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    My New Build - Milford Star
    Very nice work. Really looks good on the water. Well done. Martin555.
    34 minutes ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Today at the lake
    As others have said well done I like the color of the sails. Rick
    3 hours ago by πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ Newby7 ( Midshipman)
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    Promotion
    The promotions are coming through thick and fast. Midshipman Scratchbuilder. Petty officer 2nd Class Kevensharp. Congratulation's Martin555.
    5 hours ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
    Hobby Chit Chat
    25 Posts
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    34” Fairy Huntsman
    Hi, There the motor is most likely a bit too powerful but could be fun! you have plenty of toque (410KV) Start on 3S then 4S then 5S Same with props start small 30mm then work up I have a set of props of various diameter and pitch to chop and change. This way you will be able to control the boat, and your preferred runtime, 5mins or 25mins, torque steer, trim tabs, trial and error is often the way to go. If you start on 5S with a 55mm high pitch prop, You could have the first Flying Huntsman or a Smoking Motor or a wrecked boat. I had/have a 34'' Huntsman that had twin screws (2x 2860 on 3S) and twin rudders as per the original boat but its performance was a bit disappointing, compared to a racing hull. The real boat originally was used for off shore racing so designed for the rough water of the open sea. I would suggest a water cooled motor mount for an out-runner motor Even better find someone who has used the motor in a boat will give you a starting point. Specs. Turns: 12T Voltage: 4~5S Lipoly RPM/V: 410KV Internal resistance: 0.026 Ohm Max Loading: 55A Max Power: 1310W Shaft Dia: 5.0mm Bolt holes: 25mm Bolt thread: M3 Weight: 260g Motor Plug: 3.5mm Go for it! Roy
    6 hours ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ CB90 ( Warrant Officer)
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    Flags
    Thanks Robert.
    7 hours ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ drspock ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    interested in Norfolk Boats / boating
    Hi, My Father made a wherry, he found the hull difficult, his wherry and other models can be found at the Museum of the Broads at Stalham, Norfolk. https://www.museumofthebroads.org.uk/ The Guys at the museum are very knowledgeable and they have books they have produced about the wherry and its construction by Mike Fuller. Add picture of my Dad and his Wherry at Eaton Park Norwich One famous wherry is the Albion see pdf Roy
    10 hours ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ CB90 ( Warrant Officer)
    Hobby Chit Chat
    4 Posts
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    21 hours ago
    by jacko
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    HMS Cornwall
    If you can find the issue number and date of the MB mag, I will most likely have it, and can send you a copy of.😐 Cheers, Pete
    21 hours ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Rookysailor ( Commander)
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    by AndrewTurpinSnr
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    21 hours ago
    by Rookysailor
    Richardson/Southampton Smoke Generator
    I am putting the tyres onto the tug now... A fiddly job. I intend to do an few changes to improver the manoeuvrability in reverse. A gent on YouTube did this by scrapping the engine control and fitting 2 ESC units and new supplementary receiver. It worked well but cost quite a bit and he ended up using 2 controllers which seems a little over the top to me. I am working on a simpler device. My plan is to add a sort of mixer. And a second motor drive ESC equivalent. The main difficulty is that the boat does not seem to have a conventional ESC and therefore the normal 1-2 msec pulse is not accessible. So a bought rudder to throttle mixer is not going to work. I am not too worried about going forward, the rudder is OK for that. But going backwards is a different matter and I intend to address that first. I will make and fit a copy of the present H bridge motor drive. This is driven with a PWM F and PWM B signal- forward and back. So now there are 2 motor controllers,nboth in then first instance driven identically. I can sense the rudder position and intend to break that down into 3 areas, small medium and large deflection. Small will do nothing. Medium will stop one motor depending on rudder direction giving reverse while turning. Hard over will reverse one motor which means it will go forward and the model should turn without any movement. Throttle setting will be as determined by the normal controller setting so speed control is not lost. Any comments or advice welcome.
    21 hours ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ SeamanCook ( Leading Seaman)
    RC & Electrics
    23 Posts
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    1 year ago
    by PittsfieldPete
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    by SeamanCook
    Fellow modeler
    Sad news about your friend Rick, age can be a cruel thing, with things like memory loss, arthritis, eyesight problems and many other illnesses that stop us enjoying our hobby, getting old is not much fun, but it beats the other option!😐 Pete
    21 hours ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Rookysailor ( Commander)
    Non-Hobby Chat
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    by Newby7
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    21 hours ago
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    Appointment's
    As mentioned a couple of days ago, gift from my dentist, a packet of used drill burrs, some look new, so should last me a while😊 Cheers, Pete
    22 hours ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Rookysailor ( Commander)
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    by Newby7
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    22 hours ago
    by Rookysailor
    Chris Craft Sport Fisherman
    Really like the Alaska bulkhead. I wish I'd seen it earlier. Very nice build. PM me if you'd like a template for the rear seat, might save you some time...
