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Posted by returntohome | Aug 03, 2021 @ 03:47 PM | 33,478 Views
Gala Atlantis Jet Rib (2 min 13 sec)

My lockdown project to build a jet powered rib has proved to be a success, I hope you agree.
Posted by returntohome | Aug 03, 2021 @ 12:17 AM | 33,838 Views
I got some new lipos for the ribs, the difference is noticeable, even faster , they are exactly the same size, different make though and because they are new better balanced.
The boat to boat filming went well, will be added to my collection on you tube, under "colin charles" if that search won't work try Gala Atlantis A500L, you will get the full size as well as my models.
Posted by returntohome | Jul 30, 2021 @ 11:46 PM | 15,028 Views
Making progress with my very ambitious project to design and make my own outboard. In a few weeks I have learned how to use a cad drawing program, mainly from watching you tube videos. I was forced to do it myself as it would have been too much , timewise to get someone else to do it. It's been very enjoyable I did lots of practice drawings to learn the skills.
My next ambition is to find the funds for a 3d printer, then learn how to use it. Watch this space.
My outboard is going to be a good size maybe 11" top to bottom , it will have a large powerful brushless motor, 40 x 80. 1600 kv
Batteries will be 2 x 3s giving 6s power . The top gearbox bearing and oilseal will be removable so I can do oil changes, this will save having fill and drain holes and the plugs. It will be filled with hypoid gear oil like the full size. I hope the helical gears will be quieter and have a good lifespan.
Posted by returntohome | Jun 06, 2020 @ 01:59 AM | 7,154 Views
My first model would have been a hovercraft I made for a school project it was quite small made from lolly sticks covered in tissue, I made the fan from tin, and it had aa cells. It worked and I got top marks.
This prompted a bigger hovercraft with a spitfire diesel engine,it worked well when I could get the engine started.
I went through the model car stage with tamiya beach buggy,. My brother had one and we raced each other.
I bought a second hand racing boat with a glow engine just after I got married,. Had some fun with it but it could be hard work starting and conked out in the middle of the lake many times.
I built a hydrofoil from a kit powered by NiMH battery. It worked well.
Eventually I decided I would learn to fly so joined a model club , made some new life long friends. I built a small scale Piper cub from the sig kit it was lovely covered in nylon and painted with the sunburst scheme, even had opening doors and a pilot.
Got interested in petrol engines so I put one in a second hand T240. It had never flown so was like new. I joined the LMA (large model ass) and went to a meeting where Ian Turney-White took it up for me. He is famous for massive bi planes at the shows. I did the landing and bust the prop, but was pleased I got down in one piece.
I joined a lovely club ,very friendly we flew at a field near Thorner in North Leeds, but moved to acaster malbis near York on some old runways, great place.
Joined North Leeds...Continue Reading