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Rod

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Member No. 4070
Registered 15th Feb 2017
Last Online 8th Dec 2017
City Palmerston North
Country New Zealand
Boats in Harbour 0
Sailing Locations 0
Forum Posts 0
Photos Posted 144
Likes Received 127
Likes Given 43
64 Total Posts
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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
9 points away from Captain!
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Forum Thread 5 0
Forum Post 2 0
Event 8 0
Photo Gallery 10 40
Photos Response 3 27
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Video Response 3 0
Build Blog 20 40
Blog Post 5 85
Blog Response 3 102
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Liked Posts 1 43
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Recent Posts
Test Run by Rod Commander   Posted: 3 months ago
Finally I was able to test it on the water Couldn't find a suitable river nearby so opted for a local park Very pleased with the results very stable on the water and quite fast even though I kept the revs at about 50% until fully run in Hope you all like it

Test Run by Rod Commander   Posted: 3 months ago
Finally I was able to test it on the water Couldn't find a suitable river nearby so opted for a local park Very pleased with the results very stable on the water and quite fast even though I kept the revs at about 50% until fully run in Hope you all like it

Finally it's completed by Rod Commander   Posted: 3 months ago
Thanks Bruce !! I'm very happy with it Cheers

Finally it's completed by Rod Commander   Posted: 3 months ago
Six months ago I drew up the plans for my Jet Sprint boat and at last it is completed and ready for its first test run Very happy with results so far so hope it performs well on the water Have leak and ballast tested it and all good so here's hoping for a successful first run up the river Has been a real challenge at times but well worth it and a lot of satisfaction and fun making it I have named it "Rapid Hoppa " so I hope you all like it Will post a video of its on the water performance as soon as I can

Jet Sprint Boat by Rod Commander   Posted: 5 months ago
Just thinking lol Got any ideas ? Would appreciate some input as a good design can make the finished product really good Cheers

Jet Sprint Boat by Rod Commander   Posted: 5 months ago
Most definitely will have something just not quite sure yet probably have Kermit on it somewhere Will post as soon as the whole job is finished

Jet Sprint Boat by Rod Commander   Posted: 5 months ago
Will definitely do a video but might be a we while yet

Jet Sprint Boat by Rod Commander   Posted: 5 months ago
By the time I fit the roll bars and seat together with 1/4 scale driver it will look a bit different Plenty of grunt as it develops 3.25 hp Cheers

Jet Sprint Boat by Rod Commander   Posted: 5 months ago
Here are the rest of the photos

Jet Sprint Boat by Rod Commander   Posted: 5 months ago
Hi Wayne Can't have that lol Fitted engine and currently wiring up all the controls Has taken a bit longer than I thought because of my other projects like finishing Sovereign of the Seas and preparing RC Beaver for flight oh and trying to get a bit of oil painting finished off Who says retirement is boring lol I just keep running out of time not enough hours in the day We have a national model boat show on over labour weekend in October so I hope to have the jet finished by then but have to do some R and M on the Corvette and Amara tug steam engines before then as well Have posted latest pictures Cheers

Jet Sprint Boat by Rod Commander   Posted: 6 months ago
Hi Dave Yea we have the same rules down under with not being able to use petrol powered boats on local lakes but this one will be used on smallish river rapids so well away fro the locals Be a while yet before I get to test it Much to do to complete the model

Jet Sprint Boat by Rod Commander   Posted: 6 months ago
Jet Sprint Boat

Jet Sprint Boat by Rod Commander   Posted: 6 months ago
Well finally finished the actual boat and now ready for fit out Zenoah 26 cc marine engine arrived this morning and jet unit on its way so busy days ahead Got to make roll bars to scale yet probably use aluminium to save weight The engine develops 3.4 hp at 13000 revs so should give it a bit of punch 1/4 scale crew to order yet and some instruments for dash board Think I will have a wee break from it all for a while and give my mancave/ Messcave a bit of a tidy up lol

Jet Sprint Boat by Rod Commander   Posted: 6 months ago
First coat of paint is applied Very pleased with result Kawasaki green so I can spot it on the water easier Think I will name it Kermit and paint him on it somewhere What do you think ?

