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    VINTAGE RUNABOUT -NEW WINTER PROJECT?
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    ๐Ÿ“ VINTAGE RUNABOUT,- NEW ACCESSORY 'BABS' THE SKI CHICK
    8 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Been playing with this (won't say her ๐Ÿ˜) for a while now, but have finally got it working reasonably consistently. Made the skis from laminated 1mm ply, (each piece bent with boiling water and clamped,- pic) the fins from sheet brass,- tapped through the top plate M3, and adjustable. Separated the skis with a plate of 1mm PETG sheet. Tried without the plate initially, but she wasn't stable. Tried skis about 40% wider and longer, but while slightly better, wasn't successful either. Tried 1oz shaped sinkers on the fins first, but they were too heavy, so have now fitted 10G mag wheel weights which are spot on. Makes her float just right for the 'take-off' position. Her feet are tapped M3 and bolted to the skis, which have a row of holes for adjustment.

    The life jacket is made from EPA foam sheet, which helps hold her at the right angle and height in the water. All of her joints have been filled with hotmelt glue, to hold her in position, and stop her filling with water and sinking, I've tried to make her look as natural as possible, without the usual wire frames etc, which tend to spoil the effect on some I've seen. Bit hard to do with an inanimate object.

    The tow set-up is 20lb nylon fishing line which connects to the boat, and attaches in the center of the PETG plate. The 'main' tow rope is connected to a rubber band at the boat end, which allows it to stretch as the change of attitude occurs at take-off, otherwise it would pull the skier over. It's just there for looks, as all the work is done by the nylon.

    Most of the initial testing was done at the pond, using my 12ft surf casting rod (thanks to Martins' suggestion,- hadn't even thought of that ๐Ÿ˜) which worked spot on. Most of the time was spent testing, adjusting, and modifying with a few runs behind the boat, which were ok, but not great. Now she's up and away once settled and lined up, and the only problem now is to stop her falling over occasionally on the wash while turning at certain speeds. I'm getting used to adjusting the speeds now to keep her upright.

    She could do with another foot or so of line, to keep her out of the wash triangle, which would help stop her falling over the wave and putting a ski under. I'm fitting another piece of PETG which will come up to the ski tips, to stop the water going over the plate when this occurs.

    A couple of vid links from todays ski outing, ( one from land and one from on board,- the on board one is a bit long, but picks up speed after 6:40) Quality's not too good as usual๐Ÿ˜

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-zoRS8_JmQ&t=57s

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvcsYNqCQeY

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGb4185hfg0 (testing with rod)
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: VINTAGE RUNABOUT,- NEW ACCESSORY 'BABS' THE SKI CHICK
    8 months ago by MouldBuilder ( Rear Admiral)
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    Great job JB. I did not realise the work required to achieve this result. The videos are very good also. I see instead of a finger an entire foot is in view this time.๐Ÿคฃ
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    8 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Give it a crack RC, lots of fun. It's Been done before, but with modern tech, there are lots of possibilities for added improvements.

    JB
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    8 months ago by RC-Modeller ( Recruit)
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    Wickid!
    Think I'm gonna make one now, for our club public days.
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    8 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    First pic on the watter looks good JB๐Ÿ‘
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    8 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    "Cool if you could get a model barefooting, (think a model would need big feet though). "
    JB, you could try it with a Duck Billed Platypus ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‚
    Seen here in Broken River Queensland.
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    8 months ago by pressonreguardless ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Hi Doug,
    I can remember taking my 15' Century inboard with a 351 ci inboard to Candlewood Lake in Danbury Ct. to water ski.
    My friend and I would go to the Down the Hatch bar on the water and recruit a fair damsel to act as spotter. Although I don't remember them being as fair as the gal in your pic! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
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    8 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Re vid quality, Hi Doug, just re-did one (media gallery) in MP4 1920x1080 (vids are in AVI but no 1920x1080 option for that in the editor,) took a punt and did MP4 (tried this years ago, but YT said it wasn't an option then, now it is ! strange.) Let me know if you think it's any better (don't mind the blurry spot in the lens,- scratched it and tried to polish it out, - didn't work, should have left the scratch)๐Ÿ˜

    JB
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    8 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Steve, not sure about slalom, but could be an interesting experiment (single ski) A cuzzy of mine used to do barefoot skiing (ex NZ champ in the 60s) moved to Oz and did the same there and US. Used to own 'Natures Own' vitamin co/ later, Daydream Island. Held NZ ski jump record for about 15yrs. Cool if you could get a model barefooting, (think a model would need big feet though).

