It's a great old-timer ( It was my boy dream back in time, BTW s... I'm getting old 😱) Stay with 540's and go for LiPo's, for the difference in weight vs capacity you will get a very long time on the water. But you need to get a proper high quality balancing charger to take care of your LiPo's. I have changed to LiPo's in almost all my models.
A became a very short test 🤔 The wind came from the worst possible corner today and were too strong so the model leaded over due tot he wind so not worth risking it too much, there will be another day 😎
Well not finished yet but ready for the first water test, first test in the bathtub is promising but the pool is closed due to some breakdown, but hey they promise 15°c tomorrow so we will enjoy some bread and coffee at the lake and get it tested 😎 BTW changed the 2.2Ah LiPo to a 5.2Ah to get a better balance, weight is now 762g.
Some more progress during the last days. I was not totally good with surface of the stocking so I gave it at thin layer of P100 and cleared the surface with 120grid paper. I soaked the spray-rails for a few hours and pined them to the hull and left the to the next day, then glued them with 2K epoxy. The total weight is now 562g, GG estimate that the perfect weight would be 800g. Hope to have it watertight before April 7th, as we have the monthly day at the indoor pool at that date.
Damn to read 😡 My nephew of 5 year at the time, was diagnosed with the big C in his brain back in 2015, and it brought the family in close, we all joined some family time in Houston and would not trade those 10 days for any thing 😎 I'm also the proud and humble owner of a Armindale Patrol ship build by a nice chap in Helsigør Denmark. This was handed over to me when he had to attend to his last sea trip due to the big C 😭 and I'll treasure this model to the end of ... Keep the thoughts bright and clear, and remember to appreciate the good times with all those you enjoyed the good times with 😎 and don't forget to tell them that 👍 Many people do win the fight 👍
Well done goofing around with the stockings 😁 (wife is ready to have me submitted to the loony bin 😎 and back to building, this is my first time with nylon stocking and epoxy. Think it looks great. Now one just have to wait for the epoxy to cure.
And then to the build 😊 I'll being using UHU Holzleim Wasserfest for this build. Bottom plate in 1,5mm ply and the 3mm stern is cut. The longitude support strips is being glued. And the engined "room" is done.
Started on a new "in between" model boat Vivace drawn by Glynn Guest. I'll use a Chinese jet drive as designed by GG but with a minor modification 😁 Which is a BL Turnigy 3800KV 2627 running on 2S LiPo. (as I also did on my NQD Tear Into Pro Mod.)
I acquired a partly started Deans PBR "Cannedheat" it's a pre 2011 kit as it had the old instruction. First step was to contact Deans for a updated build instruction which was mailed to me within a day 👍 The kit was started, meaning many pieces was cut out including the hull, this was not done that good, so I have had to fix some issues on the way to make everything fit. I have chosen to fit a BL motor, same setup as my Classic, instead of the 385 type recommended in the kit. BTW this is the last time I buy a started kit without being able to go though it in real life, it takes too much time and effort to recreate all the mishaps.
Regarding propshop and other possibilities you could look up protean design on Facebook. He has some nice items. And I would stay on 4mm shaft as you will get the largest range of props to choose from.
HI there With that setup you are trying to make a boat fly :-) Several members of my local modelboat club is running the same setup as I do with my Classic. And that is a Graupner Compact 260Z 1380KV for the Classic 2S is more than enough and 3S will still make the Queen fly over the water. So a 1100KV on 3S with a 3 blade semi racing prop will do a great job. You could also cut down on amount of "S" on your existing setup and program the ESC to slow start.
