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    Painting white metal
    Hi Roger, Metal fittings of any kind and white metal
    figures
    can be painted with either Humbrol type paint (enamel) or Acrylic paint,both will need their own primer, but remember😱. you can paint enamel over acrylic, but not the other way (acrylic over enamel). Most of the fittings I get in my Deans Marine warships are white metal and resin, I use Halfords plastic primer (grey or white) then use acrylic paint from various company's to finish off. Hope this is of some help to you.😊 cheers PeterπŸ‘
    6 months ago by Rookysailor
    Forum
    Emma C. Berry
    I need some help. I've successfully refurbished my static display Emma C. Berry model and added remote control. I have the sails on a winch loop, I have the rudder on a servo, I even managed to add a motor, and an extended keel with weight. The one issue that I have not been able to resolve is maneuvering under sail. Primarily, I cannot get it to move through the irons when coming about. She responds and the sails will luft, she might even catch some wind but she never makes enough of a turn to change direction. I've already changed out the rudder for the larger size on the plans. I've also tried extending the depth of the rudder. Bottom line, she is mainly being driven by the current. In this situation, by current I mean whichever way the wind is blowing the small lake. It is a local park lake and doesn't really have any inherent current. My one suspicion is the keel I added. It is doing its job to keep her upright and providing some resistance but in the end, the underwater current is overpowering her response to the rudder and/or trimming the sails. See Photo. I had originally wanted to incorporate a more rounded profile on the ends of the weight and the shafts but I remember reading somewhere that it isn't that critical Sails are per the plans and made from the material that came with the kit (25+ years ago). I even added a couple of sailor
    figures
    but we still can't establish control. 😭
    7 months ago by carpemoment
    Media
    Danish Steam.
    Another youtube offering, and also Danish as per the last video. A very neat steam engine installation of a twin cylinder slide valve, in an open hardwood boat. The three
    figures
    on board are to a very high standard and dressed very much the same as the last video. it would seem besides bacon, Denmark is the place to find one's authentic boat crew.
    7 months ago by GaryLC
    Forum
    RC steam lever
    Hi Rick, I have just posted a bit of video on here which I found very interesting, mainly due to the fine detail of the two
    figures
    in the boat, and the fact they are animated via servos. The stuff in the boat has to be seen to be believed, from a Bulldog to a shotgun and tools and stuff everywhere. Very very realistic, and steam beats electric motors every time, welcome to the club. Regards, Gary.
    7 months ago by GaryLC
    Media
    Copied from youtube
    Found this on youtube and had to copy it onto here, the fine detail and the two
    figures
    in the boat are unbelievable. A standard to work up to hopefully. A pity the boat is not on the water, can't get over the incredible detail. Enjoy.
    7 months ago by GaryLC
    Forum
    HMS Campbeltown 1941, 1/96 scale
    Nice one Steve, πŸ‘ Makes a big difference doesn't πŸ˜‰ For my 1/72 destroyer I shanghaied personnel from the ancient Airfix Afrika Corps and 8th Army soldiers I had as a boy in the backyard battlefield😁 Odd, you can find scale
    figures
    for all sorts of obscure army and airforce units and some USN, but no RN personnel at a decent scaleπŸ€” Cheers, Doug😎
    7 months ago by RNinMunich
    Forum
    HMS Campbeltown 1941, 1/96 scale
    Hi Steve, The
    figures
    look great. The Campbeltown has some life now! Cheers, Ed
    8 months ago by figtree7nts
    Forum
    HMS Campbeltown 1941, 1/96 scale
    Hi Steve, swallow your pride and treat yourself to some 1/96 WWII navy
    figures
    from Deans, I have six sets now ready for my HMS amethyst painted in navy whites, and some for the USS KIDD nearly finished. They are small and rather crudely cast, but with primer and paint they look OK on the bridge, as Doug says, better than a ghost ship😲, will post some piccy's of the crew when finished. cheers Peter😊 BTW Happy New Year
    8 months ago by Rookysailor
    Directory
    (Tug Boat) Steam Tug Challenge
    This little model was built to see how much my Parkinson's had affected my modelling abilities. Surprisingly little as it turned out but I cannot write legibly and find keyboards tricky too. it must be muscle-memory! The model is loosely based on Challenge and is built around a tug hull that I made as a boy I made in the sixties but with some modification. She is fully lit for night running. The crew
    figures
    are model railway lineside track gang models. They have been left in their modern high viz and helmets as the model is depicted as she is today operated in preservation as a Dunkirque little ship. She is equipped with 2 function R/C. She has not yet maidened at the time of photographing (ESC: Motroniks) (5/10)
    8 months ago by wunwinglo
    Response
    Steam Whistle!
