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DodgyGeezer

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Member No. 1291
Registered 18th Dec 2010
Last Online 13th Oct 2018
City (Unknown)
Country United Kingdom
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Forum Posts 38
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Recent Posts
Vintage Nikko boats by DodgyGeezer Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 6 months ago
Try asking on https://www.rcgroups.com/vintage-and-old-timer-boats-849/

EeZeBilt Fireboats... by DodgyGeezer Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 6 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 Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 8 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 Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 10 months 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 Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 10 months 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 Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 2 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 Sub-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 Sub-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 Sub-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?

Website info on Crash Tenders too blurred by DodgyGeezer Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 3 years ago
The copyright legislation is known in the US as the 'Mickey Mouse' law - because Walt Disney required the legislators to pick dates so that the earliest Mickey Mouse films remained in copyright. The concept of copyright is based on a social bargain. Someone writes something which is of general interest to humanity (or, for patents, invents something which is of similar use). To make any money out of it they would have to keep it secret and only allow limited access to it - as the Guild system worked in the Middle Ages. The idea of copyright was that if an author published widely, the state would enforce a monopoly for a limited time, so that the author was teh only person who could get paid. But after that, the document would be free for public use. This original time was quite limited - 14 14years (if extended). But companies have had it extended - currently to 2 lifetimes. When it was pointed out to some lobbyists that they could not have 'indefinite' copyright, since the concept clearly required it to be 'limited', one lobbyist proposed the term of 'forever minus one day'. It is a truism that copyright as it stands is broken and oppressive. But who is going to stand up to the Mouse? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O03M6Tm7sWI

rain and more rain by DodgyGeezer Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 3 years ago
Don't knock it! Under successive governments as have ignored our water supply infrastructure, and now we need incessant rain just to provide a reliable supply. If we have a few weeks without rain this summer, we will be looking at hosepipe bans...

MTGMB by DodgyGeezer Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 3 years ago
"...designed for an 8 year old to be able to make themselves..." (so long as an adult cuts out the parts...)

MTGMB by DodgyGeezer Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 3 years ago
In that case you may be interested in this site, which has free plans for a 20" PT boat. The good things about it are: 1 - it's simple to make, designed for an 8 year old to be able to make themselves 2 - it's designed to be made in a bedroom, with few tools and little disturbance 3 - it's cheap, materials about £5 4 - it's realistic, so it will look good on the shelf 5 - it's fast, with lots of guns.... http://eezebilt.tk/PTBoat.html

EeZeBilt 50 PT Boat by DodgyGeezer Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 3 years ago
Looking forward to seeing it...!

MTGMB by DodgyGeezer Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 3 years ago
He probably wants an 80ft Elco American PT boat. They had several machine guns, several cannon, torpedoes, depth charges and missiles. Also, occasionally, anti-tank guns and mortars...

HMS GREY GOOSE by DodgyGeezer Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 3 years ago
Are the torpedoes scratch-built, or from a purchased kit?

It's big by DodgyGeezer Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 3 years ago
...and if you want to read a fantasy author carrying Terry's torch off in a similar, though different direction, try Jasper Fforde. Of whom Terry said "Ingenious. I shall watch Jasper Fforde nervously."...

EeZeBilt PT-Boat by DodgyGeezer Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 3 years ago
Alas, no. I don't sell plans. All my plans are free. My plans are not really 'plans', as you might expect. They are cutting lines, which produce a set of balsa parts. These are then stuck together, following either the instructions or the build log on my web site. This is as near as I can get the the original experience of buying a Keil Kraft 'Eezebilt' balsa kit in the 1960s. For kids, an adult can cut the parts out and the kid can assemble them. For adults they might want to print out the plans at A3 size to make a bigger boat, and replace the balsa hull skins with 1/16" ply... For the free PT boat plans, go to http://eezebilt.tk/plans.html You want the 'Elco PT Boat'...

EeZeBilt PT-Boat by DodgyGeezer Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 3 years ago
If you want a bigger eezebilt, print the plans to A3 rather than A4. The PT boat will then come out at 28". The key point about the eezebilt design is that your grandson can do it with minimal adult help...

