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    Response
    Re: Fairacre broads cabin cruiser
    Thanks Colin, I try to get my
    models
    looking as realistic as possible at a distance without going overboard on detail. Scale top speed for most MTBs ASRs for example would only really be around 5-7 mph not hydroplane speeds as you usually see,- doesn't look quite right. I also like seeing if I can get a photo of a model looking like the real thing, using mini cams on other boats etc (pic is vid capture of my MTB just on dusk, taken from my Maiami ASR). Hard to achieve but lots of fun trying.
    3 days ago by jbkiwi
    Blog
    HMS Cottesmore in 1/48 scale.
    Hi Guys, I decided that I would try and get some of the big bits made, so as I had plenty of plastic card the main superstructure was first followed by the bridge then funnel and main mast. All the above was only roughly assembled so that I could get an idea of how it would look. The final trimming, filling, and sanding would be done as and when I worked on each assembly. The way I tend to work on my
    models
    is as follows. Try to make individual modules then work on one module at a time until completed then move on to the next. The only reason I do this is that at my age I tend to forget bits, and if I were to move about over different parts of the boat I can guarantee that that I would miss something or put something on in the wrong place. The photos show the rough assembly, I will post the completed assembly's as I get further along with this log. Whilst I am waffling on I do have a little tip/trick that I use often. I use tracing paper (baking sheet) I mark out the lines or shape on the paper then put a small drop off plastic glue on the line then position the first part, after a short time the glue sets then I place the next part of the assembly on the sheet and glue that In position. When the assembly is complete and dry it is just a case of gently removing the baking sheet, then removing the small bits of glue with a scalpel. You can see this method works well in one of the photos. (part of the bridge assembly)
    3 days ago by Martin555
    Forum
    Look for a simple balsa build
    "I know this isn't a good help to the beginner, but, like everything else in life - we must learn from mistakes and we do all make mistakes no matter how good we are" from John. How right you are - been running the laser for commercial purposes for 10years (
    models
    are my hobby that I sneak in when I can) and still make mistakes. Life seems to be one long learning curve. Even my wife still makes mistakes and she's been using her laser since 1993! There is no substitute for experience and Dodgy's EezEbilts are all relatively easy to make even if there are a few minor errors which are so easily correctable.
    4 days ago by redpmg
    Forum
    Look for a simple balsa build
    Having owned a laser cutter for nearly 10 years , I have found that most old hand drawn plans are inaccurate and a lot of the old die cut kit parts are not only inaccurate but in most cases the bulkheads for instance are asymmetrical. When making a model you have to first correct the bulkheads etc (not difficult using Corel) and then cut a prototype to determine what further errors there are. Back to the drawing board to correct those, and then a further test cut etc. In the early days it would take about 6 versions to correct all the errors , but with experience have now whittled it down to about 3 as areas likely to have errors can be anticipated. There is also the difficulty of for instance "3mm" thick material that can vary from about 2.7mm to 3.4mm and that can mean parts don't fit. Having said that I have cut most of the EezEbilt
    models
    from the site and the errors are minor besides being balsa they are easy to correct especially using water-resistant quick drying PVA glue. With enlarged versions you have to correct the slots etc so its easy enough to check on Corel for any inaccuracies. (That is one of the beauties of digital plans - you can produce a model at any size you choose). Most Lasers use dxf CAD files which Corel converts for you either way importing or exporting. One of the drawbacks my partner and I see is that in CAD drawings a curve is represented by a large number of straight lines which makes for a very large file. In Corel a curve is simply a curve and hence a much smaller file. PDF files are very problematic for most modellers as for instance two files imported from the same source can vary in size dramatically and you then have parts that don't match. The same applies to printing pdf plans in parts on an A4 printer - the pages very often don't line up. JPG files are much less of a problem as sizes go. My personal feeling is that the mismatch of parts is probably due to the use of pdf files with their associated problems. Some printers unfortunately do not allow you to adjust sizes other than in a rudimentary fashion.
