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    Ex MN R Officer.Rtd Police Officer. Love model boats. Like to treat people the way I expect to be treated.
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    HMS Repulse
    Just started a Refit Blog on HMS Repulse. Following a phone call from a distant friend I have acquired the above for a song price and will be undertaking a total and 100% refit. Tremendous amount of work to do In every area. Repulse will be in dry dock for the foreseeable future with work in hand. Keep you posted. Bill.
    HMS Victorious
    HMS Victorious....Circa 1941. Based on a Fleetscale hull.Scale 1/128. I started her some 5 years ago and it really has been a long job because of other projects which I prioritised.Thus it has been an on and off project.Still a lot to do in most area’s,so she is a long way off being finished with a lot of errors to rectify and modify. Front lift goes up and down. Rear turrets all turn. Has a water steam smoke effect boiler. Working bilge pump,plus more. I also want to get the lifting crane to rotate, any ideas anyone, space is not at a premium? Started on the Island only recently. Had a trimming sail just prior to lockdown.She weighs a ton πŸ€” This lockdown has boosted work much to the wife’s annoyance πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Will try to keep on top of this project now. Regards Bill
    HMS Bluebell.
    Built over 30 years ago and still going strong after many Atlantic convoys and refits Bluebell is still one of my favourite boats. Still sailed on a regular basis. My sons,who used her as a build project all those years ago still enjoy her as well. My sons wrote to the Flower Class Corvette Association were made Lifetime Members and given the tie and lapel badge.
    U47
    Built some 9 years ago, and still continues to serve well and turns heads at the pond. The dive tank has always given me problems and am looking to either repair or purchase a new one when funds allow.
    (Naval Ship) Schnellboat
    Hi. Not scratch built,and not quite finished yet but from the italeri 1.35 Plastic kit.Sails really well, and has a good turning circle even using the three rudders provided with the kit.I have fitted all three shafts but only connected two at this time.Centre shaft is running free but I am able to connect a third motor if I wish. Customised to suit my likes and NOT exactly to real time paint scheme. Front and rear guns rotate on separate servo systems from a six channel Futaba system.Also has an engine noise generator coupled in with forward/reverse. Really nice addition to the fleet on the water. On a separate note the video clip is of a smoke generator just fitted to my Corvett and not connected to the Schnellboot.Just a tester. (Motor: MFA Torpedo 400 x 2) (ESC: Mtroniks Viper) (8/10)
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    πŸ“ Blackpool Model Boat Show
    2 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Captain)
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    Hi Nerys.
    Have you read the Westmoreland woes article in this months Model Boats mag.
    I would think it’s right up your street πŸ‘
    Regards Bill.
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    πŸ“ Blackpool Model Boat Show
    5 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Captain)
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    Hello Midlife.
    Do you have any Model Boat blogs or builds you can share with everyone,as well as Bluebird.
    It would be great to see and share them.
    I will be the first to follow and like.
    Regards Bill πŸ‘
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    πŸ“ Blackpool Model Boat Show
    5 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Captain)
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    Well said Nerys.
    Sounds as if there are mixed feelings for the show.!!
    Regards Bill.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Conclusion and trial.
    5 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Captain)
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    Peter.
    Excellent project,with a superb result to be proud of.
    Well done.
    Looking forward to the next one.
    Regards Bill.
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    πŸ“ 2 Engine - no rudder RC
    5 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Captain)
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    Hi Brubaker.
    Oops.Dave is quite correct you can’t use 35mhz.
    If you do you may have a Kamikaze aeroplane dive your boat.
    There is a great deal of info on line re which frequency you can and cannot use.
    Just type in your search engine Radio control boat frequency.
    Good luck with your project.
    Regards Bill.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: HMS Cottesmore
    6 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Captain)
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    Martin.
    Brilliant.I can’t believe I havn’t seen this before.
    Your a clever chap along with all your other work.
    Regards Bill
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    πŸ“ Blackpool Model Boat Show
    7 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Captain)
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    Thanks Graham.
    Some really nice looking craft πŸ‘πŸ‘
    Regards Bill
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    πŸ“ Front 4inch Gun base and servo build.
    7 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Captain)
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    Evening all.
    With all the rain we have had today the boat shed has been an inviting place.
    This section is a little bit the same as my previous post as it concerns gun rotation on the front main 4inch gun,but once done I can move onto the next below deck mechanical plan.
    Once again I removed all the parts from the kit needed to build the gun barbette (or stand)and the small support that the actual gun base sits on.
