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Rod

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Member No. 4070
Registered 15th Feb 2017
Last Online 15th Jun 2017
City Palmerston North
Country New Zealand
Boats in Harbour 0
Sailing Locations 0
Forum Posts 0
Photos Posted 132
Likes Received 109
Likes Given 43
54 Total Posts
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Fleet Admiral 1000
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Captain 600
Commander 400
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Sub-Lieutenant 100
Chief Petty Officer 50
Petty Officer 25
Seaman 10
Apprentice 2
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81 points away from Captain!
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Event 8 0
Photo Gallery 10 40
Photos Response 3 27
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Build Blog 20 40
Blog Post 5 70
Blog Response 3 81
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Recent Posts
Jet Sprint Boat by Rod Commander   Posted: 12 days ago
Hi Dave Yea we have the same rules down under with not being able to use petrol powered boats on local lakes but this one will be used on smallish river rapids so well away fro the locals Be a while yet before I get to test it Much to do to complete the model

Jet Sprint Boat by Rod Commander   Posted: 12 days ago
Jet Sprint Boat

Jet Sprint Boat by Rod Commander   Posted: 14 days ago
Well finally finished the actual boat and now ready for fit out Zenoah 26 cc marine engine arrived this morning and jet unit on its way so busy days ahead Got to make roll bars to scale yet probably use aluminium to save weight The engine develops 3.4 hp at 13000 revs so should give it a bit of punch 1/4 scale crew to order yet and some instruments for dash board Think I will have a wee break from it all for a while and give my mancave/ Messcave a bit of a tidy up lol

Jet Sprint Boat by Rod Commander   Posted: 15 days ago
First coat of paint is applied Very pleased with result Kawasaki green so I can spot it on the water easier Think I will name it Kermit and paint him on it somewhere What do you think ?

Top and hull come together by Rod Commander   Posted: 19 days ago
Thanks Wayne I'm enjoying making this one up from scratch more satisfying I must say but fairly challenging and slower than kitsets that's for real !! Heaps of sanding ahead of me but worth it to get a good paint finish (I hope )

Top and hull come together by Rod Commander   Posted: 19 days ago
Just fibteglassed the top and hull together and tried the rubber bumper strip out for scale Looks like it will do the trick Now onto a heap of sanding sanding and more sanding to get it perfect for painting Still not sure what colour I will use but I guess something that stands out amongst the river rapids

Jet Sprint Boat by Rod Commander   Posted: 21 days ago
Hi Wayne This boat is being made for going up river rapids through boulders etc so it will be getting somewhat knocked around so I would be happy if it only receives a few scratches lol I take you point though but I havn't purchased the running gear yet Can't quite make my mind up on battery power or petrol engine I've got a bit of time yet to make a decision Cheers Rod

Jet Sprint Boat by Rod Commander   Posted: 22 days ago
Hi Dave Unfortunately the silicone system did not work so I reverted to what I normally do and that is casting plaster and it has worked out nicely After I finished the mould I painted the plaster with etching quick drying paint and then coated it with petroleum jelly as a release agent The top popped out of the mould beautifully I have found a rubber bumper strip to use on the joint so should look pretty realistic Cheers

Jet Sprint Boat by Rod Commander   Posted: 22 days ago
Hi Dave It's been a bit of a mission that's for sure with some trials and errors but with determination we made it Will spend a good deal of time on the finish of the hull and top to get a really nice paint job and then onto the fittings Cheers from down under

Jet Sprint Boat by Rod Commander   Posted: 22 days ago
Just taken top half out of the mould So far so good Now to complete sanding and join the hull to the top and then commence painting

Jet Sprint Boat by Rod Commander   Posted: 1 month ago
So am I Wayne It's coming together nicely now Should finish top deck mould in the next week or so Cheers

HMCS Agassiz by Rod Commander   Posted: 1 month ago
Thanks for your kind remarks from down under Cheers

HMCS Agassiz by Rod Commander   Posted: 1 month ago
Thanks for your kind remarks It is my favourite model and I enjoyed building it so much It is a pleasure to sail it on the local lake

Jet Sprint Boat by Rod Commander   Posted: 1 month ago
Hull ready for attaching to top deck

Jet Sprint by Rod Commander   Posted: 1 month ago
Clay mould for deck / top area nearly completed and should be ready for applying silicone rubber shortly

Exterior Hull by Rod Commander   Posted: 1 month ago
Very skilful job Kev Looks superb !!

