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    USS Eastwind 1/48th scale
    USS Eastwind, a US Coast Guard operated icebreaker, circa 1944. !/48th scale plank on frame with F/G covering. Lots of lights, three motors, 1 bow, 2 stern.
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    My V4-MA-1 US maritime Commission tugboat. 45+ built in WW2. Based upon the the Dutch(at the time the HMS) Zwarte Zee. Plank on frame construction cover in F/G. Lights, sounds and fire monitors.
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    πŸ“ Mental Health & Wellbeing Volunteers
    11 days ago by ToraDog ( Midshipman)
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    Martin is most correct. Whether there in England, across the Pond here, Asia, or for that matter the entire world, This "disease" is not going away until everyone possible is and remains vaccinated. We did it with Polio, and many other disease that decimated the humans of this little blue marble. Until we do it again, I am afraid that people will continue to contract it and many will die, whether they believe in vaccines or not.
    I don't know where it came from, but "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" could not be more appropriate. Be safe and boat another day.
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    18 days ago by ToraDog ( Midshipman)
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    No Nerys,
    You are just on the wrong side of the pond.....😁
    Sorry... I could not resist.
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    19 days ago by ToraDog ( Midshipman)
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    Bill and martin, First allow me to thank you for all of your efforts to date. I wish you both well with whatever you choose to do. Second, it is always sad when someone injects politics into a hobby site. I have seen it done so many times, and while I have attempted to continue to support those sites, I have found that I always become just a spectator.
    No none should lose site that these are hobbies. I would miss them, but I do not need them....
    Thank you again for all of your efforts.
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    πŸ“ Alan Raven Plans
    30 days ago by ToraDog ( Midshipman)
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    Is anyone aware of a source for Alan Raven warship plans, OTHER than those published in books?
    Thank you
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    1 month ago by ToraDog ( Midshipman)
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    "A lot of places are only taking credit card payments now because of the risk of passing on Covid on the cash."
    Martin,
    That must be to avoid potential money laundering charges....πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
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    1 month ago by ToraDog ( Midshipman)
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    Wow,being from across the Pond, I can only relate what we are allowed. US currency can not be denied for any payment. Recently a fellow paid his child support, $800, in pennies, which he dumped on his ex's lawn. Classy, no, but legal, yes. I remeber when I was young, my brother lost a bet to my father, which he paid in pennies. he thought he was being snarky, but my father loved it because he always needed pennies for parking meters in town. Rather backfired upon my brother.
    Here shops often try to require a minimum purchase amount to use a debit or charge card. Illegal, at least in Maine. If I find myself in a snarky shop, I'll try to buy a candy bar. Needless to say, I have caused some havoc.
    I guess it boils down to whether the Pound is really legal tender for all debits, ect. Good question for your Treasury.
    Good LuckπŸ˜€
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    πŸ“ I am being teased......
    2 months ago by ToraDog ( Midshipman)
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    Bill,
    Thank you. Any and all help is appreciated. I have not decide which variant to to pursue. They are both terribly interesting. That said I think using a Colony Class hull as a basis is a good start. Beyond that, the super structure becomes a matter of interpretation based upon best guesses. Fortunately there are quite a few armaments available in my working scale so that would speed things up.
    Jonathan
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    πŸ“ I am being teased......
    2 months ago by ToraDog ( Midshipman)
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    Newby7,
    Hold off on your anticipation for the moment. I have not even run the numbers yet and I build in 1/4" scale........She will be a beast if I undertake her.
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    πŸ“ I am being teased......
    2 months ago by ToraDog ( Midshipman)
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    No I had not seen that site although I did see one of the images posted on-line when I did a search. Thank you Martin. I find the sources to be important so I am off to see Norman Friedman's work.
    Jonathan
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    πŸ“ I am being teased......
    2 months ago by ToraDog ( Midshipman)
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    While I am almost finished with my build of the USS Fletcher, DD-445, circa 1942, I have been teased while reviewing my copy of "Warship" Volume 2. In it, Alan Raven supplied a beautiful profile drawing of a proposed 7 turret Colony class cruiser. My two favorite classes of ships from the War were the Dido and the Atlanta classes of anti-aircraft cruisers. This rendition, K25G, together with the 8 turret version, have struck me as the ultimate anti-air "beast" My quest is to find a copy of Mr. Raven's drawing and any other references that my be available of them Thank you for any suggestions and direction.
    Jonathan
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    πŸ“ WW 2 RN figures cothing colors
    2 months ago by ToraDog ( Midshipman)
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    Thank you John,
    i have clipped the image for reference.
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    2 months ago by ToraDog ( Midshipman)
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    Thank you Martin. Next rainy day (maybe tomorrow) I'll get to work.
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    2 months ago by ToraDog ( Midshipman)
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    Wonderful!!!! many Thanks. It is a great help.
