In case you missed it - a video.
The roller ship was an unconventional and unsuccessful ship design of the late nineteenth century, which attempted to propel itself by means of large wheels. Two such vessels were constructed and found to be impractical.
We had 14 participants and 42 models on display. Admittedly our numbers were swollen by Robert L. who brought along sixteen 1/350 scale model warships, ranging from a Flower class corvette to the Japanese battleship Yamato. He also displayed the sea battle game that he has developed.
In addition to the video Peter F took aboard his MIss Sharona., there is also a video showing Miss Sharona from the shore.
Meeting notes - 13th November
Component supply news - Marine Drive unit
The Word from the Quarterdeck
Recent events - display at the Royal Canadian Legion in Stoney Creek on Remembrance Day.
A marine drive unit consisting of prop tube, prop shaft, propeller and motor mounting is available from at least 2 suppliers in the UK, Model Dockyard and J. Perkins. This item takes away the hassle of trying to correctly align the motor with the prop shaft. It is supplied with a plastic propeller threaded 4mm, so a suitable brass prop could be substituted. The current price is around £12.50 (approx $21).
Roy talked about sound systems suitable for model boats, which fall into 3 basic types.
- The simplest system is a self-contained cylinder containing a speaker, battery and electronics. The sounds are contained on micro-SD card, or can be transmitted via Bluetooth. The only control is a manual on-off switch. Those with a slide-type on/off switch can be modified for control by a servo. This type was demonstrated playing music on Roy's “Royal Iris”.
- In the middle range are electronic systems which are supplied pre-loaded with suitable sounds, but need an external speaker and power supply. They are operated via the radio. Some include engine sounds which are linked to the throttle signal. None of the members present had a system of this type to demonstrate.
- The most versatile systems can have custom sounds loaded onto a microSD card and played on demand via the radio. They also require a separate speaker and power supply. Roy demonstrated this on his “Mona's Isle”.
Peter demonstrated the whistle sound on his “Thomas E. Edison” sternwheeler. Peter also had a couple of gadgets with interesting sounds which he played.
Alex demonstrated the system on his dory with Oscar singing some maritime songs.
Steve showed us a couple of the sound devices he has picked up.
Morley presented his model of the “Bruma”. The model is of a pleasure yacht, a conversion from an ocean-going fishing vessel. Morley mentioned that Burma had a fleet of these fishing vessels but most were disposed off when Burma became Myanmar. The model is a plank-on-frame kit. Some of the kit parts were replaced, including the masts, and when finished the model was top heavy, so extra ballast was added. The model has twin props and motors. Building time was approx 12 months.
Andris showed us his completed tiny fast boat which he started way back with parts laser-cut at the library. He hold us he had run it with a Graupner 400 size brushed motor and a 20A speed control. He has now changed that to a brushless motor and a 30A speed control, but he has not yet run it in this condition. The power supply is a 7.4V 600mAh Lipo battery.
Bill M. passed on some information about the SS Iolaire. His Majesty's Yacht Iolaire (Scottish Gaelic for "Eagle") was the Admiralty yacht Amalthaea of 1881, renamed in 1918, whose sinking on 1 January 1919 in the Minch was one of the worst maritime disasters in United Kingdom waters during the 20th century. Iolaire was carrying sailors who had fought in the First World War back to the Scottish island of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. She left the port of Kyle of Lochalsh on the mainland late on the evening of 31 December 1918. At 2:30 a.m. on New Year's Day, as the ship approached the port of Stornoway, a few yards offshore and a mile away from the safety of Stornoway Harbour, she hit the infamous rocks "The Beasts of Holm" and sank. Those on board would have been able to see the lights of Stornoway.At least 201 men perished of the 283 aboard.
Peter presented his sternwheeler. Constructed in balsa to keep the weight down, a consequence is that it cannot be sailed if there is a breath of wind. Peter built it approx 20 years ago from Taubman plans.
Three award trophies decided at the GLMBA AGM were presented at the meeting. Don Hodgson received the Jack Kipfer award and also the People’s Choice award for his Chris Craft. Andris received the Bob and Cher Farrant Award for the best kit boat of his Chickie IV.
As I write this I am looking out the window and seeing the results of a cold, windy fall followed by an early onset of winter. And spring is a long way off!
So I started thinking about boating events for next season.
Have you been to a “High Point”? Do you really know what it is?
I sure didn’t when I first showed up a few years ago and gave it a try. I have to say it was a bit of a lesson in frustration initially but very soon I saw that it can be a lot of fun. A High Point Regatta is a day long event with different challenges presented to participants who are running their boats. The events are as follows although not all competitions include all events:
Precision steering and docking – This event duplicates the operation of full-sized boats as captains are required to navigate their craft around a circuitous course and dock it along side a pier. This is to be done while keeping within the illustrated course and without hitting marks and other obstructions. Points are lost for collisions with things and for missing the course.
Predicted Log – This is not at all as complicated as it sounds. But it is tricky and you need to know your boat. The contestant is to predict how long they will take to navigate a course. Upon completion of the course the contestant’s real time is compared to his predicted time and a score is determined accordingly.
Salvage – In the salvage event each contestant is equipped with a drag line of about six feet and this line has two floats attached along its length. The challenge is to encircle the derelict boat with the drag line, snag it and pull it to shore. Not as easy as it sounds but good practice for any boating event. Scoring is based on success in salvaging the derelict and the elapsed time for the process.
Straight Steering – This event is about boat setup and lots of luck concerning the wind. The contestant sets the speed and rudder to go as straight as possible at the start gate and turns the transmitter over to an event official. At the end of the course the score is determined by which of the numbered gates your boat went through, the nearer the middle, the higher the score. In this event R/C boats, sail or power, or free running boats are eligible.
Conning – Conning requires a two-person team, the Captain and the Crewman. As is the case with large ships the captain instructs the Engineer (who is below decks) as to the position of the throttle and the helm and the crew sets them accordingly. In our event the Captain and Crewman stand in the operating area, the Captain facing the water and the Crewman with his back to the water. The crewman operates the radio transmitter, without seeing the boat, on orders from the Captain. Again scoring is based on keeping to the course without hitting obstructions.
As you can see the High Point Regatta can be a lot of fun. We will be hosting one next summer as always and I encourage you to come out and give it a try. I am hoping we may have a couple of practice sessions on Thursday nights leading up to the event.
Our next club meeting will be on Tuesday 11th December at 7:30pm.. Pizza & drinks available at 7pm.
Nautical lore - Roller ships
Confederation Marine Modellers