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[Score: 5/10] 35"/2800g RTTL 2769 Twin Propellors (3 Blade 45mm) Direct Drive to a 2 x 540 (3 Blade) Powered by LiPoly (7.4v) 5Amp/h Batteries Controlled Through Chinese twin feed ESC - Comments: As a direct result of refurbishing a scratch built 1960s 2754 ,and having the plans to hand,I decided to build two superstructures. 2754 was so impressive I have now built the hull and fitted Motors Drives and rudders. i decided on twin prop set up sit was truer to scale.
[Score: 10/10] 35"/3000g Vosper RTTL 2754 Capable of 10mph and a runtime of 25mins Single Propellor (3 Blade 30mm) Direct Drive to a 600 brushed (3 Blade) Powered by NiCad (7.2v) 4Amp/h Batteries Controlled Through Chinese 320 amp ESC - Comments: Scratch built from plan (Vic Smeed) in the mid 60s by my brother in law I have been aware of this model from the mid 90s sitting on a top shelf in disrepair in his workshop in Wales. Being a reasonable frequent visitor l had looked at the hull of this model and at the end of march on a weekend visit I offered to take the hull and separate deck home with me. I obtained a set of plans off eBay an set about renovating the hull fitting the portholes and keeping as many original bits as possible.Some new deck vents and motor vents were 3d printed by my nephew. The Davits made from plasticard and plastic tubing sadly succumbed to damage during transit so again the 3d printer was put to use deck scuttles an cabin vents were also made Whilst making the super structures and mast I decided to make two of each with the veiw to making a sister vessel but this will be finished in white more on that to follow. 2754 was duly completed ready to return on our summer trip to see family again. We ran the boat on the Teifi estuary to complete a most enjoyable refurbishment and now my great nephew will have the joy of powered model boats having been brought up with yachts both large and small
What is the KV of your motor and how many volts do you intend to use? The theory is that this is how it should be done and in practice I Have done this setup with Huco type couplings which turned over very smoothly but they could not handle the high revs ie14.000 The Radio Active couplings are first class but again I have experienced some balance issues and vibration with them. I worry slightly that the length of 2 couplings together is somewhat long but I may be totally wrong. All you can do is to try it I shall follow with interest
[Score: 8/10] 46" Aero kits Sea Queen Single Propellor (2 Blade X Type 45mm) Direct Drive to a 3650 watercooled (2 Blade X Type) Powered by Lead Acid (12v) 7Amp/h Batteries Controlled Through Hobby wing 100 amp w/c (100Amps) ESC - Comments: I felt the need to build something large from scratch having built Sea Nymph Sea Rover aero kits Swordsman kit. Many GRP based I/C powered before converting many of them to Brushless power. In Feb 2017 I bought plans from ebay in readiness for a family trip to Wales. My brother in law has a well kitted workshop in which he produced Sailing dingy kits before retiring. The aim was to produce this boat for the least possible cost. Thankfully there are lots of ply off cuts in Wales plus an 8x5 sheet of 1.5mm so I set about making my own kit during the time I was there. The motor was to be a Marx Decaperm selected from my bits box which I chose to set up using the geared drive. On the first launch performance was lacking to say the least so the motor mount was adjusted to direct drive but alas performance was not much better then everything stopped. The wires on the commutator had become unsolder end a common problem apparently I've now fitted a 3650 brushless stolen from an early attempt of a Huntsman 31 built for my Grand daughter which had replaced the Graupner 600, she is now 19 and interested in other things beginning with B. Having fitted the brushless a lot of vibration was experienced his was traced to a misaligned coupling,next outing will be with a huco type of fitting just to check it out roll on Thursday.
[Score: 9/10] 34"/3400g Swordsman hull Twin Propellors (3 Blade 45mm) Direct Drive to a 3670 x2 (3 Blade) Powered by LiPoly (14.8v) 5Amp/h Batteries Controlled Through Chinese (100Amps) ESC - Comments: This was my first serious attempt at model boating and the hull a Swordsman fibreglass 34.1/2" was purchases 50 years ago from Radio Control supplies Isleworth in 1967 along with a used RCS Sequential radio. Over the years it's been powered by an ED 2.46 Racer a Merco 35 and finally my treasured OS61 VRM With a tuned pipe from Prestwich model boats. Now it's time for a a total rebuild so i,be decided to try twin contra rotating screws and brushed 600 motors. I'm looking to fit a superstructure akin to a Sea King. So far the hull has been stripped of all its hardware and all holes made good with resin and glass fibre tape. Currently making jigs to set up the two new propshafts On first test run brushed motors were very disappointing so onto plan B. Latest setup will be 2 x 3670 2100kv each with 100amp ESC. The lead acid battery made the hull very unstable so it's back to lipo batteries
Sunday morning is normally set aside for I/C but I have never been on this day but I do have I/C boats screaming to be used again. When you have turned into Fairlands Valley Park keep driving past the main car park down to the cafe which is on the left. You can park just past this building opposite the Sailing club. The club use the second lake they have a slipway and rescue boat. Hope this info is useful and you have a good visit
Me again I see you live in North London. I travel to Stevenage most weeks from Milton Keynes where we have overpriced and undersubscribed clubs. The journey time is about an hour but makes it an event to look forward to each week. The lake is about 10mins from th A1M Stevenage turn and no weed.