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    πŸ“ WW 2 RN figures cothing colors
    2 months ago by ToraDog ( Midshipman)
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    Many Thanks Bills. I will take all the help I can get.
    Rick I was going that way with pants and shirts, maybe the tin hat they wore as well??
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    πŸ“ Fleet Air Arm Museum Yeovilton.
    2 months ago by ToraDog ( Midshipman)
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    John,
    Right you are. Actually the USN owes quite a debt to the FAA for showing that the Corsair could be made into a successful carrier aircraft. The USN did not like it and gave it to the Marines rather than fly it themselves, until the FAA showed them how to land it in one piece. The rest is history
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    πŸ“ Fleet Air Arm Museum Yeovilton.
    2 months ago by ToraDog ( Midshipman)
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    Hi Nerys,
    You are absolutely right! I just amazed to find it happening in my backyard in rural Maine.
    As an aside, here is another local brag. Bar Harbor is on Mount Desert Island which has a number of "mountains" on it, the highest being Cadillac at 1500+ ft. it being the highest point on the East Coast of the United States. During the War, a radar station was established on the mountain and "local lore" was that it was to detect Nazi aircraft and submarines. ha ha. Not so! it was Project Cadillac which involved developing the system by which a radar signal could be beaming, by TV signal, to a remote receiver. The station replicated an airborne radar transmitter/receiver. Guessed it yet? Yup, it was here there that AWACS was developed. The Mountain system was manned and staffed by MIT researchers and successfully beamed the radar image to Hanscom Airbase in Massachusetts, 200+- miles away.
    All happening in one's backyard and not even knowing about it....
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    πŸ“ Fleet Air Arm Museum Yeovilton.
    2 months ago by ToraDog ( Midshipman)
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    It is so wonderful that the UK built a museum for the Federal Aviation Administration... but I don't understand the aircraft carriers. Well, being from this side of the Pond may explain it...
    Speaking of this side of the Pond, I stumbled upon some interesting FAA related material while working on a research project. It seems that the Brunswick, Maine Naval Air Station was established during the War, not for the US Navy, but rather to train FAA pilots to fly US navy aircraft, Wildcats, Corsairs and Avengers. Brunswick had five surrounding fields in the State which served as auxiliary fields, at which pilots practiced carrier deck landings. The fields had runways with deck outlines paint upon them and had LSO's (landing signal officers) to guide the pilots in. One such field was the Bar Harbor Airport. I lived in Bar Harbor for a number of years so this information was a surprise to me. If you enlarge the overhead photo of the Bar Harbor airfield and look closely, you can make out the outline of the carrier deck and arresting wires, painted on the runway.Anyhow, for your enjoyment I attach several photographs that depict a line up of Corsairs at Bar Harbor, note the K ship blimp in the background. There were a number of accidents. K ships used Bar Harbor as an advanced base from which they operated on anti U-boat patrols. As well, I include a few photos of FAA Corsairs operating in Maine. They exact location I have not determined, but like southern Maine to the Mid Coast region.
    Brunswick went on to become an Navy anti submarine patrol base after the war. Until about 15 years ago when it was shut down. I remember P2V Neptunes ( two turning, two burning) island hopping the bays of the coast. Very exciting to watch. They were replaced by P3V Orions until the base closed. Ah the glory days...
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    πŸ“ WW 2 RN figures cothing colors
    2 months ago by ToraDog ( Midshipman)
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    Thank you Martin. I think that will work fine. I'll add some ice and water stains to the boys and they should feel right at home.
    Jonathan
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    πŸ“ WW 2 RN figures cothing colors
    2 months ago by ToraDog ( Midshipman)
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    I need help.... yes I know, that kind too, but right now I need some insight from the East side of the pond. I am populating my 1/48th HMS Bluebell with figures from Holden 8702 on Shapeways. I can come up with clothing colors for USN figures, but RN is another matter entirely. Would someone please be so kind as to advise me of the appropriate colors for the clothing, duffles and life jackets of these figures? Bluebell just received her ASDIC and siren from the Component Shop, so this will just about complete her fit.
    Many Thanks in advance.
    Jonathan
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Exhaust chimney
    3 months ago by ToraDog ( Midshipman)
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    This looks so wicked! I have always loved live steam, but I never took the plunge. Too many others do such wonderful work, as is the case here.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Phantom Tug
    3 months ago by ToraDog ( Midshipman)
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    None too shabby. One might be led to believe that this is not your first build.😁 There is a major problem that I have spotted though. each one of you builds becomes fine and more detailed. This means that your next will have to be even more so!πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ I am anxious to see her in her element.
