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[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.
Someone on a popular internet auction site has asked if I can make one for a full size boat!!!!!, and in Pink. really 😊 My mom is going to need a bigger set of knitting needles. With regret I declined, based on the pink rope needed.
http://r.ebay.com/OjgaMs Me mother finally finished the boat fenders, scale 1/11th ideal for Huntsman 31 or larger, also perhaps a Tug boat or other old school pleasure craft. A lot of attention to detail has gone into making these, 1 set offered. Stephen.
(Boaty) I remember about 20 years she did make a set of sails for a boat I had. She also made clothes for figures we had on a Swordsman boat still at home on the shelf. Was 4 stroke petrol so not used anymore (photo attached , Kiwi Engine). drifted off subject but interesting enough. Stephen.
Mum went to the international model boat show and was amazed at the prices. She also thought they were rubbish for the money, her words not mine. She was a professional dress maker. So will update when there done, they take a couple of hours to Knit each one and the front fender all day. I think they look good, the small fenders are filled with a wine cork shanfered both ends on a lathe (thats the bit i do) to maintain the shape and a small weight added so they hang right. Note the cork means they will float if one gets bashed. Regards stephen.
Since reality TV has reached full swing on the box the Huntsman has stepped up a gear. The front fender has been fitted and incidentally my mother who made these, has been busy making another set she plans to offer them for sale via Ebay, to gauge what interest there could be.
Just a thought- The component shop does do a voltage reducer rated at 6 Amps power draw, and will drop from DC (10.5-40v to 1-9v) I thought about using one of these to run a 6v volt Marx Hectoperm motor from a 12v source, to save buying a new battery. As long as your motor speed controller setup doesn't draw more than say 4~4.5 Amps. I'm my case the tug had 4 x 6Ahr 6v batteries wired in parallel giving 16Ahr and 2-1/2 hours running time @full speed. These batteries have since all died due to age. I wanted to use just 1 x 20Ahr 12v battery instead and keep the added ballast I need anyway. This 6 amp unit is on the limit in my application. P.S i'm tight with money and I acquired the battery free from an alarm battery swap.
[Score: 5/10] 54" Cervia Single Propellor (4 Blade 100mm) Direct Drive to a 4 Cylinder Sealion Eng (4 Blade) - Comments: Maybe the next boat to finish from my dad list of unfinished projects. Just 3 boats to go and 3 petrol engines to consider. This was to be petrol electric with LandRover wiper motors to power from a generator driven by the 4 cylinder 4 stroke petrol engine.
Following a visit to the International boat show for bits and pieces I took advantage of x-factory rubbish on the TV to escape the wife, and do some more on the boat. Handrails to the rear in progress. Interesting tip I bought some 3/32 steam nipple fittings which after running a 2mm drill to the point allow my 2mm brass wire to push through. The idea being a nice finish to the bottom of the handrail and a secure mounting hole so the hand rail can be removed if needed. see picture you will get the idea the ladder one is a lager size 1/8 fitting for welding wire. Just need to add the cross pieces and solder up.
I have to measure stuff in metric and my brain is 75% metric 25% thumb. The drawings are imperial my lathe is imperial but I make the parts to drawing measuring in metric. Most of the screws and bolts are all metric aside from the boiler fittings. Makes sense using stainless fixings I can get from work rather than making 7BA nuts or paying through the nose for them.
Ran the model again Sunday for the last time this year, proved well with a little ballast added. After 15 minutes of running checked the temps on the motor, Only just detect the suggestion of warming up, being such a cold day. The water cooling scoop has not been added as yet. Maybe not even needed at all. Hope to continue to source / make the fittings oven the coming months with the boat show Saturday perhaps for a new LiPo battery.
The hobby doesn't have to cost the earth I made some ladders from welding brass filler wire, and an exhaust outlet from a draw knob I found whilst walking to the shops. Also done some additional planking using stirrer sticks from costa fortune coffee shop. (My son grabbed me a hand full enough for a life time's modelling).
Well I moved away from boats for just over 9 years to build something more challenging, still not complete after more than 3000 hours of work. Thought id share it since its not going to many shows due to moving it. Steve (make steam not war)
I going again following a break of a few years hope it's better attended than the model engineers show. This year was my final year of going after attending every show for the last 20+ years. People packup up at 2pm when the show is on till 4 and decline of actual model engineering. Not winging just not enjoyed as much as other years.
The best I can do is when I get a new battery put it in cross ways, the 3 sticks that I used for a test were already near the back, just length ways down the boat. I added some weights behind the rudder shaft that helped a little not these photographs. Some fettling needed next year when the season starts again. Cheers all
First run on the water, was not pushing it just checking temps and drive. The batteries were at about 25% down on top speed when I decided to make a video. The Tornado 850 motor and 60A speed controller seem well suited to the job.
Decided to try it out Sunday, no major problems need a bit more weight in the back. Good turn of speed even with old recycled ni-cads from a drill pack. will be looking to get a lipo pack in the new year but pleased.
Cheers all - I showed her the comments since she doesn't do computers. She's keen to go to the model boat show Warwick to see how much they sell for, since she's been making them for various boats over the last 50 years.
I've mislead you , the speed controller I bought was a 50A controller - Marine New lipo safe version. It said motor current, so I guessed 10 amps. Being an electrical engineer I added a good factor of safety it works well. No expensive smoke.