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[Score: 6/10] 72" u boat Capable of 3mph and a runtime of 30mins Twin Propellors (3 Blade 25mm) Direct Drive to a rewound 540s (3 Blade) Powered by NiCad (12v) 4Amp/h Batteries Controlled Through self made ESC - Comments: Built from a Darnell kit modified bouyancy bag dive system under going restoration.
a REAL scary question 🤔 1 H class Destroyer and 1 Submarine KM IIA (1:72) in SLEP (Service Life Extension Programme!) 1 KM pocket Battleship Graf Spee & 1 HMS Belfast (1:128) in Fitting Out Dock. 1 Tug Southampton ca 1:50 ARTR 1 Kentish Fishing Boat ca 1:50 inherited restoration & motorisation project 1 Sea Scout restoration ARTR, built by my Dad 50 years ago! 1 flying boat ARTR 1 Hovercraft needing painting & RC gear fitting. Potential 'Plastic Magic' :- 1:350 Bismarck, USS Enterprise (The Big E), HMS Hood, HMS Ark Royal, Airfix HMS Illustrious (Invincible class) & T45 Daring 1:72 Revell Flower class corvette, German Lifeboat & S100 class E Boat, Airfix MTB, RAF Launch, KM E Boat 1:144 Revell Fletcher class destroyer. Have started collecting Micron Radio gear for the conversions. And JFF an Airship! Ready except for the Helium needed! Plus many 1:400 1:600 1:720WW2 navies plastic kits & etched parts JFF & to hone the skills I should live so long ! Help 🤔 Cheers from Munich Doug 😎
Hi cliff If you have already covered there is not much you can do, except perhaps make sure you seal the inside in the same way you sealed the hull. I have left them in in previous restorations but water always gets to them in the end.
Hi Chris Sounds like it was an IC model. That black stuff is ply impregnated with nitro fuel. I have a copy of the original plan but it was intended more as a building guide for the pre-cut parts. All Aerokits followed the same basic design and had a ply keel running the entire length of the keel. Vertical formers attached to the keel were skinned with thin plysheets. The oil usually seeps down along the keel from the inside and causes the ply to delaminate. You can usually get away with removing just the damaged parts and replacing with new ply wood. If you can do that and fill any dents etc with plastic padding followed by a covering and Eze-Kote it should be solid and watertight. I am attaching some pics of a hull I acquired for the 48" Crash Tender in a part (badly) built state. The last pic is of my Sea Queen hull after stripping for comparison. You can clearly see how the gunge can get into the wood grain especially if it was not treated with Eze-Cote inside. I have many more pics of various Aerokits restorations so if you would like copies I will share via Dropbox. Just send me a pm with your email and I will send you the link (it's all free) Dave
Hi I have 3 working, 2 building, 2 restoration projects,1 maybe(I cutout the frames and keel) and plans of the Sea Queen, Sea Rover and would like to rebuild the Sea Hornet, but, 25% larger!! How many will never get built in the 64 dollar question!!!!!
Attended on Saturday and enjoyed looking round the club stands and chatting to friends. The usual traders were in attendance so I was able to select and buy the supplies I required. The bring and buy was doing a brisk trade and there was plenty on offer for those who wanted a ready to run to some nice bare hulls as well as part completed ready for restoration. Entrance was through the usual main door and there was a catering facility available on site. Plenty of boats on the water including displays by the Lifeboats Enthusiasts Socy. Hope to be attending again next year. Dave
This is not actually a club, just me! A recently retired Naval Comms engineer who has lived here for 31 years and occasionally sails his 1:72 136cm HMS Hotspur H class destroyer and/or 1:72 107cm Type IIA U26 on the lake in the Ostpark (East Park) near me in east Munich. It's pretty big with an island in the middle so it's figure 8 shaped. In summer there is a powerful fountain as well, so caution if you don't suddenly want to find you are piloting a 'Flying Boat' 😉 Site is very convenient, right next to the Biergarten 👍 Tx one hand, beer (or wine?) in the other. In retirement I'm looking forward to refitting my fleet; 1 destroyer, 1 U Boat, 1 tug ca 1:50 almost serviceable, 1 inherited Kentish fishing boat - restoration project!; 1 Pocket Battleship (Graf Spee 145cm) and 1 cruiser (Belfast 125cm) fitting out with electronics. Both 1:128. Ark Royal, Hood and Bismark at 1:350 are in the planning stages. Happy modelling Doug RNinMunich😎 If you are ever in Munich ....
Hi, I have just acquired one of these tug boats. It is in need of some restoration. Do you know of any where I can get a copy of plans for this model please. I have been in touch with the manufactures and they basically said they have nothing for this Amsterdam model so it looks like it is going to be a job and half to restore it but it will be done.
Hi, I have just acquired one of these tug boats. It is in need of some restoration. Do you know of any where I can get a copy of plans for this model please. I have been in touch with the manufactures and they basically said they have nothing for this Amsterdam model so it looks like it is going to be a job and half to restore it but it will be done. Could I ask what scale size figures you have on yours please and where did you purchase them from. Regards Bob
Hi Colin I'm happy to see there's someone else how uses cascamite l thought l was the only one, everyone else seem to use PVA's. It is a great glue but not on wood that has been soaked in oil. Best of look with the restoration. Regards Dave
Copper and steel seems a strange choice for such a critical part. Your welded job will be much more robust and suitable. Looking at the trailer unit there is quite a distance between the wheels and the caterpillar tracks and at times the wheels would be subject to much of the weight of the boat. Restoration looks brilliant. I hope you manage to sail her soon. Dave
😊 Does anyone still use the Mamod ME 1 marine steam engine? Its been over 50 years since I last saw one in action. This was at New Brighton Lake in the SS Activity. The Activity was a semi scale kit for a coaster manufactured by Hobbies Ltd of Norfolk and was advertised in their Annual in 1965. It was 36 inches long with a narrow beam, the engine protruding through a cut out in the deck with an exhaust pipe that was connected to the funnel. Over the past 12 months I have managed to collect 2 Mamod engines , one being the SE1 Stationary Engine and other being the Mamod TE1 Traction Engine similar to the one I got for Christmas in 1963. I have been on the lookout for an ME1 but had no luck finding one. Restoration of such and engine should not be a problem as I find Tony Green Steam Models in Lincolnshire are excellent for quality repairs. Boaty 😀
:Hi Lyle After restoration, I took off the chrome searchlight and replaced it with a white one I found this out after some further research . Your boat looks very nice and I see you are lucky enough to be able to power her with an I.C engine. Cant do this round here as practically all the boating lakes prohibit the use of I.C powered boats . Regards Boaty