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    I cannot promise to finish one project before starting another. I know, I tried.
    About
    I am a retired UK toolmaker of nearly 50 years. I sold my business and moved to Hungary with my Hungarian wife.
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    Krick Police Launch.
    This launch has taken me three years to build. It is not a difficult model to make but after about six months of building I moved it to my house in Hungary to complete on my holiday. Unfortunately I was a little too confident on how much time the other half would allow me to work on her. I have now retired here so two years later, I have finally finished her, almost.😁 Peter.
    Pilot Boat.
    I have really enjoyed building this little boat. The painting, as always, I found a challenge. I am really pleased with the performance and the finished result. It has taken me around six months to build only being able to fit time in around a busy work schedule. Looking forward to the next one now.
    (Racing Boat) Genesis
    I bought this boat to give me some running time whilst I complete a major overhaul of my Patrol Torpedo Boat and build my Police Launch kit. I plan to try it for the first time next week in my local river. I would like to thank Doug (RNinMunich) for all his help to get the boat connected electrically as I have not used brushless before and needed to complete quickly. The boat is on it`s way Doug. Note. it is faster than 24km/h. Ran out of options. The instructions say 55km/h. (Motor: 3674 2074KV) (ESC: Hoddyking 125A Water Cooled) (9/10)
    (Naval Ship) Patrol Torpedo Boat
    I built the boat many years ago. I am about to embark on a full refurbishment. I intend to re-paint and add all new guns and deck items. (Motor: MFA Marlin) (ESC: Futaba) (6/10)
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    3 days ago by MouldBuilder ( Rear Admiral)
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    Looks really good Martin. I must learn how to change a servo to do full rotations.
    Thanks for the `How To` article. This will prove to be very helpful to a lot of members.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Fitting out.
    4 days ago by MouldBuilder ( Rear Admiral)
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    An update Mike.
    I have now trialled the Police Launch and can now answer your concern.
    The water does not get forced up the tube when the pump is idle. The pump must stop this from happening. I am lucky I think.
    Peter.😊
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Conclusion and trial.
    4 days ago by MouldBuilder ( Rear Admiral)
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    The Hood is 1:200 scale. 53” long I think. It will be powered by four motors. I might set up two channels for left and right motors.
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    πŸ“ Krick Police Launch Trial.
    5 days ago by MouldBuilder ( Rear Admiral)
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    This is s short video of the first trial of the Police Launch. I was very happy with the performance. After 30 minutes of running in fairly rough conditions, I was pleased to note that not even a drip of water entered the hull.
    She performed very well but I will wait for a calmer day before deciding on any changes needed to the ballast.
    I stopped the run after 30 minutes only because it was very cold. The LiPo battery, 2 cell 2200 mAh, performed faultlessly. Even after being in storage charge for more that 2 years, it still was only reading 3.78 volts per cell after the 30 minutes. My estimate is that it will run for 40 minutes or more before getting close to the lower limit. I was running at full speed for most of the test. My only negative from the test is that Krick have settled for a motor which is at the bottom of the power range. A pity as I am sure that an increase in motor speed would be of benefit to the model.
    Peter.😊
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    πŸ“ Conclusion and trial.
    5 days ago by MouldBuilder ( Rear Admiral)
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    I am now satisfied that the Police Launch project is completed so far as the blog is concerned. I have completed the first run on the water and was very happy with the results. A little more weight is required to achieve a good waterline but cannot be done yet as the weather conditions during the trial were not that good. It was rather windy and the river water was being blown around a bit.
    I do have a little more work to do on the Launch before I can say it is totally finished. Now that I have sorted out how to capture the power of the Taranis, I will update the wiring to use all of the channels necessary for independent operation. The channels will be as follows:-
    ESC (motor), Rudder, Radar, Blue flashing light, Navigation lights, Water monitor and search light. Seven in all. I will post a short video of it fully wired later in the year.
    In conclusion I must say that Krick have supplied a very interesting model to build at a reasonable price. I have learnt a lot during the build as it is the first that I have done in thirty-five years even though I started the Pilot Boat later and finished earlier. This was due to the fact that I was living mainly in England but had moved the Police Launch to Hungary thinking I could finish during that holiday. Two years later I have finally completed the project, now that I am living here. The model is generally for beginners for which I can highly recommend. I really like the finished boat but regret that I only heard about sanding sealer long after the painting was completed. The long grain of the ply shows up on inspection. Some of the fittings supplied in the kit are rather poor but can be replaced easily such as the search light.
