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    Response
    Re: Boat hooks
    Two Birds with One Post Michael Excellent work, Useful tip. Good stuff๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    12 minutes ago by RNinMunich
    Forum
    Nostalgia
    That second page with the Mini Propo ad triggered a memory when I noted the address of Irvine Engines at Alston Works, High Barnet. As a GPO engineer I installed a 4 x 20 PMBX manual switchboard at their premises with lots of extensions all round the place. Quite an interesting job for me as I'd been dabbling with my first RAF Crash Tender but I'd already recently bought my MacGregor R/C system for it so I didn't take up their offer of a discount on some nice proportional kit. Ah well......... Robbob.
    45 minutes ago by robbob
    Response
    Re: Boat hooks
    "your boat will have to go strait into a museum." And Mark Knopfler will take it there Martin. How 'Dire'๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‚ Oh no! The horns are growing again! ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    35 minutes ago by RNinMunich
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    Nostalgia
    Thought I might post a few pics of old ads in MB and wait for comments.........
    9 hours ago by redpmg
    Response
    Re: Boat hooks
    Hi Mike. Mine are just white metal so they're a bit fragile, your brass ones really look sturdy enough to actually use ! I like the rope handle grips, I wish I'd done that too ๐Ÿค” Great work as always. Rob.
    1 hour ago by robbob
    Response
    Re: Boat hooks
    Very nice work. By the time this lockdown is over your boat will have to go strait into a museum. I like the sanding stick idea. Martin555.
    1 hour ago by Martin555
    Blog
    Boat hooks
    The boat has 2 types of boat hook one is a hook and the other looks like the window pole we had at school to open the top windows in the hall. Both these were first identified by Rob who got some from EBay and did a transformation job on them, so Iโ€™m really just copying his. I decided because we are now in lockdown the maiden voyage may well be a long way off so I have plenty of time to take more time over some of the fittings not yet made. The hook and Iโ€™ll call it a โ€œsashโ€ window hook are made from brass tube with the hook tapered then bent and the sash was bent then soldered together, both were then etch primed and painted with gun metal paint. The ends of the poles were wound with red silk thread to simulate a rope handle this was then treated with a coat of lacquer. Hooks to hold the poles to the cabin sides were made with some 0.75mm brass sheet and bent round a small jig to ensure they were all the same. Holes were drilled in the cabin side making sure they only went 5mm deep they were then treated with wood hardener followed by an 8BA thread, the hooks were lacquered and left to dry overnight and fitted the following day. Just as an aside you will see a number of abrasive sticks in the pictures; I make these from coffee stirrers using double sided tape and sticking various grades of wet and dry to them. I find them so useful for cleaning up my brass fittings prior to polishing, you can snip off the used ends when used and reshape as required to get into difficult areas.
    2 hours ago by mturpin013
    Blog
    The Vosper 46โ€ RAF Crash Tender Kit By Vintage Model Works
    Just a small introduction, I am a retired engineer, trained as a toolmaker and practiced this in various forms for 20 plus years before going into Lecturing in engineering for 13 years then finally working on development of NVQs and VRQs for an Engineering Awarding Body. As far as My model making experience I did a little as a youngster helping my dad to build the 36 inch Crash tender and then doing some model aircraft but that was 50 years ago. I then became hooked on building a kit car which has occupied me for many years changing things and maintaining it as a recreational vehicle. This brings me up to date and instead of restoring a classic car I decided to get back to model making and this is the start of the 46 Crash Tender. So here we go Out of the box and the contents checked off, a minor anomaly on the parts numbering but soon sorted by VMW. I have spent some time in kitting out a new work station in what used to be my office until I retired. I now have two workshops one upstairs and one in the basement. How good is that? One of the of the first things was to construct a substantial building board that would give a perfectly flat base and a grid that could ensure bulkheads are square to the keel an parallel with each other also the same aspects in the vertical axis. I lined out the base board with parallel lines spaced at 25 mm and then from the centre-line at 90 degrees I marked the bulkhead positions.
    2 years ago by mturpin013
    Response
    Re: Almost ready
    Hi Cash, Excellent work. I hope you don't lose this one to Davy Jones LOL!! Martin555.
    2 hours ago by Martin555
    Response
    Re: All deck fitting!
    Excellent work Ed. Martin555.
    2 hours ago by Martin555
    Response
    Re: Capstans Painted!
    Very nice indeed Ed, I like it a lot. Well done. Martin555.
    2 hours ago by Martin555
    Forum
    Power cuts
    Hi guys, I hope this is not a sign of things to come. We have just had a two and a half hour power cut. Could it be because of everyone having to stay home and using more electric ? Martin555.
