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neil howard-pritchard30/03/2020 22:17:08
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this is a catch up build of a model I started last august and which is now within a couple of months away from completion.

it will be done in photos only, but the choice of boats was made by the organiser of the Lytham st Annes lifeboat museum who asked me if i could build a model for them, of the pulling/sailing Blackpool lifeboat Samuel Fletcher of Manchester.

and so i decided to build a model of the motor sailor Sir Fitzroy Clayton, FLEETWOODS LIFEBOAT from 1929.

Photos will follow as soon as i have uploaded them.

neil howard-pritchard30/03/2020 23:56:00
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the two lifeboats I am modelling are this boat and a similar one

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and this one

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neil howard-pritchard31/03/2020 00:03:31
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and the two began when I made a call to my friend Dave Metcalf who supplied me with two hulls and end boxes for a suitable boat to fit the models.

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first task was to mark and cut away the "deadwood" recess for the propeller on the motor lifeboat

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and then to fill in the tunnels with polyester filler for the sailing lifeboat, and then to drill for the prop shaft, before beginning a straight forward build of deck supports, and decking.

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neil howard-pritchard31/03/2020 00:05:48
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an easy process done many times using my band saw and cutting sections of 10 x 10 mm obeche strips from a plank.

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neil howard-pritchard31/03/2020 00:07:01
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then down to pinning and fitting the bilge skeg keels.



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Edited By neil howard-pritchard on 31/03/2020 00:10:32

neil howard-pritchard31/03/2020 00:12:31
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itting out the supports for the end boxes are shown in the last picture and the next one

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neil howard-pritchard31/03/2020 00:19:15
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then comes fitting of the end boxes and sealing them up to make air tight flotation aids to the lifeboats.

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then it was a case of making up the deck fittings for the tow lifeboats...….the engine casing and cover plus the drop keel housing box for the motor sailor, and the two dummy drop keel boxes for the sailing boast.

plus at this stage i planked and caulked the decks [using aliphatic resin quick grab glue coloured with black ink to represent the caulking..........the messy job is easily sanded off later

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neil howard-pritchard31/03/2020 00:23:40
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next job was to make the frames for the side benches. these were made from 5mm square section obeche and glued together using aliphatic resin…….only 88 pieces to cut accurately...….I make a jig to cut them with a fine blade pad saw.

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stained with mahogany colron water based wood colouring and fitted

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then the flotation boxes were made from 1.0 plasticard, and being hollow add just a little more aid to keeping the boat afloat in event of an accident.  the boxes for the static sailing boat was made from solid obeche……….then both sets were sprayed white. 

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Edited By neil howard-pritchard on 31/03/2020 00:32:11

neil howard-pritchard31/03/2020 00:34:05
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and finally for tonight, the rudders were made from 100 thick oak planks, and cut and fitted to the receptive holes in the rudder skegs

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Bob Abell31/03/2020 07:10:02
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You've got your hands full there mate?

They remind me of an old Lifeboat beached at Conway about 20 years ago

I got talking to the owner, who said it was the oldest lifeboat in the UK

Can't remember it's name now, but you probably know of it?

I think it's in a Museum somewhere now

All the best, Neil and keep safe


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