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Andy F26/07/2019 15:26:00
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Back from sunny Spain to sunny Britain. Who'd have guessed it?

Anyway. More materials arrived so I've been mostly this past couple of days in the garage playing with my boat and the silhouette cutter. This is progress so far:


I'm still toying with the 2 motor/2 gearbox idea but I can't get my head around what control I'd need. Can anyone point me in the right direction please?

Colin Bishop26/07/2019 15:57:48
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Ashley mentioned to me last week someone who had used LEGO Technic differential gears to assist in steering a paddler - perhaps he could enlighten us further...


Tony Hadley26/07/2019 19:03:42
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Before selling my Glasgow paddle tug, I was considering changing it to an independent paddle drive, with a system similar to the one shown by John W.E. earlier in this thread. My thoughts were to control the motor drive with a mixer, such as the Action Electronics P94 from Component Shop.

The system is better described in the Hints, Tips and Technical section. Scroll down to the heading Motor Mixers.


If in any doubt with this, you could contact forum member Dave Milbourn (who wrote the article).

Andy F15/08/2019 12:56:06
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Slowly but surely it's getting there..

I'm now trying to decide the best way to make railings that isn't going to cost an arm and a leg.



Ray Wood 215/08/2019 13:05:23
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Hi Andrew,

Your paddler is looking very good, had you thought of fine stainless split pins, if you made a jig in the vice to give you a second rail ?? I know the turned brass commercial ones are an arm & leg

The etched brass stancions are more cost effective.

Regards Ray

Andy F22/08/2019 00:01:56
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Thanks for the suggestion Ray but I've sourced some model railway 2 rail stanchions that will do the job perfectly well and they weren't too expensive either. I should've known really, I've used them before on bridge building.

I've decided that PS Covenanter will be a 'sitting on a shelf looking pretty' kind of model. I'm not going to even attempt to sail her because quite frankly, I don't trust my construction method to be watertight and I'd hate for all this work to just.... sink.

So. Pictures of the almost completed paddler.




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