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    (Working Vessel) Fairmount Glacier
    A Billings kit, the Fairmount Glacier (or Alpine - comes with 5 naming options) is a sturdy boat... 2 props in Kort nozzles, extras I've fitted...37 lights, bow thruster, working
    fire monitors
    , radar, & horn. Runs on 2 x 12v 7AH batteries, so runs for a while! Colour scheme makes it visible on the lake too! (Motor: 2 x M500 Mtronix) (ESC: JP Marine) (9/10)
    4 months ago by Harvey Kitten
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    46Firefloat Mk2 paint
    Have started renovating old kit build of the 93/94 firefloat with no fittings. Can someone please help with paint colours, the Red and Black on hull are they both Matt. On the deck is the Dark Grey Matt non slip and are the roofs with the
    fire monitors
    the same. The rest of the roofs are they dark grey Matt or gloss. The side are they Matt or gloss light grey. Also has anyone got the main dimensions on the lift davit and the tow hook. Any other info on this build would be appreciated as am copying from two old black and white photos. The model am building is 35” long and I think 16:1 scale.
    9 months ago by Elsrickle
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    46Firefloat Mk2 paint
    Interesting, valuable photos and drawings. More like that would be welcomed by many of us. As it would have been illegal not to have a stern light on vessels like these, for both normal passage and also when towing, perhaps that photo without one was during build before it was fitted? No draft marks either. The photo of 93 secured at Vospers (therefore probably before acceptance) shows the stern light while the early type
    fire monitors
    also show the date of the photo was early on. I also note one drawing shows the breach hose connectors aft of the cockpit that indicate it to be of later than original build. Similarly the cockpit roof cleats have been re-positioned athwartships rather than the original two being fore-and-aft. Considering their short operational life, it's surprising how many detail changes were made when all the available documentary evidence is studied! You'd think that after 60+ years all the answers would be known for sure by now!
    9 months ago by astromorg
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    (Naval Ship) Sprinkles
    Sprinkles is a scratch built U.S. Coast Guard PWB, patrol waterways boat. Operating features include; searchlight and running lights, revolving blue emergency light, rotating radar, and a water monitor that fires 10-15 feet and can I studied various styles of water monitors and finally decided on one that is a composite of several types. Bending the tubing was difficult, nozzle was made on Unimat. Power is from Sig "gas passer" pump. I purchased the rotating beacon on ebay and power is from 5V voltage regulator. (Motor: Electrofly) (ESC: Viper) (10/10)
    2 years ago by Commodore-H
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    what motor
    OK. So it's 4" smaller than the Sea Scout I am currently renovating and upgrading from a 50ies Taycol motor to brushless! So keep the 'stuf' lightweight. When I asked the same question for the Sea Scout a few months ago I got the following advice from Canabus, who seems to have considerable experience in this field πŸ‘ "All from Hobbyking. Motor propdrive V2 2830- 1000kv 370watts 3.175mm shaft(9190000328-0)3S or 4S lipo battery. ESC 30A car(HK-30A)( XT60 connectors required), program card (HKPROG-CARD)can be used on the larger ones in the series. Lipo battery Turnigy 1000mah 3S 30C (T1000.3s.20) 89grams 75 x 33 x 19mm or a Turnigy 1500mah 3S 25C (T1500.3S.25) 113 grams 80 x 34 x 25 mm both have XT60 connectors. Prop about a 2 blade 30mm 1.4 pitch" I actually opted for a 3 blade prop and a 3S 3000mAh I already had, but bought the ESC and motor recommended and am now fitting them cos it made sense, was not expensive and came pretty quick - make sure it comes from the UK or EU warehouse to avoid possible import tax from Hong Kong or USA !!! This would be more than adequate to give your boat some Oomph! it needs more than my cabin Cruiser! For the RC buy a complete set already matched and 'bound' so you have the minimum of fiddling about as a rookieπŸ˜‰ I can thoroughly recommend the Turnigy HT6, AKA TGY-I6 , ~US$45 also from Hobby King. in a couple of hours one evening I could programme two models into it and get it to do what I wanted instead of what the factory thought we would want for plane or chopper! Instructions are quite clear, logical and lead you through step by step. it comes with a 68 page manual! But much you can skip if you don't intend to go flying with your boat! Attached is a pic from my manual with German branding (REELY)! But it's the same beast as the TGY-I6, second pic!! The whole package should cost around a 100quid and you're RTR! The RC set has 6 channels so you have lots of scope later for special functions;
    fire monitors
    , lights, horn, motor noise etc etc πŸ‘ By the way; the motor comes with 3.5mm bullet connectors, and of course I only had 4mm 'other halves' but you can also get connectors, loose or fitted to cables and adapters at Hobby King. (You can solder them on with your 4lb hatchet!!!) Hope this helps, Cheers Doug 😎 PS don't forget a suitable coupling to match the 3.17mm motor shaft to your prop shaft (whatever that is, 4mm?)
