News

Here is the latest from the TREASURE COAST RC SCALE BOATERS

October 01 2017

Club News Rocking Anchor
From The Commodore - The HopCat Restaurant has begun construction at our old club launch site. Bud has been in touch with the developer but still not sure what the formal plans are. Will certainly keep you all posted for sure.

We have, however, located a new launch site in the Tradition development adjacent to the Tradition Medical Center. We have cleared a couple launch areas and plenty of room for parking. For detailed directions visit the Pond Site page of our website. Looks like a great alternative to what we had and look forward to seeing you all there. -- Capt. Bill

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Website LINKS page update - The LINKS page in our website is now updated and all known dead websites have been removed. If you see any that need to be revised or removed just let us know at TCRCBoaters@Gmail.com Also if you find a website that should be added, let us know that as well.

Suncoast Scale Model Boat Club - The Tampa Bay area now has a newly revived RC scale electric boat club. Check it out.
BAEB
Click Here for the Suncoast Scale Model Boat Club

October 2017 Below are the happenings for October, 2017

Sun

Sunday, October 1st
8:00 AM - Whenever – Scale and Sail – Open Sail
Note: Tradition Medical Center Lake
Sunday, October 8th
8:00 AM - Whenever – Scale and Sail – Open Sail
Note: Tradition Medical Center Lake
Sunday, October 15th
8:00 AM - Whenever - Scale and Sail - Open Sail
Note: Tradition Medical Center Lake
Sunday, October 22nd
8:00 AM - Whenever - Scale and Sail - Open Sail
Note: Tradition Medical Center Lake
Sunday, October 29th
8:00 AM - Whenever - Scale and Sail - Open Sail
Note: Tradition Medical Center Lake

Scale/Sail News

”Kevin’s Dockside Report – Bud’s Creole Queen” - Bud Johansen's stunning stern wheeler "Creole Queen" underway on Tradition Lake in Port St Lucie, Florida. The 50+ inch long model is fitted with full sound including steam engine, whistle, calliope, and jazz band, along with smoke generator and full lighting. Propulsion comes from electric motor driven stern wheel with forward and reverse and a bow thruster assists turning. Because of her low freeboard, it is a rare privilege to see this beautiful boat on the water.

Photos

”Kevin’s Dockside Report – Mackey’s PT” - TCRC member Kevin Knoop again provided some great photos and a report on Mackey’s PT.

Mackey's PT 596 shown here viewed from the port side just off shore waiting for her next target.

Photos

PT 596 viewed from above showing Mackey's attention to detail including the sand colored weather deck to camouflage the boat from enemy aircraft while on shore. This was only done on boats that served in the Pacific Theater.

Photos

PT 596 loitering close to the rocky coastline to provide the element of surprise. This boat almost wound up in a landfill despite being a scratch build because of the thick plywood used in its construction by the original builder made it too heavy. Mackey just couldn't see the model being thrown away so he rescued the boat and after much work he finished

Photos

PT boats were powered by 3 engines, each driving a propeller and Mackey's PT 596 is no exception. However in the reverse mode only the center prop is used. Congratulations to Mackey Rodgers for a fine job saving this unique model from the scrap heap.

Heard (and Seen) Around The Pond
LiPo Batteries for RC Scale Boating - As many of us have found out recently, we have been unable to get the Turnigy 3S 4000 mAh, 20-30C Lipos which many of us use. It appears that this specific battery has been abandoned but HK has introduced the new Multistar series LiPos designed around multi-rotor requirements for longer run times. In evaluating our specific needs it appears that these can be a good fit for our use.
Photos
The Multistar 3S (11.1 volts) comes in a 4,000 mAh and 5,200 mAh version, both 10C-20C rated. With these specs, the 4,000 mAh would deliver up to 40 amps, burst to 80 amps; the 5,200 mAh up to 52 amps, w/ burst to 104 amps. The majority of our boats draw less than 20 amps even at full speed; larger boats w/ dual motors possibly 40 amps. Our speed controllers are typically 30 amp or 50 amp rated. If you match up the specs - The 30A ESC would merit a 3S 4,000 mAh Multistar. The 50A ESC a 5,200 mAh Multistar.

I thought this information would be of interest as many of us, me included, have tended to over kill our power requirements with high C rated batteries with higher costs. Not really necessary when you work through the specs.

RC Boating Products – TCRC Boaters have been using a variety of the Mtroniks products including their ESC units 15A, 30A, 40A High Voltage & 50A brushed and 30A & 50A brushless, sound systems, channel mixers, brushless motors, and more. Their products are very high quality and most carry a two-year warranty. (And they totally stand behind that from the experience we have.)

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Bud is a USA dealer for Mtroniks and can give our club members very favorable pricing on the Mtroniks products. He has most Mtroniks products on hand so be sure and check with him. Bud can be contacted at - BudsPlaceFl@Gmail.com

TCRC Tradition lake Visitors - UPDATEJust a reminder. Be sure and make visitors feel welcome when they stop by the lake on Sunday mornings. If they really have an interest and want to operate a boat, we have a new club ship available specifically for that purpose. “The Club Tug” is equipped with “Captain’s View” for the latest in RC scale boating. Just see Mackey Rodgers for the keys. It’s a great sport/hobby and we would love to share the experience.

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Always something new on our website; be sure to check out every tab on a regular basis. LINKS in particular, is expanding every week. If you have any new clubs or vendors to add, be sure and let us know. Also, please forward any news, information on new products, happenings in the RC scale boating area, etc. We want to build this as the best RC scale model boaters website – TCRCBoaters@Comcast.net

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This website - is for you to keep informed and to contribute your own information to not only the TC RC Scale Boaters club members, but to scale boaters everywhere. If you have something you would like to share, please e-mail it to - TCRCBoaters@comcast.net. The hot-link is on the Contact Us page.

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Here is the latest from the TREASURE COAST RC SCALE BOATERS

September 01 2017

Club News Rocking Anchor
From The Commodore - It looks like the time has come for the HopCat Restaurant to begin construction adjacent to our launch site. Bud has been in touch with the developer but still not sure what the formal plans are. Hopefully we can get discussions going again with them now that there will be contact folks on site. Will certainly keep you all posted for sure. -- Capt. Bill

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Our Latest Visitor - If it isn’t alligators it’s hurricanes. YEP, Florida for sure. Hurricane Irma was on it’s way during the preparation of this News update so waited to see what happened. WOW – Ton’s of devastation but fortunately minimal to our launch site and members homes reported thus far – September 13th. If you are wondering how large the hurricane was – it covered the entire state plus some. -

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Website LINKS page update - The LINKS page in our website is now updated and all known dead websites have been removed. If you see any that need to be revised or removed just let us know at TCRCBoaters@Gmail.com Also if you find a website that should be added, let us know that as well.

Tradition Association News - Be sure and visit the Tradition website for updates on activities held there at Tradition -
Click Here ---> Tradition Website

Suncoast Scale Model Boat Club - The Tampa Bay area now has a newly revived RC scale electric boat club. Check it out.
BAEB
Click Here for the Suncoast Scale Model Boat Club

September 2017 Below are the happenings for September, 2017

Sun

Sunday, September 3rd
8:00 AM - Whenever – Scale and Sail – Open Sail
Note: Tradition Lake
Sunday, September 10th
8:00 AM - HURRICANE IRMA COMES MARCHING THROUGH – BIG TIME!
Note: Tradition Lake
Sunday, September 17th
8:00 AM - Whenever – Scale and Sail – Open Sail
Note: Tradition Lake
Sunday, September 24th
8:00 AM - Whenever - Scale and Sail - Open Sail
Note: Tradition Lake

Scale/Sail News

”Kevin’s Dockside Report – Bud’s Creole Queen” - Bud Johansen's stunning stern wheeler "Creole Queen" underway on Tradition Lake in Port St Lucie, Florida. The 50+ inch long model is fitted with full sound including steam engine, whistle, calliope, and jazz band, along with smoke generator and full lighting. Propulsion comes from electric motor driven stern wheel with forward and reverse and a bow thruster assists turning. Because of her low freeboard, it is a rare privilege to see this beautiful boat on the water.

Photos

Super Skipper Mackey - Not to be outdone by George and Capt. Bill, Mackey tries his Super Skipper skills with three boats at once.

Photos

”Kevin’s Dockside Report – Capt. Bill’s Swamp Buggy” - Capt. Bill's air boat loitering in the tall Bull Rushes on a hot day.

Photos

”Kevin’s Dockside Report – Mackey’s PT” - TCRC member Kevin Knoop again provided some great photos and a report on Mackey’s PT.

Mackey's PT 596 shown here viewed from the port side just off shore waiting for her next target.

Photos

PT 596 viewed from above showing Mackey's attention to detail including the sand colored weather deck to camouflage the boat from enemy aircraft while on shore. This was only done on boats that served in the Pacific Theater.

Photos

PT 596 loitering close to the rocky coastline to provide the element of surprise. This boat almost wound up in a landfill despite being a scratch build because of the thick plywood used in its construction by the original builder made it too heavy. Mackey just couldn't see the model being thrown away so he rescued the boat and after much work he finished

Photos

PT boats were powered by 3 engines, each driving a propeller and Mackey's PT 596 is no exception. However in the reverse mode only the center prop is used. Congratulations to Mackey Rodgers for a fine job saving this unique model from the scrap heap.

Heard (and Seen) Around The Pond
LiPo Batteries for RC Scale Boating - As many of us have found out recently, we have been unable to get the Turnigy 3S 4000 mAh, 20-30C Lipos which many of us use. It appears that this specific battery has been abandoned but HK has introduced the new Multistar series LiPos designed around multi-rotor requirements for longer run times. In evaluating our specific needs it appears that these can be a good fit for our use.
Photos
The Multistar 3S (11.1 volts) comes in a 4,000 mAh and 5,200 mAh version, both 10C-20C rated. With these specs, the 4,000 mAh would deliver up to 40 amps, burst to 80 amps; the 5,200 mAh up to 52 amps, w/ burst to 104 amps. The majority of our boats draw less than 20 amps even at full speed; larger boats w/ dual motors possibly 40 amps. Our speed controllers are typically 30 amp or 50 amp rated. If you match up the specs - The 30A ESC would merit a 3S 4,000 mAh Multistar. The 50A ESC a 5,200 mAh Multistar.

I thought this information would be of interest as many of us, me included, have tended to over kill our power requirements with high C rated batteries with higher costs. Not really necessary when you work through the specs.

RC Boating Products – TCRC Boaters have been using a variety of the Mtroniks products including their ESC units 15A, 30A, 40A High Voltage & 50A brushed and 30A & 50A brushless, sound systems, channel mixers, brushless motors, and more. Their products are very high quality and most carry a two-year warranty. (And they totally stand behind that from the experience we have.)

Photos
Photos< Photos
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Bud is a USA dealer for Mtroniks and can give our club members very favorable pricing on the Mtroniks products. He has most Mtroniks products on hand so be sure and check with him. Bud can be contacted at - BudsPlaceFl@Gmail.com

TCRC Tradition Lake Visitors - UPDATEJust a reminder. Be sure and make visitors feel welcome when they stop by the lake on Sunday mornings. If they really have an interest and want to operate a boat, we have the club ship “The Andrea” available specifically for that purpose. “The Andrea” is equipped with “Captain’s View” for the latest in RC scale boating. Just see Mackey Rodgers for the keys. It’s a great sport/hobby and we would love to share the experience.

Photos



New on the Website
News/
Lots of new photos in the Gallery. Check them out.

