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The real/original RAF crash fire tender - Posted: 6 years ago by bigmacmodels
Hi, I'm sorry If these pictures are on here already, I did search through and couldn't see any.... I'm after a few peoples opinion on colours etc 💭 As the pictures are all black and white (grey scale) It Is difficult to get the colours correct. A lot of model boats seem to be grey on the deck with white roofs, some with wooden decking, some just white and any number of variations. I'm trying to rebuild mine to be as close to the real thing as possible. In my opinion It looks like the top Is all In white (as It matches the shade of the "FIRE" sign). The handrails appear to be brass ends with wooden rails?? Most of the other fittings seem to be either white to match the boat or silver for the tie-offs. The spot light seems to be darker than the monitors so I'm not sure If that Is a dark silver or maybe black? Any thoughts??? 😉

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Response by Dave M on the 18th Aug 2012
HI Bigmacmodels
I would welcome copies of your pictures, please.
Colours are another matter. I'm sure you have looked at the pictures on this site and seen various variations between models.
As the real vessel was operational just after the second world war It Is more than likely that the paints used were whatever was available at the time and possibly tweaked (mixed) to make full use of the paints.
Unless you can source a colour photo taken of the real thing It will continue to be a matter for debate.
Your photos do give a lot of detail and I agree with your observations. 👍
Come on Fireboaters lets have your views on this topic, and If anyone has a colour picture.....
Response by chrislang on the 22nd Aug 2012
I was sailing my 34" fireboat at Portsmouth's Canoe Lake a couple of weekends ago when someone came up to me and said he had been a member of the crew on one of the two actual Vosper Fireboats, and that the cabin sides should be a light blue colour and not grey as on my model - ( I still like the look of the grey though! )
Response by Pete D on the 4th Nov 2012
There Is much talk about colours on these old craft,some say Grey, others say Light Blue, and again White also comes Into play, These craft were only In service for between 5 and 6 years, during their time In service they underwent maintainance and modification, I have spoken to guys who served on them and on one occasion they had not got enough paint to repaint the mast white, so It got painted Brown, how many of you out there have ever seen one of these craft with a Brown mast?, also you will see that 93 had no breeches connector behind the main cabin, 94 did, most photo's avilable of 93 show no suction hoses on the aft well foam boxes, 94 did, look closely at the photo's and you will clearly see two different types of monitors fitted and In one photo you can clearly see one of each, for what Its worth my opinion Is Pick a date Pick a colour, I know what we painted ours as taken from V/T drawings.
Best of luck, kind regards,
Pete D.
Mk2 Firefloat 93 - Posted: 6 years ago by colinhubbard
Have been resurrecting this old 34 1/2" FIREBOAT which was originally built In 1958 from an aerokits kit, for the last 12 months. Went for first sail at Cwmbran on Wednesday, and I am pleased to say It performed very well, But needs a little tweeking to get balance right as she sits a little low at the bow. Having been given some great advice by the local club members, I will be moving the motor and mount further back, and reducing size of prop as It used too much power. But still I'm happy with the performance and the fact It didn't leek. Will update as soon as I've done the mods.

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Response by Dave M on the 28th May 2012
HI Colin
Good to hear you had a satisfactory first sail. 😀 Great that the members at Cwmbran gave you some helpful advice. 👍 I look forward to hearing that your mods have Improved the balance and performance. 😀
Response by colinhubbard on the 28th May 2012
HI Dave thanks for comment, Cwmbran are certainly a friendlyand helpfull bunch and I'll be joining their club along with my wife, as she's now got a boat restoration of her own to do.(FAIREY HUNTSMAN 1/12th scale)
Ill update as soon as I've had chance to do mods,
trouble Is an86 mile round trip to do testing runs on safe water at Cwmbran.
Response by jelley_baby on the 29th May 2012
HI Colin, This Is a big thank you for your families help at Cwmbran last wednesday, If It had not been for your sons help my Sea Commander on Its first run would probably be at the bottom of the lake. It's dry now but will need major work on It as some of the plywood has delaminated slightly. The motor, Receiver and servo work but the speed controller I think has died. I look forward to your next visit, on Sunday I sailed my 40 year old 34 Inch Fairey Huntsman and think that I have at last got It to run reasonably well. Graham J from Cwmbran Club
Crash Tender 36" - Posted: 6 years ago by bigmacmodels
This boat was left to me by my grandad 29 years ago. I have just recently started to rebuild It with a friend and put It In the water for the first time 2 weeks ago. A bit too fast with the brushless set I had so I will be getting something slower In the next few weeks. The pics are from start to now, more to do as I'm not happy with It (and probably never will be 😯 ) I have been looking through everyones pictures and they have given me some great Ideas. Thanks guys.

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Response by bigmacmodels on the 25th May 2012
I have now switched to a tunigy 9 channel tranmitter and turned the throttle down gradually to 25% 😰 That was about right, so I have now put a lower KV motor In and run It at 55% which Is much better. I got told off at the club for running my "speedboat" at the wrong end of the lake 😀 Thanks for the advice Dave.
Response by Dave M on the 25th May 2012
Great news. 😀
You can now convert all the sceptics at your local pond. After you have left their models standing they very quickly learn. Took my fellow club members about 1 month. Now they all run brushless In their fast models.
Good luck 😀
Response by Raydindayal on the 17th Nov 2012
Many thanks for all the Information and attractive pictures about the 'FIRE' I shall get cracking on the repaint job, and then get the motor Installed and try again. This won't happen until the spring of our new year. I shall do this at a very suitable pond at Clapham London which Is not too far from where I am. Will fill you In then.
Thanks & Regards Ray
crash tender - Posted: 6 years ago by alan44
my effort at scramble nets. they look ok rolled up.