    JB
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    8 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Re wetsuit, Hi Gary, I bought her some new togs to make her decent, if she wants a wetsuit she can buy it herself๐Ÿ˜ BTW, I see they make plus sized dolls now, that could look good on skis LL๐Ÿ˜‚

    JB
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    8 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Martin, it seems to have worked out quite well, which is a bonus, didn't take that long to do, just frustrating making a mod, driving 30km to the pond and back, to find it didn't work๐Ÿ˜ (I wasn't about to play with Barbie dolls on a fishing rod down the estuary here, with hundreds of people round LL) Your fishing rod suggestion helped a lot though ๐Ÿ‘

    JB
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    8 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Doug, the camera I have is similar to an early GoPro which has pretty good options and takes good videos in good light. Problem is, when I edit a vid (just shorten it for eg) and upload it to YT, it turns to crap. Tried all sorts of settings, MP4, WAV, AVI etc and nothing works. I think the editor must do something to it, as sometimes if I just do a short vid and put it straight to YT, it comes out fine. YT has changed it's std format as well I think, they used to have all sorts of choices, but they have all disappeared now.

    See camera info pic, also vid grab of what I see before YT, then after upload. Camera is shooting in full HD 1080p 30FPS, so there is no reason I've found for it to come out the way it does at times. Here's another vid,-same camera,

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKSBjMllKQg ???? who knows?

    The onboard camera is just a mini camera, (about 12yrs old) which seems to work fine for what it is. I ordered a new HD cam and when it came it was crap,- works well inside but is zoomed to the max, only good for close stuff. problem ordering from China, is you can get anything. I ordered a car diff a while back and got a childs toothbrush ! bit of a performance to get a refund !
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: VINTAGE RUNABOUT,- NEW ACCESSORY 'BABS' THE SKI CHICK
    8 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    You've been looking at the same boat stuff as me Doug.๐Ÿ˜ Spotted that same pic a few years ago ! - very nice transom๐Ÿ˜

    JB
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    8 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Excellent work JB.
    I know how hard it has been getting her to this stage but all the hard work has payed off.
    Well done.

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    8 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi JB,
    Nice work ๐Ÿ‘
    Re "Quality's not too good as usual๐Ÿ˜"
    Can't you get one of your Sampan delivery boys to supply at least an HD720p camera?
    480p CAN be OK as long as the subject is fairly close and the lighting good.
    Big problem with majority of your vids is that most of the action is far away from the camera with no zoom and dusk lighting. Not good at 480p to see what's going on, even for those of us with video viewers which allow us to blow up the pics. It just becomes grainy.
    These days there are many relatively inexpensive system cameras, and even POV on board cameras, which provide 720 or 1080p resolution.
    The On-board vid of Babs was much better ๐Ÿ‘ cos she was much closer to the camera and the field of view that much smaller, hence better use of available light and resolution.
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
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    8 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Me not Trev!
    I still have vivid memories of my first attempt to water ski on a large dam lake near Jo'burg in November '87.
    Thrashing along at 30+ knots with my derriรจre dragging in the wet stuff.
    A most unusual experience ๐Ÿ˜ฎ which I don't particularly care to repeat๐Ÿ™„
    On the other hand; given an instructor like the lady in attached pic I might be persuaded to reconsider!๐Ÿ˜‰
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    8 months ago by pressonreguardless ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Makes me want to Water Ski Again๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
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    8 months ago by GaryLC ( Lieutenant)
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    She will be o/k when she gets the hang of it, JB forgot the skiing lessons.
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    8 months ago by GaryLC ( Lieutenant)
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    Great stuff JB, absolutely brilliant I love it, especially when she sailed past you without the boat when you were fishing. (Only joking.) It looks very realistic when she is in the water with just head and shoulders showing, and you power up the boat and she surfaces on the skis. As she is a bit on the skinny side bordering on anorexic, and the water is probably cold maybe you should splash out and get her a wet-suit. Keep the good stuff coming you are doing a grand job. Regards, Gary.
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    8 months ago by stevedownunder ( Commander)
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    Fantastic JB,

    Great little videos, she seems to struggle with the turns as you said, maybe a slightly longer line.
    Do you think she will advance to slalom? ๐Ÿ˜

    Cheers,
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    8 months ago by pressonreguardless ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Great, Ken is surly jealous!
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    8 months ago by philcaretaker ( Commander)
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    Love it, Love it, Love it , JB !!!!!! - You & Babs make a great team !!.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜Š
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    8 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Ron, unfortunately the flagpole is in the way, also the way the inner transom is built, it's the only place which is strong enough to mount the tow hooks (bent brass wire which continues through a brass plate and 30mm into the inner transom). I can probably tighten the rubber section slightly to keep the tow rope up a bit, but it tends to hold itself up ok on a straight run. Some lighter cord would probably fix it, as what's on it, is 2.5mm 100lb braided nylon fishing line, which gets a bit heavy when wet, (all I had at the time). Boat has no trouble pulling the skier up, with more than adequate power.

    JB
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    8 months ago by Ron ( Rear Admiral)
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    Is it possible to add a centre post to attach the tow rope instead of at the stern in a Y? This will get the tow rope up off the water reducing drag.

    Other than that, it is a nicely done project, good problem solving skills. Enjoy impressing the crowd as you run about the pond.
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    ๐Ÿ“ VINTAGE RUNABOUT - 'STAND'
    9 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Getting on with making the stand (trailer) and the new lathe came in handy for making the spacers for the wheels. Turned down some ally rod and drilled a 4mm hole through the center. Don't have a parting tool yet, so the trusty hacksaw was the next best thing. Marked the lengths, and while the lathe was running, carefully nibbled them off. Turned each piece round and tidied up the hacksawn end. New toy's paying for its' board and lodgings already.๐Ÿ˜!

