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    Response
    Re: Futaba F14 Controller Arrived!
    Iโ€™m happy for you, thatโ€™s a neat transmitter! If I didnโ€™t have so many of my
    model
    s using a FrSky transmitter and receivers, Iโ€™d think about going that route myself. Anyway, good call on the F14 and the Smit Nederland!
    15 hours ago by Cashrc
    Directory
    Motor Barge 'Nellie'
    In the 1940s and 50s, many traditional Thames Sailing barges were converted into motor barges. This is a
    model
    , based on photos and my memory of the 'Nellie'. The sailing barge 'Nellie' was built by Cremers at Hollowshore, Faversham in 1901,. She traded under sail carrying about 90 tons of cargo around the Thames, Medway and Swale until about 1952 and then had the gear taken out, a Chrysler Crown petrol/paraffin motor installed and carried on trading for some years owned by R.Lapthorne & Co of Hoo on the River Medway.. She was eventually sold out of trade and is now privately owned. She has been rerigged with a reduced sailing barge rig without a topsail. My
    model
    is based on a 30" barge hull from Dave Watts Mastman.
    19 hours ago by Nerys
    Response
    Re: 40'' Seaplane Tender, new build Z 7.1
    Thanks Red, I managed to get a card with about 10ft ea of black, brown, grey and white for $2. I needed a continuous piece to thread round the cover without knots (although did get one knot as I changed my mind on where to finish the cord) This elastic is thinner than those bands (1mm) and the modified 1/2 fairleads only have about a .75mm 'hook' so the cord had to be small. I wish I'd found this thin stuff earlier for other
    model
    s, (aerials, lifelines etc- don't break if you snag them) Might be able to change those now. Also found some hemp/sisal string which will make good ropes when waxed, (got a ball of it for $2 again. This shop also sells my favourite cheap cyno - Shenqiang brand, in a plastic bottle, (again $2 - hobby shop same qty 6-$8.) I pour it in everywhere, hardening balsa, toughening threads in balsa or hard wood (tap hole, pour in cyno, let dry, re-tap - nice tough thread. Great stuff! JB
    2 days ago by jbkiwi
    Response
    Re: 46โ€ Crash Tender
    Hi Doug, Thanks for the advice, yes Iโ€™m going to go brushless, much easier than glow. Yes to the John Smiths very nice ๐Ÿ‘. Been know to have a beer or two while making my
    model
    s ๐Ÿ˜‰
    3 days ago by pete-1961
    Forum
    RC it ??
    I built this for a friendโ€™s 50th we called it โ€œNifty Fiftyโ€. He is selling his house and cleaning the shelves; I notice this
    model
    which he gave back to me. He said RC it if you can?
    4 days ago by Ron
    Response
    Re: 40'' Seaplane Tender, new build Z8.1
    Re Are those the V16 Detroit Diesels ? I wish Red! then she'd be faster than 22knots!! (but sitting up to the gunwales!!) The day someone makes square motors is the day we will be able to make a reasonable facsimile of an engine. Tried to find a plastic
    model
    of the Detroit 453 (thought of making a couple and running the driveshafts from the motors through them for a scale look) but there are very few even close
    model
    motors (especially to scale) around. Mostly V8s (had the boat had Detroit 6vs or 8vs I might have been able to bodgey something up) but 4cyl diesel (or petrol for that matter)
    model
    s are like lips on a chicken. An Aussie crowd does a reasonable 1/20 scale Falcon motor but that's a petrol 6 and the rocker cover's all wrong. If I had used the same 28mm brushless as in my HSL I could have made a case around them and built something on that, but the 540 motors are a bit big. There is a scalish looking Engine shell with a 320? motor inside it on Banggood for around $30 but not sure how big they are, (no size description) - probably look good in a large slowish
    model
    . Never mind, can't see them, just a bit of fun๐Ÿ˜Š.
