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    Model Slipway RNLI Tamar class lifeboat 1:16 scale
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    ๐Ÿ“ Cabin structure nears completionโ€ฆ
    4 days ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Iโ€™ve had a Busy 3 days progressing the cabin structure to basic completion. The last of the panels are now fitted, glued, sanded, filled and sanded. What Iโ€™ve also done is studying lots of photos, added as many scratch built extra details that are painted orange. There are a couple more bits to add before final sanding and painting, hopefully the cabin will be complete next weekend. There will be a lot of detailing to add once the cabin is in its orange coat, but thatโ€™s a while away yet.

    Whilst waiting for cabin panels to set, I set about building and completing a few of the fittings that include the towing bollards and I really wanted to build the upstairs crew entry door, so did so to completion. It also gave me the opportunity to add a lot of my new favourite Meng bolt heads!the kits parts are nowhere near cake accurate so modified where needed using reference.

    Something else I discovered was a chrome permanent marker pen, available in 1mm, 2mm and 4mm. There are a lot of chrome parts on the Tamar and having tried this pen out on a sample, itโ€™s the business! I need to see if any lacquer or clear coats dull it, but Iโ€™ll experiment with it. You can buy a 30ml refill, but thatโ€™s expensive at ยฃ20. Apparently the liquid inside the pen can be used in an airbrush, so may play with that too! EBay was the source and YouTube has plenty of videos on this stuff!

    Thatโ€™s it until Friday guysโ€ฆโ€ฆ
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Cabin structure nears completionโ€ฆ
    4 hours ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Nickel plating Mike, that sounds interesting? Like to see that in detail ๐Ÿ‘Œ
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Cabin structure nears completionโ€ฆ
    12 hours ago by mturpin013 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Sy that looks really impressive, the chrome pen looks interesting.
    I'm currently experimenting with Nickle plating the fittings on my Inga Yacht project.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Cabin structure nears completionโ€ฆ
    3 days ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Cheers Stephen, sheโ€™s an enjoyable build. Kind regards Sy
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Cabin structure nears completionโ€ฆ
    3 days ago by stevedownunder ( Commander)
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    Great work SY,

    Cheers,
    Stephen.
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    ๐Ÿ“ More cabin work
    12 days ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    After having to work for 3 days, managed to get a full day in today as โ€œwifeyโ€ was away on a works party (no plus ones allowed! Bonus๐Ÿ˜‚)

    The postman bought me some Meng scale bolts in various sizes. Just a simple case of cutting them free with a new scalpel blade and they are good to go. They are simply fantastic, there is no way I could get such accurate bolt heads cutting hex rod as Iโ€™ve done in th past. So putting them to use, I replaced the bolt heads on the transom fittings and made the aft deck access panels with all the bolt heads, really happy how theyโ€™ve come out.

    The rest of the day has been a case of adding more panels to the cabin, which is time consuming but well worth the effort, sheโ€™s started to really take shape now. Iโ€™ve added some extra scale details using reference pictures, but will add a whole load more as I go. More progress tomorrowโ€ฆโ€ฆ
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: More cabin work
    9 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Here you are Mike,
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?campid=5338192028&kw=Meng%...
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    Cheers ๐Ÿ˜‹ Down the hatch lads
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/373531926456?epid=647049647&hash=...
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    https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?campid=5338192028&kw=Meng%20SPS-004&mkcid=1&mkrid=710-53481-19255-0&toolid=20004
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: More cabin work
    10 days ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi Mike, many thanks as always for your comments. Found those Meng nuts on eBay, I got 2 different size packs which contain assorted sizes within, every size I need for this boat and probably a couple more, you get loads!
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: More cabin work
    10 days ago by mturpin013 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Great work Sy your attention to detail is beyond compare. So please share the sources of your scale nuts and bolts so we can attempt some fine detailing
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    ๐Ÿ“ Building the cabinโ€ฆ.
    17 days ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    A few hours work today has seen the basic cabin structure built. Itโ€™s worth taking the time to cut out the CNC parts carefully, followed by any trimming and sanding all surfaces. This gives a good key for gluing and eventually painting. What we have here is basically a giant Airfix kit and itโ€™s one of the tasks I enjoy most as it gives instant results!

    As mentioned in my last post, I am making the forward stowage bins function instead of being marked to represent. Using the paper template included I made a .5mm styrene template and the plans to position and mark the hatch opening. This was then cut out and cleaned up. Once I add the upper facet plates, I shall cut the remaining door positions and then make the bins and line the rims to take the hatches. One thing I havenโ€™t figured out yet is how to make time working scale hinges, so if anyone has a solution, Iโ€™m all ears!