    The first pictures show these parts plus the aluminium tube for the servo post and the brass adaptation that I will add to screw into the tube.
    I first cut off the small plastic nipple that is the bearing and replace it with a small brass replacement turned on the lathe.
    Using good old quick drying araldite I glued the new bearing onto the gun base.
    While this is setting then I offered up the nut to one end of the aluminium tube and again using the lathe pushed the nut into it.Some more glue was applied to the nut and allowed to set.
    I then enlarged the holes in the barbette and drilled thru the deck.
    Offering up the servo to the underside then I cut to length the wooden battens that the servo was to be screwed to.
    I then glued the wood to the underside of the deck,but for safety I used four servo screws to screw thru the deck just in axe the glue was to fail.I don’t want the servo falling inside the hull.(These screws will not be seen with the barbette in place)
    Having allowed all the glue to set I put it all together and cut the aluminium tube to length and once again thankfully it all works.
    The short video just shows the turret base rotating.(The gun will be built and fitted at a later date as will be the painting of the deck prior to final fixing.
    Another job done on the road to sorting all the mechanical aspects.
    The final picture shows HHS Buttercup bow on.
    The next post will involve the making of the acoustic hammer on the bow which I aim to be able to raise and lower.
    The acoustic hammer was basically a hammer in a metal bucket which when hanging over the bow was banged with the intention that it set of mines ahead of the ship.
    More to follow.
    Take care and stay safe everyone.
    Time taken on this section of the build 3 hours.
    Regards Bill.
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    πŸ“ Blackpool Model Boat Show
    7 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Captain)
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    Hi Mike.
    Do you have any photographs to share please?
    Regards Bill
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    πŸ’¬ Re: VINTAGE RUNABOUT LAUNCH DAY
    7 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Captain)
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    Wow 🀩!!
    Brilliant JB.She looks absolutely first class.
    Excellent maiden voyage.
    You must be proud.
    Can’t wait to see more.
    Regards Bill.
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    πŸ“ Trafalgar Day
    8 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Captain)
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    I say Hardy old chap.I see no ships πŸ›³
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    πŸ’¬ Re: VINTAGE RUNABOUT - UPDATE TO PREVIOUS POST
    8 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Captain)
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    Always something to do JB.
    Never ending,but nearly there.
    Regards Bill.
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    πŸ“ Jet PT Boat. looking for best model as base.
    8 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Captain)
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    Pete.
    I know the feeling.
    I have various projects on hold and awaiting building at this time.
    Regards Bill.
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    πŸ“ Trafalgar Day
    8 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Captain)
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    Nerys.
    Here, here,πŸ₯ƒπŸ₯ƒ
    As a gesture of good will,shall we cancel all the floggings today.
    Regards
    Bill.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Single aft 2pdr gun build with servo rotation.
    9 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Captain)
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    Hi Spock.
    Ummm,now there is an interesting project re the gun noise.
    Something to give thought to.
    Thank you.
    Regards Bill.
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    πŸ“ Jet PT Boat. looking for best model as base.
    9 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Captain)
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    Hi Peter.
    Know what you mean.
    Perhaps it’s time to think about building her πŸ‘πŸ‘.
    It would be a really good build blog,hint ,hint.
    Regards Bill.
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    πŸ“ Jet PT Boat. looking for best model as base.
    9 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Captain)
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    Morning Peter.
    Thank you.
    She was a really fun build and a worthwhile project.
    I managed to get both front and rear guns to rotate which was fun and delicate to say the least.
    There is an engine sound generator fitted as well liked to the throttle.Working Navigation and running lights.
    Even using the kit provided rudders which I linked all together the turning circle is very good.
    Re the Swastika. The flag is the one provided with the kit and it wasn’t on the flag as you correctly point out.
    I had the same on some flags I bought for my UBoat…no Swastika.
    Political correctness I guess,sign of the times.
    Regards Bill.
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    πŸ“ Simple Air Boat
    10 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Captain)
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    Martin.
    Looking forward to more Mojo when you can πŸ‘πŸ‘.
    Regards Bill.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: HMS Bluebell
    10 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Captain)
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    Hi Dave.
    So good to see another Flower.
    My favourite little ships.
    I have built five and like you have an original Matchbox build in my boat harbour.
    Building another as we speak.
    Have a blog running.
    Regards Bill.
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    πŸ“ Model boat parts and accessories
    10 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Captain)
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    Ladies and Gents.
    Re this thread concerning parts and accessories.
    If anyone is having problems sourcing any items please feel free to ask me.
    I have boxes of bits and bobs most of which I will probably never use both new and used.
