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Sonar

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New to the forum and Model Craft
« on: August 25, 2016, 02:08:25 pm »

Hello.
Just joined the forum.

I have had many many boats from yachts to motor ribs to small inflatable craft.
And have now given it all up.

Well with still a great interest in boats  I have decided that modelling is the way to go.
I have been fibre glassing And working with grp for many years and have due to ill health retired.
So now here I sit  R.E.B.  Retired and extremely Bored.

So over the next few months I will be starting to assemble  some model making bits and with help form other forum members maybe a little know how as well.

Looking forward to being here and hopefully learning a bit as well.

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Re: New to the forum and Model Craft
« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2016, 02:25:30 pm »

Welcome Sonar..............


Just tell us what you fancy , you'd be surprised how much all these old salts know.


That's what we're here for.


Cheers...................and happy boating............Ron.
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Re: New to the forum and Model Craft
« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2016, 02:40:54 pm »

Hi Ron And thanks for the welcome.

I was thinking for my very first model it would be maybe a free style thing till I get the feel and then decide what direction to go.

Maybe make a few hulls fist ..
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Re: New to the forum and Model Craft
« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2016, 02:49:06 pm »

Welcome aboard  :-))
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Re: New to the forum and Model Craft
« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2016, 03:38:45 pm »

I was thinking for my very first model it would be maybe a free style thing till I get the feel and then decide what direction to go.

Maybe make a few hulls fist ..
Alternatively there are often started/incomplete kits going fairly cheap. You could get one of those and then freelance it as you liked. That would give a decent introduction to models and wouldn't take as long to complete as building a hull from scratch. (This on the assumption you don't want to spend years on your first, possibly not very good, effort  :-)  )

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Re: New to the forum and Model Craft
« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2016, 03:56:27 pm »

Hi Sonar,


You say South coast....there has to be a decent model boat club near you, go along and see what they are using, probably still one of the best ways to succeed in this hobby and you never know,someone might have something to get you started.


Or you can look on the Model Boats and Marine Modelling International websites at their plans, only about 12.50 or so for the plans and you know they are tried and tested, then come back and ask questions about what bits you should buy.


Good luck.....Ron.
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Re: New to the forum and Model Craft
« Reply #6 on: August 25, 2016, 05:30:04 pm »

Alternatively there are often started/incomplete kits going fairly cheap. You could get one of those and then freelance it as you liked. That would give a decent introduction to models and wouldn't take as long to complete as building a hull from scratch. (This on the assumption you don't want to spend years on your first, possibly not very good, effort  :-)  )

I have also been looking down that line as well.
But with so many types sizes and Materials.
It will take me a while to get something sorted in my mind.
Thanks for the reply

Sonar
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Re: New to the forum and Model Craft
« Reply #7 on: August 25, 2016, 05:36:42 pm »

Hi Sonar,


You say South coast....there has to be a decent model boat club near you, go along and see what they are using, probably still one of the best ways to succeed in this hobby and you never know,someone might have something to get you started.


Or you can look on the Model Boats and Marine Modelling International websites at their plans, only about 12.50 or so for the plans and you know they are tried and tested, then come back and ask questions about what bits you should buy.


Good luck.....Ron.

Hi Ron.
The nearest to me is the Southampton club.
With an equal distance to the Portsmouth club.
So spoilt for choice now.

Still not decided what to do model wise  But may as you suggested have a look at plans from scratch.

So far as to what is required How to fit where to buy I guess will be a lot of questions I am sure to ask.

Many thanks for you advice.

Sonar
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Re: New to the forum and Model Craft
« Reply #8 on: August 25, 2016, 05:39:09 pm »

Fratton Model shop will help you out


Not too far away


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Re: New to the forum and Model Craft
« Reply #9 on: August 25, 2016, 05:45:40 pm »

Fratton Model shop will help you out


Not too far away


Ned

Hi NetleyNed.

Fratton in Portsmouth .

Lived in Portsmouth then moved to the NorthEast.
And After some 26 years up North Just Returned to Hampshire.
Portsmouth is Not as quite as it was everything seems to have changed a lot.

