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    2 days ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi Martin, no updates at the moment as Iโ€™m busy decorating and in the middle of a commission build of a model slipway Maggie M trawler. I was going to do a build blog on her, but as itโ€™s likely to take 6 months with everything else that is going on I didnโ€™t bother. Although I have done some updates on the โ€œmodels slipwayโ€ page on Facebook.

    Hope you are keeping well . Kindest regards simon
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    Many thanks Mad, I think once all the planking and caulking is done and the mahogany strip around the decks perimeter, a couple of coats of varnish, it should look great!
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    Cheers Rick, I aim to please! Kind regards simon
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    Have had quite a bit on this past few days what with work, going up to Hull to see daughter and grandson, work and stuff around the house and garden to do, howeverโ€ฆ..

    Before going away I gave the outside of the hull another coat of Eze-Kote and the insides a sloshing of resin to seal everything up water tight.

    I then set about installing the motor, ESC, rudder servo and water pick up plumbing. All nice and tidy and all working in the correct direction ect..

    Today I did a bit more to the deck planking using photos from the interweb as reference and if Iโ€™m honest, using bass wood for the planks and mahogany strip for the caulking it looks quite effective after trimming and sanding. The stern planking has a little more to be done before I start up the sides leading to the bow where there will be quite a bit of work to get it right.

    Lastly, Iโ€™ve added a picture of the Bridlington Tamar class lifeboat from the weekend. Why? Because Iโ€™ve managed to get hold of a Model Slipway Tamar kit unstarted and that will be next on the building boardโ€ฆ..
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    2 months ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi Chris,

    Such lovely boats, Fairey certainly built some classic lines! Yours look terrific, look forward to seeing them finished,

    Kind regards sy
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    Hi Chris, the bow wasnโ€™t a pleasant task, but the result was pleasing so well worth the effort. As for size, I hear you, I think mine works out at 1:8 scale so almost action man scale and almost too big for my bench, never again ha ha!

    Kind regards Sy
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    I hear your sentiments JB, the hobby is struggling to attract new builders, unfortunately todayโ€™s younger generation are probably more interested in playstations, fashion and many other things good and bad. We are sadly a dying breed ๐Ÿ˜ข
    Kind regards Sy
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    Cheers Colin, will be sorry to see you go if you leave, Martin sent me a private message yesterday saying heโ€™d left the site for the same reasons, all very sad ๐Ÿ˜ข

    Kind regards Sy
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    Hi Colin, many thanks for that info, on the note I shall resin inside and give the outside another coat of Eze-Kote followed by filler primer. Maybe youโ€™ve saved me a disaster!

    Kind regards Sy
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    Cheers Rick, I try my best ha ha, kind regards. Sy
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    This weekend has seen good progress, but thatโ€™s enough now as I have to fulfill husband dutiesโ€ฆ.

    I have finished the chine and spray rails following the same method as before, but found the second half a little quicker as Iโ€™d found a process that worked. Once all the rails were fitted, they were given a final sand to ensure that all curves were even and some very tiny amounts of filler where needed. Once all was good, any bare wood was given a further coat of Eze-Kote to seal them in.

    Question if I may? Will I be able to put a coat of finishing resin over the top of the Eze-Kote for a hard outer coat and possibly after wet n dry sanding, a better coat for painting without any undue reaction? Answers on a postcard tooโ€ฆ..

    I have made a brass water inlet pick up in a similar fashion to how Rob made his for his pilot boat. Not having a lathe I placed a brass nut on a screw into my drill bit, spun it up and filed it round and soldered it to the brass tube. I heated the brass tube prior to bending, cut it then soldered the brass nut on and epoxied the piece into the hull. Once set I soldered on a brass nut on the inside and a further coat of epoxy to confirm seal. The whole hull is due a coat of resin inside followed by silver paint, so all should be waterproof in the end.

    Last job was to confirm the propshaft was exactly inline with the motor coupling using my trusty solid coupling adaptor and also drilled a hole for the oiler.

    That will be it until Thursday when I shall getting all the sealing coats inside and out done, servo mount, rx mount, esc mount and other internal jobsโ€ฆ..
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Chine and spray railsโ€ฆ
    2 months ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi Mike, I must admit, working with wood on the most part is a joy (apart from sheeting hulls around complex curves!), smells so much nicer than plastic, fibre glass ect.

    Kind regards Sy
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    2 months ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Your not Wrong Martin, wanting to get outside and finish the rails off today, but the weather forecast is looking โ€œiffyโ€ with storms possible!

    Kind regards Sy
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    2 months ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Next job was to start preparing and installing the important chine and spray rails which are vital to the boats performance. They also add some character and look pretty cool too!

