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    Early offshore deep v
    Early balsa deep v inspired by Seafury . Built around 1970. Was going to be IC but too fragile. Would have made a good electric model today.
    early OS .30 powered patrol boat
    Built in the early 70s, all painted balsa. OS Cougar 2ch TX
    Early ic hydro
    An OS .30 powered hydro I made in the 60s. Controlled by an OS Cougar 2 ch TX.
    Graupner Optimist 1978
    My old Graupner Optimist which I made from the kit in 1979. It has been sitting gathering dust in my garage for around 20 years since I last used it, so I thought it was about time to give it a bit of a birthday and tidy it up. Originally fitted with a Graupner sail winch (which I later sold) and was sailed with a Futaba 6ch 27mhz FP6FN TX (which was bought in 1978 and is still going fine, but not used any more) I've bought 2 cheapo winches and when I have time I'll get it back on the water (maybe with a motor as well)
    (Racing Boat) Rough Rider
    40" fiberglass Prather hull (1980s). Still have this hull, future twin electric fit out . (Motor: O/S 45FSR then O\S 45RSR) (5/10)
    (Racing Boat) Tunnell
    Own design Tunnel Hull built with marine ply mid 80s. Canopy was own fiberglass moulding. K+B 45 o/b (Motor: K+B 45 o/b) (5/10)
    (Racing Boat) Turtle
    Own design deep V racing boat built in the early 70s Fiberglass over balsa. (Motor: O/S 40 max) (5/10)
    (Pleasure Craft) Graupner 'Commodore'
    Purchased the kit in 1978, while working on Norfolk island (South Pacific) and built it in 1979. ABS hull, ply deck and balsa and ply cabin. Was a nice model, shouldn't have sold it. Would have been great with modern gear. (Motor: Graupner monoperm) (ESC: 1978 Futaba 18v propo F+R) (5/10)
    (Tug Boat) Wilhelm G
    Scratch built 'freelance' tug carved from a solid 12''x 12''x 45" block of driftwood in the 70s Wheelhouse was ply. Motor controlled by a set of car points for on/off. Had 2 different cabin styles and rails in its life. Had lights. Radio was Futaba 'brown box'on 27mhz. (Motor: 540) (5/10)
    (Tug Boat) Titan
    Built this in the 80s. Carved from a block of foam and fiberglassed (hull and deck). Wheelhouse was ply, everything scratch built to own design. Had 540 motor with a set of car points for on /off. had lights that could be switched on by deck switch. Radio was Futaba 'brown box' on 27mhz. (Motor: 540) (ESC: none) (5/10)
    (Other) 'Maiami' ASR
    Knocked this up in around 6 weeks ('free modelling',-no plans, just looking at a few photos) for my son but he wasn't interested (the dreaded Playstation) so I re assigned it to myself and put a few more bits on it. The whole boat is balsa and just enamel painted so it is quite light. Only single shaft and runs well, but thinking of making it a twin set-up with better motors and shafts. mostly gets used as a camera boat as it is very stable. (Motor: 380) (ESC: China) (5/10)
    (Pleasure Craft) Fairacre
    Fairacre plan built (RCM I think, early 70s) Rescued from rubbish bin on farm, rebuilt hull and f/glassed. restored, varnished and re 'glazed' cabin and added grab rails, mast , lights, curtains (leftovers from a Graupner Commodore I built in the 70s) cleats and boarding platform. Restored the deck and varnished. Fitted new prop shaft and rudder and made name decals. cleaned and painted hull interior. (Motor: Graupner 400 monoperm) (ESC: China) (5/10) Plan appears to be modeled on an early UK Bates Starcraft cruiser.
    (Naval Ship) MTB 49
    Scratch built Thornycroft MTB from a 1960s Vic Smeed plan. Boat is 40yrs old from start till now. Bought plans in 1968 and finished 20 yrs later working on and off. Was twin prop with single Futaba ESC, on 27Mhz then an Electronize ESC on FM 40 Mhz now have just converted it to twin car ESCs and added a sound unit and is now run on 2.4 . Has a 100mm 12v computer fan for cooling with heat sinks on the motors. Has separate cabin lights and running lights. (Motor: 380 27MM) (ESC: CHINA) (5/10)
    (Other) RNZAF W1
    36" Scratch built model of RNZAF W1, a British Power Boat 64ft HSL. Has twin brushless motors, twin ESCs, twin sound units, water cooling pump, full lighting and r/c switches for lights and pump. Took approx 5 yrs to build on and off. hull is strip planked and f/glassed, deck is ply, wheel house is balsa. (Motor: TGY 28/45 2000KV IN-RUNNER) (ESC: CHINA) (5/10)
