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Vosper RAF Crash Tender - Posted: 3 months ago by RobbieMcKennan
I recently bought this boat as a part built project. It was started by the previous owner in 1973 but then put in the attic in 1974 and stayed there till this year. Sadly many of the plastic parts have become very brittle or are missing so having to source replacements plus the fittings were made to british standards and are now made in metric sizes, but getting there slowly

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RAF Fire float - Posted: 4 months ago by Elsrickle
This is a old model I purchased to renovate after few months here is the completed build. Must give many thanks for all the advice and help given to me by the members of Model Boats, and thanks to all the other builds I gathered a lot of the information to the build. Tried to get a near original model but a few discrepancies as not all to scale. We’d more practice and experience this is my third build so am still learning.

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Response by John on the 27th Oct 2018
Nice job well done 👍
Response by cj39 on the 11th Nov 2018
nice work mate. and she looks the part on the water.
Response by jbkiwi on the 26th Nov 2018
Nice work
firefly - Posted: 11 months ago by KEN0191
as earlier message says 93 was an internet buy and was built in the fifties by a scots gent whilst serving in the royal navy and was built in the persian gulf. 94 was built by me in 1959/60 whilst doing my national service in the raf on the island of sylt germany sailed boat on my returnhome the lake at the exhibition park where my brother and i were members of the model yacht club no r/c in those days it was too expensive just a diesel engine and a rudder an away it went

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Response by BOATSHED on the 22nd Mar 2018
Both great looking models. Where did you get your little men for the boat ? For my ninth birthday (1959) my parents bought me a 34" Crash Tender and my father (RIP) and I built it over several months and for Christmas that year they bought me an ED HUnter 3.46cc engine. As you said R/C back then was too expensive. We used to go out with it to the nearest pond it was about a mile and a half walk and use it there. Blackheath pond south London. It was either do a straight line to each other and then round in circles until it run out of fuel and the wait until it drifted back in with the breeze. When we built it my dad used to bring home old tea chests broken down in pieces and would use a fret saw to out out more pieces to build a second one at the same time. He said this was so that we didn't do anything incorrectly to the original one. That other one was given to my younger brother and they bought a Taycol Standard and put that in it for him. They were great fun In all we built seven of them 6 were out of tea chests and old orange boxes. He gave them away, I know one of them went to our milkman one to a work mate if his can't remember where the others went. When I left home when I was 20 I left mine there and I never found out where that one went. I have a 46" from the Vintage Model Workshop people and a 34" that I purchased in 1994 on the 50th anniversary when they made a limited run 50 of them, in my shed still in the boxes unmade. I drew round all the parts onto paper and on the Epson printer/scanner I reduced the parts and have built a smaller one I think she is 28 inches long. It is virtually all balsa wood the only parts that are not are the side stringers they are Obeeche strips and the two bottom skins where I done a second skin of 1/64th ply to strengthen it in case of any mishaps on the pond edges. I have not finished that one yet. She did have a trial run on water but due to a too larger 4 bladed prop and too big rudder and maybe the wrong motor she was a bit of a disaster I lost heart for a while after that. I had a bit of a mental brake down due to a serious work problem and gave up on her. That was about 6 years ago now and she is sitting on top of a cupboard in the living room . I will get round to finishing her one day, now I'm retired and back to good mental health.
Response by Donnieboy on the 19th Apr 2018
The hobby also helps us to get back on track.Lovely model.
Response by Lemmerhengst on the 21st Jul 2018
In July 2015 the 26ft Firefly sailed from Ramsgate to Dunkirk with a fleet of some 50 other Members of the Association of Dunkirk Little Ships to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the evacuation.
These little ships have an admiralty warrant to fly the St Geoge's Cross at the stemhead, a unique honour! (google images have lots of pics of her)
Lovely model............Lemmerhengst
Vintage Aerokit Crash Tender - Posted: 11 months ago by CB90
Brought this vintage Aero Kits RAF Crash Tender for £50 from Newcastle area, it is the 34in version.
To my surprise at home I found that it had a Bullet 30 motor installed these motors were the top drawer motor of early fast electrics in the early 1980's and its the only one I've ever seen, it can run on 24v and pull around 15A giving 300w not bad for a brushed motor.
due to the power of this motor I have modified the hull under the water line with turn fins and trim tabs to reduce torque roll and improve turning stability, the underside is incorrect already as it only has one propshaft, where the original had two and I believe that both props turned in the same direction.

The Pictures here show some of the work in progress I have remounted the motor and added a speed controller rated at 24v
I have remade the stern compartment and rudder gear under it.
I have blocked windows and foamed the front half of the boat.
made missing parts and repaired delaminating ply.

Note old ply is not as good as modern, the glue is not as water resistant.

Have painted the hull and have just ordered the decals from Cornwall model Boats :-

The 34in is 1/16 scale

Fitting can be brought but many are cast white metal and can add weight to the boat, I have made two water cannons and plan to buy plastic fittings from this site.

