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Feb 08, 2012, 08:37 PM
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ps, where did it say the conversation was between fodigo and mrlego? I never said building a boat was easy either, I said the plans & instructions were easy enough to read and follow for me that I was able to build the kits. I didn't say it was easy for everyone. like you said and maybe I read it the wrong way, words can be read differently that heard.
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Feb 08, 2012, 10:30 PM
Capt. Jack

Double post

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Feb 08, 2012, 10:34 PM
Capt. Jack

Radar building

Guys, this is a build info thread. Please don't post confrontations.

Here's how I made the radar.

The working motor, brass rod, and the receiver antenna from the boat

I filed down one end of the brass rod so it would fit in the plastic antenna tube.

The rotating beacon easily separated from the motor housing using a quick twist. I hand drilled a hole in the shaft of the beacon to accept the brass rod.

I cut the antenna tube, drilled the same size hole thru the motor housing and all that's needed is just assembly. The real motor shaft fits up thru the radar beacon motor housing and the antenna tube from the boat matched up perfectly.

As I crammed it all in, I thought to add an on off switch that turned off the radar and light but still allowed charging of the battery via the solar panel so I could have the option of turning everything off if I wanted.

Affixed the solar panel

testing the light and motor

Epoxy resin'ed the lid down. It's strung up so that all areas of the top cap were securely attached to the main base.


Painted and Remounted

Last edited by Fodigo; Feb 09, 2012 at 10:58 AM.
Feb 08, 2012, 10:38 PM
Capt. Jack

Video of working unit

RC Radar (Solar Powered) (1 min 9 sec)
Feb 09, 2012, 12:00 AM
Taking care of the pond.
That's cool.
Feb 09, 2012, 12:24 AM
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I like the solar panel idea. if you could somehow hide that into the grip tape, center that radar, it would be awesome! Its still cool now too.
Feb 10, 2012, 03:22 AM
Capt. Jack
Ha! If it were only that easy. Well, I did try a smaller set of panels but there wasn't enough power generated. So this is what I had to settle for. It's not so bad. GoIng green! (LOL)
Feb 10, 2012, 03:38 AM
Capt. Jack

Rebuilding the forward battery box.

One major problem about building the box outside the boat is you can't get it in!

Luckily, the epoxy hadn't dried yet so I could still take it apart end reassemble it inside the hull.

Really don't want to redo all pieces of grip tape so we're covering them one by one with grip tape.

All fittings, accessories, decals removed.

Last edited by Fodigo; Feb 17, 2012 at 01:20 AM.
Feb 10, 2012, 09:10 AM
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Cool radar.
Feb 10, 2012, 10:55 PM
Capt. Jack
Originally Posted by CurtisP40
Cool radar.
Yeah! I was amazed it actually worked (LOL

Hit it with grey.

Comparison behind

Started working on the exhaust.

Testing the tube placement.
Feb 14, 2012, 03:19 AM
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I really want a Coast Guard boat now.... I saw one on ebay just earlier for about $250. I might get it. But its not the ones youre picturing here... I dont know if i sohuld wait for this one to show up or to get the one listed on ebay now. Its the older lifeboats.
Feb 15, 2012, 03:22 AM
Capt. Jack

R/C MLB update

Decided to not do a grey color after-all.  Color change: 

Going to make this one: Bodega Bay. It's closer than San Franciscio to me. Although I'll still use some Fodigo'izing to personalize it a bit.

The upper deck was tested for color...  

Making way for new deck hardware:

Polishing some fitting hardware 

Building some life float accessories to add to the scale look of the real one

More scale pieces will be added...

Tapered the captain chairs while they are off:

Last edited by Fodigo; Feb 15, 2012 at 02:16 PM.
Feb 15, 2012, 08:23 PM
Capt. Jack

Finding the right color is a challenge

That paint was OK but up close, just toooo metallic so... If its not right, it sucks.

Found this paint: giving it a try...

You can't tell much difference in this pic but the difference is - no metal flake. I like it. looks more like metal. I looked at the "aluminum" colored paint but they looked to much like regular silver paint. The look in going or is a "dirty" aluminum. I'll add other details to the paint later.

Feb 17, 2012, 12:26 AM
Capt. Jack

47' mlb

Work continues.

Painting the bottom. 

The bottom needed another coat:

Feb 17, 2012, 09:16 PM
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It's looking real good Dave

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