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    πŸ“ Best sail material for yachts ?
    11 days ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Rogal118 ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi there fellow modellers. I’ve just made a set of sails for my Inga IV and I used Cambric cotton, it’s the best quality, tight woven and light weight, also it’s not expensive, I’m no expert sail maker but did a lot of reading on web prior to making them. I will have a look for more details and post, sites, web, company names etc.

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    πŸ“ Orca and Jaws the chase, cought on video.
    20 days ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Rogal118 ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Good afternoon fellow modellers, from a gloomy and overcast pond side, spitting and spotting, thought I was going to have to postpone the planned afternoons events. But grinned and bared it, got there in the end. The pond was about 300 mm higher than normal just lapping the docks top edge. I assembled the 2mm towing wires into the shark first and laid him in the water with the wires resting on the docks top edge, which with the water being this high made the coupling easy. Then I inserted the wires into the hull of the Orca and fastened the grub screws on the ends now protruding from the transom top, I then lifted the Orca into the pond and off they went. The sharks nose was a little low on the water and didn’t look right so I adjusted the angle of the bent wire as it entered the sharks belly. I had originally bent it at 90 deg but now was more like 80 deg. Try again and the nose was higher out of the water ,a lot more realistic. As can be seen in the video. The steering was terrible, well basically I could not control it. I came along the dock side and checked the movement of the rudder against the stick movement, all was ok. So I tried again, the pond was flat calm with no breeze at all, even less than last week with the IngaIV. Now at this point I had a flash back to a film I watched a while back, it was some fly boys trying to go faster than sound in a jet plane and they kept crashing until one of them moved the controls in the opposite direction and for some reason it worked and saved the day. Sorry for rambling, but I wasn’t going quite at the speed of sound with the Orca but found if I moved the rudder stick opposite to where I wanted to go the Orca turned that way. It would seem that the wash from the prop was interacting with the shark and steering opposite to my input????. Anyway once I got the hang of this I started to steer the Orca where I wanted to go. I’m sure someone will know the aqua dynamic reason for this. The other problem I had was the two fixed wires allowed the shark to swing to far to port and starboard in the turns, this caused one or the other wire to flick over the top side of the side fin. Thus stopping the shark from centering up once the Orca went straight ahead after turning.. I took about eight videos from a fixed position because I was alone at the pond, so had to place the iPad on the ground to be able to control the Orca. That is why I couldn’t pan the camera, sorry the two videos are short 10-15 seconds so I hope they give everyone the jist of what I’ve been playing with. Thanks everyone for your comments and interest. Roger.

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    πŸ“ orca towing Jaws
    21 days ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Rogal118 ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Good afternoon fellow modellers, from a sunny, fresh Doncaster. I think I have solved the issue of pulling the 2.2kg jaws behind the Orca. I have toyed with many ideas over the last year and I believe I have found a solution. With just using a simple cord between the two would have done the job of pulling, but the shark would have had a free path to weave from side to side and up and down depending on water surface conditions. I also foresaw that when the Orca stopped the shark would not, and carry on drifting ahead, this may cause the cord to snag the rudder and prop!.so this solution was not an option. I had seen somewhere on the web an Orca pulling a shark using a piece of clear perspex under the water line and out of sight, which being rigid solved the snagging problem, but I thought would have water resistance problems. So my idea was to use 2mm piano wire x2. 1 mtr long. I then had to come to a solution of how to fix to the Orca and the shark. A straight rod through the transom would need a grommet and screwed flange to secure and stop water entering, plus be easy to get to without dismantling the deck and be strong enough to not pull the transom off. The same problem was with the shark but he didn’t have any hatches for internal access. I didn’t want to fit an external fitting to slide the rods through and tighten a grub screw up. I then had a brain wave, if I bent the ends of the rod through 90 deg about 110mm from the shark end and 60mm at the Orca end, I could insert the bent ends from the underneath and where they exited on the top secure with a grub screw. To cure the water ingress problem both in the Orca and jaws I inserted a plastic tube vertically, glueing them in position and thus sealing the tube to body/ hull, The 2mm rod was a snug fit in the tube so any water entering was negligible. The rod protruding from both sides of the sharks dorsal fin was disguised with a harpoon and a swivel this was then connected to the rope and the yellow barrel. (see photo). At the Orca transom end the 2 protruding rods on the transom top was disguised to look like a cleats. The flex in the 2 rods I believe will be sufficient to allow the shark to be independent looking but stiff enough for the Orca to remain in control. So tomorrow I plan to visit the pond, weather permitting and try this glorious contraption out. All batteries are charged and ready to go. Video hopefully available teatime tomorrow if anyone’s interested.

