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    ๐Ÿ“ Ulises
    11 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง StuartE ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Just finished after 3 years! Maiden voyage is next week on a calm day in Bushey Park, Kingston.

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    ๐Ÿ“ Finished...
    11 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง StuartE ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Sorry I dropped off updating the blog, but after 3 years, its now finished! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜Š

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: It got worse ๐Ÿ˜
    11 days ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง StuartE ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi Trident... I bought this kit 3 years ago and had a build blog.....but never kept it up. I have now finished and will add some pictures and video to the blog i was running.... It was the first model I have done with planking and it was very challenging as you've found.

    ๐Ÿ“ Hull painted
    10 months ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง StuartE ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    A bit behind on updates, but hull painted. 3 coats rubbed down each time then lacquer 3 coats.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: OcCre Ulises
    2 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง StuartE ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi SimpleSailor, have you started your build yet?

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Planking
    2 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง StuartE ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Looking really good!

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: 1930 Chris Craft runabout
    2 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง StuartE ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Nice Planking on the hull. ๐Ÿ‘

    ๐Ÿ“ Bulwark and keel added
    2 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง StuartE ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Bulwarks and keel added to the hull along with the rubbing strake. Next job to add a sealing coat to the hull using EZE-Kote and then rub down with wet'n'dry paper for prepping for undercoat.....
    Only problem to solve next is finding a big enough box and location to do the spraying. Previous boats have been smaller so no problem in a packed shed.๐Ÿค”

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Fairey huntsman - restoration project
    2 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง StuartE ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi Bassman, my plans are for the 24โ€ version, and reading through the trail, yours might be the larger versions. Let me know your size ๐Ÿคฃ and Iโ€™ll send through email if you PM it to me. ๐Ÿ‘

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Fairey huntsman - restoration project
    2 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง StuartE ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    As mentioned before SLEC sell all the huntsman deck fittings.
    Good luck and donโ€™t forget if you need full size plans, I have them.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Fairey huntsman - restoration project
    2 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง StuartE ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    I built a Fairey Huntsman from a SLEC kit about 2 years ago and they have quite a few items for a huntsman if you need parts. I used an electric motor but all else looks the same.
    Good luck and if you need plans or build instructions I can copy and send to you. ๐Ÿ‘

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    ๐Ÿ“ Decking onโ€ฆ.,
    2 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง StuartE ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Decking has now been applied and first coat of yacht varnish added. The next coat will go on in 8 hrs and then a light rub down and wash with white spirit before the final coat. Next itโ€™s adding the bulwarkโ€™s and then hull finishing, sealing and painting. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

    ๐Ÿ“ Fetcham Model Boat Club
    2 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง StuartE ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi, is this club still running? Where do you meet?
    I live in surbiton and sometimes go to Heron Lake in Bushy Park to run the boats I have. Thereโ€™s normally 3 or 4 modellers there in the morning at the weekend. However, Iโ€™ve not been this Summer yet, so no idea of the current water levels! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

    ๐Ÿ“ At lastโ€ฆ. Planking the hull is finished
    2 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง StuartE ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    After months of deliberations on planking and delaying and delaying I finally finished planking the hull and then filling and sanding ๐Ÿ˜Š . Itโ€™s not pretty, but once fibreglasses and painted it will look like the pictures on the box(hopefully).

    It took many weeks of effort to actually get the first few rows of planks, but once I got going and mastered the pinning, I managed to do 2 rows a week! ๐Ÿ‘

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: "ULISES" OCcre Model
    2 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง StuartE ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    That looks fantastic! I โ€˜m currently in the middle of my build and have been stuck on planking the hull on the main tug and the small fiddly lifeboats for ages!

