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    Italian "Pronto Intervento"
    This little boat was found under a pile of junk in an old cluttered bicycle shop which sold toys on the side. Was looking for a part for my sons cycle in the early 80's when it was found. One of the two relatively ancient (mid 80's) brothers who owned the place said they had had it for years and would sell it for R5. It was made in Italy of polystyrene as a kids toy - obviously there was a motorised version at one time and it had a rubber prop on a fixed shaft plus the top lifted off with three screws. It was quickly converted using a small (180flat) motor, small Graupner rudder, Billings 2mm shaft with the rubber prop and oiler tube, 4 AA batteries and 27mhz Futaba RC for a motorcycle . It was used for years at the Johannesburg MBC as a have a go boat for kids. Very slow so quite safe with them . Fast forward 20 years whilst living in the UK - strip it down - Speed 300 motor running on 6 x 2/3AA Nimh cells through the same RC setup. Now frighteningly fast for its small size (+-13") it leaps up on the plane almost instantly and has to be run in very smooth water (picture taken in its old mode). The few kids at the club water in the New Forest all want to have a go - sadly have to decline as its much too much for them to handle........ Its name on the stern is Guesta Festa which is Italian slang for Party Pooper (from a friend) - as its a model of an Italian 'Customs Interception Launch'............
    Despatch No 9
    This is a Lindberg Diesel Tug - originally from Pyro - built in the early 1980's . A little modified from original - brass railings - cabin roof altered - external piping on funnel - winch from lighter flint wheel etc lifts off for shaft oiler - cover plate lifts off for rudder access etc. Its very seaworthy - being able to run in what could be termed hurricane weather at scale size. Very watertight . Runs on 5 cell AA Nicads for over an hour. Motor is a 7 pole out of a early PC printer. Tam-tech 27mhz RC - uses the original kit prop - reinforced with paper washing up type towel. (Once ran it in our flooded back garden in Southbourne as it only requires a couple of inches of water). Overpowered - as tugs should be - runs at hull speed limit but can push/pull boats many times its own size..........
    Model Products - Patrol Boat
    Built from a Rhodesian kit - kit produced for Model Products by a friend Mervyn Ward in Salisbury. Made from 'mugongo' a very light weight pale yellow somewhat dry dusty wood - meant as a replacement for balsa because of sanctions (looks like Jelutong but very much lighter in weight) Uses a 480 type Overland BB motor and a Graupner P30 prop with 4mm commercial propshaft. Much modified over the years - built in the 80's . Has sailed in France (Normandy,Brittany) UK (New Forest , Beale Park and a few other places)and many waters in SA. Currently under repair . Hull etc cribbed from Les Rowells Aerokits Patrol Boat but slightly different superstructure which lifts off entirely
    River Tug (Lumba?)
    This is my latest acquisition - unfortunately just started its journey and got as far as my sister near Southampton. Still many miles to go before it gets home. When that occurs will be doing a refurbishment.......... As a blog no doubt
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    Bought from Maplins on a Christmas sale for a tenner including a reasonable 2 ch 27mhz radio (it sticks to one frequency) - cost was actually less than a spare set of batteries. Probably the fastest boat I have owned and probably the fastest at my old club. It has a strange underwater section - U shaped with deep triangular sections enclosing the U and a flexible 28mm 2 blade propeller - nick named Darth Vader by our newsletter/site editor the name stuck.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: VINTAGE RUNABOUT SPEED TEST
    4 months ago by redpmg ( Commodore)
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    Wonder why they were also called speedboats JB ? Looks just the part ! Great stuff - fast enough to make the passengers nervous - hope the one does not lose her head again......
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Quick update
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    Good to see it on the water Cash - great build - looking forward to the final pictures & video
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    4 months ago by redpmg ( Commodore)
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    Looks a good build - what caused the instability ? Sent a PM about the Sportsman
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    ๐Ÿ“ Lesro Sportsman II
    4 months ago by redpmg ( Commodore)
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    I bought a Sportsman kit cheaply off Ebay just before I left UK for SA in 2009 - it turned out to be a box of bits & instructions in an unmarked box - lots seemed to be missing but no way of checking as the instructions had obviously got wet and were unreadable for the most part. It had obviously been started & been dismantled ! Would have complained & returned it but from SA a few months later its was well nigh impossible.
    I am currently working on reconstructing a lift off superstructure version of the Lesro Stilleto which Chris found a plan for & had scanned but would really like a Sportsman for myself - lived in Bournemouth so visited the Lesro shop often for bits & pieces - wanted a few of their kits then but sadly hobby funds would not allow that.
    Hoping someone on the Forum will help with a plan to allow me to cut new parts and actually build it.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Laser Cutting
    4 months ago by redpmg ( Commodore)
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    ๐Ÿ“ Laser Cutting
    5 months ago by redpmg ( Commodore)
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    We use a large 600x900 high power Chinese laser for commercial purposes - luckily enough I am allowed to use it for model boats .

