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LARRY WHETTON10/02/2012 15:13:20
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Hi ,
Just part finished Lulonga river boat Dave Metcalf plan using vac form hull,                      
styrene for cabins , ikea blind wheel house and decks all winches and deck
works all scratch built out of bits and pieces.
it is now waiting for paddle wheels and motors and drive chain al a
bit pricey , got to save up , so will post when restart, .....Larry.

 stanchions by James Lane Display Models ....... 

Edited By LARRY WHETTON boatman76 on 10/02/2012 15:20:09

Bob Abell10/02/2012 15:22:49
9004 forum posts
2855 photos
Hello there, Larry
You`ve made a fine job of Lulonga
That`s true scratch building!
I like the handrails
LARRY WHETTON10/02/2012 15:43:12
819 forum posts
600 photos
Thank you Bob,
May be seeking help with wheels, looking at a Graupner set.
and MFA torpedo 500 6/1 gear box , but pulley set i don't no ./
STANCHIONS are by James Lane...railing is striped cable. .....Larry..
LARRY WHETTON10/02/2012 16:14:15
819 forum posts
600 photos
A few pictures of the start of build................

in the hull picture is early scratch built wheel , but came to heavy and wonky.
i am no engineer, Larry..
graham mcrobert 205/04/2012 19:13:49
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good looking build so far thumbs up

LARRY WHETTON01/05/2012 20:57:25
819 forum posts
600 photos

hi , as any body no the paddles at the right price for my Lulonga,/......Larry..

Guido Sambucetti18/07/2012 14:55:11
55 forum posts

Hi Larry,

I don´t know if you are still building Lulonga or if you´ve finished her, but I found this information that may be useful: somewhere I found a someone´s comment about having used rc tank gearboxes to drive his own Lulonga, and suggested the Mato Toys company. Under the link "Metal upgrade tank parts" you will find twin drive gearboxes for most of the models they sell. This is an example:

**LINK** version 3:1 Brass gearbox for 1/16 Henglong Tiger 1 tank (short shaft)&cate1=1:16 German Tiger 1 tank&pid=54&cid=&search=

Tamiya also manufactures one, but it´s rather expensive. You can find it on ebay.


I hope this is of help. Cheers!!

LARRY WHETTON18/07/2012 15:21:22
819 forum posts
600 photos

Hello Guido ,

Thank you for info, tried to both sites , one in china no prices given the other on e bay not to bad but no paypal also dont trust on line buying got stung on a purchased once , but still keep looking .....Larry...

Bob Abell18/07/2012 15:45:31
9004 forum posts
2855 photos

I'm surprised at you, Larry

Make your own paddles!

Simple ones are easy to make........A simple bobbin with radial saw cuts and pieces of thin ply glued in?

Or two discs, fretsawed out, with thin ply paddles from 1mm ply.....cut with the wife's scissors

Used screwed rod for the axles, from B&Q with nuts and washers for the drive!


LARRY WHETTON18/07/2012 16:08:46
819 forum posts
600 photos

Hello Bob , thank you for build tip will give it try , but still involved with trawler ,

wished i never started the beast.....poor mould and plan . but geting there ... thanks Larry..laugh

Edited By LARRY WHETTON boatman76 on 18/07/2012 16:09:20

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