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    The Vosper 46” RAF Crash Tender Kit By Vintage
    model
    Works
    Just a small introduction, I am a retired engineer, trained as a toolmaker and practiced this in various forms for 20 plus years before going into Lecturing in engineering for 13 years then finally working on development of NVQs and VRQs for an Engineering Awarding Body. As far as My
    model
    making experience I did a little as a youngster helping my dad to build the 36 inch Crash tender and then doing some
    model
    aircraft but that was 50 years ago. I then became hooked on building a kit car which has occupied me for many years changing things and maintaining it as a recreational vehicle. This brings me up to date and instead of restoring a classic car I decided to get back to
    model
    making and this is the start of the 46 Crash Tender. So here we go Out of the box and the contents checked off, a minor anomaly on the parts numbering but soon sorted by VMW. I have spent some time in kitting out a new work station in what used to be my office until I retired. I now have two workshops one upstairs and one in the basement. How good is that? One of the of the first things was to construct a substantial building board that would give a perfectly flat base and a grid that could ensure bulkheads are square to the keel an parallel with each other also the same aspects in the vertical axis. I lined out the base board with parallel lines spaced at 25 mm and then from the centre-line at 90 degrees I marked the bulkhead positions.
    2 years ago by mturpin013
    Forum
    HMS Illustrious
    model
    (Huge)
    Hello everyone, My name is David Rogers, and I am the current Chairman of the HMS Illustrious Association and I am looking you your help. We were recently contacted by someone who had over some 10 years, built a remote controlled
    model
    of the Aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious. (It's about 6 ft long) and they asked us if we would like to take possession of it. We Gladly accepted. After collecting the
    model
    (On a Trailer), we believe that it requires some TLC. This is to say, that there are many of the features that were installed, may not work anymore, and or they are all different voltages etc. We were just wondering if there was anyone on here that would be interested in assisting us with a project, of getting her 'Ship Shape'. If anyone could assist, please email us at: info@hmsillustriousassociation.com Thanks in advance for your assistance in this. David Rogers Chairman HMS Illustrious Association
    2 years ago by HMS-Illustrious-Asso
    Place
    Ellesmere Port
    model
    Boat Club
    We formed in about 1989 as "The Boat Club" based at the Ellesmere Port Boat Museum. In the nineties we changed the name to the Ellesmere Port
    model
    Boat Club. We meet and sail at the Museum but now have a pool at The Hooton Park Trust site. We are currently 30 members strong and have
    model
    s of every type.
    2 years ago by epmbcmember
    Place
    woodbridge
    model
    boat club
    http://www.woodbridge
    model
    boatclub.org.uk/ more info to follow we sail at woodbridge boat pond
    2 years ago by jacko
    Response
    Re: power fin
    Hi Jacko, Simple but extremely affective. Would be interesting to see in action on a
    model
    . Martin555.
    3 months ago by Martin555
    Forum
    Night Watch
    Hi Nerys, Lake's not really big enough or the ice ever thick enough for ice yachts, unless you mean RC
    model
    ones? Never seen any though. Some winters the ice is thick enough to walk on. Then there's a lot of ice skating and curling. Tried the latter myself several years ago, was quite fun. As a league Ten Pin bowler I enjoyed the challenge. Dun' arf make ya feet cold after a while though❄️☹️ We used to take a sort of Samovar arrangement full of Glühwein on to the ice with us. Had to take a small wooden table with us as well to make sure it didn't melt it's way into the lake! Last few years the ice has rarely been thick enough though. Damn global warming😠 Good luck with the rigging, don't get knotted!!😮 Cheers, Doug 😎
    3 months ago by RNinMunich
    Forum
    Graupner Closing
    There’s been some discussion on Graupners demise on RCGroups. Many people seem to think that Graupner and Robbe products were overpriced, and used RTF/RTR
    model
    s from China to prove their point. Well, like we say here in Texas, “that dog won’t hunt”. In my humble opinion, a well made kit will be a little more expensive than anything pre built as there is the extra cost of plans, instructions, packaging, just to name a few. And, as a builder, I’d much rather pay a bit more for a decent quality kit that I get the fun and pride of both the building of said kit and the ownership. Now, there are people who cannot or will not build, and more power to them. If that’s how they pass their time that’s okay by me. But..using the China made
    model
    s as a benchmark to gripe about a much loved kit manufacturers
    model
    s and prices is just a little off kilter. That being said, the KY
    model
    sourced Graupner kits were improving in quality, it would be a shame to see them fade away or be harder to purchase now that the quality seems to be improving.
