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    Aziz, Westerriff, Assurance Envoy for sale
    Just a further update, to confirm that ENVOY has also now been sold, and is soon to be returned to service ! The purchaser has, over and above the purchase price, very very kindly made a sizeable
    contribution
    that is to be donated to the club. All that remains now is WESTERRIFF, which still remains open to offer. None have yet been received, however all and any offers will be considered, so please feel free, I may well say yes ! Thank you, Dave
    9 months ago by Davecounty
    Forum
    Aziz, Westerriff, Assurance Envoy for sale
    Just a quick update to announce that AZIZ has now been sold, and is planned to be back in the water in the coming weeks. The purchaser has kindly made a very, very generous
    contribution
    , over and above the agreed purchase price, and this has been added to a donation that has been made to the site. Should the forthcoming pre-sale viewing of ENVOY be successful, a further donation will be made. Thank you for your very kind interest in this craft. Dave
    9 months ago by Davecounty
    Forum
    new member
    Welcome Davecook and NPJ. Hope you will enjoy the help and comraderie offered here. Look forward to seeing your
    contribution
    s. Best wishes, Dave W 😊
    1 year ago by rolfman2000
    Blog
    Vintage Model Works 46'' RAF Crash Tender
    Here's the history bit so pay attention... Many years ago as a boy in the fifth year of my north London secondary school, circa 1971, our woodwork class was given the option to make something of our own choice. Having mastered the majority of joints, wood turning, finishing techniques and the making of table lamps, stools and bookshelves etc. this seemed a good idea, so myself and a fellow classmate and model making chum asked if we could construct a model boat. The teacher, on hearing that it was to be from a kit and not from scratch was a little surprised but agreed. So my friend and I jointly invested about 20 quid in an Aerokits 34.5 inch RAF Crash Tender from Blunts' model shop in Mill Hill (long since gone like many others) and we set about construction during lesson time and sometimes at break times. I recall we used "Cascamite" to glue it all together on the advice of the woodwork teacher because neither 'Scotch' glue nor PVA was suited to marine construction. Good progress was made over the course of our last year at school but it was never fully completed, only requiring painting, running gear and detailing. My friend decided that he needed to withdraw from the project as he was enrolling in a college away from home to study for a career in the merchant navy and I agreed to buy out his share and continue with the project. And so it was that I carried on with the painting and installing the running gear which consisted of a 1.5 cc marine diesel engine, water pickup, prop shaft and rudder and a MacGregor radio system with a stick for steering and a single button for speed control. The engine and radio came from Michael's Models in Finchley (also long gone) for Β£20 as my elder brother, who had started a Saturday job there, was able to get a staff discount for me. The diesel engine was noisy and smelly and a pig to start with a leather thong around the flywheel and I decided to abandon this means of propulsion (I foolishly ran it for slightly too long 'dry' and melted the soldering around the brass water jacket!). By now I had graduated from my part time job in Woolies to an engineering apprentice with Post Office Telephones and my new income of 20 quid per week could support my modelling and electronics hobbies after my
    contribution
    to the household for my keep. So off to the model shop to buy a Taycol Supermarine electric motor, two 12v volt lead acid batteries and a suitable charger. The diesel came out and was sold on Exchange & Mart and the mount and coupling re-made to accommodate the new Taycol motor. What an improvement that was! I can't remember now what speed controller or servo I used but whatever it was did the job, and it went like the clappers on Friary Park boating lake (also long since gone) even though the radio control system was a bit crude with the non-proportional steering and 'blip' throttle control. The boating took a back seat when I acquired my driving licence and my first car (a rusty old Cortina Mk 1) and I also got involved in sound recording for radio. I decided to sell the boat and bits for Β£60 through Exchange & Mart and bought an Akai 4000DS tape recorder and a 'Chilton' audio mixer, built a home studio and along with a good mate of mine started making radio commercials for the new commercial radio stations including London's Capital Radio. We even won a 'Campaign' advertising award for one of our efforts! And so after several years as a 'phone engineer I moved into professional recording for A/V and broadcast and then into TV production. Fast forward to today. Semi-retired with grand kids and with more free time on my hands I still had an interest in model making so in Jan 2016 went to the Model Engineer exhibition at nearby 'Ally Pally'. It was there that I saw an RAF crash tender just like the one I built all those years ago and got into conversation with the chap on the stand. This re-ignited my model making interests and I researched the hobby and that model in particular.
