it been quite a while since the last update, holidays, work, sun shine etc all got in the way
we have done some amount of work on the model in past few months mostly around the running gear and some electrics
Made up a platform on which all of the main electric components will sit on, these include the 2 batteries (6 volt for the steam and lighting) 7.2v for the motor.
also on the platform will be the smoke/steam generator, motor, ESC, receiver and at the back the Servo for the rudder.
platform made out of MDF and sealed up and then re-enforced with wood strips
before fixing the platform inside the huil (permanent fixing) did a "Bath" test to add ballast to the hull as you would imagine that it rides high without anything expect for the platform/batteries and paddles.
used Car wheel weights as ballast as you can go done to the nearest gram with those as well as stick on on where needed.
once ballasted (not fully as need to put superstructure and deck fittings on before the final a ballast glues (epoxy) the platform, into place (with the ballast under it) we can still put extra to the sides and bow/stern
worked out where the Servo is going to go, fitted that to the rear of the platform and used 2 rods to goto the rudder arm
added 3 switches to a small shelf on the platform, these will be the main ESC/Motor Power switch, one switch for the steam and 1 for the lights.
Also ensured we can get to the 2 battery leads fore charging
Added the Navigation lights (and wiring) to the wheel boxes as well as wiring up the small set of lights we have in the engine cover.
as we are looking at a removable deck (so the whole thing comes off rather then just sections of the deck)on it if we need to get to the stuff like battery/motor etc we can.
looking for a solution pointed me to look at the metal clips that are used to hold car speakers into place in car doors etc, basically a slide on spring clip with a hole one side and a grooved hole the other to screw into.
drilled the hole in the deck where needed (8 holes in the main deck and 2 in the stern for the rudder area.)
drilled holes in the GRP platform on which the deck rests, clipped the metal clips to the hull/desk rest, i have glued some small metal washers to the top of the deck to protect it then we can basically screw the deck to the hull (and remove) without damaging the deck or hull and we are screwing into metal clips and and pulling the deck to the metal clips
next thing to do is look at fixing the wheel boxes to the deck, the a way of fixing (but being ale to remove) the house house if needed.
then lights and wiring of as we are looking at getting lights to the wheel house as well as a few other places
at the same time putting other the deck fittings (Mast, work/life boats) etc
once all that done a final ballast, tighten all of the various bolts/screens, charge battery and test sailing (could take a while as working on this slowly)