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Steam Launch. "Sweet Sue " by sandkb Chief Petty Officer   Posted: 7 hours ago
I built this vessel from scratch using a pre made clinker fibreglass hull purchased from Mini Steam Australia. The engine is an oscillating twin cylinder and the boiler is a 3" Centre Flue Gas Fired Vertical Boiler from "Miniature Steam". The gas tank is a 1-1/2" vertical refillable GasTank also from Miniature Steam Pty. Australia. The vessel is radio controlled with the skipper appearing to control the rudder. It has a smoke generator and a rc controlled steam whistle.

Perkasa 49 inch by BOATSHED Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 9 hours ago
I used to take a rescue boat with me, A small electric boat with me and I had a piece of fishing lie about 15ft long with those small bouny balls that are about an inch in diamiter threaded along it and run it round the conked out boat. The line would go under the boat and catch round the prop or rudder the drag it back to shore. The fishing rod I take now is a telescopic one with a fixed spool reel and fly fishing line that's bright yellow and it floats. Hoping to cast over top of the boat then drag it back. I was getting quite good at it. Mainly on my brothers boat. Mine was quite reliable but did conk out sometimes.

Perkasa 49 inch by lesfac Lieutenant   Posted: 12 hours ago
Don't know how deep it is in the middle. I think there have been a couple of drownings over the years. I take a reel of fishing line with me. My plan would be to enlist some help and take the other end of the line to the other side of the lake. Lay the line over the boat. Tie a duster to the end of the line and gently pull the line over the boat. I am thinking the wet duster would grab the boat well enough to pull it in. I haven't had to try it so I just hope it works if I need to use it. I also thought about getting a 5 meter fishing pole off Ebay but didn't get around to it. But as I said most of the time the prevailing wind is towards the more accessible bits

Novice Build: Vintage Model Works 46" RAF Crash Tender by andyhynes Petty Officer   Posted: 13 hours ago
I built mine a couple of years ago. The wood is good quality and the metal fittings dont take much cleaning up. My fireboat runs of a brushless motor running of lipos batteries and performs well. I used auto paints regards the finish. and very pleased with it. It performs a good as my 49" Perkasa which runs of two brushless motors with the lipos wired in series.

Another crash tender by andyhynes Petty Officer   Posted: 13 hours ago
Yes, i know what you mean. I have six boats now running of brushless motors. Its all about have space, i need a bigger shed or i will start selling them which i dont want to do.

Graupner Hectoperms x2 for sale by RallyeSport Seaman   Posted: 13 hours ago
I have a pair of excellent condition Graupner/Marx Hectoperm 12 volt electric motors for sale. They were installed in an Imara Tug I have just purchased, but are far too powerful as a pair for the tug! Open to serious offers, as I know these are as rare as hens teeth. Sold as a pair or can split. Thanks in advance Dean

Imara tug wanted by RallyeSport Seaman   Posted: 13 hours ago
I have found a nice Imara tug now, Thanks Dave for your message. Cheers Dean

Perkasa 49 inch by BOATSHED Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 15 hours ago
That's a bit more than a pond, it's a gi,normas lake. Wouldn't want to wade in that. How deep is it😱.

Perkasa 49 inch by BOATSHED Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 15 hours ago
I always take a fishing rod with me. I find that works well.

2 Brand New Hobbyking 90 Amp Boat Speed Controllers by shambles Chief Petty Officer   Posted: 15 hours ago
Forgot the price £50 including postage

2 Brand New Hobbyking 90 Amp Boat Speed Controllers by shambles Chief Petty Officer   Posted: 15 hours ago
2 Brand New Hobbyking 90amp boat speed controllers and never been used,one of the packets as been opened to take photo

The Hull Markings by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 15 hours ago
The paint on the hull has sufficiently hardened and needs a couple of coats of clear lacquer to protect it but before that happens I need to apply the hull markings. The waterslide decal set that was supplied with my kit was probably at least 5 years old when I bought the kit on eBay and they had deteriorated so badly that when I put the large ‘FIRE’ lettering panel in some warm water it fragmented and clearly was not usable. I called Mike Cummings at vintage Model works and explained my dilemma and he very generously agreed to supply me with a replacement set, and in addition a set of the recently available printed vinyl letters and markings that they now produce. I decided to use the vinyl set as a quick test piece with the waterslide set revealed that the white ink is not solid and therefore not completely opaque. Furthermore I could not eliminate the ‘silvering’ effect that happens on waterslide decals despite using various lotions and potions such as Humbrol Decalfix and Microsol/Microset solutions. A test piece with the vinyl lettering sheet was far more successful and when over-lacquered on the test piece the results were very acceptable. Starting with the large FIRE lettering I cut a paper template the same size as the complete word and fixed this with low tack masking tape on the hull, this paper was then outlined in more masking tape to form a window and the vertical spacing of the letters transferred to this to keep the correct spacing. Vertical strips of tape were then used as positioning guides for the letters which were individually cut and placed so that I could eliminate all but the solid white letters and give them a hard edge. Feeling very pleased with myself I removed the masking tape guides and realised to my horror that I had set the baseline of the letters far too close to the waterline and the vertical proportions were completely wrong ….disaster 😱 Feeling ashamed that I could make such a basic error I abandoned the lettering and called Mike at VMW and described my foolish error, no problem he said, I’ll send you another vinyl sheet and also some additional drawing that were missing from my kit that would help with detail finishing. My second attempt with the new vinyl sheet employed the same process but I was careful to measure, mark and check the positions (several times!) before starting. The roundel and numerals positions at the bow and the stern were carefully measured and marked using the supplied drawings and masking tape ‘guides’ used to fix their positions before application. Lastly the roman numerals that span the waterline at the bow and stern were marked, cut and individually applied. I also took the opportunity to fix in place a couple of modified 6mm portholes to replicate the aft cockpit drain outlets, in the photo is the ‘94’ waterslide decal which I later removed and replaced with vinyl when I could not eliminate the ‘silvering’ problem. A big Thank You to Mike Cummings at Vintage Model works for replacing the lettering sheets TWICE! and for the extra drawings, I call that exceptional after sales service !. Cheers Mike 👍👍 .

Perkasa 49 inch by lesfac Lieutenant   Posted: 23 hours ago
The breeze would blow it to the side. If you were lucky it would be to a readily accessible bit if unlucky it would involve a bit of wading. 😊

Barracuda by ron1956 Chief Petty Officer   Posted: 1 day ago
Awesome looking boat, thanks for sharing your pics, she is beautiful 👍

More progress by sandkb Chief Petty Officer   Posted: 1 day ago
Testing engine fits

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