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    πŸ“ Maiden Voyage
    13 days ago by StuartE ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    With battery fully charged and with great anticipation, Rosalie had her first voyage on the Bushy Park Boating lake a couple of weekends ago. It went very well, but not as fast as I was expecting and at full speed, the battery started to run down and affect the speed after about 20 mins running. It looked good though and there were plenty of onlookers, the turns looked spectacular and mirrored exactly what would happen on the real thing!.

    Next thing is to reduce the weight a bit to see if it can go faster or play with the prop size....... what fun!!

    I'll upload a video once done on youtube....I thought you could upload directly here via pictures, but seems not
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Maiden Voyage
    13 days ago by Martin555 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Hi,
    Nice job.
    I think that the speed is more realistic I wouldn't change a thing!

    Martin.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Maiden Voyage
    13 days ago by mturpin013 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Stuart you must be really pleased with how the boat has performed, I agree the speed looks about right and realistic so congratulations on you maiden voyage.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Maiden Voyage
    13 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    HI Stuart,
    I agree with you, a tic more speed wouldn't hurt πŸ‘ You can always 'throttle back' πŸ˜‰
    Your boat is about the same size (2ft) as my Sea Scout which also has a 1000kv motor.
    I used a 35mm brass prop and a 3S LiPo, 11.1V nominal. She goes well as the video of her 'Maiden' shows.
    What are you using?
    Cheers, Doug 😎

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    πŸ’¬ Re: Maiden Voyage
    13 days ago by Rookysailor ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Looks pretty fast to me Stuart, plus with so many wildfowl around, you don't want to be going that fast as you may run into a duck, which none of us boaters
    want to do, we should always consider the water in which we sailπŸ‘

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    πŸ’¬ Re: Maiden Voyage
    12 days ago by MouldBuilder ( Warrant Officer)
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    Very nice model.
    Good job.😊
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Maiden Voyage
    12 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Stuart,
    Looking at your pics again, and blowing them up a bit, I started to wonder if, rather than taking weight out, shifting some weight to the stern would help.
    She looks a tad bow down, even when slowly underway, which won't help her get on the plane and thus reduce speed for a given power input.
    Just a thought!
    I get one every year around this time!πŸ˜‰πŸ˜€
    Cheers, Doug 😎
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Maiden Voyage
    9 days ago by IanD ( Master Seaman)
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    Lovely looking model. I agree that "scale" speed looks far better for this type of boat. I do notice that your boat looks a little bow heavy at low speed - I had the same thing with my Aerokits Sea Commander but solved it by moving the battery pack further aft (improved the apparent speed a bit too!). I too am playing with propellors - currently using a 40mm S-type but this seems to be causing the motor to overheat so plan to experiment with a 35mm one and shaving the trailing edge of the 40mm to allow the motor to run faster.

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    πŸ“ Finished at last.....(but might change or add some things later!)
    26 days ago by StuartE ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    At last the boat is finished to a point where I can take it out for its maiden voyage. It pasted leak and floatation tests in the bath and all electric function as they should. Now to show it off in open water on the Boating Lake in Bushy Park, Kingston upon Thames.
    I'm hoping for a bit of sun and not too much wind to create too many waves at first, until I get used to handling it.
    I'll upload pictures of Rosalie in action in my next post!
    I will probably do some tinkering and some detail additions later on, but for now ITS FINISHED!
    Still not happy with the pulpit rail and I will most likely remove it and do it again taking into consideration all the great advice received from the fellow members of this site.
    Thank you for following the build........now what's next!!!

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    πŸ’¬ Re: Finished at last.....(but might change or add some things later!)
    25 days ago by Lyle ( Master Seaman)
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    Mate , I had prostate surgery in Oz and with ALL my steam and I/C models, post surgery I knuckled down to do my Precedent kit ELECTRIC motored ( shudder, shudder). Anyway the pulpit rail actually hangs ahead / well forward of the forepeak decking. All the Fairey Marine Internet pics and the Old Model Boats article of so long ago demonstrate this fact . Not knocking , but the anchor cable chain is pulled up from the water the "deckie" has to ensure he does not hit the fore hull and he can lean a fair bit over the water to get purchase in the anchor /chain/rope pull and try to not slip in the drink. Not picky , just from experience of such wealthy type vessel handling. The Blue looks like Renault type blue and very nice. Lyle.

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    πŸ’¬ Re: Finished at last.....(but might change or add some things later!)
    25 days ago by robbob ( Commander)
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    Congratulations Stuart, lovely looking boat πŸ‘πŸ˜€.
    I hope the 'sea trials' go well and look forward to seeing some pics of her on the water.
    Robbob.

