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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Modified Stiletto project
    16 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ stevedownunder ( Captain)
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    Hi JB,
    Yep winter is here, for us southerners.

    Nice progress.

    Cheers,
    Stephen.

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    ๐Ÿ“ Drifter Trawler Boat Formidable LT100
    29 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ stevedownunder ( Captain)
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    Hi Mike,

    Plans are available from Model Boats Plans Service or whatever they are called now. The plans I have were drawn by John Pottinger.

    There is also a book From Tree to Sea, written by Ted Frost which I have found invaluable.

    If you have old Model Boats Magazines in the April and May 1993 editions there is the original article written by John Pottinger.

    I hope this helps.

    Cheers,
    Stephen.

    ๐Ÿ“ Drifter Trawler Boat Formidable LT100
    29 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ stevedownunder ( Captain)
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    Hi Mike,
    Not quite built but building, here is a link to my build log on this site.


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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: (Naval Ship) Fletcher
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ stevedownunder ( Captain)
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    Hi Lew,
    Now that is extreme weather, good to see she made it back to the bank.
    Cheers,
    Stephen.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: (Naval Ship) Fletcher
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ stevedownunder ( Captain)
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    Hi Alessandro,
    The spring couplings are a home made item, no particular reason for this design except ease of production.

    I am quite happy using brushless motors they are slightly more efficient than brushed.
    Outrunner brushless motors like the ones I have used in this model I like due to them having a good amount of torque.
    Really I am happy using either brushed or brushless they both work.
    Cheers,
    Stephen.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: (Naval Ship) Fletcher
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ stevedownunder ( Captain)
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    Hi Isaac,
    I have heard horror stories of other plastic conversions "going to the bottom" to avoid this I have added some foam into the hull also I have a plastic zip lock bag siliconed into the hull to provide some degree of water resistance.

    I personally like my boats to be able to take on "heavy" conditions.

    Cheers,
    Stephen.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: (Naval Ship) Fletcher
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ stevedownunder ( Captain)
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    Hi Alessandro,
    I do still have this model and she is operational.

    My kit originally came with a single brushed motor driving a gear box to drive 2 shafts using one motor.

    The gear box gave quite a bit of trouble and eventually I removed it and installed 2 Brushless motors.
    The 2 speed controllers are to give independent motor control.

    If you look carefully (zoom in) at the 2 photos, one shows the model with a single brushed motor and gearbox, while the other shows the 2 brushless motors.

    Unfortunately there is no YouTube video of her yet.

    I hope this helps.
    Cheers,
    Stephen.

    ๐Ÿ“ Calling it a day.
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ stevedownunder ( Captain)
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    Hi Bill,
    I am sorry to hear your news. But as others have said the doctors are not always right about these things. My late father in law was told he only had a few months to live but he decided to learn Tia Chi and lived another 30 years.
    Cheers,
    Stephen.

    ๐Ÿ“ MATAKANA MODEL BOAT SHOW NEW ZEALAND 21.04.24
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ stevedownunder ( Captain)
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    Hi JB,
    Thanks for asking, however alas no progress on the Drifter due to time difficulty.
    Life is really getting in the way of hobby time at the moment.
    I did buy a Revell kit of a north sea trawler and have converted it to RC, I will post a build log of it at some point.

    Nice bit of bitumen over there.

    Cheers,
    Stephen.

    ๐Ÿ“ MATAKANA MODEL BOAT SHOW NEW ZEALAND 21.04.24
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ stevedownunder ( Captain)
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    Hi JB,
    Great video, looks like it was a really nice show with some quality models.
    Looked like there was even a ramp for amphibious vehicles...

    Cheers,
    Stephen.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: AMPHITRUCK at the beach.
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ stevedownunder ( Captain)
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    Great little video JB.
    Cheers,
    Stephen.

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    ๐Ÿ“ Death of a member.
    3 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ stevedownunder ( Captain)
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    Hi Colin,
    I am so sorry to hear of your tragic loss, my condolences to you and your family.
    I hope your wife has a swift recovery.
    Regards,
    Stephen.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Launch cushions
    4 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ stevedownunder ( Captain)
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    Hi Black Shoe,
    Fantastic idea, thanks for sharing your method and as Doug says this process could be used for other applications. ๐Ÿ‘

    Cheers,
    Stephen.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Harbor Launch
    4 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ stevedownunder ( Captain)
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    Hi Black Shoe,
    Beautiful work. ๐Ÿ‘
    What material did you use for the cushions?

