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maxthepiper
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PostSubject: Geheimrat Heinrich Gerlach   Geheimrat Heinrich Gerlach EmptyMon Mar 16, 2020 10:40 pm

The Geheimrat Heinrich Gerlach was built in 1944 as part of a small series of new constructed motor lifeboats, each about 14 meters in length and equipped with a flying bridge to grant the crew better protection and a better view. Initially named Hindenburg the boat was soon renamend Geheimrat Heinrich Gerlach III and in 1950 the name changed again, this time into Rickmer Bock. After a long and eventful Service she was placed out of commission in 1981 and now lies as a museum boat in Büsum harbour.

A few weeks ago I obtained the kit of the Rickmer Bock from Modellbau Sievers and after a bit of research decided to built the Geheimrat Heinrich Gerlach as she was right after the end of the last great war.
The kit contains a Beautiful hull out of grp, lasercut deck and superstructure and a lot of brass and resin fittings. Built in the scale of 1/20 the boat will be about 70 cm long and will have a displacement of about 4,3 kg.


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Motor, servo etc have already been ordered and hopefully should arrive within the next days.

cheers, Max
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PostSubject: Re: Geheimrat Heinrich Gerlach   Geheimrat Heinrich Gerlach EmptyTue Mar 17, 2020 12:02 am

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PostSubject: Re: Geheimrat Heinrich Gerlach   Geheimrat Heinrich Gerlach EmptyTue Mar 17, 2020 12:20 am

Interesting kit, looking forward to your build!

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PostSubject: Re: Geheimrat Heinrich Gerlach   Geheimrat Heinrich Gerlach EmptyThu Mar 19, 2020 10:49 pm

The plan included in the kit shows some detail and is fine if you want to build out of the box.
Over the last decade I collected a few dozens books about the german lifeboats and also got hold of the official model plan that's sadly no longer available.
That's more than enough material to add a ton of detail to the kit - from the additional rudders up to the rivets on the flying bridge.

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The boat was built with three parallel rudders, but this Arrangement was prone to getting clogged by small ice floes. Therefore after a few years the two outer rudders were removed.
I bought two additional rudder sets and after carefully aligning them glued them into place. Tomorrow I'm gonna add the rudder servo and head to the lake for a short test.

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cheers, Max
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PostSubject: Re: Geheimrat Heinrich Gerlach   Geheimrat Heinrich Gerlach EmptyThu Mar 19, 2020 11:16 pm

great progress, i really like the build stand where did you get it?

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PostSubject: Re: Geheimrat Heinrich Gerlach   Geheimrat Heinrich Gerlach EmptyThu Mar 19, 2020 11:43 pm

The build stand is from Teil-Q, I got it as a present when subscribing to the Modellwerft magazine. The vario-stand is available in different sizes and fits all types of boats.
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PostSubject: Re: Geheimrat Heinrich Gerlach   Geheimrat Heinrich Gerlach EmptyFri Mar 20, 2020 8:22 pm

With the rudder servo in place it was time for the first sea trials. As the motor got a bit hot I decided to head back home and change the motor.
Now she is equipped with an reliable bühler motor and achieves a decent speed.

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She rides the waves like a duck and I sailed her until the battery of the remote ran out.
For now this was the last time I was able to enjoy sailing my boats.
Today our prime minister ordered a statewide curfew, beginning at midnight.


stay safe guys
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PostSubject: Re: Geheimrat Heinrich Gerlach   Geheimrat Heinrich Gerlach EmptySat Mar 21, 2020 10:25 pm

I built a new motor mount and glued the deck supports into place. The deck itself will be glued once the preparations for the coaming are made.

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The top of the tower needed to be trimmed with a japanese saw and some sandpaper.

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The superstructure ist coming together nicely.

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cheers, Max
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