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Fairmount Alpine by NMBROOK - Billing Boats - 1/75 - Multifunction R/C - RADIO


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Yes another build log by myself :rolleyes: I am currently trying to sell my house after the last sale fell through.Half my workshop and projects are currently packed away in storage and inactivity is driving me to distraction.Hence a simpler  :huh: project that can be built on the kitchen table without the need of my more complex tools.

I had been eyeing this model up since release and knew my local model shop had one on the shelf.The news that Billings owner,Robbe filled for bankruptcy last month made me pulled the trigger.I knew I would always build this model,but this forced my hand a bit.

Looking at other builds on the net,this build is around 400 hours work,so fairly simple compared to my other projects.Whether it takes me this long or longer is mainly dependent on how many working functions I add,the model will be operated by my expanded F14 radio so I can go as mad as I like.

My next post will be the obligatory box contents and the additional goodies I have bought so far.

 

Kind Regards

 

Nigel


Edited by NMBROOK, 04 April 2015 - 12:58 PM.

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sorry to hear you are having such a hard time with getting your house sold Nigel.  I can empathize with your frustration of having your shop shut down as mine is shut down as well at the moment.  Glad you are starting this model though and I look forward to following your build!


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Hi Nigel,

 

From one Nigel to another, I am very sorry to hear about the house sale woes. Will keep my fingers crossed things now work out fast for you.

 

As pretty new MSW member, it will be great to see you start a new build that I can watch from the start. Your other builds are all so amazing that it will be really fun to watch what you do with this interesting kit.

 

Cheers,

 

Nigel.


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Thank you very much John and Nigel :) My modeling is my 'escape' so any longer 'break' would drive me mad.Sick of watching TV :angry: This type of model is not new to me,however it is a complete contrast to my other logs.No pear and ebony,mainly ply and epoxies :D

Billings and or Robbe went mad on the design of this model,99.9% is laser cut,the hull being predominantly sheeted with precut ply sections,the only planking is a narrow strip on the turn of the bulges and a triangle at the bow.The instructions are astounding by Billings standards,no real text,but proper step by step drawings.Most of the fittings are brass,just the lifeboats,some steps and kort nozzles are plastic.

 

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Hello Nigel, sorry to hear about your home selling issues. I'm sure everything will work out fine .Welcome back though.I will follow with interest your build. I have no doubt that you will do excellent work as you did with the other projects as well. :) :)

 

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Thank you very much Dimitris :)

 

Here are some pics of what is in the box,the majority of the kit as I mentioned earlier is laser cut ply,which does seem better quality than the billings kits of old I have built before.I haven't photographed every ply sheet,just a few so you get the idea.There are infact eleven sheets of lasercut ply in the kit.

The last pic shows some goodies not included.I have bought a pair of kort specific 50mm brass props.1 L/H and one R/H.I have also purchased a pair of hardycast resin kort nozzles with integral rudders.These are from UK model tug specialist model marine models.They are more substantial than the billings thin plastic offerings and have the correct hydrodynamic properties.They will need a little remedial work to make the grade,but the basics are there.They have some poorly moulded in anodes,but these will probably be sanded off and I will make my own using cast resin.

Chatting with Mobile marine models proprietor,I have decided I will use their motors for propulsion.These are custom made for the company and come in either 12v or 24v.I haven't decided which voltage as yet,when the hull if a little further along I will be able to assess available battery space.24v will probably mean three batteries.Two 12v in series for the 24v and a 6v for ancillaries.Either voltage,the motors have 12 poles!!! so low RPM and bags of torque is the order of the day ;)

 

KInd Regards

 

Nigel

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The next step was to join the three ply sections together that make up the 'false keel'.These were bonded together with epoxy.I intend to use epoxy for all timber joints on this model as it will be put in the water.You will notice the kits dummy representation of the bow and stern thrusters.These will be made operational and will involve several modifications to fit working units.

The next step is laminating the ply sections that will fit on to the rear of the keel.Again glued up with epoxy and clamped to a board whilst set.The scrap pieces used to align the slots were removed after 20 mins(30 min epoxy) in case they became bonded in.

 

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Nigel

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Moving on,the cutout for the working thruster was added to the outer ply skins and the they were laminated either side of the keel.The keel was then cut out to match and the inside reinforced with 1/16th birch ply.There will be outer ply skins fitted later,effectively forming a box for the stern thruster.I did think of making my own thruster to keep the keel scale width,but was unable to find bevel gears small enough.

Next job was to modify the central bulkhead where the tow cables pass through.I have many pics of the original and it was obvious that the kit is somewhat simplified in this area.

On the original a tubular steel 'goal post' is welded into the bulkhead.I decided the best way was to make this from lime dowel and alter the bulkhead to suit.I also milled down the rear face to produce closer to scale material thickness.This was only in areas of view so not to compromise the structural integrity.The last pics show the bulkhead with the cuts marked out.

