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Hi All, Just a quick thank you to everyone who donated in 2017 and so far in 2018. It's only with the kind contribution of members this website keeps going. Advertising helps, but it doesn't fully cover the costs of hosting, domains, mobile apps, security certificates and upkeep on its own. A few things on here are due an overhaul again, usually I take time out at Christmas to overhaul sections of the website, but this Christmas break was too hectic, so the website had to take the back seat (or the stern perch). Going forward it's still a life project that continues for me. The website will turn 11 this year, it's come a long way in that time. Originally just static pages, people would email photos of their boats and I'd manually put them online. Laughably unsustainable these days if that still happened, so I must thank you all for keeping the ship sailing, the engines firing and the masts raised! I'd still like to overhaul the website, so amongst juggling a job and other commitments I will be working on this. If you haven't yet but would like to do so, please consider donating. The average donation last year was £8 - so an even bigger thank you to those who stretched a bit further. Donations can be sent securely through PayPal – just click the amount you’d like to donate in the left side panel on the website or at the bottom of the home tab on the mobile app. If your local currency isn't GBP, PayPal will let you enter a value in your local currency. Cash and cheques are accepted although less preferred because of security. If you wish to do this anyway, please PM me for details. Many thanks once again, Happy 11th Birthday to the website and Best Wishes to everyone for 2018! Stephen
Hi All, thought I best throw my thoughts in since I invented the ranking 😋 It was roughly based off the royal navy ranks, but was never supposed to be an accurate representation. Since we're a boating community it did have to be something from the maritime arena, so the navy ranks were used as the basis but are not complete of course: Fleet Admiral Admiral Captain Commander Lieutenant Sub-Lieutenant Below these, the badges are not accurate, but they do provide a stylised depiction of a members rank. Some badges in the navy are specialist and not considered higher or lower in rank than others so these can't really be used. Chief Petty Officer Petty Officer Seaman Apprentice Recruit A recruit seems applicable more for the website than to the navy. Anyone who has registered but hasn't contributed in anyway are recruits. Then when they do anything (even liking a post) they'll be advanced to Apprentice. Certainly don't get hung up over it. It's all for fun and to encourage people to post great content and helpful advice 👍 I've heard other forums are boring and don't have ranks at all 😉 Stephen
I asked this months ago, but Ill put it back out there just in case someone has a dead project. I need a very very cheap (free would be good!) project for a friend who is getting over illness. He cant afford a model, has pretty much no funds, and has always wanted an aerokits Fireboat. If I can get my hands on one, Ill refurb it with him, I have pretty much most of the running gear etc. He likes military, so a PT, MTB etc would do. If you have such a thing just lying there waiting to go in the bin, can I please have it! Not for resale profit, but to make someone very happy Thanks Paul
Following on from previous posts in the fireboat and sunderland thread.... Ok Doug, like I said nice model for the bucks, I much prefer the grey scheme to my blue/yellow, but mine was a deal so went with it, its my second. The cat has a tendancy to tip stall at lower speeds, and will not recover, there are things you can do, these are the main ones, read that link on rc groups👍 If water flying, the floats are too low, they need raising as much as you can, prob an inch, and angling upwards, or they snag on the water. If your tx allows it, dial in rudder and aileron mix, it stops the tail dropping in turns, looks better, and helps prevent the tip stall get cog correct with battery placement, pretty easy to do do range check when rx is installed, the position you will have it (not much room in the fuse) can be blinded by the battery. I have a cheap orange stabilizer one in mine, it really really helps! both ailerons need a few mills upward attitude, this helps with the tip stalling, and landing, its something to do with creating washout, too technical for me😋 the lights you see on mine are hobbyking light set, apparently the v2 you have has better lights with a plug, detrium dont usually have these there is a design fault, the rear stabiliser has a small twist, some fix this, I didnt bother I could go on, but the link is a good read as it helps with hints how to fly now you need somewhere to fly it, its fine off grass sand and water, oh, check for waterleaks prior to flying, the step under the fuse is a weak spot, change the cheap metal pushrods for nylon or plastic when you can, they rust real easy, there are easy mods to stop the rods flexing, particularly on the elevator, I fitted a second rod so I have one either side of the elevator, and dial in rates, you dont need much throw with this big lazy bird👍
ha ha! well done! ok, read that rcgroups link, its invaluable. Dynam (parent company is detrium) they make real nice airframes, but they are somewhat budget when it comes to quality control, but a little work, and they become nice models. Maybe we should start a new thread? I will👍
Oh Jeez! What have you started?😉 Just found a Dynam Cat version 2 in USAF livery in a German model shop and ordered one!!!!!!! What are the essential mods you mention? Mods to the elevator or aileron horns ? Saw a YouTube on this!! How do you fancy a trip to Munich to teach me how to fly it????😉 Long time since I flew anything (except a Victor tanker simulator at RAF Marham!!) It's future operating base will be the Ostpark lake in Munich, pics attached. Complete with Biergarten 😉 Thanks again for the info Paul, cheers Doug 😎
Great, thanks for the info Paul. Brillo👍 BTW re landing on puddles: how about a threshold marker and maybe chucking out an anchor on touchdown? 😉 Following your original vid link (from 15th May) on YouTube are two brilliant vids of the original in action with many close ups both inside and out in flight. Cheers Doug 😎 This is now on my MUST HAVE list 😉
Hi Paul, It WAS you 😉 https://model-boats.com/forum/hobby-chit-chat/28936?goto=289... Saw your post and vid on 15th May 2017, my gast was flabbered!! Would still love to know where you got the kit or plan and what the motor / batt setup is. Cheers Doug 😎 PS I like flying boats too! Spent some time a few years ago looking round the old flying boat harbours on Malta 👍😉 PPS loved the CCR soundtrack as well, right up my alley 👍👍
have you a link Doug, I cant find it, It might be mine! ha ha then I can give some info to you. My Avatar is the Canadair that featured in Expendables 2 Stallone movie, I like flying boats, ! cheers Paul
Hi Paul, just back from bowling training, averaged 207 was happy with that 😊 I don't know about scratch build or not but here on the site is a wonderful video of a flying Cat model. Title was something like 'Not quite a boat ...' I have the Airfix 1:72 kit of this plane and was considering trying to measure it and scale it up to make plans for a working model!!! Cheers Doug 😎
Hi Spitfire Glad to hear that you will be supporting the site's running costs. Stephen (Fireboat) runs this free site entirely on donations so every little bit helps. Doug has answered your question re wiring the brushless motor to the ESC. I would just add that you should not swop any wires whilst the battery is connected. I would also advise that you fit a fuse between the main battery and the ESCs. Brushless motors can draw very heavy currents when stalled or overloaded. A fuse rated just above your running current and no more than 50% of your ESC rating. I am assuming here that your wiring is capable of carrying this current? If you haven't got one I suggest you purchase a wattmeter so you can measure the current drawn under load (hold the boat in water and run at full wack). This must not be greater than the Motor or ESC rating. A smaller prop will reduce the current. Please keep us posted
wow you must have been bored Doug resurrecting that! It was taken in the north west of England, Carr Mill lake. David built the Sundy from scratch, he doesn't use it much now, it was always tempremental getting the 4 motors to have equal thrust. That was the last time he used the fireboat, he is juts into planes now. I was surprised how iconic that picture was, and considering this forum is the birthplace of the fireboat website there wasn't many comments. Here is the sundy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TEVdHSuqvo&index=17&list=UU...