Well I picked this Mersey up today very cheaply I may add.It was built around 10 year ago by a Member of the Gwynedd Model boat group and it used to sail on LLanberis Lake in Snowdonia.Now no way am I getting converted to the Lifeboat clan this is as close as I 'll get...The only Reason I have bough tit is simple really Grandfather used to be a cox at the Pwllheli Station and i have allways admired this model.
Well I definatly needs a full rebuild or in this case start again simply as it is far to tired for a sympathetic paint job
When I got it home i started making soe investigation work...well I was shown it working but it had a very noisy motor...MMMM turned out to be a bent shaft ARGHHHHHHH...Never mind.
Upon inspection I soon realised it needed a new deck due to it being cracked....the coaming around the superstructure was also cracked HO HUM.
Whist inspecting it I used my nail just under the windows nad result they literally fell off....new ones me thinks.
Now me being ME I decided to prise the cracked deck and low and behold it was so so easy to remove the whole deck...another result which now means I can get at the stancheons very easily without damaging them another result .
There is a possibility I have a bent shaft i will remove them again and find out if it is or not...more on that if it is the case so to speak.
The props are far far to small and will be replaced in time and the jury is out motor wise.Now OMG the rudders are well how can i put it well NOT exactly central to the probs.....redrill and refix methinks !!!!!!
Now i'll let you guys make your own mind up when you look at the pics...please dont laugh to much...In MY MIND it is a good starting point and I simply will not be doing an interior simply as I am not a purist and rivett counter...this will be a model that will be used and not a show queen !!!!!!!!!!!
IMG_4215 by David jones, on Flickr
IMG_4216 by David jones, on Flickr
IMG_4217 by David jones, on Flickr
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IMG_4219 by David jones, on Flickr
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The bent shaft is on the right hand side motor as you look
IMG_4224 by David jones, on Flickr
Underneath the superstructure
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IMG_4227 by David jones, on Flickr
OOPSY not in line with the prop
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Windows peeling of...Held methinks with eveostick
IMG_4230 by David jones, on Flickr
IMG_4231 by David jones, on Flickr
Oh Dear Me the deck sort of fell off
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So whats next yes crawl intro the corner of the shed and cry cry cry///Me thinks it is time t get the paint stripper out, strip the paint off the hull and remove all the gaash wood and get a bare hull and start again...OH the JOYS of model boats
Dave NOT the lifeboat nutter