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    ๐Ÿ“ Death of a member.
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง PeteJev ( Master Seaman)
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    Colin my sincere condolences at your tragic loss, it must be a very hard time for you and your family my thoughts are with you.

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Electric ducted fan Bluebird
    4 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง PeteJev ( Master Seaman)
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    Very impressive and stable even after a bit of turbulance.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: MV Sarinda
    5 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง PeteJev ( Master Seaman)
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    Looking forward to the rest of the build. Great to see a historic boat being recognised. What scale are you building? All the best Pete๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: RAF Launch. Part5.Internal rebuild starts.
    6 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง PeteJev ( Master Seaman)
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    Hi Bill Hope all goes well with the hip. I note that your replacement bulkheads and lower decks are all in balsa instead of the original ply. Any specific reason for this or just that balsa is easier to work. All the best Pete

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Finishing touches RTTL 2755 finally complete
    7 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง PeteJev ( Master Seaman)
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    Rogal amazing detail cannot do anything but admire your skills๐Ÿ‘

    ๐Ÿ“ Rttl2755 maiden voyage Video
    8 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง PeteJev ( Master Seaman)
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    Super video Rogal lovely boating pond you have. Can you tell me was the boat a kit or scratch from plans. If kit I would love for this to be my next project. Happy sailing Pete

    ๐Ÿ“ Rttl2755 maiden voyage
    8 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง PeteJev ( Master Seaman)
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    A superb model one to aspire to. Please enlighten the uneducated what does Rttl stand for, the hull looks very similar to that of my Fire Boat is it in the family?

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: RAF crash tender refurb
    9 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง PeteJev ( Master Seaman)
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    Hi Trident re the port holes on early kits - below is the original Aerokit box cover which clearly shows the portholes. However the plans and elevations only show the location of one porthole on the side of the wheelhouse. I have installed the full set of portholes using preformed brass/glass units to the correct scale. Hope this helps. Pete

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Update
    9 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง PeteJev ( Master Seaman)
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    Excellent video, good to see the perspective from water level it makes the video so much more realistic, the crew figures are really good and set off the model perfectly. I hope I can film my models like this.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: RAF crash tender refurb
    9 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง PeteJev ( Master Seaman)
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    Excellent pictures they tell the full story. I hope my fireboat will be as good. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜ŠPete

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Success
    9 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง PeteJev ( Master Seaman)
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    Well done Neil they look great, I look forward to seeing them in action. You have beaten me hands down in the building process, I have just got my windows in!!!๐Ÿ˜€

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Water test
    10 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง PeteJev ( Master Seaman)
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    I was chuffed when my FTB floated, I took advantage of a torrential downpour that gave me a temporary lake at the bottom of the garden. Since then I have glazed the boat and fitted the rudder and servo and the rear deck towing eye. Working on all the deck fittings at the moment. Must do the decals and white plimsole line. I plan to give her two coats of clear sealant. What did you use Norway it looks very shiny. Pete๐Ÿ˜Š

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Aerokits Fireboat
    10 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง PeteJev ( Master Seaman)
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    Hi Mike I fitted the sheeting to my 34" fireboat by firstly doing the bottom sheets then the top. Each sheet was first dry clamped to the frame using large bulldog clips and heavy duty tape. I then sprayed them with water and steamed them in position with a domestic steam cleaner. I left them in position for 24 hrs. Each sheet was done independently. I then took them off the frame and propped them to a wall with a weight sitting in the curvature. After several days I then marked on each sheet the position of the bulkheads then glued, clamped and pinned with the very small brass nails provided in the kit. I will admit it was a struggle but eventually got them fitted. The photos below show the marked sheets and the fitting of the strake rails, again another steam job. Hope this helps, best of luck Pete

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Perkasa (SLEC Kit)
    11 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง PeteJev ( Master Seaman)
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    I like the finish you have achieved on the hull, well done. That big battery built in seems to be giving you a great performance. Any chance of some photos inside showing your set up. Lovely boat, I think it will be my next build after I have finished the RAF Fire Boat it has only taken 30 years so far!!!!! but getting close now. Pete

    ๐Ÿ“ DUKW
    11 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง PeteJev ( Master Seaman)
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    Hi Guys - I visited the D Day Museum at Portsmouth this week and there is a DUKW on display there including amazing real footage of the landings. Well worth a visit if you are in the area. It gives real insight into the hardships and sacrifice the services went through on that day. Also not far away was the Tangmere Aviation Museum and in a display case there were two models of RAF Rescue Launches, HSL 2509 and HSL 2548 both built to a very high standard and detail. I wish I had more time to fully research these museums. Pete