New
Always something new on our website; be sure to check out every tab on a regular basis. LINKS in particular, is expanding every week. If you have any new clubs or vendors to add, be sure and let us know. Also, please forward any news, information on new products, happenings in the RC scale boating area, etc. We want to build this as the best RC scale model boaters website – TCRCBoaters@Comcast.net

New
News
BudsPlace - Info on many RC boating products

Programmer

This website - is for you to keep informed and to contribute your own information to not only the TC RC Scale Boaters club members, but to scale boaters everywhere. If you have something you would like to share, please e-mail it to - TCRCBoaters@comcast.net. The hot-link is on the Contact Us page.

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Here is the latest from the TREASURE COAST RC SCALE BOATERS

August 01 2017

Club News Rocking Anchor
From The Commodore - The weeds are back with us with a vengeance. Bud has been in contact with the Wetlands Management Co. and they are continuing to treat Tradition Lake. We did get a new weed razor which is working well. Didn’t realize how dull the original one had gotten. We are still able to keep an open channel to the deeper waters so hot a major setback. -- Capt. Bill

Our Latest Visitor - Behold, Capt. Bill's latest submersible? No, wait, it's a 6 ft. Alligator that visited our launch site. It appeared to be interested in the rake that Capt. Bill was using to clear Hydrilla weeds and hovered no more than ten feet from the waters edge. After a short while it turned and slowly swam off across the lake which finally opened the sea-lanes for our boats. Welcome to Florida.

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Website LINKS page update - The LINKS page in our website is now updated and all known dead websites have been removed. If you see any that need to be revised or removed just let us know at TCRCBoaters@Gmail.com Also if you find a website that should be added, let us know that as well.

Tradition Association News - Be sure and visit the Tradition website for updates on activities held there at Tradition -
Click Here ---> Tradition Website

Suncoast Scale Model Boat Club - The Tampa Bay area now has a newly revived RC scale electric boat club. Check it out.
BAEB
Click Here for the Suncoast Scale Model Boat Club

August 2017 Below are the happenings for August, 2017

Sun

Sunday, August 6th
8:00 AM - Whenever – Scale and Sail - Open Sail
Note: Tradition Lake
Sunday, August 13th
8:00 AM - Whenever – Scale and Sail – Open Sail
Note: Tradition Lake
Sunday, August 20th
8:00 AM - Whenever - Scale and Sail - Open Sail
Note: Tradition Lake
Sunday, August 27th
8:00 AM - Whenever - Scale and Sail - Open Sail
Note: Tradition Lake

Scale/Sail News

”Kevin’s Dockside Report – Bud’s Creole Queen” - Bud Johansen's stunning stern wheeler "Creole Queen" underway on Tradition Lake in Port St Lucie, Florida. The 50+ inch long model is fitted with full sound including steam engine, whistle, calliope, and jazz band, along with smoke generator and full lighting. Propulsion comes from electric motor driven stern wheel with forward and reverse and a bow thruster assists turning. Because of her low freeboard, it is a rare privilege to see this beautiful boat on the water.

Photos

Super Skipper Mackey - Not to be outdone by George and Capt. Bill, Mackey tries his Super Skipper skills with three boats at once.

Photos

”Kevin’s Dockside Report – Capt. Bill’s Swamp Buggy” - Capt. Bill's air boat loitering in the tall Bull Rushes on a hot day.

Photos

”Kevin’s Dockside Report – Mackey’s PT” - TCRC member Kevin Knoop again provided some great photos and a report on Mackey’s PT.

Mackey's PT 596 shown here viewed from the port side just off shore waiting for her next target.

Photos

PT 596 viewed from above showing Mackey's attention to detail including the sand colored weather deck to camouflage the boat from enemy aircraft while on shore. This was only done on boats that served in the Pacific Theater.

Photos

PT 596 loitering close to the rocky coastline to provide the element of surprise. This boat almost wound up in a landfill despite being a scratch build because of the thick plywood used in its construction by the original builder made it too heavy. Mackey just couldn't see the model being thrown away so he rescued the boat and after much work he finished

Photos

PT boats were powered by 3 engines, each driving a propeller and Mackey's PT 596 is no exception. However in the reverse mode only the center prop is used. Congratulations to Mackey Rodgers for a fine job saving this unique model from the scrap heap.

”Kevin Just Doesn’t Quit” - TCRC member Kevin Knoop did it again.

Bud had found some interesting 3D printable tugs and as a joke, passed some out at the lake with the challenge of turning them into real RC vessels. At only 2” & 3” tall, first photo, the mission was of course virtually impossible but Kevin did give it a try with some great paint jobs.

Photos

Photos

Photos

With the cost of 3D printers coming down and the increased availability of free model accessory STL print files on the Internet, it is becoming practical to use these for RC model boating accessories. Here are a few that Bud has printed for his models.

Photos

Heard (and Seen) Around The Pond
Graupner USA - Graupner is back in the USA and has some new products. They have lots of boat stuff, motors, radios, ESC units, etc. Be sure and check them out at – www.graupnerusa.com Dave & Bud both just got the Taucher O. Wulf 6 tug which comes with a beautiful fiber glass hull, a 550 motor, drive shaft, prop, rudder servo and lots of accessories. Great kit at a great price. BE SURE AND CHECK THEM OUT!

LiPo Batteries for RC Scale Boating - As many of us have found out recently, we have been unable to get the Turnigy 3S 4000 mAh, 20-30C Lipos which many of us use. It appears that this specific battery has been abandoned but HK has introduced the new Multistar series LiPos designed around multi-rotor requirements for longer run times. In evaluating our specific needs it appears that these can be a good fit for our use.
Photos
The Multistar 3S (11.1 volts) comes in a 4,000 mAh and 5,200 mAh version, both 10C-20C rated. With these specs, the 4,000 mAh would deliver up to 40 amps, burst to 80 amps; the 5,200 mAh up to 52 amps, w/ burst to 104 amps. The majority of our boats draw less than 20 amps even at full speed; larger boats w/ dual motors possibly 40 amps. Our speed controllers are typically 30 amp or 50 amp rated. If you match up the specs - The 30A ESC would merit a 3S 4,000 mAh Multistar. The 50A ESC a 5,200 mAh Multistar.

I thought this information would be of interest as many of us, me included, have tended to over kill our power requirements with high C rated batteries with higher costs. Not really necessary when you work through the specs.

RC Boating Products – TCRC Boaters have been using a variety of the Mtroniks products including their ESC units 15A, 30A, 40A High Voltage & 50A brushed and 30A & 50A brushless, sound systems, channel mixers, brushless motors, and more. Their products are very high quality and most carry a two-year warranty. (And they totally stand behind that from the experience we have.)

Photos
Photos< Photos
Photos Photos

Bud is a USA dealer for Mtroniks and can give our club members very favorable pricing on the Mtroniks products. He has most Mtroniks products on hand so be sure and check with him. Bud can be contacted at - BudsPlaceFl@Gmail.com

TCRC Tradition Lake Visitors - UPDATEJust a reminder. Be sure and make visitors feel welcome when they stop by the lake on Sunday mornings. If they really have an interest and want to operate a boat, we have the club ship “The Andrea” available specifically for that purpose. “The Andrea” is equipped with “Captain’s View” for the latest in RC scale boating. Just see Mackey Rodgers for the keys. It’s a great sport/hobby and we would love to share the experience.

Photos



New on the Website
News/
Lots of new photos in the Gallery. Check them out.

New
Always something new on our website; be sure to check out every tab on a regular basis. LINKS in particular, is expanding every week. If you have any new clubs or vendors to add, be sure and let us know. Also, please forward any news, information on new products, happenings in the RC scale boating area, etc. We want to build this as the best RC scale model boaters website – TCRCBoaters@Comcast.net

New
News
BudsPlace - Info on many RC boating products

Programmer

This website - is for you to keep informed and to contribute your own information to not only the TC RC Scale Boaters club members, but to scale boaters everywhere. If you have something you would like to share, please e-mail it to - TCRCBoaters@comcast.net. The hot-link is on the Contact Us page.

Light House

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News

Here is the latest from the TREASURE COAST RC SCALE BOATERS

July 01 2017

Club News Rocking Anchor
From The Commodore - The summer heat is upon us and here comes the weeds. Bud has been in contact with the Wetlands Management Co. and they have just started treating Tradition Lake. The current treatment should be showing some progress these next couple weeks. They will be monitoring the situation and if appropriate, apply a second treatment. -- Capt. Bill

Tradition Association News - Be sure and visit the Tradition website for updates on our own activities as well as others held there at Tradition -
Click Here ---> Tradition Website

Suncoast Scale Model Boat Club - The Tampa Bay area now has a newly revived RC scale electric boat club. Check it out.
BAEB
Click Here for the Suncoast Scale Model Boat Club

July 2017 Below are the happenings for July, 2017

Sunday, July 2nd
8:00 AM - Whenever – Scale and Sail - Open Sail
Note: Tradition Lake
4th of July Star BurstsStar Bursts
Sunday, July 9th
8:00 AM - Whenever – Scale and Sail – Open Sail
Note: Tradition Lake
Sunday, July 16th
8:00 AM - Whenever - Scale and Sail - Open Sail
Note: Tradition Lake
Sunday, July 23rd
8:00 AM - Whenever - Scale and Sail - Open Sail
Note: Tradition Lake
Sunday, July 30th
8:00 AM - Whenever - Scale and Sail - Open Sail
Note: Tradition Lake

Scale/Sail News

Super Skipper Mackey - Not to be outdone by George and Capt. Bill, Mackey tries his Super Skipper skills with three boats at once.

Photos

”Kevin’s Dockside Report – Capt. Bill’s Swamp Buggy” - Capt. Bill's air boat loitering in the tall Bull Rushes on a hot day.

Photos

”Kevin’s Dockside Report – Mackey’s PT” - TCRC member Kevin Knoop again provided some great photos and a report on Mackey’s PT.

Mackey's PT 596 shown here viewed from the port side just off shore waiting for her next target.

Photos

PT 596 viewed from above showing Mackey's attention to detail including the sand colored weather deck to camouflage the boat from enemy aircraft while on shore. This was only done on boats that served in the Pacific Theater.

Photos

PT 596 loitering close to the rocky coastline to provide the element of surprise. This boat almost wound up in a landfill despite being a scratch build because of the thick plywood used in its construction by the original builder made it too heavy. Mackey just couldn't see the model being thrown away so he rescued the boat and after much work he finished

Photos

PT boats were powered by 3 engines, each driving a propeller and Mackey's PT 596 is no exception. However in the reverse mode only the center prop is used. Congratulations to Mackey Rodgers for a fine job saving this unique model from the scrap heap.

”Kevin Just Doesn’t Quit” - TCRC member Kevin Knoop did it again.

Bud had found some interesting 3D printable tugs and as a joke, passed some out at the lake with the challenge of turning them into real RC vessels. At only 2” & 3” tall, first photo, the mission was of course virtually impossible but Kevin did give it a try with some great paint jobs.

Photos

Photos

Photos

With the cost of 3D printers coming down and the increased availability of free model accessory STL print files on the Internet, it is becoming practical to use these for RC model boating accessories. Here are a few that Bud has printed for his models.

Photos

Heard (and Seen) Around The Pond
Graupner USA - Graupner is back in the USA and has some new products. They have lots of boat stuff, motors, radios, ESC units, etc. Be sure and check them out at – www.graupnerusa.com Dave & Bud both just got the Taucher O. Wulf 6 tug which comes with a beautiful fiber glass hull, a 550 motor, drive shaft, prop, rudder servo and lots of accessories. Great kit at a great price. BE SURE AND CHECK THEM OUT!

Decals for RC Scale Boating - It seems that we never have the decals we need and if we do have them they are in the wrong scale. If you are really serious about your decals there is a solution. Find the graphics you need and get them into a jpeg file. GRAB is a tool on Mac computers and SNIP-IT on Windows machines that lets you copy images from computer files or screen shots. Once you have the files you want, regardless of size, you need to lay them out on an 8.5” x 11” format; I use PowerPoint as it allows you to layout however it fits best and lets you vary the sizes easily.

