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I'm reading the chat about stuffing boxes & shafts lots of guys in the club I'm in drill a hole into the stuffing box & solder a small tube over the hole to add oil or grease into the box . I goofed when I built my Sea Commander as I had no stuffing box but I had a shaft so I just used a brass tube for the shaft & lubricated the shaft with Sil-Glyde Lubricating compound a Silicone based grease I also use rudder O-Rings to help stop water getting into model through stuffing box. Kind of Mickey Mouse but it works .Except on first run out of water it does squeal a little but in the water it's fine.
Pond will be drained Monday Nov.13th So had to go Nov 9th to check balance & running speeds all O/K she ran real great . So added a little more detail , Still needs running lights a fake horn & some lighting but that's something I can work on in the next 6 months . The end of my build log & thanks for all the Views & Responses .
Nov.13 2017 Spencers pool is being drained for winter skate rink so rushed Sea Commander for a pool try out & shake down . still needs windows & some deck accessories . One of the members suggested to get some tint from a shop that tints car windows & got some tint film for free thanks for that idea . Hope the winter flies by so summer sailing can start again .
Thanks for all the replies on saw blades I broke down and use the E-Bay site . I wasn't looking that hard for these until today the cost was $31.52 most was shipping from the U.S. Got two packs I guess I'll have enough for 20 years
Put a little paint on my Sea Commander model to see any problems .The I realized front windows would be hard to install so filled them in . The rear cabin & front cabin tops where very difficult to make them sealed & removable but with a little effort got them on .
Continued with my project Sea commander hull sheets on deck on & lots of sanding for a smooth finish . Used a clear finishing epoxy it had a lot of bubbles after it dried so more sanding needed .Also made the rudder & shaft from brass rod & tube .
Had a little time & the weather was great so worked outside putting the hull skins on I used Door skin mahogany .A sheet was about $ 9.00 Canadian Next time I use Oak Door skin That's about $23.00 a sheet . Have to now take my time & smooth all the parts .I also sealed the inside of hull with a 2 part finishing epoxy.
I had some 12 volt motor out of Black & Decker drills so I will use one I find that if motor isn't installed early it becomes very difficult to mount motors in a completed hull .Line up to shaft & couplings . the other thing is I us a Graupner flex coupling . They work great only problem they are no long available any where .
Thanks to a fellow in Tasmania I got plans for sea commander no names please took a week for my print shop to make plans size 24''in length I wanted to build the model in a scale that is manageable & easy to transport to the pond . Used 1/4 inch ply for ribs & cut them on my Drumel saw that's about 30 years old , so old I can't find blades any more in Canada
I would like to build the Aerokits 34" sea Commander But I can't find a dealer in Canada I see that Westbourn Hobbies have one in England but its a lit pricey Any one with any Ideas about this sure would be helpful thanks Garth
[Score: 5/10] 34"/900g 44 life boat Capable of 3mph and a runtime of 60mins Twin Propellors (3 Blade 30mm) Geared Powered by NiMH (7.2v) 4Amp/h Batteries Controlled Through pro boat (5Amps) ESC - Comments: I built the 44 several years ago & wasn't happy with her as it listed to much on port & starboard turns because the cabin was to heavy so I rebuilt the cabin with lighter plywood started running her at the pond & seems a lot better now.Still needs a little more work with fittings
[Score: 6/10] 27"/1200g Patriot Capable of 4mph and a runtime of 60mins Direct Drive Powered by NiMH (7.2v) 3Amp/h Batteries - Comments: Midwest kit with working monitor I use a Sonic Mark X pump for the water sprayer Kids love to get wet but mothers don't !
[Score: 6/10] 16"/900g Arnold.S Capable of 3mph and a runtime of 60mins Direct Drive Powered by NiMH (7.2v) 1Amp/h Batteries - Comments: This is a tug boat kit by Freedom Song Model Boat there no longer selling models I have a lot of fun running this model in small pools
[Score: 9/10] 17"/2100g Water Witch Capable of 3mph and a runtime of 70mins Direct Drive Powered by NiMH (7.2v) 2Amp/h Batteries - Comments: Found plans in a Model Boat Magazine from England The plans where down size I used 1/8 pine strips for the hull and epoxy as sealer This model was a replicate of a Scotish fishing boat converted to pleasure crafts .
Confederation marine modellers will be hosting a display & model boat pool for Canada's 150 birthday here at Hamilton's Steam & Technology Museum . The museum has a working walking beam pump , live model steam engine rides , mecano displays
[Score: 8/10] 39" Edward . M. Cotter Capable of 3mph and a runtime of 60mins Single Propellor (4 Blade 70mm) Direct Drive to a Johnson (4 Blade) Powered by NiMH (7.2v) 4Amp/h Batteries - Comments: The real fire boat is stationed in Buffalo New York . This fire boat visits Port Colborne on Lake Erie every year for Canal Days & because the model boat club I'm in sets up a display at the museum in town I decided to build a scratch build of this boat I used the prints of the Sequin Midwest tug for the hull & Internet photos for details. I used the tops of Lepages glue bottle to simulate the Monitor on the decks I'm real proud of them.
[Score: 5/10] 29" Rubber Band Capable of 3mph and a runtime of 45mins Single Propellor (3 Blade 25mm) Direct Drive Powered by NiMH (7.2v) Batteries Controlled Through Pro Boat ESC - Comments: Found this model at a yard sale it's a Sterling model dual cockpit mahogany runabout .It was in bad shape and needed to be stripped down & rebuilt & water proofed . My driver is Dale Junior I got it at the Dollar store
[Score: 10/10] 30"/2000g Gumboot Cloggeroo Capable of 2mph and a runtime of 60mins Single Propellor (3 Blade 25mm) Direct Drive Powered by NiMH (7.2v) 4Amp/h Batteries - Comments: The name Gumboot Cloggeroo Is a Stompin Tom song about a Lobster boat called the Suzie Q He was a Canadian Song Writer & performer up here in Canada past away a few years ago