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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 areaโ€™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 ๐Ÿค” This lockdown has boosted work much to the wifeโ€™s annoyance ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ 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
    ๐Ÿ“ The future of model boat building.
    19 hours ago by Scratchbuilder ( Midshipman)
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    Hi Marky.
    โ€˜Tis a cracking storm I have to say.
    We come up quite often and your right itโ€™s never been this bad.
    Great city,we love it.
    Been to your part of the world also ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
    Pulling the blackout blinds now over!!
    Bill โšก๏ธโšก๏ธโšก๏ธ
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    ๐Ÿ“ The future of model boat building.
    22 hours ago by Scratchbuilder ( Midshipman)
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    Just shows how old I am.
    So having built the model my Grandson photographs it then using his phone photoshopped it and does whatever he does and shows it sinking.
    Clever lad๐Ÿค“๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
    Bill
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    ๐Ÿ“ The future of model boat building.
    1 day ago by Scratchbuilder ( Midshipman)
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    Hi Doug.
    He is 11 ๐Ÿ‘
    Bill
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    ๐Ÿ“ The future of model boat building.
    1 day ago by Scratchbuilder ( Midshipman)
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    I am up in Edinburgh at the moment and took our Grandson a model kit to build while I was here as he is so keen to learn.
    The below pictures show the end result.
    He loves model building and spends hours at it.A very good effort on his part with very little help from anyone else.
    Itโ€™s so nice to be with him while he builds as his concentration is unbelievable.
    Here is our future.
    Enjoy.
    Regards Bill.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: And some more bits ......
    1 day ago by Scratchbuilder ( Midshipman)
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    Really coming along well.
    The end result will be worth the effort.
    Keep it coming.
    Bill๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Itโ€™s the little things ....!
    2 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Midshipman)
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    Looking really good.
    Coming along nicely.
    All the inner workings look neat and compact.
    Keep it up.
    Bill๐Ÿ‘
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: HMS Repulse.Hull strengthening and deck support.
    4 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Midshipman)
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    Thank you so much for all the valuable suggestions re the decking.
    I am spoilt now for ideas.
    I am away at the moment but on my return I will check out all the ideas and report back.
    Thank you all
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    ๐Ÿ“ Paddle Steamer Waverley
    6 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Midshipman)
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    Excellent news.
    Looking forward to the next update and seeing her on the water again.
    Bill๐Ÿ‘
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: HMS Repulse.Hull strengthening and deck support.
    6 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Midshipman)
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    Hi Doug and everyone.
    Thank you for all your comments.
    Doug.
    Thanks for the link and info,really appreciate it as I know your busy.
    I have been in contact with them and they are unable to help with my quest๐Ÿ˜ข.
    I am still looking and will find something.
    I am not looking for the entire deck but just sheet planking that I can cut and adapt.
    Keep smiling.
    ๐Ÿ‘Bill๐Ÿ‘
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    ๐Ÿ“ Deans Marine LST 388
    7 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Midshipman)
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    Congratulations Colin.
    Regards Bill
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    ๐Ÿ“ HMS Repulse.Hull strengthening and deck support.
    7 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Midshipman)
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    Dear All.
    Having had a short break from building for various reasons today I finally managed to remove all the remaining sheet decking thank goodness ๐Ÿ˜….
    Next I removed all the old component housings from within the hull and carefully sanded the upper lip of the hull to start taking the wooden supports so the deck will sit nicely.
    One of the problems I previously identified is coming true as you can clearly see in the picture showing the deck resting on the stern support that the hull has opened up and I am going to have to put in quite a few crossmembers to reduce the evident gaps. I will get the side supports in all the way to the bow and tackle the crossmembers in due course.
    Much bigger job than I thought it would be, in fact almost bigger than building from new, but I like a challenge.
    The last photo if they come out in the correct order is of some of the old decking.
    Now,I know I asked a while ago and had a good response from a few of you, but can anyone suggest where I can get this decking.The planks are 2mm in width approx 1/8โ€.
    I have spent hours searching the globe and really am struggling although I can find some in the states.
    Any help once again would really be appreciated.
    So, moving on for now, and once again thank you for all your messages.
    Regards Bill
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    ๐Ÿ“ Deans Marine LST 388
    7 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Midshipman)
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    Hi Nerys.
    I agree with the other comments.As I have said before. I will not buy from Deans again after they messed me about.Plenty of other places to get good adhesive at better prices
    So,as an experiment I went on line and put up all the details and it shows....
    Cost of the Kit....ยฃ295.00
    Admin Charge....ยฃ8.85.

    You then have to email them to get a postage charge or at least it did on my system.I didn't bother with that.
    I then rang them and asked for a verbal quotation over the phone.
    I was quoted....
