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36" Thames River Police Launch by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 months ago
After the successful build of the ‘Vintage Model Works’ RAF Crash Rescue Tender I was asked by Mike Cummings of VMW if I would undertake to build a prototype of their new model with the aim of checking the construction method and the assembly instructions for accuracy before the kit is put into production. The model is a ‘Thames River Police Launch’ and is based on the original design by Phil Smith for the Veron company, this was a very popular model kit in the late 50’s and 60’s and sold for the princely sum of 43 shillings and tuppence, approximately £2.15 in today’s money but an equivalent cost of £48.50 in 1960. This design has been updated to accommodate electric propulsion and radio control by Colin Smith, the son of the original designer and it has been re-scaled to be 36” in length where the original was 24” which gives much more scope for detailing and provides more ‘hiding room’ for the drive, control systems and all the associated wiring. The kit produced by VMW uses the same construction techniques as the original and the materials are a combination of balsa and plywood both of which a laser and CNC cut for precision. The ply and balsa materials supplied are of very high quality as one would expect from VMW and all the stripwood for the chines, rubbing strakes and deck detailing is included, even the dowel required for the mast is in the box, very comprehensive! The kit also includes white metal fittings such as the fairleads and stanchions, and the searchlight and horns. The glazing for the windows comes in the kit too. The instruction sheet supplied is in need of revision as it is largely taken directly from the original as written by Phil Smith and some of the terminology needs updating, for instance the ply bottom and side skins are referred to as ‘strakes’ but I understand that a re-write of the instructions is in hand along with an updated plan showing the best positioning for the motor, prop-shaft, battery, ESC, receiver, rudder and servo. During construction I have added a few additional pieces of ply or balsa as reinforcement or supports and substituted some balsa parts for ply where I thought a stronger material would be better. I also added some hatches to give access to the wiring at the bow and the rudder & servo at the stern but largely I have not gone ‘off plan’ to any extent. The pictures show the model in it’s present state (Nov 2018) and is ready for painting and finishing.

Blackpool Model Boat Show by Dave M Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 year ago
I went Saturday and found good attendance from the public, Traders and Clubs. Lighting was as good as any other show I have attended and I always enjoy talking to both clubs and traders to find out about models or new products. Every show I attend is a whole new experience and as a scratch builder it gives me an opportunity to find and discuss new parts/products and techniques. With the demise of many local model shops this is now one of the few opportunities for such advice and help. We all have expectations but really its up to us what we make of the show. I agree with Flack we either support the events or there won't be any.

