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    πŸ“ Norstar Wave Princess original box
    4 years ago by wombatjames ( Leading Seaman)
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    Hi,

    I made this boat back in1966 and it needed a good engine due to its weight. I used a Taycol electric but it pottered around like a tug! I woukd love a plan copy if possible.
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    πŸ“ swordsman
    6 years ago by wombatjames ( Leading Seaman)
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    As a side issue, I am happy to supply Kitshack plans for my RTTL and Firetender, by pdf, free of charge.

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    πŸ“ swordsman
    6 years ago by wombatjames ( Leading Seaman)
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    You are talking about a very small industry which does not, in any way, have the sort of 'Royalties' income which a music star might have.

    If a company is deceased then the use of any plan is generally open game. The latest kit plans also do not bear much resemblance to the hand drawn and printed images of the 1950's and 60's.

    I produced the Kitshack range of models, loosely based on some early kits, but with modern techniques and changes to improve design, the drawings do not compare to the originals in many ways.

    Copyright infringement is hard to challenge, as just one change to the model design will change the copyright issue. if we followed on design intent, even Vosper could challenge when a model is made of one of their boats.

    The moto is 'build and have fun' don't destroy a niche hobby by bureaucracy

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    πŸ’¬ 34" Fireboat with Sunderland Flying Boat
    8 years ago by wombatjames ( Leading Seaman)
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    I didnt know you could fly off Poole Park lake?

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    πŸ’¬ 34" Fireboat with Sunderland Flying Boat
    8 years ago by wombatjames ( Leading Seaman)
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    Love the sunderlands, are they scratch built. is there a plan available?

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    πŸ“ Kitshack 34" RAF Crash Tender
    8 years ago by wombatjames ( Leading Seaman)
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    Sorry I havent been able to continue the blog, due to Ill health. I have finished built but couldnt get photos or script uploaded. I will try and put a photo of completed model on asap.

    It Is a nice kit and with a little work Is a credit to kitshack, at a very good price!

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    πŸ’¬ 46 Inch RAF Crash Tender
    8 years ago by wombatjames ( Leading Seaman)
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    Kitshack models also produce a 46 inch fire tender kit which is cheaper than yours but doesnt include the white metal parts. I believe vintagd model works supply those separately in any case. Decals can be got from BECC I think.

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    πŸ“ Another ebay find
    8 years ago by wombatjames ( Leading Seaman)
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    If it is an rttl hull, kitshack models produce a 56 inch kit, and could probably supply you with a set of plans which you could scale down to suit your hull. They may also be able to scale you down a set of their precut plywood cabin parts as well. Worth a call or email I would think.

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    πŸ“ dissapointed
    8 years ago by wombatjames ( Leading Seaman)
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    I dont think that a telephone call will actually get the parts you believe are missing. I would suggest that the absolutely best way to get to the completed parts is to mark up the plans/instructions indicating what is missing. if you email that to them, I am sure they will then make/remake the parts you need. I know they are a newish business as I have met one of the directors, and have 100's of very satisfied customers both at home and overseas. I am sure they have sold kits to Australia and USA so they are not a 'fly by night' operation.

    If you clearly show on a marked up sketch, what is missing/wrong, and email it to their address, I am positive they will get the parts out pronto.

    I have been to their unit and can vouch for their honesty and integrity with me at least.

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    8 years ago by wombatjames ( Leading Seaman)
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    I have had several boats from Kitshack and have had no issues whatsoever. They have been more than helpful with questions and any additional parts I have needed to complete the models.

    I can only think this is a one off and you should never condemn a business just because of one rogue kit.

    I do know that theier kits are not for the fainthearted and perhaps Hydroman can bear that out with his J class build.

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    πŸ’¬ Tiny motor torpedo boat
    8 years ago by wombatjames ( Leading Seaman)
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    Ply parts are router cut, as you see them in the build photos. Only the hull formers are balsa and you cut them out with a craft knife. 3mm balsa. Hull skins are 0.8mm ply and deck and cabin is 1.5mm ply. Gun bits and torpedos are provided as plain dowels so you have to do a little bit of scratch finishing. Comes with a very basic motor about 200 size and a simple tube, prop shaft and prop. For a little boat it has a lot going for it. Didnt glass hull, used ordinary PVA, sanding sealer, spray car high build primer, spray grey primer and gloss.

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    πŸ’¬ Tiny motor torpedo boat
    8 years ago by wombatjames ( Leading Seaman)
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    Its a Kitshack model, on sale in the model boats section on this site. About Β£45 I think.

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    πŸ’¬ raf fireboat
    8 years ago by wombatjames ( Leading Seaman)
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    I notice that your sides appear flat at the front of the boat, from gunwhale to chine.. I believe that these usually have a slight curve, is this builders licence? I think there is also a slight curve on the transom sides too?

