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Greetings from Australia, Hi mate, Model boat building is the most rewarding hobby.Great for us oldies to while away the hours in retirement. I have been boat building for 30 years and cant give it up. Enjoy your hobby and be proud of what you build. You get better as you progress. Regards Sid
Greetings from Australia. Hi The only Mini Metal lathe to buy is the UNIMAT. It is made in Austria.I have had one for years and love it. It has 1 downside, You can only use it for about 8 minutes before the motor gets hot and you have to let it cool down. I use a small fan blowing on the motor and I can use it for about 20minutes. They may have corrected this since i bought mine. You also have to remove the belt when letting it cool down or the belt will break.I had a TAIG but did not like it. Hope this info helps. Regards Sid
Hello from Australia, First start off with a scrap piece of plywood the same as you intend to use for the deck. Work out the width of the planks and score lightly with a scriber (not to deep). Using a ruler or suitable guide ,mark the lines with a no 3 fine tipped marker pen. wait till dry(usually 24hours to stop bleeding) then either spray or paint on satin laquer. (3coats). Always works for me. Good luck. Sid
Hello from Australia I built it years ago and converted it to a Skidoo. Went like the clappers. Build it out of Balsa not plywood as the plywood makes it a bit heavy and you need a gutsy motor to push it along. Regards Sid
Hi Model boat enthusiasts, This is a photo of almost completed 2 model boats I have almost completed. The Sea Queen 50 years old find. It was found in an attic in a kit. The kit was in a very poor state and most of the timberwork had to be glued back together or remade. I had no plans for it and had to source a copy from the Model Boat website. It is a very nice model. The pilot boat was scratch built and sails very nicely. I have been building boats for about 30years and have built over 25 boats, scratch built all of them. I have included photos of some of my boats.
Hi Martin In Australia we do not have many boating enthusiasts so the market for scratch builders are not there. We have hobby shops but they only sell kits. The main suppliers are in Melbourne called "Float a Boat" They do have quite a lot of boat fittings. I source a lot of parts from UK from "Model Boat Bits". Steve is quite helpful to deal with but as always the cost of potage kills it. Regards Sid
Hi Martin Thanks for your help. I have seen a lot of photo,s of the Sea Queen on the internet but none show running lights etc. I have had to make the life preservers as I could not find the right size in Australia. I guess I will have to make the lights also. Regards Sid
Can anyone help!! I am in the process of restoring an Old Sea Queen and have nearly finished it. I need to know what the running lights look like (Port & Starboard) and any other fittings (Lights ,Horn etc) Sid🤓
Hi Andy I have been working on a barn find old Sea Queen kit in very poor condition. The restoration required fitting a 5mm prop shaft as the old shaft supplied was a little short, I ordered a new 5mm shaft 19inches long from Model Boat Bits uk and when I tried to fit it it would not fit. Not realising the old shaft was 3/16inch. I had to ream the bushes to take the new shaft of 5mm. this proved a little difficult as the shaft was already fitted. I finally did it and everything works as expected. Fitting the motor which is a 700 ?. The shaft was 1/4 inch diameter. Boring out the brass insert did not leave much meat and I am hoping it does does not let go under power. So far so good. I hope there is some info there that you can use. Regards Sid
Hi The Formula for charging any battery, Gel cell or NiCad is Divide the amps (milliamps) by 16. This gives the charge rate in Milliamps. The charging time is 14 to 16 hours. With this formula you cannot overcharge the battery. EG (1700 milliamps divided by 16 equals 106.25 milliamps. The approximate charge rate for 14 to 16 hours)😎
Thank You for your response. I have seen the gear set on line but I need the complete unit. The model I have built is designed to take the MinI Olympus unit and I have fitted an old one with problems. I did not realize that they were so hard to find. I may have to redesign the mounting to take another gearbox.
Hello Has anyone out there got a MFA minI olympus gearbox 2.3 to 1 for a 400 motor. I desperately need one to complete my model. Please check everywhere in your hobby boxes ,under your bed,I am dsperate. I am an Australian model boat builder in trouble Sid