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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“ SY Minnow water test
    1 day ago by Scratchbuilder ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi Ian.
    Well done looks superb.
    Bill
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    πŸ“ Website Downtime & Spam
    2 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Warrant Officer)
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    Stephen.
    Thank you and keep up the good work on this excellent site πŸ‘
    Bill.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: HMS Repulse
    3 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Warrant Officer)
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    Thanks Martin.
    Everything is slow and steady these days ☹️.
    It’s going to be a long job.
    Regards Bill.
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    πŸ“ HMS Repulse
    3 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Warrant Officer)
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    Today I decided to take a good look at the entire Boat to gauge where to start.
    I have taken a great amount of photography so that she will go back in the same or more realistic fashion.
    Having taken off all the removable superstructure sections I decided that I will concentrate on the main hull both structurally and the mechanical components.
    Starting at the bow I removed the two turrets
    Underneath I found two screws which having undone revealed a turret rotation mechanism hidden away.
    Repulse is giving up her secrets!
    Taking off the gun barbette’s below decks hidden away is a handmade turret rotating mechanism and servo.
    Removing this I find a quite crude but effective unit and servo.
    This is suitable to dismantle and rebuild whist at the same time improving its design.
    What I am discovering is that whoever built this model previously had some good ideas but was not that tidy in executing them.
    If you look closely at the pictures shown you can see that finishing leaves a lot to be desired.
    Sorry if the pictures are not in chronological order.
    While I am here can I ask if anyone knows of a reliable deck planking supplier.As you can see the existing deck is poor and needs replacing.
    Regards Bill
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    πŸ“ HMS RODNEY 1/96th Build
    5 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Warrant Officer)
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    Absolutely superb in all aspects.
    All your hard work is paying off.They will look really realistic when inside the turret casing.
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    πŸ“ SY Minnow water test
    5 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Warrant Officer)
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    Ian.
    Looks superb.Well done.
    A credit to you.
    I am going to have to come and take a look at her on the water when this lockdown is over.
    Bill.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: HMS Repulse.
    5 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi Peter.
    Thank you.Really looking forward to taking her to bits and rebuilding in hopefully much better condition.
    I would like to know more about your HMS Hood.
    What scale and who have you got it from?
    Regards Bill
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    πŸ“ RAF Crash Tender Mast
    5 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi Colin.
    Great model and really love the folding masts.
    A credit to your skills πŸ‘
    Bill.
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    πŸ“ Popeye
    5 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Warrant Officer)
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    Good one Marky.
    πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
    Very good resemblance.
    Bill
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Stand
    6 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Warrant Officer)
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    First class stand with excellent carrying handles.
    I have used self adhesive door draught excluder to sit the boats on.
    It’s not obtrusive and offers a good soft base to sit the boat on.
    Bill
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    πŸ“ HMS Repulse
    6 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Warrant Officer)
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    Just added a classic picture of HMS Repulse in her Heyday.
    I have been doing a lot of research on her life and tragic ending so it will make her rebuild all that much more relevant.
    Sorry Nerys I forgot to reply to your question.
    She is 6’ 2 long with an 8” beam or 189 x 20 cms in this new fangled metric measurement.
    This makes her 1/128 scale I think.
    I am going to start detailed photography soon to compare with life style pictures as I feel that some of the fittings as fitted are not where they should be.
    I think I will refit her to her paint configuration as at the time of her loss.
    Regards Bill πŸ‘
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Build continues
    6 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Warrant Officer)
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    Dave.
    First class workmanship.
    Keep at it.
    Bill
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Progress, at least something good from this forced lockdown
    7 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi BW.
    Nice looking boat.
    I was impressed with your idea for the Tubes opening.πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
    I must confess I may try that on mine.Never even thought of trying that.
    Have you thought of having the front and rear guns rotating.
    I attach some pictures of mine with the servo set up if it helps.
    Will be following this one from now so good luck.
    Regards Bill
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    πŸ“ Lockdown Complaints
    8 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Warrant Officer)
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    Doug.
    Can always rely on you to answer the question.
    Bill πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ·πŸ·
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    πŸ“ HMS Repulse
    8 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Warrant Officer)
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    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.
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    πŸ“ HMS Repulse.
    8 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi All.
    During lockdown I received a call from a distant acquaintance who said he had something that I may be interested in.
    After a long and interesting conversation I have acquired the following sad but incredible restoration challenge...... HMS Repulse, in desperate need of a total strip down and rebuild at the hands of HM Dockyard in Devon.
