My Build of Jack's Robbe S130.
Well here she
is in all her glory.
With the boat finished,
'Bradders & I.... well 'Bradders mainly, decided to do a 'real
number' on the build. "Lets make this a model to be proud of".
from Peterborough, UK to Ireland was always going to be a problem and had
been a issue we discussed many times. We knew a substantial box was going
to be required.
"Why not make the crate a feature!"
The box is
made from 9mm MDF with solid brass fittings.
The exterior is painted and stencilled to look like a weapons shipping
crate, stencilled with;
"Top Secret", "Weapons of war", "Schnellboot"
- we hope this doesn't cause a problem when shipping to Ireland!!!
( 'Bradders' cut out the stencils by hand!!!! )
interior is made out to look like a seaman's locker, complete with
yellowing black & white photos of the original S-130, pin-up girls
from the 1940, photos of the girlfriend and a signed photograph from
.... When the door if folded down there is the actual original plans
of the S-130 - that Robbe attempted to build their kit from!
When we set
brief was, "Build the kit as per box lid, that's what Jack's
Many, many times we nearly / wanted to deviate from the
instructions, in some cases because the plans are just plan stupid but
most times because both 'Bradders' and I have a lot of experience of
building models and would prefer to do some things other ways - but we
stuck as closely to the instructions as possible.
Now the model is finished, she looks s good, much better than I had hopped
for. Someone asked me if I 'would build another Robbe S-130?', my initial
answer was quite explicit but on reflection I would, if asked, as I now know all
the problems and I can work around them... all except the foredeck, that needs a complete rethink right back to the drawing board!
Sorry Robbe, you cut too many corners on this one.
There are other areas I would change, the rudder linkage for example, this
really needs to be much more substantial and easier to adjust. The
shafts could be a lot 'beefier', then supplied. The shafts are prone to distortion
under load or at high speed, they may even be causing interference!
Jack, first thing I would do when you get the boat is to order up some
spare propellers. The ones supplied are quite flimsy and look like they
will quite easily break or throw a blade.
Robbe Rokraft 120uP ESC is nice but the acceleration curve is more
suited to a race boat, also the reverse can't be limited which tends
to swamp the boat if you back-up to quickly. The ESC at one stage
cut out completely in the middle of the lake leaving the boat completely
dead without warning. The instructions said it should reset itself but
this one didn't????!? I think the battery was dieing but some sore of
warning would have been nice!
The boat is massively overpowered with three 380 sized motors. If I was to
build a S-130 for myself, I would think about using only two motors, even one!
"Heresy!" I hear, well running this boat with three motors on 8.4V gets
real hairy I can tell you! Jack I recommend buying 7.2v
packs when you buy some more batteries . She runs best at 1/2 - 3/4
throttle with the bows still in the water.
The trim of
the boat could be studied at a bit more so as she could be made to turn more predictably at
high speed also more evenly Port & Starboard. Robbe tried to compensate for this
in the lopsided stern but something more is required.
Trim tabs could be fitted and easily disguised somehow or even a wedge as
the original but that's quite tricky to do! Weights fitted inside the hull
is also an option but all this would take lots of time and I think Jack
and kids would like his boat before Christmas
Interestingly a picture or the original shows a massive wedge under the
.... I wonder how the original Schnellboot handled at sea???
Happy torpedoing Jack!
First to Jack Murphy - soon to be
promoted to Schnellboot Kapitain - thanks for trusting me..........
I would also like to
thank my wife and family for letting me have the time to build the boat,
letting me go round 'Bradders' house to play. Also thanks to my work
colleges that took such an active interest and offered much needed
encouragement - John, Big Chris, Stewy, Frank. For all the emails &
advice I got via this site, - Steve Beasley, Klaus and Jonas,
Marc Tieben, Trainspotter, Chris (from the dark woods in Sweden), Klaus
Gaeth, Pete Hanton, etc, etc, Many thanks.
... Oh yes, and some old bloke
Without ' Bradders' the S-130 would not have been finished this year... or
next year probably! The S-130 is of a much higher standard than I would
have been able to achieve on my own. The necessary body repair & paint job is superb and the
shipping / storage crate is a master stroke.
It's been real fun build the
with you 'Bradders'.
Martin Davis - Mayhem
Well all this just my opinion, but what do I