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    Batteries in a DX5e
    Hi Martin, There are still some 'Synchros' around! Don't see any backrest
    monitors
    !? Don't know if the ancient PCs are still alive thoughπŸ€” Cheers, Doug 😎 https://suchen.mobile.de/auto/volkswagen-passat-syncro.html
    1 month ago by RNinMunich
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    Batteries in a DX5e
    Haha, stammtisch...I haven't heard that since I stayed at a lovely country hotel near Sontra. The proprietor was an Anglophile called "Fred" and always welcomed his English guests to the Stammtisch with his family for English breakfast or Friday night Fish and chips, without fail. As a thankyou somebody smuggled in a Sky card so his guests could watch sports in the back room. In Germany then you were not allowed a Sky card oddly. Very happy memories of that particular contract, making the first car with
    monitors
    in the backs of the headrests and touch screen centre console. It took FOUR PCs in the boot of a Passat Syncro with beefed up rear springs to take the weight! CM2 it was called ...Car Multi Media. Laptop in the rear armrest pop up monitor in the dash where the passenger airbag was (!!). You could 'phone the car or e-mail it to open windows while you walked to it in the airport carpark, etc. Very new then, almost old hat now. I digress terribly! The one friendly MBC i know is Victoria Model Steamboat Club in East london, the world's oldest model power boat club and one of which my Grandad was a founder back in 1904. Still very much a family club, despite its location in a less than desirable end of that stinking hole, London. I wish I lived nearer so I could attend some meetings, but with nowhere to park nearby, I ain't walking in knife country! Martin
    1 month ago by Westquay
    Blog
    RoMarin/Krick Dusseldorf Fire Boat.
    I have been looking forward to starting this build for some time. It looks like this will be an interesting model to build but mainly I look forward to setting up the 16 channels required to give full function to all of the special features. The Dusseldorf is one of three identical boats built for use in the Ruhr area of Germany. The boats are equipped for disaster situations, (they must have known I was going to build it)πŸ˜€. They can be used for ship fires, oil leaks or as a port facility at risk of explosion. The fire
    monitors
    , radar, boat crane, lighting and anchor winch will all be working if I can sort out the controls. The fire
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    are of particular interest because if I get things right, they will swivel, lift and lower and shoot water. We will see. As stated in the instructions, I read most of them to see how things looked. I got bored at page six so forgot that bit. The next stage was to check the contents against the bill of materials. There must be 1000 pieces. I checked the large pieces and gave the rest a miss also. Not a good start I hear you cry. You will get used to it. I proceeded to remove the stand parts and lightly sanded off the connection remains. I assembled it using super glue but I will strengthen the inner corners with Epoxy later. I stuck some draft excluder tape to all of the edges which contact the hull for safety. Next stage was to trim off the excess material at deck level of the Hull. With 1.5mm thick ABS this is quite a job especially considering that the boat measures around 2.8 Metres all around. I used a Stanley knife to remove the bulk of the material followed by different sized files to trim to size. This process takes a lot of care so that not too much material is removed. The hull has a rather crude sort of line to work to but I think I will put more reliance on my eye and a two foot steel rule. I still have a little filing of the edges to do before I will be completely happy as this edge will be visible on the completed model. According to the instructions my next stage is to fit the rudders, motors and prop shafts. A job for next week.
