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« on: September 30, 2017, 01:53:48 pm »

Felt the desire to build another warship model and, after a little searching for something a shade different. went for a Russian destroyer.  No, not one of the modern types which are covered with weapons but the Type 7U from the WW2 period.  Perhaps not well known but there was just enough information easily available to build a reasonable SOS model.
The construction was my usual balsa box method which, using a scale around 1/140, gave a hull 32 inches (81 cm) long.  The final operating weight was some 3.75 pounds (1.7 kg).
Not wanting to waste the chance to try something new, it was powered by two RE385 motors rather than the single screw system I usually use.  By playing with a transmitters internal mixing function it was possible to steer the model using just the motors.  I knew this method worked with "beamier" models and wanted to see how a having the prop shafts closer together would affect it.
In fact if proved possible to rotate the model on the spot with some careful manipulation of the throttles to prevent it creeping ahead or astern.  Trying to sail and steer the model using just the motors was less comfortable and found it easier to run the motors together and steer with the single rudder installed between the propellers. Even though the rudder was not directly behind a propeller, it seemed to be just as effective as if it were.
Even though the operational history of these vessels was limited, they do make a quite handsome model. Well, I think so.  Plans drawn up and waiting to be posted to the Model Boats magazine
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Re: Spookoiny
« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2017, 06:14:20 pm »

Ooh, she's a sweetie Mr G. The funnels look nice aidn complicated, I will keep a good lookout for the article and glean the technique you used to make them. There are similarities to Penelope's funnels in their shape (caps excluded).
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