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NPJ

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Member No. 4475
Registered 16th Sep 2017
Last Online 20th Oct 2017
City CH7
Country United Kingdom
Boats in Harbour 2
Sailing Locations 1
Forum Posts 46
Photos Posted 57
Likes Received 48
Likes Given 90
77 Total Posts
Sailing Locations
Colwyn Bay Model Boat Club
Since: 21st Sep 2017
Harbour
Hobby Engine Richardson
Type: Tug Boat
Robbe Smaragd
Type: Yacht
Commander
Ranks Points
Fleet Admiral 1000
Admiral 800
Captain 600
Commander 400
Lieutenant 200
Sub-Lieutenant 100
Chief Petty Officer 50
Petty Officer 25
Seaman 10
Apprentice 2
Recruit 0
172 points away from Captain!
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Forum Thread 5 20
Forum Post 2 92
Event 8 0
Photo Gallery 10 0
Photos Response 3 0
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Video Response 3 0
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Blog Post 5 20
Blog Response 3 66
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Guestbook Post 8 0
Liked Posts 1 90
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428 Total Points
United Kingdom
Recent Posts
Twin Esc/Mixer by NPJ Commander   Posted: 2 days ago
Must stop this, but just read your post. I have put everything away, but can still order stuff.............. Shall I get a couple of those from Bangor so they are here on my return? Anything else like that which can come ready whilst I am on R&R? NPJ

Hobby Engine 'Richardson' Tug Upgrade by NPJ Commander   Posted: 2 days ago
Having to clear up before going away for a while. Table top to clear and case to pack. I have tried to load a small video, my first one, but this is my fourth try at uploading. I would show that, thanks to the help of so many of you, I have made a trial setup of the sound unit in the Hull using the exciters. Had to have a go before I left (spoilt Brat). It works! Happy with volume, even with decking off but volume control only half advanced and can function horn separate to engine sounds. Dave M and Doug to name a couple have really helped me through to this point. When I return, I will install properly and take images as this video does not seem to want to play with me. Next challenge...the Esc/Mixer Cheers to all. NPJ

Hobby Engine 'Richardson' Tug Upgrade by NPJ Commander   Posted: 3 days ago
This is the unit I have and I did buy one switcher unit as well...Just in case! So have sound and horn in there just not wired yet, but would like to take up the lighting from the original board as well as add a little more. Thought I should put the new receiver up in the bridge as it is light and well away from water.................... You mention some posts back about using switch units I believe. The Tranny is 6 channel. What do you think? All the best . NPJ

Hobby Engine 'Richardson' Tug Upgrade by NPJ Commander   Posted: 3 days ago
Are these good enough Dave? Thanks for all of this. NPJ

Hobby Engine 'Richardson' Tug Upgrade by NPJ Commander   Posted: 3 days ago
Dave M. I seem to have 'lost' your post re the transmitter type and the 'extras' for the receiver to function other features. However, re your comment on cutting ribs, did you note in one of the images there is a fortuitous space on both sides just in front of the motors? NPJ

Twin Esc/Mixer by NPJ Commander   Posted: 3 days ago
Yes you are quite right Saga32. I am an only child spoilt brat and want everything to happen NOW...........! My 'tutors' here spotted that a while back and are an invaluable help. By the way all, why are the battery cables with the Unit nice and thick and the original ones on the motors so so thin and frail looking? All the best. NPJ

Twin Esc/Mixer by NPJ Commander   Posted: 3 days ago
Thank you for that Tomarack. When they say "in a box" they do not tell you that the box is separate and that you have to make eight holes of various types yourself before you can install! Going to have to leave it now until back from a weeks break. Will be back to you then. Cheers. NPJ

Layout and Limitations (con) by NPJ Commander   Posted: 3 days ago
OK thats it then. Now need to read up on the Turnigy settings. All the best. NPJ

correct size of wiring by NPJ Commander   Posted: 3 days ago
Took other images and changed colour of light. Now even I can see the marks Doug! I expect you all could anyway...................... Thanks both for that. Hope for a test before we leave on Friday. Cheers NPJ

Layout and Limitations (con) by NPJ Commander   Posted: 3 days ago
These are what I have available. I was going to kept the Futaba for the Yacht, but I believe they are both 6 channel. What do you think? NPJ

