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    fuse holder
    Hi all , can any one recommend a fuse holder type for RC boat , I have tested the schenllboot in the testing tank got all three working but intermittently , motor 1 fuse blown motor 3 smoking ,its a 15 amp 7.2v system.my aim is to replace Halfords fuse holders with ones more suited to model boat cant find any on internet which are specific for model boats , also planning to change wire for mtroniks wire for the fuse holder, programing the ESC works better doing one at a time
    1 year ago by teejay
    Response
    Holy SMOKE !! Video, Tin Can Madness
    BTW: I grew up with valves (or bottles as we Brits also call 'em) as well. I still have a box of several vintage 'bottles' in the cellar, many of them new still in the original boxes. if you ever run out of triodes, pentodes or tetrodes give me a buzz! Think I still have some pristine EL80s - collectors items these days - lots of Oomph 😁 My next non-model boat electronic project is a pair of digital clocks in 'Art Deco' cases, using bottle decade counters. The forerunners of the fluorescent tubes and then the LED clocks, but much more funπŸ˜‰. About forty years ago I spent a year or so servicing and calibrating the radiation monitors around UK nuke power plants using these decade counters. One cosmic radiation click = one jump in the base counter and so on. Never ever saw anything above the basic cosmic radiation background count which is always there. A remnant of the 'Big Bang'. 😲 Funny where an interest in electronics and radio can getcha 😁 Look forward to your chimney experiment reportπŸ‘ My destroyer has two funnels but I found that the little railway smokers were not man enough to feed two funnels via a branched tube. But two working in parallel off the one RC channel did the trick. Regarding the chimney effect; Works well at rest or at low speeds, but I also found that instead of a fan some traditional air vent scoops mounted forward of the smoker augmented the effect well at higher speeds. And my long thin destroyer with 2 x 540s on 12V made a lot of 'speed boats' look silly 😁 Have fun, ciao, Doug 😎
    1 year ago by RNinMunich
    Response
    Can't stop adding stuff
    Good stuff JoeπŸ‘ Detail of the smoker please! That's the trouble / fun with ship modelling, so many possibilities. The only limit (within weight and available power considerations) is imagination and ingenuity. I've even seen a tug on which a cabin door opens, a sailor comes out and pees over the side😲😁 Some crew would liven up your boat. And a horn? Working winch and towing tackle? Crane? Radar? Signalling lamp? ... I once fitted a working monitor on a boat - just to keep inquisitive kids with sticky fingers at bay! BTW; fires DO do VERY WELL on boats; all that paint and other inflammable material!πŸ€” Cheers, Doug 😎
    1 year ago by RNinMunich
    Guestbook
    Guestbook Post
    Hello, Just been a member for a short time now and I really enjoy this site. Couple of reasons, I enjoy getting information from different parts of the world, different views. One of my main interests is English Working Sailboats, I find the feedback from the UK guys great! My ancestry is English, having sailed on the ship Abigail in 1628. My enthusiasm has been encouraged by all of the very helpful posts. Fast way to get information and collaboration. Regards, Joe
    1 year ago by Joe727
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    Cleaning sails, toy yachts, etc....
