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BRAVO ZULU! WELL DONE. The USCG 44' Motor Lifeboat was my first RC endeavor as well, in 1989. My latest is a Barracuda RC Boats 1:12 USCG 52' Type F Wooden Motor Lifeboat. Can't wait for 2018 navigation season! HAVE A SAFE RC BOATING DAY FAIR WINDS & FOLLOWING SEAS GOD BLESS AMERICA!
BRAVO ZULU! Nice boat, it reminds me of my brother's 13' 1956 Penyan that he completely restored back in the 90s. Love the mahogany btw. HAVE A SAFE RC BOATING DAY FAIR WINDS & FOLLOWING SEAS GOD BLESS AMERICA
I am using a laptop running windows 10. No idea why but can only select one photo at a time. anyway back to the main point why not message those who have not posted a photo with a can we see your boat request? Some may have thought I must get a decent photo them forgot.
BRAVO ZULU! Very fine replica sir. As small boy, I invested many hours in the basement on Dad's workbench to construct the Revell plastic kit of USS CONSTITUTION. I remember the detail of that model and subsequent plastic & wooden builds, so I can fathom the painstaking effort it involved to create this work of art. Thank you. FAIR WINDS & FOLLOWING SEAS
BRAVO ZULU! Very fine replica, sir. In relation, I am about to build a 1:48, 35" USCG 140' Bay Class Icebreaking tug, USCGC KATMAI BAY (WTGB-101). I was fortunate to sail aboard her in the mid '80s, and it's a pipe dream come true to build a scale RC replica of her. In fact, I have the matching 1:48 hull of a USCG 210' WMEC, USCGC VIGOROUS (WMEC-627), that I served aboard prior to. I am just now beginning to research CCG rescue vessels & small craft. I reckon that will take another adult childhood to discover! THANK YOU! HAVE A SAFE RC BOATING DAY. FAIR WINDS & FOLLOWING SEAS
[Score: 10/10] 40" Enterprise Capable of 8mph and a runtime of 120mins Direct Drive to a Mother nature Controlled Through Acoms ESC - Comments: I love this 8 meter yacht,sail number K91 It has a great keel shape allowing weed to be ignored most of the time. Built by the southwater dabblers a while back and has been through a few owners before I brought her. Moves in the lightest of winds and copes with large gusts too. Am improvement on the basic model is the larger rudder allowing superb control (unless I get distracted!) Deck is lined in wood with a cabin top allowing access to the inner workings. I am running it on a acoms 27Mhz set as it has never let me down I can see little point in changing it to 2.4 Ghz The only thing I have done is added some portholes and a wheel to make it more realistic. As can be seen in last photo not all weed can be ignored!!!
Well today was the first chance I had to take the boat to Coate Water in Swindon to use their small boating area, which is weed free and only about 3ft deep, Video 1 shows the boat with two 7.2 volt batteries at the rear of the boat, video 2 shows the boat with the two 7.2volt batteries mid section just behind the motor, video 3 shows the baot with the 12volt L/Acid battery with the two 7.2 volt batteries in the section in front of the motor as ballast, vidio 4 shows the bat with one 7.2 volt battery mid section with one 7.2 volt battery front section as ballast. Sorry about the quality of the video's but I was on my own so had my phone on a small tripod. The motor got quite hot, so maybe the 56 mm three bladed prop is too much still and I suspect the angle of the prop maybe too great, although with the present prop I would not be able to move it much as there is only about 5 mm between it and the hull. I seem to have trouble with downloading the video's it keeps coming up with a message saying download failed, I have tried downloading just one, that fails as well, any idea's?
Finished the major parts of the hull and am satisfied with the results. Now turned to the superstructure, which has turned into a challenge in its own right. Decided to break the structure down into decks and concentrate on each deck individually; before “rolling them up” into the complete structure. Also decided to make the central “core” first and complete, before adding the curved frontispiece containing the forward bulwarks. This would allow all the detail between the two such as windows, doors and portholes to be accurately made and positioned. The structure from the first deck upwards was made removable to gain access to the internal systems of this working model. The lovely flowing curves, which attracted me to the vessel initially, proved a pain to reproduce. The bends around the front corners required making each deck front separately and then gently bending heated styrene around a former to reproduce. There is much opportunity for hurling! Added a L shaped strip around the front of each deck, so there is something firm to glue the front bulwarks to. Was concerned that without something like that the individual deck shields would never line up properly. Similarly added styrene U channel along the deck edges to give a surface to which the shield side rails could be fitted. This also replicates the vertical deck edge panels that are evident in pictures. Felt this would also make the structure more robust, enabling it to be removed and refitted without damage.
