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    (Other) PS Iona
    It has paddles not propellors! Scratch-built from plan. 2 paddle motors provide independent operation, hence can turn 360 degrees on the spot. Built from wood, brass, 3D printed parts. (Motor: Heng Long) (ESC: Viper 15) (7/10)
    (Working Vessel) Fairmount Glacier
    A Billings kit, the Fairmount Glacier (or Alpine - comes with 5 naming options) is a sturdy boat... 2 props in Kort nozzles, extras I've fitted...37 lights, bow thruster, working fire monitors, radar, & horn. Runs on 2 x 12v 7AH batteries, so runs for a while! Colour scheme makes it visible on the lake too! (Motor: 2 x M500 Mtronix) (ESC: JP Marine) (9/10)
    (Naval Ship) PT109
    EBay purchase... 20 yr old Lindberg kit of an Elco 80ft PT boat, a bit battered with no motor/ESC or RC - only tested in the bath at the moment! PT109 was the craft JFK commanded / got rammed by a Japanese destroyer! (Motor: M500) (ESC: HM50) (5/10)
    (Tug Boat) Annabelle
    My 1st tug boat -relatively small! Billings kit - ABS hull, wooden superstructure and decks, kit included hull and deck fittings in brass / plastic, propshafts, rudders and propellers. Good manual (Motor: 540) (7/10)
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    πŸ“ Apache clone I.c. Boat at Stevenage.
    1 month ago by Harvey Kitten ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Stevenage MBC lake still has some IC boats on Sundays... here’s one of the many we see.
    Stevenage Model Boat Club IC Racer B43
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    πŸ’¬ Re: HMY Britannia model- maiden voyage
    1 month ago by Harvey Kitten ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Great model... not mine tho- I just shoot & edit the videos... starting to build up a collection on our YouTube channel now. πŸ‘
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    πŸ“ HMY Britannia model- maiden voyage
    1 month ago by Harvey Kitten ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Maiden voyage of HMY Britannia model on the lake at Stevenage MBC
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    πŸ“ Ten Shock β€˜mini starship’ video
    1 month ago by Harvey Kitten ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    New video on Stevenage MBC YouTube channel. Fast electric β€˜mini starship’ shows paces round the lake.
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    πŸ“ Rear deck test
    2 months ago by Harvey Kitten ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    So while 2nd layer of gunwhale stringers glue is setting on 46” boat I thought I’d do some renovations on the recently acquired 36” boat, starting with the rear deck. This will be a useful practice for when the 46” boat needs doing. The original deck was painted white and was screwed down. I’m replacing it with a planked deck, some removable foam tanks, hose & deck hatch with brass handles. The foam tanks need to be removable to get at the screws to lift the deck (access to rudders &servo) here’s where we are up to. Deck is planked with recess for hatch. The cross hatch grid for the foam tanks was made on my 3D printer and once painted will be OK. I’ll make the brass connectors for the hose on my lathe, and the hatch needs a recess milled out for the handles. The hose I have is a bit of corrugated plastic probably from Lego. We’ll see how all this comes out and adjust for the 46” boat in due course. πŸ‘

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    πŸ’¬ Re: A bit of light relief...
    2 months ago by Harvey Kitten ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Sorry Colin, my 2nd comment should have revealed that this was a bit of fun... and I have not actually finished the 46” boat yet. πŸ™„

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    πŸ’¬ Re: A bit of light relief...
    2 months ago by Harvey Kitten ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Haha. I wish! This is a 36” version needing some TLC which I just bought off a friend. I thought it would provide a 3D reference for what I’m building, also a platform for prototyping some of the extras such as fire hoses etc. Plus it needed a good home and some renovation. 😎

