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Patrick Henry

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Hatch cover material?
« on: January 03, 2010, 12:09:50 PM »

Any of you guys know the best material to make a hatch cover from?

The hatch on my now modified Magnum is quite large and the edges are angled downwards, so I'm going to need a flexible material which will tape down securely.
Pic shows what I mean...


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omra85

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Re: Hatch cover material?
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2010, 02:34:22 PM »

Hi Rich
Unless you're going for out and out speed, you'll be putting some sort of cockpit structure on the top.
You can buy fibreglass sheet from your model shop. I would suggest putting a support round the opening which allows the deck to sit flush, then build your cockpit onto the deck as this will also provide stiffening.
Alternately, you could glue plasticard to the edges of the opening (coamings?) which will allow you to sit a complete top structure on it (this would mean that you would not need tape and the waterproofing would (might) be better.
Cheers
Danny
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Patrick Henry

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Re: Hatch cover material?
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2010, 02:40:09 PM »

Hi Danny,

I'm not into race competition with the boat, just a straight line speed run...it used to have a cockpit thing on top, bit I couldn't get on with it, so off it came.

I was wondering if there was a flexible material that I could just cut a cover out of and tape it down? I wondered about using something similar to the material that yacht sails are cut from? Is it called 'Mylar'...or something like that?
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omra85

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Re: Hatch cover material?
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2010, 07:34:03 PM »

Hi Rich
If you only want a flat clear plastic sheet, try your local office supplier. They have A4 clear plastic document wallets to go in ring binders, some of which are very strong.
(Much cheaper than Mylar). If you want something a bit more rigid, clear polycarbonate sheet is available from about 1mm thick.
Cheers
Danny
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Patrick Henry

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Re: Hatch cover material?
« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2010, 07:39:07 PM »

Hi Rich
If you only want a flat clear plastic sheet, try your local office supplier. They have A4 clear plastic document wallets to go in ring binders, some of which are very strong.
(Much cheaper than Mylar). If you want something a bit more rigid, clear polycarbonate sheet is available from about 1mm thick.
Cheers
Danny


Why didn't I think of that? Looks like the office girls are about to be bribed first thing tomorrow morning.... :P


Cheers Danny...
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Re: Hatch cover material?
« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2010, 07:40:28 PM »

Or you could do it properly Rich and put a superstructure on it. O0
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Why didn't I think of that? Looks like the office girls are about to be bribed first thing tomorrow morning.... Tongue

For gods sake dont offer them your body. {:-{
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omra85

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Re: Hatch cover material?
« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2010, 07:43:59 PM »

and thus the slippery slope begins -
next thing, he's building a SCALE boat   :o :o :o

Cheers
Danny  :P
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« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2010, 07:46:14 PM »

and thus the slippery slope begins -
next thing, he's building a SCALE boat   :o :o :o

Cheers
Danny  :P
Only if he can borrow the bits {-)
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Patrick Henry

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Re: Hatch cover material?
« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2010, 07:47:00 PM »

Or you could do it properly Rich and put a superstructure on it. O0
No no no...I've just cut the superstructure off!


and thus the slippery slope begins -
next thing, he's building a SCALE boat   :o :o :o

Cheers
Danny  :P

I fell down the slope Danny...Revell Titanic and the GG car ferry are already on the slipway. That's why I want(need)to move to a bigger place!!
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Patrick Henry

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Re: Hatch cover material?
« Reply #9 on: January 03, 2010, 07:48:05 PM »

Only if he can borrow the bits {-)

Dicky..can you lend me a...no, best not ask.   :police:
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Patrick Henry

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« Reply #10 on: January 03, 2010, 07:49:16 PM »

Or you could do it properly Rich and put a superstructure on it. O0
For gods sake dont offer them your body. {:-{

Women have paid fortunes for my body Dicky...mainly to have it go away.   <:(
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« Reply #11 on: January 03, 2010, 07:52:40 PM »

How to make a Huggett omelette. First borrow an egg---------------
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Patrick Henry

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« Reply #12 on: January 03, 2010, 08:08:01 PM »

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Re: Hatch cover material?
« Reply #13 on: January 04, 2010, 12:23:37 AM »

Back to the topic O0 How about this stuff http://www.mutr.co.uk/product_info.php?cPath=409&products_id=1009730 never used it but it sounds very interesting...
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