    The spacers go behind the wheel hex drives which I'm using as axle bushings (backs of wheels have a 12mm hex moulding) Frame is ally angle which is connected with 3mm machine screws, and has a clearance at the back to allow for the props and rudders. More bits to make yet, - guards, support pads, winch post etc,- just a matter of getting into the shops at the moment with the restrictions. I'm Starting to run out of materials.๐Ÿ˜ฎ
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    9 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Graham, certainly will be a big help with certain jobs. Will save a lot of time.

    JB
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    9 months ago by Graham93 ( Rear Admiral)
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    JB,

    Looking good. Glad the โ€˜new toyโ€™ is coming in useful ๐Ÿ‘ No more waiting for some bits and pieces to arrive in the post.๐Ÿ˜€

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    9 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Martin, no wondering about it ! I know exactly how I managed,- with great difficulty at times๐Ÿ˜

    JB
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    9 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi JB,
    I bet you are already wondering how you managed without a Lathe.LOL!!!

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ“ VINTAGE RUNABOUT,- RE MARTINS' CLEATS
    10 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Martin noticed that there were no cleats on the stern to go with the fairleads๐Ÿ˜, now it has some so he'll be happy (till he spots something else๐Ÿ˜‚) - I know I haven't painted them yet Martin๐Ÿ˜LOL. Excuse the pond scum I missed, who knows what's in that lake,- can't be too bad though as the eels are thriving. Just sticks to your boats whatever it is๐Ÿ˜.

    JB
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    10 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Bill, have something in mind, but might not be starting it just yet, have to figure out how it's going to work yet. Collecting bits at the moment. (top secret๐Ÿ˜)

    JB
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    10 months ago by Scratchbuilder ( Captain)
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    Hi JB.
    Brilliant,!.
    So give us a clueโ€ฆโ€ฆWhatโ€™s next to titillate the pallet?
    Regards Bill.
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    10 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Steve, the paint is Duplicolour Acrylic lacquer (spray can) so it wouldn't hurt it. Actually cut it initially with some Repco cutting compound, then Brasso. Still needs more cutting to get it flat, as the nozzle on the can was a bit rough and the weather was too cold at the time.

    JB
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    10 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    My toes are almost worn out Martin๐Ÿ˜‚

    JB
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    10 months ago by stevedownunder ( Commander)
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    Hi JB,

    Looking good, maybe some carefully applied car wax to the hull would make it easier to clean.

    Cheers,
    Stephen.
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    10 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Sorry JB,
    LOL!!
    Just keeping you on your toes.

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    ๐Ÿ“ VINTAGE RUNABOUT , ANOTHER SMALL ADDITION
    10 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Found a good way to make any sound you like for a boat. I recorded the sound of a set of air horns I have, with my camera, and transferred it to my small RUIZU BT player. The sound was then played via BT to the small BT/stereo card in the boat. Worked pretty well, and also managed to demo a bit of music with the system (Cuban,- YT doesn't seem to mind,- probably don't like Cubans). I'll add the horn to the micro SD card in the boat, which should then be able to be played via IR remote, using a track selection. Need to find some musical horns for better effect, (and find or make some air horns for the deck)

    https://youtu.be/_-3898RK-cE
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    10 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Peter, biggest problem if you want to do a YT vid with any music in it, is finding something they allow. Fine if you can make your own music, (as long as it doesn't sound like something else) pretty hard to do these days. This YT copyright stuff is beyond a joke now,- virtually have to have no music around when doing a vid (even your next door neighbours loud stereo will probably get you warned if the YT algorithm latches onto it and recognises something )

    I think you can get away with ethnic/cultural music, just not individual artists. Think I might have found some Italian tunes to try. These little BT boards area almost plug and play,- just need around 4v supply, a couple of small speakers and a micro SD card with your tunes loaded onto it. - very light. It's all light enough to put in a 12" boat (with a bit of beam),- board weighs nothing,- speakers are the only weight. Can be run off your main battery with a VReg in the line.

    I do have a habit of making slight improvements to models, after 'finishing' them (reducing size of components if something better comes along etc)

    JB
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    10 months ago by redpmg ( Commodore)
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    Beginning to think you don't like to call anything finished JB - not one to talk though - guilty of the same - it all sounded like black magic - only thing understood was its Cuban music - had a basic music idea some time ago - a small usb multi type stick connected to an old cellphone - but that would probably sink any of my small boats.............
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    10 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Re More additions! Will your ingenuity never end?

    It'll have to soon Graham, I'm running out of room๐Ÿ˜ (and my brain hurts)๐Ÿ˜‚- and besides, after the nice launch day, the weather overnight turned to real stormy rainy rubbish, (probably same for the next week) and I have to do something to stop going mad๐Ÿ˜‚ BTW you started this radio lark, now I'm hooked on it๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‚

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    10 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    JB,
    Me! trouble maker, Never. LOL!!

