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    πŸ’¬ Re: Maiden voyage
    2 days ago by robbob ( Admiral)
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    Congratulations on completing such a wonderful model Graham πŸ˜€πŸ‘
    She certainly looks beautiful on the water.

    It looks like you had a 'camera boat' following her so I'm looking forward to seeing some interesting video soon πŸ“½ πŸ˜‰.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Test run......
    11 days ago by robbob ( Admiral)
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    Hi Sy.

    "Any new builds from your good self planned?"

    Yes, there's a new one lined up from a kit but it's still in final stages of production and adjustments to the CAD files. Hopefully won't be too long now 🀞.

    In the meantime I'm still catching up with DIY (house painting) and gardening (landscaping and then some new turf) so I've got plenty to keep me busy at the moment.
    There's a good chance of my club doing a show in September and I'm also hoping to show my boats at the IMBS at Warwick in November too if all goes ahead as planned.
    Rob.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Test run......
    11 days ago by robbob ( Admiral)
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    Congratulations on another spectacular model and a successful maiden voyage SyπŸ˜€πŸ‘.
    The video of her performing looks great and she's very confident even in choppy water.
    The water ingress may indeed just be splashback from the drives as mentioned.
    Now take a break and get that DIY and decorating sorted πŸ˜‰
    Rob.
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    πŸ“ Boat Shows
    22 days ago by robbob ( Admiral)
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    Hi All.
    I have posted two model shows on the Events page that I am directly connected to as an organiser or exhibitor.
    Perhaps I could ask others to post the shows that are now confirmed for 2021 such as the Blackpool show and the Midlands Model Engineering show at Warwick and any other that are now going ahead.
    Cheers πŸ˜€πŸ‘
    Robbob.
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    πŸ“ The BIG St.Albans Model Show 2021
    22 days ago by robbob ( Admiral)
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    The St.Albans and District Model Engineering Society are pleased to announce that we are holding our annual Model Exhibition on 25th & 26th September 2012.

    This incredibly popular local show is always well attended and there are lots of things to see and do for young and old and many local model clubs and societies will be exhibiting too!

    The Tamiya Truckers will be there too with their amazing display of R/C trucks, construction machines and military vehicles.

    Radio control model aeroplanes, helicopters, drones and hot air balloons on the flying field and a big model boating pool too for displays by local clubs and 'Have-A-Go-Boats' for the youngsters!

    Watch our YouTube video of the 2019 show to see what to expect.

    More details and ticket availability to be posted soon.
    https://stalbansmes.com/
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    πŸ“ International Model Boat Show 2021
    23 days ago by robbob ( Admiral)
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    The International Model Boat Show is regarded as one of the leading model marine exhibitions in the country.

    Visiting this exhibition is an experience not to be missed. With over 30 clubs showcasing their excellent modelling skills from early warships to cruise liners and modern power boats.

    The boat pool allows the club members both novice and experienced to showcase their boats at their best on water.

    The Tamiya Truckin' arena will also be at this year’s show, providing some great live action of their 1/14 and 1/16 scale radio control model vehicles.

