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Member postings for Bob Abell

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Thread: BRUTUS MK 11
20/08/2020 08:39:14

Work in progress picture to keep us up to date

Painting continues during the build to promote ideas.....

Had another novel idea........Need more channels to operate the military features.....Missiles mainly

How can I do that, I hear you say?

Obvious really......Use a second Tx!

Thinking about spring loaded vertical missile silo`s, full of Bird Seed and some Talcum Powder etc and fired by my Gunner chappie

That should please the casual bystanders?


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Thread: Todays Boating
19/08/2020 11:31:12

Richard.........Why did it sink? An did it see any action in WW2?


19/08/2020 08:39:14

Hi Ashley

I seem to have a morbid fascination with Landing Craft and the Dukws etc

The tales about them stopping short on the beaches of Normandy etc and the troops simply drowned

We went on a Battlefield Tour of Normandy, a few years ago.......Awesome

How about fitting a Flail and use it as a weed chopper?.........That would be interesting, eh?

Full of good ideas


Thread: BRUTUS MK 11
17/08/2020 14:39:03

There is always the wheels option. Paul

I`ll have a trial run shortly at Etherow, just to try it out with a similar weight in the sledge


17/08/2020 11:54:27

Thank you for your kind concern, my mate

There`s alway`s a good crowd of helpers on the landing stage


17/08/2020 09:46:35

Hi Chaps

What set off to be a "Get it downstairs sledge" and also a " Get it from the car to the pond sledge " but it also ended up as an " Assembly turntable" for easy access on the work bench, up them dreaded stairs.

The model is getting very heavy now and also very awkward to handle


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15/08/2020 07:59:18

All quiet on the North Western front

Just a peep through the doorway



14/08/2020 07:00:13

Many thanks, Doc for your timely good advice

You wouldn't think that I was in charge of H and S and Cosch regulations, in the 80's


13/08/2020 19:25:31

Hello Colin

Sorry about that, old chap

Windows 10 updated my PC a few days ago, without my permission and left it in a fine mess

Slowly my stuff gradually returned, it alsp affected my IPad somehow

Can`t understand it

Any more of my messages repeated?


13/08/2020 18:45:01

Thanks Paul

I`ve put the aerosol cans in a bucket with 12mm water....OK?


13/08/2020 16:44:30

Hi Paul, I've just read your post, I 'be got quite a few

Where is it safe to store them?


13/08/2020 15:36:49

You are quite correct there, Paul, about my workshop

It was like Dantes Inferno.........But even hotter

It was so hot last night, I actually slept on the bedroom floor

With a few cans of ice cold Lager to cling to.........And I don`t mean to drink either!

For tonight, I`ve got a hot water bottle in the fridge to keep me company

They do help, you try it


13/08/2020 07:59:31

Thank you, Tim

I think a garden shed is not good in Wintertime though?

I've lost a few models due to the damp

No progress with the build for the last few days

Due to the heat


Thread: TYNE Class Lifeboat build
12/08/2020 09:04:04

I reckon, that Plastic Kits produce models of perfection, but are frowned upon for some reason

It`s a funny old world


Thread: BRUTUS MK 11
11/08/2020 18:24:20

Hi Paul

Not a problem really, I will modify the stand to make it into a smooth bottom sledge and slide it downstairs on a rope and vice versa for getting it upstairs

As I did with the Myford Lathe

Just out of interest.....How do other Boaters get their models down stairs?


11/08/2020 14:06:08

Thank you, Doc

Very unimpressed with you shooting, old boy

I could have done better with my BSA Airsporter in the 60`s

0.22" of course with the Abell multi shot magazine

You couldn`t hit a rowing boat in a month of Sundays

Only pulling your leg old chap.......As you would be aware of?

Getting a bit concerned about the weight of the model now, Capt and getting it downstairs, and then getting it upstairs

Not to worry, we`ll sort it somehow


11/08/2020 11:34:35

Many thanks for our suggestions, Ashley will them more thought later on

It makes me wonder why some country`s have gone for hundreds of little armed four man vessels ?

If they all carried small guides missiles.....Mmmmmmm>


11/08/2020 07:16:22

Thank You Paul

Food for thought indeed?

I've been thinking a lot about Warships of the Future lately and there is no obvious answer

The problem is confused with so many possibilities

Why even think about a super ship?

Why not stay at home and send Drones to any part of the world and let them do the dirty work?....etc


Thread: Pond Yacht
09/08/2020 18:34:24

Now then, Paul, tell us please..........

What`s the story, and how have you acquired it ?


09/08/2020 08:02:59

Hi Paul

Is it radio controlled or a free sailer?


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