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PROBOAT WESTWARD 18 - Posted: 2 months ago by Les-Forbes
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This very popular small sailing yacht from Proboat has a plastic cabin held tight by three strong magnets. Tricky to get off in a hurry, particularly if your fingers are cold, or you are an old 'Coffin Dodger' like myself with cold hands and very little grip. Here's a wee tip I hope any owner may find helpful.
Response by jarvo on the 2 months ago
Hi Les, great tip, would work on any part that is hard to get hold of, nice one

Mark
Response by John on the 2 months ago
Great idea!

Largs Boat Club - Posted: 2 months ago by Les-Forbes
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Pity such a beautiful West Coast location should have a popular boat club pond in disrepair. Sign of the time perhaps with many councils having reduced expenditure. But a disappointment travelling with my small grandson to sail his little Proboat Westward 18 for the first time. It's the first thing he noticed, no water.

Staff in the RNLI shop along the promenade said the pond had not been in use since last year. Here's hoping the council can organise repairs before next year's season. I couldn't resist buying a little model fishing boat from them the RNLI shop which now has pride of place in our kitchen shelf.
Response by rolfman2000 on the 2 months ago
What a shame. It looks such a lovely location for a model boat club. There must be some cash somewhere in the system which could just repair the pond and waterproof it. If there is a "current" club, maybe they could approach a local business to help with finances as a sponsorship. Heres hoping for a positive future. Best wishes, Dave W 😊
Response by liamduck on the 1 month ago
I love visiting Scotland and Largs is on my list. Hopefully they might have a functioning pond when I get to visit. My next visit is planned for Newton Park near Ayr next Easter time.

Knightswood Model Boat Club Glasgow - Posted: 2 months ago by Les-Forbes
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Knightswood Model Boat Club Club Glasgow helping out on the Knightswood Family Fun Day. Great excitement for everyone including the youngsters.

Red Cat hydroplane - Posted: 2 months ago by SimpleSailor
mdlbt.com/33046   >> Permalink
Hi. Just put this back together after the 3rd brushless motor caught fire. Made from a rejected glass fibre hull which I bought cheap at a show. I have now learned how to do glass fibre repairs.
Response by SimpleSailor on the 2 months ago
Hi. The HK controller is an Aquastar 120Amp water cooled which has suffered all of the burn outs and never failed. SKU: 9052000008. The failed motors were all 2848SL 3900kv Brushless Inrunner (WaterCooled) SKU:3900-2848SL. I have my doubts about the specifications as their watts and amps do not add up. I have a temperature sensor on the motor sending info back to the TX and usually after a full charge and a fast run it would get to 60°C, then I would cool it to 45°C before the next run it burnt out at 85°C when I wasn't paying attention. The new motor runs at about 45°C how ever hard it is pushed. Still using the 120A ESC. The new motor was in the HK sale and I don't think they do it now SKU:S2858-2630. It just happend that the water jacket for the failed unit fits it.
Response by RNinMunich on the 2 months ago
Hi, thanks for the info👍 I'm new to BLs, but learning fast, and your experience confirms my growing suspicions that outrunners not only deliver more torque than inrunners (size for size) but that they are also more reliable and seldom need water cooling.
Your new motor seems to be a larger diameter 58mm?, as opposed to 31mm for the old one, so I begin to wonder if the old ones were simply overloaded by a big prop causing them to draw more and more current and hence cook! 😡😭
Check out this test drive (Italian)of your new type motor!!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_dlcLbFehw
cheers Doug 😎
PS Caption says that with more than 3/4 throttle the boat becomes unstable! Then it flips 🤔
Response by RNinMunich on the 2 months ago
PS Don't worry about 'adding up' the Watts and Amps!
True the spec says 12.6v and 35A, which theoretically gives 441W.
And the power is rated at 220W. This simply indicates to me that the motor scoffs 441W of power (at Max ratings) and spits 220W out again, i.e. ~50% efficiency 🤔
Almost any decent brushed motor will beat that! But with other penalties😉
Cheers Doug 😎

yacht - Posted: 2 months ago by lesliebreame
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more hooliganism from that power boat man !!! the cruiser is an ebay purchase and is carved from solid. it has a TAYCOL motor double special from the 1950's.
Response by lesliebreame on the 2 months ago
cheers!!! i think we got him !!!
Response by RNinMunich on the 2 months ago
SIG TO
RECPT: CICSM
ORIGIN: CICMUC. ZULU TIME 21:34:
CONTENT:
CONGRATS TO ALL. STOP:
SPLICE THE MAINBRACE. STOP:
PROCEED BEST SPEED PUB. STOP:
REFUEL AS REQUIRED. STOP:
SITREP ASAP. WITH EYEBALL. STOP:
CICMUC: END: **********
😎
Response by RNinMunich on the 2 months ago
SIG TO RECPT. CICSM. ORIGIN: CICMUC: PRIO: NORM:
CLASSIF. OPEN:
ZULU. 22:11:
CONTENT: SUPPLEMENT.
SINK A BREAKSPEAR XXX FOR ME. STOP:
MESSAGE ENDS:
CICMUC:
😎

yacht - Posted: 2 months ago by lesliebreame
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i thought that power should give way to sail !!! you can have a lot of fun boating without spending much. this little Americas Cup yacht cost me a fiver in the flea market and after fitting a rudder servo it is brilliant fun !! Les Breame
Response by Dave M on the 2 months ago
Yacht sails great. The power model owner needs educating regarding giving way to sail! Plenty of room for both models on that water without sailing in close quarters
Certainly a bargain at a fiver
Dave