    Ask away and if I have it and you want it,I am sure we can sort something out.
    Regards Bill
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    πŸ“ Model boat parts and accessories
    10 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Captain)
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    Dave.
    Love the Flower.
    Man to my own heart.
    Great looking boat.
    Regards Bill
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    πŸ“ Single aft 2pdr gun build with servo rotation.
    10 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Captain)
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    On Saturday I started the construction of the rear superstructure which acts as the base support for various components but in particular the single 2pdr gun.
    This shows how I have built the superstructure and used a servo to make a very simple semi rotation system all hidden nicely away inside the superstructure.
    Items used.
    Superstructure/gun parts from the kit.
    One spare servo.
    Aluminium tubing.
    3ba nut and bolt.
    Spare hard wood for to screw servo too securely.
    Pictures 1,2,3,4 simply show the construction of the superstructure as per the instructions.(However the instructions as most tend to go out of the window as I am building the items out of order to suit my needs)
    Having taken care when gluing all the components together I left overnight to set in situ on the rear deck,as after modification this will be the only part of the ships hull that will be removable (more on that later).
    Building the servo mechanism was simple really and that I find is the best way to keep it.The more problematical you try to make it the more difficult it is to maintain and repair.
    If you follow the pictures you will see that I took the plastic base of the 2pdr and removed the plastic nipple point that fits into the gun mount deck.I replaced it with a 3ba screw and glued it in allowing to set.
    Taking the aluminium tube I placed it in my lathe Chuck and then pressure fitted the nut into the tube and again glued and allowed to set.
    You should see that this allows the gun base to screw into the tubing.
    Having cut two lengths of hardwood I glued them to the inside of the superstructure and prepared to fit the servo upside down.
    I was lucky that the aluminium tube is just the correct size for a push fit directly onto the servo motor stub πŸ‘πŸ‘
    Taking a carefull measurement of the length of the tubing having fitted the servo in place I cut to length and turned the end to ensure a-snug fit.
    The tubing was then carefully slid onto the servo stub and the gun mounting dropped over the top and the gun base screwed on to the tubing.
    This is all easily removable in the event of any breakages.
    Gun deck then fitted.
    Hey presto it all fits nicely thankfully πŸ‘
    The final media file shows the gun rotating nicely.
    So a very simple but effective gun mount.
    The same principle will be used for the forward 4inch Breech loading in due course.
    Please note all the mechanical fitments are being done prior to the fiddly bits.
    This also ensures that the basic all up weight is attained ready for the float out and adding of ballast.
    Time taken 4hours.
    Take care all and stay safe.
    Regards Bill.
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    πŸ“ Model boat parts and accessories
    10 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Captain)
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    Hi Peter.
    Sounds good.
    I think we all know this problem and do take a risk at times with online products.
    As you will know having lived close to Exeter we used to have many model shops.I can remember three I used to frequent for bits and bobs,now there are none πŸ™.
    Sounds as if you had a good buy with your purchase.πŸ‘πŸ‘
    Regards Bill.
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    πŸ“ Simple Air Boat
    10 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Captain)
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    Nifty little model Martin.
    Brilliant turning circle.
    Great video.
    Regards Bill
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    πŸ’¬ Re: HMS Grenville
    11 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Captain)
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    Hi Dave.
    RN models of this area are my favourite.
    Would love to see more pictures please.
    Regards Bill
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    πŸ“ Jet PT Boat. looking for best model as base.
    11 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Captain)
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    Staffros.
    ToraDog offers good advice re Italeri models.
    Good quality and detail.
    Attached are a couple of pictures of my Schnellboat.
    Regards Bill.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Bilge Pump installation and voltage regulator.
    11 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Captain)
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    Gents.
    Thank you all for the kind comments,really appreciated.
    We are all boys at heart with aching joints and fond memories.
    Regards Bill πŸ›³β›΄πŸš’
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    πŸ’¬ Re: VINTAGE RUNABOUT FINISHED (I THINK)
    11 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Captain)
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    Morning JB.
    Absolutely superb.
    Great result in every aspect.
    Regards Bill
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Bilge Pump installation and voltage regulator.
    13 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Captain)
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    Martin.
    You can be so hurtful 🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣
    Regards Bill.πŸ€Έβ€β™€οΈπŸ€Έβ€β™‚οΈ
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    πŸ’¬ Re: VINTAGE RUNABOUT, TANK TEST- FINALLY !
    13 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Captain)
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    JB.
    How did you manage at full astern in the paddle pond?
    Regards Bill.
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