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PostSubject: Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534   Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534 EmptyTue May 12, 2020 6:28 pm

Arrived today for unboxing Cool Thank you Cornwall Model Boats and DPD 
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PostSubject: Re: Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534   Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534 EmptyTue May 12, 2020 6:43 pm

A slow down now while a Raboesch maintenance free prop shaft arrives from CMB.

I've ordered the corresponding size as the existing length will work.
Also enquired with Simon about a 35mm 3 blade prop but most likely a 30mm will be more appropriate as more efficient than the plastic offering.


There will be no UJ in the drive but a solid 3mm to 4mm brass coupler. I will build the motor support under the motor while connected through. I have in stock a 28/30 920KV brushless which should suffice.


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PostSubject: Re: Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534   Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534 EmptyTue May 12, 2020 8:11 pm

Maybe not obvious but I've glued the build support parts direct to my bench top with CA rather than a separate board. Being kitchen worktop anything attached with CA will chisel off with an Xacto blade no problem Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534 Smiley1
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PostSubject: Re: Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534   Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534 EmptyWed May 13, 2020 1:10 pm

I have already encountered the first missing part Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534 Grin However the quality of the wood is excellent Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534 Smiley

While awaiting the new prop shaft I have turned my attention to the rudder and there should be a brass socket to fit in the keel to seat the rudder shaft. Fortunately I have some brass tube in stock to avoid a delay.

Rudder assembly
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F317 the missing part 
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I've ordered a 30mm 3 blade from Simon at PropShop this morning.
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PostSubject: Re: Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534   Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534 EmptyWed May 13, 2020 3:34 pm

hi ,

it looks like a well detailed kit with well explained  plan, and all the parts look good quality. hope you enjoy your build. 


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PostSubject: Re: Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534   Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534 EmptyWed May 13, 2020 11:23 pm

Thanks I will for sure. It is actually not so well explained..... but as little as she is still in the EXPERT category Laughing I guess this is due mainly to plank on frame perhaps but the very category name gives Billings a get out because the builder is expected to be able to work it out.

I will be glass clothing the finished planking but I will still be doing a neat job as I'm not a big fan of filler. 

The fun will be those personal details and choice of colours
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PostSubject: Re: Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534   Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534 EmptyThu May 14, 2020 8:17 am

hi, 

plank on frame is the best part to me, i have built seven lifeboats from scratch plank on frame, and enjoyed every bit. plus another 6 or so other boats. take your time you may find that you can only do 2 planks per day using pva clamping is the hardest part, butting the planks as some will need bending.

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PostSubject: Re: Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534   Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534 EmptyThu May 14, 2020 7:24 pm

Yes I'm ok with planking having done the Rotterdam Thumbup

Might be a while before the prop shaft arrives so cannot proceed in the normal fashion.
I've taken out material from the bulkheads to make them more battery & equipment friendly and fitted those that I can for now with main deck dry fitted to align them.


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PostSubject: Re: Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534   Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534 EmptyThu May 14, 2020 7:41 pm

I then started on the trawl frame for want of a better description.

I started by glueing the assembled upright to my bench but then realised this won't work as they are not vertical on the deck but lean outwards. 
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So attention to the specific build drawing must be followed exactly 

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PostSubject: Re: Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534   Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534 EmptyFri May 15, 2020 6:26 pm

So I began the day with lots more filling and sanding and a final priming.

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Then the postman dropped my Raboesch propshaft Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534 Smiley1

So this meant I could glue the sections together and continue to align and mount the motor.
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I used two steel rules to ensure the keel remained straight and dry fitted the deck for alignment 

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I deliberately left out bulkhead 2 as I felt sure the laser cut slot was too high.
So fitted this after the rest had hardened.
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I was correct 
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Then the motor and I had to remove more bulkhead to an enable a straight connection.
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Captive nuts 
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PostSubject: Re: Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534   Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534 EmptySat May 16, 2020 12:40 am

I was wrong about bulkhead 2 but I've managed to free it and adjust Embarassed


Micro servo for rudder will be more than adequate
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VIDEO
No vibration perfect line 
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PostSubject: Re: Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534   Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534 EmptySat May 16, 2020 6:26 am

Andy - where did you get the servo mounts?

