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    πŸ“ Ready for the Paint job!
    5 hours ago by StuartE ( Master Seaman)
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    Following the completion of the basic hull build, I installed the prop shaft and motor ( Mtroniks Hydra 15A) and all lined up nicely. Next, drilled the hole ready for the rudder assembly to be inserted and it all fits perfectly vertical to my great delight. Its now masked up and ready for the hull paint job which will start with a primer filler layer followed by white primer, then brilliant white gloss with an Ink Blue design and black anti-foul keel.
    I'm just waiting for the shed to warm up a bit and reduce the humidity as the wife wil definitely kick me out if I spray indoors. She just about allows me to do the build in the dining room, but only when she's out!

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    πŸ’¬ Re: Virgin Atlantic Challenger
    5 hours ago by StuartE ( Master Seaman)
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    This is a nice looking yacht. Where did you get the plans from? I would like to have a go at this one for my next build. Have you tried changing the rudder for a more conventional one?

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    6 hours ago by StuartE ( Master Seaman)
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    I've been a member since Jan 2019 but building rc boats for over 6 months now! A real novice, but love doing it now I have the time. As a Novice I have really valued all the help and advice you get on this site.
    I also like the build Blog as its a complete record of progress on building the boat for others to see and learn where maybe the build instructions are not like real life!

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    πŸ“ Hull finishing touches
    4 days ago by StuartE ( Master Seaman)
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    The Huntsman Hull has now had the finishing touches applied...Sanding Sealer, Eze-Kote, glassfibre sheet and hull chine bars added. The inside of the hull has been given a good dollop of Eze-Kote to seal it and waterproof it so next job is to fit the prop tube and motor before the whole hull gets a coat of primer...
    I've only just realised, but the kit from SLEC does not contain any decking, so I need to sort out whether to just go for plain mahogany veneer or try to find teak decking which is laser cut to fit with plank marks....any help or advice here welcome for a novice! (I can't find anything suitable on the internet). 😑

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    πŸ’¬ Basic hull construction completed
    10 days ago by StuartE ( Master Seaman)
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    No. The motor size is not in the instructions, but from a previous forum post I've been recommended a 28xx Brushless 1100Kv with a 11.1V 2200Mah LiPo battery.
    Yes. I have that edition and following the editorial. it is a more detailed version of the instructions as both written by Dave Milbourne. πŸ‘

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    πŸ’¬ Basic hull construction completed
    10 days ago by StuartE ( Master Seaman)
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    Hi Chris. Thanks for your feedback.....I thought so too, but I suppose its too late to change that now and we'll just have to see what it looks like after the glassfibre application. it probably won't affect performance, just the looks!😎
    It's my first attempt at a hull like this, so can only learn from the experience.

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    πŸ“ Basic hull construction completed
    10 days ago by StuartE ( Master Seaman)
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    This week has been about getting the basic hull construction completed and especially the tricky bow. This was done in three stages; the first group of pictures shows the four balsa blocks being roughly sanded to shape. The instructions were good here as they recommended the required curves be shaped using sandpaper wrapped around an aerosol can....This being achieved, the next stage was to fill all the gaps around the balsa blocks with P38 and sand back to smooth out the curves. The 3rd stage was to fully coat the entire hull with Balsa Lite fine surface filler and sand back to wood so that all the fine grain imperfections are filled. I'm very happy with the results, but now concerned that too much has been sanded off the bow to get those curves...What do you think? πŸ˜‰
    Next stage is to apply a couple of thin coats of sanding sealer and then onto covering with 35gsm lightweight glassfibre fabric and Eze-Kote to give the hull more strength and durability.

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    πŸ“ What size brushless motor?
    13 days ago by StuartE ( Master Seaman)
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    I'm building a new Fairey Hunstman 31 from a kit bought through SLEC. It has provision for a single prop shaft and I've bought a 2 bladed plastic x-shape prop, 25mm based on a recommendation from SLEC. What is the best/most efficient/most powerful brushless electric motor/ battery combination I can fit?
    I'm a novice at this and my previous boat kit had all parts supplied.
    Thank you in anticipation....πŸ‘

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    πŸ’¬ Friday's Child Fairey Huntsman 31
    13 days ago by StuartE ( Master Seaman)
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    Hi Boatshed....How is our refurb going? I'm currently building a new Huntsman 31 from a kit bought from SLEC. I've just started so keen to get as much shared info on any "gotchas". I see yours has a single prop....what motor does it have?
    My kit is single prop and want to get the most economical/powerful brushless as I can, but as a novice, don't have much of an idea at present.

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    πŸ’¬ Fairey Hunsman renovation part 6
    13 days ago by StuartE ( Master Seaman)
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    I'm following your Blog with interest as I'm currently building a Huntsman 31 from a kit bought from SLEC. I'm building the hull from ply and getting the curves right on the hull skins is proving challenging. Mine has only a single motor and rudder. Good luck with the renovation workπŸ‘

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    πŸ’¬ First problem.......
    14 days ago by StuartE ( Master Seaman)
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    Yes. The biggest enemy of making this model is patience! Thankyou for you responses...

