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    Sea
    commander
    Hi sorry not getting back to you have been away, will get a photo soon. Thanks
    3 months ago by Kevin-56
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    Mtronics W-tail marine mixer connections.
    Evenin' Colin, Understand. But; Not sooooo expensive when you consider that you are effectively getting 2 ESCs in one compact board, plus the rudder mixer. With the Mtronics gizmo you still need the separate ESCs, which also makes the wiring messier!πŸ€” Taycol and converter board are packed up and will be on it's way to you per DHL this week. Ought to be with you before April!!πŸ˜‰ Look forward to the pics of the
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    renovation. The paddler looks neat as wellπŸ‘ Cheers, Doug 😎 PS there are also outputs for controlling Smokers or Sound Modules on the AC board.
    3 months ago by RNinMunich
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    Mtronics W-tail marine mixer connections.
    Thanks Doug, So right for the job, but so expensive, I am trying to use what I have or can get cheaply. As you know I am rubbish with electronics. This is for my latest aquisition, a vintage model paddle Steamer with individual paddle motors and a rudder. The old system of a digimax 4 needs updating. How's the taycol coming on, my first big show is at Easter and I was hoping to include the Sea
    commander
    . Cheers Colin.
    3 months ago by Colin H
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    1950s sea
    commander
    refurb.
    Good to see an early Sea
    commander
    being restored. My first experience of seeing a Sea
    commander
    was in early 1961 when I was eight years old. I was in Coronation Park in Crosby just outside Liverpool and dad got talking to the owner who said he had been a radar technician in WW2 and he built the radio control himself. The motor of course being a Taycol. Many years later I restored two Sea
    commander
    s and still have one of them which I sail quite often. Well done Aerokits. Boaty😎
    3 months ago by boaty
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    1950s sea
    commander
    refurb.
    This old sea
    commander
    was built by my dad in the mid 50's. With the help of the wife, we have started to repair and rebuild, the wife stripped it down. Doug (RNmunich) is rebuilding my taycol supermarine ready to fit into it. So far we have relaminated some of the hull boards and cabin sides. Sealed some of the sprung joints with 2 pack epoxy. Once that's had 48 hours hardening time I will rub down and coat the hull in glass cloth and Eze-Kote. I have 1 problem, the main cabin roof is missing and I don't have any plans to remake, so if anyone can help me please let me know. Thanks for reading, watch for updates in the coming weeks. Cheers Colin.
    4 months ago by Colin H
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    1950s sea
    commander
    refurb.
    One thing I have done which takes a bit of effort is to use card to make an approximate frame/ bulkhead as near as you can. Then trim and try until it fits as it should then trace onto wood of choice. Cut that out marginally oversize and sand/plane to fit and once happy glue in place. You should be able to work it out from the plans. Cut two sets and keep one for future reference.πŸ‘πŸ˜€
    4 months ago by onetenor
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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 ....." There was never a 'templates sheet', of course. There were just the original kit parts. This is a fundamental problem with trying to 'save' old model boat plans. The aircraft plans usually have all parts described precisely. Many - possibly most - boat kits are essentially sets of parts with assembly instructions. So, if you need to reproduce an old kit, you need to include part templates as well. Which means a lot of work for someone. Not only do you have to obtain an example of the original kit, measure it up and draw it using a CAD package, but you also have to allow for the fact that wood changes, and that die-cut parts may be cut badly, and so what you have measured may need correcting - sometimes quite extensively. Here's a classic example - the old Yeoman MINX, with templates drawn up...
    4 months ago by DodgyGeezer
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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.
    4 months ago by Colin H
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    1950s sea
    commander
    refurb.
    ".......If you have a computer, they usually come with some basic drawing tools like "Paint" or use paint.net.... Take the image and open with Paint, then just use the rectangular select tool to pick what you want to enlarge. Then just crop it and you have a nice separate image to save........" The fully-featured Open Source image processing package is called 'The Gimp'. You can download it for free, and it enables you to perform any image manipulation process you like - matching professional packages like Photoshop. I use it to create full drawings of vintage model boat plans which are often sent to me as a set of partial A4-sized scans. These can easily be re-sized, rotated, matched up and stitched together to make a full-sized drawing. For example, look at any of the Stirling plans on my Old Boats website: http://oldboats.tk/Sterling1.html
    4 months ago by DodgyGeezer
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    1950s sea
    commander
    refurb.
