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Re: BoatMadman's - 1915 steam drifter build
« Reply #25 on: April 25, 2007, 05:27:09 PM »

Hi,

Had a good few hours at it, here is what to show for it:

I made a former for the funnel and rolled 1/64 ply onto it, help together with masking tape until it dried, (swimbo thought it was a toilet roll!!)

Took ages to work out how to do the chain steering, but it works great, thanks to bogstandard for his diag of the pulleys.

Made the mast foot from brass sheet, and thats all for now folks!

Ian
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« Reply #26 on: May 01, 2007, 08:31:28 PM »

And here we have the fruits of today's labour - some panelling on the superstructure, and the frame tops in place.
(timberheads I think they are called?)

Ian

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Re: BoatMadman's - 1915 steam drifter build
« Reply #27 on: May 03, 2007, 04:48:21 PM »

Thats great Davie thanks.

Just have to work out how to get that grained effect now, bet the better half knows!

Had a quick look at the new pics earlier, some great pics there.

Any help on deck layout would be greatly appreciated.

Ian
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Re: BoatMadman's - 1915 steam drifter build
« Reply #28 on: May 29, 2007, 06:49:15 PM »

Davie,

Thanks for that, I bought a capstan just like that from scoonie a couple months ago - along wih some other bits and bobs.

Ian
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« Reply #29 on: May 29, 2007, 08:24:30 PM »

Davie,

Thanks for that. I have got the steering yoke above deck with chains to a servo which will be under the rear accomodation. They will operate the steering. See pic further up this page.

I had a lucky guess there, I have made a steering column and wheel and run the chains vertically down through the deck of the wheelhouse  ;D

I also now have pipes available to fit along the bottom of the superstructure when its painted, i just need to cap off the forward ends where they turn into the wheelhouse.

Ian
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Re: BoatMadman's - 1915 steam drifter build
« Reply #30 on: June 06, 2007, 04:00:49 PM »

At last got to doing some more on the drifter.

Here we have pics of some of the mast and boom fittings - awaiting paint.

Also, I have been experiimenting on some test peices to work out how to get a wood grained effect - I think its acceptable, Comments anyone?

Ian
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Re: BoatMadman's - 1915 steam drifter build
« Reply #31 on: June 06, 2007, 04:10:50 PM »

The grain effect is spot on Ian just the same as the boats get done now and would have looked 80 years ago !!
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Re: BoatMadman's - 1915 steam drifter build
« Reply #32 on: June 12, 2007, 09:40:49 PM »

I have been doing some more small stuff tonight, made the nav lights and backing boards.

I have also roughed out hinges for the doors and engine case vents, here they are lined up ready for a dip in citric acid!

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Re: BoatMadman's - 1915 steam drifter build
« Reply #33 on: June 27, 2007, 10:51:34 AM »

Hi,
Ok, back from holiday and now thinking about lighting again.

Not being the star gazing variety of ancient mariner I need help!

I have the port and starboard lights figured out - easy even for me, an all round white at the front and a 180deg astern.

Now, I guess these are running lights, the question is, what standing lights should she carry? I have 2 deck lights on the way, but I dont know about other lighting.

I am hoping to switch standing lights on and off through a switcher linked to throttle.

Ian
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Re: BoatMadman's - 1915 steam drifter build
« Reply #34 on: June 27, 2007, 09:50:55 PM »

Back again,

Well, I spent the day today making a new mast foot, much better than the first effort I think. Then I started chucking some paint around. I used Tamiya masking tape for the first time today - now that IS the dog's conkers!

Ian
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Re: BoatMadman's - 1915 steam drifter build
« Reply #35 on: July 05, 2007, 06:43:46 PM »

Well, more time on Jeannie, got some rigging done, hinges fitted and a few little bits and peices made, installed the motor again after varnishing the hull, all was going swimmingly until....................DISASTER! :(

I fumbled the wheelhouse, instinvtively tried to catch it and broke some of the window frames!!! Dont know if its repairable yet or if its a new build job, I walked away from it!
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« Reply #36 on: July 05, 2007, 09:11:53 PM »

No worries Peter.