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: 40" Seaplane Tender, new build Z8 99%
    57 minutes ago by jbkiwi ( Commander)
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    Hi Red, can't really tell from the old Super 8 movie grabs my friend did, but in one, it looks like they just had 1 rope tied over the dinghy to the grab rails. Probably held in place by chocks as well. Think the dinghy was glass so would be quite heavy. Thanks for making me check the pics as I found I'd suffered a senior moment and painted the dinghy the wrong colour,๐Ÿ˜  (should have been yellow)๐Ÿ˜ฎ have no Idea why I did that.
    No worries, back to the paint shop today ๐Ÿ˜ด. Can't do much at the moment anyhow due to the weather, (raining on and off and too windy) and stand varnish is slow to dry. Nothing major though. Just made and painted the spurling pipe and hooked some chain to the anchor ( will be able to feed chain down through pipe and pull it out to anchor the boat) and stained and waxed some jute string (candle wax and shoe polish melted in a tin on stove) for a deck coil. Glad I'm almost finished as I have a heap of work to do to the house over spring/summer, (paint roof, re clad an external wall etc)
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    2 hours ago by jbkiwi ( Commander)
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    For a supposedly basic boat it looks pretty flash to me Martin. Would be great in a larger scale, and wouldn't look out of place going fast.
    JB
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Motor Barge 'Nellie'
    2 hours ago by jbkiwi ( Commander)
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    Great looking model, like the detailing, even to the oars in the dinghy.
    JB
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    ๐Ÿ“ 40" Seaplane Tender, new build Z8 99%
    1 day ago by jbkiwi ( Commander)
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    Sun was out today so took a few outside pics with cover on and off. Thought the foredeck was a bit bare so Knocked up a working Danforth anchor which will go on some chocks, with a bit of rope/chain to a spurling pipe., Can't go to sea without an anchor!
    Launch day might be this week as the weather is getting better. Can't think of anything else it might need, so unless I find something I've missed, the next thing should be a video.๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š
    JB
    PS. Knocked up a stand as well today, just needs staining.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: "Klondike"
    1 day ago by jbkiwi ( Commander)
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    Great model!, you would be an expert on windows now I'm guessing? Paddle wheel's a bit of a work of art also!
    JB
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Chine strakes and hull painting
    1 day ago by jbkiwi ( Commander)
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    Paint looks really good. Boat won't know itself!
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: 40" Seaplane Tender, new build Z 7.1
    2 days ago by jbkiwi ( Commander)
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    Thanks Red, I managed to get a card with about 10ft ea of black, brown, grey and white for $2. I needed a continuous piece to thread round the cover without knots (although did get one knot as I changed my mind on where to finish the cord) This elastic is thinner than those bands (1mm) and the modified 1/2 fairleads only have about a .75mm 'hook' so the cord had to be small.
    I wish I'd found this thin stuff earlier for other models, (aerials, lifelines etc- don't break if you snag them) Might be able to change those now. Also found some hemp/sisal string which will make good ropes when waxed, (got a ball of it for $2 again. This shop also sells my favourite cheap cyno - Shenqiang brand, in a plastic bottle, (again $2 - hobby shop same qty 6-$8.) I pour it in everywhere, hardening balsa, toughening threads in balsa or hard wood (tap hole, pour in cyno, let dry, re-tap - nice tough thread. Great stuff!
    JB

