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    LESRO Pilot Boat conversion
    Just test sailed today before it goes to its new owner as this was a commission build. This is the ebay bought kit from LESRO but couldnt stand the basic shape of it, so converted it to the Pilot Boats as used in Southampton port. Runs nicly on 2S, but if I was keeping I would put a 3S LIPO in it.
    The "Orca" from Jaws 1975 scale 1:14
    Here is my newly finished "Orca" scratch built from the plans by Pat Tritle. she is 1:14 scale and about 35 inches length. First run out today and she went perfectly. The only thing I needed to do was add a little ballast in the stern as she was sitting slightly nose down at top speed, thats now been rectified. I will add more photos and perhaps a video next time out. But I am very pleased with how she's turned out, a definate keeper!
    Model Slipway RNLI Trent Class Lifeboat β€œSamarbeta”
    Here is my newly finished Trent Class lifeboat. Hopefully will get her on the water this week, although she has had a ballast check in the hot tub (when wife was at work!). This was a part started eBay bargain, but I took it back to scratch and completely rebuilt it from fresh. Full working lights, radar and twin diesel sound system. Very pleased with the result.
    Aeronaut Jenny
    Test outing today of newly completed aeronaut Jenny. Next outing will have a driver installed, but his shirt is on the sewing machine! Goes like stink on a Turnigy SK3 brushless motor, 50amp ESC, 3S 3000mah lipo and a kg of lead! Might drop it down to a 2s next time out and will get some running photos when I have assistance.
    (Racing Boat) Aeronaut Spitfire
    This is my aeronaut Spitfire. This was my second build following a lifetime of RC Aircraft. The kit was a joy to build with really nice quality wood and components with good instructions. Sourcing the outboard was a challange but Hobbyking had the solution. running on 2 x 7.4v Lipo and Turnigy water colled ESC this should go very well. Not had a chance to run it yet, but the bath test has shown no leaks and sits well in the water. Actionman and his clothing, helmet ect where sourced from eBay for about Β£12, bargin! (Motor: Hobbyking outboard) (ESC: Turnigy) (8/10)
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    πŸ’¬ Re: The Searchlights.
    2 days ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Just the ticket Rob and a damn sight cheaper than commercial ones. Will do the same in the futureπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ‘
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    πŸ’¬ Re: The end is in sight......
    5 days ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Cheers Rick, I’ve done the best I could with the steering. If I’d thought about it earlier in the build I could have done it different before the sponsons halves were glued together. But my version appears to work, we shall see on the waterπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
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    πŸ’¬ Re: The end is in sight......
    5 days ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Many thanks Fred, to be honest, if I’d managed to get a full kit I would probably still made the mods I did. The old kit was basic and almost toy like, it needed a modern makeover with modern techniques and hopefully I’ve pulled it off πŸ‘
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    πŸ’¬ Re: The end is in sight......
    5 days ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Cheers JB πŸ‘
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    πŸ’¬ Re: The end is in sight......
    6 days ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Thank you as always Bill and Pete for your kind words πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
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    πŸ’¬ Re: The end is in sight......
    6 days ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    There might be a pause between projects Rob, I must do some stuff in and around the house before I start again or face the wrath πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
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    πŸ’¬ Re: The end is in sight......
    6 days ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    It’s certainly a keeper Martin, even if I don’t sail it much, it’s small enough to be displayed under glass πŸ‘
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    πŸ“ The end is in sight......
    6 days ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    The last day of my long weekend has seen some more progress towards the final reveal.

    I made the self righting airbag O2 bottles and brackets from various bits of plasticard, strip and tube, the hose being just servo wire. Also made was the elasticated ties for the real stowage bags.

    The next task was sorting out the servo to rudder connection which I’d been putting off for ages but turned out ok in the end. I extended the ball link on the dummy motor by 7mm for more of a stand-off so that at neutral the plastic Bowden cable run straight to the servo. I also added a ball link to the back of the dummy motor which will have a bar link to the second motor so that moth engines turn on one output from the servo. Once servo end was hooked up, all was set to neutral and adjusted in the transmitter. Please to report no binding and adequate deflection for turning the boat.

