Whilst waiting for several coats of paint to harden (Micks Severn) and Mersey hull planks to dry and then glue in place (Rhyl Lifeboat) I was asked to sort out one of the small 1/35th ish RNLI Severn Class lifeboats. This was not in the best of condition and the radio as fitted was one of the old 27 Mhz systems so it had to go. The pods were to be removed and proper running gear fitted.
Whilst taking the boat apart I wondered it it was posssible to make it into an Arun. With the permission of the customer it was decided to try to produce a model of 54-03 Edward Bridges which was stationed in his home area of Torbay and is now in the National collection at Chatham. The Edward was the last of the three early Aruns to have a wooden hull and the first with the upper steering position at the front of the upper deck.
First job was a total strip down and removal of all the gear and mouldings from the inside of the hull.
The holes left by removal of the motor pods were filled in and sanded to shape. (At this stage I forgot to remove the bilge keels and did it later in the build
The deck was alsao stripped back and all the holes filled in. The lower sides for the new wheelhouse were glued in place.
The vertical moulded fenders were removed to give the hull the more rounded form of an Arun and half round strip added across the stern to produce the fender here. The exhausts were also moved out and down to a more Arun like position.
The short spray rail of a Severn was lengthened with styrene strip to give the full length rail of the Arun.
New 2mm prop shafts were then added and blended in place. (Still forgot to remove the keels!!)