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Chris Fellows23/06/2020 17:59:37
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Lake looks good Ashley. Following the rain is everything Ok now?


ashley needham23/06/2020 18:37:58
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Perhaps I was giving a false sense of the state of the lake with my muttering. It has always looked good, just the water levels and silting up.

Following the rain it seems to have topped up the lake (and we are only talking 2 or so inches here) and although the silt is still there you can’t see it so much now!

Small 25mm prop has been partially successful...the boat is not quite so quick, and I am going to leave it as it is for now.

Rolling is not so bad, but with balsa stringers inside the botTom coroners I don’t want to start grinding corners off to fit bilge keels.

One more top to be made with two funnels and this project will be finis.


ashley needham24/06/2020 08:49:46
6592 forum posts
145 photos

nice! a few more in the Mintanic album.







Chris E24/06/2020 11:49:30
103 forum posts

Model looking really good - you have certainly captured the "feeling".

I checked for a top deck with 2 funnels hidden in the pictures.

As I said before, and I do realize the lack of a size reference, she just looks larger on the water in the pictures than her 23ins.

Size references in model pictures never help the illusion.



Edited By Chris E 1 on 24/06/2020 11:51:53

ashley needham24/06/2020 21:21:39
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145 photos

Cheers Chris. No hidden extra deck yet! Yes, the one I have of it next to a duck rather spoils it.

I have settled on a last top with one much larger blue funnel, having searched for pictures of boats with a blue funnel, the clever googly thing came up with steamers from the.....wait for it....


A couple in particular are good match approximately the centre deck arrangement I have and are of a similar vintage. The single large funnel will give the impression of a smaller ship, and the defining feature will be the rugby goalpost style crane derricks.

Working on it.


ashley needham25/06/2020 17:42:10
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145 photos

Crane/Derrick setup made for the Blue funnel not yet decided.....and looking good!

Funnel made (25mm dowel) and Blue paint drying, Humbrol, probably be dry enough for 2nd coat after tea time.

Hatches made, and cowl vents ordered. I will not be even attempting to make a dozen cowl vents, tootricky, in fact too tricky at any size. If I only had two big ones to make I might try I suppose.

Lifeboats and bridge will be last to do as they will rather set the apparent scale of the boat, and as this is a much smaller ship than the other two (tops) I need to be careful in order to make it look smaller.

The shed is wonderfully cool, and I have been in it with the door shut to keep out the heat although the paint has still been drying ridiculously fast.


ashley needham27/06/2020 16:22:23
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145 photos

Bottom of Mintanic now gloss red..only the first coat yet, but it has covered very well.

Made the third funnel for my single funnel Blue Funnel ship..first was cut to lean at 5 degrees, when it should have been dead upright. Second upright but too short......

Bridge sorted despite wot I said earlier, as I saw a bit of Mahogany laying there and the colour and size of it suddenly showed me the way. Lifeboats next to suit the bridge scale...tricky.


Bob Abell27/06/2020 16:37:23
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Hi Ashley

Despite being a super simple build, the visual impact is quite attractive!

Well done son


ashley needham28/06/2020 08:04:04
6592 forum posts
145 photos

Thanks Bob.

Thats how I like ‘em...simple but effective.


ashley needham28/06/2020 18:00:14
6592 forum posts
145 photos bottom. Ashley (not me, the boat)





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