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Old May 29, 2012, 07:36 AM
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Thanks

Thanks guys.

It was a bit frustrating after a long build to have it not go great on the first trip out on the water. But hey if I wanted easy I would have built anything but a sternwheeler

I am looking into maybe a timing belt with teeth something like the ones pictured below from Servo City. Do you guys have any recommendations of a good place to purchase if not from SC?
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Old Jun 04, 2012, 08:44 AM
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I've always bought mine from Stock Drive Products
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Old Jun 04, 2012, 09:08 AM
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Thanks RGinCanada, their prices are better and I can get the size I need.
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Old Jun 04, 2012, 09:37 AM
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Scrap box towboat

I also did a test run yesterday and all went well other than the two simple elastics for the belt drive started to give out within about fifteen minutes of operation. A wider or thicker elastic was added and worked quite well in the tub.
You have done a bang up job on your towboat and your build gave me the idea of trying one as well.
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Old Jun 04, 2012, 10:16 AM
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Thanks Kim. Your's looks great too. I always thought the belt would be so so, but it worked well in testing. Couldn't really tell until a water test under load. I think if I had a pond with less "junk" in the water the test would have went much better, but that's the breaks! The lake I would have liked to use, being Memorial Day weekend was BUSY, so I had to go to plan B pond. Later when I get all the parts together I'll do another test in a better body of water.
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Old Jun 04, 2012, 12:04 PM
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Hopefully the rain will let up on the BC West Coast next weekend so I can also get another test run in. I'm hoping it will be able to push this barge, slow I'm sure and there can't be any wind or I'll never get it turned around.
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Old Jun 10, 2012, 07:56 PM
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Www.hobbymarketplace.com has belts and plastic chain drives as well boat looks awesome on the water.
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Old Jun 10, 2012, 09:34 PM
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They both look great Gentlemen !
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Old Jun 11, 2012, 08:24 AM
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Thanks

Thanks guys.

After a somewhat frustrating run I keep this picture on my desktop at work to keep me motivated
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Old Jun 11, 2012, 08:27 AM
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Excellent old tyme color tone in that pic...
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Old Jun 12, 2012, 11:24 AM
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Rmay, did a second run on Sunday and got about an hour and a half of running time out of a wider elastic band for a belt. Suprised it worked that well but will change it after this run as it does stretch but still grips the pully quite well. Quite windy and a challenge as the upper decks create a nice sail, but fun.
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Old Jun 12, 2012, 11:39 AM
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Fantastic – sometimes the simplest things work the best. Looks great!
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Old Jun 12, 2012, 12:31 PM
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Couldn't you just make (or buy) a simple spring belt tensioner, which would extend the life of the belt and make sure that it didn't slip?
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Old Jun 12, 2012, 03:51 PM
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Foo, it takes me all but a couple of minutes and two small screws to replace the rubberband which is starting to look pretty ratty after and hour and a half running.
When I said scrap box, the pully wheel on the Costco toy motor/gearbox consists of two metal HO train wheels pressed together onto the motor shaft.
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Old Jun 17, 2012, 05:01 PM
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!

Not a lick of work done on the Major the past week or so, but did want to share this
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