A.L. Marina II Continuation

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As the title of this build log suggests this is a continuation of Donnie’s Marina II build, the trawler has moved to a new boat yard in Australia, I was fortunate enough to purchase the boat from Donnie.
I wasn’t going to do anything to the boat until later in the year but curiosity got the better of me and I started on the superstructure, I will continue with the hull later.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words but to hold the object from the picture in ones hands I am at a loss for words. Donnie’s craftsmanship is outstanding.
As for the kit itself, the laser cutting is very good, however where some pieces have to interlock the laser cut slots are just that little bit too wide. On a few of the pieces that make up the frame work for the smoke stack, a few of them required some heavy sanding to make them all fit together. I haven’t yet started on the wheel house (gluing). The portholes are made out of white metal; I have some brass stock and will turn some portholes on my mini lathe.
I usually like to find out the history of period ships and as this is not a period ship there is no history, however, I did find out that this style of boat is used in the Bay of Biscay for tuna fishing. The Bay can be dead calm one minute the next there can be ferocious seas that can hide great ocean liners in its troughs, hence the wide flared bow of the trawler which is designed to stop the bow dropping below water as the trawler rides down the trough or heavy swells. North Atlantic tuna boats don’t have the flared bow. The colour scheme of these boats doesn’t vary much most of them are red, white and blue, hardly any green. Some have the deck cabins and wheel house all white, some all blue and some both; I couldn’t find any images that had red above deck. The blue and white above waterline also varied, I think that may be a personal choice of the captain/owner. The cabin/wheelhouse also varies from boat to boat. The smoke stack/exhaust also varies with combinations or single colours of white, blue and yellow, once again personal choice of captain.
So on with the build....
 
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Re: Marina II Continuation

<r>These are the "corner posts" of the wheel house. They came with a rebate of about 1mm but I had to increase the rebate considerably as can be seen in the top left and right corners.<br/>
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<I><s></s>I have just realised that I am missing a bunch of pictures they are on another camera, be back soon<e></e></I><br/>
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Eric</r>
 
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OK, so about 15 pictures are missing, they will turn up when I don't need them.

Checking the corners for a fit to see if they need more rebate, it was at this point when I had a Homer Simpson moment "DOH!" I could have trimmed down the walls at the corners which would have meant less rebate :character-bart: (in the absence of Homer, Bart will do)
 
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Checked the cabin for fitting onto the deck. I don't know if there is too much curvature on the deck or not enough on the cabin. However in the instructions it says to glue a 2mm square strip all around the cabin, on the starboard side the gap is more than 2mm, a 2.5mm or 3mm strip will do the trick. I had thought that the rear and front walls were in the wrong position but that checked out ok.
 
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The exhaust needed a lot of sanding to get the angle correct, the centre piece (top one in this pic) was oversized, flat piece on left did not fit properly, centre piece needed extensive sanding
 
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The smoke stack/exhaust being "skinned" The kit provides 5x1.5 mm, because 5mm does not curve width-wise around a tight radius most of it would have been sanded away completely so I used some leftover strips of 5x2mm, from the Endeavour, which enabled a smooth, even surface when sanded. Thinking back the kit should have provided 2x2mm square strips for this part, long match sticks would have done the job well.
 
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This morning I found the 'missing' pictures, they were on a usb stick plugged into the computer all the time, dipstick here didn't think of looking there did he!

I had thought of editing the posts and inserting them in the correct place but decided against that.

Deck cabin glued. I experimented with a setting on my camera using the flash and this picture is using a semi sepia setting, the flash does not wash out all the detail.
 
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The next set of pictures gives an idea of the rebate that had to be cut out. As I mentioned earlier if I had realised when dry fitting I could have trimmed the walls down, six of one half a dozen of the other.
Eric
 

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Hi Eric, you are continuing with a good build their, as this kit is readily available over here and normally advertised as suitable for R/C, I was wondering if that was your intention to put radio in it assuming of course that Donnie has made provision in the hull to take the gear. i'm looking forward to seeing this continue.
Graham.
 
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Hi Graham, and thank you, when Donnie first started with this build I asked him the same question, he said that he was going to build it as a static model. I will do the same because at this juncture it would take too much cutting, drilling. sawing, etc. to fit RC stuff in it. The RC bits that I have are for airplanes and the servos are a bit big but they could still be utilised.
The Marina II and the Mayflower don't come with a stand so they will both be mounted in an expaded foam base simulating water and the Marina II most probably dockside.
Sorry for the spoilers!
Regards
Eric
 

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Hi Eric, I'll be really interested In how you actually make this foam base so don't forget to put some pics up when you start it. keep up the build mate.
regards Graham J.
 
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Hi Guys and thanks for the encouragement. Whenever I am in the boatyard (doing homework) I look at the the Marina, sitting there with a strip partly glued on, and think "I must glue that strip on completely" and then do some more work on the Endeavour (of which I will post some pics soon).

The software development course I am doing is taking up a lot of my spare time at the moment, mainly homework, it is like learning to speak a completely foreign language. My only foray into computer languages was the old BASIC language back in the dark ages ('80's).

I also have a kit of the Golden Hind of which I post real soon!

Regards to all
Eric