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You can still get greases that are applied in liquid form but they now tend to be in spray form. I personally do not use silicon oil or grease, it is fine until you need to repaint your boat, it forms a film that is almost impossible to remove, even cellulose thinners has no effect and any paint applied fish eyes and separates, there are dedicated removers but we tried one on a contaminated bike frame which had been blasted, with poor results we had to treat it several times and had to reblast it, we discovered silicone grease had been used in the bottom bracket. Keep silicone away from any surface you may need to paint.
Hi I am using a mix of Teflon bike grease and a teflon based oil Teflon is non hygroscopic unlike some car type greases and have a low friction level hence low wear. Lithium grease has the same properties and is excellent, all of the suggestions are fine and it comes down to personal choice at the end of the day Teflon grease and oil are available in this country through Wilko's and halfords (own brand. half the price and just as good) Out of interest I make my bushes from PET plastic, acetal is similar, plastic can be lubricated with water as well as grease and is often used in full size propshafts the Queen Mary carrier for example. happy 2019 to everyone.😊
The couplings you appear to have are noisy as they are built to rather generous tolerances but if you can find a piece of rubber of a sufficient diameter you can cut a narrow band and put it on the coupling at the point where the pins are. I used this method on my converted Southampton and it is still going well with a much, much reduced noise level
The Southampton has lots of screws around the deck but some are under the bollards so you need to remove them, there are two aft bollards which need to be gently prised loose but the others are scewed to the bulwarks. I changed the radio in mine as well as the motor/gearboxes and fitted a v.tail mixer from www.mr-rcworld.co.uk with 2 speed contollers as well as converting the battery holder to take a six volt nimh pack. The effect is awesome. Happy sailing😁
Hi nice to see your build, I built a Krick police boat about 18 to 20 month ago and it is my favourite boat to sailI have a 550 motor in it and although it was very fast I experimented with props and I am down to a rough scale speed. The only other mods are I fitted spray rails on the chine and I used a longer propshaft and reversed the position of the motor and batteries, it sits in the water at just the right level with no ballast and planes beautifully. I bought a couple of 5mm. 9v. led's and used one along with a siren kit from the now defunct Maplins. Happy sailing😁
sorry for the delay In replying Dave (work commitments) and thanks for the advice I particularly like the three prop Idea. I have a problem In as much as I love doing things for the sake of It and this opens up an opportunity. Thanks again mate
HI I was given the one I currently have and was going to buy a brushless motor, I am quite new to the hobby and I do have a couple of 540 brushed motors with ESCs. I was thinking of using micro switches to reverse the polarity but these would need a high rating. I take your point about price of a new one I could get a motor and ESC. for £35-£50. I am building a hull based on the Ron Rees amazing hull design but I have made It with the lower chine curving up at the front and and flared In a convex curve If that makes sense. This makes It a bit Vosper MTB/ASRL looking so I would like a slightly lively performance without being too fast. I may submit a build blog on the hull which Is 24"x 7"
HI everyone I have a query yhat someone may be able to answer.I would like to know Is It possible to use an ESC. with forward only to reverse a motor by putting a switch/switches between the ESC. and the motor. The motor Is quite small It Is the one recommended by the vintage model boat co. on their website. Cheers Mick (The blacksmith)
I am building the HMS Tean hull but will be making several decks to allow a couple of freelance superstructure designs. My sister Is a tailor/dressmaker and she gave me some lightweight Interfacing It works fine for covering with thinned cellulose at It Is fairly stretchy, might try the Iron on type to see If It holds In place while coating.