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Latest News / new hull in the Mouldeans range
« Last Post by rondean on 20 January 2024, 14:40:16 »
Hi All
 We have added a new hull to the mouldeans range of G/F hulls and 2 new plans for this hull. The craft is the Italian M A S 500 series boat with a twin stepped hull exhaust a fender details and as something special the towing eye and dagger plate are cast metal and bonded in to the hull to save trying to add these fragile detail items to a hull.
  Length is 780mm x  beam 220 mm
 The photo plan of the original model  is of MAS 505, the other plan available is for the 500 series model a drawn plan with explode view detailing. Both plans have embedded pictures of the original model for detailing.
 Deans marine
 see them here
Electrics / Re: 1/72 Type 22 Frigate
« Last Post by colin on 18 January 2024, 10:57:43 »
Well Simon,
You have not given us much information to go on..!

Reicever = any that match your transmitter..
ESC = any that match or is better than the voltage and ampage drawn by the motors..

As for the matter of capacitors, 47 uf from the motor terminals to the motor case, and a 100 uf between the motor terminals.. some DC motors have these capacitors built in..!!
They are only used, so as to reduce electrical noise..  which does come in handy when useing the older radio gear.. when the receiver is situated near the motor..

That said.. place the receiver as far away from electrical noise as possible..

The modern 2.4 GHz Radio gear, is not quite effected in this way..
Latest News / USS Curtiss Wilbur 1/200 kit running gear
« Last Post by rondean on 13 January 2024, 10:41:02 »
H all
 At last the running gear set for the Curtis Wilbur kit is now finished and in production.
Running gear set for the Trumpeter USS Curtis Wilbur kit. 2 x Motors, mounts, 2 x special shafts,
 2 x 5 blade props, servo mount, 2 x nychrome couplings, clamps,
 2 x cast metal rudders,2 x tiller arms, connectors, capacitors,
 C/D of set up picture.
 Very pleased with it for a small model and the performance, may now try the set out with some mods in the Trumpeter1/200 scale Russian Sovremenny kits. another kit to go in to the store for finished when I retire ??
Electrics / 1/72 Type 22 Frigate
« Last Post by Noisy95 on 12 January 2024, 17:41:04 »
Hello all,

Turning to this incredible source of knowledge to help(!) with my newest RC model: Fleetscale 1/72 Type 22 Frigate (twin screws).
I've got a couple of Speed 850 motors, and a 12v lead acid battery, but nothing else so far.

Would be thrilled with input on ESC, receiver, and capacitors that would suit this setup the best. I'm also not super clear how to wire in the capacitors.

Any insights would be most helpful!
Latest News / Re: USS Curtiss Wilbur 1/200 kit running gear
« Last Post by rondean on 05 January 2024, 14:34:26 »
 Hi All
 At last a reasonable day without strong wind and rain, test run of the running gear set by Deans Marine for the USS Curtis Wilbur  r/c model. First test run,  most part not fixed in place or fixed ballast so a bit rattly to test handling and stability, all seems good for first run, now to fix it all in place inside. Develop the aluminium patterns for the vac-forms and the centrifugal moulds to go in to the 20 ton press for the cast metal parts, trail test them all in a hull and then ready to add the range. The hull will be put away in the box for completion one day in the future ( how many of us have a store of these then ?)
Ducks seem to like it as well so it can not be to noisy.  See he running on you tube here.   Ron
Latest News / Re: USS Curtiss Wilbur 1/200 kit running gear
« Last Post by rondean on 02 January 2024, 16:14:23 »
Hi All
Lots of work done over the new year break on this project, rudder master carved, motor mounts trail and test fitted, shafts and tubes and props fitted,
3 tries at the correct length couplings, motors trial fitted, test layout for the r/c gear, servo mount designed and trial one fixed in place with a servo, all wired up,
just need some nice weather to trial her on the water,
all we get is storms.
Latest News / USS Curtiss Wilbur 1/200 kit running gear
« Last Post by rondean on 30 December 2023, 15:23:41 »
Christmas now over and almost cleared away and dad duties done, now to open own presents. Big box with one of the first 1/200 scale USS Curtis Wilbur kits, goody.

Off to the workshop to develop a running gear set to add to the range, I thought some may be interested in how it develops.
First off open and study the kit, very nice details and lots of parts, next access, open out the deck openings, and trail fit and mark positions of internal equipment.
List of problems to solve,
Big 5 blade props,
slimline shafts,
small rudders offset to the prop centres,
Limited space in the stern to fit double tiller arms,
Will need small dia motors to keep the shafts angles shallow as possible.
First off brass 5 blade props, 2mm slimline shafts with M4 ends. Produce metal rudders with stainless steel shafts to replace plastic static one in the kit.
Jobs to
General Discussion / blue leopard test run, at last
« Last Post by rondean on 27 December 2023, 12:07:24 »
Hi All
 We hope you all had a very merry Christmas. So what do we do on Boxing day when the house is being cleared of the Christmas party ??? and all the wrapping paper is being cleared away? The suns shining and the winds are steady so its off to the lake for the trail run of Blue Leopard, at last. By the time we had her de-rigged & loaded in the car and the re-rigged  down at the lake, the wind dropped and the high clouds came with a watery winter sun. Maybe the best for test sail after along lay up to check all the rigging. Here she is in very light airs and fickle wind, motor used occasionally when becalmed, good test run now, we will wait for a good breezy day.  See her here on You tube

Happy healthy and a prosperous new year to all. Ron
General Discussion / Do models have "soul" ? Ron's Blue Leopard.
« Last Post by John Davies on 26 December 2023, 09:19:08 »
Posting this because Ron’s tale of “Blue Leopard” both made me think and touched me.

For what it’s worth, my opinion is that yes, it is inevitable that a model will have some kind of “soul”, simply because we pour so much of ourselves into them. Hours of close attention and loving care. If you have read at all in the New Age, there is a lot about rituals to “charge” a talisman or other object. The New Age is a bit silly and fluffy in places, but to be more serious, there is a good deal in anthropological studies of tribal societies and their shamans.

But it is nothing to what we put into a good model. At least a couple of hundred hours of close devoted concentrated attention knowing we must not slip up badly even once, because that can bollix the entire project. This is particularly the case with a scale sailing model, because due to the cube-square law it is a bit of a black art to make it work at all. So the process begins with the planning decisions; how do I get a decent ballast ratio, what internal layout shall I use, what materials shall I use in each part of the project, how do I ensure decks and superstructure are adequately strong without adding weight above the waterline, etc. That is before the skill of our hands and the close focus of our eyes and mind even come into play.

I have rebuilt one Bristol Channel pilot cutter model to make it sail properly, built another and finally a small traditional gaff cutter yacht, which all worked pretty well. There is another one on the stocks which will use all I have learned and of which I have some hopes. But compared with Blue Leopard, a heavy traditional design with a low rig is easy.

A good model is built with all the skill of our hands, the close attention of our minds and the joy, creativity and determination of our spirit. So if we ensoul it in some degree, that should not be a surprise. I am sure Blue Leopard will sail again and I hope she brings great joy to her creator.

On a more prosaic note, a “quality” epoxy degrading badly? Yes, I have known this. So have some builders in the full-size classic boat movement. There are some unanswered questions about the stuff.
Customers Builds / Re: Seaman Tugboat Build
« Last Post by Leviathan on 22 December 2023, 11:28:42 »
Hello Ron,

Thank you very much, these photos really help me a lot.
Kind regards
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