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    Back to 12 volt Smoker!
    Well, I got back my 6 volt smoker. I had sent it to be looked at. Just wasn't smoking a lot. But, everything checks out OK! I like the 12 volt Smoker instead! So, I'm ordering another 12 volt smoker and a 12 volt motor! The 12 volt smoker tends to smoke more. I figure I'll use the 6 volt smoker and motor. For my next build. Which will be the Tug Douglas Greg 1/25 scale! See the 6 volt smoker. Smokes like a diesel throttling up! I'm going to make the Douglas Greg a diesel Tug! Here is the 6 volt smoker compared to the 12 volt smoker! 6 volt smoker: https://youtu.be/hSWIXL0nuZE Versus 12 volt smoker: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtVIb7IZJiw&t=21s
    4 months ago by figtree7nts
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    Holy SMOKE !! Video, Tin Can Madness
    Hi Joe, When you click on the Media File icon have you ever noticed the [Download] button in the top left corner of the media window!!?? 😲 Click on that and you are given the choice to Open or Download the file πŸ˜‰ BTW: to answer your question above - No scale railway at all! I intend to use the loco smokers in RC conversions of 1/350 scale plastic navy ships, such as; HMSs Ark Royal, Colossus, King George Fifth, Prince of Wales, Exeter, and KMSs Bismarck and Graf Zeppelin. As well as RMS Titanic and my 1/128 HMS Belfast and Graf Spee. Two more perhaps for my Southampton tug. Have used them in the dim and distant past for my 1/72 scale RN destroyer. Built a little RC pulse decoder using CMOS chips followed by a transistor driver to switch a relay supplying the smoker coil. See pics of self etched decoder board. The other three outputs are for various lighting effects and destroyer 'Whoop whoop' siren. 30 years old now and still going 😊 The smokers work pretty well just using the capillary action of the thin glass feeder tubes. So no wick to come into contact with a a hot wire coil 😊 They were mounted on a bridge across the cap of a large spray can which I used as the oil tank. Exhaust used the chimney effect of a 10mm alu tube running up the funnel. I'm also still pondering how to turn the usual white steam/smoke black! Cheers, Doug 😎
    5 months ago by RNinMunich
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    Brushless motor(s)
    Hi RHBaker I had the motor ,so I used it. The sister motor is a 3639-750kv 600Watts 8325 rpm on 3S. The 3639-1100kv 800Watts 12210 rpm on 3S. Next up the 3648-1450kv 1600Watts 16095 rpm on 3S. All are straight bolt replacement, but, the 3648 requires a 100Amp ESC. The 3639 750kv would be the better motor for the boat to get scale speed. Canabus
    6 months ago by canabus
    Blog
    Day Two Springer
    Springer build log for website Hello all, Even though I am in the middle of several projects, including refitting two of my boats, I can't resist starting a new one. I am sure that I am not the only one with this affliction, I get bored quickly and jump from project to project. To keep them moving, I mostly work simultaneously. So here goes, my first ever Build Blog, bear with me.... Picked the Springer Tug as it is very simple and it will just be used ss a backup recovery vessel. I intend to build it a zero cost from my parts box and scrap wood pile. I put together my extra props, driveshaft, gearbox, motor, esc and RX. May have to buy a SLA Battery to get descent run time. Started last evening by making a template based on the plan in photo, credit goes to hull designer, see photo. Then I determined my motor location and Drive Line Angle so I could design the stuffing tube. Constructed that the same night using a 3/16" SS steel drive shaft. Bronze bushings from local hardware store and brass tubing from my supplies. See photos... Had the 500dc motor, Master Airscrew Gearbox, drive shaft, coupler and 2" brass prop. More to come..... Joe Day 2 Hello, Next I traced the hull sides on to 12mm/1/2" Baltic birch plywood from Woodcraft store. I nailed two pieces together prior to cutting so as to match. I don't have a scroll saw so I built a table mount for a jigsaw that attaches to my homemade drill press table. Cut them together, but the jigsaw does not cut well in terms of verticality. So I clamped them in a vise and hand sanded till they matched and were at 90 degrees. I showed my simple rig for the sabre saw / jigsaw table. if you need detail, just ask. I also showed my custom made 4 1/2 table that I made because I could not find a scaled down table saw for model making. (Could not afford, I am retired and have a low budget. Glued up the sides and ends tonight with Titebond 3, temporary nails to help hold it into place. Note: As to any joints whether it be electronic, woodworking, etc., a good practice is to use this both adhesive and mechanical fastener. I swear by these as one or the other will eventually fail This is as simple as using a screw, nail or rod, and the appropriate adhesive. Model building, as most will say is cheaper than therapy. Joe
