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    I am with you flaxybuck, I also use tamiya connectors, because that's what I started with. Some time ago I discovered I could purchase gold plated ones on eBay very inexpensively (nearly same price as non-plated ones). I bought a big batch on the cheap This has been a great improvement for me.

    If I need small connectors I use something called a "JST" they are similar to what is on the servos, but 2-wire. also eBay purchase.

    Wiring is a serious part of the building process for me. I am extremely careful about it. I solder everything I can, and used heat shrink tubing to insulate. I also take extra steps to relieve wire strain.
    The sure way to succeed is, just try one more time
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    Don't confuse Tamya and Molex Connectors. The shells may be the same dimensions, but the pins have different dimensions. I believe the Molex male pins are slightly larger Diameter and will over stretch the female Tamya sockets.. You cannot repeatably mix the two!

    Similarly, With Deans connectors.. Genuine Deans are a perfect fit with each other, but the Cheaper 'clones' are a sloppy fit and burn our under high load! Always search for the Genuine Connector..
    Believe only half of what you see and nothing that you hear.
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    When first getting into this model boats game I purchased a 7.2v battery pack which came with a Tamiya connector. From there-on for a few years I used Tamiyas, but then other club members started to voice their preference for XT connectors, saying everything else is 'rubbish'.
    By the time this occurred I had maybe 20 or 25 Tamiya connectors in place and reckoned it would not be worth the while changing them all for XTs. I do have to spend time checking, cleaning and adjusting the contacts in the connectors, time that could be spent enjoying myself !
    However, I readily acknowledge that XTs are far superior, and would recommend anyone to use XTs from the outset. πŸ˜‰
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    Very interesting!
    These are my favourites, which I use most of the time.
    Have a nice weekend everyone
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    Ps: I "stole" two Ed's photos, forgive me! πŸ₯ΉπŸ₯ΉπŸ₯Ή
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    Part 2 – Connectors

    Many of you will not agree with me but this is my approach based on years of experience. Connectors are a necessary evil in model boats, so the best approach is to only fit them where it is absolutely necessary. Each connector is a potential point of failure due to vibration, oxidisation and potential dry joints.
    A connector on the battery is necessary as it often needs to be removed for charging, an additional connecter can be used at this point as a battery switch/isolator (see picture)
    Bullet connectors are desirable on brushless motors as they enable you to change rotation easily. Once sailing trials are completed, these connectors can be replaced by permanent joints that are properly sealed or directly wired to the ESC.
    Other connectors I would ask myself if they are really necessary.
    As for terminal blocks of any type, avoid at all costs.
    Without starting another heated debate, I prefer XT range of connectors as they have proved the most reliable connectors I have used. Ripmax and Tamiya I would avoid unless you have no other option.
    I would always attempt to keep my radio equipment in a watertight container and seal all wire access points with silicone and use boots on linkages.

    I will cover another method of sealing wiring in my next article - little known magic.

    The pictures cover the various connecters available as well as inexpensive tooling to hold the connectors while soldering them. This will ensure good joints and avoid burnt fingers.
    The other picture are some of the available moulds to encapsulate the joints on the connectors, when I am able to get back in my workshop I will do a β€œhow to” video of me using my mould.
    I am still not able to work in my workshop at the moment so my apologies for the lack of β€œhow to” pictures.

    More on Wiring Model Boats to follow-

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    Nice to have you back. you look good
    The sure way to succeed is, just try one more time
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    Saw the doctor who did my procedure in December today and I am cleared to get back in the workshop. I will continue these articles on my experience on wiring in the next day or two.
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    No. Completely different company, product. WD 40 is a fine thin lubricant. FLUID FILM will actually dissolve corrosion. I would work in it up to my elbows, so its not terribly toxic, just a little greasy.
    Force nothing, waste nothing, leave nothing undone
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    Is it also called WD40?
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    Ed,

    FLUID-FILM.COM

    U K: marineco.co.uk

    Used it for heavy duty 12V motors working in moisture and corrosion. Its actually application is to un-seize, protect metal parts. I would spray it on the salter & loader parts to keep them from seizing up. Later applied it to the wiring with good results.
    Force nothing, waste nothing, leave nothing undone
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