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Simprop Zaunkönig (Wren) by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 6 days ago
Spin off from " Re Sea Rover by Wingcoax" ! This ain't a boat, so do I have to convert it to a float-plane to qualify for help here!!?? i know some of you guys are experienced fliers. 👍 After an exchange about batteries and glow plugs etc I dug my old Zaunkönig (Wren in English) out of the cellar and she was in a pretty sorry state Pic 1 🤔 Have now cleaned it up a bit (judicious use of Cillit Bang and a fine mesh scouring pad!) and she looks much more cheerful. Pics 2 and 3. Original Wen Mac/Cox 0.49 long since removed (still kicking around somewhere) and I would like to electrify it. Any advice on motor, prop etc would be extremely welcome. Purists will note that I have extended the top plane, from original 410mm to 615mm! This is an attempt to improve the glide characteristic and above all dampen the incredible roll rate! A gentle bank could suddenly turn into a twinkle roll so fast you couldn't count 🤔 Mod never tested due to move to Germany, new career, new lady, and the demise of many IC flying fields. I have loads of mini and micro servos, pico RXs (yes Dave, some 35MHz!) so they aren't a problem. But what motor, prop, ESC, battery? Have thought of Micron radio for a combi RX/ESC or a mini ESC with one of my pico RXs, but have no idea for motor and prop! Original prop is 15cm diameter. Pitch ?? Total weight of all the bits you can see here is 156gm. Would be nice to get a bit of history into the air. All contributions gratefully received 😉 Cheers Doug 😎 PS: she doesn't need to be a 'rocket' just tootling around would suit my flying skills!😉 PPS: plan in background is HMS ARK ROYAL (WW2) scale ~1:192.

Re Sea Rover by Wingcoax by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 6 days ago
Wow! You had the 'posh' version of the Bell battery with screw terminals! Mine only had brass strips and I was forever cleaning them with Brasso 🤔 Granny & Grandad used to help keep Hotspur running. She got most use when visiting them in Folkestone anyway. Near where I lived, RAF Cosford, I had nowhere to sail her! By the time I got around to glowplugs, Simprop 'Zaunkönig' and a little heli from Great Planes, the reliable 2V SLAs from Yeasu and similar had appeared. Just found the bits of Zaunkönig in the cellar, looking very sorry for herself! 😲 Time to think about upgrading to a brushless!? Advice from the experienced flyboys welcome! Cheers Doug 😎 PS The 'manky hanky' sounds familiar, I had used mine to clean the terminals of the wet cells Dad had fitted in our Sea Scout 😲 And they were 'WET'!

SCRATCH FISHING BOAT by basilsdad Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 7 days ago
Thanks for the compliment, never put your model making down, we all get better with practice, had lots of advice from my fellow modellers and many learn from the many mistakes along the way

Crash Tender Shaft Tube Poistion by Dave M Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 10 days ago
Hi neil Good to see your are progressing. It's good to see that Paul has joined in the discussion and offered help.👍 He has a superb model at the larger scale and has been an avid supporter of Fireboats and the site since its inception. With this small model it is important to keep the weight to a minimum and whilst sealing holes with glue and filler is OK, I would go easy with soaking the wood in epoxy, it's heavy. Far better to cover with a sheet of tissue/glass cloth and apply a thin coat spread with a plastic (credit Card size) spatula to work well into the covering. It would be good to see a few pics of your whole model. Say two side views, a top view and a stern view. If you can weigh that would also be useful. Might help when you need further advice on the build Cheers Dave

Crash Tender Shaft Tube Poistion by neilmc Commander   Posted: 12 days ago
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 monitors 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 🤣🤣

34" Precedent Huntsman by Novagsi0 Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 15 days ago
I had this boat, a kit at the age of around 10 and my dad and I started it. Following a couple of years the boat was nearly finished and for some strange reason the build stopped. After collecting dust for more than 30 years and the sad passing away of my father, I decided to get the boat down and make a fresh start with the intention of finishing it this time. My only dilemma is the choice of motor we initially decided some 30 years ago to run a 6V Hectaperm electric motor off its gear box direct drive, but this has since found its way into our 'Imara' Tug and is more than well suited. I cannot decide either to use a Tornado 850 or a brushless motor, the pro and cons are immense. As can be seen my mother use to paint all my dads boats, and she is now helping paint bits on this one, I insisted as traditional. Hope to post regular and the finished results around 14 May next year my father's B-day. Anyway any advice welcome.