    4 months ago by MouldBuilder
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    New In The Shop
    Hi Stephen, I would certainly like a pair of 1/16 and a pair of 1/12th scale
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    providing I can afford them. Please can you let me know when they are available. Kindest regards, Dave W 😊
    4 months ago by rolfman2000
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    New In The Shop
    To all water cannon enthusiasts:- The shop is now selling working fire
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    . These can be attached to a pipe at the base. The design is based around the crash tender, but any boat or tug of the same scale would be able to use these. Currently 1:16, if there's any interest for 1:12 I'll look to add this scale too. Separately... any parts not available which people would be interested in? Stephen
    4 months ago by Fireboat
    Response
    Holy SMOKE !! Video, Tin Can Madness
    BTW: I grew up with valves (or bottles as we Brits also call 'em) as well. I still have a box of several vintage 'bottles' in the cellar, many of them new still in the original boxes. if you ever run out of triodes, pentodes or tetrodes give me a buzz! Think I still have some pristine EL80s - collectors items these days - lots of Oomph 😁 My next non-model boat electronic project is a pair of digital clocks in 'Art Deco' cases, using bottle decade counters. The forerunners of the fluorescent tubes and then the LED clocks, but much more funπŸ˜‰. About forty years ago I spent a year or so servicing and calibrating the radiation
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    around UK nuke power plants using these decade counters. One cosmic radiation click = one jump in the base counter and so on. Never ever saw anything above the basic cosmic radiation background count which is always there. A remnant of the 'Big Bang'. 😲 Funny where an interest in electronics and radio can getcha 😁 Look forward to your chimney experiment reportπŸ‘ My destroyer has two funnels but I found that the little railway smokers were not man enough to feed two funnels via a branched tube. But two working in parallel off the one RC channel did the trick. Regarding the chimney effect; Works well at rest or at low speeds, but I also found that instead of a fan some traditional air vent scoops mounted forward of the smoker augmented the effect well at higher speeds. And my long thin destroyer with 2 x 540s on 12V made a lot of 'speed boats' look silly 😁 Have fun, ciao, Doug 😎
    7 months ago by RNinMunich
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    (Working Vessel) Fairmount Glacier
    A Billings kit, the Fairmount Glacier (or Alpine - comes with 5 naming options) is a sturdy boat... 2 props in Kort nozzles, extras I've fitted...37 lights, bow thruster, working fire
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    , radar, & horn. Runs on 2 x 12v 7AH batteries, so runs for a while! Colour scheme makes it visible on the lake too! (Motor: 2 x M500 Mtronix) (ESC: JP Marine) (9/10)
    8 months ago by Harvey Kitten
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    Launch ELAINE,
    Thought U were goin' to hit the hay a while ago John!? πŸ˜‰ Greetings from one model fan and insomniac to anotherπŸ‘ BTW agree with your comments about the water jacket. Sweat the screws out and the rest should be relatively easy. "In this the most perfect of all possible worlds"! Cheers All, Doug 😎 BTW: TELL me about those relays! For a year or so back in the early 70s I used to service and calibrate the radiation
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    at various nuclear research / power generation sites around England. The detectors tripped a relay via appropriate drivers, which then triggered the unit Nixie tube, etc, etc. My job was mainly cleaning and setting the relays and doing a calibration against 'normal' background count, cosmic radiation etc. To reassure folks; during the whole year - year and a half I never ever saw a count above background! But then - that was 46 years ago 😲
    11 months ago by RNinMunich
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    46Firefloat Mk2 paint
    Have started renovating old kit build of the 93/94 firefloat with no fittings. Can someone please help with paint colours, the Red and Black on hull are they both Matt. On the deck is the Dark Grey Matt non slip and are the roofs with the fire
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    the same. The rest of the roofs are they dark grey Matt or gloss. The side are they Matt or gloss light grey. Also has anyone got the main dimensions on the lift davit and the tow hook. Any other info on this build would be appreciated as am copying from two old black and white photos. The model am building is 35” long and I think 16:1 scale.
    1 year ago by Elsrickle
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    46Firefloat Mk2 paint
    Interesting, valuable photos and drawings. More like that would be welcomed by many of us. As it would have been illegal not to have a stern light on vessels like these, for both normal passage and also when towing, perhaps that photo without one was during build before it was fitted? No draft marks either. The photo of 93 secured at Vospers (therefore probably before acceptance) shows the stern light while the early type fire
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    also show the date of the photo was early on. I also note one drawing shows the breach hose connectors aft of the cockpit that indicate it to be of later than original build. Similarly the cockpit roof cleats have been re-positioned athwartships rather than the original two being fore-and-aft. Considering their short operational life, it's surprising how many detail changes were made when all the available documentary evidence is studied! You'd think that after 60+ years all the answers would be known for sure by now!
    1 year ago by astromorg
    Forum
    What transmitter , receiver
    The flysky fsi6/tgy i6 upgrades to ten channels for the price of a of Data cable at Β£3.00 from hobbyking and a 10 channel telemetry rx Β£15.00 some sensers at Β£7.00 so it
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    main battery voltage and RPM which is very useful especially the voltage . RPM handy for prop choosing I have done my tx and now all I have to do is figure out what to do with the other channels better to many than not enough Good set and expansion at low cost πŸ‘
    1 year ago by catman
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    Crash Tender davit info...