    πŸ“ Question of the Day?
    22 days ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Rogal118 ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi cashrc. I have similar problems with my iPad. It has latest update etc and is only 1 year old. If I add wrong photo to a blog and need to delete it, the site shuts down and when I open up all the photos have gone and I have to start again!!, adding the photos. another quirk is if scrolling through the forum I happen to catch the β€œ post reply” tab along the bottom of the screen it will not delete when pressing the X button, this just shuts the site down. On opening up its still there, the reply page is still open and will minimise and will only go if I post it blank or comment,!!

    πŸ“ Orca the final cast member
    26 days ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Rogal118 ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Made a start to get jaws sitting right in the water, decided to go for it and started by disemboweling him with the dremel. Then formed the lead sheet into 3 blocks and took the weight it read 1.8kg so I thought I would start at that weight rather than be under and have to add small extra pieces. The first task was to fit the lead blocks in the slot on the sharks belly, I stopped these falling out using cocktail sticks pushed into the foam each side of the slot. Doing this enabled me to right the body without the lead blocks falling out, he was then laid in the bath tub water. As can be seen in the accompanying photo he sank too low in the water, so I trimmed the lead blocks down a tried again, perfect just right, so back to the bench I packed the sides of the lead with foam to hold in place and placed a strip of wood over the slot then mixed filler and covered over. Then sanded the belly smooth and water tested again. Spot on, job well done, if I say so myself. Total finished weight 2.2kg he quite a heavy chunky guy, you would think he would sink to the bottom but floats very stably. Just the live test at the pond to go now, tomorrows out though as 20 mm of snow is forecast locally and I can’t find my snow shoes. House bound then.

    πŸ“ Orca the final cast member
    27 days ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Rogal118 ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    My brain hurts!, I’m going to bed early night.πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€

    πŸ“ Orca the final cast member
    27 days ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Rogal118 ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Good evening Fleet, thanks for your input, I’ve just raided the piggy bank, I don’t have enough even for a 1.5 Ltr. Bottle of Diet Coke so it looks like water. Earlier when I was contemplating my options I thought about the weight to volume needed and know a gallon of water is 9 lbs and needed about a 1/3 rd of this. I thought the size of my shark is similar to a 1.5 ltr. Bottle which would weigh about right too. If I used the whole internal volume as a ballast tank I would loose the buoyancy of the foam, catch 22, there’s more to this than meets the eye, back to the drawing board. Another thought would be to add a false detachable bulb keel that wouldn’t be seen under water. Anyone has thoughts on this one??. Regards Roger.

    πŸ“ Orca the final cast member
    27 days ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Rogal118 ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi there jumpugly, I purchased this kit just to help me with the sculpting of my model, to get the proportions of the fins to body near enough correct, and with the body shape. The shark cage in the kit was modified and used on the deck of the Orca and tied up in loose sections as in the film before being erected and used. Here is a photo of both sharks the kit one doesn’t have the presence of my attempt and is a little small. It was extremely helpful in a lot of other ways though, so was worth the purchase price. Thanks for your thoughts and encouragement.