    3 months ago by Cashrc
    Forum
    MFA 919D series geared electric motors
    Pity the poor novice
    model
    er who has NO
    model
    shops or club nearby - how do you get advice other than on forums like this........... The internet suppliers give specifications on their motors etc - but they don't give out information of the sort that it might suit a planing hull or a tug etc - and could not be expected to do so. Suppliers are also reluctant to stay on the phone too long understandably - and phone calls are expensive anyway......... And we are trying to encourage newcomers to our hobby - sad really. Plus in this country now there is very little in the way of
    model
    boat items - what there is is very expensive and beyond the reach of a lot of people........
    3 months ago by redpmg
    Forum
    Re-purposing an old Hull.
    Just getting back to doing something with my boats. My grandson (aged 5) asked if he could take some of my boat pictures to school, so I let him have about a hundred. His class teacher contacted me and asked if I could show the children some of the
    model
    s. I sent them 5 boats in various states of build from kit in the box through to finished. Today I was asked if I could help the year 1 class to build a
    model
    boat. I have supplied them with an old Fairey Hull from my store shed. They are now drawing up a new boat to build. The teacher has put them into groups and each group has to make a card mock up of what they want the boat will be. I will be going to see what they have done on Friday. So far there are 3 other adults willing to help. Once all the designs are done, we adults will be cutting out the ply and balsa parts and then assisting the children with their builds. The PTA are paying for any of the bits we can't scrounge. I hope they will enjoy doing it, the school has allowed one afternoon each week for the
    model
    ling class. So far my grandson says it's really going well and there are boat drawings on 2 walls. I am excited to be able to help youngsters get involved in
    model
    ling. Follow up news next week. Cheers Colin.
    4 months ago by Colin H
    Forum
    Re-purposing an old Hull.
    Reading these posts and all the comments about attracting new blood to the hobby, I can't help harking back to the years of WW2. I doubt if there was a town without a
    model
    shop. Kits of scale
    model
    aircraft were everywhere, most kids bought them or were given them and made them up. I was lucky, there were two shops in central Cardiff and I would catch the bus there most Saturdays and go and buy a kit to see me through the next week. Bedrooms would be adorned with aircraft of all nations hung from the ceiling. I remember seeing a kit of a Russian Stormovik fighter bomber for the first time, I had to buy it. Flying, or more usually crashing
    model
    aircraft abounded too, at least mine always did. There were kits of boats too but they weren't as popular in those days. I suppose I built aircraft and ships fairly evenly. Dinky toys made beautiful die cast ships from liners to submarines. I remember being given a die cast aircraft carrier complete with three aircraft. Would love to have it now and all the Dinkies I acquired. And now,
    model
    shops are few and far between, few kids are interested in
    model
    s. Unless it has a screen and squeaks it is an irrelevance to the average child. To anyone with a grandchild who has the slightest interest in
    model
    making then encourage them for all they are worth. It is so important. Nerys
    3 months ago by Nerys
    Forum
    Graupner Closing
    Kinda hate to see the Graupner name now just associated with the electronics side of the hobby. I remember the old Hobby-Lobby Intl in the USA imported a lot of Graupner and Krick
    model
    s, and I built quite a few aircraft and boats from the former and Robbe while stationed in Germany. I think the quality suffered a little when they moved the kit production to China, but it has improved. At least Krick is still functioning, and they have started reviving the older Robbe boat kits under the RO-Marin brand...my Neptune is one of those newer kits, and it built up nicely, no surprises, or guesswork.
