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Amera Huntsman mouldings kit
« on: June 15, 2020, 10:44:24 PM »

Hi,

I'm all for easy things these days, I present what Amera offer for the Huntsman 31 for under 40 quid (be under no impression this is a scale kit BUT it can produce something quite passable so far, the other thing is the boats varied so much and were modified by owners over the years it's not carte blanche but a subject very open to customising.

I am doing mine with speed 400 motor, battery TBC but will be Ni-Mh 7.2v as my PT boat kit conversion a bit lighter couldn't go any faster.

2 pics attached.  One unboxing and second as-is so far with just plain wood effect so far though doesn't show my dive steps aor exhausts at the transom.  (second paint will show the characteristic wood bits after careful masking).  Not doing a full build blog but gives an idea....
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Re: Amera Huntsman mouldings kit
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2020, 10:54:41 PM »

Sorry, I should have said, the side air scoops were very roughly formed in tinkercad and 3d printed then sanded and stuck on and turned out rather much better than I hoped so far.  Have 3D printed a few other parts Not shown in situ yet as the Amera kit falls about 1:16 to 1:17 in scale as a bit uncomfortable in off the shelf parts to complete so far but I aim for a good effect at 3-4 metres viewing!
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Re: Amera Huntsman mouldings kit
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2020, 10:59:05 PM »

The main cockpit windscreen is from some rather exotic clear plastic. I can get it to melt with solvent but not bond with anything else so Amera kindly sent me some scraps to try more on before I wreck it!
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Re: Amera Huntsman mouldings kit
« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2020, 11:04:54 PM »

....lastly, I tried in good faith to use some humbrol paints for this but they were a disaster again so far. Tan colour is humbrol "new stock" and has worked wekk!  I tried some other parts with "UK" humbrol time and  it just was a waste of time again. So this is predominantly again painted with revell tinlets which .....just keeping doing what any model paint shoud do, apart from humbrol -3 days later humbrol is only tacky but this should have now been fixed by over-painting with revell.
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Re: Amera Huntsman mouldings kit
« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2020, 10:07:23 PM »

Just to update this as motivation has been low until this morning....

I had a problem painting the deckhouse top side in a blue-ish grey -I had 2 tins of Revell that just wouldn't finish right I now think are intended as a primer layer.  Nevermind -I managed to pick up Revell pots of my prefered light blue since which is close-enough to the colour on "Double Century" in real life.  I also fitted the ladder on the transom.

My preferred sailing pond turned into a co-vid testing centre some months ago so this or anything else hasn't it the water yet.

Latest pic attached here.  I think it's turned out not too bad so far for the cost of it.  Little bit of detail to come but not too much.

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Re: Amera Huntsman mouldings kit
« Reply #5 on: September 15, 2020, 11:27:05 PM »

Another update as spent a few mins on this the past week after a long period procrastinating.

I am not happy with my painting but too late to re-mask and one thing for sure, I'm glad I use Revell rather than Humbrol now!  I had problems bonding the plastic parts of this kit but couldn't put it down to a dodgy bottle of solvent or not.  Some parts seem to crack when I'm handling but I would always beef up those joints and have yet to run beads of strengthening into most of the major parts yet.

So far it seems to come together OK, I have yet to add the cabin windows of course...(I am annoyed I never bit the bullet and never did the curved "heart" shaped foredeck detail now and I just cut it square -but it seemed a good idea at the time to keep it simple, the light brown colour seems one of the last humbrol colours in my arsenal that actually works still, but just a few drops left now and will never buy again!)
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