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Thread: Sir Lancelot
14/05/2011 20:59:22
Hi Robin,
Yes, its a very enjoyable build, and I would recommend it to anyone who's willing to make a few mods here and there - guess this probably applies to many kits.
The kit does come with five crew, but they are white metal items, and apart from the weight disadvantage, are a little bit on the rough side. I had previously bought a couple of figures from a range called 'Wee Friends' which are made from resin, and are very crisp and well detailled. The figures they have which are suitable for a british Second World War naval vessel amount to four or five, and I will probable buy two of each. They do cost, however, around £9 each, so a bit of an outlay, but very much worth it - you need a good crew!!
09/05/2011 20:47:03
Thanks Wallace,
Yes, not long to go now. I'm going on holiday at the end of June, and all being well will be moving house in July, so I've set myself the target of completing S.L. before the holiday (think that may be somewhat optimistic!!).
08/05/2011 21:58:22
So, to the wheelhouse deck handrails.
The stanchions for these differ to previous ones seen, as the holes for the wires are just below the top and just above the bottom of the stanchion. Also, they have a 'spike' on top onto which the white metal capping pieces fit.
The first task was to lay the four white metal capping pieces onto the deck, up against the vertical strip which fits around the deck perimeter. The holes in the capping pieces, into which the tops of the stanchions will eventually fit, can then be used as a guide to drill into the deck, ensuring that the stanchions when fitted will be correctly spaced, and parallel to each other (as each hole was drilled, I put a small length of wire through it to prevent the capping piece from moving).
Next, the brass wire lengths (once again, purchased seperately as the wire within the kit was too thin & easily damaged) were bent to shape - each railing on each side was made from two lengths, the curved front section and the straighter rear section, top and bottom, making four lengths each side, eight in total. The stanchions were slipped over the wires, and superglued into the holes a few at a time, using the white metal capping pieces temporarily dry-fitted to ensure correct alignment.
The following photos show the railings in place, painted and weathered:

The above photo of the stair handrail also shows the aforementioned wiring that will pass up into the rear 'extension' and through the hole into the wheelhouse for the interior lighting and navigation lights.
Finally for now, some pics of the wheelhouse placed in position (but not yet glued):

Next will be the fitting of the material strip that runs around the wheelhouse deck railings, between the upper and lower rails. Although some Solartex (a heat-shrink plastic film which is attached using a modellers iron) is included, I will use something more realistic, and will probably tether (by stitching) this to the railings as per other various ships I've seen photos of. There will also be the internal wheelhouse detail to fit, before moving on to the roof (compass platform deck) and lighting which will be attached to the underside of the roof.
08/05/2011 21:18:38
The wheelhouse structure (minus interior details & roof) has now been built. The walls were cut out from printed ply sheet, and glued together to form the basic shape (the 'extension' at the rear housed the steam engine for steering the ship). Finishing pieces were then fitted to all external edges, and internal strengthening strips & gussetts were also added.
Next, the white metal window frames were glued in place, along with the doors, and the whole assembly sprayed with grey primer. Two top coats of grey were then applied, followed by the usual weathering. Lastly, glazing strips were cut and fitted inside the wheelhouse.
The following photos show the build:

You will see in the above photos that there is a small rectangular hole cut in the rear wall of the wheelhouse. This hole will allow the wires seen in earlier photos (which sprout up from the lower superstructure, justin front of the funnel) to pass up into the 'extension' and enter through into the wheelhouse for the interior lighting and the navigation lights (additional wires will lead up to the searchlight).
Next post covering the handrails for the wheelhouse deck following shortly.
03/05/2011 21:09:38
Hi Wallace,
When planning the build early on, I gave some thought to the anchor as, like you, wanted to avoid simply cutting a hole which could lead to water ingress.
My solution was to cut a hole in the anchor recess, but to then insert a length of square-section plastic tube (of suitable size so that the anchor shank was a snug fit) into this hole, flush with the outside of the hull.

