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1/6th Scale Mersey Lifeboat
« on: April 11, 2006, 07:26:44 PM »

Hi all, its great to have this super dooper all singing/dancing forum, thanks Martin!! ;)

 Here is a short video clip of the quarter chain release mechanisms now fitted to my big scale Mersey Lifeboat, as seen on modelboatmayhem.co.uk !! On the real boat these chains are released at launch by four of the crew hitting the release arms with a 4lb club hammer, not readily available in scale boats. The servo used is a retract servo pushing four bowden cables to tip the chain fittings. This then will allow the launch of the Mersey from its carriage ( in theory!!!!!!!).

I will send the build updates to Martin to post on mayhem as usual.

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Re: 1/6th Scale Mersey Lifeboat
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2006, 08:05:14 PM »

Great to see some working features on a large model.

All looks very efficient, does it ever get caught up?
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Re: 1/6th Scale Mersey Lifeboat
« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2006, 09:13:51 PM »

At the moment the system has workrd every time it has been tested ( touch wood ::)!!!!!)

If you like working features here is a short video of the Talus tractor that will pull the boat/carriage. The tractor is under "wire control" at the moment ( cann't afford the radio yet!!) and the legs belong to my tennage son who is going to the the driver on launches but is a crap driver at the moment!! :P The tractor incorporates working lights, remote tow hook release, working recovery winch and independant track control.

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Re: 1/6th Scale Mersey Lifeboat
« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2006, 02:57:41 PM »

 :D :D

I liked the little bit of persuasion with the left foot.  Mr Freemantle probably would have something to say about that!!  ;D

Mind you, when I was on the crew of the Mersey at our local station, I watched ours slide on ice on a recovery. Scared the driver out of the tractor.  He wasn't that long in the job and thought he was the bees-knees until that happened.

The RNLI then decided to install 2 sunken anchor points.  One in the actual boat house and the other outside the house.  If needed, (if I remember correctly) the winch wire was passed under the tractor and attached to the anchor point so that the tractor could use the power of the tractor to pull the carriage up the slip and at the same time use the power of the winch to stop it sliding about. I think there is also another wire that can be attached to the tractor and to the anchor point at the door to stop the tractor being pulled over the edge of the slip if doing a topside recovery.

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Re: 1/6th Scale Mersey Lifeboat
« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2006, 07:01:10 PM »

Ah, the time-honoured engineering practice of kicking it to make it work!!

Done that several times to the aircraft in my profile photo..........only got kicked back once!!

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Re: 1/6th Scale Mersey Lifeboat
« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2006, 11:23:45 PM »

am i the only numpty that cant get a look at Mikes clip. Been folllowing his build since i was knee high, pretty good and what a better way to get an idea of the mans injinuety(hope spell check works), but no, all i get is funny swirls, bit like last friday, downloaded nos 10, no better. any ideas.
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Re: 1/6th Scale Mersey Lifeboat
« Reply #6 on: April 14, 2006, 01:23:36 PM »

No you're not the only one! I got an error message from Windows Media Player saying error downloading Codec.

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Re: 1/6th Scale Mersey Lifeboat
« Reply #7 on: April 14, 2006, 07:27:25 PM »

glad i'm not the only one they pick on.
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Re: 1/6th Scale Mersey Lifeboat
« Reply #8 on: April 14, 2006, 11:13:53 PM »

For people having problems with the .avi clip of the chain release try this Quicktime clip. The quality of the videos is not great because of the forum size limitations on uploads. If you can see this ok them let me know and I will recode the Talus clip for you as well. 8)

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Re: 1/6th Scale Mersey Lifeboat
« Reply #9 on: April 14, 2006, 11:49:14 PM »

Here is the re-coded Talus clip as a Quicktime .mov. As I said before the quality has suffered in the recoding for the forum.

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      Is it possible to activate .wmv file uploads ?

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Re: 1/6th Scale Mersey Lifeboat
« Reply #10 on: April 16, 2006, 04:07:31 PM »

Yep, Can see those! See what you mean about the quality!

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Re: 1/6th Scale Mersey Lifeboat
« Reply #11 on: April 16, 2006, 06:03:02 PM »

you are a very clever man. well done, cant wait to see the next set of photos on the main site.
carry on the good work
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Re: 1/6th Scale Mersey Lifeboat
« Reply #12 on: April 16, 2006, 06:25:23 PM »

you are a very clever man. well done, cant wait to see the next set of photos on the main site.
carry on the good work
colin

Thanks for the compliment, I do try very hard!! ;D ;D ;D

Martin has promised to update the main site in the next few days (touch wood!!). There are four updates waiting his attention but he has been vey busy setting up this great new forum so, fingers crossed!!!! 8)
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Re: 1/6th Scale Mersey Lifeboat
« Reply #13 on: April 30, 2006, 11:54:57 PM »

After spending a pleasant day with my grandchildren on the East Coast of Yorkshire my Mersey Lifeboat has aquired a new crew member! ;D
My small grandson was watching, with the concentration only known to three year olds, the seagulls in Bridlington Harbour landing on the moored boats and decided that "Grandad's boat should have a pigeon as well"  note: if they walk they are pigeons, if they swim they are ducks!!

So meet the new crew member, Percy the Pigeon!!  ;) 

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Re: 1/6th Scale Mersey Lifeboat
« Reply #14 on: May 02, 2006, 11:17:18 PM »

Here is a short clip of my latest working feature on the Mersey, it's the foredeck capstan. The motor gearbox combo (see main forum build page for picture when Martin does next update for me!!) is built inside the winch itself.
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