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SolentSurfer

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Billings St Canute Build
« on: June 27, 2010, 10:24:01 PM »

I know this kit from Billings has featured a few times on here but it's my first plank on frame model (first model without wings or wheels actually) and I'm quite pleased with it. All kitted out with radio but yet to venture further than the bath. So here it is. If I can offer any tips to anyone else building this kit just ask.  :-))






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Hunkin

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Re: Billings St Canute Build
« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2010, 06:38:02 PM »

I am a new member and am very interested in either building a model of the St Canute or indeed purchasing one already completed - the reason for this is that my late Father was the last tugmaster of this vessel when it was in use in Fowey.  I am doubtful if I have the expertise to complete a build from scratch but any advise which can be given will be much appreciated  Stuart Hunkin Cornwall
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SolentSurfer

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Re: Billings St Canute Build
« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2010, 07:57:15 PM »

Wow, that's amazing. Do you know where the boat is now? I know it has been restored a few times and was at Exeter Maritime Museum.

I think you'd be much happier building your own. It's on Billing's 'advanced beginner' list and I would say patience is much higher on the list than skill. If you have any model making experience/working with wood etc you should be fine. The model is quite straightforward, the trickier parts being the plank on frame hull (it's amazing what a bit of filler can do though) and probably the railings. Even those, it's just about patience, don't rush and one step at a time. I built mine in 3 stints over 3 and a half years  :embarrassed: although that was largely due to being sidetracked by work, decorating and various other things.

You don't need any particularly special tools either, modelling knife, wood glue, super glue, small files, small drills, glasspaper, paint brushes, pliers etc. The most specialised tool I used was a small plane that uses a razor blade to taper the hull planking towards the bow and the stern. Also, a soldering iron can be used for the railings but these can also be superglued.

Anyway, if you do decide to have a go, don't hesitate to ask if you hit any problems.
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Hunkin

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Re: Billings St Canute Build
« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2010, 10:24:47 AM »

Thanks for your response to my enquiry - the vessel is I believe in Sweden but in what state I am not sure.  I will be seeking around for details of kits - my interest has been stimulated by at advert on Ebay which showed a partially completed model but I was too late to bid - I have a local model retailer at Treknow near Tintagel who may be able to supply me with a kit when it next becomes available.  Thank you for your offer of help - I may well be mailing you again.  Stuart Hunkin Cornwall
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Roger in France

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Re: Billings St Canute Build
« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2010, 10:38:49 AM »

Stuart,

When I replied to your Personal Message (PM) I forgot to mention "Cornwall Model boats". Glad you know of them and they are close at hand. They have a good reputation among our Members.

Good luck,

Roger in France
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late02

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Re: Billings St Canute Build
« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2010, 05:39:51 PM »

St Canute is now s/s Stockvik

http://www.freewebs.com/stockvik/
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