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Thanks for the
Hope to move it forward today to the tissue bit in the way you are suggesting.
Fittings may end up in a selection bag on Ebay!
10 months ago by NPJ
Another useful site for all 'Woodies' ;)
Yep,I get Pinterest too, but they also mix in some of that cargo, too, which is a bit embarrassing if the Mrs. just walks in. On another boaty place people are saying the finish is too difficult! Epoxy and yacht varnish is all I ever used. Yes,if it's to be varnished it has to be well made, but so what? Does that mean all the tankers and lifeboats are badly made and covered in filler and paint?
Anyway, thanks for your efforts, Doug. All
s to make woodies gratefully received.
This is one I'm working on currently, when I can reach it off the top shelf! A Greavette Gent's racer, Double Time. Canadian graceful of Gravenhurst.
11 months ago by Westquay
Radio in a yacht
Whilst I can make almost anything, I have absolutely no idea how to install modern R/C gear in a model, much less a yacht.
I have an Orange Rx which has 6 channels for some reason, but I only need 2. BTW, when did functions become channels? I grew up with proportional being 2 channels per function. Anyway, that's a 2.4 doodah. I have a GWS sail winch a drum jobbie. I also have a few different servos for the rudder, but I don't know what voltage they are. I will stuff 4 pen cells in a holder and therefore get 4.8 volts, is that right? This will all fit a treat on a removable piece of ply which I can secure with a slider at one end and a wingnut at tother. Said ply with all gear will slide through the main companionway with that item removed.
So, how do I know which servos will work for steering? Will they work with a 2.4 Gg set? Or must I buy new? Will the Rx be OK sited near the battery pack and servos? And how the hell does one "bind" the Tx to the Rx? I've had the Tx for 3 years and it ain't yet out of its box. It's a Spektrum Dx5e. I'm using NiMhs in the battery pack as I don't understand LiPos and will only be using the yacht occasionally. And I can charge NiMhs with a wall charger. I have fancy metallic blue thing that does everything, but the Chenglish instructions defeated me, so it hasn't been out of its box either. (Get the impression I ain't big on working models, folks?)
And anything helpful about rigging the damned thing under the deck is welcome too! No idea where to start there. I have very limited space through companionways and deck lights which are all removable, but smallish, if evenly spaced.
1 year ago by Westquay
Thanks all for the words of
and the leg pulling. I have no idea what happened.
The pictures on my I Phone camera are all the right way up, I was not drinking or smoking anything and cannot be in the Antipodes as temperatures are still below freezing.
Pity the thumbnail picture when uploaded was not bigger, might has spotted the error then.
Anyway, Me Culpa!
1 year ago by RHBaker
Thank you Gascogne - very useful advice and
too. I will take all on board ( if you pardon the pun) and keep in touch.
1 year ago by Baggie
Imara tug, remodelled from an original built by the late Tony Dewsbury, on it's first lake trial. Thanks to Jerry Hayes for the video (and
2 years ago by EricMB
Doug, Thanks for the
. Was contemplating not saying anything, so readers got the impression my skills were perfect! On second thoughts though, felt that the major objective of this site is to help and encourage modelers. Thus decided better to describe the undesirable feature and then show it could be resolved.
2 years ago by RHBaker
It's one of the facets of scratchbuilding that is little talked about. it seems inevitable that undesirable features (I don't want to say errors) will occur and then there's some serious head-scratching about whether to ignore, cover up, fix (and how to) or start again. This is a great
to others facing similar dilemmas to figure out a fix.
2 years ago by Trillium
Secure the hatches and raise the flags !
Good choice 👍
I hope you have as much fun as I have building your crash tender.
Please do consider doing your own build blog, they are very helpful and generate a lot of interest and
from the readers.
All the best.
2 years ago by robbob
The radio aerial & handrails.
Thanks for your
, all the detail work does seem to take a long time to do and I'm learning new skills all the time.
It will never be a masterpiece but I will certainly be something that I'll be very proud to show off... not sure where though.
