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    ๐Ÿ“ Very nearly two Fleet Admirals.
    22 days ago by billmcl61 ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Ah well done on your promotion Martin, well deserved Sir.

    Bill
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    ๐Ÿ“ SEA COMANDER RE-FURB.
    29 days ago by billmcl61 ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Ah that's great thanks Peter, this looks like a great project. Would you have the plans and templates that Colin mentioned.

    Many thanks

    Bill
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    ๐Ÿ“ SEA COMANDER RE-FURB.
    30 days ago by billmcl61 ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    The sea commander is a fine looking boat, does anyone know if the plans are available anywhere, I can only find the Aero-kits model online at a pricey 200 pounds or so + p and p.

    Bill
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    ๐Ÿ“ Guestbook
    30 days ago by billmcl61 ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Guess I should also sign in, as I have found so much useful information and advice here.

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    ๐Ÿ“ Rowboat equipment suggestions
    30 days ago by billmcl61 ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Oh thank you Doug....Dash it wrong Bill !!
    My apologies to everyone, when I looked again I realised that the original wording, while not swearing, was certainly in my view unsuitable for a family based forum.
    The wording has now been changed to something more suitable.
    I again apologise if this has caused any offence to anyone.

    Bill
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: 1 Inch Tug
    1 month ago by billmcl61 ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Now I don't know if that is genius, skill or just plain old showing off ๐Ÿ˜Š, but that is really impressive Martin.

    Bill
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    ๐Ÿ“ Beginner ๐Ÿคฉ
    1 month ago by billmcl61 ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hi Martin,

    This is a very good link, everything is explained fully in simple terms, plus he has a load of other good videos.

    Bill
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: "MARGE" Completed.
    1 month ago by billmcl61 ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hi Martin,

    It's really impressive what you've achieved with bits n pieces, I love the colour scheme. I can't wait to see her sea trials.
    It just goes to show how with a little bit of imagination what can be achieved.
    Well done and thank you for sharing your build.

    Bill
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: riva aquarama
    1 month ago by billmcl61 ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hi Doug,

    Many thanks, doesn't sound to hard, I'll have a play about next week when everything arrives ๐Ÿ˜Š.
    Yep, the european way of doing things is still to catch on here, beer gardens are usually the backyard of the pub, but saying that they are fun places.
    I had a look at the P94 I liked that, it had very easy to understand instructions and everything in one compact unit, but I went with Mtronics instead (10 quid cheaper) plus I wanted to cut down on the number of suppliers.

    Bill
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: riva aquarama
    1 month ago by billmcl61 ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hi Jim,

    It will be interesting to see how our 2 set ups work out, this is my first build so I'm sure there's a lot of new things that I will be able to do and learn how to do.

    Bill
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: riva aquarama
    1 month ago by billmcl61 ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hi Doug,

    I like the idea of having speed and turning on the one stick, do you have anymore info on how to do that, I just assumed that they would be separate, unfortunately I'm sure that having a civilised refreshment in a public place isn't allowed in Ireland-I'll have to check into that. I should receive my shipment of goodies at the start of the week so I'll have to get cracking and have a boat ready for it ๐Ÿ˜Š. I dug out my flower class hull last night but I want to do something different with it, but I'll wait (or at least try to) until I get my tug done.

    Bill
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    ๐Ÿ“ Green Deck for Pilot Boat.
    1 month ago by billmcl61 ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Yeah I remember Semtex it was almost like hard rubber and was usually very dark grey - almost black or a drab mustard colour, it was used to deaden sound and prevent sparks, normally where heavy items were being moved or at risk of being dropped, unlike the modern semtex which would have quite the opposite effect if anything heavy and metal was dropped on it.

    Bill
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    ๐Ÿ“ Green Deck for Pilot Boat.
    1 month ago by billmcl61 ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hi Rob,

    Humbrol deck green looks pretty close to the Royal Navy deck green, (at least from what I remember - late 70's) , the Humbrol is perhaps a little darker, but it's there or there abouts.

    Bill
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: riva aquarama
    1 month ago by billmcl61 ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Ah good Jim, I'm still waiting for my stuff to arrive, I'm using the Mtronics "w tail" mixer and 2 mtronics Viper 20A esc's along with 2 rudders. Allegedly this is a simple set up (Hah - we'll see ๐Ÿ˜Š) and like you described in your set up this will have motors on one stick and steering on the other, however, with the w tail set up the motor on the inside of the turn will slow and this should improve turning, unfortunately it looks like a couple of weeks before I'll be able to test anything. I'd be interested in hearing how your system works

    Bill
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Piscataqua river gundalow
    1 month ago by billmcl61 ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hi Tom,

    I know what you mean about google translator, I use Deepl which is a much better translator and is pretty good with grammar.

