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Member postings for Tim Cooper

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Thread: 2021 Builds during lockdowns
13/06/2021 11:44:36


That's a big 'un!

I built the Model Slipway model a few years ago, it's quite a lump to move about ; and its only one metre (39" long.

Dave M described it as a powered baby bath tub!


Thread: RAF rescue launch ASR HSL
09/06/2021 13:52:55

I have used thinned down coat of epoxy on the inside which worked oK. In theory the inside of the boat shouldn't get that wet. Ashley may have a problem with some of his more experimental boats.

I do leave the hull open overnight just to air, even on my plastic and glass fibre hulls.


09/06/2021 12:06:29

There is an article by Dave Milbourn o the forum under 'Hints and Tips' on finishing wooden boat hulls.

Personally I have used glass cloth and a resin coating as recommended by Dave.


Thread: Todays Boating
05/06/2021 21:22:05


The elastic doesn't last long if you pull it tight. I have just had to re rig the pirate ship I made a few years ago for my Grandson .

On my S100 Schnellboot I used Kneinik metallic thread. It seems to be ok after about 12 months. I have used it on my OSA 1 model. Different colours and thicknesses are available. I bought mine from Amazon.


Thread: OSA 1 Missile Boat
31/05/2021 12:41:22

Started adding some of the deck detail. Still have some stanchions to fit.

Mast is now removable for storage. Motors for the radar fitted. Just started making some Nav lights and a light for the stern. Trying to decide how to turn modern British Infantry into Soviet sailors.






Edited By Tim Cooper on 31/05/2021 12:42:19

Thread: Todays Boating
15/05/2021 09:30:27


I had similar comments from a woman dragging her husband away from asking too many questions about my Model Slipway Aziz. She was muttering 'BoysToys' ! Which is what I had spelt out out on some signal flags from the mast.

Mostly I have had nice comments from anybody who has stopped to watch or ask a few questions.

It's a hobby, we do it to keep our minds working and for fun!


Thread: RAF rescue launch ASR HSL
11/05/2021 10:01:53


You could have a walk around the supermarket. There might be a vac forming a convenient shape or top that could be used.


Thread: Sound Units
10/05/2021 12:42:19


Just opened the website and logged on to my account.

I have noticed that the product list doesn't seem to work properly on my mobile device.


Thread: OSA 1 Missile Boat
05/05/2021 12:26:51

Thanks Ashley

Three attempts and lots of brass wire. I'm following articles in the magazine from a few years ago so that gave some tips to follow. The pictures help work out the sizes, just have to remember the the articles are for a 1/35 model whilst mine is about 1/48.


Windows and some deck details next, and get the radar to rotate.


Edited By Tim Cooper on 05/05/2021 12:28:08

04/05/2021 19:57:54

After several tries I have managed to get the hand rails on the superstructure. Need to decide how to fix the mast so it's removable. Could do with figures being painted and doors and windows to add to the superstructure.




Thread: scale
26/04/2021 22:48:01


1" to one foot ie 1" to 12" is 1/12 th scale. 5/ 8" to one foot is 1 to 19 or about 1/20th scale.


Thread: Commodores Challenge
20/04/2021 10:20:06

Thanks Bob

We have spoken a few times. Last time , I think, you asked questions about my Eezebilt OSA 1 model I started in Lockdown 1.


19/04/2021 17:17:55


I enjoyed the video of the Slo Mo 2.

I don't remember the build blog. I guess it was quite big? Love the driver / pilot. I might even consider making a smaller version.

Don't think I could make one as good as that though.


Thread: Another stupid question, for those who know
02/04/2021 13:55:10


Most of my boats have non wooden hulls so not so much of a problem, but I still leave the "top" off when I get back from sailing , just in case there is any water ingress.

On my wooden hulled boats I usually seal the inside I can get at once the deck is fitted and again air after sailing.


Thread: Fisher 34 motorsailer
01/04/2021 12:12:57


I'm sure we have all found your build interesting. Like to see the pics on the water.


Thread: OSA 1 Missile Boat
30/03/2021 14:17:35

Had a slight setback and delay as I have made the mast for the third time, using finer brass rod this time

Also, made few hatches and vents for the deck.

Back to soldering now for the railings.






Edited By Tim Cooper on 30/03/2021 14:18:19

Thread: Beginner's kit - simple, not too dear
14/03/2021 12:42:05


Have a look at the website. There are plans there for the small KK boats some of us used to build in the 60's. The plans are designed to be printed off on a home PC, and are based around standard balsa sheets. Instructions and build logs also there. Boats are small and easy to put together, and can be quite cheap, if using a basic radio set.


Thread: Dave Milbourn RIP
05/03/2021 12:05:12

Very sad news. He was always very helpful with queries I asked him.

I visited him at his Carlton workshop a couple of times when he repaired a speed controller for me and once at Lambley so I could see his new wooden cabin. I now have one from the same company.

I remember when he owned Action, he ran me about an order I had placed. I had ordered 4 or 5 small switches. He rang to ask if I was using them as motor power switches, if so they were too small and why did I want so many? In the end he sold me one larger switch, as having a spare would be a waste of money.

But as he often said he was from Yorkshire. I shall think of him when I get my Fairey Huntsman in the water.


Thread: Todays Boating
08/02/2021 22:45:58

I got the electrician to put some Led battens in my 13ft x 12ft cabin when wired the sockets. Two five foot ones produce very bright light over all.the interior of the cabin and they come on straightaway.


Thread: KeilKraft Mermaid
08/02/2021 22:38:48

I will get the name right eventually. Trident Trawler.

Mine has had several overhauls apart from the hull sealing. New rudder when changing to RC. The superstructure has come apart a couple of times and the hatch had to be changed to get either the battery or the RC gear in. It has lived in its own wooden box since being built.


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