    I’ve also screwed down the deck and fitted the rear frame, so structurally the model is about complete less the second motor, coxswain and self inflating platform and airbag and any final paintwork touch ups.

    that’s it until Sunday folks, gotta work for a few days to fund the next project 😒😒
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    πŸ’¬ Re: A happy accident.....!
    6 days ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Well spotted Rob, there are internal formers showing through the lacquer! However, I think it works as I’m sure the real life sponsons would have separate inflatable cells, so it’s worked out in my favour.

    I shall certainly take on board your suggestions about temperature, although my workshop Is within the house and my rattle cans are also stored in the same place so in theory model and cans should have been the same temperature? Although, I sprayed the Matt first thing in the morning outside, so I’m wondering if the morning air had moisture in it?
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    πŸ’¬ Re: A happy accident.....!
    7 days ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Cheers Martin, I hope I don’t disappoint πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
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    πŸ’¬ Re: A happy accident.....!
    7 days ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Going back to the salty effect Pete! I doubt I could replicate it again but here’s what happened! The whole model was gloss Halfords lacquered. That set overnight before I masked off what was to remain gloss. I then gave the sponsons 2 coats of Halfords Matt lacquer which gave a very milky look when dried. What I did then was give some areas a gentle rub with a soft cloth with a tiny amount of meths spirit I.e handles and other raised bits then lastly I using Tamiya Matt clear spray carefully sprayed a little bit in places on the sponsons, not the whole thing. It just worked πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
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    πŸ’¬ Re: A happy accident.....!
    7 days ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Many thanks Pete for your kind wordsπŸ‘ As for the pilot boat, Robs puts mine to shame, however the owner of it loves it ha ha.

    As for the Atlantic detailing, I keep looking at my reference pics and often see something else I can add, I have to draw a line and say enoughs enough at some point! I do hope to add some form of representation of all the motor wiring and pipe work if I can as that’s a busy area on the real thing!

    The next model will be 95% scratch built, the only commercial parts will be the vacform hull and all the internal gubbins! I feel I’m now ready to take that challenge on!

    All the best, Sy
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    πŸ’¬ Re: A happy accident.....!
    7 days ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Cheers Rob and thank you everyone for the kind words. This project has seen me learn a lot about scratch building to the point I am ready to take on my next project once this is finished. All I’ll says it’s a Sarik hull and plan set that I’ve had in storage for a while? Guessing Answers on a postcard To ..............
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    πŸ’¬ Re: A happy accident.....!
    7 days ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Working 3-4 days a week helps Bill, but I’m always being told off for not doing more chores by the β€œtrouble and strife”!
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    πŸ’¬ Re: A happy accident.....!
    7 days ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    No Rick, you haven’t missed it! All being well I shall tackle that Tomorrow, can’t put it off any longer! Hopefully I’ll be able to update that As done tomorrow eve U.K. time πŸ‘
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    πŸ’¬ Re: A happy accident.....!
    7 days ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Sometime you get lucky Martin, today was the day πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
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    πŸ“ A happy accident.....!
    7 days ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    It’s been a good a good day of progress which I revoking takes me to about 90% complete on this little gem?

    First thing was to mask off the whole model less the sponsons and give it a couple of coats of Tamiya Matt clear varnish to get rid of the shine. Not only did it rid the shine but also reacted with the lacquer underneath to give me a milky finish? Now this would normally cause some cussing and obscenities which I’m pretty good at, however the affect has left the sponsons looking faded, weathered and salty, I’m pretty pleased πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

    After all that, I’ve spent the day painting and adding more details including the tied down fabric covers (tiny circles of painted ripstop sail material, rope things at the stern of the sponsons, one sides Grab ropes (run out of 2mm Heat shrink, more on order!), various bits of detail painting ect. I hope the photos do it justice, but when all is done I shall photograph on water and with a neutral background.

