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Fairmile D 1/24 Scale Build by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 hour ago
Hi John, You seem to have missed the point entirely, as you also did with your first post on this thread, in which instead of trying to help Andy and answer his question you attempt to dissuade him from his goal. Unfortunately I missed Andy's question back in March as I was embroiled with family matters. BUT, if he hasn't in the meantime been 'scared off' by the lack of constructive response I will do my best to help, having several times been down the road of multiple screws, as have many other better constructors than me on this site. Nearly all my ships have two, three or even four screws. Only the Sea Scout and ancient Billing Boats fish cutter (a restoration and conversion from static to RC project) have single screws - as per originals. About a year ago I acquired a model of a US Elco PTB fitted with two shafts. I am restoring it, rebuilding as Kennedy's PT109, and will fit the third shaft to complete it to scale as per original. Why? Because that's what scale modelling is about and because it's a challenge - pushing limits. Far be it from me to decry or put down anyone (as you now seem to be trying with me). We all have the enthusiasm (or we wouldn't be here) and do the best we can with the skills nature gave us and what the budget and state of health allows. I have often been astounded and appropriately applauded, and supported where I can, what fellow members have achieved with very limited resources and under very different circumstances from those we in the so called 'Western World' enjoy. That guy in Bangladesh blows my mind with what he manages in the back of beyond! Look for his post about his March '71 boats. WHEN I pitch in here I try to do so with constructive assistance, drawn from my own modelling experience and a lifetime spent working with navies and shipyards, to help a guy achieve his aims and dreams. NOT to immediately deflate him by saying 'Why do that? I did mine this way, it's not what you want but it works for me'. So far the Likes, PMs and mail feedback, request for assisitance I have tell me I'm doing something right. If I do boob (we're all human) I'm prepared to admit it and make amends / corrections. I have no idea what this 'Hooben' is that you yatter on about BUT - if "every little detail (is) reproduced with superb accuracy" why then ruin the overall effect by not continuing this attention to detail on the underwater ship and fitting shafts and screws appropriately? Whatever you do have fun with it, but don't dissuade others from pursuing their dreams. True there are "many roads to travel before one reaches there (!sic) destination" BUT as Confucius said "Every journey begins with the first step." If at the first step someone says 'Your destination is the wrong one' instead of offering a roadmap ..... ! Regards, Doug 😎 BTW: still waiting for the pics / videos of your 'Hooben' (?) and the Perkasa.

Fairmile D 1/24 Scale Build by reilly4 Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 hours ago
I am afraid that I disagree with the comments about Doug. They do not reflect Doug's comments or intentions. We are here to offer assistance to those that request it and others that may learn from the comments etc. Doug offers some of the best most practical advice from his experience. A Fairmile D had 4 engines and props. If you want to recreate it as a true scale model then that is the the aim. You are entitled to have one prop, one engine and one SLA battery in your boat. It may plane for approx 10 minutes before it slows and drops off the plane. I had such an arrangement a few decades ago in an old MTB, but have learned from it and moved on. I would not advise this arrangement with all the newer motors, battery types and ESCs available. My Fairmile D has 2 x Speed 700 motors and NiMH batteries. It runs on plane for an hour or more. My newer Vosper MTB and La Combattante III boats have 2 x brushless motors each and the same NiMH battery packs - my choice. Other people use LiPo batteries. We respect all modellers and their quest to build 'their' own models. Nothing wrong with having the best advice available, so modellers can make up their own minds.

Sprit of Padstow by Jerry1 Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 3 hours ago
[Score: 10/10] Twin Propellors (5 Blade 40mm) Direct Drive Powered by LiPoly (11.1v) Batteries - Comments: Very fast model lifeboat. Model Slipway kit 1/16 scale

Fairmile D 1/24 Scale Build by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 4 hours ago
Hi biker, Depends on whether you want to build true scale model and build it 'right', or just a near scale 'Runabout'. Rowen has learned (with a little help form his friends 😉) to build it right which is extremely satisfying and the correct detail underwater truly compliments his superb detailing above the waterline. To me the two are inseparable. Seems to me that that is what Andy wants as well. I applaud him. About time we gave him some constructive answers - but first we need to know something about his boat:- Length, beam, probable max weight? If all you want is a near scale quickbuild fast runabout John there are plenty of ARTR/RTR options on the market. But then; that's just my opinion - and whadda I know!😁 Look forward to at least some pics / vids of your boat in action Biker. Cheers, Doug 😎

Fairmile D 1/24 Scale Build by RHBaker Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 4 hours ago
Unless you are determined to build to scale, the single motor/screw combination is probably the best. Have encountered several challenges with my triple motor/screw Brave Borderer (the predecessor to the Perkasa) layout. Now have the satisfaction though of setting off to build a scale model and have achieved it.