Heard today that Swindon Model Centre was now closed. First time I went in there was in 1972 when I was based at RAF Lyneham, which has now been closed as an RAF station. Every time I returned to the UK they were still there) never forgave Rose for snubbing me in favour of Jan, but hey ho that's life, just hope it won't be another pound shop or nail bar !
Have had a look at the photo's, my thought is with Dave M, the mast is ahead of the keel balance, that is what is forcing the hull round under wind pressure, instead of a counterbalance, the bows are forced down bringing the keel weight even further back with the bows digging in even more. Did you build this model??? if so is there room in the hull to move the keel and its supports close up to the mast?? Mark
I am not familiar with this particular model, was it built from a kit, published plan? Adding lead to the keel will help to keep the boat upright in strong winds, but will add weight. I can understand the logic for your suggestion but really it's the keel support / mast position that looks wrong. Is the keel removable?
If it's just for pleasure you can modify as much as you want. If it's turning into wind chances are the mast is too far forward and looking at the pic it does seem to be tensioned towards the bow. If you slacken off the fore stay and tighten the rear stay this should move the mast tip towards the stern which should help. You could also try loosening the main sail at the boom to help it catch the wind.
Hi Pilot I have the Precedent Huntsman 34" hull with the 3648-1450kv, 100 Amp car ESC, 2 blade 40mm 1.4 pitch CNC prop and at present only running on a 3S 5800mah Lipo. I am still working on the cabin and that windscreen. Installed the front, rear, toilet and kitchen windows and frames today. The boat is very quick in the 35-40KPHour mark, so it's not slow. Canabus
Fran Oakey designed the Griffon 600 as a wooden model. Originally called the MM600 it used 2mm liteply without any lightning holes. It is heavier than the Depron version but will operate in rougher water and higher wind speeds. Takes the knocks better too.
[Score: 8/10] 52"/4600g USCGC VIGOROUS (WMEC-627) Capable of 10mph and a runtime of 60mins Twin Propellors (7 Blade 50mm) Direct Drive to a 775 JOHNSON-TYPE 6-12V (7 Blade) Powered by NiMH (8.4v) 3Amp/h Batteries Controlled Through DIMART FAN-COOLED 320A (20Amps) ESC - Comments: ON THE WAYS: (TOO LONG FOR THE TUB) A 1:48 COAST GUARD MODELS (CHICAGOLAND) 52" F/G HULL. SCALE REPLICA OF USCGC VIGOROUS (WMEC-627), ONE OF THREE CUTTERS I SAILED ABOARD WHILE PROUDLY SERVING IN THE GLORIOUS 1980'S. THE BUILDER OF THESE HULLS DOES JUST ABOUT EVERY USCG CRAFT, WWII TO PRESENT. UNFORTUNATELY, DUE TO HEALTH REASONS, HE IS ABOUT TO RETIRE AND RELINQUISH THE FORMS. HIS WEBSITE IS COASTGUARD MODELS.COM IF ANYONE IS INTERESTED. I PLAN TO ORDER A USCG BAY CLASS ICEBREAKING TUG THIS WEEK, BEFORE IT'S OBSOLETE. THAT WOULD ALSO COMPLETE MY USCG FLEET THAT IS RELATIVE TO MY SERVICE. THERE ARE NO SUPERSTRUCTURE ASSEMBIES AVAILABLE FOR THE WMEC, HENCE A SCRATCH BUILD FROM THE MAIN DECK IS IN MY NAUTICAL FUTURE. LUCKILY, GEORGE BIEDA @ WINDJAMMERARTS.COM PUT TOGETHER A LARGE SHEET OF 1:48 DRAWINGS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION. MY PHOTOGRAPHIC MEMORY IS PRETTY GOOD, BUT EVERY LIL BIT HELPS, I RECKON. THERE IS, HOWEVER A S/S & CABIN ASSLY FOR THE BAY CLASS, AT A COST, OF COURSE. PARATUS GERERE! YES, MR. ARNOLD PALMER WAS A US COAST GUARDSMAN (YM3) 1950-53