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    πŸ’¬ Re: HMS Buttercup.Maiden Voyage
    20 hours ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Scratchbuilder ( Commodore)
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    β€œThree hands and two brains!!”
    Three hands would be handy!!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
    Two brains would be very dangerous in my case as I struggle with the one I have.

    Yes the smokers do make a funny noise on start up,but are great for these size models.
    I know they are 8ml but I do pop in 10 without any problems.
    If I let the wife video for me the phone would end up in the canal.πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
    Take care chaps πŸ‘

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    πŸ’¬ Re: HMS Buttercup.Maiden Voyage
    22 hours ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Scratchbuilder ( Commodore)
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    Hi Doogle.
    Thank you.
    The smoker used is a Seuthe No 5. 6volt power placed inside the funnel.
    Regards Bill

    πŸ“ HMS Buttercup.Maiden Voyage
    1 day ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Scratchbuilder ( Commodore)
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    Filmed a while ago but just re found this short maiden voyage clip of the above.
    First test run.All went well.Voyage lasted roughly thirty min and this is one short clip.
    Difficult filming on your own.
    Regards Bill.

    πŸ“ Not a good day
    2 days ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Scratchbuilder ( Commodore)
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    Hi Neil.
    Did you swear 🀬🀬🀬,bet you didπŸ˜₯
    Things normally happen in three’s.
    You’re not having much luck at the moment with this one.
    I do feel your pain,we spend so much time on our beloved boats for the simple things to cock it up.Looking forward to Fridays sail 🀞🀞🀞
    Hopefully all will be well from now on.
    Regards
    Bill.

    πŸ’¬ Re: Construction report whaler Rau IX 1 : 45
    3 days ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Scratchbuilder ( Commodore)
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    Hi Wolfgang.
    πŸ‘
    Thank you,your work is impressive and it’s good to be able to relate to it.
    Regards Bill

    πŸ’¬ Re: Construction report whaler Rau IX 1 : 45
    3 days ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Scratchbuilder ( Commodore)
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    Hi WolfgangB.
    I am really enjoying your build blog as I am sure are many others!
    Problem is my schoolboy German from 50 years ago is somewhat rusty.
    Your English translations are good.
    Would you be able to post in English please so we can all continue to relate to your pictures and enjoy your work?
    Keep up the good work.
    Regards
    Bill.

    πŸ’¬ Re: HMS Belfast Update Number 8,more lighting.
    3 days ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Scratchbuilder ( Commodore)
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    Morning Pete.
    Thank you for the comments πŸ‘πŸ‘€.
    Using a six channel set.
    Motors,rudder,guns and crane from the channels.
    Lights,radar and smoke effects manually at this time.
    When I have the capacity I will combine smoke and throttle together.
    Hope all is well.
    Regards
    Bill.

    πŸ’¬ Re: HMS Belfast Update Number 8,more lighting.
    4 days ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Scratchbuilder ( Commodore)
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    Andy.
    Thank you for your comments πŸ‘.
    Always happy for suggestions to improve things.
    Warm Gel?.
    This is a new one on me!unless I’m missing the obvious.
    What is it please?
    Regards Bill

    πŸ“ HMS Belfast Update Number 8,more lighting.
    4 days ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Scratchbuilder ( Commodore)
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    Evening Gents.
    Thus far I have achieved most of what I set out in the first posting of this blog.

    I wanted all four main turrets to rotate and have achieved three of the four.Lack of space excluded one.☹️
    Both funnels have the desired smoke effect πŸ‘
    The crane rotates,but, I admit I am still not 100% happy with it so may redesign certain aspects.😠
    The main radar is functioning wellπŸ˜„
    The lighting forward is satisfactory,and today I spent a little time on the rear superstructure lighting.😁
    This was relatively easy and straight forward.
    Once again my lack of space was the problem.
    I didn’t want to run the lights (both forward and stern) thru a voltage reducer so I purchase a small switched encased AA battery box (Β£3.00 on EBay).
    I managed to find enough space between the rear motors and rudder servo.
    I made a small balsa false deck which rested between the servo and motors.
    Fixed in place with two screws so that I can gain access to the motor couplings if needed.
    The battery box sits nicely on the false deck and is as low as I can get it to avoid upper weight for stability.Held in place with double sided tape.
    With just enough room,on the Speed controller deck and by extending it up to the bulkhead I fixed two electrical connectors along with two white 3volt LED wired them to the battery box and πŸ‘ we had light.
    A great use of minimal space.
    Once again the photographs show the detail.
    I am going to run a mast light at some point

    There is still a lot to do do on this refit ie!
    Replace the forward/stern flag poles.
    The veneer deck was allowed to get wet by the previous owner and has started to lift in places.This needs to be remedied and the veneer treated.
    Then there is the weathering and other odds and sods.
    More on that in due course.
    Hope your all ok everyone.
    Thank you for following.
    Catch you soon.
    Regards
    Bill.