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    10 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Re More tinkering that is what I like to see.

    Trouble maker๐Ÿ˜‚ I'm doing your cleats soon Martin๐Ÿ˜

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    10 months ago by Graham93 ( Rear Admiral)
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    JB

    More additions! Will your ingenuity never end? ๐Ÿคฃ

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    10 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    JB.
    More tinkering that is what i like to see.

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    10 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    I've fitted the rear rubbing strips tonight, so that's another small addition done. Holes were measured and drilled in the hull for the pre dowelled and varnished strips, and thick cyano was added round the dowels to lock and seal them, as well as spots along the inside edge. They don't need to be completely glued, as they fit reasonably well, and are completely varnished and waterproof. I might run a bead of thick cyano on the top and bottom, once I can get into the Korean $2 shop which has the type I need (thick, but slow setting- good for small gaps).

    Next small job will be a few cleats for the rear fairleads (thanks to Martins' eagle eye,) I thought I had almost finished LOL, - thanks Martin๐Ÿ˜ (remind me to buy you some dark glasses๐Ÿ˜‚)
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    10 months ago by BOATSHED ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Thanks for your reply, I Think she is a great looking boat. I saw the video of her on the water, she lifts off the water very well at half throtle and I'm looking forward to seeing her when you open the throtle up even more. Sadly I'm a speed freak and myself I'de have been itching to go flat out on a straight run. I have started to build an Aeronaut modeel boat and it's a similar shape to your one this was why I wondered what the model was.
    I will be watching to see her next video. Can't wait.
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    10 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Boatshed, the model was basically scratch built using an old Model Maker plan, and blowing it up to roughly twice its' original size. The plan was just used as a rough guide for the bulkheads and their positions, the rest had to be modified to suit the larger size. All dimensions were irrelevant due to the size increase, (from 18" to 33 " and a lot of changes made to accommodate twin electrics etc.

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    10 months ago by BOATSHED ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Hi jbkiwi, What is the make of the model kit you are building or is she just from a plan?
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    10 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Martin, I have a spare hand held one which would be just the ticket for you, as it would also tie up one of your typing hands๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ (you'd only be able to make 1/2 the suggestions๐Ÿ˜‚)

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    10 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    JB,
    A welding mask might be cheaper and more efficient LOL!!

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    10 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Charged all the batteries up last night (just in case) and this morning was fine and sunny with not much wind, so packed everything in the car and did the 15km trip to the pond (extra bits to go on had to wait). As luck would have it, an asphalt milling machine was working just along the road at about 80db, which sort of ruined any thoughts of a nice quiet video. Launching trolley worked well, although surprisingly it floated and took a bit to push it down from under the boat, (bonus) . Boat floated perfectly and everything worked!

    Never got much over half throttle as the silicone couplings would squeal from the torque, but it's way over powered anyhow, so you'd never need full throttle- just nice at 1/3. I'll de-power it a bit I think, as these HV motors are a bit hungry (have a possible fix for the coupling problem I'm working on). Had the battery alarm on the 2200mAh 25c 3s LiPo ( port motor)set at 3.8v, but that only went off after about 20 mins, so still another15 mins at least of cruising around left on that (still at 4v after running) the other 3s battery is a 3000mAh (runs sound, water pump, RX and stbd motor) was still at 4.1, so heaps left on that. Probably enough time to start getting sick of it, without a break. Boat stays dry too, (water drops are from the launching trolley )๐Ÿ˜

    Did another vid with the stereo going which worked well (despite the road works noise), but found that IR remotes don't like bright sunlight, so the range was down to about 3ft, (probably be better on dull days) Won't post that as YT will start giving copyright warnings. You can use their free 'music' in your vids, but it's all just beatbox junk you can do yourself, which gets round their algorithm. Seems like anything with actual singing gets pinged, no matter what. You can't even sit in your car videoing something to put on YT, with music going in a car next to you, and that will get a warning! Who's running this world, seems like Google ?? Almost any form of internet communication on their platform needs their censorship these days (THEIR standards govern almost everything)! Never mind, have to make my own music to put a vid up. Spoils the fun a bit๐Ÿ˜, something else we can't do.

    Printer ink on the flag, didn't seem to like the glycerine smoke, went sorta patchy๐Ÿ˜ Video here as they don't show on the daily topics list, (I think a lot of peoples vids get missed due to this)

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    10 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thanks for the comment Peter, I'm pleased with how it turned out. A lot of fiddling due to scaling up, but it was worth it in the end.

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    10 months ago by MouldBuilder ( Rear Admiral)
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    Fantastic job JB. She looks superb on the water. Love the colour as well . Great job.๐Ÿ˜ƒ
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    10 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Steve, thanks for the comment. The sheilas are still smiling, (strange that๐Ÿ˜) I was pretty stoked with how it went, apart from a small problem with my couplings. Think I might have fixed that now with any luck, having added the stops in front of the motor bearings. Really need some thick walled silicone tube for it to work better. At least it's a 'built in safety measure' against stalling. For some reason, all the boats I've built, haven't had enough room for common couplings. Must be what I'm building, - next one will have some room. Probably have more room if I didn't fill them up with 'after market extras'๐Ÿ˜.

