Hi Steve, If you are having problems sourcing or making the gun, try a guy called 'Mike McGuinn Guns', he will have a stand at the Haydock model boat show in August, he carries a lot of different guns, or if he hasn't got the one you require, he will make it for you, a very talented man. cheers Peter
Hi Rob, Many thanks for the info on the filling points, I did get a set of white metal fittings from Mike at VMW, but did not get an info sheet as to where they go,Mike kindly supplied me with many information sheets though, now I see yours, I will amend my Fireboat, but still not as perfect as yours,excellent workmanship.
If you still have woodgrain showing after sanding sealer, I use Spray Filler from Halfords, sometimes called Spray Putty. 500ml tin which goes on yellow, and sands nicely, and most of all It fills all the tiny grain pieces.
Another good bring & buy,loads of bargins and plenty of fireboats, even one 1/12 original Aerokit fireboat still mainly In kit form with the original box £80! too many tasty boats...not enough money............
Just finishing my 34" Fireboat,got the foam monitors and the breech from Vintage models, they are direct copies of the Yeoman whitemetal fittings that were available for the 1/16 Aerokits Firefloat, they make up very nice and are a reasonable cost.
HI Colin, Looks like your boat Is a mixture of several craft, I can only recognise the upper s/structure, looks like the part from a Graupner 'Pegasus III', but the rest has got me! hope this helps .......
HI Alan. Thought we were getting waylaid with fireboat ventilator chat, saw the 34" fireboat you bought whilst I was at Blackpool, looks OK, did you see the plans, I can photostat at A4 If that Is any good, can always piece the bits, let me know.
AlanP. Sorry to hear about the 34" Fireboat, looked quite good on the stand, I have an old 1965 one still going strong!! with newly glued everything, I also purchased a set of plans for the Aerokits fireboat, If you send me your email I'll let you have the details.
gooner....have two fireboats 46 and 34inch, was advised years ago by someone who had worked on the fireboat 94 and suggested I use the colour 'POLAR GREY' for all top surfaces, I use It by a spray from Halfords but you may get It In a can for brushing.
Mark, A good motor, but really for aircraft,i.e. does not have watercooling...look at watercooled brushless with the same company, the ESC Is the same as mine, I use a large standard rudder purchased from cornwall models and a 50mm two blade prop NOT an X speed. I had a three blade 60mm brass prop on originally, that worked fine until I lost It In the lake, so you have a bit of a choice
HI Mark Have the same 49" Aeorkits fieboat, and have put In an 1800kv brushless motor with a turnigy 120amp ESC.. (elelectric speed comntroller) with a turnigy 5000mah 4cell lipo battery to power It, probably could go up to a 5 cell with this ESC, but at the moment It runs very quick and up on the plane easy.
HI John, Looks quite good on the water, bow well up and planing, have you put In water cooling for the 600 motor and ESC?, as I originaly used a graupner 600, without cooling It, and It cooked really well!! I find when using LiPo's, It Is worth cooling the whole system, or at least keep a check on the heat build up.
HI Jon, Like your scratchbuilt monitors, you will have to market them for other members to buy. Unusual colour scheme for the fireboat, It that your own Idea? or have you seen one In that colour format, what are you using to power your boat? I am In the process of rebuilding the 34" and a 46" fireboats, I tried out the power selection of the 34" last Sunday, a brushless 2700KV motor witha 11.1v 3cell Lipo, and a X35 prop, WOW! difficult to keep It In the water, could not try full power, to fast and you really have to think about turning, and drop the speed or she would overturn, will post photos of both builds and running when time permits.
HI Colin, The only fittings I have found so far for the 1/16 Fireboat are from Model Slipway, the monitors are non working, but you could try and fit some brass tubing or If not take the easy away and buy some from Graupner or Robbe. The fittings are whitemetal and are very good, does not really affect the upper weight that much.
Triumphjon, Yes, you could try the Robbe or Graupner foam/water monitors, but they are not correct for scale or period, they are for mainly their own boat kits, White metal Is fine, and very original to the Fireboat kit, I have never found weight a problem.
HI Jon, Is your fireboat the 34" version? If so there are a set of white metal fittigs available from Model Slipway. They are fine If you are modelling the boat No:94, but If you want to do No:93 boat, they are the wrong foam monitors, hope this helps you.
As promised, results from my Sea Commmander now powered by 11.1v Lipo, plenty fast enough, up on the plane, and very controllable,was thinking of putting In a brushless, but really does'nt need anymore speed. Took an extra 3c Lipo, but never needed It, did'nt drain the Lipo fully, but got nearly an hour of mixed speeds, very pleased and can suggest If you want an Ideal setup for a Sea Commander or 34" Fireboat....try this one.
HI Stanislas, Sounds like you have the perfect setup using two battery packs for & aft, It will certainly lift It out of the water If you ever decide to use both together. Regarding the prop, I use a 45X, I dis try a spare three bladed brass one, but on nimh the two bladed X45 works far better. Have now got the Lipo's but not yet charged them, will be doing that this week and trying the Sea Commander out on Sunday, will let you know the results.
HI Stanislas, I have a 'Sea Commander', with a graupner 600 9.6v, I use a Extreme power 9.6v 4600 mAh and get approx 15mins sailing, that's with a bit of planing and quite sailing, I have used a 12v 3700mAh, and not really noticed an Increase In the speed, but at the club, someone offered to try a 3s 11.1 Lipo In, Wow! what a difference...... If you like It well up on the plane, then this Is what you need, I'm not putting In a brushless, as I have a Graupner 700bb 9.6 spare, I have bought a 130amp esc, and ordered a couple of Turnigy Lipo's 11.1 3s, and looking forward to seeing what she will do, I also have a 34" fireboat, will try the same setup In that, will let you know. I did like yourself, start with a 6v 7amh battery, but much to heavy for anything more that snail sail!
HI Modelover, The guy's setup for his 46" Fireboat Is: High end technology 'Typhoon' 600/43 brushless motor, with a turnigy 180 amp esc, and 5000mah 18v lipo with spare whilst charging. Hope this helps In your setup choice, the boat goes like ........well! FASt and then some, our lake Is quite big, and he has never opened It up full.