This was a Damage R/C Police Boat ( That Is mass produce In the USA and can be found on eBay anyday ) That I converted Into a fire boat .This Is for display only. It Is 21 " or 533.4 mm long 6" or 152.4 mm at It's widest point .Everything on It was put on my myself except the hand rails , air horn and anchor . The black on the deck Is all real non-skid .This was a fun project to do for I never did work with anything like this or this large before . Most of my customizing and kitbashing Is with diecast fire trucks .
two more photos of my fire boat as I said before the crew are not right but ok all scratched built except hull payed A£35 for It the pump Is from a astra car A£2 works a treat gordon very good site was told the hull Is 30 odd years old
this Is my aerokit fire boat 46 Inch fitted with a 600 motor 3 bladed prop 55 mm and a 12v 12 amp battery was fitted with a petrol motor when I got her for A£35.. all the top has been rebuilt the 2fire hygents work very good 2 mrtrs of water either side all lights work a good turn of speed but I can get 2 1/2 hrs on the lake the two men are not right but look ok for 10 p each at car boot gordon
I am Interested to know how you get 2.5 hours playtime out of that boat? I am new to RC and have just purchased an old 46'' VintageTender and would like the best set up for Scale speed and runtime. Any suggestions please? Dean
My two fireboats 93/94 - Posted: 8 years ago by aprestney
success !! I have done It " my photos of my two boats . the one on the water Is the 94 fireboat fitted with a 500 torpedo electric motor and a spectrum rx/tx works very well !! . The other Is crash tender 93 under going a rebuild after being rescued on ebay . from a new member A prestney.
This Is an update,weather seemed ok so tried her out,very Impressed,got right up on the plane.Handling not that good think a bigger rudder Is needed.
Running an 850 torpedo motor on 12volt battery.
Only problem was a leak,water running up prop tube so have removed and re-greased ready to try again.
Fire monitors missing hoping somebody can help.
very nice boat! I have two of these 93/94 thay are a very nice model.
I did try uploading photos of them to the site. Anyway fire monitors do some times come up on ebay for sale. If not try model dockyard or westbourne model ships web sites. Hope this helps from a new member Albert.
HI Boat looking good. From your previous post I see that the model was built In the 1950's. Is It possible that an I.c. motor was originally used as they were common during that period? It Is possible that the shaft and/or bearings will be well worn. Grease will help but not cure the problem and will add drag and Increase motor current (amps), thus reducing your sailing time. I suggest you remove the prop shaft and see If It Is worn where the bearings are. If so you may be able to obtain a new complete prop shaft of the same size. If the Inner shaft Is Is a nice fit In the original just substitute the shaft. If the original bearings are no good replace with the new bearings from the replacement shaft. They can be teased out with a blunt knife and gently use of pliers. If you hace access to a lathe or a friend with one, you could just lap the shaft and make new bearings. Good luck dave
This was recently purchased through Ebay and undergoing restoration.
The previous owner built It with his father late 50's
This has been In storage for quite some time and lost most of the fittings.
The motor Is a torpedo 850 and all Is yet untried.
Will keep update on progress.
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32" RAF Fire Tender being restored by Salv Bambino - Posted: 9 years ago by sbambi
HI all. This Is an, RAF Fire Tender 32" that was given to me 30+ years ago by a friend who was going to scrap It. It's been stored In my garage loft all this time. I am about to start the restoration of the boat but havn't done any modelling since I was a youngster.
It has no running gear but was originally powered by a nitro engine, I am hoping to convert It to electric power, the problem Is I have no Idea what type of motor to use or what length prop tube or prop sahft Is required, I don't have any drawings or Information about the boat. I am presently cleaning and rubbing the panels down so that I can re glue most of the joints as thay are mostly starting to come loose.
Will post some more photos as I progress.
Looks a lot better than mine when first seen.Must have been a big IC engine as the prop shaft seems to end at the rear of the engine bay or have you removed It? My original shaft was well worn and I replaced the whole thing with a nice new shaft with oiling tube attached. There are several posts on this site showing how others have fitted/modified their drive gear, plus lots of Info re motors, speed controllers and batteries. If you need a plan I suggest you ask on the forum as several members do have plans that may be available for you to borrow. Looking forward to seeing how you progress, good luck
Dave, I have removed the prop shaft because It was bent and the resin around the prop tube/hull was cracked It was also worn quite badly. I need to purchase a new tube and prop shaft once I decide what motor to fit, I can then decide on the length of prop shaft. Thanks for the Info.
HI Shambi, If you need a drawing or other Info about the 34ins Fireboat I have plans and drawings etc that may help,if you need anything just get In touch with me via a message on the site, (Fireboat himself knows me well)Regards Pete D (Fireboatfunday Organiser)
48"fireboat renovation - Posted: 9 years ago by peep31
as you can see just the top section to do now,nice boat. would love to here from anyone regarding fitting a speed controller and what type
hi. the colours I used where, toyota red and toyota black,top will be bmw alpine white.does anyone know where I can get a mast from as original did not come with the boat.I have just fitted a graupner 700bb motor and viper speed controller,cant wait to get It Into water, also what size propellor can anyone reccomend
Motor Is a Taycol. There were several variants yours may be the double special as I note there are three wires. If you put a 12v battery neg to the left hand single lead and the pos to one of the other leads the motor should run giving you a nice sparking display from the two wire brushes. Before you fire up put some oil In the two oil bushes at each end of the armature - In a brass bit with a hole. It may help tp also oil the commutator and brushes - ok In this engine as both are brass.
I suggest you just touch the last contact to your chosen connection as the current will be high at startup. Free running used to be about 5amps. In Its day this was the bees knees but was mainly used In free running models as the electrical Interference Is high. I have a 34" version of this fire boat amd use a brushless motor. However there are several posts on this site with various brushed motor / speed controller / battery commutations and suitable props. I suggest you don't try to use the Taycol If you Intend to fit radio control. Hope this helps. The restoration looks to be going well. Dave
HI Yes It Is the Taycol Double Special Supermarine, I have two of these. You say about not using r/c with this motor, probably due to the Interference. I don't know how true It Is as I haven't tried It yet myself, but I'm told If you use 2.4g R/C this should not be a problem. I'm hoping to put one of them Into my Sea Queen In the near future. When I've tried It, and If It works then I will be putting one In her. Hope this Is of some help.
renovation of 48" fire boat - Posted: 9 years ago by peep31
ive just purchased this boat from ebay and plan to get It back Into water,it has a really old motor In It and wonder If I can fit a speed controller to It,it has three connections. one for pos and two for neg can anyone help