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    Response
    Re: Neptun maiden
    The Video bring back memories! Cheers, Ed
    7 minutes ago by figtree7nts
    Response
    Re: RO-Marin Neptun
    Great job on the Build of the Neptun!πŸ‘ I remember I built her some 35 yrs ago! And how much fun I had with her. You will see how maneuverable and how responsive she is! Makes me feel like building her again! Cheers, Ed
    30 minutes ago by figtree7nts
    Forum
    Being Sociable.
    Hi Steve, thanks for the photos and info, as this just happens to be a boat I really love as in North Sea Drifters. I am really interested in how you managed to cut the ribs down to such a small profile, making the hull look canoe-like. If you are interested in the history of Formidable LT100 there is a book called From Tree to Sea, written by the master carpenter who worked on this boat with lots of diagrams photos and information. Plus check out John Hemmings Steam engineer he has a Formidable kit at around the Β£2000 mark, plus a couple of photos of my two Drifters, it could be his brother LT53. Regards, Gary.
    5 hours ago by GaryLC
    Forum
    Being Sociable.
    Is there any members on this website who are interested in marine gas-powered steam engines, as the power source of their model boat, as opposed to electric motors. If so could you drop me a line as I would be very interested in making your acquaintance. I have never seen anything at all to date concerning steam power, which is rather a shame as it's the nearest thing to the real thing, and you don't have to shovel coal, use gas.
    4 months ago by GaryLC
    Forum
    Thames Barge Plan Kitty
    Web links are now fixed πŸ‘
    6 hours ago by Fireboat
    Forum
    Thames Barge Plan Kitty
    Can anyone help please with a copy of a plan for the small model Thames Barge called Kitty? I mainly need the sail details. Thank you .
    8 days ago by wmbc40
    Response
    Re: RO-Marin Neptun
    Well done that man. Beautifully made model and you must be very proud of her. Keep it up matey. Cheers Colin.
    7 hours ago by Colin H
    Forum
    Thames Barge Plan Kitty
    Hmm too! New site doesn't seem to to too happy with web links ☹️ Let's try this one https://www.google.com/search?q=Sailing+barge+Kitty&tbm=isch&source=iu&ictx=1&fir=x_zIX2B26JmGTM%253A%252CavcAy0DhOJsTRM%252C_&vet=1&usg=AI4_-kQqtLg-A1yUtGqiWU3Pt6tuYLhNOg&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjG75j2oJnhAhWsMewKHZ0eAcUQ9QEwAHoECAYQBA#imgrc=_&vet=1 At least here there are lots of photos showing the rigging Nerys. Doug 😎 Or https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Model-Boats-Magazine-years-1999-all-months-fantastic-condition/113691043248?hash=item1a7883a5b0:m:mIG_RQZ3iebZnrdal68hhGQ&var=413816087910
    16 hours ago by RNinMunich
    Directory
    Formidable, LT100.
    Wooden Drifter Trawler, Formidable, LT100. Scale 1:24th. Long term build. Work boat built first
    9 hours ago by stevedownunder
    Directory
    RO-Marin Neptun
    Christmas present last year, built over a couple of months of weeknights and days off. I’m real pleased with her, the kit was well thought out and the instructions and documentation were more than adequate to get her built. Krick has done a fine job of resurrecting the old Robbe line. I need to add ballast to the stern and rig/flag the mast, but for all intents and purposes she’s done, ready to play.
    9 hours ago by Cashrc
    Media
    Neptun maiden
    Just built Krick RO-Marin Neptun. First tug I’ve built, she came out okay, I think. 6volt system, MFA 2.5 geared motor, Graupner SXM switch controlling the lights, older Pixie brushed esc controlling water monitor pump. Old Futaba MC210 for motor esc, Frysky QX7 radio. This video was shot at Towne Lake, McKinney Texas. She well on her maiden, needs about 2-4 ounces ballast in the stern though.
    10 hours ago by Cashrc
    Response
    Re: Radio Aerial and Loud Hailer
    Excellent work as always!
    13 hours ago by figtree7nts
    Response
    Re: PT 109
    Sounds good to me DELVEIN πŸ‘ PLEASE start a Build Blog about your project. I'm sure it would be an inspiration to many members, not least me πŸ˜‰ I propose to fit the centre motor as a simple brushed job with independent control, as RHBaker did with his superb Brave Borderer MTB. Centre motor for cruising and manoeuvring, two outer brushless for full power 'action' manoeuvring. So far I've only renovated the hull, way to go yet. Looking forward to the vid of your Sea TrialsπŸ‘ Cheers, Doug 😎
    2 days ago by RNinMunich
    Forum
    Being Sociable.
