Ships Lifeboats - Ships Nostalgia
06:57

Welcome
Welcome!Welcome to Ships Nostalgia, the world's greatest online community for people worldwide with an interest in ships and shipping. Whether you are crew, ex-crew, ship enthusiasts or cruisers, this is the forum for you. And what's more, it's completely FREE.

Click here to go to the forums home page and find out more.
Click here to join.
Log in
User Name Password

Ships Lifeboats

Reply
 
Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 10th May 2008, 17:14
fishcake's Avatar
fishcake fishcake is offline  
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 38
Ships Lifeboats

Has anyone any advice on how to reproduce the canvas covers which fit over ships lifeboats? The boats I'am trying to do are 1/70 scale. Tried paper and cling film without any success.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 10th May 2008, 17:20
treeve's Avatar
treeve treeve is offline  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
My location
Posts: 5,690
What about some handkerchiefs, with a coat of dope or light varnish?
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 10th May 2008, 18:58
Santos Santos is offline  
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 0
Yes Treeve - I was going to suggest tissue papper with a couple of coats of dope just like we made our balsa wood planes out of when I was a kid.

Chris.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 10th May 2008, 21:11
john webster's Avatar
john webster john webster is offline  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
My location
Posts: 231
I used green "duct tape" to good effect.Try to find stuff with a natural cloth type grain.
jw
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 10th May 2008, 21:28
Paul_Lee Paul_Lee is offline  
Member
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 70
Try asking on www.titanic-model.com - they have many scratchbuilders there.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 11th May 2008, 17:56
fishcake's Avatar
fishcake fishcake is offline  
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 38
Tried the duck tape,- works a treat. Thanks to all who replied.
Regards
Peter
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 11th May 2008, 20:57
John Williams 56-65 John Williams 56-65 is offline  
Senior Member
Organisation: Merchant Navy
Department: Engineering
Active: 1956 - 1965
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 965
I know this is somewhat off thread but does anyone out there remember the lifeboats as used by tankers during the war. I have no idea if something similar is used on modern tankers,but during the war the life boats were covered by a canvas cover which was pulled into place once the boat was launched. Once in place you couldn`t see where you were going and the idea was to give some protection if the sea was ablaze after a torpedoing. There was pipe that ran the length of the lifeboat over the top of the canvas cover and the crew were supposed to pump water through it with semi rotary pumps to prevent the canvas catching fire. The lifeboat propulsion was by the use of Flemming gear.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 13th May 2008, 09:15
sydney heads sydney heads is offline  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 959
Another suggestion for what it's worth, maybe to try used teabag bags.
I have used them successfully simulating canvas tarps covering model railway trucks and loads, the texture in the material works nicely for that at least.
Cheers John.
P.S. They were of course painted the required hues.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 13th May 2008, 17:36
stein stein is offline  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 12,288
Should anyone want some structure in the canvas, I can suggest making a form of plasticine and paint the cloth or paper onto this with slightly water-diluted PVA glue (the milky stuff they sell in large plastic bottles for glueing wood) using a semi-stiff brush. (Not as stiff as bristle, but stiffer than sable.) A professional model builder adviced me of this some years ago - he used the glue to shape hatch cover tarpaulins (no form) - and I've been making all sort of shapes with it since. Several layers of porous paper, a bit thicker than the Chinese woodprint stuff, will adapt amazingly to strange shapes. Regards, Stein.

Last edited by stein : 13th May 2008 at 17:40.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 13th May 2008, 19:30
Whizzbang Whizzbang is offline
Member
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 15
I have used plastruct products on similar projects.
Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Court Line ships Stuart Smith Ship Research 34 6th August 2014 00:10
WW2 Tankers North Alantic raybnz Tankers 361 23rd January 2014 17:30
Ships Galley's/ Restaurant bob johnston The Galley 13 22nd June 2008 02:05
Overboard The Stories Cruise Lines Don't Want Told KIWI Books, Magazines, TV, Video & Publications 70 13th March 2007 13:30



Search the net with ask.com
Support SN
Ask.com and get


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.