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    ๐Ÿ“ Overall quite happy
    1 day ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Trident73 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    The hull seems pretty straight to my eye and I need to do a bit of filling in some low spots. Once I get it smooth and waterproofed I can crack on with the remainder of the build.

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    ๐Ÿ“ Finally getting there
    4 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Trident73 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    โ€ฆand seeing light at the end of the tunnel

    ๐Ÿ“ Orca and Jaws the chase, cought on video.
    11 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Trident73 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Love it ๐Ÿฆˆ ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿฆˆ

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Still at this planking larkโ€ฆ
    15 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Trident73 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    ๐Ÿ˜ yes Ross that particular clamping effort was the product of a moment of desperation. Will take a look at your blog. Thanks ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

    ๐Ÿ“ Still at this planking larkโ€ฆ
    15 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Trident73 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    As predicted it is taking a long time. Mainly as I am doing a row each side then waiting for it to dry overnight before proceeding. Also having to fit in around work and life in general. Am finding that the plank crimpers I bought are working well for most bends but where things are more severe and the plank needs a twist and bend, then placing the plank in a pot of boiling water for a few minutes seems to work well.

    ๐Ÿ“ Started the planking
    29 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Trident73 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    I think it is going to take a while and I am sure there are going to plenty of โ€œlearningsโ€along the way and a good dose of making it up as I go along.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Curving the bulwarks to fit
    30 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Trident73 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Oh yes, practice makes perfect I am sure! The more practice the better I say ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿท

    ๐Ÿ“ Curving the bulwarks to fit
    30 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Trident73 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Discovered that ironing the bulwarks over a wine bottle (empty) with the outer-facing side of the bulwark slightly dampened, induces just the right sort of curve to fit the bow contourโ€ฆ

    ๐Ÿ“ Fitting bulwarks
    30 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Trident73 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Started temporarily fitting the bulwarks this morning in readiness to hopefully make a start on planking at the weekend. A youtube build series of this ship reckoned that this was a good way to go about making sure the first row of planks allowed the bulwarks to then be removed and fit back again nicely later on.

    As an aside, I bought an occre pin pusher to do the planking. Have to say, so far it is great - way better than trying to hit a tiny pin with a hammer. Pins are gripped by a magnet and push in very easily.

    ๐Ÿ“ Test fitting the deck
    1 month ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Trident73 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    I need to hold the deck on firmly to true up the edge for the gunwales and I discovered that small zip ties make a good job of holding it firm. I will fill the holes I drilled at a later stage.

    ๐Ÿ“ The frame is almost finished
    1 month ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Trident73 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    The picture of the stern of this as yet skeletal tug is not that exciting. However it represents an afternoon of hard labour. I had to take a razor saw to these two rear frames and carefully remove them from the keel as I discovered they were fractionally out of alignment and would have resulted in a twisted deck. It wouldnโ€™t have been a huge deal but it would have annoyed me later. So anyway, everything is true again and I am about ready to start the planking. That is going to be an interesting exercise as I have only ever planked model aircraft fuselages with balsa in the pastโ€ฆ

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    ๐Ÿ“ Occre Ulises
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Trident73 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Was given the Occre kit of the โ€œUlisesโ€ ocean going tug for Christmas. Started the build this weekend but I reckon it is going to be a bit of a drawn-out build for a while as I have a lot going on with work and other things. I will gradually add photos of my progressโ€ฆ

    Re comment about kit suppliedpropshaft - I agree, I didnโ€™t like the look of that one in the kit so I cut down an old one I had from something else, put the bearing back in with the addition of a touch of solder To make sure it stayed there and I added the oiler tube as well by soldering that on.

    ๐Ÿ“ xmas
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Trident73 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Merry Christmas one and all. Have a happy and healthy 2024. ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿป๐ŸŽ„

    ๐Ÿ“ Prop Shaft lube
    4 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Trident73 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    I use this white grease (purchased at Amazon). seems to work well for my boats which are all powered by brushless outrunners of around 1000 to 1400kv with solid propshafts (i.e. not flex shafts). I use a large syringe to squirt it up into the tube and then feed the propshaft in slowly afterwards.
    Silverhook SGPGT60, White Grease...

