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PostSubject: Billings RNLI Lifeboat   Billings RNLI Lifeboat EmptySun Nov 21, 2021 6:45 pm

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So this will be my new project.  Shocked Quite a change from St Canute. Its all plastic Rolling Eyes I will probably build it as a static model as I very rarely get to the lake these days.
Hopefully it will re-ignite my modelling if it goes together well.

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PostSubject: Re: Billings RNLI Lifeboat   Billings RNLI Lifeboat EmptyTue Nov 23, 2021 9:32 pm

Sorry about the St Canute - sad there are people selling kits like that one -good luck with the new build.
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PostSubject: Re: Billings RNLI Lifeboat   Billings RNLI Lifeboat EmptyWed Nov 24, 2021 7:15 am

Pete - I've not finally abandoned St Canute, but I need something a bit more straightforward at the moment. Hopefully this will be that - its an all plastic hull and most of the superstructure. After this I will re-visit the Lobster Boat. Maybe then I will be ready to attack St Canute Rolling Eyes

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PostSubject: Re: Billings RNLI Lifeboat   Billings RNLI Lifeboat EmptyWed Nov 24, 2021 9:52 am

Hi Barrie - glad to hear you have not given up - I have some small scale drawings of St Canute somewhere - if you scan a couple of frames with numbers and send those perhaps I can resize mine and return all the frames at their proper size to you. Can also resize the lobster boat if you needed that - just let me know the hull length. Meantime have fun with this one.
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PostSubject: Re: Billings RNLI Lifeboat   Billings RNLI Lifeboat EmptySat Nov 27, 2021 12:45 pm

Today I finally made a start on Waveney. This is basically a couple of plastic mouldings. It will be built as a static model.
First job is to trim the two mouldings. As is common with Billings the instructions are minimal and consist entirely of drawings showing each stage. Having worked out where the cut lines are, the plastic cut very easily.

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Next job is to insert the propshafts and rudders as there will be no access internally once the two halves are joined Rolling Eyes

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Having got this far, I realised that I should have fitted the propellers Shocked so I had to remove the rudders, fit the dummy shafts and refit the rudders Rolling Eyes

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All the running gear is fixed with CA - before joining the two parts I need to decide if this is enough or if I should add some P38 or similar. 

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PostSubject: Re: Billings RNLI Lifeboat   Billings RNLI Lifeboat EmptyMon Nov 29, 2021 7:23 pm

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Today I stuck the two halves together. The instructions said to use contact glue, but I used Revell Liquid Polystyrene glue Shocked. I had already tested that and Tamiya Extra Thin and both gave a very firm hold.
Next job is to trim back the edge. 
I also started on the cabin which is built from thin ply and plastic mouldings.
I have already cut new numbers - the decals supplied are white on a blue ground. I assume the blue matches a Billings paint colour, which is not RNLI blue Shocked. I will be using my RNLI correct spray paints, although I think I may have to decant them and use a brush. The masking will be very trick if I try to spray.

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PostSubject: Re: Billings RNLI Lifeboat   Billings RNLI Lifeboat EmptyTue Nov 30, 2021 12:57 pm

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So this is almost the total amount of wood in this model Shocked

The remainder is from plastic mouldings and fittings. Here are the windows - not fixed in this photo.

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and now fitted

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Just the roof to fit. It is going to be a bit tricky deciding when to paint and when to fit the glazing. I think I will have to do both before fixing this to the deck. Rolling Eyes

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PostSubject: Re: Billings RNLI Lifeboat   Billings RNLI Lifeboat EmptyWed Dec 01, 2021 11:45 am

I decided I was going to paint the cabin as it is - before fixing the roof.  This will make it easier to fit the glazing. Rolling Eyes I was planning to coat the wood with sanding sealer, but although I have that, I don't have any cellulose thinners to clean my brush Shocked bounce bounce So - I used EzeKote instead - water soluble 2thumbsup 2thumbsup

I also sanded back the deck edges. 

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There are now lots of bits of plastic mouldings to sort out and put together. The plastic seems quite soft, so doesn't clean up too well.

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PostSubject: Re: Billings RNLI Lifeboat   Billings RNLI Lifeboat EmptyWed Dec 01, 2021 9:23 pm

Coming along nicely I'd be tempted to light it up though as I'm lighting mad Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Billings RNLI Lifeboat   Billings RNLI Lifeboat EmptyThu Dec 02, 2021 6:57 am

That would mean cutting into the deck which I am reluctant to do. Its a bit thin!

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PostSubject: Re: Billings RNLI Lifeboat   Billings RNLI Lifeboat EmptyThu Dec 02, 2021 12:37 pm

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So I started painting Thumbup I sprayed some of my paint into an empty yoghurt pot and applied it by brush. I think it has gone on very well - not quite as smooth as if it had been sprayed, but still it has covered nicely. I can now glaze the cabin and fit the wheel before sticking on the roof.
I have decided to buy some plastic half-round moulding instead of the rubber. It works out slightly cheaper and the hull doesn't have any very sharp curves so should be OK I think.
I started trying to sort out the fittings for the mast, but there is no photo guide, and many look similar Shocked

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PostSubject: Re: Billings RNLI Lifeboat   Billings RNLI Lifeboat EmptyYesterday at 11:36 am

The wheelhouse has been glazed. I was going to fit the roof, but it is too small Shocked, so I have cut a new one, but it still needs painting.
I marked the waterline, by the conventional method Rolling Eyes, and painted the hull bottom. It has had two coats. I also painted the stand. The drawings include paint colours but there is no key - then I remembered that I threw away a colour chart as I thought it was only a general Billings paint chart Shocked Rolling Eyes. I will have to check the web.

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PostSubject: Re: Billings RNLI Lifeboat   Billings RNLI Lifeboat EmptyToday at 1:04 pm

I spent some time today sorting out the brass fittings. There is no guide and many are very similar, but I think I have them worked out now. There is one missing, one I can't identify, and I have an extra horn Rolling Eyes I also painted the decks with Humbrol Acrylic Dark Grey. It isn't very good Rolling Eyes Not as good as Revell, but its all I have - several coats will be required I think. the new wheelhouse roof has been fitted waiting for paint.

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Some of the plastic fittings come in two halves - these have now been joined and painted. My half-round plastic strip arrived today, so I can fix that to the hull, which will allow me to paint the hull.

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PostSubject: Re: Billings RNLI Lifeboat   Billings RNLI Lifeboat EmptyToday at 1:14 pm

I can't get on at all with Humbrol acrylics if I'm brush painting or airbrushing acrylics i use Vallejo.
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PostSubject: Re: Billings RNLI Lifeboat   Billings RNLI Lifeboat EmptyToday at 1:18 pm

I used this on the other Lifeboat and it was OK-ish. But its just like water. I thought I hadn't stirred the pot, but I had. I certainly find Revell to be better but I don't have a Dark Grey, and no local stockist.

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