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    ๐Ÿ“ How do I bend plywood
    22 hours ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง roycv ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi Boatshed no offence taken and I agree it is dodgy stuff. We used to have a club member who used it regularly and we were amazed how pliable the wood became.

    Now with H & S being at the forefront,๐Ÿ’ก nobody gets to handle even relatively harmless chemicals, but most man man compounds and liquids harm the environment so just as well. The nastiest thing we have in the house is the oven cleaning kit and I am very careful handling that, gloves on all the time.

    I wish I had an effective way of cleaning brass. Tamarind as found in sauces works a bit but is slow and vinegar and lemon juice hardly get going.

    regards
    Roy

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    ๐Ÿ“ How do I bend plywood
    2 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง roycv ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi Boatshed you are right about the danger of ammonia. If you read my post you will see that I said what it did, not recommending using it. And as I said it is weakly in solution in window cleaner fluid.

    To another post, the hot water applied just enough to soak it does not delaminate the ply.
    regards
    Roy

    ๐Ÿ“ How do I bend plywood
    3 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง roycv ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi I use boiling water on the outer side to loosen the wood and for this job I would use a length of timber along its length on the underside with lots of insulating tape to keep it in place. Over bend rather than under as it will relax after release.

    Also Ammonia will allow wood to be bent/formed easily. For thin ply try a spray of window cleaner as this contains ammonia as well. But I mainly use hot water and let it dry before glueing.
    Good luck
    Roy

    ๐Ÿ“ Ra IngaIV mk2Refurb
    4 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง roycv ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi, I have mentioned it before but I use Wunda-web, which is fine web of glue which you iron on.
    Basics:- Wash and dry material to get it to shrink if necessary. Then iron and spray with starch where the sail is to be traced out.

    With a pencil mark out sail area, putting weft (non-stretch) of material on longest edge of sail. Allow 2 widths of seem around the actual sail measurements.
    Cut out sail around outer seam.

    Using a metal straight edge fold one seam over the metal edge and iron and then another inside that one to get a sharp edge.

    Fold one over, then over again, if satisfied with shape undo the seams and run a length of Wund-web inside the seam. Do one edge at a time, careful with the corners, they need sharp scissors to cut off spare material. With a medium hot iron go over the seams and the glue will melt and hold the seam in place.

    If fitting eyelets (as small as possible, Nylet have them) I put a tiny amount of super glue in the position and then drill a hole and push the eyelt in place and hammer the securing washer on the other side to form a rivet.

    If you need 'ropes' through the seams then put the string in place before the ironing, stretch it tight securing the ends with weights or sticky tape. Otherwise it will go all over the place.

    Sails made like this have lasted me over 20 years and show no signs of fraying or failing.
    good luck if you use the above,
    Roy

    ๐Ÿ“ Question of the Day?
    5 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง roycv ( Rear Admiral)
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    I knew the right answer but gambled on the AI being wrong so got caught out! After losing carrier Lexington the US navy withdrew.
    Roy

    ๐Ÿ“ Renaming boat!. Unlucky or superstitious
    7 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง roycv ( Rear Admiral)
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    I'll drink to that!
    Roy

    ๐Ÿ“ Ra IngaIV mk2Refurb
    7 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง roycv ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi Rogal you have made a nice job of splitting the rear cabin to allow the mast to stay rigged.
    Good idea in having a stowed sail on the main boom. If you want to make it interesting look up 'Lazy Jacks' on the Internet. This is a series of ropes that are draped onto both sides of the sail to attach to the sail boom, to give more control to the sail especially when putting in a reef. My son has them on his full size yacht and they are in blue to distinguish them from running rigging.

    Modern yachts or ones that have had the jib replaced usually have roller reefing of the jib so that it is tightly wrapped around the fore stay with a cotton reel style mechanism at the base to allow it to revolve. Two ropes would drape from it at the clew of the jib and be brought to both sides of the yacht and each wound around a hand winch.

    With the mast having a luff groove may I suggest you make a test sail of say a foot in length to see if the sail comes out of the luff gap easily. Many years ago I made a similar mast and the sail material I used was a bit thick. This meant that the sail formed a curved bend as it came out of the slot. Looked awful and did not work as a sail either.

    All the best
    Roy

    ๐Ÿ“ Renaming boat!. Unlucky or superstitious
    7 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง roycv ( Rear Admiral)
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    I have thought about this and I think I would find a female member of your family who might like to have her name on your yacht. You might even have a new launching ceremony. I would think it would appeal to a younger 'lady' especially.

    Good luck with your choice.
    Roy

    ๐Ÿ“ Ra IngaIV mk2Refurb
    8 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง roycv ( Rear Admiral)
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    Just noticed the photo has saved me some hassle as I can read the crystal number 835! Well that has saved me some time!

