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Nice model. You must be an artist with your feather duster on that one...................... You rambling? Now there is an image to conjure with.....You in shorts and hiking boots with a rucksack on your back full of sausages............ NPJ
Thanks both.Really helps. Question is as I have not used it before............"How wet is wet"? I have no idea and have not seen reference anywhere here. I thought I had and image of the 'mouths' but cannot find it. Only two small instances and at the overlap areas. Very pleased with how the damaged areas are looking and how solid the who;e thing now feels. If I am going to really wet it with rubbing down, I will bring forward the bath test as that will be quite a moment for me! All the best both. NPJ
Well had a break of a few weeks, now back on the job. So now have a Red Oxide boat rather than Yellow one……………… Although these next stages are a bit ‘ samey’, I have learnt a few things as it happens. For example, I had put three coats of the Halfords filler/primer on a couple of days before I had a break. Now when I left it all looked dry, well covered and ‘solid’. When I came back to it some weeks later the longer drying period had shown up some gaps. Well not gaps actually but ‘mouths’ where tissue I had overlapped had pulled apart slightly. Interesting, easily fixed with some 240 grit sanding, showing that the drying period is longer than it would appear. At least for filler/primer which is a much thicker substance than just spray paint. With the sanding, I had not appreciated the difference between the grades say from 240 upwards (or is it downwards) as my experience was with doorframes and floorboards. For the stage I am at, 240 and 400 seem very effective and leave a good surface. What I did find was how important dust becomes……………… The sandpaper rides on it (the powdery dust) and so becomes much less effective and I found brushing with a thin 2 inch brush worked well, using the vacuum cleaner to clear up later. I did try blowing it off with the heat gun but that put the dust up in the air too much. It is my intention to try ‘wet and dry’ approach for later coats and looking for a better answer when it comes to finishing coats. Another interesting discovery was coverage per rattle can. It may be my ‘beginner’ technique, but it seems to take a lot of paint. On this size of boat hull, 44inches (112cm) by 14 inches (36 cm), it took a 500ml rattle can of yellow filler/primer for three coats. For two coats of the red primer it took the whole of a 300ml can. Also discovered, using these ‘rattle cans’ for the first time, that the primer on its own comes out differently to the filler primer. This unsettled me for a minute or so but appreciate may be due to the different density so will be aware next time. Another issue that became obvious was…………..I must improve my ‘masking off’ ! So that is it so far. Next stage is - going to buy a couple more cans for the finishing coats, do a bath test, mark the white line point, more sanding down and then start applying the finishing coats. Any helpful comments will be much appreciated. NPJ
What I mean was 'open days' or club exhibitions. Would be good to see it there. I am hoping to have it ready for say March/ April events next year. I am now going to have to look up St Abbs.......................... All the best. NPJ
Hello there epmbcmember. I went to visit you site a couple of weeks ago to sus out the approach. A great pool and facilities. Met a very helpful lady who give me a look around and a membership form. I am a little limited in movement and your setup looks to be at the right height, approachable and no parking problems. I live in North Wales and will be sending the membership form in as soon as I can find my cheque Book! All the best. NPJ.
Hello Martin, Yes my wife thought the same about the hair styles.............. Probably images chosen from photographs when they were younger and looking their best. The boat was only only four years old when it went down in a North Westerly gale on 23rd February. Urk only had some 6000 inhabitants then and such a loss of local men must have been a very emotional time. When my current project is finished, say after Christmas, I hope to bring the model back to nearer the original full size appearance and put all the pictures and history with it at some of the local 'Boat Days' next year. All the best. Neville.
About a month ago I came across a wooden model of a Side Trawler by the name of ‘Maartje’ dating from what I assume was the Sixties. It is 84 cm long (33 inches) with a beam of 19cm (7.75 inches). The then owner had found it in a poor state and had reconstructed and painted to a large degree, but then turned to model trains. It was not known whether it was a ‘kit’ or ‘scratch’ built but he had however found it was a model of a boat, UK 223, lost with all hands in the North Sea off Texel (NL) in 1967 thought to be registered in Diss UK.. I am aware that such a tragedy is not uncommon with sea fishermen but I had never come across a model of such a boat. I had some time on my hands so I started to make enquiries and I was surprised how helpful people were. I had contacted the Dutch Embassy in UK, the Press Association in Netherlands and the Texel Tourist Information Centre. Within a very short time I had responses not just from those sources but also from others they had contacted. A major response was from the Embassy with the names of the crew of five, some were never recovered and important, was information from the Harbour Master of the Port of Urk, Netherlands confirming the boat was registered there and who then contacted the son of the captain of the ‘Maartje’ and gave him my contact details. I am pleased to say the captain’s son Jauwk contacted me and we are now in frequent communication. So we now know the date of the loss, the sea area, weather conditions names of the crew and results of the enquiry. Also very personal and emotional information including the fact that two of the crew were father and son and that the captain’s wife was carrying his son, Jauwk at the time of the loss. You never know what this hobby may lead you into. NPJ.
Great stuff. Really useful. Interesting that they do not want boxing in. It is the mrrc ones that I intend to use on the Launch. Have Dayton ones on the tug. Away at the moment but will check out you YouTube stuff when back. Are you saying more open foam/polystyrene works better than the more dense stuff? Cheers. NPJ
Now what are you moaning about? Is this not the build blog? I am working on a tablet and struggling............ The colour was Halfords choice. The only filler/primer in a fifteen mile radius! Will have more detail on the progress when matters are back to what passes for normal. TTFN NPJ
Maartje by NPJ Fleet Admiral! Posted: 5 months ago
[Score: 7/10] 33" Maartje Single Propellor (3 Blade 30mm) Direct Drive to a 450 MFA (3 Blade) Controlled Through Action Electrics ESC - Comments: Wooden construction, Dutch Beam Trawler, registered URK Netherlands lost with all hands off Texel 1967.
This is the situation as of this week. I now have a yellow boat! Now out of communication for ten days ish......... Shed loads of stuff learned during this part of the project. EziKote great stuff to use. Matting easier to apply than imagined. TTFN. NPJ
Having trouble communicating due to not using usual equipment and not being at home most of the time......... Did try last night on a tablet but lost all I had typed! I am having to work with just one screen and not used to that. Going to try again now. What do you know about Trawlers.......................? TTFN. NPJ
Thank you both. Do not have plans or a laser, but I take the point about allowing for the load re batteries ect. Only just starting with filler primer so have a little time yet to get the bits. Cheers all. NPJ
Well even the LWL, but the point is..... Is the method to put the boat in the bath, mark a couple of pencil lines both sides then, after drying, stick some white line tape on from Cornwall Models? It sounds too easy............... I have looked in this list and the boat related thread but cannot find an example. Cheers. NPJ