    I have done some more digging and I hope this confirms the colour scheme for the boat. please see the reply I received from:- Donald Smith RAF MARINE CRAFT HiSTORIAN Hello, Colour scheme for the above boat is as follows. Black topsides, red oxide anti-fouled bottom separated by a 2in white waterline. All decks dark grey anti-slip deck paint, cabin sides light grey, cabin roofs white anti-slip deck paint. Mast-white,
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    red, crash ladder and davit silver/aluminium. An RAF roundel is centred 5ft 4in back from stem and 2ft 1.5in above mean waterline. The centre red disc 4in Dia., middle white circle 8in Dia., and the outer blue circle 12in Dia. The bottom of the white bow numbers should be 2ft 7in above mean waterline. They are 9in high by 6in wide with a 1.5in stroke width and a 2in separation between each number. The forward end of numbers 3 or 4 on the starboard side is 12in back from the outside of the roundel (Port side similar). The main FIRE letters are 2ft 6in high by 2ft wide with a stroke width of 6in and a separation of 6in between letters. The base of the letters is 7.5in above mean waterline. Transom numbers are 10in high by 8in wide and a stroke width of 1.5in and a separation on 2in. Base of numbers to be 1ft 5in above mean waterline. Draft marks are 3in high with a 0.5in stroke. I hope this meets with your requirements. Yours faithfully Donald Smith RAF MARINE CRAFT HiSTORIAN.
    1 year ago by mturpin013
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    Crash Tender davit info...
    Martin. The 'Deck Anti-Slip Finish' bit is on page 4 near the top. Re: Colours. As there seem to be no colour photographs or film of the boats the question of colours for the decks, cabins and roofs is open to speculation but you are quite correct to point out that the plans do not specify white for anything other than the hull markings. The cabin roofs I believe would indeed have a textured coating as the crew were required to stand on them to operate the
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    etc. but I decided not to replicate the texture as is would just look like a bad paint job! I did carefully consider the colour options when painting my boat and decided to texture the deck and paint it in the colour specified β€˜BS631 RAF Light Grey’ but to leave the cabin roofs untextured and painted white as that seems to be the consensus, and to my eye it does look 'right'. It is also a great shame, as you say, that one of the most popular RAF boats were so few in numbers and not well documented or photographed during their service life. I have a suspicion that a book of drawings and specifications does exist somewhere as I have seen a few pages that appear to have 'Ministry of Supply' indexes and page references. The 'Plans & Docs' section of this site has some useful information and some 'photos and drawings but they are of very poor quality and resolution. Wouldn't it be nice if whoever has that resource were to make it generally available, I believe it's out there somewhere. We can only hope. Robbob.
    1 year ago by robbob
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    LiPo batteries
    Hi all, Lithium-Ion and Li-Po batteries do not take kindly to being stored long term fully charged. When they are new they will do it but after 2 to 3 years of intermittant use, can start to swell a bit and that is where the dangers start. When you give these cells the final run of the season and they show a charge in the the 3.3 to 3.5 (or so) volts per cell then they can be stored relatively safely. (This is called a holding or factory charge) Re start them with a balanced charge before you next use them. Do not constantly fast charge them as thi could induce swelling of the pack earlier. The old Ammo box is a good idea, any strong metal box will do but store them where it does not get very hot or very cold and ideally not in the house. Lipo cells are accepted as hand luggage by most airlines and a holding charge is recommended when flying, so remember to take a small 12v DC balance charger or 'Intelligent' charger with you to other countries, you will always be sure of a power supply, like a car battery even where the mains voltage is different. Small black plug-in cell
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    are readily available from places like Component shop and are a good guide to cell condition. One is these is quite essential as we use these cells more and more. Cheers, hope this helps. Ron.
    1 year ago by ronrees
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    Aerokits Patrol Torpedo Boat
    Thanks Doug. Finally found the Robbe on Amazon for Β£42 plus delivery. I took your advice and ordered it as it appears to be the only one left anywhere. I will leave the battery until I get nearer to the re-launch. I also purchased the
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    and balance unit. There is no point in starting from total scratch. Thought it safer to follow your lead. Thanks. 😊Peter.
    1 year ago by MouldBuilder
    Forum
    Aerokits Patrol Torpedo Boat
    PS re Monitor! There are separate 'Alarm' devices (i.e. Monitor) on the market for warning you if the Lipo is approaching the critical low voltage; 3.0 - 3.2V. Look on the sites selling batteries, they usually have the
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    as well. Some can allegedly be coupled to the feedback telemetry to warn you on the TX display, but i ain't tried that yet πŸ˜‰ LiPo Safe ESCs can also be programmed to slow down or Stop when the voltage is low. This is (to me) about the only reason to buy a programming card for the ESC. Everything else; stick positions for Full Ahead, Full Astern and All Stop you can do with the TX! 😎 PPS: Before Canabus jumps on me about programming cards! 😲 There is one other reason they can be useful: if you have a Car Escape as Canabus recommends! I discovered that they are usually delivered set up to 'Brake on reverse', which means that you have to shove the gas stick backwards twice to engage reverse. Otherwise it just STOPS!! The programming card enables resetting this to 'Boat Mode' so that the motors reverse immediately you pull the stick back. If you use Marine ESCs this isn't a problem as there ain't no Brake!
