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    ๐Ÿ“ Calling it a day.
    1 month ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง johnf ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi Bill,

    So sorry to see your post.

    I am sure I am not alone in having a lot to thank you for. Things have certainly been a bit grim for my wife and I over the past 8 months or so, but your kindness and good wishes with the Model Boat Magazines have proved a real help in our recovery. Devon is a long long way South but we are thinking of you.

    Dr John F Leeds and Bradford. MBC ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿคž๐Ÿคž

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    ๐Ÿ“ Fibreglass hulls
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง johnf ( Warrant Officer)
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    Most of the FG hull specialists seem to have closed in recent years. However, Orion Mouldings are still going with a good range.

    Additionally both Deans Marine and Mountfeet Models have a big range of his and sometimes plans in addition to their range of kits. Also Mobile Marine Models so all is not lost!

    Dr John Fowler. Leeds and Bradford MBC๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Kathryn - a Thames Bawley - 1
    3 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง johnf ( Warrant Officer)
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    A first-time class hull planning effort - Ernie was a real star!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘. John

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Kayak
    4 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง johnf ( Warrant Officer)
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    Well done. A really demanding project!

    Dr John F. Leeds and Bradford. BBC. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

    ๐Ÿ“ 2024 in front
    5 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง johnf ( Warrant Officer)
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    Well said Herman.

    Although exact figures are hard to come by, it seems likely that there are more than 1000 golfing or fishing enthusiasts to every model boat sailer, designer and builder in physically all of our countries.

    That we are a lot more exclusive is beyond debate, - - but I would maintain we are also far happier in most respects than the common herd.

    Happy New Year to all on this wonderful forum :- and let's enjoy our addicative, demanding if sometimes frustrating hobby!

    Dr John F Leeds and Bradford. MBC ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

    ๐Ÿ“ Breezy start to the day.
    5 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง johnf ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi Colin,

    That is mega hurricane force for a 1\32 scale model boat!

    Maybe that's why my sturdy model tug was almost blown over directly it left harbour last Sunday.

    We must all take care and never forget the scale effect of wind and waves on our " tiny" masterpieces.

    Dr John F Leeds and Bradford. MBC

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Electric ducted fan driven Bluebird
    7 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง johnf ( Warrant Officer)
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    Well done. I have often wondered about a dusted fan powered Bluebird and your model proved it can be done.
    I think we will see more similar scale speed models whizzing over our waters.

    Dr John F Leeds and Bradford BBC ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

    ๐Ÿ“ Priceless
    8 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง johnf ( Warrant Officer)
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    Methinks a Photoshop special!

    Dr John F. Leeds and Bradford. BBC ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Police boat
    8 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง johnf ( Warrant Officer)
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    Well done Tony,

    A lot of work, - but I think you will gain far more satisfaction than merely assembling what is all too often a grossly expensive, far from accurate and altogether imperfect model boat kit.

    Builders seem very much to be an endangered species, so keep up the good work.

    with best wishes,

    Dr John F Leeds and Bradford MBC ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Typhoon
    9 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง johnf ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi RR,

    I have three 30-36 inch models powered by a motor of that size with 3 S LiPo batteries. All really go like stink and I strongly suspect that your Typhoon will do likewise.

    None of those models have water cooling but all rely on a car type ESC with a tiny electric fan. Hence I would suggest that you will not need water cooling - that is unless you run flat-out all the time on huge lake, or things get mighty hot in Loiseville!

    Good luck and please let us know how you get on.

    Dr John F. Leeds and Bradford MBC๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

    ๐Ÿ“ FB Marketplace bites again
    9 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง johnf ( Warrant Officer)
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    Wow what a find!! I am pretty sure these items came from an old guy called " Gunns". The name comes from his speciality of really good resin guns and turrets for model warships. chap

    This chap traded at the Model Boat Convention and at the Blackpool Model Boat Show for many years. Indeed, at Blackpool last October his son was helping sell off stock at drastically reduced prices - and I guess that you have bought up a good proportion of the remainder.

