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PostSubject: Model Slipway Rescue Boat   Wed Nov 09, 2016 7:10 pm

As I said in my Marina II log, because that model is quite involved I wanted something a bit more straightforward to provide a break from planking and detailed work. I bid on a Model Slipway vac formed Puffer kit, but it had been started and I wasn't prepared to pay too much not knowing how much had been done, and how well, so I lost it. A wanted ad. on Mayhem produced an almost untouched Rescue Boat. Only some trimming had been done, so its virtually new.

The rescue boat is actually a simplified Severn Class Lifeboat I believe. I built one many years ago now, but I can't really remember the details. I think I may build this a Pilot Boat, omitting some of the fittings. I have started trimming the hull and deck pieces, and also installing the rudder and propshaft. I think it is intended to use a 500 series motor, but the only one I have is rather power hungry, so will use an alternative. I am trying to build this without buying any further items - I have an ESC and servo. This means the motor mount will need to be modified. The photos show progress so far with temporary packing in place for the motor. The propshaft is only tacked with superglue.

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PostSubject: Re: Model Slipway Rescue Boat   Thu Nov 10, 2016 9:44 am

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PostSubject: Re: Model Slipway Rescue Boat   Thu Nov 10, 2016 2:06 pm

It's a simplified version of the Trent class Barrie.

The other small one that was done by Model Slipway is based on a Tamar. 



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PostSubject: Re: Model Slipway Rescue Boat   Thu Nov 10, 2016 6:15 pm

Thanks Mike. Was never sure which one it was when I made the first. I still think I am likely to make it as a retired lifeboat in some other guise. I am sure I saw one in a TV documetary as a support or research vessel of some sort.

Today I did some more work removing excess plastic to get down the the correct line on the hull and deck - whilst waiting for glue to dry on my Marina II planking.

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PostSubject: Re: Model Slipway Rescue Boat   Sat Nov 12, 2016 2:47 pm

The hull and deck are now trimmed and fit more or less - will need some final tweaking when I'm ready to glue them together. I have changed my mind about the propshaft coupling.. I was going to use rubber tube, but the only piece I have is perished so I will use the coupling which came with the kit.
The propshaft has now been epoxied in place using P40. As I mixed too much, don't we always Rolling Eyes , I applied some around the motor mount.
I now need to make or find a suitable stand to protect the shaft.

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PostSubject: Re: Model Slipway Rescue Boat   Mon Nov 14, 2016 2:01 pm

I had a bit of a set back today. I thought I had all the electrical items that I needed for this build, but when I came to get them together to work out where to put them, I couldn't find an ESC bounce Mad
I have now ordered one and so as not to hold up the build will take one from another boat.

So my plan to build this with the bits and pieces I had in my spare box didn't survive the first test Mad Mad

Today I fixed the equipment tray and tested a servo ready for installation.

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PostSubject: Re: Model Slipway Rescue Boat   Wed Nov 16, 2016 7:40 am

Good start bud, I'm not a fan of vac formed hulls, having a few in the past they start to suffer from age and plastic fatigue but none the less if looked after will give you many years of enjoyment.

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PostSubject: Re: Model Slipway Rescue Boat   Wed Nov 16, 2016 2:08 pm

I agree RR, but once they get some paint on they are less prone to suffer from UV. This one will probably go to my grandson anyway.

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PostSubject: Re: Model Slipway Rescue Boat   Fri Nov 25, 2016 7:18 am



I've almost finished the installation of the electrics. Just one connector short bounce to make a conversion lead from the battery to the ESC. The motor is held in place with Sugru. I may still have to change this as it is a windscreen washer motor and therefore designed to run on 12 volts. The attraction of it is a very low current on 6 volts, but it may not have enough revs. Once I get the connector I will be able to tidy up the wiring. 

Once I've done that I can move on to fixing the deck onto the hull.

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PostSubject: Re: Model Slipway Rescue Boat   Fri Nov 25, 2016 9:45 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Model Slipway Rescue Boat   Fri Nov 25, 2016 10:35 pm

I like the way the motor securing cleats hold it in...........better than my patented blutack method,


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PostSubject: Re: Model Slipway Rescue Boat   Sat Nov 26, 2016 6:28 am

Not my idea Neil. This is the method shown in Model Slipway's instructions for this and other models. Not sure its needed here as the Sugru is holding the motor - I didn't expect that Rolling Eyes

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PostSubject: Re: Model Slipway Rescue Boat   Sat Nov 26, 2016 2:04 pm

It looks as though this is on its way to Santa Klaus for the Grandson, so I will concentrate on this rather than Marina for a while.

