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SteamboatPhil

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Battle Springer
« on: April 30, 2008, 07:49:18 PM »

OK here it is, Battle Springer, fresh from floatation test in the domestic test tank. Had to add a few pounds of lead to the bow, and the coupling is a little on the noisy side (according to er wot wos downstairs) more grease me thinks.
If they let me, might have a real test at Beale park this weekend.
Right back to the steam one.
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Re: Battle Springer
« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2008, 08:11:39 PM »

 :D ..ho..ho..ho....you beat me to it , though mine is a touch more modern than yours and is really a sub hunter , not sure if its a springvette or a sprigate.........i think i like sprigate best.....so hms springclean will be a sprigate {-)
           looks really good O0
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Re: Battle Springer
« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2008, 10:21:18 PM »

Phil I really like that, though I must admit I do not understand the electric side of it.

If mine turns out half as good I will be happy.

Colin H.
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Re: Battle Springer
« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2008, 12:00:57 AM »

Ooo another one with a mechanical controller!  Mine has a Tamiya one, not the best   ;)

It looks superb, the dazzle camo is really well done.

Thanks for sharing
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Re: Battle Springer
« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2008, 01:12:01 AM »

OK here it is, Battle Springer

That is stunning Sir, a WONDERFULL Springer!... I like it!...  O0
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Re: Battle Springer
« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2008, 09:22:11 AM »

Now THAT's a piece of work!  O0

Please tell us the guns are not functional

BTW: You new guys don't understand mechanical speed controllers. Not only are they speed controllers but
steam generators and leakage evaporators which coincidentally help pressurise the insides of the vessel to expel water!  ;)


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Re: Battle Springer
« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2008, 11:14:52 AM »

 O0
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Re: Battle Springer
« Reply #7 on: May 01, 2008, 01:21:56 PM »

Steamboatphil    hope you are there on Saturday looks great

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Re: Battle Springer
« Reply #8 on: May 03, 2008, 04:15:44 PM »

Pics from Beale on Saturday

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Re: Battle Springer
« Reply #9 on: May 03, 2008, 04:22:24 PM »

Great pic's   O0


Might have to build one of these soon :)
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Re: Battle Springer
« Reply #10 on: May 03, 2008, 04:29:16 PM »

Just got back from a BRILLIANT yes BRILLIANT day out at Beale today, met some fellow mayhem buddys along my travels and had a good old chin wag.

Phil's Battle springer was so good out on the water at hiding someone not watching where they were going crashed into him at speed chipping some paint ::)

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Re: Battle Springer
« Reply #11 on: May 03, 2008, 04:34:57 PM »

Hi love the battle version, may I suggest water cannon!
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Re: Battle Springer
« Reply #12 on: May 03, 2008, 05:41:46 PM »

But it took Shipmate60 to lock the steering.... "'ere Phil, I think the rudder's stopped working....."
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Re: Battle Springer
« Reply #13 on: May 03, 2008, 06:02:54 PM »

But who got her home safe and sound, oh yes, meeeeeeeeeeee!!
I noticed it put you off that much that you couldnt wait to give me YOUR transmitter either.
Hoping for a third party insurance claim!!

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Re: Battle Springer
« Reply #14 on: May 03, 2008, 07:56:30 PM »

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I noticed it put you off that much that you couldnt wait to give me YOUR transmitter either.

It was fun watcing you puzzle out what the wheel on the front was for, and even more when you realised it was nearly as old as you!   ;D Three cheers for the Futaba M Series Steerwheel.

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Re: Battle Springer
« Reply #15 on: May 04, 2008, 11:59:45 AM »

Camo is very effective , must be tricky to see at long range.  She looks light, I notice the stern clear of the water in pics 1 and 2.
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Re: Battle Springer
« Reply #16 on: May 04, 2008, 09:38:13 PM »

Well here we are fresh from beale park. With the help from Shipmate60 on Sat, we moved some weight around and she now has her stern lower in the water. Very impressed the way he brought her in after her rudder links jammed (would you believe the links were the only thing I didn't make--making new ones now) Sunday saw me back on the water taking on all comers, and this time I didn't loose any paint !!!! Size being no object. I enjoyed cahtting with all the Mayhems who dropped by, nice to put faces and names to a few more.
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Re: Battle Springer
« Reply #17 on: May 04, 2008, 09:55:44 PM »

Real nice model Phil. Looking forward to seeing it at Wicksteed.................( Oh and seeing you as well!! O0 O0)

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Re: Battle Springer
« Reply #18 on: May 04, 2008, 09:56:18 PM »

If that Springer had been a tug the size comparison would have been spot on, it's nice mind and I also like the sound of water cannons. ;)

Andy. O0
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Re: Battle Springer
« Reply #19 on: May 04, 2008, 11:18:19 PM »

Now THAT's a piece of work!  O0

Please tell us the guns are not functional

BTW: You new guys don't understand mechanical speed controllers. Not only are they speed controllers but
steam generators and leakage evaporators which coincidentally help pressurise the insides of the vessel to expel water!  ;)




he's right you know, my Springer seemed to have tiny amounts of water coming in all the time until the insides got warmer.
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Re: Battle Springer
« Reply #20 on: August 10, 2009, 04:07:40 PM »

ESC's are so ubiquitous here in the states (and cheap now) that I was somewhat surprised to see an old 'wiper type' resistor speed control in your springer. Lest I date myself I remember melting a car body or two with the heat from those darned things, back when an ESC would cost almost as much as the car (back then they weren't even recommended for boats due to waterproofing issues). 
Where I have wanted to build a springer (for ease of construction of the hull shape and drive train) but I am a warship guy (and naval history nut) this will give me some ideas to work with.  Perhaps a PT-109 springer....
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Re: Battle Springer
« Reply #21 on: August 10, 2009, 10:15:03 PM »

Go for PT Spring 109   :-)) :-))

I only used that speed controller because it had been hanging around the worshop for so long, I thought, well why not. I do have a ESC ready because it just can't last much longer   {:-{
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Re: Battle Springer
« Reply #22 on: August 11, 2009, 04:49:35 AM »

Phil an old trick that I learned working for that LHS a lot of years ago is keep a good gum eraser and a fine stiff paint brush in your tool box. Hit it with the eraser whenever the wires are not shiny (preferably when cool) then make sure and brush the crumbs away.  Hit the wiper arm with a fine piece of emery cloth or an emery board about every second time you do the wires, they will get a carbon buildup from the arcing of the electrical contact moving.  I have seen people with those old wiper style type speed controls last for five or more years.
Do you have to have a fan cool it during your runs I know those resistors can get pretty hot?
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Re: Battle Springer
« Reply #23 on: August 11, 2009, 10:46:08 AM »

Mant thanks for the tip I shall do that now. No I didn't bother with a fan, mainly as I only ever seem to run it for about 15 mins at a time, mind you at last years Model Boat show in Warwick at childrens playtime (when we let the small ones have a go) it ran for about an hour-----warm but not that hot.
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Re: Battle Springer
« Reply #24 on: August 13, 2009, 05:24:13 AM »

Since I have sold a few of the old resistor type speed controls, but not run any but the step type (like the old Tamiya ones) here is a question, with the arcing from the contacts to they get radio noise from them?
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