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Old Mar 16, 2013, 12:08 PM
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Well I guess I will get to work stripping the hull and see what I have got.
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Old Mar 16, 2013, 04:05 PM
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Well I guess I will get to work stripping the hull and see what I have got.
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I can't wait to see pics!!

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Well I guess I will get to work stripping the hull and see what I have got.
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I can't wait to see pics!!

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Old Mar 18, 2013, 12:42 PM
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Man o man there is a lot of filler on this thing! The fiberglass that is there is only on the bottom of the hull and goes up less than an inch around the edge. The red paint comes off fairly easy, but the white is some tuff stuff. Im going to try 60 grit to see if it breaks up the white topcoat a little easer. It appears to have several coats of different colors of grey primer under the colored paint. The nose contour at the bottom is all filler.
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Man o man there is a lot of filler on this thing! The fiberglass that is there is only on the bottom of the hull and goes up less than an inch around the edge. The red paint comes off fairly easy, but the white is some tuff stuff. Im going to try 60 grit to see if it breaks up the white topcoat a little easer. It appears to have several coats of different colors of grey primer under the colored paint. The nose contour at the bottom is all filler.
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We want pics!

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Old Mar 18, 2013, 03:07 PM
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Stripping Matsonia

Ok
60 grit didn't make a lot of difference. It will just take some time.
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Old Mar 18, 2013, 04:49 PM
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Bob , Doesn't it feel good thought to grind off that old stuff, even though it's 60 grit.
Knowing the finished model will be a beautiful ship.
Smells like spring yes?
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Old Mar 18, 2013, 07:13 PM
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Smells like Spring

The lake water was thawed, but 15 degrees tonite 25 to 35 mph winds not a good nite to take a ship of this size out on the lake without lifejacket. LOL
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60 grit didn't make a lot of difference. It will just take some time.
Bob
Bravo Bob! So This is what the grand old lady looks like without her dress!

I have a feeling she is going to clean up just lovely!

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Old Mar 19, 2013, 04:22 PM
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This photo reminds me of that ship and the need for a good launching system on something that big....

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Old Mar 19, 2013, 06:19 PM
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Boat launch

I built this one for our club but i am considering building another one with a screw drive from a garage door opener only on 12 volt.
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Old Mar 19, 2013, 06:36 PM
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Striping Matsonia

Well I am into the striping about 3 hours. (My shoulders aren't used to this crap ) I would consider the ship about half stripped. The more paint I take off this thing the more admiration I have for the builder. It is nicely built! The fiberglassing is just on the upper edges and around the bottom bow of the hull. The filler looks like plain old bondo. I hope I still have my 14" flat surface sander so I can get it flat when I get to that point. I did notice that the stuffing tubes are in different positions. I dont know if I am going to re-do them or not. It depends on how difficult they will be to remove. Removing them would make fiberglassing the hull much easier. I have put my sander down for the day and it is time for a couple #25"s AHHHHHHHHH!
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Good luck finding those portholes if you put any filler on those sides better you than me.
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Old Mar 19, 2013, 09:22 PM
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Good luck finding those portholes if you put any filler on those sides better you than me.
Portholes go all the way through. They almost all have epoxy in them. On the back side there are plastic inserts that I am going to salvage and reuse. Prior to paint. I will be rebuilding them then covering the exterior with magic masker that will be removed after paint. Might be a little tedious but worth it, even if I have to drill a few out.
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Old Mar 20, 2013, 06:27 AM
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Oh, my, Yes. She is definitely going to need a new glass skin over that mess! Epoxy and glass microballons! You can buy nearly a lifetimes supply of microballons from these folks (Douglas & Sturgess / $6.25/lb. (BIG bag )) or I could drop by and pick some up for you.
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