    ยฃ295.00 for the kit including VAT which incidentally is shown at 20% when I thought because of Covid VAT had been dropped to a lower figure(but not 100% positive on that one)
    I asked for a P and P price and was quoted ยฃ14.50 to sunny Devon.
    I then asked if that was the total price or were there any other hidden charges and was told quite emphatically that was the final price.Total price quoted to me on the phone was ยฃ309.50.
    I advised them I didn't do On line transactions (white lie) and would they take payment for that amount over the phone and was told yes.
    I didn't buy it but if they can offer me that then no reason why they shouldn't do it for you.
    As I also said previously this boat clearly means a lot to you,dont miss it for the sake of an admin charge if they charge it annoying as it is.I will gladly chip in to pay it.

    Give it a try.
    Regards Bill
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    ๐Ÿ“ Model Boats Magazine August 2020
    10 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Midshipman)
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    Nerys.
    Love the question ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
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    ๐Ÿ“ HMS HOOD Keel
    10 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Midshipman)
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    Hi Alan.
    What plans do you have.
    Are you scratch building or do you have a set of parts.
    If you can post some pictures of what you have that would help .
    I have built Hood in 1/128 scale and if you look at my latest blog I am undergoing a major refit on HMS Repulse at this time.
    Happy to help if you can supply more info.
    Regards Bill.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Deans Marine LST 388
    12 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Midshipman)
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    Nerys.
    I agree with Newby.
    Drop them an email.If you donโ€™t ask you donโ€™t get.
    This is clearly an emotional journey for you and is important.
    If they donโ€™t drop the admin fee then I for one will pay it for you if you buy it.
    Bill
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    ๐Ÿ“ Deans Marine LST 388
    13 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Midshipman)
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    Re Deans.
    Yes,after all the comments over the last few days itโ€™s ironic that there is a six page spread about them Including โ€œRunning a tight shipโ€
    Regards Bill.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Model Boats Magazine August 2020
    13 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Midshipman)
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    Mine arrived this morning.
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    Bill๐Ÿ˜ฎ
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    ๐Ÿ“ Deans Marine LST 388
    14 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Midshipman)
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    I am afraid I have to agree with Steve.
    In the past I have many problems with Deans,with either faulty parts or parts missing.
    Customer care is not their best attribute and I was almost made to feel the guilty party.
    I am sure many others have had nothing but total satisfaction.I can only speak as I find.
    This admin charge does seem a bit of a con to put it mildly.
    Regards Bill
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    ๐Ÿ“ Deans Marine LST 388
    15 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Midshipman)
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    Hi Nerys.
    Thatโ€™s fascinating and thank you for sharing.
    This type of information fascinates me and should you buy a model of her I for one will follow with great interest.
    Regards Bill.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Identification of model
    16 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Midshipman)
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    Hi Dave.
    Canโ€™t help re the make of boat, but looks a nice project to work on.
    Regards Bill.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Flag identification
    17 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Midshipman)
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    Sorry everyone.There seems to be a problem with the video playing.
    To be going on with I attach a very early picture of HMS Brave Borderer showing the same pennant.
    I will see why the other clip is not playing.It is at my end.
    Bill.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Flag identification
    17 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Midshipman)
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    Ahh.
    Has the video gremlin taken over Doug.
    It plays from my end.
    I will double check.
    Bill.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Flag identification
    17 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Midshipman)
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    Video of HMS Brave Borderer Portsmouth 1959 when she was the worlds fastest ship.
    She is flying the same pennant.
    Hope that helps Mike.
    Regards Bill
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    ๐Ÿ“ Flag identification
    17 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Midshipman)
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    Nerys is correct โ€œwhen the boat is stationary.โ€œ
    If it Is White and Blue it also means.
    โ€œI am undergoing a speed trialโ€
    Bill
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    ๐Ÿ“ Scaledecks.com.....any knowledge.
    17 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Midshipman)
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    Hi Pete.
    Many thanks.
    Bill ๐Ÿ‘
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: A gentle start....!
    17 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Midshipman)
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    Hi Simon.
    We are all like kids with new toys when we get something like this arrive.
    Itโ€™s going to be a good project
    Regards Bill
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Lesro Atlantic 21 RNLI RNLB RIB 1:12 scale
    17 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Midshipman)
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    Really looking forward to following this blog.
    Regards Bill.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Bucket and associated tools
    18 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Midshipman)
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    First class workmanship, as is the whole project.
    ๐Ÿ‘Bill
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    ๐Ÿ“ Scaledecks.com.....any knowledge.
    18 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Midshipman)
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    Hi All.
    Does anyone have any first hand knowledge of a company called scaledecks.com
    They have a good looking website.
    Just wondering if anyone has bought any decking from them.
    Regards Bill.
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    ๐Ÿ“ "Skin's
    19 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Midshipman)
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    Nerys.
    Facinating, and memories to cherish for a lifetime
    Regards.
    Bill
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