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Memorial Day Float 5/26/18 by chumbucket Chief Petty Officer   Posted: 20 hours ago
This will be taking place in Tualatin Oregon,im expecting 30 plus ships and many other types of boats to show up.We are Honoring all who served in the military from start to today.Color guard will be present as will be a pastor from the local church.I know of people traveling from Montana,California and Seattle just to attend.Im bringing 6 boats of my own,would take more but space is limited in my truck.Bring a sail boat,anything that is rc and floats

Sea Scout 'Jessica' Sea Trial - at last! by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 21 hours ago
You're Sooo right Ed👍 Especially if yours is the only 'show' on the water, like today. You meet some nice people 👍 Since I retired I can avoid the weekends and holidays when the Biergarten lake is overrun and overcrowded😊 Re: finding the time! You should see the state of my maisonette!! Or maybe not 😲 No wonder no woman lives with me for long 😉 Photos attached of possible next projects - What should I do next??? Answers on a postcard please to ..... 😁 1 The Danish fish cutter? Full restoration, 2 The ELCO PTB? Renovation, repaint and refit as PT-109, 3 Or maybe the cruiser HMS Belfast? Needs new props and RX and ESCs fitted. 4 KMS Graf Spee, needs new shafts, props, RX and ESCs. Help! 😲 it's all go folks! Happy boating all, cheers Doug 😎

Sea Scout 'Jessica' Sea Trial - at last! by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 21 hours ago
Muchas gracias Ed 👍, was worth all the effort. During one run a nice American lady showed up with her grandchildren who were quite absorbed with the boat's antics. We had quite a nice long chat. Was a good afternoon. Now considering what's next (apart from final fittings and cockpit outfit for the Sea Scout): the old fish cutter restoration with my modified Taycol motor or the upgrade / conversion to PT-109 of the 1:35 ELCO PTB I bought last year !? Cheers Doug 😎

New activity by Westquay Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 day ago
Could it be done where there is a View New Posts button. I find the forum confusing in that it doesn't seem to show the latest posts.What appears at the bottom of the page is sometimes up to date, sometimes way out. Most forums have a "Your content" button so that would be another way to find answers to your own posts, but you still have to scroll through the posts to see what might be new. Martin

H.M.S BRAVE BORDERER by RHBaker Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 days ago
Looks like everything is set for the first open water test. Sun is shining, ice has gone and water smooth. Intention is to start the open water test program with a repeat of the pool test, except this time with everything wired correctly; the load cell positioned so the “pull” is more horizontal and ballast available to hold the propellers underwater if necessary. Hope these improvements help reading stability. To modify the “pull” arrangements, wrapped a light cord around the propeller shaft struts and fed the loose end above the transom shelf and out over the stern. The load cell was hooked into this and then tied to a fixed grating on the pond side. Started by measuring the electrical requirements for each of the three motors and the propeller bollard pull, using the 2 S battery. Found the bollard pull was up slightly at almost 3 lbs per propeller. Probably because they were now held at a greater depth in the water. Also blew several 20A fuses, so fitted 30, which seem to work. A series of runs showed adequate performance with plenty of spray, although the bow did not lift much onto the plane. The forefoot did raise almost above the water surface. Then tried a 3S battery. Although this was much heavier, the performance improved dramatically. The bollard pull was up to almost 18 lbs per shaft. The bow still did not lift much to a plane, although the forefoot was almost clear of the water at full speed. The battery was located just back from the bow, so it is suspected that it held the bow down. The impact of the transom flap down angle could also hold the bow down, but have decided to leave as is for the time being and avoid the temptation of making too many adjustment at once. Whilst it is still too early to draw definite conclusions, it seems as if a 3S battery will be required. The model sustained some slight damage due to the test arrangements, so will repair that and also fit the 2 bladed Hi Speed propellers. Will then repeat the program and report. Should be able to draw some definite conclusions then on the best power train. Neither of the batteries used, neither the 2 S nor the 3S are ones I would choose for this model. As a result the capacities and weights are not ideal. That must also be remembered in future deliberations.

