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Re: Andy's Amati Riva Aquarama build
« Reply #250 on: August 06, 2020, 01:05:19 pm »





Both sanded square first.















Sanding in progress

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Re: Andy's Amati Riva Aquarama build
« Reply #251 on: August 06, 2020, 02:54:37 pm »

Double dose to share today.
First round of course sanding complete.
























Had enough of sanding for now so going to do the foredeck

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Re: Andy's Amati Riva Aquarama build
« Reply #252 on: August 06, 2020, 08:23:01 pm »

So despite planking the bow from the centre outwards to be symmetrical I still double checked and centre was not exactly centre !
Ignoring the base layer I fitted the parts equally.









This centre finding ruler as recently recommended by member RST (thanks Rich) is priceless for this as I check every couple of planks that this will work out equal.



I am making sure that I get two pieces out of every strip of wood!

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Re: Andy's Amati Riva Aquarama build
« Reply #253 on: August 06, 2020, 10:13:28 pm »

Brilliant progress Andy. Looking very good indeed to me.


Not had too much time on my build recently, hope to make a start to the fore deck planking in next couple of days.


Liking that ruler...


Best regards
David.

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Re: Andy's Amati Riva Aquarama build
« Reply #254 on: August 06, 2020, 10:17:55 pm »

Cheers David. The ruler really is the bees knees for this  :-))


Won't show until varnished but the mahogany strips are alternating light and dark as best as I can select from the stock

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Re: Andy's Amati Riva Aquarama build
« Reply #255 on: August 07, 2020, 09:30:23 am »

Good morning David. Last night I discovered there is not enough lime inlay by about 7 lengths.
At this point I have 9 mahogany strips and 2 lime in bits. I don't think I need 7 lengths but I do know I won't have enough.


This is either an Amati error or they have measured it in metres rather than number of strips. I certainly would not want to be joining scraps together to make up lengths required.
Best check what you have in your kit so you can get sorted.

I can get out of this hole because I found I have in stock some 1mmx5mm lime strip that I can split down the middle for the last few bits.




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Re: Andy's Amati Riva Aquarama build
« Reply #256 on: August 07, 2020, 03:31:23 pm »

Not to be outdone I completed the inlay and pleased to say I'm happy it went well









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Re: Andy's Amati Riva Aquarama build
« Reply #257 on: August 07, 2020, 04:06:12 pm »

Gorgeous  O0

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Re: Andy's Amati Riva Aquarama build
« Reply #258 on: August 07, 2020, 05:02:53 pm »

Thanks Mark. Just for effect but nothing like varnish will do, a wipe over with isopropanol





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Re: Andy's Amati Riva Aquarama build
« Reply #259 on: August 07, 2020, 05:20:11 pm »

Very nice indeed.   :-))


Did you stretch the supplied inlay to complete the bow..?

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Re: Andy's Amati Riva Aquarama build
« Reply #260 on: August 07, 2020, 05:28:55 pm »

No I found 1mmx5mm strip in my stock so I split that.
Cheers  :-)
So you'd best check what you have  :embarrassed:

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Re: Andy's Amati Riva Aquarama build
« Reply #261 on: August 07, 2020, 06:32:41 pm »

I don't know if I said this earlier? but I never fancied this model one bit from pictures of finished examples.
Another forum member sewed a seed in my ear and having looked at other builds on here UkMike and David's it just roused the desire in me too.
Value for money in kit contents 10
Value of enjoyment 10
About 250 hrs spent so far as a retiree so expect a year part time to complete this so even more value.


EDIT I just hope it sails without catching fire  {-)


Maybe time for another all up weigh in tomorrow  :-))

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Re: Andy's Amati Riva Aquarama build H A P P Y
« Reply #262 on: August 07, 2020, 09:00:07 pm »

Maybe putting the big batteries back in  %%



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Re: Andy's Amati Riva Aquarama build
« Reply #263 on: August 08, 2020, 01:53:49 pm »

Having made note of Mike's recommendation for these parts I have concluded that the parts supplied in three pieces in the current kit are not suitable to mount atop of the Sax boards the two cleat parts have a flat slab side made to suit the kit assembly instructions rather than a tapered edge.


