HAKITS -PILOT LAUNCH - LARGER VERSION.
No sooner had the paint dried on my HAkits Morston, the kit for the Pilot Launch arrived.
Simply but securely packed, the outer corrugated cardboard wrapping revealed the contents of the entire kit in a polythene sleeve, simply bound at the top with a folded and stapled printed name.
No fancy expensive box to add to the cost, the laser cut sheets were a snug fit in the sleeve and included were the 3D printed window frames, a radar scanner and a life-raft, the Handbook and a printed template for the window shapes and the acetate sheet to use with them, and that was that. If you are new to HA Kits then you might have been disappointed in what you have got, but from my point of view as someone who loves working with wood, I knew that from experience of the Morston, the kit would deliver a good deal of satisfaction and an opportunity for me to try some different ways of doing things.
Taking the ply sheets from the wrapper I could see that the wood was of good quality and the laser cutting precise, and most parts etched with their title, smaller parts were named on the waste wood immediately adjacent to the part. And talking of waste wood, a useful by product of this type of kit is that you get a good selection of bits of ply to use elsewhere or for making other bits for the model, if nothing else, a good selection of paint stirring and epoxy mixing sticks to see you through this model and the next. However, the way the parts are laid out does make economical use of the raw material. The handbook says to read it through before starting and to remove all parts form the sheets of ply. I cannot emphasise this too much, it is essential to do this, just so that you gain an idea of what each part looks like and to be familiar with the suggested order of assembly, and you will soon find the merit in this as you start to put things together.
The handbook suggests using CA glue for building, but I would not be able to use such an amount of that glue because it irritates my eyes and nasals. So, I am using Gorilla wood glue, this may not be totally waterproof but is not going to get that wet, I hope. Over the years of building model aircraft I have adopted a way of using PVA glue efficiently. I decant the glue into a small pot, breakfast jam jar or a hand cream jar, so that I am not having to dip in the glue container, as the smaller amount is available. I have a selection of cheap artist brushes, Poundland and the like, in a jar with water and when gluing is required, I just take a brush, wipe off the excess water, dip it in the little glue pot and brush onto the parts. Chose brushes with non-rust ferrules, most have aluminium.
It would be easy to push ahead with the building of this model, following the handbook and then later when the running gear needed to be fitted you will have backed yourself into a corner, so I suggest take it slowly, one step at a time and make sure that before you proceed to the next step, by doing so you will not make life difficult later.
The Model is based on the Hartlepool Pilot Boat Crusader of the 1970’s and is designed for twin motors and rudders. I have chosen two brushless motors rated at 140w each and the prop shaft length as recommended in the handbook. I have not chosen mega power in this case as the Woodbridge pond is quite small and so a potentially high speed will not be achievable, so a good speed will be satisfactory.
So, the build starts with placing the lower deck on a board, and then fitting the formers to this. There are pics here showing how accurately cut these parts are and they go together quite easily, checking for squareness as I go. This is the first step so more next time. Geoff.