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Noel23/07/2017 20:14:09
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Here is a lovely old Destroyer that I was lucky enough to pick up on ebay recently.


The gentleman I purchased it from had acquired it in a poor state and re-built it from the deck upwards. He also had a handful of old box-brownie sized snapshots of it in it's original form (which was not dissimilar to its rebuilt state).

On the back on one photo it is written "HMS Thunder", so I intend that that shall be her name! Although I have not found any documented Destroyer or similar sized vessel ever named this.

The hull is from a single carved piece of timber and is quite a nice shape.

Only had about 1 minute of time on the water before the UJ came loose on the prop, but it went well. There was an action electronics Destoyer siren with it that I just need to connect up.

Whoop whoooop!

ashley needham23/07/2017 20:27:29
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Is that the mascot on the shelf???

​Can confirm, very nice boat. Hewn from a single mighty oak (possibly) and finished to a good standard. A few additions and it will look really nice.

Notr to Noel: check your nuts before sailing....


harry smith 124/07/2017 08:20:13
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HI Ashley

Always check you grub screws and nuts and keep them dry!!!


Noel24/07/2017 10:06:17
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He he, didn't notice the dog sneaking into shot. He is very easy to look after, just requires AA batteries.

I can't work out if this is really a Destroyer or a Sloop or something, but it looks more Destroyer-ish to me.
I am going to make the turrets rotate (once the important stuff is done like a prop that actually turns), and add some signal flags.

One thing that strikes me is the depth charge rack at the stern prevents an ensign being flown... would a vessel such as this have a second mast of some kind toward the stern for such a purpose?


ashley needham24/07/2017 10:54:50
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Probably not a mast as such, just a pole for the ensign I would have thought.


Kev.W24/07/2017 11:09:15
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It would be flown from an ensign staff attached to the rear of the mainmast, or the second mast if fitted.

Ensign staffs were also fitted to the left of centre at the stern if they could not be mounted on the centre line.


Kev.W24/07/2017 11:13:30
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My tug shows how an ensign staff is located on the main mast, albiet for a red ensign in this case.

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Noel24/07/2017 12:22:01
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Thank you.

Ensign staff on the port side I think, that seems simplest.

Noel26/07/2017 11:49:35
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Here's a couple of snaps that came with it of it's original configuration.

It had a lot more AA armament and twin turrets all round, still its current guise suits me as there's lots of scope to add bits, and its kind of in-keeping with my modelling capabilities!
Noel26/07/2017 12:04:24
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Next thing was trying to get to the bottom of the leak that caused quite a bit of water to come in during its brief trial on Sunday.


I put a plastic washer/collar on the propshaft as this should stop anything coming up the tube:

I then floated it in a paddling pool for about 20 minutes, and lo and behold there was a small puddle form towards the bow/midships:
There was a bit of step here, and a couple of what looked like old screw holes, so I painted it with PVA:
I still couldn't work out why so much had come in on Sunday, then I realised the anchor ports on the bow are not just cosmetic, and I recalled the bow wave being so pronounced it reached up past them. So that accounts for why it was so wet inside.
Anyway this morning I thought I'd better check if the PVA coat had solved the static leak, so I removed all electrical items and filled the vessel with water.
After 20 minutes or so there was no significant leak from the prop tube (good), or anywhere else - but there was this seepage and a small puddle on the worktop from what I thought was a cosmetic crack in the bow:
So there it is. What is the best way to seal this up without major re-finishing?
Ashley you spoke of eeze-kote? Would that do the trick?
Thanks for all the help so far.

Edited By Noel on 26/07/2017 12:09:43

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