    Know the feeling Stephen πŸ€” But we get there in the end - don't we? Quality takes it's timeπŸ˜‰ Happy steaming, Doug
    14 hours ago by RNinMunich
    Forum
    Shroud
    It should come out nice and sturdy!πŸ‘
    14 hours ago by figtree7nts
    Forum
    Shroud
    The soldered one didnt come out quite like I expected, so Im trying with balsa sticks. Again, template, alignment, what type glue, etc. Also going to try with propane torch, concerns with bending still being researched.
    4 days ago by retirement-hobby
    Forum
    Shroud
    Thanks, now I'm restoring the boat it came from. Going to try plastic next.
    14 hours ago by retirement-hobby
    Forum
    Being Sociable.
    Thanks for your comments Doug, Hadn't thought of powering the work boat.... Sea trial video may be years away, this build moves at a Glacial pace. Cheers, Stephen.
    14 hours ago by stevedownunder
    Forum
    New forum rankings.
    Thanks Tertius, Carry on with your superb ships and I'm sure we'll be chatting in the Wardroom again soon enough. How's the MEKO sailing? Got the heli flying yet? πŸ˜‰ As you know, having worked on MEKOs I've got a 'soft spot' for them! Maybe one day I'll 'scratch' the successor to the SAN type, the Algerian Navy version MEKO-200-AN, for which I designed the COMMS system. Hard work but also good fun. During the project 'somehow' a set of outline and GA drawings 'fell' into my handsπŸ˜‰ "Ohhhh, a life on the ocean wave ...." Cheers, Doug 😎
    16 hours ago by RNinMunich
    Forum
    Being Sociable.
    Beautiful work Steve, with wood as well as metal(s) πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ As a dumb electronics man I'm envious of your skills. The clinkering is superb. Does this mean that the oarsman is steam powered? Novel!πŸ˜‰ I've been doing some research on a rowing mechanism using a small electric motor. Would take me two months of Sundays and bin fulls of false starts to get anywhere near an engine as sweet looking as yours. Hat off SirπŸ‘ Looking forward very much to the sea trial video . How about a build blog? As inspiration / instruction to we lesser mortals! Wishing you always a full head of steam, Cheers, Doug 😎
    15 hours ago by RNinMunich
    Directory
    (Naval Ship) Fletcher
    Old Lindberg Plastic kit aprox scale 1:125 (5/10) 2018 refit, Brushed motor + gearbox removed, 2 Brushless motors + 2 controllers fitted.
    3 years ago by stevedownunder
    Directory
    (Working Vessel) Inter Island Ferry
    Built of Balsa, in 1970s, by my father to a Vic Smeed plan, scale aprox HO or 1/72 nd, converted to RC in 2013, battery LiFe Po4, 2 cell 400 Ma capacity. (5/10)
    3 years ago by stevedownunder
    Directory
    (Pleasure Craft) Piranha (Rosa)
    Hull built to Vic Smeed free plan from 1960s,cabin design inspired from Fairey Huntsman, constructed of ply wood, fully scratch built, up graded several times from AM radio to 2.4 GHz with telemetry and brushed motor to brushless motor and LiPo batterys (6/10)
    3 years ago by stevedownunder
    Forum
    New forum rankings.
    Tell me about it Swanee!πŸ™„ From school until retirement folks had a lot of (innovativeπŸ™„) fun with my surname! Cheers, Doug BELL!!
    15 hours ago by RNinMunich
    Forum
    New forum rankings.
    Before I went on our nightmare of a holiday to Cyprus some 3 weeks ago today, I was an Admiral on the rankings, which I had worked hard to attain with helpful posts. I have come to look at the new forum format (which only partly works on my iPad, partly works on my Samsung tablet, and looking as though it actually works on my Samsung S9+), and I have been demoted to chief petty officer 1st class. I wondered why the demotion and how much I have to work to re-attain my previous rank ? Anyone else been demoted, or is it just me ? Best wishes, Dave W πŸ€”
    7 days ago by rolfman2000
    Forum
    Being Sociable.