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    πŸ’¬ Slow and steady progress.
    8 years ago by wombatjames ( Leading Seaman)
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    I found that the front skins do need trimming to size and shape but in reality it is better to have things bigger to cut, than too small. I felt that wasn't a problem. I did however find that the front lower skins are quite hard to form the three way compound curve over the bulkhead and cut a thin 'v' on the upper side, along the line of F1 and that allowed a nice uniform curve in all directions.
    I have moved on with the skinning so will be publishing a bit more to the blog soon.

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    πŸ’¬ Sea Queen
    8 years ago by wombatjames ( Leading Seaman)
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    Action Electronics do a 900 size motor which top revs at 6500, so bucket loads of duration torque to turn a higher pitch prop. 1/4" drive and used on large boats.

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    πŸ“ Slow and steady progress.
    8 years ago by wombatjames ( Leading Seaman)
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    The sanding has continued and it is really easy to get a crisp joint on the keel to bulkheads, chine and deck edge on the balsa. The photos show all sanded down ready for skins to be fitted. I did add some scrap 6mm balsa either side of F2 where the lower skins join to provided some additional support.
    I added the coaming edge, alongside S1 which is what the two cabin sections slip over. However, I did find the drawings show this to be 12x3 and it actually needs to be 9x3 otherwise it fouls the bottom of the window openings.
    I have advised the manufacturer and they will modify the drawing and send the right stripwood to suit in future kits.
    I also noted that the side deck skins need to be notched out to allow a butt fit to the coaming, at the front, as I have shown on the photo, but the fitting is for another day.


    I hope to carry on with the skins soon, when shed temperature Improves!

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    πŸ“ Tiny motor torpedo boat
    8 years ago by wombatjames ( Leading Seaman)
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    Small mtb produced from a kit, on the water with my grandson. Free running and comes complete with all running gear.

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    πŸ“ More photos
    8 years ago by wombatjames ( Leading Seaman)
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    Here are the some photos showing how well the balsa can be profiled into the plywood bulkheads. Still some sanding to do.

    The kit comes with a full size drawing so setting out and part identification are easy.

    Next step will be the hull skinning or cabin constructions.

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    πŸ“ Opening description
    8 years ago by wombatjames ( Leading Seaman)
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    I had already started the build and had got to hull frame almost complete before I decided to open the blog. I had expected that the construction would be similar to the old Aerokits boats that I used to make in the 60's, but Kitshack have cleverly added some labour saving changes in their design.
    The main chine, deck and keel stiffeners are made of 6mm balsa. These are made in sections which are preprinted on balsa sheet and you cut out yourself using a craft knife. The sections then slip into the slots which are precut in the bulkheads and you can sand perfectly to the angle of the side and hull bottom. This is so much easier than trying to heat bent hardwood chine stringers and then all the effort of planing and sanding to profile. The photo shows where I have got to so far, and how the stringers fit and sand. The transom is also made in balsa and as its on a slight incline, is again aesy to sand lightly to profile.
    As the photo shows, all the main plywood is 1.5mm, 3mm and 6mm and preformed to shape.
    I have used standard PVA waterproof glue, and when the next step of fitting the skins is done soon, I will run a resin layer around all the bulkeads and skins to give a strong seal.

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    πŸ“ Kitshack 34" RAF Crash Tender
    9 years ago by wombatjames ( Leading Seaman)
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    I purchased Kitshack Crash Tender kit when they started selling them off Ebay last year. I think it has some similarities to the old 50's plywood kits and looks like a nice heritage model which would look good on the pond. The kit comes with all the necessities but also acetate type glazing and window frames but no shaft or rudder.

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    πŸ’¬ twin gun turret
    9 years ago by wombatjames ( Leading Seaman)
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    I have one of their latest kits, a 34" RAF Crash Tender and it fits together really well, They have cleverly used thick balsa for the chines and it makes it really easy to get a good line for both side and bottom skins. So much easier that the terrible hard wood that Aerokits used to use, needing small plain and coarse sandpaper to get half decent. I understand that their range is expanding all the time and see they have a 1/144 aircraft carrier ready for production.

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    πŸ“ Vosper 46''
    9 years ago by wombatjames ( Leading Seaman)
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    Kitshack Models make bulkhead, superstructure and deck kits to suit fibreglass hulls. I beleive they do the 46" Crashtender for around Β£100 including a full size plan. I was told as I enquired about making from plans from their listing on Ebay (collectorslotstoo). Perhaps they can do the 34" too? if you go and ask a question against their listing, I expect you can get the answer you want.

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    πŸ’¬ Start of rebuild old 34 Inch Fire Boat
    9 years ago by wombatjames ( Leading Seaman)
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    Kitshack make one as a kit, off Ebay, uses balsa chines so much easier to shape in with the bulkhead profile. The Norstar I built when I was 12 had horrible 9mm thick chines that had to be planed to shape they were so hard.

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    πŸ’¬ vosper rttl a s r l 50s to 60s
    9 years ago by wombatjames ( Leading Seaman)
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    Is this kit built, as I have been looking for one. I have my eye on a 'Kitshack' kit off Ebay.

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    πŸ’¬ twin gun turret
    9 years ago by wombatjames ( Leading Seaman)
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    Great model, super finish, any pics of it on the pond?

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