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    IOM Malteser - Dude Alert!
    I have not done any sailboat racing for 15 years or so but have decided that this year I shall hone my skills. My chosen boat is an IOM Malteser called Dude Alert! I did not choose the name: it was already registered with it ๐Ÿ˜‚
    Comtesse
    A new addition to my harbour: a Robbe Comtesse. I hope i shall find this more relaxing to sail than my DF65 ๐Ÿ˜Š
    Thyssen II
    Not much to show at the moment as acquired as a box of bits with no paperwork at all! Itโ€™s a research & development project as I find out how Graupner VSPs work and how to control them effectively ๐Ÿ˜Š
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Comtesse
    6 hours ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง MotoPilot ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Nice Ron ๐Ÿ‘
    BTW I donโ€™t race for medals, cups, etc. I only race at club level with friends. Itโ€™s friendly racing but I find it helps to improve skills while also having a laugh ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Comtesse
    1 day ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง MotoPilot ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi HappyHaggis,
    I was lucky enough to stumble across this on fb marketplace whilst looking for something else ๐Ÿ˜
    Brian

    ๐Ÿ“ IOM Malteser - Dude Alert!
    1 day ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง MotoPilot ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    I have not done any sailboat racing for 15 years or so but have decided that this year I shall hone my skills. My chosen boat is an IOM Malteser called Dude Alert!
    I did not choose the name: it was already registered with it ๐Ÿ˜‚

    ๐Ÿ“ Comtesse
    1 day ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง MotoPilot ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    A new addition to my harbour: a Robbe Comtesse. I hope i shall find this more relaxing to sail than my DF65 ๐Ÿ˜Š

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Russian towboat barge project
    13 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง MotoPilot ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Cool ๐Ÿ‘

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Hallet SK Drag boat
    13 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง MotoPilot ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Lovely bow flare and stern tumblehome. Thatโ€™s a fine looking hull.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Egrete
    26 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง MotoPilot ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Thank you Doug. Here are a few photos of the mechanics, inside and out.

    Just a standard servo for the mechanics and a 2nd channel driven from my RadioMaster TX16S tranny to switch the Amber lights on before movement starts and to switch off again when finished via a single channel electronics switch.

    Brian

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Egrete
    26 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง MotoPilot ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    OK, i can view the video in YouTube so letโ€™s see if this link to it works โ€ฆ



    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Egrete
    26 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง MotoPilot ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    The video seems to be in my YouTube library but โ€˜in limboโ€™

    Perhaps, because I marked it as child safe, itโ€™s waiting for some kind of approval before it can be accessed ๐Ÿค”

    Iโ€™ll keep an eye on it and as soon as I can view it in YouTube Iโ€™ll post a link.

    Brian

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Egrete
    26 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง MotoPilot ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi Doug,

    Thanks for the quick response. As soon as I posted my plea for help I realised that I was asking others to do what I should have done anyway and searched the forum for previous advice.

    I found a previous post from you, I think, and am now in the process of trying to upload the short clip to YouTube ๐Ÿ˜‚

    I have not made it public but hopefully it will work from a link in a new post.

    Watch this space ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Regards
    Brian

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Egrete
    26 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง MotoPilot ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    A couple of months ago, wow was it only such a short time ago that I joined?

    Anyway, CB90 suggested that a video would be in order of the bridge operation on my Egrete.

    Hopefully, the attached vid might work: letโ€™s see ๐Ÿคž

    Well, that does not seem to have worked. Do I have to upload my vid to YouTube and then add a link here?

    Some advice would be very welcome. Thanks

    Brian

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    27 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง MotoPilot ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Well done Stephen on putting this quiz together. Itโ€™s been fun and Iโ€™ve learned that I didnโ€™t know as much about boats and sailing as I do now. Many thanks and a Happy New Year to you.
    Brian

    ๐Ÿ“ Mid Thames Model Boat Club
    1 month ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง MotoPilot ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    I used to be a member at Beale Park but have not been able to meet up with members at the new site yet. I dropped out of the hobby for around 10 years but now retired have come back and usually sail at Eastrop, Basingstoke.

