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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: 1958/9 50/55' Chris Craft Constellation
    2 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง flaxbybuck ( Captain)
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    When I see workmanship like this I feel like packing up shop and going home. Such wonderful detail, and beautifully done. Fantastic ! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    ๐Ÿ“ Today at our pond, IngaIV and tug Portbalne
    2 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง flaxbybuck ( Captain)
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    Rogal - get those sails down ASAP. You are berthed with your sails up, and cannot make headway !!
    She is looking beautiful. She also sails beautifully. I see from your video that you make use of the motor from time to time to get you out of a tight spot. I'm all in favour of having an auxiliary motor - it is so useful for getting your boat where you want it, and for tacking in less than favourable conditions. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    ๐Ÿ“ THE MOST ORIGINAL, STRANGE AND FAILURE SHIPS EVER BUILT IN THE WORLD.
    2 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง flaxbybuck ( Captain)
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    Much as I would like to model one of these strange ships I already have enough on my plate ! The last boat I have been making has taken me 3.5 years ( I am not in a hurry) and is now undergoing trials. When I took my police launch out in strong winds the superstructure was lost so I need to make a new one. That could take me many months because it is filled with electrical things that take time to do. My mind is almost set on making a Bristol pilot cutter then, based on the hull from Mobile Marine Models. So that could be the next 2 or 3 years accounted for. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Billings Smit Nederalnd
    3 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง flaxbybuck ( Captain)
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    Lovely moustache ! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: 1949 40' Chris Craft Challenger
    3 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง flaxbybuck ( Captain)
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    I have followed your earlier posts about this boat. Wow. What a triumph !
    Simply superb. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Graupner Commodore
    3 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง flaxbybuck ( Captain)
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    She's a real beauty. Your skills are somewhat beyond me . I think I have just turned a gentle shade of green.โ˜น๏ธ๐Ÿ˜‰

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: To switch or not to switch ?
    4 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง flaxbybuck ( Captain)
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    Len - thank you so much for your help.
    You have put a name to a device which I somehow hoped would exist. This has enabled me to further research and successfully shop for one.
    The use of this car audio circuit breaker will take the place of my in-line fuse and also be switchable, thereby enabling me to switch the battery on or off without taking up any more space in the boat. I also discovered that these circuit breakers are available in a range of sizes (amperage) going up into the stratosphere ! In my case the 40 amp size is costing less than ยฃ8. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    ๐Ÿ“ To switch or not to switch ?
    4 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง flaxbybuck ( Captain)
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    I wrongly entered my last post in the 'how to' section where, it seems, you are unable to respond. So here is my query for which I am seeking your guidance.

    I have a motor circuit that comprises : 5S 5000mAh 30C Lipo; 40A fuse; 90A marine ESC; 3 x 20A fuses; 46 x 50 870KV brushless motor. There are no switches in the circuit yet.

    1.Should I have a switch serving the battery ?
    2. If yes, what rating ?
    3. Should I have a switch between the ESC and the receiver ?

    Any advice or guidance gratefully received. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    ๐Ÿ“ Lipo battery - whether to switch
    5 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง flaxbybuck ( Captain)
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    I am looking for help/guidance regarding switches in my motor circuit.
    My questions are:
    1. Should I put a switch on the battery supply ?
    2. If so, what rating should it be ?
    3. There is no switch to the receiver/ESC at present and I believe there should be one. Can anyone confirm this please.

    Now, for reference, the circuit comprises the following:
    A 5S 5000mAh 30C Lipo battery; 40A fuse; 90A marine ESC; 3 20A fuses; a 46x50 brushless motor; Flysky receiver. (as yet no switches)

    Any guidance will be greatly appreciated. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    ๐Ÿ“ Lipo battery - whether to switch
    5 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง flaxbybuck ( Captain)
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    I am looking for help/guidance regarding switches in my motor circuit.
    My questions are:
    1. Should I put a switch on the battery supply ?
    2. If so, what rating should it be ?
    3. There is no switch to the receiver/ESC at present and I believe there should be one. Can anyone confirm this please.

