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Re: Billing Boats Nr 424 Mercantic cargo vessel.
« Reply #100 on: July 21, 2021, 09:36:09 pm »

Last look before primer  <:(









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« Reply #101 on: July 22, 2021, 05:21:41 pm »

So it begins









Rudder shoe fitted





Servo platform and linkage fitted.









Lots of sanding to do. I hope to do the anti foul coat tomorrow.


A bigger selection of pictures in the gallery.




Mercantic history
https://www.faergejournalen.dk/handelsskibe/mercandia/mercantic_1964.html?fbclid=IwAR0s6w0mXquVFD1jzSlArsZoFZYGtsOmKguwfhWi9XMf6Jr5yPoFgbhc1dI
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Re: Billing Boats Nr 424 Mercantic cargo vessel.
« Reply #102 on: July 23, 2021, 11:32:45 am »

She's taking beautiful shape!
How come the primer didn't hide the waterline?
Also, can you point me toward a good tutorial on hiding gaps between plysheets with putty. You seem to "just do it" with such ease...
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Re: Billing Boats Nr 424 Mercantic cargo vessel.
« Reply #103 on: July 23, 2021, 02:56:56 pm »

Thank you Hande


I don't know what you mean by ply & putty
I use resin on all parts and sand it.

The pictures answer the first question.

This will be rubbed down with fine wire wool tomorrow then covered in plenty of Satin clear acrylic lacquer.


















For tomorrow.






Now is the time for patience









Once the bottom is lacquered the propeller can be loctited on and the motor fitted.
This then allows for a bath and ballast journey of discovery.


I will then decide on a battery type and size from my current vast array without buying anymore.
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Re: Billing Boats Nr 424 Mercantic cargo vessel.
« Reply #104 on: July 24, 2021, 03:16:01 pm »

It was a battle with the drop in temperature and cool wind.
First attempt bloomed on all the thin sections between ribs.
I rubbed over with wire wool and went again but this time straight back inside and in front of the kitchen plinth heater for long enough to see it not bloom  {-)


It's good enough for out of sight.






Red trimline tape 3.3mm will be used for the waterline after the Olympic blue is added.


It will all be lacquered again after decals applied too.


Tomorrow I'll fit the running gear and do a ballast test.
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« Reply #105 on: July 24, 2021, 08:18:11 pm »

Couldn't resist fitting the prop. This picture captures the tactile yet smooth nature of the ladies bum.
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« Reply #106 on: July 25, 2021, 09:46:50 am »

phwoah {-)
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« Reply #107 on: July 25, 2021, 09:52:53 am »

On reflection I could never understand the need to fill all the dents in the hull and sanding it down to a perfect hull shape - even if they were careful in the ship yard, the natural warping of the hull plates would create such dents and bulges naturally, so a truly accurate ship would still have these, in fact I remember someone on here trying to recreate the pattern of dents between the strengtheners for a frigate some time ago rather than the perfectly smooth shape of the plans - just an observational comment.


But I really do admire your craftsmanship and wish I could achieve a build like this (hence why I go for the plastic fantastic's why I actually do build something).
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« Reply #108 on: July 25, 2021, 12:02:01 pm »

in fact I remember someone on here trying to recreate the pattern of dents between the strengtheners for a frigate some time ago



This one :-))
https://www.modelboatmayhem.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,56343.0.html


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« Reply #109 on: July 25, 2021, 02:03:23 pm »

Most important is to be watertight  O0 {-)
So now the motor is final fixed.


I've used this in a number of boats now with great success as can be seen in the Hoga most recently.


Along with my favourite ESC


After changing to XT60


Then adjust the settings


Can be done without but much easier with a program card.


One of a number of receivers I bought cheap a long time ago but work very well


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Video link for those who cannot see the url preview.
https://photos.smugmug.com/Billing-Boats-Nr-424-Mercantic/i-2jfgnNV/0/e4bf20e0/1920/IMG_1291-1920.mp4







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Re: Billing Boats Nr 424 Mercantic cargo vessel.
« Reply #110 on: July 25, 2021, 02:15:13 pm »

So despite my earlier plan I bought these  {-)

Yes I will have to bin the Deans connectors, I don't like them anyway.




Then on to ballasting. I leave myself headroom for adjustment but make up the bulk with lead shot in resin.






With caution I'm applying resin to one compartment at a time.



To make sure the resin sets level







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« Reply #111 on: July 25, 2021, 07:30:45 pm »

This is the final resin for the fixed ballast and I'm still a good 8mm away from the waterline. Once this sets I'll add mobile ballast to establish the gross weight.
She will happily sail at this already but the deeper! the better.
The well deck is completely submersible so the rougher the water the more realism. I may well silicon the hatch cover on as there will be nothing going on in there requiring access.



