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Hi Sonar, I think the wheelhouse would look nice toward her Stern! Lift the Wheel House about an 1" or so, to give the wheelhouse good visibility facing her bow. And have her fishing hardware facing forward towards the bow!
In its third year, this show has moved from Edinburgh to the west. It will be held in Greenock Town Hall, Cathcart Square, Greenock from 10.00 - 15.30. There will be exhibitors and traders from throughout the UK with: books, photos, postcards, model boats, collectables, ephemera, boat kits and artwork.
Although we have had several signs of spring, the local outdoor pool is still closed. Our club was requested to attend a local boat show, using our portable pool, so took the opportunity to test the vessel as she is now almost complete. In an earlier post described that if the later additions could be contained within 2 lbs the model should be close to the correct waterline. This was determined by using weights balanced at the stern. So far, have added about 1 ½ lbs, but mainly around the mid section. From the attached pictures it can be seen that the bow is slightly low and the stern high. This suggests that by moving weight within the hull the correct balance can be obtained. If 16 oz is placed at the stern both bow and stern become correct. Am loath to just add ballast, prefer to rebalance and retain the current weight. Fortunately within the hull there is space towards the stern that can accommodate a heavy component. Had been reluctant to commit to either a stick or stack style NIMH battery, so decided to make one up using two plastic C type battery holders and individual C cells. See picture. The electrical system is 7. 2 volts, the cells were divided into 4 and a two cell trays. The heavier of these was disconnected and moved 8” sternwards. It is too early to finalize the weight distribution as have to build the R.I.B. and it's launch/retrieval system. Think that moving this 12 oz sternwards though the vessel should be close to the correct waterline.Hope to be able to check that shortly. From the stern picture a list to starboard is evident. This is easy to correct by moving the batteries slightly in the opposite direction. Although the pool is quite small, was able to test all the other functions. Scale speed was realistic and during a sharp turn little heeling is apparent. Everything else, bow thruster, fire hydrant, lights, radar scanner, fin and rudders work satisfactorily.
The club was established in 1985 in the Isle of Man. The club has an extensive number of events encompassing steering, scale, tug-towing and yachts. The main event is the Mannanan Festival which is held annually over two days in June. All visitors welcome.
HI members this is a request for help My father served on RAF RTTL D2763 in the 1950s as a wireless operator , there were only five of these boat built in Germany (D prefix on boat number) and there parent station was RAF Sylt although this boat was operated from an town called list. I have searched for some time to find drawings and plans to build a scale model of this boat and found very little . can any one help thank you all for the terrific responses hare is the information I have from http://www.rafboats.co.uk/Thes e craft were built in Germany at the Krogerwerft Yard at Rendsburg. Their "D" prefix brought about their nickname - 'D'-Boats. They had mixed RAF and German civilian crews, with three of the four Deckhands and one of the two Mechanics being German (and sometimes the Coxswain), the Skipper along with one Deckhand, two Fitters, the remaining Mechanic and W/Op were all RAF. Operating from the island of Sylt off Denmark, D2762 and D2765 worked out of Hornum, D2763 and D2764 from List, with D2766 acting as relief boat to cover for any boat out of service. The numbering sequence accounts for the missing boat numbers in the RTTL Mk.2 fleet. With a length to beam ratio of 7:1, their sleek design was very different to any other boats in the Branch, more akin to the Wartime 'E' Boat, with flared bows and rounded bilges and powered by high speed diesels. Their construction also differed with double skin mahogany shell planking, (outer layer laid horizontal, with a diagonal inner layer) bolted to welded steel skeletal frames and keel. Decks were steel with a timber sheathed foredeck. Superstructures were fabicated from steel using snap-head rivets. The hull was subdivided into six watertight compartments, a Forepeak, Crews Fo'csle, Skippers accomodation, Engine room, Sickbay and Galley and finally the after-Tank Space and Tiller Flat. The outfit and finish of these craft was of a very high standard, making them well liked by their Marine Branch crews. They were all initially fitted with winches for Target Towing, these were subsequently removed as the boats duties were confined to Range Safety and ASR work well out into the North Sea. Their duty roster was one day at sea, one day on standby in harbour and the third day off duty. The Ranges covered a large area extending seawards from the island of Sylt. Five 7th Class buoys were laid for use as foul weather moorings, three outside List harbour, one off Ellenbrogan at the Northern tip of the island and the Southern one near Hornum Odde lighthouse. The craft had relatively short lives with the RAF, with all five being disposed of by 1961. D2762 and D2764 were sold to private owners in 1960, and the other were handed over to the Federal German Navy in 1961. They were subsequently used as ASR craft.
