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Clyde Puffer - Posted: 3 months ago by lesliebreame
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Clyde Puffer project showing new water filling pump and electronic level control as yet untested !! Fingers crossed !!
Response by lesliebreame on the 3 months ago
yes Doug, and when the computer and printer wont do what you want and your tax return or companies house documents are due urgently but refuse to go through and you tear your hair out and swear violently , you wish life was much simpler ! I thought these machines were supposed to help us. When i was a trainee engineer they told us that in the future we would all have so much leisure time because machines would be doing all the work !!! Got that wrong didnt they !!!
Response by RNinMunich on the 3 months ago
You're dead right there Leslie,
First we have to get the damn things to DO the work, and do it RIGHT!

The department printer would always go kaputt on Friday evening when I wanted to print a 130 page system description and the courier was stamping up and down outside 😡
"Brave New World" !!
Cheers, Doug 😎
Response by RedRider on the 1 month ago
Wow! What a neat looking collection of "puffer" parts and the ingenuity to assemble it all. Beautiful Mate!

Steam Boats - Posted: 3 months ago by reilly4
mdlbt.com/43878   >> Permalink
For those interested in Steam powered boats.
A compilation of live steam boats in action at the Surrey Park Model Boat Club in Melbourne, Australia
Response by Donnieboy on the 3 months ago
Lovely workmanship on all the steamers.Enjoyed watching the video.Nice area to float your boats.Especially like the paddle steamer.
Response by schuffels on the 2 months ago
Envy Jane belongs to my granddaughter Evy Jane.
It is sailed regularly at the Surrey park Dive, which is an old quarry in the city of Box Hill in Victoria Australia. We have a great facility and club house with approximately 130 members, we welcome new members and visitors and meet Sundays and Wednesdays.
Response by schuffels on the 2 months ago
Got very exited to see my boat and misspelt the name of the boat and granddaughters name it is Evie Jane.

Tugboat Brooklyn! - Posted: 3 months ago by figtree7nts
mdlbt.com/43694   >> Permalink
I had to test Tugboat Brooklyn's Smoke Generator!
The next thing to get is a steam Whistle!
Response by lesliebreame on the 3 months ago
very nice but if you got into live steam you could have smoke and a steam whistle for free !!!
Response by figtree7nts on the 3 months ago
Eventually, I'll work my way up to Live Steam!
Response by RNinMunich on the 3 months ago
We should live so long Ed 😉
I may have the machines necessary to make a steam engine, but I sure don't have the expertise necessary🤔, like Hammer 👍 for instance does have! Anyone out there making mini marine diesels????
Cheers, Doug 😎

JANE - Posted: 3 months ago by lesliebreame
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Duncan steaming his live steam Chart Steam Toys paddle steamer at Landacre Bridge Devon
Response by RNinMunich on the 3 months ago
Nice 👍
Could she be a tick bow heavy?
What was in the wrong channel ???
Cheers, Doug 😎
Response by lesliebreame on the 3 months ago
yes, my mate has added a lot of weight on top compared with the original so consequently has ended up a bit lower in the water. Bob was firing up his Explorer next to me and couldn't get the radio to work as he had plugged the servo into the wrong slot!!
Response by figtree7nts on the 3 months ago
Very nice, really like the live steam!

U-181 - Posted: 3 months ago by reilly4
mdlbt.com/43476   >> Permalink
U-181 is a Type IX D2 U boat of the German Kriegsmarine. It is one of the largest U-boats. It is a heavily modified Engel kit. 1/45 scale. It took about 1 1/2 years to build.
Response by reilly4 on the 3 months ago
My crew were made by Shapeways. Somewhat expensive, but I needed an unusual scale. I asked a question and the designer got back to me. I was able to select from a few different groups and he also did a few pose mods. The crew is available as U-181. I think they can be scaled down to any scale, although the Revell U-boat crew are also available and a lot cheaper. Some of them now sail on my 1/72 Z39 destroyer.
So far I have put 9 crew members onto the U-boat and I have 3 remaining. They are for the front 105mm gun. My periscope has a very simple working method. A balsawood cylinder at the bottom of the periscope. Sub dives and the periscope comes up. Sub surfaces and the periscope goes down.
Response by RNinMunich on the 3 months ago
Great minds think alike Haig👍
I've been wanting to have a go at Z38 for a long time.
Those 1936 / Narvic classes had nice lines.
Sea keeping wasn't so hot in the originals apparently!
Like the 'scope idea, will try it on my U26.
Saves having to break into the pressure hull👍
Which was always my biggest problem on COMMS system designs for 'toys' for the 'big boys'; minimising the hull breakthroughs!
With such a simple float how do you make it so 'free running' that it doesn't bind?
Cheers, Doug 😎
Response by reilly4 on the 3 months ago
Hi Doug, I have used the floating periscope on my other submarine too. On that one there are two sets of two. If the periscope tubes slide easily and the float is big enough then it will work. I have used aluminium tubes on the HMS Triumph.
The U boat scopes are both aluminium. They are loose so I can put one or both in before sailing. The floats are balsa wood and painted for sealing.

