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It's a sad day!. by stormin Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 1 month ago
Yes I've decided to sell most of my I.C. Boats and engine, because of this "nanny state" that we live in now. Probably 95% of clubs and sailing waters in my area(Liverpool) stipulate No I.C.s, l'm not traveling 50 miles to sail when in reality I've got several clubs and lakes within 5 to 10 miles from my home. I started model boat building in the 50s with balsa models and on to "aerokits" sea urchin, scout, rover, commander, and the holy grail the sea queen all of which had diesel or petrol engines. Granted we have come a long long way since then with electric and brushless motors, I do use them in both planes and boats, but there is still something to be said for the sound smell and reality of an I.C.engine in a boat, aircraft aren't to bad at the present, until they ban them to. Sorry for the rant but that's the way I feel.😭

Main deck and cabin walls by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 months ago
Sorry the advertised Flash Gordon reel has gone 'walkies' so you'll have to make do with this boring description of how to occupy a day or three and stink out the house!😁 After the eventual success with the cabin roof I continued with the main deck using essentially the same process. First I had to extend the planking (engraving) from cabin leading edge back to the transom. Dad had only done the foredeck. Pic 1 shows starting point. AKA Square One! Pic 2 after initial staining, pseudo planking and sealing. Plank engraving was done with a fine hardened steel scriber / centre punch and a steel rule clamped at 7mm centres. Rule was aligned so that the wood grain pushed the scriber against it. Don't ask how I realised that that was the way to do it (minor Arrrgh!)😡 Anyway, worked out in the end. I had started with cherry wood stain but it came out too bright red so from Krick I obtained some Jotica mahogany stain (also some Oak stain for the decks of my Prince of Wales and Bismarck - but that's another pair of Sagas to be.) Using basically the same process as for the cabin roof: two sealing coats, two matt varnish primer coats, two gloss varnish coats, two protective lacquer coats, polishing with cutting polish and top gloss polish, and lots of patience and elbow grease (this time an Italian Lugana😉) pics 3 to 5 show the result. I'm 'appy with that 😊 Note: to remove build up of sanding residue from the 'planking caulking' I had to resort to an old toothbrush or nail-brush from time to time. The sponge couldn't hack it. The aft deck 'hatch' is still the temporary bodge-up I made 25 years ago to quickly get the boat going for my daughter. Think the ply (ca 4mm) came from the back of an old bureaux! Haven't decided yet whether to make the new one from the same mahogany as the roof or thin ply and stain like the main deck. Suggestions welcome please. After the deck time to turn my attention to the cabin walls, looking pretty shabby and full of over-spray - pic 6 😲 Step 0: masking off, pics 7 & 8 'All Dressed Up and Nowhere To Go'🤔 Step 1: mucho sanding starting with 180 grit and working through to 600 ensuring removal of all traces of blue as I wanted the final finish to be Arctic White (not Ice Blue!) Step 2: two sealing coats, flattening with 600 grit. Step 3: spraying with Revell white primer, not impressed, gave a rough dusty finish🤔 Step 4: sand off Revell muck, flat back with 1000 and 1500 grit sponges, respray with two coats of pro white primer, flattening with 1500 and 2000+ soap respectively. Much better 😊 like the proverbial baby's ...! Step 5: two coats of gloss white, same make as the primer!!!, flattening with 3000 grit sponge, wet + a drop of liquid soap. Step 6: two coats of protective lacquer as with the varnish. Flattening with 3000 and soap between coats only. Interesting effect with this lacquer and the paint (as opposed to the varnish); it seemed to 'melt and fuse' with the paint surface and smooth it out.😊 Just had to be careful not to apply too much at once in case it all ran down and took the paint with it! Step 7: finishing with cutting polish and anti-hologram polish. Results: pics 9 - 11. Final effect makes it look and feel like plastic or fibreglass, almost forgot that there is wood underneath😁 Next in this theatre "Hi Ho Silver Awaaaayyyy!" (Sponsored by KiOra!) or 'I'm gonna finish this hull if it kills me!' (sorry Flash reels got lost in the post😡) Cheers Doug 😎

Aero kits Sea Queen by Rex3644 Lieutenant   Posted: 8 months ago
[Score: 8/10] 46" Aero kits Sea Queen Single Propellor (2 Blade X Type 45mm) Direct Drive to a 3650 watercooled (2 Blade X Type) Powered by Lead Acid (12v) 7Amp/h Batteries Controlled Through Hobby wing 100 amp w/c (100Amps) ESC - Comments: I felt the need to build something large from scratch having built Sea Nymph Sea Rover aero kits Swordsman kit. Many GRP based I/C powered before converting many of them to Brushless power. In Feb 2017 I bought plans from ebay in readiness for a family trip to Wales. My brother in law has a well kitted workshop in which he produced Sailing dingy kits before retiring. The aim was to produce this boat for the least possible cost. Thankfully there are lots of ply off cuts in Wales plus an 8x5 sheet of 1.5mm so I set about making my own kit during the time I was there. The motor was to be a Marx Decaperm selected from my bits box which I chose to set up using the geared drive. On the first launch performance was lacking to say the least so the motor mount was adjusted to direct drive but alas performance was not much better then everything stopped. The wires on the commutator had become unsolder end a common problem apparently I've now fitted a 3650 brushless stolen from an early attempt of a Huntsman 31 built for my Grand daughter which had replaced the Graupner 600, she is now 19 and interested in other things beginning with B. Having fitted the brushless a lot of vibration was experienced his was traced to a misaligned coupling,next outing will be with a huco type of fitting just to check it out roll on Thursday.