Maybe a little more detail on how I did the graining:

First I painted the panels in matt yellow, allowed that to dry for a couple of days. Then used tamiya masking tape for the borders and painted the rectangle in brown, whilst wet, I used a combination of the sharpened rubber and the butchered nit comb to remove lines of brown, hence creating the grained effect.

Its actually quite easy once you have had a practise and worked out a way that suits you.

Ian
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Re: BoatMadman's - 1915 steam drifter build
« Reply #37 on: July 09, 2007, 10:11:50 PM »

Well, I managed to repair the wheelhouse - it took ages to find some of the small peices that broke off! Anyway, its as good as new now phew!

I spent tonight making some single blocks - see pics.

Ian

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Re: BoatMadman's - 1915 steam drifter build
« Reply #38 on: July 14, 2007, 09:25:44 PM »

Hi,

Been busy with work at the moment so havent done much, just a few little bits.

Here we have the portholes glazed and fitted - they were glazed by dropping a little clear epoxy into the turned porthole.

The wheelhouse is glazed with clear acetate.

The forward mast is rigged and the funnel has its graphics on!

All items are dry fitted at the moment, thats why some have got a lean on - its NOT me working on it after drinking malt! (although thats not a bad idea!) ;D

Ian
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Re: BoatMadman's - 1915 steam drifter build
« Reply #39 on: July 19, 2007, 04:59:37 PM »

Here we are with the wheelhouse assembled, lights on and interior fittings in place.

Ian
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Re: BoatMadman's - 1915 steam drifter build
« Reply #40 on: August 18, 2007, 10:09:35 PM »

here we are again with some updates after holidays and broken computers!

Jeannie has been ballasted, more fittings made and fitted, electronics fitted and working, lights fitted and working!  ;D

Ian
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« Reply #41 on: August 18, 2007, 10:11:37 PM »

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Re: BoatMadman's - 1915 steam drifter build
« Reply #42 on: August 18, 2007, 10:13:52 PM »

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Re: BoatMadman's - 1915 steam drifter build
« Reply #43 on: August 28, 2007, 11:19:01 PM »

ah right, well, as you can see from the pics, I have used my hatch for the electronics, so no opening hatch with nets draped over!

Maybe I will have to make a modified hatch, with net rollers and have a lump of netting lying on the hatch top so it looks as though its laying into the hatch.

Ian
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« Reply #44 on: August 31, 2007, 04:53:15 PM »

heading for sea trials on Sunday if all stays fair.  O0

Will post pics.

Ian
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« Reply #45 on: September 03, 2007, 03:54:51 PM »

Well, sea trials went very well, didnt get long on the water though - the subbies wanted the frequencies! (pics of subs in sub section)

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« Reply #46 on: September 18, 2007, 07:19:32 PM »

Back again having done some fittings for Jeannie.
1. Dinghy now has oars, and a barrel on the poop
2.Net buoys made from expanded polystyren balls, with a loop of black cable glued in. ist attempt at glue - cyno - ball melted, used pva ok! 1st attempt at paint - used spray, cam up like a golf ball with a rash! used humbrol enamels.
3.Lifebelt graphics done on ms word and printed onto waterslide paper. lifebelt mounts made of styrene.
4. Another barrel, bucket and home made ladder.
5.Coal sacks
6.Grabrail on wheelhouse front.

Tarpaulin clamp around the for'ard hatch

Ian
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« Reply #47 on: September 30, 2007, 12:13:43 PM »

Jeannie has now had a re powering, she runs on 24v now, runs much better.  O0
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Re: BoatMadman's - 1915 steam drifter build
« Reply #48 on: April 05, 2008, 01:36:20 PM »

Here we have, for those interested, the wiring diag for Jeannie.

Ian

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