    I just got a lovely old Star SY 3 yacht and needed to clean some filthy sails. My wife suggested Vanish and blow me down with a genoa, it's working. A generally mid to dark grey (I believe oil based) grubbiness has all but disappeared and I should be able to re-rig them with some new off white 1.3mm string from Caldercraft fittings at Cornwall Model Boats. I can make new styrene bowsies and any metal hooks and loops. I've scraped the mast and bowsprit fittings of rust until they look shiny again, repaired a broken mast and repainted the green edging which had been a bit knocked about. I love doing these restorations more than making new stuff! Martin
    2 years ago by Westquay
    Guestbook
    Guestbook Post
    Hi All. Many may already recognise the 'nutter from Munich' 😁 but I just wanted to say- I first stumbled across this site and enrolled here in 2014 but was still in harness and trundling around the world working with various navies and shipyards on all sorts of naval ships from small Fast Patrol Boats through subs, Corvettes and Frigates up to LPDs, Heli and Escort Carriers. So I didn't have much time for model building (sounds better than 'Modelling' somehow 😁😲) or contributions to the site, but I did try to keep up to date with advances, as I always did in my profession - Naval COMMS systems - and dipped in and out of this site without getting involved. Since I retired last year I have become an active member and have also dipped into, and registered with some, other Model Boat forums in various countries. But in all of them I have never found such an international, friendly and knowledgable bunch as on this site. Or such a well organised site where it is 'relatively' easy to find the info you need, or to just ask and get informed answers pronto. Sure there is room for improvement in some areas but "Tempus fugit" and things move on - so is it also on this site. I understand that a facelift and changes are afootπŸ˜‰ whatever the outcome I'm sure you won't find a better web site for informed (bin there done that!) info on model boat / ship building as well as research on the original vessels this side of the asteroid belt! Welcome aboard and Happy Building and Sailing, All the best, cheers, Doug 😎
    2 years ago by RNinMunich
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    Tony O
    "Thus spoke Zarathustra, Harbinger of Doom and Gloom" Martin: if any youngster with a glimmer of interest stumbles across this site and immediately sees in 'Latest posts' comments such as Quote "F*** em all" and "My attitude, as ever, has to revert to "F*** 'em all", do you really think that that is encouraging? There are glimmers of truth in what you say BUT mis- and overuse of smartphones / I-Pads etc etc can be restricted by the use of apps designed for just that purpose. Apart from the fact that the parents (to a lesser extent perhaps also the grandparents) of course have a major guiding role in such matters. Or should have! And don't come with the old chestnut that the kids today can get around such apps. If that's really the case then leave 'em alone to go on to make their millions writing software, designing games or hacking banks and insurance companies! 😁 Those are the extreme exceptions though. As long as 'WE' live WE will not witness the death of model boating! Oh! and BTW: just because someone has other interests and a different attitude to life to your apparently somewhat blinkered one (e.g. w.r.t. 'woodies' versus functional
    working boats
    and ships), e.g. angling, does not mean he is a moron. That said it doesn't surprise me at all that you had no luck trying to start a club. Lighten up a bit and 'Live and Let Live'. Nevertheless, all the best, Doug😎
    2 years ago by RNinMunich
    Response
    Sails back on
    Nice ideas Martin, I did the VOR as a challenge from my company (Musto / Helly Hansen). it was in one of my stores looking sorry for itself! I am more into a working trawler or Gill netter... been working on Cygnus style boats recently (see blogs Emily PII and Emily PIII) but am thinking my next one could be a steel boat as I do like a bit of rust!!!
    2 years ago by GrahamP74
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    1/16th scale Tamar
    Hi Marlina, I agree with MartinπŸ‘ Brushless are overkill for scale
    working boats
    . A good quality and well lubricated brushed motor should not be noisy! Go for a 5 pole motor if you can for extra smoothnessπŸ˜‰ Brushless motors whine like scalded cats, especially at low speeds / RPM. it's a consequence of the pulsed DC used to control the speed. Pitch rises with RPM until only dogs get annoyed!😲 Good luck with your projectπŸ‘ Don't forget the Blog! Cheers, Doug 😎
    2 years ago by RNinMunich
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    Mahogany in Scale
    Last I saw t, he showed it working. Alas he has been stricken with Alzheimers in the last few months. I was asked not to go round as his wife had had a fall and it was all rather awkward round there. So suddenly a good old friend (he's 84) has been taken from me. What will happen to all his stuff, I dread to think. There are over 50 flyable aircraft in sheds, caravans and his large loft, even some boats. He gave me a GRP hull of the Bloodhound and a freelance, very early GRP cruiser hull. I shall attempt to finish them in his memory, because it's like he's died. That E.D. RC set should be in a museum, but there ain't no model museums. Martin
    2 years ago by Westquay
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    Old Futaba servo wiring...
    Quite simple Martin, there's a chip inside the Tester which generates the same signal as comes out of a receiver. The pot on the top varies the signal just like the sticks on the TX do. Mr Karslake just didn't know how to do it. A 'stick-in-the-mud! Guess that was one customer who wasn't😑 Working models deserve lights like the originals. Even boats like your Hornet probably had at least a white stern lamp to prevent them gettin' rammed up the whatsit😲 Was only pullin' your chain a bit about the LED tester and RF detector anyway😁 Ciao, Doug 😎
    2 years ago by RNinMunich
    Blog
    At Last The Sea Trials!! Munich 25.05.18.
