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    HMS EXETER.
    This Was scratch built approximately 28 years ago. If I remember correctly it took me three years to make and at a scale of 1/96. Again photos of photos as no digital cameras in those days.
    Vosper torpedo boat.
    I made this about 30 years ago. Unfortunately the photos are of photos as we did not have digital cameras in those days.
    Type V11C Submarine.
    I assembled this Revell 1/72 scale kit about two years ago.
    C01
    This is a coastal patrol ship that practically designed its self. I had some plastic card and I just wanted to make something, I hade no plans or drawings and this was the end result. This was made using my baking paper tip. I never got around to installing rc equipment in it as a friend decided that he wanted it as it was. And I never got took any photos of the making of it.
    HMS Cottesmore
    I just thought I would post some photos of my HMS Cottesmore. She is still a work in progress. I have been working on her for about three years now.(in between other projects) I purchased the hull And running gear from Fleetscale. Everything else has been made by myself using odds and ends, bits and pieces including yogurt pots and a lot of LED's I have a few more years work to do before she is completed, lots more bits to make.
    Springer Tug
    I just thought I would post a few photos of a little tug that I made some time ago.
    Recent Posts
    πŸ“ Hints and Tips.
    2 hours ago by Martin555 ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi Ken,
    Sometimes it is the most simplest of things that make life easier.
    I cannot remember who said this "necessity is the mother of invention".

    Martin.
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    πŸ“ WTC/Sub Driver.
    2 hours ago by Martin555 ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi Guys,

    Pump now attached to the main servo/battery module and test fitted in the tube.

    Martin.

    module
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Veronica
    2 hours ago by Martin555 ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi Ken,
    How are you getting on with the hull?

    Martin.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: HMS EXETER
    14 hours ago by Martin555 ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi John,
    Very nice,
    Any chance of posting some closeup photos.

    Martin.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Capping
    14 hours ago by Martin555 ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi Graham,
    Looking great.
    How do you intend to hold down the hatches?

    Martin.

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    πŸ“ Scale Figure Guide.
    16 hours ago by Martin555 ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi Red,
    I was just being nosey and looking around on the net and as soon as I came across it I thought of the members on this site.
    Even if the scale that you are working on is not on the sheet you can estimate the scale.

    Martin.
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    πŸ“ Hints and Tips.
    16 hours ago by Martin555 ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi Red,
    I like it,
    Many years ago I made a small mallet from some branches of an old apple tree and some file handles.
    It is surprising what you can make with just a little imagination.
    Nice to see hints and tips coming from other members thanks.

    Martin.
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    πŸ“ WTC/Sub Driver.
    20 hours ago by Martin555 ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi Guys,
    Started working on the forward end of the WTC.
    I constructed the servo/battery module but I forgot to take photos of the individual parts.
    It is made in the same way as the other modules using the plastic card.
    The overlapping part will be cut off later when I get every thing fitted in place.
    When I get to finally putting it all together the plan is glue a thin piece of rubber to one end of the forward and aft sections of the modules so that
    it has a slight compression between the end caps so that it dose not move about in the tube.

    Martin.
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    πŸ“ Hints and Tips.
    21 hours ago by Martin555 ( Warrant Officer)
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    You could also use it for the small tins of paint.
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    πŸ“ Hints and Tips.
    24 hours ago by Martin555 ( Warrant Officer)
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    GLUE LOSS PREVENTER
    Hi Guys,
    How many times have you accidentally knocked over the pot of glue?
    I have many times.
    So this is a very simple inexpensive tip.
    Cut a piece of cardboard drawer around the pot then cut a X across the middle, place over the pot and press down you now have a much larger bass making it more difficult to knock over.

    Martin.

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    πŸ“ Scale Figure Guide.
    2 days ago by Martin555 ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi Guys,
    I just happened to come across this so I thought it might be useful, as I know trying to get scale figures for our boats is very difficult.
    At least you can get an idea of what size figures to look for.

    Martin.
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    πŸ“ Hints and Tips.
    2 days ago by Martin555 ( Warrant Officer)
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    Thank you for the compliment but I am not a guru as I am slowly running out of ideas.
    I may have one or two later when I remember them.
    There must be lots of little hints,tips,and tricks out there that would really help us model makers.
    I will just have to scratch my head a think of some.

    Martin.
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    πŸ“ Hints and Tips.
    2 days ago by Martin555 ( Warrant Officer)
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    PLANK CLAMP.
    Hi Guys,
    This little tip is mainly for the plank on frame builders but it can be used for other things.
    Made using Bulldog clips and some strong wire.(or a paper clip)
    Bend the wire to fit in the Bulldog clip(as in photos) fit inside the clip making sure that you have a small loop at one end then bend the other end just to stop it falling out.
    To use it just butt it up tightly to the plank and clip it to the bulkhead, it will then hold the plank firmly in place so that you can mark up for trimming or pinning.
    I have also used this to hold plastic card in place.

    We have over 5,000 members here on this site so there must be lots of little hints and tips that could be shared so please feel free to add them to this thread.

    Martin.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Deck on!
    3 days ago by Martin555 ( Warrant Officer)
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    Keep up the good work.

    Martin.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Nantucket whaling boat
    3 days ago by Martin555 ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi lordgord,
    Very nice I would love to see a photo with the sail up
    Well done.

