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Thread: Caldercraft Sir Kay
13/04/2022 13:05:48

hi ya there

The large framework on the bow of the Sir Kay is likely to be for the acoustic hammer which they used to detonate mines. Looking for more photographs to see what I can find with this mysterious gallows.


Edited By John W E on 13/04/2022 13:06:19

13/04/2022 10:22:05

gallows2.jpgHi there David

As Richard has said, I myself haven't heard of the expression 'cable gallows'. However, I do know the terminology of fishing vessels and parts of them tend to vary around the Coasts of Great Britain. What I have found though are a couple of drawings and what I think you are referring to is a 'trawl gantry' - this is used for hauling in the nets. I am putting a couple of pics on to see if we are heading in the right direction to help you out.


Thread: Painting interior of a nitro boat
11/04/2022 08:52:43

Hi this is the type that i use from the old eBay shopwink

HMG - Modellers Gloss Fuel Proofer Model Aircraft 125ml Tin HMG - Modellers Gloss Fuel Proofer 125ml Tin

Thread: Fibreglass hull id
08/04/2022 18:01:39

Hi Roger, this is a scan from a book which was dedicated to the life and ship models of Norman Ough ISBN Number 9781473879478 - Seaforth Publishing. I know Norman Ough's plans do sometimes come up on EBay - so keep an eye open on there. David MacGregor by the way had the rights for Norman's plans.

So, let us try putting the scan on

here goes


picket boat.jpg


Edited By John W E on 08/04/2022 18:02:41

08/04/2022 17:21:45

Hi there

sorry for the awkward copy but for some reason the Canon printer I have plays up when I try to mess about with it. Anyway, this is an advert which I have found in Model Boats Magazine January 1982. This is the only 1 out of 4 or 5 adverts for ABCO which mentions the picket launch - if you can make it out it looks like the keel may have been altered and also the bow and stern of the model added on to the upper works. Just out of reference the original plan was from David MacGregor - so - now I have read this, we may be able to help with a small plan. I am busy looking now.


08/04/2022 17:17:10


Thread: K D Perkasa - design detail
31/07/2021 17:12:37

transome.jpgjet drawing number 1.jpgHi there

Ok, I have made a quick web search as the book which I have has grown legs and disappeared. I only have the 'older' version of the book High-Speed Small Craft by Peter Du Cane and this chap was the chief designer of the Brave Class. The air intakes, if I remember rightly, were just back of the bridge - either side - facing aft. They look like companion ways. This is where the air for the jet engines is drawn from. As has already been explained the exhausts exit through the transom and there are diesel generator exhausts mounted on an inverted V-shaped mast on the aft superstructure. This sometime varied on different vessels.

Couple of pictures here ....


diesel exhaust.jpg


Edited By John W E on 31/07/2021 17:13:12

Thread: Can anybody clear this up for me
21/07/2021 16:16:04

titanic lifeboat.jpgyes  yup - I just found this on web and it looks as though Ray's model is of The Titanic lifeboat.

and....I have just learned that using 'control and V' on my computer works wonders 

Edited By John W E on 21/07/2021 16:18:04

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Edited By John W E on 21/07/2021 16:28:31

21/07/2021 16:12:09

Hi there, three pics below :-  are....

  1. What I believe to be a Liverpool Class Lifeboat
  2. I am unsure - but may be classed as a standard lifeboat which was man powered using oars before the days of reliable engines.
  3. This one is a Royal Navy Whaler - used for sailing as well as rowing

Also,. if one does a hunt ont tinternet you will come across a similar vessel to which Ray has put on. It is of the Titanic Lifeboat / or similar.

So as they say, the choice is yours yes



rnli_on915_friendlyforester_thornwickholidayfarm_flammmborough_12.11.17_on915_nl_lol.jpgbeauchamp.jpgtenby seaboat 69.jpg

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Edited By John W E on 21/07/2021 16:19:32

Thread: Guardsman
12/07/2021 18:51:47

Hi there Fred,

As is stated on another Forum, the reason I enlarged the rudder on the Guardsman was that I use this model for steering scale regattas and on a lot of these courses, they have a lot of reverse sections in them, this is where you have to sometimes go astern and touch a buoy/go into a dock etc.  As has already been stated on this forum there are not many single screw vessels that like to go astern in a straight line.

Here is a view of the extension that I made for the rudder to help my model go astern.



