Mornin' Dave, many thanks for the Titanic info. Some good tips 👍 Haven't decided yet whether to make brass T section frames or flat wooden ones! Daft thing with my destroyer is that the portholes were fitted in the original balsa hull. Later I covered it in glass fibre for extra knock resistance so would have to do it all over again😡 The portholes were ~5mm diameter brass into which I had to glue tiny plastic discs. How to go bonkers in stages 🤔 However, I now have a Fleetscale H class hull which has moulded in plating and portholes so I only need to drill them out and fit glazing from within 😊 The old ones I will save for the new superstructure. Lighting will be general for some compartments not individual. The old original ship I think I will leave 'as is' as a momento of my standard of 50 years ago😉 Cheers Doug 😎 PS Water jet cutting is beyond my means but I have been toying with the idea of buying a stencil cutter. The better ones cope with up to 1mm or so. Should be enough for glazing sheet!
Before I restore and repaint this boat, I wonder if anyone can help me identify it. Picked it up yesterday at a boot sale from, I think, a German guy in his 30s, along with a Kyosho RC Car. The boat was covered in Bubu's Racing Team stickers and had a few Bartels GFK/CFK Technik of Oldenburg stickers. She is 18"/450mm, has a water cooled (Yokomo Keil?) DTM A-563 motor and a Hitec full mos fet sp-560 esc. Put in a new receiver and battery and she was up and running. She will be red and gold when repainted. Not much to look at but, probably, quite quick.
Hi, I use a Samsung, and have been having problems viewing and posting with this phone for ages. Once on the website, a real annoying advert appears on the left, covering 2/3 of the screen, I cant get rid of it, and when trying to post, this screen as I type isn't visible, making the whole experience pretty awful. I know this is dumb user issues, But I cant fix it, can anyone help please!😭
I think it's about time I added a recovery boat to my harbour. Something quite simple will do. I have seen the ZippKits Springer/Pusher and fancy this as the nights draw in. Has anyone any experience of building the ZippKits model or any suggestions as to an alternative would be welcome.
[Score: 8/10] 38"/12500g fy55 Capable of 8mph and a runtime of 120mins Single Propellor (3 Blade 65mm) Direct Drive to a 900 12 volt (3 Blade) Powered by Lead Acid (12v) 6Amp/h Batteries Controlled Through 120 amp (5Amps) ESC - Comments: scratch built from a model boat magaze plan forgot who designed it though. it is built from balsa for the hull sides covered in a pair of the bosses tights before sealing and painting.The stern and deck are ply then painted to seal. all the deck and cabin fittings are scratch built from photoes found on line , the model is an on going projectadding fittings when i am not sailing it.
Hi Steve Looking at the pics it occured to me that the bottom shape is a tube covered by a dome at the top. Both relatively easy to make with a 3D printer and I noticed there was a large radar dome that was also spherical. Mike works with plastic so I guess he is intending to vac form. I have one of his guns on my steam picket boat and its very authentic. Looking forward to Haydock Dave
I apologise if this has already been covered here but I am now at the point of installing the motor in my new model. The motor is a Graupner speed 600, and the specs are : Nominal voltage 8.4 V Operating voltage range 4.8-9,6 V No-load rpm 15500 No-load current drain 1.8 A Current drain at max. efficiency 11 A Current drain when stalled 70 A Max. efficiency without gearbox 75 % If I use 8.4 volts what size wiring do I need? Do I need to cater for the 70A current or the 11A current, or somewhere in between, with a fuse? Sorry to be a bit dim on this but I am confused (with most things these days!) Chris
Ho marky https://www.pinterest.co.uk/ Its a collection of all kinds of projects covering almost everything, but once you start using you will be shown new links to the items in which you might be interested. People share their ideas for free. I should possibly have said Thingiverse re the 3D files. https://www.thingiverse.com/ Cheers Dave
My current build is the precedent Prekasa;but this applies to many other PT type boats. The Perkasa is awash with various sizes and shapes of lockers;If you look online there are many choices ( at a choice price!),and they are rarely exactly what you want anyway. I have been making these lockers out of any old scrap of wood,cut to size and shape,covered in 0.5 / 1mm plasticard,hinges and hasps etc.made from a huge pack of profiles direct from china.Sand and prime with etching primer ,and the result is quick,easy,and exactly the style you want for next to no money!
For someone on a budget, the described methods of recovering a battery may be worth a try. On the other hand, if I have spent a year or two building a scale model, it's not worth risking it for the cost of a battery. Roy
Hi Doug I use a charger that measures the internal resistance of my batteries. Damaged cells exhibit high internal resistance and cannot be recovered to their full capacity. I agree you can flash the cells and they will recover the voltage but will not take or deliver the current. As a result they will quickly discharge under load and prevent the whole pack from delivering its full capacity. I sail model boats on a large lake and recovering a model due to battery failure is difficult, so I don't risk using sub standard batteries. I have not used wet Lead acid batteries for many years but I agree the Epsom salts trick did work on such batteries. I agree flashing is highly dangerous with any battery as there is a high risk of explosion. Great care should be taken and, unless you are competent, should not be attempted. Take care Dave
Hi Doug Bank transfer is only safe if you are dealing with a known and trusted supplier. Wiring money is fraught with danger and most sites, including e-bay warn against using this method. Not sure how you checked the supplier but if it was a scam they probably covered this and as a result you fell victim. It's regrettable that there are some who abuse the sites but I have had only one issue with PayPal and that was sorted quickly once I had reported the problem. E-bay is my lifeline to the world and enables me to source what I want at reasonable prices. Cheers Dave
I know it's not a model but this boat was used for a short time by Worcester City Police in the mid 60s. It was soon found to be unfit for purpose as the freeboard was too high when used for its main task of pulling bodies out of the water. It was replaced by a Dory. This was much more suitable as I found, when recovering a body from the river Severn at Holt Fleet near Worcester. I also found that the low freeboard allowed easy access to a male swan when we got too close to its nest. Luckily my mate had the boat hook to hand to repel boarders . I took cover under the tarpaulin with the body whilst he removed the swan. What fun we had in those days!