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Graupner Optimist 1978
    2 days ago by jbkiwi ( Commander)
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    Hi Phil, long live the brown box Futaba! I had the FP4FN TX and the FP6FN (which is still working perfectly 40 yrs later!,- all the servos that came with it also working perfectly, and have used them with the Acoms FM radio I bought much later, (servos just don't quite center, but from memory you can adjust the pots in the TX to correct this) They made quality stuff back then.
    JB

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: HMS Cottesmore
    3 days ago by jbkiwi ( Commander)
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    Thanks Martin,but I build them to be servicable and not too fiddly. Even my planes get 'hanger rash' no mater how careful I am. I'm too clumsy to have such an intricate model as yours, - wouldn't get to the pod without damage!โ˜น๏ธ If the mast on the HSL wasn't spring loaded I would have broken that a dozen times by now! (mind you it's like a yacht mast)
    JB
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: 40" Seaplane Tender, new build Z 7.1
    3 days ago by jbkiwi ( Commander)
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    Re - SHoneT happens JB๐Ÿ˜ญ
    Probably do that next time Doug, had this stuff already so didn't want it to go to waste. Not really happy with the windows in general, (wobbly painting hand) and just to P me off, I found a big rack of fine ABS strips (all shapes, textures and sizes) at the big LHS which would have been good for framing the square windows.
    Unless you have a printer to turn out some scale surrounds it's just the good old brush, unless there's a better way.? Just thought of something re decal paper,- use the white paper, do a dark background, draw light frame outlines, print and cut out, (why didn't I think of that before I did it, I have a heap of white to use!) might give it a try. "Oh the pain, the pain' !!
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: 40" Seaplane Tender, new build Z 7.1
    3 days ago by jbkiwi ( Commander)
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    Quite true Martin, Quite true!
    JB
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    ๐Ÿ“ Krick and Hobbyking
    3 days ago by jbkiwi ( Commander)
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    Re - Bad luck JB!๐Ÿค”
    That's 'Middle Earth to you'! You guys have it pretty good being so close to so many countries Doug, you must be spoilt for choice. We have/had? a Hobby King depot here, never used it, prices were the same (if they had it) and I've got so many batteries (you do with planes, about a grands worth!, some I haven't used yet) so I won't be needing too many until I've worn these out, (still using some I bought in 2011,- always balance charge at low rate).
    Newer HK batteries are crap, early ones were much better quality as were their motors, (still using some 10yr old 42/60 'gold' motors on original bearings.) Just changed 35/48 1100kv motor in my BD6 and found the inner bearing was stuffed already (5 flights,- last brand new motor I bought from HK!) Earlier model of the same motor still good after 8 years!
    One good thing about boats is you don't have to thrash the batteries as much!
    JB

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    ๐Ÿ“ 40" Seaplane Tender, new build Z 7.1
    3 days ago by jbkiwi ( Commander)
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    Couldn't resist the urge, had to put the bungee cords on, just didn't look right without them!. Found some thin elastic at the local $2 Chinese store which is about as close as i'll get. Cover is now properly tied down, but unfortunately one of the eyes pulled out, (I poked the hole too near the edge, -duh).
    Aft portholes glazed (need cyno bloom cleaning off), boot topping's done (used SIG 1/8" 'Super Stripe) then promptly stuffed up the 'antifouling' on port side by trying to spray Helmar Crystal Clear on lightly to seal the edge, (forgot 'A-F' is enamel- duh again, had one of those crap days when everything turned to excrement! (re-do 'antifouling' above lower chine rail!!**%#^$# )
    Had to rest what was left of the brain so went out and mowed my soggy lawn (now the neighbors are doing theirs),-"lead by example" I say.
    Will finish bungey cord on back and Stbd side and I think she's about ready for a nice day at the pond, (I can't trust what I think though, I've proved myself wrong on many occasions!) I'll probably Take the MTB as supervising VOD in case of mechanical misadventure).
    JB

