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Old Futaba servo wiring... by Westquay Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 4 days ago
Doug, I'll stick with your build blog. I still don't understand how you used the servo tester to replace TX and Rx, but don't worry, I'm happy to use the RC gear. As I did tonight in fact. Hooked the FlySky up to a Futaba servo I'd put on the rudder for the Sea Hornet and it all worked a treat. First RC installation I've ever done! Made loads of statics, but no RCs before. And you will NEVER find lights on one of my models. Mike Karslake, life long professional modelmaker, to a customer..."Sir I make models, not bloody table lamps". Cheers, Martin

Old Futaba servo wiring... by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 6 days ago
Hi Martin, would have thought the name was self explanatory! 😉 In the attached pic you can see my Robbe Servo Tester at the top. I used it to simulate the proportional signal from a receiver while testing your Taycol converter boards, not to power the motor.😲 Motor power came from the mains PSU in pic two, the battery eliminator circuit (BEC) in the ESC provided power to the tester. The tester provides the signal to drive servos, or in this case an ESC, and saves the faff of setting up TX and RX and fiddling with batteries when I want to test a circuit or function before building it into a boat. Cheers, Doug 😎 Oh, and by the way; when you get into lighting for your boats don't forget to buy an LED Tester as well 😁😁 You could also think about a simple RF Detector / Meter to check if your TX is actually transmitting 😁 Like I did with your TX using a home brew device - OR you could wait til I get around to publishing a Build Blog for the refined version I am making using a couple of RF diodes and a sensitive 300microamp meter 😊

Venetian Evening by NPJ Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 6 days ago
No pressure then Doug.......................... Looking at using Halford rattle cans as used in a site build blogg. Have glass paper and wet/dry together with sealer all to hand for when the visitors leave. Will spray inside as well with some silver hammer finish I have left over. Need to consider dust and over spray on area and me! All the best. NPJ

Latest Post by Fireboat Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 9 days ago
Hi, I'm afraid there's no way to do this, except in the build blogs. Forum threads are always chronological order with the original post at the top and newest at the bottom. Thanks, Stephen

Deans Robert E. Perry Libertyship by deepdiver Commander   Posted: 10 days ago
Hi I inherited one of theses kit's some years back, when I had a word with Ron he said that it must have been one of his early kit's as it said I need to put bulkheads in to stiffen up the hull. The one that I have has a white metal off set rudder ie the top half of the rudder is just off central, was this to stop any torque from the single prop? I look forward to your build blog as in time I am hoping to get mine finished and will name her "Jack McCann" as that is the name of my late friend.

Range Safety Launch? by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 10 days ago
Evenin' Neville, Re Leak- Where did the water collect? Anywhere near the end of the prop-shafts? Whatever; as soon as it's dried out give it a good internal coating of EzeKote from Deluxe Materials, no pong and no hardener resin. Brush it on generously and leave to dry/harden overnight. Put PLENTY down in the bilges around the keel boards. Brushes you can simply wash out in warm water. Very 'People friendly'👍 After that carefully inspect the outside of the hull for flaked paint, cracks and delamination of the skin or keel wood. Re scale for fittings- "Some of the 1/16th look better than the 1/12th and 1/24 is in with a change for some bits!" Don't quite get the last bit! Whatever 😉 The original was LoA 43' = 516". So your model with 44" is without doubt as near as dammit 1/12. (1 to 11.727😁) Owt else for the fittings would look a bit 'Gulliver's Travels' 😲 Re Build Blogs; the most comprehensive one I've seen here on Fireboats is Robbob's outstanding build and incredibly detailed and informative blog 👍👍👍 https://model-boats.com/builds/view/23951?goto=44797 Can't wait to see what electrics you've ordered, another big white delivery van full of surprises?😁 Bon chance mom ami, Cheers, Doug 😎

Range Safety Launch? by NPJ Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 10 days ago
Post 2 Range Launch? The bath test has shown up a leak……………….. Have not tried to find where yet but it is hopefully in that small bay as it did not flow over the rib section. Strange I had not thought leaks to be much of a possibility in a boat! Wishful thinking again. Anyway it has put work back a bit. You will notice that the bath water was ‘used’ condition. I was not allowed to waste water due to the shortage so had to use the bath with Radox and herbal Oils in it. I trust it does not affect the paintwork…………… Any opinions on Leak Checking? I did check how it ‘sat’, and the waterline at its current weight. There is something in those images that RN Munich will pick up on! Have received some of the parts………….just like Christmas for me. ( I was a spoilt only child). Two issues strike me. a. It may be of interest if I give sources of the parts b. I think I have a problem with ‘scale’………….. Currently the purchases fall into two groups, electrical and deck fittings. The electrics are not posing a problem yet, but the size of deck fittings certainly is! Taking the larger ‘electricals’ first, I have gone for pre built units. Someone with more ability could build the units themselves. Kits are available. Also far fewer units could be used to start with and added later if needed. As a result of my previous, though small, experience with the Richardson Tug I used Action Electronics and Component Shop in Bangor, Wales for almost all of the electrical bits. They are helpful and efficient with good quality products. I am still using Mtroniks DigiSound for the sound unit, but Action Electronics now makes one as well. I have used a new source for the transducers/exciters. I have previously used Dayton Audio, sourced through SoundandVision Netherlands and costing around £35.00 for a pair of TT25’s plus mail. This time I used Mr RC for similar item, made by them for about £53.00 the pair mail free. They too came from the Netherlands! Not tried yet, but have noted that the Dayton Audio ones had a foam ring on the face which was self adhesive and easy to place. Mr RC require Gluing in place. Going to look for the leak. Next post should be on the electronics which I hope will have arrived by then. BTW, The 46 Firefloat Mk2 blogg by ‘Elsrickle and Fire Boat (Crash Tender) on our site are great sources of information. NPJ.

