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    Response
    Re: early OS .30 powered patrol boat
    Hi JB, Nice job. Looking at this model you can certainly see how
    models
    have changed over the years. Martin555.
    2 days ago by Martin555
    Forum
    Saturday car meet
    Hi all. If youโ€™ve read any of my posts you might have seen reference to my Studebaker Hawk. Sheโ€™s my hobby car, occasional backup daily driver, and a part of the family..when we purchased her my then 5 year old daughter hugged the fender and named her โ€œPrettyโ€, which stuck. Anyway,most Saturdays I head to Rockfish cafe here in town to hang out with like minded motorheads. We have between 15-30 cars show up, mostly regulars, and itโ€™s an eclectic group-hot rods, sports cars, late
    models
    , occasionally Grandmas sedan, once in a while a Hearse. I went this morning and took a few pics, enjoy!
    2 days ago by Cashrc
    Forum
    Glasgow transport museum
    Just spent a brilliant day at the Glasgow transport museum and kelvin grove art gallery,the ship
    models
    are incredible,difficult to take pictures through glass will try to make them better with photo shop .one of the magnificent
    models
    was of the Imperial Russian yacht Lavadia built by John Elder &Co at Fairfield shipyard.these
    models
    need to be seen to be believed if you need insperation and your near Glasgow pop in you won't be disappointed.
    3 days ago by marky
    Forum
    More boat chat
    Hi Guys, I can see both sides of this discussion, and as someone who is unable to get to a lake/pond I find the site to be very informative and extremely helpful. I make my
    models
    knowing full well that I will never see them on the water and in action, but looking at other members
    models
    and how they were made keeps me motivated with this hobby. And as for the banter with other members it just makes my day that little bit better. I know that starting a thread will drift onto something different but then every day conversation do exactly the same. The trick is trying to get it back on track! I am glad that the members here have a good sense of humour but when it comes to questions and answers and help then I know that the members here won't mess about and they help. Anyway I am starting to drone on so I will stop now. Martin555.
    3 days ago by Martin555
    Forum
    More boat chat
    A couple of people,? sort of proves my point, people have other things in life they have to do apart from
    models
    at times, so feel free to put something up and those who are awake can make some comments, suggestions etc. Besides, the site is world wide and time differences affect commenting as well, (eg I'm 12 hrs ahead of you and if I want to contribute in real time, I have to stay up half the night ! ie it's now 4.26 AM) Lots of us support the site, and I for one don't mind a bit how things are going, enjoy it immensely. I certainly have no trouble finding relevant info amongst the conversations. The site would be pretty bleak without all the 'chit chat'. I'm off to bed,- morning all.
    3 days ago by jbkiwi
    Forum
    More boat chat
    What do we do when everyone has come to a standstill with what they are building, (which happens a lot, - waiting weeks for parts etc). We are all not busily building 24/7 so we talk about other things while waiting for modelling input or questions. What makes this site interesting is that we all (with some exceptions ) seem pretty like minded and are enjoying contributing to the site and having a bit of friendly banter along the way. We don't all go to a boat pond and talk non stop about boats as I'm sure, as it might get a bit boring after a while. I see the site as a whole lot of friendly guys discussing their (and others)
    models
    while having normal conversations about life on the side (as you would in a public setting). If you want to add model info or questions, there is nothing stopping you, and I'm sure there will be plenty of help or suggestions (or admiration of skills) almost immediately no matter which section you choose. Jumping from section to section trying to find posts can also be a pain which is probably why everyone mainly uses the one platform.?๐Ÿ˜Š The world's a changing place!
    3 days ago by jbkiwi
    Forum
    Workshop
    Marky that is just a DF loop for one of her
    models
    LOL! Martin555.
