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Sep 13, 2011, 05:51 PM
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Skinning the Hull


With all the insides in place the side skins were glued up, trimmed, and sanded to final shape.
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Sep 13, 2011, 05:55 PM
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Building the Cabin Assembly


The cabin was built stock, but because the original wood sizes were used, nothing fit right. To correct the spacing, a 1/16 X 1/8 balsa shim was glued on each end of the front and rear window frames. The cabin was then assembled as the original. I plan to work up a Flying Bridge just to add a little class to the finished model. Should look pretty cool when it's done.

Meanwhile, a finish sanding was done, then a coat of dope was brushed on. Will do a light sanding and apply a couple more coats of dope, then do the finish with silkspan to seal it all up.

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Sep 13, 2011, 09:43 PM
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Pat when you use the silkspan do you allow any of it to overlap at the bow?
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Sep 14, 2011, 07:06 AM
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Pat when you use the silkspan do you allow any of it to overlap at the bow?
Gravman, I lay up the silkspan in 5 sections; 2 on the bottom, 2 on the sides and a seperate piece on the transom. I'll overlap each section about 3/8" into its mating section so that all the corners are double thick. Makes it harder to sand through the sharp edges -- though care is still needed in those areas not to get too agressive and expose the wood. Then to toughen things up I'll likely as not add an aluminum cutwater and rear fenders.

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Nov 02, 2011, 08:02 AM
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Getting the Paint Work Done


Figured I'd get out this weekend and shot a coat of primer on the boat to prep for colors. Well, it turned out to be a beautiful day, and as it turned out, I was able to shoot all the colors. Remember, this is a "no cost, use what's here" project, so went with the colors I had in keeping with the theme.

Next I'll get the gold boot top on and as soon as winter passes into Indian Summer will get the clear coat shot. Then it'll be time to button up the inside and finish her up.

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Nov 25, 2011, 02:59 AM
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Figured I'd get out this weekend and shot a coat of primer on the boat to prep for colors. Well, it turned out to be a beautiful day, and as it turned out, I was able to shoot all the colors. Remember, this is a "no cost, use what's here" project, so went with the colors I had in keeping with the theme.

Next I'll get the gold boot top on and as soon as winter passes into Indian Summer will get the clear coat shot. Then it'll be time to button up the inside and finish her up.

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Looks like a great winter project for my 9-year-old son. Will Charlie carry a kit for this version? (I like the size.)
Nov 26, 2011, 11:20 AM
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Looks like a great winter project for my 9-year-old son. Will Charlie carry a kit for this version? (I like the size.)
...And if so, what sort of build instructions come with the kit? (the smaller version of this boat looks good too) written for beginners?
Nov 27, 2011, 06:11 PM
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While I would be happy to cut parts for people the larger version should be considered more a scratch build than a kit build. The differences in parts thicknesses means there is a lot of shims that need to be used during the build. Not hard, but, not like a Midwest kit for example.

And, if you are like me and want to overpower it, will need a fiberglass job.

Aero,

There are no instructions for either of these. You could print out the plans for the original and use Pat's original thread as instructions.

https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...ghlight=school

I would consider the small one a good one for a beginner. At least it was good for me as a first boat.

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Nov 27, 2011, 06:35 PM
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Aero,

There are no instructions for either of these. You could print out the plans for the original and use Pat's original thread as instructions.

https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...ghlight=school

I would consider the small one a good one for a beginner. At least it was good for me as a first boat.

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I have a Christmas gift for a beginner in mind. Order from Pat or Manzano Laser?
Nov 27, 2011, 08:43 PM
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You'll have to ask Pat about these as we won't have the plans.

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Dec 05, 2011, 06:54 PM
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I just received plans for the original today, which Pat sent very quickly.
Mar 10, 2012, 12:00 PM
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Finishing the Biggered Up School Boat Project -- AT LAST!!!


Well, after months of neglect I figured it was high time to get the Biggered-Up SB project back out and finish it up. Really, all that was left was to install the prop shaft and get the last of the work done on the cabin, so finishing the model took less then a day.

I used a 1/2A plastic prop from Dumas on the 6V S-400 motor and will power it up with a 5400 mah 2S Li-Poly battery. And since the model finished out extremely light, it required 40 oz. of ballast to pull a water line.

I had planned to do the maiden run this morning, but got weathered out, so will have to try again later. Will post up the results once it's done.

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Jun 07, 2012, 11:07 PM
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Well, mine finally got a maiden swim.

I ended up with an MPJet outrunner, 140W capable motor in aircraft. I 1/2" prop (Pat can tell you which one he gave me out of his bin).

It seemed too much like a cork in the bathtub test so I added about 2lb of weight.

First run was with a 2s5000 battery. Nice slow speed performance, but, with all the weight it just would not get on plane.

So put in a 3s4650 battery. Now that is great! Gets up on plane and runs nicely. Very maneuverable even at speed.

That made me wonder if it is too heavy. So, have removed about 1lb of weight and balanced it a little further forward. Will see how it runs.

Once I have the final paint will get pics. Right now it is just white hull and brown deck.

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Jan 08, 2013, 03:08 AM
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