Simprop Zaunkönig (Wren) by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 9 months ago
Spin off from " Re Sea Rover by Wingcoax" ! This ain't a boat, so do I have to convert it to a float-plane to qualify for help here!!?? i know some of you guys are experienced fliers. 👍 After an exchange about batteries and glow plugs etc I dug my old Zaunkönig (Wren in English) out of the cellar and she was in a pretty sorry state Pic 1 🤔 Have now cleaned it up a bit (judicious use of Cillit Bang and a fine mesh scouring pad!) and she looks much more cheerful. Pics 2 and 3. Original Wen Mac/Cox 0.49 long since removed (still kicking around somewhere) and I would like to electrify it. Any advice on motor, prop etc would be extremely welcome. Purists will note that I have extended the top plane, from original 410mm to 615mm! This is an attempt to improve the glide characteristic and above all dampen the incredible roll rate! A gentle bank could suddenly turn into a twinkle roll so fast you couldn't count 🤔 Mod never tested due to move to Germany, new career, new lady, and the demise of many IC flying fields. I have loads of mini and micro servos, pico RXs (yes Dave, some 35MHz!) so they aren't a problem. But what motor, prop, ESC, battery? Have thought of Micron radio for a combi RX/ESC or a mini ESC with one of my pico RXs, but have no idea for motor and prop! Original prop is 15cm diameter. Pitch ?? Total weight of all the bits you can see here is 156gm. Would be nice to get a bit of history into the air. All contributions gratefully received 😉 Cheers Doug 😎 PS: she doesn't need to be a 'rocket' just tootling around would suit my flying skills!😉 PPS: plan in background is HMS ARK ROYAL (WW2) scale ~1:192.

Re Sea Rover by Wingcoax by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 9 months ago
Oh yay! Calcium carbide, producing acetylene gas! Used to use them on Scout Camps, stank the tent out 😡 To think that they were once the headlamps on motors! 😲

Re Sea Rover by Wingcoax by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 9 months ago
Yep, they also got pressed into service! I think Grandad started sponsoring my batteries when he realised why his bike lamps were always so dim 😉

Re Sea Rover by Wingcoax by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 9 months ago
Mine were all Ever-ready (which they weren't🤔) and I made a simple balsa battery box for them, also with brass strips for contacts. Hotspur's motors were also the rattly 6-12V Mabuchis. Seemed to me then that they made ALL e-motors! 😎

Re Sea Rover by Wingcoax by philpjuk Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 9 months ago
And these bike lamp batteries,(I remember halfords selling tins of carbide!).

Re Sea Rover by Wingcoax by philpjuk Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 9 months ago
I think they were smaller, we just used to just strip the motor wires and wrap them around the flat strip terminals.We would use any battery that didn't sink the boat!.

Re Sea Rover by Wingcoax by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 9 months ago
Wow! You had the 'posh' version of the Bell battery with screw terminals! Mine only had brass strips and I was forever cleaning them with Brasso 🤔 Granny & Grandad used to help keep Hotspur running. She got most use when visiting them in Folkestone anyway. Near where I lived, RAF Cosford, I had nowhere to sail her! By the time I got around to glowplugs, Simprop 'Zaunkönig' and a little heli from Great Planes, the reliable 2V SLAs from Yeasu and similar had appeared. Just found the bits of Zaunkönig in the cellar, looking very sorry for herself! 😲 Time to think about upgrading to a brushless!? Advice from the experienced flyboys welcome! Cheers Doug 😎 PS The 'manky hanky' sounds familiar, I had used mine to clean the terminals of the wet cells Dad had fitted in our Sea Scout 😲 And they were 'WET'!

Re Sea Rover by Wingcoax by philpjuk Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 9 months ago
Batteries!, always a problem in the 50s on "paper round" money, used to cadge,"borrow" or steal batteries for our boats.Used to be able to buy a cheap kit and even a cheap Japanese motor (coupled to the prop shaft with bicycle valve tubing) but it would be unused for weeks until I could afford a battery, and then they did not last long.Used to borrow batts from my dads bike lamps,my grannies gas stove lighter and the door bell!.Also use to be able to remove cells from the "winner 120" batteries from my dads sky queen radio as the HV cells used to discharge first.This was the downfall of glowplug motors,we could start them at home but on getting to the pool the tall 1.5v battery would be flat.My dad showed me how to locate good cells on duff car batteries by putting a load on them and measuring the voltage across each cell,we then emptied the acid out into mums washing up bowl and sawed the good cells out,refilling them with acid filtered through a handkerchief!,this worked a treat for starting glow motors but my hankie and the pocket I kept it in suffered!I eventually sorted the power problem by using a clockwork motor removed from the family gramamphone to fit an autochanger.

Re Sea Rover by Wingcoax by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 9 months ago
Of course, fingers faster than brain again! 🤔 Abraços y bom noite, Doug 😎

Re Sea Rover by Wingcoax by Wingcoax Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 9 months ago
PS Portimao

Re Sea Rover by Wingcoax by Wingcoax Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 9 months ago
Sorry, no pics.

Re Sea Rover by Wingcoax by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 9 months ago
Hi, Sounds good, but where are the pics?? Oh how I remember the Lantern batteries big square lumps with two conical (or comical?) springs on top. And the flat pack 'Bell' batteries which no one used for bells! These were the staple diet of my 1/72 HMS Hotspur when first built in the mid sixties. No RC, just set the tiller, hidden under a depth-charge rack on the stern, and let her go. Often had to be rescued by Mum and I walking 100yds of fishing line around the lake🤔 Ooops! Sorry madam 😲 Pics show her on sea trials in Radnor Park Folkestone ca August 1966. Captain must have been just 15! Last pic is how she looks now - currently undergoing complete engineering refit. Cheers Doug 😎 PS Portimoa!! Nice place to live. I remember the market hall on the harbour front well, and the great fish restaurants on the other side of the inlet😋 "I'll have that one please - grilled" delicious.