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Thread: Sir Lancelot
11/08/2010 19:13:30
Hi Robin,
The green valve is supplied with the smoker unit, and I'm guessing that if the oil supply is not cut-off when not in use, the 'wick / element ' that absorbs the oil will saturate, and oil may drip from it. The element is positioned below the oil bottle, and is gravity-fed, so it seems sensible to be able to shut the supply off.
A large part of my earlier post had vanished for some reason, and I'm so glad I copied it!
Cheers, Paul.
11/08/2010 19:03:18
. . . . . . . . Continued from earlier posting today, as this next chunk vanished!!
You can also see above, and in the following photo, the oropesa floats. These are now moulded plastic items in the kit as seen in the earlier photo, whereas they used to be vac-formed halves which needed to be joined together. You can also just about see one of the 4 mounts for the stern grating, made from a small length of square-section brass tube into which the legs of the grating fit.

The oropesa float davits are, apart from the bases, solid white metal, and because of their weight, some people make their own from wood or plastic - I've retained the originals. Talking of the bases, these were missing in the kit, and indeed, are not listed in the parts for bag 8. On the plan, they are shown as part number '35', which is the same part used for the base of the searchlight. I phoned Mountfleet to advise them of this - they were very helpful, and sent me the missing parts very quickly (twice in fact, as the first went missing in the post - excellent service!).
The final two pics are views of the stern area:

As far as the deck is concerned, the remaining items to complete are: the mast (as previously mentioned, will leave this until later in the build), the winch, the gratings for the winch & at the rear between the stern grating and skylight, and the kites/otters.
Thats all for this installment.
Regards, Paul.
11/08/2010 18:23:09
I've now completed the 4 outstanding jobs to the electronics / electronics tray as mentioned in my last post, and have added more items to the main deck and stern area (I've also been on holiday, hence the time it's taken to reach this stage & add the posting!)
The first photo shows the items used to complete the remote smoker oil shut-off valve:
The green valve has been fitted into a 'box' made from plasticard & plastic strip, and was shown in a previous posting. Now, a length of the larger plastic tube on the left of the photo has been bonded to the valve 'handle' with support pieces, as can be seen. A length of the thinner plastic tube will be inserted into this, and the square-section brass rod with one end bent at 90 degrees will slide into this, to be used to turn the valve. The next pic shows the valve in position:

So, the box in which the green valve is fitted, is bonded to the inside of the electronics tray, beneath the smoker oil container, and has the oil tube passing through it as can be seen. Leading up to the port side of the electronics tray, near the top, is a section of the larger plastic square-section tube, with the smaller plastic tube glued inside. The brass square-section rod can then be passed through a hole which has been made at the top of the electronics tray, into the tube. The brass rod is a snug fit in the smaller plastic tube, and the outer plastic tube adds strength. The following photo shows the brass rod slid in place, ready to open/close the valve,

Eventually, a small hole will be made in the superstructure to allow the rod to be inserted, and this will be covered when not in use by some sort of flap, or something similar. You can also just about see above that the aerial lead has been routed around the perimeter of the tray, passing through little brackets made for the purpose.
The following photos show the white metal components for the main deck & stern area, and the moulded plastic oropesa floats:

Next job on the deck was to paint, weather, and fit the 46 bulwark support brackets:
Followed by the 8 coal scuttles, each of which comprise of the hatch and surround. The hatches have openings in them where the lifting handles are fitted, so it was neccessary to paint the deck beneath them in matt black. I decided to leave one of the hatches in a semi-open position, so the whole area within the surround was painted matt black. (I have read that to produce the effect of coal beneath the scuttle, some people have used the plastic cartridge that 35mm films are supplied in, painted matt black inside, and inserted into a hole cut in the deck. This is then partially filled with real ground coal, and the hatch left open - wish I'd known about this sooner!).

