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"IMARA" - Posted: 6 months ago by Novagsi0
mdlbt.com/45780   >> Permalink
Only 2nd run of "IMARA Tug", my lad did the shaky video. (O well)
Nice model lots of ballast, batteries, MARX Hectoperm motor for huge power reserve. Running on electric but Cheddar Proteus steam plant also fits in instead with ABC boiler control. plan for the future to try this never run not even on air yet!
Response by MouldBuilder on the 6 months ago
Super looking model.😊
Response by Novagsi0 on the 5 months ago
Illumination night ready for Bournville lights added and working.
Response by Donnieboy on the 5 months ago
great job on the model.Runs nice too.Nice to see lots of lights.Will look great at night.BTW anybody check to see if the Canada geese had their passports.

Modav Huntsman 31 - Posted: 6 months ago by Will-I-Am
mdlbt.com/45519   >> Permalink
Built originally in 1973 from a modav kit and powered by an Enya 35bbiii. Now running a 3548 brushless motor and 5800 3 cell lipo. Model in video was running an x35 prop with +/- 20 degrees of rudder, very sensitive on turns. Today's run was on x40 prop considerably faster with reduced rudder throw of +/- 15 degrees. Current draw was 30 amps max watts 376. Still too sensitive on turns.
Response by RNinMunich on the 6 months ago
Hi William,
S, X35 !? No idea😲 I assume they are terms from the racing world which I have no particular interest in. My intention wasn't to make her into an offshore racer. As it is she's well over scale speed, but fun to run, and that's what counts ain' it? 😉 Gives a good long run time, 1 hour plus, using a Propdrive 2830 BL and a 3S 4Ah battery. All up weight 1974gm.
LoA 24", beam 8.5".
My prop is simply a 35mm ca 14 pitch from Raboesch. Actually wanted the one with a blunter hub but they weren't available when I wanted it. The pointed hub variant is actually more like as fitted to larger naval units in WW2. Sorry🤔 Cheers, Doug 😎
Response by Will-I-Am on the 6 months ago
Doug, Thanks for the reply, as far as I was aware the S type plastic props were less pitch than the X type plastic props. If your 35 mm metal prop is 1.4 pitch then it is similar to the X35 plastic prop I used in the first video. I think I need to investigate diameters and pitch a little more. Last week running my Huntsman I had an X40 plastic prop on and it was too large and way too fast, a friend running a 34 inch fire launch runs an X 35 so I may go back to look at a 😎35 mm dia metal prop and look at the pitch.
Regards Ian
Response by RNinMunich on the 6 months ago
Aha! Now I've learned something too👍 Thanks William
Actually I've been busily changing all my 'frayed' 😲 plastic props for cast brass ones. Cheers, Doug

Tug Brooklyn Tub Test! - Posted: 6 months ago by figtree7nts
mdlbt.com/45449   >> Permalink
Just a 2 minute tub test.
While adding her ballast!
She's a beast!
She must weigh in at 9 or 10 pounds!😲
Response by RNinMunich on the 6 months ago
Looks good / and sounds good Ed!👍
Response by figtree7nts on the 6 months ago
Thanks Doug,

I can't wait to take her to the pond!😁
But, First I have to find a volunteer.
To help me with her!😲 she weigh a Ton!
Response by RNinMunich on the 6 months ago
Eat more spinach Ed😁
I know, I know - I hate it as well😉
Would be glad to help but - wrong side of the pond 😭
Build a trailer for her and I'll send you an RC Beach Buggy to pull it!
Happy pond trials, cheers, Doug 😎

HMS Hood - Posted: 6 months ago by cormorant
mdlbt.com/44988   >> Permalink
HMS Hood, a six month build from Trumpeter 1/200 scale kit.
Response by Ron on the 6 months ago
Nice to see that it sails at an appropriate scale speed, and the ballast you have used makes the model resemble the true ship.
Response by cormorant on the 6 months ago
Thanks Ron. I have tried to be most particular with scale speed and waterline. I used 1.2kg of ballast carefully laid out whilst hull was floating in the bath. Once in place I secured it with expanding foam.
Response by Donnieboy on the 6 months ago
As had been said,great details.Wonderful sailing characteristics.Nature cooperated providing a realistic sea.

Victoria (vintage ) - Posted: 7 months ago by jacko
mdlbt.com/44093   >> Permalink
First sail with temp sails and rigging
Response by jacko on the 3 months ago
now with cotton sails

Clyde Puffer - Posted: 7 months ago by lesliebreame
mdlbt.com/44021   >> Permalink
Clyde Puffer project showing new water filling pump and electronic level control as yet untested !! Fingers crossed !!
Response by lesliebreame on the 7 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 7 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 5 months ago
Wow! What a neat looking collection of "puffer" parts and the ingenuity to assemble it all. Beautiful Mate!

Steam Boats - Posted: 7 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 7 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 6 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 6 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: 7 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 7 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 7 months ago
Eventually, I'll work my way up to Live Steam!
Response by RNinMunich on the 7 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: 8 months ago by lesliebreame
mdlbt.com/43573   >> Permalink
Duncan steaming his live steam Chart Steam Toys paddle steamer at Landacre Bridge Devon
Response by RNinMunich on the 7 months ago
Nice 👍
Could she be a tick bow heavy?
What was in the wrong channel ???
Cheers, Doug 😎
Response by lesliebreame on the 7 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 7 months ago
Very nice, really like the live steam!

U-181 - Posted: 8 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 8 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 7 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 7 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.


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