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    📝 Model boating in 1958
    2 hours ago by 🇬🇧 neilw ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    My wife was watching this video and pointed out the clip of model boats in 1958 at Herne Bay. Some interesting footage at 16:56



    https://screenarchive.brighton.ac.uk/detail/11697/
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    📝 Wordle of the Day?
    1 day ago by 🇬🇧 neilw ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Thought I had it on 2 with CARLIN.

    💬 Re: Aerokits Patrol Launch
    4 days ago by 🇬🇧 neilw ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Lovely, I picked one up a couple of weeks ago, another winter project!

    📝 Twin motors
    6 days ago by 🇬🇧 neilw ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    I have a couple of these, just fitted one into my BYMS, works as it should.



    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/194316283096
    📝 Yet another FB Marketplace purchase
    10 days ago by 🇬🇧 neilw ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    luckyduck, I can’t pass a charity shop without popping in. Always have a rummage, as does my wife. It is a numbers thing, we reckon 1 in 20 to strike lucky - the down side is we have 2000+ books and more pond yachts than I’ll ever use.

    As for FB Marketplace I have several search terms and leave the FB algorithm to do its thing.

    I have noticed that pond yachts and r/c boats that need work or restoration don’t sell on FB. The Marblehead was listed for £180 - probably a bit ambitious but a fair price if no work was needed, I bought it for £50 as no one was interested. It just needs some cosmetic work but could be sailed now.

    📝 Yet another FB Marketplace purchase
    10 days ago by 🇬🇧 neilw ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Currently on holiday in Norfolk, have brought a boat with me - my DF65, had a lovely sail at Sheringham today.

    Did however have a side trip to Great Yarmouth were I’d spotted an old Marblehead on Marketplace, so came on holiday with one boat, going home with three as also found a pond yacht in a charity shop.

    Does anyone recognise the design of the Marblehead?

    💬 Re: Travelling case
    18 days ago by 🇬🇧 neilw ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Am planning to do the same for the BYMS, especially after seeing your pics

    📝 Facebook Marketplace strikes again
    20 days ago by 🇬🇧 neilw ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Went to look at two boats today, came back with three.

    I have a collection of Bowman pond yachts and this and this 20” version will slot in nicely between the 19” and 24” models. Needs some tidying up and new sails.

    The black hull looks to be an Aerokits Fast Patrol launch, needs some cosmetic work, new rudder and I’ll sort a new motor etc. one for the project shelf.

    Paid for these two and left, had a call from the seller about 10 minutes later, he’d found another one in a box so I drove back and picked up a Star Endeavour II / Mk2. As I also have a collection of Stars but didn’t have this one I ended up buying 3 boats. The Star needs some cosmetic work, but is complete.

    Going to need a bigger project shelf.

    💬 Re: Planking
    21 days ago by 🇬🇧 neilw ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    If you have a steam wall paper stripper and some tube you can make up a steamer. There’s a video of mine in the link below, for the thickness you’d be using it wouldn’t take long in steam.





    http://www.pegasus18.com/zenith/2020/01/29/how-to-fit-a-new-rib/
    💬 Re: First trials
    23 days ago by 🇬🇧 neilw ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Bill, it is indeed Canon Teign Falls. Nice and quiet now the kids have gone back to school!

    📝 First trials
    23 days ago by 🇬🇧 neilw ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    I wanted to test the effectiveness of the rudders and ESC while seeing how much ballasting would be required so I took the hull to the lake today. My father and I use Fridays as a testing day as the lake is usually quiet so we can make lots of mistakes without an audience. The other boat you can see in the video is his tug project, now successfully ballasted.

    Have to say I was very pleased with the manoeuvrability of the boat, was thinking I might need to fit a mixer for the steering but she turns nicely just using the the rudders as they are so i wont bother with a mixer.