By the way, the wooden slab between the front two scuttles will eventually be the base for the winch, and at this stage has only been cut to size.
I then built the stern grating, which I'm very pleased with. This is a removable structure to allow access to the hatch over the rudder linkage, and consists of a winch, depth charges, discharge rails, and davit:
I made up two chocks for each of the four spare depth charges, each one from 3 pieces of 2mm square hardwood - 2 smaller angled pieces glued to the ends of a longer bottom piece, and used small angled lengths of 1mm brass wire for the 16 tie-down points. Call me over-cautious, but I was worried that the 4 depth charges on the discharge rails looked a bit precarious, so I drilled a 1mm central hole in the bottom of each one, and glued in a small length of wire which fits into holes drilled into the ply supports for the rails - much more secure!
Here is the potato locker and skylight - the latter is not attached at the moment as, like the one at the front of the main deck, it will have lighting fitted inside.
You can also see above, and in
17/06/2010 21:47:24
I've now finished the 12 pdr gun that is located on the platform above the front bulkhead. The first photo shows the white metal components, and the following two are of the completed gun:

The gun went together well, but there were no 'sight rings' which fit onto the rods which protrude through the shield. The odd thing is that these sight rings are mentioned in the written instructions, and shown in the photos at the back of the manual, but are not listed in the gun parts, nor are they shown on the construction diagram!! I did go onto Mountfleets new web-site, and send them a message via the 'contact' section, but that was several days ago, and no response has been received. Now I know that I could just give them a call, but thats not the point, is it?
The gallows have also been built, and these are of plasticard construction (not much of that in this kit), apart from the pulleys, steps, and some small fixings which are white metal. The support rods are from 1mm brass wire, and the following photo shows two of the completed items:
The next photos show the gun and front gallows fitted:

You may remember a photo in a previous posting showing a heap of white metal nuts and bolts, and you can see from the above photo that eight of these are used to attach each gallows. Holes are marked and drilled through the deck, and the gallows can then be glued in place along with the nuts & bolts. Finally, the support rods and their fixing brackets can be attached - the rods passing through the deck at the bottom, and the gallows at the top.
Finally, a photo of the virtually completed front third of the boat - only the mast (which has supports going from it to the top of the front gallows) to be done, and that will be much later in the build. Oh - and the companionway doors, which have been made, but which will not be attached until the lighting in these areas has been installed.
A little break from building, as next will be a few tweaks to the electronics, namely:
1) Remove the Steam Whistle unit, and use instead the ACTion P100 digital sound unit for this,
2) Wire up the charging jacks to the charger, and test all is well,
3) devise & fit the remote on/off control for the smoker oil,
4) Drill ventilation holes in the 'electronics tray' lower supports, which fit either side of the motor.
Thats it for now.
31/05/2010 20:30:57
Hi Wallace,
Thanks for your kind words about my build so far. I've kept up with your own build Wallace, and I'm very much enjoying it - you are doing a super job, and it's long overdue that I add a posting to your build log, so I'll do this now!!
Best Wishes, Paul.
31/05/2010 15:51:08
Hi Guys,
Yes, I had thought about bonding all the stanchions to the platform first, but chose my way for two reasons:
1) Binding, as you've mentioned. I found that even passing the wires through a few stanchions was a bit fiddly, and could be quite difficult if the holes in the stanchions are not exactly in the correct position.
2) Damage. The little 'stub' at the bottom of each stanchion, which fits into a hole for added strength, is actually quite fragile, and doesn't take much to snap it off (glad there were several spares in the kit!!). I am sure I would have damaged a few of these when trying to pass a wire through the dozen or so stanchions in one go, and again especially if the holes in the stanchions for the wires were not correctly alligned.
Regards, Paul.
29/05/2010 10:41:49
Hi Neil,
Thanks very much for your comments (but I'm sure you could have built yours even better!!).
Regards, Paul.
27/05/2010 20:26:05
I've been concentrating on the front section of the main deck since my last post, with the next bag of white-metal components, bag 3, covering this area. Here's a  photo of the contents of bag 3:

 The next photos show close-ups of some of the items:

The nuts and bolts in the one-but-last photo are used to hold down the mast base and the gallows, by passing through holes that need to be drilled into the deck.
Bag 3 also includes the parts needed to complete the front gun platform (the gun itself is bag 4, and will therefore be next on the agenda), and the following pic shows this completed:

