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Feb 12, 2020, 01:31 PM
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Same process with the spars & bow sprit.
Of course if you have a big wood lathe, you don't have to go thru of all that.
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Feb 13, 2020, 07:05 AM
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Great idea on the sanding tools But you can't beat the pema grit sanding tools you have.

They are the bomb, l have had a flat P G sander for over 20yrs.
Feb 13, 2020, 04:42 PM
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Hi tigman, Yeah that set I have in the photo look and work like new but they are at least 15 yr old. Used on wood & fiberglass, easy to keep unclogged and seem to never wear down.

Rudder servo install is simple and placed where it is accessible when the cockpit is removed.
I have a tool you use for threading SS welding rod to make up your own push rods of any length.
Then you use your push rod end of choice.
You'll notice I used thru bolted ball joints.

I added an additional support at the top of the rudder tube.
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Feb 13, 2020, 04:59 PM
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And on to the cabin build.
The Malabar 1 deck has both the masts coming up out of the deck. So there is no complications with the cabins.
Malabar ll is a different story with one of the masts coming up in the middle of the main cabin. This complicates several issues with ballast removal, running sheets to servo, mast support, etc.
Bear with me as the solutions unfold and hope I don't screw up!
Feb 16, 2020, 01:18 PM
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Looking fantastic. I’m sure a solution to the mast step will present itself.
Feb 17, 2020, 10:31 AM
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Yeah Stephen,
The goals are:
Mast support with a removable cabin top,
Removable cabin top with out having to pull the mast
Sheet feed for fore sail.
Ballast removal access.
Adjustments on sail servo access.

The interesting thing was that the full size boat plans had answers for some of the goals.
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Feb 17, 2020, 10:40 AM
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I put saran wrap over the permanent beams to keep glue off them.
I added a thin ply base to the mast support area across the cabin. This will be part of the removable top .
Feb 17, 2020, 10:48 AM
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Now adding flanges and pin to beams that will allow top to be slid toward the stern to lock in place.
Feb 17, 2020, 11:00 AM
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Now we are going to apply a layer of glass cloth with West System epoxy to the cabin top.
I use small foam brushes for saturating the cloth.
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Feb 17, 2020, 11:55 AM
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Feb 17, 2020, 04:29 PM
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Great craftmanship. It is very adherent to real, with the hidden tricks of model making. I like it very much.

Feb 19, 2020, 10:20 AM
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Thanks guys, I was pleased with how it came out.
The cabin sides will eventually be epoxied to the hull at a later stage.

Here is a picture of the Malabar l hull showing the access out lined in yellow. All cabins will be removable since both masts exit thru the deck.
Feb 19, 2020, 10:43 AM
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OK on with the next step.
You remember the water tube method of leveling the hull? We are going to use that to assure that we have a level hull to set the mast steps and mast alignment.
Interestingly, on the full size plans, the Malabar ll has no rake on either mast and Malabar l has a slight rake on both masts.
Hartman's/Swede's drawing shows masts with no rake.
So 90 deg it is, on both models.

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