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    Old Robbe Acapulco
    by Cashrc ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    ๐Ÿ“ Fiddly bits and lights
    4 months ago by Cashrc ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi yโ€™all. Sheโ€™s almost there. I swear for a fairly easy boat to build I have almost as much time in the thing as my Neptun.๐Ÿ˜ฎ I keep adding a little here and there, but I need to finish her. Once I maiden her, Iโ€™m โ€œdoneโ€ I rarely go back to a project Iโ€™ve finished to modify or add details, with the exception of RC cars. The more I get into model boating however, the more I think that attitude might change.
    Anyway, I bought some detail pieces from Harbor models in California, and decided to add lights to the Acapulco too. The flying bridge now has a radios and a fire extinguisher. I took braided wire, stripped off the insulation and used that inside a piece of heat shrink for the hose, itโ€™s not perfect but looks ok. I shortened the radar mast that goes behind the seat because...well, I just didnโ€™t like how it looked. I added 2 aft nav lights to it also, Iโ€™m waiting on lights and boards from Harbor, once those are installed Iโ€™ll tidy up the internals, pinstripe the water line and she will be ready for her maiden run. I need to get her done as I have another project in the wings,and Iโ€™m gonna have to do some engineering to accomplish what I want I have in mind....๐Ÿ˜

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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Fiddly bits and lights
    10 hours ago by Dibdawg ( Able Seaman)
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    looks great!
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    ๐Ÿ“ She has a heartbeat
    4 months ago by Cashrc ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi everybody. Got a bit more done, added the fwd deck inserts and then installed the radio. I was going to lay down ply floors on either side of the stuffing box but all I had on hand was way too thin, less than 1/16. THEN, I found a piece of coroplast. I cut the floors out of that, scuffed the gluing side down with medium sandpaper, and glued them in place. The battery is velcroed in, as is the esc, while the steering servo uses Tamiyaโ€™s very thin, very sticky black servo mounting tape. Once set, this tape mounts very solidly with very little give. The rx is velcroed high up the hull side, and the servo and esc wires are trapped by Velcro just underneath. I could run her this way, but I have a bit more to do first.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Rail painted and installed!
    4 months ago by Cashrc ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi everybody. I got the rail assembled, painted and installed. Itโ€™s not exactly the same as whatโ€™s shown in the manual, took a few liberties with it. Biggest pain in the backside was jigging this thing and soldering it on the boat without getting the brass so hot that it damages the hull. Yikes! Got away with it though. The second pain in the backside was pulling the aft ladder and rail assembly off the boat in one piece to paint it, then reinstalling it. It looks okay, I need to touch up a couple of things but at least I didnโ€™t make a mess of it. I got the wood floor for the cockpit installed, drilled 2 shallow oversized holes for the ladder legs to socket into when the cabin is removed and installed. Might make it a little prettier, but at least the bottom part of the ladder wonโ€™t be vibrating itself to pieces when sheโ€™s up to speed.
    Wonโ€™t be able to do much till next week, might do a little Sunday afternoon, we have a family get together near Cleveland Texas, about a 4-5 hour drive from here. Might be pooped when I get back, weโ€™ll see.
    Oh, one of the pics shows the Acapulco sitting on the roof of my old Studebaker Hawk..it had just occurred to me that she and the Hawk have a similar color scheme๐Ÿ˜
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    ๐Ÿ“ Thanks
    4 months ago by Cashrc ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Thanks for the comments yโ€™all, I appreciate it. Iโ€™ve been looking for an โ€œeverydayโ€ cabin cruiser, one that will have a decent speed and be fairly simple, but with enough detail to look good on the water. I think this Acapulco will do nicely. Only thing I havenโ€™t decided is to keep it a 2 channel boat, or go ahead and do running lights.
    Iโ€™ll make that decision in the next couple of weeks, Iโ€™m really anxious to splash her though. What do you think?
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Thanks
    4 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Cash,
    I'd go for at least 4 channels; nav lights, cabin light, maybe a hooter?
    I have a Turnigy 6 channel set in my Sea Scout.
    With 6 and even 9 channels sets so cheap these days it's hardly worth footling about with 2 channel any more. KUTGW ๐Ÿ‘
    Doug
    PS Safe drive at the weekend๐Ÿคž
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    ๐Ÿ“ Little more done
    4 months ago by Cashrc ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi yโ€™all. Got a little more done, the bottom ladder and most of the deck railing is soldered up. I need to finish the rest near the bow, then pull the whole thing off as a unit, paint it and then permanently install it. After this Iโ€™ll finish up the wood inserts on the deck, some details and final RC install.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Little more done
    4 months ago by figtree7nts ( Commodore)
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    Very good, It's coming along nicely! ๐Ÿ‘
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Little more done
    4 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Verrry nice indeed๐Ÿ‘
    Gave me some thinks about upgrading my Sea Scout๐Ÿ˜‰
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Little more done
    4 months ago by Cashrc ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    I like that Sea Scout, you did a nice job on her, the color scheme goes well with the wood top and deck.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Little more done
    4 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Cash,
    Thankyou๐Ÿ˜Š
    Your paint scheme and finish ain't so bad either ๐Ÿ‘ Beautiful car as well - I'm jealous!
    You can follow the trail of my restoration of the boat, which my Dad built around '62/'63, in my Build Blog', including the Bloopers and 'Don't try this'! Just search for Sea Scout or 'Jessica' on the site. Attached are a couple of pics of her original state (after 25 years in the cellar) and of the crew!
    You can also find some video of her sea trials from last May on the site. Still have some detailing to do. Thanks for the inspiration๐Ÿ˜‰
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž

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    ๐Ÿ“ Old Robbe Acapulco
    4 months ago by Cashrc ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi yโ€™all. I made a trade with a fellow modeler here in Texas last year for a Robbe Acapulco. Since I finished the Neptune, I thought Iโ€™d build the Acapulco, then take a break from building for a couple of months...give me time to do some model maintenance and actually play with the doggone boats๐Ÿ˜
    This is an original Robbe kit from some time ago, both the kit and fittings box state โ€œmade in West Germanyโ€. Iโ€™m using a 35x30 1700kv outrunner for power, I used this same setup on an old Imex Taurus that I converted to a โ€œpolice boatโ€ for my daughter, Grace. The Acapulco and the Taurus are roughly the same
    size, although I think the Acapulco might end up a heavier boat.
    Anyway, nothing really hard about the build itself, as the Acapulco is a fairly simple boat to get running, just a lot of painting and railing to solder up. I have a few pics of my progress so far.

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