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Aerokits Patrol Torpedo Boat by jarvo Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 days ago
Hi Mate, there was an offer on ebay £5 each for 2200mah 3s lipo's, so i took the plunge, bought 8 of the beasts, 2x2 in my Fireboat, with twin 700BB motors, thinking of swapping to brushless but SWIMBO has ideas for the garden!!!! Mark

Ranking System by Fireboat Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 14 days ago
Hi All, see the attached proposal for the new ranking levels and insignia. Logos will become square, so I've tried my best to replicate any official insignia into the bounds of a square logo. Hopefully these will be understandable. In general, the more stripes the higher the rank. Also black backgrounds are higher ranking than blue backgrounds. Let me know what you think. The scoring will remain at 1000, although there will be changes to the worth of posts, likes etc. So at some point later in the year all members will be given a new rank against the new structure. Thanks for the feedback so far. Stephen

Ranking System by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 15 days ago
Hi All, 1st, 2nd and 3rd Sea Lord is an option but we'd have to invent some insignia. 😉 1st Sea Lord is usually an Admiral of the Fleet, occasionally 'just' an Admiral, as the current one Sir Philip Jones. 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th (yep there are so many 😲 all with different departments such as Logistics, Fleet Air Arm etc) are all various 'minor' Admirals with no specific seniority. Poster and Excel file of RN Ranks (& equivalent NATO Codes) and suggested 'Rankings' attached. 20 ranks as in your original list Fireboat. Cheers Doug 😎 (Honorary Comandante of the Ecuadorian Navy!)

Ranking System by Fireboat Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 15 days ago
Hi Smiffy, Admiral of the Fleet indeed is correct, but was shortened deliberately to reduce the length of the text. In some areas of the website it's too long to display properly. 1st, 2nd and 3rd sea lord is a viable option. Will see what others come up with too 😎

Ranking System by Fireboat Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 15 days ago
Hi All, right now there's a chance to update the ranking system on the website. It won't be updated until later in the year, but I'd like to give you all a chance to comment on the attached restructuring. The only thing that is important, is that we have 20 different ranks. I don't mind if we mix US and UK, or ranks from different forces, provided it makes rough logical sense. Please submit your opinions and amendments below. Many thanks, Stephen

THE VOSPER 46" CRASH TENDER KIT BY VINTAGE MODEL WORKS by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 16 days ago
Hi Vosper21 Welcome to the forum. I put a single motor, shaft and rudder in my fireboat so I don't have any first hand experience of a twin drive system but I would think that the shafts should exit the hull at the same points as the single shaft but equidistant from the keel. Similarly the rudders should be directly behind each prop. There are members on this site that have done a twin drive system on the 46" model that can offer more informed guidance, hopefully they will chip in with some good advice. Over to you chaps ! Please consider doing a build blog to document your progress. Good luck with the build. Robbob.

Fire boat by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 16 days ago
Hi Kevin. Welcome to the forum. A resin fittings kit for the 1:16 (34.5 inch) fireboat is available from SLEC: They are made from styrene and are consequently won't add too much additional weight. There is also a white metal fitting kit available from Model Slipway: This set looks more comprehensive and will add a bit more weight but will be much sturdier. Not forgetting the range of 1:16 fittings available from the 'Model Shop' on this site.👍 I hope that's helpful. Robbob.

Foam tank grating Pt 2 by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 22 days ago
Hi Michael. Excellent work on the foam tank gratings 👍 I assume you tried to source from Modellingtimbers initially? For those that don't have the kind of tooling that you have the gratings are also available from this alternative supplier: Their product range and prices are very good, and delivery is remarkably cheap and very quick too considering they are based in Poland. I have sourced various bits from them for my fireboat and I can thoroughly recommend them (although they seem to be presently out of stock of the 3mm gratings 🤔) Rob.

Fire Float information by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 month ago
Hi Doug. Have a look at this thread by FireBoat back in December 2016. Rob.

