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    📝 Rudder mechanism
    2 days ago by 🇬🇧 Trident73 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    So in the kit instructions, the rudder servo is in the hull above the motor and the pushrod runs across the top of the deck. I decided to try and hide it all under the raised rear portion of the deck as I did not want a pushrod visible. I got a small but fairly powerful servo in and the clearances just work. Phew.

    💬 Re: Rudder mechanism
    1 day ago by 🇬🇧 DGoss999 ( Warrant Officer)
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    The mechanical throw of the rudder with this config will be asymmetric (more motion steering to Port over Starboard)

    A better solution (if there's room for the throw) could be to reverse the servo direction on the Tx, rotate the servo arm by 180deg and use a shorter connecting link..
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    💬 Re: Rudder mechanism
    1 day ago by 🇺🇸 Commodore-H ( Midshipman)
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    Excellent, very well done.

    Builders should keep in mind kit instructions are often guidelines and suggestions. It's your boat, you can do it any way you like. The only person you have to please is you.
    I am a scratch builder, I follow the plans unless there is something I don't like, if there is, then I change it. Every model is individualized to my taste.

    🤓
    💬 Re: Rudder mechanism
    2 days ago by 🇬🇧 flaxbybuck ( Commander)
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    I am interested to know how you get on with the rudder configuration. Generally the principle to follow for a rudder set-up is for both arms (that on the servo and the rudder yolk) to be parallel, and for the linkage to be at right angles (90 degrees). Whilst this is the ideal set-up, other configurations will work, but with perhaps more steerage to port than to starboard (eg)
    When you are on the water let us know how your boat steers.
    Good luck 😉
    💬 Re: Rudder mechanism
    2 days ago by 🇮🇹 AlessandroSPQR ( Captain)
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    Hi Trident73.

    It's very interesting how you made the connection between the servomechanism and the rudder.
    A curiosity: how many degrees (even an approximate figure is fine) of excursion can your rudder make with this configuration?
    I mean the maximum angle formed by the longitudinal axis of your ship and the rudder (view from above).
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    📝 Overall quite happy
    10 days ago by 🇬🇧 Trident73 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    The hull seems pretty straight to my eye and I need to do a bit of filling in some low spots. Once I get it smooth and waterproofed I can crack on with the remainder of the build.

    📝 Finally getting there
    12 days ago by 🇬🇧 Trident73 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    …and seeing light at the end of the tunnel

    📝 Still at this planking lark…
    24 days ago by 🇬🇧 Trident73 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    As predicted it is taking a long time. Mainly as I am doing a row each side then waiting for it to dry overnight before proceeding. Also having to fit in around work and life in general. Am finding that the plank crimpers I bought are working well for most bends but where things are more severe and the plank needs a twist and bend, then placing the plank in a pot of boiling water for a few minutes seems to work well.

    💬 Re: Still at this planking lark…
    24 days ago by 🇬🇧 flaxbybuck ( Commander)
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    My advice for planking is - don't rush it. Take your time and check each plank for fit before fastening it.
    Keep at it Trident, and good luck with the build

    😉
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    💬 Re: Still at this planking lark…
    24 days ago by 🇨🇦 Ronald ( Admiral)
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    I go through a bunch of masking tape when planking certain sections. It works well.

    Have you tried various sized alligator clamps?

    Steaming with the iron over a round form is a good idea.

    When making curved propeller blades, we use to form the moist wood over a jar then tape it till try. This gave us the desired result needed, though we were working with C grain balsa and not planking a vessel.
    💬 Re: Still at this planking lark…
    24 days ago by 🇬🇧 Trident73 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    😁 yes Ross that particular clamping effort was the product of a moment of desperation. Will take a look at your blog. Thanks 👍🏻
    💬 Re: Still at this planking lark…
    24 days ago by 🇨🇦 RossM ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    If you want someone sympathetic to your build technique, check out my build blog BLUENOSE. Yes, it is a long slow process. . .

    You do get first prize in the category of CREATIVE CLAMPING😮
    📝 Started the planking
    1 month ago by 🇬🇧 Trident73 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    I think it is going to take a while and I am sure there are going to plenty of “learnings”along the way and a good dose of making it up as I go along.

