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KD Perkasa by cormorant Commander   Posted: 1 day ago
I acquired this boat part built some months ago through Dave M. I have not put too much scale in detail but I am quite pleased with the overall finish. It is powered by two brushless 1250KV out runners and in the first sea trials I used 12v lead acid batteries. (That video was posted a few weeks ago - This video shows its second sea trial after I was persuaded to use lipos. The difference in performance is very pleasing. Thank you Dave M for your help and advice during the build.

My first boat!! by jarvo Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 days ago
Hi Nick, thanks for the info, bit far for a quick sail, but they will offer plenty of advice and help to you Mark

HMS Norfolk type 23 frigate by johnp Petty Officer   Posted: 5 days ago
Just started 1/96 scale HMS Norfolk type 23 frigate, as built configeration, hull from Fleetscale fittings from Fleetscale and Sirmar, would welcome any help or advice from anyone who has built any version of these

Guestbook Post by sonar Lieutenant   Posted: 9 days ago
The website has been of great interest and useful to me as a starting point for modeling. Been modeling for just a short while and have received some good advice . Not the sort of website that is so over busy as you can follow posts and blogs at a slow and informative pace. All the members are friendly and helpful. A great all round forum for modeling.

Suspected Seam by figtree7nts Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 11 days ago
Good Morning Dave, Thank You, I looked and found what I need!👍 Great advice, I won't make the angel myself. am going to look into purchasing ready made angles. As for the chisel I'm thinking 1/4", What do you think?

Norstar Wave Princess by AllenA Seaman   Posted: 12 days ago
Built this Wave Princess 30 years ago meaning to use it with my children. Languished in attic since and now retired going to resurrect her for Grandchildren and would welcome any advice on motor size, prop shaft length, Propeller size etc etc. Picked up an as new MacGregor Digimac 111 transmitter receiver and servos at Boot Sale for £5, seems fitting I should use it for the old girl.

Suspected Seam by figtree7nts Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 12 days ago
Ok, I have found a suspected leaky seam, But i'm not sure if this is where the water is coming in from yet! I do know this seam is below the waterline! going to have to seal it some how! What procedure should I use any advice is welcomed...

Sad News by figtree7nts Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 12 days ago
Hi Paul, Thanks, Yes every one's advice is well welcomed. I also like your advice about the Syringe with the little hose attached to it! I think I'll look for the seam that's leaking. I'll fix that and also buy a water pump for good measure.... Ed

Sad News by figtree7nts Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 12 days ago
Hi Mark, The rudder tubes are well above the water line! But I'll check them out. And the prop shafts were greest properly But i will recheck! I think I'm going to have to look at all the seams! Thanks for the advice, 👍 Hi Dave, The glue i used was Zap-a-Gap, also so Z-Poxy for the wood structure! I'm going to go over the hull and see if I can trace the leak! I suspect a seam that's on the bottom of the hull. That's where I felt the leak when I picked up the hull. But who know exactly where the water is coming from. I'll keep you posted, Thanks for your input really appreciate it 👍 Ed PS. I'm looking into the UHU Plus Acrylit!

Sad News by Tall Paul Lieutenant   Posted: 12 days ago
Hi Ed, You mentioned water ingress, I carry to boating pond a number of bits and tools, one of which is a > 100 ml Syringe ... There is one on Amazon with a tube to reach into difficult to access areas. The advice about glue for plastic to pastic seems helpful, I had similar problem of trying to obtain water proof join of plastic and wood. Best of luck, Paul.

