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Thread: TYNE Class Lifeboat build
10/04/2021 01:33:26

started rigging the stanchion "rails" this afternoon around 16.30, and finally just finished..............errrrno, sorry, did some time on them this morning.

Using the bottle screws and the stereo ear phone wire, plus heat shrink i started working from the stern on the starboard side, until i got to the last but one stanchion, and whilst bending the copper coated steel wire to make the connecting loops...........disaster struck..............i broke the stanchion where the supporting stay was drilled and glued into the stanchion between the lower and top hole for the wire.........

had to go into the workshop to get a spare and refit, but couldnt find one, so had to cast a new fact i cast 9, and will give the spares to Mick French when i give him the good trying to repair them................just easier to refit one

anyway, finished them all and they just need touching up with either black, grey and or alluminium coloured humbrol enamel.

fitted the masts and aereals for photos, and that Mick french is that, apart from naiming her, which i will do tomorrow after painting and touching up the bits n pieces.

just have to find the motor for the radar now, fit it into the radar body, and feed the wires out so that it can be connected by Mick's electronics friend,..............

And that Mick French , IS THAT!






Thread: Dave Milbourn RIP
07/04/2021 21:12:10

that is so beautiful and made with such love, care and devotion........

we will all miss you dave and with such love in our hearts, for you as a human being, and for what you gave to our hobby, and i would like to send my best wishes to your family to.

where ever you went to Dave, may yur spirit run wild and free and your charisma light the darkest of corners of your eternal home...........god love you, as we all did and do.

neil, the electronics idiot.broken heart

Thread: TYNE Class Lifeboat build
07/04/2021 21:05:28

Safety lines have been applied to the cabin sides, and the spot lights, which along with the window frames are the only original fittings that came with the old boat, and used on this reincarnation are just about it for my part of the build apart from fitting the radar assembly.............but there lies a story...........i have lost the mini motor for the radar that i bought for Micks model, and so once i have tidied up ready for finishing the Tyne i will look for them.........if i cannot find them i'll just have to buy another off ebay.

the safety lines, as will be the stanchion lines, were made from some wire, 1.5mm plastic tube [for the bottle screws and the line is black personal radio/mobile phone earphone wire...............just the right diameter,

except for fitting the lines to the stanchions which i will start tomorrow, and hopefully complete by the weekend.

the areals for the cabin top i have made but left off as the boat will be going back to Mick in Cornwall in July for his mate to fit the electrics including lights.............i DON'T MESS with those any more after having to do 2 shannons...............just a pain in the accienda.

It will be easier ti do the electrics if you are not encumbered by then being fixed , snapped off or poking you in the eye.............just a simple blob of gel cyano will glue thos in place once with Mick French..

And once all the manual obs have been done i will finally name her to give her identity, thanks to Mike Davies and his wonderful sheets of identity transfers. Cheers mate.




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06/04/2021 19:59:35
Posted by Eddie Lancaster on 06/04/2021 15:30:08:

Hi. Neil, lifeboats are not my thing, but the next time I get to a show I will give them more than a cursory look, following your build shows how much thought, skill and dedication goes into producing a museum quality product, I can only admire your building skills and dedication, obviously gained over many years, and I mean that that in the nicest possible way.


Edited By Eddie Lancaster on 06/04/2021 15:31:13

thanks Eddie......really appreciate your comments........i've built all types of ships over the years, but seem to have gravitated towards lifeboats over the more recent years, and the older classics are much more to my taste than modern stuff in orange........but this is a rebuild for a mate who spends most weekends showing his vast collection of model lifeboats, all based in Cornwall where he lives raising money for the RNLI.

06/04/2021 14:59:55

However, i can now shout EURIKA........eureka!!!..........

apart from rigging the stanchion guard/safety lines, and naming the boat, the hull of Mick French's Mersey is now complete, and shall put it away out of harms reach whilst i concentrate on the few cabin parts still to add, and there aren't many of those either.

But this morning, a visit to the lifeboat in Fleetwood to get the bow fairlead and strops correctly fitted, i took some photos of her, and then came home to do the same on the model.

I also attached some studded anchor chain to the Fishermans pattern anchor, for detailing.. Hope you like it, warts mistakes and all..







06/04/2021 14:53:55

Sorry to correct you Tim..........but i'm not skillfull enough to put a tiny light into the top of the "EPIRB" nor a solar panel to collect suns rays, but it is an EPIRB................a very early design that the RNLI used but still an EPIRB.


and below is a whole host of different EPIRBS on the market.

EPIRB - Google Search

05/04/2021 23:56:49

two jobs this afternoon....attaching the bow strops via the anchoring point through the bow ruffle hole.....which went to plan. the connection through the bow belting will be done tomorrow after i have visited the Mersey on hard standing on Fleetwood docks for a nosey.

and fitting the stainless steel protective plates over the belting.

the inner layer was a very sticky piece of aluminium pipe repair tape, ans the outer covering was a piece of stainless steel shimming that Mick French gave to me to do the job. the outer sheath was glued to the ally tape using Evostik contact adhesiv......

miraculously all seemed to go together with relative ease.






and then just spent an hour or so making some rigging screws for the stanchions on the Mersey got a few more to go, but of a longer variety.............but wont know length or how many until i see the boat tomorrow.


Thread: 2021 Builds during lockdowns
04/04/2021 18:41:44
Posted by Andrew Waters on 03/04/2021 19:00:57:
Posted by Andrew Waters on 20/03/2021 23:57:52:

Another lockdown build started a couple of days ago.

