Hi, I have just registered here to try and re-unite a very beautiful yacht we recovered from the bottom of Llyn Padarn North Wales yesterday, its over 5ft high with its sails up, very heavy lead keel, full of electronics, there are pictures of it on "Facebook Dorothea Quarry" page (That's our usual dive site) its not been sunk that long as in quite good condition, Im sure someone will recognise it right away ..... Best regards Diver Mike
Having had an interest and connections with Thames Sailing Barges going back to the days when they still carried cargo under sail, I am contemplating building a model. I am a relative newcomer to modelling, so am considering the Speedline kit. What I really want to know is how this model sails. I'm not expecting speed, I just want to know if the performance is acceptable and she handles reasonably well. Hope someone can advise me. Nerys
[Score: 8/10] 21" Micro Magic - Comments: I aquired it from a member in our club.It came with 2 extra sails.It is a nice boat to take along especialy when you just want to relax by the pond side.Easy sailor.
The Vic Smeed Starlet would be a reasonable place to start. The plans are available from Sarik and a part kit is available here http://www.belairkits.com/detail.asp?id=873. If you fancied something slightly smaller, Vic's Star Baby sails well and a wood kit is available from Sarik along with the plans.
Look for the YouTube videos of the building/rigging. They are not bad to build and rig but don't think you will do it in the time they say- it takes a little longer. I have done a few sails now for my DF65 which is basically the same as the DF95 and it gets easier the more you do and in fact I have now re-rigged my first A Sail as I thought I could make a better job now. Take your time and it will be quite satisfying when you complete it. Alan
👍Swastika not even allowed for scale accuracy Doug? in Italian that phrase is Possiate avera sempre un valore della mani di acqua sotto la vostra chiglia. I think that's right cause despite my name my Italian is rubbish. It actually starts with may the wind always fill your sails and there be a hands width etc etc. My surname is Mantova which is the Italian spelling of Mantua. A city in NE Italy and is where Romeo spent his exile for killing Tybalt. Also where the opera Rigoletto is set with the Naughty Duke of Mantua causing Rigoletto to kill his own daughter. A role I have portrayed a couple of times. Very best regards Signor.👍😊😉
Thank you Doug much appreciated this is the build fully caught up now so everything from now on will be as happens. i was advised by frank nylet of nylet sails that robin used to make the hulls for his yacht kits but was told would no longer supply them as no replacement had been found to take over the moulds and as you say is a very sad loss to the modeling would i have always found his hulls to be outstanding quality. would be nice to see those hinges if you get round to making them , i have tried in the past but failed badly but no doubt i will try again one day.
Hi all, if any of you fellow modellers are from Leicester I would like to know if anyone still sails in Abbey Park. Back in the 1950's &60's my Dad and me used to sail there, larger models we took on the river down by the steps below the waterfall. Small boats on the boating lake avoiding the rowing boats. If any of you do go there I'd love some pictures as I haven't been back since leaving in 1966. BTW is Rushey Mead school still on the Melton road. Cheers Colin.
We hear a lot these days about encouraging the younger generation into pastimes such as model boats and model engineering and probably these issues have always been a topic for gloomy discussion. The very fact that we are still at it probably gives the lie to the gloomiest predictions. Anyway, this train of thought was brought about by a discovery in a dark corner of my workshop: Many years ago (in a different life) I was involved in primary education and following a BBC schools tv series on Nelson and naval history the class project developed into one about ships and all things naval. One group was fascinated by sailing ships after we had visited both HMS Victory and the Mary Rose ( still lying on her side then) and inspired by some drawings of different rigs in a Model Boats Scale Special they made some simple models to illustrate them. This is what I found, along with an Airfix HMS Manxman and two of those superb 1/700 (?) waterline models, of HMS Hood and the Bismarck, these three made by me to add to the display. These pictures show all these items which have survived years tucked away among the junk in the garage! The sail models were simply made with balsa, dowel, cotton and cartridge paper for sails, and some had even started to acquire rigging and staysails before the term ended. This all happened many years ago and I have been retired from teaching for 20 years, but I can still remember the names of all the different rigs, despite never having been a sailor - I hope it inspired some of the class into modelling, if not getting involved in the real thing. Smiffy
This is just a revamp of a second hand 8 rater yacht. I brought it as I really like these boats but it is a white boat. Did I mention White as in you can lose it in snow, White hull, white deck, white sails. Boring as heck but was used solely as a racing boat where as I prefer the real yacht look so a revamp is in order.
A scratch built model of a working wherry the skipper/owner was the great grandfather of a near neighbour. Used to work the rivers Wensum and Yare here in Norfolk. Model hull clinker built. In balsa with resin inside and out. Sails really well with a detachable keel. One of four model wherries built.
[Score: 10/10] 30" St Andrew Capable of 6mph and a runtime of 25mins Twin Propellors (3 Blade 35mm) Direct Drive to a 385 brushed motors (3 Blade) Powered by Lead Acid (12v) 7Amp/h Batteries Controlled Through chinese duel esc ESC - Comments: built plank on frame from from pine cut down to size from rnli plans. made almost every part . using 2.4 ghz optic 6 transmitter with corona module fitted. sails brilliant
[Score: 8/10] 18" titanic Single Propellor (3 Blade 15mm) Direct Drive to a mfa 3-9v re140 No457 (3 Blade) Powered by LiPoly (3.7v) Batteries Controlled Through chinese type 10amp ESC - Comments: revelle kit bought of ebay for £5.00 sailed it in my pond where it is very smooth. it sails ok but needs better ballasting as centre of gravity is causeing it to lean a bit. useing 40 MHz mini receiver and mini lipo battery as shown in photo. glad I built it though hope you like it to.
Hi Allen Mabuchi no longer list details of your motor and as it is from an ex flyer chances are it has been cooked at some time in its life. I agree it is not easy to check for shorts but a reasonable meter will show any major problems. Your battery sounds fine. Pitch is often marked on the props near the boss but an explanation I have seen on the web: Pitch: theoretical distance the prop travels on each rotation. This is theoretical because water is not a solid medium and the prop slips. 10 to 30% is normal, the lower numbers are found only on hi-performance props, specially prepared. Constant Pitch: the pitch is the same across the entire propeller's working surface, or blade face. Progressive Pitch: the pitch is lower at the leading edge and increases progressively along the trailing edge. Consider a prop that runs in a liquid media with a constant pitch, the tip of the prop rotates faster than the hub. Conversely, if the angle at the tip is lower, the water speed on all prop surfaces will be the same. In this case, the performance is far better. Progressive pitch props offer better planning performance. So if you were to get some graph paper or paper with 1mm markings and set the prop on a shaft over the paper and measure the start point then rotate thro 360deg and measure the finish point this will give you the theoretical pitch. Over the years I have amassed a fair number of props and usually try various before I decide on the best for the model. Try what you have with the 6v battery (looks just right for the model) and see how it sails. From experience I know that this type of model is difficult to get going and all our club models have coarse pitch brass props. Speed will depend on the motor but with a geared motor you should be able to reduce the revs to give scale speed. I look forward to hearing how you progress in a couple of weeks.