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|Thread: Help required for building Billings Bluenose II "600"|
I cut my teath with kits on the billing Bluenose and agree, the instructions were rubbish, so ere the timbers, so were the fittings, etc etc, lol.........I struggled on and eventually made it a free sailing model with a drop keel.........it was ok but I learned a great deal about building models by building that model.
I also find, to their credit, they do do interesting and different low volume purchase boats that other kit companies wouldn't touch because of volume sold.
|Thread: Bridge door Loch Nevis ferry|
IT'S AS PLAIN AS THE NOSE ON YOUR FACES GUYS...............NOT HAVING STUDIED THE PIC OT THE BOAT BEFORE..........asked my daughter.......at the aft quarter of the bridge wheelhouse you'll find a tall rectangular "window" on an angle.......that and the corresponding one on the starboard side are the two access doors to the wheelhouse......the strange looking blob on the front of the door is in fact an epirb holder fixed to the hand rails and stanchions.
Try asking on either of these two sites david................ someone will have the definitive answer.... https://www.facebook.com/modelmacbrayne/?ref=ts&fref=ts or https://www.calmac.co.uk/fleet http://www.shipsofcalmac.co.uk/gallery/ that should keep you happy for a while.
|Thread: best scale|
DAVE, knowing something of Calmac ferries, you have picked one hard model to build there, with a great amount of detailing both sub deck and on deck and car deck, especially at such a small scale.
there was some time ago a feature article printed in model boats or possibly marine modelling on Loch Nevis which would be worth you reading if you wish to continue, and also there is a facebook forum set up especially for builders of Calmac and other ferries....worth you joining. https://www.facebook.com/modelmacbrayne/?ref=ts&fref=ts Good luck with your build though as they look beautiful on the water......from one Calmac lover to another.
|Thread: Decluttering - Items for sale|
Have to say, what a beautiful model that Huntsman is..........There's a guy with one moored in Fleetwood docks marina........perhaps he would like a model of his boat.........I shall enquire for you..........stunning boats. hope she goes to a good home, my friend.
will you email me a couple of photos of it, and i'll drop a note off to him at the marina.
Edited By neil howard-pritchard on 17/11/2017 10:29:19
|Thread: forum newbie|
it is the Dave Metcalf ABS moulding set that Dave produced and I believe was written some many years ago as a build project in Model Boats magazine over a few months. perhaps Colin might be able to tie down what months and year...........think possibly in the early /mid 1980's.........and if not available in back copies it will be found on ebay by the numerous traders. I read it some years ago and found the articles interesting
|Thread: Duke of Northumberland|
I wasn't intending to Dave..........and will wait upon your advice.............you know I appreciate it and listen to you.cheers.
thanks for the confidence boost Ashley but you have more confidence in my engineering than I do...........I was a woodworker where we worked to the nearest 1/8 inch...........not thousands of a mm, lol.........think I'm going to stick with Dave's solenoid switches and his other components once I have the plumbing installed. the pump can be either, Ashley, and the inlet scoop will take tandem 15mm pipes into a Y copper fitting, so plenty of water into the pump will be available.........but looking at the pump, I have an inkling that it would also fit better in the horizontal mode too..........hope to go over to Blackburn next week to have a look at one.........taking my boat for a dry fitting lol.
Edited By neil howard-pritchard on 16/11/2017 22:30:44
I presume I could use one of those manifolds with all taps open and put a solenoid valve at the outlet of each branch..............then I would have the boat under total control..............well that's the theory lol.............still got to master the voiths on the ferry, lol.
hey, Dave..............just had a look at those valves...............they look just the job for what I want........will have a chat with you about that set up.............and understand your diagram now that I've looked at the valves.....didn't know these things existed. cheers
someone on the US forum also suggested solenoid valves as well..............but haven't a clue what they are................will have to google them.............and as usual mate...............your diagram has me totally baffled. the outlets differed on all three boats that were jet driven, Colin.....the Duke had them on the side, midships, for both for and aft propulsion with the forward propulsion ones under water. And the aft propulsion parallel to the water. the Queen was the same as the Duke but with the jet nozzles angled slightly downwards, and the City of Glasgow had the fore propulsion units sited at the aft of the boat behind the bilge area where the hull becomes more V in configuration and the aft propulsion nozzles were the same configuration as the Queen. and by fore and aft.....I mean the direction that they push the boat, not the position of the jet nozzles...............all very confusing, lol.
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|Thread: Decluttering - Items for sale|
thought you were trying to pay someone to take that lord nelson from you for a minute, the way you've cursed it ever since buying it, lol.
|Thread: Instant Regret|
yep, I sold my beautiful little 1854 grade 1 listed coastguard cottage in Fleetwood when I got married........to move closer to "her mum" in a dead end offshoot of poulton /blackpool...............and have hated living in a characterless street ever since..........30 years and counting.......biggest regret of my life.
|Thread: Duke of Northumberland|
It is that Dave, and yes.........I think it was similar in design Paul, but as the whole system was self priming with just open scoops into the keel of the boat. at keelson level. the impellors were situated inside the hull and drawing the water in through those keel scoops. simple but effective.
Edited By neil howard-pritchard on 16/11/2017 14:03:06
this boat, the William and Laura was the first motor lifeboat in Ireland, stationed at Donaghadee, just after the turn of the 20th century.and was an afloat boat, with anti fouling in green lead, before red lead became more normal.
NO GUYS............you are looking at the model with far too much depth in your thoughts.
as I said, these boats weighed 25 - 40 tons loaded and needed to be kept in steam, afloat............in all weathers...........but this model in the museum looks beautiful in her white gloss under boot topping paint. But she would have had green lead antifouling on her just as this contemporary afloat boat was painted. she was an afloat boat [ top one of the trio ] Something as simple as that shows that accuracy is forsaken sometimes for "beauty" in a museum piece.
Edited By neil howard-pritchard on 16/11/2017 13:45:02
Edited By neil howard-pritchard on 16/11/2017 13:52:15
bob...........these metal boats weighed 25 - 40 tons when coaled up, and were constantly kept in steam for readiness 24/7 so were kept afloat all the time at moorings.......the Duke of Northumberland being stationed at New Brighton afloat........there's the clue to the anomaly . the coal was in side bunkers both sides of the boat [ you can see the bunker lids midships on deck, and they carried at least 1 fireman and two trimmers plus engineer, and then crew above deck...........so I would imagine 4 topside as well.
in the earlier photo there are 2 x 1;12 scale crewmen stood in the well deck aft so you can see the scale of the boat.
but, can anyone find the most glaring anomaly of the science museum's model.........it stands out a mile, baring in mind the nature of these 25 - 40 ton boats when loaded. A mars bar to the first correct answer. Just shows that even museum quality models are there to look shiny and beautiful, but not always accurate.
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