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    ๐Ÿ“ MLB Begin
    3 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ KevinH ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    The 213' will be a lost cause as far as R/C, I will live as a display only. PBY project has sacrificed wood for the 52' MLB project. Final parts came in for my nine-year-old project, and surgery recovery has kept me home for the last five days.

    So, I began this today as the sun came up.

    1/24th scale (I did toy with the idea of doubling it.)

    3mm Basswood keel and frames.
    Twin Brushed 380 motors from another scrapped boat project.
    Plank on frame 1/8" Balsa planks.
    Fiberglass the hull.
    Moving radar.

    Build as 52312 MLB Victory.

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    ๐Ÿ“ 52' Motor Lifeboat Victory
    12 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ KevinH ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    One of my nine-year projects is coming to an end. I am sad to see it completed in some ways, overjoyed in others. Many projects have been begun and shelved over those nine years; some are in the trash now.
    What is known is the 213' WMEC-168 Yocona is hit or miss whether my attempts to waterproof a static hull will be successful. So on hold or a side project.

    The Gunboat Philadelphia is on-going at work between shifts.

    PBY that doesn't Fly I will place on hold, pending possible actual flight. (That will put three aircraft inline to be completed.)

    The battleship North Carolina....Big. Not so complex as physically large undertaking.

    SO, begin at the beginning as I tell my students. I pondered purchasing the laser-cut kit from Canada, but it is just frames, deck, and pilothouse. Yes, it is 1" to one foot scale, and would match my 44' MLB perfectly, but $286 plus shipping? For me too much, I will build at 1/24th scale for now. Small enough to store, big enough to detail and outfit with running gear.

    My 44 MLB, is a leaky, but I am installing an automatic bilge pump. I get so much joy out of running it, and I will have the tri-fecta of MLB's 36', 44', and 52'. The 213 should be complete around the time I finish, so four CG projects in a years time, plus the Philly is a quick build. So, it is a year, year and a half plan.

    This will be a slow one.

    Non Boat picture is project that is almost complete.
    Kevin

    ๐Ÿ“ Maiden Voyage
    17 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ KevinH ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Somewhere in the pond, the rudder lies. I will repair and fix a few other things, then we will be back up and running.



    ๐Ÿ“ Submarine Identification
    22 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ KevinH ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Also has a Graupner Nautiq, and another Graupner boat.

    ๐Ÿ“ Submarine Identification
    23 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ KevinH ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Washington is what I thought, some kind of missle boat.

    ๐Ÿ“ Submarine Identification
    24 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ KevinH ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Person on Facebook is selling two aircraft, and this is one of the pictures. She said they use it for display only and it is heavy. What is it?

    ๐Ÿ“ Fun with Styrene
    28 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ KevinH ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    As I do not wish to fiberglass the hull at work, I have turned to deck candy. Lucky for me a nineteen-year-old me was quite the shutterbug back in the day, I have quite a few pictures to work from.

    ๐Ÿ“ Scale Ship Modeler
    1 month ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ KevinH ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Looking for Scale Ship Modeler Magazine September 1994.

    Anyone?

    ๐Ÿ“ Scale
    1 month ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ KevinH ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    This one is 1/144 scale, but I do have a set of plans in 1/96 scale as well. Thanks for the offer of information. If you are interested in a trade, I have tons of plans: Every Battleship, except IOWA, yes, I am going for it. Two types aircraft carriers. Two types IJN Battleship (Yamato), Heavy Cruiser (1 type) Two types of American cruiser. How about an LST. Bismark, Richelieu, Littorio

    1/48th scale you say? That is quite large.

    Kevin
    Served aboard
    Oct 90-Mar 92

    ๐Ÿ“ 213' Diver Class Cutter
    1 month ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ KevinH ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Not a restoration. Began 10 years ago as a static display, but when shifted to R/C it did not like the H20 too much, so it was shelved.

    Now, in the interim, between beginning another scratch build, I will fiberglass the hull, and finish it out. It is fairly rough and showing its shelf drydock age.

    All this as I ponder 52' MLB, or Iowa Class build.

    Have a great time Shipmates.

