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  1. Can't believe 4 years have lapsed since first starting this model but sadly this build started to slacken after a while due to various circumstances. However, pleased to advise we have picked things up again and whilst I am sure there is a considerable gap in my photo record let me already share the very latest to show where I am with things - finished the 4.5' gun turret last night, worked on the funnel and gave the superstructure some colour. Enjoy, E
  2. Brilliant idea that led-light overhang structure, gave me a good idea ! E
  3. Thanks for the advise Roger, will be removing the sonar dome shortly and re-attach once the fibreglass is put on. I suspect the same logic applies to the flat stern piece vs the hull ? Am considering covering the stern first, and then proceed with the rest of the hull thereafter - again because of the corners. E
  4. Argonaut sailed through some cottage cheese today - applied the first coat of filler...snowwhite ! Then sanded most of it off again.... E
  5. Gave the hull a first coat of resin + hardener, worked especially into the joints and where the seams are slightly opened between the various planks. Will rub this down once fully dried out and then proceed with filler and body primer - heading for a lot more sanding no doubt ! Glass matt have been ordered and are on their way, so no time to waste. Am pondering whether to remove the sonar dome (that is part of my keel assembly) to facilitate the matting of the hull, and re-attach later & separately. Seem to think this protuberance will stand in the way of a neat glassfibre cover......
  6. Completed the hull planking, quite happy with things so far - need to do some finishing touches to the bow still (used some vertical strips that need sanding), and next step will be a rough sanding using 60 grade grit, before applying some resin into the joints. After than some more sanding and applying filler where needed. E
  7. Thanks for your advice Roger, very useful intel, especially your comment about the pumps and different types of hardeners. I reckon I will be trying my hand in a week or two. Funny you should mention canoe building, was having a browse the other day about doing this plank-on-frame + fibreglassing exercise on a bigger scale and build myself a Canadian canoe ! Thanks again, E
  8. A few more shots - almost there, started planking from the keel down now - also needed to start using nails to keep things in place, the clamps do not have enough grip any more. E
  9. Thanks a lot Greg, Just the sort of advise I needed, there seems to be as many ways of doing this as there are modellers, but there is definitely no substitute for hard-won experience ! It certainly is a slightly daunting prospect but once mastered I think I can imagine myself doing all my hulls myself from here on - it certainly was fun getting this far. Will have a look at the EC stuff and will keep you posted on my experiences in a few weeks time. Lovely model by the way, what is it - quite big as well it seem ? Cheers E
  10. Hi forum I will shortly be finishing the planking of my hull and need to start thinking of how best to proceed in term of coating everything with glassfibre cloth. Can I call on some of your experiences on how best to proceed from here ? Some of the questions I have are as follows: - will be sanding and filling the planks - will I need a primer coat first, before putting on the glassfibre ? - and if so, should that be 'any' primer or are there specific advantages to using 'car body primers' ? - in terms of glass fibre cloth, I suppose I had best go for the finest woven cloth
  11. Bit of an update, showing progress to date. Partially sanded some bow sections and will clearly need some filler and putty between some of the planks. Distortion of the planks is still manageable, despite getting nearer to the keel - am considering working 'downwards' from here, using stealers for the remaining gaps. Need to do some more thinking. E
  12. A few more planks added and also tried my hand a fibreglassing the funnel - resin took a long time to cure but fully dried out after hrs, will be sanding tomorrow
  13. Thanks John, so far so good - things will get a little trickier from here on, where I hit all the various curves, twists and bends. E
  14. Gradually continuing the planking. Am thinking of how best to proceed with the fibre glassing once the hull is completed and started doing my internet research. Bought a fine mesh fibre mat at my local modelbuilder's to give it a try and thought the funnel would be a good start - have started work on this and the idea is to coat this balsa/ plywood structure to see how well this goes, before doing the same on the hull. Must confess this is a bit of a daunting prospect, and notwithstanding a lot of research done so far, still something totally new to me. Am finding rubber bands quite h
  15. Fitted my first plank today, but not before a lot of bevelling on some of the frames, Am generally quite pleased with how most have turned out, but there were still a number which were slightly oversized and causing gaps behind the plank on some of the other frame stations. Tried a number of ways to bevel things quickly and efficiently, and have now come to the conclusion that: - manual sanding is way too slow - the dremel is quick enough but risks 'skidding' and thus distorting the original frame outline - started using a chisel in a scraping motion - finally ended up the paint scr
  16. Gave the portside of the bow a final sanding and starting mounting the various frames - quite pleased with the result. The shape of the bow section is interesting, took me a lot of sanding and checking but this is the quintessential feature of the Leanders so had to get this right. Started adding the deckstringers and will be completing the remainder tomorrow. Next step will be planking, but will first need to sand the frames to allow for the curvature of the planks and hull - one or two are considerably under size, but this can be remedied and will be adding filling pieces where nee
  17. This is just brilliant, have no other words for it - thought I was looking at the actual real-size drawer when I first glanced at the photographs ! Keep up the good work E
  18. Have decided to build the model upside down as this will make planking an easier process. Have therefore inverted all of the frames and installed them upside down on a pedestal, which will vary in length according to the height of the hull for every frame along the length of the waterline. As there is a fractional difference between the depth of the keel viz the waterline I am making allowance for that as well, but especially for the noticeable raised forecastle so typical of the Leanders. There are really 4 different parts to the hull, two of which fall between the flush deck making up the l
  19. Hi Jason, Now there is a coincidence, if ever I need some info on some tiny bit of undocumented kit I will call on you :-) Were you with her in San Carlos Been doing some sanding on the bow section, a lot of dremel and manual work, with a dust cloud to match ! Still not quite there but started to get cramp in my arm....
  20. Did a dry-assembly of the various frames on the keel and did some more work on the bows - filling the gaps between the first 3 frames, ready for sanding. On second thoughts, I am now considering building her upside down, as this will make the planking process a lot easier I think. Need to have a ponder on how best to fix the frames so as to ensure a perfect fit with the keelson. E
  21. Caught out Bob, funny you should mention it - my dad was a shipbuilder, hence the provenance - you also taught me something, didn't know they were called 'ducks' - very useful piece of kit I find....
  22. Did some more work last night and a couple of snapshots to show how I went about the concave frames making up the bow section. Given the likely problem planking this area, I will be adding extra supports between the three foremost frames, using balsa blocks which I intend to sand to shape before the planking comes on top. Am using a fairly standard sanding mill together with my Dremel to get the frames in the right shape - quite handy and speedy process really. The bow section is probably the most difficult part of the hull but absolutely critical to get right, as this epitomises the 'el
  23. Thanks guys, will be good to compare notes. Tom, I am not too sure but believe GRP stands for Glass Reinforced Plastic, basically fibrecloth drenched in resin and applied as a cloth. Need to do some further research regarding the application, yet another bridge to cross at some point. E
  24. I thought I'd try my hand at my own full framed and planked model for a change, rather than procure a GRP hull off the shelf. Have full a full frames and sheer line drawings for a Leander class GP frigate, and am considering one of the first batch of narrow-beam and gun Leanders, probably in their mid 70's guise. Am still considering the name of the exact vessel, as I am hesitating between a Variable Depth Sonar ship or not - no two Leanders were alike. I have decided that my model will have a rounded stem, as again, some of the later variants had a straight stem - I would be indebted to an
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