Cookies used in this website are gluten free, wheat free and dairy free. By using this website you agree to our use of cookies. More Info
Login Below
Join Us On Social Media!
Get The Model Boats App!
Apple App Store
Android app on Google Play

Help Support This Website
or enter custom amount

(Non Contributor)

Help support this free
website and donate.

£285 a year is needed to keep the website and apps online. Please consider donating £5 or more to help towards these fees.
All donations are securely managed through PayPal. Amounts donated are not published online.

Many thanks for your kind support.

Model Boats Website Team

Donation History
December 2017: 2 people
November 2017: 13 people
October 2017: 9 people
September 2017: 15 people
August 2017: 10 people
July 2017: 16 people
June 2017: 8 people
May 2017: 8 people
April 2017: 19 people

Unique Visitors This Month

Website Members

Terms and Conditions
Privacy Policy

Model Boats Website
Active Users (49)
Login or Register
To Remove This Ad

Login or Register
To Remove This Ad
>> Home > Tags > forum

Re Boat Harbour entries by Dave M Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 11 hours ago
I suspect the order is dictated by the file name on each photo, so the earliest are listed first. Not tried it but you could try renaming your posted pics to 1.jpg,2.jpg... The pics on the site are square and a yacht pic is often much taller than wide so will have to be modified by the on-line server to fit the square. This takes time and whilst a PC usually has ample storage space to provide a buffer to hold the up-loads, smartphones possibly don't. Harbour posts really only need one photo of the completed model together with all the detail info about the setup and a short resume of the model and any special details. The Photo Gallery provides a place for additional photos and you can post in the Forum under relevant sections. Doug, I and others have tried to encourage people to post entries in this format and we are gradually seeing an improvement. Members seeking info about a setup for their latest model can benefit greatly from seeing what others have used in similar or the same model and the Boat Harbour is a veritable mine of relevant succinct info in this respect. Happy Christmas one and all.

850 Brushless by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 5 days ago
Hi Andy, what you might call a FAQ!! Have a look at the info here to help filter the plethora of motor specs and find something close to the MFA850 performance - or better as the brushless motors are more powerful size for size and LiPo batteries much lighter. http://www.thercmodelboat style='background-color:yellow;'> As a guide here is a table of the Graupner brushless specs for you to compare with the 850 spec. There is no conversion table as such, especially since with many brushless and ESCs you can alter the performance by adjusting timing at the ESC! Turbo!! Happy hunting, cheers Doug 😎

Sangsetia hull by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 12 days ago
If you're lucky you might still find a kit here Seems to have been taken over by Metcalf Mouldings. Which is now defunct as Dave Metcalf has retired! More info here http://www.thercmodelboat style='background-color:yellow;'> Happy hunting, Doug 😎

Costa coffee planking! by Skydive130 Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 13 days ago
A big shout out to the generous staff in my local NAAFI/Costa shop who where able to supply me with what seemed like a lifetimes supply of coffee stirrers! Let planking commence! I did see on another build forum that possibly the Vosper had planks running the lenght of the deck, however ive decided to go 16cm lengths of Costa stirers instead of cutting full length planks from another wood source. This model is nowhere near acurate in scale, therfore I am happy to do staggered planks.

huntsman 46 by jarvo Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 20 days ago
Hi Pilot, first of all welcome to the forum. Do you have any modeling experience?? Which kit or plan are you using??? I would recommend an outrunner look for one with about 700 - 800 watt output, 3s or 4s rated with an ESC rated at least 100 - 150 amps, as a start with a 40 - 45mm brass prop. Kit or plan, reduce the angle of the propshaft to about 15 - 20 degrees electric motors can lie lower in the hull which was designed for I/C motors with their flywheel hanging below the motor, needing extra clearance. Suppliers. Have a look at the hobbyking site, for motor and esc, once you have the basic build underway, decide on the batteries you are going to use. Hope this helps as a starter, look round the web sites get more info and we can direct you further as to your requirements Regards Mark

46" Firefloat What Motor/Battery by canabus Admiral   Posted: 23 days ago
Hi What type of props are you using(size and number of blades). I see your basic problem is under powered motors and a very heavy battery. I made the big switch over three years ago from brush to brushless motors and to Lipo batteries. With the help on the forum and club members it was a learning curve, but, I would not go back. A 5800mah Lipo battery is in the weight of 450 to 570 grams and would give you a good 1/2 hour run time. A good balance charger and safety bag are the main requirements, also maximum charging for the 5800mah battery is 5.8 Amps(same as the old Nicads). Also a low voltage battery alarm. Your 600 motors can draw up to12Amps !!! Replacement same size motors for your mounts would be 35mm brushless motors, but, you will require two ESCs with a Y connector to run on the same throttle channel. Replacement brushless motors are far more powerful e.g. a Hobbyking 3639-1100kv with a 60Amp ESC on a 4S 5800mah Lipo Battery is 800watts and with two in your boat is 1600 watts!!! Your old motor would in the 100 watt each mark !! I have the same size crash tender, but, with a single brushless motor. I have all the order numbers for the motors etc. and a setup the ESCs if your require. Canabus

