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Soldering 1/12 Scale Brass Railings by Ballast Lieutenant   Posted: 2 days ago
Hi Guys. Progress with my Cygnus Crabber is slow but positive. I am using the old "measure twice cut once" approach to every aspect of the build and picking as many brains and taking valuable advice from people, such as your good selves, as I can ! This is one such occasion. I am fast approaching the task of soldering, which I have never done before. I am making all the steelwork of the boat, i.e. stanchions, shooting bar, 'A' frame and railings out of brass tube and rod. I have made up a wooden jig to pattern the railings and 'A' frame. I have bought enough brass to afford me some extra for "dummy runs". Now when it come to the actual soldering I see on the market is some solder paste (solder and flux mixed) called "Plumbers Mate", I've watched a couple of videos using this product and it seems as though it would suit a novice like me. The thickest rod I am using is 2mm. Do you think this product suitable and do you have any other views please ? Yours studiously !😉

Handed props by Rochdaleblue Petty Officer   Posted: 10 days ago
Hi guys need a little advice, I am finishing off a US Coast Guard Boat with twin props one left and one right handed, my question is if they are handed do the motors have to be wired up diferently i.e. One wired minus to plus and so on.

Torpedo props by cormorant Commander   Posted: 11 days ago
Morning Folks. Thank you for all the advice. The prop, as you can see, has eight blades which are at different levels on the spinner. Having no experience of moulding, my latest plan is two use the two props on the rear torpedos. Unless I can find suitable props for the front torpedos I leave them out altogether. I can also leave the two forward torpedo launchers empty. As Octman has suggested, I can always say that the props are not visible as they are spinnng up for launching. Bit of a cop out I know. Steve

Torpedo props by cenbeth Captain   Posted: 13 days ago
I have never cast resin but am currently casting lead. You need to ensure that you can extract the final product and that you can get the air out of the mould while you are casting. I suggest you look at something like Google or uTube. Alternatively someone on this site may be able to advice you. Whatever you do, please let me know how you get on!

Severn lifeboat by Slickdick Petty Officer   Posted: 16 days ago
Hi i have just purchased a severn lifeboat from speedline at 1/12 scale i would appreciate any advice on build ie pictures.plans etc also what undercoat should i use prior to putting on blue and orange my email is *email removed* thanks slick dick Also as a i am new to model making i would appreciate any advice on my severn build

Web Site Funding by Dave M Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 26 days ago
Allen R As far as I am aware there is no target for donations. Membership is and always has been free. Our membership has always grown steadily and the wealth of free advice and expertise is a credit to all members who donate their time to help fellow modellers. Whilst I am sure Stephen is happy to accept donations to help fund the costs this is voluntary and targets, to me anyway, suggests otherwise. Dave

Rediscovering my old hobby. by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 month ago
Rewind…. When I first started my build blog I described my visit to the London Model Engineer exhibition in January 2016 and that my enthusiasm for model making was re-kindled. It was as a result of seeing a crash tender model on the Blackheath MPBC stand and getting into conversation with the owner of the boat. He went on to inform me that kits were still being made for them and he gave me the names of a couple of companies to look at. His valuable information led to some further research on the subject and finding various sites including this one which I immediately registered with, and I subsequently bought a Vintage Model Works 46" RAF crash tender kit and embarked on my rediscovered hobby. Fast forward…. I attended the same exhibition this January and was delighted to see the same chap on his club stand and I took the opportunity to remind him of our previous meeting and discussion and to thank him for his advice and recommendations. He looked at some of the photographs of my boat that I had on my camera and he was very complimentary on my building efforts. That chap is Phil Abbott, otherwise known to his friends as Steamboat Phil, and I would like to give him the credit for re-igniting my model making interest. Thanks Phil, I hope you are following and enjoying my build blog. Robbob

To resin cover or not my ulises steam tug by Dave M Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 month ago
I would recommend you follow Mark's very sound advice. I built a Billings Mercantic (plank on frame with Cascamite) many years ago. Over time the planks split either side of the glue line. I had also followed the instructions but now cover all my wooden hulls as suggested. So much easier to do when building than several years later with all the paint removal and replacement of rotted wood. Good luck with the boat Dave

The wheelhouse navigation light. by vosper Chief Petty Officer   Posted: 1 month ago
Hi Rob, Can you give some advice about switches for navigation lights as I nearly had a disaster on the lounge table due to a short circuit ?

Richards 48" Swordsman by rmwall107 Chief Petty Officer   Posted: 1 month ago
Thank you for the advice, i will cut in a new section of ply.

