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    ๐Ÿ“ The all new Citroen 2CV or the poor man's Rolls Royce
    1 day ago by ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท stotty1111 ( Warrant Officer)
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    Whilst visiting a local supermarket in Chateaulin saw this in the car park, see above for my question!

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    ๐Ÿ“ French Steering Championship by Nantes, Loire Atlantique
    2 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท stotty1111 ( Warrant Officer)
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    Now received some video links etc



    https://modelismevilleveyracois.blog4ever.com/articles/mini-med
    ๐Ÿ“ TUG BOAT 686 Anyone have?
    29 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท stotty1111 ( Warrant Officer)
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    As I did with Annie P you could replace the stock r/c system with a 'proper' one, using small components / pieces.
    My tug has been in my possession for 30 yrs and still works well.
    I do not know its age when i acquired it!

    ๐Ÿ“ TUG BOAT 686 Anyone have?
    30 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท stotty1111 ( Warrant Officer)
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    Surely that's the challenge?
    Have a look at Annie P in my harbour!

    ๐Ÿ“ TUG BOAT 686 Anyone have?
    30 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท stotty1111 ( Warrant Officer)
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    https://www.banggood.com/fr/search/tugboat-626.html?from=nav
    ๐Ÿ“ TUG BOAT 686 Anyone have?
    1 month ago by ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท stotty1111 ( Warrant Officer)
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    Banggood sell them cheaply!

    ๐Ÿ“ French Steering Championship by Nantes, Loire Atlantique
    1 month ago by ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท stotty1111 ( Warrant Officer)
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    See the picture attached, the course is basically an equilateral triangle with 30 metre sides with buoys forming gates, each gate is 1 metre wide and the mid point of each side is the centre of a gate.
    The circuit runs as shown,gate 1 > gate 3 > gate 2 > gate 1 > gate 3 > gate 4 > gate 4 > gate 5 > gate 1 > gate 6 > gate 5 > gate 1 in reverse then the dock which 10cms wider than the model, all passages are to be made without touching buoys etc, a touch or a missed gate loses points, and the course has to be covered in less than 7 mins.
    If interested in point loss scores I will find out the details!
    I am not overly competitive so am only interested in the final score..
    Forgot to add, the ponto(o)n is a 2 metre long area where the competitor can move within but not out of the demarked area!
    Any questions, ask away!

    ๐Ÿ“ French Steering Championship by Nantes, Loire Atlantique
    1 month ago by ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท stotty1111 ( Warrant Officer)
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    Ok, a good 4 day event, weather not too good Thursday and Friday, sunny but strong gusty winds which made steering problematic. Even the seasonned competitors struggled!
    I overslept on the morning of my departure, consequently forgot my camera , phone etc. I am trying to acquire some photos of the event though and will post when they become available.
    I experienced boat problems mid circuit on the second day, and finished the round with 6 points out of a possible 100 with H G Wells. The problem appeared to be a knackered speed controller, didn't have a spare with me(lesson there somewhere!) However on the 3rd circuit held on Saturday, when conditions were flat, wind free and calm I managed a circuit with just one motor running(the Wells has twin props) managing a circuit scoring 95 points out of 100, I was well pleased. and finished 20th out of 45 for the whle event!
    Lively did much worse, sailing at the height of the winds, and finished 33rd overall.
    Still, the pot d'amitee each day went down well!
    Back to the Wells, spent yesterday investigating the problem(s), motor tests, both ok, eventually with a servo tester proved both speed controllers ok, check the 2 drive Lipo's both ok. Finally checked the receiver and transmitter, I use a 'v' tail mix for the motor control, therein lay the problem, it was the receiver, both motor control channels were down. So with a replacement rx tried again, everything fine - I suspect water problems or humidity on the rx, although internally the hull was perfectly dry!
    Lessons learned, take a spare rx and speed controllers.
    Bearing all the above in mind an enjoyable although frustrating event.
    Another one up by Roscoff the final weekend in June, the local championship, Bretagne / Pays de Loire that also is usually more enjoyable!! :-)

    ๐Ÿ“ HELP FOR IDENTIFICATION OF A WARSHIP.
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท stotty1111 ( Warrant Officer)
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    hermank --- moi aussi ;-)

    ๐Ÿ“ HELP FOR IDENTIFICATION OF A WARSHIP.
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท stotty1111 ( Warrant Officer)
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    Closer inspection of photo 11 looks very similar to the model superstructure mast etc. I will see him friday, so i will have the opportunity to chat about it!

