All donations are securely managed through PayPal. Amounts donated are not published online.
Many thanks for your kind support
Join Us On Social Media!
🏝️ About This Website
☝️ Terms of Service
Model Boats Website
Model Boats Website
Boat Clubs & Lakes
Plans & Docs
Re: MORE SMOKER STUFF 2
You are and Yes it is , settle down Martin😂. Biggest problem is lack of room at home with my menagerie of 17 planes and 7 boats, - really must sell some planes. Also a 12ft yacht, a 15ft yacht (with
), a 12ft dinghy (with
), a general purpose
and 2 cars. Just bloody ridiculous and need to get rid of a lot of stuff, (mind you I could leave it till I Kark it then it would be my sons' problem😊😊😂)
Problem is it costs so much to advertise, absolute rip off these days! Used to have a good cheap site here (Trade Me) started by a young guy but he sold it to Fairfax Media in Aust for 700M + and as soon as they got it, they whacked all the prices up 300%! and they started charging 'success fees' on top if the item sold!!!?
I just can't say no when people offer me good (or saveable) stuff for free,- ( boats, crashed R/C planes etc) 6 of my planes are rebuilt and electrified from other peoples wrecks ( and now fly better)! One guy even hinted he wanted a plane back once I'd repaired it and it was going well (yeah right, like that was going to happen!)
4 months ago by jbkiwi
Re: My Collection...
That's a wonderful collection, I'm green with envy of your space for the collection.
I only have space to have 2 on display, most of mine live in my boat carrier
, with a few in either workshop or attic awaiting work.
The only time mine get to be seen is when I take them to the shows, or down to the lake.
But keep up the good work and collecting.
4 months ago by Colin H
Re: YET ANOTHER SMOKER VERSION
All too true Martin, I sometimes think about selling all my models and spending more time with my real boats, as it is far less stressful, and I can get all the necessary bits locally (or on line locally), (sort of like BIG modelling without the stress. You also can fish, sail, or float without having to think, "did I bring the TX, batteries" etc, - went down to the pond this evening -30km round trip,- got there and found I'd brought one wrong battery and the pond was starting to fill with weed now they have removed the carp, 😠😠😠😠😭😭##!!***.
You don't have to worry with the real boat, - boat lashed to
properly on the tow ball,? check, gas, life jackets oars and anchor? check, bag with phone, necessary bits, check, and off you go (most of this stuff is always in one place ready to go, and lucky I only have to go 300m to the ramp, and can zip home if I did forget something). You don't have dozens of mini problems like models, much more basic. We need less stress not more, and sometimes hobbies can be more stressful than the real thing (ie guys who crash $30,000 jets!). The only thing I have to wait for is the weather. Beautiful calm day today, should have used a real boat! but I did video the eels which greet you at the pond😊. Should make you
f-eel r-eely calm😂
4 months ago by jbkiwi
W.O Hargett reporting:
Alls quiet in the West with the exception of a report from the Texas Rangers-they have reported the apprehension of a pair of Oklahoma Rabbit Regulars driving a tractor-
loaded with supplies and arms headed north on US75, they were stopped just shy of the Texas-Oklahoma border after a high speed chase that also involved units of the Texas Highway Patrol and the Feline Division of the Texas Navy. The arms and supplies have been confiscated and the Rabbits are being held for questioning. There is an envoy from the Oklahoma Legislature trying to secure the rabbits release. But I’ve been assured any attempts to extradite said rabbits will be tied up by diplomatic and bureaucratic red tape. The contents of the truck include:
Two 6 pounder guns, several 40mm Bofors, several .50 caliber Brownings, a crate of carrots, some anti-Texas propaganda leaflets, and what looks to be an attempt to build a rail gun using scrap angle iron and powered by a bank of slightly swollen LIPOs.
Other than that, a quiet night in North Texas, much better than a few nights ago when the tornado sirens went off.
Also-construction on the newest Texas Navy vessel continues, good chance it will undergo sea trials well before Christmas of this year.
————————End of report———————-
4 months ago by Cashrc
Hoorah! I was beginning to think that no one would notice …
Regret to have to report that you are correct Lt. Nerys 🤔
I have been kidnapped by the Modell SchiffsWerft Verein (with the collusion of the Mayhemers) and shanghaied as Technical Advisor and held under armed guard.😠
I am being forcibly (Owwaah!!😭) coerced to write this ransom demand of the MSW for my return.
