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    Precedent Perkasa MTB 49 1/2" Precedent Fairey Huntsman 46" Veron Fairey Huntsman 28 42" Precedent Fairey Huntsman 36" Aerokits Sea Commander 34" Aerokits Sea Rover 29 1/2" SLEC Fairey Huntress 23"
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    Precedent Fairey Huntsman 46 1/2"
    I bought this Huntsman 31 off a guy I used to work with. Another one in need of some TLC (bit of a theme here isn't there πŸ™„ ) Originally ic powered, then converted to brushed electric and once I get around to doing this one, it will be converted, like the others, to brushless lipo power.
    Aerokits Sea Commander
    Yet another boat in need of some TLC that I bought recently. An Aerokits Sea Commander. As you can see by the pictures. There are a few bits missing and some of the ply has delaminated (front half of the keel and a couple of bulkheads). My skills aren't such yet that I feel I could strip it down and replace those parts, so for now at least, my intension is to inject adhesive between the laminations, clamp them securely until the adhesive has cured. At least this will get some more strength back into them and help preserve it until I feel brave enough to do the job properly. Like my other boats, this will also be brushless and lipo powered.
    Precedent Perkasa 49 1/2"
    This is my Perkasa MTB that I built with my Dad in the 80's. I sold it in the 90's and purely by chance, was able to buy it back again in the late 00s. Originally we fitted it with a 22cc Kawasaki Strimmer engine, with a centrifugal clutch and pull start, it was much better than ic and needing to get it in the water asap so it didn't overheat. It also gave the option of being able to stop moving, purely by dropping the throttle, unlike ic. With the air cooled Strimmer engine, I could start it, let it idle while i put the wheelhouse etc on and not need to rush to get it in the water. Anyway, when I bought it back, it was looking pretty sorry. Lots of bits were either damaged or missing. I have removed the 22cc petrol engine and will be converting it to brushless and lipo power. Before then though, I have lots of bits to either make or repair. More pictures will follow, when I get it back down from the loft in the new year.
    42 inch Veron (presumably) Fairey Huntsman 28
    This is the latest model that I have purchased. From it's dimensions, I believe it to be a Veron Huntsman, as it looks very much like the ones that I have seen whilst searching on the interweb and the length/beam both match. It was advertised as an unfinished project. But, apart from a few bits that are missing, cabin roof, engine cover/deck floor, glazing, it's mostly there, just in need of some sort of power plant and radio gear. Really looking forward to wetting her bottom 😁🀞
    Aerokits Sea Rover, I think? 29 1/2 inch
    This terribly unloved looking model was advertised on Facebook marketplace and wasn't too far from me. I thought from the described dimensions it might be a Sea Rover, so took a chance on it. There was only one picture with the advert, so i wasn't completely sure what I was actually going to be presented with on arrival. The cabin sides have both had it and a few other bits are missing. So, like my smaller Huntsman, I have to get hold of a plan/parts diagram to make the relevant damaged/missing parts. In the past, it had it's ic engine removed and converted to electric. I presume initially with just one motor and that I'm guessing wasn't enough so, they fitted an additional 2 propshafts and motors. I now have to remove the extra shafts and convert back to a single one instead. With brushless power, one prop will be more than enough to achieve the scale speed (and a little extra in reserve).
    Pearla Malta - Precedent Fairey Huntsman 31 aft cabin 34 inch
    A Fairey Huntsman that I recently won on a well known auction site. There are a few things that need sorting, the superstructure is way too tall to be accurate and scale, so I fear a new one will have to be made, but that means 'TRYING' to find a set of plans or templates for the Precedent Huntsman. Can anyone help with this? Pretty please 🀞 The extra skegs underneath? No idea why they have been added, certainly won't help anything other than straight line running. Plans are, sort the above items, brushless conversion, then just enjoy using it. Will
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Aerokits Sea Commander
    20 days ago by Madwelshman ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Peterd, a couple of months! Have you seen the speed I work. πŸ˜†

    Seriously though, thank you.
    It will take as long as it takes, but hopefully I'll wet it's bottom at some point this year.
    The number of boats I own increased very quickly from the end of this year, all of them need work of some description.
    I will get there eventually though 😁

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    πŸ’¬ Re: my ladies
    22 days ago by Madwelshman ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    The yacht my Uncle has is about 5 feet long, about 8-10 inches draught and the mast is about a meter tall (sorry for the mix of imperial and metric, that's just how I work sometimes πŸ™„)
    so yes, I know exactly what you by that.

