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    New Website Sneak Peak
    Thought I'd share a sneak peak of the new website with everyone. I was hoping it'd be live by now, but things have required more development time than I first thought. So instead of giving you all a half-baked system, I've kept it in development a bit longer. In the screenshots: - New home page layout,
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    middle-top, then build blogs, media gallery, events, clubs/lakes, new harbour boats, a new section for how-to articles and useful links. - How-to articles can be edited - Useful links can be posted on their own - Any member can follow any other member -
    forum
    threads as well as blogs can be followed - New events section, with calendar and map - New places section, also with map - Cleaner layout for
    forum
    threads and blogs - Completely refreshed mobile app - New ranking system (some of you will change rank, but it'll remain fair to who has contributed the most) - Easier login, easier uploading of files, easier posting in general - Faster website, all database queries have been restructured to provide fast responses - New notifications area showing all updates to everything you're following There's a tonne more, I do think you'll all love the new site once it's live. Still don't want to promise dates, but when it's ready, it'll launch! Many thanks again to everyone who supports this website. Without this, we'd have sunk years ago! Stephen
    1 month ago by Fireboat
    Response
    Basic hull construction completed
    No. The motor size is not in the instructions, but from a previous
    forum
    post I've been recommended a 28xx Brushless 1100Kv with a 11.1V 2200Mah LiPo battery. Yes. I have that edition and following the editorial. it is a more detailed version of the instructions as both written by Dave Milbourne. πŸ‘
    11 days ago by StuartE
    Forum
    What size brushless motor?
    Hi Stuart I think Dave Milborne used a 1000 or 1200kv 28mm brushless. You can PM on the model boat
    forum
    site. He is the kingpin on Huntsman's and is Fairley helpful guy . Canabus
    14 days ago by canabus
    Forum
    New to
    forum
    Hello fellow model boaters. I'm new here so forgive my posting mistakes. Just wanted to introduce myself, I've been building model boats (static) for about 5 years. I mostly build my concept of a boat, however I have built from some plans. I build small models, 10" is my biggest and most are under that. I also have a fascination with air boats and have built several. Does anyone deal with soldering metal components, having a problem with material. Usually I draw what I want to build, make templates, transfer to balsa, and build. Are any of the clubs focused on non RC models? Looking to learn and share!πŸ‘
    1 month ago by retirement-hobby
    Forum
    New to
    forum
    "..Are any of the clubs focused on non RC models?..." Some people make the small EeZeBilts as static models - see here: http://smm.solidmodelmemories.net/SMF/index.php?topic=982.15
    29 days ago by DodgyGeezer
    Forum
    New to
    forum
    then there is brazing 😊 did a load of this when working with high pressure copper tubing πŸ‘
    30 days ago by jacko
    Forum
    New to
    forum
    A note on plumbers acid flux (Bakers fluid) yes it does work however don't leave any instruments/equipment you value in the vicinity of the soldering process because it will be as rusty as hell the day after. Other soldering activities soft and silver 1 cleanliness is paramount 2 correct solder and flux 3 temperature or your iron or gas torch 4 (soft) only apply solder when your work is at temperature 5 (silver) apply solder when your work is at temperature and just before make sure your solder is introduced to the flame and is fluxed . 4 finally use a minimal amount of solder it reduces number 5 5 clean the joint PS if silver soldering before the job has totally cooled quench it in cold water, this will make the flux easier to remove otherwise it hardens like glass. Good look
    30 days ago by mturpin013
    Forum
    New to
    forum
    "..., however I have built from some plans. I build small models, 10" is my biggest and most are under that..Usually I draw what I want to build, make templates, transfer to balsa, and build.." Have you seen this site? Provides free templates for exactly the kind of models you make. See the illustrations.... http://eezebilt.tk While clean surfaces are the correct way to make solder flow and stick properly, you will find that plumber's Acid Flux will give you a successful solder joint on pretty much any surface, no matter how dirty...
