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    MTB from a Model Boats plan
    Here are a couple of pics of my MTB which I built from a freebie plan which was in Model Boats - the plans were by Glyn Guest. We had it on the lake last Sunday for a run around - she has a 540 motor fitted; an Mtroniks 15 amp speed controller; and can run for a good while on 7.2 300 mAh batteries
    Virgin Atlantic Challenger
    Hi there, this is the only pic I have of Virgin Atlantic Challenger on the water, which I built from 'free' plans in a model boats magazine - built all of lite ply - powered by 7.4 NiCad batteries - and there is a Race 5
    (Naval Ship) HMS PENELOPE
    This model was made by me from Glyn Guest plans - I made this a good few year ago. Of all the scale models I have built I like this one. When you take a scale model to the lake you have to be so careful not to damage anything - with this one you just put the model in the back of the car and throw it in the water - well not literally (you have to drive down to the lake first)๐Ÿค“๐Ÿค“ - many hours of enjoyment. (Motor: MFA) (5/10)
    (Working Vessel) MV DUBURG
    scratch built model from Jim Pottinger plans - I made this several years ago - plank on frame and the hull is double planked. 1:96 scale/ (Motor: MFA 550) (5/10)
    (Other) RTTL 2751
    model was originally built by myself using a mixture of Vic Smeed plans and photographs/plans from a gent called Christian - my model is double-planked. Outer planking is scale sized; props both drive the same way as in the original boats. (ESC: ACTion) (8/10)
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    ๐Ÿ“ Scratch Build
    4 months ago by JOHN ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    hi there
    I have built several models from Jim Pottinger plans - and find that they are pretty good. Some of them aren't for the beginner mind - you do have to have a good idea of how to work your way around the plans. One of the plans of Jim Pottinger's which I have built and is similar to the fishing boat you are currently building is the Frederick Spashette - you will find this full build in Masterclass on Model Boat Mayhem. To see the photographs on that forum though, you do need to be a member.

    I have used 4 images of my build from Mayhem to give you an idea of how the frames have been set up on a building board and on close examination you will see the frames are at right angles to the keel - but - the actual water line does run at an extreme angle to the frames. Have a look at the drawing in one of the images and you will see the angle of the water line and then have a look at the image of the boat on the water. This will give you an idea of the extreme angle of the waterline.

    Unfortunately though builds like these tend to the better off being built on a building board, unless of course you can fit the deck on top of the frames before you commence planking and this will give extra rigidity and hold them quite securely for when you begin to plank. That's my two-penneth worth - good luck with the build and let us have some pictures.

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    ๐Ÿ“ Charity shop find.
    9 months ago by JOHN ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi ya
    here are a couple of pics of the bow thrusters that I am using in the Seaforth Clansman - as I have said - the one at the front :-) - is linked in with a Y lead to the rudder - the stern bow thruster is on its own stick on the transmitter (I think its channel 2) so, therefore, I can control the model by making it move sideways across the lake and also spinning it on the spot. Both thrusters have independent speed controllers.

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    ๐Ÿ“ Charity shop find.
    9 months ago by JOHN ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi Colin
    you have found an antique here - we used to use them in the 80s and 90s - the only drawback is that the resistant coils don't half grow red when under load and can be a bit of a fire hazard when put in the wrong place. Best thing for this is to keep it for a model that would run on something like a small 3 volt motor . As far as running a bow thruster/stern thruster the way I opted to do this on the Seaforth Clansman was to use a Y lead between the rudder servo and the bow thruster speed controller. There is a guy up North who makes little speed controllers - they are capable of running the bow thrusters - he sometimes advertises on Ebay - and I will look for a link for you and put it on for you.
    The other thing to think of if you are gong to use a cheaper Chinese speed controller (designed for cars) the majority of them have a brake facility built into them and some of them only have a 50% reverse speed.
    John
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    ๐Ÿ“ Problem with Skysport 4 transmitter TV4F
    11 months ago by JOHN ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi Doug ,
    This is the type of battery that was in the transmitter

