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Sinbad by captaindoug1 Petty Officer   Posted: 1 month ago
[Score: 5/10] 22"/2700g Sinbad Capable of 12mph and a runtime of 90mins Single Propellor (3 Blade 40mm) Direct Drive to a 380 motor (3 Blade) Powered by Lead Acid (6v) Batteries Controlled Through mincon (5Amps) ESC - Comments: out of the box, purchased from an other modeller but made some chanses like new funnel and colour

Gina 2 Billing Boats Fish Cutter - Restoration & Conversion by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 month ago
Evenin' Mike, guess you're right 🤔 Bit of a departure for me I admit, and after I'd cleaned all the crud off and realised how shoddy and weak the hull was I wondered if I'd bitten off more than I can chew😲 However progress has been made😊 I hate to be beaten! See next update 'Motorisation - Come What May!' You'll recognise the topic from the discussion on dies and threading silver steel prop shafts😉 I'm multiplexing this project with a PTB renovation and refit! Like most boat modellers 'a glutton for punishment'. Cheers, Doug 😎

Fun Run by Donnieboy Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 month ago
Enjoyable day.Light rain but lovely weather.Members from Kawartha Marine Modellers,Confederation Marine Modellers and Metro Marine Modellers attended.Wide variety of boats.Had BBQ afterwards.There is a couple of pictures of Springer tugs for people to have an idea what to do to theirs.

Mini Olympus gearbox by Donnieboy Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 months ago
Doug,I have been following your posts.I have learned quite a lot from them.Too bad you are not here in Canada.I'm always trying to get more people to access the model boat website to gain more info on problems they may have.Also to see what other modellers are achieving.Keep up the good work,it is very much appreciated.

54 year old Crash Tender by Westquay Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 months ago
Well I'm blowed, Doug, your Dad must have known the same "bloke in the docks". But yellow? That was a luxury! Here's some more done on the Crash Tender. Excellent grey primer from the car paint shop. This weather has hardened it off to the point where it'll not only sand down but scrape too, which is a favourite method of mine. Must be the old clay modeller in me, eh? Cheers, Martin

Spektrum, new, useless... by Haverlock Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 months ago
using off the shelf components some one has built a model boat that is crossing the Atlantic. https://www.fastcompany.com/3016592/a-student-built-autonomo... Think about this the next time the bloody thing refuses to do what you want ( a common occurrence among modellers )

Crash Tender davit info... by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 months ago
Martin. The textured spray I used came from Halfords and was applied in very thin layers to build up the required texture, bear in mind that the finishing colour will 'fill' the texture to some degree. I also applied a satin lacquer to seal the final surface. Sprinkling pixie dust (or crushed chinchillas 😱) onto wet paint sounds a bit hit & miss to me 😁. Whatever you do is acceptable as 'modellers license', and why not be individual with a two-tone grey scheme👍👍. Doug. I think I saw these books and others on Amazon UK when I doing my initial research but concluded that they probably wouldn't have any specific info or 'photos on the flying boat crash rescue tenders which are the subject of the discussion here and I didn't want to shell out on the off-chance that they would, but certainly very useful for the other RAF boats. RAF Hendon museum is very close to me, I could walk there in 20 minutes if I was feeling energetic, and it could be worth asking to see what 'photos and documents they have there. Robbob.

Sea Scout 'Jessica' Sea Trial - at last! by Donnieboy Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 months ago
'Jessica is running really good.Thanks for putting all the info in the post.I'm sure it will be a lot of help to other modellers.Especially me.Good job on the restoration.

getting a bit slow?... by Westquay Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 months ago
Sorry, I didn't realise there had been any follow up to this. (May I suggest a "View New Posts" button? Or am I missing something) I think my remarks a year ago were perfectly valid, now you remind me of them. I thought I'd been offensive or something. I see no cause for offense there. Teejay, you, too, have misunderstood my post. I was saying why I had left model railways, a hobby of a lifetime so far. THAT alone was the area of kit snobbery. Not here, or in model aircraft forums, which are nearly all kit based, yet I am a happy member of Large Scale Planes and Britmodeller. Mainly because two old friends tend to communicate with me that way. Doug, I have a 1/48th scale Mk1 Airfix Spitfire which I have turned into the First Flight in zinc chromate and polished metal, because I don't do military (liveries, at least) and have made a scratchbuilt photographer and his plate camera for the set-piece. It all sits on a bit of died lint grass. Then I have a 1/48th scale Airfix English Electric Lightning as it's a superb kit and impressive in that scale. I got it cheap off ebay. I also bought an Italian resin kit of a Houchin start-up compressor to go with it, which was amazing value and have made a tarmac set-piece ready for displaying that lot on. It was purely to save time getting something I just fancied doing. It's the foil covering on the Lightning I fancied doing. No snobbery there and when others buy loads of aftermarket stuff to add to it, none there either. And they usually make it all fit themselves. They don't pay someone else to do it. If injury or health demands it, that's a very different kettle of fish, but those sort of people rarely, if ever,brag. So, once and for all, nothing I said this time had any reference to this forum or this hobby. What I said a year ago I meant, but perhaps it was a bad day. I always read what I type as my hard, dry old fingertips slip around the keyboard and I wouldn't understand my own typing if I didn't check it. Doug has indeed helped others and me too. But so, I think, have I. Indeed that has always been my intention after a lifetime in modelmaking. Cheers, Martin

