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    (Working Vessel) Maartje
    Dutch Beam Trawler, registered UK, lost with all hands off Texel 1966. (Motor: 450 MFA) (ESC: Action Electrics) (5/10)
    (Fire Boat) RAF Tender
    Yet to be completed with a fair bit of work to do. Has been on water to check watertight and balance. (Motor: Twin MFA 800) (5/10)
    (Tug Boat) Hobby Engine Richardson
    Just aquired this as a 'recovery' boat............... Making some changes as it looks a bit 'too shiny' (Motor: 2 x 280) (7/10)
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    A Robbe Smaragd that I have had for some years. it was built from the kit when I bought it. Now refurbishing it. (8/10)
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    πŸ’¬ Search light
    6 months ago by NPJ ( Warrant Officer)
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    How I wish I could do that. Great stuff, much admired skills.

    NPJ
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    6 months ago by NPJ ( Warrant Officer)
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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............

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    πŸ“ Pretend deck planking
    6 months ago by NPJ ( Warrant Officer)
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    Well this is going along very nicely............

    By the time I need to do it all will be resolved!

    So grateful to you all.

    NPJ

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    πŸ“ Pretend deck planking
    6 months ago by NPJ ( Warrant Officer)
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    Great stuff Sid.

    I will be trying that this week-end.

    All the best down there!
    NPJ

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    πŸ“ NPJ Phone me
    6 months ago by NPJ ( Warrant Officer)
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    Will ring tomorrow John.

    No idea how that happened.

    Best Wishes.
    Neville.
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    6 months ago by NPJ ( Warrant Officer)
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    Going to try this a a piece of scrap.

    May be what I need for the Yacht rather than all that cutting and sticking................
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    πŸ’¬ Spraying Again.......
    6 months ago by NPJ ( Warrant Officer)
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    Just to feel comfortable I am going to go with a matt sealer of some sought............

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    πŸ“ Pretend deck planking
    6 months ago by NPJ ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hey Doug, that was a good one.

    I have used the stuff for a couple of years and kept the rags in a plastic washing powder container with the tin of oil..................

    Going to change that now!

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    πŸ’¬ Spraying Again.......
    6 months ago by NPJ ( Warrant Officer)
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    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

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    πŸ“ Spraying Again.......
    6 months ago by NPJ ( Warrant Officer)
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    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 β€˜ 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 β€˜solid’. When I came back to it some weeks later the longer drying period had shown up some gaps.

    Well not gaps actually but β€˜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 β€˜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 β€˜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 β€˜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 β€˜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

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    πŸ“ Message for NPJ
    6 months ago by NPJ ( Warrant Officer)
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    Have just seen this. PM sent.
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    πŸ“ model boat show
    6 months ago by NPJ ( Warrant Officer)
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    Great stuff.

    Have now found cheque book................Not used for nine and a half months!

    So will now join and hope to have a couple of craft there in May.

    Hope to see you soon.

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    πŸ’¬ Julieth 4 French fishing boat
    6 months ago by NPJ ( Warrant Officer)
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    Thanks very much for that Canabus.

    Will get some.

    All the best.

    NPJ.

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    πŸ’¬ Julieth 4 French fishing boat
    6 months ago by NPJ ( Warrant Officer)
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    Just the thing for two projects I have lined up. Which adhesive did you use?

    All the best.

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    πŸ“ Margaret's health
    6 months ago by NPJ ( Warrant Officer)
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    I live in Caerwys off A55 Junction 31.

    I think you are Prestatyn or close by.

    Is that right?

    Regards.

    NPJ
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    πŸ“ A Tragic Tale Unfolds
    6 months ago by NPJ ( Warrant Officer)
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    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

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    πŸ’¬ Ellesmere Port Model Boat Club
    6 months ago by NPJ ( Warrant Officer)
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    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.

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    πŸ’¬ Julieth 4 French fishing boat
    6 months ago by NPJ ( Warrant Officer)
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    What a great idea using that blind.....................

    It has given me all sorts of ideas.

    Well done that man!

    Cheers.

    NPJ

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    πŸ“ A Tragic Tale Unfolds
    6 months ago by NPJ ( Warrant Officer)
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    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.

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    πŸ“ Margaret's health
    6 months ago by NPJ ( Warrant Officer)
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    Thoughts are with you Onetenor.

    If I can help I live quite close.

    NPJ.
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    πŸ“ A Tragic Tale Unfolds
    6 months ago by NPJ ( Warrant Officer)
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    About a month ago I came across a wooden model of a Side Trawler by the name of β€˜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 β€˜kit’ or β€˜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 β€˜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.

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    πŸ“ Exciters/transducers
    7 months ago by NPJ ( Warrant Officer)
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    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

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    πŸ’¬ Sticking and Spraying
    7 months ago by NPJ ( Warrant Officer)
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    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

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    7 months ago by NPJ ( Warrant Officer)
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    Dutch Beam Trawler, registered UK, lost with all hands off Texel 1966. (Motor: 450 MFA) (ESC: Action Electrics) (5/10)

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    πŸ“ Sticking and Spraying
    7 months ago by NPJ ( Warrant Officer)
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    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

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    7 months ago by NPJ ( Warrant Officer)
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    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

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    7 months ago by NPJ ( Warrant Officer)
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    Thanks all. That is what I will do when it comes to it.
    I will print off the A3 in colour now as it looks so good!
    Hope to post later on general progress and an unexpected extra!

    TTFN

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    7 months ago by NPJ ( Warrant Officer)
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    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

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    πŸ“ Plimsoll Line
    7 months ago by NPJ ( Warrant Officer)
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    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

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    πŸ“ Southampton Tug Boat
    7 months ago by NPJ ( Warrant Officer)
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    I assume you have moved on from the above.

    How did it go?

    Cheers.
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