    Another Flashback - to 25th May at the Biergarten / lake in the Ostpark, Munich. Trials vids can be seen here on YouTube. Pt1: First run with a 3S LiPo. https://youtu.be/b0BWJ3duzDw Pt2: 'The competition / residents'! https://youtu.be/oMUlSOaAREM Pt3: 'Final run', the Bier was getting warm. https://youtu.be/zPgYicA0yGw They are also posted in the Video Gallery with some info on the batteries I tried and resultant performance. I think all the effort was finally worth it 😊 Now working on a PT Boat refit for the Pacific Theatre as PT109, and the renovation conversion of an ancient Billing Boats fish cutter from static to RC. Cheers, All, Doug 😎 PS Filmed in 1080p. With thanks to my GF Gisela, the Camera Girl.😊
    2 years ago by RNinMunich
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    Inspiration for beautiful boat builders ;-)
    Doug, I think compared with how it was relatively recently, there are, for argument's sakes almost no real scratchbuilders any more. I mean take, or preferably make a drawing and, using stock materials, make a model of something for which there are no kits. And there, the grain of truth is already branching out into a full tree. And that ain't gonna get any better when your own grandchildren, who have grown up watching you make stuff still can't conceive of working at a bench to make something they want, because they can't use their 'phone. I feel sorry for them on one hand and on the other I don't give a shit because I won't be around to see their despair when the power runs out and they wish they'd listened. My two twin granddaughters believe that a portable charger will always be able to charge their 'phones, wherever they are. Common sense has not even taught them to question where IT gets its power. OK, their education so far has been woeful and finally is improving now they've changed schools, but really, should that be necessary in the modern age? But that's a different topic altogether. On a better note, I have finally heard from someone local who wants to meet up for a coffee and a natter to discuss running model boats on the local river, a calm and canalised thing with almost no flow and a bridge to get both sides. Martin
    2 years ago by Westquay
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    Norfolk Wherry Fans
    There seems to be some misconceptions about Dutch Barges. Most of what we now refer to as Dutch barges were originally developed as fishing boats suited to the area in which they were working. There were many different types and far from just being used on the canals fished all waters of the Netherlands and were quite capable of taking on the sharp nasty seas of places like Hollandsche Diep and the Ooste Schelde. I can assure you, even the Ijselmeer can get choppy under the right conditions. in fact Dutch Schuyts brought cargoes of eels to London from about the 1600s and a berth was still kept for them until the early 20th century, They were typical of what we would now call a Dutch barge. There were quite small ones like the Schouw and the Grundel that were inshore and lake fishers, then they varied in size through the Botters, Hoogars and Lemeraaks to the Tjalk and the Klipper which were cargo carriers. The Klippers were roughly the same size as Thames Barges and sometimes bigger and were rigged as Gaff Ketches, similar to our West Country Ketches. They were mainly fairly heavily built well in keeping with traditional wooden
    working boats
    . in latter days, steel replaced wood but they still followed the traditional designs. Luckily, so many Dutch Barges are still being built as yachts, decorated and fitted out very traditionally and there is considerable interest in the many events held for them every year.
    2 years ago by Nerys
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    What do you do when...
    Its possible we have all had this issue.. boat in the middle of the pond not working, I used one of the other boats I have to retrieve it, not very easy.. I am thinking of building a rescue vessel, square(ish) front, twin prop's and rudders tucked out the way for reversing and with soft rubber edging all around it to push or even guide (if damaged rudder) any boat back to shore.. or is this going a bit far?.. your thoughts or what you do when or if this happens when your out on the pond?
    2 years ago by Steve-Teresa
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    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 speedboats 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
    2 years ago by Westquay
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    Graupner ranzow refitting
    Here is the working anchor winch, i did cheat and purchase this from cornwall model boats if you search for " krick working anchor winch " when i purchased this it retailed at Β£69 but i do think it is worth the expense and i have in the past used this to make my own working anchor winch for one of my tugs.
