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    HARTLEY 'FLARELINE 20' CABIN BOAT
    Scratch built from photos and memory of the the full sized 20ft NZ Hartley designed cabin boat I owned in the 80s. Has a 26mm jet drive with a brushed high performance 12/24v ball bearing 540 motor. Has an air pump pressurised exhaust smoke device and a water pump, all started on a timer (made by Graham)- - smoke, water and air all comes through the exhausts. Has interior, dash and nav lights (LEDs), full interior, (galley, bunks with removable felt covered squabs), - rear bunk lids hinged for battery access, and carpet. Also has a 'GT Power' engine sound system. Has its' own custom built trailer and R/C tow car (specially built for it) as well. Also has a sliding hatch and tinted windows (car tint on PETG)
    AIRBOAT (ELECTRIC)
    I had a hull sitting round under the hose for a number of years and decided the lockdown was a good time for a new project (ie complete it) Finally finished it in around a month and a half (on and off) and it's now been tested and runs very well on the water, (bit tricky on land) Will probably be experimenting with different motors and props for best performance and quietest running. Would make a great rescue boat with a set of padded arms on the front. Thought of fitting it with a car ESC so as to have reverse,- (only problem is keeping the prop on while starting in reverse) Hull is completely glassed and resin sealed inside.
    JAGUAR, a 37'5" BPBC MK II Seaplane Tender
    My attempt at a privately owned ST which was imported to NZ in 1955 by ship by a doctor who used it to visit patients in the South Island sounds. It was later brought up to Auckland and was owned by a family at Bucklands Beach for many years from the 60s t0 80s. I grew up there, and Jaguar was one of my favourite boats. It was fitted with GM 453 Detroit Diesels as it still is today, and is supposedly undergoing a re-build by its latest owner.
    Early offshore deep v
    Early balsa deep v inspired by Surfury . 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)
    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)
    '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)
    'Fairacre', Broads Cruiser
    Fairacre plan built (MM709, 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.
    MTB 49 (60s Vic Smeed plan)
    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)
    RNZAF W1, a 64ft BPBC High Speed Launch
    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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    Very nice Rick, clever block hiding idea๐Ÿ‘

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    Wasn't a bad day today after a week of rain and storms (the 4ft sand bank was almost level with the creek before the storm, creek's moved 30ft sideways, - normally tidal right up under the bridge) so I took the airboat out for a thrash. Bit hard going up the creek with all the rocks exposed and shallow spots,- stopped a number of times. Lot of fun but not a lot of room to manoeuvre. I'm going to do it again on a calm day when the tide's in, and go out to sea a bit.
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    You'll have to let him blow something up Graham,- how's he going to learn otherwise. โšกโšกโšก๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ™ˆ That's how most of us did it, (at least I did)๐Ÿ˜‚

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    Looking good Graham, (couldn't help yourself I see)๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‰ The young fella should be happy! Are you going to get him involved in the electrical side,?

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: VINTAGE RUNABOUT,- RE MARTINS' CLEATS
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    Hi Steve, the paint is Duplicolour Acrylic lacquer (spray can) so it wouldn't hurt it. Actually cut it initially with some Repco cutting compound, then Brasso. Still needs more cutting to get it flat, as the nozzle on the can was a bit rough and the weather was too cold at the time.

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: VINTAGE RUNABOUT,- RE MARTINS' CLEATS
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    My toes are almost worn out Martin๐Ÿ˜‚

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    Hi Phil, been wanting to do that for a few years, but haven't found a cheap enough set yet. I've struggled with trying to position one boat with a camera, behind or beside the subject etc, while trying to drive 2 boats at once. One thing I was thinking of, was to put the camera on a 360Deg gimbal so you can rotate it and follow something, rather than have to constantly re-position the whole camera boat to keep the subject in frame.

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Radar.
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    Very nice Martin, another nifty addition to the boat๐Ÿ‘ Your getting pretty good at these handy conversions. Plastic, wood, steam punk, electrikitty, upholstery,- what next๐Ÿ˜ ?

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    ๐Ÿ“ VINTAGE RUNABOUT,- RE MARTINS' CLEATS
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    Martin noticed that there were no cleats on the stern to go with the fairleads๐Ÿ˜, now it has some so he'll be happy (till he spots something else๐Ÿ˜‚) - I know I haven't painted them yet Martin๐Ÿ˜LOL. Excuse the pond scum I missed, who knows what's in that lake,- can't be too bad though as the eels are thriving. Just sticks to your boats whatever it is๐Ÿ˜.