Vintage Model Works 46" RAF Crash Tender by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 years ago
Here's the history bit so pay attention... Many years ago as a boy in the fifth year of my north London secondary school, circa 1971, our woodwork class was given the option to make something of our own choice. Having mastered the majority of joints, wood turning, finishing techniques and the making of table lamps, stools and bookshelves etc. this seemed a good idea, so myself and a fellow classmate and model making chum asked if we could construct a model boat. The teacher, on hearing that it was to be from a kit and not from scratch was a little surprised but agreed. So my friend and I jointly invested about 20 quid in an Aerokits 34.5 inch RAF Crash Tender from Blunts' model shop in Mill Hill (long since gone like many others) and we set about construction during lesson time and sometimes at break times. I recall we used "Cascamite" to glue it all together on the advice of the woodwork teacher because neither 'Scotch' glue nor PVA was suited to marine construction. Good progress was made over the course of our last year at school but it was never fully completed, only requiring painting, running gear and detailing. My friend decided that he needed to withdraw from the project as he was enrolling in a college away from home to study for a career in the merchant navy and I agreed to buy out his share and continue with the project. And so it was that I carried on with the painting and installing the running gear which consisted of a 1.5 cc marine diesel engine, water pickup, prop shaft and rudder and a MacGregor radio system with a stick for steering and a single button for speed control. The engine and radio came from Michael's Models in Finchley (also long gone) for £20 as my elder brother, who had started a Saturday job there, was able to get a staff discount for me. The diesel engine was noisy and smelly and a pig to start with a leather thong around the flywheel and I decided to abandon this means of propulsion (I foolishly ran it for slightly too long 'dry' and melted the soldering around the brass water jacket!). By now I had graduated from my part time job in Woolies to an engineering apprentice with Post Office Telephones and my new income of 20 quid per week could support my modelling and electronics hobbies after my contribution to the household for my keep. So off to the model shop to buy a Taycol Supermarine electric motor, two 12v volt lead acid batteries and a suitable charger. The diesel came out and was sold on Exchange & Mart and the mount and coupling re-made to accommodate the new Taycol motor. What an improvement that was! I can't remember now what speed controller or servo I used but whatever it was did the job, and it went like the clappers on Friary Park boating lake (also long since gone) even though the radio control system was a bit crude with the non-proportional steering and 'blip' throttle control. The boating took a back seat when I acquired my driving licence and my first car (a rusty old Cortina Mk 1) and I also got involved in sound recording for radio. I decided to sell the boat and bits for £60 through Exchange & Mart and bought an Akai 4000DS tape recorder and a 'Chilton' audio mixer, built a home studio and along with a good mate of mine started making radio commercials for the new commercial radio stations including London's Capital Radio. We even won a 'Campaign' advertising award for one of our efforts! And so after several years as a 'phone engineer I moved into professional recording for A/V and broadcast and then into TV production. Fast forward to today. Semi-retired with grand kids and with more free time on my hands I still had an interest in model making so In Jan 2016 went to the Model Engineer exhibition at nearby 'Ally Pally'. It was there that I saw an RAF crash tender just like the one I built all those years ago and got into conversation with the chap on the stand. This re-ignited my model making interests and I researched the hobby and that model in particular.

More hull work. by Trillium Captain   Posted: 4 years ago
After more study of the available photos, It seems clear that the freeing ports were never fitted, even though they are shown on both plans I have. Holes In the bulwarks only let water In so If the prototype didn't have them, a scale model definitely should not. So the freeing ports have been filled In again and primed. The sponson decks have been made up and glued Into place. These wooden decks are sheets of basswood with the caulking marked using pencil, a technique I learnt from '4clubs'. The bulwark supports have been fitted and those and the after deck primed. The removable portions of the forward decks have been fitted, although this photo shows them removed while painting.

motor fitting by Gregg Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 7 years ago
Now that the motor mounts have dried fully, Its time to slide the twin motors In. I am using a pair of 900 size motors, similar In dimension and technical spec to the graupner ones, but at a more "realistic " price. These came off ebay for A£12 each, genuine graupner units are over A£50, when you can buy them, as they are always out of stock everywhere I try. I am using direct drive and have mounted a propshaft support bearing mount, just aft of the flexI coupling, to reduce shaft flex. I have also begun to add the deck support framework, all joints being either stepped joints or have had triangular ply braces fitted above and below the joints for added strength. Afterall, this framework will have to take a lot of weight and loading once fully built, so far better to build super strong now, than have to try and reinforce later on and end up destroying the deck covering In attempts of removal for repairs.

Hitec Live View Full Telemetry Package by sunworksco Chief Petty Officer   Posted: 8 years ago
I just got off the Hitec Tech Support line and chatted with someone In the know. This how the HTS-NavI Telemetry System components operate and assemble : The Hitec HTS-SS Blue Basic 50A Pack Is Installed Inside your RC vehicle with all of the sensors connected to the HTS-SS Sensor Station module, the module Is connected to your 2.4GHz RX for power voltage. The 2.4GHz HTS-SS Sensor Station sends wire-less live-view data logging to the Hitec HTS-NavI USB memory card dongle that Is plugged Into any PC running Windows software. You will not need a Hitec Transmitter since the telemetry system sends the data directly to the dongle. End of story other than Tower Hobbies Is stating on their website that the products will not start trickling onto stocking shelves until late November, but the Hitec Technician Is telling me the components will not be stocking until January. Regards, John