    Thanks Joe. I will have to use local print shop as I don't have a printer at present. I do remember how to do it myself, I have various drawing packages, from when I was working. I'm only 69 so still learning. Cheers Colin.
    4 months ago by Colin H
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    1950s sea
    commander
    refurb.
    Collin, What a great project... I have recently been taking small images and blowing them up by selecting smaller areas, say the cabin roof only, then printing that on A4. Usually these files have high enough resolution to make some very readable files. if you have a computer, they usually come with some basic drawing tools like "Paint" or use paint.net.... Take the image and open with Paint, then just use the rectangular select tool to pick what you want to enlarge. Then just crop it and you have a nice separate image to save. Be sure you save under a different name so as not to loose the original file. I may be giving you information that you already know, don't mean to insult.. See my photo of some I did last night, pasted about six together to see the 1M boat sections. These are rough as they come from an image only 16cm wide, but good enough for me to build from given some drafting. Good luck with the build, I will be watching. Joe
    4 months ago by Joe727
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    1950s sea
    commander
    refurb.
    Brill Colin I helped Marg with her presentation cakes but owt else I was on my own.πŸ˜€πŸ‘
    4 months ago by onetenor
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    1950s sea
    commander
    refurb.
    Hi original plans are sold on Ebay on model boats page cheers Ian
    4 months ago by TOWN3810
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    1950s sea
    commander
    refurb.
    Thanks Canabus, I'll see if I can get it blown up, it is a bit hard to read on A4 printout. But at least I can see what it should look like. The good lady says thanks as well, we share all our hobbies, fishing, photography, modelling., only one I can't get into is gardening. She even helps with the car repairs and servicing. Think on ladies your missing out. πŸ‘ Cheers Colin.
    4 months ago by Colin H
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    1950s sea
    commander
    refurb.
    Plans as required from down under !!! Canabus Hobart Tasmania South of Australia !!!
    4 months ago by canabus
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    1950s sea
    commander
    refurb.
    I had one f these with a diesel in it .Great model and it looks like yours will be too. Good luck with it and I'll follow with interest. Wish my wife had joined me in the hobbies but she just called my models toys.πŸ‘
    4 months ago by onetenor
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    unnamed
    If she is the 34" model then she's the Sea
    commander
    , 46" is the Sea Queen. I have got both, picked them up from boot fairs, at least 4+ years ago, and sadly still awaiting refurb. I also have a 46" Crash Tender still waiting the same. As well as a 34" crash Tender I bought back in 1994 as a 50 years anniversary kit and a 46" I got at wings and wheels about 3 years ago both in boxes waiting a full build from new. I have also still got my early 1970's Sea Hornet that also needs a refurb. Amongst other new and second hand models to get sorted out. I always say one day I will get round to it.
    4 months ago by BOATSHED
    Directory
    (Pleasure Craft) sea queen /
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    just picked this one up needs work but will sit here for a few weeks / months / years who knows (5/10)
    4 months ago by jacko
    Response
    The bow blocks & outer keel
    hello i'm trying to epoxy finish on my dumas CC
    commander
    and having a hard time getting a smooth surface each time try to put on a coat. it comes out wavy and not even. have tried foam and reg brushes, auto body spreader, try a foam roller, better it was even but not smooth any hints would be helpfully... samc
    4 months ago by samc
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    Sea Queen Frames
    Hi my plans for sea queen and sea
    commander
    purchased from the same guy 5 years ago were perfect in every way Ps i also use Biro for pretend deck planking Cheers Ian t
    5 months ago by TOWN3810
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    Sea Queen Frames
    Well , I'm sorry to say our fears were correct because the first of the two plans (Sea
    commander
