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    Response
    Re: Refit Irishman to Yorkshireman tugboat
    " It had had at least 4 coats of paint the latest being done by what looked like a plasterer." Funny that Rogal! I had exactly the same situation with the restoration / conversion of an ancient Billing Boats fish cutter, the Gina 2. Dave-M actually said he thought it looked like it had been plastered! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Pics show the wreck I started with and where I'm at. Paint finish in last pic is actually Arctic White, lighting and
    camera
    makes it look very off white!๐Ÿ˜ฎ Oh well! She'd been at sea for a while ๐Ÿ˜ You can follow my 'trail' in my Build Blog at https://model-boats.com/blogs/43305 I am also converting Gina from the original static model to RC. I restored a period (50s) Taycol Target motor to go in her. Pic 3. The Taycol came from the Sea Scout 'Jessica' that my Dad built in the early 60s. My Blog of restoring her is also on this site. Similar techniques used๐Ÿ˜‰ https://model-boats.com/blogs?q=Jessica Happy restoring, it's sometimes frustrating but in the end very rewarding.๐Ÿ˜Š I also have an ELCO PT Boat under similar restoration and refit/upgrade. (No blog as yet!) Good luck with your venture ๐Ÿ‘ Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    13 days ago by RNinMunich
    Directory
    HMS EXETER.
    This Was scratch built approximately 28 years ago. If I remember correctly it took me three years to make and at a scale of 1/96. Again photos of photos as no digital
    camera
    s in those days.
    15 days ago by Martin555
    Directory
    Vosper torpedo boat.
    I made this about 30 years ago. Unfortunately the photos are of photos as we did not have digital
    camera
    s in those days.
    15 days ago by Martin555
    Media
    I.C Boat Manta Ray
    I started the SMBC Youtube channel a couple of months ago... here's the latest video, with on-board
    camera
    s...https://youtu.be/GumktybSX_c
    2 months ago by Harvey Kitten
    Blog
    PS Enterprise
    This model is intended to be used to carry
    camera
    such as a go pro. my current
    camera
    vessel is a barge and I can't turn the barge without it looking bad on video so I wanted a vessel that can move under its own power but not too fast. The model is 1/20 and will have 2 paddles wheels, one on each side. This particular vessel is currently in Canberra NSW but it used to operate in Uchuka NSW.
    5 months ago by rcmodelboats
    Blog
    First REAL Sail in Open Water
    I wanted to use separate controls for the fore and main+mizzen yards, but my "new" winch drums where crap, and I only had one drum available, the wood disc and cardboard one I've been using. So, I linked all three masts together. it was very near the end of October, but the forecast was for light breezes and mid to high 50's (about 13ยฐc). I rigged her royals for the first time, ran all the bracing to the tops'l yards instead of the courses. I redid the bracing plan to only use tops'l yard braces instead of both tops'l yards and courses. This simplifies everything, and hopefully it would be enough. I had a list of specific items to test, so based on that list, here's a report on the first time Constellation really sailed, under full control, in open water: First off, she was sailed in Rock Creek, Maryland, USA. My friend Mark has access to the neighborhood boat-ramp three blocks down the street. He brought his "Son of Erin" along, rigged as a sloop (it's convertible) and his grand-kids who live nearby. So... 1. Test fit in car; she hasn't been in my Toyota Matrix yet. -It was tricky at first, but it worked. No one or nothing else is getting in the car, so this isn't the preferred transport by any means - but it's nice to know it's there. Note in the photo, in the car on the left is the launch cart with the wheels removed, packed in nice and neat. 2. Test the new launch cart. -As noted, it broke down and packed away really nicely. The approach to the ramp was very steep, and I took her down head first so she wouldn't slide off the back of the cart. The bumpy ground made the model slide back a lot. I'm going to put a stop in the channel that will catch the edge of the PVC cap and should fix that problem. There's was also a lot of slop in the flag pole bracket, the hole for the bolt that holds the two parts is bigger than the bolt, making for too much play in the handle. I replaced it with another pole bracket that fit more snugly. The wheels are hard and a bit jarring, especially on the ramp where there was broken concrete underwater so cars wouldn't sink into the silt. The handle was the bigger problem though, slopping up and down and flexing. Otherwise the cart performed as expected and I was really pleased with it. When I used it to one side of the ramp where there was hard sand, I had no problems at all. 3. With the royals set, she'll be sailing with the most sail she's set so far. -The forecast was for Northerly winds up to 5 mph. Up in the creek that was variable in direction and speed, gusting at least to 15 now and then, sometimes from two directions! The model took it all very well, though my heart beat faster every time she heeled, I don't think she once got her gun-stripe wet. 4. Test fore tops'l yard brace routing. -No problems at all, everything worked as designed, for a change. 