getting a bit slow?... by teejay Lieutenant   Posted: 3 months ago
Hi all I am quite disappointed seeing what has been written on this forum these last two days , this is the only forum I have used because there is little or no snobbery until now , and RN Munich is right , I have been making kits all my life since the age of seven and like most modeller my skill set has changed in that time , I have adding too and modify kits most of this time and a lot of it involves a good bit of scratch building to meet the specification of the various marks of different aircraft , I have done this for the syllabus for two ATC squadrons, and for presentations for RAF veterans. and while I do fine the remarks made by Westquay offensive snobbery I would not like to see an end to RNinMunich posts as I now he helps a lot of people that may struggle, with all aspects of the hobby , I think that if you cannot refrain from criticizing others unconstructively may you should use some other site that seems to specialises in slagging each other off

The Summer Modellers Exhibition Midhurst by ads90 Commander   Posted: 3 months ago
The Modellers Exhibition is held in February each year but this is the first time that they are holding a Summer Exhibition. There will be the usual boat displays and 'new' this time around boating 'ponds' to see the boats on the water. There will also be model tank displays/battles, the usual trains and model drone flying displays, etc. It is open from 10.00 to 16.30 and parking is free.

1-35 scale S100 schennllboot blog by teejay Lieutenant   Posted: 5 months ago
Hi all this is my first blog, last year I post my intention to do a project about an RAF D boat that my Father served on and as a precursor to that build That I was going to do this S/E boat as the hull design is shared buy both, and as plastic kit modeller the kit great the first stage was to put together the decks and superstructure as normal, with the exception of all the bits that would be easily broken as most kit aircraft modellers aerials and guns tend to brake ,so long ago I got into the habit of making these out brass rod or bar using a mini drill and a set of needle files, holding the drill in my left hand and the files in my right, when started this I saw the number of stanches I needed so I came across this little beauty a mini bead lathe it is a great bit of kit and not expensive less than £50 and plenty of types and accessories available so all the stanches aerials hand rails, gun rails, horn, and some of the components for the rudder and tiller were made on this lathe. so good time being had in my first radio control boat . the next post will show all the parts for the rudder/tiller setup

bad day at blackrock by teejay Lieutenant   Posted: 5 months ago
Hi Marky, just a thought modellers are imaginative, innovative, resourceful and self motivated and bloody minded YOU WILL WIN THIS FIGHT

Leicester boating water. by Colin H. Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 5 months ago
Hi all, if any of you fellow modellers are from Leicester I would like to know if anyone still sails in Abbey Park. Back in the 1950's &60's my Dad and me used to sail there, larger models we took on the river down by the steps below the waterfall. Small boats on the boating lake avoiding the rowing boats. If any of you do go there I'd love some pictures as I haven't been back since leaving in 1966. BTW is Rushey Mead school still on the Melton road. Cheers Colin.

Devil in the detail! by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 5 months ago
I'm with you there Skydive 👍What Boatshed means is the part of the rudder in front of the stock. Thinks: are you building an Offshore Power Boat or a scale Lifeboat? If the former then follow Boatshed's recommendation. If the latter and the rudder is 'scale' then leave it alone. Any braking effect, which usually is only significant in a fast racing boat model or other fast planing types, can be diminished by reducing the rudder servo throw at the TX. One should also consider how the original behaved, maybe they did 'dig in' maybe not. There has to be a reason why such rudders were developed, and surely not just to annoy modellers 😁 One more minor point that struck me - Ouch 😭 Your prop struts! "not that it provides a huge amount of support but adds to the scale appearance." Even in a model they can be important. To help reduce potential whipping of the propshaft, especially if the model is overpowered. Actually in the originals they were vital, especially in larger vessels. The purpose of these struts, in larger vessels 'A' frames, is to provide support to the end of the shaft which carries the prop weighing several tons and, more important, to carry the bearing for the outer end of the shaft! Actually in the originals the shaft tube, or 'Stuffing Box' would not extend significantly beyond the hull. Thus the strut or A frame was vital for the shaft end bearing, fitted immediately in front of the prop for maximum stability. Attached pics of my HMS Belfast (sorry don't 'ave nutt'n smaller with this feature🤔) show the arrangement. Have witnessed such construction in various shipyards around the world. Last one in UK was the first T45, quite an experience! 😲 In the end she's your boat, if it feels good do it! 😉 I would leave the rudder alone if it is 'as fitted'. 👍 I make my struts and A frames from brass sheet and tube. Cheers Doug 😎 PS Stick with the brass Donnie! 👍