Seat Trials and mods. by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 11 days ago
It’s been a while since the boat had it’s maiden voyage on the lake at St. Albans and I’m pleased to report that it looks really good in the water and goes like stink if you open up the throttle. Sadly I still don’t have any decent video of the boat yet as I can’t film and drive the thing at the same time, but I do have some static wide shots from my GoPro. When I do the video I’ll ask a cameraman mate to do the honours, maybe I’ll put the GoPro on the bow and then the stern to get some low action shots…the storyboard is already building in my head!! These early runs were great as they showed up some minor problems that needed attending to. I found that it needed ballasting slightly as it was not sitting on the waterline evenly from side to side so I flattened out some old lead water pipe and cut it into small sections so that I could add ballast incrementally. I did this in the ‘domestic test tank’ and once I was happy the lead pieces were fixed in place inside the hull with some super strong double sided tape. The ESC needed a little programming adjustment because I had forgotten to set the low battery level point to ‘off’ as I am using NiMh batteries and not LiPo’s , that was the cause of the short initial run time on the first outing…..DOH !! The batteries are now held in place by Velcro straps on some bearers that I added, otherwise a battery change involved cutting cable ties and replacing them at the lakeside…not very practical. The volt/amp/watt meter is also now on a proper bracket so that the display is more readable. I have also changed the charging connection from the nasty Tamiya connector to a nice little panel mount XT 60 connector that HobbyKing sell, it comes with a handy blanking plug that I have drilled for a retaining cord. I have also finally got around to upgrading the firmware on my Turnigy i6 radio to the 10 channel version so that I can assign the lighting to the switches properly and have the rotation of the searchlight on one of the two rotary knobs. I can use the old 6 channel RX in the new boat….blog coming soon.

Rear Deck assembly –(upper tow deck) by Ianh Petty Officer   Posted: 14 days ago
Hi Gents I have found this build fascinating including robbob's build. I have one these to build but will be doing an Aerokits Sea Commander first. As these designs go back to the 60's and were designed by Les Rowe ( I know I had one with an ED Racer in it.) So I will be referring back to this quite a bit. Will start a build blog on it. Shouldn't be to difficult busy changing my model engineering workshop to build boats. Model Engineering too expensive now boiler for my Springbok cost close GBP 1 300.00 alpne 😊😊. Trouble is I am importing all parts from UK etc. Between royal snail mail and SA post office I need to order any requirements in advance.

Exciters/transducers by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 15 days ago
Ah! You mean the Forum Threads not the Build Blogs. Strangely blogs are as you want but Threads the other way up. Never bothered me. I just press Ctrl and Pos1 to go to the top or Ctrl and End to go to the bottom of either. Theses as Threads in the appropriate Forum topic please 😁 Doug 😎

Exciters/transducers by NPJ Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 15 days ago
Yes, so where dop I place my 'thesis'? Not really a build blog so where should it go? re earlier post. I would like to have the most recent posts in each 'thread' or whatever at the top of the presentation rather than the bottom. How do I achieve that O' fount of all knowledge.................? NPJ

Aerokits MTB, what is it?... by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 20 days ago
Funny? Those pics are not what I found in the build blog!!??😲

Aerokits MTB, what is it?... by Westquay Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 20 days ago
Mouldbuilder, can't find your build blog? Martin

Aerokits MTB, what is it?... by MouldBuilder Commander   Posted: 21 days ago
Hello. I am updating the Aerokits PTB at the moment. I have had it for more than 30 years. I have been informed from several sources that it is an ELCO 80 foot. Unfortunately I have mislaid the plans. I am sure I have them here somewhere. If I find them I will try to copy and post here. I have pictured it in a Build Blog if you would like to look and see if it is the same model.😉

46Firefloat Mk2 paint by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 23 days ago
Go for it !👍 I doubt you'll find much better info than in that thread. Look forward to the pics and maiden video! Build Blog!? Cheers, Doug 😎