Now that you have the page laid out like you want it, print out the page with an inkjet printer on Inkjet/Clear Waterslide Decal Paper. This paper is available on Amazon and other sources and runs about $1 a page. Once you have the page printed you will need to spray with a crystal clear acrylic (Krylon 1303 brand works great), 2-3 coats. Let dry thoroughly. Cut the item you want from the decal sheet, soak in water until backing becomes loose, then apply to the surface where you would want it. The only thing I have run into is there is no “white” available as a color. White on an inkjet printer is clear.

If you have any questions or want any samples of graphics just drop an e-mail to TCRCBoaters@gmail.com, Attn: Bud

Photos


LiPo Batteries for RC Scale Boating - As many of us have found out recently, we have been unable to get the Turnigy 3S 4000 mAh, 20-30C Lipos which many of us use. It appears that this specific battery has been abandoned but HK has introduced the new Multistar series LiPos designed around multi-rotor requirements for longer run times. In evaluating our specific needs it appears that these can be a good fit for our use.
Photos
The Multistar 3S (11.1 volts) comes in a 4,000 mAh and 5,200 mAh version, both 10C-20C rated. With these specs, the 4,000 mAh would deliver up to 40 amps, burst to 80 amps; the 5,200 mAh up to 52 amps, w/ burst to 104 amps. The majority of our boats draw less than 20 amps even at full speed; larger boats w/ dual motors possibly 40 amps. Our speed controllers are typically 30 amp or 50 amp rated. If you match up the specs - The 30A ESC would merit a 3S 4,000 mAh Multistar. The 50A ESC a 5,200 mAh Multistar.

I thought this information would be of interest as many of us, me included, have tended to over kill our power requirements with high C rated batteries with higher costs. Not really necessary when you work through the specs.

RC Boating Products – TCRC Boaters have been using a variety of the Mtroniks products including their ESC units 15A, 30A, 40A High Voltage & 50A brushed and 30A & 50A brushless, sound systems, channel mixers, brushless motors, and more. Their products are very high quality and most carry a two-year warranty. (And they totally stand behind that from the experience we have.)

Photos
Photos< Photos
Photos Photos

Bud is a USA dealer for Mtroniks and can give our club members very favorable pricing on the Mtroniks products. He has most Mtroniks products on hand so be sure and check with him. Bud can be contacted at - BudsPlaceFl@Gmail.com

TCRC Tradition Lake Visitors - UPDATEJust a reminder. Be sure and make visitors feel welcome when they stop by the lake on Sunday mornings. If they really have an interest and want to operate a boat, we have the club ship “The Andrea” available specifically for that purpose. “The Andrea” is equipped with “Captain’s View” for the latest in RC scale boating. Just see Mackey Rodgers for the keys. It’s a great sport/hobby and we would love to share the experience.

Photos



New on the Website
News/
Lots of new photos in the Gallery. Check them out.

New
Always something new on our website; be sure to check out every tab on a regular basis. LINKS in particular, is expanding every week. If you have any new clubs or vendors to add, be sure and let us know. Also, please forward any news, information on new products, happenings in the RC scale boating area, etc. We want to build this as the best RC scale model boaters website – TCRCBoaters@Comcast.net

New
News
BudsPlace - Info on many RC boating products

Programmer

This website - is for you to keep informed and to contribute your own information to not only the TC RC Scale Boaters club members, but to scale boaters everywhere. If you have something you would like to share, please e-mail it to - TCRCBoaters@comcast.net. The hot-link is on the Contact Us page.

Light House

Back To Top

News

Here is the latest from the TREASURE COAST RC SCALE BOATERS

June 01 2017

Club News Rocking Anchor
From The Commodore - If you haven’t been to the lake lately, the boating has been really great. The water is down, and so are the weeds, and the weather has been super. Lots of very flat water, which leads to some great photos. -- Capt. Bill

Photos

Tradition Association News - Be sure and visit the Tradition website for updates on our own activities as well as others held there at Tradition -
Click Here ---> Tradition Website

Suncoast Scale Model Boat Club - The Tampa Bay area now has a newly revived RC scale electric boat club. Check it out.
BAEB
Click Here for the Suncoast Scale Model Boat Club

June 2017 Below are the happenings for June, 2017

Sunday, June 4th
8:00 AM - Whenever – Scale and Sail - Open Sail
Note: Tradition Lake
Sunday, June 11th
8:00 AM - Whenever – Scale and Sail – Open Sail
Note: Tradition Lake
Sunday, June 18th
8:00 AM - Whenever - Scale and Sail - Open Sail
Note: Tradition Lake
Sunday, June 25th
8:00 AM - Whenever - Scale and Sail - Open Sail
Note: Tradition Lake

Scale/Sail News

”Kevin’s Dockside Report – Mackey’s PT” - TCRC member Kevin Knoop again provided some great photos and a report on Mackey’s PT.

Mackey's PT 596 shown here viewed from the port side just off shore waiting for her next target.

Photos

PT 596 viewed from above showing Mackey's attention to detail including the sand colored weather deck to camouflage the boat from enemy aircraft while on shore. This was only done on boats that served in the Pacific Theater.

Photos

PT 596 loitering close to the rocky coastline to provide the element of surprise. This boat almost wound up in a landfill despite being a scratch build because of the thick plywood used in its construction by the original builder made it too heavy. Mackey just couldn't see the model being thrown away so he rescued the boat and after much work he finished

Photos

PT boats were powered by 3 engines, each driving a propeller and Mackey's PT 596 is no exception. However in the reverse mode only the center prop is used. Congratulations to Mackey Rodgers for a fine job saving this unique model from the scrap heap.

”Kevin Just Doesn’t Quit” - TCRC member Kevin Knoop did it again.

Bud had found some interesting 3D printable tugs and as a joke, passed some out at the lake with the challenge of turning them into real RC vessels. At only 2” & 3” tall, first photo, the mission was of course virtually impossible but Kevin did give it a try with some great paint jobs.

Photos

Photos

Photos

With the cost of 3D printers coming down and the increased availability of free model accessory STL print files on the Internet, it is becoming practical to use these for RC model boating accessories. Here are a few that Bud has printed for his models.

Photos

Heard Around The Pond
Decals for RC Scale Boating - It seems that we never have the decals we need and if we do have them they are in the wrong scale. If you are really serious about your decals there is a solution. Find the graphics you need and get them into a jpeg file. GRAB is a tool on Mac computers and SNIP-IT on Windows machines that lets you copy images from computer files or screen shots. Once you have the files you want, regardless of size, you need to lay them out on an 8.5” x 11” format; I use PowerPoint as it allows you to layout however it fits best and lets you vary the sizes easily.

Now that you have the page laid out like you want it, print out the page with an inkjet printer on Inkjet/Clear Waterslide Decal Paper. This paper is available on Amazon and other sources and runs about $1 a page. Once you have the page printed you will need to spray with a crystal clear acrylic (Krylon 1303 brand works great), 2-3 coats. Let dry thoroughly. Cut the item you want from the decal sheet, soak in water until backing becomes loose, then apply to the surface where you would want it. The only thing I have run into is there is no “white” available as a color. White on an inkjet printer is clear.

If you have any questions or want any samples of graphics just drop an e-mail to TCRCBoaters@gmail.com, Attn: Bud

Photos


LiPo Batteries for RC Scale Boating - As many of us have found out recently, we have been unable to get the Turnigy 3S 4000 mAh, 20-30C Lipos which many of us use. It appears that this specific battery has been abandoned but HK has introduced the new Multistar series LiPos designed around multi-rotor requirements for longer run times. In evaluating our specific needs it appears that these can be a good fit for our use.
Photos
The Multistar 3S (11.1 volts) comes in a 4,000 mAh and 5,200 mAh version, both 10C-20C rated. With these specs, the 4,000 mAh would deliver up to 40 amps, burst to 80 amps; the 5,200 mAh up to 52 amps, w/ burst to 104 amps. The majority of our boats draw less than 20 amps even at full speed; larger boats w/ dual motors possibly 40 amps. Our speed controllers are typically 30 amp or 50 amp rated. If you match up the specs - The 30A ESC would merit a 3S 4,000 mAh Multistar. The 50A ESC a 5,200 mAh Multistar.

I thought this information would be of interest as many of us, me included, have tended to over kill our power requirements with high C rated batteries with higher costs. Not really necessary when you work through the specs.

RC Boating Products – TCRC Boaters have been using a variety of the Mtroniks products including their ESC units 15A, 30A, 40A High Voltage & 50A brushed and 30A & 50A brushless, sound systems, channel mixers, brushless motors, and more. Their products are very high quality and most carry a two-year warranty. (And they totally stand behind that from the experience we have.)

Photos
Photos< Photos
Photos Photos

Bud is a USA dealer for Mtroniks and can give our club members very favorable pricing on the Mtroniks products. He has most Mtroniks products on hand so be sure and check with him. Bud can be contacted at - BudsPlaceFl@Gmail.com

TCRC Tradition Lake Visitors - UPDATEJust a reminder. Be sure and make visitors feel welcome when they stop by the lake on Sunday mornings. If they really have an interest and want to operate a boat, we have the club ship “The Andrea” available specifically for that purpose. “The Andrea” is equipped with “Captain’s View” for the latest in RC scale boating. Just see Mackey Rodgers for the keys. It’s a great sport/hobby and we would love to share the experience.

Photos



New on the Website
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Lots of new photos in the Gallery. Check them out.

New
Always something new on our website; be sure to check out every tab on a regular basis. LINKS in particular, is expanding every week. If you have any new clubs or vendors to add, be sure and let us know. Also, please forward any news, information on new products, happenings in the RC scale boating area, etc. We want to build this as the best RC scale model boaters website – TCRCBoaters@Comcast.net

New
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BudsPlace - Info on many RC boating products

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This website - is for you to keep informed and to contribute your own information to not only the TC RC Scale Boaters club members, but to scale boaters everywhere. If you have something you would like to share, please e-mail it to - TCRCBoaters@comcast.net. The hot-link is on the Contact Us page.

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Here is the latest from the TREASURE COAST RC SCALE BOATERS

May 01 2017

Club News Rocking Anchor
From The Commodore - TBD. Honestly I’m working on it. -- Capt. Bill

Tradition Association News - Be sure and visit the Tradition website for updates on our own activities as well as others held there at Tradition -
Click Here ---> Tradition Website

Suncoast Scale Model Boat Club - The Tampa Bay area now has a newly revived RC scale electric boat club. Check it out.
BAEB
Click Here for the Suncoast Scale Model Boat Club

May 2017 Below are the happenings for May, 2017

Sunday, May 7th
8:00 AM - Whenever – Scale and Sail - Open Sail
Note: Tradition Lake
Sunday, May 14th
8:00 AM - Whenever – Scale and Sail – Open Sail
Note: Tradition Lake
Sunday, May 21st
8:00 AM - Whenever - Scale and Sail - Open Sail
Note: Tradition Lake
Sunday, May 28th
8:00 AM - Whenever - Scale and Sail - Open Sail
Note: Tradition Lake

Scale/Sail News

”Kevin Just Doesn’t Quit” - TCRC member Kevin Knoop did it again.

Bud had found some interesting 3D printable tugs and as a joke, passed some out at the lake with the challenge of turning them into real RC vessels. At only 2” & 3” tall, first photo, the mission was of course virtually impossible but Kevin did give it a try with some great paint jobs.

Photos

Photos

Photos

With the cost of 3D printers coming down and the increased availability of free model accessory STL print files on the Internet, it is becoming practical to use these for RC model boating accessories. Here are a few that Bud has printed for his models.