The lockers were constructed in the same way as the water tanks on the foredeck, and was described in an earlier posting.
The rope seen above was purchased on e-bay, comes in several thicknesses, and looks super. It does need a little drop of superglue applied before cutting, to prevent it unravelling.
The brass railings were also an aftermarket purchase, for the same reason as the foredeck railings, ie the supplied wire is a little thin, and can be accidentally bent very easily. I have never bent wire into a perfect circle before, and it made me think about ways of doing this accurately. I firstly tried to bend the wire around a large tube, more or less the same diameter as the railings, but of course, this sprung open to a much larger size when released from the tube. It therefore occurred to me to wrap the wire around a much smaller object, and after a little experimentation, I found the ideal diameter size to be around 2 inches or so. This meant wrapping a suitable length of wire around a vitamin bottle (!) several times, and when released, was virtually the correct size for the platform.
I first glued 3 stanchions in 3 of the adjacent pre-drilled holes in the gun platform, and left them overnight to fully dry. I then fed both the upper and lower pre-bent railings through these stanchions, and glued them to the first stanchion only. I then slid a couple more stanchions onto the other end of both wires, and glued them into the next 2 holes in the platform. Once dry, another 2 stanchions were slid on & glued, and so on until all were fitted. When fully dry, the excess lengths of wire were cut off at the final stanchion, leaving the gap where the ladder to the main deck fits.
On the subject of the ladder, Mountfleet supply 2 ladders (the same as the ones which link the main deck to the foredeck), which need joining and cutting to produce one longer ladder of a sufficient size to stretch between platform and main deck. Once I had measured for the length required, I cut and glued the 2 supplied ladders together, ensuring that the gap between the rungs either side of the join were equal to the others. Once dry, I decided to fit a length of thin steel wire down the full length of both uprights to add further strength, and this was done using thick superglue, with the ladder laid face-down on my building board.  With the completed ladder painted, these wires just appear to be part of it, and indeed are barely noticeable.
The final 3 photos are of the almost completed front main deck area - just the gallows to be added, which are currently being built. The crews & officers companion ways, and the escape scuttle, are just laying on the deck at the moment as wires for the lighting in these items will be fed through first. Once the LEDs are fitted, these items will be glued into place, and the doors fitted.

Thats all for now. As mentioned, the gallows are being built, and the gun will follow after this.
16/04/2010 18:18:22
Hi Robin
Thanks again for your comments.
I think it's because I work for a bank that I enjoy hobbies such as model making,  photography (ie using my hands more than my brain), and also being outdoors, so this particular hobby is great for many reasons!!
I'll be bringing the boat along to tonights meeting, so you can judge it properly! (be kind!).
Regards, Paul.
14/04/2010 21:08:17
I've just about finished the wiring-up of the electrical goodies, and the following photos shows both the electrics tray, and the two batteries with their own looms attached:
As previously described, the batteries can be slid into place on 'rails', and each one having it's own wiring loom makes removal, if needed, easier. The looms will be clipped to the inside of the hull, and routed to where they will connect to the wires exiting the rear of the tray.

The individual components have been listed and described previously, as has the construction of the tray. You will note however, that an 'extension' has been added to the rear of the tray, and this houses the three switches (main power, smoke, and sounds), together with the charging jacks for the two batteries.
One of my aims is to be able to switch everything on & off  easily when at the lake (this includes the smoke oil valve which I have briefly touched upon in a previous posting, but yet to complete), without having to remove the superstructure and all the rigging which attaches to it. With the removable tray idea, the switches & jacks either had to be attached to the boat and have connections which could be seperated to allow removal of the tray, or alternatively be attached to the tray itself. After much head scratching, I decided to position them within the raised rear superstructure area, and make the rear gun turret which sits on top, removable. A hole will be cut into the superstructure top, allowing access to the switches and jacks, once the turret has been lifted off. The following pics show the tray in position, with the extension resting at deck level, and how the (as yet untouched) superstructure will cover it:

 The last two photos show the position where the wires exit the rear of the tray, together with the extension:

In the last photo but one, the three connectors exiting this side of the extension are for the motor and the two battery looms,  the black and red wires (with small red cable tie) are attached to the charging jacks at one end, and will connect to wires with the battery looms, the two green wires on the other side of the extension are for the speaker (see previous posts for installation of this), and finally the servo wire for the rudder servo.
Lastly, in the above phote, you can just make out the blue silicon tube which is attached to the propshaft oiling pipe, and which passes through a hole made in the rear horizontal platform of the tray. This allows oiling of the propshaft without removal of the electrics tray.
Thats all for now. Next will be the completion of the front gun and platform.
31/03/2010 21:07:22
Hi Robin,
I've been very happy indeed with the overall quality of the white metal parts - with the odd exception, the parts are very detailed and crisp, and go together well. Yes, some parts do need some extra work to get them looking good, but when building a well-weathered boat such as this, a bit of surface-texture can actually look better, especially when a 'rusty' finish is needed.
I do wish that manufacturers would cast gear wheels in such a way that the join-line doesn't run through the teeth, as this is almost impossible to clean up properly!!
Thanks for your comments Robin, see you soon.
Regards, Paul.
31/03/2010 18:20:42
Hi all,
A brief update this time, with a few photos of the completed anchor windlass. I'm pleased with how it's turned out, and very much look forward in the future to building the main winch, which contains probably 4 or 5 times the number of parts.