    4 days ago by Martin555
    Response
    Re: 40'' Seaplane Tender, new build W
    Hi Red, if you get onto AliExpress (Alibaba) and just google Goolrc 540 and you should come up with a heap of them with different brands and manufacturers. They will all be made by the same manufacturer in China but re branded by on line hobby sellers (Gool RC being only one) You can get various winds in these motors which is good (fewer turns higher revs less torque, more winds slower but more torque) Some of the sellers have the turn Nos and RPM figures for them which is handy. You will have to look at a lot to find the best price as prices range from $11 up for the same thing. If you want to buy something, check sellers rating, sales Nos and reviews as well (good if it's up around 98-99%, - probably selling snow to Inuits, but been buying from them since 2010,-very few problems ) Ali Express is pretty reliable (based in US) and will sort refunds if product is dud (even if the seller doesn't want to sort it, Al Ex will make them) If you get a free acct with them, it makes buying stuff easy. It's surprising how many people have not heard of Ali Express,+ Banggood and RC Echo (another similiar sites I buy stuff from,-not just model bits, although RC Echo (HK) is mainly
    models
    . Hobby King (Hong Kong) is just a rip off (was good 10yrs ago but too dear now ) and their freight prices are ridiculous, (most times more than the item which can be bought cheaper from AliEx or EBay etc with Free shipping) Bloody Australian bullshitter,-re-brands everything as theirs or made by them (don't know why, because we would buy stuff anyway if it was a good brand, (eg- they re-brand Castle Creations -USA, one of the largest electronics companies ESCs) If you look at the site - Made in China.com - you will find every manufacturer/ re seller in China and you will be surprised what you find there, which is claimed to be made by others. Happy hunting. John B
    6 days ago by jbkiwi
    Forum
    EeZeBilts From Keil Kraft
    A fellow member of this site saved all the EeZeBilts from extinction by setting up a website - obtaining all the kits or drawings thereof , drawing parts and publishing them free to all. He has done a lot more including trying to save "Orphan" model boat plans in the way Outer Zone and Aerofred have done for model aircraft plans on the Old Boats site. In addition there are websites for Taycol Motors and Adamcraft besides the Vintage and Old boats section of RC groups On the EeZeBilt website is a challenge to produce what he has called EeZeBilt 50+'s being larger
    models
    built the same way. So far he has produced most of them ranging from a Steam Launch , PT Boat , a Sea Queen version. Life Boats , Fire Tender and his latest a Russian OSA missile boat. Model Boats magazine has published a few plans in a similar genre lately in A3 sized plans - and a few years ago the story of a build of two of his
    models
    featured in the magazine without any kind of acknowledgement. What I would like to do is issue a challenge to fellow members to have a go at designing a new 50+ version over the winter building season . I have been trying for a few years to finish the design of a Miami Crash Boat - SA version R9 which a friend purchased from the SAN many years ago. Determined now to have it finished before Christmas - and publish the plans in the new year. I am willing to help put the plans into usable format (jpg) using Corel Draw for anyone with only hand drawing facilities. Would be nice to see a few fishing boats - more tugs - Cabin Cruisers etc etc.
    28 days ago by redpmg
    Forum
    HMCS Rainboiw
    Hi Norm, If that's a true model, which museum
    models
    usually are, - at least 'as built or as taken over', - then it looks like all the doors were wooden. Also on the aft cabin. Cheers Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž BTW: Don't forget the hinged gunnels for the 4.7s ๐Ÿ˜‰
    8 days ago by RNinMunich
    Forum
    Movies.
    Off hand, I can think of two movies where small boats are much in evidence. 'Riddle of the Sands' and 'Swallows and Amazons'. If looking for inspiration for
    models
    based on these books, the steamers still to be found on the lakes would be lovely
    models
    or even the dinghies, 'Swallow' or 'Amazon' themselves. There must be pictures around of the yacht 'Dulcibella', heroine of 'Riddle', but how about the naval craft led by the Kaiser himself who pursued 'Dulcibella' and 'Medusa'. Must admit I can't really remember them, but I expect there are pictures extant. Nerys
    8 days ago by Nerys
    Forum
    EeZeBilts From Keil Kraft
    You are right of course - in the UK you would also have to have a safe extractor/collector unit for the fumes/dust - however the US made table top
    models
    are self contained - BUT you only have a A3 sized bed whereas ours has an A1 and can take objects up to a foot high for engraving, plus a rotary attachment for glasses , bottles etc. The water cooler is a separate unit which now costs the better part of R10k. Better half had her aluminum tubed Universal 200 re-gassed (they run on CO2 at about 38kv - at 80w so minimal current) and that set her back about R80k some 22 years ago. Pyrex type glass tubes are only about R12k now however. You also keep the lid tightly closed unless you are an idiot - plus they all have a safety switch to shut the laser off if the lid is lifted (which I have seen bypassed). There is always some stray laser beam about and deflection off the bed which does not do one much good. Especially eyesight. So the machine has a thick dark yellow/orange perspex inset on the lid and you should wear safety type glasses the same coloration which act a bit like polarised lens. As a matter of interest ours ran for a year in the spare bedroom - with the extractor unit venting through a french door panel - would be severely frowned upon by 'elf & saveless'.
