Lifeboats and launches
Our very own treasurer has a great looking model of what was a 1/12th scale pilot boat into a 1/16th scale, this suited the figures better
The kit has working internal, navigation, mast, rear deck and spotlights which along with working radar are all radio controlled. The boat is powered by a 2600kv brushless motor with external cooling coil and an 50A mtroniks Hydra 50 speed controller with reverse function. Batteries are 2 x 5A 7.4V Lipo wired in parallel giving 10A in total at 7.4 volts. The reason behind the brushless motor arrangement was to achieve longer running times, not greater speed
Lifeboats are a popular subject for models since they are fast, colourful and usually a convenient size even when built at a large scale. As a result many club members have built a variety of lifeboat types from the RNLI's inventory, past and present.
Firstly, an unusual scene taken by Bob Lomas, of three different lifeboat models on the pond at the same time
Ann Letitia Russell a 41 ft Watson class lifeboat. I am not sure who owns this one, possibly Harold Sharp since most boats either have been, are or will be owned by him at some point in time.
Harold Sharp's Rother class lifeboat Alice Upjohn
This model of Bridlington's Mersey class lifeboat, Marine Engineer has now been owned and progressively developed by several club members including Harold Sharp, Mike Harry and Tony Smith, and consumed several pairs of motors in the process.
Strictly speaking not a lifeboat but an emergency vessel of a slightly different kind, an RAF crash and rescue tender.
Trevor Mouncey's Police patrol boat
Another variation on the theme, this time an RAF High Speed Launch
Graham Buckton's RAF rescue launch in a spot of bother on the steering course.
Tony Burton's model of an RAF Sea plane tender, originally commissioned by Lawrence of Arabia (the original vessel not the model !)
Tony Burton's model of a River Police launch built from plans obtained on ebay.