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: VINTAGE RUNABOUT , ANOTHER SMALL ADDITION
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    Hi Peter, biggest problem if you want to do a YT vid with any music in it, is finding something they allow. Fine if you can make your own music, (as long as it doesn't sound like something else) pretty hard to do these days. This YT copyright stuff is beyond a joke now,- virtually have to have no music around when doing a vid (even your next door neighbours loud stereo will probably get you warned if the YT algorithm latches onto it and recognises something )

    I think you can get away with ethnic/cultural music, just not individual artists. Think I might have found some Italian tunes to try. These little BT boards area almost plug and play,- just need around 4v supply, a couple of small speakers and a micro SD card with your tunes loaded onto it. - very light. It's all light enough to put in a 12" boat (with a bit of beam),- board weighs nothing,- speakers are the only weight. Can be run off your main battery with a VReg in the line.

    I do have a habit of making slight improvements to models, after 'finishing' them (reducing size of components if something better comes along etc)

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    Re More additions! Will your ingenuity never end?

    It'll have to soon Graham, I'm running out of room๐Ÿ˜ (and my brain hurts)๐Ÿ˜‚- and besides, after the nice launch day, the weather overnight turned to real stormy rainy rubbish, (probably same for the next week) and I have to do something to stop going mad๐Ÿ˜‚ BTW you started this radio lark, now I'm hooked on it๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‚

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: VINTAGE RUNABOUT , ANOTHER SMALL ADDITION
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    Re More tinkering that is what I like to see.

    Trouble maker๐Ÿ˜‚ I'm doing your cleats soon Martin๐Ÿ˜

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    ๐Ÿ“ VINTAGE RUNABOUT , ANOTHER SMALL ADDITION
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    Found a good way to make any sound you like for a boat. I recorded the sound of a set of air horns I have, with my camera, and transferred it to my small RUIZU BT player. The sound was then played via BT to the small BT/stereo card in the boat. Worked pretty well, and also managed to demo a bit of music with the system (Cuban,- YT doesn't seem to mind,- probably don't like Cubans). I'll add the horn to the micro SD card in the boat, which should then be able to be played via IR remote, using a track selection. Need to find some musical horns for better effect, (and find or make some air horns for the deck)

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: VINTAGE RUNABOUT LAUNCH DAY
    4 days ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thanks for the comment Peter, I'm pleased with how it turned out. A lot of fiddling due to scaling up, but it was worth it in the end.

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    Great job Peter, certainly looks the part on the water๐Ÿ‘. Kit makes a very nice model, certainly doesn't look like a beginners model now ! Will be interested to see the upcoming 'extras' when installed.

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    HI Steve, brilliant stuff as usual. Certainly need the right type of wood (and sharp blades) to do such fine cuts,- especially cross cuts without chipping. Just a thought- if you ever have problems with chipping, (say eg for a job like this) you could cut a rebate (just deeper than the part) in the front of a thick board, and cut into the board, using it as a backstop (clamped to your slide), - supports both sides of the cut and should stop chipping). You can create a tunnel on the offcut side to collect the cut pieces, (for mass production).

    More for less skilled wood choppers than you, as I'm sure you'd figure that one out๐Ÿ˜

    BTW how's the chinflu battle going with you 'Southerners' ? - we're just ramping cases up over here now. (we're a bit slow)๐Ÿ˜

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Final Fittings, Almost
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    Hi Peter, missed your question sorry. I used car window tint on my Hartley cabin boat, but I applied that before fitting the screens. Might be too hard to do it later, as it requires a bit of force on a flat surface to expel any air bubbles.

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Graupner SAR Hertha Jeep
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    New cabin looks good Cash๐Ÿ‘, gives it a more more 'official' look,- similar to our new Auckland police cat.

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Krick Police Launch Trial.
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    Looks real nice Peter๐Ÿ‘- monitor works well and radar looks spot on, - nice job๐Ÿ‘ You can always go up a bit in motor size if you find cruising not to your liking. It does let you stay out longer though, and enjoy it more.

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: VINTAGE RUNABOUT- SMALL ADDITION
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    Hi Boatshed, the model was basically scratch built using an old Model Maker plan, and blowing it up to roughly twice its' original size. The plan was just used as a rough guide for the bulkheads and their positions, the rest had to be modified to suit the larger size. All dimensions were irrelevant due to the size increase, (from 18" to 33 " and a lot of changes made to accommodate twin electrics etc.

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    Hi Mike, interested to see how you got on with the 'water jet' idea, -should move it on calm days. As long as the sound of running water, after 3 beers doesn't get you going๐Ÿ˜!

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    Hi Bill,- have you seen his display sub?!, all Martins' work is amazing, the detail he gets is just superb,- museum stuff !

