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Re: Bigish Aquarama Special Build
« Reply #75 on: September 21, 2018, 05:01:03 PM »

Hi Mike, your work is incredibly good, excellent...  %%  This is going to be a real beauty, your attention to details is really admirable. :-))  I wish I could do a similar build and varnish quality as you do... this is the varnish which stopped me in my first Riva build...


Maybe I should come to England to get some teaching  ok2
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Re: Bigish Aquarama Special Build
« Reply #76 on: September 21, 2018, 06:50:32 PM »

This is first class work Mike. I admire your patience and perseverance.
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Re: Bigish Aquarama Special Build
« Reply #77 on: September 26, 2018, 03:02:50 PM »


Hello.

Dashboard complete and fitted now, apart from 2 small ignition keys. It is removable at anytime by undoing 1 screw.

Working on the 2 Portlights and the nose, (Musetto), may take quite a while !!

Thanks for you kind replies Charles and Perkasaman2.
Here are a couple of pictures.

Mike.


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Re: Bigish Aquarama Special Build
« Reply #78 on: October 18, 2018, 03:48:11 PM »

Hi.


A few photos of the Portlights that I am making, one complete apart from buffing and the other just started.
Not super accurate, as this is the first time that I have ever used a lathe but will look better when chromed and glazed.


Mike.



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Re: Bigish Aquarama Special Build
« Reply #79 on: October 26, 2018, 05:31:39 PM »

Just a thought about covering the steering wheel, how about using some heat shrink about the same diameter as the wheel? cut a short length, just over twice the width of the wheel rim, shrink it in place and, perhaps add “stitching” with a pyrography iron.
I sometimes simulate leather by painting with Matt enamel or acrylic, then polishing with coloured shoe polish, it is surprising how much different the texture is from a gloss or satin finish, especially if the model has a number of different surface textures in a small area.
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Re: Bigish Aquarama Special Build
« Reply #80 on: January 22, 2019, 04:46:18 PM »

No progress on the hull as it's too cold and damp in my shed, so, it lives in the spare bedroom at the moment awaiting Spring.
Meanwhile, working on the seats and electronics.
The photo is of the Helmsman and the double Passenger seats, just roughed out and ready for a couple of coats of Dope to aid final sanding as I have used Balsa.
Will finish the rear seat and the rest of the items that need upholstering later.
The Photo shows the electronics that will be fitted.
The 2 small Blue PCB's are step up voltage controllers, they increase a small 7.2 volt LiPo battery to 14volts for the 3 cooling fans.
The 2 small Green PCB's are variable voltage controllers which are set to drive the 2 docking lights and dashboard LED's.
The larger Green PCB with the probe attached is a temperature monitor to be fitted in the motor,battery compartment. It has an adjustable alarm point which can trigger a free relay allowing me to fit an audible or visible external device, maybe a very high visibility LED or some sort of sounder, or both.
The other larger Blue PCB just for setup purposes for the other modules, will be mounted in a hand held box to make it portable.
The final photo shows all of the interior upholstered parts which I hope to reproduce, the only difference will be the piping colour, I intend to use Red in place of the Blue.
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Re: Bigish Aquarama Special Build
« Reply #81 on: January 22, 2019, 05:06:27 PM »

Nice work Mike.  Roll on spring, I am looking forward to seeing the hull completed.  :-))
Greg

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Re: Bigish Aquarama Special Build
« Reply #82 on: February 24, 2019, 03:50:01 PM »

Some work on the front seats, just roughed out at the moment.
After several attempts have made the first length of piping, enough for the front seat only but the method works reasonably well, unfortunately I need to make
about 4 meters more to have enough to complete all of the upholstery, it's a right fiddle.
The photos show work so far.
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Re: Bigish Aquarama Special Build
« Reply #83 on: March 29, 2019, 03:03:51 PM »

Have abandoned the seats for the moment,(they were rubbish).Will make a new set later.

Working on the windscreen now, not something that I've been looking forward to.
Have made a former to bend the Perspex screen around, will be using the draping method, hopefully it will be o.k. first attempt but I do have a spare
piece if needed.

A few pictures to show the screen plastic cut to shape and the bending former which is a bit Heath Robinson looking inside, but very strong with absolutely no twisting or bending possible.
The main thing tho' is the bending face which is glass smooth.

Decided to make the frame from Brass and not Aluminium which was my first thought. The Brass will be somewhat more difficult but easy to silver solder.

Mike.
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Re: Bigish Aquarama Special Build
« Reply #84 on: April 20, 2019, 11:01:59 PM »

Finished windscreen after bending, fortunately all went well.


Windscreen outer frame made from Brass sheet cut into 8mm wide strips then silver soldered together.
Due to the high cost of a sheet of 1.2mm. Brass sheet 1mtr. long, I bought 2 solid Brass door finger plates which are 75mm x 450mm and very reasonable price.
By joining 2 strips they were long enough for the job. There will be a polished Aluminium inner screen added to add rigidity. The Brass outer frame will be Chromed.


Mike.


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