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Martin555
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PostSubject: BIG BLUE Test Facility    BIG BLUE Test Facility  EmptyTue Aug 10, 2021 10:53 am

Hi Guys,

I am not sure where to post this, if it is in the wrong place then please can the Admin team put it in the right place.

I did post this on a different site some time ago so some of you may of seen it.


A good friend of mine suggested that I share this with the model boat community.
As I only have a shower cubicle fitted in my house and no bath I had to come up with some sort of test facility for my model boats.
I used to use a small children's paddling pool but it was a real pain to keep filling it up and then emptying it and packing it away.
So I decided to modify an old water butt.
First I cut a 3"strip from the top (to be used to join it together, then cut it in half lengthwise.
Joined the two ends together with 5mm nuts and bolts and the 3"strip and plenty of silicon.
Made a wooden frame to help to keep it in shape and to support the weight.
And coated the wood with a couple of coats of wood preservative.
Now this has two uses first it still collects rain water for use on the garden and second I also have a place to test and ballast my boats.
You can see in the photos that I placed my Gato submarine in it to make sure that it was big enough. 

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Made slight modifications to Big Blue.
Fitted a tap and a removable nylon mesh top to stop leaves and stuff from getting in. 


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delta151
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PostSubject: BIG BLUE Test Facility   BIG BLUE Test Facility  EmptyTue Aug 24, 2021 11:50 am

This looks an excellent idea and has obviously been well made but if you want something similar which is ready made buy a plasterer's mixing bath.  They are made out of plastic are not expensive and can be usually obtained from your local builders merchant.  Please don't anyone think that this is just a distraction from Martin 555's idea as it most certainly is not.  I like his test tank and congratulate him on the idea.

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Martin555
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PostSubject: Re: BIG BLUE Test Facility    BIG BLUE Test Facility  EmptyTue Aug 24, 2021 12:01 pm

Hi delta151,
Thank's for the comment.

It is good to hear about other members test facility's.

A lot of members have bath's so have no need for this type of thing.
The good thing with this is that after testing the water can be used on the garden also it collects rain water so it is a win win situation.

It would be good to here from other members as to how they test there boats.

Martin.
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PostSubject: Re: BIG BLUE Test Facility    BIG BLUE Test Facility  EmptyTue Aug 24, 2021 12:36 pm

I have a purpose built 12ft x 6ft tank at the bottom of my garden. Big enough to check out the power system as well as check for leaks and ballasting.



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PostSubject: Re: BIG BLUE Test Facility    BIG BLUE Test Facility  EmptyTue Aug 24, 2021 1:01 pm

Hi gribeauval,

That is great.
I am absolutely jealous LOL!!!

With the size of some of the models i have made i could sit there all day testing LOL!!!

Martin.
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PostSubject: Re: BIG BLUE Test Facility    BIG BLUE Test Facility  EmptyThu Aug 26, 2021 2:42 am

I use the bath tub ... cheaper

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PostSubject: Re: BIG BLUE Test Facility    BIG BLUE Test Facility  EmptyThu Aug 26, 2021 7:20 am

Unfortunately RR i only have a shower and no bath in my house that is why i came up with the idea of Big Blue.
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