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    ๐Ÿ“ Odd prototypes leading to the Perkasa
    4 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ RodC ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Steven T, what you have just described sounds a bit like the American PT boats of World War II especially in the Pacific, but also the American river boats used in Vietnam for patrolling Coastal Waters and river deltas and up into the rivers themselves. Sometimes a mortar attached just below the front machine gun making it look like a double barrel with the lower Barrel being perhaps 10 cm. Pro boat produced two different kinds of RTR, a smaller one which is now out of production and a larger one right now that actually has twin props and twin rudders. The smaller one years ago had two jet drives

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    ๐Ÿ“ What do these resemble?
    5 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ RodC ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Looks like an indexing problem on the site this morning. My comment was regarding the Vietnam-era river gunboat.

    ๐Ÿ“ What do these resemble?
    5 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ RodC ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    CommodoreH, a fantastic workshop. I envy your toolboard, handtools easily located. "A place for everything, & everything in its place." A lifelong goal of mine, never achieved tho.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Nile River Gunboat - Stern Wheeler
    7 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ RodC ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Those Gatling guns are formidable ! I bet she is the precursor to the A10 close-air-support Warthog

    ๐Ÿ“ Sealing Balsa & Ply
    7 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ RodC ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    CAN$32 here+13% tax. My 1st bottle was $35 18mo ago

    ๐Ÿ“ AliExpress
    7 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ RodC ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    My Bristol Bay is in relatively pristine condition. The rigging is original, I have the masts and sales and the navigation lights all still work. The radio is in the 75 megahertz band so I am stuck with a long antenna on the TX. Overall that I have seen on Kijiji or eBay are locking the rigging but have the masts and no sales or they have neither. Please forgive my spelling, I am using voice to text conversion

    ๐Ÿ“ What do these resemble?
    7 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ RodC ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Every item that I consider putting in the garbage or into recycling is something that I look at with an eye towards using it in one of my hobbies. I recently visited a ship modeler who builds RC combat ships, the ones that actually fire BB's at each other, and he had used bottle caps inverted to form the armor around gunners. I keep plastic containers from ready to eat food, if they are clear and unscratched I use them for flat windshield glass, if they are too curved I use them as Parts trays rather than buy something new from Dollarama

    ๐Ÿ“ What do these resemble?
    7 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ RodC ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Google "image of radar dish antenna" & you will find something similar.

    Any opening in the surface of the dish must be smaller than 1/10th of the wavelength of the operating frequency of the dish antenna. Hence those elliptical openings probably disqualify them for use as modern radar antennas.

    In WW2 the vertical curtain multiple-dipole arrays that guarded the southern coast of England operated around 27-28MHz which is now the 10m Amateur Radio band worldwide. Those curtain arrays had huge spaces between elements but functioned as a flat sheet antenna becuz they had openings less than 1/10 wavelength in width/height.

    ๐Ÿ“ AliExpress
    7 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ RodC ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    The BRISTOL BAY is an excellent Aquacraft product, regrettably no longer in production but "everybody" seems to hav owned one.

    Mine is over 10yr old, the motor current is quite high so i need to disassemble the drivetrain for cleaning & lube but the tight fit is a challenge for fat arthritic fingers & dim eyesight. ๐Ÿคž

    She was a fantastic crowd-pleaser 8yr ago when last in Lake Simcoe at sunset, lighting all a-blaze.

    Bristol Bay is on the south coast of Alaska. Her sails are not so much for motive power but to dampen side-to-side rocking in swells for the safety & comfort of her crew. ๐Ÿ‘

    ๐Ÿ“ Things that never work right
    9 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ RodC ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Roycv, your reply is enlightening on 2 other fronts but i was hoping that with your esc circuitry experience you could explain the function of a tiny slide switch on 28ga wires when the battery wires & the motor wires are 12-14 ga. This tiny switch turns the esc on or off, but obviously doesnt handle full battery current. What does it do within the esc??

    ๐Ÿ“ New toy...
    9 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ RodC ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Well, if you lash it to a bicycle at least pedestrians will be able to hear you coming!!

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    ๐Ÿ“ Things that never work right
    9 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ RodC ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Roycv, I hope that you can enlighten me on one small matter about esc's. Most come with a tiny slide switch. The wires to this switch are a very small gauge and I assume that this is not a battery on off switch. What does this tiny switch actually do? What is its function? I add a higher amperage toggle switch between the battery and the ESC

    ๐Ÿ“ Things that never work right
    9 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ RodC ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Alessandro, thank you for that, very well said. That is the perfect guiding principle. My other two Hobbies also require power connectors. Besides building and sailing model ships, I am also an Amateur Radio operator, call sign VA3ROD. Plus I do a lot of electronics experiments. Fortunately my three Hobbies overlap in some areas. I restrict my amateur radio activities to QRP which means only restricted to very low power. Although my certificate authorizes me to use 2,500 Watts I have transmitters only 5 watts and less. As a result all operations are using batteries, and although Anderson power poles and Sermos connectors are common in the hobby I find that Dean's are perfect for the low voltages and low amperages that I use almost daily.
    Best 73 de Victor Alpha 3 Romeo Oscar Delta

    ๐Ÿ“ ShoeString II
    12 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ RodC ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Cant see that in the photo, so i asked.

