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    ๐Ÿ“ Fairey huntsman
    23 hours ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง zooma ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Planking can be very time consuming.....and satisfying in equal parts, but the end result will justify your time and effort.

    Nice to have you back and active again Wes!

    Bob.

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    ๐Ÿ“ Harrogate
    6 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง zooma ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    I forgot to mention that all of my vintage power boats are now electric powered, and any that were powered by deisel,glow fuel or petrol in a previous life have been fully converted to electric power๐Ÿ‘

    ๐Ÿ“ Harrogate
    6 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง zooma ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Thank you for your open invitation.

    I hope to get over to see you and bring my vintage power boats to have a run with you one Sunday morning.

    Bob.

    ๐Ÿ“ Easily sand perfect circles
    10 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง zooma ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Nice idea. ๐Ÿ‘

    I use a similar home made jig/device to cut circles on my Record BS250 bandsaw.

    Another useful little home made jig that I use is to cut triangular section strips of hardwood on the bandsaw as we cannot find a good source of small section triangular shaped wood here in the UK any more.

    This is particularly useful for me as I like to add strakes to the underside of my powerboat hulls to add stability......and because I think they look good.

    ๐Ÿ“ Flight Link Control Launch Link 2 channel radio control set
    1 month ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง zooma ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    That picture rings some bells Stuart .

    I think the top left Futaba DigiMax 4 was the first type that I remember seeing - not too long after I spent all my "hard earned" on my Launch Link radio set.

    Incidentally, the major competitor for Flight Link back then was Skyleader - but unfortunately they never made a marine dedicated 2 channel radio for us model boat types.

    I remember going to several of the "Nationals" events at RAF Cosford in those early years when almost everyone used Syleader - up until my last visit in 1972.

    ๐Ÿ“ Flight Link Control Launch Link 2 channel radio control set
    1 month ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง zooma ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Not long afterwards Futaba launched their new 4 channel radio control system into the UK and it looked much more attractive and modern and came with 17M servos.
    This was soon followed by another slightly less "modern" looking radio from Japan - the OS Cougar outfit, again 4 channels with a lot more features for about the same cash as I had paid for my Launch Link.
    At the time I was disappointed as they both made my treasured Launch Link radio look antiquated overnight!

    ๐Ÿ“ Flight Link Control Launch Link 2 channel radio control set
    1 month ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง zooma ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    My first ever radio control system was a Launch Link that I bought from Cyril Howes model shop in Bath in 1967 when I was aged 17.

    I bought this set brand new with my apprenticeship wages to use in my Aerokits Swordsman that I was completing at the time.

    This was a very expensive purchase for me at around ยฃ100 when I was only earning seven pounds, seventeen shillings and sixpence per week, but I liked the black metal transmitter box/case and wanted something British made.

    I was pleased with the set and used it with the Swordsman to enter one of the first organised British off-shore races from Torquay where the radio and the boat performed well enough to complete both rounds without incident.

    ๐Ÿ“ 34" Fairy Huntsman air scoops
    2 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง zooma ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    I have used spoons in the past (as a temporary measure) on my various Fairly Marine models (and my Chris Craft Corvette) but I prefer to make them from wood and sand them to shape.

    I think most of the various kits from Aerokits etc were just sanded to shape from blocks of hardwood that were cut to give the plan shape but needed sanding to thin the rear and make the nice profiled torpedo shape.

    My more recent efforts were made from laminated "C" shapes of plywood with a thin ply skin top cover so when they were sanded to shape I still had a nice thin front edge to the intake.

    Just a little more work cutting the different "C" shapes and laminating them together with the thin top cover, but they sand nicely to shape and look better that a solid block does at the front.

    This can also also be done with laminates of plastic (the type used for advertising boards is nice and easy to work with...and usually free when the boards are thrown away), but in both cases the inside of the scoop can be sanded to shape as well as the outside giving a very pleasing finished result that (unlike spoon) can be made to exactly the correct scale shape.

    Some side scoop type air intakes are more rectangular in shape and are easer to make with separate side and top components and need less sanding to achieve the final shape.

    ๐Ÿ“ Taplin-Baker Hydrojet, RKH products
    3 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง zooma ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Thatโ€™s a โ€œblast from the pastโ€.

    I had forgotten about the Taplin-Baker Hydrojet.

    Was it anything to do with the maker of the Taplin Twin two cylinder Diesel engine ?

    ๐Ÿ“ Death of a member.
    3 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง zooma ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Please accept my most sincere condolences to you and your family Colin.

    ๐Ÿ“ Kits for Fairey Marine Models.
    3 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง zooma ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Hi Chris,

    Your comparison between a race horse (huntsman 31) and my description of a floating cottage (Swordsman 33) sums up the difference between these two models very well.

    Although there is very little difference in length (2" on a 1/12 scale model or 2ft on a 12" to foot the model!) the Huntsman looks a LOT smaller.

    Being able to see the two models alongside each shows just how much smaller the Huntsman 31 is than the much "bulkier" Swordsman.

    Surprisingly (perhaps?) the Swordsman is an excellent performer on the water.........nothing like its "floating cottage" nick-name would suggest!

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    ๐Ÿ“ Kits for Fairey Marine Models.
    3 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง zooma ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    There are also plans currently available for the 1/12 scale Huntsman 31 and the 1/12 scale Swordsman.

    I have owned both the above models built from these plans, and it is interesting to see the comparative size of the Huntsman when placed alongside the Swordsman.

    .......no surprise that they "nick-named" the much bigger Swordsman as "The Floating Cottage" - it dwarfed the smaller model.

    ๐Ÿ“ New Zealand Trip
    3 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง zooma ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Brilliant pictures Chris.......got any more family members in NZ you can persuade to get married-off - so you can plan another trip? ๐Ÿ˜‚
    Bob.

