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Ahoy Maties! It's been a long time since my last posting. Happy 2019! I just completed my new scratch-built boat "Electric Barbarella". I tried to recreate (with some liberties) one of my favorite boats of all time, the 30-footer Chris Craft Sportsman built during the 1970s. It measures 24 X 8.5 inches. It is powered with a 9.6 NiMH 4200 mAh battery "nunchuck" pack (like the one used for paintball guns), brushless motor attached to a 30A Mtroniks Hydra controller and a 30mm M4 3-bladed brass propeller. The hull (my own on-the-go design) was made out of Balsa wood which later I fiberglassed. For the superstructure I utilized 2mm ABS plastic sheet material. To my surprise the boat turned to be a very stable and forgiving platform. I really feel a very close connection to this vessel as it is my first own hull design.😁
I can only dream of a setup like this for my wattle its beyond me I did make a boiler which would have been a big saving. Unfortunately it went missing during our big move so its dream a lot its beautiful a work of art thanks for posting Yours truly Michael (aka-gravediger)
Thanks Gerry, your post came as I was posting my reply to the above. The links I found didn't have the /frame.htm ending which makes the link work. Sometimes I don't get the imterweb Anyway, thanks again to all for helping. Graham
Hi Biscuit, I have just watched your video's, nice to see more on the water. I see you have also posted pictures of the Graupner Rhode Island F1 tunnel hull. I also have one of these and as yet have not got around to giving it a run. I do not live near any ponds locally where I can be sure I'm allowed to run my models. 16 miles for an electric isn't far I also have IC powered and the nearest for those is almost 40 miles. I get very disheartened with the hobby but still cannot get it out of my vein's. I curious to know where you have fitted wedges under you Rhode island. What's the chance of posting a few pictures of the under side of her to give me some idea as to how you have done this. It would be nice to see so that I could also give it a go so as to make her a little better on her maiden run. Many thanks in advance and kind regards.
A small tip and word to the wise Michael, When I take shots for posting I first load 'em to the PC and view in full size before going any further. If there's anything wrong I can reshoot before carrying on, either with the assembly or the post. Doesn't always work out that way, depends on how carried away I am with the job in hand 😁 'The word' 😉If you can try to get the photos in proper relation to the horizontal and vertical. You're making some of us seasick! 🤐😱😲 Nevertheless, very nice work, Hat Off Sir 👍 The comment from Robbob (King of the Crash Tenders) is praise indeed. I once spent an entire afternoon reading his astounding build blog and picking up tips. I just got 'hooked' 😊 Cheers, Doug 😎
Very nice, shame they are not on the internet for sale. Well done for such fine work. I'm shocked by some of the work I see on this site and wish I also had the expertise and tools do such fine work. I'm watching your build with eagle eyes. Please keep posting. Will you be adding video of her running at some point ?
Will be posting a blog update shortly describing my trials and tribulations with brushless motors. By using the "softest" start programmable ESC settings have found the squeal is largely eradicated. If you have not tried them, it is worth the trouble. The slipping coupling will not help, but am sure that will be corrected. I am using solid universal joints, which although noisy, give a positive drive. Your boat looks to go well, but hard to judge from onboard pictures.
I am not posting this as a build update because scraping and sanding is boring…………although I now believe I will eventually finish it. However, I have already found 4 areas with cracks. Whilst I was working on one of the sides a prop shaft fell off…….Just as well it was on its stand and not in the water! Now some of these cracks I suspect will be with filler falling out but there is a lot of filler in some parts anyway. It is coming along, but do I really have to remove every paint layer after the old primer? Surely if it is well sanded some little bits can be left, not large patches just bits in very awkward places…………….please? Other questions Where the Hull sides join the stern should those corners be square or rounded? When I scrapped the paint off most the filler fell out so it is difficult to tell how it was! Should the cracks in the bow planking be filled before sealing and is ordinary filler correct or does it need a ‘resinous mix’……………..? Cheers folks NPJ
Yep we did Doug This Circumflex is all I can find ^ and no dead keys.Yes I can type a word then ask for it's translation but I speak French and some Italian,Spanish and German so don't need to for the most part. It might work if I type in the word minus accents and see if it corrects itself but I doubt it Yes those accents would be useful. Changing languages is a faff and by the time I get it on I've lost the posting.Hardly worth the hassle. Hrrmph!😭 Never mind Eh! as Bootsie used to say.👍