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My grandson is displaying the progress of this 1943 Comet kit, Gypsy. I have the mini HITEC HS-82MG sail servo, and Tower Pro SG90 rudder servo, yet to be installed. Rob Carr Sails might be doing the sloop’s sails later this spring.
I have received the sails from Mastman and started attaching them looking forward to next season when the weather is warmer the old bones don't like the cold anymore 😱 wishing you all a merry Christmas and fair weather sailing in 2018👍
Andy The original model was produced in the early 1960s when IC engines were the norm and scale and RC for sailing models were in their early development stages. Supplies were limited and we made do with whatever was available. The plans were typically sheet on frame, probably plywood from an old tea chest and cascamite resin glue ( it was water proof and slow setting). The designer would suggest suitable wood to use but many chose to use what they could acquire and as a result the finished models often finished up heavy or very heavy. Coupled with the large IC engine and flywheel and large heavy RC escarpments and big drycell batteries, it is not surprising that the hulls sat well in the water. To the modellers of the period the waterline really didn't matter as we were after speed, control and endurance. This may explain why the early plans did not show a waterline, as in my experience the draught varied greatly between models. Today we have scale plans and supplies that allow us to build true replicas and all the important detail is a must for a true scale model. Personally as an ex flyer I try and build lite, bricks tend to fall or sink, and my Sea Queen rides high in the water with a slight bow up. A 42xx brushless and LiPo add little weight and I have two 8oz lumps of lead in the stern section to achieve this. If it looks right, sails well and you are happy, then enjoy your model.
[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.
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.
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 am ashamed to say I have had her nearly 50 years.I was given her by a friend of my dad Tony Garrett who built her in 1952 in Sheffield As a kid I didn't really appreciate what I had and she ended up first in a cellar then latterly in a barn. I always had the intention of fixing her up but never got round to it In the meantime I built loads of different types of models but this year I dug her out and there was the mast keel and 3 suits of sails just as she had been left I feel better now that she has been saved and will sail again