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Guardsman by Vic Smeed

Wooden hull version of plan MM1330

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Dave_P27/11/2012 19:25:39
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It may be more cost effective to purchase a styrene or GRP hull but I personally find it most rewarding to watch a hull take form when scratch built. If model building of any form was done purely on cost/time basis then we may as well just by RTR and were is the fun, education or satisfaction in that?

Please don't take this as me having a go it is just my personal opinion.

LARRY WHETTON28/11/2012 15:32:27
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a good point , but all that waste timber on the floor ,

i would rather put my efforts in the wheel house and deck works and all the other bits ,

cheers LARRY..

Colin Bishop28/11/2012 18:41:56
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There is not much waste with composite construction, bread and butter is a different matter!

I too, like to make the hull myself as then I can say I have built the whole model. However, I do understand why some people prefer to buy the hull and construct the rest themselves, just as others prefer to build kits. After all, it's a hobby, so just do what pleases you. (wood shavings make good compost!)


ashley needham29/11/2012 08:12:29
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Ther is no right or wrong to building from scratch, hulls,kits or reinforced toilet paper.

Personal preference.

Balsa is easy to work with, WILL take a good finish with the right prep and can be resin reinforced as required.

Ashley No kits here please!

LARRY WHETTON29/11/2012 10:10:39
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Good morning Ashley,

Very wise words , you forgot the skip contents , for a good sourse of bit and bobs ,

i/e ikea blinds , i use toilet paper for the purpose it was made for and those brown trouser moments

i tend to think out of box when looking at items on store shelfs ,........cheers Larry..

Bob Abell30/11/2012 06:30:05
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Come on, Tony

It's about time for a WIP picture?


Tony Hadley01/12/2012 11:31:20
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Hello Bob,

Nothing much to report - went to the local model shop in Whitefield, shop had no 1/2 balsa in stock, guess I could have built it up out of twice the amount of 1/4 laminations but I went home and ordered on the internet. Delivered yesterday morning, so hoping to get started again over the weekend.

Thanks for asking,


Tony Hadley03/12/2012 14:49:55
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Bow laminations now in progress following receipt of the balsa.

guardsman (4).jpg

LARRY WHETTON03/12/2012 15:31:53
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Hello Tony,

Coming on , pick up guardsman o friday unwanted hull , a bit on the thin side but no matter

going second skin rivett detail, like Bob doe,s will post a couple pictures ,

also cut out another a little boat for grandson, nice to see a bit of good old balsa , Larry....

Bob Abell03/12/2012 17:04:24
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That`ll take some shaping, Tony

The model will look nice with rivetted card plating on the hull?


PS ......Have a practice run first...........You too, Larry


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