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gibson

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Milford Star my first ever r/c boat build
« on: February 18, 2009, 10:27:04 pm »

Hi gang,

This is my first post on this brilliant forum so here goes..........
I have not built a r/c boat before and need some advice on what set up I need for the radio gear and where to obtain it.
I bought the Milford Star kit from Westboune models and bought a motor from them which is now installed as is rudder, propshaft and brass prop.
The deck is ready to go on but first I thought I would install the radio gear and test it works but I don't know what to go for.
As this is my first r/c kit I thought I would keep it simple (probably regret it later) and just have a basic two channel set up.

Any advice would be very welcome.

I know this is probably a difficault build to get started with but so far I have really enjoyed it and have picked up so many tips from all you guy's from your build threads that I have read especially from Dicky D on his Milford Star.

I look forward to becoming more involved in the model boat world and maybe life begins at 50 !!

I hope I've done this right as my IT skills are very basic .........

Dale.

PS......How do I add photo's???????...........please help
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Re: Milford Star my first ever r/c boat build
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2009, 11:47:30 pm »

Hi Gibson, and welcome to the madhouse forum.

To add photos, go to the bottom of the "reply" page, click "Additional Options" and you will see "Attach" and "Browse". Click "Browse" and navigate to where your photos are kept on your computer, then double click the selected photo. Then simply click "Post".

Note, though, that photos are to be no bigger than 161 kb each. There are some good, free, photo resizers available on the internet, such as VSO Image Resizer, available here http://www.vso-software.fr/products/image_resizer/download-image-resizer.php

Peter.
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gibson

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Re: Milford Star my first ever r/c boat build
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2009, 11:55:02 pm »

Hi Peter,

Thank you for the advice for adding photo's,

I followed your instructions and all was going well but as you suggested my file is bigger than 161 kb and so it was rejected........
I will have a look at the resizer's you mentioned........learn something every day!!

Thanks again

Dale.
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Re: Milford Star my first ever r/c boat build
« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2009, 12:28:36 am »

First photo's........
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Re: Milford Star my first ever r/c boat build
« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2009, 12:54:10 am »

Hi Dale,

It looks as if you have solved the problem of adding photos to the forum. Keep the pics of your Milford Star coming.

Peter.
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gibson

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Re: Milford Star my first ever r/c boat build
« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2009, 01:00:57 am »

 
Hi Peter,

Thank you for your advice with the pics and the download advice.......I wish this kit was that easy!!!!!!

Dale.
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Re: Milford Star my first ever r/c boat build
« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2009, 01:10:03 am »

Dale, if you set the resolution to 800 x 600, you will keep the file size down without affecting the quality of the photo. You can also add up to 12 photos per post by clicking "More attachments", alongside the "Browse" button.

Peter.
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gibson

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Re: Milford Star my first ever r/c boat build
« Reply #7 on: February 19, 2009, 01:22:48 am »

Hi all........

This is where I'm at......

I welcome any advice, I expect and welcome any critism and I am very willing to learn.....

I have just turned 50 and last year was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in my hands, wrists and shoulders........too many years of manual work so I was told.........not the type to give up so was looking for something to keep the brain active and keep the hands moving although that is limited to what I can do.

Well the brain will certainly be active with these instructions........

The last model I built was a Tamiya r/c car for my son.......15years ago........well, in at the deep end I suppose with this one!!

I will do my best to keep this thread going,

Bye for now

Dale.
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Re: Milford Star my first ever r/c boat build
« Reply #8 on: February 19, 2009, 01:32:08 am »


Hi again Peter,

I will try and add another picture......again following you advice (600 x 800)

Please bare with me as this is all new to me.......

Thanks

Dale.
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Re: Milford Star my first ever r/c boat build
« Reply #9 on: February 19, 2009, 01:43:31 am »

Hi Dale,
the instructions are very, let's say, limited.The pictures of DickyD's build will be very helpful. If you need close-up pics you can go to my post "new member - and  my new Milford Star" or I can provide extra pics.

Good luck
Wilhelm
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gibson

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Re: Milford Star my first ever r/c boat build
« Reply #10 on: February 19, 2009, 01:58:56 am »


Hi Wilhelm,

any pictures would be very welcome as there is not much else to go on apart from Dicky D's

and wow!! what a lovely model he has buillt.

Dale.
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Re: Milford Star my first ever r/c boat build
« Reply #11 on: February 19, 2009, 02:13:50 am »

Hi Dale,
as I said, have a look a the pics in my previous post. Here is the link:

http://www.modelboatmayhem.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=13046.0

You will find many pictures of my Milford Star.