    Hi JBRCfloats, I got the
    figures
    for the Brooklyn. From Cornwall Models in the UK! http://www.cornwallmodelboats.co.uk/acatalog/graupner_crew.html After shipping they come to about $10.00 a piece! I have about 5 on the Brooklyn. I paint their hardhats blue. And leave one figure with white hardhat. As an indicator he's the Captain! Regards, Ed
    9 months ago by figtree7nts
    Response
    Steam Whistle!
    Where can I get the
    figures
    that you show in one of your posts? I live in the USA.
    9 months ago by JBRCfloats
    Forum
    Landing Ship Tanks (WW2)
    Good morning Doug. Forgot to say that in the photo of 368 unloading at Anzio, my father is the taller of the two
    figures
    with white cap covers standing on the ramp. This photo was the front cover of a magazine, I think it was called Defence published in 1944? Cheers, Nerys
    10 months ago by Nerys
    Forum
    Who's at the helm?
    Your excuse to get the Mrs. involved, Steve. Get a dolls' house doll and redress him/her. 1/12th is a pain for non period
    figures
    . 1/8th ain't much better. I've redressed some 1/16th
    figures
    with Milliput to make four crew for my Crash Tender, but it took a while and you still need a base figure to save time. Martin
    10 months ago by Westquay
    Forum
    34'' RAF Crash Tender Windows
    Are you still talking Crash Tender, Ian? Those are good
    figures
    if you don't mind dressing them. There's a wonderful old American chap who builds lovely yachts and he has a teddy bear who moves the tiller and moves his head as he turns and for some reason you don't think about it being a teddy! I think the old boy's so nice the tendency is to forgive him anything. Martin
    10 months ago by Westquay
    Forum
    34'' RAF Crash Tender Windows
    Nice surprise with the booksπŸ‘ Shame about the reason for it though. Re crew
    figures
    , the Police er 'ladies', driver and the surfer are from the American Diorama range, the two girlfriends are from 'Fast Ladies' - where else 😁 You may remember we discussed the correct scale for Sea Scout some time ago and decided on around 1/16 to 1/20. These are all 1/18 and look about right to me. Can't for the life o me remember where I ordered them or find the receipt πŸ€” Google American Diorama and I'm sure you'll find some UK sources. Cheers, Doug 😎 PS risk Googling 'Fast Ladies' if you want! I'm sure you'll get some interesting answers 😁😲
    10 months ago by RNinMunich
    Forum
    34'' RAF Crash Tender Windows
    And the fact the driver is a stand-offish sod who disappears inside. Nice boat load of
    figures
    ! I hadn't noticed them before. Where are they from? Just had a huge white US Mail sack delivered by our tiny Scottish post lady. Full of boaty books from the widow of my recently deceased old buddy. What a lovely present. Martin
    10 months ago by Westquay
    Forum
    1/24 crew
    figures
    Have a look at gaugemaster.com hundreds of
    figures
    all different sizes
    10 months ago by marky
    Forum
    1/24 crew
    figures
    It seems like 1/24 scale crew
    figures
    are like hens teeth as I have been unable to find any. Does anyone know were I might find a supplier.
    12 months ago by epmbcmember
    Forum
    1/24 crew
    figures
    The
    figures
    you are looking for are also used in garden railroads 1/18-1/20 -1/24 you may find
    figures
    at a model train shop or on line for g-scale trains. Rick
    10 months ago by Newby7
    Forum
    1/24 crew
    figures
    Shapeways have the greatest range of ship and boat crew members but they are expensive. You can ask for whatever scale you like, just need to discuss with the designer. https://www.shapeways.com/marketplace/miniatures/figurines?type=product&q=royal+navy+sailors I got my U-boat crew done in 1/45 and a few of the characters with slightly modified poses. For my WW2 MTB's I used Preiser German firemen
    figures
    and modified them. They are not available any more.
