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    36'' Thames River Police Launch by Robbob
    After the successful build of the โ€˜Vintage Model Worksโ€™ RAF Crash Rescue Tender I was asked by Mike Cummings of VMW if I would undertake to build a prototype of their new model with the aim of checking the construction method and the assembly instructions for accuracy before the kit is put into production. The model is a โ€˜Thames River Police Launchโ€™ and is based on the original design by Phil Smith for the Veron company, this was a very popular model kit in the late 50โ€™s and 60โ€™s and sold for the princely sum of 43 shillings and tuppence, approximately ยฃ2.15 in todayโ€™s money but an equivalent cost of ยฃ48.50 in 1960. This design has been updated to accommodate electric propulsion and radio control by Colin Smith, the son of the original designer and it has been re-scaled to be 36โ€ in length where the original was 24โ€ which gives much more scope for detailing and provides more โ€˜hiding roomโ€™ for the drive, control systems and all the associated wiring. The kit produced by VMW uses the same construction techniques as the original and the materials are a combination of balsa and plywood both of which a laser and CNC cut for precision. The ply and balsa materials supplied are of very high quality as one would expect from VMW and all the stripwood for the chines, rubbing strakes and deck detailing is included, even the dowel required for the mast is in the box, very comprehensive! The kit also includes white metal fittings such as the fairleads and stanchions, and the searchlight and horns. The glazing for the windows comes in the kit too. The instruction sheet supplied is in need of revision as it is largely taken directly from the original as written by Phil Smith and some of the terminology needs updating, for instance the ply bottom and side skins are referred to as โ€˜strakesโ€™ but I understand that a re-write of the instructions is in hand along with an updated plan showing the best positioning for the motor, prop-shaft,
    battery
    , ESC, receiver, rudder and servo. During construction I have added a few additional pieces of ply or balsa as reinforcement or supports and substituted some balsa parts for ply where I thought a stronger material would be better. I also added some hatches to give access to the wiring at the bow and the rudder & servo at the stern but largely I have not gone โ€˜off planโ€™ to any extent. The pictures show the model in itโ€™s present state (Nov 2018) and is ready for painting and finishing.
    8 months ago by robbob
    Response
    Re: Graupner Optimist 1978
    It's very relaxing Martin, if you are not in a powerboat mood, just sit in your chair and know that the only
    battery
    you have to worry about just has to power a couple of servos,(winch and rudder) no motors or drive shafts or ESCs to worry about, and you can pretty much stay out there all day if you have good TX batteries, and your rec is powered by a UBEC from your main
    battery
    . I've sailed full sized small boats (biggest was an 18ft 'A' class cat ) since I was 12yrs old (54yrs) so it's just a miniature extension of that. I still have 2 small yachts (12ft and 15ft) and a 12ft dinghy with a 15hp motor for fishing, all rebuilt (the dinghy and 12 footer I got for free) but I'm finding that every time I go out now I come back covered in bruises, (clumsy old man syndrome) Here's a short video of a bit of my last 22km run in the dinghy to an island just up the coast from where I live. I took advantage of a brilliant day! (we don't get them that calm too often) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKSBjMllKQg John B
    12 days ago by jbkiwi
    Response
    Re: Bow fender for Riva Ariston replica Proboat Volete
    These are nice. couldn't find an exact match but I believe they are key fobs (chains) So I looked on the web and ebay at keychains, fobs and found lots of potentially useful little things, some other nice little boat fenders, life jackets steering wheels, etc. I am a scratch builder but this could an easy inexpensive part source for some things. I also have a proboat Volere which I like a lot. When I first got it, it ran O.K. but pushed up a big bow wave. First thing I tried was moving the
    battery
    from the middle of the boat to the back, I cut off the unnecessary parts of the servo horn and then I could put the
    battery
    easily into the stern. I bought a additional
    battery
    of the same type on ebay for a few dollars except 9.6V instead of 8.4V. That helped a lot too. Having success I changed the motor, still brushed to an 05 size for an airplane. (master airscrew ma 3560) Now she easily rises right up on plane and goes like a speed boat should.
    13 days ago by Commodore-H
    Forum
    Batteries in a DX5e
    Hi Martin, "Bloody silly they couldn't make rechargeables the same voltage as dry cells in the first place!" It's 'bloody silly' fact of life of the physics of the chemistry used in NiMH!๐Ÿ˜‰ LiPo chemistry is different again, being based on Lithium instead of Nickel. Which is why there nominal cell voltage is 3.7V. All to do with number of electron shells and charge carriers I believe ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿค“ I can assure assure you there is no charging socket on your TX inside or out๐Ÿ‘ If your 'wee gizmo' looks like the one in attached pic it is a
    battery
    monitor, in particular for LiPos. Plugged into the balancing socket of a Lipo
    battery
    it displays the cell voltages and then total voltage. It also screams it's nuts off if a cell drops to it's lowest safe voltage. ~3.0V (some say 2.7V!) So you could use it as an alarm if using a LiPo in your models.๐Ÿ‘ Happy flying, "Straighten up and fly right" ๐Ÿ˜‰ Great Glenn Miller number. Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    15 days ago by RNinMunich
    Wiki
    LiPo
    battery
    Charging
    NOT from me (RNinMunich)! I just edited it to delete a previous comment of mine! LiPo
    battery
    Charging - Use specific Lithium Polymer charger only! Non-compliance may cause a fire, which may result in personal injury and property damage. - Do not let the voltage on the cells drop more than 2.75v / Cell. it is recommended to unplug the
    battery
    after use which would stop any further discharge of the pack! - Never charge batteries unattended. Whenever charging Li-Poly batteries you should always remain in constant observation to monitor the charging process and react to potential problems that may occur. - if at any time you witness a
    battery
    starting to balloon or swell up, discontinue charging process immediately, disconnect the
    battery
    and observe it in a safe place for approximately 15 minutes. This may cause the
    battery
    to leak, and the reaction with air may cause the chemicals to ignite, resulting in fire. Since delayed chemical reaction can occur, it is best to observe the
    battery
    as a safety precaution.