    ) arrived this morning and as others have found the high quality drawings are absolute SH*T 😑 I think all curved lines were hand sketched by someone with very shaky hands 😲 I shall try and attach some pics. The first shows his attempt at the front windows A scan of his efforts is at the top , the correct drawing is below it The second picture is his attempt at the rear deck . One edge is a hand drawn wiggly line that should be straight . The drawing is too high, and the two sides should taper in towards the back . His drawing has one tapering in towards the back but the other side tapers outwards The third picture is a scan of one of the frames which is folded in two so as to check that both sides of it are mirror images . They are not even close So I will wait for my second plan to arrive (Sea Queen) which I expect to be no better and then put in my claim for not as described Drawn to a high standard ? what a joke
    5 months ago by donrecardo
    Response
    aeronaut classic
    I am also upgrading the prop shaft, I have purchased a 4mm shaft to use that has a decent outer casing. All other boats I have built the side chine rails have all bee 1/4 x1/4 inch rails. I am just so disappointed with some of the substandard use of certain parts. I just feel for the price they are cutting costs to up their profits on the boat. I have built a few of the older AeroKits like the RAF crash tender, Sea
    commander
    , Sea Queen and Sea Hornet as well as the Precedent Fairey Huntsman, and these all have a substantial set of side rail to fit and even the bulk head pieces are a much better thickness of ply. I would just not recommend the Aeronuat kits to anyone myself now. I was just going to fit a standard Gruapner speed 400 motor in but still unsure. I was thinking maybe a brushless may just be a bit overpowering her. but as I say still unsure, I may put in a brushless yet who knows. Keep us informed on here as to you progress I am keen to see your finished model. I suspect yours will be finished well before mine as I have shelved the build for now. Happy modelling.
    5 months ago by BOATSHED
    Forum
    Sea Queen Frames
    I also bought a copy of the sea
    commander
    plans while I was there
    5 months ago by donrecardo
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    New knee, outdoor trials begin.
    Hi fellow boaters, tomorrow is the day I have the staples out on my new knee. And starting Monday at knee clinic, so far so good, movement is good enough to allow me to walk with my crutches, most of the post operation swelling is gone now, a bit of bruising still, only a few painful reminders when I try to stretch or bend it. But should be back modelling very soon. Looking forward to getting my dad's old sea
    commander
    ready for the taycol supermarine being restored by Doug in Munich. Well that's all for now folk's, Cheers Colin.
    6 months ago by Colin H
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    New knee, outdoor trials begin.
    Hi Colin, That sounds great! push forward! I look forward to seeing. The post of your dad's Sea
    commander
    . Up and running! Cheers, Ed
    6 months ago by figtree7nts
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    A return to the hobby!
    If you don't make mistakes then you don't make anything, good luck with the
    commander
    . I'm doing a
    commander
    refurb on my dad's old one from the 50's. RNMUNICH is doing the motor for me it's an old taycol supermarine. I'll be doing a full right up after Xmas. Happy modelling, cheers Colin.
    6 months ago by Colin H
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    A return to the hobby!
    Making slow progress on the Sea
    commander
    hull as time permits; funny that after more than 30 years you somehow remember things you thought you had long forgotten! Lots of fun though.....
    6 months ago by J Barry
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    Landing Ship Tanks (WW2)
    I have a hankering to build an LST and although I could probably build a reasonable representation from photos, I would like to get hold of some plans. There seem to be plans available for the smaller landing craft like LCTs and LCMs but nothing for LSTs, the only ocean going landing craft of WW2. Over a thousand were built, all in the USA, despite being a British conception, only 113 were actually built for the Royal Navy. They were 328 ft long with 50 ft beam and were fitted with ballast tanks, similar to submarine types to enable them to run well up onto a beach to unload their cargo of tanks and other vehicles. They only needed 3ft6ins water under the bow to beach. Doors opened and a ramp came down. Really they were the forerunners of the RoRo ferry. My interest in building one is because my late father, a Lieutenant
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    , RNR, captained LST 368. all through the North Africa, Sicily and Italian campaigns. Would be pleased to hear if anyone can help me locate plans. Cheers, Nerys.
