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Thread: New Build
21/02/2018 17:16:09

Thanks Paul

Stuck with the balsa in the end. Just need to make sure I seal it well. Glynn's method of sealing seams quite sound and he does it that way all the time so not going change things now. I know there a lots of ways to do it, and as I have never done it before I think I will stick with what is printed.

Should be a fun model to whizz around the lake. some funky Colour choices going on but should be doable with Car paint.


20/02/2018 18:40:28

So a little photo update. Jet drive installed. Did not see Glynn's little note about leaving out until later un the build but hey ho. It is in and looks good. A bit on the heavy side but will see how it goes.

jet drive.jpg

Shot of it in the drive bay.

jet drive install.jpg

Started the side skins. From the stern forwards as per instructions.


skin 1.jpg

More to follow.



Edited By Andy C on 20/02/2018 18:41:33

20/02/2018 12:48:23

Hi Dave

No offence is ever taken, especially from more experienced builders, when I ask for help or opinions. This is only my third ever boat build so I am still learning. I will stick to the build instructions as they are written. As you say I can always add a bit of ballast once it is finished.



19/02/2018 21:10:48

Hi all

Made a little bit of progress on the Vivace. No pics just yet, but will put some up later. I have a question though. The plan calls for the hull skins to be 3mm balsa but can I use ply instead for extra strength? According to Glynn the boat is very susceptible to being top heavy so will the use of ply bring the centre of gravity down and so make it less top heavy. Or will it as I suspect be to heavy an not suitable for the hull.


Thread: What am I doing wrong now
27/01/2018 14:41:45

Okay, so I have done some more testing in the sink. It appears as though the car washer pump I have, twin outlet, requires no air to be in the system. For example, if I run the pump with just the end unconnected to the nozzles they will not squirt water. If I put a kink in one of the hoses and fire it again, it squirts. So I am guessing that when it is in a car, there must be no air in the system, in fact it would probably still have some residual water in the pipes creating an air stop. So, how can this be achieved in the boat? Maybe some sort of one way valves installed in the pipework? Hmm, either that or will a single outlet be better and have a Y piece to split the water flow to 2 monitors. Would you still have the problem of air in the system. I have a big hole in the bottom of the boat now where the pump sits, so cannot easily install one of the graupner pumps, as it would require trying to fill in the hole around the inlet pipe.



21/01/2018 17:26:44

I did some testing this afternoon after stripping the electrics out again. It seem the pump does work and does pump, but it has to have some water already in it for it to work. now the problem is, when you take the boat out of the water all the water in the pump drains out. so next time around it will not work. I have the pump intake through a hole in the bottom of the hull and the pump horizontal. I think on cars it is fit vertical with water always sitting in the pump inlet. I now need to come up with a way of trapping water in the pump when the boat is removed from the water.

I wonder if fitting an elbow to the inlet hole will help. The elbow will face forwards and once the boat is driven it might fill the pump fro the water pressure. Hmm, some testing required me thinks. More soon.

Any other suggestions welcome.



21/01/2018 12:51:23

Well, that was a tale of two halves, hits and misses, starts and stops etc etc.

Once upon a cold and snowy Sunday morning at the lakeside... Oh hold on wrong website.

Anyway, it works......sort of. Every thing was back to front and wrong side round. Easily fixed lakeside by flipping the reverse switches on the transmitter. So now going forward when asked and left when prompted. Squirters not working still and then she just stops. Near the edge thank goodness. Waiting for wind to push it to the side so we can retrieve and investigate. Seems the propshaft is too tight. Easy I think to sort out. Cold numb fingers not best for handling little 1.5mm Allen keys but persistence is everything. Sorted and back in the water and off she goes again. Then she throws another wobbly and keeps cutting out.

So what is wrong. Well;

1. The servo leads do not have the little tab on them and following the instructions that came with the viper 15, thought I had them the right way round. Seems not, so will swap them and check again.

2. Prop now turns easily enough, but will whack some light grease down the tube to help ease things a little.

3. Cutting out problems. Absolutely no idea. Did not do it before and runs nicely enough out of the water. Could it be pulling to much power and cutting the ESC out. It is running p80 speed controller rated at 20 amps. So should be okay right. Only using a speed 400 motor. How do you test it?