    4 days ago by jbkiwi
    Forum
    Kirklees MBC open day 2019
    Thanks Nerys, I'm sure other
    model
    ers will assist in various sections of the build. I had been building plastic kits for about 50 years, mainly for retail shops, and then started building/flying
    model
    planes for some 35 years, until I started to lose sight of the
    model
    s, then took up boat building/sailing about 10 years ago, still learning๐Ÿ˜‰ cheers, Peter
    5 days ago by Rookysailor
    Forum
    Night Watch
    "Good luck with your pair of carriers, will they be RC or static
    model
    s. You must have a huge fleet." Hi Nerys, Original plan was to make Vengeance RC for me and Minas Gerais static for my old mate at Siemens who designed the Tactical Intercom for me while I designed the radio systems. The integration of the two we did together, back in the early nineties. Had to hijack him to Rio to do it! Minas was one of the earliest carriers to have a digital Integrated Internal / External COMMS system. ๐Ÿ˜Š But I haven't heard from him in over year, despite emailsโ˜น๏ธ, so maybe I'll do both RC just for me. "Huge fleet?" Mostly a Box Fleet I'm afraid.๐Ÿ˜Œ I call it my "Mothball Fleet" ๐Ÿ˜‰ Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž BTW: I was pleased to learn that before Minas was scrapped our Intercom / Radio System was transferred to a Newport class Landing Ship operated by the Brazilian Navy. As far as I know it's still going strong after 25 years!
    5 days ago by RNinMunich
    Forum
    Kirklees MBC open day 2019
    Hiding your whatsit under a bushel of thingummybob again Nerys?๐Ÿ˜‰ I'm sure, from what I've seen so far, that whatever you build you'd make a cracking job of it! Have to admit though that if we have the ultimate expert on US Eastern Sea Board Tugs on here - it has to be Commodore Ed (Figtree). He not only builds superb
    model
    s of 'em like Ford built
    model
    -Ts, he actually worked on 'em as well!! (NO! Not the
    model
    Ts U 'orrible lot๐Ÿ˜ ) Before he got shanghaied into the navy๐Ÿ˜ Have fun with the kit Peter๐Ÿ‘ Sure Ed will assist where he can. Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    5 days ago by RNinMunich
    Forum
    Kirklees MBC open day 2019
    That's very nice of you Peter, but there are a lot more experienced
    model
    lers on the forum than me. I've been studying boats of all sorts since I was a kid and that's a long time now, but I've only been building
    model
    s for two years. Cheers, Nerys.
    5 days ago by Nerys
    Response
    Re: 40'' Seaplane Tender, new build Z8.1
    That is good Jb, I like it. When you think the amount of time spent lakeside with the
    model
    s open for tinkering, it does seem as if we only care about the outside of our
    model
    s. In my time lakeside I have seen some right birds nests, and only one or two boats that looked as if some care had been taken to the interior. I think that you could be starting a trend here Jb. Well done. Martin555.
    5 days ago by Martin555
    Forum
    Night Watch
    Evening Doug, Bit late answering this post, but I have just spent about five hours tied to the dialysis machine.I agree with you about Vengeance but it is surprising how the navy seem to hang on to some ships and scrap, or sell, others. For instance, the Torpedo ASR school HMS Defiance, up the Tamar on the Cornish side of Plymouth harbour consisted of three ships that were part of the Victorian navy, HMS Inconstant, Vulcan and Andromeda.That was the set up in the 40s and 50s and I do not know how much longer it carried on. Rumour had it that all three had been sold for scrap, then rented back. Good luck with your pair of carriers, will they be RC or static
    model
    s. You must have a huge fleet. Nerys
    6 days ago by Nerys
    Forum
    T.I.D. tug
    She is a great
    model
    but could do with a smoke generator too
    8 days ago by Bryan-the-pirate
    Response
    Re: Futaba F14 Dual Throttles!
    As you wish Commodore๐Ÿ˜ Dual throttles on a big boy is one thing. I think you might find the response much quicker and more dramatic than you expect on a
    model
    though. Up to you. You can always change it later. I'm going to upgrade my Southampton with independent engine control as well. BUT: I will do it with a dual ESC and rudder mixer board. Then I can operate both motors and rudder with one thumb on the right stick. Leaving the left hand free to fiddle with function switches (or the Bierkrug๐Ÿ˜‹). Attached is the data on the mixer board I will fit. I will probably start with Mode 4 to see how it goes. Then maybe experiment with Mode 3 for spinning on a dime๐Ÿ˜Š Cheers Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    9 days ago by RNinMunich
    Forum
    Orders from the boss.