Loyal Moderator by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 days ago
Arternoon Ken, Lots of detail pics and links to other builders here e.g. style='background-color:yellow;'>showthread.php?630020-Loyal-Moderator Lots of potential 👍 Have fun, cheers, Doug 😎

NAXOS - Fishing Boat by hecrowell Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 2 days ago
After a time away due to illness and other family issues, I am back to the build of the NAXOS. By accident, I think that I have obtained a suitable power plant for her - it is the motor out of a cordless drill which I can no longer get a battery pack for. Aparently, it runs on 6V to 60V. Wondering if it will require water coolong or not. If so, how does one arrange a "water scoop" for the cooling tube and where is the discharge sent to? Maybe a port in the transom..... As you can see, it has a pinion gear on the shaft and I don't know if I should leave it on and incorporate a prop speed reduction gear or remove it (with heat) and go "direct drive" coupling to the prop shaft. I have a plan for the ESC with BEC and as I love building electronic devices likely will go with "home brew". I am a boat building novice so constructive input appreciated. Have located a source for wood construction material, so hopefully will have something to show next time.

getting a bit slow?... by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 days ago
Evenin' Martin, Re: 'New Posts'; when you log on to site on the 'Home Page' the latest post are displayed. Scroll down and at the bottom you will find a 'Show earlier posts' button, in case you have missed something. Your dioramas sound marvellous👍 can you post some pics??? Could give me some inspiration for my 1/24th Mosquito. At that scale it has a wingspan of about 30 inches 😲 I intend to fit it with motors and lights and a sound module with that wonderful Merlin sound 😊 Your input could help create a great diorama 👍 Cheers Doug 😎

Ishimasa. Blue Sonic 600. yacht. by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 days ago
Evenin' Colin, await developments with interest. Give me some pics of the servo and it's plugs and maybe I can identify it. Several years ago I found some ancient linear servos at a Flea Market. They had unusual round 6 pin plugs I had never seen before 😲 I took 'em apart and rebuilt them as radar scanner drivers 😁 Have a good show, pics??? Best regards, Doug 😎

Ishimasa. Blue Sonic 600. yacht. by Colin H. Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 days ago
Will borrow a laptop tomorrow and post details and a picture or two. Yes Doug it is a linear servo, but need a receiver to try it out as it doesn't fit my servo tester.must figure out an adapter. I'll have to wait till I've been to the show this weekend, as it's already packed away in my show trailer. Cheers Colin.

It's a sad day!. by stormin Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 4 days ago
Coronation Park in Crosby, a very very popular venue for all types of model boats back in the 50s and before, hosted tethered hydroplane racing (as Martin has just stated) that was a crowd puller and the old guys in those days had some balls to run them, as I remember there was a bad accident late 50s and it was all over for them. Still going as a model boat club to this day although re-formed several years ago. Martin, yes I will put some pics up as soon as my grandchildren show me how to🤔, you see I may be able to bring a 1950s boat into the 21st century but that doesn't mean I can use a computer as I should😉. Norman. Small foot note guys, steam also is discouraged if not banned by some model boat clubs now because of the pressurised boiler risk, yes I know health and safety gone mad.

Cabin detail Pt 2 by boaty Commander   Posted: 4 days ago
Like the fine detail. It shows that a masterpiece can be made of models with the skills and patience. I restored a 34 inch Fire Boat in 2014. Got it for almost nothing as it was a complete wreck and was heading for the nearest skip. Outcome was very rewarding but I never thought of doing a detailed interior as such. Mmm, its given me ideas now, only thing I want is the time to do it. B😊oaty

Radio in a yacht by kmbcsecretary Admiral   Posted: 8 days ago
when it comes to rigging yachts using a drum winch you will need line tensioners to keep the rigging line from coming of the drum and to use the old push me pull me set up ie the control line is in a loop starting and finishing at the winch drum this pic shows the winch drum in my mascotte and you can see the two spring tensioners for the control line and you can also see the exit and entry points for the control line. i use 50lb carb fishing line for the control wire

Winches by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 10 days ago
BINGO!! Just found a photo of the foredeck showing winches (capstans) and chains.😊 Hope it's not too late 😲 Cheers, Doug 😎

It's a sad day!. by Westquay Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 11 days ago
Thanks for your support gents, but I'm too old to kick too much arse these days. The Sea otter I'm not completely sure of, but the Super Hunter 3 1/2 cc,. was indeed a boat only motor and had a throttle on the exhaust rather than the inlet and the result was that it never came off the 2 stroke, so sounded very strange. But it was incredibly responsive and was demonstrated to an appreciative crowd at one of the race course big shows nearish London. Can't say which as I don't do nags, but on the temporary pond in a typical -for -the -time flattie boat, it was VERY impressive for a diesel and started easily too.....Kempton Park, methinks. All ED engines look like they mean business and run really well. We'll be making our own fuel again for lack of supply. Always used to, but poncy chemists won't sell you anything stronger than cough mixture these days. I could always get my Uncle some amyl nitrate when he asked me to. Don't know where he got the ether from, but it always got his little ED Bee going and was ace in my Racer. BTW, the Mk 4 was the precursor to the Racer. Looked a little earlier by being spindly and taller. Martin (the Anarchists' Boat Club)