Police Launch. - Posted: 4 months ago by MouldBuilder
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The Police Launch is a Krick kit which I am currently building. It is a really nice project but, as usual, I just have to add things.
The project is to make the blue light flash. The video shows the three stages of prototyping. The first is the circuit built on a Breadboard. The second part is the actual circuit reduced in size ready to hide inside the boat. The third part is the LED fitted in the incorrect position to show how effective it will be.
I have added a trimmer pot to the circuit so that I can select a suitable frequency that looks right at a later date.
Thanks to Doug for his help to get started and give me some hints about how the circuit works.🤓😊
Response by RNinMunich on the 4 months ago
Nice One Cyril 👍 Blinkin' good 😁
Cheers, Doug 😎
BTW; in case you were wondering; WSP means 'Wasserschutzpolizei' 😉
Response by b111yboy71 on the 2 months ago
Hi chaps, just for info, 'Bright Components' do 6 different colours of flashing LEDs very reasonably priced. Also flickering - very interesting.😉
Response by RNinMunich on the 2 months ago
Sure! But isn't it more satisfying to make it do it yourself, and take control?
😎

17-28 Torbay Severn Lifeboat - Posted: 5 months ago by lesfac
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1/12 scale Severn lifeboat kit from Speedline. Creeping towards completion but still a bit to do. Absolutely beautiful day and venue. 2 1/2 years to get to this point but really pleased with it and enjoying sailing it immensly.
Response by Weedman on the 4 months ago
Hi Donnieboy,

Nice video. Given me inspiration to make some of my own, never really gave it a thought until now.

Hi Lesfac,

What you said is correct. If you are intending to race around as fast as you can, even entering races at meets within your Club, then brushless motors are the best.

I myself use both types. Brushless for speed in my Offshore, Catamaran, Rigger and all Vee shaped hulls but in my Dumas American Beauty Mississippi River Towboat (Jesus, that's a mouthful)and Joffre Tyne Tug then I use standard motors because they are not designed to race around but plod along.

I also have a Southampton Tug which together with the Joffre are and will be used for their intended purposes. I am right now waiting for anyone to give me some advice on how to dismatel the Southampton so I can upgrade the RC equipment together with the batteries. I will however continue to use standard motors all be it, of a higher power for a Tugs daily job.
Response by RNinMunich on the 4 months ago
Hi Weedman, there are several of us on the site who have upgraded or are upgrading Southampton and Richardson (same thing - different name and colour scheme!) tugs.
Look for NPJ's Southampton thread, or just use the site Search function to look for 'Southampton or Richardson. The secrets you are looking for are there😉👍 Cheers, Doug 😎
Response by TheBlacksmith on the 4 months ago
The Southampton has lots of screws around the deck but some are under the bollards so you need to remove them, there are two aft bollards which need to be gently prised loose but the others are scewed to the bulwarks.
I changed the radio in mine as well as the motor/gearboxes and fitted a v.tail mixer from www.mr-rcworld.co.uk with 2 speed contollers as well as converting the battery holder to take a six volt nimh pack. The effect is awesome.

Happy sailing😁

Sea Queen - Posted: 5 months ago by GARTH
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On Sunday our model boat club did a show at Hamilton's Steam Museum . Kind of hard running model & recording video at the same time but I managed to not run into any ones boat .