    "so many boats, and many kits to build, I can't let a bargain go by, I tell my wife I'm saving them for when I get to old age, (am there already) she says I will never live long enough to build them, so my reply is, I have have less house jobs/gardening, it give me more time to build boats! " He he๐Ÿ˜ That could have been written by me Peter๐Ÿ‘ Except that I abolished the institution of wife after two disasters๐Ÿค” Feel free to use my
    model
    Log list XL framework to put your own data in Peter. Mine grows spasmodically, as I think of new data items to include, such as payload and which RX, motors and ESCs etc from the stash I decided to use for a particular
    model
    . If I get a Round Tuit๐Ÿ˜‰ Saves me having to reinvent the wheel every time๐Ÿ˜Š You may also notice that the list indicates where I already have etched parts or wooden decks for various
    model
    s. It's by no means complete but a start! Cheers, Doug๐Ÿ˜Ž I assume you are signing on for the Middle Watch with Midshipwoman Nerys! Good man๐Ÿ‘
    9 days ago by RNinMunich
    Forum
    Orders from the boss.
    We have not been married too long so, at the moment, her in doors likes me to be in the lounge doing my
    model
    ing. She won`t allow me to paint in there though. Fussy girl. I had better make the most of it though as I am sure that the law will change as I have permanently taken over 50% of the dining table. At my house in Hungary I have built a new ship yard in the garden as I am sure that there will be new legislation passed by the time we retire there. I will make a list of my
    model
    s as you have Doug. Should take me about 2 minutes, unless I list only the completed ones. That should take about ten seconds so long as I take a sip of tea half way through.๐Ÿ˜
    9 days ago by MouldBuilder
    Forum
    Orders from the boss.
    "A similar variant affects those of us who build static plastic
    model
    s. I understand that there it is referred to as SABLE. Stash Acquired Beyond Life Expectancy.... " Guilty as charged Dodgy ๐Ÿ˜” Pic shows only about 1/3 of my kit stash; the rest, mostly larger 1/72 to 1/350 kits like USS Enterprise, Bismarck, 2 Colossus class carriers, Titanic, Ark Royal, Exeter and several more, is in the cellar!๐Ÿค” Second pic shows some of the racks and bins of components and RC bits and pieces. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    9 days ago by RNinMunich
    Forum
    Orders from the boss.
    A similar variant affects those of us who build static plastic
    model
    s. I understand that there it is referred to as SABLE. Stash Acquired Beyond Life Expectancy....
    9 days ago by DodgyGeezer
    Forum
    Fast attack craft
    Well Martin, I hope you do consider completing it, as I think it has great potential with the right finish. It could be varying
    model
    s with different options and colours. Cheers Colin.
    11 days ago by Colin H
    Forum
    Fast attack craft
    Martin it's a nice size for a starter
    model
    . Should make a nice usable
    model
    for a lot of learners. Have you any drawings/plans that you can share with us all. I have an old ezebuilt boat from the early 70's that I was given as an unfinished
    model
    , I use it to show how a simple
    model
    is made. Will you be painting it, I'd be most interested in seeing the finished
    model
    . Cheers Colin.
    11 days ago by Colin H
    Blog
    The Vosper 46โ€ 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
    Response
    Re: 40'' Seaplane Tender, new build. Quest for the correct engine sound
    Thanks for the comment Rooky, it is a bit high but I can probably improve it with a proper resonator box (see reply to Martin). The question with
    model
    sounds is, - do we scale them like everything else (this
    model
    is around 1/12 scale so the sound should theoretically be 12 x higher in pitch) or do we try to copy the sound as we know it? Probably a bit like scale speed, where most
    model
    s would be doing 5-10 times the originals speed, ie, my HSLs (full size) top speed was 39 knots, the scale speed would be around 1.9 knots and would look far too slow, and only looks ok at around 5-6 knots (120 knots) - the ST would be 1.6 knots scaled. We probably have to aim for somewhere in the middle I guess. JB
    12 days ago by jbkiwi
    Response
    Re: Thames Barge.
    Glad you like the look of my barge, I'll be bringing her to Cwmbran to your open day on Sunday. Hope the weather is decent. It was far too blowy at Cold Knap last Saturday, couple of yachts were being overpowered so my barge didn't get wet. I've just acquired a 1/24 Portlight Themes Barge hull from Dave Watts Mastman as my next project. Kitty has been quite a popular
    model
    . Her lines were first published in 'Spritsail Barges of the Thames and Medway' many years ago, but have been enlarged and quite a few
    model
    s built. The original, full size 'Kitty' is still sailing. Hope to see you Sunday, we'll be on the Vale of Glamorgan stand, my partner Alice (mainly her) and I are the club's tea ladies. Nerys
    13 days ago by Nerys
    Forum
    Work with Balsa wood
    If it happens on one of my
    model
    s I can usually wipe some balsa saw dust mixed with ezekote into the crack and leave for half an hour before rubbing it down or till you are ready to finish the rest of that part. Cheers Colin.
