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I built this vessel from scratch using a pre made clinker fibreglass hull purchased from Mini Steam Australia. The engine is an oscillating twin cylinder and the boiler is a 3" Centre Flue Gas Fired Vertical Boiler from "Miniature Steam". The gas tank is a 1-1/2" vertical refillable GasTank also from Miniature Steam Pty. Australia. The vessel is radio controlled with the skipper appearing to control the rudder. It has a smoke generator and a rc controlled steam whistle.
I built mine a couple of years ago. The wood is good quality and the metal fittings dont take much cleaning up. My fireboat runs of a brushless motor running of lipos batteries and performs well. I used auto paints regards the finish. and very pleased with it. It performs a good as my 49" Perkasa which runs of two brushless motors with the lipos wired in series.
I know one of my club members has a 1 mtr mahogany Yacht refurbished scratch built by Bert Smith 2010 for sale. Bert sadly passed away a few years ago but his yachts were all built to race and sail exceptionally well. If you are interested please pm me for details. Dave
You have seen it being built. Now it is done. A Nor-Star Kingfisher kit but with some scratch building too. Because of the motor being longer than how the kit was originally designed, the second bulkhead was altered. I am running it with two 2400 Ni-MH 7.2 batteries, a Futoba servo, on a 2.4 GHz Spektrum.
Excellent boats. i have scratch built a vosper 510 1/24 scale known as the long boat. Im also building a 73" vosper 379 which has become a bit of a project? Its a bit big and i am not looking for trying to sail it in my local pond. last time i tried it i nearly chucked myself in the pond to the delight of some onlookers.
Don't worry about making mistakes when you are getting old. Think about the very first model you built when you were young. I bet you made mistakes on that due to inexperience and as you got older your models got better. Boaty😋
This is a scratch built 1828 paddle steamer. A steam assisted schooner rig paddler. Pioneer of ocean steam Scale 1:60 Actual size of deck, 165 feet. The crest on the side represents the following. Martello Tower - Bexhill-on-sea Seahorses - Eastbourne Saxon Crown - East-Sussex. Ships of the same class 1821 James Watt 1825 Calpe 1832 Rhadamanthurs 1836 Unicorn 1837 Sirius The boat was built by Peter Allday some 20-plus years ago
Hi Im looking to buy a nice completed caldercraft imara tug, I've seen a couple for sale, one was sadly in poor condition, the other was poorly modified to represent perseverance. Does anyone know of or has for sale an exceptionally built, ready to sail imara tug for sale? Id also consider a large modern tug aswell. Happy to pay good money for a nice example. Thanks in advance Dean
[Score: 8/10] 34" Smit Nederland Twin Propellors (4 Blade 45mm) Direct Drive to a 2*540 (4 Blade) Powered by NiMH (12v) 7Amp/h Batteries Controlled Through ELECTRONIZE (15Amps) ESC - Comments: THIS IS A 1/32 BILLING KIT THAT I GOT FROM A FRIEND IN PART-EX FOR A TUG I HAD BUILT. QUITE A LOT OF PARTS MISSING BUT ENJOYED THE BUILD. IT LOOKS GOOD ON THE WATER AND PERFORMS WELL. ALSO GOOD FOR TOWING
Nice to see a MFA Piranha again. I understand that these were built from the kit and not an RTR. I liked the MFA range with their quality hulls and sleek design. Id love to see that Piranha at full speed with the brushless Inrunner on You Tube. Boaty😊
Recreation of a boat built when I was 14/15 55 years ago,used a clockwork gramophone motor with the rudder couples to an eccentric on the spring box to make it sail in a lazy "S".the original lifted in the water but did not plane properly so seeing if 55 years later I have learned anything!.
Please has any one built a type Vll 1/32 with a snorkel or has done so in the past . Do you have the dimensions for the well on the decking i.e. Depth and any other ideas for parts for pop and bottom of snorkel. Thanks 😊
All the Dean's kits have this way of packing the fittings. I use sellotape to keep all safe just scalpel open the compartment then seal with sellotape. I have a part built Robert E Peary which I intend to complete when time permits.
Hi Roy I have been a member of the Runcorn Club in the past and it is a great club. Sailing water is Heath Park Lake in Runcorn and its recently had a makeover and a new pavilion built. I believe Club sailing times are Sunday and Wednesday afternoons though the lake is used during the week by members and non members alike Members are very friendly and helpful to newcomers. Only restrictions as I know are that I.C boats are not allowed. Boaty