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    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
    models
    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
    models
    as a benchmark to gripe about a much loved kit manufacturers
    models
    and prices is just a little off kilter. That being said, the KYmodel 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.
    5 days ago by Cashrc
    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
    models
    . 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 modelling 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 modelling. Follow up news next week. Cheers Colin.
    1 month 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
    models
    . 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 modelmaking then encourage them for all they are worth. It is so important. Nerys
    10 days 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
    models
    , 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.
    10 days ago by Cashrc
    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
    models
    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 😎
    11 days 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
    models
    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
    11 days 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 '
    models
    That Move' and we encouraged visiting club exhibits to be as interactive as possible rather than just static displays of
    models
    , 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.
    12 days ago by robbob
    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
    models
    are just over a mile or so from me and they are mainly planes and cars and plastic
    models
    . They have about 9 or 10 model boats and hardly ant small accessories.
    13 days 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
    models
    . JB
    14 days 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
    models
    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
    16 days 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
    models
    for 1 Hull. I hope to have more details tomorrow, cheers Colin.
    16 days 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
    models
    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
    20 days 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
    models
    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.
    22 days ago by Martin555
    Place
    Gauteng Model Boat Club
    I hate to be critical of one thing in such a wonderful display of
    models
    , 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
    22 days ago by Nerys
    Response
    Re: Thames lighter
    Very nice indeed Jacko. Both tug and lighter look great. Two nicely built
    models
    . 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.
    24 days ago by Nerys
    Forum
    Hints and Tips.
    WEATHERING Hi guys, There are many technics to weathering your
    models
    . 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
    models
    . Martin555.
    24 days ago by Martin555
    Forum
    Boat Stand
    I now have the XL boat stand in stock for
    models
    upto about 48" The same as the medium just bigger!
    26 days ago by HAKits
    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
    models
    pf their ships. The whole thing was an unforgettable experience which, if my health allowed it, I would love to repeat. Cheers, Nerys.
    28 days ago by Nerys
    Forum
    Humbrol enamels
    Try local hobby craft store our local one has a good selection You can also try wonderland
    models
    online based in Edinburgh also have a good choice
    28 days ago by martincliffe
    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 modeling experience comes from building airplanes. Is it made by Squadron? I know they have a green putty for plastic
    models
    . Anyway, keep at it, she’s gonna be sweet.
    30 days ago by Cashrc
    Forum
    Humbrol enamels
    Leeds model shop and Wonderland
    models
    stock about 15 different 50ml Humbrol tins. Will-I-Am
    30 days 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
    models
    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
    1 month ago by jbkiwi
    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 modelling, just arthritis, eyes and memory problems. But having a wife who loves to get involved with the modelling helps no end. I look forward to seeing you and your
    models
    , bye for now, cheers Colin.
    1 month ago by Colin H
    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
    models
    yet and is a device which can be easily adapted to any model - 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
    1 month ago by jbkiwi
    Forum
    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 Model Barge Owners. Some lovely
    models
    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
    1 month ago by Nerys
    Forum
    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
    models
    , 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.
    1 month ago by Colin H
    Forum
    Warwick international boat show
    Just got back from a fantastic day at Warwick International model boat show. I will definitely have to go again, picked up a lot of information from the model 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
    models
    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.
    1 month ago by Colin H
    Forum
    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 modellers don't bother with it, but on larger scale
    models
    i think that it looks more complete with a few crew onboard. Martin555.
    1 month ago by Martin555
    Response
    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
    models
    . 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.
    1 month ago by Martin555
    Forum
    Modified Figures.
    Looking for crew to man a couple of the Thames Barge
    models
    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
    1 month ago by Nerys
    Response
    Re: YET ANOTHER SMOKER VERSION
    All too true Martin, I sometimes think about selling all my
    models
    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 modelling 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
    models
    , 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
    1 month ago by jbkiwi
    Forum
    Boat Stand
    sorry, they are designed for smaller powered
    models
    .
    1 month ago by HAKits
    Forum
    Boat Stand
    Just checked this stand out on Ebay and they say it is suitable for boats up to 28" long, vee or flat bottom. My last two projects were 30" long Thames Barges and the current is 42". The flat bottom fits, but I'm afraid the length is a bit out. Must admit, it looks good for many
    models
    and I'd certainly buy one if I was building a suitable boat. Cheers, Nerys
    1 month ago by Nerys
    Response
    Re: Problem Bulkheads
    Hi Martin - new former's in - but
    models
    shelved until there is more time to get to them. Been busy with orders - Grandson Damien asking the same question.........
