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Dry Dock / Shipyard: Builds & Questions => Lifeboats => Topic started by: Beyno1968 on November 18, 2019, 08:39:36 PM

Title: My Mersey lifeboat build
Post by: Beyno1968 on November 18, 2019, 08:39:36 PM
I finished my Tyne Class build a few months ago ( blog here on Mayhem ) and my Aeronaut pilot build has come to a halt as the terrible weather we have had recently has stopped me painting the hull and superstructure.
So a few weeks ago I decided to start the Mersey I bought from Mountfleet Models at last year's Blackpool show. I also managed to get hold of a full set of drawings for the boat , as I want to add interior detail etc , thanks to a fellow Mayhemer.
Over the next few days I will post what I've done to date , then I will post as I do things.
The first job was to put in deck beams , which were made from 6mm ply , and I also added 6mm x 6mm base wood around the inner edge of the hull so it gave plenty of surface area when I come to glue the deck on. This was cut half way through about every 10mm so it would bend to the curves of the hull. Both these were fixed using Gorilla Titanium two part epoxy.
Next I would fit the prop tubes , A frames and rudders.
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2019/11/17/MVIMG_20190717_223610.jpg)
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2019/11/17/MVIMG_20190717_223634.jpg)
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2019/11/17/MVIMG_20190717_223620.jpg)
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Title: Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
Post by: john44 on November 19, 2019, 11:02:44 AM
The mouldings look excellent.


John
Title: Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
Post by: Beyno1968 on November 19, 2019, 03:14:02 PM
They are good but did require quite a bit of work to get them as you see in the picture. I have however decided that because I am fully detailing the interior , and with a lot of head scratching over a few days , that I won't be using the cabin moulding as I couldn't work out how I could incorporate the interior with the moulding. I will be scratch building the cabin and interior out of plastcard. I may at a later date use complete the original cabin so I have the option of which I use when sailing her.
Title: Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
Post by: ChrisH1981 on November 20, 2019, 06:19:06 PM
Hi Beyno, I will be following this build with interest.  :-)) :-)) :-))
I picked up my Mersey hull from Mountfleet Models at the International model boat show last week.

Title: Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
Post by: gribeauval on November 20, 2019, 07:33:59 PM
They are good but did require quite a bit of work to get them as you see in the picture. I have however decided that because I am fully detailing the interior , and with a lot of head scratching over a few days , that I won't be using the cabin moulding as I couldn't work out how I could incorporate the interior with the moulding. I will be scratch building the cabin and interior out of plastcard. I may at a later date use complete the original cabin so I have the option of which I use when sailing her.


This is how I build my Mersey interiors, I also don't like using the grp cabins.


https://photos.google.com/album/AF1QipPlDMi5QO7op72cpC2pKj0jPYCne5epXvP32-6K (https://photos.google.com/album/AF1QipPlDMi5QO7op72cpC2pKj0jPYCne5epXvP32-6K)
Title: Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
Post by: Taranis on November 20, 2019, 07:51:44 PM
Link doesnít seem to work Mike unless itís just me
Title: Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
Post by: RST on November 20, 2019, 07:57:27 PM
Link works fine but seems to be set to "private" or summit.
Title: Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
Post by: Beyno1968 on November 20, 2019, 08:17:36 PM
The link doesn't work for me either just says " ULR not found " any ideas ?
Title: Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
Post by: Beyno1968 on November 20, 2019, 08:18:43 PM
I ment " URL " sorry :embarrassed:
Title: Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
Post by: gribeauval on November 20, 2019, 08:31:20 PM
Try this link, gogle photos don't make it easy to share albums !!


