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Registered
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Derek

Member Stats
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Member No. 2161
Registered 24th Jan 2013
Last Online 9th Feb 2017
City Middlesbrough
Country United Kingdom
Boats in Harbour 10
Sailing Locations 2
Forum Posts 146
Photos Posted 16
Likes Received 22
Likes Given 9
163 Total Posts
Sailing Locations
Redcar Model Boat Club
Since: 24th Jan 2013
Darlington and District
Since: 16th Dec 2015
Harbour
Lesro
Type: Other
St Canutte
Type: Tug Boat
Robbe Dusseldorf
Type: Fire Boat
+7 More
Commander
Ranks Points
Fleet Admiral 1000
Admiral 800
Captain 600
Commander 400
Lieutenant 200
Sub-Lieutenant 100
Chief Petty Officer 50
Petty Officer 25
Seaman 10
Apprentice 2
Recruit 0
71 points away from Captain!
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Boats in Harbour 8 80
Forum Thread 5 65
Forum Post 2 292
Event 8 8
Photo Gallery 10 0
Photos Response 3 9
Video Post 15 0
Video Response 3 0
Build Blog 20 0
Blog Post 5 0
Blog Response 3 6
Sailor 8 16
Guestbook Post 8 0
Liked Posts 1 9
Received Likes 2 44
529 Total Points
United Kingdom
Recent Posts
RNLI-Severn by Derek Commander   Posted: 2 years ago
Is it one of the type that's showing on eBay for £90. Or a kit. If it's the eBay type you could end up with a very expensive "toy" for such a young lad by the time you put modelers components in. Unfortunately built lifeboat models don't leave thier owners very often, unlike say cabin. Cruisers and torpedoed boats. If you are a modeller apologies for " teaching your granny etc). Built my son a Robbe Dolly when he was around 10. That was over 20yrs ago. U now have around 24 serious models and either they're getting heavier or I'm getting older. Is there any clubs in your area you can visit and have a chat. I'm inNortheast.

Question about Adhesives by Derek Commander   Posted: 2 years ago
I used to use £1 shop twin epoxy until I installed a prop shaft with it in a fibre glass hull. I didn't paint it or anything. Found it softened and peeled off. So now avoid as not sure which £1 shop it came from. On this subject I'm struggling to find anything but Gorilla glue in the shops. Seems it's pushed Araldite, Evosick and even Wilko's own brand exopy off the shelves.

Boaty- Pro Boat Blackjack 29. RTR fast electric by Derek Commander   Posted: 2 years ago
It's a matter of choice preference. As scale boats generally use the sticks, and 25 yrs of those I've sort of got used to them. However I have the little Joyswsy super mono x with the wheel, and soon got the hang of it. It's an excellent self righting fun, cheap, and quick boat. Highly recommended if you just want a fasty to say you've got one without the expense

Smoke Generator by Derek Commander   Posted: 2 years ago
This is the smoke unit in Imara. Standard toilet type overflow pipe. Unfortunately to get to the funnel it requires a long length which may cause some "smoke" to condense on warm days. But cold days its quite effective. "Model smoke effect.com. The case for the unit is 3D printed apparently (useless information I know) 😎

Smoke Generator by Derek Commander   Posted: 2 years ago
I use the"yellow" one from eBay. "Model smoke effect.com. It's in my large Caldercraft "Imara" operated from transmitter via micro switch and servo. Bit of mesh over the tunnel to dissipate the smoke. Says to use cold water.

ordering from overseas by Derek Commander   Posted: 2 years ago
I've found sometimes paying through PayPal doesn't see to add p&p with hobbyking

ordering from overseas by Derek Commander   Posted: 2 years ago
When buying multiple items from say, ebay Chinese speed controllers (hobby wing) I tend to order separately days apart to keep individual purchase cost. They sometimes put this cost on the outside.

ordering from overseas by Derek Commander   Posted: 2 years ago
Got to be careful with custom duties also. I purchased an unusual prototype skirtless hovercraft from Australia. Customs,vat etc added over £40. The finished project was worth it though.

Speed control (brushed) 16.8v by Derek Commander   Posted: 2 years ago
If anyone requires a brushed speed controller upto 16.8v without spending stupid money, as I was.Howes models. Graupner 60A.was £86.99 now £29.99.

New Guy On Th e Block:-Introduction by Derek Commander   Posted: 2 years ago
Hi. I don't wish to put you off boating. But the bigger they are, the more maintenance. They are. I know I have Caldercrafts Imara that weighs in at 2.5 stones (English). Beautiful model. As a taster have you thought if getting a nice looking 1M yacht to get handling practice. Bit like fishing without the mess%uD83D%uDE00. Very relaxing. Derek

700 to brushles direct replacement by Derek Commander   Posted: 2 years ago
Thanks for that. Saved me a lot of head scratching. Another bit of on line today then.its a hard life%uD83D%uDE00%uD83D%uDE00

700 to brushles direct replacement by Derek Commander   Posted: 2 years ago
Have an old Billings jet boat that goes (ok) but needs at least 14v. Finding speed controllers is a struggle. SO, does anyone know of a brushless motor that could be a direct mount in the jet unit. Thanks Derek.