Good afternoon Robob have been following your build with interest. If you're from WGC I would suggest you look us up at the Stevenage model boat club. Very wide range of scale boats electric sailed Thursday afternoons from 2.00pm. Look us up on the website for full details.
[Score: 5/10] 30" Sea Ranger from Aerokits plan Single Propellor Direct Drive to a 2855 Powered by LiPoly (11.1v) Batteries Controlled Through Turnigy ESC - Comments: Still very much work in progress This Sea Sea Ranger is built from an eBay "Aerokits plan" which has some subtle differences presumably to get around copyright. The cabin sides below cockpit window had a reverse curve to the original but it was not difficult to undo this modification Well the sea ranger if now complete finished I a Ford maroon colour Belco paint been on the shelf since the early 90s plus some more before I inherited it, the cabin sides are cream self mix into a Crown paints b/w sample pot. Cabin rooves sprayed with white aerosol. The original motor at 3100kv was far too powerful so a silly little out runner has replaced it.
[Score: 5/10] Single Propellor (2 Blade S Type 25mm) Direct Drive Powered by LiPoly (7.4v) 1Amp/h Batteries - Comments: Scratch built from plan off eBay with a couple of tweaks to fit every thing in and retain cockpit floor level In 1964 this was the first aerokits boat I built so a little nostalgia here.
[Score: 7/10] 30"/3200g Sea Hound Capable of 12mph and a runtime of 40mins Single Propellor (2 Blade X Type 35mm) Direct Drive to a Irvine 21 (2 Blade X Type) - Comments: Built from GRP bits supplied by Willen Lake Mbc Member In 2005 The Irvine engine, an eBay purchase unused and in its original box, is easy to start as it has a ringed piston and never a problem to get it onto the water. Radio gear is now 2.4ghz Futaba FS607. This one has been to the bottom of the lake after mounting a buoy. And back thanks to a friendly customer who did scuba diving for his retrieval efforts and twenty minutes below the surface.
[Score: 10/10] 28"/3200g Sportsman Capable of 15mph and a runtime of 25mins Single Propellor (2 Blade X Type 40mm) Direct Drive to a JP3650 (2 Blade X Type) Powered by LiPoly (14.8v) 5Amp/h Batteries Controlled Through Hobbyking (100Amps) ESC - Comments: Built in 2008 as a Z Class from fibreglass hull moulded by Willen lake Mbc member and fitted with cut down Cavalier deck and cover. Z class was for engines .12cu inch so I purchased my very first new engine an ASP12 watercooled,all kit up until this time had been sourced second hand. With a tuned pipe installed off to the lake we went. Needless to say it wasn't brilliant compared to the boats now being fitted with geared drive and bigger props,I was using 29mm & 32mm. In 2010 I converted it to the current brushless setup and it is still a boat that I would regularly take to the lake. It is a good talking point and the public do love to ask questions.
[Score: 10/10] 28" Wee Nip Bermuda rig No46 Highland Clan Capable of 10mph and a runtime of 120mins Powered by NiMH (6v) Batteries - Comments: Built to Abington Park yacht club plan using 3 sheets 1/8" balsa and 2 sheets 1/16" 4" wide sheet. This time the sides are covered with the grain lengthways instead of vertical planking. Covered in wing cloth and polyester resin. Mast is 6mm x 1 metre carbon fibre tube jib and boom from 5mm cf tube. Sails flat cut from 36micron Mylar sheet trimmed with deck patch fitted with 1/8" plated eyelets. Balsa nose replaced with high density soft foam. Colour Purple Sails white with yellow trims.
