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    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 😎
    8 months ago by RNinMunich
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    Scale?
    I have purchased a ROBBE 1:25 Working Fire Monitor to fit on my rebuild of a Keilcraft RAF Vosper Crash Tender. The plans for the boat state 3/4 to 1inch (1:16 scale). The ROBBE Fire Monitor was the closest size I could find, but when it arrived it appears to be grossly out of scale and looks far to big and out proportion to fit on my boat. Is it me or have ROBBE got the scale wrong. As an aside I am very disappointed with the poor quality of the monitor which does not match its Β£25 cost.
    9 months ago by RobbieMcKennan
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    (Working Vessel) Fairmount Glacier
    A Billings kit, the Fairmount Glacier (or Alpine - comes with 5 naming options) is a sturdy boat... 2 props in Kort nozzles, extras I've fitted...37 lights, bow thruster, working fire monitors, radar, & horn. Runs on 2 x 12v 7AH batteries, so runs for a while! Colour scheme makes it visible on the lake too! (Motor: 2 x M500 Mtronix) (ESC: JP Marine) (9/10)
    9 months ago by Harvey Kitten
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    Charging NiMhs, one for Doug?...
    Evenin' Martin, Oh dear oh dear oh dear! 😲 There is some good advice above, but maybe not optimally expressed for use by a Luddite! Sorry guys but this might be a relatively long post to separate the wheat from the chaff, explode a few myths and resolve this little conundrum of Martin's! One thing at a time! NUMBER1. THE RADIO- Dear Martin: Whatever possessed a self confessed Luddite and Scrooge like you to spring a large chunk of your hard earned pension on one of the most expensive and complex RC sets on the market in the first place???? I bought a Spektrum DX6 on impulse a few years ago while strolling around Conrad here in Munich. I've regretted it ever since. in retrospect it was way too expensive >600€, and complex. it is intended for the Fly Boys, as unfortunately most sets are these days. I have still not successfully programmed it to do what I want to do, instead of what it is pre-programmed to do for helis and fixed wing aircraft. Not even with it's own Spektrum RX, let alone a 'foreign' RX like Orange. So I have not yet risked it in a model. Definitely NOT my Catalina. Since then I have bought a Turnigy I6. Which does the same as the Spektrum, works fine with my Orange RX with giro for the CatalinaπŸ˜‰, cost only 69€ (is now available for around 33 quid😑) and within a few hours I had it programmed and tested to do all I want in my destroyer and Sea Scout.πŸ‘ In short: the Spektrum is way way way Overkill for your yacht or Fire Float or similar, where you will only ever want rudder and sail servo / winch or rudder and speed control. So flog the Spektrum and get a nice simple (and cheapπŸ˜‰) 2 or 4 channel set. I can't imagine you ever wanting to start building special effects into your models so 2 (max 4) channels is all you will probably ever need. Stick your Spektrum on eBay, maybe you'll get at least a 100 quid for it. If you still want to go 2.4Gig get yourself a Turnigy i6 set with RX, 6 ch but cheap enough and I can help you directly with binding and programming from experience - I have a good English manual with no Chenglish gobbledygook. If not and you still have a working 27 or 40MHz FM set (40 would be better) use that. Where you sail, all alone, who's going to bother you or be bothered? BTW: Yes the Spektrum TX IS DSM2 and DSX compatible BUT you have to tell it what you want to use!!! Frankly I think trying that with a non-Spektrum RX is risky - especially first time out and for a novice LudditeπŸ˜‰ NUMBER 2. THE NiMh BATTERY- Voltage is not a reliable indication of battery charge / remaining capacity. After use a battery will recover slightly when at rest and the open terminal (off load) voltage will rise, often to the nominal voltage or slightly