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    TID tug
    This is my big TID tug named Mike T after the founder of our group, powered by a car blower motor running 12v battery. A really powerful tug and great runner.
    Jaws
    Just purchased from a guy who brought it to do up and didn't get a round tuit. First job was to sort out the dorsal fin as it was carved from polystyrene and needed a covering. So out come my paper mache skills last used about 40 years ago in infant school. The motor and rudder servo were fitted so no problem fitting a esc and rc but am now awaiting a servo linkage to make the tail (rudder) work. Untried in the water yet as sorting out the paintwork first. Got to match body to dorsal fin hatch now.
    (Yacht) Pudsey
    This little Yacht was built as a RC boat from a modified plan for a free sailing pond yacht, Built by the Late Ken of our group who built 6 of these little craft but only completed 2 of them both in my ownership. Pudsey is a bit special as it represents the children in need charity which operates in the UK. Pudsey is a Yellow bear with a spotted eye patch which is represented in the boats livery and special sails. Sail's handmade by Ken's widow Joan. Not the fastest boat in my fleet but another popular with the public boat. (Motor: Mother nature) (ESC: Acoms 27hz Yellow) (6/10)
    (Working Vessel) Blue Pearl
    A 1970's built sailing barge now masquerading as a pirate ship and giving an explanation to my user name. (Motor: Mother Nature) (ESC: accoms 27Mhz) (7/10)
    (Yacht) Serenity
    A wooden yacht that I am told is based on a fiesta (but presumably not the ford version) A fast and responsive sail and enjoyable. it had sticky back plastic deck accesses but I disliked them and made up balsa hatch covers instead, varnished in clear varnish they are more pleasing to my eye despite the lessening of water protection. can anyone recognise the design? (Motor: Mother nature) (ESC: Futaba 27Mhz) (8/10)
    (Yacht) Enterprise
    I love this 8 meter yacht,sail number K91 it has a great keel shape allowing weed to be ignored most of the time. Built by the southwater dabblers a while back and has been through a few owners before I brought her. Moves in the lightest of winds and copes with large gusts too. Am improvement on the basic model is the larger rudder allowing superb control (unless I get distracted!) Deck is lined in wood with a cabin top allowing access to the inner workings. I am running it on a acoms 27Mhz set as it has never let me down I can see little point in changing it to 2.4 Ghz The only thing I have done is added some portholes and a wheel to make it more realistic. As can be seen in last photo not all weed can be ignored!!! (Motor: Mother nature) (ESC: Acoms) (10/10)
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    ๐Ÿ“ Christmas Cards & Free Prize Draw
    5 months ago by Bryan-the-pirate ( Warrant Officer)
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    I missed a lot of questions but enjoyed it, A great idea to do it each year
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    ๐Ÿ“ Restoration of mercantic a old billings boat kit
    5 months ago by Bryan-the-pirate ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi Dave and Colin, Yes I wonder if the prop was the reason this well made boat was stuck so long in the loft. I had her well ballasted so cavitation isn't the problem.

    I agree the hull shape does block a lot of the propeller but I'm going to replace it with a nice brass one I have knocking about .
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    ๐Ÿ“ Restoration of mercantic a old billings boat kit
    5 months ago by Bryan-the-pirate ( Warrant Officer)
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    Well I took the vessel to the canal today and all systems worked but as suggested earlier the propeller is awful and wind powered the boat as much as the propeller did.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Restoration of mercantic a old billings boat kit
    5 months ago by Bryan-the-pirate ( Warrant Officer)
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    ok that's two inches wide not deep lol

    tests in my white dry dock facility (the bath) have confirmed the repair was effective. directly connecting the battery to the motor has confirmed that the motor works too.

    just got to try the old speed controller add a servo if it works and the receiver and she should be ready for sea trials
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    ๐Ÿ“ Restoration of mercantic a old billings boat kit
    5 months ago by Bryan-the-pirate ( Warrant Officer)
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    Good news the leak is a single separation between planks approx 10 inches long but the only one. I mixed a batch of epoxy and ran it into the gap. covering it to an inch each side. I've just done it and leaving it to dry.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Restoration of mercantic a old billings boat kit
    5 months ago by Bryan-the-pirate ( Warrant Officer)
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    I'm waiting a few days to ensure the wood is dry before doing the repair
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    5 months ago by Bryan-the-pirate ( Warrant Officer)
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    Thankyou for that Colin I will use your solution
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    ๐Ÿ“ Restoration of mercantic a old billings boat kit
    5 months ago by Bryan-the-pirate ( Warrant Officer)
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    its a single line crack, I'm thinking of allowing superglue to run into it to provide a seal once the boat is dry again. .the crack is only accessible from the bottom as there's the control gear above it
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    ๐Ÿ“ Wiring led
    5 months ago by Bryan-the-pirate ( Warrant Officer)
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    As long as the resistors are first from the battery I can't see that series or parallel makes any difference.