    battery
    observation should occur in a safe area outside of any building or vehicle and away from any combustible material. - Use caution to avoid puncture of the cell. Puncture of cells may cause a fire. - Wire lead shorts can cause fire! if you accidentally short the wires, the
    battery
    must be placed in a safe area for observation for approximately 15 minutes. Additionally, if a short occurs and contact is made with metal (such as rings on your hand), severe injuries may occur due to the conductibility of electric current. - in the event of a crash, you must remove
    battery
    for observation and place in a safe open area away from any combustible material for approximately 15 minutes. - if for any reason you need to cut the terminal wires, it will be necessary to cut each wire separately, ensuring the wires to not touch each other or a short may occur, potentially causing a fire. if you accidentally cause the
    battery
    to short, place it in a safe open space and observe the
    battery
    for approximately 15 minutes. A
    battery
    may swell or even possibly catch fire after a short time. - Never store or charge
    battery
    pack inside your car or building in extreme temperatures, since extreme temperature could ignite fire. Charging Process - Never charge batteries unattended; Charge in an isolated area, away from other flammable materials; Let
    battery
    cool down to ambient temperature before charging. - Do not charge batteries packs in series. Charge each
    battery
    pack individually. Failure to do so may result in incorrect
    battery
    recognition and charging functions. Overcharging may occur and fire may be the result. - When selecting the cell count or voltage for charging purposes, select the cell count and voltage as it appears on the
    battery
    label. As a safety precaution, please confirm the information printed on the
    battery
    is correct. - Selecting a cell count other than the one printed on the
    battery
    (always confirm label is correct), can cause fire. - You must check the pack voltage before charging. Do not attempt to charge any pack if open voltage per cell is less than 3.3v Example Do not charge a 2 cell pack if below 6.6v; 3 cell pack if below 9.9v. - You must select the charge rate current that does not to exceed 1C (one times he capacity of the
    battery
    ). A higher setting may cause fire. The below chart is calculated at 1 x capacity of pack. Example: 1800mAh: charge below 1.8Amps; 2200mAh: charge below 2.2Amps; 3600mAh: charge below 3.6Amps First Discharge: Keep the run time to 6-minute sessions with 15-minute breaks. Storage & Transportation Store
    battery
    at room temperature between 40F and 80F for best results; do not expose
    battery
    pack to direct sunlight (heat) for extended periods.
    1 month ago by RNinMunich
    Forum
    battery
    backup
    The web is full of low-
    battery
    detection circuits - including those with latchable switching to stop the circuit turning back off when the main
    battery
    recovers voltage as it is rested. See the link below.https://www.google.co.uk/search?client=opera&q=low-
    battery
    +detection+circuits&sourceid=opera&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8 An alternative approach might be to detect, not the dropping of a voltage to some specific level, but the actual failure of the R/C signal at the servo due to low voltage. You can do this with a 555 easily enough and less than half a dozen components - this is often used to drive a sound generator to find a missing aircraft (just turn off the radio), or some other failsafe action. For instance http://www.circuitstoday.com/missing-pulse-detector-circuit-using-ne555 A latchable missing pulse detector coupled to a switch to add a single C NiMH
    battery
    to the main power (and an LED warning) would let you get the absolute maximum out of a
    battery
    and then boost the voltage sufficiently for a short home run. That is, if you want to run your batteries down to their limits and you are running on such a low voltage that the BEC is the first thing to go. You could also take pulses off the prop-shaft if you didn't mind the circuit switching in whenever the boat stopped.... ๐Ÿ˜Š Usually, a boat running slowly would be the best indication to come in and change batteries....
