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St Nectan build
« on: September 21, 2009, 07:37:05 PM »

 
                           Mountfleet's model fishing trawler
                    
                                 the    ST NECTAN

I have purchased one of the most expensive self build craft on the market. I would like to show you how I got on. This will be a 'Wharts and all' type of blog, and I welcome any suggestions and corrections as I go along.

There is not much information on this ship, but I have gathered together as much as I can. Starting with the instructions from the builder himself, right down to a write up in Model Boats.  

At the present time, I am up to deck level and now on the interesting parts of the build.

I'll start at the beginning by showing the pictures in chronological order.

First we start with the kit box being opened and spread out to see what's ahead. I laid the hull out aginst the Imara to give a flavour of it's size. Yes, it's nearly 6 foot long.

 
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« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2009, 07:46:28 PM »


Having cut a groove in the hull  (always a worrying time !) I inserted a sheet of ply right through the hull and out the other side. This was then epoxied in overnight and allowed to harden.

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« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2009, 07:56:07 PM »


The next stage was to fix the internal frame work. As you know, my approach to this is,  " if you can't park a lorry on, then it's not strong enough"

Here are the wood structures being built and clamped down. The whole lot was epoxied and again, left overnight.



 
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« Reply #3 on: September 21, 2009, 08:00:38 PM »


The next stage was to design the combings so that the detachable cabins would fit nice and snug. The cabins were lined up and measurements taken. I also found time to fit the rudder.




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« Reply #4 on: September 21, 2009, 08:09:00 PM »

The Bow was then laid with a floor and using  "Wallace's" idea of Heavy batteries to hold it in place, it was severely glued with more Epoxy.  (good job I've got a gallon on the stuff !!  face mask time, so I won't show you a picture  ok2 )

I busied myself with making yet another Stand.  (how many is that now ?)  This time I've used the plastic window sill as it has a nice right angle to the plastic and lends itself nicely to this job.

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« Reply #5 on: September 21, 2009, 08:14:16 PM »

Kenny,

Yet another great start from you. I am going to really enjoy this build...

Barry :-)) :-)) :-))
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« Reply #6 on: September 21, 2009, 08:17:29 PM »

Nice one Kenny, now, how are you going to get it in the car ?????
Keep the pics coming  :-))
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« Reply #7 on: September 21, 2009, 08:32:26 PM »

Kenny,

Yet another great start from you. I am going to really enjoy this build...

Barry :-)) :-)) :-))

Hi Barry.  Thanks for the encouragement. This boat is a  "cracker".  It's so well designed and the drawings are great. I steaming along (as they say) and regret going to bed some nights.

I work about 8 hours a day and sometimes have a bit of 'overtime'

I have been keeping a picture log and thought I might share this one with you, as I expect it to be the last "Big one" for a while. Her indoors has put a clamp on the 'ol bank account' and spent the last bit on a holiday next week, so I'll be  "off air" during the recession !!   %)

cheers

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« Reply #8 on: September 21, 2009, 08:37:32 PM »

Nice one Kenny, now, how are you going to get it in the car ?????
Keep the pics coming  :-))

Hi Phil. Thank you for that nice comment. Funny you should notice the size. I certainly did when I collected the 'Box'. It would not fit the Volvo estate until I moved a seat forwards.

I'm hoping it will fit longways, out of the box, without tying the boot down on it.   :}

Not much more of the latest pictures to go and then you'll be 'Up to date', and with my holiday next week, you can all have a rest from me.   :embarrassed:

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« Reply #9 on: September 21, 2009, 08:40:30 PM »


The combings had dried, so it was time to test the fit.

The motor was then fitted and lined up, along with the rudder controls and lever.

The decks were then cut to shape and test fitted. At last it's beginning to look like a ship.

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« Reply #10 on: September 21, 2009, 08:46:58 PM »


Time to get down to to the smaller parts, while waiting for the  'Whale deck to set in the epoxy.

I also laid the top decking ply and weighted it down.



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« Reply #11 on: September 21, 2009, 08:52:25 PM »


I'm sorry the Imara keeps 'popping up' in the photo's. I really am running out of space to store them.

onwards .........
 
A start was made on the trawl winch. I got down my other boat, the Boston Typhoon, for help in how it was done. It's quite a tricky build in it's own right, so worth doing well.

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« Reply #12 on: September 21, 2009, 09:01:49 PM »

     
               Yippee .... Paint time.

I do like it when this time arrives. It means we have something to show the wife, for the money.

