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    36 inch Thames Police Launch.
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    Nickthesteam
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    Thanks, it will be getting a few coats of paint...
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    mturpin013
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    That's a nice piece of brass work, its a pity that these nice polished brass bits are underwater.
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    robbob
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    Hi Nick.
    Good to see that you are making a start especially after a bout illnesses!
    You can bet you'll find your roll of soft iron wire while you're looking for something else. Such is the 'Law of Sod' ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Rob.
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    "Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana"
    Nickthesteam
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    I have finally managed to make a start! I have had nearly 8 weeks of sickness, a bout of prostate trouble followed by a heavy chest infection topped off with a dose of covid. Better now except for the lingering post covid cough.
    Anyway, first job, the rudder, fabricated from 1/16" brass sheet and 5/32 brass rod. Once cut out, the two slots were milled 2mm from the edge, leaving enough space for a good strong joint. Next a 1/16" slot the length of the rudder blank was milled into the 5/32" rod, due to my goggy eyesight it is slightly off center but not enough to make any difference. I can't silver solder them together yet as I need some soft iron wire to bind them together whilst being soldered. For those that didn't know silver solder will not bond to soft iron wire. I have a roll somewhere but can't find it, so Amazon to the rescue!
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    Nickthesteam
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    Thanks Rob. As far as shaft angle goes, nothing will be set in stone until all is assembled and lined up. I am going to use the 1000 kv brushless set up from Mtronics which uses an outrunner motor which I think are a bit shorter than brushed/ inrunners so hoping ai will all sit naturally before gluing.....
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    robbob
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    Hi Nick.
    I really like the what you're doing with the keel/prop redesign, it will look really good and should work just fine.
    You may find that reducing the propshaft angle will mean you have to move the motor location further into the cabin very slightly but that's of little consequence.
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    Nickthesteam
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    I have some bronze bar for the bearing and 2mm brass sheet for the supports and rudder so it won't be a problem. The 3D printed one was for 'doing the sums' with....
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    Hi Nickthesteam
    Should be a simple job to fabricate from some brass tube and sheet, silver soldered together.
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    Nickthesteam
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    Afternoon folks. Today I worked up my alterations needed for a scale appearance. All worked out well and a little tweking on assembly will see it right. I will need to make a new 5mm ply keel piece, brass keel strip, rudder and shaft support bearing. I was going to get the shaft support cast in brass or bronze but I think it will be a bit chunky so I will fabricate one.
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    mturpin013
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    Hi Nick as you can see you have a good source of information on completed boats, as for the plans yes mine were on two sheets, however you will see that mine are different to yours and Robs, but as Rob said it makes little difference as the "plans" are just a guide to general construction.
    good look with the build
    Michael
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