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Jul 16, 2012, 09:02 PM
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Looking good ,I like the wrapping,what did you use?
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Jul 16, 2012, 09:59 PM
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Are they the same rafts? I though the PT raft was much smaller, so it would have had a soft (canvas?) web for the floor. The destroyer raft is much larger and has what looks like wood slats for the floor.
Just my 2 cents, of course.

Jul 16, 2012, 10:08 PM
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Life Raft

Originally Posted by Browndog
Looking good ,I like the wrapping,what did you use?
It is some pin striping tape.
Jul 17, 2012, 12:08 AM
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wrapping looks good to me!
Jul 17, 2012, 04:23 PM
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Yes I am going to keep it. I have been looking at it and it seems to work. A canvas web bottom could be made easy enough. I will think on it some and see what happens.
Jul 18, 2012, 12:34 AM
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I like that jig, I will have to remember that if/when I need to do ships wheels.
Jul 18, 2012, 09:20 AM
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"Metal work has always been one of skills I wish I had learned over the years but so far I not so much."

Wow, it looks like you're well on your way! Once you put a little flux on the ends this will go together great. That jig will also keep most of your fingerprints intact
Jul 18, 2012, 09:26 AM
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Ok I tried it out this morning and it did hold 5 spokes in place but 1 shifted slightly and when I tried to "adjust" it the other spokes did not fair too well. I am going to try it again and make a new jig. Also go for a tighter fit between the spokes and the hub and rim. I have a plan B but I want to give this another shot first. I will post some pics tonight.
Jul 18, 2012, 07:14 PM
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Great Build, keep up the good work!
Jul 18, 2012, 07:35 PM
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Ships Wheel

As I said in an earlier post, I tried to solder the wheel together this morning. One of the spokes slipped out of position and when I tried to fix it it damaged the alignment of other spokes. So I made a new jig and cut out some new spokes and fitted them tighter between the hub and the rim. The second attempt proved to be successful. At least so far. It has not fallen apart yet. I've always considered soldering and metal work to be somewhat of a "Black Art". I know all you practiced veterans are laughing at me right now. And that is ok. We all have to start somewhere.
Jul 18, 2012, 10:09 PM
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Looks cool !
Jul 18, 2012, 11:16 PM
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Looking good! I'm about 90% through a 6th scale RC duece and a half entirely from brass I feel your pain on the loss of fingerprints lol.
Jul 19, 2012, 10:25 PM
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My wife went back to college a few years back and each week come home almost in tears telling me how she was sure she totally failed that last test. Then the next week I'd find out she made the highest score in the class. Happened almost every week!

Your claim of not knowing how to do metal work reminds me of her. I think your wheel is coming out great - could be the best grade in the class

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