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Colin H.

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Member No. 1312
Registered 22nd Jan 2011
Last Online 17th Jun 2018
City HEREFORD
Country United Kingdom
Boats in Harbour 8
Sailing Locations 1
Forum Posts 294
Photos Posted 216
Likes Received 286
Likes Given 683
400 Total Posts
Sailing Locations
Worcester Model Boat Club
Since: 22nd Jul 2017
Harbour
VALIANT
Type: Tug Boat
Emanuel
Type: Tug Boat
project X
Type: Other
Rust Bucket
Type: Working Vessel
+4 More
Fleet Admiral!
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
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Boats in Harbour 8 64
Forum Thread 5 305
Forum Post 2 588
Event 8 0
Photo Gallery 10 70
Photos Response 3 39
Video Post 15 0
Video Response 3 15
Build Blog 20 40
Blog Post 5 50
Blog Response 3 189
Sailor 8 8
Guestbook Post 8 0
Liked Posts 1 683
Received Likes 2 572
2623 Total Points
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Recent Posts
Ishimasa. Blue Sonic 600. yacht. by Colin H. Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 5 days ago
Only problem is the motor only switches on at full rudder left or right. So looking at it logically it should have two servos. But I may fit an esc so that I can fully control the motor at all times. The motor runs okay from 1.5 volts up to 6 volts. So now need to know what esc to look for. Cheers Colin.

Fire Float info. by Colin H. Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 10 days ago
Boats serving in the med and north Africa were nearly always white. But the actual shades varied as it was acquired from different sources. My dad told me that when he served in the med paint colours varied from boat to boat some even looked pink if painted on windy day as the sand dust in the air was pink. So don't worry about shades. Best wishes Colin.

Fire Float info. by Colin H. Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 11 days ago
Hi Martin, Yes it is a folding mast, quite a few of these type of boats had folding masts. Will have a look at my archives to see if I have any suitable details, it may take about a week as my computer is in the attic, and I'm in the middle of getting ready for the Sunday display at WMBC. At Cob House country park. Cheers Colin.

Ishimasa. Blue Sonic 600. yacht. by Colin H. Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 11 days ago
Hi Doug, and anyone else reading this post sorry for the delay. Managed to get boat out of trailer today, see the photos and you will notice my concern. I think that it really should have another servo. have powered the motor, it takes 2 AAA batteries, 3volts.the sweep switch that is connected to it is just forwards and backwards, not sure about the servo as haven't removed it yet. the connector to the RX is rather big with 3 pins not sockets with red, black and purple wires. All input gratefully received. after much research managed to ascertain that less than a 1000 came into UK in the early 1970's Cheers all, will be at WMBC display on Sunday with a trailer full of my boats. Cheers to all Colin.

Ishimasa. Blue Sonic 600. yacht. by Colin H. Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 25 days ago
Will borrow a laptop tomorrow and post details and a picture or two. Yes Doug it is a linear servo, but need a receiver to try it out as it doesn't fit my servo tester.must figure out an adapter. I'll have to wait till I've been to the show this weekend, as it's already packed away in my show trailer. Cheers Colin.

Ishimasa. Blue Sonic 600. yacht. by Colin H. Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 26 days ago
Hi folks, I'm trying to get this model back to sailing condition, it was given to me a couple of years ago, but haven't had chance to get it sorted. It is fitted with a single servo with two sliding lugs, one connects to the rudder and the other seems to be connected to a switch to the motor. I haven't a clue if this is correct, so if anyone of you lovely people have details of this model I would love the assistance. Hopefully Colin.

Spray painting hulls. by Colin H. Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 month ago
Well done Westquay, you spotted the deliberate mistake. No seriously it should have said lacquer, but was written whilst on brain numbing pain killers, my personal favourite paint was always cellulose. Although recently have been experimenting with thinned down Gel Coat, sprayed over extra fine glass cloth. Will let you all know when I get it right. Cheers Colin.

Any clues? by Colin H. Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 months ago
Thanks Doug, nice site lots of interesting info and pictures. Cheers Colin.

Any clues? by Colin H. Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 months ago
Hi Barry, what's the deal on Joffre. It sounds an interesting project. Thanks Colin.

Leicester boating water. by Colin H. Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 months ago
Thanks Steve, I've managed to locate one of my old school mates that boated with me when we were kids. And we are going to get together in the summer and go boating and fishing again just like our school hold. It's been 54 years since we last met, he says some of the old crowd are still in touch so we may have a reunion party. May be old and silver haired but not dead yet. Cheers Colin.

Leicester boating water. by Colin H. Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 months ago
The last show I was at was 1965 at which I was selling ice cream alongside the Bailey bridge erected by the TA for each show. I did this in 1963/64/65. I worked for Mr Softee ice cream in my school holidays. Got me into the show for free. My sister did the same in 1970/71/72.

