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    πŸ“ Boat Electrics. Wiring Diagram
    3 days ago by Hillro ( Warrant Officer)
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    Just thought I would record how I wired the boat.
    Not sure how the photo will turn out.
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    πŸ“ Bath test.
    7 days ago by Hillro ( Warrant Officer)
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    Did this when the better half was out!!
    Very pleased with the stability of the boat, no fear of capsizing.
    Also was very surprised at the performance of the prop. I thought it was quite small for the size of boat but I think it will give a good turn of speed in the pond.
    Very happy boy!
    Bath Test
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    πŸ“ Installing the electrics
    7 days ago by Hillro ( Warrant Officer)
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    Spent some time thinking about the fitting of batteries,fuses, esc, and lighting circuits.
    I made up two battery boxes, one for either side of the drive motor. These were mounted but still allow for removal of the batteries, with a bit of fiddling. Recharging is accommodated by plugs on battery leads.
    The fuse board (from Halfords) is mounted in the forward access hatch with a common negative busbar.
    On the positive side two fuses for the battery, one for the speed controller (esc)and another for the lights.
    The fishhold holds the on/off switch,and speed controller which also supplies power to the radio receiver which is installed in the rudder compartment.
    This is to allow the radio aerials to be put in the wheelhouse if required.
    Dry run test went well.
    Oh I did do a float check in the bath,with batteries mounted and had to add some weight to the bows.
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    πŸ“ New to hobby but for now long
    20 days ago by Hillro ( Warrant Officer)
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    hi Colin.
    Please do not be put off by the response of this member.
    I can't believe that this would apply to other club members.
    I have always found club members falling over themselves to help in any way.
    Can you show us some of your projects.
    Mr interested.
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    πŸ“ Ship's Boat
    20 days ago by Hillro ( Warrant Officer)
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    The intention was to make the boat from wood from the scrap box. I made the hull mold as in the photographs however when trying to make the ribs, they kept breaking. Tried various methods and woods with no great success so I turned to plastic. The result I am very pleased with.

    I would be very happy to hear on techniques to build a ship's boat in wood.
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    πŸ“ Mast and rigging
    20 days ago by Hillro ( Warrant Officer)
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    It's been a wee while since the last post but I have not been idle.
    Fitted the back to the wheel house and fitted all the handrail, etc.
    Made up mast and spars from dowel tapered by sanding, various hardware fitting from brass wire and sheet.
    Don't have a sewing machine, so called up a favour from a friend to make the sail. Fitted the eyelets myself. Assembled the mast, spars and sail. This was a very fiddly task.
    Have arranged the mast head lighting with guide wires. This will be used to power up the lanterns. This was a deviation from the plans however I think a practical solution to allow lanterns to light up.
    Still to fit a few things like water tank, skylights, etc.
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    πŸ“ Bridge Assembly
    1 month ago by Hillro ( Warrant Officer)
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    Put together with stuff from the scrap box. Although you will not see a lot inside the bridge when complete, I had a go at carving a seaman,and fitting a chart table. Still have to make and fit handrails, life belts, etc.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: steering Servo problem fixed
    1 month ago by Hillro ( Warrant Officer)
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    Brilliant ideas, keep them coming.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Steering Video
    1 month ago by Hillro ( Warrant Officer)
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    hi, the tube is very secure, took a bit of effort to fit over the solder bulbs.
    Could use super glue but i think it secure enough.
    If you can drill 2mm brass rod, you are a better man than me.😜
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    πŸ“ Steering Video
    1 month ago by Hillro ( Warrant Officer)
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    First video loaded , hope it works ok.
    The Mighty Zulu, Steering Servo Test
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    πŸ“ steering Servo problem fixed
    1 month ago by Hillro ( Warrant Officer)
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    Good morning Peps.
    Following your advice I have modified a few things.
    A-Put a flex point on the servo linkage to reduce the effect of the non linear drive of the servo. I.e. A bit of flexible plastics hose. I put blobs of solder on the end of the rods to ensure a good fit.
    B The chain hole through the hull , coated it with superglue and when set filed as required for a smooth finish.
    C - Lifted the rudder arms slightly.
    Now running very smooth with no snatching. Woopee!
    The Mighty Zulu, Steering Servo Test
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    πŸ“ Steering and rudder info
    1 month ago by Hillro ( Warrant Officer)
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    For those interested, I bought a set of plans of the real thing at great expense Β£10/plan from a company in Glasgow.
    Photos show the rudder and steering mechanism for the sail driven boat.

    Future plan is to convert the model to sail.
    This may be a step too far but we'll see.
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    πŸ“ Loading video on to the site.
    1 month ago by Hillro ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi,
    Can anybody advise how to load a video onto the site.
    A step by step guide would be helpful.
    Thanks in advance.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Fitting of rudder servo. Test.
    1 month ago by Hillro ( Warrant Officer)
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    Thanks Guys for all your helpful comments. My objective was to make the steering as close to the real thing.
    This arrangement was used on the early sail driven boats.
    However the plans of the boat and photos of the real thing use a threaded shaft with left and right handed threads.
    A running bush attached to a chain on each section. Therefore turning the shaft tightened one chain and the other slackens.
    Anyway producing this was too difficult.