    PS.
    Today 06/06/23 I added a third LED.
    Why are we never happy with what we do?🀣

    πŸ“ Mast lights
    4 days ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Scratchbuilder ( Commodore)
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    Flaxbybuck.
    I agree re making them.
    I attach a couple of pictures of Navigating lights I have made or adapted from purchased casings.The wiring aspect is simple enough.
    I will get and also add a picture of a mast light I made and add on.(done)
    They are easy to make.
    Send me a pm if you need help.
    Regards Bill

    πŸ“ Are Motorized RC Scale Model Boats Hazardous?
    4 days ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Scratchbuilder ( Commodore)
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    What a fantastic facility πŸ‘πŸ‘
    Very envious.
    Regards
    Bill

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    πŸ’¬ Re: HMCS GLENSIDE
    5 days ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Scratchbuilder ( Commodore)
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    Looking forward to this one πŸ‘.
    Looking good thus far.
    Bill

    πŸ“ Mast lights
    5 days ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Scratchbuilder ( Commodore)
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    Hi Try Aeronaut lighting direct or thru Cornwall model boats who from previous experience are very good and helpful.
    Sorry can’t upload the link for some reason but attach a pic.
    Also EBay have various items.
    Regards Bill

    πŸ’¬ Re: Close, but no cigar
    7 days ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Scratchbuilder ( Commodore)
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    Neil.
    Shame and I feel your pain.
    Been there done it got the medal and yes it’s so frustrating when we take so much care to get it right.
    I lost the entire shaft and prop on one boat when the engine coupling came loose.Just got the boat back on the other shaft as the water poured in thru the empty shaft.
    Regards
    Bill.

    πŸ“ Question of the Day?
    8 days ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Scratchbuilder ( Commodore)
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    Guys.
    Nothing better than a good debate.
    Regards.
    Bill.

    πŸ’¬ Re: New Paddle
    10 days ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Scratchbuilder ( Commodore)
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    Graham.
    First class craftsmanship.
    Well done πŸ‘
    Regards Bill

    πŸ“ Abergavenny steam and vintage show
    12 days ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Scratchbuilder ( Commodore)
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    β€œLoaded and ready to go”
    Hope all goes well Colin.
    Have a great time.Your collection is an impressive array of nautical excellence.
    Nice to know that any proceeds go to a worthy cause ie Dementia care.
    Regards
    Bill.

    πŸ’¬ Re: HMS Belfast Update Number 7. Radar and Lighting.
    12 days ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Scratchbuilder ( Commodore)
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    Morning Pete.
    Re the port light !
    Good spot on your part πŸ‘πŸ‘€.
    For some reason the port light decided to play up just after fitting and went dim on me so it will be a case of replacing the offending item next week.
    Take care
    Bill

    πŸ’¬ Re: HMS Belfast Update Number 7. Radar and Lighting.
    13 days ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Scratchbuilder ( Commodore)
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    β€œThose light bulbs look suspiciously like LED’s to me”
    You’re right Doug,light bulbs….typo on my part.
    Put it down to my age!
    Bill.

    πŸ“ Diy MTB77 from scrapped hull
    14 days ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Scratchbuilder ( Commodore)
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    I will be following progress on this one.
    Good to see a boat being saved πŸ‘
    Bill.

    πŸ“ HMS Belfast Update Number 7. Radar and Lighting.
    14 days ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Scratchbuilder ( Commodore)
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    Evening Gents.
    Trusting you are all well.
    Today I managed to engineer the working radar, Port/Starboard lights and internal bridge lights.
    Once again I hope the photographs are in the correct order as they explain so much.

    RADAR.
    Without stating the obvious I removed the main radar scanner from the top of the lattice mast.
    Luckily there is a good area inside the superstructure so I had plenty of room to work.
    Taking care I drilled a 3mm hole down thru the lattice base that supports the radar and a secondary section below.
    I then inserted a small brass bearing into the top hole leaving me a 2.5mm dia shaft size.
    Taking some 2.5mm brass rod I heated the end and dropped it down thru the holes so that it melted a hole thru the bridge deck into the interior.
    Then after drilling a hole in the scanner base I fitted it to the top of the rod.
    For the motor I used a 3volt 36 rpm reduction motor from the ever faithful spares box and made a small fillet for the back of it.
    Using some flexi pipe tubing I pushed it over the brass rod and glued the motor in place on the rear bulkhead.
    This gave me a direct drive from motor to radar.
    All tested and worked well πŸ‘πŸ˜‡.