    5 days ago by redpmg
    Forum
    Look for a simple balsa build
    Hi there, Glynn Guest is a gent who does a lot of plans and articles in Model Boats Magazine - and - if you have a look at this month's issue (May 2019) you will see he has done a little RIB model - using an inexpensive waterjet unit. If you have a look at Sarik plans you will see there are a few of his designs that crop up and they are fairly simple. Another good idea is to look on EBAY for model boat mags for sale (make sure they have the plans included). The two
    models
    I have mentioned HMS Penelope and MTB are both designed by Glynn. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/A-MODEL-BOAT-PLAN-HMS-VULCAN-WW2-BIG-GUN-MONITOR-MM-20859-30-5-LONG-ORIGINAL/163488240343?hash=item2610a892d7:g:8ZwAAOSwe09ZmBYm https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/A-MODEL-BOAT-PLAN-VIVACE-MM-2104-PATROL-LAUNCH-FOR-NDQ-WATER-JET-ORIGINAL/153340585748?hash=item23b3cfa714:g:pM8AAOSwz71ZPpm9 John
    6 days ago by JOHN
    Forum
    CNC boat kits...?
    My plan is to trace PDF files into DSM and output as DXF, or work up my own drawings. I have DXF to G code so I guess I could deal with your files. When finished, my OX will be used for all sorts, cutting aluminium is a must, Daughter has demanded name plaques for her horses stable, she reckons her horsey pals will pay for nice carved name plaques so who am I to argue! ply and balsa cutting will be essential and possibly light brass sheet, hence my first choice of the 900 Watt DeWalt router. I may well end up with an arsenal of spindles/routers and eventually a laser head. I am using the CNC shield for now but the intention is to use a Rumba board, a versatile Arduino mega 2560 based board with loads of output options more commonly used on 3D printers, I have upgraded 2 of my printers with them already. Like 3D printers, the options for modifying/tweaking are endless. I will be fitting endstops, but I may use TMC 2130 drivers, which do not need endstops, as soon as they detect a substancial increase in current they switch off. My Mk3 Prusa has them, certainly reduces the ammount of wiring! I have a notion to draw up some plans for a series of warship boats at rc able size, ie, 47ft Whaler, Skimming Dish FML Cheverton Launch etc, interesting boats but rarely seen actually on the water as working
    models
    . I have a milling machine so a plentiful supply of milling cutters is available for a range of jobs.
    7 days ago by Nickthesteam
    Forum
    CNC boat kits...?
    Hi. This machine is called the Ox, a full set of plates, anodised in black, is on sale at Oozenest at half price, I am building it bit by bit as I do not have funds for a kit. All parts are sourced in the UK, either from Oozenest, plates, extrusion some bolts and other Ox specific parts, Arduino Uno and CNC shield, the rest, Nema 23s, Toshiba motor drivers, bolts, some extrusions, 30 wheels, spacers etc from WE Do 3D Printing in Sheffield. Control will be via Arduino Uno and CNC shield, with Toshiba 5 amp drivers on a 24 volt PSU. This machine can be made as big as you want just by increasing the length of the extrusions, which consist of 20 x 80, 20 x 60, and 20 x 40 V slot. Mine will have a footprint of 750mm x 550mm, which will give me a build area of around 380mm x 650mm. Big enough for me, I have very little space and I am going to have to sell a couple of 3D printers to make room. I will be using GRBL firmware, Designspark Mechanical for design, DXF2Gcode for converting and Universal G code sender to cut. I don't anticipate needing a bigger machine as I cannot lift big
    models
    any more so 600 mm long will do me. I have not thought about work holding and my designs, If I manage to get ant sorted that work, will be there for anyone to use.I have not fully mastered the art of CAD yet, I learned Tech Drawing on a drawing board with T square and compass. This weekend will be a laugh as I am going to get the electrics sorted, I have mastered Marlin, used in 3D printing, and I have been laboring on the misapprehension that CNC would be the same, so it's teach meself GRBL time! https://ooznest.co.uk/product/ox-cnc-aluminium-plates/ https://shop.wedo3dprinting.com/ Please note, I have nothing to do with the suppliers I have linked to other than as a satisfied customer...
