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    Response
    6 Volts of Course of Course!
    Ed, Good to see you found what you need. I like to use the 6 volts in my tugs as well. My original thinking was that I like to keep my 550 motors running at a lower rpm. The tugs should be slow and powerful, not a
    speedboat
    ! Good luck completing the work. Joe
    5 months ago by Joe727
    Blog
    Ady Gil Trimaran Wave Piercer
    This build started out as a crap toy speed boat that resembled the New zealand wave piecer Ady Gil (ex- Earthrace) that was cut in two in 2010 by the illegal japanese whaling vessel Shonan Maru no2. The original
    speedboat
    toy was 22 inchs long and had straight wings that connected the pontoons, the wings and the pontoons have been changed and custom made onto the existing hull and the bow has been extended and sharpened (now 26in), the stern has been rounded. The hull has now been gel coated and i have started sanding it back.
    8 months ago by rcmodelboats
    Forum
    Darby One Design hydro...
    Very true, there isint a lot of interest in
    speedboat
    s today. I remember some great ones when I was a child in the late 1950s and early 60s. I once saw an Albatross on a lake in Scarborough that was towing a water skier in 1959. I believe that is was made of aluminium instead of wood but it did have an inboard engine. . Another one I remember was the Dowty Turbocraft powered by a water jet driven by an inboard petrol engine . This was on the Southport Marine lake in 1961 and attracted a lot of spectators. it is up to us as model makers to keep the memories alive by what we build and sail. Boaty😎
    9 months ago by boaty
    Forum
    Darby One Design hydro...
    Dave , I made it. I found plans in a 1954 copy of the Motor Boat Annual I borrowed from the National Powerboat Museum at Pitsea, before the stupid bastards on the council threw it away in preference for mud huts for snotty nosed brats to go mad in. Only today I finally got some pictures from the Oulton Broad club with pics of the Darby boasts I hadn't seen, which show that the top cowling was always built a little higher than the plans show, so I shall be making some slight changes to the fixed portions. The photos show the fixed sections to be done with stringers and fabric, a la aeroplane fuselage. You can't buy decent older powerboats as kits or ready mades. Nobody gives a toss about
    speedboat
    models in this country, alas. Even though we had a very busy world of inboard race boats at one time. Now, all is boring outboards. The 1500 cc inboard classes gave us a lot of great racing just pre and post-War. Here are three in one race. "WHO'S DARBY?", Dawn, a Whippet class and Miss Windermere, another One design, like the Oulton Broad One design, all three are 1500 cc class boats. There wqere also boats of under 950cc and even a Singer Cadet class with a Singer Le Mans 1100 cc engine. The Singer Commodore had a 6 cylinder 1500, a gorgeous engine. Both Singers were designed by Percy See at Shoreham and had diagonal reverse clinker construction. I have plans if anyone is interested. Cheers, Martin
    9 months ago by Westquay
    Forum
    Singer made boats too.
    Hi, who would be brave enough to make one of these? A Percy See designed reversed diagonal clinker vintage
    speedboat
    . The Singer Cadet had a sweet little Singer 9 four cylinder engine and the Commodore had the gorgeous overhead cam 1500cc six. Martin
    9 months ago by Westquay
    Forum
    Brass bashin' Chris Craft deck fittings...
    I also enjoy restorations, Colin...just as much. Every challenge is different. This Chris Craft is a restoration of an Aerokits Sea Urchin that cost me all of 99p. on ebay! But then i thought it would be better made up as a single cockpit smaller runabout, hence the Chris Craft with the steeply tumblehomed stern. My son has an Aerokits PTB and my other son has a Sea Rover. I also have a Sea Urchin and a Veron Veronica yacht, so yes, I do like the restoration of old items. I have a pre War Marblehead in the loft too! I've never been interested in the big ships and service vessels. Only inshore sailing fishing boats and classic
    speedboat
    s. If I can help you out with any info or techniques, let me know. I have a lot of books on woodies and years as a professional modelmaker to call upon. Cheers, Martin
    10 months ago by Westquay
    Forum
    Brass bashin' Chris Craft deck fittings...
