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Boaty, it's amazing how many people HAD Taycol motors, but don't anymore, apart from our chum Doug in Munich. And I'll pick his brains later maybe for info on controlling the Taycol Supermarine in the Crash Tender. Then again, I might just set it off on one pack for slowish and switch in another for faster. I ain't into reverse. Boats don't go backuds. I've had enough real ones to know that! Two of those didn't have any gears. One had a clutch and the other didn't even have that. It starts, it goes, quickish! Always had a paddle handy in the Albatross! I'm not really into the boat club festivals of steering round stuff or backing into docks, so why trouble myself with ESCs which seem to fail often still and weren't around when I had the boat originally. I have gel cells, but the damned things have all gone dead on me, so I might see about Nimh packs when the time comes. I went to get some one shot cellulose putty to fill the cracks and grain bits and the old nail head dips. But my favourite auto paint shop said they hadn't sold it in ages and offered me some acrylic crap in a tube. Not a bloody chance!!! "Gimme the thickest brushing primer you got and it better be cellulose". Yeah, got that, he said. "So why ain't you got stopper?" No answer. Anyway I get this stuff home and it's thick, cellulose (skin forming after 3 minutes) and bang on the right shade of light grey for a Crash Tender. I shall experiment with my Chinchila dust next for the non-slip areas and mix a pot of the primer with a bit of white to do the cabin sides, when I finish spray. For the moment, I very quickly slapped it on with a brush and will leave it for today to harden then start a very big, dusty, rub down session tomorrow. OK a litre of primer ain't cheap, but it's cheaper from a car paint suppliers and it's bang on colour. It'll also do a LOT of boats! I have a black primer in enamel for Vanity, which will also go on the sides of the Crash tender, followed by black gloss enamel, but's a way down the road yet. Talking of old stuff boaty, the white enamel my dad insisted on painting the boat back in the early 60s is hard as rock! He used to get it by the 20 gallon can from a "mate on the docks". We had docks in those days. Dad called it ship enamel. We all knew what he meant. Our entire house was shades of pastel tinted ship enamel! Tints courtesy of another mate on the docks. He had a lot of mates on the docks. It was difficult to be a Cockney family and not have mates on the docks! Pics later of the slapped on grey primer, which, I should say, argued a bit with the sanding sealer. Nuffin' a good rub down won't sort out. Martin
[Score: 5/10] 34" Newark - Comments: always loved the paddle boats, had one a few years ago and regretted selling it as soon as i sold it so spend 18months looking fo another when this little beauty came up for sale
Alan ,have decided after i finish the paddle tug would try a puffer i have enlarged the plans by 50% to give a hull around 3ft (900mm)if you pm me with your address i will post the plans from model boats mag to you .Cheers Marky
Hi, I can highly recommend a site designed especially for lovers of paddle boats and their models . You will also find there a number of download plans and lots of advice and recommendations www. paddleducks.co.uk wishing success Tom
The dinosaurs went a good few years ago and we have just scrapped the remaining paddle boats. No Regatta this year, our old lake may be empty by then and our licence for the new lake is still a work in progress. This year is all about completing the move and settling in.
glad to see that big lake will be back in use, I'm not that old, and remember the paddle boats there, then it all fell into disrepair. I take it the dinosaurs have moved out of the new club house! I take it general parking is either infront of the old bike rental building (from the prom) or up at the swimming pool at the top of the hill? Will this years mayors regatta be there? maybe I can bring my avatar picture some time!😊
I have to say, my first live steam model (sorely the last steam model)was Ned Kelly, aussie type paddleboat model. Aussie paddleboats have as a rule open engine room, it is very convenient for access and control of the steam engine and boiler tuning. When I choose the type Wilesco D52, I chose LPG heater instead of using the tablets for heating. More infos about this model you can find at > paddleducks.co.uk < where are plenty next informations about models of paddleboats. Tom
Yeah, boats don't like going backuds. Even with a slender 18 foot swim our 70 foot narrow boat wouldn't perform backuds. It was a case of squirt in reverse gear, straighten up with a squirt of ahead. You could paddle it one way or another with the big rudder, but basically not something you did unless you had to. I wouldn't bother with backuds gear on most of my model boats. After all you can't back a yacht and that doesn't spoil things. Martin
Task Force-50 of York/Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA sponsoring a Fun Float, (10 am to 3 pm) all are welcome, great fun, beautiful setting, wonderful food! Family entertainment includes paddle boats, canoes, fishing, hiking and a craft center. Learn how to make honey and jams! Sail your ship on a beautiful lake. Wish you could be here as much as I wish I could be in GB. Call U.S. 717-598-3368 for directions.
I am currently recovering a second hand kit which had been just started by the previous owner. Since the graupner motors are no longer available I need to work out what I require to achieve the correct paddle rotation speed for this model. I can access geared motors and suitable nylon gears etc to effect almost any reduction ratio. My problem is that I require to know what the paddle rotation speed should be so that I can then calculate the various options that might be suitable. Would anyone be able to provide, at least, an estimate of the recommended paddle rotation speed for this boat. I intend using the graupner paddles supplied with the kit as Clyde Model Boats appear to be having problems in obtaining some parts for their excellent alternative units.
Hi, I believe, plenty of Interesting questions and answers about paddle boats you can find at > www.paddleducks.co.uk < forum specifically for modellers and models of paddle steamers of all sizes and types Tom