    Now, for reference, the circuit comprises the following:
    A 5S 5000mAh Lipo battery; 40A fuse; 90A marine ESC; 3 20A fuses; a 46x50 brushless motor; Flysky receiver. (as yet no switches)

    Any guidance will be greatly appreciated. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Kathryn - a Thames Bawley - 10
    6 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง flaxbybuck ( Captain)
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    Thank you for your kind comments Alessandro. I really appreciate your advice and input.

    My approach to making sails has been one of continuing experimentation. As a working RC boat rather than authentic I have tried to save myself the work of sewing on bolt ropes and forming cringles. Whilst eyelets are the easiest way to create the fixing points they are too often large and obtrusive. However, I have managed to source and use some very small ones which I feel are just about OK (in my book), such as seen on my topsail. I am still working on other methods but have not yet found one I am happy with.

    I have no plans to add further to my sails so I won't be adding stitch lines or reefing points. So far these cotton sails have been quite satisfactory. I will not be using mast hoops on this boat, but I have thought of a method of using hoops whilst being able to detach the sail quickly, and I will be showing this on a future build blog about a schooner. The method I adopted for uphauling the gaff is not very good so I may yet adopt a single pulley method. (the correct double pulley would be fine on an authentic scale model, but unnecessary on this boat.)

    If you have any other observations I would be happy to consider them. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Kathryn - a Thames Bawley - 10
    7 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง flaxbybuck ( Captain)
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    Thanks for your kind comments Roy. Much appreciated. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Kathryn - a Thames Bawley - 10
    7 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง flaxbybuck ( Captain)
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    I use twisted for the rigging and braided for the sheets. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    ๐Ÿ“ Kathryn - a Thames Bawley - 10
    7 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง flaxbybuck ( Captain)
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    About the mainsail, topsail and large staysail.

    The gaff is lifted by the uphaul (Pic 1) with the halyard being tied off on a mast cleat (Pic 2) Note this is not how the real thing would be done, but is my method that works on a model.

    There are a number of cleats attached to the foot of the mast. These are glued and attached using long screw eyes ( see earlier blog)

    Pic 3 shows the gaff 'spreader' (my term) the halyard passing through various pulleys before travelling down the mast to a cleat (Pic4) More about pulleys in the next Blog.

    The following photos show the principle sails and how they are attached. I have made a number of other sails not shown here, including a smaller main sail and topsail, a smaller staysail, a jib and a flying jib. These can be set to suit different wind strengths.

    The mainsail (pic 5 ) is an old cotton sheet stained with tea. I have sewn reinforcement patches into the places that will come under stress or tension, and bias binding onto all edges. Metal eyes or hooks are then sewn into the clew (Pic 6), the tack (Pic 7), the throat (Pics 8 and 9), and the peak (Pic 10 ). Pic 11 just shows how the bias binding is used to finish the sail edges.

    Attachment points are shown in the next few pictures. Pic 12 the tack eye, Pic 13 the throat eye, Pic 14 the peak uphaul and Pic 15 the clew outhaul. Pic 16 shows the main sheet emerging onto the deck, passing through an eye on the travel horse and heading for the main boom.

    The topsail is shown in Pic 17, already stained with Colron dye, corners reinforced and bias binding sewn on. The following five pictures show the topsail foot, clew and peak in detail.

    Pic 23 is the large staysail, with the tack, clew and head shown in the final pictures.

    None of the methods used for attaching these sails is authentic. My aim is to be able to sail the boat and enjoy seeing it on the water. I therefore need to be able to attach or detach the sails quickly at the pondside. I use a variety of attachments, principally eyes and hooks. I try to make these as neat as possible, and not detract from the appearance.

    We often talk about 'passing the ten foot test', meaning if it looks OK when ten feet away, then it is OK. However, viewing these photos I can see just how poorly I have finished off sewing in the sail corners. There are too many ragged edges and untidy hand sewing. In future I must remind myself of this and do better. (Sounds like my school reports - 'must do better !')