    Colin, these are to fit in with my Chris Craft, which is roughly 1/8th scale, so they just look right. I don't have any dimensions as there are no Chris Craft Special Race Boats in Britain. Not that anyone would dare to question you anyway as nobody gives a toss about classic
    speedboat
    s over here. We never had those types of boats. The Thames had one or two nice Brookes and slipper launches, but our attempts at speed were never as elegant as the Yanks and were all a bit boxy and unembelished and generally sat upon by authorities who didn't like speed, except at Windermere and Oulton Broad and they were mainly outboard powered with one or two exceptions in aluminium, and paint. Mahogany was strictly for furniture for the English. I will get all these bits cast and will have spares, so if you need any that are among my bits, just holler and I'll see what I can do. May have to charge for metal weight, but that's about it, as I will have to pay for that, even if I can get the bits squeezed in other peoples' moulds. I reckon you could use these on a 1/12th scale model without any doubt being caused. Most boats used two of those vents. A couple of cleats, a light/cum staff holder and screen supports, which I'm also doing but haven't got a picture of. That will comprise left and right, short and central, longer. The glass will slide in cast in grooves. A filler and steering wheel and instruments finish it off. Can't do a bow piece as they are all different and must fit the boat exactly. That's down to you and you can only foil that for the chrome look. Just wait till I have to do some of these! Ain't they gorgeous? Cheers, Martin
    10 months ago by Westquay
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    Alooooominum solder, anyone tried it?...
    I tried Lumiweld years ago on an all aluminium model of an Albatross
    speedboat
    in 1/6th scale. The first joint was perfect, but I was never able to make a second, just burned the flux. This has no flux separately and you don't need the stainless wire brush either. So easy. Martin
    10 months ago by Westquay
    Forum
    Burpy Hapday! ;-)
    Yup, and e-mail answered and paid by Paypal. Model is scale, but of a
    speedboat
    , but if, as you say, your Sea Scout is on a Roebesch brass, maybe I could go the same way. I just want to give that Speed 400 the best chance of lifting the boat's skirts. Anyway, enjoy your meal. Cheers, Martin
    10 months ago by Westquay
    Forum
    Cheap motor for a quick fit, but what prop gents?...
    Doug, thanks for the reference to Raboesch, but 12 quid a prop ain't gonna happen I'm afraid! I shall have to find some under 30mm plastics somewhere though, just in case they are what's needed. Either that or cut down 35mm props. Me, in Hornet II? Ha! I should be so lucky. I've still only ever been in one
    speedboat
    despite loving them all my life (apart from my own Albatross of course, which I only ever got one go in before the river speed police moaned at me). Martin
    10 months ago by Westquay
    Forum
    ESC info...
    So, the programming is done with the TX.? Ah, right. I didn't understand a word of the instructions, though. I don't want want backuds or brakes. it's an outboard racer. Don't do backuds. And my other boats, even if they had a brushless wouldn't do backuds either. All
    speedboat
    s. I don't have a club to go to, so no fiddly steering competitions. Guy I met last Monday about setting up a local group has already disappeared. How like model boaters. Martin
    10 months ago by Westquay
    Forum
    So, why not woodies?...
    Hi all, a coffee break question for you all. You will know me if you know me at all as a lover of the woodie, the mahogany hotrod, the classic
    speedboat
    . And I wonder why they are so very rarely modelled. There are plenty of plans for them and a few kits which can be made straight or converted into others. They are well documented on the 'net. There are some wonderful books about them (most of which I have!). Yet where are they all? Surely they are more fun to fling round a pond than some old tanker/coaster. I realise tugs can be made to erm...tug, if the rest of the equipment is available, but it rarely seems to be. Does the glamour of a highly varnished wooden or painted finish with chrome fittings not appeal? Does the average smallness of the classic
    speedboat
    not make for easy transport? Not a criticism, just a ponder, but some response would be appreciated. Cheers, Martin
    10 months ago by Westquay
    Forum
    Martin's Taycol Conversion Boards
    Trip to Kings Lynn Models for spruce, solar butterflies positioned near the clematis, bird bath light repaired, (I hope), doggy paddling pool filled, shelf replaced in shed, step attached to 152VO Spitfire hull, plans for 20s/30s runabouts and
    speedboat
    s listed and re-rolled (thanks Owen). Not a bad set of chores sorted by only 3 o clock. But now just too bloomin' 'ot to be outside again. We had three days of cooler weather and showers, but I'm back to watering the whole garden again tonight. Cheers, Martin
    11 months ago by Westquay
    Forum
    Brushless outboard...
