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my first attempt - Posted: 3 years ago by RedRider
Hey Mates,
This Is my first attempt at stick building a boat. It's a DUMAS (model 1203) 33" 1:16 scale Coast Guard lifeboat. Am learning OTJ (on the job)....
The kit Is approx 6-7 years old found It on EBAY for $77 USD. Nice wintertime project.
Happy Trails.....

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Response by HoweGY177 on the 12th Mar 2015
Have fun! I love the old 'Dumas' models. Take your time and you can get a superb model but you, like I had to, seek better quality accessories.
Response by RedRider on the 12th Mar 2015
Yes, I read were their accessories are lacking. Will seek suggestions as I enter the next phases. Once I get above deck, I'll need to address a "power" solution. I have "No, NADA, Zilch" experience In this process.
Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated......
Happy Motoring!
Response by hammer on the 13th Mar 2015
Sorry Build Blogs will find It.
RNLB RUTH ANN - Posted: 3 years ago by bangzoomer
Greetings from Hollywood, California. 😎 Many thanks to David Metcalf at Metcalf Moldings for his advice and for so graciously replacing parts I messed up. This craft has been swimming pool tested (after all we're In Hollywood) and It ran beautifully. Next stop Is the local pond. I chose brass counter-rotating props. Those are lithium batteries tucked under the sides. I chose to recut the decks out of wood. Brits rave about plastic but I found It difficult to cut and forget about sanding down the edges. (I guess If you cut It properly you don't need to sand the edge.) Major mistake: watching a You Tube video that told me I should make brass joints using a Propane torch. It will make a good joint but It MELTS ALL THE OTHERS. There was a lot of learning here for me and thanks to David's fine kit I think I'm somewhat of a better model builder.

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Response by 4clubs on the 23rd Oct 2014
Nice model, very neat electrics, well done.
How come an American builds and English lifeboat?
By the way Its contra- rotating props, but If you have a swimming pool as a test tank you must take some criticism, Its OK I am only jealous.

My first attempt at a model boat was a scratch built Rother
at one Inch and a quarter to the foot, a big buggar and heavy It had a car battery for power and ballast.
Max 4clubs
Response by Deswelham on the 19th Mar 2016
Great looking model
EDNA MAY - Posted: 4 years ago by Mataroa
HI I got this Aerokits Solent Class life boat at the weekend last .it need a lot of work to be done .can any one tell me anything about this life boat


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Response by Colin T on the 7th Apr 2016
Are you still needing information on the Solent class lifeboat?
my boats - Posted: 4 years ago by jtdavid
this I my collection of lifeboats all scratch built

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Response by Damon on the 12th Apr 2014
HI David
I know what you mean about that plasticard, I brought HMS Compass Rose fibreglass hull but the rest was that stuff, Its not rigid & getting the right glue was almost Impossible lol I'm building HMS Cadiz now, brought the hull making the rest out of wood, going to take me quite a few yrs to get to your standard though!!! Dave thanks for getting back to me real nice of you 🙏 👍
Response by jtdavid on the 12th Apr 2014
hI damon.

thanks for your comments , If you need any help with your build, you only have to shout, keep to wood. 👍 and I am a real believer In card board on some of the deck work, allways give It a coat of resin 👍 It has taken me a lifetime to get where I am now and have never lost a boat yet with the materials I use.

Response by Deswelham on the 11th Mar 2016
Nice little fleet you have
Waveney Lifeboat 1st sail - Posted: 4 years ago by jelley_baby
This Is the first sail of this boat Its running two geared Como-Drill 2.5:1 motors and seems to be OK with It current setup.

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Response by Deswelham on the 11th Mar 2016
What type / amp rating controller are u using?
Response by jelley_baby on the 11th Mar 2016
it's running 2 x 50amp resin sealed cheap controllers purchased on Ebay, but the motors only draw about 15Amp maximum with the Como-Drill motors, so really anything that would handle 20Amps would work. Look on Ebay there are plenty of people selling these controllers at about £20. the reason for TWO controllers is to allow the motors to run One Forward and One Reverse the life boat will then turn in its own length. You could just run a single controller and rely on the rudders to turn the model. Hope that this helps "Deswelham" regards Graham
rnlI life boat - Posted: 4 years ago by peep31
took these shots at weymouth and thought they might help someone with a build

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Response by Dave M on the 23rd Aug 2013
Excellent detail pics. Is this the current boat at weymouth?
Response by peep31 on the 24th Aug 2013
hI dave
yes this Is the current boat In action at weymouth
1/12 tamar - Posted: 4 years ago by peep31
just a few more shots and I would like to say many thanks to the people that has commented and gave me some hints and tips through the build from this very good website,well done Modle Boat Website

Help, Has anyone had trouble with the robby bow thruster recommended for this model,mine has been used about three times and It keeps siezeing up I am not very Impressed with them,can anyone reccomend a good one that I can fit In Its place.

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Response by shambles on the 4th Sep 2016
Hi. I'm just admiring your Tamar,I have just started build one,could you tell me what paints you use,and what colours they are.

1/12 tamar - Posted: 4 years ago by peep31
at last I took It for Its first run on the lake and It went like a dream,can't tell you how good It looked lots of Interest from others,its running on twin Emax EL4030/10 motors,two Hobbywing 60 brushless speed controllers and four 18.5 volt 5s1p LI polymer 4000 mah 35c batteries .what can I say but a really good kit from speed line models,would love to build the trent now but don't think the wife would let me go missing for another year In the shed but fingers crossed

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Response by Dave M on the 23rd Aug 2013
Nice to see the finished model. Will you be posting a video of some on the water action? Must really fly with that set up.
Response by peep31 on the 24th Aug 2013
hI dave
once I can find out how to get them downloaded on to this site I will post some video,I have tried once before but with no luck I must be doing something wrong
Response by Dave M on the 24th Aug 2013
There was a problem with the video downloads earlier this year but Stephen corrected this recently and you should now be OK to upload. 😀
52' Coast Guard Lifeboat - Posted: 4 years ago by spudsmcknze
1/12th scale Guard lifeboat still not finished still havent painted the cockpit thats why the blue window but just couldnt wait to see It on the water. Powered by twin Pittman motors It has six low profile 12v batteries mounted below the waterline to aid In Its self righting.

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Response by nexi71 on the 21st May 2014
Very nice model !!! Very realistic !!!

Good work !!!

If you can, please send me some photos with the boat, on my E - mail

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Response by nexi71 on the 29th May 2014
Hy, escuse me for delay

I am Interested about photos during execution of the model, and some with principal plans (at the final stage)

thancks a lot
Response by rickr44318 on the 25th Sep 2015
Beautiful work!
The Scout - Posted: 4 years ago by Railway-42
This Is the Metcalf kit and It has taken approximately two years to build!
It had Its maiden voyage on Monday 8th July.
It Is powered by two Speed 720 motors and a 12 volt battery.
It Is sailed on Cheddar Model Boat Club lake In Somerset.

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Response by rustypiston on the 20th Jul 2013
Superior looking boat, the RNLI paint scheme Is an eye catcher, It transforms the typical USCG 44' MLB Into another boat.
I especially like the crewmen, nothing looks sillier than an open coxswain station boat model with no one at the helm.
Beautiful job, I bet It runs great. 😀
Response by Railway-42 on the 28th Jul 2013
Thank you for your nice response!

Yes I am pleased with the two 720 motors and have a sound unit "the noisy thing" fitted as well which makes It look and sound like the real thing. 😊
Response by Flack on the 11th Mar 2016
I have the same kit and am part way through the build - if the finished boat looks half as good as yours I will be overjoyed 👍

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