    I used to have a few IOMs ad well as one of the little David Swain yachts. Iโ€™d like to get back into IOM if I could get a tidy one for less than a mortgage ๐Ÿ˜Š

    When do you guys usually meet up at the lake?

    ๐Ÿ“ Friends
    1 month ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง MotoPilot ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    I Hope you get well soon, Colin. Enjoy valuable time with your family.
    Brian

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Watercat M12 (Jurmo Class) landing craft
    1 month ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง MotoPilot ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Sorry to hear youโ€™re being forced to self isolate in the workshop yet again and hope youโ€™re back to normal soon.

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    ๐Ÿ“ Guestbook
    1 month ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง MotoPilot ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Iโ€™ve only been a member of this elite community for a few months now but I just have to say, that in all my years in real and virtual communities for various of my hobbies that this one is populated by the friendliest, most helpful, kind and caring bunch of guys Iโ€™ve ever had the pleasure to meet up with.

    God bless you all and keep up the good work you all do for our hobby and colleagues.

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Complete?
    1 month ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง MotoPilot ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Very nice work ๐Ÿ‘

    ๐Ÿ“ Convert Robbe F14 to 2.4 gHz
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง MotoPilot ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    BTW Greg, what model is your Futaba? I might be able to find some info for you. No promises but Iโ€™ll have a hunt around ๐Ÿ˜Š
    Brian

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: 1930 chris craft runabout
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง MotoPilot ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Very neat detail ๐Ÿ‘

    ๐Ÿ“ Convert Robbe F14 to 2.4 gHz
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง MotoPilot ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    BTW Greg, what model is your Futaba? I might be able to find some info for you. No promises but Iโ€™ll have a hunt around ๐Ÿ˜Š

    Brian

    ๐Ÿ“ Glue / solvent
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง MotoPilot ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi,

    I find Glue โ€˜nโ€™ Glaze from Deluxe Materials here in the UK works well. Jโ€™espรจre il est dans La France.

    Brian

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    ๐Ÿ“ Convert Robbe F14 to 2.4 gHz
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง MotoPilot ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi Dave,

    I think, and hope, youโ€™re probably right ๐Ÿ˜Š as Iโ€™ve already experimented with the raising a lowering of the Egrete bridge from a switch using a servo in the boat.

    I just have not got my head totally around how much to do/can be done in the tx and how much in the boat.

    Iโ€™ll still need relays in the boat for separate switching of 4 or 5 circuits and I canโ€™t see how to do this without separate channels for each tx button or a sequential switching unit of some kind in the boat.

    Itโ€™s still early days in my education ๐Ÿ˜Š

    Cheers
    Brian

    ๐Ÿ“ Convert Robbe F14 to 2.4 gHz
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง MotoPilot ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi Greg,

    Thanks for your kind words. Itโ€™s a long time since I looked inside a Futaba tx so Iโ€™m not in a position to offer much advice.
    However, as long as you can find a positive and negative voltage source on the board you only need to identify the PPM feed from the input side of the motherboard to the RF section. This needs to be disconnected from the Futaba RF section and fed to the FrSky XHT module.
    In addition the existing aerial needs to be disconnected from the Futaba RF section and removed to be replaced by the FrSky aerial and the xtal removed.
    In essence the FrSky kit is just replacing the RF section of the Futaba with a different one.
    Obviously you then gave to change your rxโ€™s to FrSky compatible D8 or D16 ones.
    You do need to find room inside the tx for the XHT module. But, of course, if your Futaba has the ability to accept an alternative RF module as some rxโ€™s do then it could be simply; but I doubt it.
    Good luck and let us know how you get on.