That way, I could paint the hull and anchor separately, then tilt the hull over to drip in some epoxy, and push the anchor in.
However - I fitted this tube before the foredeck, which allowed me to re-inforce the join inside the boat with P38 filler. This produced not only a completely watertight fit, but gave more strength to the anchor tube / hull join.
I appreciate you will not be able to do this on your S.L. having fitted the foredeck, but it may give you some ideas!!
Best wishes,
01/04/2011 21:15:45
Thanks Wallace & Robin,
Thank god it doesn't weigh a ton, otherwise my workbench would be a pile of matchwood!! Even at 50+ lbs, I'm getting nervous at the thought of transporting it, especially when it's very easy to damage! (Robin, I may well ask you for some guidance on building a box to keep/transport it in ).
I am very pleased with recent progress except the angle of the ropes between the davits and the small boat - I had fixed the brackets to which the ropes attach inside the boat too near the centre, creating the angle when instead they should be roughly vertical. I knew that I would not be happy until rectified, so with much fiddling about and some modification, the brackets were not only moved towards the ends of the boat, but were also strengthened at the base as well (they would have been easily broken off).
The ropes/blocks are now vertical, and I'm much happier. No more photos taken as yet, but future postings will show what I know is a vast improvement.
Wallace - I've now seen your boat in the fishpond, and it's looking great. Hope there wasn't any leaks!
Robin, hope to see you Sunday week for the competition, maybe this Sunday as well. Oh, and by the way, my next boat is on order. Remember the Warwick show . . . . . .
31/03/2011 21:15:48
Now for the boat deck & Carly Float.
The Carly Float is made from resin, and has the rope detailing moulded in, so this needs painting by hand after the float itself has been painted. The next photo shows the float on its mount, secured by ropes:

As you would have seen, the boat deck wooden structure was built previously, and the boat and other detail has now been added. This consists of the railings, winches, bollards, davits, and plating to the outer faces of the deck & supports:

The boat is very well detailed, and was built as follows:
1) The fibreglass moulding (as seen in the posting earlier this month) needed the inside smoothed out, and this was done using a couple of applications of P38, sanded after each layer.
2) A length of 2mm square section wood was glued along the inside of the boat, along the line of the keel.
3) Strips of thin card were glued end-on to the wood strip, up to the top edges of the boat. They were evenly spaced from bow to stern, taking into account the positions of the seats and rowlocks, which all needed to line up.
4) further strips of the 2mm square section wood were glued on top of the card strips, from bow to stern, one each side of the boat around 10mm from the top edges - these are the supports for the seats etc.
5) At this stage, the entire inside of the boat was painted light grey.
6) The wooden floorboards, seats, bow and stern pieces were cut to size and fitted, followed by the 'knees' which were painted grey.
7) The capping around the top edge was made up (by drawing around the upside-down boat onto the thin ply), and was blended in using model filler. This, and the outside of the boat, was then painted grey.
8) Holes were drilled into the capping piece for the rowlocks, to line up with the seats.
9) The rudder, tiller arm, and oars were the fitted, followed by some weathering.
The following photo shows this in more detail:

This also shows the davits, blocks and associated rope.
The final photo is the boat as she is to date:

The next stage is the wheelhouse and compass deck, which will then only leave the mast, some odds and ends including the supports to the four gallows, and of course the crew! (I won't use the five white metal crew included, but will instead buy some of the 'Wee Friends' resin figures, as these are of course lighter, and the detail is superb.
Thats it for now,
31/03/2011 19:29:53
The first of two updates this evening on recent progress (can't seem to fit everything into a single posting due to the amount of info/photos I usually include!).
The searchlight, Carly Float, boat & boat deck, and rear gun have all now been completed. This post will concentrate on the searchlight & rear gun.
The first photo shows the searchlight mounted on its platform:

Construction of the platform follows the same method as used for the front gun platform, ie plywood disc with a thin plywood strip around the edge, with supports underneath, and wooden 'treads' on the upper surface. The white metal components seen in the previous posting fitted together nicely, but prior to construction, holes were drilled in the light housing and the 'U' shaped mounting bracket to facilitate the fitting of a working light (12v). The wires pass through these parts, down the lower main mount, and can be seen in the above photo exiting beneath the platform.
The searchlight & its platform will eventually be mounted above the wheelhouse/compass deck, on a thick wooden dowel, approximately level with the tall vents in front of the funnel.
The following photos show the completed rear gun in position:

This is of white metal construction, except for the strap hanging down which was made from very thin plasticard, and the front section of the barrel which is brass wire rod.
To finish off this first update today, a photo of the bow which hasn't been photographed that much, as the boat is usually facing the other way!!

