No power, no parks, no public, no weight. If however I had any of those, I WOULD insure. I once saw a pylon racer scream out of the sky and go THROUGH a lovely clinker built dinghy. THROUGH, mind you and into the mud tother side. Clean as a whistle., A few months later, a very happy dinghy owner was showing off his fully repaired and revarnished/painted small craft, thanking the unfortunate flyer for his wayward kite as he'd got a full rebuild off the insurance. That, not THAT long ago, was the 5 quid a year MAP insurance. No questions, no faffing, paid up a treat. Now if I were flying those projectiles, or anything that fast and that heavy in public I would insure. Now see what a clever circling back to boats I've done there Cheers, Martin
[Score: 10/10] 55"/12000g Smaragd Capable of 5mph and a runtime of 120mins Powered by NiCad (9.6v) 2Amp/h Batteries Controlled Through Robbe Sailing Yachts 1998 ESC - Comments: 1:10 scale model of a "Round the World" ocean racing Yatch. I have the Genoa kit fitted and the Blister kit fitted. While sailing in rough weather, a certain amount of water built up in the cockpits, so I fitted an autobailer, to syphon it away without docking.
I haven't heard of that over here, Doug, but it sounds like something I would consider, as it covers more. Last time I tried I couldn't get any sense out of the brokers at all. One couldn't even understand what a "model aircraft" was! Didn't exactly fill me with confidence that I'd end up with anything usable. I think if the British Model Flying Association was still the Society of Model Aeronautical Engineers I would be far more likely to approach them, but the BMFA can go to hell with its naff logo too. Still don't see where chucking a foamy off a deserted cliff needs insurance! And boats, round here? Nah. This is Fenland, Nothing and nobody. You need CAA permission for heavy kites over here too. Anything over 11Kg, I think, or a certain size. My old chum built a 1/4 scale Tiger Moth, with a 35cc petrol engine in it. He also has a 1/4 scale Stampe. Huge things. Martin
Agreed John, but generally the USN used the term PTB, Patrol Torpedo Boat, and most other (allied?) navies used the term MTB Motor Torpedo Boat. RN of course also had pure MLs and MGBs, Motor Gun Boats - some of which I believe also carried torpedoes, just to confuse the issue further?, but I never ran across an MPT up to now.😲 Nowadays it's just FAC or FPB for the little bruvvers without missiles! Cheers, Doug 😎 PS Yep, I know the Wiki page you linked. That's the Power Boats demonstrator sent to the US from which the ELCO PTB boats were derived.
I think you would have to wade through the histories Doug but I think it comes down to the very varied arms carried. or just the crossover of Motor Patrol Boat and Patrol Torpedo boat and Motor Torpedo Boat. Maybe Motor Patrol Torpedo Boat too as reading through some of the history I think they weren't sure themselves which term(s) to use. The Wiki description is an easier and informative one to read.👍😊
Well, there's odd, Doug. I can't find a picture of an actual Aerokits model that I KNOW to be a genuine Aerokits. I'll have to keep looking for the picture on the box or something. I thought you might be familiar with the model. Martin
Hi Guys. I have recently dug by Robbe Smaragd out off its hibernating spot in my shed, and presently cleaning and servicing all the running gear. It has been a few years since it developed a problem on the Genoa switch module, mounted inmy Futaba F-14 Marine transmitter. I also had a look round the web, for any like minded people, who I could chat with. I was so glad to come across this site and forum, so I have signed up as a member. I still have all the original documents and plans that came with the kit. If anyone would like to borrow them, or make copies. I have the full Genoa, and Blister kits fitted, and have had many years sailing Her. The model is perfectly balanced between sails and rudder, with only the slightest adjustment to the trim to keep her on a straight line tack. Not that I have raced her against one of the 1Meter racers, but I would say faster by a good margine over a standard triangular course. My kit was purchased and collected in the spring of 1998, it was launched the following year. The Genoa was fitted while I was working in Dublin, and sailed on a local lake at the hotel where I was staying. The Blister kit, was added about 2004. Frequent summers out on the local lake and Gloucester Dock with the local model club. I look forward to chatting and getting to know you. I am willing to answer any questions about this particular model. East RN
Hi all, my son is here and is asking what exactly his MTB is. Is it modelled on a particular type of boat? I've heard Elco, but don't know for sure. Also, does anyone have a set of Aerokits plans for the MTB? Cheers, Martin
Mornin' 😲Martin, Yeah, I thought the TX was good for both too. I bought it 'off the shelf' in Conrad, in Tal here in Munich. Then much later in the small print on Spektrum's website I read - "DSM2 not for EU models'! 😡 Odd! UK was also in the EU then!? Will PM U wot I paid for it. Came from HobbyKing - Where else? No wonder model shops are dying like flies 🤔 You're right about plane size. Last one I built (a few decades ago🤔) was the little Simprop 'Zaunkönig' (= Wren). After I 'd built it I looked at the short double decker wings, about the length of my forearm!, and cut the top plane down the middle and added a centre section to about double the span for more lift, and hopefully to make it less twitchy.See pics. Last pic is the sad mucky state when I found it in the cellar last year. Shortly after that I moved to Munich and had my hands full with other concerns. Still got the Enya 047 Glowplug and fuel tank intended for it somewhere! Might try fitting a brushless instead. When I was a kid, around 13 / 14, I made a scratch built (no plan - just 'thinks'!) free flight (RC? Wossat?) soarer. Basically 3 planks of 36x4x1/4" hard balsa. 72" span, 36" tail boom fuselage. That was BIG in those days. Bloody thing climbed and flew so well on it's Maiden that the last I saw of it was at zig thousand(?) feet over Hemswell Cliff in Lincolnshire heading due east at a rate of knots 🤔 Had launched it from the top of the water tower at RAF Hemswell, Dad was a Crew Chief on Thor missiles there. Hope someone in Denmark or Norway had some fun with it 😉 I've often wondered where it ended up. Must dig my Flying Boat / Wing outta the cellar! BTW: the foam wing/flying boat and Catalina arrived as kits with the foam cutting already done😁 Cheers, Doug 😎 PS: I still have the Glow-plugs I bought for the 'Zaunkönig', intend to try them as ignition for Flash Paper firing of depth charge throwers and guns on my destroyer. One has to have dreams or there's no progress! 😁 G'night all 😎