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    Hi Steve, thanks for the comment. The sheilas are still smiling, (strange that๐Ÿ˜) I was pretty stoked with how it went, apart from a small problem with my couplings. Think I might have fixed that now with any luck, having added the stops in front of the motor bearings. Really need some thick walled silicone tube for it to work better. At least it's a 'built in safety measure' against stalling. For some reason, all the boats I've built, haven't had enough room for common couplings. Must be what I'm building, - next one will have some room. Probably have more room if I didn't fill them up with 'after market extras'๐Ÿ˜.

    Regs,

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Front 4inch Gun base and servo build.
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    Tidy solution Bill, going to look good when all together. Can't see the vids unfortunately as I can't convert Quicktime MOV, .

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Single aft 2pdr gun build with servo rotation.
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    Good solution Bill๐Ÿ‘, tried to look at your movies, but they come out as MOV files and I don't have a converter (I just get the sound)

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: VINTAGE RUNABOUT- SMALL ADDITION
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    Hi Martin, I have a spare hand held one which would be just the ticket for you, as it would also tie up one of your typing hands๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ (you'd only be able to make 1/2 the suggestions๐Ÿ˜‚)

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    ๐Ÿ“ RUNABOUT SLIPPING SILICONE COUPLING SOLUTION ?
    6 days ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Gary, - the first name's the same as his, - haven't started mouldering yet though๐Ÿ˜. Most of the fittings were made by making male masters and making impressions in modelling clay, baking that, coating the inside with f/glass mould parting wax, the filling them with polyester resin. taken out of the moulds, cleaned up and painted with chrome paint, (there is a section on my runabout building blog showing how it was done). very simple and cheap to do.

    The bow T cleat was just brass strip and rod, and flag pole base was brass strip and tube. Spotlight was a modified hardware item (plastic screw cover). I don't have a lathe unfortunately, although I'm looking at some small modelling lathes at present, but don't like the price. There are a few nice Myfords for sale, but they still command a high price.

    I do have a large bench drill/mill which gets used for everything, Mill, router, sander, (sometimes 'vertical lathe' for light stuff) press for brushless motor shafts etc. One of the handiest tools is an Austrian EMCOSTAR multi machine, (bench saw, band saw, disc sander, belt sander, jigsaw etc) which I was given,- a perfect tool for modelling. Other than that, everything is just made by hand with ordinary tools.

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    ๐Ÿ“ VINTAGE RUNABOUT- SMALL ADDITION
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    I've fitted the rear rubbing strips tonight, so that's another small addition done. Holes were measured and drilled in the hull for the pre dowelled and varnished strips, and thick cyano was added round the dowels to lock and seal them, as well as spots along the inside edge. They don't need to be completely glued, as they fit reasonably well, and are completely varnished and waterproof. I might run a bead of thick cyano on the top and bottom, once I can get into the Korean $2 shop which has the type I need (thick, but slow setting- good for small gaps).

    Next small job will be a few cleats for the rear fairleads (thanks to Martins' eagle eye,) I thought I had almost finished LOL, - thanks Martin๐Ÿ˜ (remind me to buy you some dark glasses๐Ÿ˜‚)
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: VINTAGE RUNABOUT LAUNCH DAY
    6 days ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Will, thanks for the kind words. There is a vid to go with this in the media section (doesn't show in the current topics section) Perhaps I should put a link here as well.

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    ๐Ÿ“ RUNABOUT SLIPPING SILICONE COUPLING SOLUTION ?
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    Hi Gary, no chastising necessary ๐Ÿ˜‚ all suggestions welcome๐Ÿ˜Š Your tube solution would have been good if I had been able to line the shafts up perfectly (actually purchased some of your suggested devices off Ali Expr, (nice looking expensive brass ones) but the tolerances of the holes were so bad, I couldn't use them). I had thought as you did, a solid connection would be good, but I couldn't buy anything from China which wasn't drilled to stupid sizes and almost rattled the motors out of the boat๐Ÿ˜

    I now have a good collection of almost every connection they sell for boats and cars, and all are useless. Good for slow revving boats or rock crawlers only. High revving shafts need precision fittings, and with Chinese stuff , it's all different, and mixtures of metric and imperial ( I mean, what sort of size is 3.25mm for a shaft,- why not just 3mm,4mm etc, and ream a hole for clearance in the fittings) I think they make stuff to be easy for hobbyists to assemble, and don't worry about precision. Too many companies making too many things to their own tolerances.

    The one good thing about silicone I've found, is that even if the shafts are a little bit out, they still flex and run smoothly. Re pond weed,- My HSL ran into a patch last year, and both the shafts twisted the silicone off, which saved the expensive in-runners. Had to launch a rescue mission with my faithful old Vic Smeed MTB (only has 25mm 3 blade props which don't seem to attract weed so much.) Not a lot of weed where I run the boats, but long strands seem to pop up from the bottom occasionally and snag things.

    JB
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