a 30"scratch built pt. boat, I built hull from .8mm ply using a resized eezebilt 20" plan. the deck fittings were copied as best as I could from photos and drawings found on line. powered by 2- 2200kv brushless out runner motors through 2 20 amp speed controllers. twin contra rotating props twin rudders fast and light a pleasure to build 2
[Score: 7/10] 30"/1100g pt 109 Capable of 14mph and a runtime of 40mins Twin Propellors (3 Blade 30mm) Direct Drive to a 2200kv outrunners (3 Blade) Powered by NiCad (7.2v) 3Amp/h Batteries Controlled Through twin 20 amp brushless (15Amps) ESC - Comments: the boat is scratch built , hull is a resized to 30 " from a eezebilt 20" plan. all the deck fittings were copied as good as I could get it from drawings and photos on line. I have only sailed it a few times as it is to fast for my old reflexes to cope with but a joy non the less to build.
Hi Doug, I am beginning to think I will have to make her a generic of Illustrious! I originally intended my model to be as she was in 1942/3. She had so many modifications I am getting lost. My only drawing is one by Norman Ough, from the Great Britain Trust. It has proved to be rather inaccurate. Usually I get drawings from Greenwich, but for some reason they were unable to this time. Maybe just as well as from all the pics I have seen she was probably never as designed. I made the Hull from those drawings, and have had to make alterations to agree with photos! The turrets I had already realized I must alter. Not too great a problem. Just remake the actual turrets but barrels okay. According to my drawing there were two multiple Pom poms abaft the funnel, one one deck below the base of the funnel and the other at flight deck level and two forward of the island, one at flight deck level. I have all the Pom Pom units eight barrelled. Your pic taken from port side forward I was taken in the Pacific I think, as she has the damage to the bridge from kamikaze hit. I'll take a pic tomorrow showing my model as she is now see what you think. Best till then Norm
Hi Dave I've just put the phone down from Mike and he is having trouble finding a suitable mould. He's tried bedknobs and is off to B&Q later to see what else he can find. The only dimension I know is the height - approx 1.5m and I have no drawings, only pictures. I don't know much about 3D printing but I'm assuming you won't have enough to go on. Anyway, I look forward to seeing you again at Haydock. Steve
Hi Steve Your FPB is coming along nicely. Mine is still untouched but seeing your progress make me think I should start the refurb. Looking at the gun and other fittings I do believe the casings could best be fabricated on a 3D printer if you have some drawings and dimensions. I will be a Haydock and our stand is very near to Mike's gun stand so hope to see you when you visit. Dave
Hi Les I enjoy problem solving, in essence. Currently I'm building a twice scale Cariad, a Bristol pilot sailing boat. Currently I have a 12kg bulb keel to cast; I'm on my third attempt! Still, it's fun. I'm interested to hear how you get on with yours. Do you have any drawings you could put on line? Edward
Hi Mark , it is the 18"version there have been a few teething problems I didn't notice until after the build start that there was 2 sheets with amendments to the original with slightly longer base parts and the lower cockpit ,I have also been using the original build instructions which aren't the clearest .I printed off the original drawings and then had them scanned Ricky the kind man who mans the CAD facility at my work then worked his magic and hey-presto the bag of bits ,no plans for mass production .
As soon as the cutter was off the build-board, I started on the launch. The launch is the largest of the ship's boats and the only one of them that's carvel planked. The build board was cut narrower for the reason spoken of earlier. Since the frame spacing was the same, I could reuse most of the marks. The stem, keel, sternpost, and transom plus a sternpost knee, were assembled. The forms were cut from balsa again, sanded to the line and rough beveled, then glued to the board. The ribs are 1/16" thick x 1/8" wide bass again. This time I didn't glue them to the forms at all, they're only helg by the rubber bands. Once they were on the forms, the keel assembly was glued to the ribs and the build board and planking commenced. When the planking was done, the stem and transome were cut free and hull lifted off the forms. The ribs between the ribs were added. The drawings of Constellation's boat didn't show anything more than their lines. I had little information as to their interior and hardware details. For the launch, I did know she carried a 12 pound boat howitzer and some information on that which gave me a little more about the boat's interior. Using Ivan as a guide (He's a 1:35 scale WWII Russian sailor and the model's first of some 30-40 eventual crewmen) I determined there needed to be a deck in the boat so that went in, but first I painted the bilges of the boat as I'd never be able to get in there after the deck went on. The launch was coppered. I used peel-and-stick aluminum duct tape to "copper" the bottom, and painted it copper. I have a 1:36 scale British frigate in the works, and this is how I intend to "copper" her as it's less than 1/4 the cost of Constellation's real copper. The launch has special tracks and rails in her for handling the gun. The gun can be shifted fore and aft, and the field carriage can be tossed in the sheets, and rolled forward on tracks of it's own for taking ashore. We're still a long way from Higgins boats here folks. 😉 There's more details to add, to boat boats; hardware, water casks, thole pins, oars, sails, etc etc etc. There's also 4 more boats to build; the 2nd cutter, whaleboat, and two quarter-boats just alike.
Just printed a set of eezebilt drawings from the plans section .i am very lucky and work in a university that has lots of facilities I took the drawings to the reprographic department who scanned them for me I have taken the file to the CAD workshop (luckily I manage the workshop technicians) and left the file to be laser cut in 3mm marine birch ply ,off for a few days so will pick it up on Monday will post some pictures when its ready.
Is the SS GREAT BRITAIN, as the original as in Bristol UK. If it is I would love a copy as I have a model which is in need of major restoration as it had been in a damp cellar go 50+ years, but it deserves another life. Thanks Colin.
I have a number of drawings sets, came from Greenwich, which I am unlikely ever to use again. They are HMS Valhalla (V & W destroyer), HMS Ceres, HMS Erebus, HMS Nelson and SS Great Britain and SS San Demetrio (tanker). The drawings are in Canada so postage could be a problem. Anyone interested?