    13 days ago by Colin H
    Forum
    looking for plans
    With radio controlled aircraft beginners were warned against seeing the hobby on the telly and wanting to go out and build a 10ft 4 engine Lancaster as their first
    model
    . Boats are not so bad, but it is still a good idea to start with a simple
    model
    to learn the ropes. I have a web site with free plans for beginners
    model
    s at http://www.eezebilt.tk , but you may find a commercial kit more to your taste..? If you have not touched radio control for a long time, you may also need to familiarise yourself with the changes in radio and electric power which have taken place - depending on how long 100 years is! The common advice is to find a club near you - at the least find a place near you where you can sail - and talk to people with
    model
    boats there. That's the way to get practical tips about being able to follow this hobby in your chosen location...
    13 days ago by DodgyGeezer
    Forum
    looking for plans
    Hello, I am a new boy. I used to make radio controlled a/c when I was a teen and early 20's but that was a hundred years ago.!!! I was in Holland this year and saw a dutch fishing barge
    model
    so fancy having a go at building same. Has any one got plans or advice as to how to go about this. I think I will need some words from seasoned builders if i am to be able to do this. Thank you.
    13 days ago by ted
    Forum
    Charity shop find.
    Good morning Nerys, Thank you for your concern, she is fine now just a bit bruised, my sister has now taken over the care and I delivered her to my sisters house in Luckington, near Bath yesterday evening. She's a tough old cookie, typical ex wren officer (commander). Still likes to get out to sea whenever she can find someone to take her. She'll probably outlive me, most of the women in the family have lived to 100+ sadly most of the men have passed on before 85. Must try and get back to my
    model
    s now. Got to go fetch another one today that I should have collected yesterday. Thank you for your concern Colin.
    13 days ago by Colin H
    Response
    Re: Thames Barge.
    Interesting Thames Barge
    model
    . Tell us more please. Size, wooden or fibreglass hull. Nerys
    14 days ago by Nerys
    Forum
    Haydock Park 2019 boat show
    Nice
    model
    s, It good to see a fellow
    model
    maker coming back to the hobby. Martin555.
    15 days ago by Martin555
    Blog
    Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
    Rented a UHaul trailer to transport the
    model
    s the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. Managed to get Constellation into the Miles River, but only in shifty winds between two piers full of boats.
    4 months ago by Jerry Todd
    Response
    Re: Ocean Going Tug: Atlantic
    Hi Commodore Sir, I'm not volunteering but I do have some experience of moving boats from the third floor. However, in my case it was real boats, not
    model
    s. At the time, forty years ago, I lived in an upstairs maisonette, essentially third floor. I needed a tender for the 43ft Cat Schooner I was building (In a boatyard!). My lounge wasn't very big, but I decided I could just about build an 8ft praam dinghy in it. Luckily the lounge was at the end of a straight run to the front door. I designed it to be built from 3 sheets of 8 x 4 ply and the actual build could be done in two evenings, not including painting. And so it happened. To get her out, I enlisted a friend to help. We carried her on her side to the balcony walkway outside the front door, lowered her down onto the pavement. Put her on top of the car., and that was it. She was such a pleasant dinghy to row or scull, that I soon built a new improved version complete with centreboard, rudder and sail. She sailed beautifully. Hope you are as successful. Nerys
    16 days ago by Nerys
    Forum
    Work with Balsa wood
    Hi Colin, May not be the right thing to say, but I'm glad I'm not alone with the rash problem. Thinking back, I think the balsa that affected me came from a local craft shop. I've been very wary about buying any since then, but did have a few strips which I wanted for a particular purpose, from Cornwall
    model
    Boats which didn't affect me. Any strip wood I've wanted since then, and I seem to use quite a lot, I've bought lime. It's a lot harder but I like working with it - and that helps a lot! Sheet material, I use ply quite successfully. probably because I'm used to it, I built numerous real dinghies with it in days gone by, but that's another story! I hadn't remembered Ezekote, but I used it on a kit boat, the first
    model
    I built. Nerys
    16 days ago by Nerys
    Forum
    Work with Balsa wood
    Well guys, back to the Balsa, I have a few
    model
    s built in balsa using various methods. My 5ft cabin cruiser built in1964 is decked in 3/8"x1/8" balsa over 1/4" frames. My 4' 6" tug built in the 1970's has its Hull and decks in balsa, decks 3/16" thick planks. And the Hull is 1/4" thick x 1/2" wide planks. Then my grandfather's tug built in the early 1950's is bread and butter construction 14" long, 2 1/2" beam. Built using 3/4" x 3" balsa with the interior carved out for motor, battery and ballast blocks. All of them are used regularly and are still waterproof, relying on either paint or varnish to keep them safe. I find it quite easy to repair damaged sections, as you can cut out damaged parts with a sharp scalpel very easily. Then cut and shape the replacement part to fit snugly. But before fitting the new part I put a piece to bridge the gap on the inside. Once fitted the new part can be sealed with sanding sealer, I prefer shelaq based, then sand back and repaint with your desired finish. Cheers Colin.
