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Steven.T

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Re: River Class Frigate
« Reply #50 on: March 01, 2014, 06:42:56 pm »

Hi guys,
Had it out again today, the lake was like a millpond (well, before I got the crash tender out anyway...) so it was perfect for trying the frigate out.


The steering is a little bit iffy, steering sharper one way more than the other, I think I can correct this as I am not sure if the servo arm was centered correctly. I'll sort this out and see if it helps any.
As others have hinted, she does heel quite easily, especially when the rudder is over-used. Top speed is fairly nimble without being too slow or too fast. Not much use in reverse, a lot of water finds it's way in, I think this is coming up the prop-shaft when running in reverse, and a small amount coming through the rudder hole on the deck top.
She does seem to sit quite low on the water, especially when looking at the stern, where the deck is a lot lower anyway.


But I think a few tweaks to the servo/rudder and the finishing coats of paint and it should be nearly done!


Crock, I look forward to seeing if you do make a larger scale version, after building this I would love to make one the same design but about 3 or 4 times the size, unfortunately I don't really have the space!


As a side note, does anyone know a suitable battleship grey colour, preferably water-based for ease of painting...?
Cheers,
Steven
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Re: River Class Frigate
« Reply #51 on: March 02, 2014, 09:22:51 am »

My local model shop had some interesting variations of grey in, I used them for my corvette and also to repaint my Perkassa and they were called ..... ??????


Just found an old pot  "Revelle  Aqua Pot"  Acylic paint.   I did use another make as well BUT I think it was the Revelle which was the better of the two, certainly better for a paint brush as the other make was quite thin, probably better for spraying.   hope this helps


Crock  :-)
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Re: River Class Frigate
« Reply #52 on: March 02, 2014, 12:33:00 pm »

As regards paint, I know its probably not absolutely accurate but for convenience I've used Halfords spray grey primer on my WWII models and then covered with a satin varnish for hard wearing. B&Q do a good spray can of satin varnish check that its OK for exterior use.
 
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Re: River Class Frigate
« Reply #53 on: March 08, 2014, 11:17:45 pm »

Painted the decks grey and green today,strange how much it seems to.change the model by adding a bit of green!
Hoping to sail it again tomorrow wind permitting!
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Steven
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Re: River Class Frigate
« Reply #54 on: March 16, 2014, 07:29:49 pm »

Little bit of extra colour makes all the difference


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Re: River Class Frigate
« Reply #55 on: March 17, 2014, 03:43:24 pm »






Cheers,
Steven

I see you're taking your time over it!

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Excuse my feeble humour, did you enjoy building it? That's the important thing.

p.s. the Carley floats? Find some thick wire and make ovals from it for them.  :-))
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Re: River Class Frigate
« Reply #56 on: March 17, 2014, 05:51:47 pm »

Cheers guys, Yes I certainly enjoyed building it, had a couple of moments where I felt like throwing it out but I kept reminding myself it's my first scratch build... I would love to have the time (and more importantly space!) to build a bigger version as in the magazine article, where it is suggested it could be scaled up to almost a meter long!


Just had to google what a carley float was, great tip, thanks for the idea!


Cheers,
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Re: River Class Frigate
« Reply #57 on: April 17, 2014, 10:39:31 pm »

According to what I have read and heard about the smaller escort vessels as used in convoys, they rolled a fair bit given their shape and size so I would not worry too much beyond making sure she stays as dry as you can make her without wrapping her in clingfilm!

Scratchbuilding anything gets more involved the nearer to completion that you get as I find that detailing is so much more time consuming than the initial block work. My experience is from model making where a tank hull can be scratched in a good day while the detail etc takes another four.

My rule with any model making is always have a sharp blade, measure twice or more before marking and do not be afraid to bin the first attempt if it goes wobbly as the second time, it will go quicker and you can add experience of building the first to the ideas you invent for the second and subsequent attempts.

Oh, and take a magazine! Lots of useful info there, though I think you may already take Model Boats!

Your River class is a lovely looking model in and out of the water Spike. I wish you much fun in your future projects. Space is an issue for me as well, so I will stick to short or small models.
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