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Re: Podge's Smit Nederland Rebuild
« Reply #125 on: February 15, 2016, 11:26:45 PM »

Next up for the lower superstructure are the doors - there are four inner doors and four outer doors with dog clips. Two of the outer doors also have a viewing port. I think the inner doors are meant to represent the frames that the doors would be mounted on.

Anyway, the doors have now been made. Used the originals, clamped to my new ones, as a guide to drill the holes for the dog clips.
The old clips are still ok so I've set them aside, on masking tape, until the painting is done.

The next dilemma is the drip canopies above the doors - what to make them from and how to attach them ? - opted for using the original brass strip, just a case of scraping the old paint off, cyanoed 2 mild steel pins to each one, job done.

Now for the Nav lamp boxes. These are made from 5 separate parts, a bit fiddly but got there in the end.
Another bit of fiddly work is the vent covers x 2 for each side.
These were made from scrap bits of plasticard, rather awkward to get the corners rounded off but managed ok.

Grab rails next. These are already soldered up and painted so just needed to make sure they lined up ok with the holes I'd drilled earlier.
Last of all, holes drilled for ships bell and for'd bull horn.

So, the doors, canopies and vent covers were welded in place - remainder removed until after paint jobs.
(sorry, no photo's taken - I'll get some shots next time I'm in the workshop)

Now I needed to buy another sheet of 2mm plasticard - the scraps I've got in stock are not of sufficient dimension for the next part of the build - the wheelhouse.
Off we went and picked up a full sheet (2 metre HIPS) the cost of which, inc vat = 8.95 which I think is reasonable.

Made a start with cutting a piece for the wheelhouse floor. I'm using the old fittings for internals therefore needed to mark out the positions then mask off ready for painting...now comes another awkward part - stripping out the window glass and frames in order to get accurate templates.
Started with the rear bulkhead and used a blunt jewellers screwdriver to tease the acetate windows away. These all came away with gentle persuasion followed by rubbing off old glue with the MK1 thumbnail.
There was no way of getting the old frames out intact so they were broken out in bits and the remnants filed away from the cut outs.

So far, so good.
Now, the old bulkhead was clamped to the plastic sheet and the shapes pencilled in.
Next, holes were drilled in each of the window frame corners then joined using the Stanley knife. Each corner was then joined diagonally to aid removal.
While trying to manipulate the pieces out I found that the motion caused the plastic to split beyond the window aperture - so, that went into the scrap bin. I've used this method before but that was on thinner plastic which could be cut right through in just a few passes of the knife.

Back to square one we go...

Having marked the new piece, the chain drilling method was used and the centres cut away - now it was down to some slow, laborious filing to final shape.
Got that bit finished eventually - 2 evening sessions !

Stbd side piece was next, again using the chain drilling method - while doing this, a thought occurred to me, what if someone reading this doesn't know what chain drilling is ? (I'd heard the term many a time but, until my middle age, I didn't know what it was)

So, to clarify, I've included a few photographs "just in case".

......and now we're up to date.

Regards,

Ray.

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Re: Podge's Smit Nederland Rebuild
« Reply #126 on: February 15, 2016, 11:36:38 PM »

One thing I forgot to mention - a great tip from our Forum member BLUEBIRD - when marking out, go over the lines again with a byro. It's surprising how quickly pencil marks disappear from plastic through constant handling. O0 :-))

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Re: Podge's Smit Nederland Rebuild
« Reply #127 on: February 16, 2016, 06:21:55 AM »

Lead on Captain!
I am following _keenly_   :-)
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Re: Podge's Smit Nederland Rebuild
« Reply #128 on: February 16, 2016, 12:24:14 PM »

looking great ray  :-))
you have come on a long way with this build mate an it is looking fantastic.
let me know when she is ready for sea trials and i will pop over to watch her maiden  O0
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Re: Podge's Smit Nederland Rebuild
« Reply #129 on: February 16, 2016, 01:06:25 PM »

Lead on Captain!
I am following _keenly_   :-)

Don't get too close, you will spot my mistakes. {-)


looking great ray  :-))
you have come on a long way with this build mate an it is looking fantastic.
let me know when she is ready for sea trials and i will pop over to watch her maiden  O0
regards
Mick

Thanks Mick, we're a long way off yet but every little bit takes us a step closer.

