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    πŸ“ Trawler build
    16 hours ago by Richard7 ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Morning Sid, l am not sure if you can fibreglass over the sealer, l cannot see logically why you can’t but hopefully the Admiral could help with that one? I do know you can apply fibreglass with the Delux Resin to obtain a smooth finish to the hull. I also think you can still download a brochure from the Delux products web site which might help.
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    πŸ“ Trawler build
    2 days ago by Richard7 ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Sid, sorry to step in with your question to Doug but I thought I would let you know that I have used this Eze-Kote resin, it is similar to the Eze-Kote sealer. I used it on the hull of my Billing Boats Boulogne-Etaples fishing boat, its a great product. I use the sealer on the balsa to seal it and then a couple of coats of this resin which I used inside and outside of the hull, I will also use on my St Canute when ready. This is a link to the resin.
    Eze Kote – deluxematerials.com
    I have also attached a photo of the bottle.
    "Over to you Admiral"
    Cheers Richard
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    πŸ“ Trawler build
    4 days ago by Richard7 ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Sid, l have attached another copy of the two photos, the right way up this time!
    Richard
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    πŸ“ Trawler build
    4 days ago by Richard7 ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hello Sid,
    I am building a Billing Boats Tug β€˜St Canute’ during this build l had major problems applying the planking to the stern. So l turned to my Pals on this website who advised blocks of balsa in place of the planks, carved and shaped. I have attached a picture of the stern and the balsa sealer l used. I found this sealer very good, it’s non toxic and you can use water to clean brushes. So far l have three Coates and it seems to harden the balsa and seal nicely. I then intend to apply primer and spray paint later. I am sure you will hear from the other very experienced chaps on this website with alternatives.
    All the best from a wet and windy UK
    Richard
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    πŸ“ Stay Safe
    8 days ago by Richard7 ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Thanks Ron, l live just south of London and the rain last weekend was horrendous, fortunately the small boating lake l use for my boats is drained for the winter and refills around April. Before l retired l was working for a company based in Winnipeg, Manitoba overhauling aircraft turbines l run a one man U.K. office in Croydon....it’s a small world, one could say a very wet Croydon.
    Richard
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Advice re Gloss Varnish?
    21 days ago by Richard7 ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Thanks Pete,

    l purchased this one from Cornwall Model Boats. The only problem l had were the instructions, the original instructions are in colour but unfortunately they are in German and due to my miss spent youth my command and understanding of German is a big β€˜Zero’. They do supply a photocopy of an English version in black and white but they are not aligned completely with the originals, so it can be a little confusing. Having said all that l found it a terrific model to make, it has challenges but that’s the fun of it.
    Cheers
    Richard
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Advice re Gloss Varnish?
    21 days ago by Richard7 ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Thank you Martin....
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Advice re Gloss Varnish?
    22 days ago by Richard7 ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Doug, yup all the upper structures are varnished, the white is only below the water line. I’ve attached three photos of the completed boat, due to circumstances beyond my control ie β€œa new kitchen” l never managed to sail her as our small pool is drained in October and refills end of April so hopefully this year l will get some fun!
    Richard
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Advice re Gloss Varnish?
    22 days ago by Richard7 ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hello Tim, l think my email is a bit confusing although l did mention my St Canute l also mention the Aero-Naut Diva model which has a white hull which is the problem. When l first completed the hull of the Diva it was looking excellent but alas it is now browning off and definitely not looking good so that’s a job for this summer along with the building of the St Canute which is still in the planking stage.... as the Admiral recommended using a car paint lacquer spray from Halfords, which l must visit soon. Thanks anyway for your comments about the St Canute which are all very helpful,
    Cheers Richard
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Advice re Gloss Varnish?
    23 days ago by Richard7 ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Thank you Admiral πŸ‘
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    πŸ“ Advice re Gloss Varnish?
    24 days ago by Richard7 ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hello everyone,
    Its been a while since I posted anything but I have been reading all the posts and looking at some fantastic models by everyone! I am in the process albeit very slowly with my Billing Boats St Canute. However I have a problem with the white hull of my Aero-Naut "Diva", I sprayed this white using a Tamiya spray paint about 2 years ago and have noted the gloss varnish I applied to the hull has a tint of brown starting to form, it certainly is not as white as it was!! So I will have to rub this down and respray this summer, the varnish I previously used was Rustins Gloss Yacht Varnish, can someone recommend a gloss varnish that does not start to brown off?
    Thanks everyone
    Richard
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Billing Boats St Canute Tug Kit
    5 months ago by Richard7 ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Thank you Doug, very helpful info and your right l have been sanding the stern down by hand. Earlier this year l had a problem trying to plank the stern of the St Canute so l replaced planks with blocks of balsa, worked well but l now need to refine the curvature of the stern with filler. However you guys have come to my rescue as l resurrect my build having been put to one side while our kitchen was refurbished.
    Cheers and thank you
    Richard
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Billing Boats St Canute Tug Kit
    5 months ago by Richard7 ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hey thank you for your advice, very much appreciated.
    Richard
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Billing Boats St Canute Tug Kit
    5 months ago by Richard7 ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Thanks for your help Martin! πŸ‘
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Billing Boats St Canute Tug Kit
    5 months ago by Richard7 ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hi, have to admit it never crossed my mind to go to a DIY store as l have always stuck to a model suppliers such as Cornwall Model Boats, have you tried a filler from a DIY store, any suggestions? I need it to be water proof as l intend to fit R/C.
    By the way thanks for your prompt reply
    Richard
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    πŸ“ Billing Boats St Canute Tug Kit
    5 months ago by Richard7 ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hello, can anyone suggest a wood filler for my Billings Boat St Canute? At present l am using a J.Perkins light weight wood filler but l find that it becomes very powdery and by the time you have sanded down with a very fine sandpaper l remove more of the filler than necessary, is there any other filler out there that l could use?
    Appreciate any suggestions that you guys might have?
    Thanks
    Richard
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    πŸ’¬ Re: PS Waverley
    10 months ago by Richard7 ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hi David, just came across your model of the Waverley & I just wanted to congratulate you on a first class model boat! The detail is fantastic, its a truly wonderful model. It reminds me of a trip we did a couple of years ago on the Waverley from Tower Bridge - Southend Pier - Whitstable Harbour and back, spent a lot of time down in the Engine room, it brought back many memories when I was about 6 years old when my Grandad took me on a day trip on the Waverley.....
    All the best
    Richard7
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    πŸ’¬ Re: MTB patrol boat
    11 months ago by Richard7 ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Fabulous model super detail!!!
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    πŸ“ Bending balsa
    12 months ago by Richard7 ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hello, I am having a problem with the final stages of planking on my Billing Boats St Canute!! I am very interested with your method, could you please let me know what you are using in your 50-50 mix? I normally have a huge amount of patience as I have built a couple of plany on frame boats but some some reason I am really having a problem with this build...
    Thank you very much
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    πŸ“ Older Billings Models
    1 year ago by Richard7 ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hi Garth & Brianaro, l too have been building Billings kits, although l do find some of there instructions a bit hit and miss, but l think any kit has its challenge. My first Billing kit was the Norden fishing boat, my second kit was the Boulogne-Etaples, now l am currently building the St Canute tug, but l took a rest during the run up and over Xmas, to be honest l am struggling with the hull planking, so l will knuckle down very soon. I have also built the Aero-naut Diva which was a fine kit to make. Your chat reminded me of my early school days (late 50’s) when l used to spend my paper round money of the β€œKeilcraft boat kits” (May have got the kit name wrong), the boat l recall was called the Mermaid, does anyone out there remember these early kits? Anyway chaps l’ve attached photos of my current finished kits, l always like to see other completed kits!
    Happy new year and good modelling for 2019
    Richard

