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Tug-Kenny

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Re: SEABEX ONE scratch build
« Reply #175 on: July 03, 2015, 05:06:11 PM »


Thanks for the nice comments.   :-))

Today I have  'Tarting up'  the bits built so far.  More paint from the store and lovely weather to do it in.

Soon be time for smaller details.    %)


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Re: SEABEX ONE scratch build
« Reply #176 on: July 03, 2015, 05:07:12 PM »


Some more piccies .............

The Moon Well  and the  crane lifted up.

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Re: SEABEX ONE scratch build
« Reply #177 on: July 03, 2015, 05:10:02 PM »


I do have some white  lining  tape which will go on when the paint is dry.

Now working on making some transfers on the computer for the  'flight deck'

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Re: SEABEX ONE scratch build
« Reply #178 on: July 03, 2015, 06:33:10 PM »

Wow, It is practically done, ... 8) 8) 8)

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Re: SEABEX ONE scratch build
« Reply #179 on: July 03, 2015, 07:37:59 PM »


Thank you Umi.   Not quite there yet but inspired to keep going.  I visit RC groups often and see you there. These darn Schottles are still on my mind, but I have construction ideas spinning around.   I liked the idea of the dentist right angled drill but felt it wouldn't do for me.   ok2.

Now the major construction build is well under way,  I can get down to the smaller fixtures like the  railings etc.

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Re: SEABEX ONE scratch build
« Reply #180 on: July 04, 2015, 12:25:34 AM »

That's a corker of a model Ken! I can't wait to see her on the water. Will you treat us to a Youtube videos of her maiden voyage?
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Re: SEABEX ONE scratch build
« Reply #181 on: July 04, 2015, 10:45:04 AM »


Thank you kind Sir.  We're a fair way yet from videos but have been collating snapshots.   :}

Today I thought I might have a go on the railings to stop the crew falling off the edge. ok2

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Re: SEABEX ONE scratch build
« Reply #182 on: July 06, 2015, 07:46:43 PM »


I have made over 100 stanchions so far.  They have been fitted into the sides of the deck by force fit and glue and seem to be holding OK.  When the wire is threaded through and soldered they will be stronger.  I now have to make a load more for the cabin and three walkways, so it's back to the production line.   :}

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Re: SEABEX ONE scratch build
« Reply #183 on: July 06, 2015, 08:54:57 PM »

I made my first stanchions this weekend Ken. Only 17mm high at 1/72nd scale, That was the easy part, the hard bit was holding them in a jig while I drilled the holes!

Then I placed a figure next to them and they didn't look right. I had made them 17mm high but they were 2mm wide, way too much. At this scale 1mm equals 3inches, so at most the stanchions should only be 1mm wide, no way was I going to make those out of strips of brass! So to be in scale I am now making the stanchions out of 1mm brass wire with the crossrails made of 0.4mm brass wire. I'll end up with round stanchions rather than flat ones but they will be scale. I'll be posting photos on my build later this week to demonstrate this.

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Re: SEABEX ONE scratch build
« Reply #184 on: July 06, 2015, 09:30:32 PM »

I have just been down to the workshop and measured my stanchions.  They are 2mm wide and 1.2mm thick and stand at 22mm up from the deck. I should imagine if they any thinner then they would be weak and subject to damage.

I did get my 00 gauge railway figure and stand him against them and the height came up to his shoulders. It doesn't look too bad so when I fix the little people in, I shall keep them back from the railings so as not to invite enquiries !!    :}

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Re: SEABEX ONE scratch build
« Reply #185 on: July 07, 2015, 07:03:11 AM »

Here's a photo of the mesh we were talking about Ken. It should be fine for what you want, the cut edge would need to be sealed, ie touched with a soldering iron to neaten it up, but you would have that problem with any mesh you use. It's only 2 a metre so I'll get a metre and mail it to you.

For scale purposes it fits the bill exactly, the little deckhand is 1/72nd scale. Its semi rigid so the squares don't readily deform, its like handling a big sheet of perforated plasticard.

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Re: SEABEX ONE scratch build
« Reply #186 on: July 07, 2015, 08:21:25 AM »

I think I will save up and buy mine from James Lane. Kudos to you though for pulling the hard yards and making them all yourslf:O)

She is starting to look complete Ken:O)
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Re: SEABEX ONE scratch build
« Reply #187 on: July 07, 2015, 10:02:13 AM »


Thanks Brian,  looks the just the part.