    Still need to make up the second motor, paint the coxswain, make the platform for the self righting airbag ect, but we are getting there!
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Sponson detailing.....
    9 days ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Bill, I am to please and if I’m honest, what started as an expensive piece of eBay junk considering what I actually used, I’m especially pleased with how it’s starting to look! πŸ‘ and a very good morning to you too πŸ‘

    Ps, wait to see what I’ve got next on the building board!πŸ˜‚
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Rigging blocks
    9 days ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    I agree, Dave is the man if your looking for ready made. But it is possible to make your own, if you can find the blog I did on my Thames Barge, I made my own and I’m pretty sure I showed how.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Sponson detailing.....
    9 days ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Thank you very much Neil πŸ‘ I like your little kissing fish badge on your shirt on your profile pic, we’re can I get one πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ but truth be told, I’ve always taken my hat off to submariners, I couldn’t do it!
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Sponson detailing.....
    9 days ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Indeed Martin, the parts that would be rubber I.e the sponsons ect will get a coat of Matt lacquer at the end to calm it down. I am wanting the factory fresh finish, so won’t be weathering, but will certainly reduce the shine πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Sponson detailing.....
    9 days ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    That would be me uploading the same pic twice Rob πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
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    πŸ“ Sponson detailing.....
    9 days ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Starting to see a small light at the end of a long tunnel! I’ve spent half day yesterday and about 9 hours today finishing the main colours which included some dark grey panels and the black centre sponson line airbrushed on. This was followed by adding all of the RNLI lettering and flags ect using Becc decals which thankfully I have lots of from previous builds, they are not cheap!

    A lot of today has seen the main detail painting completed which included 24 grab handles and several cell air valves! Jobs left to do is all the detail painting on the transom and the lacquer coats which will just about see the main hull\deck and sponsons complete.

    Still quite a few jobs to do before completion which include some more detail parts, self righting airbag platform on the rear frame, O2 bottles and brackets, 1x motor and connections to servo, Coxswain and a couple of other odds and ends.

    I won’t achieve much Saturday as going to Dads, but I’ve got Sunday and Monday to break the back of it......
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    πŸ’¬ Re: The Roof Antennas and Navigation Lights.
    10 days ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Loving the way you’ve made the nav lights Rob, simple, effective and a meathod I will use in the future if I mayπŸ‘
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Sponson painting.....
    14 days ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    I can be a little impatient especially with rattle can paint, as I’m not good at leaving it for long drying periods! I’m trying my hardest to let things set properly before I start adding masking, more paint ect! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Sponson painting.....
    14 days ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Thank you Mike, must admit I think your Vosper was up there, the metal work was extraordinary!πŸ‘
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Sponson painting.....
    14 days ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Hi Martin, I will defiantly be only controlling one motor with servo linkage, the second motor will be linked by a bar to the other as in the full sized example πŸ‘
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Sponson painting.....
    14 days ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    Cheers Rob! πŸ‘, tricky masking indeed! I’ve a little touching up to do from a couple of spots that escaped the masking, but overall really pleased with the finish. Once all the touch ups, details and decals have been done, should look good once lacquered.

    As for the steering conundrum, I’m going to leave that on the back burner until I’ve done the paintwork, I can then concentrate on it with distractions πŸ˜‚
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    πŸ“ Sponson painting.....
    14 days ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    So we got back from Cornwall last night after a stop start journey! But a fantastic week away enjoying the weather, fish n chips and more than one cream tea!

    Today I’ve spent what seemed like an eternity masking off the orange parts ready to get the grey on. 2 coats of grey primer was applied this morning followed my more masking to prepare for the orange strips down the sides of the sponsons. I shall now leave that to harden for a few days before I then mask off for the black strip down the sides of the sponsons, any touch ups required and will then start all the fine detail painting before decals and final lacquer coats.

    That’s it until Friday, gotta work next 4 days 🀬🀬🀬🀬
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    πŸ’¬ Re: A pleasant distraction.....!
    19 days ago by Skydive130 ( Captain)
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    I would put an offer in Pete, but then I wouldn’t have enough money left to cover the divorce fees! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ The other issue would be getting it up the brook near us in Stowmarket, I feel it would run aground before I could get it on the work bench! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
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