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And......! by Skydive130 Lieutenant   Posted: 4 days ago
I am very pleased with its loooks so far! Coming from an RC aircraft world to Boats is a different kettle of fish. I like to think that my aircraft building and figure painting skills have come over to this world with relative ease. Seriously thinking of stopping aircraft in favour of more boats in the future!!

Brixham trawler IBEX by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 10 days ago
Hi bellman, (from Doug BELL😉) This is another 'How long is a piece of string question'! Only way to find out is to build it, and do a payload test. Put weight in it until it floats to the waterline and upright and stable. I use chunks of lead and lead balls (fishing weights). Weigh the lead. Easiest way is to weigh the empty hull first, then again with 'payload'. Difference is your payload weight for the hull, including all equipment, decks, superstructure etc. Before you glue any other parts to the hull weigh them and subtract from the payload test weight as you go. When compete you should then know how much weight you have left available for equipment. Weigh the equipment; motors, shafts, electronics, batteries etc. Anything 'left over' is the ballast you need. Try to fit it inside as low as possible, the lead balls are good for final trimming. When all is correct simply pour a little resin over them to hold them in place. Only time I fitted ballast outside, a long steel bar keel, was on my U26 sub. But then U Boats had such an emergency 'drop keel' so it looked 'Right'! Happy building, Doug 😎

Skandia by Radiosailor Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 13 days ago
[Score: 5/10] - Comments: The second Skandia(red); the first one(blue) I 'did' wasn't mine. I was asked to overhaul it for a friend. I was happy to do that for him and did it for free if I was allowed to sail it for one season... Which got me into this radiosailing... Meanwhile his boat is back in for a second overhaul because it was damaged during his moves. This red Skandia was mine. But sold not long ago because I came across another unstarted NOS kit of this yacht. Haven't started building yet, so pics of the last Skandia will have to wait.

Re Boat Harbour entries by Dave M Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 22 days ago
Just to clarify where best to post your entries: There are four major areas to the website: Forum - Where any question can be asked and answered. Photo Gallery - Post photos of your boats and comment on others. Video Gallery - Upload video clips, show how your models ride on the water! Build Blogs - Record your build progress and print out your own booklet at the end! Fantastic keep sake. But also! Harbour - Members are given their own harbour, where you can store the boats you have and record how they're their setup. Everyones harbour is published online so you can then compare various different setups and performances. Model Boat Clubs - Are you part of a model boat club? Or do you sail at any of the model boat lakes? If so, add yourself as a sailor! Events - Here you can keep track of what events are up and coming, or add new events! Model Shop - A few companies list products here that help with boat building, why not check them out? It could be a good place to start if you're after a new project too! Dave

Hobby Engine Richardson Upgrade by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 24 days ago
Hi Dave, you may well be right! But that's half the fun ain't it?😉 Already done some dry fitting trials of pico RX and micro-Viper (for single ESC running) and the LiPo battery. So far so good. still some original plastic tray to be chopped out. Haven't done a test tank (domestic variant😉) balance/loading trial yet though! Yes, mine also has the removable cabin, and a fairly large hatch in the work-deck. The cabin of course I immediately took apart to see where the smoke genny could go. The genny is one of the mini jobs borrowed from the 'iron way' bods😉 Could maybe squeeze two in?? But that's for a later stage. Just got sidetracked by building an 88 deck gun for U26, lots a luverly fiddlin😲 DHL just told me my 37mm for the PT boat is arriving tomorrow. Not bad, I only ordered it this morning. Excellent service from Ralf at Modellbau-Koenig!👍👍👍 Must have a look if he's got a 2cm for the gallery of the U Boat. Lots to do, keeps the few remaining grey cells alive😊 Happy building people, don't stick anything which shouldn't be😡😲 Cheers Doug 😎

Adhesive by O41biger Petty Officer   Posted: 1 month ago
Thanks guys for info I will try Poundland Uhu epoxy being new to boat building I am happy that someone replied I thought it may have been covered in older posts. Thanks o41biger 👍

Hot melt glue by O41biger Petty Officer   Posted: 2 months ago
Hi l am a new covert to rc boats and I would like to ask members if hot melt glue as any place in building of boats sorry if this subject as been covered but as I said I am a newby hope to hear from you thanks Tom

Glazing help by Dave M Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 months ago
Hi Doug I used a trader (Steve Tranter- Model Boat Bits) to get the waterjet cutting done. The machine needs programming and I provided a spread sheet with the dimensions and they produced the file and did the cutting. As we were building two large models this was the only way we could get the project finished on time. I have been experimenting with crystal clear resin to produce portholes for a Confiance Class tug I am building. I made portholes out of brass on the lathe then filled the centre with the clear casting resin. I had bubbles in the initial attempt but by using a syringe and flicking the tube the bubbles all go to the top of the syringe and the result is to my liking. I do paint the portholes first. When dry I just glue in the fibreglass hull with epoxy. Mine are near the waterline and whilst cyano would work I don't trust it when wet as experienced with the Olympic. You could drill and fill your portholes with this, just need to place a blanking plate behind each porthole til the clear casting resin sets. I suspect this would be quicker than using acetate. Incidentally I used to cut my acetate portholes with a heated brass tube. I used a piece of stainless rod inside the tube to push the portholes out. Cheers Dave

Springer Pusher Tug by AllenA Admiral   Posted: 2 months ago
I think it's about time I added a recovery boat to my harbour. Something quite simple will do. I have seen the ZippKits Springer/Pusher and fancy this as the nights draw in. Has anyone any experience of building the ZippKits model or any suggestions as to an alternative would be welcome.