    Whilst splitting out all of the functions to separate channels, I will also tidy up the wiring, one of my common failings on these projects. If I draw up a wiring diagram first, I am sure I can improve this. As my next project uses 16 channels, I would end up with a birds nest if I do not improve.
    Included in this post are a few pictures of the trial along with a short video of the functions and trial. I will place the longer trial video in the media gallery.
    Thank you for your interest in this build. I will now place all of my energies into completing Dusseldorf, a different challenge altogether. I hope this does not take another two years as I am looking forward to tackling HMS Hood and completing my Submarine project.
    Peter.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: VINTAGE RUNABOUT just a tiny morsel more
    5 days ago by MouldBuilder ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi JB.
    I thought long and hard about making a flag similar to yours but the Union Jack, well two minutes anyway. I decided that it was far too clever for me. I browsed the internet and when I reached Krick, I found this. I cheated and bought them. As the model is Krick it is the correct size and cost Β£3.40 for two sizes. I bought two sets.
    Sorry for me being lazy but it is for the best. Honest.😬😬😬
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    πŸ’¬ Re: VINTAGE RUNABOUT LAUNCH DAY
    5 days ago by MouldBuilder ( Rear Admiral)
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    Fantastic job JB. She looks superb on the water. Love the colour as well . Great job.πŸ˜ƒ
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    πŸ“ Yet another free B
    6 days ago by MouldBuilder ( Rear Admiral)
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    Nice one Jacko. She looks like a really nice project to finish.πŸ‘
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    πŸ“ Simple Air Boat
    10 days ago by MouldBuilder ( Rear Admiral)
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    Which Christmas?
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    πŸ“ Model boat parts and accessories
    10 days ago by MouldBuilder ( Rear Admiral)
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    How many times do you want a better item or a replacement fitting for a project but have no idea as to where to look for them. Not you Martin as you would just make it from a Yoghurt pot.
    I regularly meet this issue and have to look around web sites for ages and just rely on a picture as to the quality.
    I recently wanted a new working search light for the Police Launch and some Port Holes for my PTB. I found and advert for modelboatbits in the Model Boats mag. I ordered them as I thought the price was very reasonable and worth the risk.
    They arrived here in Hungary in around 12 days. Not bad. I opened up the package and wow! The quality of the products was superb. Two working search lights for Β£9 and ten port holes, 14mm with windows, Β£6.
    It would be good if other members could post some items they have bought and can recommend the source. It would be useful to have a list of all those suppliers of accessories and specialist parts to make searching much easier in the future.
    Peter.
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    πŸ“ PLASTIC BOATS
    10 days ago by MouldBuilder ( Rear Admiral)
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    Must get my angle grinder out. I wondered why it took me so long with a Japanese saw and modelling knife.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: VINTAGE RUNABOUT just a tiny morsel more
    10 days ago by MouldBuilder ( Rear Admiral)
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    Love the flag JB. Both of my latest projects are from German models and they only supply a German flag. I might have to try this but I don`t hold much hope of it turning out as good as yours.😊
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    πŸ’¬ Re: VINTAGE RUNABOUT TESTING THE BLING
    16 days ago by MouldBuilder ( Rear Admiral)
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    Great sound JB. Let’s hope that that is the only syncing/sinking problem you have.πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜¬
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Achieving 16 channels using S-Bus.
    17 days ago by MouldBuilder ( Rear Admiral)
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    I have also worked out how to operate all of the electric motors which require reversing. I was thinking about the two microswitch and servo method but then I remembered a couple of 20A ESC`s I bought some time ago. They have BSC but as this is not needed, I cut the red wire and all is good. The test I have done as in the picture was a great success. I have bought some more. They are only Β£6 each. Cheaper than a servo and microswitches. I will need four of these for Dusseldorf. The other functions are operated by servos so do not have the same issue.
    Peter.😊
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Achieving 16 channels using S-Bus.
    17 days ago by MouldBuilder ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi Doug.
    This boat will use most of the 16 channels if not all.
    The following requires functional operation.

    1) The anchor raise and lower.