    ๐Ÿ“ Sea rover cabin cruiser
    4 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง zooma ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Great to see another Classic model power boat given a new life extension!

    Well done - I hope you enjoy running it. ๐Ÿ‘

    ๐Ÿ“ Vic Smeed RTTL Vosper
    4 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง zooma ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    The colour scheme of the RTTL that we had running in our club back in the early 1960's had a black hull with red undersides, grey superstructures with white cabin tops - just like the colours used on the Aerokits fire and rescue launches.

    I have no idea what colour scheme's were used on these launches (in real life) over the years, but no doubt there would have been some changes.

    ๐Ÿ“ Vic Smeed RTTL Vosper
    4 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง zooma ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    We had one of these Vic Smeed RTTL launches in our local club back in the early 1960's and it was powered by a Gannet 15cc petrol motor. Not overly fast but it look really good and sounded nice too!

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Modified Stiletto project
    5 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง zooma ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    I will also be making a much modified Stilleo/Rapier as a future project - thanks to some excellent ideas provided by Chris

    When I get all the templates drawn-up I will also cut a spare set of parts for Will (madwelshman) so that he can bung one together too! ๐Ÿ‘

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Lesro "Arrow"
    5 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง zooma ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Here is a picture of my LesRo Javelin - the Arrows big brother.

    These hulls really work very well and can handle the Great British weather very well !

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Lesro "Arrow"
    5 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง zooma ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    I have the larger version of the Arrow - the LesRo Javelin (shares the same hull as the LesRo Rapier) and I bought a kit to make the smaller LesRo Arrow some time back - but I have not made it yet.

    It's a shame that LesRo never re-kitted either the Rapier or its smaller brother/sister the Stiletto (share's the same hull as the Arrow).

    They are all great "classic" r/c model power boats that perform well, and your Arrow looks really smart!!

    ๐Ÿ“ Rustoleum Pain Can Nozzle Restoration
    6 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง zooma ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Good tips - and I like Colins idea of saving old nozzles after the cans are empty! (something I have done many times over the years!).

    I sometimes drop the dirty rattle can nozzle into a small screw top jar (like an airbrush storage paint jar) part filled with thinners - and give it a good shake .

    This agitates the clogged paint (after it has had time to soak) and can save risking any damage to the nozzle if you don't have the correct size drill bits to open them out accurately.

    Soak - Shake - Repeat. This process can be repeated several times until the nozzle is clear and doing more than one nozzle at a time (if your jar is big enough) helps the agitation and can save time if you have more than one blocked nozzle.

    Bob.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Chris Craft Corvette
    6 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง zooma ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    I wanted to show the true rotten condition of the hull and superstructure before I started working on it as most who saw it agreed that it was most definitely not worth bothering with.
    If it were not for the lock down I would not have considered trying to save it either !
    These early pictures cannot be taken again - but they are stored safely on my iMac and can be sent by email to anyone that would like to see them - or is able to upload them for others to see.

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Chris Craft Corvette
    6 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง zooma ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    I am using an Apple Mac computer - 2012 model - so maybe not as up to date as it needs to be?

    ๐Ÿ“ Chris Craft Corvette
    6 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง zooma ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    I rescued this badly damaged fuel soaked rotten wreck from the skip at the start of lockdown...and I am still working on it......now and again!

    Every time I try to upload any pictures of my Corvette I get the message "invalid file".............but I will keep trying!

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Flying Christine2
    6 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง zooma ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    A friend of mine has done a little research into the Flying Christine and believes that it would be possible to build all three variants of this well known craft from this one kit.
    With some minor modifications this should be reasonably easy to achieve and would make an impressive trio.

    ๐Ÿ“ Update on my Sterling Corvette
    6 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง zooma ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    A friend of mine has done a little research into the Flying Christine and believes that it would be possible to build all three variants of this well known craft from this one kit.
    With some minor modifications this should be reasonably easy to achieve and would make an impressive trio.

    ๐Ÿ“ Update on my Sterling Corvette
    6 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง zooma ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    My ex Sterling Kits Chris Craft Corvette is currently almost back in one rot-free lump, but it has taken so much time to get it this far, the comparatively simple matter of final finishing and detailing has not been given any recent attention.
    I think it just "wore me out" :(

    ๐Ÿ“ Update on my Sterling Corvette
    6 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง zooma ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    I "rescued" the remains of a Sterling Kit Chris Craft Corvette from a skip at the start of the Covid lockdown.
    My restoration involved removing a lot of rot and can be seen here

    herehttps://www.modelboatmayhem.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,64895.0.html
    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Flying Christine2
    6 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง zooma ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    I saw the original Flying Christine back in the very early 1960's during a fortnights (Junior) school visit to the island.
    The original craft was painted in black and white only and proudly displayed the St Johns Ambulance logo on its hull sides.
    I think the current Flying Christine is the third (similar sized) craft to bear the name.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Flying Christine2
    6 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง zooma ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    I was lucky to see the original Flying Christine in Guernsey when it was first crewed by local hero Dan Blanchflower who used the craft to save several lives that would have been lost before St Johns Ambulance were able to commission her as a floating ambulance service.

    ๐Ÿ“ Paint
    7 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง zooma ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    It's getting a lot harder to find good oil based household paint, and my testing with various brands of the current "water based - easy clean" household paints has proven to be very disappointing.
    Poor coverage and no long term resistance to immersion in water are my main complaints against these easy clean-up paints.
    I restore classic r/c power boats -usually from the late '50's to the mid '70s - and I like to paint them by hand with brush paint to finish them in the traditional way with oil based gloss paints.



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