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Stephen Garrad18/12/2020 20:43:34
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Good evening, my first post on this forum.

I have very nearly finished building a narrowboat model, Amelia Rose (I saw a post recently from someone who has just finished the same model) which I think is about 1 12th scale. I haven't had any problem with the woodwork & modelling part but the radio control part of it is completely new to me.

My local model shop were very helpful & have supplied me with a Reflex Stick PRO 3.1 2.4 ghz controller & a Viper Marine 20amp ESC & a Voltz Ni-Mh battery pack which they described as an entry level set up.

I've got everything in & appears to be running OK, we haven't been in the water yet as I've still got the ballast to sort.

My question is that when I operate the propeller motor the ESC makes a whistling? noise. Nothing when the steering servo is operated. Should it do that? I cant find any reference to the noise in the instruction leaflets. Can anyone shed any light on it for me please?

Thanks

Stephen

Colin Bishop19/12/2020 11:15:39
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Yes, the noise is quite common and varies according to the ESC and motor combination. It's to do with the way that the ESC feeds power to the motor and usually there is not much you can do about it. We have some experts on here who can explain it better than I can.

Colin

Charles Oates19/12/2020 13:33:23
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Yes, perfectly normal. The noise is coming from the motor, it's working a bit like a loudspeaker. The electrical pulses that change the motor speed are what you are hearing from the motor. Don't worry about it, the Viper is an excellent piece of kit.

One extra item of advice, many of us fit a fuse between the motor and the esc to protect it if the motor stalls, perhaps from weeding up. Whether you need to depends on your motor and it's stall current.

If any of that doesn't make sense, just ask.

Charles.

Stephen Garrad19/12/2020 21:56:09
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Thanks very much for the replies, it had me a bit worried but I shan't panic now.

The motor is an MFA/como drills 719RE540/1 but I don't think I know the stall current, what rating fuse should I use? Weeding up seems likely looking at the canal out the back!!

Sorted the ballast this morning, in the bath, it only just went in!!!

Thanks for your help.

Stephen

Dave Milbourn19/12/2020 23:07:45
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MFA show a speed of over 14000 RPM at 12v, which is way too fast for a narrowboat. It doesn't show a stall current for that voltage but it does for 6v (8.4A). I'd suggest using a 540LN instead. MFA's website is here MFA Como Drills

The tab you need is Miniature DC Motors.

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Charles Oates19/12/2020 23:40:45
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Hi Stephen,, not all that long ago that motor was a popular choice in a fast electric model. Even if you used the throttle gently your narrow boat would be horrible to sail. Follow Dave's advice and you'll be fine, the motor is very inexpensive. Narrow boats need very little power to sail well. Re the fuse, I would still fit one, but It's not essential with the LN motor. A car type blade fuse is the simplest to use, they can be connected with slip on connector's. 10 amp would be my first choice, but I'm guessing about the voltage you're using, 7.2 volts? you could change to a 15 amp one needed.

There was a picture posted recently of a very neat installation with a similar fuse used, one of Colin's I think, I'll have a look for you.

Charles.

Colin Bishop20/12/2020 09:32:20
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You can see it below. Two standard spade connectors attached to an automotive fuse. (towards the top right of the image) Click on the image for a larger view.

Colin

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Edited By Colin Bishop on 20/12/2020 09:34:19

Charles Oates20/12/2020 09:40:18
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That's saved me a search. I forgot to say, the L N motor is the same physical size as the motor you have, so no problems with installing it.

Charles

Stephen Garrad20/12/2020 17:44:10
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Thanks very much Dave, Colin & Charles for your help & guidance with this. The motor I have came with the model kit & so is what I have fitted but based on your suggestions I have ordered a 540LN, as you say they are not expensive. It will be interesting for me to see the difference in performance of the boat. Grandson & I were planning a maiden voyage on Boxing day but sadly that has now gone by the board.

That's a very neat installation in the picture, much tidier than mine, I can see the fuse, I can do the same. I have all I'll need & a proper crimper on our real narrow boat.

I have been thinking about the next model:**LINK**

a 37ft Oakley Lifeboat which I used to be involved with in Ilfracombe a long time ago. I haven't been in touch with the website yet, do you have any experience of those models, are they static or RC?

Thanks again for your help.

Stephen

Stephen Garrad30/12/2020 22:18:21
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We had the maiden voyage Christmas day afternoon when grandson visited, was a complete success till son in law fell in the canal at the back of our house. Grandson (9yrs) had a good laugh and carried on.

The new 540LN motor that Dave suggested would be more suitable came Christmas eve & was fitted & was fine. Minor panic when I found the drive shaft was about 5mm shorter than the old motor so needed a bit of tweaking. The old motor was fitted with what I now know is an RF suppressor, the new one isn't, is that a problem, what effect will that have on anything?

Did anyone have any thoughts about the Tony Green lifeboat model as the next project?

Just out of interest, in Colin's picture, what is the bit which appears to be suspended on elastic string but connected to nothing?

Thanks for all your help

Stephen

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