    2) Navigation lights.
    3) Blue flashing light.
    4) Radar rotation.
    5) Search light.
    6) Motor controls.
    7) Rudder control.
    8) Rear crane rotation.
    9) Rear crane raise and lower.
    10) Cabin monitors (2off) rotation.
    11) Cabin monitors raise and lower.
    12) Front monitor rotation.
    13) Front monitor raise and lower.
    14) Water pump.
    15) Anchor lights.
    16) Tow hook release.

    They will be used.

    On another note, does a brushless motor need suppression?
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    πŸ’¬ Re: VINTAGE RUNABOUT
    18 days ago by MouldBuilder ( Rear Admiral)
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    Super job JB. She looks really nice. Looking forward to the trials. Summer is on its way to you so you should have nice weather for it.
    Great job.
    Peter.πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ˜€
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Lesro Arrow
    18 days ago by MouldBuilder ( Rear Admiral)
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    If this is going to be a speed boat, perhaps a brushless is the way to go. Much faster, smaller and lighter. There are members who would be able to advise as to the size but at the same time, consideration with regards to the battery would also be useful. With LiPo batteries, the brushless will often work with several cell arrangements with 2s at 7.4 volts up to around 4s at 14.8 volts. Each variation will increase the RPM of the motor. I hope this is right but I am sure a kind member will correct me if not.
    Peter.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Final Fittings, Almost
    18 days ago by MouldBuilder ( Rear Admiral)
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    Thanks Jb. I am happy with the results.
    Can I smoke the windows now? Do you think it is possible?
    Peter.😊
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    πŸ“ Achieving 16 channels using S-Bus.
    18 days ago by MouldBuilder ( Rear Admiral)
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    My updates are like busses. You wait (maybe) for one and then two come along at once.
    I have attached a demonstration video show how I have finally managed to operate 16 channels using my FrSky Taranis X9D Plus transmitter. I have added a couple of pictures showing the Tx setup and the demonstration setup. I hope it comes out ok.
    Peter.πŸ˜€
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    πŸ“ Krick Police Launch.
    18 days ago by MouldBuilder ( Rear Admiral)
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    This launch has taken me three years to build. It is not a difficult model to make but after about six months of building I moved it to my house in Hungary to complete on my holiday. Unfortunately I was a little too confident on how much time the other half would allow me to work on her. I have now retired here so two years later, I have finally finished her, almost.😁
    Peter.
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    πŸ“ Final Fittings, Almost
    18 days ago by MouldBuilder ( Rear Admiral)
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    I have now finished placing all of the remaining fittings except for the search light. The light that came with the kit is rather sad so I decided to buy a replacement that will work. I have now also found out how to work my Taranis transmitter a little better. I now understand just how important the mixer menu is. Nothing changes unless you programme the mixer. With this new found knowledge and just before the video of the completed item is done, I am going to rewire the boat slightly so that I can have all six functions working separately instead of two together as I have it now. This is possible now that I have replaced the receiver with an eight channel jobby.
    I am very happy with the results and have learned an awful lot whilst making it. There are a few things I could have done better, such as sanding sealer on the wood prior to painting.
    There will be a final conclusion update once I have the model electrics updated and a good weather day with low wind.
    Peter.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Building Katie a Bristol Pilot Cutter.
    18 days ago by MouldBuilder ( Rear Admiral)
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    Best of luck Jon. Looking forward to this one.
    If you can, a few pictures of the kit with something against the hull to give a size perspective would be great,
    Thanks. Peter.😊
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    πŸ“ More Railings and Servo Plate Modification.
    18 days ago by MouldBuilder ( Rear Admiral)
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    I have finally found time to do some modelling. I have been quite busy on models this week as I have almost finished the Police Launch, update to come soon, and now concentrating on Dusseldorf.
    I cannot remember if I mentioned that I did find the time earlier to spray paint the inside of the cabin with Tamiya TS Smoke. This is an attempt to hide the incredible amount of motors wires and servos inside to achieve all of the functions. I can now confirm that I have achieved the 16 channel operation I have been seeking for a long time. I will explain in the next update which hopefully will be very soon.