    Lighting.
    I wanted to have working Port/Starboard lights and at the least interior bridge lights so as I had time to spare off I went and did it.πŸ€ͺ
    The P/S lights are so small that I simply did not have any bulbs small enough to fit externally.
    Plan B…I drilled a 2mm hole thru the light and then glued the bulbs directly to the inside behind the hole.
    I then made a small balsa stand and glued one white light grain of wheat bulb to it.
    Having glued the balsa stand to the interior I wired all the bulbs up to the same 3volt power supply…..and hey presto we have light.

    I hope the photographs do justice and all this makes sense.
    I will be looking at some lighting for the mid and rear superstructure in due course.
    Take care all till next time.
    Regards
    BillπŸ‘

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    πŸ’¬ Re: FINISHED AT LAST!!
    14 days ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Scratchbuilder ( Commodore)
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    Duncan.
    A cracking build to be proud off πŸ‘πŸ‘
    Regards Bill.

    πŸ’¬ Re: HMS Belfast Follow up to Update No 6..Result!!
    15 days ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Scratchbuilder ( Commodore)
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    Afternoon Jockscott.
    Thank you.Still a lot to do on this refit.
    All the railings are as fitted by Graupner from the factory.
    I will probably be replacing some stanchions with brass replacements and will be weathering the originals in due course.
    I think it is unlikely that you will be able to purchase the original railings as spares as Graupner spares are almost impossible to obtain.
    I did contact Graupner re spares and had a very negative unhelpful reply.
    Sorry I can’t be of more help.

    Regards Bill

    πŸ“ Foam Pads for seating delicate items.
    16 days ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Scratchbuilder ( Commodore)
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    Gents.
    These may be of use to you as anti vibration pads for delicate items including RX gear.

    Due to illness I have had a massive weight loss to the point where my wedding and signet rings were sliding off my fingers.
    I found these on Amazon which are ring size reducers.(No Rude pun intended)
    However I also found that they are brilliant for modeling.
    In mg case I have used them for seating a motor and RX components.
    They eliminate vibration but alow flexibility in slight movement.
    One side has a good sticking surface whilst the other is clear.
    For some reason I am unable to down load the Amazon link but they cost Β£3.99 for 152 different sized pieces.
    The Amazon product number in the absence of a link is BOBNPV1NTR.
    There are many other similar product as well.
    May be of use to someone out there,certainly floats my boat !
    Regards
    Bill.

    πŸ’¬ Re: And now some detailing
    17 days ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Scratchbuilder ( Commodore)
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    Neil.
    Coming along nicely and a credit to you πŸ‘.
    Regards
    Bill

    πŸ“ Question of the Day?
    17 days ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Scratchbuilder ( Commodore)
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    I too got it wrong ☹️.
    When I realized I had put the wrong answer I β€œspiraled”into depression when I thought I had been β€œscrewed” over !! Sorry πŸ˜‚

    πŸ“ Dreams and Reality
    17 days ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Scratchbuilder ( Commodore)
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    Chugalone.
    Some nice work there,well done.
    Did the Mersey ferry company let you paint their ferry by chance?
    Regards Bill

    πŸ“ Dreams and Reality
    19 days ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Scratchbuilder ( Commodore)
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    There is an old saying β€œThat which is given willingly is twice given”

    There is another old saying β€œWe are all married to the same woman,They just have different names!”
    😒😒😒
    Regards
    Bill.

    πŸ’¬ Re: VINTAGE RUNABOUT,- NEW ACCESSORY
    19 days ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Scratchbuilder ( Commodore)
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    Well within your capabilities JB.
    Bill πŸ‘

    πŸ“ HMS Belfast Follow up to Update No 6..Result!!
    19 days ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Scratchbuilder ( Commodore)
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    Afternoon Chaps.
    As I previously stated although I was on the whole quite happy with the smoke generators completed yesterday I was a little frustrated with the smoke flow.

    I had decided last evening to change the cage on the funnels,as I thought the large resin frame was restricting the flow and also looked out of proportion.
    Quite correctly Doug pointed out re the lack of updraft despite my having drilled vent holes.Thank you also to others who gave suitable advice πŸ‘.

    Today I resolved the issue.
    I drilled more vent holes in the smoker platforms and also in the deck under the funnels.(I learnt from my mistake on a previous boat re ventilation)
    I then cut out the resin cage from both funnel caps and cleaned up the edges.
    Careful drilling thru the funnel tops gave me 0.5 mm holes so that I could slide in and glue 0.5mm brass wire.
    Phew! No breakages or disasters.
    Once the glue was dry I repainted the tops Matt black,let the paint dry and placed in position.
    Come the moment of truth……….Tested,and I am sure the smoke flow is better and less restricted.
    I also much prefer the thinner cage which looks much more realistic if you compare with the photograph of Belfast’s real funnel.(last picture before video)
    Hopefully when on the water with wind flow all should be well🀞🀞

    Next I will be taking on the lattice mast front Radar,but not for a couple of days.
    Catch you soon and take care all.
    Regards Bill.



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