4. Squirters not working. So I thought it might be a problem with the pump not getting any water as it runs well enough. You can hear it. You knoow when you put a glass directly in water it creates an air gap, thought this might be the problem as the inlet is facing directly downwards. Did an experiment in the sink with a glass and a sieve to see if the sieve breaks the meniscus. Yes it does. So added a little gauze over the inlet to see if that helps. If nothing else it will stop bits and pieces getting in at least. Maybe the pump is at fault. May buy a new one and try again. Also now have the viper 15 hooked up so it can pump both nozzles when engaging forward and reverse, but pump cuts out at full throttle forward. Again maybe pull in too much current for it to cope with?

Any thoughts?

Cheers Andy

21/01/2018 09:45:15

Playmobil figures look about right too and have plenty of firemen. Will head on down anyway as Tom wants to try it out again.


20/01/2018 23:03:16

So, Tom's boat is nearly finished. Details painted on the sides and water cannons no controlled by a separate speed controller to give independent squirting. Some detail to finish at the stern and people to add. Taking to Bushey park for a sail in the morning for further sea trials.

Nearly there.



Thread: How many boat kits or unbuilt build projects do you have?
31/10/2017 23:07:02

Does finished, stripped down for painting and then not yet put back together count. Other than that only the Vivace is truly started and not finished

Oh and I have quite a lot of plans with build articles stashed away.  One idea I have is a war hammer inspired aircraft carrier with some wicked gun emplacements and war birds on deck.


Edited By Andy C on 31/10/2017 23:08:49

Thread: Website wobble
07/10/2017 22:05:28

Not working on safari from iPad either. Just a blank page


Thread: New Build
03/10/2017 22:28:34

Okay, so plan transferred to tracing and layout paper. All cut out ready to apply to the wood.


Using balsa as per Glynn’s original design.

Thread: What am I doing wrong now
03/10/2017 22:26:22

Thanks Ashley

Only need to add a couple of ounces. Old obsolete sockets from a 1/2 socket set make great weights.


Thread: New Build
02/10/2017 20:37:03

So, izzy had a turn with Tom's fire boat. Bad idea. Seems the Goblin/hibiscus is now not fast enough. although tom's boat is an Ashley LCM converted to squirt water, it actually moves goes quite fast. It probably is not designed to plane, but it almost does. It only has a Speed 400 in it but she has a good turn of speed.

So, now I have to build a speed boat. Izzy had a look through all the plans and originally thought she liked the look of a Huntsman or Swordsman. I don't have a swordsman plan, although I do have a huntsman. Cool, I though, nice choice.

Until that is she saw the Vivace from Glynn. Guess which one I am now going to try and build.

NQD jet drive of all things. Fleabay to the rescue or at least it will in 2-3 weeks when it gets delivered.

So out with the plan and build log from the magazine and now reading through it to see how it all goes together.

Will keep you posted.


Thread: What am I doing wrong now
02/10/2017 20:24:52

A little bit of tidying up, another coat of paint and some red and yellow stripes down the sides and it is finally finished.

I am going to build a little console in the rear housing to hold a steering wheel and another PlayMobile man, yes that’s who is sitting on the rear deck hose unit.


02/10/2017 20:14:00

So, finally made it to the lake around 12.00 ish. Had Tom’s new fire boat and Izzy’s goblin/hibiscus. Nice bit of wind for the sail boat so Izzy off having fun. Now for the maiden voyage of the LCM/fire boat. Receiver on, battery on and away she motors. So far so good. Heeling over a bit despite the added ballast on the opposite side to the motor. Need an extra washer or two.

Now for the water cannons


One really good the other, not so good.

Will investigate the connections.

Both boats side by side.


I have a viper marine 15 and this works like we discussed earlier so will wire in properly.


01/10/2017 09:54:00

Dha, 10 o’clock, a twelve year old out of bed in time to get there for then, no chance. Will be a bit later than that. Will take some photos as evidence.


30/09/2017 23:33:45

So. Finally decided to just get it finished. Only one squirter but a T piece out to two playmobile fire monitors. We are going to take it to the lake, as long as it is not raining too hard, tomorrow. It does at least float. Will bring the goblin/hibiscus down too. May see you there Ashley


Thread: Vic Smeed's Hydro-Bat
08/09/2017 07:01:00

Okay so how the heck do you saw a slot in a rod that small?


Thread: Vintage Gentleman's Cruiser
05/09/2017 20:48:12

Stupid question from Kevin. Can you not see the rib things from inside the boat with the top off, before drilling?


Edited By Andy C on 05/09/2017 20:48:53

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