Started on the Stringers and Chines, some of the stringers are Spruce, 1/4" x 1/4" , one cracked on the bow curvature, not immediately it was glued and pinned, but about an hour after, should have laminated these spruce stringers as in 1/8" x 1/4" times 2. Another one has cracked since but they are repairable.. Mixed up a weak solution of PVA and water and painted the rest, hoping this will soften them up and be more pliable. Started on the transom, this is angled with a sharp centre line, but there was a lot of off cuts of Obechie lying around, so it was planked with a curve, first Modelers License applied. A few more dry fits and the bow and transom were assembled up, using stringers as alignment tools, anything will do in these instances even strips of ply. Some of the upper-works combing has been fitted around the transom area. Muddy....
... 😊 lol .. No pressure then ! .. lol 😊 I,m afraid this may not be a quick build, because it is an "infill" build.. Always try to have two models on the go, as sometimes waiting for glue or worse still, the paint to dry that's a lot of wood cutting time wasted.. Regards Muddy
Hi Kipper. Thanks for the link, I had already looked at the site and unfortunately could not visit on the 27th May for their regular lakeside meeting to make contact with club members. However I had previously paid a visit to the lake on Sunday 21st May expecting to see a few boats on the lake on a what was a gloriously sunny afternoon and found not a single boat but plenty of wildfowl and the lake clogged with weed and leaves. It's a nice big stretch of water with plenty of landing stages around the shoreline and on the wooden bridge that separates the pleasure boating lake from the model boating lake but the amount of weed and detritus would make me wary of making a maiden voyage there. By contrast, I visited the lake at Verulam Park St Albans a week earlier and, although not as big, had little or no weed, but a few alarmingly large branches were being thrown into the water by dog walkers who were encouraging their pets to retrieve them, but were ultimately abandoned. Sadly no boats were being sailed there at the time so I could not make any inquiries with their owners. The first 3 pictures are Stanborough and the last 3 are St Albans. I think I know which I prefer but I would still like to have the view of others who use these lakes regularly. All responses welcome....please ! Thanks. Rob.
[Score: 6/10] 16"/900g Arnold.S Capable of 3mph and a runtime of 60mins Direct Drive Powered by NiMH (7.2v) 1Amp/h Batteries - Comments: This is a tug boat kit by Freedom Song Model Boat there no longer selling models I have a lot of fun running this model in small pools
[Score: 9/10] 14"/500g NAXOS Single Propellor (3 Blade 20mm) Direct Drive to a MIG 280 (3 Blade) Powered by LiPoly (7.4v) 2Amp/h Batteries Controlled Through DSYS 12 A (5Amps) ESC - Comments: Model Greek fishing boats whole laminate construction, deck plinth. It also manages big waves on the lake, very stable. Assembled with 280 engine, 2200 mA LiPol battery, headlamps illuminated, reflector.
[Score: 9/10] 17"/2100g Water Witch Capable of 3mph and a runtime of 70mins Direct Drive Powered by NiMH (7.2v) 2Amp/h Batteries - Comments: Found plans in a Model Boat Magazine from England The plans where down size I used 1/8 pine strips for the hull and epoxy as sealer This model was a replicate of a Scotish fishing boat converted to pleasure crafts .
Hi Nick Yes, I was very pleased with the final model and its maiden voyage. It looks particularly good with all the lights on. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pTQgjg8ZuY&t=3s Just a reminder, be very precise when positioning the hull skins and don't use too much glue as the ribs will show through. Best of luck. Steve
Hi AllenA Welcome to the site. Your model looks superb and you have restored to almost original condition, including the MacGregor! Looks better than the one I used to own! The smaller prop will be much better, I have cooked a couple of speed 600s with a too large prop. The lip at the front may not bwe correct but it certainly fits with the period when the model was built. Good luck with the new prop and perhaps you will post a video so we can all share your experience of this nostalgic model sailing. Dave
[Score: 8/10] Capable of 6mph and a runtime of 40mins Single Propellor (3 Blade 40mm) Direct Drive to a 777 (3 Blade) Powered by NiMH (7.2v) 3Amp/h Batteries Controlled Through Electronize ESC - Comments: Tarpon, Built from Model Boat Plans, Plywood Keel with Obechie planks 6 x 3 mm, upperworks/cabin balsa frame and .8mm plywood sides. All decks are planked, approx 6mm x 3mm a white wood, with .5mm Mahogony "Cauking".. Open planks and wood were varnished , paint is Wilko Enamel spray Gloss with spray undercoat. Happy sailing. Muddy....
[Score: 10/10] 34"/7500g SMIT NEDERLAND Capable of 10mph and a runtime of 75mins Twin Propellors (3 Blade 50mm) Direct Drive to a MIG 600 Turbo (3 Blade) Powered by Lead Acid (6v) 10Amp/h Batteries Controlled Through DSYS 32A (20Amps) ESC - Comments: Model of the port tug. Assembled motors 2 pcs 600 series, 2 pcs Pb accumulators 6V, 10A. Entire model illuminated - Teflators mast interior, positional lights, horn. Super driving characteristics. Construction of the laminate. At the stroke test he tightened the rowing boat with two people.
Thanks Rod. I'm afraid to say that I haven't been working on the Smit Rotterdam for several months now. My other hobby of flying and building RC model aircraft has taken preferance at the moment. The Smit Rotterdam has been sidelined while I build a 1/6th scale WW2 P47D Thunderbolt. Thanks for your comment.
Hi Allan Sound like a good solid set up. The smaller prop will work much better with the brushless. I hear what you say re seawater, but I believe I would hose the model down after each sail just to be sure all the saltwater was removed. Looking forward to the video when you get the opportunity Cheers Dave
Hi David, Great job on the Model, The Light Ship"AMBROSE" is a good memory for me! I still remember having to go up her mast and change her lights. She uses custom light bulbs rated at 150 Volts can't remember the amps though! Thanks, for sharing the Picture just showed it to the wife. She liked your model as well! Ed.👍👍👍