    Although not a warship fan myself I am pretty sure you will find a ready market for the items over your needs.

    Yet another sign of the drastic fall in model boat traders across the UK since even before the Pandemic. We all need to help each other to keep our really great hobby alive.

    Dr John F Leeds and Bradford MBC ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”

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    ๐Ÿ“ Boat Show Traders
    9 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง johnf ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi Redpop,

    Component Shop (who are now the promoters of the Blackpool Show) have a special website for the Show (search Blackpool Model Boat Show 2023). This shows the traders who have booked in to date. I would suggest you check this site towards the end of September to get a final list.

    The Blackpool Show in October is the last survivor of a long long list of previous shows - and is definately not to be missed!!

    Dr John F Leeds and Bradford MBC ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

    ๐Ÿ“ Model Boat Magazineโ€™s
    10 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง johnf ( Warrant Officer)
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    Dear Bill,

    Please put my name into the hat. I would be glad to refund your postage every few months.

    With best wishes. Dr John F Leeds and Bradford. MBC. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜

    ๐Ÿ“ Question of the Day?
    10 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง johnf ( Warrant Officer)
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    Iron was discovered first, so I guess it was the first used in shipbuilding.

    John

    ๐Ÿ“ Question of the Day?
    11 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง johnf ( Warrant Officer)
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    Bunker fuel - all others are far more expensive.

    John

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Italeri Vosper MTB. Converted to RC
    11 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง johnf ( Warrant Officer)
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    Many thanks. I have this very model although in a less than perfect state.

    Your excellent pictures will certainly help my rc. Conversion!

    Dr John. F. Leeds and Bradford. MBC. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€

    ๐Ÿ“ XT60 CONNECTORS
    11 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง johnf ( Warrant Officer)
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    Apart from the very good advice on the previous posts, I have learnt the very hard way to connect the XC 60 connector to it's partner. That is before applying any heat at all from your soldering iron.

    That way the connector will not distort under heat and so make difficult or even impossible to connect once the job is done.

    Additionally, the pre-joined connector will allow excess heat to safely disperse.

    Good luck.

    Dr John. F. Leeds and Bradford. BBC. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

    ๐Ÿ“ Finishing Balsa to look like metal
    11 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง johnf ( Warrant Officer)
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    I agree with Admiral Rick. Balsa, especially the soft block - is a real pig to paint to any sort of presentable finish.

    I tend to give up and cover with 0.5mm plasticard, with thinned impact adhesive and easily painted as required. This gives a great finish while the balsa supports the thin plastic.

    Dr John F Leeds and Bradford. MBC. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

    ๐Ÿ“ YMBC York Model Boat Club Regatta 11:00 - 16:00
    11 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง johnf ( Warrant Officer)
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    Many thanks Mike,

    It would be a really great day - York MBC's events are a true example to all other model boat clubs!

    With best wishes. Dr John F. Leeds and Bradford MBC ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€

    ๐Ÿ“ YMBC York Model Boat Club Regatta 11:00 - 16:00
    11 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง johnf ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi Mike,

    Could you please advise when the wonderful York Model Boat Club plan their next regatta this Summer?

    I regret my Boss at home is filling up the calander!

    Dr. John. F. Leeds and Bradford. BBC. ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Fairey "Maybe"
    11 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง johnf ( Warrant Officer)
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    Well done - you must be attached to your Dad's old boat.

    1962 was a long long time ago and this is a real survivor! Hang on to it.

    Dr. John. F. Leeds and Bradford MBC. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

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    ๐Ÿ“ Rawdon Model Boat Club Open Day August 2023
    12 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง johnf ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi Mike,

    Your efforts are paying off and I shall certainly spread the word at every opportunity!

    Dr John F Leeds and Bradford. MBC ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Just for fun!
    12 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง johnf ( Warrant Officer)
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    I think that I will stick with my old rubber ducks!!

    Dr John F Leeds and Bradford MBC. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

    ๐Ÿ“ What are peoples thoughts on the Frsky Tandem XE and Ethos
    12 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง johnf ( Warrant Officer)
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    48 channels -- the mind boggles!! I suspect that I must be like most enthusiasts on the esteemed site - in rarely using more than three!

