Welcome to my new Blog



Welcome to my Blog.
My Blog is mostly about my hobbies, ie Model boats,Cross Stitch, Gardening, Days out and about and Photography with pictures taken at and around our Model Boat club at Etherow Country Park, where I can be found quite a few days a week on the landing stage, you might recognize the hat and the dog rather than me. My models and other hobbies can be found in the tabs at the top above the header picture.
There will also be entries of days out with my long haired Chihuahua "Pepe", weather permitting of course.

First ever build Yacht Comtessa

I was passing the lake at Etherow Country Park a few years ago and happened to see a chap on the landing stage of the Model Boat Club and got talking to him and said I'd love to have a hobby that made me as happy as he surely was. I told him I'd never built a model boat though done a bit of railway modelling . He told me to buy the kit of the one he was sailing "The Comtessa" by Robbe as it was an easy build and not very expensive ( about £80 then ) and he would help me if I got into trouble with the build.
I built this yacht with advise on glues and servos from my new friend Charlie Ricardo and everything went to plan   with the instructions and plans from Robbe clear and precise, the only mistake was drilling the two booms wrong as I though the longer one would be at the back, learnt that in future " measure twice cut once " but apart from that mistake which was easily rectified everything went well . I even put on a gull wing keel , my first try at P38 moulding round the wing to keel and it puts the weight down lower on the keel ,ie 1kg lump of lead for the gull and .8 in the keel instead of all the 1.8 in the keel.
Does everyone put too much hardener in P38 first time ??.
A standard futabe servo 3003 was used for both the rudder and the sail arm, it will sail all day on a 4 "AA" pack of batteries so it was a nice pleasant introduction to the hobby !.
The yellow deck plates are extras and only my idea.
The control has been updated  by a AR 6200 receiver to my Spektrum Transmitter
The captain was a lifeboat man with a remodelled hat and painted by my good lady wife who paints all my figures, boats don't look right without crewmen on do they! .
Started off with the accessories kit, ie handrails but they just kept catching on everything and getting broken so they were taken off !. this is used and not a shelf model, the website on the side is my sponsor!.

Boats maiden voyage complete with handrails.