[Score: 8/10] 36"/4100g 36 Rater model yacht Powered by NiMH (6v) Batteries - Comments: Purchased at Henly on Thames wooden boat show in May 2016 again by my brother in law who likes to see me recycle old model boats. Thin GRP hull with stess fractures one mast and one thick canvas sail. Hull was coated with polyester resin and model aircraft wing cloth rubbed down and recoated with another application of resin rubbed down and painted with three coats Yellow machinery enamel after having been redecked with 1/16" ply fitted out with four turn sail winch and standard Futaba servo for rudder via flexible cable connection. As there are no restrictions on sail sizes and the original mast was in three sections at 196cm I replaced the centre 40 cm shorter in effect creating a no2 or B rig from Mylar type plastic sheet. Jib and Main made from four panels each and using a Claudio Gadget to create a curve in each sail. Having sailed on very calm day several issues presented themselves which need to be addressed in the sail department. Not too many photo's of this type about but I have found one on MYA website which I shall use to to make amendments i.e. new sails and gooseneck.
[Score: 5/10] 30" Offshore Patrol Boat Single Propellor (2 Blade S Type 35mm) Direct Drive Powered by NiMH (7.2v) Batteries - Comments: Acquired for the cost of a cup of coffee from an auto jumble I cannot identify exactly what it is but is very close in design to a US Packard off shore patrol boat. New cabin constructed using some bits salvaged from the original as most of the plywood on the superstructure had delaminated. Now in hands of new owner donation to Mercy Ships Charity
[Score: 10/10] 28" Wee Nip no45 Powered by NiMH (6v) 2Amp/h Batteries - Comments: 5 sheets of 1/8" Balsa Carbon fibre mast Plans fin and lead ballast weight and sail blanks from Abington park model boat club see Internet for all details Small bottle of cyano glue and wing cloth plus polyester resin to cover.. Very little money satisfaction of building it yourself and hours of fun sailing it. Will add photo when site wifi let me upload
[Score: 8/10] 46" PRECEDENT HUNTSMAN 31 Capable of 12mph and a runtime of 20mins Single Propellor (2 Blade X Type 50mm) Direct Drive to a AQUASTAR 3974 2200kv (2 Blade X Type) Powered by LiPoly (14.8v) 5Amp/h Batteries Controlled Through AQUASTAR 120 (110Amps) ESC - Comments: Christmas present in 2009 taken a long time to put together.Good fibreglass moulding but poor quality light plywood. Have upgraded final look using photos from net based on actual boat 100% Proof. Should launch this summer 2016. Well launch date came and went no I finally got around to joining the Stevenage Model Boat Club in May 2017 before the boat finally got wet. With the power train setup listed above the huntsman perfoms remarkably well. Having done much internet research and downloaded many photographs I concluded that the superstructure on the kit was set too far back and it was duly moved forward to create a more balanced look. I had great difficulty finding suitable fenders so whilst on a family trip to Wales I coerced my nephew at Swallow Boats to design and 3D print some for me these are now installed pictures to follow
[Score: 5/10] 36"/3000g Starlet - Comments: New build from Vic Smeed free plan,Model Boats magazine December 1966. Mast and fittings used from previous build c 1970. Original hull consigned to local tip during a mad clear out many pull years ago.
Just to throw something else into the melting pot. Have just returned from sailing my Wee Nip yacht. All details can be found on Abington Park web site. Unique parts plans & sail blanks available from the website links. I recon sub £70 radio. I've built 3 to date all still running. Worth a look. The original sail design has been modified to Bermuda Rig Rex
[Score: 6/10] 46" Aerokits Crash Tender 46 Capable of 10mph and a runtime of 20mins Single Propellor (2 Blade X Type 50mm) Direct Drive Powered by LiPoly (22.2v) 4Amp/h Batteries - Comments: Found In junk shop and given to me by my brother In law as he knows I like anything that floats. Painted Blue and Red upon arrival. After much research I set about a total refurb. Still very much work In progress
[Score: 8/10] 23"/2000g Pond Yacht circa 1948 - Comments: Given to me by a customer.last sailed In Llandudno boating pond In 1948. Have made new set of sails as originals were so thin and started disintegrating. Construction plank onto frames with brass screws,pine with mahogany trims mast and bowsies. Refinished with Pine coloured yacht varnish and International Toplac 105 below waterline.
[Score: 10/10] 28" Wee Nip Bermuda Rig no44 Capable of 10mph - Comments: Built from Traplet plywood kit but modified to Bermuda Rig following Abington Park Model Yacht club plans. Parts purchased from club Include Skeg, Ballast, Sail blanks and plans all for a very reasonable sum. Follow the Abington park website for all the details.Sails transferred to Wee Nip built from balsa wood polyester coated wing cloth now being used by nephew in Wales. Original boat has been redecked has new sails and is registered as No44.