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robbob

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Member No. 3664
Registered 24th Jan 2016
Last Online 15th Jul 2018
City London
Country United Kingdom
Boats in Harbour 1
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Forum Posts 76
Photos Posted 657
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281 Total Posts
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St. Albans & District Model Engineering Society
Since: 17th Sep 2017
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46" RAF Crash Tender
Type: Fire Boat
Fleet Admiral!
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St.Albans Model Show by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 6 days ago
This is the annual exhibition by the St.Albans & District Model Engineering Society. It gets bigger and better every year and it's a great family day out with lots to see and do for children (and grown ups too !) Lots of local clubs exhibiting too so there's a great variety of all types of models for serious model makers to see. We hope to see you there 😁

The Anchor. by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 11 days ago
Hi Molly. The planking is 7mm x 1.5mm Maple and the caulking is 0.7mm black plasticard. Have a look at the 'Planking' sections in this blog to see how it was done. Robbob.

Crash Tender davit info... by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 25 days ago
Martin. The textured spray I used came from Halfords and was applied in very thin layers to build up the required texture, bear in mind that the finishing colour will 'fill' the texture to some degree. I also applied a satin lacquer to seal the final surface. Sprinkling pixie dust (or crushed chinchillas 😱) onto wet paint sounds a bit hit & miss to me 😁. Whatever you do is acceptable as 'modellers license', and why not be individual with a two-tone grey scheme👍👍. Doug. I think I saw these books and others on Amazon UK when I doing my initial research but concluded that they probably wouldn't have any specific info or 'photos on the flying boat crash rescue tenders which are the subject of the discussion here and I didn't want to shell out on the off-chance that they would, but certainly very useful for the other RAF boats. RAF Hendon museum is very close to me, I could walk there in 20 minutes if I was feeling energetic, and it could be worth asking to see what 'photos and documents they have there. Robbob.

Crash Tender davit info... by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 25 days ago
Martin. The 'Deck Anti-Slip Finish' bit is on page 4 near the top. Re: Colours. As there seem to be no colour photographs or film of the boats the question of colours for the decks, cabins and roofs is open to speculation but you are quite correct to point out that the plans do not specify white for anything other than the hull markings. The cabin roofs I believe would indeed have a textured coating as the crew were required to stand on them to operate the monitors etc. but I decided not to replicate the texture as is would just look like a bad paint job! I did carefully consider the colour options when painting my boat and decided to texture the deck and paint it in the colour specified ‘BS631 RAF Light Grey’ but to leave the cabin roofs untextured and painted white as that seems to be the consensus, and to my eye it does look 'right'. It is also a great shame, as you say, that one of the most popular RAF boats were so few in numbers and not well documented or photographed during their service life. I have a suspicion that a book of drawings and specifications does exist somewhere as I have seen a few pages that appear to have 'Ministry of Supply' indexes and page references. The 'Plans & Docs' section of this site has some useful information and some 'photos and drawings but they are of very poor quality and resolution. Wouldn't it be nice if whoever has that resource were to make it generally available, I believe it's out there somewhere. We can only hope. Robbob.

Crash Tender davit info... by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 26 days ago
Hi Martin. I have a drawing that shows the davit but not in very much detail 🤔. It is designed to be swapped between attachment points on both port or starboard sides ( hence 'portable' davit) and when not required it is stowed in the centre deck with the ends locating in some sort of retaining points on the deck and then (presumably) secured to the wall of the cabin. I added some detail to the white metal casting that came with my Vintage Model Works kit and also modified it to swivel on a removable fixing bracket. See my build blog for more detail on how I made mine. https://model-boats.com/builds/view/23951 Good luck with the restoration. Robbob.

what have I got? by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 30 days ago
Hi Bryan. I think what you have is an RAF Seaplane Tender, it could be an Aerokits or Veron kit. A very nice restoration project ! Rob.