    6 months ago by Joe727
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    Rescue Vessel - Springer Tug
    Hello, Next I traced the hull sides on to 12mm/1/2" Baltic birch plywood from Woodcraft store. I nailed two pieces together prior to cutting so as to match. I don't have a scroll saw so I built a table mount for a jigsaw that attaches to my homemade drill press table. Cut them together, but the jigsaw does not cut well in terms of verticality. So I clamped them in a vise and hand sanded till they matched and were at 90 degrees. I showed my simple rig for the sabre saw / jigsaw table. if you need detail, just ask. I also showed my custom made 4 1/2 table that I made because I could not find a scaled down table saw for model making. (Could not afford, I am retired and have a low budget. Glued up the sides and ends tonight with Titebond 3, temporary nails to help hold it into place. Note: As to any joints whether it be electronic, woodworking, etc., a good practice is to use this both adhesive and mechanical fastener. I swear by these as one or the other will eventually fail This is as simple as using a screw, nail or rod, and the appropriate adhesive. Model building, as most will say is cheaper than therapy. Joe
    6 months ago by Joe727
    Response
    Cooling coil
    Hi Steve - yours is 1:12 then which is the scale I'm building all mine at. Yes, the building is the best bit (and the drawing in my case) as I doubt I will use them that much. Where did you get your bollards etc. from as I shall need to start getting those bits and pieces together. Chris
    6 months ago by ChrisF
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    Various PLans for sale
    I have the following plans available for sale:- Tug Jan by SMB-Bauplan 1:25 two sheets Β£12.50 MV Benarty by Nexus Plans 1/96 six sheets Β£25.00 Clan Ross by Martins Models 1/96 two sheets Β£15.00 SS Jason by Model Maker Plans service 1/16" to 1 foot 2 sheets Β£15.00 International 6 metre Class model yacht by Marine Modelling 1 sheet Β£10.00 Fairey Marine Huntsman by Vic Smeed 1 1/2" to 1 foot two sheets Β£15.00 ClochLight Clyde Puffer Model Maker plans 7 sheets Β£25.00 SS Chelford 3 island Steamer 1/8" to 1 foot 3 sheets Β£15.00 Associazione Navimodellisti Bolognesi Agip Livorno Scale 1:200 5 sheets Β£20.00 Any one interested or would like to make an offer please let me know. Many Thanks
    1 year ago by merchant67
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    Who's at the helm?
    I need a helmsman for my Huntsman 31 in 1:
    12 scale
    . All I'm finding is dolls house dolls or gnarley fishermen in sou'westers. Need a man or woman in casual cloths. Any thoughts? thanks Steve
    8 months ago by steve-d
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    1/24 crew figures
    Super looking detailed model, if you ever feel the urge to slate the roof I have available 500+. 1/12th scale pre cut vinyl slates, which are free plus postage. Pm me if interested. Cheers Colin.
    9 months ago by Colin H
    Forum
    Brass bashin' Chris Craft deck fittings...
    Colin, these are to fit in with my Chris Craft, which is roughly 1/8th scale, so they just look right. I don't have any dimensions as there are no Chris Craft Special Race Boats in Britain. Not that anyone would dare to question you anyway as nobody gives a toss about classic speedboats over here. We never had those types of boats. The Thames had one or two nice Brookes and slipper launches, but our attempts at speed were never as elegant as the Yanks and were all a bit boxy and unembelished and generally sat upon by authorities who didn't like speed, except at Windermere and Oulton Broad and they were mainly outboard powered with one or two exceptions in aluminium, and paint. Mahogany was strictly for furniture for the English. I will get all these bits cast and will have spares, so if you need any that are among my bits, just holler and I'll see what I can do. May have to charge for metal weight, but that's about it, as I will have to pay for that, even if I can get the bits squeezed in other peoples' moulds. I reckon you could use these on a 1/12th scale model without any doubt being caused. Most boats used two of those vents. A couple of cleats, a light/cum staff holder and screen supports, which I'm also doing but haven't got a picture of. That will comprise left and right, short and central, longer. The glass will slide in cast in grooves. A filler and steering wheel and instruments finish it off. Can't do a bow piece as they are all different and must fit the boat exactly. That's down to you and you can only foil that for the chrome look. Just wait till I have to do some of these! Ain't they gorgeous? Cheers, Martin
    10 months ago by Westquay
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    Brass bashin' Chris Craft deck fittings...
