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    SA Navy A200 Valour Class Frigate
    Four South African Valour Class frigates are the major surface ships of the SA Navy. The German designers, Blohm & Voss Hamburg, designated this design as the MEKO A200SAN type. The model represents the "SAS Spioenkop" the third ship of this class to be completed. Laid down on 28 Feb 2002, launches 02 Aug 2003 and Commissioned 15 March 2004. LOA 121m, beam 21m, Displacement 3,600t. Cruise speed on 2 diesels 23kn and with CODAG warp (jet drive) about 30kn. In addition to the two props the model also has the jet drive that I scratch built. She carries a Super Lynx helicopter (modified SA Navy type) and this feature is automated on the model with the hangar door opening and the helicopter moving out and stopping on the helipad and visa versa controlled from the TX. The video clip that I would have liked to show gets a response of "Please enter an available You Tube Video" which I did but have removed it as the system would not accept my posting.
    (Naval Ship) HMS Bluebell
    I am adding "Bluebell" to my harbour as, in keeping with many, she represents our awakening to the model boating world! The classic Revell Platinum kit was a wonderful introduction to our hobby (although as some of use realise, she tends to be subject to numerous "breakages" as time wears on as the plastic bits get bumped or snagged at the pond - or even when being loaded in the car!). (Motor: MFA 475- Rec 360) (ESC: Viper Marine 15) (8/10)
    (Naval Ship) HMS Launceston Castle
    Successor to Flower Class Corvettes. This Castle Class built from scratch. As my first scratch built boat I decided to build with "surf board" keel that carries all the ballast. Model handles perfectly with no "Nodding" and rolling like a toy in rough water. Keel acts as display stand when ashore. Took 2 years to build. Pic's taken at various stages of construction on and off the water. (ESC: Mtronics Viper Marine 15) (5/10)
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    πŸ“ Model Boats Magazine August 2020
    3 months ago by Joburg-sailor ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Ian, won't work here in SA anyway as our postal service has been rubbished. Presume there is a big pile of mail sitting on the floor at the central sorting depot here in Joburg somewhere! MB price at rack rate here makes one's eye water!
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    πŸ“ Members
    5 months ago by Joburg-sailor ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Thanks for the Members area that has been updated Stephen. Your work appreciated.
    Puzzled though by the fact that videos posted in response to build or help situations, appear not to be recognised for membership points. Perhaps the "rules" could be clarified.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: SA Navy A200 Valour Class Frigate
    7 months ago by Joburg-sailor ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Thanks Fleet for yr info. Direct placing this small vid into "Photos/Files" box seems to be empty. I will submit anyway and see what happens.
    This rather bad video (poor light) is the first test of the jet drive some time ago. I have no idea of the scale speed of 30kts would be but I am sure it is way overscale on the video. I was just pretty schuffed that it worked!
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    πŸ’¬ Re: SA Navy A200 Valour Class Frigate
    7 months ago by Joburg-sailor ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Oops! herewith pics.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: SA Navy A200 Valour Class Frigate
    7 months ago by Joburg-sailor ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    For those interested...attached pics illustrate awesome power of Warp (jet) drive on the A200....and the result of the "full stop at full speed" exercise.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: SA Navy A200 Valour Class Frigate
    7 months ago by Joburg-sailor ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Petty Officer 2nd Class has very small brain and although remembers how to open Media File by clicking on top left hand thingy when it appears but perhaps Fleet can advise (again!!!) how to get the media file into the posting in the first place... Sir!
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    πŸ’¬ Re: SA Navy A200 Valour Class Frigate
    7 months ago by Joburg-sailor ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    I made a wooden plug for the body of the jet drive. Then softened some PVC drain pipe over the plug (one from each side) then cleaned up and joined the 2 halves and coated the whole unit with glass fibre and resin.
    Nothing high tech about the nozzle. I got an off-cut of some kind of plastic from a machine shop and made it up on my little lathe.
    You will notice no reverse bucket on the jet drive. It being only a demo drive I didn't think it was the effort as the twin screws are the main source of power.
    I did find a dockyard plan that gave me the hull lines but it was drawn up well before the first ship was started, so many changes made to the superstructure by using pics and a video of the Spioenkop entering East London (SA) harbour on "Naval day".