    1 month ago by DodgyGeezer
    Forum
    battery
    backup
    Funny you should mention that Martin ๐Ÿ˜‰ I built one many years ago.๐Ÿ˜Š It used a 5V two pole change over relay to switch to a second
    battery
    . It must be still kicking about somewhere. I had it in my destroyer. Originally I set it up to work like an overdrive. I had two 6V SLAs in the ship. Cruised around on one
    battery
    and used the relay to switch the second in series for 'ALL AHEAD EMERGENCY'. RC controlled of course ๐Ÿ˜‰ Was quite spectacular and made some 'speedboat' drivers look silly if they started driving in circles around me while I was cruising ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ Hotspur was halfway across the lake before they realised I'd gone. Had to go easy on the rudder when flat out though, the heeling was heart stopping๐Ÿ˜ฎ Nowadays I might try it with power MOSFETs (like in modern ESCs) instead of the relay. Relay is simpler to build though. Simple enough to rig the comparator circuit up to either relay or power FETs. You just need a small single transistor preamp in between to boost the few mA from the chip output to enough to drive the relay or FET switch. For emergency 'Get Home' use the second
    battery
    could just be a small capacity version, if there isn't enough space or weight margin for a second full spec drive
    battery
    . I think I would prefer a high brightness all-round LED flasher to raising a flag. Plus an alarm horn perhaps. Although a flag would be a nice gimmick. Cream on top so to speak. 'spose it could be rigged up to small winch and a closed loop of cord with a pulley at the mast top. Once the basic circuit stands what you use it to drive is only limited by imagination, resources and space and load margins. So get your thinking caps on lads and lasses!! You don't want to flatten the emergency
    battery
    too quick though! Gotta go now, Dinner with the GF ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹ CU later, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    1 month ago by RNinMunich
    Forum
    Prop size and speed
    Agreed Martin, one thing at a time! BUT: Stuart; I believe we are discussing your 24" Commander here. In which case your results mirror mine with my 24" Sea Scout. Except that my prop shaft did not bind!!๐Ÿ˜‰ It was also reluctant to plane with a 2S LiPo (7.4V nominal) but went very well and planed easily with a 3S (11.1V nominal). I also was using 4000mAH batteries. I published my results using various batteries here in the Media - Video section. Go to the Media Gallery and search for Sea Scout. So, I would leave the motor and prop alone and (after fixing the prop shaft!!!) try a 3S
    battery
    . I'm sure you will be satisfied ๐Ÿ‘ Prop technology is complex as Martin said, our old friend Bernoulli raises his head for instance๐Ÿค” But, essentially bigger is better for more speed or same speed with lower shaft revolutions when applied to real size ships. BUT 2: with our electric powered models bigger props often simply increase the load on the motor causing it to draw more current for a fractional increase in boat speed if any. In essence props with fewer blades are inherently more efficient as you hinted. Minimum being 2 of course ๐Ÿ™„ Two bladers are popular with the Fast Electric guys for that reason. I don't do speedboats, I'm a scale guy and my maxim is; If the real vessel had an XYZ screw then so will my model! Summary; first fix the propshaft; lubrication, alignment with motor shaft, ensure a few thou of clearance between prop hub / locknut and the end of the shaft tube. Preferably with a thrust washer in between. Second, fit a 3S
    battery
    preferably crosswise above the C of G of the boat. As you can see in the pic of my Sea Scout 'engine room' in your Commander thread. For those with a mathematical mind, undying curiosity and an afternoon to spare I attach a paper on the Principles of Ship Propulsion from MAN, the supplier of small to huge diesels to probably a majority of ships (commercial and naval) built today. You should find Chapter 2: Propeller Propulsion particularly illuminating! Happy reading ๐Ÿ˜‰ Just remember the paper deals with real ships and real water, we have scale ships but not scale water๐Ÿค” Basic dynamics still apply though. Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    1 month ago by RNinMunich
    Forum
    Can anyone help please?
    Have you got the + and - wires the right way round on the
    battery
    or is the motor to powerful for the speed controller I put a fuse in the positive wire and it has saved several controller when connecting the wires the wrong way round on the
    battery
    hope this is of some help
    1 month ago by scout13
    Response
    Re: Aero-Naut Classic
    Great post fantastic project - most of use Li-Po batteries without any issues allbeit in portable or laptop computers, some cell phones, portable chargers and elsewhere. Heck, a standard alkaline 1.5 or 9 volt
    battery
    can cause issues if not properly used or placed under stress. But - Iโ€™ve made mistakes myself and come close to bad issues using power sources improperly or without heeding instructions such as using them full out without allowing them to cool. itโ€™s all about using caution and precautions, understandably accidents do happen though
    2 years ago by Brucef102
    Forum
    Proximity (Hall effect) sensor wiring
    Hi all, a friend is building a submarine and wants to turn it on remotely with a proximity switch and magnet, he needs to know where to wire it in... I thought it should be into the positive wire from the
    battery
    - am I right? Thanks in advance, Eric
    8 months ago by EricMB
    Blog
    WTC/Sub Driver.
    Hi Guys, Just a little warning if you plan on using a remote on/off switch in your WTC. To work it needs to be permanently connected to a power source (your
    battery
    ) even when your submarine is switched off, so it tends to drain the
    battery
    when you are not using it. So the last thing you want is to keep stripping down your WTC just to charge the
    battery
    . If you have an external charging point then this is not so bad. A magnet on/off switch will prevent this problem. It is to late for me to change mine now as it will be a massive job to do so but if I have to then I will later. Martin.
    2 months ago by Martin555
    Blog
    H.M.S BRAVE BORDERER
    After the trials, tribulations, experiments and frustration, can finally announce this model is sailing well. It has excellent performance and looks, both on and off the water. A build really for the more experienced modeller though. If the performance envelope is to be explored it should be done on a suitably large area of water with few other vessels around. However, enjoyed building a model of an unusual class of vessels. It expanded my knowledge and skills, then kept me occupied throughout a Canadian winter! Have also been lucky to have received considerable useful advice from other modellers, which was much appreciated. Building from scratch off a proprietary glass fibre hull gives a robust model with plenty of opportunity for individual input. Intend to use this approach again. Whilst am rather blinkered about building scale models to scale; considerable frustration, time and money could have been saved by using a single or even a twin screw layout, rather than the triple. Performance might also have been further improved and weight saved. Several of the U Tube videos of the similar Perkasa models show how well these layouts work. There are several photos attached; 1) Stationary. 2) Max. speed using the centre screw brushed motor and then the outer brushless screws on the 2S
    battery
    3) Max. speed using the centre screw brushed motor and then the outer brushless screws on the 3S
    battery
    . Because the pond is small, was unable to capture the marked differences in performance between the 2 and 3 S batteries. It will plane easily on either, just rather more frenetically on the 3!. Suspect this was because of the difficulty in coordinating acceleration, photographer and deceleration. Will endeavour to get pictures and a video that make this more obvious and post when available.
