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Kevin Flack 230/04/2009 15:32:37
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I am at the stage where i need to start addressing the way I need to cover or leave the lifeboats open.
From the kit perspective the both are shown.
I have absolutely no idea of how to cover the lifeboat, I thought of doping/painting calico cotton sheeting but how do you get to get the hardened material to follow the outline, also the tie offs.
I have not seen this process described any where do date.
Please advise.
Colin Bishop30/04/2009 16:19:51
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If you have the May issue of Model Boats there is an excellent article by Richard Simpson on constructing and fitting out a clinker built lifeboat for his Mountfleet "Ben Ain" kit. Showing the interior detail of the boats is an attractive option even if it does mean a bit more work.
Barry Foote01/05/2009 07:50:26
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As for the canvass cover, I use single ply toilet paper, painted to the colour you want and left to dry. It can then be folded up and dropped in the bottom of the boat with a coat of matt varnish.....Works for me anyway!!
Sorry about the poor photo. I tried to upload some better ones, but the site said it had a problem.....I do have plenty if you want to see them!!

Edited By Barry Foote on 01/05/2009 08:03:43

Kevin Flack 210/05/2009 17:45:37
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I have tried tissue paper doped and then painted this afternoon and am not impressed.
I have seen many very neat jobs in the magazines etc I must be missing something here?
Kevin Flack 210/05/2009 17:49:10
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Thanks for trying Barry, nice model!
The lifeboat I wanted to cover was the whole top almost as per your deck cover as per your photo.
How did you do this cover maybe that will help?
Kevin Flack 210/05/2009 17:53:39
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Hi Colin,
The mag is in the library of our club so will have a look when next there.
Thanks for the info.
Barry Foote10/05/2009 18:47:38
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If you mean the large hatch, I did it by painting the single ply tissue paper and when dry, positioning it over the hatch, pulling and pushing it to get a tight finish. Once in place this was then matt varnished and then finished with a weathering technique to age it. A final coat of varnish sealed it all in.

Hope this helps..

PS..I don't think dope on the tissue before painting will be of any use. Just paint it. You want a tissue of the thickness of single ply toilet or kitchen tissue to start with. 

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