    Cheers,
    Stephen.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: More detail done to the pilot house, and she has a captain!!
    5 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ stevedownunder ( Captain)
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    Happy birthday Cash, ๐ŸŽ‰
    You are making nice progress on the puffer, the lighting looks great. The helmsman must have had poor vision with that funnel directly in front of him.

    Cheers,
    Stephen.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Land yacht,- more mods
    8 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ stevedownunder ( Captain)
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    Hi JB,
    Good work, I'll go along with you, looks like it should work well.

    Cheers,
    Stephen.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Ship of the desert new project (sand yacht)
    10 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ stevedownunder ( Captain)
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    Great resalt all round JB.
    Cheers,
    Stephen.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Deck fittings
    10 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ stevedownunder ( Captain)
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    Beautiful looking fittings Mike,
    Cheers,
    Stephen.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Ship of the desert ? new project (land yacht)
    11 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ stevedownunder ( Captain)
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    Hi JB,
    Great work, love the second roller for the sheet, brilliant.

    Cheers,
    Stephen.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: (Working Vessel) Inter Island Ferry
    12 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ stevedownunder ( Captain)
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    Thanks for all the likes.

    Roy is quite right the plan was a free one drawn by Vic Smeed back in 1961 in what was then Model Maker magazine.
    I would guess the plan is still available through the Model Boats plans service or what ever it is call now.

    I don't know about the jellied eels. ๐Ÿ˜Š

    Cheers,
    stephen.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 4 )
    12 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ stevedownunder ( Captain)
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    Hi Gary,
    I am sorry to say there has been no real progress on LT100 this year, mainly due to my wife's ongoing ill health.
    I have shelved the Drifter just last week, for the time being, although I have started a small side project a Revell deep sea trawler, Ross Jackal kit to a scale of 1/142 so the box says, being a plastic kit I don't need all that much time in each sitting to make some progress. I am converting it to RC and will make changes to some details as well.
    I probably have enough stuff to do an update on the Drifter, but at the moment I would rather do some building with my very limited hobby time.

    Cheers,
    Stephen.

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Highlander Clyde Puffer, (Episode 4 )
    12 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ stevedownunder ( Captain)
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    Hi Gary,
    She looks fantastic all freshly painted up.
    Pity about the attenuator valve.


    Cheers,
    Stephen.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: 20 Cabin Front continued
    1 year ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ stevedownunder ( Captain)
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    Hi Mike,
    Beautiful work as is normal for you.
    You may already know this, I believe that painting a gloss black before the chrome improves the chrome finish, might be worth a try on some scrap.

    Cheers,
    Stephen.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: VINTAGE RUNABOUT,- NEW ACCESSORY
    1 year ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ stevedownunder ( Captain)
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    Hi JB,
    Fantastic work love the details, even a spare pair of planks on the truck.

    Cheers,
    Stephen.

    ๐Ÿ“ Good Reoccurring Videos list
    1 year ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ stevedownunder ( Captain)
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    Great little video canabus. ๐Ÿ‘
    Cheers,
    Stephen.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: FINISHED AT LAST!!
    1 year ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ stevedownunder ( Captain)
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    Hi Duncan,
    Your boat looks fantastic, well worth the effort.

    Looking forward to some on the water shots at some point.

    Cheers,
    Stephen.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: AMPHITRUCK at the beach.
    1 year ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ stevedownunder ( Captain)
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    Hi JB,
    Great videos.

    Cheers,
    Stephen.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Rc boat trailer/stand
    1 year ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ stevedownunder ( Captain)
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    Hi RR,

    I agree with JB, clean the Aluminum with thinner and I would add a bit of steel wool with some elbow grease.
    I would use an automotive/industrial lacquer etch primer which to work as an etch MUST be applied quite lightly.

    Cheers,
    Stephen.

    ๐Ÿ“ Electric boiler feed pump...
    1 year ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ stevedownunder ( Captain)
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    Hi Nick,
    I wouldn't call it a cop out, why not use a commercial unit that has the bugs ironed out.

    Cheers,
    Stephen.

    ๐Ÿ“ Electric boiler feed pump...
    1 year ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ stevedownunder ( Captain)
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    Hi Nick,
    Looks like the right bit of gear, well done.

    Cheers,
    Stephen.



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