Edited By John W E on 12/07/2021 18:52:27

Edited By John W E on 12/07/2021 18:54:50

Thread: RAF rescue launch ASR HSL
11/05/2021 15:25:30

gun turret 5 (2).jpg

Edited By John W E on 11/05/2021 15:27:41

11/05/2021 15:25:03

gun turret 5 (1).jpggun turret 3 (1).jpggun turret 1.jpggun 44.jpg

11/05/2021 15:17:38

Hi there

The method I used to create these gun turrets is fully explained on Mayhem on the build I did on there of the 63ft Whaleback launch - but here are a couple of pics to give you the idea. It was done in an oven to warm the clear plastic up and then I pushed the mould into the soft plastic to create the shape of the gun turret. It took one or two attempts but in my opinion it looks far superior than a lightbulb painted.

Going to put the pictures in my album and then I will put them on here.





Edited By John W E on 11/05/2021 15:28:16

Thread: Sound Units
10/05/2021 15:55:38

hi there

To get back on track - have you thought about using Forge Electronics? I know they mainly do diesel sounds but they do have one that is a combination sound unit and it may just fit the bill .



10/05/2021 13:09:50

Hi Richard, funny you should mention 'curtain across the door' doing the Gulf run and we didn't have any air conditioning in the cabin (just in the bar - the most important place) and we were told to batten down all the deadlights and close all external doors and vents as there was a sandstorm coming! I remember being down the engine room and must have lost 3 stone, sweating that much - and remember the salt drinks they used to give us. Must have drank gallons of that stuff - and - when it was all over, walking along the deck and everywhere covered with a fine layer of sand. I wasn't keen on the Gulf runs

Happy days all the same


09/05/2021 15:34:09

The funny thing is Richard, is, when you have finished your watch and you are lying your head on your pillow in your bunk, fast asleep - it is amazing how quickly you wake up when the main engines stop for no reason. Your eyes are open even before you hear the alarm bells ring. The other thing is on your first few nights ashore at home you never sleep for the first couple of nights due to the fact of the silence.

Let me sleep tight to the sound of a Doxford.


Edited By John W E on 09/05/2021 15:43:01

Thread: Prop Tube lubrication & sealing
28/03/2021 16:33:33

At the beginning of this thread, the gentleman who used the lard to seal his propeller shaft - I wonder how old this gentleman be? I wonder if he came from the same school as the gent who was my mentor when I first started modelling? If my mentor were alive today he would be roughly 102 yr old. If you didnt have a steam driven model - it wasn't a model. But, he did have a beautiful book of all these weird and wonderful solutions for problems encountered in modelling.

I will always recall one of his many solutions to mix high temperature grease with old car engine sump oil. This was to be poured into the steam lubricators on steam engines (helps them lubricate when running under steam).

His other tip which I remember was he used to use tallow - the grease from the slipway where the bigger ships were launched. He used to use it for tapping grease - also - he used to use the same stuff as prop tube lubricant.

Also, can you remember the powdered milk tins that baby milk used to come in - none of them were ever thrown out. A few of his models were made from tin plate salvaged from these tins. One of the models was HMS Ark Royal - and yes it was steam driven - good old Mr James Berwick with his book of knowledge.

The other thing is who remembers lard/dripping and salt sandwiches - beef dripping off the Sunday dinner - when I think back to what people ate - its a wonder people survived.

Goodness I miss the old so and so Milbourn - I bet he would have come back with some corking answers.


Edited By John W E on 28/03/2021 16:37:39

Thread: kms bismark
14/03/2021 18:16:56

gun.jpgHi there

When I built HMS Exeter, at 1:96 scale, I used the ACTion P94 speed controllers to control the 4 motors running on 6 volt. I was considering the Arduino system and also went so far as to how to programme and following instructions from the web about gun movements.

However, to me (and this is only my opinion mind) it was far too complicated and a waste of time as I could do exactly the same thing and have movements of the gun using a Futaba 8 channel control system running on 2.4. All I did was invest in 3 x 180 degree servos which are mounted under each gun turret and 3 mini servos which I mounted inside the gun turrets which in turn elevate and depress the barrels. The speed of which was governed by a unit by a Company called Forge. Basically Forge supplied the units which increase the movement of the 180 degrees turrets to roughly about 220 degrees. Also a unit to control the speed & slowed the servos down.

All I have done extra is made a Y lead up, so I connect 2 battery packs at 4.8 volt each up in series; which give me an extra bit of umph for the power supply for the servos and the rest of the electronics e.g. speed controllers & soforth. Just the way I did it, and, to me less complicated - because - I felt as though I was restricted by set movements of the Arduino system.


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Edited By John W E on 14/03/2021 18:23:32

Thread: Dave Milbourn RIP
05/03/2021 12:03:11

This is the saddest news; Thinking of Liz and his dear family; Dave is going to be such a sad miss.

We had many laughs and shared a lot of modelling stuff. Worked with Dave a good few times at the shows.

Rest in peace my dear friend, I will never forget you.


Thread: Boat decking
23/07/2020 17:29:13


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