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36" Thames River Police Launch by Robbob by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 9 days ago
After the successful build of the ‘Vintage Model Works’ RAF Crash Rescue Tender I was asked by Mike Cummings of VMW if I would undertake to build a prototype of their new model with the aim of checking the construction method and the assembly instructions for accuracy before the kit is put into production. The model is a ‘Thames River Police Launch’ and is based on the original design by Phil Smith for the Veron company, this was a very popular model kit in the late 50’s and 60’s and sold for the princely sum of 43 shillings and tuppence, approximately £2.15 in today’s money but an equivalent cost of £48.50 in 1960. This design has been updated to accommodate electric propulsion and radio control by Colin Smith, the son of the original designer and it has been re-scaled to be 36” in length where the original was 24” which gives much more scope for detailing and provides more ‘hiding room’ for the drive, control systems and all the associated wiring. The kit produced by VMW uses the same construction techniques as the original and the materials are a combination of balsa and plywood both of which a laser and CNC cut for precision. The ply and balsa materials supplied are of very high quality as one would expect from VMW and all the stripwood for the chines, rubbing strakes and deck detailing is included, even the dowel required for the mast is in the box, very comprehensive! The kit also includes white metal fittings such as the fairleads and stanchions, and the searchlight and horns. The glazing for the windows comes in the kit too. The instruction sheet supplied is in need of revision as it is largely taken directly from the original as written by Phil Smith and some of the terminology needs updating, for instance the ply bottom and side skins are referred to as ‘strakes’ but I understand that a re-write of the instructions is in hand along with an updated plan showing the best positioning for the motor, prop-shaft, battery, ESC, receiver, rudder and servo. During construction I have added a few additional pieces of ply or balsa as reinforcement or supports and substituted some balsa parts for ply where I thought a stronger material would be better. I also added some hatches to give access to the wiring at the bow and the rudder & servo at the stern but largely I have not gone ‘off plan’ to any extent. The pictures show the model in it’s present state (Nov 2018) and is ready for painting and finishing.

PS Waverley by Wingcoax Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 10 days ago
The local water company were responsible for my cellar flooding and "drowning" my "Sea Queen", they said to claim off my home insurance. Along with loss of all my dark room equipment and my radio control gear and sundry other kit it came to over a thousand pound. It took over three months to sort out.

Landing Ship Tanks (WW2) by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 17 days ago
Mornin' John, For floating out the LCTs! This later version had a big ramp over the bow (no bow doors) and a floodable well deck for LCTs, LCPs and LCACs (known as 'LCacks'!). A huge hole right through about 2/3s of the ship 😲 Was awesome to behold, once I'd stopped meself falling into it! Tanks and trucks over the bow ramp, assault troops via LCPs and LCacks out of the blunt end! We fitted VHF/UHF/HF COMMS and datalink systems. When the Brazilian Navy carrier NaeL Minas Gerais, see pic (ex Colossus class HMS Vengeance) was finally scrapped the radios and digital intercom system we had fitted to her in the 90s was transferred to one of these Newport class LSTs. 2nd pic shows her in Rio de Janeiro harbour,Guanabara Bay, where I worked on her. Behind her are three Niteroi class frigates (Vosper MK10s) which we also fitted with HF/VHF/UHF COMMS and Digital Intercom. Good times!😉 3rd pic shows her sad end on a scrapping beach in India, the last of the WW2 RN Colossus class😭 Abraços, Doug 😎

STERNWHEELER by solo1274 Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 22 days ago
[Score: 7/10] 13" STERNWHEELER Belt Powered by LiPoly (7.4v) 2Amp/h Batteries Controlled Through HOBBYPOWER (5Amps) ESC - Comments: This is a Sternwheeler built from scratch. Drawings from "Radio Controlled Boats" by Graham Goodchild.

Hong Kong Model Shops by al2612 Petty Officer   Posted: 24 days ago
Hi - Have a couple of days in Hong Kong early December and thinking of treating myself to a Christmas Present. Can anybody recommend any Model Shops that have a good selection of boats and if the prices are actually cheaper than in UK. Not sure what I fancy yet but plastic kits to convert to RC or any form of boat kit that is RC compatible. Where to find other items Radios / ESCs etc would be appreciated.

34" RAF Crash Tender Windows by Colin H. Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 27 days ago
I had a ride on it 2 years ago, 102 was the number on the boat. I think it might have been an HSL. Sorry for the confusion but it was advertised on TV as a fire boat rescue launch. I won the ride with a local radio station phone in quiz while on holiday in Somerset. Cheers Colin.

