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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: RAF Launch Part4.Twin Shaft/Rudder build.
    1 month ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Scratchbuilder ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hello Boatshed.
    Sorry for the long delay.
    Health not been brilliant as of late so well behind with messages and any form of building.
    On this occasion I am using two MFA Como 500โ€™s.
    Attached picture shows a similar motor.
    Sturdy and reliable.
    Regards
    Bill ๐Ÿ‘

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Rudders
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Scratchbuilder ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hello Stephen.
    Excuse the photographs of a photograph but this is the set up on one of my boats.
    Nice and simple and reliableโ€ฆ.Just like me ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚.
    Hope it helps.
    Bill ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘€

    ๐Ÿ“ I'm Back - Thankfully
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Scratchbuilder ( Vice Admiral)
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    Gregg.
    Great to see you back on the slipway again.
    Looking forward to reading your comments.
    Regards
    Bill.๐Ÿ‘

    ๐Ÿ“ 1/48 scale WW2 RN figures
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Scratchbuilder ( Vice Admiral)
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    Nick.
    Try Shapeways,or Adrianโ€™s Marine Figures.
    I obtained my RN crew from Shapeways and they are fine.
    Regards
    Bill๐Ÿ‘

    ๐Ÿ“ Question of the Day?
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Scratchbuilder ( Vice Admiral)
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    Doug.
    ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚.
    Sorry Doug,I just had to do it
    Pinch punch first of the month.
    Promise I will behave in the future.
    Regards
    Naughty Billy๐Ÿฅธ

    ๐Ÿ“ Question of the Day?
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Scratchbuilder ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Doug.
    Sorry am I missing something from your last post?.
    Is there some suggestion of a genuine problem with the security of the site.
    If so,is Stephen (Fireboat)aware?
    The only potential issue was as I see it Rogalโ€™s post.
    Can you clarify please!.
    Whilst I am not unduly worried,others may be.
    Regards
    Bill

    ๐Ÿ“ To all my friends, on here, near, dear, and overseas.
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Scratchbuilder ( Vice Admiral)
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    Dear All
    I echo,everyone elseโ€™s sentiments

    Have a Happy and HEALTHY 2024.
    Regards
    Bill ๐Ÿ‘

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Deck stained and mast fitting
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Scratchbuilder ( Vice Admiral)
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    Chris,
    Looking really good.
    Enjoy the Baileyโ€™s
    Regards
    Bill๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŽ…

    ๐Ÿ“ xmas
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Scratchbuilder ( Vice Admiral)
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    To all members of our site may I wish you a Happy Christmas and a Healthy 2024.
    Regards
    Bill๐ŸŽ…๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿ˜‚

    ๐Ÿ“ The immersed volume of the Jockscott model (theoretical attempts).
    3 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Scratchbuilder ( Vice Admiral)
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    Alessandro.
    Your hard work and diligence deserves a medal in not only this but other posts you share.

    I am sure that you are not,but donโ€™t be discouraged by any perceived negativity shown in certain quarter's.
    Keep up the good workโ€ฆitโ€™s how we all learn ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŽ…๐ŸŽ…
    Regards
    Bill

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: RAF Launch. Part5.Internal rebuild starts.
    3 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Scratchbuilder ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hello Flaxby.
    Thank you.
    Restoration is slow at the moment due to the old hip replacement which has gone well and at least I donโ€™t walk around in circles anymore.
    I doubt if I will get to the Boatshed until after Christmas now as itโ€™s a bit of a walk on slippery grass to the bottom of the garden. โ˜น๏ธ๐Ÿฆต๐Ÿฉผ.
    You are quite correct these restorations are sometimes more time consuming that starting from a new build,but very satisfying.
    Will update progress as soon as.
    My thanks again.
    Regards
    Bill๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŽ…

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    ๐Ÿ“ Model Figures
    3 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Scratchbuilder ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Bruce.
    There are many on line if you just type in 1/24 scale RN figures to your search engine.
    eBay
    Deans Marine
    Shapeways
    Scale Model shop
    Amazon to name but a few.
    Hope that helps.๐Ÿ‘
    Regards
    Bill.

    ๐Ÿ“ loss of boats in the westcountry
    3 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Scratchbuilder ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Stephen.
    Thanks for heads up.Are you able to be more specific on locations please.
    Regards
    Bill.

    ๐Ÿ“ Things that never work right
    3 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Scratchbuilder ( Vice Admiral)
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    Ed.
    Good luck with your operation.
    Speedy recovery ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘.
    Regards
    Bill.

    ๐Ÿ“ Unknown Model
    3 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Scratchbuilder ( Vice Admiral)
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    Morning.
    Just a quick reply as have to go out, but looks like a Perkasa MTB (unfinished).couple of pictures posted but plenty of info on line.
    Regards
    Bill

    ๐Ÿ“ Question of the Day?
    3 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Scratchbuilder ( Vice Admiral)
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    Afternoon all.
    In my days as a cadet in the MN I like many other cadets before and after was send to the ships stores to get a spare wheel for the TRUCK which was the top most part of the mast.
    I assume it is still the same .
    Regards
    Bill ๐Ÿ‘

