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Philby17/08/2021 19:02:55
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Whilst I am away I brought this with me too build in the evening’s


Philby17/08/2021 22:14:58
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So all the bulkheads where released from the ABS plastic sheets.The quality of the parts had been laser cut with only tabs to be removed which were cut with a fine razor saws and finished with a file.

A dry run was carried out as seen in picture and any adjustments made .So far 2 tabs needed filing on the stringer too fit onto the keel

Next stage will be to glue it all together



Richard Simpson17/08/2021 22:50:33
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Very neat. It will be interesting to see how easily the skin goes on.

ashley needham17/08/2021 22:53:36
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...and you have somewhere to test it as well, by the looks of things!


timg22/08/2021 01:03:33
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Hi Philby

I like the look of that kit , and will be watching your progress.

The only aero naut kits I have built have have had wooden hulls , which fitted together pretty well really, hopefully your abs parts will be of a similar standard, as Richard said it will be interesting to see how the skins fit .

good luck with your build


Philby19/09/2021 10:55:39
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Morning all

not much has been done to the pilot boat for a while

So it’s question time, I am at the stage of putting the skins on but the ABS plastic is stiff to bend at the bow and I was thinking of warming the skin in the sun too allow the shaping at the bow

Is this a good idea or not


Paul T19/09/2021 13:28:45
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Is the ABS that you are using UV stable or will it become brittle in strong sunlight?

Ray Wood 219/09/2021 17:53:06
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Hello Phil,

I would try hot water to soften the plastic, just enough to allow it to become pliable and let it cool off insitu on the hull framework, hopefully it will re-harden with the required curve

Regards Ray

Philby19/09/2021 20:35:14
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not sure what type of ABS is being used .Although did try it in the sun but no luck


I will try the hot water too form the shape


Philby05/04/2022 11:35:03
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i have not done much too this since 2021 although I have now acquired the motors and a component shop P94 dual esc/mixer controller ready for when I return


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