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What is this material? by Sashaloki Petty Officer   Posted: 12 hours ago
The typical application would be shaping the model in polyurethane foam and then cover it with several layers of polyester resin (the most common resin used with fiberglass to build hulls). Also surf boards used to be "shaped" by hand and layered as I mentioned. So for bonding, any polyester resin, expoxi like glues (two components).

Fireboat and Sunderland together again by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 19 hours ago
Hi Paul, just back from bowling training, averaged 207 was happy with that 😊 I don't know about scratch build or not but here on the site is a wonderful video of a flying Cat model. Title was something like 'Not quite a boat ...' I have the Airfix 1:72 kit of this plane and was considering trying to measure it and scale it up to make plans for a working model!!! Cheers Doug 😎

Airboat - one rudder? by cormorant Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 24 hours ago
I am currently building a skimmer (Dave M will be very familiar with the type). I propose to mount the motor as a pusher on the single pylon. To minimise clutter I was thinking of a single rudder, mounted centrally behind the motor. Most skimmers/airboats I have seen have two rudders, but do I really need two? Any thoughts? Thank you Steve

The Vosper 46” RAF Crash Tender Kit By Vintage Model Works by Lyle Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 1 day ago
Dear Modellers and builders of the Vintage Model Works kit series. You will find my earlier pictures and various writings on the original earlier postings by me in OZ of my still some 30/plus years Crash Boat in which I wore out several I/C motors and my girl still runs in Salt Water at the local LAKE ILLAWARRA in New South Wales and you are somewhat fortunate with ready made fittings. I did not ever know of the "page" ( wish I had a copy ) on your wall of the rear well of fire hose details and fittings , wow what a bonus, as a colonial had several years till Peter Dimberline and I had contact and he helped me to authenticate my vessel. The ESSENTIAL secret of the Crash Boat is the spray rails. So many look toy in the videos and TOOOOOOO fast . The spray rails are doubled at width protruding from the hull and lesser at the point of "rise of the wood " towards the upper bow point. The depth is not too critical at a bit of about an eighth of an inch thickness or a bit thinner for the whole length as you do not want to see a "thick log ", rather again it is the width rather than depth. I know I have written on this before on this webb site in the past. The turns thus on the go become when starting on and STAY more on the go are more flatter rather like a full sized hull which has a planing/ flatter hull turn to the flatness of the water than a typical poorly behaving model boat hull which invariably heels TOOOO much and somewhat digging in , (in turns). The HARD CHINE hull design was meant to not only rise to a comfortable plane attitude but ALSO to turn without that annoying behaviour of "digging in" when it should still perform and exhibit that hard chine design attitude when in a turn . "Digging in" equals water resistance AGAINST the hull and loss of performance and loss of plane attitude and against wave resistance when the hull designers team is trying to maintain hard chine performance in the forward turning direction. I harp on this point that this hull design is one to respect . The older I get the more I expect of all my model machines that I am lucky to see on computers, as we certainly have more need to respect the masters, the likes of Peter Du Cane and T E Lawrence and Hubert Scott Payne of Vospers and Thornycroft and The British Power Boat Company and ELCO and Higgins, all of whom I have researched so much over my life and I have been to the memorial of Lawrence in the desert in Wadi Rum. I try to do it right. Regards to all builders Lyle. My mates and I have to run in 2 to 3 inch chop at times, such is the Lake Channel ! My wife has reminded me that some of my fleet do seem to have BLACK hulls and I only would build one model boat, when I bought the Aerobats Crash Boat home, the pictures are of some of my scratch built fleet.

Brushless motors by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 days ago
Yes Colin, in essence that's all a brushless motor is! Cheers Doug 😎 PS: How's KGV getting on? I'm still into Sea Scout and PT boat renovations / conversions. But I know what my next 'new build' is! See pics, 'undreds of bits an' pieces 🤔😉

Graupner Elke HF 408 by Tica Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 2 days ago
Hello Allen I believe that I do have the full instructions and plan with my half build kit of Elke, I can dig it out and check it out, and if they are there, I can take some pics of it if you need it ? BR Carsten

What is this boat ????? by Dave M Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 days ago
Looks like an early Aerokits Sea Hornet. The construction suggests a model from the 1960/70s, are you sure it's fibreglass, the hull shows wood? Would look stunning when restored with say a 35xx or 42xx brushless coupled with a 35/40mm prop 100amp ESC and 11.1/14.8 LiPo. Make sure you find a few model figures to add realism. A build blog would be welcome, please. Good luck