My day off today so I may pay a visit to Verulamium Park in St. Albans and check out the small boating lake there.
Anyone got any good advice or tips on parking and access to the lake and what the boating is like there?.
Here's a recent pic so you can see the progress so far.
2 years ago by robbob
from the Philippines
thanks for the
, sir! will update you as soon as i got my call sign hopefully 😊
with regards to the trailer, yes. i consider using a medium size trailer for the boat but i will just sourced it out from the machine shop and let them do it for me. I don't think i have the skill for that 😆
I will update the forum once the hull is finished. my next step is to look for the suitable motor. thanks!
2 years ago by analyst
In the doldrums...
Thanks for the
figtree7nts. Not planning to give up yet.
3 years ago by ThatSinkingFeeling
Fitting the bottom skins.
Thanks for your
, and no, I'm not working a night shift on this, it's just that my literary abilities are better in the evenings.
3 years ago by robbob
H.M.S. BULLDOG / BEAGLE
Thanks for the positive comments. Nice to get
from one's peers, I only see the flaws!
The comment on the deck bending in heat is one have not considered. it is a real possibility as I live in Canada.
Currently the deck is held down by several screws that will eventually be hidden by deck detail. Could increase the number fairly readily and also introduce reinforcements under the styrene. Thanks for the warning.
It was my plan to keep adding to this blog and will be including pictures to show further progress.
4 years ago by RHBaker
Dumas Chris Craft
Thanks for your
................took the model into the Maldon Little Ship Club....where it created much discussion, and advice, as well as beer consumption!
4 years ago by frankburgess
Must say I'm learning a lot this time round with you experts providing advice and
- hopefully I'll stick at this time as every time I leave it alone for any period it's only worse when I come back to it!
4 years ago by neilmc
Thanks again for your support and
, I don't have any model shops around here for materials but have found a few on line that are promising. Have been looking at a "Dremel Moto-saw"electric fret saw at about £80 That looks ok for the project don't know if you have any idea if it would be OK?
Once again thanks for your help
4 years ago by Peter501
I have made a comeback to the world of modeling and things have changed beyond recognition. I felt lost untill I penned my problems and recieved help and
beyond what I thought of as normal for a forum. This forum is special and I feel at home here.
4 years ago by restin
No problem with the humour Roger, just couldn't think of a witty reply 😁 abuse is reserved for Shaun (flack) to dish out 😁
Thanks for the
Paul, I bought this boat at the Haydock show last year as a Winter project and here we are a year later and it still isn't finished, surprising how long it takes me to make all the little bits.
5 years ago by AlanP
HI Roger, welcome to the world of boats, I also went through cars and planes, but find that my reactions are too slow now, so I now restore and sail vintage model boats, both R/C and free-sail, fleet now has 11 boats, the oldest from about 1920, and the newest from about 1970.
The guys on this site have given me loads of help and
with my rescued projects, so browse the site and enjoy your modeling. Good luck and happy sailing. Colin.
5 years ago by Colin H
Victory Industries Vosper RAF Firefloats
A few years ago I posted a question about these conversions and got a few replies and
but no actual help. A lot like this article. it reminded me of the Monty Python 'how to play the flute' sketch. You blow down the hole and wiggle your fingers over the holes, next week we'll show you how to convert the Victory industries etc.
I have just started to actually go for it and when I know it works I'll spill the beans here, promise. I bought a wreck off Ebay and took the deck off so I could see exactly what the issues are rather than attack my beloved boat (owned from new) blind. I've got the motors fitted and a pair of nice Prop Shop brass props as I was advised to do as the originals are quite large and take a bit of power to turn. Anyway, watch this space........
After over 50 years I will achieve another dream.
