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ether823

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Deans Marine HMS Kent hull
« on: April 11, 2021, 06:35:31 pm »

Has anyone built on the Deans Marine HMS Kent WW1 Monmouth class cruiser hull? I was wondering if it was sturdy because ive heard that their hulls were a bit thin. Many thanks, Peter
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Re: Deans Marine HMS Kent hull
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2021, 06:46:59 pm »

Hi Peter I have built a few Deans kits over the years and never had any problems hope this helps.


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Re: Deans Marine HMS Kent hull
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2021, 07:08:24 pm »

I have seen several Kent models and they have all been good. The construction should entail internal wood reinforecements which will ensure the hull is rigid.

Most GRP hulls are flexible until the deck and its supporting beams go in. Sometimes, depending on the hull, the bottom can also be reinforced internally with plywood.

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Re: Deans Marine HMS Kent hull
« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2021, 07:19:04 pm »

Iíve got a Kent hull from Deans Marine and I can safely say that itís pretty tough and robust- the sides do need pulling in as per the Nexus/Sarik Hobbies drawings but that is easily achievable with deck beams.
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Re: Deans Marine HMS Kent hull
« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2021, 10:17:08 am »

Brilliant, thanks very much gents. Just what I wanted to know. Just got to think of a place to store the finished model when built. Peter

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Re: Deans Marine HMS Kent hull
« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2021, 05:58:56 pm »

By the way what motors should I be looking at? Peter
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Re: Deans Marine HMS Kent hull
« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2021, 04:33:26 pm »

I think Ron has been in the business long enough to know what us fussy customers ( {-) {-) {-) ) expect from kits and hulls. Therefore with the suggestions added above, you will get a good result from your kit, definitely from the hull.
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Re: Deans Marine HMS Kent hull
« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2021, 04:44:43 pm »

Thanks, Ive ordered and received the hull and it is quite robust. Not to happy with the service but thats another matter

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Re: Deans Marine HMS Kent hull
« Reply #8 on: June 01, 2021, 01:50:26 pm »

I just bought the Deans Kent myself + fittings (over a few months!). It's a future build so looking forward to seeing yours! I'm rather used to Fleetscale hulls which are alot thicker, but found the Deans hulls I have to be quite sturdy (as said) once the beams go in. That being said, I drilled out the portholes on one hull recently and the GRP broke off as it was too close to the top - so don't be as hamfisted as I am if you want open portholes.
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Re: Deans Marine HMS Kent hull
« Reply #9 on: June 02, 2021, 10:06:49 am »

I dont think I will be drilling out the portholes on my hull as the uppermost ones are not very noticable, rather hit and miss on my molding. I will just paint them in with black. Like you say with a few beams in the hull it should be quite stable. What motors and propshafts are you going to use? I bought from my local DIY store some upvc pipe for the funnels and I will be making all of the fittings myself. I am lucky to have two lathes, milling machine and other bits and pieces. I begrudge paying silly money for vac moldings etc.
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Re: Deans Marine HMS Kent hull
« Reply #10 on: June 02, 2021, 11:18:04 am »

is it thin wall (drain pipe) pvc,, the thick wall stuff can add a great deal of weight in the wrong place..
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Re: Deans Marine HMS Kent hull
« Reply #11 on: June 02, 2021, 11:39:08 am »

I've not yet harnessed the skills to do R/C, but I love static displays so i'll be building my Kent that way - and I tend to use G.T. Sitek for the propshafts and A frames. I won't start on mine for quite awhile, i've still got a few on the go (and none finished!). But I'm rather jealous you can make your own fittings, I don't love the vacform stuff myself either but still a novice wood-working wise.
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Re: Deans Marine HMS Kent hull
« Reply #12 on: June 02, 2021, 05:37:12 pm »

Thin wall, GT Sitek are quite reasonable on price I see, I tend to make my own but at these prices its not worth the hassle
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