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: RAF Launch Part4.Twin Shaft/Rudder build.
    4 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Trident73 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Looking good Bill! ๐Ÿ‘

    ๐Ÿ“ Lights on the Mote
    4 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Trident73 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    It was our clubโ€™s โ€˜lights on the Moteโ€™ evening today. I think the dayโ€™s heavy rain kept many folk away but we did get a couple of hours where the weather was fairly clear. I took my Aeronaut Diva along, liberally decorated with cheap string lights that I got at Primarkโ€ฆ

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: RAF crash tender refurb
    4 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Trident73 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    having said earlier this week that it would be November before I could test the crash tender, I managed to get out today. All was well and she stayed dry inside the hullโ€ฆ phew ๐Ÿ™‚

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: RAF Launch Refit.Part 3.Paint Stripping.
    4 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Trident73 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    I can empathise with you on the paint removal having done exactly the same job recently. Urrrgh. I went through a lot of paint stripper and I found that old stanley knife blades worked well to scrape it off. Keep going- it will be worth it!

    ๐Ÿ“ Rttl2755 maiden voyage
    4 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Trident73 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Fantastic work!๐Ÿ‘

    ๐Ÿ“ Dragon Force 65 waterproofing
    5 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Trident73 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Awesome, glad it worked. Someone had mentioned it to me in the past and it seemed to work. Good stuff ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: RAF crash tender refurb
    5 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Trident73 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Well I think I am pretty much done now. It will be November some point before I am able to deliver her to my mate who owns her and asked me to do the restoration. At that point we hope for some decent weather for the test run and then I will post some video. Thanks for your interest so far folks!

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: RAF Launch.Childhood Revisited.Part 1
    5 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Trident73 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Looks really good and I can't wait to see this one progress ๐Ÿ‘

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: RAF crash tender refurb
    5 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Trident73 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Whilst I am waiting for the paint to dry on the forward cabin roof ๐Ÿ˜ด. I made the searchlight functional. A prewired smd micro LED (6v) from ebay drilled into the searchlight and fixed with CA glue. I will line the back of the light and the insides with self adhesive foil tape from a hardware store to act like a reflector.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: RAF crash tender refurb
    5 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Trident73 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Thanks Bill! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: RAF crash tender refurb
    5 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Trident73 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Added the roof and also the mast I made earlier in the refurb. Also made a few small cleats from glassfibre sheet which will ultimately help keep the RAF standard hoisted. I was going to try and make a folding mast but it all seemed a bit fragile so it is fixed instead.

    ๐Ÿ“ Dragon Force 65 waterproofing
    5 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Trident73 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Put the deck patches on the hull openings to seal it. Soak the outside of the hull with a soapy water solution. Blow reasonably forcefully into the hole where the bung goes and look for bubbles forming on the hull. ๐Ÿ‘

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: RAF crash tender refurb
    5 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Trident73 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    I agree, SLEC is a good bet. Also for portholes, railings, nav lights and various other bits then modelboatbits.com is where I shop. I also notice that the shop on this very site carries many parts.

    I was talking to the guy at the Slec stand at the southern model show this year. He said if you need just specific parts cast from the fittings kit then to give them a call.

    For modelboatbits see:

    https://www.modelboatbits.com/
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: RAF crash tender refurb
    5 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Trident73 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Been busy this weekend and it is really starting to come back together now. I feel like I am on the home straightโ€ฆ
    Got to work on fwd cabin roofing next weekendโ€ฆ

    ๐Ÿ“ Vosper 38โ€ MTB kit manufacturer
    5 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Trident73 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Looks a lot like a Precedentโ€™s KD Perkasa although their two hull sizes were 32โ€ and 49โ€โ€ฆ๐Ÿค”. I used to have the 32โ€ one in the 80โ€™s and the motor mount plate and a lot of the fittings look identical.

    ๐Ÿ“ How to control the sails on a ketch
    5 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Trident73 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi, I think that there are a few questions that you pose there and there are equally probably lots of good ways of setting up your winch to control the three sheets (lines) to your sails. Some setup diagrams in the site I am linking below may assist you (it is aimed at racing yachts but I am sure you can get the basic principles from it). Also if you google for the manual for the Joysway dragonforce 65 yacht I am sure you can use the images and instructions in there to get the basic idea behind sail control and modify things to suit your needs. For the sheet (sail control ropes) outlets you can use simple brass tube through the deck if you bend it round in a smooth curve so that one end points at the winch (under thedeck) and the other provides the outlet above deck to point in the general direction of the fixing points on the booms/sails. Have done a rough sketch โœ๏ธ f something which could workโ€ฆ Good luck.



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