But now armed with the start list of Model shops This will be a place to visit.
Many thanks for the information.
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Re: New to the forum and Model Craft
« Reply #10 on: August 25, 2016, 05:51:56 pm »

You got it Pal :-))


Left the RN in 1982, went back to Portsmouth in 2000


Not anything like it was.


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« Reply #11 on: August 25, 2016, 06:04:26 pm »

You got it Pal :-))


Left the RN in 1982, went back to Portsmouth in 2000


Not anything like it was.


Ned

Worked in the HM dockyard myself as a rigger started as a yard boy rigger .
Left then went into grp works.
Vospers in Woolston..........Mine counter measure ships.
And A trip to Woolston last week and I see that That Vospers Have now Gone  :o

Looks like flats now.

How fast things move.
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Re: New to the forum and Model Craft
« Reply #12 on: August 25, 2016, 06:29:52 pm »

Try to have a word with Unbuilt Nautilus on the forum.
He is the Fratton shop face.
Finger in many pies and a good guy for info.


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Re: New to the forum and Model Craft
« Reply #13 on: August 25, 2016, 07:33:16 pm »

Many thanks

Sonar
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Re: New to the forum and Model Craft
« Reply #14 on: August 25, 2016, 08:32:25 pm »

Welcome to the madhouse  {-) {-)  :-))
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Re: New to the forum and Model Craft
« Reply #15 on: August 25, 2016, 09:33:27 pm »

Welcome to the madhouse  {-) {-) :-))

Hi Captain Bligh.
Thank you for the welcome.

It is certainly a busy forum.

I did NOT know model making was such a popular hobby and pastime.


Sonar
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Re: New to the forum and Model Craft
« Reply #16 on: August 25, 2016, 09:50:40 pm »

  SPRINGER!!    it's a simple shape, simple mechanics/electrics, and as freelance as you like above the hull. it would get you on the water quickly.
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Re: New to the forum and Model Craft
« Reply #17 on: August 25, 2016, 10:35:56 pm »

  SPRINGER!!    it's a simple shape, simple mechanics/electrics, and as freelance as you like above the hull. it would get you on the water quickly.

Hi Steamboat.

Thanks for the information another something to look at.

Think I am going to be busy Just doing some home work before I even get started.

Sonar
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Re: New to the forum and Model Craft
« Reply #18 on: August 26, 2016, 10:45:22 am »

Hi again Sonar,


A Springer is a great idea, a good fun, almost indestructable boat, cheap to make with real basic hardware plus the scope to make it into anything you like, even perhaps a 'Minesweeper' Springer.  Type Springer tug into google and browse....Cost about 2.00 for the hull out of a bit of plywood, 6.00 for a motor, 20.00 speed controller and a 7.2v Buggy battery,plus the radio.


Cheers.........Ron.


PS. Grandad was on Minesweepers in and around the Solent in WW1 and 2. I lived on IOW with them in my youth....love it, even if they say their schools are Cr....P!
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Re: New to the forum and Model Craft
« Reply #19 on: August 26, 2016, 11:24:13 am »

Hi Ron Looked it up late last night seems to be an easy one for me to start with but still not sure on what  build direction ....except

Not one that just flies around at great speed 
And not a yacht  Just my personal preference.
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Re: New to the forum and Model Craft
« Reply #20 on: September 01, 2016, 03:37:30 pm »

Fratton Model shop will help you out


Not too far away


Ned

They sure did I told them What  I was Attempting to build  A springer Tug.

Fratton Model shop  sorted out a full list   with price options on everything and then Gave me the total price
After sifting through the details.

Will be put in a box as a complete set-up. And stuck in the post.

Well that saved a lot  trawling about looking for the right items.

Very pleased with the help /Advice and the whole deal.

Will be calling again with another project I guess very soon.

Now thats all taken care of I can get on with the other stuff.
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Re: New to the forum and Model Craft
« Reply #21 on: September 02, 2016, 01:09:04 pm »

Why thank you for saying such nice things :-)) . Just waiting on 1/8" inserts for the couplings, as my primary supplier is out of stock. So have rattled Ripmax's cage and will have them here early next week. Glad we could help.

Must get back to boat building for me though!!
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