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Is she listing to starboard or do I have my head tilted to the right, Hum?
restored Sea Commander on speed 600 - Posted: 9 years ago by dbninja
ok, my first ever attempt at posting a video on here and youtube..
my Aerokits Sea Commander restored but not finished running a direct drive graupner speed 600 8.4v on 40mm std 2 blade plastic prop. battery Is 9.6v 8cell 3300mA nimh. sailing Sunday 15th August 2010 at Taylor park st Helens mbc
HI dbninja. I have recently aquired a sea commander, and If I can get It go using the same setup as you, I shall be well satisfied. There are two questions. (1) whereb exactly Is the waterline, and (1), where does the batteries go. there appears bto be sufficient room In the after compartmnt, or Is this too far aft.
Hi I use a single 8cell Nimh pack, and cut a hole In the main vertical bulkhead (the one at the back of the main roof below the windscreen) so my batterry pack sits under open deck area floor - midships
my sea Commander Is fairly light at 4 3/4 lbs without battery. the battery adds another 1 lb bringing the total to 5 1/2lb.
it balances (fore-aft) at the back of the aft main cabin window.
waterline... I just guessed what "looks right" and Its 70mm from the top of the deck at the bow and 60mm from the top of the deck on the side flank of the hull at the stern.
do make sure you fit the spray rails along the chine of the hull and keep them sharp! they do a tremendous amount of work lifting the hull and clearing the bow wave, and will greatly Improve the boats performance
many thanks to you both. At this time I have no Idea of the weight except to say that from what I can gather from looking at the rudder that this boat seems to from the sixties/seventies, and Is quite a substantial vessel. She Is undergoing a major refit.( spent the day rubbing down the Inside of the hull, and removing paint from the toerail to the carlings. This looks like being a long job.
if Its "that old" and Is a 60's/70's built model that had an I.C. engine fitted.. I would recommend you "glass-cloth" the outside of the hull..
models built during this period tend to have been built with bio-degradeable glue! (cascemite/ boneglue. etc.) show It water for the first time In 40 years and your boat will revert to kit status and basically become unstuck! If the wonky glue doesn't do It then the diesel/glow fuel used In the 60's will have undone all the joints from the Inside-out anyway!
enjoy your restorations and read as much as you can on here
Two Nor-Star Boats at Crealy - Posted: 9 years ago by ianed57
Two restored Nor-Star boats- a Wave Princess and Wave Rider having a run at Crealy Park In Exeter.
The boats are E-Bay rescues bought back to life by Kalamunda. The video was made by Ianed57.
Dusseldorf Fireboat [ 2nd video atttempt] - Posted: 9 years ago by Gregg
Vintage speedsters at Crealy. - Posted: 9 years ago by ianed57
These two boats were refurbished by Kalamunda. The first Is a Lesro Sportsman and the second a NorStar Wave Rider. The Sportsman has a Graupner 700 on 8.6v and the WaveRider a brushless motor. The on board camera was arranged by Kalamunda and other video shot by Ianed57. The water Is at Crealy, Exeter, the home of Exeter and District Model Boat Club.
PS Bournemouth Queen - Posted: 9 years ago by ianed57
Scratch-built paddler by Pete Smith. Model was built fom Richard Webb's MAP plans and electrically powered. Pete added a redundant IOM keel cut down to provide extra stability and the boat now performs very well having suffered the vices of most model paddle steamers. The boat Is 54 1/2 Ins long and 13 1/2 Ins beam, plank on frame construction.
Twin Aerokits Fast Patrol Launches - Posted: 9 years ago by ianed57
Two launches restored and sailed by Kalamunda. The boats are powered by 400 size motors and are shown on their maiden voyage at Goodrington In Torbay.
'Petrel', a Lesro Sportsman - Posted: 9 years ago by ianed57
Lesro Sportsman kit built from new with MFA Torpedo 850 and 12v NiMH battery sailing at Goodrington.