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    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 Β£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 Β£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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    (Working Vessel) Wellard
    I decided to build a canal/river maintenance barge and had a Thames lighter grp hull as a starter. This was too long so I took a chunk out of the middle and joined the two halves. The decks, hold, cabin and the rest was very much scratchbuilt. There is a lot about this model that would make either the purist or the local H&S man cringe but it was fun and looks great on a shelf in the workroom or even better on the odd trip to the lake. The Hiab crane although in wrong place I think really finishes off the model well the crane and the loo paper haha. Hope someone out there likes it. Regards (5/10)
    8 months ago by ChrisG
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    MTB385 & MTB623
    Vosper 73ft Type 1 MTB - Scratchbuilt. Now running two brushless motors and NiMH batteries. Photos previously posted. 1/24 Scale Fairmile D MTB623 belongs to a good friend. This boat was also featured in a previous video with my Fairmile D. The lake was a bit choppy with realistic sea conditions.
    1 year ago by reilly4
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    Fireboat and Sunderland together again
    an historic moment captured In minature.. my restored 1/16 scale fireboat on the water with the ultimate fireboat accessory... my 1/16 scale flying model of the Shorts Sunderland flying boat! must be the first time In 60 years the two were seen together on the water 86" scratchbuilt electric Sunderland was test flown 10th March 2013 In really awfull weather conditions 10mph wind with 15mph sheer crosswind around 70 degrees to head wind. It was raining quite heavily as you can hear the rain splashing against the side of the camera, model Is very very light only weighs 6Lbs without flight batteries and got tossed around like an empty carrier bag so no apologies for the fight against the elements during the test flight. but It flew In way less than Ideal conditions for video highlight the link below and open link http://youtu.be/VjmYjRRc_mg David
    6 years ago by dbninja
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    HS Simitzopoulos P28
    1/35 Scale model of the La Combattante IIIB Class Fast Missile Boat of the Hellenic Navy. The boat is scratchbuilt. it is 1606mm long. it has 2 brushless 720Kv motors and NiMH batteries. The 76mm guns can traverse and elevate. The 30mm guns can traverse. Both radars rotate and there are LED running lights.
    1 year ago by reilly4
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    Big Blue
    Impressive looking hull, superstructure looking about right, most of my earlier model are scratchbuilt, using what ever was to hand. Until quite recently all my hulls where balsa and ply board, progressed to plastic and plastic card these days. Welcome to an interesting hobby.
    2 years ago by Peter47
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    1/200 Yamato
    Hi guys Im having a clear out of stuff ill never get around to and thought Id give club members a chance on this one. If not its off to ebay next week. Ive decided to let my Barn find 1/200 Nichimo Yamato go. Bought about a year ago and really all ive done is taken it apart. Its been stored in a shed before that for thirty years but i reckon its 95% there. Β£350. Collection only from Dorking in Surrey. Pictures here of before stripping down: http://www.crispyandtherocketman.com/blank http://www.crispyandtherocketman.com/blank?lightbox=dataItem-ip6mpok2 [b][i][u]What you get:[/u][/i][/b] As you can see from the pictures when she came to me she had been stored in someone’s shed for the last thirty years. Virtually all there but infested with spiders and covered with an inch of grime. Scroll forward six months and all the parts that could be teased away have been and washed and in some cases primed. Hull stripped and primed. The original noisey contra rotating gearbox is included but prop connectors had perished. Suggest replace this gear box anyway. Damage to the bow. Ok I won’t lie I dropped a hammer on the damned thing. The ABS plastic foredeck shattered. Took the opportunity to replace the oversize tread plate with correct scale 1/200 tread plate. Damage repaired. Old deck retained so that the anchor fairings could be remade to replace on new deck. Other fittings all salvaged to be refitted on new deck. Rear hanger remade to include a full hanger. Rudder stem needs to be trimmed to allow for deeper hanger. Easy job. Aircraft. Three included all apart for rebuilding. Boats. All present I think. Main guns . Started work on crafting two line railings as wanted to use plastic for strength as this was going to be a pond runner. Easy job to finish. Brass etch doors added Rest of the bits. Are all contained in several pots for sifting through. I can honestly say there will be a few minor items missing but nothing major or that can be
    scratch built
    . Very few of the single AA machine guns made it to me, theres a few for templates or casting f you can do that. Superstructure. Complete as far as I can tell. The Big AA guns are all complete and present. Some barrels are dinged but all present. Those that can be removed for working on have been. Rest are stuck on solid. If your interested PM me and Ill take pictures of what she looks like now for you.
