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    CNC boat kits...?
    Anyone into CNC, or perhaps looking to get into it? I am wondering about putting my plans out as G Code, and it would be useful to have a discussion about the practicalities. For instance, what bed size do people use? Model boat plans are a bit specialist for most CNC boards. They worry about cutting hard materials - we mainly use balsa and ply. Their machines are usually square - ours would need to be long and thin. They use big commercial routers and spindles - we could get away with smaller motors and dental burrs. I picked up one of these over
    christmas
    , and am currently going through the learning curve. But it doesn't seem to be all that difficult.... https://amberspyglass.co.uk/store/index.php?seo_path=eshapeoko-cnc-milling-machine-mechanical-kit
    6 months ago by DodgyGeezer
    Forum
    New Website Sneak Peak
    Hi Stephen. I was beginning to wonder what was happening with the new site after you 'teased' us just before
    christmas
    πŸ€”. I'm looking forward to the launch πŸ‘πŸ˜. Best. Robbob.
    5 months ago by robbob
    Forum
    RC steam lever
    Thanks Gary I look foreword to
    christmas
    . Rick
    6 months ago by Newby7
    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.
    6 months ago by GaryLC
    Forum
    Burns night /
    christmas
    As I was in hospital over the festive season we decided to combine Burns night and
    christmas
    , so haggis for
    christmas
    dinner better than turkey anyway, and presents this morning wife gave me a ceramic picture by a talented artist who just happens to be my younger brother .Lang may yer lums reek. Cheers Marky
    6 months ago by marky
    Response
    Motor, mount & prop-shaft.
    That’s great, thanks for the link. I will go on there now and have a read. My Father will be looking to add a decent motor to his Crash tender from Slec. We purchased it for him for
    christmas
    . Good luck with the rest of the build. Simon
    6 months ago by Sifi70
    Forum
    Done it.
    Hi Ken Can be like
    christmas
    every day ,,oh the waiting.πŸ˜‚Marky
    6 months ago by marky
    Response
    Motor, mount & prop-shaft.
    I agree with Rob, Mike Cummings is such a nice guy he has been so supportive with my build sending me copies of drawings I may need without even asking, he even sent me a
    christmas
    card. Keep up the good work Rob
    6 months ago by mturpin013
    Forum
    HMS Campbeltown 1941, 1/96 scale
    He he! Got some new glasses just before
    christmas
    OctmanπŸ€“πŸ˜ PS 'Sorry Captain Mainwairing' 😲
    6 months ago by RNinMunich
    Response
    Sea Trials and mods.
    Wow Robbob, I have just seen the video of your Crash Tender. She is amazing. Looks great on the water. I just love the way these hulls sit on the water. Virtually no roll at all, it's as if they are glued to the waters surface. The Aerokits Crash Tender was my very first boat back int 1959, it was my 9th birthday present and my father and I started to a build. But he wasn't happy about building the original kit straight outright. As our first ever build, he brought home broken down tea chests and orange boxes and he got me to draw round all the parts and he went on to cut each piece out with a nice new fretsaw. So as the first one went together and it seemed to go well then the Aerokits one followed on. He then bought me a ED Hunter 3.46cc Diesel engine for my
    christmas
    present that year. I say he I should say my parents both bought them for me. Sadly I never got to have radio control in it. I was weird as we went on to build another five in all. One was given to my younger brother, his had a Taycol Standard in it, and I had the job of taking the accumulator to the local model shop to have it charged up as we never had a charger for it. I think they used to charge something like a shilling each time it was done. The other five that we built he actually gave away to friends and one even went to the milkman. I still have a 34 and a 46 inch still new in boxes. The 34" is an original that Was Released in 1994 by Aerokits on the 50th Anniversary and the 46" is a VMW kit. I have a 46" to refurbish and have scaled one down and built a 28" in Balsa wood. As well as a 46" PT 109 with a 26cc in her that also sits on the water the same way. Sorry to waffle on it just brings back old memories. I'll leave it there. I just love your Build such detail.
