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My Mersey lifeboat build
« on: November 18, 2019, 08:39:36 PM »

I finished my Tyne Class build a few months ago ( blog here on Mayhem ) and my Aeronaut pilot build has come to a halt as the terrible weather we have had recently has stopped me painting the hull and superstructure.
So a few weeks ago I decided to start the Mersey I bought from Mountfleet Models at last year's Blackpool show. I also managed to get hold of a full set of drawings for the boat , as I want to add interior detail etc , thanks to a fellow Mayhemer.
Over the next few days I will post what I've done to date , then I will post as I do things.
The first job was to put in deck beams , which were made from 6mm ply , and I also added 6mm x 6mm base wood around the inner edge of the hull so it gave plenty of surface area when I come to glue the deck on. This was cut half way through about every 10mm so it would bend to the curves of the hull. Both these were fixed using Gorilla Titanium two part epoxy.
Next I would fit the prop tubes , A frames and rudders.



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Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2019, 11:02:44 AM »

The mouldings look excellent.


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Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2019, 03:14:02 PM »

They are good but did require quite a bit of work to get them as you see in the picture. I have however decided that because I am fully detailing the interior , and with a lot of head scratching over a few days , that I won't be using the cabin moulding as I couldn't work out how I could incorporate the interior with the moulding. I will be scratch building the cabin and interior out of plastcard. I may at a later date use complete the original cabin so I have the option of which I use when sailing her.
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Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2019, 06:19:06 PM »

Hi Beyno, I will be following this build with interest.  :-)) :-)) :-))
I picked up my Mersey hull from Mountfleet Models at the International model boat show last week.

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Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2019, 07:33:59 PM »

They are good but did require quite a bit of work to get them as you see in the picture. I have however decided that because I am fully detailing the interior , and with a lot of head scratching over a few days , that I won't be using the cabin moulding as I couldn't work out how I could incorporate the interior with the moulding. I will be scratch building the cabin and interior out of plastcard. I may at a later date use complete the original cabin so I have the option of which I use when sailing her.


This is how I build my Mersey interiors, I also don't like using the grp cabins.


https://photos.google.com/album/AF1QipPlDMi5QO7op72cpC2pKj0jPYCne5epXvP32-6K
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Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2019, 07:51:44 PM »

Link doesn’t seem to work Mike unless it’s just me
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Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
« Reply #6 on: November 20, 2019, 07:57:27 PM »

Link works fine but seems to be set to "private" or summit.
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Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
« Reply #7 on: November 20, 2019, 08:17:36 PM »

The link doesn't work for me either just says " ULR not found " any ideas ?
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Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
« Reply #8 on: November 20, 2019, 08:18:43 PM »

I ment " URL " sorry :embarrassed:
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Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
« Reply #9 on: November 20, 2019, 08:31:20 PM »

Try this link, gogle photos don't make it easy to share albums !!


https://photos.app.goo.gl/AAFcg1LFPexcN2Z17
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Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
« Reply #10 on: November 20, 2019, 08:33:26 PM »

Goldmine! Awesome  O0
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Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
« Reply #11 on: November 20, 2019, 08:49:45 PM »

The prop shafts and A frames have been fitted , I opted for 5mm shafts. The rudders are commercially available ones with C section plastic profile for the front and back edges and plastcard overlays to get the correct profile.
I also thought the exhaust outlets on the hull were too small compared to the RNLI plans so I opened them out to 32mm and managed to get some plastic pipe end caps from Wickes that were just the right size these were bonded in a shaped to the contours of the hull. The stern strengthener was also made , fitted and faired in.









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Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
« Reply #12 on: November 20, 2019, 09:01:48 PM »

The bow and stern ruffle holes have also been added.


