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Thread: TYNE Class Lifeboat build
10/11/2020 13:41:40

the aft access hatch has been sanded and sealed with sanding sealer.

masking up done,

spraying with Rustoleum Aged Iron Textured paint applied to the deck.

just wait for an hour or so now for the paint to set and cure into the textured finish it turns into. i normally leave it a couple of hours to set and 24 hours to cure before i start any work on the parts that fit on to the deck to make sure it is hard enough.





09/11/2020 19:55:07

the final obstacle to painting the deck and then fitting all rails and other clutter was the fitting of the rudder links to the servo.

with the help of the open hatch on the stern, this was done and the links all tightened up, set with locktite thread lock, and then a hatch made of 2 layers of 1.5mm ply cur across the grain to bend to the camber of the deck.

this was set in a no nails type glue, and has been left to set overnight.

tomorrow all will be sanded, and then masked up and sprayed with Rustoleum textured paint






Thread: Todays Boating
08/11/2020 14:26:30
Posted by Chris Fellows on 08/11/2020 14:07:54:

I use an old 27 meg Tx with my Club 500 and I'm going to hang a line and hook off the aerial, there are plenty of fish in our club lake! wink


Big Fish

Edited By Chris Fellows on 08/11/2020 14:10:21

a handsom beasty if ever i saw one Chris, lol.

08/11/2020 01:38:11
Posted by Ray Wood 2 on 07/11/2020 13:09:26:

Hi All,

Really rather surprised that during a lock down period you would need so desperately to float model boats ??

Regards Ray (in the workshop)

i felt the same to begin with, RAY, but as time has gone one, and an end to such restrictions becomes even more prohibitive, one's mental health becomes an issue.

my daughter suffers badly from depression after suffering horrendous threats of sexual harassment of the worst kind when on her first trip across the pacific as a cadet deck officer, with nowhere to turn to but her cabin, and i also suffer bouts of depression dating back 25 years when my career as a teacher came to an end after malicious accusations of physical assault against a thug who had stolen tools from my woodwork room, stolen the school car with them, absconded with another boy, in the stolen school car and crashed it on the M6 near Lancaster, killing his passenger, and getting off with an extra 3 months incarceration in the same "school".

when you suffer depression, there is only so much time you can spend in isolation, and in your workshop before something "breaks".

so a release, if you can actually work around the prohibitions, is sometimes welcome.

08/11/2020 01:23:17
Posted by ashley needham on 07/11/2020 09:21:23:

Just looked at the new corona rules and I do not see that boating falls within these rules.

Although it says you can meet one other person not from your household, it should only be for exercise and not socialising. Unfortunately standing at a jetty with several others even at a 2m distance cannot be construed

as exercise, and can only be seen as socialising.

ahh thats where i have been going wrong then..........not had a boat on the water in over 18 months or more now, and have two boats that are virginal......and was worried in the beautifu weather that we had this spring and early summer whether sailing a model could be classed as exercise.........just twiddling the sticks forwards backwards up and down just didn't cut it in my mind

however, when you mentioned your rubber band model and dashing from bank to bank, it set my mind a thinking.

Fleetwood lake is, when walked around the perimeter of the bank, just over 1/2 mile in distance, i have often sailed my boat around the lake, following it at nice walking pace 3 times before the battery starts to fade, and boat starts to run slowly.

when doing that i have walked over 1.5 miles during my nice peaceful sail with no one following or "grouping" around me...............totally on my own.........obviously pre covid.

SO!!!!.........would this constitute exercise, or socialising..............after all, it is not much difference from walking my little dog for 1.5 miles around the estate,...........or would it.

Thread: TYNE Class Lifeboat build
04/11/2020 14:56:14

i am just playing the waiting game now, waiting for my friends cabin and my boat to come back from my other friend Dave, in Wales fully painted......

i received good news today in that the cabins for both boats, that had been given their undercoats and primers in the last few days, have this morning had their top coats of RNLI Orange sprayed on in 2 pac paint...........

they look brilliant, and sorry to say guys, far more exciting than the presidential elections at the moment.




Edited By neil howard-pritchard on 04/11/2020 15:17:56

Edited By neil howard-pritchard on 04/11/2020 15:18:27

31/10/2020 19:57:43


what could you mean, Chris............i have no idea, lol.

31/10/2020 18:07:34

my friend Dave stavros Jones made a comment on another forum today that he hadn't done much to his Mersey today, as he wanted to watch the Wales/Scotland rugby match......i had just started sorting the fittings out for his and my other friend Mick French's Merseys' that i had been making for them since September 10th when i handed over my Tyne for painting.

It took me the length of the match just to sort them, i didn't realise I had made so many.....

I also trimmed the combing for the cabin to sit properly on the deck.


Just glad I only have to paint half of them lol.





as well as making the flying bridge decks on the aft end of the cabins of both boats.

who says i do soddly all. lol.

29/10/2020 11:48:27

IT DOES INDEED, Fred......cant wait to see it all in orange red and blue.....she will look magnificent.

all down to Stavros............i can't paint anywhere near what he can do.

28/10/2020 23:10:06

A guide coat was applied I usually use black as red is what is known as a bleeding colour in other words it can come thru and spoil a top coat but as this is going orange it will not. This will be rubbed down when dry in around 48 hours with 400 grit rubbed dry.





