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Donations - Thank You by Fireboat Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 6 hours ago
Hi All, Just a quick thank you to everyone who donated in 2017 and so far in 2018. It's only with the kind contribution of members this website keeps going. Advertising helps, but it doesn't fully cover the costs of hosting, domains, mobile apps, security certificates and upkeep on its own. A few things on here are due an overhaul again, usually I take time out at Christmas to overhaul sections of the website, but this Christmas break was too hectic, so the website had to take the back seat (or the stern perch). Going forward it's still a life project that continues for me. The website will turn 11 this year, it's come a long way in that time. Originally just static pages, people would email photos of their boats and I'd manually put them online. Laughably unsustainable these days if that still happened, so I must thank you all for keeping the ship sailing, the engines firing and the masts raised! I'd still like to overhaul the website, so amongst juggling a job and other commitments I will be working on this. If you haven't yet but would like to do so, please consider donating. The average donation last year was £8 - so an even bigger thank you to those who stretched a bit further. Donations can be sent securely through PayPal – just click the amount you’d like to donate in the left side panel on the website or at the bottom of the home tab on the mobile app. If your local currency isn't GBP, PayPal will let you enter a value in your local currency. Cash and cheques are accepted although less preferred because of security. If you wish to do this anyway, please PM me for details. Many thanks once again, Happy 11th Birthday to the website and Best Wishes to everyone for 2018! Stephen

Ranks by Fireboat Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 7 hours ago
Hi All, thought I best throw my thoughts in since I invented the ranking 😋 It was roughly based off the royal navy ranks, but was never supposed to be an accurate representation. Since we're a boating community it did have to be something from the maritime arena, so the navy ranks were used as the basis but are not complete of course: Fleet Admiral Admiral Captain Commander Lieutenant Sub-Lieutenant Below these, the badges are not accurate, but they do provide a stylised depiction of a members rank. Some badges in the navy are specialist and not considered higher or lower in rank than others so these can't really be used. Chief Petty Officer Petty Officer Seaman Apprentice Recruit A recruit seems applicable more for the website than to the navy. Anyone who has registered but hasn't contributed in anyway are recruits. Then when they do anything (even liking a post) they'll be advanced to Apprentice. Certainly don't get hung up over it. It's all for fun and to encourage people to post great content and helpful advice 👍 I've heard other forums are boring and don't have ranks at all 😉 Stephen

Fireboat and Sunderland together again by pmdevlin Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 days ago
wow you must have been bored Doug resurrecting that! It was taken in the north west of England, Carr Mill lake. David built the Sundy from scratch, he doesn't use it much now, it was always tempremental getting the 4 motors to have equal thrust. That was the last time he used the fireboat, he is juts into planes now. I was surprised how iconic that picture was, and considering this forum is the birthplace of the fireboat website there wasn't many comments. Here is the sundy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TEVdHSuqvo&index=17&list=UU...

ANGLE RNLI 150th ANNIVERSARY by battleshipbuff Petty Officer   Posted: 3 days ago
I have been asked to put on a Model Lifeboat Display for the 150th anniversary of the Angle Pembrokshire Wales,Station, 11th and 12th AUGUST 2018 this will be in a marquee close to the water so you can chose to display on or off the water or both NOTE SALT WATER! I am inviting Model Lifeboat owners from all over the country,and a few have expressed their interest already. Hoping to make it the biggest model Lifeboat Show in Wales for the year, and permission has been granted for all other model boat types to attend also There will be camping nearby, for tents motorhomes and caravans,and there is also a pub nearby and another in the village as well as a cafe for your food or possibly accomodation if wanted. I will be advertising it on various model boat websites and magazine. I would certainly like you to come if you can manage it.Set up day is the 10th,and I am sure if you wanted to come a day or so earlier we can arrange it for you. There will be at least three Historic Lifeboats attending,hopefully more,which will include the ex Angle Watson Lifeboat. The event will be part of the Angle Regatta Week, so many other types of craft will be attending There is also a Beer and Cider Festival at the same time,and Live Music Please give me a ring on 01209 820844,or private message me to let me know your thoughts. Look forward to hearing from you Sincerely, Mick French

