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Member postings for Tim Cooper

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Thread: OSA 1 Missile Boat
20/08/2020 17:24:35

Just about got the AK 230 guns ready for painting. Need to decide if I am going to have them turning.




Thread: Aronaut Caribic - What Adhesive?
20/08/2020 11:07:47


I have built several Graupner and Robbe kits which had an ABS hull and parts. There are special adhesives you can buy but I have used PVC pipe weld and a 2 part adhesive from Aldi for ABS (long chemical name cryanolates and smells ).

I found the Pipe adhesive the easiest to use. Quick look on the Internet will show lots of adhesive for ABS. Don't think polystyrene cement works or I would have used it,


Thread: Boat?
17/08/2020 19:57:37


Have a look at the Eezebilt boat website. The are a number of simple plans to download and print on a home printer or you could scale one up to make a bigger boat. You can add extra detail if you wish. They are based on the balsa kits we used to build in the 60's.


Picture of an enlarged PT Boat I built.

PT Boat 1

Edited By Tim Cooper on 17/08/2020 19:58:24

Edited By Tim Cooper on 17/08/2020 19:59:21

Thread: A decent kit for a beginner
11/08/2020 19:19:06


I have built the Aziz and Tamar by Model Slipway. Both built into nice models.

Don't remember any major problems. The kits I built used printed styrene for lots of the parts so you have be good at cutting them out. But it was a few years ago so they may have changed.


Thread: BRUTUS MK 11
11/08/2020 19:05:39


I used to keep my larger models in our loft, so that meant an extra set of stairs to get down. I have now treated myself to a timber cabin in the garden, so that's where the big models live. I still have some smaller ones in the house, so the way to get those down the stairs is - carefully.


Thread: Recovery
09/08/2020 21:27:35


I converted an old pushchair last winter. Not. been able to try it yet.



09/08/2020 12:08:34


Can just remember last time I took a boat out.

I take a ball on the end of some fly fishing line, as the line floats, and waders. I try to take another boat on another Tx as a recovery boat. Only time there was a problem was testing a Model Slipway Tamar which stopped in the middle of the pond, had to borrow waders off the park keeper. So I bought my own.


Thread: Todays Boating
08/08/2020 11:06:44


Noah's ark I have made but didn't try it on the water. Not sure my granddaughter wanted it to get wet.



Thread: My Time Media. Model Boats Magazine.
04/08/2020 11:56:20

Has everyone got their copy of the magasine now?

Mine still seems to be with the postal fairies. I assume that they are all sent out at more or less the same time?


Edited By Tim Cooper on 04/08/2020 11:57:12

Thread: BRUTUS MK 11
31/07/2020 12:09:31


In the models that I use 2 batteries I have fitted a Action P103 Parallel power board, from Component Shop. This connects the 2 batteries together and gives you one common power source. I must have 4 or 5 models with 2 batteries and a P103.


Thread: OSA 1 Missile Boat
11/07/2020 11:40:13

Made a start on the AM230 guns. One for the bow and one corvette stern. The turrets are from styrene and car body filler. The gun barrels will be next, from 1.5mm tubing. The black paint is just for checking for any more filler.



Thread: TYNE Class Lifeboat build
01/07/2020 17:53:51


When I made my Model Slipway Tamar I fitted out the cabin with lifelike seats and crew. When sailing I tend to take the crew and seats out!

But I enjoyed making the seats and crew.


Thread: BRUTUS MK 11
01/07/2020 17:50:11


That reminds me that I saved to buy some Stanley screwdrivers before I was married, still in frequent use today. We also bought expensive Sheffield cutlery for the our use after marriage, still be used daily. Not bad for 48 years use.


29/06/2020 11:51:03


I often use acrylic paint for some of the small details on models. My Italeri S100 boat conversion is completely painted using acrylics. I use Games Workshop and Vallejo paint. Once dry can be overvarnished without problems.


Thread: OSA 1 Missile Boat
20/06/2020 15:42:35

Little bit more progress. Hull has glass cloth and resin coat . Rubbing strip added. Missile tubes being made. The drum tilt radar built some detail to be added. The 4 missile tubes are all slightly different due to the sloping deck.





Edited By Tim Cooper on 20/06/2020 15:44:13

Thread: Todays Boating
08/06/2020 17:09:32


I have 3 or 4 boats with 2 motors which are on separate channels, using a Robbe F14 navy. It makes them easy to turn on the spot. Some of my boats have a bow thruster which works ok but response time is a bit slow.



Edited By Tim Cooper on 08/06/2020 17:11:25

08/06/2020 14:40:36


Could you use two of the smallest thrusters? Guess that they could be separated by a few inches at the bow. Would still need only one channel or combine with the rudder.


Thread: dedicated toolbox
08/06/2020 12:07:05


I like to test the boat before putting it in the car. I did once not do this and found I had forgotten to pack the batteries for the model. Embarrassing when you have met friends to show them the boat!

Only take a small tool box with a screwdrivers and pliers etc spare fuses and a pair of waders in the car boot.

I try to take another boat on a separate Tx. The Allen keys for couplings etc I put one in the boat attached to a small magnet (neodymium) , not my idea I think Glyn Guest and Dave Abbott have suggested that in the magazine.

Only had to recover 2 boats so far. One lost it's prop, my fault, and the other blew all the fuses! Had to borrow the park keepers waders hence mine in the car.


Edited By Tim Cooper on 08/06/2020 12:08:30

Thread: OSA 1 Missile Boat
05/06/2020 19:18:58

The superstructure now fits without a twist. Not sure how many times I took it to bits before managing to straighten it. Hull is being coated with resin and glass cloth.




Thread: Aerial positioning
03/06/2020 12:09:00


All mine are inside the hull with no problems. Just be careful with the active part of the aerial. On my Italeri S100 I managed to trap the aerial at some point and lose most of the active part. Range on that Rx is now about 50 to 60 feet or 15 to 18 metres.


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