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Member postings for Paul T

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Thread: All my model boat builds history
26/06/2021 20:03:47

Hi Bob

No its not that one, I think it had brick or stone arches on it.


Thread: Todays Boating
26/06/2021 18:45:14

We aren't sophisticated out in the villages but the big industrial cities have cobbled streets so it was only natural to show how advanced we are by fitting the very latest in cobble technology on the M6 when it passed between Liverpool and Manchester.

We aren't called the northern powerhouse for nothing.

26/06/2021 17:52:26


The weather is getting bad in your area, watch out for storms and icebergs coming in from the Heron Lake.

Meanwhile it so hot up here int north that the cobbles on the M6 are cracking


Thread: Triple Screw Boat
26/06/2021 16:28:38

I used an Action System that Dave Milbourn built for me,

Combined ESC & Mixer provided different levels of power to each motor to enhance the steering..

It handled like a dream and was quite fast even with 600 size brushed motors, mind you I was pushing 18v through them.

Sadly Dave is no longer with us but his layout designs are here Dave sold Action to the Component Shop link who are very helpful in advising the correct system for your setup.

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26/06/2021 15:50:08

I had a lot of fun getting a triple setup in my Red Leader MTB.

In order to maintain a shallow pitch on the prop shafts I had to invert the motors and hang them upside down on a special frame.

To maximise the slow speed steering I fitted over size rudders.

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Thread: All my model boat builds history
26/06/2021 15:35:12


Whilst travelling down memory lane could you post a picture of the railway scene that you painted?


25/06/2021 22:58:38

Hi Richard

You only know the half of it.

Before model boats Bob built steam trains and rc aircraft, he is a skilled artist and a very accomplished astronomer having built a professional observatory in his back garden.

He is the epitome of the true renascence man and skilled in everything he puts his mind to, in a previous age he would have been building canals, pushing railways through unforgiving terrain or building huge steamships.

I wasn't joking in previous postings when I described him as Bob Brunel.


25/06/2021 13:52:18

Hello Captain Bob

You were very brave to undertake a 'warts and all' build of a completely new and untested design, I was very glad that you agreed to do the build and your practical input allowed me to expand the design by adding two different styles of superstructure.

SeaSpray is a twin engine fast fisher and this example was built by the late Dave Milbourn.

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Red Leader is a triple engine MTB.

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24/06/2021 16:12:32

Hello Captain Bob

This is a very nice trip down memory lane and I am looking forward to the RC Planes.

You are a prime example of the skill sets that are fast disappearing from the model building world.

But as Ray says what are you going to do next?

Seeing as you are so keen to see my Titanic builds it is only fair that you let us in on your plans.

How about HMS Warrior or its sister ship HMS Black Prince, these ships are a lot like the Great Eastern with plenty of rivets to play with.


Thread: An amazing build project for someone
23/06/2021 17:57:35

Dear All

Copyright and Intellectual Copyright applies to any drawing/information that is marked with the copyright sign or specifically identified that the contents are copyright, it doesn't matter what scale or format the drawings/information are supplied in as the copyright still applies.

In the case of yard or working drawings the copyright usually rests with the customer as they are the ones who commissioned both the initial design and construction. The yard only have use of the drawings during the construction phase and have to sign strict contractual conditions that include the security and protection of the design information.

Using non licenced copyrighted information usually becomes a problem when it is advertised on the open market, either for payment or for free.

Depending upon the age of the design some companies might not bother, or have gone out of business but some will get their legal team to issue a Cease and Desist notice informing you to stop violating their copyright, demanding that all data/information is returned and, worse of all, threaten further legal action if you don't disclose source of the information.

If you are going to build a model using the original designs as a basis for the build It is always advisable to seek written permission from the copyright holder, most will freely give this permission providing the designs will only be used for a 'one off' scale build.


Thread: Trumpeter 1:200 Titanic
21/06/2021 12:36:02

Sorry Bob but the workshop is full of planes and I have nowhere to put them until they are finished.

20/06/2021 18:04:28

Its a long time until November and I am still in the process of building a couple of float planes to upset the local wildlife.

A Hawker Monsoon (Typhoon variant) and a de Havilland Mosquito (Yes a single prototype was produced)

I have an 8ft span Zero that I want to turn into a float variant and a Catalina that is waiting for me to build a working undercarriage.

Also have a large model yacht to restore for next season.


Thread: An amazing build project for someone
20/06/2021 16:30:49


This would be a very good model to build especially as you have the CAD designs and would suit me perfectly as it is a simple task to convert the digital information to be used by my laser cutter.