Otherwise they will arrange for my Residents Permit to be revoked, my ships, stash, workshop and research to be confiscated and I shall be deported to Boris Trump land with what I am standing up in ☹️
Ransom demand for my safe release and continuation of my rights and benefits in the BRD is as follows-
A fully RC functional 1/72 scale model of HMS ARK ROYAL, WW2 version Pennant # 91.
Model Specification demanded for my release:-
Four engines with differential control of port and starboard outer shafts, mixed with rudder control (Of course! Ouch!!🤕)
3rd ESC for cruise control of inner shafts,
Functional aircraft lifts,
(Owaaaah!🤕 I’m typing as fast as I can a decent keyboard would help instead of this stupid touchscreen)
Airwing consisting of one squadron each; Seafire, Martlet, Barracuda,
At least one aircraft of each type shall be RC and capable of launch and recovery ,
Pneumatic assisted launch is acceptable, steam powered would be preferable,
Functional arrester cables,
NAV, aircraft landing and Signalling lamps,
Sound system with gunfire, NAV and Air Operations commands,
Full flight deck crew figures,
Functional 4.5” guns firing .22 air-pistol pellets (with smoke effect),
Flash, smoke and sound effects on Pompom Flak gun,
Rotation & elevation of all guns and cranes, (natch! Owaaah!!)
Ship shall be constructed in two sections, bolted together at double midships bulkhead with all electrical connections through D-Shell plug/socket.
Alu tube alignment jigs shall ensure perfect alignment of the hull sections, NO joint visible externally!!
RC multifunction combo of course, NO Telemetry function in TX/RX which could be used for tracing / tracking (Natch!! Owaaah!!🤕)
Model shall be moored at the south end of the Ostpark Lake in Munich at Midnight on 31st October,
(Haloween, how appropriate … Ouch 🤕… NO I won’t delete that it stays or I hit Delete ALL now! Owaahhhh!!!!🤕😭)
capable of being towed by a park tractor-mower shall be parked adjacent to mooring point.
NO COPS - AREA WILL BE UNDER RC CMERA DRONE SURVEILLANCE!
Nerys, Cael ei gynnal bwyty Ostpark, yn awdurdodi ymosodiad bom meddal cyn gynted.
Yn y CYFAMSER, mae pob uned yn gweithredu ar ei LIWT ei hun!!🤞
FLEET\\ , ******* ☹️
4 months ago by RNinMunich
Chris Craft Catalina 8'
8' long......I saw this boat online about 8-10 years ago from an estate of an elderly man who was amazingly talented and built this Chris Craft Catalina.
Note the fellows finger pointing at her engine.He was 93 years old and left us in 2009.
His name was Tony and he started in 1958 was competed about 1959. He made all the metal work ,engine running gear.
Exact scale model, All brightwork hand made and plated, working doors, sliding windows, All lights work, Evinrude 3HP outboard powerhead customized to fit in the boat, custom made twin counter rotating gear box, dual wet exhaust, full
to haul it around.
All of the trim around the cabin and the rub rail is polished stainless and screwed on to the boat.
The gauges can be read...Clearly. You reach in the side window and pull a lever to release the cabin. The blinds even work and were scratchbuilt.
Redcraft in CA made all the brightwork and converted the engine. But the story goes that the two of these guys just decided to build the ultimate model boat. It won every contest ever entered. It was disqualified once for not having a scale powerplant.....So they made a working scale chris craft V-8 for it OMG!
Red said that the owners son still had the V-8.
Chris Craft themselves offered a huge amount of money for the boat at one time but the builder turned them down. Red has the letter from them that has the offer.
All this info was from 2009.
5 months ago by Brightwork
Chris Craft Catalina 8'
8' long......I saw this boat online about 8-10 years ago from an estate of an elderly man who was amazingly talented and built this Chris Craft Catalina. Note the fellows finger pointing at her engine.He was 93 years old and left us in 2009. His name was Tony and he started in 1958 was competed about 1959. He made all the metal work ,engine running gear. Exact scale model, All brightwork hand made and plated, working doors, sliding windows, All lights work, Evinrude 3HP outboard powerhead customized to fit in the boat, custom made twin counter rotating gear box, dual wet exhaust, full
to haul it around.All of the trim around the cabin and the rub rail is polished stainless and screwed on to the boat. The gauges can be read...Clearly. You reach in the side window and pull a lever to release the cabin. The blinds even work and were scratchbuilt. Redcraft in CA made all the brightwork and converted the engine. But the story goes that the two of these guys just decided to build the ultimate model boat. It won every contest ever entered. It was disqualified once for not having a scale powerplant.....So they made a working scale chris craft V-8 for it OMG! Red said that the owners son still had the V-8. Chris Craft themselves offered a huge amount of money for the boat at one time but the builder turned them down. Red has the letter from them that has the offer. All this info was from 2009.
