Cheers all - I showed her the comments since she doesn't do computers. She's keen to go to the model boat show Warwick to see how much they sell for, since she's been making them for various boats over the last 50 years.
I have just ordered one to raffle for my club. We have similar FlySky sets in the club and they are suitable for all model boats. The set up is straight forward and all the controls you need such as end point and throw are available and as you say touch screen. You can also mix two channels to work off one stick (mainsail plus fore sail). No protruding aerial to get damaged and two buttons to switch on or off. There are reviews on U-tube and one did complain about the shape not allowing the set to stand on its base. This is possibly a benefit as there is no chance of it being knocked over. There is also an add on to allow a mobile phone or tablet to be attached above the Tx. There is two way comms that allows monitoring of the rx battery so I am guessing more comms can be added to work with the phone/tablet screen. I'll know more when I get my hands on the kit and will then post more details. The earlier versions need a software update so check that yours has been updated if you are not computer savvy. Spare receivers are also cheap to buy.
They say " whatever floats your boat" so today I did just that with the Tug in the bath.................. I compared the affect the new battery 'buggy type' 3300 on water line with the standard battery. Although three times heavier, the larger battery seemed to make only slight difference when placed in the centre, fore and aft. Whether I can move stuff to put it there is another matter. Same with the computer fan. But worth a try I think. So next bit of available time needs spending on really doing some damage inside! NPJ
Hi Dave, Thanks for the advice (aimed more at the non-computer guys here I guess 😉), but I was programming computers back in the 8 bit paper tape days! Due to limited storage space (kbytes not Giga or Terrabytes!🤔) I quickly learned to use it sparingly and clear the junk out after every session! Nowadays it's sadly more of a security question. ALL my possible browsers are set to clear cache, cookies, searches, sites visited etc etc on closure. At the end of each session I also use CCleanerPro (formerly CrapCleaner!) to clear out all caches, MS usage logs, temporary thumbnails Temp files, and deleted files - Waste Basket and Uncle Tom Cobbley and all!. So there can not have been anything in the browser cache - especially on the very first attempt. I agree with your last comment - my interpretation is that when McAfee looked at the site it exhibited behaviour which is classed as Suspicious! I won't be trying it again. Cheers Doug 😎 PS: i suppose I could dig out the site report, but frankly it's not worth the bother, more interesting things to do! ColourCoats paints for the PT boat and T45 as well as LifeColor cammo colours for KM and RN WW2 arrived today. Only ordered 'em yesterday 😊😊
Hi Doug The warning concerns the lack of security on this site. More than likely the certificate is out of date. I also use McAfee and did not get the warning. Perhaps the certificates are different from country to country and have different expiry dates. I suggest you clear your Cache as it could be the old site has placed this marker and McAfee is not checking the URL but you cache Roy The warning is to protect you from viruses/trojans etc. Personally I would NOT accept the risk as visiting such sites opens your computer/files and finances to anyone who has placed malicious files. Dave
Hi there NP. Where do you want to start, I have converted several Richardson / Southampton, tugs. The first thing is do you want independant motor control, not found that i made a deal of difference, I now fit 1 ESC for both motors. Sound, when sailing you can't hear it, you can't hear most sound systems more than a few yards out, can be fixed but heavy so be careful, Smoke, in reality, smoke shows that the engines or injectors need servicing, on the model, try a computer cooling fan, the small ones to blow the smoke up the funnels. Better radio system, YES, which one your choice, but by a 6 or more channel system. Battery, a 7.2v buggy type NmHi pack will fit under the stern hatch, (just) or in place of the smaller battery under the front hatch, weight is not a problem, just get the balance right. I have altered the control cabin on 2 of my models, moved forward to the edge of the lower cabin, removing the steps down to the deck, also repositioning the funnels into different locations, ! model further back and the other the funnels were cut down and fitted to the top of the air intake casings, with a firefighting gantry across the top of them. In short, TX / RX upgrade, ESC, single or twin, 3300mah Battery last for hours, anything else, up to you. Hope this gives you some ideas. PS when cutting the wiring keep the motor wires as long as possible, i cheated and fitted the battery leads with a Mini Tamiya / Standard Tamiya converter Regards Mark
Hi Mick, tried to pm you, but it went a bit weird (computer weird) Ricky has all your parts so will try and get it posted to you over the weekend. Mark (Jarvo) haven't forgotten your one. the one cut for Mick is 50% bigger approx.30" do you want yours this size or the 20" version? . Cheers marky
I am a modeller of 45 years experience, mostly with RC aircraft but have recently got into boats. Have completed the aeronaut Diva and spitfire to a high standard but needed a challenge So, having spent a long time trying to source an un-started Aerokits Solent, I bit the bullet and bought a set of plans and templates from eBay. Overall the plans are good, the templates need some adjusting as we go for acuaracy. Have spent the last couple of weeks perusing the plans and sourcing the materials needed. A visit to the Balsa Cabin in Maldon, Essex provided all the ply and the internet has provided the main components I.e motors, props, shafts, ESC, battery, soundboard/speaker, servo mostly sourced from Cornwall model boats and Howes Models septembers issue of "model boats" had a great article on a refurb which has been very useful for hints n tips on required electrics and the little extras needed to complete. I do have a workshop where the model will spend most of its time, however my wife's conservatory has been invaluable for using my eBay sourced scroll saw to cut out the formers! The sheet of 6mm ply from balsa cabin was long enough to make keel formers 1 & 2 one piece! I shall post a more detailed update when I get my computer back from repair Monday!
