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See my boat harbour basically it was bought from pontins model makers festival 40 years ago the hull was made by a model maker. I have photos of his boat. He then produced hulls for sale from the mold and my Dad bought one he spent 9 years making a sealion 4 cylinder petrol engine and it was meant to be petrol electric hybrid generator. The start of the deck work was started by my Dad but was left unfinished for all this time. I have photos of the origional from slide photos my Dad took when I was 4 or 5.
Only 2nd run of "IMARA Tug", my lad did the shaky video. (O well) Nice model lots of ballast, batteries, MARX Hectoperm motor for huge power reserve. Running on electric but Cheddar Proteus steam plant also fits in instead with ABC boiler control. plan for the future to try this never run not even on air yet!
Our "Imara" Tug has a cheddar steam plant, I might swap it for the motor and batteries it currently has. I can remember as a small child at a pool called the apex pool by Brean Sands. when a large power boat with a big KMB engine run up the bank out of the pool. The carpark was a gentle sloap straight into the water the boat passed me a 40 MPH on the tarmac. The prop I found, and had a small momento to remember the boat by. I actually still have the prop 35 years later and ran it on my power boat for a bit. Good times. (sorry for nicking the prop i was only 10!!) Stephen
If you see on my list above after the engine size if a D was noted its diesel and all these engines were for boat use and water cooled. However my father did make any parts needed so conversion to water cooling jacket on an engine was no problem if needed. Stephen.
Building stuff, me too. The engine I did attach this was a home designed 15cc glow rear induction rotary disc engine. We ran this at the model engineer exhibition at Bingley hall in the 1980's in Birmingham, before It burnt down (not our fault I add). The engine - notice twin glow spark because its a huge engine and overrun 1mtr of flames out of a scooter exhaust when it throttled down from 12,400rpm. ABC engine. Never made it into a boat too dangerous !!. 3 months to lap the piston in, compression high, power electric start only watch your wrists on starting. (sits on a shelf). Stephen.
Ill take some photos so people can see them, the old man would always show people them if they were interested. I did have a list of all the engines i came across it not so long ago as i didnt know what they were all called. He also told me a story years ago about having so much trouble with a 15cc taplin twin as he threw it over a fench in the 60's and started making his own engines, because he said it was rubbish and now on ebay they have a cult following. 😁 (Im not sure how true this was because he was a horder and didnt throw much away found the list includes the weight of each engine as i guess this was important when designing the boats!!) Stephen
Yes Bournville, I can remember one pleasant afternoon the police were called to the lake, as a free sailing member got nasty and a fight nearly broke out, over pottering about with a sunday hobby. It was at that stage I finally gave up, and started making a coal fired traction engine instead. 😁👍 (make steam not war!!) Stephen
True Bloke. (thanks!!) The huntsman is my passion the boat above is a larger scale Sordsman 15cc. I sailed this last night as a ode to my father on what would have been his birthday we started this 30 years ago only finished in the last few months ready for the 14-May. wish it could have been IC but a large 850MFA gets it plaining (just), for an hour on lipo's instead. My father use to run FIA Rossi engines on gear boxes and do NAVIGA speed I think it was called. But there is a draw of ED Hunters, ED racers, diesel engines, Basil Miles Engines etc.
Yes E.T Westbury "Sealion", we have many homemade engines in boats made by my father, Whippet, Seal, Wallaby, Kiwi, (attached). Council finally put a sign up at our lake, no IC engines. Endorsed by the sailing lads. It was also a lake for tethered hydro's in the past built especially by employee's of the Cadbury group for power boating. sign of the times! The Sealion engine was to go into a small tug.
Last nights running on the anniversary of my Dads birthday, we started to boat together but it then sat on the shelf for over 30 years. Now finished by me and my mom, we sadly didn't finished it together dad. Forgot to mention adding the capacitor across the motor seemed to fix the RC problem last experienced.
This gets my goat. My boat had a Kawasaki lawn mower engine in it 26cc. It was no louder than a Flymo from where It came from(a lawn mower), in fact I was actually a bit quitter because it had a proper tuned exhaust. The Ban on IC means I cannot use it. The petrol issue now means the pool weeds up every year, because of the lack of nitrates going in the water so no body can use it. The weed means all the small fish are also gone that we use to catch as kids using rock pool nets when the power boats were bombing around, becuase the weed takes all the oxygen out the water killing the fish. When the pool weeds up no body can use it!!! Kept the boat for memory sake, and I too have a draw of retired engines and have to resort to opening my tool box for the smell of 40% glow fuel. Engine attached 9 years work and will never go into the boat I believe now. Are we going to ban petrol Lawn mowers in the future same as the flymo boat. Video on youtube https://youtu.be/7UQLaYVuDmI Also before the green squad suggest about the wild life, they periodiocally shoot the canadian foreigners on our water to keep the numbers down civil.
Update from MFA Como The motors, as they are, sufficiently comply with CE regulations for electrical emissions. However, sometimes with radio control you may need the extra suppression to stop radio interference. Initially try one capacitor across the terminals, this is usually a 0.22uf.
The motor is only a few months old, bought new for Howe's models. I've heard of old radio caps going dry and I means after 40 years of service, since the brother in law repairs old radios and juke boxes. But not capacitors after 16 weeks, the motors only done 3 or 4 hours of service in total. I've added an additional cap across the terminals. I also had a reply from the speed controller company they said to check the fail safe on the transmitter which incidentally is working to kill the throttle channel as its a fly sky intended for a (plane).
On closer inspection of the MFA850 motor I can see 2 caps in side the motor connected between the terminals and the motor body / can. The only thing I can add is an additional capacitor of 0.047uF connected between the terminals as belt and braces. Otherwise move the aerial and hope no more paint accidents happen.
Dennis The Menace, the captain at the helm strikes again, after a radio outage the cockpit ended up full of water up to his waist. Some fresh paint need on the bow. Need to find out why the speed controller without warning goes mad. Tio Marine 50A ESC and fly sky receiver paring.
More running in trials, burning fuses out, and complete radio outage and bumping the bank. However some progress made on levelling it out, full speed cannot be reached whilst trying to video by my self. 😎 The Captain "Dennis The Menace" is not a good omen, twice he's got in trouble, yesterday the cabin was flooded up to his waist.
It wasn't my best video because of trying to do it my self and control the model. I will try again after moving the motor back a bit. Few people perhaps interested in the performance of these old Brushed motors MFA850 so I will do it.
First run of the new year with newly accuired 11.1V 6000mA Lipo battery. Still need to get the balance right and move the 850 motor forward was hairy on turns nearly flipped it over perhaps cut a bit off the rudder.
[Score: 8/10] 38" Orinthia Single Propellor (2 Blade S Type 15mm) Geared Powered by NiCad (6v) 2Amp/h Batteries Controlled Through Resistance board speed (5Amps) ESC - Comments: German motor sailing yacht (Ketch), motor actually to pull it round off the wind or to stop it. Not been sailed for many a year, but still on the shelf in the collection. This was a rare photo of it sailing at bournville boat lake.