    Kevin

    ๐Ÿ“ Plans, Plans, Plans
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ KevinH ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Are you in need of giving up your free time to build a huge ship?

    1/144 scale Every American Battleship (Except Iowa Class)

    HMS Hood Two scales 1/200 and 1/144 with companion documentation.

    IJN YAMATO, and HYUGA 1/144

    USS Indianapolis 1/144

    IJN Atago 1/144

    USS Enterpris 1/144

    USS Montana 1/144

    USS North Carolina 1/144

    USS Cabot Carrier (All in Class)

    Bismark, Richilieu, Littorio 1/144

    Flareside Surface effect craft

    If you are building or want to build any of these, let me know. I do not have the time left in me, or the room for some this big.

    I would ship them to you at cost, or if in the Tampa Bay area we could meet up.

    Always looking for trades, as in my earlier post. Anything US Coast Guard.

    I plan on attempting before I leave this plane of existence (At least out of this set of plans:

    USS Wisconsin 1/144
    USS Enterprise 1/200
    LST
    USCGC Onondoga

    Plus, my PBY, 52' MLB and Philadelphia Gunboat and 378' WHEC

    So, in 18 years when I am 70 I should have all of these done.

    I do like the North Carolina, but I had to pick one. A 1/144 aircraft carrier would be awesome, and there is debate in my mind about the detail on a Battleship superstructure vs planes on a carrier deck, but the Battleship won. My 3D printer will assist greatly.

    Enjoy!
    Kevin

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    ๐Ÿ“ 378' WHEC US Coast Guard Plans Post or Pre Fram
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ KevinH ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Greetings! My offer is this. If anyone has 378' WHEC Secretary or Hero Class Coast Guard Plans, I will have for trade plans to every US Battleship, Three IJN Battleships (Yes! Yamato), Italian and French Battlships Littorio and Richelieu also Bismark. HMS Renown, Nelson and Hood, Cruisers IJN Atago, and Brooklyn Light Cruiser also Indianapolis. One or more are yours. I can of course purchase a set, but in my lifetime, I do not have the desire to build all of these, or time in my life to do so. I have planned my OPUS to be a 378' WHEC as it was in 2014 before retirement from service. So, anyone who wants what I have here, also let me know. Picking up this stash of plans Saturday, but I am impatient and thought I would give you all something to read and ponder.

    Have a Great weekend, I hope everywhere your weather is perfect for our hobby.

    Kevin

    ๐Ÿ“ 1/72 Scale Escort Carrier
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ KevinH ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    So, not to post too much, but, I always have at least two builds going. Now, Saturday I am picking up a large amount of ship plans, and one set is an Escort Carrier WW2. I have a 5' 6" fiberglass hull, yes, I know it is a sailboat hull, but if you do the math, 1/72 scale 420' which is what an escort carrier is. Change the bow up a bit, ballast, add flat top and island? Hull already tested, my son sat in it in the pool, and it is watertight.

    Anyhow, the plans cover all american battleships, HMS Hood plus corresponding book, Littorio, LST, CGC Odonga, CVL Cabot, and others. I am goint to keep the Cabot, LST, CGC, Iowa Class, and Hood also the Yamato. The rest will be available for the price of shipping, and I will post the list when they are procured.

    ๐Ÿ“ Still Needed Some Work
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ KevinH ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Well, I had a feeling, and I am glad I did, the steering was not quite as reliable as I thought. The pool is a much better place to lose control of your vessel. So, standby in two weeks for the final posting. Then standby for 52' Motor Life Boat build.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Some Stays In
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ KevinH ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    School. HVAC/R in Pinellas County, FL.

    ๐Ÿ“ Some Stays In
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ KevinH ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Spent some time on some essential rigging. I will pretty her up, but with the attachment of a control rod to a servo horn, she will be seaworthy.

    Work List:
    Four more stays with deadeyes
    Anchors and chain
    Forward Gold Accents
    Paint Rudder
    White trim paint
    Possibly two boats with davits
    Spar on Foresail (The real vessel uses this exact configuration)

    Calling it the Secondary Jib, but probably has another name. The real vessel uses this instead of the original Top Sail, and it is easier to rig and fabricate.