    11 months ago by reilly4
    Forum
    1/24 crew
    figures
    I managed to enlist crew for "the Jade" from the toybox,(Grannie was never the same after seeing Titanic on the telly).
    11 months ago by philpjuk
    Forum
    1/24 crew
    figures
    Adrians
    figures
    are no longer trading, Adrian sold to Mountfleet who took all his mouldings and have now produced more, cannot find
    figures
    on their website, but they have them at the many shows they attend, might be worth giving them a call.😊 http://www.mountfleetmodels.co.uk/
    11 months ago by Rookysailor
    Forum
    1/24 crew
    figures
    My friend lived in a very similar house in Suffolk, dating back to the 14th C. He couldn't afford the cost of thatch insurance, so had it redone in second hand pegtiles. Looked lovely. We had to burn 25 tons of old mucky thatch that had lived under the corrugated tin for years. All in one long weekend! Martin
    11 months ago by Westquay
    Forum
    1/24 crew
    figures
    Thanks for the offer! but have now stopped the building after fitting windows,yes it was thatched but now tiled,over 500 years old with chimneys fitted later and floors inserted.My wife and I joined a buildings archeology group and measured and drew the house in 1/25 scale and it seemed a good idea to build a model,(we found the priest hole by doing this)pics of a wattle and daub wall in the roof real and model.Sorry for the thread drift now back to boats!
    11 months ago by philpjuk
    Forum
    1/24 crew
    figures
    Try adrians
    figures
    @gmail.com Iv`e used their
    figures
    πŸ‘
    11 months ago by bellman1942
    Forum
    1/24 crew
    figures
    The pitch on that roof looks like it was once thatched. Nice model. Martin
    11 months ago by Westquay
    Forum
    1/24 crew
    figures
    Super looking detailed model, if you ever feel the urge to slate the roof I have available 500+. 1/12th scale pre cut vinyl slates, which are free plus postage. Pm me if interested. Cheers Colin.
    11 months ago by Colin H
    Forum
    1/24 crew
    figures
    I built a scale model of my house in 25/1 and found dolls house bits at 24/1 very useful.
    11 months ago by philpjuk
    Forum
    1/24 crew
    figures
    Have used this company for
    figures
    on my 1/24 Perkasa, they may have the one's you require.πŸ‘ http://www.battlecrafts.co.uk/
    11 months ago by Rookysailor
    Forum
    1/24 crew
    figures
    The
    figures
    I am looking for are for a Perkasa 1/24 scale MTB who usually wore white polo necked sweaters and duffle coats. they are very hard to find.
    11 months ago by epmbcmember
    Forum
    1/24 crew
    figures
    Not always as 1/24th is a very popular scale, my wife uses this scale. Cheers Colin.
    11 months ago by Colin H
    Forum
    1/24 crew
    figures
    The usual scale for dolls houses are 1/12th or 1" to the foot.😊
    11 months ago by Rookysailor
    Forum
    1/24 crew
    figures
    I think 1/24 or 1/2"/foot is a dolls house scale.
    11 months ago by philpjuk
    Directory
    (Working Vessel) Lobmaster
    1/24th scale Ready-to-Run European style fishing boat. Three (3) 'G' scale
    figures
    added and 1/24th scale welding rig from Phoenix Mobile Mechanic Series garage accessories. I also added some very subtle weathering (mostly rust) to the hull. (Motor: 550 PJ6047 Thunder Tiger) (ESC: Veloci Pro-R Thunder Tiger) (9/10)
    11 months ago by Ishmael
    Forum
    1/24 crew
    figures
    Hi, Try Deans Marine, they have quite a few 1/25
    figures
    and a good choice.πŸ‘ http://deansmarine.co.uk/shop/index.php/cPath/5_15 Cheers Peter😊
    12 months ago by Rookysailor
    Blog
    Dumas 1203 Coast Guard Lifeboat (RNLI Waveney conversion)
    So here we go again! I have decided to give other projects a rest for a time in favour of this little gem. Pick up off eBay for less than Β£100 NIB posted, couldnt resist! Its the Dumas (kit no:1203) 44' Coast Guard Lifeboat. I dont know if this kit is still produced by Dumas and having looked at the Die cutting of the parts, certainly seems like an old kit? However, I love my building and the challenges, so I am sure it will turn out nice at the end. Finished length 33". I shall be converting this to a RNLI Waveney Class Lifeboat and will possibly go with 44-003 named "Khami" which was based in Great Yarmouth and Gorleston, which is local to me here in Suffolk. Sadly very little turns up on this boat via Google, but at some stage may pop out to the Great Yarmouth Lifeboat station and see if I can hunt anymore info on her. I shall not be using the recommended Dumas running gear for 2 reasons, 1st its a geared set-up (I am going with MFA540 brushed direct drive) and the cost of over Β£150! Photos show the box artwork, plans and the included wood. Last photo shows my electrics less propshafts and props that are on order. Note the Star Wars 3.75"
