Ok, so I bit the bullet and got seem epoxy for the hull skins. I had some Gorilla glue but it was suggested that epoxy was better. Damn the stuff took ages to apply, and finding ways to clamp one hull skin with the limited stuff I had was testing my patience. I’ll be honest, I spent nearly an hour just finding ways of securing the hull skin to the frame. Used clamps, masking tape, bits of the kit and scraps to get it secured. Then just needed to wait 16 hours for it to set.....If you want to see some really impressive model making go to Harry Potter World. Hog warts Castle in there is immense. So pics show current state of play with one half of the bottom hull done. Next work will be at the weekend or next week, getting the other side on....
Ok, plans didn’t quite work out on hours on the boat over the last couple of weeks. I got the chine stringers fitted on 18 Jan, 30 mins soak and then about an hour’s work to get them properly in place pinned, on the inside lamination only, and glued. Deck supports fitted too. Spent the weekend helping my daughter move house so no boat action. On 22 January, Tom Foster, aka Boatshed, did me a massive favour by finding a copy of the Model Boat Magazine from June 2012, and scanning the pages with a review of the kit I’m building. You’re a legend Tom, thanks. I spent the next couple of days busy watching Bristol City, working and ordering the ESC, Mtronics Marine 25, some Eze Kote to seal the insides, once done, and ordering primer and paint having chosen my colour scheme. I did another 30 mins sorting out the cabin roof and rails on 24 January. Chamfered the rebates ready for fitting the hull bottom maybe an hour.
So here’s another partially built Riva Aquarama, my second project and Plan B after Ciao Bambina ran into stringer difficulties. I started this one on 14 April 2016, and had only 16 days, none of which meant full time working on the boat but merely an hour or two available some evenings and at weekends, to finish this before a friendly “Boat Race” at Coate Water in Swindon with a few friends. Not much in the way of rules for the event, just bring along an RC boat. I didn’t get it finished in time, and since the event, which is the last picture in the post, I have only been able to spend a few more hours, mostly spent planking small mahogany strips over the hull and fore deck. I will be moving this Project 2 forward in between phases of work on the Sea Commander (Scrumpy 3), which is a kit build and is going well after around 6 hours work so far.
So here’s my partly completed Riva Aquarama, to be named Ciao Bambina, a scratch build from plans, with laser cut marine ply as the base structure. I started her in April 2016 and got to the stage of balsa wood stringers as per the plans and got into a real pickle, breaking pretty much every strip and gave up after six days of struggle. I then focused on Plan B, which was Project 2, a smaller Riva Aquarama, and again a scratch build, for an event planned with friends at the end of April 2016. I’ll come back to Ciao Bambina once I have completed my Sea Commander and the smaller Riva I think. The stringers will be made with laminated 3mm strips Okichi or similar, which is the way the Sea Commander has been done, so I have learned something from the experience. Balsa doesn’t really work on a big stringer! I will update as I progress the project.
Ok, we had a boat race, of sorts on 30 April 2016 at Coate Water in Swindon, with friends in a race to build and sail their own boats. This year we are doing a rerun of that event. We are totally amateurs at this, and there are few if any rules for the event, other than turn up with an RC boat of some description. If you happen to be around and would like to join in, be my guest.
[Score: 1/10] 34" Ciao bambina Twin Propellors Direct Drive - Comments: This is Project 1, a scratch build Riva Aquarama from Plans, with laser cut marine ply as the basis for the bulkheads etc. Started on 5 April 2016 and in the space of 6 days got to stringers, which is where it all seemed to go wrong. Try as I might I couldn’t get them to bend around, using balsa wood and various techniques. I left it to one side to concentrate on Project 2, and haven’t picked it up since, hence the poor rating I have given it. It will be finished at some stage, probably after I have completed my Sea Commander and the other Riva boat. I will update with more pics as I go along.
[Score: 2/10] 26"/1000g BellaRagazza Twin Propellors (3 Blade 35mm) Direct Drive to a Turnigy D3548/4 1100kv (3 Blade) Powered by LiPoly (11.1v) 6Amp/h Batteries Controlled Through Turnigy Plush 60A ESC ESC - Comments: Ok, so this is Project 2 of 3. Started as a scratch build from plans purchased from John Toms as I recall back in March 2016. Yes, I know, should have finished it by now, but I have been busy with life and work and all that jazz. The photo shows where I got to within a month. Progress has been painfully slow since and mostly about planking the hull and fore deck in tiny mahogany strips. Painstaking work too. I will be picking this up more in between my Sea Commander work, probably while glue/paint is drying etc. It should be nice when it’s finished.Update, I managed to add some more planking to the hull while waiting for epoxy to set on Scrumpy 3’s hull. . Some more photos attached.
[Score: 2/10] 34"/1500g Scrumpy 3 Single Propellor (2 Blade S Type 40mm) Direct Drive to a CEM750S (2 Blade S Type) Powered by LiPoly (11.1v) 6Amp/h Batteries Controlled Through Mtronics Viper Marine 25A ESC - Comments: I’m building an Aerokits Sea Commander from the kit by Jotika. It’s early stages yet, so some details are missing but I have added all I can at this stage. I will update as I go with latest photos and progress. Update, work is going’s well, not much time spent over the last couple, of weeks, but have progressed to fix the first bottom hull skin. Photos attached to show progress, see Build Blog for more details.
Ok, so I’m thinking about fittings, which is probably a bit premature to be honest considering build progress to date, but then the issue of scale rears its ugly head. Please can the experts among you tell me what scale the Sea Commander is/appears to be? Anyone with one and has figures that look good, what size are your figures, life belts etc.? Thanks again for your help in advance.
Thanks Michael T. I’ve been advised they cause issues with flat/down spots on the hull etc, so trying to avoid using them. As for working/building in the kitchen, it’s work done in the garage and brought into the kitchen for photos as the light is better there. 😉
Evening all. I’m building the Sea Commander and note that Model Boats magazine had an article in June 2012 reviewing the kit and build. Anyone have a copy of the article (page 10 onwards) they could scan and email to me. Tried MagsUK and others but can’t find anyone who has a back copy available. Thanks in advance!
Hello everyone. I’m a relative novice with 3 projects on the go at the moment. Project 1 is a Riva Aquarama, which stalled at the stringer stage. Project 2 is a smaller Riva Aquarama which stalled at the planking stage. Project 3 and the subject of this build blog is an Aerokits Sea Commander, photos to follow. Kit delivered Tues 9 January and spent about 6 hours on it so far. Using typical PVA glue and trying to avoid any brass pins choosing instead clamps of various shapes and sizes and liberal application of masking tape. It’s a good kit and the pieces have gone together well so far. Stringers were a challenge as always, but 30 minutes of soaking got them to bend to the right shape. Next stage is chamfering the false rebates along the keel, chamfering the stringers and the bottom hull sides for a neat fit. That will Be Monday night and Wednesday evening’s work. I have a Dremel which should make that job easier. I would be keen to hear of any motor/shaft mods anyone recommends. Also, any ideas on final finish colours or schemes, may consider mahogany and lime deck? Thanks
😆Hello everyone. I’m a relative novice with 3 projects on the go at the moment. Project 1 is a Riva Aquarama, which stalled at the stringer stage. Project 2 is a smaller Riva Aquarama which stalled at the planking stage. Project 3 is an Aerokits Sea Commander, photos to follow. Kit delivered Tues last week and spent about 4 hours on it so far. Keen to hear of any motor/shaft mods anyone recommends. Thanks