    1 year ago by RNinMunich
    Forum
    LiPo Battery Monitor
    Has anyone had experience with the Lipo Battery
    monitors
    which can monitor 1 to 8 cells, and have a LED (7 segment) read out. If you have do you have any instructions on how to set them up ?
    2 years ago by AndyG009
    Forum
    LiPo Battery Monitor
    Hi Andy There are many variations on the market but they all work basically the same way. Most modern Lipo ( and all Lithium based batteries) come with a small white plug with multiple contacts as well as the main power plug, usually connected to some heavy duty wires. The plug is connected to the battery negative at one end and then each pin is connected to the negative on the next battery etc. This allows the individual cell voltages to be measured. The
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    do this automatically when connected to the plug the correct way, if it doesn't light up it's probably the wrong way round. in my experience the monitor connector is not marked so you may need to try different combinations to find the correct way. You will not damage anything if you get it wrong. When correctly connected the monitor will display each cell voltage then the total voltage. This usually repeats after a few secs until you disconnect If you have a charger they have a selection of different size sockets for the number of pins and can only be inserted the correct way. You will need the manual that came with the charger to select the correct screen to display the values, but most can be found if you Google. Glad to hear you have a monitor, LiPos can be damaged if not kept balanced, or discharged below 3v ( some are higher, usually the high power versions) Hope his helps
    2 years ago by Dave M
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    (Naval Ship) Sprinkles
    Sprinkles is a scratch built U.S. Coast Guard PWB, patrol waterways boat. Operating features include; searchlight and running lights, revolving blue emergency light, rotating radar, and a water monitor that fires 10-15 feet and can I studied various styles of water
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    and finally decided on one that is a composite of several types. Bending the tubing was difficult, nozzle was made on Unimat. Power is from Sig "gas passer" pump. I purchased the rotating beacon on ebay and power is from 5V voltage regulator. (Motor: Electrofly) (ESC: Viper) (10/10)
    2 years ago by Commodore-H
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    Crash Tender Shaft Tube Poistion
    Hi To you all thank you for the continued advice it is making life so much easier and I do like it when the thinking is done by experts. Paul The disc idea is an absolute bonus and will be using it for sure as it takes away the need for continued measurements. Dave The water scoop is going as like you and Doug say I don't need it no working
    monitors
    for me, just a working boat would be good. I'll be using measurements given to achieve shaft positioning as at the moment I have a 2 blade prop which I think is 30mm diameter so disc to suit will be used. Doug I like KISS it's worked for me loads of times in the past but I can't help buying shining things 😁😁😁 The shim idea on the prop tube is a good one but may still go for a support even though not needed it shines 🀣🀣🀣🀣. But it may still go back to the filler piece as all depends on how difficult it is to fit the A frame support. I purchased one at 8mm for the tube and not 4mm for the shaft. I'm looking forward to the weekend to get started and even set an alarm for an early start which is unusual for me. Im off to HMS Alliance as I do volunteer guiding there otherwise id be starting now. Will keep you all posted hopefully with good news and no more questions - well on this bit anyway 🀣🀣
    2 years ago by neilmc
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    what motor
    OK. So it's 4" smaller than the Sea Scout I am currently renovating and upgrading from a 50ies Taycol motor to brushless! So keep the 'stuf' lightweight. When I asked the same question for the Sea Scout a few months ago I got the following advice from Canabus, who seems to have considerable experience in this field πŸ‘ "All from Hobbyking. Motor propdrive V2 2830- 1000kv 370watts 3.175mm shaft(9190000328-0)3S or 4S lipo battery. ESC 30A car(HK-30A)( XT60 connectors required), program card (HKPROG-CARD)can be used on the larger ones in the series. Lipo battery Turnigy 1000mah 3S 30C (T1000.3s.20) 89grams 75 x 33 x 19mm or a Turnigy 1500mah 3S 25C (T1500.3S.25) 113 grams 80 x 34 x 25 mm both have XT60 connectors. Prop about a 2 blade 30mm 1.4 pitch" I actually opted for a 3 blade prop and a 3S 3000mAh I already had, but bought the ESC and motor recommended and am now fitting them cos it made sense, was not expensive and came pretty quick - make sure it comes from the UK or EU warehouse to avoid possible import tax from Hong Kong or USA !!! This would be more than adequate to give your boat some Oomph! it needs more than my cabin Cruiser! For the RC buy a complete set already matched and 'bound' so you have the minimum of fiddling about as a rookieπŸ˜‰ I can thoroughly recommend the Turnigy HT6, AKA TGY-I6 , ~US$45 also from Hobby King. in a couple of hours one evening I could programme two models into it and get it to do what I wanted instead of what the factory thought we would want for plane or chopper! Instructions are quite clear, logical and lead you through step by step. it comes with a 68 page manual! But much you can skip if you don't intend to go flying with your boat! Attached is a pic from my manual with German branding (REELY)! But it's the same beast as the TGY-I6, second pic!! The whole package should cost around a 100quid and you're RTR! The RC set has 6 channels so you have lots of scope later for special functions; fire
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    , lights, horn, motor noise etc etc πŸ‘ By the way; the motor comes with 3.5mm bullet connectors, and of course I only had 4mm 'other halves' but you can also get connectors, loose or fitted to cables and adapters at Hobby King. (You can solder them on with your 4lb hatchet!!!) Hope this helps, Cheers Doug 😎 PS don't forget a suitable coupling to match the 3.17mm motor shaft to your prop shaft (whatever that is, 4mm?)