More to follow later!
09/03/2011 17:11:02
A brief update on what I'll be doing next, with some photos of the white metal components to be used.
As mentioned in the previous posting, The Carly Float & rear (20mm Oerlikon) Gun are next on the agenda, but I've decided to also build the Searchlight (as the components for this were in the same bag as the funnel fittings) and complete the boat deck at the same time.
Here's the cleaned-up metal items for the boat / boat deck, together with the fibreglass boat itself:

Next is the searchlight. This will have working lights fitted, so consideration needs to be given to incorporating the bulbs and wiring when it comes to building it up:

Here's the cleaned-up rear gun components:

And finally the resin moulding for the Carly float:

Plywood is used for the flooring planks in the Carly float, the thwarts and top capping for the boat, and the searchlight base (constructed with triangular support ribs underneath and a plywood edging as per the forward gun platform).
As I'm building the above assemblies simultaneously, progress should hopefully be fairly quick - more updates to follow over the next few weeks.

23/02/2011 17:55:38
. . . . . Continued from last posting:
5) The flag rope was glued in place, and the end of the flag folded over this, and glued down.
6) A liitle grubiness was added by dry-brushing, and the job was done!
The final photo for now is of the flag rope attached to the cleat on the funnel:

That's it for now. Next will be the rear gun, and the Carly Float.
23/02/2011 17:49:42
The lighting for the lower superstructure & main deck escape scuttles / companionways has now been completed. The 12v grain of wheat bulbs attached to the underside of the lower superstructure were seen in previous photos, and were fairly straightforward. However, I had made things difficult for myself with regards to the main deck lighting by not installing the wiring at an earlier stage!
I made a wiring loom consisting of 1) a connector to join to the electronics tray, 2) a single bulb for the rear deck, and 3) three bulbs for the front section of the main deck. The bulb and its wiring at the rear was easy to fit due to its proximity to the main opening in the deck, but the front three needed some head scratching!. I ended up using a strip of 1/4 inch square section hardwood to which I attached the front part of the wiring loom (with black electrical tape), with the three separate bulbs correctly spaced to line up with the three holes I had drilled through the deck at an earlier stage. I then slid the wood strip / wiring through the deck opening into the gap between the top of the batteries and the underside of the deck, and 'fished' the bulbs through the holes using a piece of thin brass rod with the end bent into a hook.
It would have been better if I'd remembered to take a photo of all this before fitting it - but I did take one of a bulb poking through its hole, and secured with a small piece of plywood which had a central hole drilled into it, then slotted from the hole to one side, allowing the wires to be fed through:

Although fiddly, at least the bulbs can be prized from their holes, and the wood strip / wiring removed if needed.
The companionways etc were then attached with a little superglue, and job done! The next pics taken in dusky conditions show some of the lights (which are turned on / off from the transmitter):

I've also finished the funnel detailling, consisting of a small mast at the front, a vent pipe at the rear, a lagged pipe up the port side for the steam whistle, and the flag:

I haven't taken a separate photo of the white metal components for the funnel as there weren't that many - four mounting brackets for the mast, three for the lagged pipe, three for the rear vent, plus the flag mast mount and the steam whistle. There's also several small rope-attachment rings for the funnel support guides.
The next photo is a section of the lagged pipe, with the steam whistle on top:

I started by dry-fitting the three mounts into holes I had drilled at a previous stage, and inserting the core of the pipe which is made from 2.2mm brass rod. Thick superglue was then applied to the rod where it passed through the mounts, and was left to dry.
The rod / mounts assembly was then pulled off the funnel so that I could wrap around the lagging (made from the same 1.5mm 'rope' used for the winches on the fore and rear decks) inbetween the mounts and the whistle I had glued to the top. Thick superglue was applied down the length of the brass rod prior to wrapping around the lagging. When dry, I sprayed the whole assembly with grey primer, and then painted the lagging by hand with matt white Humbrol enamel, and the other components in their various colours. Weathering was finally added to complete the assembly, which was then glued to the funnel.
The next pic shows the flag, its mast, and other attachments:

The rear vent is 4mm alloy tube, the flag mast base is a white metal item (as is the pulley), the mast itself I used plastic tube, and the mast capping was cut from 0.5mm thick plasticard using a hole-punch. The flag mast support at the top is made from 1mm brass rod.
The flag is from BECC, and was prepared as follows:
1) Instead of applying a bead of glue around the edge as per the accompanying instructions (to stop the edge of the flag from fraying when trimmed to size), I sprayed the flag with some matt varnish mixed 50/50 with enamel thinners.
2) When virtually dry, I trimmed it to size with a sharp knife and steel rule.
3) I loosley 'concertinered' it up, and placed it on the bench with a lightish weight resting on it to hold it in this position (not heavy enough to squash the folds of the flag together)
4) When fully dry (next day), the weight was removed, and the flag could then be 'teased' out into the shape you see in the above photo.
Continued in next post . . . . . . .

30/01/2011 20:51:21
Thanks Wallace, and happy new year to you also.
30/01/2011 17:26:14
Thanks very much Neil & Robin for your kind comments once again.
I can't quite believe just how much more there is still to do, and how much detail is still to be added! Think I'll be quite nervous when I eventually take it to the lake for the first time!
Best wishes,
29/01/2011 21:47:26
As it's been a couple of months since my last posting (thanks to Christmas, the flu...), I suppose an update is due!
The lower superstructure is finished in terms of the detailing that is directly fitted to it - the funnel, boat & carly float decks, and the rear gun are all separate assemblies with their own bags of white metal components. Although I've had to fit the basic funnel & decks to the superstructure, they'll all be finished off in due course.
Here is a photo of the superstructure to date:
At the front,the vertical stering chain tubes have been fitted, along with the ladders up to the wheel house deck. The chequer plate platforms have also been attached to the main deck - you can see in this photo and a later one that the long steering chain tubes that run along the bottom of the superstructure have been attached via their brackets to the deck, not the lower sides of the superstructure as shown in the plans. I had planned to do this a while ago, and had therefore not attached the chequer plate platforms until the tubes were in place. The reason for this? - if the tubes were attached to the lower sides of the superstructure, they could easily be damaged when lifting this off, and it would also mean that the platforms would need to be attached to the deck further out, or directly to the sides of the superstructure - again more vulnerable to damage.
Just behind the funnel there is a locker, sand buckets in a rack, and two lifebelt racks:

The bucket handles were a real challenge for me, taking several attempts to get right! The lifebelt racks were similarly fiddly to make - each one has a white metal top & bottom piece with ten holes in each, into which the wire uprights fit, then a capping piece of ply is attached on top. I made the four corner uprights from wire, and built the basic structure with these. I the made up eight slightly narrower uprights from plastic rod, and slid them through the holes into place, before adding the ply top. It also took a while to hand paint the lifebelts (there's twelve in total).
The next photo shows the vents, stove pipes, lockers and other fittings, along with the steering chain tubes, and the gun turret:
And here's some more pics of the turret (minus gun, of course!):

You will see in the above photo that I've had to change the handrails next to the steps - they should run from the turret straight down to just above deck level, but as I've made the turret removable for access to the switches, they have been altered accordingly (modellers licence yet again!).
The last photo shows the boat as she is now:
Next will be finishing the lighting to the escape hatches/companionways, followed by the completion of the funnel detailing & rear gun.
29/11/2010 19:59:55
Hi Wallace & Robin,
Many thanks as always for your comments
Wallace - I would like to take the credit for the wiring, but can't! Dave Milbourn of ACTion Electronics kindly produced both a main wiring diagram, and a separate battery charging diagram, for me. The main diagram is on ACTion's web site:
The battery charging diagram uses a component called a 'Schottky Diode', allowing the batteries to be charged without disconnecting them first. I can't see this on the web site, but I'm sure Dave will e-mail you a copy if required.
All I had to do was work out the best place for the switches - being at the rear of the electronics tray, with the batteries in front of it, does mean however that the wiring goes back and forth somewhat! Take a look at some earlier photos showing the battery wiring looms and the electronics tray.
With regards to the boat deck, I first gave it a coat of sanding sealer, followed by a light sanding with 600 grade wet & dry. After 'dirtying' it with some dry-brushing using matt black enamel, I sprayed a couple of coats of matt polyurethane varnish, mixed 50/50 with enamel thinners, before fitting it to the superstructure.
Robin - I expect it will be finished around April/May, so yes, before the Nats, but not sure if I'll take it there - I'm sure however that you'll try to talk me into it!!
28/11/2010 15:46:15
Some more progress on the superstructure to report.
The lights have been fitted to the lower superstructure, and the funnel, boat deck, and carly float mounting have been attached:

