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    USS Eastwind 1/48th scale
    USS Eastwind, a US Coast Guard operated icebreaker, circa 1944. !/48th scale plank on frame with F/G covering. Lots of lights, three motors, 1 bow, 2 stern.
    V4-MA-1 Tug
    My V4-MA-1 US maritime Commission tugboat. 45+ built in WW2. Based upon the the Dutch(at the time the HMS) Zwarte Zee. Plank on frame construction cover in F/G. Lights, sounds and fire monitors.
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    My 1/48th Fletcher class destroyer. One of three converted to carry a catapult mount amphibian. Controllable gun director, guns, torpedo mount, catapult and airplane motor start up, sound system and smoke system. Her camouflage scheme is not accurate, but it was a learning experience to try to do.
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    πŸ“ RN DARK CLASS
    5 hours ago by ToraDog ( Warrant Officer)
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    Rowen, I have a couple things on my docket this morning, but I'll get the plans scanned and sent out today.
    cheers
    Jonathan
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    7 hours ago by ToraDog ( Warrant Officer)
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    Rowen,
    It looks that Doug has come thru for you. I was going to scan the book today, but he beat me to it. Good for Doug! Should you still want any of the drawings from John and Al's book, please just shout.
    Jonathan
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    πŸ“ RN DARK CLASS
    1 day ago by ToraDog ( Warrant Officer)
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    John and Al' book does include plans for the 4.5" Mark Ias well as the 4.5" MarkII(manual) mounting. Which one do you need? If you PM me, I'll be happy to scan the images and send them to you.
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    πŸ“ Who would have thought....
    3 days ago by ToraDog ( Warrant Officer)
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    I believe that it was aid that soaking the cloth in water would release the sizing, but I will check. Also if it is allowed and not politically incorrect, I'll happily post a link to that thread.
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    πŸ“ Who would have thought....
    3 days ago by ToraDog ( Warrant Officer)
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    A thread on a forum over hear raised the issue of f/g cloth not sticking to resin upon curing. In short, the individual is an experienced modeler, a former engineer, and a frequent user of f/g with epoxy and polyester. in this case he had used the former resin.
    Upon curing he found that the glass cloth readily peeled off, en mass, from the base of epoxy resin.
    The resin was not defective and the mix was accurate. What has been surmised is that the sizing applied to the cloth was either defective, contaminated, or was not removed properly in the manufacturing process.
    So how many of you knew that fabric sizing is used in the manufacture of f/g cloth?
    I did not! I do now. I consulted several manufacturer's sites and yes it is used.
    Go figure....
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Anchor and Chain
    5 days ago by ToraDog ( Warrant Officer)
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    Great work!
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    πŸ“ Mental Health & Wellbeing Volunteers
    5 days ago by ToraDog ( Warrant Officer)
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    Ianh,
    I am glad that you are home and sorry that COVID caught up with you. I hope your recovery goes smoothly. We are still waiting for our first shots and My better half and I are not coming out of our hole until they are available... no matter WHAT the ground hogs in the attic say!
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    πŸ“ Mental Health & Wellbeing Volunteers
    5 days ago by ToraDog ( Warrant Officer)
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    "Ho hum, back in level 3 again tomorrow for a week, due to some moron going to work and other places when they were supposed to be in quarantine! These people should be put in a special isolation jail (not a fancy hotel) and left there for 6 months. Our feel good 'kind' PM asking everyone not to judge this family, you have to be kidding 'bucky', - these people are the ones dragging it out, making businesses close, loosing people their jobs etc. They seriously need teaching a lesson, big time!!!"

    Over here the penalty for not wearing a mask(airlines are finally waking up)is a slap on the wrist. I have always wondered though, if an individual chooses not to wear a mask in public and infects someone who then dies. Isn't that manslaughter? Why isn't treated as such?
    The saying is that the study of history helps to prevent making the same mistakes again., but it doesn't work if one does not study history or simply ignores it. An politicians out there reading this?πŸ™„
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    8 days ago by ToraDog ( Warrant Officer)
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    Ianh,
    'Please not I can't comment on loss of sense of taste or smellπŸ˜€ The reason being that I am eating hospital food! It has no taste'.
