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Peter Fitness

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« on: September 26, 2008, 11:51:24 PM »

I'm currently building a Billing "Nordkap", although I haven't touched it for over 5 weeks, as we have been away in our caravan. I'm impressed with the kit - my first attempt at plank on frame - all the laser cut parts were excellent, and there's a wide selection of brass and plastic items for detailing. Some photos below, (workshop supervisor visible in the second photo).

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« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2008, 04:58:01 AM »

Peter - very nice work in the Nordkap. I have had one in the box for several years, waiting for us to be settled long enough to make it worth building. I made a start on the planking of one about about 25 years ago, but it was then destroyed in a house move, hence my caution.
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« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2008, 05:43:16 AM »

Thanks David. I have found the kit very enjoyable to build, and once I worked out where to put all the electricals it has gone together fairly quickly. I am replacing the kit deck planking with my own because of a slight variation I have made from the instructions.

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« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2008, 08:00:53 AM »

First go at plank on frame????

Very good indeed Peter. Lets see some more photos of her please..

Barry
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« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2008, 08:26:03 AM »

Nice job Peter. Ive seen Billing models put down on this site before , I'm glad to see someone else is enjoying their build. Hope to see more pics.

Andy   8) 8)
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« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2008, 09:46:01 AM »

. Ive seen Billing models put down on this site before , I'm glad to see someone else is enjoying their build.
Andy   8) 8)

   i think if billings thought more about the r/c side of there ships they might have a better
following. i mean giving no info r/c gear install  that was the case with both of my billings ships

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« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2008, 10:24:13 AM »

You will HAVE TO  post a picture of the Nordkap when its finished.
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« Reply #7 on: September 27, 2008, 11:21:53 PM »

Bigford, I agree with you about the lack of info in the Billing instructions concerning R/C installation. I believe if I had no previous experience of R/C boat building, I would have been in trouble although, to be fair, Billing do say that some experience is necessary. However, if more detailed instructions on radio installation was included, more people may be tempted to have a go at Billing kits for on water use.

Footski, thanks for the comment - yes, it is my first attempt at plank on frame, and having successfully completed the hull, it gives me the confidence to try other, more complex, hull shapes. I had previously only built hard chine hulls.

I will post more photos as the work progresses.

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« Reply #8 on: September 27, 2008, 11:29:07 PM »

Hey Peter,

How about posting a build on your Nordkap - I'm sure you have taken a lot of pics just like your recent holiday in UK {-) {-)

All jokes aside - you are doing a great job and especially as a first time plank on frame - see it ain't that difficult.

I'm currently researching a 1:72 scale Battleship - scratch build - now thats a lot of planks especially on the deck ???

Keep up the good work O0

Martin doon under
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« Reply #9 on: September 28, 2008, 11:20:18 PM »

Hi Martin,

I haven't taken many photos of the Nordkap build, just one or two of each stage. I didn't set out to record it as a step by step construction, just a log of the various stages of the build. I will try and do a more comprehensive one when I build my next project, a scratch built Grand Banks cruiser from a plan by Jim Pottinger, enlarged, which will also be plank on frame.

I will post some more photos of Nordkap as the build progresses.

I am enjoying following your Brave Borderer build, it's a great job.

Peter.
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« Reply #10 on: September 28, 2008, 11:40:23 PM »

G'Day Peter,

Aha, nothing like a scratchbuild - great way of learning what not to do. Looking forward to more pics of Nordkap and next build. BB is coming along okay - currently working on superstructure and will update BB post shortly.

Also researching Battleships. Thinking about HMS Warspite (2708mm) or HMS Vanguard (3429mm) at 1:72 scale. I like em BIG...might build both :D ::) ;D

A little advice - when researching models, don't go on ebay looking for books - have just spent a fortune. >>:-(

Martin du
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« Reply #11 on: October 14, 2008, 06:57:39 AM »

Here are some more pictures of my Nordkap build. I'm hoping to have it on the water in a couple of weeks time. The deck planking is some I cut myself from some sort of pine - I can't remember what type, I got a small piece from a local specialist timber merchant, and I've forgotten the name of the variety of pine. (Another senior's moment)   :embarrassed:

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« Reply #12 on: October 14, 2008, 11:16:36 PM »

Here are some more pictures of my Nordkap build

Peter

Like the Nordkap too, great work so far  :-))
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« Reply #13 on: October 23, 2008, 02:49:14 AM »

I have finally finished my Billing Nordkap, and here are some photos. She has not had her sea trials yet, I'm waiting for the wind to ease.

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« Reply #14 on: October 23, 2008, 06:04:33 AM »

Looks good, Peter.

We would like plenty of pictures of her maiden voyage!

She looks very seaworthy, which I am sure she was designed to be so don't wait for a totally calm day.

Roger in France.
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« Reply #15 on: October 23, 2008, 07:44:21 AM »

Great job Peter! :-))
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« Reply #16 on: October 23, 2008, 08:12:17 AM »

Very nice work, Peter; a model to be proud of.
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« Reply #17 on: October 24, 2008, 01:21:14 AM »

Thank you all for the kind comments. I took her for her maiden voyage today - I didn't wait for complete calm Roger, although conditions were good at our lake, it is quite sheltered. The wind has been very strong lately, some houses unroofed and trees blown down, so I thought I had better wait for things to settle down a bit..
The model handled beautifully, and apart from a slight adjustment to lateral trim, she sat well in the water. Some pictures attached, including one of her on our (local council supplied) wash down table.

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« Reply #18 on: October 24, 2008, 03:18:38 AM »

She looks great Peter.
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« Reply #19 on: October 24, 2008, 07:01:09 AM »

Thanks tt.
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« Reply #20 on: October 24, 2008, 07:41:36 AM »

I knew she would look good, peter. Well done.

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« Reply #21 on: October 24, 2008, 08:03:12 AM »

As the guys said. it looks great. A superb job amigo..

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« Reply #22 on: October 24, 2008, 09:52:09 PM »

Thanks everyone. Our club has been invited to display at the Alstonville Agricultural Show today (Alstonville is a small town about 20 km from where we live), so Nordkap is on show there, together with about 20 other models from club members. I will take some photos and post them later.

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« Reply #23 on: October 25, 2008, 09:15:00 PM »

Peter ..Well done ..I like that Billings Nordkap :-)).....i am now just finishing the Mechanical Digger on the Model slipway Coaster..then its just a matter of the finishing details...ladders. a few bollards , painting etc...then its finished..and its looking really good.Think i will add some Rust on mine.
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« Reply #24 on: October 25, 2008, 10:00:56 PM »

Thanks Boris, I am very happy with the way it turned out.

We had a very successful day at the Alstonville Show, and even though it is primarily an agricultural show, our club's display of model boats created lots of interest. Nordkap had her first public outing, albeit a static one, although today (Sunday) she will have her first official club sailing. A few photos of our display are attached.

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