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Sea Commander restoration tips by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 15 days ago
Hi Laurence, check out the Build Blogs on this site. There are many covering various 'Seas', including my Sea Scout renovation with lots of tips re painting and varnishing. Last pic shows the 'before' state after 20 odd years in the cellar! Have fun, cheers Doug 😎

Bristol pilot cutter mascotte by kmbcsecretary Admiral   Posted: 17 days ago
Thanks jbrcfloats for your kind comments , I'm sure your builds will be just as good after all we all had to start somewhere. It would be nice to see your own build blog on here 👍

Perkasa by Lauriem Lieutenant   Posted: 1 month ago
This is a 49" Perkasa built from a ply Precedent kit - the build blog is on this site. Videoed from a 46" Fireboat on a lake in Western Australia. Neither boat is running at top speed, which is spectacular but overscale! Both boats have identical brushless motors. Apologies for the video being a bit long, and for the water on the lens, but this is a first attempt and I hope you enjoy the music.

Bits n pieces arrived / Aft Deck Mk 2 built ;-) by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 month ago
Hi Guys, Can you perhaps continue this laser cutter discussion in a new thread please? This is a Build Blog and will be printed out as a memento booklet when it's finished. Many thanks, cheers Doug 😎

H.M.S. BRAVE BORDERER by RHBaker Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 month ago
Just to clarify. Shipping was only 7 days to Canada, manufacture slightly longer. Examined the hull closely and was pleased. It is dimensionally accurate and robust, but light. It had also been reinforced in strategic areas and trimmed to the correct deck line. My many questions to Christian Sheppard – Capurro of MTBHulls were quickly and knowledgeably answered. A company I would recommend others. Reviewing the build blogs and U Tube videos of the both the Brave and Perkasa models, shows most use either single or twin screws. The original vessel had a triple screw contra - rotating layout. Experience from others suggests the third screw just adds weight and complexity, but little to the performance. Nevertheless, it was how the Braves were built, so that was how it would be. Christian gave several suggestions for other modelers who have built this vessel. Contacted them and was readily provided with information and advice. The finished weight of this model is important and a target of around 6 lbs recommended for a 1:32 scale version. This is to achieve the potential performance. Plans for drivetrain are 3 x 2835 4500kVa brushless motors, direct driving 3 x scale 3 blade 30mm screws. Decided use a single Li-Po battery for the best performance with minimum weight. It was suggested three batteries, each powering a single motor would be the best layout. After some research, concluded this would introduce a weight penalty and was discounted. There are various ideas for the best drivetrain. Unfortunately none for triple screws. Decided the best approach would be to fit the bare hull out as planned, then try it. Leaving all the finishing features for later. A contact in Australia had already done this using a single screw layout and kindly sent pictures of his hull layout and then under test. Very informative. The positions of the rudders, propellers and shafts are established by the scale dimensions and were permanently installed. Everything else was to be temporarily fitted, so it could be moved or replaced if necessary.

Hacker by BigAlio Commander   Posted: 1 month ago
Hi not so much a build blog more of an assembly blog. A Trinity Hacker 1/18 scale 700 mm long, did away with supplied speed 600 motor, fitted a small brushless one, a surpass c2216 800kv motor. Try 7.4v first if she needs more 11.1v should make her fly. much lighter reduced weight from 1200g to 1000g should help performance.

Bristol pilot cutter mascotte by hammer Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 month ago
You may find my clinker boat method, built as full size. just 6" long. can be seen build blog page 13.

Help Needed new Builder Billings St Canute by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 month ago
Go for it Frodo 👍👍 Look forward to the pics (Build Blog?) and 'Maiden' vid 😉 PS I have downloaded the 'destructions' and find that the German translation from the Danish is slightly better, but the format of Billing's instructions is basically Sh-one-T. Instructions for 'Insiders'. Ran across this phenomenon professionally here in Germany with Operating Manuals and System Descriptions written by the development engineers. THEY KNEW how it all worked!😲 I had to introduce a new style which helped the guy confronted with the 'beast' for the first time to use it and to fix it if the wheels fell off. And for the Admiral a System Description which would simply explain to him why he should spend his hard fought budget on that particular equipment or system. Lots a fun 😉

AL Khubar 2 by dragon Captain   Posted: 1 month ago
Hi As seen in my build blog list of items fitted. 2 MFA Geared 6-1 Motors. 2 Aqua power 128 FNR Speed controllers. Brass props. Bow thruster. Brass Korts. Sound unit. Horn. Lights. all in working order. Sailed very well yesterday at Owls pond. In good working order sold as seen with no returns too detailed to pack collection only please. £300 ovno. Any Question please ask. Plans and instructions also.

Just getting started by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 months ago
Mornin' Ron, was any of the above helpful or did we frighten you off? 😲 What ship are / were you intending to build? A Build Blog would be good, then we could help you along the way👍 Cheers Doug 😎

plasticard by mturpin013 Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 months ago
I am a returner to boat building after 45 years and have always used marine ply for the construction of all parts of my models. I am currently building the 46" crash tender ( I have a current Build Blog) and whilst browsing this site I see many people using plasticard for their construction, can anybody list the pro's and cons of this material eg 1 cost 2 ease of cutting plasti V ply eg circular saw, filing, knife cutting, bending/forming 3 gluing issues 4 paint preparation 5 gluing to other materials 6 overall which do people prefer

Sanding down. by MouldBuilder Lieutenant   Posted: 2 months ago
Thanks Jarvo and Doug. I will have a look around. I think there is a place nearby. I will ask my friends who run a garage opposite to my factory.😊 I will have to take some boat pictures with me for a colour match. Sanding to complete today, I hope, and then preperation for sanding sealer and my newly peuchased primer filler. Lots of work ahead. I bought another easy kit to do so I will start a second build blog soon. This one is a Police Launch with an ABS hull. The hope is that I can do both projects at the same time. Doing two things at once is not usually good for me. I have got the urge to get a boat onto my river as soon as possible. I just bought a cheap twin hull offshore power boat to keep me going.I go to Hungary in a few weeks so will send it there to try. I will video the test as it will be the first time in years since I sailed a boat, but a first for one capable of this sort of speed.😱 I will post pictures when I finally remove all of the paint from the MTB. I really appreciate all of the help given. It removes the trial and error which can be costly. Thanks.😊

Renovating my Aerokits Patrol Torpedo Boat. by dennisw Lieutenant   Posted: 2 months ago
see build blogs on this web site 👍 ignore my last blog about aerokit site.

Bismarck paint scheme (for Rookysailor ;-) by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 months ago
More Bismarck info, Pic : paint schemes from a build blog of the Amati 1/200 kit, Link to Bundesarchiv Search for Bismarck pics- Interesting ones are at the end during the battle and just before. Seems the crew were very busy painting while in Norway 😉 Cheers Doug 😎

The Lone Ranger Rides Again or Hull Finishing ;-)) by BOATSHED Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 months ago
I see you have shown some small bristle brushes. Yes I do have those all stored in a Cadbury's chocolate finger tin. When I said about bristle brushes I meant larger ones from DIY shops for painting larger area's. But looking at your build blog this is where I am going wrong. You seem to be spraying and I use brushes. I am not very good at the spraying lark. I always seem to get runs. I think I must try to rush the spraying but I also seem to get cans that end up spitting the paint when I use them. I think some more perseverance is needed. Thanks for the information.