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I know what you mean, i have altered my Mcgregor TX to Futaba, the receiver was gutted and a Futaba RX hidden inside!!! this was for use on some 60's models so it looked the part, modern internals with a retro outer case
I have enjoyed the show at Ellesmere for many years, last year it was evident that something was wrong with the cafe closed etc, hope to see you guys next year at your new home. Good luck with the new show Mark
Hi Peter, if you have a car paint suppliers in your area, they do pro' sizes of paint, also can colour match, sanding sheets in pro' packs, and filler in larger sizes, all a lot cheaper than Halfords etc.
Hi Mate, there was an offer on ebay £5 each for 2200mah 3s lipo's, so i took the plunge, bought 8 of the beasts, 2x2 in my Fireboat, with twin 700BB motors, thinking of swapping to brushless but SWIMBO has ideas for the garden!!!! Mark
Hi mate, I am not in your area but have sailed with the Weymouth club on holiday, they sail on a superb water at the back of the harbour, great access from the carpark, right to the water's edge. They are in the club list, give them a ring to sort it out Mark
My thought would be. Keep the Admiral rank at 1000, then go up in 500 increments from 3rd to 1st Sea Lord, possibly ending with Grand Admiral? or adding Admiral of the Fleet at the top? Just a thought Mark
HI Mate, welcome to Mayhem, just a thought, I to prefer a period transmitter with my older models, I have a Macgregor trany which our club guru converted to 2.4gh with a Futaba module, works brilliantly, best of both worlds Mark
Good quality mix from the show, missed Dave M, but will get him next time, the coppers face when gripped by a Stormtrooper was a picture!!!! most of the traders were IPMS, but there is a lot of stuff which crosses over to boats. Mark
HI Ed, Just looked closely at your propshaft, if you can knock out the bearing cut a little of the end of the tube and refit the bearing, that will increase the clearance to the rudder without removing the shaft tube, good luck, carefully protect the hull from saw cuts. Mark
HI Steve, one of my club mates has built the kit with some of the up-grades, looks superb and sails just as well. Not a silly weight either, he is disabled and handels it very easily. The only problem perse, the length of the hull means he has to drop his rear seats to get the beast in. Mark
Good morning, in the Plans and Doc's section, it contains the info on the RAF Fire Float, i am looking for info on the towing arm, size and any close ups, also is it possible to download some of the photos??? I will be displaying my 46" model at some local shows and am compiling a small file of info to display together with the boat. Mark
HI Ed, long time no speak. If you want up-graded prop shafts, have a look at Raboesch, they do shafts with roller bearings and great seals, look on their site , but , order from either Deans Marine, or Cornwall Model Boats, expensive but truly superb Mark
Hi Graham, all agreed with you post. But. The last photo looks like the blades are soldered or brazed on, that is a week point, but looking closely the blade appears to have sheared of above the hub. Your hull is not really a high speed hull, so a racing prop might cause instability, i would suggest a cast prop, (propshop) and possibly 3 blades 40 - 45mm with your 1100kv motor would give good speed combined with good run time. The 5mm upgrade is also a great idea. A rule of thumb is don't exceed the diameter of the motor. Mark
HI Graham. Every picture tells a story!!! The motor is definitely wrong, its designed for racing, low torque, mega revs, not for scale boats. What diameter is the shaft tube??? looks thin??? did the prop shear in the water?? would explain the vibration and damage to the shaft mountings, try a Raboesch shaft, with a ballrace at the motor end, great quality, also they do a huge range of props, google the name there site will come up. Mark
Hi Graham, are you a member of a local club??? or do you have a local machine shop who could make a couple of plastic bearings for you??? alternatively you could make some with a drill and a couple of files. Most shafts are only held at each end, so a possible remedy would be a thicker shaft, 5 - 6mm but would need replacing the tube Mark
Hi Graham, a 14" shaft is definitely going to whip inside, do you have access to a lathe? if so remove the rear bearing and push a plastic bearing into the tube, move it in about 10" then insert a second about 5" then replace the outer bearing, this will help the shaft to stay central in the tube. An alternative, fit a shorter tube and shaft closer to the hull exit, this will also lower the motor so beware that you need the space enough to fit it. Mark
Hi Traiderman, How long is the propshaft and tube???? The reason for asking is that if the shaft is more than 6 - 8" and of small diameter, 4mm, it is likely that the shaft is whipping inside the tube, a 1000kv, ish, motor with if needed some support bearings inside the tube, what model is being fitted??? Mark