Photos



”Kevin’s Dockside Report – Restoration of a Chinese Junk” - TCRC member Kevin Knoop again provided some great photos and a great summary of the restoration of a Chinese Junk.

This is a model of a ship rigged Chinese junk that I am restoring for the family that owned the original full sized real junk on which this model is based. The real one was named Fai Hong and, in fact, the shipyard that built the boat in 1959 also built this model. The model is 23 in. long, 9 in. wide, draws 2 in. and is 27 in. from keel to main truck. It is made of entirely of teak with bamboo used for the sail battens.

The restoration involves removing old varnish from deck and cabin areas, repairing or replacing missing or damaged wood, being very careful not to damage the hand painted dragons that adorn both sides of the model, as they did on Fai Hong as well. The original sails were in bad shape and so I am making a new suit of sails in the correct Chinese red fabric, and all of the rigging lines are being replaced too. Finally, the hatches, companionways, doors, windows are all removable to display a detailed interior along with the dagger board and rudder/tiller. The story surrounding this model, Fai Hong, and the family that had them built is fascinating. Regards, Kevin

Photos

Photos

Photos

Photos

Heard Around The Pond
Decals for RC Scale Boating - It seems that we never have the decals we need and if we do have them they are in the wrong scale. If you are really serious about your decals there is a solution. Find the graphics you need and get them into a jpeg file. GRAB is a tool on Mac computers and SNIP-IT on Windows machines that lets you copy images from computer files or screen shots. Once you have the files you want, regardless of size, you need to lay them out on an 8.5” x 11” format; I use PowerPoint as it allows you to layout however it fits best and lets you vary the sizes easily.

Now that you have the page laid out like you want it, print out the page with an inkjet printer on Inkjet/Clear Waterslide Decal Paper. This paper is available on Amazon and other sources and runs about $1 a page. Once you have the page printed you will need to spray with a crystal clear acrylic (Krylon 1303 brand works great), 2-3 coats. Let dry thoroughly. Cut the item you want from the decal sheet, soak in water until backing becomes loose, then apply to the surface where you would want it. The only thing I have run into is there is no “white” available as a color. White on an inkjet printer is clear.

If you have any questions or want any samples of graphics just drop an e-mail to TCRCBoaters@gmail.com, Attn: Bud

Photos


LiPo Batteries for RC Scale Boating - As many of us have found out recently, we have been unable to get the Turnigy 3S 4000 mAh, 20-30C Lipos which many of us use. It appears that this specific battery has been abandoned but HK has introduced the new Multistar series LiPos designed around multi-rotor requirements for longer run times. In evaluating our specific needs it appears that these can be a good fit for our use.
Photos
The Multistar 3S (11.1 volts) comes in a 4,000 mAh and 5,200 mAh version, both 10C-20C rated. With these specs, the 4,000 mAh would deliver up to 40 amps, burst to 80 amps; the 5,200 mAh up to 52 amps, w/ burst to 104 amps. The majority of our boats draw less than 20 amps even at full speed; larger boats w/ dual motors possibly 40 amps. Our speed controllers are typically 30 amp or 50 amp rated. If you match up the specs - The 30A ESC would merit a 3S 4,000 mAh Multistar. The 50A ESC a 5,200 mAh Multistar.

I thought this information would be of interest as many of us, me included, have tended to over kill our power requirements with high C rated batteries with higher costs. Not really necessary when you work through the specs.

RC Boating Products – TCRC Boaters have been using a variety of the Mtroniks products including their ESC units 15A, 30A, 40A High Voltage & 50A brushed and 30A & 50A brushless, sound systems, channel mixers, brushless motors, and more. Their products are very high quality and most carry a two-year warranty. (And they totally stand behind that from the experience we have.)

Photos
Photos< Photos
Photos Photos

Bud is a USA dealer for Mtroniks and can give our club members very favorable pricing on the Mtroniks products. He has most Mtroniks products on hand so be sure and check with him. Bud can be contacted at - BudsPlaceFl@Gmail.com

TCRC Tradition Lake Visitors - UPDATEJust a reminder. Be sure and make visitors feel welcome when they stop by the lake on Sunday mornings. If they really have an interest and want to operate a boat, we have the club ship “The Andrea” available specifically for that purpose. “The Andrea” is equipped with “Captain’s View” for the latest in RC scale boating. Just see Mackey Rodgers for the keys. It’s a great sport/hobby and we would love to share the experience.

Photos



New on the Website
News/
Lots of new photos in the Gallery. Check them out.

New
Always something new on our website; be sure to check out every tab on a regular basis. LINKS in particular, is expanding every week. If you have any new clubs or vendors to add, be sure and let us know. Also, please forward any news, information on new products, happenings in the RC scale boating area, etc. We want to build this as the best RC scale model boaters website – TCRCBoaters@Comcast.net

New
News
BudsPlace - Info on many RC boating products

Programmer

This website - is for you to keep informed and to contribute your own information to not only the TC RC Scale Boaters club members, but to scale boaters everywhere. If you have something you would like to share, please e-mail it to - TCRCBoaters@comcast.net. The hot-link is on the Contact Us page.

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Here is the latest from the TREASURE COAST RC SCALE BOATERS

April 01 2017

Club News Rocking Anchor
From The Commodore - Really no major news from the March update. Still no news as to when they will start construction on the new HopCat restaurant. We will continue to play it by ear and just keep going there until we have to move. The water is down in the lake and is the lowest I have ever seen it. Be careful when launching your boats as there is a very steep drop off only a foot from waters edge. And just a reminder, if you are the last to leave the site please put the traffic cones back across the entrance. If you have any news of a good product to use, let us know and we will add it our links page. That's all I have for now. HAPPY BOATING -- Capt. Bill

Tradition Association News - Be sure and visit the Tradition website for updates on our own activities as well as others held there at Tradition -
Click Here ---> Tradition Website

Suncoast Scale Model Boat Club - The Tampa Bay area now has a newly revived RC scale electric boat club. Check it out.
BAEB
Click Here for the Suncoast Scale Model Boat Club

April 2017 Below are the happenings for April`, 2017

Sunday, April 2nd
8:00 AM - Whenever – Scale and Sail - Open Sail
Note: Tradition Lake
Sunday, April 9th
8:00 AM - Whenever – Scale and Sail – Open Sail
Note: Tradition Lake
Sunday, April 16th
8:00 AM - Whenever - Scale and Sail - Open Sail
Note: Tradition Lake
Sunday, April 23rd
8:00 AM - Whenever - Scale and Sail - Open Sail
Note: Tradition Lake
Sunday, April 30th
8:00 AM - Whenever - Scale and Sail - Open Sail
Note: Tradition Lake

Scale/Sail News

”Kevin’s Dockside Report – Restoration of a Chinese Junk” - TCRC member Kevin Knoop again provided some great photos and a great summary of the restoration of a Chinese Junk.

This is a model of a ship rigged Chinese junk that I am restoring for the family that owned the original full sized real junk on which this model is based. The real one was named Fai Hong and, in fact, the shipyard that built the boat in 1959 also built this model. The model is 23 in. long, 9 in. wide, draws 2 in. and is 27 in. from keel to main truck. It is made of entirely of teak with bamboo used for the sail battens.

The restoration involves removing old varnish from deck and cabin areas, repairing or replacing missing or damaged wood, being very careful not to damage the hand painted dragons that adorn both sides of the model, as they did on Fai Hong as well. The original sails were in bad shape and so I am making a new suit of sails in the correct Chinese red fabric, and all of the rigging lines are being replaced too. Finally, the hatches, companionways, doors, windows are all removable to display a detailed interior along with the dagger board and rudder/tiller. The story surrounding this model, Fai Hong, and the family that had them built is fascinating. Regards, Kevin

Photos

Photos

Photos

Photos

Heard Around The Pond
Decals for RC Scale Boating - It seems that we never have the decals we need and if we do have them they are in the wrong scale. If you are really serious about your decals there is a solution. Find the graphics you need and get them into a jpeg file. GRAB is a tool on Mac computers and SNIP-IT on Windows machines that lets you copy images from computer files or screen shots. Once you have the files you want, regardless of size, you need to lay them out on an 8.5” x 11” format; I use PowerPoint as it allows you to layout however it fits best and lets you vary the sizes easily.

Now that you have the page laid out like you want it, print out the page with an inkjet printer on Inkjet/Clear Waterslide Decal Paper. This paper is available on Amazon and other sources and runs about $1 a page. Once you have the page printed you will need to spray with a crystal clear acrylic (Krylon 1303 brand works great), 2-3 coats. Let dry thoroughly. Cut the item you want from the decal sheet, soak in water until backing becomes loose, then apply to the surface where you would want it. The only thing I have run into is there is no “white” available as a color. White on an inkjet printer is clear.

If you have any questions or want any samples of graphics just drop an e-mail to TCRCBoaters@gmail.com, Attn: Bud

Photos


LiPo Batteries for RC Scale Boating - As many of us have found out recently, we have been unable to get the Turnigy 3S 4000 mAh, 20-30C Lipos which many of us use. It appears that this specific battery has been abandoned but HK has introduced the new Multistar series LiPos designed around multi-rotor requirements for longer run times. In evaluating our specific needs it appears that these can be a good fit for our use.
Photos
The Multistar 3S (11.1 volts) comes in a 4,000 mAh and 5,200 mAh version, both 10C-20C rated. With these specs, the 4,000 mAh would deliver up to 40 amps, burst to 80 amps; the 5,200 mAh up to 52 amps, w/ burst to 104 amps. The majority of our boats draw less than 20 amps even at full speed; larger boats w/ dual motors possibly 40 amps. Our speed controllers are typically 30 amp or 50 amp rated. If you match up the specs - The 30A ESC would merit a 3S 4,000 mAh Multistar. The 50A ESC a 5,200 mAh Multistar.

I thought this information would be of interest as many of us, me included, have tended to over kill our power requirements with high C rated batteries with higher costs. Not really necessary when you work through the specs.

RC Boating Products – TCRC Boaters have been using a variety of the Mtroniks products including their ESC units 15A, 30A, 40A High Voltage & 50A brushed and 30A & 50A brushless, sound systems, channel mixers, brushless motors, and more. Their products are very high quality and most carry a two-year warranty. (And they totally stand behind that from the experience we have.)

Photos
Photos< Photos
Photos Photos

Bud is a USA dealer for Mtroniks and can give our club members very favorable pricing on the Mtroniks products. He has most Mtroniks products on hand so be sure and check with him. Bud can be contacted at - BudsPlaceFl@Gmail.com

TCRC Tradition Lake Visitors - UPDATEJust a reminder. Be sure and make visitors feel welcome when they stop by the lake on Sunday mornings. If they really have an interest and want to operate a boat, we have the club ship “The Andrea” available specifically for that purpose. “The Andrea” is equipped with “Captain’s View” for the latest in RC scale boating. Just see Mackey Rodgers for the keys. It’s a great sport/hobby and we would love to share the experience.

Photos



New on the Website
News/
Lots of new photos in the Gallery. Check them out.

New
Always something new on our website; be sure to check out every tab on a regular basis. LINKS in particular, is expanding every week. If you have any new clubs or vendors to add, be sure and let us know. Also, please forward any news, information on new products, happenings in the RC scale boating area, etc. We want to build this as the best RC scale model boaters website – TCRCBoaters@Comcast.net

New
News
BudsPlace - Info on many RC boating products

Programmer

This website - is for you to keep informed and to contribute your own information to not only the TC RC Scale Boaters club members, but to scale boaters everywhere. If you have something you would like to share, please e-mail it to - TCRCBoaters@comcast.net. The hot-link is on the Contact Us page.