Leicester boating water. by Colin H. Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 months ago
Thanks glyn44, your reply was most welcome. I went to abbey park all the time as a kid, my uncle built the ride on railway there. Does the Leicester show still take place on the park each year, I haven't been back to Leicester since leaving in1966. And I started senior school in 1960 when Rushey Mead first opened as a boys secondary the girls were about a mile away. The school was surrounded by open wasteland and allotments. And regularly got cut off by floods. Thanks for the memory revival, Colin.

Hull identity???? by Colin H. Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 months ago
Well I've been trying to sort out my storage areas and found this Hull, but have no idea what type of vessel it is? I was given it many years ago and had forgotten it was in my collection, so I'm appealing for help in deciding what to make with it. It's 36" long with 8" beam. I've never worked with a molded plastic hull before so I'd appreciate any instructions in how to proceed and how to fix frames and bulkheads. I'd like to use either 6 or 12 volts as I have a decaperm and a hectoperm motor to choose from, and a good selection of batteries to choose from. Hopefully Colin.

Spray painting hulls. by Colin H. Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 months ago
Hi guys, I spray my hulls using various systems. I have an industrial 120 litre 3hp compressor, with devilbiss spray guns which are for larger areas. I also have Badger air brushes and compressor with 2litre tank for the smaller hulls and detail work. I sometimes use cans, which I usually get mixed at local automotive paint supplier. I try to stick to R.A.L. paint codes. Most automotive paint from my supplier is acrylic or water based. But I always try to use good quality synthetic lawyer. I recently tried a polyester based laquer but it didn't thin down very well. But whatever method is used for painting it's the preparation that makes the end result, and that's 90% patience and 10% skill. I certainly have more patience than skill as I've only been doing it for 50+ years. Cheers Colin.

Sanding down. by Colin H. Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 months ago
Hi MouldBuilder, I have been using a car window washer pump for about 15 years in my fire boat with out problems. Sourced mine from local scrap yard, cost me 50p for two, second went into another boat 2 years ago. Both boats running on 9.6 volt nicads. Cheers Colin.

bad day at blackrock by Colin H. Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 months ago
Hope all goes well, best wishes for a full recovery. Cheers Colin.

Let’s get some paint on! by Colin H. Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 months ago
Well Doug, if you don't push you won't know the limit. Limits are not a set rule in life or in engineering. Cheers Colin.

firefly by Colin H. Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 months ago
Looks like the crew enjoy your efforts. Very nice looking vessel. My Caroline was based on one of the little ships that my dad built in 1964. Keep up the nice quality modeling. Cheers Colin.

PBR "Cannedheat" by Colin H. Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 months ago
Hi Doug, have used canned heat to run mamod steam engines, great no soot.

Main Forward Ladder! by Colin H. Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 months ago
Had similar problems with wife's doll's house stairs covered the outsides with veneer to hide the joints before varnishing. Cheers Colin.

Doors by Colin H. Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 months ago
Thanks Alan, nice and simple the way I like it. I'll put some veneer on a piece of 1/16th ply then cut out and try my luck at framing. Cheers for now Colin.

Leicester boating water. by Colin H. Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 months ago
Hi all, if any of you fellow modellers are from Leicester I would like to know if anyone still sails in Abbey Park. Back in the 1950's &60's my Dad and me used to sail there, larger models we took on the river down by the steps below the waterfall. Small boats on the boating lake avoiding the rowing boats. If any of you do go there I'd love some pictures as I haven't been back since leaving in 1966. BTW is Rushey Mead school still on the Melton road. Cheers Colin.

Doors by Colin H. Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 months ago
Nicely done, how did you frame the doors please, I would like to pinch your idea, as I have a big box of veneers of all sorts.

Steam box by Colin H. Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 months ago
Brilliantly British adaptation. Very well done sir. Thanks for sharing Colin.

Quiet day at the lake. by Colin H. Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 months ago
Location is Sugwas Pools, country park. Stretton Sugwas. England. Good pictures on Google earth or Google maps.

Quiet day at the lake. by Colin H. Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 months ago
BTW its just outside Hereford on the Brecon side. But well away from a road.

Quiet day at the lake. by Colin H. Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 months ago
You're so right, this location is only 300 metres from my front door. I walk round the 28 acres of water twice a day when health permits. I usually have it all to myself apart from the wildlife. But its much nicer when the sun shines.

Quiet day at the lake. by Colin H. Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 months ago
Thanks Doug, mail on way to you. Thanks to all that suggested email. Just one more gripe, why does the app only show 3 pictures on the posts when there are more online. Cheers Colin.

Quiet day at the lake. by Colin H. Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 months ago
Another wasted sailing day, not a soul at my lake today, only saw a few deer and rabbit tracks in the snow, it was so peaceful but extremely cold, but the dog enjoyed it. Sorry can't upload photos again, so annoying not to be able to share my pics.

Glue by Colin H. Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 months ago
Blue tack is a kind of elastic putty that doesn't set but holds well and lifts away afterwards, can be re used. There is also white tack, same as above but white. Available at all good diy and craft shops. Lasts for years, I bought two packs in 2010 and still using, also ideal for sticking drawings up on workshop wall.