Richards 48" Swordsman by jarvo Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 month ago
Superb advice from Dave M, just a point the boat you have is not a Swordsman but a Huntsman, good luck with the renovation Mark

Aerokits Fast Patrol Launch stern cover by jonbliss152 Chief Petty Officer   Posted: 2 months ago
Hi can anyone lend advice on the issue im having. I'm currently building my first craft and need to work out how to secure the stern cover over the rudder steering gear? Thanks Jon

Web Site Funding by allenrod Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 2 months ago
Come on I know ships and boats should be water tight and so should ducks backsides but there's no need for sailors and model boat builders to be the same, come on lads see to the website maintenance fund, where else can you get all this support and advice for next to nothing ????????????

raf crash tender by pmdevlin Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 months ago
Hi Dave, good to hear from you (sorry to hijack thread). 4 footer came out two years ago, Huntsman once in 2016, Its over 3 years since the 3 footer got wet! Orca once in 2016. I did build the PCF which I really liked, but it went immediately as too many people messaged saying they wanted it, so it funded some RC plane gear, which I am really into now. I sold a load of bits and bobs at the Blackpool show a few months ago, didn't renew with St Helens in 2015, or 2016, and wont this year. However.... Robs excellent blog has got me interested again, and Stephen kindly did a bespoke 3 d printing project on something rc related, info and pics to follow when its finished! Back on track... George, I'm going to advise only things I have done, or used, I'm not one to say do this, or that, but actually I have not done it myself. No doubt others will disagree, but this is my opinion only. Best performance in terms of speed is brushless, and lipo. Forget fear of fire and explosions, this only happens with abuse, and they are the common use with rc planes, helicopters, cars, its only boats that are really stuck in the dark ages with technology that have this big fear of brushless systems and lipos! However, to get initially set up, they do take more understanding and initial cash outlay, as you need a specific charger for one, and you do need to understand what you are doing. Brushless motors will unlease the power far more than brushed, and are usually lighter. https://hobbyking.com/en_us/tu rnigy-t600-brushless-outrunner -for-600-heli-880kv.html This motor is an example, there are much cheaper ones with similar specs, but I have used this motor in various applications, the most similar to your boat being my large Huntsman, with this motor on 6 cells lipo I achieved 25mph, but speed might not be what you want. So if you have the fast engine in your car, say a v12 Ferrari, if you run it on cheap fuel, it wont perform, same here, nicads and nimhs batteries are easy to maintain, you can drain them dead flat, but will give cheap fuel performance, like a bath tap trickling when the shower is on at the same time, and as they are dying technology, are expensive for what they are. Lipo is like turning up both bath taps and the force floods out, but now the tank will empty quicker, so you have less run time 😊 If brushless, its a specific speed controller, https://hobbyking.com/en_us/ho bbyking-50a-boat-esc-4a-ubec.h tml and you pay extra for reversing (other rc disciplines don't need reverse) and a marine esc might need to be water cooled, however, decent brushed motor speed controllers are not exactly cheap, so now you know why budget is important to give advice, you could be spending £100 here just to get up and running. Look at my 4 foot fireboat build blog, as its twin screw (personally a boat this size is better twin screw) you can get by with cheaper motors, mine where £30 the pair, I use lipo for all my boats, so I have the batteries, and are familiar with using them, the speed controllers where about £40 the pair, and if I was buying batts then probably another £40, so it all adds up! Single screw, less batteries. You could power with nimhs, and it might be acceptable ,performance for you. If your location is Ellesmere Port, have a Sunday morning drive to Hoylake, then New Brighton, and maybe take in St Helens Liverpool, and Runcorn, see boats in action, see what sort of performance suits you, and rethink the budget, what do you want to spend? Then you need the transmitter and receiver (if you don't already have these) the fittings (see Robs build blog) a prop shaft, and a suitable propeller I am North Wirral, you are more than welcome to come and have a chat and see some boats, but unfortunately I'm deep into another rc project for the next few weeks, once that is done I can share some time, if you want! Don't worry, I'm not all about speed, I can do brushed motors and nimhs and get a result, Any questions, just ask, Paul PS... Looks like a nice clean boat you have there😉

raf crash tender by Dave M Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 months ago
Hi George I have seen the earlier posts and can't add anything to the advice given. However if you are going to LiPo's please ask before you buy batteries or chargers. If you are wanting to go into fast speed and cost really isn't a factor, then Paul will give you all the help and advice you need. His Crash Tender is both detailed and fast👍. It won't be cheap but if speed is what you wan't then anything is possible. Paul Glad to see you are back with the model boats, may I see you at St Helens open day? Cheers Dave