    The chine rails are a piece of 1100mm 6.5mmx5mm bass word with one edge planned and sanded to a curve and run down the side of the hull from stern to bow. Once prepared, I marked the position on the hull with pencil using the measurements given in the instructions then with thick cyano and kicker glued it to the hull starting at the stern. This was a nice tight fit and only required a smidge of filler in a couple of spots to blend in.

    The spray rails of which there will be 6 in total, 3 either side of the keel are 5mm square bass wood curved on 2 edges to form a half circle. Simple job with careful use of the razor plane to take the corners off then sand paper to finish. Again the position was marked on the bottom of the hull for the first piece 35mm down from the keel and glued in the same fashion as the chine. The next 2 rails were fitted exactly the same way with 35mm separation and finished at the bow with that characteristic curve previously marked to avoid errors.

    Fitting those rails to one side has taken most of the day, I shall finish the other side tomorrow. The last job of the day and this is my impatience showing, I thought Iโ€™d stick a couple of pieces of deck wood planking and caulking towards the stern to see if I liked the result. Happy to say I do, but will not do anymore until the hull is complete and any further resin sealing is done to prevent errant splashes running the deck planks!
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Hull shaping, cloth and resin, oh and a standโ€ฆ.
    2 months ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi Rob, the cloth was fairly easy to get down, but the eze-Kote doesnโ€™t allow much time for fiddling! I had a couple of creases up at the bow but got then out in time! Job done, on with all the hull chine and spray rails tomorrow, a very distinct part of the Huntsman family!

    Kind regards Sy
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    Nice one will, watch my planking to see how I get on. Iโ€™m going to use the printed deck for various templates and have bought plenty of basswood 1.5mmx8mm strip along with some 1.5mmx1.5mm mahogany for the caulking although I bought all the stock my local shop had and will need Another 20x strips! Heโ€™s panic ordered some more!

    Looking at various pictures of real Huntsman, a lot seem to have light coloured sun bleached planking, so might just varnish the deck with no stain?

    Kind regards Sy
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    2 months ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Cheers Rick ๐Ÿ‘
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    Hi Geoff, another idea to think about, thank you

    Sy
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    Cheers Colin, will google that stuff, kind regards Sy
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    Hi Martin, I was thinking about using resin, the z poxy stuff Iโ€™ve got. I need to research it to see if itโ€™s an option unless none has tried it before? What I would like to achieve is that glass like finish you see on post yachts !

    Kind regards Sy
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    ๐Ÿ“ Hull shaping, cloth and resin, oh and a standโ€ฆ.
    2 months ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Taking advantage of the weather, managed to get out into the sunshine and push forward.

    First job was to shape and sand the balsa nose blocks previously fitted and this was followed with P38 filler in any areas that need it. Once set the whole hull was sanded with various grades of sandpaper until all was perfectly smooth. Prior to fitting the cloth, I gave the hull a wipe with Panel Prep spray and a lint free cloth to ensure it was ready.

    Prior to laying the first sheet of 48gram cloth, I gave the hull a thinned coat of eze-kote and once dry a light sand and another spray of panel prep. I then cut the cloth oversized before laying on a layer of straight eze-kote with a soft 3โ€ brush. This is my first time using eze-kote and as much as itโ€™s easy to use, it sets fast, so on a large model like this you have to work fast! Once satisfied that the cloth was glued on in all areas, this was left to set for an hour before a light sand and a second coat.

    I shall leave the hull overnight before putting on the transom cloth tomorrow or friday.

    Other jobs done today have included cutting the slot for the P-frame propshaft support and making the stand from good old B&Q pvc pipe.

    The kit comes with a pre-printed deck of ply which I will not be using. Whilst it shows the distinct curved planking as fitted to the full size, I feel that at this scale I have no option but to plank the hull.

    I had some off cuts of 1.5mx8mm strip wood which when stained and with 1mm lime in between will look much better than the pre-printed affair. Iโ€™ve made up a test piece to see what it turned out like and gave it a coat of satin yacht varnish. I doubt I will use yacht varnish on this model as to be honest I hate the stuff! It takes days to dry properly at tracking dust and yellows with age. I will probably give the deck coats of Ronseal exterior varnish which drys in hours unless of course you guys have any better ideas?

    More fridayโ€ฆโ€ฆ
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    2 months ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Cheers Rick, that hardness part is done, almost onto the fun stuff!

    Kind regards Sy
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    Cheers Colin, everything about the kit is nice, from the quality of the wood to the fit, hats off to SLEC!

    Kind regards Sy
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    2 months ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    The last of days excellent weather has given me plenty of time to get outside and press onโ€ฆ.

    The first job was to sand, seal, spray paint and lacquer the motor mount, which now has the motor fitted and I consider finished and ready to install.

