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more money than sense by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 day ago
Sooo glad you went for wood and not paint👍 BTW How did you manage to enlist God's help? Didn't know HE was a model boat enthusiast! But then again HE did command the building of the Ark 😁 Yours tongue firmly in cheek, Doug 😎

coastguard by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 day ago
So far so good Northumbrian,👍 although I might have placed the batteries lower in the hull to lower the CoG and thus improve stability (roll-rate reduction) 😉 Look forward to the superstructure updates, looking for some tips for my fish cutter superstructure rebuild 😁😉 Cheers, Doug

A return to the hobby! by sidley70 Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 3 days ago
Greetings from Australia, Hi mate, Model boat building is the most rewarding hobby.Great for us oldies to while away the hours in retirement. I have been boat building for 30 years and cant give it up. Enjoy your hobby and be proud of what you build. You get better as you progress. Regards Sid

ESSO CADILLAC by oldcodger Chief Petty Officer   Posted: 5 days ago
I’ve always wanted to build a WW11 oil tanker of the type my father skippered during the war. It’s named after a tanker he left to go on leave. The crew didn't want him to leave as he would take their luck. It lies off the west coast of Scotland, the captain, a friend of the family, going down with her. It's not the actual Cadillac as it was an older ship, artistic license!

HMS Launceston Castle by Joburg-sailor Chief Petty Officer   Posted: 5 days ago
[Score: 5/10] 42" HMS Launceston Castle Single Propellor (3 Blade) Direct Drive Powered by NiMH (7.2v) Batteries Controlled Through Mtronics Viper Marine 15 ESC - Comments: Successor to Flower Class Corvettes. This Castle Class built from scratch. As my first scratch built boat I decided to build with "surf board" keel that carries all the ballast. Model handles perfectly with no "Nodding" and rolling like a toy in rough water. Keel acts as display stand when ashore. Took 2 years to build. Pic's taken at various stages of construction on and off the water.

Brixham trawler IBEX by sam Seaman   Posted: 5 days ago
Edward, Yes - thinking out problems is half the fun😊 My first build was a Vic Smeed Starlet - just completed. Pretty straight forward but I over engineered it to try out some ideas - thinking the ideas through was great fun. So although I will not start the Cariad until January I'm trying to explore problems now. The angle of the rudder shaft is one that I think I have a solution to. Take it right through the deck then put a handle onto it, hinged at the shaft so that it does not rise and fall as it is turned. Then a Bowden cable from each side of the cockpit to power the steering. I will enjoy building a mock up and trying it out! As to the rudder, I am thinking of a detachable extension - downwards. I'm also thinking about placing the prop to one side - perhaps more authentic but also well clear of the rudder. One thing that I'm still thinking through is the access hatch. I see some builders move the dingy to the centre and create a hatch here but I like the clean decking on the original, with the dingy to the side. A hatch to the side would work for everything but the top screw for the detachable keel. Some more time dreaming up a solution. Thanks Sam

Brixham trawler IBEX by sam Seaman   Posted: 6 days ago
Edward, I'm going to cast a bulb which gives me some tolerance in positioning it on the keel to help with the final trim. Probably make the keel from two sheets of balsa with a central threaded rod screwed and epoxied to the bulb. But that's for a later stage, right now I want to build the shaft into the hull before fitting the deck. Are you fitting an auxiliary motor? if so what sort of motor is most suitable? Quite looking forward to starting but likely to hafe to wait until after Christmas - work intervienes Thanks Sam

36" Thames River Police Launch by Robbob by rolfman2000 Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 6 days ago
The original Veron kit of the Thames police launch was the first kit I ever made, and as I was only 12 at the time, my Uncle Cyril was called in to carve the balsa blocks on the bow (and a right mess he made of them too). So I had to do a bit of filling. But the boat is still sat in our garage some 53 years later, and is still available. I often thought of bringing it up to date with a new one, so maybe the time has arrived. I'll keep a watch on this build, and bide my time. Thanks Robbob. Next wishes, Dave W 😊

