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My first build - Paula 3 buoy layer
« on: December 27, 2012, 08:37:53 pm »

Firstly, this is my first every R/C boat kit. The only other R/C boat I've had and still had is a 15 quid Toys r us cheap deal boat without any detail or function whatsoever. So being a teenager, I always want some better, so before Christmas, I was considering buying a cabin cruiser kit. My Dad had clocked this, and so, on Christmas morning, I found out I had a Paula 3 buoy layer. He had even bought the auxillary function set so I could fit it with a working crane. This was just getting better!! The first impressions was 'There isn't much in the box', but I suppose thats all part of the modelling. Hopefully it will be a great kit once built. So, this is the first installment in my build blog. Hope you like it!
 
 
 
The box of the Paula 3, showing what it should look like.
                           
 
The hull with deck resting on top after the rear section, access and mechanisms hatches plastic had been cut out. Unfortunately I forgot to take any pictures before I began this stage.
                           
 
The deck, with the plastic hatches cut out. The bottom two hatches are for the crane system the larger hatch is for general access, and is covered by the lid on the left, which is then covered by the cab.
 
                           
 
The rear deck support. The manufacturer says to just glue the strip of die-cut the the rear of the hull. However, me and Dad (My co-builder) thought that to give extra support and stop it collapsing into itself, we added the two triangle supports.
                     
 
The propeller and rudder holes. The prop hole is 6.5mm and the rudder hole is 4mm.
 
                             
 
More updates soon hopefully.
 
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« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2012, 08:56:50 pm »

Quick work and looks like a nice start.
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Re: My first build - Paula 3 buoy layer
« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2012, 09:55:02 pm »

Hi there, I built one of these last year, It is a good little kit to start with, you are right, there doesn't seem to be that much in the box, but there is enough to keep you busy.. You may want to detail the inside of the wheelhouse, I didn't do anything and it looks a bit bare inside, so it may be worth looking at.
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« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2012, 01:08:37 am »

Maybe you could make the buoy flash  :o
If I can find where I recently saw how to do that then I'll post it up.
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Re: My first build - Paula 3 buoy layer
« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2012, 06:24:43 pm »

Hi guys,
 
Thanks for all your comments. I haven't made any progress on the next stage, which is the electronics. If I don't post for a bit please keep checking because as a teenager I have schooling and also volounteer at a local heritage railway, and both do take a lot of my 'modelling time'.
 
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« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2012, 06:26:06 pm »

Maybe you could make the buoy flash  :o
If I can find where I recently saw how to do that then I'll post it up.
Dave

I am planning on putting flashing lights in the buoys but can't find how to do it so if you could find that it would be brill.
 
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« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2012, 07:28:50 pm »

I am planning on putting flashing lights in the buoys but can't find how to do


One way would be to get some MCLF056AD LED's (or similar LED's with inbuilt flasher circuits) and connect to the required voltage (3-10V for the MCLF056AD).


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« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2012, 08:46:51 pm »

*Update*
 
Hi,
 
Although I said earlier I hadn't made a dent into the electronics, I finished everything that I needed to do and me and Dad sat down and did some soldering. We surpressed the motor, fitted the two power wires (not connected to anything), tested the motor and fitted the motor supports.
 
Also, the instructions say use Teflon grease inside the propeller shaft tube, between the propeller shaft and the tube, to keep the water tightness, but can I use copper grease or ordinary grease??
 

One way would be to get some MCLF056AD LED's (or similar LED's with inbuilt flasher circuits) and connect to the required voltage (3-10V for the MCLF056AD).


Thanks Steve and yes, I suppose I could use flashing LED's. The only problem is keeping the water tightness and being able to change the batteries inside as the light would fit on the top and the battery inside the main float.
 
 
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« Reply #8 on: December 29, 2012, 08:52:42 pm »

Dont use copper grease BUT use hte ordinarry grease this will be fine.One thing I would reccoment with this Boat would be to use a brass Prop I changed mine and it was a lot quicker.I got mine from Prop shop.Not only was it a lot quicker but the run time was far superior than a plastic prop.
 
 
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« Reply #9 on: December 29, 2012, 09:00:23 pm »

Hi,
 
If I change it to a brass prop, should it be the same diameter?
 