    2 years ago by RNinMunich
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    Conrad REELY, Flysky iA6, FS iS6, Turnigy HT6 !!
    Most of the companies you have mentioned tend to rebadge third party suppliers hardware, and put their own firmware on it. Flysky and Turnigy normally won't work together, but, if you install Turnigy with Turnigy, or Flysky with Flysky, it will work. I have successfully "updated" Turnigy receivers with Flysky firmware updates to enable me to use them with my Flysky Transmitter. My next job is to hack my Flysky GT3-B to increase to 8 channels and ppm transmission, so I can install an 8 channel receiver on my 46" fire tender (sound, directional working
    fire monitors
    , etc). Hopefully doing it sometime next week. Progress reports as(or if) I make any 😨 Best wishes, Dave W 😊
    2 years ago by rolfman2000
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    The
    fire monitors
    Hi Allenrod. Perhaps if I ever do a refit on this model I might consider working
    fire monitors
    but as it was never part of my original plan it would be very difficult to incorporate now. Besides, I have had my brother doing a little bit more brass turning for me as you will soon see in some forthcoming posts.πŸ˜‰ Rob.
    2 years ago by robbob
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    The
    fire monitors
    Hi Rob, They look great your attention to detail is amazing, with this in mind I wonder if you had considered working
    fire monitors
    ?, from one of your last posts I seem to remember your brother is good with a lathe, keep up the good work it is so interesting, I hope one day to have a go at this build when SWMBO decides to release a bit of cash !!!! Thanks for a great blog with great ideas, Allen R
    2 years ago by allenrod
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    The
    fire monitors
    The
    fire monitors
    are supplied in three pieces that need to be assembled, there is the pedestal, the main body & handles and the discharge nozzle (my descriptions, they may have a proper technical term!) πŸ€” Before assembly all the parts were filed smooth, and cleaned with my β€˜suede shoe brush’ to remove flash and blemishes and to give a key for subsequent paint. I felt that just glueing the main body and discharge nozzle together would not be sufficiently strong so I bored out the centre of each and inserted a 4mm threaded stud to pull them together, some threadlock on the stud and then some filler at the join produced a good result. The hole at the end of the discharge nozzle also looks more authentic. The pedestal was also bored out at both ends, the lower end for a 3mm stud and for a 2mm threaded stud at the upper end. The arms need to be carefully bent to the correct angle, you only really get one attempt at this as the white metal will not stand repeated bending and will probably fracture quite easily. I also added a small 'lever arm' feature to the bottom of the pedestal that appears in some photographs of the real item, this was finished with a hand turned brass knob. The finished parts were sprayed with one coat of grey etch primer, a coat of white primer and finally two coats of Halfords β€˜Toolbox Red’ acrylic gloss. I assembled the two pieces when the paint had hardened and put a dab of red paint on the top fixing nut. The handle ends will also be detailed with some black paint or perhaps some black heat shrink.
    2 years ago by robbob
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    White metal deck fittings.