Jet Sprint Boat by Rod Commander   Posted: 1 month ago
Hi Dave Your right there I intend to slope the sides ever so slightly with clay attached to the sides of the balsa wood as this will enable easier seperation of the mould Thanks for your continued interest in the project Looking forward to putting it all together eventually Cheers

Jet Sprint Boat by Rod Commander   Posted: 1 month ago
Removed first hull from mould Had a few problems with the release but all OK now so onwards and upwards !! Laid profile for top deck now and starting the clay shaping Should be a bit easier than the hull and hope to have this ready for moulding shortly I intend to cover it with silicone first to get a good impression and back it up for strength with fibreglass strengthened casting plaster I will then lay the fibreglass in the mould and gradually build it up for the finished article Well that's the theory at this stage lol Will keep in touch with progress but going well and I am happy with the results so far

Jet Sprint Boat by Rod Commander   Posted: 1 month ago
Thanks for the info We are well on the way to sorting it out now thanks The guy that did the original take from the mould used gell coat which I didn't want as it chips too easy on the river rocks and I don't think he used the correct release agent either However all good now and should have a new one off shortly I have commenced the top half now and will use a silicone mould strengthened with fibreglass and plaster over the back of it to hold in place I have done this before and should have done again on the original mould Slow learner aye !! Lol It is going to look just fine when it is all finished Will post a photo of it when the next hull comes off Cheers

Jet Sprint Boat by Rod Commander   Posted: 2 months ago
Good one !! So am I lol

Jet Sprint Boat by Rod Commander   Posted: 2 months ago
Yea I realise a lot of what you say is correct but I left it to a so called expert/specialist to do it for me and I did not exercise the control I should have Big mistake aye !! No problem though the next one should be OK and as I said I will be doing the second part differently Thanks so much for your input and interest and I hope shortly I will be able to post a photo of a very nicely finished hull When it is all finished I am sure it will look and perform superbly Cheers

Jet Sprint Boatb by Rod Commander   Posted: 2 months ago
Have a read of my earlier reply yesterday Could have been better but next one will be great Cheers

Jet Sprint Boat by Rod Commander   Posted: 2 months ago
Hi Wayne Had a bit of a problem with fibreglass V plaster reaction so just altering the mould slightly and new hull being laid now Should be OK now and I am just about to commence the top/ deck mould but will do the mould in silicone and back it with plaster so I don't get the reaction I experienced first time round I have done a fair amount of sculpture before and always used silicone so I should have know better lol Will keep you posted and thanks for your interest

Jet Sprint Boatb by Rod Commander   Posted: 2 months ago
Just laid first fibreglass hull Pulling it out tomorrow

Jet Sprint Boat by Rod Commander   Posted: 2 months ago
All up now Wayne

Clay Removal by Rod Commander   Posted: 2 months ago
Yea you might be right about the petrol engine Will give it some thought

Clay Removal by Rod Commander   Posted: 2 months ago
Have removed plaster cast from the clay mould and very pleased with the results Will now have some fibreglass hulls taken off by a specialist (not me ) lol Now onto the next stage forming the top half so it's back to the clay again so here's hoping it goes as well Will update progress again shortly

Progress on Jet Sprint hull by Rod Commander   Posted: 2 months ago
Hi Wayne It's length is 1025 mm x width 460mm This is 1/4 scale as most Jet Sprint boats are about 4 + metres in length I will have to get a mate to help me turn the mould over to remove the hull as I've just worked out it's weight is over 100 kilos 😰😰 Bit too heavy for this old fella lol Cheers and thanks for your kind words Rod

Progress on Jet Sprint hull by Rod Commander   Posted: 2 months ago
Completed all the clay work. Now set in casting plaster and waiting to see how it turns out in a few days time Have used 50 kgs of clay and 50 kgs of casting plaster so far. Next target is designing the top of the boat and back to clay and plaster again whilst the hull is being gell coated and fibreglassed Will report on the casting result shortly

Jet Sprint Boat by Rod Commander   Posted: 3 months ago
Sorry I missed your question re driver You can get them at IFlyTailies Very good selection and realistic looking Cheers