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.
I tried one of these but couldn't get it to reverse the boat. Possibly not got the correct set up for the jet nozzle. It pushed a 30 inch fiber glass fast patrol boat very well, might try to sort outlet to give better control. You've raised my interest again thanks, Colin.
Did something similar to your pupils when I was at school in 1961 along with our English teacher who was an ex R.N. skipper. Whenever we had a boring lesson someone would ask about the war which meant we had tales about his life with the Atlantic convoys and what it was like being sunk a few times. But most of all we all respected him, he kept us enthralled as well as imparting the knowledge we needed to pass our exams up to A level.
Hi there, I have often used 1/12th scale dolls from my wife's collection. As they come in all sizes depicting various ages they can be dressed to suit your needs. Look at what's available in any dolls house shop. They also do a range in 1/24th scale. Hope you find your crew soon, cheers Colin.
Hi Glyn, I wouldn't use silicone, as nothing else will stick where it has been, even paint will react with areas of contact. I know this from making a similar mistake myself. I have used small dabs of pva, and double sided tape, both have worked well for me. Hope this is helpful, cheers Colin.