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    The finished result of my building blog, an HAKITS Morston, a fishing boat design and this model based on a Sea Angling boat sailing out of Whitby. Yet to be sailed. Geoff
    Bruce Crandell Flyer - 1/4 scale Single Step Hydroplane
    Fell in love with the design several years ago so thought it to be the time to do something about it. Purchased the plans from john-tom.com - putting myself at the deep end - and I have finally commenced building. The original boat was in the 135 Cu Inch class and had a V8 in front of the single cockpit, and was just under 14ft long (waterline) with a beam of 5ft; It will be interesting and I have a lot of research to do as I go - correct motor, batteries, ballast etc., but that is all part of the fun. Photos will be put up as I go. Wish me luck.
    Billings Progress
    Seven years ago this boat was given to me making it my first boat. Turned out to be a good starter boat as the hull was almost finished. Having painted it the way the write up seamed to say. Then ready to run and into the water. The boat being top heavy it tipped and took on water. Back to the work bench and striped and left to sit until this year. The boat is almost finished needs rudder motor and ballast Rick
    Steam tug Lyttelton
    Details of this boat have been moved to a Build Blog.
    my ladies
    Built, bought, collected over more years than l care to remember.
    Greek Kaiki sailboat
    self built out of epoxy foam : Greek Kaiki sailing boat. intention to be able to raise the jib and mainsail. powered by motor and propellor. small servo to extent a fishing boom on the side.
    1 meter "open class"
    self built 1 mtr open class. light and fast
    Vosper RAF RTTL 2754
    1/24 scale hand built model of the Vosper RAF RTTL 2754 most probably from the Vic Smeed Model Maker magazine December 1958. It is complete with brass fittings most probably from the Ripmax advert featured in that issue.
    Norfolk Wherry
    Norfolk Wherry built over lock down 2
    Lively Lady II
    1 metre class racing yacht just used for lazy summer days sailing.
    Princesse Loane Trawler
    Built between October 2020 and January 2021 during the Pandemic. Plans were downloaded from www.freeshipplans.com built entirely of sheet basswood, and some sheet balsa
    70' MGB
    During the first lockdown I came across drawing by Graham Parkinson published in the May 1980 edition of Model Boats. Its a fairly simple build and very basic with no real detail but ideal for a quick build. (or so I thought) it is semi scale (1:32) 26.25 ins. long with a beam of 8 ins. originally powered by a RS540 type motor with a plain 35 two bladed prop. It now has a brushless motor (2900kv) and two blade 30mm prop powered from a lipo 2S 6000 mAh. 35C hard case battery via a 50Amp ESC with a 4amp BEC. For a change I wanted speed so the ESC and motor are water cooled. the water is circulated via pump that has its own speed controller running of the BEC supply. This only runs in forward and with the throttle set at zero it just a sort of "put put's" while the boat is stationary. Out of the water the current draw at f throttle is 7amps so run time should be around 30 mins at full throttle. The boat described in the article is very basic but dose list a couple of reference books. I found a number of pictures online so decided to make the model more detailed. (mistake no.2)My wallet is now quite light. The main challenge was the twin .5 caliber Vickers heavy machine gun turrets. If I had built this to 1:24 scale the there are plenty of "off the shelve parts" that can be obtained, but not in 1:32 scale. The rear Orelikon gun however is available in 1:32 scale. The Vickers guns are available from Gas Patch in Greece again expensive but very good resin cast in a four pack. I had just bought a 3D printer so it was put use printing parts in PLA that could not be bought. In the end I have become quite proficient with Fusion 360 3D design software Cura 4.2 and Meshmixer At the time of writing this I have just painted the hull and it is waiting for its final top coat. I deviated from the construction method in magazine and gave it 2 coats of XTC-3D epoxy, expensive but its the best I have used for this job (50ml's in total for both coats) and it gives a really good finish. I am not after a true scale model but a good representation. I will be using a basic 2 channel radio with no frills
    1/96 HMS ajax This model was built approx 20 year ago from Norman Ough plans also other various sources were used. It is plank on frame construction with revolving gun turrets and torpedo tubes. She is now really due a refit as she is a bit dusty and worn out - you will see her in her prime - alongside HMS Nelson which was built at 1:96 scale by a friend of mine Brian Chambers. The next 2 pics you can see her in the garage alongside HMS Exeter. She is actually depicted when she came from USA after a major refit when her new secondary armour and upgraded radar were fitted. Note the catapult and spotter plane were removed on that refit.