Hello Allen I believe that I do have the full instructions and plan with my half build kit of Elke, I can dig it out and check it out, and if they are there, I can take some pics of it if you need it ? BR Carsten
[Score: 9/10] 22"/1000g Classic Single Propellor (3 Blade 30mm) Direct Drive to a Graupner Compact 260Z 1380KV (3 Blade) Powered by LiPoly (7.4v) 2Amp/h Batteries Controlled Through Graupner 18A (10Amps) ESC - Comments: This is a aero-naut Classic and I would say that it's a second revision, as there has been changed several items, compared with the one my wife build 3 years ago. 1: The wind shield is now fixed in slots in the deck and not just glued to the edge of the cockpit opening. 2: There are now padding and leather for the seat included. 3: There are a few etched details for the instrumentation, steering wheel and step plates for the deck. 4: There are notches at the break off parts that will help in fixing the sides when gluing them in place. I used the same set-up as my wife's which is: Graupner BL Compact 260Z 1380KV with a Graupne ESC 18A FWD and REV. The shaft is replaced with a Robbe 4mm (no 1442) as the one provided is a flimsy part that will not withstand the motor set-up. Prop is a 33mm Graupner racing item. It will be running on LiPo 2S but if one need a rocket it can run on 3S. Great fun to build and performs great on the water
My wife did build one back in 2013 and I can see that they did update the kit with good things. 1: The wind shield is now fixed in slots in the deck and not just glued to the edge of the cockpit opening. 2: There are now padding and leather for the seat included. 3: There are a few etched details for the instrumentation, steering wheel and step plates for the deck. 4: There are notches at the break off parts that will help in fixing the sides when gluing them in place. Choice of motor: I'll use the same set-up as my wife's which is: Graupner BL Compact 260Z 1380KV with a Graupne ESC 18A FWD and REV. The shaft is replaced with a Robbe 4mm (no 1442) and a 33mm 3 blade prop from Graupner (GRA-2299.90) as the one provided is a flimsy part that will not withstand the motor set-up. It will be running on LiPo 2S but if one need a rocket it can run on 3S. 😱 Been using LiPo's the last 5 years without any fires or explosions. They should just be treated with care, balanced when charging and not overloaded. 😎 BTW the last picture show then new vs. the old kit of the Classic
[Score: 9/10] 17"/600g Tear into Single Propellor (2 Blade S Type 20mm) Direct Drive to a Turnigy 3800KV 2627 (2 Blade S Type) Powered by LiPoly (7.4v) 2Amp/h Batteries Controlled Through 40a ESC Sky Walker ESC - Comments: A modified toy boat from EBAY, the original electronics has been removed and a BL set-up and 2S LiPo battery has been installed. Quick, "cheap" and fun just like a "Kinder egg" 3 things in one packaged ;-). The set-up do allow it to run on 3S but it's more scream than more power. Short video https://youtu.be/rIzBSnTaxtA
[Score: 8/10] 28"/1000g Phantom Single Propellor (3 Blade 35mm) Direct Drive to a Turnigy D2836 1100kv (3 Blade) Powered by LiPoly (7.4v) 2Amp/h Batteries Controlled Through HK 30 A Boat ESC ESC - Comments: Bought it as partly build, and had to take it more or less apart to make it straight. Used a PU glue for the first set of planking, what a mess but it's strong. First trails on water showed that the balance was wrong so have to re-arrange the electronics. Unfortunately the trails also revealed that I had missed something with the sealing (my wife used the same materials for her Classic without any problems) so first of all I'll have to strip parts of the mahogany plating down and redo it :-( before I'll do any thing more on this model.
[Score: 7/10] 15"/500g Skimmer Single Propellor Direct Drive to a Speed 400 / 6Volt Powered by LiPoly (7.4v) 1Amp/h Batteries Controlled Through Robbe air control 819 Lipo ESC - Comments: Skimmer built from Model Boat plans back in 2010 (Glynn Guest). I use a 5.5"x4.5" prop. It is hard to control as it tends to skew to the side due to the twist of the drive unit, I think I didn't gave it enough angel of the motor mount. If I was to do another one, I would add small rails on the bottom to give it just a bit more direction stability.
[Score: 8/10] 28"/1100g Lightning 46 Single Propellor (2 Blade X Type 35mm) Direct Drive to a Power 600/19 (2 Blade X Type) Powered by LiPoly (7.4v) 2Amp/h Batteries Controlled Through Robbe Rokraft 120µ ESC - Comments: Old school Robbe kit that I found 2 years ago.Build as intended except for the use of LiPo. I have only tested it with 2S mA >Cell but as the weight is less than half of the intended cell NiCD it performs great. The plan is to get my GPS logger on it. And also to test with 3S mA LiPo.
[Score: 8/10] 28"/1900g Palm Beach Single Propellor Direct Drive to a Roxxy 3656-06 1800KV Powered by LiPoly (11.1v) 4Amp/h Batteries Controlled Through Aquastar 120A. ESC - Comments: Billing Boat Palm Beach, it comes with a 28mm Kehrer Jet, and suggested motor is a Johnson 700. I bought a adapter and used a BL motor for more power. It's good fun and the only down side is the way to control the jet drive. There are no solution in the box and I have had some challenges to come up with a stable set-up. But hey still lots of fun . Youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qBwleXQQ3E