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    ๐Ÿ“ Very sad news Martin555
    4 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง robbob ( Admiral)
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    Very shocking and sad news. ๐Ÿ˜”
    Martin had a very individual character and added a different dimension to this site.
    His comments were always welcomed and his humour was unique too!
    He will be missed by all.
    Robbob.

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Tubes/conduits and balsa blocks
    8 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง robbob ( Admiral)
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    Hi Andy.
    Great progress so far ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜€.
    The kit I was supplied with for my test build was a 'pre-production' version and the balsa bow blocks were indeed laminated from various pieces.
    I think you should really orientate piece 3 with the grain to ensure that it sufficiently extends to the bow to allow for shaping. The piece appears to be slightly thinner than it really could be but then it will be 'flattened' to a degree to form a flat surface for the external keel to sit on. The external keel parts in my kit were supplied in balsa but I re-made them in ply so that they would be more sturdy if knocked.
    Are they supplied in ply now?
    Keep up the great work.
    Robbob.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: 04 The inner keel
    9 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง robbob ( Admiral)
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    Excellent progress Mike ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‘.
    Like you, I have left the prop-shaft fixing until the motor mount is in the right position. ( I must start posting my own blog soon!)
    Rob.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Controls
    9 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง robbob ( Admiral)
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    Hi Graham.
    A superb example of electro/mechanical design and prototyping. This project will be every bit as good a 'Bill & Ben' if not better. Great work!
    Rob.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Mechanism Mk 2
    9 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง robbob ( Admiral)
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Mechanism
    9 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง robbob ( Admiral)
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    What you have done in your first attempt is possibly way beyond what most, if not all, of us could have hoped to achieve. That you are re-visiting the project would imply that you may have surmounted the initial problems.๐Ÿ˜€

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Mechanism
    9 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง robbob ( Admiral)
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    Hi Graham.
    "Back to the drawing board"....yes perhaps.
    Still I would regard this as a successful 'proof of concept' that just requires a re-think on more suitable hardware to achieve the desired action.
    Good work nevertheless.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜€
    Rob.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: The Marlin Cabin Cruiser (Vintage Model Works)
    9 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง robbob ( Admiral)
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    Hi Mike.
    I'll be following your build blog with great interest and, as you know, we are both building the same model for VMW. I think mine is probably a bit further along than yours so I must get my blog started soon, and it will be interesting for followers to see how we both approach the build process!
    The Marlin is a great little boat and it goes together well......so far๐Ÿ˜€.
    Rob.

    ๐Ÿ“ The BIG St.Albans Model Show
    12 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง robbob ( Admiral)
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    The St Albans and District Model Engineering Society are proud to announce the long awaited return of The BIG St.Albans Model Show.
    This two day event will showcase the the activities and the Society and those of many of the clubs and societies in the surrounding area.
    This popular family show is aimed at young aspiring modellers and experienced modellers alike. It's billed as 'Models That Move' because there are not just static displays but real working models of locomotives, traction engines, boats, flying displays and rides on a real steam train. Download the Show Flyer for more details.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Fitting Y-Boat compartment and deck
    1 year ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง robbob ( Admiral)
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    Terrific progress Sy....your rate of work never ceases to amaze me!
    Your removable electrics panel is a great idea and so easy to implement in a GF hull. Does the kit come with a Y-Class Boat to go into the compartment?
    Rob.

    ๐Ÿ“ 36 inch Thames Police Launch.
    1 year ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง robbob ( Admiral)
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    Hi Nick.
    Good to see that you are making a start especially after a bout of illnesses!
    You can bet you'll find your roll of soft iron wire while you're looking for something else. Such is the 'Law of Sod' ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Rob.

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Model Slipway RNLI Tamar class lifeboat 1:16 scale
    1 year ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง robbob ( Admiral)
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    Hi Sy.
    It's good to see you back on the site with your new project๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‘, I recall you telling me that you had a bought a Slipway kit on eBay for an 'arm and a leg' and that a new build on the way. I'm looking forward to following your build blog and seeing how it's done properly and to your exceptional standards.
    I'm working on a new VMW kit at the moment and will be posting a new blog on that fairly soon๐Ÿ˜Š.
    Rob.

    ๐Ÿ“ 36 inch Thames Police Launch.
    1 year ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง robbob ( Admiral)
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    Hi Nick.
    I really like the what you're doing with the keel/prop redesign, it will look really good and should work just fine.
    You may find that reducing the propshaft angle will mean you have to move the motor location further into the cabin very slightly but that's of little consequence.
    Rob.

    ๐Ÿ“ 36 inch Thames Police Launch.
    1 year ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง robbob ( Admiral)
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    Nick.
    The plans for the kit I built were also in two parts so they're no different. However they are good quality prints with no geometric distortions so they are easy to align and tape together, and you won't be building off the plan anyway. The CNC and laser cutting is extremely accurate so the parts fit well with little or no 'fettling'.
    Robbob.

    ๐Ÿ“ 36 inch Thames Police Launch.
    1 year ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง robbob ( Admiral)
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    Hi Nick.
    The VMW kit is a great choice for your latest project and is very good value as mturpin013 has already said.
    When I built mine I did some extensive research on the history of the boats, found some good pictures and also a few videos on BritishPathe of the boat in action which I found very helpful for detail.