    I know nothing much about brushless, Doug, except these o/bs need a 2845 or 2850 of around 2500KV to fit. Either with built in water cooling, which makes them expensive or I can wind some tube round it like a lot of the 152VO guys do. it says BLMotor 2850 -2Pole on the case. And it's a 2600Kv. Be here some time in August. I'm sure if it doesn't work in the o/b, it'll go in one of my other
    speedboat
    s where the motor isn't decided yet. Sorry I can't be more specific, but there isn't much on the specs in the advert and all you've asked for wouldn't have meant much to me anyway. Martin
    11 months ago by Westquay
    Forum
    It's a sad day!.
    Considering you can't run a pressurised boiler without a Vulcan steam certificate, there is no justification for banning steam, like New Brighton has. Mind you, when I saw what a silly little puddle they'd been left after the new developments on that town's seafront (hotel and retail) I wondered why they bothered turning up at all, but on 2 occasions I watched while I was staying there to visit a friend with my wife, there were two old boys with tugs and one of those had forgotten his batteries! Otherwise a Dad with a small boy and his off the shelf
    speedboat
    and even that was scowled at by the old farts. if a boat has a Mamod type of boiler it's not even considered a pressure vessel as its capacity is too low as is its "pressure", so you're covered all round. No need to ban anything as usual. Many parks have live steam railways and if they went bang they'd get their windows blown out in the town hall! Martin
    1 year ago by Westquay
    Forum
    Radio in a yacht
    Right chaps, firstly many thanks for your suggestions. I won't be doing LiPos, because the charging is too complicated for me. I can't read the instructions of my fancy charger so it remains in its box. I forgot that I can get NiMhs in sealed packs, so that'll be something I get hold of, although the shop had more out of stock than in! Secretary, I liked the look of that servo you linked me to and will be getting one. Norman, I have today picked up my Spektrum DX5e from my daughter's place where it was in store. I found it whilst looking for something else as always! I already have the Orange Rx and can now try binding it, when I have some batteries for both items. I also have 27meg gear, three different lots and WILL be using it in my classic
    speedboat
    models. I waste as little as possible! I have now settled on a continuous loop for the sail control, which doesn't need spring tension, though haven't decided a good way to attach the sheets to the loop or how to tell when the loop has gone as far as it dare before getting a bit mixed up. But I have sorted out the plank system by making one section trap a second, both of which can be removed separately. I found a gear and shaft out of an old printer which I chucked in the lathe and turned a groove in for the loop line. Then I found a use finally for that 6mm ball race I've had in my drill drawer for years! it was an interference fit on the shaft. I had some PTFE plate for another task and in some spare I made a hole that the ball race pushes into a treat, below it an identical plate supports the other end of the shaft, PTFE being very low friction. All this levels the return "pulley" with the servo drum. I only have a limited length of run for the loop line, but it should be enough. it's all I got anyway. About 10" between pulley and drum centres. if I attach the sheet part way down the boom instead of the end I should have enough movement. So, progress. My son-in-law supplied some bike gear cable for the rudder actuation as the rudder stock is at an extreme, typically cutter, angle. A hunt through the supplies (Pringles tins) gave up enough aluminium tube to guide the cable. Alas, I installed with lots of epoxy the rudder tube and it turns out to be 4.5mm bore! Gawd knows where that came from. The tube built into the back of the rudder itself is 4 mm. So that'll be some lathe work ahead. All good fun between the gardening chores. Cheers, Martin
    1 year ago by Westquay
    Forum
    Radio in a yacht
