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    Lew Zee (LewsModelBoats.org)
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    Retired senior designer of test/production equipment and CAD Operations Specialist. Hobbies: RC scale model boats; RC scale armor; 3D modeling & 3D printing; web site design and maintenance.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Father's Day
    12 hours ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ LewZ ( Commodore)
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    Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there. This year I am blessed again having a new (2 months old) granddaughter added to our family. I hope everyone has a wonderful day!

    Lew
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    ๐Ÿ“ Edina Model Yacht Club annual "Parade of Boats"
    5 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ LewZ ( Commodore)
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    Dave, well done ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘. I enjoyed "visiting" your meet (online, of course). Great idea having those control consoles for the kids! One of the best postings I have seen on this forum.
    Lew
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: H.A. Kits Thames slipper launch
    9 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ LewZ ( Commodore)
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    Looks good! Do you have a side view? (Unusual looking transom.)
    Lew
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    ๐Ÿ“ 3D printer choice?
    11 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ LewZ ( Commodore)
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    Olly999, what did you use to give the parts a "chrome" finish?
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    ๐Ÿ“ ESCs
    11 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ LewZ ( Commodore)
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    With everything wired up (polarities correct) try to see what the voltage is at the battery. Those AA batteries might very well not be enough for that motor and circuit๐Ÿ˜ด. They might have worked initially. That could very well be your problem. As for the warranty, yes, you most likely voided itโ˜น๏ธ.
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    ๐Ÿ“ โ€œDozer Photosโ€
    12 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ LewZ ( Commodore)
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    I believe I saw one on PirateFleetAU (Austria) some while ago. This would be not ony a fun build but fun to operate, especially at a larger scale (1/6?) with a bunch of "logs". I know I will never get to it, however to whoever does build, one good luck.
    Lew
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    ๐Ÿ“ A suitable glue?????????????
    13 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ LewZ ( Commodore)
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    There are basically two types of fiberglass resins, polyester and epoxy. They polyester usually has a waxy finish that has problems with cementing objects to. If it is polyester you might need to use a solvent to clean off the waxy feel and perhaps even rough up the surface for better adhesion. Surface preparation is going to be important here. As there is always a possibility of getting water in the hull use a waterproof adhesive and seal the wood. Like different brands of cars, everyone has their favorite adhesive, cement, or epoxy so you will probably get a lot of opinions.
    Lew
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Thank You
    13 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ LewZ ( Commodore)
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    [Model Boat Lights] I'm just going to be content with my photos of my trawler's lights as photographed my office/model lab. I do have a good sized pond (~100m across) in my back yard (see photo, view from back door) so if I really wanted to run my boat at any time, I can do so 24/7. Problem is it is a little rough around the shoreline and I'm too old to use my canoe if needed for a rescue.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Thank You
    14 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ LewZ ( Commodore)
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    Fred, just as well (park closing) because herw in Florida at dusk the bugs come out. Worse than the gators during the day.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: PCF 314
    14 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ LewZ ( Commodore)
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    Really good job. Not just the look of the boat but in your finish! Straight lines, smooth finish, good looking railings and painting. You just need to fix the steering wheel and add some figures, accessories, rope lines and... wow!

    I enjoy your builds.

    Lew
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Wet Time
    15 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ LewZ ( Commodore)
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    Fred, in my 55 years of running RC scale model boats I never had the opportunity to run a boat in the dark. (Our parks close at dark.) Consequently, only one of my boats has operating lights. So, for me, sound, smoke, and operating accessories take precedence over lights.

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    ๐Ÿ“ Someone posted a link to this EBay listing
    15 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ LewZ ( Commodore)
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    Someone in our club (SSMBC) was given one. Spouse dies and family TRIES to sell the deceased's models. Model boats have little value here.

