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    ๐Ÿ“ Loading photos
    19 days ago by Fireboat ( Lieutenant)
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    Yep, itโ€™s all storage related. Also the fact Iโ€™m without a laptop at the moment!โ€ฆ itโ€™s in for repair.

    Iโ€™ve done my best to fix things on my phone. So photos will upload again. For the blank photos in posts, if you edit your post, you should be able to delete the blanks and re-upload your photos again. This time theyโ€™ll show up!

    Thanks
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    ๐Ÿ“ Recent site issues
    3 months ago by Fireboat ( Lieutenant)
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    Hi All,

    Just a quick update on some recent issues and fixes.

    Push notifications on iOS - the certificate expired, so we had about a week of no notifications going out. This is fixed now!

    Email notifications & file uploads - the server again reached its file capacity which has caused issues recently. Although I can't increase the file capacity (wish I could!) I have stopped the site generating some useless log files which appear to be bunging everything up every so often.

    So we're now back afloat! If you see anything unusual still, let me know.

    Thanks,
    Stephen
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    ๐Ÿ“ Only in Canada, eh! Pityโ€ฆ
    4 months ago by Fireboat ( Lieutenant)
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    Meanwhile in the UKโ€ฆ
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    ๐Ÿ“ Laser Cutting
    4 months ago by Fireboat ( Lieutenant)
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    Thanks for all the advice everyone. I think the bottom line is; don't do it yourself. It's better to get a company who has the proper laser cutting equipment to do the work... certainly for a hobbyist it goes against the grain a little, as I prefer having that whole end to end involvement on the creation of a part. But given the cost, safety and practicalities, it's just not sensible.

    It does mean however, there's a lot more pressure on the design being right first time. So my CAD'ing skills will be put to the test!

    Thanks all ๐Ÿ˜Ž

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    ๐Ÿ“ Laser Cutting
    5 months ago by Fireboat ( Lieutenant)
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    Hi all, Iโ€™ve a project going at the moment where Iโ€™m considering having some plywood laser cut.

    Wondering what experience members here have had with laser cutting wood, whether youโ€™ve bought a machine yourself to do it, or have sent a design off to another company. What is the better option?

    Just curious. Happy to take onboard any advice.

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    ๐Ÿ“ Pics?
    5 months ago by Fireboat ( Lieutenant)
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    Pictures are working again, sorry for the down time.

    Attached is the issue. We've a 262,144 file limit on the server. I've already done a chunk of work to clear cached images and remove duplicate files, but it does keep hitting end stops. Obviously more work needed! I'll have a think ๐Ÿค”

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    ๐Ÿ“ Lack of email notifications
    5 months ago by Fireboat ( Lieutenant)
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    Hi Nerys,

    Looking at the database, it says emails are going out successfully, you should have had 5 in the last 24 hours;
    - 2 trending topics
    - 2 new likes
    - 1 reply

    Is anyone else not receiving emails?

    Stephen
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    6 months ago by Fireboat ( Lieutenant)
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    Hopefully itโ€™ll get there in the end Doug! I can assure you it was sent out at the same time as the other internationals ๐Ÿ˜Š

    Stephen
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    ๐Ÿ“ Pictures
    6 months ago by Fireboat ( Lieutenant)
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    Hi Rick, Ed - We should be back to normal now ๐Ÿ‘

    The error came with the code written to remove duplicate uploaded files, it just didn't quite update the file references correctly at first.

    Still let me know if you spot anything else unusual.

    Thanks,
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    ๐Ÿ“ Pictures
    6 months ago by Fireboat ( Lieutenant)
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    My fault. Donโ€™t do anything. Iโ€™ll restore them. Just give me time.

    This goes for all members harbours.

    If you see pictures vanishing anywhere else, let me know.

    Stephen
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    ๐Ÿ“ Unable to post photos
    6 months ago by Fireboat ( Lieutenant)
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    It's an easy-ish fix. You should be able to upload photos again ๐Ÿ˜Š

    The issue is with how many files we now have on the server. The file limit was reached. I've cleared some cache folders, but also going to write some code to keep things tidy. It's possible we have some files which were uploaded but never posted, or duplicates. I'll see what I can do to avoid this happening.

    If you've posted photos already which have come up blank, you'll need to edit the post and add them again.

    Thanks,
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    ๐Ÿ“ Christmas Cards & Free Prize Draw
    6 months ago by Fireboat ( Lieutenant)
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    All packaged up, ready to send out once the post offices open again! ๐Ÿ˜Š

    Under high security guard ๐Ÿˆโ€โฌ›

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    ๐Ÿ“ Christmas Cards & Free Prize Draw
    6 months ago by Fireboat ( Lieutenant)
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    There's not really a finishing position, as it's names out of the hat.