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Here is the latest from the TREASURE COAST RC SCALE BOATERS

March 01 2017

Club News Rocking Anchor
From The Commodore - No news yet as to when they will start construction on the new restaurant. We will play it by ear and just keep going there until we have to move. We are looking at a site just across the street from the hospital. It looks like it will serve us well temporally until we can go back to our current site. The water is down in the lake and is the lowest I have ever seen it. Be careful when launching your boats as there is a very steep drop off only a foot from waters edge. And just a reminder, if you are the last to leave the site please put the traffic cones back across the entrance. If you have any news of a good product to use, let us know and we will add it our links page. That's all I have for now. HAPPY MOTORING -- Capt. Bill

February at a Glance - Board Member Dave gave us a quick summary of the past month. "Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.....let's see. Well no boats got lost, none ran-a-way, nothing sank, nobody burned up, Kevin hasn't gone swimming, and no new bring-and-brag. That about sums it up. " -- Thanks Dave for the update. Love it! :o))

Tradition Association News - Be sure and visit the Tradition website for updates on our own activities as well as others held there at Tradition -
Click Here ---> Tradition Website

Suncoast Scale Model Boat Club - The Tampa Bay area now has a newly revived RC scale electric boat club. Check it out.
BAEB
Click Here for the Suncoast Scale Model Boat Club

March 2017 Below are the happenings for March, 2017

Sunday, March 5th
8:00 AM - Whenever – Scale and Sail - Open Sail
Note: Tradition Lake
Sunday, March 12th
8:00 AM - Whenever – Scale and Sail – Open Sail
Note: Tradition Lake
Sunday, March 19th
8:00 AM - Whenever - Scale and Sail - Open Sail
Note: Tradition Lake
Sunday, March 26th
8:00 AM - Whenever - Scale and Sail - Open Sail
Note: Tradition Lake

Scale/Sail News

”Kevin’s Dockside Report – Restoration of a Chinese Junk” - TCRC member Kevin Knoop again provided some great photos and a great summary of the restoration of a Chinese Junk.

This is a model of a ship rigged Chinese junk that I am restoring for the family that owned the original full sized real junk on which this model is based. The real one was named Fai Hong and, in fact, the shipyard that built the boat in 1959 also built this model. The model is 23 in. long, 9 in. wide, draws 2 in. and is 27 in. from keel to main truck. It is made of entirely of teak with bamboo used for the sail battens.

The restoration involves removing old varnish from deck and cabin areas, repairing or replacing missing or damaged wood, being very careful not to damage the hand painted dragons that adorn both sides of the model, as they did on Fai Hong as well. The original sails were in bad shape and so I am making a new suit of sails in the correct Chinese red fabric, and all of the rigging lines are being replaced too. Finally, the hatches, companionways, doors, windows are all removable to display a detailed interior along with the dagger board and rudder/tiller. The story surrounding this model, Fai Hong, and the family that had them built is fascinating. Regards, Kevin

Photos

Photos

Photos

Photos

Heard Around The Pond
Decals for RC Scale Boating - It seems that we never have the decals we need and if we do have them they are in the wrong scale. If you are really serious about your decals there is a solution. Find the graphics you need and get them into a jpeg file. GRAB is a tool on Mac computers and SNIP-IT on Windows machines that lets you copy images from computer files or screen shots. Once you have the files you want, regardless of size, you need to lay them out on an 8.5” x 11” format; I use PowerPoint as it allows you to layout however it fits best and lets you vary the sizes easily.

Now that you have the page laid out like you want it, print out the page with an inkjet printer on Inkjet/Clear Waterslide Decal Paper. This paper is available on Amazon and other sources and runs about $1 a page. Once you have the page printed you will need to spray with a crystal clear acrylic (Krylon 1303 brand works great), 2-3 coats. Let dry thoroughly. Cut the item you want from the decal sheet, soak in water until backing becomes loose, then apply to the surface where you would want it. The only thing I have run into is there is no “white” available as a color. White on an inkjet printer is clear.

If you have any questions or want any samples of graphics just drop an e-mail to TCRCBoaters@gmail.com, Attn: Bud

Photos


LiPo Batteries for RC Scale Boating - As many of us have found out recently, we have been unable to get the Turnigy 3S 4000 mAh, 20-30C Lipos which many of us use. It appears that this specific battery has been abandoned but HK has introduced the new Multistar series LiPos designed around multi-rotor requirements for longer run times. In evaluating our specific needs it appears that these can be a good fit for our use.
Photos
The Multistar 3S (11.1 volts) comes in a 4,000 mAh and 5,200 mAh version, both 10C-20C rated. With these specs, the 4,000 mAh would deliver up to 40 amps, burst to 80 amps; the 5,200 mAh up to 52 amps, w/ burst to 104 amps. The majority of our boats draw less than 20 amps even at full speed; larger boats w/ dual motors possibly 40 amps. Our speed controllers are typically 30 amp or 50 amp rated. If you match up the specs - The 30A ESC would merit a 3S 4,000 mAh Multistar. The 50A ESC a 5,200 mAh Multistar.

I do have some of the Multistar 3S, 4,000 mAh, 10-20C batteries in stock if anybody is interested. I will be handling the 5,200 mAh units as well.

I thought this information would be of interest as many of us, me included, have tended to over kill our power requirements with high C rated batteries with higher costs. Not really necessary when you work through the specs.

RC Boating Products – TCRC Boaters have been using a variety of the Mtroniks products including their ESC units 15A, 30A, 40A High Voltage & 50A brushed and 30A & 50A brushless, sound systems, channel mixers, brushless motors, and more. Their products are very high quality and most carry a two-year warranty. (And they totally stand behind that from the experience we have.)

Photos
Photos< Photos
Photos Photos

Bud is a USA dealer for Mtroniks and can give our club members very favorable pricing on the Mtroniks products. He has most Mtroniks products on hand so be sure and check with him.

TCRC Tradition Lake Visitors - UPDATEJust a reminder. Be sure and make visitors feel welcome when they stop by the lake on Sunday mornings. If they really have an interest and want to operate a boat, we have the club ship “The Andrea” available specifically for that purpose. “The Andrea” is equipped with “Captain’s View” for the latest in RC scale boating. Just see Mackey Rodgers for the keys. It’s a great sport/hobby and we would love to share the experience.

Photos



New on the Website
News/
Lots of new photos in the Gallery. Check them out.

New
Always something new on our website; be sure to check out every tab on a regular basis. LINKS in particular, is expanding every week. If you have any new clubs or vendors to add, be sure and let us know. Also, please forward any news, information on new products, happenings in the RC scale boating area, etc. We want to build this as the best RC scale model boaters website – TCRCBoaters@Comcast.net

New
News
BudsPlace - Info on many RC boating products

Programmer

This website - is for you to keep informed and to contribute your own information to not only the TC RC Scale Boaters club members, but to scale boaters everywhere. If you have something you would like to share, please e-mail it to - TCRCBoaters@comcast.net. The hot-link is on the Contact Us page.

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News

Here is the latest from the TREASURE COAST RC SCALE BOATERS

February 01 2017

Club News Rocking Anchor
From The Commodore - We had a great annual breakfast meeting at the Berry Fresh Café in Port St. Lucie, Jan. 22. Eighteen members attended. Two radio systems were given as door prizes, congrats Doug Snow and Jerry Morton, on the business side, your current Board was voted back in for 2017. Bud gave an update on the future of our Tradition Lake launch site with the new owners. There are now 27 members and growing. Be sure and join us every Sunday morning. -- Capt. Bill

Tradition Association News - Be sure and visit the Tradition website for updates on our own activities as well as others held there at Tradition -
Click Here ---> Tradition Website

Suncoast Scale Model Boat Club - The Tampa Bay area now has a newly revived RC scale electric boat club. Check it out.
BAEB
Click Here for the Suncoast Scale Model Boat Club

February 2017 Below are the happenings for February, 2017

Sunday, February 5th
8:00 AM - Whenever – Scale and Sail - Open Sail
Note: Tradition Lake
Sunday, February 12th
8:00 AM - Whenever – Scale and Sail – Open Sail
Note: Tradition Lake
Sunday, February 19th
8:00 AM - Whenever - Scale and Sail - Open Sail
Note: Tradition Lake
Sunday, February 26th
8:00 AM - Whenever - Scale and Sail - Open Sail
Note: Tradition Lake

Scale/Sail News

”Kevin’s Dockside Report – December 2016” - TCRC member Kevin Knoop again provided some great photos and a great summary of the “Atlantic Harbor Tug”, in this December update. The photos and descriptions are available in our Website Gallery. Again a big THANK YOU you to Kevin and congrats on yet another great series.

The ”Atlantic Harbor Tug – Special Report” - Aqua Craft appears to have hit a home run with the ”Atlantic” Harbor tug. Right out of the box it is probably one of the best “as built true RC model boats” on the market today, and in no way can this boat be considered a toy.

Originally purchased back in December of 2013, as my only other RC ship model was undergoing a major refit, I needed a good quality boat to operate in the meantime. The decision to buy the ”Atlantic” was prompted by talking to other members of our boat club who also own one and had many good things to say about the model.

The ”Atlantic” Harbor Tug serves as a blank canvas, which lends itself to endless modifications, and so it can be personalized to fit whatever it’s owner wants to do. In this case, I wanted to use my tug to recover disabled boats and so made significant changes to that end.

First I had to make up the recovery device so I fabricated one from 13/16 OD PVC pipe and fittings.

Photos

Photos

Now in order to have the power to move a heavy load I replaced the original motor with a heater fan motor out of a Toyota Forerunner, for low speed and more torque. For added grunt I replaced the original 30 mm. 3 blade L/H prop. and 3mm. shaft with a 55mm. 5 blade L/H prop. which required installing a 4mm shaft and a major redesign of the stern frame.

Photos

Photos

Finally, to facilitate recoveries, a high definition color camera with monitor was installed to provide a pilothouse view. Finally, the tug was renamed “Gregory Karson” to honor a very brave man.

Photos

Just in our Treasure Coast RC Scale Boater club alone, there has been some really interesting modifications to ”Atlantic” tugs from deckhouse changes to handrails, deck details, lighting, sound modules, bumpers and fenders just to name a few. There have been some modifications where the appearance was altered to the point where it required a double take to see that it was an “Atlantic” after all.

For anyone wanting to get into RC scale boating but has neither the time nor the inclination to build a model, the Aqua Craft ”Atlantic” Harbor tug is an excellent place to start. The boat is easy to operate, very stable on rough water and in windy conditions as well, and I can testify to that after many successful recoveries.

Our TCRC Scale Boaters club meets every Sunday morning at Tradition Lake in Port St. Lucie, Florida, and as a rule there is always a tug fitted with a recovery device on standby as long as there are boats on the water.

*****

John Seemann has made some changes to his ”Atlantic” tug including repainting the hull with semi gloss black and the deck areas in a rust/terra-cotta. Also new handrails, amber tint on the pilothouse windows, sound module, a 4mm. prop shaft, and the largest propeller that could be fitted without altering the skeg. He is currently looking for a Zodiac type boat that can be stowed on the funnel deck.

Photos

Photos

*****

Bud Johansen's ”Atlantic” tug is shown highlighting the large pusher frame he fabricated to enable recovery jobs.

Bud has added many extras like deck details, a sound module, and a high definition color camera providing a pilothouse view on shore.

Photos

Photos

*****

Jerry Morton's has added many extras to his ”Atlantic” tug including an aft deckhouse that contains the speaker for the sound module, and a spool with line and float bobber in the event the boat should sink. Also scuppers were cut into the bulwarks to carry away water along with painted trim and chrome surround on the wheelhouse windows, and oh yes the young girl standing at the rail (most likely the captain’s daughter).