    figures
    that with poetic licence could be painted to represent crew. However, at this point the model is approx 1;16 scale and the
    figures
    would be 1:18 scale so maybe too small. There are 1:16 scale lifeboat
    figures
    available but pricey? My one issue at this point is going to battery choice? do I go with a small 6v lead acid or perhaps 2 Tamiya type 7.2v NIMH in series. anyone who has built anything like this may want to advise. LIPO not an option as the Mtroniks ESC do not support LIPO. Space inside the hull may also be an issue? Another issue is going to be fabricating some propshaft struts for the rear next to the props. There is quite a bit of prop shaft exposed outside the hull, so these would be integral to support and strength of the propshafts. is there anything available off the shelf (they are included in the running gear set, but dont seem to be available on there own) of do I need to fabricate from brass tube and sheet/strip brass?
    2 years ago by Skydive130
    Forum
    LiPo batteries
    That's the one! Even recognise the writing. Very Germanic. I can only find it on a Polish site, so it
    figures
    I should go to one of the several Polish shops in out local town (Wisbech) which is very much Eastern Europe in Fenland these days. Many thanks. Let's hope I can get some. It seems mad that I paid 3-50DM for it in Sauerlach back then which was about Β£1-50, a derisory sum. Now it's about 7 quid if my Polish-Pound sums are right, but it's still well worth it. I hate dry wines, like most French. I see no point in paying through the nose for what I wouldn't even put on my chips! My favourite day to day wine is a Spatleser, although Chateau de Lardilay from Cadillac is rather nice. Sorry if the spellings are awry. Thanks for the link! Martin
    1 year ago by Westquay
    Forum
    HMS HOOD by Trumpeter
    Getting fed up with struggling to the pond with my 54" fast attack craft, I visited Dean's Marine last Saturday with a view to getting a smaller warship kit, to make life easier. I had a conducted tour of the showroom by Ron and had almost decided on HMS Daring, at a mere 36" long, when he said that there were more kits in the shop, which I might like to see. And what did I come away with? - yes, 54" of the 1/200 scale HMS Hood. http://www.hmshood.com/hoodtoday/models/trumpeter/trumpeter200.htm I blame my mate, Octman (aka Chris), for allowing such an act of folly! I hope I have not bored you with my tale of woe, but for those who are still with me, my question relates to the fine detailing kits available. Some of them cost almost as much as the original kit, but my main objective is to have a wooden deck. Does anyone know where I can purchase a good quality deck on its own? I am also looking for 1/200
    figures
    for the crew. Thank you Steve
    2 years ago by cormorant
    Forum
    46Firefloat Mk2 paint
    Thanks very much for all the valuable information you gave that’s my paint set up all sorted now.just this afternoon I found the SLEC website by accident and spoke to Ian on the phone, I’ve to send him a list of the parts outstanding and he will send me what he can. Am very interested in the
    figures
    you are making and would be very happy if you could send me a price for making me a set it would just finish off the model. Ian
    1 year ago by Elsrickle
    Forum
    46Firefloat Mk2 paint
