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Title: Boat covers
Post by: Chaos32 on July 15, 2015, 01:13:12 PM
Hi all
I want to replace the material covers on the lifeboats/dingys on a 1/32 scale tug what material would you recommend ?
Title: Re: Boat covers
Post by: Howard on July 15, 2015, 04:57:28 PM
A old hanky or maybe a if you have a roller blind shop that makes them near you see what plain colours they do and ask if you can buy a small off cut.


                    Regards Howard.
Title: Re: Boat covers
Post by: Umi_Ryuzuki on July 15, 2015, 06:03:53 PM
I have seen people use just plain beige masking tape on life boats.
It looks quite good. The tape edges look like canvas seams.


 :-))
Title: Re: Boat covers
Post by: Arrow5 on July 15, 2015, 09:20:01 PM
Ask your aeromodelling chums for some off-cuts of "Solartex" (not Solarfilm)    It is a heatshrink fine grained fabric with heat activated adhesive and the fabric can be tightened with an ordinary domestic clothes iron.   It comes in various colours and can be painted with Humbrol etc.
Title: Re: Boat covers
Post by: MTB Hulls on July 16, 2015, 01:53:02 PM
Umbrella fabric can be painted and superglued and is abundant and free on a windy rainy day  ;)


Otherwise very thin plastic card as realistic sag can be added with a hot air gun.
Title: Re: Boat covers
Post by: irons01 on July 16, 2015, 02:03:22 PM
I've used cartridge paper in the past, soaked in dilute PVA, which gives it strength and makes it waterproof, and if you then paint more on you can get realistic sag. Also the dilute PVA glues to most things, so it can be used to glue onto the dingy frame....
Title: Re: Boat covers
Post by: Chaos32 on July 16, 2015, 02:05:32 PM
Thanks all
Some really good ideas coming in here
Spoilt for choice now  {-) {-)
Title: Re: Boat covers
Post by: Howard Q on July 18, 2015, 10:16:19 PM
Hi.
Have a look on modellingtimbers website, Kieth does some lovely fabric just for lifeboat covers, he also sells hatch cover fabric in a number of shades, also a grey material that is perfect for canvas dodgers.
Howard Q
Title: Re: Boat covers
Post by: Chaos32 on July 18, 2015, 10:41:09 PM
Thanks Howard Q what a great website never seen it before will have a good look around on there  :-)) :-)) :-))