    She need ballasting towards the bow, but there's enough buoyancy to cope with the superstructure and fittings. Very impressed with the lack of wash, I'm using a 3S with twin 365 motors rated at 6V-15V. Think it will only need a 2S as I was using very little throttle.



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    📝 New project
    24 days ago by 🇬🇧 neilw ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Couldn’t leave this when spotted in a charity shop for £1.50.

    Think this will be a winter project, challenge is to only use bits and pieces I have in the boxes that have the stuff that ‘might come in handy one day’. Have a waterjet that came with the RTTL project a few months ago 😊

    💬 Re: RAF crash tender refurb
    26 days ago by 🇬🇧 neilw ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Excellent, good to see another one being sorted out.

    📝 The first cut is the deepest
    30 days ago by 🇬🇧 neilw ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Decided to tackle the part of the build that I wasn't looking forward to. I'd made the decision to extend the topsides to close to the transom, however before thinking of extending the topsides I'd have to cut the scuppers. The article by Brian Peach in the May 1996 edition of Marine Modelling suggests, as they are marked on the moulding, to drill a series of holes and complete with a file.

    I made the decision to move the topsides completely with the plan to replace them with new topsides that extend to the transom (I'll use the old ones as a template to get the correct sheerline). The topsides will be attached to the deck by about 40 triangular bracing pieces - see the pics of the plans.

    I invested in some Dremel EZ Speedclic Cutting wheels, put on the appropriate safety gear and had both topsides removed in about a minute - very impressed with the Speedclic discs. I'm glad I took this approach as the moulding of the topsides was of varying thickness so when the supports would have been added they would not have been in a straight line without having to do a lot of fairing to get the topsides to uniform thickness. I'll be using 1.5mm ply for the replacement topsides.

    With the topsides removed I took the opportunity to get some paint on the hull, black under the waterline and I found that Hycote produce a Polar Grey for Ford cars, this is the shade of grey I was looking for.

    The paint is too glossy at the moment but I'll flatten it back later.

    I've made a start on the internal fit out. Rudders and motors are installed and tested, and I've trimmed the transom to the correct shape. With those large scuppers it made sense to get the correct deck camber so flush deck beams were fitted with thin balsa laminated to the beams and the desired camber filed and sanded into the correct shape.

    I've made a temporary deck to check the camber and to work out the position of the various openings.

    Will be leaving the hull alone for the while as the next part of the build is to make up the LL Sweep Reel and Four Drum Sweep Winch using the items bought from Sirmar

    📝 Mystery object of the day.
    30 days ago by 🇬🇧 neilw ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Have been sorting through the pile of fittings I bought and I have 14 brass tubes (with a hole in the side) with a pair of clear plastic discs for each tube.

    Tubes are 15mm long and 12mm diameter. Any thoughts on what they might be for?

    📝 FB Marketplace bites again
    1 month ago by 🇬🇧 neilw ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Day 2. Doing a rough sort of some of the loose contents, most of these were all mixed up in a bag together. Finds include another 8 brass props, loads of ships’ wheels and large pile of Billings stanchions. Also opened the cardboard folders to find a lifetimes supply of styrene sheet. Have had to send my wife out for more small storage drawers.

    📝 FB Marketplace bites again
    1 month ago by 🇬🇧 neilw ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    I suspect the warship guns are by Aeronaut as part of their 1:200 series

    📝 FB Marketplace bites again
    1 month ago by 🇬🇧 neilw ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Give me a couple of weeks and I’ll sort out the list of items I’ll be moving on. If it doesn’t break site rules I’ll advertise them first here before I list on eBay with a suitable donation to the site costs.

    Just found a large cache of Billings fittings as well, nearly to the bottom. Think a beer is required before I work out what I’ll do with 50+ brushed motors.

    📝 FB Marketplace bites again
    1 month ago by 🇬🇧 neilw ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Once I have worked out what I have I’ll be selling some of it, just found a load of aero-naut fittings in box.