    Unless described as flat, paint was more often a brighter satin than matt and rarely actual gloss. White will always have been an off white as the components of paints were such that it was not possible to get a really bright white. I know that for a fact as my grandad always made his own and until PEP in the mid 60s (Plastic Emulsion Paint) there was no such thing as brilliant or appliance white. Unfortunately getting an decent off white is not easy these days since Plastikote went acrylic and their previously excellent paints started eating themselves on recoating. I now use enamels exclusively. They are densely pigmented, flexible and modern enamels dry pretty quickly. I am using a black enamel primer on my Crash Tender, which I will then spray with black "gloss" from the same range, which, once thinned with white spirit, will dry a little less than glossy. I still don't have a matt brick red for the undersides, but it can be made matt-ish with a careful rub down with 1000 grit wet and dry used wet and soapy, but be careful not to sand through, so very lightly does it, even 1000 grit can cut well when new. Decks were said to be Cerrux Light Deck Grey, anti-slip, which means a textured surface. That would be darker looking due to the surface texture's way with the light. The cabin sides were described as "smooth", i.e. same as the decks but not anti-slip. The roofs? Well, on Vosper's drawing "white" is crossed through and "Grey" written in. But, some pics do look white, the best pics look darker by a whisker than the sides and the roofs are clearly textured as they show evidence, as do the decks, of filth which will sit in the texture. You choose. NOBODY has yet given us chapter and verse. The fact is, an already very handsome boat looks so very pretty with white roofs. But they too should be off white if you can get it! Good luck. Fittings, btw can be had from SLEC in Watton in white metal. Basically the old Yeoman fittings, masters now owned by IP Engineering who bought them to cast when they owned Vintage Model Boat Company. Now they've sold that to SLEC, but I don't think SLEC have white metal casting facilities, so probably cast by Ivor still. I have just had a set for my birthday and they're excellent. They do need careful cleaning up as in mould lines need to be filed/scraped/sanded to a decent finish and then given good primered surface. No hook though, but it does include nav and riding lights. This site also has masts for sale in plastic, but I made my own in brass as I will the hook and davit. I have also just had a set of crew
    figures
    cast from my patterns and they will be available soon...a driver(Helm), a boss with binoculars and a lazy slob laying around in the after cockpit. Needs a roll-up to finish his look. No idea of price yet as don't know how much rubber to mould or resin to cast for a set. Yes, 1/16th scale. All this to finish a model I had 55 years ago! But I reckon it deserves it. Martin
    1 year ago by Westquay
    Blog
    Fire Stations Completed!
    Yes, the fire stations are now completed! I was procrastinating cos I knew. It would be a pain putting the hoses together! I did everything to keep my fingers. From getting glued together in the process. There are four fire stations. 2 port side 2 Starboard side far and aft! Next thing to do. Is glue the forward ladder in place! But, I think I'll wait on that. I don't won't to snap it off while working on her! Note: Take you time with this step!
    1 year ago by figtree7nts
    Blog
    The crew of the Brooklyn!
    Introducing the new crew of the Brooklyn! I tried finding engineer type
    figures
    . But didn't find any. So I saw these guys thought why not! Ok, so there in foul weather gear. There could be foul weather coming!
    1 year ago by figtree7nts
    Forum
    Crash Tender crew
    Right well, just to show I am doing what i said, here are the three crew members so far. The boss man is pretty much done. He has his binoculars and arms set to hold them, but cast separately as they would be too difficult to cast all in one, as would the guy driving the boat. His arms and jumper haven't been finish shaped yet which , with the difficult camera ('phone) angle makes him look a bit pinheaded, but he isn't really. He has a yet to be finished Forage cap. Finally is the cool dude. No hat, relaxing on the tow hook deck away from the others, thinking of that little floozey back at base, smoking a roll-up. He still has a way to go. Currently he is being padded out from the ghastly superhero crap that the kids seem to love these days. I hated all that tosh when I was kid, never mind now! All I ever did with a marvel comic was light the fire with it! So, there you have 3 4 3/8th"
    figures
    . The other two are in the engine 'ole running the Meteorites, so out of sight. No idea of costs yet until my caster man sees them. I hope you might find them useful as 1/16th scale
    figures
    . Cheers, Martin
    1 year ago by Westquay
    Forum
    Windows, stoopid question.
