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    RegisteredπŸ“…23rd Feb 2016
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    About
    Ex MN Radio Officer.Retired Police Officer. Love my 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)
    Recent Posts
    πŸ“ Cruise Liners
    1 hour ago by Scratchbuilder ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Hi Peter.
    I know what your saying.We are only around the corner.
    We have been keeping an eye on them each week as we take in the view of the various liners.
    We take the Grandson to have a look most weeks.
    He just loves to see the big ships in the bay.
    So sad to see the QM2 lying idle.
    We have done the Atlantic on her a couple of times.
    She is not built to sit in the bay.
    Take care all.
    Regards Bill.
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    3 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    I echo,echo echo everyone’s congratulations.
    Well done everyone.
    Regards Bill.
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    πŸ“ Deans Marine LST 388
    4 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Hi Nerys.
    Glad it has arrived ok.
    Let’s hope all the bits are there and you can start to formulate a plan.
    So looking forward to the blog.
    Regards Bill
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Model complete less coxswain....
    5 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Hi Sy.
    Firstly, sorry to hear about your Dad’s passing..Condolences to you and family.

    Re the build!....we’ll say no more you have excelled in all aspects.
    Any ideas what the next project will be.
    Regards Bill
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    πŸ“ Mental Health & Wellbeing Volunteers
    5 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Hi All.
    This is a brilliant idea.
    For me,I am lucky,a great and supportive wife and family.
    This pandemic however has not been without its problems...Two of my three children faced redundancy,but seem to have dodged the axe although one of my sons still is not sure when he will fly again (BA Pilot)
    Like most of us,if my children feel pain so do I.
    This site gives us all the ability to share our hobby and have some light hearted entertainment.
    Keep it up Ladies and Gents.
    Regards.
    Bill
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    πŸ“ The dreaded lergy
    5 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Wash away the lurgy with a little light entertainment.
    Makes me laugh,and laughter is good for you.
    Regards Bill.
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    πŸ“ The dreaded lergy
    9 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Hi Nerys.
    Sounds like a plan.
    Bill
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    πŸ“ The dreaded lergy
    9 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Doug.
    May have to invent my own distillery over the winter if the admirals don’t up the Rum Tot.
    I am sure a lot of members could assist.
    (Please ensure responsible drinking)
    Take care and sail safe.
    Regards Bill.πŸ˜‡
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    πŸ“ The dreaded lergy
    9 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Hi All.
    I managed a sneaky sail two days ago in the double locks in Exeter.(We are low risk and no real restrictions).
    Seems strange I know.
    I fear for the future weeks,months.
    Looks like a lot of building,refits and not a lot of sailing over the winter 😒.
    Keep the chins up.
    If things get too bad perhaps their lordships could order a double tot issue.
    Regards Bill.
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    πŸ“ rudder
    9 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Phill.
    You are welcome.
    Don’t be afraid to ask for anymore help or pictures.
    Regards Bill πŸ‘πŸ·πŸ·
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    πŸ“ rudder
    9 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Great minds think alike Martin.
    Regards Bill πŸ‘
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    πŸ“ rudder
    9 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Hi Phill.
    Martin and I are on the same wavelength here.
    I attach (hopefully) six pictures of the set up I used in my Schnellboat.
    I used the rudders from the kit and made the tubes and posts on the lathe.
    I find that the turning circle is adequate for my needs,but I have made an attachable rudder that I put over the centre main rudder.To be honest I don’t use it as it really doesn’t make any great difference.
    If you check out my boat harbour there are more pictures on that.
    Also,I have built her so that the front and rear guns rotate.
    If this is something you were thinking of then I am happy to share pictures of the set up.
    Just let me know.
    Regards Bill

