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DodgyGeezer

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How to RC small boats? by DodgyGeezer Lieutenant   Posted: 13 hours ago
There's no great need to dismantle a servo to get motive power - nowadays you can buy model motors that are not much thicker than a typical boat propshaft, and speed controllers the size of a thumbnail. Usually for about a pound. These small drones have really helped in this regard. This one, for instance, is 0.6cm diameter by 1.5cm long - https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Original-JJRC-H20-RC-Drone-H20-08... Your biggest problem will usually be rudder control - there will be little room for a servo and tiller right at the stern of small boats. For an EeZeBilt I recommend a closed loop system which lets you relocate the servo anywhere convenient - see http://eezebilt.tk/radio.html The EeZeBilt Terrier below is 10.75 inches long...

define a model boat by DodgyGeezer Lieutenant   Posted: 2 days ago
Many of my models are models of models - the Sea Princess, for instance, is a half-sized Sea Queen. In some cases EeZeBilt boats are actually made larger than their originals - so a double-sized Curlew or Triton is a 2:1 scale model of a model rather than a 1:2. Very recursive...

Fire crash tender by DodgyGeezer Lieutenant   Posted: 10 days ago
What size? http://eezebilt.tk/RAF.html

Anybody from Peterborough MBC here? by DodgyGeezer Lieutenant   Posted: 12 days ago
Google may be your friend here. The first page gives this: https://www.modelboats.co.uk/forums/postings.asp?th=114896 and this: https://fis.peterborough.gov.uk/kb5/peterborough/directory/s...

rudders by DodgyGeezer Lieutenant   Posted: 21 days ago
I've never come across one, but they're easy enough to make with a Dremel using a cutting disk...

Free plans Inc Tamar lifeboat plans by DodgyGeezer Lieutenant   Posted: 22 days ago
Here is a video of a test run of an EeZebilt Tamar... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXRfrkph3X4

Boat shaft connectors (which stuffs to use and which is good) by DodgyGeezer Lieutenant   Posted: 24 days ago
1 - I concur with figtree7nts. You don't want a long length of unsupported floppy tube transmitting power. You will see that my illustrations show the unsupported tube to be very short. 2 - You also want thick tube to transmit power. if you have thin 2-3mm tube that will easily kink. I make my own connectors at the ends of each shaft to bring the internal tube diameter up to about 6-8mm. 3 - If you want to try a quick fix for what you have, I would suggest putting a small piece of wood or plastic inside the unsupported section of your tube, which will stop it collapsing when it is twisted. This may work if the torque is not high. And it's a quick, cheap thing to try. 4 - if you want to try making your own, you could get something like this - check the correct shaft size - https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Brass-Hexagon-Flexible-Coupling-C... or this: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Coupling-Inserts-for-RC-Models-Va... and then buy a length of something like this - https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/1M-Food-Grade-Clear-Translucent-S... checking the diameters that you need, of course... Here is a similar Eezebilt to your craft. It's the OSA Missile boat. You can see that the unsupported length of silicone is short, and this boat at 32 inches takes quite a lot of power...

fuse holder by DodgyGeezer Lieutenant   Posted: 24 days ago
Depends how fast you want it to go! Electrical kit is either rated continuous or intermittent. Continuous ratings are usually conservative - you can exceed them somewhat - but they also assume decent cooling. The inside of a boat is usually sealed, and so is poor for cooling unless specific provision is made. Chinese ratings tend to be a bit unreliable - and watch out for cheap kit with phenomenal specs that are only achievable if you plunge them into liquid nitrogen! I typically run my 12v rated brushless motors at 7.2v. That way they just get a bit warm in a sealed boat and need no cooling. For brushed motors the brushes tend to be the weak spot if you put a lot of amps through them. Check your motors for heat after a run and you'll soon find out if you're mistreating them... If you're thinking about Taycols, the smaller ones were definitely brush-limited. Though the bigger ones are typically rated at 12v, the initial review for the Standard reckoned it could take 20v or more. Open frame motors are easier to cool. But I wouldn't like to guarantee the paxolin bearings if you did that...

