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DABCHICK - Posted: 5 years ago by CapnJim
Converted George Turner garden railways static boat for scenic layouts. 2CH RC with novel means of rudder/servo operation - geared via Idler because of limited space.

Better than scale speed, a bit of fun and works well on very small through to large ponds.

Colour scheme references the bird of the same name.. Lots of cut outs to provide under deck access.

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Response by kalamunda on the 20th Feb 2013
HI Capn. Jim,
I have a set of mouldings for one of these and was wondering what to do with It. What motor / prop / esc are you using ?. Have you any further photos. Would be very Interested In any other details you can give .
John w.
Response by CapnJim on the 21st Feb 2013
HI John W,

There were several different versions using the same hull. Either way I think the conversion will be fine.

The prop Is a standard Item. I think I might have cut It down a bit but with the brass bush reused.

Receiver Is a 2.4GHz Planet R6M (6gms MICRO 6CH) with a 1A Action ESC (with reverse). All housed In the forward cabin accessed through forward hatch (added by me).

Rudder control Is achieved with a micro (cheap) servo tightly fitted Into a styrene box below the stern seat. I attached a tube to the rear of this box to provide the axle for the Idler gear. Nylon gears part of a standard set you see at trade fairs. Rudder an old KielKraft (1" wide and 1.5" deep blade). I've made the stern access In two parts the seat and a rear plate over the transom to ensure complete access to servo, rudder and gears.

I used a small old brushed electric motor from my 'come In handy box' on 6v. this drives a 25mm 3 bladed plastic prop via tubing universal joint.

A 4xAA pack of rechargeable cells Is stored under the deck as close to CofG as possible and In a resealable bag. I can just remove It If required through a deck amidships. The main deck Is planked and non-removable.

The switch and charge point Is mounted by the helm and easily accessble.

All up weight Is 295gms. Freeboard Is fine even when a little choppy and she Is quite stable. I was going to put a cover over the cockpit but have not found the need.

I do have some more photos and will try an upload them. Good luck, this was a very satisfying conversion and I still enjoy her as a quick an easy boat to prepare/handle/carry and operate.


Jim Dewar
Sea Rover - renamed Custard Pie - Posted: 5 years ago by CapnJim
Original kit refurbished from a car boot purchase. 2 CH RC. Tried to retain orignal type features only with few extra fittings.

Taycol Meteor motor contemporary with boat controlled by servo operated resistance with sweeper arm on servo to reverse polarity at approx. midpoint.

Motor not powerful enough and max. speed disappointing so am planning to upgrade wiht more modern gear.

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Response by BigChris on the 11th Feb 2016
Sea Rover needs a 500 motor, then she will plane nicely. 😎
Wavemaster and Sea Commander - Posted: 6 years ago by jelley_baby
Some old Adverts for these boats, love the prices.

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Response by welshfenman on the 31st Jan 2013
Hi, jelley baby, I hve also rescued a sea commander, and am In the (getting to be) ptocess of restoration. Yours look jolly good, and If mine goes that well, I shall be very pleased. The only problem after reading other reprts, Is that mine, being a very old build, weighs In at five and a half pounds when empty.How this will affect the speed remains to seen. The theory atbthe moment Is for a Speed 600,with a 45x prop on12 volts Ie two sixvolts In the stern.
when's the video?
Wavemaster and Sea Commander - Posted: 6 years ago by jelley_baby
Two Reclaimed Ebay boats, both running same setup Johnson 600 with 2.5:1 reduction Gear Boxes 45mm Brass props and 7.2Volt NiMh power.

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Widgeon- a refurbished Wavemaster - Posted: 6 years ago by ianed57
Early Les Rowell design from the fifties, I think. Last photo Is as received.

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Response by jelley_baby on the 10th Dec 2012
HI Ianed57, what are you running It on It looks very good under power. I have one that was bought from Ebay that looked as sad as yours did, I think that we must be mad to take on these projects but It would be sad to just abandon these fine old models from the fifties. I have some photos of mine under Pleasure Crafts posted In July this year. Graham ( jelley_baby ) 😀
Response by ianed57 on the 10th Dec 2012
HI Graham,
Yes I remember your Wavemaster- I think we had a conversation about the photos at Portishead.
I have to say I was delighted with the look and performance of this boat and without suggestions from folk on this site It wouldn't have been so successful. I'm using a Graupner 700 on two 3s lipos In parallel with a 37.5mm X type prop. I'm using two lipos because I wanted them In the middle of the boat-one either side, so I made up a parallel connector.
The suggestions which have helped me have been to use lipos, buy a wattmeter and to try ModelBoatBits rubber couplings- all brilliant!
I'm just In the process of stripping paint off an old Maycraft Mercury and I must say, I prefer to build from new materials and not having to work round someone elses bodges!
jessica - Posted: 6 years ago by wrighty
this Is my lovely boat jessica, shes fairey huntsman 31, she was built In 1994 by david john tittensor I think It was a scratch built boat, I'm planning to repaint the boat but cant make up my mind what colour weather to go with the blue or the lovely deep burgundy that I have seen on the faiery huntsman owners page Ive saled her twice now and looks lovey just cruising around on the water

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Response by wrighty on the 21st Oct 2012
she has a 800 brushed motor and a 50m brass prop with a 50a esc and runs on a 12v 7ah battery and can run for around 2 hrs on a charge Im looking to upgrade the motor so any Ideas guys
Kathy's Clown - Posted: 6 years ago by Colin H.
Just rescued off ebay seller who had It In storage since he Inherited It In 1976, It Is a Fairey Huntsman, scratch built sometime In early 60's by his father who used to sail It near Manchester. Its fitted with a SANWA 2F-2M RC system which seems to be still functioning. I will be doing restoration over the next few months, as there are a few cracks showing along most of the seems and I will need to sand and seal and repaint.

