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    The Hood
    This is the Trumpeter 1:350th Hood, made to match the Prince of Wales with three channel RC with fully independent control of the port and starboard props, as for the PoW. Sails (and maneuvers) beautifully.
    Bluejacket Cape Cod Catboat
    Built as a static display model for someone else, I couldn't resist seeing if I had a well ballasted and waterproof little boat that might float the right way up anyway. Delighted to find the guestimated ballast and first bright finished plank on frame hull I've made did indeed work.
    Prince of Wales
    Another "plastic fantastic". This is the Tamiya 1:350 PoW I made a couple of years ago. The props are driven by four MFA Como 990D motors with 4:1 gearing (making for really good low speed control). These are billed as 3 volt motors but take about 4 - 4.5v to run at a scale speed/wake (no heating problems. I have run them at 6v for prolonged periods too, also with no problems, I guess because their loading is so low?) Independent port and starboard speed controls (Mtronics) make for a lot of fun manoeuvring around "harbours".
    Another St Canute
    My Billings St Canute. A lovely little boat, and fun to sail. The plastic propeller supplied originally was fine for steaming ahead, but useless astern. I fitted a fine pitch Prop Shop prop though, and this changed the whole experience. These are really beautiful little pieces of engineering, both functionally and aesthetically; true miniatures of the "real thing", and remarkably good value, considering the processes to make them.
    Sir Geraint
    This is my Caldercraft Sir Kay, but without the acoustic hammer, so finished as the Sir Geraint instead.
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    ๐Ÿ“ The Hood
    28 days ago by Sir Kay ( Master Seaman)
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    This is the Trumpeter 1:350th Hood, made to match the Prince of Wales with three channel RC with fully independent control of the port and starboard props, as for the PoW. Sails (and maneuvers) beautifully.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Bluejacket Cape Cod Catboat
    9 months ago by Sir Kay ( Master Seaman)
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    The build was for a friend with happy memories of a cat boat holiday years ago, so her seafaring career started and stopped in the repurposed plexiglass display case lid in the yard, sadly. Cabin roof is fixed, but the companionway hatch opens, with the cabin decked inside. The skipper is a Tamiya 1:16 refugee wehrmacht machine gunner from the Eastern Front, with his coal scuttle helmet hidden under a tinfoil sou'wester. Frank is his adopted name.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Bluejacket Cape Cod Catboat
    9 months ago by Sir Kay ( Master Seaman)
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    Built as a static display model for someone else, I couldn't resist seeing if I had a well ballasted and waterproof little boat that might float the right way up anyway. Delighted to find the guestimated ballast and first bright finished plank on frame hull I've made did indeed work.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Dual throttle
    9 months ago by Sir Kay ( Master Seaman)
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    Just found this thread. I have been looking for a true twin ratcheted throttle set up for my 1:350 scale Prince of Wales and Hood models, and had given up a while ago. I was, however, intrigued by my Spectrum DX6e radio and the "mode" switch on the back, allowing either the right or left stick to be the smooth friction or ratcheted throttle stick and in a kill or cure mood one night I opened it up to see how this worked. I was delighted to discover that by removing the large horizontal bar that the selector switch moves from side to side, and then pulling the small rails this bar engaged to on each stick tightly towards each other centrally with a couple of wire ties, I now had the ratchet engaged on both sticks, giving me perfect control of the engines separately, as I have been seeking for many years. Very easy to do, other than the very short little wire to the aerial pulling off its plug when the back cover is removed (also easily pushed back on though)
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Prince of Wales
    9 months ago by Sir Kay ( Master Seaman)
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    You asked about video too. I've tried posting one, but I don't seem to be able to view the "media file", my own or anyone else's.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Prince of Wales
    9 months ago by Sir Kay ( Master Seaman)
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    Hi Doug. Yes, the plastic screws with both the PoW and the Hood actually work rather well. The Hoods screws have very slightly off-centre holes for the shaft, but this seems to have no undesirable effects on how they work, with no vibration, and appears unnoticeable when stationary or at any working rpm.
    And you are right - If it aint broke, dont fix it. I'm leaving the PoW batteries "as is (are?)".
    Love to see your carriers afloat sometime!
    Cheers from another Doug.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Prince of Wales
    9 months ago by Sir Kay ( Master Seaman)
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    I wondered if it was something like that with the Energizer cells, but why the PoW is okay, but the Hood is not (identical speed controllers and motors) still puzzles me. I made the mistake of rather more permanently fixing the ballast in the PoW so changing batteries will be a chore !
    The foredeck of the PoW is cemented in place. The aft deck is held down by a tab at the stern sliding under the last 2cm or so of the deck cemented in place, and the main segment has a flange forward under the foredeck and gravity only at its aft end. No sealants, just the impeccable Tamiya fit otherwise as waterproofing. (small rare earth magnets in the Hood). Not a drop inside in several years but it really is a millpond weather model (with the drag of a breeze affecting the model as the square root of the scale, so a 2kt wind affects the model as a 37 kt wind would have originally, or so I am told)
    Tank steering! At anything more than slow ahead, the kits scale rudder actually becomes quite effective (in the prop wash, I guess), with the tank steering for docking manoeuvres only!
    Colossus ? Scratch build ??
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Prince of Wales
    9 months ago by Sir Kay ( Master Seaman)
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    Thanks for the kind comments. Four motors with the two each side wired in parallel to a port/starboard Mtronics microviper ESC. I use 4 AA lithium cells in the PoW with no problem, but for reasons beyond my high school level physics I have to use a 7.2v NiMH pack in my otherwise identically motorised 1:350 Trumpeter Hood to avoid "problems". (not finished yet, but coming soon).

    I have a Spectrum DX6E radio that I've "modified" so both sticks are on fore and aft ratched throttles. The electronically setable "throw" nicely limits the throttle ranges to scale-looking max speeds.

    Old photo of the guts - now a Spectrum 2.4 GHz reciever.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Prince of Wales
    10 months ago by Sir Kay ( Master Seaman)
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    Another "plastic fantastic". This is the Tamiya 1:350 PoW I made a couple of years ago. The props are driven by four MFA Como 990D motors with 4:1 gearing (making for really good low speed control). These are billed as 3 volt motors but take about 4 - 4.5v to run at a scale speed/wake (no heating problems. I have run them at 6v for prolonged periods too, also with no problems, I guess because their loading is so low?) Independent port and starboard speed controls (Mtronics) make for a lot of fun manoeuvring around "harbours".
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    ๐Ÿ“ Another St Canute
    10 months ago by Sir Kay ( Master Seaman)
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    My Billings St Canute. A lovely little boat, and fun to sail. The plastic propeller supplied originally was fine for steaming ahead, but useless astern. I fitted a fine pitch Prop Shop prop though, and this changed the whole experience. These are really beautiful little pieces of engineering, both functionally and aesthetically; true miniatures of the "real thing", and remarkably good value, considering the processes to make them.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Sir Geraint
    10 months ago by Sir Kay ( Master Seaman)
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    This is my Caldercraft Sir Kay, but without the acoustic hammer, so finished as the Sir Geraint instead.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Death by vaccination ?
    1 year ago by Sir Kay ( Master Seaman)
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    I come to this site as an escape from the anarchic mess that is now our world, and find this anti vacc nonsense here instead! Cheers, Mr Darwin. Delighted there is still some selection pressure on our species still.
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