    3 months ago by RHBaker
    Forum
    EeZeBilt RAF Crash Tender trial video
    After reading your post with great I terest, I had to have a search round my attic and sure enough, among my toys from the fifties I located my still boxed but well used plastic
    battery
    powered fire boat. It was an Xmas 1954 present. I'll try again tomorrow to post a photo, can't upload pics at moment????. Thanks for the memories Colin.
    3 months ago by Colin H
    Blog
    HMS BRAVE BORDERER
    Getting ready for the maiden voyage after the extensive winter upgrade and stumbled across an article on programming Hobbyking ESCs. Have always been concerned about the โ€œstutteringโ€ of the brushless motors. This is more correctly identified as โ€œcoggingโ€, often caused by incorrect motor timing. Changed the timing to โ€œAutomaticโ€ from the incorrect previous setting, which was for inrunner motors not outrunners. Now much smoother acceleration from neutral to full speed. On the water, first, the brushed motor centre screw concept works well. It allows controllable maneuvering and powers the model nicely in a displacement mode. No planning, but with a reasonable bow wave. The model weight is a little high, as she rides towards the top of the boot topping. Tried the brushless outer screws and realized my efforts to โ€œdetuneโ€ the motors were overdone. The model performance was adequate, but still had difficulty in getting both motors to run consistently and smoothly. Think the water drag was slowing the motors more that expected as they had worked satisfactory on the bench. Adjusted the ESC output back to 100% - much better. After 45 minutes of running the
    battery
    alarm came on, curtailing trials. She planes very much as the real vessel did, lifting the forefoot clearly out of the water. Had a spare
    battery
    , but 3S not 2. Was apprehensive about the increased power this would bring, but as the model was operating satisfactorily decided to try it. Better still! Motors now work consistently smoothly and in concert throughout the throttle range. The top speed exceeds any picture I have seen of the Brave class though. Can readily get a third of the hull out of the water. Will conduct more trails, but need a larger pond to give time to experiment with the various control settings. Hope to post a concluding blog with pictures shortly.
    3 months ago by RHBaker
    Forum
    LiPo batteries
    Please can I get some advice on LiPo batteries. I intend to buy a 3300-5000mAh
    battery
    to run an offshore power boat model. I will be taking the
    battery
    with me to Hungary to use on my local river which I have found is ok as hand luggage properly protected from short circuit. My problem is that at present, I only go there three time a year so the
    battery
    would remain unused for 4 months at a time. If I leave the
    battery
    with a safety charge, will it last for four months unused or will it fall below the critical voltage. If it is felt that it will not hold the charge, I will have to carry it with me forward and back. Thanks.๐Ÿ˜Š
    1 year ago by MouldBuilder
    Wiki
    LiPo
    battery
    Charging
    DRAFT: TO BE REVISED AND UPDATED SHORTLY!! (RN) LiPo
    battery
    Charging - Use specific Lithium Polymer charger only! Non-compliance may cause a fire, which may result in personal injury and property damage. - Do not let the voltage on the cells drop more than 2.75v / Cell. it is recommended to unplug the
    battery
    after use which would stop any further discharge of the pack! - Never charge batteries unattended. Whenever charging Li-Poly batteries you should always remain in constant observation to monitor the charging process and react to potential problems that may occur. - if at any time you witness a
    battery
    starting to balloon or swell up, discontinue charging process immediately, disconnect the
    battery
    and observe it in a safe place for approximately 15 minutes. This may cause the
    battery
    to leak, and the reaction with air may cause the chemicals to ignite, resulting in fire. Since delayed chemical reaction can occur, it is best to observe the
    battery
    as a safety precaution.
