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Old Jan 17, 2013, 08:45 AM
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About semiscale catboat footy Brando

My name is Flavio and I am the Italian designer of Brando .

I wish to express my appreciation for the excellent woodworking skills of lilleyen, and I would like to take advantage of this thread to give you more details about this model as well to footy class activity.

Brando is my first model to be put on the market following an unplanned, but lucky joint effort, between me and the well known american magazine “Wooden Boat”.

This model has been designed following this basic “wish list”

- semiscale catboat style
- made of wood
- full compliance to footy class box rule
- “satisfactory” sailing performances
- classic aesthetic appeal

At that time a simplified approach to building procedure was – frankly speaking – not considered as a “must have” requirement.

Three years after the launch of the prototype ( ITA 14 ) :

- more than 50 000 contacts on several modellers forums have been recorded
- approximately 300 set of plans have been sold
- an unknown number of sisterships have been built, launched and sailed around the world

Last but not least, believe it or not, this “almost static reproduction “ has been able – if properly steered – to show her little stern to much more futuristic looking footy competitors.

The most surprising factor of footy model is their capability to show good sailing performances .
In many cases within model yacht clubs I have seen old members radically changing their opinion after a 5 minute footy show.

Footy are simple, inexpensive and very very funny : enjoy them !

Congratulations to Lilleyen :-)

Flavio

Ps : more about Presto, Folletto, Vulcan on next posts
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Old Jan 17, 2013, 08:55 PM
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Thank you Flavio.

I'm trying to do your elegant design justice. It deserves no less.

I agree, it's not for beginners, but I enjoy the challenges and I like to innovate.

I have been showing it's progress to all the RC sailors around here at meetings etc.
A few suggested the plans should be framed and hung on the wall.
They are decorative!

Pretty well everybody loves the design, but a few gentlemen have expressed doubts about it's sailing abilities.
How little they know!
I hope to prove them wrong this spring!
I will pay particular attention to have a good looking stern, so their view will be pleasant.

I'm impressed by your knowledge of all things nautical, and your architectural abilities.
Way over my head, especially the math involved.
But I can build from your plans...

More pictures coming.

Presto will be next my build, I have the plans and book already.

Ciao
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Old Jan 18, 2013, 11:39 AM
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footy sailing performances

" Pretty well everybody loves the design, but a few gentlemen have expressed doubts about it's sailing abilities "

I agree that this is , unfortunately, a common ( wrong ) opinion about these micro model

But real truth is quite different .

See below my wooden presto under strong gusts and frozen showers

Ciao !

Flavio
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Old Jan 18, 2013, 08:38 PM
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I had a Brando on my Christmas list, but Santa didn't bring one
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Old Feb 07, 2013, 07:30 PM
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Coming along really nice.
I like it!

Terry
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Old Feb 07, 2013, 07:33 PM
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Just beautiful!
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Old Feb 07, 2013, 08:10 PM
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Can't wait to see this on the water in person! Nice work!
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Old Feb 10, 2013, 08:34 PM
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Dude, what is that LiPo for?!?
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Old Feb 12, 2013, 12:10 PM
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Dude, what is that LiPo for?!?
Actually, that's a LiFe battery, 13.3 volts, 8400 mah.
I run a 12 volt System in my Sterling Models 40" Chris Craft yacht.
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...n#post20850889

Rick
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Old Feb 25, 2013, 07:32 PM
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Lookin' good. One of the finest Footy's I've seen!!! You make us proud!
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Old Feb 25, 2013, 07:42 PM
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Rick
Lookin' good. One of the finest Footy's I've seen!!! You make us proud!
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Thanks Rick, let's hope she floats...
Can't wait to get the keel done so I can do the initial bathtub launch, then fit her rigging.
Have to build a stand first.
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