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ASR 64ft R/C VID 2 by jbkiwi Chief Petty Officer   Posted: 9 hours ago
Boat is Scratch built 36" British Power Boat 64ft High Speed ASR Launch which belonged to the RNZAF. The launch was one of the 22 built and was shipped to NZ in 1940. It was the only one of its type in the Southern Hemisphere. Model has twin motors, ESCs, sound units etc. Has remotely switched water pump for water cooled brushless 2000kv in runner motors and remotely switched lighting. Uses 2x 2200mah 2s LiPos for drive and 1 1800mah LiPo for the pump (also a separate battery for the LED lights. Boat is built with strip planked balsa on ply frame and fiber glassed. Deck is ply, wheelhouse is varnished balsa. The colour is as it was for most of its time in the RNZAF . Took about 5 years on and off to build and finished it last year. (please ignore the time date - can't get rid of it .

Nomenclature... by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 21 hours ago
Hi John, think somehow you've got the wrong end of the stick!🤔 All BECs are Battery Eliminator Circuits of one sort or another. The objective is to eliminate the separate receiver battery, sometimes necessary purely to save weight and/or space in small models. If you do that then the RX power must come from the main drive battery, which then has to supply all RX functions; servos, switched lights etc etc. Personally, if the boat / ship can carry it, I prefer to use drive batteries for just that and use separate battery for the RX and special functions. Some of which, like smokers for instance can be current gobblers. Cheers, Doug 😎 PS If you ever find a way of eliminating all batteries and still get the RX to work and the boat to move PATENT IT QUICK!! 😁 Cheers, Doug 😎 Hmmm! Maybe a raft towed behind with an array of hi-current solar panels!? 😁😁 Years ago in my work in NAVAL COMMS systems I once suggested to a shipbuilder, who was complaining about the number of antennas needed, to put some of them on a raft behind the ship 😉 Now they are doing just that with antenna buoys from submerged submarines! No credits 🤔 ... SIGH 😉

HMS Campbeltown 1941, 1/96 scale by cormorant Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 day ago
Hi Doug My build progresses well and I need to start painting. I am unsure on what shade of grey to use. On previous warships I have used mid sea grey, but it looks to be a bit too dark. All the photos I have got are in black and white which doesn't help. Any thoughts? Steve

replacing propshaft by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 days ago
Hi Richard, sorry to hear about the arthritis. I'm also cogitating how to build a trolley or trailer for my bigger 5 foot ships! Tempus fugit! 😲 All the best, Doug 😎

Taycol Supemarine Resurrection by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 days ago
Shucks! An I was hopin' you'd build me a little 4 cylinder diesel for me to run a brushed motor as a Genny for all the lighting on my ships! Or for the diesel electric propulsion on my Type 45. Now wouldn't that be cool!?😁 BTW Some of Nick Carters tips an tricks showed me how to convert one of my tools to something that'll do what I want! So, out with the Proxxon mini-grinder😉 Cheers, Doug PS It wasn't a wrong steer cos it led me to all sorts of useful 'stuff' and above all helpful info👍

Taycol Supemarine Resurrection by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 days ago
Be more careful with your hammer then 😡😭😁 Carter don't ship outside US and Canada so I had a look at Haig and from there to Peatol! Veeery interestin'. Useful stuff. Like the tips an tricks on the Carter site though, excellent. Cheers, Doug

Where's Figtree gone!? by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 9 days ago
In case anyone's missed our US shipmate Figtree, he just told me he's having some trouble with his WiFi Internet connection. Actually I reckon he's gone chicken cos he still hasn't Sea Trialled his Brooklyn tug yet 😉😁 'spect he'll be back in full swing soon. Cheers All, Doug 😎

Rebuild starts by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 13 days ago
Mornin Peter, That's probably your best bet👍 I find it convenient to use my cheaper single action airbrush with a 0.8 nozzle / needle setup for larger stuff like hulls, and keep the more sophisticated dual action set with a 0.5 (very occasionally 0.3) for detail work or the smaller 1/350 ships. For the latter rattle cans are of course totally useless, but the scale is just to big for decent brush painting (for me anyway😲) Saves having to fiddle about changing the setup so often😉 Happy spraying, cheers, Doug 😎

