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Old Feb 14, 2004, 06:38 PM
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Progress is Being Made

Most of the framing is done now, and the power system mounts are all in place. The stuffing boxes are installed in the hull and it's time to start sealing things up
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Old Feb 14, 2004, 06:43 PM
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A bit of head scratcing!!

Unfortunately, this boat doesn't lend itself well to equipment access, so I solved the problem on one hand by adding a hatch on top of the forward cabin, while creating another problem on the other.
As it turns out, the original hatch was too long and ended up with the aft end under the windshield frame. So, the opening needed to be moved up a bit and the hatch cover shortened to match. By doing that, access to the motors and ESC was too tight to be practical, so a large section of the hull frame was removed. Photos of the finished wquipment bay will be coming shortly.
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Old Feb 15, 2004, 02:11 PM
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The new Equipment Hatch

I got the hatch reshaped and removed an adequate amount of the hull frame to access all the running gears easily.
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Old Feb 15, 2004, 02:16 PM
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Now that that's done, it looks like framing is complete. Now, it's time to concentrate on the sealing and finishing. I think I'll stay with my usual method sealing on this type model of 6 coats of Nitrate dope and prime with automotive acrylic primer. Color coates will be acrylic lacquer and Chroma base colors with a final coat of floor varnish over the whole thing.
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Old Feb 17, 2004, 02:39 PM
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Painting has begun

The base color went on the boat today. Will be masking and painting the hull bottom tommorrow, then we're down to the details!
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Old Feb 18, 2004, 12:38 PM
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Pat,

I am pleased to see that you are running direct drive rather than a large amp drawing motor with a gear box.
Have you started the skiff yet?
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Old Feb 18, 2004, 12:58 PM
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Tach, I haven't started the skiff yet, but it sure would seem like the wrong way to run without it.
I got the power system hooked up this AM, I wired the twin S-280's in series using the Graupner C-rotating props. On 6 2400 cells I think it will still be grossly overpowered, but at cruise power should run for about a month!!!
I finished the paint work this morning and have been working on the details since. Keep a sharp eye out, more photos are coming.
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Old Feb 19, 2004, 08:43 AM
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More Deck Details

Progress continues with the addition of the aft deck details. The control console is pretty well together with only a few finishing touches still needed.
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Old Feb 19, 2004, 08:46 AM
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Railings!

The railings and canopy frame are the biggest part of detailing the aft deck. With all that in place it's down to the benches and chairs.
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Old Feb 19, 2004, 05:26 PM
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The "Vrolijkheid" is ready to run

After a full day of finishing and detailing, the model is reary to run.
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Old Feb 19, 2004, 05:28 PM
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Another angle

Here she is from the front
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Old Feb 19, 2004, 05:30 PM
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Magnificent! Somehow, I stumbled over here from the airplane area, and I have to say that Pat's boats are every bit as nice as his planes. What a beauty.

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Old Feb 19, 2004, 05:32 PM
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Some of the finer points

A reasonable amount of cabin detail was added --- up to the point where practicality overtakes the desire to keep going. I opted to leave the canopy off for now so not to hide of the deck detail.
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Old Feb 19, 2004, 05:36 PM
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More details

The rear bench is removeable allowing access to the rudder servo and linkage.
Before the first run I'll drop the model in the bathtub for a final ballast and ballance. I'm guessing a bit of weight will be required at the transom, so will hide that under the bench too.
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Old Feb 19, 2004, 05:42 PM
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Niel, Thanks for the kind words. I accidentally started building boats in high school but didn't get seriouse until just a few years ago. It's a great sideline to airplanes when it's too breezy to fly the lightweights! I also find boat building a bunch more challenging then airplanes, so when the mood strikes for a more "seriouse" project, boats are where I always end up.
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