    Martin.
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    πŸ“ HMS Cottesmore in 1/48 scale.
    3 days ago by Martin555 ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi Guys,
    I thought that today I would post some photos of some deck fittings.
    Mostly made from plastic food containers and wood doweling and of course electrical wire.
    The fire hoses are just strips of clothing material painted red , and the hose baskets are strips of yogurt pot.
    The straps on the decoys are made the same way.
    The anchor chains are not exactly to scale but that was all I had.
    Sonar cover winch attached to the superstructure made from wood,wire and plastic is only glued to the superstructure and not glued to the deck so that the superstructure can be removed.
    Sonar cover is layers of plastic shaped and sanded.

    Plastic food containers are good for some of the detail work as you can get it in deferent thickness.

    Martin.
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    πŸ“ Hints and Tips.
    4 days ago by Martin555 ( Warrant Officer)
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    TEMPORARY CLAMP
    Hi Guys,
    Another little tip.
    I use a spring toggle (from an old coat) and a piece of round elastic as a temporary clamp.
    Just push the button and pull the elastic and it holds things together (depending on the situation)
    Then to remove push the button and the elastic just pings lose.
    The photo with the yogurt pots is just for demonstration.

    Martin.

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    πŸ“ Motor suppression
    5 days ago by Martin555 ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi mouldbuilder,
    There is an article in the How to's on the home page (motor suppression)
    I don't know if that will answer your question.

    Martin.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: WTC/Sub Driver.
    5 days ago by Martin555 ( Warrant Officer)
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    Thanks for the compliment much appreciated.

    Martin.
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    πŸ“ Hints and Tips.
    5 days ago by Martin555 ( Warrant Officer)
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    Just take the ironing board and tell the wife that you have to repair it as it fell over and broke.
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    πŸ“ Cruise Liners
    5 days ago by Martin555 ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi Red,
    I agree!
    modern is not always best.

    Martin.
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    πŸ“ WTC/Sub Driver.
    5 days ago by Martin555 ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi Guys,
    Well curiosity got the better of me so I decided to try the WTC in my Gato.
    I then discovered that the two motor shaft tubes that go through the end cap were to long.
    So I would be unable to fit the shaft couplings.
    So back to the bench to carry out the modifications.
    Now I just about have enough room to fit them.

    Martin.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: HMS Cottesmore in 1/48 scale.
    5 days ago by Martin555 ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi Peter,
    Thank you for your kind comment.
    First I used tracing paper (baking sheet) traced the image from the drawing then cut it out with a scalpel, then just drew around that and cut them out of the plastic card.
    It was a bit tricky but it was just a case of taking your time.

    Martin.

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    πŸ“ WTC/Sub Driver.
    6 days ago by Martin555 ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi Guys
    The Boss (the wife) went out today so I managed to get some work done to the WTC.
    I fitted the two ESC’s and made all of the electrical connections.
    I then temporarily fitted the end cap just to see if everything fitted correctly.
    Tested it all again, All seems to be working as it should.
    Installed the assembly into the tube and fitted the end cap and it all fitted quite nicely.(better than I expected)
    The red tubing is where I have run the receiver aerial cable.
    The rubber O rings and Rubber bellows will be fitted at final assembly.
    As you can see it is coming along quite nicely.

    rubber O rings
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    πŸ“ Hints and Tips.
    6 days ago by Martin555 ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi,
    I worked it out, if the wife notices that the ironing board is missing just blame the dog!

    Martin.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: part 2
    6 days ago by Martin555 ( Warrant Officer)
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    Awesome work.
    Well done.

    Martin.
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    πŸ“ Hints and Tips.
    6 days ago by Martin555 ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi Guys,
    I don't know if you class this as a Hint or a Tip?
    But due to the lack of bench space in my little workshop I got fed up having to keep moving my boats just to use the bench.
    So I purchased an old ironing board from the boot sale for Β£1.00 and stripped the covers of .
    I now have a bench to keep my boat on and also you can adjust the height to suit when working on it, And it folds away when not in use. leaving me with my original bench to do other things on.

    Martin.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: HMS Cottesmore in 1/48 scale.
    6 days ago by Martin555 ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi mouldbuilder,
    Thank you for your kind comment it is much appreciated.
    When I started to make HMS Cottesmore some three years ago I just wanted to make a boat to float on nice days but one thing leads to another and I found myself going in to more and more detail.
    She is not perfect by any means and she is not completely finished I have a few more years work left to do.
    Now that I have retired I seem to have less time to my self than when I was working as my wife keeps finding me things to do and has this habit of volunteering me to do things for her friends.
    I am determined to get her finished one day.

    Martin.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: WTC/Sub Driver.
    6 days ago by Martin555 ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi Doug,
    The bike valve is only to equalise the pressure after the tube has been opened and put back together again.
    The sub is a Revell 1/72 scale Gato class plastic kit conversion with a few extra modifications (running and navigation lights)
    I have also done a little bit of weathering on it.
    Unfortunately weathering is not one-off my strong points but I have a go at it.

    Martin.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Conclusion.
    7 days ago by Martin555 ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi Peter,
    I am glad that you enjoyed your build, it is A very fine model well done.
    You mentioned about being able to connect the wires from a removable superstructure. We'll have you considered the use of PCB Headers?
    You can get them with a variation of pins and sockets that if required you can cut them down to suit your requirements.(see photos)
    I have used these in the past and I used them on the mezzanine deck of HMS Cottesmore which is removable.
    I hope this helps.
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