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R.A.F Vosper Fire Boat - Posted: 3 years ago by silverfox
An ebay buy now fully restored custom made and commercial fittings. Power unit Electric manufactyrer and voltage unknown It will soon be time to test It on the water

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Response by boaty on the 8th May 2016
:Hi Lyle

After restoration, I took off the chrome searchlight and replaced it with a white one

I found this out after some further research .

Your boat looks very nice and I see you are lucky enough to be able to power her with an I.C engine.

Cant do this round here as practically all the boating lakes
prohibit the use of I.C powered boats .

Regards Boaty
Response by Lyle on the 9th May 2016
Mate , lovely to hear , I felt a bit poorly somewhat going at you as over the top, which was unwarranted. I ran my vessel the last two weekends with my mates at the Lake Illawarra channel ( see google maps?) South of Wollongong New South Wales Australia. Well we are just a bunch of old boaties , sick of clubs and fights and restrictions/ rules/ flat earthers. We have a lot of public look at us and the Council Ranger and staff lookeee see at times , but AS we are in zone of the Lake Channel HIGH/ LOW tidal mark any authorities do not want to know us. Here in OZ you can still boat as we have a lack of ponds in the land (not like your WW2 type ponds built in villages for water for vehicle fire tenders from FIRE and bombing raids). We have extensions on household insurance in OZ to cover liability and we tell any noisy race/race boat types to ".... off". We sail 1 meters etc thames barge, steam and electric and i/c and all big stuff we ALL run together on the water on the "pond", old sets 27 40 and 2.4 gig. And I spelt Peter Dimberline incorrectly with a T , so he will find out and knuckle me!! I do clean the engine bay with motor car degreaser spray and the decks cabin etc with household Kitchen cleaner and paper wipes. Such is good old Dulux house paint over the years. Fold down f'wrd mast , crane sits in a brass tube at the port engine bay ,rear mast sits on a peg at stern, rear stbd hatch opens, ALL to avoid knocks breakages of bits and over the years I have actually cast alloy bits in plaster-moulds and screwed down with brass. Just a standard red plastic graupner 40 mm prop (4mm thread?) this motor is a SC china copy ? of a OS40 I think , I just run her at the first plane to look nice, no rev head stuff as not necessary, wide turns, but goes so well in 2 inch to 4 inch chop no pounding/ bone shaking during winter runs as It HAS to perform SCALE on the pond rather than toy boat behaviour such as dig in and flick turns and she is heavy to handle waves! Just standard home made fuel 4 to 1 and my mates talked me out of Castor, so now I use synthetic lube . We share all things. Too much talkie . All the best and just fly out to join us good weather too .
Response by boaty on the 11th May 2016
Hi Lyle:

Very good point about your model performing to scale with wide turns and just rising up on the plane as it looks far more realistic .
crash tender - Posted: 3 years ago by paulsmith
I found this at a car boot for £35 and started work on It still not finished but will be soon

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Response by petedavis123 on the 16th Nov 2015
A good buy, and good work. 👍
Response by onetenor on the 7th Jul 2016
very nice
Another crash tender - Posted: 4 years ago by topperles
Built this In early 70's . I couldn't at that time afford rc or an engine so It was a display model until around 2000.
Now, one of 18...............I'm going to have to stop , or get a bigger house ......

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Response by Northumbrian on the 2nd Apr 2015
HI topperles,
that's a long wait for a engine what have you put In
& I would go for a bigger house or a hut
Response by Squirtgun on the 26th May 2015
Must get a bigger house! When you have that much enjoyment from a hobby, keep going!
Response by andyhynes on the 19th Feb 2017
Yes, i know what you mean. I have six boats now running of brushless motors. Its all about have space, i need a bigger shed or i will start selling them which i dont want to do.
94 Crash Tender - Posted: 4 years ago by 4clubs
This was In a sorry state when I acquired It but here It Is after restoration and 2.4Ghz radio fitted.

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Response by tidtug on the 26th Oct 2014
its now got a new lease of life and looks good
fire boato - Posted: 4 years ago by peter06
HI all this Is my Nor star fire boat saved from ebay. From what I can tell all parts needed to finish are there. I do have the half scale plans but no build Instruction. If any one can point me In the write direction I would be very gratefull. Thanks pete.

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aerokits - Posted: 4 years ago by watsy106
Restoring my 46 Inch fire boat bought from ebay currently stripping It back as paint was letting It down was running a graupner 600 turbo motor but changing and adding sound module and working fire monitors.

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RAF RESCUE - Posted: 4 years ago by RICLILLICO

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Response by seafarer on the 6th Aug 2014
HI , have you some details of the petrol engine and where you got It..any problems? 💭
Response by RICLILLICO on the 7th Aug 2014
hI there the engine Is a zenaoh 26 with a clutch fitted the engine can be bought from millpond models It runs on petrol 2 stroke mix had no problems yet had too modified the boat to fit the engine as the kit was ment for electric power lol.
Response by B Newman on the 31st Jul 2015
Hi, I've just noticed your RAF RTTL. Looks good. This coming winter I plan to build a RTTL from plans I have acquired. Overall length 5ft. I guess with your IC engine it moves pretty quickly, I'm going to have to stick with electric power as the sailing sites in the South West are all sail or electric only.
Happy sailing
dusseldorf fireboat - Posted: 4 years ago by tduggan
built this one after the first one was stolen which has turned out for the better. Has working fire monitors,anchor,bow thruster,sounds,searchlight,lightsand a bloke on the back having a wee, which In turn acts as a bilge pump to tell me there Is water In the boat

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Response by Ronboy on the 11th Aug 2015
Two Turnigy 2830-1000 Brushless motors.
Each with a Mtronics G2 HYDRA 30A ESC.
Response by mbrownhill on the 19th Jul 2016
Hi I am just starting to build a Vosper fire tender using Robbe fire moniotrs. I already nixed the vertical motion but is there any other recommendations you would make before I go any further?


Response by circle43nautical on the 6th Jan 2018
BRAVO ZULU! That fireboat is amazing!
The Shuswap Lake Navy - Posted: 4 years ago by equinox145
My dad's 2 and my 2 at Sycamous, British Columbia, Canada.

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Response by Squirtgun on the 24th Sep 2014
Wonderful hobby! I live 1800 miles from my Dad! Will be seeing him this week In Seattle, we're going to Tacoma for reference photos of the AlkI Fireboat, It's In dry dock on display, can finally capture the below water line details! Pop Is "onboard" with the outing!
Response by Squirtgun on the 26th Sep 2014
Turned out to be Tacoma fire boat #1. The AlkI has been sold.
RAF Crash Tender - Posted: 4 years ago by raj002
This Is a Kitshack 46 Inch Crash Tender. Nearly finished with a bit more detail yet to finish powered by 2 1400 kv brushless motors running on car speed controllers at 7.2 volt. Goes like stink! Has working rotatable fire monitors which are scratch built

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Response by mbrownhill on the 19th Jul 2016
It looks great - I am just starting to build one. Do you have any recommendations on the fire monitors? I am going to use Robbe and make them rotate.

Do you find the twin motors too much ?
Response by raj002 on the 19th Jul 2016
I made my own from bits of tube and old coins for flanges. The nozzle is just sleeved down with progressively smaller tube till it squirted about right. Pump is a standard grapnel unit. Hopefully this link to a photo blog will work.
The link will give you details of the motors and speed controllers and the props I used. It's quick!

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