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Old Mar 09, 2008, 12:36 PM
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PVC Pipe For Motor Mount

Hi All,

I don't propose I "invented" this idea but I haven't seen it along the way. I was looking for an easy way to create a motor mount for my new build project, the CalderCraft Schaarhorn. I stumbled on the idea of cutting a 1 1/2 inch (inside diameter) PVC pipe joint and using each half as a motor mount cradle. As photos show, the motor is secured with an auto-type radiator hose type clamp and the whole assembly is aligned and set in place with epoxy. The system is simple, works well, is very stable and comes apart easily.

If I "borrowed" this idea from someone, hey, I offer my apology.

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Old Mar 09, 2008, 01:13 PM
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Solutions are where you find them! Handy stuff, PVC pipe and fittings... there's more of it in my models than you might guess!

Epoxy: I never trust the stuff on plastic. Once you think it's set, give the mounts a good tug. If they don't pop loose, fine. If they do- put a bit of CA in the joint and stick it back together!

Or- before epoxying, grind some divots into the back of the PVC in a way that locks the parts into the glue.
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Old Mar 09, 2008, 02:31 PM
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Arizona: I think that is a brilliant idea! Kudos to you!

I also noticed your PVC pipe tool holders. Another brilliant idea!
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Old Mar 09, 2008, 07:54 PM
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Nifty idea and nice kit. I have always thought the Schaarnhorn was a nice looking ship. I've thought of using PVC pipe to store lengths of scale lumber,plastic tubing, strips etc. Please, please post pictures as you progress on the Schaarnhorn.
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Old Mar 09, 2008, 11:29 PM
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Schaarhorn Build Photos

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Nifty idea and nice kit. I have always thought the Schaarnhorn was a nice looking ship. I've thought of using PVC pipe to store lengths of scale lumber,plastic tubing, strips etc. Please, please post pictures as you progress on the Schaarnhorn.
I think I'll try doing a "build thread" on this model. I haven't done it before. This might be a good opportunity.

And, Pat Matthews, thanks for the tips on uising epoxy. I didn't know about it being "chancy" with plastic. I DID check the adhesion. It seems good, maybe because the pipe joint I used was threaded, which helped adhesion.

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Old Mar 10, 2008, 08:40 AM
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I was just going to say that you could also use a straight coupling if you didn't want the threads but maybe the threads are good to have in the epoxy.
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