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    Aquacraft Atlantic Tug
    I am told this boat has been a "Shelf Queen" all it's life. i.e. Never been in the water. It was a long drive to get it, but I'm happy to have it. It needs a good cleaning, but looks to be mostly in good shape.
    virgin boat
    new boat
    Virgin Atlantic Challenger I
    Resurrected a model that I build years ago from a set of plans published in Model Boats magazine (still have the issue with plans). Hasn't been in the water, but a group of guys involved in a sailing club invited me out to participate if I do not go to fast or create a large wake. it's powered by two Graupner 380 motors and Graupner gear reducer units. The current prop size I believe is a 20mm three blade, but I have two blade racing props that really make this sucker move. It does have operating lights that I never completed, so I should get that cleaned up while waiting for the arrival of new battery packs (still has 7.2 V Nicads in it).
    Kyosho Wave Chopper 2.0 Jetski
    They finally have these back in stock. It's been a long wait, hopefully I'll get to try it yet this season!
    Huntsman 31 1:10
    Going to build a huntsman 31, scale 1:10.
    Rusty - The Shrimp Boat
    Another one followed me home. Actually, this was more of a "rescue". It wasn't going to be allowed to stay in it's current home.
    New Boat
    About to finish this Dumas Tug Boat.
    Victoria
    My Victoria sailing boat. Itโ€™s my first sailing experience, but itโ€™s lots of fun! Better than fishing ๐Ÿ˜Š
    Hamburg
    my build of the "Hamburg" later the Amsterdam sea tug
    Tom's river airboat
    Kyosho Tom's River bought back in 1990, it was way to slow with the original set-up and ended up on the shelf. LiPo and BL motors has changed that, and it is now up and running again. And now as it should do ๐Ÿ‘ Only "negative" thing is the noise from the prop when sailing indoors.
    Mississippi River Paddle Wheeler
    She is still a work in progress.
    My Web Site (LewsModelBoats.org)
    My "Scale Model Boats" (and tanks... and more) web site is http://lewsmodelboats.org It goes into a lot of detail on my model boats, tanks, R/C, 3D modeling, 3D parts, tips, and beyond, including many photos and links to videos. Along the same line, I have YouTube channel "eymccauley" (American Civil War naval officer) link: https://www.youtube.com/c/eymccauley/videos where you can find videos of scale model boats, tanks, club meets here in Florida U.AS.A.) and more.
    "Star Wars" Patrol Boat
    As weird as it sounds I just can't seem to see a model boat go in the trash. In this case, you can see the derelict model in the first two photos. It's not very fast and has a low freeboard. I decided to have some fun with this one - the photos are evident as to what I did. (1/12 scale.) Lew
    Raf fire float.
    Kit made by slec. Still building, made a few mistakes on the way so far. A good learning experience for the first build.
    Ironclads of the U.S. Civil War (1861-1865)
    Disclosure: First off, these are not my models, but that of the "Old Navy" Steve Lund and Bill Hathaway. I had the pleasure of meeting them in 2007 at the Monitor Center at the Mariners' Museum in Virginia, U.S.A. At that time I was involved in Civil War reenacting (role as a U.S. navy officer) and we were all participating at a special event. The "Old Navy" guys brought a trailer loaded with 1/35 scale R/C ironclad models. I am putting together this information in case others are interested in building a Civil War ironclad, and need more information. I thought I had more still photos of the models but these are all I found. The video shows many of the models. [Sure, the U.S was not the first country to have an ironclad but did have the first battle between the in March 1862. Between the north and the south about 66 ironclads were completed during these four years. Some quite simple and others quite out of the norm. If you want to build a U.S. ironclad check them out - the variety is amazing.] The first photo is the full scale replica (hollow) of the U.S.S. Monitor located behind the museum. The second photo is that of Steve (right) and Bill (left), middle person is unknown. They are standing in front of an accurate reproduction of the Monitor at 1/35 scale. It an R/C - powered model. The remaining photos are close-ups of the Monitor model. So here is my video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMnEmFW0XPk The video is a bit old but I think you get the idea. Steve and Bill made an excellent book, 'Modeling the Ironclads" which is available at: https://thenrgstore.org/products/modeling-the-ironclads . However you can preview it or print this out yourself you can download it at: https://walternelson.com/ironclads.pdf ps. I was going to build a 1/35 scale Monitor but got side tracked while searching for a way to make thick, black smoke which I could not find and this project eventually gave way to building other models.
    Camera Boat No.5
    Camera Boat No.5
    Standard Oil Tug
    Well, we all started somewhere! My first model boat (not including inexpensive model kits as a kid) was the Sterling kit, "Emma C. Berry." I had planned to R/C it including glassing the hull, but never got that far. So jumping forward to the next model I scaled up that little Standard oil tug kit "Despatch No. 9". I scaled it up to be 42 inches long and about 35 pounds in weight. Made mostly out of planked balsa with fiberglass covered hull it was not well done with many imperfections but from 10 feet away it looked good. Back then (early 1970's) there was not too many components available for large R/C scale models especially here in Florida, the "boonies" back then. I used a automobile heater motor for the drive and a servo driven three position switch for the speeds (low, medium, high) with power resistors. Another servo driven switch for forward, stop, and reverse. The radio was a four channel Heathkit that I had to build up. Power came from a 6V motorcycle battery. I enjoyed this boat for a few years. I bought the Graupner Schnellboot "Wiesel" in London in 1975, started it, but it took another 35 years before I finished it. Is that a record? Now the old tug sits up high on a shelf where it gets little notice. It reminds me to think about how the finished boat should not look. (Even the "S" on one side of the stack is up-side-down.) To make matters worse, I added some expanding foam ๐Ÿ˜ฎ under the deck for floatation - oops, needless to say I got more camber to the deck that I really wanted. Lew
    The Hood
    This is the Trumpeter 1:350th Hood, made to match the Prince of Wales with three channel RC with fully independent control of the port and starboard props, as for the PoW. Sails (and maneuvers) beautifully.
