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PSV Lowland Prowler 1:70 Build

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Hi folks,

I'm nominating this for the 'model taking the longest time to complete' award. May not make first prize but it's gotta be a contender!

I read the Model Boats magazine for the first time in June 1996 and John Gray's article on the Ngan Chau build inspired me to have a go at scratch building. John, if you're out there, thanks for getting me started. I still have the magazine issues covering the build!!

So, I chose the first ship I ever worked on; A Platform Supply Vessel called the Lowland Prowler. She was built in mid 1980's and operated by Lowline Ltd when I first joined her in 1993. She is still around, albeit with an extended main deck and in different colours under the name of 'Oil Tracer' for Tidewater.

I started the project towards the end of 1996 but in '97 I got married, bought a house and soon started a family. So the planked frame ended up on top of the wardrobe and there it has been until last year when I discovered this site and finally decided to take it down and get it done. Thanks for the renewed inspiration guys!
It's still not finished but I'm getting there! Thought I would share the photo's!


 Now lets see some photos of the model... ;)

I didn't have much in the way of plans, just a brochure showing small scale deck arrangement plans and elevation along with some pictures I had taken. So it took some rescaling, drawing and interpolation to get a decent hull form.
I followed John Gray's method for frame and planking.


The Prowler has two tunnel thrusters forward and two down aft.
I decided to fit one each end and fit two dummy tubes.

Once these were fitted and the planking finished, it got side-lined for the best part of 15 years!


So, last year, after finding this site and reading all your posts, excited like a kid with a new toy, I took it down and got back into it.

First thing I did was F*** up! After spending some time filing and sanding and using some fast setting resin and thin glass cloth I went to coat the hull. Set out with one piece of cloth which draped seamlessly over the up-turned hull when it was dry.

Applied the resin, re-draped the cloth and.....oh boy was I in trouble! Couldn't get it to flatten, creases and folds everywhere and the resin was going off rapidly! Before it was a total disaster, I removed the cloth and smoothed the resin as much as possible.

It ruined the previously smooth surface so several hours of sanding taught me a useful lesson; go for slow cure resin and use smaller pieces of cloth!

Once fibre glassed I gave it a rub back and gave it a coat of household primer.



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