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[Score: 10/10] 72" King George 5th Capable of 4mph and a runtime of 120mins Single Propellor (3 Blade 70mm) Direct Drive to a Ford (3 Blade) Powered by Lead Acid (12v) 7Amp/h Batteries Controlled Through Electronize (20Amps) ESC - Comments: This is a stand off scale of the battleship King George 5th. 1939 circa. It has a ford radiator motor and uses 1 amp p/h, runs all day. 72 inches x 10 inches a Futaba 2 ch 40 meg radio used, single rudder and propeller Got this in a bit of a mess and revamped it. an eye catcher when in the water. May have a further rebuild of the super structure in the future. The plan is available at Myhobbystore.co.uk if your there the picture displayed is that of this model but twice the size as plan
[Score: 10/10] 32" Fisheries Research Vessel Scotia Capable of 3mph and a runtime of 35mins Single Propellor (4 Blade 55mm) Direct Drive to a Sun 555 (4 Blade) Powered by NiMH (7.2v) 3Amp/h Batteries Controlled Through Electronize (20Amps) ESC - Comments: Started this model a year ago It has a fiberglass hull 1/76 scale A lot of dremel work need to get to the hull shapes. Hull it now painted and being fitted out with running gear. I've now moved on and use 2.4 r/c system. Lots of work to do. The build is on Modelboatmayhem.co.uk but it'll be slow going as it is really a hobby.
[Score: 10/10] 35" Research Vessal Meteor Capable of 4mph and a runtime of 35mins Single Propellor (4 Blade 35mm) Belt to a graupner 500 ECKO (4 Blade) Powered by NiMH (8.4v) 12Amp/h Batteries Controlled Through Electronize (20Amps) ESC - Comments: I started to build this model boat many years ago. Near completion now. It has been Interesting build as I started from scratch I had lots to learn and design the model's parts and layout and had great help from a lots of people. Its was their help that has brought the model to this part of It's construction. Also had many disasters but this Is a great way of learning, probably the best way. The spec of the model Is not too accurate I will alter It when the boat has had It's trails at the pond. Trails were early this year and very successful. Build is on Modelboatmayhem.co.uk Now building the Fisheries Research Vessel Scotia
hello to anybody, looking for the best setup engine wise for my vic smeed telectra. I'm very old school and like the Idea of the mfI power pack with the old fashioned mechanical speed controller. I've never had a boat on the water yet, so I would appreciate any comments. many thanks . keith. Got any pictures of your model and the room Inside her ? I am old fashioned too but I advise an electronic speed controller (ESC) less hassle. There are plenty out there I use Electronize brand. Power supply kinda moved on from Ni-Cd's (which I still use ) to metal hybrids (Ni-MH) and now theres Lithium polymer (Li-Po) batteries. I think there Is a write up In the site about all of this. Motor and prop are an Individual choice as well unless recommended by the model manufacturer
Just a quick Idea to get It up n running. Agreed B & Q are just a source for d.i.y ers but at times Its came up trumps. We've an engineering suppliers locally where high tensile steel bolts or screwed rod and the such likes are available. There are many companies out there to buy grub screws probable better now a days as time and my tool box Is not as full as It use to be. Best to get the store bought grubs. You could try HUCO couplings as a replacement making sure there Is a bed on the shaft for the grub screw to park Into.
if I am stuck I use some screwed rod of the same threads cut to length and put a slot In one end for using a screwdriver to tighten up. If I think Its Iffy about coming loose I use Locktight on the threads. I cut the slot with a Dremel using the very thin cutting blades. Do use safety glasses If you do use this as I've had them break off hitting me In the face As an alternative to screwed rod Is a trip to B & Q and buy some screws of the right thread and alter them.
Bayoueagle I agree It Is a nice Idea an see where your coming from but have to agree with Expatflyer. Mind you the early Del-tics locomotives had their diesel engines screaming to get the amps to the motors. Why that was a good Idea was that the electric motors were on the bogies and that was a no no for diesel engines there. Seaspray
Has anyone tried to build a model ship with a gasoline or butane powered generator/alternator providing the electricity to keep the batteries charged for longer run times? Hi When I was In the model engineering club. One or two of the lads had locos that were powered by a Briggs and Straton lawnmower engine which turn an alternator. It was a good setup but the work Involved (to me) I would have just stuck to a gas(petrol) engine drive. One lad had a dynamo from a car driving (altered to a motor) his loco on a 12 volt battery. Good Idea and lots of Info on the net.Lets know how you get on Seaspray
I have used the Halford's rang of car paint as they have a vast range. Also the Humbrol range Is good source. Don't forget when/if you protect the paint with varnish the colour may be a little darker. Your local boat club or modelshop may be of help or get the correct colour on the net. Have a go at building things for your boat as thats what It Is all about As an after thought stick to same types of paint don't mix Seaspray
HI Peter Done this years ago to get the shape of a half of a 100 watt light bulb. Used thin plasticard a very hot top element on the kitchen oven .I also made a flat piece of plywood as a base and 4 pieces of wood to secure and try and stop any air from entering Into the area below the plasticard that was going to be shaped. There was a hole In this area where I attached the hoover to suck out all the air, when the plasticard was very soft from being In the oven. Done one or two experiments and found It best to use the hoover when the plasticard was melted so It was sinking on to the mould of the shape on the ply. I am sure they still use ordinary plasticard these days but back when I done this It was a little more brittle.
This Is my model of the KG5. Futaba 2 ch, electronize ESC, 12v 7amp gell cell battery. The motor Is from a Ford radiator fan and pulls 1 amp current. Scratch built In the 60.70s and revamped In the 90s by myself. It Is 1/96 scale @ 72 Inches long and a width of 14 Inches.
Hi My 1st boat In the late 70s was a Norstar Wave Princess. The build was o.k. but that o.s.20 engine wouldn't seal Its silencer and at times had to run with the cabin top off. Again like many of us (or was It I was In the Scottish countryside) I didn't know anybody to help me out,even the areo club had a about 15 members. But did I learn at lot from It. I also finished building an RAF tender for my mate and the minute he seen It painted he wanted It back. Only to lie In the cupboard for years then give It away
This Is my latest build and first time at scratch building. Other than the hull I've done everything else so far and learned a great deal In scratch building. The hull was built for me as I had no experience of lifting details from the basic layout plan I had, but will learn this soon. Various stages In the build to date. It has a Graupner 500 ECKO motor pulley drive. Motor sits above the propshaft on special engine mount and the shaft has an oiler. 2 ch Futaba `T2ER 40 MHz radio which Is all hidden under the false planked aft working deck. It will run on a 12v 7amp gell cell battery with a FR30HX Electronize ESC. Currently building one of the cranes. H.Martin Stevenson
[Score: 10/10] 29"/2500g Vernon Tarpon 1970s kit Capable of 4mph and a runtime of 15mins Single Propellor (2 Blade S Type 35mm) Direct Drive to a Grauper 600 ECKO (2 Blade S Type) Powered by NiCad (8.4v) 3Amp/h Batteries Controlled Through Microgyros Solid State (20Amps) ESC - Comments: Started off 30 years ago with this boat.It had a OS 20 In It. (under powered) was slow and useless. Only just lately being converted to electric and after many trails over 3 years. I have found the correct combination to give a good days boating. The boat Is a 70s Veron Tarpon kit. It has (updated) 3000 MAh battery pack, Graupner 600 ECO motor and a Futaba 2 ch r/c 27 MHz