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    ๐Ÿ“ Help me please
    11 days ago by Hillro ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    This is a difficult question to answer.
    I would contact Slipway in the first instance to see what their recommendations are. This should give you a prop size and from that a motor size. You will then need to select a power supply. This will be likely related to your expected run time and battery type.
    When you have a motor rating you can then select a speed controller.
    With respect to Leds once again the answer is not straight forward. Each colour of led operates at different voltages therefore you have to fit diffent sizes of voltage dropping resistors. You should be able to google for solutions.
    I note on slipway web site a 50mm prop is recommended.
    Maybe some other members can suggest a motor size.
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    ๐Ÿ“ LED Lighting tip
    17 days ago by Hillro ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi Martin.
    The idea seems to reduce problems with supplies for LEDs
    However ,how have you handled the differences in voltages required for different colours.
    Regards
    Robert

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    ๐Ÿ“ Warship revolving turrets and elevation of guns
    19 days ago by Hillro ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Thanks John for your reply. Hmm you may have a point about risk to others.
    Regards
    Robert
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    ๐Ÿ“ Big Blue (test facility)
    19 days ago by Hillro ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Excellent idea and saving the world as well. Reduced water bills.
    What's not to like!!
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    ๐Ÿ“ Warship revolving turrets and elevation of guns
    21 days ago by Hillro ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Thanks John for your excellent response. I have also been toying with using a BB gun mechanism for a tank to fire bb bullets. Do you think this is feasible?

    bb bullets
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    ๐Ÿ“ Warship revolving turrets and elevation of guns
    22 days ago by Hillro ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Doing a bit a research before attempting a warship build.
    Does anybody have any ideas how to go about the above.Pictures would be helpful or maybe a link to a suitable build.
    Thanks in advance
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    ๐Ÿ“ Rivets
    22 days ago by Hillro ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi
    You can buy a silicone rubber molds (green stuff world) on Ebay. The mould can produce rivet and nut heads etc in various sizes. You fill the mould with FIMMO clay and put in your oven to harden. You will need a bit of patience gluing them on.
    I have use the hex nuts to great effect on my models. I Also have used dome headed craft pins.
    Just ask if you need more information

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: HMS Cottesmore
    1 month ago by Hillro ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Wow. the detail is amazing.
    I agree with other posts a build blog showing , advising would be great.
    Also photos showing the scaling would be great.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Fore deck equipment
    1 month ago by Hillro ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    The fore deck was planked with lime strip. The deck winch was made from plasticard, brass rod, heat shrink sleeping, etc.
    The toilet and companion way made from bits from the scrap box. A sewing thimble made the toilet bucket.
    Note:- the crew quarters is below this deck indicated by the chimney.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Steering Mechanism
    1 month ago by Hillro ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    I thought of a few ideas on how to make the rudder servo controlled. However I thought i would stick to using the chain drive. You can see from the pics I manufactured a square tube with a slot in the top. From wood made a block that would slide freely inside the tube. I anchored the chain to either side of the block using ring nails.
    A drive pin was put through the slot into the block. The servo and drive mechanism fitted onto a base plate which fits into the hull. Four pulleys were fitted to deck and plastic straws used as guides. Effectively this works like the real thing.

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    ๐Ÿ“ Superstructure
    1 month ago by Hillro ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    The superstructure was made from Birch ply. The bridge made from mahogany strips, ply etc from the scrap box.
    The funnel made from 25mm plastic electrical conduit and bits of coupling to form the rings.
    The port holes from plastic tube glazed on the inside with clear plastic. Hand rails from copper wire soft soldered as required. To make the steering mechanism look the part was made from brass chain, plastic drinking straws

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    ๐Ÿ“ Hull Details
    1 month ago by Hillro ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    To make the hull look like it made from riveted plates, I plated the hull using card cut as required and glued to the base hull using Waterproof PVA glue. Then the rubbing stakes fitted. To simulate the rivets I used brass round headed pins hammered into the hull. This was done to the water line. The rudder was made from brass, etc. The Puffer used a tiller type rudder hung over the stern. The drive mechanism was chain from the wheel house. More details later.
    A prop tube was fitted.

    The hull was then undercoated, top coated with red and black gloss.

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    ๐Ÿ“ Hull Construction
    1 month ago by Hillro ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    After a bit of research found plans for the hull on EBay.
    Delivered on a CD, Frame sections and keel printed out and stuck on to plywood. Using a scroll saw cut them out.
    This hull is built from the keel up. The keel was secured to a 75x50mm batten. Frame then glued to the keel. Spacers were cut and glued at deck level. Decks fitted and hull planked from just below deck level, working down each alternating side.
    The hull was then shaped and smoothed. A coating of car body filler and then a rub down and painted with an undercoat.

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    ๐Ÿ“ Clyde Puffer. Scratch Built.
    1 month ago by Hillro ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    This was my first scratch built model. I intended to use as much recycled material as possible. Have a habit of raking in skips, etc.

    The Clyde puffer is a type of small coal-fired and single-masted cargo ship, built mainly on the Clyde , and which provided a vital supply link around the west coast and Hebrides of Scotland.

    Built between 1856 and 1939, these stumpy little steamboats achieved an almost mythical status thanks largely to the short stories by Neil Munro.

    Due to the poor road network up the West coast of Scotland these ships were vital in supplying the settlements with stores, coal, wood, etc. They also played a major part in the islands whisky industry by providing coal, grain, etc and exporting the whisky to Glasgow.
    One unique part of the design was its flat bottom allowing it to be beached supplying settlements without piers or jetties.
    These ships helped to cause their demise by supplying road stone to improved road network.

