Here is a list of all the postings Chris E has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: Model Boats - Classified Adverts|
Gumtree, Mayhem & others offer this facility. Initial contact is via message or email (your email address isn't revealed to the prospective buyer) and it is then up to you whether you exchange phone numbers or arrange meetings etc.
Personally I would never buy or sell a model unseen as I can foresee all sorts of problems as Ray mentions.
I am not in favour of reintroducing the free ads. Ther are many ways to sell items these days beyond the bounds of ebay and with as near to face to face contact as Covid allows.
There are frequently items for sale (& sold) on Mayhem and I use Gumtree which is both free, if you use it as I do, and always allows face to face contact. If buying you tell Gumtree where you are & how far you want to travel etc. Just like the old days of small adds but with lots of pictures.
As Richard says the magazine space would need to come from somewhere & I fear that it would be editorial. I can also imagine that preparing the page would end up as being time consuming. I think that there would also need to be pictures for it to work.
Sorry but no.
|Thread: How Big is your Club Lake?|
What size/ type of model and speed are you expecting?
The size that you are asking for is a river, lake or reservoir and all three will have rules.
Are you sure that you can see your model well enough at 1000m, even if you stand at 500m, for good control at the sort of speeds that you expect?
You would need a very calm day (an hour at dawn or dusk often provides calm water) and a rescue boat of some sort.
Edited By Chris E on 20/09/2021 12:18:08
|Thread: Todays Boating|
Bushy P Bell
As usual something different. I don't doubt that the public like it which I suspect is at least partly to do with all the figures.
Do you own a plastic moulding company? I don't know the scale but there are a lot of them.
I enjoy your weird builds Ashley.
The magazine content will always be contraversial. The name "model boats" means different things to different prople. Yachts, warships, lifeboats, fast models etc all have their advocates and then we divide those into detail ehthusiasts (including static modellers) as opposed to less demanding scale modellers. My father regarded anything less than around 50in as a toy whilst I increasingly like small models.etc etc. An ever growing contingent are RTR model boaters, some only buy kits whilst others are scratch builders. Judging by forums bait boats are important as well!! Add to all that the range from beginner to expert.
To cram all that lot into around 50 pages of content takes some doing.
At least part of the trick must be to include articles that the majority will enjoy reading. That is where your articles come in. They raise a smile and are very welcome. I am not about to build a flying saucer but I am delighted that you did.
The are occasionally articles that I just wonder how they ever got included - there was one in the July issue (not from Ashley).
Edited By Chris E on 25/07/2021 09:32:40
|Thread: New Ferries|
It obviously isn't a problem with ferries but with the new LNG cruise liners I wonder how many ports have LNG bunkering facilities. They don't need them in every port but availability might have an impact on cruise schedules - along with the Covid effect + others.
I guess it might be like electric cars. Great idea but be wary of a shortage of recharging facilities.
|Thread: Todays Boating|
Thats it although the ones that I knew about had a rather more streamlined motor housing than that..
There are now lots of thrusters on ebay although I know nothing about how well they work nor how waterproof they are.
Edited By Chris E on 20/07/2021 15:59:03
I can well believe that they work well as thrusters.
Some bilge pumps can have the complete waterproof motor unit removed from the housing and connected directly to a normal prop - making an azipod. The whole lot can then be used as a underwater steerable drive system. The underwater ROV crowd used them.
That is quite some drive system that you have got there!
I expected that they would not be very efficient but if you don't ask...............
I have been reading your "Flying Saucer" article in the August Model Boats and it set me wondering.
The Bilge Pump says 12v 3W (36W) although you run it at 9.6v. You say that it gives strong quiet power but how does the amount of thrust that you get from it compare to a normal propeller drive of the same power?
Edited By Chris E on 19/07/2021 16:30:57
|Thread: 18650 batts in model boats|
18650's are one of a series of batteries with different capacities but similar construction. I believe that they are used in very large numbers in most scooters and even full size car battery packs as well as many laptops etc.
They are great where weight matters and are much more robust than LiPo packs.
Be aware that the best manufacturers - Sanyo, Panasonic etc only make them up to around 3000mah. The 9000+ chinese cells that you see are works of fiction.