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Re: SEABEX ONE scratch build
« Reply #188 on: July 07, 2015, 12:54:10 PM »

Hi from downunder.


Just a thought here regarding the handrail stauncions. In my Model Railway business we were using chemically milled ( Etched ) Brass and Nickel Silver components, but they can also be done in Stainless Steel. Some years ago I had a bunch of stauncions done for a 1:24 scale tug in brass, and no drilling required. Not a real cheap option, but when you weigh up the time and stress it takes to cut and drill the number required for this Seabex project, it may not be that expensive. A problem here might be that the sheet used is normally from .012" to .020" ( .5mm ), but if they need to be thicker they can be doubled and sweated together. They can be tagged in pairs on the etch and folded back on each other. A lot easier than cutting and drilling holes that rarely go where you want them to be.
I was using a mob in the UK called Chempix, but you need to find somebody who can do the artwork for them to use.
It would be so much easier if all handrails were the same, then it would reduce the number of phototools required for the etching process, but there's probably somebody in the UK or Europe already doing a range of etched parts. Just a matter of finding them! Then the holes will generally be in the wrong place for your model!
If I can find the stauncions I had done I could put up an image as an example, if I knew how to do it! I'll have a look tomorrow.


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Re: SEABEX ONE scratch build
« Reply #189 on: July 07, 2015, 04:07:39 PM »

Ian, I had thought of photo etching my own stanchions, we can buy the etching fluid in the UK. I even made up my own etching template in photoshop, it just needed transferring to the brass sheet and then immersing in the fluid. Which is where the plan fell apart.

Many years ago (1970's) I used to chemically etch sheets for electronic projects, it is the same process. However what I hadn't counted on was that unlike electronic boards which are single sided (usually)  the masking template would have to be applied to both sides of the brass sheet identically. Otherwise one side is masked and protected but the etch can eat away the reverse.

Looking the process up the various films that are sold for amateur use are not that good at taking printer ink, so given the odds of success I decided not to go the etching route. However now that I have made up a length using brass wire to give the right width, it just looks wrong when you know they should be flat plate and not round stanchions.

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Re: SEABEX ONE scratch build
« Reply #190 on: July 07, 2015, 07:14:32 PM »

The Stanchions that are available at this scale are 45 to 90 pence each.  I am now up to 200.  That's why I've made my own. I have completed the rear deck today and am quite pleased with the result.  Only the three deck layers of the bridge to do.  Ho Hum.

I've added the white line to the hull and wired up the rear section.  Here are a few crew having a look around.


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« Reply #191 on: July 07, 2015, 08:05:02 PM »

'I say sir, the Builder did a good job with the stanchions. Yes he did lad, he bored the holes with a gigantic drilling engine; it's bigger than our ship :-)
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« Reply #192 on: July 07, 2015, 08:14:02 PM »

I did have to order a better set of spectacles before I could start.   {-)

The drill diameter was 0.8 mm and I was wondering how does one sharpen them.   %)

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« Reply #193 on: July 07, 2015, 08:33:30 PM »

In all honesty, I use them until they are blunt (often after several years use due to the softness of styrene ) and then get a new one.

I suppose you could buy a drilling jig that takes the smaller bits, I haven't looked.

.5mm drills usually break before they get blunt, so I buys them in tens from Squires.
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Re: SEABEX ONE scratch build
« Reply #194 on: July 09, 2015, 08:16:38 PM »


Today I painted the deck's top coat with green..

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Re: SEABEX ONE scratch build
« Reply #195 on: July 09, 2015, 08:18:01 PM »


The support pillars have been temporarily fitted but not glued down yet.

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Re: SEABEX ONE scratch build
« Reply #196 on: July 09, 2015, 08:19:35 PM »


The top of the cabin is now ready for 100 stanchions which should keep me occupied for a while.

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Re: SEABEX ONE scratch build
« Reply #197 on: July 09, 2015, 08:21:24 PM »


I have made my own Fire hose cannons.  These are yet to be connected to hose pipes and a pump etc.

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« Reply #198 on: July 10, 2015, 09:45:44 PM »

Can we borrow her to shower our flying poo generators (otherwise known as bloomin Geese) Ken?

She's coming along mighty fine.
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« Reply #199 on: July 10, 2015, 10:37:06 PM »


It will be interesting to see the range of these things.   :}    Isn't there a law about squirting people at the pool side  ?

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