    Lovely to see on the water when they're that sort of size though.

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    22 days ago by Madwelshman ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    I'm off the same opinion as Zooma/Bob.

    My Uncle has a scale rc yacht which is lovely to sail.
    I'm sure the racing ones are great to sail as well, but they just don't appeal to me like a scale version does.

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    22 days ago by Madwelshman ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Cheers Colin.
    Progress just seems a little slow sometimes, that's all.

    I'll get there in the end.

    knowing I've saved one from whatever future it had is partly my motivation. That and the thoughts of seeing it on the water of course.

    Thanks
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Aerokits Sea Commander
    22 days ago by Madwelshman ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Thanks Martin, I'm getting there slowly.

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    πŸ’¬ Re: Aerokits Sea Commander
    23 days ago by Madwelshman ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Yet again, not very much more done 😌

    I found some clamps with suitable depth jaws, so some more gluing done and the re-bonding of the delaminated bulkheads is making a little more progress with each attempt. One more area that's still slightly bulging on bulkhead #3 to have another go at and then that bulkhead is finished.

    Then, I have then same to attack on bulkhead #4 which is bulging near the bottom where it meets the hull.

    After that, I have a load of epoxy-ing to do, all along the keel length (along it's sides between keel and hull plus all along, to seal the keel laminations), the bulkheads to hull bottom and sides join.

    Then it's move onto the under sides and removing the filler on the keel to see what it's hiding.

    No pictures to go with any of this I'm afraid.


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    πŸ’¬ Re: my ladies
    23 days ago by Madwelshman ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Very nice. Good lines to them.

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    πŸ’¬ Re: Aerokits Sea Commander
    1 month ago by Madwelshman ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Bob, I'm not worrying too much yet, about what may or may not be hiding under that filler.
    I'll tackle that, whatever it is, when it comes to it.
    Fingers crossed it's nothing too bad though.

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    πŸ’¬ Re: Aerokits Sea Commander
    1 month ago by Madwelshman ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Thank you Martin/Colin, much appreciated.

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    πŸ’¬ Re: Aerokits Sea Commander
    1 month ago by Madwelshman ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    That's very kind of you to say Colin.
    This sort of work is all very new to me, so I am learning as I'm going along.
    Funnily enough, I find this job less daunting compared to the work needed on the Sea Rover that I have rescued, which although solid enough, has damaged cabin sides that both need replacing and previously had a total of three propshafts fitted. Due to the construction of these Aerokits models, I'm reluctant to attempt replacement of bulkheads and in the case of the Sea Rover, total cabin side replacement. Hence why I decided upon attempting to rebond the laminations on this one, the Sea Commander and I am only replacing the cabin sides down to deck level on the Sea Rover. I do have the plans for both of these boats now, so maybe in the future, I will do a proper replacement of these areas, it all depends how pleased I am with how these jobs turn out the way I am tackling them.

    Thank you folks for your encouragement, it is appreciated and I will try not to be a pain in the ass asking too many silly questions.

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    1 month ago by Madwelshman ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi Nerys,
    Yes, it does look like it was originally built to quite a decent standard.

    I agree, ideally I would have liked to replace the bulkheads and keel, but my skills aren't up to tackling something that in depth yet.
    Basically, I chickened out and took the easiest option.
    I haven't had a model boat on the water since the 80's, so I'm looking forward to getting this and my others sorted, so that I can have some fun using them.
    My parents live near the river and a small inlet on the Cleddau river in Pembrokeshire, so that is where I always used to use my Perkasa.
    I haven't really decided where I will use the boats now, but there are a few rivers and ponds within a sensible distance to where I live in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, so I have a few options.
    The local club tend to use Milford Haven Marina, so no doubt I will join the club at some point when I have at least one useable boat.

