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ukmike

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Re: Aquarama Build
« Reply #350 on: May 07, 2012, 12:17:32 PM »

Bow protectors.

I used 60/40 solder with a large tip fitted to soldering iron which was turned up to full, a high heat is I believe important.

Protected the boat so that no heat was transferred to the wood, I cut a small window in several layers of paper kitchen towel, placed it over the place to be soldered,

taped it down then thoroughly wet it with water. I pressed it down onto the metalwork so that if formed a heatsink then quickly ran in the solder, building up enough to

allow for a rounded finish.

I did several tacks to make sure that all was going well then went back to complete the joining.

I did pre fit the two pieces first and re shaped where necessary.

Photo's as promised.

Mike.


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« Reply #351 on: May 07, 2012, 02:26:54 PM »

And to think this will end up a childs plaything!
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ukmike

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« Reply #352 on: May 07, 2012, 04:18:08 PM »

Suddenly the shine re appears, better than ever, miracle or what ?

This is the definitely the last coat, totally fed up, varnish and I are no longer friends, probably never to meet again.

This will have to do.

Some photo's.

Mike.

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« Reply #353 on: May 07, 2012, 04:40:17 PM »

Again wow!
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ukmike

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Re: Aquarama Build
« Reply #354 on: May 10, 2012, 01:52:08 PM »

Houston we have a problem, I thought things were going too well.

The two front seats that I made, using the same material as all the other upholstery, have changed dramatically in colour making them unusable.

I believe that the change in contact adhesive that I had to make when my Henkel ran out has caused the leaching of colour.

One picture shows the difference between Henkel and the ****fix direct stuff. The rest of the upholstery has stayed off white whilst the seats have gone a decidedly yellow colour.

As I have no more of the material left to re cover the seats, ( or enthusiasm ), I have reverted back to the Blue and White Amati supplied seats but changed the colour to match the rest of the upholstery.

Will be able to transfer the seat furniture over so it may well not affect the finished product, could have done without this tho'.

Another 2 pictures of the new look Amati seats, can easily colour the stitching to match the rest.

Mike.
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« Reply #355 on: May 10, 2012, 03:03:39 PM »

Aw - that's the absolute pits Mike after the effort you put in and with a great result too.

What is your reccommended glue called and I'll buy some? Supplier?

Dave
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« Reply #356 on: May 10, 2012, 03:34:49 PM »

how did you change the colour of the blue and white seats, paint them?
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ukmike

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« Reply #357 on: May 10, 2012, 04:09:36 PM »

Aw - that's the absolute pits Mike after the effort you put in and with a great result too.

What is your reccommended glue called and I'll buy some? Supplier?

Dave

Hi Dave.

The Henkel contact glue came from Lidl about 2 years ago, don't think you can get it here in England.

If you do find it please let me know as I will certainly buy some.

Mike.
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« Reply #358 on: May 10, 2012, 04:12:41 PM »

I pop into Lidl and Aldi occasionaly - so I'll look for you.

Dave
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ukmike

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« Reply #359 on: May 10, 2012, 04:17:19 PM »

how did you change the colour of the blue and white seats, paint them?

Hi Mike.

Did you get the little spanner yet ?

Didn't use any paint to dye the Amati seats, (don't think that you can successfully paint Vinyl can you ) ?

The process is known only to me and the Hoomigoolie Pygmy head hunters tribe in the Amazon jungle.

If I told you I would have to kill you.  ok2  ok2

Seriously, it's a leather dye from Canada.

Mike. M.




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« Reply #360 on: May 10, 2012, 04:55:56 PM »

Hi Mike
Sorry about your seats, you must be gutted after all the time you spent on creating them, I suppose if they were going to discolour better now than when installed in the boat.
Regarding the contact adhesive have you tried Henkel Loctite Adhesives tel: 01442278000?
Regards

Brian
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« Reply #361 on: May 10, 2012, 05:06:19 PM »

Another UK contact is 01606593933 Tech Services or email technical.services@henkel.co.uk

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ukmike

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« Reply #362 on: May 11, 2012, 01:27:22 PM »

Thanks for the info Brian / Ned.

No joy here in England but I think Gary, ( essex2visuvesi ) in Finland may be able to source some.

Hope so, because it is the best contact adhesive that I have used.

Mike.
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« Reply #363 on: May 12, 2012, 09:42:46 AM »

Dashboard just about finished now.

Just some excess glue to remove once hardened.

