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Capt Podge

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Re: Another Huntsman rebuild
« Reply #25 on: November 11, 2017, 12:16:20 AM »

Thanks Chris, I'm just glad the paint and gunge removal is complete now, the running gear is ok and now can concentrate on sorting the deck out.

Good luck with your build - hope you enjoy it  :-))

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Ray.
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Re: Another Huntsman rebuild
« Reply #26 on: November 11, 2017, 04:48:22 AM »

Hi Ray,
Enjoying your renovation work. :-))
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Re: Another Huntsman rebuild
« Reply #27 on: November 11, 2017, 09:40:54 AM »

Thanks Chris, I'm just glad the paint and gunge removal is complete now, the running gear is ok and now can concentrate on sorting the deck out.

Good luck with your build - hope you enjoy it  :-))

Regards,

Ray.


Thanks Ray - probably be next year before I start that though as I want to crack on with the Swordsman.
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Re: Another Huntsman rebuild
« Reply #28 on: December 01, 2017, 11:01:23 PM »

Time for another update.

To give the deck some extra width, to glue down on, supports were fitted to the inner edge of the hull.
The last portion to be tackled was the flare in the bow area. To tackle this, a sort of plinth was glued in and then layered with P38 until just proud of the hull.
This was then sanded level.
The hull was then inverted onto a sheet of 3mm ply and drawn around to rough out a sub deck, which will be planked later on in the build.

During the above, a lot of dust had accumulated, in and around the running gear, so this was all removed and stored away until needed.
The hull inner was then given a couple of coats of white paint, just to make things look a bit neater.
The sub deck was then trimmed to fit and epoxied in place.

While the glue was setting a start was made on the superstructure. First, some of the bits I'd managed to save from the original were taped together, to get some idea of the shapes and dimensions.
So, the 2 sides and the front and back were roughed out with 3mm ply and taped together. This gave me the oblong but now I needed to get the longitudinal curves in the sides.
To this end, a framework was made as a sort of former, followed by some cambered beams for the deckheads.

Finally, a topsheet was fitted and trimmed. I had originally fitted the windscreen and rear screen in recesses but then realised this would make it very difficult to make a mould from, especially as this will be my first attempt at producing anything in GRP.
I could have sanded away the recesses but this would have then shortened the overall length of the superstructure and so I opted to fill the recesses instead - false recesses can be fitted later, using plastruct or similar.

Window frames were drawn, as "best guess", onto cereal packet card. These will be glued in place and, hopefully, will reproduce on the mould, to give an indication of where to cut the windows out.

Anyway, the structure has been given a few coats of sanding sealer and is now feeling smooth enough to take a couple of coats of primer.
Unfortunately, my spraying has to be done outside, so now I'll have to wait for the warmer weather to return.

Still, this gives me some spare time to get on with a couple of other builds.

The photos.

Photo 1: Applying deck supports
Photo 2: As above
Photo 3: Getting the parts to come together (trimming here & there)
Photo 4: Fitting the lower frame
Photo 5: Upper frame work in progress
Photo 6: Filling and sanding
Photo 7: It's pretty smooth now.

Afraid that's it for now...

Regards,

Ray.

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Re: Another Huntsman rebuild
« Reply #29 on: December 02, 2017, 08:17:49 AM »

Hi Ray

Will look good when finish. I like the twin motors set up
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Re: Another Huntsman rebuild
« Reply #30 on: December 02, 2017, 10:54:05 AM »

Coming along well Ray.


What glue did you use for fixing the timbers to the fibreglass hull?


Painting at this time of year does throw up problems doesn't it.


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Re: Another Huntsman rebuild
« Reply #31 on: December 08, 2017, 09:07:05 PM »

Hi Ray

Will look good when finish. I like the twin motors set up

Hello Seaspray - like most of my models, it should look ok from a reasonable distance.

I'm using twin motors / rudders because I think this will give a more stable performance - especially on turns - time will tell...

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Ray.
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Re: Another Huntsman rebuild
« Reply #32 on: December 08, 2017, 09:12:00 PM »

Coming along well Ray.

What glue did you use for fixing the timbers to the fibreglass hull?

Chris

Thanks Chris.
The athwart bulkheads were glued in with epoxy resin then plastered with P40.
The supports around the hull edges I used just epoxy resin - the 5min version - mixing only enough to glue each section at a time.

Regards,

Ray.
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Re: Another Huntsman rebuild
« Reply #33 on: December 08, 2017, 09:14:21 PM »

Hi Ray,
Enjoying your renovation work. :-))

Hello Dave, thank you for looking in on this one - it'll be a few months before any more gets done to it - towards springtime anyway...

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Ray.
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Re: Another Huntsman rebuild
« Reply #34 on: December 08, 2017, 11:38:38 PM »

Thanks Chris.
The athwart bulkheads were glued in with epoxy resin then plastered with P40.
The supports around the hull edges I used just epoxy resin - the 5min version - mixing only enough to glue each section at a time.

Regards,

Ray.


Thanks Ray
I've got a Fairey Spearfish kit with a fibreglass hull to which I'm going to fit a timber deck and superstructure as per the first full size Spearfish that look so much better than the all fibreglass. The plastic superstructure in the kit is a bit naff anyway.

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Re: Another Huntsman rebuild
« Reply #35 on: December 09, 2017, 09:56:31 PM »

the hull and grp deck is fine Chris , however my first spear ive built from deck up in timber , its also got twin shafts and 1000 kv brushless motors , ive got a second spear/ spearfish under construction that im intending to use the cabin as far back as the wheelhouse , it was originally going to be on a single shaft but i may well put twins shafts/ rudders as per full size
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Re: Another Huntsman rebuild
« Reply #36 on: December 09, 2017, 10:31:40 PM »

I tend to think, rightly or wrongly, that all plastic/GRP boats (as in hull and superstructure) of this type look too much like ready to run boats.


I had no  intention of geting one as the intention was just to build all timber boats but one came along so it was rude not to!


Current builds, my first two, are going to be single motors but must have a go at twin motors at some time.
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Re: Another Huntsman rebuild
« Reply #37 on: December 10, 2017, 06:10:00 PM »

ive got a pair of aerokits swordsman 33 , which because they were already built when i got them have single shafts , however those which have the grp hulls will with exception of the sword all use twin shafts , im currently using the ballraced shafts from prestwich models the 5mm stainless shafts , but have the threaed ends turned down to m4  as its easier to buy commercial 3 bladed handed props ! torque roll with both shafts spinning in the same direction gets interesting when at full speed ! the white spear in my photo is a grp hull / deck access is the forward cabin roof , removable rear cabin section and floors
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