Thanks guys. It is nice to know someone out there is reading these things besides myself. It takes awhile to get these all posted and it would suck if no one found some use out of them.
All that is left for this boat now is the buoy, sail retentions system, ballast and paint. As usual I am not going to go over ballasting because I still feel that this is an article all by it self. I also believe it should be written by someone who has done it more then me because I still pull my hair out every time. Especially with this little model. Due to its size it is very sensitive to the smallest of weight shifts. Installing the battery a little off can result in a lop sided boat. YUCK. Oh a quick trick is to cut a bit of foam to wedge the battery into place. Also you can make marks with a sharpie where the battery belongs. Also notable is that you should only need about 2oz of weight for this model. Of course this will also depend on the battery you use. The given weight estimate is using the LIPO battery sold on Caswellplating.com Also, of worthy mention is that you will probably not be able to get the boat to float at the real waterline. You will more than likely only get it to float 1/4" low. If you can get it to do better and still submerge proper, please by all means tell me how!
OK, the buoy is a very easy thing to install. First thing you want to do is drill a pilot hole in the right location. Wheres the right location well, it is right in the middle of where the other one was supposed to go. Look at the Trumpter instructions and find the place where it was supposed to go and drill a 1/16" hole right in the middle. Now get a drill bit that is the same size as the buoy nest and drill the hole out. Don't have a drill bit that big? Well, you could just use the largest you've got and file the rest away. Once the hole is the right size CA the buoy nest in place. Now go back and fill in any gaps you have with glazing putty or Evercoat. You can add some Evercoat around the base on the bottom to add strength if you like.
Here you ca see the bottom of mine installed.
Since this kit attaches the two halves with a screw underneath the sail you need to have a way to remove the sail easily. The best way to do this is using magnets. I chose to use neodymium magnets(yeah ok I have no idea how it spelled, basically those really strong magnets). These can be purchased all over the place but, I got mine from Justelectronics.com really cheap. You will only need 2 for this if you use the right size. The first magnet should be installed right on the upper bracing just forward of the retainment screw. Make sure to rough up the bottom of the magnet and the upper brace with some sand paper and CA it in place with a generous amount.
Here you can just see the rectangular magnet forward of the screw.
Now you will need to make a plate for the sail to install the other magnet onto. To make this I used a 1 inch wide piece of scrap styrene. Make sure it is a fairly thick whatever you use or the flex in the plastic will cause the magnet to come off regardless of the CA you use. Trust me it sucks when it happens while your running. Now make a mark on the sail at the approximate spot the magnet is on the support bracing. Now place the sail over the styrene strip and trace the shape of the hull. Now it is a mater of filing this piece down till it is a very snug fit. The snug fit is important so take it slow and check often. After you have the piece sug inside put it at the very bottom of the sail. Now put your other magnet on top of the CA's magnet. Now install the sail. The magnet should force that snug piece of plastic up just enough to allow for the magnets. Check to make sure the plate it level in the sail. If it isn't retry till you get it where you want and CA it in place. After the sail piece has dried apply some very thick CA to the top of the other magnet and install the sail. Leave it alone for awhile to allow the CA to dry. If you did everything right you will know because you can now pull the sail off and the magnets separated. If the hull wont separate or the magnet came loose you'll have to start all over
Here you can see how mine looks after get it right the second time
You will also need to make a tether to attach the sail to the upper hull in the event of a collision or Murphy's Law. All you need to do is attach a small length of string, cable, fishing wire..... whatever, to both halves.
Well thats it guys. Nothing left to do but paint the darn thing. You can choose your own paint scheme of course. Just remember that the Russians generally painted black past the half way mark to limit visibility from the surface. I chose to paint my hull this way as adding the white "surface trim" line and draft markings. Of course I haven't made my draft markings yet but that is because I'm working up the courage lol.
So, here she is ready for duty. Photos and video will follow after she sails this weekend.