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    Mclaren Clockwork Submarines U50
    Well said sir, I wholeheartedly agree, I always try to use free stuff or at least recycle into my models. I only wish I had your talent so that I could do away with the technology I use, especially when it keeps failing because the world expects the latest updates which causes my old tech to fail. Still no excuse, I just don't have your superb skill set. Keep it up
    shipmate
    . Cheers Colin.
    3 months ago by Colin H
    Forum
    1950s sea commander refurb.
    Thanks for all your comments and input. What i really need now is a copy of the templates sheet so that i can cut some new parts to replace some of the missing ones . I have ordered a new rudder, and new plexi glass for the windows. Already in hand is an Mtronics Viper marine 25 amp ESC. 12 volt 7ah battery, Futaba 27 or 40 Mhz RX. Futaba servo. Just awaiting the motor from Doug (RN in Munich). We are going to repaint the Hull in White, Cabin sides in Dark Blue, Cabin roofs in White. The decks will be left as my dad made them, just cleaned and a fresh coat of varnish. the inside of the hull is well sealed already with bitumen (original) which is still allright. Next stage start rubbing down the hull ready for the glass cloth and Ezekote resin. at least i can do this indoors in the warm, workshop too d*** cold. Thats all for today
    shipmate
    s, more to come, Cheers Colin.
    4 months ago by Colin H
    Forum
    A Birthday Wish!
    I wish you a very happy birthday, but as for the singing, leave it to the kids, they mean it. Have a good one
    shipmate
    . Cheers Colin.
    6 months ago by Colin H
    Forum
    PS Waverley
    Hi Marky, Radio Therapy huh! Eight hours a day of old Terry Wogan shows eh!?๐Ÿ˜ก Guess that'd drive out anything! ๐Ÿ˜ Hang in there
    shipmate
    ๐Ÿ‘ All the best, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    7 months ago by RNinMunich
    Forum
    Margaret's health
    Hope you get through it
    shipmate
    , best wishes for both of you. Cheers Colin.
    7 months ago by Colin H
    Forum
    Where's Figtree gone!?
    In case anyone's missed our US
    shipmate
    Figtree, he just told me he's having some trouble with his WiFi Internet connection. Actually I reckon he's gone chicken cos he still hasn't Sea Trialled his Brooklyn tug yet ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜ 'spect he'll be back in full swing soon. Cheers All, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    8 months ago by RNinMunich
    Forum
    LED Tug Mast Navigation Lights
    You betcha Ed๐Ÿ˜ฒ Watch this space! Pete has triggered my curiosity - always dangerous ๐Ÿ˜ Cheers
    shipmate
    , Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    10 months ago by RNinMunich
    Forum
    Unknown
    Looks like it could be a Thames Steam Tug, I'm not sure ! I have just acquired this lovely hull and I am not sure of it's build or origin. It is fibreglass and is 57" (1450mm) LOA X 14.5" (370mm) Beam. It has a very basically built superstructure which I don't think is appropriate. I would be very grateful if anyone has any idea what she is and any other information as to weather it was a kit that has been modified. I would love more information as to scale etc. Regards your
    shipmate
    . Ballast AKA Alan.
    1 year ago by Ballast
    Response
    Racing Sloop (no name yet)
    Thank you, Bruce! I normally build boats using Styrene sheets since I don't like to get into the epoxy business. I know others work a different procedure by using clear lacquer and are able to waterproof and give that crystal-like looking appearance. Any ideas you or any other
    shipmate
    s may offer to this humble swabbie?
    2 years ago by Krampus
    Forum
    Hydrofoil
    Hi
    shipmate
    s, has anyone ever made a hydrofoil for a model boat, I have got a wooden fire /sea rescue boat single screw which to me seems about right for a hydrofoil system. So where do I start ????? any ideas ? Steve.
    2 years ago by Stour-boy
    Forum
    Back in the boatshed at last,
    Many happy returns
    shipmate
    . I hope you are 100% again now. Sea Queen Eh! I wonder what became of mine? Great fun with a diesel in it. One of the E.D. s I think
    2 years ago by onetenor
    Forum
    HMS Illustrious
    Ahoy
    shipmate
    , Try this http://www.model-dockyard.com/acatalog/John_Lambert_Warship_PLans.html I've used several of John's plans, especially for WW2 naval weapons. Let me know how you get on, if you don't find anything I'll check my sources here in Germany. Good luck. Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    2 years ago by RNinMunich
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    Web Site Funding
    ATENTION. ATENTION...... All hands on deck.... all ranks including officers.... Now hear this, January web site funding met and slightly exceeded target.. not time to be complacent though, lets see if we can meet a target of 28 donations for Feb. Note membership rising fast nearly 30 new members joined in January, please support the site by donating, I appreciate not everyone has available funds but "those who can should" Thanks
    shipmate
    s.... At ease Allen R
    2 years ago by allenrod
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    Web Site Funding
    Good morning
    shipmate
    s, I detect a little breeze in the air this morning, another donation, thanks No 24, lets see if over the weekend we can turn this little breeze into a wind we maybe lucky and double the January target, remember every little helps as the fat lady said, as she peed in the ocean!
    2 years ago by allenrod
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    Web Site Funding
    Must say I'm disapointed with the response to my appeal for web site funding to improve, feel like I might do a Robert Maxwell and go overboard, that wont happen though as I am going to keep embarssing you all with my comments, come on
    shipmate
    s get your fingers from up your bums and do a donation via Paypal......
    2 years ago by allenrod
    Forum
    Web Site Funding
    Absolutely
    shipmate
    and fellow club member...