    💬 Re: Started the planking
    1 month ago by 🇨🇦 RossM ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Phil

    Neither you nor the planks will be straight after a session with a bottle of wine😉
    💬 Re: Started the planking
    1 month ago by 🇬🇧 PhilH ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Just got my coat I am of to the shop to get a bottle of wine🤣🤣🤣
    Phil👍
    📝 Curving the bulwarks to fit
    1 month ago by 🇬🇧 Trident73 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Discovered that ironing the bulwarks over a wine bottle (empty) with the outer-facing side of the bulwark slightly dampened, induces just the right sort of curve to fit the bow contour…

    💬 Re: Curving the bulwarks to fit
    1 month ago by 🇩🇪 RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Neat idea Trident👍
    Just off to check out the wine rack😁😋
    Doug😎
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    💬 Re: Curving the bulwarks to fit
    1 month ago by 🇬🇧 Trident73 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Oh yes, practice makes perfect I am sure! The more practice the better I say 🤣🍷
    💬 Re: Curving the bulwarks to fit
    1 month ago by 🇬🇧 luckyduck ( Midshipman)
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    Interesting methodology Trident73 - I can see a lot of us now trying to get the right curve, but probably seeing double in the race to get the bottles empty and practice your idea!😊😊
    📝 Fitting bulwarks
    1 month ago by 🇬🇧 Trident73 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Started temporarily fitting the bulwarks this morning in readiness to hopefully make a start on planking at the weekend. A youtube build series of this ship reckoned that this was a good way to go about making sure the first row of planks allowed the bulwarks to then be removed and fit back again nicely later on.

    As an aside, I bought an occre pin pusher to do the planking. Have to say, so far it is great - way better than trying to hit a tiny pin with a hammer. Pins are gripped by a magnet and push in very easily.

    💬 Re: Fitting bulwarks
    1 month ago by 🇬🇧 PhilH ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Coming on nice, will a good boat .
    Phil👍
    📝 Test fitting the deck
    1 month ago by 🇬🇧 Trident73 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    I need to hold the deck on firmly to true up the edge for the gunwales and I discovered that small zip ties make a good job of holding it firm. I will fill the holes I drilled at a later stage.

    📝 The frame is almost finished
    1 month ago by 🇬🇧 Trident73 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    The picture of the stern of this as yet skeletal tug is not that exciting. However it represents an afternoon of hard labour. I had to take a razor saw to these two rear frames and carefully remove them from the keel as I discovered they were fractionally out of alignment and would have resulted in a twisted deck. It wouldn’t have been a huge deal but it would have annoyed me later. So anyway, everything is true again and I am about ready to start the planking. That is going to be an interesting exercise as I have only ever planked model aircraft fuselages with balsa in the past…

    📝 Occre Ulises
    2 months ago by 🇬🇧 Trident73 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Was given the Occre kit of the “Ulises” ocean going tug for Christmas. Started the build this weekend but I reckon it is going to be a bit of a drawn-out build for a while as I have a lot going on with work and other things. I will gradually add photos of my progress…

    Re comment about kit suppliedpropshaft - I agree, I didn’t like the look of that one in the kit so I cut down an old one I had from something else, put the bearing back in with the addition of a touch of solder To make sure it stayed there and I added the oiler tube as well by soldering that on.

    💬 Re: Occre Ulises
    2 months ago by 🇬🇧 Nickthesteam ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    I have one on my "to do" pile. I certainly won't be using the supplied shaft and prop though, I hate plastic propellors and I can make a much better shaft than the one supplied, ie, 4mm stainless shaft, phozzy bronze bushes 8mm brass tube. Apart from that it looks a good kit and the on line build instructions are really good....
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    💬 Re: Occre Ulises
    2 months ago by 🇩🇪 RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Nice one 'Cyril'👍
    Not so small at 830mm LoA.
    😎

    Occre kit of the “Ulises” ocean going tug


    https://www.ebay.de/itm/171529073287?_trkparms=amclksrc%3DITM%26aid%3D1110006%26
    💬 Re: Occre Ulises
    2 months ago by 🇧🇪 hermank ( Commander)
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    Trident 37
    Are you family of speedy gonzales?
    Receiving a kit for xmas and the framework is almost finished.
    You must be a twin of speedy building at that speed😂
    💬 Re: Occre Ulises
    2 months ago by 🇬🇧 flaxbybuck ( Commander)
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    I'm pleased to see the prop tube has an oiling tube already attached. Even on the smallest boats I find it SO much easier with an oiling tube in place.😉
    💬 Re: Occre Ulises
    2 months ago by 🇬🇧 Scamp ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Good looking kit, should be a great looking model.
    👍 scamp


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