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Member postings for Francis Macnaughton

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

Thread: locations
25/07/2021 13:13:01

Young's Park boating lake at Goodrington might be worth checking perhaps?

Thread: Swordfish, Jetex & Ashley's Article July 2021 Model Boats
23/06/2021 13:46:57

Rather than write the future off as too difficult, I would suggest that looking at what the problems actually are often provides the answer. Particularly in the case of recycling batteries for EVs or just storage. I suggest that this explains what needs to be done- mainly setting some standards across the manufacture that require new designs to be easier to recycle in the first place.


On wind power, of course it isn't always available but when generation is spread over the area of the whole UK and surrounding seas there is a substantial contribution to the overall requirement which is falling in cost as bigger machines are introduced. The National Grid also runs sophisticated forecasts for the period ahead to predict what wind output can be expected and what stand-by alternative source should be arranged as well as what financial incentive should be offered to the generator. More needs to be done to develop ways of energy storage that are economic over longer time scales. Schemes that use surplus generation to drive chemical processes that convert atmospheric CO2 into synthetic fuel are one possibility but there are a range of other possibilities including hydrogen gas.

Having recently seen the recent TV program on the building of Hinckley C nuclear power station, which is still at least 4 years away from commissioning, I am left thinking that if that sort of effort in terms of money and resources had been put into energy storage instead we would already have the solution to hand.

For the record and to at least play lip service to the title of this thread, I too tried Jetex motors in the 60s or 70s but never managed to get one actually working for long enough to actually power my Keil Kraft Javelin aeroplane....

Thread: HMS Belfast plans
13/05/2021 19:36:22

Were you intending the model to be as in 1950 or would a world war 2 configuration be ok? If the former, there may be a problem as everything on offer appears to be as in 1943 -44 including the sambrook one. It should be possible to work out what to change for a 1950 appearance using the Anatomy of the ship book and the old Profile series would be useful too if you can find one but there would be a fair bit of scratch-building involved - notably the lattice masts that replaced the original tripod ones.

If as in 1943/4 what scale would you want to work in? That would help point to what the best solutoon might be - for instance would you consider modifying the Trumpeter 1/350th plastic kit?

Thread: Evergreen
27/03/2021 11:41:22

How about the Egyptian army getting some of their tanks on the eastern bank and all pulling on cables attached to the stern on the other side to pull the stern close enough to the eastern side to allow traffic through?

Thread: Digital Archive Not Accessible
18/12/2020 11:03:40

Thanks Chris for following this up and like you fingers crossed

Thread: Model Boats December 2020/January 2021
28/11/2020 10:07:10
Posted by Colin Bishop on 27/11/2020 21:38:15:.

A little positivity would be welcome.

Fully agree with Colin - especially as I have now got the digital version of the latest issue

27/11/2020 16:48:24

No sign of the digital version in my account yet

Thread: Model Boats November 2020
26/10/2020 10:25:00

Thanks Colin - the app gives me access and I'll see about the security settings etc later to try and get access from this site later.

I take it the digital version of Nov issue is yet to come out?

26/10/2020 08:35:01

I Keep getting the message below when I try to check if the latest digital issue is available. Is this something wrong at my end or is to do with Pocketmags?:

An Error Has Occurred

I'm sorry but we can't process your request at this time (bad referrer)

Thread: Leg ship
03/10/2020 22:37:04
Posted by Ray Wood 2 on 03/10/2020 18:33:52:

I wonder how many years of power generation it takes to pay back the build & erection costs ??/2020 18:40:03

A quick Google shows the energy payback for manufacture and installation of an off-shore 8 MegaWatt turbine is about 7.4 months - less if it is a bigger machine.

Thread: My Time Media. Model Boats Magazine.
15/04/2020 14:15:13

It took me a couple of days to sort out but what you need to have is the 10 digit number (mine started 400... ) that you should have been given in the acknowledgement e-mail that confirms your subscription - mine came from on the same day I ordered an on-line subscription. Once you have the number, log in to this site and there is a box for you enter the number on your account settings page.. Hope that helps.

Edited By Francis Macnaughton on 15/04/2020 14:16:05

14/04/2020 12:53:57

Had my e-mail too and have now managed to work out how to access the archive of back issues so have plenty of issues I only ever looked at when at Smiths that I can now read properly!

Thread: revel 1:96 cutty sark plans
02/04/2020 11:00:07

The instructions can still be downloaded from:


Thread: m15 monitor
30/03/2020 16:00:33

I have that article. If you send me your e-mail address by pm I can forward the scans.

Thread: Mk7 Bofors 40mm AA Machine Gun
16/03/2020 17:42:34

In "The life and ship models of Norman Ough" page 34 and also printed at least once in Model Boats as part of a series of all his drawings of RN fittings around the 1970s -80s but can't remember exactly when. What scale are you wanting it in?

Thread: Vic Smeed's HMS Cossack MM500
20/11/2019 16:17:44

The trick for bending lithoplate is to gently bend it around progressively smaller diameter tubing until the right fit is achieved

Thread: Second Model HMS Sherbourne?
18/09/2019 19:55:01

There is a book covering the model which might be of interest, although now out of print. The author, George Bandurek, gives a lot of info here which might help give an idea of what can be achieved with this kit:


Thread: Amethyst cross sectional drawings.
01/09/2019 10:41:35

I see the latest book of WW2 warship plans from the NMM is for the Black Swan class and a pretty good buy at the current offer and should give you all the sections you could want and lots besides!


Thread: The Editors right to edit
31/08/2019 20:58:51

Going back to the original issue and as an occasional contributor, I fully agree with Paul that the editor must have the final say. I am always grateful that I don't have to make my words fit into the available space as I would be hopeless and very slow even with my own efforts, let alone all the other items that have to be ready before a very fixed deadline.

Thread: Amethyst cross sectional drawings.
28/08/2019 10:00:37

I managed to find my copy of the recent book on Norman Ough's plans and models but it doesn't provide a view of his Amethyst plan. In any case, as already advised by others, I would be unsurprised if there was some difference between the cross sections of the original Deans offering and the actual Amethyst as relatively small models such as this benefit from a bit of extra draught to improve stability. It seems likely that the worst distortion would be along the least supported section - ie the deck edge - and the underwater parts of the hull would be fairly resilient to being bent out of shape. I would suggest cutting out in fairly thick ply or balsa (perhaps 6mm) your best interpretation of what the plan of the deck should be and push it into place and hold it there with some rubber bands then assess how true the hull looks by eye, particularly looking to see if there has been any bending of the keel line. If it looks OK I really would suggest that is probably good enough to work with - after all I would expect that the original master was assessed for trueness by the same method back when it was first carved and sanded!

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