Layout and Limitations (con) by NPJ Commander   Posted: 4 days ago
Hello folks. Exciters not wired yet. I cannot see any markings on them to indicate which way to do it. RN is coming to my aid............ Battery fits there OK and for getting in and out, but may be a little heavy. The Boat in the bath does not show the waterline than well. Yes I do hope to have the Radar rotating and such a power units should be on its way. Re circuit board, I will look at that with your prompts in my hand and see how I fair. As you indicate, I would like to retain such as the present lighting, but do away with the receiver part. Cheers NPJ

Twin Esc/Mixer by NPJ Commander   Posted: 4 days ago
Great. Did not even consider it before your mail. No slots in the box, but I can see now that you are expected to cut those yourself............ There are two sheets of instructions and I see the shaded areas on the diagram of the box lid but no indication of what they are for. They assume you know what you are doing............! Well there are eight holes of different shapes to cut out so that will take a while. You realise that my next thread is going to be asking on the sound generator! May not get much further now before the break away for a week. Thanks for all your help. NPJ.

Twin Esc/Mixer by NPJ Commander   Posted: 4 days ago
I have an Esc/Mixer from Action Electronics. A P94 which I am thinking of using to control the twin motors on a Richardson Tug. Now I am very new to this sort of thing and when I unpacked it I found it has two plastic panels attached to the circuit board at right angles and measuring 50mm or 2” up into the air. I cannot find any reference to these in the paper work. Are they just to attach the board to something or of greater significance? Also when connecting up the unit to the motors, are there any ‘special issues’ I need to be aware of? Help needed please. NPJ

correct size of wiring by NPJ Commander   Posted: 5 days ago
OK...................No more 'sorry' bit! Going to start a new Topic re the Esc/Mixer multi controller. Cheers both. NPJ

Layout and Limitations (con) by NPJ Commander   Posted: 5 days ago
I pressed something I should not have done....so here are the extra images. Follows on from the 'Silicon Treatment'...... Sorry. NPJ

Layout and Limitations by NPJ Commander   Posted: 5 days ago
Layout and Limitations Although I am really quite desperate to get on and put a few bits in, it did strike me that before I mess the current systems up on the Tug, maybe I should find out how they work. So although I am leaving the Bridge/Wheelhouse until after the Hull layout is resolved, I need to check out what connections are made to what before I detach it from the Hull. So having a look in you see a busy circuit board and a plastic bottle! Pic 12 -16 What is needed is to determine which leads activate which features before I start chopping leads to separate Hull from Bridge. To this end I attached the standard battery and fired up the Tranny. I reconnected the leads that I had unplugged and switched the boat switch to on. Pic 17/18 Action of motors, lights in three sets and ‘smoker’ cables were identified, but I have not found the ‘horn’ yet. So that established what leads went to what and also raised the question for the future ‘what can be used later’. I noted that some cabling groups and routes from Hull to Bridge where given the ‘silicon treatment’ which I intend to reinstate before replacing the Deck. Having established how the setup works and what can possibly be retained, I removed the ‘standard’ battery, unplugged it all again and loaded potential ‘extras’ into the Hull to see how it would sit in the water. Now I can separate the Hull from the Bridge completely which enables me to have a good look at potential layout and consider weight and its distribution. I did in the early days mark the waterline as it was with standard equipment and also the CoG point fore/aft, for later comparisons. Forgot about Lateral but I assume centre line....................... Maybe pointless, but I made a drawing of the Hull and also laid out some of the components that may be used in the Hull itself. Pics 14/15. Currently the weight of these ‘extras’ amounts to 562 grams 19.8 ozs, from which must be deducted the ‘standard’ battery weight 104 grams 3.6 ozs, when considering real differences, so 458 grams, 16.2 ozs and still below waterline So I now have all these bits, the boat in three pieces and I am considering putting up a banner in the garage which would read... All the gear and no idea! Next move will be trial runs on the new motor control set up and checking out the sound system using the Transducers. NPJ

correct size of wiring by NPJ Commander   Posted: 5 days ago
Thanks for that both. I will check out the list here and if not already present, start a new one. Sorry to be so slow on the up take. Cheers. NPJ

correct size of wiring by NPJ Commander   Posted: 5 days ago
Yes me not being properly awake............it was transducers that I intended to write............... Thanks for the info. I hope to run a test on the sound setup before going away. Behind now due to weather, but trying to catch up. Which is right thread to ask you about the ESC/Mixer set up? Very glad you chaps are there.................! All the best NPJ

correct size of wiring by NPJ Commander   Posted: 6 days ago
Doug. What thickness of wire for the transponders/exciters please? NPJ