    2 years ago by RNinMunich
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    Conrad REELY, Flysky iA6, FS iS6, Turnigy HT6 !!
    Most of the companies you have mentioned tend to rebadge third party suppliers hardware, and put their own firmware on it. Flysky and Turnigy normally won't work together, but, if you install Turnigy with Turnigy, or Flysky with Flysky, it will work. I have successfully "updated" Turnigy receivers with Flysky firmware updates to enable me to use them with my Flysky Transmitter. My next job is to hack my Flysky GT3-B to increase to 8 channels and ppm transmission, so I can install an 8 channel receiver on my 46" fire tender (sound, directional working fire
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    , etc). Hopefully doing it sometime next week. Progress reports as(or if) I make any 😨 Best wishes, Dave W 😊
    2 years ago by rolfman2000
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    Tank Steering
    Hi Dave, you won't find a Conrad anything anywhere else but on the Conrad (or Amazon/Ebay) sites! But if you look for the Turnigy HT-6 you will find it on HobbyKing, it's the same damn thing for nearly half the Conrad price. See pics. Pure badge 'engineering'! Also just bought some Absima LiPos 2s 4000mAh from Conrad, €40 each. Today I found out that Absima is in NΓΌrnberg (Nuremberg) just up the road from here, same batt €25 😑😭 Conrad will shortly be getting an appropriate mail from me! NO more Reely stuff for me!! I found the HT-6 very easy to set up, amazing what they pack into a $45 set these days. My Spektrum cost 12 times that a few years ago and doesn't do an awful lot more and is more complex to set up πŸ€” Won't mess with mixer boards or two stick motor control just yet. Can use the mixer functions in the TX 😊 Have tested the HT-6 with various ESCs; e.g. Graupner Navy VR30 and Mtroniks Viper Micro10, no problems. When the new 2s LiPos are charged the next test will be with a Turnigy brushless ESCs and the BL I want to put in the Sea Scout. Progress is slow but sure. Why do I get on faster with electronics than with shipbuilding!!?? πŸ˜‰ You're right; Mode 1 or 2 (3 and 4 are also available!) don't matter much. With this set you can assign any control element stick, switch, or pot to any channel (i.e. RX output) you want, and very simply - not like the SpektrumπŸ€”. Like it.πŸ‘ I also like having the two pots available for proportional control; gun turrets, cranes,
    monitors
    .... πŸ‘ And still switches left over for lights, sound .... Very versatile πŸ‘πŸ‘ Only irritation is it won't go into operational mode until all switches are forward and the throttle (left stick) is pulled right back - motor off for an aircraft - safety feature. Minor irritation for a boater but pull the stick back and all is OK and you can then operate normally. Used the spring removal method on my old Graupner 40Meg MC-10. That box was a pain to set up as wellπŸ€” I could programme the radio ATE for the old Home Office Type Approval lab faster, but then - I wrote the software πŸ˜‰ Cheers Doug 😎
    2 years ago by RNinMunich
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    DJI Phantom 2 v2.2 drone
    DJI Phantom 2 v2.2. Anyone fly one of these. Here are the specs of the one I am looking at. But seems due to all the bits it has to carry the total flying time is 16 mins .. Is this long enough for a general flight ? Any here are the specs DJI Phantom 2 v2.0 Fully kitted out with Live video feed to the controller, has the excellent Zenmuse H3-3D stabilised gimbal fitted and has the brilliant Gopro hero 3+ black edition included for excellent results. It has an immersion RC 600mw video transmitter fitted for long range transmission and this is fitted with a Fat shark omni directional higher gain antenna. The controller has a Flysight black pearl monitor fitted with the latest folding sunshade. As it has dual 5.8ghz recievers and 32 channels it has twin antenna mounts on top of monitor and there is a fat shark omni directional antenna to match the one on the video transmitter on the drone and also a 5 turn helical directional antenna for solid video at extended distances. The
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    inbuilt diversity reciever will auto switch between antennas to get the best signal. This comes with all original boxes and 2 sets of propellers one of which have never been out of the box. This drone has the heads up display module already fitted to give you live flight data and heading to find back to home if orientation is lost. As with all Phantoms this drone has auto return to home and land so if connection is lost it will fly back to land at its take off point. This drone includes all chargers etc so is all you need to get flying and capturing great aerial footage in a single kit. I have flown this out to 997m during testing and it is faultless in its reliability. Three flight batteries are included to keep you flying longer. This is a very capable machine that has done some epic flights. I am happy to demonstrate it flying etc as it has never been crashed or abused. So what would you think was a fair price to pay for this drone ????
