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Member postings for Colin Bishop

Here is a list of all the postings Colin Bishop has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.

Thread: 1/32 Mountfleet Models Sir Lancelot
16/04/2021 20:32:04

That's great George. Really pleased with your result. As must be you be.


Thread: Liverpool class lifeboat and tractor/carriage build
16/04/2021 17:36:35

Hope it all works out for you Neil, we don't want you turning into an extractor fan!


Thread: Beginners RC fishing boat
16/04/2021 12:25:28

Billings are not always the best boats for less experienced builders and the instructions have a reputation for being hard to follow in some instances. Charles' suggestion above is a good one for a practical first model of this type. Plus you are supporting a UK company!

Ellie Mae:



Thread: 1/32 Mountfleet Models Sir Lancelot
16/04/2021 12:19:38

Have you done some floatation tests with all that stuff aboard George? Stability can sometimes be an issue with this model unless the bulk of the internal weight is carried low down.


Thread: Rails
15/04/2021 18:40:07

Thanks Bob, yes, I have the book and will refresh my memory.


15/04/2021 15:50:02

I need something like that for my 1:150 scale liner models. Did you use a jig Bob? I have some solder paint which will take care of the actual soldering.


Thread: Todays Boating
14/04/2021 16:44:39

Looks very impressive Ashley. Is she stable - particularly in a turn?


Thread: Model Boats May 2021
12/04/2021 21:18:11

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Thread: Dave Milbourn Funeral Arrangements
12/04/2021 14:08:29

Yes, it was and bowing out to 'Take it Easy' by the Eagles too!

We will certainly miss him.


Thread: 2021 Builds during lockdowns
11/04/2021 18:42:50

Quite agree Bob, it is a tour de force but really not a practical model and nor could you display it in a glass case in your living room!

I always thought that the Aquitania was the most graceful of the Cunarders, followed by the Queen Elizabeth. Queen Mary was very impressive but was really an updated Aquitania and looked a bit 'old hat' compared with Normandie. However I did like the QM which I saw at Southampton and we had a night aboard her at Long Beach in 2001. My Wife had to drag me off in the end!


11/04/2021 15:48:59


Here is a real traditional British Merchant Navy model build:


And it is a table top model too!


Thread: New chap here.
10/04/2021 22:16:38

Sorry, the second link was labelled Drumbeat but actually referenced the Tamar lifeboat! The first one is OK though.


Thread: Power Supply
09/04/2021 18:16:22

Not quite useless Ashley, you can always replace the affected cell but I take your point.

As you say, the motors should be able to take 14.4 volts for short periods but many radios allow you to set the endpoint on the various channels using dual rate so you can limit the voltage that way.


Thread: New chap here.
09/04/2021 17:34:01

Hi Simon,

Alternative recommended electrics/electronics systems fror this boat can be seen here:



The Graupner Speed 600 motors mentioned no longer seem to be available but alternatives would be:




Thread: Power Supply
09/04/2021 16:14:55

They will make you up custom versions if you ask. They made me up a split version to tuck into the bilges of my Fishery Cruiser to keep the weight low down.

From your post I thought you were looking to run the motors on 12v as specified.

The 12v pack can be used to deliver 12v to both motors. It's just the same as sticking two 6v packs together in series.



Edited By Colin Bishop on 09/04/2021 16:35:29

09/04/2021 14:42:17

Component Shop sell 6v 5000MAh power packs:


You could run one to each motor.


Thread: Dave Milbourn RIP
07/04/2021 18:59:53

Liz Milbourn would like to share the image below in memory of Dave.

When they were clearing out his clothes, her daughter took away Dave's favourite shirt that he had worn for years and his Action R/C Electronics fleece without her noticing it. She then presented Liz with 'Little Dave' made out of his shirt and the fleece and with the Action R/C Electronics logo displayed. As Liz says: ‘Such a lovely idea! so I have my 'Little Dave' now to remind me of the bigger one and he even has the same clothes!’

One could imagine Dave’s comments on this – they would probably include a reference to his favourite glass of Jack Daniels but the rest might have been unprintable!

I’m sure many of us will raise a glass to Dave to mark his funeral on Monday. Webcast details are listed on the other thread on the Forum.

RIP Dave, we’ll certainly miss you.


little dave.jpg

Thread: Todays Boating
04/04/2021 19:06:14

Yes Ashley, that's my problem, a 25 mile drive and maybe can't get in! Still, the schools go back around the 19th so perhaps the situation will improve then. Keep us informed.


Thread: 2021 Builds during lockdowns
04/04/2021 18:45:44


You always seem to be concerned at the extent of interest shown in your work but I think you worry too much. I build for my own satisfaction, if others acknowledge it then all well and good but if not I'm not bothered.

I also always like to see what others are doing even if it's not something I would do myself. You learn something new all the time even if life is too short to put all of it into practical effect.


04/04/2021 10:11:14

Two lockdown threads merged.


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