Hi Ron & Roy and thanks for the kind words. She is a lovely boat however as was designed to be static many parts are quite brittle so it's paramount to install RC gear before the upper deck and fittings. Initially I used two working but used motors and to my heartache one failed after I had finished some fittings which made for a painful open surgery getting the motor back out. She was originally meant to have 3 props though space is limited and I was wanting to use what I have sitting around rather than buying additional components. The Sanwa standard Servo is out a large scale RC Piper Cub and the two motors originally from a Graupner tug. I've ordered two brass props as the ones installed are from an Aeronaut kit I've still to build and flimsy. Two brass rudders from Cornwallmodelboats. No 2.4ghz here either. 27mhz along with a 20 year old brushed esc running both motors. Amp pull at full throttle 14amps though even at minimal throttle she wants to really move.
If I could change anything from original build I'd change motors to 2 x 180 and the prop shafts to M4 as the M2 shafts are fragile. After a few coats of Polyurethane varnish the deck fittings have more flexibility too which is far better than the cough and something will break original way.
Lighting is a beanie hat led light linked to a micro switch. The rear hatch to motors (both new MFA385 now) is sealed and watertight now and contains a 6v water pump also that I will switch on occasionally in the event she takes on any water. Semi permanent nicd fitted between the motors acts as the perfect ballast with extension to charger when needed.
Next will be working radar and the RC helicopter has been ordered. Have went for the XK models brushless Ec145 however as it's slightly to big I've ordered a smaller scale fuselage of a Hughes MD500 that I'll use the heli mechanics in. I'll be able to take off though doubt unless flat calm a landing will be possible.
Overall I'm happy with how she's turned out. Finishing touches once she's been at the pond and harbour then I'm looking for the next project
Ps next project I haven't managed to find for years. Looking for the Graupner Neptune container ship if anyone has one needing a new home 🙂