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robbob

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Member No. 3664
Registered 24th Jan 2016
Last Online 18th Feb 2018
City London
Country United Kingdom
Boats in Harbour 1
Sailing Locations 1
Forum Posts 67
Photos Posted 645
Likes Received 864
Likes Given 62
263 Total Posts
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St. Albans & District Model Engineering Society
Since: 17th Sep 2017
Harbour
46" RAF Crash Tender
Type: Fire Boat
Fleet Admiral!
Ranks Points
Fleet Admiral 1000
Admiral 800
Captain 600
Commander 400
Lieutenant 200
Sub-Lieutenant 100
Chief Petty Officer 50
Petty Officer 25
Seaman 10
Apprentice 2
Recruit 0
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Forum Thread 5 50
Forum Post 2 134
Event 8 32
Photo Gallery 10 0
Photos Response 3 0
Video Post 15 0
Video Response 3 0
Build Blog 20 20
Blog Post 5 475
Blog Response 3 294
Sailor 8 8
Guestbook Post 8 0
Liked Posts 1 62
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Recent Posts
Skeg by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 13 hours ago
Excellent work Michael👍. My second attempt a making a skeg for my boat was passable (eventually). I overdid the silver solder and spent ages filing the surplus away.....less is more, as they say. I finally mastered silver soldering with some of the later brass fittings I made, fortunately you also have a lathe and clearly a great deal more experience than me. Robbob.

Fire Float information by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 days ago
Hi Doug. Have a look at this thread by FireBoat back in December 2016. https://model-boats.com/forum/anything-website-related/24777 Rob.

Fire Float information by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 days ago
And I thought you were a smart cookie 😉 The feature has been in the site since the big upgrade last January.. Ya learn somethin' new every day😁. Rob

Fire Float information by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 days ago
Click on the PDF icon as if it is a picture, then in the left hand top corner you'll see 'Download' click on that to download the file. Works for me. Try that and let me know. Rob.

Fire Float information by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 days ago
Oh... I wish I had all that info on the mysterious 'Ministry' book ! The illustrations you see were supplied to me by the wonderful chaps at 'Vintage Model Workshop', not sure where they got them from but that's all they have too. Rob.

Fire Float information by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 days ago
Hi Javro. Are these helpful? They are .pdf's so you will need to download them. Very few 'photos and film exist of these boats and somewhere there's a 'Ministry of Supply' book from which these illustrations came from that I really wish I could track down. Rob.

upgrading Turnigy i6 to 10 channels by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 11 days ago
Hi Chris. Congratulations on a successful upgrade, I'll feel much more confident when I get around to doing mine. Good call Doug 👍 Rob.

1st Gunwhale stringers by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 13 days ago
Hi Michael. Good idea with the jigs, it certainly minimises the possibility of snapping the stringers while they 'set'. Rob.

upgrading Turnigy i6 to 10 channels by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 14 days ago
Hi All. I think I'll hold back on upgrading my setup until Chris has a successful outcome. If he's still having trouble I may bite the bullet and do mine to see if I can get it to work, at least the rollback to the previous firmware is a safety net, I wouldn't want to brick my system😱. Rob.

upgrading Turnigy i6 to 10 channels by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 14 days ago
Hi Chris. It looks like you have already posted an enquiry on the github site for 'benb0jangles' attention, let's hope you get a response to that. Meanwhile here's a YouTube video that shows a successful upgrade working with the ten channel receiver that I have bought so it does appear to work ok. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=I8ilTsO74lg Have you tried re-binding the tx to the new rx again after the update? Rob.

upgrading Turnigy i6 to 10 channels by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 16 days ago
Hi Chris Sorry I don't have an answer for you but I also plan to do the same upgrade shortly. I already have the ia10b 10 chan receiver and mini din to usb cable from Hobbyking but I haven't got round to doing it yet. The YouTube videos seem to indicate that it's straightforward enough so I'm also curious as to why you have not been successful. I assume you have downloaded the latest firmware from the github.com site? Rob.

More Bulkheads by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 27 days ago
Ah...I see what you are trying to achieve now, I've never seen that done but that's not to say it isn't possible so if you think you can engineer it...why not 😜👍. Rob.

More Bulkheads by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 27 days ago
Hi Michael. You might want to consider enlarging the cut out in CF2 to allow you to get your hand easily into the interior of the cockpit. I think the small 'door' cut out will restrict access if you intend to detail this area with a wheel, throttles and instruments etc. And getting your hand inside is really helpful when it comes to glazing the windows. Apart from that it looks like a 'proper job' 👍 Robbob.

London Model Engineering Exhibition by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 month ago
Hi Skipper44. I'm a member of the St.Albans & District Model Engineering Society. We sail at the boating lake in Verulamium Park St. Albans http://www.stalbansmes.com/lake.htm Rob.

The Vosper 46” RAF Crash Tender Kit By Vintage Model Works by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 month ago
Coming along nicely Michael 👍. Tip. When continuing with the build blog use the 'Post New Build Update' (yellow button) at the top of your blog when adding a new update rather than 'replying' to your own posting, which is what I think you are doing. You can then give the update a title /description of your progress. The webmaster 'Fireboat' (aka Stephen) may be able to fix your postings before you post any more. Meanwhile keep up the good work😁. Rob.

