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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)
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    πŸ“ First sail for a while.
    12 hours ago by Scratchbuilder ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi Nerys.
    Spot on.You are quite right.
    It’s as original as you want it to be.
    Originality always wins.
    Regards Bill.
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    14 hours ago by Scratchbuilder ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi Martin.
    Great News.
    Looking forward to all the updates and comments.
    As always you will give the project your total enthusiasm and personal touch.
    Here is hoping that all is well.
    Be in touch soon.
    Regards Bill.
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    πŸ“ First sail for a while.
    15 hours ago by Scratchbuilder ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi Nerys.
    All you say is encouraging,especially on the sausage van and your sailings,but what news on the paint job on the LST.
    Regards Bill.
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    15 hours ago by Scratchbuilder ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi Peter.
    Good to hear you are getting sorted in many ways.
    We all look forward to your updates.
    Regards Bill.
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    16 hours ago by Scratchbuilder ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Colin.
    You jammy young so and so.
    What plans do you have for it.
    Regards Bill
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    16 hours ago by Scratchbuilder ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi Nerys.
    Always good to hear your thoughts.
    Otherwise known as a sterile alcohol swab for the protection of the skin from infection by external bacterial infection.πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚....Sorry my wife is a nurse.🌈
    Regards Bill.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Flower class corvette
    1 day ago by Scratchbuilder ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Morning Bruce.
    Thanks for the pictures.
    Really good to see.
    It’s amazing what we can squeeze into such small areas.
    Would be interested to see the other motor layout when fittedπŸ‘
    Regards Bill.
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    πŸ“ Mental Health & Wellbeing Volunteers
    4 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Red.
    All in total innocence and light hearted banter.πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ‘ a lollipop.
    Regards Bill
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    πŸ“ Fleet Air Arm Museum Yeovilton.
    4 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi Red.
    Your correct.
    Sea Venom one engine.
    Vixen two.
    Regards Bill.
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    4 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    All Received Admiral.
    Must keep the troops happy,I agree.
    So Splice the Mainbrace.
    Regards Bill.
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    πŸ“ Fleet Air Arm Museum Yeovilton.
    4 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi Red.
    Yes it was a great day out.
    I just love it there,as did my boys when they were young.So much so we take our Grandchildren there.
    It’s a fantastic day out.
    John is πŸ’― % correct the blue job is the Fairy Delta 2 and was used for the supersonic development for many things including Concord development.That’s why it is displayed in Concord Hall.
    Regards Bill.
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    πŸ“ Mental Health & Wellbeing Volunteers
    4 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Martin.
    There seems to be a serious outbreak of Hilarious moral amongst the troops at this moment in time.
    Perhaps it’s the sun that is muddling minds.
    We need to ensure that the troops are under control and are not too happy.
    They will need more rations and possibly ask for the reintroduction of the Rum Tot......God forbid !!!!πŸ₯ƒ
    Regards Bill.πŸ‘πŸ‘
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    4 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi Red.
    β€œIn our local surgery good boys get a sucker”
    I take it that’s a typo Red πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ for sticker.
    πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜‚πŸ˜…πŸ˜‚πŸ˜…πŸ˜‚πŸ˜…πŸ˜‡
    Regards Bill.
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    πŸ“ First sail for a while.
    4 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Great to see Nerys.
    Looked a lovely day for it too.
    Regards BillπŸ‘
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    4 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi Martin.
    Well done both.
    Did you get your good boy sticker?
    Regards Bill.
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    πŸ“ Finishing
    4 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi Red.
    I agree.
    Unless you are building a museum item that will never see the water I think it’s good to see a weathered boat.
    To quote the film β€œThe Cruel Sea” it is cruel and unforgiving and causes a lot of damage and such like.
    When I sail a new one where appropriate on the type of boat I will deliberately sail it thru all the surface flotsam especially any grime or surface oil just so it sticks to the hull.The best weathering in the world it’s natural.
    As for rust effect.I know I have mentioned it before but I keep a jam jar full of metal nails,screws and wire wool full of water.Makes the best rust in the world.Paint it on and then a light varnish so it won’t wash off.
    Take care all.
    Happy sailing.
    Regards Bill
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Flower class corvette
    6 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi Bruce.
    Love the Flowers,my favourite little ships in whatever scale or construction.
