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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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    ๐Ÿ“ Internationales Schiffsmodellschaufahren in Vaduz - Fรผrstentum Liechtenstein
    3 days ago by ToraDog ( Lieutenant)
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    Oh, if only I could....โ˜น๏ธ
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Spencer's pool Burlington
    3 days ago by ToraDog ( Lieutenant)
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    Beautifully Done! But, Iam going to disagree with you Doug. I believe she is ann early Flower class. My two cents, which with ann extra ound will get you a cup of coffee.
    Either way, great build and video.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Underwater decoration
    8 days ago by ToraDog ( Lieutenant)
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    There are numerous ways of ensuring retention of your wheel. All are applicable.
    Mine is to file a flat onto the shaft. This is done after drilling a hole and threading it, in the hub of the prop, for a set screw. Thread the prop onto the shaft and mark the shaft thru the hole. Make sure to have tightened the prop snuggly. File the flat at the mark. dress the shaft. Install the prop, I use a low tension thread lock here as well. Align the hole with the flat while the tightening the prop. Apply thread lock to the set screw and tighten. It should hold pretty good.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Supertanker models...
    10 days ago by ToraDog ( Lieutenant)
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    I would stay away from using foam for a large hull. It is going to need that much more wait to get it to still deep enough in the water. Super Tanker hulls are just ig boxes with stubby bows and sterns tacked on. Realy not hard to do a stand off hull. Use you imagination, glue and some plywood.
    Good Luck
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    ๐Ÿ“ Supertanker models...
    10 days ago by ToraDog ( Lieutenant)
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    As cool a project as this would be, and do not get me wrong, I love the idea, building on out of foam may well cause you more headaches than it is worth.Sverval folks have built models of such and all, while not struggling with the issue, spent a lot of time figuring how to get the hull deep enough into the water, even for the prop to work. Then there is the issue of sail area. tankers have lot's of it, even loaded, ut without any mass to help hold them in place, they skit about like a pebble on smooth ice. There is a build of an ore carrier, in 1/96th scale, on RC Groups. I think that hull is around 8 ft. I might be worth looking at the build to see what was entailed.
    A sheeted hull would not be difficult, after all they are big boxes with a stubby nose and tail tacked on.
    Would not be hard to build. Good luck.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Graupner 638 lamps also called caged bulbs
    10 days ago by ToraDog ( Lieutenant)
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    LOL, Sorry Doug, my head is down the rabbit hole๐Ÿคฃ
    I'm in full agreement about Evans. There are several other suppliers and I'll put together a source list. One thing I will mention is the RC aircraft field is offering some impressive light options, especially suitible for searchlite and such.
    Meanwhile I'll keep my head low while you guys loob wonder ideas about.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Graupner 638 lamps also called caged bulbs
    10 days ago by ToraDog ( Lieutenant)
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    I am going to stand back and watch... Doug and Black Shoe are having a competition๐Ÿ˜‚
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    ๐Ÿ“ Graupner 638 lamps also called caged bulbs
    10 days ago by ToraDog ( Lieutenant)
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    Thank you Doug. I kept trying to post the information, but I have been unable to log on for a few days, but that now has appeared to clear up.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Graupner 638 lamps also called caged bulbs
    11 days ago by ToraDog ( Lieutenant)
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    I do not have a source for the Graupner products, but there are alternative available. I will post links as soon as I can dig them out.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Lobster Boat
    26 days ago by ToraDog ( Lieutenant)
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    Beautiful. Not limit to what you can accomplish now.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Tug Fort Valley
    1 month ago by ToraDog ( Lieutenant)
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    LOL, maybe it is time for a smaller boat... say bath tub scale, eh Old Man?
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Tug Fort Valley
    1 month ago by ToraDog ( Lieutenant)
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    Very nice Tim. How did your launch and retrieval system work out?