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    πŸ’¬ Re: Finished at last.....(but might change or add some things later!)
    13 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Lyle,
    Notwithstanding the Deckie's problemsπŸ€” I think Stuart nailed it myself.πŸ‘
    Pics on these Fairey links show the pulpit just about flush with the bow.
    Cheers, Doug 😎

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    https://www.faireymarine.com/new-boat-showrooms/huntsman/2017-huntsman-31-cabin-6084422/

    https://www.faireymarine.com/new-boat-showrooms/huntsman/2017-huntsman-31-cockpit-6084414/
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    πŸ“ Almost finished
    1 month ago by StuartE ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Almost there....... Handrails and seats and cabin almost completed.
    Things are however, not going well with the pulpit rail.....All pieces are cut and bent to shape as per the instructions to the correct lengths, but using a jig made from ply I cant get the brass rail to hold with solder...its a real mess, so decided to try and use expoxy glue to hold the rail and connecting pieces together...It doesn't look good and I'm really upset that it will spoil the look of the boat.

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    πŸ’¬ Re: Almost finished
    1 month ago by Brianaro ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    It’s coming along well Stuart, you seem to be progressing quite quickly. The pulpit interests me as that’s been my only concern since I first purchased the kit (not included with mine). I’m still not sure how to go about making it, especially soldering it together but I do think the Huntsman isn’t complete without one. The windscreen surround is another area I’m not sure of either. Good luck I’m sure you will get there in the end

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    πŸ’¬ Re: Almost finished
    30 days ago by BOATSHED ( Warrant Officer)
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    Couldn't you have silver soldered it together ? That would be a lot neater.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Almost finished
    30 days ago by mturpin013 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Stuart the ply base jig you've made looks ideal, however you need to support the uprights so they cant move this can be done using small crocodile clips the type you get with a heavy cast base for electronics work. Deal with one joint at a time and silver solder the joint making sure your pieces are spotlessly clean (don't use abrasive paper, as the adhesive used to retain the grit can contaminate a clean joint) use fine grade steel wool 0000 grade. flux the joint, clean the solder and dip in flux. Heat the joint slowly watching for the flux bubbling and then becoming transparent this is then followed by the Joint starting to turn dull red. this is the point you start to introduce the solder to the heat - gently touch the joint with the solder and it should immediately melt onto the joint, remove the solder immediately. move the next joint.
    Stuart if you want more instruction send me a PM

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    πŸ“ A look under the hood....
    1 month ago by StuartE ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    While Superstructure is moving on in leaps and bounds thought I'd let you look under the hood of the Huntsman - Rosalie.
    There is lots of space here so you can put things where you like, but the limitations is that the Superstructure has a deep cabin which means in this part of the mid-ships, everything must be mounted low and off the sides and bulkheads.
    I was also limited by cable length so although I build a "heath robinson" bridge over the battery to put the receiver, this had to be mounted on the side as the superstructure would'nt sit down on the deck!
    I also bought far too big a servo so this is mounted upside down to fit!!
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    πŸ“ Windows are in (and a few more bits added!)
    1 month ago by StuartE ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    So, superstructure is really taking shape now the windows are in and the top screen has been added. Next stage is to build and add the Pulpit on the bow and the rest of the handrails and seating.
    I am not looking forward to the pulpit as have no welding equipment or skills here.
    Another challenge then to see if solder will hold the brass rails in place. If not it will be constructed with expoxy resin and then painted over.
    Onwards and upwards.

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    πŸ“ Superstructure takes shape
    1 month ago by StuartE ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    I'm so sorry to my build blog followers that I haven't updated on my progress for some time, but the build has taken a back seat for a few weeks due to changing jobs, but over the last week or so I've picked the build of the superstructure back up again.
    Just following the instructions at the moment so as to get to the build level where I can start the paint job before adding all the detailing bits.
    I have decided not to build the structure roof's with planks as the instructions show, but to use balsa sheet as it looks a lot easier..These were "bent" into shape over the skeleton with a little help from some steam from the kettle. It really does work well in forming the shape....but also burns your fingers if you're not careful. Another lesson learnt... wear some gloves!
    So with basic build done I started on the paint job following the colours of the hull design.
    I prepared it the same as the hull with light bals filler first then rubbed down so as to fill most of the wood grain imperfections, then a cout of filler primer, followed by primer, then paint and finally a couple of layers of clear laquer. All with a lot of sanding a smoothing inbetween.
    Its not bad!
    Now waiting for the weekend to prepare and install windows, pulpit rails and cabin floors with some left over mahogany. I can't wait!😎

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    πŸ“ Now onto the Superstructure
    2 months ago by StuartE ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Now the hull is complete, instead of putting in all the electrics, I decided to start the superstructure build. As per the instructrions and to get a good snug fit on the hull, it has to be built on the hull. It's going well at present and no real worries yet!
    Skeleton is complete, now onto the roofs and cockpit. I have decided to do roof in sheets of balsa 3mm thick rather than the 3/32" planks that the instructions suggest....that seems like a disaster waiting to happen for a novice! 😎