    ๐Ÿ“ ShoeString II
    13 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ RodC ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Very neat wiring. Where is the receiver getting powered from ? BEC from ESC, or a separate battery (not the propulsion batt) ??

    ๐Ÿ“ Stuffing box grease?
    13 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ RodC ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    If you get a tube of white lithium grease that is all you need to do your drive shafts, Rudder shafts and door latches of your car

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Osprey fishing boat
    16 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ RodC ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    I envy anyone who is able to do a decent job of plank-on-frame.

    ๐Ÿ“ Bearing ends for prop tube
    16 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ RodC ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    roycv i had the real Meccano back in the mid-1950s. I used to receive an "upgrade set" each Christmas. By 1965 i had the highest complexity grade+i had been gifted 2 clockwork motors. I never had an electric motor altho my parents did gift me a stationary steam engine whose bolt-hole pattern matched Meccano ( I dont recall the mfgr but it was NOT Mamod or Wilesco(?) ). Ran it dry & the boiler leaked afterwards so then i put a piece of aquarium hose between a propane torch pipe & the steampipe & ran it on propane vapour a few times until it finally seized up. But i digress. Sorry for hyjacking this thread๐Ÿ˜”

    ๐Ÿ“ Bearing ends for prop tube
    16 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ RodC ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Reminds me of a meccano set

    ๐Ÿ“ Going to need a bigger study
    19 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ RodC ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    This t-shirt came from Amazon. Our club has an avid workboat section

    ๐Ÿ“ Going to need a bigger study
    19 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ RodC ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Spread out now over nearly 70 years I have always experienced great joy when I roll open a set of plans. This began with rubber powered model aircraft in the mid-1950s continued with controlline in the 1960s then a brief hiatus until 100in Standard class sailplanes in the late 1970s. Overlaid over these decades has always been ship models, I returned there during the pandemic and have stuck with radio controlled model ships since then...ships crash only in 2dimensions unlike aircraft in 3D. I get great joy studying tugboats and other work boats. And with model railroading spanning 1950-2013

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    ๐Ÿ“ HMS Dido (WW2) 1/96 or 1/128
    21 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ RodC ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    The wikipedia article is worth the read. Simply GOOGLE "hms dido on wikipedia" (sans quotes). She fired the last shot of WW2. And the tale of her partial drydocking is significant.

    I am named for HMS RODNEY. What a load to bestow on a child, especially grades K-6. Fortunately my Gr6 (elementary school) teacher was similarly named, coming to my defense whilst being bullied. Now my Amateur Radio callsign & car licence plate is VA3ROD๐Ÿ˜‰

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Large Coal Barge
    22 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ RodC ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Lewd, how do you spot alligators when the water is so murky ??

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Emma C. Berry
    22 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ RodC ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Well-crafted models never die, they merely collect dust until passed on to someone who cares...to resurrect them.

    ๐Ÿ“ Battery Voltage.
    25 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ RodC ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Roycv, very well said. I too take umbrage at the misuse of M versus m. Electrical units shud always be capitalized, they represent gentlemen's names...A=Ampere, V=Volta, W=James Watt, etc

    ๐Ÿ“ 3D printed speedboat
    28 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ RodC ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Goid luck eith people outside of our Club. His 1st chzllenge is learning abt 3d printing. Eventually he will hav specific questions abt high dpeed hulls. In my experience 3d presents unique assembly challenges, the printer produces only part of the solition. Sorry for my spel today, migraine

    ๐Ÿ“ 3D printed speedboat
    28 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ RodC ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    If you are MMM member you cud approach the scale captain. Several members doing 3D printing. You shud hav stood up & asked last Sinday, MMM agm & GLMBC you wud hav had the attention of all southern ontario. Guys there from USA too.

    ๐Ÿ“ Which motors for my next boat?
    1 month ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ RodC ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    roycv, I like the 650kv brushless mtrs being custom made & sold thru ZIPPKITS in Florida.

    My ESC didn't run one on a 6V SLA but when I put two 6V SLA in series everything was perfect.

    These motors are inexpensive, & display excellent torque at low rpm, very smooth transition thru midrange, & then up to full power. I use an aeronautical-style TX with throttle on the left stick, spring to centre return for neutral. I hav found the wheel-'n-trigger type its tough to give smooth proportional throttle.

    The ZIPPKITS plastic tug props come in lefthand & righthand & are very economical. They are cast in a bronze-looking plastic

    ๐Ÿ“ Prop Shaft lube
    1 month ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ RodC ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    I use white lithium grease that is used on automotive latches. Available on AMAZON or in aftermarket car parts places like CANADIAN TIRE. That is for stuffing tube or boxes. But for steel solid shafts running in brass tube with tight clearance I use "3-in-1" oil from a squeeze bottle. The ZIPPKITS Springer tug kits come with an oiling tube that extends from the shaft tube up high enuff that the open end is above the waterline.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Construction report whaler Rau IX 1 : 45
    1 month ago by ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ RodC ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Those large green crafters mats are a blessing. It's much easier to find things on a solid green expanse than on a wooden work surface that has many crevices. Then I also use one of those smaller light blue mats for electronics projects. It has raised edges to keep tiny parts from falling off.



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