    ๐Ÿ“ HELP FOR IDENTIFICATION OF A WARSHIP.
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท stotty1111 ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi, my club president has a model of P6141, if you wish I can chat to him to see if he is interested in sharing his knowledge, but, unfortunately he only has french languagewise!

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    ๐Ÿ“ French Steering Championship by Nantes, Loire Atlantique
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท stotty1111 ( Warrant Officer)
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    If any of you are over in France by Nantes next long weekend, thursday -> sunday 9/5 - 12/5, as above the annual steering championship is being held by Montaigu in the Vendee.
    Pm me for more details!
    Cheers
    Tony S

    ๐Ÿ“ HELP FOR IDENTIFICATION OF A WARSHIP.
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท stotty1111 ( Warrant Officer)
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    Is it a german patrol boat, P6141 - no idea of the kit maker!

    ๐Ÿ“ Oppie
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท stotty1111 ( Warrant Officer)
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    Way back when, there used to be a company producing grp hulls, they were based in Holyhead(?) or nearby, the business was sold, and I discovered they had some pieces for the Oppie, I bought them, constructed the model, sailed it, was impressed, so much so I embarked on the construction of the other exact 1:4 scale models.

    ๐Ÿ“ Steam Power
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท stotty1111 ( Warrant Officer)
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    Not strictly marine based, but the Stuart D10 is destined for a 1:12 Customs Launch, Active, built by Cox & Co Falmouth 1912, and stationed at Gravesend until the '30's.
    Kit of castings, machined and built by myself along with the horizontal engine.
    The others have been bought at knock down prices over the years!
    They all need sprucing up!
    The boiler was bought several years ago from an Australian outfit, at the time it seemed incredibly cheap, but was probably caused by the exchange rates between the Australian dollar and the pound!
    It came complete with lagging, planking and other bits and pieces, cannot be exact as I cannot find the box with the pieces in, cannot remember if it was complete with burner!
    I now have the thermal blocks (ex night storage heater) to construct a hearth to continue with the installation etc.
    Photos of 'Active' to follow it is stored at the club house!

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Oystercatcher
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท stotty1111 ( Warrant Officer)
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    Barry, you could try a Google search on Conrad Natzio - Oystercatcher, it will turn up pictures of the full sized boat, there may be onward links from that!
    I recall he was Broadlyboats.com or ,co.uk.
    I think he died some years ago though, he also had an advert in the classified ads section in Classic Boats to which I subscribed years ago, maybe a letter to them asking if anyone has contact details might prove fruitful.

    ๐Ÿ“ Oystercatcher
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท stotty1111 ( Warrant Officer)
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    Here we have Oystercatcher, another product of the noughties.
    The full size boat is designed for inland waters, weekend cruising, it can be used as a floating tent using the spars and sails.
    Designed by Conrad Natzio of East Anglia, it is designed for garage construction, using 6 sheets of marine ply or even water resistant ply.
    I met Conrad at an exhibition at Alexandra Palace, had a chat with him was given plans of several of his designs, chose to build Oystercatcher, kept in touch and was invited to a weekend expo at Beale Park, adjacent to the Thames, he used my model on his stand, a very nice man!
    The model is an exact scale of 1:4, I enjoyed the build, but the control was not an easy installation, the boat being so open.
    Went on to sail her at an exhibition held in Swansea at the Maritime Museum, they had a pond there so was able to try sailing, it worked well, but I felt I needed to add a keel to bring a little more stability, but house moves etc got in the way.
    Makes a nice static model!
    I will endeavour to get more photos when the wind is calmer!

    ๐Ÿ“ Mini Submarine
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท stotty1111 ( Warrant Officer)
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    Another toy, courtesy of Amazon 7 or 8 years ago.
    I bought the beast for about ยฃ12 / 15โ‚ฌ. It was on offer!
    I use it at model exhibitions where there is a pool.
    The sub is about 15cm/6" in length, complete with basic r/c system.
    It will sail forwards and reverse, turns to the right and left courtesy of water jets, and by use of 2 buttons on the top corners will submerge and resurface. It has rechargeable batteries inside, these are recharged by use of a fly lead from the tx!

