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    Purchased original Rojair Mickey Finn from Ashton Models 35 years ago - hull suffered damaged so made a F/G mould before repairing and sailing. Made spare hull from mould and there she sat for 35+ years. Original Mickey was sold many years ago but as retirement approached the burning desire to fulfill old challenges re-emerged. So , after putting out calls for help, diagrams, photos or information on the model boat forums, thanks to "John Dowd" and a couple of other guys, I finally got round to resurrecting this fantastic 36" yacht.
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    ๐Ÿ“ WEE NIP
    2 days ago by philcaretaker ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Terrific club ! - Bonnells Bay, New South Wales Australia - Here I come - (I Wish !)
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    ๐Ÿ“ WEE NIP
    2 days ago by philcaretaker ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Yea, In 2 of my boats I put 5 mast positions in but never properly evaluated them before I sold the boats.
    Ok on your comments re the sail materials also, suppose its not surprising how weight and rigidity affect performance in varying conditions especially down wind when its "blowing a Hooley"
    OK about incorporating a jib, I`m not too bothered about that as the whole essence of "Wee Nip" to me is the UNI rig.
    Great to keep comparing notes - sure we love to hear from any other "Nippers" out there .

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    ๐Ÿ“ WEE NIP
    2 days ago by philcaretaker ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Tnx Peter , Have any of you guys tried altering the mast positions for varying conditions ?.

    My new Nip has a narrower beam and I put 3 mast positions in with 3 aluminium tubes to ensure full mast location at whatever mast position is used .

    I wish I could generate more interest in our local area !
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    ๐Ÿ“ WEE NIP
    2 days ago by philcaretaker ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Terriffic photos Peter ! - Is the yellow one a cellophane sail ? - Must admit I do like your purple set up , what material and tape do you use ?.

    Sorry after reading your post again, I realise yours and the other green boat are both cellophane sails.

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    ๐Ÿ“ WEE NIP
    5 days ago by philcaretaker ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hi Martin, just for interest this is from a previos post :-
    WEE NIP - The Strathclyde 70 class
    "The Strathclyde University sponsored a modellers competition to encourage school pupils to design an R/C model yacht. When Graham Bantock the noted designer - visited the event to give prizes, he decided to design a boat of his own and WEE NIP, this boat was born."

    I`m not a competition man myself, but I have always been inerested in radio, modeling and making things work and while to some degree competition does fuel development and focus one a specific brief - I am happy to develope with in looser guidlines appreciating cause and effect on a shoe string ! (if that makes sense).

    I stand to be corrected, but was it not the Marblehead that developed around - "It must fit in a box measuring X by Y by Z with a max weight W and max sail area V."
    I think it was the simplicity of these rules or guidelines that drew me to the Genie 40 years ago.
    Personaly, I apply this philosophy to the Wee Nip, - Just build it and sail it for fun or for competion if that floats your boat !.๐Ÿ˜Š

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    ๐Ÿ“ WEE NIP
    6 days ago by philcaretaker ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    While its fresh in my mind - here are a few samples of the 3 Wee Nip sail types I have tried - Using a rough sail template , cut out rip stop nylon with old soldering iron to seal edges
    NOTE :-remember to leave enough material along the luff to allow for folding and sowing.

    Sow luff seam for either :-
    1.Narrow - Laced Sail (acts as re-enforcement for lace eyelets).
    2.Medium - Pocket Sail (acts as re-enforcement mast pocket).
    3.Wider - Original design Pocket Sail (also acts as re-enforcement).

    Have fun !
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    ๐Ÿ“ WEE NIP
    6 days ago by philcaretaker ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hi Pete , mni tx fer comments. Software I use is Powerdirector14 and the camera boats have been the Ripmax Tomkat , the Hobby king swampdawg and of course the Wee Nip itself.
    At one stage I stuck a fan on the back of the Wee Nip also .

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    ๐Ÿ“ WEE NIP
    8 days ago by philcaretaker ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    WEE NIP - Lead bulb - (to keep together under the Wee Nip Topic /from previous forum list )

    I have tried 3 metods to produce a keel bulb - thought i would also share my experiences .
    (1.Casting 2.Shaping 3.Filling)

    1. Shape a wooden keel bulb and from it produced a concrete 1/2 mould (*leave concrete to cure/dry) then cast as two lead halves.

