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ukmike

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Re: Aquarama Build
« Reply #375 on: May 19, 2012, 12:14:11 PM »

have you had this boat wet yet mike?

Hello Mike.

No, not yet, although it has had a fair amount of my sweat dropped onto it.

I was aiming to fit the shafts and rudders before introducing it to water, suppose I could tape the holes and sit it in the bath for a while,

that's if the wife doesn't mind sharing of course.

Have had a mistake in the white bottom painting pointed out to me this morning by my good friend in France.

The reverse "V"  on the bottom is the wrong way round, I noticed it as soon as I had applied the white paint, but by then it was to late to correct

Don't think the 2 boys will be that bothered about it tho'.

I am very bothered, were I going to keep it I would rub everything back re varnish and re paint.

Age thing I think, as I am making more and more mistakes as the boat nears completion.

Mike M.
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« Reply #376 on: May 19, 2012, 12:16:45 PM »

its understandable you want to get it done. I want you to get it done!! if your lads dont like it chuck em peice of emery cloth!
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ukmike

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« Reply #377 on: May 19, 2012, 04:03:32 PM »

Fitted the bow protector and "Musetto",( Nose ).

4 1/2 hours work and 56 screws with 6 blisters from using the jewellers screwdriver and 2 broken 0.5mm drills , am quite pleased with it tho', certainly not a perfect fit but good enough, if you look at it from the other side of the road that is.

Picture as usual.

Mike.
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« Reply #378 on: May 19, 2012, 05:46:46 PM »

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ukmike

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Re: Aquarama Build
« Reply #379 on: May 19, 2012, 06:41:28 PM »

http://www.simplonpc.co.uk/Actv-1.html some links

Thanks Dave.

Great site, as you can see I will have to do a mix and match as I want to incorperate some of the features of several of the Serie.

Mike.
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« Reply #380 on: May 20, 2012, 03:52:01 PM »

I like the mix and match idea Mike - that makes it unique and your own.

Dave
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ukmike

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Re: Aquarama Build
« Reply #381 on: May 20, 2012, 04:22:26 PM »

A little more done today.

It seems that every job now is trouble, metal parts not fitting, plans and manual not the same, and, if the job is tricky then Amati conveniently forget to mention it.

Never mind, here are some pictures of the days progress, including modifications because the supplied parts don't and cannot possibly fit.

If anyone out there reading this is contemplating building this Amati kit then please go ahead, as it is a very good one.

Give me a P.M as I have solved, in most part, the problems that you Will undoubtedly encounter during the build.

Pictures.

Mike.




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« Reply #382 on: May 20, 2012, 05:10:26 PM »

Mike, Mike, Mike. That is becoming a thing of wonder. I assure you that all your hard work is worth it......even if all I ever see are the photos. :-))
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ukmike

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« Reply #383 on: May 20, 2012, 06:11:02 PM »

Mike, Mike, Mike. That is becoming a thing of wonder. I assure you that all your hard work is worth it......even if all I ever see are the photos. :-))

Many thanks for the kind comments.

Enthusiasm is waining a little now but I am determined to complete the build.

Not much more to do now to complete.

Will carry on with the pictures as I near the end.

Mike.
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« Reply #384 on: May 21, 2012, 08:08:15 AM »

You've already gone far past the point where I would have thrown the towel in and given up.

I admire your stamina and perseverence. The quality of your work is amazing. Can't wait to see it in action.

It's exactly the boat I wanted, but I chickened out and bought the Graupner Ti Amo instead. It's a quality model but not a patch on what you've done.

Wanna swop?  {-)
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ukmike

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« Reply #385 on: May 22, 2012, 03:17:36 PM »

Here you go, my next build.

Actually. a mix and match between the three.

Are they not lovely ?

Mike
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« Reply #386 on: May 22, 2012, 05:08:51 PM »

looks too complicated for me. Im sure youl do a grand job of that, or a half ***** one cos youve run out of enthusiasm  %% Either way mind it will look better than most peoples crafts even you did have a slack moment.
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Re: Aquarama Build
« Reply #387 on: May 22, 2012, 05:10:38 PM »

There's a kit, isn't there? Or are you scratching it?
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ukmike

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« Reply #388 on: May 22, 2012, 08:28:35 PM »

There's a kit, isn't there? Or are you scratching it?

I have a plan for the Panart one and was going to build from that.

The kit is available here at about 210 which is a little much for me, however, a friend in Italy has found one for me for 150 Euros

so I will be going that way, it's of a quite early example but eminently alterable.