    In between coats of black paint there’s time to prepare more of the white metal deck fittings. They all require a bit of a clean up to remove casting lines and flash, and this is easy to do with an assortment of small files, blades and a small suede shoe brush with brass wire β€˜bristles’. After a quick clean up with panel wipe I fixed them all to a piece of card with small strips of double sided foam tape to stop them getting blown around by the pressure of the spay can and gave them a couple of light coats of etch primer. To assemble the anchor I used some 2mm brass rod with some brass ends made from some larger diameter brass rod, drilled and filed to a pleasing profile, a bit of plasticard was added to neaten the pivot point and the assembly was also given a coat of etch primer. The cooling water outlet tube and flange and the dummy exhaust ports (adapted portholes) were primed also. They’ll get a coat of black gloss before they are fixed to the stern. I’ll tackle the
    fire monitors
    next…
    2 years ago by robbob
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    Graupner Tito NerI For Sale
    HI everybody, unfortunately I'm having to sell my Tito Neri.The boat has lots of working parts, fully working Shottell drives, bow thruster, working radar and
    fire monitors
    . Built to a very high standard, a real show stopper. Fully radio controlled but no transmitter. Kit cost over Β£1000. Buyer must collect. I would like Β£600 .Oxfordshire.
    5 years ago by terryaki
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    (Tug Boat) Shell Pioneer
    This is my first working RC build but here goes. A bit vauqe about the fiqures because we are still on the slipway. it is scratch built from the Phil Thomas drawing "Shell Pioneer" Twin prop with Kort nozzle steering, bow thruster, working
    fire monitors
    and lights. Throtle & steering control via Action Electronics P40E mixer. 2x 2S25C4000mA lipoly's. 6 Ch radio (4 used). draws around 4.5A hope to get 30min run time minimum. Third ESC for bow thruster. (Motor: 2x MFA940051LN) (ESC: 3xViper 15A) (5/10)
    3 years ago by marlina2
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    RAF Crash Tender
    It looks great - I am just starting to build one. Do you have any recommendations on the
    fire monitors
    ? I am going to use Robbe and make them rotate. Do you find the twin motors too much ?
    3 years ago by mbrownhill
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    46'' RAF CRASH TENDER
    If you have no radio gear consider the taranis 16 channels free mixing and excellent range. Right now you will have no use for that many control functions BUT sooner or later you will want more, ( turning on and off sounds, lights,
    fire monitors
    , radar scanners etc.) You could steer the fire monitor so it would be possible to sail up to small boys then SQUIRT them !!!!!!
    3 years ago by Haverlock
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    Fairplay
    Modified HegI Fairplay V tug built by My late Father. Mods include bigger 65mm Prop in a brass kort nozzle, working
    fire monitors
    , lights, radar, engine sound and grappling hooks to rescue nitro boats. Built 1980-81.
    3 years ago by Aquaflite
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    PCF (Patrol Craft Fast) SWIFT Boat Vietnam Era
    UPaul, That's a nice boat - and a nice build.... Don't be shy of asking a decent figure for it, it may be a model but even these can reach high build cost figures. In 2012 I completed my 46" fire boat after some 14 months work and expenditure of near GBP 2,000! Built using a glass hull the rest is scratch built using copies of Vosper drawings, the vessel is complete with wheelhouse instrumentation & furniture, First-Aid room with bunks, blankets & pillows - & F/Aid Cabinet, steps leading up to deck, on-deck equipment includes working rescue ladder, hoist Derek, boat hook, working
    fire monitors
    , stowed life rings, working Nav lights, folding mast, scale Hard Suction Hoses and threaded inlet, Tow hook, Rescue Nets, etc. & Many more small parts, Twin electric propulsion with brass scale exhaust outlets..... and on...... Jim Trying to upload photos but 'drop-down' box covers Submit Changes button!