5. See how self-tending bowlines rigged on the main tops'l work out. -They seemed to function just fine. When the model was close enough to see them, they didn't snag or interfere with the sail or bracing. 6. Actually sail the model in open water instead of bumping the bottom in a shallow pool. -A combination of joy and terror. Every gust my heart raced, but she sailed great and went where I meant her to go from the beginning. She responded to controls perfectly and predictably. 7. Get some pictures and video of the model sailing. -One thing that went wrong was my
    camera
    's batteries dying, so I didn't get all the pics and video I wanted. Fortunately, Mark was on hand and took some shots and video with his phone. In all, the day was a resounding success. Everything went well, nothing broke or failed. And she sailed! Not like her first sail where she barely made head way for more than a few seconds, but controllably, reliably, and fast too! I handled her by myself. Mark was there and offered his help, but part of my test was seeing if I could deal with it all 100% by myself. No problems. The awkward bit was sitting her on her ballast and lining the rods with their holes without her falling off. That's something I need to work out, otherwise no part of loading, unloading, launching, retrieving, etc, was more than one person could handle. in the end, what I thought would work out back in 1999 did. Here's 16 minutes of that day's sailing... https://youtu.be/80b2au24rFQ
    2 years ago by Jerry Todd
    Media
    MV Ionia and Ray IX whaler
    From Hubertus onboard the
    camera
    barge. There was the Rau IX whaler which was the best model at the club that day
    3 months ago by rcmodelboats
    Media
    MV Ionia
    A video from Hubertus taken onboard the
    camera
    barge
    3 months ago by rcmodelboats
    Response
    Tug Brooklyn!
    Nice boat and video ,dancing with joy when it all comes together tends to make the
    camera
    move around ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ‘
    3 months ago by marky
    Media
    Tug Brooklyn!
    Tug Brooklyn Steam Engine Sound along with Steam Whistle Sound! Sorry about the shaky
    camera
    . Trying to do too much at one time!
    3 months ago by figtree7nts
    Forum
    Uploading pics
    I've been given a very smart
    camera
    will do video as well as stills. Too clever for me by half. It has disc to load into my comp to enable all sorts of things like loading film from the
    camera
    . Also has a chip/ memory card. what i want to do is upload pics from the mem card without loading the disc? Is this possible?๐Ÿ‘
    3 months ago by onetenor
    Blog
    PS Iona - misc fittings
    A bit of a miscellany here - the funnel fittings or mounts at the top are 3D printed and the 'rope' is some sort of elastic string used in jewellery making. This... 1) keeps it straight which is difficult with regular string or wire, 2) doesn't get damaged when you catch it with a stray arm, tool, etc. Brass steam fittings turned on my lathe. The forward hatch was built in case extra ballast was needed, but has had a beneficial side effect. No ballast was needed and the hatch is filled with foam, so I can wedge in a mini tripod and mount a
    camera
    up front. Only briefly tested but looks promising The windlass is a kit from mobile marine models. Easy to construct and looks the part. Tow hook 3D printed.
    3 months ago by Harvey Kitten
    Forum
    Uploading pics
    It's the simplest way John ๐Ÿ‘ My experience (with various
    camera
    makes Pentax, Canon, Sony) has been that using a USB cable can be a bit iffy. Sometimes the PC 'sees' it, sometimes not. Mem card usually appears immediately in Explorer. Bon chance mon ami๐Ÿ˜‰ Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    3 months ago by RNinMunich
    Forum
    Uploading pics
    You don't need the manual for this bit. Have you found the lead and plugged it into your computer. If you have then in the file system of your computer you should see another drive listed (will most likely be the name of your
    camera
    ). Open that drive and look at the list of folder names possibly 'Pictures' or 'DCIM'. When you have found the folder containing your pictures you can go through them and find the ones you want to copy over to your PC. Steve
    3 months ago by steve-d
    Forum
    Uploading pics
    Frequently the
    camera
    has a 'micro USB' connector on it. if you plug a lead into that (should have come with the
    camera
    , or buy one on EBay) and connect that to your computer you will probably see an extra drive - which will be the
    camera
    , and on this will be your pictures. If you tell us the name/model of the
    camera
    , we can easily find the manual on the web. This will give you all the information you need about loading pictures from it....
