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  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
R.C. and Me
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Sunday, May 29, 2022 9:33 AM

Hello Everyone!

         Just thought I would share this with those of you who would be interested in R.C. and doing it with Box Stock or Modified models. Oh, I know many wouldn't think of this or even want to do it. Yeah, playing with that model is off the books. Why? You took the time to build it? Why not build another so you can see it perform.

          True, this works better with Cars and Boats for sure. This is where this going. When I was a member of the Golden Gate Model Yacht Club in San Fransisco, there was a group of young modelers that couldn't afford the big ticket radios and receivers that a lot of the Guys were using.

         They started bringing regular Box Stock models to the Lake(Spreckles lake) in Golden Gate park and running them. Well, the regular Sailing Yacht and Steam(Live) vessel owners didn't want them there. They said they were afraid they would cause confusion and that the bigger vessels would run over them. One very nice Sunday we had a show along the lake shores .Luckily it was "Run What Ya Brung" this day.

       One of the young fellows put his boat in the Lake and startled everyone. Powered by a pulled apart servo and housing batteries and another Micro servo for steering, this Boat( The old ITC, LIFE LIKE and Lindberg branded boat) was the Submarine Chaser. This fellow had managed to make it water tight and ran circles around some of the bigger boats out there.

       I was running my favorite freighter that was powered by a Motorcycle Battery and a set of servos and a motor from Radio Shack and one of their trucks( A large one) My boat( Freighter ) was 1/96 in scale, but well represented a "Tramp" coaster. I used the headlight circuitry from the truck for running lights. The Hull was scrap lucite from a Picture Framing Studio. I asked and they let me "Dumpster Dive" behind their shop.

        They were throwing away perfectly good sized scrap, Lexan and Polycarbonate sheet from their jobs. I took this and created the " Miss Virginia", my wifes name. She was four foot long and totally water tight. In building her I built her prop to allow her to travel at a scale speed in the lake. 

         She had four watertight compartments and the Motorcycle Battery provided Ballast and Power! But, I had a mini  Surprise too. Remember the venerable Life Like and Pyro and Lindberg L.C.V..P.? I stuffed it with mini gear from a car! The well deck cargo covered the Reciever and the rear deck covered the flat battery pack and steering servo. It sat a wee bit deeper than she should have, But didn't ship water into her well deck.

        I was told it was too small to run.( remember it was smaller than the Sub Chaser!). I snuck it in the water anyway! I was way across the lake and one of the live steam guys( An older gentleman, Probably in his 70s, lost power) across the lake but to far from shore to retrieve! Unbeknown to all who were looking at this( The older members of the Club.) Said they didn't know what to do. But a wee little boat was creeping toward his Brass built liner!

         The Hippies had been throwing broken bottles in the lake at night and the Club's Recovery Punt was in process of getting a new bottom so it couldn't be used. The water would've come up to my armpits but they didn't want anyone going in the water because of the aforementioned glass! So L.C.V.P. to the rescue. Now his ship was large enough( It was a small Liner about six foot long,made out of heavy stuff!) and no one could see what I was up to. I maneuvered up to his stern and stuck my little boat right up to his rudder, under the "Spoon " stern on his ship!

           Yeah, I burned my motor up, But, I brought his ship close enough they were able to use a boat hook to retrieve her. When they did the screw had locked onto the front of my little boat so they came out of the water together! Well, the vote was then in the majority to let Micro Boats on the lake at certain times of the day! Fine Scale(oops) models of Navies, Merchant and Civilian power boats started showing up including a couple of Pyro Mississippi River steamers(You know of which ones I speak!). His vessel had a value as a model (powered by steam) of just under $4,200.00 bucks. My little boat 's cost was just under $60.00 bucks!

           So, in closing, be it Cars or Boats or even Armor.( My M48-A-1? Patton(The old  Monogram Model) runs fine with Fruil-Model Tracks and scoots all over the place with it's rotating turret and elevating gun. Total cost? The original price of the Kit in the seventies About $12.00, the car electonics $39.95+Tax and the $39.95 for the Fruil Model tracks! Her total cost.  Maybe $175.00 Bucks! And she still runs today! So- My final statement is this, Enjoy a motorized model, It can still built to show quality, It just moves as well! My  1/72 Scale, Revell H.M.S.SnowBerry, is now twenty years old and except for the rudder and screw, looks like a well detailed and built showpiece, Weathered and All. Runs like the proverbial "Scalded cat" even to this day.  Enjoy!!  