above. This is NO indicator of remaining charge as when a load is applied the voltage will drop again rapidly, the higher the current drawn the faster the voltage drops. if it goes below 1.0V per cell the battery will be permanently damaged and never regain it's original capacity. Haverlock is dead right about batteries losing charge when not used or regularly recharged. An NiMh batt loses charge at the rate of about 1% per day so after 3 months or so you can send it to the great recycling depot in the sky and buy a new one. Periodic cycling, discharge / charge prevents / minimises this - see care hints I posted above. And yes, NiMh do have that irritating Memory effectπŸ€” albeit not so pronounced as with NiCads. Lipos apparently not, but I ain't seen any evidence yet - the jury is still out! Sooo - ignore the 6.37V and run the batt through a discharge and full charge cycle. if your new NiMh batt has not yet been cycled and charged I would bet that it's present capacity is about 45%. See example below (and in attached pic) of one of my new 4.8V (nom) NiMh RX batts. NUMBER 3. THE CAPACITY CHECKER - "Glorified voltmeter" ? Where did the 6.37V reading come from if not from your 'new toy'? If it is showing volts it should also be showing capacity in %age. If you received the wrong thing it's not the "bloody electrics" but the bloody nit who packed and sent it that's at fault. Before you send it back check the belowπŸ˜‰ Send me a photo of the Checker you have and with your battery plugged in so I can see what's happening on the display. Otherwise we are all poking about in the dark (Are we back to Jules and his friend SandyπŸ˜‰πŸ˜²) The link I sent you was for a checker exactly the same as mine except for the labelling! As you can see in my photo, properly connected it shows the terminal voltage and the remaining capacity (charge level) of the battery pack. Forget the Nixx (=2 Ni possibilities) display, that just means 'It ain't a LiXX' (3 Li- pissibolities). Attached photo shows a brand new 4 cell NiMh RX pack 4.8V (Nominal) connected to one of my Checkers. As you can see the voltage shown is 5.19V, according to the popular 'folklore' that would seem to indicate FULL charge. Unfortunately notπŸ€” Capacity indication is 45% which is normal for brand new batteries in storage and transit. Explanation thereof - see above! RE: " if it can do LiPos, why not the relatively simpler NiMhs?" a) the LiPo pack has a different chemistry and construction which requires different input circuitry on the checker, b) LiPos need balancing and are fitted with Balancer Plugs which connect to the multipin connectors on the checker. Each pin connects to one cell of the LiPo so that they can be monitored individually. LiPo chargers use this to balance the cells to within 0.01V (100mV) or less by adjusting the charge / discharge currents to each cell. The checkers use this to show you the individual cell voltages and charge states. A big difference, i.e.lower V and capacity, indicates cells with faults, e.g. higher internal resistance, or a discharged pack which needs charging and balancing. NiMh packs don't usually have this facility to measure individual cells. They are thus connected to a separate input on the checker which can then only show total pack terminal voltage and capacity. BTW: if you can get it passed 'THE Management' store your battery packs in the fridge😲 The 'coolth' slows down the rate of self discharge, which is a function of the battery internal resistance, which reduces slightly with reduced temperatureπŸ˜‰ Enough for now, back to stripping my PTB for it's Midlife Refit! Cheers, Doug 😎 PS Martin: Just saw your post about another RX. Why the hell not buy a Spektrum designed Rx guaranteed to work with their TX? Or better still; flog the Spektrum and get a nice simple Turnigy set as above, also recommended by Ron, albeit the 9 ch version. All this frigging about with 'claimed compatible' bits and pieces just wastes money and time, fogs the issue and don't prove nutt'n!