    The name puffer came from a smaller scale ship built use on the Forth and Clyde Canal. Driven by a single cylinder steam engine the exhaust was piped into the funnel. The canal was a ready supply of fresh water removing the need for a condenser. Hence the "puffing" .
    The sea going version required a condenser removing the puffing element but the name stuck.

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    ๐Ÿ“ New build
    2 months ago by Hillro ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Maybe called something else. It's used in furniture manufacturing and architectural features. Has a really nice surface finish.
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    ๐Ÿ“ New build
    2 months ago by Hillro ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    hi. I agree with the other posts. However I use 4mm birch plywood. Mainly because its lamination are stronger , all being the same thickness.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Loading Video onto web site.
    2 months ago by Hillro ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Can someone explain how you go about loading a video on a blog.
    Has it something to do with the YouTube link below.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Fenders
    2 months ago by Hillro ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi Peter
    Thanks for the offer. Could you supply a bit more detail on the crotchety e.g. How do you go about it , shape, needle size. Etc
    Robert
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    ๐Ÿ“ Radar with rotational drive
    2 months ago by Hillro ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Has anyone got any experience in constructing radar with rotational drive. Scale about 1/50.
    The rotation speed should be the same as the real thing.
    Drive voltage 7.5 volts DC.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Fenders
    2 months ago by Hillro ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Having trawled the internet I could only find suitable fenders for the bow.
    So I had to think about making the fenders for the paddle sponsons.
    Research found some ideas by knitting triangles and rolling them up to form a fender.
    However I remembered as a kid knitting using a wooden cotton reel with four nails to knit a tube. I eventual found out its called French knitting. A visit to a craft shop I found a fancy French knitter. After a bit of experimentation I added nails to make it eight pins. Using elastic thread was able to knit a reasonable fender. Filling the inside with a bit of foam cut to a tube shape and sowing the ends.
    I think it worked ok.

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    ๐Ÿ“ hull trouble on vintage yacht
    2 months ago by Hillro ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    have you thought of using resin. both inside and out if required.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Manufacturing of Paddles
    2 months ago by Hillro ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    hi I am not quite sure what you mean about jigs. I just followed the drawings.
    The finished paddle needed a bit of adjustment with a file to improve some clearances. I could send you a photo of drawings if required.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Transmitter Mode 2
    2 months ago by Hillro ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    I think you can buy kits to spring load the second stick on certain transmitters

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    ๐Ÿ“ Planking of Sponsons
    2 months ago by Hillro ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Whoops, I just noticed that I had not allowed for the planked area of the sponsons.
    After a bit of head scratching decided to cut out a layer of plywood. Using a dermel fitted with a disc cutter, chisel and carving knife cut out a layer. This was then planked with 1x4mm lime strips.

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    ๐Ÿ“ Lifeboat and Davits
    2 months ago by Hillro ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    I looked at various options on how to construct a life boat using paper, balsa wood, etc. However through google I found a kit from China that would fit the bill.
    Duly ordered and delivered the kit consisted of thin mahogany parts pre cut with a laser. Instructions were basic however after a very fiddly construction the result was very effective.
    The davits were manufactured using brass sheet, tube, wire and washers. Parts soft soldered together. Pulley blocks out of boxwood.
    More research showed that the boat while hanging under the davits were also secured to the tug using straps. I made these out of knicker elastic with wire eyes on each end.

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    ๐Ÿ“ Forward mast and associated fittings
    2 months ago by Hillro ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    The mast is used for raising the ship signal lighting. These lantern were oil lamps and could be raised and lowered using a pulley system and two guide ropes.
    I have used two guide ropes using brass wire. these are insulated from each other.
    Using wheat grain lamps fitted in brass lanterns soft soldered to the two guide rope allows them to be lit using 12volts from the battery.
    The mast footing is made from plasticard and fitted with belaying pins. The mast from a tapered wood dowel. The masthead brackets from brass sheet and ring pins. The rigging turn buckles from soft soldered brass tube and ring pins.
    Small pulley blocks from spares box.
    Rigging cord used to secure the mast to the hull and to the bowsprit.
    The flag was added as an afterthought.
    I could have used LEDs but there is always the problem of dropping resistors and where to put them. The bulbs leads also could be hidden quite easily.
    Mast head lanterns purchased from Croppers Models

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    ๐Ÿ“ Battery Box
    2 months ago by Hillro ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Having decided to make the system 12volts DC. I made a battery box to fit into the hull to ensure it was secure. The battery was rated at 3.7AH. I had to temporarily remove the paddles drive to allow the battery to fit. Please note the extension to the hatch. The top walls of the battery box are well above the battery. This is to allow a panel to be secured housing fuses, switches etc

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    ๐Ÿ“ Stern Decking
    2 months ago by Hillro ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    To allow access to the steering servo and associated rudder, I had to think of how to arrange this without it being obvious. my solution was to have a removable central section secured in position using the support pillars of the towing beams. The forward end slips under the towing hook assembly. The side decks were pinned and glued.
    The complete deck was planked in mahogany strip similar to the fore deck.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Windlass Construction
    2 months ago by Hillro ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    I think a front runner was fitting a handle to a metal thimble to make a toilet bucket. facilities for a Clyde Puffer.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Trotmans Patent Anchors
    2 months ago by Hillro ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Had to do a bit of research on what is a Trotmans Anchor. Using the dimensions from the plans. Manufactured two anchors from brass sheet and parts soft soldered together. These anchors will be secured to the deck with rope lashings.
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