A Birthday Wish! by figtree7nts Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 6 days ago
Granddaughter's are the Best! It's my Birthday today! At 57 I still feel like a kid! Especially, when I get a kit to build! My Granddaughter's came to me. Just to sing Happy Birthday to me! They made my day...…….😁😁😁👍👍👍 Cheers, Ed

Brixham trawler IBEX by sam Seaman   Posted: 6 days ago
Hi everyone, just hoping someone still reads this blog. I am just about to start building Cariad and have decided to take advice from this blog, and fit a detachable keel. This is my second build and first fiberglass hull so being careful thinking it through. it makes sense to design in the detachable keel before fitting the deck but clearly I can only measure the ballast - weight and position - once the boat is nearly complete. So id welcome some idea of the position of the false keel so that I can fit a tube now, and build the keel itself later. Anyone able to advise?🤔

The next project........... by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 9 days ago
Since completing this model have started work on a new boat and I promised those following my Crash Tender build blog that I would post an update here. The new model is a ‘Thames River Police Launch’ constructed from a kit by Vintage Model Works. The new blog is here: https://model-boats.com/ style='background-color:yellow;'>builds/view/47891 I'll try to update the blog regularly as I have plenty of 'photos detailing the construction since June 2018. I hope that you will enjoy following this new build and I welcome all comments and suggestions...... and if you like the updates please hit the 'like' button 👍 Robbob.

36" Thames River Police Launch by Robbob by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 9 days ago
After the successful build of the ‘Vintage Model Works’ RAF Crash Rescue Tender I was asked by Mike Cummings of VMW if I would undertake to build a prototype of their new model with the aim of checking the construction method and the assembly instructions for accuracy before the kit is put into production. The model is a ‘Thames River Police Launch’ and is based on the original design by Phil Smith for the Veron company, this was a very popular model kit in the late 50’s and 60’s and sold for the princely sum of 43 shillings and tuppence, approximately £2.15 in today’s money but an equivalent cost of £48.50 in 1960. This design has been updated to accommodate electric propulsion and radio control by Colin Smith, the son of the original designer and it has been re-scaled to be 36” in length where the original was 24” which gives much more scope for detailing and provides more ‘hiding room’ for the drive, control systems and all the associated wiring. The kit produced by VMW uses the same construction techniques as the original and the materials are a combination of balsa and plywood both of which a laser and CNC cut for precision. The ply and balsa materials supplied are of very high quality as one would expect from VMW and all the stripwood for the chines, rubbing strakes and deck detailing is included, even the dowel required for the mast is in the box, very comprehensive! The kit also includes white metal fittings such as the fairleads and stanchions, and the searchlight and horns. The glazing for the windows comes in the kit too. The instruction sheet supplied is in need of revision as it is largely taken directly from the original as written by Phil Smith and some of the terminology needs updating, for instance the ply bottom and side skins are referred to as ‘strakes’ but I understand that a re-write of the instructions is in hand along with an updated plan showing the best positioning for the motor, prop-shaft, battery, ESC, receiver, rudder and servo. During construction I have added a few additional pieces of ply or balsa as reinforcement or supports and substituted some balsa parts for ply where I thought a stronger material would be better. I also added some hatches to give access to the wiring at the bow and the rudder & servo at the stern but largely I have not gone ‘off plan’ to any extent. The pictures show the model in it’s present state (Nov 2018) and is ready for painting and finishing.

Wild Duck Sailboat article by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 10 days ago
Many thanks for the Snowberry tip John 👍 It's now your fault the Supermarine rebuild is delayed at least six months 😁😁😁 Actually although I have looked at several relevant build articles (without conversions to other navies configurations) I have done a bit on the rebuild. The new bearings have arrived and I've just arranged the fitting in one end plate. 😉 More soon, Cheers, Doug 😎

HMS M.33 by steve-d Lieutenant   Posted: 11 days ago
I will do a blog but for now the build will have to wait until I have space. With an almost six foot long boat on the bench there is no space. Steve

HMS M.33 by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 11 days ago
... and then start the Build Blog Steve 😁👍 Bon chance, Doug