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    Learning so much more with each reply to my posts. One day I may have a boat in the water πŸ€”
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    (Fire Boat) RAF Fire Boat
    Long ongoing restoration which started off good but then came across problem with motor and shaft set up which has left the project in my garage untouched for almost 4 years (Motor: Graupaner 600 Speed) (ESC: Ripmax) (3/10)
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    πŸ“ Not sure which way to go
    14 days ago by neilmc ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi Stephen

    Not embarrassing at all.......I think I have a couple floating around as it's been so long in getting to this point πŸ˜†πŸ€£πŸ€£
    I think I'd rather be posting on here than building which is my problem πŸ˜†
    Hopefully get some new posts and move this on some more
    Cheers Neil
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    15 days ago by neilmc ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi Stephen
    I have a very embarrassongly old build blog that I started 6 years ago 🀣 its almost a all the tools and bits but no knowledge blog 🀣
    It's titled - Crash Tender Restoration after Plywood Delimitation
    I will keep it updated though once I get started again
    Cheers Neil
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    πŸ“ Not sure which way to go
    15 days ago by neilmc ( Warrant Officer)
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    Onwards and upwards is a great motto I just need to master the Onwards bit as opposed to the upwards struggle of knowing what to do.....or over thinking 🀣🀣🀣
    Good to see you're in agreement with Rick and to go for the hull first then the rest later. A real good point on spraying and hopefully the weather holds for the next month or so.....but it is the UK πŸ€”
    I'm going with both of you and hopefully get something done this weekend.
    Cheers Neil
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    17 days ago by neilmc ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi Rick
    Thanks for the reply and guidance which I'll be taking onboard, as mulling over its the most sensible route.
    Finishing off the hull also gives me some more time to figure out the best layout for electrics based on all the blogs.....no point in reinventing the wheel 😊
    Thanks again much appreciated
    Neil
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    πŸ“ Not sure which way to go
    18 days ago by neilmc ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi,
    Hope you are all safe and well?

    So after a crazy year or so with no time to do anything constructive things are getting a little quieter. So I thought I'd start back on my extended project......but I'm lost where to start.
    I have a the hull rubbed down but no superstructure fitted. Do I prime the hull and get ready for final paint then do the superstructure etc? Or do I fit the electrics, steering gear and all the superstructure and then paint everything?
    I've looked at some of the blogs and just can't figure the right way to go so any help would be much appreciated......even if it is a matter of choice your expert guidance is always a help.
    Cheers Neil
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    3 months ago by neilmc ( Warrant Officer)
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    Thats great Stephen thanks for looking into it. I know you have loads on and I am not desperate for anything just yet so plenty of time πŸ˜€

    Thanks
    Neil
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    πŸ“ Model Boat Website Shop
    3 months ago by neilmc ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi all,
    Haven't been on for a while as usual, but came on to purchase some bits from the shop. However when clicking the online shop link it returns as invalid.
    Has the shop shut or am I doing something wrong as my basket is still showing from a month or so.
    Stay Safe
    Neil
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    10 months ago by neilmc ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi Fred
    Not sure how to write this but sorry for the loss of your dad on Truculent.
    I was a submariner for 30 years after leaving I took up a volunteers position as a guide on Alliance. I always spoke about Truculent to the visitors so the memory of those that gave remained alive on Alliance. There's also a grave of Mervyn Johnston in Gosport cemetery that a couple of us attend in honour of the changes this sad loss but also the changes this bought about to submarine escape.
    An honour to know you on here Fred.
    Regards Neil
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    10 months ago by neilmc ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi Bill
    The guys at SLEC are really helpful and they've obviously thought about how to make their complete build user friendly. The tabs on the bulkheads simply slot into the cabin sides so no messing about with levels 😁. Just wish I'd done it months ago when it was warm weather as my shed is freezing now 🀣. As my poor little old heater has given up the ghost after tripping the house electrics πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
    Hope everything is OK and you manage to get back to it soon.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: SLEC Cabin Sides and Bulkheads
    10 months ago by neilmc ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi Mike
    Thanks for the solution which makes absolute sense. My concoction involved using ply to make the bulkheads bigger to provide a slot to hold the cabin sides. Yours makes much more sense and will achieve a better result. I'm presuming I dont need to cut back a huge amount and to use 4mm ply as well?
    Thanks again
    Neil
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    πŸ“ SLEC Cabin Sides and Bulkheads
    10 months ago by neilmc ( Warrant Officer)
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    Well at last a little time to spend on my long protracted project. Although it was only for a couple of hours I'm sort of pleased with the outcome.
    I knew buying bits from SLEC would need some adapting to fit an Aerokits model, but didn't cater for cabin sides being a shorter length. I was however impressed with the idea of slotting the bulkheads into the cabin sides makes the build very easy. Also had a go at the main cabin structure but the main supports were also to short.
    Hopefully you clever guys will have an idea on how to overcome this new problem 😁
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    πŸ“ No Leaks during bathtub testing
    10 months ago by neilmc ( Warrant Officer)
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    Always a good thing to know you're water tight. I would be interested to see the complete build in choppy bath with the jacuzzi function switched on πŸ˜€

    Cheers
    Neil
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    10 months ago by neilmc ( Warrant Officer)
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    Congratulations Colin on your new promotion always good to see true experience being rewarded.

