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[Score: 6/10] 19" Pudsey Capable of 3mph and a runtime of 120mins Direct Drive to a Mother nature Powered by NiMH (6v) 13Amp/h Batteries Controlled Through Acoms 27hz Yellow ESC - Comments: This little Yacht was built as a RC boat from a modified plan for a free sailing pond yacht, Built by the Late Ken of our group who built 6 of these little craft but only completed 2 of them both in my ownership. Pudsey is a bit special as it represents the children in need charity which operates in the UK. Pudsey is a Yellow bear with a spotted eye patch which is represented in the boats livery and special sails. Sail's handmade by Ken's widow Joan. Not the fastest boat in my fleet but another popular with the public boat.
[Score: 7/10] 34" Blue Pearl Capable of 4mph and a runtime of 120mins Direct Drive to a Mother Nature Controlled Through accoms 27Mhz ESC - Comments: A 1970's built sailing barge now masquerading as a pirate ship and giving an explanation to my user name.
Not quite a build as I found it on Ebay but I have added to it. The barge was build in the 1970's and was very well made. Design is unknown to me but I first assumed it was a thames barge based on the sail layout. I was so convinced I dyed the sails red and built some false side keels. Then I saw another model thames barge, it was longer and narrower with a slightly different sail set up. So here I was a sailing barge with red sails that wasn't what I had thought it was. What else do you do apart from making it fun.
Hi Roy I agree well made prop shafts such as supplied by Raboesch are excellent. Personally I make my own to scale and length as I have the materials and lathes with which to fabricate them. My experience over many years is that over time the bearings and shafts wear and will require replacing at some time. I have used oiling tubes and stuffing boxes for best results, the latter make small leak repairs simple, but if the prop end bearing has worn it needs replacing. Our last club sailing waters were saline and I had to replace the bearings in all the models I sailed there. I used to wash the model hulls after every sail but it didn't help. I use a thick oil in the tubes.
I remember sailing her as a kid with the Braine gear which I didn't fully understand She certainly had a turn of speed She had been raced in 1952 by her original owner and carries the Sheffield Model Yacht Club registration on her sails 1061
I tried attaching to the roof of the cabin MD80 camera with a clip. In practice, the camera was unreliable. That's why I bought a small and reliable sports camera that I placed in front of mizzenmast.The camera has a scanning angle of 120 °.Looks OK. (Tested) The camera can be easily attached by sliding it to the mount (wooden cube)on the roof of the aft cabin.
[Score: 8/10] 24" My Timmy 2 Capable of 5mph and a runtime of 30mins Single Propellor (3 Blade) Geared to a Graupner 400 (3 Blade) Powered by NiCad (7.2v) Batteries - Comments: Dumas kit - Jolly Jay - Built by Don Sutton, Metro Modellers of Toronto, Ontario, Canada 🇨🇦. Very sea worthy vessel, the tall bow takes waves on the lake very nicely. This boat is a steady sailing model which is why Don recommended it to me for teaching the grandsons to enjoy using it. Though boys still want grandpa to build a “fast” boat...maybe next year!