    3 years ago by Aeronut1
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    Engine Mount Issues
    Removal of the engine block looks tricky if one thinks about chiseling it out but on my 34" that I originally built in 1963 and fitted an ED Sea Otter 3.46 diesel I found that a hot air gun set to V hot and waved around the block got it free within five minutes- without anymore bashing. I've restored the boat and changed to electric propulsion using Johnson 980 motor... Boat comes 2/3rds out of water to amidships now. Actually I've restored two 34" fireboats and since scratch built the 46" FB but using a fibreglass hull, the 46" job has fitted out wheelhouse, ditto first aid room, working lights and monitors and is powered by two Johnson 980 motors. Jim
    3 years ago by Aeronut1
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    robbe dusseldorf fire boat Wanted
    I thank you for your reply but rather pointless not having the monitors working it is a fire boat. There is a fitting kit for the monitors that is used with two servo's. cheers
    4 years ago by dragon
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    RAF FIRE LAUNCH
    HI I am re-building a 34 Inch RAF FIRE Boat, Can any body please help with Information with the foam monitors please. chris
    4 years ago by chriso
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    Fire boat window frames.
    HI Paul the www vintage model boat co do full firings kit and all the windows set put in the details of the fire boat and that do all the aero kit boats the firings are of white metal the
    fire monitors
    the mast crane cleets tow Huck search light and !!!!???? Every thing els good luck malc
    4 years ago by malctank
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    Vosper 1/16th scale crash tener
    I think that mine is probably planing at too great an angle, so I will try moving the battery pack further forward. As to the bits and pieces, the
    fire monitors
    come from aquacraft in the US where they are used on an RTR fireboat; the mast and foglight are from the shop on this website; other bits including the LED lighting are from various ebay suppliers. I just did an ebay search on what I was looking for. Congratulations on yopur rapid build. 50 years from start to finish may be a record!
    4 years ago by JeremyBB
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    Vosper 1/16th scale crash tener
    Maiden voyage today on the lake at Black Park. Runs well but I will have to add a universal coupling to the drive train to make it quieter. Main problem is that she took on a lot of water - leaks in the hull or up the rudder or drive shafts? I will have to sort this out.
    fire monitors
    work OK but the klaxon is inaudible once out on the lake - it might work better with a bigger speaker if I can find the space to put it. Video on U-tube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IG375Ywk4Qs
    4 years ago by JeremyBB
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    Vosper 1/16th scale fireboat
    Almost there now. Just the rescue davit, the decals and the crew to complete. Hoses in the cockpit made from 8mm flexible tube wound with string and painted black. I opted for a grain of wheat bulb for the masthead light as, whilst not a bright as the LED's elsewhere, it does give all round Illumination. Fitting was also easier as the very thin wires are ducted through a hole drilled in the mast (this is the plastic item sold in the Model Boats shop). I am still looking for a 1/16th scale crew and any ideas would be gratefully received. Since first submitting this update, I've looked at the 1/16th scale figures from adriansfigures.com (ex George Turner) and they look massive in relation to the boat. However, looking at an Image of crew testing the
    fire monitors
    on the real thing in Southampton, they are massive in relation to the boat! Has anyone put figures on their models of this boat and, if so, were they to scale or downscaled a bit possibly to make the proportions look more realistic. if anyone has any relevant photos, that would be most helpful. Sea trials planned for early March, if the weather warms up a bit.
    4 years ago by JeremyBB
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    Vosper 1/16th scale crash tender
    Getting there slowly! Painting the white waterline is the next challenge.
    fire monitors
    rotate slowly thanks to the Turnigy servo speed reduction module. Power switch for the water pump still to be finalised. I am concerned that the feed pipes to the monitors may kink on rotation, but time will tell. Klaxon sound ready to be installed. Running lights to be fitted - these will be be controlled by an on/off switch before sailing, not by the RC.