    6 months ago by BOATSHED
    Blog
    Cabin detail part 3 (instrument panels)
    After the
    christmas
    break its back to the cabin to finish some of the instrument detail. You may recall I detailed the cockpit with some ply constructions to represent the general layout; I also intend to detail the compass, throttle controls, steering wheel, panel lighting, and instrument panel. The instrument panel was copied and scaled from various drawing and pictures and I came up with a three-panel unit where panels 1 & 3 are identical as they are for the two-engine managements system the centre panel deals with electrical things. I intend to make the panel out of 1.5 mm aluminium cut to size on the guillotine I then attached this to a hardwood block with some strong double sided tape this will be more than strong enough to hold the piece for the drilling/light milling operation. I worked out the hole positions using an absolute datum (same as CNC work, if only I was still working) This does take some time using my rather old milling machine making sure any backlash is taken out during the 28 linear movements. I used various sizes of centre drills to produce the holes as they give not only accurate size but also perfectly round holes on thin material and the only ones that needed to be a particular size (6mm dial holes) the others are for switches and LEDs which can all be a 3 mm location hole. Each hole was drilled and then chamfered to simulate a bezel on the dials. Finally, I milled a shallow groove (2mm x 0.3 deep) to simulate the separate panels. I have copied a number of different marine dials from the internet and using PowerPoint I aligned in a complete group and then printed and laminated them, this will be placed behind the aluminium plate using double-sided tape. Having fixed the dials in place I drilled through the holes where LEDSs will fit. The LEDs will be shortened and polished so they are flat to the face; these are then stuck in place. Next, I made all the switches from brass bar with a fine brass pin glued across its face to simulate the lever. These were painted gloss black and the centre pin picked out in red, they were then glued into the 3 mm location hole. The black knobs/pull switches were turned out of black Perspex and polished; they were then glued into the location holes. The whole instrument panel is then pinned on to the wooden framework which has been left in natural wood finish (ply) as it looks like the original boat was just a varnished ply finish.
    7 months ago by mturpin013
    Forum
    Merry
    christmas
    and a Happy New year.
    Merry
    christmas
    to all of M.B.W. And to all Happy New Year! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
    7 months ago by jacko
    Forum
    Merry
    christmas
    and a Happy New year.
    Have a great
    christmas
    and a happy new year to everyone wherever you are in the world, happy boating for the coming year. Best wishes to you all, cheers Colin.
    7 months ago by Colin H
    Forum
    Merry
    christmas
    and a Happy New year.
    Cheers Doug and to all on the forumπŸ‘
    7 months ago by onetenor
    Forum
    Chieftian build
    hey everyone I hope you all had a great
    christmas
    . Im just starting a new build and its the chieftian tug paddle steamer and I was wondering if anyone had any information about her or any where to get parts for her. Seems most model boat sites don't seem to have much to do with paddle steamers. Cheers guys
    7 months ago by gazza131420
    Forum
    All hooked up, nowt happens...
    Thanks for the reply. I think I did all of those steps. Will have another go in a couple of days. For now the white wine and beeping motor will not be a good combination. 'Merry'
    christmas
    and all that. Steve
    7 months ago by steve-d
    Forum
    Merry
    christmas
    and a Happy New year.
    Thankyou Peter. Now you've been an gorn an 'embrassed' me 😲 I was glad to help and I'm pleased you found it useful. All the best to all Boaties for 2019, cheers. Doug 😎
    7 months ago by RNinMunich
    Forum
    Merry
    christmas
    and a Happy New year.
    Merry
    christmas
    to you and your family Stephen, and thank you for a GREAT website. Seasons Greetings to all other members and their family's, and a special one for Doug and his partner for all he has done for me in the past year. Looking forward to 2019 and a new year full of boating.......πŸ‘ Cneers to All😊 Peter
    7 months ago by Rookysailor
    Forum
    Merry
    christmas
    and a Happy New year.
    Merry
    christmas
    to all of M.B.W. And to all Happy New Year! Cheers, Ed & Jen
    7 months ago by figtree7nts
    Forum
    Merry
    christmas
    and a Happy New year.
    Merry
    christmas
    to all . Rick
    7 months ago by Newby7
    Forum
    Merry
    christmas
    and a Happy New year.
    Merry
    christmas
    Stephen. Thanks for all you hard work, this is a wonderful site as it is but I'm sure we're all looking forward to seeing what improvements you have made πŸ‘πŸ‘. Have a Happy Crimbo and a fab New Year everyone 😁 Robbob.
    7 months ago by robbob
    Forum
    Sailing Ship Peking
    Hi Doug, That's exactly the sort of information I wanted, many thanks. As you know, my sister and I have a personal interest in Peking, having spent many years with her, as Arethusa, being a background to our home and our father his entire teaching career on board her. Merry
    christmas
    , Nerys
    7 months ago by Nerys
    Forum
    Merry
    christmas
    and a Happy New year.