    Tomorrow Iโ€™m going to return to finishing the steps and make a start on the kick boardsโ€ฆ.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Finishing the basic deck and starting cabin structure
    18 days ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    The last couple of days has seen the deck set solid followed by all the labour intensive sanding, filling and filling to make good any joins ect. Iโ€™m now happy that the deck is a cracking fit around all points of the hull.

    Next step was to start making the steps from the lower to upper deck. The kit supplied hideous vacform steps were used as a starting point to assess how to make new steps from 1.5mm styrene. After several hours of cutting, measuring, fettling and many discarded parts, the port side steps were fashioned, glued, filed, sanded and primed to see if any issues stood out. As for the starboard steps, I shall start on them tomorrow as I needed something else to break up the monotony! The manual calls for making the kick boards next, however I didnโ€™t fancy that and they can be made anytime relatively early in the build, so shall possibly look at them Tuesday before work Wednesday!

    So, I made a start on the cabin. The main parts are CNC cut styrene and just needed a little effort with a new scalpel blade and steel ruler to free them from the main sheet. The cabin sides are different in that the rear windows are positioned differently, so double checking with the manual was called for to make sure I identified the correct sides! Start8ng with the port side, all windows were cut out and the whole piece sanded. Last job was to cut the base former and cabin. Wall upright , sand and glue together at right angles and leave to set over night. Before gluing the first side to the base, I must ensure that my next modification of cutt8ng out the forward stowage hatch doors on both hull sides as i intend to make these function unlike the kit version which is drawn on, I shall show that when I do it.

    So, tomorrow I shall build the other steps and more work on the cabin โ€ฆ
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Finishing the basic deck and starting cabin structure
    17 days ago by GaryLC ( Lieutenant)
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    I very much appreciate the fact it is not funny, but I do admire the person who likes to be different and gets away from the normal problems associated with super glue.
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    17 days ago by pressonreguardless ( Midshipman)
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    The Stuff is Dangerous to be Sure Sy, it goes everywhere without Warning๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
    Trev
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Finishing the basic deck and starting cabin structure
    17 days ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    I can beat your cyano finger sticking Trev! I Once glued my bottom lip to my upper teeth because of putting the ca cap in my mouth, the taking part was painful and bloody ๐Ÿ˜‚
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Finishing the basic deck and starting cabin structure
    17 days ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Your welcome Colin ๐Ÿ‘Œ
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Finishing the basic deck and starting cabin structure
    17 days ago by Colin H ( Vice Admiral)
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    Thanks Sy, most helpful.
    Cheers Colin.
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    18 days ago by pressonreguardless ( Midshipman)
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    Hi Colin,
    I have had pretty good luck with CA glue. I have superthin for seeping into assembled joints, capillary action. Medium and heavy for joints glued then held together, depending on the fit.
    The Super thin sets almost immediately. just be careful as it flows quiet easily, i have glued my fingers together more than once๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜ฎ
    Trev
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    18 days ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Cheers trev, I agree with the improvement over the vacform version but might re-do the step edges with folded strips of .25mm styrene
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    18 days ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi Colin, my weapons of choice with glue for styrene is revell and tamiya plastic cement, both superb. If the nozzle blocks on the revell cement, just heat up with a disposable lighter and hey presto! Kind regards sy
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    18 days ago by pressonreguardless ( Midshipman)
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    Hi Sy,
    Big improvement on the steps.
    Trev
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    18 days ago by Colin H ( Vice Admiral)
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    Great work Sy, just a quick question about using styrene sheet, what glue do you use as I have a couple of models that could be finished with styrene.
    Sorry for my ignorance on this subject shipmate, I'm used to wood and metal.
    Cheers Colin.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Fitting Y-Boat compartment and deck
    20 days ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Good progress today starting with filing out the hole for the Y-Boat hatch in the stern of the deck. I took the added precaution of supporting the GRP surround with wood and clamps to add strength while filing as I didnโ€™t want a nasty accident accidentally breaking it. It took about an hour of filing and sanding checking often to get a good fit for the hatch which will hinge in 4 pieces later.

    Once happy with that I then marked the position of the compartment on the underside of the deck and fitted it with 5 min epoxy and clamps and beefed up the join with a fillet of liquid steel.

    Next was to make a 2mm template to mark the inside of the hull where the 3x6mm deck bearers will sit. This was followed by fitting strips of 6x3mm styrene that had been roughened and scored, the first layer being fitted with 5 min epoxy and every clamp in the box! This was followed by a second layer fitted with styrene cement and my trusty clamps again and then once hard enough, a large fillet of liquid steel all around to beef it up ready to fit the deck.

