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    RAF Firefloat refurbishment
    by ChrisB πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί ( Master Seaman)
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    This was my first full scratch build - using the plans from my Dad some 23+ years ago she was built in my garden shed (which at the time was probably not much bigger than the average 4 seater dining table!).
    At that time I deliberately kept the boat aesthetically different to his original kit built in the 1950's.
    Not sure why, I think perhaps I didn't understand the history of the 2 vessels and my dad was a little vague other than he loved the speed he got from his with an ED racing diesel in it originally!!
    Anyhow, after his passing a few years ago I gave it a touch up but was never really happy with it. So I gave it a good refurb last year, replacing the deck, forward cabin roofs, installing the forward portholes, a new aft deck, and scratch building all the parts as best I could from the images I could obtain - tow hook, masts, davit etc etc. and adding an LED light kit to the mast, navigation and insides. I obtained a decal kit from the UK to finish her off, and numbered her #93. When I refurbished my Dads before xmas that became #94 (I understand this was delivered first so it seemed appropriate). Fire monitors from SLEC also obtained a few years back for both boats. Still running my original Johnson brushed motor, but upgraded the prop, shaft and stern tube to M4 and replaced the servo driven electro-mechanical speed controller for an ESC instead. Yet to get a video of her on the plane but she certainly scoots along.
    Cheers,
    Chris


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    1 month ago by sjkraft ( Recruit)
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    Very Nice.
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    1 month ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Good work ChrisπŸ‘
    I'm sure your Dad would approve and be proud of you.
    Especially like the lighting, seldom seen or posted on these modelsπŸ‘
    I guess the 'servo driven electro-mechanical speed controller' was something akin to the dear old Bob's Board?
    Cheers, Doug 😎
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    1 month ago by Colin H ( Captain)
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    Superb modelling of a classic boat. Well done and thanks for sharing with us, you should be very proud of what you have achieved.
    Cheers Colin.
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    1 month ago by ChrisB ( Master Seaman)
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    Thanks Doug, I had to learn a lot on the fly so to speak. Back then the internet was far from established as was my capability in using it πŸ˜‚

    Attached image of what I used to run, I had no idea of what to use so followed the model shop advice all those years ago. I now use it to test motors periodically, my brothers wavemaster in particular was a pain (burning through motors) so this seemed a good option to re-purpose it into a test bed of sorts. Servo obviously omitted.

    Cheers
    Chris
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    1 month ago by ChrisB ( Master Seaman)
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    Thank you Colin, I appreciate your kind words. A lot of personal attachment to her, and hopefully she’ll be around for many years to come and bring fond memories.

    Cheers
    Chris
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    1 month ago by Rookysailor ( Captain)
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    Tasty build Chris,πŸ‘ I bet she looks good on the water, looking forward to seeing a video of her?

    Cheers, Pete

    btw,like the LED's especially the ones in the cabin's😊
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    30 days ago by ianed57 ( Midshipman)
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    Looks very smart and looking forward to seeing a video.

    Ian
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    21 days ago by mturpin013 ( Captain)
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    Its great to see another Crash Tender back on the water, It looks the part and I'm sure you will enjoy sailing her
    Well Done
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    21 days ago by ads90 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    A very good refurbishment and look forward to seeing a video of her sailing - ah, I bet it would sound lovely with and ED running in it instead of a quiet old electric motor.πŸ‘
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