    Keep safe and carry on posting

    Neil
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    10 months ago by neilmc ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi Colin

    Yeah the surrounds are laser cut ply probably 1.5 or 2mm but will measure tomorrow and let you know kind sir πŸ‘

    Cheers
    Neil
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    10 months ago by neilmc ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi Colin

    A couple of photos of the SLEC window surrounds as promised.
    The only issue I have found is the front cabin windows (ringed) are not the same shape as the Aerokits model.
    Cheers
    Neil
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    10 months ago by neilmc ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi Colin
    The window set from SLEC is quite good I'll post a picture tonight so you can see them in real life. I think they were only 11 or 12 quid delivered.
    Loving the fillet idea and I shall be doing exactly the same now so thank you for posting an excellent and easy solution.
    If the whole deck comes off does that cause issues with water ingress or is it a snug fit? I've seen a couple of boats on ebay with the arrangement you mention and thought people had just decided to make it that way..another education for me.
    Cheers Neil
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    10 months ago by neilmc ( Warrant Officer)
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    Agree SLEC are fantastic they did a bespoke laser cut for me to replace missing superstructure bits. But you're right again Colin their version is different to the Aerokits version especially in the length of the cabin sides by about 10mm at each end. Its causing a few problems for me at present and trying to fit something that extremely accurate to something that's old and out of line is fun......not
    So I'm feeling your pain and frustration you're having with the rudder.
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    10 months ago by neilmc ( Warrant Officer)
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    Thats excellent as you know things are all a little slow with my restoration so I have plenty of time to see what solution you go for 😁
    Just a slight concern on the word muddle...from what I've seen of your posts I didn't think that word would be in your dictionary πŸ‘
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    πŸ“ Norstar model fireboat.
    10 months ago by neilmc ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi Colin

    Looking good and coming together nicely. On the prop will you be adding any additional support to the hull? I was told sometime ago I needed to fill in the gap on mine between the prop and hull. If so I will be very interested to see what you do 😊

    Cheers Neil
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    11 months ago by neilmc ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi Doug
    I'll send them an email and ask if they would be happy for me to post the template catalogue on here. I'm sure it would be in their interest as no financial gain on my part.
    Cheers Neil
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    11 months ago by neilmc ( Warrant Officer)
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    Well the DPD man delivered my bits and pieces from SLEC today and I'm pretty impressed for the price paid.
    My initial intention was just to go for the main cabin pieces but this became a problem. SLECs ideal is to purchase sheets as opposed to bespoke runs on the laser cutter and to be honest it worked out cheaper in the end. Chris at SLEC is absolutely brilliant and provided a few options but the main ones were purchase the bespoke items at Β£26 plus postage or the items in the pictures for Β£32 plus postage.
    It was a no brainer in the end just hope it all fits as these are made for their version and not for the Aerokit version......hopefully they won't be to far off 🀞
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    1 year ago by neilmc ( Warrant Officer)
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    Cheers Bill if mines the same sort of turn around that would be ideal. Will see what comes in tomorrow from the catalogue they are sending through πŸ‘

    Many Thanks
    Neil
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    1 year ago by neilmc ( Warrant Officer)
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    I haven't tried that one yet as the name scares me a little however really tempted at a bottle of 50th Anniversary celebrating Black Tot day ☹️. Too young to remember that though 😊
    How long was the turn around for the decking you ordered?

    Cheers Neil
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    1 year ago by neilmc ( Warrant Officer)
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    Nerys that brings back so many memories πŸ˜‚ normally accompanied by an occasional 'sandy bottoms' but only with Port πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Sponson detailing.....
    1 year ago by neilmc ( Warrant Officer)
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    That looks absolutely amazing the paint job is fantastic as are the blog posts. Truly amazing for a gun buster πŸ˜‰
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    πŸ“ SLEC CMC Cutting
    1 year ago by neilmc ( Warrant Officer)
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    I took Scratchbuilder Bills advice and contacted SLEC for a quote on the wheelhouse parts and Chris at SLEC is really helpful. It would seem they have changed the old Aerokits part numbers to their own part numbers so my list made little sense at first. Chris figured it out but just in case he is sending a scanned copy of their catalogue for me to compare.
    Would I be able to post the catalogue on here as unsure if it would break copyright?
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    1 year ago by neilmc ( Warrant Officer)
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    Thank you Nerys and Colin hope managed a quick splice tonight in celebration 😊
    I cheated and went for a couple Captian Morgans with his spicy friends as my Pussers Rum seems to have evaporated πŸ˜‰
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    1 year ago by neilmc ( Warrant Officer)
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    At last a Warrant Officer again took some time but loads of experience gained along the way.
    Time to splice the main brace and thank you Martin 555 😊
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    πŸ“ Norstar model fireboat.
    1 year ago by neilmc ( Warrant Officer)
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    Now that is the perfect lady 😊
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    πŸ“ Norstar model fireboat.
    1 year ago by neilmc ( Warrant Officer)
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    Well that's a definite match made in heaven what an absolute superstar she is .... a wife, a nurse and even a modeller. True perfection 😊
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