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Re: Aerokits Sea Queen. Going brushless in 2017
« Reply #75 on: February 13, 2018, 12:34:34 PM »

Peter.
Both are superb models. My preference would be the open cockpit of the Swordsman. However, if you are going to run in rougher waters the Huntsman is less likely to take on water; as might happen to the Swordsman.
Or build both!
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« Reply #76 on: February 13, 2018, 01:46:18 PM »

David - Peter already has a Swordsman, so I think the Huntsman is in addition.

Good idea to build more than one type though as that's what I'm doing! I've got a couple on the go at the moment, including a Swordsman (but the aft cabin version) and the plan is to build 4 or 5 different ones!

Whilst the intention was to stick with the wooden hulled boats I did pick up a Spearfish kit recently but will probably fit a timber superstructure.

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Re: Aerokits Sea Queen. Going brushless in 2017
« Reply #77 on: March 15, 2018, 08:42:34 PM »

The screen on my SQ was a quick job some 30 years ago. Looking at some of the models on this forum I thought it was about time to try and improve it. Using some brass channel I made up a frame I thought suited the boat.  I have also taken on a helmsman though I may have to move the battery to balance his weight!  I think the stepped cockpit floor and door suit the scale of this boat.  The Perspex can be slipped in to the channel and fixed with Canopy Glue. Navigation light to be added soon.

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« Reply #78 on: March 16, 2018, 09:12:58 AM »

Looking really good. Where did you get the helmsman figure from please?
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« Reply #79 on: March 16, 2018, 07:43:30 PM »

A 5 action man at a toy fair. Had to buy some casual wear on eBay as the military kit and guns looked a bit agressive!  A brass tube seat has holes for a Velcro strip seat belt to keep him on board.

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« Reply #80 on: March 16, 2018, 08:07:10 PM »

Many thanks for the info Davo. Action man is go!
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Re: Aerokits Sea Queen. Going brushless in 2017
« Reply #81 on: March 17, 2018, 09:03:05 AM »

David you've made a very good job of the screen surround - what is your power set up !


Whilst I'm happy with my 600 Outrunner I am considering increasing the capacity of the LiPo 3S 5500A . My problem is that I use this capacity LiPo in my Swordsman . I built both Sea Queen and Swordman over 50 years ago .


How time flies......................


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« Reply #82 on: March 17, 2018, 08:42:43 PM »

Hi Peter,
If you have a scroll through the first page of this thread I have some motor details and pictures of the battery set up etc. It performed very well on 30amp line fuses but would blow them at extra throttle; so I have not seen top speed. I then fitted a re-settable 60amp fuse but never got to try it as I could not use my neighbours lake during the shooting season. The re-settable fuse gives a push button battery isolation which is handy. I am thinking of adding a fuse by-pass circuit with a servo operated switch. If I trip the fuse I can activate the by-pass circuit with a third servo and bring the model back on a low throttle.   I am avoiding Lipo batteries as I am happy with the scale speeds achieved so far.
This Sea Queen is now 52 years old and still going well. It has been great to see the return to traditional boat building in recent years; though I can appreciate weight savings etc that come with fibre glass etc. I am surprised there is not a fibre glass SQ hull available as it is a simple shape.
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Re: Aerokits Sea Queen. Going brushless in 2017
« Reply #83 on: March 18, 2018, 09:35:40 AM »

Yes David I remember reading about your fuse set-up . I built my S.Q  in 1963 when I fitted a Merco 61 with reed radio .  The smell - the noise were to die for .


I then fitted the old MFA electric first using a heavy gel cell followed by NI-MH . Good in their day but more recently moved onto a 600 Outrunner using LiPo .


Had a big search to find a reasonable priced ESC  but settled for a Turnigy 60A w/c set up and have never looked back . I keep things as simple as possible as I also use her off shore where she is in her element .


I have access to an excellent lake here in North Hampshire where I sail my big vintage model yacht .


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« Reply #84 on: March 18, 2018, 02:37:47 PM »

Peter,
We seem to have trod a similar pathway with the Sea Queen. I recall in Model Boat Magazine (my hobby bible back then) that these were often used for model off-shore power boat racing (pre fibreglass days) and are certainly in their element when the water gets rough. The smell of glow fuel and the joy when it actually ran are etched in my memory. I took the Merco back a few times to their Enfield workshop where a faulty end crankcase casting was diagnosed as letting in/out air and affecting running. Also it had a bent conn rod. All fixed and a ton of spares purchased. Recently sold it and all the new spares on eBay to a very enthusiastic collector. I would never have run it again so pointless keeping it.
The Turnigy ESCs do look very good so I may upgrade to a W/C version. The Hawk one I have does not have an ON/OFF switch so I have to rely on the Fuse push button.
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« Reply #85 on: March 18, 2018, 03:06:23 PM »

Yes David I guess we are - I'm still a builder really .


I cannot speak too highly of the 60A w/c Turnigy from 'Hobby King' and of course it has a switch and automatic cut out when the battery goes below a certain voltage . It is also compatible with a NIMH battery .


I still have both my Merco's and the smell still lingers in the Sea Queen . Happy days .


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« Reply #86 on: March 18, 2018, 03:14:54 PM »

I picked up an aerokits sea commander at the boot fair the other week, its on my restoration list now, just needs an engine, battery and radio gear.
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« Reply #87 on: March 18, 2018, 03:23:01 PM »

Peter,
Thanks for the note about NiMH compatibility; it is not mentioned on their site, only Lipo. They are very reasonably priced; as is the programmer.
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Good to hear a Sea Commander is heading back to the water. Perhaps start a post on the journey!
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« Reply #88 on: March 18, 2018, 06:00:28 PM »

Hello David - yes the Turnigy info sheet clearly states NIMH compatibility .


My 60A ESC is suitable for 4-9 cells NIMH and the 30A the same number that seems strange . With my 600W outrunner I can draw up to 50A that I have registered when I use the watt meter as we do when flying our LiPo powered planes .


At least we all have interests other than being glued to the TV............................


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