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Windows, stoopid question. by Westquay Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 13 days ago
Hi, because it's too damned hot to move, I'm gonna sit here and ask as really dumb question. How do people get windows into things like cruisers or Crash tenders, MTBs, etc? Do you stick em behind the panels before the roof goes on, risking all the grubby muck and bullets of rubbing down, filling and painting? Do you stick them to the window frames, then stick the whole assembly in? But what about when the frames are painted with the panels? What about making them dark grey so you don't see through them? I can only think of painting the model first then cutting the windows very accurately and sticking them in somehow so the glue don't show. I dunnow....never had to do it before! What do you inveterate builders of glazed box structures do? Martin

New build by Nobby-Clark Petty Officer   Posted: 14 days ago
Hi I have just built my first cruiser for my youngest son an grandson. I am looking for somewhere to test sail it this Thursday afternoon as it’s his only day off work. Where is ther local please that is safe in case it stalls that it can be retrieved please. Regards Terence

"Jessica" A Sea Scout renovation by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 17 days ago
[Score: 5/10] 24"/2000g "Jessica" A Sea Scout renovation Single Propellor (3 Blade 35mm) Direct Drive to a Propdrive 2830 1000kV (3 Blade) Powered by LiPoly (11.1v) 4Amp/h Batteries Controlled Through Quikrun 16BL30 Hobbywing (30Amps) ESC - Comments: Originally built by my Dad in the early sixties, fitted then with a Taycol Target and two very wet lead acid accumulators. First renovation about 26 years ago for my daughter Jessica, fitted with a 6V Decaperm. Performance was VERY sedate. Perhaps fitting for a Broads Cruiser? The Taycol will now go into the Danish fish cutter I am currently renovating. First two pics show her condition, incl. engine room, last year after about 25 years in the cellar. Last three pictures show current condition after extensive renovation, see 'Build Blog Jessica' and refit. Video shows her Sea Trial end of May Now just cockpit fit to do and suitable crew to find. Can't 'select' Speed here as she wasn't equipped with GPS! But quick! Now she planes well so I guess I've turned her into a Sport Fishing Boat!? Rating I also can't select for myself, that's something for you guys to do! ;-)

1940 Chris Craft by Ron Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 18 days ago
Are building a runabout or cabin cruiser as shown?

1940 Chris Craft by Westquay Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 18 days ago
Chris-Craft runabouts were around 30 knots, especially that style, so a fair speed and would plane, whereas the craft in the picture would appear to be a cabin cruiser which would probably be around 12 knots at best and certainly not plane. Martin

Sea Queen by Westquay Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 19 days ago
Since the demise of Mersey Marine (Ripmax) fitting there are no stylish cruiser type fittings. If you trawl around ebay you will find fairleads and cleats. Not sure what size a lifering should be. I would think at least 1 1/2" diameter as it has to go over an average 18" wide person and I'm guessing the general scale of a Sea Queen would be about 1/12th. Cheers, Martin

Elizabeth by muddy Admiral   Posted: 28 days ago
After a long lay-off, not requested or wanted. The call of the sawdust was here again.. Looking back at the Gentlemans Cruiser, i decided to start afresh with its sister ship, Elizabeth. She is a hard chine construction so was hoping to get her to water in record time. But the gremlins set in when the hull had to be skinned.. The bottom skins did not want to play ball, or maybe it was me on a not so good day, but persevered and then planked the bottom in Obechie 6mm x 3mm, and then fitted the side skins vertical grained, and i must admit they fell on, no grunting and moaning with the hull frame in a half nelson trying to bash home a few pins, it was like hanging wallpaper.. The basic hiull is not as drawing with built up bulkheads but the keel and bulkheads are 5mm ply. Chines are 3/8" x 1/8" spruce and Obechie, obechie to the outer edges, easier to work.

