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Charlie:
This past weekend I started construction on a 1/12th scale model of a 12m Victoria Class Lifeboat of the SSRS. The SSRS, or Sjöräddningssällskapet, is the Swedish Sea Rescue Society. They have 38 of these 38 knot / 14 ton, twin Waterjet powered Lifeboats in their fleet. The first one was built in 1997, and the most recent was completed in 2017.  Luckily for me there is lots of info online to refer to for my build, including drawings. There is a General Arrangement drawing on the Swedeship website, which I got my local print shop to enlarge to 1/12 scale. The model will have a GRP hull and deck. I have a pair of Oceanworks WaterJets to install, and have ordered a pair of Brushless motors for power. So far I have just cut out the hull plug frames and mounted them on the build board.

Capt Podge:
Looks like you've chosen another cracking subject there Charlie.
Tagging along with this one  :-))


Regards,
Ray.

Charlie:
Made some progress on the Plug over the weekend. Think i need to tidy the bench up and clean up all those cobwebs!

Capt Podge:
The cobwebs are there to help keep the dust contained  :D


I see that there are horizontal slots cut into the lower sections of the frames.
I'm curious to know what they are for?
- or will it become apparent later in the build...


Regards,
Ray.

Charlie:
Hi Ray,


There is a narrow horizontal step in the hull profile. Trying to shape a skin to match would be tricky, but by having those slots i can use a much wider skin that doesn't need shaping. I will then fit the upper and lower skins afterwards. All should become clear when i get to that stage. But i first need to finish off the framework, and get everything nicely faired in.


Charlie

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