Pride of Hythe - Posted: 5 months ago by jfstoker
mdlbt.com/42206   >> Permalink
Built from a Linkspan Model boat kit, with deck lighting and passengers and crew, sailed at St Georges Park, Kingswinford, West Midlands by Kingswinford Model Boat Club

Sea Scout 'Jessica' Sea Trial - at last! - Posted: 5 months ago by RNinMunich
mdlbt.com/42099   >> Permalink
Part 1. Ideal conditions; nearly 30°C, cool Bier at hand😜
Sea Scout built by Dad in the early sixties with a Taycol Target and 6V lead acid wet cells (very wet😡). Renovated and dragged into the 21st century over the last several months 😉
See Build Blog 'Sea Scout 'Jessica'' for details!
Motor: Propdrive 2830, 1000kV, 30mm 3 blade Raboesch prop. Quicrun 16BL30 (30A) ESC with BEC.
Tested with 3 battery types, all started with 99% measured capacity-
1. NiMh 4.2Ah 7.2V, nom. 408gm.
Result: Speed sedate (OK 😉scale river cruising!) No planing.
Max current: 3.6A
End status V / capacity left: At end of short run ca 3 mins. 7.78V 99%.
2. 2S LiPo 4.0Ah 7.4V nom. 257gm.
Result: Speed still sedate but due to lower batt weight at least the forefoot came out of the wet stuff! Max current: 4.1A
End status V / capacity left: At end of short run ca 3 mins. 8.25V 93%.
3. 3S LiPo 4.0Ah 11.1V nom. 315gm.
Result: Now we're getting somewhere!!😁
Good speed, manoeuvrability and planing 😊 Max current: 7.5A
End status: 11.95V 74% after several long runs, ca 20 mins total.
Estimated (extrapolated) endurance on a 4Ah LiPo around one hour - mostly 'full bore' - 'Pedal to the metal man' 😊

See also: https://youtu.be/oMUlSOaAREM The competition!
https://youtu.be/zPgYicA0yGw Final run. (Beer was getting warm😁)

Cap'ns log entry:
Boat dead-weight w/o battery: 1.8kg.
Spray rails to be added!😲
Slight list to port to be trimmed.
Rudder servo to be reversed!!😲
Keel protection to be added: some scratches and flaking from stony sloping shore 🤔
Summary: much as expected👍 Forget anything less than 3S.
Anyone want to buy a batch (4) of new 2S 4Ah 45C Lipos? 'One careful owner'! Happy boating people, Cheers Doug 😎
PS Many thanks to Camera girl Gisela 👍
Recorded in 1080p HD.
Response by RNinMunich on the 5 months ago
Thanks Peter 👍 I was quite pleased with the results😊
Yep swans can get a bit 'sniffy' when they have the youngsters with them.
At one stage he tried to bite my leg😲
It's worth the effort to get a really smooth paint job on the hull. I'm sure it helps give that little extra speed, and the water and muck just pearls off so it's dead easy to dry and clean afterwards 😉
I've always been wary of sailing on rivers. I have a nightmare of something failing and the boat being swept away by a current😲
I'm sure we'll manage to find a setup to give your PTB the necessary Oomph 😁 I have a 28" PTB due for a clean up and refit / repaint as PT109. It has 2x28xx brushless fitted but I have no idea of their origin or power! I bought it last year from another guy on this site. Looks like being my next refit job😉
Re: 'flipping' you have to be very careful you don't broach (go broadside on to the waves) !! Especially at speed on the plane.
Don't you have any sailing possibility nearer to home???
Cheers, Doug 😎
Response by MouldBuilder on the 4 months ago
So, that is where the 50Cal guns are supposed to be😁
Looks like a similar project to mine.
I could sail close by but I would be alone. The local club closed years ago and the pond they used is now a no go zone for boats.
The river at my house has no flow as such. It is a tributory of the Danube which has a barrier at each end. The total length, about 15 miles, is a nature reserve and the water level is adjusted to keep it constant.The ripples are caused by the wind. The flip was caused by a bad Captain......probably.😊
Response by RNinMunich on the 4 months ago
Hi Peter, see my PT109 Refit thread for the current status of my PTB.
I had to completely strip the hull.
Hope to get it primed and painted, Pacific green, and start refitting the shafts this week. I'll be starting a new Build Blog for it soon. 😉
Spent today sanding the hull of my Danish fish cutter 😡
Two parallel restorations / conversions and two hulls to prime and paint now! 😲 Good luck and much success with your various builds and renovations, great shame about the local pond🤔 I'm mostly alone as well, I avoid the weekend crowds! Cheers, Doug 😎


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