Brushless by Derek Commander   Posted: 2 years ago
THis is the Going brushless article. bit gentle for starters. www.modelboats.co.uk/news/article/going-brushless/8029

Brushless by Derek Commander   Posted: 2 years ago
There is light hearted article called "Going brush less" by John Parker on the web somewhere. Worth an introduction. I have a copy if you can't find it. ps. if I'm not spelling well I have sight issue at moment.

Brushless by Derek Commander   Posted: 2 years ago
I'm no expert on this, so will leave to others. But while wait.I also have one with the original silly size prop thread. So let that alone. Mine runs on brushed at about scale with. Was told spray rails on the hull help planing. Regards brushess. If a 1000kv. That means for every battery volt used, it's 1000rpm. So 1000 kV x11.v (lipo) or whatever is used gives motor speed. Personally I'd do what I do,use a similarly size can to the brushed one you have from eBay. A speed control from eBay China . I have some good water proof stupid Amp rating ones. never a moments bother. around £15 I think. Have fun once you get someone more knowledgeable.

Search lights by Derek Commander   Posted: 2 years ago
I have around 24 Models. From Billings St Canutte to caldercrafts Imara to model slipway etc etc. All most had failed or no lights. So I began a major refit / install. Through radio switching (micro servos & switches. Ok I got carried away, I admit but had just finished working. Regardless what led is used they show up great in day light. I've finished now. Enjoy the project whatever you chose. Vickers.

Search lights by Derek Commander   Posted: 2 years ago
When people spend hundreds on models, I dispute when Christmas tree lights are mentioned. The one talk about start at .99p, ok each. But at least they should lady forever. But get some spares. Sorry about the rant, BUT

Search lights by Derek Commander   Posted: 2 years ago
I always recommend the 3mm led on eBay from MK shop. Built in resistor behind the led. 9-12v but work at lower. All my modern updates have them. All colours, and flashing. Best bit UK and cheap

Westbourne Model Centre by Derek Commander   Posted: 2 years ago
This is a multi re occuring event. Do all the credit card, tradiing standards and now the BBC have no sway over them. The account must be in chaos showing huge profits with stock stayingon the shelves. Some say if you call you get it. But even for UK people that's impossible. Again can't anyone shut the web site Dow.

Propshaft Alignment by Derek Commander   Posted: 2 years ago
I use the bonded rubber type from "model boat bits". Made to suit and vibration dampers. They will also make new shafts s for existing tubes if worn.

Gorila resin glue by Derek Commander   Posted: 2 years ago
I only one bought £1 shop type appoxy and. Bit I used it bond a propshaft. It turned opaque and eventually peeled off. But like all things 99 percent of the time it's fine for figures and fittings. Tried gorilla and it's Sam as others, just marketing hype. Mostly I use "Wilko" stuff. (UK shop)

recharging NiMh batteries by Derek Commander   Posted: 2 years ago
No not if the"Y" lead means both packs are in paralegal, ie if the output voltage from the Y lead is the same whether one or 2 packs connected. The charger can't determine which pack is full or not. If in series it's fine, however you'd need a charger capable charging the total Vols across both packs. For example 2x 7.2v packs in series needs a charger capable of 14.4v or as they usually state 12cells. Not sure they would charge any quicker like this. Better having more than 1 charger if lack of time is the issue. I have 2 multi, 1 gell and a dedicated lipo charger.

Is westbournemodel@ co serious? by Derek Commander   Posted: 2 years ago
The service says it all, that about 2 days longer than in Notheast England%uD83D%uDE00%uD83D%uDE00

Speed Controller by Derek Commander   Posted: 2 years ago
Look at the amp & lipo cell rating for the motor. Then at least equal or exceed that. Above a certain rating it will be water cooled also. In that case not sure which way the water should flow first. Probably the ESC. Others may disagree.

Is westbournemodel@ co serious? by Derek Commander   Posted: 2 years ago
At the end of the day, it only seems to be one company with a problem. Unfortunately they have such an excellent looking web site they are always going to get customers from all over the world(as we have seen on here). Some will be satisfied, some will not. I personally had a problem around a year ago with not receiving items. They said it had not been seen on the system. By then they did not have some items but didn't tell me, just sent what they had. I rang, was told the boss does refunds when he gets a reasonable amount. As it was small he would do it over the phone. Sorted. However I have not and will not use them again unless it's face to face and I can see the items. Cornwall, Sussex and model boat bits are my usual suppliers. And of course ebay.

Is westbournemodel@ co serious? by Derek Commander   Posted: 2 years ago
Wonder why westbourne haven't responded on this or another well known web site forum. Surely they must know of their problems and the negative comments being levelled at them.

Is westbournemodel@ co serious? by Derek Commander   Posted: 2 years ago
Yep Cornwall are excellent as are model boat bits. One thing with those is they will make new shafts for your aged models to the spec you want if you don't have the facilities yourself. Saves changing the whole thing.Ordered couplings Monday came today (Wednesday).

Doncaster Model Engineering Show by Derek Commander   Posted: 2 years ago
Those in the area, don't forget it's the new Doncaster model engineering event this weekend,formally the Harrogate model engineering show. Doncaster racecourse.

RFI problem by Derek Commander   Posted: 2 years ago
Try moving the receiver as far as possible from the motors & controllers. Keep antenna horizontal. I use servo extension cables to place the receiver in the superstructure if possible. You haven't by any chance extended the antenna on the receiver have you. This is a definite no, it causes all sorts of issues

2 x ESCs by Derek Commander   Posted: 2 years ago
Ok ta, I'll look at them.