Charging NiMhs, one for Doug?... by Westquay Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 29 days ago
Evening, Doug, or is it morning? Just had a well earned rest having had the family round for Fathers' Day. Now catching up with the pootah. BTW, I had a garden full of blue and purple Lupins till the big breeze blew 'em all down recently. My star was a plant I didn't knowingly sew and that was an amazing mixture on the same stems of purple alternating with yellow. Gorgeous. Anyway, Kakos. Yes I have quite a few and as I was given 2 original little Marinecraft hulls, I have earmarked two of my mint, new in red boxes Kakos for those with little AAA 3-at-a- time flat packs which even have switches. I wish we could still get Ever-Ready or Vidor batteries. Remember them? Can get scans though and my Sea Urchin has a styrene home made AA flat case ready for the daughter to print me out an Ever Ready bell flat pack, just like yours. The brass contacts aren't a problem for an old metal basher like me. Your Sea Scout looks nice and I would say at 24" it would be about 1/16th to 1/12th. 24 feet would be a reasonable size for a sport fisherman or inshore cruiser. But in 1/16th scale at 32 feet I would say the style of the model and the use of the boat would be best represented by that combo. Just looking at some info on the FlySky Tx I've got coming (it's already been posted) and find it uses no fewer than 8 AA cells...12volts! Ye Gods, why? OK, I can get two packs of NiMhs, but then that wouldn't be 12 volts, would it? It would be 9.6Volts. Would it even work? So, on further checking, I notice that several people have gone for the LiPo path, which means a 4s at a more acceptable 11.1Volts. Now I also see that a few have gone for the LiFe option, which I much prefer the sound of as they are a lower fire risk and keep a charge in storage for ages. But they would only be 9.9Volts as LiFe cells are 3.3 volts each. Would 9.9 volts be enough I wonder for a nominally 12 volt Tx. I'm assuming that if people with no objection to NiMhs have been using those for the rechargeability, then the Tx will, in fact, accept 9.6Volts. So, logically, a 9.9Volt LiFe would be OK, do you agree? I'm thinking down the line a bit after I'm used to it. My Imax magic blue box of chargery caters for LiFe cells too. Steering teddies, et al, yeah, I can come up with some mechanical magic. My nickname with little gent, Lothar, at Wolfsburg was Mekanist (spelling), as I was always making little mechanisms for VW and SEAT cars. I made a rolling TV monitor that replaced the passenger airbag in the Passat CM2, which also had headrest TVs for back seat passengers and a wireless internet laptop built in to the rear seat central arm rest. A palm computer could come out of the dash using a mechanism that I designed and made and for which VW got a patent, with me as nominated inventor! Never made me a penny extra of course, but it was nice to know. I did a static model of a 1/12th scale Riva where, if you turned the model Cadillac (yes it is, really!) steering wheel, the rudders moved via a worm and wheel steering box and two home made Universal joints! Gawd knows why. I just thought it might win me some column inches in Classic Boat....Nah! You might find that 6" figures are more available for 1/12th scale boats than 4 1/2" figures for 1/16th, but I have to find or even make some for my Crash Tender. I look out for dollies at boot fairs and Sunday markets. I got a very square jawed geezer, 12" tall for my 1/6th scale Darby One Design and he fits, thanks to bendy bits. On your sports fisherman you need some arrogant bastard to be standing with one arm up on the screen and just the one on the wheel. Think Audi driver in a boat. Up yer arse or in yer way, but always thinking the sun shines out of his primary orifice. Keep my socks dry? I was bought a pair of Granddad socks by the two little horrors today along with a chocolate Marmite pot and a Smurfs do Pop CD, which they insisted I play during the barbie! They've done the Smurf wind up since they were old enough to crawl because they know I despise the Dutch ghouls Right, bedtime I suppose. Compost and Busy Lizzies tomorrow, she tells me. Yes, Ramona, my love.... Cheers, Martin

Charging NiMhs, one for Doug?... by Westquay Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 30 days ago
Doug, 28 years ago I decided she was worth a punt and I was right. I should get it delivered before July, but won't get it in my "stickies" until 22nd of July, actual birthday. She's mean like that too! I also have an Rx. coming to try with the TX. If that works I'll have 2 sets of modern stuff, one with 5 channels (functions) I suppose I could do a head turning teddy bear like Sail tales does on youtube. My Darby has a scale sized dolly man, which will need dressing in some 40s gear and can turn his arms on a steering wheel, so maybe a function for that. The Sea Scout goes nicely, if a bit too fast for my tastes for what is really a river cruiser. But she looks nice and your Dad would be pleased I'm sure. My Sea Urchin remains resolutely free-sailing and Kako equipped. Forgot to say, I would have to be Lupin as they are my favourite flowers. Cheers, Martin