    battery
    observation should occur in a safe area outside of any building or vehicle and away from any combustible material. - Use caution to avoid puncture of the cell. Puncture of cells may cause a fire. - Wire lead shorts can cause fire! if you accidentally short the wires, the
    battery
    must be placed in a safe area for observation for approximately 15 minutes. Additionally, if a short occurs and contact is made with metal (such as rings on your hand), severe injuries may occur due to the conductibility of electric current. - in the event of a crash, you must remove
    battery
    for observation and place in a safe open area away from any combustible material for approximately 15 minutes. - if for any reason you need to cut the terminal wires, it will be necessary to cut each wire separately, ensuring the wires to not touch each other or a short may occur, potentially causing a fire. if you accidentally cause the
    battery
    to short, place it in a safe open space and observe the
    battery
    for approximately 15 minutes. A
    battery
    may swell or even possibly catch fire after a short time. - Never store or charge
    battery
    pack inside your car or building in extreme temperatures, since extreme temperature could ignite fire. Charging Process - Never charge batteries unattended; Charge in an isolated area, away from other flammable materials; Let
    battery
    cool down to ambient temperature before charging. - Do not charge batteries packs in series. Charge each
    battery
    pack individually. Failure to do so may result in incorrect
    battery
    recognition and charging functions. Overcharging may occur and fire may be the result. - When selecting the cell count or voltage for charging purposes, select the cell count and voltage as it appears on the
    battery
    label. As a safety precaution, please confirm the information printed on the
    battery
    is correct. - Selecting a cell count other than the one printed on the
    battery
    (always confirm label is correct), can cause fire. - You must check the pack voltage before charging. Do not attempt to charge any pack if open voltage per cell is less than 3.3v Example Do not charge a 2 cell pack if below 6.6v; 3 cell pack if below 9.9v. - You must select the charge rate current that does not to exceed 1C (one times he capacity of the
    battery
    ). A higher setting may cause fire. The below chart is calculated at 1 x capacity of pack. Example: 1800mAh: charge below 1.8Amps; 2200mAh: charge below 2.2Amps; 3600mAh: charge below 3.6Amps First Discharge: Keep the run time to 6-minute sessions with 15-minute breaks. Storage & Transportation Store
    battery
    at room temperature between 40F and 80F for best results; do not expose
    battery
    pack to direct sunlight (heat) for extended periods.
    4 months ago by RNinMunich
    Response
    Basic hull construction completed
    No. The motor size is not in the instructions, but from a previous forum post I've been recommended a 28xx Brushless 1100Kv with a 11.1V 2200Mah LiPo
    battery
    . Yes. I have that edition and following the editorial. it is a more detailed version of the instructions as both written by Dave Milbourne. ๐Ÿ‘
    4 months ago by StuartE
    Forum
    What size brushless motor?
    I'm building a new Fairey Hunstman 31 from a kit bought through SLEC. It has provision for a single prop shaft and I've bought a 2 bladed plastic x-shape prop, 25mm based on a recommendation from SLEC. What is the best/most efficient/most powerful brushless electric motor/
    battery
    combination I can fit? I'm a novice at this and my previous boat kit had all parts supplied. Thank you in anticipation....๐Ÿ‘
    5 months ago by StuartE
    Forum
    Robbe Westerriff lotse pilot vessel
    This boat is understood to be a Robbe 1:25 kit, constructed to a very high standard, and is the pilot vessel Westerriff. The craft is finished to the most exacting of standards and, whilst fitted with a motor, bow thruster and lots of wiring, will need additions and finishing to perform, with,
    battery
    , radio gear etc required. ( I also note there is no servo for the rudder ). It has sailed previously, and is provided with many attractive features, including operating water cannon, rotating radar, operating mast lights ( numerous ). The length is 106 cms, or a tad under 42 inches in old money.( The craft is supplied without the stand that is shown in the images. I am presently looking for a suitable stand, so if there is one out there to be had, please do let me ( or the new purchaser ) know. If further info or images is/are required, please do let me know. Again, I am looking for a reasonable and realistic offer for the boat, and all offers will be considered. The craft is presently moored alongside the previously mentioned Assurance class armed tug in South Manchester. ( also, the least I can do is to ensure that a suitable donation is made to the site following the sale of any of the craft that I am offering for sale ).
    5 months ago by Davecounty
    Forum
    Slightly confused newbie
    Hi just a thought the VIPER 25 AMP has a BEC (
    battery
    Elimination Circuit ) built into it and if you connect a power supply to your receiver as well to power from the motor
    battery
    all manner of thing can go wrong John
    5 months ago by JOHN
    Forum
    Replacement motor
    Hi Bengtt For that size model I use a Hobbyking 3639-1100kv brushless motor or a D3548/4 1100kv on a 3S lipo
    battery
    (between 3700-5800mah), a 60 or 100Amp car ESC (HK-60A-SL or HK-100A), program card(HK PROG-CARD). I have a good setup for this system, if you require. Prop start with the one you have, but I use a 2 blade 40mm or 3 Blade 37mm (brass or CNC). Slightly over scale speed, depending on the boat. Canabus
    5 months ago by canabus
    Forum
    Slightly confused newbie
    hi ya J that looks like an Mtroniks speed controller in the pic - does this one have the button on that you press to set it up? because I know what you would need to do is set your trim in the neutral position for the throttle and then go through the procedure of switching on the transmitter and then the receiver and then pressing the button on the speed controller so it recognises where neutral is. I believe some of these Mtroniks are something like 100% rpm forward and something like 75% rpm in reverse. if this idea doesn't work you could always swap the wires over on the motor. (NOT ON THE
    battery
    ) ๐Ÿค“ Chinee smokey come out of speed controller if you do dat ๐Ÿ˜ฒ John
    5 months ago by JOHN
    Media
    Tug Brooklyn
    Tug Brooklyn Steam Engine Sound Generator Test! With her Running Lights on! I couldn't use her Steam Whistle!๐Ÿ˜ค I only had one 9 volt
    battery
    !๐Ÿ˜ญ Anyway here goes nothing!