    slow drain

    https://www.componentshop.co.uk/9-6v-eneloop-2000mah-aa-flat... href='https://model-boats.com/search?q=tag:transmitter' onclick="loadpage('search?q=tag:transmitter'); return false;" class="taghighlight">transmitter-battery-pack.html
    https://www.componentshop.co.uk/9-6v-eneloop-2000mah-aa-flat-transmitter-battery-pack.html
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    ๐Ÿ“ Problem with Skysport 4 transmitter TV4F
    11 months ago by JOHN ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi there Doug
    sorry for the delay in replying, your knowledge and replies are much appreciated. What I have been doing the last day and a bit is, going through my transmitters and checking all their batteries and what I have found is that I have two which are 'duff' and they are the slow drain type. Its got me thinking. Due to the fact that we don't charge these often, is this one of the reasons that the cells are prone to deteriorating? Be interesting to see if anyone else has had this problem. I am going to go back to the standard battery pack for the transmitters because I had 2 old ones in the drawer and they have charged straight up and replaced the one in the 4 channel transmitter that was duff and everything seems hunky dory now, or , seems that way - so it will be a test on Sunday to see if I get a greater range :-)

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    ๐Ÿ“ Problem with Skysport 4 transmitter TV4F
    11 months ago by JOHN ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi there
    thanks for the reply; I think I may just have solved the problem - the battery pack for the transmitter looks as if it has a duff cell in it - cos when I put the battery under load out of the transmitter - the voltage dies off rapidly, even though its fully charged,. Could be the strong suspect.

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    ๐Ÿ“ Problem with Skysport 4 transmitter TV4F
    11 months ago by JOHN ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi there
    I wonder if anyone has had a similar problem to this one. Had model boat down to the lake today; and the transmission range was shall we say 'very short' say about say 20 yards. I had the same problem last week with a totally different model but same transmitter. No-one was on the same frequency, and the aerial was fully extended on the transmitter and on the model I had this morning, the aerial runs along the deck for the receiver - and - the model I had out last Sunday (an MTB which the aerial is coiled around the inside of a Carley float on deck ) , The MTB (I know for a fact has a range of over 1/4 mile with a Skysport 6 transmitter). Riggers and I tried this out a few years ago. Now, came home today thinking the aerial wire may be snapped inside the transmitter - took it all apart - but couldn't find a thing wrong. No evidence of black wire or anything inside the transmitter. But, I noticed - when I switched the transmitter on - and removed the crystal from the transmitter - the power needle goes up to 100% - replace the crystal into the transmitter and it drops down to the near enough 60% or, just outside the red bar. Tried this crystal and other crystals in another Skysport 4 which I have and it stays at 100% same as on my Skysport 6.


    So, has anyone experienced this type of problem/any ideas - I still cannot sort the shortness of range - Its as though there is a short when you plug a crystal into the transmitter.


    Obviously I have tried various other crystals in this transmitter, but, they all have the same affect.


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    11 months ago by JOHN ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    would it not be worth using a system called the closed loop system? this gives you a better / more precise control over your rudders. I take it that the rubber tube between the two rudders is just a temporary thing - just to get the size etc., ? but, here's a photograph (if you don't mind) of a system I use on the majority of my twin ruddered models - especially on MTBs and high speed models.

    John

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: 40" Seaplane Tender, new build
    11 months ago by JOHN ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    hi there
    looking at the photographs of your rudders. I was just wondering, would it not be worth using a system called the closed loop system? this gives you a better / more precise control over your rudders. I take it that the rubber tube between the two rudders is just a temporary thing - just to get the size etc., ? but, here's a photograph (if you don't mind) of a system I use on the majority of my twin ruddered models - especially on MTBs and high speed models.

    John

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    ๐Ÿ“ Electronics 43x esc
    11 months ago by JOHN ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    hi there, just an update. Electronize is around (in a fashion) although they don't advertise - Dave Mainprize, the owner of Electronize, is still running the Company. Although they aren't producing the 30 amp speed controller, I am lead to believe they are still doing the 43X which is a 15 amp one. How you go about purchasing I am unsure - however - if you do a web search you can come up with his telephone number/address.

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    ๐Ÿ“ Electronics 43x esc
    11 months ago by JOHN ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi will this help you

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: HMS EXETER
    1 year ago by JOHN ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi there
    senile moment for me :-) as there is already a short build of HMS Exeter on here if you do a search - you will come across the build by me and there are some closeup pics on there.