First post... by Midlife306 Chief Petty Officer   Posted: 19 days ago
Hi Dave, That looks like a really nice piece of water! I have a massive appreciation for the work, skills & dedication involved in building & running accurate scale models. My fascination is with fast boats, K7 in particular & although the design is over 60 years old now, it's still a bit of a hooligan. It just didn't occur to me that someone with a boat like mine would be welcome amongst the scale community, at first scan through list of clubs there isn't anything on my doorstep, I'll have to increase my radius. My skill levels are limited but as they say every day is a school day & I'm picking up new knowledge & skills as I go along. The concern for me between IC & Brushless is on one hand add fuel & run for hours vs add batteries & run for minutes. 240+ amp esc's can cost the same as a half decent 30cc IC engine but to be honest for me the sound of electric motors is far more preferable to IC. I guess I need to take on as much advice as possible before I start splashing the cash. I'm certainly not pigheaded enough to ignore advice given, that's for sure. I've seen a video on YouTube of a guy building an aeroplane fuselage without a mold, by creating a blue foam plug & fibreglassing over it, once the fibreglass has been smoothed & filled it is split to remove the foam core, he ended up with a large lightweight fuselage that only needed minor bracing to make it strong enough to fly. This idea really appealed to me so I went out today and bought a load of blue foam, I'll have a go at building the sponsons first & see how I get on... Cheers Wayne

First post... by Dave M Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 21 days ago
Hi midlife306 Welcome to the site. Impressive looking model and its will look spectacular once painted. Is it mainly wood construction? If so are you intending to cover the wood inside and out to protect against water? If you are intending to use IC engines you need to find some where to sail as most waters prohibit their use mainly due to the noise and pollution. The hull is a fast racing hull that would suit a brushless set up with LiPos. There are many configurations and I suspect a surface piercing prop is one option. I suggest you find a local model boat club near to you and go and see if they run fast race boats. There is a section on this site for Model Boat Clubs that will help you find one locally.Hopefully they will be able to guide you into the best set up for this hull. I have a fellow club member who is really into speed and he sources his bits from Prestwich Model Centre but also from the States. Please keep us posted on progress and do keep asking for help and advice, it may just save you from making costly mistakes. Dave

from the Philippines by analyst Chief Petty Officer   Posted: 22 days ago
thanks for the insights dave. will wait for other helpful advice but based from what you've said i already had some additional great inputs in mind. i'm also leaning into using SLA battery than LiPo. it's true that 20-30kms range is my goal but i don't mind achieving that for future plans. 1-3kms at first is not bad to start with.i also have a friend who is a "class A" amateur radio operator and he told me that we can make antennas to extend the range of the craft 😁 i'll try to look for an 800 brushed motors over the internet. thanks mate!

from the Philippines by Dave M Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 22 days ago
Hi Wellard I think we need a bit more info to give helpful advice. Electric or Gas depends on the noise level nuisance. May not be a problem for off shore use. Probably greater endurance than with electric but not as good for the speed you envisage. As speed is not important (3-4Km/h) then a brushed motor may be preferable to brushless. Generally the prop should be about the same diameter as the motor case. Larger props will require some form of reduction unit to reduce the load on the motor. Sounds like there will be plenty of room in the hulls to carry a good power source and as you are operating at some distance SLA is possibly better than say LiPo where discharge voltage is important. I think you may have a problem with the range (20-30Kms) as this is somewhat greater than the normal range of domestic RC sets. As you are off shore there may be additional problems with wave height as the signal may be obscured when the model is in a deep trough between waves. At the end of the day you need a motor prop battery combination that will move the craft thro the water at the required speed and last for the full duration of each sail. It's quite a large model and I suspect will need say two 800 size brushed motors to allow for wind/waves and current. I suggest you come back with your thoughts as you may have specific requirements to fit in with other equipment you are instaling. dave

from the Philippines by analyst Chief Petty Officer   Posted: 22 days ago
hi Everyone! just want to solicit some advice. i'll be asking the local boat maker here in my place to build a catamaran style boat in few days time. i decided to use the dimensions as follows; LOA = 1.5m, B= 1m, D= 0.5m. both hulls will be identical. boat capacity will be approx 20-30kg(motors and electronics onboard). with this in mind, i'm soliciting suggestions for the appropriate prop size and motor to be used. electric or gas engines? im planning to use one motor for each hull. thanks in advance for the comment guys!