    5 months ago by figtree7nts
    Blog
    Painting
    I must admit that the painting process is not my favourite. it takes so long and time is always at a premium due to work commitments. I rush it a bit so that the build can continue. I fitted all of the windows into the deck structure and covered them with the low tack film. I then primed, two coats, painted, two coats followed by two coats of lacquer. I am quite pleased with the results even though it is not perfect. I decided not to fit the deck until all of the electronics, including the ESC,
    battery
    and receiver had been installed. This is because one of the big problems with this model is the lack of room to work in once the deck is in place. Another problem I encountered was the fitting of the tiller cranks onto the rudders. if the instructions are followed, it is almost impossible the adjust or remove them once the deck has been fitted. I solved the problem by reversing the cranks and bending the connecting wire to miss a bulkhead support. The screws can now be reached from the deck opening. I have now completed the majority of the painting and have started to assemble the remaining parts. Currently I am doing the wiring of the lighting and making a couple of circuit boards. There are a lot of wires involved so to reduce the amount I have decided to us e a common negative. (Cannot remember what this is called right now). There are still a lot of wires and they are mostly coming out from the cabin structure. I have decided to introduce some nine pin connectors to make cabin removal a lot easier. This is quite a big job and will take a little while. I really enjoy this bit. The results add that little bit of extra satisfaction when it all works as it should.๐Ÿค“ The top search light assembly came as a bit of a surprise. it is manufactured from nickel silver plate and requires soldering together. Even though I am a precision engineer, I have not soldered a box since I was at school. Once I stopped burning my fingers with the heat, I quite enjoyed the assembly even though it would have been useful to have an extra hand and took the best part of today to complete.๐Ÿ˜ค I can honestly say that I have enjoyed most of this build and even though earlier on I was thinking to avoid Aero-naut models in the future, I have changed my mind. They are very cleverly designed. I expect to complete this model some time in March. That would be the first for me to complete in recent times even though I have two others on the go and one new one in its box ready for a Summer start.๐Ÿ˜Š
    5 months ago by MouldBuilder
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    Billingโ€™s Boat J-502-Progress
    Small boats have less access below the deck. I might use a flat
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    pack instead of the quad shown here. The model tested well in the laundry tub under power. Much left to do yet, glad the electronics work. A mini rudder servo is being added.
    5 months ago by Ron
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    Precedent Fairey Huntsman
    I have for sale an unfinished Fairey Huntsman 31, I started it approx 9 months ago as a project with my grandson but his attention has now turned to model railways, subsequently I have now lost interest in completing and sailing it, the boat is approx 90% complete and comes with new RC equipment
    battery
    motor etc, I am looking for ยฃ250 just to recoup the costs and to put to his new model railway. I live inStoke-on-Trent if anybody would like to have a look,
    5 months ago by bthart
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    PS Iona - paddles
    I decided to build the paddles on my 3D printer, working off the plan rather than building in brass as this should be much quicker... should be! Feeling confident I designed ver 1 & printed it out... and scratched my head a lot to see how this was going to fit together. So ver 2 was much better and almost looked like it would work. Ver 3... same etc. Ver 4 ๐Ÿ‘ This would assemble looking like paddles. I decided against feathering paddles having talked to a few paddle steamer builders - it seemed more complicated, used slightly more
    battery
    power and in 1:36 scale would make little difference to performance. Having built one now I would probably make a few changes but it looks and performs ok. The assembled paddle is attached to a 4mm stainless steel drive shaft with brass bushes. I have recently added some pins to ensure they don't come loose on the lake.๐Ÿค“
    5 months ago by Harvey Kitten
    Blog
    Building the Cabin. Part 1
    The superstructure of the launch is very simple, and from a practical point it was designed to give the crew a large field of view across the river and fast access in and out to deal with emergency situations. Consequently the construction is quite basic and would be quite straightforward if permanently fixed to the boat but this cabin needs to be removable to give access to the
    battery
    location and motor. Because of this the cabin needs to be a strong and rigid structure of its own and yet fit invisibly to the rest of the model, itโ€™s also only a three sided structure because of the open access at the rear and that alone will be a point of weakness to the structure. I started by glueing the internal bracing strips to the insides of the deck sides as described in the instruction sheet and some strips that form the base for the sides that sit on the deck, these also needs to be sanded to an angle to sit flush on the deck and also create a vertical face that some further strips are fixed to which meet the inside walls of the deck well. Although all the parts for the cabin are accurately laser cut I chose to do a dry โ€˜test fitโ€™ using pins and elastic bands to hold the side panels and roof braces together. This 'dry fit' was neccessary because I had previously decided to fit false obeche panels over the balsa sides and floor of the well to get a better surface to finish in the way I intend, balsa does not have any pleasing grain and does not look good even when stained, so I pinned all these panels in place to account for their addition to the internal dimensions of the well deck. When I was happy that the geometry of the side panels and front window panels was correct I glued all the roof braces in place and added some reinforcing fillets to make it more rigid, temporary braces were glued across the front and rear of the assembly to keep the whole thing rigid and square during further assembly. The pins and rubber bands were used to pull in the side panels while the aliphatic glue set. All of this was done with the cabin on the boat so that the correct โ€˜dryโ€™ fit converted to a permanent fit. Part 2 will continue with the addition of the front window panels and roof.
    5 months ago by robbob
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    Rescue Vessel - Springer Tug
    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
    7 months ago by Joe727
    Blog
    Palamo's Fishing boat
    Well it's winter here in Hamilton Ontario & I decided to R/C a kit by Ocio Creativo 1/45 scale length 410 mm fishing boat .The model is a static kit so the trick will be installing all the R/C equipment . The challenge is the bulk heads are solid & will need to be modified for motor ,stuffing box ,
    battery
    ,Etc .