    2 days ago by πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Puddle-pirate ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    3 days ago
    by Brightwork
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    2 days ago
    by Puddle-pirate
    Simple Smoke Generator
    Just the sort of info I am looking for. I can add a little about burning out coils. The coil material is probably a Nickel or tungsten alloy chosen not to oxidise too fast .This has a high positive temperature coefficient, a bit like a light bulb. So for a reasonable overload its resistance increases with the extra heat and it self regulates. But go too far and its game over.
    2 days ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ SeamanCook ( Leading Seaman)
    RC & Electrics
    7 Posts
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    7 months ago
    by Graham93
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    2 days ago
    by SeamanCook
    Getting older
    Agreed I do enjoy reading the posts and the information that is posted from everyone.Most of all I enjoy the humor in the posts. Rick
    2 days ago by πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ Newby7 ( Midshipman)
    Non-Hobby Chat
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    2 days ago
    by Newby7
    Maria Serra wooden barquentine
    Hi Daniel, It's a very interesting project trying to work out the history, the whys and wherefores of little known ships. It can be a lot of work and can become quite frustrating, but I wish you all success in this entire project whether it is the history of the ship or the building of the model. Will you build the full sailing version or the auxiliary? As a matter of interest a number of wooden barquentines were built around the Thames Estuary, late 19th C and early 20th. Howard of Maldon comes to mind and several of the ship builders of Faversham and Sittingbourne. 'The Big Barges' by Hervey Benham and Roger Finch is a book that could be of interest. Best of luck, Nerys
    2 days ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Nerys ( Commodore)
    Hobby Chit Chat
    6 Posts
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    4 days ago
    by DanielM
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    2 days ago
    by Nerys
    Electronize speed controllers
    Success! Sailed the boat today and worked great with excellent speed control for slow manoeuvering in each direction. Re getting the circuit working, because it is designed in distinct blocks any basic errors were fairly easy to see. The bits at the edges were the hardest. There is not much feedback; all required timing information is available on the input pulse and the counter outputs, just needing a little decoding. Unlike software, I can see several things happening at once. Software can only change one operation at a time and debugging exceeds my skill levels., 1 Suppression. The CMOS devices used are cheap and cheerful with high noise immunity. Total new cost about Β£3. I have a really horrible spare motor which sparks abominably. It managed to screw things up somewhat, so a little rewiring to improve grounding helped fix that. But why take chances? I added a proper RFI filter to the motor wires in the real thing, home made of course. 2. The clock has to be reasonably stable but easily adjustable in frequency to get the zero speed point. Getting that right took a little time, but now it moves only 0.3% over a 6 to 10 V supply range, which is OK for this application. The basic design was good but I was fooled by an incorrect application note, which used components much bigger than were really possible. I got extra clock pulses as a result, until I spotted what was happening and fixed it. That was the single biggest time waster. I think this is why most ESC devices give you a 5 V output. It costs nothing extra. They have to generate this for their own internals so they have no stability problems and 9V would blow many processor ICs. But they will work on a different principle of "measure the timing" and then decide what to do. This design directly derives the timing and PWM from the incoming pulse. 3. This ESC has no voltage stabiliser because it doesn't need one, which means that driving the output MOS stage needs no level shifters, which often will not pass DC. But adding a 5V regulator for the receiver would not be an issue. The only problemette found on sailing was that I had removed the old control gear and fitted the new ESC on the other side of the boat. We are not talking about much weight here relative to the boat size. It developed a district lean to the right or starboard if you insist. I shifted the receiver battery 50 mm to port - only about 70 grammes - and that improved things a lot
    2 days ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ SeamanCook ( Leading Seaman)
    RC & Electrics
    21 Posts
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    11 days ago
    by kevinsharpe
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    2 days ago
    by SeamanCook
    Night Watch
    Message to Fleet Admiral, RNHQ Munchen. I wish to inform you that active patrols for the Bristol Channrl Squadron will recommence following Lockdown on Monday 13th July. Details of itinerary are still in the planning stage, but you will receive full details later. Both ships have had a full refit, the two watches worked alternate days in order to comply with Covid regulations. The hulls have been powerwashed and repainted. Teak decks, sanded and scrubbed. Steel decks rust has been chipped, treated and painted. All upperworks painted and varnished where appropriate. All machinery fully serviced and replaced where necessary. All mattresses for both ships companies have been replaced with memory foam mattresses, New duvets have also been supplied. It is essential that the comfort of all crew is given priority, as it is anticipated that as our duties now extend to the Western Approaches, more time will be spent on board and at sea. Further details to follow. Commodore Nerys, Bristol Channel and Western Approaches Squadron.
