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Bob Abell03/05/2011 10:58:46
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Well it`s about time you chipped in!
Welcome aboard, Ashley!.......Always nice when an expert gets involved!
I am in the process of sorting some better cable guides on deck., there was going to be a bell mouth at the entrance to the sheave, but the hole is a little too low
As for the wire floating??????.....Not a chance, old chap!......Just tried it in the bath!
We know all about the tricks of the trade, but the first voyage will be a genuine cable laying exercise. If things turn bad, then the trickery will start!
Thanks for looking in......Your comments are always welcome
ashley needham03/05/2011 12:32:31
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Bob, not suggesting that the wire will float, was more concerned about the aesthetics of the wire dropping into the oggy from behind the ship, or being under tension and having a fair amount being visibly pulled out the water.
Is it that the wire will be pulled off the spool by the ships forward motion, or fed over the stern by the motorized thingy? I suspect some tension will be required viz..pulling the cable, to prevent snarl up`s in deck.
Hence my suggestion for a mock up test rig/boat setup to test the operation and get "the look" right first. Photgraphic trickery will be of no use if the stuff isnt flowing out the back in the first instance....
Bob Abell03/05/2011 12:45:08
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Me and Ducky or...Ducky and I........will be carrying out a reliability test in a few days time, at Etherow lake, where we can study the situation
Just finalising the ship at the moment and waiting for the cable selection.
When GE is a reasonable distance from shore, the cable should be emerging from the stern sheave in a likeable manner, but the first 10 feet from shore could look a bit taut possibly........Will be an interesting trial?
Mark Beard03/05/2011 12:45:24
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The screened cable I have sinks like a stone too, but that may not be the point. Since the model will be in water which is way too shallow, even allowing for scale, and is likely to be travelling faster than scale, and will be pulling against the drum, with a force much greater than scale, I envision the cable coming from the stern at a more shallow angle than the real cable laying operation. If that's a bother, then a simple wire guide (with or without a pulley) below the waterline could ensure that the cable comes off the stern almost vertically, then trails at a shallower angle to the pond-bed unseen.
Bob Abell03/05/2011 12:59:10
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That`s a good idea there, Mark!.......About the concealed underwater eye
We`ll bear that in mind
We could move off in a series of stop/ allow the cable to sag?
Bob Abell03/05/2011 13:02:20
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How`s this then?

Just the ticket!
Bob Chief Eng
Bob Abell04/05/2011 09:33:17
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Ahoy there, chaps!
Does anybody know if there are certain specific flags to be flown when cable laying?
Needs to be correct for the television viewers!
Ducky04/05/2011 10:26:04
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Your certainly a stickler for detail Bob, I suppose its your engineering coming to the fore.
Nice to see you back into the modelling scene, its not been the same without your threads and comments. Looking foreward to the maiden voyage of your cable layer, hope its as exciting as the maiden voyage when it was first made, but not as exciting as the Deanie Deans At War when we were fighting the heavy wind and swells!.
Bob Abell04/05/2011 10:33:24
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Hello Ducky!
It`s about time you got involved again. You will be needed for the trials next week and also the TV event end of this month`ish......Can`t manage the big ship on my own!.....And besides....You know the ropes!
Bob Abell04/05/2011 11:59:44
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Got a PM from an avid reader!
He points out that one chimney was removed to make room for the cable tanks
But which one?
To me, it looks like No4
Will be a nice feature, to see this major alteration
Can someone confirm this before the hacksaw comes out?

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