Lights all wired up by NPJ Commander   Posted: 6 days ago
I get up this morning and all this help tumbles down. Great stuff fellas, really appreciated and will be read after breakfast. Will be posting on the site later today following some floating in the bath and measuring up. I was about to say "still a long way to go", but there again, I read yesterday of an 18 month build........... I am being patient..... Thanks to all. NPJ

Lights all wired up by NPJ Commander   Posted: 6 days ago
Thank you for coming back so quickly. Do not concern yourself about not very elaborate, it looks really great. Impressive show. I assume you had to balance out the number of LEDs. Have they got to be in series or parallel? Sorry but I am very inexperienced in this stuff! All the best. NPJ

Lights all wired up by NPJ Commander   Posted: 6 days ago
JUst seen this. Looks really good. Have you already posted the wiring diagram and voltage? I am looking at adding lighting wiring on a Tug. NPJ

Robbe Smaragd by NPJ Commander   Posted: 9 days ago
Help.............No no no, I do not want to get into competitive sailing. I just wondered how/why most/many people have numbers on their sails and I thought registering the boat was why. As my wife says, I should not think, it only causes trouble. Got enough on with the Tug! All the best to all. NPJ

Robbe Smaragd by NPJ Commander   Posted: 9 days ago
What are you trying to do to me....................That is a life's work! I have enough issues with the Tug and I thought that was going to be straight forward! What MYA 'class' does the yacht fit in? NPJ.

Robbe Smaragd by NPJ Commander   Posted: 9 days ago
Thanks muchly for that Doug. I will check it out tomorrow. NPJ

Removing The Deck by NPJ Commander   Posted: 9 days ago
Thank you Dave. I will follow the advice re charging. Hope this week-end to do some trial fitting and some drawing out of possible layouts. I am away in a weeks time for ten days, so hope to progress before then. Will post it. However I will try and curb my impatience .................! All the best. NPJ

Robbe Smaragd by NPJ Commander   Posted: 9 days ago
I have a Robbe Smaragd Yacht. 1/10 scale. This is quite old now and could do with a ‘make over’. I would like to see some plans or instructions from the build before I start and would therefore be grateful if anyone with knowledge of this model or better still, copies of any paperwork that came with the kit contacted me. A few pics attached of this very ‘forgiving’ yacht............ All the best. NPJ

Removing The Deck by NPJ Commander   Posted: 9 days ago
Understood you two (maybe three!) but you should remember that I am an only child, spoilt brat, therefore waiting is never the first or second option..................... I can live with not having smoke (sad) but I must have something else so probably radar rotating! I can understand not charging Lipo's in situ, but thought NiMh were so much safer? If not, that could be a way of reducing weight as has been suggested. Good news is that exciters have arrived ( incredible service) and they actually measure 2" or 50mm. Now there is progress. There is one space one rib back from the front of the motors that would not require surgery. Maybe not good from noise pick up but could be worth a try. TTFN NPJ

Removing The Deck by NPJ Commander   Posted: 11 days ago
Should have said before, note when removing these screws, they are not all the same size so keep separate. Although they appear to stay in the deck, they do eventually fall out so, with them being so small, I removed them at the start by poking a small screw driver up the holes. Also when lifting the deck, it is attached to the bulwarks and requires very gentle separating if you are not to mark the hull. I used an old thin kitchen knife to apply some leverage at various points. You will find something like Vaseline, or light grease all, around the joint. I make note to replace this when rebuilding. First things I noticed, no receiver visible and only one ‘tray’, that being forward. Looks like a lot of space for ‘extras’. I removed the tray so far as I could without removing any of the wiring.Pics 8/9. I assume receiver and smoker is in the Wheelhouse/bridge and will need to check the wiring setup before going much further there. But that can wait until further down the line. Pic 10 What can been seen well now are possibilities for the layout of new components that may end up in the hull. I am thinking larger battery, sound generator, escape/mixer etc. What can been seen well now are possibilities for the layout of new components that may end up in the hull. I am thinking larger battery, sound generator, escape/mixer etc. Pic 11. At this point I need to start considering weight, CoG, balance when planning a layout. Am I in too deep already! I did place the tug, with all its standard bits, in the bath before I started and marked the water line for a comparison! Next time I hope to be looking at 'lay-out' in the hull and sizing up the space some of the hoped for extras would need. NPJ

Hobby Engine 'Richardson' Tug Upgrade by NPJ Commander   Posted: 11 days ago
Much appreciated Dave. I seem to need to learn everything at once..........! Will have more to post by the week-end and will follow your advice. All the best. NPJ.