    I take photos of everything you never know when they might be useful!
    I use the SDcamera card on a reader adapter USB plug in. Two days ago it no longer worked on my Windows 11 laptop. if anyone else has noticed this it seems that the last update removed the program Legacy photos from s/w. With help I found the program and loaded it up and hope it will stay with me. I do not use a smart phone so I am a bit of a dinosaur.
    Roy

    ๐Ÿ“ Ra IngaIV mk2Refurb
    8 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง roycv ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi Rogal just doing a small refurb on my Inga IV. as well Taking the mizzen mast out to get at the insides is a real bad design error.
    I use a forehatch to locate the charging socket and the slide back hatch at the stern has the on/off switch. I use an invisible length of string to haul up the switch and the string end is looped around a hook on the mast.
    Your sails look OK in the photo.

    My drive motor is a Monoperm special with a 1 : 2 gear reduction, running from the 7.2 volt 3300 mAh NiMh battery which supplies all the power. The sail winch is at least 40 years old with a winding drum each side, but it works fine.

    I have recently got my trolley working again and so can move this yacht around but I need help launching her. They look so good on the water.

    For those not familiar you can see that the cabin has to be removed but the mizzen mast goes through it. There are 3 shroud ropes each side holding up the mast and mine all have turn buckles, and it takes ages.

    I have also just remembered I have forgotten the number on the 40 mhtz crystal! So off it all comes again.

    She is a lovely yacht to sail and a crowd puller as well.
    Roy

    ๐Ÿ“ Question of the Day?
    8 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง roycv ( Rear Admiral)
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    I was a drinking man and port is a tipple not to be underestimated. So if others objected to me drinking I saw red!
    Sometime afterwards I would feel a bit green and find myself back in the gutter looking up at the stars. Then the only way is up!!!!

    Mind you sometimes I can't remember where I am anyway, then it is any port in a storm.

    Roy

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    ๐Ÿ“ Question of the Day?
    9 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง roycv ( Rear Admiral)
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    The green light is on one side and the red light on the other. Simples!
    Roy

    ๐Ÿ“ Question of the Day?
    9 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง roycv ( Rear Admiral)
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    It's OK Rogal it is just you facing the wrong way.
    Roy

    ๐Ÿ“ Question of the Day?
    10 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง roycv ( Rear Admiral)
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    We have seen this before and it depends how you read the question. I maintain the left side of the boat is port. The question itself is confusing and not worthy of the Q o D.
    Roy

    ๐Ÿ“ Question of the Day?
    11 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง roycv ( Rear Admiral)
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    I think I got this question wrong last time as well! Gulf of California sounds like a made up name, but what do I know?
    Roy

    ๐Ÿ“ Question of the Day?
    12 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง roycv ( Rear Admiral)
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    Oh wow guys I never expected this, I am overwhelmed! Titanic is the answer! May the 18th. is now a special day for me!

    I did get the answer right but my finger was shaking as I selected the option.
    Looks like it will be a good day.

    Roy

    ๐Ÿ“ Question of the Day?
    15 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง roycv ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi Luckduck. it all comes down to whether you are a basic, bronze , silver or gold member. Perhaps in future these separations of the haves and have nots will determine how much enjoyment you are willing to pay for!

    This looks like a slippery road to me!

    Roy

    ๐Ÿ“ Question of the Day?
    15 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง roycv ( Rear Admiral)
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    Always full of controversy but I would like to welcome back Titanic as an option. It seems ages since we have had this option afforded to us.
    Unfortunately the answer is very seldom Titanic and I would like to form the TAINT club. The Answer Is Not Titanic.
    There could be an apostrophe after the T as in the pantomime audience responses of t'is t'aint and the oft heard expression, look behind you Mr!

    Other featured answer options like Lusitania, Bismark and Captain Scott are welcome and we also look forward to the answer being contained in the question, a novel approach not much seen elsewhere.

    This forum, this seat of learning, this maritime convocation can only stride forth into the future with such questions, safely in the knowledge that there are so few answers that we need to know.
    Roy

    ๐Ÿ“ Return of the license, Finally!!
    16 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง roycv ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi Doogle, just got my license renewed last month. I had a pace-maker inserted 15 months ago and they took well over a month to decide if I was going to get it renewed.

    Not sure what I would have done if I did not have the use of my car, as modern life is built around personal transport.
    So now good for 3 more years! A conversation with a friend revealed he fell off his motor bike a day or so back. He is 90! He got back on to complete his journey.

    I shall seriously consider whether I have the reaction times for driving in 3 years time when I shall be 89 in that year. Not fair on anyone to continue to drive if not up to it.
    Roy

    ๐Ÿ“ Helderberg Model Boat Club
    17 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง roycv ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hello again Rudy all very interesting. Looks a lovely venue, places like this in the UK have all been taken over for fishing and subs for fishing clubs can be astronomical, like golf clubs!

    Nice to see the photo of your group I hope you all get to enjoy your hobby for many years to come and if I were there it would be 'Gold' for me!
    regards
    Roy

    ๐Ÿ“ Helderberg Model Boat Club
    17 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง roycv ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi Rudy, further reading of your post. Does the management team 'own' the club? What happens if the Manager simply moves away for every day reasons?
    A registered non-profit making company has similarities to a Charity. I would think that a charity might attract grants where a not for profit company is there to supply a service.

