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Re: First Kits
« Reply #25 on: May 25, 2020, 03:10:00 PM »

Ok the epoxy work wasnít great, but had to also modify the prop support out the back of the boat. Added a small additional bit of wood just to reduce the gap between the prop and the support point. Could have tried to just fill the whole lot with epoxy but it didnít feel like the right thing to do.
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Re: First Kits
« Reply #26 on: May 25, 2020, 03:20:58 PM »

Then for the internals, have used double sided Velcro to put all the controller, receiver and battery in position. Battery is out the box but the Velcro down the centre line is for the battery on the additional supports I added. As per my love of cable ties, added some cable tie holders and started to cable tie power cables etc in place etc just to keep it all tidy. Leaving them loose till the build is complete.


One area I encountered problems is the servo for the rudder. Itís difficult enough trying to set up and fit in this state but with the deck installed, some areas are next to impossible to reach. Fitting the servo is the last step of the official instructions but just canít see how youíd be easily able to do it with the deck installed so it is in now and Iíll just have to be careful not to paint the rudder when painting the hull!
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Re: First Kits
« Reply #27 on: June 27, 2020, 10:17:10 PM »

Ok so quick update, the deck is on!
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Re: First Kits
« Reply #28 on: June 27, 2020, 10:19:59 PM »

It did however need a lot of sanding back to the hull sides. Nerve wracking process trying to avoid touching the sides and did involve an investment in a dremel in the end!
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Re: First Kits
« Reply #29 on: June 27, 2020, 10:23:35 PM »

It probably has ended up with more of a chamber at the sides on the deck than I was expecting.
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Re: First Kits
« Reply #30 on: June 27, 2020, 10:26:03 PM »

Undercoat is now done. I really liked the white, the hull is supposed to be red with a white water line stripe, I changed from red to blue, but now partly wished Iíd stuck with pure white.
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Re: First Kits
« Reply #31 on: June 27, 2020, 10:29:22 PM »


Looking Good!   :-))
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Re: First Kits
« Reply #32 on: June 27, 2020, 11:30:43 PM »

Yup, I like a bit of natural wood and white bilges.



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Re: First Kits
« Reply #33 on: June 28, 2020, 11:35:51 AM »

I've built the Aeronaut Queen and its a lovely boat. I've been considering the "Jenny" as a lockdown build for this little chap ( My wife bought this as a caricature of me some years ago) I think he looks like a Gar Wood Speedboat pilot from the 1930's. and is the right scale. The two seats will need modifying but your build pics may have pushed me a little further into ordering a kit.
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Re: First Kit - Aeronaut Jenny
« Reply #34 on: July 02, 2020, 09:10:29 PM »

Hi Terry, just fitting out the cockpit, it shouldnít take too much modification of the seating. Just remove the outer seat supports and fit one base seat. I tried to show in the picture attached. The only issue would be the steering wheel being offset although this could be moved to the centre as well. (Brass tube on the right is the column support)
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Re: First Kit - Aeronaut Jenny
« Reply #35 on: July 02, 2020, 09:31:26 PM »


Hi Simon
Thanks for this... the wallet could be opening a little further!
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Re: First Kit - Aeronaut Jenny
« Reply #36 on: July 08, 2020, 06:55:26 PM »

Ok so as the boat was supposed to have a two tone hull I painted over the white base coat but am not so keen on red (As per plan) so went blue instead. Not 100% convinced two tone was better than just pure white but itís painted now. Bit gutted that there was a small paint seepage under the tape at the bow when painting the waterline. Frog tape normally never fails me but had a few issues this time.


The question I have is what is the best method of protecting the hull and deck? I have run some test pieces using
  • clear matt varnish (didnít look good)
  • clear gloss yacht varnish (not convinced over surface finish)
What would people recommend for a novice boat builder?

Then itíll be onto final fit out and hopefully test running.
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Re: First Kit - Aeronaut Jenny
« Reply #37 on: July 08, 2020, 11:54:15 PM »

Some rather beautiful quality wood and work on the decking you have there Simon  :-))


Quite a number of Continental model boat builders use a natural product by the name of le Tonkinois varnish [based upon Tung Oil + Linseed Oil] for above the waterline woodwork


https://classicsailor.com/2019/04/le-tonkinois-traditional-varnish/



Well worth reading some of the work


Some of the wood finishes displayed as glass like.....


courtesy Google....


"the earliest references for Chinese use of tung oil is in the writings of Confucius around 500 to 400 BC. The Chinese have used tung oil, also known as China wood oil, for at least 2500 years for building waterproof boats and paper parasols, wood finishing, wood waterproofing, caulking, inks and paints".



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Re: First Kit - Aeronaut Jenny
« Reply #38 on: July 11, 2020, 01:14:43 PM »

Hi Derek,


Thatís great thanks, have it on order so will have hopefully turn up soon. Some of the images online look good! Hopefully I can do it justice  :-)

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Re: First Kit - Aeronaut Jenny
« Reply #39 on: September 12, 2020, 09:06:14 PM »

Itís been a while but the Jenny is complete! Much trials with varnish resulted in going with le Tonkinois marine number 1 for the mahogany sections and clear gloss yacht varnish on the painted hull. Coat 1 and 2 went well but coat 3 created a slightly liquid look, tried to sand it back but nervousness over damaging the mahogany meant I probably didnít sand enough. Coat 4 and 5 didnít look much better so stopped there. I wish I hadnít used sanding sealer prior to varnishing, followed the build instructions but do wonder if that impacted the finish. Anyway this was the first build so itís all a learning experience!

Anyway Iím happy with the final build, lots of learning experiences for a future build.

Goes great in the water, sheís a good turn of speed and zips along nicely.
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Re: First Kit - Aeronaut Jenny
« Reply #40 on: September 12, 2020, 09:09:46 PM »

Ah sorted image.
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Re: First Kit - Aeronaut Jenny
« Reply #41 on: September 12, 2020, 09:13:21 PM »

Fortunately it doesnít show up in low light as much but the varnish just had a sheen to it I wasnít happy with, was hoping for a more gloss finish. Maybe a few more coats would have helped.
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Re: First Kit - Aeronaut Jenny
« Reply #42 on: September 12, 2020, 09:17:19 PM »

I think trying to cover the seats was the hardest part of the build! Bit miffed the frog tape failed me so the white waterline wasnít as smooth as I wanted, but you donít notice when travelling at speed in the water  :-)
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Re: First Kit - Aeronaut Jenny
« Reply #43 on: September 12, 2020, 09:24:56 PM »

Hi Simon,
That looks great;
My son and I finally finished our Classic Sportboat.
I'll get round to posting a few details of that build some time.
We sailed it a few times at Luton already.
I've started to build the Jenny kit now too. Early stages, just putting the stringers on.
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Re: First Kit - Aeronaut Jenny
« Reply #44 on: September 13, 2020, 02:31:50 PM »


 Awesome job!   :-)) :-)) :-))
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