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Jaydee - Posted: 2 months ago by IanD
Now has name and "port of origin" plus flag and is performing well. Still has a leak and I think the engine tends to run hot. I'm considering changing the original 3-bladed prop for 2-bladed one as I'm told that will cause the engine to draw less power from the battery. Does anyone have any experience with this sort of mod?

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Jaydee - Posted: 4 months ago by IanD
This Aerokits "Sea Commander" was built C.1961 by my father with ED Mk4 diesel engine and his own scratch designed and built radio/receiver ( I have all his design documents). He raced it successfully in the early '60s but hadn't used it in years when I inherited it. Have now replaced the IC motor (mothballed carefully) with MFA Torpedo 500 but it runs a bit slowly ("river cruising" scale speed). Looking to obtain semi-planing but not racing speed.

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Response by John on the 30th Apr 2017
I would use a brushless motor.
Response by IanD on the 1st May 2017
Thanks Johnlikessailing. However, I have now replaced MFA 500 with Mtroniks 600 and got much better performance, although I'm not sure how much of this was due to the change of motor and how much was due to rectifying the slippage due to a loose grub-screw on the connection between the motor drive shaft and the universal joint that I found when I removed it! (Lesson - beware of alternative causes of problems!) Now I just need to sort out a leak - hardly a surprise on a 50 yr old model! Hey-ho!
Response by John on the 1st May 2017
Glad you got it sorted in the end. Good luck with the leak!
FELIX - Posted: 4 months ago by Inkoust
Kit German port boat. The drive motor 500, LIPO 4000 mA. Hilarious kit from Crick. Combination of ABS and timber. Everything needed for the position of the boat is the content of the kit. Still under construction. Painted hull and superstructure, glazed windows, left mast and lighting.

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Sea Queen - Posted: 1 year ago by topperles
Bought as a wreck off ebay . stripped down,repaired hull and top sides. re positioned the propshaft. Re painted. New Brushless motor/ Lipos etc. Goes quite well for an old girl, Believed originally built in the 60's. Ill try to upload a video of her strutting her stuff on Wibsey Park lake in Bradford.
Edit: I've managed to upload a video of her in action on u tube ,see link below

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Response by ron1956 on the 8th Dec 2016
Thats a very nice boat, enjoyed the video, thank you for posting it,Im just getting started with boats and enjoy seeing vids of them in action. Would like to have a go at building one when I have more time, thanks again 😀 😀
Aerokits Sea Hornet - Posted: 1 year ago by sigfortunata
Kit built but I scrapped the plywood for mahogany as I wanted something in the "Riva" Style.
Powered by a 1000kv brushless on 11.1v, its quick across the water and very stable.

I sail with the Potteries MBC in Stoke.

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Response by Northumbrian on the 5th Jan 2017
where did you get your figures from they are exactly what i need for my Chris Craft speedboat
Bob 🤔
Response by John on the 30th Apr 2017
nice job 👍
Aerokits PT Boat - Posted: 3 years ago by Dave Kershaw
Just started work on the Torpedoes for My Aerokits PT Boat, the ones In the kit don't look quite right,

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Response by bikerjohn57 on the 28th Apr 2014
HI again Dave

So sorry, I didn't realise (lack of concentration) that I was communicating with the same person In two different conversations.
That will teach me to look at who I am talking too.

Polishing your nuts round In a drill, now that does sound painful !!!! Ouch

All joking aside small engineering projects are just not my forte. I'm more your blacksmith type If you get my meaning.

If I do purchase the moulded Perkasa (whichever one)
I can see It now, Glue everywhere !!!!!.
Well maybe not that bad, but you know what I mean.

Response by Northumbrian on the 19th Oct 2015
HI Dave
I have bookmarked your web site there is loads of info for the Perkasa
cheers Bob 👍
Response by John on the 30th Apr 2017
I look forward to seeing it on the water 😁
RAF Crash Tender 46in - Posted: 4 years ago by michael1
HI this was my winter project the hull was given to me by my son who got It at a car boot sale It had been on fire as It was driven by a petrol engine In now has twin brushless motors with 45mm props but going to put 50mm props on when they come as It needs a little bit more speed Built from a set of plans this my first go at this as I build from kits In the past cabins made out of 3mm/1.5m ply and some 1.5mm balsa wood . Hull was sprayed and the deck and cabins brushed with enamel paint.