    Haverlock, my Orange receiver can run on anything from 3V to 9. something apparently. Just seen a good Aussie review of it and he loved it. Reckons there are thousands out there all working great, albeit on shorter ranges. it's DSM2 like my Spektrum TX, but I don't have a clue what that's all about, as long as the TX and Rx are the same, I presume. Norman, you sound like me. I have had loads of different models. Never finished an aircraft because of the cost of insurance and club membership, but I have had them whilst deciding and I built an R/C car before there were such things as kits for them, but couldn't afford a working engine. Mine ticked over smoothly or screamed its nuts off, but nought in between. But the car had suspension from a leaf spring aft to adjustable torsion bars for the front. The spine of the chassis was two strips of stair runner making a backbone from which all else hung. it went very well if I could find anywhere big enough for the screaming engine! But I came back to boats as being cheap and yachts as they don't need lots of lecktrickery, which I hate, although I have got some models of historic
    speedboat
    s in which I want to fit equally historic motors of which I have a small collection. Truth is, like my slot cars, I prefer to restore than create these days, although I have made the masters for dozens of car body kits over the years and am currently finishing a 1/6th scale Vincent Black Shadow pattern all in brass. Great to know that a holder full of four AA rechargeables will do for the boat. Thanks for that info. Now to see if I can find that nice new box full of Tx! Oh dear, I've moved since I bought it. Cheers, Martin
    1 year ago by Westquay
    Forum
    Proboat Impulse 31
    Used Proboat "Impulse 31" in good condition. Deep "V" ready to run
    speedboat
    capable of 45+mph 1750kv 4 pole water cooled brushless motor Dynamite 120amp water cooled electronic speed controller Flex shaft drive system Offset rudder set up Use with dual LiPO's with EC5 connectors (batteries not supplied) 2.4Ghz upgraded Spektrum DX4C transmitter and SR210 receiver. Length 31 inches (787mm) Beam 9 inches (229mm) Height 3.66 inches (93mm) Β£200 plus p&p
    1 year ago by Flack
    Forum
    WTF
    Aha! A forum in my neck of the woods, thanks for the tip.πŸ‘ Seems the owner of the
    speedboat
    was praising the strength of his boat's hull, from the manufacturer MHZ. "Der oben genannte MHZ (Modellbau Hobby Zavarsky) hat wirklich gute Rümpfe! Mein rotes Schiff hat ein wenig graue Farbe abbekommen, sonst nix... " 'The above mentioned MHZ has really good hulls! My red boat only got a little grey paint, other than that, nowt ...' Following comment was- Ships coming from starboard have right of way, doesn't look good for you!' 😎
    1 year ago by RNinMunich
    Forum
    WTF
    Nope, more of a RIRI 😁 On the lake here in Munich I once saw a Powerboat at speed collide with a beautifully built tug. About 3m offshore, right under my nose! Was very glad my destroyer was in dry-dock on the table at the timeπŸ˜‰ The
    speedboat
    survived but the tug just exploded in a shower of bits & pieces 😭 A 'heated discussion' ensued!😑 I gave my name and address as witness but never heard anything so I assume they 'settled Out of Court'! How did this 'er incident happen? Cheers Doug 😎
    1 year ago by RNinMunich
    Response
    Ionia
    I agree too much weight at the bow. and you need to center the weight also! she's leaning to Starboard. I will agree less speed is better remember it's a Tugboat not a
    speedboat
    .
    1 year ago by figtree7nts
    Directory
    (Other) Earthrace
    Old RC
    speedboat
    called panther that has had the wings cut off the create new more accurate wings. (5/10)
    2 years ago by rcmodelboats
    Response
    NickW's boat's
    Your
    speedboat
    is an "Intercepter 650" and came in two versions, Ready to run with installed radio gear or as a bare bones and fit your own running gear and radio. I have the ready to run and has a decent turn of speed.
    2 years ago by Wingcoax
    Forum
    Lindow common.
    Nice pictures, had a play in Photoshop on a couple hope you like, just don't hold me to
    speedboat
    s colours :-)
    2 years ago by Peter47
    Forum
    How many is to Many
    I have two sailing boats, two tugs, one trawler,one pilot boat, one
    speedboat
    all working. Restoring one robbe dusseldorf, building one tamar lifeboat,helping my son with a 48" perkasa and I have two lesro fire tenders waiting to be restored and a steam launch to build and now I am wondering why I keep looking at other boats and dreaming. Good job my wife understands, I just can't help myself!
    2 years ago by Helineil
    Response
    34'' Vosper RAF Fire boat 1/16th scale.