Billing Boats Hoga. A static display model that I'm building for RC.

Progressing well

you make a lovely job of your plank on frame hulls,,ething in all my years have always been crap at........why i immediately fill with P38, sand like its going out of style and then mould in grp................think it stems from my formative years when Billing boats were awful with the cheapest mahogany short grained timber they could get away with whilst still calling it timber, lol.

04/04/2021 18:18:44

very nice work there bob,

i am so envious of people wh can paint artistically...................just havent the concept of putting what i see on to board or canvas.........not great at painting models either lol..........but your work looks superb.

Thread: TYNE Class Lifeboat build
04/04/2021 17:02:02

have got quite a lot done this afternoon, whilst watching westerns on TV.........

both port and starboats safety grab lines have now been fitted, and tbh, look rather good and level and equidistant. all the preparation paid off.

the red and yellow anniversary lines around the hull have now been trimmed across the transom.

And the liferings that were rigged earlier have now been fitted in to their holders on the aft pulpit rails, and the EPIRB's have been fitted into the centre of the rings.






04/04/2021 14:47:58

Both sides now done..........will fit these when the TV Western has finished.


04/04/2021 13:42:25

Today was the day for stringing the boats grab lines.

I have seen many lifeboats in my time where these lines along the side of the boat have been put on, and in putting them on have twised and looped between each ring, and yet have been left by the builder.

Let me tell you of the simple way to avoid this EVERY TIME!String and rope is almost always wound in an ANTI CLOCKWISE rotation, and this can be seen from the way the strands rotate, ams if you hold a piece up in your hands, those strands will rotate in the string from right to left.

Therefore, when you run the string through the loops of the rings, you follow that rotation by starting to loop the drops from.....RIGHT to LEFT, and in that way you are NOT fighting against the natural coil of the string........and you start tying the looks to the rings by starting from the right, working towards the left end.

IF you do it that way, you will never get the string drops coiling up and twisting.

Obviously if the string rotates in the opposite start left to right, but in all my years of model making, I have never yet found a string or rope where the strands rotate in the opposite direction of left to right.

I cannot take credit for this knowledge, only pass it on from a master model shipwright called Leonard Lloyd to told me such information many years ago.

Anyway, in photos is my process of marking out and tying my grab lines for the Mersey, and eventually the Tyne.
One side done, and the other just about to be started. All measurements and drops were taken from the plans.






Edited By neil howard-pritchard on 04/04/2021 13:43:47

03/04/2021 17:47:01

next job on the list was to rig the liferings with the grab lines and reflective silver tape........




Edited By neil howard-pritchard on 04/04/2021 13:38:43

03/04/2021 02:03:49

some more done as i watch ginger baker, jack bruce and EC on tv.

stirred me into movement. and so........

the mesh grill added, the strange [forgive me but i havent a clue what they are] vent added, step added, liferaft added,fire hydrants added port n starboard, hammers [mallets really or lump hammers to be pedantic, lol] added into storage boxes for quick release strops, port and starboard boat hooks added, AND the holes drilled into the top of the cabin for the aray of different aerials [which are in the workshop being painted.






Edited By neil howard-pritchard on 03/04/2021 02:08:55

02/04/2021 19:42:28


!!!getting towards the finishing point now on the Mersey, by painting little bits and pieces and getting those ready to attach here and there.

the rear step up to the flying bridge has had its chequer plate painted alluminium and glued in....that will be attached once the wire mess has been reinstated after i put my thunb through it,

the rear mast back rests have been glued in place.

the hammers for the quick release strop hooks have had their handles painted,

the two boat hooks have been painted white and blue, and in the workshop drying,

and the life rings for both my Tyne and Mick French's Mersey have been painted with a dull orange colour, Humbrol 82, and left to dry on the radiator, befor attaching silver reflective tape to the quarters and the grab safety lines.

the EPIRBS are already painted and just need fitting to the holders of the liferings..............

another job that will be done before I attack a Wolf Blass red tonight.






02/04/2021 13:37:33

thanks Bob..........have never explained in so much detail anywhere to be honest, as the method remains the same, but certain masters need different types of moulds, so i just keep it simple, to the master that i am moulding at the time............or it would get so complicated, that people would just turn off.

keep it simple, and keep the interest is my moto.

30/03/2021 21:52:14

the D section rubber fendering and the rear pulpit rails and the deck stanchions have been fitted permanantly...........not a great deal to do on the hull of the boat now, just the cabin to finish off and naming decals to put on and she is ready to go.








Thread: 1/32 Mountfleet Models Sir Lancelot
29/03/2021 18:03:25

there used to be a small pamphlet floating around some years ago based on different types of british warships..............they were specials each devoted to one type of warship per pamphlet, Algerine, and flower class were two of the minesweepers dealt with, and one was on armed trawlers and armed trawler minesweeper, and i had a copy of the trawler one.............sadly it has disappeared..........but the plans of mountfleet which were originally frank hinchliffs of caldercraft frame were very accurate........think the auther of those pamphlets was possibly called Pritchard, same as mine but no relation.

29/03/2021 01:28:58

"Would they really have shells stowed around the deck of this Platform, the plans show this but it strikes me as a bit strange?"


Thread: TYNE Class Lifeboat build
28/03/2021 23:31:26

hadn't started a beer yet so did the port side and stern bitt as well


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