Boat shaft connectors (which stuffs to use and which is good) by DodgyGeezer Lieutenant   Posted: 24 days ago
I'm not sure what you mean by 'earthquakes' - do you mean there was lots of vibration? The prop-shaft and the motor shaft should be aligned as precisely as you can manage. Though a universal joint will accept some misalignment, you should aim to get things so precise that there is no need for a joint! That tube looks rather thin. I use tube which is 10-12mm in OD, with about 3-4 mm thick walls. You are correct that I 'make the shafts larger' by putting little knurled knobs made from aluminium bar on them. If you do not have a lathe, you can buy similar couplings like this: https://www.cornwallmodelboats.co.uk/acatalog/Robbe-Flexible...

Boat shaft connectors (which stuffs to use and which is good) by DodgyGeezer Lieutenant   Posted: 25 days ago
I am not sure that you mean 'latex'. The most usual soft tubes are silicone rubber. Not neoprene, as it is usually too stiff. There are all sorts of universal joints available. Here are some metal ones from Ebay: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/5x-RC-Model-Boat-Robot-Universal-... These are surely too strong for small boats, however. The Eezebilt range are typically 30-50cm long and I use silicone rubber joints on brushless motors there quite satisfactorily. You just need to be sure that the tube wall thickness is sufficient - typically 3-4mm. Here is a picture of the Eezebilt PT Boat (50 cm long) motor connector, with a picture of it running. You will see that it can go at a reasonable speed. See http://www.eezebilt.tk/PTBoat.html

fuse holder by DodgyGeezer Lieutenant   Posted: 26 days ago
Well, perhaps I exaggerate a bit! I haven't got an example of the twin-output Comet that was mentioned in the 1956 line-up (and which i suspect was a short-lived prototype). But I do have a Marine, which is similarly rare...

fuse holder by DodgyGeezer Lieutenant   Posted: 26 days ago
All of them.

fuse holder by DodgyGeezer Lieutenant   Posted: 27 days ago
Thanks - I'd be very interested...

fuse holder by DodgyGeezer Lieutenant   Posted: 27 days ago
Do those boards follow the circuit diagrams on the Taycol web site? I seem to remember that you said you had 'refined them slightly'?

A return to the hobby! by DodgyGeezer Lieutenant   Posted: 1 month ago
"........Hi DG, Hmmm! They can always make a donation to our site and read my refurb blog😁 Anyway, I'm not sure they'd like what I'm doing with Colin's motor.😲 They tend to be 'Patina purists'! 🤓......." Oh, I'm sure that they'd be only too happy to encourage any interest in the Taycols - original or modified. But I fear that they would have problems making a donation - they are strictly providers of free information, use only open source software and won't even run adverts on their site to defray their expenses...

A return to the hobby! by DodgyGeezer Lieutenant   Posted: 1 month ago
".....Ref your motor: I'm multiplexing myself between repairing fences and refurbing your motor! Reassembly has started; first new bearing is in, will tackle the second tonight. Illustrated 'right up' 😁 to follow. Cheers, Doug 😎..." The Taycol website would appreciate a write-up if you have an interesting 'Taycol Tale' to tell....

Transmitter-Rain Cover by DodgyGeezer Lieutenant   Posted: 1 month ago
Same here. I made a nice warm cosy out of a yard of leatherette - see below: Beats everything the wind and rain can throw at it...

Taycol supermarine dimensions. by DodgyGeezer Lieutenant   Posted: 2 months ago
General dimensions and instructions here - http://eezebilt.tk/Documents.html

Carry case. by DodgyGeezer Lieutenant   Posted: 2 months ago
Compartmentalisation is easy too - here is a 40" box with a separate section for the radio and a lift-out drawer for the masts, etc... Just pop-rivet a few off-cuts in. This is an EezeBilt OSA Missile boat.