The Vosper 46” RAF Crash Tender Kit By Vintage Model Works by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 month ago
Hi mturpin013. As javro says, welcome to the 'mad hatters' forum 🤠. A great choice of model for your return to model making👍. You will find the VMW kit is well thought out and uses good quality materials, the building instructions are a little lacking in some detail in places but judging by your qualifications you will clearly have very little difficulty building this kit to a high standard. I'll be following your build blog with great interest 😁. Robbob.

London Model Engineering Exhibition by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 months ago
Don't miss the London Model Engineering Exhibition at Alexandra Palace. Friday 19th January - Sunday 21st January The South's Major Showcase of Modelling... Not to be Missed! I'll be showing my RAF Crash Tender on the Blackheath Model Power Boat Club stand. http://londonmodelengineering.co.uk/ http://londonmodelengineering.co.uk/showguide.pdf

Painting starts-radio gear in! by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 months ago
I can't do fast but I can do fastidious 😜 At best I can do a few hours one or two evenings a week and perhaps a whole day at the weekend. Work - life - hobby balance and all that, gotta keep swmbo happy 😉.

Painting starts-radio gear in! by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 months ago
I'm very impressed by your work and the speed that you are doing it, you've certainly a fast worker. It would take me about 3 months to do what you have accomplished in 30 days. Keep up the good work.👍 Robbob

Another model shop to close. by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 months ago
I saw in the London Evening Standard today that 308 Hobbies, probably the last remaining model shop in London is to close in the new year. This article in the local paper gives more detail. http://www.islingtongazette.co.uk/news/holloway-road-insitut... 'Another one bites the dust' 😡

Hull sheeting commences by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 months ago
Excellent progress on this build, I'll be following this with great interest. Hendon museum is just a stone's throw from me and I have looked at the real boats there a few times close up. If you need any detail photos let me know. Robbob.

rotating radars off mast by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 months ago
Hi kmbsecretary. Just had a look at the Mr RC World site. What a great range of useful little modules 👍👍 Not cheap but they look incredibly well made. https://www.mr-rcworld.co.uk/

Display stand and transport case. by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 months ago
Hi Hmsnostalgia and welcome to the website. Glad you are enjoying my blog and thanks for your complementary remarks. What next?, well I'll be starting a new boat quite soon and posting a build blog once I have enough verbiage and pictures to post ......watch this space 😜. I may be going to the Warwickshire show next weekend, might see you there👍. Robbob.

St. Albans model show. by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 5 months ago
The Southampton tug was a real favourite with the kids (and parents) on the 'have a go' boats. I think it ran all day on a single 12v Pb battery 😆. The fireboat had at least one young admirer 😜

St. Albans model show. by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 5 months ago
I’m pleased to report that the fireboat finally got it’s bottom wet at the St. Albans model exhibition last weekend. Sadly it was only in the very small temporary pond that the club set up for the ‘have a go’ boats during the ‘free sailing’ session at the end of the second day, nevertheless it was a good ‘tank test’ for the motor and systems. The boat gets up onto a plane immediately and crossed the water into the hands of a ‘catcher’ on the opposite corner in seconds and when held static under full throttle it’s quite a job to counter the thrust. She sits nicely on the waterline but needs a small amount of ballast to correct a very small list to port, and I also need to extend the rudder servo limits to reduce the turning circle a bit. It’s a shame that there was no one to hand to take some action pictures and video so I only have a few static shots that I took. The St. Albans model show was itself a phenomenal success with public attendances breaking all records over last year and was well supported by numerous other clubs and societies. The glorious weather on both days also helped too! If you attended the show I hope you had as much fun as I did 😁 It was also great to chat with other modellers who inspected my boat in the clubs display room at the show, many of whom have also made this model or have one under construction, it's was a pleasure meeting you all. Robbob.

St. Albans & District Model Engineering Society by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 5 months ago
We meet at the lake most Sunday mornings from about 10am (weather permitting) Please see our calendar for special event dates. http://www.stalbansmes.com/calendar.html We currently use the small lake in Verulamium Park but are able to arrange the use of the large lake for members under certain circumstances. The park has numerous facilities including ample parking, toilets, a cafe and on the warmer days an ice cream van. More information about the park can be found at: http://www.stalbans.gov.uk/leisure-and-culture/parks-and-gre...

Display stand and transport case. by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 5 months ago
Hi Shaun. It was a great pleasure meeting you too, and thanks for the cuppa and the chat 🍵😁👍. I hope you have been reading and enjoying my fireboat build blog and comparing notes. Good luck fitting the hatch magnets. Rob.

Display stand and transport case. by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 5 months ago
Perhaps time to do something similar then?. Anyone interested? Derby is definitely do-able, I did it the other day (sorry about the alliteration) 😜 Signing off now...time for my beddybyes. Night night all.

Display stand and transport case. by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 5 months ago
Hi Paul. Blackpool show? It will be a bit too far 'up country' for me (London boy) anyway. What ever happened to the "Fireboat Day" that might be a good thing to do if anything.

Display stand and transport case. by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 5 months ago
Hi Paul & Doug Still dry I'm afraid, water levels at my local lakes are still very low and weedy 😡. I couldn't find a 700 size heli case like yours so I scoured s/h flight case merchants and the like until I found a suitable used flight case on eBay. Picked it up from Derby yesterday and the boat fits in it like a glove 😁