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Another Highlander
« on: March 29, 2007, 10:09:54 PM »

Well here is the next project - a Mountfleet Highlander. I have been working on this now for about 3 months on and off.

It has been a mixed bag so far - I have mixed feelings about the kit - the quality seems variable to say the least. I am not sure how I am supposed to make the pulleys on either side of the winch for example. I have asked Mountfleet about these and I have been assured the material is there but how the heck I am supposed to make them without a lathe, I don't know.

The paint on the superstructure is the "Vermin Brown"  Citadel paint mentioned on another thread, airbrushed onto the fibreglass.

Here are some piccies anyhow

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Re: Another Highlander
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2007, 11:48:18 AM »

Hi, Wombat  Nice build so far

 I think I may try one of these Puffers especially if they come complete with lunch inside ;D

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Re: Another Highlander
« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2007, 04:15:31 PM »


3 months?!?!? - you should have only opened the box at this stage!  ::)

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Re: Another Highlander
« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2007, 04:28:46 PM »


3 months?!?!? - you should have only opened the box at this stage!  ::)

Martin.

Are you sure you got that far in 3 months Martin ?? ;D

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Re: Another Highlander
« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2007, 03:07:05 PM »

3 Months
I am a year on with my Sealight and still do not have the hull painted :'( :'( :'(

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Re: Another Highlander
« Reply #5 on: April 15, 2007, 02:47:31 PM »

Since I am not supposed to have done much more than open the box so far, please feel free to ignore the following pictures.

I think that apart fom the winch, most of the sticky bits have been done. The planked sections of the deck have been done. I used B&Q outdoor woodstain for this (Satin Mahogony) - to get this depth of colour there are about 6 coats to get a nice even colour. The mast for the derrick has had about 10 coats so far and it has just about hidden the horrible grain of the dowel. Will have to do the same with the boom.

The ships boat is now complete apart from a few little bits of touch-up (particualry the rowlocks) and a final matt seal.

The Superstructure is coming on and the funnel and water tanks are complete - I am relying more and more on the citadel colour - it is very good if a little pricey. I am prticularly impressed with the staff in the Burton branch of Games Workshop - good advice on how to do the rust effects. I have done this on the steps fo the cabin.

The fit-out of the hull is in progress - the motor is in and I have mounted the steering servo (well duh!). The pipework is the unused dummy bow thruster from Aziz - it fits nicely into the funnel on the superstructure. The Old Smokey will plug into the other end with a it of vaseline to seal it. I am wondering about putting a hole inot the case of the "OS" for a filler-tube come water level gauge.

The Cargo hatch is in progress - it is basically built but needs a cutout for the cargo - I am thinking of a thin layer of coal and a chamber with space for a few "duty-free" bottles of whisky.

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Re: Another Highlander
« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2007, 07:14:59 PM »


3 months?!?!? - you should have only opened the box at this stage!  ::)

Martin.


by 3 months My last project had been in the water 18 times at least, took just 2 weeks to build.  see the Celestia thread in RC Groups and here on mayhem
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« Reply #7 on: April 20, 2007, 11:26:56 PM »

Well I guess another three months or so to finish......

Big problem - the Torpedo 500 I picked up at Leamington Spa is crap - it is really noisy and vibrates like anything - it is not alignment before anyone asks, checked that. You hit a resonance about half speed and that really shakes everything.

So what motor does anyone recommend - I want direct drive for preference to minimise the re-work. Preferably a ball-raced motor. It has to swing a Raboesch 65mm 4 blade brass prop.

Cheers

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Re: Another Highlander
« Reply #8 on: April 21, 2007, 12:03:43 AM »

That is a big prop, it will have to turn slowly, what voltage you running on?

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« Reply #9 on: April 21, 2007, 10:16:47 AM »

12V from a 7AH SLA

I was wondering about a "Graupner Speed 720 Torque BB" - this gives about 4000RPM

Whatever, I want something that doesn't spin too fast - or if it does has a decent gearbox and a balanced armature - I think this is the problem with the Torpedo 500 at the moment - the vibration you get just spinning the motor is bad. Then you hit a resonance in the mounting which uses the hull as a sounding board.......

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Re: Another Highlander
« Reply #10 on: April 21, 2007, 10:57:36 AM »

Model Motors Direct do some superb 11 pole motors that spin sub 3000 rpm and hardly draw any current, try Alistaire there.

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Re: Another Highlander
« Reply #11 on: April 21, 2007, 10:13:39 PM »

Thanks Bob, will look into that.

Anyone else got any suggestions?

In the mean time I have got the "Old Smokey" up and running - toying with putting some LEDs into the funnel for the night time - light up the smoke.....