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    ๐Ÿ“ Vosper 46ft RAF crash tender
    1 month ago by ToraDog ( Lieutenant)
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    I do not know when Oilite bearings came into play. It is possible, I would guess. If not, you have two choices. If the prop shaft is easily removable, then periodically removing it and greasing it with a light H2O proof grease will Probably be sufficient. If the prop tube is easiy accessible and you are good at soldering, then you could drill a hole, nearto but not at, the inboard end. The hole should be a proper fit for a piece of brass tubing (ie, this is assuming that the prop tube is brass) Insert your prop shaft so the piece of tube just touchs it, then back the tubing out just a hair. Remove youe shaft. Use care not to move the brass tube. Solder the brass tube into place. you then use the ube to apply oil or grease to your shaft. That is it in a nutsheel. When in doubt, use the KISS principal: Keep it simple Simon. i would use the first approach if you have any doubts. Best of luck.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Vosper 46ft RAF crash tender
    1 month ago by ToraDog ( Lieutenant)
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    It all depends... Are you using manufactured shaft tubes that have oilite bronze bearings( bushings to some), or are the shaft tubes just palin brass tubes?
    If the former, you need to do nothing. Oilite bearings/bushings are self lubricating. If the latter, then either greasing or oiling the tube is advised. This can be done by periodically pulling the shaft and lubricating it, or... soldering an oil/grease tube to the shaft log. Then you can add a piece of silicon tubing and periodically add oil or grease.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Phantom Tug
    2 months ago by ToraDog ( Lieutenant)
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    I stopped by Phantom Tug's abode today. Had a nice lunch, a good beer, and spent many minutes drooling over the Fort Valley. I can only say that pictures do not convey the quality, character, or imagination that has gone into this build. I have said it before, and it bears repeating, this is not a model boat. It is a series of models, each it's own dioramma, wwhich all dovetail to tell an amazing story. The attention to detail can only be appreciated in person. Talking with Tim today, I gained an insite that, I think, escaped me before. All of the details on Fort Valley, all of the stories it tells, come from Tim's long carreer in the U.S. Coast Guard. Phanton Tug is a humble individual, surpassed only by how humbling his creations are.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Help finding SLA alternatives.
    2 months ago by ToraDog ( Lieutenant)
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    Excellent point! A must.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Help finding SLA alternatives.
    2 months ago by ToraDog ( Lieutenant)
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    Fantastic Colin,
    They should make a great difference for you.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Help finding SLA alternatives.
    2 months ago by ToraDog ( Lieutenant)
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    Colin,
    These are what I used. Also, this company posts a ton of information about it's products which you will find when you link to each product. Also, they offer chargers specific for these batteries. Explore the site. Also check out their information on SLA's, especially discharge and charging rates.
    Cheers
    Jonathan
    https://www.power-sonic.com/batteries/psl-sh-series/
    https://www.power-sonic.com/batteries/psl-sh-series/
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    ๐Ÿ“ Help finding SLA alternatives.
    2 months ago by ToraDog ( Lieutenant)
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    good luck Colin. Here is a link to the style of battery I was referring to. I believe I used a different brnd, but you will get the idea.
    https://www.wholesalebatteriesdirect.com/lithium-batteries/6...
    Jonathan
    https://www.wholesalebatteriesdirect.com/lithium-batteries/66438-12-volt-10-ah-lifepo4-lfp12v10-lithium-iron-phosphate-battery.html
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    ๐Ÿ“ Help finding SLA alternatives.
    2 months ago by ToraDog ( Lieutenant)
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    Colin,
    I have a solutioon for your problem, but you will not like it. There are made LIFE batteries that are designed as direct replacements for the standard 7amp 12v SLA batteries that, on this sdide of the pond, are used commonly in alrm systems. They are in the same style case, with the same dimensions, but they weigh a fraction of the SLA, around 50+- % less. They have the advantage that they can provide high discharge currents, much higher than a standard SLA or even a high discharge SLA.
    Te BAD news is the cost, on two counts. 1) the batteries are expensive, $180 amnd 2) they require a dedicated charger, around $30.
    They do have an additional benefit, in that they do not self discharge as SLA's do, therefore their management is quite a bit easier. I use these in my 1/16th PT boat and they make keeping the weight in tow very nicely.
    Sorry if this is a tease, but I am throwing the information out there.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Flysky 18 channel rc.
