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Old Aug 31, 2012, 02:21 AM
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Adam,
I am interested! I guess I need the what, how, and schematics.
This would be a really fun thing to work out!
Thank You!
Peace,
tom

p.s. sorry for the slowness on posting and moving forward - school started and I am really busy!
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Old Aug 31, 2012, 06:10 PM
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New name for RPMTech...
Why did they change names?
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Old Aug 31, 2012, 08:23 PM
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Why did they change names?
probably because he moved to a new state, perhaps that name is taken where he moved to.
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Old Sep 01, 2012, 12:15 AM
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I'll take a guess, but it is just that, a guess. It reflects more of his focus...scale castings and not so much the technical part although he is very good at that. Rick....chime in anytime!
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Old Sep 08, 2012, 05:13 AM
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Kudos to Adam for the code! You are a genius! Hope to chat again.

Quick update been putting long hours in at work, hopefully this weekend will include build time. I did scrub all the parts, Rick recommends brake cleaner, don't have any so I will go with good old fashion soap, water, and toothbrush.
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Picked up some paint and ordered 3 esc
Still hoping to find a mini 75MHz RX.
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Old Sep 09, 2012, 01:15 AM
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So scrubbed the parts and used 0000 steel wool to make sure oils and schmutz is off the parts.
Small parts need to be identified. I think I have two down.
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The clear tube was washed with soap and water, then scrubbed with the steel wool.
before
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After - nice even abrasion to give a hold to the paint.
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I wrapped the tube with 240 grit sandpaper. Then ran the ballast/keel and deck over it to shape the part to the tube. The ballast/keel will be attached to the tube, the deck will be connected to the aft piece.
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Then it is time to put the arms together.
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The parts are laid out and trimmed.
Brass wire is pushed through the holes pinning them together.
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That is such a nice detail!
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Old Sep 09, 2012, 04:50 PM
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Tom, have you read "The Sun Beneath the Sea" by Piccard? It is his story about the Gulf Stream trip. Pretty interesting.
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Old Sep 09, 2012, 09:24 PM
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No, I haven't yet. The Aluminaut represents childhood memories from the 60s. I was so into sea bases and sea labs, Jacques Cousteau and anything that dealt with water, subs, and scuba diving.
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Old Sep 10, 2012, 02:47 AM
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A "World Without Sun." What a movie!
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Old Sep 10, 2012, 08:35 AM
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Exactly!
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Old Sep 10, 2012, 06:00 PM
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Same here. Piccard's book really tapped into that for me.
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Old Sep 11, 2012, 12:17 AM
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World Without Sun by Jacques Cousteau (1 hr 32 min 22 sec)


sigh - got my underwater fix....
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Old Sep 11, 2012, 06:54 PM
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Loved the soucoupe! "Octopoos, octopoos -- you're cheeldren are di-ying..."
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Old Sep 12, 2012, 02:39 AM
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I do not know where my head was, but in the excitement I painted the little arms before I could pickle them. That may not have been such a big deal until you start nicking it up or apply heat (more on that later).
I cut two strips of brass about 4mm x 15mm and approximately .5mm thickness. About 2mm in from each end, along the center line, I drilled a small hole to match the brass rod supplied in the kit, sandwiched the arms in and soldered the wires to the holes.
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Unfortunately while trying to pin the brass wire, I split a side of two holes, bent several pins, and generally mucked things up. Next time I would do things different. I would put a blob of solder at the end of the wire. Pull it through the parts and drop a bit of solder on the other end. Then I could lightly tap the solder down to tighten the hinge, You can see the shiny dot on the hinge, it worked well here. Live and learn.
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And that is where the heat comes in, I made some of the paint bubble and come off while putting the blob on.
I ran the wires for the aft motors. Drilled a hole for the wires to run into the WTC. I will seal this with Marine epoxy later.
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Ran the wires through the hole and (not shown) widened the channel where the wires from the motor run. I widened to give the wires room to lay flat.
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Old Sep 14, 2012, 01:29 AM
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A little build break - as I try to identify parts.
The original photo of small parts:
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and here is where I think they go.
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I am not sure where #4 goes. I have looked at Rick's build photos, but do not see it. To use #4 as deck to saddle tank brackets is courting trouble.
A shot of part #1 in real life,
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And front piece that holds camera (?)
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Here is an old Texaco ad
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And a photo to use to detail the model's sail.
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