Unfortunately, no. I live in Porlock, Somerset, but plan to travel to Essex to visit relatives as soon as I am able to drive. I could collect en route. It will probably be towards mid to end of March. If that suits please let me know. As for my injury, I did it skiing and that’s when the sympathy normally fades! Kind Regards
Don't know how deep it is in the middle. I think there have been a couple of drownings over the years. I take a reel of fishing line with me. My plan would be to enlist some help and take the other end of the line to the other side of the lake. Lay the line over the boat. Tie a duster to the end of the line and gently pull the line over the boat. I am thinking the wet duster would grab the boat well enough to pull it in. I haven't had to try it so I just hope it works if I need to use it. I also thought about getting a 5 meter fishing pole off Ebay but didn't get around to it. But as I said most of the time the prevailing wind is towards the more accessible bits
[Score: 8/10] 39" Edward . M. Cotter Capable of 3mph and a runtime of 60mins Single Propellor (4 Blade 70mm) Direct Drive to a Johnson (4 Blade) Powered by NiMH (7.2v) 4Amp/h Batteries - Comments: The real fire boat is stationed in Buffalo New York . This fire boat visits Port Colborne on Lake Erie every year for Canal Days & because the model boat club I'm in sets up a display at the museum in town I decided to build a scratch build of this boat I used the prints of the Sequin Midwest tug for the hull & Internet photos for details. I used the tops of Lepages glue bottle to simulate the Monitor on the decks I'm real proud of them.
Sussex by tonyp Chief Petty Officer Posted: 1 month ago
This is a scratch built 1828 paddle steamer. A steam assisted schooner rig paddler. Pioneer of ocean steam Scale 1:60 Actual size of deck, 165 feet. The crest on the side represents the following. Martello Tower - Bexhill-on-sea Seahorses - Eastbourne Saxon Crown - East-Sussex. Ships of the same class 1821 James Watt 1825 Calpe 1832 Rhadamanthurs 1836 Unicorn 1837 Sirius The boat was built by Peter Allday some 20-plus years ago
[Score: 8/10] 34" Smit Nederland Twin Propellors (4 Blade 45mm) Direct Drive to a 2*540 (4 Blade) Powered by NiMH (12v) 7Amp/h Batteries Controlled Through ELECTRONIZE (15Amps) ESC - Comments: THIS IS A 1/32 BILLING KIT THAT I GOT FROM A FRIEND IN PART-EX FOR A TUG I HAD BUILT. QUITE A LOT OF PARTS MISSING BUT ENJOYED THE BUILD. IT LOOKS GOOD ON THE WATER AND PERFORMS WELL. ALSO GOOD FOR TOWING
Hi Paul There are lakes either side of Boundary Park. If you refer to the one over the other side of the A50 road, I believe it is privately owned and people have to pay an annual fee just to walk their dogs. Possibly also used by a fishing club. Going the other way, towards the motorway I understand this may be council owned but you are allowed to walk your dog. Either way you are unlikely to get permission as the local properties all fall in the £1M plus category and they are likely to object. Just a bit of background, the lakes were all created when the M6 was constructed with the sand dredged. They are all fed from ground water and are not fed from streams other than some overflow channels from adjacent lakes. Makes for nice clean water but subject to weed growth due to chemicals in the ground water table. You are very welcome to come with your boat, please send me an e-mail so I can be sure to be present Dave
Grandpa, I started with a direct drive Speed 500 on 6 cells (7.2V) and it didn't have the performance I was looking for. I later changed to the Speed 600 and 8 cells (9.6V) and it made a huge difference. I'm not convinced how effective the cooling coil is as the flow from the outlet is not as much as I anticipated however this could be a function of the poor design of inlet that I'm using. Bottom line is I don't think the cooling coil is necessary. I make up my own battery packs and for this one I use two x four cells, one on each side of the centerline. As I previously stated I was a school boy when I built my original and the hard chines nearly made me throw in the towel. As an impatient youth it appeared to take for ever to plane them to match the bulkheads hence my switch over to laminations of 1/4 x 1/8 on my remake. Have fun and keep up with the posts. Robert
Hi chrys Well, at 97Lbs that's quite impressive, you must make a video! Hi jarvo I'm must say I'm guilty of towing a rowboat while I was in it too. People at the pond where amazed at how much power my little Tugboat had.