    ๐Ÿ“ Convert Robbe F14 to 2.4 gHz
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง MotoPilot ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi Dave,

    I quite agree. Since getting mine I have added to my list of things to investigate and develop an Arduino based latching multi relay switch unit to make use of the 6, so called, chicken feet push buttons on the TX16S. I think this should compliment it really well.
    I do think the TX16S is a fantastic outfit even with OpenTx but thereโ€™s no way I can modify it for twin throttle sticks so Iโ€™ll keep the F14 too ๐Ÿ˜€

    ๐Ÿ“ Convert Robbe F14 to 2.4 gHz
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง MotoPilot ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Having got the XHT installed and tested Iโ€™ve tidied up the installation of the little FrSky daughter board today.
    This little board, joined to the mail XHT RF board by a 4 wire cable, holds the dip switches for mode selection (D8 or D16, for instance), 2 status LEDs and a binding switch.
    I could have left it floating around inside the F14 case but wanted to be able to see the LEDs whilst in operation and also bind to rxโ€™s without opening the case even though it is very easy to do.
    As Iโ€™m not using the multi- switch unit I made up a small plastic board to which I could fix the daughter board which is only 12mm x 22m roughly and had no fixing holes or space for them. The board I made is longer allowing it to be screwed to the back of the switch plate so that the LEDs shine through one of the clear plastic windows normally pushed out to make way for switches.
    A careful bit of measuring allowed a hole to be drilled right through the clear cover plate and the switch mounting plate so that a little pointy thing can be inserted from outside to operate the binding switch.
    Overall Iโ€™m very pleased that, apart from the 40MHz label still on the front of the case, this looks like it could be a 2022 2.4GHz F14 from Robbe.
    Pat self on back ๐Ÿ˜Š tongue in cheek.

    ๐Ÿ“ Convert Robbe F14 to 2.4 gHz
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง MotoPilot ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi Dave,

    Thanks for the tip. I have actually removed the xtal: Iโ€™d like to be able to say there was a rational reason for doing so; now I can as youโ€™ve told me why ๐Ÿ™‚

    I also have a RadioMaster TX16S which Iโ€™m hoping will allow more functionality in the tx rather than the rx or an Arduino eavesdropping and PWM manipulating ๐Ÿ˜Š

    Iโ€™ve programmed in most computer programming languages over the last 50 years but Iโ€™m no electronics engineer!

    I agree with you re: FrSky and FlySky. I bought my 10 year old grandson a 6 channel FlySky for his entry into RC - good kit ๐Ÿ‘

    Regards
    Brian

    ๐Ÿ“ Convert Robbe F14 to 2.4 gHz
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง MotoPilot ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi Dave,

    I somehow did not find your Mayhem post. I did find another that used a Corona module and I had seen references to the DHT module but I could not find a source for the it: they apparently stopped production some years ago.
    Finally I was talking to a guy who used to work for several of the RC equipment manufacturers back in the 60s 70s etc and he pointed me to t9 and the XHT.

    Itโ€™s this that installed in my F14. Apparently it was t9 who persuaded FrSky to do the XHT which is apparently just the J without the snap in module case.

    I didnโ€™t disconnect the power to the RF section but cut the PPM signal link and disconnected the aerial wire of course. Iโ€™m not a hardware guy and couldnโ€™t be sure of cutting the right link wire(?) for the power.

    I used the trainer socket on the F14 motherboard for power and signal.

    No soldering just some crimping of these three wires.

    The new XHT has no installation advice so I used a YouTube video for the Corona install.

    Only problem I had was having to use the bind jumper for the V8FR-II as itโ€™s D8. Never had to use a jumper before on any 2.4 Rexโ€™s.

    Thanks for the comment. Take care.

    Brian

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Irishman
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง MotoPilot ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Many thanks for your kind words. Belated I know and apologise but Iโ€™m still finding my way around this app ๐Ÿค”

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Irishman
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง MotoPilot ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Sadly Iโ€™ve let this model go to a new harbour to make room for my current projects, the Egrete and Thyssen II.

    In case I run out of things to do this winter I also now have a Krick Nordstrand kit in reserve ๐Ÿ˜Š

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Power distribution
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง MotoPilot ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    A very neat solution
    Personally Iโ€™ve always used a robust switch on the main battery and a switch on the BEC to rx
    It does mean lifting a hatch to operate the switches but Iโ€™m mainly into tugs and there has always been something or some part of the deck fittings/superstructure that can easily be made removable.
    Like you, I enjoy sail also but only racing types so the usual switch in a pot has worked fine for me.
    Yours is a really neat solution for those scale jobbies ๐Ÿ‘



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