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Response by wrighty on the 21st Oct 2012
nice boat you going to keep It same colour or changing It?
Lesro Rapier - Posted: 6 years ago by ianed57
A Lesro Rapier built from a new kit undertaking Its maiden voyage. Two 700 9.6v motors with two Mtroniks 40 amp esc's run on 12v with two 37.5mm props. The performance was somewhat disappointing. When the photo was taken I had a 14.4v pack In, forgetting the 12v limit on the esc's -but I got away with It!

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Response by ianed57 on the 19th Sep 2012
I have decided to re-make the cooling coils on both my Sportsman and the Rapier as the Graupner aluminium ones don't seem to fit very closely and when I try to bend them In a bit they just go out of concentricity (?) and don't make contact with the motor casing very well. So,off to Halfords for a length of copper brake pipe and will make up a former slightly smaller than the motor diameter.Question Is.. how much of the motor casing to cover, and Is It OK to cover the slots where the brushes are as that's the bit that gets hottest of course?
Any help would be welcome.

Response by Gregg on the 19th Sep 2012
I would try and leave the cooling slots fully open, to allow air to circulate through the motor Internals. Same goes for any air slots In the front face of the motor, always try and make a hole on the motor mount [if none In], to aid airflow through the motor.
if you cover the slots up, you are only adding to the Internal temperature of the motor you are trying to cool.
Response by ianed57 on the 20th Sep 2012
Thanks. I suppose It's obvious when you think about It. The motor mounts do have slots In the front face.
jubilee sea queen - Posted: 6 years ago by larrywhetton
here are few pictures of sea queen scratch built plank on frame using Ikea blind slats ,
runs OK but still to sought out motor esc and prop , runs of 5mins befor cut out kicks In . ....
so back In the dock for motor change , so when weather gets better will give It another go at Portishead where there Is bit more space to get some on the water shooting-pictures 👍 .cheers Larry...

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Response by chrisbrown on the 20th Sep 2012
HI there, I have a sea queen that I found In my mates grandads house, built In 1959 with paper work for the ganette 15cc motor, the boat was In VGC but I just had to restore It, the motor and esc I used Is from gaint cod, the motor Is a EMP 50/65 410kv with a 100amp ESC on 4cell lipo 5000 with a 70mm plastic prop, the speed Is a bit over scale speed but the run times are up to 20 minutes.Brushless Is the way forward, brushed motors are a thing of the past.
Response by ianed57 on the 21st Sep 2012
HI Chris,
This sounds very exciting. I have a Sea Queen kit which I want to start and have put off whilst I research what to put In It. Any photos or video of your Sea Queen In action?

What make of Lipo do you use? I'm just on the cusp of buying a couple and they seem to vary hugely In price. Presumably you got yours from Giant Shark?

Any Info gratefully received!

Aerokits Sea Commander - Posted: 6 years ago by jelley_baby
First sail after a refit, the reason for refit was that It had rolled over and sunk on Its first runs last month.

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Response by jelley_baby on the 19th Jul 2012
HI tugs62, This boat was bought off another club member, with a Bushless motor, quite a large one and on 14.4 volts It was very very fast. As a result I rolled It turning under power, I might have hit something like a basking fish but I really don't know, I was very lucky to get It back, a kind younger Club member waded In and retrived It for me. It then took 2 weeks to dry out hence the refit mentioned. Be very careful with Bushless. 😊
Response by DeltaTango01 on the 5th Aug 2012
I have the 46inch fibre glass hull version I use a brush motor direct drive onto an x45 prop powered by a 12volt 7ah jelly cell battery with 15amp series fuse using relay switch for fwd rev, runs really fast planing until battery power falls but cant get any where near the 40 mins jelly_baby gets using lipo cells my visits to the lakes when I lived In Bedford consisted of getting the boat to the lake then 6 12v 7ah charged batteries being carried from the car.
Response by jelley_baby on the 5th Aug 2012
HI DeltaTango01 using the same motor and Prop (45mm 3 Blade Brass) with a direct drive I found that the amp draw was excessive and this made the run time very short. but by fitting a 3:1 reduction gearbox I retained the speed and dropped the amps used by the motor It was running much more efficiently. Thats why I think the run time Improved. I sail on a sunday morning from about 10.30 to 12.30 on 2 x 11.1 5100mAh lipo's and 2 x 4.8v 3700 mAh NiMh In series (9.6V). Hope that this helps DeltaTango01.

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