    2 years ago by kmbcsecretary
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    (Other) CG-40564
    DUMAS 1:14 USCG 40' UTB. REPRESENTING US COAST GUARD UTILITY BOAT CG-40564, WHICH CAPSIZED DURING A RESCUE ATTEMPT ON THE COLUMBIA RIVER BAR ON 17 JAN 1961. HER CREW WAS FORTUNATELY RESCUED. SHE WAS ASSISTING CG-52301, A 52' TYPE F WOODEN MLB, WHICH FOUNDERED WITH THE LOSS OF ALL HANDS. IT REMAINS THE WORST SMALL BOAT RESCUE DISASTER IN COAST GUARD HiSTORY. THIS IS AN UNUSUAL SCALE BALSA PLANK-ON, COVERED BY 2 OZ FIBERGLASS. I USED MINWAX POLYURETHANE FOR AN ALTERNATE TO RESIN, WHICH TURNED OUT WELL, AND CAN BE DONE WITH MINIMAL VENTILATION. WITH BIRCH PLY DECK & CABINS, 1/8" SCRIBED SHEATHING COVERS THE DECK BOW TO STERN AND MAHOGANY TRIM LEFTOVER FROM ANOTHER DUMAS KIT IN MY SCALE SHIPYARD. STOCK D/C FITTINGS WITH SOME SUPPLEMENTAL PREMADE AND HANDMADE ITEMS. SHE FEATURES TWIN RABOESCH 4-BLADE WIDE FLUKE WHEELS AND MATCHING RUDDERS; WORKING HATCHES WITH STOWAGE AREA FOR ANCHOR & TOWLINE, LIGHTHOUSE 9V LED NAV LIGHTS AND FLASHING LED LAW ENFORCEMENT BLUE LIGHT (RC CONTROLLED). I'M ADDING A MOUNT FOR A SCALE BROWNING M2 50 CAL THAT I WAS ABLE TO PRODUCE ON MY 3D PRINTER. THAT'S AN ADVENTURE IN ITSELF. THIS WAS MY FIRST REAL PLANK ON BULKHEAD, AND BALSAWOOD CAN BE A LIL TRICKY, BUT WILL ALWAYS BE THE STANDARD OF WHICH I COMPARE ALL MY SUBSEQUENT BUILDS. MY FATHER BUILT RC AIRCRAFT, AND ALWAYS PREACHED THAT YOU SHOULD OVERBUILD IN ORDER TO SURVIVE A CRACK-UP AND FLY ANOTHER DAY! THAT'S MY CREED WITH BOATS. OVERBUILD!!! THANK YOU DAD! BTW-FYI-MR. ARNOLD PALMER WAS A US COAST GUARDSMAN (YM3) 1950-53 (Motor: 775 JOHNSON-TYPE 6-12V) (ESC: HOBBYWING) (9/10)
    2 years ago by circle43nautical
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    1 hour till completion!
    Thanks for the compliments guys, must admit I’m chuffed with my first plan/scratch built boat although coming from aircraft has helped! The nice thing about boats is it takes a lot longer working in heavy woods compared to balsa etc. But the end result with boats is the joy of knowing there is less chance of β€œre-kitting” on the maiden!
    2 years ago by Skydive130
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    First real sea trial
    Thanks RN the bird flew before I got the camera out! Not many
    working boats
    left in Folkestone these days...
    2 years ago by GrahamP74
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    Her Majesty's Savior
    That's a great model kit. I have built several Dumas kits over the years and have never been disappointed. They allow you to use your imagination and skills; but my first RC project some28 years ago was a Billings Boats 1:20 USCG 44 foot Motor Lifeboat like yours with an ABS hull and wood superstructure. To be honest, I've been working on her for as long as I've been a father! Always adding details or overhauling, I reckon. A couple of years ago I took her apart and repainted the hull. Now I am periodically reassembling her with the original fittings. My present project is a Barracuda RC Boats 1:12 USCG 52' Motor Lifeboat, of which there are only three kits world-wide. The actual MLB "Triumph" (CG-52301, 2 were built in 1935) was lost with all hands during a rescue attempt off Cape Disappointment, WA in January 1961. My Father built strong aircraft, and I always preferred boats. I overbuild my boats in the same manner. My weakness is that I can't wait for the glue to dry. Looks good & keep up the great work! GO CUBS!
