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    ๐Ÿ“ Saling at Crowborough MBC
    1 hour ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Fred ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Some photos from our Bring a Boat Day.
    Some of us had a go at sailing yes the stick and string, I got half way around and called it a day,

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Deck
    4 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Fred ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi Doogle
    That is a nice clean layout you have done, not the rats nest like mine, one thing I would say is that you may like to change the battery connectors to say an XT60 or a Deans connector, I have found them to be a lot better than the Tamiya one's.
    Fred

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Two steps forward
    5 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Fred ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi Doogle
    I don't know if you would be interested, I have used a mixer in mine, the one that I used was from Forge Electronics, at a cost of ยฃ30, I have found that this one works the best for me.


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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Back again after a break.
    10 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Fred ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hope that this may be of some help
    Fred

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Yard Sale Find
    10 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Fred ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi Garth
    Looking at your photo.s I think you have a VIC Puffer, a VIC is a Victualling Inshore Craft, and was a type of auxiliary vessel built for the Royal Navy during the Second World War. The VIC was modelled on the Clyde puffer, have a look at VIC 32.
    As for not having a flat bottom this could be down to the master mold not being made with a flat bottom.
    Fred

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Yard Sale Find
    10 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Fred ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Garth, I think in the early day's of the Puffer they was built to be used on the cannels of Scotland, so they needed to have a flat bottom hull, also a flat bottom hold would be a lot easer to fill and remove any cargo, later you would see them move to trips around the cost of Scotland and later still they started to make longer sea trips, a flat bottom is OK for the cargo but is not a good idea for the open sea.
    If a Puffer was beached the owner would have charged extra to do so, as if the Puffer was not beached right it could end up with a broken back.
    Fred
    P/S this is my little Puffer

    ๐Ÿ“ Bending small brass tubing
    18 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Fred ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi
    As Stotty1111 said you must anneal it first.
    I have filled the tube with water then freeze it, used a set of bending springs, used a pipe bending tool that is used for car brakes pipe, also used brake pipe as this is sofe copper it can be bent by hand but will not take a tight bend.
    Fred

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Let there be light
    21 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Fred ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Just going off topic for a moment, this is my Calipso, going to start swapping out the old grain of wheats for LED's
    Fred

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Let there be light
    21 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Fred ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi Doogle
    That is looking good, as for the lights yes you can work the lights from a T/X, I use a RC Remote Controlled AUX on/Off Electronic Switch JST Male & Female Cables UK that I got off ebay for ยฃ4.20, eBay item number:386898806536, or you can find them on the Component shop under Action switches.
    Hope that this is of some help


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    ๐Ÿ“ Saling at Crowborough MBC
    21 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Fred ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Good Morning One & All
    Hermank have a great regatta today I hope that the weather stays fine for you.
    LewZ I think the crew of the Rother L/B did not do a good job of cleaning her after the last shout, I think that she has been in storage as this was it's first time Andrew had taken her out on the water, he may have not done as good a job on the cleaning.
    Fred

    ๐Ÿ“ Saling at Crowborough MBC
    21 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Fred ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi One and All
    just some photos from today (22/06/2024) taken at Centenary Boating Lake, Crowborough Leisure Centre

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    ๐Ÿ“ Deans marine city of ely
    21 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Fred ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Stephen T
    I have the old plans and book of instructions, for the Robert E Peary, I would think that my be the same for your boat. if its any help I could copy the parts that you need.
    I have been working on mine for the last nine years, I just do some now and again.
    Fred

    ๐Ÿ“ The all new Citroen 2CV or the poor man's Rolls Royce
    27 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Fred ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    I took a short term job for a battery company, one of the first car's that I had to fit a new battery to was a CV2, by the way the battery was a 007, any way as I was fitting the battery the wing/side panel caved inwards, that's it I am out of a job, but no as I pulled away from the car it all just all sprung back into shape.
    Short term job ended in two years.
    Fred

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Deck Paint
    1 month ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Fred ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi Rockbag
    You could try your local car paint supplier, I would say that most industrial plant that is green is Brunswick Green, this may be just to dark for what you are looking for.
    I have in the past used Express paints of Portsmouth.
    Fred


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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Thank You
    1 month ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Fred ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    LewZ
    That is a very nice looking fishing Boat, and the lights set it off very nice.
    Now that is a pond, do you sit on the side with a beer, with just a 40MHz Transmitter and say that you are sailing a sub?
    Fred

    ๐Ÿ“ A suitable glue?????????????
    1 month ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Fred ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    I also go along with the roughing up the hull surface, I have used a product called "stick like shit" it's made by Evo-Stik, you can get in the likes of B&Q - Scerwfix and others.
    I have used it to fix the wood deck frame of the Lady "T"
    Fred

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Thank You
    1 month ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Fred ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    AlessandroSPQR, thank you, as for the lights they are small SMD LED's pre wired from AliExpress.
    I use them now for most of my boats
    Fred

    ๐Ÿ“ Thank You
    1 month ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Fred ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Thank you to you all for you nice comments,
    AlessandroSPQR sorry but I was unable to do a video of the first wetting, as I was on my own at the time.
    LewZ that is a shame that your park closes when it is dark, for me there nothing like a boat with lights at dusk, the photo is of my Joffre and yes the lights are on the bright side as some of the members have trouble seeing in day light let alone at dusk.
    Wolle thank you for your comment,
    Fred

    ๐Ÿ“ Wet Time
    1 month ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Fred ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    So today (01/06/2024) she has got her bottom wet, just a small leak to fix.