    8 days ago by Nickthesteam
    Response
    Re: Z-39 German WW2 Destroyer
    Doug, I look forward to seeing another German destroyer - not many
    models
    of them around. My gun rotating mechanisms are all modular 'drop-in' types. This is the only way to get to them for maintenance. Our hands just cannot get in to some areas of these
    models
    . My Z-39 is actually quite seaworthy and I have to get a stiff breeze to get it to heel over for good photos. Here is another of her after a sharp turn.
    8 days ago by reilly4
    Forum
    Swordsman or Huntsman?
    As DodgyGeezer says the model in question is an Aerokits Swordsman with an aft cabin under the deck - others versions had an aft cabin with a higher roof just under the side coamings (I'm building one) or a full length open cockpit, which is the one that many
    models
    are based on. The Huntsman 31 was available in two versions, the more common version with the aft cabin and the rarer open cockpit version the Sport. The Huntsman 28 and as stated the Huntress are open cockpit only.
    11 days ago by ChrisF
    Event
    Chickerell Steam Fair
    Chickerell Steam Fair featuring ship/boat
    models
    in the tent and radio controlled in the pond.
    12 days ago by SelwynWilliams
    Blog
    Operating horn
    I'd like install a working horn in several of my
    models
    , but haven't found the right one yet. I tried one from RAM, but volume is too low. I tried many things to increase the volume but no success. To be heard outside on the lake you need it pretty loud. Don't like spending too much on this. Anyone have any good suggestions?
    13 days ago by Commodore-H
    Forum
    Thames Barge Plan Kitty
    Hi, the Kitty plan...I did try to search it in vain too,but try to look e.g. here > https://www.modelboatmayhem.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=5056.0 It´s hard to say , but the only thing I can advise you now, try to enlarge the picture of Kitty under sails (you will find it on the net), then find a sailplan of some barge that has similar rigging there, and   compare the sailplan for your model. When I built my
    models
    , I did the same. As I looked at sb Kitty model photos, I think the orginal plan is probably very simplified. Then, as far as the details are concerned, it is good to do them also by photos, or use parts from Mastman. Maybe you can find more ... Tom
    13 days ago by tomarack
    Forum
    Model Boat crew....
    I had hoped that this thread would cover ways to obtain useful model boat figures in the right scale and at a low cost. Re-casting existing
    models
    is useful, but only lets you reproduce what you already have, and 3-D printing seems VERY expensive at the moment. Perhaps 3-D printing will come down in price? And G Code files to print them might be offered free on the Web? In the meantime, I am still looking for good ways to obtain figures without having to pay the cost of a kit to get them. For my foreseeable future, I expect that modifying existing figures will be the best answer. As well as railway figures, there are a wide range of toy 'action figures' for sale at reasonable prices, particularly from charity shops. Looking on Ebay, these come in various sizes from 2" to 16" - but few of them will be suitable for modifying into nautical people with a bit of filler! This artist's mannequin at 5.5" looks promising for a 1:12 scale at less than a fiver - see below. If anyone can find some other good examples of good cheap scale figures, do mention it...
    18 days ago by DodgyGeezer
    Response
    Re: First ever
    If the model is going to be a model that will be sailed on water, may i suggest that you consider coating the hull with fibre glass. I have used this method on my fleet of eleven R/C scratch built scale model warships over the past 47 years. The
    models
    remain intact and waterproof. Mervyn. South Africa.
    21 days ago by Mervyn
    Forum
    Static Model Boat Club
    Hi, selection of a few of my static
    models
    , a wide variety
    23 days ago by ronaldo
    Response
    Re: Regina and Our Lass and Zwart Zee
    Super looking
    models
    , keep it up matey. Cheers Colin.
    23 days ago by Colin H
    Response
    Re: Hull
    Just curious, would the material you use work for smaller
    models
    ? My hulls are usually 10" long and 4" wide. Frames can be a challenge with balsa.
    23 days ago by retirement-hobby
    Forum
    Static Model Boat Club
    Dick, do you build static
    models
    ? Would you be interested in a club of static builders? Please reply here: staticboatbuilders@gmail.com. Thanks
    23 days ago by retirement-hobby
    Response
    Re: Work boat
    👍Hi Stephen, Here goes with my attempt at posting pics of my whaleboat (sans knees) That seemed to go well enough, maybe I shall post more pics of my
    models
    in the future!
