Hi John, I meant the the photos that Dave M posted of his Revell Corvette, HMS Bluebell! Thought 35Megs was for aircraft only!? I nearly got lynched here in Munich for once using my 35Meg Sanwa for my destroyer. Sticklers for the rules and regs here 🤔 The COMMS buoy is still on the ideas list, plenty else to finish off before frills that! Yesterday spent the whole day cleaning up and lubricating my lathe cos it hadn't been used for 10 years or more, and of course now I need it 🤔 Want to make some alignment tools for new motors and prop shafts! Cheers Doug 😎
I was wondering how long it would be before someone spotted "sammy dog"! He loves watching ha! Temp workshop is now back to conservatory mode now before "mrs H" gets home! My workbench in my workshop was designed for aircraft modelling, in the conservatory I can 360 degree around the boat for ease of working. Last thing tonight was to temp fitrudder (will be shortened, widened, and will have scale strakes fitted. The rear bollard was made from scrap box plasticard and plastic tube, cost -free!
[Score: 5/10] 30" SEA ROVER Capable of 3mph and a runtime of 20mins Single Propellor (3 Blade 30mm) Direct Drive to a Mabuchi (3 Blade) Powered by Lead Acid (6v) 2Amp/h Batteries Controlled Through N/A (5Amps) ESC - Comments: Model was Sea Rover, built about 50 years ago with my father on the living room floor. Power was a Mabuchi 6/12 volt running on two PJ996 lantern batteries or two 4.5v bell batteries wired in series. Well before R/C. Finally gave ot aay to neighbours son and switched to aircraft for 40 years. Now living in Portugal and glow fuel hard to get so changing back to water craft.
Here are some shots of the main plan and the proposed electronics going into my Solent. My only issue is whether my choice of motors is suitable? I've gone with 2 x 600 brushed motors on 15 inch shafts and 45mm brass props which I purchased before reading the article in Septembers model boats mag. The author in that has gone with 2 x 850's? With my aircraft experience, it's strange going "backwards" with brushed motors instead of the aircraft industry standard of using brushless motors, esc's and lipo battery's! And to cap it all, I've not go any aircraft that could possibly drag let alone lift the 12v 7amp lead acid battery that I've bought for this boat! Any thoughts on motor choice would be appreciated, apart from that I'm good with the electrics. The Mtroniks sound board and speaker is a blast using the Napier diesel sound chip. Another shot shows some of the decor going on, i.e. RNLI decals, numbering for "Douglas Currie", portholes, anchor, handrail stanchions. Other decor, doors, bollards etc coming from Macs soon. Last show shows the finished working radar built from scrap and painted in VW brilliant orange which I believe is a recognised match. One last question, can someone please give me an approx size for the 3mm main deck stanchions which I will fashion from brass tube and soldered eyelets, rope thickness would be helpful too, many thanks
I am a modeller of 45 years experience, mostly with RC aircraft but have recently got into boats. Have completed the aeronaut Diva and spitfire to a high standard but needed a challenge So, having spent a long time trying to source an un-started Aerokits Solent, I bit the bullet and bought a set of plans and templates from eBay. Overall the plans are good, the templates need some adjusting as we go for acuaracy. Have spent the last couple of weeks perusing the plans and sourcing the materials needed. A visit to the Balsa Cabin in Maldon, Essex provided all the ply and the internet has provided the main components I.e motors, props, shafts, ESC, battery, soundboard/speaker, servo mostly sourced from Cornwall model boats and Howes Models septembers issue of "model boats" had a great article on a refurb which has been very useful for hints n tips on required electrics and the little extras needed to complete. I do have a workshop where the model will spend most of its time, however my wife's conservatory has been invaluable for using my eBay sourced scroll saw to cut out the formers! The sheet of 6mm ply from balsa cabin was long enough to make keel formers 1 & 2 one piece! I shall post a more detailed update when I get my computer back from repair Monday!
As a club member I am covered by the clubs insurance but does anyone know of an insurance company that will insure on an individual basis. There are general modelers insurances available but is there one specifically for model boaters as if you have a general modelers insurance this includes model aircraft which I would have thought would have a very much greater risk factor hence being more expensive. A model aircraft can do a great deal of damage and injury to a person or property while it is hard to believe that a scale model boat can.
Hi ...the model is scratch built.....don't think you can buy them...seems to be based on a gnat aircraft design with fins instead of wings and powered by a waterjet.......well it should be when I get it put back together 😁
😉 I knew that must come! 30+ years wandering around the world to various navies and shipyards. Including Intermarine and Fincantieri in Italy. Two of the most prolific builders of fast ferries, huge cruise ships. As well as all sorts of naval vessels from fast patrol boats to ski-ramp aircraft carriers. Similar to the old RN Invincible class. Somewhere in my vast and dusty archive I have the GAs and specs for a new (then!) fast ferry design from Intermarine. Used to like visiting these two; Intermarine in Sarsana, just south of La Spezia at the south end of Cince Terra and north end of Tuscany and just round the corner from the Carrera marble quarries. (That's where the name comes from, not Porsche or the model race cars😉) Also Fincantieri in Genoa further north. Lunches and dinners were good 😜 Cheers Doug 😎
Me too! 👍 Along with all the other classics: Hurrie, Mossie, Lanc, Welly, Defiant, Beaufighter, Sunderland, Catalina, Do 17, HE111, FW 190, Stuka, ME 262 etc etc. sticky days 😎 PS Don't know what made me do it but a little while ago I bought the huge 1:48 Airfix kit of the 'Mossie'. Couldn't resist it, such as super aircraft, one of my Dad's 3 favourites to work on and test fly in 😉 The other 2 were Spitfire (natch) and Gloster Meteor NF11.
Hi Norm, seems ya pays yer money and takes yer choice! Some were recessed, some not. In the early days they were stuck up on stanchions for the landings. Later leaf springs were set into the deck. See attached pics. #1 HMS Furious 1930. Here is a (long🤔) link where you can find many pics of carrier arrester systems and crash barriers. The barriers were raised on stanchions and let into the deck when not needed. https://www.google.de/search?q=Aircraft+Carrier+Arrestor+Cab... Cheers Doug 😎
So ein Sch..ß! The last thing you want on holiday.😡 Ugly looking thing :-( The aircraft banner reminded me of the 90s in Rio. Light aircraft used to tow even longer banners along Ipanema and Copacabana and round Sugar Loaf into Guanabara Bay. Made we wonder what the whole shebang looked like from up there. So I took a bubble chopper flight from the heliport, in the Laguna behind Copacabana, along the beaches, over the city and up to the Corcovado, where we circled the massive statue of Christ. Unforgettable! 😊One of the few days it wasn't shrouded in fog👍 One of the perks of working on the carrier Minas Gerais (ex RN Colossus class) in Rio harbour 😊 happy days. Cheers Doug 😎