Ken very kindly provided me with a wooden springer hull so I have been cracking on with a rebuild. First task was to do a couple of minor repairs to the hull, sand back the existing paint and get the primer sprayed. Whilst I was at it I decided to replace the brass propshaft with one of Mark's Model Bits excellent stainless steel shafts.
Whilst I would love to work in wood for medical reasons I cannot use any power tools. I don't have a workshop and cannot do too much sanding in the house so it is a lot easier for me to work in plastic. Here is the Springer thus far:
The superstructure is made from 2mm styrene sheet.
The windows will be painted on as I wanted to make the model as strong as possible to resist my grandson's attentions. At the moment I am working on the exhaust stack.
The springer will be powered by a 555 from Mark's Model Bits running on an MTronics 15 amp ESC and two 7.4v 5800mah LiPo packs in parallel (I like using LiPo's).