    3 months ago by Cashrc
    Response
    Re: NON SMOKING EXHAUST WITH AIR INJECTION
    I've tried the large water pump I had in the HSL (swapped for a smaller one as it was heavy and overkill) and it worked quite well as an air pump (see vid - latest smoker
    model
    Y hooked to exhausts test) Problem is with these diaphragm pumps, is that the stroke is very short and they have to run fast to get any decent pressure. As mentioned previously I have some 12v 3D ceramic printer elements coming so it will be interesting to see how they work. I've also ordered 2 of the vape pens you mentioned to try $5.76 for 2 so it won't break the bank (thanks for making me spend money Martin!😂) lucky I don't smoke or drink (or vape), although I might as well with all the glycerin I've been breathing lately! I think those tanks are what Graham used with the addition of a bigger tank, and they worked well. It's off to the hammock for me, so, afternoon from me (3.42AM here) must have me beauty sleep😂 JB
    3 months ago by jbkiwi
    Forum
    Graupner Closing
    Hi Colin, The Koreans bought the original Graupner several years ago and rescued it then!😉 Then they became Graupner/JR. At the last 'rescue' Graupner/SJ. Now just Graupner Co. Ltd in Korea. I don't expect to see (m)any more new
    model
    s after this announcement, but electronic gizmos and accessories development and sales should continue according to the statement😊 I hope so, I still have a working Graupner MC-10 40MHz set!! And two of their Premium Line ships; Graf Spee and Belfast. Cheers, Doug 😎
    3 months ago by RNinMunich
    Response
    Re: Oceanic refit
    Hi Ian just seen your query. It is the qidi x pro printer that I’m using.had no problems with it, comes quickly from amazon. As this is the my first dealing with it I’m impressed I can set it to print a selection of small
    model
    in two different colours at the same time. Have made Nav light board with red inside and black outside by merging the two. Can scale down or up a
    model
    to the size required. I work with easy cad it is quite simple to make
    model
    s on. Their after sales service for advice in operating it is really good. I’m extremely happy with mine. Any other queries let me know I’ll help if I can Ian
    3 months ago by Elsrickle
    Forum
    The BIG St.Albans
    model
    Show
    Hi Pete. Glad you liked the video. It's true that many of the club stands were manned by 'gents of a certain age', indeed one of our members, Guy Ellerby was 100 years old earlier this year but can be seen amusing some young visitors with his 'Thomas' loco and a 'lively mouse'. The tag line of the show is '
    model
    s That Move' and we encouraged visiting club exhibits to be as interactive as possible rather than just static displays of
    model
    s, so that the visitors, and particularly youngsters, could have a 'hands on' experience and be involved in the show. Hence the 'Press the button' bit with Malcolm Beaks steam engine display, the 'Drive an Engine' feature in the corridoor, the 'Have-a-go Boats' on the pond to name a few. All this is an attempt to start that little spark of interest and enthusiasm in
    model
    making and crafts that might mature into a meaningful hobby later in life. Otherwise once those 'old gents' are gone, and taken their skills with them, who will take their place 🤔? Philosophising done..... Robbob.
    3 months ago by robbob
    Response
    Re: Water system for fire monitors and ECS
    These 12v pumps are pretty good Graham, just tried my one (ex cooling pump from the ST) and it will squirt water 3ft plus from a 3mm pipe. Quite cheap on Ali Express so 1 per monitor would be all you need (or 1 for 2 with say 2mm pipe. Feeds in and out need to be 3mm+ to reduce friction. I ran it on a 3s to try it with a 5mm inlet pipe. If you run it at 12v and you reduce the outlet to 2mm you will probably double the distance. If you decide to try one of these, make sure it is this
    model
    with the ribbed front plate shown, as they have a higher output than some others (1.5-2L/min. Found these work quite well as air pumps also, just a bit noisier (some advertise them as air pumps and others as water pumps- same thing. JB
    3 months ago by jbkiwi
    Forum
    MFA 919D series geared electric motors
    MFA aren't what they used to be. They just seem to sell a few motors and batteries and a few other bits and pieces. Gears ans belts. I still have an old catalogue of theirs from years ago. When they used to sell
    model
    boats and a whole assortment of
    model
    parts as well as
    model
    planes. Shame they have gone that way. Even
    model
    shops are few and far between and most of them do not sell much in the way of
    model
    boat stuff. TJD
    model
    s are just over a mile or so from me and they are mainly planes and cars and plastic
    model
    s. They have about 9 or 10
    model
    boats and hardly ant small accessories.
