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Posted by CrackerBox2020 | Apr 13, 2021 @ 02:45 PM | 2,202 Views
Lesson learned!

Trying to get the fuel line on the carb's barbed fitting is not something to try to do after it is installed into the boat.
Not enough room and it takes a lot of effort to slide it on. See orange fuel line in pic.

So had to pull the carb, brace the little fitting on the work bench, put some 2stoke oil on, and push hard.
Reinstall the carb and torque it down.
Ugg.

Anyway, lines all routed and clamped in place. Nice and tidy.

Figured out the throttle issue.
Had to move the servo end out one hole on the arm, and the throttle end in one hole.
Throws from fully closed (idle) to WFO!

Weather is supposed to be nice this week 70*, I can finally wet sand and clear coat!

Hope to get her wet by next month!
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Posted by CrackerBox2020 | Apr 02, 2021 @ 04:37 PM | 3,135 Views
Water pump mounted.
Lines run for water and impulse for the pump.
Need to finish the fuel lines but I might do that after the clear coat.

Really close now!
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Posted by CrackerBox2020 | Mar 24, 2021 @ 05:36 PM | 5,726 Views
Installed the radio box.
Laying out fuel/water lines.
Mounting water pump.
Struggling with the throttle hook up, the servo doesn't want to throw far enough to go from closed to WFO.
Might have to make different lever to get it to do what I want.

Anyhoo, closer by the day.
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Posted by CrackerBox2020 | Mar 23, 2021 @ 03:01 PM | 5,517 Views
Engine put together and torqued down tight.
Need to re-install in the boat to layout fuel and water lines.
Holding off on the rudder, trim tabs, turn fins, etc. until I clear coat.

I think it's turning out better than I expected, I guess we'll know when it's fired up and on the water.
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Posted by CrackerBox2020 | Mar 19, 2021 @ 10:51 AM | 11,935 Views
We have power!
Got my radio box all hooked up, played with the servo settings, seems like it's going to be great.
Still need to do a little wire management to tidy things up a little.

Made a nice Lexan lid for it. Left the film on until I get it truly mounted in the boat so it doesn't get scratched up.
Gonna start working on getting the engine all set up, torque things down and lay out the fuel and water pump lines.

I'd really like to clear coat this weekend, but the weather doesn't look so great, might have to wait a little longer.
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Posted by CrackerBox2020 | Mar 17, 2021 @ 04:51 PM | 13,329 Views
Getting the radio box back together.
I mocked it all up before painting so goes back together smoothly.
Thankfully I thought to drill the holes for the side mount servo, no way in I could have got the screws in if I hadn't.
Made a battery holder out of some scrap, w/ elastic Velcro strap to hold 'em tight.
I'll epoxy that into the bottom.

I got a Dynamite DYNE1240 safety kill switch, anyone know how well these work or last?
I'm concerned because the hook up wires look really small for handling the Ignition coil load.
It does say up to 20v, 16amps, the wires just looks tiny to me.

Weather is finally getting warmer so next weekend I can clear coat. Hopefully.
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Posted by CrackerBox2020 | Mar 12, 2021 @ 03:00 PM | 8,131 Views
Wet sanded the first color coat w/ 600.
Had to re-tape, I was worried that the water might get under the tape and bleed.
I used 3m sensitive surface purple tape worked real good, no bleeding at all.
Second color coat yesterday, looks real nice.

Need to let cure for a week or two then can clear coat!
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Posted by CrackerBox2020 | Mar 08, 2021 @ 01:37 PM | 9,747 Views
Finally! First color coat down!

Looks pretty good, need to sand a few spots and buff w/ 600 then final color coat.

Needs to sit for a few weeks for the paint to cure then I can clear coat.

Hopefully it will be warm enough by then.
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Posted by CrackerBox2020 | Mar 05, 2021 @ 05:26 PM | 5,143 Views
Top hull and deck ready to go, then more rain!

Hopefully I'll get a window over the weekend to get the last of the color coat down.

Picked up some SprayMax 2k Glamour Coat.
Probably be a while before I get to that, needs to be a consistent 65* so it says.

Looks shorter and fatter than it really is.
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Posted by CrackerBox2020 | Mar 01, 2021 @ 12:28 PM | 5,129 Views
Progress!
Finally warmed up enough to paint.
Sanded, vac'd, and tack cloth.
I got 2 coats of HiGloss White down.
Needs to cure for a few days then I'll flip her over and get the sides and top done.
Buff with 800 then clear top coat.

Feels like forever but almost done!

Lighting was poor but here are a few pics.
Posted by CrackerBox2020 | Feb 23, 2021 @ 03:34 PM | 7,767 Views
Lot's of work, then snow and ice.

Too cold in the shop to lay down the finish coats right now.
I did get 2 coats of primer down, sanded w/ 400 after the first coat.
Holding off on sanding the second coat until it warms up a little more.
Taking a long time but it should look great when it's ready to run!
Radio box and rear hatch all primed too.

Gun metal flake for the inside hull and radio box exterior.
Bottom of hull and interior radio box = white.
Top of hull, rear hatch, and radio box frame = yellow.
Making a clear lexan cover for the radio box to see the servos. etc. inside.

Everything is on the shelf and just waiting for a few days above 55* or so.
Paint and finish, then assemble.

Big thanks to ZipKits for the kit, parts, and advice.

Can't wait to fire it up!
Posted by CrackerBox2020 | Jan 08, 2021 @ 02:58 PM | 7,905 Views
Christmas is over, boxed up, and put away.
Looking forward to getting her done and on the water.
Here's a few of the gifts I cranked out for presents this year.
Damascus blades, and a live edge walnut cutting board w/ curved accents.

Need to put another coat of sealer on, wet sand then I can prime and paint.
Sunburst yellow w/ white bottom. Maybe some stripes on the deck, haven't decided yet.
Posted by CrackerBox2020 | Dec 02, 2020 @ 05:51 PM | 11,064 Views
Deck on and getting prepped for primer.
Flotation inside shots.
1" thick block cut to form to the inside of the hull, one layer from engine forward, one layer down the sides, and a second layer up front ahead of the fuel bag location. About 4 sq. ft. overall.

Been swamped at work, and pulled off for a while to knock out some Christmas Presents.

If I can get to it I'm hoping to prime and sand this weekend to get the color coats on.
Posted by CrackerBox2020 | Nov 09, 2020 @ 07:42 PM | 10,712 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 | 7,457 Views
I guess I did have a few pics.
Posted by CrackerBox2020 | Oct 07, 2020 @ 09:59 AM | 7,229 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 | 8,891 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 | 8,910 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 | 9,353 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 | 7,960 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.