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    Lew


    Thanks for getting back to me.

    As I said based on my research it is a USS Cushing TB-1, but with three exhaust stacks, where it should have had only two.

    The 3 stack version is the USS Porter, but both the bow and stern are wrong.


    The solution that Iโ€™m contemplating is to remove the middle stack. Then it is 100% the USS Cushing at least externally. The third propeller is not seen when in the water, so I feel it will be ok.


    I got the hull repaired and am painting the bottom in stages

    As much as this has become a huge project, Iโ€™m enjoying it tremendously.

    Iโ€™m doing the work in my garage with the door open. My neighbors are popping in to see what Iโ€™m doing with this big thing. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
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    My recollection is there were no names mentioned. I also remember doing a little research (image wise) and could not find a close enough match. Most likely it was built pre-internet when info was limited.
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    Lew

    When you got the original email about the mystery boat, did the seller mention what it is or its name ?


    I researched it and it has features of both the USS Cushing TB-1 and the USS Porter TB-6

    Please let me know


    Thanks


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    The Ace radio system is not functioning.๐Ÿ‘Ž


    Either the receiver or transmitter or the crystals ( channel 72; old 75 mhz ) not working. But all look pristine. The radio sat idle for at least a decade most likely , and all the batteries died years ago.๐Ÿค•

    I tested the boat system with my regular 2.4 Ghz radio and the servos are moving.๐Ÿ‘


    One more test and most likely I will convert the controls to my Spektrum 2.4 radio. However, I will couple all the motors to a single throttle.


    I really wanted to have this unique and special radio work, but may sell the radio ( it will not be cheap ).


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    In light of the battery issues with all of them ( they are dead ), I decided to dispose of all the lead Acid batteries ( 6 of them ) and will replace with LiPo batteries which I am familiar with on my RC flying side.

    Secondly, I ordered new replacement batteries for the Ace RC transmitter and receiver ( 9.6V for the transmitter and 4.8v for the receiver, both Nimh type ).


    So hopefully when it arrives in a few days, I can proceed with testing the system.


    Most likely, I will have to wire my own because of the multiple harnesses already bundled inside this boat.


    I am still debating about keeping the BEC for each motor or replacing with a single one for all 3 motors.
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    Good planning, battery explosions are exciting๐Ÿค•
    Force nothing, waste nothing, leave nothing undone
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    Shifting gears now.

    In the process of finding out what the current circuit is doing, I removed all 6 batteries and decided to slow charge one of the 12 volt lead acid batteries. Unfortunately it melted after one hour on the charger. These are really old batteries and currently measure at less than one volt to 2 volts. It appears they died a long time ago due to their complete discharge.

    I charged it outdoors just to be safe. It was a good call.

    Anyhow, all batteries will be recycled and replaced by a single LiPo battery that will do the same job as the old ones.


    I will use weights for ballast later.



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    Your current cart is similar to the ones most of the guys in our club use between the car and the water. Tool box, transmitter and boat, all in one cart
    Force nothing, waste nothing, leave nothing undone
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    What you see in my picture is the retracted wheels, storage. Extended width is 3 feet wide
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    Ross

    Yes, I am looking at the golf cart you modified.

    however


    It does not appear to be stable as the wheels are very close to each other and unless you are on a hard paved or concrete surface, it will tip over.


    I currently use a conventional cart which I cut portions out to allow me to haul a single large boat with some extra room for radio and batteries. But it is limited to my current four ft long boats.


    Attached is another version of the same cart I use to transport two boats each 4 ft long weighing under 10 lbs each. The boat stands are velcroed to the yellow platform for security. The boats are then lashed to the platform.


    For this 6 ft boat, I will need to make a new cart with soft wheels so it can go over grassy areas on the wat from my car to the pond.


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