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    πŸ“ Paddle Steamer Waverley
    25 days 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 months ago by Richard7 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Well said Sir...πŸ‘
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Clyde Puffer
    2 months 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
    4 months 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
    4 months 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
    4 months 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
    4 months 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
    4 months 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
    5 months 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
    5 months 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
    5 months 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
    5 months 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
    5 months 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?
    5 months 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?
    5 months ago by Richard7 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Thank you Martin....
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Advice re Gloss Varnish?
    5 months 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?
    5 months 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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    πŸ’¬ Re: Advice re Gloss Varnish?
    5 months ago by Richard7 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Thank you Admiral πŸ‘
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    πŸ“ Advice re Gloss Varnish?
    5 months ago by Richard7 ( Petty Officer 1st 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
    10 months ago by Richard7 ( Petty Officer 1st 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
    10 months ago by Richard7 ( Petty Officer 1st 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
    10 months ago by Richard7 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Thanks for your help Martin! πŸ‘
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Billing Boats St Canute Tug Kit
    10 months ago by Richard7 ( Petty Officer 1st 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
    10 months ago by Richard7 ( Petty Officer 1st 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
    1 year ago by Richard7 ( Petty Officer 1st 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
    1 year ago by Richard7 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Fabulous model super detail!!!
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    πŸ“ Bending balsa
    1 year ago by Richard7 ( Petty Officer 1st 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
    Regards
    Richard

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    πŸ“ Older Billings Models
    2 years ago by Richard7 ( Petty Officer 1st 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
    2 years ago by Richard7 ( Petty Officer 1st 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.
    Richard

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    πŸ“ PS Waverley
    2 years ago by Richard7 ( Petty Officer 1st 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
    Richard

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