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    💬 Re: Update
    3 months ago by 🇺🇸 BW3 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    I am not the videographer, Eric the owner of Homeport Ship Modelers in Peabody Ma. is the one who filmed this and has it also posted on his Facebook. He and his crew are professional master builders in my humble opinion and well worth a look at the web site . In the background you can see one of his Arleigh Burke Class out on sea trials .

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    📝 Update
    3 months ago by 🇺🇸 BW3 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    At a recent Marine Modelers of New England steering meet one of the club members took this video of my poor Vosper #78 …she is not trimmed out to my liking and may some day be revisited to correct what I feel is a bit bow heavy . This has been posted on Face Book at the Homeport Ship Modelers web site with may likes …

    💬 Re: 1st outing
    3 months ago by 🇺🇸 BW3 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Looking good can hardly wait to see her trimmed out and under way…Thank You for posting your build .
    BillG.

    💬 Re: The end is in sight?
    4 months ago by 🇺🇸 BW3 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    She is looking awesome, 👍 and very inspiring for me to start my own kit but current situation does not allow me the pleasure of such a long term detailed project. I have foolishly started my first semi scratch build and already have had to many distractions. I will soon start the build blog , but for now am very much excited to see you fine efforts having a great first sea trial and many happy smooth outs after … Again Thank You
    BillG.

    💬 Re: Smoke and mirrors
    4 months ago by 🇺🇸 BW3 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Enjoying your posts and hope that things are progressing easy…looking forward to more of this great build , Thank You …..
    Bill G.

    📝 Success!
    5 months ago by 🇺🇸 BW3 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Well it was a struggle, but I have gotten S91 to operational…there is still details to be added as in weathering and paint …but I am happy with the over all build .
    I ended up removing one of the three motors due to weight concerns and better use of the space it would give as to both operations and maintenance. I may revisit the motors and ESC’s due to having to dial back via the transmitter to 20% of full power , any more it starts to get very unmanageable and unstable.

    💬 Re: Bad Day at sea trial and shake down ….
    5 months ago by 🇺🇸 BW3 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    I am not sure but it looks like It was a number of factors , from not enough ventilation, to not enough big enough Amperage of the ESC’s …along with the possibility of the props not correctly matched to the motor size …my solution has been larger ESC’s …85 Amp vs. 45 Amp …motors are rated at 40 Amps …but no spike/ peak data available…I have added Fans to the ESC’s and opened the deck for better air flow. Given The larger ESC’s , I removed one motor and ESC …to save weight and to gain space for wiring and air flow …This still gives me 1/3 more power over my first EBoat build of a S100 , see Blog …2- 2218 kv motors vs 3 1100 kv motors .

    📝 Let’s try again ….
    5 months ago by 🇺🇸 BW3 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Spent the last couple of days and a few dollars repairing and rebuilding the main propulsion , as the new 85 Amp ESC’s are a bit heavier and larger than the 45 Amp ESC’s they replaced I opted to remove one of the 3 motors. This will save weight and provide space to get better air flow and still give a 1/3 more power over the S100 build 2 - 2218kv vs. 3 - 1100 kv motors .
    I have again successfully performed both bench test and a tub trim test of all systems/ channels and now await a trip to the pond for a full shake down ….As much as I enjoy building it breaks my heart that I no longer have the hands to do the fine work skills I once had , I continue nevertheless……

    Bill G.

    💬 Re: Bad Day at sea trial and shake down ….
    5 months ago by 🇺🇸 BW3 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    I am still not sure what/ why I had this failure , but I am correcting many possibles , , 1. Not enough ventilation, and possible heat build up .
    2. Not enough over spec in matching an ESC to the brushless motor ,,ESC 45 amps , Motor 40 Amp …
    3. Component failure in the ESC , …
    4. To large , or to great of pitch of the props for the motors , …S100 has 3 discontinued brushed motors and ESC ‘s and ran well from day 1 ..bought over 6 years ago , otherwise I would have bought the same set up again .

