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lifeboatpaul

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bourbles for bouys
« on: November 25, 2008, 10:16:56 pm »

After buying some abs buoys on ebay and when they arrived they were two halves of a ABS moulding that had to be cut out and joined together I began to look for suitable substitutes, chrismass tree bourbles make great buoys, just fill in the shoulder with some p38 and sand down to a smooth finish, spray them and hey presto you have a buoy.

Wilkinsons sell a pack of 30mm bourbles for 2.00 or Asda sell 27 25mm bourbles for 1,27, I ave used the buoys for the last year on my Arun lifeboat in the picture , the crewman is holding a 30mm Xmas bourble.

Mrs lifeboat cant believe how interested I am in looking round shops at Xmas decs!
Paul.
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Garabaldy

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Re: bourbles for bouys
« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2008, 01:05:34 am »

thats an excellent idea!

Although my tactic will be stealing them slyly off the xmas tree!
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Umi_Ryuzuki

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Re: bourbles for bouys
« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2008, 04:17:13 am »

Still working these out, but at this point, I have cast a hard topper out of
a polyurethane plastic. The piece on the right had no  reinforcement, the
ball has a brass screw eye in the casting. I think thats the way to go.

The body of the orange fender area is a soft polyurethane rubber.
Squishy to the touch, and I have cast a bit of foam into the center to
make them a bit more bouant. So I am close to a set up that I think will
work consistently. :-)

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lifeboatpaul

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Re: bourbles for bouys
« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2008, 10:55:38 pm »

Getting really interested in Xmas decs now, found some 20mm baubles in B&Q in white , just right for 1/25 - 1/32 models, they are 2.99 for a pack of sixteen.


Paul %%
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