    πŸ“ Orca the final cast member
    27 days ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Rogal118 ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    In need of help and inspiration,Any ideas. A dull and rainy crap day in Doncaster today, wife out shopping, dogs snoring stretched out on sofa, so I have just filled the bath tub with water to test float the great white shark jaws. What a shock I got, it floats ok but I’m afraid too well. There is only about 15mm in the water, the rest is bobbing about above.Before glassing the foam I cut a slot in the belly and inserted strips of lead weighing approx a pound(1ld) or .4kg, I thought this ballast would help β€œ sink” the body enough. How wrong could I be. I’ve just laid some more lead sheeting over the floating shark and to get to the desired waterline that looks right I will have to add another 3,1/2 pounds or 1.6 kg which is hefty lump of lead. at the moment it is in 3mm sheet form, but I could melt I’d down and cast a solid lump!. To a shape to fit inside the body, then I just had a thought, what about water as in a submarine’s ballast tanks. If I fitted a bottle inside I could fill with water at the pond side and empty when going home. Am I rambling? What ideas / suggestions do you guys have before I disembowel this shark?

    πŸ“ Orca the final cast member
    28 days ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Rogal118 ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi jumpugly the scale is1/16th i bought the plans from patrick tittle of Alberquercue New mexico. At the time a source couldnt be found in UK. Cost about 30$ inc post etc.
    Thanks for your interest.

    πŸ“ Hey Gang, what boat is this?
    29 days ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Rogal118 ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi there, just done a search for Tyne pilot boats and found this, I know Vera is filmed around Gateshead area,not exactly the same needs a bit more searching, so may help start you off,

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    πŸ“ Orca the final cast member
    29 days ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Rogal118 ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi Andi1. that’s the next challenge, I have thought about the aqua dynamics of fixed fins in water on a model shark, and toyed with the idea of mounting on a linked shaft so I could vary the angle as the maiden voyage testing progressed.but then realised there are to many other factors, like buoyancy, speed,ballast,wave conditions. So said bugger it, just set it fixed to start and don’t get too technical. Trial and error see how it goes. Although the worst that can happen is a sudden nose dive on acceleration. We will see, a steep learning curve!, or should I say diving curve. May be a total disaster, turn turtle etc but if you don’t try you will never know, and it’s such fun trying, Watch this space, video to follow.

    πŸ“ Orca the final cast member
    29 days ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Rogal118 ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Great clip of the film must have watched it twenty times , it’s great for the details of the barrels,rigging,cabin, deck, figures etc.just realised to, that the net swinging inside the cabin above the stove is still in my bit box unfitted!. There’s always something to add to previous models when re looked at. Well something to do tomorrow.Thanks for everyone’s interest.

    πŸ“ Orca the final cast member
    29 days ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Rogal118 ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Good evening fellow modellers, Hope you all have had a great weekend, After the maiden voyage of the Inga IV, my time was a little unused this week. So rather than start the Tyne refurb I thought I would finish the final cast member from my ORCA build, JAWS. I had made a start on the great white while building the Orca, but once the craft was finished I moved onto a new project and the shark was as they say, shelved for a later day. I had shaped the body out of a slab of builders insulation foam, then carved the fins out of foam board and fitted them. That’s were I took up the rebuilding earlier this week, I decided the proportions of jaws didn’t look right so I removed all the fins and cut him in half on the centre line, nose to tail. I then added a 25 mm sheet between the two halves and calved it to blend in. I then found the resin and fibre glass sheeting and coated the whole body, after a couple of coats I left to set. A good rubbing down was given then I filled all the hollows with filler. After more rubbing down and a couple of coats of paint, I cut a slot in the under belly and inserted lead ballast to make the body sit correctly in the water. The fins were re fitted and blended into the body and the filling rubbed down. A final coat of paint was given and the colour added to finish off. Now all is needed is for me to devise a towing system for the Orca to tow the Great White, β€œ I may need a bigger boat”!.