    3 years ago by robbob
    Blog
    Range Safety Launch?
    The β€˜Range Safety Launch’…………. Intro. I am now the owner of this boat. Wooden, good hull lines and hull paint work but needing to be finished. I am told that it looks like it started life as a kit, but has had considerable modification to at least the above deck layout and detail. Advice is that it could be a rather simplified Range Safety Launch, but maybe I can use a little β€˜artistic licence’ and just make it look interesting and capable. There are two main reasons for sharing this project. 1. I will undoubtedly need guidance 2. Maybe some of the information will assist others The hull is 44 inches ( 112cm ) long and 14 inches (36cm ) wide, it has two brushed MFA Torpedo 800 motors………. and weighs in currently at 15 lbs 4ozs (6.91 kgs). It is large enough for me to be able to work on reasonably comfortably and apart from the cabin/upper deck areas to be β€˜improved’, I aim to introduce sound, lighting, active radar sweep, search light, together with maybe a deck hoist and water /fire monitor appliance. At my age it is difficult to tell the difference between wishful thinking and dementing…… However, the prime aim is to try and achieve at least some of this whilst having the boat usable during the current β€˜season’. There is so much knowledge, good will and help available on this site that even before I touched a thing, information came pouring in. If anyone feels like making a
    contribution
    then please just β€˜pile in’. Have ordered some parts so next time should have something to show. NPJ.
    1 year ago by NPJ
    Forum
    Mixer
    Your more than welcome TJ. Re paragraphs etc; was a well meant 'Word to the Wise', just to make your interesting
    contribution
    s easier to read. πŸ˜‰ Keep up the good workπŸ‘ Which configuration did you decide on in the end? On my single screw boats, like my Sea Scout, I tend to just use the BEC from the ESC and no separate RX battery. On my multi screw ships, the majority actually, from two to four screws (PTB to HMS Belfast cruiser) I always use a separate RX battery. On the basis that I reckon that the drive battery already has enough to do πŸ˜‰ So I use 4.8 or 6V NiMh batteries of around 1500 to 2000mAh. Always put a switch between the batt and the RX. Also a switch and a fuse, approx 5A lower than the ESC max current rating, between the drive battery and the ESC(s). All the best, Doug 😎
    1 year ago by RNinMunich
    Guestbook
    Guestbook Post
    Hi All. Many may already recognise the 'nutter from Munich' 😁 but I just wanted to say- I first stumbled across this site and enrolled here in 2014 but was still in harness and trundling around the world working with various navies and shipyards on all sorts of naval ships from small Fast Patrol Boats through subs, Corvettes and Frigates up to LPDs, Heli and Escort Carriers. So I didn't have much time for model building (sounds better than 'Modelling' somehow 😁😲) or
    contribution
    s to the site, but I did try to keep up to date with advances, as I always did in my profession - Naval COMMS systems - and dipped in and out of this site without getting involved. Since I retired last year I have become an active member and have also dipped into, and registered with some, other Model Boat forums in various countries. But in all of them I have never found such an international, friendly and knowledgable bunch as on this site. Or such a well organised site where it is 'relatively' easy to find the info you need, or to just ask and get informed answers pronto. Sure there is room for improvement in some areas but "Tempus fugit" and things move on - so is it also on this site. I understand that a facelift and changes are afootπŸ˜‰ whatever the outcome I'm sure you won't find a better web site for informed (bin there done that!) info on model boat / ship building as well as research on the original vessels this side of the asteroid belt! Welcome aboard and Happy Building and Sailing, All the best, cheers, Doug 😎
    1 year ago by RNinMunich
    Response
    Range Safety Launch?
