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St. Albans & District Model Engineering Society
Since: 17th Sep 2017
46" RAF Crash Tender
Type: Fire Boat
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 😉.
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
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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 😁