    Regs,

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    10 months ago by stevedownunder ( Commander)
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    Hi JB,
    I can't really add much to what has already been said but your Runabout looks fantastic, looks like the girls enjoyed the outing as well.
    I also enjoyed the video, really nice pond as well.

    Cheers,
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    10 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Will, thanks for the kind words. There is a vid to go with this in the media section (doesn't show in the current topics section) Perhaps I should put a link here as well.

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    10 months ago by Madwelshman ( Midshipman)
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    Fair play JB, what a great looking boat you have built. It looks absolutely cracking on the water(and off too).
    Like has been said, hope to see a video sometime of it on the water/under way.

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    10 months ago by Newby7 ( Admiral)
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    Looks good on the water JB
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    10 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thanks Gary and everyone for the generous comments. I was stoked that it worked so well first time, certainly worth the effort (although frustrating at times) The only slight negative was my plastic encased silicone couplings, which in all my boats tend for some unknown reason to migrate towards the motors and swallow them (see next post with possible remedy) this causes friction at the motor end and makes starting jerky, (and the squeal is LOUD !) Everything else worked well which was a bonus. Still a few small things to finish but just cosmetics now and maybe a few refinements.

    There's a video in the media section if anyone's interested, not brilliant, but a video ๐Ÿ˜

    Cheers all, JB
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    10 months ago by GaryLC ( Lieutenant)
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    I simply love it when a plan comes together, all those trials and tribulations in the building of it, pays off in big style when the boat performs well and is all that you hoped it would be and more. Looks fantastic on the water and very realistic with Clarke Kent and company. Congratulations on a job well done, and please post a video as I need to see it in action. Regards, Gary.
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    10 months ago by Colin H ( Admiral)
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    WOW what a cracker, and I don't mean the crew girls.
    You have produced a beautiful boat, which looks fantastic on the water.
    Well done shipmate, best wishes Colin.
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    10 months ago by Graham93 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Wow! ๐Ÿ‘

    Looks great on the water JB. Must be quite a relief that it all worked well after spending so much time getting this far

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    10 months ago by Scratchbuilder ( Captain)
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    Wow ๐Ÿคฉ!!
    Brilliant JB.She looks absolutely first class.
    Excellent maiden voyage.
    You must be proud.
    Canโ€™t wait to see more.
    Regards Bill.
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    10 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thanks Martin, I was a happy boy today, nothing like something that goes right first time. Might even stretch the budget and shout myself some Kentucky fried cat for tea tonight๐Ÿ˜

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    10 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi JB,
    From rough cuts of wood to a true masterpiece.
    Looks fantastic on the water.
    You must be very proud of what you have achieved.
    Well done Sir.

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    ๐Ÿ“ VINTAGE RUNABOUT - UPDATE TO PREVIOUS POST
    10 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thought I'd just do this small update separately,- these are the side rear rubbing strips from the previous post, - making and finishing. Laminated basswood and mahogany veneer, dowelled with 3mm dowels and varnished ready to fit tomorrow when the varnish is dry. Holes will be drilled in the hull and dowels will be secured on the inside with small plates drilled to 3mm
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    10 months ago by Scratchbuilder ( Captain)
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    Always something to do JB.
    Never ending,but nearly there.
    Regards Bill.
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    10 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Did say finished 'I think'๐Ÿ˜ - forgot the flag and rear rubbing strakes/flashes. Laminated 2 strips of basswood with .5mm mahogany veneer each side. Will sand to shape once dry, dowel, apply and varnish. I thought I'd have a go at printing a flag on some 44yr old silk I bought to cover plane wings back then. Ironed the silk flat and sellotaped it lightly stretched to a piece of pre printed (with the flags- L + R sides to locate it) on A4 paper .

    Put it through the printer the first time, but horrible scrunching sounds emanated from same as it jammed up. Managed to remove it and gave it a severe ironing, with a slight curve on the lead edge to encourage it to follow the feed roller, (my new HP printer has a bottom feed tray, so has to do a tight turn around the feed roller (previous Epson with a rear tray was much better for decals) Went through this time but moved slightly in the process. Not too bad for a first go though. Perhaps using a mild photo fixative to keep the silk flat and still (plus sellotape) might work better.? Back to work on the 'stand' now,- raining/windy today so no going out.๐Ÿ˜ด

    Flag on boat is just a paper trial. UPDATE- last 3 pics are the printed silk effort. Not particularly sharp, but slightly more realistic than paper.
    UPDATE on the side flashes/rubbing strakes:- Tapers and compound curves sanded on the inside edges, and 3mm dowels fitted, (pics 9 and 10). Varnish now done and in the sun drying.

