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    Celia May
    6 Photos ยท 18 Likes ยท 15 Comments
    Boat Length
    32" (81.28 cm)
    Motor Type
    Brushed
    Drive Type
    Direct
    Props
    Single
    Battery Type
    NiMH
    Battery mAh
    3Ah (3,000 mAh)
    Prop Type
    3 Blade
    Prop Size
    40mm
    Run Time
    1+ hrs
    Model Speed
    4mph (6kph)
    10 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง roycv
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    This is one of those toy boats that I used to look at through the Basset-lowke window in Holborn. Not an original Bowman Sea Jay but a copy I made from the Basil Harley plans of Celia May 1988.

    I suppose I started in 1989 almost certainly a Sunday as I had to hunt round to find some 3/8ths" thickness wood. The only stuff I could find was some 9 ply which is quite tough.
    So I made a steam cylinder from plastic guttering tubing. I boiled an old fashioned kettle into it and about 5 minutes of this softened the ply for bending. I made a crude former, mainly big nails, and whipped it out and bent the ply to shape. Then the other one followed and the hard bit had been done.

    The rest of the hull was straight forward. The superstructure was made of aluminium, not easy to bend but a friend showed me how.

    The boat was meant to have a steam plant but the one I had built by an excellent engineer for me was in the end too heavy. So I left the boat for a few months and then decided to go electric.
    If you look at the plans the 3 parts of the s/s are individual and have another bend also to form the deck, great for steam not so for electric. I cut the flanges off and made a wood deck and planked it to look pretty, well it is a toy after all, and fitted the s/s parts into the deck.

    Those ex-Meccano gents will spot the rudder parts a 2 inch pulley which I carefully sawed to make the 2 parts. These have a wrap round chain and a small spring to tension the chain. The rudder servo has a small extension and the whole has worked with a little oil ever since.

    The motor is a Bassett-lowke Marine bought when I was in my teens but not really used.
    The yellow U/J is I think from SHG it has a loose "bone" as the connection between the 2 ends. It allows for a lot of positioning of the motor as I had planned to use the boat as a test vessel.

    Notes The cat is Suzie my little helper and is 13 now.

    I really like the funnel, it is rolled aluminium with a half inch piece of dowel on about 6 thicknesses of blanket.

    The aerial is a working one connected to the receiver which is 27Mhtz 2 channel.

    Apologise for the prop I originally made my own it is somewhere in the shed!

    Roy.

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Celia May
    4 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Doogle ( Commodore)
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    Sorry to hear about the disappearence of Suzie, after all they are members of the family and we feel the loss. Thoughts and wishes for you, hopefully some good news though
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Celia May
    4 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง DuncanP ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    So sorry to hear Susie has gone missing. Don't give up hope just yet. Our cat Billy went missing earlier this year but eventually turned up soaking wet and very much thinner. We were really upset him going missing and put notices on social media and in shops about him going missing. We asked people to check garages, sheds and outbuildings. Fortunately he eventually turned up. Still don't no where He had been.He is 14 years old and is a real character. Keeping fingers crossed for you. Best wishes Duncan.๐Ÿคž
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Celia May
    4 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช hermank ( Captain)
    โœง 28 Views ยท 1 Like
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    Roy cv
    Very sad to hear that ร  part of the Family,that gave so much joy and pleasure has gone.
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Celia May
    4 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Peejay ( Midshipman)
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    So sad to hear about your missing cat. That is always so hard, even when it is old age. Unexpected occurrences are so much worse. ๐Ÿ˜ข
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Celia May
    4 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง roycv ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hello all I have very sad news, my little cat Susie went out for a moment last Saturday evening at 5:30 2nd Dec. She never returned and we have not seen her since! We tried everything to let neighbours know she was missing social media as well but no one has seen her.

    You can see her in the background of this model.

    We think that a couple of dog foxes were seen about then and she may have been taken by them.

    I have had a very sad week but realise now that we shall not see her again. I have shared pictures with you of her with my model boats.

    So good bye little Susie, I shall miss you, she sought me out every day for a snuggle, she has had a good life all 13 years of it and was fit like a kitten to the end.

    Roy
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Celia May
    9 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง flaxbybuck ( Captain)
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    She's a real cutie ! ๐Ÿ˜‰
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Celia May
    9 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง roycv ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi I decided to have another go with the insides, I have changed the esc and these are 3 on the water shots, as requested, taken on a nice bright Wednesday morning.
    Roy
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Celia May
    9 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ chugalone100 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
    โœง 54 Views ยท 3 Likes
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    WOW
    I admit that Iโ€™m not well informed when it comes to r/c mechanisms and that was the main reason why I joined this very well informed forum.
    That being said, I thank you for the explanation about how to keep the water out of a model without a coaming.
    That is amazing.
    Every day I read all of the inputs the members record in this forum, they are to me as Pages for my new R/C Enciclopedia.
    Thank You for responding and patiently explaining.๐Ÿ˜Ž
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Celia May
    9 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง roycv ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi Chugalone, the deck has a couple of tails that locate into rear small deck. The deck sits on a narrow internal shelf all around the hull sides.

    There is a red 'knob', a sort of capstan, which has a screw at its base which screws down to a captive nut and clamps the deck in place. So I slide the deck backwards to locate the tails and then screw the red knob down to hold the deck in place.
    Never had any water in the boat. I usually only sail on the club pond (NLSME). The windows are not glazed either.
    Thanks for your interest
    Regards
    Roy
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Celia May
    9 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ chugalone100 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Roy, congratulations on your very nice looking model.
    I love it, it so retro.
    Educate me in what Iโ€™m about to say, ?Are you afraid of water coming in since you have no coaming?
    How do you keep it water tight?๐Ÿ˜Ž
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Celia May
    10 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง roycv ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi all, thanks for your support.
    I will take some photos on the water asap and also the ship's cat, if I can get her to stay in one place, that is!

    The umbrella pole had got damp at the base and refused to come through the hole in the table. It is drying out at the moment.

    I have one nice picture which suffers from the presence of a spare leg I did not notice.

    Regards
    Roy
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Celia May
    10 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง PeterJ ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Nice to see an old timer back,should look good on the water. ๐Ÿ‘
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Celia May
    10 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ BarryS ( Warrant Officer)
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    Roy
    You did a nice job there. I had to laugh when I looked at the first picture and thought
    I was seeing two stacks. What was the tall one for???
    Then I realized it was the umbrella shaft up from the table! LOL
    Barry
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Celia May
    10 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ AustinG ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    It looks really good
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Celia May
    10 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช hermank ( Captain)
    โœง 88 Views ยท 1 Like
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    I love your ginger cat ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚



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