    2 years ago by Tinman0405
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    MV VELARDE
    Have decided to build this ship as my next project, using a Deans Marine GF hull. Will scratch build from there on. The are very few details of this ship available on the net, probably because the vessel was built in Germany. Has anybody else built a model of this ship and have any advise or suggestions before I start to do the planning? Thanks
    2 years ago by RHBaker
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    PS Waverley
    scratch built
    on a GRP Hull 10 years ago
    2 years ago by davidhgreatbatch
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    Mersey Ferry ''Mersey''
    1/48 scale (38 inches long) Mersey Ferry "MERSEY" from early 1900's. Fully working model ready to sail c/w 2.4GHZ radio/Tx. Well detailed
    scratch built
    from original photos. Buyer collects from Maghull Liverpool Merseyside UK. Β£500 ono
    2 years ago by 4clubs
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    Mersey Ferry RC workingModel
    Now Sold SOLD
    2 years ago by 4clubs
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    HMS Sussex
    scratch built
    on a GRP Hull. Built her 20 years ago and sail her on Mary Stevens Park Pool, Stourbridge
    2 years ago by davidhgreatbatch
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    TSS Manxman
    scratch built
    on a GRP hull. Built her in 2016 and sail her on Mary Stevens Park Pool, Stourbridge
    2 years ago by davidhgreatbatch
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    Chriscraft Corvette
    Hi all. Some shots of my scratchbuilt 42" Sterling ChrisCraft Corvette. Twin brushless on 2 X 3S 5000 lipo. Have nice day / Ivan
    2 years ago by ivves
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    HSL 102
    Hey all, I'm new here. I'm just finishing off a 36" Aerokits RAF Crash Tender that was started in 1962 a couple of generations ago in my family. Keeping it a basic build to the kit for now. While researching stuff I came across HSL 102 and am keen to build a model? Does anyone have leads on getting plans? I have found an information brochure with basic deck plan outline and a long section (no offsets) and also no cross sections at bulkheads... I'm guessing any 100 class info would be useful. Prefer to build out of wood, less interested in plastic. Have
    scratch built
    before as a school project in 1990's, jet sprint boat.
    2 years ago by simonk
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    BPB MTB449 & Vosper MTB385
    The British Power Boat MGB 449 belongs to a good friend. The Vosper 73' Type I MTB is scratch-built in 2016 and took 6 months. Both boats are 1/24 scale. The location is Albert Park lake in Melbourne, Australia
    2 years ago by reilly4
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    Schnellboot & Fairmile D
    Both boats are 1/24 scale The E boat belongs to a good friend. it has just had a new camouflage pattern added. The Fairmile D is scratch-built, it took nearly 4 years to build, launched in 2011. The sound effects were added for fun. The location is Albert Park lake in Melbourne, Australia
    2 years ago by reilly4
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    HMS Triumph
    Scratch-built Trafalgar class submarine 1986-87. it uses 2 x Engel piston tanks for the diving system. This video was at the Task force 72 regatta at Naracoorte in SA in November 2016.
    2 years ago by reilly4
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    glorious b 428
    scratch built
    34ins x 13 ins x5ins draft of 1948 ringnetter these are models radio controlled glorious b 428 bountiful b 377 misty isle b 55 current build is cygnus gm 33
    2 years ago by skiboo
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    bountiful b377
    scratch built
    80 style trawler 52 ins long x 17ins beamx 7ins draft
    2 years ago by skiboo
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    misty isle b 55
    scratch built
    trawler 70s style 5ft 3 ins long x 20ins beam x 8ins draftpowered by 24v 350 watt scooter motor 95mm 4 bladed prop picture just before the launch built sept 2016
    2 years ago by skiboo
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    Fairey Huntsman
    My
    scratch built
    Fairey Huntsman as can be seen in my build blog.First run with 3s Lipo
    2 years ago by manyboats
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    canterbury and waikato
    1/48 scale
    scratch built
    models of RNZN frigates RC
    2 years ago by admiral
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    MV Balmoral;
    scratch built
    on a modified GRP hull, finished building her at the start of this year, powered by two 385 electric motors. Sail her on Mary Stevens Park Pool Stourbridge
    2 years ago by davidhgreatbatch
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    PS Waverley
    1/50 scale
    scratch built
    model on a GRP hull. Powered by one electric geared motor and chain driven drive to paddles. Sail her on Mary Stevens Park Pool, Stourbridge. Built her ten years ago over a period of 5 years
    2 years ago by davidhgreatbatch
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    Juliette II
    scratch built
    in 1/16 scale in 2016 on a modified GRP hull. Powered by one 385 electric motor. Sail her on Mary Stevens Park Pool, Stourbridge. Though built in the 1950's this boat is still in use on the Norfolk Broads and can be hired out.
