boats mag has come to the rescue.
    The hull design allows has a flooding ballast compartment. Thus reducing the need for lots of ballast.
    Construction is straight forward. I used scrap packing case plywood and any wood i had lying around.
    Another feature was an exchangeable cargo section allowing cargoes to be changed with ease.

    model boats mag
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Planking the hull.
    7 months ago by Hillro ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    electric motor with 12volt battery.
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    πŸ“ Help me please
    10 months ago by Hillro ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    This is a difficult question to answer.
    I would contact Slipway in the first instance to see what their recommendations are. This should give you a prop size and from that a motor size. You will then need to select a power supply. This will be likely related to your expected run time and battery type.
    When you have a motor rating you can then select a speed controller.
    With respect to Leds once again the answer is not straight forward. Each colour of led operates at different voltages therefore you have to fit diffent sizes of voltage dropping resistors. You should be able to google for solutions.
    I note on slipway web site a 50mm prop is recommended.
    Maybe some other members can suggest a motor size.
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    πŸ“ LED Lighting tip
    10 months ago by Hillro ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hi Martin.
    The idea seems to reduce problems with supplies for LEDs
    However ,how have you handled the differences in voltages required for different colours.
    Regards
    Robert

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    πŸ“ Warship revolving turrets and elevation of guns
    10 months ago by Hillro ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Thanks John for your reply. Hmm you may have a point about risk to others.
    Regards
    Robert
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    πŸ“ Big Blue (test facility)
    10 months ago by Hillro ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Excellent idea and saving the world as well. Reduced water bills.
    What's not to like!!
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    πŸ“ Warship revolving turrets and elevation of guns
    10 months ago by Hillro ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Thanks John for your excellent response. I have also been toying with using a BB gun mechanism for a tank to fire bb bullets. Do you think this is feasible?

    bb bullets
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    πŸ“ Warship revolving turrets and elevation of guns
    10 months ago by Hillro ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Doing a bit a research before attempting a warship build.
    Does anybody have any ideas how to go about the above.Pictures would be helpful or maybe a link to a suitable build.
    Thanks in advance
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    πŸ“ Rivets
    10 months ago by Hillro ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hi
    You can buy a silicone rubber molds (green stuff world) on Ebay. The mould can produce rivet and nut heads etc in various sizes. You fill the mould with FIMMO clay and put in your oven to harden. You will need a bit of patience gluing them on.
    I have use the hex nuts to great effect on my models. I Also have used dome headed craft pins.
    Just ask if you need more information

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    πŸ’¬ Re: HMS Cottesmore
    10 months ago by Hillro ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Wow. the detail is amazing.
    I agree with other posts a build blog showing , advising would be great.
    Also photos showing the scaling would be great.
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    πŸ“ Fore deck equipment
    11 months ago by Hillro ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    The fore deck was planked with lime strip. The deck winch was made from plasticard, brass rod, heat shrink sleeping, etc.
    The toilet and companion way made from bits from the scrap box. A sewing thimble made the toilet bucket.
    Note:- the crew quarters is below this deck indicated by the chimney.
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    πŸ“ Steering Mechanism
    11 months ago by Hillro ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    I thought of a few ideas on how to make the rudder servo controlled. However I thought i would stick to using the chain drive. You can see from the pics I manufactured a square tube with a slot in the top. From wood made a block that would slide freely inside the tube. I anchored the chain to either side of the block using ring nails.
    A drive pin was put through the slot into the block. The servo and drive mechanism fitted onto a base plate which fits into the hull. Four pulleys were fitted to deck and plastic straws used as guides. Effectively this works like the real thing.

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    πŸ“ Superstructure
    11 months ago by Hillro ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    The superstructure was made from Birch ply. The bridge made from mahogany strips, ply etc from the scrap box.
    The funnel made from 25mm plastic electrical conduit and bits of coupling to form the rings.
    The port holes from plastic tube glazed on the inside with clear plastic. Hand rails from copper wire soft soldered as required. To make the steering mechanism look the part was made from brass chain, plastic drinking straws

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    πŸ“ Hull Details
    11 months ago by Hillro ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    To make the hull look like it made from riveted plates, I plated the hull using card cut as required and glued to the base hull using Waterproof PVA glue. Then the rubbing stakes fitted. To simulate the rivets I used brass round headed pins hammered into the hull. This was done to the water line. The rudder was made from brass, etc. The Puffer used a tiller type rudder hung over the stern. The drive mechanism was chain from the wheel house. More details later.
    A prop tube was fitted.