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: HMS Cottesmore
    3 days ago by jbkiwi ( Commander)
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    Makes me want to throw my small plain effort in the bin and go fishing or sailing! ๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿšคโ›ต
    JB
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    ๐Ÿ“ Krick and Hobbyking
    3 days ago by jbkiwi ( Commander)
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    Wait till you have to get a LiPo from Hobby King in Australia (won't send them from Hong Kong and they have to come by sea freight from Aust) and you have to pay a Std rate of $15 NZ to get a $12 battery. I hardly bother with them any more as the freight charges to NZ from Hong Kong and Aust are ridiculous (and you still have to wait a month usually!). I can get similar items from EBay etc, cheaper and NO shipping charges!
    I bought stuff from HK for about 10 yrs and they used to allow people to have their say on reviews etc, but people complained that a lot of bad reviews about HK service were removed. I notice now that they seem to have deleted all the old reviews and comments and have started from scratch. Now with branches in other countries they may have improved.
    A while back now, I think the Aussie owner of HK may have annoyed the Hong Kong officials, as before all this LiPo 'danger' happened, all the carriers in Hong Kong suddenly refused to carry LiPos, glue and all sorts of model stuff, (I could still get these from 2 other local Hong Kong hobby shops I was using though). He seemed to be having all sorts of trouble finding people to ship stuff from Hong Kong, and was from memory shipping through the Philippines or Indonesia. Do you guys get your HK supplies from your UK HK branch or from the main branch in Hong Kong?
    JB

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: 40" Seaplane Tender, new build Z8.1
    4 days ago by jbkiwi ( Commander)
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    Re Are those the V16 Detroit Diesels ?
    I wish Red! then she'd be faster than 22knots!! (but sitting up to the gunwales!!) The day someone makes square motors is the day we will be able to make a reasonable facsimile of an engine. Tried to find a plastic model of the Detroit 453 (thought of making a couple and running the driveshafts from the motors through them for a scale look) but there are very few even close model motors (especially to scale) around.
    Mostly V8s (had the boat had Detroit 6vs or 8vs I might have been able to bodgey something up) but 4cyl diesel (or petrol for that matter) models are like lips on a chicken. An Aussie crowd does a reasonable 1/20 scale Falcon motor but that's a petrol 6 and the rocker cover's all wrong.
    If I had used the same 28mm brushless as in my HSL I could have made a case around them and built something on that, but the 540 motors are a bit big. There is a scalish looking Engine shell with a 320? motor inside it on Banggood for around $30 but not sure how big they are, (no size description) - probably look good in a large slowish model.
    Never mind, can't see them, just a bit of fun๐Ÿ˜Š.