5 months ago by Brightwork
Re: 40'' Seaplane Tender, new build. mods and improvements.
Re-I love the Detroit motors.
You're right Martin, she's getting heavier by the day. I'll have to put the model out of sight so I don't look at it and think of something else!😀 Next project might be (if I can sell a few planes off to get some space back) might be a 36" model of the Hartley 19'6" 'Flareline' cabin boat which I built back around 1990. Might build it with the
(which I also built) and a Farmall 'A' tractor which I used to tow it (if I can find a big enough scale kit).
Thought of doing it for years but never got on to it. I fitted it with a marinised 110 HP MKIII Zodiac motor and an NZ Argonaught stern drive, and it had a top speed of 30mph. Only sold it because of constant conflict with the first mate, (would not follow the 'only one captain on a boat' rule and had too many arguments/mutinys) she's no longer on the crew😊😊😊😉
5 months ago by jbkiwi
Ref. Fleet Admiral RNHQ Munchen.
BC day patrol 18/09/19
HW 9.21 wind force 1 easterly, slight swell.
Slipped moorings at base 0600. Heading West along Welsh coast. Ship has the appearance of a general work boat as a disguise. Passed Barry Island and sighted fishing boat heading into the Old Harbour. Old Harbour is unused though still designated a haven of refuge. Only practical landing place is Watch Tower Bay.
Very unusual to see craft entering the old harbour, so rounding the point, sent landing party ashore on Pebble Beach. They can make their way across promenade and grass area (site of former lido) to Watch Tower Bay beach.
Leaving WO Boatshed in charge took a boarding party to speak to fishing boat.
Came alongside, introduced myself and asked for explanation of his movements. By this time boxes were being loaded into a dinghy and taken ashore to waiting 4x4 and large
. My landing party are nearby watching.
Captain of fishing boat shows me his cargo manifest, explains all is legitimate and tells me what is happening.
Evidently whole thing started in North Devon and neighbouring Somerset. Local Scrumpy makers could look out to sea and see South Wales about thirty miles away whereas they were sending their produce at enormous cost on a 300 mile round journey by road to deliver to their South Wales outlets. They therefore asked local fishing boats for a price to deliver by sea. This was highly satisfactory especially as they would be able to deliver to beaches, thus saving harbour dues. The fishing boats looked upon this as manna from heaven as the restrictions on number of days they are allowed to fish, the species they are not allowed to catch and the throwing back, often dead, of fish they have caught but are currently banned from landing was having a devastating effect on their incomes. Most of the trade was being carried out from Porlock Weir and Ilfracombe mainly to the beaches on the Gower Peninsula, but Saundersfoot was used if there was too much swell on the beaches. He told me that he was based in the River Axe on the southern end of Weston Bay and usually carried Cheddar Cheese as well as Scrumpy as the makers were conveniently local to him. They are currently looking at other goods they might carry and some honey producers are interested.
The makers are thus getting lower delivery costs, hundreds of lorry miles are taken off the roads and the fishing boats are happy to have a new source of income. Evidently a couple of traditional sailing vessels are also engaged in the trade and a trial voyage has been made to Southern Ireland. I thanked him for his help returned to the ship, picked up the landing party, had a short cruise down as far as Porthcawl, then returned to base, well satisfied with the morning's work.
5 months ago by Nerys
To Fleet Admiral
Report on night patrol 09/09/19
Sea moderate, wind force 2 - 3 SW. Good visibility.
Rendezvoused with two units of the Welsh Navy and patrolled the designated area from Flat Holm westwards. Spoke two yachts heading up channel, but nothing suspicious. Boarded a trawler off Porlock Weir, said he was waiting for water into harbour but there were no fish in his baskets. Could have been returning from smuggling trip. Will watch movements from Porlock in future. Investigated lights on beach at Combe Martin, but this turned out to be a night fishing competition. Returning up channel headed for Worms Head then looked into Rossili beach, as the duty boat approached the beach, a Land Rover with large
drove off very fast. Reported this to Welsh Operations HQ for investigation from land. Was he waiting for a cargo to be delivered to beach? however saw no boats in the area. Rendezvoused with Rooky, went into Barry Harbour, but too early for meaningful R & R, so returned to base.
Respectfully expect to receive your comments later.
6 months ago by Nerys
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
Rented a UHaul
to transport the models the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.
Managed to get Constellation into the Miles River, but only in shifty winds between two piers full of boats.
