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Skinning the hull (sides) by mturpin013 Lieutenant   Posted: 18 minutes ago
The boat has to be placed upside down so first thing to do is to modify the base board so the hull is firm to be able to do any final trimming. Before the skins are fitted the bow areas have to be sealed being careful not to seal the parts which are to be glued The instructions say that the lower skins are fitted first and as they are 6mm oversize this allows for trimming to achieve a good fit. After some time I got a fit I was happy with from the stern to the start of the bow curve so at this point I pinned the skin at the B2,3,4,5 leaving enough material to trim to the bow curve prior to bending . The bending was done simply by soaking in hot water for 5 - 7 mins and then forming around a suitable paint tin and left overnight to dry. Before fitting I decided to trim the skin at the front bow area where it has a butt joint with the side skins, easier than trying to cut it out after it had been glued. Point to note was that while the bending was being carried out, I also bent he side skins as well. Having pre drilled all the holes for the pins and ensured the fit is as good as I can get I can now epoxy the first skin on.

Trimming the stringers by mturpin013 Lieutenant   Posted: 35 minutes ago
Before fitting the skins the chine and gunwhale stringers have to be trimmed to the profile of the bulkheads, this is a time consuming job but is essential to get correct to ensure a good fit of the skins. Also final trimming of the bow k1,2,3 needs to be done now that they are fitted and “a virtual line can be drawn” to show where the skin will eventually sit flush. Using a red pencil to show how close to each bulkhead you have trimmed is a good guide’

Graupner Elke HF 408 by AllenA Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 hour ago
Hi Dave, Can't find the motor I have on the Mabuchi site. My guess it is quite old. I think it is a TD 224 that I picked up at a boot sale from a model plane enthusiast. So far I have run it on a 7.2v nimh so will change to 6v asap. I gave it full throttle in the bath and no sign of heat or fumes in battery, motor or esc. Thanks for the help. As you say a quick turn around the lake is in order. The fuse advised by Doug is now installed.

Bulwarks and deck supports by AlanP Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 2 hours ago
Thanks Fred, you did pass on the information thanks, and I have read the builds. Thought I would post my build on this site as I have had a lot of help from people here. I am going to try to give a bit more detail of the build, bad bits and all. Alan

Billings Sea King by AllenA Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 hours ago
[Score: 8/10] 27"/900g Billings Sea King Capable of 10mph and a runtime of 25mins Twin Propellors (3 Blade 40mm) Direct Drive to a 2 x Como Drill (3 Blade) Powered by NiMH (7.2v) 2Amp/h Batteries Controlled Through Chinese 320a Fan cooled (10Amps) ESC - Comments: Found at a Boot Sale in a sorry state. Retained the 2 Como motors but replaced ESC with Chinese Fan Cooled 320a. Acoms AR-201 Rx, Futaba servo all linked to new old stock Acoms Techniplus Alpha 27mhz Tx. New rudder, original propshaft with new couplings. Hull painted in Hammerite Gold and Plastikote white. Retained orignal Billings decals. New stanchions and rails. Re-veneered deck and added some fancy balsa work. Plains well after contra-rotating the props.

finished by Donnieboy Lieutenant   Posted: 4 hours ago
Nice job.Well done.It's got to be one of the neatest installation of electrics I have ever seen.

finished by figtree7nts Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 4 hours ago
Your Al KHUBAR looks very nice, good details!

finished by Dave M Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 4 hours ago
Be good to see some on water pics. When's the launch date?

Graupner Elke HF 408 by Dave M Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 4 hours ago
Hi Allen Model has come along fine and should look good on the water. Interesting stats especially the stall current. This would rate the motor at 280 Watts with your 7.2v battery Do you know which type of 300 motor you have installed? Many were 6v max but they have versions that go to 24v. There should be markings on the case and you can check the specs at I used two 12v versions in my Billings Coast Guard with 35 mm direct drive props on 12v and they were power hungry, drawing about 4amps each. With your reduction unit I would expect the current to be a lot less than the 6.77 amps you recorded. I agree with Doug's suggestion that you sail it and see. I would suggest a quick circle on the water and then check the motor temp.

Graupner Elke HF 408 by AllenA Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 5 hours ago
'So 'ark an' 'eed, you rookies, which is always grumblin' sore' (Rudyard Kipling)....... until it comes naturally I remain a Rookie. I'll give you a shout when I get to 90 and, hopefully, still afloat then I will deserve it.

finished by dragon Commander   Posted: 5 hours ago
At last after 2 months the AL KHUBAR is finished see photos.

Planking near finished by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 5 hours ago
Aha! Moonlighting methinks 😉

Graupner Elke HF 408 by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 5 hours ago
A 'rookie' Fleet Admiral !!?? 😲

Graupner Elke HF 408 by AllenA Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 5 hours ago
Agreed Doug. The Rookie forgot the fuse again.

Planking near finished by Skydive130 Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 5 hours ago
Have added a few more planks over the last couple of days before and after bed as on nights. Gaps should be closed by Friday? Have also marked exit points for prop shafts and marked and drilled rudder mounting holes.

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