    Bunker Boat
    Almost ready to paint the upperworks.
    1970's SK Daddle R/C nitro boat
    Another of the famous Hallet SK boats, this boat is great for drag racing or just for fun. This all die-cut mahogany and birch plywood kit has plenty for easy engine and radio access. Designed for a .15 to .21 marine engine, use Dumas running hardware kit #2302. Length 27 inches Beam 10-1/2 inches The kit is Still available for $75.00 USD
    Chesapeake Bay Oyster boat
    Built up of strip planks cut on the table saw.๐Ÿ‘
    Modified Vivacity with Home built engine
    Working on scratch-built Vic Smeed design Vivacity from plans All wood planks cut from white cedar on the table saw. Need to find a neater way of cutting out the windows. On the sides. I used a drill on the corners then went in with a Dremel tool cutting wheel. Still working on cleaning up the edges with a sanding stick. Any suggestions on the best was to get accurate window outlines?
    The Empire Orwell
    The Empire Orwell is a model of the real ship. There were two ships from the 1940s this one was built in Germany by Blohm & Voss as a cargo liner named TS Pretoria. She had a varied career going from cargo liner to U Boat depot ship, hospital ship, British troop ship, Muslim pilgrim ship and ending as an Indonesian naval accommodation ship. The model it's self is of the British troop ship Empire Orwell, she is about 50 years young. There is no radio equipment in her and still has the original 12v electric motors. She was scratch built entirely of tin plate for the hull and super structure, the decks have wooden planking, and the hand rails are of metal rod and tin plate. The hull is in remarkably good condition and will just need a repaint, but the upper parts will need to be striped and need a lot of replacement parts, of which I will have to source. I hope she will back in the water next year.
    Club Rescue Boat ("Miss Amelia"; scratch built; Scale: ~1/18)
    What do you do with a boat hull that nobody wants, not in good condition, and not realistic looking? Build something different! This boat was the model for a "Balloon Boat". OK, this was a competitive one design boat where each boat had a balloon tied to the stern and a long prick on the front. The object was to puncture all the balloons and the last boat remaining with a balloon inflated was the winner. This was the prototype from which a mold was made and fiberglass hulls were produced. Now back to this boat... As you can see this hull has a weird shape and not built for speed. However it is very stable. By tearing out the guts and adding a Kort nozzle with a five blade prop yet trying to keep a "scale" appearance, this boat became the SSMBC's rescue boat. All it needed was a yoke to catch the disabled boat. Simple electronics, a stable platform, good power all makes for a good rescue boat. So far the record push for this boat is a 60 pound whaleback freighter.
    Pusher tug
    I scratch built this springer tug ,I started by looking at lots of pictures, bought some plywood and drew up some plans ,I bought a brushed motor of ebay ,it is powered by a pair of sealed lead acid 6v batteries run in parallel, it's first sea trials were today and were a success, all the water stayed on the outside :-) ,I need to do some playing with balast to get her sat right in the water :-)
    Barbara 2
    Being restored, came with a 25 cc petrol engine but will be swapped out for an electric motor, just not sure what size ETC or what RC equipment will be suitable.
    PT61 Gunboat WWII (Frank's kit with major mods; Scale: 1/20)
    This boat kit was started by buyer and passed though many hands until it finally reached me. Before starting I looked at the history of the PT-61. In the middle of WWII it was converted to a gunboat along with PT-59 & PT60. Trying to gather information took a long time before being able to start construction (which involved de-construction by the original owner). This is a heavy model but runs like the real one would because of all the armor, guns, and ammo on board. Yes, the real PT-61 did have two 40mm Bofors and sixteen 50 caliber BMGs. All three motors work, the outer two run through ESCs and the center one has a servo driven switch running forward only on another channel
    Springer #3 (Zip Kits; Scale: 1/18)
    This Springer (Jo Ann) is my third Springer build, I made it for my son. It is based on a real truckable pushboat but one that I saw within about 1,000 feet from where we operate our model boats (Lake Seminole Park, Florida). To get the real one in the water it had to pass the pond within a 100 feet of the road. I took a lot of photos of it from the shore and planned out how to build the model.
    Springer #2 (Zipp Kits; Scale: ~1/25)
    Ah, the "Skeleton Crew" Bill E. Bones! This Springer obviously has a comical theme. Unfortunately it is kind of top heavy and wind is its enemy. I will probably make an alternate structure for it. Bad planning!
    Springer #1 (Zipp kits - Scale: 1/18)
    Looking for a fun boat? Take a look at the Springer type tugs. Zipp Kits is one manufacture that makes the Springer easy to build and inexpensive. You can easily scratch build on yourself. I bought four of these. At 18 inches long they are small and "turn on a dime" and can be quite quirky like trying to ride a wild horse - a lot of fun. You can build them in almost any style (above the deck) from looking like a real truckable pushboat (like this model) to something completely zany. Let you imagination run its course. If you follow the regulations/specifications, these boats are meant to be "one-design" that is from the deck down there as rules and dimensions that apply so the boats can compete in water sports and racing. This one is base on a real pushboat that I found on the internet. The cabin can rise up thanks to some old inkjet printer parts I save a while back.
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