https://photos.app.goo.gl/AAFcg1LFPexcN2Z17
Title: Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
Post by: Taranis on November 20, 2019, 08:33:26 PM
Goldmine! Awesome  O0
Title: Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
Post by: Beyno1968 on November 20, 2019, 08:49:45 PM
The prop shafts and A frames have been fitted , I opted for 5mm shafts. The rudders are commercially available ones with C section plastic profile for the front and back edges and plastcard overlays to get the correct profile.
I also thought the exhaust outlets on the hull were too small compared to the RNLI plans so I opened them out to 32mm and managed to get some plastic pipe end caps from Wickes that were just the right size these were bonded in a shaped to the contours of the hull. The stern strengthener was also made , fitted and faired in.
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2019/11/17/DSC_0739.jpg)
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Title: Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
Post by: Beyno1968 on November 20, 2019, 09:01:48 PM
The bow and stern ruffle holes have also been added.
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2019/11/17/DSC_0737.jpg)
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2019/11/17/DSC_0740.jpg)
The photo's will be a great source of inspiration thanks.
Title: Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
Post by: ChrisH1981 on November 21, 2019, 09:14:17 PM
I can see this is going to be a quailty build already, i cant wait to catch up on the progress!


gribeauval the second link works perfectly and your construction of the wheelhouse and its interior is superb
Title: Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
Post by: Beyno1968 on November 21, 2019, 11:35:54 PM
If you want any inspiration have a look at gribeauval's Rhyl Mersey lifeboat build (I have read it through on numerous occasions) also if you search "Mersey photoset" on here there is a link that takes you to an album of pictures of a full size boat showing both external and internal shots. Hope this helps.
Title: Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
Post by: Beyno1968 on November 22, 2019, 04:14:58 PM
The next job was to fit the decks. These were fitted in made 6 sections using 1.5mm plastcard.
Firstly the centre sections of the deck beams were removed to allow access to the motor and electronics and also allow the box which would include the interior to be "dropped" in. In the first picture you can see the prop shafts , rudders and rudder servo fitted.
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2019/11/17/DSC_0722.jpg)
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2019/11/17/DSC_0741.jpg)
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2019/11/17/DSC_0742.jpg)
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2019/11/22/MVIMG_20191115_162429.jpg)
Once all the sections were glued on place resin was run down all the joins from the inside to give extra secure joints.
Title: Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
Post by: Beyno1968 on November 25, 2019, 12:46:27 AM
The spay rails have been added to the Mersey. I used 6mm wide x .5mm for the backing which was bonded to the GRP hull then 5mm x 3mm plastic strip  for the actual rails then it was faired in so it flowed into the moulded rail on the hull.
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2019/11/25/MVIMG_20191124_232022.jpg)
The flying bridge has been started using 1.5mm plastcard and the cabin side out of 1mm plastcard all the windows have been plotted and cut out.
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2019/11/25/DSC_0724.jpg)
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2019/11/25/DSC_0724.jpg)
Title: Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
Post by: Canterbury Coxswain on November 25, 2019, 01:10:13 AM
Hi Beyno,
There is just one point to note with the Mersey class wheelhouse.......there is a 'knuckle' running along each side, about 18" from the deck level, which becomes the 'nose' later on. I noticed this when a friend was making a 1/12th scale version [hull, deck and wheelhouse] for me and asked me to confirm this for him before he committed to the plug build and moulding. It is most notable when you make the top-hung hinged covers, you will see a 'bend' across the top of them. I have never seen this correct in any models, until now, and there are just the three that my friend, a mutual friend and I have. Just worth mentioning.......should you want to join the 'Order of the Rivet Counters' or stay sane and go without.
