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I am using the short thread glow plug. It turns out that glow plugs have a very fine thread. I think it is 1/4" x 40, National Extra Fine. Barrel is just K&S brass stacked and soldered up a few layers thick. I light it with two NimH for 2.4V and a micro switch stuck on a servo. You need to let it off quickly or it will burn up the glow plug. One battery seemed a little weak. I know it will work well for depth charge throwers. Depth charges themselves will just be lost. It takes a bit of time to reload. I never tried it, but someone suggested using premade ammo made from paper soda straws. It might work. You have to be careful with this!
Sprinkles, a scratch built, U.S. Coast Guard PWB (patrol boat waterways) is just about done. Operating features include; working running and searchlight, rotating radar and blue emergency beacon. Water monitor on cabin roof can traverse and squirt water 10-15 feet. Bending tubing for the water monitor was difficult, it is actually a composite of several types. Nozzle was made on Unimat. Pump is a Sig "gas passer" Propulsion is from two 600 size motors geared 2:1 with 9.6V Nimh and 3 blade 45mm Graupner props
[Score: 10/10] 32"/4500g Sprinkles Capable of 3mph Twin Propellors (3 Blade 45mm) Geared to a Electrofly (3 Blade) Powered by NiMH (9.6v) 5Amp/h Batteries Controlled Through Viper ESC - Comments: Sprinkles is a scratch built U.S. Coast Guard PWB, patrol waterways boat. Operating features include; searchlight and running lights, revolving blue emergency light, rotating radar, and a water monitor that fires 10-15 feet and can I studied various styles of water monitors and finally decided on one that is a composite of several types. Bending the tubing was difficult, nozzle was made on Unimat. Power is from Sig "gas passer" pump. I purchased the rotating beacon on ebay and power is from 5V voltage regulator.
I have a firing gun on my asheville class gunboat. I live in the u.s. and i use the powder for the flash pan of blackpowder gun. It is readily available. You need very little and it makes a nice bang with flash and smoke. I wad it with a tiny piece of paper towel and ignite it with a glowplug. The barrel is spring mounted so it recolls back when fired to complete the effect. You need to careful when building and operating this type of thing.
great work. I find that thrift stores are great sources of materials. Toys are available for very low cost, even a broken toy car may likely have a nice usable steering wheel and the tires make nice fenders.
Ok, move the motor back a little, you don't have to follow the plans they are actually guide lines so you can change what you like to adapt to a situation. Make the shafts a little longer. The piece of wood you are mounting the motor on looks a little thin to me. Try something a little thicker and bevel the bottom of one side to match the hull contour.
A recovery vessel is a good idea but a little complex. If your boat is stuck in weeds the second boat may do the same. A simpler solution, if the boat is not too far from shore, is a fishing pole and line. You can cast a fishing pole pretty far without much trouble. You need a liitle weight , keep in to a minimum and equip your line with a non-damaging hook. A dull treble hook with no barbs works well. Cast near and beyond the stranded vessel and work it over till it catches, then reel it in.
[Score: 10/10] 32" Sprinkles Twin Propellors (3 Blade 35mm) Geared to a electrofly 600 (3 Blade) Powered by NiMH (9.6v) Batteries Controlled Through mtronics ESC - Comments: Latest boat still under construction is Coast Guard PWB. There was a kit at one time but mine is scratch built. When finished it will feature working; running lights, searchlight and rotating beacon as well as operating water monitor and radar.
Thanks guys for your thoughts. I looked at the YouTube video and yes, that is the way I think it should run, with the bow lifted out of the water instead of plowing like a tugboat! I looked at other videos and yep, there's the giant bow wave again. So I am wondering now if the one in the video is version 2. It's still too cold where I live, Pennsylvania, USA to run any boats. I do have a new prop on hand so I can try that first when the weather cooperates. Looking at the Proboat website, I saw two interesting new models. One is a PBR,(was showcased in film Apocalypse Now) that's not released yet. It is powered by twin water-jets. That is one that has been on my build list for a while. So now maybe I will just buy it. The website says it has operating lights and provision to make the forward turret rotate. Sounds good to me. The second is a race boat also powered by a water-jet. I am primarily a scale boat builder but I always wanted to give water-jet propulsion a try. Cheers
I have proboat volere. It performs pretty well but, it makes a big bow wave and really doesn't get up and plane like I think it should. Has anyone performed any modifications? Bringing the voltage up by one cell o 9.6volts helps a little as does adding a little weight to the stern. Speed control is huge, and I know, can easily be replaced by a tiny mtroniks unit. Any other experience or ideas out there? 😁😁😁😁😜😜😜
[Score: 10/10] 15"/500g Milkshake Capable of 15mph Single Propellor (2 Blade S Type 20mm) Direct Drive to a robbe (2 Blade S Type) Powered by NiCad (9.6v) Batteries Controlled Through mtronics ESC - Comments: This little guy was built about 40 years ago. It is based on a ABS hull that was part of a Sterling kit made many years ago. I used the hull and just made up the rest. Originally it had a hedge clipper motor now it has a robbe motor and runs on 8 2/3 aa batteries. It is one of my favorites runners because it is little and really fast and maneuverable. Generally runs rings around other boats Currently it is on it third refit.
[Score: 10/10] 60" DEFIANCE Capable of 5mph Twin Propellors Belt to a Mabuchi (surplus) Powered by Lead Acid (12v) Batteries - Comments: This an Asheville class gunboat. Hull is fiberglass and was purchased. Everything else is scratch built. Operating features include radar, lights, smoke, rotating forward turrent and anchor
[Score: 10/10] 45" Dr. Louise Capable of 5mph Twin Propellors Direct Drive to a Falcon Powered by Lead Acid (12v) Batteries Controlled Through Graupner ESC - Comments: Was originally a kit but highly modified. Operating features include two operating radars, lights (mast head battle lights searchlights, running lights. Forward gun rotates and fires live black powder, barrel is spring mounted and recoiled. Sound effects, horns and battle station alarm. Exocet missile launcher fire bottle rockets.
[Score: 10/10] 31" Dr. Louise Capable of 12mph Single Propellor (3 Blade 35mm) Geared to a Robbe (3 Blade) Powered by NiCad (9.6v) Batteries Controlled Through Viper (5Amps) ESC - Comments: Scratch built admirals barge Wood hull. Simple model easy to transport and operate. At top speed much too fast, half of boat lifts out of the water surprising and fun
[Score: 10/10] 32" Orca Capable of 3mph Single Propellor (3 Blade 35mm) Geared to a Scratch built (3 Blade) Powered by NiCad (9.6v) Batteries Controlled Through Viper (5Amps) ESC - Comments: Scratch built Orca from movie "Jaws" Built from one 2 x 4! " We're gonna need a bugger boat" seeing my models people often ask if its a kit, and how much does it cost. Here I am holding the kit, one piece of wood, price $1.85 Here is the Orca in its carrying case. I found that this kind of carrier works well for me. It allows me to carry the boat in one hand leaving the other free to open doors, etc .It also makes it easy to put the boat down and pick it up again and protects it during transport.