    2 hours ago by Martin555
    Blog
    Almost ready
    Need a few more things done, then sheโ€™s ready....๐Ÿ˜Š
    2 hours ago by Cashrc
    Blog
    Robbe PT15 cabin and bridge..from scratch...
    Hi everybody. Yโ€™all remember the โ€œfunโ€ I had about 2 months ago, with the SAR motor issue and the loss of the PT15โ€™s cabin and bridge? Well, Iโ€™ve got the SAR fixed, retrofitted a 3530 1700 kv outrunner and a much better coupling, and she runs smooth and cool. So...I decided to go ahead and do some updates and maintenance to my other boats in the fleet, which led me to the PT..I decided to start building the superstructure and get her back in the water. I worked too hard on her to let her sit around and gather dust. I bought a pack of styrene sheet in various thicknesses, and ordered some sundry items that will be needed from Cornwall Model Boats. While Iโ€™m waiting for those I decided to start cutting plastic. Now, the original structure was comprised of 2 main moldings, some detail moldings, and of course built up detail parts and fittings. All that is at the bottom of the lake, and this boat is way the heck out of production, so I had no choice but to build it up from sheet. Luckily I kept my plans. I traces what I needed to get started from the plans and cut templates. Then I cut my sides and tops.i built the main cabin first. Iโ€™m using balsa stock at the joints to allow me to sand a decent radius in the finished cabin(s) as the original had a slight radius at most corners. I also had to build up the entry โ€œbucketsโ€ as they were molded parts too. I got the main cabin built last night, and the sub/aft cabin tonight. I think it looks okay for now, need to finish some sanding and then join the two halves together with a bulkhead and ramps as the original. Still have to do the bridge, the original bridge was molded with the lower main cabin as a unit, and that entire section was molded from tinted clear plastic, you masked off the windows and shot it with paint. Iโ€™m going to have to build the bridge as a separate part and glue it on. If I decide to do clear windows, Iโ€™ll have to cut the openings, paint the cabin and then glaze the windows before gluing it on, then mask the openings when I paint the final assembly, as Iโ€™ll have no access to the inside of the bridge once itโ€™s glued in place. Alternatively, I can just paint the whole thing and paint the windows as they were pretty dark to begin with. Iโ€™ll make that decision in a few days, but Iโ€™m leaning towards glazed windows as I think itโ€™ll be worth the effort. Take a look tell me what yโ€™all think, this is my first time scratch building anything in plastic.
    21 days ago by Cashrc
    Response
    Re: All deck fitting!
    Ed!!!! That looks OUTSTANDING!! Bet your itching to take her pondside๐Ÿ˜€
    2 hours ago by Cashrc
    Blog
    All deck fitting!
    I have now glued all the deck fittings to the deck! I'm thinking of putting screws. Under the main center tow bit! This would be to reinforce the center tow bit! I'll also reinforce the aft tow bit as well!
    2 hours ago by figtree7nts
    Blog
    Just another, Smit Nederland Build!
    Well, The Tug Atlantic was a no go! So, I ordered the Tug Smit Nederland! This is going to be a nice build. I have many idea's in mind! I'm going to incorporate independent throttling! also independent smokers will be used as well! Her lighting will be tricky. But with help from others on the website. I'm sure I'll be able to put running light! Her main power will be two 12 volt batteries! But they will work independently of each other. Via a switch! Kind of what's known as a guest switch! Well that's it for now! ETA of arrival is Oct'3 for the kit! Kit coming from across the pond! Stay tuned to further updates!๐Ÿ‘
    7 months ago by figtree7nts
    Blog
    Capstans Painted!
    Staying at home is the best thing to do! Especially with corona virus and all! So, I have painted all the capstans. and also sealed them using. Humbrol Enamel Varnish! I did notice when I sprayed the capstan. With the Varnish that the brass. Became a bit dull looking! Which, I do like! As they look used and a bit worn! Also having sprayed them with Varnish. Will protect them from oxidizing! So, on my Smit Nederland everyone will take turns. Polishing the Brightwork! Except for the Skipper that is!
    2 hours ago by figtree7nts
    Response
    Re: Last update before 4 night shifts!
    great job you are doing there, "i think you may need a bigger boat though"!!
    3 hours ago by Rogal118
    Blog
    WAVE PRINCESS MORE MONEY THAN SENSE.
    Hi chaps its been a while since i have been on line with the build to see how i,m getting on well i have had a go and finished my first child ??? i did tart her up a bit maybe relying to much on looks than substance but i think that is for other people to judge. still a silly sod for a pretty girl. when i work out how to add piccys i will add them to my blog. stay safe it wont last for ever. Hi chaps worked out how to add pics.
    1 day ago by jimdogge
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    Re: RAF High Speed Launch
    wow what a cracking job you`ve done there
    3 hours ago by Rogal118
    Response
    Re: Lori Dawn
    Hi Billy, Can we have more information please. Martin555.
