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Martin Field 319/02/2020 23:50:38
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I purchased the above as a beginner model although i am experienced in the more complicated plastic models.

i have now learnt that Billings instructions are basic at best and i want to convert it to RC just to complicate matters

Does anyone know of any specific guides or tutorials that would help me.

Many thanks in advance.

Ray Wood 220/02/2020 13:43:29
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Hi Martin,

If you google your RN Lifeboat 101, there is a nice film of the RC version on YouTube with twin motors, bit like watch making!!

Regards Ray

Colin Bishop20/02/2020 14:39:19
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There don't seem to be any online reviews of the kit or r/c conversions but it can and has been done successfully.

There are a lot of online images of the completed model if you search on Billings Waveney Kit which should help quite a bit as it isn't a very complex model.

Good luck with it!


Ray Wood 220/02/2020 14:49:11
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I forgot to say the film is time-lapse with the stages of the build from the beginning in the box to on the water

Regards Ray

Martin Field 321/02/2020 09:19:04
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Thank you for the quick responses

i will have to try and film my atempt.

redpmg21/02/2020 12:14:31
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Hi Martin ,
presume you mean the small version - there is a larger one as well !
Two of the little flat motors - (not the 140 type) provide enough
power - or two of the type that power servos . You can obtain a twin
motor esc type setup from the component shop - only draws about
2 amps so a receiver type battery pack would be enough.
Running parts are provided in the kit - good enough but personally
would fit oiling tubes to the shafts. with such low power you will
only need a piece of tubing to connect the motors
If you go into the MB Mayhem site and search for Billings 101 Lifeboat
there are a lot of build threads you can run through for more tips
Martin Field 321/02/2020 23:52:06
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Thanks redpmg

found the post, really helpful.

is the small on. Will put some photos up of the build, if it works!

thanks again

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