    Each to his own, but possibly we are over complicating things here.

    With best wishes. Dr John. F. Leeds and Bradford. MBC. ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Plans
    1 year ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง johnf ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi,

    I am pretty sure that Free Plans and a full write-up for the Cigarette fast electric model were included in a Model Boats magazine of a couple of years back.

    The magazine's excellent website should allow you to ascertain the edition concerned and possibly buy a copy.

    Failing that, I understand that Sarik Hobbies offer copies of most Model Boats Magazine plans.

    With best wishes. Dr John F. Leeds and Bradford. MBC. ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”

    ๐Ÿ“ Does anybody knows where is โ€œMastmanโ€?
    1 year ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง johnf ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi Chugalone,

    I am sorry to advise that "Mastman" retired and ceased trading a couple of years back.

    This excellent trader was Mr Dave Watts who specialised in Thames Barges as well as tugs. I know that he still a leading light of the Association of Model Barge Owners site and forum (AMBO) -- so you may be able to contact him through such sites.

    I used him quite a few times but all good things have to come to an end and he is simply no longer trading.

    with best wishes Dr John F Leeds and Bradford MBC ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜ 

    ๐Ÿ“ YMBC York Model Boat Club Regatta 11:00 - 16:00
    1 year ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง johnf ( Warrant Officer)
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    Ditto to Flaxbybuck's post. It was the third YMBC Open Day Regatta I have been to and every one was indeed a winner.

    York are almost impossible to fault in being an extremely well-run model boat club. They have great facilities and are endowed with a wonderful and private sailing water in the remote East Yorkshire countryside.

    Apart from a great day's sailing - to top it all I even won a super prize in their raffle -- it almost makes you tempted to move house!!

    Dr John F. Leeds and Bradford. BBC. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

    ๐Ÿ“ TEAM NZ GETTING READY FOR BARCELONA AT 50 KNOTS
    1 year ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง johnf ( Warrant Officer)
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    Wow!! A sailing hydroplane - clearly optimised for strong and steady winds. lane

    Let's us hope they guessed the future weather conditions off southern Spain correctly.

    Dr John F. Leeds and Bradford. MBC. ๐Ÿคž๐Ÿคž๐Ÿคž

    ๐Ÿ“ Date line for old boats
    1 year ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง johnf ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi Steven,

    This seems a really good idea to support all collectors and\or buyers of old ex-kit boats.

    Apart from the 2 magazine articles now listed, I would suggest that advertisements from (ideally) kit makers and if not from the larger hobby retailers would be a really good source of data.

    Such advertisements are mostly gathering dust in the poles of old modelling magazines; now held by this forum's members and elsewhere.

    These make really excellent reading for all sorts of reasons. They are totally irreplaceable and should not be discarded if at all posdible.

    That means we should sell or pass them on to the modellers if the "big boss" at home invariably so insists!

    With best wishes. Dr John F Leeds and Bradford. MBC. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

    ๐Ÿ“ Other Functions for Model Boats
    1 year ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง johnf ( Warrant Officer)
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    I indeed encouraged Flaxbybuck to add such a device to his newly- built schooner. This was after my scale motor sailer "Lockdown Dream" actually sank on another club's lake while leading a race!

    Scale-Sailing models are at most risk here as their sail areas are proportionately far larger than on full size craft. What is more when water gets during gusts "over the side" it stays in and sinking becomes ever more likely.

    My pride and joy was only saved at all because the lake was 18 inches less deep than normal - so just one inch of mast was out of the rather dirty water.

    Quick-release bouys are therefore quite vital for such models. What is more they at are least desirable for power boats with insufficient built-in buoyancy to still float when totally waterlogged.

    By collisions or from "towering seas"; I have seen actually other boats sink without trace.

    For the sake of one cork and some fishing line, a securely tethered marker bouy is one simple extra feature that can indeed save your treasured model!!

    Dr John. F Leeds and Bradford. MBC. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ด



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