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    ROmarin Dolly
    RO-Marin Dolly converted to fireboat. Working fire monitor, nav lights and light bar. Added 540 motor in lieu of speed 400 for emergency power😁 Light bar is from amazon, other places sell it too. Added 10th scale diamond plate decking on fire deck. She’s named “Chief Jenkins” after my uncle, Wayne Jenkins. He owned a barber shop here in McKinney for well over 30 years, ex Navy and was Chief of the volunteer fire department in the 70s.
    Billings 1/40 USCG 44 foot lifeboat
    Model built from Billings kit, single 18mm brushless motor, 10 amp ESC, stock prop. Haven’t weighed her yet but I’m thinking in the neighborhood of 8 to 10 ounces ready to run, with battery. Motor is a little hot for the hull type, I have to keep her no more than a little over half throttle or she tries to torque over, but she makes good speed at that. Really needs a motor about 1200 kv or so, the current unit is closer to 2000. I built her as a lark, to see if I could make something that small run reliably and be fun to run, and I think I succeeded, from what I’ve learned on this boat I can apply to other smaller models and plastic static kit conversions of roughly the same size.
    MK1 Micro Magic converted to race spec
    Just finished up a Graupner MK1 Micro Magic..this is the boat that came before the racing version, or MKII. This is the 4th MM I’ve built, the ones before we’re MKIIs, one a German kit, 2 were the later Asian manufactured kits. All good boats. Anyway, I found the MK1 on EBay, once it got to the house I decided to use some spares, carbon tube and 3D printed parts to build her up to racing specs. Maiden will probably be this weekend..
    Robbe Acapulco
    Robbe Acapulco built recently, build blog on this site. 1700 KV outrunner, 30 amp Turnigy Plush esc. Painted with airbrushed acrylic. 3 channel, throttle, rudder and lights. Good boat, had a linkage issue where it would hang a bit in a hard right turn, adjusted geometry so it SHOULD be fixed, other than that good speed and run time, looks good on the water.
    RO-Marin Neptun
    Christmas present last year, built over a couple of months of weeknights and days off. I’m real pleased with her, the kit was well thought out and the instructions and documentation were more than adequate to get her built. Krick has done a fine job of resurrecting the old Robbe line. I need to add ballast to the stern and rig/flag the mast, but for all intents and purposes she’s done, ready to play.
    Recent Posts
    💬 Re: Fixing my mistakes, part deux
    3 days ago by Cashrc ( Captain)
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    Thanks Rick. I feel better, but it’s a case of 2 steps forward, a doubt a half step back. Don’t think I’ll get much done this weekend hopefully some during next week.
    Cash
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    📝 Fixing my mistakes, part deux
    6 days ago by Cashrc ( Captain)
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    Hi y’all. The past week I was sidelined with an upper respiratory infection AND pinkeye!! I felt better toward the weekend,so I spent a couple of hours removing the old rubrail and associated adhesive. The original rubbing strip did not want to fit well, and in my frustration I over glued it. I was successful at getting all removed. I found a c channel rubber strip off Amazon that is very close to the same dimensions, it’s a thinner material but testing shows it lays in place much better!! Once I finish sanding and repainting it should install with less issues and much less adhesive.
    Cash
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    💬 Re: Windows
    15 days ago by Cashrc ( Captain)
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    Aren’t windows a pain in the posterior? It looks good, keep up the good work!!👍
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    📝 Back at it!!
    18 days ago by Cashrc ( Captain)
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    Hello gentle readers. In our last installment, our hero found himself thwarted and frustrated by the seems-so-simple task of installing windows in the superstructure of the Grimmershorn. Ashamed, he withdrew to building more familiar models…will he prevail? WILL HE???!?!!😂

    Okay. So, if y’all remember I really botched up installing the forward window/frame assemblies in my Grimmershorn. The windows and frames are molded together as a unit, all in one large sheet. I botched cutting one or two out and then made it worse when I tried to fix them, resulting in a mess. What I’ve decided to do is to remove all the glazing, sand and respray. the superstructure, and then I’ll glaze all the windows from the inside. It’s cheating, I know, biput it’ll look okay. Also, I’ve removed the rubber rub rail from the hull, as it just didn’t fit to my liking. I have what looks like a better fitting rubber channel coming in a week or so. I need to sand the heck out of the flange, and trim it up. This will result in a repaint of the black part of the hull, but I want this boat right, at least to my standards of “rightness”.
    This is going to take a while, and I’m not hurrying this along, as that’s what got me in a bind last time I worked on the boat. I figure it’ll be after Christmas when she’s finished, so the updates might be slow, but they’ll be here. I have a couple of pics of the sanding and first coats of the superstructure.
