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John C

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Re: My scratch built made in China RG-65
« Reply #25 on: May 12, 2007, 05:33:52 pm »

God I'm so thick  :P I get confused with all the rigging arrangements, and sail winches required to get a narrow beam model sailing and I didn't want to spend loads of dosh to find out it wasn't for me. I just looked at your last photo and it's obvious.........have the servo sail arm above deck, not pretty I'll admit on a scale sail model, but most of my models are semi scale any way and mostly electric powered.

I've seen models of square riggers where the sails are all connected and the masts turn in their housings, but just seeing that photo of the sail arm above deck made me think what a simple idea, less chance of snagging etc, Not for the purist's I expect. But worth an hour or two in the shed during the winter.

I suppose that's what you,d call an eehaw moment

Best regards

John C
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romainpek

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Re: My scratch built made in China RG-65
« Reply #26 on: May 13, 2007, 01:16:31 pm »

 :-\ so sometimes good ideas can be less esthetic...

I heard you ! I immediately decided to plank the front deck to compensate. It'll train me for Mary J Ward deck anyway.
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John C

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Re: My scratch built made in China RG-65
« Reply #27 on: May 13, 2007, 02:02:44 pm »

:-\ so sometimes good ideas can be less esthetic...

Yes, but there's a train of thought that if you paint the less esthetic bits the same as the overall colour (as in grey for warships), maybe varnished in your case, the offending part is less visible on the water.

I think you've done exactly the right thing with the planking as it will draw the eye away from the sail arm, but for me I couldn't give a monkeys so long as it worked , but I'm cheap. ;D

John C
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romainpek

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Re: My scratch built made in China RG-65
« Reply #28 on: May 23, 2007, 01:54:05 pm »

Planking finished. I also did a "water spreader" or "water shield" (how to call that ?) of cheese box plywood. Varnishing did not cover the glue marks alas
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romainpek

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Re: My scratch built made in China RG-65
« Reply #29 on: May 23, 2007, 01:56:20 pm »

View from the side. It still is better than before planking I believe.
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Re: My scratch built made in China RG-65
« Reply #30 on: May 23, 2007, 02:21:38 pm »

View from the side. It still is better than before planking I believe.

Glad to see you have had time to do some building. ;D

I know you have been busy travelling, and you were Shanghaied into drinking beer and watching girls in very short shorts. :P :o
Personally I blame the British guy, the yank was innocent. ;)
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romainpek

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Re: My scratch built made in China RG-65
« Reply #31 on: May 24, 2007, 05:05:09 am »

I just had time for varnishing recently ! too many travels (flying, not sailing)
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romainpek

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Re: My scratch built made in China RG-65
« Reply #32 on: May 27, 2007, 02:59:08 am »

OK, I think I'm far enough in my build to make a first lake trial this afternoon !
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romainpek

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Re: My scratch built made in China RG-65
« Reply #33 on: May 27, 2007, 03:01:05 am »

More close view of the rigging. I'll see what's good and wrong and I will probably have a lot to modify.
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Re: My scratch built made in China RG-65
« Reply #34 on: May 27, 2007, 03:26:22 am »

OK, I think I'm far enough in my build to make a first lake trial this afternoon !

Hope the 'sea trial' goes well. ;D
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Re: My scratch built made in China RG-65
« Reply #35 on: May 27, 2007, 10:36:14 am »

Thats looking real good.

You may have to rethink the sail servo location though, cos when you sail it in a brisk wind, you will probably find lots of water getting on the deck both in front of and behind the dodger.

Good luck.

Ian
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romainpek

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Re: My scratch built made in China RG-65
« Reply #36 on: May 27, 2007, 11:34:58 am »

So I went !

The wind had picked up strength so I tried the lake with my faithful Kyosho Sea Dolphin but it was quite manageable.

I took the Epoissine (named after the Epoisses cheese box plywood) out of the car for a last sight.