Carry case. by DodgyGeezer Lieutenant   Posted: 2 months ago
"It's not very heavy and it won't get wet!" Unless you never put it down on wet grass, and drain and then towel your boats after use before putting them back, it will. Be sure to get all the water out of the prop-tube.... " I can't be arsed with fancy carpentry. " No carpentry involved. The material is like cardboard, and you just cut it out with a Stanley knife and fold it. Takes between 10 and 30 mins to make a box from scratch... " And what IS Correx? " Sometimes known as 'twin-flute', it's the stuff estates agent's boards are made of, amongst a myriad of other uses. A twin-walled polypropylene rather like a kind of cardboard made of plastic. Very tough, feather-light and impact-resistant. Self-coloured (many colours available) and completely waterproof. Needs no framing - the sides are strong enough on their own... See the link for full description, place to get it and plans...

Carry case. by DodgyGeezer Lieutenant   Posted: 2 months ago
Heavy - and hardboard swells if it gets wet... I prefer Correx - see here http://eezebilt.tk/box1.html

Vintage Nikko boats by DodgyGeezer Lieutenant   Posted: 8 months ago
Try asking on https://www.rcgroups.com/vintage-and-old-timer-boats-849/

EeZeBilt Fireboats... by DodgyGeezer Lieutenant   Posted: 8 months ago
Just found this old thread on a search while I was re-jigging the web pages - thought I'd update the link, which has changed to: http://eezebilt.tk

1960S Taycol electric motor by DodgyGeezer Lieutenant   Posted: 10 months ago
Presumably you have looked at the Taycol site? This page looks like the one you need... http://taycol.tk/install.html

Christmas present - free plans! by DodgyGeezer Lieutenant   Posted: 1 year ago
No problem - there's lots more where this one came from! It's easy to build, and gives you the chance to fly the Somalian or North Korean flag (included with plans) on your boating lake..

Christmas present - free plans! by DodgyGeezer Lieutenant   Posted: 1 year ago
Forum members may be interested in the new EeZeBilt which is just out - an OSA Missile boat at 32". For some reason plans for these seem to be rare. So I thought I would rectify the situation. Pick up free plans, instructions and a build log here: http://eezebilt.tk/OSA.html Happy building!

Harry Duncan by DodgyGeezer Lieutenant   Posted: 3 years ago
Last I heard of him was January last year, when he said "See you in a few months..."

Website info on Crash Tenders too blurred by DodgyGeezer Lieutenant   Posted: 3 years ago
Fireboat, I publish plans and pictures on my websites. I go to the rights holders first, and get agreement to do this. It doesn't seem difficult to do, and I now have agreements from most of the major model companies. For pictures of Aerokits from the old Keil Kraft catalogues, go to Amerang (now part of Ripmax)...

Website info on Crash Tenders too blurred by DodgyGeezer Lieutenant   Posted: 3 years ago
We know that he runs a web page, so presumably can handle pictures. We can recognise pictures scanned from a catalogue. I run some similar web pages for a different set of boats and I have no problems with getting agreement to produce decent pics. Martin, Message me as eezebilt at hotmail.co.uk, and I'll send you some better plan drawings...

Website info on Crash Tenders too blurred by DodgyGeezer Lieutenant   Posted: 3 years ago
However, I can see Martin's concern. This board seems to offer some research material about fireboats and aerokits generally, but many of the images are intentionally so poor as to be useless. That seems to be intentional, since many of them are scanned from much better initial sources. As an example, there's a person currently on the Model Boats board who wants to know what the Aerokits yachts Tara and Sea Hawk looked like. There is a picture of TARA on the board under the Aerokits section, but I can't refer him to it - it's just a blob. And it must have been scanned from the catalogue, where it would have been available in readable format. Why are all the pictures so poor?