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    Norstar model fireboat.
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    Colin H
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    The final rudder arrived today, I now have a 45mm, 50mm and 53mm, to choose from.
    The 50mm looks good, but now I can see where to drill, I may opt for the 53.
    So tomorrow I will drill and try each in turn, I will also drill for the water pickup for the cooling and monitors.
    Plus a bit more skin trimming to do, then have a look at the side skins.
    Cheers Colin.
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    Fair winds and calm waters, COLIN.
    Ianh
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    Colin
    I think you are on the right track with your threaded tube and O ring
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    Martin555
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    Hi Colin.

    As long as the rudder tube end inside the boat is above water level you won't need an 'O' Ring just a bit of grease inside the tube.
    As it is a normal rudder tube the best way is to drill a nice tight fit hole to match the tube and then glue it in with epoxy.
    You could also make a larger block to slide over the tube and glue to the hull to strengthen the joint.

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    If it looks right it probably is.
    Martin555
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    Hi Colin.

    Don't forget to leave room for the water cooling pick up, that is if you are fitting one.

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    If it looks right it probably is.
    Colin H
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    Thanks Nerys, I'm looking at fitting a threaded tube onto the supplied one and soldering in place before fitting.
    Then if I ever need to change it I can remove easily.
    It passes through the keel structure which is 1/2" by 1" . Just trying different positions before drilling, using a cardboard cut to size of rudder, think this might be the position.
    Cheers Colin.
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    Fair winds and calm waters, COLIN.
    Nerys
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    I have much the same problem with the rudders supplied with my LST. They are just rudders and tubes that they fit in. Where they have to go on the LST is not flat, it's virtually on what I would call the turn of the bilge, so we have just drilled a hole, put the tubes in i and held them in place with liquid metal epoxy.

    Best of luck with it,
    Cheers Nerys
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    Colin H
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    2 of the rudders I ordered have arrived, the red Krick one looks to be the better size and shape,
    has anyone any tips on how to fit this one as the tube the saft fits through doesn't have a thread .
    In the past I have always used the treaded types with an "0" ring seal, as in the case of the brass one.
    Any help much appreciated.
    Cheers Colin.
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    Colin H
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    Trimming the bottom skins not too easy as the glue is like rock, I am having to use a junior hacksaw cut it and file back to the chines.
    So far this morning I have cut back 1 side, fitted some deck supports and coamings.
    Now I have a stable stand for it I can work in the kitchen, (with the bosses blessing.)
    So now although slow progress is being made.
    Cheers Colin.
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    Colin H
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    Looking at the plans for the aerokits crash tender the rudder is a long way back from the prop.
    That looks too far away for my model though, so I'll wait till the rudders arrive so I can compare them for size on the model.
    Although I haven't actually done any more work to the boat I managed to nock up a stand.
    Also been trying to assess where to trim the hull bottom skins as the original builder hadn't trimmed and they need trimming to allow the side skins to fit.
    Now I've got the boss back home I'll ask permission to get modelling again.
    Cheers shipmates, Colin.
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    neilmc
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    Hi Colin

    Yeah the surrounds are laser cut ply probably 1.5 or 2mm but will measure tomorrow and let you know kind sir πŸ‘

    Cheers
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