📝 Conclusion and trial.
I am now satisfied that the Police Launch project is completed so far as the blog is concerned. I have completed the first run on the water and was very happy with the results. A little more weight is required to achieve a good waterline but cannot be done yet as the weather conditions during the trial were not that good. It was rather windy and the river water was being blown around a bit.
I do have a little more work to do on the Launch before I can say it is totally finished. Now that I have sorted out how to capture the power of the Taranis, I will update the wiring to use all of the channels necessary for independent operation. The channels will be as follows:-
ESC (motor), Rudder, Radar, Blue flashing light, Navigation lights, Water monitor and search light. Seven in all. I will post a short video of it fully wired later in the year.
In conclusion I must say that Krick have supplied a very interesting model to build at a reasonable price. I have learnt a lot during the build as it is the first that I have done in thirty-five years even though I started the Pilot Boat later and finished earlier. This was due to the fact that I was living mainly in England but had moved the Police Launch to Hungary thinking I could finish during that holiday. Two years later I have finally completed the project, now that I am living here. The model is generally for beginners for which I can highly recommend. I really like the finished boat but regret that I only heard about sanding sealer long after the painting was completed. The long grain of the ply shows up on inspection. Some of the fittings supplied in the kit are rather poor but can be replaced easily such as the search light.
Whilst splitting out all of the functions to separate channels, I will also tidy up the wiring, one of my common failings on these projects. If I draw up a wiring diagram first, I am sure I can improve this. As my next project uses 16 channels, I would end up with a birds nest if I do not improve.
Included in this post are a few pictures of the trial along with a short video of the functions and trial. I will place the longer trial video in the media gallery.
Thank you for your interest in this build. I will now place all of my energies into completing Dusseldorf, a different challenge altogether. I hope this does not take another two years as I am looking forward to tackling HMS Hood and completing my Submarine project.