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Excellent boats. i have scratch built a vosper 510 1/24 scale known as the long boat. Im also building a 73" vosper 379 which has become a bit of a project? Its a bit big and i am not looking for trying to sail it in my local pond. last time i tried it i nearly chucked myself in the pond to the delight of some onlookers.
Rewind…. When I first started my build blog I described my visit to the London Model Engineer exhibition in January 2016 and that my enthusiasm for model making was re-kindled. It was as a result of seeing a crash tender model on the Blackheath MPBC stand and getting into conversation with the owner of the boat. He went on to inform me that kits were still being made for them and he gave me the names of a couple of companies to look at. His valuable information led to some further research on the subject and finding various sites including this one which I immediately registered with, and I subsequently bought a Vintage Model Works 46" RAF crash tender kit and embarked on my rediscovered hobby. Fast forward…. I attended the same exhibition this January and was delighted to see the same chap on his club stand and I took the opportunity to remind him of our previous meeting and discussion and to thank him for his advice and recommendations. He looked at some of the photographs of my boat that I had on my camera and he was very complimentary on my building efforts. That chap is Phil Abbott, otherwise known to his friends as Steamboat Phil, and I would like to give him the credit for re-igniting my model making interest. Thanks Phil, I hope you are following and enjoying my build blog. Robbob
glad to see that big lake will be back in use, I'm not that old, and remember the paddle boats there, then it all fell into disrepair. I take it the dinosaurs have moved out of the new club house! I take it general parking is either infront of the old bike rental building (from the prom) or up at the swimming pool at the top of the hill? Will this years mayors regatta be there? maybe I can bring my avatar picture some time!😊
Hi Robert, I saw that post when researching this boat, it helped me decide how to continue building the kit. If I do not want to use a water-jacket style motor, is there a motor you would recommend. I have several battery packs; One pack is a 4200 - 7.2 v NIMH The other are two packs both being 2400 - 7.2 NIMH these are with connectors to allow longer run time. Thanks, Ron P.S. I am relatively a new builder.
Hi Very new to boat building and have started with the Krick Lisa M so far so good' but am now confused as to how to solder the suppressors to the 400 motor. Any guidence would be much appreciated. the motor comes with three suppressors and im unsure how/where to fit. the motor has one "teminal" Red all others are grey.
Hi Simon. Just like Canabus I have a few of this type of boat, all with brushless motors. So just to confuse you, 😀 here is the Sea Rover I am building at the moment, the motor is a Speed 600 I have a few photos of the build if you need them. Why did I choose a Speed 600, it was in my box of bits 😀 Alan
Hi, I am new to powered rc boats having previously only had sail boats, I am building an aerokits sea rover and really have no idea on the motor , esc , batteries , prop size etc . Is there somewhere I can find out what will work with what . Is water cooled worth thinking about ? Any advice would be gratefully received. Thanks Simon
Thanks, I hope to put up a Video of my Push Boat and Barges this summer. If I were close to a pond I would be there every day, Oh to dream. I think I'll be building some sort of wagon! I miss going to the ponds...
I have recently finished an Aeronaut Pilot Boat using a Halfords aerosol spray - VW Brilliant Orange, the colour recommended by a fellow modeller. It gave excellent results for a very modest price. I am now building a 49" Perkasa and am looking to use the same type of paint. Can anyone help with the corresponding shade of sea grey used on this type of boat please? Steve
Thats a very nice boat, enjoyed the video, thank you for posting it,Im just getting started with boats and enjoy seeing vids of them in action. Would like to have a go at building one when I have more time, thanks again 😀 😀
The weather has turned colder and forstalled any temptations to spend valuable boat building time outdoors. Have now been able to focus on finishing the hull. This was done with the usual technique of rubbing down (both mechanical and manual) and then filling any depressions or defects with either wood filler or glaze putty. Then rubbing down again ' and again! After each completed rub sprayed the hull with aerosol paint, initially primer, then working up to colour and finally a clear matte to protect the decals and dull the earlier gloss finish. I prefer to use gloss for the intermediate coats as it reveals the surface defects clearly. The only problem encountered was with the opening stern gate, after much trial usage this began to get a 'chatter' during opeation. Dismantled and examined the micro servo and found that several small gear teeth had broken off. Attributed this to operating the gate by hand during the build. In future will only operate the gate under power. Whilst more time consuming this prevents any tendency for the linkage to go over centre and lock up, thus overloading and breaking the small gear teeth. The pictures show the hull finished up to deck level. There are no fittings installed. From now on anticipate the model completion will follow traditional lines, so will confine blog entries to those that either capture a milestone, or where something interesting or unusal has happened.
Decided to leave the batteries connected up in series and use an adjustable voltage regulator to vary the voltage and determine the ideal. Total hull weight was checked and is under 7 lbs. The pond was again nice and calm, so first investigated the effect of adding weight to see how much could be added to finish the remainder of the model. With the boat floating 'as built' the bow is slightly down vs the stern. I have several 2 lb weights, so balanced one on the RIB slip. The bow rose above the waterline and the stern sank to slightly below it. Tried a further 2 lb weight and the water almost reached deck level! The ideal seems about 2 lbs, but mounted further forwards towards the centre of the model. Left the first weight in place and started voltage runs. At the base voltage of 7.2 (the NiMH rating) performance was good. The model has a nice turn of speed and is totally predictable. Increased the voltage in 1.2 volt increments to replicate NiMh voltage steps. As the voltage increased the vessel obviously goes faster, but the turning response becomes rapid and very sensitive. Finally increased the voltage to the a maximum of 14.4 volts and decided the ideal would be 7.2 volts. This also allows all the vessel systems to work at this voltage without a voltage reducer for the bow thruster. With the cells wired in parallel, this should give over 3 hours running time. Continued to experiment with the model for about 1 ¾ hours before a drop in performance was noticed, indicating discharging cells. During this period was able to make further assessments of the performance of the linked rudder / fin system. This system flattens turns, reducing heeling and gives a tight turning circle. If anything it is tighter than the full size vessel, so a real crew would need to hang on very tightly during max rate turns! To my relief the only trace water was from one of the propeller shafts, the hull is sound and without leaks. Unfortunately the weather has now turned colder and cannot do any further sailing until next Spring. At least can continue building confident in the knowledge this is the basis of a great model, one which will justify the many hours needed to finish it properly.
😀 😊 Really great to see an airscrew driven boat especially one designed by Vic Smeed. Last one I had was a scratch built free running one powered by a Cox Babe Bee back in 1968. Main benefits of that were you had to run round the lake to catch it before it hit the banks. It was a lot cheaper than an exercise bike. The Vic Smeed design looks really nice and with modern technology there is a lot more potential for this type of model. Its got me thinking now about building one . I am sure that some of the plans for the original ones are still available . Other option is to scratch build, fit it with a brushless electric motor and radio then go on a diet. Have fun- Boaty
Very nice, cant wait to see the finished project. I recently built a model of a fire boat that I operate. I built the one I did from scratch as well. It being my first model I could have surly benefited reading your post prior to building mine. I put post of mine on this site about 4 years ago. Would like to start a new project looking for something like your tender. My project was an outboard which mad it difficult to find motors to use. Next time it will probably be an inboard. Best wishes. JD Thomas