    Do you have any pictures of her inner workings.
    Regards Bill.
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    πŸ“ Mental Health & Wellbeing Volunteers
    8 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Evening Nerys.
    Let’s hope they all soon get the vaccination.
    I read with interest that the converted Aggie Weston sailors rest in Devonport that we have previously discussed with fond memories has been condemned because of the type of cladding applied to the wall on the new social housing building it has been converted into.
    What’s it coming too.
    Regards Bill
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    8 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Brucep
    We will pass this onto the site admin.
    Regards Bill.
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    πŸ“ WW 2 RN figures cothing colors
    8 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi Tora Dog.
    Re ....I need help.
    So do I ,trust meπŸ€πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
    I have bought Similar figures for my corvette so let me retrace my steps over the weekend and I will get back to you.
    Regards Bill🍷🍷
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    πŸ“ USS LST 325
    8 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi Martin.
    Great find with an informative video.
    Regards Bill
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    πŸ“ Mental Health & Wellbeing Volunteers
    8 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Cash.
    If, in the morning you go to put your socks on,and you find you have webbed feet,then one of the following will apply.
    A) Your hung over.
    B) The vaccine has gone wrong,please consult Your Doctor.πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
    Regards Bill.

    Ps.
    I was fine after both.
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    πŸ“ Fleet Air Arm Museum Yeovilton.
    9 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Ladies and Gents.
    The Yeovilton thread is turning into a good information topic and I have learnt a few things.
    Over and above all the valid and relevant information already given from which I have learnt quite a lot is the fact that British Pilots from both RAF and RN (FAA) were trained abroad in Canada and the USA under the lend lease act.
    β€œThe passage of the Lend Lease Act Act 1941” allowed British Pilots to be trained for free abroad in return for rights to free bases in the UK.A right which still holds today.
    Some of the bases used in the US. for training were.....
    Terrell Texas. Lancaster California.Mesa Arizona.Clewiston Florida.Ponca City Oklahoma. and Sweetwater Texas to name but a few.(The above I have found on the internet,I don’t claim to know all that by heart)
    Also HMS Victorious one of our carriers (and my favourite) was lent in return for a while in 1943 to the US Navy Pacific fleet to help fill an aircraft carrier shortage.She was unofficially renamed USS Robin.
    Good old Lend Lease.
    We couldn’t have managed without it,or could we?
    Regards Bill.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: American river Springer pusher Tug
    9 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi SY.
    Your a glutton for punishment.
    I just havn’t got the time to do all you do.
    Don’t you ever sleep.πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
    Good luck,keep it coming.
    Regards Bill
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    10 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Ladies and Gents.
    Fully agree with Martin.
    Please post all your boating adventures on here for us all to enjoy.
    Help support a great site.
    Please feel free to contact us if you need any help in any way.
    Regards Bill.
    Site Moderator and apprentice to Martin πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ˜‚
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Veronica - Thames Sailing Barge
    10 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Nice looking set up.
    Keep the posts coming.
    Regards Bill.
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    πŸ“ Thames Sailing Barge Veronica
    10 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi JKM.
    Really interesting build.
    Not something I know a great deal about, but Certainly Nerys has a wealth of knowledge on your project.
    Martin has given some good info on the servos.
    Never be afraid to ask.
    Regards Bill
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    πŸ“ Fleet Air Arm Museum Yeovilton.
    11 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hello Ladies and Gents.
    Following the easing of lockdown we decided to go to FAA Yeovilton today even though the sun was shining.
    They have revamped many things since I last went and a great day was had by all.
    Reasonably quiet as the numbers are restricted still and have to book online prior to going.
    Some unique aeroplanes there and far too many models to photograph all.
    Attached are a few pictures,not in any particular order.
    Take care and stay safe.
    Regards Bill.
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    πŸ“ LST 368
    12 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi Nerys.
    I know she isn’t the same as your build and your Dad’s ship but never the less along the same lines.
    Found this picture in my Warship World October 2020 and the final landing place in Portsmouth of LCT 7074.
    Fantastic to see such a good restoration.
    Regards Bill.
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    πŸ“ LST 368
    12 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi Nerys.
    What a day you must have had.
    Brilliant,well done,and nice to see so many people ready and willing to help and assist.
    πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
    Regards Bill
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