    The list of the 20 winners below was just put alphabetically. Some joined half way through, but you only need one correct answer to have a chance of winning. The more correct answers, the higher the chances were. On average people answered 12 of the 31 questions and were correct 93.86% of the time.

    Some rough odds based on the 5965 correct entries & 20 winners;
    If you got 1 question right: 1/5965*20*100 = 0.34% chance
    If you got 31 questions right: 31/5965*20*100 = 10.39% chance

    Stephen
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    ๐Ÿ“ Christmas Cards & Free Prize Draw
    6 months ago by Fireboat ( Lieutenant)
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    Okay, so here we go, the final results and winners! There are 20 winners. Prizes will be spread out across the winners, you'll not know what you've won until it turns up! ๐Ÿ˜

    1. cormorant
    2. Colin H
    3. DamonH
    4. GARTH
    5. GaryLC
    6. georgeo5664
    7. Glyn
    8. jbkiwi
    9. Jimba
    10. modelship
    11. MouldBuilder
    12. muddy
    13. navyveteran
    14. Nerys
    15. Newby7
    16. Rex3644
    17. RNinMunich
    18. Rookysailor
    19. Scratchbuilder
    20. Seaspray

    Some of you I do have an address for already, but for the most I don't, so I'll be in touch via email.

    Thanks to all who participated. I'm sorry if you were not a winner this time, but we'll look to do this again in the future, so fingers crossed for next time!

    Stephen
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    ๐Ÿ“ Christmas Cards & Free Prize Draw
    6 months ago by Fireboat ( Lieutenant)
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    31th Dec
    A type of boat known as a gondola is particularly associated with which city?
    A. Barcelona (0%)
    B. Istanbul (0%)
    C. Venice (99%) - Correct Answer (235 entries)
    D. Paris (1%)

    I'll announce winners later in the day, but for now some top line stats:
    Total Entries: 6,354
    Correct Entries: 5,965
    Total Members: 522
    Countries: 28

    Certainly open to doing this again, daily / weekly / monthly / bi-monthly. Just need a database of questions - or a volunteer for such ๐Ÿ˜

    Obviously it would be without prizes, but a leader board (that resets) would be possible and probably quite good fun.

    Happy New Year to all!

    Stephen
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    ๐Ÿ“ Christmas Cards & Free Prize Draw
    6 months ago by Fireboat ( Lieutenant)
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    30th Dec
    Which of these words is used for the left side of a ship?
    A. Sherry (0%)
    B. Cava (0%)
    C. Vermouth (0%)
    D. Port (100%) - Correct Answer (215 entries)

    Last question today, before we reveal the winners tomorrow!

    Stephen
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    ๐Ÿ“ Christmas Cards & Free Prize Draw
    6 months ago by Fireboat ( Lieutenant)
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    29th Dec
    The Manchester Ship Canal links Manchester with the estuary of which river?
    A. Tyne (5%)
    B. Tees (0%)
    C. Humber (1%)
    D. Mersey (94%) - Correct Answer (202 entries)

    We now have 515 members entered, with a total of 5541 correct entries.

    Last two days before we announce the winners!

    Stephen
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    ๐Ÿ“ Christmas Cards & Free Prize Draw
    6 months ago by Fireboat ( Lieutenant)
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    28th Dec
    What is the name for the trail left by a ship moving through water?
    A. Waft (1%)
    B. Wag (0%)
    C. Wall (0%)
    D. Wake (99%) - Correct Answer (224 entries)

    Stephen
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    ๐Ÿ“ Christmas Cards & Free Prize Draw
    6 months ago by Fireboat ( Lieutenant)
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    27th Dec
    What kind of boat is propelled by a long pole?
    A. Catamaran (0%)
    B. Dinghy (1%)
    C. Punt (99%) - Correct Answer (228 entries)
    D. Yacht (0%)

    Stephen
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    ๐Ÿ“ Christmas Cards & Free Prize Draw
    6 months ago by Fireboat ( Lieutenant)
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    26th Dec
    Which of these fictional characters sailed on a ship called the Hopewell?
    A. Jim Hawkins (7%)
    B. Captain Ahab (11%)
    C. Lemuel Gulliver (76%) - Correct Answer (155 entries)
    D. David Balfour (6%)

    Quite a few more wrong answers today. Possibly one of the more difficult ones we've had.