    The hull was then undercoated, top coated with red and black gloss.

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    πŸ“ Hull Construction
    11 months ago by Hillro ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    After a bit of research found plans for the hull on EBay.
    Delivered on a CD, Frame sections and keel printed out and stuck on to plywood. Using a scroll saw cut them out.
    This hull is built from the keel up. The keel was secured to a 75x50mm batten. Frame then glued to the keel. Spacers were cut and glued at deck level. Decks fitted and hull planked from just below deck level, working down each alternating side.
    The hull was then shaped and smoothed. A coating of car body filler and then a rub down and painted with an undercoat.

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    πŸ“ Clyde Puffer. Scratch Built.
    11 months ago by Hillro ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    This was my first scratch built model. I intended to use as much recycled material as possible. Have a habit of raking in skips, etc.

    The Clyde puffer is a type of small coal-fired and single-masted cargo ship, built mainly on the Clyde , and which provided a vital supply link around the west coast and Hebrides of Scotland.

    Built between 1856 and 1939, these stumpy little steamboats achieved an almost mythical status thanks largely to the short stories by Neil Munro.

    Due to the poor road network up the West coast of Scotland these ships were vital in supplying the settlements with stores, coal, wood, etc. They also played a major part in the islands whisky industry by providing coal, grain, etc and exporting the whisky to Glasgow.
    One unique part of the design was its flat bottom allowing it to be beached supplying settlements without piers or jetties.
    These ships helped to cause their demise by supplying road stone to improved road network.

    The name puffer came from a smaller scale ship built use on the Forth and Clyde Canal. Driven by a single cylinder steam engine the exhaust was piped into the funnel. The canal was a ready supply of fresh water removing the need for a condenser. Hence the "puffing" .
    The sea going version required a condenser removing the puffing element but the name stuck.

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    πŸ“ New build
    11 months ago by Hillro ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Maybe called something else. It's used in furniture manufacturing and architectural features. Has a really nice surface finish.
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    πŸ“ New build
    11 months ago by Hillro ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    hi. I agree with the other posts. However I use 4mm birch plywood. Mainly because its lamination are stronger , all being the same thickness.
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    πŸ“ Loading Video onto web site.
    11 months ago by Hillro ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Can someone explain how you go about loading a video on a blog.
    Has it something to do with the YouTube link below.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Fenders
    11 months ago by Hillro ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hi Peter
    Thanks for the offer. Could you supply a bit more detail on the crotchety e.g. How do you go about it , shape, needle size. Etc
    Robert
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    πŸ“ Radar with rotational drive
    11 months ago by Hillro ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Has anyone got any experience in constructing radar with rotational drive. Scale about 1/50.
    The rotation speed should be the same as the real thing.
    Drive voltage 7.5 volts DC.
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    πŸ“ Fenders
    11 months ago by Hillro ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Having trawled the internet I could only find suitable fenders for the bow.
    So I had to think about making the fenders for the paddle sponsons.
    Research found some ideas by knitting triangles and rolling them up to form a fender.
    However I remembered as a kid knitting using a wooden cotton reel with four nails to knit a tube. I eventual found out its called French knitting. A visit to a craft shop I found a fancy French knitter. After a bit of experimentation I added nails to make it eight pins. Using elastic thread was able to knit a reasonable fender. Filling the inside with a bit of foam cut to a tube shape and sowing the ends.
    I think it worked ok.

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    πŸ“ hull trouble on vintage yacht
    11 months ago by Hillro ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    have you thought of using resin. both inside and out if required.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Manufacturing of Paddles
    11 months ago by Hillro ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    hi I am not quite sure what you mean about jigs. I just followed the drawings.
    The finished paddle needed a bit of adjustment with a file to improve some clearances. I could send you a photo of drawings if required.
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