    BTW Neville; if you want your latest pics to appear with the post on the Home page etc post each new
    contribution
    as an 'Update' and not as a 'Response'. Otherwise only the original pics in your first entry will be shown. Cheers, Doug 😎
    1 year ago by RNinMunich
    Forum
    46Firefloat Mk2 paint
    Hi Elsrickle, This topic has been exhaustively discussed here, with some interesting
    contribution
    s from guys who served on or around these boats, and some original builders drawings. Check out this thread. https://model-boats.com/forum/boat-specific-chit-chat/42714?goto=43068 Cheers, Doug 😎
    1 year ago by RNinMunich
    Forum
    Calling Devon boaters. Help!
    Hi, I would be inclined to fit one just above the waterline, 1/8 or 3/16 square. This is to reduce the risk of swamping the boat at high speed, esp. in a tight turn 😲 There are some excellent tips on the site about how to retrofit them. Attached some pics and notes I downloaded from Dave_M's
    contribution
    . May need to do this to my Sea Scout, depending on the sea-trialπŸ˜‰ Cheers Doug 😎
    2 years ago by RNinMunich
    Forum
    New Members :-)
    Welcome aboard Jan, πŸ‘ you've just joined a friendly 'family' with a lot of hard earned experience! πŸ˜‰ Profit from it; 'If you don't ask you don't get'! Look forward to your
    contribution
    s πŸ‘ Best regards, Doug 😎
    2 years ago by RNinMunich
    Forum
    Donations - Thank You
    Hi All, Just a quick thank you to everyone who donated in 2017 and so far in 2018. It's only with the kind
    contribution
    of members this website keeps going. Advertising helps, but it doesn't fully cover the costs of hosting, domains, mobile apps, security certificates and upkeep on its own. A few things on here are due an overhaul again, usually I take time out at Christmas to overhaul sections of the website, but this Christmas break was too hectic, so the website had to take the back seat (or the stern perch). Going forward it's still a life project that continues for me. The website will turn 11 this year, it's come a long way in that time. Originally just static pages, people would email photos of their boats and I'd manually put them online. Laughably unsustainable these days if that still happened, so I must thank you all for keeping the ship sailing, the engines firing and the masts raised! I'd still like to overhaul the website, so amongst juggling a job and other commitments I will be working on this. If you haven't yet but would like to do so, please consider donating. The average donation last year was Β£8 - so an even bigger thank you to those who stretched a bit further. Donations can be sent securely through PayPal – just click the amount you’d like to donate in the left side panel on the website or at the bottom of the home tab on the mobile app. If your local currency isn't GBP, PayPal will let you enter a value in your local currency. Cash and cheques are accepted although less preferred because of security. If you wish to do this anyway, please PM me for details. Many thanks once again, Happy 11th Birthday to the website and Best Wishes to everyone for 2018! Stephen
    2 years ago by Fireboat
    Forum
    What to do????
    Hallo Kathy, my sympathies and commiserations, I also lost my Dad a little while ago. This a basically a UK site but we have very active members all over the world, including the US and Canada, so if you post some photos (or even a simple list (text catalogue with name of ship, type if you know! and size) you may get some responses from your side of the pond. Some of our US / Canadian members have connections to maritime museums and may be able to help you. Or may even want to buy one of the models! Even if static models many of us like the challenge of converting them to functional models. RNLI stands for Royal National Lifeboat institute, it is the UK organisation which provides and maintains the lifeboat rescue services around the British isles. it is totally funded by voluntary
    contribution
    s, no government funding. All best wishes, Doug. In case you wonder about the site name RNinMunich; I'm English but have been living in Munich for over 30 years and my first radio control model was a Royal Navy ship!
