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Title: Nordkap Build
Post by: Peter Fitness on September 26, 2008, 11:51:24 pm
I'm currently building a Billing "Nordkap", although I haven't touched it for over 5 weeks, as we have been away in our caravan. I'm impressed with the kit - my first attempt at plank on frame - all the laser cut parts were excellent, and there's a wide selection of brass and plastic items for detailing. Some photos below, (workshop supervisor visible in the second photo).

Peter.
Title: Nordkap Build
Post by: David_S on September 27, 2008, 04:58:01 am
Peter - very nice work in the Nordkap. I have had one in the box for several years, waiting for us to be settled long enough to make it worth building. I made a start on the planking of one about about 25 years ago, but it was then destroyed in a house move, hence my caution.
Title: Nordkap Build
Post by: Peter Fitness on September 27, 2008, 05:43:16 am
Thanks David. I have found the kit very enjoyable to build, and once I worked out where to put all the electricals it has gone together fairly quickly. I am replacing the kit deck planking with my own because of a slight variation I have made from the instructions.

Peter.
Title: Nordkap Build
Post by: barryfoote on September 27, 2008, 08:00:53 am
First go at plank on frame????

Very good indeed Peter. Lets see some more photos of her please..

Barry
Title: Nordkap Build
Post by: fullboat on September 27, 2008, 08:26:03 am
Nice job Peter. Ive seen Billing models put down on this site before , I'm glad to see someone else is enjoying their build. Hope to see more pics.

Andy   8) 8)
Title: Nordkap Build
Post by: bigford on September 27, 2008, 09:46:01 am
. Ive seen Billing models put down on this site before , I'm glad to see someone else is enjoying their build.
Andy   8) 8)

   i think if billings thought more about the r/c side of there ships they might have a better
following. i mean giving no info r/c gear install  that was the case with both of my billings ships

Title: Nordkap Build
Post by: BORIS on September 27, 2008, 10:24:13 am
You will HAVE TO  post a picture of the Nordkap when its finished.
Title: Nordkap Build
Post by: Peter Fitness on September 27, 2008, 11:21:53 pm
Bigford, I agree with you about the lack of info in the Billing instructions concerning R/C installation. I believe if I had no previous experience of R/C boat building, I would have been in trouble although, to be fair, Billing do say that some experience is necessary. However, if more detailed instructions on radio installation was included, more people may be tempted to have a go at Billing kits for on water use.

Footski, thanks for the comment - yes, it is my first attempt at plank on frame, and having successfully completed the hull, it gives me the confidence to try other, more complex, hull shapes. I had previously only built hard chine hulls.

I will post more photos as the work progresses.

Peter.
Title: Nordkap Build
Post by: Martin13 on September 27, 2008, 11:29:07 pm
Hey Peter,

How about posting a build on your Nordkap - I'm sure you have taken a lot of pics just like your recent holiday in UK {-) {-)

All jokes aside - you are doing a great job and especially as a first time plank on frame - see it ain't that difficult.

I'm currently researching a 1:72 scale Battleship - scratch build - now thats a lot of planks especially on the deck ???

Keep up the good work O0

Martin doon under
Title: Nordkap Build
Post by: Peter Fitness on September 28, 2008, 11:20:18 pm
Hi Martin,

I haven't taken many photos of the Nordkap build, just one or two of each stage. I didn't set out to record it as a step by step construction, just a log of the various stages of the build. I will try and do a more comprehensive one when I build my next project, a scratch built Grand Banks cruiser from a plan by Jim Pottinger, enlarged, which will also be plank on frame.

I will post some more photos of Nordkap as the build progresses.

I am enjoying following your Brave Borderer build, it's a great job.

Peter.
Title: Nordkap Build
Post by: Martin13 on September 28, 2008, 11:40:23 pm
G'Day Peter,

Aha, nothing like a scratchbuild - great way of learning what not to do. Looking forward to more pics of Nordkap and next build. BB is coming along okay - currently working on superstructure and will update BB post shortly.

