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Title: Which phase of building do you never look forward to ??
Post by: mrlownotes on June 18, 2019, 10:21:29 AM
Every hobby has its 'ups and downs'.The one phase of building a model boat that I never look forward to is setting the motor mount(s) in the exact necessary alignment.I've used , I believe, all the usual tried and tested ways

a) Locking the coupling with tubes
b) MMM's brass sliding alignment tool
c) Ammeter connected and running the motor to detect least current drawn
d) Line of sight, looking up the tube
e) Staring into the hull for hours waiting for an inspiration from the almighty

What part of building a model do YOU not look forward to ??

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Post by: TugCowboy on June 18, 2019, 10:24:34 AM
The deck. I always mess that bit up, lining it up right, making it exactly the right size or whatever I just always manage to get it wrong. If I could only buy one pre-made part of a model boat it would be the flipping deck!
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Post by: grendel on June 18, 2019, 11:46:21 AM
Every hobby has its 'ups and downs'.The one phase of building a model boat that I never look forward to is setting the motor mount(s) in the exact necessary alignment.I've used , I believe, all the usual tried and tested ways

a) Locking the coupling with tubes
b) MMM's brass sliding alignment tool
c) Ammeter connected and running the motor to detect least current drawn
d) Line of sight, looking up the tube
e) Staring into the hull for hours waiting for an inspiration from the almighty

What part of building a model do YOU not look forward to ??


I resorted in the end to a model car front axle cv joint, and a built in adjustment to be able to tweak the angle of things.
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Post by: Taranis on June 18, 2019, 01:54:40 PM
Windows  {-)
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Post by: Antipodean on June 18, 2019, 02:04:55 PM
Sanding, but now I am building planing hulls in smaller sizes it isn't too bad  :-))
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Post by: Fred Ellis on June 18, 2019, 03:08:43 PM
Windows  {-)


Me too along with freeing ports. >>:-(
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Post by: john44 on June 18, 2019, 03:21:45 PM
Sanding after fiberglass cloth and 3 coats of resin
Worth it in the end but what a job.



John
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Post by: Mark T on June 18, 2019, 03:35:24 PM
That point most Saturdays when my wife points out that Iíve been working on my build for too long and itís time to take her shopping  {-)
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Post by: unbuiltnautilus on June 18, 2019, 04:01:24 PM
That bit after designing it and before launching it. The rest I enjoy!
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Post by: DaveM on June 18, 2019, 04:14:29 PM
Peeling off the masking tape and hoping you don't remove the paint with it.
DM
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Post by: Bob K on June 18, 2019, 05:51:20 PM
The detailing is looked-for highlight, once I am into it I go over the top  :-))
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Post by: Colin Bishop on June 18, 2019, 06:25:22 PM
Painting! I've got better and more patient over the years but it is still my biggest weakness. Boats generally look reasonable when finished with little sign of the frustration entailed in getting them to look like that.

Colin
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Post by: clockworks on June 18, 2019, 07:36:56 PM
Definitely painting, especially with big things like boats. Overspray and paint dust make so much mess.  I used to build 1/43 resin car kits, and 1/35 military. Painting them was OK, once I got around to making a small spray booth with an extractor and used an airbrush rather than rattle cans.
Is it even possible to paint a boat hull with an airbrush? I imagine keeping a "wet edge" would be impossible?



Windows runs a close second. I used to use Microscale Kristal Klear for cars. easy to work with, as any excess can just be wiped off after setting with a damp cotton swab. No good for boats, as the windows would just fall out when it got wet. Canopy glue is much harder to work with
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Post by: RMH on June 18, 2019, 07:50:03 PM
Painting is the only bit I enjoy now as you know you are getting to the end of the build and the model starts to come to life. Everything else just takes me too long.
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Post by: frogman3 on June 18, 2019, 08:23:28 PM

PAYING out for all the accessories >>:-( and F/G and sanding
chris
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Post by: Taranis on June 18, 2019, 09:03:36 PM
The biggest bugbear with painting is drying times. Really need to relax and be patient over as many weeks as it takes.
No prizes for finishing it quick and it sitting on the shelf with lots of regrets
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Post by: raflaunches on June 18, 2019, 09:35:35 PM
At the moment... planking! Iíve done so much planking with 2-3mm wide planks with graphite pencil caulking that itís given me a Captain Darling twitch! %%
That why my next couple donít have deck planks!
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Post by: ballastanksian on June 18, 2019, 11:07:17 PM
Ships boats and Fibreglassing. Time consuming annoyances and messy with pokey stickiness respectively!
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Post by: Capt Podge on June 18, 2019, 11:20:27 PM
Removing old paint from the hull of a restoration /rebuild project, especially where it seems to have been applied with a 2" brush about 20 years ago!


(I still can't resist the challenge though)  :embarrassed:


Regards
Ray.
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Post by: Bowwave on June 20, 2019, 11:42:20 AM

The moment when the name plate is added to the stand .That signifies end of project , makes me feel more sad than elated.   {:-{ .
Bowwave
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Post by: Martin [Admin] on June 20, 2019, 01:19:08 PM
The moment when the name plate is added to the stand.
That signifies end of project , makes me feel more sad than elated.   {:-{ .
Bowwave

 That's actually very interesting Bowwave.... wish I was a psychiatrist !
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Post by: Taranis on June 20, 2019, 01:31:58 PM
The last 10% always seems to take forever  %%
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Post by: tugmad on June 20, 2019, 03:28:58 PM
Cutting and fitting all of the Bulwark knees on model tugs.
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Post by: Andyn on June 21, 2019, 01:18:00 AM
The bit where you throw it at the lake and it either stops mid air, or as soon as it hits the water %)
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Post by: Klunk on June 21, 2019, 03:09:29 AM
doing anything on my boats! I can sit for days repairing other peoples boats,  cleaning etc. do my own and it goes horribly wrong !