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My Redoutable first lake run

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  • #16
    Seals underway to your address, Steve. Should be there by the end of the week.

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

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    • #17
      Originally posted by He Who Shall Not Be Named View Post
      Seals underway to your address, Steve. Should be there by the end of the week.

      David
      Huge appreciation sir. Thank you very much!

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      • #18
        Originally posted by redboat219 View Post
        Have you ever considered covering the PLA in epoxy or fiberglass to reinforce it?
        Mine hasn't needed it. I am so used to keeping foamy jets out of the sun that this is not a big deal for me if that is what you are referring to.

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        • #19
          Coating a print with epoxy is a good thing, but not necessary if you baby the hull. It also smooths over details such as scribing and holes that are part of the printed surface, so not always desirable. If you're going to do a large print with little or no detail, I'd print and then lay up a 4oz layer of cloth over it, just to make sure you have it for years to come. No worries on the interior of the boat.

          Bob

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          • #20
            Oh, and Steve, that is a gorgeous-running boat! Rock steady while surfaced or submerged. You should be very proud!

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            • #21
              Originally posted by SubHuman View Post
              Oh, and Steve, that is a gorgeous-running boat! Rock steady while surfaced or submerged. You should be very proud!
              Thanks Bob! It did great and has help me to better understand some of the mystery of RC Subs. I look forward to running it again. I figured out where my leak is and will have that fixed soon enough. I also had to make some adjustments to get the gas backup to engage but she should be ready to go again in no time.

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              • #22
                David, got the seals. Thank you again. I really appreciate that and the leak is now fixed.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by RCJetDude View Post
                  David, got the seals. Thank you again. I really appreciate that and the leak is now fixed.
                  Excellent, sir.

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

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                  • #24
                    Interesting day at the lake today... So, I got the leak fixed on my Redoutable and everything working properly it seemed. Decided to head to the lake for a run. When I got there everything looked good. A beautiful late afternoon. Got her ready and set her down in the water. First thing to go wrong was that my throttle was reversed. I had recalibrate it and failed to notice the direction had changed. DOH!! No big deal, I just pulled back on the throttle to go forward and she was underway. She cruised well for about 5 minutes and then seemed to get slower until it quit about 15 feet from the shore. I still had radio, just no propulsion. I didn't think to bring anything to retrieve it with but the wind was in my favor... that is until it shifted. Faced with it drifting further from shore I decided to head to my local Walmart for a fishing pole. Of course I ended up behind someone who didn't drive anywhere near the speed limit and half way there the first drops of rain hit the windshield. It was raining pretty good when I got to Walmart and so I decided to park near the entrance closest to sporting goods. Got to the entrance and because of the virus they had it closed which was a new one on me. Walked across the front of the building to the other entrance and then proceeded all the way back to the opposite corner of the store where I found hardly any fishing poles or sinkers that weren't under an ounce. Grabbed the cheapest rod and reel I could find, some 20lb test and 1/2 ounce sinkers. As I left the store the rain started coming down in sheets... by the time I got into my car at the other end of the parking lot I was soaked completely through and the inside of the driver side door was dripping wet. Back to the lake I again ended up behind someone who didn't believe in at least going the speed limit. Looking on the bright side the delay allowed the rain to start subsiding just a little. In spite of the squalls from the storm the sub was only about 40 ft from shore so in the rain I quickly tried to get the line on the reel without anything to cut it but my teeth. I got the line cinched down on the reel and realized I didn't do it right. I finally got it corrected and wound the line onto the reel then tied the sinker on to the line after 3 minutes of trying to bite it in two. While I was doing this I failed to notice that the bale was not set to lock so the line loosened up and wadded up around the reel. It was a mess, I was wet and my sub was drifting further from shore but I sat down, set the lock on the reel and untangled the line. Finally the rain quit and after about 10 tries I was able to get the line over the rudder and gently pull it to shore. My initial thought was that the 3300 mA 3S Lipo had died but when I got it home and apart it was still showing 54% but it smells like the motor burned out. I mean a bad burned winding smell. I didn't feel like I was pushing it that hard and I can imagine it can get toasty inside the cylinder but never dreamed the motor would get hot enough to burn out but that is what appears to have happened. Funny at times, frustrating at others but all a big learning experience. I hope all my outings don't got like this.

                    So, Mr. Merriman or Bob, do you happen to have a spare motor I could purchase from you?
                    Last edited by RCJetDude; 06-10-2020, 01:12 AM.