Edited By Chris E on 11/07/2021 20:19:06
|Thread: Expanding foam|
The examples that I am aware of are not fully closed cell. If they get wet they absorb water & get heavier .
They also really do want to keep expanding and can break your model doing so.
I believe that you need something like this:
Edited By Chris E on 10/07/2021 21:34:20
|Thread: Testing Your Pulling Power. Model Boats July 2021. Phil Scalesi|
Ok I know people with Voith Schneider drives and for that matter water jets. Neither invalidate the basic value of data from a given motor/ battery / prop combination and the vast majority of models I see use traditional drive systems..
The article referred to in the winter 2019 issue - Boston Lock - states that the ".........the model performed well going ahead.........". Whilst the design might not be optimal for propeller efficiency it is unlikely to be that much of a problem going ahead. As I said before going astern is a whole different subject. The design modifications were to address problems going astern.
Edited By Chris E on 29/06/2021 13:51:16
How many of us use Voith Schneider drives to get confused? For the rest of us the data is largely transerable between models when going forward.
Going astern is a whole different ball game.
There is a very interesting article on tug bollard pull in the July 2021 Model Boats. The last page has a potentially very valuable guide to bollard pull from various propellers. Unfortunately it doesn't include details of the motor used, the rpm of the propeller nor the amps/watts consumed etc.
I don't know if Phil Scales (the magazine contributor) is on the forum but if he is then is there any chance of getting the extra information? If anybody is a fellow club member of Phil perhaps they would be kind enough to pass on the message.
This is potentially a very good extension of the Colin Bishop articles of a couple of months ago.
Edited By Chris E on 29/06/2021 10:42:46
Edited By Chris E on 29/06/2021 11:11:15
|Thread: Swordfish, Jetex & Ashley's Article July 2021 Model Boats|
I do hope that you are right as it is at least possible. I shudder when I hear politicians give dates for things to happen about which I guess they know very little except the value of a soundbite.
Having said that I am aware that the majority of the worlds population don't have a car or heating/ air conditioning etc but would dearly love to do so. To reduce total global average pollution whilst also accepting the right of others to a standard of living similar to ours means an enormous reduction in our pollution. It also means that they will need to go straight to the technically sophisticated, but often expensive and difficult to manufacture, solutions that we are developing. Without our help they will go to the cheap solutions that are affordable and easier to make but more polluting.
I am sure that it can be done but it is going to be an enormous investment in all sorts of ways. At the moment I hear lots of soundbites but no real political will nor recognition of the scale of the problem.
Nobody said that answers were impossible but rather that they are not simple nor necessarily obvious.
Wind farms are fine until it isn't windy witnessed by the very variable power output.
Solar panels are fine until it goes dark or the light quality is poor. This is a particular problem in the winter when power demands are highest. Most want to charge their cars at night when the panels are not doing much.
Storage to cover the bad times becomes an issue unless you are going to have expensive power stations sitting doing nothing for a lot of the time ready to leap into action if needed. We have no viable idea how to store such large amounts of electricity.
Small wind turbines are very inefficient.
We don't want to build nuclear power stations but we are happy to buy nuclear power electricity from the French (untl they decide to turn it off).
Don't start me on the ecological damage that all these batteries will cause. There is enough known Lithium to let the 1st gereration of electric cars be built but after that............... (Lithium cannot presently be recycled for repeated use in batteries)
There are no easy solutions but I agree that if we all wanted an electric car the grid would collapse. Electric cars might be part of the answer but they are not the whole answer.
Subsidising solar panels - or anything else- is fine except the subsidy has to be paid for. National debt is around national income. If it gets any higher the market will demand higher interest rates & that will cause real problems.
Edited By Chris E on 22/06/2021 15:54:32
Agreed that the only source of oxygen must be the burning of the tablet but that oxygen is then consumed by the burning process to create the horrible smelling smoke that came out of the very small orifice at the back.
I was amused by a post earlier which talked about enlarging the jet hole and modifying the gauze to make the motor more useable. This was a toy and purchased by people for children who knew nothing of drills (& whose parents didn't own any of the very small size required).
The Jetex motors were possibly OK for modellers but not as toys.
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