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    πŸ“ A bit of light relief...
    2 months ago by Harvey Kitten ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    And here it is, finishedπŸ˜‚ or is it???
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Clamp widget
    2 months ago by Harvey Kitten ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    That’s the great thing about this site- we all share, we all win.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Bulkheads & gunwhale stringers
    2 months ago by Harvey Kitten ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Zap z poxy is what it’s called - I’m using 30 m glue for the hull as 5 m wouldn’t allow enough time to get everything clamped. Seems to workπŸ‘
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Clamp widget
    2 months ago by Harvey Kitten ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    do you need any insurance Robbob?πŸ€”
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    πŸ“ Bulkheads & gunwhale stringers
    2 months ago by Harvey Kitten ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    So I’ve made some progress today, glueing the bulkheads in place. Some of them are almost vertical πŸ˜† seriously tho I’m a bit pedantic about keeping both sides of the boat at the same height so clamped all the bulkheads as I glued and adjusted as necessary. 11mm holes are for cable runs. Fitted the cabin sides, using marks to ensure they were fully seated to the bulkheads. Also used the clamp widget in anger as I attached the inner gunwhale stringers. These were also pinned in place with 12mm brass pins. 30 min Glue is running a bit slow as the temperature in the garage isn’t exactly warm. It’ll be set by tomorrow πŸ˜‰
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Bollards!
    2 months ago by Harvey Kitten ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Look much better than the original bollards. πŸ‘

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    πŸ’¬ Re: Clamp widget
    2 months ago by Harvey Kitten ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Does he build model boats tho?😎🀣
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Clamp widget
    2 months ago by Harvey Kitten ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Thx v much. I had a look at your build blog on this boat and along with Robs, these are my 2 go to blogs for help. BTW, real name is Steve... Harvey is my catπŸ˜‰

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    πŸ“ Water problems
    2 months ago by Harvey Kitten ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    So the rear deck seal isn’t that great and on choppy water it’s a problem coming over the sides and stern. All the electronics were located under the rear deck and in danger of getting wet! So I moved everything around and put the waterproof speaker at the back, and the receiver/ turnigy switches at the front, much higher up. Seems to work. Occasionally still get water in the hull but only the motors and (waterproof) ESC are there. πŸ‘
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Clamp widget
    2 months ago by Harvey Kitten ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Thank you. Came to me in an instant while I was staring at the problem. Yup. Brass pins 12 mm. Don’t seem big enough 😁 the whole front end - keel + breast hook are glued and screwed, this seems the likeliest place for damage and needs to be sturdy. Hopefully will glue bulkheads later today once β€˜dad’s taxi’ shift is over.
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    πŸ“ Clamp widget
    2 months ago by Harvey Kitten ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Clamping the gunwale stringers will be difficult as there is no sensible place to locate the other end of the clamp. So I made a widget that locates into the slot in the breast hook and provides a parallel surface... we’ll see when we get to glueing!
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    πŸ“ Stevenage Model Boat Club
    2 months ago by Harvey Kitten ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    FYI everyone - the website listed has been superseded by... www.stevenagemodelboatclub.org.uk
    http://www.stevenagemodelboatclub.org.uk
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    πŸ“ I.C Boat Manta Ray
    2 months ago by Harvey Kitten ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    I started the SMBC Youtube channel a couple of months ago... here's the latest video, with on-board cameras...https://youtu.be/GumktybSX_c
    https://youtu.be/GumktybSX_c
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    Stevenage Model Boat Club Manta Ray on the lake
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    πŸ’¬ Re: RAF Crash Tender (46”) by Vintage Model Works
    2 months ago by Harvey Kitten ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    No pressure to get on with it then...🀣
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    πŸ“ RAF Crash Tender (46”) by Vintage Model Works
    2 months ago by Harvey Kitten ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Well here we go... I have made a start on this great kit by VMW. This all started about 15 months ago, when I saw a completed model at Alexandra Palace model engineering exhibition. I talked with the builder/ owner, Rob, who has extensively posted on here his build blog ( and very useful reading it has been!) So eventually I got round to buying a kit last autumn ( other boats being built) and... went to the model engineering exhibition this year, and talked with... Rob, who said I β€œ should get on with it...” So I have. There are a few other members of this great website who have built/are building this model and I have read several blogs & looked at pictures which are a fantastic resource, but a bit worrying as I’m not sure my modelling skills are as good πŸ˜‰. I don’t know what new ideas to show, but I will try keep a regular update of progress on the boat. Having made a sturdy building board, it seems sensible to work from the bows backwards, as once the bow structure is glued accurately everything else should follow. Having dry fitted all the frames to the keel and measured for alignment, I was nervous that a mm out anywhere could accumulate errors, so I decided to steam and bend the gunwhale stringers and dry fit them as well. This will help prove all the frames correct height port & starboard before I commit to glueing. It looks OK eyeballing it but I’m also constructing some right angle brackets to clamp the frames to while the glue sets. Just in case! I’ll be working on the boat most days, but That won’t always be reflected in much progress in pictures! And unlike previous blogs I’ve done, where the boat has been nearly finished before writing anything,this one is going to be β€˜realtime’.

