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Member postings for Eddie Lancaster

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Thread: Nimbus Mk3 Build
16/10/2021 12:48:04

Hi. Brian, I kept the larger drum on the winch, try SLEC for 48” long balsa spruce and bass wood.


15/10/2021 21:27:30

Hi. Again Brian I have just looked at your specific questions about planking at the stem, if you look at the varnished hull build you will find a photo of a jig that I made from a piece of strip steel, it is twisted through 90deg. at each end, one right handed the other left handed, boil the end of a strip of wood clamp it to the steel jig and leave to dry overnight, it will retain it’s twist ready to fit to the shadows and stem.

BTW your shadows look good and ready for a satisfying build.


15/10/2021 18:53:05

Hi. Brian, I found the run of the planks were easy after the first few around the transition from the centre line of the hull to the vertical stem, after that it was easy to put a full length plank about 3/8” wide in the centre tapered to approx. 3/16” at the transom and 1/4” at the stem.

The hardwood hull is around 400 grams over the minimum 4 kilos. The balsa hull with two layers of lightweight glass on the outside and one on the inside plus extra around the fin box is only a few grams over the 4 k.

Both sail well, the balsa one is competitive against a 2017 professional hull and the heavier hull is good in stronger winds.

I have used a Hitech 1/4 scale servo winch in the hardwood hull, but is too slow, so I have fitted a PJ sails one in the balsa hull, it is much faster and not as heavy, with postage it cost just over £100-00 from Frank Parsons at Nylet sails.

I hope this all helps and I look forward to seeing your progress.

As Ray says I am busy trying to master RC flying at the moment but I do keep popping in to have a look at this forum.



Thread: MV Stability (1949) - F T Everard & Sons
01/09/2021 10:18:44

Hi. Ray, the loco looks good, building steam engines takes much more time to build than boats or planes.
I’m getting on well with the Cub, but then it does have gyro stabilisation, my first glider, a two meter electric powered Red Eagle is ready for it’s first test flight, maybe today if the wind isn’t too strong.

Sailing has helped with orientation, it’s just the up and down that I have to get used to!



17/08/2021 10:36:29

Hi. Ray, I don’t do exotic these days, Costa Del Wollaston is enough for me now.

I haven’t flown a model for more than sixty years now, when I had to make my own radio gear, using a rubber drive escapement, or free flight towline gliders and small, 30” wingspan rubber powered, I did get up to a 48” span control line Spitfire and a SE 2 biplane, I then got into boats and then steam, so I am regressing, I am back to my late teens at the moment.

I am just off to Northampton now to pick up a small, less than 250 grams, e flight Cub to practice with before I have to go through the rigmarole of CAA registration to fly the glider,



17/08/2021 08:17:35

Hi. Ray,That is looking good, is that 25 percent of the build done with 75 percent to go into the finishing details?

I am having a break from boat building at the moment, I am building an e glider????


Thread: A couple of IOM yachts
18/07/2021 14:49:54

On the water at last.


Not a lot of wind, but when there was a puff she made the most of it and accelerated away.

The bare hull weighed 1000 grams and with all the radio battery and sails fitted ready for the water she was 4050 grams, which I was quite happy with.


Thread: Thames Sailing Barge Stuff
18/07/2021 13:51:04

Hi. Tim, looking forward to seeing the progress on Kimberly. I have slowed to a holt on Westmoreland as I have finally finished my second Nimbus 3 IOM.



Thread: A couple of IOM yachts
10/07/2021 19:46:58

Hi. Bob, thanks for your interest. The hull below deck level is Nimbus 3, but the foredeck is from Graham’s Boxkite as I didn’t like the totally flat deck of the Nimbus, so it is a hybrid, or should that be mongrel?

Best wishes.


Thread: Thames Sailing Barge Stuff
10/07/2021 17:43:09

Hi. Tim, sorry to hear about your IT problems, it is a real pain when that happens.

I have got to order some more 1.5X6mm bass planking, as well as some sheet to make the covering board’s and rails, as soon as I get them I can get busy on the top layer of planking. In the meantime I am trying to work out how to fit the servo winches, because the hull is shallow they will have to extend into the hatch cover area.



Thread: A couple of IOM yachts
09/07/2021 18:15:34

Thank you Tim, pleased that you approve.


Thread: Thames Sailing Barge Stuff
09/07/2021 17:24:47

Here is a picture of Westmoreland in full flight.str59.jpeg

The picture is from a book by Kent and Freestone on building TSB's.

This picture is the detail of the joint of the chine were it changes from square to rounded at the bow and stern.


and this is my attempt at that joint.img_1199.jpg



Edited By Eddie Lancaster on 09/07/2021 17:26:42

Thread: A couple of IOM yachts
09/07/2021 17:05:34

At last I have finished the paint job on what started out as the first Nimbus hull to be built.img_1205.jpg


It has only taken five months to get from the bare hull to this stage, most of the time was taken waiting for the right conditions, at least 18 deg. C and no wind, more time was spent with the hull hanging in the workshop letting the paint dry and harden fully. It just needs fitting out with the winch servo and radio, and the mast and rigging fitted.


Thread: Colin Archer 1:15 scale
09/07/2021 09:36:53

When you are following other people’s work and plans you don’t have to do much thinking, just cut and glue the pieces together, when you are off piste then you have to spend more time thinking about how to get what is in your mind into a 3D object, it takes me a lot longer now before the penny drops as to how am going to do something.

Everything is looking good.


Thread: Thames Sailing Barge Stuff
06/07/2021 15:11:24

Hi. Bob, thanks for that tip I will try it for the sharp bend needed at the bow.



06/07/2021 13:03:13

Hi. Richard, thanks for your kind remarks, I find that bass is easier to bend than balsa when wetted on the outside of the bend, the first planks are only 1mm thick, the second layer will be 1.5mm so will need a bit more help.



06/07/2021 09:46:17

Hi. Ray, I found when metal bashing that a casting could take a lot more time to turn into the finished item than a bundle of wood, and a lot of material could be liberated from a scrap bin with a small donation to the coffee fund.



05/07/2021 22:24:15

Hi.again Tim, do these photo’s help? If you can download and expand them you can see the run and number of planks.


05/07/2021 21:36:26

Hi. Tim, I am now thinking about the final layer of planking, as like you I would like to see the planking through the paint.

The garboard planks need to twist through 90 deg. at the bow, and will need to be formed on a jig after a few minutes in boiling water, the planks at the chine also need careful jointing both at the stern and bow.

I agree, Ray would be onto his next build and planning the one after that😄.



05/07/2021 19:03:46

The first layer of planks have now all been fitted to the frames.



A few places needed to be filled with some thin balsa and sanded back to give a level surface for the top layer of planks.



Edited By Eddie Lancaster on 05/07/2021 19:05:10

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