    Lew
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    ๐Ÿ“ Saw mini workboat on Fraser yesterday
    16 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ LewZ ( Commodore)
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    Hard to tell because when I enlarge the photo it is blurry. Could be a utility tug for small barges, moving un-powered boats around the marina, or even a logging boat. As for "who is running" it you will need to ask someone there.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Smoke maker
    19 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ LewZ ( Commodore)
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    Care to share more information on this smoker?
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    ๐Ÿ“ 3D printer choice?
    21 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ LewZ ( Commodore)
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    One of the members in our rc tank club has a resin printer (and a FDM printer) and he pushes it to the limits like mixing resins. One down side to resin printers was durability of the parts but that has been changing recently.

    I thought about getting a resin printer as well but the other down sides tells me no. So what I do now is use my FDM printer (a lot) for 95% of my printing an for the small stuff my tank friend will print them for me.

    Lew
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    ๐Ÿ“ 3D printer choice?
    21 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ LewZ ( Commodore)
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    Steve, had a large gap between work as a senior equipment designer retiring in 1997 and finally getting restarted in 3D modeling about 20 years later. Back in the 1990's the lowest cost 3D printers were in the $10-20,000 range and were quite large. Pro-E was costly as well.
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    ๐Ÿ“ 3D printer choice?
    21 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ LewZ ( Commodore)
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    Steve d, I use an old 3D design software that is no longer supported. It is by Autodesk (Autocad) and is called "123Ddesign". I just like the way it works, and I find it very intuitive. There are some third party sites out there where one can get free downloads as tutorials on YouTube.

    Back in my working days I used a variety of CAD software including Pro-Engineer.

    As for printing I am currently using a QIDI X-Smart-3. This is my third 3D printer. It uses filament on a spool, (FDM).

    For small parts with good detail, you might want to look into a resin printer.

    Lew
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    ๐Ÿ“ Scale deck gear
    21 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ LewZ ( Commodore)
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    You being in New Zealand is kind of remote for finding model boat accessories. Add to that searching for parts for a 1/10 scale Venice water taxi this probably falls into the unusual category. I see modelerscentral.com has a lot of parts.

    As I just mentioned in anther subject, I have turned into a D.I.Y. almost for every model boat part. I do have a limited supply of commercial parts that mostly for smaller boat or larger boats in s small scale.

    Without seeing what you are looking for makes it difficult to help. Photos or drawings placed in your posting might make a difference.

    Lew
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    ๐Ÿ“ Vinyl cutting machine choice
    21 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ LewZ ( Commodore)
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    I know that I have mentioned this in the past, but now, more that ever, my 3D printer is an important part of my construction tools. Yes, I know it is not for everyone especially the design software. The actual printing of the parts are not that complicated.

    But, to get from the idea or concept of the part(s) that has to be converted into a 3D model. How that is achieved is dependent on what design software you use.

    However, if you can find the part(s) already designed in the massive libraries (web sites the have 3D files) one can download the files (best file types are .stl and .obj) run the through the printers "slicer" software, transfer that to the printer and print. Not quite as simple as a few words, but certainly not overly complicated like the design software.

    I use my 3D printer (and past printers) to make not only model items for my boats and tanks but household and car items as well.

    The photo shows a pretty small winch that is made up of about eight parts plus several copper rods. This is about the limit of my 3D printer which I paid under $400 (US). Could do better if I sent it to a print house like Shapeways.

    The USACE Springer I am building has everything above the deck 3D printed. Where this type of part making shines is making multiple same parts, port holes being a good example.

    Lew
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    ๐Ÿ“ I'm still here, I think?
    23 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ LewZ ( Commodore)
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    Colin, prayers are continuing for you and your family. Lew

    ๐Ÿ“ Bumping Springers
    23 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ LewZ ( Commodore)
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    Probably a lot of Springers tend to go "clunk" in the pond. That is why they are the fun side of this hobby. This is my first Springer with railings so I made them with 3/32" OD copper tubing. Hope the hold up.