9 months ago by Jerry Todd
Was just talking to a nice couple about 6 months ago, living in a rough old Subaru legacy SW on the next beach round from us. There was also a guy living in a Nissan Terrano at the same beach with all his gear, (boats etc ) on a big
. The first couple were hoping to move up to a van if they could get enough money together.
Sad really, especially in this country. These Govt dickheads have no idea and carry on with their grand housing schemes (present morons came up with a 'Kiwi Build' scheme to build 10,000 houses in 5 yrs,) - they've managed to get 300 done in the last year!!😭😭😭 because they didn't allow for lack of builders, and they want to import some ???!!! where the hell are they going to live,- not enough houses for us! There are thousands of containers lying round the country which could be turned in to perfectly good temp accommodation, but no, the councils won't allow it so people have to live in cars and sheds! intelligent thinking wot?!
The Kiwi Build houses are supposed to be for young first home buyers but are around $700,000 so out of their reach for a start. They have even bought existing spec homes from builders and tried to include them in the 10,000, but got found out! Prime ministers' just a waffling photo op show pony and full of crap along with the rest of them. They have even bought motels to people in and housing people in others??!!
Very quickly becoming 3rd world (and we used to have one of the best standards of living in the world 30yrs ago!) Problem is, they let all the immigrants in with money (ie Chinese) who bought up all the spare houses and now they are stopping o/s buyers but it's too late, (Chinese have bought a number of our biggest farms as well)
7 months ago by jbkiwi
Here's my downstairs man cave, bit untidy as was having a big clean out Bike went to the op shop). Have hand tools, power tools, vice, large Taiwanese Lux drill/ mill, welders etc in one end, a large industrial drill and vice down the end of the garage on another bench, (drill painted by my son when he was about 12,)-drill looked a bit sad when we bought it but came up well with a scrub and a bit of paint. Was 3 phase but I converted it to single phase as I don't have 3 phase on the house. I bought most of the heavy tools years ago as I was making boat
s, modifying cars etc.
The most useful tool I have is an Austrian Emcostar multi purpose machine, (if you ever see one cheap grab it!) it has a bench saw, band saw, disc sander, belt sander, and jigsaw all in one (plus other attachments are available, (ie wood lathe attachment.) You can tilt it horizontal for the sanders and saw, or flip it up and use the bandsaw (and disc sander). All the functions are engaged with dog clutches and everything tilts or adjusts in one way or another. Whoever designed it should have got a medal for being a bloody clever bastard!
A guy at work gave it to me as he wasn't using it and it was down the back in his garden shed!
My main modelling cave is upstairs in whatever room I want, (missus lives elsewhere😊😊😊) I just do the really dusty stuff downstairs, (painting, sawing sanding etc) Problem is I have to go outside to get there, (pain if it's raining) Aircraft hanger -(ceilings in 2 rooms plus wall rack in another) I used to have one plane left 11 yrs ago, and was very happy until a guy at work started giving me his write-off planes and got me started again, now have 18 + 6 boats and need serious help! -certainly don't need what Martin's on , I'd be 10x worse!
7 months ago by jbkiwi
Offshore Crane Vessel Bokalift 1, Build by Dutch sailing group Mail-line
As a member of the Dutch modelling group Mailline I will start this topic on the construction of the offshore crane ship BokaLift 1 in the coming period (total construction time probably 3/4 years) through many photos on this forum.
In 2005, Mailline members purchased a model of a tanker from about 385 cm long as a large towing object.
However, there was a desire to make the tanker a more functional model and so the tanker was converted in 1 winter time into an offshore crane vessel called MailLine Lifter.
The crane was fully functional including a special ballast-, and anchor system.
However, in September 2015 the
, including the model of the Mailine Lifter, was stolen from the storage location, and so far never found again.
The lack of the Mail-Line Lifter caused a great demotivation among the members and it took until 2018 before we had the motivation again to start a new group project.
In 2017, the Dutch shipping company Boskalis converted their semisubmersible heavy transport vessel Finesse into a large offshore crane vessel named BokaLift 1
A 3000-tonne Huisman crane was placed on the deck during the conversion.
Partly because many members already had tugs from shipping company Smit, the decision was made to build a model of the BokaLift 1. (scale 1/50)
During a construction meeting in spring 2018, the members decided to build the model in modules so that everyone can make their own part at home in their own workshop.
The dimensions of the model are 438x86 cm with a maximum height of 270 cm
The water displacement will be approximately 580 kg
The construction of the model is therefore divided into the following parts:
Crane / Boom
Helideck / construction
Rescue parts (liferaft / boats)
Electro / electronics / RC
I started building the hull in September 2018 and the hull is built in 2 parts.