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    πŸ“ Hull progressing nicely!
    14 days ago by StuartE ( Master Seaman)
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    OK, so the last 2 posts on the blog were from work undertaken three weeks ago. I am now up to the present day and have spent the whole week and weekend in getting the bottom and side skins on the skeleton of the hull and putting on the transom. Because the curves of the hull are quite specific on the Huntsman, only one piece of skin can be fitted at a time, and then trimmed into place before the next piece of skin will fit.
    In the previous post I mentioned all the laser cut pieces are cut oversize.....fitting the skins was a real challenge!
    Following the instructions at this stage went out the window and I fitted the skins in the reverse order, but feel it was the best option. The instructions say built from the bow first and work back to the transom, but impossible to fit the pieces in this order, so I started with the aft and worked forwards.
    It also mentions to overlap the side skins with the bottom skins, but all I could manage was to butt the pieces together with a tight fit and fill with P38 afterwards.
    The pictures show the completed skins, trimmed, sanded and gaps filled with P38 and then sanded again.
    It now takes on a good shape, however the difficult pieces on the bow are still to be completed. These are formed of 4 pieces of solid balsa wood that need to be cut and sanded to multiple curves...… next weeks job!
    Once this is done then its on to filling again and re-sanding and finishing. Hopefully it would look more like a Huntsman Hull rather than a hammer head shark!

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    πŸ“ First problem.......
    14 days ago by StuartE ( Master Seaman)
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    OK..... so after the first week and the excitement of getting the skeleton of the hull and keel in place I hit the first problem.....this is not a kit where everything is cut to the exact size, length, dimensions of the model. You have to do some cutting, sanding and getting out a modelling plane to get the parts supplied fitted.
    This now requires some skill and careful fitting of the stringers. Basically they are 2 pieces of hardwood 1/8" x 1/4" cut to length and glued together and need to be shaped and held in place while the glue sets overnight...….not a simple task.
    Next, to start fitting the hull skins, the stringers need to be shaped to 2 angles. One for the bottom skins and a different angle for the side skins.
    Taking too much of the stringers off by using a plane will mean the skins don't lie at the correct angles for gluing….gently does it!!
    I take my time and check angles after each pass of the plane over the stringers...WOW stressful, but all's well with the first 2 bottom skins!
    In addition the Keel needs to be trimmed to the exact angles of the bottom skins so they overlap or butt up against each other.
    My advice here is to follow the instructions to the letter or you'll probably be using far more P38 in the later stages filling holes and gaps!!
    NOTE: The bottom and side skins are cut oversize, so they don't fit exactly to the stringers.

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    πŸ“ (Working Vessel) Mowe 2
    14 days ago by StuartE ( Master Seaman)
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    I hadn't build a RC model for over 45 years, so as a 60th Birthday present my wife bought me this Aeronaut Mowe 2 kit, complete with all the RC equipment; motor, servo, transmitter and receiver, ESC unit etc.
    It was a great kit to build and took me about 3 months from start to finish.
    The hull was a bit tricky, but a tube of P38 and lots of sanding, re-filling with light balsa filler, re-sanding, finishing and painting and patience won through!
    Not a brilliant finish, but an ideal boat to get my hand back-in to modelling.
    When sailing, the boat needed a bit of ballast in the form of 2 old AA batteries in the bow to keep it stable and level in the water at speed! (ESC: Aeronaut) (8/10)

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    πŸ“ Mowe 2
    14 days ago by StuartE ( Master Seaman)
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    I hadn't built a model of any sort since I was 15 years old and that was a control line aeroplane with a glow worm engine. 45 years later and regressing nicely back to my teenage years, my wife bought me (reluctantly!) a RC Boat Kit - Mowe 2. I had been wanting to build again for many years, but children and family and home situation did not allow.
    So, over the cold Autumn and Winter Months I carefully put my spare nights to good use, rather than watching night after night TV box sets and re-watching the entire James Bond movies, not once but 2 or 3 times....
    Anyhow after 3 months...the finished product. I should have started a blog but didn't know of this site until a few weeks ago.
    Not a brilliant finished job, but a satisfying one, and it sails nicely on Bushy Park boating lake in Kingston-upon-Thames.
    Now o nto bigger and more complicated things...a Fairey Huntsman 31.
    This time I'll do a blog....πŸ‘

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    πŸ“ Fist eager steps...easy!
    14 days ago by StuartE ( Master Seaman)
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    I opened the box, eager to start and quickly assembled the keel and base deck following the excellent and easy to read instructions and picture manuals....easy...I'll finish this in a week or two with a following wind and the wife and daughter being away on half term holidays!

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    πŸ“ Fairey Huntsman 31
    14 days ago by StuartE ( Master Seaman)
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    Just purchased a new "Kit" from SLEC to build a Fairey Huntsman 31. This is only the second boat I'm building, the first being a Mowe 2 from an Aeronauts kit. πŸ˜†
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