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Old Jul 12, 2015, 03:31 AM
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HMNZS Moa

Hi all time for another build.

This time I'm setting in to build HMNZS Moa. The decision to build this particular model came about by it being the local navy volunteer reserve ship here in Dunedin . I took a trip as a sea cadet on her when I was only 15 for 3 days and ended up joining the RNZN some two years later. Now several years after leaving what better model to build I thought.

I obtained the pdf set of the plans from the RNZN museum after sending an email through to them. These were printed out to a scale of 1/24.

I decided on the scale of 1/24 for this model to bring it to a size of 1100mm or so. These ships ( which 7 were constructed) were only 27m long would be rather small in any other scale. I also have found that macs mouldings have a subsantial range of 1/24 scale fittings which are perfect for this.

So far I'm at the stage of skinning her frame in 1.5mm ply, later to be fiber glassed. Frames are 6mm marine ply.

For anything I haven't covered please ask away
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Old Jul 12, 2015, 04:46 AM
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I'll be watching this. There's one here in wellington as well, not sure which one.
The original Moa is a legend.
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Old Jul 15, 2015, 04:09 PM
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Nice

Saw this build in the flesh last night at OMES boat group. I also used to see the real thing moored in Otago harbour. Looking forward to this build.

You now nearly have as many started/unfinished projects as I do.
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Old Jul 26, 2015, 04:15 AM
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Hi all

The last few weeks I have finished skinning the hull in 1.5mm ply. I took some time to fair the hull also. i used epoxy and mircro balloons(white areas) as well as builders bog(pink areas). more fairing to be done once glassed.

So today as it was a rather warm winters day I fibreglassed 1 side of her in 100grm fibreglass. All going well I will get the second side done tomorrow.

Thoughts have now turned to props,shafts, motors and rudder choices
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Old Jul 26, 2015, 04:38 AM
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Saw this build in the flesh last night at OMES boat group. I also used to see the real thing moored in Otago harbour. Looking forward to this build.

You now nearly have as many started/unfinished projects as I do.
He he yes we all know that... too manny ships out there we all want to build..


Nice ship HMNZS Moa

It is always good to have the real close at hand delboyandrodney
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Great choice of subject; interesting and unique. The hull is coming together nicely too!
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I'm watching .

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Great to see such an unusual subject being modeled ~

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Old Aug 09, 2015, 03:31 AM
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Hi all, I'm now at the stage of having taken the hull off the building board. The hull has been completely fibreglassed, re coated with resin and micro balloons, sanded back, re coated with resin and sanded back. All this has give me a fairly good surface to work with. There is still a few imperfections at this stage but they will no doubt be sorted later on. I've then decided to remove her from the building board to continue with the installation of the prop shafts and rudders.

I will need to build a stand shortly also.

I sourced the drive train parts over the past few weeks from cornwall model boats, motion co and macks products. I'm very happy with all the items. It will be the first time I have used a gearbox and belt drive. Also with having a motor obtained from my local club a custom motor mount was needed. With the help of another club member with all the metal working tools needed the following was produced
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Old Sep 06, 2015, 03:17 AM
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Hi all this weekend sees the installation of the prop shafts and rudders. Used a simple set of spacers to set the prop shafts up to match the spacings of the gearbox. All was tacked in place with 5min epoxy, later permanently fixed with norski 24hr epoxy with aerosil. Also I have taken the blank rudders and skinned them with 0.8mm ply to give them a bit of shape
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G'day Mate,

Hull coming along nicely!!

Who's your supplier for the motor??? I could use several for various projects.... I have never seen one looking that new!! please PM me if they have a few more!!

Cheers Bruce
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G'day Mate,

Hull coming along nicely!!

Who's your supplier for the motor??? I could use several for various projects.... I have never seen one looking that new!! please PM me if they have a few more!!

Cheers Bruce
Hi Bruce the motor was sourced from the local model engineering club. Im unsure where they got them from but it was one of the last last few to be given out to members
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Interesting build, coming along nicely. How fast does MOA go?
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Old Mar 06, 2016, 10:38 PM
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Interesting build, coming along nicely. How fast does MOA go?
Hi Jeno her top speed was 12 knots. They were designed for mine counter measures
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Autumn has arrived

Hi all, after having spent more time running models over the summer months it's now time to head back into the workshop. Since my last update I have installed the prop shafts, rudders, motor and gear box. These were all pretty straight forward to install. Also work has moved forward with the deck beams constructed and deck cut out of 1.5mm ply. Next I need to make a start on the forward solid handrail

Watch this space
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