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A Skipjack in Ireland No.2

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  • A Skipjack in Ireland No.2

    Here we go again!!!

    I'm having another go at converting the Revell 1/72 Skipjack to R/C, it's just too good a model when completed to be without.

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    Z - cut complete, on my usual oak effect stand.


    Lots of problems with this hull, it had seriously warped in the box (left in sunlight?). Plenty of filling and alignment strips were needed to get it aligned and still more to do.

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    I'm adding details I didn't do last time...........the mast light on the tower, a bit over scale.

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    It matches the tail light on the upper rudder.

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    I've a few bits left over from the last build, enough to scratch the gratings on the lower hull.

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    My good friend David sent me a package all the way from the USA to Ireland, including this cracking prop..................

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    ........ here it is polished and ready to go.


    As I've standardised on 2mm brass bolts into collared nuts, here's the attachment point.


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    All I'm short of is the yokes to hold the rudders and dive planes and I'm set to go.

    The Boattrainman


    Last edited by The Boattrainman; 05-10-2019, 11:33 AM.
    ''We're after men, and I wish to God I was with them........!''

  • #2
    This is how much warping I'm having to sort, suggestions welcome!

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    Rob
    ''We're after men, and I wish to God I was with them........!''

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    • #3
      Rob,
      Could you make your pin face up and hook that under the front lip? That would pull it down and lock it in place. (aside from the obvious of trying to heat it and bend the parts)
      Peace,
      tom
      If you can cut, drill, saw, hit things and swear a lot, you're well on the way to building a working model sub.

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      • #4
        Too late to get you those, stern control surface yokes?

        David
        "... well, that takes care of Jorgenson's theory!"

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        • #5
          Hi Tom,

          The locking bolt pulls the hull downward at that point and works fine, but then the side bulge outwards a bit.

          It's weird, if you look at the top pic, it looks like the top and bottom hulls are two different shades of grey plastic.

          I tried heating with a powerful hair dryer inside the hull, but it was making the warp worse!!!!

          I can work with shims of styrene and lots of sanding, but I don't think this one will be perfectly round unless I can de-warp the middle hull.

          Rob
          ''We're after men, and I wish to God I was with them........!''

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          • #6
            Hi David,

            No dude, just starting out on the Skippy, that's all the progress to date. Alternating between this and the Type XXXIII, any rear parts available would be helpful, especially those yokes, reallly tight space in there my usual 3mm brass and plastic cranks don't fit.

            Thanks.

            Rob
            ''We're after men, and I wish to God I was with them........!''

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            • #7
              Originally posted by The Boattrainman View Post
              Hi David,

              No dude, just starting out on the Skippy, that's all the progress to date. Alternating between this and the Type XXXIII, any rear parts available would be helpful, especially those yokes, reallly tight space in there my usual 3mm brass and plastic cranks don't fit.

              Thanks.

              Rob
              Excellent. Send me your mailing address. dmeriman@aol.com

              David
              "... well, that takes care of Jorgenson's theory!"

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              • #8
                Work on the tower continues, I removed the entire bottom section of plastic.....

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                ...............and two large slots on the hull top.........

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                .......this give access through the upper hull into the tower, I'm gluing the tower to the hull on this one.

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                The diving planes on the tower are activated by my usual twin tiller arms glued together with a long extension arm, each dive plane has 3mm rod that slots into each tiller, and the second slot in the hull is so my allen key extension will reach the grub screws.

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                The lighting (3mm LEDs) are attached............

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                ...............I added an off white/orange in the triangular window at the conning tower rear for the hell of it.

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                The Boattrainman
                Last edited by The Boattrainman; 05-19-2019, 01:29 PM.
                ''We're after men, and I wish to God I was with them........!''

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by He Who Shall Not Be Named View Post

                  Excellent. Send me your mailing address. dmeriman@aol.com

                  David
                  Did you get the stuff?

                  David
                  "... well, that takes care of Jorgenson's theory!"

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                  • #10
                    Enroute from New Jersey, customs clearance sorted!

                    Rob
                    ''We're after men, and I wish to God I was with them........!''

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by The Boattrainman View Post
                      Enroute from New Jersey, customs clearance sorted!

                      Rob
                      Excellent!

                      David
                      "... well, that takes care of Jorgenson's theory!"

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                      • #12
                        So some goodies arrived from good old USA, many thanks to David, what a guy. These will make a huge difference to the build.

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                        I've been balancing the props on my surface skimmers as I got this balancer recently..............

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                        ......the brass props only needed a tiny piece removed from the rear of the boss to get them right, however...............

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                        ...............I've had to take a massive chunk out of the Skipjack prop, and while it's a lot better, it's still outa whack.

                        Getting so I don't want to take any more off, don't want to damage it or compromise the shape.

                        The Boattrainman

                        ''We're after men, and I wish to God I was with them........!''

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                        • #13
                          Should be OK; unless you're planning to water ski behind that boat.

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                          • #14
                            I expect your brass props have a much smaller boss?
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                            • #15
                              Yes, deffo, the brass ones are smaller and I don't think it's a major problem if it's a small bit out, not like a model airplane prop.

                              Anyway, I've taken off as much as I dare and it certainly doesn't wobble anymore when spun by hand.

                              Will fill the void with epoxy and sand over.

                              Rob

                              ''We're after men, and I wish to God I was with them........!''

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