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PostSubject: Re: Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534   Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534 EmptySat May 16, 2020 8:24 am

Hi Barrie. I had to think hard about that. Short answer out of my bits drawer Laughing

Long answer I think I bought them on eBay over 3yrs ago beyond my purchase history archive. I've had a good look this morning and cannot find any  Crying or Very sad. I suspect they were a one man band cottage industry 

They did both sizes 
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PostSubject: Re: Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534   Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534 EmptySat May 16, 2020 8:41 am

Thanks for looking!

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PostSubject: Re: Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534   Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534 EmptySat May 16, 2020 9:49 pm

Thumbup
I started the day by fixing the main deck in place
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Then sanded most of the frames ready for planking.
At the bow I created a groove to help hold the ply skin 
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Time also spent making the winding drum 
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Some more work on the trawl frame 
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PostSubject: Re: Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534   Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534 EmptyMon May 18, 2020 6:42 pm

I've no idea what this is called but it's clearly meant to prevent whatever is fed through it going wayward.

Rather than solder the ends of the oblong I've used a brass sleeve and some vine eyes.
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PostSubject: Re: Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534   Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534 EmptyMon May 18, 2020 7:02 pm

Then yesterday having finished both hull skins I assembled the stern net slope Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534 Grin is that a name?
This was by no means easy to get everything symmetrical 
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Also looking at deck equipment 
No idea what colours, I guess free style 
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PostSubject: Re: Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534   Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534 EmptyMon May 18, 2020 7:12 pm

So on to today. Finally began planking. This is so quick using CA and once the plank is checked for fit just start at the bow and glue to one or two bulkheads at a time.
My finger tips are lathered in glue today Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534 Cheesy1
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After a few planks each side I stopped to coat the surfaces that I won't get to later with Diluted finishing resin
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A few planks further on and I'm starting to taper fit 
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PostSubject: Re: Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534   Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534 EmptyTue May 19, 2020 9:07 am

No modelling today due to an anniversary tongue

It seems the Turnigy Trackstar ESC I used in my Lobster boat has become very scare but I found an identical spec and appearance unit under another brand
So I'll be using this
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Sorry but I've no idea why the link takes up so much width Shocked
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PostSubject: Re: Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534   Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534 EmptyWed May 20, 2020 10:52 pm

Closed one side of the hull tonight with the other side close behind.
I should finish planking tomorrow and be looking at filling before glass cloth.
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PostSubject: Re: Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534   Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534 EmptyThu May 21, 2020 12:33 pm

I was just about to close the hull when the postman knocked.
listing said 3 day courier delivery but estimated arrival date was quoted as 11th June Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534 Knuppel2  so I thought I'd been tricked by Chinese seller. However I think many sellers are quoting longer dates due to CoViD 
Anyway it was all misleading as it came with tracking via Royal Mail. Effectively 2 days 


I will need to change the battery connector


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PostSubject: Re: Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534   Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534 EmptyThu May 21, 2020 12:50 pm

Very neat planking Andy. 2thumbsup 2thumbsup I think Billings must have improved the quality of their timber since my last Billings kit. Rolling Eyes

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PostSubject: Re: Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534   Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534 EmptyThu May 21, 2020 1:11 pm

Thank you Barrie.  Yes the Obeche is certainly machined smoother, it's all to be filled and covered on glass cloth on the outside so only really to be seen on the inside.
 It's a steel hulled boat in the real world.
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PostSubject: Re: Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534   Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534 EmptyThu May 21, 2020 6:17 pm

This afternoon catching some vitamin D and waiting for the resin to dry inside outside Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534 Thumbup 
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Later I resined the outside inside 
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Next will be to fill any low spots before glass clothing
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PostSubject: Re: Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534   Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534 EmptyThu May 21, 2020 10:07 pm

A good days effort. More sanding filling and glassing tomorrow.

