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Title: Fish Trawler "Meili-Lady"
Post by: B.B on December 07, 2016, 08:50:18 am
Hi ,back again my latest build not an Australian design, this time based on fish trawlers in your neck of the woods, same scale as my previous builds, scale 1:16 , 49" x15" x7" ( 65' x 20' x 9' 4") the main frame ( keel, stem etc of 12mm Tasmanian oak, keel is later laminated to 16 mm) the frames are of 16 mm ply

Photo 1 .. Side profile of the hull and start of the main frames.
           2 ..  Ready to solder the oil tube into the stern tube.
           3 ..  Glueing the back section and the stern tube into position.
           4  ..  Inside of all of the frames jig sawed out  before attacking them with the bandsaw.
           5  .. Inside stern view of her frames.
           6 ..  All frames in position and brazed  .
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Post by: missyd on December 07, 2016, 04:17:00 pm
Love your wood work!!!! :-))
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Post by: Steve Mahoney on December 07, 2016, 08:04:10 pm
Great, will be following with interest.
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Post by: Joinerman on December 08, 2016, 06:45:30 pm
Great woodwork skills. Looking forward to following this build. Well done BB.......Alan
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Post by: ballastanksian on December 08, 2016, 09:09:44 pm
I am so pleased to see you back and working your magic with timber BB.

Keeping an excited eye out for your next post  :-))
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Post by: Mark T on December 08, 2016, 09:26:04 pm
We need a "like" button on this forum  {-)   I'll be watching this one B.B as always  :-))
Title: Re: Fish Trawler "Meili-Lady"
Post by: B.B on December 09, 2016, 12:25:40 am
Thank you for your comments guys, the  photo are.
  1 ..Transom and part of the lower bulwark attached.
  2 .. I put the bulbous bow on in sections then bogged and shaped her once the planking was completed in that area.We have had bulbs on 2 of our trawlers both weren't what you would call  perfect, so I shaped this one to how I would have it constructed if we had built again. I dare say there will be a % of dislikes to this design.
  3 ..Hull half planked up, I know the UK trawlers like to have more of a rounded transom, I designed this one with bit more meat on her corners , and the lower section as some of our (Aus) trawlers have here.
  4  .. Showing the bulb nearly blocked in prior to the good old Plasti-Bond  being applied.
  5  .. hooray for paint ( that will cover all the bog up), I ran thinner planking strips around her shoulders, as she has a fair bit of flare to contend with, then skarfed the remaining planking to it.
  6  ..And showing the shape of the filler planks in her flares section and how they were skarfed in.
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Post by: missyd on December 09, 2016, 03:27:28 pm
Fantastic!!!!!  :-))
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Post by: roycv on December 09, 2016, 03:42:19 pm
Hi, can I join the admirers of your woodworking skills?  A great shame to cover with paint though.
regards Roy
Title: Re: Fish Trawler "Meili-Lady"
Post by: ballastanksian on December 09, 2016, 08:24:51 pm
If that is the way you have to do the bulb to get it right then I can see no plausible reason to critisise. It is an awful shape to create in one sitting and your joggling of the planking more than makes up for it Brian  8) Have yourself a well deserved stubby or two and remember that the admirers of your cabinet making outnumber your detractors by a huge number (assuming you have any)