    3 months ago by DodgyGeezer
    Forum
    Uploading pics
    Hi John, Your PC should have a Card Reader on the front for various types of memory cards. Take the card out of the
    camera
    and plug it into the appropriate slot in the reader. it will only fit in one and only one way round. The PC should recognise it and display a small pop-up asking what you want to do with it. Click on 'Display in Explorer' (or similar wording) and the card will appear as a directory in Windows Explorer. You can then copy the photos to any drive / directory that you want. Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    3 months ago by RNinMunich
    Forum
    RC steam lever
    Hi Rick, yes Clevedon Steam is where I get a lot of fittings and stuff from, and another one is Macmodels, plus they sell the TVR1 BB steam engine which I use. if you don't manage to post a few photo's soon, I am sending you a
    camera
    for Christmas. Regards, Gary.
    4 months ago by GaryLC
    Blog
    LED Nav. Lighting
    Two days ago I put what I hope is the final paint on the hull, hatch and misc. parts. I like to let it sit for several days to cure, especially in cooler weather. I took the time to work out LED navigational lighting for my Brooklyn Tug and got that installed. I will photograph that tug later. Back to the springer tug, I had difficulty finding a good mounting spot for the starboard and port lighting so I decided to raise it on a light bar. Photos show the styrene structure in progress which will have the green and red side lights and a single white light on the top center post. Worked out the resistor values to reduce current and work off of my 6 volt supply, then soldered as shown. Fed the assembled LEDs through the plastic rectangular tunnel I created. The one photo I took with the red LED turned on is so bright that the
    camera
    just picked up a bright spot. I may have to reduce brightness but will test out in daylight first.... These LEDs are very bright and are 360 degree view! Ordered from "superbrigntleds.com" in order to get the full 360 as the ones at the local store were very limited to 18 to 60 degrees. Ordered red, green and white and they arrivedin about four days, great service. I have used this company several times and am happy with them, good to know. More to come, Joe
    4 months ago by Joe727
    Forum
    HMS Campbeltown 1941, 1/96 scale
    Hi Doug, Very sorry, no photos, I was a teenager sailing dinghies in the Medway in the late forties when I saw Manxman and I don't think I even had a
    camera
    in those days. My father was on the staff of T.S. Arethusa ex "Peking" at Lower Upnor and we lived in a flat over the ship's swimming pool, right alongside the river. I had a wonderful view of Chatham Reach from my bedroom window. There were so many ships laid up in the Medway and adjoining creeks at that time., taking the wind from us as we raced our dinghies from the Medway Yacht Club. There were long trots of the wooden hulled inshore sweepers, numerous destroyera and all sorts of support craft, there was even an old coaling hulk in Sheerness Harbour, but I'm afraid the passage of time means I don't remember names. Manxman stuck in my mind though, being a little different. Those were the days when we had a navy!
    5 months ago by Nerys
    Forum
    Ship rudders
    Hi Toby, that's exactly why I do not use a 'Dumbphone' for such things. I also have a Samsung so called smartphone, I use it for telephoning (now there's novel) and SMS and occasional snapshots if I don't have a real
    camera
    with me. First thing I do with a Smartphone is dump all the the bl***y pre installed Apps that I don't need and just take up memory space or constantly try to 'Call Home' and demand updates๐Ÿ˜ก As you have discovered; it's the Apps that are smart (or not๐Ÿ˜ฒ) and NOT the phone itself. Like any computer; 'Rubbish in = Rubbish out'! Before I left UK to work in Germany I worked for a year or so with the then Home Office Radio Regulatory Department and the then 'start up' Vodafone on Acceptance Test systems for the phones and surveying for cell sites. it was pretty clear even then, reading between the operating software lines, where things were going! My first job here in Munich was reprogramming a test system for mobile phones so that it actually did what was needed to simulate the network and prove all functions of the mobiles. Searching for cell sites with two great guys from the Home Office labs was a lot more fun - but the Germans paid better ๐Ÿ˜ As you rightly noted 'Ich bin ein Nachteule'! Aber jetzt reicht's mir auch! Gute Nacht, Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    6 months ago by RNinMunich
    Forum
    Ship rudders
    Doug I have found the fault. For some reason a silly update change d the
    camera
    setting to 18:5 or something ridiculous. I returned it to 16:9 and the latest photo uploaded to the web looks fine when I view it there. The rivet heads I bought one year ago and so cannot recall the seller at present. On my 1:24 Danube tug I believe I glued on many, many, many thousands.
