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Veron Vosper F.P.B. 52" by kevinsharpe Chief Petty Officer   Posted: 2 days ago
Hi John. Interested to know what kind of offers you have had. Boaty, yes Veron did an RTTL Rescue Target Towing Launch, they featured in the black and white film ' The sea shall not have them'. This though is their fast patrol boat. I believe it's called a 'Trinity class patrol boat and some were supplied to the Trinidad and Tobago navy. You will sometimes see the model bares the name Coureland Bay'. I have seen photos on this website of her. They were built by Vosper Thornycroft in Portsmouth. If I was building her I would put two meaty brushless motors n her which should bring a sprite lay planing performance. I have fitted two Graupner 900s in mine, which give her an excellent turn of speed. These are brushed motors but are not available any more. The hull space is vast so easily accommodates batteries with space for sound system working radar etc. Regards Kevin

Mtronics and Lipo's by rossiter Petty Officer   Posted: 9 days ago
I'm hoping someone may be able to tell me why it is that on the Mtronics website, the only ESC suitable for a lipo battery is the 'TIO', yet two friends of mine are curently running lipo's with normal 25 and 40 amp Mtronics ESC's with no problems. My question therefor is....Can I or can I not run lipo's with these ESC's. I await any replies with interest. Thanks in advance

Wave Princess by jimdogge Chief Petty Officer   Posted: 14 days ago
Hello mate don't bother with any downloads just give me an address on the private message service and l will send a nice Chrisp copy of the wave princess plan l have. There are assembly instructions on the MB website with a list of Materials/parts l wouldn't bother it's been copied so many times it's almost unintelligible. Anyways good luck with the building and if l can give you any help on size or materials ( my princess is a 30 odd year old kit) l will try and help. Good luck Jim.

1/24 crew figures by Rookysailor Commander   Posted: 14 days ago
Adriansfigures are no longer trading, Adrian sold to Mountfleet who took all his mouldings and have now produced more, cannot find figures on their website, but they have them at the many shows they attend, might be worth giving them a call.😊 http://www.mountfleetmodels.co.uk/

Wave Princess by Snowballs Seaman   Posted: 15 days ago
Sorry forgot to mention. I will make a donation to the website

Wave Princess by jimdogge Chief Petty Officer   Posted: 15 days ago
Hi mate lm not to sure on how we communicate between members, not been on the M B website for long my self. l can get a copy of the plan printed up dont want paying for the plan just make a donation to the website. I think one of the a adjudicators may be able to explain how to communicate without putting to many personal details out onthe web. ok jim.

St Canute Planking Help? by Richard7 Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 22 days ago
Hey guys, I cannot thank you all enough for all these suggestions and advice, what a great website this is!!! I am swaying to purchase some blacks of balsa and give this a try, I did the same with my first model of the Billing Boat Norden (much smaller model) but on that occasion the stern block came with the kit. Does anyone have a website that I can purchase these blacks of balsa? I will try my local Hobbycraft store but they are sadly winding down on a lot of items. It is my intention to paint the St Canute the same colours as Billing Boats suggest, so none of the planks will be varnished but I will have a lot of sanding and shaping to do. Many thanks again to you all,👍 Kindest regards Richard

Solent class lifeboat by Andy1 Apprentice   Posted: 22 days ago
😁Hi all, I am new to this website, I have recently received boat plans for a 1/12 scale Solent class lifeboat of which I have started to build, the plans are dated for September 1976, I suspect they were originally for a kitt. My question is what size should the propellers be? As the model is going to spend most of it's time out of the water much detail would be most appreciated. Many thanks Andy.

Darby One Design hydro... by Westquay Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 22 days ago
Dowty Turbocraft was smiled upon by Donald Campbell as a service vessel after he'd used Albatrosses. It's thought it was a bit of wash from the Dowty that caused his final crash. i I used to have a Mk 1 Albatross, Hull 137, but nI couldn't use it anywhere fast due to river speed limits, so I flogged it. It was all riveted aluminium, made by ex Spitfire makers. The countersunk rivets, after over 50 years were so well applied you just couldn't see them. Amazing craftsmanship, but when they were first on sale, they were the price of a small house! I paid rather less, rebuilt the engine, repainted it and flogged it for a lot more, then made a 1/6th scale model of it and sold that to a man who owns most of the boathouses round Windermere. A Ford 1172 sidevalve engined boat would tow 2 water skiers amazingly. There's a website called Old Speed Boats that deals with Dowty Turbocraft well. Cheers, Martin

