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    Covid 19
    This was built during Covid 19 shut down. It was modified from a Zippkits tugster kit that I had around.
    Mermaid sport fisherman
    Mermaid is built from a fibreglass hull I purchased on ebay. I saw it several times and finally gave in and purchased it. It is from "bhc" and it is a good quality product. They have many types of hulls but no plans so you are on your own. I decided it would be a sport fisherman with a cuddy cabin and outboard motor. I made many cardboard patterns till I was satisfied. I always wanted to try an outboard. Motor shell was purchased from Graupner and fitted with an Astro 05 motor that I had on hand. (I may change that). Haven't really tried it yet, but goes well in the Jacuzzi. It not quite finished yet Graphics are by "Callies" they are an internet company that will make you anything you want at a reasonable price. They were very understanding and cooperative. I highly recommend them. It was much cheaper and easier than buying your own vinyl cutter
    (Naval Ship) Sprinkles
    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. (Motor: Electrofly) (ESC: Viper) (10/10)
    (Working Vessel) Sprinkles
    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. (Motor: electrofly 600) (ESC: mtronics) (10/10)
    (Pleasure Craft) Milkshake
    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. (Motor: robbe) (ESC: mtronics) (10/10)
    (Naval Ship) DEFIANCE
    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 (Motor: Mabuchi (surplus)) (10/10)
    (Racing Boat) Dr. Louise
    Purchased on eBay as a complete wreck. Totally done over and ready to go but haven't sailed it yet (Motor: Outboard) (10/10)
    (Naval Ship) Dr. Louise
    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. (Motor: Falcon) (ESC: Graupner) (10/10)
    (Working Vessel) Dr. Louise
    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 (Motor: Robbe) (ESC: Viper) (10/10)
    (Working Vessel) Orca
    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. (Motor: Scratch built) (ESC: Viper) (10/10)
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    ๐Ÿ“ Bow lettering
    3 months ago by Commodore-H ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    I bought vinyl lettering from someone on ebay.

    The ad "sort of" assumed it was a persons name, but I contacted them and they were willing to make any name in any reasonable size, shape or color. Price was very reasonable.
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    ๐Ÿ“ motor to prop shaft connection.
    4 months ago by Commodore-H ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    I always use universal flexible connectors to be safe. I prefer the ones from Dumas. They are two connectors linked by a nylon "dogbone". Order the smaller size, 1/8" and then drill the ends out to nay dimension you need.
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    ๐Ÿ“ sailing locations on Long Island
    4 months ago by Commodore-H ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Sorry, I was looking forward to their regatta
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    ๐Ÿ“ sailing locations on Long Island
    4 months ago by Commodore-H ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    I know ESMM pond was closed for renovations last summer.

    They should be good this year does it take two years to rix-up a pond?
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    ๐Ÿ“ sailing locations on Long Island
    4 months ago by Commodore-H ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Contact Empire State Model Mariners.

    They sail in Bowne Park, Flushing New York.

    They hold a model regatta every year and are a great bunch of guys. I am a displaced New Yorker living in Pottstown Pa. I try o attend every year.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Another excursion
    4 months ago by Commodore-H ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Fabulous work!
    It doesn't get any better!

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Hatch Coaming continued.
    9 months ago by Commodore-H ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Nice job, and some excellent detailed pictures.

    That is a good looking little table saw, who makes that?
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    ๐Ÿ“ Vietnam Era PCF
    9 months ago by Commodore-H ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Thank you, I appreciate the help, however, Frank's Mosquito Boats closed many years ago.

    Getting a 1/48 scale plastic model is also an excellent suggestion. So far, except for very high priced ones on ebay I haven't been able to find one.