    6 months ago by Toby
    Forum
    Ship rudders
    Hi Toby, Yep! Cos this website stretches them to fit the Media window that opens when we click on the pic icon. When I realised that I stopped using the mobile (Samsung J5)
    camera
    . Imagine the size of the Media window on a 24" full res display ๐Ÿ˜ฒ and a 4Mpix pic stretched to fit! Where on ebay do you get these bits? it's a good idea to post the link when you mention sources - otherwise we have to hunt! Whatever; watching the build with interest, particularly the rudder as I have a similar rudder to make for my ancient fish cutter restoration / conversion. Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž BTW: if you right click on the photo, when the pic has opened, and then on Show graphic a + sign may appear in the cursor, which means you can expand the pic. Yours look much better when I do this. ๐Ÿ‘ BTW2; I like the 'saluting red tadpole' in the middle ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
    6 months ago by RNinMunich
    Forum
    Ship rudders
    Evenin' Toby, Mobile has a ~6" screen, I'm using a 24" display! You need to set your mobile cam to max possible resolution. The website blows all pics up to fit the Media window. Lo res pics then look very blocky. Tip for all; basic problem is the size and quality of the micro lenses in phone
    camera
    s. All the pics I post here I take using a Sony Cyber Shot with a decent size lens at 15 or 20 MPix so sharp remains sharp on the site. What are we looking at anyway??๐Ÿ˜ฒ Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    6 months ago by RNinMunich
    Directory
    (Other) 'Maiami' ASR
    Knocked this up in around 6 weeks ('free modelling',-no plans, just looking at a few photos) for my son but he wasn't interested (the dreaded Playstation) so I re assigned it to myself and put a few more bits on it. The whole boat is balsa and just enamel painted so it is quite light. Only single shaft and runs well, but thinking of making it a twin set-up with better motors and shafts. mostly gets used as a
    camera
    boat as it is very stable. (Motor: 380) (ESC: China) (5/10)
    6 months ago by jbkiwi
    Forum
    All hooked up, nowt happens...
    Hi Doug, as you can probably guess, I have as much chance of programming an ESC as flying with my own wings to Munich! The ESC didn't come with any instructions. I didn't know they needed them! More to the point, how the Hell can a motor beep? Where's the beeping kit in a motor with one moving part? So, now what. it's a Flysky pistol grip 3 channel (third is a switch) set of Tx and pre bound Rx. The ESC ? Gawd knows, a flat thing inside a big yellow heat shrink casing. I got it from China recently. All I can do is take a picture of it with my nice new
    camera
    tomorrow. Does it matter which way round those three wires go on the motor? I'll post pictures tomorrow. Thanks, Martin
    6 months ago by Westquay
    Forum
    Wild Duck Sailboat article
    I don't have a smartphone just one to phone and text and that hardly ever. I do have a
    camera
    but not used it yet Most pics are downloads or webcam jobs. Hence all the different files. Gulp! Yes change threads. Maybe Pics Files?๐Ÿ‘
    6 months ago by onetenor
    Forum
    Videos
    Hi, I have a new
    camera
    thanks to my dear bride and it takes video. What it doesn't say in the book is how long a video one can take. It has a micro 8 GB card, so how long could I video something? Anyone know? Martin
    7 months ago by Westquay
    Forum
    Videos
    H Martin, sorry it took longer than expected got bogged down in other things๐Ÿค” Sooo! Scouring the docs I could find (see attached PDF files) I was surprised not to find the usual table of Number of photos or video length vs memory available! Anyway two significant statements I did find- 1) "Movie length - up to 29 minutes" When I see 'up to' I read that as with the lowest resolution, in this case 640*480 pixels. Which you can forget; tha's like a 20+ year old PC and worse than the old UHF 605 line TV pictures.๐Ÿค” 2) "Movie resolution -1280x720/ 30fps (HD). Now that's more like it๐Ÿ˜Š BUT: in the manual I then found- "The option FHD and HD only available when a Micro SDHC class 4 or higher speed class card is inserted." Soooo! get yourself a 32GB (not sure if a 64GB card will work!) memory card SDHC class 4 and awaaaay you go ๐Ÿ‘ BTW the internal memory is only 64MB so you can forget that for video. Seems only to be used for storing user settings (made in the
    camera
    menu) and a few photos. I recommend using only the memory card for photos and above all videos. Happy shooting Mr Director, Cheers Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž BTW: '720p' just means 720 pixels (Picture cells) vertically, using Progressive scan, as opposed to interlaced. Thought you might like to know that ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
    7 months ago by RNinMunich
    Forum
    just need cable (wire)...
