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>> Home > Members > Scratchbuilder
23rd Feb 2016
Last Online
4th Jun 2018

Member Stats
Member No. 3687
Registered 23rd Feb 2016
Last Online 4th Jun 2018
City Exeter
Country United Kingdom
Boats in Harbour 1
Sailing Locations 0
Forum Posts 3
Photos Posted 63
Likes Received 26
Likes Given 31
15 Total Posts
Sailing Locations
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Type: Naval Ship
Ranks Points
Fleet Admiral 1000
Admiral 800
Captain 600
Commander 400
Lieutenant 200
Sub-Lieutenant 100
Chief Petty Officer 50
Petty Officer 25
Seaman 10
Apprentice 2
Recruit 0
51 points away from Lieutenant!
Activity Worth Awarded
Boats in Harbour 8 8
Forum Thread 5 5
Forum Post 2 6
Event 8 0
Photo Gallery 10 20
Photos Response 3 12
Video Post 15 0
Video Response 3 0
Build Blog 20 0
Blog Post 5 0
Blog Response 3 15
Sailor 8 0
Guestbook Post 8 0
Liked Posts 1 31
Received Likes 2 52
149 Total Points
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Recent Posts
HMS Victorious. by Scratchbuilder Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 24 days ago
Hello. Many thanks. Really good to see and read you article on HMS Brave Borderer. I remember as a young boy going for trips on her at Plymouth Navy Days.That was when we had a Navy and Health and safety was just pie in the sky.Good days. Your inner workings look very tidy👍.Did you make the tiller arms yourself. Regards Bill.

HMS Victorious. by Scratchbuilder Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 24 days ago
Hi Doug. Thank you. She is 70” long with an 11” beam. Re the aircraft lift I attach some more pictures,but in essence I have placed a normal servo on its site and used an old windscreen wiper end arm drilled out the centre on my lathe then glued a balsa pivot arm to it. For the lift platform I drilled a hole in the lift,then glued in a 1/8th brass rod into a pre drilled hole.I then turned a suitable bearing on the lathe,glued it into the base and made the guide rods.It is important to ensure that the bearing is at least a quarter the length of the centre brass rod or it will not move accurately. When the servo works the arm moves the lift up and down. Simples really. I did explore various gearing using plastic cogs but had quite a few problems with it. This method is simple and effective.

HMS Victorious. by Scratchbuilder Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 25 days ago
HMS Victorious,circa 1941. Still very much in the early stages of construction. Most of the internal workings are in place ,but still a few ideas to work on. Thus far she has a working forward aircraft lift. A smoke generator (water not oil). All four rear guns rotate. A working bilge pump. Working next on how to activate the crane. All three engines are powered from a 6 volt battery. All other items mentioned above powered from another 6 volt battery,bot of which provide the main ballast. As I say still a long way to go yet as can be seen.Many of the fittings have to be more authentically painted.

It's a sad day!. by Scratchbuilder Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 30 days ago
Here,here.Well said.The world is changing and,not always for the good.Its a sad day that you have to give up your joy in life. I too have been building boats for 55years and still get imence satisfaction from what I produce and I am so lucky that the Grandchildren love the hobby too.I gave up being in a club years ago because in some instances the beurocratic nonsense that spoil the hobby.

40mm AA bofors by Scratchbuilder Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 1 year ago
Hi. Not sure if the attached pictures will help.They are not all from Illustrious but do show some good detail.The pictures of the book pages are of HMS Victorious,sister ship.May be of help to you. regards Bill.

Arran Glasgow. by Scratchbuilder Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 1 year ago
Hello Dave. Many many thanks for the information.I will study more in depth this evening. As for the motor, my thoughts exactly and is to be treated with some respect. Many thanks again. Regards Bill.

Arran Glasgow. by Scratchbuilder Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 1 year ago
Hello. I am trying to establish as much information as possible on the boat as show in the attached pictures. This model was found in the boot of a car some 40 years ago by a friend of mine when he bought the car.It has lain in his shed from that day to this. It clearly is Scratch built and has a Basset-Lowke motor.(which works very well after all that time lying idle) It is plank on frame construction. I have found limited information on line on her but am wondering if anyone has a wealth of knowledge on either the model or its real life version.The last picture shows a hulk of what I think is the same ship. Regards Bill.

HMS Illustrious Aircraft carrier by Scratchbuilder Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 1 year ago
Hi. If we are looking at the same thing at the downcurve then it is officially a structure that houses a safety net and had safety floats attached. Regards Bill.

Target Renovation Part 2 by Scratchbuilder Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 1 year ago
Hi. I had the same problem a couple of years ago with my Taycol Target.I removed the Existing brushes, flattened the worn segment ends and soldered new carbon handmade sections onto the old brass brushes.They have worked fine to this day.NOT original I know but effective. Bill.

German type 7 by Scratchbuilder Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 1 year ago
Hi.Excellent boat.Do you have a dive tank fitted and if so what make.? Thank Bill.

HMS Illustrious Aircraft carrier by Scratchbuilder Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 1 year ago
Hi Norm. I am building to 1/128th Using a Fleetscale basic format but making lots of the fittings.I attach a few pictures which may help.I have a lot more if you wish me to send the via post plus some reference books details.The picture of port side with crew on deck is circa 1949 so quite late.I am lucky to have a good size workshop so space is not a problem. Regards Bill.

U47. by Scratchbuilder Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 1 year ago
Many thanks.Always trying to improve this skill.Real rust from nails left in water for ever I find the best then painted in satin varnish.Bill.

U47. by Scratchbuilder Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 1 year ago
U47 back on patrol after winter refit.Not without a few problems with the dive tank !!!!!. Robbe U47.Scale 1/40. Also Revell 1/72 USS Gato takes a dip.(surface only). Thanks for looking.

HMS Illustrious Aircraft carrier by Scratchbuilder Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 1 year ago
Hi.I am building a working model of HMS Victorious,circa 1941 (sister ship) and have a lot of pictures and plan drawings.Please give me a couple of days as I am away but I will get back to you. Regards Bill.

Schnellboat by Scratchbuilder Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 1 year ago
[Score: 8/10] 39"/2300g Schnellboat Capable of 12mph and a runtime of 30mins Twin Propellors (3 Blade) Direct Drive to a MFA Torpedo 400 x 2 (3 Blade) Powered by NiCad (7.2v) Batteries Controlled Through Mtroniks Viper ESC - Comments: 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.