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Old Apr 08, 2012, 04:08 PM
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My Darby Build

Been working on my Darby and finally got some things figured out an figured I would post as I go.

Here are some pictures to get up to date.
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Old Apr 08, 2012, 05:30 PM
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Looks like JUST enough room in the tub...
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Old Apr 08, 2012, 05:49 PM
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Just barely... guess I need a bigger tug.
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Old Apr 08, 2012, 05:56 PM
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there is a Mr Darby on ebay ending today, its at 695, why couldnt it be a little closer. a would love to find a great deal on 1 already built.
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Old Apr 08, 2012, 06:01 PM
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I drove 1000 miles one direction to get this one. Toughen up!
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Old Apr 08, 2012, 06:08 PM
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I have a Darby.Expect about 65lbs to the water line.

Nice build.keep us posted.
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Old Apr 08, 2012, 06:10 PM
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there is a Mr Darby on ebay ending today, its at 695, why couldnt it be a little closer. a would love to find a great deal on 1 already built.
Thats an VERY reasonable price for a finished darby with "only ten hours on it".....
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Old Apr 08, 2012, 06:25 PM
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Nice job so far. The interior equipment layout looks great.
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Old Apr 08, 2012, 10:49 PM
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Nice looking build. I've always liked the Darby, cool looking tug. Doubt i'll ever get one, as the wife is already not pleased with the two other giant boats.
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Old Apr 09, 2012, 07:47 AM
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The build is going great!
Nice powerful tug.
But will it be enough
Toot Toot!! Dave.
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Old Apr 09, 2012, 01:06 PM
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Love the big boat models...looks like a pretty severe angle on the motor to shaft u-joints. Any worry's about that? Keep up the good work!
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Old Apr 09, 2012, 05:44 PM
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Looks like the U-joints aren't connected yet. They're missing the brass bushing that goes on the shaft end.
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Old Apr 09, 2012, 08:48 PM
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you know the kid in the pictures going " so... when do I get to RIDE it? .... "
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Old Apr 21, 2012, 08:21 AM
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Actually my kid could ride in this boat and I would still need ballast. Started casting lead ingots but I need so much more. Might be going to the diving store for some divers weights.

The motors are not hooked up. The motor alignment is actually dead on.
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Old Apr 21, 2012, 08:35 AM
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Some updates.

I did a dry fit up on the drive train prior to paining and sealing and it was all perfect. Of course that all changed upon reassembly and now the props scrap the nozzles. After hours of sanding (the korts were fiberglass reinforced which made this even harder) they still would not clear the kort. I decided to try out the motors to see just how strong they were. So, I hooked it all up and put 12v to the motors. It chewed through the rough spots like it didnt exist. It was a tad scary. It did how ever give me a good idea how much more I needed to sand, approx 1/32", to get them to swing free. After i sanded I tried it out again and it was gravy.
I also started wiring the esc's up and drew out a primitive wire diagram to make the main tray easily removable and to split the motor controllers from the main dist pannel. I also added a power switch for the engines with an led indicator, charge ports, and onboard amp gauge. Next I am looking for a power gauge and hooking the rest up. I also started routing the lines for the esc plate cooling and built the controllable fire monitor.
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