Here is some eye candy for you. Joe Steimann scratch built this beautiful 1/4 scale Winston Eagle turbine powered hydroplane boat. There is not a lot that I can say that is not shown in the pictures. I attached a video to the blog as well showing the boat run. This video was taken by a camera mounted to the fin at the rear of the boat. Pretty cool. The boat is 101 inches long and 43 inches wide and weighs in at 72 pounds. It is powered by a Jetcat SPM5 gas turbine with 28000 RPM at the shaft. The boat is constructed of aircraft ply with fiberglass and graphite overlay, foam with graphite lamination and lots of hard work.
Here is a link to additional pictures:
A video of it running can be seen here. Hope you enjoy this great piece of work. By the way, it is on display at Mark Twain Hobby Center.
Last evening I spent a bit of time in the basement working on repairing a charm bracelet for a friend of my grand-daughter. Part of this repair required me to use a rechargeable moto grinding tool. Due to the tools size I was able to get the job done quick and easy. Not so if I had to use my old reliable Dremel plug-in grinding tool. The main reason for this was the physical size. The rechargeable tool was actually smaller than the Dremel, which by the way gets a workout doing the heavy work, and a bit easier to use for this project which did not need a lot of power. That is the reason for writing this today. We were able to obtain a large quantity of rechargeable moto grinding tools that were originally sold for another purpose but the tool company customer didn’t take them. This tool comes with a 1/8 inch collet which fits all of the Dremel and other brand grinding bits and from what I can tell can use the standard Dremel chucks.
Originally we were able to get around a 100 of these tools to offer for sale at $10.99. We are down to our last 40 units and they are now priced at $7.99 until they are gone, which won’t be very long. You can’t beat this value, even if you only use it a few times it will pay for itself in convenience. It comes with the tool, rechargeable battery, charger and a sanding drum. If you work with models, plastic or wood or any other craft that needs a lighter duty grinding tool than the Dremel, then this is your baby. Don’t expect it to replace your Dremel grinder, it won’t, but it does give you another way to work.
Keep on building,
The Saint Louis Admirals Radio Controlled Boat Club had their 24th Annual Regatta on September 29th and 30th at the Boathouse in Forest Park. Each year the boats keep getting better and better. Here are some pictures that were taken at the regatta and originally posted on their Facebook page. You can either click on the picture below or the link to see all of the pictures on Flickr:
If you enjoy RC boating (scale or non-scale electric) give the Admirals a call or visit their website here for more information on the club. Having known many of the members for a long time, I can assure that you will have a great time with this group.
Keep on floating,
The Saint Louis Admiral Radio Control Boat Club are preparing for their 24th Annual Regatta at the Boat House in Forest Park September 29th and 30th, 2012. This is a fun event with lots of boats to see running in the lake.
Here is a link to their information page:
Plan your calendar so that you can attend sometime during the 2 day event.
Just received a news release from Model Rectifier Corp. which is the importer for Italeri models.
New Tooling … Italeri Brings the Well-Known PT-109 To Life in 1/35 Scale
Coming very soon from Italeri is the newly tooled release, the legendary PT-109 Motor Torpedo Boat (#555613) commanded by John F. Kennedy in 1943. Working from the original ELCO drawings, Italeri created about 300 pieces, plus photo-etched parts to recreate the 80’ U.S. Navy Patrol boat in 1/35 scale. The one-piece hull is over 27” long.
This remarkable reproduction is crammed with superb detailing. For instance, the four torpedo tubes, Oerlikon 20mm cannon, four .50 caliber machine guns and two depth charges are spot on. Even the transom mounted smoke generator has been perfectly replicated. You can tell the history has been well researched, as the kit even includes the 37mm anti-tank gun that the crew lashed to the bridge the day before its last mission.
The model includes a Photo Reference Manual filled with some little known historical facts, original photographs and drawings.
By the way this kit would be a great choice to radio control with a brushless motor and LiPo battery.