    Hi Gary, My apologies for not seeing your post earlier, I don't log on very regularly, preferring to spend as much of my spare time in the work shop. I am interested in marine steam as well and currently I am building a model of Formidable, LT 100 from John Pottinger plans enlarged to 1:24th scale. I have built a double acting, twin cylinder oscillator, steam is to be supplied using a steam generator otherwise known as a mono-tube boiler. Control being done using a Taranis 9xd programmable radio, quite untested at this stage. I have added a couple of photo's. Cheers, Stephen.
    15 hours ago by stevedownunder
    Forum
    New posts
    Cheers DougπŸ‘
    15 hours ago by marky
    Forum
    New posts
    Is it possible to get the latest posts of a forum topic at the top rather than having to scroll all the way through,there may be a button somewhere but can't see it,I know you can do this on build blogs . Cheers MarkyπŸ‘
    21 hours ago by marky
    Forum
    New posts
    Hi Marky, I seem to remember that the old site was just the same!☹️ To get to the latest post faster don't scroll - hit the END key. If it's a veeery long thread you may need to hit it more than once. Hope this helps. Cheers, Doug 😎
    16 hours ago by RNinMunich
    Directory
    (Yacht) micro magic
    just picked this up needs a little work will be a little while as others waiting photo soon (5/10)
    6 months ago by jacko
    Blog
    Nearly there.
    I have had a good run lately being able to spend a whole day per week on the Pilot Boat. The wiring and both of the circuit boards are now completed and working. I have experienced a small problem though. I have a Turnigy 9x transmitter with eight usable channels but however I configure it, I can only get two of the seven switches connected to channels. I have seen on youtube that by using mixes, more switches can be programmed. So far I have not found out how. There is lots of information for the er9x update but not the standard 9x. For now I will connect two channels to one Tx switch. I have now been busy fitting the deck out. I should complete this tomorrow after which all that remains is to finish painting the cabin seats and tables and fit them. I hope to have it on the river in three weeks time. I will place the final build update before I go. I will probable leave the deck handrails off until it has been transported. Until then, if anyone can help with the mixes problem on my 9x, it would be very much appreciated.πŸ˜‰
    16 hours ago by MouldBuilder
    Blog
    Pilot Boat
    Winter approaches again so what better than a new project,.......to go along with the other two yet to be completed. I have excuses. Honest!! This new one is a bit different again. No wood at all this time. It is the Aero-naut Pilot Boat. I thought it didn`t look too much of a task but I think I will have to re-assess as it is tricky in parts. I have assembled the hull frame, which although the parts are rather loose fitting until glued went ok. I have, however, stumbled slightly on the next stage, to fit the hull skins. The instructions suggest to cellotape them in place prior to glueing. Not as easy as it sounds as considerable bending of the parts is required to get them to fit, too much for the tape. Does anybody know of an easier approach please. The ABS is extremely difficult to hold in position when trying to tape it, which incidently, does not hold anyway. Should I warm up the skins or will this distort them and give a rippled finish. Any help here would be appreciated.πŸ€“ I will continue with the refurbishment of the Patrol Torpedo Boat for now as I have been trying to manipulate the sides of the Pilot boat into place for hours, no, days!!.😑😀
    7 months ago by MouldBuilder
    Blog
    Radio Aerial and Loud Hailer
    On the cabin roof is the radio aerial, the kit supplies a base in white metal, but to accommodate my aerial design I decided to machine my own out of brass. I wanted the pole to be tapered and with it being only 2mm dia I found the easiest way was to support the piece in a wooden block at the same height as the Dremel laid flat on the bench. With the piece rotating, I used a smooth file and grades of wet & dry to taper down to 0.75 dia. Next I machined the 2mm end down to 1.5mm to accept the spring, this spring will be soldered to a lower piece which then goes through the base and into the cabin where it’s bolted in position. I decided to incorporate a spring to make sure it does not get accidently bent. Soft soldering was chosen, as the silver solder would have tempered the spring. The result was really better than I could have imagined. Loud Hailer Another heavy item, first job hollow out with the Dremel and then fill with polystyrene and top with Milliput and sculpt the shape –result, the weight was halved. Next I made a frame in the same way as the one I did for the search light – (see search light) All the cabin furniture has to be mounted on the roof which is curved! I found the best way was to use Milliput. The method was as follows, 1 Drill the hole for each item in the appropriate place 2 Make sure the fastening method for each piece will hold the piece upright (I tapped the hole 8BA) 3 Make a dividing piece from PTFE baking sheet circular for most items but oblong for the mast feet 4 Roughen the surface where the items contact the cabin roof 5 Place the divider on the items base 6 Mix a small amount of Milliput 7 Place a circular amount under each item 8 put some Vaseline on the securing bolt so it doesn’t stick 9 Pull the item down to the desired height and fasten in position then trim around the bases 10 When dry remove the item and the baking sheet, paint as required 11 sorry if this is common knowledge
    17 hours ago by mturpin013
    Blog
    The Vosper 46” 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.