Holy SMOKE !! Video, Tin Can Madness by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 6 hours ago
BTW: I grew up with valves (or bottles as we Brits also call 'em) as well. I still have a box of several vintage 'bottles' in the cellar, many of them new still in the original boxes. If you ever run out of triodes, pentodes or tetrodes give me a buzz! Think I still have some pristine EL80s - collectors items these days - lots of Oomph 😁 My next non-model boat electronic project is a pair of digital clocks using bottle decade counters. The forerunners of the fluorescent tubes and then the LED clocks, but much more fun😉. About forty years ago I spent a year or so servicing and calibrating the radiation monitors around UK nuke power plants using these decade counters. One cosmic radiation click = one jump in the base counter and so on. Never ever saw anything above the basic cosmic radiation background count which is always there. A remnant of the 'Big Bang'. 😲 Funny where an interest in electronics and radio can getcha 😁 Look forward to your chimney experiment report👍 My destroyer has two funnels but I found that the little railway smokers were not man enough to feed two funnels via a branched tube. But two working in parallel off the one RC channel did the trick. Regarding the chimney effect; Works well at rest or at low speeds, but I also found that instead of a fan some traditional air vent scoops mounted forward of the smoker augmented the effect well at higher speeds. And my long thin destroyer with 2 x 540s on 12V made a lot of 'speed boats' look silly 😁 Have fun, ciao, Doug 😎

Fairmile D 1/24 Scale Build by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 day ago
Hi Sakibian, Reilly built the Fairmile MTB, NOT the Schnellboot, as far as I know 😉 Although I do agree that it is a stunning model, as is Reilly's MTB. Great detail and realism. Hat off Reilly 👍👍👍 G'night 'Up Over' and G'mornin 'Down Under'. 😎

LONDON MODEL ENGINEERING EXHIBITION by mturpin013 Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 day ago
A good show and as the title suggested it was for model engineers rather than model boat builders, however this suited me and I was pleased to see Robbobs Crash Tender and his latest police boat, both of immaculate quality. If anybody wants a more model focussed show then try Doncaster

Glassfibre cloth & epoxy resin by ChrisR Seaman   Posted: 2 days ago
I have also coated my 46" RAF Crash Tender with fiber glass matting and used West Systems two part epoxy. i coated the entire hull in one piece apart from the transom. I left it for two days to harden off. it worked very well. I am fitting the rubbing strakes over the top of the fiberglass using modelling pins and 5 minute epoxy.

Spring boat show by Aleks Recruit   Posted: 3 days ago
Hi, I just emailed the waterways museum regards this year's spring model boat show and before I book my flights to the UK. Their terse response was that they will not be hosting the show this year or for the foreseeable future. Do you know if it will go ahead this year, and if so when and where ? Many thanks aleks

Done it. by KenThompson Lieutenant   Posted: 4 days ago
Hi all, now I’ve done it, finally sent away for The Veronica Sailing Barge , been drooling over it for a while now, but yesterday was it. shall I,, no, shall I, no, shall I, upps done it, hehe. So now I’m sitting on the stairs waiting for the post man with my parcel. I’ll let you know how I get on when I start her. Model Loyal Moderator on the bench at the moment so she has to be finnished first, (orders from her who has to be obeyed).ohwell, back to the bottom stair for now, cheers all, let you know when I come off the stairs, hehe.

Aeronaut Pilot Boat by JohnAsklar Apprentice   Posted: 5 days ago
Call the guys at Harbor models.com You only need 2 speed controllers if the motors will run at different speeds. They sold me a Viper 40 amp that runs my 2 brushed 500 motors perfectly (1/96 USS Olympia). They are great for questions and customer service. John Asklar

Model Smoker Build by Joe727 Captain   Posted: 5 days ago
Yes, I will continue with a detailed narrative and more photos. Sorry for the delay, had some home maintenance that required immediate attention..... To answer the tin question, I had the plastic electronics case, but don't really like the idea of heat close to plastic. So I found a tin that would fit inside the plastic case. A metal box would work but I did not have one. If you can find the right sized container, try it. Online I have seen many different boxes used. Will try to get back to it later tonight... Cheers Joe

Model Smoker Build by mturpin013 Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 5 days ago
Keep the pictures coming Joe, I've just ordered the wicks and I have a dead hair dryer. What was the tin for? was it instead of the plastic box?

Motor, mount & prop-shaft. by BOATSHED Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 5 days ago
I have I think at least a dozen new and refurbs if not more, in my model boat shed that are in need of work. I am just getting over a serious health problem and operation so I do not know when I will get started. I still have my Classic Rover in bits that I haven't been able to finish because I am still not able to do the work yet. But I will get there eventually. But thanks again for your help.👍👍