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PostSubject: Fairey Swordsman - SLEC kit   Fairey Swordsman - SLEC kit EmptyFri Sep 08, 2023 4:28 pm

My kit arrived a couple of days ago, at the same time as the temperature started to rise Rolling Eyes
Today I made a start but the temperature didn't allow me much time in the workshop. I did manage to mark all the parts with their numbers and remove the keel components. These were sanded to remove the lands and are now ready for assembly when the temperature coms down a little.

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PostSubject: Re: Fairey Swordsman - SLEC kit   Fairey Swordsman - SLEC kit EmptyWed Sep 13, 2023 10:57 am

On Monday I started sticking the parts of the keel and deck together. I furnished it this morning.

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I removed the formers from their sheets and trimmed and sanded them ready for the next stage but I need a building board before I can continue. I have ordered some 12mm ply.

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PostSubject: Re: Fairey Swordsman - SLEC kit   Fairey Swordsman - SLEC kit EmptySat Sep 16, 2023 7:03 pm

OK, I didn't photograph it, but I made my first mistake Embarassed Embarassed There are battens around the deck opening. I stuck them to the edge of the cutout, but they should have been on the underside  There is no plan with this kit and I had to work from the colour photos in the manual. Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes Embarassed Embarassed
My building board arrived today so after fixing the deck to it I glued the bearers where they are supposed to be! 

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I'm ready now to mount the bulkheads and the keel.

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PostSubject: Re: Fairey Swordsman - SLEC kit   Fairey Swordsman - SLEC kit EmptyWed Sep 20, 2023 1:40 pm

The keel and bulkheads are now fitted. 

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The keel need shaping, and thee seems to be quite a lot of material to remove. I hope my tiny plane is up to the job. Shocked

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Next are the stringers which will require steaming. 

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PostSubject: Re: Fairey Swordsman - SLEC kit   Fairey Swordsman - SLEC kit EmptyMon Sep 25, 2023 1:55 pm

Finally got round to more work on Swordsman. Stringers added and I've started sanding the keel to shape.

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PostSubject: Re: Fairey Swordsman - SLEC kit   Fairey Swordsman - SLEC kit EmptyThu Sep 28, 2023 6:55 pm

Keel and stringers sanded to shape and first two bottom sheets fixed.

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The next two should go on OK, but the forward ones look to be oversize by quite a lot.

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PostSubject: Re: Fairey Swordsman - SLEC kit   Fairey Swordsman - SLEC kit EmptyFri Sep 29, 2023 8:45 pm

More of the bottom sheets applied.

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I had to trim the front section - I hope It got it right Rolling Eyes

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PostSubject: Re: Fairey Swordsman - SLEC kit   Fairey Swordsman - SLEC kit EmptySun Oct 01, 2023 1:30 pm

Last bottom sheet 

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and a start on shaping the balsa block. I don't have a gouge, so its slow progress with sandpaper on a bit of plastic pipe.

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PostSubject: Re: Fairey Swordsman - SLEC kit   Fairey Swordsman - SLEC kit EmptyWed Oct 04, 2023 12:58 pm

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Nearly there with the first block, but three more to go. 

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This is where I've got to - very dusty job.

There's going to be a lot of filling required Shocked Rolling Eyes

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PostSubject: Re: Fairey Swordsman - SLEC kit   Fairey Swordsman - SLEC kit EmptySat Oct 07, 2023 11:08 am

More work on the balsa blocks. These are getting close to the final shape - I think Rolling Eyes

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I have continued to add the sides, but I think I will have to remove and re-do the forward one. The instructions and photos are not very clear in this area, but thi is obviously wrong. Embarassed Crying or Very sad Embarassed

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PostSubject: Re: Fairey Swordsman - SLEC kit   Fairey Swordsman - SLEC kit EmptySun Oct 08, 2023 4:33 pm

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Panel replaced. Luckily I had a sheet of exactly the same material so it should not be noticeable.  Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes

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PostSubject: Re: Fairey Swordsman - SLEC kit   Fairey Swordsman - SLEC kit EmptyTue Oct 10, 2023 2:11 pm

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This is now ready for the filler Rolling Eyes

Side two all planked 

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Next job is to steam the transom, and then start filling

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PostSubject: Re: Fairey Swordsman - SLEC kit   Fairey Swordsman - SLEC kit EmptyWed Oct 11, 2023 2:04 pm

All the edges now sanded down and I've started filling some of the many gaps. Still lots more to do, but its a start.