    6 months ago by GARTH
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    1950s sea commander refurb.
    Thanks for all your comments and input. What i really need now is a copy of the templates sheet so that i can cut some new parts to replace some of the missing ones . I have ordered a new rudder, and new plexi glass for the windows. Already in hand is an Mtronics Viper marine 25 amp ESC. 12 volt 7ah
    battery
    , Futaba 27 or 40 Mhz RX. Futaba servo. Just awaiting the motor from Doug (RN in Munich). We are going to repaint the Hull in White, Cabin sides in Dark Blue, Cabin roofs in White. The decks will be left as my dad made them, just cleaned and a fresh coat of varnish. the inside of the hull is well sealed already with bitumen (original) which is still allright. Next stage start rubbing down the hull ready for the glass cloth and Ezekote resin. at least i can do this indoors in the warm, workshop too d*** cold. Thats all for today shipmates, more to come, Cheers Colin.
    6 months ago by Colin H
    Blog
    6 Volts of Course of Course!
    Captain's Log: The right
    battery
    for the job! I found a
    battery
    that volts and amp's are just right! The most important thing the right weight! The
    battery
    weigh's in at 3 lbs. 1 ounce. Which is just right for the Brooklyn! Give or take a once or two.... But, can be adjusted to trim the water line! The
    battery
    is a 6 volt 8.5 amp
    battery
    . Which will power Brooklyn for 2.5 hours. Or 1.6 hours with her smoking unit on! Brooklyn will run on 5.2 amps with the smoker. Or 4.0 amps with out the smoker! Unfortunately you live and learn. I tried using the batteries from. Serenity, she's 12 volts 2.5 amps! This was no good, not enough power! Also the 12 batteries weigh too much! So, A 6 volt
    battery
    was the way to go! Next is replacing the motor and smoker! Am expecting the motor this morning! Will soon order the smoker! And again she will be completed. For a spring launching!๐Ÿ‘
    6 months ago by figtree7nts
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    AIR FOR STEAM
    Hello All Thinking out loud when I research steam engines it seams after they are built or after repair they are tested on an air compressor is it possible to set up a model RC boat to run a steam engine with air if so would it be by compressor or a compressed air bottle . If by compressor is there a small enough unit to go into a boat and be
    battery
    operated any ideas . Rick
    6 months ago by Newby7
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    AIR FOR STEAM
    Small compressors as in car tyre pumps would do it but the drain on the
    battery
    would be quite high. A small compressed air cylinder with a regulator could work, but where you would be able to get one I don't know. Cheers Colin.
    6 months ago by Colin H
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    Fairmile D 1/24 Scale Build
    I am afraid that I disagree with the comments about Doug. They do not reflect Doug's comments or intentions. We are here to offer assistance to those that request it and others that may learn from the comments etc. Doug offers some of the best most practical advice from his experience. A Fairmile D had 4 engines and props. if you want to recreate it as a true scale model then that is the the aim. You are entitled to have one prop, one engine and one SLA
    battery
    in your boat. it may plane for approx 10 minutes before it slows and drops off the plane. I had such an arrangement a few decades ago in an old MTB, but have learned from it and moved on. I would not advise this arrangement with all the newer motors,
    battery
    types and ESCs available. My Fairmile D has 2 x Speed 700 motors and NiMH batteries. it runs on plane for an hour or more. My newer Vosper MTB and La Combattante III boats have 2 x brushless motors each and the same NiMH
    battery
    packs - my choice. Other people use LiPo batteries. We respect all modellers and their quest to build 'their' own models. Nothing wrong with having the best advice available, so modellers can make up their own minds.
    6 months ago by reilly4
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    Fairmile D 1/24 Scale Build
    Don't quite understand why you would want to run four props & motors. One of my fleet is a old Precident Perkasa, in all wood including the hull. Powered by a 12v 7ah lead acid
    battery
    a single 550 motor and a three blade prop. As you can probably imagine she is heavy but still gets on the plane to mimic the real thing, will admit the motor did get a bit hot untill I fitted a heat sink with fan cooling. I also have a Hooben Perkasa in injection moulded plastic, yet to be built but intend to use the same set up. Cheers for now John๐Ÿ‘
    6 months ago by bikerjohn57
    Blog
    6 Volts of Course!
    Captain's Log: Well I found a 6 volt 8.5 amp
    battery
    . For my Brooklyn to use! Just have to order her main motor and a new smoker! Both of which will be at 6 volts! Now, if I've done my math right! And all I use is her main motor. I would end up with about 2.5 hours of run time! But, if I use her main motor and smoke. I will end up with a little over 1.5 hours of run time! I was lucky in that I have a buyer. For her old 12 volt motor and 12 volt smoker! They have about an hour of use! Not exactly what I call used. But, Have to sell as used equipment!