    Lew
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    ๐Ÿ“ Superstructure Railing Build
    23 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ LewZ ( Commodore)
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    Got back on the USACE stoplog tug (my Springer #4). Been dolting around a bit. Ever get to a point where you come to a point in a model boat build where you need to stop a bit for one reason or another? Well, this railing for the superstructure caused me to do that.

    Now that I am back, I made a jig to build the railing on. Being that the superstructure is 3D pined in ABS, the ABS will melt at the soldering temperature. Solution was to build an assembly jig. Just made a copy of the superstructure file, trimmed it down to the railing mounting points and 3D printed the jig.

    With that done it was off to cutting the tubing and soldering the pieces. The jig held well. Note that the railings go from the deck level up and around as you can see. Now on to surface finishing. getting close!

    This railing will be part of the structure and when that is placed on the main deck the two bottom posts have pins protruding out that will go into the deck.

    Lew
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: 1/10 scale model of Venice water taxi
    24 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ LewZ ( Commodore)
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    Ian, looks like you are off to a good start. Even though you are at an early stage, I can see neat lines and finishes. Happy to see you joined this forum.
    Lew
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    ๐Ÿ“ Renaming boat!. Unlucky or superstitious
    25 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ LewZ ( Commodore)
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    I don't believe in "Luck". Some things happened due to causes (most often). For me, "Luck" is a word that means "Random", things can go either way, good or bad or somewhere in-between. Titanic went one way and the Dali the other, both extremes of __it happens.

    I wonder what the cargo was. There was some local news reports that some containers had expensive late model cars being exported, possibly stolen. Lew

    ๐Ÿ“ Renaming boat!. Unlucky or superstitious
    25 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ LewZ ( Commodore)
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    More likely second most important thing. Sealing is first. If that is not done right you might find the "name" unlucky. Lew

    ๐Ÿ“ Renaming boat!. Unlucky or superstitious
    25 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ LewZ ( Commodore)
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    I've seen a number of real boats that have had multiple names. From tugs, commercial ships and especially private boats, many have had that done.

    As for "luck" some of these renamed boats have been around many years. The "unlucky" ones have gone down with only one name. Think "Titanic"๐Ÿ˜”.

    I try to stick with the name of the real boat/ships in most instances. My conjecture boats tend to have a family members name. (Spouse "Elena", grandchildren "Amelia" and "MV David Sizer", and more names).

    Lew
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    ๐Ÿ“ Simulating Modern Diesel Smoke
    25 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ LewZ ( Commodore)
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    RodC - this is the link to the Heng Long instruction page that has info on the smoke generator. I believe there are multiple versions of the SG - don't know which one you have. The photos is one of my older units.
    Lew



    https://www.manualslib.com/manual/1507808/Heng-Long-Sherman-M4a3.html?page=13#ma
    ๐Ÿ“ Simulating Modern Diesel Smoke
    26 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ LewZ ( Commodore)
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    Is the ESC switch on another channel? Lew

    ๐Ÿ“ International Model Boat Show SA - Update & Cancellation Notice
    26 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ LewZ ( Commodore)
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    Too bad. As per previous discussions on this site I was wondering how you would be able to achieve an epic event. In this area people usually don't travel over 40 miles for model boating.

    I always look for new model shows on YouTube, especially boats and more specific RC.

    Thanks for trying though.

    Lew
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    ๐Ÿ“ Simulating Modern Diesel Smoke
    26 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ LewZ ( Commodore)
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    RodC, I also have a few HL SG's laying around, but from a few years ago. (I have too much stuff !) Was going to use them in my boats but didn'tget to it..

    HL does sell the fluid. Some have tried baby oil (stinks a bit) and I believe that you can also use model locomotive fluid as well. HL notes not to overfill their SG's.

    I rarely use my SG's in my tanks as when moving on the ground unless one is close it is not very visible.

    Also, black black smoke is the holy grail of model boaters. Over 20 years ago I wanted to build the ironclad Monitor but without black smoke it would only look tied up to a dock.

    Lew
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