TRIUMPH (CG-52301) USCG Type F MLB by circle43nautical Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 9 days ago
Laser cut kit from Barracuda RC Boats, N Carolina, USA. Baltic birch plywood false keel, ribs/frames, hull sheathing, deck and cabins. No formal plans; I was able to source a handful of B&W archival photos from the USCG website. Fortunately I was able to procure a motherload of archival photos and a few hard to read layout drawings from Mr. Timothy Dring, LCDR, USN (Ret.). He is co-author of "American Coastal Rescue Craft", which is the "bible" if you will, of such. I do sometimes thank the internet. I am certain that without his assistance, my efforts on this wouldn't have been as enjoyable. The kit was also void of fittings, which I was aware of prior to purchase, so I invested in a 3D printer. That I've used to a limited degree, due to searching for parts in the correct file format is mind-numbing! I have globally sourced fittings; USA, UK, ASIA. As a matter of fact, the searchlights I got from this Model Boat Shop were 3D printed, and I was able to fit 5mm LEDs into them. I'd like to get a couple more and put some superbright 12v LED drone lamps in them for use on my 35" towboat. Many deck fittings are handmade when possible, the cleats and fairleads are from Cornwall Boats, UK. (Very reasonable & diverse source, if you didn't already know.) I try to keep wood natural when detail allows it, as I never have enjoyed painting over natural grain. Her decks are covered with 1/16" scribed basswood sheathing from earthandtree.com, which is normally used for wainscoting dollhouse walls. All my boats that have wood decks are covered with scribed sheathing; I feel it makes 'em look "sexy". Believe it or not, the idea for wainscoting came from finding 3/16" at Hobby Lobby's dollhouse department. A couple of feet x 3.5" was about $16, so I found a less expensive source that also had more selections (earthandtree.com) The rail stanchions are 3/16" square dowels with 2 corners rounded over on the Dremel router table. Leaving their base square, I fit a square peg into a round hole with no glue to facilitate removal, and also for ease of replacing broken ones, which is inevitable. The rail is 1/16" brass rod that also is readily removable. The stern rail is stationary on the lower half, and the chain & wire stanchions are removable for towing ops. The deck coamings and knuckle are African mahogany strips, other mahogany accents came from leftovers of a prior build. I also try on all my boats, to incorporate vintage leftover scribed sheathing salvaged from my late Father's builds, so I know he's got a part in my builds. Note-the raised deck section between the aft ladder trunk and towing bit is actually a laminated deckhouse he made for the Frigate Essex. Unfortunately, he was unable to build that kit due to Alzheimer's disease in his latter years. (I blame that mostly on the hazardous fumes from the airplane "dope" & glue he used when building RC planes in the 60s & 70s.) I use polyurethane instead of resin due to COPD, 37 yrs of smoking, I quit 2.5 yrs ago. The driveline consists of: 775 Johnson DC main (3500 RPM@12V), Harbor Models 4mm x 14" shaft w/brass stuffing box, Raboesch 75mm 5-blade brass wheel (not OEM), 5mm U-joint couplers, Dimart 320A fan-cooled ESC. Handmade wooden teardrop rudder on a 3/8" sternpost, 1/4" tiller arm steered by a Halcion sail winch servo and cable system. Flysky 6 channel. The nav lights and other illumination are Lighthouse 9v LEDs, also a GoolRC Receiver controlled flashing blue Law Enforcement light. Obviously, I put the cart before the horse and completed the topsides and below deck before finishing the outer hull, but the Wx and season change dictated such. Can't wait for Spring!

Steam sound unit (variable speed) by ads90 Lieutenant   Posted: 11 days ago
Thanks Dave for letting us know - I only checked yesterday and had a good look at the Forge Electronics website. I only have a 50mm dia speaker in my large tug running at 6 volts and that is loud enough and I can hear it on t'other side of the pond, your set-up must be deafening 👍 Alan

Billings Kongeskibet Dannebrog #410 by jarvo Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 11 days ago
Hi Allen, go on the Billings website, they have posted a lot of plans etc for download Mark

1 / 12 th Scale Figures by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 12 days ago
Excellent source Dave, esp for RNLI bods👍 But ANDY: look here, http://www.dkfigures.co.uk/ then you get directly to their website / shop without having to go via 'nosy' Facebook' 😉 Cheers Doug 😎

Aerokits fire boat 35" by jarvo Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 15 days ago
Hi Kevin, I would recommend a brushless motor, and have great success with Airtec motors, real model shop with real people on the end of the phone. The one i would use is AXP 3542/1000. They recommend a 60 ah ESC but i would up this to 90 or 100, just in case of a fouled prop etc. Just type in Airtec Hobbies its all on there website Mark

Props by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 17 days ago
Hi Chris, here is the graphic answer from the Raboesch website. Makers of some of the finest brass props and shafts around. 😊 http://raboeschmodels.com/index.php/en/ As you can see from the pic the leading edge is actually the curved edge. General opinion is that for best rudder effect (esp. if a single rudder between two shafts) is to have the props turning inward at the top. I.e. when going ahead port prop turns clockwise (R in the pic) and the starboard prop anticlockwise (L in the pic) seen from the rear. Cheers Doug 😎

Happy New Year. by figtree7nts Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 17 days ago
Happy New Year to all Model Boat Website Members and Many Happy Returns.....

Skiff update by boaty Commander   Posted: 22 days ago
Try Dens Models Website if you are looking for a small outboard motor. He is the dealer for the Aeronaut range that do both boats and aircraft. I have seen an outboard powered model in his range and he is situated on the Isle of Wight. Den is an excellent person with a longstanding interest in model making .😊 Boaty.

lots of sanding by Trillium Captain   Posted: 1 month ago
The main advantage of Eze-kote may be its main disadvantage: it's water-based. As stated on the Great Hobbies website, "This product may be damaged by freezing. Shipping during periods of weather below zero is not recommended." So in Canada, shipping between December and May is not recommended. It does not state "Protect from freezing" on the bottle, but it would be helpful if someone who has tried it can confirm it's OK after freezing. There are 4 Great Hobbies stores in Canada if you are lucky enough to be able to visit and pick up the product. Roy

Website shop by Bryan-the-pirate Lieutenant   Posted: 1 month ago
I am curious as I have recently joined I have no idea how long it has been closed for. Also there are some bits I have seen I would quite like to buy.

Website shop by rolfman2000 Admiral   Posted: 1 month ago
Well, according to the caption, it says "Don't worry, we will return" So, I would imagine it will reopen in the future. Best wishes, Dave W 😊