|||
Current Website Support
262
Contributors
6
Subscribers
You are Not Registered
Donate for your silver medal πŸ…
Β£10
Β£15
Β£25
Β£50
Subscribe for your gold medal πŸ…
Β£1
Β£2
Β£5
Β£10
You Will Be Helping Towards:

  • Domain Fees
  • Security Certificates
  • iOS & Android App Fees
  • Website Hosting
  • Fast Servers
  • Data Backups
  • Upkeep & Maintenance
  • Administration Costs

    Without your support the website wouldn't be what it is today.

    Please consider donating towards these fees to help keep us afloat.

    Read more

    All donations are securely managed through PayPal. Amounts donated are not published online.

    Many thanks for your kind support
  • Join Us On Social Media!
    Model Boats Website
    Model Boats Website
    Home
    Forum
    Build Blogs
    Media Gallery
    Boat Clubs & Lakes
    Events
    Boat Harbour
    How-To Articles
    Plans & Docs
    Useful Links
    Registered
    21st Aug 2016
    Last Online
    9th Mar 2019
    IanD
    Member Stats
    Stats
    Member No.#3849
    RegisteredπŸ“…21st Aug 2016
    Last OnlineπŸ“…9th Mar 2019
    CityπŸ“Lathom Grove
    CountryπŸ‡¬πŸ‡§United Kingdom
    Gender♂️Male
    AgeπŸ‘ΆNot Provided
    PostsπŸ’¬16
    FollowersπŸ“£0
    Likes ReceivedπŸ‘41

    πŸ’¬ Send Private Message
    Members Following
    Follow IanD
    IanD hasn't any followers yet
    0 Followers
    Recent Activity
    Liked It's a sad day!. 10 months ago
    Liked Sea Queen 2 years ago
    Master Seaman
    Ranks Points
    Fleet Admiral 10,000
    Admiral 8,000
    Vice Admiral 6,000
    Rear Admiral 5,000
    Commodore 4,000
    Captain 3,000
    Commander 2,500
    Lieutenant Commander 2,000
    Lieutenant 1,600
    Sub-Lieutenant 1,200
    Midshipman 900
    Warrant Officer 600
    Chief Petty Officer 1st Class 450
    Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class 300
    Petty Officer 1st Class 200
    Petty Officer 2nd Class 150
    Master Seaman 100
    Leading Seaman 50
    Able Seaman 20
    Recruit 0
    41 Points Away From Petty Officer 2nd Class!
    Points
    ActivityWorthAwarded
    πŸ‘ Likes (rcv'd)141
    πŸ’¬ Forum212
    ✍️ Comments210
    ✏️ Blog40
    πŸ“· Photos48
    πŸŽ₯ Videos100
    πŸ“ Place80
    🚀 Harbour88
    πŸ“ Guestbook1020
    😊 Avatar1010
    109 Total Points
    United Kingdom
    Signature
    This user has not added a signature
    Members Harbour
    (Pleasure Craft) Jaydee
    Built 1961. Raced in early '60s. Originally IC powered, now converted to electric. (Motor: Mtroniks 600) (9/10)
    Recent Posts
    πŸ“ Props - dumb question?
    1 month ago by IanD ( Master Seaman)
    Flag
    Thanks for the info. Now I can start looking for the right sort of prop. Just need to sort out size, number of blades and pitch!
    Ian

    prop
    πŸ‘ Like
    πŸ’¬ Comment
    πŸ—£οΈ Share
    πŸ“ Props - dumb question?
    1 month ago by IanD ( Master Seaman)
    Flag
    I'm just starting to try to "tune" my boat by playing about with propellers but I've hit a real newbie question: When suppliers talk about a prop being right- or left- handed (presumably that it is designed to spin clockwise/anticlockwise) are they talking about the view of the prop from the front or rear of the boat? Viewed from the rear, I need a prop that spins anti-clockwise - so is that LH? (or is it RH?)

    Thanks for not laughing (too much)!
    Ian

    prop
    propeller
    πŸ‘ Like
    πŸ’¬ Comment
    πŸ—£οΈ Share
    πŸ“ Leaking Boat!
    8 months ago by IanD ( Master Seaman)
    Flag
    Try covering the outside of the (dry) hull with kitchen or tissue paper and then fill the leaking compartment with water from the inside. With luck you will get a damp patch developing on the paper that will give you a pretty good idea of where the hole is.