    2.Cut lead sheet profiles to diminishing templates, glue together and shape to bulb profile.

    3.Used 1/2 wooden keel mould to Vac form two plastic keel bulbs which can be filled with lead shot/or concrete - then stuck together.


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    ๐Ÿ“ WEE NIP
    8 days ago by philcaretaker ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Martin - I love your footnote " If it looks right it probabaly is " - my sentiments entirely !
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    ๐Ÿ“ WEE NIP
    8 days ago by philcaretaker ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    No joy on the logo either - Basicaly everything bog standard from templates, some variation on ply thickness to try cheap materials.
    Sails rip stop nylon with sewn pocket luff or eyelet laced.
    With artistic licence on materials etc. - I find it is what you want to make it.
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    ๐Ÿ“ WEE NIP
    8 days ago by philcaretaker ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Video shows just a bit more detail on the surface mounted gear / lever arm set up. S`pose I could do more to reduce friction and increase travel etc. - but hey, what you see is simple and fun !.
    RC Sailing - Wee Nip has a blast at the Quarry !
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    ๐Ÿ“ WEE NIP
    9 days ago by philcaretaker ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    OK on changing rudder configuration I know what you mean :- while inside it is nice and tidy but can be awkward for access, I tried surface mounting all the gear just on the access hatch on one hull and it works well for me.
    Also putting gear in a "ferrero rocher" chocolate box works ok but raises deck profile also !.

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    ๐Ÿ“ Accurate hole drilling
    10 days ago by philcaretaker ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Got it ! heres the link :-
    https://www.axminster.co.uk/axminster-drill-guide-kit-210235
    Again Great sharing of info tnx Nerys !
    https://www.axminster.co.uk/axminster-drill-guide-kit-210235
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    ๐Ÿ“ WEE NIP
    10 days ago by philcaretaker ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hi Peter - I also started another We Nip ! - Recycled some ply for the hull from an old cupboard panel, and an old bakerlite chopping board for the skeg/fin and rudder. Assembled over my R&R (rough and ready) hull profile shadow jig which allows room for on the hoof adjustments !. May not be a work of art but it will be water tight, it will be cheap, it will sail and boy I know it will be fun !
    Love to see any pics from your guys !
    cheers
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    ๐Ÿ“ Old times
    11 days ago by philcaretaker ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Yep - remember Sub & Diver (and a can of mums Bi-carb) But couldn't beat the Weetabix 3D cards - "you can get the viewer from Weetabix it will only cost you 1 and 6 โ€ฆ.. " Happy days !

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    ๐Ÿ“ Modified Figures.
    11 days ago by philcaretaker ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    The Forum subject says it all ! - great one for an "HOW-TO ARTICAL" with summarised hints and tips ?.
    Inspiring reminder of what can be done to achieve a satisfying end result !.
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    ๐Ÿ“ BUXTON MODEL BOAT CLUB
    14 days ago by philcaretaker ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    RC Sailing - 3rd November 2019 - Buxton Model Boat Club at the Pavilion Gardens Buxton.

    Incedentally - "Miss Sophie" is another "gem" from Dean`s fleet.
    RC Sailing :- 3rd November 2019
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    ๐Ÿ“ BUXTON MODEL BOAT CLUB
    21 days ago by philcaretaker ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    27th October 2019 - Venetian Evening
    http://buxtonmodelboatclub.proboards.com/thread/318/sailing-bmbc-pavilion-gardens-buxton
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    RC Sailing :- "Venetian Evening"
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    ๐Ÿ“ BUXTON MODEL BOAT CLUB
    21 days ago by philcaretaker ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    27th October 2019 - Daytime
    RC Sailing :- "More Autumn gold"
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    ๐Ÿ“ JUNO
    22 days ago by philcaretaker ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Dean says thanks and adds a footnote:-

    As a foot note to Juno, when I built her, I also built a second hull at the same time almost identical, but with a different deck layout. This became Elsa, my steam dredge barge.
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    ๐Ÿ“ JUNO
    22 days ago by philcaretaker ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Info from Buxton Model Boat Club member and builder Dean.

