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Old Mar 02, 2013, 04:48 AM
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Saturday, 12 January '13

Saturday was a meeting day for the Club and it was off season as well so not a lot was happening on the Lake. A few sail boats made it out that afternoon for a pick-up race.


The owner of a gas go-fastie takes a break from running his hydro and chats with children
and spectators at Lakeside as the sun warms up the Lake. The little boy in green is
carrying a boat of his own.


Later, after the Club meeting, a couple of members (Gerry and Don) sit and chat
with a couple of the Irregulars (Kenny and an unidentified boater) on a Lakeside bench
while their boats drift lazily in the low, warm sunlight.

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Old Mar 02, 2013, 04:58 AM
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Saturday, 12 January '13 - Kids running at the Lake

It was a good day for kids at the Lake as well....





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Old Mar 02, 2013, 10:59 PM
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How to build a PT-109

How to build a Radio Controlled PT-109 (10 min 53 sec)
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Old Mar 02, 2013, 11:04 PM
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Gas Day - Saturday, 2 March 2013


Saturday is heavy gas fast go-fastie day.
Julio <Racer59> and Justin Li's <J12> boats compete!

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Old Mar 03, 2013, 08:25 AM
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Thanks for the pix Craig !

Nice CC Semi Enclosed, havent seen this one before, a club member/regular or new ?
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Old Mar 03, 2013, 05:26 PM
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It belongs to Rad Frad. I took it in and re-did it inside and out. I used Nelson Hobby Paint custom color over Nelson two part epoxie primer over the balsa direct. It is water-tight runs on a dumas 6v. Its maiden voyage was in January.
It has interior lights and running lights 3v.

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Old Mar 03, 2013, 06:11 PM
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Haven't gotten into boats, but wife wants one. I was lead here by a pic and link on main forums page and have a question. I see in these pictures that it seems everybody is using the car type transmitters with the little steering wheel. Do they not make boat receivers that work with regular joystick controllers? I find them so much easier to use.
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Old Mar 03, 2013, 06:38 PM
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bobly The car types(wheel) are a bit more popular with the Go-Fastee folks but some of us prefer thr Stick Types. But remember that 75mhz is the ground freq. for AM or FM and they were a bit harder to find in the LHS, things have changed in time. And the 2.4GHZ stuff is usable both air and ground so you will see them more. I am one of the Stick folks and went so far as to purchase a "Vela" sailboat to get a stick radio for my sail fleet. Extra receivers follow the transmitter.
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Old Mar 03, 2013, 08:58 PM
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bobly The car types(wheel) are a bit more popular with the Go-Fastee folks but some of us prefer thr Stick Types. But remember that 75mhz is the ground freq. for AM or FM and they were a bit harder to find in the LHS, things have changed in time. And the 2.4GHZ stuff is usable both air and ground so you will see them more. I am one of the Stick folks and went so far as to purchase a "Vela" sailboat to get a stick radio for my sail fleet. Extra receivers follow the transmitter.
Thanks for the feedback. My stuff is all 2.4, so maybe I could use it. I gave the steering wheel things a try on a truck, but especially at speeds found it much harder to be precise with small control movements than with the sticks. The wheel was just too touchy for my old fingers I suppose, and I also found orientation (coming or going) tougher to keep straight.
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Old Mar 03, 2013, 09:08 PM
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bobly...

First, a hearty welcome aboard to both you and your lady wife. Well met and welcome to boating.

The RC radio manufacturers have not made any marine configured transmitters like the ACE Nautical Commander (which was considered "The Cadillac of remote control boat radios") for many, many years. All the 'ground' radios are currently pre-configured for cars and truck because they make up the vast lions' share of the ground R/C market.


Click on pic for more on the Nautical Commander

For many of us, especially the people with significant time in the hobby, especially if you are building / running scale models, dual sticks just seem to work better, so I would say get a dual stick four or six channel rig. Of course the issue there is all those radios are pre-configured these days for aircraft with a few car settings. Boats are the poor bd step-child of the R/C hobby.

Of course, if you are a bit of a hacker, you can always start with a basic dual-stick-rig and start modding it; that kinda what the Homebrew Hacks for Model Boats forum exists.

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My stuff is all 2.4, so maybe I could use it. I gave the steering wheel things a try on a truck, but especially at speeds found it much harder to be precise with small control movements than with the sticks. The wheel was just too touchy for my old fingers I suppose, and I also found orientation (coming or going) tougher to keep straight.
I also find the "wheels" on the current ground rigs quite touchy though nowhere near as bad as the trigger "throttles." They are designed and tuned for cars, not boats. I do recommend looking into the dual-stick rigs.
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Then, o course, there is Umi's friend's rig....


Click on pic for more info....
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Old Mar 03, 2013, 09:56 PM
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It belongs to Rad Frad.

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AHA !

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Old Mar 03, 2013, 10:05 PM
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Craig, maybe this is a good time for me to share this info on a twin stick radio in 2.4 in a computer transmitter. I talked with these folks a while ago and said it was coming soon. so maybe if you call them you can place an order to be part of the first to get one. I have an attachment to this.
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Old Mar 03, 2013, 10:10 PM
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Cool! Thanks Gary!
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Does any one have any idea what this boat is?

Playtron RC Candy Boat.

I see its from the 1980s made in Japan... Is it a good buy for $35?
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Old Mar 03, 2013, 11:18 PM
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To help celebrate Sailing on the lake is this ol 16mm movie I found in my arcive. Hope you enjoy. wink, wink.


A long lost old movie by Magisto (1 min 1 sec)




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