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Member postings for Kevin Bellman

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Thread: Motor Yacht
27/03/2011 22:42:43
i Colin,
If you fancy something traditional how about 'Bluebird of Chelsea'
Hull and plan available here.
Plus there have been build articles in the mags over the years.
Thread: converting italeri 1/35 schnellboot s-100 to r/c
30/12/2010 22:35:11
Hi Sean,
Wow thats a mouthful!
Schnellbootweiss Ref: KM 10
Thread: PT 596 R/C conversion
30/12/2010 22:20:42
Hi Daniel,
I suggest you give SHG a call. I belive they do a complete conversion set i.e. props, shafts, rudders etc.
Tel No 01785 840308
Thread: ship's guns
19/12/2010 21:37:13
Hi Gordon which mark are you interested in, or for what type of craft?
Some help available here.
Thread: PT596 Iterali RC conversion
24/11/2010 22:19:52
Hi Steve,
Keep the info/pics coming - most interesting.
I've got an Elco stashed in the loft for a future project
Thread: Which Timber Should I Use
05/10/2010 21:26:05
Hi Angus,
Have I miss understood your post? Deck planks 7' x 2.5ft and 5'  x 1.5ft sounds a bit strange to me.
I would have thought width of plank to be in the order of 5 to 7 inches. Lengths probably would have been variable, using up what was available in wartime.
Possible Reference colour
extract from Richard Potter timber -
Jelutong (Borneo, Sumatra, Malaya.)
Usually white to straw coloured, finely textured with a straight grain. Not naturally durable, Jelutong lends itself well to carving and model making.
Having said all that I agree with Colin it all seems to end up as per pic of HMS Belfast due to weathering.
Thread: Thicknessing wood
09/06/2010 22:37:01
I have a friend who has a full size planer/thicknesser. I found that by putting a sheet of 10mm MDF on the bed of the planer and sliding my stock wood over it was able to go down to 1mm thick.
Put a lip on the front/underside  of the MDF to stop it going through.
Thread: Rigging
09/06/2010 22:27:50
How about Rigging Cord Natural Hemp 0.10mm x 20mtr available from
Thread: Travelling to UK End June-August
22/04/2010 21:56:48
Hi Ian,
Midway between Bovington & Portsmouth is a brilliant model shop specialising in model boats. Good stock levels plus friendly and knowledgeable staff. No connection just a satisfied customer.
Thread: Scillonian III - May 2008
28/03/2010 21:34:51
Hi Chris
Might be worth contacting the local clubs
Penzance - Maurice Bishop, (Secretary), Tel: 01736 360870
Hayle MBC - Steven Moulton (Secretary) 01209 717670
Camborne Pond Hoppers MBC - Godfrey Copeland 01209 711620
Falmouth MBC - Eddie Kincaid - email ' '
Thread: Tupolev G5 torpedo boat 1:72
18/03/2010 21:34:28
Some information on above boat on a prior posting
Should help
Thread: Italeri PT596 kit
24/02/2010 22:11:26
Some links that may be helpful -
Thread: SLR camera platform (Help please!!)
24/10/2009 22:45:39
Colin, thanks for sorting the links.
Having chambers that you can flood seems like over engineering to me - just add weight, lead being the ideal material. No chance that the lead will leak !!
23/10/2009 23:28:49
Hi Bob,
Some thoughts for you.
1. Boat drifting with wind - problem wind does not scale down, surface water moves more quickly. Does  your craft have a shallow draft? You need to get some depth to bite into the water, perhaps fit a keel, even to the extremes of a yacht type.
2. Control - fit more powerful pumps, seen these on ebay  Pump 
15 litres a minute on 12volt!
3. Control of pumps - just seen this on Model Boat Mayhem may help Pump Control 
Hope its some help

Edited By Colin Bishop on 24/10/2009 21:12:21

Edited By Colin Bishop on 24/10/2009 21:13:45

Thread: Scale Boats - How do you sail yours?
14/10/2009 22:01:25
I am most definately with you on this - I can think of nothing more boring than sailing a boat up and down an empty stretch of water!
I'm lucky living in the South West as SWAMBC run a series of scale steering events over the year.
In addition Newquay(Crealy) and Exeter clubs are able to leave there courses out all year so you can practise or just play.
I cant see speed events catching on for scale MTBs etc,. Catch a buoy wrong, flip the boat over and there go all your fittings!!!
Thread: Weymouth 2009
29/06/2009 21:50:40
Hi Folks,
Anyone know which traders are attending this year
Thread: converting italeri 1/35 schnellboot s-100 to r/c
29/06/2009 21:42:19
Hi Converter
How have you arranged access into the boat?
Looking forward to seeing more pics
Thread: Paint Colour
22/06/2009 21:45:41
Hi Haig
They do a full range of navy colours. Where there has been confusion with Ref nos I have emailed them and they replied within a couple of days with an answer.
Thread: rigging
11/04/2009 21:18:39
Hi Andy,
If your after information on Gaff rigs I would recomend getting ' The Gaff rig handbook ' by John Leather. Available at amazon for £19. Great read and very informative
Thread: fairmile d
26/02/2009 22:37:01
Hi Antony
Have a look at White Ensign Models, they do colour matched paints
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