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    πŸ“ RAF Tender for sale
    2 months ago by zooma ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    I am taking my restored LesRo Rapier over to the Southport Club tomorrow and we will be staying over there for a few days in our static, so if you do start the thread, will catch-up when I get back.
    Bob.
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    πŸ“ RAF Tender for sale
    2 months ago by zooma ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Great idea!
    That is a thread that could generate a lot of interest Colin.
    Stay safe - Bob.
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    πŸ“ Bob French. Bath MPBC.
    2 months ago by zooma ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Being ex RAF Bob also liked to play with model aircraft too, but he converted to boats and we spent many happy years making and running them together along with a few other local stalwarts from the catchment area between Trowbridge, Bath and district.
    Bob was last heard of in the Leicester area some years back, but if he can be found he would be a valuable addition to our model boating community.
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    πŸ“ RAF Tender for sale
    2 months ago by zooma ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hi Colin, I have tried to restrict my "time period of interest" to the 50's and 60's (more or less) and I still find myself "in trouble" with the domestic management due to the number of craft I have acquired that need space in the house whilst they wait for my attention (and then still need space in the house after I have restored them!).
    Your time span is much wider than mine - so maybe you are in even more trouble than I am?
    I have been under the "one in - one out" restriction for some time now - but somehow the fleet continues to grow! 🀣
    Stay safe!,
    Bob.
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    πŸ“ Bob French. Bath MPBC.
    2 months ago by zooma ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    My good model boating pal who was always present when we went boating together has not been seen for a few years (we both moved out of the area) and I would like to get back in touch with him as I feel sure that he will still have the same interest in his model boats and know that he would inspire me to keep restoring the boats that we used to run together from the clubs River Avon and Kennett Canal sites to when we took part in one of the first ever off-shore races at Torquay in the mid-late sixties. Hopefully he will be a reader of this site - or will know someone that is πŸ‘
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    πŸ“ RAF Tender for sale
    2 months ago by zooma ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hi Colin,
    I like to work on the powerboats that I remember owning or seeing in the early sixties when I was a member of the Bath Model Boat Club.
    I also have the December 1964 Model Maker magazine with the free Christmas plans for the Remora from when it was delivered to my parents house every month. I first built this back then - but now I am making a second one from the same original plans.
    This will make a change from working on several old restorations (often several at the same time!).
    Bob.
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    πŸ“ RAF Tender for sale
    2 months ago by zooma ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    What a good idea Colin - I am sure she would love to be the owner of an RAF Tender!
    It would be good company for all the classic powerboat models from the 1950's-1960's that I have restored or I am currently working-on.....
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    πŸ“ RAF Tender for sale
    2 months ago by zooma ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    80cm - thats about 31 1/2" in old money, it would be a nice size to run on our Southport Club lake!
    National Trust properties.........now let me think...........
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    πŸ“ RAF Tender for sale
    2 months ago by zooma ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    ..........as a matter of interest - how long is the RAF Tender?
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    πŸ“ RAF Tender for sale
    2 months ago by zooma ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    I don't live too far away from the boats current "resting place" - but fortunately (for my own safety) it is just that bit too far away for me to drive over and collect it - so I can stay on "good terms" with the wife for a little while longer!
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    πŸ“ RAF Tender for sale
    2 months ago by zooma ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    That is a nice looking boat Gill - I hope you are able to find a good home for it sometime soon!
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    πŸ“ York Model Boat Club Early Summer Regatta Laytham Park
    2 months ago by zooma ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    The new date clashes with something I have already arranged, but I will see what I can do!

    If I cant make it - I hope it goes really well for you.

    Bob.
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    πŸ“ York Model Boat Club Early Summer Regatta Laytham Park
    4 months ago by zooma ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Thanks for the link - I would like to spend a day at the Regatta.
    Bob
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    πŸ’¬ Re: I am finding the painting very slow
    5 months ago by zooma ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    I also find painting any of my powerboats to be the slowest part - and for me at least - the worst part!
    Cutting the parts from plan and assembling the boat is what I enjoy doing the most, but painting (the bit that shows off the model the best) is not something I enjoy as I am finding it hard to get a really nice brushed finish.
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    πŸ“ Radio Equipment
    5 months ago by zooma ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    ...also, are you happy to cruise around your local waters at a nice scale speed - or do you have any plans to get involved in any tug pulling competitions?