Apologies if I'm asking stupidly easy questions, I've never done this before!!  :embarrassed:
 
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« Reply #10 on: December 29, 2012, 09:55:39 pm »

YES same size believe you me this boat will act like a ruddy speedy boat as the motor supplied is AWSOME BUT it is handy to have the extra power just to get out of the way of others sometime.As my signature staes there is NO motor big enough or in other words you wouldnt drive a Ferrari flat out eveywhere would you
 
 
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« Reply #11 on: January 02, 2013, 12:01:56 pm »

**Update** 
 
Hi,
 
Some good progress have been made since my last post. We have tested, glued and fitted the motor, and glued and fitted the rudder servo cradle. We have also made a start on the rudder assembly itself. Pictures are below.
 
The electric motor fitted, the rudder servo cradle (at the stern), and the prop shaft.

 
The propeller shaft on the underside of the boat (propeller fitted for display purposes only).

 
The motor bracket, rubber coupling (between prop shaft and motor), and prop shaft.

 
The prepared rudder assembly.

 
Went to Barry new years day, took my old boat and met some other sailors. Interesting to talk.
 
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« Reply #12 on: January 02, 2013, 11:31:30 pm »

 
Lookin' good  :-)) .
 
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« Reply #13 on: January 07, 2013, 10:40:18 am »

Hi
 
Thanks Mark. Not much to report at the mo, apart from the fact I'm looking for a battery. Will keep you all posted.
 
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« Reply #14 on: January 15, 2013, 11:57:11 am »

**Update**
 
Hi,
 
Just a quick update. The battery has been ordered and the propeller and rudder shaft have both been gripfilled in. Next is the rudder servo and rudder fitting.
 
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« Reply #15 on: January 18, 2013, 12:17:53 pm »

Hi there,
 
I've bought a 6v battery from a website called budget batteries. However I still need a charger.
 
Can I use a 6v motorbike battery charger??
 
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« Reply #16 on: January 18, 2013, 12:25:11 pm »

If your battery is a lead acid type, your motorbike charger will be ok. If it is a Ni-cad or Ni-mh you will need a charger,. These are quite cheap, Component Shop being  the best place to get one. http://www.component-shop.co.uk/html/mw2168vd.html they will also make you up any combination of connecting lead you may need at very reasonable charge.
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« Reply #17 on: January 18, 2013, 03:00:22 pm »


I would be very cautious about using a car / motorbike charger on a gel cell, those chargers can be quite brutal!
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« Reply #18 on: January 18, 2013, 03:57:07 pm »


I would be very cautious about using a car / motorbike charger on a gel cell, those chargers can be quite brutal!


Indeed they can, Mine has a 1/2 amp trickle charge facility, That is what I use, not the 'Fast' position....
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« Reply #19 on: January 18, 2013, 06:19:28 pm »

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but gripfil will not do to hold a shft in place you need to use either a 2part epoxy glue or fiberglass filler




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« Reply #20 on: January 25, 2013, 05:12:29 pm »

Hi,
 
Just found this on ebay.
 
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/261090808459?_trksid=p5197.c0.m619
 
Apart from that, the rudder has been fitted along with the rudder servo, and I have sorted the gripfill problem that Dave (Stavros) pointed out. Pictures up soon.
 
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« Reply #21 on: January 30, 2013, 06:57:24 pm »

Hi all,
 
The battery charger has arrived! However, it says on it '10VDC 600MA 6VA'. Is this definatley a 6V charger as it says 10VDC??? I don't want to connect it up and it go bang!!  :o
 
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« Reply #22 on: January 30, 2013, 07:46:45 pm »


Not to worry.

As the output is put to work charging your battery the voltage will be 6volts.  It needs the power , you see.    :}


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« Reply #23 on: February 01, 2013, 09:27:57 pm »

Hi,
 
The battery cradle has now been installed.
 
However, the instructions say use stabilit express which I understand is epoxy to glue together the deck and hull. However, it is ok to use silicone because knowing my electrical skills something is going to come loose and I wont be able to remove the deck if I use stabilit? With the silicone I would just be able slice it if something below deck ever goes wrong.
 
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« Reply #24 on: February 01, 2013, 09:44:59 pm »

Hi there Dan, Stablit is a  methacrylate  based adhesive, not an epoxy. My daughters boyfriend started to build a Paula 3, and used epoxy to fit the shaft, and also started to assemble other parts with it as well, it all peeled apart. you will need Stablit or similar to work with ABS for important joins, it was designed for plastics like ABS. So take care with your choice of adhesives. Cyano (superglue) does not work very well either, I know this from experience rescuing Paula 3 from the clutches of future son in law. Have a look at Deluxe Materials adhesive guide and you will get a good idea of what you need. Stablit is expensive in the first instance, but, a little go's a long way, one small pack lasted me for 3 models and a few repairs for others, so money well spent as far as I am concerned. Deluxe does not sell stablit, but has their own version, No 4 or 5 on the list.
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