Just keep up the build, it's looking good and mine is not even started.....there's a Shannon, an Arun, a Solent, a Trent, a 'Y' Class, as well as the Mersey...........all in build, but fun.
Cheers,
Kim [Canterbury Coxswain]
PS I also do a DVD of photos [some many hundreds - maybe some 800 if I count] of Mersey's with all their details, inside and outside and close-ups of all the deck and wheelhouse furniture, fixtures and fittings. They cost £7.50 each and all the money goes to the RNLI in the South East.
Title: Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
Post by: Beyno1968 on November 25, 2019, 12:37:34 PM
Hi Kim
Thanks for the information. I find out the hard way there was a 'knuckle'  when I cut the rear cabin wall for the 'first time' I made it parallel and when I checked the measurements against the drawings I realised it was too wide at the roof level. On checking the sectional drawings I found the 'knuckle' so the rear wall was remade. I would be very interested in the DVD could you please pm me with details on how to pay etc.
Chris
Title: Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
Post by: Beyno1968 on November 26, 2019, 11:56:52 PM
The flying bridge has had various surfaces made to accept the control panels etc and the  "box" that will eventually become the interior has been started.
The walls have been laminated using 3 sheets of plasticard a 1.5mm gap was left so it would fit over the coaming.
All the windows have been opened out.
The exhaust filter and fuel filler positions have  also been opened out
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2019/11/25/DSC_0728.jpg)
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2019/11/25/DSC_0729.jpg)
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(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2019/11/25/DSC_0726.jpg)
This brings the build up to where I am now. I will post my progress as and when I get bits done.
Title: Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
Post by: ChrisH1981 on November 27, 2019, 07:54:06 AM
Fantastic Beyno, this is looking really good, I canít wait to see the next stages!  :-))
Title: Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
Post by: ChrisH1981 on November 27, 2019, 07:55:37 AM
Also Kim, Beyno could you please explain the Ďknuckleí in a bit more detail?
Title: Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
Post by: Canterbury Coxswain on November 27, 2019, 02:30:12 PM
Hi Chris,
On the photos below you can see the line 'reflected' along the wheelhouse bottom about 12" from the deck and exiting under the engine covers on the nose. The close-ups show the 90 degree upright 12" [especially on the hinged cover where there is a bend line] and then the wheelhouse walls angle in - the knuckle is this 'line'.
Kim
Title: Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
Post by: Canterbury Coxswain on November 27, 2019, 02:33:30 PM
Maybe Martin or a colleague on the MBM Team,
Could you please make the last two photos 'portrait', as this is how I Posted them, thanks.
Kim
Title: Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
Post by: ChrisH1981 on November 27, 2019, 03:15:05 PM
Thanks Kim, this now makes perfect sense!
Title: Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
Post by: Beyno1968 on November 28, 2019, 03:56:24 PM
No work yesterday  :}   and the wife went Christmas shopping with her daughter so I managed to get a few hours on the Mersey. Started work on the front of the superstructure, where the rope lockers etc are situated, the apertures for the fire hydrants have been cut out and boxed in. The front wall, window sill and windows have also been added to the cabin.
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2019/11/28/DSC_0745.jpg)
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2019/11/28/MVIMG_20191120_235525.jpg)
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2019/11/28/DSC_0753.jpg)
The trim stabs have been made ready for fitting.
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2019/11/28/MVIMG_20191115_162140.jpg)
The main air intakes that go inside the cabin have also been made.
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2019/11/28/DSC_0733.jpg)
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2019/11/28/DSC_0732.jpg)