    UPDATE- rear rubbing strakes varnished, ready to attach when dry.
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    10 months ago by MouldBuilder ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi JB.
    I thought long and hard about making a flag similar to yours but the Union Jack, well two minutes anyway. I decided that it was far too clever for me. I browsed the internet and when I reached Krick, I found this. I cheated and bought them. As the model is Krick it is the correct size and cost ยฃ3.40 for two sizes. I bought two sets.
    Sorry for me being lazy but it is for the best. Honest.๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ
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    10 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Peter, sounds like things might get back to almost normal there, what's the secret? Be great if you get to see your sister again. Hopefully that will work out well.๐Ÿ‘

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    10 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Good news Peter.
    I hope your visit with your sister goes well after all this time.

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    10 months ago by redpmg ( Commodore)
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    The inks are pretty permanent JB - proper ones are more expensive but the generics dont last - so I never use those if it can be avoided. Only generic is in the laser printer (black only). Should show OK on the reverse with the cotton. I crinkled the flag a bit as I used Humbrol enamels - would use acrylic nowadays........Have an article on making flags more realistic somewhere - will see if it can be found......

    We are at level 1 and have just been taken off the red list by UK - so hooray - will be able to get my bits and pieces as sister is planning a visit in February. Been waiting over 2 years..........
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    10 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Peter, might have a look in the big haberdashery/hobby/everything else shop as they have materials by the truckload (bought the model upholstery there). Still have to wait for restrictions to end though,-real pain! Everybody's out at the moment, and we still only have around 40 + tests per day, 5 in ICU (so far,- fingers crossed)

    I have plenty of handkerchiefs to steal for a flag test if necessary. Problem is printing both sides without folding a double L-R print strip which makes it stiffer than a single would be. No matter how thin it is, the small size doesn't have enough weight to 'drape' at rest . Screen printing would probably be the best application method. The HP inks are pretty permanent I think, especially on cloth. If you get it on your fingers, it's pretty long lasting, even when washed thoroughly.

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    10 months ago by redpmg ( Commodore)
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    Good job JB - not sure the silk is all that much better - how about trying a very fine lawn white handkerchief ! Hand painted mine on the avatar (cant be seen ) but a far more simple design than the one you are using - certainly would not be able to emulate that. Some Egyptian cotton is almost as fine as silk - and absorbs print better - the price of sheets & pillowcases however make it almost as expensive as silk..............
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    10 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Martin. did have the paper trial one held on with cotton (trying to tie knots in cotton with tweezers is fun)๐Ÿ˜ but the silk one is held by a thin strip of silk top and bottom wrapped around the pole and the ends attached to the flag with a small dab of contact glue. It's still quite flexible and does flap bit when you blow on it.

    https://youtu.be/sUn-n6WIZEI

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    10 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi JB,
    Me again.
    To help the flag to flap a bit, if you glue the flag to some cotton thread or thin string and then tie that to the flag pole it would flap a little better.

    You have probably thought of doing that.

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    10 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Peter, didn't turn out toooo badly, just not very sharp and frayed easily. sealing the edges spoiled it a bit, but was necessary. See Update on post.

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    10 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Re -
    One other little question, In the last photo i see you have two Fairleads for rope to go through but what will the rope tie to ?

    Thanks Martin, I knew someone would mention that sooner or later, ๐Ÿ˜‚ ( "damn, now I'll have to make some cleats"๐Ÿ˜)

    Haven't sprayed the flag with anything as it would stiffen it too much,- even sealing the edges slightly with clear nail varnish (no Martin,๐Ÿ˜ I used to make fishing flies) stiffened it a bit. I was trying to get a loose flag which can flap a bit in the wind, I'll just have to watch it doesn't get wet. The pole is removable anyhow, so I don't break it.

    JB
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    10 months ago by MouldBuilder ( Rear Admiral)
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    Love the flag JB. Both of my latest projects are from German models and they only supply a German flag. I might have to try this but I don`t hold much hope of it turning out as good as yours.๐Ÿ˜Š
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    10 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Great work JB.

    I am surprised that the silk took the printer ink!
    Have you sprayed the flag with anything to stop the ink running if it should get wet ?

    One other little question, In the last photo i see you have two Fairleads for rope to go through but what will the rope tie to ?

    Sorry could not resist LOL!!!

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    ๐Ÿ“ VINTAGE RUNABOUT FINISHED (I THINK)
    10 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Finally got a nice day to take some outside pics of the boat finished, and new all boat launching trolley. Don't think I've forgotten anything, all tested and working, ready to launch. Can't make a display stand at the moment, as I can't go into the hardware store to look for suitable material, due to current restrictions.

    Added a piece of black cloth to the removable poly foam rear pads on the trolley as they are a bit coarse textured, and might possibly cause scratches.
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    10 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Mike, there are still a few of these in NZ (either original or restored) nice old car. Thought of buying one myself about 30yrs ago, (just missed out on an Alvis one time as well) Those were the days when they made classy looking cars,- Jags, Armstrong syddelys etc. Always wanted an Austin Sheerline as ,- a woman teacher at my intermediate school had one, and let us sit in it one day- always remembered the room!. The Wolsely 6/80 was one of the best sounding cars also. Is that your Riley in the pic?

