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I have just become the new owner of an AZIZ kit (model slipway). It is unstarted and I am told by it's previous owner, that it may have parts missing, hmmmm. However, I believe I am up to the challenge, so, as soon as we get settled into our new abode and her indoors can't think of anything else that requires my immediate attention I shall make a start.😆 Watch this space!
I can work out scale speed as well as anyone. I am glad that your Model Slipway Tamar worked well for you with a pair of 600Eco motors, but many other owners changed their motors not long after the model was brought into use. You don't need high Kv brushless motors, or 4s LiPos to get scale performance with this model. The addition of a bow-thruster is well worth the effort and cost.
Like many people, I originally built a Model Slipway 1:16 Tamar with the recommended brushed motors. Most of us switched to brushless motors for a number of reasons... 1. short battery duration using NiMHs, or an SLA with brushed. 2. These ALBs have an on-Service speed of 25+ knots and for scale speed, only brushless motors and LiPos can sensibly provide the power and duration. Model Slipway converted their demonstrator to brushless.
[Score: 8/10] 35"/11000g Yorkshireman Capable of 4mph and a runtime of 120mins Twin Propellors (4 Blade 50mm) Belt Powered by Lead Acid (6v) 14Amp/h Batteries Controlled Through Action Electronics P94 ESC - Comments: Model Slipway kit, with the incorrect wheelhouse windows, may change them one day when I have time on my hands, i do wish!! Been refitted with a Bow Thruster and up rated batteries from 2 x 12 Amp Hour to 2 x 14 Amp to give a better run time. Fan cooling added t the main motors. She runs well and I am slowly mastering the slow speed tight manoeuvring that twin screws on independent control and a bow thruster can give. A proper "Little" Big Ship that looks the part.
[Score: 6/10] 34"/10000g Maggie M Capable of 3mph and a runtime of 120mins Single Propellor (4 Blade 50mm) Direct Drive Powered by Lead Acid (6v) 12Amp/h Batteries - Comments: A Model Slipway Kit Built by my late father in law, Frank Ballard Runs well, handles Ok with its Becker Rudder and Kort Nozzle. Maybe time for a refit
Launch day has come and gone. Overall I was very pleased with the way she looked on the water, but may I apologise for the quality of the video. First off, I was unable to get 1/200 scale dragonflies or a moorhen, which somewhat detracted from the realism, but most importantly, my ace photographer Octman was unable to make it. I promise to do better next time. I also learned that this is primarily a display model and it is so easy to damage or bend the many tiny parts. However, she has given me much pleasure both on the slipway and her short time on the water. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPpt7j-WSTM
I am the secretary of our boat club and about a month ago I was notified by a member of the public that he had found the superstructure of a model lifeboat on his way home in the Basingstoke area. I now have that superstructure in my possession but asked around all our members and loaclly but no-one has any idea who may be the owner. It is from a 1:16 scale Tamar Class Model Slipway boat and the build quality is pretty good standard but it has suffered some damge but I do also have the some of the parts. It appears that it might have fallen from the back of someone's trailer behind a car, bike or mobility scooter - yes some of our older members now take their boats to our lake that way. However the Model Slipway boat is 1000mm long and a beam of 320mm and with motors, batteries and ballast would weigh quite a bit. The superstucture of the boat is named but I will hold back on that information until hopefully someone can come along and identify it as theirs. So if you know anyone who might have lost it near Basingstoke, Hampshire (Southern England for those who might not know where this is) please get back to me. Alan
Kevin, just checked the Model Slipway set and assume they are the very same as the SLEC set as the items appear to be the same. I'm not sure if I got net rail blocks with mine and can't check until 22/7 as my wife won't let me have the set till my birthday! But if that's the case you are just paying a fiver more for the same set. I'd say get em from SLEC! Cheers, Martin