Hi Dave I've just put the phone down from Mike and he is having trouble finding a suitable mould. He's tried bedknobs and is off to B&Q later to see what else he can find. The only dimension I know is the height - approx 1.5m and I have no drawings, only pictures. I don't know much about 3D printing but I'm assuming you won't have enough to go on. Anyway, I look forward to seeing you again at Haydock. Steve
I've sent details to Mike - waiting to hear from him, though when we spoke on the phone he was suffering an extremely painful back. In the meantime I have been making progress though there is still some way to go.
It was not unknown for swans to 'get lost' and land on the road on Worcester river bridge. We were told that if this happened we were to grasp the neck just behind the head and put the free arm around the body to stop the wings flapping. As I had a mortal fear of all things flapping - hence taking refuge under the sheet with the body - I prayed I would never come across such an incident.
I know it's not a model but this boat was used for a short time by Worcester City Police in the mid 60s. It was soon found to be unfit for purpose as the freeboard was too high when used for its main task of pulling bodies out of the water. It was replaced by a Dory. This was much more suitable as I found, when recovering a body from the river Severn at Holt Fleet near Worcester. I also found that the low freeboard allowed easy access to a male swan when we got too close to its nest. Luckily my mate had the boat hook to hand to repel boarders . I took cover under the tarpaulin with the body whilst he removed the swan. What fun we had in those days!
Further research suggests that the weapon is a 76/50 Bofors TAK76 Per Jane's, the gun was a private venture by Bofors begun in 1962, and was adapted from a 76mm/50 coast artillery gun, but modified to 3-inch (a very minor change in dimension) "because that ammunition was more commonly used by navies." The ammunition is described as a fixed cartridge weighing 11.3kg, which could mean it's not the US 3-inch/50 round, which apparently weighed 10.9 kg complete (however, I see some variation between sources). Muzzle velocity is 825m/s, nearly identical to the US round (2 m/sec difference). The turret is fully automated, fed from a motor-driven hoist to a below-deck magazine with 100 rounds. Two loaders move ammo from the magazine to the 5-round feed drum, which in turn feeds the vertical hoist. From there, a transfer arm in the turret moves the rounds to the loading tray and the rounds are then rammed home. RoF is 30 RPM. Traverse was 350º with elevation limits of -10 to +30º. Range was credited as 6.8 nautical miles (12.6 km). The turret is roughly 1.5 m high, with a penetration below decks of 2.9 m. Total mount weight was 6.5 tons. " Still can't find a 1/24 scale one!
Hi Doug Sorry, I should have been more specific. It is/was on RSS P72 Sovereignty of the Singapore Navy. The boat is a 110' Vosper fast attack craft and I have a part built 1/24scale Veron model based on it. The official spec says that some boats were fitted with 40mm Bofors and some with 76.2mm Bofors. Please see pic of the real boat and a model which is in the Singapore Navy Museum Steve
Does anyone know what make of gun this may be? I'm after a 1/24 scale version for my latest project. I have scoured the web with no success so will have to scratch build the turret but an already made barrel would be a good start. I have been led to believe that it is either a 40mm or 76.2mm Bofors, but have also been told that if it is 76mm, Bofors don't make one and it could be an Italian job.
Hi Graham Thank you. It's amazing how the apparently cheap and cheerful stuff works. Since my original post I have been trying Wilko's Heavy Duty All Purpose adhesive. It's a spray on contact adhesive and costs £5 for a 500ml can. Tests show that it sticks like the proverbial and doesn't affect the plasticard. Steve
I got mine from Jotika. He actually supplies the trade with this and other kits. Not cheap but it finishes the boat off nicely. http://jotika-ltd.com/Pages/1024768/index.htm. If you telephone and ask for John, the proprietor, I am sure he will help.
Hi Tintin The motors were recommended by Howes Models when I bought the kit, together with the three bladed 35mm brass props. Motors fitted no problem with plenty of room for all the other electrics. Don't know how the price compares with Graupner but I am pleased with the performance. Hope this helps Steve
Hi Nick Yes, I was very pleased with the final model and its maiden voyage. It looks particularly good with all the lights on. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pTQgjg8ZuY&t=3s Just a reminder, be very precise when positioning the hull skins and don't use too much glue as the ribs will show through. Best of luck. Steve
Hello Doug At last I have got around to sending you my Dx6 set up, which allows to control motors and rudders on the same stick. I am currently only using it on my Aeronaut Pilot Boat but it will turn in its own length. I must admit it was very much trial and error, but once I activated the V-TAIL in the WINGTAILMIX menu things started to happen. I thought the best way would be to send you pictures of the various menu settings which apply and you will then be able to tweak to your requirements. See how you get on but please come back if you need anything further. Best of luck Steve
Our recently established, but rapidly expanding club, https://www.worcestermodelboatclub.co.uk/ is holding its first open day at Cob House Country Park, Worcester Road, Wichenford, Worcester WR6 6YE. Our stand will be part of a Vintage Vehicle Day, organised by our hosts http://www.cobhouse.org/event/vintage-vehicle-day As well as a static display, there will also be the opportunity to sail on the lake, which adjoins all the amenities of the Mayfly Cafe. Parking is free and the cafe overlooks the lake. http://www.cobhouse.org/mayfly-cafe/ For more information please visit our website or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Doug and Dave. I'm actually on holiday in the village of Happisburgh on the Norfolk coast, just down the road from the parish church. I spotted the memorial stone (picture attached), in the cemetery. A bit of history for you navy buffs. Steve
Luckily our club chairman has offered to help/advise and even do the job for me! I would be more than happy to help set up you DX6 if you can wait until next week when I am back from holiday. I need the Tx in front of me to refresh my memory and I can then let you know the settings. I would be interested to see some pics of your destroyer. Steve
Ok, thanks. Yes, the original did have two shafts and I have succesfully used my Dx6i radio mixer on other models. I guess I'm just nervous about messing up a beautifully built hull by drilling holes in it. Steve
Gentlemen, thank you for all you help. As you said Doug, a tedious business, but I have collected a few more photos to assist in the build. In the meantime, I am considering whether or not to put two more shafts in and have two/three motors instead of the existing one. My initial thoughts were to replace the existing motor with a single brushless as I didn't want to cut any holes in the hull. I'm not looking for really high speed, just scale, or perhaps slightly above. In which case, is there any benefit from having two motors instead of one?