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    18 days ago by Cashrc ( Captain)
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    Douglas Bader was one of my childhood heroes, up there with Lindbergh, the Apollo astronauts, Jimmy Doolittle and anybody who set records at Bonneville.
    My reading material when I was in 3rd grade or so was aviation history, sports car and hot rod books and modelling books. Think that explains a lot..,oh, quite a bit of sci-fi too.
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    📝 Maiden run sucessful
    21 days ago by Cashrc ( Captain)
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    Hi y’all. I maidened the SAR today and she came thru with shining colors!!! No video yet, next run I’ll get a vid. She andled well, turned on a dime just like the original boat. It seemed a little slower, even though I’m using the exact same motor I used in my original SAR, but I’m putting that down to the fact that I’m using a different prop. The kit comes with a 3 mm propshaft which utilizes a drive dog for the prop. I changed the shaft and tube to a 4 mm unit so I could have a greater range of props to choose from, plus 4mm threaded props are far more common than 3mm drive dog types. Anyway, I used a 3 blade of the same diameter as the original, but I think the pitch might be a wee bit less. In any case, it seemed just a little slower on a 6 cell nimh, but ran like I remembered on a lipo. Only untoward thing that happened was the loss of both port and starboard SAR decals, they came right off. They’re water slide decals, same ones that are still on my old hull, but I’m thinking that the first boat sat for a week or two before it splashed, versus the 2 days the new boat had before hitting water. In any case, I’m happy with her, I’ll just have to get some red Monokote trim and cut some out by hand, or find some red lettering in a close font and size. She took on no water at all, not a drop, even after running on the lake for at least an hour. I’m happy!!😀
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    📝 Ninety eight percent done!!
    23 days ago by Cashrc ( Captain)
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    Hi y’all. This morning I set out to finish as many details as possible, and finish the radio install,in the SAR. I’m happy to say I accomplished both with very little drama. The worst job was first, the upper rail on the superstructure. Now, I could have built up a jig, and soldered every part together, but I decided on a hybrid approach. I bent the main rail up, along with the 2 90 degree bends aft, and soldered up the very front post. I was able to then glue the rail on, and then attach the remainder of the posts from the inside out, and glue them to the superstructure and rail. I prepainted the brass stock, once everything was stable and set I touched up the paint. Came out pretty good! I then did decals, aft door and rails, and Velcro mounted the ESC and receiver. Except for the silver belts on the outside perimeter of the boat, and one or two other minor details, she’s done and ready to maiden. We’ll see how she runs and handles Sunday!!
    Cash.
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    💬 Re: Run Out of MOJO!
    24 days ago by Cashrc ( Captain)
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    Martin!!!!! That looks WICKED!! You did a fine job wrestling all that wood into submission! Seriously, she’s a beaut, you did a grand job on her.😊
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    💬 Re: Little Mod.
    24 days ago by Cashrc ( Captain)
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    Martin, I’ve noticed that in some older Robbe kits they leave the exposed part of the tube unsupported, while Graupner seems to make darn sure there’s a brace of some sort if the outer portion of the tube is of any real length. Good catch by your buddy and good job on the fix!!
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    💬 Re: I am ambivalent about painting..I loath glazing!!
    24 days ago by Cashrc ( Captain)
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    Thanks Peter. Don’t know why I decided to do the windows the “stock” way, should have done it….wait for it….”Myyyyy Waaaayyyyy!!!”
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    💬 Re: I am ambivalent about painting..I loath glazing!!
    24 days ago by Cashrc ( Captain)
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    Thanks Martin. She looks good in photos and maybe 3 feet away, get too close the “whoopsies” start to show.
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    📝 I am ambivalent about painting..I loath glazing!!
    25 days ago by Cashrc ( Captain)
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    I y’all. I have most of the paint work done, the mast is built, all linkages and motor/shaft installed…and most of the windows in place. Let’s talk about those windows. The SAR comes with laser cut plastic window frames and laser cut tinted windows. Pretty nifty!! Now, the first SAR I built I cheated, as you have too glue each window separately to the fram then install that assembly to the superstructure. I took a look at that and decided that it would be easier, and ultimately better looking, if I did single strips of clear sheet for each window row then install the painted frames later. That worked like a champ!! In retrospect, I should have done the same thing, but THIS time, I did the windows per the kit “instructions”. I prepainted the frames, used small dots of medium ca to glaze the frames, and installed. Well, I got thru it. All done except the upper cabin side windows. They look good in the pic, but if I were to grade my work on this it’d be a B-. Not my best work, passable at say 5 feet or so. I need to find a good glue that dries clear but has a good tack. Canopy glue works very well, that’s what I used for the skylight glazing as the window panels are inset to the roof. Ca works okay…but let me just say I’m glad the windows are tinted😂
    Oh, the bollards are set up where you have to drill the deck to attach them. I just cut off the pins so I can glue them down, as I’m not drilling holes in the deck if I can help it!!
