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dbninja

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Christmas holiday springer
« on: January 02, 2012, 08:23:58 AM »

all
built my first springer in 3 days over the Christmas holiday,  in the true spirit of the thing i just used scrap materials that i had lying around. the only items bought were a propshaft and coupling so this is a very cheap model

day one, hull from 1/2" ply and scrap pine strip






day 2 superstructure and pusher knees







day 3  superstructure and deck surround/wall








ok its not finished...   i only did a couple of hours each day

if i had really got stuck into it i would of had it painted by now!

Happy New Year

DB

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Re: Christmas holiday springer
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2012, 12:40:34 PM »

That looks a sturdy springer!!!

Bob
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Re: Christmas holiday springer
« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2012, 01:39:04 PM »

One stage beyond sturdy!
 
  Won't need much ballast I guessing!    :o
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dbninja

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Re: Christmas holiday springer
« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2012, 02:30:10 PM »

yep!   she is one "robust" little model :-))

built at 18" x 8" with the 1/2" ply i have used being the cheap "packing case" material its probablly around half the weight of the equiv. Marine Birch Ply.  the model as you see it in the last photo with all the woodwork and superstructure complete weighs in at  just under 3 pounds.   i thought there was a minimum weight for the finished models for competition of 7 1/2 pounds?

power will be speed 600 though i have a choice of motors, and batteries will be nimhs, the model is primarily to be used to retrieve stranded model boats and flying boats not for competition use

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Big Ada

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Re: Christmas holiday springer
« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2012, 04:38:53 PM »

A nice tidy model, wont the extended pushing posts below water make it difficult to steer?.

Happy new year.

Len.
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dbninja

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Re: Christmas holiday springer
« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2012, 09:16:04 PM »

A nice tidy model, wont the extended pushing posts below water make it difficult to steer?.

Happy new year.

Len.

thanks Len
i did also think they might.... after i built them of course.... i will be modifying them in the morning to remove the webs below the waterline :-))


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Re: Christmas holiday springer
« Reply #6 on: January 02, 2012, 09:21:32 PM »

That looks a sturdy springer!!!

Bob

You could always name it  Sherman, its built like a tank. {-) {-) {-)

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dbninja

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Re: Christmas holiday springer
« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2012, 05:17:47 PM »

You could always name it  Sherman, its built like a tank. {-) {-) {-)

john


John

i have a sense of humour... :}   and i like that!

I now have a name for my springer!   "The Sherman" it is


thanks

David
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dbninja

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Re: Christmas holiday springer
« Reply #8 on: February 04, 2012, 08:45:24 PM »

OK
the cold weather has played havoc with trying to get some paint to dry on the springer..  but after leaving each coat to dry "in the warm" before putting on the next coat...

here she is...

and "The Sherman" it is..








obviously not finished, this is it basically with the masking tape removed...  all the gear is in and its ready for the maiden voyage (anyone got an icebreaker?)


tips the scales ready to sail with batteries at just over 5 pounds  and needs at least a pound/ pound and a half of ballast to bring it anywhere near the waterline... she is way too buoyant too the point of being borderline "unstable"

so you "MICK TAKERS"  owe me an apology! >>:-(

oh, any resemblance to one of my fireboats is just coincidental....   its all just down to what paint i had left over!

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Re: Christmas holiday springer
« Reply #9 on: February 07, 2012, 02:24:44 PM »

Hi David,your springer project and sence of humour  promted me to use some scrap material I had lying about
and I have also just built a Springer to use as a rescue/fun boat.
Sherman is a nice little boat and well named.
I will post some photo,s of my effort on the forum later in the day.

john
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dbninja

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Re: Christmas holiday springer
« Reply #10 on: February 19, 2012, 07:54:47 PM »

well our wonderfull (and rather confusing?) weather allowed the first sea trials of "The Sherman"

still a little under ballasted  she performed extremely well..  turns on a sixpence, and will comfortably "push" boats 3 times her size!

a little belter!  made everyone smile :D









a really happy little boat :-))


David
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Re: Christmas holiday springer
« Reply #11 on: February 19, 2012, 08:05:12 PM »

David, that looks like it is going great, Like the colours but wonder if it would have looked cooler varnished.

Any pictures of the insides, I always like to see how others go about positioning the electrics and things.
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Re: Christmas holiday springer
« Reply #12 on: February 19, 2012, 08:13:03 PM »

She looks really nice David.
 Did you see the photo,s of my little springer pushing ice about.

john44
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Re: Christmas holiday springer
« Reply #13 on: May 05, 2012, 07:39:31 AM »

Hi David

I've just got reinstated on the Mayhem site, having got lost in the general collapse earlier and have just come across your 'Sherman'.
I too built my 'Zebedee 2' as a rescue boat, mainly for if I was sailing alone ( so it's set up on my old Radio Link Tx/Rx system ) but it's turned out to be a favourite and much more robust for use with my younger grandsons than the Fireboat and Seaplane Tender.
Your Springer looks great, hope all is well with you,

Best Wishes
Chris
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