    30 days ago by DodgyGeezer
    Forum
    New to
    forum
    well back in the day (when Noah was building the ark) and I was serving me time :-) we used to have a golden rule about ferrous and non-ferrous metals and solder - Ferrous metals and alloys contain iron and they tend to rust; non-ferrous materials do not. . such as brass, copper and so forth and these are the easy ones to solder with soft solder. Ferrous metails which contain iron as we have said - we need to use a harder solder such as brazing silver solder and then we are into the field of Welding. Basically the art of soldering is to find out the type of materials we intend to join together and then we can come up with the appropriate method. Stainless steel is a different world altogether and so is aluminium. Hell of a subject to get into πŸ€“
    30 days ago by JOHN
    Forum
    New to
    forum
    Hello I myself think soldering is practice doing clean surfaces are the first step flux, type of solder and a good iron . Holding the pieces in jigs or clamps will assist in the final out- come. At first it seems very hard but practice will prove to help and soldering becomes a little easier. Rick
    30 days ago by Newby7
    Forum
    New to
    forum
    Re soldering there are many tutorials on line showing all aspects of soldering but basically means clean surfaces correct fluxes and solder and above all sufficient heat.πŸ‘
    30 days ago by onetenor
    Forum
    Good buy from Lidl
    So glad I read these
    forum
    s, got my bargain sander from lidl the other day to replace the one I GAVE AWAY when moving house. Won't make that mistake again. πŸ‘
    1 month ago by Lordgord
    Forum
    RC steam lever
    Hi Gary Thought I would up date you just ordered the TVR steam engine and also the levers for RC operation your help in finding these items has been a great help will keep in contact on the
    forum
    . Rick
    1 month ago by Newby7
    Forum
    Modellers Exhibition Midhurst
    Not long to go now - any other Clubs or
    forum
    members attending, I am sure there must be ? Alan Sec / Treasurer BMBC
    2 months ago by ads90
    Forum
    Being Sociable.
    Good Morning, Gary: (It's Morning somewhere!) I have been interested in steam for a considerable time, and even have an article stashed away on making a turbine for a model of the SS Savannah, which is, after all, a steamship with a nuclear powered boiler. My own work has been limited (mostly by budget) to the Midwest Models single cylinder steam engine, and I have a "Fantail Launch" kit ready for some upgrades and installation of the steam engine. Stay with us, as I am sure, as already stated by others, that there are interested members of the
    forum
    , and you will pick up more when they see you are not just talking about a little pop-pop boat running in circles. (I do have one of those, as well. I had one when I was much younger, but it is little more than a memory these days.)
    2 months ago by Peejay
    Forum
    The BIG St.Albans Model Show
    Hello hmsneuralgia Welcome to the
    forum
    . Even close family members wouldn't recognise me πŸ•΅ Neither do I when I look in the mirror sometimes....and some old fella looks back at me. PS. St.AlbansMES do far more than just model boats as you will find out at the show.
    2 months ago by robbob
    Forum
    Rx-tx confusion
    Had this info through google !!!! https://hobbyking.com/en_us/orangerx-r615x-dsm2-dsmx-compatible-6ch-2-4ghz-receiver-w-cppm.html?countrycode=GB&gclid=Cj0KCQiA1NbhBRCBARIsAKOTmUv9-pHzn5yJnGdbaOGPFt60xu98XhBnFLE3gqR7UdE03rK_UDOiruYaAmCjEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds It seems from info gained thru OTHER REPUTABLE
    forum
    s that this is the one everyone is using I do NOT use Spektrum and so can not verify if htis is correct but others seem to say so Dave
    2 months ago by Dave J
    Forum
    internet sales
    We are living through a technological change brought on by the Web. During any technological change some things will be gained and others lost. We saw this with the development of factories during the industrial Revolution, the railways and later the automobile. Each new technology brought both extensive benefits and disadvantages, and in each case they resulted in the demise of the earlier service provision. in each case people tried to stop the development, and found that they could not. I cannot see much of a future for shops in the long term - let alone model shops. There may be a market for display facilities - places where you can inspect the items before you buy - but I suggest that most goods will end up being delivered direct from the manufacturer via sophisticated logistics services. This is happening already. Advice is readily available on the Net via
    forum
    s - too much advice in many cases!
    3 months ago by DodgyGeezer
    Forum
    Merry Christmas and a Happy New year.
