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Billing Boulogne Etaples
« on: May 11, 2020, 11:09:46 pm »

I bought this only yesterday from Cornwall model boats for the modest sum of 163 considerably less than other outlets.
This will be delivered tomorrow by DPD at no additional cost. How good is that for a UK model shop  O0  Not like its my first purchase from CMB
https://www.cornwallmodelboats.co.uk/acatalog/Billing-Boats-Boulogne-Etaples-B534.html

Anyway this model caught my eye a number of times and a modeller on billing Facebook inspired me to follow his build so I think I will build mine quite soon. I don't envisage it being a very long build but more like my Lobster boat in the region of 6 weeks.
I will adopt some technique gained from the Lobster to improve this and probably go brushless with straight drive and no UJ crap  https://www.modelboatmayhem.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,62915.0.html

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Re: Billing Boulogne Etaples
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2020, 11:16:46 pm »

Hi. Sure you'll rocket through it. Good luck with DPD though! Super quick but they treat my parcels like footballs! 3/4 deliveries had to be claimed back and refunded the last 2 weeks! (All items but one were ordered with RM but seller changed to DPD after).
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Re: Billing Boulogne Etaples
« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2020, 11:18:50 pm »

Honestly never had an issue with DPD Rich. I use the app and usually know to within the minute when I'll get a knock on the door. I got a ping from DPD about my parcel even before an email from CMB. Packaging needs to be robust enough to protect contents against all possibilities. Royal Mail seem to be saving my post for alternate days during Covid or until there is enough to make a trip worthwhile. My mail from Ireland is taking two weeks  %%

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Re: Billing Boulogne Etaples
« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2020, 11:31:36 pm »

...I've had terrible problems with DPD this lock-down (they were OK before).  I go to great lengths to speify RM / Parcelforce then you get the message after dispatch its DPD.  You don't even get chance to inspect these days as DPD mark it as delivered as soon as you open the door and the smashed parcel is on the doorstep.  DPD are quoting 7 days+ delivery to me up in Inverness still but delivering almost next day, but personally I'd rather wait and get things intact, some things I ordered for my printer were one-offs aparenty so no good damaged, or rather if they can be used still, not paying for delivery damage!  Least they're not as bad as yodel/hermes!  They just steal stuff but report delivered so you never see them and no way f contact!!!  Neermind, it'll work out OK but if I ordered it I feel sure there would be another refund coming because of DPD.


BTW by CMB  I presume Cornwall Model Boats?  I always use regular mail with them.  It's always been faster than any courier.  I use them here and abroad to my apartment in France.

...anyhow, I apologise.  On with the build when you get it!
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Re: Billing Boulogne Etaples
« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2020, 09:23:22 am »

Today my ship will come in at ......



Unboxing and photos later today

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Re: Billing Boulogne Etaples
« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2020, 10:02:21 am »

Step one, secure a workspace. After a whole hour of shuffling I managed it  :-))  Rotterdam will continue behind me.


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Re: Billing Boulogne Etaples
« Reply #7 on: May 12, 2020, 06:42:23 pm »

A slow down now while a Raboesch maintenance free prop shaft arrives from CMB.


I've ordered the corresponding size as the existing length will work.
Also enquired with Simon about a 35mm 3 blade prop but most likely a 30mm will be more appropriate as more efficient than the plastic offering.


There will be no UJ in the drive but a solid 3mm to 4mm brass coupler. I will build the motor support under the motor while connected through. I have in stock a 28/30 920KV brushless which should suffice.


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Re: Billing Boulogne Etaples
« Reply #8 on: May 12, 2020, 08:10:09 pm »

Maybe not obvious but I've glued the build support parts direct to my bench top with CA rather than a separate board. Being kitchen worktop anything attached with CA will chisel off with an Xacto blade no problem  :-)

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Re: Billing Boulogne Etaples
« Reply #9 on: May 13, 2020, 12:06:07 am »

Step one, secure a workspace. After a whole hour of shuffling I managed it  :-))  Rotterdam will continue behind me.





