Tuesday, 2 May 2017


Next up was the mast supports.  I was really keen to use to use the kit parts as they are nice white metal castings complete with brackets for the rail to the windscreen.  My plan was dashed though when I test fitted it to the boat.  As I've modified the mast so that the arches slope forward and are wider at the base than the top, the 'vertical' part of the support had to follow that and I concluded I couldn't do that with the kit part.

So I set to make a pair of new ones with 2.4 and 3.2 mm brass tube and square section brass tube cut down for the bracket on the wheelhouse.  I used small strips of brass to then make the smaller brackets.  Sounds simple but I had to resolder the main parts several times to get the correct angles to follow the mast.  Still all done now.

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Pump up the Volume

So this post shows a lesson in checking references properly!  I've been working on the pump box and the hand/guard rail.

The hand rail was fairly straight forward especially once I'd found something of the right diameter to use as a former.  The harder part for me was the uprights.  First because my soldering could still do with improving and secondly to get the lengths right given the deck camber.  So, I cut them over long, solder onto the rail and removed to engine hatches so that I could use the deck to mark the right length for each.  (Only the base plates for the uprights to make.)

The pump box should have been easy; make lid and attach to drum.  Unfortunately for me, I used my RNLI drawings and not my photos.  The plans show the pump box square to the vertical rather than just sitting on the deck.  So, I made and fitted an angled fillet for the pump box.  Then I looked at my photos and realised my mistake.  Off with the fillet and feeling a little daft for wasting time on it!

The last part to make were the securing straps from the etched brass parts.  I pinned into a piece of balsa and then soldered on centre disc.

Job done.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Y Don't You - part 2

As promised last time, some more on the transom door and deck hatches.

So, here's the transom door all finished.  There's a few small bits and pieces to finish of like painting the bolt heads and filling the end of the fendering.

I've also finished the deck hatches save for painting.  I had to cut out a new set of hatches though.  In order to get the deck camber into the hatches I heated them in the oven but got it too hot so the kit part ended up as this!

But now all finished, with hinges for dolls houses and the strengthening beams underneath.  The hinges are slightly over scale but not too bad I hope once painted.

That's it for now.

Monday, 16 January 2017

Y Don't You

Right, New Year, new post.  I've been making slow and sometimes steady progress with my build but allow this blog to go on hiatus without meaning to!

I had a bit of a disaster with the wheelhouse which will need a respray when the weather improves.  I had made the front windows too tight a fit and broke the wheelhouse trying to fit them.  So this pic shows the panel in question after re-gluing and rubbing down as it's easier to see where the problem was;

I've also been working on the Y-Boat and Y Boat recess.  When I was making the recess for spraying, I noticed that the rubbing strips and hatches where slightly off-set to port.  I can only think that this happened when I rebuilt the compartment and I must have glued the sides in the wrong place.  So that meant removing and in some cases remaking the rubbing strips.  I also had to adjust the hatch openings to move them slightly to starboard.  These photos shows the work half way through and zoomed in just about shows what went on.

And then finished;

Next up is the Boat itself.  I got hold of a Speedline Models Y-Boat kit which I think is an improvement on the supplied Y-Boat but at a cost of course.  First job was to to join the tubes and then shorten them to fit the Y Boat compartment of my kit.

Then I did a fair fir of filling, rubbing down and priming several times to get a decent joint of the tube halves.  Then followed the fittings which were a combination of the vac formed Speedline parts and others made out of 0.25 'styrene where I thought the vac-form wasn't right.

I've also made progress with the transom door and deck hatches so more on that next time...

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...

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!