Posted by ericbphoto |
Nov 18, 2013 @ 08:24 PM | 1,046 Views
Well, I haven't solde the old house yet. So I haven't started to build my shop yet. So I haven't begun any boat building yet.
BUT.... I took a walk down to the pond the other day. This is the larger pond on our property. It is detached from the main piece of land by a skinny right-of-way that is a very pleasant walk through the woods or ride on the golf cart/tractor/truck. It was an overcast day, so I just took these with my cell phone.
I could easily picture the SS Minnow and a springer tooling around here. I'll probably build a safety screen to keep boats from accidently going through the spillway.
I have added another project to my RC boat list. I believe I may build one of these http://www.mundrys.de/Modellbau/Boot...pfgleiter.html. This would be a quick and easy build and give me something fun to play with while building the Minnow. I have downloaded the plans. Now, all I need is time and a bit of tolerance from my wife. I may even have some suitable would in my stash from my rocketry days.
This thing could even be fun if we get a bit of snow this winter.
Posted by ericbphoto |
Aug 25, 2013 @ 06:49 AM | 1,638 Views
As I have been investigating the RC boating hobby, I have been e-mailing my dad about interesting stuff I find. He actually had 2 RC boats way back. I remember seeing the smaller one, what he calls a Harco 42' Cruiser.
(from dad's e-mail) Harco 42 foot cruiser that I had built and was wishing I could give it to you now. I originally started with a Kit which was perhaps 20-24 inches stem to stern but with the state of RC (size wise) in 1955 it proved to be too small to realistically operate in the water – it sat too low in the water. Subsequently I took the plans and doubled them cutting the ribs from ¼ “ plywood to make a boat that was about 48 “ stem to stern
I don't believe I ever saw a radio in the boat. But I do remember, on at least one occasion, he put a battery in it and ran it in our above-ground pool with the rudder in a fixed turning position.
Sure would be a cool model to have now, with today's technology - smaller, lighter receiver and battery. His radio had tubes. Dad got rid of the larger model way back before I ever have any memory of it (I came along in '64). The smaller boat was sold/given away in the late '90's before they moved down here to SC from Berwick, PA. I believe both boats probably saw service on Lake Wallenpaupack in the Poconos, but that is just a guess at this point. I know that there were connections to a fishing club at the lake and I had visited that clubhouse several times as a child.
Oh, well. Just some early Sunday morning rambling memories. Anybody have a Harco 42 model out there?
Posted by ericbphoto |
Aug 10, 2013 @ 09:52 AM | 1,367 Views
Hello. Is this thing on? Testing. Testing. 1, 2, 3 Can you hear me out there? Does anyone even read these things?
Ok. I'll assume at least one person in the universe might check this out.
My name is Eric and I'm a hobby addict.
I grew up in a house with a basement full of HO scale model railroad layout, workshop, etc. My dad has an electrical/electronics background with interests in almost anything technical and machinery related; and I fell right into the same pool. I built many models, even 2 detailed metal steam engine kits and a scratch-built throttle system with adjustable brake response, momentum and acceleration response to mimick prototypical operation.
While in the Navy, (EM2-SS on the USS Dace SSN 607) I got into boating with a heavy interest in wooden boats. After 6 years, my career went to industrial maintenance with Michelin Tire Corp. I also started my own electrical contracting business to stay busy for the other 120= hours of the week. Hobbies fell off for a while. Eventually, my employment changed again and a friend got me interested in rocketry - model, mid and high power. I did that pretty enthusiastically for about 9 years. Yes, you CAN get an adrenaline rush watching your hand-built model flying at hundreds of miles per hour. I am still interested in that, but will probably finish phasing it out. I have several model kits I would still like to build, such as a very well detailed Saturn I which will be about 40" tall if I remember...Continue Reading
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