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.

Ritalea River Launch

Whilst sailing one day we found Bob testing out his " Fishtail rudder" on this launch and when he said he was selling it my wife who had fell in love with it bought it straight away !


As you can see it going though its paces with its new rudder , on getting it home my wife decided it was a bit plain so it was on with the bling !

A table (kids dolls house toy) in the front and new seating with cheese and wine and a couple of ladies from Hobbycraft 

and a trim line on the sides with new name added see here for easy way of doing that
Easy when you know how isn't it !

 I then fitted some lights round the veranda these were 20 Christmas lights on a strip with boxed switch which was painted to look like a picnic basket, ( £1.99 in the sale at a garden centre after Christmas ) . A bell was added and the cabin windows glazed , and the mandatory dog added




 Then a smoke unit from Graupner was added and connected to the + and - of the motor connections so it smokes more if it goes faster





 As you can see ,not quite so plain now 
The technicality's of the boat are its powered by a single MFA 500 motor and has a M'tronics speed controller with a AR 6200 Receiver to a  Spektrum Transmitter and with a 6v - 2.8amh battery which  will run for ages and ages

The wife's rescue service in action , Zephyr only pretending to break down, to test the catcher ! ( its very reliabell really)
The catcher made from plumbing pipe from B&Q and with fittings cost about a Fiver ! Just hooks on to the front of the tug


Can this be true

Boats rudder was also featured in Model Boats Magazine in May 2008
and after lots of discussion it was determined as a Becker Rudder !.