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    Ex MN Radio Officer.Retired Police Officer. Love my model boats. Like to treat people the way I expect to be treated.
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    HMS Repulse
    Just started a Refit Blog on HMS Repulse. Following a phone call from a distant friend I have acquired the above for a song price and will be undertaking a total and 100% refit. Tremendous amount of work to do In every area. Repulse will be in dry dock for the foreseeable future with work in hand. Keep you posted. Bill.
    HMS Victorious
    HMS Victorious....Circa 1941. Based on a Fleetscale hull.Scale 1/128. I started her some 5 years ago and it really has been a long job because of other projects which I prioritised.Thus it has been an on and off project.Still a lot to do in most area’s,so she is a long way off being finished with a lot of errors to rectify and modify. Front lift goes up and down. Rear turrets all turn. Has a water steam smoke effect boiler. Working bilge pump,plus more. I also want to get the lifting crane to rotate, any ideas anyone, space is not at a premium? Started on the Island only recently. Had a trimming sail just prior to lockdown.She weighs a ton πŸ€” This lockdown has boosted work much to the wife’s annoyance πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Will try to keep on top of this project now. Regards Bill
    HMS Bluebell.
    Built over 30 years ago and still going strong after many Atlantic convoys and refits Bluebell is still one of my favourite boats. Still sailed on a regular basis. My sons,who used her as a build project all those years ago still enjoy her as well. My sons wrote to the Flower Class Corvette Association were made Lifetime Members and given the tie and lapel badge.
    U47
    Built some 9 years ago, and still continues to serve well and turns heads at the pond. The dive tank has always given me problems and am looking to either repair or purchase a new one when funds allow.
    (Naval Ship) Schnellboat
    Hi. Not scratch built,and not quite finished yet but from the italeri 1.35 Plastic kit.Sails really well, and has a good turning circle even using the three rudders provided with the kit.I have fitted all three shafts but only connected two at this time.Centre shaft is running free but I am able to connect a third motor if I wish. Customised to suit my likes and NOT exactly to real time paint scheme. Front and rear guns rotate on separate servo systems from a six channel Futaba system.Also has an engine noise generator coupled in with forward/reverse. Really nice addition to the fleet on the water. On a separate note the video clip is of a smoke generator just fitted to my Corvett and not connected to the Schnellboot.Just a tester. (Motor: MFA Torpedo 400 x 2) (ESC: Mtroniks Viper) (8/10)
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    πŸ“ union flag
    11 hours ago by Scratchbuilder ( Lieutenant)
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    Doug.
    You are correct in stating that flying the union flag upside down DELIBERATELY on board is a sign of distress.
    We used to get the Cadets in training in a right pickle on board when trying to catch them out along with all the other tricks.
    It is also deeply offensive to the Queen and Country.
    It is not however illegal from memory unless I am mistaken,and will stand corrected.
    Regards
    Bill
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    πŸ“ LST 368
    1 day ago by Scratchbuilder ( Lieutenant)
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    Nerys.
    I concur with your remarks in all aspects.
    As you know there have been many comments with regards to Deans products on our site over the years.Most of the comments have been to their detriment including from me.I will never touch them again after the way I was treated when I dared to question a product fault.
    I find it hard to believe that with the vast membership numbers that we have that someone somewhere hasn’t pointed out to Deans our dissatisfaction that is posted on here to them.If they had you would think they would defend themselves.Perhaps they think they are untouchable.
    Anyway....moan over. Looking forward to seeing the finished item after the spray job.
    Keep at it.
    Stay safe and well Everyone.
    Regards
    Bill
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    πŸ“ Mental Health & Wellbeing Volunteers
    4 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Lieutenant)
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    Ian.
    Glad your home,here is to a full recovery ASAP.
    Regards Bill🍷🍷
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    πŸ“ Bargain Tools at Lidl (UK)
    6 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Lieutenant)
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    Hi Pete.
    Glad you got one.
    I got one last week and had a lot of fun trying it out at the weekend,.....boys and their toys.
    Absolute bargain.
    Regards Bill πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
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    7 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Lieutenant)
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    Nerys.
    Well done.
    After all the problems both with the kit itself and your health I think you have done remarkably well.πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

    On a lighter note which should provoke some light hearted comments and possibly me to eat my words,if it goes pear shaped for England.
    β€œLooking forward to winning against Wales at Rugby on Saturdayβ€πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ˜†
    Regards Bill.
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    πŸ“ Mental Health & Wellbeing Volunteers
    9 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Lieutenant)
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    Nerys.