    And last: Name on stern, and flag. (Of course I am running the Coast Guard Ensign, thats my jam!)

    ๐Ÿ“ Steering Almost Engaged
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ KevinH ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Rudder is on, steering servo installed. Tomorrow there is 2 1/2 hours in between classes. I need five stays and two anchors to be ready for Sunday!

    ๐Ÿ“ Fwd Propulsion Complete
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ KevinH ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    So, of course after boating on Sunday I raced home to attempt to get this vessel ready. Sail winch installed and working. Steering is straight forward. Need Back Stay, and Side Stays. Anchors, and some deck fittings plus fit the rudder. Should be able to cobble that together before Sunday.
    I did notice that on the real vessel there are davits, and two boats. I will look to 3D print some.

    Cheers!
    Kevin

    ๐Ÿ“ The Pond
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ KevinH ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    So, took it to show and tell at the pond today, but I was the only one there. Fair enough, I have missed many a meet. So, I wanted to see if she would go. Almost sailed away right then and there. Not a wasted trip traded a boat for a new radio for the America.
    Next week, we will be underway.

    ๐Ÿ“ 44' Alone at Pond
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ KevinH ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Beautiful day at the pond did some running.

    ๐Ÿ“ Could not Wait
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ KevinH ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    As I have a pool, and I speculated that since it was already ballasted, that she was waterproof. It will be hard to see if there are any leaks, can't see much inside. But it appears that indeed it is, and might a say, on the water, quite the handsome vessel. We will have her Ship Shape in Bristol Fashion, very soon.

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    ๐Ÿ“ Almost Forward Propulsion
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ KevinH ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    So, the sail winch is installed. Steering needs to be re-thought right now it would turn to port more than starboard.

    ๐Ÿ“ Three Sheets to the Wind!
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ KevinH ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Title says it all! She will not be ready this weekend, it will just be the 44' MLB this weekend. Maybe March. Still not rushing.

    Kevin

    ๐Ÿ“ Model Shipways Gunboat Philadelphia Build.
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ KevinH ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    It has been a while since I planked a hull. This kit, I must say, is brilliant. Last two kits were Dumas, 36' MLB, and Small Shelly Foss. This one seems easier. Looking to take like a half a year or so to do this one, it is not a priority. But it keeps me busy in my down time at work. Ahhhh! Just realized, I will have to rig this one too.

    Kevin

    ๐Ÿ“ Mainsail
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ KevinH ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Well, I am going slow. But I should be sailing sooner than later.
    Sail winch should be here this week.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: The Journey Thus Far
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ KevinH ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hmmmm! You are correct Sir. Even though the plans call for that size jib, I can see where I will run into problems under sail. That was my first attempt, and the material I have has a decades old stain. Monday I was going to pick up some blue material to make the main sail, I will just re do the jib.

    And, that is why we post here. Helpful hints.

    Regards,
    Kevin

    ๐Ÿ“ Help Please I'm looking for plans for a Coast Guard 47 MLB made by "Coast Guard Models" I believe it
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ KevinH ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Not to be annoying, I promise I will stop after this. Try:



    http://www.spinnakerpress.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/47-FT-MLB-Operator%E2%8
    ๐Ÿ“ Another Sail
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ KevinH ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Obviously not rigged yet. but in place. That is all till tomorrow evening when I hope to have it rigged in.

    ๐Ÿ“ Help Please I'm looking for plans for a Coast Guard 47 MLB made by "Coast Guard Models" I believe it
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ KevinH ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Do you have pictures of the kit?

    Kevin

    ๐Ÿ“ Help Please I'm looking for plans for a Coast Guard 47 MLB made by "Coast Guard Models" I believe it
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ KevinH ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    You have me stumped on that one my friend. I have the whole list right here in front of me from the CG Museum Northwest, and it looks like they do not have it listed. It does not mean they do not have them. There a still many vessels on this list still in use, so that is not the issue.

    POC: E.L. Davis
    Coast Guard Museum Northwest
    1519 Alaskan Way S.
    Seattle, WA 98134
    (206) 217-6993

    Good Luck on your Quest!



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