    Super job, I could do with a dozen in 1/12th scale what size would I need to make them, please can you post a sketch with sizes and your scale, I can rescale them. Cheers Colin.
    10 months ago by Colin H
    Blog
    Dumas 1203 Coast Guard Lifeboat (RNLI Waveney conversion)
    So here we go again! I have decided to give other projects a rest for a time in favour of this little gem. Pick up off eBay for less than Β£100 NIB posted, couldnt resist! Its the Dumas (kit no:1203) 44' Coast Guard Lifeboat. I dont know if this kit is still produced by Dumas and having looked at the Die cutting of the parts, certainly seems like an old kit? However, I love my building and the challenges, so I am sure it will turn out nice at the end. Finished length 33". I shall be converting this to a RNLI Waveney Class Lifeboat and will possibly go with 44-003 named "Khami" which was based in Great Yarmouth and Gorleston, which is local to me here in Suffolk. Sadly very little turns up on this boat via Google, but at some stage may pop out to the Great Yarmouth Lifeboat station and see if I can hunt anymore info on her. I shall not be using the recommended Dumas running gear for 2 reasons, 1st its a geared set-up (I am going with MFA540 brushed direct drive) and the cost of over Β£150! Photos show the box artwork, plans and the included wood. Last photo shows my electrics less propshafts and props that are on order. Note the Star Wars 3.75" figures that with poetic licence could be painted to represent crew. However, at this point the model is approx 1;16 scale and the figures would be 1:18 scale so maybe too small. There are 1:16 scale lifeboat figures available but pricey? My one issue at this point is going to battery choice? do I go with a small 6v lead acid or perhaps 2 Tamiya type 7.2v NIMH in series. anyone who has built anything like this may want to advise. LIPO not an option as the Mtroniks ESC do not support LIPO. Space inside the hull may also be an issue? Another issue is going to be fabricating some propshaft struts for the rear next to the props. There is quite a bit of prop shaft exposed outside the hull, so these would be integral to support and strength of the propshafts. is there anything available off the shelf (they are included in the running gear set, but dont seem to be available on there own) of do I need to fabricate from brass tube and sheet/strip brass?
    1 year ago by Skydive130
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    LED Tug Mast Navigation Lights
    Hi Pete, That was just a selection of my larger 350 scale kits! Forgot HMS Prince of Wales battleshipπŸ˜‰ I also have a vast collection of everything from 720 to 72, including the Revell Flower Class corvette. I started an XL spread sheet to keep track of them with scale and size data, number of shafts, and where practical and already measured max load capacity! Re: wood decks; I have them on my Graf Spee and HMS Belfast both 1:128, and have bought them for Hood, Bismarck and the corvette. In my experience the self adhesive starts to pull up at the edges, always in the most awkward place to get to to fix😑 I learned to use a gel type gluper sue for first time fitting and thin runny stuff for repairs so it creeps under the edge a bit. Yes please, the info on the decks would be useful especially Titanic. i have a premium version with lots of etch parts but no wood I think. Why do we do it? Cos we're nuts! Prerequisite for scale modelling 😁 Happy modelling, Cheers, Doug 😎 PS my favourite carrier photo attached; Capn of the Nimitz wanted to go water skiing 😁😁
    11 months ago by RNinMunich
    Blog
    Emerald - ''Round the Word'' ocean racing yacht.
