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ANOTHER ROBBE PT 15 BUILD
« on: July 09, 2007, 05:31:43 pm »

Had the kit for over a month but am only just allowed to start it as it was a birthday present so had to wait for birthday.
 The first thing I have realized is I might just as well forget the instruction book as the rubbish photos are in the German section only so I could spend most of my time going from the German section to the English section and then to the parts section all to find out what screw is No49 and where does it go.
Also you cant stick to the instructions because for example to fix the motor mounting bulkhead you need to first prepare the main deck and temporarily position it so you can check and make sure you don't distort the hull. They don't tell you this.
So I've thrown the book away apart from the parts list and am now just going to use the drawing although there are some glaring omissions on it.
Also the drawing is about the same size as the floor area of my shed, so I spend a lot of time doing origami.

So far I have trimmed the hull, fixed the rudder assembly, fixed the motor and prop shaft, fixed deck supports [Not enough supplied] and prepared the main deck including extra strengthening.

Bluebirds photos on his build should come in handy [I have copies]  :embarrassed:
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Re: Another Robbe PT 15 Build
« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2007, 05:47:16 pm »

Coming along nicely i see Richard.

wont be long and you will be looking for the next project to build ;D

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Re: Another Robbe PT 15 Build
« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2007, 07:17:17 pm »

Dicky Hi ya

By your build is coming along quick.   Just a point to mention, your centre combing around the access hatch to the motor.  Dont forget to set the width of this combing by part number 92 and part number 89.  Number 92 is the plastic 'U' shaped frame and part number 89 is the aft part of the cabin.  If you have made your combing too wide, you will find it difficult to fit number 89 over.  Part 42 socket head screw steel - these are the motor mounting screws - at least that is what I used them for.  Keep on building my mate. 

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Re: Another Robbe PT 15 Build
« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2007, 10:19:15 pm »

Installed the electrics today and checked it all out . The rudder servo was behaving most oddly and at one stage the motor started on its own. After about 20 minutes of head scratching I found that if I turned off the light over the bench which was almost touching the Tx aerial everything behaved normally. :-[ :-[
Just love the Overlander speed control, just plug it in and it sets itself up, no hassle.
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Re: Another Robbe PT 15 Build
« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2007, 10:53:30 pm »

DickyD,
Just one small thing.
Remember to support the propshaft at the inner end, it will reduce any vibration as per Schutze!!

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Re: Another Robbe PT 15 Build
« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2007, 08:33:44 am »

Thanks Bob all under control. At the moment I am still trying to figure out how I am supposed to get to the rudder servo once the deck is in place. I also need a longer arm on the servo as the rudders hardly move on opposite locks.
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Re: Another Robbe PT 15 Build
« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2007, 09:00:16 am »

DickyD
You have the actuator on the rudders too far out, if you bring it in by a few holes the rudders will have more throw.
You can also mount the servo between the rudders, or very close to them.
This keeps everything tight!!
Just some options.

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Re: Another Robbe PT 15 Build
« Reply #7 on: July 11, 2007, 10:44:13 am »

Thanks Bob will try moving in a few holes. Cant put servo in the middle as the battery tray goes there.
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Re: Another Robbe PT 15 Build
« Reply #8 on: July 14, 2007, 06:42:53 pm »

Well i've sorted out the rudder problem.
The deck is fixed and the hull has been given a few coats of paint.
For the last three days I have been working on the superstructure. This is the nearest I've come to scratch building. The instructions are rubbish and the full size drawing isn't much better. I dont think any two of these PT boats will have been built the same. This is definately not a kit for beginners.
Also a lot of the parts have to be made out of timber and ABS so not strictly speaking a kit.
Still will keep plodding on as it keeps me off the streets.
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Re: Another Robbe PT 15 Build
« Reply #9 on: July 14, 2007, 07:10:31 pm »

Looking good Richard, I know what you mean about the instructions though, I would say they are useless but they are not that good ;D ;D ;D.