    7 months ago by Nerys
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    Landing Ship Tanks (WW2)
    Hi again Nerys, Attached a list of
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    s of LST 368 and a link to a site looking for more info on them. https://uboat.net/allies/
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    s/9336.html Your chance to make your Dad immortal!? πŸ˜‰ Your choice of course, Best regards, Doug 😎
    7 months ago by RNinMunich
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    Veron Vosper F.P.B. 52''
    The Veron F.P.B does appear to be a very rare model and I feel Β£300 would be a reasonable price especially when you take into consideration how much a modern day manufacturer would want. Just look at prices for Deans Marine models, mainly their Vosper M.T.B. which is a lot smaller. Also Veron kits seem to have been overlooked and the only model that is easy to obtain is the Slec version of their 26inch River Police Launch. Phil Smith was a great designer of boats and aircraft . I sold my Veron RTTL in the mid 1990s and my fleet today consists of one original Sea
    commander
    , one 34 inch Crash Tender , both of which I restored, an italeri PT109 and two RTR fast electrics. TOP TIP for anyone who buys your F.T.B- trace around the parts and use them to build the model while keeping the kit intact. I do this with my Keil Kraft control line aeroplanes. B😁😎oaty
    7 months ago by boaty
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    Bulwark Stays
    Hi Mike, tedious jobπŸ€” but the build's looking goodπŸ‘ BTW: by sheer coincidence yesterday i saw a documentary on National Geographic about
    commander
    Robert Peary, an American explorer who claimed to have been the first person to reach the geographic North Pole. Your ship was named after him. "SS Robert E. Peary was a Liberty ship which gained fame during World War II for being built in a shorter time than any other such vessel. Named after,
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    Robert Peary, an American explorer who claimed to have been the first person to reach the geographic North Pole. She was launched on November 12, 1942 just 4 days, 15 hours and 29 minutes after the keel was laid down." https://www.wikiwand.com/en/SS_Robert_E._Peary Pronounced 'Peery' So if you're fitting nameplates .....! Cheers, Doug 😎
    7 months ago by RNinMunich
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    Where's our mate?...
    Hope you feel better soon mate, have started on my
    commander
    , I think about 3 weeks and should be ready to start rebuild. Have you got the dimensions for the supermarine base mounting points and height of shaft centre line would be helpful. No rush on getting it finished as you know I go for my knee operation on the 18th. Apparently they have free WiFi for the patients so at least I can keep following the boating news. Cheers Colin
    8 months ago by Colin H
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    Taycol Supemarine Resurrection
    No reason why not so farπŸ˜‰ You'll have to get your trousers altered though 😁😁 Will start on your converter board at the weekend so get on with your Sea
    commander
    ASAP! All the best, Doug 😎
    8 months ago by RNinMunich
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    Taycol Supemarine Resurrection
    Well Doug, have been to Ludlow today and saw a Sea Queen on the River, it was powered by a Supermarine, driving a 50mm x 50mm brass prop. Power supply was 12v 7ah sla using a 30 amp. esc. it looked fantastic on the water, even against the current it was moving ahead with full power. if my sea
    commander
    goes that well I'll be as happy as a dog with 2 tails. Cheers Colin.
    8 months ago by Colin H
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    Taycol Supemarine Resurrection
    Hi Colin, re your post in the scale speed thread- "I've got spare Viper marine 25 amp. So hopefully that will do. Also would you recommend a reduction box to give a fair scale speed as I don't want to overwork the motor." The Viper will be fine, I'll probably be using a little Viper Marine 10 on my Taycol Target in the fish cutter. Re gearbox: I doubt one is necessary. I would try to adjust the top speed more with the prop, mainly the pitch probably. The Supermarine is not particularly hi-revving, 4000 or so off load? if you reduce that your Sea
    commander
    may behave more like a tug I suspect If you do decide to go that way PLEASE don't ask me to make it😁, I'm having enough trouble with the 1to1 gearing for my fish cutter😲 Good luck with bathroom and OP. Fingers crossed for you that the works DO start in 6 weeks (the bathroom I mean!) πŸ˜‰ Cheers, Doug 😎
    8 months ago by RNinMunich
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    motor sizeing
    Hi Jim I used a Hobbyking D3548/4 1100kv , a car ESC (hk60A-SL)(electric fan on top for cooling), program card(HK PROG-CARD) and a 40mm 2blade prop(test out the one on the boat first). Battery a 3s 5800mah 30C Lipo. This is in my Sea
    commander
    and gives a good turn of speed with a long run time. ESC set up:- 1 Cutoff Voltage for 3S=10.2 and 4S=13.6 2 Start Power Percent=5% 3 Advance Timing=4 4 Run Mode=2 5 Brake Force=1 6 Drag Brake Force=1 7 Neutral Range=1 8 initial Brake Force=1 9 Reverse Force=1 Canabus
    8 months ago by canabus
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    Taycol supermarine, to which prop.
