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    πŸ“ Huge liner model from 1929
    6 months ago by Commodore-H ( Master Seaman)
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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
    1 year ago by Commodore-H ( Master Seaman)
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    Sorry pictures didn't load. I will try again
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    πŸ“ Sprinkles
    1 year ago by Commodore-H ( Master Seaman)
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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
    1 year ago by Commodore-H ( Master Seaman)
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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 ( Master Seaman)
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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 ( Master Seaman)
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    Flash paper guns

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    πŸ“ How many is to Many
    2 years ago by Commodore-H ( Master Seaman)
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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 ( Master Seaman)
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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 ( Master Seaman)
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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 ( Master Seaman)
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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 ( Master Seaman)
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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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    πŸ“ Counter Rotating Props
    2 years ago by Commodore-H ( Master Seaman)
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    Make sure they are opposite pitch:-)

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    πŸ“ Counter Rotating Props
    2 years ago by Commodore-H ( Master Seaman)
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    πŸ“ (Working Vessel) Sprinkles
    2 years ago by Commodore-H ( Master Seaman)
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    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)

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    πŸ“ Proboat Volere
    2 years ago by Commodore-H ( Master Seaman)
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    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.

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    πŸ“ Proboat Volere
    2 years ago by Commodore-H ( Master Seaman)
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    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?

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    πŸ“ (Pleasure Craft) Milkshake
    2 years ago by Commodore-H ( Master Seaman)
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    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)

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    πŸ“ (Naval Ship) DEFIANCE
    2 years ago by Commodore-H ( Master Seaman)
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    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)

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    πŸ“ (Racing Boat) Dr. Louise
    2 years ago by Commodore-H ( Master Seaman)
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    Purchased on eBay as a complete wreck. Totally done over and ready to go but haven't sailed it yet (Motor: Outboard) (10/10)
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    πŸ“ (Naval Ship) Dr. Louise
    2 years ago by Commodore-H ( Master Seaman)
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    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)
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    πŸ“ (Working Vessel) Dr. Louise
    2 years ago by Commodore-H ( Master Seaman)
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    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)
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    πŸ“ (Working Vessel) Orca
    2 years ago by Commodore-H ( Master Seaman)
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    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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