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Re: Chimaera - My fourth build, the first POF.
« Reply #150 on: March 23, 2020, 03:56:34 am »

Raphael,

The scale of the boat is approx 1:24.I say approximately in that the drawings were of two scales -  1/2" to 1 ft and 3/8" to 1 ft.
When I started looking for figures for the crew, I found some unpainted ones at MountFleet Models. 
They advertise in Model Boats Magazine and have a variety of scales and characters.    I chose 1:32 for the ones I used, I feel they fit the
final scale of the boat pretty well.
They came as white plastic , and needed to be cleaned up a little prior toto painting. 

I don't think that confining them to the boat will do any good.They all are maintaining good "social distancing" - 

Hope you are well.  If we all are careful and think before we act,we should get thru this mess.
Regards,Jim

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Re: Chimaera - My fourth build, the first POF.
« Reply #151 on: March 23, 2020, 03:59:15 am »

Here are some pics showing the running lights.

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Re: Chimaera - My fourth build, the first POF.
« Reply #152 on: March 23, 2020, 04:01:05 am »

A separate channel controls the spot light.


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Re: Chimaera - My fourth build, the first POF.
« Reply #153 on: March 23, 2020, 07:09:20 am »

Bponjour James,
Your boat is even more realistic by night and the power of your spt light is just amazing !
Thanks for the information, I will have plenty of time to search crew in the Mountfleet catalog.
I am luckily confined but my wife has to go to work because she has been requisitioned by her public body... :((
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Re: Chimaera - My fourth build, the first POF.
« Reply #154 on: March 23, 2020, 09:12:00 pm »

Here is a short video showing how the rudder channel also drives the wheel and moves the spot for night maneuvering.
https://youtu.be/285S2kqwd8Y

I used three different servos linked together
via an Acton Electronics Servo Morph to allow for adjusting the amount of movement.
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Re: Chimaera - My fourth build, the first POF.
« Reply #155 on: March 24, 2020, 01:33:02 am »

The spot light.
I found a light from a model railroad.  It was wired with a 12 V incandescent bulb.
In the USA we have a manufacturer of flash lights called MAGLITE. 
They have a variety of sizes.   and they have a little kit that swaps out the bulbfor an LED.  It is set up for two AA cells or 3V. 

It fit right inside the lamp housing.   I mounted the lamp base but extended thethe post thru to the inside of the pilot house, there it engages with a servo thatis linked to the rudder channel.
The LED is surprisingly bright and stays cool. So I am not worried about melting anything.
Thanks for reading,
Jim
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Re: Chimaera - My fourth build, the first POF.
« Reply #156 on: March 28, 2020, 04:09:52 pm »

Beautiful boat Jim, congratulations! How does the steam plant perform?
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Re: Chimaera - My fourth build, the first POF.
« Reply #157 on: March 28, 2020, 04:56:33 pm »

Wish I knew -

Still have snow on the ground, and the boss does not allow me to run hot near the house.The last time I fired up a boiler all the Carbon Monoxide detectors when off on all three floors.And I was in the Garage at the time! 

But - Spring is coming. 

When I finish her up on the water I will post a movie.
Thanks for your appreciation.   I am still a beginner -
but getting better at the details that make the difference.
Everyone keep safe.
STAY AT HOME
Regards,Jim

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Re: Chimaera - My fourth build, the first POF.
« Reply #158 on: March 28, 2020, 05:15:52 pm »

Jim what a lovely boat  :-))   I really like the way the wheel moves too.  You should be so proud!  I'm looking forward to some updates when it warms up.

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Re: Chimaera - My fourth build, the first POF.
« Reply #159 on: July 11, 2020, 03:59:19 am »

Just wanted to come clean on the status of the Chimaera.
I ran out of money for a new boiler, and converted the power plant to electrical.
So -the build/ and saga continues in the Working Boats forum.
Thanks for reading,I hope you still enjoy the log.
Regards,Jim
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Re: Chimaera - My fourth build, the first POF.
« Reply #160 on: July 11, 2020, 05:28:35 am »


Hey Jim,

 BTW, Where did you get the characters from?
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Re: Chimaera - My fourth build, the first POF.
« Reply #161 on: July 11, 2020, 08:56:31 pm »

Mountfleet Models

The website is kinda funky and the figures are hidden on the review page. (go figure)

I ended up emailing them for the catalog pages.
They were very fast to ship.
You have to paint them.
Regards,Jim
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