    1 year ago by RNinMunich
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    Sprinkles
    Sprinkles, a scratch built, U.S. Coast Guard PWB (patrol boat waterways) is just about done. Operating features include; working running and searchlight, rotating radar and blue emergency beacon. Water monitor on cabin roof can traverse and squirt water 10-15 feet. Bending tubing for the water monitor was difficult, it is actually a composite of several types. Nozzle was made on Unimat. Pump is a Sig "gas passer" Propulsion is from two 600 size motors geared 2:1 with 9.6V Nimh and 3 blade 45mm Graupner props
    2 years ago by Commodore-H
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    Crash Tender Shaft Tube Poistion
    Hi To you all thank you for the continued advice it is making life so much easier and I do like it when the thinking is done by experts. Paul The disc idea is an absolute bonus and will be using it for sure as it takes away the need for continued measurements. Dave The water scoop is going as like you and Doug say I don't need it no
    working monitor
    s for me, just a working boat would be good. I'll be using measurements given to achieve shaft positioning as at the moment I have a 2 blade prop which I think is 30mm diameter so disc to suit will be used. Doug I like KISS it's worked for me loads of times in the past but I can't help buying shining things 😁😁😁 The shim idea on the prop tube is a good one but may still go for a support even though not needed it shines 🀣🀣🀣🀣. But it may still go back to the filler piece as all depends on how difficult it is to fit the A frame support. I purchased one at 8mm for the tube and not 4mm for the shaft. I'm looking forward to the weekend to get started and even set an alarm for an early start which is unusual for me. Im off to HMS Alliance as I do volunteer guiding there otherwise id be starting now. Will keep you all posted hopefully with good news and no more questions - well on this bit anyway 🀣🀣
    2 years ago by neilmc
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    Conrad REELY, Flysky iA6, FS iS6, Turnigy HT6 !!
    Most of the companies you have mentioned tend to rebadge third party suppliers hardware, and put their own firmware on it. Flysky and Turnigy normally won't work together, but, if you install Turnigy with Turnigy, or Flysky with Flysky, it will work. I have successfully "updated" Turnigy receivers with Flysky firmware updates to enable me to use them with my Flysky Transmitter. My next job is to hack my Flysky GT3-B to increase to 8 channels and ppm transmission, so I can install an 8 channel receiver on my 46" fire tender (sound, directional working fire monitors, etc). Hopefully doing it sometime next week. Progress reports as(or if) I make any 😨 Best wishes, Dave W 😊
    2 years ago by rolfman2000
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    (Fire Boat) Patriot
    Midwest kit with
    working monitor
    I use a Sonic Mark X pump for the water sprayer Kids love to get wet but mothers don't ! (6/10)
    2 years ago by GARTH
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    (Working Vessel) Sprinkles
    Latest boat still under construction is Coast Guard PWB. There was a kit at one time but mine is scratch built. When finished it will feature working; running lights, searchlight and rotating beacon as well as operating water monitor and radar. (Motor: electrofly 600) (ESC: mtronics) (10/10)
    3 years ago by Commodore-H
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    The fire monitors
    Hi Allenrod. Perhaps if I ever do a refit on this model I might consider working fire monitors but as it was never part of my original plan it would be very difficult to incorporate now. Besides, I have had my brother doing a little bit more brass turning for me as you will soon see in some forthcoming posts.πŸ˜‰ Rob.
    3 years ago by robbob
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    The fire monitors
    Hi Rob, They look great your attention to detail is amazing, with this in mind I wonder if you had considered working fire monitors?, from one of your last posts I seem to remember your brother is good with a lathe, keep up the good work it is so interesting, I hope one day to have a go at this build when SWMBO decides to release a bit of cash !!!! Thanks for a great blog with great ideas, Allen R
    3 years ago by allenrod
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    Aerokits Fast Patrol Boat
    Hi, it's not a proper monitor on the cabin roof, but the spray nozzle from an air freshener the type that are battery powered and spray one burst every 15 minutes. I suppose that you could attach a small pipe to it and make it into a
    working monitor
    if you wanted too. Hope that this helps Graham.πŸ‘
    3 years ago by jelley_baby
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    Tug 'DHB Dauntless'
    Scratch Built 1:32 scale Dover Harbour Board Tug, DHB Doughty. The main hull is a standard Damen hull purchased from Mobile Marine Models, see their website for Portgarth. the hull is fitted with 2 x T12 Motors for the main propulsion,2 x 60 degree kort nozzles for steering, with 2 x purpose made brass props. Also fitted is a 12v Graupner water pump for the working fire monitor and Fwd spray bar, 2 x Mtronks 15 amp ESC's, Futaba steering servo and Futaba 40 MHz Receiver. Approx Dimensions including fendering Loa 41" Beam 14"
    3 years ago by barnet
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    Working fire monitor
    Tidied up your Photo Dragon, hope it helps. Was surprised when I downloaded all files in your 10th Nov Response, to find my HMS Duke of York model was featured in File 1930 :-)
    3 years ago by Peter47
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    Working fire monitor
    HI just got Krick working model fire monitor No 1562. Has any body else put 1 together. Instruction not as clear as they could be. Any help greatly accepted. Thank you.
