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    Retired in 2015 took up model boat building in 2014 after 48 years in the Aero Turbine Industry.
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    πŸ“ Amati Italian Runabout (Riva Aquarama)
    19 days ago by Richard7 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hello Duncan, l haven’t built this model but have built some Billing Boat kits such as the Boulogne Etaples fishing boat and the St Canute tug, both plank on frame construction. I am by no means a professional builder and have used the vast knowledge of many of the builders on this web page to help me out and they are a very helpful. But just for my six penny worth of knowledge l have carried out a dummy build of the motor, battery and Electronic speed controller, then remove to start planking. When all planking is complete l use two part resin glue to seal the inside planking (2 coats) then pour some resin in the bottom to seal the keel, bow and stern areas, l have been pretty liberal with the amounts. My first R/C model was the fishing boat which had lots of room. However my tug was a serious challenge as space was very limited, so a lot of work and head holding during that period, but a few weeks ago l did achieve a dry run test of the electrics which was successful all l need now is for my council to repair the leak in my local boating pond!
    Good luck hopefully the professional guys will jump in soon, nice bunch of guys!

    Richard
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 3.)
    30 days ago by Richard7 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hello Gary, what a superb model, l am blown away with the steam power unit. I am happy to admit this engineering is way beyond my capabilities, but l will follow the progress and eventual first sailing.

    Great photos by the way,

    Richard
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    πŸ“ St Canute Rudder Control
    4 months ago by Richard7 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Thank you Gary, appreciate the compliments! It’s taken 3 years to get this far, it’s been a life saver during the lockdowns.

    Your rear cabin looks like a Clyde Puffer? Is it a scratch build or a kit? Think those old puffers were dam good.

    I agree l think will have to dig some of that block balsa out to make room, just hope l can get the linkage right to the rudder that’s something l find very difficult.

    Thanks for all your time and help, much appreciated,

    Richard
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    πŸ“ St Canute Rudder Control
    4 months ago by Richard7 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Thank you Dave,
    l might have a problem, the battery pack is a 6 cell 3700 7.2 v 3700mAh, have attached some photos below. I am using a Viper Marine 25 speed control and the receiver is a two channel Futaba R202GF. I only know the basics of RC, so that’s my stumbling block. Space in my model is very limited so l do need a relatively small rudder servo. Would you mind taking a look at my gear, do you think l have still have a burn out of l use this servo, would you know of any alternative to over come the voltage problem?
    Many thanks for your kind help,
    Richard
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    πŸ“ St Canute Rudder Control
    4 months ago by Richard7 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hello everyone,
    With very little space in my model of the St Canute ( Billing Boats) l am now looking for a small servo for the rudder control, l am thinking of the Hitec HS-5055MG basically as it’s the smallest l could find. Has anyone used this for a rudder control servo? as l am not sure if this ok to use. Have always had a problem setting up rudder control would anyone have any basic advice to help me set up the control as all my boats so far when in the null position it’s slightly to one side so the boat turns slightly. I know it’s a big ask but l sure could do with some help,

    Many thanks
    Richard
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    πŸ“ St Canute build help
    5 months ago by Richard7 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Good morning Ron, thank you for your help, this info is very helpful. I am amazed at the wide scope of info that you guys have that we can all tap into, amazing stuff.

