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    2 months ago by nickcouldry ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hey Nerys - i'm pondering a Damen Stan Patrol 5509 (modified as Sea Shepherd's new anti whaling ship) in 1/72 scale - will have to scratch build most of it, including the interesting axe bow hull - reckon it will be about 30" in length - whaddya think?
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    3 months ago by nickcouldry ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    yes i was a bit taken aback when i weighed her, but to my untrained eye she seemed to sit ok in the water and i didn't really want her skipping over the ripples ๐Ÿ˜‚
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    3 months ago by nickcouldry ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Thank Nerys - tiller arm popped off the servo - may fit a bracket to keep it in place :-)
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    Cheers Rick!
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    3 months ago by nickcouldry ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    hey jb - a hefty 4.5kg!
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    My very first foray into model boat building and anything remote controlled. Took about 4 months to finish it using Vic Smeed plans.
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    3 months ago by nickcouldry ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    My Vic Smeed Thornycroft MTB has been sitting in dry dock over the summer, due to holidays but also procrastination due to my fear that when I finally launched her she'd go straight to the bottom...

    Anyway, this morning I plucked up courage, took her down to Black Park lake near Slough and chucked her in. She appeared to sit well in the water. I gently engaged the throttle and waved a tearful farewell as she moved off 20 yards or so towards the middle of the lake. I took her round in a wide arc and back to port. I repeated this a couple of times and did some straight runs until the tiller mechanism jammed, fortunately she was within grabbing distance.

    I was so relieved and pleased that she worked. She had a good turn of speed (nothing too dramatic) and seemed to steer well, keeping fairly upright.

    There appeared to be little if any water ingress. The water cooling system for the ESC didn't work (I suspect kinks in the tube) but it didn't appear to be overheating. I'll attend to that and also the tiller mechanism before I take her out again.

    Finally got my sea legs!
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    3 months ago by nickcouldry ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    My Vic Smeed Thornycroft MTB has been sitting in dry dock over the summer, due to holidays but also procrastination due to my fear that when I finally launched her she'd go straight to the bottom...

    Anyway, this morning I plucked up courage, took her down to Black Park lake near Slough and chucked her in. She appeared to sit well in the water. I gently engaged the throttle and waved a tearful farewell as she moved off 20 yards or so towards the middle of the lake. I took her round in a wide arc and back to port. I repeated this a couple of times and did some straight runs until the tiller mechanism jammed, fortunately she was within grabbing distance.

    https://youtu.be/SWKgFNeb6Pc

    I was so relieved and pleased that she worked. She had a good turn of speed (nothing too dramatic) and seemed to steer well, keeping fairly upright.

    There appeared to be little if any water ingress. The water cooling system for the ESC didn't work (I suspect kinks in the tube) but it didn't appear to be overheating. I'll attend to that and also the tiller mechanism before I take her out again.

    Finally got my sea legs!
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    ๐Ÿ“ Cabin cruiser hull?
    4 months ago by nickcouldry ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hey doug - thanks so much for all this info! Bluebird is close, but i think when i get round to the build i'm going to see if i can get plans for Mistral as it's just that bit broader in the beam and is closer to the Breda ๐Ÿ˜Š
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    ๐Ÿ“ Cabin cruiser hull?
    4 months ago by nickcouldry ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    wow - thanks for the tip - i've found some and they're pretty close (shape of the hull and also the curved transom)
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    4 months ago by nickcouldry ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Brilliant - thanks Martin - very similar and some great reference shots! - i think i may have tracked down something that's pretty close - the 'Bluebird of Chelsea' which Sarik do plans and a parts set for - right length, just slightly narrower in the beam which I may be able to adjust if and when I build her ๐Ÿ˜Š
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    4 months ago by nickcouldry ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi all - I'm after some help...

    I'd like to build a specific twin screw cabin cruiser (see images). I'd like to build it in 1/24 scale, so the hull length would be 26" and the beam 6.5". Does anyone know of any plans, hull sets or fibre glass hulls that would be close to what I'm after? Thanks in advance for your help ๐Ÿ˜Š
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Complete and ready to go...
    4 months ago by nickcouldry ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    thanks bruce - hope she performs on the water!
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    4 months ago by nickcouldry ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    thanks JB!
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    thanks pete - just waiting for some decent weather ๐Ÿ˜€
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    4 months ago by nickcouldry ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    thanks robert - i'll be keeping everything crossed...
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    thanks colin!
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    4 months ago by nickcouldry ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    thanks rick - i'm sure she'll look very atmospheric at the bottom of the lake covered in algae ๐Ÿคฃ
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    ๐Ÿ“ Complete and ready to go...
    4 months ago by nickcouldry ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Well here's how she's looking. I must say I'm really pleased with the way she's turned out. I scratch built a fair bit of the detail, but did invest in some of the major fluff (mg turret, torpedo tubes, depth charges, anchors etc from Battlecrafts)