See the flag ? I thought I needed all the help I could get so I'm flying the Vatican's colours !
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romainpek

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Re: My scratch built made in China RG-65
« Reply #37 on: May 27, 2007, 11:36:29 am »

It goes ! above the water surface !
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romainpek

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Re: My scratch built made in China RG-65
« Reply #38 on: May 27, 2007, 11:37:10 am »

and it turns ! it comes back to me !
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romainpek

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Re: My scratch built made in China RG-65
« Reply #39 on: May 27, 2007, 11:37:46 am »

 ;D
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romainpek

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Re: My scratch built made in China RG-65
« Reply #40 on: May 27, 2007, 11:39:17 am »

The king was not my cousin anymore (French expression meaning you're very proud and happy) when I noticed that my mainsail boom had its own way of sailing
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romainpek

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Re: My scratch built made in China RG-65
« Reply #41 on: May 27, 2007, 11:41:51 am »

Basically, like a lateen rig, I had a good and a bad tack. Worse, they were both bad tacks as one way the mainsail boom was closer than the middle line of the boat (on the wrong side like the pic above) and on the other it was too open (like on this pic)
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romainpek

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Re: My scratch built made in China RG-65
« Reply #42 on: May 27, 2007, 11:45:25 am »

Basically, my whole boom vang and gooseneck need replacing. It was working windless in my house, not outside with the wind.

But still, am I happy !  :) The boat worked, floated, went and came back.

And only one tiny drop of water inside, it's more water tight than my Kyosho !  ;D

I'm the guy holding the boat by the way.
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Re: My scratch built made in China RG-65
« Reply #43 on: May 27, 2007, 03:41:31 pm »

great stuff ! well done
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Re: My scratch built made in China RG-65
« Reply #44 on: May 27, 2007, 04:04:19 pm »

Good to see you got the bottom wet and she can turn and come back.

My mate built his own boat and it was uncontrolable LOL.

Well done and go and have a beer.

Mark

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romainpek

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Re: My scratch built made in China RG-65
« Reply #45 on: June 08, 2007, 12:35:23 pm »

Thanks for your comments !

I stayed one week in France and I decided to cheat and go to a real Model Shop and buy a ready made gooseneck.

I just installed it tonight, it seems that the boom is moving much better when the "pendant" (or "vang" ?) is tight than before when using my wood blocks.

New trial this week-end !
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romainpek

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Re: My scratch built made in China RG-65
« Reply #46 on: June 09, 2007, 11:48:06 am »

The test was made today. It worked beautifully but it's not very conclusive as the air was too still. I hope I have more wind next time (and I'll show action pictures)
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Re: My scratch built made in China RG-65
« Reply #47 on: June 09, 2007, 07:51:33 pm »

The test was made today. It worked beautifully but it's not very conclusive as the air was too still. I hope I have more wind next time (and I'll show action pictures)

That's probably the best time to test it. If the boom swings across freely with next to no wind, it must be lined up ok as the mainsail has less power to force it over. Looking good so far

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romainpek

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Re: My scratch built made in China RG-65
« Reply #48 on: June 17, 2007, 02:19:21 am »

I did not forget the emitter of my Epoissine yesterday, so I did some good trials on the lake. It seems to be a bit slower than a Seadolphin 770 but not by so much. If the wind is strong, it's more difficult to tack effectively probably due to a mix of lower inertia and too much drag (the fin keel is too wide and quite long).

I'm still in love with that boat though.
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Re: My scratch built made in China RG-65
« Reply #49 on: June 17, 2007, 06:22:11 am »

I did not forget the emitter of my Epoissine yesterday, so I did some good trials on the lake. It seems to be a bit slower than a Seadolphin 770 but not by so much. If the wind is strong, it's more difficult to tack effectively probably due to a mix of lower inertia and too much drag (the fin keel is too wide and quite long).

I'm still in love with that boat though.

She is loooking very good, you will get a great deal of pleasue from her.

TT
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