    8 days ago by redpmg
    Forum
    EeZeBilts From Keil Kraft
    The advantage a laser has of course is that there is no stress on the head - disadvantage is you cant tilt the head other than in very very expensive
    models
    and of course you cant use it as a carving tool for relief work. Its also inherently expensive because of the laser tube - anything under 60w is a toy. There are some desk top versions from the US which could be used for components - but length is a problem with those.
    8 days ago by redpmg
    Response
    Re: 40'' Seaplane Tender, new build U
    Hi MT, sound units are actually for cars but have a choice of 58 sounds from V8s to diesels and are the only ones I've seen which seem to sound ok. You have to go through all the sounds and try them through the throttle range but there are a number which sound ok for boats. You can also plug them into your computer and make a few changes such as throttle sensitivity, turbo sound and volume etc. The sounds are proportional, from starting to full throttle and are all WAV sounds which seem to be split up into small 'samples' and as such, some are not quite linear but are useable. There are 2 different
    models
    , One is the 'GT Power' sound and lights model - version 2 (the better I think) which comes with all the pre wired and plugged LEDs needed for a car, (h/l, t/l, indicators etc) and comes as a module and separate speaker, (you can plug 2 speakers into this module for better sound). The other model is the 'GT Power' Car Engine Sound 'mini' which is just the sound module and speaker in one box. This works the same as the version 2 model but at present I'm having a problem with the Mini, which has the wrong model for USB adjustment installed, (sounds can be selected manually on the module but when you plug the module into the comp and open the module control panel, it's for the wrong model, - sound files are still viewable though) I'll have to contact GT Power for a fix (going by their on line help page, they seem quite ready to sort problems out and give solutions) Cost is around $56 NZ for the version 2, and around $ 51 for the 'Mini' version which is comparable to most other sound units available, but with more features than some. Apparently, if you send the GT Power tech/help guy a complete WAV sound file (ie, start, idle, and steady slow acceleration to full and back they will make a sound file for your unit and email it back to you,(yet to try but would be brilliant if true) Units are sold on Ebay, Ali Express and Banggood (and many other model shops) and it's worth shopping around all of them, as there are big price differences. These are also sold as GOOL RC sound units but are made by GT Power. ( http://www.gt-rc.com/en/msgBoard.jsp ) You will see the home page on there. I use a number of their products such as battery chargers, rev counters, battery checkers etc and all seem very reliable and work well. I don't think they sell direct, but they are sold everywhere. For Rooky Sailors benefit, the motors are Gool RC 540-45T 7.4V brushed car motors which have ball bearings and replaceable brushes (motor is rebuildable). Haven't tried them on the water yet, but the 45T (12000rpm) should be tourqy enough (different turn Nos are available) John B
    10 days ago by jbkiwi
    Response
    Re: HMCS Sackville - WWII Corvette
    It's been about 18 months since my last post. I've finally got the boiler steaming - the burner raised the 1.1 litres of water in the boiler to a pressure of 50 psi in about 20 minutes. I hope to conduct sea trials in the next few weeks. I'll post a video if my efforts are successful. I got sidetracked last summer building the whaleboat. I bought second-hand copies of Harold Underhill's books on how to build plank-on-frame
    models
    and followed his instructions.
    10 days ago by gordc
    Response
    Re: Aeronaut Jenny
    Lovely job, beautiful traditional speedboat, Aeronaut kits always seem to make into nice
    models
    , especially when as well finished as this one. Looking forward to seeing pictures of crewed and running. Nerys
    12 days ago by Nerys
    Response
    Re: What filler?
    Hi Chris, Sorry for the delay in responding, sounds like your well on the way to a great model. As most of my
    models
    are vintage they are made in a similar way. Firstly with the balsa I cover with 2 coats of sanding sealer, once sanded to nearly there I use another coat of sanding sealer. When I am happy with the look and feel of the Hull I coat with ezekote and 0.03mm glass cloth. Allow to dry for 24 hours then another coat of ezekote. This is then rubbed down with 1200 grit wet and dry (used dry). Next I will spray with Halford filler primer, rubbed down and followed by a couple of coats of normal spray primer, then up to 3 coats of top coat. And finally 2 coats of lacquer of your choice. Not forgetting to rub down between each coat. Once you start on the actual paint I use 2000 grit wet and dry used wet with a drip of fairy liquid in the water. I hope this is helpful, if you have blemishes to fill after priming I use holts knifing putty as it's in a tube and easy to use and sand back. Don't take my methods as gospel, there are many ways in modelling, this is just my humble opinion. Cheers Colin.