Tony O by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 14 days ago
No Martin, I don't think so. Once again; it's not so much what you say but HOW you say it. If your chat with the 'only geezer' was in the same vein as your recent posts I can fully understand that the reaction was 'don't call us - we'll call you'. Patience is NOT an excuse for wasting time. It is an essential component of successful negotiation. During my career I was often involved in systems design and contract negotiations for COMMS systems for ships yet to be ordered and built. Many of such projects took 5 to 7 years or more to come to fruition. My perseverance and patience paid off. I was the one who signed the contracts! I often heard from the shipyards and/or navies involved that they were put off by the 'pushy' tactics used by my competitors with less patience. Tolerance is also not a weakness. Lack of it IS. Differing opinions are fine, just depends how they are expressed. Denigrating and insulting others who have differing interests as morons is not the 'fine English art' ! Re: Dumbphone control Apps; YOU don't necessarily need to know (a Luddite wouldn't want to or need to anyway!) but the parents of your grand kids SHOULD in this day and age. Tell 'em to look for Apps like 'Quiet Time'. This enables them to define times that the kids can access the web online via smartphone and when it is blocked. And no, the kids can't normally get around it. If they can; leave 'em alone to make their millions! Re: Woodies; Super duper. You have seen that I have put a tremendous amount of effort into renovating the Sea Scout that my Dad built in the early sixties. I enjoyed the process and learned a lot doing it. But I am not fixed on that particular line of model boat / model ship building. If that's your only thing - fine. But why berate those of us who take a wider view and also have an interest and find challenges in making shipboard functions work in miniature in all sorts of ships? "I really couldn't give a sh*t if I was the only person left in the world making woodies. I do it for me only these days in the absence of any clubs. But I don't have to pretend to like all the other stuff. In another place are people who not only do sail, but specifically model barge racing and good on 'em. I don't ask that they do all the other stuff" No, of course you don't have to pretend to like 'all the other stuff' but you also don't have to decry those that DO like the other stuff, as you often do the tug aficionados for instance. OK, I can understand an aversion to warships as such if someone is a died in the wool pacifist, but nevertheless some appreciation of the skills involved in producing such outstanding warship models as seen on this site is not out of order, or...? (Bye the bye; I've often noticed that 'pacifists' have a particularly aggressive way of expressing themselves!?) After 30 odd years here in Germany I'm out of touch with the ground roots in UK, but over here things don't look so black. There are thriving model boat clubs all over. W.r.t. 'exciting aspects'; there are clubs in Germany, Holland and France and Italy also I think who happily and skilfully re-enact sea battles and convoy battles. There is at least one club in South England that also does that I believe, in Southampton or Portsmouth? Don't get Channel 4 here (re Battle of Britain re-run you mentioned) but I do get DMAX, which shows a series called 'Die Modellbauer'. In this the crémé de la crémé of German model making is depicted and judged for the annual cup at the International Model Show here. It covers everything from fire trucks, excavators, boats and ships of all kinds, and aircraft of of all types including turbine jets. Criteria for the competition being: 1) Shall be externally identical to the original in every detail (down to the rivets!)l, 2) Shall be able to perform each and every function of the original. 3) 150 days to design, complete and demonstrate the model. The point being that with extremely few solo exceptions the models are almost always built by a father and son partnership. So, sorry if the situation is drastically different in UK but 'over here' it ain't so black as you paint. Maybe it's a question of the attitude of the parents? BTW: for a fantastic example of 'modelling on a mammoth scale' pop across to Hamburg and have a look at the 'Miniature Wonderland' in the old Hafen City. All 1/87 scale, the largest model railway layout in the world, but also all types of aircraft and ships in action as well. Also shown from time to time on various documentary TV channels. BTW2: don't worry about the brass bashing, I'll work it out for myself. Have fun with the Taycols. Cheers, Doug 😎

Elaine motor update/assembly pictures by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 14 days ago
Exactamente John, especially the Newky Brown, luvly stuf! When at RAF Marham in the 60s I was instrumental in introducing that into the bowling alley. The Airman's Mess was next door and one night we brought a crate over from their bar and after that it was always on the Me an' U in the alley. I gave up cider after my experience with the real scrumpy in Somerset, made by our landlord on his farm. After my first 'samples' I woke up at 4ish in the morning in a haystack (alone 😭) wondering where the hell I was, WHO I was and where did the piledriver in my head come from! 😲 "'twas on the good ship (V)enus, By God you shoulda seen us, The figure head was a **********" 😁 Rest by PM only folks with evidence of age!!!! Those were the days eh John 😉 How's your square leg?😁 Cheers, Doug 😎