    23 days ago by Lordgord
    Blog
    Regina and Our Lass and Zwart Zee
    Before starting my next model these are two
    models
    that I have previously made over the past few years.
    23 days ago by davejw
    Forum
    balne moor
    Must be Nice! How I envy those who have proper accommodations for their
    models
    ! Must be really Nice!🚤🚤🚤
    23 days ago by figtree7nts
    Response
    Re: ZOBEL KLAS 142A
    Hi Inkoust, Where's the Picture? You make great looking
    models
    ! It would be nice to see the model.... Cheers, Ed
    27 days ago by figtree7nts
    Event
    SOUTH WEST SHIP SHOW
    Our annual Ship Show with more model boat clubs than ever attending including Swindon MB & Engineering club, Cardiff Marine Modellers, Woodspring MSC, Peter Kenrick (OWLS MBC), Surface Warship Association, Shepton Mallet Drifters, Warminster MBC, and Cwmbran MBC. Adam Slater, a model boat manufacturer of Mountfleet
    models
    , Doncaster will be present with his trade stand, and RC Bits on the Move will have modellers' bits and pieces available. This is all in addition to many of our regular stands with books, postcards, artwork, waterline ship
    models
    and more.
    27 days ago by coastal1s
    Blog
    Work boat
    Having no experience building a properly planked hull, I decided to construct the work boat first, my reasoning being if I can build a clinker built boat to the standard I am looking for then the rest should be achievable. Armed with Harold Underhill's Plank on Frame
    models
    volume 2. I built a building board following Harold's instruction's, after a lot of headaches making templates, planks were cut from Huon pine a very fine grained pine only found in Tasmania having a special quality of not rotting when under water and having been used to build real boats. These planks were attached with fine bamboo pins and super glued. Once removed from the jig ribs, thwarts, knees and floor boards installed. Oars were made up along with crutches fabricated using brass wire and fine chain, silver soldered together.
    28 days ago by stevedownunder
    Response
    Re: Re: Lazer cut Kits
    A few photos of the new
    models
    from H.A.kits. Prices range from £29 - £39
    30 days ago by HAKits
    Forum
    Transmitter Mode 2
    Hi Doug, I have now introduced the ELEVON function on my twin, independently controlled screw
    models
    . That puts both motors on the RH stick (up/down) for simultaneous speed control and LH/RH differential operation for side to side. Tried to explain it in more detail in a recent Brave Borderer blog update. It is also covered in a recent Model Boats mag article. With twin, independent motors find it so intuitive that I like it. Previously had one motor on LH stick and the other on the right. Found them difficult to synchronize and then steer accurately. Pity my only tests are on the bench as no sign of ice free water here yet. Will report water tests in due course Rowen
    30 days ago by RHBaker
    Response
    Re: Maxton modified wooden ornament
    I suspect that the concern was not for your
    models
    , but for other people's
    models
    which may still be on a frequency susceptible to commutator RF interference, and which may be sailing near your boats....
    30 days ago by DodgyGeezer
    Response
    Re: Maxton modified wooden ornament
    Hi! Doug no the esc is not home brew, it was from ebay. "RC ESC 20A Brush Motor Speed Controller w/ Brake for RC Car Boat Tank" for £3.37 works well and as far as the interference suppression with capacitors; no I don't find any need for them now I'm on 2.4ghz. All my
    models
    work from the one 6 channel transmitter, and none of them have any suppressors on, although they are all brushed motors. Never had any problems. I don't do submarines so have no need for 40Mhz or 27 Mhz. I like to keep things simple!
    30 days ago by 4clubs
    Forum
    Lazer cut Kits
    Great idea. Any pictures of completed
    models
    . Can they be RC?
    1 month ago by juskiddin
    Directory
    (Yacht) Midwest Cranberry Isle
    Recently purchased this boat built by Don Sutton, Scale Captain, Metro Modellers Toronto, Canada 🇨🇦. Don built the boat about 15 years ago, but to make room for a larger new model he is selling older
    models
    . This style of Yacht has long been a favourite of mine which will be my winter scratch build project. Having this working model in my workshop will assist me with the project. (8/10)
    2 years ago by Ron
    Forum
    New forum rankings.