    Cheers Doug and to all on the
    forum
    πŸ‘
    3 months ago by onetenor
    Forum
    Sea Queen Frames
    Hi I was lucky enough to be given a set of Sea Queen plans by a member on this
    forum
    but of course the plans dont show the frames and they need to be drawn up from the lines on the side and plan views . Its not that I cant do it but it seems silly re inventing the wheel if someone has already done it . So if any one has drawings of the frames for the Aerokits Sea Queen 46" I would be very grateful for a copy Cheers Don
    3 months ago by donrecardo
    Forum
    new member
    hi all,i have been a keen model boat builder for 5 years ,i have only just come across this
    forum
    and will be a regular contributer Dave
    1 year ago by Davecook
    Forum
    Newby
    Hi John welcome to the
    forum
    . Am I right in thinking the model you want to build is the boat you served on? If so then start by giving us her name and perhaps her port and then any photos you have. Even if you don't have pictures yourself a google of her name may find some. With that someone on here (not me) may say that she looks very similar to XXX and there are kits or plans available.
    4 months ago by steve-d
    Forum
    Bristol pilot cutter mascotte
    Hello all this is my latest build of the Kingston mouldings Bristol pilot cutter 'mascotte' was purchased from a
    forum
    friend who no longer had time to build it. Sadly Kingston mouldings has now closed down. The first job was to glue the lead ballast into the bottom of the hull, this was done by using fibreglass resin then a couple of layers of fibreglass to seal the lead shot into the built in keel
    12 months ago by kmbcsecretary
    Forum
    Ship rudders
    Doug The picture stretches when uploading. The mobile phone pics are 4mb+. No problem on other
    forum
    s
    4 months ago by Toby
    Guestbook
    Guestbook Post
    Always keep researching and finding plenty of useful information. Additionally, I try to share information so not all disappears because of
    forum
    s closing. Besides, trying to explain and to present was I am doing is a good way to massage my knowledge and my projects to get new perspectives.
    4 months ago by Hellmut1956
    Media
    Carina
    I am continuing to try to learn the way this
    forum
    is properly used. I want to publish here my photos of the construction of my sailboat Carina from scratch that I am publishing here. I will limit myself to photos that are useful to get a general view of the topics I am publishing
    4 months ago by Hellmut1956
    Media
    Carina
    Trying to learn to use this
    forum
    properly I am publishing a video that shows an experiment I did to find out how fast the stepper motor could turn. I am using in my model of the sailboat Carina 2 stepper motors like the one shown in the video to work as a winch to control the position of the sails in a system solution where I am realizing this my own way to implement the sheets as shown on the original sailboat Endeavour. This requires my sheet control system to control the length of the sheet of the mainsail i.e. over a range of 8.3 meters. This requires the drum which is turned by the stepper motor to make 21 full turns. Details will be published in my report from scratch of building my Carina.
    4 months ago by Hellmut1956
    Forum
    Mersey Mammoth / Lara 1
    Hello Steve The photos given to me are prints. Clearly someone was at a show or event and decided to take a snap or two of the model. No date on the photo and nothing in the background to suggest where or when. Toby Ps Do you know how to delete posts on this
    forum
    . I may as well take off the posts where the photo does not load correctly.
    4 months ago by Toby
    Forum
    Mersey Mammoth / Lara 1
    Are there any clues in the source info of the photos if they are digital. May point you at a web site or
    forum
    . Steve
    4 months ago by steve-d
    Forum
    Videos
    For what it's worth folks (by popular requestπŸ˜‰) I just posted the pdf reading/downloading instructions in the 'Anything Website Related'
    forum
    . C.U. Ciao, Doug πŸ˜‰ PS Also applies to other files attached to Posts, such as photos! Sometimes you can also expand the photos to be able to store them in a higher resolution! πŸ˜‰
    4 months ago by RNinMunich
    Forum
    Videos
    Hi Haig, if i had such Administrator rights I would gladly add such a section! I'm just a 'Bod' like you! Reading PDF files is definitely one of THE most asked questions! Best I can do is post the instructions in the 'Website related'
    forum
    . But who looks in there!? All's well ....! Cheers, Doug 😎
    4 months 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 contributions 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
    forum
    s 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 😎
    6 months ago by RNinMunich
    Forum
