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Looking to giveaway a bespoke 6ft scale model of WWII HMS Diamond

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Paul T05/09/2020 16:44:26
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I would take it and snatch Jasons hands off at the same time, easily worth £100 donation, but its to far away to collect. I had even thought of getting a courier to pick it up but the packaging would be a nightmare.

Now if you only lived a little closer to gods own county.sad

ashley needham06/09/2020 18:59:14
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But he does! smiley

ashley needham22/10/2020 17:34:56
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I have taken delivery of said vessel, and it is a bit big.

Overall, it’s in pretty good nick.

Hull appears to be bread-and-butter with ply uppers,and although the grey bits are fine, the lower red bits have so serious splits, but nothing that a bit of filler and a fibreglass sheath wont fix. Flat bottom.

Internally it’s a bit of a mess. There is a servo and a pair of switches which I am taking to be the “speed controller”...a simple back-off-forward affair, with a second servo for the rudders. The mono perm (?) motors are very rusty and have loads of either resistors and/or capacitors on them and turn if a bit stiffly but could be just the gearing.

Railings all ok, a bonus and there are some nice fittings there. Masts shot, and I will probably make new de-mountable ones.

I have given it a cursory clean and it looks better already! It is a bit of a weight but not unmanageable.


Jason Huddlestone22/10/2020 18:01:29
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Thank you so much to Ashley for taking the vessel, my dad is so pleased that it has found a good home after searching for so long.

As promised, I have made a £50 donation to the RNLI.

Good luck fixing it up! I hope we get to see it speeding over the water some day!


Ray Wood 222/10/2020 18:42:20
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Hi All,

Well done to the Bushy Park Massive for saving the day and the model 👍👍👍👍

Regards Ray

Ray Wood 222/10/2020 21:01:46
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Hi Ashley,

If those motors have gearbox's they are Marx Decaperms or the bigger Hecterperms ?

My first Decaperm in the late 60's cost £3-8-00 = 68 shillings? A lot of pocket money 😀

Regards Ray

ashley needham23/10/2020 08:49:26
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The internals need removing, so I will measure up the motors etc. Likely the gears will need rgreasing.

The shafts are doubtless 2ba, and are fitted with weedy red three blade plastic props, however i have a pair of 50mm brass three blade l&r handed ones which would look nice.

Also included three dinky see-through Ripmax 6v 4Ah batteries, not gel cells, but real lead-acid ones!! One has been used but the others are new. £3.75 on the ticket!

Pictures to follow.

Although the upper works will be repaired, I dont think it will look much different to how it does, as I will not be doing any repainting. The paint is generally in good order, but faded from age, and I will not be able to match that.


Colin Bishop23/10/2020 11:09:57
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I used to have some of those old mini lead acid batteries. They'd fizzaway for ages when charging and then deliver hardly any power. Limited lifetime too.


ashley needham23/10/2020 18:44:33
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Made some Dexion brackets (easy as shelf supports are Dexion) and the boat is sitting quite nicely out of the way, and accessible for repairs, a result, and safer that hanging on a wall or dangling from the rafters.





Ray Wood 223/10/2020 20:19:49
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Hi Ashley,

Love those motors, little bit of surface rust, bet they run ok, no need for those suppressor etc these days, I'd turn them round and use the geared output, major torque for your 50mm props😎

Regards Ray

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