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    πŸ“ SAD NEWS
    3 months ago by ToraDog ( Midshipman)
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    Two major losses. My condolences. Our hobby is shrinking before our eyes.πŸ’”
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    πŸ“ Preferred location of ESC
    3 months ago by ToraDog ( Midshipman)
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    Chris,
    In many ways, Yes, you have. I don't use brushless, brushed only, very old school, but the theory should be close. I have found that the quality of the wire between the battery and ESC and ESC and motor can be more important than the distance, because as you pointed out, the distances aren't that great. Over here I use a noodle wire, a silicon cased fine multi-standed wire that is very flexible. Deans makes it. It has a high current rating and low voltage loss rating.
    https://www.hobbyrecreationproducts.com/collections/ws-deans...
    https://www.hobbyrecreationproducts.com/collections/ws-deans/products/wsd1406-blue-12-gauge-ultra-wire-6ft
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    πŸ“ Rebuild of German U boat
    3 months ago by ToraDog ( Midshipman)
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    Jimbo,
    Loose shafts... wonderful. Definitely re-grease them. The shaft logs(tubes) run entirely below the waterline, so they are a potential source of H2O inflow. Other than that sealing the deck should be your only other contention. it is amazing just how much water can enter a hull by splash and subs do not have, even surface runners, much reserve buoyancy, so protecting what you have is one of my main goals. As Doug indicated, it should like your boat is about 1/40 scale, so you should have quite a bit of room to work with. You may want to consider putting shaft seals on your prop shafts. There a commercially available ones or you can find a very small one thru and industrial supply house. One last note. Make sure that you rudder shaft is well sealed as well. Amazing amounts of water can enter thru these as well. keep us post, Please.
    Jonathan
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    πŸ“ Battery set up
    3 months ago by ToraDog ( Midshipman)
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    Nick,
    Doug is spot on, but I might suggest an alternative to fuses. Most cars these days are using auto reset fuses in many applications. These come, like their glass and plastic cousins, in many amp ranges. The advantage of them is that when they pop, they will then cool down and reset. As long as the operator recognizes the issue is at hand, weed in the wheel, ect, then often one can limp to shore. They are a bit more expensive, but in the long run cheaper and one does not have to take the boat apart to replace them. I am replacing all of my glass fuses except the very small ones, ie 1/4 - 3 amps.
    cheers
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    3 months ago by ToraDog ( Midshipman)
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    can you give a bit more information about your boat? Scale, size, ect. Why do the shafts need to come out? Frozen?
    Being a surface runner vs a dynamic boat( one with a ballast tank capable of submerging partially or completely) is very similar, only the ballast tank and plumbing is missing. The real issue is water tight integrity for the motors, radio and battery. There are generally two ways to go, a WTC( water tight cylinder, or a pressure hull boat, like the older Engel boats.)
    Choosing which route you are going to take will determine where and how you seal the hull.
    With all that said, this gets to your shafts. Do they, or did they , have seals on them? or, perhaps the motors had shaft seals?
    Anoter wonderful source of information is The SubCommittee.
    It can be found here :https://www.subcommittee.com/forum/
    Membership is not expensive and the knowledge base is extensive.
    https://www.subcommittee.com/forum/
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Brave Borderer finally ready for her sea trials.
    3 months ago by ToraDog ( Midshipman)
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    I have always loved the look of the Braves. I built a plastic version back in the 70's. You have done a wonderful job. Now we need to see her in her element. Pictures Please!!!
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Video with big Jupiter and the PT
    3 months ago by ToraDog ( Midshipman)
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    Very nice! She does swing a bit wide to starboard. Part of that could be the props swinging the same way. If I may, I would suggest that you check to make sure that the rudders have the same swing, side to side, no more than 35 degrees. Also, if they do, check that your servo is centered when your rudders are. Don't be afraid of taking some swing from port and transferring it to stbd.This will open your port turn a bit, but tighten up your stbd swings.
    Really nice job. PT's always cut such a fine line in the water.....
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Phantom Tug (Fort Valley)
    3 months ago by ToraDog ( Midshipman)
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    I really did expect that you would have made more progress. I know that DownEast time runs differently than the real world, but still.............
    All kidding aside, I know that the Phantom Tug has progressed far beyond this point and is anxiously waiting the get her keel wet with a good hard run. Considering that it has snowed for that last 36 hours, it may still be a bit early.
    Your work is top shelf all the way, but it is so much more impressive in person.
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    πŸ“ Boat tranporter from car to water Ideas
    4 months ago by ToraDog ( Midshipman)
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    Bruce,
    It might help if you were to describe the types and sizes of your boats. I have several suggestions, but I build large craft, 6-9 ft, so my ideas may not be of any help to you.
    On the smaller sized boats, I have seen a cradle and sling arrangement also serves as a nice display cradle. Also the hand truck, or luggage truck, those collapsible ones you see people using to move their luggage at airports, seems to work quite well.
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