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robbob

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Member No. 3664
Registered 24th Jan 2016
Last Online 21st May 2018
City London
Country United Kingdom
Boats in Harbour 1
Sailing Locations 1
Forum Posts 71
Photos Posted 648
Likes Received 886
Likes Given 76
275 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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Fleet Admiral 1000
Admiral 800
Captain 600
Commander 400
Lieutenant 200
Sub-Lieutenant 100
Chief Petty Officer 50
Petty Officer 25
Seaman 10
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Recent Posts
Rubbing stakes by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 22 hours 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: 7 days 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: 25 days 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: 2 months ago
Good luck and get well soon. Robbob.

Sealing a hull up by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 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: 2 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: 2 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: 2 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: 2 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: 3 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: 3 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: 3 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: 3 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: 3 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: 3 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: 3 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: 3 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: 3 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: 3 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: 4 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: 4 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: 4 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: 4 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: 4 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.

More Bulkheads by robbob Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 4 months 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: 4 months 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: 4 months 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: 4 months 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: 5 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: 6 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 😉.