    It isn't suppose to be eaten... it is for throwing at doctors and nasty nurses...🀣
    I hope you are filled with home cooking soon!
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    12 days ago by ToraDog ( Warrant Officer)
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    Nerys and my wife must be related. My wife just turned 27..........for the 33rd time.
    Glad you are doing better Nerys. Sometimes I think that we, as modelers, know more about our field than the medics know about theirs. Hang in there.
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    πŸ“ AME
    13 days ago by ToraDog ( Warrant Officer)
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    Bill, When I was younger, my mother would tell me to stop playing with models and "grow up". Fortunately, I learned to tune her out at a young age. 😁
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    πŸ“ Snow how we cope
    13 days ago by ToraDog ( Warrant Officer)
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    How to cope with snow on the driveway, all 1000 feet of it.
    Kubota tractor with a 56" snowblower on the front and a 60" scraper blade on the three point hitch on the back.
    When it snows, sit tight. it'll stop at some point. Meanwhile...model building time!
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    πŸ“ AME
    13 days ago by ToraDog ( Warrant Officer)
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    We tend to forget that the hobby and art of modeling started a wee bit before the internet, the TV, the radio, the telegraph, and the Pony Express, to mention a few. take someone form this modern world, remove all contact to the world and then see if that individual doesn't find some pursuit, hobby or other interest to keep their mind engaged and their spirit up. I spend lot's of time on the computer, but four times more in my cave with my models. Does that show my age?😁
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    πŸ“ Swiss RC boats
    13 days ago by ToraDog ( Warrant Officer)
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    Some wonderful models being enjoyed by a lot of people. There will always be models that are run too fast. I'd bet that most individuals do not figure the true scale speed of the model and then do not apply it or adjust it. No worries... If most models actually went true scale speed they would not appear to be moving at all! So, to me, there are two scale speeds, the real scale speed and the appearance of scale speed. Then there are those models that run several times their hull speed......πŸ˜€
    Have Fun! That is all that matters.
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    πŸ“ Aqua Riva gripe.
    15 days ago by ToraDog ( Warrant Officer)
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    Canopy glue is specifically for window glazing.

    ZAP Formula 560 Canopy Glue

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    πŸ“ Aqua Riva gripe.
    15 days ago by ToraDog ( Warrant Officer)
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    Please remember that CA can be removed( CA remover/acetone) where as epoxy is relatively permanent. (It can be removed with heat, if your part survives.)
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    πŸ“ Mental Health & Wellbeing Volunteers
    15 days ago by ToraDog ( Warrant Officer)
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    Ah the Golden years..... you spend all your hard earned gold, just so you can have one more year.
    Nerys, I hope they get a handle on what is holding you down and you feel better soon. Ian, same goes to you.
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    πŸ“ Aqua Riva gripe.
    16 days ago by ToraDog ( Warrant Officer)
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    I'll shoot one, as soon as I straighten it up a tad. My better half says I'm a slob, and I always thought that she was referring to my building habits.....
    Rubber reinforced CA is probably best for joints that might be under stress, but CA as a whole has little shear strength. Also, I have found that ruffing up the surfaces to be bond especially metal surfaces, make a huge difference. Another approach is to tack pieces into place with CA and then reinforce with a very fine bead or layer of epoxy.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Binnacle
    16 days ago by ToraDog ( Warrant Officer)
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    Amazing!
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    16 days ago by ToraDog ( Warrant Officer)
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    Nerys,
    From across the pond, in an ice storm, here is hoping that your treatment will set things right. Folks down the way from me( Newfoundland) say that Screech("local" rum), is able to substitute for anything. Not sure about that, but then, I don't remember the actual event. Here is hoping for your feeling better very soon.
