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Aquacraft Bristol Bay conversion.
« on: October 08, 2014, 12:36:55 PM »

i cannot find any reference to this ready built model here on the forum, so I thought I might add my attempt at modifying one.
Howes Models seem to have a few left at around 160 ish, just add your own Tx and Rx, and the 7.2v NiMH battery pack.
The ESC, rudder servo, 540 size motor, 3 blade metal prop and lights all included.
Out of the box I found no damaged items, very well packed for its trip across various waters.
The Hull is superb ! Glass cloth and very well made, the underside of the garish glossy deck planking the same.
I think it's around 1/20 scale, but with an oversize bit here and there.
Nicely painted, again in garish gloss.


What is it going to be ?
Well my next big build is to be the Soviet BK 1124 Bronekater (tank boat) in 1/16, this has many many rivets and weld lines showing in typical soviet fashion from WW2............ So, as a practise for that
This one will be a 'soviet armed coastal boat of the BS1 class' complete with welds, rivets and other soviet paraphernalia .
Anyone googling BS1 class will have to think sideways and think what the initials stand for.
Pics to follow the build.
Anyone considering the Bristol Bay as a Sunday morning floater, do not be put off by the foreign manufacture. . . . . It really is a nice little, well built model, though I'm told the ESC may well need changing.
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Re: Aquacraft Bristol Bay conversion.
« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2014, 01:27:11 PM »

Tell me about it! I'm battling with the welds and rivets as we speak. How about converting the Bristol Bay into a;

http://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic.php?f=18&p=1886089



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Re: Aquacraft Bristol Bay conversion.
« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2014, 01:30:17 PM »

Christian you are a mind reader.
I did think of that in 1/24, but found 1/16 weapons fits more readily available so switched it to a smaller version !
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Re: Aquacraft Bristol Bay conversion.
« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2014, 05:34:02 PM »

Hi Rob.
 First thing I did was to replace the "titanic sized" anchors with ones a bit more to scale.
 The turn buckles are solid and dont turn. The cabin is made from layers of ply sheet and if you look the end grain has `nt been painted or sealed. The hatch gratings are open no use if the rain comes on I sealed them with clear fix to make them look glazed.
 Frank   
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Re: Aquacraft Bristol Bay conversion.
« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2014, 07:31:12 PM »

Frank, thanks for the additional post.
The anchors. . . . I'm going to keep them for when I build a 13 foot galleon lol.
Yes the end grain does stick out a bit, but the cabin has been consigned to the spares and odds and ends bin.
Did you keep the original ESC ?
Rob
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« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2014, 12:38:09 PM »

Hi Rob.
 Yes thought the original esc was ok but then everyones taste different   had it out this morning phots on friends phone maybe get a download later.
 
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Re: Aquacraft Bristol Bay conversion.
« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2014, 06:08:40 PM »

Thanks Frank,
Mine has gained a new armoured citadel with gun mount, new stern, amidships cut down with a rail, and a few other mods. Awaiting a couple of guns from Germany and Hong kong.
I know a post without pictures is no good whatsoever, all in good time.
Rob
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Re: Aquacraft Bristol Bay conversion.
« Reply #7 on: October 12, 2014, 06:19:08 PM »

Hi Rob.
 you mean its joined the KFK  like wot this ear
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Re: Aquacraft Bristol Bay conversion.
« Reply #8 on: October 12, 2014, 06:45:15 PM »

Yes, remarkably similar, but captured by the soviets and modified.

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« Reply #9 on: October 12, 2014, 08:49:29 PM »

 Hi Rob.
 I have noted that a number of the Graupner "Elkes" transmogrify into KFK vessels. 
Frank.
 fancy doin it in card at 1:200 scala
http://www.kartonbau.de/forum/vorpostenboot-cfm-skaliert-auf-1-200-wbb-boards-ships-gallery/board5-ships/t21796-f17/
 
 
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Re: Aquacraft Bristol Bay conversion.
« Reply #10 on: November 26, 2014, 01:15:05 PM »

Uploading these pics for Rob;



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Re: Aquacraft Bristol Bay conversion.
« Reply #11 on: November 26, 2014, 01:18:35 PM »

Thanks Christian, me an iPads don't get on with posting pics.
A bit of weathering needed.
This is my conversion. Comments welcome good or bad.
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Re: Aquacraft Bristol Bay conversion.
« Reply #12 on: November 26, 2014, 01:34:42 PM »

Excellent, a planked tank that floats :-)) . As mentioned above, a bit of armour style weathering will set this off nicely.
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Re: Aquacraft Bristol Bay conversion.
« Reply #13 on: December 08, 2014, 07:08:11 PM »

Some more pics from Rob;
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Re: Aquacraft Bristol Bay conversion.
« Reply #14 on: December 08, 2014, 07:39:46 PM »

Thankyou Christian, don't know what my problem with iPad and photo bucket is, apart from Luddite tendencies and old age .

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Re: Aquacraft Bristol Bay conversion.
« Reply #15 on: December 09, 2014, 09:57:34 AM »

Top marks for the weathering :-))
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Re: Aquacraft Bristol Bay conversion.
« Reply #16 on: December 09, 2014, 10:57:33 AM »

Thankyou unbuilt, I think it makes it a better model, still to put BS1 on the front. . . In Cyrillic script of course.
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« Reply #17 on: March 01, 2015, 12:11:20 AM »


Well my next big build is to be the Soviet BK 1124 Bronekater (tank boat) in 1/16, this has many many rivets and weld lines showing in typical soviet fashion from WW2............ So, as a practise for that
This one will be a 'soviet armed coastal boat of the BS1 class' complete with welds, rivets and other soviet paraphernalia .


In case you haven't come across us yet, a few of us Soviet gunboat fans have started a Soviet Gunboats group on Facebook to collaborate on making parts for the BK & G-5 classes. Its called  & is a public group so anyone who is interested in modeling the subject is free to join. I'm getting one of the new MTB hulls myself & hope to start on it within the next month or two


https://www.facebook.com/groups/793622274006313/
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« Reply #18 on: March 01, 2015, 12:14:57 AM »

I failed to mention that is one helluva Bristol Bay conversion!  Most excellent!  :-))
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« Reply #19 on: March 01, 2015, 10:18:00 AM »

Thankyou hermill, for your kind comment,
I will certainly look you up on faceache.

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Re: Aquacraft Bristol Bay conversion.
« Reply #20 on: June 07, 2015, 03:19:55 PM »

Finally got away from building other boats to give BS1 her maiden float at Collett Park with the Drifters MBC . Ballasted down to a more realistic line, the standard fitted 555 motor gave a scale speed of around 350 knots ( the same as another unmolested and original version) and a 3700 NmH at 7.2 v ran for over 1.5 hours with no discernable loss of speed, . . . . Very nice. The standard supplied speed controller was progressive and didn't get warm, neither did the motor. ( to be fair, I was running at around 25% throttle most of the time)
Excellent tight turning circle, hopeless at turning going astern of course, but all in all a very nice little boat. . . The standard version that was there performed just the same, but could do with a bit of ballast in standard trim.
So if you want a no fuss intro to the world of model boating, or an easy going Sunday morning boat. . . . Find a 'Bristol Bay'. . . . . Molest it if you must, but it looks quite nice in standard, as supplied form. . . . . . . . . But dump the anchors !
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