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Big Mark

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Hi from a Clyde
« on: February 08, 2007, 06:20:48 PM »

Hi all
I am new to the boat building scene but purchased a CLyde Puffer kit about 12 months ago. We after an initial flurry of activity it went in the loft (life got in the way) but I am now focused on getting her on the water (looking for some support and motivation!)
I'post some pics to show where I'm up to by this weekend.
Any hoo Hi!
Mark
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Re: Hi from a Clyde
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2007, 06:45:52 PM »

Welcome to the forum Big Mark. enjoy

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Re: Hi from a Clyde
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2007, 07:32:40 PM »

Welcome to the forum Big Mark. enjoy

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Cheers Chromedome

Just noticed I did not tell anyone what the kit was, Its a Mount Fleet Highlander.
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Re: Hi from a Clyde
« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2007, 01:04:17 PM »

Hy Big Mark,
 Welcome aboard,
 You will get all the info you need need on here and more.
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Re: Hi from a Clyde
« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2007, 01:57:36 PM »

Well heres were I'm up to, decided to go with planking the deck rather than the drawn on boards from the kit.
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Re: Hi from a Clyde
« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2007, 06:16:24 PM »

Hi Mark,

Mayhem is building a MTF Puffer for me, maybe this link is usefull for you.

http://www.modelboatmayhem.co.uk/Builds/Puffer_Jan/1ntro.htm

I must say that i never saw a Puffer with a planked middle-deck, it was usually made of steel.

We decided to use the printed decks of the kit.



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Re: Hi from a Clyde
« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2007, 06:28:54 PM »

Seems to be a crop of them about.....

I will try to put up some pics of mine. Just got the main deck frame done and the prop-shaft and motor in.

After Martin's fun drilling the hole for the prop shaft, I tried a wood bit rather than a HSS drill - no problems at all.

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Re: Hi from a Clyde
« Reply #7 on: February 09, 2007, 08:52:11 PM »




Thanks for the link. As for the middle deck, I like to be different! ;) ;D
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Re: Hi from a Clyde
« Reply #8 on: February 09, 2007, 08:58:58 PM »

Hi Mark,

Mayhem is building a MTF Puffer for me, maybe this link is usefull for you.

http://www.modelboatmayhem.co.uk/Builds/Puffer_Jan/1ntro.htm


Quick, someone remind Martin ;)
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« Reply #9 on: February 09, 2007, 09:42:11 PM »



.... here I am cover in Puffer paint and all I get is abuse...... much of it deserved mind you ::)

( Jan, did you get my email about the chain? )
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Re: Hi from a Clyde
« Reply #10 on: February 09, 2007, 10:02:00 PM »

Martin is doing a real good job.... slowly  ;D

i look my eMails mate...
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Re: Hi from a Clyde
« Reply #11 on: February 09, 2007, 10:05:28 PM »



 As for the middle deck, I like to be different! ;) ;D

Thats ok with me  ;)
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Re: Hi from a Clyde
« Reply #12 on: February 11, 2007, 11:07:54 AM »

I am currently building a Mountfleet Ben Ain and I decided to plank the decks as I wasn't too keen on the overlays.

Here is a link to a build thread I have been putting together on another forum:

http://www.scale-models.co.uk/showthread.php?t=1711
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Re: Hi from a Clyde
« Reply #13 on: February 11, 2007, 11:21:50 AM »

Thats a great looking power plant you have there!!!
Great looking model mate
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Re: Hi from a Clyde
« Reply #14 on: February 11, 2007, 12:05:47 PM »

Thanks for your comments Mark, much appreciated.
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Re: Hi from a Clyde
« Reply #15 on: February 17, 2007, 10:24:43 PM »

Well, I have just had my first disaster - misread the instructions and was misled by the drawings.