The carly float mounting has two legs resting on the bulwark capping, and two legs which attach to the superstructure. As mentioned in a recent posting, I was a little nervous about fitting this, and the boat deck, as holes have to be accurately marked and cut into the superstructure, through which the inboard legs protrude. I started by ensuring the superstructure was level across the boat by using a small spirit level, and sat another level on top of the carly float mounting. I lowered the mounting so that the inboard legs (cut longer of course, as they will pass through the holes to be cut) rested on the superstructure, ensuring that the outer legs were directly above the bulwark capping, when looking straight down from above. The spirit level sat on the mounting ensured that this was level whilst being positioned. Once in place, I marked the position of the inboard legs, and cut the holes by firstly drilling a small hole, and then filing to the final shape with a small square-section file.
Once the holes were cut, the mounting could be dry-fitted, and again ensuring that the top surface was level, the inboard legs could be marked where they entered the superstructure. With the mounting removed, the inboard legs could be trimmed down a little, making sure there was sufficient left for strengthening with some P38 on the inside.  To initially attach the mounting though, a little thick superglue was dabbed on each leg, just below the previously added marks, and the mounting pushed down into place.
Once set (left overnight),  the aforementioned P38 was applied to the ends of the legs protruding into the superstructure. The same process was applied to the boat deck, which has four inboard legs requiring holes in the superstructure.

The funnel was attached by firstly glueing with epoxy the piece of ply fitted flush into the bottom of the funnel, to the similarly shaped ply base fitted to the superstructure - see previous posts for details.  Once set, three screws were used to strengthen the join between the plywood pieces, and finished off with some P38 around the inside of the join between the funnels front edge, and the superstructure.
The next photo shows the access to the switches and charging jacks, beneath where the rear gun tub will be positioned.

And here's a photo of the main winch in position in front of the superstructure:

The lower superstructure still has numerous other items to be fitted to it, one of them being the rear gun tub. The next pic shows the base, previously cut out to help with the positioning of the access hole for the switches, and some of the other styrene components.

The boat and carly float will be made up once the lower superstructure has been completed.
And finally, an overall photo of the boat as she is at present:

I will be continuing with the rear gun tub and the rest of the lower superstructure. I will then add the wiring for the lights to be fitted into the companionways and escape scuttles, and will then move onto the funnel detailing, boat deck and carly float. This will just leave the upper superstructure,  the mast, and the rigging.
10/11/2010 17:54:59
Thanks for your comments Bob (I knew who you meant!!).
I started this boat in June last year, and I'm guessing another six months or so before it's finished - so a total build time of around two years.
I was expecting it to take a bit longer than this, perhaps three years, as I only spend around half an hour each weekday evening (it's a real pain having to go to work!), and on average around six hours during the weekend. But then, I'm not in any rush to finish it, as I get most pleasure from building rather than sailing.
Regards, Paul.
08/11/2010 18:23:17
Hi Wallace,
Thanks again for your kind comments. I like your method of fitting the boat deck, and I'll certainly be using some tape to prevent anything seeping out of the holes while its drying - thanks for the tip.
Must say I'll be glad when the boat deck and funnel are fitted - I will then enjoy the building up of the superstructure detail. Before long, it will really start to look like a boat!
Best wishes,
Thread: leaking hull
07/11/2010 19:47:58
In that case Simon, see Neil's reply above!!
07/11/2010 19:37:52
Hi Simon,
Where does the water come in? - have you made any holes for the propshaft or rudder yet, and if so, is the leak there?
Regards, Paul
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