    The main users are children and sometimes adults who want to have a go!
    It generates lots of interest, so much so that sometimes children join the club and go on to build small freelance fishing boats - the majority of models are fishing and military boats, we have the Brest naval base close by and several fishing ports.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Radio Installation
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท stotty1111 ( Warrant Officer)
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    Mine being of larger scale, I was able to hide the mini rx, and sail winch in the forward compartment, the rudder servo is in the rear compartment, and when sailing a 5 'D' cell pack was mounted under the rear seat, cabling for the servo and power supply are hidden under the side decking.
    All a little crude but it worked!

    ๐Ÿ“ 1:4 scale Clinker Dinghy
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท stotty1111 ( Warrant Officer)
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    Built around 2000 whilst I worked as a Technician in the Design Technology section of a local senior school, built at home, but with pieces produced in the woodworking shop, having access to a plethora of workshop equipment!
    Sailed somewhat unsuccessfully back then, I had problems finding sail material for its Bermudan rig, my idea was to convert to gaff style rig, never got around to it, however now with more choice sail cloth wise I might have another go, however my sailmaker died some time ago!
    The major problem sailing was the launching and retrieving, the weight was around 8 - 9 kgs(18lbs), and with age that is probably more of a problem, although here in France there is more attention given to those sort of problems!
    The model won a gold award at a model show in Concarneau in 2003, after which I was invited to join my local club in Chateaulin -- the best move I made!

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: More Planking
    3 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท stotty1111 ( Warrant Officer)
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    So have retrieved my 1:4 scale dinghy from my club premises here in Chateaulin!
    I attach a set of views, the piece was built about 25 years ago, it sailed after a fashion, but I had problems finding sail materials, so set to one side,
    It did however win the gold award at a show held in Concarneau in late 2003!
    My intention was to convert the 'Bermudan' rig into a gaff sail etc, never got around to it as other things took over.
    The other problem associated with sailing was the overall weight, see photo of keel, which weighed in at 8.5kgs
    I suppose with the recent discussions about sail materials, it might be time to return to have another attempt with sail making and eventually sailing!

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    ๐Ÿ“ Items stolen from National Waterways Museum
    4 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท stotty1111 ( Warrant Officer)
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    Link doesn't work for me!

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Clinker built sailing dinghy
    4 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท stotty1111 ( Warrant Officer)
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    I alo have variant of this, produced from Model Boats plans, mine was produced to 1 : 4 scale, I have some photos somewhere which i will try to dig out later, I can't take any of the dinghy currently , it is buried at the club space - another story!

    ๐Ÿ“ ESC issues
    8 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท stotty1111 ( Warrant Officer)
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    have you tried the esc on a different receiver channel -- to id if its a receiver problem or an esc problem

    ๐Ÿ“ Brilliant museum at Doreneze Brittany
    9 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท stotty1111 ( Warrant Officer)
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    Think you mean Douarnenez, i live up the bay, about 10 miles!

    ๐Ÿ“ Steering competition
    9 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท stotty1111 ( Warrant Officer)
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    Finally found the plans and scanned 'em.
    If required I can get the rules etc
    The pontoon is 4m wide, when competing the person can only move within the 4m space!
    Sorry about the additions, my scanner was playing up! ----- Dooohhhhhh technology!!!

    ๐Ÿ“ WEED PROBLEMS !!!!!!
    9 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท stotty1111 ( Warrant Officer)
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    We had similar probs on our water in Chateaulin several years ago, we bought 6 weed/algae eating carp, they were about 6" in length, they are now about 12 - 18" and the weed problem has been solved.
    We have lost one for what reason i have no idea but it was surface bound for several days, poisoning? non of the others died so don't know!
    We have a large immigrant Czech population, there was a worry that they would find the pond and fish them out, apparently carp are a delicacy for them, but it hasn't happened to date!

    ๐Ÿ“ Steering competition
    9 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท stotty1111 ( Warrant Officer)
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    Ok, I have been competing on one this afternoon here, near Roskoff, , basically a triangle with 30 m sides bouys etc, I have a plan I'm knacked now bur tomorrow I'll try and scan it, It is a french federation job!!

    ๐Ÿ“ speed controller
    10 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท stotty1111 ( Warrant Officer)
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    The 320amps refers to instantaneous output, not continuous - i think the output would be around 60a running!
    Correct me if I am wrong please!

    ๐Ÿ“ led lights
    10 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท stotty1111 ( Warrant Officer)
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    If they are new the longer leg is positive!



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