    My current efforts are focused on more ventilation, and a larger ESC at 85 Amp , as such , I am removing the center motor and only powering with two counter rotational props of the outer shafts .along with a prop change in the future if needed. In the mean time I wait for the electronics to finish drying out for so far they all work after being dunked to put out the flaming ESC , the deck did get some damage from the flame…but fixable …the addition of floatation on the removable hatch over the motors and ESC ‘s took a large part of the flame damage before the deck hatch and Hull did .

    The removal of the center Motor and it’s ESC will lighten the load and give me space to better run the wiring , ….I feel the major mistake I made was not taking into full account the peak or spike loads.

    BillG.

    📝 Bad Day at sea trial and shake down ….
    5 months ago by 🇺🇸 BW3 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    The good news is my S100 and the Two Vospers ran with out issues, so with recharged batteries I look forward to the next meet sailing meet….

    The S91 not so well ….I am lucky that with quick action it appears the damage is easily fixed ,like all things mechanical , time and money …and most importantly education and learning …The photo says it all ….😞

    💬 Re: Near disaster
    5 months ago by 🇺🇸 BW3 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Sorry to hear of this , glad that the damage has been repaired.
    I have Rodney in my build stack and look forward to your build and any insights , I happened to see a YouTube build of the Bismarck by Bruce Murray and his use of stepper motors and their use as gun training ….inspirers me to learn how to do that . Thank You for posting your build , and hope that things go easier and you have an enjoyable build and future sailing .
    BillG.

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    📝 Progress
    6 months ago by 🇺🇸 BW3 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Well with help from the local Hobby shop that is more into RC cars and off road I was able to learn what I should have remembered from my youth and education and work experience…..We are close this is a bench test just before a sea trial 🤔. Must have missed a button or two on this post …will keep trying to get the video to work or maybe I have fixed it time will tell ..

    📝 Lucky ,,,,but Good? ….
    6 months ago by 🇺🇸 BW3 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Still don’t know why but at this point I am just taking it as a near miss, I went to the only source I have locally for information about Brushless motors , ESC’s and Lipo battery packs . It is primarily RC Cars , Trucks and Off road buggies…..very very little in the way of boating , understandable as to the limited ponds and water ways that have access, it’s even the same for full size boating at least for fresh water ,,,Salt water well that’s always been $$$$$.
    Still don’t understand what was done , rewired everything the same way I had it in the boat back at the apartment, ….except it all worked ….No factory smoke released….Motors and speed control worked as it should …now a day later , and everything back in the boat , I and ready for finial trim and sea trials , ….

    🤔. I just done know ..but I will take it …the next club meet is in July …and my fleet will be in top form and will be out on the water …

    Be Safe and Smooth sailing

    💬 Re: Vosper after action reports
    6 months ago by 🇺🇸 BW3 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    I agree , I really liked these conversion builds ,unlike the S91 project that has a displacement type hull , these plane hulls require a light touch I feel so have been given a small brushless helicopter motor I felt it was a good fit and I am happy with the out come and their performance. As long as I have done my part ….lol.

    Your Vosper puts my feeble efforts to shame that is a fine looking model. Very Nice !!

    📝 Vosper after action reports
    6 months ago by 🇺🇸 BW3 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Well not checking before rushing off to the meet was my major mistake , my St Nazaire special , had a collet set screw that missed thread lock resulting in the loose prop shaft . I also found a few mounts that had not been glued in place well enough so fixed a possible future failure,….she is now ready to run .
    My standard Vosper , had the suspected grease issue , along with a collet that was to tight running against the end of the prop shaft tube , this added drag and heated the motor which resulted in the bridge deck to start to melt . Not realizing that my deck fitted that close to my motor mount as it heated an melted it then contracted the motor adding more drag ,..more heat ….this also explains the change in sound during its short run as told to me by my son. Final failure was the motor ripping out of it mounting and binding the works up ….

    I have fixed all the issues found ,hopefully this will help others too not make my mistakes and let the enthusiasm over ride better judgement and practice…

    Back in the water!
    Bill G.