    Hobby Engine Factory Tug Motors
    Hello: I have a Hobby Engine β€œpremium” 2.4GHz β€œRichardson” tug. This boat is identical mechanically to the β€œSouthampton” tug. I’ve read many posts on the
    forum
    having to do with replacing the factory-installed motor/gearbox unit with two separate motors mounted side by side. Personally I’m happy with the factory drive setup; it’s quite powerful & it runs smoothly. The reduction gearing is a bit noisy, but my boat is new & will likely quiet down with use. I have two requests for those who have removed the factory drive unit & replaced it with separate motors: 1. If you’ve still got your factory drive unit & have taken it apart out of curiosity, if possible will you please post photos of the internal parts? I’m interested in seeing what’s inside the housing & how the gearing is set up. 2. Along the same vein, I’d like to acquire a spare factory drive to have on hand, just in case. If you have a complete, working drive unit that you’d consider offering for sale, please send a PM to me & let me know what you would want for a price. Thanks very much. Pete
    6 months ago by Pete
    Forum
    replacing propshaft
    Hi all I have taken the bull by the horn and removed the 4ba prop-shaft, which was remarkably easy first using a stanley knife on the keel each side of the shaft and then as I was advised by a
    forum
    member to use mole grips, which I did, wallah out came the shaft, now as can be seen by the photos the new one, ( it is too long by an inch, Doh I ordered the wrong one) is a smaller diameter than the old one. What is the best way to refit it? Also using the keel as my straight edge, the shaft is at 9 degrees, is this going to be OK, also I am replacing the 54mm 3 blade prop for a 40mm so with the 850 motor I hope this will be sufficient.
    1 year ago by RichardSReade
    Forum
    Bending thin plywood
    When I typed that, the little thing on the left said
    forum
    posts: 666, but it no longer does, oddly. People have this thing about the number. And I would say the doctors use the machine that most reliably runs the NHS programme they all use. They have updated the appointments system (with no obvious improvements), but the normal medical files aspect always seems to work very well and they are very good at reminders, etc. compared with my last surgery. Martin
    6 months ago by Westquay
    Forum
    Old brushed motor
    Platinum Hen teeth comes to mind.😁 Try other
    forum
    s including planes and cars.πŸ‘
    6 months ago by onetenor
    Forum
    A return to the hobby!
    Thank you Onetenor Looks like nobody have that beautiful boat build, not in Facebook Groups, not in RC groups , other
    forum
    s and nothing on Google. The real Speranza was a Renato "Sunny"Levi design, he was know for his fast deep vee hulls, Levi help by the Vic Smeed Scale plan. She is a very fast Boat and i build with 2 brushless 😊.
    7 months ago by Dampfgerd
    Forum
    Chinese props
    Quote from rcgroups
    forum
    - "Yep, beryllium-copper in many racing props, like Octura's. No problem for "scale" brass/bronze props. " Seems only to be a problem for the extreme racing performance guys! Conclusion: Buy European!πŸ‘
    7 months ago by RNinMunich
    Forum
    Venetian Evening
    So, I'm intrigued....what's Venetian about the event? NPJ, a man has to eat lunch and take a cuppa from time to time. I sit at my pootah, (no 'phone) and check the
    forum
    while I wait for tea to cool down so I can take my awkward pills. I have however made a chain guard from two separate hand beaten brass halves, soldered and cleaned up, researched it's fixings and made them too, plus the rear mudguard supports. Now I'm orff to check the tank fits. Martin
    7 months ago by Westquay
    Forum
    A return to the hobby!
    Sign of a
    forum
    Junkie Martin! 😲 "Goin' quiet?" My leg extremity! πŸ˜‰ Get back to your Vincent you 'Old Dutch' you 😁😁 Gotta pay de bills somehowπŸ€” Cheers, Doug 😎
    7 months ago by RNinMunich
    Forum
    A return to the hobby!
    Hi and welcome to the
    forum
    . Yup, SLEC are good guys. They're within a pleasant car toodle from me. I have a set of Crash Tender fittings from them since they bought out the Vintage Model Boat Company. Sea Commander is a lovely boat and all the Aerokits are good performers. I have several. Good to see another Chris-Craft builder on here. The world needs more woody fans! Cheers, Martin
    7 months ago by Westquay
    Forum
    Thanks to Bryan The Pirate
    This
    forum
    has come up trumps again 😁 Managed to clue up with Bryan the Pirate who lives just over a mile from me. After 2 hours of his time tonight I now know the next step in trying to get my project on the water. Adding together information and help from this
    forum
    and a face to face with Bryan I now have no excuse in moving forward. Thanks for tonight Bryan and thanks to the Model Boat.