However to be a 'stick in the mud' who owns the copyright to the CAD information and do you have their explicit permission to use the CAD drawings in this way.


Thread: Trumpeter 1:200 Titanic
20/06/2021 16:21:59

Hi Colin

My understanding was that Suffolk was in heavy fog when she regained radar contact with Bismarck but waited until they had a visual confirmation before reporting the contact and position to Hood.

The reporting was 3 hours before the sinking giving Holland ample time to refine his strategy, knowing Bismarcks position was a huge advantage and he could have quickly closed the range and opted for a bow on attack rather than a broadside position.

It was Hollands choice to stand off by 10 miles and attack using the traditional broadside, I understand about this tactic allowing the use of all four major turrets but it also offered the Bismarck the best possible target for high trajectory bombardment.

Holland could have use Hoods speed to his advantage by opting for a high speed forward attack and concentrating the firepower from his two forward turrets, this would have very quickly closed the range and been a far more difficult target for the German guns.

I accept that it is easy to second guess these decisions and to cherry pick the alternative strategies, all of which are blessed with hindsight and the knowledge of battleship tactics gleaned since 1941, but even without these advantages I still think that the Admiralty threw the Hood away in a mission that had less than a 30% chance of success and that Holland sealed its fate by choosing the wrong method of attack.

Usual Ashley style disclaimer about this being my own opinion and in no way detracts from the bravery shown by all crews involved.


20/06/2021 13:59:58

Hi Colin

To take the discussion further, the Hood was the showpiece of the Royal Navy and if the Admiralty had been concerned about its increasing vulnerability then surely they wouldn't have cancelled its refits especially the vitally important 1939 refit as, on the eve of war you would think it critical to update the largest ship in the Royal Navy.

If Holland knew about the problems with deck armour why didn't he close the range during the night, he had the element of surprise and could decide upon the best time to attack. Norfolk and Suffolk were shadowing Bismark so Holland knew exactly where his target would be.

I know these are mute points and the subject has been discussed and dissected ever since the sinking but from my own point of view the deaths of the 1418 crew could have been alleviated or avoided altogether if the Sea Lords and Holland had acted more responsibly.


Thread: Todays Boating
20/06/2021 13:32:58


It is nice to see how you have branched out into publishing your own magazine,wink my copy arrived a couple of days ago and made for very interesting reading.


Thread: Commodores Challenge
20/06/2021 13:15:43

Captain Bob

Even though they are distant memories the build threads that you produced on this forum are very relevant today as they are a great resource for newcomers to scratch building, you demonstrate the practical building skills that are fast disappearing which is especially important in our modern 'plug and play' society.

Your building techniques have influenced my model designs, in fact the 'pinched bow' and the form of the unique bow wave on the Lady Joyce directly owes its existence to your work on Brutus.

If you ever want to do another signature build then I would be proud to design it for you.


20/06/2021 12:01:13

Hi Ashley

Apart from the technical brilliance I really liked the Victorian style of the casings, most people would have simply put the motors side by side on basic mounts, but not Bob Brunel, he went the extra mile and not only produced those excellent casings but detailed an engine room for them to sit in.

But these motors are nothing compared to his Great Eastern, the quantity of research that Bob did was staggering and I remember our discussion on how the ships launch failed.


Thread: Trumpeter 1:200 Titanic
19/06/2021 16:06:26

The Hood was another ship that was considered to be invincible and its dramatic demise had a huge effect on morale,

Known as the Mighty Hood it was a victim of the Sea Lords blind belief that the ship was to big to sink, it was a very large ship and held the record of the largest British warship until the QE Aircraft carrier was built.

Sadly the belief in its invulnerability and a cutback in military spending during the mid 1930s meant that Hood missed a couple of major refits including the crucial strengthening of the deck armour to counter the piercing effect of high trajectory shells.

Some naval architects have speculated that a single high trajectory shell from Bismark entered a magazine ventilation shaft adjacent to the Admirals day cabin and exploded in the magazine.

Thread: Commodores Challenge
18/06/2021 18:37:43

I still can't get my head around the setup, In the real world one motor would run at a different speed to its twin resulting in either one of the pair becoming a dynamo or the pair fighting against each other and stripping the rubber belts.

Not to mention the way that you wired everything up, as it should have put far to many amps through the system and cooked everything.

Amazing and completely stupefying they are still an enigma wrapped up in a Pandora's box of contradictions.

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