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« Reply #112 on: July 25, 2021, 08:02:25 pm »

HI Andy I can not send you a pm blocked for some reason. Can you get plans for the lobster boat? Sorry to hijack your thread.


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« Reply #113 on: July 25, 2021, 08:17:09 pm »

I have a used hard copy from my build if anyone wants to make an offer? Stan.


Meanwhile ballast completed.
I have close enough to 900grams of headroom.
Max gross weight 6.4kg
The ballast is perfect as can be seen by the placement of the loose load midships.

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Re: Billing Boats Nr 424 Mercantic cargo vessel.
« Reply #114 on: July 25, 2021, 08:22:57 pm »

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On reflection I could never understand the need to fill all the dents in the hull and sanding it down to a perfect hull shape - even if they were careful in the ship yard, the natural warping of the hull plates would create such dents and bulges naturally, so a truly accurate ship would still have these

Correct for naval ships, but not for something like Mercantic as completed. Ships are not completed with dents although they may acquire them afterwards so I think Taranis has got it 100% right.

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« Reply #115 on: July 25, 2021, 08:24:46 pm »

I didn't have any dents in the hull requiring filling  :}

Had it not been for the balsa blocks I would have been tempted to leave her naked like my Hoga  :kiss:

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« Reply #116 on: July 26, 2021, 08:15:39 am »

I understand, but as most models are of a ship while in service, not straight out of the shipyard, the dents would be evident, except luxury yachts and powerboats or vessels that are not used in the normal sea trade like tankers and freights etc i.e. working.


So like the leander - the 'Dents' are from constant pounding by the sea and the metal deforming between the frames or natural warping from construction and therefore why model the vessel with the dents out.


Though I really do like the lines and finish on this vessel.  :-))
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« Reply #117 on: July 26, 2021, 10:35:36 am »

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I understand, but as most models are of a ship while in service, not straight out of the shipyard, the dents would be evident

I like my models to be 'as built' but of course others prefer the weathered look. However, if you want to depict dents then they should be 'authentic dents' in the appropriate places and not simply haphazard ones because the hull hasn't been sanded properly!

With regard to welding concavities, these are most noticeable on smaller warships which have pretty thin hulls whereas merchant vessels, particularly those like Mercantic (built in 1964), will have more robust scantlings cap[able of handling heavy and bulk cargo items. Merchant ships get a lot of hard use and sea time so they need strong long lasting hulls.

Plus of course steel plating 'wastes away' over the years and is expensive to replace.

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« Reply #118 on: July 27, 2021, 07:46:31 am »

Unfortunately or fortunately planks have to be sanded so that they don't look like planks on a steel vessel  O0


Not needing to use filler is a bonus in saved time and effort but can improve your best attempt as in my Boulogne Etaples build.


On with the build but not much progress.


The electrics fit conveniently with the supplied double sided tape.









The batteries arrived yesterday and after testing them I changed the deans to XT60, a potentially dangerous operation if not planned carefully.
This newer style XT60 is designed to not need heat shrink which is fine on the load side male connectors BUT on the female battery connector its important to deal with one wire at a time and insulate it to guard against accidentally touching it with the other wire while trying to solder it. The heat shrink conveniently came with the ESC and I didn't need it for that.

 
I stuck two blocks of paxolin to the resin to be able to bridge the keel with the battery. A strip of rubber then made a base for it and some blocks of wood in front to keep the hard case battery in place.



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« Reply #119 on: July 27, 2021, 09:31:42 pm »

I was undecided on how to treat this wheelhouse deck as the original was a printed mahogany sheet simulating planks.


A trip to Leeds model shop today gave me the option of walnut or mahogany 0.5x3mm strip.


I chose to stay with the latter.






So far so good. Once this is clear coated it can be masked off for painting the rest, I think I'm going with white.





Work continued to the late hours.



This morning a sealing coat of satin lacquer.















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« Reply #120 on: Yesterday at 05:06:43 pm »

I started the day wanting to progress the wheelhouse roof and it has gone ok so far.




















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« Reply #121 on: Yesterday at 05:11:20 pm »

Tamiya paints take no time.



Meanwhile I decided on sliding bridge doors





















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« Reply #122 on: Yesterday at 05:14:32 pm »

This is my chosen deck colour AS-14 Olive green by Tamiya.


Contrasting against white superstructure and bulwarks and Olympic Blue hull.


There will be many hours and yards of masking tape.



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« Reply #123 on: Yesterday at 07:12:49 pm »

She is looking great. Really enjoying your build log, very informative, and learning a lot from your pictures too.
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« Reply #124 on: Yesterday at 07:16:17 pm »

Thatís good feedback thank you Carl  :-)


I hope watchers have noticed the subtle changes to the hatch cover planks over recent posts 😊
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