    3 months ago by BOATSHED
    Media
    LATEST SMOKER VERSION Y RUNNING
    This is the latest smoke version running on only 2,2V (4 Amps) and using a 12v water/air pump running on 8v to push the smoke. I can't run it on 3v (coil capable of 3.5v) as the regulator (5 Amp) is only rated for around 3.5A continuous (found that out cooking the last one) They say they have an over heat cutout, - but not so much☹️! Don't need any more smoke than this for most applications I would think, but it's there if you need Mt Etna. Might see if I can get some lower wattage coils to drop the amps. I've ordered a few different 5A regulators to try, but I think fans are going to be needed to cool them. I think this is about as small as you can make these, using this method and easy to find bits and pieces, as you have to leave a reasonable air gap so as not to melt the housing, (also to pack the cotton around the coil) There are the pre-wound coils to try next which might be able to be fitted in a smaller metal housing, but that's for later. I'm sure everyone has the idea by now and it will be interesting to see what others come up with for their particular
    model
    s. JB
    3 months ago by jbkiwi
    Response
    Re: Smoker system
    Nice idea Mike, I'm assuming you intend using the whole battery unit and tank in the boat? (I'm sure you have plenty of spare room in your
    model
    for it) or are you going to run a remote battery using the original connector from the battery module as I'm doing? I used the same pumps (2 wired together) to try a smoke unit in my HSL, but even at 2v and all the covers on (the engine bay hatch has 5mm foam soundproofing) the noise is quite loud. What Graham and I have been trying to do is make these virtually silent and compact enough to fit in smaller
    model
    s which is quite a task, as finding small, quiet readily available powerful air pumps is proving difficult. Graham already has a nice small unit and was lucky to find a decent pump which seems to work very well. Making the smoke is the easy part, but getting it to do what you want with no noise, ease of filling and maintenance, be compact and something everyone can build with basic tools and bits from the local hardware shop or LHS (and now by the look of it, vape shops) is the challenge. There are so many ways to go about this idea (quite a few on YT) but it's really great to see people coming up with such really good ideas. You might find that once you try to push the smoke/vapour down small tubes for a distance, that a lot of it condenses and not much comes out. I would suggest keeping your smoke tubes as large and short as possible to reduce this. I'll be watching your progress with interest. Eventually we all might combine the ideas and come up with something brilliant. JB
    3 months ago by jbkiwi
    Forum
    Re-purposing an old Hull.
    Sorry for the lack of updates on this subject but I have been ill with a chest infection so haven't been able to get back to the school yet. My son is coming to visit tomorrow and will hopefully bring me the latest news. Apparently the class have now decided on the superstructure above deck level and they want to be able to change the whole topside allowing them to have 2
    model
    s for 1 Hull. I hope to have more details tomorrow, cheers Colin.
    3 months ago by Colin H
    Response
    Re: SMOKER (OF SORTS) TESTING IN THE HSL
    Is there any reason why fourteen posts under the heading 'My Collection' have been placed in this thread with various titles pertaining to Smokers and Smoke Machines. Very confusing and basically removes a number of posts regarding an excellent collection of
    model
    s that have now been lost in a completely unrelated thread. If there is a legitimate reason for this which I haven't seen, then I apologise. Nerys
    3 months ago by Nerys
    Forum
    Algerine Class Minesweeper H.M.S. Pluto
    Hi Doug, This is what i was referring to. http://deansmarine.co.uk/shop/images/HMS_BRAMBLE.jpg £275.30 HMS Bramble [425] ALGERINE MINESWEEPERS These ships were built between 1942 and 1945 and were fitted with magnectic, acoustic, and mechanical sweeping equipment. It would seem that this class of ship developed from the Halcyon class of minesweeper of the 1930's still retaining some of their general appearance. These ships, having been built in the U.K. and Canada, later served in the Canadian and most Western Alliance Navys. Details of the kit Scale 1/96 Length 762m Beam 120mm Sailing weight 2.21kgs The
    model
    is based on a plated fibre glass hull. All decks are LASER CUT 1.5MM HIPS SHEET and superstructure is in 1mm printed plastic sheet format with turret, funnel, boats etc in vacformed plastic. Weapons and fine detail fittings are in cast in light alloy, and all larger items are cast in lightweight plastic. Stanchions and ladders for that extra fine detail are in etched brass. Propshafts and tubes are included in this kit along with the rudder and tiller arm. THE FULL SIZE PLAN is from the D McGregor range. With its twin screws and twin motors and short length/beam ratio this makes into one of the busiest little
    model
    s in our range and she has all the outstanding handling qualities of her bigger and full size sister. The close range weapons fit on this
    model
    are 4 40mm bofors guns. The kit contains a comprehensive set of instructions. Martin555.
