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turbinecol

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Re: Aquarama Build
« Reply #225 on: December 04, 2011, 06:10:35 PM »

Totally agree Mike, it is a new experience building something and having others doing the same thing at the same time. I really look forward to the updates on the various threads going on at the moment.

I tried my Riva in the bath by the way to assess the waterline situation. Even weighed up with the all the fixtures and fittings temporarily taped in position, and the RC equip and batteries fully on board, it still sits a bit too high at the stern and the bow is too low. Fortunately a little ballast positioned right over the rudders 'rotates' the boat back to the correct waterline. Meanwhile I have a split along the bottom of the hull V, I think from the water penetrating, but it could also be owing to the central heating. Not a disaster as it will be painted eventually, but these teething problems keep occurring.

I also had a real annoyance with my RC, a glitch that had the whole system shut down on me for no reason during testing - turned out to be a faulty switch for the receiver batteries - it was really tricky to get to as I'd buried it inside the hull before planking.
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ukmike

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Re: Aquarama Build
« Reply #226 on: December 04, 2011, 06:53:41 PM »

Colin.

Let us have some pictures of your model, I'm sure everyone would be most interested.
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Re: Aquarama Build
« Reply #227 on: December 04, 2011, 07:03:56 PM »

Hi
I prefer posts with pictures - not only enjoyable but also useful when considering problems and options. O0
Dave
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turbinecol

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Re: Aquarama Build
« Reply #228 on: December 04, 2011, 08:50:32 PM »

OK, will look into it....please don't let me interrupt the build though Mike...
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ukmike

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Re: Aquarama Build
« Reply #229 on: December 04, 2011, 08:58:11 PM »

Please dive in Colin.

I'm sure everyone will be very interested in your model.

Who knows, you might end up being famous. ok2
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RaaArtyGunner

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Re: Aquarama Build
« Reply #230 on: December 04, 2011, 09:31:02 PM »

Hi
I prefer posts with pictures - not only enjoyable but also useful when considering problems and options. O0
Dave

Yes please very helpful  O0 O0 :-)) :-))
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ukmike

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Re: Aquarama Build
« Reply #231 on: December 10, 2011, 03:57:10 PM »

Hello All.

Varnishing on hold now until after the winter but I am starting to get to grips with the sewing machine.

After much practicing I have completed the Sundeck coamong upholstery.

It's not too bad, much more acceptable than that supplied in the kit, so I think it will do.

The cockpit next and then the seats, a big job I think.

Here are a couple pictures of the finished product.

Mike.

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MikeA

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Re: Aquarama Build
« Reply #232 on: December 10, 2011, 09:32:12 PM »

looks great to me. Judging by your standards the seats in the model will be better than the real thing %%
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ukmike

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Re: Aquarama Build
« Reply #233 on: December 11, 2011, 02:33:25 PM »

Made the cockpit coaming upholstery today and also sew the material for the seat squab.

I took several attempts before I was able to make reasonably satisfactory items.

Here are some photo's of the stages involved in arriving at a piece that was good enough to use. A professional machinist would have done this in a few minutes I think, instead it took me 5 hours.

I hope never to have to do this again. Fortunately, my next project after the Aquarama has no upholstery at all.

So, here are the photo's.

Mike.


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Re: Aquarama Build
« Reply #234 on: December 11, 2011, 04:04:53 PM »

Hi Mike

A lot of work there but it really does look the part. Is that upholstery a waterproof item then?

Dave
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Re: Aquarama Build
« Reply #235 on: December 11, 2011, 04:29:12 PM »

Yeah, il second that, your boat is a real stunner!
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ukmike

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Re: Aquarama Build
« Reply #236 on: December 11, 2011, 04:42:30 PM »

Hi Mike

A lot of work there but it really does look the part. Is that upholstery a waterproof item then?

Dave

Hi Dave.

The inside of the upholstery is liberally coated with a contact adhesive and the false leather is PVC so I suppose it's probably reasonably waterproof.

Must admit to having give that aspect no thought though.

Mike.
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Re: Aquarama Build
« Reply #237 on: December 11, 2011, 04:50:25 PM »


Must admit to having give that aspect no thought though

Probably best not to think too much Mike - I do think  O0 .............but as a consequence I don't achieve very much {-)

Dave
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turbinecol

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Re: Aquarama Build
« Reply #238 on: December 11, 2011, 07:10:06 PM »

Great work Mike, really great...
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papymouzot

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Re: Aquarama Build
« Reply #239 on: December 12, 2011, 11:08:45 AM »

Very, very nice job Mike...  :-))
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ukmike

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Re: Aquarama Build
« Reply #240 on: December 12, 2011, 07:28:48 PM »

Hello.

Please have a look at my post in Working Vessels.

Can anyone help ?

Mike.
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ukmike

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Re: Aquarama Build
« Reply #241 on: December 17, 2011, 04:20:09 PM »

A few hours in a very cold shed today and I managed to complete the cockpit rear seat squab.

Turned out not too badly so now I can work on the seat back.

Similar technique as the comings, the stitching isn't perfect but it's the best that I am able to do.

Some sequence pictures.

Mike.
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« Reply #242 on: December 17, 2011, 04:23:29 PM »


I DO like that.   :-))     You can come over and stitch for me any time.

So realistic. She's going to look tops.

Well done.

Ken
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Re: Aquarama Build
« Reply #243 on: December 17, 2011, 07:17:37 PM »

NEAT ........... in more than one sense, very nice.

Loving watching this part.

Will there be another cushion between the seat and combing?

Dave
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ukmike

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Re: Aquarama Build
« Reply #244 on: December 17, 2011, 07:45:53 PM »

NEAT ........... in more than one sense, very nice.

Loving watching this part.

Will there be another cushion between the seat and combing?

Dave

Hi Dave.

There will be a seat back to fill in the space, probably do it tomorrow, depending on the outcome of my sewing of the cover, usually take several attemps to arrive at a suitable usable one.

Mike.

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MikeA

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Re: Aquarama Build
« Reply #245 on: December 17, 2011, 08:17:46 PM »

theres not many people who put real cushioned seats in there boats mike, have you got some carpet to go in?
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ukmike

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Re: Aquarama Build
« Reply #246 on: December 17, 2011, 08:31:33 PM »

theres not many people who put real cushioned seats in there boats mike, have you got some carpet to go in?
Cheeky.  ;)
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MikeA

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Re: Aquarama Build
« Reply #247 on: December 18, 2011, 12:50:45 AM »

carpet would be nice, though shame itl get soaked. i put vinyl seats in my fast electric. i had no sewing machine though so i put the sponge in then glued the seats, i started to sew them by hand but i was bending the needles trying to get it through the vinyl. Your seats look proffesional in my oppinion puts mine upholstery to shame.
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ukmike

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Re: Aquarama Build
« Reply #248 on: December 18, 2011, 03:14:28 PM »

Managed to complete the seat backrest today, the covering is the best of 3 attempts, the other two were rubbish.

Also have started to remove the two little upholstered end panels next to the louvered vent, they were a little too small which left too larger a gap.

All the new upholstery is not yet fixed in place, just positioned for the pictures.

Have a look.

Mike.
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Re: Aquarama Build
« Reply #249 on: December 18, 2011, 03:55:27 PM »

ah, now I see
yesterday I thought you meant a small filler cushion, not a full back.
Spot on job that.

Dave
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