    πŸŽ„πŸŽ„ Merry
    christmas
    πŸŽ„πŸŽ„ everyone! Thank you all too for another fantastic year. Thanks to everyone who's supported the website and donated. Soon you'll all see a brand new, faster and easier to use website. Development has been going on across the year, so fingers crossed there will be a launch soon πŸ˜‰ It's all your continued support that makes upgrades possible πŸ‘ Have a super day, hope Santa brings everything you wanted πŸŽ… and enjoy your times with family & friends. Stephen
    7 months ago by Fireboat
    Forum
    Merry
    christmas
    and a Happy New year.
    Hi sea queen frames and Aerokit plans Biro pens and popular ply aside A Very merry Xmas to you Forgive me it is the wine too much of Cheers Ian T
    7 months ago by TOWN3810
    Blog
    Moving along
    Merry
    christmas
    to All! Yesterday I made a brass strap to secure the motor, then aligned the drive shaft and stuffing tube. Tacked tube in place with a gel superglue, will be covered with epoxy later. Used a short piece of aluminum tube to help align the motor and shaft. A coupler will be placed here. Cut some plywood pieces to create keel at the shaft tube. White stuff is marine epoxy by locktite, just enough to set everything. I will then coat and finish this assembly. Finished the day's work by constructing a rudder, no photo yet. Enjoy
    christmas
    ! Joe
    7 months ago by Joe727
    Response
    fuses
    Thanks Doug and Donnie tried the 15 amp fuses all went well the boat is ready for the lake. and thank you all for the help and advise during this build over the past year I really don't think I could have managed it without your input. the next stage is going to be replacement of the brass rudders and some work on weight saving and some pic on the RC system. and making a suitable box for transportation. that will kept me occupied till the better weather. So thank you all and have a merry
    christmas
    and happy new year and a good hangover cure and may your god be with you in all your sailing
    7 months ago by teejay
    Blog
    HMS BRAVE BORDERER
    After completing the cowl, turned to the rear structure covering the gas turbine and other engine spaces. This can readily be made from styrene sheet. The sides and top were cut out, reinforced with β€œL” shaped angle and fitted together with CA glue. No particular challenges, other than determining where the various section transitions occur. Luckily had two different sets of plans to compare, so the nuances could be established. It was not until the rear structure was fitted into the cowl, the assembly fitted to the removable deck and placed on the hull, realized just how important this milestone was. Once everything is firmly located the accuracy of build becomes readily apparent. Any inaccuracies show up as an obvious misalignment. Was able to check the alignments and squareness using eye, rules, squares and a spirit level and was pleased with the outcome. A subtle sanding of about .020” off the base of one side of the superstructure and everything became square, parallel and correctly aligned. Quite a relief! Have always stressed the importance of accuracy throughout a build. This supported that recommendation. Once the superstructure was completed realized my plan to lift the deck off to gain access to the electrical control switches was impractical. Have thus cut a small access hole in the rear deck to facilitate access. Still undecided how to best disguise the hole, but at least access is now relatively easy. From now on, until the test program can be continued on the water, will add detail to the model. Doubt there will be much to describe is that of interest, or that has not been covered by others. Will continue this blog once there is anything significant to report. In the meantime, best wishes for
    christmas
    and 2019,
    7 months ago by RHBaker
    Forum
    Sea Queen Frames
    Whatever floats your boat Don πŸ˜‰ Merry
    christmas
    , Doug 😎
    7 months ago by RNinMunich
    Response
    Internal wiring & bottom skins
    Hi Robbob, it's great to watch this coming along space, and the hull seems nearly there. But I notice no mention of the rudder post being fitted, and now the bottom skins are in place, the access has just gotten a whole lot harder. is this "as per the instructions" ? Or your own decision made from experience ? I'm afraid I would have at least fitted the rudder tube, as my rather large hands will have a hard time getting in later on. Kindest wishes to you and yours for the
    christmas
    season, and a prosperous New Year, from UK family Weaver 😊
    7 months ago by rolfman2000
    Forum
    Early
    christmas
    present.
    Matilda was born just after midnight of the day after Margaret died. I hope to see her over the holiday.πŸ‘
    7 months ago by onetenor
    Forum
    Early
    christmas
    present.
    Hi there fellow boaters, I have just had the most amazing present in the world. My grandson Lynk is very happy as well. The new addition is 4 weeks early and her name is Xena. Merry
    christmas
    and a happy new year to you and all your friends and family. Cheers Colin.
    7 months ago by Colin H
    Forum
    Transmitter-Rain Cover
    Hi all l bought what was called at the time a Trans mit must be nearly 25 years ago made by a mob called MM developments lovely piece of kit kept my pandies warm and dry and still acomodates the newer type of transmitter with screens and a
    christmas
    tree of switches and twiddly knobs.