    2 years ago by RNinMunich
    Response
    Fittings and finishing
    Very good! πŸ‘ excellent safety margin! Being an electronics engineer I was somewhat concerned! 😲 Smoking is bad for the health (and the wallet) anyway πŸ˜‰ Happy sailing with your lovely boat, cheers Doug 😎 Special greetings to 'Mum' for her excellent
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    s πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
    2 years ago by RNinMunich
    Forum
    RAF rescue launch shape
    Hi All, surprisingly (to me anyway) there is a cross-link here to the Elco PT boats! Apparently Scott-Paine took his 70ft PT9 HSL/PTB design to America looking for cooperation with Packard for engines and extra production facilities. This was the birth of the Elco PT Boat series! We all think of them as American, but the design was British πŸ‘πŸ˜‰ From Scott-Paine's biography- "PT boats (First Pic shows Elco 70-foot (21 m) PT boat PT-10 in 1941) In 1939 agreement was reached with the American Electric Launch Company (Elco) to purchase a British Power Boat 70-footer (later named PT9), as a template for American production under licence. PT9 (second pic 1940) was taken by the US President Roosevelt to Elco’s works at New London, Connecticut. On 3 October Scott-Paine met President Roosevelt and senior Elco representatives at the White House to authorize the creation of a new naval arm, the PT Boat Squadrons. (PT boat was short for Patrol Torpedo boat). Production started at a new Elco factory at Bayonne, New Jersey in January 1940. The Canadian Power Boat Company was set up by Scott-Paine in 1940. This produced 39 boats, mainly MTBs. After the passing of Lend-Lease in 1941 comparative trials, nicknamed the Plywood Derbys, were held between rival American boatbuilders, Elco winning both. Elco went on to produce 754 70-, 77-, and 80-foot (24 m) PT boats, including Jack Kennedy’s PT109 as well as the boat that rescued General Douglas MacArthur from Corregidor. Later years In December 1944, Scott-Paine received a cheque for $200,000 with an accompanying letter of appreciation for his
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    s made to the development of the PT boat from Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal. The money was from Elco and was brokered by legal teams, releasing Elco from any and all further liabilities concerning the license rights." Well! Did you ever !!πŸ˜‰ Cheers Doug 😎
    2 years ago by RNinMunich
    Forum
    Simprop ZaunkΓΆnig (Wren)
    Spin off from " Re Sea Rover by Wingcoax" ! This ain't a boat, so do I have to convert it to a float-plane to qualify for help here!!?? i know some of you guys are experienced fliers. πŸ‘ After an exchange about batteries and glow plugs etc I dug my old ZaunkΓΆnig (Wren in English) out of the cellar and she was in a pretty sorry state Pic 1 πŸ€” Have now cleaned it up a bit (judicious use of Cillit Bang and a fine mesh scouring pad!) and she looks much more cheerful. Pics 2 and 3. Original Wen Mac/Cox 0.49 long since removed (still kicking around somewhere) and I would like to electrify it. Any advice on motor, prop etc would be extremely welcome. Purists will note that I have extended the top plane, from original 410mm to 615mm! This is an attempt to improve the glide characteristic and above all dampen the incredible roll rate! A gentle bank could suddenly turn into a twinkle roll so fast you couldn't count πŸ€” Mod never tested due to move to Germany, new career, new lady, and the demise of many IC flying fields. I have loads of mini and micro servos, pico RXs (yes Dave, some 35MHz!) so they aren't a problem. But what motor, prop, ESC, battery? Have thought of Micron radio for a combi RX/ESC or a mini ESC with one of my pico RXs, but have no idea for motor and prop! Original prop is 15cm diameter. Pitch ?? Total weight of all the bits you can see here is 156gm. Would be nice to get a bit of history into the air. All
    contribution
    s gratefully received πŸ˜‰ Cheers Doug 😎 PS: she doesn't need to be a 'rocket' just tootling around would suit my flying skills!πŸ˜‰ PPS: plan in background is HMS ARK ROYAL (WW2) scale ~1:192.
    2 years ago by RNinMunich
    Response
    The electrics, drive & radio
    Hi robhenry Thank you for your complimentary remarks. I didn't really consider building the boat with twin motors and rudders as I wanted to build the kit 'out of the box' to a great extent and also because I was rediscovering the hobby and all of the new technology and techniques that it now benefits from. With the experience I and knowledge that I have now gained I would be not so hesitant to consider such things. I'm grateful for your
    contribution
    to Mike's data on the RAF boats as it will have no doubt filtered down to the benefit of my boat build. As I have discovered, surprisingly little information on these boats exists or has been made public despite their popularity with model builders and it would be a great thing if everyone were to pool their knowledge and resources to try and redress this situation. I will certainly try to photograph the boat in action if I can manage the controls and a camera at the same time 😁 Rob.
