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Spektrum, new, useless... by Wingcoax Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 58 minutes ago
Martin, Please note that your comment about "no insurance" is misleading. All model flyers should be insured and proved competent by passing at least the BMFA "A"test. This is speaking as a former instructor and "B"certificate holder.

Aerokits MTB, what is it?... by Westquay Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 hour ago
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

firefly by Lemmerhengst Seaman   Posted: 17 hours ago
In July 2015 the 26ft Firefly sailed from Ramsgate to Dunkirk with a fleet of some 50 other Members of the Association of Dunkirk Little Ships to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the evacuation. These little ships have an admiralty warrant to fly the St Geoge's Cross at the stemhead, a unique honour! (google images have lots of pics of her) Lovely model............Lemmerhengst

Spektrum, new, useless... by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 19 hours ago
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 😎

LED Tug Mast Navigation Lights by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 20 hours ago
Hi Pete, since you are in the US try here, the OTHER RS😉:- Personally I prefer stranded wire as it is more flexible and less prone to break if you often have to remove and remake connections, like when you take the cabin off! It's slightly thicker so it's more a question of 'Will it fit?' Some model shops have (or used to!) a really thin stranded wire, as used for tiny 'rice grain' bulbs'. 2nd question: I assume your tug has an 800mAh NiMh battery like mine did. Correct me if I'm wrong, I don't know the new models. I propose to change mine for a 2200mAh NiMh. Can't use LiPo cos the Brushed ESC isn't LiPo safe; i.e. with built in cut off if the battery falls to 3.0V per cell - lowest safe LiPo discharge voltage. 3rd Question - changing motors; I've often wondered that!😲 Up to now I don't see any reason to. Maybe those guys want to enter Towing Competitions!? I don't. Also some folks are just not happy unless they are tinkering and 'improving' 😉 I might try to quieten the gearbox down a bit though 🤔 Teflon grease perhaps!? Cheers, Doug 😎

Stuck in the middle. by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 days ago
Or build a nice biggun so you can row out to your model😁 OK fit an outboard you lazy lot😉

Stuck in the middle. by Delboy Chief Petty Officer   Posted: 2 days ago
You could always build a get-out-of-trouble springer tug model. So, when you get into trouble, you could send in the cavalry.

Spektrum, new, useless... by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 days ago
Hi Haverlock, there are even nuts over here who have made 1/6 Eurofighters, F104 Starfighter (Widow Maker😲) and F18s, with sometimes home-made jet turbines!! Massive beasts and massive costs! They crop up on DMAX Model Builder series from time to time. Cheers, Doug 😎

Crew by Delboy Chief Petty Officer   Posted: 2 days ago
I can only speak for myself but I hate to see model boats tooling about with nobody on the bridge, like the Marie Celeste or a Philippine super tanker. So, i was very pleased to find this able bodied seaman that I can reproduce on my 3D printer.

Spektrum, new, useless... by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 days ago
Hi Martin, The RX with flight stabiliser is for my Catalina flying boat!! It just helps to keep things under control on windy days 😊 Automatically adjusts to wind gusts. A tip I got from PMDevlin here on the site👍, who has the same Catalina model and got me hooked😊 First pic is Paul's, second pic mine! BTW: they have two brushless OUT-RUNNERS!! The stabiliser might help a boat / ship that is sensitive to side winds I suppose!? The auto aileron control wouldn't be a lotta use tho! Unless of course adjustable stabiliser fins are fitted, like on modern cruise ships😁 The pissibolities are endless these days 😉 More power to your budgets folks, cheers, Doug 😎

Spektrum, new, useless... by Westquay Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 days ago
Doug, is that the Rx with stabiliser that you had trouble with? And what exactly does a stabiliser do in a model boat? And don't say "stabilise". If I did do airyplanes they would be smallish as I don't have space for big stuff and then you're into IC with fuel costs or big battery packs for big expensive brushlesseseseses. I must admit, whilst the really fast boats make you think, "Bloody hell" a few times they do become boring. Actually I find they all become boring as there isn't the involvement as with an aircraft, which is why I thought sailing models would be a good compromise. If I lived in a hilly area I would be a slope soarer, but I live in the Flatlands! Now flying boats/floatplanes is an idea, but you'd need a large body of water. I wonder if you could make a ducted fan Bluebird K7? Martin

Spektrum, new, useless... by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 days ago
Read further down and he clarifies that. Apart from that you can regard all brushed motors for models as 'In-runners' if you will! BTW: your last video was interesting, as far as it goes, for those into breaking the model boat speed record or competitive racing. For me the the boats themselves are totally boring, but that's just me 😉 I suspect that the majority of us here are more interested in scale modelling with a run time of more than 5 minutes. I believe Martin's planes are relatively small so I'm not sure if a small prop will be be a limiting factor. Choice will likely finally depend on the space available in the fuselage! Like I said 'Each to his own' 👍 Anyway, I'm convinced; leave the In-runners to the car racing boys😉 I only have outrunners anyway, even my Catalina arrived with two outrunners!! Mus check the 'Flying Wing' again😲 Thanks for the heads up! 'Tempus fugit' and progress too! Cheers, Doug 😎

Spektrum, new, useless... by Haverlock Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 days ago
in runners get used in the model car crowd other than that they are used in FAST boats. As with most things its a trade off in runners lower torque but more revs ( for any given wattage ) match the prop to the motor and your going faster with an in runner. one example!

Mk2 RTTL 2771 by colindavies Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 2 days ago
Their replacements the MK3 RTTL were not a popular as the MK 2, Here is a picture of the real 2771 and my model Mk3 HMAFV Stirling

Spektrum, new, useless... by Haverlock Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 days ago
sorry but most flying crash test models use outrunners. The lack of torque of an inrunner means you have to use a very small diameter prop ( I am generalising ) so unless your going for an all out speed model use an outrunner. As you can see an outrunner is shown as the representative motor. Again generally out runners.