EeZeBilt 50 PT Boat by DodgyGeezer Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 3 years ago
Did anything ever come of this build? There's a similar build at a Dutch site here: http://www.modelbouwforum.nl/threads/dubbel-bouwverslag-eeze... And, of course, the eezebilt log: http://eezebilt.co.vu/PTB1.html

Getting wiring to be neat by DodgyGeezer Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 3 years ago
fix some plastic trunking down the length of the boat: http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_odkw=plastic trunking -trunk&_sop=15&_osacat=0&_from=R40&_trksid=p2045573.m570.l1313.TR4.TRC2.A0.H0.Xplastic trunking pvc.TRS0&_nkw=plastic trunking pvc&_sacat=0 run the servo and any other wires into and out of this, cutting side holes as required. As Derek says above, you will probably need some servo extensions.

straight running by DodgyGeezer Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 3 years ago
"...I suspect the rules committee would burn much midnight oil to ban such attempts. It could be argued that the GPS signals are received by all boats and mine would only be making use of them...." Indeed. That's what the rules ban - 'making use' of remote control inputs. There is a fair bit more that can be covered - in particular making use of the software used for these high-altitude balloon launched gliders which fly to the edge of space and then land again. This is probably the classic link: http://www.canuck-boffin.net/sonde/ You will see that the aircraft can run under three different modes: Direct Control - the pilot moves the control surfaces Autonomous Control - the aircraft decides where and how to fly according to a pre-defined plan Pilot Direction - the pilot specifies way-points and heights, and the aircraft decides how to get there itself...

straight running by DodgyGeezer Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 3 years ago
Haverlock is accurate when he says that 'remote' control is forbidden - which implies that controls integrated into the boat's structure ARE allowed. I believe, for instance, that pendulum controls were experimented with in the early years, for both boats and aircraft, to provide some stability. However, I suspect that he will run up against some aggressive interpretation if he wants to use modern electronics. For a start, the GPS system certainly relies on satellite communications, and these are 'remote', so I guess that would be banned. Modern electronics could easily identify the target poles, by optical, sound or radar beams, and then direct the boat accordingly, but the echos from these signals would be 'remote', and hence could be banned under the current rule. I suspect that a fully autonomous internal gyro-based system which maintained a selected heading would be OK under the rules, but that would not offer the improved target accuracy that GPS could offer, and might be no better than a well-designed hull. The skill in straight running is to predict the amount of offset drift which occurs, and if the rules are aggressively interpreted to ban any external/remote 'communication' (including the boat taking external sightings of some kind) then it is hard to see a big benefit from currently available technology....

Help with SEA QUEEN. by DodgyGeezer Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 3 years ago
It's a Triton! Look here for info on adding radio to these old EeZeBilts... http://eezebilt.co.vu/radio.html

Has any member fitted a depth sounder by DodgyGeezer Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 3 years ago
You mean a working one? I would think that some of these 'acoustic rulers' might be a good start - but how would you get the data back to the shore?

Looking good by DodgyGeezer Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 3 years ago
No trouble. I hope it should be easy to skin the hull, and the basic superstructure isn't very complicated. Install the propshaft and motor, with its connector, while the hull in unskinned. Then do the bottom of the hull, and install the rudder, the shelf and servo. At that stage you should be able to set up your radio and make the motor run and the servo turn. Then skin the hull sides. You do those last because working on the rudder will be difficult when they are on! Good luck...

radar motors by DodgyGeezer Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 3 years ago
Speed control units (particularly ones that work off back-emf sensing) tend to be poor at producing low speeds. Brushless motors are a classic example. PWM controllers can do slow speeds - that's what railway modellers use for shunting - but the motor drive tends to be jerky (which the railway modellers like because it breaks track adhesion) For radar you want a slow but smooth rotation. For that, gears are the obvious answer, since they suppress jerkiness...

radar motors by DodgyGeezer Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 3 years ago
One of these any good? 6v, 30RPM thumbnail size... http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SS-30-RPM-DC-6V-2-5KG-Micro-Gear-B...

Looking good by DodgyGeezer Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 3 years ago
There's a build log on the website at http://eezebilt.co.vu/PTB1.html which may help. Any questions - just ask!

Looking good by DodgyGeezer Sub-Lieutenant   Posted: 3 years ago
The prototype is running with a 6-cell 7.2v battery pack (split - made up from two sets of 3-cells) It uses an EMax CF2822 motor http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Emax-CF2822-1200KV-Outrunner-Brush...