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Window fettling
    12 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง PeteJev ( Master Seaman)
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    Hi Neil - I am doing exactly the same job on my fire tender, using the SLEC windows and have been putting it off as it seems very fiddly. The forward cabin widows on my model were much too big and I have had to insert some infill pieces. Much appreciate the pictures it has helped significantly. I have painted the surrounds white, should they be aluminium colour? all the best
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: RAF Fire Boat 34" Original Keil Kraft Kit
    1 year ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง PeteJev ( Master Seaman)
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    Hi just to let you know I am still progressing albeit very slowly. I took advantage of a very large rainwater puddle at the bottom of my garden to check water tightness. All good and very pleased to see that it floated. I have just started to do the windows and portholes glazing and surrounds it seem to be taking an age. Enjoy the good weather Pete

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Progress is being made
    1 year ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง PeteJev ( Master Seaman)
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    We are working in parallel !!! just painted my boat after trial fitting the gear. I have used what I had in stock but had a couple of mishaps with paint reactions. Lesson for the future do not mix paint types without testing. I found the black Hammerite very good and a reasonable finish. I will look forward to your updates - Pete

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: RAF Fire Boat 34" Original Keil Kraft Kit
    1 year ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง PeteJev ( Master Seaman)
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    Hi all I seem to be working in parallel with Neil W my ancient fire boat kit is in a similar stage of painting. I decided to aerosol spray paint and after 2coats of sanding sealer and 2 coats of Isopon grey filler primer both inside and out the red underside (2 coats) was Rust-oleum Balmoral acrylic and the black 2 coats of Hammerite smooth. Just doing the cabin roofs in white again using the acrylic craft enamel. I am planning to spray the whole boat with clear varnish as the final finish. (Question should I do this after all the deck fittings have been installed) One other task is the glazing and window surrounds, I am using the SLEC pre-cut system but with no instructions I am planning to glue the glazing in 1st to the openings and then put the surrounds on after. (is this the best way?) at this rate I might be operational later this year.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Re: RAF Fire Boat 34" Original Keil Kraft Kit
    1 year ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง PeteJev ( Master Seaman)
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    Update -
    Hi All a few months have gone by and work has progressed on the boat. The rubbing strakes were steamed and glued into place using cyno and lots of high strength masking tape. The decks and roofs were constructed and all joints filled. The motor, prop shaft, rudder and servo fitted and tested and then removed. All of the hull inside and outside sealed and primed ready for final painting, a bit more sanding is needed on the deck areas as my filling technique is not that good yet.
    The windscreens on this 50 year old kit are a different profile to that of the window profiles currently provided by SLEC so some infilling has been done ready for glazing. No instructions were provided by SLEC so I guess the glazing is glued to the boat apertures and the pre-cut are glued on the outside. I intend to paint these window surrounds prior to fitting. Is this the right way?

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: RAF Fire Boat 34" Original Keil Kraft Kit
    1 year ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง PeteJev ( Master Seaman)
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    Hi Duncan P many thanks for that additional info, that was a similar strategy I used for the hull skinning so I will try that again with the rubbing strakes. Have you any photos of the RC and motor installations as I have not yet decided on the locations of the kit. Also did you need to ballast the boat. Thanks Pete

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    ๐Ÿ“ RAF Fire Boat 34" Original Keil Kraft Kit
    1 year ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง PeteJev ( Master Seaman)
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    I purchased this unused very early kit at a car boot sale for ยฃ3.50!!!! over 30 years ago and laid the keel, bulkheads & stringers in the early 90's. It then went up in the garage loft until 2021 during lockdown when it was resurrected and work has progressed. I had been an avid aero modeller but that had been abandoned when I took up classic car restoration in 1994, so now I have more time on my hands I thought it would be a good idea to get this model finished. Even after all this time (kit over 50 years old) the ply and timber all in good condition with only minor delamination (surely a testament to kit suppliers of old) I have nearly completed the hull, decking and superstructure and trial fitted the propshaft and motor. I am struggling with getting the rubbing strakes right at the moment, planning to use steam bent 1/8" obechi and cyno glue with six pairs of hands!! I am planning to seal the hull and use aerosol spray paint. Father Christmas gave me a full set of deck fittings but that is a long way off. Also noticed a recent post about the Mid Thames Boat Club which is not too far from me, so planning to make contact and get a bit more advice. Really pleased I found this website as it helps a lot. I will keep you in touch with the progress Happy New Year everybody Pete

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: RAF Crash Tender
    2 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง PeteJev ( Master Seaman)
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    Hi I am building the 35" version of this model, I started the build 30 years ago!!! after I bought the kit at a car boot sale for ยฃ3.00 !! it is an original Kiel Kraft kit probably 50 years old. Surprisingly the ply pre cut components are ok just a small amount of de-lamination of course band saw cut so not as accurate as modern laser cut. When I started I was a very active aero modeler but in the mid 90's went into classic cars so models became redundant. Any way started a couple of months ago to enclose the hull and have got to the decking after sealing the hull inside. I am planning to use a brushed motor with a 7.2 nicad pack with a 35mm 2 bladed prop. The photos of other builds have been most instructive thanks guys, I have noticed that on Dave's boat above the aft well is fairly low down. How did you manage to get the rudder post so low and where did you mount the servo?



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