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31st Jul 2016
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Member No. 3829
Registered 31st Jul 2016
Last Online 23rd Feb 2018
City Whitewood Cl
Country United Kingdom
Boats in Harbour 17
Sailing Locations 2
Forum Posts 10
Photos Posted 191
Likes Received 110
Likes Given 47
85 Total Posts
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Droitwich Spa Model Boat Club
Since: 8th Oct 2016
Type: Pleasure Craft
Type: Yacht
Starbaby Yacht
Type: Yacht
Fairmile RTTL
Type: Naval Ship
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Fleet Admiral 1000
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Recent Posts
Muddy's Lorraine by muddy Captain   Posted: 6 months ago
Thanks for the comment, but lesson learnt, I hope... Regards Muddy...

arun 54 by muddy Captain   Posted: 7 months ago
Thanks Dave, I,m amazed at the wealth of info that is available on this site, many thanks.. Regards Muddy..

arun 54 by muddy Captain   Posted: 7 months ago
Hello, Try Arun 52..As far as i can recall there were only the 52 Footers.. I may be wrong ! Or as someone has mentioned The Enthusiasts Society of the RNLI, they very helpfull. The Main Man used be a chap named Mr .... Clutterbuck.. Good hunting Muddy.

Sea Hornet by muddy Captain   Posted: 8 months ago
Thanks for the info and the K-K film.. Wonderful stuff.. Muddy....

Gentlemans Cruiser by muddy Captain   Posted: 8 months ago
Started on the upper-works/cabin. Ring saw came into its own again. Followed up by the small mini drill, similar to a Dremil but with a bigger chuck which is handy, using Dremil 1/2" drum sander to clean up the window inner edges. Used 1.5mm ply for the cabin sides as they are going to be veneered, found a pice of veneer under the bench it nearly had roots, and i think, think, it's Teak. This was all glued up under weight using a PVA glue, probably the one in the pics, but an Alphatic. then when glue well and truly dry, Using a No10 scalpel blade to remove the innards of the window frames, and a quick swish with some fine grade sandpaper, not sure about any window frames as yet. ( to many windows for me ... ! ) Regards Muddy....

Gentlemans Cruiser by muddy Captain   Posted: 9 months ago
Hello Doug, know what you mean about ring saw's, when i was apprentice we had a type of ringsaw that was retained on its former or mandrel by a couple of 6BA screws, it wern't the best idea but they did work but blade life was limited when cutting into Trunking and switchgear even with a cutting paste/oil. But Black and Decker appeared at about this erra with their ring saw and it was a much better idea, but being new they were expensive. Bought this set about 15 years ago from Machine Mart, think they are "eastern" copies and ok on/in wood. Like your setup of the wood bits but i only have a battery drill here not a bench or pillar drill, so dont know if they would be suitable. In my case it was more of how much, and instant availability. Thinking back and i still use this method sometimes is to simply wrap sandpaper, about a 180 grade around a piece of 1/4" dowel or larger to suit the required radius, and it is surprising how quickly the "clean-up/radi" appears Muddy ....

Gentlemans Cruiser by muddy Captain   Posted: 9 months ago
Phewwww... thats a relief, glad i aint on my own.. regards Muddy ....

Gentlemans Cruiser by muddy Captain   Posted: 9 months ago
Thanks for the pics Dave M and the info, what a lovely job has been done on the deck planking, now thats a credit to its owner/builder. Do you happen to know what the drive assembly consists of..? Regards Muddy....

Gentlemans Cruiser by muddy Captain   Posted: 9 months ago
Many Thanks Doug.. and ok about your saw, my hollowing out of bulkheads mainly concerns a ring saw as a typical electricial would have/use and the inverted jigsaw in the work-mate, the ring saw sets the internal radius, usually about 1" blade. Or a 3/8" drill into the bulkhead preferably close to the inner edge, and then using the jig saw, inverted.. I tend to use the metal work blades for the jigsaw, as they are a much thinner profile enabling tight radi to be tackled..Sea scout, now there a nice size boat , a blast from the past..Tnx for the info..Regards Muddy....

Gentlemans Cruiser by muddy Captain   Posted: 9 months ago
Many thanks, but hats off to you Sir.. I could never cope with warship scales, to fine a quality of skill required.. 1/32 nd.. is about my limit.. Now i am envious of a band saw, had one about 45 years ago, sold it, regretted it ever since..

