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Posted by osalvat | Oct 09, 2012 @ 06:49 PM | 2,153 Views
Hi folks, got today a fiberglass hull made by Don, owner of Loyalhanna Dockyard.
i have heard that Don learned the "art" of making top notch FB work from Karl, Microglass, well, i think that Don learned so well that his work is as good as Karl's!
(maybe better...hehe). i'll try to attach a couple of pics of this EXCEPTIONALLY WELL MADE HULL--as stated above, as good as Kingston Mouldings, Model Slipway and Microglass. Hull's outside needs no sanding, flawlessly smooth, thickness is about 2 mm even all across and waterline is neatly marked all around the hull. Prop shafts exits are marked as well.

Top notch work Don!...Continue Reading
Posted by osalvat | Dec 31, 2011 @ 08:27 PM | 3,580 Views
Hi Folks,

This blog is a "follow up" sort of, to the excellent build thread Jeff wrote on Mountfleets's ST Nectan. Now the model is here, and I must say it looks even better live than on pics, sometimes the opposite is true, but not here. Mountfleet says the model is 10.5 inches wide, but mine measures 11.2" at the widest point, the rest is as in the pics, simply a beautiful model w a huge amount of detail and great markings in the hull of the ship. It is impressive in every way. Mountfleet is, IMO, the best kit manufacturer outhere. I did make a couple of modifications which were not needed at all...Jeff built the model perfectly well needless to say, but I changed both the motor and the prop, again there was absolutely nothing wrong w either one! The motor I replaced the MFA 800 (very good motor this is) with, is a MACK Model Marine Twin Motor 2500-2540....these motor/s are not only excellent but they look good. They look great actually. I like a 3 blade prop on this ship better than the original prop that came w the kit, both props are Raboesch, the original was a 4 blade prop. The total weight is around 37 pounds w the battery but I may have to add a few pounds once I see the model in the water. The Twin Motor is powered by a 6 v battery but it was designed to handle 12 v w/o a problem.
The 2500-2540 has a 4:1 gear reduction, turning 3000 RPM's under load if I'...Continue Reading
Posted by osalvat | Dec 21, 2011 @ 04:07 PM | 6,752 Views
Hi Folks,

For all of you who like warships, especially, the German battleship Bismarck, I will try to attach a few pictures of Graupner's Premium Line ARTR model.
I recently purchased the model from Graupner USA and I am very satisfied with the service provided by them as well as the excellent quality of this ARTR scale model. I drove to Sarasota, Florida to pick up the model myself. It came very well packed and completely intact, not a single fitting or part was damaged and not a single scratch in the paint job. Needless to say this is a testimony to the quality of the packing from Graupner, considering the size of the model. Graupner USA service was outstanding from start to finish-Thanks Sandy!
The quality of the build for an ARTR model I think is superb considering the total cost of model and the shipping all the way from Germany.
The paint job is beautiful and the inside of the model is reasonably spacious and easy to work in. The quality of the fiberglass of the hull also seems very good. The model needs two speed controls, two 6 V batteries, servo and transmitter to be ready for the water. I don't think an ARTR can ever reach the quality of a well built model by an experienced modeler such as Jeff Seemiller or Patrick Matthews, both of whom have built several models for me, all of them of superb quality, however the cost of a commission to builders like Jeff and Patrick can easily be more than twice the cost of Graupner's Premium Line Bismarck, once you...Continue Reading
Posted by osalvat | Dec 13, 2010 @ 10:01 PM | 3,305 Views
Hi everyone,

I took FF for her maiden voyage this past wknd. The model performed perfectly well. Ballasting was to the waterline, with a fine red line to be seen above the water & the Pittman 3700 was a perfect choice for this model which ended up w a total weight of 71 pounds. The scale speed was the right one as far as I can tell. The place was beautiful Callaway Gardens in central Georgia and the weather Friday and Saturday was perfect to sail the model. Almost no one in the park except for the wknd golf players and the occasional park dweller...birds and ducks. No insects. The water was about 50 degrees, and I was able to find a shallow area (about 2 feet deep) which allowed me to lower the model to the water w/o excessive effort, however this boat is much better handled by two persons than one. Seventy pounds are seventy pounds. The battery alone is 26 pounds of removable ballast which helps inmensely when you are trying to manouver in above-the-knee-cold water and a big boat moving right below you. Anyway, I was able to do it w/o breaking anything! The total running time was about 6 hours, 2 on Frid. abd 4 on Saturday and the boat was
dry-as-a-bone after all this running time...love these watertight Raboesch shafts, have never let me down. Best there are in this hobby as far as I'm concern.

Patrick Matthews did a fantastic job in this model...so far FF is the best model I've ever owned, but what was really amazing...& convenient was how...Continue Reading