    I have designed and used a chain drive on a Clyde Puffer. this uses pulleys and tubes to guide the chain
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    πŸ“ Fitting of rudder servo. Test.
    1 month ago by Hillro ( Warrant Officer)
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    Thought I would tryout my idea for steering. Well it seems to work ok but there is a bit of snatching of the chain.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Decks fitted.
    1 month ago by Hillro ( Warrant Officer)
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    No, Grating laid on deck
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    πŸ“ Decks fitted.
    2 months ago by Hillro ( Warrant Officer)
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    Some progress has been made, Decks fitted,etc. Fairly straight forward.You will note that gratings have been made as per the plans but I am not entirely sure what their purpose is. Also the plan show that the gratings are level with the top of the bulwark.
    I have tried to research this with little success however having watched a video on drifter fishing the main hold held the miles of nets, floats and ropes there these gratings held the fish before putting them in the hold through hatches in the gratings.
    Any thoughts out there?
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    πŸ“ Lockdown Complaints
    2 months ago by Hillro ( Warrant Officer)
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    with reference to a sky hook, there is such a thing used by climbers.
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    πŸ“ Prop and Rudder fitted
    2 months ago by Hillro ( Warrant Officer)
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    Making and fitting has been a real challenge, Making the brass parts and fitting took a few drills, a bucket of patience, and a lot of searching the floor for dropped bits.
    However it's fitted now, just a wee clean up and painting.
    I have some ideas on how to fit the steering servo, basically keep it the same as the real thing using push rods to pull/push the rudder chains.
    The fitting of the prop was easy enough but had to modify the rudder to stop it fouling the prop.
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    πŸ“ Ships wheel and skylights.
    2 months ago by Hillro ( Warrant Officer)
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    Made out of the left overs from other projects
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Hull Planking - Part Five
    2 months ago by Hillro ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi Doug.
    I have built boats since I was 12, Airfix kind. I have always had a love of boats.
    However a few years back I had a heart attack, which resulted in a triple bypass.
    In recover got bored so started building again. started with tug then moved on from there.
    Thanks for your comments about a museum, my chest grew 2 inches.😊
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    πŸ“ Steam Capstan
    2 months ago by Hillro ( Warrant Officer)
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    Had to do a bit of research on what a capstan for a fishing drifter like the Zulu would use. The Scottish fishing museum provided some answers. Amazing the provision of power was provided by a stand alone boiler which provided steam to the capstan. Two piston cylinders mounted under the top cover of the capstan provided the rotational power. Before this the nets , up to 2miles had to be pulled in by hand. No brainier for the owner to install this rig.
    My model capstan was made from, bits of wooden blinds, and a bit of patience. I ended making two, just in case.
    Found it quite fun to do.
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    πŸ“ Hull and decking
    2 months ago by Hillro ( Warrant Officer)
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    Some further progress,
    Decks made from 2mm plywood. Used biro to marked the planking then coloured red using water down acrylic paint then a top coat of varnish. Normal would have planked on top of deck but don't have any so this will have to do.
    having to modify the stern a bit to allow fitting of the rudder.
    Just waiting for paint to arrive to finish hull. Went to Halford to buy it but it was very busy. Thought better of it and ordered on line.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Hull Planking - Part Five
    3 months ago by Hillro ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi, I just used Planking as a method of hull construction.
    The hull would be painted on the real boat.
    If the planking was a feature i would have taken a lot more care on Planking to ensure a nice finish.
    See example
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    πŸ“ Hull Planking -Part Six
    3 months ago by Hillro ( Warrant Officer)
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    Painted inside the hull using resin to ensure it's going to be watertight.
    Started fitting decks, however this highlighted an omission in the construction of the hull. I should have fitted a beam at deck level to enable support of the deck edges. I will have to infill with sections of wood.
    Also I got carried away with the waterproofing and took it too high above the deck line. Have spent ages scraping it off. POOK!!!
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Hull Planking - Part Four
    3 months ago by Hillro ( Warrant Officer)
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    I have not been called that since primary school.😊
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    πŸ“ Hull Planking - Part Five
    3 months ago by Hillro ( Warrant Officer)
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    Decided to put on a first top coat from the keel to the water line. Dimension taken from drawing. This may have to be adjusted later.
    Cut hull away from mounting board, and surprise, very light hull.
    Pleased to find that the deck beams, look at the right height.
    Cleaned up tops of frames.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Hull Planking - Part Four
    3 months ago by Hillro ( Warrant Officer)
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    Hi, much the same as you, retired, and all the just a jobs finished. I am lucky I have loads of open countryside near me to roam about.
    Not sure about another three weeks of this,
    Robert
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Hull Planking - Part Four
    3 months ago by Hillro ( Warrant Officer)
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    Thanks Martin.
    It's handy to have a hobby like this in these times.
    Are you coping with the shutdown?
    Robert
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    πŸ“ Hull Planking - Part Four
    3 months ago by Hillro ( Warrant Officer)
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    Planking complete , hull then sanded using a bit of elbow grease.
    Hull then given a light coat of car filler then sanded, more elbow grease then second go of filling imperfections and sanding again.
    The dust produced requires wearing of a dust mask and a lot of hoovering.
    After sanding, given one coat of primer, then will go over the hull again checking for imperfections.
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