This has turned out to be a task that is difficult to assess how much effort and money to spend on a hull that has been built by someone else (say no more).
Have just finished the steps for the stern compartment.
Painted and now for the test run.
the Bullet 30 motor ran well between 14 and 18v,

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Dr. Ing. Sander - Posted: 2 years ago by Inkoust
The German model of fire boats. Hull with plankováním-wood, fiberglass superstructure. Drive 2 pieces motru 400 with gear ratio 1: 3, used customized truck from washer pump and powered by the 400 system. Complete illuminated flagpole, lights, cabin space and marker lights. Lifting the fire escape personally manufactured servo. Two functional water cannons. Batteries 2 pcs NiCd 3000 mA

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Response by irishcarguy on the 6th May 2017
A first class build if I as a new member am allowed to say so. It would be hard to tell it from the real deal when on the water. I very much like the way you have made the cooling system,& not expensive either. I hope you have many hours of fun, thank you for sharing. Mick B. (irishcarguy )
ZAR - Posted: 2 years ago by Inkoust
Building fire ship the kit from the Czech manufacturer VLADYKA. The whole of ABS, 1 piece motor 400 with water cooling, lighting the beacon, lithium-polymer battery 2600 mA

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RAFCrash tender - Posted: 2 years ago by Hugh
Started the boat when I was eleven, now I am sixty-nine.inspired by your site and want to complete it and sail it.

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Response by garibaldi on the 21st Feb 2017
Had one myself when of similar age in mid sixties (now 65). Model was by Keil Kraft of Canvey Island, Essex. Completed mine in 1965, fitting a Frog Marine 3.5cc engine and boy did it go! Sailed it mostly on the boating lake at Southchurch Park, Southend, Essex, and also once in the sea at Oostvorne in Holland, where I nearly lost it. I passed it onto my nephews in the 70's, not sure if they still have it, but if they do, I will pin photos. Meanwhile, have pinned photo of real thing.😎
Response by tidtug on the 7th Jan 2018
Well you certainly don’t want to rush it ha ha
RAF Crash Tender - Posted: 3 years ago by PeterDavidson
This poor boat has been in several attics over the last 40 years and I finally I decided last year that I would get to grips with it and do my best to have it's construction finished. This website has been very helpful and so a big thank you to all you talented chaps out there for being such an inspiration.
Although I now see mistakes dotted here and there, I was proud to raise the RAF ensign on the 3rd of March and then be able to say that the job was done. Granted it's only a static model and I'll need a lot of help and advice if ever I'm to install an engine but I thought it would be a good idea to share my efforts, mistakes included.

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Response by Dave M on the 30th Mar 2016
Model looks very realistic and is proudly displaying the ensign. Real nostalgia and no doubt quite a topic of conversation.
Modelling skills evolve over the years and we all learn from our past mistakes. I hope you may be inspired to make further models, but if you intend to sail them it's probably best to build accordingly from the start.
Thanks for sharing your model, and I hope it encourages others to seek out similar lost boats!
Dave 😀
Response by bednall on the 31st Jul 2016
Great boat wouldn't mind making one my self.
Response by BOATSHED on the 21st Feb 2017
Great looking model. Mistakes ?? It doesn't matter who we are, we can all look at our model's and think like that. But it's a matter of opinion, we can look at anyone's model and think "I wouldn't have done that like that". We do them how we think we wan't it. You should just sit back and say to yourself you are proud of what you have done. If you are then that's all that matters. If anyone tells you different then you should tell them to get on and make one and see if they can do better. Well done, GREAT looking Crash Tender.
Kitshack R.A.F. Rescue launch - Posted: 3 years ago by sigfortunata
A few pics of my partly scratch build RTTL from Kitshack. Picked this up from Ebay as a first kit.
Has a few printed balsa hullparts but lots of templates to cut out. Plans also show lots of topside details.
Powered orignally by 2 MFA 500's and 2 7.2 NiMH with 35mm props, OK but run time poor.
Complete change, 2 400's and downsized to 25mm props, much better run time and good on the plane.
Next upgrade is to LiPo batteries.

Next build is likely to be an Aerokits Sea Hornet or Sea Breeze.

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Response by Dave M on the 24th Nov 2015
Really fine looking model. The detail really adds to the finished model.
Glad to hear you have chosen to go for smaller motors and props. The weight saving will really have improved the performance, and LiPos will make it sparkle. If your ESC(s) do not have some sort of cut off for low volts I suggest you fit a warning device to the LiPo to prevent over discharge.
Be good to see the model running on the water!
Dave 😀
Response by sigfortunata on the 24th Nov 2015
Indeed Dave, charger, batteries, alarms and charging bag on order!!

Sadly although my ESC's (tamiya TBLE02's) are Lipo compatible research says their cut off limit may be too low so fitting the alarms too as a fail safe.

hoping to get some video once its running consistently.
RAF Rescue - Posted: 3 years ago by paulsmith
Another car boot find I payed a total of £15.00 for this I was close to walking away from it as I have just finished doing a fire boat.
Still I had to have it to think someone else may get it and make it good. As all model boaters you can never have enough .

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Response by paulsmith on the 4th Dec 2015
hI mike sorry the engine went in the bin if I still had it I would have let you have it for nothing it was just rubbish to me sorry

Response by maclegends on the 4th Dec 2015
OK thanks Paul, I' building "Dauntless" 49" Twin .46 ASP marine Nitro. Everyone says it is way over powered but they have no idea that Rothchild liked to drive his flat out at 50mph---scale speed would not look very fast at all but according to Dumas they put K&B .40's in the first one off the production line and it looked wonderful. 😊
Here in Tasmania we are less fortunate with hobby shops so we are always on the look out for a "Fixerupper"
Cheers and a Happy Christmas,,, if you are still allowed to say that word 😰
Response by onetenor on the 7th Jul 2016
OH dear You should never bin an engine no matter what state it's in Someone will always take it off your hands. For spares repair etc

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