    1 year ago by mturpin013
    Forum
    Turnigy Standard 9x transmitter
    Hello kmbcsecretary or another who may be able to help.. I have changed to helicopter but still can only get two switches to programme, gear and throttle hold. Please can you tell me which setting you used for the third. Thanks. Peter.
    20 hours ago by MouldBuilder
    Forum
    Turnigy Standard 9x transmitter
    Hello all. I hope you can help me before I lose all of my hair. I recently purchased a Turnigy 9x set which, according to all of the reviews I have seen, is good value for money. I am sure that they are all right but you need to be a genius to understand the instructions. Everything is in short hand. I am fairly new to the latest radios but I can read. This is not good. The internet has been invaluable and I have found a good instruction book for the Flysky 9x which appears to be the same. I have now got through the basics but I am having a problem achieving what I bought it for in the first place. My latest build, a Pilot boat, has been wired such that I need to use three channels to operate rc switches. I would like to use channels 5, 6 and 7. I have found that I can set 5 to gear which gives me one switch, another can go to throttle something to give me two switches, but the other choices go to trimmers only. After reading bloggs it seems that I can get a third switch working on, say, channel 7, but have to alter mix settings. I am completely lost now and wondered if anybody could instruct me as to how to get this third switch to operate on channel seven. Thank you.😊
    19 days ago by MouldBuilder
    Response
    Re: PT 109
    Beautiful job.
    20 hours ago by JBRCfloats
    Forum
    Shroud
    Looks good!πŸ‘
    20 hours ago by figtree7nts
    Forum
    Thames Barge Plan Kitty
    Hmmm!
    21 hours ago by figtree7nts
    Forum
    Thames Barge Plan Kitty
    Hmm! Site has truncated the web link😠 Try again http://magazineexchange.co.uk/cw/model-boats-magazine-april-1999-issue.html http://magazineexchange.co.uk/cw/Model-Boats-1999 Doug😎
    21 hours ago by RNinMunich
    Forum
    New forum rankings.
    If you think swannee is funny you should hear some of the other names I have been called [50 years in the construction industry].
    21 hours ago by swanee
    Blog
    More Fenders Needed!
    I'm thinking of putting more fenders on the Brooklyn. They would be one aft by the double bollard! Two forward of the very forward fender! What do you think? Should I add more fenders? Or leave her as is? I'd like some opinions?
    2 days ago by figtree7nts
    Response
    Re: More Fenders Needed!
    Thanks Doug, I thought she looked a bit naked! I'll order some more fenders. But for now currently waiting. For a new 12 volt smoker and new 12 motor! I'm going to use the 6 volt smoker. And motor on the Douglas Greg build! Eventually I'll get the Brooklyn's Engine room right!πŸ™„
    1 day ago by figtree7nts
    Forum
    Being Sociable.
    Light the blue touch paper and retire a safe distance.😎
    1 day ago by marky
    Forum
    Shroud
    Ok, here is the balsa version.
    1 day ago by retirement-hobby
    Forum
    New forum rankings.
    Congrats Doug..well deserved. For us lesser mortals... hard to be busted to the ranks!!!
    1 day ago by Joburg-sailor
    Forum
    Ellesmere Port Model Boat Club
    tug on the water
    1 day ago by nutrunner
    Place
    Ellesmere Port Model Boat Club
    We formed in about 1989 as "The Boat Club" based at the Ellesmere Port Boat Museum. In the nineties we changed the name to the Ellesmere Port Model Boat Club. We meet and sail at the Museum but now have a pool at The Hooton Park Trust site. We are currently 30 members strong and have models of every type.
    10 months ago by epmbcmember
    Forum
    Editing WIKI How To Articles - Or not!?
    Wilco Ed πŸ‘
    1 day ago by RNinMunich
    Forum
    Editing WIKI How To Articles - Or not!?
    Tried some Test edits of the battery related How Tos yesterday, to prepare for later updates and corrections. Now the links to these articles don't work at all (all lead to Home page!) and I can't continue the updates. ☹️ Doug
    3 days ago by RNinMunich


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