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Posted by FWAL | Sep 29, 2014 @ 11:12 AM | 4,093 Views
Just a quick update on the new plug. I use a dry wall jointing compound for the filler. It's relatively cheap, sands very easy and the finish is more than adequate once sealed with water based varnish prior to releasing wax. Here, I'm in the process of applying the third and probably the last layer of filler.
I'm undecided on the name for this new IOM but on the short list is;
Cult or Shwmae
(and no it's not a spelling mistake. It's the Welsh word for 'hello'. We do have and can speak a different language to our neighbouring country England)
Posted by FWAL | Sep 26, 2014 @ 03:09 PM | 3,944 Views
It seems like and age since I was last in the workshop doing something constructive. Finally today I managed to make a start on a couple of improvements (not guaranteed of course) to two of my previous homebrew projects. There wasn't a lot wrong with the Bor in fact Graham Elliot was rather impressed with the design when he saw it in the flesh! It was then a great shame when I took the bung out whilst receiving his compliment that a load of water poured out which sort of dampened my proud feeling. A day or two after I found that the joint between the kicker well and mast tube had subsequently split causing the leak. (I digress)
So why cut up a perfectly fine hull? The Bor was just as competitive as any other modern design, winning the majority of Club races and even some District races. However, there were two major flaws. The skipper and the nose dive in the upper wind to rig ranges. Perhaps, again not changing down a rig could again be a skipper problem but I thought I'd just try a little tweak first. So it made sense to move the position of the winch as I have ordered a new Tempest winch from Titan.
The Bor was fitted with a BRC winch (Italian RMG clone) and the fixing bracket can be seen in the photo above. The batteries were located in a plastic tub on the opposite side of the fin case and the small pot just housed the radio receiver (rx).
The deck has been carefully cut away revealing the rear of the fin case, the new winch will be fitted just behind the...Continue Reading
Posted by FWAL | Sep 09, 2014 @ 02:51 PM | 4,560 Views
Frank Russell originally designed the Goth and since its inception various versions have been produced. In fact so many that I don't think anybody is that sure where we are with them at the moment. However, a good friend of mine has recently purchased a second hand Goth EVO mx 3
It was built in 2013 and looks to have had a fairly hard upbringing! I have been asked to give it a bit of a once over so here goes;

The very first job was to remove the Specky 5ch Rx and replace it with a Futaba FHSS Rx as the Futaba 6J TX is a far superior. Next I weighed the hull ex batteries but including corrector weight = 1205g + fin and Bulb = 3705 + rig at approx 300g = 4005g OK now add the 6V 2600 mAh Ni-MH battery and we were 184g too heavy. I have since removed the 236g of original corrector weight and will add back the required amount after an accurate weight for the rigs has been established.
Talking of corrector weight there seems to be some debate about the best fore and aft positioning. I think I'll place it directly under the pot just to keep the bow up slightly to start with. The main sheet post isn't ideal as there appears to be a ligature point between the post and S/S ring fairlead. The rudder servo linkage is also off set so the throws are unequal from side to side. This particular servo is a Hitec HS5086wp. It's has quite an impressive specification for it's size with a torque of 3.6kg at 6V so probably wont be replaced at this moment in time.
The winch is a MX...Continue Reading