    6 months ago by figtree7nts
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    (Fire Boat) Fireboat
    Recently acquired Fireboat that needs refurbishment. Existing loose single shaft removed and twin shafts and rudders fitted. To fitted with twin (possibly brushless) motors, each with its own
    battery
    and controller. Updates to follow. (5/10)
    6 months ago by Welshsailor
    Blog
    Build
    The heating elements in the hairdryer had two different wire gauges as elements. I removed the lighter gauge thinking they would probably draw less current. I am attempting to use 6 volts as that is what my boat is. 1. First Photo: Took a length of element and stretched it out as shown, started with a longer piece about 8". if you are at 12v probably longer. Use some alligator clip jumpers and attached to one end, ran it to negative terminal of my 6v SLA. Took another jumper and attached to a point on the wire, say about 7". JUST TOUCH the other end to the
    battery
    positive to see if it glowed, it did not. So just moved about 3/8" at a time till it glowed - See Photo. CAUTION, make certain you have a nonflammable surface to work on, I used a tile scrap. IT GETS HOT FAST AND WILL BURN, DON'T ASK ME HOW I KNOW. That's why I just touch the terminal till it glows then stop, let it cool for a while. 2. Cut element to length, than take your 16 gauge wire and the crimp tube shown in earlier post. insert both into the tube and crimp it. I used a side cutter and carefully just squeezed enough. Make sure that the element will not pull out. Do the other end. Because I am using only 6 volts, I had flattened out the wire to give me more wraps on the wick. See photo and note. 3. in the lid of the box, I located the fan at one end, the exhaust stack at the other. Drilled a hole matching the fan opening and secured with two screws, drill small pilot holes so as not to crack the plastic. Drill hole to match brass tube OD, tube is about 1" long or so. Super glued brass tube in place. Excuse the sloppy copper sheet work on the inside of the lid, it was an experiment at the time. I added this a a bit of a heat sheild as the wick and element would sit below this. 4. Next photos show the interior of the box, not the best photos of the process as this was already built.... The mint tin set inside the plastic box was an idea to do two things; first isolate the heating element from the plastic,and two, provide a smaller vessel for the fluid. You may want to just use a metal container instead of the plastic box, again I was just using what I had on hand. The wick is laying in the tin with the element propped up at on end to keep it out of the fluid. Photo shown does not show much fluid in place. This needs some work, but worked for this test. Experiment, just be sure that the lower portion of the wick is in the fluid and the element wire wrap is above the fluid level. For the test, I used some mineral oil and a bit of glycerin, smoked very well. it's late so I will run it and photograph tomorrow. Cheers, Joe (Excuse the Imperial rather than metric)
    6 months ago by Joe727
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    I know what you meant! Cheers, Ed
    6 months ago by figtree7nts
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    I know what is was ๐Ÿ˜‰ COMMS equipment; particularly for ship to shore radio! Obviously made a deeper impression than batteries ๐Ÿ˜
    6 months ago by RNinMunich
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    !
    You're so right. That's also what my new (Nov '18) ones are! Unfortunately Spellcheckers don't include brand names, unless we put 'em in! I have used Yaesu 'somethings' over the years. Now what the heck were they!!?? ๐Ÿค” Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    6 months ago by RNinMunich
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    Hi Doug, check your spell checker. Should read YUASA?
    6 months ago by Wingcoax
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    Hi Doug, No, I mean $40.00 for all three Batteries! But, I'm still looking! I found one for $23.33. It's 6 volts at 8.5Ah and it weighs 3.1 Lbs. Which is just the right Ballast for Tug Brooklyn! Also ample power 1.5 hour run.....๐Ÿ‘
    6 months ago by figtree7nts
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    Hi Ed, NOT 40 bucks each I hope๐Ÿ˜ฒ I use the Yaesu SLAs, not expensive and last for years as they are designed for use in long term applications, such as emergency lighting system, remote instrumentation systems etc. Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    6 months ago by RNinMunich
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    Hi Joe, Yes, I've been looking around! Looked at W@lmart. And have looked at other sources. Have found 3 6volt 7amp SLA's. For about $40.00 or so. Still looking around. Might find just the right one!
    6 months ago by figtree7nts
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    Did you see my note about the 2 pound batteries? At the local
    battery
    and light bulb shop they wanted about $24 for each. I got my TWO for $22 from Walmart. Pays to shop around.
    6 months ago by Joe727
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    Cracked
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    Captain's Log: I hadn't inspected the new batteries. I received for Tug Brooklyn! But, on close inspection of the Batteries. One of them came with a crack!๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ค๐Ÿ˜ก So, got in contact with the company. I purchased the batteries from. And will be sending both. Batteries back for a refund! Luckily, I was looking around and have found. Lighter Batteries! Will be ordering those soon! At half the price of the ones I sent back!
    6 months ago by figtree7nts
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    Weight Too Much!
    Captain's Log: After careful consideration. I have decided to use only one
    battery
    at a time! This being 6.5 lbs. is way too much weight. Her bow is too low to the waterline. She get's thrown off by the weight. So, one
    battery
    at a time will be used! Now, having lowered the volts. From 12 volts to 6 volts is a problem. See her main motor and smoker. Are 12 volts each! So, now I have to replace. The main motor and the smoker. To a 6 volt system! This is not so easy. If any of you are familiar. With Dumas and Harbor model products. You know this ain't cheap!๐Ÿ˜ญ Luckily, I will be selling both parts. Together next month! As both parts are in new condition! I will then order a 6 volt main motor and Smoker! Oh, each
    battery
    will give me about 1.5 hours of run time! And that's not bad at all..... NOTE: I'm only losing $10.00 on the resale of her Motor and Smoker!
    6 months ago by figtree7nts


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