Rubbing stakes by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 months ago
Impressive..... Nicely engineered and looks quite substantial 👍👍, hopefully you can blend it into the rubbing strakes to be virtually invisible. Well worth the effort to incorporate at this stage, I just wish I had done so myself 😭. I'm glad that you can benefit from my bad experience. That's what this forum is all about 😁. Great work as always. Rob

Fibreglass the hull by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 months ago
Hi Michael. I was also a bit nervous when glassing the hull, I did a few trial pieces first to test the application method and the curing time but I actually found the process very straightforward and gave excellent results. Next time I'll use the faster curing hardener now I have the technique and confidence. I do regret not glassing the deck and superstructure as they would have benefited from a stronger surface. If it's not too late you might want to consider insetting a piece of steel or brass on the tip of the prow on the upper strake to protect from any accidental knocks. I managed to do that while carrying the boat through a doorway😡. It was quite easy to repair but a bit late for me to add a reinforcing plate around the nose. Keep up the great work. Robbob.

Cabin windows again by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 months ago
Interesting solution ! What you are actually describing is otherwise known as 'secondary double glazing'...😜 Keep up the great work. Robbob.

bad day at blackrock by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 4 months ago
Good luck and get well soon. Robbob.

Sealing a hull up by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 4 months ago
Hi there. I buy sanding sealer from this eBay trader: www.ebay.co.uk/itm/500ML-Cellulose-Sanding-Sealer-Clear-Seal-For-Softwood-MDF-Hardwood-/182820765369?hash=item2a90f77eb9 Robbob.

Cabin roof mechanism by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 4 months ago
That's a very clever design and we'll executed. Two concerns, the finished roof might be a little fragile and easily knocked, trust me, it happens 😱, particularly with the mast in place and the 'pantagraph' motion knocked out of alignment. Also, if you are doing working lighting for the mast, front and side nav lights and searchlight, how will you articulate the wiring to them neatly? Perhaps a self locating, on closure, multi pin connector? I'm sure you have already considered these points so I'll be interested to see how you engineer them. Keep up the great work 👍. Robbob.

Cabin detail Pt 2 by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 4 months ago
This build just keeps getting better !! Here's a drawing of part of the control panel that shows a little more detail and a still from the Pathe video that shows a bit more. I hope they are helpful. Robbob.

Cabin detail Pt 1 by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 4 months ago
Hi Michael. Looking forward to part 2 of this instalment, lovin' the detail 👍. Robbob.

Propshaft and oiler fitting by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 4 months ago
Hi Colin. The propshaft, oiler and support are available from this UK supplier. hxttp://www.modelboatbits.com/MAXIDRIVE-P-FRAME-4MM-1 Good luck with the build. Robbob.

THE VOSPER 46" CRASH TENDER KIT BY VINTAGE MODEL WORKS by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 4 months ago
Hi Vosper21 Welcome to the forum. I put a single motor, shaft and rudder in my fireboat so I don't have any first hand experience of a twin drive system but I would think that the shafts should exit the hull at the same points as the single shaft but equidistant from the keel. Similarly the rudders should be directly behind each prop. There are members on this site that have done a twin drive system on the 46" model that can offer more informed guidance, hopefully they will chip in with some good advice. Over to you chaps ! Please consider doing a build blog to document your progress. Good luck with the build. Robbob.

Fire boat by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 4 months ago
Hi Kevin. Welcome to the forum. A resin fittings kit for the 1:16 (34.5 inch) fireboat is available from SLEC: http://www.slecuk.com/balsa-wood/Crash-Tender-Fiting-Kit-PR8... They are made from styrene and are consequently won't add too much additional weight. There is also a white metal fitting kit available from Model Slipway: http://www.modelslipway.com/fittings/crashtender/crash%20ten... This set looks more comprehensive and will add a bit more weight but will be much sturdier. Not forgetting the range of 1:16 fittings available from the 'Model Shop' on this site.👍 I hope that's helpful. Robbob.

Foam tank grating Pt 2 by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 5 months ago
Hi Michael. Excellent work on the foam tank gratings 👍 I assume you tried to source from Modellingtimbers initially? http://www.modellingtimbers.co.uk/7.html For those that don't have the kind of tooling that you have the gratings are also available from this alternative supplier: http://www.rbmodel.com/index.php?action=products&group=016 Their product range and prices are very good, and delivery is remarkably cheap and very quick too considering they are based in Poland. I have sourced various bits from them for my fireboat and I can thoroughly recommend them (although they seem to be presently out of stock of the 3mm gratings 🤔) Rob.

Skeg by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 5 months 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: 5 months 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: 5 months 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: 5 months 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: 5 months 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: 5 months 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: 5 months 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: 5 months 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: 5 months 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: 5 months 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: 5 months 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: 6 months 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.