|Aug 31, 2012, 02:21 AM|
I am interested! I guess I need the what, how, and schematics.
This would be a really fun thing to work out!
p.s. sorry for the slowness on posting and moving forward - school started and I am really busy!
|Aug 31, 2012, 08:23 PM|
|Sep 01, 2012, 12:15 AM|
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!
|Sep 08, 2012, 05:13 AM|
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.
Picked up some paint and ordered 3 esc
Still hoping to find a mini 75MHz RX.
|Sep 09, 2012, 01:15 AM|
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.
The clear tube was washed with soap and water, then scrubbed with the steel wool.
After - nice even abrasion to give a hold to the paint.
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.
Then it is time to put the arms together.
The parts are laid out and trimmed.
Brass wire is pushed through the holes pinning them together.
That is such a nice detail!
|Sep 09, 2012, 09:24 PM|
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.
|Sep 12, 2012, 02:39 AM|
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Sep 14, 2012, 01:29 AM|
A little build break - as I try to identify parts.
The original photo of small parts:
and here is where I think they go.
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,
And front piece that holds camera (?)
Here is an old Texaco ad
And a photo to use to detail the model's sail.
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