Have gone with the Red wheel as I'm going to use Red for the waterline stripe, didn't like the blue.

Windscreen and compass not fitted yet.

Some pictures.

Mike.

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« Reply #364 on: May 12, 2012, 10:44:31 AM »

I love the key rings  {-)

How about adding some furry dice?
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ukmike

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« Reply #365 on: May 18, 2012, 08:22:40 PM »

Bottom White paint done now, following horrendous problems with masking and lifting.

I absolutely hate enamel paint, give me Cellulose any time.

Anyway, after lots of hours doing retro work it's all finished now, including the Red stripe, (not the waterline or Boot Topping).

The exhausts are permanently fitted now, Siliconed and screwed.

Some pictures.

Mike.
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« Reply #366 on: May 18, 2012, 08:36:58 PM »

Gorgeous work Mike! I hope you are as proud of it as we are impressed.
Chris
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ukmike

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« Reply #367 on: May 18, 2012, 08:44:59 PM »

Gorgeous work Mike! I hope you are as proud of it as we are impressed.
Chris

Thanks for that Chris.

Can't wait for this build to be completed, starting to get a bit fed up with it now,can't wait to start on my next, ( and second ), project as it will be for me and not for the kids.

Mike.
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« Reply #368 on: May 18, 2012, 09:28:54 PM »

Your second project - I'm chomping at the bit Mike  O0
I've really enjoyed the first.

Dave
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ukmike

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« Reply #369 on: May 18, 2012, 09:45:18 PM »

Your second project - I'm chomping at the bit Mike  O0
I've really enjoyed the first.

Dave
Evening Dave.

A little more to complete yet but the end is in sight thankfully.

I have to admit that the Vaporetto build can't start soon enough.

I have some ideas that should make for a very interesting thread.

Will continue to keep the Aquarama build up to date of course as it seems to be regularly followed.

BTW I need to make a boat stand/cradle/carry for the Aquarama and have no idea how to do this.

Any help / plans would be gratefully received.
Mike.



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« Reply #370 on: May 18, 2012, 10:38:26 PM »

you building the vaporetta from scratch mike??

on boat stands something simple is sufficient. heres what i did:



i used cereal box card to mark the profile of the hull then transfered that to wood. Im sure youl do a better job that i have. If i was to modyfy this so is carriable i would put 4 hook eyes in each corner of the base then use 2 straps going from the front ones to the back ones. That way you can remove the straps for display.
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ukmike

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« Reply #371 on: May 18, 2012, 11:02:13 PM »

you building the vaporetta from scratch mike??

on boat stands something simple is sufficient. heres what i did:



i used cereal box card to mark the profile of the hull then transfered that to wood. Im sure youl do a better job that i have. If i was to modyfy this so is carriable i would put 4 hook eyes in each corner of the base then use 2 straps going from the front ones to the back ones. That way you can remove the straps for display.
Thanks Mike.

Something similar would be good, just need to allow for the twin shafts and rudders.

I have a paper plan for an early Vaporeto so will have to do a mix and match of them all as there is very little information available about any of them.

May also do a floating waterbus stop,(Fermata), to go with it. Maybe!

There is a reference book available from a chap in Venice but at 70 Euro's it's a bit too much for me.

ACTV has a site that will be of some help also but any other information would be most welcome, particularly technical specs.

Mike M.


 


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« Reply #372 on: May 19, 2012, 11:06:51 AM »

What is the title and author of the book Mike?
Also have you (is there) a Vaporeto specific model in mind?

Now I'll have to learn the difference between a Fermata and a Vaporeto :embarrassed:

Dave
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« Reply #373 on: May 19, 2012, 11:30:29 AM »

What is the title and author of the book Mike?
Also have you (is there) a Vaporeto specific model in mind?

Now I'll have to learn the difference between a Fermata and a Vaporeto :embarrassed:

Dave

Hi Dave.

The book is  ...." Vaporetti - un secolo di trasporto pubblico nella laguna di Venezia" ( Vaporetti - a century of public transport in the lagoon of Venice ).

Author:   Gilberto Penzo.

Vaporetto = 1 (singular)   Vaporetti = 2 or more. (plural).  Fermata = Bus stop.  Fermate = more than one i.e Bus Stops.

Here endeth this mornings lesson.   :-))   :-))

Mike.
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« Reply #374 on: May 19, 2012, 11:54:14 AM »

have you had this boat wet yet mike?
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