    4 years ago by JeremyBB
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    Edward M.Cotter Fire-boat
    The model boat club I'm in go to Port Coldurg for Canal days in Aug. and this fire-boat comes over from Buffalo New York almost every year so I'v decided to scratch build her Here's The start on the hull My biggest problem will be finding 5 Monitors
    4 years ago by GARTH
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    Working Monitors
    HI Alan and Shaun I thought about some working monitors but gave up after trying to make some. I guess they would have to be made of plastic as the white metal ones are non starters. they are too complex and brittle. I wonder if Vintage Model Boat Company are planning on making some as there is definitely a market out there for both restorers of the Fireboat and also the new builds from VMBC. I feel that the basis for working monitors should be around a car windscreen washer motor with flexible tubing leading to brass tubes inside the monitors themselves. A 12 volt supply could be provided by a small battery independent of the main power supply and on/off by a servo controlled switch. 😊 Regards Boaty
    4 years ago by boaty
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    Vosper 1/16th scale crash tender
    Servos for the rotating
    fire monitors
    and cabin roofs now in place. I plan to use a Turnigy servo speed regulator to slow down the rotation of the
    fire monitors
    . http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...Regulator.html No idea how to wire it up so I hope it comes with instructions. The servos will be controlled by one channel with a Y connection splitting the signal between the two. I hope that the speed regulator can be inserted before the split. The
    fire monitors
    are from Aquacraft. Obviously not to the prototypical design but reasonably to scale. Next pteps are: 1. Smooth the decks and superstructure with sanding sealer to prepare for adding the hatches etc prior to painting. 2. Add the hatches and raised sections on the rear cabin which would then be sanding sealed. 3. Cover the exterior of the hull with fibreglass cloth and Z-poxy resin prior to adding the rubbing strakes. 4. Test for level when floating to determine the position of the battery and need for any balance weights. I have already put in a battery tray just behind where the prop shaft enters the hull but this may be too far back. Questions: 1. The instructions with the kit show the black colour on the hull going right down the sides to the lower rubbing strake. Most models I have seen on the web show the black coming only down the water line. Which is right? The single colour on the sides would be easier to do. 2 My thoughts are now turning to installing a sound system to mimic a fire klaxon or hooter. Would the prototype have been equipped with this? Many thanks for the advice already received on this build 😊 .
    4 years ago by JeremyBB
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    Vosper 1/16th scale crash tender
    Decks now skinned. Next step is to install the servos to operate the rotating
    fire monitors
    . After that, the cabin roofs. I am undecided about how to glaze the cabin windows. As the cabin sides are thick, the windows would look recessed if glazed from behind. An alternative would be to put glazing directly behind the window frames and rely on painting to hide the edges of the acrylic sheet. Any thoughts on this would be much appreciated.
    5 years ago by JeremyBB
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    Vosper 1/16th scale crash tender
    I like building wooden boats which have a nice turn of speed and the Lesro 34.5" Vosper crash tender fits the bill. I am using their recommended hardware with a brushless motor driving a single 40mm screw. However, I also plan to install working
    fire monitors
    mounted on servos so they can rotate. The servos are from Aquacraft in the US which, whilst not to exactly the right design, are at least roughly to scale. I also plan to include a working searchlight and running lights. Build still in its early stages and should keep me busy during the dark winter months. Any thought or advice would always be welcomed 😊 .