Gentlemans Cruiser by muddy Captain   Posted: 9 months ago
Hello, The keel was cut on the 13th of May 2017. Power tools are the secret, i would not like to be without the Proxxon table saw, and or the B&D jigsaw plus a Battery drill, makes life a lot easier. The longest job so far has been the Deck planking, it's more like anger Hope this helps, regards Muddy....

Gentlemans Cruiser by muddy Captain   Posted: 9 months ago
Hello, Fitted the combing, the deck , and started the Fore Planking, this time with Mahogany planks (5mm x 1.5mm ) and white wood caulking (0.5mm) mounted vertically. Adding some colour to the motor mounts, and drive chain, makes it easier when final assembly takes place as in electrical wiring. Regards Muddy....

Gentlemans Cruiser by muddy Captain   Posted: 9 months ago
Running gear or furniture.. Once the skeleton or frame was completed it's a good idea to dry fit all the running gear, Drive motors shaft's and prop's, plus the radio gear and battery boxes/trays, and even sound unit locations. Then start the skinning. This hull has very curvy bottom skins, in that they turn from the transom to the bow 90 degrees sharply. Tried some test pieces of vertical grain ply, ( 1.5mm ) but it was the same as horizontal grain.. Skins were placed in as large as pieces as possible at about 45 degrees to the keel, or planking in ply.. Not a pretty sight, but makes life a lot easier. The skins were dry fitted with brass pins first, mainly to assist in the cutting of the skin shape. When the bottom skins were completed and rough trimmed the side skins were applied and these were vertically grained, again makes life a lot easier and they fall onto the stringers, means less brass pins and elastic bands. Not forgetting to drill some 1" holes in the breast-hook and No; 1 former, as i always pour in a little Fibre glass resin to help seal the bow section and add some strength. Regards Muddy....

Gentlemans Cruiser by muddy Captain   Posted: 9 months ago
Just a note about the Bulkheads, There are 1/4" x 1/4" Stringers and 3/8" x 1/8". After the bulkheads were all marked out, remembering the old rule measure twice and cut once. Picked up a piece of 3/8" x 1/8" Obechie and placed it onto the bulkhead checking the marking out, whoops something was wrong the marked location was to small, wishing to return the next day and start cutting at first light, they were remarked, but when i did four from the Transom, for some unknown reason i decided to measure again.. The air was blue..... I had by accident picked up a piece of scrap of 1/2" x 3/16".. A long pause and "to ponder" what to do next. Scrap the bulkheads and start again or make do and mend, 5mm marine ply aint cheap, in other words apply some modelers license.. Modeler's license won, as it usually does. So the stringers were "Shimmed", maybe not pretty, but it worked and hopefully does not make the structure weak..And now its been skinned, who knows about it..!

Gentlemans Cruiser by muddy Captain   Posted: 9 months ago
Hello, after rummaging around the plans bag, and finding the Speranza, which i did start and hope to continue as the infill to this build, sorry Alan... But don't blame me, someone did a post on an old Gentleman's cruiser, and i was hooked, the power of the press hey !.. Away we went, cutting keels, bulkheads, dry fits , fitting stringers, then realizing this is going to be bigger than I though.. Regards Muddy ....

Motor suppression by muddy Captain   Posted: 9 months ago
Colin, the "pm" had me puzzled for a while, but now i have found the reason why, so apologies to all, this was not meant to happen, am still trying to find my way around the site... Please post it if you like, with apologies to all.. Regards Muddy....

Shelduck by muddy Captain   Posted: 9 months ago
.." Crew fell overboard... " No I was stood on the bank..! lol..

Shelduck by muddy Captain   Posted: 9 months ago
And finally Sail Day... She had float tests after the paint jobs, at another members property, with the gracious help of his young lady, It's her fish pond.. ! Thanks Alan the EDD. And a typical launch, away she went in a breezy day with a back to front rudder, It did not bother me as it's not the first And when she was returned to the cradle guess who had brought along the wrong handbook for the Tx.. This is a typical Muddy sail.. But a bit of "Savy" and all was well and corrections made. She did sail well and i was not disappointed.. Regards Muddy ....

Shelduck by muddy Captain   Posted: 9 months ago
Continuing on - Grease up the prop shaft. Finalise the rigging. Another Radio check, with auxiliary motor, then disaster, Lost the hatch top, searched for 1 and 1/2 hours, no where to be found, Out came the saw and we has another cutting session and added some veneer, all was well.

Shelduck by muddy Captain   Posted: 9 months ago
Thats very nice of you Alan, Thank you. ( But Please remember the camera does not always tell it how it is ..) Steady down, i wunna be able to get in the garage.. lol.. Regards Muddy ....