    Am I missing something here, what's with all the silly titles. Admirals, Captains and three band stokers etc.You are all boat modellers. I also build model aircraft does that make an Air-Vice marshal or a Wing Commander if I own more than one model. As for getting up-tight if your title has been changed, then I think you need to get a life.Having got that off my chest I would like to say there are some magnificent
    models
    displayed on this site. Swannee, runway painter 1st class
    1 month ago by swanee
    Forum
    Thames Barge Plan Kitty
    Thank you for your reply to my post regarding Kitty. I have inherited a complete model of Kitty that is quite well built but feel the sails have been cut and hung slightly wrong. Hence my request for the original plan. I will take guidance from your suggestions of other similar
    models
    as a reference to the correct sail patterns . Thank you kindly .
    1 month ago by wmbc40
    Forum
    Re: Lazer cut Kits
    H.A.Kits will be attending the Model show in Coppell, Lancashire on Saturday 23rd march. This will be our first event as a trader, our latest products go on sale for the first time plus all are
    models
    are on display. So come along and see our products, maybe pick up some bargains and freebies!
    1 month ago by HAKits
    Forum
    New forum rankings.
    Of course I understood that it was just such a play - or game . But I think the most would understand this change if we were familiar with this change at least a few days in advance.... Each game has its own rules - and it usually does not happen that the rules are changed during the game. But ... let's go back to posts about boat
    models
    ...
    1 month ago by tomarack
    Forum
    Static Model Boat Builders
    Hey Taffy, good to see someone else doing static
    models
    . What I have in mind is a "Static Model Boats" group. Any one would be welcome. Resource for everything related to building static
    models
    . Ive been building for several years and have supply links, model plans & links, sharing what has worked and what hasnt. Ill get with the owner to make sure I set this up correctly. Looking forward to chatting with you in regard to your projects.
    1 month ago by retirement-hobby
    Blog
    Shop/Refrigerator
    Not much, happening this time of year. The shop doesn't have heat, so things like batteries that shouldn't be left in the cold come in the house, and the shop which seems to stay at or near 40°f/4°c, become an annex to our refrigerator. Now and then we get a warm day or three, and I open the doors because it's actually warmer outside than in, but more often than not what gets done is for other folks, and not the
    models
    . Spring is about a month off, but we'll likely get get some warmer days before that and I have been doodling some thoughts on what to address on all three
    models
    when the opportunity appears. On Constellation that's chainplates, pinrails, and getting the mizzen bracing working - a fairlead got some epoxy in it and needs to be cleared. I also want to get into some details like railings on the mast tops, and the bands that the futtocks attach to on the masts. if you don't know what that is, just wait and it'll be explained.
    2 months ago by Jerry Todd
    Blog
    Painting the hull – Part 2. The hull colour
    Time to make a decision on what colour the hull should be…🤔 The instructions say ‘Navy Blue’ but that just doesn’t look right, just too light. In the ‘photos of the splendid model in the National Maritime museum the hull appears to be black while in the colour video clips on YouTube it appears dark, possibly black, but in keeping with the ‘boys in blue’ nature of the vessel I think a very dark blue would be more appropriate. I have seen this on some other Thames Police Launch
    models
    that I have admired and it looks ‘right’ so to speak. Just to convince myself I generated a ‘colour palette’ in Photoshop to make a direct comparison between black and a couple of deep blues that looked like possible candidates. I used the RAL co-ordinates of the two blues in question to generate the colours and decided on RAL 5004 as the favourite and then ordered a couple of 400ml rattle cans from a custom paint supplier, I chose a satin finish rather than full gloss. They arrived a few days later and I did a spray test on a scrap piece of board with the anti-fouling below with a white waterline between and was very pleased with my choice. The red oxide was carefully masked off and the area to be painted cleaned off with some panel wipe on a clean paper towel, then into the spray booth for the first light coat. This painting was done during a very cold spell in early January 2019 and I took the precaution of taking the boat indoors the night before to keep it warm and also pre-heat the workshop before bringing it out, I also used my hot air gun to gently warm the hull prior to spraying and then again after the first coat