    Our thoughts are with you both and hope that you will soon be back on full form.
    Regards Bill
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    πŸ“ test equipment.dc supplies
    11 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Lieutenant)
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    Jim.
    I may be barking up the wrong tree,but have you thought about a model railway controller for this purpose.
    240 volts in and variable DC out.
    I used to use my old layout controller for bench testing until it gave up the ghost.
    There are numerous and variable ones on EBay for next to no cost.
    Hope that helps.
    Regards Bill.
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    πŸ“ Mental Health & Wellbeing Volunteers
    11 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Lieutenant)
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    Stephen.
    Thank you for the update.Should you be in contact with Martin please pass on certainly my best wishes.
    I hope and trust that we will see Martin back in due course.
    His knowledge and advice has been so valuable in so many ways.
    Martin,should you read this.
    Please take great care for you and your family.
    Regards Bill.
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    πŸ“ AME
    12 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Lieutenant)
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    ToraDog.
    Your as old as your model boats πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
    Regards Bill
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    πŸ“ Swiss RC boats
    12 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Lieutenant)
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    Ummmmmm.
    Some lovely models but way off the scale realistic speed which spoils it somewhat.
    Speed isn’t everything.
    Regards BillπŸ‘πŸ‘
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    πŸ“ AME
    12 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Lieutenant)
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    Hi Gt108.
    I agree,it is sad that our hobby is on the decline,because of various game machines and computers.
    I am proud to say that two of my Grandchildren love Grandad’s love of Model boat building.
    We build together and they know that when the time comes they have boats to take on and cherish long after I have gone.
    They build there own,from advice from their Dad,who I taught.
    Bring it on Grandad’s.
    Grandad Power !!!
    Regards Bill.
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    πŸ“ Bargain Tools at Lidl (UK)
    13 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Lieutenant)
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    Rob.
    Many thanks for your help.
    Just goes to show what great teamwork we have on this site.
    Long may it continue.
    Regards Bill πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
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    πŸ“ Bargain Tools at Lidl (UK)
    13 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Lieutenant)
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    Hi Doug.
    Many thanks for checking that out.
    I will be checking them out at the weekend and testing the new toy in the workshop.
    Regards Bill πŸ‘πŸ‘
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    πŸ“ Bargain Tools at Lidl (UK)
    14 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Lieutenant)
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    Hi Rob.
    No to the discs I am afraid.
    I had the penultimate one and asked re the spare discs but they were all gone.
    I will look around.
    Bargain though πŸ‘πŸ‘
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    πŸ“ Bargain Tools at Lidl (UK)
    14 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Lieutenant)
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    Hi Rob
    Very many thanks for the heads up.
    Been and got one this morning.
    Looks to be a good tool.
    Regards BillπŸ‘πŸ‘
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    πŸ“ Bargain Tools at Lidl (UK)
    14 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Lieutenant)
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    Thanks for that Rob.
    Possibly a trip to Lidl tomorrow then.
    Sounds like an essential journey me thinks
    BillπŸ‘
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    πŸ“ Hints and Tips.
    14 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Lieutenant)
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    Nice one Martin.
    Bill πŸ‘
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    πŸ“ Mental Health & Wellbeing Volunteers
    15 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Lieutenant)
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    Take care Nerys and get well soon.
    Regards Bill
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    πŸ“ Mental Health & Wellbeing Volunteers
    17 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Lieutenant)
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    Ian.
    Here is wishing you a safe and speedy recovery.
    Regards Bill
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    πŸ“ Tug St Canute...St Knud.
    18 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Lieutenant)
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    Thanks Greg,Red.Doug for the extra info and links.
    Regards Bill
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    πŸ“ Tug St Canute...St Knud.
    18 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Lieutenant)
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    Thanks Doug.
    Now why didn’t I think of doing that and checking πŸ€ͺπŸ˜œπŸ€“
    Regards Bill.
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    πŸ“ Tug St Canute...St Knud.
    19 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Lieutenant)
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    Dear All.
    I have many memories of the old Tug St Canute and have studied her history in full of which there is much on the web including many pictures of her when at Exeter Maritime Museum (now defunct) when I had a quided tour of her.
    Are there any members who have built a model of her in any form.
    If so I would very much like to see any pictures of said models if you are prepared to post them on here.
    Regards Bill.
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    πŸ“ Vic Smead? Vosper RAF RTTL 2754 Restoration
    20 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Lieutenant)
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    Graham.