    2 years ago by robbob
    Forum
    Help! Mystery Boat
    Hi All, anyone have any idea what the boat in the attached pics is, or where the registration comes from? I suspect a south coast or north sea fishing boat - cutter?, English or German? In the bow there is a space (something broken off!) indicated as 'Gas Anlage' - sehr Deutsch! FE I would have recognised from Folkestone, my home-town but 'E' I can't find. I inherited the boat from an aunt who died last year, found it in her art studio, she was an artist and art teacher, had some exhibitions at the National. She was also in the Guinness Book of Records as the longest surviving paraplegic, paralysed in a motorbike accident when she was 16 and died last year aged 86!! Back to the boat: it's a bit crude and built as a static model from an ancient kit I believe. I want to renovate it and make it mobile, might be a better candidate for my renovated Taycol Target? All
    contribution
    s gratefully received 😎
    3 years ago by RNinMunich
    Forum
    Web Site Funding
    Attention on Deck, Attention on Deck, Who's next, will it be you! Please contribute it's for a good cause. Now I know I've said it time and time and again. But we need to give so the website has funding to keep on going. Without your
    contribution
    s we wont have a website, we can come and participate and share knowledge or see pictures or ever see video's about our hobby. so lets show how much we care about the website GIVE, Donate, Contribute to the cause Now. That is All, Carry on! πŸ‘ Did I neglect to mention we've had 21 Contributers, let's see who else will join the Ranks...
    3 years ago by figtree7nts
    Forum
    Web Site Funding
    Any amount helps the cause, it feels good to donate to such a worthy website as this one. Who's next come on we should all give at least a fiver Like Jarvo said, any amount helps. who's next are you the next person to donate. This website is extremely helpful, think of all the fine people you've met or will meet. Think of it this way where else would you hangout, read learn and share well where....? 😊 If you don't have a Paypal account that's alright, just do a straight forward
    contribution
    ... Not only that but, it feels good!
    3 years ago by figtree7nts
    Forum
    Donations
    HI Stephen, Your suggestion of a small star next to their name is a very good suggestion, while there are members who would possibly prefer to remain anonymous, this would remain their decision However on the other side of the coin, if
    contribution
    was acknowledged by adding a small star or such device, I am sure this would encourage others to contribute to the site I am confidant most members understand to run such a really great website such as this requires a large amount of time & finacial commitment. You would certainly have my support and I am sure that many others also Regards Ray
    4 years ago by felix
    Forum
    Connecting ESP ?
    Thanks Dave - looks like you were correct about the mosfet (about which I know nothing) but I gave the damaged esc to a friend of a friend etc. and he is repairing. in the meantime I just ordered a new 15amp Electronize unit and will use the repaired one in the next build. Thanks for all the
    contribution
    s. Regards, Keith.
    5 years ago by kwjg51
    Forum
    Christmas
    HI All! Thanks to everyone for your support this year to help keep this website online and all your
    contribution
    s! This year we saw a boost of 500 members and an incredible 4000 posts! So thanks also to the admin team for your work with moderating the site! Along with that there have been 1400 app installations this year resulting in 90,000 push notifications which have gone out to users! Anyone who knows me knows I love geeky statistics like this and running this website has always been a bit of a hobby of mine, just like model boating and more recently quad copters! The snow has now arrived on the website, so I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! What's everyone expecting for Christmas!? 😎 Stephen
    5 years ago by Fireboat
    Forum
    Marblehead....Vintage or Modern
    Good luck with your build. I hope you found some useful info on sails and rigging. I agree the class rules are complex but are designed to provide a level playing field between contestants. For your purpose the main aim is having some fun with your grandsons. I agree with your sentiment and provided you follow the basics the result will be fine. if I may make a small
    contribution
    , I suggest you make the mast position variable (1/2" either side of normal) so that you can balance the sails so the yacht behaves in all winds. Please let us know how you progress
    5 years ago by Dave M
    Blog
    ytgn 9
    Now back in harness am begining to make some progress. This is to manufacture the mast and rigging. The mast is made from a piece of fishing rod, it is a bit big and out of scale but is quite robust and I am not trying to make a true scale boat. The spreaders are made from 1/8 thick aluminium sheet and are once again not true to scale but are quite strong and make fitting to slots in the mast a bit stronger. In order to fit and glue the spreaders in the mast I made a jig to ensure that all were held in alignment during the fitting and glueing process this is shown in attached pics. Since my early
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    s on this subject I find the Improvements to this site are very Impressive and those involved in all the work that has been done deserve our great thanks and a bit of a
    contribution
    to the pot to cover the costs.