    3 months ago by Martin555
    Place
    Gauteng
    model
    Boat Club
    I hate to be critical of one thing in such a wonderful display of
    model
    s, but have you noticed that the 'African Queen' is flying the union flag upside down denoting that she is in distress. Sorry to nit pick. Nerys
    3 months ago by Nerys
    Response
    Re: Thames lighter
    Very nice indeed Jacko. Both tug and lighter look great. Two nicely built
    model
    s. Are you going to have two lighters abreast, or just the one. I think push tugs are a relatively new thing in the UK , when I worked on the London river, sixty and more years ago, lighters were always towed, in a string, two abreast and often up to eight in total. Deep laden, water almost on deck, often with quite a diminutive river tug pulling them, they were a normal sight slowly moving on the tideway.
    3 months ago by Nerys
    Forum
    Hints and Tips.
    WEATHERING Hi guys, There are many technics to weathering your
    model
    s. one way is to use a weathering kit made from coloured powder. Approx £15.00 - £20.00 Or you could use Pastels sanded or filed, and use the powder from that. Approx £5.00. Method:- Apply the powder using small paint brush over the required area, when the desired affect has been achieved you then spray over it with a mat/semigloss varnish. My tip is next time your wife/partner goes shopping for makeup, look at the vast range and shades of eye shadow or even an eye shadow palette. Approx £1.00 or less. It will do the same job as the others (above) at a fraction of the price. And it will last you many many years of weathering you'r
    model
    s. Martin555.
    3 months ago by Martin555
    Forum
    Boat Stand
    I now have the XL boat stand in stock for
    model
    s upto about 48" The same as the medium just bigger!
    3 months ago by HAKits
    Response
    Re: Arctic Convoy
    Yes, I thought I could see similarities but this
    model
    will have your mark on it (joke). I think she will make a good RC
    model
    and are pleased that you should be considering that. Cheers, Nerys
    3 months ago by Nerys
    Forum
    LATEST SMOKER, E-CIG ELEMENT
    Appreciate the comment Elsrickle, I'm still having fun with new ideas as the possibilities are endless and open to your imagination. I'm sure you'll have fun experimenting (it's actually quite addictive). I think if anyone is thinking of building a smoke unit for a new boat, the idea might be to get one going well, then design in a place to mount it with easy access for filling/replacing element etc. Not the sort of thing to be completely built in. I like the ready made coils shown as they are tidy and easy to replace. Weight wise for eg, - the vertical vape tank version, (
    model
    X) weighs 100g (1/2 the weight of a 540 motor) and the alloy box coil only version was the same weight. The
    model
    X is 45mm Diam x 55mm H, so not that large considering, (40mm waste pipe with stop ends) and keeps it all tidy. A complete tank could be used just as a screw fitting (threads are very fine and hard to produce) without the glass and placed in a smaller tube and packed with cotton wool (to be soaked in smoke liquid) and air pushed through the element. So many versions are possible. JB
    3 months ago by jbkiwi
    Response
    Re: (Naval Ship) HMS Sussex
    I heard from the owner of the Glamorgan
    model
    that was for sale this morning and unfortunately, I've missed out, she's been sold. However he still has a Fire Tender available, so, I'm having a look at her next weekend. Cheers, Nerys
    3 months ago by Nerys
    Forum
    Cruise ships
    It was about twelve years ago that I did the Norwegian Coastal Voyage with Hurtigruten on their MS Polarlys. At the time I was spending a lot of time with my sister in France and all my photos went onto one of her computers. However, if you google Hurtigruten ships, they all come up in far greater detail than I could have ever given. Decide for yourself, but I like the MS Lofoten and the MS Nordstjernen. During the eleven day voyage, we passed one of the other ships going in the opposite direction every day so saw quite a few. I can't remember where it was, but at one place we stopped, there was a Hurtigruten museum with the original ship, preserved out of the water and a wonderful museum full of
    model
    s pf their ships. The whole thing was an unforgettable experience which, if my health allowed it, I would love to repeat. Cheers, Nerys.