    ๐Ÿ“ RTTL 2755 today at the pond
    9 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง flaxbybuck ( Captain)
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    Hi Alessandro
    Larkfield Dam is the home of Rawdon Model Boat Club. I am not the best person to advise on this (not being a member of that club) but I understand the club owns the lake, and it has a fine clubhouse with wonderful facilities. It holds a couple of open days each year and I can personally recommend them. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    ๐Ÿ“ Just to say Thank you!
    9 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง flaxbybuck ( Captain)
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    Quite agree with Newby.
    Members are so helpful, polite and good humoured, it is a pleasure to participate. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    ๐Ÿ“ RTTL 2755 today at the pond
    9 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง flaxbybuck ( Captain)
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    Alessandro - One of the places Rogal may have tried is Yeadon Tarn which is close by Leeds Bradford airport. ( the tarn is actually a reservoir) The tarn is in a public park with a good footpath all the way around it, plus lots of seats, so gets busy with people walking their dogs and children, especially at weekends.
    The tarn is 450 x 220 metres. Our club, Leeds and Bradford Model Boat Club, has a small clubhouse with a quayside and jetty. Normally the water level is just 250mm below the quayside but this can vary up or down according to the weather. There is plenty of space for fast models but we have a 25mph speed limit.
    Radio controlled model boating is permitted by the club on Sundays and Wednesdays, but the public is free to sail their boats anytime they wish. Because of the proximity of the airport (only 200m away) any form of model flying is prohibited.
    You are very welcome to visit or join us on Sunday or Wednesday mornings Rogal. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    ๐Ÿ“ 34" Fairy Huntsman air scoops
    9 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง flaxbybuck ( Captain)
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    I have cut down plastic spoons in the past. Available in different sizes and styles, I'm sure you can find some that meet your needs. Good luck ๐Ÿ˜‰

    ๐Ÿ“ Identification help - not a Sea Rover?
    10 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง flaxbybuck ( Captain)
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    I like the name you have given it. A reminder of how you bought it. Great to see old boat getting a proper make-over and TLC ๐Ÿ˜‰

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: SAILS
    10 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง flaxbybuck ( Captain)
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    Thank you for forewarning me of the work involved if going for authenticity.
    I like to sail my yachts so I'm quite happy for simplicity in sail making, ie. using a single piece of material.
    I admire your efforts seeking authenticity and look forward to seeing the completed boat ๐Ÿ˜‰

    ๐Ÿ“ RTTL 2755 today at the pond
    10 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง flaxbybuck ( Captain)
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    Not much chance of hitting a target moving at that speed Rogal ! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    ๐Ÿ“ Operating Hinged Door/Hatch
    10 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง flaxbybuck ( Captain)
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    Just love the video Lew. Very well shot and presented, and (excuse the pun) a model for other video presenters. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    ๐Ÿ“ Relax for a few days.
    10 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง flaxbybuck ( Captain)
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    Sounds wonderful. Relaxing. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    ๐Ÿ“ Tyne, City of Sheffield, tweaked
    10 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง flaxbybuck ( Captain)
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    That's looking better Rogal.
    Happy sailing ๐Ÿ˜‰

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Maiden Voyage
    11 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง flaxbybuck ( Captain)
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    Sorry to hear about the rudder. It's amazing how, even with the most careful preparation, something goes wrong. I'm told it's an 'age' thing. Great seeing your video. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Mast Step
    11 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง flaxbybuck ( Captain)
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    I have used an adjustable mast step like this on a couple of boats, but having sailed them have come to the conclusion that it is only worth the effort on class racing boats where fine tuning can make a difference.
    You're making a lovely job of this boat and I look forward to seeing it on the water. Good luck ๐Ÿ˜‰

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Chris Craft Cobra
    11 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง flaxbybuck ( Captain)
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    I'm so pleased to see you have put it in a glass display case because it really deserves it. It looks superb ! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Chris Craft Cobra
    11 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง flaxbybuck ( Captain)
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    Looking good ! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: April 05 update
    12 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง flaxbybuck ( Captain)
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    Outstanding !
    Such wonderful craftsmanship. Real museum quality work.
    You really set the standard,but the bar is so high I doubt I will ever reach it ! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Gun Directors
    12 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง flaxbybuck ( Captain)
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    Spectacular ! ๐Ÿ˜‰



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