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Response by cakfilth on the 22nd May 2012
Wow they look Amazing, Really,
I need to try those did you stitch them together?


Ck 👍
Response by alan44 on the 22nd May 2012
no ck have a look at how I made them described In my last post. Alan.
Response by cakfilth on the 23rd May 2012
Ok thanks, they really look great.
crash tender - Posted: 6 years ago by alan44
A few more pics of my almost complete 94. 9 months to build- countless hours!

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Response by Pete D on the 20th May 2012
HI Guy's, way back In Nineteen Hundred and a long while ago, when we restored our Fireboat, we came across a similar problem with nets, then suddenly had a brainstorm, I dont know If you guys are old enough to remember the old open weave Dishcloths, we bought one cut It to size, gave It a quick coating of Light Oak woodstain which left It looking like hemp, very effective looking when rolled up.
Yours, Pete D.
Response by Dave M on the 24th May 2012
HI PeterD
What a brilliant Idea. Have to go to the local market or pound shop to find some
Stephen (Fireboat)
Another good tip from PeterD for your Masterclass.
Response by circle43nautical on the 6th Jan 2018
BRAVO ZULU! Nice boat. That's a great tip regarding the nets. I now think I can use it for the netting on my USCG Cutter flight deck netting.
Crash Tender Rebuild update - Posted: 6 years ago by Gazzayre
Since my last posting I have spent weeks stripping the paint, refilling where required and have had to make new roof and floor sections, worst part has been been the front windows as these were totally rotten once the old paint was removed, and making new ones was hard because the old frames they attach to Is warped. I still have not fitted them yet as I'm looking to paint and glaze first.

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RAF Fitter 94A - Posted: 6 years ago by raffitter
In response to an enquirey Here Is my Fire Boat the right way up!

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RAF Fitters 94 - Posted: 6 years ago by raffitter
In reply to an enquirey here Is a picture of my boat at speed

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Aerokits - Posted: 6 years ago by tompallister
MY 34 Inch and 46 Inch Aerokits Fireboats are readied for the lake. The 46 Inch Is covered elsewhere In the gallery but the 34 Inch was recovered a couple of years ago from a hulk and fitted with a 220 watt 1050 kv bruhless motor. With a 10.8 NiMH and 40mm 3 blade brass prop It looks great on the water.

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Response by Balders on the 26th Apr 2012
Yes I see It now you point It out.I can only Imagine that It looks even better In reality.My knowledge of these boats Is zilch,A fellow club member picked up a vac formed hull and superstructure at Ellesmere show bring and buy for A£35 and asked If I would have a go at building It for him.I am sure you fireboat officianados would be horrified at the attempt I am making and no doubt there will be a lot of things Incorrect by the time I have done.But hey-ho,I'll put It down to "modellers licence" as My mate Is looking for a "representation" of a fireboat.
What It has done however ,is generate a genuine liking for these type of craft,Fireboats,Crash tenders etc. so when I have got through my current projects will look seriously Into getting one and doing It properly.Can you reccomend a commercially available kit,either 1/24 0r 1/32.
I have been building for a few years now and my build list so far Include Deams Marine MGB 77,many M S kits,nameley Tsekoa,Al Khubar,Envoy,Dutch Courage ,Our lass,Maggie M.My first build was a Robbe Antje followed by a Cap Maquettes SNS 2000 wooden kit.So you see my boat Interests are many and varied.Andy
Response by tompallister on the 26th Apr 2012
Deans do a range of raf launches under their fast launches section. They do a 1/24th fire boat within this for about A£120. I built one of these a couple of years ago. Not the best quality kit In the world but with some skill and rework makes a good model. I put a 18owatt 1100 kv brushless od 7. 2 volts and a 35mm x prop In mine and It flies. Let me know If you need any Info on these boats.
Response by Stonemonkey on the 12th Jun 2012
HI Tom,
Hope you are well. Finally got my boat on the water at the weekend (Fleetwood Scale & Power weekend) and I was quite pleased with things, however It does keep blowing fuses so I will re-wire and see If that helps other wise I am flumoxed.
I am considering converting It to 2 props though to be more true to the original boats and wondered If you had any tips and Internal/external pictures of your 46 for me to look at.
Many thanks again Tom.
1/24th Fire Boat - Posted: 6 years ago by tompallister
This Is a Deans Marine Kit which I built about 2 years ago. It Is now fitted with a 180 watt 1100kv brushless motor running on 7.2 volts and using a Turnegy 18amp car brushless ESP. With a 35mm X type prop It FLIES.

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Response by Balders on the 26th Apr 2012
Thanks for your response.I agree Deans are not the best quality kits and the destructions are vague to say the least.Pity anyone who chooses a Deans as a first venture Into boat building It could put them off for life!
When we had a problem with a part of the MTB 77 Instructions a call to Ron Dean bought the reply ,ignore that bit, those plans apply to several boats!
Having said that I would not hesitate to purchase a Deans kit In future as I am confident that I can overcome any problems that may arise with the help of good people like youself and the experience already gained.In any case If It was easy It would'nt be worth doing In my opinion.
Thanks again Andy.
Response by tompallister on the 26th Apr 2012
I look at It like this, building a Deans kit Is part of the rite of passage to being a scratch builder.

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