    3 hours ago by Martin555
    Forum
    Coronavirus
    That is good news about your ordered parts. And fingers crossed on the virus problem. Martin555.
    3 hours ago by Martin555
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    Lori Dawn
    West Coast Troller
    5 hours ago by Billy
    Forum
    Coronavirus
    On a very serious note, I hate to mention a subject like coronavirus on here but I do wonder if it will affect supplies of the multitude of electronic bits and pieces we need for our hobby that are made in China and are imported by the model wholesalers in bulk. On a smaller, more personal note, I have some receivers on order, anticipated delivery mid to end of March, will I get them when expected or will there be a long delay? Cheers, Nerys
    1 month ago by Nerys
    Response
    Re: First Faltering Strokes
    Hi Jb, I am going to have to stop reading your post because i end up thinking of all sorts of different projects LOL! Ref:- "tinfoil thinking cap is on 24/7 (stops the aliens stealing any more of my brain"). Its to late for me my brain went years ago.LL!
    4 hours ago by Martin555
    Response
    Re: More barrels, mast winch and other stuff!
    The master strikes again. I bow down to your skills. Excellent work. A real joy to see. Thank you. Martin555.
    4 hours ago by Martin555
    Forum
    Coronavirus
    Just received some bits I ordered from China on the 20th of Jan (70 days odd) These were from companies (which had to close 1 month for holidays) Bits I ordered from individuals still came in around 1 month. Virus update NZ. We now have over 1000 confirmed and suspected cases and still only 1 death. About 13 in hospital, (3 critical). Many of these cases started from tourists coming off the cruise ship as it stopped in a number of places round NZ. It's now docked in Aust and causing a big problem there. Seems to have flattened off very slightly here, but we will see. Stay safe guys. JB
    4 hours ago by jbkiwi
    Response
    Re: Venician Water Taxi
    Awesome work. well done. Martin555.
    4 hours ago by Martin555
    Forum
    Look on the bright side.
    Hi Joe, Seems to be spreading like the virus itself. Martin555.
    4 hours ago by Martin555
    Forum
    Look on the bright side.
    I was just wondering when we are finally allowed out for the first weeks just how nervous the bank staff will be when we go in with our masks on.LOL!! Martin555.
    8 hours ago by Martin555
    Response
    Re: First Faltering Strokes
    Re-Graham and Jb the perfect combination to sort out this little problem If I think of anything Martin I'll let him know, I've got plenty to keep me amused at the moment, (yacht, plane, airboat) and we don't want him to do it too quickly, or he might end up with nothing to do๐Ÿ˜ Plenty of Corona time to go yet ๐Ÿ˜€ but tinfoil thinking cap is on 24/7 (stops the aliens stealing any more of my brain)๐Ÿ˜ Perhaps a doubles scull for the next project after the SUB.5 Martin? I know you want to, L๐Ÿ˜‚L JB
    4 hours ago by jbkiwi
    Response
    Re: More barrels, mast winch and other stuff!
    Exceptional work! love your posts. ๐Ÿ‘
    4 hours ago by Dibdawg
    Blog
    More barrels, mast winch and other stuff!
    Been busy boy over the weekend doing some work around the house and especially the garden whilst the weather was playing ball! But, in between household duties, managed to make another 4 barrels and get them primed, painted and ready to weather, should finish them tomorrow? Today I made the winch that is used for the shark cage on the mast, made from the usual scrap pieces of plasticard and brass wire. I also started to weather the roof and rear wall of the cabin. Not sure if the crimson red on the window and door frame is movie accurate as cannot find any reference, but it looks in keeping with the scheme so it stays ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
    4 hours ago by Skydive130
    Blog
    โ€œOrcaโ€ Quints boat from Jaws 1975 (Pat Tritle plan built)
    Here are a couple of shots of my โ€œOrcaโ€ as it nears the point of sealing, painting and weathering. I started this about 6 weeks ago and itโ€™s been built using the plans from Pat Tritle in the USA. Iโ€™m sorry that Iโ€™ve not taken many shots of the build as up to a point, most of it was covered by a build thread listed by Pat a few years ago on another forum. I shall include more shots now that we are at the paining and detailing phase as this is were I plan to go overboard! I used the plans, mainly for the templates of the formers ect and deviated on wood choice where I felt that harder woods would be better than balsa. The hull was glass clothed and resin finished. Most of the superstructure was bass wood, obechi, some mahogany and even some pine! Whilst Pat included some basic detailing on the plans, I have done as much research as possible on the real thing, have watched โ€œJawsโ€ several times (not hard as itโ€™s still my fave film!), I shall try and replicate as much detail as possible! Radio choice is a simple 540 sized brushed motor, 45mm brass prop, 15amp Mtroniks ESC, Hobbyking servo for rudder and 6 cell car type Nimh battery. Iโ€™ll take photos of the internals at some point. Iโ€™ve built it in such a way that all major parts come apart for painting, rear deck, cabin roof and rear wall, front hatch, flying bridge, mast, all brass railings ect. All thatโ€™s left to do before painting commences is the final details on the mast, a final shot of her completed before painting and then onwards! All the deck details, I.e, shark cage, O2 bottles, gaffs, spears, chum buckets, barrels, fighting chair, Rod n reel, Shark jaw on flying bridge, and any other details will all be scratch built. About the only commercial items going on are the post holes, nav light boards and search light, My only other issue now is trying and so far failing to find 3 suitable figures to represent Quint, Hope and Brody in 1:14 scale, anyone know of a solution please le5 me know?