    Why mess about!? One on each wheel and one for the power steering. Ventilated double disc brakes all round of course ๐Ÿ˜ Synchronised ESCs coupled to fore and aft
    camera
    s for TCAS (Traffic Collision Avoidance System). I think we could probably dispense with the Ground Proximity Warning though. On the other hand, when I think of Neville's Barrel Roll out of his scooter ...... ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‰ BTW; As a friend of the Professor Hawking Foundation I received notification at the weekend that some of his personal effects will be auctioned soon, including some of his iconic wheelchairs. Proceeds go to studying the debilitating illness he suffered from. Anyone interested I'll dig out the link. All the best folks, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž More power to your wheels John; 'Full Ahead Both'๐Ÿ‘
    7 months ago by RNinMunich
    Forum
    Videos
    Morning, Doug. What a gent and a Boy Scout you are, sir. This is all new to me. My old video
    camera
    was just that, a video
    camera
    as of old. Perfectly fine till the batteries died and then I could only use it on the power pack indoors. it looked like a cine
    camera
    ! This is a Praktika Luxmedia WP240. it says it has HD video, 720p on the box lid, whatever that means! Thanks for any help, old chum. Martin
    7 months ago by Westquay
    Forum
    Videos
    Evenin' Martin, Forget the Mbps (Megabits per second), what counts is the resolution of the photos or videos that you take. The higher the resolution (more dots per picture or Frame in the case of video) the more 'dot' information has to be stored = more memory and a faster Mbps rate are needed. Not to mention the number of frames per second, FPS; you film at! Anything over 25FPS fools the eye and the brain into 'seeing' continuous movement. very high frame rates, up to 50FPS, are only needed if you are filming F1 Hydroplane races or similar! Sooooo, higher resolution or frame rate means shorter playing time for a given amount of memory, i.e. your micro card. in the
    camera
    menu there will be a point in the Video section where you can select the resolution. HD is best !! Set the
    camera
    to HD (or Fine) resolution, record a 5 or ten minute video and check how much space you have left on your card. Most
    camera
    displays will give you this info in terms of 'Time left' at the set resolution. My Sony and Pentax do . Again, give me the
    camera
    make and model and I'll see if I can find this info on the manufacture site. Bon chance mon ami, cheers Doug Most
    camera
    s also have some fixed internal memory as well as a card slot, with a corresponding Menu point where you can choose where to store your photos or videos. There is also usually a section in the manual describing the video function and a table of resolution settings versus how long you can record with a given memory size. These days the User Guide supplied with the
    camera
    is often very rudimentary and you are invited to download the full Monty manual from the manufactures website. The 'User Guide' should contain this web address. Give me the
    camera
    make and model number and I'll see what I can find.
    7 months ago by RNinMunich
    Forum
    Videos
    Hi, thanks. No idea what Mbps are or how to change them from one to another, but 40 minutes is plenty to just record bits of boats afloat. I've often wondered about a youtube channel showing people how to make stuff. My 11 year old grandson lectured me on it yesterday! "You'll need a decent
    camera
    with a tripod, Grandad", he said knowledgeably, "and a mike and you need a nickname and an intro and an Outro" He wasn't impressed when I joked that that was a track on a Genesis album. Cheers, Martin
    7 months ago by Westquay
    Forum
    Old outboard motor...