6 years ago by smiggy
The dirty deed has been done!! I maiden the Riva this afternoon (17/3/12) with great success. Very pleased with the first few voyages(?) quite quick and very quiet, the water is pouring out at the stern outlets even at low speed, batteries and ESC's run very cool, a problem I worried about because of the low decks and lack of fresh air, the turning circle at speed is not as good as the Fast patrol boat, but low down it is passable, as a early contributor said are the rudders big enough? I will try throws first and then a mix on the Tranny. I am using 45 props and they seem to work so I will give it a watt test then will buy opposite rotating props. Might get 3 blade although the sailing this afternoon it stayed straight at all speeds and acceleration with same way rotating blades so there might not be any advantage in opposite rating props. The inside of the boat came out as dry as it went in after about 3/4 hour running but the outside got a good drenching!! Had a loads of interest from a lot off passerbyes one woman came over and told me what boat was as she had always admired them from a holiday she had in the S.France! And my boats name is the same as hers!! Gloria. That's is always the best bit, when the crowd are pleased. That's it for the time being but I am trying to upload a video my wife took on my phone, she unfortunately has only the use of one eye at the moment so please forgive her (there is a Op coming off v. soon) Good sailing everyone and thank you for your responses and
, Brian ps there are a couple of videos now!
6 years ago by sharpy1071
re: a yacht yet to get a name
Thanks for pics of your system to keep the water out, as my hull was a long way on in the build when I decided to make it a J class I did not think too much about the cabin designs so will end up with silicone sealant, the original idea was to make a simple model but ideas change as you go along.
Your hull looks a much better job than mine, as I have said mine was supposed to be simple and made from a bit of a wreck.
Is yours going to be a specfic J class and is it scratch built, have you a plan?
I shall follow yours with interest as you go along, there is no need to hurry and with the spring and a bit more light at nights lt gives a bit of
to get it sailing before the end of the summer.
You should start a building blog of your own, there are not many yacht sagas on the site.
7 years ago by nasraf
HI Colin thanks for your kind reply, I didn't think this would be so popular I can see I'm going to spend time replying instead of building!!! But it does give me great
to carry on and keep documenting this build, a thing I have never done before and regretted, especially when I renovated my present dwelling which was straight out of the 50's, when we bought it!,
I am still trawling through web sites, RCGroups has blog called: one more Riva Aquarama Special which a drawing very similar to the one I'm working with.
I can send you the PDF if you PM me.
Thanks again Brian
7 years ago by sharpy1071
Gregg, I have no doubt about the benefits of Lipo's, I was just worried about safety, but having spent a good deal of time researching LiPo's today and also looking at the different types on Giant Shark I feel much more knowledgeable now- I think I would still want a fireproof bag though! I was reading a site today where the chap said he always uses balance charge and it seems to make sense. I've been wondering about the C rate needed- presumably the only reason not to go too high being cost?
Thanks all for the
in this area- I feel it must be done. I'll try a 2s for my Wavemaster before progressing to bigger things I think.A wattmeter seems a sensible purchase too.
7 years ago by ianed57
This has been the best site for almost everything to do with model boats. I re-entered the hobby about 2 years ago and new nothing of the major developments over a 40 year absence. Being a Fireboat nut, joining this site was a natural and gave me more info than I needed at first and
to branch out into scratch building, tugs other Aerokits models and more
7 years ago by tompallister
BOAT BASICS ! Your Experience Required
Welcome to the site. 😊
A good way to progress your model building skills is to find and join a local model boat club. You will then be able to see first hand different models sailing and discuss with the owners how they built their model.
As Gregg has advised there are lots of different types of models and each has its own particular requirements.
If you have no local club then perhaps you could attend one of the many model boat shows hosted around the country. Often supported by local clubs and with a smattering of model boat suppliers, all ready and willing to give you advice and support.
The main reason I build models is for the enjoyment of seeing something I have built sailing realistically on the local pond.
My local club contains many members who started like yourself and with the right
and help are now building and sailing their own models. 😀
There are often free plans in the modelling mags and this may give you the opportunity to try and build yourself. The construction details are usually adequate and should enable you to complete a sailable model. 😀
The best advice is to keep it simple at first and progress to bigger and more detailed later.
8 years ago by Dave M
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