    13 days ago by Colin H
    Response
    Re: Up to now
    You are doing a great job,keep up the good work. Unfortunately when they design these
    models
    they tend to forget about being able to get at all of the radio equipment as well as motors and rudder. Martin555.
    16 days ago by Martin555
    Forum
    EeZeBilts From Keil Kraft
    "...Is there a standard length and width that is used for EeZeBuilt
    models
    ?..." Balsa seems to come in nominal 3" and 4" widths (100mm), and either 18", 36" or 1m lengths. I usually buy mine off ebay, though I have used SLEC in the past. The days of going to a model shop and selecting your own sheets of matching density are long gone. ๐Ÿ˜ญ Though 4D is still underneath the arches near Tower Hill http://
    models
    hop.co.uk/Shop/Raw-Materials/Wood-Sheet/Balsa/Item/Balsa-sheet-100-1000mm/ITM3977 If you are making any balsa model you need to be aware that the raw material is only readily available in the above sizes. so requiring a flat sheet 6" square is going to require a join or some other approach...
    17 days ago by DodgyGeezer
    Forum
    EeZeBilts From Keil Kraft
    Hi DG, The last time I used Balsa wood was many years ago. I have still got a small bundle of it at different sizes,thicknesses and Widths. Is there a standard length and width that is used for EeZeBuilt
    models
    ? Martin555.
    17 days ago by Martin555
    Forum
    EeZeBilts From Keil Kraft
    Too right Colin, you could make a model in the 60s for a few dollars, (balsa and bits were cheap). My present ST model is way over $200 so far, problem is you can't buy 200 mls of paint, resin etc, you have to buy 500 mls or perhaps 1L (most you'll never use again). Balsa's like buying gold etc etc (although our local Bunnings home depot has started selling balsa cheaper than the LHS so I'm buying up large while the going good!). Talking of the LHS here, it's not local, it's a 60km round trip as there is only one in Auckland (about 1.58m people 1086 sq km) so it shows the decline in modeling here as well. There were around 10 shops in the 70s-80s. We nearly lost this one as the SA guy who owned it, flew his homebuilt biplane into the sea off Auckland on purpose (domestic problems I think), which was a shame as he was a real nice knowledgeable guy (not only with
    models
    but electronics). Luckily his son and business partner kept it going and it's still the biggest in NZ. There are a few down south and in the South Island but all of them are expensive, as they are trying to make ends meet and propping up a dying hobby, The Chinese have done us a favour with endless cheap bits and pieces but at the expense of our LHS s' We are lucky I suppose that balsa is still available, as schools and university projects require it, and it's increasingly found in art shops etc. My son did Leggo and Warcraft figures when he was younger but Playstation and internet soon took over. It's a bit like when TV came out and everyone stopped conversing, now its 10 x worse, (how many times have you been talking to someone and you catch them glancing at their phone, or their phone rings and they answer it without excusing themselves. Unfortunately that's the way the world is now and there ain't nuttin' we can do about it. Like WQ said, a good war will re-set everything .
    17 days ago by jbkiwi
    Forum
    GLUE FOR ABS
    Hi Alan, I've used Cyano on all of my Plastic
    models
    ! I believe UHU Plast Plus cures slowly. I don't use it! But have heard of it! Where Cyano cures very quickly! If you decide to use Cyano. Get "Zap-a-Gap Medium CA+" 1oz Bottle which will be plenty! Good luck on your Build!๐Ÿ‘ Cheers, Ed
    17 days ago by figtree7nts
    Forum
    LESRO odette
    Hi Mate, contact Lesro direct, they are very helpful when it comes to old
    models
    regards Mark
    17 days ago by jarvo
    Forum
    EeZeBilts From Keil Kraft
    Most of the good stuff has gone now, most solvent based sanding sealers etc are waterbased now, (even car paints are going waterbased). Waterbased stuff just doesn't get the same results as the old paints etc (fade like mad down here in NZ sun) and are not much good if you don't want to wet your project, or later paint with acrylic enamel (solvent based) or enamel. On the other hand, I use painters (art) acrylic paints for some finishing work and interiors on the
    models
    . It's totally waterproof and you can mix any colour you like. I've used the metallics on the rudders and props on my HSL (even the boot topping stripe) and it's stuck really well, despite the props spinning at 15000 rpm max revs. I guess it can have a place on certain modelling jobs. John B
    18 days ago by jbkiwi
    Forum
    EeZeBilts From Keil Kraft
    Hi Red, What is actually recommended for the EeZeBuilt
    models
    ? Also for the inside of the hull to water proof it ? Martin 555.