    πŸ“ IngaIV
    1 month ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Rogal118 ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    The IngaIV was an excellent kit originally many years ago and this shows in the build quality that remains in the purchased hull and deck that arrived by carrier from an online auction site. A good scrub of the decking and a coat of paint on the hull. I made the sails and masts, plus the rigging. Never dealt with a yacht before so it was a steep learning curve, enjoyed every stage and took 8 weeks to maiden voyage which went well and I can say was a success

    πŸ“ RA INGA IV Maiden sail
    1 month ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Rogal118 ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi there Hermank. It is my next refurb project a 1/12 th scale Tyne lifeboat, purchased from a club member last summer. It sails very smoothly and quietly and works well, it just needs a coat of paint and all the fiddly bits adding to the deck and super structure. Should’nt take long I’ve started to refurb the crew that came with it.i will keep everyone posted as I progress

    πŸ“ RA INGA IV Maiden sail
    1 month ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Rogal118 ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi andy1 I’ve sent a private message to you, if I can help. In any way PM. Me back, the members on this site have been brilliant with their help and advice, it’s been 8 weeks since I started the refurb of IngaIV and now she is complete. I could not have done it without the help, advice, photos, plans, knowledge and expertise of these wonderful worldwide bunch of guys on this brilliant Model boat web site. Photos are start and finish, Give yourselves a round of applause guys, and once again Thankyou all. Roger.β›΅

    πŸ“ RA INGA IV Maiden sail
    1 month ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Rogal118 ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Camber, is that the amount of curve on the top edge of the sail?. I was aware that this was needed to allow the sail to balloon and fill with wind, but didn’t know how much to add from a straight edge so added 40 mm in the middle to start with.I didn’t want to add to much because I was weary of sewing a curve for the first time also. Is this where the phrase β€œ learning curve β€œ comes from?.

    πŸ“ RA INGA IV Maiden sail
    1 month ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Rogal118 ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Yes my question too??? I’m only a novice sailmaker, second set will be better, hopefully

    πŸ“ RA INGA IV Maiden sail
    1 month ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Rogal118 ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi. Thankyou all for your comments. Yes today went better than I thought it would, no problems at all, no water in hull bone dry. No damage, nothing fell off. Although having never sailed a yacht before I went in blind and fearless not knowing what to look for, but everything is ok and safely back home. I feel more confident in going to the pond now with other members around. I think I was more scared of embarrassing myself if the maiden sail failed.i was obviously worrying about nothing.thanks again for your comments.

    πŸ“ RA INGA IV Maiden sail
    1 month ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Rogal118 ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi there fellow modellers. I started today with the task of fitting the Inga into the back of my Land Rover, this was the task as I had not dismantled the sails and rigging. It went in easily, so I then thought I had gone this far I might as well go to the pond, I had earlier filled the test container with water (bath) and set the ballast +battery to the Inga waterline, so I loaded the rest of my gear plus the Trent lifeboat, as a rescue craft, just in case we had a dead in the water!!.everything was perfect, had the pond to myself the sun was trying to show its face, only problem was the breeze was very light. Probably not a bad thing really for mine and the Inga’s maiden sail.heres the video see what you experts think?

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    πŸ’¬ Re: Ra IngaIV finished ?
    1 month ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Rogal118 ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi luckyduck. Just took a weight measure of the INGA IV, from what I can gather she is approx 8 kg including crew, I have a feeling she will need some ballast. There is a weight in the hull β€œglassed in” when I bought her so she may have the correct balance already. I’ve not had her in water yet and have plenty of lead off cuts. So it will not be difficult to trim her when the time comes. Thanks for all your interest, it makes the boat modelling extra special.Roger.

    πŸ“ Ra IngaIV finished ?
    1 month ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Rogal118 ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Good afternoon fellow modellers. I have finally! Completed the refurb on INGA IV, the painting, glazing, rigging, electrics, sails, crew and cocktails are finally poured. Until I find something else to add. Just the maiden voyage to plan, that’s when our flooded, frozen and gale swept pond is back to normal. Here a some photos I have just taken, a video will follow asap.

