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Hi Mick , for some strange reason I couldn't put up a response on your harbour wattle post ,she is currently undergoing restoration at a yard in Melbourne ,Glad to see you back in the saddle and that the recovery is going strong ,loved your brass work for your wattle . Cheers Marky 👍
Yes you can. It's small so not much room to get access and the rigging needs to be removeable. I have one that I converted almost 20 years ago and it sailed OK. Should be easier to fit out now as the rc gear, ESC and batteries are available in much smaller formats. Should fit well in your small pond, I don't really have anywhere safe to sail mine, hence the disrepaiur. I am attaching some photos of its present condition. Needs some restoration but hopefully shows what is possible. I used a small maxxon motor and a large brass prop over scale but it worked. The acess is via the removable cabin and the battery fits in a tray towards the front. The rx and esc fitted above the rudder servo. Have fun and please share your build.
We as model makers try to do the best we can with what we've got. But sometimes feeling your way round a hand build is far more rewarding. I have a number of machines available in my workshop, but as most of my models are over 50 years old it is usually restoration work that I need to do, so hand worked parts are what I need to make. My machines are usually used for making brass and other metal items. I usually paint by hand, but occasionally use a spray gun or airbrush. But find hand finishing gives the most satisfaction. Cheers Colin.
Hi smear Welcome to the site. You can find models on e-bay from time to time and there are also copies of the original plans plus templates for the formers to enable you to make from scratch. There was a recent article in one of the mags describing a restoration and I suspect it will have resulted in a high demand for the models so they may not be that easy to find. Hopefully you will find one soon. good hunting Dave
Found this model in a junk shop in Lincolnshire , no motor or radio gear. Not done any boat modelling for many years so I took it home. The hull and cab are pretty solid for a 30 year old so i will start off by stripping the paint and giving it a freshen up, then I plan to add windows which I have cut from 3mm perspex and lower the rear deck. Also I am toying with a plan to convert the cabin into a mk2 sportsman by adding a top deck and radio mast, then finish off with a few scale figures and fittings. I will keep adding photos as I progress, if you are reading this and have a sportsman I would love to see what you have done with yours, regards, Nick.
Exactly Haverlock👍 wet with washing up liquid between coats is what creates the polishing effect and final gloss. Something I learned the hard way back in my car restoration days. Dry sanding creates more of a 'silk/satin' or worse matt effect. 😎
Went for a wander today with my old man to the Naval Museum and these are alongside having been restored by the apprentices and restoration trust. No fire boats though. 102 can be hired out at £300 for half a hour and takes 10 people not bad for £30 each. More photos added.
Built around 50 years ago and stored for the last 35 years this Keilkraft 46in crash tender needs a good home, it has an OS 20 engine that still turns over but no radio. There are some of the ally fittings with it but not the full complement. Rather let it go for restoration than down the dump. I'm in Weston super Mare.