    The styrene strips where sanded flat with the Dremel sanding drum and then a couple of hours of fine fettling of the deck before fitting with 30 min epoxy, lots of tape and weights and checking for true before leaving overnight to fully harden. Next job is the sand and fill the deck flush with the hull and fit the steps on the deckโ€ฆ..
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Fitting Y-Boat compartment and deck
    18 days ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi Rob, yes there is a basic Y-Boat in the kit, consisting of a couple of vacform parts for the sponsons and a couple of fittings for the motor, paddles ect. It is a good starting point for super detailing which is what I intend to do.

    The only issue is displaying it! They spend their life inside the compartment under the hinged doors unless in use. Iโ€™ve seen some models with them sitting on the hatch doors, but I donโ€™t think thatโ€™s ever practiced in real life unless anyone knows different?
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    18 days ago by robbob ( Admiral)
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    Terrific progress Sy....your rate of work never ceases to amaze me!
    Your removable electrics panel is a great idea and so easy to implement in a GF hull. Does the kit come with a Y-Class Boat to go into the compartment?
    Rob.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Y-Boat compartment and other thingsโ€ฆ.
    21 days ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    So, back from a cheeky break in Tenby with the Mrs and itโ€™s straight back on it! Having got some good reference shots, I decided to add some extra detail to the Y-Boat compartment which includes some wall panels, step and some pipe work. All made from good old styrene, it adds some interest to an otherwise plane box if left as kit form. This was then painted with various weathering techniques as unlike the exterior of the boat, this area on the real thing is quite grubby!

    A few other little jobs included fitting a blue strip of water cooling pipe that had arrived in the post along with fitting the heavy duty propshaft couplings, lipo checkers and the new lipos. I now consider the internal workings about done part from maybe a couple of tweaks if needed.

    Tomorrowโ€™s project will be to start fitting the deckโ€ฆโ€ฆ.
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    18 days ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    The inside of the hull is cavernous JB, plenty of room for all the electronics and ballast as required ๐Ÿ‘Œ
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    18 days ago by pressonreguardless ( Midshipman)
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    Very Nice๐Ÿ‘
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    18 days ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Very tidy work on the electrics tray Sy, you obviously have a bit of room to play with to allow you to space things out .

    JB
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    19 days ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Indeed Mike, 4 screws and the tray lifts out, all the plugs are hidden underneath ๐Ÿ‘Œ
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    20 days ago by mturpin013 ( Vice Admiral)
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    I really like the electrics being mounted on a single board presumably it can be easily removed as a unit.
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    20 days ago by pressonreguardless ( Midshipman)
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    Thanks, Sy
    Trev
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    20 days ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi Trev, welcome to the party! My pick ups are located in line between props and rudder were hopefully the props and forward momentum will generate enough thrust to get the water flowing? Iโ€™ll take a photo for the next update ๐Ÿ‘Œ

    Kind regards Sy
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    20 days ago by pressonreguardless ( Midshipman)
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    Where did you position your water pickups?
    Trev
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    20 days ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi Mike, I only plan on the compartment being grubby, it will spend most of the time with the hatch closed! Any other weathering will be light in keeping with the care and tenderness that the crews keep their RNLI boat in ๐Ÿ‘Œ
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    20 days ago by mturpin013 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Nice and grubby Sky
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    ๐Ÿ“ Reference photos from RNLI Tenby
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    What a fantastic visit to the station at Tenby yesterday. Managed to get a wealth of shots of external features on their Tamar. Unfortunately no crew were on site so unable to get a shot at getting on board. What is clear is that as fantastic as the kit is by MS, Iโ€™ve now got plenty of shots of all the extra โ€œbells and whistlesโ€ I can scratch build.

    The 2 lovely ex-Yorkshire ladies running the shop kindly informed me that coming back Monday evening when they are due to go out on a practice sortie will give me the opportunity to film the launch process and with crew being about a good chance to get on board.

    I shall be there like a geek and hour earlier than the launch time slot!โ€ฆ..
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    ๐Ÿ“ Commencing work on the deck
    28 days ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    The last couple of days has seen steady progress on preparing the deck for fitting and building the Y-boat compartment. Using the plans, the cut out for the Y-boat hatch was carefully marked in pencil on the deck and this was then cut out under sized with the Dremel. This has still to be filed to completion, but I will do that when Iโ€™m in the mood as filing fibreglass is not pleasant!

    Making the styrene compartment was simply a case of cutting out the parts from the supplied sheets, sanding, then gluing together with Revell and Tamiya plastic cement to the correct dimensions as per the plans and manual. I did beef up the joints with some extra styrene strip for belt and braces as the glueing surfaces are minimal. This was then left overnight to set before final sanding, masking, priming and a couple of coats of Ford Galaxy grey and Matt lacquer. I figured it was easier to paint now before fitting to the underside of the deck.