    Believe that was the dog's dilemma as well! ๐Ÿ˜ Since my little inflatable is only about 10 to 12", and was originally a free running toy, it's not worth that much for an outboard. I'll just see if I can soup up the original motor a little. It has has a blow up valve, like beach balls huff huff huff - collapse, so I was thinking of filling it with something like building foam, as used for cavity filling etc, and putting an alu plate in the floor for stiffening and to carry the necessaries, disguised under driver's console and equipment boxes & benches. Pics of your dinghy? Time to test the new
    camera
    ? Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    7 months ago by RNinMunich
    Forum
    Got the bits, now what?...
    I do have an inrunner, Doug, for my CNC outboard, but the one we're talking about here is an outrunner as it's the outside that spins and the innards which are bolted to a thick bit of aluminium. You can get the idea from the picture. My dear bride has just bought me an early Christmas present of a new
    camera
    which, I hope will take pictures clearly when the sun isn't shining. So my pics should improve soon. Martin
    8 months ago by Westquay
    Forum
    Where's our mate?...
    Hi peter, 'Deck Blue' changed a few times over the years, there are lighter and darker shades depending on the theatre of operations and if detection from the air was paramount or not. Later in the war, when the axis air forces were largely destroyed and the allies had overwhelming air superiority the emphasis moved to the vertical surfaces to confuse subs and the few remaining surface ships the axis had. Then the emphasis switched back to the horizontal surfaces when the Kamikaze attacks developed. So probably the lighter Pacific variant is what you need for USS Kid at the end of the war. You are lucky that Kidd has been preserved as a museum ship in her 'end of war' state ๐Ÿ‘ if you Google USS Kidd I'm sure you'll find the museum site with more colour pics. Also, the display on different web sites will depend on many variables, for instance:- How the sample was photographed; white balance, colour balance, lighting; intensity and type - Kelvin temperature etc. How the photos are digitally interpreted and integrated in the web site. The times of 'The
    camera
    never lies' are unfortunately long over! Added to that is how your PC or Dumbphone/tablet displays the web site, similar problems;- Type of display, colour / contrast / brilliance settings etc etc. Power saving settings can affect these! If I were you I would use the Measure 22 scheme as shown on the colour pic and described on the Wiki page. That's apparently what the USN went back to when the kamikaze attacks started. Your basic choice is enamel = Colour Coats, or Acrylic = LifeColor ๐Ÿ˜‰ Personally, I would go for the 1944 dazzle scheme cos it's more interesting and unusual, but then I'm just NUTS! ๐Ÿ˜ Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž PS Hofbrauhaus is for the tourists! I've been there maybe three times in 38 years? Once on my very first visit to Munich in 1980, then, after I started working here in 1985, only with customers who insisted on going there. Too loud and expensive, there are many better, less touristic, ones in Munich. Prost allseits! PPS haven't been to the Oktoberfest for years for similar reasons! 30 years ago it was still fun, but not now ๐Ÿค”
    8 months ago by RNinMunich
    Forum
    Where's our mate?...
    Many thanks for your kind words Guys, ๐Ÿ˜Š Michael; as we used to see so often on our TV screens back then- "Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible!" To paraphrase my German friends 'It goes me much better now'๐Ÿ˜ BTW, I finished the sausage about 11 years ago, Gisela was struggling with the other half and her
    camera
    ! Taken in the Olympia Hall just before an Eagles concert, or was it Santana? ๐Ÿ˜ฒ Could even have been Tina Turner's last concert, long time ago now! Colin; I'll measure up and mail you the details shortly. All the best for your OP ๐Ÿ‘ "We have the technology - WE CAN REBUILD HiM!!" All the best, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    8 months ago by RNinMunich
    Forum
    ''Ooh - a life on the ocean waves ...
    Great photo. I wonder who was so brave as to have had the
    camera
    in both hands to take it.
    8 months ago by reilly4
    Forum
    A return to the hobby!