Once the windlass has been attached to the foredeck, the small eye bolt seen in the first two photos will be fixed into the deck, and the barring lever can then be bound to it. Finally, the anchor chain can be fitted.
That's the foredeck completed, and I'll post some photos in due course which will also show the forward gun deck, once this area has been finished off. My next job, however, will be to wire-up the electronics (I just need to buy a receiver), as I think that on a long build such as this, it's a good idea to vary the tasks rather than just do all the building in one go, all the painting in one go, etc.

Edited By Paul Godfrey on 31/03/2010 18:28:00

24/03/2010 19:34:47
Thanks Neil, I don't think it's too bad for a first go!
Mr Milbourn, your powers of opportunism are to be much admired!!
My P100 arrived today, and I am looking forward to having a play at a later date (although I've positioned all the other ACTion goodies in the electronics tray, I've yet to connect them up). I've been asked to do a bit of a presentation on my boat's electronics & tray at my club's next meeting in April, so I'll try and find the time to get it all wired up.
For the benefit of those who don't know what a P100 is, it's ACTion's brand spanking new DIGITAL sound module, with actual sampled sounds as opposed to 'representations' of sounds. You can buy it as a 'plug-and-play' device (no PC needed) complete with a set of sounds of your choice, or with an optional Windows-based utility program on a CD which allows you to select, download & tinker with sounds from your PC. Do have a look at this unit on their website - fascinating stuff!!
24/03/2010 17:12:22
The hull and decks have now been generally weathered, although as deck fittings etc are attached in the future, further localised wear & dirt will also be added.
The hull above the waterline & decks were given an overall weathering using an airbrush, followed by some brushed weathering in more heavilly rusted areas. The entire hull and decks were then given 2 coats of matt polyeurethane varnish, thinned 50/50 with enamel thinners. The following photos show both the entire boat, and some close-up detailing:

You can see on both the photo above and the one below how much better the bulwark & bulkhead rivet detail on the art-paper strips shows up. Both photos also show printed deck overlays, and on these I have varnished some of the 'planks' by masking off the others with 6mm Tamiya tape. I think this gives a more natural look compared with having all the planks the same colour. The photo below shows the ladders leading from the main deck to the foredeck which were weathered before being fitted. Although not really visible on the photo, I have scraped away a little of the paint centrally on each rung to expose the metal, to represent wear.

 The following pics are of the almost completed foredeck - only the anchor windlass to be added. All the deck furniture was pre-painted, including the stanchions, as seen in a previous posting.

I used 1mm brass wire for the railings, as that supplied in the kit (plastic-coated wire) bent far too easily, and I was fearfull of inflicting accidental damage!
The way I fitted the railings was as follows:
Firstly, I fitted 2 stanchions (with thick cyano) down each side of the foredeck - the one in front of each bollard, and the ones in front of these. These were left overnight to fully dry. I then bent 2 'U' shaped railings to form the upper and lower front sections, and slid 3 more stanchions onto these, which would become the front-most 3 stanchions (with the fairleads in between).  Then a trial fit, by pushing the ends of the railing sections into the 4 previously glued stanchions to see how much wire needs to be trimmed off each end. Once done, the wires were again passed through the attached stanchions, and this time, the 3 front stanchions were glued into their holes. Once set, a little thin cyano was used to attach the railings where they pass through the stanchions.
A similar procedure was then used for the rear railing sections. The 3 remaining stanchions on each side were glued in place (where the water tanks are positioned and at the rear-most outer corners) and again left to dry overnight. Lengths of wires were then bent to form the upper and lower rear sections - the upper sections are longer, as they pass over the bollards, and at the other end, become hand-rails for the ladders.  A stanchion (which fits at the top, and to the outside of, each ladder, was slid over each pair of railing sections, and trial fitted, then glued, as before. The remaining rear-inner railing sections with 2 stanchions each were then fitted.
The railings were then brush-painted, and finally weathered.
Hope that sort of makes sense!!
Finally for this posting, is a photo of the parts (minus lengths of 1.5mm and 2.2mm wire) for the anchor windlass, which will be my next task.

