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PostSubject: 48ft Watson becomes a 47ft 6in Watson   Fri Jun 30, 2017 2:17 pm

Repost as I will not be blackmailed by photobucket!!


I have been asked to make a 47ft 6in Watson using a 48ft Watson moulding.

Hull as received.


The opening in the deck is incorrect for this new build so a short time with a grinder and the deck is removed.


Using large clamps the hull is gently eased in to give the correct beam and held in place with a new set of beams glued in place.



Propshafts fitted with discs to maintain the gap in the tunnel.


A template for the new opening in the deck was made and the deck cut to shape and boned onto the hull.



An extruded polystyrene block for the forward superstructure was laminated to make a plug to allow a grp shell to be made.



After cutting and sanding the resulting plug is ready.


Grp lamination made on the plug.


Engine room bulkhead fitted into the shell.


Engine room casing added to the shell.


The plug for the rear section made and a shell for the rear cabin made.


Rear shell in place, but not bonded to the front section. They will be joined after detailing of the cockpit area as otherwise it would be impossible to get in there!!


Comparison of the superstructure as sent with the superstructure I now have.


Engine room bulkhead hatch fitted in the shelter.


Rudder built ready to hang later.


Rear sliding doors added and porthole locations drilled out.


Details started on the front casing.

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PostSubject: Re: 48ft Watson becomes a 47ft 6in Watson   Sun Jul 02, 2017 4:42 pm

Discussion on Photobucket is now here http://www.thercmodelboatforum.com/t1541-photobucket  

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PostSubject: Re: 48ft Watson becomes a 47ft 6in Watson   Tue Jul 04, 2017 9:30 pm

Trying out the forum's picture hosting. Thumbup 

Just two pictures to show for the last few days work.

The instruments, switches, oil pumps, fire system, throttle quadrants, reversing wheels etc have been made and painted ready to fit onto the engine room bulkhead.


I have also made the tabernacle, mast/exhaust and capstan head for the front of the engine casing.



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PostSubject: Re: 48ft Watson becomes a 47ft 6in Watson   Tue Jul 04, 2017 10:04 pm

booootiful work mike.
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PostSubject: Re: 48ft Watson becomes a 47ft 6in Watson   Fri Jul 07, 2017 4:05 pm

The planking of the deck had been completed, filled and sanded back ready for the next stage.


The positions of the (dummy) removable deck access panels have been plotted and the positions for the filler/drain plates marked out ready to be drilled to allow them to be fitted flush with the deck.


The two sections of the new superstructure have been given two coats of gloss dove grey and after adding the control fittings I made earlier to the engine room bulkhead will be joined together in the next few days then given a further coat of grey.


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PostSubject: Re: 48ft Watson becomes a 47ft 6in Watson   Fri Jul 07, 2017 4:36 pm

looking absolutely beautiful mike..........as always. 2thumbsup
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PostSubject: Re: 48ft Watson becomes a 47ft 6in Watson   Wed Jul 12, 2017 8:29 pm

All the metal covers have been inserted flush with the deck surface at the points mapped out earlier, plus the two rectangular 'lights' that gave daylight into the forward survivors cabin.


The front face of the rear cabin has been detailed and painted.


The controls, dials and switches made earlier have been fitted onto the engine room bulkhead.


Both sides fitted along with the side seats, gratings and Steering, complete with working compass.


Now you can see why the superstructure had to be made in two parts. It would be impossible for me to get in through the small access gap to fit out the details inside!! The two parts will now be joined together.


I have also made the forward survivors cabin hatch and its cover, this is now ready to paint in the same grey as the rest of the superstructure.

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PostSubject: Re: 48ft Watson becomes a 47ft 6in Watson   Wed Jul 12, 2017 9:45 pm

2thumbsup no other way to describe this build but WOW!!!
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PostSubject: Re: 48ft Watson becomes a 47ft 6in Watson   Sat Jul 15, 2017 10:23 am

2thumbsup  Wow  2thumbsup wow  2thumbsup wow
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PostSubject: Re: 48ft Watson becomes a 47ft 6in Watson   Thu Jul 20, 2017 12:06 pm

Glad you like the transformation so far guys. Thumbup 

A few more steps forward over the last few days.

The two sections are now fixed together as one unit, the joint filled, sanded and painted. The position for the spray screen support has been marked out, the mast support crutch made and fixed in place and the positions for the two small cowl vents marked out.


The capstan, mast tabernacle and large cowl vent have now been fitted onto the front engine room casing. The rope trays have also been made, painted and fixed in position.


The forward hatch has had the hatchet fixed inside and the loud hailer socket fitted onto the outside.

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PostSubject: Re: 48ft Watson becomes a 47ft 6in Watson   Thu Jul 20, 2017 10:09 pm

love it...........such excellent wrk...............love the detailing.
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