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Hello. I have a soft spot for Sea Commander, I built one somewhere around 1964/5 when I was 13 with the help of my brother in law. I enjoyed the build and painting and buying fittings with my pocket money. I remember the long drying time of Cascamite wood glue! I think I had Frog petrol engine and Macgregor radio, all purchased from Roland Scot. After a couple of years I sold the boat and bought a new Moulton bicicle. I wish I still had both now
Difficult to know, unless you buy Dremel most of these sort of tools seem to be of similar quality. I’ve found that some (regardless of cost) ware out fairly quickly. This set isn’t a lot of money so not much to loose if not up to much, but I think you will get your money’s worth out of most if not all of the items
Good thinking. If it helps, The Fairey Owners Club www.faireyownersclub.co.uk has a lot of info and reference pictures on these boats and Charles Lawrence wrote Fairey in Context and Fifty Years of Fairey Raceboats firstname.lastname@example.org (that is right). The original boats I’m told were painted with International Paints Oxford Blue 105 and White 905. I purchased these from a yacht chandlery.
Good point. Maybe the beautiful wood finish is daunting to many people and putting builders off. It’s much easier being able to sand, fill and paint a hull etc to hide build quality than to construct it without the need for all of this. Just a thought.
Thank you for that, it has helped a lot. I have liPo in another fast boat and do worry about the safety, I keep and charge it in a fire proof bag. I will need weight at the front of the boat so Lead Acid will probably assist. The build is good fun. Thanks again
I don’t currently have an operational boat so not at the moment. Back in the ‘60s I built a Sea Commander and used to sail that regularly at Princes Park. Eastbourne Model Power Boat Club use the lake but I haven’t seen them there for a long time, not sure when they sail, there are often EMYC events there though when I’ve been to the park, it’s a good lake.
I’m have 1m long x 320mm beam fibreglass hull and s fibreglass deck 310mm at its widest. When dry fitted there is a gap about 8mm wide each side rearward of the bow. The deck measurements are symetrical side to side. Should I force the hull sides to fit as tight as possible or leave the gap and fill it or something in the middle? Any help would be appreciated, thank you.
[Score: 10/10] 34" Fairly Huntsman Single Propellor (3 Blade 30mm) Direct Drive to a Mtroniks Hydra 50 (3 Blade) Powered by LiPoly (11.1v) Batteries Controlled Through Mtroniks G2 ESC - Comments: Still in build, started painting hull
Does anyone know where I can buy Speedline 1:17 Lifeboat crew or does anyone have any for sale. I’ve been trying to get a response from Speedline various email addresses and phone numbers for several weeks without success so I’m guessing they’ve gone out of business