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    ๐Ÿ“ Joining ply hull sides
    1 year ago by JOHN ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi there,
    Somewhere - in the UK - you can purchase 8 ft x 4ft sheets of 2 mm birch plywood. I know because I bought some for a model shop in Whitburn, Tyne and Wear a while ago - they cut if from an 8ft x 4ft for me - but the problem in now the shop in Whitburn has now closed down. I have been doing a bit of web search and I have come across this link but it seems it will only sell to the industry. If you contact them they may be able to let you know who they supply too.
    https://www.specialisedpanels.co.uk/birch-plywood.html
    Or they may even sell it to you - good luck.


    When I was joining plywoods on real boats we used to feather them (taper them) but you wont be able to do that with 2mm thick ply. So, as suggested above, may be the best option.


    John
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    ๐Ÿ“ Fairmile c class maiden voyage
    1 year ago by JOHN ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    hi there Chewi
    having read through your postings and watching your video - I am not sure if you have the ACTion P94 set up correctly. You should be able to spin that model round on the spot as the P94 contains a rudder motor mixer built into it. However, be warned, the P94 doesnt like certain 2.4 transmitter sets. Basically, you have to set your transmitter back to zero manufacture settings with no mixing at all on your transmitter to get it working - and - its all done in the ESC - I have built several triple screw vessels myself - the RAF63and the MTBs and basically what I used to do there is use the old Electronize speed controllers from the 90s which dont have the pre-programmed chips in them so that I could switch the signal on and off to the speed controller, thus allowing me to control the centre prop by switching the signal off and on. So, when I wanted speed I ran on all 3 props but when I wanted to manouvre I switched the centre prop off and allowed the 2 outboard motors to spin the vessel with the rudders, using mixers.

    In this particular model - I would ditch the gelcel battery and go for a Ni-MH battery and the 9.6 volt 500 mAh - 3 of these batteries one for each motor should give you ample run time.


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    ๐Ÿ“ how did your sailing day go?
    1 year ago by JOHN ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    hi ya
    pretty windy today (after rain at first) so there wasnt much sailing for us lot - but the yachties were loving it. I took my oil rig supply vessel down The Seaforth Conqueror and had 10 mins down the lake. Hope you all had some good sailing today.
    Lets see some more pics of your sailing :-)
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    ๐Ÿ“ how did your sailing day go?
    1 year ago by JOHN ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    hi ya Doug,
    Well here are a couple of pics of John Neilson's torpedo destroyer boat - it's based loosely on a couple of photographs that he had seen - so its not of a particular vessel.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: HMS EXETER
    1 year ago by JOHN ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    hi there

    give me a couple of days and I will put a couple of pictures on from the build

    :-)

    John
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    1 year ago by JOHN ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    here's a short clip of my RTTL tearing up the lake :-) she has 2 MTroniks 600s driving 30 ml brass props both rotating in the same direction as in the real boats and she has 2 x 4300 mAmp ni-cad batteries in. Lasts for about 15 mins full chat :-)

    John
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    ๐Ÿ“ how did your sailing day go?
    1 year ago by JOHN ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi there Doug
    the model is loosely based on a TBD and its built by John Nielson basically built for straight running so its a stand off scale. Note the handle on the back end for holding it when its on the water. Having said all of that, if you like, when I go back to the lake I will ask John if I may take some more pics. its steam driven as well Doug.

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    ๐Ÿ“ how did your sailing day go?
    1 year ago by JOHN ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Open day to day at South Shields model club, And the SUN came out just for us - a few more pics to follow when I find where they are on the computer :-)


    Anyone interested that's Don Walkinshaw's Bluebird with a home made jet engine.

    Pisces II owned by Bob Kirtley and this held the World Speed record for steam powered hydro plane at 122 mph (tethered)


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    ๐Ÿ“ NAAMA Tug Plan
    1 year ago by JOHN ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    hi ya there, been quiet because I had sent for the magazine not knowing if the plans were there - but - the plans are here and what I have done is scanned them on my A4 scanner and there are a good few bits of the plan scanned. Send me your email in a personal message and I will try to email all to you. Not guaranteeing they will turn out okay - but hey I have printed a few off and they seem okay on A4 - You could print them all off and piece them all together to get your plan.