Also researching Battleships. Thinking about HMS Warspite (2708mm) or HMS Vanguard (3429mm) at 1:72 scale. I like em BIG...might build both :D ::) ;D

A little advice - when researching models, don't go on ebay looking for books - have just spent a fortune. >>:-(

Martin du
Title: Nordkap Build
Post by: Peter Fitness on October 14, 2008, 06:57:39 am
Here are some more pictures of my Nordkap build. I'm hoping to have it on the water in a couple of weeks time. The deck planking is some I cut myself from some sort of pine - I can't remember what type, I got a small piece from a local specialist timber merchant, and I've forgotten the name of the variety of pine. (Another senior's moment)   :embarrassed:

Peter
Title: Nordkap Build
Post by: Cargo on October 14, 2008, 11:16:36 pm
Here are some more pictures of my Nordkap build

Peter

Like the Nordkap too, great work so far  :-))
Title: Nordkap Build
Post by: Peter Fitness on October 23, 2008, 02:49:14 am
I have finally finished my Billing Nordkap, and here are some photos. She has not had her sea trials yet, I'm waiting for the wind to ease.

Peter.
Title: Nordkap Build
Post by: Roger in France on October 23, 2008, 06:04:33 am
Looks good, Peter.

We would like plenty of pictures of her maiden voyage!

She looks very seaworthy, which I am sure she was designed to be so don't wait for a totally calm day.

Roger in France.
Title: Nordkap Build
Post by: Martin [Admin] on October 23, 2008, 07:44:21 am
Great job Peter! :-))
Title: Nordkap Build
Post by: David_S on October 23, 2008, 08:12:17 am
Very nice work, Peter; a model to be proud of.
Title: Nordkap Build
Post by: Peter Fitness on October 24, 2008, 01:21:14 am
Thank you all for the kind comments. I took her for her maiden voyage today - I didn't wait for complete calm Roger, although conditions were good at our lake, it is quite sheltered. The wind has been very strong lately, some houses unroofed and trees blown down, so I thought I had better wait for things to settle down a bit..
The model handled beautifully, and apart from a slight adjustment to lateral trim, she sat well in the water. Some pictures attached, including one of her on our (local council supplied) wash down table.

Peter.
Title: Nordkap Build
Post by: tigertiger on October 24, 2008, 03:18:38 am
She looks great Peter.
Title: Nordkap Build
Post by: Peter Fitness on October 24, 2008, 07:01:09 am
Thanks tt.
Peter.
Title: Nordkap Build
Post by: Roger in France on October 24, 2008, 07:41:36 am
I knew she would look good, peter. Well done.

Roger in France.
Title: Nordkap Build
Post by: barryfoote on October 24, 2008, 08:03:12 am
As the guys said. it looks great. A superb job amigo..

Barry
Title: Nordkap Build
Post by: Peter Fitness on October 24, 2008, 09:52:09 pm
Thanks everyone. Our club has been invited to display at the Alstonville Agricultural Show today (Alstonville is a small town about 20 km from where we live), so Nordkap is on show there, together with about 20 other models from club members. I will take some photos and post them later.

Peter.
Title: Nordkap Build
Post by: BORIS on October 25, 2008, 09:15:00 pm
Peter ..Well done ..I like that Billings Nordkap :-)).....i am now just finishing the Mechanical Digger on the Model slipway Coaster..then its just a matter of the finishing details...ladders. a few bollards , painting etc...then its finished..and its looking really good.Think i will add some Rust on mine.
Title: Nordkap Build
Post by: Peter Fitness on October 25, 2008, 10:00:56 pm
Thanks Boris, I am very happy with the way it turned out.

We had a very successful day at the Alstonville Show, and even though it is primarily an agricultural show, our club's display of model boats created lots of interest. Nordkap had her first public outing, albeit a static one, although today (Sunday) she will have her first official club sailing. A few photos of our display are attached.