    2 years ago by davidhgreatbatch
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    TSS Manxman
    As I am retired she only took about 10 months to build and is based on a "Models By Design" GRP hull. The rest of the model is
    scratch built
    . You can view her sea trials and more details on you tube.
    2 years ago by davidhgreatbatch
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    TSS Manxman
    Isle Of Man Ferry TSS Manxman
    scratch built
    in 1/87 scale in 2016 on a GRP hull. Powered by two 385 electric motors. Sail her on Mary Stevens Park Pool, Stourbridge
    2 years ago by davidhgreatbatch
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    Tug 'DHB Dauntless'
    scratch built
    1:32 scale Dover Harbour Board Tug, DHB Doughty. The main hull is a standard Damen hull purchased from Mobile Marine Models, see their website for Portgarth. the hull is fitted with 2 x T12 Motors for the main propulsion,2 x 60 degree kort nozzles for steering, with 2 x purpose made brass props. Also fitted is a 12v Graupner water pump for the working fire monitor and Fwd spray bar, 2 x Mtronks 15 amp ESC's, Futaba steering servo and Futaba 40 MHz Receiver. Approx Dimensions including fendering Loa 41" Beam 14"
    2 years ago by barnet
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    MV Balmoral
    scratch built
    in 2015 on a GRP hull. Built as seen in 2013. Powered by two 385 electric motors. Sail her on Mary Stevens Park Pool, Stourbridge
    2 years ago by davidhgreatbatch
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    HMS Sussex
    1/128
    scratch built
    on a GRP hull. Built her 20 Years ago and sail her on Mary Stevens Park Pool, Stourbridge. Powered by four 385 electric motors
    2 years ago by davidhgreatbatch
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    U35 clockwork submarine
    Hi MBW,s Tinplate clockwork torpedo/submarine propulsion is twin coaxial contra rotating props totally
    scratch built
    handmade. its about half way through the build at the moment just doing the clockwork ballast timer and compressed air system. Cant wait to chuck it in the oggin.
    2 years ago by mactin
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    (Pleasure Craft) Sea Nymph
    scratch built
    from plan off eBay with a couple of tweaks to fit every thing in and retain cockpit floor level In 1964 this was the first aerokits boat I built so a little nostalgia here. (5/10)
    2 years ago by Rex3644
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    photo taken of my collection 20 odd years ago
    I scratch-built this lot, and it includes some major navy units as at Gibralter 1943, Force H.
    3 years ago by admiral
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    Mei Lai
    scratch built
    IOM; including sails. Had to have a go after seeing one that a club member built. Made mostly from cedar venetian blinds. Sails well, I'm just not too good racing it but occasionally get reasonable placing.
    3 years ago by manyboats
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    Scratchbuilt Swim Front Thames Lighter/Barge
    As a lad I used to see this type of barge in use all the time which I why I wanted to make one. There are a few still in use but no "Lightermen" to row them about anymore since the passing of the East End Docks
    3 years ago by sigfortunata
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    Scratchbuilt Swim Front Thames Lighter/Barge
    I remember when they used to race them! They had two men stood at the sharp end with huge sweeps to row them along near Tower Bridge. River men used to be a different breed. Roger
    3 years ago by shavings
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    Scratchbuilt Swim Front Thames Lighter/Barge
    such cargo barges have previously been used, for example, on the Thames, for transportation costs. I think even in some cases still in use today try to look on the net Tom
    3 years ago by tomarack
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    Osprey
    Osprey is a
    scratch built
    , Scottish wooden trawler (designed by Sandy Cousins). I have just finished this project and was a real treat to construct.Just a few tweaks to make.....ballast needing slight re-position,name and reg. no.,otherwise had a perfect maiden voyage.....