Excellent as per usual:O)
Title: Re: Fish Trawler "Meili-Lady"
Post by: B.B on December 11, 2016, 10:34:35 am
Hi there  :-) ,thanks guys the next lot of photos are.
1  ..With the first 4 frames i spliced flat sections of Tassie oak into their top section to take the planking above the deck level around the shoulders, and then ribbed this section only.
2 & 3 .. The remainder of her hull I fitted extra frames in between the main frames ,just for extra strength ( not that she needed it), I was able to use most of the cut outs from the main frames, bit of a slow job as each had to be shaped to fit that section of the hull, then I would cut them to the thickness I required before gluing them in , the inside of the hull was then was given 2 coats of resin.
4 .. Then framed  and braced the sloped back section with Tassie oak .
 5  ..Showing her with all her frames and ribs installed and the start (at the stern area) of installing her merbau shelving.
 6 & 7 ..  Sowing the shape of the merbau shelving around the flared section....
Title: Re: Fish Trawler "Meili-Lady"
Post by: B.B on December 12, 2016, 09:17:20 pm
Hi guys next section of the build.
 1  ..All of the shelving installed and bit extra at the stern section where the trawl gantries will be afixed.
 2  ..Extra deck beams 20 x 22mm (3/4+" x 7/8" ) of red oak.
 3  ..Showing bulk of the deck beams installed ,except the lift out area on back deck.
 4-5-6  ..The lift out deck sections prior to laying the ply deck ( 3mm).
 7  .. Inside the hull looking towards the stern showing the base a lift out section with the net drums will sit (so as can easily get to the rudders tiller arm etc).....
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Post by: ballastanksian on December 12, 2016, 11:01:59 pm
Excuse my bleating on Brian, but that is some of the best miniature carpentary I have ever seen. On its own I believe that the stern area with those gorgeous knees would win a prize.

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Post by: missyd on December 13, 2016, 03:35:35 pm
WONDERFUL woodwork!!!! As usual I can only say you are a real artist!!!!  :-))
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Post by: B.B on December 14, 2016, 05:55:43 am
hi guys thanks for the compliments, the next lot are.
 1 & 2 ..The stern underdeck slide out boxing where the net drums will live ,this is made from 3mm ply and merbau .
  3 & 4 .. Copper rudder  and the brass rudder stock before being straitened and after with sleeved to suit the rudder stock tube.
 5  . The tiller arm was made from a flattened piece of 1/2" copper tubing and 1 pin out of a burnt out 3phs plug...
Title: Re: Fish Trawler "Meili-Lady"
Post by: B.B on December 15, 2016, 12:21:04 am
Hi there back with few more shots of her.
1  .. Construction of the motor base, (installing the MFA Torpedo 850 spinning a 90 mm prop) the servo and ESC control bases ,made from Tassie oak.
2  ..Guards for the fly wheel on the motor ,one is for the previous model "Evie-K-B" which has the same motor installed.
3  ..The underside of the motor base ( or beds) even thou the s.s bolts are wound in firmly  use a brass rod pined into the side of the bolt, so no chance of them turning.
4  ..Showing the motor base assembled, after it has already been pre fitted in the model.
5 ..Marking out of the trawl winch's side plates and drums etc.
6  ..Assembling the drum plates and strengtheners.
7  ..The winches are about 90 % completed .
 Will put up more in a few days as heading south on a little road trip tomorrow, Cheers.
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Post by: Steve Mahoney on December 15, 2016, 06:28:35 pm
Going by your camera's photo numbering system I see that you are approaching your one trillionth photo well done, outstanding effort.
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Post by: B.B on December 22, 2016, 10:19:31 am
Hi there back again, next section of photos are of the dummy scuppers made from copper ,once installed fitted blocks behind them so as no possibility of them moving, and also the anchor inlets...
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Post by: Peter Fitness on December 22, 2016, 09:55:30 pm
Another masterpiece Brian O0  Are you back in the Bay now?


Peter.
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Post by: B.B on December 23, 2016, 02:02:02 am
Hi Peter thank you, yes arrived back in the Bay on Sunday, have been doing odd jobs for the Mother (page full) and re assembling the models I had up at the house (seven) took about a day to dismantle and bubble rap , on my 3rd day now , have to then put some more shelves up in my old room to house them, i suppose you had the last model meet at Ballina this last Sunday ?
These photos are...
1 ..laying the 3mm ply decking.
2 ..Sides and across the stern finished ( 2mm ply for that section).
3 ..Laying the base for the aft trawl gantries.
4  ..Strengthening the insides of the trawl gantries, as will be towing a set of gear behind her.
5  ..Using aluminum cross arms with tassy oak strengtheners.
6  ..Showing the main section of the trawl gantries connected together.......
Title: Re: Fish Trawler "Meili-Lady"
Post by: Martin [Admin] on December 23, 2016, 06:52:02 am
 
Nice workmanship!   :-))
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Post by: Peter Fitness on December 23, 2016, 09:42:25 pm
Yes we did Brian. There's no sail day on Sunday (Christmas Day), the next scheduled day is 8th January but Martin, Brian, Peter B and Mike will be at the Evans Head Air Show with the club display. I won't be there as it's the day we go to the caravan park at Lennox Head. I hope I can catch up with you at some stage.


