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Author: NPJ   Posts: 2   Photos: 8   Subscribers: 1   Views: 318   Responses: 28   |   Most recent posts shown first   (Show oldest first)
"issues" - Posted: 11th Aug 2018
For those not following the Leaking Boat thread. We have a 'hitch'.

Model took on water whilst in bath trials. See first image.

No obvious point so going to need to do some stripping.

Plan is when visitors leave I will post re the electrics and sound whilst having a go at the sanding, sealing and painting bit!

Upwards and onwards.


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Range Safety Launch? - Posted: 6th Aug 2018
The ‘Range Safety Launch’………….

I am now the owner of this boat. Wooden, good hull lines and hull paint work but needing to be finished. I am told that it looks like it started life as a kit, but has had considerable modification to at least the above deck layout and detail.

Advice is that it could be a rather simplified Range Safety Launch, but maybe I can use a little ‘artistic licence’ and just make it look interesting and capable.

There are two main reasons for sharing this project.
1. I will undoubtedly need guidance
2. Maybe some of the information will assist others

The hull is 44 inches ( 112cm ) long and 14 inches (36cm ) wide, it has two brushed MFA Torpedo 800 motors………. and weighs in currently at 15 lbs 4ozs (6.91 kgs).

It is large enough for me to be able to work on reasonably comfortably and apart from the cabin/upper deck areas to be ‘improved’, I aim to introduce sound, lighting, active radar sweep, search light, together with maybe a deck hoist and water /fire monitor appliance.

At my age it is difficult to tell the difference between wishful thinking and dementing……

However, the prime aim is to try and achieve at least some of this whilst having the boat usable during the current ‘season’.

There is so much knowledge, good will and help available on this site that even before I touched a thing, information came pouring in.

If anyone feels like making a contribution then please just ‘pile in’.

Have ordered some parts so next time should have something to show.

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Response by RNinMunich on the 9th Aug 2018
I agree Donnie,
I did just that (turning inwards seen from behind for moving ahead) on my twin screw single rudder destroyer. It made it much more responsive to the helm😉 Same with my long thin U26 Type 1A U-Boat.
I am making the same changes to my Belfast cruiser, 4 screws, and the Graf Spee, twin screw. Both with single rudder.
On my twin screw / twin rudder PTB they turn outwards.
Cheers, Doug 😎
Response by RNinMunich on the 9th Aug 2018
Evening Colin,
Yes I'd seen that you served on these boats from your posts about your own fine model👍 Bet you have a few tales to tell😉
Yep, tempus fugit indeed😲 Around the time of your Abingdon visit I was just leaving RAF Marham, Norfolk, to go to Tech College in Twickenham.
All the best Doug 😎
Response by NPJ on the 10th Aug 2018
Thanks for the info on props folks. Current two are 50mm plastic so will change.

It has two rudders Donnie with the both props turning anti clockwise at the moment.