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                    • #25
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                      Interesting day at the lake today...
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                      Make it simple, make strong, make it work!

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                      • #26
                        WOW Steve!

                        You really had your fair share of issues yesterday! I glad you got your Redoutable back! That is one really nice boat and it would have been a sad day to have lost it! But your perseverance paid off! I hope that the motor replacement will put back into the water again!

                        Rob

                        "Firemen can stand the heat"

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by RCJetDude View Post
                          Interesting day at the lake today... So, I got the leak fixed on my Redoutable and everything working properly it seemed. Decided to head to the lake for a run. When I got there everything looked good. A beautiful late afternoon. Got her ready and set her down in the water. First thing to go wrong was that my throttle was reversed. I had recalibrate it and failed to notice the direction had changed. DOH!! No big deal, I just pulled back on the throttle to go forward and she was underway. She cruised well for about 5 minutes and then seemed to get slower until it quit about 15 feet from the shore. I still had radio, just no propulsion. I didn't think to bring anything to retrieve it with but the wind was in my favor... that is until it shifted. Faced with it drifting further from shore I decided to head to my local Walmart for a fishing pole. Of course I ended up behind someone who didn't drive anywhere near the speed limit and half way there the first drops of rain hit the windshield. It was raining pretty good when I got to Walmart and so I decided to park near the entrance closest to sporting goods. Got to the entrance and because of the virus they had it closed which was a new one on me. Walked across the front of the building to the other entrance and then proceeded all the way back to the opposite corner of the store where I found hardly any fishing poles or sinkers that weren't under an ounce. Grabbed the cheapest rod and reel I could find, some 20lb test and 1/2 ounce sinkers. As I left the store the rain started coming down in sheets... by the time I got into my car at the other end of the parking lot I was soaked completely through and the inside of the driver side door was dripping wet. Back to the lake I again ended up behind someone who didn't believe in at least going the speed limit. Looking on the bright side the delay allowed the rain to start subsiding just a little. In spite of the squalls from the storm the sub was only about 40 ft from shore so in the rain I quickly tried to get the line on the reel without anything to cut it but my teeth. I got the line cinched down on the reel and realized I didn't do it right. I finally got it corrected and wound the line onto the reel then tied the sinker on to the line after 3 minutes of trying to bite it in two. While I was doing this I failed to notice that the bale was not set to lock so the line loosened up and wadded up around the reel. It was a mess, I was wet and my sub was drifting further from shore but I sat down, set the lock on the reel and untangled the line. Finally the rain quit and after about 10 tries I was able to get the line over the rudder and gently pull it to shore. My initial thought was that the 3300 mA 3S Lipo had died but when I got it home and apart it was still showing 54% but it smells like the motor burned out. I mean a bad burned winding smell. I didn't feel like I was pushing it that hard and I can imagine it can get toasty inside the cylinder but never dreamed the motor would get hot enough to burn out but that is what appears to have happened. Funny at times, frustrating at others but all a big learning experience. I hope all my outings don't got like this.

                          So, Mr. Merriman or Bob, do you happen to have a spare motor I could purchase from you?
                          I need to know what seized your motor. That propeller is no where near the torque load that would fry that big motor. Would you send me the entire motor bulkhead less the servo tray? Or, I'll just blast you a new motor, right away. You're call. This is amazing.

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

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                          • #28
                            David, maybe this will work. Here is a short video of what I am seeing. There was nothing fouling the prop and everything in the motor bulkhead felt free. No binding of any kind detected except in the damaged motor which obviously got hot. I am happy to purchase another motor. Just IM me the details.

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by RCJetDude View Post
                              David, maybe this will work. Here is a short video of what I am seeing. There was nothing fouling the prop and everything in the motor bulkhead felt free. No binding of any kind detected except in the damaged motor which obviously got hot. I am happy to purchase another motor. Just IM me the details.

                              I so wish others who have tried to explain problems to me were as to-the-point, and spot on as your video presentation. I love dealing with grown-ups!

                              Bad motor! No doubt. I'll have another one off to you, with attached pinion, in the mail today. E-mail me your mailing address, please. And is there anything else you need I can slip into the box?

                              dmeriman@aol.com

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

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                              • #30
                                Got the motor David. Again, thank you very much! I got the Redoutable fixed and back in the water on my second attempt after one silly mishap sent me home on the first try. The second run was a much needed success! Every time I go run it I learn something new.

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