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I've built models from drawings which needed redrawing as they were so bad. I've also done my own drawings from measurements, used tables of offsets where available and just hacked away at 3mm ply by eye!
But a decent drawing helps. My young sons (as they were at the time) helped me measure the Miss Britain III while it was still at Pitsea. The site manager threw me the keys and told me to get on with it! I was sent works drawings for the Riva Aquarama Special, which I was told were like gold dust. Offsets by Andrews' original boatbuilder gave me the Freebody slipper launch. And a tiny drawing in a 1952
Boat Annual I stole from the Pitsea museum library gave me the details for the Darby One Design. I just enlarged them by drawing, being too tight to pay a print shop, who would never have understood what I wanted anyway.
2 months ago by Westquay
One each of course Martin, for both ends 😂🤣
reversing' where do we get the
ised socks from!? 😜
2 months ago by RNinMunich
Prop size and speed
Many thanks for all the fantastic responses and info.
I currently have a 7.4V S2 LiPo 4000mha, a 15A
and ESC with a 1000kva
. The prop I'm using is a 2 blade S type 35mm.
Apart from the
there is no weight up front in the bow, so can't reduce that much, but I am using a "heavy" servo at 68g in the stern, so will use a smaller less weighty servo.
I'll try changing the
to 30A 1000Kva with a 42mm S type 2 blade to see what difference that makes. I also need to re-grease the prop shaft as suspect that it was running hot at the high rpm and caused a bit of speed loss.
I'll post a comparison video so you can see the results!
3 months ago by StuartE
Fairmile c class maiden voyage
I am using a Flysky 10 channel Mode 2 Tx, set up for 'elevon' control on the outer screws. The centre is controlled with the LH throttle lever.
On the last day out, got around 50 mins of battery life running the centre screw continuously and the outers around 30% of time.
2 x ZIPPY Compact 2200mAh 3S 35C Lipo Pack each powers one outer shaft and one also powers the centre.
Outer shafts : 2 x Turnigy AquaStar 2842-2800KV Water Cooled Brushless Outrunner
2 x HobbyKing 50A Boat ESC 4A UBEC
Centre Shaft : 1 x 550 Brushed
1 x Quickrun 1080 ESC
All shafts have 35mm brass screws
Model is about 35" OL length and performs well. She planes just like the original Brave Borderer.
4 months ago by RHBaker
This is an all-metal
Torpedo Boat, built in 1946. its running gear is absent and has fixed rudders. This will be an interesting project starting with the removal of the cracked paint... Has anyone else got one of these? (5/10)
An enthusiast in the USA saw it and wanted it (big time)... he bought it and paid £97 P&P!!
4 years ago by petercbrown
(Fire Boat) 34'' Aerokits Crash Tender
Can't really complain about this setup, the boat performs well and the battery life is also very good considering the performance it delivers. (
: Mega X
) (ESC: Barracuda) (9/10).
10 years ago by Fireboat
(Working Vessel) Northlight Clyde Puffer
The Clyde Puffer is a Caldercraft kit of 1:32 scale. it is a representative model of a typical small coaster from the Western isles of Scotland, known to many ship lovers as a 'Clyde Puffer'. it has a GRP hull which has full external detail, riveting, strakes etc. and a plywood superstructure and decking plus over 200 white metal fittings. As usual for Caldercraft you need to have your thinking cap on as the A0 plan and the 'instruction book' do not match up but of course they do expect you to have a little bit of experience in model building. it has taken me about 6 months to build, but working on and off over this time. it has a large hull which is easy to house the
, ESC, RC and batteries, etc. (I installed 2 lead acid 6 volt batteries, one on each side amidships) which gives stability and ballast. Being a large deep hull it needs a lot of ballast, even in its short length. I have only tested her in the big white test tank at home so do not know how it will perform on our lake. I have sailed her many times on our lake and she certainly sails well. I installed an electronic switch for the navigation lights and gives a good effect during the darker afternoons/evening. (
: MFA) (ESC: Viper Marine 15) (9/10)
3 years ago by ads90
(Naval Ship) Sir Kay (T241)
This is my Sir Kay (T241) - Round Table Class Minesweeper. it is from the Caldercraft range and I was fortunate to recently acquire it - I would have much preferred to have built it but couldn't miss the opportunity of it being given to me by an old retiring modeller. it just needed new RC throughout, a good clean, a tidy up and some fresh paint here and there plus a bit of rigging renewal. Not tried it in the water yet but will do tomorrow at our Club meet. (
: MFA Geared 2.5:1) (ESC: Mtroniks) (5/10)
11 months ago by ads90
(Life Boat) Taymar
Model Slipway Taymar Lifeboat and just completed the glassfibre hull, deck and installing
s, bow thruster and rudder servo (
: Graupner 600 x2) (10/10). The deck was a bad fit into the hull and a battle to fix but with hour long epoxy and lots of sellotape pulling the hull against the deck I got there in the end
1 year ago by Brianaro
(Working Vessel) Paula III
A great little boat from Graupner, plenty of detail and sails/handles very well. it has been sunk on our lake by one of the other larger yachts but I managed to retrieve it and dry it out - the only issue is that I don't have too much low speed control in forward from the ESC but nevertheless works still.
I have just given my Paula 3 a makeover - just used some spare bits and pieces that were left over from othere builds, plus a good rubbing down and re-spray. (