          

 

  • Member since
    August 2019
  • From: Central Oregon
Posted by HooYah Deep Sea on Sunday, May 29, 2022 11:01 AM

I did a couple of the 'motorized' kits back in the day (yeah, way back!) and a friend had a nearly three foot long, motorized Bismarck; no clue on the brand. We didn't RC them, just let them run in the pool (Arizona - everybody had one). I mostly built, never actually finished, a Dumas Dauntless while in the military; but the only thing I ever RC'd was the scratchbuilt 'Nam era 'Tango' boat. 1/12 scale, 57" long and found elswhere on this forum.

I still haven't finished that either as the 3D printed guns are a bit too fragile and their mounts will be a project in themselves.

"Why do I do this? Because the money's good, the scenery changes and they let me use explosives, okay?"

  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Sunday, May 29, 2022 3:52 PM

Hoo Yah Deep Sea:

 But? I wondered what was holding you up! Here's a tip. Get the most realistic you can with the guns. But, leave the very fragile accurate ones off till on static display, then switch them out for operations! That's what i do with the SnowBerry, the kit guns are NOT used when on operations. I made some that look good for operations and they do fine!

  • Member since
    August 2019
  • From: Central Oregon
Posted by HooYah Deep Sea on Sunday, May 29, 2022 4:15 PM

An excellent idea that I've already considered, and am adapting. Unfortunately life keeps getting in the way, so it's on a back burner, as it seems all my model are right now.

I figured on doing the Dumas PT boat thing; A 1/4" by 3/8" piece of wood with a framing nail sticking out one end. Then a little bit of minor detailing and paint, and Voila!   Guns!

Still have to figure out the armored mount though, but I know it involves cutting a groove in PVC or ABS pipe, which is a bit of a pain.

"Why do I do this? Because the money's good, the scenery changes and they let me use explosives, okay?"

  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Monday, May 30, 2022 11:07 AM

Well!

         Being as how you are building a vessel I wouldn't try, I say go for it. It is very relaxing  to Watch and Play while enjoying down time with a cocktail and a boat and quiet time!

  • Member since
    August 2019
  • From: Central Oregon
Posted by HooYah Deep Sea on Monday, May 30, 2022 12:36 PM

There is a 'brown water' irrigation ditch near me, and when I get this beast done, I will photograph it in the ditch; it will be an actual, 1/12 scale, 'moving' diorama!!

Then my only problem will be, "Which section of the forum do I post the pictures in?"

"Why do I do this? Because the money's good, the scenery changes and they let me use explosives, okay?"

  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Monday, May 30, 2022 2:25 PM

Hey! Why don't you just message me. I can watch it from my phone.gjgeracci846@gmail.com

  • Member since
    March 2022
  • From: Twin cities, MN
Posted by missileman2000 on Tuesday, May 31, 2022 8:47 AM

I was mainly into flying models when I was young, with only an occasional scale model.  I longed to get into RC but it was too expensive until I graduated from college and got my first job.  Flew RC for many years.  I had built a balsa ocean liner and put a motor in it but it didn't have RC.  Only sailed it across narrow parts of ponds.

I also made a battalship Missouri, also a balsa kit, but never sailed it, though I put the motor into it.  Trouble is, displacement was so big that even with a big six volt telephone battery it floated only about 3/16 inch into the water- the rudder would not have worked very well.  I still have it with someday intent.  A few years ago a model ship started up in this area, and sailed in a pond not far from me.  I started working on it, but within about 18 months the club folded, before RC installation complete.  There is another, big RC club in south metro, but it is an hour's drive each way to their pond.

 

  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Tuesday, May 31, 2022 11:02 AM

Hi Missileman2000:

        Yeah, that is a problem. Here in New Braunfels,T.X. for instance, R.C. Sail or Power is banned from the lakes in our parks. Why? They say it will disturb the wildlife! Now, We are in a flyway for sure and they had to ban feeding the Wildlife in the parks because they wouldn'continue their migrations. Even Squirrels were run off  because of this! They say use the river. Hah! The current is fast enough this is a NO-NO!

      There are lakes that you can do this. IF you have friends or you own property on these lakes You're good to go! If you are the General Public, you are not welcome! Doing R.C. Here comes down to 4wdr or Armor or Planes. Or take a day and go to the coast like Corpus Christi. Then operate in salt water of the Gulf.

      At today's Gasoline prices this isn't an option either. My R.C. Boats haven't seen water on their Bottoms since I moved here twenty four years ago! If I had known this this would have affected our decision to move here. Oh Well! what's done is done. As to the bans, I guess the Squirrels, Deer and Geese didn't get the Memo! We have to stop and let the deer cross the streets downtown even. The others too!

 

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