    Purchased new in kit form, from Robbe. 1998. Specifications:- Overall length: 1380mm. Overall beam: 360 mm. Draught: 300 mm. Mast height: 1800 mm. Overall height: 2200 mm. Standard sail area: 80 square dm. Sail area with Genoa: 94 square dm. Total displacement: 12 kg. Ballast: 8 kg. Scale: 1:10 Control Robbe Futaba F14 Marine transmitter / receiver. Channel 1 - Rudder servo. Channel 2 - Spare. Channel 3 - Genoa sail servo. Genoa switch module - fitted between the stick potentiometer and the transmitter channel 3 Socket. (Reverses the Genoa sail servo for Port or Starboard tack.) Channel 4 - Main sail servo. Channel 5 - Auxiliary 3 position switch - up position. Channel 6 - Auxiliary 3 position switch - down position. Receiver channel 5 - Mono Memory relay module. To drive the Blister motor out, to raise the Genoa Sail Clew. Receiver channel 6 - Mono Memory relay module. To drive the Blister motor in, to tighten the Genoa Sail Clew. Recently recovered from the back of the shed, where it has been in hibernation. Now I am retired and have some free time, it is under a review and refurbishment. New paint on the deck and upper hull (above the waterline). Solid state relay modules added, to replace the micro switches, operated from a cam on a servo (replacing analogue channel 2 with on/off channels 5 and 6). Pictures show the sea trials after the 10 year hibination. The Genoa Module had failed in the carbon potentiometers. No replacement available, so found a local electronics repairers, who changed the potentiometers for Β£10.00. The carrying cradle was designed to hold the sails, and secure the yacht while rigging at the waters edge. Also acts as a dry dock, while working inside the hull. When the repaired module is fitted, and the Genoa sail is operational, I will post detailed video of the Genoa sail winch and Blister motor and their operation while sailing. Genoa Sail Pictures added.
    11 months ago by East-RN
    Directory
    (Yacht) Luna 50
    1/12th scale model of a Luna 50 for the boss of the company who invented Cosworth's casting methods. Started with a GRP hull and finished everything else. Delivered to a friend's garden in Devon, from whence the owner collected model in a freight frame in his helicopter! (5/10)
    11 months ago by Westquay
    Directory
    (Pleasure Craft) Not permitted
    2nd Riva Aquarama Special in 1/12th scale built entirely from scratch for private customer (owner of real boat). OK I bought the left and right hand props from the Prop Shop and the glasses on the cocktail tray from a doll house supplier. Made in Venice! Each Riva took just over 700 hours to make from stolen works drawings! (Motor: Static model) (5/10)
    11 months ago by Westquay
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    Titanic
    I built this 1/125th scale Amati kit of the Titanic over two years from 2016. it has enhanced etched brass details from Minibrass. Conversion for radio control involved making the hull waterproof with multiple layers of fibreglass cloth bonded with epoxy resin as well as the installation of a drive train and RC gear. With only a tiny rudder, steering is dependent on a mixer unit controlling the differential speed of the propellors.
    12 months ago by JeremyBB
    Forum
    Speedline Lifeboat crew
    Models by Design produce 1/12th scale lifeboat crew.
    12 months ago by Flack
    Forum
    Speedline Lifeboat crew
    I'm sorry to say. But this is what I hear about Speed line time and time again. Someone will pop up and say about one of the main guys being ill. But this has been the "excuse" for well over 12 months. I also know of peple being kicked off forums for saying this as well πŸ€” but the truth is the truth. I have some 1/16th(I think) lifeboat crew, which you can have if you are interested. I got them with a 1/12th Trent I bought, but they are nowhere near the right scale. Best of luck getting a response from Speedline. Chueers, Dave😊
    12 months ago by rolfman2000
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    David Metcalfs Waveney - ''The Scout''
    For sale is my 1/12th scale model of the Waveney Lifeboat - "The Scout" Kit produced by David Metcalf. Built to a good standard with an array of working features: Working radar controlled through a voltage reducer Navigation lights, mast lights, front and rear searchlights, flashing blue light and well lights all controlled by an Action Electronics P62 quad switcher. The flashing effect of the blue light is controlled by an Action ElectronicsP73 multi flasher. Powered by two Turnigy 3542/5 1250kv brushless outrunners controlled by two Fusion Hawk 60amp electronic speeed controllers. Fitted with Raboesch propshafts and 3 bladed brass left and right handed propellors. Batteries and radios are not included in the sale. The model is available for pick up only with cash on collection from Stafford ST16 which is approximately 1/2 mile from Junction 14 of the M6 motorway. Price Β£700 ovno
    1 year ago by Flack
    Forum
    Charging NiMhs, one for Doug?...