    Will check with the club here as to whether and plans exist for the Woltemade and John Ross...they were great looking tugs. I know that we have completed models of both within the club.
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    πŸ“ Coronavirus
    7 months ago by Joburg-sailor ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Thanks Ian. Info appreciated.
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    πŸ“ SA Navy A200 Valour Class Frigate
    7 months ago by Joburg-sailor ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Four South African Valour Class frigates are the major surface ships of the SA Navy. The German designers, Blohm & Voss Hamburg, designated this design as the MEKO A200SAN type.
    The model represents the "SAS Spioenkop" the third ship of this class to be completed. Laid down on 28 Feb 2002, launches 02 Aug 2003 and Commissioned 15 March 2004. LOA 121m, beam 21m, Displacement 3,600t. Cruise speed on 2 diesels 23kn and with CODAG warp (jet drive) about 30kn.
    In addition to the two props the model also has the jet drive that I scratch built.
    She carries a Super Lynx helicopter (modified SA Navy type) and this feature is automated on the model with the hangar door opening and the helicopter moving out and stopping on the helipad and visa versa controlled from the TX. The video clip that I would have liked to show gets a response of "Please enter an available You Tube Video" which I did but have removed it as the system would not accept my posting.
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    πŸ“ Coronavirus
    7 months ago by Joburg-sailor ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Ian, who do you get your stuff from in China? Are they China Mainland or Hong Kong?
    Agree that with total lockdown that delivery suspect once here in SA.
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    πŸ“ Hull Design software
    7 months ago by Joburg-sailor ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Any idea why this software is downloading only in French?
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    πŸ“ RC help
    8 months ago by Joburg-sailor ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hope someone can clarify something for me. I have a Hitec Optics 6 Sport TX. I have been informed that the switches Ail/Elev/Rudd on SW2 (top right hand corner) and Gear/Flt mod ST-3 on SW1 (top left hand corner) as well as the 3 way switch Flt Mode (SW3)are not able to be reprogrammed to suit maritime type functions usual on RC boats
    I would be delighted if someone could advise me to the contrary...and if so how to set about reprogramming those controls.
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    πŸ“ 3d printing
    10 months ago by Joburg-sailor ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hi redmpg. Sent u an PM with his contact details.
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    πŸ“ 3d printing
    10 months ago by Joburg-sailor ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Redmpg, I have obtained 3d printed bits to my specs from a club member in Pretoria. I will find his address and adv. Standby.
    Regards
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Model boat's push tug
    11 months ago by Joburg-sailor ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Plan arrived here too Jacko. Many thanks. Have to finish my current "JR More" project...last steam tug in South Africa.
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    πŸ“ Night Watch
    1 year ago by Joburg-sailor ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hey Guys, I don't want to be a wet blanket but I am getting smothered by chats (about 14 or 15 per day) that when deleted happily appear again. Recent chats seem to be totally irrelevant to our hobby so perhaps should be consigned to a location that can be accessed by members who would enjoy the general chat that is not pertaining to model boating matters.
    Just a thought.
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    πŸ“ Night Watch
    1 year ago by Joburg-sailor ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Have a good one Doug.
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    πŸ“ Workshop
    1 year ago by Joburg-sailor ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    I did the PC keyboard idea some while ago.Wanted to show a pic but I have forgotten how to copy from my cellphone and put on new MB website. Any help appreciated.

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    πŸ“ New forum rankings.
    2 years ago by Joburg-sailor ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Congrats Doug..well deserved.
    For us lesser mortals... hard to be busted to the ranks!!!
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    πŸ’¬ The motor cover.
    2 years ago by Joburg-sailor ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Nice solution to potential heating problems. Hope it works as I want to try the same idea.

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    πŸ“ New Website Sneak Peak
    2 years ago by Joburg-sailor ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Looks awesome...can't wait!

