Thank you, Bruce! I normally build boats using Styrene sheets since I don't like to get into the epoxy business. I know others work a different procedure by using clear lacquer and are able to waterproof and give that crystal-like looking appearance. Any ideas you or any other shipmates may offer to this humble swabbie?
I recently got an old Dumas Gee Gee racing sloop kit (22-1/2" long; 24" high; 4-1/2" draft) and will try (try, I said) to emulate this beautiful 1948 32.3 footer Moris Rainbow Class Racing Sloop as a next year's project. My first try with a sailboat. Wish me luck.
Hello Kathy! Can you post pictures of the collection? Perhaps any of us might be interested in any of the vessels. I am currently located in the D.C. area for a couple of months. The best for you would be to put them on Ebay. However, since you are in California, you may want to contact any of the West Coast clubs mentioned in http://wimodelboats.org/usclubs.html to see how they can help out. Best, b.
So, here's my current project in the works. I got a nice 25-inches Deep-Vee fiberglass hull a while ago and now (finally) have a concept for it. Almost by accident I came across a plan for an American bass boat which in turn reminded me of a boat that caught my attention when I was a kid while reading a boating magazine. The boat is a 28-footer from a now defunct firm named Uniflite. It was a small deep-sea sports fisherman called "Salty Dog". Uniflite was very well known within the American boating circles during the 60s, 70s, and 80s. Uniflite created and supplied PBR river patrol craft to the US Navy between 1965 and 1972 for rivers in Vietnam using an already existing pleasure boat hull and adapting jet nozzles for propulsion. So, I just created a prototype template of the cabin so more to follow 😎.
From here, in the warm but cloudy side, 28 or 29 C for tomorrow. This weekend I'm taking the family (they are here for my kid's school vacation) to the Maryland Eastern Shore (Ocean City, etc) so I bet it will be boat eye candy. Annapolis is near here as well. Super nice. If you visit Garmisch in October, take one of your boats and visit either the Badersee or closer to the Bowling alley you can take it to the pond I mentioned to you earlier (Loisachbad, by the playground). Their website is https://buergerservice.gapa.de/de/leben-in-garmisch-partenki... They have a small snack shack with little chairs and tables, so you got the whole deal. You will love that pond and best of all, the water is clean enough to swim in case your boat goes adrift.
Welcome aboard! I have it all figured out for winter. Badersee in Grainau is the solution to all our pleas. Never freezes due to a thermal spring source. The only thing is that paint over wood may crack. That's why I switched to plastic hulls and decks a while ago. I have a project in mind and I will be seek your expertise😁
This reminds me my own Ebay experience several years ago. I bid for a car. Nice 1966 T-Bird. Everything going fine and voila, the "seller" began insisting in me sending him the rest of the money (I already paid a small deposit via PayPal) through an "escrow" service using Western Union. I noticed some elemental grammar errors on the "escrow" service webpage and also in the "seller's" writing. Different style from the emails I read from the seller before. I challenged him with paying via PayPal and he sent me an email in a quite anxious tone asking for his escrow thing. At that moment I figured out something went wrong and soon after I received an email from the real seller telling me that his eBay and email accounts got hacked and that apparently others failed into the trap. With my suspicions being corroborated, I wrote an email to the offender telling him everything was OK, but at the end I gave him a piece of my mind. I verified the original folks identity and purchased the car. Lesson: If it smells, it most definitely is s%&t.
By the way, you may get some Viagra (10.8v Nihm battery) on Ebay. You will find them with either AA-type cells and C-type cells. I do prefer the C-type cells. Expect to pay around $45-50 USD. I bought some from a German store named "www.Conrad.de", but it seems they no longer offer them.
Thank you, AllenA! Well, no science behind the running time. As long as I run at low speeds it just happens everything seems fine. But when I put the throttle down... then all is over within 15 minutes or so. I pretty much stick to the same power layout. 540 motors with 30A controllers, 2000 or higher mAh capacity and 35mm or 40mm props and 4mm shafts. Dirty Deeds is a bit special. I was on my learning curve (I'm still there!) so due to a novice error I used a 2mm shaft so I had to get a special propeller and a big mean battery (kind of a Viagra approach). So, I had a 4-bladed 35mm propeller bored for the 2mm shaft and a 10.8v 4000 mah battery pack. A bit in the heavy side but it gave the boat nice stability. I can achieve better running time with Lipos, but I'm an old-fashioned guy still concerned with the maintenance Lipos involve and do appreciate a bit more of the weight offered by NIHMs, not to mention I'm a cheap guy (LOL). Something that really worked for me is the choice of propellers. I noticed a remarkable run-time difference between plastic and metal (yes, more expensive) propellers, but it is well-spent money. Other boats I have run with 9.8v 2000 mAH batteries achieving almost 50 min at low speeds, which is OK with some of my models for realistic ride purposes. Here I have my two "inspirational" pics.
Some pics of my favorite build. Made on a barebones fiberglass hull. Runs with a NIHM 10.8 battery, a 540 brushed motor and a 30A controller. Pictures taken by the Olympia Park pond in Munich, Germany.
A couple of pics of one of my earliest builds. In the small side (about 19 inches long) and straight out of my imagination as I mess it up while trying to design a different boat. One of these fortunate accidents.😉
Hello! In my case, I use vinyl car decorative stripes. Ebay offers them very cheap, less than US$4.00 with shipping and everything. Once I apply them, I use a hairdryer to melt the vinyl a little bit. With this method they stick very well.
[Score: 8/10] 23" Cheapskate Capable of 15mph and a runtime of 45mins Single Propellor (3 Blade 40mm) Direct Drive to a HPI Racing 1145 Gt 550 (3 Blade) Powered by NiMH (10.8v) 4Amp/h Batteries Controlled Through MTroniks Marine TIO 30 ESC - Comments: Using a modified Lisa M ABS hull made by German firm "Krick", I build this hard top cruiser inspired in American boats from the 1960s and early 1970s. Scratch-built superstructure, cannibalized from previous built "Bugalu", was made out of 2mm and 1.5mm ABS plastic sheets.