Motor problem by RichardSReade Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 29 days ago
Sorry to keep asking questions but although I finished this in 2015 it is my first rc boat, in fact my first any boat, the first time I went to water so to speak, was three weeks ago, I am learning new things by reading the posts on this forum I have just read the post by RMWall107 about his boat and someone mentioned the angle of the prop-shaft with regards to an ic and electric motor angle, as my father who started the build in the 60's and was into his r/c aircraft I suspect he was going to fit an ic motor and fitted the prop accordingly. Can someone tell me the correct angle for an electric motor with any tolerances and also what the problems will be if the angle is too far out. Thanks

Aerokits Solent (plan built) by Skydive130 Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 29 days ago
This is my just finished Solent built from the original plans and templates which I bought on eBay. Like many others on this forum, I have come over from aircraft, so that knowledge gave me s head start building this. She will hopefully get her first outing next week weather permitting!

new member by jarvo Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 month ago
Hi Dave, welcome to the forum, only one thing to remember!!!! the only silly question is the one you didn't ask. Mark

new member by Davecook Seaman   Posted: 1 month ago
hi all,i have been a keen model boat builder for 5 years ,i have only just come across this forum and will be a regular contributer Dave

Motor problem by pmdevlin Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 month ago
the good news is, (I should have mentioned this earlier), the contributors here are generally experienced, and have done it themselves, so rest assured everything you get is proven, you just need to pick out what is best for you. Some other forums are not as lucky, as you get a lot of "do this, try this", you go out spending the dosh, and the "advisor" when challenged has not actually done it himself, its just a load of crap.😡 really annoys me that this happens, and sometimes people on model shops can be just as bad. A mate of mine took his sons "toy" boat to a local model shop last year. His son had outgrown it, my mate wanted to paint it, make it his own, and ditch the "toys r us" running gear. I didn't know he had done this, when I saw what had been done, the money charged, we marched back to the shop, I gave the "expert" the crap back, and got a refund. 2nd hand 27mg 2 channel rx with the aerial chopped to 6 inches, a 4x1.5 aa battery holder for main propulsion, and a really tired 2 channel acoms 27mg tx £75😡 I found out when he asked me why the lights don't work from the tx like my boats, he had asked for this, 2 channel set, hmm.... later that month, with a 7.2v nims and a dx6 with now 6 channels, less than £50, experts eh! I know there are good, but this shop or at least the guy working there wasn't one of them

Motor problem by pmdevlin Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 month ago
here is the problem Richard, when you ask for advise on an open forum, you get a few individual takes!😁 IMO, its not so much the motor at this stage, its the ba thread thing. You can stick a Ferrari v12 in there, but you still need to consider how to attach the thing that is actually going to drive you along, a prop, be it 2, 3 or more blades Whilst buying the 850 motor, take the boat into the shop and get the bearings for your outer tube, and a new mm stainless shaft, and any couplings that are needed. If the outershaft is a size that will not accommodate any new bearings, then it will have to come out, regardless of the motor (don't forget a mount) that you buy. The suggested nylon 2 blade prop sizes that Havelock has posted in the motor spec are what I suggested a few days ago. Don't forget, that spec etc is generic, its not going to be "fit all" its down to you to test and establish what works best for your boat, we don't know its weight, and the condition of your batteries etc.

Motor problem by RichardSReade Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 1 month ago
I looked at the Cornwall model site and saw that, what i have decided to do is to leave the two Ni cad batteries in situ and I have weighed the rear/mid section lead weight and it is just 56 grams heavier than the 12 volt 7 amp/h lead acid alarm battery so I will use the 12 volt battery and ditch the lead, the weight of the boat will be the same, I also trimmed the lead at the front end so the bow will come up a fraction more. I have taken the prop of and measured it to be a 55mm, so I am going to fit the water intake, hopefully with some advice from the forum "techys"as to the position, in the photos this is where I can fit it so it is out of the way of the rudder and prop.what do you reckon, I can then get a suitable motor with a water jacket which will be happy to run on 12 volt with enough power not to get hot turning a 45 to 50 mm two blade "x" prop, as suggested by pmdevlin, I may get the Lloydsman up and running as all that needs is dusting of and batteries charging up, (two 12 volt 7amp/h in parallel) and the receiver from the commander fitted although I have not floated it I bought it as a complete working model in 2015, so it is about time it came out of dry dock, also I can look to repairing the rigging and finishing the Odessy Yacht I bought at the same time as the Llyodsman also in dry dock.

Re Boat Harbour entries by figtree7nts Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 month ago
Hi Dave M I love the Idea of posting a topic in the Forum! Maybe we can write the instructions. on how to upload and post pictures in the Harbour Entries even other areas of the Website. I look forward to reading such a topic. Ed

Re Boat Harbour entries by Dave M Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 month ago
Hi figrees7nts I do agree it would be really helpful if Harbour Posts did have a picture of the boat. It does show others what is possible and encourage them to post details of their model(s). We have many new members who use mobiles and Tablets and I do know Stephen intends to make the pic posting process possible but there are outside bodies involved in amending the code for all users so it can take time. Perhaps it would be more constructive if we were to help those who are posting without a pic or details to guide them through the process and perhaps identify any site issues that might need addressing. I am just as keen as you and Doug are to improve the site but sometimes the answer we seek needs a bit more research to understand the issues involved. I will start a new topic in the Forum specifically aimed at starting a discussion on issues members have in posting their pictures and see what is revealed.