    2 months ago by ToraDog ( Lieutenant)
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    I have seen FlySky mentioned a lot on RC Groups. It is a fairly commonly used system over here. I think/have heard, that it is ver similar to the FrSky system, which I have been using for about two years now. Being of the new genration computer radios, and I being of the abacus generation, the learning curve is quite steep. I found many wonderful videos on YouTube that saved me hours of frustration. Your nephew will probably be your best source for information and help setting up a system. All that said, these radios will get you to the Moon and back.The capabilities are almost limitless and for boats, well overkill would be a fair description. I love mine.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Radar motor from a servo
    2 months ago by ToraDog ( Lieutenant)
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    Martin555 recently posted a great article about modifying a servo to make a radar motor drive. Martin prefers to use a full size servo to make his drive and so, for you who likewise choose to use a full size servo, I present a ready made alternative. First a disclaimer: I am in no way connected or affiliated with the company I am about to introduce. I use them on my models for turret drives and other similar uses.
    GoBilda, www.gobilda.com, makes four similar dual mode servos. They are able to give 180 proportional degrees of rotation out of the box and 300 degrees with a servo extended connected to them. This is how I use them for my turrets, ect. They are ALSO capable of 360 degree continuous rotation, under variable speed control, as well as rotation direction, ie, bi-directional, directly from a proportional channel on a transmitter. They essensially act as fully proprtional, bi-directional motors. They can also be drivern, without a receiver, by a servo driver, with the same attributes. They cost about the same as most decent servos. They will require the programmer which cost about $15 US.Here is a link:
    https://www.gobilda.com/standard-size-servos/
    https://www.gobilda.com/standard-size-servos/
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Fort Valley
    2 months ago by ToraDog ( Lieutenant)
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    This really needs to be seen to be appreciated. Tim does amazing work. Every model is really a series of models combined that tell a story. There is no end to his imagination and his ability to bring it to life.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Long Range Air Sea Rescue
    2 months ago by ToraDog ( Lieutenant)
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    Absolutely wondrful! Top notch job all around. What a incredible pleasure to watch.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Ship's navigation lights and deck colour. WWII
    3 months ago by ToraDog ( Lieutenant)
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    Sounds like he was a few years behind you.
    Back to the thread.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Ship's navigation lights and deck colour. WWII
    3 months ago by ToraDog ( Lieutenant)
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    PeeJay,
    Did you know a David Spear on Connole? Not sure of the years. He was on her when she went to BIW for some work, maybe in the 80's.
    Jonathan
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    ๐Ÿ“ Ship's navigation lights and deck colour. WWII
    3 months ago by ToraDog ( Lieutenant)
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    ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ I love your reply! I sympathize with your plans issue. But, do remember that many ships were never built to the original plans. Change orders during contruction were/are the norm. Also, as was extremely common in the USN, ships would leave the builders, be commissioned and immediately report to a Navy Yard and undergo modifications. This was especially true during WW2. Plans are a great "intended" guide, photos don't lie.
    And you are right. It is your build, do it your way. Have fun!
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    ๐Ÿ“ Plans wanted
    3 months ago by ToraDog ( Lieutenant)
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    I give up. What is a Fisher34?
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    ๐Ÿ“ Ship's navigation lights and deck colour. WWII
    3 months ago by ToraDog ( Lieutenant)
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    First off, decks were painted acording to camoflage appicable to each navy. Most USN ships used Weathered Deck Blue, but there were variations. I would research the applicable instructions for the ship you are building.
    as for lights, from what I have read, lights were not shown during wartime except, perhaps, in harbor, and even tha was questionable, ie Royal Oak. It was generally, ecept along the US coast in 41' and 42', considered to be asking for a torpedo, to be showing ANY kind of lights on a ship, even cigarette butt glows.
    All that said, it is, again, a case of researching the applicable regulations relative to your Navy's ship. I woud suspect that the Imperial war Museum or peraps the RN's museum would have the answer for you.
    Sorry to be round about, but sometimes it isn't really clear.
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    ๐Ÿ“ No Reverse
    4 months ago by ToraDog ( Lieutenant)
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    I have tried to decypher my way thru all the posts, but I may be WAY off base. DISCLAIMER: I have never dealt with a brushless ESC. Is there a chance that the position of the throttle stick, at power up of the receiver( the transmitter should have been turned on first) determines the neutral point of this ESC? I ask because the brushed ESC's I use, and LOVE, form Germany do exactly that and I sometimes forget to center my throttle. The ESC then programs the throttle according to where the stick is at power-up. I have managed to embarrass myself far too many times.
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