Peter.
Title: Re: Fish Trawler "Meili-Lady"
Post by: B.B on December 25, 2016, 10:22:20 pm
Hi Peter, I will be there till early March so definitely catch up, will be giving the "Evie-K-B" a trawl with new set of gear at Evans Head with couple friends in a few days time ,just have to dodge all the terrorist there ( not the best time ,to crowded)
This set of photo's are.
1  .. All the rubbing strips attached.
2  ..Just had a thinned coat of Estapol.
3 & 4  ..All the winch's finished and bit more work on the trawl gantries.
5 & 6  ..Start of the w-house and she has her first primer coats......
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Post by: B.B on December 28, 2016, 02:53:25 am
Morning, some more shots of the build.
 1  & 2 .. Cleaning out the front of the windows, my new Dremil drill just on 7 months old decided to stop working ,so borrowed Old Shrimpers Dremil (saved the day) as it took about 2 months to get mine back, and showing the front of the w-house attached, used a 5/8 " ply base for the w-house ( so no worries of any movement)
 3  ..I find the old credit cards or in this case old R.V card make good templates for the different curves in the window areas .
 4  ..Cleaning out the inside layer of the ply for the plastic windows to be recessed into later after painting.
 5  .. All the sides of the w-house attached.
 6 & 7 .. Showing the inside of the w-house before starting on the beams etc.....
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Post by: Joinerman on December 28, 2016, 10:51:06 am
Great workmanship BB.


Alan




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Post by: B.B on December 29, 2016, 07:08:00 am
Hi there thanks Alan.
1 & 2  .. W-house before and after the beams installed.
3 & 4  ..braces for the eyebrow fitted and remaining of the top trimming finished.
5 & 6  ..The main base for the radar,satelite frame.
7  .. Top lift out section of the radar ,satelite frame.
8  ..Radar & satelite frame finnished , couldn't find any thing suitable to make the sat domes from so made from timber ,then I seen some shots of a deodorant lid utilized for the dome ( gees why didn't i think of that :(  ) next time :). 
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Post by: mike_victoriabc on December 29, 2016, 11:24:36 pm
Amazing detail - do you rip all your own wood strips?

Thanks for posting the building steps.
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Post by: B.B on December 30, 2016, 04:02:16 am
 Hi Mike, with the planking strips (bit lazy there) I buy those generally from 'Modellers Shipyard' in Australia found them to have very good quality lime wood ,have bought some from the UK but found the lime wood strips very splintery and softer, all the other deck beams etc cut those on the band saw.
With this set of photos are of 2 crane kits i bought from the UK, one from 'Model Slipway' a power block crane FK-OL ,even though this kit is scale of 1:24  and my models are of 1:16 I wouldn't want this any larger, and the second crane kit is from 'Macs Mouldings' a Seacrane M321, I made some slight modifications on them but very impressed with their realism and outcome of both of them.
With the aft power block crane i made a slide frame on the trawl gantry to make it easier to remove etc.
 