Miss England 6 - Posted: 2 months ago by Novagsi0
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Miss england boat with homemade sound unit copied from Alan Bond's design, but modified for V8 sound. Scratch built to represcent the water speed boats that ran on conistan water with seagrave.
Response by lesliebreame on the 2 months ago
very nice. where is the pond ? probably a 1000 miles from Devon !!!
Response by Novagsi0 on the 2 months ago
Bournville boating lake. -West midlands
Response by SimpleSailor on the 2 months ago
Hi. Nice boat. Can you tell me what the sound unit is?

Balsa Boat 1970's made to Model Boat plans. - Posted: 2 months ago by Novagsi0
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Old boat of my fathers built from scratch in balsa wood, and fibre glassed inside. Use to run a small diesel engine, I took over it and initially put an Orbit 805 motor in then later a better spec model car motor 545/550 water cooled. Finally I swapped it for a 1.25cc glow engine and this video demonstrates the speed with the glow engine. Was almost too fast for the hull, tight turns caused it to nose dive, and plane/wobble badly on its side. Great fun and cheap to run.
Response by RNinMunich on the 2 months ago
Hmmm! Not an awful lot to see at that speed with only 240p 🤔
get an HD camera, or try a decent smartphone 😉
Response by Novagsi0 on the 2 months ago
That video was from 9 years ago and that was the camera on the latest phone for the time. Since power boats are banned at our pool this is the only video i have of the model running, sorry.
Posted for posterity. MY other boat 26cc kawasaki engine was same time pre IC's ban.
Response by RNinMunich on the 2 months ago
Aha! Understood, shame 🤔
Cheers Doug 😎

NB - Posted: 2 months ago by Novagsi0
mdlbt.com/32769   >> Permalink
Ramura Hull - wooden boat from 1960's use to have an Ohlsson and rice engine but now runs Kawasaki 26cc Flymo engine.
New homemade carb and also tried running on glow fuel and a glow plug, instead of petrol and the electronic ignition.
Not used any more IC engine's banned at our POOL.😱
Response by manyboats on the 2 months ago
Trying to reply to your query about Huntsman power plant, cant find the right place.... anyway cant give you a sensible answer as I dont know. It's an old brushed motor given to me. Will operate up to 24 volts and I'm running it on 14. I think its just right.
Cheers

Perkasa MTB - Posted: 2 months ago by SimpleSailor
mdlbt.com/32724   >> Permalink
Hi

Just want to share the launch of my 24th scale Perkasa torpedo. After various attemps it goes fast and in a straight line. Anyone tried making depth charges?
Response by SimpleSailor on the 2 months ago
Thanks for the info. I thought maybe something like vinegar and baking soda in the DCs them might make them produce loads of bubbles. Making them blow off at a certain depth would be interesting. As for RC on the torp, looking at maybe a tethering system so it homes.
Response by RNinMunich on the 2 months ago
Baking soda triggered some old memories, who else remembers the little plastic subs we used to get in Cornflakes boxes? 😉 I once toyed with the idea of making a bigger version, ca 10 -12 ". more important 'stuff' got in the way. Forgot all about it .... until now 😉

Yep, off the bat I could imagine a couple of ways of triggering them; there are loads of mini pressure switches on the market, or a simple diaphragm at one end of the can coupled to a micro switch or mechanical trigger.
Adjustment would be very sensitive due to relatively small changes in water pressure in the first foot or so of wet stuff. Any deeper would be a waste of time, unless you only want to entertain the fish😲
Might also go off on the surface if the can hit the water diaphragm first😡
Whatever, lot of work (and expense?) for a one way trip🤔
Anyway, with my 1/72 scale DCs, approx. 12x5mm, I would need to resort to nano technology. But we should never stop dreaming!
I've seen model patrol boats launching solid fuel missiles from the stern deck so 'Nothing is impossible' - that's maybe why I drive a Toyota😉
Cheers Doug 😎
Response by marky on the 2 months ago
oh the memories of fighting my brothers for the subs I think the five of us must have lived on cornflakes (other breakfast cereals are available) so we could have one each ,if memory serves I think there was also a baking soda stingray ,not sure if this was a freebie with cereal I seem to remember it being bigger.

Cheers Marky


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