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36" Thames River Police Launch by Robbob by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 4 days 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.

How to view and/or download posted PDF files :) by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 7 days ago
Hi All, This is one of the most frequently asked questions, I also learned the hard way, by fooling around with the mouse keys and looking closely at what then appeared in the Media Gallery display window 😉 So here's how! 😊 Just left click on the Adobe icon in the post so that the Media Gallery opens with the larger icon. Left click on [Download], in the top left corner of the media gallery window. Windows will then ask you if you want to Save or Open the file. left click 'Open', your pdf reader will open it. If you have more than one pdf reader installed the Windows box may ask you 'Open With' ... your choice😉 You can then read the file and, if you want, save it to wherever you want using your PDF reader App Save command. If you are using a 'Dumbphone / Tablet' or a different Op System - I don't know and can't help 🤔 I don't! BTW: the site always shows 'Adobe' regardless of which PDF app you actually use. Personally I use Nuance Power PDF as it has many more useful functions, including editing and conversion to Word doc and other formats, and no (as yet😉) security weaknesses! Once installed Nuance also enables you to simply convert many other file types to pdf, e.g. all the usual MS Office stuff, DOC, XL* etc 😊 Cheers, Doug 😎 BTW: this also applies to any other file appearing in the Media Gallery; e.g. photos, so you can download and store them for future reference 😊 All you then need is an App on your device that can read 'em, that's your part folks 😁

Wild Duck Sailboat article by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 7 days ago
Hi PJ, The reader is HTML5 and not a pdf file unfortunately. The reader does have a print command, where you can also select page ranges, but when I try it the prints come out oversize so that there's only about a third of the page actually printed. And yes, I've b******d about with all possible printer settings (on the 3 printers available to me) all to no avail. Seems that the reader App overrides my own printer drivers!😡 Best solution I found up to now, and used this evening to print an HMCS Snowberry conversion article I found in the same issue, is to use Windows 'Snipping Tool' to copy the pages only. Problem with Print Screen is that you also get all the system / app junk around what you really want! 🤔 Cheers, Doug 😎 BTW on my keyboard the command is [Strg,Druck/S-Abruf] 😉😁

Videos by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 7 days ago
Shouldn't make any difference John! The 'Save or Open' Window box (!) comes from the operating system of your device. The box includes an 'Open with' option drop down box which displays the PDF handling programs available on the device. What are you using? PC or Dumbphone? Cheers, Doug 😎 PS Nuance is NOT free like Adobe Reader, but much better 👍 BTW; if you install Nuance Power PDF and uninstall Adobe Reader all your pdf files will automatically be opened by Nuance!

Videos by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 7 days ago
Oh dear oh dear oh dear! How many times have I explained this 😲 (So often I copied the text into a Wordpad file 😁) All you have to do is Just left click on the Adobe icon so the Media Gallery opens with the larger icon. Left click on [Download], top left corner of the media gallery window. Windows will then ask you if you want to Save or Open the file. left click 'Open', your pdf reader will open it. You can then save it to wherever you want. If you are using a 'Dumbphone' - I don't know🤔 I don't! BTW: I use Nuance Power PDF, much more versatile than Adobe and without the security weaknesses! Cheers, Doug 😎

BRAVE BORDERER - BRUSHLESS SUMMARY by RHBaker Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 7 days ago
Used a small 6 - 12 volt pump bought from E Bay. Have used windscreen washer pumps before, but they are relatively heavy and bulky. This was quite compact and light and were closer to my weight restriction.

BRAVE BORDERER - BRUSHLESS SUMMARY by BOATSHED Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 7 days ago
Is it a car windscreen washer pump ?

Transmitter-Rain Cover by DodgyGeezer Lieutenant   Posted: 8 days ago
Same here. I made a nice warm cosy out of a yard of leatherette - see below: Beats everything the wind and rain can throw at it...

Transmitter-Rain Cover by ukengineman Petty Officer   Posted: 9 days ago
Many years ago I used to do a lot of glider slope soaring. Standing on top of a hill on a windy day in the winter soon numbs the hands. I solved the problem by using an old tea cosy with a hole in the top. If the was rain around then a plastic bag was used over the top of the cosy. Alan

Transmitter-Rain Cover by jarvo Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 9 days ago
HI Ron, I have a similar one, very useful in the colder months, stops the wind on your hands. As a by product it keeps the transmitter batteries warmer, so they last longer, got to workout how to keep my motor battery warm to get longer sailing times!!!

Landing Ship Tanks (WW2) by Nerys Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 12 days ago
Thanks very much Doug for that wealth of information which I hadn't found. I never knew there was so much information available and am extremely grateful to you for bringing it to my attention. I will also pass it on to my sister who has all his personal records, published writings, drawings and cartoons etc. As a matter of interest, there is a drawing of LST 368 on a beach somewhere, by my father, in the D Day museum in Southsea. An LST is on my list of future builds, but at the moment I have a Dutch coaster, a Thames barge and the restoration of a pond yacht on the stocks. I feel I owe it to my father to build an LST, but equally should I also build one of his previous commands?, a tramp Ship, S.S. Ashbury or the last ship on which he served?, the training ship Arethusa, perhaps in her original guise as the four masted barque 'Peking' Fair winds, Nerys.

no name by keithtindley Chief Petty Officer   Posted: 15 days ago
made from a krick felix launch kit.As usual i have made slight changes especially in regards to the final finish of medium oak stain. The original windows were cut from a sheet using templates provided and some did not fit as they were on the small side.i used some plastic sheet i had to make my own replacements.I also changed the prop coupling for a universal joint(i always do) I prefer the less is more approach to some models.

Videos by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 16 days ago
Same here Martin drizzle all day. What they call here 'Kuschelwetter', cuddling weather! 😉 Forecasted to remain so through Monday, then we start getting warm winds from Italy again. Temperature back up to 20°C by Friday😊 You may remember the Föhn wind from your time in Sauerlach. Still, managed to get started with the preservative on my fence posts. Mounting will have to wait until Thursday or Friday I expect. More info tomorrow when I've dug a bit deeper into the partly contradictory Praktika docs!! Cheers, Doug 😎

MTB by ikseno99 Chief Petty Officer   Posted: 19 days ago
[Score: 7/10] 36"/1200g MTB Capable of 4mph and a runtime of 60mins Single Propellor (3 Blade 30mm) Direct Drive to a 540 (3 Blade) Powered by Lead Acid (6v) 4Amp/h Batteries Controlled Through tornado 20 amp ESC - Comments: A Deans Marine Kit. Flat Pack wood / ply. Made up to a nice model. Runs well, although it could do with a little more "bite" on the water As with all hard chine light weight boats it is prowl to windage. Good on still waters but rubbish with a breeze in competitions.

34" RAF Crash Tender Windows by Colin H. Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 21 days ago
This was supposed to be a full and true restoration according to the blurb given on our trip, I thought at the time it looked a bit too blingy. But wow what a great trip, and a tribute to the people who served in her and the lives it saved. Cheers Colin.