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Billings Sea King by AllenA Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 11 hours ago
[Score: 8/10] 27"/900g Billings Sea King Capable of 10mph and a runtime of 25mins Twin Propellors (3 Blade 40mm) Direct Drive to a 2 x Como Drill (3 Blade) Powered by NiMH (7.2v) 2Amp/h Batteries Controlled Through Chinese 320a Fan cooled (10Amps) ESC - Comments: Found at a Boot Sale in a sorry state. Retained the 2 Como motors but replaced ESC with Chinese Fan Cooled 320a. Acoms AR-201 Rx, Futaba servo all linked to new old stock Acoms Techniplus Alpha 27mhz Tx. New rudder, original propshaft with new couplings. Hull painted in Hammerite Gold and Plastikote white. Retained orignal Billings decals. New stanchions and rails. Re-veneered deck and added some fancy balsa work. Plains well after contra-rotating the props.

Graupner Elke HF 408 by Dave M Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 12 hours ago
Hi Allen Model has come along fine and should look good on the water. Interesting stats especially the stall current. This would rate the motor at 280 Watts with your 7.2v battery Do you know which type of 300 motor you have installed? Many were 6v max but they have versions that go to 24v. There should be markings on the case and you can check the specs at I used two 12v versions in my Billings Coast Guard with 35 mm direct drive props on 12v and they were power hungry, drawing about 4amps each. With your reduction unit I would expect the current to be a lot less than the 6.77 amps you recorded. I agree with Doug's suggestion that you sail it and see. I would suggest a quick circle on the water and then check the motor temp.

Albion et al by Baggie Admiral   Posted: 22 hours ago
Workshop finished - lightly varnished. Very pleased. Started on Billings Barge. The Vietnamese Junk was purchased in Vietnam and built by my friend Gascoigne... he added the Panda!

Dumas 1203 Coast Guard Lifeboat (RNLI Waveney conversion) by Dave M Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 6 days ago
Hi I have the Billings version as does a fellow club modeller. Initially I used two 300 motors with a 12v 1.3amp battery placed in the rear cabin space. Good for about 4 mins then died. I now use two brushless 28xx size 30 amp ESC and an 11.1v Lipo 2.1 amp. My friend has a similar set up. Gives about 30 mins and exceptional speed. The lipo sits where the SLA was. I can understand your concerns about the lack of warning on your Mtronic but you can source battery alarms that will emit a loud noise when the cell voltage gets below the set voltage. Providing you are paying attention you will hear and bring the boat home. The running time will be similar on each occasion so you could also use a stop watch (on your phone). I have tried NiMhs but they lack the power and are nearly as heavy as the SLA.

Angela Mary by JRF1972 Chief Petty Officer   Posted: 8 days ago
Trawler enlarged to 1/48 from a free plan called Constant Star in a July 1966 Model boats 385 motor, 35mm 4 bladed brass prop, 6v battery, featuring sound unit and working lights on 3 circuits, Built from Scrap, about the Same Size as a billings Nordkap, but a lot Cheaper😊

New build by Gascoigne Commander   Posted: 19 days ago
A working board 24” x 16” in 1” medium density fibre would be about right for you Billings static model of a Thames barge, although a large tray would help in containing everything between building sessions. Some suggested tools in the photo including wood glues and sandpaper (rough and smooth). Always worth reading and understanding the kit instructions, and keeping to the building sequence given. Billings have a reputation for producing quality well equipped kits. I know you will derive much satisfaction from making your first model and I wish you well. Enjoy. Never be shy in asking advice.

New build by Baggie Admiral   Posted: 20 days ago
Hello everyone - just wanted some advice on the best working tray/ specific model making accessories etc as I have bought my first Billings wooden boat kit. Any advice welcome. Thank you

When to paint bits? by veganhouse Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 23 days ago
I have to admit I'm a bit of a novice and tend to work on my own a lot, although I have looked at build videos on YouTube. I often wonder about the best time to paint the various bits as it seems some will be difficult to do later. So I painted the guard rail uprights and glued them in... then clamped the painted guard rails (proper names?) then started adding the hull sides, glued, clamped, and pinned where necessary. Size comparison picture with tug Annabelle (Billings Banckert) Fairmount is 1:75 scale, Banckert is 1:48

Billings Calypso by Bryan-the-pirate Lieutenant   Posted: 25 days ago
A great boat to model, I remember it's regular appearance on the tv and the great mans commentary on it. "I and my son phillipe are diving to a reef........" A great memory of the possibility of adventure.

Fairmount Alpine - TUG! by veganhouse Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 27 days ago
Billings Kit - my 2nd boat build. This time I thought I'd challenge my skills and build a plank on frame boat rather than using an ABS hull. Fairmount Alpine is a 75M Ocean going tug used for heavy duty work. The model is 1:75 scale, so around 1metre long. As I started this some time ago (before I joined this website) I'll put some regular posts up to catch up to where I am now... still not finished! Kit comes with all timber laser cut, brass fittings, instructions etc. Extra purchases of course are the motors / ESCs / and other electronics. This model is large enough to accommodate a few ancillaries such as lighting / bow thruster etc. Although laser cut, some of the joints needed trimming, and I had to use some of my bigger clamps!

Billings Kongeskibet Dannebrog #410 by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 27 days ago
PS funny coincidence just occurred to me! Boot in German = Boat in English! If I asked here where is the nearest Stiefel (Boot - English) sale is I'd either get some odd looks or be directed to the nearest Clarks shop or equivalent! 😉 Happy restoring, cheers Doug 😎

Billings Kongeskibet Dannebrog #410 by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 27 days ago
Hi Allen, she is the Danish Royal Yacht! HDMY Dannebrog A540 - IMO 4537661 Info and photo here Loads more pics here Now fitted with INMARSAT and SATTV/SATCOM so you need to make some radomes! (Kinder Surprise Eggs?!)😉 And two 30/40ft (10 or 12 metre?) HF whips at the aft end of the deck house, with antenna tuning units in the orange cylinders at the bottom mounting! NAV and surface search radars on the foremast. On the outboard ends of the yardarms there are two VHF IMM (International Maritime Mobile) Band antennas, Usual length 1 to 1.5 metre. At the mast heads looks like two GPS antennas. Two of everything for redundancy. After all it's the Kings Yachet!😉 Pic samples attached. Lovely ship 👍 Jealous 😲😉 Oh woe! Where is Britannia??? 😲 Cheers Doug 😎

Billings Kongeskibet Dannebrog #410 by AllenA Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 27 days ago
Hi Selwyn. I'm about 8 miles west of Cardiff and I usually go to a couple of Boot sales each week. If you look at my posts I've been very lucky of late.

Billings Kongeskibet Dannebrog #410 by AllenA Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 27 days ago
Just luck at he moment as some of the local dealers know that I will buy most boats at the right price. In the middle of restoring the 1960s 70s Graupner HF 408 at present then I will probably start on the Dannebrog. Good sailing Selwyn.

Billings Kongeskibet Dannebrog #410 by SelwynWilliams Admiral   Posted: 27 days ago
£7? How do you do it? Lovely steam yacht. One very similar to that one came into Weymouth harbour in the 60s and we cleaned the barnacles off her hull, trying to remember what it was called. The Channel Island steamers made a hell of a noise when we were underneath her.