    With lasers its not worth buying a small one - or one too low powered. The open frame ones coming from China now are mostly underpowered and very dangerous . There is no provision to remove the smoke emitted when cutting - smoke alone can damage your lungs never mind the fact that a lot of it is toxic & highly dangerous - even MDF contains formaldehyde which is pretty nasty stuff . The minimal safety provisions on the the open frame ones are to say the least laughable .

    Minimum useful bed size is around 500 - preferably 600 - ( usually 600x 400 nominal - IE about 560x360 ). Minimum power 50/60w - preferably a honeycomb cutting bed - best beds are movable to allow deep objects to be cut or engraved - and lastly it MUST BE fully enclosed . There are a lot of nasty emissions from high powered lasers - its not just your eyes at risk.

    A separate cooler is required for the laser tube - and a good smoke extraction unit - in the UK I believe you would need to have an emissions filter system to remove the pollutants.
    Dodgy who used to be on this forum bought an open framed CNC router - its only really strong enough for balsa which was his main requirement - it generates a lot of dust ! - he was considering a laser attachment but looking at the risks decided against it.

    There are some desk top models available which might be suitable - but they have a lot of limitations like limited usage time before requiring a rest period - plus they cost very nearly as much as a full scale one and you still need the anti pollution unit etc which itself is expensive.

    There is a long list of items that should not be cut on a laser - learnt the hard way vinyl is one of them - emits a very corrosive toxic gas . See the PDF attached !!!

    All in all unless you have an ongoing use for the laser it would be better to outsource the cutting as the cheap ones can be lethal in many ways - (bear in mind even a 30w laser can easily cut a finger clean off ) and the good ones make an expensive toy !
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Stiletto
    5 months ago by redpmg ( Commodore)
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    Steveg171 - Old Boats http://oldboats.tk/ , Keil Kraft EeZeBilt Boats http://eezebilt.tk/, Marinecraft Boats - similar to EeZeBilts - http://marinecraft.tk/ - good luck !!!!!
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    ๐Ÿ“ Deck and cockpit furniture
    5 months ago by redpmg ( Commodore)
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    Deans Marine might help!.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Stiletto
    5 months ago by redpmg ( Commodore)
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    Hi Eraser5661 - the bulkheads & other parts can be recreated from your plan - if you could please scan the plan at a minimum 400dpi even in A4 with reasonable overlap we can sort it, clean it and later provide the bulkhead & other parts drawings from that . It can also be made available on the Old boats website for free to all who want a copy - please contact me via PM .
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Lights wired up, sound card onboard, accessory function check completed
    6 months ago by redpmg ( Commodore)
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    Those lights look great Cash - that horn is really loud ! - easily wake up the neighborhood........
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Mast done, funnel mast and lights installed
    6 months ago by redpmg ( Commodore)
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    Not far to go Cash - looking forward to seeing Grimmershorn on the water !
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Radar, windlass and liferaft station installed
    6 months ago by redpmg ( Commodore)
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    Really taking shape now Cash - looking good !
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: More rails
    7 months ago by redpmg ( Commodore)
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    Coming along nicely Cash - looking forward to the finishing touches.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: I am ambivalent about painting..I loath glazing!!
    8 months ago by redpmg ( Commodore)
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    Looks pretty good Cash - probably the most difficult part of any build - even using perspex with both sides covered I still manage a few blotches ...............So join the club - think your idea on the original sounds great .
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Run Out of MOJO!
    8 months ago by redpmg ( Commodore)
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    A great build Martin - that's a really good looking boat - You should be proud of yourself...........As Graham says the planking is especially well done. Cant get that effect with plastic alone............Most kits etc have bits of both too.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Windows
    8 months ago by redpmg ( Commodore)
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    Very punny JB - but as you say Martin is making a great job of this build..........
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    ๐Ÿ“ Huntsman 31 Plans
    8 months ago by redpmg ( Commodore)
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    Sent a PM re the plans.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Windows
    8 months ago by redpmg ( Commodore)
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    I hate the word Learner they use for school pupils here - we are all learners throughout life - and as we get older we sometimes have to re-learn..............So not to worry Martin - we all do it - I find myself in the same situation frequently............

    You have done a splendid job on the windows - those minute scratches etc are very difficult to avoid.

    Perhaps a light card template around & inside each window might make the paint job easier ? Should be easy enough to make from the plastic card they came on ?
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    ๐Ÿ“ Huntsman 21 Plans
    8 months ago by redpmg ( Commodore)
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    You can always have the smaller version plans enlarged at a decent print shop - have a couple of digital ones. PM if you want them.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Working Navigation Lights
    8 months ago by redpmg ( Commodore)
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    Looking better & better Martin - great video - however if I tried that there would definitely be a burning smell and lights extinguished for ever- don't know how you guys do it - all I know is one wires black and the other red - sometimes not - if that's the case time to give up and go home.............

