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Stan

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Elco 80 ft plastic kit to R/C operation
« on: August 06, 2015, 05:08:30 PM »

Hi now that the minesweeper build is coming to the end I have 2 models in build U S S  Whitehall and also the Elco boat. Just  a few pictures showing motors /props and rudders. Rudders need more work on them before final fitting.

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Re: Elco 80 ft plastic kit to R/C operation
« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2015, 10:32:43 PM »

Very neat work Stan. Your shafts are exposed I take it with just short tubes to make the transit through the hull water tight?
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Re: Elco 80 ft plastic kit to R/C operation
« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2015, 04:07:53 PM »

HI Guys just a few shots showing internals items fitted. R/X to fit and connect battery set speedo etc hope to sea test next Sunday.

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Re: Elco 80 ft plastic kit to R/C operation
« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2015, 05:58:59 PM »

I like the rudder control arrangements Stan. All in all, quite a tidy build so far.
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Re: Elco 80 ft plastic kit to R/C operation
« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2015, 06:05:02 PM »

Nicely laid out Stan - looking forward to seeing this one develop O0
 
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Re: Elco 80 ft plastic kit to R/C operation
« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2015, 10:37:08 AM »

Hi Guys fitting out is now completed. Everything ready for sea trials on Sunday. I have opted for 27 MHz to control this model is seems a shame to fit a four channel set when you only need two. I have enclosed some close up shots of the internals some of these may have already been posted  sorry about that. The aerial wire is fed through plastic tubes and will be tensioned  using a elastic band something from my model flying days .

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Re: Elco 80 ft plastic kit to R/C operation
« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2015, 10:40:35 AM »

Stan,
Not a great lover of the long exposed shafts after the coupling without any support.


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Re: Elco 80 ft plastic kit to R/C operation
« Reply #7 on: August 15, 2015, 10:50:34 AM »

Very neat Stan.
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Re: Elco 80 ft plastic kit to R/C operation
« Reply #8 on: August 15, 2015, 10:55:17 AM »

HI Bob the distance from the end of the couplings is very small no problems with vibration at all. The motors run perfectly but if some are needed simple to fit. All the external shaft supports have bearings fitted to them and also brass pegs that go  into the hull giving more support.

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Re: Elco 80 ft plastic kit to R/C operation
« Reply #9 on: August 15, 2015, 12:30:13 PM »

Dry fitted the deck most of the items will be under the cabin sections. Also a picture showing the minesweeper build which is coming to an end along side my next project.

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Re: Elco 80 ft plastic kit to R/C operation
« Reply #10 on: August 15, 2015, 04:00:41 PM »

Great build, where did you get the bits for the rudder coupling thingys? The bits with the screws in the top  :-)
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Re: Elco 80 ft plastic kit to R/C operation
« Reply #11 on: August 15, 2015, 05:05:25 PM »

HI the brass fittings with the screw in the top are from SLEC OR Sun lane engineering. The small bell cranks are from Deans marine hope this helps.

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Re: Elco 80 ft plastic kit to R/C operation
« Reply #12 on: August 15, 2015, 06:09:03 PM »

Very helpful thank you  :-))
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Re: Elco 80 ft plastic kit to R/C operation
« Reply #13 on: August 15, 2015, 10:15:29 PM »

Excellent minesweeper build and something to aspire to with my Elco build
Ps The garden looks lovely as well  :-))
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Re: Elco 80 ft plastic kit to R/C operation
« Reply #14 on: August 17, 2015, 02:50:35 AM »

Sunday 16/8/15 Elco had first sea trial major problem with noise from motor couplings at full revs. These have been removed and Robbe rubber connectors fitted this has reduced the noise. The 385 motors gave a good scale speed.

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Re: Elco 80 ft plastic kit to R/C operation
« Reply #15 on: August 17, 2015, 11:16:21 AM »

Nice build, i to used the red version of these couplings and found lots of vibration and noise!!! :((    Fitted a coupling from Marks Model Boat Bits ( it uses a plastic / rubber type coupling tube ) and hey presto, silent as a mouse and no vibration. :-)
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Re: Elco 80 ft plastic kit to R/C operation
« Reply #16 on: August 23, 2015, 05:15:13 PM »

Old couplings removed rubber tube fitted no further vibration  problems. New 27mhz radio taken back due to range problems model is now fitted with Tamco 2.4 set. At 11.1 volts a nice scale speed is obtained I have tried motors up to 14.4 volts to noisy. I wanted a scale look to this model hence the use of brushed motors.

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Re: Elco 80 ft plastic kit to R/C operation
« Reply #17 on: August 23, 2015, 07:30:46 PM »

That is good thick tube Stan. I will look at the Marks model site.
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Re: Elco 80 ft plastic kit to R/C operation
« Reply #18 on: August 25, 2015, 06:07:49 PM »

Fitting out is now complete next job is to source some new props this week end at Haydock from prop shop. Next week should see the build start if all goes well. If your are going to Haydock come along to the Kirklees Stand.

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Re: Elco 80 ft plastic kit to R/C operation
« Reply #19 on: September 01, 2015, 10:20:23 PM »

New props fitted tested in the test tank{BATH}much better. Further sea trials on Sunday.

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Re: Elco 80 ft plastic kit to R/C operation
« Reply #20 on: September 02, 2015, 03:32:08 PM »

Sea trial done this afternoon much better motors only slightly warm. Final fitting consists of the following

Three MFA 385 motors  One 11.1 volt lipo battery. Two channel Tamco 2. 4 radio set.  A  M troniks Tio speed controller. A 10 amp fuse is fitted this handles all three motors with no problems. Hoping to move on the building now.

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Re: Elco 80 ft plastic kit to R/C operation
« Reply #21 on: September 06, 2015, 08:11:41 AM »

Due to other things that need doing I will not be working on my models for the next month. But I will be back.

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Re: Elco 80 ft plastic kit to R/C operation
« Reply #22 on: September 07, 2015, 03:48:51 PM »

Are you going off on your travels again then Stan?
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Re: Elco 80 ft plastic kit to R/C operation
« Reply #23 on: September 07, 2015, 04:49:28 PM »

High spooksgone only been back from Normandy two weeks pictures to follow when time allows. Next trip Duxford Battle of Britain air show and  R A F Museum Hendon.

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Re: Elco 80 ft plastic kit to R/C operation
« Reply #24 on: September 08, 2015, 02:31:57 PM »

Wow Stan, RAF Hendon. I went there a couple of years ago, didn't want to leave the place, certainly going back again, jaw dropping place.
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