Edited By Paul Godfrey on 24/03/2010 17:16:40

Thread: Website Photo Competition Spring 2010 Q&A
14/03/2010 11:50:52
Hi Colin,
Am I assuming correctly that, as a photographic competition & not a model building competition, the photos can be of someone elses model?
Thread: Twin Motors in Rudder-Less Boat
04/03/2010 19:55:06
Hi Armando,
The twin props on my Dutch Courage tug (model Slipway) are controlled by separate esc's, although I prefer not to use a mixer, but instead the 'tank control' method, whereby the left stick on my transmitter controls the left motor, and the right stick controls the right motor.  Although twin rudders are fitted, I rarely use them as the boat is highly manoeuverable with just motor control. In fact, it will easily rotate on the spot.
When turning right, for example,  the left stick will be in a forward position, and the right stick will need to be positioned to determine the tightness of the turn - if also forward (but less so than the left stick), the turn will be gentle. If in the neutral position (ie motor off), the turn will be tighter, and if in reverse, the turn will be tighter still.
If one stick is fully forward, and the other fully back, the boat will, as previously mentioned, rotate on the spot.
Dutch Courage has fixed Kort Nozzles, and I'm not sure if  the manoeuverability would be the same for boats without these, ie 'exposed' props.
Regards, Paul.
Thread: Sir Lancelot
02/03/2010 22:37:28
Hi Gary,
Sorry for not responding sooner, but I've just come back from holiday (today in fact!). And many thanks for your comments, by the way.
Yes, the electronic 'tray' is made from plasticard sheet, 1.5mm thick, and the pieces are stuck together with liquid polystyrene cement (the ones that come with a very fine metal tube to apply the glue accurately).
I started off by marking the dimentions of a side piece onto a sheet of plasticard (these sheets are around 12 inches by 10 inches approx, so the length of the tray was set at 12 inches, in order that it could be cut out of a single sheet. For cutting the piece out, you just need a modellers knife with a sharp blade, a steel rule to ensure the cuts are straight, and a cutting mat.
 Once the two side pieces had been made, I placed one of them onto a flat surface, and using a set-square, drew the lines onto which the end and central upright pieces were to be glued (If you refer back to the previous posts regarding the tray, you can see similar lines drawn on the side-view of the tray - drawn on that occasion on the outside to help describe the compartments and shape of the tray). Then, it was just a case of placing the upright pieces, one at a time, onto their marked lines, supported by a pair of square blocks or engineers set-squares (one each side) to hold the pieces at 90 degrees. Then, a bead of liquid cement could be run along the joint, and allowed to dry (only takes a few minutes before the upright will support itself) before moving on to the next piece. Once all the upright pieces were glued ( and left to fully dry), the other side was attached, followed by the base pieces.
I finally fitted some strips on the inside corner joints for added strength. The various other assemblies, such as the fan housing for example, were built in the same way.
Hope that helps Gary, but please do not hesitate to ask for further clarification if needed.
Regards, Paul.
Thread: Forum Post Size Limitations?
14/02/2010 20:46:28
Hi Colin,
Yes, the photos were initially added to my album 'Sir Lancelot Build Log', then brought across into the posting by clicking the 'Insert Image' icon.
I've reviewed my Sir L. thread, and with one exception, the most photos included in a single posting has been six. The exception was one posting with seven photos, but text in this posting was minimal.
Cheers, Paul.
14/02/2010 20:02:35
I posted earlier today a rather lengthy update to my Sir Lancelot build log, containing 12 photos & plenty of accompanying text.
However, when I looked at my thread later in full, about a quarter/third had been omitted! I initially put this down to it perhaps being too long to fit into the current page I was on within the thread (page 4).
So, I re-did the rest of the posting, but when reviewing the thread again, this too had all been added to page 4!!
Was the earlier update problem down to me trying to post too much in one go?
Thanks, Paul.
Thread: Sir Lancelot
14/02/2010 19:39:26
Hi Robin,
Thanks for your comments. The 2-part article you mention was one of the most interesting I've read, and has certainly come in very useful. I have used in places the dry-brushing method, and think the results for a first attempt are not bad at all. I've also run a small dry-ish brush over the edges of some components to highlight their rusty outline, and this I think has worked well (a good example of this is the photo of the anchor and the items to the left of it - if you imagine these just painted grey, they wouldn't have as much 'depth', and would look quite flat).
Oddly enough, the photos of the foredeck furniture do represent the items as they are EXCEPT the water tanks, which look better in reality. The flash seems to have made the dry brushing streaks look much harsher than they actually are.
Regards, Paul.
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