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SEABEX ONE scratch build
« on: April 19, 2015, 12:28:24 PM »

Here we go again.  This time we are attempting to scratch build the Survey and rescue ship called the  Seabex One. A kit used to be manufactured but is no longer in production.

With the help of various members (who I thank very much) I have acquired some of the drawings (not to scale ! ) and taken some pictures from the internet of various models, taken from all the angles.  The model will be 5 foot long.


I started with converting the drawings to actual size and after 30 pages of size A4 print offs stuck together, I had an idea of it's size and the positioning of the various modules and parts.



The scale of the model is 1:72 which is almost  00 gauge scale model railways. This might prove handy for those un-makeable parts.  :}

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Re: SEABEX ONE scratch build
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2015, 12:34:20 PM »


We started by designing the frames from the scant information we had. This involved cutting a lot of blanks and measuring and lining up by eye until it looked right.



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Re: SEABEX ONE scratch build
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2015, 12:38:43 PM »


The bow section was quite flat along with the floor of the boat so the spirit level came into use quite often.

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Re: SEABEX ONE scratch build
« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2015, 12:45:09 PM »

The curvature of the hull was then attempted.  Unfortunately there were no great details to go by but there weren't too many angle to calculate.


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Re: SEABEX ONE scratch build
« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2015, 12:47:56 PM »


This was all glued into place and clamped for the night.

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Re: SEABEX ONE scratch build
« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2015, 12:50:50 PM »

The centre section, know as the Moon Pool was then cut out and glued into place. 

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Re: SEABEX ONE scratch build
« Reply #6 on: April 19, 2015, 12:54:42 PM »


It was now time for planking ............................

To this end I've made a bench circular saw and the plan is to cut new lengths of 4mm thick timber into 5 foot lengths at a width of 2mm.

A bit ambitious as you will see later.                       :o

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Re: SEABEX ONE scratch build
« Reply #7 on: April 19, 2015, 01:44:52 PM »


The planks were cut and laid on the frames using wood glue and tiny pins to hold them in place. 
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Re: SEABEX ONE scratch build
« Reply #8 on: April 19, 2015, 01:46:47 PM »


An overall view which I'm quite pleased with.

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Re: SEABEX ONE scratch build
« Reply #9 on: April 19, 2015, 01:48:20 PM »


A view showing the Moon Pool and inside the bow.

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Re: SEABEX ONE scratch build
« Reply #10 on: April 19, 2015, 01:53:15 PM »


I purchased some 00 gauge figures and placed them on the deck.  Shows what a massive ship this is going to be.   %)

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Re: SEABEX ONE scratch build
« Reply #11 on: April 19, 2015, 01:55:38 PM »

Nice - I'll be watching this one  :-))
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Re: SEABEX ONE scratch build
« Reply #12 on: April 19, 2015, 01:57:44 PM »

We had some sheets of various size plastcard ready so onwards to the cabins and decks.

First to be made were the twin funnels.

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Re: SEABEX ONE scratch build
« Reply #13 on: April 19, 2015, 01:58:56 PM »


Thank you Mark.  I'm doing the last couple of months posts all in one go, to bring everyone up to date.

Cheers

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Re: SEABEX ONE scratch build
« Reply #14 on: April 19, 2015, 02:02:03 PM »

The next item to be attempted was the flight deck.  This is the landing pad for the helicopter and was cut out of 2mm plastic.  This proved a bit wobbly so a second sheet was cut and placed underneath.

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Re: SEABEX ONE scratch build
« Reply #15 on: April 19, 2015, 02:07:33 PM »


I forgot to mention the cabin itself. 

As you can see there are loads of square windows  (portholes).  For this I made a jig with a punch and square hole which I fitted into the pillar drill and used it as a punch on the plastic card.  I didn't plug the drill into the wall.   {-)     I just used it for the stationary force required.

Here are parts laid out for impression,



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Re: SEABEX ONE scratch build
« Reply #16 on: April 19, 2015, 02:15:52 PM »


It was at this stage I realised I need some more planking to modify some of the thinned out section during sanding.

I set up the saw and merrily got on with cutting some more. As there have so many pieces cut,  the confidence was running toooo  high and a piece of timber caught the blade and dragged sideways taking my thumb with it.




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Re: SEABEX ONE scratch build
« Reply #17 on: April 19, 2015, 02:20:56 PM »


Work was shut down for three weeks. 

It was time to re-start so I bought a model kit of the helicopter I would be using and quietly started work again. A very nice model which was similar to the one used on this boat.  Great fun making it as it came out rather well.

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Re: SEABEX ONE scratch build
« Reply #18 on: April 19, 2015, 02:23:34 PM »

looking good Ken Hopefully you will have finished it by Wikki
 

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Re: SEABEX ONE scratch build
« Reply #19 on: April 19, 2015, 02:27:55 PM »

Back on the boat I've made an access hole in the fore deck and covered it in plastic for a better finish.  I used super glue in hundreds of tiny blobs onto the plywood deck and clamped it all down overnight.  I must say it works a treat and it looks much smoother than plywood. I then skirted an access hole to take the easily removable cabin and make it leak proof.



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Re: SEABEX ONE scratch build
« Reply #20 on: April 19, 2015, 02:34:33 PM »



Thank you Dave. I'll see what I can do but don't hold your breath.   {-)  {-)

We're not a quarter of the way there yet.  I have two of the Shottle drive units but I need two more before I drill any holes in the hull.  It's the electronics I'm looking forward to. Then there is the crane  (my favourite item) to build.  This boat is my swansong and I shall throw everything into it.

Well that's brought you all up to date.  The rate of progress is slower from now on, but I will keep you posted.

Cheers

ken

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Re: SEABEX ONE scratch build
« Reply #21 on: April 19, 2015, 04:30:00 PM »

Looking good Ken. Now I see what the azipods were for :-)) This build is similar to what I was doing 20 years back with the pods. The boat I was attempting was at the time the Stena Seaspread-interestingly it got seconded to serve time in the Falklands campaign. I gave up on her, hence the azipods, 2 years of spending all my spare time  and getting visibly no further drained my will to carry on.

Anyway, as to sticking down your plastic to ply deck. Best adhesive is Evo Stik contact adhesive. Coat the ply coat the plastic wait five minutes and stick together-permanently! Just make sure any lining up is done before the surfaces touch because their is no removing it.

So I'll sit back and wait further updates.

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Re: SEABEX ONE scratch build
« Reply #22 on: April 19, 2015, 09:18:08 PM »

Think you need a couple more sockets in your workshop  %% %%

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Re: SEABEX ONE scratch build
« Reply #23 on: April 19, 2015, 10:06:52 PM »


Cheers Brian.  Thank you again for the Schottles.  Only 2 more to get now.

I think you may be right Mr Longbuild.  I've seen the German engineers version involving a computer.   %)    I could do with sixteen channels by the look of it.

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Re: SEABEX ONE scratch build
« Reply #24 on: April 19, 2015, 10:46:29 PM »

Hi Ken
looking good. Had a look on Ebay . DE and found this one at a not to bad price .
john
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/161670578776?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
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