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Colin Bishop05/10/2020 14:28:07
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I had a look at a sheet in Hobbycraft at Worthing this morning. The finish is good but you might want to experiment with clear coatings. Also I'm not sure if the silver goes all the way through or whether cut edges will be white, in which case you will need an aluminium colour paint marker to touch them up.

Hobbycraft were asking £12 for a small sheet which is a bit over the top I think.


gecon05/10/2020 16:41:04
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Very kind of you Colin to get so involved with helping with this -almost trivial- detail. Ordered 'mirror silver' 1mm sheet from CMB today. Experience shows that it will get here in about 7-10 days. The edge finish does not matter too much as the full size Fisher has a conspicuous black (Sikaflex maybe?) sealant around the outside of the alu' frame. I thought I would paint the cut edge matt black to simulate this. Made my first ever 'sliding door kit' today. Needs some sanding and teak stain/varnish etc.

Regards, George

gecon05/10/2020 17:48:42
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I think I made a kit for a wheelhouse sliding door today. We'll see when I've applied some teak stain, oil and varnish. The wheelhouse aft bulkhead will be sealed, sanded and undercoated -eventually. 


Edited By gecon on 05/10/2020 17:55:58

gecon17/10/2020 07:47:51
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20201017_074920.jpgMaking slow progress with the Aft bulkhead details. Components are now prepared. Plasticard strip arrived from CMB yesterday and will be shaped...after I get my daughters car through the MOT!

Mirror finish sheeting suggested by Colin was not in stock. The strip is white styrene but will eventually be alu-silver-ish. Photos show parts just placed approx in situ.20201017_074755.jpg

gecon03/11/2020 13:54:34
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20201103_141917.jpgAfter a long pause I've now managed to do a few more rather superficial jobs on the Fisher 34. Hope I can get back into the swing of things during the next few days.

The 'glazing' / window-framing work is not going to be as poltically correct as I had first hoped. The window frames should be rounded on the inside curve as well as the outside but I don't think I can muster up the necessary eyesight nor steadyness-of-hand to do the job properly. So I think it's best to hop over that bit and not push my luck.

Ray mentioned the "Formula 560" canopy glue a while ago. My 1/3 full bottle was first used on the Balsacraft Spitfire and Hurricane models about 20 years ago -so it ages well! The 'glazing' has been cut to the shape of the opening so that it fits into it, leaving a small ledge on each side. The inside edges will not be framed in strip -simply painted in Tamiya Titan Silver. Frame it all later if I can't live with the short-cut.

Some of the wheelhouse sections have now been undercoated...yet 20201103_141808.jpgagain. The gloss enamel I had applied was not well done at all so out came the wet&dry again. Changing paint too. Hope the new stuff will self-level a bit better.


gecon08/11/2020 07:40:10
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20201108_080146.jpgThe components of the wheelhouse aft bulkhead have now been glued in place. Bulkhead will be loose fitted in position while the rest of the wheelhouse sides are constructed -sills, frames, glazing etc.

May add a clear acetate sheet to prevent water entering the wheelhouse. There is no plan for a cockpit drain -yet! Apart from the fact that a flooded cockpit will eventually drain into the bilge, hopefully without knackering the well-taped rudder servo below the cockpit floor.

We are also being told to stay at home as much as possible to try to hamper the new virus increase. Norway is quite lucky compared to the UK and Europe, but nobody who gets the bug here feels particularily 'lucky' -so 'stay at home and cut, 20201108_080246.jpgglue & paint everthing' is modus operandum again. Stay safe.


Edited By gecon on 08/11/2020 07:41:45

gecon08/11/2020 11:39:23
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Wheelhouse aft bulkhead now positioned -but not glued. Watchman looking out for some furnishings to put forward of the bulkhead. At least 8 weeks delivery time!


gecon13/11/2020 13:23:53
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20201113_133507.jpgIt seemed a good idea at the time but.... this morning I started having doubts about using the ready made Cap Maquettes plastic window frames on the cabin sides. Having strategically placed all the parts on deck I took some photos to help assess the 'look' of the finished article. Looks a bit cheesey with the Admiralty and I looking -simultaneously- out the windows on both sides of the yacht. I don't think the frames look TOO bad,20201113_133535.jpg but not too good either!

I liked however the idea of not making more hoIes than necessary in the cabin sides. Might just scrap this plan though and start again by cutting out the rectangles and 'framing' them in silver strip as with the wheelhouse. Maybe just recess the plastic frames (complete with cheesey photos) just inside the window cut-outs.

Deliberations will be completed before the Bristol Cream appetiser appears in early evening.

Wish all a peaceful and safe weekend,


Ray Wood 213/11/2020 14:30:58
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Hi George,

I find it fascinating how you build with almost finished and painted components, I've never seen that approach before, I usually build a box and stick bits on it

Enjoy Sherry'O clock same in this house.

Regards Ray

gecon14/11/2020 07:01:49
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Hi Ray,

The short answer is a quote from the waiter 'Manuel' in Faulty Towers...."I know nauauthing".

The explanation is probably that the excessive pre-preparation of parts is due to NO experience at scratch building a boat. I have to make one part at a time in a sort-of logical sequence because I have little idea how the subsequent part/s are to be made in the first place!

The pre-painting is probably because I don't know which paint is going to give the required result. I had a lot of trouble earlier with the hull finish quality. The inexpensive full size boat paint I used did not flow out well at all so I ended up sanding it all down and airbrushing -which I also knew naught about!.

The components of the wheelhouse and cabin sides have now been painted using a well known quality Norwegian paint called 'Bengalack'. This idea came up when I saw that a chap in east Norway use it on his Colin Archer hull. It was smooth and (a bit too) glossy. It gives however the look of a fibreglass finish -even when brushed on- and that's what's needed on the Fisher.

I cannot see how this particular type of boat could be easily treated with sanding sealer, undercoat, sanding down all the surfaces -and corners- with all the 'boxes' ready assembled on deck. The required masking off would be a headache I suspect.

The next Fisher -which I will not be building- could have been a lot easiersmiley

I'm sorry, but I'm terrible with giving a short answer. I used to be able to say "Roger" and "Copied" but I'm over that now!



Edited By gecon on 14/11/2020 07:08:22

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