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Re: Podge's Smit Nederland Rebuild
« Reply #130 on: February 16, 2016, 01:15:25 PM »

Excellent work Ray! I do the same thing when cutting apetures out of 1.5-2mm plastic, but carve almost all the excess teeth away before filing. I find it saves a few minutes especialy with a nice sharp blade. I make sanding sticks out of a piece of shaped blind slat with abrasive paper stuck on with double sided tape; coarse one side and fine the other. Good sharp files are best for round corners though.

The winch caught my eye as well :-))
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Re: Podge's Smit Nederland Rebuild
« Reply #131 on: February 16, 2016, 01:22:17 PM »

Thanks Ian, I've actually done the same thing with the abrasive/double sided tape thing - that was another tip picked up from BLUEBIRD.

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Re: Podge's Smit Nederland Rebuild
« Reply #132 on: February 16, 2016, 01:31:14 PM »

He's a clever clogs :-)
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Re: Podge's Smit Nederland Rebuild
« Reply #133 on: February 16, 2016, 06:25:17 PM »

I first heard of chain drilling as an apprentice it's how we were taught to cut out the letter boxes on front doors, remember, %% when they were made of wood %)

Nice work Ray.  :-))
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Re: Podge's Smit Nederland Rebuild
« Reply #134 on: February 16, 2016, 06:33:11 PM »

Thanks Joe - hoping to get into the workshop again this evening but it's blinkin' freezing cold.  :o

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Re: Podge's Smit Nederland Rebuild
« Reply #135 on: February 16, 2016, 07:30:32 PM »

One thing I forgot to mention - a great tip from our Forum member BLUEBIRD - when marking out, go over the lines again with a byro. It's surprising how quickly pencil marks disappear from plastic through constant handling. O0 :-))

Regards,

Ray.


These pens are useful for marking out:-
http://www.edding.com/professional-marking/products/specialist-markers/edding-8404-aerospace-marker/


dont user them to write a note on your hand tho.... takes ages to wear off
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Re: Podge's Smit Nederland Rebuild
« Reply #136 on: February 26, 2016, 10:56:37 PM »

Back to where we left off.........

The Port side piece was then completed in the same manner.
Now, all 3 parts were lined up around the floor section and welded up. The structure was not however, welded to the floor because that still needs painting....and just as well I didn't secure it to the floor - remembered just in time, window frames!! - it'll be far easier to put those in with the bulkheads lying flat.
Had just about enough time to get the 3 of them apart, so minor disaster averted.
Right then, let's get on with that - or so I thought.

Wrong again, the strips I thought I had can't be found just now....
Meanwhile, it was a case of carry on cutting window apertures - this time the upper windows for the skipper to see above him.
Next came the upper support, which prevents the bulkheads from leaning inwards, also provides a gluing platform for those upper windows, which have to be angled in-over.

Now to the front of the wheelhouse.
3 lower panels, 3 main windows and 3 upper windows. After a lot of marking out, removal and cleaning of window acetate, sanding and filing I finally have the main components of the wheelhouse structure.

Not included in the following picture are the wheelhouse roof and floor.

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Re: Podge's Smit Nederland Rebuild
« Reply #137 on: February 26, 2016, 11:00:51 PM »

....and now I've got the plastic strip for the window frames. Couldn't find the old stuff so ordered some more which arrived this morning.

Hoping to make a start on that tomorrow....
(hope it gets warmer soon - the hull could do with a lick of paint)

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Re: Podge's Smit Nederland Rebuild
« Reply #138 on: February 27, 2016, 08:54:27 PM »

And I bet you lost the strip because you had a tidy up {:-{   The moment you finish that part of the job you will find the bleeders.

