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    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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    πŸ“ USCG Sprinkles in Action
    4 days ago by Commodore-H ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hope this posting works. It's a short video.

    Too hot to go out today

    Rotating beacon is R/C car accessory.

    Radar is modified servo.

    Water monitor is scratch built with cheap pump from ebay. Draws water from outside boat . Turns with servo.

    Searchlight scratch built with ultra bright led

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    πŸ“ USCG Sprinkles in Action
    6 days ago by Commodore-H ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hope this posting works. It's a short video.

    Too hot to go out today

    Rotating beacon is R/C car accessory.

    Radar is modified servo.

    Water monitor is scratch built with cheap pump from ebay. Draws water from outside boat . Turns with servo.

    Searchlight scratch built with ultra bright led.

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    πŸ“ USCG Sprinkles in Action
    6 days ago by Commodore-H ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hope this posting works. It's a short video.

    Too hot to go out today

    Rotating beacon is R/C car accessory.

    Radar is modified servo.

    Water monitor is scratch built with cheap pump from ebay. Draws water from outside boat . Turns with servo.

    Searchlight scratch built with ultra bright led.

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    πŸ’¬ Re: Graupner Optimist 1978
    6 days ago by Commodore-H ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    nice day.

    catch any fish?
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Bow fender for Riva Ariston replica Proboat Volete
    9 days ago by Commodore-H ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    These are nice. couldn't find an exact match but I believe they are key fobs (chains)
    So I looked on the web and ebay at keychains, fobs and found lots of potentially useful little things, some other nice little boat fenders, life jackets steering wheels, etc. I am a scratch builder but this could an easy inexpensive part source for some things.

    I also have a proboat Volere which I like a lot. When I first got it, it ran O.K. but pushed up a big bow wave. First thing I tried was moving the battery from the middle of the boat to the back, I cut off the unnecessary parts of the servo horn and then I could put the battery easily into the stern. I bought a additional battery of the same type on ebay for a few dollars except 9.6V instead of 8.4V. That helped a lot too.
    Having success I changed the motor, still brushed to an 05 size for an airplane. (master airscrew ma 3560)

    Now she easily rises right up on plane and goes like a speed boat should.

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    πŸ’¬ Re: Mermaid sport fisherman
    10 days ago by Commodore-H ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Just looked. You are right its a K&B 7.5πŸ‘
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Mermaid sport fisherman
    10 days ago by Commodore-H ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Thank you for interest,.

    I mostly like the building. I build scale models which always go too fast. I have an brushed motor admirals barge that at full throttle lifts about the first third of the boat out of the water.

    I also bought this thing as a wreck and totally restored it. Looks nice, runs great, never had it in the water.

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    πŸ“ Easy Tips
    12 days ago by Commodore-H ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    I should have thought of these things sooner.

    First, I prefer to put my receiver in plastic bag sealed with a zip tie , just in case. It's not water proof,but it is splash resistant. If I move the receiver to a different model I need to remove it from the bag to connect and bind it. The plugs fit very tight so I need to be careful. I decided to add short servo extensions to the receiver to all the channels and the bind plug before I seal it in the bag now if I move it it stays in the bag and it easier to connect and bind. I label the plugs with a silver colored felt tip marker, just line-up the wire colors.

    Second tip also easy....

    I am using electronic speed controls which have a BEC. They come with an attached switch, that means you have to open the boat to get to it. I prefer an easy access external switch that I disguise. For example; one is a scale antenna that connects to a slide switch. Pull the antenna up to turn on push to turn off. Another switch is hidden as a mushroom vent, it is a push on, push off type. Pushing the vent turns the boat on and off. There are many ways to conceal switches.

    Again I sometimes move the speed control to a different boat. I cut the switch wire and added a JST plug. Now I can connect the speed control to the hidden external switch or just connect it back to the original switch if I like.