Title: Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
Post by: Beyno1968 on November 28, 2019, 04:01:56 PM
Sorry about the typo in last post. Was meant to read " trim tabs " and not " trim stabs " :embarrassed:
Title: Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
Post by: Beyno1968 on November 30, 2019, 10:53:26 PM
The front of the superstructure has now been finished and the holes for the rope lockers and survivors cabin have been cut out.
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2019/11/30/DSC_0752.jpg)
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(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2019/11/30/MVIMG_20191124_231957.jpg)
It's now beginning to look like a lifeboat. All the major structures have now been completed and now it's onto the part I like best. The detailing.
Title: Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
Post by: dpbarry on December 01, 2019, 11:55:34 PM
Absolute Goldmine. :} :}


Just waiting on wood coming from balsa cabin to start working on my Mersey


Declan


Goldmine! Awesome  O0
Title: Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
Post by: Beyno1968 on December 04, 2019, 06:22:35 PM
The engine covers and the flange for the survivors cabin hatch have been fitted. The hatches have been finished off and the watertight doors made just need to he 'hardware' fitting.
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2019/12/03/DSC_0770.jpg)
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(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2019/12/03/DSC_0767.jpg) (https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/image/Zt0YG)
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Title: Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
Post by: Beyno1968 on December 05, 2019, 03:57:20 PM
I have now started ' fitting out ' the interior. The watertight door that leads from the main cabin down to the survivors cabin has been made and fitted. The helm's and radar operators panels have also been made and exhaust ducts that wereade earlier have also been fitted.
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2019/12/05/DSC_0734.jpg)
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2019/12/05/MVIMG_20191202_123149.jpg)
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2019/12/05/MVIMG_20191202_123208.jpg)
Title: Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
Post by: Beyno1968 on December 15, 2019, 08:10:10 PM
The internal fitting out has continued with the cable trunking fitted. The fuel filler boxes fitted and ' plumbed ' at the rear. The exhaust ducts have been extended as when I was looking at some photos the ones I had made were too short. The air intakes and the led's for the deck lights have been fitted to the outside of the cabin. The corresponding internal vents have been fitted , a degree of modellers licence has been used here as I couldn't find any good pictures of the real boat, I think it looks ok.
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2019/12/15/DSC_0773.jpg)
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2019/12/15/DSC_0771.jpg)
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Title: Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
Post by: coch y bonddu on December 15, 2019, 08:41:24 PM
WOW cracking work there well impressed




Dave
Title: Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
Post by: Beyno1968 on December 17, 2019, 01:33:02 AM
Thanks Dave. This is all Neil's fault  %% . It was whilst I was talking to him ,a last year's Blackpool show ,as to which model to tackle next and recommend the Mersey from Mountfleet Models. And the rest is history.
Anyway on with the build. The rear two seat bases and the steps that lead down from the deck have been made. All have been left loose so they can be painted off the boat.
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2019/12/17/IMG_20191217_010800.jpg)















Title: Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
Post by: C-3PO on December 17, 2019, 07:11:45 PM
Ho Ho Ho

Jr Herbie - one and the same perhaps

C-3PO
Title: Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
Post by: Taranis on December 17, 2019, 10:27:54 PM
Almost there and itís much appreciated
Title: Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
Post by: Taranis on December 17, 2019, 10:33:26 PM
Sorry that Chris had his blog invaded
Title: Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
Post by: Martin [Admin] on December 17, 2019, 10:39:21 PM
 