    Richard
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    πŸ“ St Canute build help
    5 months ago by Richard7 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Thank you Admiral πŸ‘
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    πŸ“ St Canute build help
    5 months ago by Richard7 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hello everyone,
    I am coming to the end of a 3 year build of the St Canute Tug but need some help with the colour of the three lights on the forward mast, there are two lanterns and one light on the top of the mast. Would anyone know the colour sequence of these lights, l think the one on the top of the mast is β€˜white’ (?)
    Many thanks
    Richard
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Aeronaut Diva Cabin Cruiser kit
    5 months ago by Richard7 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi Robert,
    I built this Aeronaut Diva a couple of years ago, she is complete and ready to sale, l just need the council to refill the local pond which was emptied during the lockdown, so far she’s only been leak tested in a long plastic flower tub. I did post some photos during the build and some when she was completed. If you can find them let me know and l will repost them. It’s a very rewarding kit, with some challenges on the way.
    All the best
    Richard
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    πŸ“ Billings Tug St Canute
    1 year ago by Richard7 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Thanks Colin, l think when the Canute first came out the hull was built in two sections, the later kits it changed to a one hull build. However l did have a problem with the stern planking which l switched to balsa blocks, not ideal l know.
    Good luck with the build and would be interested in some photos as you progress.
    Cheers for now
    Richard
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    πŸ“ Billings Tug St Canute
    1 year ago by Richard7 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hello Colin, l have been building the St Canute over the last two years, for me it’s been a challenge l have to admit but l am getting there, if you look under Richard7 l have posted a few pictures of the build, if you cannot find them let me know and l will post them again. Unfortunately for Billing Boats it’s not uncommon to find pieces missing, l had two brass parts missing on the forward winch fortunately l had purchased the model through Cornwall Model Boats so they acted on my behalf to obtain these parts which too about 12 weeks. I have attached a picture of the winch and motor that l am fitting.
    All the best
    Richard
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    πŸ’¬ Re: St Canute Billing Boats Build Update
    1 year ago by Richard7 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Thanks Doug, the part is F197 2 off, I will contact CMB again for a chase up but I will also try your links. I will let you know how I get on.
    Cheers
    Richard
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    πŸ“ St Canute Billing Boats Build Update
    1 year ago by Richard7 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hello all...
    Throughout the lockdown l have managed to proceed with some pace the build of my St Canute tug, please don’t look to closely at the stern! I replaced the planking with some carved and shaped balsa blocks. The one big problem l have now is some missing brass parts (2off) to the forward anchor winch, Cornwall Model Boats have contacted Billing Boats but to date no luck, if anyone out there has any suggestions l would be most grateful.
    Many thanks
    Richard..
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    πŸ“ Paddle Steamer Waverley
    1 year ago by Richard7 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hey thank you for the Waverley update Doug, very much appreciated. Be good to see the old girl back on the Thames. We took a trip on the Waverley in 2018 to Whitstable, my wife suffers from MS and the crew made her very welcome helping her up the gangway and stairs, it was a terrific day!
    Richard
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    πŸ“ Lockdown Complaints
    2 years ago by Richard7 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Well said Sir...πŸ‘
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Clyde Puffer
    2 years ago by Richard7 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi there, is your Clyde Puffer a kit built or scratch built, l note that it’s a plank on frame hull?
    Richard
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    πŸ“ bad day at blackrock
    2 years ago by Richard7 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi Mark, very sorry to hear this but l wish you all the best while you fight this, may you remain strong and god willing you will bounce back and l can once again read your build blogs and learn from you model boat experience.
    God bless
    Richard
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    πŸ“ New projects
    2 years ago by Richard7 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hello Martin, I have posted some pictures of my St Canute. As you will see I had a bit of a problem with the stern area. The hull is now complete and just waiting for the long process of sanding down and sealing the planked area which I will do during the summer months as I can get out to the porch area. At this moment in time I have just started the superstructure. I am using Humbrol paints and thought a silk grey would do nicely for the deck but the silk paint is a nightmare very translucent and hard to get a good even colour. I would not recommend Humbrol silk colours in the future.

    One question I have would I be better to have purchased acrylic paint?

    Stay sage guys
    Richard
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    πŸ“ New projects
    2 years ago by Richard7 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hello Sir, l am pretty new to this art of model boat building but it was always my plan to start model boat building when l retired in 2015. As a youngster l was always in the model shop buying Airfix kits and Keilcraft balsa kits. My first project was the Billing Boats Norden, then l made the Billing Boats Boulogne Etaples which is RC, then the Aeronnaut Diva (RC). At present l am building the Billing Boats St Canute. I have enlisted the help from a great bunch of people on this web site who are very professional and have helped me Immensely.
    Stay safe everyone.
    Richard
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    πŸ’¬ Re: New England Lobster Boat
    2 years ago by Richard7 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    George, you have made a fantastic job of the Lobster Boat, wonderful colour selection, please share any other projects that you might have done in the past. This is a fantastic forum with a nice bunch of chaps and buckets full of knowledge and help, now that l cannot go to the pub or out to eat and stay home! it’s a perfect chance to resume a boat that l started a long time.
    Stay safe, Richard.
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    πŸ“ Paddle Steamer Waverley
    2 years ago by Richard7 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Thanks for the update Nerys, l sincerely hope she returns to service as planned. We had a terrific day trip in 2018 from the Thames to Whitstable via Southend Pier πŸ‘
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    πŸ“ Trawler build
    2 years ago by Richard7 ( Petty Officer 1st 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.
    Cheers
    Richard
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    πŸ“ Trawler build
    2 years ago by Richard7 ( Petty Officer 1st 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
    2 years ago by Richard7 ( Petty Officer 1st 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
    2 years ago by Richard7 ( Petty Officer 1st 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
    2 years ago by Richard7 ( Petty Officer 1st 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?
    2 years ago by Richard7 ( Petty Officer 1st 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?
    2 years ago by Richard7 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Thank you Martin....
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Advice re Gloss Varnish?
    2 years ago by Richard7 ( Petty Officer 1st 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?
    2 years ago by Richard7 ( Petty Officer 1st 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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