    Evening, Doug, or is it morning? Just had a well earned rest having had the family round for Fathers' Day. Now catching up with the pootah. BTW, I had a garden full of blue and purple Lupins till the big breeze blew 'em all down recently. My star was a plant I didn't knowingly sew and that was an amazing mixture on the same stems of purple alternating with yellow. Gorgeous. Anyway, Kakos. Yes I have quite a few and as I was given 2 original little Marinecraft hulls, I have earmarked two of my mint, new in red boxes Kakos for those with little AAA 3-at-a- time flat packs which even have switches. I wish we could still get Ever-Ready or Vidor batteries. Remember them? Can get scans though and my Sea Urchin has a styrene home made AA flat case ready for the daughter to print me out an Ever Ready bell flat pack, just like yours. The brass contacts aren't a problem for an old metal basher like me. Your Sea Scout looks nice and I would say at 24" it would be about 1/16th to 1/12th. 24 feet would be a reasonable size for a sport fisherman or inshore cruiser. But in 1/16th scale at 32 feet I would say the style of the model and the use of the boat would be best represented by that combo. Just looking at some info on the FlySky Tx I've got coming (it's already been posted) and find it uses no fewer than 8 AA cells...12volts! Ye Gods, why? OK, I can get two packs of NiMhs, but then that wouldn't be 12 volts, would it? it would be 9.6Volts. Would it even work? So, on further checking, I notice that several people have gone for the LiPo path, which means a 4s at a more acceptable 11.1Volts. Now I also see that a few have gone for the LiFe option, which I much prefer the sound of as they are a lower fire risk and keep a charge in storage for ages. But they would only be 9.9Volts as LiFe cells are 3.3 volts each. Would 9.9 volts be enough I wonder for a nominally 12 volt Tx. I'm assuming that if people with no objection to NiMhs have been using those for the rechargeability, then the Tx will, in fact, accept 9.6Volts. So, logically, a 9.9Volt LiFe would be OK, do you agree? I'm thinking down the line a bit after I'm used to it. My Imax magic blue box of chargery caters for LiFe cells too. Steering teddies, et al, yeah, I can come up with some mechanical magic. My nickname with little gent, Lothar, at Wolfsburg was Mekanist (spelling), as I was always making little mechanisms for VW and SEAT cars. I made a rolling TV monitor that replaced the passenger airbag in the Passat CM2, which also had headrest TVs for back seat passengers and a wireless internet laptop built in to the rear seat central arm rest. A palm computer could come out of the dash using a mechanism that I designed and made and for which VW got a patent, with me as nominated inventor! Never made me a penny extra of course, but it was nice to know. I did a static model of a 1/12th scale Riva where, if you turned the model Cadillac (yes it is, really!) steering wheel, the rudders moved via a worm and wheel steering box and two home made Universal joints! Gawd knows why. I just thought it might win me some column inches in Classic Boat....Nah! You might find that 6" figures are more available for 1/12th scale boats than 4 1/2" figures for 1/16th, but I have to find or even make some for my Crash Tender. I look out for dollies at boot fairs and Sunday markets. I got a very square jawed geezer, 12" tall for my 1/6th scale Darby One Design and he fits, thanks to bendy bits. On your sports fisherman you need some arrogant bastard to be standing with one arm up on the screen and just the one on the wheel. Think Audi driver in a boat. Up yer arse or in yer way, but always thinking the sun shines out of his primary orifice. Keep my socks dry? I was bought a pair of Granddad socks by the two little horrors today along with a chocolate Marmite pot and a Smurfs do Pop CD, which they insisted I play during the barbie! They've done the Smurf wind up since they were old enough to crawl because they know I despise the Dutch ghouls Right, bedtime I suppose. Compost and Busy Lizzies tomorrow, she tells me. Yes, Ramona, my love.... Cheers, Martin
    12 months ago by Westquay
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    Charging NiMhs, one for Doug?...