    Two things I have done however, is to complete the curved railing at the front of the cabin and redesigned the way in which the servo tray is held inside the cabin. The front rail I made some time ago but as the fixings all run as a radial arc and are all soldered, I was concerned about melting the plastic during soldering as they had to be done in situ. Over the past year I have been worrying about this and decided to just go for it. I assembled all of the joints and placed them onto the model. I then used crocodile clips at the front and rear to act as a heat sink. The one at the front was interfering with the joint area and would also have been soldered. This might not look too attractive with five crocodile clips permanently fixed to the railing so I ground one down to half size. The joints were made easily. What on earth was I concerned about. The last part of this job was to trim and join the side railings. I decided to solder the joiners only to the side railings so that I can remove the assembly easily should anything go wrong.
    The second thing I have done is to enable the servo tray to be removed at any time. The instructions said to glue the tray in place which I did. The problem with this is that it is extremely difficult to get at the monitor fixing bolts after fixing. They can be removed, just, but with my hands, impossible to fix back on. I decided to break the tray out again and fix with nuts and bolts. I added some additional wood blocks to the frame that the tray sits on. These were first glued in place and then I added screws for good measure. I then assembled the two monitors onto the cabin roof and fitted the plate to ensure that the monitor rotational bearings were in perfect alignment. I drilled the four fixing holes at 4.1mm diameter and then added two additional holes at 4.00mm diameter to allow me to dowel it in place for accurate alignment. I added the screws and the two dowels, which are 4mm diameter brass tube. They work perfectly. Now I can remove the servo plate easily.
    I am trying hard to prepare the cabin for painting before the cold weather settles in here. I have a window of about two more weeks. I used a rainy day to make all of the remaining hatch cover and door handles.
    Thanks for reading this and if you are still awake, well done.
    Peter.😊
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Fittings
    25 days ago by MouldBuilder ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi Pete,
    The paint is a Humbrol acrylic spray. I don’t usually use Humbrol as I find it difficult to get a good finish. Must use my air brush more but I am too lazy to clean it.😬
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    πŸ’¬ Re: H.M.S.SCIMITAR
    26 days ago by MouldBuilder ( Rear Admiral)
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    Sorry to hear of your problem. Sounds quite expensive.😫
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    πŸ’¬ Re: VINTAGE RUNABOUT
    26 days ago by MouldBuilder ( Rear Admiral)
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    They look great JB. How big are they. They look quite small.πŸ‘
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    πŸ“ Checking in
    26 days ago by MouldBuilder ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hope you get back to normal soon Marky.πŸ˜ƒ
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    πŸ“ Fittings
    27 days ago by MouldBuilder ( Rear Admiral)
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    I have now taken stock of exactly where I am on this model as it has been a long break. I decided to make a list of `things to do` but very quickly, it was starting to grow and grow. I had to make the Police sign boards which I was aware of as I had lost the originals some time earlier. The front hatch was not made and most of the deck fittings were not completed.
    I bought some Balsa wood sheet to make the two boards. I cut them out with a sharp modelling knife but no matter how careful I was I could cut it easily along the grain but chipped it every time when cutting across the grain. Any ideas for the future to stop this would be greatly appreciated. I decided, after several attempts, to use the best two and fill the chips with a fine filler. After sanding these looked good.
    I painted them and then tried to `follow the instructions` on fitting them. They are foil letters and the instructions stated to tape across the tiop of the letters leaving them exactly placed as designed. The backing then had to be removed leaving the letters in place on the tape. I found that the letters were well too stuck on to the backing and they moved. I was left with placing all of the lettering by hand one at a time. I think it looks ok and if you think any are out of alignment, I will blame the photo.😁
    I made the hatch from a piece of waste ply and bent handles. The hinges were with the kit but I think they are too large. Too late now.
    I then fitted most of the deck fittings and completed painting and fitting the horns. I also touched up some of the white paint. The model looks quite nice I think.
    The next update will be the last on this model. I will wait for a calm day and place it in the river and make a short video.
    Peter.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: RIVER POLICE LAUNCH circa 1950
    28 days ago by MouldBuilder ( Rear Admiral)
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    Absolutely stunning model Mike. I know that we have come to expect this from your builds but the finish is perfect. Super job.πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ˜€
    Peter.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: So…. To the Build.
    28 days ago by MouldBuilder ( Rear Admiral)
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    By the way, who needs instructions.πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜‚
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