    4 years ago by akelatheleader
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    Working fire monitor
    Your welcome take care
    3 years ago by dragon
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    Graupner Tito NerI For Sale
    HI everybody, unfortunately I'm having to sell my Tito Neri.The boat has lots of working parts, fully working Shottell drives, bow thruster, working radar and fire monitors. Built to a very high standard, a real show stopper. Fully radio controlled but no transmitter. Kit cost over Β£1000. Buyer must collect. I would like Β£600 .Oxfordshire.
    5 years ago by terryaki
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    (Tug Boat) Shell Pioneer
    This is my first working RC build but here goes. A bit vauqe about the fiqures because we are still on the slipway. it is scratch built from the Phil Thomas drawing "Shell Pioneer" Twin prop with Kort nozzle steering, bow thruster, working fire monitors and lights. Throtle & steering control via Action Electronics P40E mixer. 2x 2S25C4000mA lipoly's. 6 Ch radio (4 used). draws around 4.5A hope to get 30min run time minimum. Third ESC for bow thruster. (Motor: 2x MFA940051LN) (ESC: 3xViper 15A) (5/10)
    3 years ago by marlina2
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    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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    PCF (Patrol Craft Fast) SWIFT Boat Vietnam Era
    UPaul, That's a nice boat - and a nice build.... Don't be shy of asking a decent figure for it, it may be a model but even these can reach high build cost figures. In 2012 I completed my 46" fire boat after some 14 months work and expenditure of near GBP 2,000! Built using a glass hull the rest is scratch built using copies of Vosper drawings, the vessel is complete with wheelhouse instrumentation & furniture, First-Aid room with bunks, blankets & pillows - & F/Aid Cabinet, steps leading up to deck, on-deck equipment includes working rescue ladder, hoist Derek, boat hook, working fire monitors, stowed life rings, working Nav lights, folding mast, scale Hard Suction Hoses and threaded inlet, Tow hook, Rescue Nets, etc. & Many more small parts, Twin electric propulsion with brass scale exhaust outlets..... and on...... Jim Trying to upload photos but 'drop-down' box covers Submit Changes button!
    4 years ago by Aeronut1
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    Engine Mount Issues
    Removal of the engine block looks tricky if one thinks about chiseling it out but on my 34" that I originally built in 1963 and fitted an ED Sea Otter 3.46 diesel I found that a hot air gun set to V hot and waved around the block got it free within five minutes- without anymore bashing. I've restored the boat and changed to electric propulsion using Johnson 980 motor... Boat comes 2/3rds out of water to amidships now. Actually I've restored two 34" fireboats and since scratch built the 46" FB but using a fibreglass hull, the 46" job has fitted out wheelhouse, ditto first aid room, working lights and monitors and is powered by two Johnson 980 motors. Jim
    4 years ago by Aeronut1
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    Working fire monitor
    Does this help don't know how to enlarge it good luck
    4 years ago by dragon
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    robbe dusseldorf fire boat Wanted
    Someone did have a Dusseldorf with
    working monitor
    s tucked away. thanks Bob, and to the few who showed interest
    4 years ago by dragon
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    Working fire monitor
    Arrow models.com show a close up on a Model. But can't find anything else on Google. I built up the Robbe version, they're a bit fiddly, but did it slowly.