    3 years ago by Sandy
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    Scratchbuilt Swim Front Thames Lighter/Barge
    I guess this is a working vessel?? I wanted something for my TID to tow and after a bit of searching I found a plan for an old Ezi Bild Kit on line and got it enlarged and this is the result. It takes about 15-20kg of ballast but it tows well. Here are a couple of pictures one on its maiden "tow"
    3 years ago by sigfortunata
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    Naval Pinnace (or Royal Navy steam picket boat)
    Finally completed after 35 years, must be a record! Boiler clad in balsa insulation and then mahogany strips. Four channel radio, throttle, steering, reverser and gas isolation valve - in case the prop gets stuck on something out on the water. Hotchkiss 3 pounder made by 3D printing and forward cabin made in fiberglass on a 3D printed mould. All superstructure held down by magnets. Manual gas shut off valve under the gun. Funnel is rolled brass and hatches
    scratch built
    from brass sheet. Very nice looking boat and it's a shame that the 'innards' aren't visible when its working.
    3 years ago by Lauriem
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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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    Sovereign of the Sea's.
    scratch built
    2016 no plans built from ships drawings and paintings.Twin props Maiden at Llandrindod Wells lake 20/8/2016.Ps nearly lost it bilge pump accidentally switched on drained battery thankfully got it back just. 😯 😰
    3 years ago by prashley
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    (Naval Ship) Sovereign of the Sea's.
    scratch built
    from original ship build sketches and paintings. Built 2016. (Motor: jp) (ESC: jp) (10/10)
    3 years ago by prashley
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    (Naval Ship) Golden Hind
    scratch built
    from paintings and sketches.Built 2014. (Motor: jp) (ESC: jp) (5/10)
    3 years ago by prashley
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    Guestbook Post
    I have recently inherited my Dad's 1960's Aerokits Sea Commander still in its original state with 3.5cc diesel IC and his own self-designed and scratch-built electrics. This is the boat that won the "M.P.B.A. R/C Speed Championship 3.5cc" in 1963. I would love to convert it to electric motor and modern r/c, preferably without destroying any vintage interest it may have, and see it running again but I think I'm going to need a lot of advice as I am a complete modelling novice. Hoping to show it on the South Manchester Model Boat Club stand at Haydock next weekend.
    3 years ago by IanD
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    (Working Vessel) Reaper
    This model is 1/25 scale
    scratch built
    from a James A. Pottinger drawing of the only Scottish Herring drifter (Fyffie) left. Now a museum piece and moored in Anstruther harbour she is often sailed to various boat festivals and regatta's, as a prime example of our fishing industry history. I still have to master the sail set up . (Motor: MFA Torpedo 800 Electric Motor) (5/10)
    3 years ago by Sandy
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    Schottel drives
    Edward,the assembly as you put is in the shape of a harbour tug called, W.H.Parr, and operates in Port Nelson N.Z. I wanted to build this tug as it is named after my mothers cousin. it was built in Dunedin in the early 70s. I was able to obtain some drawings and have built it from scratch, I have had some help and guidance from club members. it got its bottom wet last Wednesday for a brief period, it sits square on the water but slightly bow down so a little bit of shuffling about with batteries might get me somewhere !! I am a bit reluctant to add weight at the moment but I built it to carry 2, 12v.7amp lead acid batteries. It's scale is 33 to 1 which makes my model 2' long so it's a bit tight for space inside. If you look up W.H.PARR on the internet you should see what I am building. Steve.
    3 years ago by Stour-boy
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    Coble
    this is work in progress of a
    scratch built
    oak planked Coble running on a 540 motor powered by a 11.1 lipo battery there is still a way to go
    3 years ago by Northumbrian
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    Wahine
    Wahine was a car passenger ferry of the Union Steamship Co. of New Zealand, and completed by Fairfields in 1966. She was lost in a major storm in the Cook Strait in 1968 with the death of 53 people. The model is substantially scratch-built with some fittings purchased. it is driven by two Graupner Speed 500 motors powered from two 6.6V 3200mAh LiFe batteries. it is fitted with twin stern and a single bow rudders, and bow and stern thrusters as on the original. The smoke effect is provided by a Steam Master Unit.
    3 years ago by Trillium


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