    Well, the die got here today, so the shaft is now done, all threaded M3x 0.6. Still ludicrously hot, so nowt gets done outside, except after about 7 in the evening. I've also got 4
    figures
    from this morning's boot fair that I have already started converting into RAF boat crew. Huge amounts of Milliput epoxy putty later, the action
    figures
    will have RAF uniforms and the odd hat, suitable for 1/16th scale Crash Tenders, etc. Once done, my slot racing chum will cast them in resin and they will be available for sale. Don't know how much till he gives me a price for casting. Cheers, Martin
    1 year ago by Westquay
    Forum
    Crash Tender crew
    Well, at 6" tall they're fine
    figures
    of young men, even if their earoles are pointy or they have a map of the Urals on their heads. All I'm finding at boot fairs are old men with sheep dogs in ceramic. Not worth the hassle, but even a 4 3/8" figure is a LOT of Milliput! Got my boat ready for the last wee bit of filler round the bow,(back gave up, so I came in). Tomorrow, filler, then paint. Martin
    1 year ago by Westquay
    Forum
    Crash Tender crew
    I have a similar problem with my 46" 1/12th model, I found some Star Trek
    figures
    at just 6" with movable limbs so I reckon with some creative cloths and a face lift I can make them into true RAF crew members. they were about Β£5 each.
    1 year ago by mturpin013
    Forum
    Charging NiMhs, one for Doug?...
    Evening, Doug, or is it morning? Just had a well earned rest having had the family round for Fathers' Day. Now catching up with the pootah. BTW, I had a garden full of blue and purple Lupins till the big breeze blew 'em all down recently. My star was a plant I didn't knowingly sew and that was an amazing mixture on the same stems of purple alternating with yellow. Gorgeous. Anyway, Kakos. Yes I have quite a few and as I was given 2 original little Marinecraft hulls, I have earmarked two of my mint, new in red boxes Kakos for those with little AAA 3-at-a- time flat packs which even have switches. I wish we could still get Ever-Ready or Vidor batteries. Remember them? Can get scans though and my Sea Urchin has a styrene home made AA flat case ready for the daughter to print me out an Ever Ready bell flat pack, just like yours. The brass contacts aren't a problem for an old metal basher like me. Your Sea Scout looks nice and I would say at 24" it would be about 1/16th to 1/12th. 24 feet would be a reasonable size for a sport fisherman or inshore cruiser. But in 1/16th scale at 32 feet I would say the style of the model and the use of the boat would be best represented by that combo. Just looking at some info on the FlySky Tx I've got coming (it's already been posted) and find it uses no fewer than 8 AA cells...12volts! Ye Gods, why? OK, I can get two packs of NiMhs, but then that wouldn't be 12 volts, would it? it would be 9.6Volts. Would it even work? So, on further checking, I notice that several people have gone for the LiPo path, which means a 4s at a more acceptable 11.1Volts. Now I also see that a few have gone for the LiFe option, which I much prefer the sound of as they are a lower fire risk and keep a charge in storage for ages. But they would only be 9.9Volts as LiFe cells are 3.3 volts each. Would 9.9 volts be enough I wonder for a nominally 12 volt Tx. I'm assuming that if people with no objection to NiMhs have been using those for the rechargeability, then the Tx will, in fact, accept 9.6Volts. So, logically, a 9.9Volt LiFe would be OK, do you agree? I'm thinking down the line a bit after I'm used to it. My Imax magic blue box of chargery caters for LiFe cells too. Steering teddies, et al, yeah, I can come up with some mechanical magic. My nickname with little gent, Lothar, at Wolfsburg was Mekanist (spelling), as I was always making little mechanisms for VW and SEAT cars. I made a rolling TV monitor that replaced the passenger airbag in the Passat CM2, which also had headrest TVs for back seat passengers and a wireless internet laptop built in to the rear seat central arm rest. A palm computer could come out of the dash using a mechanism that I designed and made and for which VW got a patent, with me as nominated inventor! Never made me a penny extra of course, but it was nice to know. I did a static model of a 1/12th scale Riva where, if you turned the model Cadillac (yes it is, really!) steering wheel, the rudders moved via a worm and wheel steering box and two home made Universal joints! Gawd knows why. I just thought it might win me some column inches in Classic Boat....Nah! You might find that 6"
    figures
    are more available for 1/12th scale boats than 4 1/2"
    figures
    for 1/16th, but I have to find or even make some for my Crash Tender. I look out for dollies at boot fairs and Sunday markets. I got a very square jawed geezer, 12" tall for my 1/6th scale Darby One Design and he fits, thanks to bendy bits. On your sports fisherman you need some arrogant bastard to be standing with one arm up on the screen and just the one on the wheel. Think Audi driver in a boat. Up yer arse or in yer way, but always thinking the sun shines out of his primary orifice. Keep my socks dry? I was bought a pair of Granddad socks by the two little horrors today along with a chocolate Marmite pot and a Smurfs do Pop CD, which they insisted I play during the barbie! They've done the Smurf wind up since they were old enough to crawl because they know I despise the Dutch ghouls Right, bedtime I suppose. Compost and Busy Lizzies tomorrow, she tells me. Yes, Ramona, my love.... Cheers, Martin
    1 year ago by Westquay
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    Charging NiMhs, one for Doug?...
