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Re: 30ft 1890's navy steam launch 1/6th scale
« Reply #330 on: June 18, 2021, 12:33:49 PM »
the turret "bubbles" are such  proud fittings on these boats they have to be correct..  has to be one of the best hulls ever designed, truely earning the "spitfire of the seas" title,, with the new lathe a fixture was made for aligning and mounting the motor mounts, the 3D printed 20mm mount was way thicker than needed and it was chucked up and thinned on the inside.. every gram counts..
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Re: 30ft 1890's navy steam launch 1/6th scale
« Reply #331 on: June 18, 2021, 02:51:55 PM »
Hello tghs,

I cannot compete with a 63ft Type II HSL but I did get lucky, while serving my time at RAF Seletar in Singapore and got a ride on a 43ft RSL built by Vospers. Powered by two Rolls Royce engines, they were capable of a genuine 20Kts all day long in coastal waters.

Semi submerged teak wood logs (dead heads), floating down from the jungle rivers, were a big hazard, so the joy riders (that was me) were required to sit near the bow and keep a sharp lookout.

A truly exhilarating ride, which I still remember vividly, decades later.

Mike
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Re: 30ft 1890's navy steam launch 1/6th scale
« Reply #332 on: August 01, 2021, 03:31:45 PM »
I feel really low about not getting back on the steam boat project,, "speedy metals" gave the weekly project spotlight.. the RAF whaleback HSL getting close to running,, Most likely will get finished as "186" as I may be getting a fragment of wood from the original hull.. just have to mount the batteries and ESC's as running gear goes, down to details deck gear wise.. I ordered up some acylic rod and tube to turn the lenses for lights, canal plastics, great service, great prices..
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Re: 30ft 1890's navy steam launch 1/6th scale
« Reply #333 on: August 01, 2021, 03:39:43 PM »
On the turret domes, did you glue foil to it for the surface finish? Looks great! How did you do that?

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Re: 30ft 1890's navy steam launch 1/6th scale
« Reply #334 on: August 01, 2021, 03:54:29 PM »
true aluminum duct work tape (not your average duck/duct tape), cut in thin strips,it holds better than most glues, it can be buffed to look like chrome (poor mans plating), in this case I presanded it so it will hold the black paint..
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Re: 30ft 1890's navy steam launch 1/6th scale
« Reply #335 on: August 01, 2021, 03:55:23 PM »
true aluminum duct work tape (not your average duck/duct tape), cut in thin strips,it holds better than most glues, it can be buffed to look like chrome (poor mans plating), in this case I presanded it so it will hold the black paint..
I've got some of that stuff, never thought of it for this use. Nice!

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« Reply #336 on: November 16, 2021, 05:34:56 PM »
should be back at steam work in the next few days,, the heavy work in done on the RAF Whaleback and the shop has been somewhat picked up!!! (groat has been banished to the dark corners)
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Re: 30ft 1890's navy steam launch 1/6th scale
« Reply #337 on: November 16, 2021, 05:46:38 PM »
Goody!    :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:

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Re: 30ft 1890's navy steam launch 1/6th scale
« Reply #338 on: November 17, 2021, 02:58:02 AM »
I think Slim may have gained a bit of weight!  :Lol: shop and models look great!

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Re: 30ft 1890's navy steam launch 1/6th scale
« Reply #339 on: November 30, 2021, 09:03:12 PM »
took me an hour this morning to remember what I was working on!!!  made the 8 valve covers for the pump end,, they are all 1/4" x 40 thread,, they still need to get a hole to keep the spring in place, tapped the pump block, have to make some sealing washers thinking copper may be the way to go.. got slim back to work inspecting..
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« Reply #340 on: November 30, 2021, 09:23:09 PM »
Nice to see Slim (and you) back at it!

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Re: 30ft 1890's navy steam launch 1/6th scale
« Reply #341 on: December 03, 2021, 07:12:50 PM »
made a quick centering jig and milled  the valve covers to fit and center the check ball springs..
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Re: 30ft 1890's navy steam launch 1/6th scale
« Reply #342 on: December 03, 2021, 08:59:45 PM »
Looks like Slim had an accident with all those springs around - did he lose one of those cap-bolts and have a scare ...  :thinking:

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Re: 30ft 1890's navy steam launch 1/6th scale
« Reply #343 on: December 07, 2021, 10:46:22 PM »
slim is a bit on edge, says that groat the floor monster is in a bad mood since the shop floor was cleaned and most of his snacks went into the trash.. more drilling and tap and die work on the pump end.. getting close to moving back to the steam end and putting the main sections together..
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Re: 30ft 1890's navy steam launch 1/6th scale
« Reply #344 on: December 08, 2021, 12:06:12 AM »
I forget the arrangement on the pump, is it driven from the crankshaft of the engine, or does it have its own piston to drive the pump?