    1 month ago by redpmg
    Forum
    Blackpool Boat Show 2019
    The Blackpool show was the best its been for many years, venue is a bit dated, but, we were there for the
    models
    and traders, superb on both counts. Iain and Dave do a splendid job of organising the show, free parking, and, if you want a great deal on food and accomodation. unlike other shows there has been a lot of diversifying, Tanks and Trucks, see how other modelers do things! the bring and buy was doing great business. Bring on next year. Just a point, they have some charity stands, RNLI etc, all the profits go to charity, not some fat cats pocket. Iain and Dave, I salute you Mark
    2 months ago by jarvo
    Forum
    JUNO
    If anything, I like the steam dredger more than Juno, but in any case a very nice pair of
    models
    . Dean, you should be very proud of them both. Nerys
    2 months ago by Nerys
    Response
    Re: Another Exhaust Smoker
    Hi Graham, You have done a fantastic job. I think that you and Jb has taken this exhaust effect to the next level. Both of you have made systems that a lot of us model makers will try to copy, these
    models
    are starting to look more like the real thing every day and it is thanks to guys like you with your perseverance and experimentation that has opened up new ground. congratulations to both of you. Martin555.
    2 months ago by Martin555
    Forum
    Wanted
    All the sound systems I've heard, JJC sounds come out on top. As far as Im aware, they are no longer made, the ones I've heard are on older
    models
    .
    2 months ago by KenThompson
    Forum
    FOR SALE Saito DDK 116 1:100 scale Minegumo Escort Ship Kit
    Hello all, I am new to the forum. I have quite a few
    models
    , so I decided to offload some of them. I wanted to start with this one. Saito DDK 116 ULTRA RARE 1:100 scale Minegumo Escort Ship Kit I have all of the blue prints as well as the manual. A truly amazing model. I put it on ebay as well. https://www.ebay.com/itm/174075722094 if you have any questions do not hesitate to ask. Have a great day!
    2 months ago by bbur788
    Forum
    Steam Engines
    A friend makes beautiful small steam engines the latest being an outboard - anyone interested can contact him at kdsteamsupreme@gmail.com. I will post pictures of his other
    models
    tomorrow. This particular one sells for R3,400 (about 225gbp or about $250US) and he exports around the world. There is a video of the engine in action by the fellow who used to make "Rose" Pop Pop boats - unfortunately too large be posted - and its not on you tube. As you can see unit is complete down to a suitable sized gas tank.........
    2 months ago by redpmg
    Response
    Re: 34'' Vosper RAF Crash Rescue Tender - Aerokits model
    Whoops - engage mind before opening mouth ........ Thought you were talking about
    models
    of which there must have been thousands of versions built including commercial toy types - a scratch built 6' one I saw running in the sea - looking just like the real one - powered by a 25cc 2 stroke motor. But the Fireboats everyone thinks of are 93 & 94 . Strange the fascination with those when they were the only two ever built..............
    2 months ago by redpmg
    Forum
    U-boat colours and Markings
    Hi Guys, Here is a link that I think might interest some of you. It is mainly for Submarines but could be useful for surface German Warships. It might help when weathering your
    models
    . https://amp.rokket.biz/docs/u-boat_colours_with_photos_5.pdf Martin555.
    2 months ago by Martin555
    Response
    Re: RC Laser
    There is something about the simplicity of the una rig and is possibly a factor in the popularity of the full size Laser dinghy. Interesting that a number of yacht clubs that race the laser also have members who race the
    models
    . The reason I recently acquired a Mickey Finn hull which I hope to restore is this same liking for simplicity and I'm sure the same thing applies to the 'Wee Nip'. Nerys.
    2 months ago by Nerys
    Response
    Re: Piscataqua river gundalow
    Looking very good. Probably one of the most interesting and unusual
    models
    we've seen for a while. Well done Tomas. Cheers, Nerys
    2 months ago by Nerys
    Response
    Re: Piscataqua river gundalow
    first I drew up a plan from the book in the desired magnification. At first I thought about making a model from extruded PolyStyrene. Finally I used plywood and for the main part of the model I used a slightly modified way of building, which uses R. Chesney for its
    models
    of boats...the middle part of the model is such a box. Since gundalow has no keel, just a leeboard, I decided to use proven variants with a central keel (how it is at my TSB
    models
    )
    2 months ago by tomarack
    Blog
    Piscataqua river gundalow
    Piscataqua river gundalow Some time ago I was preparing an article for modelers who used to sail with RC sailboat
    models
    .This article was to make known the types of sailboats practically unknown in our country.  On this occasion, I have practically discovered that, for example, Thames sailing barges still exist - even if they are few and increasingly costly to maintain. While collecting the materials, a friend lent me a book about Thames sailing barges. On the Internet I searched the site > modelbarge info < operated by Richard Chesney(sorely not functional now) . I managed to get more materials, and this eventually led me to build two
    models
    TSB¨(TSB Capricorn and TSB Gusty Cat - (Tomcat))  In my archive, after many years, I pulled out a book that I received from a friend in New York >American ship
    models
