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Mtronics W-tail marine mixer connections. by Haverlock Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 days ago
Its really quite simple modern radio systems are computerised so you can do all the mixing you want from the transmitter. No need to buy mixers for the receiver end. Setting things up the first time you do it is confusing I agree but once you have a grip on things it becomes more simple. The good thing about using a modern system is that you can change things on the fly and even have different mixes selectable on the same model and change while your sailing. there is a video so you can see what I am talking about.

Precedent Fairey Huntsman by bthart Apprentice   Posted: 4 days ago
I have for sale an unfinished Fairey Huntsman 31, I started it approx 9 months ago as a project with my grandson but his attention has now turned to model railways, subsequently I have now lost interest in completing and sailing it, the boat is approx 90% complete and comes with new RC equipment battery motor etc, I am looking for £250 just to recoup the costs and to put to his new model railway. I live inStoke-on-Trent if anybody would like to have a look,

Mtronics W-tail marine mixer connections. by ChrisG Lieutenant   Posted: 4 days ago
Hi Colin I use 1 motor to power both paddle wheels on my paddler like Roy but as the steering is a little challenging I have a clear plastic rudder extension that I fix onto the rudder with elastic bands only when sailing the craft. This assists steering and when the model is on display at home or whatever the extra bit of rudder is easily removed. Not a technical solution but it works and is almost invisible. Regards Chris G

Sea-Lite by Mids-Phil Petty Officer   Posted: 6 days ago
[Score: 5/10] - Comments: Acquired this Sea-Lite sailing yacht as a project. Everything works after a fashion but based on mixed reviews the intention is to replace the radio gear, winch and rudder servos and increase the keel weight

Help with vintage rc. by DodgyGeezer Commander   Posted: 7 days ago
I wouldn't want to stop people running old kit - far from it! I have a single-channel 1962 Macgregor with a Kinematic which I use occasionally - when there's no other 27Mhz around. But you need to be aware of the issues. With this sort of kit (and even worse for valve systems) you will find that summer is for sailing, and winter is for repairing. Here is the start of a thread on RC Groups with myself and Taurus Flyer sorting out a capacitor problem on the TX - which meant reverse engineering both the Rx and TX.... One example of problems you may encounter is that the caps in old kit tend to die, particularly if the equipment has not been used for many years. Electrolytics, in particular, suffer. See You can sometimes reform the electrolytics by turning the TX and Rx on and leaving them powered up for a day or so. It's tricks like this that you need to be aware of if you are going to run vintage equipment....

Guestbook Post by SpiderBruce Petty Officer   Posted: 7 days ago
Hello, Joined this site as returned to model boats after some years absence and think this site will be useful for info, hints etc. There are no boating hobbyist in my town, nearest boating lake is the superb one at Basingstoke, of which I am a member. Main work is finishing off a Thames Barge (kit)and a Vic Smeed designed Thornycroft MTB. Wishing you a fair wind in your sails. SpidedBruce

SOUTH SHIELDS MODEL YACHT CLUB by JOHN Lieutenant   Posted: 8 days ago
mainly yachts and very enthusiastic straight running group - small selection of scale sailors and the club was founded in 1886 - reputedly being one of oldest model sailing clubs in the UK.

Topaz by GaryLC Lieutenant   Posted: 8 days ago
[Score: 8/10] 45"/1900g Topaz Capable of 15mph and a runtime of 30mins Single Propellor (4 Blade 25mm) Direct Drive to a Cheddar slide valve (4 Blade) Controlled Through servo controlled ESC - Comments: A Victorian/Edwardian steam launch from the 1800s as sailed on Lake Windermere, this is very similar to a launch called Branksome, which it was copied from.

PS Iona - on the water by Harvey Kitten Lieutenant   Posted: 8 days ago
So how does it sail? very slowly! Iona is prone to the wind and will slip sideways on a windy day and also keel over on very windy days so one paddle comes out of the water. On a calm day it is a very manoeuvrable craft and looks good. I have a few refinements to add to the boat so it gets finished and looks like a working tug.

PS Iona - ballast by Harvey Kitten Lieutenant   Posted: 8 days ago
Well I said in blog 1 this was a mixed media ship... I forgot to mention the concrete. The bathtub test showed that the ship sailed ON the water rather than in it, so some serious ballast weight needed to be added. As I don't have any spare lead, and buying the amount needed would be expensive, I discovered an old bag of cement in the shed. Excellent! I roughly calculated how much to use to infill the base of the tug - about 1 inch depth distributed bows to stern, up to the level of the frames, so I could fit a wooden floor to mount the motors / electronics onto. Luckily this came out about right, and the paddles would sit in the water correctly🤓

Paddle Tug Iona - the hull by Harvey Kitten Lieutenant   Posted: 8 days ago
So... here is a compressed build blog of my paddle tug Iona... and I'm playing catch-up as the vessel is 95% complete and has been sailed already, but there may be some interest in what I've done. Iona was scratch-built off plan and has turned out to be the cheapest build so far out of 3 I've made, mainly because I was able to source materials from the leftovers box! It's a 'mixed-media' boat 😜using traditional methods of plank on frame hull, with paddles made on my 3D printer, and other parts turned on the lathe. So starting with the hull, frames were drawn out, transferred to some scrap 9mm ply and cut out on my bandsaw, along with the keel. These were assembled on a build board with some right angle brackets / measuring tools and test fitted before being stuck in place with epoxy. This was quite difficult as the shape of the hull is critical and comes right at the start of the build. I did remake 1 frame to correct alignment. The deck stringers need to bend in 2 directions, so some steaming with a carpet steam cleaner attached to some tubes worked and the wood clamped in place to dry. Outboard sponsons (?) were fitted to make a frame for the paddle boxes to fit on. Then a large sheet of ply forms the bottom of the hull, and the only job left to complete was the (tedious) planking. This was my 1st plank on frame ship... and it took ages. I think it came out reasonably OK but I'm not a perfectionist and I know if I'd spent more time it could be better... but I didn't! Next blog will feature building the paddle boxes and superstructure.🤓

HMS EXETER by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 9 days ago
Ron?? Dat wuz me Haig! 😎 John, great shame you didn't do a Build Blog 🤔 A vid of her sailing would compensate a little 😉 BTW: I have a Deans Marine 1:96 kit of HMS Manxman, Do you need an escort? 😉 Cheers, Doug 😎

Emma C. Berry by Nerys Lieutenant   Posted: 10 days ago
I know more about full size sailing vessels than I do models but Steve-D is quite correct in saying you need momentum in order to come about. The usual practice with a vessel with a long straight keel would be to let her pay off a little to get a bit more weigh on her, then sail her round slowly rather than putting the helm hard down. If she still got into irons, backing the foresails would help to bring her round. It wasn't unknown for a hard headed ship to let her pay right off, gybe her round, then come back on the wind on the other tack. I hope you won't have to resort to that.

Emma C. Berry by steve-d Commander   Posted: 10 days ago
In order to go about you need the boat to retain some momentum whilst the sails are not filled. I think the bluntness of both the keel bulb and its fin are producing sufficient drag to loose way during the turn. Steve

Damen Stan 4207 Plans by RHBaker Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 11 days ago
Will send you the plans (such as they are - these are sections and the General arrangement) to your personal address. I am pleased with the model from ever perspective. She sails well and looks good; was also a rewarding challenge to build. She does require either skill or much patience to build.