    5 years ago by nasraf
    Forum
    Catchalot
    Thanks a lot Alan, that certainly gives me some idea of where to start. All comments appreciated, so if anyone else has some experience to offer all
    contribution
    s welcome !
    6 years ago by ChrisJ
    Forum
    2000 Members!
    HI Stephen, Great site that I only found earlier this year. Am spreading the word like everyone else I guess. I know you're doing something about each member being able to see their collective
    contribution
    s - soam eagerly awaiting this. Only suggestion as a new comer at present is that the 'Harbour' form is a bit biased to certain types of vessel and doesn't allow more complete entries for the widest variety of boats. e.g Categories of model - not much going on the sailing side, size of models - combo boxes offer limited range of values for some parameters - size, weight and nothing about beam or draft and general emphasis on electric power? Sail boats only have a couple of valid entries to make - which I'm sure is missing out on future info. value. I'm guessing that the suggestions would not involve stupid amounts of reworking and hope that the database generated could be used in some positive way for future features/facilities. All the work is certainly appreciated and if you think my suggestions have some merit and would like some more details I'd be only to happy to provide. Regards, Cap'n Jim (Jim Dewar).
    7 years ago by CapnJim
    Forum
    Donations - Why so little??
    Hello Stephen my
    contribution
    is on its way, an idea for the surplus is to send paying members a bumper sticker. its simple and builds advertising and although I am from SA I would love to have a bumper sticker of such a cool site as this on my van. or on my boats tool box and make others slightly jealous just my 5 pence worth πŸ˜€
    7 years ago by SimonL
    Forum
    Surfury
    HI Gregg, I did enquire of SHG several years ago about the moulds for their Surfury and Cigarette offerings of the 70/80's but they reckoned that the moulds were long gone. I have already sent Jerome an email re permission to copy the hull I have , either via licence of some sort or a
    contribution
    to a charity of their choice for each one produced. If permission is not forthcoming, I'll just use the hull that I have for my own boat to go with the Cigarette. Regards Ian
    8 years ago by tiggy_cat
    Forum
    maybe not
    I have some EeZeBilt-style new designs for you - somewhere. Keven. 😊 All
    contribution
    s gratefully received... The preservation of old boat plans is .... more difficult than doing the same with model aircraft plans. They are simply less common. More difficult to source... True, alas. in many cases I fear that plans may need to be drawn up from examples of existing boats. That's possible - but a lot of work... But if nobody pushes for it to happen I fear that many of the boats that we remember may not make it though to the next generation...
    9 years ago by DodgyGeezer
    Forum
    Donations - Why so little??