    After that I prepared and shaped the stern of th3 boat to receive the transom ply sheet. Prior to fitting that sheet, I fitted 2 water cooling outlets above the guestimated waterline which were sealed with epoxy and had the tubing fitted as it will be nigh on impossible to fit after. The transom sheet was then glued on and taped into position to be left overnight to set.

    Whist waiting for the transom to set, I painted in some finishing resin inside the hull into the parts that will be impossible to reach once the deck is on. I will give the internals another full coat of resin followed by a coat of Hammerite silver paint in due course.

    The only job today after work was to glue and fit the false deck and tape, clamp and weight it into position making sure that contact points were glued.

    That will be it until Wednesday when I will start sanding and filling the the hull ready to cloth along with making the motor mount plate, esc, Rx and servo mountโ€ฆโ€ฆ
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Sheeting completed, onwards and upwards!
    2 months ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Your not wrong Martin, sunshine, sawdust and a cup of tea outside, winner! It also helps being outside as the boat is as long as my workbench!
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    ๐Ÿ“ Sheeting completed, onwards and upwards!
    2 months ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Good day in the sunshine! First job this morning was to make sure that all the previous sheeting and chine rails were shaped and sanded ready to receive the last side sheet. Last night I prepared the last side sheet by soaking the curved bow end in boiling hot water in a baking tray on the cooker and then when pliable, curved it round a Halfords spray can and taped overnight to dry the curve in.

    Once happy that everything was ready to receive the sheet, I again marked the areas which would be glued on the sheet, chines and any other glue points. Again the sheet was fitted using contact adhesive less the curved bow section which was glued with medium and thick cyano and kicker. Within a few minutes, the sheet was in position hopefully never to part company and all glue joints were reinforced with PVA and in some areas epoxy for belt and braces. This will all be left overnight before shaping and sanding.

    Other jobs was to fit the 3 laminations of balsa sheet which form a curved base (when shaped) for the false deck at the transom and also increase the glue area for the transom sheet which hopefully will be fitted tomorrow after the rear end of the boat has been shaped ready to receive it.

    I also fitted the 2 rough shaped balsa blocks at the bow which when shaped, sanded and filled will form that nice curved bow the Huntsman is famous for. That area will need quite a bit of work to get it ready for the cloth to be applied to the hull, but will be worth the graft.

    Before I fit the transom sheet I plan on marking tHe water line on it so that I can gauge where I am going to have the twin water cooling outlets which I need to fit prior to fitting the sheet. If I donโ€™t, it will be nigh on impossible to fit the tubing later as that area is just about impossible to reach from inside the hull once the transom is fitted.

    See you tomorrowโ€ฆ..
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Mast.
    2 months ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Thereโ€™s no doubt Martin, the wooden one as nice as it looks will be forever broken. Your plastic replica is the โ€œmutts nutsโ€!

    Kind regards. Sy
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Superstructure (continued)
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    Starting to look like a real beauty now Martin, awesome ๐Ÿ‘
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Sheeting continuesโ€ฆ.
    2 months ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    You do see the doublers Colin, great tip, helped a lot, thank you very much ๐Ÿ‘
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    ๐Ÿ“ Sheeting continuesโ€ฆ.
    2 months ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    So, I managed to sneak the second bottom sheet on last night before bed giving that overnight to set.

    This morning I trimmed, shaped and sanded the bottom sheets ready to receive the dreaded side sheets. Before anything else, I filed out the prop shaft exit and the hole leading to the rudder tube and check them in place for a good fit. One thing I have ordered today is a brass p-frame bracket as the prop shaft is only 6.30mm dia and would be very vulnerable to damage or bending if left hanging out in the breeze as you can see in the picture!

    Having re-read the instructions, it recommended using contact adhesive to bond the sheets to the frames, ok, Iโ€™ll give that a go! First of all though, as recommended I added some doublers to the frames to give the sheeting more to grab onto and then set about marking the sheet weโ€™re it was to make contact with the frames. I then put a coat of contact adhesive on all the frames except the curved front 2 and the chines and the marked side sheet. Leaving this for 10 minutes gave me a chance to grab the clamp box ready to bond the sheet on. And bond it did! You only get one shot, so with a couple of alignment marks Iโ€™d made, I offered up the sheet to the frames and started to bond and clamp it.

    The instructions recommended using cyano and kicker for the curved formers and front chines and with a bit of brute force and muscle power, managed to get the curved parts bonded. I left the whole lot a couple of hours to set and then smeared Gorilla PVA into all the joints for added strength.

    Iโ€™m now at a point weโ€™re I need a break, so as Iโ€™m back at work tomorrow and Friday, I shall leave the final sheet and transom sheet until the weekend. Once they are on, itโ€™s a case of adding the front balsa blocks followed by sanding, filler, more sanding before adding the false deck and getting ready to glass cloth.

    See you at the weekendโ€ฆโ€ฆ..
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