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EarlyVosper M.T.B by Simplas by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 6 hours ago
Hi John, Near the bottom of the article peak power of 0.41bhp @ 20500 rpm (!) is mentioned, so almost twenty times the power of the Supermarine at ~ 5 times the revs😲 Cheers, Doug 😎

EarlyVosper M.T.B by Simplas by boaty Captain   Posted: 6 hours ago
Hi Onetenor Fuji 15 was a good glow engine which I don't think it is manufactured any more. Aero version max B.H.P was just below .40 when tested. If it was in a model aircraft it would have been around .20 to .25 depending on prop size which was good then for a small capacity glowplug . Marine versions when on the water put out a little less and the water cooled jacket was never as efficient as the finned cylinder jacket of the aero version. My two Aerokits boats, the Sea Commander and the Crash Tender are powered by single Speed 600 motors running on either 8.4 or 9.6 volt Ni Mh batteries. Performance is equal to that of marine diesel power such as the 2.46 Ed Racer and D.C 2.46 Rapier, the latter I used to watch in the fast steering events in the early 1960s at Fleetwood and Coronation Park in Crosby just outside Liverpool. Taycol powered versions would be obviously slower due to the additional weight were far more reliable and you did not have to put up with injuries from excessive use of a starting cord with kids watching and "extracting the urine" shouting "why wont it go mister". Boaty

Sadolin by Gardener Chief Petty Officer   Posted: 7 hours ago
Thanks Inherited speed boat so trying to work with what is there. I could consider covering the deck with thin ply.

EarlyVosper M.T.B by Simplas by onetenor Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 14 hours ago
Hi Doug Yep you're right about the battery of course. This might help if you can plough through it as the sections are a bit scattered.---- I haven't read it right through so don't know if there is enough info for comparison.👍 Night all😎

Bending thin plywood by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 15 hours ago
Hi Martin, ALL Dumbphones and PCs (or better said the browser used on the PC) have these irritating auto correct / auto type functions. BUT they can always be switched OFF. Just look in the [Settings] of your web browser. Cheers, Doug 😎

Bending thin plywood by onetenor Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 15 hours ago
A hair dryer/heat gun played on one side of the ply while bending it to the hot side. bend it a little more than needed and hold in that position or strap it in position round a tin till cool. Oh yes wear gloves to save your fingers.👍 Or get some flexi ply. it is made easily bendable in one direction. Can be rolled very tightly. used in cabinetry in kitchens etc for boxing in curves.👍

Bending thin plywood by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 16 hours ago
666 is the Devil's number! Draw your own conclusions folks 😁 Martin, every time you post something that number will increment, Cheers, Doug 😎

EarlyVosper M.T.B by Simplas by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 16 hours ago
"Maybe but ballast ,is ballast,is ballast. However it's achieved." Sure John, but at least a heavy battery is useful load and not 'just' ballast.😉 Have no idea what shaft power the Fuji produces (only know their excellent 35mm film😉) but the Taycol Supermarine is rated at 22.5mHP (22.5/1000HP) at 3.5A, 4000rpm. Efficiency 52% 🤔 so you have to stick twice as much electrical power in to achieve that! Sooo, given that 1HP = 745.7 Watts - And electrically P=IxV (Current x Volts) 22.5/1000HP = (745.7*22.5)/1000 = 16.778W so ~33.55W in. Thus if I = 3.5A they must have done that test / measurement at about 9.6V. The Supermarine also runs great at 12V but maybe not with max efficiency!? With a spec weight of 2&1/2 lb i don't even want to get into Power to Weight Ratio, although I measured Colin's motor at 947gm = 2.0877776229lb 😉 But then, some of the motor had corroded away As I'm currently renovating a Supermarine for Colin H. This makes me start thinking about rigging up a test jig so I can see what it actually produces!!! Always up for a challenge 😁 Got nowt else to do 😁😁 Would be useful for other motors as well if I can get it figured out😉 Happy fiddlin' folks, cheers, Doug 😎

Bending thin plywood by terrymiff Petty Officer   Posted: 16 hours ago
If 666 is the number of the Beast, is 668 the neighbour of the Beast?

replacing propshaft by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 17 hours ago
Soooo! How did it all turn out Richard? Where are the pics or vids of the Sea Trials??? Cheers, Doug 😎

EarlyVosper M.T.B by Simplas by onetenor Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 17 hours ago
Maybe but ballast ,is ballast,is ballast. However it's achieved. The overall effect is the same. Would the Taycol Supermarine have had more power than the Fuji? Or at least the equivalent.?👍

Taycol Supemarine Resurrection by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 19 hours ago
Hi Martin, Apropos mini Milling machines; this is the one I use. Pics show using it to mill my new Sea Scout propshaft to secure the grub screws in the motor coupling. I just changed the tool holder from collets to a proper chuck. I also bought the little machine vice which clamps to the table, and the dividing head. There is also a CNC (putah driven version - ain't got that far yet, bit expensive😉) But this little job has served me well for several years now, very happy with it👍 I also use it as a precision drill press; e.g. to make the new phosphor bronze brushes for my Taycol target renovation. See last pic. Have also recently used it to make the little gearbox so I can fit the renovated Taycol Target into my ancient Billing Danish fish cutter 'Gina2'. See, I don't just do the 'Grey Fleet', sometimes I also mess with wood😁 Cheers, Doug 😎

Sadolin by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 19 hours ago
Hi Gardener, Don't know the Sadolin stuff, I use Billing Boats stains meself, BUT whatever you use, esp on balsa, apply a coupla coats of sealer first. Then at least one or two coats of clear satin varnish; e.g. from Lord Nelson range from Holland. THEN AND ONLY then, apply your stain til you get the depth of colour you want. After that seal with matt, satin or gloss varnish / lacquer according to taste😉 That's the way I did my Sea Scout 'Jessica' renovation, see blog on this site for results!!! Coupla sample pics attached. The whole process is described in the Blog. Otherwise the balsa will soak up all your stain and still not look right 🤔 A 'preserver' as such is not normally necessary if the wood is properly treated inside and out; sealer, stain, varnish etc! Or just EzeKote resin inside. Stain no needed inside of course. Good luck and above all have fun with your endeavours. 👍 Keep us 'up to date' ('on the running' as my German friends would say; 'auf den Laufenden'!) 😁 Cheers, Doug 😎 PS I like Danish Blue meself 😁😁 On the other hand; I wouldn't have used balsa for speedboat deck in the first place. I use a close grained marine ply 0,8 or 1.0mm. Takes the stain better and looks more realistic. Balsa is too coarse grained for stain and varnish on scale speedboats. Thick coat of paint ... OK. On the cabin roof and after deck (which I had to renew) I used 1.5mm mahogany veneer. If I had to do it again I would use a close grained 0.8mm marine ply (birch or pear) and cherry stain (also Billing) as I used on 'Jessica's deck.

Blackpool Model Show by ilewis Chief Petty Officer   Posted: 20 hours ago
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Sadolin by scout13 Chief Petty Officer   Posted: 20 hours ago
I have used Danish oil with no problems

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