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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
    Darth Vader
    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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    πŸ“ Life today
    13 hours ago by redpmg ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi Stephen - totally agree with Martin - its of very great value to us all - and speaking for myself its the only one I feel at home on. Sure there are a lot of others who feel the same way .
    Thank You Very Much - it is really appreciated and especially so at this time.
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    πŸ“ bad day at blackrock
    13 hours ago by redpmg ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Very sorry to hear the news Mark - its a good thing that you are remaining positive - do think that's the way to beat this.
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    πŸ“ First Disaster
    14 hours ago by redpmg ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    We had two bases Cash & Doug - one for ground crew training and the Bomber / Helicopter/ Transport Squadrons - the other Aircrew training base was the real operational one - Fighter / Ground Attack / Trainer Squadrons etc etc. Much preferred the operational one - not much saluting and far less bull.
    Forward airfields were the best however - if you saluted anyone they asked what you thought you were doing - all in it together. Heli pilots got up to some real mischief - watched one day as every single toilet roll on the FAF floated gently down from the sky. Some were never seen again - to make it worse they were a pale pink ! (which fact the nearby army base held over our heads for a very long time ) The Alo was heading back to main base for repairs and the pax going on R&R - must have spent hours taping the ends to the Alo cockpit to be able to roll them out en masse......... All bodies on base were searching for hours to retrieve enough until re supply - but not an official word was ever said about it........

    All this panic buying reminded me of the incident.........

    Same pilot got flight crew to fit very large speakers to his Alo gunship - played Rodrigo's music ( Cold Fact / Sugar Man etc ) - as in Apocalypse Now - except in the movie they used Wagners 'Ride of The Valkyries" of course
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    πŸ’¬ Re: More fiddly bits!
    2 days ago by redpmg ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    When you have completed it Cash sure it will be hard to distinguish from the original - making a really good job of it.

    Stay well away from your customers and please wear a mask & gloves - want to see more of your builds in future.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Reel painted and first barrel started
    2 days ago by redpmg ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Going to have to ask you to stop making most of us look like amateurs Simon - that reel is fantastic - especially at that scale
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    πŸ“ MBW Coronavirus Response
    2 days ago by redpmg ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Sounds more like the film of Neville Shutes book "On the Beach" JB - the scene in America in particular with the morse being tapped by a window blind..........
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    πŸ“ Midwest Cranberry Isle Lobster Yacht
    3 days ago by redpmg ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    By any miracle does anyone out there have plans for the Lobster Yacht & the instruction booklet
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    πŸ“ First Disaster
    3 days ago by redpmg ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    That's a few good stories Cash - funny some of my model aircraft succumbed to a Ronden Flash Bomb a few seconds after take off - (smaller version of what the army uses on exercises) - spurts before exploding some 10 to 15 seconds later - very loud and brilliant flash as they contained Aluminum powder.

    We used to play with the African version of the Tarantula - common name Baboon spider - did not think much of it till finding out some Tarantulas were highly poisonous - you were right to not enjoy its company .
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Painted Scuba bottles and fishing real
    3 days ago by redpmg ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Simon that reel is brilliant as is the finish on the bottles.
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    πŸ“ First Disaster
    4 days ago by redpmg ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Is it not amazing how we have to learn the hard way Rick - 2nd Yacht was built more carefully - but as the first one sailed well before sinking used the same design but slightly enlarged - forgot to increase the keel weight and did not test her in the bath as it required a lot of water. First time out in a local dam flopped over on her side at the first gust of wind - fortunately drifted into the shallows. Next time made sure the boat was well ballasted and watertight before setting out for a sail. Never forgotten the lessons since
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    4 days ago by redpmg ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    That's a big disappointment for you MB - know how you must have felt - had pretty much the same with the first run of the Police Boat - about the same speed . Turned out taking old hands advice re filling the propshaft tube with sticky grease was a big mistake - disconnected the motor and turned shaft - oops - grease out - used mixture of oils instead - got up on the plane at least but needed silicon grease and slightly bigger motor before it really moved. Now finally runs well on 8.4v and 480 BB motor from Overlander
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    πŸ“ MBW Coronavirus Response
    4 days ago by redpmg ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    We probably all need this - old but true - looks like it will have to be downloaded to play
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    πŸ“ First Disaster
    4 days ago by redpmg ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Talk about the deep blue sea Martin - talk about dangerous waters ...........
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    πŸ“ First Disaster
    4 days ago by redpmg ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi Doug -
    were there plenty of spectators cheering you on ? - at least you obviously don't get too thirsty when boating.............
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    πŸ“ First Disaster
    4 days ago by redpmg ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    This is the site of my disastrous very first attempt at model boat building , many many years ago . ended halfway across the water as the yacht sank never to be seen again. She was sailing well - just took on water and sank - presumably the covering was not totally waterproof - the pond was cleaned out years later but by then the balsa must have disintegrated............