    ๐Ÿ“ Things that never work right
    3 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Scratchbuilder ( Vice Admiral)
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    Dear All.
    No playground fighting please.
    Keep things simple and to the point.
    Life is too short ๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿ‘€
    Regards
    Bill.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: RAF Launch. Part5.Internal rebuild starts.
    3 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Scratchbuilder ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hello Pete.
    Thank you re the hip๐Ÿคž.
    Just a quick response before I go in to hosp.
    Re the balsa.Valid observations ๐Ÿ‘.What you can see is purely cosmetic covering the original ply so that the structural integrity is not compromised.
    The previous owner/owners had cut out or drilled so many holes it looked awful as can be seen.
    Hopefully my work will make her look tidier.
    Thank you also for everyone elseโ€™s kind words.
    Regards
    Bill.๐Ÿš‘

    ๐Ÿ“ RAF Launch. Part5.Internal rebuild starts.
    3 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Scratchbuilder ( Vice Admiral)
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    Good afternoon All.
    Itโ€™s been a little while since the previous update due to ill health โ˜น๏ธ.
    As we have discussed previously on this forum it is offen more challenging refurbishing than starting from scratch.
    With as much of the old paint removal done as I can without damaging the hull integrity and the drive shaft tubes made and dry fitted along with the rudder posts to ensure all is true I decided to fit those components.Like most of us there is only so much tinkering you can do before you commit yourself.
    Shaft tubes and rudder posts fitted and allowed to set fully.
    I then dry fitted the rudder servo to ensure a good position.A quick test was conducted and there is a good movement on both rudders.
    I wanted to ensure the servo position as low as possible in the hull to give me more upper deck depth on the stern section.
    I then began to refit the interior of the hull.
    The original hull has had so many parts cut out and holes drilled in it that it looks a real mess.
    To that end I am basically making new sections,bulkheads and internal decking to fit.This will also give me a sound base for all the internal fittings.
    Not an easy task as nothing is straight โ˜น๏ธ.
    Once again hopefully the pictures tell the story.
    Slowly the rebuild progresses and finally a first spray coat of primer from the rattle can was applied.
    Time to stop at this point to let things dry and settle but once again I dry fitted the motors to ensure they sit correctly.
    There will be a delay before anymore work is done as hospital calls tomorrow for a new hip,and itโ€™s snowing in Sunny Devon โ˜น๏ธ.
    Take care all and stay safe.
    Regards
    Bill.

    ๐Ÿ“ Question of the Day?
    3 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Scratchbuilder ( Vice Admiral)
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    Friends,Romans,Countrymanโ€ฆ.Lend me your model boat knowledge,plans and ideas ๐Ÿ‘

    ๐Ÿ“ Question of the Day?
    3 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Scratchbuilder ( Vice Admiral)
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    I thought it was โ€œTitanicโ€ then realized I hadnโ€™t taken my tablets โ˜น๏ธ.
    Regards
    Bill.

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    ๐Ÿ“ Brave Borderer
    4 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Scratchbuilder ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Hermank.
    Attached a picture of the Mtroniks advert in model boat magazine.
    Also on their website.
    Regards
    Bill

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Typhoon Finished!!!
    4 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Scratchbuilder ( Vice Admiral)
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    River Rat.
    Absolutely stunning work.
    A credit to your skill levels.
    Well done.
    Regards
    Bill

    ๐Ÿ“ Question of the Day?
    4 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Scratchbuilder ( Vice Admiral)
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    Chris.
    Go for it.
    Would be a good one to follow.
    Bill๐Ÿ‘

    ๐Ÿ“ The resurrectionists and a bit of maths, mainly percentages!
    4 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Scratchbuilder ( Vice Admiral)
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    Good afternoon Gents.
    I am I have to say at somewhat of a loss over this post.
    I fully agree with the right to voice an opinion,but this post is a little like War and Peace.
    I agree with Royโ€™s first four paragraph's,but after that I just do not see how the remainder has any relevance to model boating or modeling in general apart from the odd snippet.
    It would be nice to concentrate on our boats and general love of modeling.
    My opinion only,and if I am deemed to be talking out of turn please feel free to court marshal me.
    Happy boating one and all.
    Regards
    Bill.

    ๐Ÿ“ Battery Voltage.
    4 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Scratchbuilder ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Nick.
    I use Buck converters (voltage regulator) with great success and have no issues.
    I attach a picture of one in situe to step down from 7.5 to 4volts on a bilge pump.
    Canโ€™t help on those batteries Iโ€™m afraid.
    Regards
    Bill

    ๐Ÿ“ Thank you Model-Boats.com & members during a rough time!
    4 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Scratchbuilder ( Vice Admiral)
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    Morning Lew.
    Sorry to hear you have been unwell.
    Hoping now you are on the road to recovery.
    Regards
    Bill

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: HMS Buttercup K193
    4 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Scratchbuilder ( Vice Admiral)
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    Alessandro.

    Thank you.
    You are far too kind with your comments.
    Regards
    Bill๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Quarter Deck
    4 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Scratchbuilder ( Vice Admiral)
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    Morning Rockbag.
    I personally think your mini mist is spot on for your model.
    For its size it is producing a good head of vapor!!
    As you know the vapor will fall to the deck as water vapor is heavier than air.
    When you have her on the pond the ahead motion and breeze will dissipate the vapor.
    I use both mist and oil variations depending on type of boat.
    I attach a video of one of my misters which as you can see shows the vapor falling (as it does)but once at sea itโ€™s fine.
    On the clip shown I do have a fairly strong fan to help it flow.
    Great model and mini mister ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘€
    Regards
    Bill.

    ๐Ÿ“ Robert (Bob) Rice
    4 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Scratchbuilder ( Vice Admiral)
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    RIP fellow shipmate.
    Regards
    Bill



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