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    Still evaluating the S91….😖

    📝 Update : Found and joined a club and my poor efforts are still showing …
    6 months ago by 🇺🇸 BW3 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hoped to get an early start to this new to me Marine Modelers club based in Boston Mass. but members from all over the state and near by. …Well I loaded up my Two Vospers , check out their build blog , …and the still on going old lindberg Blue Devil Fletcher class destroyer and arrived two hours after the start time , took a quick look at some fine scale models and the paperwork to become a member . After answering many interested questions as to my builds and the models I had brought I sent out my St. Nazaire Vosper ….Only to run it into the biggest patch of weeds and have my driveshaft fail🤦‍♂️. So had the pleasure of one of the members wade out and retrieve my wreck ….Ok …Things happen no biggie will just send the other Vosper out …Handed the model and controller to my son and he took her out …for about 3 minutes only to have it go dead in the water …with a locked Prop Shaft ….😖😖😖 have yet to open the hull up to see why …but have a feeling the home made prop shaft did not get enough grease and not checking it in my rush to this event only put frosting on my cake as the new guy. 😞🤦‍♂️. Good news is I had Video of my runs from last year and the over all results is that several members are ordering kits to convert . A good day!
    Back to the bench and repairs …😊👍

    💬 Re: Project S91 update
    6 months ago by 🇺🇸 BW3 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    No .. I think the cat sabotaged me …..they are like that most likely due to not working on my trawler …🤔

    📝 Major Set Back …
    6 months ago by 🇺🇸 BW3 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    I foolishly got info about a local club is have a meet, so with lack of sleep I started to rush to get S91 at least water operational ….was working on trim and final electrical/ electronics bench test still not sure what went wrong ….but plugged in main battery and smoke ….Have confirmed all 3 ESC’s are toast …still need to check radio receiver and sound board , and motors….😖😭😭😭😭😭😭$$$$$

    📝 Project S91 update
    6 months ago by 🇺🇸 BW3 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    It been awhile since my last update , but life is like that at times we cant always do what we want or even feel up to doing it …lol I have started to move forward to getting this to be a runner , by working on a few details and mounting hardware , running the wires and ordering bits and pieces that are needed. I have done a quick water line check and trim with more weight than what is currently required as to known parts that must still be installed . She is looking to be a bit light or very close to spec as to draft and still have room for more battery or details . I can’t wait to see and hear the sound board and muzzle flash in action…And I seemed to have new help …lol …Be Safe All
    BG

    💬 Re: Update …on S91 project…
    10 months ago by 🇺🇸 BW3 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    I found Model Sounds inc. online , they have a wide selection of sounds and for a small fee can customize your sounds and has the option to purchase software to make your own customized sounds . Their system can be optimized to be removable and placed in different models. I have found them to be very helpful and worth the consideration when choosing to add a sound system .
    Bill G.

    📝 Update …on S91 project…
    10 months ago by 🇺🇸 BW3 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Well things are progressing slow , life does that at times , tho a bit of procrastination can be made if honest …lol ..I have done more detailed work and finalizing things as to hull access , and component mounting/ locations …one thing I have added that was not on my original build plan is a sound board and LED muzzle flash .
    I am very excited to get this in and see and hear it on the water . My only regret is where I am adding muzzle flash to the 40mm Bofors in the stern that I have reto fitted the LED . I feel if I had installed it at its build time I could have run the fine wiring better , but we do the best we can . What is nice is that the sound board has proportional Throttle Diesel engines, 20 mm bust , 40 mm Bofors bust and Torpedo launch ,with warning siren ,…as an added feature the LED out puts for the engine’s exhaust, and the weapons are synchronized to the sound of each , so you can have exhaust flash , and muzzle flash when the sound for each is activated.
    Hope all are well , Good Building and Best to All
    Bill. G.

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    💬 Re: Schnell Boat
    10 months ago by 🇺🇸 BW3 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Looks like it will be both an enjoyable rebuild and sail …Best to you

    Bill G.