Hi Andy I see you have a Tyne Models Svitzser Malty hull

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Re: Billing Boulogne Etaples
« Reply #10 on: May 13, 2020, 12:09:23 am »

Yes indeed
You helped me get it from Les, only took about three months  {-)
Other models came to the fore but I already started a build thread quite some time ago

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« Reply #11 on: May 13, 2020, 12:18:27 am »

My memory is getting terrible Andy know I remember, get her started she makes a nice model , but alter the front of the keel its wrong I told them about it when I made the plug but they decided just to leave it  :-))

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Re: Billing Boulogne Etaples
« Reply #12 on: May 13, 2020, 08:34:20 am »

That looks like a nice little boat Andy and with it being a Billings it should go together very nicely  :-))

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Re: Billing Boulogne Etaples
« Reply #13 on: May 13, 2020, 09:49:14 am »

Kit quality looks a big improvement over the one I gave up building 30 years ago !
I have a battered plastic fantastic all ready to go version should you need to refer to anything -
uses an oblong lead acid lying flat in the hull,
assumed it's a rip off the Billings - but without seeing them side by side to confirm?
Nice looking model, keep up the good work.

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Re: Billing Boulogne Etaples
« Reply #14 on: May 13, 2020, 01:09:36 pm »

I have already encountered the first missing part  {-)  However the quality of the wood is excellent  O0


While awaiting the new prop shaft I have turned my attention to the rudder and there should be a brass socket to fit in the keel to seat the rudder shaft. Fortunately I have some brass tube in stock to avoid a delay.


Rudder assembly



F317 the missing part
























I've ordered a 30mm 3 blade from Simon at PropShop this morning.

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Re: Billing Boulogne Etaples
« Reply #15 on: May 13, 2020, 05:13:44 pm »

The prop shop make the best props by a long way.  Good choice because even when your model is sitting in its cradle it'll look good with one of them on

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Re: Billing Boulogne Etaples
« Reply #16 on: May 14, 2020, 07:22:04 pm »

Not expensive either  :-)


Might be a while before the prop shaft arrives so cannot proceed in the normal fashion.
I've taken out material from the bulkheads to make them more battery & equipment friendly and fitted those that I can for now with main deck dry fitted to align them.












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Re: Billing Boulogne Etaples
« Reply #17 on: May 14, 2020, 07:40:43 pm »

I then started on the trawl frame for want of a better description.


I started by glueing the assembled upright to my bench but then realised this won't work as they are not vertical on the deck but lean outwards.



So attention to the specific build drawing must be followed exactly
















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« Reply #18 on: May 14, 2020, 08:41:36 pm »

Nice work so far.  :-)) Brass steps and the roll are ready to use in the box?
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Re: Billing Boulogne Etaples
« Reply #19 on: May 14, 2020, 08:45:31 pm »

Hi Ralf thanks
The steps you have to make from brass wire in the kit

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Re: Billing Boulogne Etaples
« Reply #20 on: May 15, 2020, 06:25:36 pm »

So I began the day with lots more filling and sanding and a final priming.




Then the postman dropped my Raboesch propshaft  :-)


So this meant I could glue the sections together and continue to align and mount the motor.



I used two steel rules to ensure the keel remained straight and dry fitted the deck for alignment





I deliberately left out bulkhead 2 as I felt sure the laser cut slot was too high.
So fitted this after the rest had hardened.



I was correct

Then the motor and I had to remove more bulkhead to an enable a straight connection.



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Re: Billing Boulogne Etaples
« Reply #21 on: May 15, 2020, 07:16:16 pm »

Missing picture very odd


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Re: Billing Boulogne Etaples
« Reply #22 on: May 16, 2020, 12:32:46 am »

Missing picture very odd



In hindsight I am wrong but I've managed to free this up and adjust

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« Reply #24 on: May 16, 2020, 09:47:37 pm »

I started the day by fixing the main deck in place



Then sanded most of the frames ready for planking.
At the bow I created a groove to help hold the ply skin












Time also spent making the winding drum





Some more work on the trawl frame

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