    HI everyone, First of all many thanks to all of you who have recently donated! Just to feedback on a few points... I've just been into the donation link armed with a debit card and 15 minutes to spare putting in details I often feel uncomfortable about entering into the computer only to find I could use Paypal. Fantastic! this made it quick, easy and secure so job done! Most of us who use the site probably have a Paypal account so let's see the symbol in the link area. The donate button is the standard Icon PayPal give you to embed into your web page. I have however just added a note next to it to clarify it is PayPal... Pleased you found it easy! and yes, most people have a PayPal account. I've used and still use this site a lot. it's been a source of high quality information and contacts I'd struggle to find anywhere else so well worth a
    contribution
    . I also pay a subscription to the Tamiyaclub.com, an RC car club which gives simple access to sales and wants adds, allows me to have a showroom and a trade section, perhaps this is something to consider developing more. Check it out. I've just had a quick look at the Tamiya website and yes, it looks like something that could be done here... or at least an equivalent if members would like such a feature? In addition to Aerokits I'm also interested in other makes of vintage boat such as Veron, Maycraft, HMM to name a few and other designs from Vic Smeed, Max Coote, Les Rowell etc. Perhaps it's time to specifically identify some of these rather than consigning them to 'others', broaden the information base and have a small membership fee - even Γƒβ€šAΒ£5 a year would alleviate the problem and take two minutes to send through Paypal. Just food for thought. Roger Membership fee's I've always come away from. I'm a great believer that if you start charging for something people will go elsewhere. Widening the target audience however is a great idea and something I've often thought about and would like to do but not really known how to do! The server this website is sitting on is well capable now of extra capacity too... It would be nice to cater for all types of boats but unfortunately we are tied to the domain name... "modelfireboats.com" which is rather restrictive πŸ˜› changing the name isn't practical either (it's a bit like changing your house address and nobody knowing where you've gone!) modelboats.com would be an awesome domain name... but it's on sale for Γƒβ€šAΒ£10,000+ so I'm giving that one a miss! I'd be interested to know what everyone else's thoughts are on widening the target audience though? and how it might be possible? How about, say, a competition for the best photo showing their models boats running in reverse? (Nobody ever shows their boats going backwards - it always seems to be photos of forward motion only). These are just my thoughts. I'll bet that someone could come up with something much better. I like the idea! it sounds like a funny competition to hold!... potentially we could have a period of time for people to submit photos, then let everyone vote on them πŸ˜€ the prize bit is a little more tricky though! Motor mounts can vary, couplings, props and rudders too. You could win a free servo πŸ˜› they're standard but pretty common though... Opinions and ideas everyone? Stephen
    9 years ago by Fireboat
    Forum
    Donations - Why so little??
    I've just been into the donation link armed with a debit card and 15 minutes to spare putting in details I often feel uncomfortable about entering into the computer only to find I could use Paypal. Fantastic! this made it quick, easy and secure so job done! Most of us who use the site probably have a Paypal account so let's see the symbol in the link area. I've used and still use this site a lot. it's been a source of high quality information and contacts I'd struggle to find anywhere else so well worth a
    contribution
    . I also pay a subscription to the Tamiyaclub.com, an RC car club which gives simple access to sales and wants adds, allows me to have a showroom and a trade section, perhaps this is something to consider developing more. Check it out. In addition to Aerokits I'm also interested in other makes of vintage boat such as Veron, Maycraft, HMM to name a few and other designs from Vic Smeed, Max Coote, Les Rowell etc. Perhaps it's time to specifically identify some of these rather than consigning them to 'others', broaden the information base and have a small membership fee - even Γƒβ€šAΒ£5 a year would alleviate the problem and take two minutes to send through Paypal. Just food for thought. Roger
    9 years ago by thelegos
    Forum
    Happy xmas
    Thanks Tidtug! Message for everyone from Pete Dimberline: -- HI Fireboat Funday followers, just to wish you all a very Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year, I will put notification of Funday 2011 on the site when we sort out our sailing events list very shortly. Hope to see you again next year, have a great time. Pete D, F.F.Day Organiser. -- The website has been through many updates this year and has had many Improvements including faster loading pages and greater up time all thanks to the generous
    contribution
    s by you all! I too wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Stephen 😎
    9 years ago by Fireboat
    Forum
    Donations - Why so little??
    πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ Thank you once again to those of you who donated to get us up to the target!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ I'm very surprised that in less than a week it's reached the target amount!!! it's gone from 1 donation in 5 years to 5 donations in 1 week!! 😯 So now that everything's in the GREEN!... what happens if? anyone else donates even more??? I have had a thought about this, but I would like your ideas too... There has been a suggestion that it could go towards speeding up the website, possibly on a server upgrade, but having looked into this the next step is to go onto a virtual server which is a massive overkill for a comparatively small website like this. The other idea (posted a short while back by another member) would be to have custom designed t-shirts, caps, badges etc for anyone who might like such a thing? (If anyone would??) πŸ˜› T-shirts are awkward due to the various size variations, but I am thinking of caps? Would such an item appeal to anyone??? What would be your ideas for the usage of further
    contribution
    s as it would be great to find a way where it can be pumped back into the fireboat community 😊 Please let me know below!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ Stephen (Website Admin)
    10 years ago by Fireboat


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