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[Score: 5/10] 43"/7000g Capricorn Direct Drive Powered by Lead Acid (12v) 2Amp/h Batteries Controlled Through HK ESC - Comments: Capricorn is model of Thames sailing barge with auxiliary electric motor.
Hi Hammer Your build looks as if going to be really interesting, Are you building it from Scratch? Will it be RC or will it be Static display? If RC will you be putting an auxiliary motor as in the real one.
[Score: 5/10] 54"/6400g Rena Capable of 1mph Single Propellor (3 Blade 45mm) Direct Drive Powered by NiCad (4.8v) 4Amp/h Batteries Controlled Through none (15Amps) ESC - Comments: Rena is a scale model of the John Alden ketch "Rena" She is mainly sail controlled but has a small auxiliary motor for those days with no wind.
rnxs loyal volunteer fleet tender, i myself was a crew member of the rnxs i served as leading naval auxiliaryman for several years it was formed in the 1950s as the mine watching service and then a role change as mines became less the role then changed for these vessels we were then in charge of ports and anchorages it was disbanded in 1994 due to the end of the cold war,many members formed the maritime service after that,i decided to have a go at building a static model this is my first build from scratch when i will get it finnished is another question
Hello all, Like most question they seem daft at the time but I wanted to check, my next ship is going to be an auxiliary cruiser with a single shaft and prop, are there any center drive prop if that makes sense? Or are all propellers either left or right bias? Thank you for any responses Regards Dave
HI Grace, are we saying the motor works fine, through the esc? If so, plug the esc Into the channel that Is currently the rudder, using the rudder stick, the motor should run, that eliminates the servo, however, a boat rudder, which Is right stick left/right movement Is marked up on your rx as "aerlion" I have a feeling you have plugged Into the wrong channels. The rx Is marked up to suit rc planes, so, assuming the tx Is mode 2 throttle on left, the throttle Is correct, the channel marked Aerlion (AIL) Is your rudder (right stick moving right/left), on rc planes/helis the rudder channel Is on the left stick moving left /right! That leaves elevator on your rx, that Is right stick up/down, then channel 5 Is an auxiliary channel. I use all the channels on some of my boats, My Orca (Jaws boat) uses throttle, rudder, sound unit, lights, smoke unit! 😀 Busy sticks!
My little Hungry Sailor aboard AMELIE ROSE OF POOLE, Scale model of a Scilly Isle pilot cutter from the ITV series THE HUNGRY SAILORS. She Is scratch built 3/4 to 1 ft. The hull Is fibre glass on balsa plank with OpepI Oak deck, shes powered by a 700 auxiliary motor and Lipo battery, can be seen at Boundery Water Park.
Brian Clewes has now taken his new scratch built boat on Its maiden voyage. The day was fine, If cold, but the wind was just right for the event. The auxiliary motor was used to keep the vessel moving when the wind dropped but she did sail with the little wind present and responded well to the helm. This Is Brian's third large scratch built yacht, he Is really becoming quite an expert. Also makes his own sails and fittings.
HI cenbeth Welcome to the site. The latest radio gear Is 2.4Ghz. Noted for Its short stubby aerial and short receiver aerial. Requires no crystals so great for using at busy sites. No good for your sub though as the radio frequency will not penetrate beneath the waves. 😰 40Mhz Is available for all surface models (and subs) so may be a better choice than 27Mhz not least because there are 34 frequency slots available. 👍 Most sets are a basic two channel but you can buy mutI channel for more money. I suspect your servos may not have the current plugs In use so you may need to buy a set with servos - so called combI sets have no servos, but servos are readily available from model shops and the web. You have not mentioned a speed controller so you will need one for your motor(s). Actual capacity will depend on the motor(s) Installed. I have a Cariad and also use an auxiliary motor with ESC, plus two sail winches and a rudder servo, so will actually use a 4 channel Futaba T6EX 2.4Ghz set. With a sail winch you need to be able to adjust the throw and this set has adjustable (electronic) stick settings. If you can afford to buy two sets I would go for 2.4Ghz for your three surface craft and stick with the 27Mhz or buy a 40Mhz set for the sub. You will find plenty of advice on this site regarding motors, ESC and batteries and a quick look at "Power setups" wil give you an Insite. Also our "Boat Building Blogs" may help you refresh your memory on techniques old and new. I hope this answers some of your questions but If there Is anything else you need to know please keep asking. There will be many who are or were In your position and we all like to share our knowledge and experiences 😀