    All very interesting, I was Secretary to a club for many years, when I decided to retire I found a successor and we worked in parallel for a while and then I left him to it and he was voted in at the following AGM.
    Roy

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    17 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง roycv ( Rear Admiral)
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    Thanks Rudy for your clear and interesting response. I can see the differences, which are not so frequently seen here.
    Tell me, when you open for 'business' i.e. members come to sail models, do you have the exclusive rights to the water that you use? Is it in a private area, it sounds like it is, just checking.
    The catering facilities / restaurant, does that already exist? I know that having travelled to visit many winegrowers over the years that they often have their own excellent restaurants.
    regards
    Roy

    ๐Ÿ“ Helderberg Model Boat Club
    17 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง roycv ( Rear Admiral)
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    Stellenbosch, reminds me of Pinot Noir and Pinotage and takes me back to fond past memories!
    Sounds like you have a nice new home for sailing.

    Perhaps it is horses for courses but in UK clubs have to have a recognised 'entity' and contact person and inevitably public liability insurance otherwise public bodies will not talk to you.

    With no committee do you not have anyone who can speak for the club? If as you say you have a club subscription who brings the money together for accounting?

    There must be tasks and jobs and resposibilities involved in the club, how are these allocated or do just one or two of you do all the work?

    If you have Gold membership does that mean there is also a bronze and silver level?
    In the UK we regard ourselves as equal and have come together for common purpose and interest.

    I find it difficult to agree to banning yachts, for myself I only have scale ones and one old style pond yacht. I would definitely ban the fast electric cheap boats as the owners have little idea on controlling them and can be a danger to other models.

    As a last question do you have to 'approve' a new member or is it by invitation only?

    Roy

    ๐Ÿ“ Dutch sailing barge
    21 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง roycv ( Rear Admiral)
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    By the way John Pottinger is still around and always pleased to hear from anyone building from his drawings. I think he was on Model Boat mayhem last time I heard.
    Roy

    ๐Ÿ“ Dutch sailing barge
    21 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง roycv ( Rear Admiral)
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    A quick check of Sarik plans reveals MM1203 line drawings of a Dutch barge by John Pottinger and featured in Model Boats magazine June 1975. Plan is for a 18.5 inch hull but easily scaled up by a print shop.
    Roy

    ๐Ÿ“ Dutch sailing barge
    21 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง roycv ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi all, there is not a single straight line on a Dutch barge! Green Dragon has been mentioned and quite a long while back, maybe 30 years I saw a very large model of this on exhibition, about 6 feet long. Built by Dave Taylor who also founded the Scale Sail Association. I am afraid that is long gone now as it died with Dave, he smoked too much and it got him early on in life, but I have all the association newsletters still.

    Most model Thames barges sailing in competition are to half inch to the foot scale which gives a hull about 48 inches long. Yes you do need a sailing keel and this makes them very heavy.
    The barge boards do not give enough effect to prevent leeway but can easily be made to operate.
    I first saw this about 60 years ago with a Mercury switch controlling the movement. When tilted to one side allowed that Lee board to lower. As they have either one or the other down the switch decided which one. But with RC a lot easier to control now.

    The leading light in AMBO some years ago was Richard Chesney, we first met when we were queuing to receve medals at the old Model Engineering exhibition about 1990. He produced a very nice booklet on everything you need to know about making model sailing barges.
    I have a copy it is complete but maybe a little dated now. I am happy to pass this on to someone provided they will make the contents available to all interested.

    Duplex Craft the fore runner of HFM plastic model kits, best known for the small yachts 575 and 590, produced a smaller 30 inch hull and barge boards of the barge Venta, plans for this are available from Sarik. It makes up into a nice model.

    I have seen the Billing kit William Everard sail but it is a bit small. The full size Will Everard does sailing excursions in the Thames and around the East coast of England. It had to lose the Everard family name and the new owners retained the name 'Will'

    I was on one such trip on the Thames a few years ago with my daughter and took the wheel for nearly half an hour coming back from the Thames Barrier. Very slow to react so need your wits about you.
    There is much written about Thames barges and many were saved and there is nothing like seeing one in full sail in a good wind.

    regards
    Roy

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: CGINGA1V
    25 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง roycv ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi Chris sorry to here about the stair problems much the same with me. With most of my boats it is a slow retreat down the stairs as my balance can get dodgy.
    Regarding the pins in the wood. A drop of water on the hole left by the pin will usually let the wood close up again. The pin going just parts the wood and the water allows the fibres to swell up and fill in the hole.

    Keep smiling great work going on there.
    Best
    Roy

    ๐Ÿ“ Question of the Day?
    27 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง roycv ( Rear Admiral)
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    SOund NAvigation and Ranging. I wonder where the downwards went?
    Roy

    ๐Ÿ“ Crew
    28 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง roycv ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi Peejay it is the postage US to UK that is the killer.
    I wanted a printed OO gauge gear wheel from Shapeways and the postage was more than the item and added together I could buy a chassis for the same money.
    Roy

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    28 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง roycv ( Rear Admiral)
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    Just checked my IngaIV and figures about 2.5 - 3 inches high would suit, about 1 : 24th scale.
    Roy



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