Sad to announce the Closure of Model and Hobby World, in Lancaster. They have been here for 28 years and have many modellers who use there services and even just their wit and wisdom. Will be sorely missed. Have a happy retirement. 😭🤐🤔
Motor has been left insitu, Prop shaft found to be vibrating and has now been fixed. Hull stripped back to bare wood and repainted in camoflage. Spray rails fixed to the hull have made a big difference to stability. Not on the original Aerokits drawings. Can now concentrate on Deans Cossack. Plenty of sheet lead for stability but looks good.
Lovely afternoon at Fleetwood with no other boats in sight. Went for a first sail with Deans HMS Cossack, but a little unstable , so let snuffy loose. She needs an engine change from a 650 and a new paint job. So maybe next year. 😎 😎 😎
HI Bob. The stern Is quite narrower than the beam at at the superstructure. Mine has a width of 825mm at the stern and 885mm at the superstructure. You may like to check out a few pictures on my boat build blog, PT 301 (Snuffy Smith). It has a norrower stern so that the torpedoes can clear the side when released. Check American archives on Higgins PT boats.
SILICONE ALTERNATIVE. For all those who do not like silicone, try a polyuethane elastomeric sealant, like the Sikaflex range. Superior adhesive range between different materials. When cured virtually Indestructible. Can be used In aggressive enviroments, so an I/C engine room no problem. Potable so no contamination of water. Can be used under water. Can be sanded, though Idon't recommend. I prefer to use some spittle from the hand as a final smoothing agent before curing. Can be overpainted with any paint system. Downside, It's expensive, but you will not be buying by the box only a tube. From any good builders merchant or Amazon. Keith
Attending the Vintage day with PT301 Snuffy Smith. Though just found severe delamination to the superstructure. Caused by 50 year old plywood and possible damage from rough waters at Fleetwood two weeks ago. I have decided to take the knife to the superstructure and hope It will be alright for the day. Glad of quick drying glue.mdlbt.com/sys_files/graphics/smileys/S04.gif
301 was finally placed In the water and let loose. Trial only lasted 1m 30 sec. The battery was placed to far for'rd and the angle of attack on the prop caused 301 to act like a submarine. Luckily the ESC was connected to the motor the wrong way round, so It only had half power In forward. The second trial only lasted 10 secs. as the main fuse blew. Only 15 amp with the motor pulling 18-20 amps. It did start to look good though. I have tried to upload a video of the trial but the website will not upload It. For those who are Interested It can be found on YOU TUBE under the heading Model PT Boat 301
The build Is now well on Its way with a new paint job. She has spent a whole day floating In a tank with no leaks. The motor and R/C gear has been Installed and tank tested and It works. The real 301 served In the Pacific and had a green camouflage paint job. The model has a grey paint job as recommended by Aerokits. My cameraman could not find her on Fleetwood lake on a grey day. Had her first sea trial, we had Issues with the battery, nearly a disaster. More with the next update.
I started this build back In the 60's.When I was a teen. But other passion's, work and marriage got In the way. Parents often took me to Fleetwood to watch the power bouts. Now retired, found the boat still In dry dock (loft) at christmas and the passion was re-ignited. The boat Is 70% built. Just needs a little refurbishment and all new Internals.The original plan was for a 7.5cc I/C engine but will now consider a Speed 600 brushed electric with 2.4 ghz R/C. The clear coat to the hull has shrunk and cracked so a new rub down and re-paint needed. Hopefully all finished for Fleetwood Vintage day In June.