The frame that supports the foredeck is meant to be curved - mine isn't. It is in straight  :-[ :-[ :-[ >:( >:( >:(

Now I am trying to decide whether I can face pulling it out and redoing it or whether I will stick with a flat deck with a slopey edge. Anyone nothing will happen until next week

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Re: Hi from a Clyde
« Reply #16 on: February 17, 2007, 11:18:05 PM »

Here is the text how Martin did it... i stil think he even cant remember it, its to long ago  ;D

"Next the front deck supports. These are made of plastic and were glued in with 5 min epoxy for the first one and the second lamination superglued to the first. I had difficulty understanding where the position of these should be in relation to the bulwark to edge and after some thought these should follow the position of the strake on the outer hull (well that where ours went !)"   



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Re: Hi from a Clyde
« Reply #17 on: February 17, 2007, 11:45:49 PM »

wombat   Can you not just bond strips on the top to give it the crown that you need?  and  Bunkerbarge Ive found that using 1/32nd or 1/64th ply toplank on then re fit to the model when finished. Peter
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« Reply #18 on: February 17, 2007, 11:58:31 PM »

Possibly if I have the deck close to the edge of the hull than specified as the bow is the worng way

I think though it will not take long with the pullsaw to get the frame out and to mod it. The down side is that I will probably have to line the hull - I'm not sure I can face re-filling it again

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Re: Hi from a Clyde
« Reply #19 on: February 18, 2007, 12:04:49 AM »

If your like me it would drive me mad until I fixed it, these things tend to get on your nerves until you take the saw to it then you think "what was problem" >Peter
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« Reply #20 on: February 18, 2007, 08:53:44 AM »

Just had a quick go with the pull saw - it is going to be a swine to remove, I am coming round to the idea that the main deck will be flat with a curve in the gunwhales. It will make the cargo area cover simpler  ;D


Why would anyone want a curved deck anyhow - this is how it looks, I'm coming round to the idea.

Addendum - just took a saw to it - it is staying, and I now have a big hole in the hull to fix  >:(
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Re: Hi from a Clyde
« Reply #21 on: February 18, 2007, 09:18:48 AM »

Hi Wombat,
Sorry I must be feeling really dumb this morning but I cant quite understand what is wrong. Hope it turns out ok for you though.
I'm going to have a little session on my clyde today so I'll post some pics later.
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Re: Hi from a Clyde
« Reply #22 on: February 18, 2007, 11:19:06 AM »

The main-deck has to go upwards to the foredeck and to the hatch it has to be concave to be correct. But i am a little confused... are you talking about the foredeck or the maindeck?

Thats how Martin did it:

The top surface of the two outer 'longerons' of the frame needs lots of little saw cuts made in the top of them. this allows the frame to be bent upwards at each end making the deck SLIGHTLY concave (about a 6mm 'dip' in the middle). I Glued with 5 Min epoxy using lots of clamps.

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« Reply #23 on: February 18, 2007, 12:40:21 PM »

Hi Mark,

The frame is supposed to be curved to run parallel to the curve in the gunwhale - mine doesn't, it is straight. But I am starting to think that the area around the hatchway will stay striaght - this will make the hatch easier to fabricate and then I will organise a curve up to the foredeck.

Alternatively I may just carry on the customisation and step up the fordeck similar to the aft deck.

First fix the hole  >:(

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« Reply #24 on: February 18, 2007, 02:33:18 PM »



Hi Tim,
It will be interesting to see what difference it makes in the long run.
Bradders did this bit of Jan's Puffer and we had long discussions about it... The top of the hatch is flat anyway so I'm not sure if it will make any difference except when yo look down the bulwarks along side the hatch.

The instructions are ambiguous and as with any parts of this kit many more pictures and diagram would help A LOT!!! 
Never mind, Jan's Puffer is nearly finished and I'll publish the entire build on Mayhem.

Although the hatch is huge, you might also want to start thinking about battery layout at this stage.
A bath test might be order about now....

Keep up the work Tim...... you've got a long way to go. ;)


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