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PostHeaderIcon Building a Thames Barge by Bob Smith - Part 3

Part 3

Well Christmas is over with and with the money I received I decided to look for some radio control equipment and after going on various internet forums I found a site called “GiantCod” and purchased a RadioLink 2.4Mhz 4 channel transmitter and receiver for £25.99 and also bought a rudder servo from the same people and while I was in the buying mood I bought 8 x 3000mAh NiMH rechargeable batteries from Australia and a 6v 1800mAh NiMH receiver pack from Hong Kong and a Fusion NX83 dual charger from Milton Keynes (isn’t the Internet wonderful).

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After finishing the ribs I need to sort out how to put the rudder servo in and found that a rib was in the way so out with the hack saw & Stanley knife and after a slight modification I managed to get the servo fitted.

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The next job to do was to sort out the planking and this where everything went terribly wrong. My first attempt was to stick 1/32 balsa wood onto the 0.8 mm birch ply this went alright and I draw the planking on the balsa using a fine permanent marker pen which did not look to bad.

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Then I decided to paint it with wood sealer but this caused the balsa wood to warp so I strip the balsa wood off and phoned Richard Chesney of AMBO to see if he could advise me where I had gone wrong he thought it was the temperature in my workshop was to cold and the sealer could not dry out, he also advised me to use 1/16 balsa, so over to see Ian Harper Models on the Wells Road to buy some more balsa wood.

This time I to cut each plank separately then using a permanent marker pen I went around the edge of each plank and then laid them in place using contact adhesive.

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This seems to have done the trick and after sanding and painted pale blue I think it will look alright.

While I waited for everything to dry I went over to Clevedon to see Mike Mayhew (Waverley Models) and I bought a main mast tabernacle, mizzen mast base and a Hitec HS-765HB sail winch servo so that has blown all my money for a while.

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Well that seems to be all for the moment as I am looking forward to the London Model Engineering Exhibition. [20-22nd Jan 2012 - don't miss it !!]

Click Here for PART 2 - PART 4

Last Updated (Monday, 07 May 2012 09:26)