    Evenin' Martin, Just back from 'nosh' with Gisela, my camera girl in the vid! She's mean like that too, keeps me hoppin' about like the proverbial cat on the proverbial hot stuff 😑 Can't wait to see the rotating teddyπŸ‘ Put a couple of mini Cam lenses in his eyeballs and you'll get a terrific 360Β° First Person View from the driving seat😁 Re Sea Scout, I took your advice and did the hull in Royal Blue (no navy knickers!πŸ˜†) or what passes for that here. Anyway I'm pleased how she turned out. OK, I admit I accidentally turned her into a Sport Fishing Boat😁 She's 24" what scale do you think that makes her? I'm looking for crew figures and stuff to fit out the cockpit but I'm not sure what size to look for. I thought maybe 1/20 i.e. a 40 footer? Waddya think? Re Kako; while recently trying (fruitlesslyπŸ€”) to make space in the workshop (got two renovations on the go in parallel - saves getting the same tools, rattle cans an' stuff out twice!😁) I ran across the original Kakos and Mabuchis I used in my scratch 53" H class destroyer Hotspur in 1966. She ran off a 4.5V EverReady flat (form not volts😁) battery until Granny took pity and bought me some 6V Lantern batteries! I ran 'em up on a power supply and they turned but now sound like mini football rattles! Think they need new big end shells 😁 Jeez, how many guys under pension age have ever been down to the bitza bazaar looking for 50 thou oversize bearing shells and compression and oil control rings?? Pics show her Sea trials in Radnor Park pond, Folkestone, Kent, summer 1966. Sorry about the quality, only had a Box Brownie 127 in those days and could only afford Gratispool free B/W filmsπŸ€” Pentax? Canon? Sony? Not to mention Digital? HD? Wassat? 50 years on I got all threeπŸ˜‰ I like Lupins too, preferably the blue and purple ones. BTW, for your steering guy's arms you don't need a separate RC function or channel! You just need a coupling from the rudder control to turn a pulley and cord which turns a suitably scaled pulley attached to the wheel axis. The arms are fixed to the wheel and go with it! Dead simple (to write anyway😁) and no lecktrickery! 😊 OR you could just put one of his hands on the wheel and the other on the throttle. Then use a 'Y' cable to split the ESC cable into two. Connect the second output to a servo which moves the throttle lever via a push-me-pull-you-rod, pulleys and cord or gears or whatever. Sure you can figure out the mechanics better than I. Whatever, have fun and don't electrocute yourself, keep your socks dryπŸ˜‰ Cheers, Doug 😎
    1 year ago by RNinMunich
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    (Life Boat) 1/12 th scale Waveney Class
    1/12th scale model of David Metcalfs Waveney Class Lifeboat "The Scout" (Motor: Turnigy 3542/5 1250kv) (ESC: Fusion Hawk 60 amp) (5/10)
    1 year ago by Flack
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    Wherry hull in GRP
    Hi Dave thanks for your response, I do like the fin idea for the ballast plus there's no ugly bulp sticking out the bottom spoiling the lines. That's a good weight of fibreglass your using so it must be the light not doing you any favours in the picture making the hull look distorted. I have been researching the wherry for sometime now for a future build at 1.
    12 scale
    with clinker hull . Cheers Ron
    1 year ago by kmbcsecretary
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    17-28 Torbay Severn Lifeboat
    I have a 1/12th scale Tamar and whilst they are a challenge to build the completed models look fantatstic and their performance and presence on the water is amazing. Your video of the Severn shows your boat to a very high standard - well done
    1 year ago by Flack
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    17-28 Torbay Severn Lifeboat
    1/
    12 scale
    Severn lifeboat kit from Speedline. Creeping towards completion but still a bit to do. Absolutely beautiful day and venue. 2 1/2 years to get to this point but really pleased with it and enjoying sailing it immensly.
    1 year ago by lesfac
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    Severn Lifeboat 1/
    12 scale
    I know I just posted a vid but this was such a lovely day at a lovely venue I have to share it
    1 year ago by lesfac
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    Severn Lifeboat 1/
    12 scale
    Seeing it on the water should really spur you on to finish it.It's a lovely runner.Nice water you have there.Good job.
    1 year ago by Donnieboy
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    Severn Lifeboat 1/
    12 scale
    Nice jobπŸ‘ love the wake she produces. Will you call her 'Matilda'? Cos she does a lovely waltz!!😁
    1 year ago by RNinMunich
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    Severn Lifeboat 1/
    12 scale
    This is a Speedline kit. its been 2 1/4 years to get this far. The build slowed in the second year but now I can sail it I think it will rekindle my enthusiasm. Theres still lots of detail to add .
