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>> Home > Members > Colin H.
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22nd Jan 2011
Last Online
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Colin H.

Member Stats
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Member No. 1312
Registered 22nd Jan 2011
Last Online 19th Aug 2018
City HEREFORD
Country United Kingdom
Boats in Harbour 8
Sailing Locations 1
Forum Posts 309
Photos Posted 216
Likes Received 301
Likes Given 687
418 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
Top Ranking Member!
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Activity Worth Awarded
Boats in Harbour 8 64
Forum Thread 5 305
Forum Post 2 618
Event 8 0
Photo Gallery 10 70
Photos Response 3 45
Video Post 15 0
Video Response 3 15
Build Blog 20 40
Blog Post 5 50
Blog Response 3 192
Sailor 8 8
Guestbook Post 8 0
Liked Posts 1 687
Received Likes 2 602
2696 Total Points
Good Conduct Medal
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Recent Posts
Mahogany in Scale by Colin H. Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 day ago
If I do get it, I don't know if it will be possible to use the diesel engine as no safe water near me that allows IC engines, so may just get used as a display model for the vintage shows I go to. Although I have only managed 1 show this season as ill health and then lack of a vehicle has hampered my year. Which I think is about to get better when my replacement car arrives on Monday. Cheers Colin.

Mahogany in Scale by Colin H. Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 day ago
Well Martin, its their loss. I try to make everything except the electrics. I suppose I'm lucky in being a retired prototype engineer, with my own machines and space to work. These days I am restoring more than building, I find it more challenging. Spotted a vintage boat in antique shop today, it had diesel marine power and valve and relay control system with a strange adjustable korts nozzle arrangement. I am trying to get the wife to let me buy it. Cheers Colin.

Mahogany in Scale by Colin H. Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 day ago
Can't wait to see her on plane, and look forward to reading your book. I'm sure you can make a better job of it. Cheers Colin.

Mahogany in Scale by Colin H. Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 day ago
Good review, I concur wholeheartedly. I borrowed a copy and wasn't impressed, but as you say some useful addresses. Cheers Colin.

Alooooominum solder, anyone tried it?... by Colin H. Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 days ago
Nice picture, can you please put something new to it to show scale.

Burpy Hapday! ;-) by Colin H. Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 days ago
Greetings from the UK, and best wishes for the special day. No more than 2 bottles of Jurra. Although I have heard its a good preservative. Cheers Colin.

weed problem on lake by Colin H. Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 days ago
Sorry, but it should be Barley Straw, I've been using it for the last 50 years for my fish breeding pools. Cheers Colin.

Current loading of a Motor by Colin H. Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 5 days ago
Hi Roy, isn't there a canal near you, they tend to be quiet and not too deep. Cheers Colin.

Old Futaba servo wiring... by Colin H. Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 7 days ago
Hi there, I have 30 year old futaba servos running on new 2.4ghz rc receivers with no problems. Cheers Colin.

SA Valour Class Frigate by Colin H. Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 7 days ago
Super looking model. Really impressed, keep up the good work.

Leaking Boat! by Colin H. Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 8 days ago
Looks like delamination, if water is getting in between the ply layers it will follow any gaps and porosity and could come out anywhere. I've had similar problems on my vintage restorations. The only thing to do is clean and repair any external damage then I would cover ultra fine glass cloth and Eze-Kote with at least 3 coats and rubbed down between coats. This should cure your problem and also strengthen the Hull.

Park lakes by Colin H. Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 12 days ago
Apart from some blanket weed which floats from the adjoining shall pools during this hot weather the main lake is weed free naturally. You are more likely to hit an inquisitive duck. Cheers Colin.

46Firefloat Mk2 paint by Colin H. Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 13 days ago
Looking closer you can see a small forward facing light built into the mast support at the front of the cabin roof. It has a small vee shape on the top to hold the mast when folded down.

'All Aboard' ;-) by Colin H. Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 15 days ago
Now I know why I love boating, swap King George V for a place on that crew, but don't tell the wife. Cheers Colin.

Mk2 RTTL 2771 by Colin H. Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 month ago
Lucky bu**er, nearest I got was catching the wash from the bow wave while fishing, Easter 1969. Great model in correct colour scheme. I've gone green with envy. Keep on sailing, cheers Colin.

Which motor by Colin H. Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 month ago
Hi Neil I have a 49inch tug which uses a 540 motor with 2.5 to 1 reduction box. 3inch 4 blade prop, On 12 volts pushes along nicely and with a 7amp hour battery gives about 2 hours sailing, total sailing weight is 21 kilos. Cheers Colin.

Windows, stoopid question. by Colin H. Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 months ago
Awesome looking craft. Must have taken a good while getting such a stunning finish. Cheers Colin.

Intermittent radio problems by Colin H. Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 months ago
Strange stuff this, I have just had the same problem that happened at an open public meeting put on by BBC HEREFORD AND WORCESTER. It hadn't happened before or since it affected my 40 mhz and 27 mhz models one losing throttle control (27mhz) the other lost left rudder. Afterwards when I went to my test lake it didn't happen again. It was suggested that maybe the bbc mobile radio transmitter was to blame. As it seems that it can have quite a broadband effect which affects older systems. I don't know if this helps, but all my vintage models suffer when there is a powerful mobile transmitter nearby. Hope you sort the problem, cheers Colin.

Ishimasa. Blue Sonic 600. yacht. by Colin H. Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 months 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: 2 months 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: 2 months 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: 2 months 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: 3 months 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: 3 months 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: 3 months 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: 4 months ago
Thanks Doug, nice site lots of interesting info and pictures. Cheers Colin.

Any clues? by Colin H. Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 4 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: 4 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: 4 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: 4 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.