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Chris Fellows12/07/2020 12:56:41
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Hi All

My intention at some point was to build my own Huntress, but not just yet as I own one of DM's lovely creations and thoughts were it being on a Captain's Boat version, but other builds were going to come first.

Whilst my goal is to build all of the classic Faireys; Huntsman 31, Swordsman 33 etc. all at 1:12 scale, I do like to have a go at the more unusual, hence the River Cruiser and the Fisherman 27 - the latter being planned for a winter start.

Anyway a discussion on Alan Bell's Huntsman 28 thread on stern-drives had me looking at my Fairey Marine book and I came across a preliminary design by Alan Burnard, Faireys' designer, for a longer cabin Huntress (still using the 23 foot hull) with twin stern-drives. Some Huntresses were fitted with stern-drives for particular customers, particularly where hulls were supplied for completion by other yards, but most were traditional prop shaft.

Along with the longer cabin there were longer and deeper side windows which look more modern and I reckon the overall look is very nice. It was penned (or should I say pencilled) in the early 1960s, so alongside other designs, and it was a pity that it never went into production. I guess that being the early days of stern-drives was part of the reason.

Upshot is that I decided I had to build one. First thing to look at was the availability of stern/Z-Drives to suit a small boat at 1:12. Not much out there really, well I found one at Bauer-Modelles in Germany which is slightly bulkier than ideal but it fits the bill and has a 36mm prop. It's made from plastic but it will have to do. The alloy ones are too big but are works of art with prices to match!

So with a suitable drive found and winging its way here the build is a goer. I've bought the motor as well, my usual choice of Overlander, whilst still in stock.

I need to wait until the drive arrives, but this particular one has quite a large piece where it fixes to the transom and initial thoughts are to recess it into the transom, we shall see.

Forgot to mention, due to the relatively small size of the model and the added complication and weight particularly of drives and motors etc. I've decided on one rather than two. It was only a preliminary design afterall!

When the drive arrives I can make the necessary tweaks to the Huntress drawings and start on the hull build. Well, after sorting out my work room again!

Chris

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Alan Bell12/07/2020 14:19:25
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Looks good Chris, I think you’re going to need a bigger work room for all these projects you have on the go....
Alan.

Tim Rowe12/07/2020 15:31:38
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Great to see you back Chris

Few marques managed to equal or beat the Fairey range and all were hugely more expensive.

I will see if I can do justice to the Spearfish kit you kindly sold me.

Looking forward to the Fisherman and then you might need an Atlanta

Tim R

Chris Fellows12/07/2020 15:57:38
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Yes Alan, I've got boats scattered around the house at the moment, post decorating, only a matter of time before you know who says something! I've bought a few loft boards to put down so at least some of the stuff out of the work room (not model related) can go up there.

I'm sure you will Tim, given your skills. Funny you should mention Atalanta! I've already got some drawings!

Chris

Colin Bishop12/07/2020 18:58:21
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How do you steer it? I've had a look on the Bauer site and it isn't obvious. Aroound £85!

Colin

Dave Milbourn12/07/2020 19:18:24
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Colin

stern drive.jpgI reckon this might be the answer.

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Colin Bishop12/07/2020 19:47:25
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Dave,

I can't make out where it pivots from looking at the Bauer images. None of them show this

**LINK**

Nor does the data sheet:

**LINK**

I must be missing something.

Colin

Edited By Colin Bishop on 12/07/2020 19:47:53

Chris Fellows12/07/2020 21:21:37
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Posted by Colin Bishop on 12/07/2020 18:58:21:

How do you steer it? I've had a look on the Bauer site and it isn't obvious. Aroound £85!

Colin

Hi Colin

The pivot will be in that box shaped part where the mounting bolts are. You can see a hole on the bottom where I assume the pivot pin locates. Drive, plus props, grease and and postage came to over a hundred quid. Then there's the motor, another reason for only one! No choice though really, apart from not doing it! The cheapest alloy ones I found were over three hundred quid and too big anyway.

Having said that I use the Raboesch maintenance free prop shafts usually and they are pretty expensive so the overall cost won't be that much different. At least I've got most of the other materials and tools already now.

Those cross-head mounting bolts with have to go though and be replaced with some allen head ones.

Chris

 

Edited By Chris Fellows on 12/07/2020 21:30:29

Colin Bishop12/07/2020 21:35:18
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Chris,

Yes, I see what you mean, it certainly looks like a nice piece of kit. and very realistic.

I see what you mean about recessing the mounting box into the transom, it would look better if you can do it that way.

I think we will all be very interested in seeing how it installs and performs in due course. You don't seem to see many scale Z drives on models. Must be quite a tight bend for the flexi drive and I see that they don't recommend putting too much power in reverse, otherwise it locks up.

Congrats on doing something a bit different.

Colin

Chris Fellows12/07/2020 22:54:35
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Thanks Colin

It does use a flexi-drive but only a short straight one. The drive is transmitted to the prop via steel bevel gears and SS bearings are used - as per your first link. The flexi-shaft is there to accommodate differing tilt angles and as you say in reverse if too much throttle is used as the unit is designed to tilt up if running over an obstacle.

Chris

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