Hi John, Wow, that's stunning. The finish is exceptional. May I ask what colour you used for below the water line? Are any of your fittings like the Anchor etc etc available to buy anywhere? I love the port holes but there's no way I'm skilled or experienced enough to start drilling into the hull. I wonder if "simulated" ones are available anywhere? Maybe like etched ones that could just been glued on as a representation.
Thank you again to everyone else for the replies. I would like to keep it as original as possible and retain as much as my late friend's work, but as already mentioned, to retain the x8 D batteries just isn't practical for me. I've now tried the Bobs board with power, and although it "kind" of works, its sparks a lot and is very intermittent. So this will definitely be replaced. I don't know it its relevant but the fuss wired into the existing system is rated 5Amps? Am I right in thinking the new ESC will take care of all that? I must state, although I wish to upgrade the electrics , nothing I do will be irreversible, so it can all be put back to how it was should the need arise.
A quick question, can I apply "Sand N seal" over the existing paint once its had a rub down or does it all need to come off? Or should I just apply it to the areas where the wood has been exposed?
Hi Martin555, Yes this is the first model boat I have undertaken. I've built a few O gauge Brass/Nickle silver but never anything like this before.
The leak has me a little concerned as it doesn't seem to be coming from "inside" the prop shaft (the bit where the tube ends, the shaft emerges and connects to the motor , that's more in the middle of the boat - Does that make sense?. It seems to be coming from the area where it enters the hull in the rear compartment? But as I say it only appears when the prop is running.
Dave, the arrangement its Prop, Locking nut, Prop shaft, Locking nut, Universal joint thing that connects to motor - No washers either end.
Let me just say Thank you again for all your help and I look forward to reading further advice/replies.