We formed in about 1989 as "The Boat Club" based at the Ellesmere Port Boat Museum. In the nineties we changed the name to the Ellesmere Port Model Boat Club. We meet and sail at the Museum but now have a pool at The Hooton Park Trust site. We are currently 30 members strong and have models of every type.
To answer NJP's question we can get a car within 30 feet of the temporary pond, less if you drive on the grass, the pool is about 12" deep. The pool has now been taken down for the winter but we have been asked to put a larger one up next year. There are toilets there although not 5 star, but these will be refurbished when there is cash available. The site is the Hooton Park Trust next to the old airfield. At the moment they are refurbishing the last hanger with a new Belfast truss roof. They do have a website and they are on facebook. You can also read about it if you type in RAF Hooton Park Airfield, which was opened in 1917 and closed in the 1950's I think. At one stage it was Liverpool Airport before Speke was opened.
I guess 3D printing is going to be a big part of model making, we already have one club member who has one. Does anyone have any idea where or how I can find a face to face 3D printing class (not an on-line one). I have tried looking on the web without success, any ideas would be very much appreciated. I live in the North West.🤔
A wonderful list of traders and modelers, we all owe a very large debt of gratitude to Iain Lewis for keeping the Blackpool Show going. Show your gratitude by attending the Show otherwise these shows will eventually fail.
As a club member I am covered by the clubs insurance but does anyone know of an insurance company that will insure on an individual basis. There are general modelers insurances available but is there one specifically for model boaters as if you have a general modelers insurance this includes model aircraft which I would have thought would have a very much greater risk factor hence being more expensive. A model aircraft can do a great deal of damage and injury to a person or property while it is hard to believe that a scale model boat can.
Correct onetenor, the original pool was only about 2 feet deep. However when the council agreed to the supermarket next to it it had to be moved. They promised that they would build the new one with the same amount of water, they did!! by increasing the depth and reducing the surface area, hence leaving the model boaters with a smaller usable pool. Never ever trust local councils!!!!
New Brighton boating lake is Ok, about chest deep should your boat sink and it is open to the public, it is right on the promenade. They have had swans and seagulls on the pool, kids swimming, kids wanting to touch boats if they get close to the edge(the boats that is) and once had a car in there I believe. There is a club that sails there with nice helpful members. They have a small storage container on site. Handy access for cars with a small car park adjacent to the pool.
Many thanks Dave M. I have got a 2826 brushless motor, a 30a esc and a 7.4 lipo battery, all from Component Shop. I am told nobody makes a motor mount for outrunner brushless motors, or is there a source for them out there somewhere.
Deans Seaplane tender calls for a 400 motor with a Bobs Board!! When I asked then for an alternative, ie. brushless motor and esc with lipo batteries they could not help as their built model had the aforesaid 400 motor and bobs board in. Can anyone suggest what more modern kit I could use to power the boat. I must say the kit and instructions are first class.
I have just received a Deans Marine kit, ST441, a seaplane tender. The plan calls for a Black400 motor with a Bob's board and 6v battery. I would like to use a brushless motor and ESC in the kit. Deans say they have not tried the kit with a brushless motor so cannot recommend an alternative. Any one out there who can suggest what such motor would be the equivilant of the 400 motor. I have one suggestion from the Component Shop, they are always very helpful, but anyone else has any suggestion.
I have always know propellers as left or right handed and on a single screw ship they nearly always turn clockwise looking from aft. Can be very handy if you know which is which as when approaching a berth on the port side at an angle with a right handed prop a good kick astern will put you flat alongside if you time it right. Done it many times with the real thing on all sizes of vessel. Can very often upset the Captain!!! but if timed right it works a treat.
The Ellesmere Port Model Boat Show takes place at the Boat Museum, Ellesmere Port on the 1st. and 2nd. march 2014. It Is the usual format of Model Boat Clubs, Traders, The David E Owen Comoetition, a Bring and Buy sale and on the water sailing from our dock system. There will be tows for anyone to try their hand at tug towing.