    Older vehicles I've owned, are a Vauxhall ASXSA 14/6, a Vauxhall DX, a Wolsely Hornet,(for rebuild) Commer Cob, Minor convertible, 47 Ford Pickup, 39 Willys sedan, Farmall A tractor, and a Ford popular, (and later, even a Metro!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜) lots of fun in those days, (and they were cheap then). Like you,- wish I still had some of them.

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    10 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Mike, thanks, very easy to do, as most of the bending and assembly is already done. All I had to do really was add the frame. As I've said, I couldn't have made it much cheaper any other way, as pipe fittings are expensive and pipe must be bought in 6m lengths (so you end up with waste if you need only 1,5 lengths for eg,- tube of PVC glue is $20 by itself!). Steel is expensive and square tube hard to find,- in say 30x30x1mm,- plus cutting, welding etc etc.

    For things like this, I always look for something cheap, where someone else has done the important base work already, and which lends itself to easy modification๐Ÿ˜ Good thing about this, is that it can still be used for its' original purpose. BTW,- weight is 5kg all up.

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    10 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Gary, thanks for the compliment,- glad you have enjoyed following the process. I've enjoyed building it, and as mentioned, it has filled in the lockdown hours over winter nicely. I have an idea for a future project and as mentioned to Martin, I'm collecting bits for the next one. Have a few house jobs to complete first unfortunately, but as soon as I start I'll post the building. The next project will be something slightly different which I was planning last year, (but did the runabout instead.)

    Steam power would be interesting, but unfortunately due to he almost complete lack of model boat clubs in NZ now, and no hobby shops supplying anything remotely steam orientated that I know of (there are only a handful of hobby shops in NZ now,- mostly selling Chinese junk) the only option would be to import everything at great expense (we pay 15% GST on imported stuff now) which would make it impractical.

    A friend of my sons father (ex Zimbabwe) was into the big ride on steam trains, and had a full engineering workshop under his house just for building them ! - very interesting clever guy. Unfortunately, my budget doesn't stretch that far๐Ÿ˜. Might keep my eye out for an engine on the local 'Trade Me' site, - could be fun to play with. Dec estate's probably the only chance (sadly) as I haven't seen a new steam engine advertised here probably since the 70s.

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    10 months ago by Mike Stoney ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi JB,
    Your comment 18 hours ago
    OMG!!! A Riley! Also had one in 1985, but had to sell it because of a large addition to the family. . . Pity!
    Greetings Mike
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    10 months ago by Mike Stoney ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi JB!

    Your idea is brilliant! Since we usually water our somewhat heavy sailing boats on jetties, your slightly modified idea is quite feasible.
    Keep it up, JB! Thanks for your tips
    Hobbyist greeting Mike
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    10 months ago by GaryLC ( Lieutenant)
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    Well done JB, a really superb and interesting build, with a great end result a fantastic-looking boat. I very much enjoyed your build log with detailed descriptions and lots of very good quality photographs. Now you finally have the completely finished end result what are you planning to do for an encore? Any plans for the next one? Regards, Gary. ( I can recommend steam as a motive power source.) and you could think of this as an investment.
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    10 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thanks Martin, appreciate the comments. It's been interesting figuring out the problems and mistakes (even had the belt sander out to work on it at one stage๐Ÿ˜) I'm pleased that it's worked out, and everything seems to work. Probably need a bit of tuning on the water, but will have to wait till I can get there. Not as flash as some of the nice kits (for lots of $$), but it's one of a kind (I like to be different๐Ÿ˜) and it cost a lot less, ( probably more work to get right though). Filled in the winter lockdown nicely๐Ÿ˜Š

    Started on the 'stand' for it today, but getting materials is a pain at the moment as I've mentioned, Starting to collect bits for the next project as well.

    JB
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    10 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Absolutely brilliant JB.
    When you look back to the beginning of your log and all you see is a drawing and a few bits of rough cut wood, then you see the end result it just goes to prove what a skilful man you are and a true model maker.

    I have thoroughly enjoyed this build log and hope to see many more.
    I am looking forward to seeing her on the water, hopefully it won't be long now.

    In the photos you can clearly see the skipper saying to blonde " when we hit the water i will find a big wave and hit it as hard and fast as i can then hopefully your mate will fall out and we can ride off in to the sun together" LOL!!

    You deserve a rest now but knowing you, you are already planning your next project.
    Again Fantastic work.

    Martin555.
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    10 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Peter, thanks for the comment, I'm pretty pleased with the way it's turned out,- dying to get it on the water. Some bad weather coming (again,- wind, rain etc) but it will happen soon I hope. problem is, that the island being so narrow (only 34kms from ocean to ocean at this point) the weather can change in 10 mins. Can be a beautiful day at 9am, and by the time you've charged your batteries, it's hosing down. No getting round it unfortunately, can be frustrating.

    JB
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    10 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thanks Bill, I'm looking forward to a decent day to give it a run and do a video.

    JB
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    10 months ago by redpmg ( Commodore)
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    Lovely work JB - you must be pleased with the result .
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    10 months ago by Scratchbuilder ( Captain)
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    Morning JB.
    Absolutely superb.
    Great result in every aspect.
    Regards Bill
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    10 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Steve, the sheer number of people out today was incredible. I went for a drive to our local airport for an hour or so, to have a break from the constant noise of the traffic, (normally reasonably quiet),- except for weekends in summer, Big beach (3km) so very popular, as is a smaller one just over the hill at the northern end. I think people are fed up with being held back. Humans are social animals, so it's not good for the mental health to isolate people.

