Hi y’all. I had mentioned in the Night Watch thread how we, as in the whole family with the exception of the Cats had come down with a bacterial infection...plus, my Christmas present, a Ro-Marin Dolly with fittings kit and fire monitor kit had been back ordered from Germany, and wasn’t due in till around New Years. It’s here now, waiting to hit my bench. Anyhow, I was off work for the holidays, getting over the crud, kinda feeling sorry for myself. I had cleaned off my bench and done a some reorganization, and I was sitting there, bored to tears. I looked at my kit stash, and I saw the little Billings kit that I had acquired in a trade. Now, this is a small boat, 14 inches long. Smaller than I like. However, the more I looked at it the more I started thinking. I pulled it from it’s resting place and started going thru it. It had 2 props, shafts, and 2 300 sizes brushed motors. I decided that, if I were to build the little beast I would have to simplify the running gear....then, I remembered I had a little 20mm outrunner and esc. So, I started from there.
Inside the kit was an addendum from the importers of the kit at the time, I think it was Hobby Expo. Anyway, the sheet recommended to have the entire deck made removable so one could access the radio gear and drive batteries. They recommended Velcro. Nope. That’s asking for a leak. Since it’s 20 years or more since this particular kit was made, radio gear and batteries have changed profusely, and for the most part, for the better. So I decided to use the outrunner with a single shaft for simplicity and to keep room for batteries and the steering servo.
I installed the shaft first, then made up a bulkhead from scrap abs and installed it into the hull, giving me just enough room for the motor and a decent solid coupler. I then decided the stock rudders were too small, so I made some slightly larger out of thin plywood. I used the kit components for the rudder linkage, I then decided where to cut my hatch, cut it out, and basically started building. Everything will be easily accessed save the rudder linkage. All the linkage is attached by z bends, I have adjustment at the servo by use of a barrel connector.
As of now the boat is basically built, I’m doing the deck details, and I had to repaint the trim line as it was pointed out to me on another board that the trim is supposed to be black, not dark blue..the person who caught my error used to work at the Coast Guard paint shop, and worked these boats, so....I fixed it.🤣
Anyway, hoping by the end of the week, maybe middle of next she’ll be done, then we’ll see how she goes. I’ve already done a leak test and amp draw, and she’s pulling about 2.5 amps at full throttle, so at least I know I’m not going to burn her up.