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PostSubject: Re: like a kid in a sweet shop   Tue Jan 29, 2019 2:38 pm

put the rams into their brackets this morning and this afternoon I'm going to attempt to put together the hydraulic hose fittings into the rams.





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PostSubject: Re: like a kid in a sweet shop   Tue Jan 29, 2019 11:14 pm

and just a little fiddling tonight before bed time...…….a pair of fire extinguishers for the cabin interior.....made from a little plasticard and plastic tubing...……..need a little sanding and cleaning up once the glue has set.

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PostSubject: Re: like a kid in a sweet shop   Tue Jan 29, 2019 11:25 pm

lol! lol! lol! lol! lol! lol! lol! lol!
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PostSubject: Re: like a kid in a sweet shop   Wed Jan 30, 2019 5:26 pm

whilst the weather is cold outside and the workshop like a fridge i'm adding little items that go to make up the detail on the model.

it's a kit, a working boat, not a cup hunter, and its mine built from the box, not chopped, changed or enhanced with pocket busting additions costing a fortune...…..that's not what modelling is about.....its about enjoying what you do and not what you can spend to show off to others...….

as such, small little details that enhance a model that people find fascinating are the little bits that I enjoy putting on to a model, or inside that can be seen.

therefore this afternoon in the warmth of the back room with a good film, a warm radiator and just some little pieces of plastic and glue it put together the brackets and trays for the fire extinguishers and some small box holders for such things as pens for chartwork, cups, bottles and binoculars etc......a myriad of things...………..there are 4 on the Fleetwood boat and that is what I made.....[still to finish]







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PostSubject: Re: like a kid in a sweet shop   Wed Jan 30, 2019 5:41 pm

hi neil,

that's what I like neil 2thumbsup they finish it of all of the little things, what has some times been difficult times in the build of the boat, it keeps you going thinking the end will come soon then on to the water and happy days lol! 


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PostSubject: Re: like a kid in a sweet shop   Wed Jan 30, 2019 11:12 pm

that's it, david………..you slog on, sometimes it is 2 steps forward, one back...………….or in my case 1 forward 2 back at times.

but then, all of a sudden, its time to put all the parts together, on they go, and hey ho, you have a model, as you say, ready to sail...…….

im nowhere near that stage yet, but the parts bin is slowly getting smaller...…..and one day they'll be all used lol.
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PostSubject: Re: like a kid in a sweet shop   Thu Jan 31, 2019 11:21 pm

So!!……….after my daughters' 20th birthday bash and meal at the pub. I came home and sat and played a while...…….they need a little cleaning up, but these two items are the fire blanket and the first aid kit bag....…..made from white miliput.

i'll set them aside to cure and then trim and sand down tomorrow.

 

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PostSubject: Re: like a kid in a sweet shop   Fri Feb 01, 2019 2:21 am

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PostSubject: Re: like a kid in a sweet shop   Fri Feb 01, 2019 9:25 pm

been out most of the day, but sat down in the warmth this evening to start fitting the trim tabs......getting them lined up was the hardest part, not in the part of actually lining them, up...…….that was easy peasy…..it was actually keeping the tabs and brackets still in order to do so...….I used copious amounts of masking tape, and using a 6" steel rule projected the destination of the ram rod...…..and after drilling the pilot holes for those [nylon] rod, I tried them out...…..perfect first time.

I then enlarged the guide holes to take the guide sleeves for the rods. 


















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PostSubject: Re: like a kid in a sweet shop   Mon Feb 04, 2019 8:23 pm

there's a lot of hype about having working trim tabs on a scale lifeboat or other fast patrol craft, but for me, it is all just hype.

I've seen videos of both these Shannon models, Severn models, and other vessels sailing with them and without them, and using in both up, down and neutral positions, and TBH,  the effect that they have is minimal IMHO as a scale boat, and I really can't be bothered going to the time and expense of upgrading my radio gear, or using switches or Arduino [what ever that is] to operate gear that I have never used nor would know how to use.

the only "gimmick" that I will be putting on to the boat are working lights and radar.

BUT, for sake of getting the tabs damaged in an accident I have decided to make them moveable...……...i.e. they will go up/down to a certain degree.

for this I decided to make them spring loaded so that any pressure on them from water will raise or drop them on a captivated compression spring, similar to those used in a retractable ball point pen.

the springs will run on the outside of the ram rods inside a box, open at the top to allow the rods to rise and fall, and captivated at the bottom of the box to stop the actual movement.