    Advance tickets are available from the Early August.
    https://www.meridienneexhibitions.co.uk/events/international-model-boat-show
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    πŸ“ Battery issues
    27 days ago by robbob ( Admiral)
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    Hi Mike.
    Check the ESC is set for NiMh batteries and not LiPo with a voltage cut off ?
    I made that mistake on early runs of my Crash Tender.
    Rob.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Model complete, figures started.....
    28 days ago by robbob ( Admiral)
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    Hi Sy.
    Congratulations on completing another masterpiece πŸ‘ πŸ˜€.
    Supreme workmanship and finish as always.
    So onto the next project then......and just like everyone else I'm intrigued as to what it will be after considering the 'clues' that you have given us.
    Looking forward to seeing some video of this one and the RHIB too.
    Rob.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Instrument panel
    1 month ago by robbob ( Admiral)
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    Hi Mike.
    If all the leds are on a common switched circuit why not use common supply rails to the panel for all so that you only have two wires. Alternatively you could reconsider backlighting the panel as I suggested previously.
    Rob
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    πŸ’¬ Re: The end is in sight.....
    1 month ago by robbob ( Admiral)
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    Hi Sy.
    Just loving your work πŸ‘πŸ˜€πŸ‘
    The detail is quite amazing and Im looking forward to seeing the finished crew figures.
    Congratulations on another marvellous build...so what's next I wonder?
    Rob.
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    πŸ“ Loss of historic boat yard.
    1 month ago by robbob ( Admiral)
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    Hi Colin.
    That's a real tragedy ☹️
    Such a shame that it couldn't be saved.
    Will the boatyard's insurance pay up to re-build ??
    Rob.
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    πŸ“ Post Photos
    1 month ago by robbob ( Admiral)
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    Hi Martin.
    I just tried it out and........ IT WORKS!!!!πŸ‘πŸ˜Š
    I went into an old build blog post of mine and successfully re-arranged the order of some of the pictures.
    A BIG BIG THANK YOU πŸ‘ to Stephen (Fireboat) for implementing this long awaited improvement.
    There's no excuse for getting your 'photos in the wrong order now folks πŸ˜€.
    Robbob.
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    πŸ“ Waterslide Decals
    2 months ago by robbob ( Admiral)
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    Hi Doug.
    I did post the PDF graphics sheet for the life raft containers decals right at the start of this thread and they are in a variety of sizes too πŸ˜€.
    Rob.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Wiring conduit (tubing)
    2 months ago by robbob ( Admiral)
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    Hi Bill.
    It was mturpin013 describing how to make them for his Thames River Police Launch.

    https://model-boats.com/blogs/78377?sort=ASC

    Look for "Adding the bulkhead formers"

    Robbob.
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    πŸ“ Waterslide Decals
    2 months ago by robbob ( Admiral)
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    Hi JB.
    The decals are reasonably easy to generate from freely available logos and images on the web and I am usually able to generate any that I can't find.
    I use Adobe Illustrator which makes the job quite easy πŸ˜€.
    I print my decals on paper that I get from 'Mr.Decalpaper' on either clear or white background sheets using a Canon MG5750 printer and the results are exceptionally good.
    Rob.
    https://mrdecalpaper.com/
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    πŸ“ Waterslide Decals
    2 months ago by robbob ( Admiral)
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    Hi Pete.
    I'll send them to you as attachments in a PM.
    Rob.
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    πŸ“ Waterslide Decals
    2 months ago by robbob ( Admiral)
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    In your dreams shipmate !!
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    πŸ“ Waterslide Decals
    2 months ago by robbob ( Admiral)
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    Hi Martin.
    There's something to be said about sploshing preservative over a fence panel that is quite satisfying as it doesn't require quite as much finesse and a steady hand as when painting model boats πŸ˜†.
    I can do a 6' x 5' panel in ten minutes....two coats !! πŸ˜‚πŸ€£
    Rob.
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    πŸ“ Waterslide Decals
    2 months ago by robbob ( Admiral)
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    My Southampton Pilot Boat is finished, as can be seen in my build blog, and I'm awaiting a new build project to materialise so in the meantime I have been catching up with domestic DIY and gardening.

    However, as nice as it is to do all of that it is quite tiring and so by way of a bit of respite I thought I'd take a break and sit quietly, and make up some graphics for the life raft container on the pilot boat as it did seem a bit bare.

    Unfortunately I don't have any clear 'photos of the graphics on the real boat's life raft so I've had to use a large degree of 'modellers licence' to simulate what seem to be the ones most commonly seen.

    After looking at lots of 'photos of life rafts I assembled a set of graphics on the containers that I researched and also made up some others that I could not find.
    I used Adobe Illustrator to make up a sheet of these graphics in various sizes and printed them out on some clear decal paper and sprayed some gloss lacquer over the sheet.
    They were applied to the container using some setting fluids and when dry I put some black banding cut as very thin strips from some self adhesive vinyl. All of this was over coated with some more clear lacquer to fix and protect them.
    Fitted back on the boat they certainly enhance the look of the life raft container 😁.

    If anyone would like copies of the graphic artwork that I have made for my boat I would be very happy to supply a .pdf file on request. All you would need to do is print from the file onto suitable decal paper to make your own.
    I attach the PDF sheet of these particular graphics as an example.