Cheers
Wilhelm
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Re: Milford Star my first ever r/c boat build
« Reply #12 on: February 19, 2009, 02:21:01 am »


Hi Wilhelm,

Fantastic pictures of your equally fantastic build, they will be very helpful.

Thank you

Dale.
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Re: Milford Star my first ever r/c boat build
« Reply #13 on: February 19, 2009, 08:26:56 am »

Hi Dale

Glad to see you think my build might be helpful.

As for radio gear it depends how much you want to spend. I myself kept to two channel and bought the Futaba 40AM Attack radio.

I have used a Mtronic Viper Marine 15 Plug n Play Esc. Nice simple one with no set up.

I am also using 2/ 6V 4amp SLA batteries connected to run on 6V.

Before you fix your electrics and deck make sure everything will be accessable when the deck is fixed down.

If you need any help in trying to figure out the instructions give me a yell, I think I worked out most of them.  :-))
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Re: Milford Star my first ever r/c boat build
« Reply #14 on: February 19, 2009, 09:00:57 am »

 Hi Richard,

Thanks for the info and advice,

I'm sure I will need lots of help with this kit........I'll try not to be a pest!!

Dale.
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Re: Milford Star my first ever r/c boat build
« Reply #15 on: February 19, 2009, 09:14:00 am »

Hi dale and welcome. You definitely joined the right site here.

Just a quick one which you may be aware of. I notice on the photos, what I presume is a rudder post, sticking up through the hull. Don't forget to strengthen it. You could drill a hole through a block of wood and epoxy it in place over the top.

Looking forward to seeing more..

Barry
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Re: Milford Star my first ever r/c boat build
« Reply #16 on: February 19, 2009, 09:29:06 am »

Hi Barry,

Thanks for that.......it's on my job list to do........hopefuly today.

Dale.
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Re: Milford Star my first ever r/c boat build
« Reply #17 on: February 24, 2009, 07:57:03 pm »

Quick update........

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Re: Milford Star my first ever r/c boat build
« Reply #18 on: February 24, 2009, 08:10:41 pm »

 Sorry folks......

Tried to load pictures, computor does not want to play ball........will try again later.

Jobs done to date.......

Trim top of hull.

Rub down hull, fill imperfections (quite a few) rub down, fill, rub down, fill.....etc.....is this normal for a 200.00 kit????

Fit skeg and rudder.

Fit motor and propshaft and prop.

Fit deck and fordeck bracing.

Temporarily fit r/c gear and test.....all ok.

Resin propshaft.

Float test in bath......all ok and dry as a bone....phew!!

Next jobs........permanently fit radio gear and then fit deck and foredeck.

Back soon and will try photo's again.

Dale.
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Re: Milford Star my first ever r/c boat build
« Reply #19 on: February 24, 2009, 08:19:30 pm »

Hopefully a couple of pics here......
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Re: Milford Star my first ever r/c boat build
« Reply #20 on: February 24, 2009, 08:41:35 pm »

Milford Star
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Re: Milford Star my first ever r/c boat build
« Reply #21 on: February 24, 2009, 08:50:45 pm »

Dale

With that type of battery pack you are going to need a lot of ballast as she is very top heavy.

I have 2No 6V 4Ah SLA batteries in mine.
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Re: Milford Star my first ever r/c boat build
« Reply #22 on: February 24, 2009, 08:57:59 pm »

Hi Richard,

I went back to Westbourne models (I bought the kit from them) for the r/c gear and I took the information you kindly gave me with your r/c gear with me.......this is the battery they advised and being a bit green I took their advice.....

When i did the float test in the bath I realised a lot of balast will be needed.......

Should I change the battery????

Thanks

dale.
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Re: Milford Star my first ever r/c boat build
« Reply #23 on: February 24, 2009, 09:08:04 pm »

See what you think when you get the superstructure on but before you fit front derrick.

Reckon you might have to.

You can get a rough idea if you mark the water line and see how high she floats, should be more or less on the line. :-))
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Re: Milford Star my first ever r/c boat build
« Reply #24 on: March 09, 2009, 07:53:56 pm »


Progress has been slow but I realise I should probably started with something a little easier. {:-{
I now have the radio gear all in place and have been adding balast to get her down to the water line
with the battery pack I have.
I reckon I'll need 2.5kg.

I have to say that I am enjoying building her so far.
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