    PS.Be good if you could do a blog on this.I for one would be interested πŸ‘
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    πŸ“ Deans Marine LST 388
    11 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Hi Nerys.
    Fantastic news.
    I just know you will give this 100% and I so look forward to the blog.
    Regards Bill
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    πŸ’¬ Re: The Forward Deck Pulpit.
    11 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Superb workmanship.
    Most impressive.
    Regards Bill
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    πŸ“ Light hearted Fun on a rainy day.Latest Soldering Iron.
    11 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Hi Doug.
    Love it.
    Just shows what a varied and mad group of professional lunatics we all are.
    πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
    Regards Bill 🍷🍷🍷
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    πŸ“ Light hearted Fun on a rainy day.Latest Soldering Iron.
    11 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Dear All.
    Just bought this (see photograph) from a local shop.He only deals in the newest tools to hit the market.
    This brand new soldering iron is apparently incredible.
    The battery’s never go flat.
    NO cumbersome wires to the extension socket.
    Wi Fi free.
    Maintenance free apart from cleaning the tip after use.
    Came with a free tin of flux.
    No import duties from China or a 3 month wait.
    Just needs meths to run the blowtorch.πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

    It was my Dads, so just shows you how old it is.
    Have a good day.
    Regards Bill.
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    πŸ“ Motivation
    12 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Great news Nerys.
    Keep up the good work
    Regards Bill πŸ‘
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    πŸ’¬ Re: HMS Hermes - forces den re-shuffle
    13 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Jonathan.
    Busy boy.
    Is that HMS Chatham at the top shelf?
    Regards Bill
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    πŸ“ Motivation
    13 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Hi Doug.
    Just a good sense of humour.
    Regards BillπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ·πŸ·
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    πŸ“ Motivation
    14 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Dear All.
    I hope the attached gives you all motivation.
    I hope it doesn’t offend anyone,if it does I apologise.
    Regards Bill.🍷🍷🍷🍷
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    πŸ“ Website Problems
    17 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Hello Stephen.
    Thank you for your reply.
    I only have the one email address.
    I have opened with your link and still am unable to enter My Account.
    Confusing.
    Bill
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    πŸ“ Website Problems
    17 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Martin.
    Thank you.
    BillπŸ‘πŸ·πŸ·πŸ·πŸ·
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    πŸ“ Website Problems
    17 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Hi Martin.
    I have tried to PM Stephen but it keeps coming up with an error and won’t send.
    Would you mind forwarding this on to him.
    Today I have received 48 emails on my own private email address some of them doubled.
    Driving me mad.
    I am in contact with my email provider....BT to see if they can shed any light.
    Regards
    Bill.πŸ‘
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    πŸ“ Website Problems
    18 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Hi Martin.
    I will try later as have to go out for the day now.
    Many thanks.
    Bill
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    πŸ“ Website Problems
    18 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Morning All.
    For some unexplained and unknown reason something has happened to all the settings on our site in relation to me at least.
    For the last couple of days I have suddenly been unable to enter My account on our site,and I am being bombarded with all the site emails going thru to my own private email address.
    I am now receiving every post that goes onto our site into my email account,and I am spending a large proportion of my free time deleting them.
    I have NOT changed any settings on our site or on my own private email account.
    I am computer savvy but unless someone somewhere has got into my settings on either site then I am somewhat confused.
    Any ideas please.
    Regards Bill
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    πŸ’¬ Re: HMS Hermes R12 1:96
    19 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Hi Jonathan.
    Could you post some more pictures of her please.
    Regards Bill.πŸ‘πŸ‘
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    πŸ“ Flags
    19 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Hi Mike.
    Looks good.
    Just out of interest who are BECC please.
    Regards Bill
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    πŸ’¬ Re: HMS Hermes R12 1:96
    19 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Hi Jonathan
    Now this is a blog close to my heart as I am still building HMS Victorious as per my blog and various updates.
    Really looking forward to all you can offer on this one.
    Regards Bill.πŸ‘
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    πŸ’¬ Re: So close......
    19 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Hi Sy.
    As always,looking good and a credit to you.
    Ahhhhhh Cyprus.....remember it well..fond memories,but none as good as Singapore 😁.
    Regards Bill.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Deck Steam Winch
    21 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Hi Fred.
    Steam winch looks really good.
    Well done.
    Bill πŸ‘
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