    4 years ago by Derek
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    robbe dusseldorf fire boat Wanted
    I thank you for your reply but rather pointless not having the monitors working it is a fire boat. There is a fitting kit for the monitors that is used with two servo's. cheers
    4 years ago by dragon
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    Fire-Boat Edward Cotter
    I have two
    working monitor
    s That I'll use But on the real Cotter there are 3 monitors on the deck that have bases that have ribs I wanted to try and simulate these took a while Until I saw a Lepage 100% glue bottles the caps where just what I needed
    4 years ago by GARTH
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    Vosper 1/16th scale fireboat
    Nice tidy professional job there. Like the
    working monitor
    s and all the other gear installed. It just shows what can be achieved with the skills, time and patience. WELL DONE regards BOATY
    5 years ago by boaty
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    GAVINATOR service tug boat for oil rigs
    the boat Is actually the fairmount alpine a dutch super tug. This Is my first scratch build from a pdf file I found online. I had a survey supply shop blow It up 300% for me and made templates from the plans and hit the saws and started to cut and glue. Now some people I know asked why a tug boat well most of my uncles are west coast fishermen and one Is a tug boat captain. Me I operate heavey equipment and drive truck. I like the smell of deasil and that feeling of raw power. Most of my rc work has been with fast cars like the tc6 or the b4.1 truggy, my favoright Is my venom rock crawler with 4 wheel steer and locking and unlocking diffs and full lighting system. I have been helping out a friend of mine who owns an rc shop mostly helping with tec nights where new Into rc people can come and ask? and get help fixing any problems they might have. So back to the boat It has twin torpedo 500 motors and a robbe bow thruster and a 10 led light system from rc lights. I want to Install a working fire monitor and working anckour winches. And one day a sound card.
    5 years ago by tugboatguy
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    working monitor
    s
    Cheers Roy, am happy with getting them working its the making of them I'm having fun with. Shaun
    5 years ago by Flack
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    working monitor
    s
    I have tubing push fitted over straight brass tube. To secure it I have wrapped a piece of copper wire around the connection so that there is one complete loop around the tube, and then twisted the ends to tighten it. it has worked fine so far, on the discharge from a Graupner 6V water pump. Roy
    5 years ago by Trillium
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    working monitor
    s
    HI Boaty, Your thoughts are exactly the same as mine with regard to operation other than the power would be off the 12 volt 7.5amp/hour drive battery. 😊 I had a set of the white metal ones and they weren't too bad quality wise, however as soon as I tried to put a hole through the metal it was terrible. 😫 The drills wandered off centre, even with a bench drill and vice, and if that went well the bit jammed and snapped part way in. I tried hand speed, slow drill speed and all manner of ways, all to no avail, so that's how I got here. Shaun
    5 years ago by Flack
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    working monitor
    s
    HI Alan and Shaun I thought about some
    working monitor
    s but gave up after trying to make some. I guess they would have to be made of plastic as the white metal ones are non starters. they are too complex and brittle. I wonder if Vintage Model Boat Company are planning on making some as there is definitely a market out there for both restorers of the Fireboat and also the new builds from VMBC. I feel that the basis for
    working monitor
    s should be around a car windscreen washer motor with flexible tubing leading to brass tubes inside the monitors themselves. A 12 volt supply could be provided by a small battery independent of the main power supply and on/off by a servo controlled switch. 😊 Regards Boaty
    5 years ago by boaty
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    working monitor
    s
    HI Shaun The water jets you make need to be able to stand a lot of pressure, I know from experience, as I used some Robbe fittings and tried to use the push fittings. I have not progressed further but do know that you need to make a pressure fitting all the way from the pump to the nozzle. ideally you should make the pressure adjustable so possibly a speed ESC to the pump motor may help. As regards the nozzle I would use a straight through pipe bent to the correct angle with the correct pressure fittings to the pump and jet. You could then make the body parts to fit over the pipe all nicely turned and bored on the lathe. This will be at a fixed angle but you could motorize the pipe and move left to right (servo?). Please post details when you find a solution. πŸ˜€
