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Postby SteveUK » Tue Nov 27, 2007 12:30 pm

20 ! :shock: Wow! That's good to hear.

I have bought the parts for a gas sysyem, very similar to yours. It will go in my 1/48 type VII when complete. ..I'm not sure if the Trumpeter Seawolfs have made it over here yet, I haven't seen any at the shows.
I have yet to make the compressed gas cylinder for my system - I had been a bit worried that something this size would not give very many blows. You have just educated me. So I will stick with this size when I build mine (no more talk of aerosol sized gas cylinders :wink: . )

Is that the 30mm size copper pipe :?:
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Postby DavieTait » Tue Nov 27, 2007 7:20 pm

I'm just waiting till after Christmas before ordering one of BigDave's WTC's for my Seawolf. Going to start out with pump and bladder before even thinking about gas.

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Postby Rogue Sub » Wed Nov 28, 2007 12:35 pm

Ditch that type VII and get a seawolf Steve!! Just remember that the ballast tank size neccesary for the seawolf to work isnt exactly a cavern!
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Postby Sub culture » Wed Nov 28, 2007 1:09 pm

SteveUK wrote:I'm not sure if the Trumpeter Seawolfs have made it over here yet, I haven't seen any at the shows.


They're available from Hannants, I've seen them in the shop in person. They also stock the Kilo and Gato from Trumpeter

http://www.hannants.co.uk/
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Postby SteveUK » Wed Nov 28, 2007 1:16 pm

Nuke Power wrote:Ditch that type VII and get a seawolf Steve!!


:lol: ..you're obviously a 'nuke' man then. :)

Sorry, can't ditch my beloved U-boat - its been such a looooong journey together (scratchbuilding!) I must get it finished.



Sub culture I expect the Seawolfs will slowly filter to the small shops now then.
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Postby Rogue Sub » Wed Nov 28, 2007 6:19 pm

Dont get me wrong Steve. Never ditch a scratch build. But... you could have a seawold turned out in 1-2 weeks off of work time. To me that equals near instant gratification.
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Postby Wayne Frey » Sun Mar 16, 2008 8:39 pm

Whatever happened to Wayne?
Ha!
Well, I moved across town, met a good woman, and had eye surgery. At long last, I can get back to the boat!!
Tailfeathers went on this wekeend, along with the pumpjet shorud and shaft bushing. Really straightforward. Minor things overcome in moments.
BTW, Lesson learned on installing the planes/rudder and jumpers. It is a LOT easier to put a "z" bend attachment on BEFORE you run the shafts through the yokes!!! Otherwise, you have to get small, flexy, and say really bad words from the cave :)
A great build and good choice for a 1st time builder, in my opinion.


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Postby Rogue Sub » Sun Mar 16, 2008 8:53 pm

c'mon Mr. Vice President lets see some more motivation!!!
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Postby Wayne Frey » Sun Mar 16, 2008 9:45 pm

You are right.
Look for my posting on the genral thread.
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Postby SteveUK » Mon Mar 17, 2008 6:45 am

Coming on nicely there Wayne, nice clean build. :wink:
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Postby SteveUK » Mon Mar 17, 2008 6:47 am

btw is that a Peathol mini Lathe you got there :?:
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Postby Wayne Frey » Mon Mar 17, 2008 10:40 pm

It's a Taig Lathe. Handy as pockets on a shirt.
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Postby SteveUK » Tue Mar 18, 2008 6:47 am

Wayne Frey wrote:It's a Taig Lathe. Handy as pockets on a shirt.


Boy, looks just like my little Peatol!

http://www.peatol.com/
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Postby Wayne Frey » Sun Mar 23, 2008 9:32 pm

Ok,
From last week's work, I did a dumb thing. So here is how I fixed it.
Two points here.
One: This is exactly why you should not be afraid to get in there and swing at building. Any mistake can be fixed.
Two: Everything Merrimen does, has a purpose !!
Last week as I assembled the shaft and put on the impellor, I noted excessive play in the Imellor housing. That is when I realized what I had done...
As supplied, the shaft comes beautifully done, with all the parts on it for the customer, On the end of the shaft was a small turned resin piece. I quickly thought it was just to retain the small parts and quickly cut it off. Stupid. I further placed the small brass bushing on the impellor, which fit perfectly. Wrong!!! I realized my folly. The brass bushing is for the impellor shroud piece. The plastic I had cut off was the bushing for the impellor.
I dont love making mistakes. But I learn from them. So today this is what I did. First, I tapped off the bushing, cleaned it, and properly installed in as the stern bearing for the shroud housing.

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I then went to the Taig (told you it was handier than pockets on a shirt!). I then took a resin rod, and turned and drilled it to fit.
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Where di that resin rod come from? Good question. Everytime I have cast parts, there is always a little extra. I grabbed a few of those McDonalds straws and filled them with excess, let it cure, then stripped away the plastic. Cool, huh? I also have som brass rods and tubes that I placed in small measuring cups with curing leftover resin, so that later, I may come up with something on the lathe for masts, emergency bouys with lights, or whatever.
Anyway, now on the path to correctness, I ca ed the impellor to the new resin bushing, set the shaft in place, and ca ed the now-fitting impellor to the shaft again. Nice.
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Next I noticed the top rudder dragged on the hull slightly towards the rear, so I filed it carefully until it cleared, and only the shaft area touched.

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I then took time testing and timing the rudder linkage and stern planes.
Satisfied , I now put the Evercoat in place to fair in the hull to the appendages. I used Qtips dipped in alchool to wipe down the joints while the Evercoat was wet. First try for that. It works very well.
Then, primered out so that I could see any imperfections to adress later.

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Now it is starting to look like something!! I will now piddle around with hull index tabs, fit and finish, while my silent co-conspiritor lurking here on the boards gets ready something new for this boat...
(Hint,hint I am ready )
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Postby U812 » Mon Mar 24, 2008 3:37 pm

Wayne in between all the turnkey work I'm doing at got a urge to run a boat yesterday. I picked the Seawolf. In seconds the WTC was installed, gassed up and ready to go.

This boat is just about as plug and play as you get. And with the APC it will cruise level all day. Great boat. Your going to love it.

I also ran it at the lake recently. Very nice for a small boat.

Keep at it.

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