    Jonathan
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    πŸ“ Change of Tack
    16 days ago by ToraDog ( Warrant Officer)
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    Another alternative for bending planking is soaking in household bleach or ammonia,NEVER MIX BLEACH and AMMONIA!!!! the results are usually fatal. And now back to our program: I made a soaker tube from PVC pipe, added a glued on end cap. I made a lift platform form a round wood disc with a handle glued to it. My tube was three ft long( I build in 1/48th scale, but it can be used for short pieces easily. I soak in the bleach for about an hour and the 1/8 x 1/2 inch planks came out as noodles.
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    πŸ“ Adhesive's
    16 days ago by ToraDog ( Warrant Officer)
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    Resin to card stock?(styrene). CA will do that job. I would probably suggest the thick version which will give you a tad bit more time for alignment.
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    18 days ago by ToraDog ( Warrant Officer)
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    Ian,
    Give it hell. My thoughts are with you.
    Jonathan
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    πŸ“ HK /electric hobby prices
    18 days ago by ToraDog ( Warrant Officer)
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    Buying servos new these days, with the exception of specialty servos, can be a terrible waste of funds. Without putting a plug in for another website, I visit RC Groups regularly and there are literally a ton of perfectly good servos for sale that, while used, are perfectly fine. Asa matter of fact, I have purchase my last three radio systems, thru the equipment for sale section. Two of them were still in plastic wrap and had never been used. This also applies to motors, electronics and so on. I am not aware of a site that is England based, but if there is one then that would be a great alternative. I guess tat what I am getting at is that the aircraft guys/gals are very particular about their hardware and much of it does not meet their needs, so it is re-sold, which can be a boon to us where critical performance is, generally, not as critical. I regularly ship and receive components fro overseas and the shipping cost are minimal for small packages.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Phantom Tug
    19 days ago by ToraDog ( Warrant Officer)
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    Great blog, but for those from "away", it is much more fun to see this build in person.❄️
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    πŸ“ Adhesive's
    19 days ago by ToraDog ( Warrant Officer)
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    All as have been previously posted. I would add G-Flex epoxy for dissimilar materials, especially those that will not be effected by some heat generated during the cure. -Flex does not sag as regular epoxies do.
    An added comment, do not use CA or super glue for adhering windows to frames. It will fog clear styrenes.
    White glue( PVA) for wood to wood, slow but old school.
    Lastly, as mentioned, try to understand the stresses that your joint will be under and plan your glue to deal with it accordingly.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: HMS Ajax
    21 days ago by ToraDog ( Warrant Officer)
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    My two cents, for what they are worth, I agree that those are probably boiler room air intake vents. I am not sure of her configuration, but my guess is that she had a set of boiler rooms forward of the funnel as well as aft.
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    πŸ“ Model identification
    22 days ago by ToraDog ( Warrant Officer)
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    Well I looked in both of my Jane's, 71-72 and 97-98. It could of course be more recent than the latter. In the latter, 97-98, I found two Russian river patrol type that resemble your model, but are certainly not spot on. Both classes mounted a forward tank turret, one a 3" and the other a 155mm. Your model certainly appears to sport a tank turret. Both also sported the rather unique railing running along the chine, as does your model.The super structures are vaguely similar, but again, not spot on.I found no river patrol craft listed in the 71-72 edition of Jane's. The dimensions were 140-180 ft long with beams of 20-30 ft respectively. The two I found were the YAZ(Slepen) Type 1208 class and the Vosh(Moskit) Type 1248 Class. My suspicion, and it is only that, is that yours is a scratch built(well built), although it could be an Eastern kit. It has some hall marks that point to a more modern build, rather than earlier.Not having anymore info makes it a good exercise in guesswork. Sorry I could not be more helpful.
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    πŸ“ Model identification
    22 days ago by ToraDog ( Warrant Officer)
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    Actually I have to respectfully disagree. While it bears a remote resemblance, there are too many differences to go into. The forward turret looks suspiciously Russian, so I am going to take a wild guess that it is perhaps, an East German or Polish gunboat. I will get out my old Jane's Fighting Ships and see if it will shed some light on it.
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    πŸ“ Aqua Riva gripe.
    22 days ago by ToraDog ( Warrant Officer)
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    "Do all of us boat people have a slice of the Marquis De Sade in us." I HOPE SO😁😁😁
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