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Paul T04/08/2012 06:35:43
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Given how much you paid for the kit I would think that it is a very big problem.

If I were running Graupner I would want to know how such a basic error managed to get through the design and prototype stages of production not just for this kit but for the wider implications involving all of their kits.

I don't know what Graupner consider to be an acceptable margin for design error but in my former professional world an error of 5mm in 1000mm would be unacceptable.




Edited By Paul T (fat controller) on 04/08/2012 07:02:47

Bob Abell04/08/2012 07:05:28
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The hull has a central space in the perimeter beading with a dimple marking the paddle axle position

That's the cause of the error

Blame the moulding and not the lovely precise top deck


Bob Abell04/08/2012 10:19:41
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The paddlewheels are simply pressed assembly throughout and rather fiddly

The pivot pins are plastic and pressed in......They don`t feel all that permanent to me and was wondering if I should touch each one with a soldering iron to seal them in?

Can`t risk glueing them, for obvious reasons


ashley needham04/08/2012 10:22:01
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Bob, Not seen any other comments about soldering the wheels, so perhaps they work fine as they are? Ashley

Bob Abell04/08/2012 10:26:28
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Thanks Ashley

I can give them a whirl and see what happens......Spares are bound to be available?

Good job I didn`t send my critical


Colin Bishop04/08/2012 10:33:08
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There seem to be quite a few Glasgow models about and I have never heard of them shedding bits of paddle. The wheels themselves have been available for many years and can be purchased separately at around £50 the pair. People use them for scratch built models.

I'd give them a go as they are before making 'improvements', tempting though that may be.


LARRY WHETTON05/08/2012 11:35:22
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Good Morning Bob ,

Watching paddle wheel build with interest , waiting to see your drive chain using the

the kit wheels , and motor links , thinking using graupner wheels for my LULONGA ,

but cost and motors and drive abit pricey , so will have to save up a bit longer,..

i see the the build is up to your first class standeds you should have coulum in a magzine

to help us strugling beginers..........Larry.....

Bob Abell05/08/2012 12:56:46
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Hello Larry

The drive is very simple!

I`m using a 540 motor with 50:1 reduction gearbox and equal 20 T sprockets from HOBBY`S

The tricky part for you, would be making the sprocket drive bushes, as the standard sprocket bushes are too small. You would need a lathe for this item.....





LARRY WHETTON05/08/2012 13:16:20
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hI Bob ,

Thank you for reply and info , that looks simple , the sprokets and the chain are they from the same store is that the hobbies who do the dolls house stuff ?

also will paddles run in reverse and have turn braking ? cheers Larrry....

Bob Abell05/08/2012 13:45:30
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The correct sprocket supplier, is spelt like this.......HOBBY`S .......You can get their catalogue from W H Smiths

The paddles will certainly reverse, but there`s not enough room inside the hull for two sets of drive gear and a 12v battery


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