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Re: Biggish Aquarama Special build
« Reply #200 on: September 08, 2020, 04:22:19 pm »

I think it looks superb Mike
Despite doing mine in the bathroom it was still covered in what appears to be dust but Iím going to settle on 3ft scale
If it looks ok from 3ft it will do  {-) 
The colour the shine and the inlay make a much bigger impact than some dust can undo  :-))


On my final coat I wonít have the extract fan on and see if itís any better
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Re: Biggish Aquarama Special build
« Reply #201 on: September 08, 2020, 06:14:50 pm »

Evening Andy.


Good thinking, probably the best way to go.


The problem with the size of my boat is that there's quite a large surface area, the dust then has a big target to settle on.


One glimmer of hope  tho' is that after I noticed it this morning I put it outside in disgust. The sun was shining all day on the model and its was quite hot. Have just brought it indoors and much of the inclusions seem to have disappeared, but not all.
I'm going to leave it for a week or so and see if it's acceptable, hope so.


I don't mind having to cut it back, but how to prevent the same thing happening, the answer is defying me.


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Re: Biggish Aquarama Special build
« Reply #202 on: September 08, 2020, 06:21:28 pm »

This is why Iím hoping that 0000 wire wool and pure beeswax may fix it but Iíve yet to try
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Re: Biggish Aquarama Special build
« Reply #203 on: March 26, 2021, 12:26:30 pm »

Greetings from downunder.
What an amazing build Mike - awesome skill and work!!  :-))
I am particularly interested to see the amount of time taken to achieve such a first class result.

I am just starting out on a build the same size and without plans I get quite discombobulated as to what to do next and how to do it!  {:-{
You have provided a great example for me to move forward on - Thankyou.


One day hopefully mine will float!


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Re: Biggish Aquarama Special build
« Reply #204 on: March 28, 2021, 12:41:58 am »

Many thanks Jeff.


No more work done to the boat for several months now as I have to work in my little shed in the garden  mainly to the weather here. Fortunately, it should be warm enough to carry on shortly. There's still quite a lot to due but all being well it should be finished this year.


Very brave of you to take on a Riva Special without any plans, not something I wouldn't attempt but give it a go.
Would love to see a Blog if you do it as many people on here would be very interested I'm sure.


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Re: Biggish Aquarama Special build
« Reply #205 on: May 25, 2021, 04:49:39 pm »

Hi.


Big Riva is back on the workbench following the winter layoff.


Have rubbed down the final varnish coat as I wasn't overly pleased with it and anyway would have made things more difficult carrying on without damaging it.


I have started by completing the Docking Lights first, which is proving to be more complicated than I thought it would be. With the boat being 1/7th scale it wasn't possible to buy ready made ones, the nearest available are 1/6th and much to big, also, I would have had to sell my car to afford them.
Following talking with Morosini Giovanni in Sarnico I was able to find out the dimensions of the full size lights so working out the 1/7th was straight forward.


After they are done the next step is making the bow protector which is 300mm long, things don't any easier, the Docking Lights are bad enough !!


A few pictures showing the progress made and it's to be painfully slow.


2365 shows the shiny finish completely sanded away.


2336 is the hole shaped finalised ready for the housing.


2363 shows the bits used to form the housing and outer frame, consisting of wooden male mould, the jig for milling the 2 Brass frames, the 0.4mm ply housing, and it's floor, finally the 2 frames.

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Re: Biggish Aquarama Special build
« Reply #206 on: May 26, 2021, 03:12:29 am »

this isa very very special build for a very special boat, and looking great.


the varnish on the final is the big deal....
if it dont turn out like you realy want ill give you 50 quid for it and take it off your hands...

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Re: Biggish Aquarama Special build
« Reply #207 on: May 26, 2021, 04:53:11 am »

Na......go back to September 2020, the finish is under contro:-))  .....


Looking forward to Project continuance Mike  O0


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Re: Biggish Aquarama Special build
« Reply #208 on: May 26, 2021, 07:19:49 am »

Great to see the Riva back on the workbench Mike..!


Best regards
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Re: Biggish Aquarama Special build
« Reply #209 on: May 31, 2021, 02:54:34 pm »

Hello.


More work started by making the Bow Protector and Docking Lights.


The pictures show them temporarily held in place to make sure all is o.k which seems that they look not too bad so I will tidy them up prior to Chroming.


