Friday, 17 June 2016

Leave a Light On

After about 18 months of um-ing and ar-ing, I've tackled the small lights in the front of the wheelhouse though they're not working!

On the actual boats, these lights are in small recesses whereas they are etched parts in relief on the the kit.  I couldn't be sure that in making the recesses, I could get them to match the etched parts.  So I gave up on the idea and painted the wheelhouse.  It then dawned on me that I'd been daft and didn't need use the kit's etched parts!

So, for that reason and a couple of others, I bit the bullet and resigned myself to a respray.  The other issues were that the hole I'd drilled for the mast servo linkage was made before I built the mast.  That meant it was on the assumption that the mast arches are square and not that they widened towards the bottom.  Also, the joint of the vent boxes and the USP floor could  have been improved.

So here's a pic of the light recesses roughly, a little too roughly, drilled


and here's the finished job post respray.  The lights are lenses for model cars.

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Mast(erbalster) part 4

This time I've been doing more work to the mast.

I've made the H aerial using various bits of styrene, aluminium tube and brass rod.  On the basis that a picture speaks a thousand words...

Before...                                              
and after

The lights all work too.  I've made up a circuit board to run separate circuits for the cabin lighting, navigation lighting and SIMS screen.  I'll post about that board in a future post.  Also, A fellow club member made a couple of small circuit boards up for me so that the blue and orange lights flash separately.

So, here's a picture showing all the lights on, which caught the blue and orange ones on.  I'm both relieved and impressed that he wiring inside the mast still works!


Friday, 25 March 2016

Never Mind the Bollards

This is a post of old and new.  I made the bow and stern bollards and the capstan some time ago, but didn't think they justified a post on their own.  Still here they are;



Made as per the kit instructions from the supplied plastic tube and nice photo-etch for the bases.

The bollards on each side took a little more thinking about.  That's because the stern pair are larger and possible squatter than the forward pair; so the kit parts will be used for the latter.  After some head starching, I bought a pair of 1/12 bollards from Model Slipway's lifeboat parts range and set about them with my saw!  So. I cut the tops of each one and cut a section out of the base.  Before and after below;

I then cut out the brace between each pair of bollards.  The shortened bases were then glued back together and I made new braces and tops for each bollard from plasticard.  Here's the results;


Hopefully, I'll not leave it too long before posting again!

Friday, 15 January 2016

I'm Back



Indeed I am and with more metalwork in my hand!  I've parked the radar for the time being and have been working on other things.  I spent a long time trying to paint the hull - my stand kept marking the hull resulting in several sessions of rubbing it back.  Ultimately, stripped the whole lot back and started again using a new primer from a MBM Forum member recommendation.  Here's a pic - I've not bee brave enough to put it on a stand yet though!

One casualty has been the bilge keel extensions in that they broke and will have to be remade.  I've also found that the floor of the Y boat recess is slightly off centre, so that will need work.  It must have been when I remade it a while back.

Aside from that, all I've done is make up the whip aerial brackets.  The etch parts with the kit are lovely but I wanted to be able to raise and lower the aerials, at least by hand but there's no east way of doing that with the etched parts.  So I made some styrene replacements;



There are slots through which small tabs attached to each mast will pass which can then be pinned in place.  On the real boat, the pins are spring loaded and pulled by a cord from below.  My pins will have to go in from the top though!

Friday, 3 July 2015

Radar Gun pt1

Progress has been halted lately as a result of another hobby; I've broken another hand mountain biking. Hopefully a quicker recovery this time but who knows.  This staying healthy lark is unhealthy!

Before trying to rip my thumb apart, I made a start on the radar.  Jackie at Model Slipway very kindly sent me the resin radar they now send with the kit instead of the vac form that came with mine.  It's a big improvement...

The problem for me though is motorising the radar arm.  I want the motor to be in the radar housing itself so the mast can fold.  I considered drilling out the resin but it would have been really tricky and my motor is I think fractionally too big.  So, back to the drawing board.  I've come up with a two part box with a removable top just in case.  At the moment, it's just the basic box former; the plan is to add shape with 0.5mm styrene panels or filler or a combination of both.




That the progress so far, more when I'm fixed!

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Mast(erblaster) Part 3

I'm still working on the mast!  The lower mast is now complete, save for the radar platform, and having to remove on of the upper mast supports in order to fit the platform.  So that means I've added the U section base parts; drilled for the hinge and hydraulic rams and brackets for the aerials.  The latter were really fiddly as I decided to make slots in which to solder them but ended up breaking several drill bits trying to chain drill slots!

The upper mast is also done and with working LEDs for the nav lights and blue and orange flashing lights.  The two nav lights are wired in parallel, so only one pair of wires to feed through the mast.  The blue and orange lights have separate +ve wires for separate switching but a common -ve.  The platforms were made by sandwiching 0.75 styrene sheet with channels cut for the wiring between two pieces of 0.25mm styrene.

Finally, for now, the port and starboard nav light boxes have been folded up, having been drilled for the LED wiring.  The plugs on the bottom are aluminium tube and are a little over scale but necessary to take the LEDs given the size of LEDs and the boxes.  I first soldered the boxes to the mast frames but having looked at reference photos saw that they are on brackets.  Far too fiddly for me to make from brass and solder so I settled on 0.75mm styrene and superglue.  Not ideal but relatively solid.

The next jobs are to fit the mast platform, add the small brackets (cable ties on the full size boat) to attach the wiring conduits and then to add the bracket for the attachment point to the side rails on the flying bridge.  Then it's the 'H' aerial on the mast top.  Oh, and I need to make the CCTV camera that's underneath the mast platform.  Hopefully, it's then time to paint.  The finish line is in sight for the mast, even if I've no idea how long it'll take to finish the boat!



Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Mast(erblaster) Part 2

Work on the mast has continued.  The braces are all on as is the bracket for the upper mast.  That was the trickiest part; in fact the two pieces forming the top 'V' took me all day to get right!  Still all's well that ends well.  All parts are 3.2mm brass tube save for the sleeve for the upper mast which is 4mm brass tube.

Here's a few photos of work so far;






I need to re-align the base tube for the upper as it's very slightly off the vertical.  I also need to remove on of the support pieces in order to fit the platform for the radar as it should be one piece from to back.  I'm not sure yet whether to make it from 0.5mm styrene or 0.5mm brass.

Just the bottom pieces to go and then attention turns to the top mast, mast platforms, radar, lights and wiring...