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Posted by notarealpilot | Sep 24, 2017 @ 10:23 PM | 1,099 Views
WOW!! I had no idea it's been that long! I'm sorry to say the Admiral has been in dry dock for most of that time. A few things contributed to that. One, as I stated before, I think the motors are going to push this thing to fast and out of scale. I was thinking about how to do a gear reduction drive and that meant adjusting the motor mounts and getting gear or belt drives etc. None of which I knew how to do. Since then I realized that you can get gear reduction units already installed on the motors and that means just shortening my drive shafts. But then I've come to the conclusion that maybe I should just wait till its done because I'll probably have several pounds of ballast to make it sit right and that will undoubtedly slow it down some. Secondly, my mentors health has deteriorated significantly and he provided lots of guidance.
Posted by notarealpilot | Jan 17, 2016 @ 12:44 AM | 1,993 Views
As I said before, placing the portholes was a slow process that went slower when it came to rounding the stern and keeping everything lined up. I thought about it a bit and decided I could put a pencil/marker on a stack of books and travel the perimeter of the superstructure dragging the pencil down the side. That worked but books tend to compress and so you don't get good results. Then I thought about making a contraption out of the kids legos and I could even trap the pencil/marker within the lego contraption.
Posted by notarealpilot | Jan 16, 2016 @ 03:34 PM | 2,044 Views
It's been about 4 months sense I last updated because I was working on another project (a full scale R2-D2) and the Admiral sat in the laundry room. But there was still progress made. In the last post you saw the foam plug coming together. I have sense started laying 3-4 layers of fiberglass and have started the tedious process of measuring, measuring, measuring and looking at a ton of pictures in books and online to see where the various portholes go. Over her excursion years, porthole locations changed a little, some going away and some coming back. In her casino years, there where big changes as far as the number of portholes go but for this model I'm not concerning myself with that.
Posted by notarealpilot | Sep 29, 2015 @ 05:08 PM | 2,350 Views
The electronics are as follows:
Proboat waterproof ESC with Reverse
Promax 600 motors x2
Spectrum SR300 Rx
Spectrum DX3 Tx

I have a feeling these motors are going to push this boat along to fast, even when just applying power. I'm probably going to have to put in a gear drive as its set up directly right now. I hope not though. I initially put regular marine grease from a grease gun in the stuffing boxes and it slowed the motors down quite a bit but they kept cutting out and power surging. And the shrieking from the ESC!! That wasn't going to cut it and I was considering an older style of speed control. A local guy that has been helping me suggested that the grease was to thick. Use a liter greese and it should help. Apparently a lot of guys around here use Vasoline! So I gave it a shot and the cutting out, power surging and the noise level all dramatically improved. Both times however, the motors don't want to stay off. They start running on their own and I have to flick the trigger to get them to stop momentarily before they start again. I'm hoping it's a trim issue on the Tx.

By-the-way, and questions and/or comments are welcome.
Posted by notarealpilot | Sep 29, 2015 @ 01:24 PM | 2,316 Views
Any body know how to fix this? With it loading like this it's going to be like reading a book backwards.

1st picture: remember when I said that foam was going to be a headache? Fiberglass doesn't like the thinner foam! A lot of work started melting!
2nd picture: Here's a cool shot of the business end. I put the pvc rings around the props to keep them from getting banged up in transit. They remind me of Cort nozzles. A little research told me to paint the foam with latex and that will keep it from melting. It was met with limited success.
3rd picture: I belong the St. Louis Admirals R.C. Boat club and was told people like to see projects that are underway so there it is in the foreground. Interestingly, there is currently only 1 r.c. Admiral in the club! Mine will be the second.

Before anybody comments on the fact that the Admiral was a paddle wheeler, I'm building the M.V. Admiral because that's what I rode on. The M.V. Admiral was christened in 1974 and basically had three very large outboard motors. One in each paddle wheel bay and one at the stern. I'm doing a basic twin screw hull because I'm new at this and thought it was the simplest was to get my Admiral moving; couldn't find any r.c. outboard motors; and plan on putting my efforts toward authenticity toward the superstructure.
Posted by notarealpilot | Sep 29, 2015 @ 01:02 PM | 2,280 Views
I can't figure out how to include text after each picture so I'm going to have to do it this way. The first picture is literally the very first shot. There are no plans for the Admiral so it being built from pictures.
The second picture shows how I when with a shorter piece of foam which would prove to be headache later. The keel is in place as is the wooden box that all the electronics will go.
History buffs will appreciate the third picture. The real Admiral started out as a steam ship and the pittman arms were nicknamed Popeye (left) and Wimpy (right) after the cartoon. Why? I have no idea; way before my time! But I thought it appropriate to name the electric motors too.
Posted by notarealpilot | Sep 29, 2015 @ 12:48 PM | 2,221 Views
Welcome to my blog. Im writing this because I'm building my first rc boat and I jumped it feet first and am scratch building an R.C. Admiral. At the time of her build in the late 1930's, she was the largest excursion boat on the inland water ways and her home port was St. Louis, Missouri. The S.S. Admiral was the main event for many St. Louisans during the summer months for 39 years. In 1979, on a routine Coast Guard inspection, holes in her hull near the keel ended her excursion days. For the next 31 years, she changed hands numerous times and served mainly as a casino until she was sold for scrap 2010.
So you probably guessed by now that I'm a St. Louisan and I was in 6th grade in '78. We took a field trip for a cruise and none of us knew this was going to be the last. I feel fortunate to have born at a time when I got to be a passenger a few times that I can remember. She was as much a part of St. Louis as the Arch is and she's missed by many people.
It was about 2012 when I was feeling nostalgic about the Admiral and decided to build a model of her. Which lead to an r.c. model. Which lead to me thinking "wouldn't be cool if I could incorporate a piece of the real Admiral into the build and that way at least part of her will be sailing again!" Romantic? Yes. A little corny? Yes. But did I find a piece? Yes!
Now I was committed to seeing this project through because the person that gave it to me said "if you love the Admiral that much to build a model of her, you can have it." It was one of two remaining pieces left, the person that had them kept the other one.

So that's a little back story about the inspiration. let's get on with the build!