Club Racer, One class by ronrees Chief Petty Officer   Posted: 3 days ago
[Score: 10/10] 18"/500g Club Racer, One class Capable of 15mph and a runtime of 30mins Single Propellor (2 Blade X Type 30mm) Direct Drive to a 2820 x 1100kv (2 Blade X Type) Powered by LiPoly (7.4v) 3Amp/h Batteries Controlled Through Turnigy w/p. 30 amp (5Amps) ESC - Comments: This is based on a Fairey Swordsman and is another of my own designs but made in Vac Formed Styrene for which the vac former was home-made as well. The model is designed specifically for youngsters and club members who want to race together. The boat only has 5 parts!! Top, bottom, rudder and servo cast assembly ( Polyester resin) and motor, prop shaft assembly also Polyester resin. A wooden frame that forms the seal and holds hull in shape. The whole top comes off. Its scarey fast and very tough (2mm styrene) and was made for under £25. Hoping build article will also go into MB magazine sometime.

Sidewinder by ronrees Chief Petty Officer   Posted: 3 days ago
[Score: 10/10] 16"/600g Sidewinder Capable of 10mph and a runtime of 40mins Single Propellor (2 Blade S Type 35mm) Powered by LiPoly (7.4v) 3Amp/h Batteries - Comments: Another of my Foam hulled, own designs using an own design Azipod thruster with B/L motor submerged and running in water. Steering by sail winch servo via geared pulleys, can rotate unit 360 degrees. Hope to put build write up in MB mag. Wierd model that turns in its own length and is powerful enough to clear the weeds on the pond (and break ice!)

Aeronaut Pilot by Skipper44 Lieutenant   Posted: 3 days ago Just uploaded another running video! :) not too exciting but gives away the stage of completion XD, a few more videos coming soon, and hopefully the build part 3 in around a month when I've compiled all the footage! t

Aeronaut Pilot LKBM 04 by Skipper44 Lieutenant   Posted: 3 days ago
[Score: 9/10] 30"/4000g Aeronaut Pilot LKBM 04 Capable of 12mph and a runtime of 50mins Twin Propellors (4 Blade 30mm) Direct Drive to a Graupner 600 speed (4 Blade) Powered by NiMH (8.4v) 5Amp/h Batteries Controlled Through MTroniks (40Amps) ESC - Comments: Took me 7 months to build. Has twin esc so I can control each prop individually, twin rudders, a sound system, horn, working anchor windlass, 4 individually controlled lighting setups (cab / dashboard lighting, navigation, pilot and search lights), spinning radar etc. She gets up well on a plane, probably a bit over powered!

Getting the ballast correct by Ron Admiral   Posted: 4 days ago
The Gypsy kit includes a steel plate to use in the keel for ballast. I measured the main sail from the plan which is 6.5” long the boom and 13.5 along the mast. The jib measures 5” by 8”. I confess my understanding of the laws of physics is poor. How does one calculate the amount of weight to build into a model based upon the sail area? I read from another forum that mild steel bar stock and weighs in at 81gr. After I secure the keel to the hull, my plan is to use bird-shot glued along the bottom inside of the hull as needed . The last photo is not my boat but shows how another person cur out the keel area to secure the mild steel bar for weight. I plan to do the same, unless I hear from some more experienced builders with their suggestions.

Surmount by Elsrickle Petty Officer   Posted: 5 days ago
[Score: 5/10] 32" Surmount Powered by NiMH (4.8v) 2Amp/h Batteries - Comments: First RC yacht build

Progress 12th January by Gdaynorm Commander   Posted: 6 days ago
Bridge structure nearing completion. Railings need some straightening and windows glazed. I assume the decks would be planked. This is one difficult unit to build! Anyone confirm that?

The Vosper 46” RAF Crash Tender Kit By Vintage Model Works by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 7 days ago
Coming along nicely Michael 👍. Tip. When continuing with the build blog use the 'Post New Build Update' (yellow button) at the top of your blog when adding a new update rather than 'replying' to your own posting, which is what I think you are doing. You can then give the update a title /description of your progress. The webmaster 'Fireboat' (aka Stephen) may be able to fix your postings before you post any more. Meanwhile keep up the good work😁. Rob.