    As I intend to fit my supermarine, after Doug has finished his magic, into a vintage Aerokits Sea
    commander
    , what prop would be best, if I am using a 12v 7ah sla battery. I have available 2.5 inch 4 blade brass prop, 2 inch 3 blade brass, and various plastic 2 or 3 bade, in 30-35-40&45mm. Which would be the correct one to use. Any thoughts would be much appreciated, cheers Colin.
    8 months ago by Colin H
    Forum
    EarlyVosper M.T.B by Simplas
    Hi Onetenor Fuji 15 was a good glow engine which I don't think it is manufactured any more. Aero version max B.H.P was just below .40 when tested. if it was in a model aircraft it would have been around .20 to .25 depending on prop size which was good then for a small capacity glowplug . Marine versions when on the water put out a little less and the water cooled jacket was never as efficient as the finned cylinder jacket of the aero version. My two Aerokits boats, the Sea
    commander
    and the Crash Tender are powered by single Speed 600 motors running on either 8.4 or 9.6 volt Ni Mh batteries. Performance is equal to that of marine diesel power such as the 2.46 Ed Racer and D.C 2.46 Rapier, the latter I used to watch in the fast steering events in the early 1960s at Fleetwood and Coronation Park in Crosby just outside Liverpool. Taycol powered versions would be obviously slower due to the additional weight were far more reliable and you did not have to put up with injuries from excessive use of a starting cord with kids watching and "extracting the urine" shouting "why wont it go mister". Boaty
    8 months ago by boaty
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    Taycol Supemarine Resurrection
    Wholeheartedly agree Boaty, my fleet is made up of vintage boats which I love reviving, most of them were donated to me over the last 4 years my wife and I both enjoy sailing our boats and trying to encourage younger folk to try it. I have no problem turning over control of my 50 plus year old boats to total beginners of any age, the youngest so far is my grandson who started on his 3rd birthday with a small rc boat I bought him. Now at 4 he's getting quite good and learning learning manoeuvring with my large tug Valiant which is just over 4ft and pushing 60yrs old. I have never been tired of those that are willing to learn and have a go. BTW The supermarine is mine and I am going to be installing it into my father's old sea
    commander
    built in 1957. Originally had a diesel, but the taycol is the ideal replacement. And with Doug doing the rebuild on it I will be able to use it with my modern rc system. Cheers Colin.
    8 months ago by Colin H
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    Taycol Supemarine Resurrection
    Thanks Colin, In the process I've probably destroyed much of it's vintage value to collectors, even though so far I haven't had to replace any parts. But I did ask! So I'm restoring it to a working unit as requested.πŸ˜‰ Two of the longer frame spacers are now a bit slimmer 😲 after turning most of the corrosion pits off, but useable. Could salvage all aluminium spacers except two of the short ones which just crumbled to dust. I'll make new ones tomorrow or probably Saturday. Tomorrow is a busy day, optician (new goggles), and photographer (new passport photos!), shopping (man's gotta eat sometime😁) and then dinner with the GF. it's all go folks! TA much for the spanners Colin πŸ‘ will be very handy for the reassembly. Looking forward to seeing the motor propelling your Sea
    commander
    across the lake. Don't forget 'The Beast' weighs about 950gm, bit less now that I've removed most of the crud of ages😁 Cheers, Doug 😎
    8 months ago by RNinMunich
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    Taycol Supemarine Resurrection
    Wow Doug, you're a star and letting you loose on my motor proves it. Thanks for taking the time and trouble to restore the rust heap into a useful working motor once again. I better get on with sorting out my dad's old sea
    commander
    ready to put it in. By the way the BA spanners are on the way via normal post. Cheers Colin.
    8 months ago by Colin H
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    Elaine motor update/assembly pictures
    Well the supermarine will get regular use once I get the boat rebuilt, dad would have loved to see his sea
    commander
    back on the water. Will be using 12v 7ah sla to power it. Cheers Colin.
    8 months ago by Colin H
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    A return to the hobby!