was applied. I’d like to think that this helped the process and prevented the seasonal temperature and humidity levels causing any adverse effects on the finish. The second coat was applied about 20 minutes later and the solvents flashed off by the heat gun again. I’ll add that the heat gun was used at a distance of about two feet and the booth is fan vented to outside and…. ‘I am that masked man’. Back on the bench and with the masking removed the paint finish looks very satisfactory to me, I just need to apply the white ‘Trimline Tape’ for the watermark to finish the hull before spraying with a couple of coats of satin lacquer. Then it will be ready for it’s first showing at the London model show at Ally Pally on the St. Albans Model Engineering Society stand alongside my RAF Crash Tender. More on that ‘Trimline Tape’ later……🤕
    1 month ago by robbob
    Directory
    (Yacht) French Pond Yacht
    Based on traditional pond yachts, I've seen online, I've come up with this simple design, to be built from ordinary ply, card or balsa. there's no shear, that's because I wanted to keep the design simple. Feel free to download would really appreciate any photos of
    models
    & comments, thank-you. (5/10) 16/03/2019 I've revised Drawing -1
    2 months ago by Nifty_Paul
    Blog
    PS Iona - misc fittings
    A bit of a miscellany here - the funnel fittings or mounts at the top are 3D printed and the 'rope' is some sort of elastic string used in jewellery making. This... 1) keeps it straight which is difficult with regular string or wire, 2) doesn't get damaged when you catch it with a stray arm, tool, etc. Brass steam fittings turned on my lathe. The forward hatch was built in case extra ballast was needed, but has had a beneficial side effect. No ballast was needed and the hatch is filled with foam, so I can wedge in a mini tripod and mount a camera up front. Only briefly tested but looks promising The windlass is a kit from mobile marine
    models
    . Easy to construct and looks the part. Tow hook 3D printed.
    2 months ago by Harvey Kitten
    Forum
    Aeronaut Pilot Boat
    Steve. Since my last message, I have made progress, purchased a kit from Cornwall
    models
    . Started building hull just before Xmas and as you mentioned, you need to have patience to get it right. Before going to far, I am planning how to set up the Motors and the Speed controller. I have got a Viper Marine 25 ESC and 2 Motors (380's). Looking back at some photos of yours, it looks as you have 2 Speed Controllers. I am having problems in getting the ESC to talk to the 2 Motors. Do I need to have a second ESC to operate the 2 Motors? How would this be set up through my Hobbyking Controller? Would appreciate some clarity of my thinking. Best Wishes. Ron👍😁
    3 months ago by RonW
    Forum
    internet sales
    Hi Doug, Boanno. Or happy New year. I have been looking at HK and Cornwall
    models
    for Boats but had to go to SLEC for aircraft bits. it cost in postage but good quality.
    4 months ago by Wingcoax
    Forum
    Sea Queen Frames
    The seller doesn't care about that. And Ebay doesn't care about that. I have had this battle. Ebay deals in volume sales with some simple rules. So long as the seller is willing to refund unhappy customers they can continue trading. Ebay are not competent to determine what counts as 'not well drawn' for a set of model plans, and won't get into that argument. Ebay will go through a standard procedure if copyright breach is alleged. From their site: "EeBay has created the VeRO program to protect intellectual property owners from trademark, patent or copyright infringement. Property right owners register with the VeRO program by sending eBay legal documentation and proof that they own the specified intellectual property. Having registered with eBay’s VeRO program, these property right owners monitor listings on eBay, or they use third-party web monitoring agents that help warn them of infringement threats. When their rights are violated, the owner or a representative can file a complaint by filling out the NOCI (Notice of Claimed infringement) form, complete with proof of the violation, and sending it to eBay by email or fax. eBay then investigates the issue and notifies the seller via email that a VeRO participant requested that their listing be removed. The listing will remain suspended unless and until a settlement is reached between the seller and the property rights owner." Unless the Aerokits copyright holder takes VeRO action there is nothing you can do to stop copyright breach. This makes me quite unhappy, because I would like to put the full set of Aerokits plans up on my Old Boat Plans website, but I will only do it with copyright holder approval. If you want to do anything about it you would be best advised to contact Lesro and encourage them to do something about it - http://lesro
    models
    .co.uk/contact/
    4 months ago by DodgyGeezer
    Response
    Steam Whistle!