Too Powerful Brushless ? by pmdevlin Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 month ago
sorry to bore everyone with repeated info, as a similar question was posed recently. I agree with the fact that shaft is too thin, it very much looks llike a fibreglass very light racing boat set up, now this doesnt mean you cant go fast with your boat, but you need components that are up to lugging a big heavy lump of wood around the pond, not a lightweight feather😊 I have 5mm shafts, less whipping. and I have oilers so they are lubricated with oil rather than grease, just my preference. You can get these shafts from shg marine, they will supply with push in aceteal (probably spelt wrong!) water lubricated bearings, real cheap, so you can change then every season if you want. The shaft has to be supported, where it exits the hull, just put it through another piece of ply, and fill the void with epoxy, and double up the former thingy it goes through in the same way. (pic) The prop you used is the wrong blade type, thats probaly why it fell apart, plus the soldered on blades are a weak design for higher speed, simon higging is one piece, but at this stage, still testing, you can get plastic "x" blade ("s" blade are less speed)_ props again from shg marine for a few quid each, then you can test a few different sizes. If you jump in for an expensive brass one, and its wrong, its wasted money. As a starting point, 35mm, 40mm and 45mm, if you dont have any way of testing with data logging etc, you are doing short runs, with the smallest first, and seeing if the motor gets hot etc, and what sort of speed you are doing. My brushless motors are generally 800 to 900kv, and achieve 25mph in four foot heavy hulls, you want lower kv for torque, not high kv high rev motors. I got into thsi 10 years ago, thwere was NO advice around then as it was new tech in boats so I learnt the hard way😭 When (if) you go to a brass prop, the "cleaver" blade design (pic) works well, I did extensive testing with my Huntsman and fireboat and was lucky enough to have Simon Higgins testing props with me on my boats, again because what I was doing, large scale boats, but going very fast, was unique, and the cleaver design was the best at the time. Forget the fear of lipo, and brushless, they go as slow as your throttle stick is pushed, 👍

Vosper Firefloat by ads90 Commander   Posted: 2 months ago
[Score: 8/10] 33"/1000g Vosper Firefloat Capable of 12mph and a runtime of 15mins Single Propellor (2 Blade X Type 40mm) Direct Drive to a Graupner 600 Turbo (2 Blade X Type) Powered by NiMH (7.2v) 4Amp/h Batteries Controlled Through Torpedo 30 Amp (10Amps) ESC - Comments: This is one of my oldest and favourite boats - as you can see it is a Fireboat but it is not a Vosper Mk 2. It was kit built at one time but I haven't been able to track down what it is. Is like a Vosper Firefloat Mk.2 but It Is different. The bridge section of my boat is different being longer, the mid-ship section having three windows in lieu of two and the stern is completely different in profile. I first wrote about my boat on the Model Fireboat Website back in 2010 and asked for any help in identification but despite lots of good comment but I was none the wiser. I contacted Terry Holtham who is an acknowledged expert in RAF Marine craft having written many books and he provided me with a lot of information and said "It bears an uncanny resemblance to the drawing I received which was an official Vosper drawing but not with a number or date I have presumed it to be what I believe is the Mk 1 version of the 46ft Firefloat". However this is not definitive and I still have no real answer. Great fast little boat that 'turns on a sixpence' though.

Picture upload failure. by Dave M Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 months ago
Hi Colin I think we had a similar discussion last year regarding this problem. You mention an app not letting you upload or reply to PMs. I suspect it's this app which is causing the problem. Have you tried uninstalling and re-installing as it could have become corrupted? If that doesn't work you need to report the symptoms to the app designer and ask foe a fix. Stephen (Fireboat) may be able to help as he may be able to see the reason on the website stats reports. Hope you can find a solution.

Fairey Huntsman & Swordsman by pmdevlin Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 months ago
I dont uses mixes, but do use exponential and rates (spektrum dx6i) with my twin screw brushless 4 foot fireboat. When at speed rates on, then it turns nicer, no roll, when going slow rates off so turns are sharper, if that makes sense. Mixing the throttles.. interesting not thought of that, but it will lose power/speed. We use mixing on planes for taxiing, particularly on water, but once airborne its off. My avatar has this as the cheapo motors just wont balance so it compensates for this on the water. With the boat its easier to control with rudder input. I like the thinking though!😁

34" Crash Tender - prop / rudder type by pmdevlin Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 months ago
Hi peter, do you want a brass 3 blade prop for cosmetic reasons, if so they do look nice. I did extensive testing with my 3 foot fireboat using brushed, then brushless motors, and then prop testing. I was using eagle tree data logging for watts, amps, gps speed etc. The plastic two blade cheap as chips props actually produce similar readings to the more expensive brass 3 blades. Personally, as you are at the "guess work" stage, just use the plastic two blade ones, but use "x" pitch, standard wont give you the speed. Get a few sizes, 30, 35 40 mm and test. When you have the optimum set up you can then go to the expense of the brass prop. I sent Simon Higgins (ex prop shop) my readings and he made a specific prop for my boat, its a 35mm cleaver 3 blade. He has his own company now but I've forgotten what it is! He was at Blackpool last year so someone might have the list of traders. His props are balanced and one piece, very nice. I also experimented with a belt driven gearbox. The set up I have at the minute is this motor overkill really! but my 3 footer is an original very heavy aerokits boat.

fireboat or similar by pmdevlin Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 months ago
new thread started, hull secured!👍