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    Well, last nights glue injection into the laminations seems to have improved bulkhead no3 a bit more, so we're heading the right direction, albeit slowly.
    I attacked it again this evening, with the syringe and a long needle, before getting more clamps and anything I could find that kept pressure on the worst remaining bulging area on that bulkhead.
    So, we'll see what it looks like tomorrow after work.

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    πŸ’¬ Re: Aerokits Sea Commander
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    Well, I've managed to make a little progress towards making things solid again and sorting the delamination of the bulkheads and keel.
    I found that jigsaw blades were just the right length and shape when it came to clamping the keel section in between the bulkheads.
    I still have more work to do on the two bulkheads further aft. But, I'm making progress, albeit slowly.

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    πŸ’¬ Re: HAKITS MORSTON
    1 month ago by Madwelshman ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Well done Geoff, that's a cracker of a model you've built yourself there.
    I look forward to seeing the Pilot boat when that gets to this stage too.

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    πŸ“ Brave borderer torpedos
    1 month ago by Madwelshman ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Making new torpedoes is one of the many jobs that I will have to do on my Perkasa rebuild, when I make a start on it that is.
    Broom handles are what my Dad and I used to make some from, back in the 80s, when we originally built the model. These were lost (or whatever happened to them) with the person I sold it too and then years later, bought it back off.

    The real Brave Borderer was moored up in the Cleddau estuary many years ago and I can remember seeing her from the boat when out on the river with my parents.

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    πŸ’¬ Re: Vic Smeed Vivacity Cabin Cruiser construction
    1 month ago by Madwelshman ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    That's a nice project and a model that I like the look of. Definitely one that I may be tempted to have a go at in the future myself.

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    πŸ’¬ Re: Aerokits Sea Rover, I think? 29 1/2 inch
    2 months ago by Madwelshman ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Well, with work commitments etc, not much has happened on this, or any other of my boats lately.
    But, last night, I cut off the damaged cabin side, down to deck level. I need to dress the remaining edge now, ready for when I fit the replacement cabin sides.
    The new sides won't be fitted until i have finished work within the hull though, the easier access will make the motor and new shaft install much easier to complete, so I think those will be my next jobs to tackle.

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    πŸ“ Does anyone recognise this model with Hydrojet drive?
    2 months ago by Madwelshman ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    I remember reverse thrust being fairly effective on the mk2 that friends had.

    As you say, reverse wouldn't be much needed or much use in shallow, gravelly rivers etc, so understand why it wasn't much of a concern with the earlier ones.

    You're right about the sound, certainly not an unpleasant one either. I always used to like it.

    As for drawings, I have now found a side view and have a lead on a plan drawing which I am hoping will come good.
    My only concern is that I've never built from a plan before, not a hull anyway and certainly not from an original view plan.
    I will give it a go as and when time allows (assuming the lead on a plan is a good one). For now, I have more than enough to get on with, with my new to me, Sea Rover and Sea Commander repairs/refurb.

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    πŸ“ Does anyone recognise this model with Hydrojet drive?
    2 months ago by Madwelshman ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Correct jbkiwi, apart from the 1st versions of the Dowty didn't use the two stage unit, the mk2 and mk3 had that unit fitted.

    The plan was to purchase one of the current water jet units and fit to a suitable hull.

    As time goes on, no one seems to recognise this model as a kit, so I think I will have to go with a suggestion someone made to me, in using an Aerokits Sea Hornet plan as a starting point and to modify slightly to make it closer (as close as I am capable of anyway) to the Dowty hull shape/design.

    I had already found the Dowty heritage site, that's where some of my pictures came from. I have also been in contact with them regarding some accurate/detailed drawings of the boats, but not heard anything back.

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    πŸ“ Does anyone recognise this model with Hydrojet drive?
    2 months ago by Madwelshman ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    This is the full sized boat that I believe it to have been modelled upon.

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    πŸ“ Does anyone recognise this model with Hydrojet drive?
    2 months ago by Madwelshman ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Reading through an old copy of Model Maker & Model Boats magazine from 1965, I saw this article regarding a readers model boat with a home made Hydrojet drive.
    I'm referring to the speedboat and not the Bluebird. Although, there is a link between the two, as Donald Campbell was a Director and also chief test driver for Dowty Marine.
    The model boat in question looks very much like a Dowty Turbojet, a boat that a family friend used to own and one that I would love to attempt to build, if I could find some detailed drawings, or better still a plan.