    3 months ago by Nerys
    Forum
    Humbrol enamels
    Try local hobby craft store our local one has a good selection You can also try wonderland
    model
    s online based in Edinburgh also have a good choice
    3 months ago by martincliffe
    Blog
    Bulwarks Completed!
    I spent a few hours steaming ply today! At least I now know what it's like to steam ply! I continued to glue the port side bulwark! After not gluing my finger to the bulwark. LOL! I then had the task of working on her aft quarters! And yes, More steaming ahead! By now I was use to it! I steamed the aft quarters one at a time! There being Port and Starboard sides! I worked from the bow to the stern! Each piece being sanded to fit! All while steaming the ply parts to shape! Patients paid off! I used my trusty green
    model
    putty. For all the seams! There are bigger seams that I need to fill! But, that will be tomorrow! And for now at least the bulwark is completed! I put on the caprail. Just to see what it will look like! I'll glue the caprail on. After the Bulwark is sealed! Oh, there was quite a bit of sanding as well!
    4 months ago by figtree7nts
    Response
    Re: Bulwarks Completed!
    Hot dog! She’s looking good. You took your time and the results show it. One question, I see in the comments a reference to “green putty”. Don’t think I’ve ever heard of it, but most of my
    model
    ing experience comes from building airplanes. Is it made by Squadron? I know they have a green putty for plastic
    model
    s. Anyway, keep at it, she’s gonna be sweet.
    3 months ago by Cashrc
    Response
    Re: Bulwarks Completed!
    Hi Michael, I hope my
    model
    come out.🤞 Looking as well as yours do! Cheers, Ed
    3 months ago by figtree7nts
    Forum
    Humbrol enamels
    Leeds
    model
    shop and Wonderland
    model
    s stock about 15 different 50ml Humbrol tins. Will-I-Am
    3 months ago by Will-I-Am
    Response
    Re: MORE SMOKER STUFF 2
    RE its a great deal of experimentation you are doing JB Looks complex Red but it's probably that it's all spread out and messy. Not that expensive really as the smoke unit in the vid (modified Heng Long with fan) cost around $10, the voltage reg about $4, water pump around $4 a length of silicone pipe and a bunch of JST leads,- around $4 and the 2 air pumps around $6. The metal box for the Vape coil version was $10 and the guy in the vape shop gave me the coil FOC, so all in all, not a huge amount. I don't smoke or drink so I'm happy to spend a few $$ to try an idea which might be of use to others. Graham has sorted the electronic version which is excellent, and I'm trying to sort a cheap more 'mechanical' system for those who are high tech electronically challenged like myself😮 Re force air methods,- I did think about the small CO2 cartridges (soda syphon) through a valve but they might be a bit dangerous. Also thought of aircraft retract pump up cylinders but they cost lots. Really just have to find a good small high pressure pump with a good output (either that or make something) Also thought about compressed air in a can (for electronics cleaning etc) but that's $20 a can! and you still have to figure out how to connect it (plus the room factor. If you have plenty of room in a boat to fit a bit of gear it's no problem, but with say, twin engined
    model
    s in the 3ft range with a few extras, space gets a bit scarce (see pics of my attempt at trial fitting this version in the HSL,)- major rewiring and re routing plumbing etc (looks like a bit of room by the smoker but the batteries go either side) JB
    4 months ago by jbkiwi
    Blog
    HMS Bustler
    HMS Bustler deep sea rescue tug ,built at Henry Robb Shipbuilders Leith where I served my time . Hull is 6mm ply with 2mm ply deck ,superstructure and bridge were constructed earlier from 18mm mdf . Ship will be a static
    model
    ,one day I will bite the bullet and attempt Rc
    1 year ago by marky
    Forum
    Warwick
    model
    Boat Show.