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    πŸ“ Decking added
    2 months ago by StuartE ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    With the Hull paint job complete, the next stage of the build was to add the decking and rubbing strip. Being a novice at this I decided the best option was not to go for a complicated deck....KISS!!
    So I opted for solid mahogany. Veneer was not included in the kit, but the nice people at SLEC sent me a 2mm solid sheet to make the decking out of. The instructions said to make the decking out of 6 pieces, 2 for the aft deck, 2 pieces port and starboard and 2 for the bow. I went for just the 2 pieces, one port side and one starboard as I didn't want to see too many joins. Cutting was a little tricky as I didnt want a large piece splitting, but a solid support for the cutting table and a sharp scalpel did the trick.
    However, as throughout this build I learnt another valuable lesson, dont use a water based glue to attach bare wood to bare wood, especially one so thin....result are it bows and curls and distorts in all the wrong places. Use a two part contact adhesive! I weighed down the two pieces of decking for the entire deck and it eventually laid flat.
    I finished it off with mahogany 1/8" x 1/4" strip all round the deck for the rubbing strip, sanded and then varnished with 3 coats of satin yatch varnish. I think the results are good, but judge for yourself....
    Now its onto the superstructure....😎😜

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    πŸ“ Hull Paint job complete
    3 months ago by StuartE ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    So.... Patience is not one of my strong points and paint spraying is definately not. I don't have the facilities or the right equipment to create a first class excellent paint job, so this part of the build was always going to be a challeng and it proved to be right.
    the first primer layer went on great and it looked good, followed by a layer of brilliant appliance white from a large can from my local Halfords.....all looked perfect. Then came the masking and application of the Capri Blue hull and pinstriping at deck level. Well, this didn't go great as I couldn't get the hull line correct as it shows on real life Huntsmans or the instruction sheet. In addition, the Frog tape I used, lifted in places over the hull stringers and was a real mess......it had to come off!
    A re-application of primer and white gloss coat followed, and with more patience than I thought I had, managed to mask up again for the Blue Hull. I learnt from the first mistake and made sure that the stirngers were masked on all sides first, then added a solid masking strip all the way down the hull.
    Although not perfect the results can be see here in the pictures.
    I decided that I'd add a couple of layers of Halfords clear laquer to finish of the paint job to create a tough, clear, glossy finish, but before this decided to name the boat by using lettraset. Here I learnt a second and third valuable lesson.....make sure the paint is completely dry first and also don't spray too much laquer in one place......it makes the paint run into the laquer!!! The results can be seen on the bow.
    Oh well, I tried my best and not going to re-do it now.
    So, Rosalie hull is now painted and its time to do the decking.
    For this I am going to use thin sheets of mahogany. They were not provided as part of the kit so had to appeal to SLEC who kindly sent me two sheets of mahogany for this purpose. Thank you SLEC for being understanding that a "Kit" should contain all that's necessary to build it and not have to go and find more pieces to buy.
    Judge the paint job for yourself and don't be tooo critical as its only my second boat build.πŸ˜‹

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    πŸ’¬ Re: Hull Pint job complete
    3 months ago by figtree7nts ( Commodore)
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    Hi Stuart,

    That very good considering it's your second boat and all!πŸ‘
    I like the way she's coming out. Job well done!

    Cheers, Ed

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    πŸ’¬ Re: Hull Pint job complete
    3 months ago by Colin H ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Looks a lot better than mine, now you've had the practice can I send you a couple of huntsmen that need repainting.
    Even the colour scheme is great. I like the Fairey decals, where did you locate them.
    Super job, keep up the good work matey, looking forward to seeing it on the water.
    Cheers Colin.
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    3 months ago by mturpin013 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Each modeler has different abilities and you should be proud of your achievements the paint job looks OK but you could easily improve the joint lines with some pinstripe tape a nice 2mm yellow would look good.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Hull Pint job complete
    3 months ago by Rookysailor ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Nice paint job Stuart, particular the bow scoop and logo, a trim line to Finnish it, and you will have the envy at the pool side.πŸ‘

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    πŸ’¬ Re: Hull Pint job complete
    3 months ago by Brianaro ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    The painting, lining and masking is never easy. I’m at a similar stage to you, I’ve just finished planking the deck, a lengthy task, now it needs sanding flat and varnishing
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Hull Paint job complete
    3 months ago by StuartE ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi Colin, thanks. The Fairey decals came with the kit from SLEC.

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    3 months ago by StuartE ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Many thanks for the idea.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Hull Paint job complete
    3 months ago by StuartE ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    WoW. Fantastic planking!. How long did that take? I dont think I could attempt that so I'm just using Mahogany sheet for the decking like the instructions show. What wood have you used to get that effect?
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    πŸ“ Ready for the Paint job!
    3 months ago by StuartE ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Following the completion of the basic hull build, I installed the prop shaft and motor ( Mtroniks Hydra 15A) and all lined up nicely. Next, drilled the hole ready for the rudder assembly to be inserted and it all fits perfectly vertical to my great delight. Its now masked up and ready for the hull paint job which will start with a primer filler layer followed by white primer, then brilliant white gloss with an Ink Blue design and black anti-foul keel.
    I'm just waiting for the shed to warm up a bit and reduce the humidity as the wife wil definitely kick me out if I spray indoors. She just about allows me to do the build in the dining room, but only when she's out!

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