    Glad you like it, unfortunately, just had a message from Ethrow club, that they are banning fast electrics boats, after a number of complaints from public, about wildlife being harried by someone sailing their
    speedboat
    at them. I am not one of them try always to run in empty water, when at all possible. Need to check what they class as fast, or head to local canal and its weeds for my next speed rush.
    2 years ago by Peter47
    Forum
    3 Footer on a very rare outing
    Dave, I'm not sure what your point is. I know all that stuff about Crash Tenders and I also know that 28 knots really isn't that quick! Lifting the front third (just) clear of the waves isn't saying much compared to a full on plane. It's all academic as almost nobody gives a stuff about scale speeds. Belt your MTBs around like demented ducks, but it looks stupid on a Crash Tender, as it does on tugs and warships that are too fast as well. indeed, most people use
    speedboat
    s too fast as well. Martin
    2 years ago by Westquay
    Forum
    3 Footer on a very rare outing
    I did have the T-shirt, but wore it out on the staircase because I couldn't afford a
    speedboat
    as a kid! Martin
    2 years ago by Westquay
    Forum
    Small scale cleats and bollards
    And by today's post I receive a small Jiffy bag full of goodies!! What a service, from the IoM too! ModellingTimbers:- http://www.modellingtimbers.co.uk/ Everything I asked for, rigging cord to die for, Japanese rigging shears, a scale model galvanised bucket kit with photo-etched detail(!!!) and the most beautiful stanchions. 2 ball for my scale, but no matter, they will look superb on "Vanity" with a bit of cable run through the balls. And the cheapest brass strip I have ever seen (for deck trim, once plated, on classic
    speedboat
    models). I repeat my warning that anything you require, I would get now, as he may run out and several lines will not be repeated, at any price. Martin
    2 years ago by Westquay
    Forum
    Using old motors
    Hi all, I'm seeing posts on internet search dated 5 years or more ago, so here goes in modern times. I have a number of lovely old motors which I want to use in my
    speedboat
    models. By
    speedboat
    models I mean exactly that. Models of actual
    speedboat
    s...woodies as they're widely known. They would need to go at something like a SCALE speed of 25 - 40mph, so no acid-loving ducks here, just fastish. PLEASE don't suggest I buy modern brushless stuff. I'm just not into all that. BUT, is there any newer thinking about speed control and reversing of the old Taycols, Frogs, Basset-Lowkes and SELs? I do posses one modern motor...a speed 480 taken from an airyplane. It's all I can get in my Sea Hornet, now it has been converted to a Chris Craft Racing Runabout. Cheers, Martin (already winding rheostats!)
    2 years ago by Westquay
    Forum
    Looking for a particular person
    Alas, he talks a lot about old motors, but doesn't use them as such. I want to use mine, at least to try them out before I give up and go all buggy motor. (I call all cylindrical Jap motors "Buggy motors"). it's easier than remembering all the fancy numbers. Buggy or drill motors. I have an electric screwdriver whose batteries are pretty much dead, so there's another motor to go with the minidrill motors I already have! The way I see it is I used to use these old British motors years ago and they always worked, so why not now? I have them and I don't want them sitting on a shelf and I don't want to buy new Jap stuff or ESCs. Failing that, the boats will go on the shelf as show queens and I'll go all wind powered. I have a Veron Veronica, a one-off Dorade GRP hull of considerable age and a vintage Marblehead once owned by Sir Thomas Lipton. Oh and a partly built hull of a Victorian "Plank-on-edge" gaff cutter on which I used to live. Sounds like I need to sort my stuff out! Thanks for all the help. if anyone needs any help with things like mahogany
    speedboat
    s, deck fittings, etc. please pick my brains. Cheers, Martin
    2 years ago by Westquay
    Forum
    Motor Mounts
    Hi Steve I do believe the type of coupling you are using is able to be extended by using two in line with a brass joiner in the middle. I often use silicon exhaust tubing in place of the red bits - its a tight fit over the serrated brass bits and can be cut to any size. A solid piece of stainless rod inside the tube will help to stop any tendency to whip. Another alternative would be to use some JP Power 480 motors (28mm dia - got mine from Cornwall MB) which are fast and would suit this type of
    speedboat
    and may fit in the original position. Simon (ex propshop http://www.prop-shop.co.uk/) supplies a really well matched prop - it's used for racing. Good luck with the project Dave
    2 years ago by Dave M
    Forum
    And More free plans
    From Yachts
    speedboat
    s cargo ships and vintage boats to A submarine All sorts here. Including a Duck.... Well worth a good look... Easy to join Look at the header under Plans for the Boat Section.