    Does anyone recognise this as a model kit/know if it was actually available to buy not?
    Or is it likely that it's purely a scratch build?

    Thanks in advance

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    πŸ’¬ Re: Precedent Fairey Huntsman 46 1/2"
    2 months ago by Madwelshman ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Colin, I have sent you a private message.

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    πŸ’¬ Re: Precedent Fairey Huntsman 46 1/2"
    2 months ago by Madwelshman ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Doug, thankfully it's not a car I've bought as no keys would most certainly be an issue.
    Thankfully, these three were simply sat in 3 nicely cut out holes in a board above the rudder.
    Removing those 3 and the Marlin motor has made the boat sooooooo much lighter.
    I have also drawn on the side of the superstructure roughly where I intend reshaping it, to change it from aft cabin, to aft cockpit, or Huntsman 31 Sport as they were known.

    Lots to do though still.
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    πŸ“ Mental Health & Wellbeing Volunteers
    2 months ago by Madwelshman ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Ah but Colin, if the idiots or their family members caught it, that would be the government's fault, for not doing enough.
    Couldn't possibly be down to them, or how they've conducted themselves.
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    πŸ“ Mental Health & Wellbeing Volunteers
    2 months ago by Madwelshman ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    I believe in Adelaide, an outbreak before Christmas resulted in total lockdown but, there were apparently helicopters and drones in the air and lots of police presence on the ground.
    Both the drone and helicopter pilots were reporting gatherings and people travelling to the police who were then going to check it out, question them and deal with it.
    If only the UK was as hot on it as that.
    I know the resources needed to carry out that sort of thing over a period would be extremely high, but hell, if it means pushing towards getting over this virus and dealing with 'stupid' then surely it's worth doing.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Precedent Fairey Huntsman 46 1/2"
    2 months ago by Madwelshman ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    I have a hole in my boat!! 😯

    Thankfully, it's a hole I wanted to be there and is a Marlin sized hole.
    Damn they're a heavy lump of a motor.
    Weight distribution with a brushless motor and Lipo is going to be much better. Hopefully I won't need the three locking wheel nuts that the previous owner had put in the stern as ballast afterwards.
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    πŸ“ Mental Health & Wellbeing Volunteers
    2 months ago by Madwelshman ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    We have the same issue over here in Wales, well all of the UK in fact.
    The sooner everyone realises that their behaviour and how they conduct themselves has a direct affect on how long this virus will have such a mass effect on us all, the better.
    How many of these people who are of the 'I'm not being told what I can and can't do, where I can and can't go', we're happy enough to accept the furlough payment, yet bitch if there's any talk of job loss, or even their employer closing down. Do they not realise that each time they go to their mates for a night of drinking with a hand full of other mates, they're just prolonging economic recovery?
    I had to go shopping yesterday for a couple of bits and in the superstore (Tesco), I saw 4 lads walking around the soft drinks isle. I overheard them talking about getting mixers, then they went down the alcohol isle and picked up half a dozen slabs of cans of beer and some spirits. When I got to the checkout, I was told I couldn't buy two packs of toilet roll, even though I explained one was for my parents as I was shopping for them too and the other for us. Those 4 lads were at the checkout beside me, all 4 went through together, not each paying for some of their drinks so it didn't look like for a party.
    It was blatantly obvious, yet nothing was said.
    I don't know about other countries, but the UK is far too soft.
    Frustrates the hell outta me.

    Apologies for the rant πŸ˜”

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    πŸ’¬ Re: Fiberglassing your hull
    2 months ago by Madwelshman ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    That's a good, handy video.
    Thank you for sharing it.

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    πŸ“ To crew or not?
    2 months ago by Madwelshman ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Passengers for Titanic, that could keep you busy for as long as you want it to I guess.
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    πŸ“ Older propshafts with brushless motors
    2 months ago by Madwelshman ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Thank you.
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