    Hi Nerys, I'm sure we'll meet up soon, Barry isn't so far away. I have to go to Newport on Tuesday to see the surgeon who did my knee, I have been having a couple of problems with it, so he wants to have a look to see what is wrong. Luckily my knee doesn't affect my ability to work on the
    model
    ling, just arthritis, eyes and memory problems. But having a wife who loves to get involved with the
    model
    ling helps no end. I look forward to seeing you and your
    model
    s, bye for now, cheers Colin.
    4 months ago by Colin H
    Response
    Re: K & O Outboard motors
    They are the best
    model
    outboard motors i have ever seen, I really like them. thanks for showing them. Martin555.
    4 months ago by Martin555
    Response
    Re: Exhaust Smoker
    Re- following several weeks experimenting, I was going to ask what pump you had Graham but you have answered it here. Seems to work quite well, not sure how mine will go (if they ever arrive) but there are a number of air pumps on line to try. Need something with a bit of grunt to it. I think this little project has been a great example of Kiwi/Anglo cooperation as we have both swapped ideas back and forth to get this result. Graham has refined the electronics and done a great job and I'm pleased that he has taken an interest in my original simple idea, and with his electronics knowledge made it pretty flash. With the greater
    model
    boat interest in the UK, I'm sure it will be seen on more
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    s yet and is a device which can be easily adapted to any
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    - tugs, PT boats, barges etc, - with or without water. The best thing is it can be made very cheaply as against the price of current marine smoke machines. JB
    4 months ago by jbkiwi
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    Warwick
    model
    Boat Show.
    Home from the boat show. Great Show. Felt sorry for everyone leaving who had to walk a long distance in the pouring rain. Looked out for Colin and Grandson, but didn't see them. As a Thames Barge enthusiast, it was good to meet up with the Association of
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    Barge Owners. Some lovely
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    s on the stand as there were throughout the show. Found quite a few bits and pieces to buy from the trade stands as well as picking up an order for bits for my current barge project from Dave Watts, Mastman. Altogether a very successful day, but I would liked to have met Colin. Cheers, Nerys
    4 months ago by Nerys
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    Re-purposing an old Hull.
    Hi there Martin, I had a meeting with the headmistress yesterday, and I have to wait till the board of governors make a decision, until then I can't name the school or the children, but am allowed to repot on the progress. Week 1, first sketches hung in the classroom and surprisingly they all have a similar profile. Boys seem to want police type boats, girls preferred things like coastguard and rescue boats. Week 2(next week) they will be trying to make card superstructures and trying for fit and look. There will be 4 groups, so 4 potentiall
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    s, as the whole top, deck up will be lift off. I have made the under deck supports, and 4 blank decks in 3mm ply for them to use. Further updates next weekend. Cheers Colin.
    4 months ago by Colin H
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    Warwick international boat show
    Just got back from a fantastic day at Warwick International
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    boat show. I will definitely have to go again, picked up a lot of information from the
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    sailing barge stand. Thanks guys, I'll have a go at a barge in the future. I took my wife and grandson with me, and they both enjoyed it, and I thought they would be bored, but the boy had fun on the pool with the lifeboats. The wife is now looking for another project, potentially a sailing barge. A big thanks to all those who took time out to explain the intricacies of their
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    s to us. Also bought a few needed items for my grandson's boat build. Should have robbed the piggy bank, as I saw loads of bargains but sadly lacked the funds. Overall we had a great day, but the drive home was terrible with flooding and road closures. Cheers Colin.