Vosper 46ins. Crash Tender by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 16 days ago
Hi Rupert. Welcome to this website. There's a wealth of good information on this site about the RAF Crash Tenders. Have a look at the Build Blogs section for some previous builds. My own blog is there: https://model-boats.com/builds/view/23951 Hopefully you'll find some useful tips and advice in that. Robbob.

Vosper 46ins. Crash Tender by RUPERT Apprentice   Posted: 16 days ago
Hello Having just added my name to the Model Boat website I have under construction the 46ins. crash tender. Am about to add the brushless motor and propshaft this seems ok but working out what servo ,the wiring is more tricky also cooling for the speed controller, would this be better pumped through rather than scooped up? Any advice or suggestions would be most helpful.

Crash Tender Shaft Tube Poistion by neilmc Commander   Posted: 17 days ago
I think you're starting to understand how much of a novice I am to this game as simple advice is good for me, as a few thousand pounds worth of pennies has just dropped for me 😂😂😂 I thought it was all done together shaft motor mount etc 😂😂😂😂😂😂 Cheers Doug I may even be able to sleep tonight now knowing the task has just become so much simpler 😉

Rudder Position by neilmc Commander   Posted: 17 days ago
Liking the advice on the pick up tube Doug 😁 I'm thinking an attempt at moving the rudder stock may be an idea as it is fairly off centre and the photo doesn't really show it well. If I ever get to the point where i get it in the water I wouldn't want it going round in circles lol

Crash Tender Shaft Tube Poistion by neilmc Commander   Posted: 17 days ago
No luckily I was using the pick up tube as a reference point to show in the photo what had been achieved from yours and Dave's advice 😁 I haven't even contemplated making it permanent yet as the motor now needs support alignment etc. To be honest it's all a little much. The replacement shaft I purchaed was a direct replacement for original shaft so no reference was made to the plans. I was content to struggle aligning the motor and shaft with the original IC mount and then just gave up till now lol.

Rudder Position by neilmc Commander   Posted: 17 days ago
I'm after some advice on rudder position in my ever tedious restoration of a crash tender. After some great advice from DaveM and Doug I actually 'bit the bullet' and removed the old IC Engine Mount and lessened the angle of the shaft which will hopefully make motor alignment easier. I removed the rudder bearing tube and water pick up for ease of access whilst re positioning the shaft and then noticed the rudder and pick up were not centrally positioned on the hull. On looking at the plans for the 34" Crash Tender I found that the measurements of the rudder and water pick up tubes were also not positioned correctly. I am now presuming that I will be need to re position the rudder as a priority and possibly the water pick up?😤😤 Any advice on this one would be much appreciated from you the experts😁😁😁

General sailing by Baggie Lieutenant   Posted: 18 days ago
Dear All - thank you for the advice. All clear now. Really appreciate your time. 👍👍👍

General sailing by Baggie Lieutenant   Posted: 19 days ago
Just finished hectic week in London... now looking forward to sailing in Norwich tomorrow. When charging my batteries for the Southampton Tug - Albion - should I switch the amp to 1 3.5 or 5 ? Any advice please. The batteries seem to charge fine but they do get very hot. Thanks. 👍

cleaning model by billj Seaman   Posted: 21 days ago
''I've recently acquired a Revell HMS Snowberry model which has been dropped and suffered some damage. It's been ballasted and fitted for R/C, but has been neglected for some time and is very dusty. I've cleaned it as best I can with a brush, but it needs more. I was going to wash it in the shower and dry it with the wife's hair dryer, but would appreciate any advice on how to clean it thoroughly, especially given it has a lot of delicate parts.