    5 years ago by Dave M
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    working monitor
    s
    Hey Alan, Tried copying the white metal ones and it just didn't seem to work out. I made something like 8 or 9 different pieces to form the main stem and they all ended up in the bin πŸ‘Ί Tried to make this stem in three pieces with the middle bit in styrene but it looked terrible 😟 its probably more my lack of experience on the lathe than anything else Shaun
    5 years ago by Flack
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    working monitor
    s
    Guess you still have the white metal monitors that came with the kit, can't you use these as a guide to the size and make something similar to those that I made for my 34" fireboat, they look ok and they work. Alan
    5 years ago by AlanP
    Blog
    46 Inch RAF Crash Tender
    I want to make some
    working monitor
    s out of brass. The plan of using the white metal version to work to didn't come off very well, It would be a big help If any of the fireboat fraternity has any plans or drawings I could work to please. Shaun
    5 years ago by Flack
    Blog
    Vosper 1/16th scale crash tender
    I like building wooden boats which have a nice turn of speed and the Lesro 34.5" Vosper crash tender fits the bill. I am using their recommended hardware with a brushless motor driving a single 40mm screw. However, I also plan to install working fire monitors mounted on servos so they can rotate. The servos are from Aquacraft in the US which, whilst not to exactly the right design, are at least roughly to scale. I also plan to include a working searchlight and running lights. Build still in its early stages and should keep me busy during the dark winter months. Any thought or advice would always be welcomed 😊 .
    5 years ago by JeremyBB
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    aerokits
    Restoring my 46 inch fire boat bought from ebay currently stripping it back as paint was letting it down was running a graupner 600 turbo motor but changing and adding sound module and working fire monitors.
    5 years ago by watsy106
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    (Fire Boat) Fireboat
    Rebuild of an e-bay wreck, working lights & fire monitors. Scale speed and very seaworthy. (Motor: Graupner Speed 600) (ESC: Mtroniks) (8/10)
    5 years ago by chrislang
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    fireboat update
    Some modellers licence has been used and the fire monitors are now finished, painted and fitted, they are
    working monitor
    s, well the will be if I fit a pump. Mostly made out of aluminium and brass, the oval bit in the middle of the body is made out of three pieces of plasticard as I don't have the skills to make this bit on the lathe. Thread lock was used to fix the brass tubes, seems to have worked alright.
    5 years ago by AlanP
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    dusseldorf fireboat
    built this one after the first one was stolen which has turned out for the better. Has working fire monitors,anchor,bow thruster,sounds,searchlight,lightsand a bloke on the back having a wee, which in turn acts as a bilge pump to tell me there is water in the boat
    5 years ago by tduggan
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    Monitors
    Always envisaged having
    working monitor
    s. The kit came with a white metal monitor in three parts so I set too with a 3mm diameter drill on slow speed to drill through the parts to make waterways into which I would fit a brass tube and then when the monitor was made up the tubes could be connected with small diameter silicon tubing. The best laid plans....... white metal doesn't like drill bits on any speed, the bit jammed in the metal and snapped off 😭 Time to put the shiny new lathe to good use and make my own in brass following the pattern of the white metal ones - quite pleased with the first effort 😊
    5 years ago by Flack
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    RAF Crash Tender
    This is a Kitshack 46 inch Crash Tender. Nearly finished with a bit more detail yet to finish powered by 2 1400 kv brushless motors running on car speed controllers at 7.2 volt. Goes like stink! Has working rotatable fire monitors which are scratch built
    5 years ago by raj002
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    RAF Fireboat monitors
    Can anybody tell me were I can purchase working fire monitors for KitShacks 34" RAF Fireboat, believe scale Is 1/16th. Also looking for small crane for amidships Finding her a very agile and stable boat.
