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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.