Title: Re: Fish Trawler "Meili-Lady"
Post by: B.B on January 02, 2017, 10:26:04 pm
Morning , next section of the build.
1 & 2 ...The front mast base, can easily dismantle mast from base.
3  ...The frame for emptying the cod end .
4  ...Showing most of the bits n pieces where they will live.
5 & 6  ...Hatchway to the top of the w-house ( solder still to be cleaned around the joints of hand railing ).
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Post by: B.B on January 07, 2017, 02:49:46 am
Hi there, next up the hand railings around her, tried something different this time, with the main up right post I driled them on a slight angle to suit the lighter cross rails ( looks a bit rough how I drilled them out), broke the drill bit a few times ,had just enough of the bit left to finish the job off, once they were all in position then soldered all those sections......
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Post by: Spinner on January 07, 2017, 03:34:56 am
Beautiful work Brian  :-)) :-))
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Post by: B.B on January 07, 2017, 10:23:31 pm
Thanks Spinner, these are the last shots of her before packing her up to take them south , did the final assembling there.
1 & 2  .. Made a couple of trawl blocks from fittings I scavenged from something about 20 yrs ago (can't remember what the hell it was ???) I generally have a container I keep all those little goodies in for use .
3  ...She is just hanging around while her bottom drys ,sprayed her bottom all the remainder brushed.
4  ..Showing her inside with the R.C gear installed ,so plenty of room in her for ballast.
5  ..With all her vinyl strips attached (sure does beat trying to paint them)
6  .. Sticking her windows in I just use P.V.A wood glue......
Title: Re: Fish Trawler "Meili-Lady"
Post by: ballastanksian on January 08, 2017, 06:35:33 pm
Is the double U piece in your last photo a jig or just a useful retainer to hold the window frames straight while the glue dries???
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Post by: Mark T on January 08, 2017, 06:52:38 pm
Is it a cut in half chain link?
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Post by: B.B on January 09, 2017, 09:29:31 am
Hi guys, yep they are just cut up s.s chain links ,just using them for slight weight while the glue dries.
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Post by: B.B on January 21, 2017, 03:59:46 am
Hi there ,well bubble wrapped the bulk of the models in the photo and we transported them from Cairns down to Byron Bay prior to Christmas,and finally has her name and numbers attached.
I named her after my wife Catherine (I couldn't use "Lady-Catherine" as Peter has a lovely model with this name) Meili ( pronounced  May Lee in Chinese  is Beautiful ).
we gave her a float and ballast test the other day, there are 2 photo's of her sitting as she is and the others after installing the ballast she took 3.860 kg towards the bow and 3.790 kg in the hollow heel area total of 7.650 kg, and the last photo showing Catherine with the model....
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Post by: B.B on January 21, 2017, 04:05:26 am
Hi There, some more close up shots of her, also checked her R.C gear out to make sure every thing running the right way ........
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Post by: missyd on January 21, 2017, 07:00:03 am
 :-)) :-)) WONDERFUL model!!!!  :-)) :-))
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Post by: Joinerman on January 21, 2017, 08:28:18 am
Stunning workmanship reflected in the final ship which looks fantastic.  :-)) :-)) :-)) :-)) :-)) :-)) :-))
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Post by: ballastanksian on January 21, 2017, 06:07:09 pm
Wow!!!! It is not often you can say that a model is as beautiful inside as it is out knowing the quality of your carpentry in making the hull.

Lovely!
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Post by: desktoprover on January 21, 2017, 06:40:55 pm
Fantastic work!  The crane is just awesome!
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Post by: B.B on January 22, 2017, 07:47:21 pm
Hi guys ,thank you for all your comments  :-)) .
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Post by: Spinner on January 22, 2017, 10:16:06 pm
Looks fantastic Brian.  :-)) :-))
If you're ever showing them off let me know I'd love to have a look.
Title: Re: Fish Trawler "Meili-Lady"
Post by: Peter Fitness on February 12, 2017, 10:10:15 pm
I had the pleasure of seeing Brian's latest masterpiece, Meili-Lady, in action yesterday at our club lake in Ballina yesterday (Sunday). I have followed the build of this beautiful model on Mayhem, plus Brian kept me up to date with his progress via emails, and to see it in real life was great. It performs every bit as well as it looks, and that's saying something. It's quite a big model and has a real presence on the water. Wonderful job, Brian.


Peter.
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Post by: ballastanksian on February 13, 2017, 10:55:48 pm
Beautiful  8)
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Post by: B.B on August 26, 2018, 06:42:00 am
Hi there, finally got the chance to tow some gear behind her, Old Shrimper (Bob) was cruising through ( caravaning) so we gave her a run in the North Arm at Ballina nice sandy bottom also tried out my Turnigy underwater camera , after view adjustments we then tried the next week with the "Charissa" , cheers....
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Post by: missyd on August 26, 2018, 04:14:50 pm
Wonderful model and fantastic fotos!  :-))
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Post by: neverupright on August 26, 2018, 08:33:33 pm
that is a work of art
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Post by: B.B on August 27, 2018, 02:03:37 am
Thanks guys glad you enjoyed them  :-) .