Hi Martin, Here is episode 3 of
the large scale building saga.
From bow on the lines that make this class of lifeboat so good in heavy weather are apparent.
The stern shot shows the 4"
diameter x 4 blade props in the tunnels ready for work. The two circular
depressions are where the exhausts will be fitted.
This next picture shows the hull in the two tone blue/white used by the RNLI for Fast Carriage Launched Boats. The Hull numbers were produced on my PC and waterproofed after adding to the hull. You can also see the distinctive "D" shaped rubber buffer around the edge of the deck. Finding these moulding in 1/6th scale cost me three days in a car scrap yard looking at all makes of door seals that could yield the correct shape and size!!
The final picture for this update shows the stern of the boat with the trim tab rams fitted, these are operated by Bowden cables attached to the ram arms and a high power servo. The ram arms are sections of TV telescopic aerial, nice chrome plated brass tube that look like stainless steel!! The hydraulic pistons are plastic mouldings from a large toy JCB digger cut down to suit, it's amazing what you can find at a car boot sale for £1 !! The rudders are plasticard covered brass commercial items sanded to the correct aerofoil shape.
The next job is to mask and paint
the red/yellow bands around the top of the hull and to check the
watertight integrity of the hull. I have had to buy a 10ft x 6ft x 2ft
swimming pool (car boot sale again!!) for testing as the boat is too big
for my usual test tank i.e. the bath!!