The two halves of the cabin have now been cut out, trimmed and finally joined together. The rear section of the upper control station has also been trimmed and fitted into the main cabin - quite a tricky operation which I don't remember being as difficult the first time Shocked.

Quite a bit of filling required here. As its destined for Grandson I decided not to cut out and glaze the windows, but will use the vinyl shapes provided.

The hull and deck are not yet glued - again getting these to fit is more difficult than I remember, but its almost there - just the "flange" in a couple of places doesn't look quite right. Crying or Very sad

Next session the deck has to be made to fit the hull and glue has to be applied Rolling Eyes Shocked

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PostSubject: Re: Model Slipway Rescue Boat   Sun Nov 27, 2016 2:33 am

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PostSubject: Re: Model Slipway Rescue Boat   Mon Nov 28, 2016 1:39 pm

always fancied one of those to go with my 1;32 scale models, but sadly all gone now.........just my 1;12 lifeboats left
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PostSubject: Re: Model Slipway Rescue Boat   Tue Nov 29, 2016 2:31 pm

The deck and hull have been joined Thumbup I need to do a little filling around the lip of the deck, but the filling on the cabin has been rubbed down and is now ready for painting.
 
 

You will notice that I have changed the motor. I wasn't sure the original would be fast enough and I figured it was easier to change it before I stuck down the deck Very Happy. If this is too fast, then I will build and fit an Arduino based controller to reduce the maximum speed.
I have also fitted the switch. This is the switch from the ESC which I always assumed only switched off the electronics of the ESC, and didn't isolate the battery. So I did some testing, and it appears that for this particular ESC, it does isolate the battery Thumbup In any case the battery will be removed when it gets back to the workshop after each outing.

Next up is making up the stanchions. I am going to try and do this off the boat so I don't melt the plastic whilst soldering Rolling Eyes lol!

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PostSubject: Re: Model Slipway Rescue Boat   Wed Nov 30, 2016 1:23 pm



This is the first section of railings. I set up a jig to make it easier. It was very cold in my workshop this morning, even with a 2Kw fan heater, so even this is not quite finished - it needs the joints checking, then cleaning up. Before making the other side, I will test fit this one to make sure the jig is correct.

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PostSubject: Re: Model Slipway Rescue Boat   Fri Dec 02, 2016 2:31 pm

Three sections of railings now completed and test fitted to the hull. They are not yet fixed.

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PostSubject: Re: Model Slipway Rescue Boat   Fri Dec 02, 2016 6:58 pm

superb looking excellent.
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PostSubject: Re: Model Slipway Rescue Boat   Fri Dec 02, 2016 8:12 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Model Slipway Rescue Boat   Sat Dec 03, 2016 11:57 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Model Slipway Rescue Boat   Tue Dec 06, 2016 1:10 pm

The railings are now finished until I fit them to the boat when they will need joining up. I have marked the waterline - surprisingly easy - and painted the bottom. I started with a red/brown colour, but changed my mind, and its now had two coats of red Rolling Eyes.



Whilst waiting for the paint to dry, I have made the pulpit and started on the mast arrangement.



I plan to give it working lights - the nav lights, a searchlight and flashing blue on top of the mast. These will operate off a separate 6 volt battery held in the cabin.

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PostSubject: Re: Model Slipway Rescue Boat   Wed Dec 07, 2016 1:15 pm

I've done a bit more painting. Apologies to the Lifeboat experts if these are not exactly the correct colours, but they are what I have available Rolling Eyes. I think I've finished making all the bits of bent rod ready to paint and fit when the cabin paint is finished. I've also started painting the cast fittings, which just served to remind me of the superb quality of Model Slipways fittings - there was virtually no flash or holes on any of them.

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PostSubject: Re: Model Slipway Rescue Boat   Fri Dec 09, 2016 7:03 pm

More paint has been applied and the hull and cabin are now finished - onto the decks next so that I can start to fit the railings. Some of these have been painted. As you will see, the hull has its boot topping, and the cabin its vinyl windows. I had to re-make these as the ones supplied were stuck fast to the backing sheet, so I made new ones on my cutter Thumbup



Last night I set out to design an Arduino controller to limit the maximum speed. This has been done on a bread board - I now have to build the actual circuit to go in the boat. I have only limited forward speed, controlled by a variable resistor, as reverse is already limited to 50% by the ESC.