Yes, sorry about that Beyno1968.... 'and we're back in the room'!   ok2
Title: Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
Post by: Beyno1968 on December 21, 2019, 02:49:18 PM
I've been contemplating for a while how to make the seats for the cabin as I couldn't find any commercially available ones the correct size/shape as I need. When I was reading gribeauval's Mersey build blog I saw he cast the seat bases and backs from resin. I have never done any casting before and it was while I was searching the internet that I found how to make moulds using silicone sealant and baking powder. The blanks were modified from a seat i pick up at a show somewhere. And I cast the seats using resin from a fibreglass starter kit I had. The results came out better than I thought they would ( the moulds are a bit 'Heath Robinson') but once the bases/backs are cleaned up I think they will look ok.
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2019/12/21/IMG_20191217_010753.jpg)
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2019/12/21/IMG_20191217_010627.jpg)
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2019/12/21/IMG_20191217_010730.jpg)
Title: Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
Post by: Beyno1968 on December 30, 2019, 12:19:23 AM
Started making the chairs for the cabin over Christmas the first pictures show the one for the radar operator including height adjustment pedal and reach knob.
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2019/12/29/IMG_20191228_232347.jpg)
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2019/12/29/IMG_20191228_232353.jpg)
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2019/12/29/IMG_20191228_232402.jpg)
The next set of pictures are of the coxswain's chair which has an under seat fire extinguisher (which was scratch built) as well as reach adjustment knob and height adjustment pedal.
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2019/12/27/DSC_0776.jpg)
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2019/12/27/DSC_0777.jpg)
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2019/12/27/DSC_0778.jpg)
The final pictures are of one of the seat lockers that hold pyrotechnics etc.
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2019/12/29/IMG_20191228_232523.jpg)
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2019/12/29/IMG_20191228_232555.jpg)
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2019/12/29/IMG_20191228_232547.jpg)
Title: Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
Post by: ChrisH1981 on January 05, 2020, 07:29:02 PM
Fantastic....watching in awe! :-))
Title: Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
Post by: Beyno1968 on January 11, 2020, 02:31:07 AM
All the major bits (seats, foot lockers, bench and navigators table) for the inside of the cabin have now been made ready for painting. The following pictures show their placement.
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2020/01/11/DSC_0789.jpg)
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2020/01/11/DSC_0790.jpg)
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2020/01/11/DSC_0791.jpg)
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2020/01/11/DSC_0792.jpg)
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2020/01/11/DSC_0793.jpg)
And last but not least the most important pieces of equipment on the boat.
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2020/01/11/DSC_0798.jpg)
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2020/01/11/DSC_0799.jpg)
The tea mashing equipment 😁
Title: Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
Post by: Beyno1968 on January 16, 2020, 01:33:21 PM
Started detailing the outside of the cabin. First was the cabin fresh air vents and intakes.
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2020/01/15/DSC_0809.jpg)
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2020/01/15/DSC_0811.jpg)
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2020/01/15/DSC_0808.jpg)
One of the units in situ.
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2020/01/15/DSC_0812.jpg)
A view from inside the cabin.
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2020/01/15/DSC_0813.jpg)
Title: Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
Post by: Beyno1968 on February 06, 2020, 01:19:00 AM
I have started work on detailing the flying bridge. Various inspection panels and instrument panel bases have been added.
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2020/02/06/DSC_0826.jpg)

The hatch cover has been made and the none slip checker plate floor added.
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2020/02/06/DSC_0829.jpg)
The watertight door has also been made and detailed with locking bolts and handles.
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2020/02/06/DSC_0832.jpg)
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2020/02/06/DSC_0830.jpg)
The door has working hinges and lock. So the door can be left open when on display or closed and locked when being sailed.
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2020/02/06/DSC_0827.jpg)
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2020/02/06/DSC_0828.jpg)
The springs that keep the door closed will be added after painting.



Title: Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
Post by: Trucker on February 16, 2020, 08:07:09 AM
Hi,Beyno 1968
A geat build log, fantastic eye for detail  :-))