I have fabricated the  workings as far as I can, but cannot go further until final fitting of the water jet outlets and the trim tabs onto the boat, so that the ram rods are set in position. 









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PostSubject: Re: like a kid in a sweet shop   Mon Feb 04, 2019 9:34 pm

whilst I had the hull indoors because of the cold workshop, I also sanded and faired in the bow rope guides, that are used to hold the bow strops in place when not hooked up to the SLARS winch strops that haul the boat onto the trailer.

on the speedline Shannon, these parts were supplied as 3D prnted parts, but had to make them from plasticard on the MBD boat...…..they will be sanded tomorrow.

however, on my boat, the Speedline model, they will have a "bung" running down the length of the guide...…..as she is an "afloat" boat, i.e. kept in the water in a river bases pen, she is not fitted with the rope strops, and as such the guide is fitted with a rubber infill [easily removed should she ever go to another station with a trailer or slip launch system.




 


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PostSubject: Re: like a kid in a sweet shop   Tue Feb 05, 2019 6:17 pm

and to bring the build up to date, this afternoon I fitted temporarily the main VHF areals to line up the roof brackets and side pivots.

then it was the turn of the jet inlet grills, 

and finally I raised the thickness of the boat hook locating brackets ready for positioning......here I glued a piece of plasticard to the base of each bracket to give it greater chance of holding the boat hooks. 















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PostSubject: Re: like a kid in a sweet shop   Tue Feb 05, 2019 8:42 pm

and the boat hook end bracket, now reamed out with a dental burr ready for attaching to the cabin side.





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PostSubject: Re: like a kid in a sweet shop   Wed Feb 06, 2019 1:49 am

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PostSubject: Re: like a kid in a sweet shop   Wed Feb 06, 2019 10:08 pm

on looking at photos of anything that needed attaching permanently to the boat before spraying, I found that the boathook retention brackets plus the rear stopper to stop the boathooks sliding backwards both needed fitting...……….

but there the "problem" arose in that the rear stoppers are not included in the kit...…...so out came the plasticard and plastic glue.....and these were soon rattled off, ready for fitting tomorrow.













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PostSubject: Re: like a kid in a sweet shop   Wed Feb 06, 2019 11:29 pm

have now finished the stoppers, and ready for pinning and fitting to the cabin sides...….tomorrows first job.

then whilst I was demoulding 3  fenders that I sold earlier today on ebay I found that the same mould contained two hand force pumps for classic 1930 - 50's lifeboats, plus a little addition of a set of binoculars,RNLI lifeboat pattern Barr and Strouds, so i'll hang them somewhere on the flying bridge of my Shannon.....an added little detail. 




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PostSubject: Re: like a kid in a sweet shop   Thu Feb 07, 2019 1:29 am

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PostSubject: Re: like a kid in a sweet shop   Thu Feb 07, 2019 2:55 pm

getting nearer to the boats needing spraying, in that I have either drilled the positioning holes for parts to be added later, or for permanent fixtures that are to be coloured in their respective positions.










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PostSubject: Re: like a kid in a sweet shop   Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:29 pm

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PostSubject: Re: like a kid in a sweet shop   Fri Feb 08, 2019 12:25 am

cheers matey. …………...suffering tonight though...……..been using superglue for days, and I am allergic to it, even with full respirator mask on......so coughing and sneezing like crazy now for the next few days till my sinuses recover...…….back to slower 5minute epoxy. lol.
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PostSubject: Re: like a kid in a sweet shop   Fri Feb 08, 2019 10:49 pm

just straying off piste for a moment..making this whilst 30min epoxy cures...……….and a sideways delve into a little bit of the real stuff...……...working in my true media… beautiful wood…..does anyone understand a lady's mind...…….does a weekend away in a French city do the trick for a birthday and impress your lady...………….or is a lady more susceptible and more grounded to a mans simple gestures…… a bunch of flowers...……….or perhaps something you have made for her from your own hands...…

On September 4th 1970, on my first day of university I met for the first time the only lady that I have ever really loved, other than my two daughters.

She asked me to marry her in July 1975, but as I had just been offered a post teaching in Australia, I told her that I would if she were to go with me...…...sadly she had an ailing mother and sister to look after and we parted company...….I told her the last time I saw her a month before I was due to fly that I would be back with a ring for her.as in the John Denver song "Leaving on a jet plane!"