    'Spose I'd better get back to painting the garden fences now ....☹️
    Robbob.
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    πŸ“ St. Albans & District Model Engineering Society
    2 months ago by robbob ( Admiral)
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    Hi JB.
    I do recall that it was a rather crisp winter's day but the lake was ice free and it was a very pleasant boating session and attracted lots of spectators who's interest and questions we always appreciate. 😊
    It all helps to raise the profile of the club and encourages young lads and lassies to look at the boats as carefully crafted models rather than 'toys' ........and more importantly we pick up new members to the club from time to time too 😊
    Robbob.
    http://www.stalbansmes.com/
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    πŸ“ St. Albans & District Model Engineering Society
    2 months ago by robbob ( Admiral)
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    Hi Jeremy.
    Just as an update on the present condition of the St.Albans boating lake, currently it's suffering from an excess of water which ordinarily would be very welcome during the summer months however the resultant flooding has rendered unusable for boating as the council have fenced off the lake until the levels recede ☹️
    The club are planning to have a sailing day at the first opportunity when the Covid restrictions allow and by that time the lake should be in a usable condition.
    Kind Regards.
    Robbob.

    PS. I have added a link a sailing day that a few of the club members had at the lake in Jan 2020!
    Little did we know that it might be the last for some while !!
    Boating on Verulamium Lake 5th Jan 2020
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    πŸ’¬ Re: The next project...........
    2 months ago by robbob ( Admiral)
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    Hi Martin.
    It's good to have you back....and catching up with things too.
    I'm very pleased that you appreciate the amount effort I put into writing my blogs and posting good photos too πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘
    Rob.
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    πŸ“ Recent Promotions
    2 months ago by robbob ( Admiral)
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    Thank you Martin.
    I thought I was a some way off the magic number of points required so it was a bit of a surprise but I'm nevertheless very grateful 😊 for my elevation to Admiral (again!).
    Rob.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Radar gantry nears completion and crew arrive!
    2 months ago by robbob ( Admiral)
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    Hi Sy.

    "What about you, have you a next project lined up?"

    I'd love to tell you all but until the prototype is in my hands I'll have to keep it a secret.

    Besides my own 'SWMBO' is taking advantage of the lull in my model making to catch up with mundane DIY and stuff πŸ˜‹
    Rob.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: The Final Reveal.
    2 months ago by robbob ( Admiral)
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    Thank you for your kind words Martin.
    I'm extremely pleased with the final look of the Pilot Boat and can't wait to see it running sometime soon.
    Next project...?
    Something is in the pipeline but there's been a small blockage caused by Covid ☹️
    Hopefully something very soon πŸ˜‰
    Rob.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Radar gantry nears completion and crew arrive!
    2 months ago by robbob ( Admiral)
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    More excellent progress Sy πŸ˜€πŸ‘.

    "a month or so of work to do I reckon?"

    I reckon that at your work rate you'll have it finished much quicker than that πŸ˜‰!.

    Rob.
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    πŸ“ ATTENTION ON DECK.
    2 months ago by robbob ( Admiral)
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    Welcome back Martin.
    It's been unusually quiet around these parts in your absence πŸ˜‰
    Good to hear things are looking up πŸ‘.
    Rob.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Final cabin detail
    2 months ago by robbob ( Admiral)
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    Hi Mike.
    Very nice finishing detail πŸ‘πŸ‘.
    I really like the way you've made the spray rail and I wish that I'd laminated the spray rail on mine as it was a b***r to form the piece with three curvatures just by steaming. When I last looked at mine the spray rail had lifted slightly at both ends ☹️so I may have to re-make it using your method πŸ˜€πŸ‘.
    Rob.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Painting the Hull
    2 months ago by robbob ( Admiral)
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    Hi Graham.
    Now that you point it out I can see the difference. It's just a 'mirror image' and 'modellers licence' can readily allow that πŸ˜‰.
    Rob.
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    πŸ“ RAF Crash Tender - Fire monitor - handle attachment
    2 months ago by robbob ( Admiral)
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    Hi Pete.
    It may stick but it will always be a very weak joint and prone to breaking with the slightest knock.
    If that doesn't work how about filing off the lugs to increase the glueing area, putting a very short 90 degree bend on the end of the brass wire to go into a drilled hole to make a secure mechanical fixing and then applying the Araldite to fix it in place.
    You could then build up the Araldite to re-make the shape of the lug that you filed off.
    Rob.
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