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: my harbour
    4 days ago by jbkiwi ( Commander)
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    Great collection!
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    ๐Ÿ“ 40" Seaplane Tender, new build Z8.1
    5 days ago by jbkiwi ( Commander)
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    Now for something silly. Who knew GM made brushed motors for boats? Thought I'd give a hint of Gm to the boat. Won't see them but just a bit of fun.
    JB
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: 1960 Chris Craft Sport Fisherman 40' (Lindberg)
    5 days ago by jbkiwi ( Commander)
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    Nice job, lovely finish!
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Aeronaut Jenny
    5 days ago by jbkiwi ( Commander)
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    Excellent job!
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: large smit tug duel esc
    5 days ago by jbkiwi ( Commander)
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    Great detail, nice job.! Like the lighting!
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: 40" Seaplane Tender, new build Z7
    6 days ago by jbkiwi ( Commander)
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    Re - Attached pic gives an idea of the nightmare.
    Nice knitting job on the Pamir! can see the nightmare!๐Ÿ˜ฎ That's why I've never built a model of a sailing ship, - by the time you've 'Finnished' (well it was in your case) you'd be too old to play with it, (imagine trying to get it in/out of the car without breaking something!)
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: 40" Seaplane Tender, new build Z8
    6 days ago by jbkiwi ( Commander)
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    Re - Wonderful looking model, a real credit to you.
    Thanks Nerys, Should be up and running soon (soon as it stops blowing a gale and raining every day (spring just starting here) I have a similar problem re arthritis, thumbs have clapped out (due I think to dislocating both at the same time while unloading a big fridge off my mates truck years ago,- he had to hang me by my thumbs to pull them back out!)
    Had a carpal tunnel op, right index finger's buggered, no grip, and I spend most of my time picking stuff up off the floor. Just takes a lot longer to do things these days with a bit more pain. Be nice to be 20 again! Pic of Matchbox cars I used to modify in the 60s (side lettering was done with one bristle from a brush) wouldn't even bother trying today!๐Ÿ˜‚
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: 40" Seaplane Tender, new build Z8
    6 days ago by jbkiwi ( Commander)
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    Re - you really are putting in a lot of detail.
    Hi Red, the Spotlight store I mentioned is a huge store (Aust based ) which sells cloth, vinyl, household and kitchen stuff, curtains, blinds, art and craft and just about anything you would want to make, sew, paint, glue, design etc. Check it out here
    https://www.spotlightstores.com/nz/about-spotlight/media-cen...
    I made the anchors on my HSL from necklaces I bought from Banggood for about $1.50 ea. You are right, it pays to think outside the box. Saw some string in a Chinese '$2' shop the other day which would make great scale rope!
    JB
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    ๐Ÿ“ Extra channels
    6 days ago by jbkiwi ( Commander)
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    Re - I still don't understand why JB needs two RXs in his boat either.
    I'm supplying a free shovel Doug (shovel-Doug- get it.๐Ÿ˜‚) The reason I have 2 RXs is that the new compact sound unit has a main power in and a 'throttle' lead to the RX (self contained module with speaker). The 'throttle' lead is Siamesed with the ESC throttle lead then to the RX.
    The other unit is a multi function module with a separate speaker, and for the throttle, it has a port for the throttle lead from the RX which then goes out a port in the other end for the ESC throttle lead.
    I am using a converted Mode 2 TX (twin throttles) so 1 ESC/sound for STBD is on r/h stick (ex elev) and the Port side is on the left hand stick (ex Thro). If you plug the new unit into port no 3 (throttle ) and the other into the elev channel you get some sort of feedback (even took out the Pos wire,- still does it. Solved by using ch3 on the second RX,
    Can you dig it? I didn't get where I am today by not confusing people!!๐Ÿ˜
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    ๐Ÿ“ Extra channels
    6 days ago by jbkiwi ( Commander)
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    Re -Would it be possible to fit two RXs's in to a boat,
    You could do Martin, but if you switch one RX off, whatever you were controlling with it will stop (ie servo powered radar etc) and you will have no control for throttle/ rudder etc (if they were on that RX)

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: 40" Seaplane Tender, new build Z7
    7 days ago by jbkiwi ( Commander)
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    Re- while cleaning and restoring a 12" model of the Parmir
    Doug, you may remember๐Ÿ˜ we pinched the Pamir from Finland in 1941 (considered enemy occupied) and kept it for 8 years, (nice free ship for us๐Ÿ˜Š) and gave it back in 1948, "thanks for the loan Finland"โค๏ธ
    https://www.nzshipmarine.com/nodes/view/1289
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: 40" Seaplane Tender, new build Z7
    7 days ago by jbkiwi ( Commander)
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    Re - I discovered that some years ago while cleaning and restoring a 12" mode.
    It's amazing what the brain can come up with in certain situations. Imagine trying to program a computer to suddenly think of a solution like that, out of nowhere and in a nano second. People think computers are fast, -calculations definitely,- but to come up with a simple solution (like use your handkerchief for sail material or covers) never! unless someone had programmed that particular solution in to give it a choice.
    They'll never take over, we're far to quick for them. ๐Ÿ˜Š
    They have their uses (I'd have to take a sailing ship to the Northern territories to talk to you guys) but we managed before! Buildings 100+yrs old are still standing but many designed using computers fall down!?
    JB

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    computers
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: (Yacht) Enterprise
    7 days ago by jbkiwi ( Commander)
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    That's some pond scum! is that the weed mower tied up?
    JB

    weed mower
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    ๐Ÿ“ 40" Seaplane Tender, new build Z8
    7 days ago by jbkiwi ( Commander)
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    Made the boat Boat name decal for the dinghy, and I also made an eye for a painter, and put a bit of white around the gunwale rubbing strip. Pics of the cockpit cover plug removed also.
    JB

    boat Boat name decal
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