    3 years ago by circle43nautical
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    Sea Queen refurbishment
    We have managed to cut and remove the tree with the help of local farmer and his telehandler. Son has put scaffolding all round the building now and is starting to remove sections of the collapsed roof, with a bit of luck should be able to see inside tomorrow. Son thinks that my working area seems to be the worst affected area by he said there seems to be a couple of boats on the floor in the corner. So fingers crossed something has survived. There were eight boats undergoing repairs, my wife's swordsman, and her two launches, a Norstar Fireboat, a sea commander, a 48" bounty waiting for rigging, my dads old Sea Queen, and a 34" Huntsman having a repaint. As for insurance, mine said I should claim on the trees owner as it wasn't mine. Might be a problem there it was on communal land owned by housing association. Anyway not much I can do till its safe to go in. Must say my son and his two mates haven't stopped from 8-00 this morning till now. By for now Colin.
    3 years ago by Colin H
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    HI From Munich
    Just found the site and thought I'd Introduce myself. I'm a 50s ex-pat brit living and working just outside Munich. Main hobbies are saxophone and photography. Used to be a keen aeromodeller at school In the 60s/70s, almost all control line stuff, but I did build one hovercraft. Plenty of water around here... During that time a friend gave me a model RAF fire tender 34" to rebuild and re-engine. On condition that It was used. Sadly other things got In the way, but It's now time to do something with It. From what I've read so far It appears to be an aerokits model. However most of the fittings are missing. I'm new to boats, RC and electrics. All pointers gratefully accepted. Will be doing a lot of digging through here over the next few days/weeks/years...
    7 years ago by kevgermany
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    Sea Queen refurbishment
    Hi Boatshed, the Queen was treated with TRICLOROETHANE. Sorry can't divulge where but it was done in a laboratory by a guy who owed me a massive favour from when I was working. Even I don't know exactly how its done but sure worked. Wish I could get all my old boats done, as you I have many including an original fireboat from 1957. Also a Sea Urchin, and two Swordsman, a large launch from the early 60's Caroline is 56 inches, plus a 46 inch tug, about 8 other boats that need work, not to mention 5 sailing boats. Most of the fleet are used for displays at vintage and steam rally's. My wife and I spend the winters doing restoration work on models that get donated to us. Good night. Colin.
    3 years ago by Colin H
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    No power
    Hi Doug, i'm sorry if you feel i'm not genuine....after the last few years of my health deteriorating i've moved from 1/35 plastic kits thru the scales until even the larger scales I couldn't deal with. RC boats i thought would be good because of no real construction so don't have to worry about my hands working correctly (i've purchased my boats rather than made them) I have little understanding about electronics, my career in the forces was stores not electrics....I have tried to answer your questions of me that would eventually help me with honesty and openness....i'll try not to upset you with my insignificant problems from this point onwards.
    3 years ago by NickW
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    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!
    3 years ago by Helineil
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    Miss Geico 29''
    i know what you mean about speed and i am always trying to get more from my steam boats!!! they are very slow compared with your petrol and brushless jobs but my aim is for more speed .i am working on steam turbines at present which are very inefficient and not that powerful but the intention is eventually for more speed !! you want to try coal fired boiler boats [ i make my own ] . there is much to do pondside what with stoking and water filling and oiling and all and i get loads of fun ..... much more than sailing my old electric crash tender which was fun to build but boring to sail . les breame
    3 years ago by lesliebreame
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    Crash Tender planking
    Hi Martin. I'm pleased that my blog is interesting and helpful, but I don't want to mislead you on some of the details I have included on my model. I don't have any real hard evidence that there was any type of fancy decking on either of the fireboats, indeed I do believe that it's more than likely that the deck areas that I have finished with planking were probably just painted the same as the main deck and upperworks. These were
    working boats
    that would get harsh use and treatment so any type of adornment would be a waste of time and money. I do have a drawing of the tow hook deck that certainly shows an underlying planked construction of the rear decks but no finishing details. The only 'photo of the rear well that I have doesn't seem to show any visible planking so I suspect it was all just painted. My decision to plank these decks is pure 'modelling licence' as used by many other modellers of these boats and I think it adds interesting detail to what would otherwise be a very utilitarian vessel. Without access to the full original Vosper construction drawings and possibly other photographic evidence the decking question is open to speculation. Rob (Robbob)
    3 years ago by robbob
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    How many is to Many
    I have 12
    working boats
    , 4 boat under construction, just the 1 set aside for later and I have no idea how many will never get built.