    Anyway, got some more fiddly work to do, need to finish glazing, touch up any faux-pas I have, then finish up details and decals. She might splash this weekend if I keep my nose to the grindstone.
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    📝 Paint and windows
    27 days ago by Cashrc ( Captain)
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    I took a week off so I decided to hunker down on the SAR. Got most of my paint done, save for the orange rub rail that goes around the perimeter of the hull. I also painted my window frames and installed the windows. Paint came bout good, windows decent. Tomorrow I’m going to finish up the rudder linkage and do some details to the cabin.
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    💬 Re: Windows
    27 days ago by Cashrc ( Captain)
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    Martin, I feel your pain. I’ve been bouncing back and forth between painting the SAR and installing windows to the frames. And you’re right, there’s almost no way one can install the windows to the frames without getting a small smudge of glue near the corner, or a scratch. However, I think you did a top notch job sir!!!
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    📝 Well deck and the start of (ugh) paint
    1 month ago by Cashrc ( Captain)
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    Hi y’all. The well deck was the next thing I tackled. It’s a fairly simple structure, but one has to get it right as it supposed to slip into the aft opening in the deck. Also, it’s easier to get the rudder linkage mounted before it’s glued in place. There’s a bit of a sequence to this boat that in my mind, makes things easier, and it goes like this:
    1. Internals. Motor, rudder tube and stuffing box.
    2. External structures. Cabin and well deck.
    3. Paint everything you can!!! Because of the multiple colors, and the fact that the deck and hull are one piece, having the hull and superstructure painted will make the next steps easier.
    4. Paint frames and fittings.
    5.install frames, windows and most fittings.
    6.final install of radio components, rudder and shaft. Test.
    7. Install well deck.
    8. Fittings, rails and decals.
    So, that’s the sequence in a nutshell. I’ve accomplished 1 and 2. The well deck was modified a bit, as the original gave you very little “wiggle room” to install and remove the drive battery. The original boat had the 6 cell nimh mounted on the hump aft of the stuffing tube slot in the hull. You had maybe an eighth inch of room above the battery. I shortened the well deck by 1/4 inch to make any battery install easier. Also, the aft part is supposed to match the curve of the floor, the original aft panel was much to stiff to make that without a lot of heat and mild cursing, so I made up a new part out of thinner plasticard. Worked like a champ!! I’m now in paint mode. I’ve also learned that I really hate white paint, as white and cream seem to go on wetter than any other colors, and runs more. Ask me how I know.🤣
    So I think on the hull I need to do the bottom first, sides and top white, then the green panels, finally the orange rub rail. Gonna be….interesting. Might put me in a SARcophagus if Im not careful….😉
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    💬 Re: Graupner SAR Hertha Jeep
    1 month ago by Cashrc ( Captain)
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    Hi Doug. How you doing? BTW, I saw what you did there….🤣🤣
    I told JP he’d fit right in here.😊
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    💬 Re: Graupner SAR Hertha Jeep
    1 month ago by Cashrc ( Captain)
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    Hi Peter. In a stiff breeze she’ll heel over a bit, but its never been unmanageable. The hull handles both speed and chop very well. I’ve seen some build logs where the builder used thicker plastic for the superstructure, AND added internal formers. I think that’s a mistake. The cabin is built up from what looks like 1 or 1.5 mm plastic. The roof is resin, I think, and is a little beefy, but I never had a problem with the first boat. It’s a decent well engineered kit, but the instructions are…well, let’s say they’re just a bit better than the Taucher Wulf I built…just😁
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    💬 Re: Graupner SAR Hertha Jeep
    1 month ago by Cashrc ( Captain)
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    Ooh! One more! We could paint her up in the old pre revolutionary Russian colors and name her the T SAR
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    Have a nice night dude!!
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    💬 Re: Graupner SAR Hertha Jeep
    1 month ago by Cashrc ( Captain)
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    Y’know JP, we could always repaint and reflag the boat in the old Soviet colors and name her the “Commie” SAR.
    Sorry. Had the shot, saw no danger, so I took it🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
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    💬 Re: Navigation lights and Life Rings.
    1 month ago by Cashrc ( Captain)
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    Dang. Of all the plastic fabbing I’ve done so far I never thought to make life rings out of it. They look good!!
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    💬 Re: Radar.
    1 month ago by Cashrc ( Captain)
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    Martin, I haven’t seen the whole blog yet, but what I’ve seen/read so far looks good! You’re getting to be a regular plastic fabricator!!
    She’ll be a keeper once you’re done I’m sure of it.