    2 years ago by none
    Response
    Aerokits Sea Hornet
    Hi where did you get your figures from they are exactly what i need for my Chris Craft
    speedboat
    cheers Bob πŸ€”
    2 years ago by Northumbrian
    Forum
    Left or right
    That only really applies where the vessel is intended for restricted waters or is over a certain beam. My Albatross
    speedboat
    was right hand drive. You don't tend to worry about navigation when you have a couple of skiers on the back! And the most restricted of all navigators stand in the middle of their narrow boat. Martin
    3 years ago by Westquay
    Forum
    Left or right
    Cruisers I've been on are generally left hand drive, but
    speedboat
    s (British ones) were right hand drive. It's entirely up to you! Martin
    3 years ago by Westquay
    Response
    PT109
    Your comments regarding stability are very helpful. Given that free-board is low, there is obviously not much can be done with ballast to create better stability, you have put me off this particular type of model. Just as a wild idea though, do you think maybe a couple of false keels below the waterline running the underside length of the hull to just before where it curves upwards for the bows would help in stopping the skid and roll with every twitch of the rudder? I have seen these used on model
    speedboat
    s to give slightly better lateral stability without interfering with speed. Obviously, with being plastic and fairly lightweight, the boat would want to flip if pushed too hard in a turn, as would its full size counterpart, but hopefully these would reduce the amount of roll in slower turns.
    3 years ago by blucher
    Forum
    Jetex
    :Anyone for Jetex. (Or Rapier) Back in 1962 when I was 10, I had a yellow plastic hydroplane powered by a Jetex Atom 35. It was manufactured by D Sebel of Erith, Kent. D.Sebel at that time were the manufacturers of Jetex. The boat was 6 inches in length and reached a claimed speed of 20 MPH according to the makers. The demise of Jetex came in the early 1970s though it restarted 30 years later for a short time but not with the high quality fuel of the original. Also available at this period of time were the Rapier Rocket motors. These later were discontinued due to legislation regarding them being declassified as a smoke generator and inclusion into the firework/explosive category. However, there are still some Rapiers about, these being owned mainly by aircraft enthusiasts who have retained them for future use. Around 8 years ago I tried one in a small
    speedboat
    , built of balsa and approximately the same length as my Jetex boat when I had in 1962. It worked quite well and I wonder if anyone else has tried out a similar project. I had thought of building a small Bluebird K7 to use up some of the Rapier L1 and L2 motors I have . Also is there anyone who has built a boat powered by EDF, (Electric Ducted Fan). Perhaps it could power a bigger model of Bluebird. Regards Boaty 😊 😊 πŸ˜€
    4 years ago by boaty
    Event
    Weymouth & Portland MBC Open Fun Day
    OPEN FUN DAY 11th July 2015 Modellers are invited to come and join us to display their boats and demonstrate them at Radipole lake in Weymouth, get in touch if you want to come along. There will be scale boats, some yacht racing and fast electric
    speedboat
    demonstrations. Map of Radipole Lake : https://sites.google.com/site/wpmbclub/sailing-and-meeting-venues
    4 years ago by chrislang
    Forum
    Does anyone know. . . . . . . .
    Your model was the 16" Scalex SeaHawk (catalogue number H316), made between 1964 and 1969 (with a break in production during 1967). Not to be confused with the Bowmans Seahawk of 1932, which was a twin-cylinder steam
    speedboat
    . it was essentially an H216 Diana, upgraded with additional trim. At 37/8d in 1966 it was the top of the range sailing boat once the 24" Osprey was withdrawn in 1965. Here is a (rather poor) scan of the relevant 1967 Scalex catalogue. For more discussion you could go to the RC Groups Vintage Model thread at http://www.rcgroups.com/vintage-and-old-timer-boats-849/
    4 years ago by DodgyGeezer
    Forum
    Riva wooden
    speedboat
    for sale
    Deans marine
    speedboat
    , fitted with radio 40mgz, no battery or transmitter. But good condition, never sailed. Β£150 Including postage.