RC....mixers? And other unknowns.. by Haverlock Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 28 days ago
I recently tried 2 ESC(s) into one battery connection then into 2 channels of the radio. Received wisdom said that one of the red leads to the radio should be disconnected. This I tried and one ESC ceased to function. So to prevent unwanted feeding on the positive lead from one ESC to another I fitted a diode to each of the ESCs. If you were to do the same I think your setup would work. However if your TX has mixing capability then why not use that ability to mix rudder with the 2 outboard motors so you have the added steering of the 2 outer motors? Any how fit the diodes please this should prevent the ESCs damaging each other its a simple job https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/20x-1N4007-rectifier-diodes-DO41-... 20 diodes for £1 the silver band is positive so goes towards receiver plug.

RC....mixers? And other unknowns.. by BW3 Chief Petty Officer   Posted: 28 days ago
Ok... Currently trying to build a Itaieri Schnellboot, ...but am questioning if what little I think I know to be correct/ workable... I have amassed the following : 3- Hobbyking ST3007 1100KV brushless motors each direct drive to 32mm plastic props.... (2 right hand drive and 1 left hand drive props... swapped over leads on on motor to get it to run as yet untested the left hand prop) 3- Turnigy nano tech 3s 3000mh 25-50C Lipo ( Have got a balance charger and board , flame proof charge bag , battery voltage check/ alarm units, and will check and charge them await the only local help I have in RC / lips battery a helicopter flyer who has no experience with RC boats ) I just read the post on WTail mixer and wonder if I need that or if my current unkowning idea to just connect all 3 ESC ‘s together to one channel on the radio , again was give Eflite Blade SR HP6DSM 2.4GHz to try out ,Will this unit work or do I need something else , currently will/ can use all 6 channels but would / could use more if I had them ... last time I had anything to do with RC was a a kid/ teen and back then you had ground radios and flight radios and the two should not be mixed .. Ok please advise , how far off am I or am I still within range of keeping it simple ? Thanks All Bill

Carry case. by DodgyGeezer Lieutenant   Posted: 28 days ago
Compartmentalisation is easy too - here is a 40" box with a separate section for the radio and a lift-out drawer for the masts, etc... Just pop-rivet a few off-cuts in. This is an EezeBilt OSA Missile boat.

PS Waverley by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 29 days ago
Hi Marky, Radio Therapy huh! Eight hours a day of old Terry Wogan shows eh!?😡 Guess that'd drive out anything! 😁 Hang in there shipmate 👍 All the best, Doug 😎

PS Waverley by marky Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 30 days ago
Hi Doug , Radio therapy for the next 40 days at least i get the weekends off ,not much time for anything else ,up get ready -go to hospital -treatment - home again its pretty tiring but needs must 👍 at least the eyebrows have grown back 😁

Hobby King receiver clones by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 month ago
I had realised that John, the acronym DEAC had simply revived some ancient memories of my early days in mobile and hand-portable radio engineering. Circuitry and components, early ICs etc, were moving on much faster than battery development could keep pace. Good to hear from you👍 Pecker up old chap, with you in spirit. Best wishes, Doug

1-35 Scale Schenllboot By TeeJay by teejay Commander   Posted: 1 month 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 by 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 ( I have reposted blog because I think I did not do it properly first time round)

Hobby King receiver clones by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 month ago
Mornin' John, I've used 'Generic' crystals with my ancient Sanwa 35 Meg set with no problems. I do find tho that the 'FM' crystals seem to give better range than the 'AM' crystals. Check the specs of your TX whether it is AM or FM. Cheers; Doug 😎 DEACS!? My God, when did I last hear of them let alone see one😲 We used to use them in professional personal VHF/UHF radios (Police and the like) some 45 years ago. 400mAh was good stuff in those days! Threw my last examples out about 10 years ago, they had some interesting and quite artistic crystal growths though😉 Was just a brand name for NiCads.

solar by lesliebreame Admiral   Posted: 2 months ago
Members might like to view my experimental solar powered "BOAT " More like an aircraft carrier !! No batteries carried even for the radio. Brushless motor running from 24 cells giving 12volts. Slightest shadow will stop it.The panel i made myself by buying individual solar cells from Ebay and soldering them up.The cells are sandwiched between glass which makes it quite heavy and next project will have no glass but the cells are VERY fragile.