    Evenin' Martin, Just back from 'nosh' with Gisela, my camera girl in the vid! She's mean like that too, keeps me hoppin' about like the proverbial cat on the proverbial hot stuff 😑 Can't wait to see the rotating teddyπŸ‘ Put a couple of mini Cam lenses in his eyeballs and you'll get a terrific 360Β° First Person View from the driving seat😁 Re Sea Scout, I took your advice and did the hull in Royal Blue (no navy knickers!πŸ˜†) or what passes for that here. Anyway I'm pleased how she turned out. OK, I admit I accidentally turned her into a Sport Fishing Boat😁 She's 24" what scale do you think that makes her? I'm looking for crew
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    and stuff to fit out the cockpit but I'm not sure what size to look for. I thought maybe 1/20 i.e. a 40 footer? Waddya think? Re Kako; while recently trying (fruitlesslyπŸ€”) to make space in the workshop (got two renovations on the go in parallel - saves getting the same tools, rattle cans an' stuff out twice!😁) I ran across the original Kakos and Mabuchis I used in my scratch 53" H class destroyer Hotspur in 1966. She ran off a 4.5V EverReady flat (form not volts😁) battery until Granny took pity and bought me some 6V Lantern batteries! I ran 'em up on a power supply and they turned but now sound like mini football rattles! Think they need new big end shells 😁 Jeez, how many guys under pension age have ever been down to the bitza bazaar looking for 50 thou oversize bearing shells and compression and oil control rings?? Pics show her Sea trials in Radnor Park pond, Folkestone, Kent, summer 1966. Sorry about the quality, only had a Box Brownie 127 in those days and could only afford Gratispool free B/W filmsπŸ€” Pentax? Canon? Sony? Not to mention Digital? HD? Wassat? 50 years on I got all threeπŸ˜‰ I like Lupins too, preferably the blue and purple ones. BTW, for your steering guy's arms you don't need a separate RC function or channel! You just need a coupling from the rudder control to turn a pulley and cord which turns a suitably scaled pulley attached to the wheel axis. The arms are fixed to the wheel and go with it! Dead simple (to write anyway😁) and no lecktrickery! 😊 OR you could just put one of his hands on the wheel and the other on the throttle. Then use a 'Y' cable to split the ESC cable into two. Connect the second output to a servo which moves the throttle lever via a push-me-pull-you-rod, pulleys and cord or gears or whatever. Sure you can figure out the mechanics better than I. Whatever, have fun and don't electrocute yourself, keep your socks dryπŸ˜‰ Cheers, Doug 😎
    1 year ago by RNinMunich
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    itted 2 x two bladed 35 mm β€œhi-speed” propellers to the outer shafts only as these are the easiest to change. Can also use the centre shaft measurements as a check of the previous
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    as it is unchanged. With these propellers the current draw and bollard pull both increased. Subjectively, think she was also slightly faster, but the speed exceeds scale speed anyway. The increased load on one of the 2 bladed props wiped the blades off and several 30 A fuses on various motor circuits blew. Originally, the battery was fitted as far forward as possible to hold the bow down – some thing it seems to have achieved! Decided to remove the forward battery location frame and replace it with one which will allow the battery to be positioned anywhere between the bow and the centre of the model. The battery can now be located where the best plane is achieved. Once the correct battery is fitted the final location will be determined. This frame movement will also allow adjustments for any weight gained during final finishing. Whilst the idea of using a load cell and ammeter/wattmeter to measure bollard pull and motors loads sounds logical, it is fraught with challenges. The vessel both bucks and the readings fluctuate wildly under load making getting steady, consistent results difficult. Off now to cogitate over the results and decide a path forward.
    1 year ago by RHBaker
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    Thanks Marky, πŸ‘ Hope they can hang on tight! Check out my Sea Scout 'Jessica' sea trial vid and you'll see why 😁 Good luck with the chemo - rootin' for ya!
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