    Pleased it's keeping everyone entertained ๐Ÿ˜Š we've now tipped over 500 members taking part worldwide ๐Ÿ‘

    Stephen
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    ๐Ÿ“ Christmas Cards & Free Prize Draw
    6 months ago by Fireboat ( Lieutenant)
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    25th Dec
    Which of these is a platform for loading and unloading ships?
    A. Query (1%)
    B. Quarry (1%)
    C. Quay (98%) - Correct Answer (204 entries)
    D. Quoit (0%)

    Stephen
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    ๐Ÿ“ Merry Christmas
    6 months ago by Fireboat ( Lieutenant)
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    Merry Christmas everyone! ๐ŸŽ…

    Once again Iโ€™d like to say a massive thanks to all our members who have made this website such good fun and who offer help, time to other members or have supported the site in any way.

    Iโ€™m very proud of the whole community we have here, bringing all corners of the world together with a common interest.

    So wherever you are in the world, a very Merry Christmas to you all ๐ŸŽ„

    Stephen
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    ๐Ÿ“ Christmas Cards & Free Prize Draw
    6 months ago by Fireboat ( Lieutenant)
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    24th Dec
    Until 2004, where in London could Francis Chichester's boat Gypsy Moth IV be seen?
    A. British Museum (8%)
    B. Greenwich (89%) - Correct Answer (194 entries)
    C. St James's Palace (1%)
    D. Hyde Park (2%)

    We've now:
    - 500 members in the draw
    - 26 countries
    - 4,823 answers given
    - 4,503 correct
    - 320 incorrect

    7 questions to go!

    Stephen
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    6 months ago by Fireboat ( Lieutenant)
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    France is 23 correct out of 23 answered, so technically top spot! But a little unfair to show them on the top country list considering there is only 1 member ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿคฃ

    Stephen
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    ๐Ÿ“ Locating Clubs on 'Boats Clubs and Lakes'
    6 months ago by Fireboat ( Lieutenant)
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    Hi Bob,

    Just click the โ€˜Add New Placeโ€™ button, either on the home page or in the clubs section at the top.

    https://model-boats.com/places

    Stephen
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    6 months ago by Fireboat ( Lieutenant)
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    Todayโ€™s question is from 2001โ€ฆ I have to say, I didnโ€™t check whether it was still valid or not ๐Ÿ™ˆ

    Everyone, look over there, behind your shoulder! ๐Ÿ‘‰ โ€ฆ what do you mean the question has changed slightly? ๐Ÿคฅ๐Ÿคช

    Stephen
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    6 months ago by Fireboat ( Lieutenant)
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    23rd Dec
    At which port was Brunel's ship Great Western built and launched?
    A. Bristol (91%) - Correct Answer (197 entries)
    B. Portsmouth (3%)
    C. Glasgow (1%)
    D. Belfast (5%)

    Stephen
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    6 months ago by Fireboat ( Lieutenant)
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    22th Dec
    In 1985, the ship Rainbow Warrior was sunk by agents of which country?
    A. Argentina (7%)
    B. Japan (12%)
    C. France (80%) - Correct Answer (183 entries)
    D. Norway (1%)

    Thought it would be fun to see the correct answers by countries (where we have a high number of entries):

    Czech Republic: 31 of 32 (96.9%)
    New Zealand: 54 of 56 (96.4%)
    South Africa: 25 of 26 (96.2%)
    Sweden: 42 of 44 (95.5%)
    Spain: 41 of 43 (95.3%)
    Germany: 59 of 62 (95.2%)
    United Kingdom: 2631 of 2767 (95.1%)
    Australia: 197 of 211 (93.4%)
    Ireland: 22 of 24 (91.7%)
    United States: 478 of 528 (90.5%)
    Canada: 282 of 313 (90.1%)
    Norway: 45 of 50 (90%)

    All cards have been sent out too. I'd expect everyone in the UK and the majority of overseas ones to be delivered before Christmas day ๐Ÿ˜Š

    Stephen
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    6 months ago by Fireboat ( Lieutenant)
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    21st Dec
    On which ship did Charles Darwin make his famous voyage of scientific discovery?
    A. HMS Beagle (97%) - Correct Answer (222 entries)
    B. HMS Badger (2%)
    C. HMS Buffalo (0%)
    D. HMS Bulldog (1%)

    483 members in the draw now, with a total of 3,947 correct entries.

    10 days to go!

    Stephen
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    ๐Ÿ“ Getting e-mails on two wed pages
    6 months ago by Fireboat ( Lieutenant)
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    Hi Garth,

    In Gmail there should be a link right at the top saying Unsubscribe. Click that. Should do the trick.

    Otherwise try logging out and then logging in with Google. Go to my account and uncheck all the notify toggles. Logout and then login again with your live account.

    Stephen
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