    5 years ago by terryaki
    Forum
    Free plans
    Thanks Dave, yes the old kits do tend to be more constructional than complete, but I was just idly wondering. I usually do my own for anything I have to make, although I did buy Harold Underhill's plans for the Zulu once for a customer model and they were ridiculously expensive for simple dyelines! As usual, it seems like model boats are the poor relation. I just like looking through plans, that's all. Gotta have something to do whilst the evening cocoa cools down. BTW, I have a lot of plans of mahogany classic
    speedboat
    s if anyone is interested. Cheers, Martin
    6 years ago by Westquay
    Forum
    Age of steam
    Thanks for the advice, well received. This little engine (oscillator) is soooooo simple, that any attempts to throttle it just causes it to stop. However, when up and running it propels the boat just fine. I think I'll just leave it as is. The only boat clubs I have found here are only racing clubs, sail and
    speedboat
    . That's why I enjoy this site, you all are interested in classic boating! Thanks again!
    6 years ago by CaptLarry
    Blog
    Ebay quick refurb.
    I noticed this nice looking
    speedboat
    on Ebay, I thought to myself that it had some potential, especially with its sleek shape. The item description may of put some people/bidders off, because it had no electrics and the motor was described as "not working", but at least the original gearbox drive was still in, along with the original style rudder and "Z" drive uj coupling to the prop. First job was to remove the motor, only to find it was a "Le mans " sport motor. The bearings were a little tight, but after removing the brushes, the commutator was badly oxidised, giving the reason why it would not power up. So I carefully cleaned it up with some fine abrhasive paper, I also cleaned the drive faces of the brushes before refitting. I also lubricated the motor bearings before going any further. I put the motor in my vice, connected up a couple of power leads to a 6v battery, not wanting to go full voltage straight away and he presto, the motor sprang in to life!
    7 years ago by Gregg
    Forum
    Saved from the loft !
    Vintage Kyosho Viper 25" Fast(ish) electric
    speedboat
    for sale. Purchased as an unused original loftridden kit from Ebay with a view to 'modernising' the thing with 2.4ghz and ESC to replace the mechanical speed controller In there. Hull and superstructure sprayed In Cub Yellow with deck sprayed In Metallic Blue, and trimmed with Modeline trim tapes. Sailed twice with LeMans 360ST motor and 2.4 ghz gear/50a ESC and 7.2v 300ma NiMh It Is quite fast and very manoeuvrable for It's size. Selling c/w Motor/ESC and Rudder servo ( original box & Instructon sheet & decals If required) 50.00 plus postage If required or with unused 40Mhz Tx, RX and switch harness 65.00 plus postage
    7 years ago by bilbo
    Media
    Aerokits Sea Hornet (Riva version)
    This is my Sea Hornet which was rescued from Ebay see photo 1. Gray (Froggyt996) recognised it as a Sea Hornet even with the hideous cabin attched which the prvious owner had made. Also see the propshaft angle in photo 1 - would this have ever worked? Gray again restored this for me, I wanted a mahogany boat which looked like an italian
    speedboat
    and this is what he did for me see photo 2. Photo 3 sees the Sea Hornet on the sea at Southsea just after the start of the Round Britain Race in 2008. The receiver battery failed and a very nice Lifeboat Man from Southsea happened to be watching me run the boat and rescued it when it stopped running. it was put in dry dock over this winter to be tidied up again after a couple of years constant use and photo 4 sees it with its 2 new screens, re-varnished and 2 new rubbing strake. it is powered by 2 Graupner Speed 600 motors, a Ripmax sea sprint watercooled speed controller and 2 x 3 blade prop shop props on 2 x light weight shafts. it is also filled with bouyancy foam it case the inevitable happens which makes it quite heavy. it is ran on 2 x 8.4 volts nicad sticks and gives me a running time of approx. 20 minutes with quite a good turn of speed. Marie (alias Mrs Froggyt996)
    10 years ago by froggyt996


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