I tried Lumiweld years ago on an all aluminium model of an Albatross speedboat in 1/6th scale. The first joint was perfect, but I was never able to make a second, just burned the flux. This has no flux separately and you don't need the stainless wire brush either. So easy. Martin
Doug, thanks for the reference to Raboesch, but 12 quid a prop ain't gonna happen I'm afraid! I shall have to find some under 30mm plastics somewhere though, just in case they are what's needed. Either that or cut down 35mm props. Me, in Hornet II? Ha! I should be so lucky. I've still only ever been in one speedboat despite loving them all my life (apart from my own Albatross of course, which I only ever got one go in before the river speed police moaned at me). Martin
[Score: 5/10] 24"/500g Albatross - Comments: 1/6th scale model of a 12 foot 3" boat. Model entirely in aluminium , of my own boat, hull No. 137, exactly as real boat less the rivets! Now in private collection. Fully detailed engine down to writing in relief on header tank and SU carburettors.
Boaty, it's amazing how many people HAD Taycol motors, but don't anymore, apart from our chum Doug in Munich. And I'll pick his brains later maybe for info on controlling the Taycol Supermarine in the Crash Tender. Then again, I might just set it off on one pack for slowish and switch in another for faster. I ain't into reverse. Boats don't go backuds. I've had enough real ones to know that! Two of those didn't have any gears. One had a clutch and the other didn't even have that. It starts, it goes, quickish! Always had a paddle handy in the Albatross! I'm not really into the boat club festivals of steering round stuff or backing into docks, so why trouble myself with ESCs which seem to fail often still and weren't around when I had the boat originally. I have gel cells, but the damned things have all gone dead on me, so I might see about Nimh packs when the time comes. I went to get some one shot cellulose putty to fill the cracks and grain bits and the old nail head dips. But my favourite auto paint shop said they hadn't sold it in ages and offered me some acrylic crap in a tube. Not a bloody chance!!! "Gimme the thickest brushing primer you got and it better be cellulose". Yeah, got that, he said. "So why ain't you got stopper?" No answer. Anyway I get this stuff home and it's thick, cellulose (skin forming after 3 minutes) and bang on the right shade of light grey for a Crash Tender. I shall experiment with my Chinchila dust next for the non-slip areas and mix a pot of the primer with a bit of white to do the cabin sides, when I finish spray. For the moment, I very quickly slapped it on with a brush and will leave it for today to harden then start a very big, dusty, rub down session tomorrow. OK a litre of primer ain't cheap, but it's cheaper from a car paint suppliers and it's bang on colour. It'll also do a LOT of boats! I have a black primer in enamel for Vanity, which will also go on the sides of the Crash tender, followed by black gloss enamel, but's a way down the road yet. Talking of old stuff boaty, the white enamel my dad insisted on painting the boat back in the early 60s is hard as rock! He used to get it by the 20 gallon can from a "mate on the docks". We had docks in those days. Dad called it ship enamel. We all knew what he meant. Our entire house was shades of pastel tinted ship enamel! Tints courtesy of another mate on the docks. He had a lot of mates on the docks. It was difficult to be a Cockney family and not have mates on the docks! Pics later of the slapped on grey primer, which, I should say, argued a bit with the sanding sealer. Nuffin' a good rub down won't sort out. Martin
As they say oop north in England. Ay up Baggie, tha's got some reet nice boating locations around you m'laddie. They look cracking places to sail yachts or motor boats to your hearts content. We have to fight for any piece of water round here with the anglers, golf courses, and private lakes. I'm getting very envious 😊 Best wishes, Dave W
Hi Baggie, Re: "The boating lakes are at Aldeburgh in Suffolk... right by the beach ... good wind👍 there and a lovely town too. The one with the Tug and the yacht is Cromer small boating pond ... lovely park and cafe there. Overlooking the sea. Again good wind. " and "Mine is as purchased . Bought the rope, figures, barrels and fog from Revingham Models. 👍" Ta for the info. You don't need to use PM for such things as there is nothing personal in it and I'm sure many others would also be interested and find it useful. Cheers Doug 😎 By the way: Where is the dog hiding???
Neat 👍 Sailing site looks very comfortable 😊 Where is it? I also have a 'Southampton' (original 40Mhz verson) which I am slowly updating and upgrading; lights, smoke and whathaveyou. Been looking for suitable size crew as well, where did you find yours? Cheers Doug 😎
Having once been the Editor of the Classic Motor Boat Association, yes, I have been at 30 knots. In my own Albatross. And faster than that in a Delta. It is like sliding down the stairs with your knees under your chin and your backside hitting every step. I've done that too. You keep talking about MTBs. I'm talking purely about the Crash Tenders. 30 mph is not that quick! MTBs were quicker. They were longer and much more highly powered. Probably why the Crash Tenders were only 2 in number and never saw real service, but they are so pretty! Martin
That only really applies where the vessel is intended for restricted waters or is over a certain beam. My Albatross speedboat was right hand drive. You don't tend to worry about navigation when you have a couple of skiers on the back! And the most restricted of all navigators stand in the middle of their narrow boat. Martin