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Re: Another Robbe PT 15 Build
« Reply #10 on: July 14, 2007, 08:06:35 pm »

hey there Dicky mate Just wondering are your crew going to be able to see out of the windows okay - isnt it a good kit Dicky my mate, brilliant instructions  -  aye I can hear you say ;D >:( ;D ;D

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Re: Another Robbe PT 15 Build
« Reply #11 on: July 14, 2007, 08:15:59 pm »

They'll be ok when they pull the curtains John.
My first attempt at scratch building ?  ???
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Re: Another Robbe PT 15 Build
« Reply #12 on: July 14, 2007, 08:20:36 pm »

 ;D ;D All I can say Dicky is .... after you have finished this model you will have a better understanding of the problems & joys of the scratch builder  ;D  ;D

I only hope the rest of Robbe's kits' instructions are of a higher standard than the ones supplied with this kit  :o :o

It might have been a good idea to have bought ourselves a Tamiya plastic kit and see if we could have put radio into that - it might have been easier.

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Re: Another Robbe PT 15 Build
« Reply #13 on: July 14, 2007, 09:05:45 pm »

Done the Tamiya Prince of Wales, King George V, Bismarck , Tirpitz , Missouri , only as static models though.

The Scheutze was easy,clear instructions, plenty of clear photos, no drawing [ didn't need one ] and all the parts ready made and all plastic no timber to seal.  ;D
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Re: Another Robbe PT 15 Build
« Reply #14 on: July 14, 2007, 10:57:11 pm »

So how did you sort out the rudders?

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Re: Another Robbe PT 15 Build
« Reply #15 on: July 15, 2007, 10:43:58 am »

Did what you said Bob thanks.  ;)
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Re: Another Robbe PT 15 Build
« Reply #16 on: July 16, 2007, 05:01:13 pm »

Today I did the handrails on the superstructure. Instructions once again awful. If Robbes cant describe how to do something they say "do as drawing" even if its not on the drawing.
By the way John I figured out why your whip aerials kept breaking off, look at my photos. ;D
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Re: Another Robbe PT 15 Build
« Reply #17 on: July 16, 2007, 05:14:38 pm »

hello there Dicky, keep up the good build - aye there are aerial supports, but, even with these in, if you catch them the wrong way - hey it rips the whole lot out of the superstructure  :-\

keep the pics coming

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Re: Another Robbe PT 15 Build
« Reply #18 on: July 17, 2007, 05:36:55 pm »

Today I finished off the mast and railings on the superstructure.
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Re: Another Robbe PT 15 Build
« Reply #19 on: July 19, 2007, 04:00:56 pm »

Started the day full of good intentions but only managed to finish off painting the hull and superstructure as the paint fumes got to me.
Have been looking at the so called instruction book for the next step which is making up the manholes and hatches in the deck. It says make up 3 No 186 manholes as plan. Studied plan for ages and can still only see two. ???
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Re: Another Robbe PT 15 Build
« Reply #20 on: July 19, 2007, 04:17:45 pm »

Hi there have a look at the back of boat just under the gun barrel  ;D on the starboard side - one hatch there, after the bridge superstructure on the portside - one hatch there.   One hatch at the bow which is marked 187 and 186.   I think that is it Dicky.

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Re: Another Robbe PT 15 Build
« Reply #21 on: July 21, 2007, 04:19:38 pm »

Have sorted out the hatch problem and they are now fixed.
Made up the remaining hatches cupboards and torpedo tubes [remembering that the tubes are handed, eh John] and they are now fixed.
Started fixing the fittings kit, no problem with the instructions, there aren't any.
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Re: Another Robbe PT 15 Build
« Reply #22 on: July 21, 2007, 07:26:43 pm »

Looking good Dicky and I see you found the 3rd Hatch - how many pictures did you need  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

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Re: Another Robbe PT 15 Build
« Reply #23 on: July 30, 2007, 10:06:54 pm »

Go on then, I will ask, what are the hatches over the swimming platform for?
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Re: Another Robbe PT 15 Build
« Reply #24 on: July 31, 2007, 06:18:44 pm »

Thats looking very very nice Richard , A credit to you mate  :D

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