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Apr 06, 2012, 08:13 PM
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HMS Surprise

Hello Ray,

Permission to come aboard.

Great Forum Discussion going here. I have read about 9 pages so far and have many to go. Got a chance to see some of the best at sea videos going to date. I loved your honest reports about being the Captain of this great ship. Still have a smile from your report on handling her and having a few miss fires. I was wondering if the crew on that watch had started a mutiny and started taking big chances by firing at you all the way to the beach.

Gary here and I followed your link that you sent me to find that you have a very active thread with a good following. To say that you have set the bar high is an understatement. The advice and photo/video sharing along with creative editing not to mention that you do most of this while sailing and following in chase boat is very impressive.

Congratulations again on a job very well done.

I can only imagine what you might end up doing with the RR project if you ever get to posting that.

Thanks for all your support and good luck with the new adventure.

Looking forward to meeting you face to face.

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Apr 06, 2012, 08:51 PM
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Welcome aboard pond sailor. Thank you for the kind words.
Apr 06, 2012, 08:51 PM
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Had the really great opportunity to sail - and battle - with Ray over four annual "Fleet Sails" in Minnesota and Ohio.
He is THE sailing master and a great friend.
I'll definitely miss sailing with you, Ray.
And everyone here will miss your posts, pics and vids.
All the best with those 5 foot railcars.

Apr 07, 2012, 12:46 PM
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Ray, you and the Mrs have done wonderful model railroading work - I've no doubt you'll both enjoy this aspect of the railroading hobby.

I'm sorry we are loosing you and Surprise, but maybe you can put together a smaller boat that doesn't require the logistics and effort Surprise did and let you keep your feet wet, as it were.

What ever the case, please do keep in touch

Apr 07, 2012, 02:40 PM
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god speed!! and also, thanks for your inspirations and help........vic
Apr 07, 2012, 06:57 PM
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I hope there was a clause in the sail that the new owner had to post updates on here? Your Surprise was a great build and stumbling across the youtube videos of your and DanL's models while looking at RC planes is what got me started on this hobby a month or two ago... so anything I eventually build will, in a roundabout way, be because of your model.

I've enjoyed your posts and your model, thank you.
Apr 08, 2012, 01:31 PM
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Audigrex--thank you for your kind remarks.

To all: I stumbled across a page on the LONG thread that the first mate told me I should repost so you all can remember what NOT to do.

Smile--it is a great day!

Date Line Eubank KY

Disaster struck HMS Surprise S.020 while at the Lee Kee ship yard during a refit operation, 5 dead and 1 severly wounded.

During a battery installation, Elf Dilly, a day laborer, managed to touch the wires across the battery poles shorting out the whole system.

It is reported that the ship did have the modern voltage protection of fuses rated for potential difficulties with the electronics but it was found to be insufficient for the disaster that struck yesterday as a result of Elf Dilly, a day laborer, doing something quite stupid.

Dead are the rudder operator, John Rudder Servo age unknown. Alfred Formast Servo a cousin to John and age unknown. Driver Servo related to John and Alfred by a second wife to both. Grimstead Main Servo, grand master of the lodge and somehow related to all of the above. Jim Jib Winch (A crossover related to a Canadian lumberjack but they have not seen one another for years).

All the Servo relations have been shipped to ServoCity for autopsies. Cause of death appears to be hidden at this time, however the bodies already smelled of ozone before taking them out of the hull. A Lee Kee Shipyard employee who desires to remain anonymous said off the record that it appears to be a really stupid thing that Elf Dilly did.

Elf did survive the 7,000 volt charge but he lost his arm due to the short circuit.

At this time it is unknown when Surprise might be ready for sea trials but it is for sure that replacement electronics will have to be reinstalled and programmed and very careful installation of new wiring.

Elf was heard saying "It was a good thing the short circuit occured while the battery was outside the hull, other wise the disaster could have been much worse with the ship and the ship yard consumed by fire" but what would he know? "Not much" responded another employee of Lee Kee Shipyard.

Other employees of the Lee Kee ship yard were not available for comment, but they did shake their heads and tried to keep from laughing, but the snerky look on their face gave them away.

Well, I guess I will take up mowing grass for awhile. Spring is here and that operation is a good distraction from disasters. RG
Apr 09, 2012, 05:55 PM
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Ray this place is gonna go seriously empty without your sailing reports!
All the best with the railroading (my granpa and uncle scratchbuilt a scale 1:4 austrian narrow track steam engine including its rail cars so i do see there is a lot of fascination in that )
Apr 09, 2012, 07:33 PM
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Thanks meatbomber--I appreciate you writing. We have been railroading for many years and just going to a larger format is about all we are doing. I enjoyed the ship and I hope the new captain enjoys it as much as I did. I hope he posts his adventures here as well.
Apr 09, 2012, 08:48 PM
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will you be eventually building a working steam engine?.....
Apr 09, 2012, 08:59 PM
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Originally Posted by yancovitch
will you be eventually building a working steam engine?.....
I doubt it--beyond my financial means but I am building a model of an EMD F-7 diesel kit. It is powered with batteries and it will be sufficient for what we want to do. We kept the trailer so we can still haul the railroad stuff around to different tracks.
Apr 10, 2012, 11:32 AM
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If you build an electric powered "steamer", smoke and sound could be easily added.
I love F7's - a steamer would be cool too.
Apr 10, 2012, 10:03 PM
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Dan--I'm sticking with the F-7. A GP-9 was a possiblity but we ended up choosing the cab unit.

I wish the railroad thread was a nice and easy to use as this thread. Who ever designed this site has without doubt the best of all I have tried to use.
Jun 14, 2012, 01:31 PM
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Just wanted to add my thanks to Ray for the wonderful inspiration he has been. The pictures and videos of your Surprise are really amazing.
Jun 25, 2012, 09:20 PM
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You have a link/place to your RR building stuff you're starting on? Trains are cool too

This is an enjoyable thread to go through, beautiful boats is an understatement. And beautiful shots of them. I thank you guys with these big sailing ships for sharing! Refreshing to look at! They have me thinking.

I hope your Surprise new captain has fun, and takes care of her.

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