    23 days ago by Skydive130
    Forum
    Look on the bright side.
    Martin These same jokes are going around the states....๐Ÿ™„
    5 hours ago by Joe727
    Response
    Re: Venician Water Taxi
    Fantastico! Molto ben fatto๐Ÿ‘ I seem to remember them as blue not red though. Whatever, great job, executed with the patience of a cathedral-full of Saints. Can't wait to see your next epic JF. Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    7 hours ago by RNinMunich
    Blog
    Venician Water Taxi
    Completed model pictures 180mm beam x 820mm long x180mm deep 480 motor running on 6 volts Figures are from good old Ebay (China before the virus) primed and all repainted by hand over 100 ๐Ÿ˜€
    7 hours ago by jfstoker
    Forum
    Look on the bright side.
    Sorry Fleet, leaving now. Martin555.
    8 hours ago by Martin555
    Forum
    Look on the bright side.
    Don't be rude now Martin๐Ÿ˜ฎ I don't wish to know that - Kindly leave the Forum!๐Ÿ˜‰ Think I'd better go and lie down now๐Ÿ˜Ž
    8 hours ago by RNinMunich
    Forum
    Look on the bright side.
    Just one more. We are about 3 weeks away from knowing everyone's true hair colour LOL!! Martin555.
    8 hours ago by Martin555
    Forum
    Look on the bright side.
    Our cleaning lady just called to say she will be working from home and will send us instructions on what to do.LOL!! I was went this by a friend so cannot claim credit for it. However he did send quite a few more. Martin555.
    8 hours ago by Martin555
    Forum
    Look on the bright side.
    Can't think what you mean Vice ... ๐Ÿ˜‡ ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    8 hours ago by RNinMunich
    Response
    Re: First Faltering Strokes
    "(or small geared motors) with ball ends on the rods could make the action smoother, as you could remove the 'stops' and just adjust the individual speeds for turning." That's the way I was thinking JB๐Ÿ‘ See above, somewhere. I have a pair of titchy geared motors I actually bought to test for special functions on my warships; turrets, gun directors and cranes an stuff. But now ... thinks! As Graham mentioned above synchronicity is the main problem to be overcome ...Hmmm!๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ’ก BTW Please don't go 'rowing' with your better halves during the current incarceration ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿค• (Think I'm going Stir Crazy๐Ÿ˜) ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    8 hours ago by RNinMunich
    Forum
    Nostalgia
    Some more for interest ................
    8 hours ago by redpmg
    Forum
    Nostalgia
    Sorry about the poor quality of the photo Doug - its the price that got me - about 220 quid in 1979.......... must have been the forerunner of 2.4ghz.........BUT it also must have represented about 2 months wages then...........
    8 hours ago by redpmg
    Forum
    Look on the bright side.
    Steady Fleet this could get cheeky LOL!! Martin555.
    8 hours ago by Martin555
    Forum
    Look on the bright side.
    ... and black Nitrile gloves ...๐Ÿ˜ฎ
    8 hours ago by RNinMunich
    Response
    Re: Venician Water Taxi
    Brilliant๐Ÿ‘ Hat off Sir! What size / scale is she? Next ... a working Gondola? Now there's an interesting thought! Punting as a 'spin off' from the current rowing mechanism research! BTW JF, did you get any chips (French fries to our US cousins๐Ÿ˜‰) with the battered box? ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‚ Cheers all, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    8 hours ago by RNinMunich
    Response
    Re: A minor oops, or lets make it Kustom๐Ÿ˜€
    Don't worry Cash, Only about 5000 of us know๐Ÿ˜‰ and WE won't tell - will we chaps and chapesses?? All together now "OF COURSE WE WON'T" .... will we?๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ Regards all, from your 'swivel chair' Admiral. Modification approved Sub. //Fleet.๐Ÿ˜Ž
    9 hours ago by RNinMunich


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