    17 days ago by Colin H
    Forum
    Work with Balsa wood
    Thank you DG, I will probably have a few silly question, but it will also help the new guys that have never made
    model
    s using Balsa wood before. Any hints and tips about working with Balsa wood will be greatly appreciated. Martin555.
    17 days ago by Martin555
    Response
    Re: 40'' Seaplane Tender, new build Z-3
    Hi JB, You sir are a true master. That is fantastic I love it. Thanks to modern technology and the skills of the
    model
    makers these
    model
    s are really looking like the real thing. Trying to get everything working is challenging but the end result is well worth it. Martin555.
    17 days ago by Martin555
    Blog
    Gemini G10 Catamaran fishing boat
    My next project has been a request from a local fisherman who after seeing my other
    model
    s has asked me to make one of his. My father put the engines in the boat when it was first built. Julie Jean works from the beach at Dungeness. I am going to make the hulls from scratch as I can not find a catamaran hull with the right hull shape. This will be made from board and then coated in glass and resin. Scale will be metric 5cm - 1 m so total length will be 50cm..some photos here of the boat
    23 days ago by GrahamP74
    Forum
    Hints and Tips.
    Iโ€™ll buy what I need, but I am a CASO at heart (Cheap *** Studebaker Owner) so I will recycle things such as pushrods and clevises. When I flew RC combat I built
    model
    s en masse, so once I was done with that I found myself with a lot of cut down pushrods around 5-6 inches long. Iโ€™ll take those, cut them in half and use small carbon fiber or fiberglass tube cut to length and ca the cut pushrod halves into the tube, making a very stiff, strong light pushrod. If the pushrod halfโ€™s slip too much in the tube, then before gluing, Iโ€™ll tweak a slight bend or nick the metal so it gets a good purchase inside the tube then run thin ca into the joint. Never had one fail. Also, baking soda and thin ca acts like concrete, makes a decent filler but can be ugly if over done. Donโ€™t breath the fumes!!! Sometimes Iโ€™ll have small parts that need to be painted, and my lack of patience makes want to paint the thing in one shot. If itโ€™s a part where the bottom is glued down and wonโ€™t be seen, Iโ€™ll tack glue a scrap piece of balsa stick to the bottom, paint the part then gently put the stick in the vise to keep the assembly upright while the paint dries, then break off the stick and glue the painted part in place.
    19 days ago by Cashrc
    Forum
    Are there fairies.