    1 year ago by lesfac
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    Sanding down.
    Thanks for all of your help. This is really useful information. I think I will leave the camouflage and just keep to the base colour. Would you paint to the waterline in matt red. I have looked at the shapeways site and they sell Mk 12 carriages in 1:35 scale which I think yours is at 28" over 80`. The gun tub was only placed on the deck for the photo. I have several pictures now showing the correct position. I will alter it and fit just before painting.😊 Thanks again. Peter.πŸ‘
    1 year ago by MouldBuilder
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    Command Boat 90
    Scratch built at 12th scale from pictures and profiles of the internet. The boat was originally built in Sweden a class of fast military assault craft originally developed for the Swedish Navy by Dockstavarvet Speed: 40 knots (74 km/h) Draught: 0.8 m (2 ft 7 in) Length: 15.9 m (52 ft) Overall; 14.9 (48') Complement: 3 (two officers and one engineer); Up to 21 amphibious troops with full equipment Armament: 3 Γ— Browning M2HB machine guns; 1 Γ— Mk 19 grenade launcher; 4 naval mines or 6 depth charges . The Model I was attracted to this boat due to its great performance and maneuverability, this was mainly due to the use of twin water jets as the main propulsion, this is a trade off with efficiency. So my start point was to collect as much information as possible about the boat this involved collecting pictures and profiles of the craft from various sources. http://www.dockstavarvet.se/products/combat-and-patrol-boats/combat-boat-90-h/specification/ Eventually I found some plans of sort :- http://laurell.today/boats/combat/plans.html My Dad was a boat builder in the days of wooden yachts, and had showed me how to make plans and frames from a line drawing. I went about this first by creating a prototype about 24 in long out of light ply. I then created full size plans of the model to be made. Pictures of small prototype finally painted plain green. The Main model Used my computer to print out the frames onto paper, cut them out and used them as templates for the ply ribs. The construction was simple chine style, with 1.5 mm ply. I tried to build jet drives but failed to produce a effective unit. So reverted to propshafts which worked out well with better control and the boat can spin on it own axis by putting one engine in reverse the other in forward and adjusting the twin rudders. That it for now, hope it was of some interest
    1 year ago by CB90
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    Crab Pots in progress !
    1/12th scale Crab pots built out of Champagne cork wires, plastic tubing, garlic netting, wire sheathing etc. Don't know what they will fish like !!!πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜‰
    1 year ago by Ballast
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    1/16 figures
    Hi there, I have often used 1/12th scale dolls from my wife's collection. As they come in all sizes depicting various ages they can be dressed to suit your needs. Look at what's available in any dolls house shop. They also do a range in 1/24th scale. Hope you find your crew soon, cheers Colin.
    1 year ago by Colin H
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    (Naval Ship) CB90
    Scratch built at 12th scale from pictures and profiles of the original boat, hope to upgrade batteries to 11.1v lipo. The boat was originally built in Sweden a class of fast military assault craft originally developed for the Swedish Navy by Dockstavarvet The CB90 is an exceptionally fast and agile boat. Speed: 40 knots (74 km/h) Draught: 0.8 m (2 ft 7 in) Length: 15.9 m (52 ft) Overall; 14.9 (48') Waterline Builders: Dockstavarvet, Gotlandsvarvet In commission: 1991 Complement: 3 (two officers and one engineer); Up to 21 amphibious troops with full equipment Armament: 3 Γ— Browning M2HB machine guns; 1 Γ— Mk 19 grenade launcher; 4 naval mines or 6 depth charges (Motor: Graupner 700 Turbos) (ESC: Mtroniks) (7/10)
    1 year ago by CB90
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    Graupner Elke HF 408
    Hi Allen I did wonder if it was an ex flyer type as it had the gearbox. The markings can help but not possibly in this case. The other major supplier was Johnson but I can't find your TD224. I suspect this will be a high current fast rev motor probably 12v max. To work with your model I think you will be well advised to follow Doug's suggestion and fit a 6v battery. If you can see the windings inside the motor case and they are thick and few then it is a fast and high current motor. The prop looks like a Graupner and is fine pitch and similar models in my club have a nice brass prop of fairly coarse pitch to give a good slow scale speed. The gearbox will allow you to fit a brass prop of similar dimensions to yours. Initially I agree with Doug though, just pop it in the water and see how it performs. With your luck you will probably source a suitable prop from the car boot sales! Finally As the motor is old it could have shorted windings, in which case it's going to get hot. if you have a good multimeter you can check for low resistance between the case and one of the motor connectors. Use the highest Ohms setting you have and rotate the motor shaft a full revolution, repeat with progressively lower Ohms settings. You should have good insulation between the windings and the case, if you are getting any ohm readings chances are there are shorted windings on the armature and the motor is terminal.
