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John W E01/02/2020 16:54:57
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default.jpg100_7426 [800x600].jpgHi there

the splinter mats which I made for the Fairmile B were made from car body filler - first of all I made a mould from modelling clay and then I gradually built up layers within the mould with car body filler; doing it this way prevents the filler from 'going off' too quickly and cracking. When I had moulded one I made several other moulds from the original so I could mould 2 or 3 splinter mats all in one go. Here is a photograph of the 'real' ones plus those on my model.

John

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Colin Bishop01/02/2020 17:12:22
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People have also used Milliput epoxy modelling putty. It takes longer to set than car body filler and you can work it with your fingers and hand tools while it is still soft.

**LINK**

Colin

Dave Cooper 601/02/2020 17:25:33
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John: Thanks for the brilliant photos - just what I need. Your model looks great and, so realistic !

Colin: Thanks for the Link - think I'll try some Milliput - I can see it having all sorts of uses on other projects as well.

Regards,

Dave

ashley needham02/02/2020 18:09:30
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Modelling clay is very cheap, and would allow you to practice to get the right look before using milliput (my top tip).

Just a thought.

Ashley

Dave Cooper 604/02/2020 15:23:26
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Good point Ashley - I may give that a go first...

Update on the model :

'Clearviews' - starboard is rather cloudy (cyano got inside I suspect). Port looks like it has shipped a bit of water (2-pack in this one !). I may have to pop them off and do a bit of cleaning up. See what you think when I've done the photos.

Radar reflector mounted on the main mast - so, rigged for 'Range Safety' duties at present (not bad for a first attempt but, may be a little over-scale). I'm probably being fussy here as the whole boat is an 'own-design' and really what I would call "fun scale".

Further options to add : Splinter Mats and Search Light. Have a RC glider's wings to recover over the next few days so, photos end of week I should think...

Dave

Dave Cooper 613/02/2020 15:47:18
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Latest progress : New Clearviews and Radar Reflector

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Dave Cooper 613/02/2020 15:49:12
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Rear Gunner trying out the revised Turret

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Dave Cooper 613/02/2020 15:56:25
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Splinter Mats and a Search Light should complete the launch before 'sea trials' in the Spring (or, sooner if the weather gets kinder !)

This is my first boat and something of an own-design.

Please feel free to comment.../suggest improvements etc.

Regards,

Dave

Dave Cooper 617/02/2020 16:59:13
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Splinter mats (6) and a searchlight now under construction. Will post some more images when complete and fitted to the wheelhouse.

Any ideas for a RAF ensign to fly from the main mast ? I'd prefer cloth to paper....I think I've got an old light blue shirt somewhere which just leaves a scale Union Flag and a Roundel to complete.

Dave

Colin Bishop17/02/2020 17:02:52
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Or you could just buy one...

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Colin

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