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    11 months ago by 🇺🇸 BW3 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Thank You for an enjoyable event , may the New Year be safe and many hours of good sailing …
    Bill G .

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    11 months ago by 🇺🇸 BW3 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Thank You , very enjoyable activity…Wish You all a Happy New Year , ….

    Be Safe .

    Bill G.

    📝 More details , but not much in the way of workings …
    11 months ago by 🇺🇸 BW3 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Have been more interested of late in details crude as they may be …..just have not wanted to get back into getting the running parts mounted and set …I am considering getting a sound system and found one online that I think I will like , it will depend on the sound sample I have requested and just how much it will be ,,,they offer the start , variable throttle and shut down of the 3 Mercedes diesels , and possible independent control ? of each , torpedo launch , a 20 mm burst of fire , and standard 37 mm firing , but I think they can switch that out for a 40 mm Bofers . Also along side as part of the system is a LED out put for simulated exhaust and gun flash …The wonders that money and technology can do ….
    It took a bit of fitting and I went at it slowly but I finally got the refit armored kalotte, the kits original helms dash was about 1/8” to far forward to allow the kalotte to fit as required , that and the deck house needed to be trimmed back ….from that point it becomes detail work adding grab rails, and spray guards etc etc …

    The trouble with closeups it shows just how bad I paint ….but at 6’ or 60 mph it will look ok ….sadly it’s the best I am able to do …oh to have my hands back …

    💬 Re: PT 596
    12 months ago by 🇺🇸 BW3 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Looks good , I have the same kit in my stash and looking forward to building it hopefully as well as you have shown here …Best to you and Good Sailing .
    BG

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    12 months ago by 🇺🇸 BW3 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    This Popeyes question brings back childhood memories….tho you may get flack as he was also called another name on the list at times ….lol never dull …😊👍

    BG

    📝 Progress….
    12 months ago by 🇺🇸 BW3 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    It been a bit and I have made some headway but not so much in the way of getting to the water , more of detail work …

    📝 Free Christmas Prize Draw!
    1 year ago by 🇺🇸 BW3 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    As some who did look it up got the above answer , then over thought ? The question as to that works if your starting point is in the Atlantic….but what if it was not ? …Lol this is what keeps it fun and interesting …😂😊👍 then submitted a wrong answer ….🤦‍♂️

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    📝 Project S-91
    1 year ago by 🇺🇸 BW3 ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Well made a little progress, I have fitted the commercial propeller shafts and rudder shafts , I hope some day to have the ability to make my own better than what I can currently do. As you can see in the photos I have temporarily have the motor placement , my plan is to put a removable shelf over the drive shafts and mount the speed controls , and receiver there given the amount of hull access this model has I can easy place the largest batteries in front of the motors and still adjust for trim based on my S-100. My S-100 has 3 1100kv motors on 2 3C pack , layout and available room did not let me add the 3rd battery, tho I may also be near the hull to waterline limit …The S-91 has 3 2218 motors left over from my Vosper builds , I felt during tub testing that they were a bit to hot for the hulls and went with 1800kv motors , a much wiser choice .
    I continue to work the hull fitting in decks and the armored bridge modifications and have set the torpedo tube , but in my haste and enthusiasm did not paint the inside first as planned ..I have trimmed them back and will mount torpedo heads inside and have the ends closed off water tight , with the planned operating doors you should see the torpedoes in the tube and ready for launch . The Deck it self I have decided not to cut it , if only for the fact it will make the mounting of a clean look to the railings and it will give better water tight seal and access if and when needed by letting the deck flex at the mid point. The issue being that the bridge area is more problematic with designing both access and water tightness than I currently want to attempt. I foolishly gave my local hobby shop my short? Wish list and given as they jokingly replied that they had a health insurance bill …magically came up with one off the list , …I was ok until an unexpected bill came in …so that scream you heard was the plastic being bent …😬, Ah we only live once and I can think of worst things to spend on …add another S-100 to the stash….😈
    BG



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