    2 years ago by allenrod
    Forum
    For Sale
    good luck
    shipmate
    2 years ago by Northumbrian
    Forum
    Hooben Perkasa
    Hello
    shipmate
    s. Well I finally managed to find and win on ebay a Hooben Perkasa that I so longed for. Why the Hooben rather than one of the others on the market ?, because It has a far greater level of detail than the other two !!! The previous owner had only assembled the forward Bofors and the torpedo racks so there Is plenty left to do, Including rebuilding the previous mentioned parts as there assembly was abysmal. Having waited so long to get one of these kits I am very disappointed at the poor quality of the mouldings especially the deck which has a moulding line down the middle from stem to stern, which seems to step from port to starboard, (don't quit know what to do about that) The cabin / bridge superstructure has positioning lugs moulded to the under edge which are supposed to align with Indentations In the deck but guess what, they don't align ! so I have cut them all off, the raised lip around the deck opening lines It up ok, so not so much of a problem, just annoying and reflects the poor quality of the kit. This will be the first plastic kit I have built for over 40 years so Its going to be a challenge. I'm a bit fussy so Its got to be right, think I'm going to have to find someone to assemble those brass torpedo racks though, don't think I'm quite up to that, any volunteer's ? I Intend to have the forward hatch open and will make a ladder down a access tube Into the forward hull. Have also fitted a minI servo to give the forward Bofors a degree of rotation. Will post some pictures sometime. Any advice / assistance from anyone who has built one of these would be gratefully received. Bye for now, John
    5 years ago by bikerjohn57
    Forum
    RAF Fireboat monitors
    Will try that cheers
    shipmate
    . ;-), Progress report - Have found items they are sold separately in their ship fittings order 2, at first I could only find full set of fittings, was just looking on wrong page on site. Again Thank you Rooky Sailor, much appreciated Sir :-)
    5 years ago by Peter47
    Guestbook
    Guestbook Post
    HI peeps, Found this site via an ad in the july issue of model boats mag, glad I looked it up, its a good and fresh site with a wide spectrum of interests and abilities on show. I'm at present learning to sail my 'Phantom' yacht and between sailing sessions and when time allows I am working on a coaster in 1/48th scale based upon the models by design (ex metcalf) Pateke, I say based upon as I am converting her to incorporate aspects of coaster designs of the 50's and 60's, so therefore she is a freelance model, I'm trying to incorporate as much detail as possible, building the superstructure at present with full wheelhouse detail all scratchbuilt. I'm quite new at model shipbuilding but not new to model building, been plastic kit-bashing for 20 years ...........have interest in building fleetscales HMS Starling but as the Opossum as this was my dad's ship in 1954-56......if anyone has more details on this ship I would love to see more close up pics if poss!!!......all the best fellow
    shipmate
    s!
    6 years ago by DaveJay
    Response
    R A F TARGET TOWING LAUNCH
    Thanks for response
    shipmate
    s I am now going away to finnish the rebuild of my 30 year old Ocean Queen !! Best regards Peter.
    6 years ago by PeterRushen
    Response
    R A F TARGET TOWING LAUNCH
    Great looking boat
    shipmate
    . Colin ๐Ÿ‘
    6 years ago by ColinT
    Response
    rivarama
    HI Brian. As I expected, a great looker and really looks better on the water ๐Ÿ˜€ . is that a driver I can see in middle photo? is it really a model? ๐Ÿ‘‹ Hope you get your motor sorted soon, thanks for a great build blog. good reading and will certainly look forward to all your updates. Happy sailing
    shipmate
    , keep up the good work ๐Ÿ‘ . Best wishes colin.
    6 years ago by Colin H
    Forum
    RIP HS93 Peter Henshaw
    God rest this amazingly helpful
    shipmate
    , even though we never met he supplied me with boundless info and ideas.
    6 years ago by Colin H
    Response
    rivarama
    Well Brian, it seems that you have made good progress and from your pictures looks a nice smooth shape that will glide through the water or fly over it at speed. Can't wait to see next stage in your build. Well Done
    shipmate
    , Colin.
    7 years ago by Colin H
    Media
    ''port Adelaide ''
    HI
    shipmate
    s, here,s a few shpts of the "Port ". She,s a 1/80 scale scratch built cargo ship of the Port line company from around the 1950, A ship this size requieres quite a bit of balast, I use water, it takes around 40 lds to get her sitting right, this is pumped in and out with a submersible caravan water pump. Most of the fittings are resin castings. there are a few more bits to finnish off but could not resist the chance to try her out on the Chasewater pool.
    7 years ago by Powdermonky
    Forum
    12T v 13T
    Hi, I've got a probe 12 esc with a 13 turn motor.7.2v p/pack as supplied by a model shop. Now for my problem, yes you've guesed, It keeps stopping. it's a brushed motor etronics sport tuned 13t, direct drive with a 35mm 2 blade prop, now, holding the boat In the water I get 4.7amps full forward and 9.3amps on half speed. a probe 12 has a 12t max, would 1turn make that much difference? I'm not a speed freak I just like gentle boating with gentle problems. even on a slow run It stops then I just let It sit and It's off again for another couple of mins, this esc Is rated at full forward current of 46a, reverse current of 30a, so It should be able to handle It In any direction, shouldn't It? sorry the boats a 34inch crash tender, I had the original 3 blade prop on It at first as I thought It was that. can any one guide me In the right direction? as my home Is a narrowboat on a marina and all this water and sunshine Is driving me nuts. THANKS
    shipmate
    S.
    8 years ago by titfa
    Forum
    ventilators
    hiya
    shipmate
    s, thanks for that, I didn't realize they turned around on full size. on my fireboat it has now got 2 forward facing and 6 rear facing so now everyone happy. titfa
    8 years ago by titfa


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