Looking good though.
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Re: Podge's Smit Nederland Rebuild
« Reply #139 on: February 27, 2016, 10:59:30 PM »

And I bet you lost the strip because you had a tidy up {:-{   The moment you finish that part of the job you will find the bleeders.

Looking good though.

Thanks Ian.
I know that I have not thrown the strips out - that would be sacrilege.

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« Reply #140 on: February 27, 2016, 11:05:22 PM »

 Ray, where were they the last time you saw them. %) %)   {-)
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« Reply #141 on: February 27, 2016, 11:15:47 PM »

Ray, where were they the last time you saw them. %) %)   {-)

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that made me laugh - SWMBO thought I'd been on the whiskey when she heard me - cheers (hic) Joe :-))

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« Reply #142 on: February 28, 2016, 07:35:17 PM »

It happens to us all Ray. Iost my pullover whilst on a walk last weekend. On walking the route again yesterday morning to see if it was stuck in a muddy hole somewhere, I found it neatly folded on a gate!

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Re: Podge's Smit Nederland Rebuild
« Reply #143 on: March 06, 2016, 12:15:35 AM »

Onto the next task then - fitting the window frames.

The strips, 4 to each aperture, were cut to size and secured with PlasWeld - a total of 116 individual pieces.

Here's a couple of shots of the completed frames...

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« Reply #144 on: March 06, 2016, 12:25:45 AM »

....and, at long last, the wheelhouse structure was put together and just needed a bit of sanding/filing here and there to tidy it up.

(The first photo shows one side going on - I put the structure together upside down, built around the upper support.)

The wheelhouse floor I'd made earlier was no good - measurements taken in haste - so had to make another this evening.

Here's a few photos of the structure, including one of wheelhouse on the model - it has just been stood in place for effect, not yet attached...

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Re: Podge's Smit Nederland Rebuild
« Reply #145 on: March 06, 2016, 06:41:23 AM »

great work ray the boat is looking very nice and you have made a fantastic job
of the wheel house mate  :-))
keep up the good work  ok2  look foreword to your next up date 
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« Reply #146 on: March 06, 2016, 07:28:04 AM »

You've done a lovely job on that wheelhouse Ray, you could have got away without the window strips but they were worth all the effort it's detailing like that that make all the difference.  :-))     
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« Reply #147 on: March 06, 2016, 11:41:17 AM »

Thank you for your encouraging comments Gents.

I did think about leaving out the window frames as they are rather fiddly to handle but, on the other hand, they help to hide any minor defects when the "weld" comes together. ;). Defects would be highlighted when the "glass" goes in... %)

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« Reply #148 on: March 06, 2016, 01:15:43 PM »

hi there Ray, well hello

It is coming along nicely this reconstruction of yours.   As far as covering up sins is concerned - have you tried - and you possibly have.  A product called perfect plastic putty by Deluxe - this has covered many of my 'sins' when I am working with Plasticard.   The other trick I sometimes use comes from an old friend's stable - of things.   You know my good old friend Bryan Young - well his trick is to get a bottle of Humbrol liquid poly and put little offcuts in the bottle to form a gel - a plastic weld gel - which he used to paint onto areas that he wanted correcting.  This actually works quite well - the bits of offcut are tiny mind you.   Only drawback with this is it takes a bit of time for it to harden up.  Just a couple of thoughts my friend and a picture....just testing me new camera
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« Reply #149 on: March 06, 2016, 04:19:02 PM »

Beautiful workmanship, Capt!
You are my hero!


I am just starting with my Neddie superstructure - with original plywood parts of Billings.
I am dreading the possible curvatures, splits and what-have-yous that I have already encountered with Billings-quality plywood.


I have the coaming in place for the removable superstructure, and I noticed immediately that as the deck is curved, it is not obvious, what is "vertical" for the superstructure basement to fit properly on the coaming. Causes me headache!

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