After the trials, tribulations, experiments and frustration, can finally announce this model is sailing well. It has excellent performance and looks, both on and off the water. A build really for the more experienced modeller though. If the performance envelope is to be explored it should be done on a suitably large area of water with few other vessels around.
However, enjoyed building a model of an unusual class of vessels. It expanded my knowledge and skills, then kept me occupied throughout a Canadian winter!
Have also been lucky to have received considerable useful advice from other modellers, which was much appreciated.
Building from scratch off a proprietary glass fibre hull gives a robust model with plenty of opportunity for individual input. Intend to use this approach again.
Whilst am rather blinkered about building scale models
to scale; considerable frustration, time and money could have been saved by using a single or even a twin screw layout, rather than the triple. Performance might also have been further improved and weight saved. Several of the U Tube videos of the similar Perkasa models
show how well these layouts work.
There are several photos attached;
2) Max. speed using the centre screw brushed motor and then the outer brushless screws on the 2S battery
3) Max. speed using the centre screw brushed motor and then the outer brushless screws on the 3S battery
Because the pond is small, was unable to capture the marked differences in performance between the 2 and 3 S batteries
. It will plane easily on either, just rather more frenetically on the 3!. Suspect this was because of the difficulty in coordinating acceleration, photographer and deceleration. Will endeavour to get pictures and a video that make this more obvious and post when available.