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I though I was going to have to steam the transom which would be awkward as getting from the kitchen (steam) to my workshop is a slow process in my current state. However, I tried some dry heat from a hair dryer which seem to be adequate so that is the next job.

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PostSubject: Re: Fairey Swordsman - SLEC kit   Fairey Swordsman - SLEC kit EmptySat Oct 14, 2023 1:44 pm

Added some more filler today

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and more sanding

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PostSubject: Re: Fairey Swordsman - SLEC kit   Fairey Swordsman - SLEC kit EmptySun Oct 22, 2023 1:41 pm

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Transom now fixed and sanded. More filler added to the bows. I had to stop at this point as it was too cold in the workshop - I couldn't hold the tools.

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PostSubject: Re: Fairey Swordsman - SLEC kit   Fairey Swordsman - SLEC kit EmptyThu Oct 26, 2023 10:48 am

Very nice work but seems a lot of effort. I recently built a wooden model boat company Thames lifeboat and the sanding of the bow blocks did my head in. Getting the right shape, or close to it was a mare. Reverted back to vac form or fibre glass hulls for future builds😁
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Yes - it is not the easiest way to build a hull, but for me its the building that's important. Its unlikely this will get near the water as I no longer drive and the sailing water is 30 mils away!

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PostSubject: Re: Fairey Swordsman - SLEC kit   Fairey Swordsman - SLEC kit EmptySat Oct 28, 2023 11:04 am

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Finished sanding and a coat of resin applied to the hull.

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and now a layer of tissue and resin applied to side one. The instructions suggest using glass fibre tissue and epoxy resin, but I have used Dave Milbourn's favourite method of tissue and acrylic resin - easier to apply.  Very Happy Very Happy

Just a few kinks to sand out when its set hard.

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PostSubject: Re: Fairey Swordsman - SLEC kit   Fairey Swordsman - SLEC kit EmptyMon Oct 30, 2023 1:42 pm

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The whole hull has now been covered with tissue and resin - several coats of resin. Once completely set it will need rubbing down. The next job is to fit the chine strips and also the strips to the underside of the hull. I an hoping to get these done before the weather gets too cold so that I can at least spray the hull with undercoat before I fix the laser lined deck overlay.

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Chine strips now fixed and the first of 6 spray rails to the underside. These are fixed with superglue. 

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Spray rails now fitted and covered in resin. Ideally I would give the hull a spray with white primer, but I'm not sure the weather will cooperate.
If not, its onto fitting the prop shaft and rudder.

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PostSubject: Re: Fairey Swordsman - SLEC kit   Fairey Swordsman - SLEC kit EmptySat Nov 11, 2023 6:17 pm

Too cold for spraying so onto the prop-shaft and rudder tube.

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The motor mount is not yet crewed down. I am currently using a solid coupling - not sure if that will be OK, but time may tell - if the boat ever gets onto the water Rolling Eyes

The hole in the prop-shaft is to allow me to grease/oil the shaft. It will be covered with plastic tube or tape.

I do really need to spray the hull as the next step is to fit the laser engraved deck, which would be better done after spraying.

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PostSubject: Re: Fairey Swordsman - SLEC kit   Fairey Swordsman - SLEC kit EmptyMon Nov 13, 2023 6:43 pm

if you leave it like that and glue the motor holder instead of using screws it should work (start with superglue and then fill up with 2k epoxy or similar). If you use screws there may be some tension at the end, then you'll ruin the 'gears' (in and out parts of the shaft) and it will start either leaking water, oil or grease.
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PostSubject: Re: Fairey Swordsman - SLEC kit   Fairey Swordsman - SLEC kit EmptyTue Nov 14, 2023 11:06 am

I hear what you say Jorg, but it is unlikely that I will sail this boat. If it does become possible I will change the coupling for a flexible one. For that reason I will screw down the mount so that I will be able to move it should that be necessary.

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I did manage to spray the hull with primer earlier this week.

Today I fixed the deck overlay.

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PostSubject: Re: Fairey Swordsman - SLEC kit   Fairey Swordsman - SLEC kit EmptyTue Dec 19, 2023 1:35 pm

Finally spent some more time in the ice box (workshop). No too long but did fix the motor and the coamings round the opening in the deck, before my fingers gave up!
That's it for a while I think.

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Improving health and weather have allowed me to get back to modelling Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy 
A few days ago I treated the decks to a coat of teak stain. Today I started to assemble the cabin. The whole cabin is removable so there will be very good access.

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Since taking the photo I have glued the front and back screens and removed the assembly from the hull to allow me to strengthen the joints.

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I've started planking the front cabin roof.

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