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Tony Hadley13/02/2009 22:09:38
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Ashley,
 Whilst looking at the MB magazine of July 2007, I couldn't help but admire your rubber powered boats, in the two page item.
 Your modern craft, performed surprisingly well, but as a lover of older craft I couldn't help but admire the photograph of the historic Bowman model. 
 Have you continued with development of these craft? and did you consider fitting single channel r/c to give rudder control?

A superb item and project.
Well Done.

Tony. 

ashley needham14/02/2009 18:59:16
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Tony, thanks for that. I have not co ntinued development i am afraid due to other projects. There really is so much to try on a rubber band powered craft. So many variables...motor size,rubber type/thickness,prop type,gearing...all sorts. It would be nice to know how an original Bowman goes, Or are they all too precious??  I think that fitting an r/c rudder and using an electric cordless to wind the motor is the  way to go, but then it loses some of the character I think ?  Ashley
Paul T15/02/2009 06:12:31
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Hi Ashley
 
Nice to see that you have been published again and can we look forward to an item on the fantome.
 
Got to sign off now as the nurses are here for my bed bath.
 
Paul
Bob Abell15/02/2009 07:33:04
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Hello Ashley.....................and good moaning to you, Paul
 
What`s this about you having something published?.........is it something new?
 
Regarding your rubber powered boat, which I haven`t seen yet...........way back in 1965, I had an article published in the" Model Cars" magazine, relative to rubber powered Dragsters....................If you fancy having a nosey, I`ll dig it out and do a scan.
 
These cars were retained on a straight line tether and could do 90 feet in 3 seconds!
 
Perhaps the idea could be extended to modelboats?............You won`t believe this, but the craft would be almost ballistic!.....................something Paul is craving for!
 
I`ll find the mag.................just in case!
 
Bob
 
 
Paul T15/02/2009 07:53:45
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Not moaning anymore Bob.........the girls have left now and its time for breakfast.
 
Ashley has sneaked a piece into the mag about his non flying boat so you will have to hurry up with JD at war to keep the scores level.
 
talk to you tomorrow when I get back home.
 
Paul
ashley needham15/02/2009 08:02:02
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OOoo Err matron. Nice to hear from you again Paul. Have you considered rubber power for you barrel back??  that would get is shifting nicely , at least for a short while, but winding it up would be a b****r !     Bob, see March issue of the magazine, Its a follow up really to Shorty.  A rubber sprinter would be a wow, but it wouldnt half take some experimenting to get it right. I think the general public dont realise the power that is available from a simple rubber motor. My Ashleyboat2 had 20 metres of rubber in it, and thats some very serious power!!!   Ashley
 
Bob Abell15/02/2009 08:23:48
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Hello Chaps
 
Thanks for the info Ashley...................20 m of rubber hey?...........Sounds interesting...........mine had 18 yards of 1/4" flat rubber split between four drive shafts, all connected together with bevel gears
 
I`m going to create a new album for rubber powered craft...............I`ll be food for thought?
 
 
Bob
Paul T15/02/2009 13:46:03
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Ashley
 
Haven't we discussed rubber power before I do recall planning to link up rubber bands to a flywheel........or is this memory a medication induced senior moment.
 
Paul
ashley needham15/02/2009 19:37:41
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Nope, I think we have mused over this topic. Is there any other novel propulsion method we have not touched on yetAshley
David Meier15/02/2009 20:43:24
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It doesn't relate to model boats, but I have a friend who when he was a little boy got hold of an old electrolux vacuum cleaner, removed both ends and filled the dust bag end with petrol soaked rags. He plugged it into his dads garage via a long extension lead and pointed it down the drive. Apparently it got to quite an impressive turn of speed when he flicked the switch. 
 
David.

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