    7 months ago by neilmc
    Forum
    Latest Post
    Hi, I'm afraid there's no way to do this, except in the build blogs.
    forum
    threads are always chronological order with the original post at the top and newest at the bottom. Thanks, Stephen
    7 months ago by Fireboat
    Forum
    upgrading Turnigy i6 to 10 channels
    Youtube has several posts about upgrading the Turnigy i6 firmware(or the Flysky i6) from 6 to 10 channels. All very easy and I have done it, but it has gone wrong somewhere. Everything has changed that should change except for one small part of the upgrade- the 4 extra channels do not work! The screen information shows they exist and the firmware shows that it has been updated. Has anyone on this
    forum
    done this upgrade? If so, any ideas where I have gone wrong. I have reverted to the factory settings twice and still can't get it sorted, and it seems such a simple thing to do. Frustrated. Chris
    1 year ago by octman
    Response
    Fairly Hunsman renovation part 1
    Hi It's probably a Precedent hull. Check out the model boats mag
    forum
    site. They have a guru on the Huntsman !! Dave Milbourne. Canabus
    8 months ago by canabus
    Forum
    Exciters/transducers
    Ah! You mean the
    forum
    Threads not the Build Blogs. Strangely blogs are as you want but Threads the other way up. Never bothered me. I just press Ctrl and Pos1 to go to the top or Ctrl and End to go to the bottom of either. Theses as Threads in the appropriate
    forum
    topic please 😁 Doug 😎
    8 months ago by RNinMunich
    Forum
    Lifeboat plans
    Of course, Doug, but you have to admit the mass line-ups look bloody realistic. I have 2 Spitfires in build and have even found a couple of dollies to drive them. And, I bought a HobbyKing o'b without motor. So info on installing a brushless will be required once the installation begins. I' couldn't leave the o/b alone, so I had to turn it into a Godiva 40 as built by Coventry Climax. Not much current news but their
    forum
    is still going up to date. I very much doubt that any English have taken it up yet. No evidence of it on the
    forum
    . Of course, whilst there are a few (rather expensive) kits, most are scratchbuilt and very nicely too. That's what I like about 152 vo. Martin The almost legendary Coventry Climax powered Godiva 40.
    8 months ago by Westquay
    Forum
    Inspiration for beautiful boat builders ;-)
    I was working on a contract for Digital Equipment Corp at Unterfoering and was staying at the other end of town at Westkreuz (Gaestehaus im
    forum
    ). I've had the Ultimaker for 2 or 3 years now. it's great for making the little things. Ship's wheel - 6 hours by hand, 1 hour on the printer. Design it once, print as many as you need. Bits and bollards, fairleads, funnels, ventilators - not cheap from the shop (if they have any) pennies on the printer. Best investment ever.
    8 months ago by Delboy
    Forum
    Inspiration for beautiful boat builders ;-)
    Hi Doug, A phenomenal place, the Deutche Museum. I visited it when I was working in Munich back in '87/'88. I agree with the views on scratch building. it's the difference between Model Making and model assembly. Although, I have to say that, although my 3D printing has been poo-pooed in this
    forum
    as non-traditional - is anybody out there still using horse-hoof glue and bamboo strip - most of the stuff I print is self designed. All the hulls I have built have been hand built. I do have one kit with a moulded hull - a Graupner Optimist- it's been in the garage attic unfinished since 1993. I must get round to it one day. But before that, there's this Ferret plan in the MB mag. That looks interesting.....
    8 months ago by Delboy
    Forum
    Spektrum, new, useless...
    OK, when I say new, I mean never out of the box since it arrived a few years ago. Health issues, moving home, etc. mean it wasn't used till just recently. A DX5e on fresh Duracells and an Orange Rx. Wouldn't bind. Kind gent on another
    forum
    lent me his "known to work" Spektrum AR 610 Rx. Just tested that in the well published way and no difference. No flashing lights on TX., there never has been. Flashing Rx. lights, but no slowing or ceasing of flashing, so I have to assume the Tx. is no good straight out of the box. Too long ago since I bought it to claim on a warranty. Are these things known to be unreliable? Is there anything I can do with it? Like one of those module thingies I've heard of? Any views gratefully received. Cheers, Martin
    9 months ago by Westquay


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