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Denny Boy

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Mountfleet "Danny Boy" kit
« on: November 21, 2014, 10:58:49 AM »

Hi, Father Christmas is bringing me a Mountfleet "Danny Boy" kit, and Iwould like to make contact with anyone who has built this kit or is currently building it. I am sure there must be a few stories to share.
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Re: Mountfleet "Danny Boy" kit
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2014, 08:24:59 PM »

Hello Denny,
I have not built the Danny Boy but am 3/4 through my second Mountfleet Kit. I have built the Highlander and am currently working on Ben Ain. I hope you are a reasonably experienced modeler as the instructions sometimes seem like they were written by the ancient mariner. They sometimes are a bit vague as well. Read any reviews you can find and get as many pictures off the internet as you can for reference, especially close ups.


They do make up into very nice models however but take it slowly and make sure you are certain about every part before you fix it. There will be a lot of white metal fittings that need cleaning up. Get a good set of medium size and small files.


John
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Re: Mountfleet "Danny Boy" kit
« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2014, 08:07:37 PM »

Hi John,
Thanks for the reply. I am new to Boat Modelling but have Aero Modelled for 20 odd years and built ARTFs, Kits and Plans. I have been told by my club mates that the Mountfleet kits instructions are a bit vague but the end result can finish up as superb model.  The best advice I have up to now closely follows yours, "When you meet a problem shut the workshop door and reach for the kettle. I haven't seen my kit yet as it was sent on to FC when it arrived. I hope I can bounce any problems off you in the future. By the way when I typed "Danny Boy" into "Google" I was one click away from a Gay Boy website, register ?????? I don't think so.
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Re: Mountfleet "Danny Boy" kit
« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2014, 08:47:42 PM »

Hello Denny,


Its amazing what you can find on the Web these days! When I bought the Ben Ain at Coalville back in April I had a good chat with Adam Slater who now owns Mountfleet. He is a really nice chap and I am sure he would give any help you need. As you belong to a club there may well be somebody who has made a Mountfleet model. They are mostly of a similar generation and I am fairly sure that a lot of the pieces and building techniques are carried from one model to another.


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John
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Re: Mountfleet "Danny Boy" kit
« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2014, 11:19:41 PM »

Denny Boy good evening
Built mine some 15 years ago, lovely build though some of the printed deck sheeting was a bit out of square. I've got some pics on my pc that I will forward to you as soon as I sort them ( they are here on the forum somewhere, well rusted up, posted 5 or 6 years ago when I sold her)
Doesn't need a lot of power, I think I changed from 12 v to 6 after a trial run. I used a MMD motor of some description with a prop shop screw, sound, smoke and lots of lead. Plenty of room in the hull. Was displayed in Fred Coulsons model shop for a number of years.
Can't remember the gents name that bought her, but from Cornwall I believe.
Enjoy. . . . I really like Mountfleet kits ( I sold 2 back to him after his fire, should have loaned them and got them back really)
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Re: Mountfleet "Danny Boy" kit
« Reply #5 on: November 24, 2014, 11:27:06 PM »

Here is one
To see if this works

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Re: Mountfleet "Danny Boy" kit
« Reply #6 on: November 24, 2014, 11:28:19 PM »

And these

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« Reply #7 on: November 24, 2014, 11:30:34 PM »

And one of the pristine finish
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Re: Mountfleet "Danny Boy" kit
« Reply #8 on: December 18, 2014, 02:19:46 PM »

Hi Rob,
Thanks for the piccies of your "Danny Boy" it looks great and the weathering is fantastic. Been away for a week and only just got round to them. Is your boat static or sailing, if sailing what motor did you use. I have been advised to use an MFA800 Torpedo. Are there any other tricks that I need to know??????????.
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Re: Mountfleet "Danny Boy" kit
« Reply #9 on: December 18, 2014, 03:45:42 PM »

A good old think on that has reminded me . . . . I must have been rich then, because I used a decaperm on 12 v 7amp battery. Couldn't have been too rich though because it looks like a rivabo type prop rather than prop shop.
Her first outing was at Shepton at one of the early 'countryside cavalcade' show, when the Shepton Drifters joined with Bath and Yate clubs to display on the big lake. Even with the geared decaperm and scale prop she would try to outrun any other boat, spent the day on 1/4 throttle max, changed to 6v after that for a slightly less sprightly sail.
She then spent 7 years under the ownership of Fred Coulson, who displayed her in his shop and at home.
The weathering was done after that before I sold it to a member on here who's name escapes me. Perhaps he will shout and let us know how she is doing.
A low drain 800/900 size would be plenty of motor, depending on the prop probably a 600 would be enough.
Good luck with your build, if you like building it will be only the first of your Mountfleet builds.
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Re: Mountfleet "Danny Boy" kit
« Reply #10 on: December 18, 2014, 04:48:04 PM »

You don't need a large powerful motor in this, as has already been noted; I use a fairly slow revving but with plenty of torque Buhler (S) on 12 volts. make sure that your ballast is as low down as possible and secure, the waterline should at the stern, cover the top of the rudder and run level or just under the end of the bottom rubbing strake at midships.  I would also consider extending the propeller shaft a little further aft about 3/16" is more than enough, this will improve your turning circle no end. Ensure also that the coaming under the main superstructure is high, at least 3/4"

When you have positioned the rings etc. on the masts secure them by drilling a small hole through them or at least just under them and insert a piece of brass wire or rod; this will prevent them moving down the mast when you tighten the rigging. With this set up I have sailed for many hours on Windermere in many conditions with success and complete confidence. I would also strongly advise that you don't host the sail and then set out on an expedition in anything resembling a breeze or light airs for that matter!

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