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    πŸ’¬ Broads Light Class Cabin Cruisers
    1 year ago by Richard7 ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Wow, that’s a fantastic model, you certainly have a eye for detail this is a beautiful model. I would just love to see to see this in the β€œFlesh” so to speak. You should be really proud.
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    πŸ“ PS Waverley
    1 year ago by Richard7 ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hello Martin, I haven't got any plans but we did take a day trip on the Waverley this September from Tower Pier to Whitstable, "Fantastic"....I have some photos if you need them, just let me know...…
    Kind Regards
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    πŸ“ St Canute Planking Help?
    1 year ago by Richard7 ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Aha, the old 6d and 1/- shilling takes me back to my first model making days with Keilcraft balsa kits such as the Mermaid, in those days l could buy a kit with two weeks paperboy wages!

    Thanks for the memory and about the packs of Balsa....
    Richard

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    πŸ“ St Canute Planking Help?
    1 year ago by Richard7 ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Thank you Colin, l plan to take a drive out to the Orpington branch of Hobby Craft on Sunday.....πŸ‘
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    πŸ“ St Canute Planking Help?
    1 year ago by Richard7 ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    No sir, it’s Sharps β€œDoom Bar”, β€œSea Fury” or β€œHarvys” best bitter.....plus the occasional guest beer.....

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    πŸ“ St Canute Planking Help?
    1 year ago by Richard7 ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Thanks Doug, You are a mine of information which this retired fella sure appreciates, if you were local l would buy you a pint!
    Cheers sir

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    πŸ“ St Canute Planking Help?
    1 year ago by Richard7 ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Oooops my reply to your emails should read "Blocks" of balsa...😊
    Richard

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    πŸ“ St Canute Planking Help?
    1 year ago by Richard7 ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hey guys, I cannot thank you all enough for all these suggestions and advice, what a great website this is!!! I am swaying to purchase some blacks of balsa and give this a try, I did the same with my first model of the Billing Boat Norden (much smaller model) but on that occasion the stern block came with the kit. Does anyone have a website that I can purchase these blacks of balsa? I will try my local Hobbycraft store but they are sadly winding down on a lot of items. it is my intention to paint the St Canute the same colours as Billing Boats suggest, so none of the planks will be varnished but I will have a lot of sanding and shaping to do.

    Many thanks again to you all,πŸ‘

    Kindest regards Richard

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    πŸ“ St Canute Planking Help?
    1 year ago by Richard7 ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hello everyone, l am looking for some tips / advice with the planking on the St Canute currently under construction. I have completed 5 planks on each side, but now it’s getting a bit complicated at the stern end. I have sat and thought about it over a few days, do l plank the majority of the hull and leave the stern to plank in small strips of left over planks? I acknowledge that to get the ideal shape there will be some considerable filling and shaping. If anyone out there has some pointers that would be great. Have attached a couple of photos, not very good but will try better photos in the morning.
    Thanks guys for your time and help,
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    πŸ“ Billing Boats St Canute Update
    2 years ago by Richard7 ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Thank you..πŸ‘
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