    📝 FB Marketplace bites again
    1 month ago by 🇬🇧 neilw ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Took a punt on a job lot of model stuff on Marketplace, seller said he was giving up modelling and he had the remnants of a model shop. Saw there was a huge pile of BECC letters and flags that I needed. Also came with 50 electric motors, 30+ props and packets and packets of fittings. Just unpacked about 10%. Now have the national collection of scale lifeboats - about 50 plus a load of Italian kits. Opened another bag and there’s a load of scale warship fittings. Think it’s going to take days to catalogue it all. There’s a bag of scale figures that look nice, about 20 servos and bags I’ve yet to open. 30kg of model boat fittings.

    Pics show a fraction of the contents.

    📝 Filler
    1 month ago by 🇬🇧 neilw ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Have found that the Techniq Platinum Light Filler is great to work with. Found that P38 is too heavy, the Light filler is a delight to sand.

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    📝 Camera Boat
    1 month ago by 🇬🇧 neilw ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Take one £10 boat from Facebook Marketplace, a spare GoPro surf mount, a waterproof 4k GoPro copy and you have a fun camera boat. Planning to park it in the middle of the club’s lake and get some boat height video of mine and other’s boats.

    Just need to remember to fit a tether to the camera in case the mount fails.

    This Batboat flies along and is usually very stable in the turns, wondering how stability will be impacted by the addition of the camera, only one way to find out 😁 Don’t think it will keep up with my Dad’s hydroplane!

    💬 Re: Success
    1 month ago by 🇬🇧 neilw ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Bill, I made the mistake of using the term GoPro when I should have said Faux Pro, a few years ago I spent a lot of money going down the GoPro route as we were doing endurance 4x4 events and I was doing some serious dinghy racing in the Finn Class.

    Had some decent results but the GoPro stuff was expensive. Changed to GoPro copies as cheaper if I lost or broke them also got fed up with GoPro pricing.

    Found the 4k Akosa were very robust, waterproof and if I destroyed one it wouldn’t be the end of the world.

    Have fitted these to paddle boards, racing dinghies and Land Rovers, have yet to break one!

    This is what I’ll mount one one of my boats


    https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01HPXH29Q/
    💬 Re: Success
    1 month ago by 🇬🇧 neilw ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Planning to fit a GoPro to one of my plastic boats as an attempt to get some decent video as it’s impossible to steer the boats at speed whilst taking video.

    📝 Success
    1 month ago by 🇬🇧 neilw ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Got both the RAF RTTL and the Crash Tender out today at the club open day. Should have some video later in the week.

    💬 Re: Finished (hopefully)
    1 month ago by 🇬🇧 neilw ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    The hull behind is a Sirmar BYMS

    📝 Finished (hopefully)
    1 month ago by 🇬🇧 neilw ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    This one was mainly completed a couple of weeks ago, finally got the last few fittings on today ahead of my club’s open day tomorrow. Hopefully I’ll get some decent pictures/video of her on the water.

    She has been out a couple of times, the first time was OK but the battery was too far forwards and was sailing bow down. I repositioned the battery, ESC and pumps and took her out last week, and she flew.

    She still needs a little adjustment of the waterline but I’m quite happy with her now.

    📝 Wordle of the Day?
    1 month ago by 🇬🇧 neilw ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    That’s a first, got it in one. Off to buy a lottery ticket to see if the luck holds.

    📝 ESC and Rx Burning out, advice please.
    2 months ago by 🇬🇧 neilw ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Hi Doug

    That cable was just a quick solution to let me connect the ESC to the battery without repeating yesterday’s fiasco while I sort out a fused link. After writing off about £60 of kit I’m just being ultra careful.

    📝 ESC and Rx Burning out, advice please.
    2 months ago by 🇬🇧 neilw ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Removed some of the cover - photo should show the melted component with some blackening to the circuit board.

    Made a cable switch this afternoon, should prevent me from doing it again!



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