Taycol Supemarine Resurrection by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 30 days ago
Mornin' John, agree re chromite, but still don't know what chroDite is! I only personally own the one Taycol Target. I got into this whole Taycol business while I was renovating Dad's old Sea Scout last year and decided I wanted a bit more Oomph so upgraded it to a 1000kV brushless, which gives goods results on a 3S LiPo. See the vids I've posted of the the 'Sea trials' (Lake Trials!?). So I decided to use the Target in the ancient Billing Boats Danish fish cutter I'm restoring and converting from static to RC. Figured the Target would cope OK with the plodding pace of a fish cutter😉 BUT, I wanted it to be reversible without cumbersome external switches or relays as recommended by Taycol / Keil Kraft in those days. After surfing around a bit a found a website where others had tackled the same problem. Looked at their solutions and refined them slightly. All I do is rectify the pulsed (square wave) signal from the ESC with a bridge rectifier (4 hi-current diodes in a bridge form in one package), apply the + and - outputs from the rectifier to the field coil so that it produces a constant magnetic field just like the permanent magnet of a canned motor. The two alternating (pulsed) outputs of the ESC are applied to the AC (~) inputs of the rectifier, which go + / - or - / + according to the command from the TX, I apply to the brush terminals just like a normal brushed motor setup. The output of the ESC is a train of either positive of negative going DC pulses. Pic 2 the positive train on the scope. Pic 3 the negative train. The larger and wider the pulse the higher and longer the voltage is applied and the faster the motor spins. So called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM). The gaps between the pulses are smoothed out by the inertia (flywheel effect) of the motor, and anything hanging on it - like a prop and a few million gallons of wet stuff 😁 Hey presto, a field coil motor that runs forwards or backwards on command 😊 Main thing is simply to separate the field coil from the armature coil (i.e. brush gear) so you can control each one independently. No rocket science but highly satisfying when it all comes together and works on the pond. OK, I'll look up Mr Lynch, wasn't he the Sarge in Z Cars 😁😁😁 Cheers, Doug 😎

Ribble Model Boat Club by Gardener Chief Petty Officer   Posted: 1 month ago
Meet second Monday of every month. Sail at lake PR25 1PD every Wednesday evening from 6pm onwards when light permits ... See website for contact details etc

Good to be aboard by figtree7nts Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 month ago
Welcome Aboard, Gardener When it come to model boats. You have come to the right website! Their is a wealth of information to be had here! Cheers, Ed

BRAVE BORDERER by RHBaker Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 month ago
Been researching the squeal and stutter on other websites and conclude RFI is probably not the major contributor. Others attribute it to a mismatch in the ESC / motor timing, which seems more likely. Whatever caused it, resulted in the affected motor failing. Which came first, the failure causing squeal or squeal causing failure is open to conjecture. Much to my surprise the manufacturer has decided to replace the motor under warranty. In the meantime, the motors I had planned to use originally (2800kV Outrunners) came into stock, so purchased a couple. Until now have had to use the ESC default settings as did not have a programming card. This also arrived with the motors. Following advice from another contributor reprogrammed the motors with “softer” start and acceleration settings. Fitted and tried the new motors and settings. On the bench, the squeal and stutter have almost gone. The motors are also more tractable. As the brushless motors are now going to be used for high speed operation only, with slow on the centre brushed, thought could simplify the controls by putting the brushless ESCs on one control system using a “Y” lead. However, this introduced inconsistent and erratic motor responses. Reverted to the two previous separate controls, port and starboard. On the water the performance is fine, as is the reliability. The 2S battery gave almost half an hours operation. The bow lifts nicely with both 2 & 3 S Batteries; plenty of spray. Hopefully resembling a 50 knot vessel! Another adjustment is needed to the transom flaps to try to hold the bow down later as she accelerates. Feeling now to finally be making progress with this model. The squeal has not gone, nor has erratic motor operation. The squeal is high pitched screech, rather like treading on a budgie! When it happens, bringing the control back to neutral and advancing it again almost always overcomes it. The erratic operation happens also when starting and is rather like the motors are not getting a signal to react to the control. Again, returning through neutral briefly seems to correct it. The revised motors and ESCs have increased the weight to 6lbs for the hull including all running gear, excluding batteries and superstructure. Whilst still trying to control weight have concluded this figure is satisfactory as the performance certainly is.

Looking for Vosper Gunboat from Republic of Singapore Navy by tengcc Apprentice   Posted: 1 month ago
Hi, pretty new to this website. I am looking for this gunboat (any size/make) which Singapore navy have retired many years back. Appreciate your advise. thanks.

Sails by kmbcsecretary Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 month ago
I got mine from nylet sail makers they are listed on there website only downside is that they are made to order and they can be a bit of a wait as he his very busy but the quality is outstanding. Ron