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Posted by CrackerBox2020 | Nov 09, 2020 @ 07:42 PM | 4,600 Views
So I took my state exam, find out if I passed in December.
Been working on her when I can, making progress!

Got the interior primed and painted.
Got the flotation fitted and glued in.
And the deck epoxied on.
Didn't stick well to one of the stringers so I'll have to reach up in there and add a bead I guess.

Next, trim deck to hull, fill any small gaps, seal, prime and paint.
Can't wait to get the engine and electronics installed.
Posted by CrackerBox2020 | Oct 07, 2020 @ 03:51 PM | 1,420 Views
I guess I did have a few pics.
Posted by CrackerBox2020 | Oct 07, 2020 @ 09:59 AM | 1,207 Views
Got the radio box set up, servos installed, and all looks good.
Should have taken a pic, all mocked up and torn back down.
Ready to start painting the interior, need to set the top deck and prep for paint too.

Looks awesome, can't wait to see it run!

Still studying, so build time is limited.
Posted by CrackerBox2020 | Sep 23, 2020 @ 02:32 PM | 2,707 Views
Cool parts from Formufit.

I have extras if anyone is interested, I had to buy 16 needed 8.
So I have enough to build another one, but you have to get your own tubes.

Hit me up if you want, $20.
Posted by CrackerBox2020 | Sep 23, 2020 @ 12:26 PM | 2,734 Views
Got the shaft and tube in, nice and solid, spins pretty freely.
Sealed the hull inside and out a, need to sand and prep for primer.
Working on the servos and radio box set up.
Got the rudder aligned and ready to mount the servos.

Check out the box the servos came in!
Smashed almost flat.
Rough ride from China I guess.
Posted by CrackerBox2020 | Sep 21, 2020 @ 11:16 PM | 3,240 Views
So my servos just showed up.
I'll post a pic of the package soon.

I was needing a 100oz, ordered a 298oz.
Is this going to crank too hard and wrench the rudder off the transom if it goes full lock and hits the mounting bracket?
Or just bend the beans out of everything?


Probably a dumb question, but this is my first build.
Posted by CrackerBox2020 | Sep 17, 2020 @ 11:16 AM | 1,795 Views
It's been so smoky in the shop I haven't done too much for a while.
Best wishes to our friends in the south, looks like we're getting it on both ends of the country.
Fires here, floods there, plague everywhere, I guess it's locusts next? Or was it raining frogs?

My Engine showed up, got the mounts on the block, got her set in the rails, working on getting the shaft tube angle right.
I had the drill bit in for alignment, the pic is just me playing with things before I heat and bend the actual tube.
Also got the rudder, stinger, trim tabs, and turn fins on. Took them back off so I can (eventually) start on the interior paint.

Feeling good about it.

Might have to back burner it for a while, I have a state licensing exam in a month, need to get real smart in a hurry.
Posted by CrackerBox2020 | Sep 12, 2020 @ 06:02 PM | 1,500 Views
Got the other half on, didn't look too good but buttered it up with some filler and it looks better now.
Bottom edges real crisp and sharp!

Cut her free!
Added a few of the stringers and the carry dowls, glassed in the hull strengtheners.

More parts came today! I think I'll lay 'em all out and take inventory.

500,000 people in Oregon have been evacuated due to fires!
Super smoky and gross out.
Posted by CrackerBox2020 | Sep 09, 2020 @ 01:47 PM | 1,780 Views
Got half of it on, looks good.
Mixed the epoxy in too small of a container I guess?
Got super hot and went hard in just a few minutes, struggled getting it placed before it set up.
Hope to get the other half set tonight.

Fires everywhere in Oregon, real scary for 10s of thousands right now.
Posted by CrackerBox2020 | Sep 06, 2020 @ 03:23 PM | 3,888 Views
That was brutal! I think the kit was a little off, I had over a 1/4" at the nose and about the same all the way down the edges.
I held about 1/16 - 1/8 for the top deck. Had to use my trim router to get most of it off
Then sanded the edges to bevel them for the hull plates. About an hour per side
Figured out a neat rick to get the bevels right, put a piece of sand paper on a piece of thick scrap so one end glides on the keel and motor mounts the other end follows and sands the angle.

Transom on too.
Posted by CrackerBox2020 | Sep 04, 2020 @ 10:31 AM | 4,184 Views
This went pretty smoothly.
If I can breakaway from the j.o.b. early enough I'll try and get the sides on tonight.
Ordered the last of the parts, budget? Totally blown.
Guess I'll have to spoil the wife a little to make up for it.
Posted by CrackerBox2020 | Sep 03, 2020 @ 12:39 PM | 5,181 Views
Sanded everything while still in the sheets.
Pile of parts ready to go.

Getting it squared and glued to the template.

Medium CA set super fast on sanded wood! Almost screwed up the keel it set so fast.
I used Titebond III for the engine rails to laminate them together, and 30 min epoxy to glue them to the hull pieces.

So far so good.
Posted by CrackerBox2020 | Sep 01, 2020 @ 10:43 AM | 4,596 Views
Oops, added this as a comment by mistake, instead of an entry. So here it is again.

Stinger drive, Trim tabs, Turn fins, Motor mount, Fuel bag, Sealer, Epoxy, CA Glue. Plus some odds and ends.
Some I got from Zippkits. The glue and paint, etc. from local hobby shop, which is BOOMING!
I ordered an engine from Bonzisports, spent way more than I wanted but I couldn't find a standard motor for a decent price and theirs had some cool mods.
I had to order a bunch of stuff from Aliexpress with ship times from 2 weeks to 60 days (or more).
But the long lead time is on items I won't need until the end of the build so hopefully the timing works out right.

If any first timers are following along, I found a lot of helpful info on the Zippkits and OceanElectric sites for planning and set up.
No, I'm not getting kickback from any of these places just passing along some tips from hours and hours of searching for info.

As for the instructions for the kit, I find them to be pretty well laid out, a little thin on a few steps but after reading the whole manual several times over I think I understand the process. They're written with a little mirth, which is entertaining.

Cleaned up my shop area, need a few more days to get started.
Stay tuned and wish me luck.
Posted by CrackerBox2020 | Aug 30, 2020 @ 01:18 PM | 6,960 Views
So my initial budget of $500 is almost maxed out already.
Still need an engine, I've been following the kit instructions so I'm destined for a Zenoah 26cc or clone.
These babies go from $150 for the chinese copies to $500+ for insane hot rodded versions.
Hoping to find something for around $200.
I plan on starting the build next weekend.
Posted by CrackerBox2020 | Aug 27, 2020 @ 05:19 PM | 7,669 Views
Well, she showed up today!
I have a few other small projects I need to finish first, hope to get started in a week or so.
Thanks for the tips and advice I've gotten so far, I'm sure I'll need more as I go.