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    πŸ’¬ Re: Mermaid sport fisherman
    12 days ago by Commodore-H ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Sorry graphic in Mercury
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Mermaid sport fisherman
    12 days ago by Commodore-H ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Here are some pictures of the outboard. It is a Graupner 500 size. I think it looks O.K., maybe a little big. I was going to build an outboard well and make it look more scale, but this is my first go with an outboard so I kept it simple and just screwed it on the transom. The motor is an old Astro 05 because it was on hand and it fit. I fabricated a coupler to make it work. Turning is with a simple pushrod arrangement. I did try it once and it planed nicely on 9.6V. I had a small 1.6 amp battery that died quickly. Originally I had a 3 blade prop ( had that on hand too) now I changed to a two blade 40mm that I purchased. Nice "Evinrude" graphics is from Callies
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    πŸ“ Hintsand tips - Decals made easy
    24 days ago by Commodore-H ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    A really good way to get nice graphics is to order vinyl graphics from a web company called "Callies". Vinyl graphics are much sturdier than decals. They are very understanding of the needs of modelers. They will make whatever you specify for very reasonable charge. You deal with the company by email. You can get images and text; of whatever you need and specify colors, size, font etc. It's almost too good to be true. After you contact them with a request, you will receive an email with a price. They can easily produce replicates, so you can get some spares in case one is damaged or you want to stick some on your transmitter, boat stand or toolbox.

    It's a lot easier and cheaper then buying a vinyl cutter and learning how to use it. It might not cost much more than a pack of decal paper.

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    πŸ’¬ Re: 3660kv speed boat
    25 days ago by Commodore-H ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Sounds good

    What kind of motor is it, I need one of thoseπŸ‘
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    πŸ“ Mermaid sport fisherman
    26 days ago by Commodore-H ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    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

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    πŸ’¬ Re: Hellenic Navy - La Combattante IIIb class Fast Attack Craft
    3 months ago by Commodore-H ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    great boat! looks like really moves!

    what is powering it?πŸ‘

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    πŸ’¬ Re: Operating horn
    3 months ago by Commodore-H ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    thanks, it looking interesting

    I'll give it a try
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    πŸ“ Operating horn
    3 months ago by Commodore-H ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    I'd like install a working horn in several of my models, but haven't found the right one yet. I tried one from RAM, but volume is too low. I tried many things to increase the volume but no success. To be heard outside on the lake you need it pretty loud. Don't like spending too much on this.

    Anyone have any good suggestions?

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    πŸ’¬ Re: Brushless Launch
    3 months ago by Commodore-H ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Thank you

    I've been wanting to try brushless for a while. Can't decide where to start.

    Its difficult to buy and change motors too much.

    I've had a strategy to find and purchase a destroyed brushless boat on ebay and take the motor and esc etc. Haven't done it yet.

    Nice boat, runs very well . πŸ€—
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Brushless Launch
    3 months ago by Commodore-H ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    I would say, pretty darn good!πŸ‘πŸ‘ Two thumbs up.

    What's the setup, motor, prop, battery, etc?
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Windlass Construction
    4 months ago by Commodore-H ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Looks great.
    A man after my own heart, build with a little bit of everything .

    Just thinking, what'd the oddest thing you ever used in a model boat?
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    πŸ“ Huge liner model from 1929
    10 months ago by Commodore-H ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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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!

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    πŸ“ Sprinkles
    2 years ago by Commodore-H ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Sorry pictures didn't load. I will try again
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    πŸ“ Sprinkles
    2 years ago by Commodore-H ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    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

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    πŸ“ (Naval Ship) Sprinkles
    2 years ago by Commodore-H ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    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)

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    πŸ“ Huge liner model from 1929
    2 years ago by Commodore-H ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    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.

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    πŸ“ Huge liner model from 1929
    2 years ago by Commodore-H ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Flash paper guns

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    πŸ“ How many is to Many
    2 years ago by Commodore-H ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    You can never have too many boats
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    πŸ“ Shamrock Fast Police Boat
    2 years ago by Commodore-H ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    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.

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    πŸ“ Motor Mounts
    2 years ago by Commodore-H ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    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.

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    πŸ“ Recovery vessel
    2 years ago by Commodore-H ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    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.

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    πŸ“ Shamrock Fast Police Boat
    2 years ago by Commodore-H ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Excellent work. Just the kind of thing I like. it's more fun and challenging this way.

    What was the 0.05 for? Did you remember to buy the light bulb?

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