Trucker
Title: Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
Post by: Beyno1968 on February 16, 2020, 11:27:17 PM
Thanks Trucker.
A bit more detailing has been done over the past week or so. The grab rails on the bridge have been fitted. The deck tools ie axe and knife with their holders have been made . Also the sloping 'wings' have been added complete with aerial bases. All the removable pieces ( door and air vents ) have been added to see the overall effort before being removed for painting.
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2020/02/16/DSC_0846.jpg)
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Title: Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
Post by: Canterbury Coxswain on February 16, 2020, 11:47:02 PM
Beyno,
The flying bridge and surrounding area and the telecommunications tower, in my humble opinion, is the hardest piece of scratch building required on any of the modern day lifeboats - and your build is an absolute 'Master Class'. Congratulations. The whole of your build is so easy to follow, neat and detailed, that many will be following this for sheer enjoyment, even if they never intend to build one! I have one..........but that will not be started until I have the Shannon at least on the water for its maiden trial...... {-) ........and I can see the funny side of that!
Seriously, keep up the good work and the inspiration for others to follow using styrene, ali, brass, pins and resin casting to achieve some superb scratch building detail.
Kim [Canterbury Coxswain]
Title: Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
Post by: Beyno1968 on February 17, 2020, 10:19:18 PM
Thanks for you kind comments Kim. The disc of Mersey photographs I had from you has been invaluable. Knowing you have a vast knowledge of lifeboats I may have some questions about dimensions etc later in the build if that is ok.
Chris
Title: Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
Post by: Beyno1968 on March 22, 2020, 11:35:33 PM
It's been a while since my last post. I have still been working on the Mersey although in spits and spats. Here are a few pictures of the progress so far. The hinges for the rope lockers have been made and fitted.
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2020/03/22/DSC_0866.jpg)
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2020/03/22/DSC_0862.jpg)
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2020/03/22/DSC_0863.jpg)
The grilles for the fuel fillers have been fitted these are both hinged so the fillers will be visible when made.
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2020/03/22/DSC_0864.jpg)
Next will be the catches that keep the locker doors open.
Title: Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
Post by: Canterbury Coxswain on March 23, 2020, 12:11:57 AM
Great progress......enjoy watching this build, but must not be lulled into starting mine. Too many others to finish yet.
Thanks,
Kim
Title: Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
Post by: Beyno1968 on March 26, 2020, 04:16:27 PM
Thanks Kim
That hull and superstructure look good.
Chris
Title: Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
Post by: Beyno1968 on April 02, 2020, 05:52:54 PM
The fuel fillers and boat hooks have been made ready to fit to the boat
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2020/04/02/DSC_0890.jpg)
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2020/04/02/DSC_0892.jpg)
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2020/04/02/DSC_0882.jpg)
Title: Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
Post by: Beyno1968 on April 03, 2020, 01:27:36 AM
One of the fuel fillers in situ.
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2020/04/03/DSC_0893.jpg)
It can just about be seen behind the grille. It will stand out more when the cabin is painted orange and the filler cap will be chrome.
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2020/04/03/DSC_0894.jpg)
Title: Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
Post by: Beyno1968 on April 06, 2020, 04:24:57 PM
I have been working on the catches that hold the rope locker watertight doors open over the weekend.
I started by making the brackets out of plasticard and added the bolt details using 1mm rhinestones ( which will be painted silver later ).
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2020/04/05/DSC_0873.jpg)
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2020/04/05/DSC_0873.jpg)
I then used some OO gauge model railway coupling hooks for the latches. These were shortened and using plasticard and brass wire were made into the complete latching mechanism .
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2020/04/05/DSC_0867.jpg)
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2020/04/05/DSC_0868.jpg)
They were then glued to the brackets to make the complete unit. Then fixed to the deck.
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2020/04/05/DSC_0872.jpg)
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2020/04/05/DSC_0869.jpg)
A loop made from .5mm wire was added to the locker door. The doors were refitted and tested all seem to work ok.
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2020/04/05/DSC_0871.jpg)
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2020/04/05/DSC_0870.jpg)
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2020/04/05/DSC_0877.jpg)




Title: Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
Post by: Beyno1968 on April 09, 2020, 04:48:37 PM
The handles for the watertight doors have been made. I had to make 6 of these in all ( 2 for each door ). The reason for the long brass pin is I am planning to adding so sort of locking mechanisms so they can be locked when the boat is on the water and open so you can see inside the rope lockers when not in use.
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2020/04/09/DSC_0878.jpg)
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2020/04/09/DSC_0879.jpg)
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2020/04/09/DSC_0880.jpg)
Title: Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
Post by: Beyno1968 on April 18, 2020, 12:45:50 AM
The trim tabs that I made a while ago have been bonded to the hull. The rams for the trim tabs have been made (including hydraulic fittings and hoses).
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2020/04/18/DSC_0905.jpg)
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2020/04/18/DSC_0906.jpg)
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2020/04/18/DSC_0907.jpg)
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2020/04/18/DSC_0908.jpg)
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2020/04/18/DSC_0909.jpg)