Just over two years later I returned and paid her a call to be met by a husband, and young child...……..gutted and distraught, I put the thoughts of her and the ring to the back of my mind, and in fact lost the ring for another 40 years...…

But 3 years ago, we re-met and our feelings deep down were just the same after all those years...……...so how does one tell the lady that he has loved all these years, just what he feels, in deed as in word...…………..well, its not a trip to gay Paris'.

I found the ring that I had bought for her in Australia 42 years ago,,in an antique jewellery shop,  and have now made a little box for It......the same timber that In used to  make a jewellery box for her in my first year of teaching in 1974, which she still keeps even after 42 years of a tortuous marriage.

Bearing in mind that we both studied the same historical geography course at uni...delving into the history of our country and world through a geographical nature…..this ring is a little more special than just the lock stock gold ring...…..it isn't a gold ring, wedding or otherwise, and of modern circ age...……….but a bronze "friendship" ring, dated to 11c - 14c medieval...………...approximately 1000 years old...…….

I just hope that she likes it.. I know she will!













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PostSubject: Re: like a kid in a sweet shop   Fri Feb 08, 2019 11:20 pm

and now, back top model boat making...…..the skid runner plates that make contact with the SLARS trailer have been added to the underside of the hull at the stern of the boat.....






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PostSubject: Re: like a kid in a sweet shop   Fri Feb 08, 2019 11:44 pm

Blurry marvelous Matey.  2thumbsup 2thumbsup 2thumbsup 2thumbsup 2thumbsup 2thumbsup 2thumbsup 2thumbsup 2thumbsup 2thumbsup 2thumbsup 2thumbsup
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PostSubject: Re: like a kid in a sweet shop   Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:47 pm

at times, you come to a dead stop...……..lack of inspiration because you have never done the process before...…..or lack of knowledge...………...or just the fact that you have exhausted all avenues...…..and have to leave it for a while...….

i'm talking about displaying the interior of the Shannon cabin when the boat is on show...….

it was Adrian goslings idea that as I had put so much work into the interior, it SHOULD be displayed...…….and so I have been mulling over the idea and just how to do it.

I decided not to fix it into the cabin as I had earlier decided, but to mount it on rails resting on beams set into the hull so that the deck/cabin assembly would slip over the interior. and that inspiration came from getting the crew together, with a good strong 7.3% beer and  thinking just how to do it.





 so that, if as said somewhere else, the boat might be top heavy with the interior stacked with all the detailing, sat in place and therefor unstable on tight turns...…….. then, so once it has been statically viewed with the stuff sat in place, it can be removed and cabin placed on the boat ready for a nice sail......perfick.

so I started building the configuration by cutting the support rails across and longitudinally for the cabin insert...…..this I have done and left overnight to glue and set hard......I used tightbond aliphatic quick grab resin and cherry for the structure,








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PostSubject: Re: like a kid in a sweet shop   Wed Feb 13, 2019 5:37 pm

well, that was a complete and utter waste of time, timber and brain cells, never mind construction and glue...….….the frame fit into the hull, the interior fit into the frame, and the top even slid over the interior………..but it wouldn't sit down onto the hull correctly...……...so back to the drawing board and design something more practical...……….BUT......at a later date, can't be arrr………..bothered at the moment as I have a model to get ready for painting...bahhh humbug!!! 








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PostSubject: Re: like a kid in a sweet shop   Thu Feb 14, 2019 9:06 pm

after the disaster of the support rails that never were. Regarding the interior display support, I got on with making little bits and bats for the hull to place on it prior to spraying...…….this time it was the case of all the small circular outlets for discharging coolants, self bailers etc

I haven't seen these supplied in the kit so made them from decreasing diameter plastic tubing.

I think from photos there are 9 on each boat, but have made an extra one for each but will check this from the photos I have of the 3 boats at hand. .











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PostSubject: Re: like a kid in a sweet shop   Fri Feb 15, 2019 5:29 pm

I think the two boats are now ready for taking down to my mate Stavros's house in Wales for spraying up...…..but there lies a problem...…...I have no car, lol...…………….and might not have until later in march, if my insurers write mine off...…..

but I have been adding the last little bits to the hulls today on both boats.....










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PostSubject: Re: like a kid in a sweet shop   Fri Feb 15, 2019 6:11 pm

Looking fwd to doing them
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PostSubject: Re: like a kid in a sweet shop   Fri Feb 15, 2019 8:56 pm

yr a hero mate...…….I appreciate it very much...…...and so does mick.
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