Peter.
Title: Nordkap Build
Post by: barryfoote on October 26, 2008, 07:55:00 am
Excellent Peter and thanks for the photos.......No matter how much I tried though, I couldn't get the coins in the donation box. :-)) :-))
Title: Nordkap Build
Post by: Peter Fitness on October 26, 2008, 10:30:19 pm
Footski, I appreciate the thought, we did actually do quite well with the donation box though. We need the money too, as our container at our lake was vandalised and burnt out earlier this year, causing an assessed damage value of over $15,000. We didn't know it at the time, but the Ballina RSL Club, of which we are a part, had an excess of $10,000, so we only received just over $5,000 from the insurance company. When we approached the RSL Club for the balance of the claim, they pleaded poverty, and only gave us $2,500. When the RSL Club policy was taken out, a relatively small claim such as ours had not been considered, the main aim being the coverage of the Club buildings and contents, the value of which would run into millions. They have since taken out a policy to cover future incidents such as ours - the words stable doors and bolting horses come to mind.

On the bright side, we have had great support from the business community of Ballina, and hopefully we will have a new container on site soon, together with some replacement contents.

Peter.
Title: Re: Nordkap Build
Post by: Bunkerbarge on February 18, 2009, 11:40:47 pm
Thread moved from the "Whose Building What at the Moment" thread.
Title: Re: Nordkap Build
Post by: gibson on February 19, 2009, 01:40:46 am

Hi Peter,

Great build and superb pictures........

I have got a long way to go and so much to learn but seeing what you have done here is very inspiring.

Dale.
Title: Re: Nordkap Build
Post by: Peter Fitness on February 19, 2009, 11:14:02 pm
Thanks, Dale.

As I said earlier, it was a very enjoyable kit to build, and has also proved to be a very enjoyable model to sail. It has now had numerous outings and has performed flawlessly every time.

Peter.
Title: Re: Nordkap Build
Post by: dash8man on March 08, 2009, 05:24:57 pm
Hi Peter,

    How did you finish the hull on your Nordkap? ie. fibreglass or by some other method? Very nice looking! Cheers.

Bill.
Title: Re: Nordkap Build
Post by: Peter Fitness on March 08, 2009, 08:22:16 pm
Hi Bill,

The hull was first filled with an exterior grade Polyfilla, then rubbed down, checked for any unevenness, then filled again where necessary, more rubbing etc, until I was happy with the smoothness. I then sprayed it with a high build primer, more rubbing, then I sealed it with fibreglass resin, brushed on. Still more rubbing, this time with various grades of wet and dry paper until I was satisfied with the result. It was painted with household enamel from spray cans, the red "anti fouling" was a red oxide primer.

I hope this answers your question.

Peter.
Title: Re: Nordkap Build
Post by: Martin13 on March 08, 2009, 10:03:44 pm
Well done Pete,

Nice paint job.

Which motor did you use and ESC.

Martin doon under
Title: Re: Nordkap Build
Post by: Peter Fitness on March 08, 2009, 10:26:19 pm
Martin, the motor is a stock standard 540, and the ESC is an Mtroniks Viper 15.

Peter.
Title: Re: Nordkap Build
Post by: ggeorge on March 09, 2009, 01:52:45 am
  Very nice work, Looks great on the water.

   G. George
Title: Re: Nordkap Build
Post by: Peter Fitness on March 09, 2009, 06:22:44 am
Thanks ggeorge.

Peter.
Title: Re: Nordkap Build
Post by: Jerome Morris on March 11, 2009, 04:14:15 pm
Peter, Nice job on the Nordkap, I have an opportunity to pick one up cheap and after seeing yours I just may grab it. By the way, did you clear coat the bottom paint to keep the red primer from scratching to much.
 And one more question,Who built the "Hawaiian Pilot" and what did they use for the construction.That's my kind of ship model.
Title: Re: Nordkap Build
Post by: Peter Fitness on March 11, 2009, 10:38:32 pm
Jerome, I didn't clear coat the bottom of the hull, but have not had any problem with scratching. The bottom of our lake is fairly fine sand, and doesn't seem to cause any damage to paintwork.

The "Hawaiian Pilot" was built by our club treasurer, Mike Marks, and I believe the construction of the hull is mainly balsa, covered with lightweight fibreglass. He made an excellent job of it, although I told him he must be a masochist, given the amount of hand railing  {-)

A couple more photos of it below.

Peter.
Title: Re: Nordkap Build
Post by: Jerome Morris on March 12, 2009, 01:26:23 pm
Nice, Thanks Peter. And a sandy place to run your boats....you are a lucky man, here in Maine we are grateful to the ice age, which left lots of rocks and granite exposed.