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Ray Wood 208/04/2020 17:40:35
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img_20200408_153432.jpgHi All,

This is one of my longer running projects maybe 3 years so far 😀 I had access to the builders drawings from 1978 and thinking this would make an interesting sailing model, the original boat is grp but I have made the hulls of blue foam and the bridge deck of depron & glass cloth & resin, there are some earlier pictures in my album, I now need to build the rig, I have some sails from Frank @ Nylet and with the lock down now would be a good idea to finish it off at last she is 32" long 😃

Regards Rayimg_20200408_153453.jpg

Tim Rowe08/04/2020 20:04:09
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Hi Ray

I have seen your album photos and have been following.

Tell us some more. Is the rig scale? Will you be having internal or external ballast? Are you adding fins as well as the keel that look like they are scale?

Can't get blue foam or Depron very easily here in Spain otherwise I would like to try these materials.

I think you are having a lockdown-light compared with what we have here.

Tim R

Ray Wood 208/04/2020 20:38:43
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Hello Tim,

Yep we are going stir crazy !! We can walk for exercise, go to the shops for vittals and that's about it, same where you are? The cat has had a blow over with primer and looks promising, it will have the scale rig, probably with a ping pong ball on top of the mast just incase, it will have twin detachable fins & lead bulbs as the Wild Duck, extension rudder are made to add to the scale one's, I will see if it sails without the fins? The lightweight construction I'm hoping it floats on it's scale waterline 😀 I have a bargain Hitec lever servo for the main sheeting, probably a self tacking jib on a horse.

Lovely weather, we had our video team meeting on Microsoft Teams this morning with our 3 Spanish planners in Palma, they said it was cloudy !

Regards Ray

Tim Rowe08/04/2020 21:14:41
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Hi Ray

No outside walking for exercise here and no travel to work unless essential services. Whole of Spain is on the motto "quedate en casa" (Stay at home). Yes , cloudy in Palma with a general high overcast so we are not missing too much good weather.

Have just started a flying boat kit for a bit of light relief and in the early stages of a Precedent Huntsman 31 (Don't tell Chris) My excuse is there is a lot of paint drying time on Galileo but really I like starting projects better than finishing them. I suspect I am not totally alone.

Looking forward to seeing the cat taking shape and especially how it sails.


Tim R

Chris Fellows08/04/2020 21:51:44
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Ray - yes, it will be good to see this one getting completed having given us glimpses of it before. 3 Spanish planners, you must work for quite a large international building company?

Tim - the cat (pun intended!) was already out of the bag, with you mentioning you had a Precedent Huntsman to build on another thread. cheeky Good to hear that you are making a start on it. Is it a timber or plastic hulled version? Flying boat as well, you're both certainly making me look bad. Be glad when I've finished this flippin' DIY and decorating and can spend some serious time on the builds.


PS. Couldn't believe it over here. Firstly, last night a Pakistani embassy official handed over a bunch of flowers at No. 10 for Boris and a policeman took them from him at the door, they must have only been a couple of feet apart. And today I looked out the window and saw a Council worker mowing the verges on a ride on mower. I know the risk is low but that goes against the rules for the rest of us. Nice to see our grass on the estate being kept neat but his job is hardly essential is it! 

Edited By Chris Fellows on 08/04/2020 21:58:14

Ray Wood 209/04/2020 08:56:09
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Morning Guy's

There are some photo's of my kit built H31 in my album, only the outside, no woodwork.

Comanche day today, I have a small scale rig GA just trying to scale it up for the mast fitting positions etc 😀

Regards Rayimg_20200409_083951.jpg

ashley needham09/04/2020 09:16:48
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Ray. Interesting pro ject, good size. Keels...hmm might not as it’s a cat. Not that I know ‘owt but do model sailing cats need keels like a monohull?

Tim. Yes.. I always try to finish one before starting another, but...


Malcolm Frary10/04/2020 10:51:11
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To do anything other than drift downwind, all sailboats need something in the water for the force on the sails to act against. A rounded hull might not be as effective as wanted.

So some kind of fin, even if it isn't weighted. I did read about a type of sailing punt (flat bottom, vertical slab sides) that relied on the slab sides effect when heeled over doing that job, but I suspect that if it worked that well, it would be a very common arrangement.

Ray Wood 210/04/2020 11:23:25
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Hi Malcolm,

The full-size boat sails with the stub keeps that are moulded into the hulls, but to improve the ritbg dec 17 006.jpgghting moment I will have removable fin keels as I use On my sailing barges. But it will be interesting to see if she makes any headway to windward without them?

Regards Ray

Edited By Ray Wood 2 on 10/04/2020 11:24:20

Ray Wood 210/04/2020 19:36:46
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img_20200410_192531.jpgHi All,

As variety is the spice of life 😀 I have been going back to being 12 years old and built another KK Invader glider, only 52 years later, all that 1/8" X 1 /8" balsa strip really sorts you out ! !

Oh and Comanche sails & carbon tube mast 😃

Regards Rayimg_20200409_090444.jpg

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