Title: Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
Post by: Beyno1968 on May 03, 2020, 01:04:55 AM
Work has started on detailing the cabin interior. Firstly the cabin was painted it's 3 main colours.
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2020/04/30/DSC_0904.jpg)
Then the front window bars which protect the crew from any flying objects in bad weather were added.
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2020/04/30/DSC_0925.jpg)
The seats and footlockers which were made a while ago have been assembled , painted and details like catches , hinges and handles added ( I have just got to make some decals for the doors ).
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2020/04/30/DSC_0930.jpg)
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2020/04/30/DSC_0929.jpg)
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2020/04/30/DSC_0931.jpg)
And finally for now the main instrument panel has been made and painted ready to fit to their console.
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2020/04/30/DSC_0923.jpg)
Title: Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
Post by: Beyno1968 on May 08, 2020, 02:11:03 AM
A little bit more detailing work on the cabin has been done. Firstly the bench, steps and cup holder have been fitted.
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2020/05/08/DSC_0938.jpg)
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2020/05/08/DSC_0939.jpg)
The seats have had their final bits of detailing, in the way of seatbelts and decals on the locker doors, added.
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2020/05/08/DSC_0945.jpg)
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2020/05/08/DSC_0944.jpg)
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2020/05/08/DSC_0946.jpg)
And finally for now the upper control panels have been made, painted and installed.
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2020/05/08/DSC_0937.jpg)
Title: Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
Post by: Canterbury Coxswain on May 09, 2020, 10:19:33 AM
Beyno,
For some reason my contact 'notify' has not been letting me know your progress for a few months. You have certainly cracked on with lots of good detailed scratch work. The seats and their containers look really good. I've enjoyed seeing this and hope the system will tell me the next stage.
For me in 'lockdown' I have finished a the stern railings for the Shannon, but at the moment I am doing some military modelling of 1/9th scale resin busts - a Teutonic 14th century knight and Boudica [queen of the Icene tribe], just for something different and to use the airbrushes.
Regards,
Kim
Title: Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
Post by: SteamboatPhil on May 09, 2020, 07:33:18 PM
The details you guys do on these models is for me unbelievable, you are are to be congratulated.....wish I had the patience and the skill....me back to metal bashing into something that looks like a steam engine  {-) {-) {-) {-) {-) {-)
Title: Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
Post by: Beyno1968 on May 11, 2020, 01:56:35 AM
Thanks for you kind comments. I haven't got as far as I would have liked as I am a delivery driver, so have been working longer hours since the lockdown started, and only been able to get an hour or two building here and there.
You certainly are a multi talented man Kim . I haven't got an artistic bone in my body . I do own an airbrush but it only gets used now and then on the smaller bits where a paint brush is not enough but a spray can is too much. I would be interested in seeing the busts when they are finished.
Chris
Title: Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
Post by: Beyno1968 on May 16, 2020, 03:38:19 PM
Only managed a few hours on the boat in the last few days.
Firstly 5 of the most important pieces of equipment on the boat were made.
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2020/05/16/DSC_0954.jpg)
The mug holders. :}
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2020/05/16/DSC_0955.jpg)
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2020/05/16/DSC_0955.jpg)
And finally the coxswains control panel was finished (mug holder top right).
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2020/05/16/DSC_0958.jpg)



Title: Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
Post by: Beyno1968 on May 23, 2020, 10:15:06 PM
The fit out of the cabin interior has continued over the past few days.
The torches and flares were made.
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2020/05/23/DSC_0959.jpg)
The first 2 sets of seats and foot locker were fixed in place. The hot water boiler and mugs were added as well as the flares, torches and hand held radio which were made earlier. Lastly the first bit of ' wood ' was added complete with the crews coffee mugs and holders.
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2020/05/23/DSC_0964.jpg)
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2020/05/23/DSC_0973.jpg)
A couple more smaller items, the breaker board and the fire extinguishers, have been made the extinguishers just require decals adding.
(https://www.modelboatmayhemimages.co.uk/images/2020/05/23/DSC_0977.jpg)


Title: Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
Post by: Canterbury Coxswain on May 23, 2020, 11:05:14 PM
Chris,
Really good......and I think the penultimate photo of the interior shows what a wonderful build this is. Your attention to detail does show your artistic side too!!  :-))


Kim [C.C.]
Title: Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
Post by: alan44 on May 24, 2020, 10:17:47 AM
Wonderful model building, simply superb.  :-)) :-))