    3 years ago by John2
    Response
    San Pedro Push Boat
    Hi Jarvo Thanks, it's good to here from you again. All the best to you and a happy and new year. Also Peter47 sounds like a great guy to hang out with. Mark, are you working on any new boats? I've started on a barge! Ed
    3 years ago by figtree7nts
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    (Sea Queen) Boaty Mcboaty
    I am building a Aerokits Sea Queen, I intend initially using a 12v lead acid and maybe going to 24v when sorted ,I am about half way at the moment and looking forcan Easter launch date , I like working with wood rather than plastic and much prefer the older more traditional style boats If anyone is interested I am having a clear out of all my other boats to raise funds for new projects and space Please feel free to contact me if your interested , Iam getting flak from the sub - Lieutenant (Motor: Jp EnerGpro) (ESC: Jp EnerGpro) (8/10)
    3 years ago by terry290654
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    New Guy On Th e Block:-Introduction
    just a thought you want a MTB and have problems building have you seen http://www.cornwallmodelboats.co.uk/acatalog/italeri-boats-large.html These are plastic kits so ( fairly) easy to build. I have seen many articles about sticking radio and motor(s) etc. inside so you have a working model. http://modelingmadness.com/review/misc/ships/gb/reynmtb.htm http://www.modelshipwrights.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=features&file=view&artid=5253 http://www.modelboats.co.uk/news/article/plastic-magic-vosper-mtb-77/16930 if you follow those links you can see that the bulk of the work is painting and finishing not actually building. The final results can be excellent and it makes a very imposing model when on the water.
    4 years ago by Haverlock
    Response
    Top Sail
    Clean pants!! 😁 Take a look on page 8
    working boats
    . pictured sailing in a stiff one (not force 8) & fully rigged on a calm day. My other cutter on page 7, only for important days this one.
    4 years ago by hammer
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    Which Glue
    HI cormorant Looking at your pic33 the deck planks are clearly curved. On
    working boats
    planks are usually straight but on pleasure craft they are often curved as with your model. If you are using straight planks then the edges are usually stepped into a curved outer plank see http://www.modelwarships.com/reviews/ships/bb/bb-55/96-scratch/p3/deck1.jpg for an example. The important point is to avoid having very thin slivers of plank up to the join. Takes some time but should be within your remit and will look good if you take care. If you have not planked a deck before there are several u-tube feeds that offer help. The important part is laying the king or centre plank and making sure it is central down the deck. Good planking cheers dave
    4 years ago by Dave M
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    Fairplay
    Modified HegI Fairplay V tug built by My late Father. Mods include bigger 65mm Prop in a brass kort nozzle, working fire monitors, lights, radar, engine sound and grappling hooks to rescue nitro boats. Built 1980-81.
    4 years ago by Aquaflite
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    Conversion of Sea Queen hull to Navy Launch
    HI Paul33 I have both a Sea Queen and a Picket boat, the working version of an Admirals Barge. A fellow club member has an Admirals barge and I attach photos of all. As you will see the Sea Queen is a totally different shape to the barge and will not be an easy conversion. If you can build from a plan there are plans for Picket Boats (Admirals Barges) and it would probably be easier to source the correct plan rather than to try and convert a different hull. Good luck with your model Dave
    4 years ago by Dave M
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    My first cargo ship
    I bought this boat as a bit of a wreck on ebay,I stripped It down to the bare hull,and renewed the decking and superstructure,except for the bridge which Is metal.I know Its not prefect but It Is my first attempt at a complete restoration. It has working lights In all the cabins, bridge, paint store, bosuns store etc ,I made most of the fittings myself except for the vents,lifeboats and the funnel. I have used 2x 6V batteries, one for the lighting and the other to power the motor. I am taking her to the Swiss Cottage M.B.C. Shoreham on Thursday for the maiden voyage. If all goes well I will probably sell her, and start a new project.