    One decision I have made is not to attempt to make the rear transom door fold down which is how the Y-boat is launched. It does say in the manual that people can attempt this detail, but no instruction is given. My biggest fear is getting it wrong and destroying the integrity of the hull, and also not getting the scale detail right. So please forgive me on this, but I will add other details in lieu!

    Last job was to cut out the deck hatch opening again with the Dremel cutting disc and finishing the edges with a sanding drum on the Dremel and final sanding. No requirement for this to be pristine as it all disappears when the cabin is fitted.

    Thatโ€™s it for a few days now, as off to Tenby on Saturday for a few days. Iโ€™m hoping that the RNLI station is accepting visitors as I fully intend to get a wealth of reference photos and my one wish is to get shots inside the cabin as there is very little on the web. I shall flutter my eyelids ha haโ€ฆ..
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    27 days ago by Rookysailor ( Commodore)
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    May I suggest you flutter some Banknotes Sy, you may get what you want๐Ÿ‘

    Cheers Pete๐Ÿ˜Š
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    ๐Ÿ“ Internal electrical installationโ€ฆ
    28 days ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    The last couple of days bringing you up to date was to make the radio tray from 3mm styrene sheet with all the battery trays, rx tray, sound card tray ect being made from a mix of 2mm and 1.5mm styrene. In between making bits, I hoovered the inside of the hull, masked everything off and sprayed the inside with red oxide and then gave it a coat of lacquer. Again, just for neatness.

    Once I had finished the radio tray having carefully planned where I wanted everything to go, it all got a final sand before spraying with sliver and a coat off Matt lacquer. Once dried, all the various electrical were fitted, wired, and everything tidied up with cable ties ect and then I charged up a couple of batteries and proceeded to set up the radio.

    I thought Iโ€™d test the motors on the watt meter (in water under load) on 2s lipo and im pleased to say that the resulting jacuzzi in the bath proved that 2S (one battery per motor) is more than enough grunt on 40mm 5 blade scale props. The bow thruster is on its own nimh battery and controlled by the rudder stick on the TX, works perfectly. You may also notice Iโ€™ve added the mtroniks Napier engine sound board, switcher unit and speaker which I plundered from my Shannon (I had to reduce weight in my Shannon, so the sound system was sacrificed along with some lead!). The sound is toggled on and off using the gear switch on the TX.

    Thatโ€™s brings you up to date, next job is to start preparing the deck for fitting to the hull, but final fitting of the hull wonโ€™t be done until Iโ€™ve fitted the new propshaft couplings as it will be easier to remove the motors with the deck offโ€ฆ.
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    28 days ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Cheers len, a small update coming later before a few days rest for a short trip away in Wales.
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    28 days ago by Len ( Able Seaman)
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    Nicely done. Very neat and user friendly
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    28 days ago by Newby7 ( Admiral)
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    Your work blows me away๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘Well done.
    Rick
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Internal electrical installationโ€ฆ
    28 days ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi Colin, the receiver is taking power from the nimh battery that powers the bow thruster motor. Iโ€™ve not had any receiver glitches so far, but if i do, will move the receiver ๐Ÿ‘Œ
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Internal electrical installationโ€ฆ
    28 days ago by Colin H ( Vice Admiral)
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    Like your electrical layout, do you get any interference with having you rx so close to the esc's.
    Also are you powering the rx separately.
    I'm still old fashioned, using sla or nimh batteries, I have no experience of lipo's.
    Cheers Colin.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Internal electrical installationโ€ฆ
    28 days ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    I bring that over from my aircraft days ๐Ÿ˜‚
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    28 days ago by Northernflotsam ( Master Seaman)
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    very clean install ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘
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    ๐Ÿ“ Next stageโ€ฆ
    28 days ago by Skydive130 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Once all the external hull items had been fitted and were set, I made styrene covers to hide all the unsightly epoxy joints. Not necessary, adds no strength but is much more pleasant on the eye.

    Next was mounting the overlander motors in their posh mounts and using my trusty alignment tube, lighted them up with the prop shafts before gluing and braking the mounts to the hull. These also got plastic covers for neatness.note at this stage Iโ€™ve fitted Huco couplings, but these are going to be swapped out for heavy duty radio active couplings which Iโ€™ve got on order.

    I also made a rudder servo box from styrene built to the same height as the rudder posts and made up the connections from m2 threaded rod and crevices with z bend connection to the rudder output arm. This will all be set up when I get to the radio stageโ€ฆ last June was to make the radio tray supports from wood which were covered in a layer of styrene again for neatness and because I could!
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