    Ian

    hull
    kit
    tissue paper
    cover
    πŸ‘ Like
    πŸ’¬ Comment
    πŸ—£οΈ Share
    1
    πŸ“ It's a sad day!.
    10 months ago by IanD ( Master Seaman)
    Flag
    Someone mentioned ED motors! My Dad's old Sea Commander had one before I converted it to electric, but I still have it (in a box on the wardrobe!) Can anybody tell me anything about it? it is marked as an ED MK4 with what looks like a serial number of 4G147. it is water cooled and has a variable throttle. I cant see how the ignition worked but it has a large tug-start fly/pully wheel on the drive shaft. Any info gratefully received.
    Ian

    motor
    electric
    tug
    sea star
    commander
    water cooled
    sea commander
    πŸ‘ Like
    πŸ’¬ Comment
    πŸ—£οΈ Share
    2
    πŸ“ It's a sad day!.
    10 months ago by IanD ( Master Seaman)
    Flag
    If anybody is interested, the recently re-formed Trafford Model Boat Club which runs on Sale Water Park (M60 jnc 6, South Manchester) allows IC. They run most Sunday afternoons. Contact Mark on 07895642327.

    for sale
    club
    model
    boat club
    model boat club
    πŸ‘ Like
    πŸ’¬ Comment
    πŸ—£οΈ Share
    2
    πŸ“ Sea Queen Spray Rails
    1 year ago by IanD ( Master Seaman)
    Flag
    My Sea Commander "Jaydee" has spray rails about 3/16th inch square. Have a look at the Aerokits photo gallery. There is a picture of it out of the water and some in action. I believe rails are a must for stability in the turns when going at speed as well as helping lift the boat onto plane.
    Ian

    spray
    stability
    aerokit
    sea queen
    spray rails
    commander
    action
    sea commander
    πŸ‘ Like
    πŸ’¬ Comment
    πŸ—£οΈ Share
    1
    πŸ’¬ Jaydee
    1 year ago by IanD ( Master Seaman)
    Flag
    Many thanks Dave. I'll see what I can do and let you know the result.
    Ian
    πŸ‘ Like
    πŸ’¬ Comment
    πŸ—£οΈ Share
    4
    πŸ’¬ Jaydee
    2 years ago by IanD ( Master Seaman)
    Flag
    View All
    Hi Dave
    I've attached a photo of the prop as you asked. You can just see where I've shaved it down. This seems to have eased the overheating considerably. You can also see the water inlet for the cooling system that was used with the original diesel engine. This is now piped directly to the outlet on the port side (you can see it working in some of the action photos). The other photo is a fore/aft view of the central bay which contains the motor, ESC and battery.

    Ian

    cooling
    outlet
    motor
    prop
    engine
    port
    esc
    e bay
    system
    battery
    action
    πŸ‘ Like
    πŸ’¬ Comment
    πŸ—£οΈ Share
    3
    πŸ’¬ Jaydee
    2 years ago by IanD ( Master Seaman)
    Flag
    View All
    Hi Dave,
    The original prop was about 42mm as was the 2-bladed replacement before I filed it down to approx. 38mm. The battery is a Ni-mh 7.2v 3700mAh 6-cell VP racing battery. As you can see from the photos I am getting a semi-planeing speed which is what I wanted as I think it looks "right" for this model. it is true that the boat is rather heavy but that is because I have left my father's old 1960's transistorised receiver in situ, partly out of sentimentality and partly because it seems to balance the boat nicely.