 

Kind Regards

 

Nigel

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Hey there Bud.. so this is where you are.. knew you couldn't keep away  :P  :P

Oh and I can actually understand most of what you write now as I can relate to these steel beasts  :D  Lookin' forward to this!

 

BTW What length/width is she Mate?

 

All The Very Best

 

Eamonn


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Hi mate,at 1/75,the model works out at 1m long with a 24cm beam :) She is one of five identical vessels.If you want to google them,search for 'Fairmount Summit',one of her sisters,much more info/pics on her.

Big update coming in the next day or two.I have to say that the design and lasercutting is simply the best I have come across in any kit.Everything goes together more or less perfectly.

More news is that we have just accepted another offer on our house so fingers crossed :rolleyes:

 

Kind Regards

 

Nigel


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Hi Nigel,

 

Great news on the house...will continue to keep all fingers crossed for you and your family!

 

Now would having 5 builds on the go at the same time be an MSW record once your workshop is back up and running? I'd be lost among all the different pieces and find myself gluing a mast on the Fairmont or a adding a thruster to the Caroline!  :)

 

Looking forward to your update. Hopefully Billings will resolve their current financial issues.

 

Cheers,

 

Nigel.


Edited by UpstateNY, 10 April 2015 - 10:26 AM.

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Fingers are indeed Crossed for you Mate !  We need those Nigel Builds back up and running ..  ^_^

 

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From one Nigel to another,thankyou!

 

Yes,fairly chaotic having so many builds on the go at once.I have been forced to down tools on the other builds,so for the minute,only one on the go.I am fortunate that my wife is understanding,she enjoys her 'space',so other than fussing our two Jack Russells,our freetime is spent as we please(although the younger one would rather I spent every minute playing 'ball' with him,he is my current avatar :D  :D  :D ).

 

I agree,hopefully Billings or rather Robbe will get things sorted.They had a cash injection of 50 million euros a while back,but are still struggling.Sadly Graupner went through a similar thing and now they concentrate on ready to run models,currently not producing kits or fittings.For whatever reason,this seems to provide the return they need to stay afloat.My local modelshop has a few of these on display and the quality is amazing,given the price.

 

Kind Regards

 

Nigel


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Thanks Eamonn,yes I need to be back in full swing,but I do look forward to organizing a new workshop with a couple of new Proxxon additions planed ;)

 

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Ok,some pics of where I am at now.Other than the bulkhead modifications to the winch room and adding reinforcement to the edges of the installed decks,everything is pretty close to standard.The order of work is changed somewhat to the instructions.Instead of fitting the bottom hull skins later,as per instructions,I pinned these to the build board and then fitted the bulkheads.This allowed me to draw the positions of these on the lower skin so I could bond them exactly square to the keel.

There are two strengtheners where the forward thruster are,these have been deliberately omitted.In fact,after strengthening of the hull bottom,the central keel will be removed.This will give adequate room to fit the working forward thruster AFTER the hull is skinned.This is different to all the other builds I have seen,but is my preferred method.This means the small area that is planked does not have to be fitted around the thruster tube,the hole can be opened out afterwards.

Next stage is strengthening the hull so that the internal open area of hull can be increased.This will give me space to sit the batteries lower and further out.This will increase stability on the water and also give me room to model the winch room which isn't depicted in the kit.This room will have a removable floor to allow access to the hardware beneath.My plan is to incorporate working tow winches so I can use the model in towing events. I have found deckplan drawings of the original on the net,but the winch detail will require further research as the scale is a little small on the drawings.

 

Kind Regards

 

Nigel

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Hi Nigel

My god, that's quick progress! She's going to be one large model, deep hulled and powerful. I can imagine that she'd push up quite a big bow wave when underway. That'd be impressive to see, no doubt.

I look forward to following along.

All the best with your recent home offer, as well.


Cheers

Patrick

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Goodness Nigel...it looks like you have packed a month's worth of modeling fun into a single week!  :D

 

She looks great and looks like she will be a very imposing model when completed. It is going to be really interesting to watch her come together.

 

Cheers,

 

Nigel. 


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Thank you Patrick and Nigel :) I think the speed of building can to some extent be attributed to the quality of fit and design of the kit.

 

Just for you Patrick,a video clip of someone else's model on the lake that gives good indication to her 'seaworthiness'.Quite obviously a windy day ;)

 

 

Kind Regards

 

Nigel


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Hi Nigel

Thanks for the video. All I can say, is yep! That's one pretty impressive model on the water. I can see why you've been drawn to her for so long.

Incidentally, even more so than the video, it's actually the close up still photos at the end which clearly show the bow wave that did it for me.

Nice!

Good luck with the build.

Cheers

Patrick
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I have now epoxied the strengtheners in position.I used twelve mm square pine.No need for fancy hardwoods on this build as everything will be coated with epoxy.Also softwood is is considerably lighter than hardwood and weight is the enemy on this build :D

The hull has been removed from the board after removing the pins.The base of the hull will be covered with masking tape allowing me to fill these holes with epoxy.

 

Kind Regards

 

Nigel

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