    Think everyone is now following JB's & Grahams lead in gadgetry - would just have to settle for a blue led that flashes on its own and straight wired other lights controlled by a servo............

    The old static round disc Furuno radar would also have to do...............
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Graupner SAR Hertha Jeep
    8 months ago by redpmg ( Commodore)
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    Good to see you working again Cash - hope you are going to add some flotation to the new superstructure and the hull of course - just in case your friend JP has a new bigger & faster boat..............

    New superstructure looks great - but might it be problem in any wind ? - disposed of the Tour Master because of that..........
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    ๐Ÿ“ 2 Engine - no rudder RC
    8 months ago by redpmg ( Commodore)
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    If you are lucky the 35mhz set should work with 40mhz crystals - most do - my 3 channel )single stick Hitec certainly does - even with other makes of receiver- difficulty is that its hard to find the crystals now - and when you do they are expensive . The 40mhz sets are still used by the Submarine fraternity as 2.4ghz does not work underwater. So if you are planning a Sub in your future suggest you keep the radio & find some 40mhz crystals.

    There was of course the much earlier film (1954) - main character Harry Brubaker - The Bridges at Toko-Ri
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: VINTAGE RUNABOUT , ANOTHER SMALL ADDITION
    8 months ago by redpmg ( Commodore)
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    Beginning to think you don't like to call anything finished JB - not one to talk though - guilty of the same - it all sounded like black magic - only thing understood was its Cuban music - had a basic music idea some time ago - a small usb multi type stick connected to an old cellphone - but that would probably sink any of my small boats.............
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Radar.
    8 months ago by redpmg ( Commodore)
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    Very realistic Martin - whats next ? What is the launch going to be called ? - and which service??????
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    ๐Ÿ“ 2 Engine - no rudder RC
    8 months ago by redpmg ( Commodore)
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    its called tank steering - which I suppose is teaching grandmother again - sometimes said it originated from the early tanks in WW1. 99% of the cheap RC boats seem to use it - if grandsons boat is an Airfix Severn it would probably have been cheaper to buy one of those and utilise the bits. Seem to remember Martin our small or unusual model expert used parts from a toy type for his mini pusher tug which he drove around in his Big Blue inland sea..................

    If its a larger model Severn there are still some cheap NQD boats around which might fit the bill - a 30in cabin cruiser bought for me the better half was surprisingly cheap & has 40mhz RC. Lovely hull - so have been meaning to convert to 2.4ghz RC with rudders - but no place to fit them.........
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: VINTAGE RUNABOUT, LAUNCH DAY (RUBBISH VIDEO)
    8 months ago by redpmg ( Commodore)
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    Looks really good on the water JB - would be nice to see what happens with a bit more throttle - probably get almost airborne and a full rooster-tail.............Looks stable enough - good hull design.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Solent Class Lifeboat - Douglas Currie
    9 months ago by redpmg ( Commodore)
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    Hi Douglas.
    Do you still have the plans ? - been chasing those for years - models & kits seem to be as rare as hens teeth...........Looks like you made a great job of it even if it took so long.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Jet PT Boat. looking for best model as base.
    9 months ago by redpmg ( Commodore)
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    Problem is all the larger versions are a hefty price - and its much more of a challenge with a smaller hull. The Merit version must be discontinued - cant understand such a large price tag in the US - pity as its big enough to make a success of with a waterjet.
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    ๐Ÿ“ PLASTIC BOATS
    9 months ago by redpmg ( Commodore)
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    Its amazing to see how some people can make do with what they have - both boats are great - they must all definitely be related to Martin...........

    Certainly a life lesson in there for us - which is why I get so fed up here when they refer to schoolchildren as learners - we all are - for all of our lives.............
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    ๐Ÿ“ Model boat parts and accessories
    9 months ago by redpmg ( Commodore)
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    Strange that we have many hobby shops around รญn SA - about 10 in Capetown alone - but they only seem to cater for Aircraft , Trains, Vehicles & other hobbies. Other than radio equipment they don't have much boat-wise other than a few plastic kits and some now expensive Artesania wood kits......My source of stuff has been two robotics shops - purchasing 9gram servos at less than a third of what Banggood want for them - before the postage !!!!!!!! Recently found an online Hobby Shop about 1100 miles away that has the bits I need to repair my small outboards - from slot cars of course - plus some other useful bits & pieces. They were reasonably priced old stock and delivery via courier is 50% subsidised - received those in three days .

    Postage is problematic here - hence receiving the June & July issues of Model Boats - but still awaiting the May one........So ordering bits from overseas is a No No - local delivery is now mostly by Courier - which obviously is very expensive from overseas. Was shown a video recently of PO mail sorters plucking chickens instead - not in our town fortunately - but there are only two members of staff there to handle the counters and sort the mail for nearly 1k post boxes as well as house delivery for which thankfully they have another person - plus they have had to handle the Covid grants to everybody in need - and that's a great number of people...........
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