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Hi Wingcoax, I found my stanchions and rails at http://www.modelboatbits.com/ . They were good to deal with and delivered in a couple of days. I spent half an hour on my knees at the boot sale where I bought my Sea King searching through 3 boxes and found most of my external fittings. I will have a look on line to see if I can find a supplier for you. You will be surprised how well the existing stanchions look when gently redressed with a multi tool wire spindle.
Unfortunately, or maybe not, my Dad told me when I was 12 years of age that 'You can't have too many tools, Son'. He is 88 now and I remind him just about every time I see him. He just smiles and I spend hours in my garage searching for that item I know is in there somewhere. I still love it when I have the exact tool for the job.
Had this Fortune 612 delivered through the post while in Hospital and when unpacked found that the keel had broken at the base. Any advice please as to a suitable method of repair as I can't seem to find a replacement on 'tinternet'. Fibreglass comes to mind???
At long last, in 7 days time, I will be having a new knee... bionic, of course. I have put it off too long. As i will be out of action for a while and unable to drive for six weeks I have upscaled a PDF plan of a Springer tug to keep me busy. She will be 23" in length and and a 10" beam made from 3mm ply. Hopefully she will keep me from going stir crazy. Again, I will be relying on you knowledgeable lot to guide me...... and yes I will be cutting the lawn before I go in.
Yesterday, I ventured over the Severn Bridge to Weston Super Mare to meet a real gentleman named Reg who was looking to pass on his boats from the 60s and later. I was particularly interested in a 46" Crash Tender built in 1966. Reg took me to his shed and said he needed more space and would have dumped the boat he made in 1966. I said I would love to restore it and he refused to take anything in return. He also gave me a Speed Boat and a part built Billings 'Wasa'. What a marvellous gesture and now I become custodian of these beautiful models, to restore and love for a few more years until they are passed to another enthusiast. My initial aim is to see if I can breathe some life into the Crash Tender and Speed Boat which are both IC driven and then decide whether I convert them to modern electrics/electronics. I guess I will lean heavily on the knowledge of this site along the way. To Reg I send my gratitude.
No need for the Hooha. In some waters I would have broken out the snorkel and breathing tank. One, I'm not stupid, two, I can swim, Three, the water was just over 3 feet, Four, I am an exhibitionist. Unbekannte Flitze, you have a lot to answer for!
Managed, at last, to get to the water on Monday at the Knap in Barry, South Wales with the Vale of Glamorgan Model Boat Club. Unbekannte Flitze was very fast off the mark, agile with incredible turns and generally good control. After about 5 or 6 minutes she became sluggish and I started to bring her in. About a yard out she just pointed her nose in the air and bubbled ignominiouly as she went to the bottom. Only one answer. off with everything but my pants and in we go. Rumour from Ken Thompson was that i was practising for the local Iron Man event. One poor lady actually believed it. The problem was a loose water cooling pipe....my fault for p... poor preparation. Note to self... buy chest waders.
Recently fixed my Son's hand held rechargeable vacuum cleaner and was impressed by the power of the Li-Ion battery. Picked up a bag of 8 x 18650 3.7v 3500 mah batteries and 2 chargers at the Boot Sale this morning. £10 seemed reasonable. I fancy putting two in series in a battery holder to give me 7.4v at 3500 mah. This seems too simple. What am i missing and why are Li-Ion batteries not used more regularly for model boats? I need a battery guy's guidance please. ........and I don't mean Torchy. Younger members may find that reference a little obscure.