    ๐Ÿ“ Almost complete Superstructure
    3 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง StuartE ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Again...sorry for the delayed update on this build....time seems to go so quickly that I have no time for myself!
    Anyway, much progress has now been made on the superstructure and all is complete bar adding the 2 lifeboats which I'm now starting to build. These sit on top of the support brackets you see in the pictures, either side of the funnel.
    I'm getting better at detailing and painting now, but still room for improvement, and some "touch up" required in places. Everything is small and fiddly and even with small tweezers my big fingers get in the way and cant seem to get things straight and perfect fitting. Once the lifeboats are built them its back to the main hull planking, but not really looking forward to that. Thanks for all the advise thought, I'll try a couple and see if it improves the flexibility of the willow planks.

    ๐Ÿ“ Superstructure progress..
    3 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง StuartE ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    I am really losing my patience with planking as cannot seem to get planks to line up with each layer going around complex curves at bow and stern, and planks dont seem to be too flexible for this and broken a few, so decided to leave alone for now and concentrate on the superstructure.
    This is coming along quite nicely.... the engine cover is almost complete and am pleased with the main control room and the teak planking so far. A long way to go yet, but taking my time!๐Ÿ˜Š

    ๐Ÿ“ LiPo Batteries and Charging problems
    3 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง StuartE ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi Chris,

    The boat is in my harbour as I ran a build blog here on this site for it over a year ago. Fairey Huntsman - Roaslie.
    The ESC I used was an Mtroniks G2 Hydra15, which I dont think has a cut-off system, but I'll check the instruction booklet or look up on the website.

    ๐Ÿ“ LiPo Batteries and Charging problems
    3 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง StuartE ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Hi all......an update!
    I bought the GIANT battery charger as has been suggested and connected both dead LiPo's, one at a time. The first one connected gave a cell charge of 0.88V and 0V and the second 1.03V an 0.34V.
    I first tried a Balance charge on each of the batteries and the Charger responded immediately with a Voltage error. I then tried a fast charge and after 25mins, the battery cells would only charge to 1.3V and 0.8*V. neither battery would charge any higher.
    So am I right to assume they are now both unchargeable and disposable?
    I did buy another 4000mH 7.4V 2S and that charged nicely on balance charge to 4.1V from 3.4V and used it for about 30mins in the Huntsmann. I noticed performance drop and quickly bought the boat back.
    Once at home, I put the battery on the charger and both cells were down to 3.2V, so charged them to storage charge before putting away for next outing.
    Thanks for all your help guys!

    ๐Ÿ“ LiPo Batteries and Charging problems
    3 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง StuartE ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    What is the website address Rowen?

    ๐Ÿ“ LiPo Batteries and Charging problems
    3 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง StuartE ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Thank you all so much for your responses....Dave, you are correct. Being new to using LiPo's and modelling, i used the batteries straight out of the box as you say, they appeared totally charged and worked well in the Huntsmann.

    Both LiPo's have balanced charge leads.

    I do have a multimeter stored away in the shed somewhere, so I'll dig it out over the weekend and see what the Voltage is.

    If I read correctly, if the voltage is below 3.5V then there is no way it will charge and that is why there is a flashing error led on the chargers?

    Unfortunately, I dont have a local club nearby or know anyone else who does Modelling apart from you guys on this site that I could ask. My nearest modelling shop is about 12 miles away near Heathrow Airport so not convenient to just pop in and ask the shop owner!

    I'll invest in buying a LiPo cell checker when I order some more parts from Cornwall Model Boats or similar web site, as I need some items for my new build....AND a new couple of LiPo's to replace the dead ones I have now.

    Will update you on Voltages of the batteries tomorrow.

    An expensive learning curve!

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    ๐Ÿ“ LiPo Batteries and Charging problems
    3 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง StuartE ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Thanks for the reply.