    5 years ago by JeremyBB
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    Info for Vosper Crash Tenders and Air ea Resue
    Some Information for all those "Fire Boat" guys. For the superstructure colour which can be described as RAF Barley grey (don't quote me on that, could be something else) I have used a variety of paints In the past. The best I came up with Involved using Dulux house hold paint and mixing It to match the colour but the nearest match In the modelling world would be Tamiya XF-19 Sky Grey, the second nearest Is Humbrol 64. You may require a semI gloss varnish to get an closer match. There were only two Vosper crash tenders ever built were numbered 93 and 94, and these numbers were painted white. One final note which I have noticed with other RAF vessels In model form, the roundel on the bow of a crash tender should not have the yellow outer ring, the yellow ring signifies an air sea rescue boat In the RAF air sea rescue service not a marine craft section boat to which the crash tenders belong to. Hope this helps. The two boats In the class 93 & 94 of the 46ft Crash & Rescue tenders were constructed by Vosper Ltd of Portsmouth In1952 for the R.A.F. The hulls were of double skin mahogany on birch plywood framing. Powers was from two Rover Metorite engines of 375 hp each, This was a 8 cylinders V type engine of 18 litres Drive was to 2 X 3 blade props (both rotating the same way) Giving a top speed of 28 knots Fire fighting was from two 3.5'
    fire monitors
    that could spray water of foam. The power for the pumps was from a Ford V8 engine to give 5-600 g.p.m. This pump was also be used as a salvage pump. For rescue work she was fitted with a spring tow hook, line throwing equipment and rockets, stretchers and a portable davit. The two craft were taken Into service In 1952-53 at Calshot. They spent many year as experimental craft for It Is alleged that they were designed to complement the SARO princess flying boats that spent many years at Calshot. The craft were reported to have startling acceleration and could stop In there own length once the automatic 7 sec time delay came Into effect on the reverse gear. They had a turning circle of three boat lengths at 28,5 knots. Both boats were sold from service In 1958. The two boats In the class 93 & 94 of the 46ft Crash & Rescue tenders were constructed by Vosper Ltd of Portsmouth In1952 for the R.A.F. The hulls were of double skin mahogany on birch plywood framing. Powers was from two Rover Metorite engines of 375 hp each, This was a 8 cylinders V type engine of 18 litres Drive was to 2 X 3 blade props (both rotating the same way) Giving a top speed of 28 knots Fire fighting was from two 3.5'
    fire monitors
    that could spray water of foam. The power for the pumps was from a Ford V8 engine to give 5-600 g.p.m. This pump was also be used as a salvage pump. For rescue work she was fitted with a spring tow hook, line throwing equipment and rockets, stretchers and a portable davit. Both boats were sold from service In 1958.
    5 years ago by 4clubs
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    aerokits
    Restoring my 46 inch fire boat bought from ebay currently stripping it back as paint was letting it down was running a graupner 600 turbo motor but changing and adding sound module and working
    fire monitors
    .
    5 years ago by watsy106
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    (Fire Boat) Fireboat
    Rebuild of an e-bay wreck, working lights &
    fire monitors
    . Scale speed and very seaworthy. (Motor: Graupner Speed 600) (ESC: Mtroniks) (8/10)
    5 years ago by chrislang
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    fireboat update
    Some modellers licence has been used and the
    fire monitors
    are now finished, painted and fitted, they are working monitors, well the will be if I fit a pump. Mostly made out of aluminium and brass, the oval bit in the middle of the body is made out of three pieces of plasticard as I don't have the skills to make this bit on the lathe. Thread lock was used to fix the brass tubes, seems to have worked alright.
    5 years ago by AlanP
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    dusseldorf fireboat
    built this one after the first one was stolen which has turned out for the better. Has working
    fire monitors
    ,anchor,bow thruster,sounds,searchlight,lightsand a bloke on the back having a wee, which in turn acts as a bilge pump to tell me there is water in the boat
    5 years ago by tduggan
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    46 Inch Crash Tender - scramble nets
    Looks great and very realistic. A few weeks ago I obtained a 34 inch Aerokits Crash Tender. It needs a bit of work and I have just made the cabin roof panels. Indication is that it may have originally had a Taycol Standard for propulsion judging by the motor mount. I am looking out for ideas ref fittings including
    fire monitors
    etc and power unit is anticipated to be a Speed 600 when completed. Thanks for the details ref making scrambling nets. Boaty
    5 years ago by boaty
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    RAF Crash Tender
    This is a Kitshack 46 inch Crash Tender. Nearly finished with a bit more detail yet to finish powered by 2 1400 kv brushless motors running on car speed controllers at 7.2 volt. Goes like stink! Has working rotatable
    fire monitors
    which are scratch built
    5 years ago by raj002
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    monitor drawings
    Can anyone help me with some drawings / measurements so I can make some
    fire monitors
    for a 34 Inch boat. Anything will help!! Thanks In advance Roger
    5 years ago by shavings
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    RAF Fireboat monitors
    Will try that cheers shipmate. ;-), Progress report - Have found items they are sold separately in their ship fittings order 2, at first I could only find full set of fittings, was just looking on wrong page on site. Again Thank you Rooky Sailor, much appreciated Sir :-)
    5 years ago by Peter47
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    RAF Fireboat monitors
    Can anybody tell me were I can purchase working
    fire monitors
    for KitShacks 34" RAF Fireboat, believe scale Is 1/16th. Also looking for small crane for amidships Finding her a very agile and stable boat.