    1 year ago by Dave M
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    (Life Boat) Inner Wheel
    She is a 1/12th semi scale Brede model of the Poole lifeboat used for many years. She is constantly being modified and improved. (Motor: Graupner 700 x 2) (ESC: Hobbywing) (5/10)
    1 year ago by rolfman2000
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    Scale conversion
    Hi all in the process of trying to build a 1/
    12 scale
    Trent can’t anyone give me the measurements of the wheel house please thanks
    1 year ago by Vickers1979
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    Help please Trent class
    Hi all in the process of trying to build a 1/
    12 scale
    Trent can’t anyone give me the measurements of the wheel house please thanks
    1 year ago by Vickers1979
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    1 / 12 th Scale Figures
    Excellent source Dave, esp for RNLI bodsπŸ‘ But ANDY: look here, http://www.dkfigures.co.uk/ then you get directly to their website / shop without having to go via 'nosy' Facebook' πŸ˜‰ Cheers Doug 😎
    1 year ago by RNinMunich
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    1 / 12 th Scale Figures
    Any ideas where one can get a range of different 1/12th scale figures ?
    1 year ago by AndyG009
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    Fire Boat 38
    BRAVO ZULU! NICE BOAT! 1:
    12 scale
    is great for detail. Now you have the RC fever, right?
    1 year ago by circle43nautical
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    1 / 12 th Scale Figures
    You could try Debbie Griggs - DK Figures https://www.facebook.com/DK-Figures-1430521463872912/
    1 year ago by Dave M
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    1 / 12 th Scale Figures
    How’s it going Ballast? Any update?
    1 year ago by GrahamP74
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    1 / 12 th Scale Figures
    I got mine off of Ebay! They are Startrek figures. My lady made some smocks for them and I made them foul weather gear out of marigolds. They were about £3-50 each !😊
    1 year ago by Ballast
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    1 / 12 th Scale Figures
    Made mine from a couple of figures picked up on eBay.. rubber gloves for oilskins!
    1 year ago by GrahamP74
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    1 / 12 th Scale Figures
    Hi Andy, 1/12 is a common scale for dolls-houses, action figures and cars & motorbikes. So have a look around well stocked toy/model shops. Happy hunting, cheers Doug 😎
    1 year ago by RNinMunich
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    (Tug Boat) Springer
    Built as a rescue boat, the Springer seemed to be the easiest to build as I am still a Novice and to while away the time after my knee replacement. Blew up some plans off the net to 23" length and 10" beam. Makes her about 1/12, I think. Built from 3mm ply in the main. Powered by the LRP 12v Truck puller and direct drive via 12" ball raced prop-shaft with home made oiler and 50mm 2 blade propeller to be changed to 3 blade asap. Led lights front, back and upper. Transmitter Turnigy TGY i6, Rx TGY iA6, Esc 320 amp with fan. Ballast yet to be added and should slow her to scale speed. interesting build had some problems with upscaled plans from a pdf. Goes well in the bath but will post video as soon as I can get to the water. (Motor: LRP 12v Truck Puller) (ESC: Chinese 320A with fan) (7/10)
    1 year ago by AllenA
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    Paint
    Hi I wondered if anyone could help? Thinking of getting a Speedline models 1/
    12 scale
    Severn lifeboat. What paint would you recommend? Thank you in advance.
    1 year ago by Falmouth1729
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    1:16 scale figures for a model trawler ?
    WW2 tank crew tend to be 1/16 or 120mm scaleπŸ‘ Cheers Wayne
    2 years ago by Midlife306


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