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 on: Today at 01:41:14 PM 
Started by mbm999 - Last Post by mbm999

I've copied Kinmels idea (hope you don't mind) and feel much happier now it (i only have 1 lipo) is out of the house and garage.
Not built the charging station version yet - which reminds me, i must buy a balance lead extension cable.


 on: Today at 01:34:56 PM 
Started by ukmike - Last Post by ukmike
would you be willing to ship overseas? (buyer pays shipping) (if yes - would you check shipping to Arvada, Colorado, USA, 80005)
Sorry, unable to send to the U.S.
The cost would be prohibitive.

 on: Today at 01:21:33 PM 
Started by mbm999 - Last Post by Taranis
Hi Mark
I have a brick built shed.

 on: Today at 01:12:56 PM 
Started by mbm999 - Last Post by mbm999
That's a bit of a beast!

Curious where you are going to store/mount it?


 on: Today at 12:21:22 PM 
Started by Martin [Admin] - Last Post by zooma
To help identify this model, the third picture down from the top of those at the start of this thread shows an Interceptor painted with a black hull and flying bridge with a white deck and super-structure.

This is the only picture that I have ever seen of the Interceptor - apart from the box lid label on the kit that I have just bought.

 on: Today at 12:16:00 PM 
Started by Martin [Admin] - Last Post by zooma
When I got home last night, there was a large box waiting for me.

The box was certainly well packed and inside was a new un-started kit for the Interceptor and to my surprise, there was a small pack of pre-cut wood parts, a short M5 prop shaft and some lengths of brass rod to make the various railings and rear mounted dive ladder.

A brass rudder, water scoop and outlet were also included and are probably the original items.  The brass shows signs of being old and being allowed to get damp, but they will clean-up well and look good, although the rudder looks very small for a model of this size, so I may change it for a similar size to the one that I have fitted on my Rapier as I know that works well.

The hull is moulded in a blue glass fibre colour and the deck and super-structure is moulded in white. The flying bridge parts are pre-cut in plywood.

A printed set of instructions with dimensioned diagrams to show where to drill various holes and gave the measurements to enable the windows to be cut out etc were also included.

These instructions had a name printed on the top of the front page that looked like it has been applied at a later date with a rubber stamp, and this said:-

Stratos Models.
19 Earsham Street.
TEL: 2373.

My guess would be that this is a copy of the original HydraFibre intstructions that have had the new owner/makers name rubber stamped on the top as an easy way to provide the building instructions whilst identifying the new business owners ??

The box was damp and so I have dumped it , but I have kept the lid with the printed label and just inverted it to hold all the parts until I get around to assembling it.

The telephone number suggests that this is quite an old kit, but I have no idea just how old it could be or when HydraFibre ceased trading - or just stopped making these kits.  Presumably Stratos Models took over the production - or maybe they just bought up some unsold stock and had their own label printed?

Any information regarding the likely vintage of this kit or when Hydrafibre was last active or ceased trading would be interesting to know.

As for the model, in broad terms it is not unlike the Rapier insomuch that it is about the same size and is a fast cabin cruiser with a similar cab arrangement and should be capable of giving a very similar performance.

 on: Today at 12:10:59 PM 
Started by morfa - Last Post by roycv
Hi there is an old engine driver's solution to easily reading the sight glass on a boiler.

If you place an obviously striped board behind the glass, when there is water present it alters the angle of the stripes and shows up very easilly to the human eye.

 on: Today at 12:04:59 PM 
Started by morfa - Last Post by Jerry C
Da iawn  Morfa. Thatís what I was getting at.

 on: Today at 12:02:35 PM 
Started by Phil22 - Last Post by dougal99
Very neat looking work.  :-))

 on: Today at 11:49:31 AM 
Started by Mike M - Last Post by frogman3
WELCOME Mike ive been on an off this forum due to movin house but  now back on an as has been said there are a lot of guys that will help you on here as i had a problem with my failsafe on one ship an a R/C PROBLEM but these guys helped me greatly so come on an enjoy yourself  ps an ive got a build goin on here in the battle ships thread called boatmans tiger  build but im on here as frogman as when i went off i could not register in my old name so frogman it is
chris :-))

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