    5 years ago by Peter47
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    RAF Fireboat monitors
    Yes , you have the correct company,but they sold me the monitors and the breech seperately, ask them and I'm sure they will let you have the parts you need and you can always scratchbuild the rest.
    5 years ago by Rookysailor
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    RAF Fireboat monitors
    Again thanks for the response I think I've located the right page - http://www.vintagemodelboats.com/page7.html - these look good, but also think they are non-working, see it comes as a full fitting sets, vents anchors, tow hooks etc wish I'd seen them earlier as already fitted most of fittings bought from other suppliers. Have to sneak it passed the chancellor, okay missus :-) Peter
    5 years ago by Peter47
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    RAF Fireboat monitors
    Just finishing my 34" Fireboat,got the foam monitors and the breech from Vintage models, they are direct copies of the Yeoman whitemetal fittings that were available for the 1/16 Aerokits Firefloat, they make up very nice and are a reasonable cost.
    5 years ago by Rookysailor
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    RAF Fireboat monitors
    Thank you ship mate, those photo are just what I needed, usual go by scratch built route, but have seen larger scale monitors advertised was just being lazy, as you say crane look an easy job, having utilises Plasticard on a few models, mainly my rendition of HMS Princess Beatrix LSI, Landing craft LCA and LSM and their launching davits, found it very versatile. Will check out blog you mentioned, cheers, Peter
    5 years ago by Peter47
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    RAF Fireboat monitors
    A google search will find you working monitors, but they are unlike the
    fire monitors
    on the fire boat, so if you want to be authentic you will have to make your own, have a read of pmdevlin's blog. The crane I am afraid you will have to make yourself. Shouldn't be to hard to do with plasticard. A couple of photo's taken at Blackpool show last year to help. Alan
    5 years ago by AlanP
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    Fireboat Tribute to HS93 Peter Henshaw
    HI all, well If you have been following my 4 foot Fireboat build blog (if not, why not! 😁 ) you will know I have been a bit busy! Jan 2013 one of the original members, and a moderator of this forum sadly died, a great loss to the modelling world, known as "HS93", Peter was a very talented man and a good friend. I managed to help his wife clear all his engineering machines, tools, and models, but one of the models was very special to me, It was the one that brought us together some 7 years ago when I was looking for help rebuilding my 3 foot aerokits Fireboat for my Dad.. It was also special to Peter, and his wife, It was a 3 foot Fireboat, built new, not Aerokits, I think the hull was Deans marine, but not sure. The boat Is a work of art, It has opening hand made brass front windows, working hand made davit crane, the monitors were going to work, the wheelhouse doors open, the rescue ladder folds as It should, the searchlight works, The towhook works, I could go on and on, and If you read my blog, you can now see where my stolen Ideas came from! 😯 Typical of Peter, he never quite finished It, he hated painting models as the superb detail he put Into things tended to get lost when painted, you just cant put a price on something like this, so as a tribute and thankyou for all the time he spent messing around with my models, I decided to finish It as a static display, and give back to his wife as a suprise. Here are some photos for you to enjoy πŸ‘
    5 years ago by pmdevlin
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    vac forming
    slightly off topic, but Ive been asked a question regarding vac forming. For small items, it can be done at home quite easily. My example is my 4 foot veron huntsman 28. These boats have very distinguishable scoops, or vents, on the sides of the cabins. They are painted, or chrome etc, and really make the boat, without them, the models are a bit like a fireboat without the monitors. But, you cant buy them, so how to make them! First you need the form, I havd two, left and right, carved out of wood. You could vac form over anything, as long as when hot (and it will be) it will not melt. Next we need the vac former, just a simple small wood frame box, I used some old hardboard. Drill a load of holes into it, the more the better, (topside only)and only other hole is for your vacuum cleaner hose to go.