    19 days ago by Martin555
    Forum
    EeZeBilts From Keil Kraft
    Sorry for the intrusion, I use 0.03mm glass cloth on my balsa
    models
    , and also on lite ply ones. If I run out of glass cloth then I'll borrow a pair of my wife's old tights, works really well and can be stretched to fit most shapes of Hull. Both methods used with ezekote, give good results and are usually ready to re-coat or paint in less than an hour. Cheers Colin.
    20 days ago by Colin H
    Forum
    EeZeBilts From Keil Kraft
    Can't use FG Doug as depron doesn't like Epoxy or polyester. Ezekote might work but what of the heat needed to stick it? Wouldn't that disagree with the foam? I've used vinyl sheet that gets put on cars and vans. When bending Depron you need something to stop it cracking, so packing tape is a favourite. As it is for strengthening the skin of moulded EPP foam
    models
    . Martin
    20 days ago by Westquay
    Forum
    EeZeBilts From Keil Kraft
    DG, I'll take a picture or two of the Marinecraft
    models
    and let you work from there. I would think a good compromise would be to cover harder balsa with 1/64th" ply or even a cheap veneer. veneer can be had cheaply from ebay. Get steamed (Swiss) Pear and you have scale mahogany. Always sanding seal first , THEN stain the finish, never the wood. That would prevent knock damage and help with massively increased strength and still easy cutting. Martin Look out for some pics, when I can reach the Marinecraft!
    20 days ago by Westquay
    Forum
    EeZeBilts From Keil Kraft
    "I am a great fan of the Eezebilt method and ethos, but I despise balsa wood! ......" True, for an expert! It has advantages for starters, however. It is easy to cut, easy to glue, and easy to mend and remodel when things go wrong. Which is why these simple boats are done in it. I'm thinking of skinning this corvette in bass wood when I make it. Another problem with balsa is the difficulty of getting a good paint finish on it, and the tendency to dent if touched... ".... and then I have plans to build a Vulcan ......" What size? We all hope it will be BIG!!?? "....I do have a couple of Marinecraft
    models
    which are very Eezebilt in style. An open and a cruiser style. ...." For the cruiser, do you have the 'Cormorant' superstructure? If so, can I have a scan or photo of it?
    20 days ago by DodgyGeezer
    Forum
    EeZeBilts From Keil Kraft
    I am a great fan of the Eezebilt method and ethos, but I despise balsa wood! Hence any more aircraft would be in foam with maybe a hard balsa leading and trailing edge if I must. So, any boat stuff would be done for plywood as weight isn't a problem in boats as it can be in aircraft. But developing a plan can be very time consuming and I have more than enough on the go currently. Once the Cub is done, I shall finish my Skystreak and then I have plans to build a Vulcan and a Jet Provost. JP is a free plan in Friday's coming magazine and I have a Vulcan plan from the flying club hut which needs making a bit more realistic. I do have a couple of Marinecraft
    models
    which are very Eezebilt in style. An open and a cruiser style. They have identical hulls and only the top hamper is different, but being that pathetic balsa stuff they break all the time. Martin
    21 days ago by Westquay
    Forum
    EeZeBilts From Keil Kraft
    I've built
    models
    from drawings which needed redrawing as they were so bad. I've also done my own drawings from measurements, used tables of offsets where available and just hacked away at 3mm ply by eye! But a decent drawing helps. My young sons (as they were at the time) helped me measure the Miss Britain III while it was still at Pitsea. The site manager threw me the keys and told me to get on with it! I was sent works drawings for the Riva Aquarama Special, which I was told were like gold dust. Offsets by Andrews' original boatbuilder gave me the Freebody slipper launch. And a tiny drawing in a 1952 Motor Boat Annual I stole from the Pitsea museum library gave me the details for the Darby One Design. I just enlarged them by drawing, being too tight to pay a print shop, who would never have understood what I wanted anyway. Martin
    21 days ago by Westquay
    Forum
    EeZeBilts From Keil Kraft
    Hi DG and fellow modellers, After having a quick look and chatting to DG. I must admit I am looking forward to following his log, it is a process that I have never seen before and although I have made quite a few
    models
    of my own design in the past it looks like you can make a really good model using a simple system. It has also given me another direction, as when I feel in one of those lazy mood days I could do a little bit of design work for the EeZeBuilt system. I would be very interested to know if you guys have designed your own model boats and what system/method you have used, no matter how easy or complicated. Do you just start with a few photos and scale up and build from scratch? Or do you scratch build from drawings? Maybe in the back of your minds you want to make something totally different and unusual or like me something totally wacky. Martin.
