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Postby oldmscle » Sun Mar 22, 2009 9:07 pm

Charlie,
I ran into the same problem and the solution lies in waiting until the last step tp glue those aft plastic carrier bearings to their hull supports. With them glued in place first, you're forcing everything forward of that point to follow that line in order to get a smooth rotation. This has forced you to mount the shafts too low in the hull...thus your clearence problem. I'd recommend breaking them loose and then getting your shafts into a proper position. Once there, tack everything and re test before you do the final glueing. This process worked well for me.

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Postby g2tiger » Sun Apr 05, 2009 8:12 am

Done.

I now have a much better alignment and rotation.

I am still working on a new radio. Every time I get a bit ahead something around the house goes out and my extra money goes with it.
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Postby raalst » Wed Apr 08, 2009 3:03 pm

Charlie, just a heads up, I got an email delvery error on a mail destined for you.
probably because someone sent you a PM which causes you to be mailed.
please check whether the email in your profile is still accurate.

Good luck with the build !
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Postby g2tiger » Tue Apr 21, 2009 8:36 pm

Well,

Got a tracker III for 140 the other day. Nice radio but I think I need a college degree to turn it on!

Working on the COD and Marlin but I now need a new ESC. Kevin Price turned me on to one but funds are TIGHT! I'll make it work though.

More on the COD later.
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Postby Polaris » Tue Apr 21, 2009 9:29 pm

So Charlie, is this thing going to be ready for Alpha trials by the next Subcom Deep South meeting?

Are we having one this Sat? or are we putting it off til next month?
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Postby g2tiger » Fri Apr 24, 2009 6:22 pm

Sorry for the delay.

We be puttin it off.

Probably May.
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Postby g2tiger » Wed Apr 29, 2009 3:48 pm

Gents,

Not much to report. Need a ESC. Probably will go with a proboats unit that kevin Price mentioned. I have an idea for some mods to the hull of the Gato but I will been a new model. That's OK as I intend to get one for the conning tower that I need for the Marlin.

more later.
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Postby aquadeep » Wed Apr 29, 2009 10:24 pm

The Pro Boat is a good ESC but the start is not very slow and depending on your setup she will lerch a bit but it will run great.
Im looking into a better one like the Aqucrafts ESC very slow starts but the reverse is a bit underpowered.,but great value.
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Postby Polaris » Sat May 02, 2009 1:21 pm

g2tiger wrote:Well,
Got a tracker III for 140 the other day. Nice radio but I think I need a college degree to turn it on!


Just received my Tracker III, and I agree, how do you work this thing? Picked it up on fleabay for cheap, when you turn yours on what version does it show in the display?
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Postby raalst » Sat May 09, 2009 2:54 pm

this might help
http://www.polkshobby.com/pdf/

aint google a great thing ?
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Some more work to look at

Postby g2tiger » Mon Jun 22, 2009 4:11 pm

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Postby g2tiger » Mon Jun 22, 2009 4:14 pm

Into the drink with her! Here is the first water trials. Sat a little low aft and listed to starboard but other than that and it sank it was OK. Turned out I had the ballast vet servo set slightly open which allowed a slow sink.
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Forward deck gun railing

Postby g2tiger » Mon Jun 22, 2009 4:19 pm

I finally did the forward rails. I had read in Fine Scale Modeler that you can use fishing line, Strands of copper or brass wire or even steel wire. The copper worked well for this. As yo can see I broke the sights on one side of the gun. I will glue some copper wire to the underside and see if that fixes it and adds strength as this is the second time I broke the same side. You can see the broken scope on the work bench. The gun you see is the aft gun which I had ordered from Revel from their web site.
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Postby g2tiger » Wed Aug 19, 2009 3:39 pm

Well,

Got her all together and took her to the 2009 regatta. I will post some of the photos of the last part of the build and plan to take photos of my planned mods but for right now enjoy the under way and under water shot.
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Postby SteveNeill » Wed Aug 19, 2009 4:02 pm

What a great shot Charlie! Congrats on your new boat.

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