    SLEC do have a good reputation and its great that the classic kits of old are back in production. The Sea
    commander
    is one of my favourites as I restored one many years ago but foolishly sold it to fund my karting activities four years later. However in 2011 I found another one and restored that. This one I am keeping along with the 34 inch Crash Tender of 1962 vintage that I restored in 2014 being one that the former owner was about to place in a skip. I am interested in a Sea Rover as its a boat I never had. in the early 1960s when we lived in Liverpool, dad would take us up to Fleetwood to see the Aerokits display and watch the steering event on the big lake. Nostalgia aint what it used to be. BoatyπŸ˜†
    9 months ago by boaty
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    A return to the hobby!
    Thanks, Brianaro, as a youngster I could never afford a kit the size of the
    commander
    ; the Sea Urchin was the best I could do! I bought the plans for this model from a chap on eBay for Β£12.50. The full-sized single sheet is fine, but the tracings are almost worthless, so I drew my own.....
    9 months ago by J Barry
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    A return to the hobby!
    Hello. I have a soft spot for Sea
    commander
    , I built one somewhere around 1964/5 when I was 13 with the help of my brother in law. I enjoyed the build and painting and buying fittings with my pocket money. I remember the long drying time of Cascamite wood glue! I think I had Frog petrol engine and Macgregor radio, all purchased from Roland Scot. After a couple of years I sold the boat and bought a new Moulton bicicle. I wish I still had both now
    9 months ago by Brianaro
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    Motor size advice
    I do believe that's a Sea
    commander
    , an Aerokits model. Martin
    9 months ago by Westquay
    Forum
    A return to the hobby!
    Hi and welcome to the forum. Yup, SLEC are good guys. They're within a pleasant car toodle from me. I have a set of Crash Tender fittings from them since they bought out the Vintage Model Boat Company. Sea
    commander
    is a lovely boat and all the Aerokits are good performers. I have several. Good to see another Chris-Craft builder on here. The world needs more woody fans! Cheers, Martin
    9 months ago by Westquay
    Response
    Rear Deck assembly –(upper tow deck)
    Hi Gents I have found this build fascinating including robbob's build. I have one these to build but will be doing an Aerokits Sea
    commander
    first. As these designs go back to the 60's and were designed by Les Rowe ( I know I had one with an ED Racer in it.) So I will be referring back to this quite a bit. Will start a build blog on it. Shouldn't be to difficult busy changing my model engineering workshop to build boats. Model Engineering too expensive now boiler for my Springbok cost close GBP 1 300.00 alpne 😊😊. Trouble is I am importing all parts from UK etc. Between royal snail mail and SA post office I need to order any requirements in advance.
    10 months ago by Ianh
    Blog
    Hellen Fishing Boat
    Hi All This year I bought an unstarted kit, but, sold it to a club member. A month later one of the club member wish to swap for a faster boat and as my Sea
    commander
    required a repaint and fittings. I thought a swap for a very good working Hellen was a good deal. So are making a dingy and replacing the broken prop with a brass one I had my second Hellen for the year. Three weeks ago another Hellen pops up on Gumtree(aka EBAY), so it was to cheap not to buy it. While waiting for it to come, I made a new stand, a dingy with oars and a set of fenders. When it arrive the mast where laying on the deck broken, but , the posted pics show that. The motor is a 11 to 1 geared MFA Como 919 D which runs OK. A spare new plastic prop. Started on the repairs, like the keel and deck around the mast bases. The aft mast was broken in half, so I brass sleeved it. The aft sail was missing and the forward sail was all glued up, so I bin it. So this is the boat pics so far. Canabus
    10 months ago by canabus
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    What do you do when...
    I have had this problem several times myself especially with fast electrics when they "flip" over. At present I take my old Aerokits Sea
    commander
    with me to use as a rescue boat but there is always some element of difficulty when trying to line it up with the upturned craft. How you deal with it depends on the size of your boating lake. On small ones it is possible to have a vertical pole mounted on the bank with a long length of string attached to it. You then roll out the string and walk round until the string makes contact with your boat then slowly walk back bringing the boat to the side. Building a rescue craft like you describe is perfectly normal as I have seen them from time to time and also you see them on You Tube when retrieving usually (you guess it), a fast electric in distress. Good luck with your project and you can also disguise your "rescue boat" to look like a pusher tug etc.😁
    11 months ago by boaty


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