    It's been ok for sports people to come and go from the country, but not desperate people stuck and maybe ill in other countries. Govt doesn't care about them, just looking 'KIND' - they are a massive joke. Went with this impossible total elimination strategy and wasted a year mucking about for pretty much nothing. They are now starting to bring in vaccine passports, ie,- no jab no job rubbish, (nurses, teachers etc) so half of them who are just being cautious about the vaccine at the moment, (not anti vaxxers as all the self righteous people call them) have said get stuffed then.

    Now we are going to be short of nurses, teachers, tradespeople etc,- just peachy! well done Bucky and yer stupid mates. Spent most of our money and put half the country out of a job, just to try and look clever, -BUT, watch her get a job in the UN like her commie mentor Helen Clarke !

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    10 months ago by stevedownunder ( Commander)
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    Floating a boat is not that important JB, more important to be careful and safe.

    I hope you guys don't go down the path the Victorian premier has take with the jab.

    That is a nice Riley.

    Cheers,
    Stephen.
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    10 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thanks Rick, hopefully it will go well,- should be ok judging by the tank test. Waiting for the crowds to go. Too much traffic today. See my reply to Stephen re the lockdown traffic !

    JB
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    Hi Steve, thanks for the comment. Has a few warts but didn't come out too badly I think, considering the size increase from the original. Wasn't sure if it would work originally as the blown up plan needed a lot of changes as material sizes grew exponentially. made a number of stuff-ups along the way, but happy with the end result. Hope it runs ok now ๐Ÿ˜.

    I'll wait for the crowds to disappear, as we are still on restrictions (a sort of half pie level 3) not that you would know it, as the traffic was at a stand-still outside my place (on the main rd to Orewa Beach) with thousands heading to the beach from out of area (not really supposed to yet, but seems no-one gives a stuff now. ) just watch the Positive tests soar soon.

    With all these cars going past, it's probably not so good living next to the main rd,- lots of virus probably wafting down here,- only 60ft from the road,- (and the wind's blowing my way as well๐Ÿ˜) There's a big jab drive on today for 80% but I don't know how that's going to go.
    This is what the traffic has been like all day, (pics outside my place). Nice Riley came along!

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    10 months ago by Newby7 ( Admiral)
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    JB A true masterpiece.
    Rick
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    10 months ago by stevedownunder ( Commander)
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    Hi JB,
    She looks stunning, looking forward to seeing on the water shots.

    Cheers,
    Stephen.
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    10 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Having bought the trolley, it was on with the job of adapting it for boats. Very simple, just made a frame which sits on the bottom pad and is secured with 2 - 50x 6mm bolts with plastic wing nuts. Bolts are held from turning by nuts on the top side, which are let into the underside of the center rail. Stainless bolts and wing nuts are from a German Kholer toilet seat 'stern' bracket system I had to replace (thoroughly sanitized of course๐Ÿ˜€)- Knew they'd come in handy one day.!๐Ÿ˜Š

    The frame just bolts off and the base can fold up as usual. The white foam pads (saved them from, work years ago -Aust bull bar packers) - are just removed and sipped over the handle. Also knew they'd come in handy one day!๐Ÿ˜Š The rear bolt just misses the cross bar, so the wing nut can be screwed on to stop the base unfolding. Waiting for some 50mm sponge tube to be ready for pick-up at the hardware store, which will fit around the frame. Timber is coated with timber resin preservative.
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    10 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Steve, I've now fitted the sponge and tried it off my deck,- works well and doesn't slide (insulating tube was from Bunnings,)- perfect for this application, - nice and soft.

    JB
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    10 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Re,- How is the wood frame going to hold the different hull bottom profiles ? Thick sponge pipe insulating tube Martin, (see new post) takes up the differences, and non skid. Won't matter with the Hartley as it's a jet, the rest will just mould in.

    JB
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    10 months ago by jbkiwi ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Re- Looks like it will be strong enough

    Plenty strong enough Peter, pressed steel base about 2mm thick. Supposed to be able to take 65kg (wouldn't trust it though, only plastic brackets with rivets).
    Re keeping stuff,-I've kept stuff for 40yrs or more and found a use for it,- we've probably all done that๐Ÿ˜

    JB
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    10 months ago by stevedownunder ( Commander)
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    Hi JB,
    Great to see some serious re-purposing.
    Love the trolley, I have a similar one that I intend to use launching and recovering the Drifter, looking forward to seeing more.

    Cheers,
    Stephen.
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    10 months ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    JB,
    How is the wood frame going to hold the different hull bottom profiles ?

    Martin555.
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    10 months ago by redpmg ( Commodore)
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    Looks like it will be strong enough JB - is it a steel frame with ally casting base?

    Glad to see I'm not the only one who keeps things that will come in handy one day.............
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