    Thanks again
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    ๐Ÿ“ Vietnam Era PCF
    9 months ago by Commodore-H ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    I would like to build a Vietnam Era gunboat called a Swift boat or PCF. Original was 50 feet, I would like it to be in 1/12 scale. Finding full size plans has proved difficult. Floating Drydock has plans in 1/16 but I haven't found any others. Help me out guys, any suggestions?
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Fletcher
    10 months ago by Commodore-H ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Wow! Really nice model, BIG! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

    Can you tell me a little more about the motors and props. A large model takes signicant amount of power to move it what model are those motors? Do they get very hot quickly? I would be tempted use gear reduction to turn large props
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    ๐Ÿ“ U.S.C.G. Ports & Waterways Boat
    10 months ago by Commodore-H ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    looks great! here is my version. Built from scratch. My features water monitor that can spray and rotate, and rotating beacon light. I made the radar exposed so I could make it operate. It's name is "Sprinkles"
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    ๐Ÿ“ Covid 19
    12 months ago by Commodore-H ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    This was built during Covid 19 shut down. It was modified from a Zippkits tugster kit that I had around.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Bionic Bill and his Bro `
    2 years ago by Commodore-H ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    As a fellow pipe smoker I am truly impressed!

    Very well done.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
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    ๐Ÿ“ Glue for Deck Fittings ?
    2 years ago by Commodore-H ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    I have had success attaching deck fittings with double face tape. Modern versions of double stick tape is really robust, The advantage is there is no squeeze out as the often times is with any kind of glue. You can get thin double face tape at a craft store I have some that is only 1/8" wide. The good stuff really sticks hard and lasts. When applying it you must be sure not to touch the tape at all before you stick it and surfaces must be clean. Another advantage is that you can get things back off if you need to although with some difficulty.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Hints and Tips.
    2 years ago by Commodore-H ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Great spray booth. You look really nice too.
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    ๐Ÿ“ 1970 Super Ariston
    2 years ago by Commodore-H ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Thanks for your prompt reply. That explains the chrome plating.

    I have tried several imitation chrome ideas that worked but never like the real thing. The $600 price is a little beyond my model boat budget.

    Looking forward to seeing more of your work.
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    ๐Ÿ“ 1970 Super Ariston
    2 years ago by Commodore-H ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Wow, looks great.

    Keeping building, keep posting.

    How do you chrome plate?
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Ships wheel and skylights.
    2 years ago by Commodore-H ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    I also enjoy making things out of leftovers and general trash. All of models are made mainly out scrap wood.

    I am retired but I used to work. Sometime ago the place where I was working received an instrument in a large wooden box. Much to the chagrin of my colleagues I took the crate home saying I could make something out of it. No one took me seriously thinking what could he do with the useless junk.

    Here is the result, took about a week. I know it's not a boat, just and example of what can be done with a shipping crate. Wood was not the best so just so minimum effort, Grandfather clocks are actually just a stack of three boxes. Took it back to work, when I retired they insisted on keeping it.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Progress, at least something good from this forced lockdown
    2 years ago by Commodore-H ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Torpedo tube doors are brilliant solution, well done.

    Now keep going and finish the rest of it.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Airboat, getting back to it
    2 years ago by Commodore-H ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    looks really good, nice color.

    Let her rip!
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Deans Marine PBR
    2 years ago by Commodore-H ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Coming along nicely. I also have kitty problems in that the cats always want to help me with building, As soon as I get to my workbench they are up there carefully inspecting my work for flaws.

    Sometimes they type on the computer too ;
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Airboat, getting back to it
    2 years ago by Commodore-H ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Great idea, landing gear, go for it.

    A little different, what could possibly happen?

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Ships wheel and skylights.
    2 years ago by Commodore-H ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Wheel is really nice. Wheels are hard to get right'
    Excellent work!๐Ÿ‘
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    ๐Ÿ“ Which to build?
    2 years ago by Commodore-H ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    You do some really excellent work. Probably better than many people can do even with three hands.

    Turning metal is he really easy, that is something I know you could manage. Just mount a piece of metal in the lathe and crank the carriage back and fourth, in and out till the parts you need appear. You can get what you need on ebay. Besides the basic lathe you need lots of small bits so look for a deal that includes many extras. I just played and taught myself. There are many helpful videos on YouTube.