    5 years ago by acw1947
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    Robbe Dusseldorf
    HI Colin, I have three boats with working hydrants, all I use is a universal windscreen washer pump and silicon tubing (the sort that is used on fast electric boats for water cooling) make sure that the tubing is a good fit on pipes as there can be a bit of pressure. This type of pump needs to be below the water line. Hope this helps. Alan
    5 years ago by AlanP
    Response
    Master Hand - Lowestoft Trawler LT1203
    They do sail well don't they. I put my photos in the gallery under
    working boats
    . A bit bigger than yours at 5/8"=1'
    5 years ago by hammer
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    Paddleducks
    Among the boats I have built are 2 paddle steamers, still working on a third. When building these I found the Paddleducks web site dedicated to paddle steamers very useful. Sadly this site Is In danger of closing, various reasons quoted. First the gentleman running It has personal reasons. Secondly a lack of posts, being restricted to one type of boat there Is only so much that can be said. So please continue diversifying away from just fire boats, & hopefully Increase posts. If P.D. site did close It would be nice to see It here, If possible.
    6 years ago by hammer
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    milford star
    Until I moved I used to live on the Wirral and worked in Liverpool. The Ferry was always a good cheap way the cross the Mersey and also a good chance to see the ships on the water. Trips through the Birkenhead/Wallasey docks also provided a good chance to see ships up close. Most were working vessels and were certainly not bright and shiny, quite the opposite in fact. The sea is a harsh master and the evidence was all too plain to see. You could identify the recent paint jobs where damage had been repaired but where working parts exited the hull the rust was all too evident. Even the cruise ships and Manx Steamers were not all pristine but were better maintained, probably to keep the public happy. The New Brighton and Hoylake lifeboats were always kept pristine as they are today as are most pleasure yachts. At one time matt or silk paints were hard to find so early models tended to be shiny and weathering was not commonly practised. Modern paints are far more realistic and manufacturers now produce a whole range of accurate paints specifically for modelling. There are quite a few books and articles on producing a good effect, but it is a skill which will Improve with time.
    6 years ago by Dave M
    Response
    Main deck supports
    Hull looking good. The stringers have certainly helped keep everything ship shape. Your chosen paint colours should work well together. Have you any pics of an original to give you a clue as to actual colours? if not then just use colours that appear correct and suit your preference.
    working boats
    usually were not pristine in their paint finishes so you may want to avoid using high gloss in favour of a more satin or matt finish. I usually finish my models with a satin clear cote that flattens all the colours and provides protection against the odd knock and sticky finger marks. πŸ˜€
    6 years ago by Dave M
    Response
    Clyde Puffer Libby (Model Slipways kit)
    Love the puffer,lived in Argyll when puffers were still
    working boats
    ,have one to build,next project.Enjoyed your video,boat looks to bevery well built!
    6 years ago by johnmont
    Forum
    1:12 Tyne Class Lifeboat
    Hi I was going to suggest you look on Mayhem, but see you have already posted and received a reply. Most Lifeboat fittings are best hand made. There are castings available but not that strong and prone to breakage on a working model. If you are modelling an actual lifeboat then I suggest you check you window suppliers offerings. Not all lifeboats have the same type of windows. Good luck πŸ˜€
    6 years ago by Dave M
    Response
    Inshore fishing boat
    Thanks Alan, yes
    working boats
    all seem to have painted rails while the pleasure craft go for the polished look. Thanks Colin.