KeilKraft 1974 by marky Admiral   Posted: 2 months ago
if you go into the plans section go to thethe one called tamar life boat it was origanally posted by Sonar at the bottom of the tamar section click on back to home this goes to a eezibuild home page that has all the plans ,building tips and loads of pictures ,the plans are a free download or print ,they print in the original size so A3paper has to be taped together ,I am currently building the 50+RAF fire boat

Re Boat Harbour entries by Dave M Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 months ago
You beat me to mentioning this, Doug You are quite correct the Boat Harbour section of the Forum is for members to show their finished models as well as give details of the power set up etc. A picture is really needed to show off the model in all its glory. If you are able to posts in the Build Blog section are very welcome and do produce encouraging and helpful responses from members, who also benefit from seeing how others tackle their builds. There are other specific sections where members can post to share experiences or seek help for specific topics. Some members use Tablets or Mobile devices to view and it could be Stephen may need to make it easier for these users to access the relevant sections and post pictures. All posts are welcome but pictures do add greatly to the impact, and I suggest that any member who has a problem posting, sends Fireboat, Stephen a pm so he can address the issue. happy building and posting Dave

Cabin Repair by canabus Captain   Posted: 3 months ago
Hi All Started on fixing the bits I broke in removing the old paint. The forward window had a gap in the middle to the deck, so I added timber behind the bottom of the window and filled in the gap. Masking tape to the deck and combing, a lump of filler, sit the cabin down and wait for the filler to dry. Remove cabin, masking tape, trim and sand down. As the aft of the cabin sits over the deck a fair bit, I added a plywood piece back to the combing so to strengthen the aft cabin area and replaced the bottom section under one of the windows. Remodelling this boat and building the SG&K 1920 Gentleman's Runabout is keeping me busy!!! This retirement is great, but, I still liked my old job. Canabus

Sea Queen refurbishment by BOATSHED Commander   Posted: 3 months ago
RNinMunich, I presume you are situated in Munich. We can get helium in several places here in the UK. Even one high street shop, ARGOS. It is also available through AMAZON. Don't know if that's of any help or even if you were serious as to where you could get it ?? I am 66 (almost 67, in 4 weeks)and have been boat modelling since the age of nine and have also progressed from IC and Taycol to brushless but still use all types. Have also gone into purchasing ready to run, but still get a buzz from the building the model from a kit, have even shrunk and enlarged from plans to build other size models. I haven't tried the 3D printers, not sure about that side of it yet. I find this site a very interesting and helpful place. But I am not as adventurous as some with all the detail they go into. Please keep adding info to this site.

Sea Queen refurbishment by Dave M Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 months ago
I have always embraced new technology and agree some of the older skillsets are fast disappearing as it is now possible to design and build almost anything from an electronic gizmo. I embrace these new techniques and have delved into 3d CAD and printers and can now make most of the bits I need. I started like many born just after the war with plastic kits followed by balsa and tissue planes, model trains, cars, boats then into electronics and early RC. I get great pleasure from the building either scratch or kit but I do worry that many prefer to just buy the finished product. I still have my IC engines and planes from my flying days but for all but the fast racers, brushless more than meets the power requirements for our scale models, but I don't deny or object to the many who still enjoy IC and have access to permitted venues. Battery power has improved over the years and Lithium batteries are capable of delivering massive power at little weight. Provided they are handled and treated correctly they are safe to use but rather like fireworks incorrect handling can be unpredictable and dangerous. This refurbishment really goes back to basics and will result in a model being restored and enjoyed for many years and Colin has certainly shown us some new techniques. I doubt if some of the off the shelf newer models will survive quite so long. Dave

Sea Queen refurbishment by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 months ago
Hi All, Good luck all you Retros. My Sea Scout renovation (and Taycol Target conversion) were enough for me in that direction. Nostalgia is fine, up to a point, but I'm trying to embrace the present and the future. Maybe it's a result of spending 30 years trundling round the world discussing with navies and shipyards and surveying ships under refit or new construction and noting the massive advancements in construction technique and installed equipment. A vastly different perspective to most perhaps, but somehow we have to go forward as well as respect the past. We all stand on the shoulders of the greats who went before us, but they showed us the way - not the destination! OK I admit I have also built/bought ships of WW2, out of admiration of their histories and those of the men who fought in them, and also admit that my first attempt, HMS Hotspur was built copying the construction techniques of Aerokits (at 14 I didn't know any better), but my next project will be modern: T45 the new Daring Class. (Saw her in the fitting out dock at BAE😊, the modules under construction in the halls were also most impressive - looked huge from the ground 😲) I also have a few experimental odds and ends in the 'kitchen': foam delta wing flying-boat, hovercraft, airship (where do I get the damn helium? Hydrogen I can produce - simple hydrolysis, but don't want to send the flat into orbit 🤔) Please don't get me wrong, and all jump down my throat, but I'm missing the progress and the connections to modern technology (e.g. 3D printing - exception: Midlife👍) which will encourage youngsters to follow in our footsteps and stand on our shoulders! 🤔 Maybe rolfman got it right; 'It's an age thing!' My challenge at almost 66 is to combine the best of the past with what is possible NOW! OK, I'm off my soapbox now 😉 Happy building (however you want do it) and always a hand-width water under your keel 😊 Cheers Doug 😎 PS I forgot to add: I am in no way denigrating the superb workmanship I have seen in various Build Blogs; for example I recently spent an entire day reviewing with wonderment Robbob's build blog, magnificent and I learned a lot. But where do we go from here?