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Thread: Mental blockage etc
27/10/2021 08:53:00

Bob....any success yet?.


Thread: What you can buy
23/10/2021 10:09:17

Model boating persons.

I know this is cheap tat but the quality of moulding for something like this seems to be way above average for something so cheap. It almost looks like it was ripped off from a plastic kit..

It is in garish white and translucent colour plastic but if it was painted up as the QM2 its supposed to be (?) it could look very good!

I saw this ages ago and almost bought one but it is a bit small at 20” by 2.5” which is a shame, as it would make a great sailing conversion if a bit bigger.



Edited By ashley needham on 23/10/2021 10:10:58

Thread: Todays Boating
22/10/2021 18:17:07

GEOFFREY'S BELT — Michelle May Costume (

This is the film, made for a Cannes shorts (10 mins films) show I seem to remember. Years ago my word. Blink and you will miss the stripy one which is on top of the bedroom wardrobe early on!

I am on the credits as well....wowser! Didnt realise it was on `t internet until I just looked.

I also seem to remember recommending the Titanic as the film called for him to be pretending to be making the boat, and as the top and masts came off , and the top is a decent size it appeared to me to suit those scenes....and thus why we need to know the context of boat use for Charlotte. I even had the foresight to provide some paint tins, brushes and so on to accessorise his dining table.

But am i famous?? no, was I compared to Geoffry at home.... yes.


Edited By ashley needham on 22/10/2021 18:23:21

Edited By ashley needham on 22/10/2021 18:24:53

22/10/2021 17:59:29

Oooh Charlottes leaving it late!

Unfortunately thinking about it, although theres probably a lot of destroyers and STUFF about, they will mostly be WW2 era. The Invincible and Manchester (above) both fit into the 80`s category and my Oberon sub and Alvis Stalwart also fit (stretch of imagination to make the Alvis into an RN ship!)

Have been painting little men today and cannon. Once painted I need to be creative in personnel placement in order to suit both size tops, or at least, the men will make the top a different size. I have an idea though!

Sunday likely second attempt to sail HMS Diamond.


Thread: Best budget esc for 6 volt 7 amp Decaperm geared motor
22/10/2021 07:50:20

Good call Colin. Bargain at that price.

We have been building....”things” the park here using small brushless motors lately and these are really cheap...even from a U.k supplier, a 28mm outrunner and esc can be had for about £12-£16. Downside is they are aircraft esc so forwards only but if that’s OK, you are quids in.


Thread: Todays Boating
21/10/2021 21:08:13

dscf1137.jpgThis was the bunch of boats they took away last time, although they only used the Titanic and Argus.

The Argus appeared briefly in one shot (on top of a wardrobe....don’t ask) but the Titanic featured big time in several scenes ,the last on a table in front of one of the lead actors and was heavily lit and zoomed into from a distant point and looked fantastic!.

i had access to the film, I will try and see if it is still available (as its a long time ago) to view.

All this on Todays boating” a long time ago...very lucrative (nothing on offer) but I was invited to the premier viewing with free wine and nibbles!


Thread: Best budget esc for 6 volt 7 amp Decaperm geared motor
21/10/2021 20:38:39

Ian. I use M’tronics esc’s. A Viper marine 15A one would do you ok.

Not saying they are the best, but they are a reasonable price and small enough.


Thread: bow thruster set up
21/10/2021 18:11:20

I would do it like that as well, but there would likely be a LARGE gap around the pipe!!


Thread: Sea Queen
21/10/2021 18:09:53

Charlotte please see my reply in "todays boating" thread ta Ashley

Thread: Todays Boating
21/10/2021 18:08:30

Hi Charlotte.

Could you tell us the context in which the model will be used please, and how "good" the model needs to, if used for anything close does it need to be fully detailed? ALSO....although 1/150 describes the scale ok, a minesweeper and an aircraft carrier will be vastly different sizes, so it there a preferred overall size you are looking for???

Carrier 4 foot, destroyer 5 foot long, for instance

Ashley (Has already had several boats appear in film!!!!!) (assuming you mean 1980`s!!!!)

HMS Invincible#3

HMS Manchester#3

Edited By ashley needham on 21/10/2021 18:15:36

Edited By ashley needham on 21/10/2021 18:22:55

19/10/2021 15:06:00

Whew. Both boats worked ok on connecting up a battery. Slight dent filled underneath Ecranoplan.