    Hi JBRCfloats, I got the figures for the Brooklyn. From Cornwall
    models
    in the UK! http://www.cornwallmodelboats.co.uk/acatalog/graupner_crew.html After shipping they come to about $10.00 a piece! I have about 5 on the Brooklyn. I paint their hardhats blue. And leave one figure with white hardhat. As an indicator he's the Captain! Regards, Ed
    5 months ago by figtree7nts
    Blog
    Vintage Model Works 46'' RAF Crash Tender
    Here's the history bit so pay attention... Many years ago as a boy in the fifth year of my north London secondary school, circa 1971, our woodwork class was given the option to make something of our own choice. Having mastered the majority of joints, wood turning, finishing techniques and the making of table lamps, stools and bookshelves etc. this seemed a good idea, so myself and a fellow classmate and model making chum asked if we could construct a model boat. The teacher, on hearing that it was to be from a kit and not from scratch was a little surprised but agreed. So my friend and I jointly invested about 20 quid in an Aerokits 34.5 inch RAF Crash Tender from Blunts' model shop in Mill Hill (long since gone like many others) and we set about construction during lesson time and sometimes at break times. I recall we used "Cascamite" to glue it all together on the advice of the woodwork teacher because neither 'Scotch' glue nor PVA was suited to marine construction. Good progress was made over the course of our last year at school but it was never fully completed, only requiring painting, running gear and detailing. My friend decided that he needed to withdraw from the project as he was enrolling in a college away from home to study for a career in the merchant navy and I agreed to buy out his share and continue with the project. And so it was that I carried on with the painting and installing the running gear which consisted of a 1.5 cc marine diesel engine, water pickup, prop shaft and rudder and a MacGregor radio system with a stick for steering and a single button for speed control. The engine and radio came from Michael's
    models
    in Finchley (also long gone) for £20 as my elder brother, who had started a Saturday job there, was able to get a staff discount for me. The diesel engine was noisy and smelly and a pig to start with a leather thong around the flywheel and I decided to abandon this means of propulsion (I foolishly ran it for slightly too long 'dry' and melted the soldering around the brass water jacket!). By now I had graduated from my part time job in Woolies to an engineering apprentice with Post Office Telephones and my new income of 20 quid per week could support my modelling and electronics hobbies after my contribution to the household for my keep. So off to the model shop to buy a Taycol Supermarine electric motor, two 12v volt lead acid batteries and a suitable charger. The diesel came out and was sold on Exchange & Mart and the mount and coupling re-made to accommodate the new Taycol motor. What an improvement that was! I can't remember now what speed controller or servo I used but whatever it was did the job, and it went like the clappers on Friary Park boating lake (also long since gone) even though the radio control system was a bit crude with the non-proportional steering and 'blip' throttle control. The boating took a back seat when I acquired my driving licence and my first car (a rusty old Cortina Mk 1) and I also got involved in sound recording for radio. I decided to sell the boat and bits for £60 through Exchange & Mart and bought an Akai 4000DS tape recorder and a 'Chilton' audio mixer, built a home studio and along with a good mate of mine started making radio commercials for the new commercial radio stations including London's Capital Radio. We even won a 'Campaign' advertising award for one of our efforts! And so after several years as a 'phone engineer I moved into professional recording for A/V and broadcast and then into TV production. Fast forward to today. Semi-retired with grand kids and with more free time on my hands I still had an interest in model making so in Jan 2016 went to the Model Engineer exhibition at nearby 'Ally Pally'. It was there that I saw an RAF crash tender just like the one I built all those years ago and got into conversation with the chap on the stand. This re-ignited my model making interests and I researched the hobby and that model in particular.
    3 years ago by robbob
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    just need cable (wire)...