    Ian

    prop
    racing boat
    model
    receiver
    wanted
    battery
    πŸ‘ Like
    πŸ’¬ Comment
    πŸ—£οΈ Share
    2
    πŸ’¬ Jaydee
    2 years ago by IanD ( Master Seaman)
    Flag
    I have changed the prop to a 2-bladed one without loss of performance but still had to reduce it's size to stop the motor overheating - to do this I simply ran the motor out of the water and held a file against the rotating prop! - crude but did the job!

    motor
    prop
    πŸ‘ Like
    πŸ’¬ Comment
    πŸ—£οΈ Share
    πŸ“ Jaydee
    2 years ago by IanD ( Master Seaman)
    Flag
    View All
    Now has name and "port of origin" plus flag and is performing well. Still has a leak and I think the engine tends to run hot. I'm considering changing the original 3-bladed prop for 2-bladed one as I'm told that will cause the engine to draw less power from the battery. Does anyone have any experience with this sort of mod?

    prop
    engine
    port
    battery
    πŸ‘ Like
    πŸ’¬ Comments
    πŸ—£οΈ Share
    12
    7
    πŸ’¬ Jaydee
    2 years ago by IanD ( Master Seaman)
    Flag
    Thanks Johnlikessailing. However, I have now replaced MFA 500 with Mtroniks 600 and got much better performance, although I'm not sure how much of this was due to the change of motor and how much was due to rectifying the slippage due to a loose grub-screw on the connection between the motor drive shaft and the universal joint that I found when I removed it! (Lesson - beware of alternative causes of problems!) Now I just need to sort out a leak - hardly a surprise on a 50 yr old model! Hey-ho!

    motor
    model
    crew
    mtroniks
    mfa
    mtronik
    πŸ‘ Like
    πŸ’¬ Comment
    πŸ—£οΈ Share
    2
    πŸ“ (Pleasure Craft) Jaydee
    2 years ago by IanD ( Master Seaman)
    Flag
    View All
    Built 1961. Raced in early '60s. Originally IC powered, now converted to electric. (Motor: Mtroniks 600) (9/10)
    πŸ‘ Like
    πŸ’¬ Comment
    πŸ—£οΈ Share
    πŸ“ Jaydee
    2 years ago by IanD ( Master Seaman)
    Flag
    View All
    This Aerokits "Sea Commander" was built C.1961 by my father with ED Mk4 diesel engine and his own scratch designed and built radio/receiver ( I have all his design documents). He raced it successfully in the early '60s but hadn't used it in years when I inherited it. Have now replaced the IC motor (mothballed carefully) with MFA Torpedo 500 but it runs a bit slowly ("river cruising" scale speed). Looking to obtain semi-planing but not racing speed.
    πŸ‘ Like
    πŸ’¬ Comments
    πŸ—£οΈ Share
    11
    3
    πŸ“ Guestbook Post
    2 years ago by IanD ( Master Seaman)
    Flag
    Hi, I have kept safely and replaced the old IC set up in my 1960's Aerokit Sea Commander with a modern electric system. Unfortunately, I’m not sure that I was given the right advice and although the boat runs ok, it is slow, only reaching what I would call a scale β€œriver-cruising” speed. I would like it to be capable of a bit more (without reaching β€œracing” speed) and wondered if anybody can advise me on a more suitable engine/battery/controller configuration?

    I am currently using an MFA Torpedo 500 motor powered by a VP 3700 7.2v 3700mAh battery pack through a Fusion Aquapower 128 (128A max continuous current) controller.

    Any pointers will be gratefully welcomed.
    πŸ‘ Like
    πŸ’¬ Comment
    πŸ—£οΈ Share
    πŸ“ Guestbook Post
    3 years ago by IanD ( Master Seaman)
    Flag
    I have recently inherited my Dad's 1960's Aerokits Sea Commander still in its original state with 3.5cc diesel IC and his own self-designed and scratch-built electrics. This is the boat that won the "M.P.B.A. R/C Speed Championship 3.5cc" in 1963. I would love to convert it to electric motor and modern r/c, preferably without destroying any vintage interest it may have, and see it running again but I think I'm going to need a lot of advice as I am a complete modelling novice. Hoping to show it on the South Manchester Model Boat Club stand at Haydock next weekend.

    advice
    aerokit
    boat show
    club
    model
    model show
    motor
    scratch
    scratch-built
    ship
    scratch built
    show
    electric
    commander
    boat club
    model boat club
    vintage model boat
    sea commander
    built
    championship
    πŸ‘ Like
    πŸ’¬ Comment
    πŸ—£οΈ Share


    About This Website
    Terms of Service
    Privacy Policy
    Cookies used in this website are gluten free, wheat free and dairy free. By using this website you agree to our use of cookies. More Info