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MTB385 & MTB623 by reilly4 Lieutenant   Posted: 4 hours ago
Vosper 73ft Type 1 MTB - Scratchbuilt. Now running two brushless motors and NiMH batteries. Photos previously posted. 1/24 Scale Fairmile D MTB623 belongs to a good friend. This boat was also featured in a previous video with my Fairmile D. The lake was a bit choppy with realistic sea conditions.

Fireboat and Sunderland together again by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 15 hours ago
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 😎

London Model Engineering Exhibition by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 22 hours ago
Hi Skipper44. I'm a member of the St.Albans & District Model Engineering Society. We sail at the boating lake in Verulamium Park St. Albans style='background-color:yellow;'>lake.htm Rob.

Airboat - one rudder? by Dave M Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 23 hours ago
Hi Steve The two models of your skimmer we have in our club both have two rudders. Others have built from scratch but all have moved to two rudders as this gives the best control. Our lake is large and perhaps on a smaller lake one rudder may be OK.

Model Boat Mayhem by petec Seaman   Posted: 1 day ago
Model Boat Mayhem presents......a weekend of mkodel boating. This year we are having a theme of Glen Guest designs and Vic Smeed designs. We aim to see as many on the lake over the weekend as possible! The event is free to enter, BUT Wicksteed Park charge about £6 parking for the day. Parking 100yds from the lakeside and help available for those who require it.....there is even FREE TEA and COFFEE! (all donations acceptable!) Deans Marine support this event......high winds and vertical mist are not invited this year! Come along and have a sail....virtually no restrictions other than frequency control. All you need to bring is a chair and a table if you require them!!! more info here, keep coming back as the site will be updated as it becomes available,58199...

The Vosper 46” RAF Crash Tender Kit By Vintage Model Works by Lyle Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 1 day ago
Dear Modellers and builders of the Vintage Model Works kit series. You will find my earlier pictures and various writings on the original earlier postings by me in OZ of my still some 30/plus years Crash Boat in which I wore out several I/C motors and my girl still runs in Salt Water at the local LAKE ILLAWARRA in New South Wales and you are somewhat fortunate with ready made fittings. I did not ever know of the "page" ( wish I had a copy ) on your wall of the rear well of fire hose details and fittings , wow what a bonus, as a colonial had several years till Peter Dimberline and I had contact and he helped me to authenticate my vessel. The ESSENTIAL secret of the Crash Boat is the spray rails. So many look toy in the videos and TOOOOOOO fast . The spray rails are doubled at width protruding from the hull and lesser at the point of "rise of the wood " towards the upper bow point. The depth is not too critical at a bit of about an eighth of an inch thickness or a bit thinner for the whole length as you do not want to see a "thick log ", rather again it is the width rather than depth. I know I have written on this before on this webb site in the past. The turns thus on the go become when starting on and STAY more on the go are more flatter rather like a full sized hull which has a planing/ flatter hull turn to the flatness of the water than a typical poorly behaving model boat hull which invariably heels TOOOO much and somewhat digging in , (in turns). The HARD CHINE hull design was meant to not only rise to a comfortable plane attitude but ALSO to turn without that annoying behaviour of "digging in" when it should still perform and exhibit that hard chine design attitude when in a turn . "Digging in" equals water resistance AGAINST the hull and loss of performance and loss of plane attitude and against wave resistance when the hull designers team is trying to maintain hard chine performance in the forward turning direction. I harp on this point that this hull design is one to respect . The older I get the more I expect of all my model machines that I am lucky to see on computers, as we certainly have more need to respect the masters, the likes of Peter Du Cane and T E Lawrence and Hubert Scott Payne of Vospers and Thornycroft and The British Power Boat Company and ELCO and Higgins, all of whom I have researched so much over my life and I have been to the memorial of Lawrence in the desert in Wadi Rum. I try to do it right. Regards to all builders Lyle. My mates and I have to run in 2 to 3 inch chop at times, such is the Lake Channel ! My wife has reminded me that some of my fleet do seem to have BLACK hulls and I only would build one model boat, when I bought the Aerobats Crash Boat home, the pictures are of some of my scratch built fleet.