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Response by Dave M on the 10th Feb 2014
What ESC's are you using? Battery capacity? Do you know the max current your Thumbrun and ESC's can take?
If possible I suggest you use a Wattmeter (a fellow club member may have one) to see what the position Is at the waters edge, this will be a worst case as the model will be stationary and drawing max amps.
Brushless motors are power hungry and for max performance work best with LiPo's. Ideally the ESC should have a max rating greater (50%) than the max motor current. Unlike brushed ESC's lowering the throttle setting does not reduce the current flow but does Increase the heat generated. My experience Is brushed motors work best on smaller props. I suggest you check the heat of your setup after a short one circle run when you fit the new props. Look forward to hearing how you fare. Good luck 😀
Response by michael1 on the 11th Feb 2014
I have to disagree when you say that brushless motors are power hungry I have one more boat on a brushless and get a longer run than with brush motors a lot of members In our club use brushless with good results
Response by Dave M on the 11th Feb 2014
I agree brushless give excellent results and will outperform brushed motors any day, provided they are set up correctly.
Power hungry was possibly a poor use of words. My point was that brushless electronics can and do draw very heavy currents which LiPo's are able to supply, and are very light weight.
We use brushless on many model at my club and for performance and endurance they can't be beaten. 👍 😀
Sea Queen - Posted: 4 years ago by
Just nearly finished my sea queen and had one outing and It did all I wanted. Scale speed and very plesed with It. Standard motor and 12 volt battery. It was last winters project but only just finished. My 1st motor boat as my others are sail.

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Response by on the 9th Feb 2014
HI Dave I am not sure If the sea queen was supposed to be a sea going motor boat or a norfolk broads type cruiser. If It Is a cruiser then the detail will be far less.

osed to be a
Response by Dave M on the 9th Feb 2014
Will be pretty similar In both types as controls are fairly standard. Probably a compass and chart table If sea going. Malcolm Reade Is sending me some fittings so will advise further when received
Response by on the 9th Feb 2014
Thanks Dave will look forward to hearing from you
Cheers roger
raf ASR - Posted: 4 years ago by Rookysailor
Can anyone tell me what boat Is this.... I bought It from a friend who couldn't find any reference to It, very streamlined, It's got a fiberlass hull and cabin,twin motors.

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Response by jarvo on the 19th Oct 2015
HI Rooky

This is a bit late, just found your question. You model looks like an RAF whale back rescue target launch, from the 50's era

Response by Rookysailor on the 19th Oct 2015
Many thanks Mark. I had given up hope finding the period of the craft. As yet, done nothing tto it,but will now start th e refurb, ready for next year.
y knot - Posted: 5 years ago by davey
bought the bare hull off e-bay which was coverd In black spray paint yuk.

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Response by Peter47 on the 2nd Mar 2013
Yes you right, I built one many moons ago It was my first model boat, cost me something like 30 to 35 shillings (£1.50 to £1.75), from the now long gone Ashton Model Shop back In the late '50s, not radio control, could only afford to run on a 4.5 volt cycle, but my pride and joy all the same. Looks like It had a slight conversion, or hatch Is missing behind pilots seats.
Response by teeps on the 25th Mar 2013
Yes, those models look to be reasonably original. Interestingly, there was only one hatch - the one at the stern. When I complete my long-mothballed Sea Hornet, I'll probably make up a second hatch to cover the engine compartment.
How's your progress?
Response by Peter47 on the 25th Mar 2013
Yes you'd be right to put a hatch behind first row of seats, that's where motor access hatch was originally, not second row seats as In your model. It original only had two set of bench seats, each behind their own window screens.

Cannot remember what happened to my "Hornet", maybe It went the same way as my CorgI and Dingy toy car, kindly given away by my Mother In my teens, whilst I was In the RAF, thought I finished with them, women they don't understand us fellows :-)

I've just launched my latest model a RAF Fire Launch pictures on this site, still some way to go, fire monitors etc, turned out to be very responsive and quick, once fitted 50amp controller and tweaked blades.

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