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    ๐Ÿ“ Rivets
    1 year ago by JOHN ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    hi there
    how about this one - old as the hills this - an old alarm clock cog mounted in an old file handle - it makes the perfect tool for simulating rivets in thin plasticard. I know I often go round at the old flea markets etc and look for pieces for old clocks - I look in the boxes for old bits of letterbox flaps etc., cos sometimes the flaps are made from brass. Its marvellous the stuff you can find/reuse in modelling.

    Keep on modelling - as they say

    John
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    ๐Ÿ“ NAAMA Tug Plan
    1 year ago by JOHN ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    HI try hear
    http://magazineexchange.co.uk/cw/marine-modelling-magazine-j...
    and also on ebay
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/MARINE-MODELLING-JANUARY-2013-FOX...

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Canadian coast guard vessel
    1 year ago by JOHN ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    hi ya Jim

    thank you very much - but - I have now managed to source a set of plans - I am now sourcing more details :-)

    John
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    ๐Ÿ“ Warship revolving turrets and elevation of guns
    1 year ago by JOHN ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi, I must confess I have thought of using BB system myself to fire plastic pellets, as my son is into airsoft and he has one or two airsoft innards e.g. gear boxes and compression cylinders which are available to me for a slight price (I bet). Problem is though these firing mechanisms from airsoft guns can fire a pellet between 300 and 350 fps (feet per second) which can be lethal if you hit someone at the side of the lake. My son just informed me it can be a criminal office if the internals of an airsoft gun have been used in a model. Be very cautious and look into it. I am sure there are places who do mock battles and use similar systems to this. You would need to source these people and find out the rules and regulations from them before proceeding.

    Just re-read your posting and realise you are going to use tank internals - I am not sure what the system is there, but even with that, its wise to check it out first before firing in a public place.

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    ๐Ÿ“ Warship revolving turrets and elevation of guns
    1 year ago by JOHN ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    hi there

    here is a possible idea for you - this is the system I used for the guns on HMS Exeter which is of a scale of 1:96 - I used a miniature servo for elevation; also a servo which is able to drive 180 degrees for the main rotation of the gun.

    The servo is mounted underneath and where you locate the arm on the servo, I made a tube which goes all the way through the barbet into the base of the gun, this is the connection which rotates the gun.

    The cable from the miniature servo which elevates the barrels run inside the tube and comes out through a small hole at the base of it.


    I also use an electronic servo slower and stretcher from Forge Electronics to slow the movement of the guns down to a scale speed. The only problem I had, was, I found when elevating the barrels up and down - they tended to be slightly jerky in movement and it took me a while to work out how to dampen this - and all things equal - the simplest solution came to rest - make a rubber wedge which fits between the side of the barrel mounting and the side of the casing, causing a little bit of resistance.

    Hope this is of some help.
    http://www.forge-electronics.co.uk/index.php/boats/servo-con...


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    ๐Ÿ“ Rivets
    1 year ago by JOHN ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    hi there

    these little rivets were suggested to myself, when I was building a model of a tug - for the rivets around the funnel. But, I never actually used the rivets so they are still here in the box ready for me to try. I cannot therefore comment on what they are like to use. However, its more food for thought/another method for you to try if your dressmakers' pins idea doesn't work or turn out to your liking.

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Czech-Master-Button-headed-Rivets...

    John
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Canadian coast guard vessel
    1 year ago by JOHN ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    hi there really like your model - it looks superb on the water - we need a bit of ice now. I fancy a go at one of these - so, please where did you obtain the plans from?

    :-)

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    ๐Ÿ“ how did your sailing day go?
    1 year ago by JOHN ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    hows about a new thread - about - our day down at the lake with a few pictures?

    unless this type of thread has already been done .

    it just lets us all see our sailing facilities etc.

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    ๐Ÿ“ What could this Hull be for?
    1 year ago by JOHN ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    hi there
    How's about a police launch or a pilot boat?

    if you google some photographs of the Southampton police boat - I believe the hull may be similar to this.

    I tend to think it isnt a lifeboat as lifeboats generally have a tunnel hull where the props are - to give them some protection - as has been mentioned apart from the new lifeboats which are waterjet.

    I think its definitely some form of workboat .

    john

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