    πŸ“ RA IngaIV New sails
    2 months ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Rogal118 ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi ChrisG I have been in contact with both these companies and very helpful they were to

    πŸ“ RA IngaIV New sails
    2 months ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Rogal118 ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Thanks for that RossM. That’s eased my mind, great minds think alike, I wish you every success. To nice to know what others do. The fishing warehouse nearby was an Aladdin’s cave, I spent an hour just looking for the right bits. It was worse than being in a model shop. I’m glad I don’t fish, I’d spend more than I do now on my boats. Great fun though, it’s another world there’s more electronics than model boating has!.β›΅πŸš€

    πŸ“ RA IngaIV New sails
    2 months ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Rogal118 ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Good afternoon RossM. Thanks for your comments. As I mentioned in earlier posts I’m winging this. whether I am using the correct methods I’m not sure, the proof will be in the sailing and usage. I know there are far more experienced riggers and sailors than I can ever hope to be, I have a fear that everything will collapse in a tangled heap in the middle of the pond the first time the wind blows on the sails. But we will see, I shall not be racing she’s just for my potterings. At one point I even considered not fitting full sails and having a dummy set stowed on the booms and just using the motor to chug in and out of our ponds harbours, in fact I am still going to go down that route, as our pond is only about the size of 2 tennis courts. All the rigging is fixed using turnbuckles on the deck and very small fishing swivels at the masts. The rigging is stainless 7 strand plastic coated 1mm fishing line held in place with again fishing crimps, used when making pike lures up. Apparently, I’m not a fisherman either. Here’s a photo of the components I used hope it helps. Regards Roger

    πŸ“ RA IngaIV New sails
    2 months ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Rogal118 ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Good morning Tony. Thanks for your interest, all the mast fittings have been made by myself using 1mm sheet brass plate. To suit the mast sizes, once these had been glued and shaped from blanks supplied by fellow model boater Roycv. I had no working drawings, I just worked from pictures in the Inga instructions sent to me by Frankiesays1953 another modelboater, what a great set of modellers you are. The help ,encouragement,inspiration and knowledge I have found on this site has been fantastic, I thank each and every one of you world wide.

    πŸ“ RA IngaIV New sails
    2 months ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Rogal118 ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi Chris.thanks for your interest.i wouldnt say im " sewing bee" standard yet but for a 1st attempt i am well pleased with a hopefully working set. This yacht modelling is all new to me so am winging it and could not have got this far without the help of you guys here at model boats, thankyou. Its all a steep learning curve, so come the sailing i will no doubt find my failings and mistakes. Then be able to correct them. The hand rail stantions i intend to fit are 40mm 2 rail in brass that will be araldited into the deck about 5mm.these are always the 1st to take a hit at the pond. I initially was going to use 1mm piano wire for the rails but have changed my mind as they do not flex so well and seem to add tension to the posts. I have purchased1mm plastic rod in white which does flex and give a little.so we will see. And apart from that will not need painting. Heres mock up photos of the 2 types. What do you think?. I' ll post a photo soon when done properly

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    2 months ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Rogal118 ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Good afternoon fellow modellers. Modelling has been a little bit hit and miss due to the holiday season, but I’ve managed a couple of hours most days if not more some. I have finished the aft cabin and fitted out the wheelhouse. The rigging is complete, I must say I enjoyed this part of the build it has really set the Inga off. My next project was to make the sails, I ordered 4 meters of Cambric cotton fabric , which is fine weave and the best but only cost Β£24 inc p+p. I got plenty so as to practice my sewing as I’ve never used a machine before. The fabric arrived Friday6th so it was all systems go. The sewing machine was fished out the loft and practice began,I had a go at the mizzen sail first as it was the smallest, I hemmed three edges and fitted the cording that slides into the mast and boom only to find the boom sail length was 10 mm to big. I didn’t fancy un picking the very fine stitches so made it again. The sizing was checked and then the corner reinforcing added. The wife checked it over and was impressed with the stitching, so quality control was passed, that was good enough for me. I now made the foresail Monday morning and started the main in the afternoon. The main sail is now also finished with a little bit of tiding up to do. Now I’ve got the hang of sewing I am going to make a fresh set next month, I have 3 meters of fabric left over.
    The servo and arm was also delivered last week so while waiting for the cotton fabric I fitted the operating cables inside the hull. All now is required is for the hand rails to be fixed around the edge of the decking.

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    2 months ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Rogal118 ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Thought I had the wordle in three, no clue today. But it's an A not an E.



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