Wherry hull in GRP by Westquay Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 month ago
Ron, I really can't get into GRP moulding due to the mess and the stink. My last GRP work was rebuilding the rear corners of first, a large canal cruiser and secondly, my Reliant Fox 4 wheel van, both, of course, outdoors. I will make a wherry in clinker to the Gleaner plans in Black Sailed Traders and then, if Arron hasn't redone his model by then you can mould it in GRP if you still fancy it. But it has to join all the other jobs I set myself first! Cheers, Martin

1928 “the Sea Queen” by Westquay Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 months ago
Very nice, Ron. It must be so satisfying to live in a land where you only have to hit the coast somewhere to see some proper boats. Sea Queen is lovely as is that little cruiser near the end which has all the looks of an Aerokits Sea Nymph. Over here you have to go to one of very few special events or yards to see old wooden cruisers. Cheers, Martin

1928 “the Sea Queen” by Ron Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 months ago
A 30’ family cruiser designed by Franck & McCrary, Seattle, Washington. Seen in Gig Harbour, WA earlier in May. The last photo only caught the bow, sorry! Several other older craft were tied up along the pier that day too, as seen in the remaining photos.

Help by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 months ago
Hi Martin, Damon is in Basingstoke. He is trying to build a 6foot model of HMS Lion, the WW1 battlecruiser. He has some difficulty I'm afraid. Here is his first plea for help from a year ago. " Help Me Please by Damon Lieutenant Posted: 1 year ago I have a rather expensive dilemma and am really hoping that somebody might be willing to help me please…I have a £100, HMS Lion hull and £200, driving gear made specifically for this ship. I used to make RC Ships with a close friend, but he passed away beginning of this year. The problem I have is I was in a road accident a long time ago and as a result I damaged my brain, fracturing my skull. My friend use to be my memory for me explaining what has/had to be done because I forget after a very short while. I am not asking you to pay anything, it was our ship, his uncle or something served on her just after Jutland and Bill wanted to make as much as he could, this is now I want to make as much, I realise that I am asking a lot, but I’m not that bad and it might be fun, I’ve already built 4, ships with Bill, if you’d like a chat my email is or leave a message here I’ll then give you phone numbers…Thank you Damon😁 PS. After all the above I forgot to mention where I'm located, sorry...I live in Basingstoke, Hampshire I apologise for not replying folks but I'm afraid this is part of my problem, I forgot I'd placed the request & I now need to remember how to reply to each response 07706,439865 this is my mobile...thanks, sorry I have plans of HMS Lion, but there isn't any measurements on the plans, I've tried converting the plan to the size of the hull I have, it's about 6ft in length" A sad tale but Damon seems to be doing his best to get through. Wish I was close enough to Basingstoke to be able to lend a hand 🤔 Basically he needs someone to be his memory and guide. Best regards, Doug

Help by Damon Lieutenant   Posted: 2 months ago
I use to have a gentleman, keen model plane & boat builder help my because I have special needs, I am very say my friend passed last year, I've a 5 foot HMS Lion, I've brought the motors and other pieces but I am afraid attempting on my own without his guidance I've wasted nearly £100 of wood, I need somebody to guide me once more, please is there anybody interested in building this battlecruiser with me? I live in Basingstoke, Hampshire. To tell you the truth after wasting all that wood I just pushed the hull under my bed with the promise to Bill that I would complete it in the end nomatter what

advise required by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 months ago
Hi TJ, we've been here before! See your previous query and our answers in - I have some experience with the TGY-i6 set recommended there and a very good 100% English manual (no bl..dy Chenglish!) so can help with the setup if you need it. See attached. This is the German branded version I bought here in Munich where I live. Apart from the German brand name 'Reely' it is identical to the TGY and FlySky versions. If you need any help setting it up PM me. I think the Planet stuff and similar may disappoint you cos the display does not tell you so much about what's going on as the TGY sets do. I have set mine up for a variety of boats / ships including my Sea Scout cabin cruiser, an H class 1936 RN destroyer and a 1936 German U-Boat type IIA. No problems 😉 Whatever you do have fun with it and welcome to the 'Nutters Community' 😉 Cheers, Doug 😎 BTW: As an Ex Pat who has lived here (Munich) for over 30 years and has worked on several versions of Fast Patrol Boats all over the world, including Lürssen Werft types, please note that the boat was called a 'Schnellboot' = Fast boat! No more😉