Still I find that if fitted as per the manual they will sit too low and thus require too much material to be taken off the sax boards.


My personal solution is to fit a spacer beneath as a compromise, the sax boards will then be carefully mitred so the musetto looks like it is on top.


I began by filing the mating surfaces of the three parts before using CA so secure them as one.
I then marked the deck outline for the spacer



Some scrap deck









I am doing most of the pre shaping of the underside before assembling them as separate pieces.


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Re: Andy's Amati Riva Aquarama build
« Reply #264 on: August 09, 2020, 11:32:58 am »

The dashboard ends  {-)





Sax boards continued






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Re: Andy's Amati Riva Aquarama build
« Reply #265 on: August 09, 2020, 12:35:55 pm »

So while glue is setting...



I'm looking at the styrene strip supplied for trim. I'd prefer a better option but so far fruitless.
Anyway assuming I end up painting this chrome the other issue was how to fix it.
As a trial I have bought stainless steel pins .59mm shaft and countersunk the pre drilled hole with the tip of a 2mm drill bit.



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Re: Andy's Amati Riva Aquarama build
« Reply #267 on: August 09, 2020, 03:17:20 pm »

You've made that difficult task look very easy and they fit so well.  Why not make your own half round trim?  Get a piece of mahogany which is square and then make a scraper out of an old hacksaw blade to the required shape.  You only need a Dremel to do this and its quite easy with this wood.  You could do this as you more than have the skills.

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Re: Andy's Amati Riva Aquarama build
« Reply #268 on: August 09, 2020, 03:25:53 pm »

Hi Andy, I have used something like this on a couple of my boats and it works well - stays stuck for a long time (so far!) and a much better chrome finish than any paint.


Lovely work on the Riva. I suspect sales of this kit have boomed.  You should be on commission!


Greg

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Re: Andy's Amati Riva Aquarama build
« Reply #269 on: August 09, 2020, 04:22:59 pm »

Blummin Ek Greg Perfect  :-))  thank you.


Actually three people so far have posted they will buy the kit in my various sharings  O0
Glenn at CMB said they do sell out fast on these already. I envisage a price hike  %%  but not while Italy is on holiday  {-)

Personally the two other builds of ukmike and David made my mind up to buy one in the first place  O0

Meanwhile I tried the bow plates and only a little sanding of the hull required to close the tiny gap indicated.


I plan to attach with adhesive at the very end and use dummy screw heads.
Note there is a towing eye on these parts.



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Re: Andy's Amati Riva Aquarama build
« Reply #270 on: August 09, 2020, 04:28:45 pm »

You've made that difficult task look very easy and they fit so well.  Why not make your own half round trim?  Get a piece of mahogany which is square and then make a scraper out of an old hacksaw blade to the required shape.  You only need a Dremel to do this and its quite easy with this wood.  You could do this as you more than have the skills.
Thanks Mark I think Greg nailed it  :-)) 
Lots of sanding there yet but I'm happy so far thank you  :-)


P.S. thanks for the tip! I'll save that one  8)

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Re: Andy's Amati Riva Aquarama build
« Reply #272 on: August 09, 2020, 07:38:17 pm »

Someone on Facebook said I should drill all the holes before varnishing.
Nod approvingly then do it your own way  O0


Personally I disagree with their direction especially as possibly 10 coats are involved.


Surely the wood gets harder after varnishing and is less likely to splinter when drilling it. It's not like I haven't drilled a few already  {-)
I imagine drilling all the holes with perhaps two coats to go and this is my intention.

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Re: Andy's Amati Riva Aquarama build
« Reply #273 on: August 09, 2020, 09:40:08 pm »

Going back to day one here is a picture where it is all Pete Tong. This is a big mistake by Amati misleading the modeller.


Without fitting a spacer under the nose piece  {-)   Also I think the nose piece is too big but I cannot change that.




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Re: Andy's Amati Riva Aquarama build
« Reply #274 on: August 10, 2020, 05:29:06 pm »

Next up the dashboard surround. I'm not entirely happy with these parts and the lack of full frontal images in the book.









Amati completely avoid showing their builders effort here but following the instructions the parts look rubbish



My version with scrap wood













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