1/35 Italeri PT boat build

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Postby Max-U52 » Mon Aug 05, 2019 5:25 pm

That looks just great, and it's no surprise that you have much more top speed now. When you wire 3 Motors together in series, and say you're using 12 volts, then each motor is really only getting 4 volts, but when you wire them in parallel you deliver the full 12 volts to each motor, they just draw more amperage.
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Postby capt midnight » Mon Aug 05, 2019 5:40 pm

Series worked pretty good on 2 motors when you lost a prop. Just not so good on 3!

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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Fri Aug 09, 2019 7:52 pm

Pictures should all be sorted now Bill :thumbup:
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Postby capt midnight » Fri Aug 09, 2019 9:36 pm

Thanks Mick!
Hope that doesn't cause any problems for our brothers down under!

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Postby lmcq11 » Fri Aug 09, 2019 10:16 pm

Wow, This thing really fly. You should think about installing a movable camera on the bridge.

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Postby capt midnight » Sun Aug 11, 2019 4:14 am

Was out today at the lake with some friends and took the PT boat along for a run. Yesterday and this morning I threw together a piece of eye candy to take to the lake.

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on the table


Here is is sitting on the top of the bench. You can't see it, but there is a pivoting ramp to run between the dock and the shore. I made it to act as an anchor point as the whole dock is floating.

Here it is in the water and in use.

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floating


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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Sun Aug 11, 2019 10:49 am

That's really cool Bill. It looks really good. :clap: :clap:
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Postby HERMAN BIX » Sun Aug 11, 2019 11:13 am

That last shot looks spot on apart from the out of scale leaf or two !!
Really nice job Captain.
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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Sun Aug 11, 2019 11:25 am

As it has hidden flotation devices, I think we now need to see it upside down, and I don't mean a rotated picture ;)
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Postby capt midnight » Sun Aug 11, 2019 7:51 pm

Thanks, guys. For a quick knock out, I think it really came out pretty good. Still have to stain and seal it, then add some details.

Here ya go Mick. Upside down!

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under side


Here's a shot showing how it's assembled.

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end detail


The inner frame is 1/2 PVC pipe covered with pipe insulating foam. The dock planks were glued down to a thin piece of plywood. I let a few planks off until I mounted them to the pipe pieces. #6 counter sunk screws fit great in the openings. After the decks were screwed down, I glued in the planks covering the screw heads.

I took a tee fitting and reamed it a bit until it fit all the way over the pipe. I did this to make a hinge for the ramp so that it could be adjusted depending on the conditions where I was running the boat.

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Hinge


And a final shot of the complete dock from the top.

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top side


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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Sun Aug 11, 2019 9:09 pm

Fantastic, thank you Bill :thumbup:

I will say one thing if I may. This is from experience. I know you're going to seal it.
Gluing planking onto ply can cause problems in wet environments, as the plaking is more likely to expand more than the ply.

I'll go away now ;)
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Postby Will01Capri » Sat Aug 17, 2019 8:53 pm

Nice jetty. Such a cool plan. Love the of boat.
Me and my father been restoring a Graupner Adolf Bermpohl. We run 3 motors and 3 escs each with separate battery pack. It runs triple 700bb motors. But we now looking at going triple 540 and maybe switch to Lipo. The triple 700 on 3x 6cell packs was madly too fast. I wouldn't run more than 2 motors in parallel on experience
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Postby BarryC » Sat Aug 17, 2019 9:24 pm

Bill,

This is a fantastic build! :clap: I have the early 80' ALCO Boat and have been toying with making it RC. I believe you've convinced me to do so, though it will not be any time soon but one never knows!

I do not want to hijack you build thread but I have a good friend who is building this 1/35 kit.

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The photo of the boat at the floating dock is very realistic!! :thumbup: :thumbup:

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Postby capt midnight » Sat Aug 17, 2019 11:42 pm

Is that the boat that has twin water jets, Barry?

If so, the guy I got my running gear from makes a set just for this boat. Looks pretty cool, and a good runner.

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Postby BarryC » Sun Aug 18, 2019 12:31 am

capt midnight wrote:Is that the boat that has twin water jets, Barry?

If so, the guy I got my running gear from makes a set just for this boat. Looks pretty cool, and a good runner.

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It is, I saw that on eBay.

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Postby capt midnight » Sun Aug 18, 2019 6:47 pm

Hey, Barry. Don't know if your buddy has seen this or not...

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It's by the guy that sells the running gear kits. He has videos up for most of his products. It shows the complete installation and running, as well.

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Postby midlife306 » Mon Aug 19, 2019 1:56 am

Sod it, I’m so impressed I’ve bought one, thanks
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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Mon Aug 19, 2019 12:07 pm

midlife306 wrote:Sod it, I’m so impressed I’ve bought one, thanks
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The dangers of belonging to a community such as this lol.
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