    Brilliant.
    You really have a good restoration project in your hands.
    I would love to get my hands on your motor and give it TLC.
    I am afraid I like so many others on this site I really believe in the ethos of don’t replace it if it isn’t broken.
    Good luck and Yes, go for the blog.
    Regards Bill.πŸ‘πŸ·πŸ·
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    πŸ“ Vic Smead? Vosper RAF RTTL 2754 Restoration
    20 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Lieutenant)
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    Hi Sidestick.
    Honestly.
    I wouldn’t be too keen to disregard the existing motor.
    It will remain part of the character of your boat,very important.
    It is so easy to throw out the old and put in a new one,which is not always the answer.
    I have a motor in one of my corvette’s that is 40 years old ..It’s as good as new.
    Yes,! If is giving you troubles and you can’t get parts,then,when that occurs,replace.
    As I said,and Doug reiterated give it a good session of TLC and see how it goes.
    It’s all about, preserving what you have in many cases.
    Regards Bill
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    πŸ“ Vic Smead? Vosper RAF RTTL 2754 Restoration
    21 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Lieutenant)
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    Hi Sidestick.
    It’s great that your getting such a good balance of help and suggestions.
    I agree πŸ’―% with John re the battery.
    I wouldn’t use the lead acid battery personally,primarily because of the weight. You would have to fit quite a lump centrally,and that probably will be a space problem.
    Too far forward and you will end up with a submarine.Too far aft and you will have a speedboat!!
    A good Nicad or Nimh will be just the job.
    Again if you don’t have one they can be purchased from all the outlets aforementioned or on Amazon which is where I purchased two the other day at a cheaper price for the same product πŸ‘πŸ‘.
    Really would be good if you can do a refit blog to keep us all posted.
    Regards Bill.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Eastwind
    22 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Lieutenant)
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    ToraDog.
    Many thanks for the info.
    I will be following that up.πŸ‘πŸ‘
    Will make life a lot easier for gun turrets.
    Regards Bill.
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    πŸ“ Vic Smead? Vosper RAF RTTL 2754 Restoration
    22 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Lieutenant)
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    Morning Sidestick.
    It’s a pleasure.
    My choice would be the Mtroniks Viper Marine 15 β€œBrushed” for your motor.
    These are readily available from most outlets.
    They are advertised in Model Boat Magazine if you take it and lots of on line suppliers such as Howes Models of Kidlington.Cornwall Model Boats.Ebay(although don’t buy second hand) Model Boat bits etc or of course from your local model shop if you still have one near where you live.
    Please remember this is my personal choice and there are many other excellent products out there.
    Regards Bill
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    πŸ“ Vic Smead? Vosper RAF RTTL 2754 Restoration
    22 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Lieutenant)
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    Hi Sidestick.
    Looks like a nice little project.
    Personally I would stay with the original motor if it is in good order.
    It sounds as if you havn’t done a test as yet,so my advice would be disconnect motor from the prop shaft (this will reduce the load on the motor) particularly if the shaft is a bit rusted or old oil clogged.
    Without running for some time the motor bearings will probably be dry so if possible a very small amount of very light oil on the bearings and rotate first by hand to let it run around the motor shaft.(literally a wipe over with a cotton bud soaked in oil will be good.
    Then try the motor on a 3 volt run and let it gently settle itself.
    If your happy then after a 15 min run up the power and see how it performs.
    Gently gently is the answer.
    I do suggest that you remove the prop shaft and clean the tube and shaft and pack with light oil or waterproof grease(plenty out there on the market)
    Pop it all back together and re run it in.
    If the motor does not work then go to plan B,ie new motor.
    Re the battery a good Nimh will be fine.
    There are many speed controllers on the market.
    I like the Mtroniks,but have many other types.The Viper would be more than man enough I would have thought.

    Most important thing with this is,as it’s not run for a long time treat her gently to save damage.
    Good luck.
    Keep us posted.
    Regards Bill
    Ps.I am always happy to stand corrected.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Eastwind
    22 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Lieutenant)
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    Hi ToraDog.
    First class work in all aspects.
    Right up my street.
    I would be very interested to know where you got those large rotation servos.
    Would you be willing to share the source.
    Keep up the good work.
    Regards
    BillπŸ‘πŸ‘
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    πŸ“ Paul Freshney
    23 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Lieutenant)
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    A very fitting and touching β€œFond farewell”to Paul Freshney in March 2021 Model Boats Magazine.
    RIP.
    Regards Bill.
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