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Forums are back!

Good day, everyone!

As you are probably aware, the forums are (finally!) back up and running.

It was a long and frustrating journey due to how the old forum database was structured, which resulted in an absolutely massive file that was exceptionally difficult to migrate to the new hosting provider. In the end, we got it figured out thanks to the relentless work of a friend who knows more about this than I will ever conceive.

Some things to note:

1.) New address! No more! The forums are now permanently hosted at Change you bookmarks! Tell everyone else to change them, too!
2.) Old bookmarks won't work! Due to the SSL settings on the old domain, your old bookmarks will get you an error message if you try to visit I'm working on setting up a new security certificate for that site so that it will redirect properly, but until then, you get the error.
3) Help me by looking around for broken stuff. If there are wonky threads, let me know and I'll see what I can do about cleaning them up. That said, bear in mind that we'll do the best we can from our end, but we need to evaluate each issue in terms of importance and may have to de-select repairs if they end up too time-consuming. (that's what you get for using a free site! ;))

Thank for your patience, everyone! I really appreciate it.


Bob Martin
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New Project - What am I?

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  • I'm going for small and simple.


    • Fixed stern planes, working bow planes and working rudder.


      • How about going with SNORT or RCABS?
        Make it simple, make strong, make it work!


        • Maybe. I'm experimenting with a few different systems right now. Just ordered some new batteries - the old ones aren't up to it.


          • This is the test ballast tank. There isn't enough room to use the leaver action vent valve so I've made a rotary version. As the servo rotates the shaft counter-clockwise, the cam opens the valve on the top of the tank; when it rotates colkwise it depresses the valve stem on the gas valve. The shaft runs through a waterproof seal and a bearing and there is a small detent in the rear tank wall that engages the shaft end to prevent the shaft deflecting. And it all works! Now I just have to stuff it into the submarine.

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            • Wow! 2 thumbs up.

              How many blows are you getting out of that tiny gas cylinder?

              That is easily convertible to snort set up.
              Last edited by redboat219; 07-03-2016, 09:03 PM.
              Make it simple, make strong, make it work!


              • Wonder what ever came of this beauty?
                Make it simple, make strong, make it work!


                • Its tooteling around my dam. I'll do some video (eventually) - its bloody cold here at the moment.


                  • ID this? Looks like a 55 Studebaker to me.