    No, I did not check voltage on LiPo's before sailing but they both worked fine. I don't have the battery check items you mention, just the fact that the performance was degrading and so brought the boat in and took out the battery for charging.
    The new battery bought still works ok, but performance reduced, so not used either again.โ˜น๏ธ

    ๐Ÿ“ LiPo Batteries and Charging problems
    3 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง StuartE ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    I seem to have an issue with charging LiPo 2 batteries...I bought one 7.4V as in the picture, used it for a bit in my Fairey Huntsman until performance of the motor started to drop.
    I took it out to charge with my Reflex charger, but it kept flashing red/green - error. I tried every combination of powering and connecting the battery, but nothing worked.
    I then decided maybe aits a charger problem so bought another - e3 charger.......same thing, wouldn't charge, so guess what....I bought another battery, used it once and then decided to give it a charge.......same issues.
    Now I have 2 Chargers and 2 batteries that wont charge and an idle Fairey Huntsmann.
    WHAT AM I DOING WRONG here??

    ๐Ÿ“ Sorry for no updates
    3 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง StuartE ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Unfortunately I haven't been able to progress much on the build for a few weeks, but I picked it up again last weekend by starting the hull planking and beginning the superstructure. Not much progress but have been told the you should only do small areas of planking at a time and keep it balanced by doing one side of the hull then the other to keep its shape. I'll have more time in the coming weeks.
    The planking clamps are a great alternative to pinning... I starting pinning but every time the small brass pins bent while trying to hammer them into the Ply hull formers. I didnt want to hammer to hard as the hull skeleton is quite fragile. Any advice here please as I'll need to nail planks to the bow and stern.

    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Ready for Hull shaping
    3 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง StuartE ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Thanks for the advice Newby7.๐Ÿ‘

    ๐Ÿ“ Ready for Hull shaping
    3 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง StuartE ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    So this week hull strengthening has been added and bow and stern deck bases, but a bit of sanding required to get the bases to sit flat on the skeleton. The next stage it to shape the Hull before starting to add planking. I'm a bit hesitant to start this with a file or plane and it looks a bit time consuming to do by hand with sandpaper, so I'm charging the small electric Bosch sander I have to help with this bit ....... a little at a time!
    The Skeleton does appear a bit "twisted" but am sure this is either an optical illusion or will sort itself out with the planking.

    ๐Ÿ“ Hull skeleton completed
    3 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง StuartE ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    So, rib strengthening bars fitted and all tied together with decking supports. This part of the build also included fitting the rudder servo housing and it was a good job I had the servo already, and tried to fit it while not connected to the skeleton. Some slight modifications were necessary to the cutout to make the servo fit, which would have been difficult once fitted into the build. Bow and stern decking base to fit next with more strengthening to attach planking for the hull. I'm also making good use of the keel clamp I recently bought from Amati.......what a great device this is. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‘

    ๐Ÿ“ Build now started
    3 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง StuartE ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    The build has now started from the new shed/workshop and the keel and hull ribs have gone together nicely thanks to the easy to follow instructions and the accurately, laser cut pieces. The Keel is in three parts with two sets of strengthening/connecting ply pieces, Bow, stern and midships. No adjustments or any other cuts required.....nice!! Now onto the rib strengthening and deck supports, plus extra stern and bow strengthening to securely attach planking. This should only take a day, so next update later.

    ๐Ÿ“ Impressive Kit!
    3 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง StuartE ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    After opening the Box and eager to start on the build, the first thing to note is that the kit is really nicely packed. It has a great instruction booklet, plans, parts lists and an itemised sheet of parts on the laser cut wood. All the numerous metal parts are neatly stored in solid compartmentalised plastic boxes, which can be re-used for storage boxes after the build. For a novice, makes starting this build easy. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜

    ๐Ÿ“ OcCre Ulises
    3 years ago by ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง StuartE ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    After 2 years of being banned from the dining room table, I decided to indulge again in challenging myself to build another boat. I have recently demolished our small shed in the garden and have replaced with a much bigger one which means I now have a man cave and work space.
    This OcCre Ulises boat kit is going to challenge my skills further as its a 1/30th scale of an Ocean Tug boat that is almost all planking....hull, deck, cabins etc.
    All advice greatly received!!



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