Top and hull come together by Rod Commander   Posted: 6 months ago
Thanks Wayne I'm enjoying making this one up from scratch more satisfying I must say but fairly challenging and slower than kitsets that's for real !! Heaps of sanding ahead of me but worth it to get a good paint finish (I hope )

Top and hull come together by Rod Commander   Posted: 6 months ago
Just fibteglassed the top and hull together and tried the rubber bumper strip out for scale Looks like it will do the trick Now onto a heap of sanding sanding and more sanding to get it perfect for painting Still not sure what colour I will use but I guess something that stands out amongst the river rapids

Jet Sprint Boat by Rod Commander   Posted: 6 months ago
Hi Wayne This boat is being made for going up river rapids through boulders etc so it will be getting somewhat knocked around so I would be happy if it only receives a few scratches lol I take you point though but I havn't purchased the running gear yet Can't quite make my mind up on battery power or petrol engine I've got a bit of time yet to make a decision Cheers Rod

Jet Sprint Boat by Rod Commander   Posted: 6 months ago
Hi Dave Unfortunately the silicone system did not work so I reverted to what I normally do and that is casting plaster and it has worked out nicely After I finished the mould I painted the plaster with etching quick drying paint and then coated it with petroleum jelly as a release agent The top popped out of the mould beautifully I have found a rubber bumper strip to use on the joint so should look pretty realistic Cheers

Jet Sprint Boat by Rod Commander   Posted: 6 months ago
Hi Dave It's been a bit of a mission that's for sure with some trials and errors but with determination we made it Will spend a good deal of time on the finish of the hull and top to get a really nice paint job and then onto the fittings Cheers from down under

Jet Sprint Boat by Rod Commander   Posted: 6 months ago
Just taken top half out of the mould So far so good Now to complete sanding and join the hull to the top and then commence painting

Jet Sprint Boat by Rod Commander   Posted: 7 months ago
So am I Wayne It's coming together nicely now Should finish top deck mould in the next week or so Cheers

HMCS Agassiz by Rod Commander   Posted: 7 months ago
Thanks for your kind remarks from down under Cheers

HMCS Agassiz by Rod Commander   Posted: 7 months ago
Thanks for your kind remarks It is my favourite model and I enjoyed building it so much It is a pleasure to sail it on the local lake

Jet Sprint Boat by Rod Commander   Posted: 7 months ago
Hull ready for attaching to top deck

Jet Sprint by Rod Commander   Posted: 7 months ago
Clay mould for deck / top area nearly completed and should be ready for applying silicone rubber shortly

Exterior Hull by Rod Commander   Posted: 7 months ago
Very skilful job Kev Looks superb !!

Jet Sprint Boat by Rod Commander   Posted: 7 months ago
Hi Dave Your right there I intend to slope the sides ever so slightly with clay attached to the sides of the balsa wood as this will enable easier seperation of the mould Thanks for your continued interest in the project Looking forward to putting it all together eventually Cheers

Jet Sprint Boat by Rod Commander   Posted: 7 months ago
Removed first hull from mould Had a few problems with the release but all OK now so onwards and upwards !! Laid profile for top deck now and starting the clay shaping Should be a bit easier than the hull and hope to have this ready for moulding shortly I intend to cover it with silicone first to get a good impression and back it up for strength with fibreglass strengthened casting plaster I will then lay the fibreglass in the mould and gradually build it up for the finished article Well that's the theory at this stage lol Will keep in touch with progress but going well and I am happy with the results so far

Jet Sprint Boat by Rod Commander   Posted: 7 months ago
Thanks for the info We are well on the way to sorting it out now thanks The guy that did the original take from the mould used gell coat which I didn't want as it chips too easy on the river rocks and I don't think he used the correct release agent either However all good now and should have a new one off shortly I have commenced the top half now and will use a silicone mould strengthened with fibreglass and plaster over the back of it to hold in place I have done this before and should have done again on the original mould Slow learner aye !! Lol It is going to look just fine when it is all finished Will post a photo of it when the next hull comes off Cheers

Jet Sprint Boat by Rod Commander   Posted: 7 months ago
Good one !! So am I lol