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PostSubject: Re: Model Slipway Rescue Boat   Wed Dec 14, 2016 1:07 pm

I am making progress - but not much to see as there is a lot of waiting for paint and glue to dry. I have fitted LEDs to the nav lights, and a blue flasher to the top of the mast - unfortunately these only come in clear enclosures at the 5 mm size. I was planning to fit a searchlight as well, but |I'm not sure if I will manage that.
The rubber moulding has been fixed to the hull, just waiting for the glue to dry on the second side, then I can varnish the hull. The mast structure needs painting black, and a radar scanner making and fitting. The railings have been made and part painted ready for fitting and joining up, when the painting can be completed. I couldn't find any material for a stand so had to order some ply which arrived today.

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PostSubject: Re: Model Slipway Rescue Boat   Wed Dec 14, 2016 9:11 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Model Slipway Rescue Boat   Sat Dec 17, 2016 2:19 pm

The end is in sight 2thumbsup 2thumbsup The boat has been varnished - two coats of gloss on all except the decks which will get a coat of matt. The railings are installed, connected up and painted. I have cut the two end pieces for the stand, just need to drill them and fit some dowelling to join them (actually old wooden knitting needles). The searchlight and horn have been ordered. Probably the next job is to wire up the lights. These will operate off 2 coin batteries in the cabin. I also have to cut out and fit the windscreen which could be tricky.

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PostSubject: Re: Model Slipway Rescue Boat   Sat Dec 17, 2016 11:25 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Model Slipway Rescue Boat   Sun Dec 18, 2016 7:22 am

No Damien - its going to Santa. That's the reason for the hurry to finish it. In fact I don't think its as good as the first one I made about 15 years ago - too much rushing to get it finished. Mad

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PostSubject: Re: Model Slipway Rescue Boat   Sun Dec 18, 2016 7:43 am

He'll still be real pleased to sail with Pop, Grandpa or what ever he calls you mate.
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PostSubject: Re: Model Slipway Rescue Boat   Tue Dec 20, 2016 2:29 pm

Well its finished apart from a slight problem with static - its covered in bits which I cant remove Shocked bounce bounce bounce I guess I will have to give it a wash lol! It does need to go into the bath so that I can ballast it so maybe that will kill the static. 
I can't say I'm too happy with the quality of this build. I did try not to say "its only for Crosby", but it isn't one of my better ones as this picture of the wiring will show Shocked Shocked You may notice that there is no windscreen. When I came to cut and bend it the material was just too brittle and at the moment I don't have any suitable alternative. I also know that I will have to find at least one figure to suit the boss.



I am still building the little gadget that will allow me to decide the maximum speed - just a few more joints to solder.



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PostSubject: Re: Model Slipway Rescue Boat   Tue Dec 20, 2016 9:31 pm

SANTA could bring that to me anyday......it's lovely barrie.......well done.
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PostSubject: Re: Model Slipway Rescue Boat   Tue Dec 20, 2016 10:26 pm

Blimey, you finished that in record time. Nice build your grandson will be happy on Christmas Day santa . Now the tricky bit the rapping paper. lol!

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PostSubject: Re: Model Slipway Rescue Boat   Tue Dec 20, 2016 11:36 pm

Nahhh make a cardboard box for it.

Ripper job Barrie the look on his face when he opens it will be a fantastic memory.
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PostSubject: Re: Model Slipway Rescue Boat   Wed Dec 21, 2016 7:02 am

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Blimey, you finished that in record time. Nice build your grandson will be happy on Christmas Day santa . Now the tricky bit the rapping paper. lol!

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Yes - it wasn't intended to be so fast, but when it was earmarked as a Christmas Pressie, I didn't have a choice. In fact they are not too difficult to build as there are only four main pieces.
We are off to Aldi this morning so a few rolls of super cheap paper is called for I think lol!

Still got to get rid of the static though so I can clean it up.

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PostSubject: Re: Model Slipway Rescue Boat   Mon Dec 26, 2016 7:08 pm



Well, I think he was pleased, but it had some very stiff competition including Minecraft on an Xbox and lots of Lego. I still have to install the speed limiter, so it will be Sunday week before it goes to the lake ( New Years Day Concert on Sunday takes precedence Laughing Laughing Shocked

Maybe now I can get on with my own boat, although amongst his haul was a 3D jigsaw Titanic which I understand is my responsibility to build  Rolling Eyes

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PostSubject: Re: Model Slipway Rescue Boat   Mon Dec 26, 2016 9:54 pm

Will it float n sail with some good glue lol
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