    I get mine from Howes
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    by the metre various sizes
    6 months ago by Elsrickle
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    Brushless motors (again)
    Again, as not wanting to nick someone else's thread. Huntsman 31 currently has a geared (belt) brushed motor which was probably quite a good spec. many years ago. I don't remember how quick it was but having watched brushless boats running this morning in Southsea I have decided now is the time for change before I start painting. I've been reading various threads and gleaned some info but it is still a minefield. Whilst this boat (original) is twin screw I am not yet ready to go that far so will stay single screw. A thread suggested 3639 -1100KV which is fine as a spec. but there are a zillion different makes and
    models
    for that spec. Cornwall
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    seem to offer 6 or 8 so I am looking for more specific advise for make and model of each piece of the power system...motor, ESC, battery, charger. I'm not going to say 'money no object' just that I don't 'need' to buy bottom spec. I suspect there will be as many different suggestions as 'Cornwall' have motor makes but something good will come out of it. Many thanks Steve
    6 months ago by steve-d
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    Veron Vosper F.P.B. 52''
    The Veron F.P.B does appear to be a very rare model and I feel £300 would be a reasonable price especially when you take into consideration how much a modern day manufacturer would want. Just look at prices for Deans Marine
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    , mainly their Vosper M.T.B. which is a lot smaller. Also Veron kits seem to have been overlooked and the only model that is easy to obtain is the Slec version of their 26inch River Police Launch. Phil Smith was a great designer of boats and aircraft . I sold my Veron RTTL in the mid 1990s and my fleet today consists of one original Sea Commander, one 34 inch Crash Tender , both of which I restored, an italeri PT109 and two RTR fast electrics. TOP TIP for anyone who buys your F.T.B- trace around the parts and use them to build the model while keeping the kit intact. I do this with my Keil Kraft control line aeroplanes. B😁😎oaty
    6 months ago by boaty
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    VOSPER 46'' Crash Tender
    Actually 4 pole , "Graupner HPD 2920-4000 High-end brushless motor Particularly suitable for: MiniMono, MiniHydro, MiniCats, MiniHydroplanes, aircraft with wingspan up to 1 m, off-road and on-road 1:12 Features ?Special CNC-machined housing for maximum heat dissipation ?High-efficiency 4-pole 12-slot brushless motor ?High-performance rotor with Kevlar reinforcement ?High-purity copper coils for optimised conductivity ?Extremely strong sintered neodymium magnets ?Intense torque at low weight Specification Operating voltage range : 4,2-16,8 V No-load speed: 29600 U/min All-up weight, approx. : 90 g Free shaft length: 10 mm Recommended controller: Navy V75 G7257 Output : 650 W Number of poles: 4 Permissible motor direction : R und L Nominal voltage: 7,4 V Case length: 30 mm Shaft diameter: 4 mm Case diameter: 29 mm Revolutions/Volt: 4000 " Taken from one Google, first response at Cornwall
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    Boats!😉 Note. 650W, Nominal voltage 7.4V. No wonder it's a bit quick on 11.1V 😲 Cheers, Doug 😎
    7 months ago by RNinMunich
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    Paints
    I use Satin enamels as they are more durable than Matt finishes, especially on the hulls, but still go over them with clear matt enamel for realism. The 'scale' appearance is the consideration. From a distance a real boat even if finished with a gloss marine enamel would not look glossy. A WW2 boat such as an MTB would definitely have a Matt finish, and always 2 coats. Working
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    get scuffed in use.
    7 months ago by reilly4
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    Calculating scale speed
    Thanks Doug I hope that your not getting too stressed by my motor restoration, I'm looking at buying another supermarine, boxed unused, box looks awful but motor is still all shiny. if I can get the price down to my level it will be for the vintage history display. What esc would you recommend for the one you are restoring. Not getting much done at present as I am trying to sort out building work on new wetroom before I go for my operation. So I will be back on the
    models
    after my knee surgery is done. Checked the launch this morning using my satnav strapped to the cabin roof. After a 300 meter run at full speed it read 7.01mph. So that really was pleasing to see. Got to go sparky just arrived. Cheers Colin.
    7 months ago by Colin H


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