    7 months ago by jimdogge
    Response
    Stern & keel formers
    As Doug has said, thanks for some excellent tips and tricks. The hull is coming along nicely now, and I will assume that skinning is not far away now. Keeping my fingers crossed for one last update before
    christmas
    . Thanks very much Robbob. Looking forward to the next chapter. Best wishes, Dave W 😊
    7 months ago by rolfman2000
    Forum
    My apparent absence...
    Oh Jeez 😲 after all that hard work. I hope you can claim redress from them at least. CU next year, Merry
    christmas
    , Doug 😎
    7 months ago by RNinMunich
    Forum
    My apparent absence...
    Hi all, in case anyone bothered to wonder where I wuz, you may know I was making a master for a 1/6th scale model kit of a Vincent Black Shadow 'bike. I sent the engine casings to Griffin Moulds in the Midlands and they utterly destroyed the masters, sending me back a back of fragments! No phone call, no e-mail, no note in the late-delivered (DPD) parcel. Now they have the cheek to invoice me! So I have been busy catching up with other stuff kept waiting for a while, sucvh as a 1/43rd scale brass master of a Triumph Model H 1915 'bike and a 1/32nd scale Vanwall Transporter. So I haven't even looked a t a model boat since the weather turned. And likely shan't much before May. Everyone have a nice
    christmas
    . Cheers, Martin
    7 months ago by Westquay
    Response
    Anteno 2 tug
    Lucky man to have access to a full size booth DickπŸ‘ Your hull looks very good, even though it's a bit of a shame to cover up your super woodwork! I used 2pack on my Sea Scout as well😊 Then polished with fine (anti-hologram) cutting polish. The lacquer gave her a beautiful hard, smooth finish. And is UV resistant as well, which is good for the deck varnishπŸ˜‰ have a great
    christmas
    , cheers, Doug 😎
    7 months ago by RNinMunich
    Response
    Anteno 2 tug
    Point take Doug,I will get around to venting it. in the meantime my son has a full size spray booth,car size, and is now spraying my hull in 2pack Merry
    christmas
    Dick
    7 months ago by Dick
    Response
    aeronaut classic
    have you got ant pictures of the build of her or a picture of her finished> I bought one of these back in September from Hobbies in Raveningham. I have got 3/4's of the way through the build. I am very disappointed with the model. The side stringers are 1/16th thick and the bottom skin doesn't fit. That is 1/8th of an inch too short. I have had to buy more ply to make a new pair of bottom skins. I have decided to leave the finishing of the model now until after
    christmas
    . I think it's a poorly made model, they cut corners on the thin wood they have supplied to build it with. I saw a picture of one that was built a few years back and the construction was far better. I feel it was a waste of money, I would have been better buying the Sea Hornet from the vintage model works for an extra Β£18. I personally wouldn't recommend the Aeronaut Classic to anyone to buy.
    7 months ago by BOATSHED
    Forum
    Early
    christmas
    present.
    Congratulations Colin and to Xena's Parent's. Merry
    christmas
    and a happy new year..... Cheers, Ed
    7 months ago by figtree7nts
    Forum
    Early
    christmas
    present.
    Same as they said Colin.Not seen my latest addition yet. Great Granddaughter Matilda.πŸ‘
    7 months ago by onetenor
    Forum
    Early
    christmas
    present.
    Congradulations to the parents and to you. All the best wishes to you and all. Merry
    christmas
    and a Happy New Year.
    7 months ago by Donnieboy
    Forum
    Early
    christmas
    present.
    Great news ColinπŸ‘ Welcome aboard Xena 😊 Seasons Greetings All Round. Doug 😎
    7 months ago by RNinMunich
    Forum
    Smoke/steam output for models
    Don't get addicted Colin!😲 I'll be Off Air for about a week, Gisela is dragging me down to Brixen (Bressanone) in South Tyrol for the
    christmas
    Market etc etc. Back soon, Arrivederci, Ciao, Doug 😎
    7 months ago by RNinMunich
    Blog
    Painting
    Well it is nearly
    christmas
    again and time to go to my testing river in Hungary. This boat will not be ready but I hope to complete the Police Launch this trip. I have started the painting process on the Pilot Boat. Very early on I had a dilemma. When is the correct time to paint. As I generally use rattle cans and an airbrush, I think it best to paint prior to major assembly. I am still not sure if this is the correct approach but I am concerned with masking an assembled unit. I hope that the glue does not ruin the paint finish when I put it together. It is a bit difficult spray painting this time of the year due to the fumes. I spray in the garage with the door open but I am always concerned about air temperature. The finish looks good so perhaps this is not of great concern yet.πŸ€“ I will now leave the hull to dry prior to applying the lacquer. I have completed the insides of the bridge and rear room and will start to assemble this part next prior to masking and painting the outside walls. I have bought a roll of special low tack clear film to protect the windows and frames. I hope this works. I have used the same film to cover the instrument panel which so far seems to be staying on well. I think that these models by AeroNaut are really well designed. it still amazes me that the model looks so natural even though it is made generally from flat thin sheets.πŸ˜‰ I will attach the deck next and then start on the main structures. Happy
    christmas
    to all.
