Hi Pittsfieldpete, I use really tiny wire for wiring running lights! Bought it as radio shack years ago! Wire wrapping wire is the best to use. Especially when you can't hide the wire! Paint black or what ever color your using. Best thing from a distance you can't tell!👍 Cheers, Ed
[Score: 8/10] Capable of 6mph and a runtime of 60mins Single Propellor (3 Blade 25mm) Direct Drive to a 380 (3 Blade) Powered by NiMH (6v) 3Amp/h Batteries Controlled Through Mtronik 15 amp (5Amps) ESC - Comments: The boat is a Graupner kit from the late 1970s and has recently been updated with new Spektrum radio tx and Mtronik speed controller. and
Almost at he end of what has been a long, sometimes frustrating, but very satisfying build. As the masts and spars are very thin, using my usual fishing line as rigging was going to cause problems with getting anything like the correct tension. What I ended up with was 0.45mm nickel silver rod. The fineness of the rod gave it a natural 'sag' for radio aerials and it is rigid enough for stays and supports. Hope someone finds this useful. Steve
yes, my mate has added a lot of weight on top compared with the original so consequently has ended up a bit lower in the water. Bob was firing up his Explorer next to me and couldn't get the radio to work as he had plugged the servo into the wrong slot!!
I built this 1/125th scale Amati kit of the Titanic over two years from 2016. It has enhanced etched brass details from Minibrass. Conversion for radio control involved making the hull waterproof with multiple layers of fibreglass cloth bonded with epoxy resin as well as the installation of a drive train and RC gear. With only a tiny rudder, steering is dependent on a mixer unit controlling the differential speed of the propellors.
I thought they all had to be cycled to keep any charge in 'em. What do I know? All my batteries have died...Lead acids, Nimhs (except for the new ones for the testing of the Spektrum). I hate bloody batteries. I don't use my stuff often enough to keep them working. Such as all Winter. Basically from September to May all boating is on hold. So batteries get left. I now have a Digital radio which uses 4 AAs, but they get charged in a wall wart, no packs of them and no fancy connectors, so that still leaves out the NiMhs. I suppose all you can do is run a motor or something. Maybe a light bulb. Then recharge. What a faff. I wasn't cut out for working models. Cheers, Martin
[Score: 5/10] 24"/900g R.N.L.I. Concept Tug Capable of 1mph and a runtime of 60mins Single Propellor (4 Blade 35mm) Direct Drive to a 540 (4 Blade) Powered by NiCad (7.2v) 8Amp/h Batteries Controlled Through ESC from Chiner (10Amps) ESC - Comments: This started out as a Seaport Dickie Harbour Tug, that came with a 40Mhz radio system, ESC and a small water pump. So the first thing was to remove the 40Mhz system and replace it with a new 2.4 alone with a replacement ESC, I also removed the water pump. It was now time to think how I was going to repaint her, as the club had been invited to out local R.N.L.I. station I came to the decision that I would make her into a R.N.L.I Concept Tug.
The Southampton has lots of screws around the deck but some are under the bollards so you need to remove them, there are two aft bollards which need to be gently prised loose but the others are scewed to the bulwarks. I changed the radio in mine as well as the motor/gearboxes and fitted a v.tail mixer from www.mr-rcworld.co.uk with 2 speed contollers as well as converting the battery holder to take a six volt nimh pack. The effect is awesome. Happy sailing😁
Mornin' Donnie, at least it is here on our side of the 'pond', Many thanks for the appreciation 👍 It's sort of an extension of my profession (in miniature) into my retirement. I used to design / develop radio equipment and later full communication systems. The last 32 years specialising in COMMS for naval ships. I would do the initial system design to the navy operational requirements and then negotiate the refinements and inevitable upgrades and changes with the navy and/or shipbuilder. Sometimes dragging them up to date in the process 😉 Wish I was in Canada too! I designed the COMMS refit for the RCN MCMVs (Mine Counter Measures Vessels) several years ago. Also worked in Newfoundland with Provincial Airways Engineering on the mini AWACS planes they were converting for UAE. Enjoyed both projects and the great people I worked with very much. I still do my research the same way as then; If I don't know how something works, I find out double quick! Only way to stay ahead of the end user - and the competition 😉 Very glad you are finding the site useful 😊 Cheers, Doug 😎
Hi Martin Many years since my last Taycol Target I had in a Sea Scout. It did the job okay but re batteries and interference with the radio, I don't think people have the knowledge and skills these days to actually set them up correctly. Everything seems to be taken over by "plug and play" where the younger generation want something they can sail as opposed to learning skills to build models . Boaty😎
Today I worked on the main cabin. I put the port lights in place. The mast is completed as well! The port and starboard lights need to be assembled! My good friend Cormorant. Had sent me some LED's awhile back. I'm going to use a red and green LED. as they are brighter than the one I have! Oh, I had ordered some slide switches from radio shack. They sent me gigantic switches! Not what I want to use for the LED circuit I'm making!
Doug, I may well take you up on that, mate. I would really like to get it going. Could you PM me your postal address? The Jeti I first saw was the 14 channel and that was £845 for the TX and £70 something for the RX. but I was only interested in the Tx. I wanted to frame it and put it on my wall! Czechs are SO clever and the women are stunning. The new 18 channel is about £1400, but they aren't anywhere near the dearest, even if they are the best. Haverlock, you can sing the Taranis praises all you like but anything that needs a PC to fiddle with it to get anywhere is the last thing I would pay good money for. I am a great deal more impressed by aesthetics in engineering, than complication. If I wanted to know what the batteries were doing I'd bring the boat in for a look. It would add some interest to what is essentially a rather tedious pursuit (which is why I have a preference, still theoretical, for sail). Believe me, I would never "get" the Taranis or anything like it, in a month of Sundays. I'm just not interested in all that techy stuff. Norman, I'd appreciate any input if you fancy digging around in yours. I wouldn't know what to look at. I didn't when it was soft valves and 90Volt Ever-Ready batteries and I don't now. I might have had Radio Control Models and Electronics Magazine from No 1, but none of it made the slightest sense and my Dad, (who paid for the subscription) never had the time to read it. I couldn't tell you the difference twixt a Super-regen and a superhet, a tone or a reed set. My old chum still has a working ED reed 8 channel set, but when flying, he has to constantly retune something with a plastic screwdriver, WHILST FLYING!!! And how did anyone ever do full aerobatics with single channel bang-bang escapement rudder onlies? Cheers, Martin