    21 days ago by Martin555
    Forum
    Martin Westquay's Piper Cub ;-)
    Hi Martin, thought you might have gone electric with the Cub. I recently made a repro of my 1975 48" Graupner PA18 Super Cub, and used a 28mm 1200kv brushless motor with a 3s 2200Mah LiPo. It has more power than you need by a country mile and is very quiet. Takes off with around 1/4 throttle. This TGY motor is one of the most powerful I have found for its' size, and I had one of the HK Cosmic Wind crappy 900mm glass
    models
    up to 91 mph with 2 x 2s 1800Mah 20c batteries strapped together (these motors take a 3s-4s)- 40c batts would have had it over the ton. Problem was, being yellow (the worst colour I've found for visibility on a sunny day) and being so small and fast, I actually lost it for a few secs while going vertical at high speed (sort of blended into the sky)! You don't need a huge electric to pull a model, roughly need one which will handle the same sized prop as the model would normally use with an IC motor, and pull the same max revs. The beauty of electrics is the lack of mess, damaged fingers, starting frustration, expensive glow plugs and noise, plus your plane will last longer not having oil all over it constantly (and because it has no smell your missus might let you bring it in the house!)๐Ÿ˜‚. Depending on your finished weight, a motor of this nature might be all you need ( or a lower power 35 Diam motor). Just a thought. John B
    21 days ago by jbkiwi
    Forum
    Transport System for model boats
    Hi Martin I have a similar folding trolley. It is great because it folds quite small and is Ok for one model. It is a challenge though when you have a 120cm plus model on it navigating around people to / from the pond. So Christmas came and a new platform trolley arrived as per the link.
    models
    still overhang, but in the direction of travel. I tend to have a crate with all the essential bits at the bottom and then, depending on the day a couple of
    models
    on their stands lashed on top of the crate. Works very well even over a long grass walk at Model Boat Mayhem this year. Only about 75/80mm thick folded, the wheels tuck up inside the platform
    23 days ago by ikseno99
    Event
    The BIG St.Albans Model Show
    The BIG St.Albans Model Show.......
    models
    THAT MOVE ! The annual exhibition by the St.Albans & District Model Engineering Society. This show gets bigger and better every year, over 2000 visitors attended the 2018 show. It's a great family day out with lots to see and do for children (and grown ups too !) Lots of local clubs and societies exhibiting too so there's a great variety of all types of
    models
    for serious model makers to see. Visit the NEW St.AlbansMES website: https://stalbansmes.com/ for more information. We look forward to seeing you there ๐Ÿ˜
    7 months ago by robbob
    Forum
    Cargo carrying under sail- today!
    Thanks Doug, nice to have the deck for once! Little to say, fully occupied sailing
    models
    as the local ponds are now all open water. Will resume blogs in the fall when my HMAFV Seal enters the build program Best Rowen
    25 days ago by RHBaker
    Forum
    46'' RAF Crash Tender
    True Martin, although sometimes, for some
    models
    it can be down to a lack of room, (my HSL for instance.) I was trying to figure out how to fit 3 motors in original layout (2 facing back and one forward with a v-drive) and was even looking at model car transfer boxes but it all got too constipated and I went with 2 and the pump as the third (It did have 2 Greys GM 671 diesels in later RNZAF life so I'm probably safe)๐Ÿ˜€ John B
    26 days ago by jbkiwi
    Forum
    EeZeBilts From Keil Kraft
    I have, unsurprisingly, been watching this thread with some interest. And I believe that some information can be gained for it even if there are 'no takers'. Perhaps we could ask how many people would design their own model boats? I had assumed that this was quite common - but with the advent of ready-to-run
    models
    perhaps it is a dying art?
    26 days ago by DodgyGeezer
    Forum
    Hidden switches.
