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Hi Ron, had the same problem with my 8'-6'' HMS Fearless when I first launched it. Took out all the ballast, weighed it then replaced it with a solid steel keel on edge bolted to the underside of my boat.... cured and never any more problem since. Fast boats go past it and it sits still with the wake going along side, just like the real one. It gave the boat a stabilising keel and put all the ballast 60 mm lower than being inside the boat. Good luck with yours, interested as to how it turns out.
There is no reason why wild life and boaters can exist side by side. We had a similar problem some years ago where we were accused of chasing the wildlife,After explanations to the council that the public were feeding the wildlife all over the place they decided to put in a duck feeding area.. since this... no problem.. stick to your guns, keep on at them. Good luck
Always good to see a Precedent Huntsman, excellent boats and even better skipper. Enjoy sailing mine at the lake every Sunday or Wednesday... never fails to please. Happy boating.. from Dennis the Menace
Nothing quite like the real thing, excellent lines, excellent overall shape, brilliant finish.. enjoy every moment you can on board her. I sail my model every other Sunday, always a delight to see it perform out on the lake
Hi Cliff, just read your post, with the specially ordered props i would be inclined to be belt and bracers by dimpling the shaft for the grub screw to fit into, not just a flat (from an engineering point of view) ... looking good Dennis
hi Lussino, try the historic dock yard at Chatham, they not only have some plans but a whole collection of models that you can request to view by prior appointment, one of the biggest collections a going.
hi Richard, certainly a "Huntsman", just finished refurbishing one myself. Replanked the deck curving the planking around the bows was a real challenge, but three weeks later it was well worth it. Good luck with yours
Hi Andy, Due to present dates being booked we cannot unfortunately attend your open day but wish you all the best for the day and hope the weather stays dry for you. would love to attend and bring my big boat Regards Dennis, Chairman GVMBC, Suffolk
Hi, very nice model and can sympathise with you on the handling situation. I to had the same problem when i built HMS Fearless at 8'-6" long and weighing 12 stone, soon made a launch trolly and a road trailer to carry it all in. From the time i arrive at the lake it is 18 mins. to launch on my own and do not have to touch it with the same on retrieving it. If you click on HMS Fearless you will see it at the launch day.. good luck with your transport.
Hi Chugalone 100, i have an 8' 6" long model of HMS Fearless with the servo in the mast running two radars at different speeds via pully and elastic bands, works well since the launch six years ago. If you make your mast a lift of fit at the radar arm you can mount the servo in the main part of your mast, micro servo from Rapid electronics in Colchester for £4.20.. good deal and excellent. Good look with model👍😊
Very smart looking boat, like the paint scheme. I have a Huntsman that I am in the process of refurbishing, can you tell me what you used and where you obtained the main windscreen trim in chrome...looks brill.
well done, excellent detail and fine work...I like it. Idea for holding down the superstructure...I built a model of HMS Fearless and used all push fit joints to good affect, using 1" upstands...works well, no screw drivers, spanners etc, just lift off sections 😊
Great model, looks the part at speed, well done. I to had this problem when I built HMS Fearless 8'-6'' aol so I built a launch trolley then a road trailer to carry it all, sail her every Sunday...weather permitting. sounds you enjoy sailing your model as much as I do carry on with the hobby.
HI Aeronaut1, I have not got an actual post code for the lake but if you are coming from north you will be on the A14 heading east. come past Stowmarket and the next junction is for the A140 take slip road to the bottom in right hand lane, follow the the roundabout all the way round changing to the left lane as you go under A14, take Coddenham road. Keep going past vets on the right over two small bridges and just before the low railway bridge the lake is on the right. Look forward to seeing you possibly in 2016. Den. as you say happy sailing to you in 2016
HI Aeronaut1. Hope you enjoyed the video of the launch...a long time ago now....lots of improvements since then...a new video due next year. If you are ever in Needham Market, Suffolk please drop by any Sunday morning. she sails most Sundays (good weather) Den
HI xtramaths, thanks for your comments glad you are inspired. Several additions have been added since launch date.. one in particular is the ballast. Still adding all the time, latest, pump six gallons of water into tank to sink stern 2" open stern door and bring out two landing craft on separate controllers