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Thread: BRUTUS MK 11
04/10/2020 17:41:00

Captain Bob

With those bow tubes and plating it looks very much like a Dreadnought.

It is so different to how I envisaged a future ship and yet it looks more threatening than my version.


Thread: Balsa Shortage
30/09/2020 13:24:39

Dear All

This discussion is going around in circles and is beset with half truths, rumour and speculation so it might be a good idea to go back to basics and examine the basic structure and uses of these materials.

Balsa Wood:

As most of us know Balsa comes in two types, these being hard and soft.

Balsa is easily worked but prone to splitting along the grain if not cut correctly.

Balsa can be curved in line with the grain but will fracture if too much pressure is applied.

Because of its open cellular construction Balsa is very light which is why it has been the model builders 'go to' material for many years. This and its compressive strength is the reason why it is used in the core of wind farm blades instead of polyurethane.

Balsa is not waterproof and its open cellular construction soaks moisture like a sponge so, after cutting / assembly its surfaces must be sealed, this applies to ALL AREAS even those parts that are enclosed within a structure. The sealing product must be able to slightly soak into the surface of the Balsa so that it can adhere to the timber, a dilute PVA is ideal for this purpose.

Common Plywood:

Most plywood is only fit for construction sites where it is used as a fast and economical substrate for other products.

All plywood will delaminate when it gets wet, the cheaper plywoods will warp and delaminate as soon as the moisture dissolves the bonding glue. Even Marine Ply will warp and delaminate if it is not fully sealed.

Common Plywood will only bend / curve over a short radius before it fails due to internal pressure and splits. The more expensive plywoods can be bent / curved by applying steam but the curved section might fail and fracture after cooling.


Litply is no exception as it is still a plywood however and as its name suggests it is lighter and just as strong as comparable plywood which makes it ideal for the internal structures of models, more so as it has greater structural strength than Balsa.

LitePly will bend / curve better than common plywood but will still fracture if forced too far.

Some plywoods can be bent using steam to soften its structure, the application of steam will allow a greater / tighter curve to be achieved but there is still a chance that the plywood will split as it cools.

Birch Plywood:

The best plywood for structural strength, lightness and the ability to bend / curve without splitting is Aircraft grade Finnish Birch Plywood which, as its name suggests is used in the manufacture of wooden framed aircraft. It is also used in the manufacture of Boats, Furniture, Musical Instruments and Cigar Cases.

Thread: BRUTUS MK 11
29/09/2020 20:26:25

Captain Bob

All of this talk about advanced weaponry isn't getting the boat built, have you decided how you are building the rocket launchers?


Thread: Just for fun
29/09/2020 20:17:34

Hi Ashley

It wouldn't be me if it wasn't wrong.

29/09/2020 17:11:12
Young Paddy bought a donkey from a farmer for £100.
The farmer agreed to deliver the donkey the next day.
The next day he drove up and said, 'Sorry son, but I have some bad news. The donkey's died.'
Paddy replied, 'Well then just give me my money back.'
The farmer said, 'Can't do that. I've already spent it.'
Paddy said, 'OK, then, just bring me the dead donkey.'
The farmer asked, 'What are you going to do with him?'
Paddy said, 'I'm going to raffle him off.'
The farmer said, 'You can't raffle a dead donkey!'
Paddy said, 'Sure I can. Watch me. I just won't tell anybody he's dead.'
A month later, the farmer met up with Paddy and asked, 'What happened
with that dead donkey?'
Paddy said, 'I raffled him off. I sold 500 tickets at two pounds a piece
and made a profit of £898'
The farmer said, 'Didn't anyone complain?'
Paddy said, 'Just the guy who won. So I gave him his two pounds back.'
Thread: BRUTUS MK 11
27/09/2020 17:59:21

The military were developing lasers that locked onto an aircrafts IFF system and would have an effective range of upto 75 miles

23/09/2020 11:22:11

Captain Bob

Try this


22/09/2020 19:56:37

Firm but fair,

22/09/2020 17:11:17

Hi Ashley

I'm not a monster, I wouldn't use the rocket packs on cyclists.

They are far to expensive to waste on mere cyclists, so I use this

chain gun.jpg

22/09/2020 10:54:30

Hi Bob

Have a look at Phalanx CIWS on google, I'm ok but have a trapped ulnar nerve in my left elbow so my left hand isn't working properly so model building is postponed until it sorts itself out. but I'm not complaining as a lot of people are far worse off and one in particular would trade his condition for mine in a heartbeat.

Hi Ashley

They are attachments for my car to help with inner-city parking.


21/09/2020 20:12:33

Hello Captain Bob

Instead of having those single tubes try fitting multiple rocket packs.

rocket packs.jpg

rocket packs 2.jpg

Easy to build and very aggressive.


Thread: Airbrushing - glossy fininsh?
20/09/2020 18:37:50

Hello George

That is a very nice satin finish, its not a finish that I have ever tried to do.


15/09/2020 17:34:11

Hello George

Getting a 'wet look' is always difficult as it is all about getting a lot of paint on without creating drips or worse still ending up with an orange peel finish.

I think you have done a lovley job especially given your northerly location and having to work on your balcaony.


Thread: BRUTUS MK 11
08/09/2020 19:45:29

Hello Bob

Nice of you to credit me but I can only lay claim to the design of basic hull /superstructure.

MK2 has evolved far beyond my 2050 concept.


Thread: FREE Bespoke Model of WWII HMS Diamond
05/09/2020 16:44:26

I would take it and snatch Jasons hands off at the same time, easily worth £100 donation, but its to far away to collect. I had even thought of getting a courier to pick it up but the packaging would be a nightmare.

Now if you only lived a little closer to gods own county.sad

Thread: Todays Boating
03/09/2020 18:15:32


I've been through the Argos site and can't find that ship anywhere

Thread: BRUTUS MK 11
03/09/2020 12:59:50

Thank you all.

It is just a cold but coming on top of radio therapy it has knocked me for six, what surprised me the most is that I am constantly tried and napping more than an old dog.

I feel like such a fraud as I have a very dear friend with far worse problems who gets on with life without creating a fuss. I wish his illness was as simple as a cold but it is far, far worse.

Thank you all again


Thread: Machine Tools
28/08/2020 18:35:27

I agree with Dave M that a drill press is a very versatile piece of equipment, not only is it great for precise drilling but it can also be used as a basic vertical lathe or milling machine and a router.

You will need a drill clamp


But this one will allow your drill to be a milling machine or router.


I also found that the Dremel drill press is a very handy (smaller) version of the larger bench mounted machine.


Thread: The sensational Sea Gull
27/08/2020 16:49:22

Ashley / Trevor

I really enjoyed reading about your trip down memory lane and the subject matter is just amazing, I have never seen this design before and I think that Victor was onto something.

A cross between a ground effect design and artdeco furniture.

You two have produced a trio of thought provoking models and I can certainly see what Victor was aiming for.

Looking at the design with fresh eyes I believe that the lack of speed and 'airborne' stability problems could be solved by using two side by side motors and two of your 'leg drives' as two drive units would provide the speed to lift the boat out of the water and give the boat a more stable platform reducing the need for aircraft type control surfaces.


Thread: Best Servos
21/08/2020 17:05:55

Malcolm, George and Gareth.

Thank you gentlemen for your sage advice, when I finally get the chance to work on the yacht I will certainly be taking care to follow your advice as closely as I can.


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