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Anyone else converted Bronco's 1/35 Type XXIII to RC

Postby redboat219 » Sun Nov 03, 2013 1:41 am

Does anyone know of any builders other than David Merriman, Big Dave or Manfred ( MFR) who converted or is currently doing a conversion of the 23?
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Re: Anyone else converted Bronco's 1/35 Type XXIII to RC

Postby Warpatroller » Tue Nov 19, 2013 8:10 pm

redboat219 wrote:Does anyone know of any builders other than David Merriman, Big Dave or Manfred ( MFR) who converted or is currently doing a conversion of the 23?


I think Thor stated he converted one. Feng, of ArkModel, looked like he was working on one.. Other than them, no..
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Re: Anyone else converted Bronco's 1/35 Type XXIII to RC

Postby Richard » Thu Dec 26, 2013 11:05 am

Working on one right now...


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Re: Anyone else converted Bronco's 1/35 Type XXIII to RC

Postby Thor » Thu Dec 26, 2013 2:20 pm

I did convert mine over to R/C. It is a very easy boat to convert. I made a different prop for it and replaced a couple of the appendages that I thought might be easily damaged. The boat handles very nicely, although it is a bit sluggish in turns.

I am using a very simple gas cylinder in it now. I started off with a pump version, but the pump had leaks in the housing so I am searching for a new make of pump to replace it with. Currently, the XXIII is sitting on the shelf,unpainted, while I get a few version of our new cylinder prepared to go out to a few friends as test platforms and getting my Permit, Sturgeon, and Kairyu ready for the SubRegatta in Keystone, Colorado in July.

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Re: Anyone else converted Bronco's 1/35 Type XXIII to RC

Postby Sub culture » Thu Dec 26, 2013 6:08 pm

What sort of water pump are you using?
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Re: Anyone else converted Bronco's 1/35 Type XXIII to RC

Postby Thor » Thu Dec 26, 2013 10:35 pm

Hi Andy,

It is a high volume, low pressure centrifugal cooling pump. I have a very nice one coming, but it is fairly expensive. We'll see how it works. The cheap pump from china was a complete piece of junk.

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Re: Anyone else converted Bronco's 1/35 Type XXIII to RC

Postby Sub culture » Sat Dec 28, 2013 3:00 am

There is this company here in the UK. I haven't tried their pumps, but they look like high quality items, and they're very small units.

http://micropumps.co.uk/TCSproducts.html
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Re: Anyone else converted Bronco's 1/35 Type XXIII to RC

Postby redboat219 » Sat Dec 28, 2013 1:12 pm

Matt,
Can you post some photos of your boat?
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Re: Anyone else converted Bronco's 1/35 Type XXIII to RC

Postby Thor » Sat Dec 28, 2013 7:51 pm

Certainly. I will put some photos up as soon as its painted. Its in its native plastic right now, and the cylinder is now in my Permit getting ready for the KeyStone Regatta.

Thanks for the link, Andy! Finding a good quality pump that will last is a challenge.

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Re: Anyone else converted Bronco's 1/35 Type XXIII to RC

Postby Sub culture » Sun Dec 29, 2013 8:15 am

The pump that failed, was it the same as this one?

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Re: Anyone else converted Bronco's 1/35 Type XXIII to RC

Postby redboat219 » Sun Dec 29, 2013 9:37 am

How bout the wtc?
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Re: Anyone else converted Bronco's 1/35 Type XXIII to RC

Postby Thor » Sun Dec 29, 2013 1:55 pm

Andy,

It looks just like that pump you have shown here. It has a polycarbonate housing with a free floating rotor. The volute to the pump is threaded on to the front of the pump. 2.2 L/min. It worked well for about an hour of operation, then failed. The second pump didn't last as long as the first.

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Re: Anyone else converted Bronco's 1/35 Type XXIII to RC

Postby Sub culture » Sun Dec 29, 2013 2:34 pm

This one is rated at about 1.5litre per minute on 12 volts. It's very small about an inch diameter.

Only carried out bench tests on it, but seems to be reliable so far. They don't like to be run dry.
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Re: Anyone else converted Bronco's 1/35 Type XXIII to RC

Postby salmon » Wed Jan 01, 2014 4:27 pm

Got a pool run in. Here it is:
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Re: Anyone else converted Bronco's 1/35 Type XXIII to RC

Postby redboat219 » Thu Jan 02, 2014 1:57 am

Good job!

Can't wait to get mine...

Wonder how she behaves without an angle keeper. :roll:
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