Photos

*****

Here are some images of ”Atlantic” tugs showing colorful paint schemes, water cannons, deck details, and oh yes, blinding speed. No that tug is not sinking it is doing something that tugs never do, plane at speed.

Photos

Photos

Photos

*****

Heard Around The Pond
Decals for RC Scale Boating - It seems that we never have the decals we need and if we do have them they are in the wrong scale. If you are really serious about your decals there is a solution. Find the graphics you need and get them into a jpeg file. GRAB is a tool on Mac computers and SNIP-IT on Windows machines that lets you copy images from computer files or screen shots. Once you have the files you want, regardless of size, you need to lay them out on an 8.5” x 11” format; I use PowerPoint as it allows you to layout however it fits best and lets you vary the sizes easily.

Now that you have the page laid out like you want it, print out the page with an inkjet printer on Inkjet/Clear Waterslide Decal Paper. This paper is available on Amazon and other sources and runs about $1 a page. Once you have the page printed you will need to spray with a crystal clear acrylic (Krylon 1303 brand works great), 2-3 coats. Let dry thoroughly. Cut the item you want from the decal sheet, soak in water until backing becomes loose, then apply to the surface where you would want it. The only thing I have run into is there is no “white” available as a color. White on an inkjet printer is clear.

If you have any questions or want any samples of graphics just drop an e-mail to TCRCBoaters@gmail.com, Attn: Bud

Photos


LiPo Batteries for RC Scale Boating - As many of us have found out recently, we have been unable to get the Turnigy 3S 4000 mAh, 20-30C Lipos which many of us use. It appears that this specific battery has been abandoned but HK has introduced the new Multistar series LiPos designed around multi-rotor requirements for longer run times. In evaluating our specific needs it appears that these can be a good fit for our use.
Photos
The Multistar 3S (11.1 volts) comes in a 4,000 mAh and 5,200 mAh version, both 10C-20C rated. With these specs, the 4,000 mAh would deliver up to 40 amps, burst to 80 amps; the 5,200 mAh up to 52 amps, w/ burst to 104 amps. The majority of our boats draw less than 20 amps even at full speed; larger boats w/ dual motors possibly 40 amps. Our speed controllers are typically 30 amp or 50 amp rated. If you match up the specs - The 30A ESC would merit a 3S 4,000 mAh Multistar. The 50A ESC a 5,200 mAh Multistar.

I do have some of the Multistar 3S, 4,000 mAh, 10-20C batteries in stock if anybody is interested. I will be handling the 5,200 mAh units as well.

I thought this information would be of interest as many of us, me included, have tended to over kill our power requirements with high C rated batteries with higher costs. Not really necessary when you work through the specs.

RC Boating Products – TCRC Boaters have been using a variety of the Mtroniks products including their ESC units 15A, 30A, 40A High Voltage & 50A brushed and 30A & 50A brushless, sound systems, channel mixers, brushless motors, and more. Their products are very high quality and most carry a two-year warranty. (And they totally stand behind that from the experience we have.)

Photos
Photos< Photos
Photos Photos

Bud is a USA dealer for Mtroniks and can give our club members very favorable pricing on the Mtroniks products. He has most Mtroniks products on hand so be sure and check with him.

TCRC Tradition Lake Visitors - UPDATEJust a reminder. Be sure and make visitors feel welcome when they stop by the lake on Sunday mornings. If they really have an interest and want to operate a boat, we have the club ship “The Andrea” available specifically for that purpose. “The Andrea” is equipped with “Captain’s View” for the latest in RC scale boating. Just see Mackey Rodgers for the keys. It’s a great sport/hobby and we would love to share the experience.

Photos



New on the Website
News/
Lots of new photos in the Gallery. Check them out.

New
Always something new on our website; be sure to check out every tab on a regular basis. LINKS in particular, is expanding every week. If you have any new clubs or vendors to add, be sure and let us know. Also, please forward any news, information on new products, happenings in the RC scale boating area, etc. We want to build this as the best RC scale model boaters website – TCRCBoaters@Comcast.net

New
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BudsPlace - Info on many RC boating products

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This website - is for you to keep informed and to contribute your own information to not only the TC RC Scale Boaters club members, but to scale boaters everywhere. If you have something you would like to share, please e-mail it to - TCRCBoaters@comcast.net. The hot-link is on the Contact Us page.

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Here is the latest from the TREASURE COAST RC SCALE BOATERS

January 01 2017

Club News Rocking Anchor
From The Commodore - You may have noticed the “Under Contract” sign on the Tradition Lake For Sale property sign where we meet on Sunday mornings. We have been in contact with the current owner and there is no information available at this point. They do expect the sale to be final by the end of December. Our hope is to work out an arrangement to continue in our current location. As this is most probably a lake management easement, there may be a possibility to discuss access with the new owners. Regardless, there are other locations in the Tradition complex and even on the current lake. We most certainly will keep our members informed. It has been 6 years since we started our club here at Tradition. Hopefully we will be able to remain. -- Capt. Bill

2017 Membership Dues – Yes, it's that time of the year; time to renew your membership for 2017. The membership year is from January 1st through December 31st. Annual Dues - Adult Membership (18 & over) $20.00; Family Membership (1 adult, children 17 & under) $25; Junior Membership (17 & under) $10. A Membership Application on file is required for all adult, family and junior members. (Membership Applications Forms are available on the Contact Us page of this website.) Please make your check payable to Treasure Coast RC Scale Boaters. Please show 'TC RC Scale Boaters Membership Dues' in the memo field. Send the check and application to - Treasure Coast RC Scale Boaters - Attn: Bud Johansen - 4521 S.W. Long Bay Drive - Palm City, FL 34990.

Tradition Association News - Be sure and visit the Tradition website for updates on our own activities as well as others held there at Tradition -
Click Here ---> Tradition Website

Suncoast Scale Model Boat Club - The Tampa Bay area now has a newly revived RC scale electric boat club. Check it out.
BAEB
Click Here for the Suncoast Scale Model Boat Club

January 2017 Below are the happenings for January, 2017

Sunday, January 1st
New Years

8:00 AM - Whenever – Scale and Sail - Open Sail
Note: Tradition Lake
Wednesday, January 4th
8:00 AM - Whenever – Mid-Week Sail
Note: Tradition Lake
Sunday, January 8th
8:00 AM - Whenever – Scale and Sail – Open Sail
Note: Tradition Lake
Wednesday, January 11th
8:00 AM - Whenever – Mid-Week Sail
Note: Tradition Lake
Sunday, January 15th
8:00 AM - Whenever - Scale and Sail - Open Sail
Note: Tradition Lake
Wednesday, January 18th
8:00 AM - Whenever – Mid-Week Sail
Note: Tradition Lake
Sunday, January 22nd
8:00 AM - Whenever - Scale and Sail - Open Sail
Note: Tradition Lake
Wednesday, January 25th
8:00 AM - Whenever – Mid-Week Sail
Note: Tradition Lake
Sunday, January 29th
8:00 AM - Whenever - Scale and Sail - Open Sail
Note: Tradition Lake

Scale/Sail News

”Kevin’s Dockside Report – December 2016” - TCRC member Kevin Knoop again provided some great photos and a great summary of the “Atlantic Harbor Tug”, in this December update. The photos and descriptions are available in our Website Gallery. Again a big THANK YOU you to Kevin and congrats on yet another great series.

The ”Atlantic Harbor Tug – Special Report” - Aqua Craft appears to have hit a home run with the ”Atlantic” Harbor tug. Right out of the box it is probably one of the best “as built true RC model boats” on the market today, and in no way can this boat be considered a toy.

Originally purchased back in December of 2013, as my only other RC ship model was undergoing a major refit, I needed a good quality boat to operate in the meantime. The decision to buy the ”Atlantic” was prompted by talking to other members of our boat club who also own one and had many good things to say about the model.

The ”Atlantic” Harbor Tug serves as a blank canvas, which lends itself to endless modifications, and so it can be personalized to fit whatever it’s owner wants to do. In this case, I wanted to use my tug to recover disabled boats and so made significant changes to that end.

First I had to make up the recovery device so I fabricated one from 13/16 OD PVC pipe and fittings.

Photos

Photos

Now in order to have the power to move a heavy load I replaced the original motor with a heater fan motor out of a Toyota Forerunner, for low speed and more torque. For added grunt I replaced the original 30 mm. 3 blade L/H prop. and 3mm. shaft with a 55mm. 5 blade L/H prop. which required installing a 4mm shaft and a major redesign of the stern frame.

Photos

Photos

Finally, to facilitate recoveries, a high definition color camera with monitor was installed to provide a pilothouse view. Finally, the tug was renamed “Gregory Karson” to honor a very brave man.

Photos

Just in our Treasure Coast RC Scale Boater club alone, there has been some really interesting modifications to ”Atlantic” tugs from deckhouse changes to handrails, deck details, lighting, sound modules, bumpers and fenders just to name a few. There have been some modifications where the appearance was altered to the point where it required a double take to see that it was an “Atlantic” after all.

For anyone wanting to get into RC scale boating but has neither the time nor the inclination to build a model, the Aqua Craft ”Atlantic” Harbor tug is an excellent place to start. The boat is easy to operate, very stable on rough water and in windy conditions as well, and I can testify to that after many successful recoveries.

Our TCRC Scale Boaters club meets every Sunday morning at Tradition Lake in Port St. Lucie, Florida, and as a rule there is always a tug fitted with a recovery device on standby as long as there are boats on the water.

*****

John Seemann has made some changes to his ”Atlantic” tug including repainting the hull with semi gloss black and the deck areas in a rust/terra-cotta. Also new handrails, amber tint on the pilothouse windows, sound module, a 4mm. prop shaft, and the largest propeller that could be fitted without altering the skeg. He is currently looking for a Zodiac type boat that can be stowed on the funnel deck.

Photos

Photos

*****

Bud Johansen's ”Atlantic” tug is shown highlighting the large pusher frame he fabricated to enable recovery jobs.

Bud has added many extras like deck details, a sound module, and a high definition color camera providing a pilothouse view on shore.

Photos

Photos

*****

Jerry Morton's has added many extras to his ”Atlantic” tug including an aft deckhouse that contains the speaker for the sound module, and a spool with line and float bobber in the event the boat should sink. Also scuppers were cut into the bulwarks to carry away water along with painted trim and chrome surround on the wheelhouse windows, and oh yes the young girl standing at the rail (most likely the captain’s daughter).

Photos

*****

Here are some images of ”Atlantic” tugs showing colorful paint schemes, water cannons, deck details, and oh yes, blinding speed. No that tug is not sinking it is doing something that tugs never do, plane at speed.

Photos

Photos

Photos

*****

Heard Around The Pond
LiPo Batteries for RC Scale Boating - As many of us have found out recently, we have been unable to get the Turnigy 3S 4000 mAh, 20-30C Lipos which many of us use. It appears that this specific battery has been abandoned but HK has introduced the new Multistar series LiPos designed around multi-rotor requirements for longer run times. In evaluating our specific needs it appears that these can be a good fit for our use. Photos
The Multistar 3S (11.1 volts) comes in a 4,000 mAh and 5,200 mAh version, both 10C-20C rated. With these specs, the 4,000 mAh would deliver up to 40 amps, burst to 80 amps; the 5,200 mAh up to 52 amps, w/ burst to 104 amps. The majority of our boats draw less than 20 amps even at full speed; larger boats w/ dual motors possibly 40 amps. Our speed controllers are typically 30 amp or 50 amp rated. If you match up the specs - The 30A ESC would merit a 3S 4,000 mAh Multistar. The 50A ESC a 5,200 mAh Multistar.

I do have some of the Multistar 3S, 4,000 mAh, 10-20C batteries in stock if anybody is interested. I will be handling the 5,200 mAh units as well.