Also  shown are pictures of how they should look as per the full size examples, alas, light years away from my efforts, I can't get anywhere near them but I'm reasonably


pleased with my attempts.


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Re: Biggish Aquarama Special build
« Reply #210 on: May 31, 2021, 05:17:18 pm »

Yours looks better IMHO  :-))  The bow has a very strange way of showing a face with a different emotion depending how you see it.

Startled angry sad confused all in one image  :-)
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Re: Biggish Aquarama Special build
« Reply #211 on: May 31, 2021, 05:26:52 pm »

Hi Andy.
Having had a look I have to agree.
Hopefully it will improve when some of the Mahogany is hidden under the White bottom.


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Re: Biggish Aquarama Special build
« Reply #212 on: May 31, 2021, 06:14:36 pm »

Beautiful work Mike it really doesn't get better than that  :-))

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Re: Biggish Aquarama Special build
« Reply #213 on: May 31, 2021, 06:37:13 pm »

Incredible work Mike (me who is throwing away his wood working tools now) congratulations  :-))
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Re: Biggish Aquarama Special build
« Reply #214 on: June 03, 2021, 07:03:28 pm »

Most of the deck fittings completed now, I dread to think the cost of all that Chroming.


After several attempts making the 4 scale engine room vents I have finally given up and used the same shape as Riva used on the last few Specials for the foredeck flagstaff/white/hooter/white running light all in one assy. Just a few bits and bobs to complete and then start searching for quotes fir the plating.


The photos show everything so far but just roughly in place and not yet fitted. The windscreen needs the final shaping then I can apply the green tint.


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Re: Biggish Aquarama Special build
« Reply #215 on: June 16, 2021, 02:22:23 pm »

Good Afternoon all.


Very little done to the boat recently but I was able to make the flanges for the water and fuel fillers today.


My be of interest to see the drilling method for 5 symmetrically spaced holes, 1.5mm each.


A couple of pictures.


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Re: Biggish Aquarama Special build
« Reply #216 on: June 17, 2021, 01:22:45 am »

Hullo Mike.....5 bolt pattern is very common for wheel mountings, however not so popular for fluid sealing flanges .....with 3, 4 or 6 is near universal for this purpose


I can only think the 5 bolt propriety flanges for the Riva is as clearance or access issue .......is the 5th bolt located centrally at the top? ...if so, 2 will be located in the horizontal plane & marginally higher than for a 6 bolt pattern


Did the originals have synthetic gasketing?......so, what will you choose for the water?


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Re: Biggish Aquarama Special build
« Reply #217 on: June 17, 2021, 01:26:01 pm »

G'day Derek.


Over the years that the Aquarama was in production there were several changes to the design of the fuel/water fillers.


Some of the early ones were almost flush to the deck with no fixing shown as the fixings were done from the inside, Riva usually preferred not to show fixings to as

much of the deck furniture as possible. Later in the production, especially with the introduction of the "Special" version, the flush versions were changed to the

larger Mushroom design  there were 3 versions that I know of, all of which had flanges with external fixings but they varied in height and diameter.

I have made some of each type and have settled on the Mushroom design, but I have altered the diameter and height so that it looks right on my model.

Rightly or wrongly I preferred the 5 bolt flange fixing, so that is what it will have, after all, my model isn't perfect scale, far from it, also, some parts cannot be scaled to

1/7th ish, they would look silly and I try to avoid silly where possible.

The previous post was intended purely show how I achieved perfect hole spacing.

Thank you very much for the technical information tho', but fortunately not needed in this case, maybe in the future.

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Re: Biggish Aquarama Special build
« Reply #218 on: July 01, 2021, 02:09:33 pm »

Hi.


Just about the last parts of the deck furniture made now.


2 fillers with flanges, Petrol and potable Water, along with the Stern Light which will have it's lens fitted after Chroming.


The Stern Light shape isn't much like the full size due to me not being skillful enough to reproduce it in miniature, but I don't think it looks too bad.


The pieces shown took me 11 hours to make including disasters, of which there were several.


Here are some photos.


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Re: Biggish Aquarama Special build
« Reply #219 on: July 01, 2021, 03:59:16 pm »

Looks pretty fine work to me Mike, and even better when chromed, well worth the effort.  :-))

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