    ๐Ÿ“ Cricut Joy
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Fred ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi Frankiesays1953
    Thank you for your reply, I have now been looking at the Joy Xtra in the spec for this machine it says that over 50 compatible materials. They include paper, cardstock, cutaway cards, foil poster board, iron-on, glitter iron-on, printable iron-on, Infusible Ink transfer sheets, photo paper, laser copy paper, foil paper, printable sticker paper, foil acetate, vinyl, chalkboard vinyl, holographic vinyl and more.
    My main reason for getting a cutter is to make the name board for my boats, as I have trouble getting the right font in some of the off the shelf items, so it would be more vinyl that board.
    Fred

    ๐Ÿ“ How do I bend plywood
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Fred ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi Raggie
    You could try a wet towel and a steam iron over some formers.
    Soak it in the bath then try bending it around an old paint tin.
    Try a hot air gun again around an old paint tin.
    Fred

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    ๐Ÿ“ Cricut Joy
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Fred ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi One & All
    I am thinking of getting a Cricut Joy, the thing is I only need a cutter to cut out name board's so I feel that due to it's small size this would be the ideal one for me, has any one used one or have any comments with regards to this machine.
    Fred

    ๐Ÿ“ Simulating Modern Diesel Smoke
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Fred ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi Lew
    Have a look at this it may be what you are looking for


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    ๐Ÿ“ Simulating Modern Diesel Smoke
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Fred ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi
    RodC as LawZ said black smoke is the holy grail, as to your post (2/4) to wiring your sg the heating element should work no mater which wire goes to the pos or neg, as for the motor it is the same as any motor we use.
    The HL SG's use a 7.4 volt system.
    The smoke oil I use is just High Quality Smoke & Fog Machine Liquid from eBay, some times I may mix it with some glycerin.
    Fred

    ๐Ÿ“ Smoke update
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Fred ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi
    After spending all afternoon yesterday trying to fit the tank smoke unit into the puffer, it looks as if it's back to plan "A".
    I took the tank unit to pieces, the smoke part went under the wheelhouse and the blower in the bow's run some piping from the blower to the smoke unit, that worked but could not get the ESC and RX into the hull with out replacing the battery, moved the ESC & RX up higher onto a platform, could not fit the hatch cover, as I said it's back to plan "A" for now, I was never going to have smoke until some one said will it have smoke and no I will definitely will not be fitting lights.

    ๐Ÿ“ To Smoke or not to Smoke
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Fred ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    So yesterday (19/05/24) I fitted one of the seuthe smoke units into the puffer, it was so poor I think that I would have got more smoke out of a chocolate pipe than I got out of the unit, next I tried to fit the smoke unit from a heng long tank, it will work just to much work to get it to fit. so for now it looks as if it's a no smoke for this puffer.

    ๐Ÿ“ New Battery
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Fred ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi One & All
    So the new battery has arrived and it fits, only thing is with my sausage fingers I just could not get it into the boat, I now have made a new motor mount and battery box so that it all now fits, also looks a lot better than before.
    Fred
    P/S set the Hobbywing 10/60 ESC for LiPo

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Battery problems
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Fred ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi
    First I will replay to Alessandro, you have got it all right my friend, and the problem is in the battery pack, it is just the wrong one in regards to mAH and age. If I take out the ESC and the rudder servo and connect the motor to the battery it works, add in the rudder and ESC the motor stops working.
    As for the motor that is one that I have in my New/old stock, I donโ€™t know if you have every done the old wash trick, the old method of bedding in the brushes on a brushed motor, stick them in a glass of water, connect to a 7.2V NiCd then stop when the water started to get blackened. This method kept the motor cool while washing the carbon off of the commutator as the brushes bedded in. Once ready just dry the motor off, put some oil on the bearings (bronze bushes) and give it a good spry with GT85 like WD40 but a lot better, no longer needed with brushless motors.

    LewZ my problem has all boiled down to using the wrong size of battery, the small liPo battery works just fine and the fit is perfect for this small model, after all it is only 17โ€ LOA, I just have to get my head around using LiPoโ€™s instead of SLA batteryโ€™s.

    Isaac yes I have ordered a small Lipo battery pack, in the mean time I am using the one out of the T72 tank to get all the parts in the right place, so far I have had to refit the battery box, and I am now going to remake the motor mount, should have done a better job in the first place.

    Rockbag As this started out as a winter build and only using items I have in the odds bin, it has taken longer than I had hoped, so far I have only had to buy a small stem winch and now the liPo battery pack, I think that in the future I will stick to my tugโ€™s as they are of a size that will take SLA batteryโ€™s, but saying that I still have the 1/24 size Puffer.
    Fred

    ๐Ÿ“ Battery problems
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Fred ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi One & All
    when I started this build I tried to work out just were all the bits should go, one of was the battery, I had a 6 volt stick so I thought that this would be O.K, now that I have come to the point of test tank (bath) testing in went the battery, puffer into test tank, all O.K no leaks (good job I am not in Wales) so now would be a good time to test the motor out in water, Rudder working -checked, motor working- dead, all out of the water, the only other 6 volt battery I have is an SLA one, all worked fine with that so it looks as if the 6 volt stick is not up to the job,
    I do not have room for a 7.4 volt stick so what do I do now?
    As I was thinking it over I decided to have some fun with the T72 tank, then it hit me, (must take care when playing with the tank) the tank has a 7.4 battery would it be the right size? yes it was so out off the tank and into the Puffer, yes all works so new battery ordered.

    ๐Ÿ“ Quick snap on coupling
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Fred ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi
    Have a look at Quick connect fuel fittings.
    Fred



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