    Thanks Martin will check them out. Am just starting to get involved in adding the electronics to my
    models
    , makes them more interesting and a bit of a challenge and maybe save space. Ian
    26 days ago by Elsrickle
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    46'' RAF Crash Tender
    Hi, I think that it is a matter of personal choice and skill level. Some model makers want there
    models
    to be scale perfect right down to the padlock on a locker. (depending on scale size) Other just want a good looking boat so that they can enjoy a few hours lake side. In my opinion each model you make you tend to want to make it better than the previous one, that's in turn leads to more research and the determination to get it scale perfect. On the other hand I have also seen model boats that look as if it is just two bits of wood nailed together. The main thing is as long as the model maker is happy with what they have achieved and enjoying it then that's all that this hobby is all about. Martin.
    26 days ago by Martin555
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    46'' RAF Crash Tender
    Going back a tad to the thread around i month ago when MaggieM and Robbob discussed planked or painted decks. Comments were made about a shinny RAF Fireboat at Warwick, which is a very good friends project. His is 93. What else is in the photo is 94 built by another good friend. Much has been made in this thread about scale
    models
    and correct paint, plus position of, and colour of stern lights on these boats.( and the research too) So there is an element of modellers licence or personal preference, which has been discussed in depth. The is fine! However I would like to ask you guys as to how far you go with "License" As while 93 is a great model and sails very well, it scares the hell out of us all with the wake at full throttle. There is a glaring deviation from prototype design! The model is only single screw, and not twin as per prototype! Before you ask there is a barn like space inside her so it is not a space issue. So if it is twin screw prototype should it be a twin screw model? Would you mark it down as a judge in a scale competition? Thoughts anyone, before I leave the country!!!.
    26 days ago by ikseno99
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    Where are they?
    Checked inside any of your other
    models
    ?
    27 days ago by jbkiwi
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    Where are they?
    I'd have to clear my
    models
    off the ceiling and tables and completely rearrange my workshop, (I mean house), like that's ever going to happen!! finally don't have arguments, can put my feet on the table, go fishing 24/7 if I want, save money, not have to fix damaged cars etc etc. It was like the old 'Daniel in the lions' den' story (not the religious one) when Daniel came back to the city after being banished and found the young maiden pregnant with his child. She asked him what steps he was taking, "bloody great big ones" he said. A days fishing without a woman in the boat is NICE days fishing (unless she's good at baiting and gutting, oh, and steering a boat in a straight line and not arguing with the captain about the best spot to fish!)
    27 days ago by jbkiwi
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    Problem with Skysport 4 transmitter TV4F
    "Thought you'd make it a bit clearer ...." Gern geschehen Old chap! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Don't know of any combined signal and battery meter. How would you know what it's showing!? Signal strength / field strength is measured with an external antenna to give an idea of the ERP, Effective Radiated Power. Which after all is what matters to our
    models
    . Some TX antenna systems have what are known as Through Line Power meters built into the transmission line to the antenna. They can measure both forward and reverse (reflected) power thus giving an indication of the health and matching of the antenna. If the antenna is damaged or drops off ๐Ÿ˜ฎ the reflected power goes through the roof and any respectable TX would immediately shut down the RF amplifier. I often used them on ship and Naval ATC installations. Bit cumbersome, not to mention expensive, to build into commercial RC sets though ๐Ÿค”. Could be that some early RC xtal sets would go completely unstable with no xtal fitted, with unpredictable results! Shouldn't happen given a decent quality basic oscillator circuit. The xtal then simply locks the oscillator onto the correct channel frequency. (Handouts will be provided at the end of the lecture!!๐Ÿ˜) Seeing some of the comments in the"Fishtailing" thread (which turned out to be 'Much ado about nothing'!) maybe it's time I did an update to the How To on RC gear and dragged it into the 21st century. I See that there are still some myths about interference and advantages of 2.4Ghz sets wandering about!! RFI is only half the story๐Ÿ˜‰ Wishing all a strong signal and always a few fingers of water under your keels๐Ÿ‘ Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    28 days ago by RNinMunich
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    Fishtailing
    I think this must have been an article from a while ago aimed at AM or FM radios as the radios on 2.4 are way less susceptible to interference. None of my
    models
