It has been 6 months since I was last active, but after the stroke it took me until now with the help of doctors, nurses, physio and of course my family. I now have the all clear from the hospital, so can't wait to get back to my models. My boy cleared my garage and built me a new bench and store cupboards so now no excuse for not repairing and restoring my fleet. First up will be my dads old Sea Queen from the late 50s. Then I'll have to see which of the other's (about 6) will be easiest. But plenty to be going on with. Well I'll stop waffling on now and say its good to be back.
Go to the fairey owners club site, some great info and pictures. Also look up historic racing boats. You'll be pleasantly surprised by what's out there. Some boat yards have some nice examples for sale and the pictures are good for reference.
I have both huntsman and swordsman, and visually there is no difference. I have been to many boat yards over the last 50 years and seen both of the real boats, and both can have open tear cockpit or rear cabin. The differences lay within. Nice model and I concur with replacing the delaminated section. I use fine glass cloth coated with water based resin to cover my hulls.(eezicoat) No smells so handy when working in the house and dry in about 25 mins.
Like your setup, with one reservation, is your exhaust to the outside filtered or just blowing in the wind. As I didn't filter my spray exhaust and got in trouble with a couple of neighbors who got overspray on their cars. A simple solution was to hang a damp muslin over the vent. Hope this helps. Keep up the exceptional work. Thanks Colin.
Hi there, had similar problem a few years ago. I used 3/8" diameter brass tube approx 1" long filed on one end to fit over hole in shaft tube, then soldered in upright position. This was covered with a small push fit dust cover. Hope this helps.
I've replaced odd sized threads by filling with silver solder and re-drilling and tapping with the required thread. I also use thread lock for my brass props, available from garage or engineering suppliers or Halfords.
I removed a prop tube from an old boat that has been fixed in place with araldite. I did mine by strapping the hull onto my drill table and lining the shaft up using the old prop shaft then drilling out using a drill .5mm smaller than the diameter of the prop tube. Then using a drill the same size as the tube, but turning the chuck by hand. This worked for me, Hope you manage to remove it without too much trouble. Thanks Colin
HI Dave, as you I didn't have any problems with the change over, in fact my main pc is 15 years old next month and is running 10 smoothly and faster than xp. This computer originally was on millennium. And my phone changed over 6 months ago with the Beta version and so changed really smoothly as well. I like it a lot. Best wishes Colin.
Thanks for your reply, but as I am a retired network engineer I have made sure my system's are secure. I hope others have read your reply, but I certainly wouldn't use the cnet site as I have had some bad experiences with them. Thanks Colin.
Having just upgraded all our computers/laptops and smartphones to win 10, the phone app is working smoothly, and I find it realy usefull to keep up with what is going on in MB world. Is it likely that you will make an app to go on our computers as now in win10 most things are app related. I don't mind searching online for site but it would be great if I could call it up with a 1 click app. Thanks Colin.
I like Aliphatic resin as it lasts for years, I have a 500gram tub which was purchased in 2007 for my wifes dolls house building, it was so good I used it all my restoration projects, even used to relaminate delaminated ply, and for veneer, and in all that time we haven't had a joint failure even in the wettest conditions. Also it sticks MDF. Hope this helps, happy moddeling. Colin. P.S. Just been told by wife that I need to buy another tub.
I like what you've achieved so far, back in 2011 I was restoring my 34" fire boat and needed windows and frames, these were supplied by a fellow member, dbninja, they were a great fit and are still in great shape. He may still have them on offer, they were laser cut including the rivet holes, which I used to pin them into the woodwork. I also had to remove the old ic engine mounts, I used a minI drill with a 1/2" dia T slotting tool from my Unimat milling machine. I hope this helps. Looking forward to seeing the finished boat. Best of luck Colin.
My wife has 2 dolls houses which take up a space 9feet long 6feet high and 3 feet deep. Twice the space of 8 of my largest models, but I can take mine to shows and the sailing venues. She got jealous and got her own boats now, and between us we have 31, and now I have to takeher with me, ITS GREAT working on models together and sailing together. Keep collecting and sailing, the Zwarte Zee looks great lucky begger.
HI Dave, Yes its a TRITON, the kit was started in 1971 by the previous owners father who sadly died last year and his family donated it to me to hopefully finish and sail. The pond yacht was built by a modeler from south Wales, at the end of the 2nd world war. His son who I met at a show at easter and he offerd it to me for free plus some other bits of modeling stuff. The hull is bread and butter construction and the deck is 1/4 inch thick pine. the keel is 10lbs solid lead. but its missing a forward sail, and some rigging, so if anyone knows how it should be rigged please let me know, apparently the steering is controlled by the sails. But thats all new to me. The pictured fire boat is one of two part built models from another donor. plus a couple of kits and loads of parts, hulls of various types. The smallest of which is the Triton, and the biggest the pond yacht at 47 inches long and overall height of 49 inches. I think the total boats that my wife and I have now own is 37, but so far only 13 are ready to use, the rest need repairs or refurbs. I just hope I can keep modelling long enough to finish them all. Arthritis is catching up with me. Thanks Colin.
HI to Dave and all who were following this post. Sorry for the delay in following up but I've had serious homelife problems and haven't been able to do any modelling since my last post. And now my campervan has packed up so that is my first priority. Then when its back on the road I'll get on with my models. Pictures today are of models that have been donated to me since june. Most need work to finish or refurb. the 1st will be the Sea Queen. Hope to be actively modelling again soon. Thanks Colin.
Thanks Dave, Sorry for delay In reply, but had problems trying to send replies. Of the 3 R/C sailing boats I now have. I can only see the working part of the sail adjustment In one, which has extended arm on servo with a pulley system. the other 2 aren't visible , only space under hatches for battery access and crystal change. Will try to put some photos on later. Thanks Colin.
In the latest aditions to my fleet are some quite nice yachts and a motor sailer. All wit 27 Mhz R/C Installed and seems to be functioning okay. But although I have sailed free sail In the past 50 years, I have never sailed r/c and don't even pretend to understand the concept, Is there a book for beginers r/c sailing It has to be simple as being In my late 60's I would like to learn while I still can. This old fosssil would appreciate your help. Will upload photos In a couple of days. Thanks In anticipation Colin.
HI Dave, thanks any help always appreciated. Its the top cabin (center) that's missing Its roof, I think everything else Is there, and only needing a strip off and repaint. I think the hull Is okay, but has some heavy glass tape along the chine seam which I will remove and recote the whole hull In fine glass cloth and ezeekote resin, before repaint. Also any Idea what size of BRUSHED motor would siute this model as It originally had a diesel which was removed before I recieved her. The reason I say brushed Is I have a good selection of them In my hobby stock. Thanks Colin.
HI all. I've just recieved a old Sea Queen. But she needs a complete refurb. Most of the work Is straight forward and cosmetic, but she Is missing the cabin roof and I need a plan or section of plan so that I can make a replacement. If anyone can help I would be very gratefull. I will try to get photos tomorrow of my latest fleet additions. Thanks Colin.