    You could cheat and get a string of white lights from poundland with a 2 x AA battery holder
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    ๐Ÿ“ Restoration of mercantic a old billings boat kit
    5 months ago by Bryan-the-pirate ( Warrant Officer)
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    ah The bad news t has sprung a seam under the forward hatch area. Ship is now in dry dock awaiting repair
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    ๐Ÿ“ Restoration of mercantic a old billings boat kit
    5 months ago by Bryan-the-pirate ( Warrant Officer)
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    I have a standard multimeter so happy to measure voltage but no idea about amperage measurements. I'll rely on the heat test
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    ๐Ÿ“ RAF Fire and rescue launch Decal
    5 months ago by Bryan-the-pirate ( Warrant Officer)
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    When I was trying to find the size of the raf rondle on my raf seaplane tender I discovered the prototypes varied enormously depending on the artistic ability of the docky painting it
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    ๐Ÿ“ Restoration of mercantic a old billings boat kit
    5 months ago by Bryan-the-pirate ( Warrant Officer)
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    Good news it floats, I'm going to leave it there for a few hours, fingers crossed its still floating when I finish shopping
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    ๐Ÿ“ Restoration of mercantic a old billings boat kit
    5 months ago by Bryan-the-pirate ( Warrant Officer)
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    Thank you Dave for your advice, I haven't even float tested the boat yet but will stick it in the bath today
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    5 months ago by Bryan-the-pirate ( Warrant Officer)
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    Thank you Roy. I have a few 7.2 nimh packs so could use one, I wasn't sure it wouldn't be too much for the motor
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: First time together
    5 months ago by Bryan-the-pirate ( Warrant Officer)
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    They look great together Well done
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    ๐Ÿ“ Fleet Air Arm Museum
    5 months ago by Bryan-the-pirate ( Warrant Officer)
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    I have visited both too, very well worth the trip
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    ๐Ÿ“ Restoration of mercantic a old billings boat kit
    5 months ago by Bryan-the-pirate ( Warrant Officer)
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    https://www.ebay-kleinanzeigen.de/s-anzeige/graupner-getrieb...

    This is the motor fitted to the boat
    https://www.ebay-kleinanzeigen.de/s-anzeige/graupner-getriebe-motor-decaperm-6-volt/1504109036-249-4425
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    ๐Ÿ“ Merry Christmas
    5 months ago by Bryan-the-pirate ( Warrant Officer)
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    May santa bring you happiness in a hull.

    Have a great one everyone
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    ๐Ÿ“ Restoration of mercantic a old billings boat kit
    5 months ago by Bryan-the-pirate ( Warrant Officer)
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    Thanks for that Advert it really evokes the period.

    A little progress today, A big clean up of the decks to remove years of dust. The deck on the right is clean and it's getting there.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Restoration of mercantic a old billings boat kit
    5 months ago by Bryan-the-pirate ( Warrant Officer)
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    Dave Thanks for that photo it will really help when I do the re-rigging.

    One question about the railing above the wheelhouse. Why is there a deliberate droop on one side? Please see photo
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    ๐Ÿ“ Restoration of mercantic a old billings boat kit
    5 months ago by Bryan-the-pirate ( Warrant Officer)
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    Thank you all for your guidance I will try 6v. There is a fuse inline with a 3A fuse in it. I am tempted to keep it old school as all I need is the servos and receiver (27 mhz of course). I can just use a modern esc but I've never had the old style scraper before so am tempted to try it first.

    The hull seems good and needs a good clean and some re-rigging to hold the deck cranes upright. Minor wood damage will be replaced using the cut a bit of lolly stick to shape, glue and try and match paint.

    I've not got a SLA 6v battery but sure the bay of e will solve that one

    I'll try the old motor first but will replace if it doesn't work.
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    ๐Ÿ“ 1/12 Tid Tug (Scratch build)
    5 months ago by Bryan-the-pirate ( Warrant Officer)
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    She's looking good, I have a Tid Tug too, Mine uses a car blower motor to power the prop. I can add some photos of mine if you want a model to reference.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Club Membership Fees UK.
    5 months ago by Bryan-the-pirate ( Warrant Officer)
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    The Chichester Canal Model Boat Group fees are an extortionate ยฃ0 again this year ๐Ÿ˜Š
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    ๐Ÿ“ Restoration of mercantic a old billings boat kit
    5 months ago by Bryan-the-pirate ( Warrant Officer)
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    I will use a modern speed controller though I'm tempted to try the old one
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    ๐Ÿ“ Restoration of mercantic a old billings boat kit
    5 months ago by Bryan-the-pirate ( Warrant Officer)
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    I have just got a old billings boat called mercantic but it has a mechanical speed controller and I have no idea of what voltage the motor should have. I will post pictures and welcome any thoughts.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Still No Messages
    1 year ago by Bryan-the-pirate ( Warrant Officer)
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    I just got 3 notifications all in the same minute
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    ๐Ÿ“ getting old
    2 years ago by Bryan-the-pirate ( Warrant Officer)
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    That's not the advert I can see. I see one for support socks
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    ๐Ÿ“ Chichester Model Boat Club
    2 years ago by Bryan-the-pirate ( Warrant Officer)
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    Just turn up is fine Introduce yourself to the group and sail/motor away.
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    ๐Ÿ“ 38th Annual Modellers Exhibition, Midhurst, Sussex
    2 years ago by Bryan-the-pirate ( Warrant Officer)
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    The current Chichester Canal Model Boat Group would love to attend to exhibit but have a technical Problem.

    We are a group of fellow modellers with a good variety of boats between us.

    The problem is we are a group and not a formal club which suits us as we have an agreement for use of the canal with rules agreed with the canal trust but the Midhurst show requires insurance for display of static models which as a group of individuals we do not have. As a group we have no funds or assets and have no requirement for insurance.

    Any Suggestions? We don't want to be a club with agms committees and all that guff.
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