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Old May 16, 2008, 12:54 AM
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Retriever Class Recovery Boat


Hello all, it's been a while since I posted here, but the boat bug has bitten again, and I'm just buildin' away. My local boat club here in Lancaster has needed to someone to fetch their nitro jobs when they die, so back to the work bench to the Retriever Class boats, the first of which is the Labrador Retriever. It's based on a Hobbico starter motor, and will be powered with two 6v 4 amp batteries.
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Old May 16, 2008, 01:57 AM
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Hello, great idea! what kind & thickness of wood are you using? What scale & what are the dimensions? Are you going to glass the hull or just seal it?

Harry
Old May 17, 2008, 03:04 AM
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I'm using 1/4" balsa sheet for the sides, 3mm ply for the bottom (finally cracked open that package of lite ply I bought at Tokyu Hands!) and door ply (also from Japan!) for the deck. I have a lot of options for finishing the hull's wood. I could use resin, dope or balsa sealer followed by paint, or I can simply use model aircraft film such as Monokote....they use it on model airplane floats so why not? I thinking of the latter seriously. Wood is no great mystery, after all, boat models have been made of it for decades.

The model is 36" long and a has a beam of 8". It follows no particular scale as it's a freelance river tug meant to haul in wayward hydros.

Revell
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Old May 17, 2008, 03:23 AM
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The deck build up...
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Old May 17, 2008, 01:17 PM
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Very nice, That's moving right along.

Old May 17, 2008, 01:55 PM
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Thanks Umi, I like that coming from a fellow anime fan and garage kit builder. Fast forward to going up a floor
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Old May 18, 2008, 09:55 AM
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Drive line...
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Old May 18, 2008, 10:53 AM
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SWEET!!! I just replied to your other thread and totally missed this one!! This is one sweet build. Are you doing this from plans, or just plain craftsmanship and imagination. I hate people with talent! (jus kidin!) PM me when you get ready to launch this please. I ride down and get lots of pics.
NICE JOB!!!
Old May 18, 2008, 11:14 AM
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No plans; just doin' what the voices in my head tell me too......
Old May 18, 2008, 11:25 AM
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Awesome build!!
Now why dont the voices in my head tell me what to build?

Manny
Old May 18, 2008, 01:20 PM
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Voices? What voices? I don't hear voices? Of course I don't have any talent and no really cool projects either! LOL, Ron
Old Jun 07, 2008, 01:38 PM
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Goin' Kortin'


While I ponder the covering of the hull, I'm working on the guidance systems. I made a Kort nozzle from irrigation pipe, the thin wall PVC stuff. This fits a 40MM prop with room to spare. Just thinking how to connect it all to the steering shaft......
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Old Jun 07, 2008, 01:50 PM
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Electrical and radio gear installed
Old Jun 24, 2008, 07:24 PM
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Design Change


I sat around deciding how I would prepare the hull for painting. Finally, I decided to do something daring: I clad the hull in .040 Sintra plastic sheet. This saves me reams of sanding, prepping, resins and glassing. Once installed, it was only a matter of filling the gaps between the sheet panels ( I could have used one long sheet for the sides but didn't want to fidget with CA glue running everywhere )

Now, it's only fill, prime, sand and paint
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