    My first thought as well JB "Like something salvaged from an Austin 7"๐Ÿ˜‰ Pic shows a spruced up 1922
    model
    in Shanghai motor museum. ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    19 days ago by RNinMunich
    Forum
    Work with Balsa wood
    Balsa!!! Luv me some balsa! For most of my
    model
    ing life, dating back to when I was 11 or so, Iโ€™ve built airplanes. Got pretty good at working with the stuff. About 1/2 of the planes I built over the years are considered old timers, or vintage. Learned to build light and strong. There are different grades of balsa and different weights. A grain is the softest and most flexible, while C grain is the least flexible, and within those grain types you can have varying weight between very light to something resembling basswood or light pine. If you find it hard to find aircraft dope, thereโ€™s a place online by the name of Brodak manufacturing. Their main trade is control line aircraft and parts, with a bit of free flight and rc thrown in. They have their own line of dope and it works well. There are a lot of tips and tricks out there for working with balsa, do a little googling and youโ€™ll find a ton of info. I like to take 2 pieces of light thin stiff balsa and laminate them together crossgrain to make a lite ply, then cut bulkheads and formers from that. You can also cut a crossgrain slit in a piece of thin sheet, then slide thin carbon fiber in the slit and CA it in place, sand it smooth and itโ€™s stronger than you would imagine. Building boats is little different skill set, especially working with fiberglass and abs, or resin fittings. Wish Iโ€™d paid more attention to detail painting plastic
    model
    s when I was very young, would have paid off now. But, lifeโ€™s a learning process, ainโ€™t it? Night yโ€™all Cash
    20 days ago by Cashrc
    Forum
    Night Watch
    Rooky, if you are spending that amount of time in Whitby, you may be tempted to go wandering around and if your wanderings take you as far as Bridlington, there is a very interesting little museum in the harbour. It is devoted to the sailing coble, a couple of which, beautifully restored are in the harbour. We went there about two years ago. It's only small, but packed full of interesting
    model
    s of cobles and other local craft and nautical artefacts. It's run by volunteers, entry is free but well worthy of a donation. Cheers, Nerys
    20 days ago by Nerys
    Forum
    Hints on Ballast
    Hi Peter, Our boats are relatively small so we can usually trim and ballast them with useful "payload", i.e. decent size batteries for longer run times instead of "dead lead"! I don't think any of my ships (up to 1.5m) weigh more than about 5kg max. My Sea Scout is about 2.1kg. Runs full bore for around an hour on a 4Ah LiPo๐Ÿ˜Š WO Nerys is also absolutely right๐Ÿ‘ My Sea Scout didn't need extra ballast, it trimmed perfectly with a 4Ah Lipo. My long thin naval ships (LoA to Beam ratio ca 10 to 1) and a lot of top hamper, do need ballasting, so I use one or more SLA batteries so I can patrol all day if I want to๐Ÿ˜Š Trimming is a doddle, just move the SLA(s) fore or aft to suit. That tug with 20kg ballast must be huge๐Ÿ˜ฎ I've seen huge (>2m!)
    model
    s of container ships and tankers etc over here, which use car batteries for power thus reducing the need for dead ballast. Such ships are often built in two or three sections bolted together at double bulkheads with computer type D-shell electrical connections. Must take a lot of detailed planning. Doh my head aches ๐Ÿค• Ya pays yer money and takes yer choice! Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    20 days ago by RNinMunich
    Forum
    Hints on Ballast
    Good question, there is no fixed rules, but if the
    model
    is built from lightweight materials it will sit higher in the water than the same
    model
    built with heavy materials. Also the weight of the the control fittings and the additional external fittings can also determine the amount of ballast needed. So it's trial and error in the test tank before a trip to the lake. By having movable ballast you can balance your
    model
    to get the best results. Usually what looks right is right. Cheers Colin.
    21 days ago by Colin H
    Forum
    Hints on Ballast
    Now there's an idea for a new
    model
    , one of the sand barges that run from the River Colne up to London with cargoes of sand and ballast for building operations. Leave the hatches open, couple of heaps of sand which will bring her down to a load waterline and there we have it, a 'working' replica, and naturally ballasted. Nerys
    22 days ago by Nerys
    Blog
    40'' Seaplane Tender, new build Z-1
    Didn't quite make it by Z but what the hell. Thought I'd throw a small bit of progress in as there seems to be a bit of a building lull lately. Made the rear wheelhouse partition and 'louvre' door, and 4 cleats, which I think look too small (ran out larger of brass rod) but are made with the vertical stem going through the washer as a pin, and are not yet glued in. Finished the rear cockpit trimming and internal water diverting coamings, and done one side of the boot topping to try and tidy up the waterline, (the masking tape all seems to be crap and bleeds - unless you want to spend $18 for 'professional' stuff which is probably just as bad!) Hard to find thin trimming tape these days as well, so have to cut your own to go round tight curves. Used to use thin dope to seal the edges years ago (on coloured doped aircraft) but will melt the acrylic and leave a raised edge, which I won't be painting up to. You have to do a number of really light coats if you want to stop it bleeding, and run a blunt tool along the edge really firmly beforehand (still not good enough really). Could have used pin-striping tape but that leaves a raised stripe (scale waterline would be about 1"thick) also $15 a roll with 90% left over (bit of a waste). I also roughly superimposed the