    Its also the hotel which the Royal Family stayed at when visiting the then Rhodesia.

    Anybody else want to post a picture of their first calamity site?
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    πŸ“ MBW Coronavirus Response
    5 days ago by redpmg ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    If you have to do it Nerys - you really should wear a mask and disposable gloves to minimise the risk . Also stay at least 3metres away from any others to be sure - in some circumstances virus can carry further - and also DONT stand downwind .

    Agree with Peter however - better not too - how about making a very small model and sail it in the bathtub rather. That should relieve some boredom.

    Also confined to base by better half - fortunately have a view of the sea from the living area of the house - not even allowed into the garage & hence the Laser. Have to wear mask & gloves to do so.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Fairey Huntsman 31
    5 days ago by redpmg ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Try starting a new thread - get more attention than using this old one - you can also try the Model Boats Magazine site and ask Dave Milbourn for advice on the Huntsman as he is the Fairey expert as well as an electronics wizard. .
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Ready for the pond
    5 days ago by redpmg ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Cant believe how fast your build was Ron - quite amazing . Looking really good .
    Hope the Virus and the weather sort themselves out so you can have a sail .......
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    πŸ“ MBW Coronavirus Response
    5 days ago by redpmg ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Well :- SA officially in Lock-down from Thursday midday - for 21 days - only essential services allowed out & about (medics & other essential staff etc). Only essential shops (grocers, banks, chemists etc) allowed to be open, cant leave home unless for groceries , medicine etc.
    Being enforced by Army & Police - so protesters wont have much say - as a State of Emergency effectively declared.
    No external visitors from Virus hot spot countries allowed - only citizens & permanent residents to be allowed back in.
    Oh well - back to model making - grandson pressing for his Elver..........
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Last update before 4 night shifts!
    5 days ago by redpmg ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    What I like best is that you are capturing the essence of the boat - as if you could step aboard and meet Brody & Quint (before Jaws visited) - its a great job you are making of it.

    That's a long time to have been in the services - but straight into another job ? Surely you need a break ?

    Been reading the early Model Makers again - saw the army was actively recruiting through the magazine in the 50's and early 60's - did you ever see any of those adverts ?

    Looking forward to seeing her completed.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Flying bridge finished.
    6 days ago by redpmg ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Great detail & finish - going to be a really good model
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    πŸ“ MBW Coronavirus Response
    7 days ago by redpmg ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Who could Newby be talking about ? - all politicians basically the same - and life insurance salesman..............let alone some used car dealers.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: New England Lobster Boat
    7 days ago by redpmg ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Nice one George - looking good . Congrats on on your hard work - it really paid off. Something to be rightly proud of.

    A word for next time perhaps and for the newbies - this is a great forum to ask for help or advice on . A lot of the members have plans etc which they can help out with- or know where to source them - some have great advice to offer re motors, running gear and all that type of thing. Its all done to encourage others in our great hobby.

    Looking forward to seeing her on the water
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    7 days ago by redpmg ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Just seen a news report - SA govt has brought out a long list of Items that have to be kept at reasonable prices - profiteers can receive up to a million fine - not sure its not per item either... laughed when I saw toilet paper prominent on the list - mind truly boggles about all that panic buying of it - saw that one single mother in the US was trying to buy 16 packs of that particular commodity when the store had limited it to 6 per customer - you would think we were suffering from a plague of amoebic Dysentery and not the Corona virus !
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    7 days ago by redpmg ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Something for all of us to bear in mind :-
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    πŸ“ Model Yacht Design
    7 days ago by redpmg ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Doug - "You are Old Father William - yet you constantly stand on your head (hands?)" - Don't know why but that saying sprung into my head with your remark about the crick in the neck - only happens to us old folk - had to bend sideways .................
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    πŸ“ Model Yacht Design
    7 days ago by redpmg ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi Chris - that is a very good looking boat alright - not sure of her size from the pictures- obviously needs that long keel
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    πŸ“ Model Yacht Design
    8 days ago by redpmg ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    How about a picture of the boats you acquired MH & Chris W - they seem to be really good looking models - would very much like to see what they look like
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    πŸ“ A True Master.
    8 days ago by redpmg ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi Martin - passed on the address to Bob Wilson who makes beautiful miniatures himself - very pleased and will be showing it to his fellow Miniatures Club members - so well done for finding this - great stuff - keep it up.
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    πŸ“ A True Master.
    8 days ago by redpmg ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    That's is what you call a master builder alright Martin - detail for size is something else..........
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