My first one was an RAF Crash Tender, My parent's bought it for me for my 9th birthday in August 1959 and for the Christmas they got me a ED Hunter 3.46 cc diesel engine. I never got any R?C as that was far too expensive they said. I didn't care about that as I had great fun with it just building it with my dad. the story is quite long about the build so for now I will leave that.
Hi Westquay i spend quite a bit of time up in Norfolk and I have a boat up there. It's the one in my avatar. I do take my Probaot Miss Geico. I haven't even thought about taking one of the IC boats up there. I did run one down the river following it in my boat. Run it for about 3 miles. My boat is in a boat yard that has quite a large area. Once I get another IC boat sorted I might just do that. I think my PT 109 might be the first candidate once I have treated her to a new flexi shaft. That's the one I damaged just before the Park Ranger turned up.
This is my pimped up Zenoah 26cc cost me with all its bits and electric start just short of £680 the outdrive was another £150. The hull is a Hydrofibre Pipedream. This was the second one of them I had. I bought her back about 1986/7. With all this bureaucratic crap regarding IC engines, she is now sat on one of the shed shelves along with a few others. Anyone interested in a run in electric start Zenoah for £450.00+ P&P . Including tuned pipe ONO. Irvine 120 never been run in box for £120.00 including custom made manifold+ P&P, no offers. Message me on email@example.com no silly offers.
I still have 2 SC 90's, 1 Sc 61, and an Irvine 120, all marine engines new in the boxes. I don't know what to do with them at the moment. Also a Zenoah 26cc all blinged up in purple with an electric start on it only been run in ready to go into an old 54" Hydrofibre Pipedream that has an outdrive mounted ready to take the Zenoah. Scratching my head as to what to do now.
I used to use Blackheath pond South London but last time I went there with a boat I had just come off the pond after clipping the pond side and bending my prop shaft,The local park ranger pulled up in a van after someone making a complaint. The boat isn't noisy as the cooling also runs out of the exhaust. He told me I was very lucky as if he had actually seen it running on the pond it was an £80.00 fine. He saw me lifting it off the water but engine wasn't running. I don't understand it as some of the boats I have seen running with brushless scream more than my 26cc PT109. I do have a Proboat Miss Geico she isn't too bad on noise, I also have a Graupner Rhode Island with a brushless outboard but she is still untried on water up to now.
reilly4, this is one thing that always bothered me when I saw someone with a submarine on the pond where I was running mt power boat. If you say you have a piano wire antenna , why not have a flag on the top of the antenna so that you can see where it is going on the pond. I have taken my boat of the pond when someone has pot a submarine in the pond. It is a worrying thing in case I wipe the sub out.
That's an odd thing to say. They don't last for ever,especially if they are not used. What about being stuck in shops or wharehouse's and not bought for years. They wouldn't be any good then when you buy them. Surely capacitors don't have a shelf life. I could understand them breaking down when constantly being used.
pmdevlin, the side window frames in the three pictures to you posted, WHERE did they come from. Are they home made or can you purchase them if so where from. They are nicely shaped, never seen them before.
Brushless motors are fantastic, but you mat still find that prop will not be workable with a brushless. You may still need to experiment with props of different types and sizes. Unless you find someone with the same power set up and they can tell you the prop size that it works well with. I even found that rudder sizes made a difference on how the boat performed on the water. They can act as a brake and even cause the boat ti dig in on turning. Any way good luck and happy boating.
You say the MFA motor was strong but slow ?? Have you tried changing the prop and trying different sizes. I put a 4 bladed on a small version of a Crash Tender that I have built and it was a failure, I have since changed it to a smaller 3 bladed prop and it is better but now have 3 different sizes to change to and see if they perform better. I know they are not cheap., all 3 came to just over £35 but the first one I tried made a very big difference. You could even try smaller nylon props as they are a lot cheaper. I know they do not look authentic but when on the water they cannot be seen. If you have her on display at home you can always change the prop back to the nice brass one just for show.