    model
    on the original photo to see how it compared. The original is a late
    model
    MK 1 narrow hull, but I went with the Mk 2 41'6" version with the longer wider hull (to have more internal room to play with) but with the coamings, masts etc of the original. The MK 2 has a more pronounced 'Clipper' bow with more flare and is wider 'midships' but the wheelhouse is pretty similar. There ain't no one to worry about the accuracy these days as there are few good photos of the original (pretty well just mine and a friends fuzzy super 8 captures) so it's just a rough crack at it (also using a bit of the old 'poetic license'). Will email a pic to the current owner when I've finished and see what he thinks. Just have dash and wheel to do now (I think - bound to have missed something) Oh, that's right, - the rear cockpit canvas and dinghy! (I knew that๐Ÿ˜)
    22 days ago by jbkiwi
    Forum
    Night Watch
    WO Rooky reporting on show. I agree with Nerys, not enough traders, 8 I believe, about half the norm. Even the boat clubs were displaying the same boats as last year, nothing really new, apart from a 1/100 scratch built Bismarck in stainless steel, will add photo's later when I get them off my camera. Quite a few bargains at the bring & buy stand, beautiful
    model
    Slipway 'Maggie M' only ยฃ150 included ESC, Sound and full lighting, you may see on Ebay next week,but more money! I just bought a lovley
    model
    of 'CLARA' a billings boat, tried to find info on it, but no sucses, bought for ยฃ60 a steal๐Ÿ˜, again will put a piccy of it tomorrow. Fleet Admiral, am I still on middle watch?๐Ÿ˜
    23 days ago by Rookysailor
    Response
    Re: Gemini G10 Catamaran fishing boat
    The Romney Marsh Mountain Rescue club might help out with the hills. Very interesting project. I'm sure I saw a
    model
    catamaran work boat, probably on our lake, recently, I must look out for it and see how he has done things. On thinking about it, it may have been at an open day. Best of luck with it. Nerys
    23 days ago by Nerys
    Response
    Re: Lighting and other tweaks ;-)
    I would like to thank the Admiral for posting the HMS Cottesmore's lighting video. Although I watch a lot of things on utube I don't do enough to start posting on there so therefore opening an account for me seems pointless. It will just be another pass word for me to try and remember. Secondly the only videos I can take will be of testing and ballasting my
    model
    s in Big Blue so that will not be very exciting. However in the future I may take some short videos of some boat fittings working. Martin555.
    23 days ago by Martin555
    Forum
    Night Watch
    I agree with CPO, soon to be Warrant Officer, Rooky that the show was not up to standard. I heard someone saying how disappointed he was a couple of minutes after arriving. I did not think there were as many
    model
    s on display, I didn't think there were as many trade stands and I heard several people say that the 'Bring and Buy' was far below what it normally is. Attendance looked as if it was down too. In fact getting around with a wheelchair was quite easy. On the positive side I thought there were some excellent
    model
    s on display though as a 'stick and string' lover I thought there was quite a lack of sailing craft. At any show, there is always a preponderance of motorised craft but I do regret seeing less and less scale sail around. To me, the best sailing exhibit was a
    model
    of an Albert Strange yawl and by the same builder, three
    model
    s of Thames A Raters showing how they developed around 1900 under the influence of Linton Hope and Dixon Kemp. However, to me the show was not entirely lost as I picked up a moulded hull from Dave Watts, 'Mastman' for my next project a 1/24 Thames Sailing Barge. Altogether, I'm glad I went, I was a bit disappointed, but whether that will influence my decision to go or not go next year, I'll have to see. Happy show going, Nerys
    24 days ago by Nerys
    Forum
    Veron Huntsman 28 riding the white horses!
    Difficult to see but look at the pic attached. Those vents, synonymous on the huntsman boats where vac formed in clear plastic card. Then painted from the inside using an American brand called alclad chrome, pretty much Impossible to get in the UK now but the finish looks just like mirror chrome. All the car stuff from halfords etc is just bright silver and has no mirror reflection, over the top really but it's what I wanted. Pretty much all
    model
    boat parts available are white metal or plastic, my first version had aluminium frames and too be honest looked better. The build log is on here somewhere from years ago!
    25 days ago by pmdevlin
    Forum
    Veron Huntsman 28 riding the white horses!
    Hi Admiral, Very good! I do recall some time ago there was something like a chrome paint. I have seen some scratch built luxury yacht
    model
    s and I am sure that they would not take such delicate parts to a chrome plater. Martin555.
    27 days ago by Martin555


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