Unfortunately the first tin of Red Oxide did not contain the advertised contents. It was a mauve type of Blue. Yes, some XXX had changed the lids over in the shop.

I went back and they changed it for me and pointed out that the colour code of the paint on the lid was ALSO stamped on the bottom of the tin.  A tip worth remembering when you grap a can yourselves.



Anyway. after a large bit of rubbing down, I resprayed the hull  (and almost everything else I could see) with Red Oxide. This is a lovely paint and it brings it all together to make you feel it's worth continuing.  :-)

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« Reply #13 on: September 21, 2009, 09:05:22 PM »


It was then on the little winch. This is also a lovely model and much easier to build.

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« Reply #14 on: September 21, 2009, 09:09:44 PM »

Another couple of coats were added and while this was drying, I got on with the trawl winch.

The insides of the Bulwarks were fitted out and sprayed Black. Then we added the sheet planking. (yes, I know real planking looks good but there's not enough hours in the day ok2)

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« Reply #15 on: September 21, 2009, 09:18:02 PM »


This is the latest post showing how far we are up to.  We now have a black Whale deck and the cabin lined up nicely.

Today was funnel time, but I don't like the way it fits, so am working on a sturdier way attaching it. Also had a go at the Air vents  (big uns these !!) but no pictures yet.

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« Reply #16 on: September 21, 2009, 09:43:00 PM »

Hy Ken

Looking good mate, I was going to call over but I am busy with my Ironsider, catch you when you come back from holiday.
By the way, thats a nice looking motor there mate  O0 :-)) I got a few of them myself  ok2.
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« Reply #17 on: September 21, 2009, 10:00:04 PM »


Hi Bosun

Cheers for that. Yes, we're going Saturday back down to Poole. I'm sure I can snatch a few hours to come over and bother you before I go. I like to slow the competition down.  %)

ken

ps  Would like to see the lake at Setley Pool, in the new Forest during the week's holiday. Which is the best day to visit, guys.?

ken
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« Reply #18 on: September 22, 2009, 12:05:17 AM »

Hi Ken
You've been a busy lad! The progress made with the St.Nectan in such a short space of time is fantastic, and the description and build itself is a credit to you.
My Imara/Perseverance has remained untouched since I bought the kit a few weeks ago so you've shamed me into making a start on her!!
I'll keep you all informed on the progress.
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« Reply #19 on: September 22, 2009, 12:05:19 PM »

Hi Ken
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My Imara/Perseverance has remained untouched since I bought the kit a few weeks ago so you've shamed me into making a start on her!!
I'll keep you all informed on the progress.
Brian

Hi Brian

I've sent you DVD of my build and launching. Shown on a 40 inch TV, you can really sse the errors.  :embarrassed:   Still, it might help with how I approached certain things.  ;)  and I know where all the parts were supposed to go now. (a bit late, some might say !)

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« Reply #20 on: September 22, 2009, 12:11:11 PM »


The paint is now dry on the Trawl winch and anchor winch parts, so I've assembled them. 

I went for more dramatic colours in places as they were quite a dark assemblies. A splash of red here and there. I wish I'd wound the rope around the drums before assembly (as recommended in the plans)

 

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« Reply #21 on: September 22, 2009, 12:17:46 PM »


Made a start on the rear of the main cabin.  This is a raised platform (which is different to the Boston Typhoon), and will house the lifeboats.

I went for 'sturdy again, with hardwood supports, going under the roof, as this section lifts off for access. It will have arms that touch down on the bulwarks, rather like the 'Vliestroom' from Model Slipway.

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« Reply #22 on: September 22, 2009, 12:25:18 PM »


I then got on with the Air Vents. These are quite large, so I smoothed the moulding to a nice finish and joined them to the pipes. They should look nice when painted up.

I also cut out the door holes on the rear fish house, ready for fitting some swinging doors. I've located the worlds tiniest hinges, so what can go wrong here. %)

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« Reply #23 on: October 07, 2009, 08:00:37 PM »


Back from my weeks holiday and straight into the workshop.  Things to do,  etc.

                 We got on with the cabin today and promptly drilled the air vent holes at the wrong end,  :embarrassed:  The vents are temporarily fitted to get a view of things and to check the line up, as their fitting is mentioned as being 'tight behind the funnel.

All the parts  and little bits were assembled, ready for paint.




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« Reply #24 on: October 07, 2009, 08:03:24 PM »


                       The Cabin

The parts were assembled from the drawings and went together rather well The window inserts were cut to shape and fitted.

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