    Bill
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Piscataqua river gundalow
    1 month ago by billmcl61 ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hi Tom,

    It looks great on the water, pity about the weak wind but maybe that was lucky with the teething problems ๐Ÿ˜Š. I'm sure that you will easily fix these minor issues.

    Bill
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    ๐Ÿ“ Hobbyking RC items.
    1 month ago by billmcl61 ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Well done getting one of them Bill, it looks like a great bargain

    Bill
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    ๐Ÿ“ Hobbyking RC items.
    1 month ago by billmcl61 ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Ah thank you guys, I'm not surprised they are out of stock at that price, you would have to be quick off the mark to get one ๐Ÿ˜Š even at full price it looks like a good set-I definitely don't have enough fingers and thumbs ๐Ÿ˜Š

    Bill
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    ๐Ÿ“ Hobbyking RC items.
    1 month ago by billmcl61 ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Ah that's great thanks, there are some really well priced sets in there, I've already ordered my set elsewhere but I was curious to see what else was available.

    Bill
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    ๐Ÿ“ Hobbyking RC items.
    1 month ago by billmcl61 ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hi Bill,

    Could you post a link to this rc set, I've had a look through their site and the only 9ch turnigy set that I can find is 62.80 GBP.
    38.51 GBP is a great price.
    I can't use the pound sign as my laptop came from the US, so I'm stuck with GBP ๐Ÿ˜Š

    Bill
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Problem Solved!
    1 month ago by billmcl61 ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Wow that is an impressive piece of kit, that is now the first item on my letter to Santa ๐Ÿ˜Š

    Bill
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Navigation Lights
    1 month ago by billmcl61 ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hi Martin,

    Another great tip, figuring this out was on my to do list ๐Ÿ˜Š thank you.

    Bill
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Riva Aquarama
    1 month ago by billmcl61 ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hi Jimmy,

    If you thinking of upgrading the control gear I've been researching twin motor set-ups for my upcoming tug. For example Mtronics do a w-tail mixer for about 20 UK pounds from Howe's, this can be used with other manufacturers esc's (1 per motor) and gives you a lot of control options.
    If you have a look through my build (still to get under way) we've talked about this type of set-up and I've received a lot of good advice. Although my build will be a tug and won't be as elegant as your aquarama the same principles will apply.
    I can't comment on the vibration or quality issues, but hopefully some of the above will help.

    Bill
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Aquarama Riva
    1 month ago by billmcl61 ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hi Jimmy,

    I'll have a rummage online and see if I can come up with anything-hopefully we get lucky.
    The Aquarama Riva is a stunning boat, a classic, we have to breathe life into her and get her on the water ๐Ÿ˜Š

    Bill
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Aquarama riva build.
    1 month ago by billmcl61 ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hi Jim,

    Who is the manufacturer of the model.

    Bill
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Speed controllers
    1 month ago by billmcl61 ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Thanks Martin that video explains a lot, I've got a servo from an old rc truck that was in the attic so I'll have a play around with that, I'll get the gearbox and motor from it as well, I'll have to have a closer look at it tomorrow and see if I can salvage anything else from it.
    I can see a lot of new things I can do now that I've got some bits to play with. Many thanks for the link.

    Bill
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Speed controllers
    1 month ago by billmcl61 ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Ah great thanks Martin, I'm browsing at the moment ๐Ÿ˜Š

    Bill
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Speed controllers
    1 month ago by billmcl61 ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hi Martin,

    I'm really interested to know more about using servos for speed controllers, motors and 2 way switches, without taking it apart (never a good idea for me ๐Ÿ˜Š) I'm finding it hard to envisage how they work, Years ago a gentleman in a model shop mentioned that to me, not wanting to look completely dumb I just bought the servo smiled and said oh aye, I'll try that. could you give me a better idea of how to do that please.

    Bill
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    ๐Ÿ“ R c what to buy
    1 month ago by billmcl61 ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hi Caretaker,

    Howes in the UK are pretty good price wise, I've included the link to the volantex 6 channel set that I've just bought and waiting for the postie to deliver ๐Ÿ˜Š, you get a lot for your money and there's not a lot of difference in price between this and the 2 channel sets, plus you get a 7 channel receiver with this as well. My main reason for going for a 6 channel set is that like yourself I'm just starting off and I want to future proof my purchase by having as many options as I can
    Bill
    https://howesmodels.co.uk/product/volantex-exmitter-2-4ghz-6...

    Bill
    https://howesmodels.co.uk/product/volantex-exmitter-2-4ghz-6-channel-radio/
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Piscataqua river gundalow
    1 month ago by billmcl61 ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hi Tom,

    I've just come across your blog, and it was good to read it all from start to now.
    This is a very interesting and unusual boat and the history and background you've given us has kept me busy reading and researching for a good while.
    I'm looking forward to more and hopefully to see her on the water, well done.

    Bill
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