(at the side) Use thick packing tape etc to really have a tight no leak box, just the holes on the top. Next a wood frame, something like 10mm square wood is fine. Get you plastic card, some is better than other, experiment with anything you get your hands on, too thin it melts too quick, too thick it will not form with a definite shape, quite thin is good. Any colour, does not matter, I even used clear for the final version of the vents. Staple, or tack the plasticard to the frame,. pre heat oven when wife is out, put it in, but have your box ready, with the vacuum hose stuffed into it, and turned on, so the suction is happening through all those holes you drilled, and you made sure there are no leaks! Watch the plastic in the oven, it heats up quick, rises, falls, then wobbles, now is the time, get it out quick, dont burn your hands! quickly turn over frame, press on your item to be moulded, and it "suck" on, creating you vac formed item! Voila! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€
    5 years ago by pmdevlin
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    Aerokits 46'' Fireboat twin screw brushless conversion
    As one of the three keep going. Can't wait to see the
    fire monitors
    keep trying to make my mind up which type to make but am busy at the moment getting my head round brushless motors and esc's Roger
    5 years ago by shavings
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    Aerokits 46'' Fireboat twin screw brushless conversion
    so now you know its early "93" being modelled. some more info, the ensign on the main mast pre handover to the RAF would not have flown the RAF roundal, (until commissioned to the RAF) the ensigns tended to be "bastardised" with company logos. I contacted Vosper about this, and also spoke to Mike Alsop who runs scale flags, he has actually been on one of the Fireboats! πŸ‘ and gave me real good info, especially about the monitors. 3 Different versions where used, he could not definitley confirm, but said it was unlikely they were red, probably actually unpainted. Back to the ensign, my spin, Mike made me silk flags, with the Vosper logo on. Vosper said back then the logo would "probably" have been on any ensign, and not Vosper Thornycroft as it became, just Vosper. Also, a blue/white flag was flown, back then it meant "vessel undergoing tests and may deviate from a true course" Another clue to the fact the pics we have, in most cases, where pre handover to RAF. Today I think that flag has something to do with divers in the water. I could be way off the mark, but I like the story, and there is possibly some credability to it? The silk flags look nice, and hang a bit better than the stiff cardboard looking ones, over time I think they will weather quite nicely. check the pics, see what you think, the civvy crew, and no roundal on the ensign..............
    5 years ago by pmdevlin
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    y knot
    Yes you'd be right to put a hatch behind first row of seats, that's where motor access hatch was originally, not second row seats as in your model. it original only had two set of bench seats, each behind their own window screens. Cannot remember what happened to my "Hornet", maybe it went the same way as my CorgI and Dingy toy car, kindly given away by my Mother in my teens, whilst I was in the RAF, thought I finished with them, women they don't understand us fellows :-) I've just launched my latest model a RAF Fire Launch pictures on this site, still some way to go,
    fire monitors
    etc, turned out to be very responsive and quick, once fitted 50amp controller and tweaked blades. Peter47
    6 years ago by Peter47
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    (Fire Boat) Kit Shack 34'' RAF Rescue Launch
    On going build, yet to fit
    fire monitors
    and sundry over fittings, first launched 19th March 2013 at Ethrow Park, Stockport. initially using a 25amp speed controller, found very slow and stuttery a little disappointed, but all went well on up grade to 50 amp and change to 2 blade racing prop, at lakeside, reverted to original 3 bladed prop after altering angle of blades to same as twin bladed prop with little loss of speed, did think of fitting two motors, but well pleased with set up as is, steers well forwards and in reverse unusual for a single prop. To see some of building shots and first sail head to https://plus.google.com/photos/105562993097936235014/albums/5857142598784840865 (Motor: Johnson 600 type) (10/10)
    6 years ago by Peter47


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