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Good looking boat, bring back memory’s of doing a similar hull, one of my early days while I was still learning... leaked like a god damn siv, even after drying it and attempting to seal with epoxy... now consigned to grandparents front window I believe... good luck with your matting, always hate that job Razz:P

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PostSubject: Re: Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534   Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534 EmptyFri May 22, 2020 7:01 am

Yes a lovely shape indeed Aron. Just seeing someone else building one pushed me over the shall I/shan't I edge Laughing

I'm fine with matting having the experience of double coating my Balsa skinned Lobster boat but I'm surprised Billings haven't done a plastic hull version of this. I think planking puts a lot of potential modellers off. 

Before anything else today I'm going to look at making the rudder shoe removable because once the keel is made ridging with glass it will no longer bend aside.

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PostSubject: Re: Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534   Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534 EmptyFri May 22, 2020 8:11 pm

Good job spilling those planks!  Turned out nicely!
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PostSubject: Re: Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534   Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534 EmptyFri May 22, 2020 8:51 pm

Thank you Cool
Started today by applying far TOO MUCH filler to spend hours sanding, I love sanding Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534 Grin NOT
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So a few beers later 
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I've used 1 oz cloth and only 1 coat is sufficient.
Tacked in place with dots of CA 
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Another day final sanding tomorrow. Then I can add all the rubbing strakes 
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PostSubject: Re: Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534   Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534 EmptySat May 23, 2020 10:30 pm

After a couple of hours sanding I was most of the way there.
I decided to fair around the prop tube and make a demountable rudder shoe.
I'm waiting for 1.6mm SS csk screws
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undersized screws for picture only 
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PostSubject: Re: Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534   Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534 EmptySat May 23, 2020 11:35 pm

In my opinion I don't like this gunwale. In my mind if you're hauling nets up a stern ramp why would you use a gunwale that stuck out impeding smooth transition?


I intend to make from scratch and use a servo rod across the width of the slope as a smooth crossing 


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PostSubject: Re: Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534   Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534 EmptySun May 24, 2020 4:37 pm

My solution to the above is 2.5mm brass rod.
My Danish counterpart also agrees the laser part is unsuitable and likes my solution Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534 Smiley1
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So on with strakes
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Finding the waterline using the window frame edges 
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PostSubject: Re: Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534   Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534 EmptyMon May 25, 2020 2:25 pm

Still enjoying this Very Happy

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I've seen other modellers getting this area wrong, clearly not studied the plan view drawing.
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PostSubject: Re: Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534   Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534 EmptyMon May 25, 2020 6:52 pm

Ballasting to find total displacement.
I was concerned about battery capacity but absolutely unfounded.
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PostSubject: Re: Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534   Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534 EmptyWed May 27, 2020 9:33 pm

Firstly some billings failures


Pre drilled plinth Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534 Grin 


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At great personal expense Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534 Thumbup 
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Supplied brass fittings and dowel considerably different diameter for top section. Solution 2mm carbon rod 
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Spot light recess is 6mm and does not fit the lense, drilled out to 6.5mm 
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PostSubject: Re: Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534   Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534 EmptyWed May 27, 2020 9:44 pm

A series of solutions

Firstly the ventilation grill to engine room 
Made from styrene lapboard
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Funnel cut and soldered 
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Locating stud
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Rope guides drilled and tapped 2mm 
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Fixed from below with self tappers into pilot holes
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Front bollards. Will require a shim at the base to allow for slope of deck 
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A bit of dry fitting 
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PostSubject: Re: Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534   Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534 EmptyFri May 29, 2020 9:37 am

This is my idea for easy mounting and removal if repairs needed for the gallows. I have doubled the deck thickness at the locating holes too.  The 4mm UJ insert is just the ideal size and shape to turn without tools.
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PostSubject: Re: Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534   Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534 EmptyFri May 29, 2020 10:20 am

Turning out to be a really nice looking boat! Impressed with the quality I’m seeing, billings kits tend to be pvc hulls but this, very Nice indeed, great work so far!

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PostSubject: Re: Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534   Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534 EmptyFri May 29, 2020 2:50 pm

Thank you. Billings have their share of issues but despite feedback they don't seem to rectify them over the years.