    2 years ago by none
    Response
    The fire
    monitors
    Hi Allenrod. Perhaps if I ever do a refit on this model I might consider working fire
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    but as it was never part of my original plan it would be very difficult to incorporate now. Besides, I have had my brother doing a little bit more brass turning for me as you will soon see in some forthcoming posts.πŸ˜‰ Rob.
    3 years ago by robbob
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    The fire
    monitors
    Hi Rob, They look great your attention to detail is amazing, with this in mind I wonder if you had considered working fire
    monitors
    ?, from one of your last posts I seem to remember your brother is good with a lathe, keep up the good work it is so interesting, I hope one day to have a go at this build when SWMBO decides to release a bit of cash !!!! Thanks for a great blog with great ideas, Allen R
    3 years ago by allenrod
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    The fire
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    The fire
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    are supplied in three pieces that need to be assembled, there is the pedestal, the main body & handles and the discharge nozzle (my descriptions, they may have a proper technical term!) πŸ€” Before assembly all the parts were filed smooth, and cleaned with my β€˜suede shoe brush’ to remove flash and blemishes and to give a key for subsequent paint. I felt that just glueing the main body and discharge nozzle together would not be sufficiently strong so I bored out the centre of each and inserted a 4mm threaded stud to pull them together, some threadlock on the stud and then some filler at the join produced a good result. The hole at the end of the discharge nozzle also looks more authentic. The pedestal was also bored out at both ends, the lower end for a 3mm stud and for a 2mm threaded stud at the upper end. The arms need to be carefully bent to the correct angle, you only really get one attempt at this as the white metal will not stand repeated bending and will probably fracture quite easily. I also added a small 'lever arm' feature to the bottom of the pedestal that appears in some photographs of the real item, this was finished with a hand turned brass knob. The finished parts were sprayed with one coat of grey etch primer, a coat of white primer and finally two coats of Halfords β€˜Toolbox Red’ acrylic gloss. I assembled the two pieces when the paint had hardened and put a dab of red paint on the top fixing nut. The handle ends will also be detailed with some black paint or perhaps some black heat shrink.
    3 years ago by robbob
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    White metal deck fittings.
    In between coats of black paint there’s time to prepare more of the white metal deck fittings. They all require a bit of a clean up to remove casting lines and flash, and this is easy to do with an assortment of small files, blades and a small suede shoe brush with brass wire β€˜bristles’. After a quick clean up with panel wipe I fixed them all to a piece of card with small strips of double sided foam tape to stop them getting blown around by the pressure of the spay can and gave them a couple of light coats of etch primer. To assemble the anchor I used some 2mm brass rod with some brass ends made from some larger diameter brass rod, drilled and filed to a pleasing profile, a bit of plasticard was added to neaten the pivot point and the assembly was also given a coat of etch primer. The cooling water outlet tube and flange and the dummy exhaust ports (adapted portholes) were primed also. They’ll get a coat of black gloss before they are fixed to the stern. I’ll tackle the fire
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    next…
    3 years ago by robbob
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    Graupner Tito NerI For Sale
    HI everybody, unfortunately I'm having to sell my Tito Neri.The boat has lots of working parts, fully working Shottell drives, bow thruster, working radar and fire
    monitors
    . Built to a very high standard, a real show stopper. Fully radio controlled but no transmitter. Kit cost over Β£1000. Buyer must collect. I would like Β£600 .Oxfordshire.
