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Hintsand tips - Decals made easy
If anyone is looking for a cheap easy way to make any decals of photos name plates, designs etc, here is an idea you might find useful. I use a waterslide decal paper on which you can print anything you design, draw etc on your inkjet printer. I buy this paper from a company in Australia for around $30 NZ for 10 A4 sheets. You can buy clear or white. What you do is just print your design, photo, text etc onto the paper (plastic waterslide coated), let the ink dry, spray with either a clear lacquer or Helmar clear (the best), allow to dry, trim,soak in warm water as usual and apply. This material is quite tough and will not tear easily and you can spray lacquer over it to seal it on the model. It is a similar stuff as sold by Testors in a kit but is a lot more cost effective. I've included some examples of decals I've made for my boats and planes .
For small decals you can cut a small piece a bit bigger than your design, print your picture on A4 to see where it will come on the page, sellotape the piece of decal paper over the print, (tape horizontally top and bottom) put the page back in the printer with the same orientation as is was, and print onto your decal. This saves wasting a whole sheet of decal paper which cannot be re used. If you find a nice clear sharp design it will come out nicely on the decal
2 hours ago by 🇳🇿 jbkiwi ( Warrant Officer)
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I thought you meant the other octopus pram and the baby with the air conditioned brain ??
4 hours ago by 🇳🇿 jbkiwi ( Warrant Officer)
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Hints and Tips.
Neat idea, and comes with ready made handles as well!
8 hours ago by 🇳🇿 jbkiwi ( Warrant Officer)
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The dye is a good idea.
At Guildford the council used barley straw bales, these seemed to work on just surface type weed not the ones we are having trouble with that grow from the bottom.
Regards, Tall Paul. 👍
16 hours ago by 🇬🇧 Tall Paul ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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Dual ESC & Mixer
I have 2 of the Action-Electronics P94’s and they work great, a neat package containing 2 20amp ESC’s and a rudder mixer, problem is there so erratic in their availability, anyone aware of an alternative?
I’ve used separate ESC’s and a forge electronics mixer, works but not as neat...
2 days ago by 🇬🇧 Shopper ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
Offshore meeting at SMG IJmond, Heemskerk the Netherlands
Starts 9 days time
Chickerell Steam Fair
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Mermaid sport fisherman
Mermaid is built from a fiberglass hull I purchased on ebay. I saw it several times a finally gave in and purchased it. It is from "bhc" and it is a good quality product. They have many types of hulls but no plans so you are one your own. I decided it would be a sport fisherman with a cuddy cabin and outboard motor. I made many cardboard patterns till I was satisfied.
I always wanted to try an outboard. Motor shell was purchased from Graupner and fitted with and Astro 05 motor that I had on hand. (I may change that).
Haven't really tried it yet, but goes well in the Jacuzzi. It not quite finished yet
Graphics are by "Callies" they are an internet company that will make you anything you want a reasonable price.
They were very understanding and cooperative. I highly recommend them. It was much cheaper and easier than buying your own vinyl cutter
19 hours ago by Commodore-H
Wee Nip, Ruf Red
Wee Nip, Ruf Red.
Donated to me by a friend.
Radio; frsky telemetry, battery voltage, Hitec sail winch.
She sails well and is quite enjoyable, even I my unskilled hands.
4 days ago by stevedownunder
Small scratch built static model of a Schooner made quite a few years ago.
I made this when I was in between projects.
5 days ago by Martin555
34" Crash Tender
Here is my Crash Tender together with the homemade 27MHz transmitter. Built in the early 1970s. The collage photo is from 45 years ago, sailing on the boating lake in Llanfairfechan, North Wales. Recently rescued from the garage covered in dust. Diesel replaced with brushless motor and on the water again. Now in dry dock for a major refit!
7 days ago by Graham93
Built from Mountfleet kit. Chain drive operates Rudder . Puffer sound, whistle, smoke generator, working lights Navigation and interior also flickering orange and red for boiler fire.all switched from transmitter.
9 days ago by Elsrickle
Lovely boat under going major refit.
10 days ago by Jerry1
3660kv speed boat
Well I purchased a hugely powerful brushless motor, (before I realised it was over the top!) so paired it up with something that might handle it!, 4ft long, fibreglass hull, 150amp esc, first water trials sucked a 12v 5amp (what I had at the time) dry in 4 minutes!
Put an ammeter on it and it’s drawing 40amps!
It’s all trial and error and learning on the way!
16 days ago by Shopper
SHB Triton Harbour Master
Harbour Master, my first experiment with sensored brushless motors, ultra quiet and smooth very successful