Onwards and upwards 
Sanded ready for gunwales 
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PostSubject: Re: Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534   Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534 EmptyFri May 29, 2020 2:58 pm

Having fettled the Gunwales this morning it seemed only right to make the bow railings. Rather than use the feeble supplied stanchions I've gone my own route with 1.7mm brass rod.

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PostSubject: Re: Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534   Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534 EmptyFri May 29, 2020 3:01 pm

A change of plan with the propeller, I've used a 35mmRH Raboesch 

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PostSubject: Re: Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534   Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534 EmptyFri May 29, 2020 10:58 pm

The pulley blocks I believe give some modellers a headache but simply making cuts half way through enables the required shape. The wood is very absorbent to CA so take advantage, when set it is so much stronger then finish with abrasives  


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PostSubject: Re: Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534   Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534 EmptyFri May 29, 2020 11:03 pm

A late night inspiration to support the bow railing much better by integrating with the cable guide.

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PostSubject: Re: Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534   Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534 EmptySat May 30, 2020 1:57 pm

So the rails are now awaiting a Tamiya paint delivery.
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Focus on the wheel house and windows etc now. Building on experience gained from the lobster boat, going one step up I am making internal frames and external surrounds.
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PostSubject: Re: Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534   Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534 EmptySat May 30, 2020 5:11 pm

Three frames complete in primer. When everything has finished paint there will be no need for adhesive for sure.
Roof is Tamiya pure white 
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PostSubject: Re: Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534   Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534 EmptySat May 30, 2020 9:46 pm

Tedious but worth it. Window outer frames made and primed.
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Some assembled shots for flavour
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I'm going to use a life raft canister as I have one in stock of a smaller scale to the one I fitted on my 1:12 Lobster
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I started the day looking at possible embellishments. I made a wooden backing for solar panel print.
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These have no sticky backing so I used 3M spray mount
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I then continued with the Wheelhouse detailing
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Slowly running out of details to finish so painting will be the order of proceedings very soon.


I think Tamiya racing green is going to be the main colour featured. 
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PostSubject: Re: Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534   Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534 EmptySun May 31, 2020 6:34 pm

Andy - I am accused of building too quickly, but I think you take the record 2thumbsup 2thumbsup lol! It certainly looks as though Billings have greatly improved the quality of their kits.

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PostSubject: Re: Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534   Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534 EmptySun May 31, 2020 6:58 pm

Well I only have experience of Billings since 2017 in recent history but in years gone by I started a Norske Love around 1986 and I don't recall any problems with it other than with a growing family I never got further than planking the hull. I also wondered why the heck I bought it as its a static build Embarassed so wasted time and money.
I can only imagine that some individual models were better than others? most likely.
No problems to shout about with this unlike some far more expensive kits Laughing
Cornwall models are far cheaper than anyone else on Billings and every penny saved is certainly ploughed back in in paint etc if you want a good quality result.

I really needed a break from the intensity of another model I'm building for something I planned to be around four weeks instead as a breath of fresh air.

As for speed I'm not fast but I use many hours at leisure. I have the time and the wife has her own hobby so nothing competes for our time.

I have a Hoga tug kit I bought off a club mate and a Nordkap to start as well as my Rotterdam to finish lol! 
Billings Facebook builders group is very friendly and of course brand specific, I'm enjoying participating there and they're extremely appreciative. Another builder called Carsten started the Boulogne a while ago and it was his posts that lead to me buying the kit. I am of course well in front of him now but I'm sure he is thankful Laughing 
19 days so far and I can almost see the end but I can't sail her  Rolling Eyes
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PostSubject: Re: Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534   Billings Boulogne Etaples BB534 EmptySun May 31, 2020 7:03 pm

I must admit I have tended to buy old kits off ebay. The wood quality has been pretty terrible, and of course no laser cutting. I wanted to build the small Andrea Gail, but it seems to have gone out of production Sad

I certainly agree you can't beat CMB on price or service.

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