    6 years ago by Peter47
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    RAF Fireboat monitors
    A google search will find you
    working monitor
    s, but they are unlike the fire monitors on the fire boat, so if you want to be authentic you will have to make your own, have a read of pmdevlin's blog. The crane I am afraid you will have to make yourself. Shouldn't be to hard to do with plasticard. A couple of photo's taken at Blackpool show last year to help. Alan
    6 years ago by AlanP
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    Fire boat 34 1/2'' GRP/Boat kit New Build
    HI Alan, I've not had the chance to open the box Iv been working on my Christmas Fishing Reel orders , but I have been buying lots of gizmos and things to get the Monitors working correctly , I've just bought a servo morph to slow the monitors down, Please have a look at my web site to see what I get up to. www.chrislythe-centrepins.co.uk You've just got to Float your Boat, πŸ˜€ Zippy
    6 years ago by zippy
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    Fireboat Tribute to HS93 Peter Henshaw
    HI all, well If you have been following my 4 foot Fireboat build blog (if not, why not! 😁 ) you will know I have been a bit busy! Jan 2013 one of the original members, and a moderator of this forum sadly died, a great loss to the modelling world, known as "HS93", Peter was a very talented man and a good friend. I managed to help his wife clear all his engineering machines, tools, and models, but one of the models was very special to me, It was the one that brought us together some 7 years ago when I was looking for help rebuilding my 3 foot aerokits Fireboat for my Dad.. It was also special to Peter, and his wife, It was a 3 foot Fireboat, built new, not Aerokits, I think the hull was Deans marine, but not sure. The boat Is a work of art, It has opening hand made brass front windows, working hand made davit crane, the monitors were going to work, the wheelhouse doors open, the rescue ladder folds as It should, the searchlight works, The towhook works, I could go on and on, and If you read my blog, you can now see where my stolen Ideas came from! 😯 Typical of Peter, he never quite finished It, he hated painting models as the superb detail he put Into things tended to get lost when painted, you just cant put a price on something like this, so as a tribute and thankyou for all the time he spent messing around with my models, I decided to finish It as a static display, and give back to his wife as a suprise. Here are some photos for you to enjoy πŸ‘
    6 years ago by pmdevlin
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    Aerokits 46'' Fireboat twin screw brushless conversion
    HI Alan, you could be right there, I remember ordering some time ago aluminium rivets for my Huntsman 28, and I remember him saying he went to Europe to get a lot of his bits. I know he makes a lot also. Working monitiors! I did get close to that Roger, but wondered how often I would use them. I did however want lights, as my club has a couple of venetian evenings, as do a couple of other local clubs. The lighting is real cool, but you dont get that yet! When I have nothing to do, I might do another pair of working ones, but then it would need scale figures, otherwise the monitors are working themselves! 😯
    6 years ago by pmdevlin
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    Aerokits 46'' Fireboat twin screw brushless conversion
    Yes I sussed it just after I pressed the send button Anyway thanks for a great build, as there is a lot of cold nights left how about
    working monitor
    s and.......?...?. Roger Eating humble pie and tongue in cheek
    6 years ago by shavings
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    Propulsion
    The boat was completed in December 2012, trying to replicate the Meteorite engines was a no-no, there simply was not enough room after fitting micro servos for the water pump and lights and then the 12v 7ah PB battery along with fuses for each motor's esc. initial runs were carried out at Sheringham pool but it was too small to accommodate the boat's speed, otherwise all was ok. Ships Gear includes the folding stepped casualty boarding ladder, Scrambling Nets, Davit (of course), working lights and monitors, Hard Suction Hoses and complimentary fittings to scale, 2 Suction Wrenches, Foam Tanks, Deck Filling points for Petrol, Water & Foam Compound, Tow Hook, Engine oil tank fillers. The Sick Bay is furnished with bunks,blankets and pillows, floor standing table with fiddles, drawers below bunks, First Aid Cabinet, hatchway steps. Wheelhouse is fitted with Blumels type wheel, twin throttle controls, instrument panel and Kent Screen. The wings that caused the delay in completion of the boat were long ago completed and the plane has done many flights and is always ready for good weather windows. Foolishly perhaps I kept an expenditure log on the 46" Fireboat, some Β£1300 were spent, and well worth it I think as it is a Museum piece added to my ever growing collection. Photos? Some I've already uploaded to the site but there are 20 in all best suited to a CD or Stick. Jim
    6 years ago by Aeronut1


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