Both great looking models. Where did you get your little men for the boat ? For my ninth birthday (1959) my parents bought me a 34" Crash Tender and my father (RIP) and I built it over several months and for Christmas that year they bought me an ED HUnter 3.46cc engine. As you said R/C back then was too expensive. We used to go out with it to the nearest pond it was about a mile and a half walk and use it there. Blackheath pond south London. It was either do a straight line to each other and then round in circles until it run out of fuel and the wait until it drifted back in with the breeze. When we built it my dad used to bring home old tea chests broken down in pieces and would use a fret saw to out out more pieces to build a second one at the same time. He said this was so that we didn't do anything incorrectly to the original one. That other one was given to my younger brother and they bought a Taycol Standard and put that in it for him. They were great fun In all we built seven of them 6 were out of tea chests and old orange boxes. He gave them away, I know one of them went to our milkman one to a work mate if his can't remember where the others went. When I left home when I was 20 I left mine there and I never found out where that one went. I have a 46" from the Vintage Model Workshop people and a 34" that I purchased in 1994 on the 50th anniversary when they made a limited run 50 of them, in my shed still in the boxes unmade. I drew round all the parts onto paper and on the Epson printer/scanner I reduced the parts and have built a smaller one I think she is 28 inches long. It is virtually all balsa wood the only parts that are not are the side stringers they are Obeeche strips and the two bottom skins where I done a second skin of 1/64th ply to strengthen it in case of any mishaps on the pond edges. I have not finished that one yet. She did have a trial run on water but due to a too larger 4 bladed prop and too big rudder and maybe the wrong motor she was a bit of a disaster I lost heart for a while after that. I had a bit of a mental brake down due to a serious work problem and gave up on her. That was about 6 years ago now and she is sitting on top of a cupboard in the living room . I will get round to finishing her one day, now I'm retired and back to good mental health.
I see you have shown some small bristle brushes. Yes I do have those all stored in a Cadbury's chocolate finger tin. When I said about bristle brushes I meant larger ones from DIY shops for painting larger area's. But looking at your build blog this is where I am going wrong. You seem to be spraying and I use brushes. I am not very good at the spraying lark. I always seem to get runs. I think I must try to rush the spraying but I also seem to get cans that end up spitting the paint when I use them. I think some more perseverance is needed. Thanks for the information.
I think a lot of my problems are that when painting I have used brushes, and I find that these new ones that are now not pure soft bristle do not give such a good finish and I should be using spray paint. I do not seem to get the finish on them that I should. It is your secret ingredient ( patience) that I must be lacking. The more I look at your Sea Scout I the more I think that the hull is almost the same as the Sea Hornet that I have got but with an upper structure. Any was thanks for the information I will have to get my head into gear and search my brains to see if I can find some of you secret ingredient. Have you decided yet on your pin striping. But I will look forward too seeing yours in action.
The blue you have used on her really looks great and the white upper sets it off. Love the decking as well. Are you going to put any pin striping down her sides. Look forward to seeing her finished and on the water. Will you be posting video of her running.
I named my shed, The Boat Shed. Its a brick built building 13 ft x 10 ft. It was here when we moved here. And that's where I used my name from on here. So yes you are correct. The last 2 I bought were a RTR Proboat Miss Geeco and a Graupner Rhode Island F1 tunnel hull ARTR.
I still have a 34" Raf crash tender still unbuilt that I bought back in 1994 when they released a run of 50 on the 50th anniversary of the model in the Model Boats magazine. I also have a Vosper 46” RAF Crash Tender Kit By Vintage Model Works sitting in my shed. One day I will get around to building them Along with restoring my Sea Hornet, Sea Commander, Sea Queen and my Huntsman along with several other boats, including an MFA Spearfish and a Stratos Interceptor, Hydrofibre Pipedream both of which were the same company just that they had a change of name. Along with at least 3 others. I will do them sometime.
It never ceases to amaze me on the amount of detail some modelers are prepared to go to on their model builds. I wish I had the resources and inclination to do all of this. with what is shown here and all the work robob put into his build. I wish I had a lathe and all the other tooling that some have. I just love to see these build blogs. keep showing the progress of this one please. I does give idea's and inspiration.