    6 years ago by Colin H
    Blog
    Aerokits 46'' Fireboat twin screw brushless
    well because its the weekend, and we can stay up late (just finished charging batteries for club 500 racing ) you can have a bit more of this epic adventure! The observant amongst you will have noticed I am working front to back, now we are at the back, its time to make the " bathtub". My experience of these boats, regardless of the size, is that they get wet at the back, so a simple tub means the electrics stays dry, and you can tip the water out Plasticard again, formed in the boat, The pics tell the story
    6 years ago by pmdevlin
    Media
    Sct. Knud (St. Canute)
    Sometime around 1968 I found a small set of drawings, about A4 size, for Sct. Knud in (I think) Ships Monthly. So I enlarged to 1:32 scale and made my model plank-on-frame with GRP overcoat. She is powered by a 6V Pittman motor driving a self-made scale prop and 2:1 gearbox. Steering is effected via chain and quadrant as per prototype! Everything bar the anchor, anchor chains and steering chains is self-made using a variety of materials (brass, plastics, 'Perspex', and copper electro-deposited cowl vents). Recently I fitted her out with LED lights: interior, navigation and working. One might notice that I abhor a working boat looking like "Daddy's yacht" and so I apply custom dings, stains, oil spills, scratches, wear and tear to my tugboats πŸ˜€ My Knud runs as well today as she did 45 years ago and in all that time has only needed one repair to her gearbox!
    7 years ago by Mzee
    Forum
    Model Boats 'IPad Application'
    Another couple of updates for you all: The IPad app isn't quite perfect... when viewed in landscape view it doesn't adjust the width, so there is yet another version on its way. At least this time only a minI fix so nothing really to worry about. Also... I've been working on a Windows Phone App! it's currently waiting for approval by Microsoft so just keeping my fingers crossed for now. it will also be free and have push notifications built in and all the functionality the Android and IOS apps have but for Windows Phones! Currently the database shows installations on 690 unique devices, which out of 2000 members I think is pretty Impressive! Especially as both apps have been out for less than a year 😊 I would guess there are less of you with Windows Phones but they're starting to become more popular, so if you have one you'll soon be able to add a Model Boats tile to your home screen! 😎 Stephen
    7 years ago by Fireboat
    Event
    St Helens mbc fun day and sale of HS93's boats etc
    Dear all next Sunday 19th May Is the St Helens MBC Funday, at Taylor Park, St Helens, Mersyside. Its a fantastic lake, with great facilities. A low key event, not normally advertised, but usually well supported. I will be taking as much of Peter Henshaws boats and rc spares etc that I can fit In my car to sell, with all sale proceeds being returned to his wife. Peter was one of the original members of this forum, and those that knew him will know he was a very skilled model engineer, with an eye for detail. Unfortunately he passed away at ther beginning of the year, I have been selling his collection on ebay and model boat mayhem, but the real good stuff Is coming up this sunday, His 3 foot fireboat, never used, or painted, Is the nicest one I have ever seen, with many working features, and hand made brass fitings. I also have 3 MHB unmade steam boats, a very old pre aerokits fireboat In need of tlc and possibly a lot more. I will post more Info up In the week when I know what I have, thanks
    7 years ago by pmdevlin
    Forum
    2000 Members!
    HI Stephen, The Likes and My Posts sound good! As you'll already be aware the harbour database choices are never going to satisfy everybody and there is only a finite amount of material/questions you can collect/ask. I think it would help me, and perhaps others, if there was a (developing?) statement on the site indicating the aims and general approach to its development. in this way I could try and keep any suggestions within practical bounds and within the consensus(?) view of its stakeholders (whoever they are considered to be). I am very conscious of not wanting to increase your workload with Irrelavances or pushing in a direction that does not have purpose or support. Now in answer to your reply. I'm assuming that the idea of the harbour is more than logging your own boats and that over time there might be some directory or search capability for others to see other members with similar models/interests? In such a case the database needs to be as comprehensive as possible but with summarized categories of the most vital parameters of a boat - any boat. At present, and given the development of the site (I'm trying to catch up!) I can see why you have the form as is. Given the rapid development of the membership, and I can see it as being exponential, you might be at a crucial point in leaving well alone and adding categories randomly as they are suggested or going for a significant makeover to set it up for the future - just a thought? Questions raised are: Type of Model: Everything I think? Currently incomplete and a very difficult call to limit to say
    7 years ago by CapnJim


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