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AndyP
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PostSubject: newbie seeking advice   newbie seeking advice EmptyMon Feb 05, 2024 9:32 pm

Hi, Thank you for letting me join the forum.
My 8 year old son wants to build a radio control model Titanic (his current one is two milk bottle cartons glued together so we are talking pretty basic stuff!). He would like it about 1m long and if we work to approx scale it would be 15cm wide, so i am thinking of a pretty basic hull of a base and two sides, a triangular front piece and not sure about the back.

I am wondering what sort of wood should i use?
what sort of glue and
advice on radio control equiment (cheap and robust!) 

and any other tips for a complete novice!
many thanks
Andy
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PostSubject: Re: newbie seeking advice   newbie seeking advice EmptyTue Feb 06, 2024 6:41 pm

HI Andy - Welcome to the forum.

For your model I would suggest using Liteply which is easy to cut with a craft knife, or balsa. The latter is less robust than the ply. For either material I would use PVA wood glue, but be sure to paint the hull to protect the glue.

A small motor will need a way of controlling it via the radio and you will need a servo to operate the rudder. Check out the following web sites for package deals on radios etc.

https://howesmodels.co.uk/

https://www.cornwallmodelboats.co.uk/

https://www.sarikhobbies.com/

For Liteply try 

http://www.slecuk.com


Hope this helps. If you add your location I may be able to suggest other alternative suppliers.


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PostSubject: Re: newbie seeking advice   newbie seeking advice EmptyTue Feb 06, 2024 8:35 pm

Thanks Barrie, that is really useful information. I'm in Buxton, Derbyshire so any local model shops would be great to visit.
thanks again
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PostSubject: Re: newbie seeking advice   newbie seeking advice EmptyWed Feb 07, 2024 9:51 pm

There's High Peak models in Chapel but they don't show much in the way of floaty things, seems to be mostly plastic kits but it might be worth a visit.
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PostSubject: Re: newbie seeking advice   newbie seeking advice EmptyThu Feb 08, 2024 10:38 am

Hi Andy

I used to live near Ashbourne. The only shop I knew was in Derby. Mainly a mode car shop but did have basic supplies.

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