    Dampfgerd sorry no pics Too long ago aged 15 in '58 No
    camera
    then.๐Ÿ‘ Vic Smeed ? could have been but thought it was a Veron kit which would likely as not have been Phil Smith. P.S. try Googling for the Speranza model boat John
    9 months ago by onetenor
    Forum
    1.5v AA Li-Fe/Li-ion/Li-po batteries
    OK, found some! https://www.ebay.com/itm/8pcs-JUGEE-3000mWh-1-5V-rechargeable-Lithium-li-ion-AA-battery-li-polymer/153101323059?hash=item23a58ccb33:g:hRwAAOSw44BYZ9Lo Interesting that they all quote mWh instead of mAh! I.e. energy instead of capacity! Power being V x I (Amps) divide the mWh rating by the nominal voltage to get an approximation of the capacity in mAh. Saves integrating across the varying voltage during a discharge cycle, i.e.'On Load' ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thus these 3000mWh cells seem to have a capacity of around 1800mAh. Which is considerably less than the typical 2500mAh of an alkaline or NiMh AA cell. Also, to produce the output voltage of 1.5V from 3.7V Lithium chemistry the cells have an internal voltage regulator, which also must consume some power, albeit miniscule. Something else which can go wrong๐Ÿค” Summary; yer pays yer money and takes yer choice! Seem rather expensive to me for what they deliver. Depends what you want to use them for. Might be useful in my Sony
    camera
    but I wouldn't use them for any high current load in a model. OK perhaps for LED lighting circuits which only need a few tens of mA. Here a list of battery types, sizes and chemistries for reference. https://www.wikiwand.com/en/List_of_battery_sizes#/overview Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    9 months ago by RNinMunich
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    Brass bashin' Chris Craft deck fittings...
    If you want it to look like metal, use metal. That alclad is OK, but still looks like paint to me and having to do it in black first (and that coat has to be perfect apparently) is too much of a faff for me. Hammer, as you can see from the response (or lack of it) taking more pictures (never easy for my shit
    camera
    ) would hardly be warranted and the description says it all really. I have a few more to take, or rather the wife can take em with her Klevafone for me. Filler and cap, exhaust outlet and windscreen supports have been added. Just the bear paw vent to go when I get a bit of 1/8th" through the post. I have 1/8th", but it's that horrible yellow gooey stuff, so I've splashed out on a small bit of CZ120, hard brass. Also called leaded, silicon or engravers' brass. MUCH better to cut and shape. The equivalent for rod, strip and section is CZ 121, extruded. These will all be available to buy once my chum has cast them in white metal and then you just have to burnish with a crewel needle (darning) and you have chrome (lacquer to taste). Martin
    9 months ago by Westquay
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    Mahogany in Scale
    Gents, just put the Sea Hornet in the build blog section, but whether it gets seen or not, I don't know. If the IC engine is an easy runner, Colin, run it on a water where the turds can't stop you. A navigable river or canal or just run the bugger till someone can prove (PROVE, mind) that you can't. Then just run it till the fuel runs out, reluctantly apologise and leave. BTW, I won't be showing video of this as I have no mobile phone beyond an emergency one that don't do pictures of any kind. I have a video
    camera
    somewhere that has dead batteries and a power pack, but where I sail there ain't no power! Doug, would the ED aerial be more like 27 meg if it was 6 foot long? I think it gets damned close to his ceiling if you try to put it up at home. So, chaps, Sea Hornet/Chris-Craft Special Runabout over on the Build blog section ifn you'm interested. Cheers, Martin
    9 months ago by Westquay
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    Cheap motor for a quick fit, but what prop gents?...
    Right, took some pics., typically not great, thanks to this useless bloody
    camera
    needing the centre of the sun to take a decent clear picture. The writing on the chrome motor says 2408-21-T3. There's nothing on the other one. The ESC just says ESC and Made in China, but then what ain't? I think what I'll do is actually finish the boats first, then buy in the necessary as by then I will have sold some stuff to pay for it without seeming selfish to the dear bride. Martin
    9 months ago by Westquay
    Blog
    Seat Trials and mods.