Fireboat and Sunderland together again by pmdevlin Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 days ago
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

Details of new model club. by ronrees Chief Petty Officer   Posted: 3 days ago
FGSC is the Fishers Green Sailing Club, which is a full sized sailing and yacht club based beside several large freshwater lakes near Waltham Abbey. There is a special Model section which has sole use of two lakes at the club. The club is accessed via a road through part of the Lea Valley conservation area and parkland and is not open to the general public so our lakes are very secure and peaceful. More information is available via our Facebook page including directions on how to get there. We are a fairly new Model Boat club and are welcoming newcomers who wish to join. Please go to :- For more information or you can email our club representative at

Fusing confusion by wunwinglo Chief Petty Officer   Posted: 9 days ago
Hi Doug I had wondered about doing that. Having never used a brushless before, a couple of years ago I 'tested' a much smaller single motor in the household bathroom (I am not married!) and was very surprised how little water was left it when I pushed the throttle fully forward.. Thank you. your thinking is sound! Sorry Doug, I have mixed up you and another so this will make more sense if I say thank you for your advice. I wll combine it with the lakeside test above. Charlie

Imara by EricMB Lieutenant   Posted: 12 days ago
Imara tug, remodelled from an original built by the late Tony Dewsbury, on it's first lake trial. Thanks to Jerry Hayes for the video (and encouragement!)

Steam sound unit (variable speed) by Dave M Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 13 days ago
Doug Whilst I agree the sound systems you have found are excellent, am I right in thinking they are designed for the model truck market? I am sure they can be modified. There are circuits in Practical Electronics and I am just waiting for someone else to produce a working design smaller than a large mobile phone. The best steam sound unit I found for my tugs of the IMARA era came from Technobots, coupled to a 20Watt amp and 8" speaker. Sadly they no longer supply the sound unit, but there are other suppliers. If I recall one of our members was involved and I suggest you visit If you are using two ESCs you really need two units but one amp and speaker would be OK You did suggest similar using pre-amp mixer, which would allow mixing of other sounds. On my lake you can hear this system from the middle of the lake 50 yds+ so I have an on/off switch if it causes nuisance!?!

Orinthia by Novagsi0 Commander   Posted: 16 days ago
[Score: 8/10] 38" Orinthia Single Propellor (2 Blade S Type 15mm) Geared Powered by NiCad (6v) 2Amp/h Batteries Controlled Through Resistance board speed (5Amps) ESC - Comments: German motor sailing yacht (Ketch), motor actually to pull it round off the wind or to stop it. Not been sailed for many a year, but still on the shelf in the collection. This was a rare photo of it sailing at bournville boat lake.

Props by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 16 days ago
Hi Roy, Happy New Year 😉 Twin screw rotation is case of 'Horses for courses'! It's a Black Art and much depends on the hull shape, especially at the stern and the orientation of the rudders to the shaft lines. What you write is correct for slow, short fat displacement hulls, like tugs and rig supply ships etc needing good slow speed manoeuvrability. Especially those with one rudder per shaft. For long thin hulls (naval ships) and deep V and planing hulls (Fast launches and power boats etc) inboard turning screws are preferred to concentrate the thrust behind the centreline of the hull instead of dissipating it out into the open water. It also concentrates the thrust onto the rudder when only one rudder is fitted on the centreline. Outboard turning screws tend to push the stern up and bow down. Inboard turning tends to suck the stern down and raise the bow. So making planing easier. You only made one mistake in your description: "when using the props to assist a turn, i.e one prop turning clockwise and the other anti-clockwise". The props turn in opposite directions when both are running ahead, or both astern. When turning, one ahead and one astern they then both turn the same way thus producing the combined side thrust. I was advised to use inboard turning props on my H class destroyer (twin screws single rudder) by an ex RN Captain I met at the local lake here in Munich about 30 years ago! @ Chris: What type of boat / ship are you building? Cheers Doug 😎

Boat Harbour by dragon Commander   Posted: 18 days ago
New photo of Al Khubar taken today at Southport lake. Blowing a gale but no water inside hull.

Merry Christmas by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 27 days ago
Aye Aye Sir Up spirits - down the hatch 😉 BTW: Flake or Flank? And: Thanks for the invitation - Where do we meet for the Free Beer????😁