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Member postings for Bob Abell

Here is a list of all the postings Bob Abell has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.

Thread: Dave Milbourn RIP
05/03/2021 14:27:32

Rest in peace, Dave

Bob Abell

Thread: TYNE Class Lifeboat build
25/02/2021 08:00:13

Hi Neil

I really do enjoy the quality of your work and the speed at which you work at!

You seem to enjoy the process yourself too

I like the orange paintwork, is that thanks to Stavros?

BTW, Is his mate, Phil Button still messing about with the old steamers etc?



Thread: Steel hull
26/01/2021 12:49:55

Thanks Ashley

I know what you mean alright

Keep smiling

Keep safe


26/01/2021 09:40:30

The GE rivet photo`s......

You may ask any questions if necessary


Rivets and hull plating

Weathering and rust

Rust effect

Paddlebox plating


Bob Abell

26/01/2021 09:25:41

Hello David Howe

A few years ago, I built a large model of the PS Great Eastern and I also fancied the "Riveted steel appearance"

The model was 7 feet in length and a plain painted black hull needed the touch of antiquity?

I used thickish card about 0.018" thick and in strips about 18mm wide and about 12" long. For the rivets,I used a blunt spring loaded centre punch, for rivet size consistency;

The card was glued to the hull using PVA

When dry, it was a shear pleasure to paint the hull with semi matt black paint

The effect was splendid

Photo`s to follow



Thread: TYNE Class Lifeboat build
15/01/2021 17:32:35

Happy New Year my mate.....A bit late, but late than never, eh?

Just called in for a look round and I notice that you are back on the job again

I like your pillows and bits and pieces and the crew are looking good to

Will call again shortly


Thread: Paul Freshney R.I.P
06/01/2021 14:47:56

We are both saddened to read the very sad news the passing of our good friend, Paul Freshney. We crossed paths quite often over the years and he was always a welcome visitor to our stands at the Haydock Park Shows for friendly chats

I was also highly delighted and most pleased when he accepted the Great Eastern write ups for publishment

The photo shows Paul Thomason with Paul Freshney, on our stand at Haydock Park, about 2016

RIP Paul. greatly missed

Bob Abell and Paul Thomason

paul and paul copy.jpg

Thread: BRUTUS MK 11
16/11/2020 11:32:15

Hi Ashley

Please to say that I am back to my normal bubbly self now.......Thanks

The motor problem is just a storm in a Tea Cup and will soon get sorted out in the Spring

Thanks to all


15/11/2020 10:09:06

Thanks Paul. Just about feeling better

That`s taught me a lesson all right

I`m almost frightened of quick cooking frozen meals now


13/11/2020 19:50:38

Thank you Paul

The different speeds are part of the ESC characteristics; 50 amps going forward and 20 amps in reverse

Joyce is back to her old self now, thank you very much for enquiring

I`m in trouble at the moment......I`ve contacted Food Poisoning at the moment

Had a frozen meal that wasn`t quite thawed out!

Having a torrid time,,,,,,,,,, for `n` aft!

Getting over it now, hopefully


13/11/2020 10:08:30

Good question, Ash

Right and left vertical sticks control the motors

RH stick controls the Rudder, left and right

What did Paul mean when he mentioned the settings on the tranny?


12/11/2020 19:02:48

Hi Paul, I am using two sticks to control the motors

What settings are you referring to?

This new to me


11/11/2020 18:01:15


Don't have a Y lead, Imprefer twin stick steering anyway


The Esc's are not mixed........Don't fancy that either

I have noticed that the prop shaft are quite tight for some reason

Think this requires investigation right away


11/11/2020 16:58:12

Many thanks John for your contribution

The chappie at Howes suggest that option, but don`t really fancy having Tank Steering where the controls are reversed

I feel sure there is a simple solution?


11/11/2020 12:46:24

Hello Ashley, it is a Perkins Marine ESC-50

If you reversed the red and blue leads to the motor. would the motor run the other way?


11/11/2020 11:37:40

Thanks Ashley

I can do all that in the bath

Will keep you informed

Here are the photo`s that Paul requested

Dive in Mates


controls 2.jpg

controls 1.jpg

11/11/2020 11:22:09

OK Paul....10 - 4

Hang Six


11/11/2020 10:20:19

Hi Ashley

How do you like my snazzy charger set up?



11/11/2020 09:56:39

Thanks Ashley

Just been in contact with Howes and nobody has asked this question before.

The motors are Two x MFA 850`s and the props are 50 mm dia x very fine helix angle

The batteries are 4000mAh, 7,2 volts NiMH

Over to you, Mr Starter


PS Please send a photo of your Dance Band if available please

11/11/2020 09:15:11

The instructions also say that for 5 seconds Max, the ESC gives out 70 amps!

I assume this feature is automatic on start up?

Having reversed the red and blue wires on each motor, they still run faster in reverse?

Any comments, chaps please?

Come in Paul Thomason


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