The photo's will be a great source of inspiration thanks.
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Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
« Reply #13 on: November 21, 2019, 09:14:17 PM »

I can see this is going to be a quailty build already, i cant wait to catch up on the progress!


gribeauval the second link works perfectly and your construction of the wheelhouse and its interior is superb
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Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
« Reply #14 on: November 21, 2019, 11:35:54 PM »

If you want any inspiration have a look at gribeauval's Rhyl Mersey lifeboat build (I have read it through on numerous occasions) also if you search "Mersey photoset" on here there is a link that takes you to an album of pictures of a full size boat showing both external and internal shots. Hope this helps.
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« Reply #15 on: November 22, 2019, 04:14:58 PM »

The next job was to fit the decks. These were fitted in made 6 sections using 1.5mm plastcard.
Firstly the centre sections of the deck beams were removed to allow access to the motor and electronics and also allow the box which would include the interior to be "dropped" in. In the first picture you can see the prop shafts , rudders and rudder servo fitted.




Once all the sections were glued on place resin was run down all the joins from the inside to give extra secure joints.
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Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
« Reply #16 on: November 25, 2019, 12:46:27 AM »

The spay rails have been added to the Mersey. I used 6mm wide x .5mm for the backing which was bonded to the GRP hull then 5mm x 3mm plastic strip  for the actual rails then it was faired in so it flowed into the moulded rail on the hull.

The flying bridge has been started using 1.5mm plastcard and the cabin side out of 1mm plastcard all the windows have been plotted and cut out.

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Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
« Reply #17 on: November 25, 2019, 01:10:13 AM »

Hi Beyno,
There is just one point to note with the Mersey class wheelhouse.......there is a 'knuckle' running along each side, about 18" from the deck level, which becomes the 'nose' later on. I noticed this when a friend was making a 1/12th scale version [hull, deck and wheelhouse] for me and asked me to confirm this for him before he committed to the plug build and moulding. It is most notable when you make the top-hung hinged covers, you will see a 'bend' across the top of them. I have never seen this correct in any models, until now, and there are just the three that my friend, a mutual friend and I have. Just worth mentioning.......should you want to join the 'Order of the Rivet Counters' or stay sane and go without.
Just keep up the build, it's looking good and mine is not even started.....there's a Shannon, an Arun, a Solent, a Trent, a 'Y' Class, as well as the Mersey...........all in build, but fun.
Cheers,
Kim [Canterbury Coxswain]
PS I also do a DVD of photos [some many hundreds - maybe some 800 if I count] of Mersey's with all their details, inside and outside and close-ups of all the deck and wheelhouse furniture, fixtures and fittings. They cost £7.50 each and all the money goes to the RNLI in the South East.
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« Reply #18 on: November 25, 2019, 12:37:34 PM »

Hi Kim
Thanks for the information. I find out the hard way there was a 'knuckle'  when I cut the rear cabin wall for the 'first time' I made it parallel and when I checked the measurements against the drawings I realised it was too wide at the roof level. On checking the sectional drawings I found the 'knuckle' so the rear wall was remade. I would be very interested in the DVD could you please pm me with details on how to pay etc.
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« Reply #19 on: November 26, 2019, 11:56:52 PM »

The flying bridge has had various surfaces made to accept the control panels etc and the  "box" that will eventually become the interior has been started.
The walls have been laminated using 3 sheets of plasticard a 1.5mm gap was left so it would fit over the coaming.
All the windows have been opened out.
The exhaust filter and fuel filler positions have  also been opened out






This brings the build up to where I am now. I will post my progress as and when I get bits done.
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Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
« Reply #20 on: November 27, 2019, 07:54:06 AM »

Fantastic Beyno, this is looking really good, I can’t wait to see the next stages!  :-))
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Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
« Reply #21 on: November 27, 2019, 07:55:37 AM »

Also Kim, Beyno could you please explain the ‘knuckle’ in a bit more detail?
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Re: My Mersey lifeboat build
« Reply #22 on: November 27, 2019, 02:30:12 PM »

Hi Chris,
On the photos below you can see the line 'reflected' along the wheelhouse bottom about 12" from the deck and exiting under the engine covers on the nose. The close-ups show the 90 degree upright 12" [especially on the hinged cover where there is a bend line] and then the wheelhouse walls angle in - the knuckle is this 'line'.
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« Reply #23 on: November 27, 2019, 02:33:30 PM »

Maybe Martin or a colleague on the MBM Team,
Could you please make the last two photos 'portrait', as this is how I Posted them, thanks.
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« Reply #24 on: November 27, 2019, 03:15:05 PM »

Thanks Kim, this now makes perfect sense!
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