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EarlyVosper M.T.B by Simplas by boaty Captain   Posted: 1 day ago
Found on E Bay but sold in June of this year, a 42 inch kit of a Simplas Marine Construction Vosper M.T.B. It would appear that there are not many about now. I built one in 1972 and the kit contained a fibreglass hull with all fittings including the guns being in cast metal. Deck and superstructure were plywood and the boat was a model of an early Vosper as it had a very narrow beam and torpedo tubes were towards the stern. I fitted a DC Sabre 1.5cc diesel but had to add a lot of ballast which resulted in a sharp drop in performance. This was solved by replacing the Sabre with a Fuji 15 marine version glowplug engine . The boat was free running and as I was on an apprentice engineers pay and could not afford I was having to support an ageing Mini. This was my transport from Ellesmere Port to the boating lake in New Brighton. If I had bought a Taycol Supermarine motor it would have solved all my problems as the battery would have been the ballast. Boaty 😁

Taycol Supemarine Resurrection by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 days ago
Mornin' John, agree re chromite, but still don't know what chroDite is! I only personally own the one Taycol Target. I got into this whole Taycol business while I was renovating Dad's old Sea Scout last year and decided I wanted a bit more Oomph so upgraded it to a 1000kV brushless, which gives goods results on a 3S LiPo. See the vids I've posted of the the 'Sea trials' (Lake Trials!?). So I decided to use the Target in the ancient Billing Boats Danish fish cutter I'm restoring and converting from static to RC. Figured the Target would cope OK with the plodding pace of a fish cutter😉 BUT, I wanted it to be reversible without cumbersome external switches or relays as recommended by Taycol / Keil Kraft in those days. After surfing around a bit a found a website where others had tackled the same problem. Looked at their solutions and refined them slightly. All I do is rectify the pulsed (square wave) signal from the ESC with a bridge rectifier (4 hi-current diodes in a bridge form in one package), apply the + and - outputs from the rectifier to the field coil so that it produces a constant magnetic field just like the permanent magnet of a canned motor. The two alternating (pulsed) outputs of the ESC are applied to the AC (~) inputs of the rectifier, which go + / - or - / + according to the command from the TX, I apply to the brush terminals just like a normal brushed motor setup. The output of the ESC is a train of either positive of negative going DC pulses. Pic 2 the positive train on the scope. Pic 3 the negative train. The larger and wider the pulse the higher and longer the voltage is applied and the faster the motor spins. So called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM). The gaps between the pulses are smoothed out by the inertia (flywheel effect) of the motor, and anything hanging on it - like a prop and a few million gallons of wet stuff 😁 Hey presto, a field coil motor that runs forwards or backwards on command 😊 Main thing is simply to separate the field coil from the armature coil (i.e. brush gear) so you can control each one independently. No rocket science but highly satisfying when it all comes together and works on the pond. OK, I'll look up Mr Lynch, wasn't he the Sarge in Z Cars 😁😁😁 Cheers, Doug 😎

HMS Cadiz by landie Seaman   Posted: 4 days ago
My dad built this over a long period of time, starting in the '80s. The hull is fibreglass and the rest is scratch built from plastic card, balsa, ply, wire and anything else he could adapt. Although he installed the motors, props and rudders he never completed the RC installation or tested it. I inherited his boat models a few years ago and wanted to "finish the job", getting the model on the water. After installing the RC gear and batteries over the last few months, this weekend was the first sailing outside the bath at the Valley Gardens boating lake. Happy to report that it sailed really nicely, seems to be reasonably stable although I did restrict it to calmer times when the MTBs and faster boats weren't running ! HMS Cadiz was a battle class destroyer, laid down and launched during WW2 although she didn't receive her commission until 1946 so didn't see combat with the Royal Navy, serving with the home fleet. Due to the changeover in pennant numbering she was originally allocated R09 and later, when the admiralty decided to revert to the D for Destroyer pennant numbering she was assigned D79. To reflect this my model has D79 on the starboard side and R09 on the port side. She was sold to Pakistan in the late '50s, and renamed PNS Khaibar. She was sunk with the loss of nearly all hands in 1971 in the Indo-Pakistan war.