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« Reply #389 on: May 22, 2012, 08:44:59 PM »

I'm a big fan of the working man's ferries; those daily workhorses
that the river cities have should really be celebrated more, so for
my money you've made a great choice Mike. :-))

Dave
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ukmike

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Re: Aquarama Build
« Reply #390 on: May 24, 2012, 04:34:10 PM »

Approaching completion now.

Varnishing jig dismantled, just like a building site really, shell complete, first and second fixings done, just waiting for the interior and furniture to be installed.

I need to build a cradle / carry  before I can fit out, all of the fixtures and fittings are ready but I have decided that the rudder blades are far too large.

Am going to scrap them and make two more a tad smaller, no need for them to be quite so big.

As you can see I have started the cradle, so finalising the build hopefully shouldn't be long now.

Here are a few photo's

Mike.



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ukmike

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« Reply #391 on: May 27, 2012, 09:40:02 AM »

More work done.

Started fitting the bits that make it go, now that I have a stand.

Some pictures.

Mike.


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« Reply #392 on: May 27, 2012, 12:06:56 PM »

I hadn't realised what a big model she is 'till the pictures on the garden chair.
Superb!
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« Reply #393 on: May 27, 2012, 07:28:25 PM »

proper stand that, nice n sturdy. boats not bad either
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« Reply #394 on: May 28, 2012, 09:19:59 PM »

Hi Mike

How did you make the windsheild frame - I must have nodded off somewhere.
I am still failing miserably on that item..... {:-{

Nice stand too - I like the front of it a lot.

Dave
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« Reply #395 on: May 29, 2012, 05:00:05 PM »

Hi Mike

How did you make the windsheild frame - I must have nodded off somewhere.
I am still failing miserably on that item..... {:-{

Nice stand too - I like the front of it a lot.

Dave

Hi Dave.

I think you must have nodded off for a little while, mind you, I find myself doing that more and more.

The Windscreen is an Amati part, comes with the fitting kit, it needs a white seal around the bottom, but at the moment only fits where it touches.

A bit of bending and twisting might do it.

Like a lot of the fiddley jobs left to do I'm putting them off until there is nothing else left.

Finishing the cradle at the mo. need it completed before I can take the boat to the water, although what water I don't yet know.

Mike.
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« Reply #396 on: May 29, 2012, 09:34:03 PM »

I thought Gorleston on Sea had a big boating lake?
Or has it gone the way of so many municipal ammenities - not cost effective and filled in.... Tesco Metroised even.

How about Coltishall - there's a nice pub there too %)

Dave
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ukmike

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« Reply #397 on: May 29, 2012, 10:23:17 PM »

Hello Dave.

There is a quite small oval shaped boating pond on Gorleston sea front, quite shallow which is good and filled with fresh water.

Also, there is a fountain thing in the middle circled by spiked metal fingers at water level, have seen several powered models impailed on them.

Coltishall has a river and a good pub but no lake that I know of, not a public one anyway.

We do have many rivers and broads here but more importantly, what seems like thousands of holiday hire cruisers, some of the drivers do leave a lot to be desired on the skill front.

Reminds me of the M25 in the daytime except that there is, unfortunately, no lane markings or central Armco barrier.

I'll probably test it on our little pond, make sure all is well, then take it to my sons to be handed over to the boys, apparently there is a goodly size lake in Chichester.

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« Reply #398 on: May 31, 2012, 07:26:57 PM »

A few photo's of the motors/esc's/batteries/servo and receiver installation, if it is of any interest.

A little tidying to be done but finished for the most part.

Also shows the upholstered, "Bathing Slipway", prefer this to the standard white painted.

Have decided to scrap the two fromt seat bases and will replace them with some varnished Mahogany ones.

The two little switches are the ESC's On/Off, will be mounted under the bench seat which will be Velcro'd on, ( the seat not the switches).

Hope everyone has a great weekend at Wickstead and that the weather holds, would have loved to have been there.

Mike.
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ukmike

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« Reply #399 on: June 05, 2012, 05:42:00 PM »

Turfed the wife out of the bath and gave the boat it's first encounter with water, ( warm, soapy and with bubbles ).

My very first attempt at You tube video, it's a bit rubbish but that's because the wife if doing the filming, (my excuse anyway).

All seems O.K. very very powerfull, could only mange 1/4 throttle.

Here's the link.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cao4496nDF4

Mike.
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