Bon appetites, mon Braves. I have stopped doing Vincent heads (my neck feels like it'll break) and started looking for stuff. The Supermarine is, I hope to hopes, in the loft. But, whilst looking for the drill motor, I found the speed 400 from the electric Ugly Stik aeroplane. I'm wondering if that will power the Sea Hornet. Not sure what voltage they run at, so I'm orff to check that out. Also found the Hornet II model I carved in the hope I could get it scanned and sections (i.e. frames) made. 2 down, 2 to go! Fingers crossed. Cheers, Martin
This thread has reminded me of times at a lake in Scarborough Park yorkshire. There used to be boats and aeroplanes with evening shows of battles. Aeroplanes on wires dropped bombs and ships fired guns etc. Great stuff. NPJ
very new at building boats always been an aeroplane balsa basher picked up a3/4 built wave pricess and thought l would finish it off. l have the plan from the original kit but it is not to scale nor does it show any of the parts l seem to have most of the wood parts plus a few extra sheets of balsa and sheet of 1/8 hard wood.l can usually follow a plan but a little in the dark has anyone got the build instructions especially where the removable front section buts up to the cabin. most confusing.
Doug, the outboards are made to take a 28mm brushless. There's an angled pre-drilled plate comes with it, to which I assume a 28mm brushless screws. They tend to use 2S LiPos on their boats with 23-2800KV, so about 18,5oo revs or a bit more. Can a brushed motor do that? I have a speed 400 from an aeroplane. Not sure what the shaft diameter is. I want it to go well, although, no I won't be racing it. As far as I know nobody does 152VO in England. I just need to fit a usable motor that I can build the Godiva casing round it. I don't want to HAVE to spend 30 quid on a motor, when I have one here, but I don't know what the performance would be. Martin
I was just looking at how you had transferred the plans to your wood, I have just done this with a small cabin cruiser but found that photocopying the plan and then pasting them to the wood caused some stretching of the paper and subsequently the dimensions of the bulkheads. So I tried another method which was photocopying onto A4 sticky labels and then its just peel and stick. As a returner to modeling after 50 years this is the first time I have encountered this (I used to cut the plans up for aeroplanes as a teenager!), has anybody got any better ideas?
Eric, you can go to good old Jeff Stubbs in Oundle who is mainly aeroplanes, but will have balsa, I'm sure. Failing that there are model shops in P'borough (or were). There's one in an industrial unit on the outskirts. My son took me there once. If you fancy a nice ride out, go to SLEC at Watton They have absolutely everything including hard woods and exotics. They are basically a huge modelshop who import their own balsa and other woods which you can kill an hour just looking round, easy. Cheers, Martin
this is a copy of the a plan. I was told ages ago, by someone who knew a crewmember, the side legs of the mast where made from aeroplane propeller blades. Nice story, dont know how true it is, but they do very much resemble the same profile, so I like to believe it!😉
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
I read a while ago, if you look at the bottom mast supports (why cant we attach pics in a blog?> 😟 they are a funny shape, they where actually made from aeroplane propeller blades, don't know if that is true, but its a nice story, and they are actually that shape. have you done the blue light at the position where the mast head would fall when folded?
I am building a 14" Keil Kraft Mermaid. I have included a 9.7:1 gearbox connected to the prop shaft, cannibalised from an aeroplane gearbox, taking a 12mm diameter motor (i.e. large enough for a small brushed motor or a small inrunner). I should be grateful for views on which of two motors two use: 1. Brushless, 11,000kv, max 7V, max 49W 2. Brushed, max 7.2V, max 20-25W Both are at my disposal. I had planned to use the brushless motor, but I am experiencing misgivings that it might overpower the boat or cause some catastrophic marine conflagration (despite the heat sink). The brushed motor came with the original gearbox, and I now wonder whether it might be better suited. In case it is relevant, I plan to use a 20mm three-bladed propeller. I have a 30mm three-bladed propeller available should that be advisable. Many thanks.
Hi, I really do not have any advice for you re propulsion units etc. but it sounds to me like you are pretty much sorted with the PT-109. I am in the middle or building an ItalerI MTB no. 77 which as you said in your blog should be close to show standard when completed. I am not gifted with the engineering/modelling expertise which allows me to complete a fantastic model from a pile of wood, string and metal. Sooo. . . . . . I, like you, build plastic kits which gives me the pleasure of sailing something which resembles a boat, rather than an upturned plank!!! Skilled builders do sometimes pour scorn on plastic boats as do aero modellers who see ARTF aeroplanes on the patch. We are all different and I make no apologies for sailing a plastic boat. Very lucky is the man/woman who is able to construct such masterpieces as those seen at shows or even on the local pond. Plastic or wood you still follow the hobby and surely that is the most important thing! Sorry for "going on" and being boring but there it is! Cheers
Dear All, As a stalwart of the dinosaur era, I have always used 27meg but recently I unexpectedly found myself making a purchase of some 2.4gig radio gear. Having read in many publications how good 2.4 is; not having to worry about peg boards, interference and the like, it seemed to be the answer. Glowing with the joy of my new purchase I spoke to 'some chaps' who are far more knowledgeable than I. I was not expecting the stifled sniggers and cries of 'Muppet!!!' As the embarrassment and mickey taking died away I was informed that 2.4gig radio is, it would seem, incompatible with brushed electric motors. Having 2 new ones of this type in my latest marine creation I am somewhat reticent to replace them. Whilst the chaps informed me of my ill-conceived purchase none of them could actually tell me 'why' the 2 were incompatible!!! I would appreciate any help on this subject, if anyone has the information. So far as I am aware, model aeroplane flyers use this set up, so why the difference??? I have to admit my knowledge of such things, on a scale of 1-10, is hovering around the 1.5 mark. Will 2.4 work with brush-less motors? Is there a way of protecting the radio gear from the interference from the motors? If indeed that is the case. Please reply in Layman's terms, as it does not take a great deal of technical know-how to flummox me!!! Cheers
Thanks Dave Have wattmeter will travel , we have been flying toy aeroplanes for longer than I can remember and have played the lipo game for 6 or 7 years so no problems , even running lipos on electric recumbent trikes . ( 2 x 7s 1p 5ah = 52v ) LIPOs are dangerous unless treated with care , so we do ! 😯 Only thing I really need to know Is will It be powerful enough to look right on the water regards emma
Woodvale Rally In the Park again at the new venue of Victoria Park Southport. A two day event. Model Boat show run by Southport MBC and other events In the Park Include classic cars, model aeroplanes, food stalls and various other attractions.