    Juno is quite a basic flat bottomed boat, mainly due to my very basic modelling skills, and is intended to be a bunkers barge. She is roughly 1.24 scale, approximately 43 inches by 8 inches and is made from recycled and up cycled materials wherever possible. She has a single rudder and propeller, powered by a single motor from a drill, and two 6v lead acid batteries.
    She is a totally freelance design, but I took inspiration from Humber barges such as the Humber Princess, which I used as a rough plan for the deck layout.
    As a foot note to Juno, when I built her, I also built a second hull at the same time almost identical, but with a different deck layout. This became Elsa, my steam dredge barge.

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Buxton Model Boat Club
    22 days ago by philcaretaker ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hi Martin ,ref Juno - here is a response from our club member Dean who built "Juno"

    Juno is quite a basic flat bottomed boat, mainly due to my very basic modelling skills, and is intended to be a bunkers barge. She is roughly 1.24 scale, approximately 43 inches by 8 inches and is made from recycled and up cycled materials wherever possible. She has a single rudder and propeller, powered by a single motor from a drill, and two 6v lead acid batteries.
    She is a totally freelance design, but I took inspiration from Humber barges such as the Humber Princess, which I used as a rough plan for the deck layout.

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    ๐Ÿ“ BUXTON MODEL BOAT CLUB
    28 days ago by philcaretaker ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Buxton in fall - "Shades of Autumn"
    RC Sailing - 20th Oct. 2019
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    ๐Ÿ“ Buxton Model Boat Club
    28 days ago by philcaretaker ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    "Shades of Autumn" - filmed on 20th October 2019 at the Pavilion Gardens Buxton.
    RC Sailing - 20th Oct. 2019
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    ๐Ÿ“ USEFULL OBSERVATION WHEN SEARCHING
    29 days ago by philcaretaker ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    USEFULL OBSERVATION WHEN SEARCHING FOR SPECIFIC MODEL OR TOPIC

    NOTE :- check BOTH the Forum and the Media Gallery.

    You could find more info on the same topic in each area.

    (Tested this out using a search for "Wee Nip" - you can find different info in each search area).
    Hope this helps !
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    ๐Ÿ“ Wee Nip
    30 days ago by philcaretaker ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    In light to medium wind , even with just one servo on rudder only , the "Nip" is in its element tacking within a desired arc.
    Adding the second servo for winch control provides adequate range for tighter tacks and broader reach/ runs.

    Get the best mast position established - then just "SMILE" !.
    RC Sailing - Rudder only "Wee Nip" - makes me smile !
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    ๐Ÿ“ WEE NIP
    30 days ago by philcaretaker ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hi Peter, Liked your comments re Wee Nip (under the Laser forum).
    Ok on the florist cellophane and the down wind nose dive ! - I know just what you mean !.
    The Wee Nip has been great to experiment with so many things, eg balast position on keel, balast weight, mast position even the simple fixtures , fittings and construction materials as you say such as "Florist Cellophane" for the sails .
    Nice to be able to compare notes !.
    PS - Will post video of some "rudder only " trials.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: RC Laser
    1 month ago by philcaretaker ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hi Peter, ater I retired I worked for 5 years as a school caretaker - loved every minute involved in everything !. It was great to help inspire, support and motivate . This was just another project along the way.
    We started to look at hovercraft also but stalled after a stroke !- starting to get involved with the school again now so we will see how we go on.!
    Keeping busy
    Cheers (but no more beers)
    RC Hovercraft Compilation
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    ๐Ÿ“ Wee Nip
    1 month ago by philcaretaker ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Ideal first build, convenient size, easy to transport, easy to rig, easy to sail. Will post more detail if required. Pure fun !
    Enjoy !
    RC Sailing - My Wee Nip (s)
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    ๐Ÿ“ WEE NIP
    1 month ago by philcaretaker ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Since the plan was introduced early 2002 "ish, the Wee Nip lingered on my "to do list" for many years until around 2012 when I bit the bullet and purchased the plans and die cut parts.
    As a safety net I traced out the originals, cut ply copies and made my first nip.
    Over the following years I made 6 more , and only recently reduced the fleet down to one .
    But yes ! - I have started another !.
    This model has been pure and simple FUN !.
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