    4 months ago by Colin H
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    Aeronaut Pilot Boat
    For my next project I am looking at the Pilot Boat by Aeronaut. www.cornwall
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    boats.co.uk/.../Aeronaut-Pilot-Boat-3046-00.htm I am unable to find any reviews or information, apart from the somewhat limited information on the web. I am not new to
    model
    boats but I am new to electric power. It is suggested that two motors are used (not supplied). The kit seems to be very detailed with scope to add. Any advice would be much appreciated. Steve
    4 years ago by cormorant
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    Re: YET ANOTHER SMOKER VERSION
    Re Banks JB - the one we use is closing something like 140 branches countrywide - blaming it on cash transfer facilities and online banking. We have to use online as the nearest branch is over 50km away ...... Fortunately not one of the ones being closed. All we have here are two of their ATM's - one being inside a supermarket and only available in shop hours......... As to waiting for stuff - it takes nearly a month for MB magazine to get here - and a lot of online shops wont post/ship to SA. Most
    model
    items here are imported by wholesalers via Ripmax , Hobby King and the like , and then onto the hobby shops - double markups - so although there is no import duty - price is nearly double that of UK or US. Add 15% VAT for insult to injury.......... Bought some stuff from Hobby King a few years ago - customs held it up for nearly three weeks - then tried to charge demurrage..... All that was finally paid was the VAT - total delivery time 2 months and HK got two items wrong. After 3 months of correspondence replacements were sent and arrived 3 weeks later......No Customs...... Wont try that again...... Try to get bits in UK via my sister and wait for someone to come over with it - still quicker than the post which sometimes never arrives...... Its all a bit like being in the armed services JB - a case of hurry up and wait - (worst trip ever was in a DC3 - left base camp at 06.30 - finally arrived at destination at 17.30 - stopped at every FAF [Forward Air Field] along the way - direct flight would have taken just over two hours)
    4 months ago by redpmg
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    Modified Figures.
    Hi Peter, I know what you mean. I try to get them doing something but unfortunately you cannot modify a lot of the plastic figures without doing major surgery. If i had lots of figures i can then swap limbs and heads and cut and fill the gaps. Some figures are so difficult that you actually have to grind arms/legs off completely and use wire and bits of sprue to make a new arm/legs. Sometimes it seems more trouble that is worth but when you finally achieve it you look back at it and say it was worth doing. It is a bit tricky to do i can quite understand why many
    model
    lers don't bother with it, but on larger scale
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    s i think that it looks more complete with a few crew onboard. Martin555.
    4 months ago by Martin555
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    Re: My Collection...
    Hi Colin, You have a very nice collection of boats there. I think the biggest problem with our hobby is displaying and storage of the completed
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    s. I am sure i have some up in the loft somewhere but unfortunately i can't get up there to find out. I will have to see my son about it when he visits again soon. Martin555.
    4 months ago by Martin555
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    Modified Figures.
    Looking for crew to man a couple of the Thames Barge
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    s I have built, I have found that modification seems to be the only way to get the figures you want, doing the things you want. Nerys
    4 months ago by Nerys
    Response
    Re: YET ANOTHER SMOKER VERSION
    All too true Martin, I sometimes think about selling all my
    model
    s and spending more time with my real boats, as it is far less stressful, and I can get all the necessary bits locally (or on line locally), (sort of like BIG
    model
    ling without the stress. You also can fish, sail, or float without having to think, "did I bring the TX, batteries" etc, - went down to the pond this evening -30km round trip,- got there and found I'd brought one wrong battery and the pond was starting to fill with weed now they have removed the carp, 😠😠😠😠😭😭##!!***. You don't have to worry with the real boat, - boat lashed to trailer,? check, trailer properly on the tow ball,? check, gas, life jackets oars and anchor? check, bag with phone, necessary bits, check, and off you go (most of this stuff is always in one place ready to go, and lucky I only have to go 300m to the ramp, and can zip home if I did forget something). You don't have dozens of mini problems like
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    s, much more basic. We need less stress not more, and sometimes hobbies can be more stressful than the real thing (ie guys who crash $30,000 jets!). The only thing I have to wait for is the weather. Beautiful calm day today, should have used a real boat! but I did video the eels which greet you at the pond😊. Should make you f-eel r-eely calm😂 JB
    4 months ago by jbkiwi
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    LATEST SMOKER, E-CIG ELEMENT
    Not sure I understand what Vaping is .............The tanks I presume are part of the system - you will have to go into a great deal of detail for ignoramuses like myself to understand whats going on.......... I have visions of one of those very involved Turkish pipe things standing up in a boat shaped like an Alladins Lamp... Seriously I like your idea of creating an easy to use working smoke unit JB - would be of great use to all boat
    model
    lers . Have only one small steam engine set left now - the nicer gunmetal type sold by Midwest ..... all the rest have been sold over the years as its very time consuming firing up - watching the sailing time - and the safety bits too - simpler to use electrics with dummy boiler & engine in open boats - so a smoke unit would be good there too - perhaps camouflaged as the boiler itself. How about that for your next project!
    4 months ago by redpmg


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