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#1 Norman2 Jun 10, 2007 05:49 AM

Building Tips Thunder Tiger ETNZ
Had to change Jib, Sidestays,Backstay chain plates. They are plastic and
will break as soon as you put tension on them. Sails are OK but could use
a better construction (panneled) Alignment of keel is off so had to use a
dremel before attaching bulb. Otherwise the kit has quality and sails OK in
both light and heavy winds. She does create and attraction at the lake and
will beat any Seawind.

#2 now Jun 10, 2007 07:55 PM

Hi from Australia!

I've just ordered one of these ETNZ yachts. Your pictures look awesome!

Can you please be more specific about your boat mods?

In particular, what have you used for the chainplates? How have you fitted them? Can you post any close up pictures?

Also, does a forestay need to be fitted? Is yes, how would you suggest this?

I'm only relatively new to this, so I appreciate any help you can give me!

#3 Norman2 Jun 11, 2007 06:29 AM

ETNZ Buildidng tips
Will post some close up photos today. I used Cap Maquette fittins for the
chain plates and stay tensioners for side stays and back stay. For rigging
used 90 lb spectra nylon covered line. I did not use a forestay as I think
it is not needed. Passed a 90 lb spectra nylon covered wire through the
front pocket of the jib and she sails fine like that. That takes the place of
a forestay. Again will post photos today. Regards

#4 gospectredotcom Jun 12, 2007 06:11 AM

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just doing some kevlar sails, graphics to come, the boat is sweet now!!

#5 Norman2 Jun 12, 2007 09:04 AM

New Sails
Beautifull set of sails. That is what she really needs. Are you going to have
them available to the public. I hope so.

#6 Norman2 Jun 12, 2007 03:09 PM

ETNZ Side stays
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Close up photo of new fittings

#7 gospectredotcom Jun 12, 2007 06:42 PM

hi norman, yes sails will be available late next week, barring no playing with footys!!!

etnz logos on sail will be optional, sign writer is working on them now, will send pics asap, but waiting for cloth, have voyager sails to do first!


#8 gospectredotcom Jun 12, 2007 06:45 PM

oh, norman, you may need to run the D1 stays to stop the mast falling off sideways as much!!

#9 CharlesMcc Jun 12, 2007 07:00 PM

Ultimate Hobbies shipped mine last Friday. I can't find a manual online so I'd like to know what sail/rudder servos fit the trays so I can get them ordered ASAP.


#10 gospectredotcom Jun 12, 2007 07:43 PM

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the sail servo needs to be size of thunder tige runit, as a plastic cover goes ove the drum. i am not sold on this shheting method, but will work with it for now.
rudder servo is a standard servo.\

both screw into a very nicely laser cut box.

buy the thunder tiger battery pack as standard cells wont tfit the carrier, and boat wont go for that long, it is after all a one metre, bug sails!


#11 Norman2 Jun 13, 2007 06:07 AM

Andrew. Will be waiting for availability of sails. I also was not happy with a sail winch
so I used a swing arm type control and it works fine. regards

#12 gospectredotcom Jun 14, 2007 04:06 AM

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as promised heres the pics!!!

#13 Norman2 Jun 14, 2007 06:33 AM

Awsome set of sails. When and how much

#14 InvalidUsername Jun 14, 2007 10:48 PM

They look fantastic! Job well done, how much better does it sail now?

#15 MULLETED Jun 15, 2007 11:39 AM

Hello from sunny Australia,
That yacht looks amazing! Great work, altho the thought occurs to me, that its looking a bit too nice to actually risk sailing...(.oops.)
Unfortunately, it also begs the obvious....it would look very nice in my office (all my most [only???] skillful sailing takes place there!), and its still got to be cheaper than artwork? [my delusions are still my own...bl**dy bank hasn't got those yet!]
Which poses this;
How many, is enough? (dont reply...rhetorical).....hmmm....
Appologies for somewhat moving off-topic...So back to task;
Very well done and I look forward to any possible sailing video's you may be kind enough to post.

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