    5 years ago by terryaki
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    (Tug Boat) Shell Pioneer
    This is my first working RC build but here goes. A bit vauqe about the fiqures because we are still on the slipway. it is scratch built from the Phil Thomas drawing "Shell Pioneer" Twin prop with Kort nozzle steering, bow thruster, working fire
    monitors
    and lights. Throtle & steering control via Action Electronics P40E mixer. 2x 2S25C4000mA lipoly's. 6 Ch radio (4 used). draws around 4.5A hope to get 30min run time minimum. Third ESC for bow thruster. (Motor: 2x MFA940051LN) (ESC: 3xViper 15A) (5/10)
    3 years ago by marlina2
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    RAF Crash Tender
    It looks great - I am just starting to build one. Do you have any recommendations on the fire
    monitors
    ? I am going to use Robbe and make them rotate. Do you find the twin motors too much ?
    3 years ago by mbrownhill
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    46'' RAF CRASH TENDER
    If you have no radio gear consider the taranis 16 channels free mixing and excellent range. Right now you will have no use for that many control functions BUT sooner or later you will want more, ( turning on and off sounds, lights, fire
    monitors
    , radar scanners etc.) You could steer the fire monitor so it would be possible to sail up to small boys then SQUIRT them !!!!!!
    3 years ago by Haverlock
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    Fairplay
    Modified HegI Fairplay V tug built by My late Father. Mods include bigger 65mm Prop in a brass kort nozzle, working fire
    monitors
    , lights, radar, engine sound and grappling hooks to rescue nitro boats. Built 1980-81.
    4 years ago by Aquaflite
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    PCF (Patrol Craft Fast) SWIFT Boat Vietnam Era
    UPaul, That's a nice boat - and a nice build.... Don't be shy of asking a decent figure for it, it may be a model but even these can reach high build cost figures. In 2012 I completed my 46" fire boat after some 14 months work and expenditure of near GBP 2,000! Built using a glass hull the rest is scratch built using copies of Vosper drawings, the vessel is complete with wheelhouse instrumentation & furniture, First-Aid room with bunks, blankets & pillows - & F/Aid Cabinet, steps leading up to deck, on-deck equipment includes working rescue ladder, hoist Derek, boat hook, working fire
    monitors
    , stowed life rings, working Nav lights, folding mast, scale Hard Suction Hoses and threaded inlet, Tow hook, Rescue Nets, etc. & Many more small parts, Twin electric propulsion with brass scale exhaust outlets..... and on...... Jim Trying to upload photos but 'drop-down' box covers Submit Changes button!
    4 years ago by Aeronut1
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    Engine Mount Issues
    Removal of the engine block looks tricky if one thinks about chiseling it out but on my 34" that I originally built in 1963 and fitted an ED Sea Otter 3.46 diesel I found that a hot air gun set to V hot and waved around the block got it free within five minutes- without anymore bashing. I've restored the boat and changed to electric propulsion using Johnson 980 motor... Boat comes 2/3rds out of water to amidships now. Actually I've restored two 34" fireboats and since scratch built the 46" FB but using a fibreglass hull, the 46" job has fitted out wheelhouse, ditto first aid room, working lights and
    monitors
    and is powered by two Johnson 980 motors. Jim
    4 years ago by Aeronut1
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    robbe dusseldorf fire boat Wanted
    Someone did have a Dusseldorf with working
    monitors
    tucked away. thanks Bob, and to the few who showed interest
    4 years ago by dragon
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    robbe dusseldorf fire boat Wanted
    The fitting kit for the dusseldorf consists mainly of pulleys, thread, tension springs and other bits and pieces to operate the
    monitors
    . Generally the forward monitor is operated seperately by two servos - one for rotation and the other for elevation. The rear two
    monitors
    on the cabin are arranged in the kit form to be operated in tandem by a further two servos. it then requires a 6 volt pump bought seperately or 12 if you use 12 volt electrics to feed all three units. I do have a Dusseldorf but have no intention of selling at present. You can fit quite a lot such as all lighting operating as in full size boat, radar scanner, scanning searchlight, towhook, dinghy crane, etc.,etc. Very unlikely that you would be able to find a fittings kit these days but if you can obtain a set of the plans there is sufficient detail from which to work out the servo layouts and pulley sizes required.
    4 years ago by jgs43
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    robbe dusseldorf fire boat Wanted
    I thank you for your reply but rather pointless not having the
    monitors
    working it is a fire boat. There is a fitting kit for the
    monitors
    that is used with two servo's. cheers
    4 years ago by dragon
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    robbe dusseldorf fire boat Wanted
    Thanks just been looking found two one auction the other buy it now both are the factory build ones no fitting kits for the
    monitors
    .
