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    The figures are Bruder 60021. They work well for 1/18 - 1/16. Position figure, then add super glue to the joints then add filler. Carve, sand, file, then paint. The reflective vest makes for a good life preserver.
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    Antenna wire noted, Thank You for pointing that out. I checked out your harbour successfully. Regarding your #1 Zippkit, where did you obtain your deckhands?? 1:16 scale duly noted.
    I appreciate also your wiring schematic & the detailed notes on the pic of the open hull.
    I am currently building my 2nd Zippkits. My first has their 650kv outrunner with 2 SLA in series for 12V & perfect ballast.
    2nd one will use two 540 brushed as I hav on hand. Batt will be SLA or NIMH as I find more peace of mind than using LIPO
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    You can see the black antenna wire on my trawler in a photo in my harbor. Trawler "Elena" close-up of the wheelhouse, on the top to the left of the hoop antenna.
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    LewZ the antennas on your trawler intrigue me. In the '90s part of my career was inspector of radio apparatus aboard ships. In Toronto Harbour we did lake freighters & commercial passenger vessels, also salties which had HF for long distance communications. Of course all had VHF MARINE BAND radios which are short range typ 70mi max. I note your 2wires Marconi LF MF OR HF array up top of both masts. Nicely detailed, Sir!!
    My Aquacraft ARTR Bristol Bay trawler on 75MHz
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    Still use an old FM radio on my trawler (in member photo) with the antenna running up the aft mast. The radio must be at least 20 years old and still runs great.
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    I hav gifted tech to get young people into RC sailplanes & power.
    This turnover has cut my clutter, helped out young people

    I do hav 75 & 27 rigs in 2 old boats, otherwise everything is 2.4 Gig. I recall the linear servos. Incidentally they are available on Amazon, I think they are 9gm intended for indoor fliers. They wud likely work for slow vessels with low rudder load but not if the water was pushing hard against the rudder while going fast.

    I recall the reversed servo era too, the late '70s, Cox-AIrtronics. $400 for a 4ch tx RX + 4 servos.
    Now I buy off AMAZON a TX RX pair for $51, add 4 servos for $30.

    Hav tried the steering wheel with trigger throttle but much prefer twin sticks
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    I don't think that I ever threw an RC radio away that didn't work, including a Nautical Commander. Hence I have a number of old radios. "One of these days..."
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    My first radio was an OS Cougar 2ch (27mhz, pics not of mine) used it to death in all sorts of boats. Sold it about 1980 as it was suffering form black wire and the effects of use round salt water. They made a 4ch version as well. Next radios were in 78 (Futaba 4ch and 5ch brown box -27mhz) then 40mhz radios then 2.4mhz. Still have the Futaba 6ch which works fine after 45yrs, but wouldn't risk it these days, unless I was in the middle of nowhere.

    I have Futaba TXs from 3 generations, - 27, 40 and 2.4 mhz, but I doubt I could go back to 4ft aerials.๐Ÿ˜ When you compare the features of the old radios to todays computer 2.4 sets there's no comparison, but we used to set all our planes up for one TX, so there was no hunting through menus to make sure you had the right one selected, you just turned it on and flew, and knew it was perfect. I wonder how todays fliers could manage without their computers. I can't fly any better with my 9XR than I could with the old brown box, just handy to set up fancy stuff easier like expo, mixing etc, instead of playing with servo arm positions.

    The early Futabas (and probably most others) had no servo reversing, so you just bought a reversed servo (still have one). I do miss the linear servos, which are impossible to find now, they were perfect for so many applications.

    The 2 Futaba Conquest TXs I changed from Nicads to Li-Ion batteries which lasted for months between charges.

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    That was a wideband channel exclusively authorized only for aeronautical use.

    (The Regulation changed in abt 1990 in both USA & Canada when a decision was made to narrowband RC channels, yielding more radio channels for an expanding hobby.)

    No new equipment cud be manufactured or sold, however that freq cud be continued to be used if no one was operating on adjacent channels within approx. 5 miles
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    RodC,
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