Elaine motor update/assembly pictures by onetenor Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 14 days ago
'Twas on the good ship P@@@s Eh! Now P.C.'d as Venus I think. He He. I remember those trips to away fixtures LOL and coming back with the crates in the gangway. I.P.A. and Newky brown .Also some cider. We couldn't recall the score. Ha!😎 Massey-Ferguson you mean matey re the tractors.Re bild vs Build Try tapping in Alu Build and it might correct itself and give you the correct site. It might work. My comp is playing up a bit and when I Google something it comes up and immediately jumps to alternative sites and won't settle on the one I want. Damned nuisance. P.S. If you can find the Mano Mano site they sell packs of small rubber buffer/ polishers. Use in Dremel et Al. Great on ali ,brass, copper etc. Also paintwork.👍

Elaine motor update/assembly pictures by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 14 days ago
Thanks for the tips John, I'll sniff around. But every time I search anything with 'Bild' in it I just get a load of artist's stuff! It must be 'build' surely!! Cheers, Doug 😎 PS Don't Massey build tractors an' harvesters an' stuff? 😁 PPS 'Able Mabel' !! "The ship's cook name was Mabel, By god she weren't 'alf able, She gave the the crew their daily do upon the kitchen table .... 😁 The ship's dog's name was Rover, Some bugger threw 'im over, He banged his c..k on every rock from John O Groats to Dover" Odd the things that stick in your memory - like old cricket club coach songs!

Tony O by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 14 days ago
"Thus spoke Zarathustra, Harbinger of Doom and Gloom" Martin: if any youngster with a glimmer of interest stumbles across this site and immediately sees in 'Latest posts' comments such as Quote "F*** em all" and "My attitude, as ever, has to revert to "F*** 'em all", do you really think that that is encouraging? There are glimmers of truth in what you say BUT mis- and overuse of smartphones / I-Pads etc etc can be restricted by the use of apps designed for just that purpose. Apart from the fact that the parents (to a lesser extent perhaps also the grandparents) of course have a major guiding role in such matters. Or should have! And don't come with the old chestnut that the kids today can get around such apps. If that's really the case then leave 'em alone to go on to make their millions writing software, designing games or hacking banks and insurance companies! 😁 Those are the extreme exceptions though. As long as 'WE' live WE will not witness the death of model boating! Oh! and BTW: just because someone has other interests and a different attitude to life to your apparently somewhat blinkered one (e.g. w.r.t. 'woodies' versus functional working boats and ships), e.g. angling, does not mean he is a moron. That said it doesn't surprise me at all that you had no luck trying to start a club. Lighten up a bit and 'Live and Let Live'. Nevertheless, all the best, Doug😎

Range Safety Launch? by trekil Seaman   Posted: 22 days ago
Hi NPJ . have just read your blogs re RSL. I spent twelve years in the RAF on Marine craft and was the coxswain of RSL 1662 the boats in the uk were painted black and overseas were painted white, they did`nt carry any fire monitors and no radar while i was in the RAF ( came out in1968)they did have the sweep searchlight. If you search for RAF boats you can see a picture of 1662 leaving the jetty in Londonderry. They were used officially for keeping the bombing ranges clear of all shipping when the ranges were being used but mostly used while i was in the RAF for ferrying personal about. 1662 was used for ferrying RAF aircrew to Naval ships anchored at Magiligan point and bringing Naval personal back to Londonderry to be taken to Ballykelly airbase where JASS ( joint anti submarine school) was joint meaning European and American ships and aircraft. I have the plans of the rsl and hope to build it over the winter months . the y were powered by two Rolls Royce C6FM diesel engines with teleflex controls and had a speed of 22 knots.Hope this gives you a little insight of the use 0f RSLs

tugboat keel by green72west Petty Officer   Posted: 23 days ago
I call them ribs!!!! what are the hull shaped [ribs] that form across the keel called. ship plan terms????. I am a novice at model making. Attempting to build tugboat the [tirrick] 1/50th scale in wood!!!!. i would appreciate an answer please. Thankyou r.s. 31/8/18.