The hull was drawn with a 3D drawing program (Delfship) and then in SolidWorks futher adjusted to a body plan to create the largest possible usable space for all components.
The frames are laser cut from 10mm poplar plywood
Then glued together and covered with 3 mm thick pinewood slats in different widths
I hope the many pictures say more than my limited English writing
7 months ago by maersk-topper
Transport System for model boats
"you could convert it to 4x4 and R/C"
Good idea JB 👍
Thinks ... still have Jessica's old RC Buggy kicking about - Tow Truck maybe!?
Brushless on each wheel of the
Gas shocks and adjustable coil springs all round;
Rack and pinion steering,
Oh! And I might need some cooled disc brakes as well😮
The pissobolotoes are endless😁
7 months ago by RNinMunich
Batteries in a DX5e
Evenin' Martin (W),
"but go to a British model boat club (if you can find one) and you'll be grunted at if you're lucky."
That was precisely my experience many years ago with the MBC here at the Munich Ostpark lake. Interestingly I haven't seen them for a few years now, and their 'Stammtisch' and equipment lockers have been removed!! I suspect that they strangled themselves.
Now I sail, mostly alone, from the same site 😊 See pic, from before the club table was removed!
Martin(555), there was a lot of one-upmanship with them too 😝
One guy regularly came with his large 'Wiesel' FPB, with a working 20mm Oerlikon cannon mechanism - NO not with live rounds!😮 But all he ever did was discuss the cannon at the Stammtisch. I never saw his boat on the watter!
What I did find back then was that some very old guys, who had served in the Kaiser's navy or the Kriegsmarine, were much more friendly and came over to chat, ask questions and share experiences when I was sailing my 1936 destroyer and/or 1936 U-Boot.
One had served on one of the first 'Torpedo Boat Destroyers' in WW1 !! He was very chatty and asked lots of questions about my 1/72 HMS Hotspur H01.
Another used to turn up with a huge (ca 2m) model of Titanic on a
. Superb model BUT; it played continuous dreadful Oompahpah music ☹️🙉 He was a nice guy though and very chatty, especially with a Maßbier (1ltr!) in his lifter 😊
Cheers, Doug 😎
8 months ago by RNinMunich
Hi ikseno, probably the best way to see the city is by boat and going down to Waiheke Island (and other islands) on the ferries (high speed cats) is great if you are into wine (lots of vineyards on the island and a festival with music each year (rhythm & vines I think) which is real popular with locals and tourists alike, - ferries are packed when that's on. Fullers ferries have 21 vessels between Auckland and the Bay Of Islands up North and have some great destinations. I occasionally go for a ride (I get transport (ferries, trains and buses) for free on my pensioners Gold Card. I can go from outside my door to the city (20km) get off the bus, walk 100m to the ferries or 200m to the trains and go anywhere I want in the Auckland area. Great on a nice day if you're short of something to do. Longest boat trip I can do is about 28km between Gulf Harbour Marina and the city. There are tours etc on classic wooden boats as well plus sailing on ex Americas Cup and restored Sir Peter Blakes'Whitbread racers. Never get bored!
My "thing" is almost anything that involves building. Full sized small boats, scale (ish) electric boats, R/C planes (converted all my IC planes (18) to electric) cars, motorbikes etc. All in all I've had 20 cars, 12 motorbikes and 12 boats many of which I've re-built - 18 R/C planes and 5 electric boats, also built 5
s . Just can't help myself ! I need help!!
8 months ago by jbkiwi
Abergavenny steam and vintage show.
Thanks I'll pass on your comments to her, she has about 600 at present, also a 1/72scale Billy Smarts Circus that she takes to some of the shows, looks like I'll have to build a bigger
later this year as both our collections are growing.
Cheers Colin and Caroline.
9 months ago by Colin H
Abergavenny steam and vintage show.
Morning Doug, yes you spotted it, that was the first boat I ever built back in 1957 my 8th birthday present.
Just off now back to the show, need to be in showground before 7am to get a parking spot for car and
Cheers Colin. 👍
9 months ago by Colin H
Hi, I presume that the Dolphin 16 is the same boat that my dad built in the late 50's as a 16ft family fishing boat, he also built the
to carry it on. He fitted an Austin 7 engine and gearbox. We used to go to Cleethorpes most weekends in the summer with it. Traded in for a 20foot launch in 1962 to give our growing family room. I think it deserves to be modelled, so I might have a go in a large scale say 1/6th.
Thanks for the memories, Colin.