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Antony

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Hi all
« on: May 04, 2011, 12:33:28 PM »

Hi all, Iím Antony. I just found this site yesterday. I havenít got much experience in model boat building unless you count when I was in my teens when I made the odd RC boat mainly in kit form. Iím now 52 so I imagine a lot has changed over the years. Anyway having been made redundant and having some spare time I thought I may have a go at making a model of HMS Fearless. I have an interest in this ship having sailed on her once and also attending a wedding reception aboard her. Iíve been considering having a go at making a plug (I think thatís the term) so that I can make my own fibre glass mold. Iím thinking of using ply wood to make shaped ribs then cutting  and shaping foam between them to form the plug. I was just wondering if anyone could give me some advice and also tell me if I appear to be going off on totally the wrong track.

Thanks in anticipation, Antony
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Re: Hi all
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2011, 01:34:16 PM »

Hi Antony!

Jecobin do plans of the Fearless at both 1/96th and 1/192nd scales: probably the best place to start. What sort of size are you considering?

Andy - and welcome to the site!
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Antony

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« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2011, 05:43:45 PM »

Thanks for the welcome Andy, Iím tempted to have a go at a 1:96 scale but realistically I think it may be better to go for a smaller model for my first effort, at least then if I find it too much of a challenge I wonít have wasted to much time and money. :-)
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Kleban

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« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2011, 05:51:41 PM »

Welcome to the forum, Antony  :-))
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Roadrunner

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Re: Hi all
« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2011, 08:18:34 PM »

Welcome aboard, this thread popped up today from the past , of her sister ship Intrepid its probably worth a look give you some encouragement.

http://www.modelboatmayhem.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=17354.0

Plans can be obtained through a number of sites for this class of ship, I'm sure someone will point you in the right direction for that if you have not already located a set.

R.R  :-))
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nemesis

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« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2011, 10:29:12 PM »

Hello, before you start think about the stability of the model you are going to build, as warships are notorious for the lack of the aforementioned stability. It may save you a lot of heartache. A fellow club member brought his new warship down for the launch & it promptly capsized, please do your homework. Nemesis
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Antony

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« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2011, 01:46:50 PM »

Thanks all, and good point nemesis I hadn't thought about stability at all so I'll keep it in mind now. I've found a thread on building a plug in GRP & Epoxy which looks usefull.

Great site this :-)
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« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2011, 05:15:21 PM »

Neminis has mentioned a very important point. I know of one warship brought second hand that needed a
new superstructure before it was stable to sail. In your design try to keep upperworks as light as possible as
it will be soul destroying to have to rebuild. John.
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