Hi y’all. Some of you have probably read in the North Texas Shipwrights thread of the loss of the superstructure to the PT15. The first test runs seemed to be a little down on power, and she would occasionally dig her bow in on a turn. I thought a little more power and some aft weight should do the trick. However, I upgraded power before rebalancing the ship. That was my first mistake. I also didn’t use strong enough, or the right amount, of magnets to hold the hatch down..I used craft store magnets, which in retrospect weren’t up to the task. Anyway, when I launched her with the new power plant she was torquing over pretty hard, and didn’t respond to the helm as well, plus was still diggin in. Instead of bringing her back, I kept playing around to see if I could eas into the throttle and possibly “tame” her. Turned too tight, she dug her bow in, spun, heeled over and off came the superstructure. It floated for a few minutes, we tried to push it in but in the end it sank with all hands.😔 Now, I have to admit this was pretty disconcerting, even to the point that I’ve been pretty critical of my building and operating skills thus far. I get like that, takes a few days to walk it off. So..for the time being she’s in dry dock, with the receiver and esc removed. I’m going to build a couple more models then come back to her. My plan is to fabricate a simple screw down and taped hatch so I can take her out sans superstructure and run tests on her, playing with power, prop and balance till I’m satisfied. Between test runs I’m going to try my hand at building the superstructure from scratch, using styrene sheet as my main building medium. I think I can make a go of it, might have to fudge a minor detail or make a slight alteration to suit my skills, but I do have the plans so there’s that. Stay with me y’all, think I’m going to need some helpful advice and a little emotional support as well.