Diamond now working ok with a Quickrun ESC.

Is it worth having the Action esc repaired?? (Financially)?

Fiddling with cannon on gunboat. Pivot eyes fitted at the front of them all, pivots fitted on deck (pop rivet heads). Could do with an army type field piece , as these were often carried as a little something extra.

Need to make the paddles next.


Thread: Wide-A-Wake
19/10/2021 14:59:06

The man is smoking and he is pumping ..What, flammable liquids?.? Is he mad!,

The weathering is to die for on the drum and so on.


Thread: Basic filler,sealing and primer question from a newbie
18/10/2021 09:34:29

Don’t forget that primer or under coats are basically liquid fillers, and should be almost sanded off before applying the final undercoat (this final undercoat simply being a base for the topcoat colour).

A good thick undercoat is handy for filling hairline depressions if you want a mirror finish.


Thread: Todays Boating
18/10/2021 09:27:21

A small dent, almost not worth filling under the Ecranoplan nose, no other damage. Tup simply flipped, no damage.

Bizarrely the Ecranoplan floated on just the nose and tail with one wing keeping it upright and the body was well clear of the water. It was almost bone dry inside (more or less) when pushed back to the jetty by the ferry.

Tup released loads of water when recovered from its upside down position but this was just water filling the cabin top (I kept it upside down when taking top off) and similarly the inside was also quite dry.

There was no yellow smoke. Neither were working but likely the receivers ware a bit damp. Esc On Tup had been sealed with silicone sealant. I will do same for Ecranoplan..I think it was the first time it has flipped..


17/10/2021 21:43:08

Sigh. Crashed and flipped the ‘plan on “the log”, turned the Tup over. Went home.

16/10/2021 19:46:29

All Russki tomorrow, with the A90 Ecranoplan, the Zis485 and the Tup. A Lander of course as usual as well.

Rigging on gunboat looking really cool. Need to add few more lines from the tops of the masts down to the base for extra oomph.


14/10/2021 08:42:15

Still hard going with the gunboat rigging. All the stays and ratlines have been done, and a few bits of standing rigging.

In order to keep tension on the rest of the string, I intend to put the stays on starting at the stern, then centre and fore-mast as the stays pull the masts rearwards, the rest of the rigging is either neutral or pulling forwards as far as I can see. Does this sound about right?. (Without a long treatise)

its tricky because it is easy to pull the masts one way or the other and introduce the dreaded sag.

The boat will be at two different scales, and the scale will be given by the different sized cannon and crew men. I have an idea to sort of glue the men next to the (removable) guns to achieve this. Unfortunately the figures are too small to put pins under to swap them around.

Richard. By the time you have altered the motor mount, changed and added another motor, made new wings and a new body I have no doubt the ‘cran will work just fine...


Thread: Mental blockage etc
14/10/2021 08:31:22

Bob. Absolutely the first thing I would do is to re-seat all the connections and plugs. Take em out (one at a time) and put them back in.

Bleeping like that usually indicates no signal to the esc from the receiver. Obviously the esc has power as it’s causing the motors to bleep.

If using a 2.4 gig set, I would re-bind the receiver as Richard suggests, or check your crystals match also as suggested.

Do the easy stuff first.

My HMS Diamond didn’t work last Sunday, after not having been out for a long while...but it was working ok...and now it isn’t!


Thread: Todays Boating
10/10/2021 16:52:42

Disappointment today as the big ‘un did not work. There were no signs of life from the Action electronics ESC and although I pulled the esc out the lander, the motor connections were different and I couldn’t be bothered to faff around.

Shiny one was good as was the Saucer, and the medium sized lander had an outing retrieving Trevor’s Iti racer top.

Its the speed that Giuseppe Holloway drives you know.

No other issues barring some testing with Richards Ecranoplan which didn’t work very well but this was to be expected with something as tricky as this. It showed promise, mind.


08/10/2021 18:40:57

good warm boating last week. This Sunday, god permitting I will take the BIG `UN to sail.

Gunboat top coming on slowly. Have to paint the deck, its taking ages. BUT the paddle boxes look the biz.


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