    Tug Brent
    This is firstly a TID Tug and a model of Brent which was owned by Port of London Authority on the river Thames the boat had a fold down funnel for the low dock bridges, at 70 ft long the model is built at 1:32 scale making a 27 inch model built from lite ply frames skinned with 1mm ply the superstructure is 40 thou plasticard sheet. I eventually settled on just a low drain 540 motor because of its small size driving a 45mm prop, the fittings are commercial and were supplied at shows by Mountfleet models. The boat now resides with a volunteer who works on the preserved vessel moored in Kent.
    U.S. Coast Guard 40' UTB 40535
    This is a 1:12 scale 40 footer that was part of the US Coast Guard's main harbor and inshore search and rescue (SAR) fleet. I served as engineer on a couple of these in the early '60's. They had a pair of GM 6-71's and the water expansion tanks actually had "GM" cast into them. At some point it was deemed PC to change that to "Detroit". The figures are modified action figures. Some plastic surgery, Squadron Putty, and a couple of old school "Dixie Cup" hats made them into sailors. This boat represents the MK IV version, but the boat's number won't show up in any archive as for some reason the 40535 number was skipped. I thought I'd fill the gap.
    Thames Barge Celia Jane
    Build from the drawings of David Metcalf. It is almost finished and I'm looking forward to get here sailing. Main sail, forsail, leeboards and rudder are controlled. A motor is as well on board.
    Finkenwerder Fischewer
    My first boat build from a drawing. It is a nice sail, but somehow the hull is leaking.
    Bruma/ Misty
    My first steam engine vessel. The engine, a Cheddar Puffin steam engine, is real easy to handle.
    Vic Smeed Vivacity Cabin Cruiser construction
    Ordered these plans from ebay. The bulkheads were cut from 1/4 inch plywood. The planks were cut on my table saw from white cedar. I have started working on the cabin but no pictures of that yet. The engine will be a home built single cylinder four stroke petrol design called the "Midget" from 1936 as seen in the picture. I have up loaded a video of the engine running on YouTube. https://youtu.be/B1vESI5kVkA
    Scratch built from photos and memory of the the full sized 20ft NZ Hartley designed cabin boat I owned in the 80s. Has a 26mm jet drive with a brushed high performance 12/24v ball bearing 540 motor. Has an air pump pressurised exhaust smoke device and a water pump, all started on a timer (made by Graham)- - smoke, water and air all comes through the exhausts. Has interior, dash and nav lights (LEDs), full interior, (galley, bunks with removable felt covered squabs), - rear bunk lids hinged for battery access, and carpet. Also has a 'GT Power' engine sound system. Has its' own custom built trailer and R/C tow car (specially built for it) as well. Also has a sliding hatch and tinted windows (car tint on PETG)
    The puffer is a scratch built boat I had started 2 years ago.Ready to go for water tests and ballast if needed. Rick
    1955 Chris Craft 25 foot runabout speedboat
    1 inch equals 1 foot wood planked scale model of a 1955 Chris Craft speed boat. I think this used to be a Dumas kit, however I purchased an old plan set from ebay and used the patterns to cut parts on my littl 8 inch band saw.
    Chesapeake Bay crabbing skiff
    This is a scale model of a 14 foot Chesapeake Bay crabbing skiff. It was considered a rite of passage for Teens in the Bay region in Virginia to take command of their very own skiff in order to row about the creeks and inlets of Chesapeake Bay in search of Blue Crabs with a dipping net.
    Next on the building board.
    I started Fly two years ago. My hobby was (and is) a godsend during lockdown. There was nothing above deck level until the first lockdown. My daily routine was basically looking at the plans to find what bit to do "today". One day last December, I couldn't find a daily task. I made another coffee and checked the drawings again. When I still couldn't find a bit to do, I realised that it was finished! Just a tad over two years.
    HMS Peregrine
    I hadn't built a boat for some years, having been distracted by aerobatic fixed wing aircraft and helicopters. Static sailing ship models keep you busy for years for comparatively small outlay, so ideal retirement projects. HMS Peregrine was my re-intro model.
    Scratch built Borkum
    Designed from pictures and video of the Krick model.
    Hi Anyone tell me what model this is ?????? Thanks in advance
    Pusher Tug Design using twin steerable korts
    Camera Nip
    Wee Nip Camera boat with rotating Gopro.
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