    7 months ago by MouldBuilder
    Forum
    steam water pump
    Hi Rick, if you google TVR 1ABB steam engine, you will find a really neat and very good value for money steam engine. I'm afraid this is not cheap and around the Β£250 mark, mind it does have ball race bearings on the crankshaft. This comes as a kit of parts and you have to build it from scratch. when you have completed this task you will have a really good knowledge of exactly how a double acting slide valve engine works while putting this together, you can save up for a boiler to go with it, the instructions for building are very good almost idiot proof they must be as I have built several. Beautiful engine and powerful it will easily power a hull of one-meter length. Something to think about and
    christmas
    is coming.
    8 months ago by GaryLC
    Forum
    Are these any good
    Hi Gerrity, you are suffering the lasting effects of Moya Green, she wrecked Canada Post, she has just left Royal Mail in almost as bad a position, we were told there was no
    christmas
    post date for Canada back in September Regards Mark
    8 months ago by jarvo
    Forum
    My other hobby
    Go for it if you get a chance Ed πŸ‘ I spent 40 years or so flying round the world on business. After a while Jumbos and co just become 'busses with wings' πŸ€” Although I did have a few pleasant experiences as well like - being invited to the cockpit of a brand new Lufthansa 747-400 during a flight from Sao Paulo to Santiago de Chile. Sitting right behind the Captain I had a great view of the crossing of the Andes, as well as of the then novel digital flight displays. I those days we could still swap smokes while drinking coffee and watching the plane fly itself 😲 After take off no one touched the column until the wheels were almost on the ground at Santiago! The First Officer had a clip board on his right knee and now and again said something like 'About here we turn left', and sure enough the plane banked gently left to line up with the Santiago approach. No 1 made a tick on his clip board 😊 - The now defunct Lan Chile airline used to upgrade me to 1st class on flights from Madrid to Santiago de Chile. Not so pleasant was having to run across the pan to bag a seat on an overbooked plane at Entebbe Airport in Uganda! I made it, was younger and fitter back then 😁 Or arriving at the airport in Rio de Janeiro 4 days before
    christmas
    to be told 'I'm sorry but you're not in the system'!😑 Oh well -
    christmas
    on the Copacabana πŸ˜πŸ˜‰ Nowadays I can't stand all the crap at the airports caused by the terrorists, so I'm not particularly sad that my globetrotting days are over. πŸ˜‰
    8 months ago by RNinMunich
    Response
    First Snow!
    Thanks, Steve! I'm very happy with the Brooklyn! Also I'm optimistic but, I 'don't see any warm days coming around the corner!😀 But you never know! Doug, I hope you have a white
    christmas
    ! Ron. Good to see your snow blower works!
    8 months ago by figtree7nts
    Response
    First Snow!
    Same here (Munich) Steve, When I first came to live here (Oct 1985) about half a metre of snow by mid November was the norm. For the last 15 years or so we mostly haven't had any snow in Autumn at all (no white
    christmas
    es 😭), if any a little came around Feb. / March. Fingers crossed for a warm day for you Ed. πŸ‘ Until this week we've had sun and day temps up to 20Β°C, in November! Nuts! Cheers All, Doug 😎
    8 months ago by RNinMunich
    Forum
    Brixham trawler IBEX
    Edward, I'm going to cast a bulb which gives me some tolerance in positioning it on the keel to help with the final trim. Probably make the keel from two sheets of balsa with a central threaded rod screwed and epoxied to the bulb. But that's for a later stage, right now I want to build the shaft into the hull before fitting the deck. Are you fitting an auxiliary motor? if so what sort of motor is most suitable? Quite looking forward to starting but likely to hafe to wait until after
    christmas
    - work intervienes Thanks Sam
    8 months ago by sam


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