28/10/2020 23:06:33

BACK to the Tyne for a little while, and today received photos from my friend Dave Stavros Jones in Wales.

he has amongst other jobs been getting ready to spray my Tyne lifeboat, and today sent me the following photos and write up as to what he has done.

"Wey hey lets get rocking and rolling on this one at last,

well i decided first thing to do was to clear the workshop and ill be honest it took 4 hours to do....yes i\ am a mucky bugger lol

First job was to degrease the hull before rubbing down dry with 180 grit dry even though Neil had been rubbing down himself but there were pencil marks finger prints everywhere. After being rubbed down and blown off it was degreased again and tack ragged prior to priming.

High build primer was sprayed all over the hull and superstructure...I initially sprayed the hull upside down prior to giving it flying lessons so to speak so i could make sure I got 100% coverage of the hull,

the cabins were sprayed on the workbench which had been covered up to minimize dust with brown paper...Nowt but the best for Neil.






Thread: Machine Tools
24/10/2020 13:39:17
Posted by Dave Cooper 6 on 24/10/2020 11:37:04:

Hi Both

Neil : That tool looks very useful indeed - I'll look out for one. I bet you need a good pair of protective gloves just in case...

Regards, Dave

not at all Dave.…….it is as docile as a normal sander...heavy, well built, powerful but is so easy to use my daughter who does a bit of resto woodwork when home from uni, finds it a delight to use.....because it is sonic it vibrates rather than cuts in a circular motion like ordinary sanders, and in doing so, if your skin gets in the way, it just vibrates the skin, not cutting it...…..

I really do recommend them...… can buy cheaper sonic tools similar, and not as heavy, but this came with a load of extra tools when I bought there was no argument. i bought it.

24/10/2020 01:27:15

I BOUGHT THIS TOOL some years ago when I saw it on one of these drop value auction sites, and got it for around 70 quid with all the additional tools.

I wanted to use it for fitting a bathroom door and stud wall in my house, but using one of the diamond encrusted heads, I can cut through, shape, grind or virtually any type of shaping on my models.

I don't use it often, but when needed, it is a multi tool that can do a lot of jobs that the bigger tools are limited at...…….and if I link it to my lathe, I can get amazingly intricate shapes.

I wouldn't be without it.

a superb tool.

Thread: new lifeboat modellers forum
18/10/2020 19:29:26
Posted by Ray Wood 2 on 18/10/2020 16:56:13:

Hi Neil,

Yes there is one Watson Class 41 I'm interested as Rosa Wood & Phyllis Lunn, which took part in the Dunkirk evacuation, converted to a cruiser later as Dowager, she is down the road from me in the Medway and looking un-loved and in need of a rich owner as she is advertised for £35k maybe I need to build a model of her before she is lost.

Regards Ray

we had Rosa Woode and Phyllis Lunn at Fleetwood on numerous occasions whilst she was in the reserve fleet...……..I remember her name as a young lad, as if you got to the station early enough you could volunteer to polish the brass work, and the mechanic would treat you to a bottle of pop...….great days.

18/10/2020 19:24:11

winklaughsmiley..very good Colin...…….very dry, probs. cheers for trying.

18/10/2020 18:39:38

you can buy a kit of her sister boat ANN Letitia Russell from Dave Metcalf.

she is one that I designed as a kit in 1995 and sold very well for Dave over the last 23 years he has owned the rights to manufacture and sell. she is a 41' none self righting Watson.....this is daves show boat....

but although it is right way round in my folder and have rotated it twice to get it right way round here it is still coming out upside down..........good model to build, and great sailing model too.

colin, could you please work your magic on it. thank you.

dave44s boat.jpg

18/10/2020 16:22:55

your choice Ray, but the concept came from the fact that the build blogs on other forums was stifled by just Shannon builds, and as such, those interested in lifeboats and if you were to join the forum you would see that there are listed 18 different classes YES 18 classes, and within those 18 classes there are multiple choices within that class, it is for lifeboat modellers, who, like myself these days, no longer diversify into other types of model, but just concentrate my knowledge on lifeboats.

and with 18 different classes, with multiple choices within those, o don't think I and others will ever get bored.

posting on Facebook is so fragmented that we needed a home for model lifeboaters, and that is what we now have, thanks to the perseverance of one man. Dave Stavros jones...……...and he should be applauded for his tenacity, time and private expense in setting it up for people like us geek lifeboat builders,

just to point out that within that one class...Watsons, there are over 13 different types of Watson lifeboat, in Barnet 5 different arrangements...……..a lot to go at.



Thread: working rigging blocks
11/10/2020 21:33:19

sometimes they come up on ebay by a good seller called "neerash", otherwise, although not brass inserts a man on the internet called "mastman" sells 3D printed single and double blocks.

I used them on my motor sailor lifeboat.img_4906.jpg

Thread: new lifeboat modellers forum
11/10/2020 20:34:51

today [well late last night actually] a new forum [not facebook] went on line, purely to give a designated home to lifeboat modellers of all classes within present and past RNLI lifeboats.

you are welcome to join and read and browse, but posts are literally for lifeboat models.

enjoy your stay should you be interested.

Thread: TYNE Class Lifeboat build
02/10/2020 17:25:34

and these are some of the fittings I have made, two at a time, sometimes such as the hatches, six at a time, lol.





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