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    πŸ’¬ Paddle Tug Iona - the hull
    3 months ago by Harvey Kitten ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Thanks Chris... yeah independent paddle control is very useful for navigating into 'dock'. Your "Loch Ranza" looks pretty good too. These Graupner kits are hard to come by. I like paddle steamers as a project, and picked up a part built 'city of Bath' from my local club. Hull & decks complete otherwise I have to build powertrain / superstructure. Planned in for later in the year.

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    πŸ’¬ PS Iona - misc fittings
    3 months ago by Harvey Kitten ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Thanks for the compliments! it's been a good project, just adding the final touches a couple of days ago. One bonus about paddle steamers is they don't usually take on water as the paddle shafts are above the water lineπŸ‘

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    πŸ“ (Other) PS Iona
    3 months ago by Harvey Kitten ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    It has paddles not propellors! Scratch-built from plan. 2 paddle motors provide independent operation, hence can turn 360 degrees on the spot. Built from wood, brass, 3D printed parts. (Motor: Heng Long) (ESC: Viper 15) (7/10)

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    πŸ“ PS Iona - on the water
    3 months ago by Harvey Kitten ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    So how does it sail? very slowly! Iona is prone to the wind and will slip sideways on a windy day and also keel over on very windy days so one paddle comes out of the water. On a calm day it is a very manoeuvrable craft and looks good. I have a few refinements to add to the boat so it gets finished and looks like a working tug.

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    πŸ“ PS Iona - misc fittings
    3 months ago by Harvey Kitten ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    A bit of a miscellany here - the funnel fittings or mounts at the top are 3D printed and the 'rope' is some sort of elastic string used in jewellery making. This... 1) keeps it straight which is difficult with regular string or wire, 2) doesn't get damaged when you catch it with a stray arm, tool, etc. Brass steam fittings turned on my lathe.

    The forward hatch was built in case extra ballast was needed, but has had a beneficial side effect. No ballast was needed and the hatch is filled with foam, so I can wedge in a mini tripod and mount a camera up front. Only briefly tested but looks promising

    The windlass is a kit from mobile marine models. Easy to construct and looks the part. Tow hook 3D printed.

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    πŸ“ PS Iona - Steering
    3 months ago by Harvey Kitten ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Fairly standard stuff, the steering. Rudder is made from brass and held to the stainless shaft with glue / pins. There's a chain drive from the servo to the tiller arm, both sides. Servo is accessed from the stern hatch lifting off, and the rear grid (3D printed) also lifts off. Despite having individual drive to each paddle, the rudder is quite useful for steering, although with paddles driven in opposite directions, Iona will turn on the spot. NiceπŸ€“

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    πŸ“ PS Iona - paddles
    3 months ago by Harvey Kitten ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    I decided to build the paddles on my 3D printer, working off the plan rather than building in brass as this should be much quicker... should be! Feeling confident I designed ver 1 & printed it out... and scratched my head a lot to see how this was going to fit together.
    So ver 2 was much better and almost looked like it would work. Ver 3... same etc. Ver 4 πŸ‘ This would assemble looking like paddles. I decided against feathering paddles having talked to a few paddle steamer builders - it seemed more complicated, used slightly more battery power and in 1:36 scale would make little difference to performance. Having built one now I would probably make a few changes but it looks and performs ok. The assembled paddle is attached to a 4mm stainless steel drive shaft with brass bushes. I have recently added some pins to ensure they don't come loose on the lake.πŸ€“

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    πŸ“ PS Iona - Motors
    3 months ago by Harvey Kitten ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    So to power the tug I needed some sort of motor gearbox arrangement, and I wanted 2 of them so I could drive the paddles independently, using 2 ESCs / batteries. The answer came in the form of 1:16 scale model tank motors/gearboxes. I managed to find a couple on a well known selling platform... someone was upgrading their tank to metal gears and had 2 for sale. The gearing got the speed of the output shaft down to almost sensible, so I just needed to reduce it and connect the output to the paddle shafts... using Meccano gears & chains of course. This works well and allows scale speed running of the paddles up to much faster than scale speed!(if it's windy)
    Oh, just to mention the motor frames were mounted with grommets to blocks of wood to provide some suspension, and be removable if necessary.πŸ€“

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