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    LesRo Rapier.
    by zooma ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง ( Warrant Officer)
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    22 days ago by zooma ( Warrant Officer)
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    When the first lock-down came along I dug out a couple of old wrecks that had been thrown away and had been saved from a skip some years previously, and this looked like a good time to see if they could be rescued. The first was a badly built and abandoned LesRo Rapier (shown here after the rebuild as my photos showing the full rebuilding sequence will not load).
    The LiPo tray carries two large 2C 5600Mah LiPo cells, but only one is connected up at a time - the unused LiPo acts as ballast to keep the hull running straight, but makes for a nice quick change when the first one runs down ๐Ÿ˜€
    Any basic tools that I may need when I am "pond side" to change a prop or brushless motor are carried on small magnets in the rear compartment to save me forgetting to take them with me and this has proven to be very helpful!
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    20 days ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Nice work Bob looking great.

    JB
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    20 days ago by zooma ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi Kevin - good to hear that you are also restoring a Rapier - they did not sell as well as some of the other LesRo model kits, and unlike some of the others - they have never been re-kitted again either!
    My model boat restoration work is more craft than precision - at 72 I no longer spend weeks seeking perfection in every detail, I prefer to make good solid strong repairs that work and return the boat to the water so I can enjoy running it.
    This suites restoring and building classic model power boats, but it may not be the best approach if I were building highly detailed warship models etc - something that my eyesight and available time does not encourage in any case.
    I could not find any triangular section obechie to use for my strakes, so made a simple little jig to allow me to split some square section obechie on my bandsaw.
    This worked well and (with some practice) gave me no waste so I was able to get two triangular strips out of every square strip that I fed into the machine.
    Using this method I made and then fitted strakes to my first Rapier restoration and liked the look of them enough to cut some more and fit them to this second Raper, a Javelin and two Swordsman hulls (so far!).
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    21 days ago by kevinsharpe ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hi your work looks really good. I am impressed with how you have fitted the spray rails on the bottom of the hull. Could you let me know how you shaped them and fitted them. I am also restoring the same model.

    Regards
    Kevin.
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    21 days ago by zooma ( Warrant Officer)
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    The "new" Rapier that I won on eB*y needed some work - even though it was complete (missing no main parts) and is currently making slow progress in my over-crowded workshop.
    The boat had a tiny sized motor inside and a fixed rudder so it had probably been used as a slow pond boat.๐Ÿค”
    Not much glue - but plenty of brass nails were used to put this LesRo kit together and a gap between the end of the lower skin and the transom suggests that it had not been used too often as this would have caused a major leak that would have needed some urgent attention!.
    The cabin sides were smashed during delivery so the boat will take a fair bit of time to restore (and make watertight) and it gives me the opportunity to make some minor styling changes as I remake and replace the damaged and broken parts.
    I made new deck edge and chine rails and cut some strakes and fitted a new M5 prop shaft as I tidied up the hull and plugged the holes that were left after I changed the position of the shaft, rudder and water pick-up pipe.
    The front cabin sides and screen were replaced with new wood and the shape changed slightly.
    The wheel house sides were repaired and a new "mask" type front (and rear) screen was made along with a new extended three piece roof (with lift-out centre section) to replace the piece of bent nailed-on 1.5mm ply it came with!
    I am currently making a new front cabin roof to fit the new shape and hope to come up with a suitable rear cabin design when I cut away and replace the damaged sides.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: LesRo Rapier.
    22 days ago by zooma ( Warrant Officer)
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    Soon after completing my Rapier restoration, another used example (more or less complete, but in need of some work) appeared for sale on eB*y and it had absolutely no interest.
    I put in an offer and won it, so I became the "temporary custodian" of another fairly rare LesRo Rapier.
    The LesRo Javelin has exactly the same hull as the Rapier, but it had an off-shore racer type super-structure that proved to be much more popular than the wheelhouse cabined Rapier.
    The Javelin was also re-kitted at a later date and was re-named as The Streaker and it continued to sell well.
    The Rapier was never re-kitted and so the few that were sold (mostly in the 1970's and 80's) remain the only ones in existence.
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    22 days ago by Newby7 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Like the idea of tools on board well thought out.
    Rick
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    22 days ago by zooma ( Warrant Officer)
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    When the Rapier first came out I thought it was a strange looking craft that I was not too fond of, but 50 years later with so few being sold (and even less surviving), I am pleased that I rescued it and it has attracted a lot of favourable comments since it has been seen as a regular performer on our club lake.
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    22 days ago by zooma ( Warrant Officer)
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    A suitable brushless motor was fitted on a water-cooled alloy mount with a 120A water cooled ESC that was carefully aligned with the original 2BA prop shaft (fitted with new M5 phosphor bronze bearings and a 5mm stainless inner shaft) and joined with a Powerflex coupling.
    A 5600Mah 2 cell Lipo was used to power the model and the performance exceeded all my expectations.
    This classic model has a fair turn of speed - far better than I remember them running with the usual mix of .40 and .61 size glow engines back in the late 1960's- early 1970's!
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: LesRo Rapier.
    22 days ago by zooma ( Warrant Officer)
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    The Rapier was twisted and needed the superstructure and decking to be removed to straighten it.
    New cabin sides were cut from 4mm birch ply, new 1.5mm deck skins fitted to hold the hull in its new straightened position, and the various ragged holes that had been broken through the bulkheads were given square edges and filled with fresh 4mm inserts and sanded flat.
    Deck edging and chine rails were made from 1/4 x 1/8" obechie and I made a jig to cut my own triangular 36" long strakes from square section obechie as it is no longer possible to buy hardwood strip in triangular sections
    New cabin tops were made and whatever "lock-down" paint was in the house at the times used to colour it.
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