By continuing to use this site, you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more

Member postings for Paul Godfrey

Here is a list of all the postings Paul Godfrey has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.

Thread: Sir Lancelot
10/09/2012 19:00:15

Sold the GT6 a couple of years ago, and bought the motorbike with the proceeds!!

10/09/2012 16:54:19

Hi Neil,

Not a classic bike, although I used to own (and restored over a five year period) a 1973 Triumph GT6 sportscar.

I own a 2009 Yamaha XV1900 Midnight Star (cruiser a la Harley, but more modern looking) - and yes, it is 1900cc !!!

Best wishes,


08/09/2012 09:53:45

Hi Gareth,

Many thanks for your kind words, much appreciated.

I am in the early stages of the Severn lifeboat build, and this is coming along nicely, albeit very slowly.

Because I've always been interested in other hobbies, the time I have to spend on each one is of course much less than if I just built model boats. I enjoy cycling, riding my motorbike, and I've recently decided to return to flying RC Helicopters (selling Sir Lancelot would help fund this). So, together with that horrid thing called work getting in the way, I'll struggle to find the time to publish a build log of the lifeboat unfortunately.

Thanks again for your interest and comments.

kind regards


07/09/2012 22:01:33

Thanks Very much Neil,

Hopefully there's other people who think the same, and who have surplus funds burning a hole in their pockets!!!



07/09/2012 21:39:00

Since completing the build of Sir Lancelot last year, I've only had it on the water once - and that was a large paddling pool to enable me to ballast it!

So, I've decided to see if there's anyone out there who would want to buy the boat. Everything shown in this build log would of course be included, and it comes with both a display stand, and a transportation stand. I have also made a pair of lifting slings for use at the water's edge.

How much? Well, I'm open to sensible offers. Please bear in mind that the kit & electronics alone cost around £1,000, and the build took over two years to complete.

If you would like me to e-mail any additional photos (not that there's many on the log!!), let me know.

Kind regards,


08/09/2011 20:41:30
Hi Wallace
Thanks for your comments once again. The Web site for Friendship Models, which sell the 'Wee Friends' figures is:
All I need to do is fit them to Sir Lancelot, and the boat is complete (apart from final balasting).
Looking forward to seeing your S.L. on the water, and to more of the 'Resolve' build - looking very good so far.
Best wishes,
07/09/2011 15:55:44
The crewmen have now been painted, and I'm pleased with the results. There are seven in total, and four different figures (ie three of them, I have two of), but some have alternative heads with different caps/helmets, so they look varied enough. I've taken photos of five of them:

More photos will follow of the fully finished boat, and it's maiden voyage, in due course.
15/08/2011 17:50:25
Thanks Robin.
Crew and maiden voyage to follow at some point (although of course you'll see the boat for yourself at some point!!).
You'll also see my very successful (and heavy!) transportation rig, either at the lake or maybe at the first club meeting at the school.
14/08/2011 16:59:36
Hi Wallace, and thanks for your kind comments.
Yes, I'm very pleased with the outcome, and look forward to adding the crew in the future to give it the finishing touch.
I will follow the progress of your Resolve with much interest, as this was very nearly my next project as well.
Best wishes,
13/08/2011 16:24:37
Apart from the crew (and some ballasting that will no doubt be needed), Sir Lancelot is finally finished.
The rigging has taken much longer than anticipated, mainly down to the ratlines which were very fiddly indeed. The first photo shows the lower section of one of the ratlines:

The method of construction was to first fit the three vertical lengths of thicker thread from the deck, as shown above, to the mast. Next, lengths of the same thread were attached horizontally using thick superglue initially to hold in position. The spacing between these horizontal pieces was kept uniform by using a strip of plasticard cut to the correct width. This was placed above the previously attached length of thread, allowing the next one to be positioned accurately. There are 23 horizontal lengths attached to each ratline, and where they attach to a vertical thread, a thinner piece of similarly coloured thread was knotted around the join. A tiny amount of superglue was added to each knot, and when fully dry, the excess thread was cut off using a sharpe blade. So, 138 knots were required here alone (along with tweezers and a very steady hand!). The next photo shows the ratlines and other rigging:
And the next one shows the top section of the mast:


You can see in the above photo the four pairs of beige 'ropes' which attach at their lower ends to the belaying pins at the front of the wheelhouse deck. Also attached to these belaying pins are four other pairs of ropes which can be seen in the previous photo to the one above. Once again, the issue here is that they need to be detachable at one end or the other, when lifting off the superstructure. It would have been easier to have them detachable from the mast, but my concern here was that they would be left dangling from the superstructure, and could easily become caught on something. But, to have eight pairs of ropes detachable from the belaying pins was going to need some thought. My solution was to cut a small thin strip of plasticard, with four holes drilled into it, so that it could be slipped over the tops of the belaying pins and rest on the pin rack beneath. The ropes could then be glued to it, as shown in the following photo:

The various threads were attached whilst the plasticard strips (already painted to match the rack & handrail capping beneath) were in position. Once the glue had dried, the excess thread was cut off, and some previously made-up coils of thread were attached around (but not to) the belaying pins to produce the above effect. So, to detach the 'ropes', the plasticard strip on each side is simply lifted off, leaving behind just the pins.
I've also added various coils of rope around the boat, and several 'wooden' crates, for extra detailling. An example is shown below:

And finally for now, a couple of pics of the completed boat:

The boat is now at my mum's for the time being, as all being well I'll be moving house in the next few weeks or so. I may have some time to start on the crew, but what with the usual decorating etc, it's unlikely to be ready for its first sailing until much later this year. Further photos of crew etc will follow when time permits!!
05/07/2011 07:29:08
Thanks Wallace & Robin for the kind comments as usual.
Sorry for the long delay in responding, I've only just got back from Morocco (landed at Gatwick about 5 hours ago in fact !!).
Regards, Paul.
26/06/2011 21:40:22
The mast has now been built, and fixed in position. The first photo is of the white metal components for the mast and rigging:

The next is a lower section of the mast, in primer. The forward gallow support rods fit into the upper component.

The mast and derrick are shown in the next pic, followed by a closer shot of the derrick and associated fittings. The mast is made from a length of dowelling, and has to be tapered, which I decided to do by simply sandpapering by hand (I have seen an article with the dowelling inserted into a drill, but didn't fancy trying that to be honest!).


The rear end of the derrick rests in a 'U' shaped bracket which is attached to the front of the flag locker, and the front end of the derrick is pivoted, allowing it to be raised & lowered (which is also neccessary when removing the superstructure). There will be 'ropes', blocks and chain attached between the gooseneck at the end of the derrick and another gooseneck half way up the mast. The ratlines, other rigging, and the gallows support rods will finish the boat, apart from some final detailing, and of course the crew.
Lastly for now is a photo of the boat to date:

14/06/2011 20:46:15
Hi Wallace,
Thanks as always for your kind comments.
I'm catching you up, but doubt if my S.L. will see the club's lake until much later in the year, due to forthcoming house move.
13/06/2011 20:59:06
The wheelhouse deck has now been completed, by the addition of a central locker and two outer ammunition lockers in front of the wheelhouse, and the four Lewis Guns with raised wooden decking:

The above photo and the next one show the supports for the wheelhouse deck extensions, where the Lewis Guns are mounted. Of course, they can't be attached top and bottom, as this would prevent the superstructure from being removed!! I had always assumed that the supports should be attached underneath the wheelhouse deck, so that they would come away when lifting off the wheelhouse, like the boat deck & Carly float mounting platform. But off course, the boat deck & float mount penetrate into the superstructure, and these have to come away with the superstructure, but the wheelhouse deck mounts don't. So, I decided to fix them to the bulwark cappings, with a short length of 1.5mm brass rod fitted into the dowelling & passing through the bulwark capping for added strength. I chose to do it this way as it's easier to get a perfect fit against the capping, and no so important if there's a slight gap under the wheelhouse deck.

