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  1. I love the MHB products. They are of the highest quality throughout. Allan, along with a surface fleet on your small lake, I recommend a submarine with live torpedoes LOL.
  2. It has been too long since the last update. I finally have the steam plant running. This is my first run outside the boat. I need to get more experience on running the plant as there is a gas pressure regulator which needs adjusting and I need to know how open the steam valve from the boiler should be for efficient running. Hopefully the video of the first steam run will come out OK. More to follow. Proj_X_First_Run.MOV
  3. I will be getting back to this project soon. I am finishing up another that is taking a lot of time. Thanks for checking in.
  4. Check with Krick. They will have the motor setup you will need.
  5. Hello Christian, Thanks for the interest in the Winchelsea. I need to work out the size and weight of the box. Could you please let me know the address in Germany and I will let you know some time today. Thanks and Stay Safe, Iran Ausley
  6. I am dropping the price to $350. Certainly someone is going to start this model. This is a good opportunity to get going. Thanks for looking.
  7. Hello all, It's been a while since I have posted an update but there is a lot going on here and I have not been able to put a lot of time in the project. Hopefully I can get some updates in a week or two. Happy Holidays and Stay Safe, Ir3
  8. Hi Colin, There will be a link to "Start a new topic" next to "Reply to this topic" at the top of the page. Just click "Start a new topic" and follow instructions. The category that this thread is in is called "Kit built logs for subjects built from 1901 - present day". Looking forward to seeing the start of your thread. The stand does not come with the kit. Outlines are on the plans. You should post pictures of everything you have so we can get you on the right track to acquire the missing parts. Hope this helps.
  9. It's a great kit. I will be glad to help in any way I can. Please post pictures of the kit. You can use this thread if you wish. Krick might be redistributing this kit but I do not know what they have. Once I see all the parts you have I can help with sources to find the rest.
  10. All the holes for railings and other items have been drilled and backed with some scrap wood. The last part of the animation for the cabin is the mechanism to rotate the searchlight and loud speaker assembly. This was not as easy as the plans and instructions show. I probably spent about 8 hours working out the geometry. If you were able to position everything as per the plan and get the lengths exactly the same it would have worked out just fine. If there is any error in the positioning and length of the parts, the mechanism will bind somewhere in its travel. So several hours of experimenting finally got me to the point where the searchlight goes through about 145 degrees of rotation with no binding. Glad to have that out of the way. Now it is time to prep the cabin for painting as well as all of the pieces that get attached to the cabin. Until next time, IR3
  11. The end is near for the main cabin construction. All the railings, grab handles, steps, and mounting goodies are all collected. One example of the railing installation is shown in the pictures as well as all the other goodies. The Mission Models Grab Handler came in very handy. Next update will be with all the holes drilled for the railings and steps for the cabin railings. Getting close to painting this puppy! Until next time, IR3
  12. The other half of the railing took less than 2 hours. There is still a bit of tweaking to be done but that will happen when the permanent installation takes place. The exact height of the railing can be set and the two aft stanchions be cut to length. Now it's off to setting up the grab rails around the main cabin doors and the along the sides of the cabin. It's getting close to painting time and final assembly. Until next time, IR3
  13. Thanks John, much appreciated. I made a jig to build up the railings for the upper water monitor. This is not an easy task. The first step was to layout the holes and drill them. Next, fit the stanchions and the railing then solder. Then the jig was bolted to the top of the cabin. Finally the railing was inserted to mark the spots on the cabin roof where it needed drilling. When I then inserted the railing, nothing was aligned properly. There are several problems doing this operation. The first is that bolting the jig to the top of the cabin, while maintaining proper alignment, the cabin roof is so thin that it is almost impossible to stabilize the jig. So drilling straight down is still very problematical. The top of the cabin is slanted in the areas where holes needed to be drilled and even with the jig in place, the drill tip tends to wander. The only solution to get the stanchions vertical was to enlarge the holes slightly and re solder the tops to get them vertical. It is pretty close now and the flaws are not obvious. The platform is very flexible and getting the railing height is a bit of a nuisance but I'm gaining on it. All of the stanchions are actually vertical. The picture doesn't show it. Mounting this platform was not one of ROBBE'S best efforts. I can see why the box art shows the railing in place without the tabs. So now I need to form the front end of the railing where it goes into the cabin roof and the back end which forms into a grab rail when climbing up the to roof. Then its off to the other side which should go a lot faster since I know all the pitfalls. Until next time, IR3
  14. The railing for the aft Fire Monitor is now complete. This was not an easy job with all of the bends and curve and fitting to the cabin. The picture shows the first holes drilled into the sloping section of the rear cabin which were in the wrong place. A bit of filling and sanding before painting. I found that the rear fire monitor was not centered and the problem went way back to the start of working on the cabin. There was a picture showing where some areas of the cabin needed to be removed. I misinterpreted the picture and cut out the mount for the rear fire monitor. The fix shown in the previous post but the monitor is off center. I need to cover this hole and re center Fire Monitor base. Read the instructions three times, look at the pictures three times, look at the plans three times and don't cut!☹️. Now it's off to repairing the big hole and getting the railings around the forward fire monitor. Until next time, IR3
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