    < by V.R.Grimwood > where there are many other interesting types of sailboats, but this time in the US. I started writing an article about really another rarity - Piscataqua River Gundalow. In this book there are other rarities, for example < Chesapeake Bay skipjack,Chesapeake Bay Bugeye, Scow schooner and more next vessels> but gundalow looked the most bizarre .. outside the shape that resembles a large surfboard (about 18 to 20 m long), so it has a Latin sail. More information about gundalow can be found on the web, in the above-mentioned book by V.R. Grimwood and also in the magazine> Ships in scale (11-12 1998). http://www.gundalow.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Wooden_Boat_Article.pdf GUNDALOW - THE WORK HORSE OF THE RIVERS June 2008 (a short excerpt from the next article as info)  The conditions in the shallow tidal basin area around Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Maine were a special case.Piscatqua River, and on its network of tributaries and the shallow Great Bay, which is seven miles upstream. The upstream towns were engaged in agriculture and manufacturing. Domestic and foreign imports arrived at Portsmouth on ships too large to navigate the Piscataqua River.. Portsmouth was their access to markets. The condition of roads at the time made them a last resort choice for transporting cargo, and not a choice at all in mud and snow seasons. Manufacturers and seasonal crop farmers needed more reliable transportation. The solution was a simple shallow draft vessel that could reach these growing river ports. A barge in its earliest configuration, the gundalow was poled over the shallows, rode the tide in and out of the Piscataqua, was rowed with long oars called sweeps, and later carried a large sail.The gundalows were simply built, many were little more than rafts. Some were 70 feet long and built to protect the cargo.They were not sea vessels. The sails where rigged on a short stout mast, about 12 feet above deck. The lateen sail was rigged much like the Dhows of the Red Sea and Middle East. The long boom, in some cases 70’, could easily be lowered for passing under bridges. The boom was hung on a chain from the top of the mast, about a quarter of its length from the boom’s forward end. Balanced there, the forward end was secured to the deck with block and tackle near the bow. The aft end of the boom, pivoted on the top of the mast was raised above deck at about 45 degrees. The Fanny M., launched from Adam’s Point in Durham, NH in 1886 by Captain Edward H. Adams, was the last gundalow to operate commercially in the area No gundalow has been preserved, but two replicas were built (1982 "Captain Edward H. Adams" and in 20011 - "Piscataqua") When I finished both
    models
    , I wondered what to do next ... so I started to build gundalow model. The model is approximately 1:24 scale, 90 cm long, 24 cm wide. ......................................................... https://www.fishermensvoice.com/archives/0608gundalow.html ......................................................... Building a Piscataqua River gundalow > Ships in scale /vol XI/Nr 6 1998 (november - december)
    2 months ago by tomarack
    Response
    Re: SEAPLANE TENDER, WATER COOLING SYSTEM ADDITION
    Hi Mike, pump is an oscillating silicone diaphragm pump (continuous flow) 6-12V from Banggood eg- https://www.banggood.com/DC6-12V-R385-Aquarium-Fish-Tank-Round-Water-Air-DC-Diaphragm-Pump-p-1037303.html?rmmds=search&cur_warehouse=CN I have one in my HSL as well and they seem to be very reliable (and are cheap). There are various sizes and brands of these and I have another which is a bit smaller I bought for an experiment. The 3 way tap I bought about 12 yrs ago, either EBay, Ali Express or Banggood (can't remember which,) and past orders have been deleted on these sites after 10 yrs (Hobby king is the same) Just had a look through all the sites I've used ( including Great Planes, and other aircraft sites and can't find a single R/C fuel tap! Plane and boat hobbies have been slowly dying round the world, and the dwindling number of available accessories (especially in the IC area) is sad to see. A number of the largest US model companies have closed in the past 10 yrs or been absorbed by others. I have 7 planes from US (1 UK) model kit companies which are no longer in business. I had a number of Graupner
    models
    in the 70s and 80s (boats and planes) and now they really don't exist as they did any more. Also looked on Made In China.com - look here if you want to see where all Chinese made anything comes from (manufacturers wholesalers etc, - prices samples anything. Very Interesting! JB
    2 months ago by jbkiwi
    Response
    Re: ''Genie''
    My Thornycroft MTB 49 is a Vic Smeed design ( plan No 337 ) and probably one of the most common
    models
    of the type, you still see them at model shows round the world. Bought my plan in 1968. Perhaps we could have a Vic Smeed model section and see how many are out there? JB
    2 months ago by jbkiwi
    Response
    Re: Sails
    Hi, no, Capricorn never had a strange coloured foresail. It is Gusty Cat (in original Lady Daphne in 1:28 scale). I'm building another rarity now .. Piscataqua river gundalow in 1:24 scale,with a Latin sail (length of model is the same like GC), plan and description of model construction is in the book> American ship
    models
    2 months ago by tomarack
    Forum
    General Jumbo - Nostalgic !
    It all started for me about 60+ years ago. General Jumbo was my favourite character in the Beano, being able to control and communicate with
    models
    fascinated me to say the least. At school we all took the academic subjects in our stride, Maths, Science, Physics were tools to be used – but for what?. Geography put me in a world of my own wanting more to travel. As for History! – Well if it was swash buckling, pillaging pirates or conquistadores searching for new lands, it had my full attention! , coupled with a blend of Swiss Family Robinson, Treasure Island, Mutiny on the Bounty and Robinson Crusoe – I guess these were to be my seeds of destiny. Does it ring any bells ? 🤔⛵
    2 months ago by philcaretaker


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