I thought this information would be of interest as many of us, me included, have tended to over kill our power requirements with high C rated batteries with higher costs. Not really necessary when you work through the specs.

3D Printing for Scale Boaters – We have all run into problems finding the correct size boat fittings and crew for the various scales of model boats we are building. Bud has been experimenting with a 3D printer for this application and has come up with some success. Even without a full scale CAD program, you can find various items on the Internet (STL files), which can be scaled to virtually any size depending upon the size of the print platform. Some of the items he has produced so far are doors, window frames, bollards, cleats, winches, car tires (bumpers), 55 gal drums, tables, wood barrels, life rings, ships wheels and instrument panels. These can be scaled to any X-Y-Z size you want and the printing filament comes in literally 100s of colors.

Now that the price of these printers has dropped below $200, it seems very practical. If any TCRC club members would like more information just contact Bud. Also if you have any specific parts you need just let him know the quantity, X-Y-Z size, and color and he will print them out for you.

Photos

Photos

RC Boating Products – TCRC Boaters have been using a variety of the Mtroniks products including their ESC units 15A, 30A, 40A High Voltage & 50A brushed and 30A & 50A brushless, sound systems, channel mixers, brushless motors, and more. Their products are very high quality and most carry a two-year warranty. (And they totally stand behind that from the experience we have.)

Photos
Photos< Photos
Photos Photos

Bud is a USA dealer for Mtroniks and can give our club members very favorable pricing on the Mtroniks products. He has most Mtroniks products on hand so be sure and check with him.

TCRC Tradition Lake Visitors - UPDATEJust a reminder. Be sure and make visitors feel welcome when they stop by the lake on Sunday mornings. If they really have an interest and want to operate a boat, we have the club ship “The Andrea” available specifically for that purpose. “The Andrea” is equipped with “Captain’s View” for the latest in RC scale boating. Just see Mackey Rodgers for the keys. It’s a great sport/hobby and we would love to share the experience.

Photos



New on the Website
News/
Lots of new photos in the Gallery. Check them out.

New
Always something new on our website; be sure to check out every tab on a regular basis. LINKS in particular, is expanding every week. If you have any new clubs or vendors to add, be sure and let us know. Also, please forward any news, information on new products, happenings in the RC scale boating area, etc. We want to build this as the best RC scale model boaters website – TCRCBoaters@Comcast.net

New
News
BudsPlace - Info on many RC boating products

Programmer

This website - is for you to keep informed and to contribute your own information to not only the TC RC Scale Boaters club members, but to scale boaters everywhere. If you have something you would like to share, please e-mail it to - TCRCBoaters@comcast.net. The hot-link is on the Contact Us page.

Light House

Back To Top

News

Here is the latest from the TREASURE COAST RC SCALE BOATERS

December 01 2016

Club News Rocking Anchor
From The Commodore - You may have noticed the “Under Contract” sign on the Tradition Lake For Sale property sign where we meet on Sunday mornings. We have been in contact with the current owner and there is no information available at this point. They do expect the sale to be final by the end of the month. Our hope is to work out an arrangement to continue in our current location. As this is most probably a lake management easement, there may be a possibility to discuss access with the new owners. Regardless, there are other locations in the Tradition complex and even on the current lake. We most certainly will keep our members informed. It has been 6 years since we started our club here at Tradition. Hopefully we will be able to remain. -- Capt. Bill

2017 Membership Dues – Yes, it's that time of the year; time to renew your membership for 2017. The membership year is from January 1st through December 31st. Annual Dues - Adult Membership (18 & over) $20.00; Family Membership (1 adult, children 17 & under) $25; Junior Membership (17 & under) $10. A Membership Application on file is required for all adult, family and junior members. (Membership Applications Forms are available on the Contact Us page of this website.) Please make your check payable to Treasure Coast RC Scale Boaters. Please show 'TC RC Scale Boaters Membership Dues' in the memo field. Send the check and application to - Treasure Coast RC Scale Boaters - Attn: Bud Johansen - 4521 S.W. Long Bay Drive - Palm City, FL 34990.

Tradition Association News - Be sure and visit the Tradition website for updates on our own activities as well as others held there at Tradition -
Click Here ---> Tradition Website

Suncoast Scale Model Boat Club - The Tampa Bay area now has a newly revived RC scale electric boat club. Check it out.
BAEB
Click Here for the Suncoast Scale Model Boat Club

December 2016 Below are the happenings for December, 2016

Sunday, December 4th
8:00 AM - Whenever – Scale and Sail - Open Sail
Note: Tradition Lake
Wednesday, December 7th
8:00 AM - Whenever – Mid-Week Sail
Note: Tradition Lake
Sunday, December 11th
8:00 AM - Whenever – Scale and Sail – Open Sail
Note: Tradition Lake
Wednesday, December 14th
8:00 AM - Whenever – Mid-Week Sail
Note: Tradition Lake
Sunday, December 18th
8:00 AM - Whenever - Scale and Sail - Open Sail
Note: Tradition Lake
Wednesday, December 21st
8:00 AM - Whenever – Mid-Week Sail
Note: Tradition Lake
Sunday, December 25th
Christmas Day
HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYBODY!
Christmas
Wednesday, December 28th
8:00 AM - Whenever – Mid-Week Sail
Note: Tradition Lake

Scale/Sail News

”Kevin’s Dockside Report – December 2016” - TCRC member Kevin Knoop again provided some great photos and a great summary of the “Atlantic Harbor Tug”, in this December update. The photos and descriptions are available in our Website Gallery. Again a big THANK YOU you to Kevin and congrats on yet another great series.

The ”Atlantic Harbor Tug – Special Report” - Aqua Craft appears to have hit a home run with the ”Atlantic” Harbor tug. Right out of the box it is probably one of the best “as built true RC model boats” on the market today, and in no way can this boat be considered a toy.

Originally purchased back in December of 2013, as my only other RC ship model was undergoing a major refit, I needed a good quality boat to operate in the meantime. The decision to buy the ”Atlantic” was prompted by talking to other members of our boat club who also own one and had many good things to say about the model.

The ”Atlantic” Harbor Tug serves as a blank canvas, which lends itself to endless modifications, and so it can be personalized to fit whatever it’s owner wants to do. In this case, I wanted to use my tug to recover disabled boats and so made significant changes to that end.

First I had to make up the recovery device so I fabricated one from 13/16 OD PVC pipe and fittings.

Photos

Photos

Now in order to have the power to move a heavy load I replaced the original motor with a heater fan motor out of a Toyota Forerunner, for low speed and more torque. For added grunt I replaced the original 30 mm. 3 blade L/H prop. and 3mm. shaft with a 55mm. 5 blade L/H prop. which required installing a 4mm shaft and a major redesign of the stern frame.

Photos

Photos

Finally, to facilitate recoveries, a high definition color camera with monitor was installed to provide a pilothouse view. Finally, the tug was renamed “Gregory Karson” to honor a very brave man.

Photos

Just in our Treasure Coast RC Scale Boater club alone, there has been some really interesting modifications to ”Atlantic” tugs from deckhouse changes to handrails, deck details, lighting, sound modules, bumpers and fenders just to name a few. There have been some modifications where the appearance was altered to the point where it required a double take to see that it was an “Atlantic” after all.

For anyone wanting to get into RC scale boating but has neither the time nor the inclination to build a model, the Aqua Craft ”Atlantic” Harbor tug is an excellent place to start. The boat is easy to operate, very stable on rough water and in windy conditions as well, and I can testify to that after many successful recoveries.

Our TCRC Scale Boaters club meets every Sunday morning at Tradition Lake in Port St. Lucie, Florida, and as a rule there is always a tug fitted with a recovery device on standby as long as there are boats on the water.

*****

John Seemann has made some changes to his ”Atlantic” tug including repainting the hull with semi gloss black and the deck areas in a rust/terra-cotta. Also new handrails, amber tint on the pilothouse windows, sound module, a 4mm. prop shaft, and the largest propeller that could be fitted without altering the skeg. He is currently looking for a Zodiac type boat that can be stowed on the funnel deck.

Photos

Photos

*****

Bud Johansen's ”Atlantic” tug is shown highlighting the large pusher frame he fabricated to enable recovery jobs.

Bud has added many extras like deck details, a sound module, and a high definition color camera providing a pilothouse view on shore.

Photos

Photos

*****

Jerry Morton's has added many extras to his ”Atlantic” tug including an aft deckhouse that contains the speaker for the sound module, and a spool with line and float bobber in the event the boat should sink. Also scuppers were cut into the bulwarks to carry away water along with painted trim and chrome surround on the wheelhouse windows, and oh yes the young girl standing at the rail (most likely the captain’s daughter).

Photos

*****

Here are some images of ”Atlantic” tugs showing colorful paint schemes, water cannons, deck details, and oh yes, blinding speed. No that tug is not sinking it is doing something that tugs never do, plane at speed.

Photos

Photos

Photos

*****

Dave Myer’s ZippKit Tug - For just $29.00, you can’t beat it. Dave reports every thing fits perfect, the wood is high grade and the price you can’t beat. Several guys are ordering them so we can look for a new Tug Fleet on Tradition Lake. Keep us posted. If you are getting a ZippKit tug be sure and let us know. There must be a regatta for this new group.

Photos

Photos

Photos

Heard Around The Pond
3D Printing for Scale Boaters – We have all run into problems finding the correct size boat fittings and crew for the various scales of model boats we are building. Bud has been experimenting with a 3D printer for this application and has come up with some success. Even without a full scale CAD program, you can find various items on the Internet (STL files), which can be scaled to virtually any size depending upon the size of the print platform. Some of the items he has produced so far are doors, window frames, bollards, cleats, winches, car tires (bumpers), 55 gal drums, tables, wood barrels, life rings, ships wheels and instrument panels. These can be scaled to any X-Y-Z size you want and the printing filament comes in literally 100s of colors.

Now that the price of these printers has dropped below $200, it seems very practical. If any TCRC club members would like more information just contact Bud. Also if you have any specific parts you need just let him know the quantity, X-Y-Z size, and color and he will print them out for you.

Photos

Photos

RC Boating Products – TCRC Boaters have been using a variety of the Mtroniks products including their ESC units 15A, 30A, 40A High Voltage & 50A brushed and 30A & 50A brushless, sound systems, channel mixers, brushless motors, and more. Their products are very high quality and most carry a two-year warranty. (And they totally stand behind that from the experience we have.)

Photos
Photos< Photos
Photos Photos

Bud is a USA dealer for Mtroniks and can give our club members very favorable pricing on the Mtroniks products. He has most Mtroniks products on hand so be sure and check with him.

TCRC Tradition Lake Visitors - UPDATEJust a reminder. Be sure and make visitors feel welcome when they stop by the lake on Sunday mornings. If they really have an interest and want to operate a boat, we have the club ship “The Andrea” available specifically for that purpose. “The Andrea” is equipped with “Captain’s View” for the latest in RC scale boating. Just see Mackey Rodgers for the keys. It’s a great sport/hobby and we would love to share the experience.

Photos



New on the Website
News/
Lots of new photos in the Gallery. Check them out.

New
Always something new on our website; be sure to check out every tab on a regular basis. LINKS in particular, is expanding every week. If you have any new clubs or vendors to add, be sure and let us know. Also, please forward any news, information on new products, happenings in the RC scale boating area, etc. We want to build this as the best RC scale model boaters website – TCRCBoaters@Comcast.net

New
News
BudsPlace - Info on many RC boating products

Programmer

This website - is for you to keep informed and to contribute your own information to not only the TC RC Scale Boaters club members, but to scale boaters everywhere. If you have something you would like to share, please e-mail it to - TCRCBoaters@comcast.net. The hot-link is on the Contact Us page.