    I have built one model that has a firing gun. It uses black powder, ( I am sure magicians flash powder would work even better). Powder is ignited with a glow plug, wad is just a bit of paper towel. Barrel is also spring mounted so it recoils when fired. The effect is good because not only is there a bang but a flash and smoke as well. You do need to be careful with this thing because there is accident potential. The same model has firing exocet missiles which use a small firework we call bottle rockets. In truth I never fired the rockets off the model because when they ignite they produce a big scorch mark.

    I am a big fan of Flower Class Corvettes. They are on my list of ships to build. I would prefer to build it in a 1:32 scale. As far as I know there is only one remaining in the world, HMCS Sackville which is in Halifax, Nova Scotia. I was lucky enough to visit the real ship many years ago. I have lots of pictures. I would like to be able to make the hedgehog mortar fire.

    I also like animation on my models. There are lots of features that could be included on many models. I have seen people incorporate a flag the can be raised and lowered, searchlight that can be trained even saw a guy build a tug that could throw a heaving line with a mousetrap looking gadget. Then there was a salvage vessel that could lower a diver into the water with a crane. Really fun part was the the diver was full of Alka Seltzer so he bubbled when submerged. My last boat has an operating water monitor that can also be trained. Sound affects, smoke, there are lots of things you can add to a model like an schnelboote.

    I would like to see the mechanisms you used to make some of operating features on your corvette. Can you please include some pictures in a post?
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Rescue ladders
    2 years ago by Commodore-H ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Great idea, never seen that before. Very well done
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    ๐Ÿ“ Coronavirus Towboat
    2 years ago by Commodore-H ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Here is my coronavirus build.

    When everything shut down here in Pennsylvania U.S.A I looked around for a simple boat to work on. I had a Zippkits tugster that I received as a prize at a boat regatta so I thought I'd see what I could do with it. It is a simple thing meant as a retriever for a disabled model.
    This kit is basic, but pretty nice. Wood is of good quality and laser cut parts fit together well, all for only $29. I used only the hull and built the superstructure from scratch out of 1/8" plywood based on pictures of towboats and tugboats. It is totally fictitious, "there ain't no such boat". Scale is 1:24, 1/2" = 1 foot, that makes the 18 inch model into a 36 foot boat. Same is true of the winch, I looked at some pictures of towing winches and made one up that seemed plausible. I will also add some operating lights.


    Radar will rotate thanks to the sacrifice of a very old servo. It's easy to do, just remove the decoder from the servo and cut the stop off the gears. I've done this before, turns about the right speed with 1.5V provided by a "C" battery. I may make the winch operate using the same method just connect a destroyed servo under the winch and join the two with a belt drive.

    Propulsion will be from a basic 540 motor with a steerable kort nozzle made from a plastic bottle and 40mm prop.

    Now I thinks it's time for some paint, I'd like to make it slightly colorful; but haven't decided yet.

    I am open to any suggestions or comments.
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    ๐Ÿ“ What's the best brushed speed control?
    2 years ago by Commodore-H ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Help me out, fellas

    Most of my models use Mtroniks speed controls for brushed motors. They make an excellent product, reliable, easy to use, and reasonably priced.

    I often hear someone bought something inexpensive on ebay and it worked out very well. There are so many speed controls an ebay it is difficult to know which are good or not too good. Often descriptions are vague, incomplete or meaningless. Many are meant for R/C cars, and can be difficult to set up. I prefer center off, open and down for forward and reverse. It is a must that if signal is lost it go to a neutral off position, not highest speed reverse. I did buy one and that was a problem.

    Would anybody like to suggest any specific model?
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Model Trawler
    2 years ago by Commodore-H ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Coming along nicely, very clean build.

    Great work.

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    ๐Ÿ“ Latest government advice
    2 years ago by Commodore-H ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Good, I was wondering what happened to the airboat.

    I am looking forward to seeing how she goes.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Has this happened to you
    2 years ago by Commodore-H ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Workshop chart is brillant.

    In my case should include looking on floor for dropped parts and deciding whether I should use something or save it for naother ten years.
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