More information-I thought a pdf file was pretty much universal in the computer world, but I have been wrong before! I could open it by just clicking on the icon. Such is life. The model ship that some asked about is the USS ANTIGONE, a 1919 circa troop transport. The builders grandfather served on her 1918-1919. She was originally SS Neckar built for North German Lloyd from her 1900 launch until seized by the U.S. in 1917. After her war service she was SS Potomac for United States Lines. The model has 2 main drive motors a smoking stack, navigation & deck lights. Fiberglass hull.
Acquired as an empty hull a year ago. It measures 5'6" from stem to stern and was steam powered. It is carved out of one piece of timber. Now electric powered and using 12v invalid battery. If I can extract the picture from the computer I will include it !! If I can't you can do your own research.
Cheers for the photos guys I'll have a look when online with computer later on. Regarding the original hole in the hull do I just drill it or file it to achieve a more acute angle as now I've removed the old engine mount there's no way I can achieve alignment with the new motor position. I think I'll stay with my old motor as opposed to expense on a brushless as been looking and I don't think 'She that must be obeyed' would wear an 80quid spend lol, considering it's taken another year to get going again.
Hi Dave, forgot to mention that Marin tested the calculations and computer simulations with scale models in their 250m test tank, with good agreement. Later full size measurements in sea states 5 and 6, with variable winds and drift angles also gave good agreement. One important point though; I misread a paragraph🤔 The actual distance prop tips to rudder leading edge was 1 prop radius!! So for my Sea Scout with a 30 or 35mm prop my 17mm spacing is about right 😊 Most of the tests were actually to determine the rudder's lateral position relative to the prop shaft on multi-shaft designs and vertical position relative to hull and prop diameter. Vertical position was determined as; If possible close to the hull, in the lamina flow region and 'covering the upper 47% of the prop diameter'. In this position the effects of the drift angle in a fast turn (e.g. caused by wind at an angle to the bow and the turning of the ship itself, 'skidding') are reduced to practically zero. If the rudder covers the lower half of the prop diameter it is affected by transverse water flow across the stern, reducing manoeuvrability and increasing rudder torque and stock loading! So again Sea Scout is about right 😊 The Aerokits designers knew their stuff, or were just plain lucky! For the shaft alignment I use the balsa wedges for fine adjustments then epoxy everything in place when the ammeter tells me all is OK. Filler and cosmetic to finish off. Cheers Doug 😎
Hi Colin and Doug I have been looking on Google to see if there is any help with upgrading from your phones Android 6. I could not find a definitive answer but it does appear that the process may require a PC and some good computer skills and knowledge. If the phone won't update Android via the settings and you have a good connection and phone/internet credit, then it may be above your skillset, and mine!. As your phone freezes when opening photos I do wonder how much memory you have on the phone? Doug is correct when he says modern smartphones have made life difficult for many users. If you bought this locally I would take it back and ask for their advice. My local market has a stall where they perform all kinds of miracles on mobile phones and if I get stuck I usually seek their help. Dave
As I still don't have a computer I find this very frustrating, I have a homtom ht17 running Android 6.1. Is there any hope of getting the app to work. I've tried uninstalling and reinstalling but no good also freezes when opening photos. Frustrated Colin.