Also got the hatch done apart from the locking wedges, which I may not bother with. There is a load of coal to cover the costs and a little bit of smuggle about to be unloaded to make up the profits.

Wom

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Re: Another Highlander
« Reply #12 on: April 21, 2007, 10:47:38 PM »

That prop has a lot of pitch, you could try a prop with less pitch.

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« Reply #13 on: April 22, 2007, 02:32:28 AM »

Hi there Wombat,

I fitted a MFA/MiniDrill motor 6vDC with 2.5:1 reduction swinging a 45mm four blade prop and my 600mm ship trundel along just nice. Scratch built from a MB SKYLIGHT drawing.

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Re: Another Highlander
« Reply #14 on: April 22, 2007, 08:42:58 AM »

Hi Bob'n'Bob,

The prop is a bog-standard Raboesch jobbie - I don't recall there being an option for pitch, only for diameter, though it is intended for scale use. It does seem to match the pitch of the white metal one provided in the kit. TBH, I haven't had the thing in the water yet, I was concerned, however with the noise and vibration intrinsic in the motor.

Nice build, Bob, I'm not quite up to scratch building something like that yet.....maybe one day.

I have used the MFA/Como motors in Aziz, but they do seem very noisy, which was why I was looking for something ball-raced and possibly direct drive - preferably slower revving too.

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« Reply #15 on: April 22, 2007, 03:13:16 PM »

Wombat have you thought about going belt drive?

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« Reply #16 on: April 23, 2007, 01:21:31 PM »

Hi Don,

looked at it, but it seems very expensive - the MFA units are the thick end of sixty quid plus coupling. Certainly, I would not want to put in my own belt drive assembly because I could not guarantee the accuracy of the installation because of my limited machining facilities.

Does anyone have any experince with the MFA 800s?

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« Reply #17 on: April 23, 2007, 01:56:27 PM »

Hi Wombat,
 I was able to find pulleys that matched my shaft diameters of the stuffing box and motor. I ordered a couple size belts not knowing for sure which I would need. I was able to buy them for under $20. It takes some time and can get confusing ( to me anyways ) but it was worth it. I mounted the motor to a heavy aluminum mount. It seems to run fine.

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« Reply #18 on: April 23, 2007, 03:08:21 PM »

Try Model Motors Direct, these are the motors Alistaire specialises in.
I got a 11 pole motor that runs 3000 rpm max and pulls milliamps, about 20 I think.
Very quiet, very smooth and battery lasts forever.

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Re: Another Highlander
« Reply #19 on: April 23, 2007, 08:29:32 PM »

Hi Bob,

Got any contact details - can't seem to find them on the web

Wom
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« Reply #20 on: April 23, 2007, 08:39:51 PM »

Hi Bob,

Got any contact details - can't seem to find them on the web

Wom
No website but you can ring him on 01747 812440  (Mon -Fri between 9-10am best)  it says!
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Re: Another Highlander
« Reply #21 on: May 07, 2007, 09:36:50 AM »

Hi All,

The motor has gone onto the back-burner for a little while - I have a few options kicking around, such as the new motors from Mobile Marine, but I am getting on with other things.

So far things are moving quite quickly - quicker than I expected anyway......

I have finished the "honey hut" complete with the low maintenance liveware assisted waste management system: the bucket is on a rope to make it easier to rinse out. Also a catering pack of scratchy loo roll nicked from the harbourmaster's office because it doesn't go as soggy as newspapaer if things get rough. The door is on now and the hut is on the boat.

As you can see the mast, companionway, railings and kharzi are all in place. The boom is about ready to go on, but the next stage of the process is to get the main cabin done. Biggest problem here are the Nav lights - the castings are very poor - they are out of true, covered in blobs and large lumps and the lamp parts have voids and shortages on the casting.  I am tempted to chuck them and buy something in.

Ah well this is where we  are:

Wom


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« Reply #22 on: May 07, 2007, 11:48:46 AM »

A toilet seat!!!   That puffer must have some royalty on board or other vip,   whatever hapened to the 5 gallon bucket with rubber hose round rim?
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Re: Another Highlander
« Reply #23 on: May 07, 2007, 01:49:04 PM »

Well, let's just say that it is not just the bog-roll that is missing from the harbourmaster's personal crap-house. The laternatives were an unfeasibly large hole or splinters, both options were not going to be tolerated by the crew.

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« Reply #24 on: May 07, 2007, 05:14:57 PM »

I meant to say 5 gallon oil drum instead.    Quite fancy building one of those puffers after I saw this one named after an old boss. http://haaf.clydesite.co.uk/pbimages/Pibroch.pdf             Looks good.
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