    Itโ€™s been a while since the boat had itโ€™s maiden voyage on the lake at St. Albans and Iโ€™m pleased to report that it looks really good in the water and goes like stink if you open up the throttle. Sadly I still donโ€™t have any decent video of the boat yet as I canโ€™t film and drive the thing at the same time, but I do have some static wide shots from my GoPro. When I do the video Iโ€™ll ask a
    camera
    man mate to do the honours, maybe Iโ€™ll put the GoPro on the bow and then the stern to get some low action shotsโ€ฆthe storyboard is already building in my head!! These early runs were great as they showed up some minor problems that needed attending to. I found that it needed ballasting slightly as it was not sitting on the waterline evenly from side to side so I flattened out some old lead water pipe and cut it into small sections so that I could add ballast incrementally. I did this in the โ€˜domestic test tankโ€™ and once I was happy the lead pieces were fixed in place inside the hull with some super strong double sided tape. The ESC needed a little programming adjustment because I had forgotten to set the low battery level point to โ€˜offโ€™ as I am using NiMh batteries and not LiPoโ€™s , that was the cause of the short initial run time on the first outingโ€ฆ..DOH !! The batteries are now held in place by Velcro straps on some bearers that I added, otherwise a battery change involved cutting cable ties and replacing them at the lakesideโ€ฆnot very practical. The volt/amp/watt meter is also now on a proper bracket so that the display is more readable. I have also changed the charging connection from the nasty Tamiya connector to a nice little panel mount XT 60 connector that HobbyKing sell, it comes with a handy blanking plug that I have drilled for a retaining cord. I have also finally got around to upgrading the firmware on my Turnigy i6 radio to the 10 channel version so that I can assign the lighting to the switches properly and have the rotation of the searchlight on one of the two rotary knobs. I can use the old 6 channel RX in the new boatโ€ฆ.blog coming soon.
    10 months ago by robbob
    Media
    Mk2 RTTL 2771
    Upgraded to Brushless 2x1100kva Turnigy motors, Scratch built 1/24 scale. I've included a photo of a real one, just in case somebody else tells me the colour scheme is wrong, East of Gibralta they where white. I'm sitting on the engine hatch nearest the
    camera
    , that was 1969
    10 months ago by colindavies
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    HMS HOOD by Trumpeter
    Glad I read this, must charge
    camera
    batteries! Chris
    10 months ago by octman
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    HMS HOOD by Trumpeter
    Thank you Ed and Doug - I must admit to feeling a little pleased with myself. The rod is manufactured by www.albionalloys.co.uk/. I discovered it at my local model railway shop, which carries quite a few useful bits and pieces for model boats. Sea trials planned for later this week or early next. Hopefully Octman will be ready with his
    camera
    to video the event. Steve
    10 months ago by cormorant
    Forum
    Crash Tender crew
    My bridge
    camera
    has the normal sized aperture, but takes useless pictures in lower light or close up. So much so I don't even bother anymore, I just get my wife or son to use their Klevafones. I ain't got one! Wouldn't know how to work it! Everyone needs to know about baby poo. Martin
    11 months ago by Westquay
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    Crash Tender crew
    Aha! Similarity of names threw me off for a minute there! Should have known (slapped wrist)๐Ÿ˜ฒ Thinks; did I really want to know about the baby poo? ๐Ÿ˜ก In my experience phone
    camera
    s can be very fussy about light levels, esp for close ups. Comes from the tiny aperture I suppose. Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    11 months ago by RNinMunich
    Forum
    Crash Tender crew
    No!!! Misunderstanding, Doug. The CT for real has Rover Meteorites in the engine 'ole! My one has a Supermarine as stated. Phew, didn't want you going up a blind ally! My
    camera
    won't take anything in less than bright sunshine and bugger all close up in any light, so I usually get Chris to use her phone, which takes a better picture than my
    camera
    at the best of times, especially close up. Don't know what happened last night though, it didn't seem to want to know. The boss man figure is hard to photograph as his head and hands are a kind of semi opaque glow in the dark wishy washy green colour. All will be better when painted in self etch primer, which is a kind of baby poo greenish yellow. Cheers, Martin
    11 months ago by Westquay
    Forum
    Crash Tender crew
    Hi Martin, coming on well. Thought you were going to use the Supermarine in the CT not Meteorites? No sweat; Meteorites (or Meteors?) are modified Targets / Torpedoes so I can make a conversion board for those as well (I think๐Ÿ˜‰). One or two in your boat? Typical snag with phone photos; they don't like doing close ups ๐Ÿค” That's why I use my Sony Cyber Shot for the close ups I post. Tried the Samsung
    camera
    , fuzzy result - lens too small! Depth of field limited. Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    11 months ago by RNinMunich


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