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    πŸ“ Ship rudders
    2 years ago by Joburg-sailor ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Good luck Toby. Hope it works for you.

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    πŸ’¬ The deck planking.
    2 years ago by Joburg-sailor ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Thanks Rob
    I will try to seek out a 0.1mm pen!

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    πŸ’¬ The deck planking.
    2 years ago by Joburg-sailor ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Beautiful! I would like to see the "poor man's" version soon ("fake planking") technique. Would it work on a 1:72 scale i.e. about 2.2mm width plank?

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    πŸ“ de Mist Naval Tug
    2 years ago by Joburg-sailor ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hurray!! Located and received some plan scans for the "JR More" tug from an ex South African now living in the UK! Delighted! Apart from a few misaligned scans that loose some pretty important info for the stern, I have a lot to work from.
    The "JR" was built by Ferguson Brothers, Glasgow in 1961. 176.3ft LOA, displacement 1654.94 tonnes. She was the last oil fired steam tug in service in any South African port. Decommissioned in 1982. Now a poorly maintained (no money!) exhibit in the Durban Maritime Museum.

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    πŸ’¬ Fitting the rubbing strakes.
    2 years ago by Joburg-sailor ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    When planking a static galleon model I boiled the strakes for 5 mins but think that this expanded the wood that resulted in slight shrinkage on drying out. Never thought about just wetting strakes and using the heat gun. Great idea that obviously works well.
    I am enjoying this read hugely.

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    πŸ“ de Mist Naval Tug
    2 years ago by Joburg-sailor ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Thanks for info Doug. Unfortunately several of the websites get error messages or have dropped access to the address.
    I think the Sturrock plans route seems to be the way to go (a pricey plan though for our horrendous currency exchange rate!) and was the source of the Ralph Wilmot model. Looking at some of the pics of the rudder layout when she was on the hard pending being put into the Maritime Museum, she had twin props and twin rudders...Sturrock didn't have twin rudders so obviously was built to the Sturrock plan. I have sent off a few emails and await any further guidance/info before I make any decisions.
    Thanks Glyn re Durban Club. I have mailed a member too.

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    πŸ“ de Mist Naval Tug
    2 years ago by Joburg-sailor ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    As I have made no progress on finding any drawings of the De Mist naval harbour tug ex Simonstown, and as kindly advised by Glyn as having been built by Dorbyl in Durban with VS propulsion, I am now switching my attention to the old steam tugs of the the late 50's and 60's...particularly the JR More (built 1961) that is currently decaying in the Durban Maritime Museum. Again I am on the hunt for drawings that must be more easily available judging by the number of models build of this vessel. She had twin props (rather than Voith Schneider or Schottel) which is something that I can handle!
    Any help or advice gratefully accepted.

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    πŸ“ de Mist Naval Tug
    2 years ago by Joburg-sailor ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hi Glynn
    Thanks for your response. I was hoping that the dreaded words "Voith Schneider" would not come up as I have no way to engineer or buy a VSP (even looked in "Graupner" site but no info on buying units and I think it will break the pensioners bank anyway!
    This is my first contemplated tug build so would be interested if the model tug Guys would perhaps advise what they do when the dreaded 2 words come up...do they cheat a little below the surface and substitute other propulsion sources when a VSP would be "true scale"?
    Glynn, what Dorbyl built SA tugs do you have knowledge off that are not VSP equipped? I think the other older Simonstown Naval tug is the "de Nuys" but I presume she will also be Voith Schneider Propeller driven.
    Regards and Happy New Year to you and all on MB's.

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    πŸ“ de Mist Naval Tug
    2 years ago by Joburg-sailor ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Another one of those "What is it?" posts!
    "de Mist" was a Naval Tug in Simonstown naval dockyard. Decommissioned about 2 years ago and awaiting "disposal" when she sank at her mooring 2 months ago. Salvaged by the SA Navy a week or two ago. Does anybody have any information on if she was locally built (South Africa) or an import. In the absence of any specific info would there be a plan available for a similar looking boat somewhere?
    Appreciate any advice.

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