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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
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
[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
Thanks for that nutrunner. All the information I need. Not mobile for a couple of weeks, but thanks for the invitation. Which are your 'Club Days' and do you have a 'closed season'? You are as close to me as my 'Home Club' and my driver could do with a change of scenery! Cheers. NPJ
On to Coating and Matting. (as well as sanding!) Now have at least finished all the stripping. Then did the ‘bright light in the hull bit’ to look for areas that needed patching. The major problem area was in the bow and that did not receive the light as it is a totally blanked off compartment. However, it was obvious from the outside anyway so, could I assume it was the only leak? Decided to put a fine matt over the whole hull, not deck, just to be sure of best chance of success. I can imagine what will be said here if it still leaks after all this! I had ordered some supplies ready for the next stage and drew up a plan view of the boat to help think through layout of electrics and other items. Made my usual mistakes about size. Some fittings purchased too small………However, never too large now that’s interesting. Some materials purchased too large. Now have a life’s worth of Resin……(when does it ‘go off’ by?) Also have a lounge floors worth of tissue matting! Also Sandpaper. Now there is a mine field. So now I know a bit more about that and which way the numbers work! When I forgot to put the mask on, I had some of the crispest 'bogies' in years.............. No images posted! On the plus side, although I never wanted to get into this stripping sanding, filling sanding, sealing sanding, matting sanding, painting sanding, painting, sanding bit……………. I now feel I started out with someone’s boat I had bought and now it has become “my boat” for real! I am at the stage now where I have put some filler in and applied the first coat of Eze-Kote from DeLuxe Materials To use Eze-kote read stuff from RNinMunich on this blog or the’ leaking boat’ thread. Washes out of the brushes very easily. There is such as this ..... Youtube link - watch?v=yP05qv3QtUk RNinMunich or Colin H. and the like have bits of extra comment and experience that is always very helpful. BTW, after that finer sanding before first coat, I did the dust down and vacuuming bit but it still felt a bit ‘chalky’ so I gave it a wipe with Methylated Spirits. Now I realise that has water in it, so if anything goes wrong it could be blamed on that................. Having left the first coat to dry I started to cut out the light matt to apply after the next sanding. The matting I have is called Glassfibre Surface Tissue EGlass from FibreGlass Direct. A part of Tricel Composites (NI) Limited. Available internationally in lengths from a metre upwards, it is quite fine in weave so we shall see what happens. I have left quite a wide margin at the moment but may reduce that when I have tried using it! This is another first for me so plenty of room for mistakes............... Will need to cover with the matt in stages as I cannot get around all the boat without changing its position. Going for the bottom of the vessel and stern board first as I figure they are going to be easier than some of the other bits. Then will leave that to cure before moving the boat. Really worried about the joins/overlaps and how well I will cope with those, not to mention the curved bit! Started to look at electrics and layout for a bit of a change. I will post again when I have had the first battles with the matting! TTFN. NPJ
It seems that there was not enough 'take up' to justify all the effort from the usual small group of 'workers'. Regrettable, but as I am sure you have found, these things roll in cycles. The good news is that after a lot of effort from some of the members, the Lake is now free enough of weed to allow use. That must have been a lot of hard work. TTFN NPJ