    Here are some links to the videos:



    https://www.britishpathe.com/video/river-police-rescue/query/river+police+rescue
    https://www.britishpathe.com/video/river-police-1/query/river+police
    https://www.britishpathe.com/video/river-police-boat/query/river+police+boat
    https://www.britishpathe.com/video/river-pilot/query/river+police+boat
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    ๐Ÿ“ Annoying Klaxxon sounds
    1 year ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง robbob ( Admiral)
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    Hi Roy.
    I had to Google 'perigrinations' !!

    "a journey, especially a long or meandering one"

    Don't get lost on the way........๐Ÿ˜
    Rob.

    ๐Ÿ“ Annoying Klaxxon sounds
    1 year ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง robbob ( Admiral)
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    I think you're right Pete. It used to be on the top right of the PC screen above the 'members online' bit but it got moved in the last screen 're-shuffle' by Stephen.
    God only knows where it is on the mobile/tablet app !!
    Perhaps he should make it a bit more conspicuous in the next site update? ๐Ÿ˜‰.
    Rob.

    ๐Ÿ“ Annoying Klaxxon sounds
    1 year ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง robbob ( Admiral)
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    G'day Roy.
    After wracking my brain ๐Ÿค” trying to remember how to turn the blasted sound off ๐Ÿ˜ก I finally found where the control is now. It's been moved around the screen a few times as the layout has changed over recent times. Follow the red arrow in the pictures!
    It's not exactly conspicuous is it ! โ˜น๏ธ
    I hope you're keeping dry in OZ๐Ÿ˜‰.
    Rob.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Belated video
    2 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง robbob ( Admiral)
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    Excellent videos Mike, the slo-mo really does help to make the scale far more realistic. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜€
    Rob.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: THE END
    2 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง robbob ( Admiral)
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    A fine looking model Mike, congratulations on another successful build.
    Rob.

    ๐Ÿ“ The BIG St.Albans Model Show 2021
    2 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง robbob ( Admiral)
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    Hi Mike.
    I'm sad to say that the Big St.Albans Model Show has to be added to that list โ˜น๏ธ.

    The committee have just this week made the difficult decision to cancel the show because of the current uncertainties. We are all disappointed to have to do this but hope to stage the show in 2022 if all of this damned Covid has gone away๐Ÿ™„.
    Rob.

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    ๐Ÿ“ Test tank
    2 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง robbob ( Admiral)
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    Nicely made Mike.
    Good use of cross halving joints on the frame ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‘
    All you need now is a loofah and a rubber duck ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿฆ†

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: New design dash panel
    2 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง robbob ( Admiral)
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    Terrific work Mike, you've nailed it!
    I admire your skills and persistence and the end result was certainly worth all the effort.
    Rob.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Hull shaping, cloth and resin, oh and a standโ€ฆ.
    2 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง robbob ( Admiral)
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    Hi Sy.
    As always I'm amazed at your rate of progress ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜€
    You did well to get the glass cloth on the hull all in one piece without any serious wrinkles ๐Ÿ˜€
    Real planking is sooooo much nicer than laser etched and adds a real touch of class to any model. I found that once you got into the rhythm of layng the planks and caulking strips the process was relatively quick but always rewarding.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Scratch built, Working Steam powered Drifter trawler LT100, to 1:24th scale.
    2 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง robbob ( Admiral)
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    Hi Stephen.
    It's good to see you back in the workshop, I do admire the precision of all your work.
    Keep up the great work ๐Ÿ‘.
    Rob.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: The battle of the skins!โ€ฆโ€ฆ
    2 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง robbob ( Admiral)
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    Hi Sy.
    I have used the expanding type Gorilla Glue for joinery work and that's very good as it expands into the grain and fills any gaps in yer mortice and tenon joints, (yes..... I can still make all the joints I was taught in woodwork class ๐Ÿ˜Š) but I've not used their PVA though.

    Hammerite...that is indeed the stuff I used inside my Crash Tender, but I used the 'hammered effect' finish as it's more tolerant of brush marks.
    Once it has dried and 'cured' it's makes for a very hard, durable and waterproof finish.
    Rob.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: The battle of the skins!โ€ฆโ€ฆ
    2 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง robbob ( Admiral)
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    Very rapid progress as we've all come to expect from you Sy ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜€.

    I'm following your build with great interest as I very nearly bought the same kit.

    I have always used Titebond II PVA glue which is 'water resistant' and far better that ordinary white PVA which is definitely not!

    There is also Titebond III which is apparently a 'waterproof' PVA if you really want 'belt 'n braces'.

    With the hull properly sealed with fibreglass and resin externally and a thorough paint finish internally I don't think you will have much to worry about.
    KUTGW ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘.
    Rob.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Electronics installed and spitfire sortie completedโ€ฆ.
    2 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง robbob ( Admiral)
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    Hi Sy.
    What a week indeed!
    I'm so jealous of your Spitfire flight as will be most on here too ๐Ÿค—!
    The springer is coming on really well, keep up the great work ๐Ÿ‘.
    Rob.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Maiden voyage
    2 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง robbob ( Admiral)
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    Congratulations on completing such a wonderful model Graham ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‘
    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 ๐Ÿ“ฝ ๐Ÿ˜‰.
    Rob.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Test run......
    2 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง 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 ๐Ÿคž.

    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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