    This is going to be a long and time consuming refit.
    I immediately had to put in place some strengthening crossmembers as the sides of the hull were becoming distorted and bowing inwards.
    I put a speed controller in just to test the motors and they all work but everything is going to be removed rebuilt and replaced.
    Lots of bits broken off and missing.
    So..... Long refit but will keep the Refit Blog running.
    Regards Bill.
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    πŸ“ SY Minnow water test
    8 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Warrant Officer)
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    Ian.
    Looking really good.
    Keep it coming.
    Excellent work.
    Bill
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    πŸ“ Z37 NARVICK Destroyer
    8 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi Doug.
    You have been threatening to do this carrier since you started following my HMS Victorious.
    Would be a great plan if you did.
    Are you a man or a 🐁 ......lol πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚.
    Bill πŸ‘πŸ‘
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    πŸ“ Lockdown Complaints
    10 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Warrant Officer)
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    Love the one about the onions Red πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜
    When I first joined the Merchany Navy I was sent down to the Engine Room stores to ask for a spare wheel for the truck.Now obviously I know the answer, does anyone else?
    Happy lockdown everyone.🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷
    Regards Bill
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    πŸ“ Lockdown Complaints
    11 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi Red.
    It was only a small Spud though !! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ‘
    Bill
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    πŸ’¬ Re: The "Orca" from Jaws 1975 scale 1:14
    11 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi Sky.
    Good job done.Nice looking boat.
    She looks fine, please post more when you can πŸ‘
    Regards Bill
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    πŸ“ Lockdown Complaints
    13 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Warrant Officer)
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    Anful of Gravel.....
    Your well off Pete,must be on a good pension.We can only afford grit,and then only on Sunday with a roast spud cut in arf.
    BillπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
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    πŸ“ Model Boat Magazine
    14 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Warrant Officer)
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    Thank you Colin.
    I await the next issue in that case.
    I won’t ring and complain just yet.
    Regards Bill.πŸ‘πŸ˜πŸ˜‡
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    πŸ“ Model Boat Magazine
    15 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi Nerys.
    Sadly no,☹️.
    Having read your post I checked and they have taken my subscription recently.
    Me thinks a phone call/ Email on Monday to see if I can get an answer unless anyone else comes up with an answer.
    Regards Bill
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    πŸ“ Which to build?
    15 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Warrant Officer)
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    Morning Andy.
    Keep at it my friend.
    Re trying some turning.I was taught to use a lathe when at school a million years ago,but let it all drop on going into my chosen career.
    About 15 years ago I decided that the satisfaction of making rather than buying was going to be a plan where possible.
    I looked on EBay and bought a simple lathe for a relatively small amount of cash and retaught myself.
    Never turned back.(Excuse the punπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚)
    I turn most of my gun barrels and prop shafts rudder tubes etc where I can.
    Re Outlets for warships. Have you tried Fleetscale (Westward Mouldings)
    Check out their online site.
    That are a stones throw from you being based in Gunnislake Tel 01822 832120.
    I don’t think they are generally open to the public but I have been there in the past (Living in Exeter)and they were very helpful.I dealt with Justin.
    Not sure if they are open at this time with Covid.19 going on.
    Hope that helps and keep it up.
    Regards Bill.
    Ps...I have just replied to your PM re the other boat πŸ‘
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Type 23 frigate
    15 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Warrant Officer)
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    First class build.
    She looks really well proportioned.
    Your other two boats look really nice as well.
    Bill
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    πŸ’¬ Re: HMS Amethyst
    15 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Warrant Officer)
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    Lovely looking boat.
    Man to my own heart.
    Well done
    Bill
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Sun XXI Tug
    15 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Warrant Officer)
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    Very nice looking tug πŸ‘
    Bill
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    πŸ“ Thrusters
    15 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi Martin.
    I an NO expert on this so may well be wrong, and if so stand corrected
    I believe they are know as a Kort Nozzle.
    The duct surrounding the prop creates greater control over the water passing thru the Nozzle.
    It increases the efficiency and ratio of power provided by the prop.
    I am sure there are many on this site who will know more than me on this one.
    Regards
    BillπŸ‘
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    πŸ’¬ Re: HMT Resolve
    15 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Warrant Officer)
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    Steve.
    What a superb example of the boat building craft.
    I dread to think how many hours have gone into her.
    Is that sailor leaning on the stern in the white jersey the one I sent you a few months ago?
    Congratulations on a job well done.
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