    The latter would normally need rather more power.....🀣
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    πŸ“ Sea Commander
    5 months ago by zooma ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Ground testing radios with longer aerials such as the 27meg, and 40/41 meg radio systems should be done with the aerials fully retracted to reduce the effective range before walking way from the model to perform the test.
    Some 2.4 gig systems (such as Spectrum) have a range reduction button that can be depressed to give the same range reducing effect.
    Pre-arranged hand signals with a "helper" are essential to establish what is going on when the model is too far away to observe the response by eye.
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    πŸ“ Sea Commander
    5 months ago by zooma ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    The elastic band and hook idea has been used for many decades and works well as long as the elastic band is strong enough for the particular application and is replaced before it has time to perish.
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    πŸ“ Sea Commander
    5 months ago by zooma ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    No adverse reaction to magnets to date using various and different r/c systems.

    All of the models have been electric powered and all have used 2.4gig radio systems.
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    πŸ“ Sea Commander
    5 months ago by zooma ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    I fitted one 2mm brass rod to pass through the top of the front windscreen into the base of the front cabin roof.

    This worked well, so I repeated this to retain the removable central wheelhouse roof and the rear cabin roof too.

    The small bent ends gave me something to pull them back out with when I needed to remove any of the cabin tops, and they were small enough not to be conspicuous.
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    πŸ“ Sea Commander
    5 months ago by zooma ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Having had a good fitting cabin roof blow off of my Rapier during a high speed run, I fitted some brass rod with small right angled bends on the end to make them easy to push in and pull back out again.

    This was a good mechanical fix that never failed, but I have now changed them for recessed magnets that i hope will work as well when I am able to get back to the club lake again this season.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Chris Craft Corvette
    6 months ago by zooma ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hi Brightwork,

    Did you reinforce your Corvette hull after you repaired it - or is it still balsa wood?

    I am concerned about this soft wood hull on such a big heavy model.

    Bob
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Chris Craft Corvette
    6 months ago by zooma ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    No other owners of the Sterling Kits 48" Chris Craft Corvette here in the UK?

    I am feeling quite lonely.......😭
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Chris Craft Corvette
    6 months ago by zooma ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    The Corvette is a fairly large and heavy boat and the hull is made from balsa wood so it is easy dented from minor impacts.
    I am seriously considering stripping the hull and coating it with a cloth and resin mix to help make it more durable.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Chris Craft Corvette
    6 months ago by zooma ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Are there any other Sterling Chris Craft Corvette owners here in the UK?
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Chris Craft Corvette
    6 months ago by zooma ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Thank you. Its an on-going project that is taking far longer than I expected but part of that is because of its large size (compared to my small workshop!) and there need to work outside when our Lancashire weather permits!
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Chris Craft Corvette
    6 months ago by zooma ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    I also have a 48" Chris Craft Corvette that was made from the Sterling kit.
    Mine is being restored as it was not in great shape when I started work on it (see the Mayhem thread) but it is a little too big for my small workshop (shed) so I can only work on it comfortably when we have good weather.........and I live in Lancashire 😎
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    πŸ’¬ Re: SMBC videos
    6 months ago by zooma ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Nice to see your video - I was attracted to it first of all because I am a member of Southport Model Boat Club (also SMBC) and I thought that somebody had made a video for us. 🀣
    Hopefully we will also be able to get back into action shortly!!
    Stay safe,
    Bob.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Y Ddraig Aur
    6 months ago by zooma ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Just as I was thinking that it would be nice to see a DF95 with a different coloured hull - this picture came along.......really nice !

    Bob.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Santos Maru
    6 months ago by zooma ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    That is a nice tidy (ship-shape) looking model that has inspired me to add a sailing boat to my fleet of mostly powerboats and scale models.

    Bob.
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    πŸ“ Chew Valley Lake Sailing Club
    6 months ago by zooma ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Thank you again GBR716.

    This will save me trying to get the required font and size (the easy bit) matched-up with a printer/vinyl cutter who may not already know what is required.

    As soon as my registration number comes through I will order the numbers and GBR sail letters .

    Stay safe,

    Bob.
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