    have suffered with any form of electrical interference since I changed to 2.4 from FM and previous to that 27Mhz which was shocking!. As previously mentioned I have 18 aircraft -mostly out-runners up to 1100w , a few in-runners-(ducted fans) and at the moment 5 boats (1 with twin in-runners, 1 with twin non suppressed 380s, 1 with single suppressed 380, 1 with twin non suppressed 540s, and 1 with a worn out old Graupner monoperm. I have run 2 brushed boats together on 1 TX and a brushed and brushless on the same TX both with single wire RXs in each boat paired to the TX) with the boats 1ft apart at times with not a hint of a problem (RECs in the bow). I have always made sure the aerials are not in line with pushrods or near anything that might create any sort of magnetic field, and RXs as Doug said, on the opposite side to anything of that nature. Also as mentioned, any twin aerial RXs should have each leg at as near to 90deg as possible or at least 1 forward and 1 aft (planes and boats) Not sure If I'm doing something right or it's the radios I'm using (5 different types- 2 are HK cheapo 2.4s- general lack of serious outside interference or if I'm just plain lucky, but I have enough of a variety of installations to show that in my opinion, if you are having a problem on a 2.4 set-up there must be something quite unusual happening. I'll bet it would be something easy to fix, (like first take your gear out and test it to make sure it's not that, then look at aerial/ REC placement, twisted/coiled wiring etc. I noticed that the REC aerial on your boat Ron, goes over the top of the steel rudder pushrod -could be something as simple as that. You just have to go through things step by step until you find what's causing the problem (obvious statement I know) Doug mentioned ferrite rings which are a good idea (I found some clip on ones on HK which you can put on leads easily) I also use UBECs on all my planes which have a ferrite ring fitted which are a good bit of insurance. John B
    29 days ago by jbkiwi
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    Martin Westquay's Piper Cub ;-)
    Hi Martin, most of us played with the Keil Kraft & Veron kits in our youth. The small kits fitted the pocket money slot very well - most succumbed early - have memories of Jetex units climbing away from your new model on their own - never to be found. Others succumbed to the force of a penny Ronden "Flash Bomb" lit on launch - spectacular. Then there were the larger kits - rubber powered built with fathers assistance - home carved propellers - which flew out of sight - also never to be seen again. One climbed out on a thermal until a dot in the sky - turned up on a farm 20 miles away unscathed - always had name and address/phone no on a small card on the
    models
    .....Later the usual ED Bee's , Allan Mercury 1.5's etc . Watched a 40" span Piper of mine trying to take off with a friends clapped out Bee - ran the length of the rugby field and lifted just in time to intercept the posts............ Have 90% of the flying scale model plans - always mean to build one but designing and making commercial kids kits on the Laser intervenes. So far Land Rover series 1 , Defender, Suzuki SJ410 , Generic Jeep, Willys 1946 Jeep, Pitts Special , Tiger Moth and Eurocopter - all made with 3mm MDF - either fully designed or heavily modified by myself.
    29 days ago by redpmg
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    Magnetic motors
    Great Idea! Wonder how long before. we'll have one for our
    models
    ! Cheers, Ed
    30 days ago by figtree7nts
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    Visiting European Model Boat Shows
    Hi Ian, The Nรผrnberg Toy Fair is vast and is for everything from baby toys through games to sophisticated model building, robotics you name it! There are days for the pros, manufacturers and distributors, and days for the prols like us to go and empty their pockets and wallets. ๐Ÿ˜ So check the programme carefully before you book your tickets! For me it's about a two hour trundle up the A9 Autobahn๐Ÿ˜Š For more pure model building you might like to look at Dรผsseldorf and Friedrichshafen where large model exhibitions like Intermodellbau are held. With demonstrations of all sorts of
    models
    , slow-fly hangars, field for the big stuff and hellis and drones, very large pools for boat demos. These venues are attended by all sorts of manufacturers from complete kits to all the little bits n pieces makers. I'll try and dig up the dates and links - my new Modell Werft magazine arrived today, there is usually a listing in there of all upcoming exhibitions as well as Show Meetings of several major model Boat Clubs. Many of which attract international exhibitors and competitors. Especially the Dutch and Belgian participants who turn up with huge harbour layouts and dioramas! More soon. BTW the Nรผrnberg show has been and gornโ˜น๏ธ it's in March I think. Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    1 month ago by RNinMunich
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    Re: My current fleet 14 July 2019
    Yeah, that would work. But I do feel I may have to cheat with that one as a Ship in a Bottle may just be pushing my size envelope a little. I have however been reminded of a christmas gift from a nephew. A Haynes V8 Petrol Engine. One of these clear plastic working
    models
    . That would be a good fit for me as in a past world I did my Mechanical Engineering training with a diesel and gas turbine engine making company.
    1 month ago by ikseno99
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    My current fleet 14 July 2019
    At long last the new Dry Dock is completed, we now need a new centre piece for the dining room table. It needs to be something interesting to provoke conversation, which the
    models
    have done quite regularly. All I have to do now is finish the rest of the stuff that is not in camera shot!!!
    1 month ago by ikseno99


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