Shelduck by muddy Captain   Posted: 9 months ago
Installing the Radio gear. Planking the Deck in 6mm x 2mm and .5mm Mahogany vertically used as "Caulking". A lot of brass pins.. !... Lead Keel, about 10lb; in weight. It was supposed to be "Let into" the keel, but a lot of extra work, decided to screw it to the bottom, hoping this would give it more stability having a deeper keel. Regards Muddy ....

Shelduck by muddy Captain   Posted: 9 months ago
Thanks Doug, I never noticed the wavy line.. There's a good saga to the paint job, but not a nice one, and ton's of rubbing down. It was getting close a Bass Broom and bucket😤 Well spoted that man.. And thanks for the praise concerning the woodwork. It's all new to me, I,m on a big learning curve here. Regards Muddy ....

Shelduck by muddy Captain   Posted: 9 months ago
Hello.. Finish the hull belting and flare in the prop shaft. Paint applied. Work on the mast and booms from Pine dowel from DIY shops. Fabricating the rudder, the hinges and bearings were an old Prop shaft and bushes. Decided to scrap the internal servo operating with control line wire to the rudder , mounted the servo as direct as possible, comments received about the rudder is that the original or scale rudder is far to small, so this one was made about 5 times larger, it can always be cut down, but didnt fancy all that work again making a replacement rudder. Rigging the sails is not my Forte', first time so a lot of playing about. Regards Muddy....

Shelduck by muddy Captain   Posted: 9 months ago
Hello, completion of the deck in ply, urghhh.. Start on the well deck furniture, not forgetting the important boat stand. The HUll banding, in 3mm ply vertical grained then when fixed, veneer applied plus a couple of stringers as rubbing strips.

Motor suppression by muddy Captain   Posted: 9 months ago
Hello Colin.. There was a very good description of motor suppression in the MMI plans handbook a couple of years ago.. Using Disc Capacitors, values were stated at 47 nf across the motor terminals, and 100 nf across each motor connection to the motor can, keeping the Capacitor tails ( wire ) as short as possible at the motor terminal end. As for voltage rating, a general rule of thumb is to double the operating voltage at least, in this instance i would use 50 volt rated capacitors.. Regards Muddy....

Shelduck by muddy Captain   Posted: 9 months ago
..Started on the planking, with 3mm x 5mm Obechie strip, leaving a gap in the planks so as one can see whats going on with the alignment of the prop shaft/coupling. Motor mount formed in 2mm Ally and fitted. Planking was completed, not forgetting the bulkhead that overlooks the well deck, this was veneered, as was the Transom. Deck was laid in 1.5mm ply, but when it was all finished, it did not appeal to me at all, don't know why, so this was later planked to give a better sort'of look, although i believe the original full size is a painted deck. My version is now a Stand Off Scale, the dimensions are very close to scale but the finish has a lot of modelers license. Regards Muddy....

Shelduck by muddy Captain   Posted: 9 months ago
Many thanks to all the "Likes" and you Doug for kind words. She sailed yesterday, on a rather blustery day and performed beyond expectations, As for me " like a dog with two tails" or something alike. Chuffed. The sails are from a Starlet. So not to full specification in size.. I have more pics around here somewhere of this build and will post soon, I hope.. Regards Muddy....

Shelduck by muddy Captain   Posted: 9 months ago
This Motor/Sailor was started in 2014 after a pal went on holiday to the New Forest, and arrived on the day when the Setley Pond MBC were there.. He Photographed two of these models, and when they were viewed, I was hooked. Plans and a CD were organised from the club/members, What a great set of Guys at Setley Pond Club. Scratch build was the order of the day . She was built with whatever materials i had here, mainly 5mm ply and Obechie strip, 3mm x 5mm.. The keel is laminated , three pices of 5mm and the bulkheads are 5mm. Some bulkheads had patterns made but most was traced then pin pricked onto the ply. A lot of dry fit's took place before the bulkheads were hollowed out , egg-box fashion framing was fitted to the top of the frames again in 5mm ply with some strip Obechie 10mm x 20mm forming the hatch openings. The prop shaft was slotted and built in as the keel was laminated. Regards Muddy....

Propshaft Bearings by muddy Captain   Posted: 9 months ago
Hello, A Company called Jotika, used to sell ball raced prop shafts. They advertise in model boat Mag's.. Or just google "Jotika model boats", but better still telephone them, as they do not list every item available.. Regards Muddy....

Koh-i-Noor by muddy Captain   Posted: 9 months ago
Well Done.. Looks superb..