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Wait for it Chris! Carry on at that rate and you'll soon be as bad as the rest of us - double parking them in duplex berths! 👍 Know what you mean about size. I'm looking for ways to lighten my 50 to 55" warships and have moved from 72 scale to 144 and 350 for the big guys - carriers and battleships 😉 Cheers Doug 😎
Since my post in April (which was bad enough!) I've acquired a 1:35 Elco PTB, and HMS Prince of Wales and RMS Titanic at 1:350 for Plastic Magic conversion. 😲 Merry Christmas everybody, Doug 😎 Oh! Did I mention the 1:48 DeHavilland Mosquito, a MONSTER THING? My Dad's favourite aircraft after the Spitfire, he worked on both in WW2.
Welcome aboard Bryan, Have already seen the reason for 'the Pirate bit' and was highly amused, keep up the good work. I see you have much to contribute 👍 Cheers and Merry Modelling Christmas, Doug 😎 PS Will definitely be Spicing the Mainbrace, or as me ol' Mum says after a tipple "Splice the Mainbrace and Lower the Poopdeck" 😁
BTW: I've had for years a Fleetscale 1:72 hull for an H class Flotilla Leader destroyer. Since I've already got a scratch built HMS Hotspur I've been considering converting it into a County class cruiser hull, HMS Kent my home county. Your blog has set the grey cells and cogs in motion👍 I drive a Toyota - 'Nothing is impossible' 😉 Keep up the good work (and blog). Cheers Doug 😎
An honourable decision! 👍 And absolutely right, we all learn through our 'cock ups' so why not help others avoid, or at least correct, them? 😉 More power to your conscience, and thanks for jogging mine, will include my 'errors of judgement' in the next instalment of my Sea Scout renovation. My first boss after college used to say 'If you've never made a mistake then you've never made F.A.'! A rather jovial East Ender, a 'rough diamond'. Cheers Doug 😎
Good job 👍 Had a similar problem many moons ago with the bow on the upper hull of my Type 1A U Boat. Also fixed it with judicial cutting and epoxy. The original 'cut & paste' !? 😉 Following with great interest, can't wait for the next instalment. Cheers Doug 😎
Hallo Sy, without a subscription number I'm afraid you won't get access 🤔 "The online archive of Model Boats magazine is available exclusively to Print + Digital and Digital subscribers and lets you: Turn the pages of your favourite magazine online Access back issues Search for favourite articles Access the latest issue as soon as it is published" Cheers Doug 😎
Hi Andy, what you might call a FAQ!! Have a look at the info here to help filter the plethora of motor specs and find something close to the MFA850 performance - or better as the brushless motors are more powerful size for size and LiPo batteries much lighter. http://www.thercmodelboatforum.com/t1234-brushed-to-brushles... As a guide here is a table of the Graupner brushless specs for you to compare with the 850 spec. There is no conversion table as such, especially since with many brushless and ESCs you can alter the performance by adjusting timing at the ESC! Turbo!! Happy hunting, cheers Doug 😎
Hi nutrunner, you could try repainting these Delivery men! They are 1:43. http://www.peoplescale.com/Delivery-Men-143-P-65311.htm There are other 1:43 and 1:48 / 50 figures on this site as well. The Japanese are 'little people' anyway. Not to be confused with the Leprechauns! 😉 Cheers Doug
Guilty as charged Ken 😭 But then the few model shops left in Bavaria seem to be all aircraft / heli / drone oriented 🤔 Any half decent boaty shops are in north Germany near the coast (must be the salt air!😉) But there are several excellent on-line shops specialising in boats / subs and associated electronic modules. Cheers, Doug 😎
Hi Andy, depends which type you have. The 300 series just have bronze and brass bushes as bearings. These will need lubricating! The data sheet (see attached) says ensure components are well greased! The 301 series have bronze and Delrin self lubricating bearings and the data sheet (see attached) says lubrication is unnecessary! All info and data downloads are here http://raboeschmodels.com/index.php/en/component/virtuemart/... Cheers Doug 😎
Hi Mark, Hmm! The gum will go gooey with heat (sun if you get any!) or go brittle with time and fall off. Thin card or heavy grade paper (depending on scale) and Ezekote or similar would be better. Cheers Doug 😎