Colwyn Bay Model Boat Club by kinmel Chief Petty Officer   Posted: 6 days ago
The Civic Centre lake has now been sold off by the council and we have moved across to the main lake in Eirias Park. Access is from the promenade opposite Porth Eirias, LL29 8HH. We sail there every Sunday morning and visitors are always welcome. Contact:

Ribble Model Boat Club by Gardener Chief Petty Officer   Posted: 7 days ago
Meet second Monday of every month. Sail at lake PR25 1PD every Wednesday evening from 6pm onwards when light permits ... See website for contact details etc

Taycol Supemarine Resurrection by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 8 days ago
Thanks Colin, In the process I've probably destroyed much of it's vintage value to collectors, even though so far I haven't had to replace any parts. But I did ask! So I'm restoring it to a working unit as requested.😉 Two of the longer frame spacers are now a bit slimmer 😲 after turning most of the corrosion pits off, but useable. Could salvage all aluminium spacers except two of the short ones which just crumbled to dust. I'll make new ones tomorrow or probably Saturday. Tomorrow is a busy day, optician (new goggles), and photographer (new passport photos!), shopping (man's gotta eat sometime😁) and then dinner with the GF. It's all go folks! TA much for the spanners Colin 👍 will be very handy for the reassembly. Looking forward to seeing the motor propelling your Sea Commander across the lake. Don't forget 'The Beast' weighs about 950gm, bit less now that I've removed most of the crud of ages😁 Cheers, Doug 😎

Good to be aboard by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 10 days ago
My pleasure Colin, Might have a go myself one day - when I can see my bench again!😲 Bin a long day at the lake, and 2hr drive home so I'm headin' for the hay. CU tomorrow, Cheers, Doug 😎

Grub Screw! by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 12 days ago
Swimming is good for you Ed😉 Had to swim out after my destroyer once, RX failed and she was drifting towards one of the lake fountains! 😲😆 Sun was warm but the watter bl***y cold! 😡 Cheers, Doug 😎 PS: stripped down to me knickers before going in, got a ripple of applause from the audience in the adjacent Biergarten, and some intriguing proposals from some of the er' 'ladies' present!😊

ellesmere port model boat club by nutrunner Lieutenant   Posted: 12 days ago
well club days for members are like i said from 9am till 5pm in the summer all wek bar sundays when its 10 am till 5pm in the winter its 4pm we are hoping no closed season weather permitting our chairman is aldo a duty officer on sight so when he is on duty we can sail till say 8 or 9pm in the summer dont forget we are on a private site so u must be a member to sail on our lake u are allowed to come a sail and see our facilities if ya like it can join , weekends are the most popular time for our members u have to sign in before sailing and when u finish sign out thats about it we have our meeting at the boat musium every second tuesday in the month 7pm at the cafe , so when u feel like it come down a visit us we are a happy laid back club if u are on face book go to our open site ellesmere port model boat club and see our posts regards len

Tony O by Colin H. Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 13 days ago
I can use a beautiful weed free lake about 500yds walk, but without help I can only take my small boats, so the main fleet only get out 3 or 4 times a year. Except for the vintage shows I go to display at. Cheers Colin.

Tony O by Westquay Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 13 days ago
Hmmm, too many old farts who can't be arsed any longer, as witness the canal club needing new members, too. It's the beginning of the "Big desertion", where those of a certain age lose their transport, their strength, their wits and, ultimately, their lives. And if the lake is privately owned, they can no doubt make more from the morons who dangle a hook all day to avoid the wife. There's a lot to be said for canals, rivers and independence. Martin (The Anarchists' Boat Club)

Tony O by Jerry1 Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 13 days ago
Like all clubs, the price of kits and alike! And the same people doing maintenance on jetty’s and rowing boat plus ground maintenance. The members dropped to only a hand full and I think the lake we used, permission was stopped due to new owners.

Tony O by Westquay Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 13 days ago
I'm in the Fenland (Wisbech) area. We have a canalised river (no appreciable flow) to use, but no takers. I'm fed up with asking. Why did Chichester Lakeside die if it was such a good club? Martin

Llyn Eirias Lake by NPJ Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 14 days ago
It seems that there was not enough 'take up' to justify all the effort from the usual small group of 'workers'. Regrettable, but as I am sure you have found, these things roll in cycles. The good news is that after a lot of effort from some of the members, the Lake is now free enough of weed to allow use. That must have been a lot of hard work. TTFN NPJ

Tony O by Jerry1 Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 14 days ago
Chichester Lakeside Model Boat Club was a great club. No longer going! Where are you trying to start a club?