    4 years ago by dragon
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    Robbe Dusseldorf 1.25 In Excellent Condition
    Absolutely In really excellent condition,sailed approx 4-5 times,purchased In April from Cornwall Models. Length 1107mm Width 250 mm. 2 Direct motors Will need 1 servo & pump for
    monitors
    . Will need Rx & Batt to sail Β£300
    4 years ago by ColinJ
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    dusseldorf fireboat
    I believe only one pump was used in the Robbe kit, but I never used it. So I went ahead and used three car screen pumps from Halfords. Then I went ahead & designed electronic circuits so that I could select any one, any two or all three
    monitors
    which worked well. I did away with the Vertical motion Servo's, the cords kept snapping. I used a F14 transmitter with 8 Channels. The only sound unit used was for a Siren complete with flashing blue lamp. Lights and Radar are activated by switches before sailing. No working Anchor, and last year I installed brushless motors which improved motion.
    4 years ago by Ronboy
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    Help with SEA QUEEN.
    HI Colin I have measured the roof and provide the following details: The roof is wider at the rear and has a raised centre Length down the centre 268mm at rear on each side of centre 130mm and at front on each side of centre 105mm. The length down each side is 270mm. My roof has a ply base with ply ends cut at an angle rising to 22mm at the rear and 16mm at the front apex of the roof and falling to 5mm along each long edge. This long edge is curved to follow the cabin sides and rises to 12mm in the middle. The base is 10mm shorter than the roof at the front of the long sides reducing to 5mm at the rear. The front and rear of the roof are flush. I did not build my model so the measurements may not be the same for your model but hopefully will help you contruct a roof. Basically you need to make a plate to fit inside the top of the cabin and then construct a pent roof to fit over the windows and match up the front and rear. Hopefully the pics will help but please ask if you need any clarification. I use a 42-38 brushless with an 80 amp ESC. I made a water cool jacket for the motor from a lump of alI and modified the car ESC by fitting copper tube into the alI fins. The water scoop is at the rear by the prop and feeds thro the ESC then the motor and exits thro the side of the hull. My prop came from Simon at Prop Shop and works really well. I had to fit a spray rail along the chine at each side as water was splashing into the cockpit and interfering with my crew's phasers!! I use an 11.1v 5amp Lipo (Component Shop) and have on board monitoring which warns when the battery volts start to drop and also
    monitors
    the esc and motor temps. The amps are 45 amp max at warp speed but the wash is very Impressive and not popular with other users. An acceptable speed with the boat on the plane pulls about 20/25amps so I get about 30 mins per charge, longer if I comply with speed limits. Plenty of time for me but the model really looks the part on the water and always attracts attention, usually positive. Good building Dave
    4 years ago by Dave M
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    RAF FIRE LAUNCH
    HI I am re-building a 34 Inch RAF FIRE Boat, Can any body please help with Information with the foam
    monitors
    please. chris
    4 years ago by chriso
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    Fire boat window frames.
    HI Paul the www vintage model boat co do full firings kit and all the windows set put in the details of the fire boat and that do all the aero kit boats the firings are of white metal the fire
    monitors
    the mast crane cleets tow Huck search light and !!!!???? Every thing els good luck malc
    4 years ago by malctank
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    dusseldorf fireboat
    Do you have one pump operating for all the
    monitors
    ?
    4 years ago by Squirtgun
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    Fire-Boat Edward Cotter
    The
    monitors
    on the deck on my model are static and don't spray or stream .There just for show and don't work sorry.
    4 years ago by GARTH
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    Fire-Boat Edward Cotter
    How do you simulate the spray pattern? Most
    monitors
    just stream.
    4 years ago by Squirtgun
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    Fire-Boat Edward Cotter
    I have two working
    monitors
    That I'll use But on the real Cotter there are 3
    monitors
    on the deck that have bases that have ribs I wanted to try and simulate these took a while Until I saw a Lepage 100% glue bottles the caps where just what I needed
    4 years ago by GARTH
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    Edward M.Cotter Fire-boat
    Nice build! There is a company in California USA, Harbormodels.com, that has
    monitors
    and other very nice fittings, hardware, electronics, I purchased one for my tug. Good prices.
    4 years ago by Squirtgun
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    Vosper 1/16th scale crash tener
    I think that mine is probably planing at too great an angle, so I will try moving the battery pack further forward. As to the bits and pieces, the fire
    monitors
    come from aquacraft in the US where they are used on an RTR fireboat; the mast and foglight are from the shop on this website; other bits including the LED lighting are from various ebay suppliers. I just did an ebay search on what I was looking for. Congratulations on yopur rapid build. 50 years from start to finish may be a record!
    5 years ago by JeremyBB


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