|Andy F||17/08/2020 16:43:49|
|54 forum posts|
So given the facts that:
a) I'm not flying a plane and
b) I don't want to go brushless,
I've decided to stick with the original suggestion of 2x Speed 600's. It's only 40 quid so what the hell.
Also, I'm taken with Charles' suggestion of going back to what it was (more or less) with a few cosmetic alterations.
Does anyone have a copy of plans for the Sea Commander superstructure they could let me have or borrow?
|ashley needham||19/08/2020 07:50:14|
6755 forum posts
Sensible decision Andy, they may not be the optimum, but they will be adequate. You can always do a straight swap upgrade later if the mood takes you.
|harry smith 1||26/09/2020 05:46:43|
|1040 forum posts|
I have a PDF copy of the Aerokits plan which I can send you.
Message your email address.
|Andy F||26/09/2020 13:28:16|
|54 forum posts|
Thanks for the kind offer Harry but I'm way past that stage now, I decided to let my imagination loose and see what I came up with.
This is Pecola* as she stands at the moment. I tried the 600 motors but they (and the wiring) were getting way too hot for my liking so I replaced them with a pair of 385's and everything's good now.
As you can see, the boat has a fully detailed 3 cabin interior with working lights (so that all that work can actually be seen)...
...and the skeleton of a small jolly boat at the stern. That's what I'm currently working on.
I still have lots to do on her but so far I think she's looking good. Eventually the hull will be painted a nice rich gloss blue with a white waterline and red oxide below that. I also intend to put a large white swimming penguin logo on the bow.
The build/renovation has been a bit of a PIA because I originally built this boat nearly 40 years ago when I was young and stupid so consequently nothing is really where it should be. The motors for example have had to be mounted at an angle relative to the width of the boat because the prop shafts were mounted wrong in the first place and I didn't want to start messing about with them because they work fine. It looks OK now, just don't look too closely inside
Pecola is a Japanese kids TV programme about a small animated penguin with a square head. I've named my boat Pecola as an homage to my works supervisor. He walks around like a demented penguin most of the time and he's a real PIA too so it kinda fits.
Thanks for looking.
|Andy F||03/10/2020 17:30:20|
|54 forum posts|
So. A bit more done and several disasters with paint. I know now that certain paints cannot be laquered and certain laquers cannot be painted. Three separate rubdowns to bare wood taught me this. Still, the gorgeous blue is now done and I can look forward to doing the waterline and beneath. That should be fun
Pics so far.
The gorgeous Ellie and her sun loungers
... and the interior lights
Roughly 40 years in the making and not there yet. Is this a record?
237 forum posts
I think this looks fantastic and has created a very unique and dramatic vessel.
Surprised to hear the 600s got too hot, I wonder what prop they have, nothing too big I hope but if its OK now on 385s then no bother!
|ashley needham||23/11/2020 15:20:35|
6755 forum posts
Very nice Andy, great colour hull.
My “go-to” motors are the MFA 540/1 low power ones. On 7.2 v they produce much more power than a385 (which I think is probably a bit weedy for you boat) andare guaranteed not to get hot on s35 or40mm two blade props.
Will even take a 3s Lipo as they go up to 15v.
Edited By ashley needham on 23/11/2020 15:21:34
|The Long Build||23/11/2020 19:03:45|
701 forum posts
I really like that, it is one great looking Super Yacht.
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