    Cash
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    💬 Re: Graupner SAR Hertha Jeep
    1 month ago by Cashrc ( Captain)
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    Thanks Martin!! That first picture is of my old boat with the new simplified cabin. I came up with a better way to do the front hatch magnets on that cabin, I’m going to incorporate that into my new build.
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    📝 Graupner SAR Hertha Jeep
    1 month ago by Cashrc ( Captain)
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    This is the second time I’ve built a Graupner Hertha Jeep. I built one a few years ago, and after a few runs converted it to brushless. She was my “go-to” boat for almost 2 years until an altercation between her and JPs Kitty II caused the loss of her superstructure. Well, JP had a brand new SAR kit in the box, untouched. We made a trade that involved, among other things, my Acapulco plus my old SAR boat for his kit and a couple of other items..it also involved me building a new, scratch built simplified superstructure for the old SAR. I’ve got that done, and am now in the process of building my new Hertha Jeep.😀

    Now, I’m not going to do a step by step on this boat, as I covered a lot of that in the last build. I will, however, detail what I’m doing different because of what I learned from the last build. My old boat was built pretty box stock, with the exception of a hotter wind 400 sized long can motor. Unfortunately, if you drove the boat at full chat for a bit that motor would get pretty warm, and the stock motor was worse, so I swapped in a 1450 kv 28 mm outrunner. That motor on 6 cells gave the boat a good turn of speed, and never got much over ambient temperature…the boat was a reliable as anything I’d built after that. However, the radio tray/motor mount was designed for a can motor and strap down mount, and with all that in the way made it very difficult to install an outrunner..,.soooo…..

    The first thing I did was to check the bottom keel for straightness. In my first boat the keel was tweaked near the aft edge, I had to cut out the offending piece and reglue it in place, with subsequent filling and sanding. The new keel was tweaked, not as dramatically as the first but more subtly, but the bend was longer. I had to cut, break, tweak and fill this one too. This, except for the instructions, was the only real flaw I found in the kit.
    I decided to forgo most of the radio tray except for a couple of bottom former halves, I used those to make a base for my rudder servo mount. I also made up a bulkhead mount for the outrunner. Once everything was epoxied in, I did a test run. I got my alignment about spot on as this setup is much quieter than my old boat.
    I did the cabin a little different too. The cabin pieces have “fold” lines molded in so you can crease the part and make it fit properly, like the front cabin windscreen. Now, the first time I built this boat I had a heck of a time getting the front screen assembled properly, and had to use a lot of filler. This time around I just changed up the assembly sequence and things went much better.
    That’s where I’m at now, the cabin is mostly assembled and the rudder tube and propulsion parts are in place.I need to build the aft well deck and start getting ready for primer and paint.
    Cash
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    📝 North Texas Shipwrights RC boat club
    1 month ago by Cashrc ( Captain)
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    Pics and video from this past Sunday😀

    https://youtu.be/my_YyEdWnHY
    https://youtu.be/my_YyEdWnHY
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    💬 Re: FORD DPA
    1 month ago by Cashrc ( Captain)
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    It’s a Ford huh? Be careful, something you need will probably be back ordered…I work at a Ford dealer, at the back parts counter. Ask me how I know…..🤣
    In all seriousness, this is a cool project. I used to do rc cars back in the day, dabble in them still. I have a couple of friends who still race rc dirt oval and crawlers, if you get in a bind for something in the car side of this project, give me a shout. We can probably direct you to something that will work.
    Cash
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    📝 North Texas Shipwrights RC boat club
    1 month ago by Cashrc ( Captain)
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    Staffros, we’re meeting at Josey Ranch in Carrollton this Sunday at 9am. You’re welcome to come if you want. The pond is at Josey Ranch Athletic Complex, 1440 Keller Springs Road.
    Cash
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    📝 North Texas Shipwrights RC boat club
    1 month ago by Cashrc ( Captain)
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    Dougs right, the PTs of WWII were propeller driven. The PBR of the Vietnam era was a jet boat. They look a little similar. The first pic is of my Dumas PT212, the seconds a Deans Marine PBR.
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    📝 Xmas in September???
    2 months ago by Cashrc ( Captain)
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    Nerys, thats so cool!! I’m glad for you, hope you find a suitable boat for the engine and a place to run it!!
    Cash
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    💬 Re: Superstructure
    2 months ago by Cashrc ( Captain)
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    That looks great!! I like doing the plastic sheet and wood supports, that’s how I rebuilt my PT15s replacement superstructure. You’re doing a grand job.
    Cadh
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    💬 Re: So…. To the Build.
    2 months ago by Cashrc ( Captain)
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    I’ve thought about doing an RC conversion on this kit, well the Revell of Germany kit, for a while. I’ll be watching this, looks like fun and I’ll bet she’ll make a fine runner too.
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