    She's taken me about 4 months to build and I've had great fun learning new skills and techniques. I'm actually dreading taking her down to the nearest boating lake for her maiden voyage as I've convinced myself she'll catch fire and sink without trace.๐Ÿ˜‚
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Nearly there...
    4 months ago by nickcouldry ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    thanks rick - certainly been a learning curve for me...
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    5 months ago by nickcouldry ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    thanks martin! ๐Ÿคž
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    5 months ago by nickcouldry ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Crikey - hadn't realised it's been 2 months since my last Thornycroft post. I haven't been neglecting the build - just trying to fit the motor, tillers and all the electronics inside. I was envisaging two access panels at the rear, but decided to merge them into one large panel, giving me more room to squeeze in the ESC, switch and fuse, without interfering with the tiller mechanism or the prop shaft.

    Even then as you can see from the photos it looks a right pig's breakfast ๐Ÿ˜‚. I'd got to the stage where I was ready to switch it on and see what happened. To be honest I wasn't expecting much as this was my first time putting electronics together and I didn't have much faith in my cack-handed attempts at soldering. As I bound the receiver and transmitter, something stirred and i was flabbergasted to see the rudders twitching. everything actually worked ๐Ÿ˜ฎ.

    My biggest headache has been the transom-mounted twin tillers. I tried combination after combination of various linkage components. In the end I went back to the drawing board, fabricating 2 tiller posts from brass rod, with soldered arms extending through the transom which linked up via brass strip, steel rod and brass tube mounted on the servo. This appears to work. I just need to put some finishing touches to her and I'll post some more pics of her in a finished state in the next week...
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    ๐Ÿ“ She floats!!!
    6 months ago by nickcouldry ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Electrics arriving in dribs and drabs - the two 6v NiMh batteries sit nicely either side of where the engine will be installed so I made 'compartments' for them which they fit snugly and there'll be no risk of them falling out - seemed neater and more secure than using velcro and they're easy to extract.

    The twin Vickers turret and Carley float arrived from Battlecraft and they really look the thing - had fun painting them and completing the engine hatch which they'll be attached to.

    Did a rough positioning of the gizzards (I bottled making the engine mount and ordered one on fleabay but it'll take a while to arrive so I'll have to wait awhile to seat and seal the prop shaft.

    Fitted the portholes (unglazed - I'll glaze them after the hull is painted) and decided to see if she'd float and see how much ballast I'll need.

    I remembered to seal the prop shaft aperture with duct tape, filled her with the engine, batteries etc and gingerly lowered her into the churning maelstrom of our bathtub. Phew! I had a nasty moment when I saw a glittering on one side at the bottom, but fortunately only the bathroom light reflecting off some wood glue. She was floating about half an inch below the waterline so I used whatever was to hand as ballast. I'll need 450g near the bow and another 600g just astern of the engine compartment. Once the ballast's in I can get the deck down.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Battery set up
    6 months ago by nickcouldry ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    thanks toradog - i'll look into that - useful to know! ๐Ÿ˜Š
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    6 months ago by nickcouldry ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    gotcha - thanks doug - could you recommend the correct type of wiring to get? (there seems to be quite a choice out there...)
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    6 months ago by nickcouldry ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    cheers for the tip doug - I've actually ordered exactly the set up you describe (along with 10 spare fuses - i'm bound to need some) - i'm thinking of positioning this and an isolation switch in the space under the front hatch in the bow along with the receiver...

    i've got batteries on order (2x 3300 mAh 6 volt NiMh battery packs) - slowly getting there ๐Ÿคž
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    6 months ago by nickcouldry ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    And thanks for this - I prefer to make if I can - and it looks reasonable straightforward ๐Ÿ˜Š
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    6 months ago by nickcouldry ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Brilliant - thank you so much Doug for sharing your knowledge - i can move forward with a little more confidence now! ๐Ÿ˜
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    6 months ago by nickcouldry ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi all - I'm currently putting together a Vic Smeed Thornycroft MTB. It's only got the one prop, which will be powered by a Fusion 3535-05 1500kv outrunner, complemented with a Seaking-30A-V3 ESC. I know next to nothing about batteries, but do know that I could use Nimh batteries in two (4 cell?) packs to power the setup (good to keep the weight distributed evenly). Whenever I can bring myself to look at batteries I'm immediately confused by the different set ups/amperage etc and have to have a quiet lie down somewhere...

    Could any of you old salts help with a recommendation for a battery set up that would work for me? And one other thing - any recommendations for a decent mounting for the outrunner?
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