Light House

Back To Top

News

Here is the latest from the TREASURE COAST RC SCALE BOATERS

November 01 2016

Club News Rocking Anchor
From The Commodore - So what is happening on Wednesdays? For those folks who don’t get enough boating time on Sundays, the Wednesday idea seems to be paying off with 3-6 boaters and 4-10 boats showing up. The weather has been beautiful and we hope it stays that way. Dave, Bruce and Ed seem to be the regulars with Bud and a few others coming by. If you can, stop by. It’s another opportunity to not only get pond time but to resolve some of the building challenges we all run into. -- Capt. Bill

Tradition Association News - Be sure and visit the Tradition website for updates on our own activities as well as others held there at Tradition -
Click Here ---> Tradition Website

Suncoast Scale Model Boat Club - The Tampa Bay area now has a newly revived RC scale electric boat club. Check it out.
BAEB
Click Here for the Suncoast Scale Model Boat Club

November 2016 Below are the happenings for November, 2016

Sunday, November 6th
8:00 AM - Whenever – Scale and Sail - Open Sail
Note: Tradition Lake
Wednesday, November 9th
8:00 AM - Whenever – Mid-Week Sail
Note: Tradition Lake
Sunday, November 13th
8:00 AM - Whenever – Scale and Sail – Open Sail
Note: Tradition Lake
Wednesday, November 16th
8:00 AM - Whenever – Mid-Week Sail
Note: Tradition Lake
Sunday, November 20th
8:00 AM - Whenever - Scale and Sail - Open Sail
Note: Tradition Lake
Wednesday, November 23th
8:00 AM - Whenever – Mid-Week Sail
Note: Tradition Lake
Thursday, November 24th
Thanksgiving Day!
HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYBODY!
Thanksgiving
Sunday, November 27rd
8:00 AM - Whenever - Scale and Sail - Open Sail
Note: Tradition Lake
Wednesday, November 30th
8:00 AM - Whenever – Mid-Week Sail
Note: Tradition Lake

Scale/Sail News

”Kevin’s Dockside Report – November 2016” - TCRC member Kevin Knoop again provided some great photos and a great summary of “Working boats on Tradition Lake”, November update. The photos and descriptions are available in our website Gallery. Again a big THANK YOU you to Kevin and congrats on a great series.

Photos

This stunning model of Edsel Ford's runabout "Typhoon" was built by Mackey Rodgers and is shown here on her first foray on the water.

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The original boat was 40 ft. long by 7ft.8in. in beam and was named "Typhoon " because she was fitted a 600 HP, 12 cyl. Wright Typhoon engine that was built for a dirigible. Mackey's attention to detail is a tribute to his skill as a master model builder.

Photos

Dave Myer's fine 40 in. long model of a 40 ft. Coast Guard Utility Boat. He built it from a Barracuda Boats kit and it is fitted with a brushless 1900Kv motor running on dual 2s batteries driving a single propeller. It has beautiful lines to match its dazzling speed. Note the string tied to the cabin roof, this was done to hold it in place after it lifted off during a high speed run.

Photos

Mackey Rodgers scratch built this beautiful 1 in. to 1 ft. scale model of a Hinkley "Convertible". The boat is 38 in. long and is a real eye catcher with its unique styling.

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Robert Esplen's handsome "American Enterprise" is a Dumas kit featuring 12V propulsion and maneuvering with 6V lighting. Bob employed the Nason 2 part paint system to achieve the attractive livery. He greatly enhanced the model by hand building all of the deck details, none of which came with the original kit.

Dave Myer’s ZippKit Tug - For just $29.00, you can’t beat it. Dave reports every thing fits perfect, the wood is high grade and the price you can’t beat. Several guys are ordering them so we can look for a new Tug Fleet on Tradition Lake. Keep us posted. If you are getting a ZippKit tug be sure and let us know. There must be a regatta for this new group.

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3D Printing for Scale Boaters – We have all run into problems finding the correct size boat fittings and crew for the various scales of model boats we are building. Bud has been experimenting with a 3D printer for this application and has come up with some success. Even without a full scale CAD program, you can find various items on the Internet (STL files), which can be scaled to virtually any size depending upon the size of the print platform. Some of the items he has produced so far are doors, window frames, bollards, cleats, winches, car tires (bumpers), 55 gal drums, tables, wood barrels, life rings, ships wheels and instrument panels. These can be scaled to any X-Y-Z size you want and the printing filament comes in literally 100s of colors.

Now that the price of these printers has dropped below $200, it seems very practical. If any TCRC club members would like more information just contact Bud. Also if you have any specific parts you need just let him know the quantity, X-Y-Z size, and color and he will print them out for you.

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Mtroniks tio Marine 15 Speed Control – Need a lower cost ESC for small boats and bow thrusters? Mtroniks offers the tio Marine 15 amp speed control which has all the features of the larger tio Marine speed controls but at a lower cost. Contact Bud. Bud has units in stock.

Mtroniks New 40Amp 24Volt Viper Speed Control – Mtroniks just introduced a new 40 amp brushed marine speed control for 12 to 24 volts. Finally an Mtroniks ESC that can handle up to a 6S LiPo power source. Bud has units in stock.

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RC Boating Products – TCRC Boaters have been using a variety of the Mtroniks products including their ESC units 15A, 30A, 40A High Voltage & 50A brushed and 30A & 50A brushless, sound systems, channel mixers, brushless motors, and more. Their products are very high quality and most carry a two-year warranty. (And they totally stand behind that from the experience we have.)

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Bud is a USA dealer for Mtroniks and can give our club members very favorable pricing on the Mtroniks products. He has most Mtroniks products on hand so be sure and check with him.

TCRC Tradition Lake Visitors - UPDATEJust a reminder. Be sure and make visitors feel welcome when they stop by the lake on Sunday mornings. If they really have an interest and want to operate a boat, we have the club ship “The Andrea” available specifically for that purpose. “The Andrea” is equipped with “Captain’s View” for the latest in RC scale boating. Just see Mackey Rodgers for the keys. It’s a great sport/hobby and we would love to share the experience.

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Here is the latest from the TREASURE COAST RC SCALE BOATERS

October 01 2016

Club News Rocking Anchor
From The Commodore - Our snow birds are starting to return and we are super happy to have you back. Believe it or not, we do miss you. Hopefully with the cooler temperatures we will see our crowd grow on Sunday mornings. Anyway – WELCOME BACK. -- Capt. Bill

Tradition Association News - Be sure and visit the Tradition website for updates on our own activities as well as others held there at Tradition -
Click Here ---> Tradition Website

Suncoast Scale Model Boat Club - The Tampa Bay area now has a newly revived RC scale electric boat club. Check it out.
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Click Here for the Suncoast Scale Model Boat Club

October 2016 Below are the happenings for October, 2016

Sunday, October 2nd
8:00 AM - Whenever – Scale and Sail - Open Sail
Note: Tradition Lake
Wednesday, October 5th
8:00 AM - Whenever – Mid-Week Sail
Note: Tradition Lake
Sunday, October 9th
8:00 AM - Whenever – Scale and Sail – Open Sail
Note: Tradition Lake
Wednesday, October 12th
8:00 AM - Whenever – Mid-Week Sail
Note: Tradition Lake
Sunday, October 16th
8:00 AM - Whenever - Scale and Sail - Open Sail
Note: Tradition Lake
Wednesday, October 19th
8:00 AM - Whenever – Mid-Week Sail
Note: Tradition Lake
Sunday, October 23rd
8:00 AM - Whenever - Scale and Sail - Open Sail
Note: Tradition Lake
Wednesday, October 26th
8:00 AM - Whenever – Mid-Week Sail
Note: Tradition Lake
Sunday, October 30th
8:00 AM - Whenever - Scale and Sail - Open Sail
Note: Tradition Lake

Scale/Sail News

Bob Esplen’s American Enterprise - Bob launched his newly completed Dumas American Enterprise and it ran great. Congrats on the detail Bob. Absolutely beautiful job.

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”Kevin’s Dockside Report – October 2016” - TCRC member Kevin Knoop again provided some great photos and a great summary of “Working boats on Tradition Lake”, October update. The photos and descriptions are available in our website Gallery. Again a big THANK YOU you to Kevin and congrats on a great series.

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Capt. Bill's Clyde puffer and Kevin's drifter with steam up and preparing to weigh anchor.

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The unmistakable profile of a steam puffer as evidenced here in this serine image.

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Buddy Berrisford's highly detailed model of a 4 hatch coaster general cargo freighter.

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In the left foreground the Clyde puffer and at background right the 4-hatch coaster gliding through glass flat water. In the background center is Mackey's handsome 33 ft. Center console 3 step hull Rybovich Runner.

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Mackey Rodgers fine representation of the trawler "Orca" from the "Jaws" movie is seen at rest waiting for her quarry to surface.

Heard Around The Pond
3D Printing for Scale Boaters – We have all run into problems finding the correct size boat fittings and crew for the various scales of model boats we are building. Bud has been experimenting with a 3D printer for this application and has come up with some success. Even without a full scale CAD program, you can find various items on the Internet (STL files), which can be scaled to virtually any size depending upon the size of the print platform. Some of the items he has produced so far are doors, window frames, bollards, cleats, winches, car tires (bumpers), 55 gal drums, tables, wood barrels, life rings, ships wheels and instrument panels. These can be scaled to any X-Y-Z size you want and the printing filament comes in literally 100s of colors.

Now that the price of these printers has dropped below $200, it seems very practical. If any TCRC club members would like more information just contact Bud. Also if you have any specific parts you need just let him know the quantity, X-Y-Z size, and color and he will print them out for you.

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Mtroniks tio Marine 15 Speed Control – Need a lower cost ESC for small boats and bow thrusters? Mtroniks offers the tio Marine 15 amp speed control which has all the features of the larger tio Marine speed controls but at a lower cost. Contact Bud. Bud has units in stock.

Mtroniks New 40Amp 24Volt Viper Speed Control – Mtroniks just introduced a new 40 amp brushed marine speed control for 12 to 24 volts. Finally an Mtroniks ESC that can handle up to a 6S LiPo power source. Bud has units in stock.

Photos
RC Boating Products – TCRC Boaters have been using a variety of the Mtroniks products including their ESC units 15A, 30A, 40A High Voltage & 50A brushed and 30A & 50A brushless, sound systems, channel mixers, brushless motors, and more. Their products are very high quality and most carry a two-year warranty. (And they totally stand behind that from the experience we have.)

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Bud is a USA dealer for Mtroniks and can give our club members very favorable pricing on the Mtroniks products. He has most Mtroniks products on hand so be sure and check with him.

TCRC Tradition Lake Visitors - UPDATEJust a reminder. Be sure and make visitors feel welcome when they stop by the lake on Sunday mornings. If they really have an interest and want to operate a boat, we have the club ship “The Andrea” available specifically for that purpose. “The Andrea” is equipped with “Captain’s View” for the latest in RC scale boating. Just see Mackey Rodgers for the keys. It’s a great sport/hobby and we would love to share the experience.

Photos



New on the Website
News/
Lots of new photos in the Gallery. Check them out.

New
Always something new on our website; be sure to check out every tab on a regular basis. LINKS in particular, is expanding every week. If you have any new clubs or vendors to add, be sure and let us know. Also, please forward any news, information on new products, happenings in the RC scale boating area, etc. We want to build this as the best RC scale model boaters website – TCRCBoaters@Comcast.net

New
News
BudsPlace - Info on many RC boating products

Programmer

This website - is for you to keep informed and to contribute your own information to not only the TC RC Scale Boaters club members, but to scale boaters everywhere. If you have something you would like to share, please e-mail it to - TCRCBoaters@comcast.net. The hot-link is on the Contact Us page.

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