Once again this thread is long
overdue for updating. Sorry about that, guys. Those following along from above may be interested to know that I did indeed get Seaview
ready in time to take with me to the West Coast Fall Fun Run in San Francisco back on that first weekend of October. She wasn't fully finished, and therefore not at her best, but she was in good enough shape to run and did put forth an encouraging performance. She still has significant trim and sail plane linkage issues—plus assorted other miscellany requiring attention—but I did successfully get her to run, turn, dive, surface and come back
, all while looking great and turning heads. Look for my photo-heavy coverage of the whole SanFran Fun Run event in the forthcoming December issue of the SCR
. That same issue will also feature the first in a series of build articles detailing my specific approach to this boat for any interested in seeing how it got started. Now I'm eager to get back to work on her of course, but the holiday season and some very involving upcoming home remodeling work will no doubt keep me away from her till sometime early in the New Year. Till then, I figure I can at least present below the additional refit work which permitted her to patrol those Golden Gate Park waters. So here we go....
We start here by marking the pumpjet water intake openings for enlargement. I found out in Carmel that the boat was significantly underpowered; more water for the pumpjets should equal better propulsion.
Setting her up to enlarge the holes. Note also I once again attacked the joint between the hull and the aft engine assembly. That gap was bothering me, requiring more filler work.
Cutting out the holes, first with a reciprocating saw, then shaping the final cut with a small grinder on a Dremel.
Here they are, successfully enlarged. A little sanding to further smooth the edges, then on to the next task.
Her white keel now gets repainted.
Now to mask in prep for priming the areas where all the hull split repair and joint reworking had been done.
Primer's now applied to the specific target areas.
Some filler resanding done here.
Repainting the primered portions of the hull with what was left of the custom-mixed Seaview
medium grey color I'd acquired from Steve Neill once he'd finished the build.
But of course I ran out, so had to mix up a batch of my own using Steve's very specific recipe of Model Master acrylic paints. The "R" here is for the Real paint. The "T" is for my Test color. After much experimentation and mixing, I'd really gotten it darned close. The "plus" sign truly tells it: the vertical line is in the original color. The cross hatch is my recreated color. A major success, and not an easy one, believe me. But I'd have been sunk if I couldn't match Steve's special color; I really
didn't want t have to repaint the entire boat from scratch!
JB Weld-ing the former sail plane pushrod's magnets onto a Dubros linkage cable as a replacement. I installed this replacement cable later, but had trouble getting the length accurate and its resulting throw correct and workable. More toil ahead in this arena, obviously, and I'll be looking to my SC buddies for their specific help.
in the backyard kiddie pool happily donated to the cause by Houston buddy Paul Crozier. This brief effort occurred literally minutes before loading her in the car (still dripping wet) and hopping on the 5 Fwy. north toward San Francisco, Friday morning, September 30th.
Honestly, don'tcha just love
this trim tank though? It's the perfect "Voyage" adventure—Seaview
takes on the giant (happy!) dragon, and with no means of escape!
Thanks to one and all for your interest and for following along. I'll get back to updating this thread with—I hope—"finishing up" work sometime after the holidays. I further strongly hope to get back to building my 66" Disney Nautilus
not long thereafter. Till then, Happy New Year!
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