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Posted by Bob Gaito | Nov 20, 2017 @ 03:26 PM | 2,668 Views
Babylon Pond (0 min 58 sec)

Posted by Bob Gaito | Nov 20, 2017 @ 02:20 PM | 2,870 Views
R C scale model Golden Egg Harbor (0 min 28 sec)

This is a model of the brochure boat for Egg Harbor in 1972. I drew up plans from many photos and measurements of the full size boat in the marina. It has a redmax weed eater motor which I converted to water cooling (very hard to do because the spark plug is angled) and the output goes through a gearbox and on to two prop shafts(also homemade). The pilot station has a working compass (fabricated from a cut light bulb) The only items purchased were the props and the radio gear
Posted by Bob Gaito | Oct 29, 2017 @ 03:38 PM | 2,282 Views
Please Check This Out-go to this web site. I sometimes spend hours (well maybe 1/2 hour) spying on ships, boats, yachts,and research vessels all over the world.. Are you modeling an existing ship or yacht? put in a search and find it anywhere on the globe! Or just click randomly- find cruise ships in the Caribbean -Mega yachts in Monaco-Oil rigs in the north sea...
Posted by Bob Gaito | Oct 26, 2017 @ 09:02 PM | 2,319 Views
Just for Ss&Gs I built this 5" steam engine from brass tubing, washers, and flat stock. I Do Not own a lathe! This was made from plans on the internet that were in French and metric. I translated it to English and converted to SAE (thanks to Google) then scaled it down to a size I wanted. It was machined using a drill press, a file(s), hacksaw, propane torch and my brazing skills. I don't know if I could do it again...I'm afraid to build the boiler so it just runs on compressed air.
Posted by Bob Gaito | Oct 10, 2017 @ 08:15 AM | 2,671 Views
This was my family boat from 1964 to 1984ish.. My dad bought it new and added many options he couldn't afford from the MFG like the flying bridge and fresh water cooling. I spent many spring days on my back under this boat (it was a wooden boat)..back then you could work on your own boat...for 50 yrs I wanted to build an exact model of it..but no plans were available and there are no exact versions of the boat left, as far as the internet can tell me...I was on my own!...
The Wanderer Reel (0 min 31 sec)

A couple of notes:
The bottom paint was tough..the real boat had Interlux copper based paint. I don't think anyone uses it today. If they do its a couple a hundred dollars a gallon and very hazardous so I went to my local paint store and "bummed"some pigments used in Benjamin More latex paints then proceeded to custom mix the color I needed and mixed it into Polycrylic satin. Then I painted it on the bottom with a small brush to duplicate the bottom paint texture of the real boat.

Lets talk about the gold leaf on the transom. Everyone pretty much knows about water slide decal clear printer sheets. And thank heaven for cheap color laser prints at staples or office depot. But I don't know that if everyone knows that these sheets can be painted I laid out the name aided by a photograph and photocopied it on white printer paper in B&W (larger than needed) Cleaned up the edges with a sharpie then shrunk it down to the exact...Continue Reading
Posted by Bob Gaito | Oct 09, 2017 @ 03:59 PM | 2,858 Views
This is what I spent my spare polyester resin on two years ago...was gas (freon134) operated with central ballast tank...converted it to water ballast fore and aft tanks last winter...what a difference...great control, water doesn't slosh anymore in tank when sub is not level (I even tried baffles of many designs) If you've noticed the water tight compartments might look familiar...Why reinvent the wheel! I realized that there were many watertight containers out there in the supermarket ready to be repurposed . They work great! just mount everything on a platform and attach it to the open, just hold the lid and turn the jar need to disconnect any wires (they stay with the lid) to make any adjustments or changes. No fancy high tech plexy tubes and o-rings..keep it simple. I also realized that you dont need to put everything in a watertight compartment. I used a waterproof proboat esc and it sits in the wet part of the hull as does the steering and dive planes servos-hitec waterproof servos..frees up alot of valuable dry real estate ...especially in a hull thats only 3 inches wide !

To minimize wire connections I bussed together the ground and the power wires to the servos (all the reds together to one wire and all the blacks together to another wire)-this eliminated a bunch of thru wtc fittings and possible leaks.

I also took the wires going from one wtc module to another and ran them inside tygon tubing. This did two things , it kept...Continue Reading