I have also made up the rear gallows supports:

Again, these can't be permanently attached at both ends, but rather than attach them to the superstructure so that they lift off with it (the method recommended in the instructions), I decided to make them fully removable. This avoids any possibility of damage when removing/refitting the superstructure. I have made them using steel wire rod rather than brass for added strength, and this means that they do actually give support to the somewhat-vulnerable-to-damage gallows.
The final two photos are of the completed superstructure (minus final rigging), and the boat to date:

Next will be the mast & rigging.
08/06/2011 21:23:55
The compass deck has now been fitted, and associated detailing has been added. The first two photos show the starboard side:

And the next two show the port side detail:

In the above photos, you can see the stanchions and railings at the rear of the compass deck, passing between the funnel and searchlight mount. The kit plans & accompanying photographs show the railings on each side ending at the funnel (ie they are not linked together by a section of railings going across the boat), but I yet again decided to practise modellers licence, and have a continuous railing as shown, which I prefer.
The next pic shows the compass binnacle, telegraph, locker (for charts, I think), and other deck items. The locker has a rolled-up & painted piece of fabric for the shutter (held in place with a length of wire passing through it and the locker sides), a strip of painted thin plasticard for the edging, and a small piece of thin wire painted black for the handle cord.

The last photo in this posting is of the components for the Lewis guns which are mounted at the front of the wheelhouse deck, two each side. If you look at the two aluminium tubes, you will see a 'cone' like white metal fitting attached to the top of each one. Originally, these components were the gun mounts, and consisted of a 'ring' on each side of the cone joined by a very thin rod. The idea was that the bottom of each ring should be cut, and the ring opened out so that the barrel of the gun could be fitted inside, then the ring closed up again. These items were incredibly fragile and very easily bent & twisted, and I could envisage the guns snapping off. So, I will drill a small hole through the cones, and pass a thin wire through & into the gun on each side - much more secure.

Thats it for now. I will finish off the guns and their wooden seats, and build the three lockers which fit on the deck in front of the wheelhouse.
01/06/2011 21:02:06
Hi Robin & Ole,
Yes, not too much left to do, comparitively speaking!!
The compass deck is now fitted, and I'm currently adding detail to it - the next posting will be in a week or so's time. All lighting and associated wiring has now been completed.
Things left to do include the mast, ratlines and other rigging, guns on the wheelhouse deck, supports beneath this deck to the bulwark cappings, and support rods to the four gallows. I also have some extra detail, such as crates, drums, ropes etc to add, and of course, the crew as mentioned in a recent posting.
Ole - My next project is somewhat different - a 1/12th scale Severn Class lifeboat by Speedline Models. Even though there is a superb (and very long!) review of this kit by Terry Small on this website, I will be posting a build log of this boat as well. It will be much more detailed than my Sir Lancelot log, with many more photos and descriptions, and unlike seasoned builder Terry's review, it will be from a relative newcomers perspective.
S.L. to finish first though, then moving house and the associated decorating etc to deal with before starting the next project !!!
30/05/2011 22:27:21
Hi Ole,
Glad that you have found the build enjoyable and interesting.
I will have mixed feelings when it's finished - I'm looking forward to sailing Sir Lancelot at my club's lake, and also to start my next project, but I will certainly miss the enjoyment and challenges this build has brought me!
Best wishes,
30/05/2011 19:21:43
The wheelhouse deck railings are now complete. The white metal cappings have been added, along with the material between the upper and lower rails, the splinter mats, and the lifebelts:


The material used was actually from an old pair of beige linen trousers my wife was about to dispose of !! I first cut out a large piece of material, and hung this up from one end. It was then sprayed with matt varnish, thinned 50/50 with enamel thinners. After drying overnight, strips of the appropriate width could be easily cut with a sharp knife and steel ruler - the varnish will prevent the edges from fraying, and also gives the material added stiffness making it easier to work with.
In the end, I decided not to sew the material strip to the railings (the majority of it is covered by the splinter mats anyway), and instead simply glued it to the stanchions with thick superglue.
The splinter mats were a bundle of fun - not only did they need trimming to size, but most needed bending to some degree as well. These items are made from resin, and cutting a little off of the tops and bottoms with a fine saw is easy - the edges then just need sanding to the same profile as the sides. What required a little more thought was how to bend them to shape. The first attempt with a blow torch sort of worked, but the mat eventually cracked when bent too far. Next was to boil some water in a saucepan, and imerse the mats in it. The idea was to firstly try 1 minute, check the mat, and if still too hard, try another minute. As it turned out, 1 minute was perfect. The mats were removed and placed into a tea-towel, and could very easily be bent into the required curvature. After a minute or so, they had sufficiently cooled to retain their shape. (I also had to do this for a previously bent and painted mat which required re-bending - the paint (Humbrol enamel over Halfords grey primer) was completely unaffected).
Once the material and mats were weathered, it was then just a case of attaching the lifebelts - one each side.
The next photo shows the wheelhouse glued to the deck:

As you can see, the ladders to the compass deck have been attached, and the wires from the lower superstructure, which will link up to the wheelhouse lights, navigation lights, and the searchlight, can be seen sprouting up at the rear. The flag locker is in position, but not yet glued - this was built so that the ends of the railings would finish in the correct position.
The ships wheels have been painted, and mounted to a decked section (made from coffee shops stirrers !). There were two wheels, the larger wooden wheel was for manual operation of the rudder, and the smaller steel one was used in conjunction with the steering steam engine housed in the rear extention to the wheelhouse.

The final photo for this posting shows the basic compass deck construction, to which the searchlight has been fitted. The supplied piece of plywood for the deck had the outline, including the navigation light extentions, hand-drawn on it, but not very accurately. I re-drew it to the dimensions from the plan, and all was then well !!

The wiring for the searchlight runs down the mounting column, and joins underneath with the wheelhouse lights and navigation light wiring. There are connectors which will fit into the wires coming up through the rear of the wheelhouse. You can just make out the port navigation light at the bottom of the photo, over which the housing will eventually fit. Holes have been drilled ready for the various fittings, and the holes at the rear, just below the searchlight, are for the stanchions in this area.
Thats it for now - next will be fitting the compass deck to the wheelhouse, adding the fittings, and then the guns which are mounted in the wheelhouse deck curved extentions each side at the front.
Thread: Printing of Large Plans
25/05/2011 20:55:09
Many thanks to you all for your helpful replies.
There's a Staples here in Chelmsford, so I'll give them a go first of all.
If no joy there, I'll follow up the many other leads you've kindly provided.
Thanks Colin, Bob, Ducky & Dave once again.
Regards, Paul.
24/05/2011 21:33:07
Having recently purchased Speedline's 1/12th Severn Class lifeboat kit, I've been trying to locate a printing firm that can print 2A0 sized plans.
The plans are supplied on CD in PDF format, which at 100% give the correct scale for the model. To print each of the three supplied plans at 1/12th requires three 2A0 sheets - the two largest plans measure around 59 x 47 inches, and the third just a bit smaller.
I have found several printing firms on the Internet, but the largest they print at is A0. I want each plan on a single sheet, and know it can be done as in the past I've seen some very large plans/architectural drawings.
Does anyone know of a printing firm that can do this?
Many thanks
Magazine Locator

Want the latest issue of Model Boats? Use our magazine locator link to find your nearest stockist!

Find Model Boats!

Support Our Partners
Restorers Wanted
Premier March
Pendle Boilers
Shopping Partners
Social Media

'Like' us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter

Pin us on Pinterest

Member Contributions
Distributors of Model Boats for our overseas readers

Make sure you never miss out on the latest news, product reviews and competitions with our free RSS feed

Make your own contribution to the Website

We welcome well written contributions from Website members on almost any aspect of Model Boating with a particular emphasis on practical hints, tips, experience and builds.

In order to maintain a consistent standard and format, all suggestions should first be sent to me by Personal Message for approval in principle. Only a very limited amount of time is available for editing contributions into a suitable format for placing on the website so it is important that the material is well presented, lucid and free from obvious spelling errors. I think it goes without saying that contributions should be illustrated by appropriate photos. I shall be happy to give advice on this.

The Member Contribution area offers space for short informative mini articles which would not normally find a place in Model Boats magazine. It is an opportunity for Website Members to freely share their  expertise and experience but I am afraid that virtue is its own reward as there is no budget to offer more material recompense!

I look forward to receiving your suggestions.

Colin Bishop - Website Editor