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Old Apr 09, 2008, 03:11 PM
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Billings Smit Rotterdam

Got my new Billings Smit Rotterdam today

opened it up and got the suprise of my life the boxed looked 1/2 empty!!
i went through all the contents and it is there just extremely well laid out and packed

any tips/hints would be much appreciated as Billings only include 1 a4 page of instructiuons to build this boat (feel free to point out mistakes aswel)

manged to get the keel built up tonight alot different to my last model which was a simple ply jigsaw to start with http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=830659

here the pics of the box and the assembled keel

p.s excuse the spelling as i haven't realy writen properly since i sat my exams in may last year

thanks
Mat
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Old Apr 09, 2008, 03:30 PM
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Congatulation on your purchase.

Yngwie did a good build up...
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=189291
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=487609

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Old Apr 09, 2008, 06:50 PM
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This looks like a nice ship. I look forward to your progress, and successful float.
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Old Apr 10, 2008, 04:30 AM
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Keel

As one who has built many Billing's models & really likes them-a word of caution-or rather a problem I have fallen prey to-w it is very easy for that keel to crooked as start to put the bulkheads into the keel.

you could install one bulkhead, as I have at a perfect 90 degrees to a keel which isn't a perfect 180 degrees
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Old Apr 10, 2008, 04:48 AM
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Thanks for the hints and comments i had the keel in a kind of home made press and it looks straight and iv fitted most bulk heads and they seem ok i made up a jig with a block of wood and spring clamps i will look in more detail this afternoon

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Old Apr 10, 2008, 11:22 AM
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Bulkheads installed

cdog thanks for that pointer by the way definatley helped thought i had them all square checked and like you say they weren'y fixed now

The wood quality in the kit is really good iv bin through it all twice now and can't see any faults like knots or splits
Got all the bulkheads fitted this afternoon thats all my progress as i was building a fence today for dad

does anyone have any recomendations for the motors and if so where could i get them cheapish?

thanks
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Old Apr 10, 2008, 11:35 AM
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hi there you have just bought a great boat, built her my self. The 2 tips i say is
1 photo copy all the frames + pices of wood as this gives you a set of full size template that you can refer back to for corection or if you decide to re build her in years to come
2. billings use poor qualty ply wood. It best / easer to seal the wood and get it nice when it on a sheet rather than when you have built up the superstructure .
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Old Apr 10, 2008, 02:35 PM
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thanks for the tips but.... its all glued and dried
i hadnt even thought about that its a great idea, well for my next kit i know now
as for the ply it seems absolutely fine theres a few gaps where the veneer layers havn't been butted against each other properly but not causing any problems filler won't solve

thanks

has anyone with this kit found the wood smelling kinda fishy (am not havin a laugh here )

Mat
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Old Apr 10, 2008, 02:59 PM
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Might include Obechi wood, more often found in European kits, which to me smells like raw rubber... maybe Obechi is related to the rubber tree?
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Old Apr 10, 2008, 03:10 PM
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yeh it does include Obechi, that must be the smell
that makes me feel a bit more reasured that the kits not fallen of a boat n floated here:P
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Old Apr 10, 2008, 06:34 PM
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good luck with the build. i made two the second page seen something was wrong. did you mesure the bow to stern distance at the two points?
my keel was a few inches to long, i found out when the large balsa
parts would not fit
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Old Apr 11, 2008, 09:15 AM
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yeh i marked it out on a board then glued it up with the markings
the difference between this kit and my last is you need 2 measure everything and make sure its perfect or it dont fit

did you givup then?
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Old Apr 11, 2008, 02:33 PM
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You got a good start, Looking forward to watching come together.

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Old Apr 11, 2008, 09:12 PM
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nope i just took a break from the boats while my winter cash flow
is low my last pic of work done to the rotterdam

trying to get the wood has been a pain in the a$$!!! midwest 1/8 ply
is too short. so i had to order the ply from a wood mill shop
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Old Apr 12, 2008, 05:03 AM
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Progress

The cash flow sounds familiar 20 pounds a week for me and i have a car to run aswell so this could be a long project keeps me busy though

Made some progress yesterday found a old toy cay which had lights so i stripped it out and have got 30 little tiny bulbs for the boat so iv added some extra detail in. An open door with some pipework inside not quite done but heres some pics to give you the rough idea

the pipework is just painted cocktail sticks when the light is installed it make it a little more visible i hope it will be visible when the rest of the deck detail goes on, if its not, well i know its there and i have photo to prove it
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