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Old May 11, 2009, 12:57 PM
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RC RoRo/Pax ferry "Athara" in 1/87 scale

Hi to all!

I'm re-building the RC model of the RoRo/Pax ferry "M/S Athara" of the Italian State Navigation Company "Tirrenia".

http://www.faktaomfartyg.se/athara_2003.htm

Re-building because the first attempt was going wrong because I've made the (very) big error to cut the frames separated left side to right side, and not in one only peice, then the assembling was very difficoult and the result was't good. It's my first model. (see the following images)

Now I'm re-drawing keel, frames, and other particoulars with CAD program on PC, then I'll cut all with laser (my friend has got that machine at work). It's a very long work, but of extremely precision!

Ok, now I (try to) describe to you what I mean to do on that model. I would like to make the most part really working. That means that "her" will has got (over the classical function like motors and rudders) a really working stabilizers, bow thrusters, ancors, lights, mooring wires and the two stern ramps. I would like to build the most part of the main car deck in order to have really working roll-on and roll-off veichles of the famous Faller Car System.
The two prop motors and anchors will be controlled separately left and right.

Dimensions:
2,5 meters long, 30cm wide, and approximately 8,5cm of immersion


Regards.

Roberto.
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Old May 11, 2009, 01:49 PM
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I do have one question - Will you be able to service/replace that bow thruster when the ship is completed ?

It looks great.

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Old May 11, 2009, 02:23 PM
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Yes, the "model" shown in the photos is only the old protptype...

the new one will be completely different... I will can reach for maintenance or replacement of all mechanical/electric device installed on board! and some of they (Bow thruster for example) will be modified in their shape to allow what i've wrote before..

O.T. mrbassman: do you play bass giutar? usually bass player puts the word "bass" in their nicknames /O.T.
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Old May 11, 2009, 02:33 PM
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Hey Roberto;
That's a very nice looking build you have going there. You will find that the one piece frames will work a lot better. Is there anyway you can build the basic hull upside-down? That's the best way to get all the frames in place and square with the keel. Keep the pictures coming as this is an interesting build. Pete
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Old May 11, 2009, 03:07 PM
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Nice thing about working in that scale is its model train scale, so if you wanted to put figures and stuff onboard, theres a huge variety of them on the market. This looks to be a really exciting project. Good lucK!
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Old May 11, 2009, 03:08 PM
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Is there anyway you can build the basic hull upside-down?
I'll build the hull separated from the superstructure... If I understood correctly your message...

for example like this... the modeller has built the hull separated from the superstructures...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcpgiQ50mWM

RC Cruise Ship Part 2 (2 min 43 sec)
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Old May 11, 2009, 03:14 PM
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Hi there.
Nice to she the photos on here. This is one build I am looking froward to as you are using new technology like CAD and laser cutter some thing I am thinking of on my next build. She is a fair size at 2.5m long. One question when she is built how do you in tend to move her. I struggle with my ferry at 1.6m long

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Old May 11, 2009, 03:22 PM
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One question when she is built how do you in tend to move her.
don't worry he will has got a woodbox to fix on the "roof" of my car... I've got a staionwagon... I've seen Titanic in 1:100 transportated on the roof of a car...
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Old May 11, 2009, 03:32 PM
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I must admit on my next build Finnjet at 1:100 2.14m long transport was going to be an issue. I had been thinking of a good strong wooden box for the roof of the car.

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Old May 11, 2009, 03:47 PM
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or a trailer to link to the car... but the wooden box for the roof of the car I think that it is the best solution...
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Old May 11, 2009, 04:54 PM
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How did you cut out the windows in the balsa?


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Old May 11, 2009, 05:46 PM
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how did you get the line"s?

Nice job by the way..
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Old May 12, 2009, 02:00 AM
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How did you cut out the windows in the balsa?
Scott
with that...

http://www.made-in-china.com/image/2...e-FD-0107-.jpg


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how did you get the line"s?
Nice job by the way..
I've bought the plans here... but now they have got some virus on their site... my antivirus (Avast) doesn't allow me to open that...

http://www.anb-online.org

they have lots of Italian ship plans... ferries/car carriers (all fleet of Tirrenia and most of the fleet of Grimaldi), cruises (Costa Crociere, Carnival...), freight, tankers, bulkers, military... that's a very big collection of ship plans!

Robert.
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Old May 12, 2009, 07:44 PM
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Robert, I guess if you ask a smart question, you get a smart answer Nice work. My curiousity was because for a long time I have thought about doing a modern crusie ship, many which look like floating apartments and was wondering if there was some other method you used ifor your sides, besides good old fashion time and skill

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Old May 12, 2009, 09:51 PM
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Cool! another RoRo 1/87 is a perfect size, you can buy tons of HO scale stuff to detail it with.
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