    3 days ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Nerys ( Commodore)
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    11 months ago
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    3 days ago
    by Nerys
    Elco PT boat 80'
    Thanks for the Postings. Well I did find the information in a pdf document called ' 02-Elco_Parts_Catalog_S-Pass'. at www.ptboatforum.com '- Digital Microfilm Files by Al Ross & Richard J. Washichek (Dick Washichek) / Al Ross Jr. / www.ptboatforum.com - DO NOT COPY, DUPLICATE, DISTRIBUTE and/or SELL' https://www.dropbox.com/s/fw0ho4cpx2sh9ro/02-Elco_Parts_Catalog_S-Pass.pdf?dl=0 Due to the above cannot post diagram. Basically the centre engine has two inlet scoops and two outlet scoops (same scoop but face opposite direction) the side engines only appear to have one inlet and one outlet each (but there is a complexed control panel and each scoop has a on/off valve. lot of heat exchangers/ oil and exhaust coolers). I found a diagram of the/a electrical generator which also has its own cooling scoops. Ok sorry about drawing, Main engine outlets are 11+7/8in towards the bow from frame 61 Main engine inlets are 7+1/4in towards the stern from frame 55 Side engine inlets are 13in towards the stern from frame 47 Side engine outlets are 3+1/2in towards the bow from frame 52 I estimate the Side engine inlets and outlets are 20in from the side engines centre line. please note only for PT 103 to 196,PT 314-318 and PT 362-367. Frames diagrams at:- http://www.pt103.com/PT_Boat_Components_Hull.html When you scale these measurements they become fractions of an inch eg 3.5 inches at 1:20 equals 0.175 of an inch. Thanks again Roy
    3 days ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ CB90 ( Warrant Officer)
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    New Drive System
    Thank You Sir. I agree with your suggestion. I also recognize the plan that you included, as i have been following your progress. You did a fine job on the Fireboat. Thanks.
    5 days ago by πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ sjkraft ( Recruit)
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    Model Boat Find.
    Well I believe there are about 50 that are complete, but could be more as there are still parts of my store areas that haven't been accessed by me since 2013. Allow that about 15% are in need of restoration or repair. The models that I take to the vintage shows range from 1914 up to the 1990's . Hopefully with a model built in each decade on display. Only about half my models are ready to sail at present. So plenty to keep me busy for a few years yet. Cheers Colin.
    5 days ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Colin H ( Captain)
    General Resources
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    5 days ago
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    Strange ESC.
    Sounds right about it being suitable for the R/C car and semi-truck market as they all use 540 motors. My trucks have the sport-tuned 33t 540 Tamiya Motors in themπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
    6 days ago by πŸ‡ΏπŸ‡¦ Ianh ( Warrant Officer)
    RC & Electrics
    6 Posts
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    8 days ago
    by MouldBuilder
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    6 days ago
    by Ianh
    Caldercraft Speed Controler.
    Dear All. Thank you for the great response to this problem and over the course of the next couple of days I will investigate all suggestions. As always this site comes up with the goods. Regards Bill πŸ‘
    7 days ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Scratchbuilder ( Midshipman)
    RC & Electrics
    8 Posts
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    7 days ago
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    by Scratchbuilder
    Scratch built boats
    Now that;s what I call boatbuilding. Priors built some lovely boats over the years and if I am not mistaken this is an Alan Buchanan designed Yeoman Mk2 probably built in about 1956. Cheers, Nerys
    7 days ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Nerys ( Commodore)
    Hobby Chit Chat
    14 Posts
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    15 days ago
    by Newby7
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    7 days ago
    by Nerys
    Help !
    Sorry forgot to add. Esc should work on any channel that the esc is plugged into on your receiver. Kevin
    7 days ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ kevinsharpe ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
    RC & Electrics
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    Model Boat Magazine
    Thanks!! I’ll check it out.
    7 days ago by πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Cashrc ( Lieutenant)
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    34 Posts
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    2 months ago
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    Fittings
    I think I have the answer to these parts. The Model Dock yard has eyebolts that may be the right size and shape. Thanks to everyone for your help. Stay safe!
    8 days ago by πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Puddle-pirate ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Big Blue (test facility)
    Wonderful Big Blue a pond and watering station all in one and the screen is a good idea as it will help to keep water cleaner. Rick
    8 days ago by πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ Newby7 ( Midshipman)
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    by Martin555
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    You are welcome.πŸ‘
    8 days ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ MouldBuilder ( Captain)
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    Mowe 2 build
    This was the first model I ever built, it never occurred to me that the wood might have already been treated, so I just gave it a coat of sealer anyway. She's a nice little boat but on our lake which is quite rough at times, I've had her swamped a couple of times. So, make sure the wheelhouse is held on with a screw or something and put as much flotation in the hull as possible. Cheers, Nerys
    9 days ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Nerys ( Commodore)
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    New motor for Volantex Atomic speedboat.
    " it has lasted a long time so I am happy with the boat, and the performance is stunning." If that's the case Robert why risk burning her up with "a more beefy motor"? Basic question is - Why does she need a new motor in the first place? (Test/development engineer in me coming out again!πŸ™„) What's wrong with the original motor? And would an identical replacement go the same way? First find the cause and then consider the way forward!πŸ˜‰ Cheers, Doug 😎 PS: Some pics and dimensions of the boat would be helpful πŸ‘
    10 days ago by πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
    RC & Electrics
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    10 days ago
    by Robertkelly123
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    10 days ago
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    Re: RC switch
    Just for information the Turnigy Receiver Controlled Switch are in stock with Hobby King Β£7.05
    10 days ago by πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ mturpin013 ( Captain)
    RC & Electrics
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