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Re: New Zippkits Rockett Hydro build
« Reply #25 on: April 11, 2008, 10:29:09 PM »

Sounds like a great plan to me. Going off for the night. Cheers for now.
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Re: New Zippkits Rockett Hydro build
« Reply #26 on: April 14, 2008, 03:36:10 PM »

well ive routed the pipe and the motors test fitted and marked for drilling now i need to drill a few holes before i start to fit the deck supports and the deck.Iv glassed the seems on the sponsons inside so once set ill coat it all inside again and fill with floatation before i seal them up.The stuffing tube should go in tomorrow if my new tube arrives  ::).Oh yea i also fitted the tank,had to cut a hole in the forward bulkhead for it as its quite a long one been 20 oz, should give me plenty of runtime though.
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Re: New Zippkits Rockett Hydro build
« Reply #27 on: April 17, 2008, 06:46:36 PM »

Managed to glass all the seams inside the hull today,the plans dont call for it but it gives me piece of mind,the stuffing tube is in now all i need is the new flex tube so i can bend it and slide it in there so i can mount the hardware then ill remove it again and start installing floatation in the sponsons and fix the deck on to those.Things should start to move much faster now  O0.
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Re: New Zippkits Rockett Hydro build
« Reply #28 on: April 17, 2008, 10:05:41 PM »

Well ive been playing with paper mache again haha,made a mould from the orriginal cowl as i need another for the next hydro i plan building when this ones done.I covered the cowl in packing tape before laying layers of brown paper and water proof wood glue on top,about 5 layers so far.I let it dry then popped it off ,its pretty rigid and strong i could just epoxy coat it and paint after sanding a few rough patches a bit.Or i could use the inside as my mould to lay epoxy and cloth,first id probably seal it with varnish before doing that.That will have to wait till this hydro is done but i think the moulding came out pretty good.
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Re: New Zippkits Rockett Hydro build
« Reply #29 on: April 18, 2008, 05:05:07 PM »

Nice Mart, applied for a job on Blue Peter yet O0

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Re: New Zippkits Rockett Hydro build
« Reply #30 on: April 18, 2008, 05:10:14 PM »

Nice Mart, applied for a job on Blue Peter yet O0
I think im too old  {-),got the floatation in the sponsons and started to glue the tops on.I glued 3/4 of them down from transoms leaving the front 1/4 loose my thinking is it will make bending them easier.The deck support strips are on too so ill get the decks on maybe tomorrow so things are moving along quite well now.
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Re: New Zippkits Rockett Hydro build
« Reply #31 on: April 20, 2008, 12:27:53 PM »

I managed to get the side decks on this morning ,just waiting for them to set so i can glue on the centre deck up forward  O0.The motor is just sat in there at this time as ive been playing with throttle cable setup for the carb.Yo might or might not have noticed the motor says EZ 25 on it as thats what it started out as a warehose hobbies  modded motor,it was then sent for a full mod to SS enterprises in the states,i believe redline who are highly respected do the mods it was then test run in a cat and clocked 57 mph on its one and only run by its owner a good friend from the states who i got it from.Should really move this hydro  ;)  maybe a little too well  :o.
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Re: New Zippkits Rockett Hydro build
« Reply #32 on: April 23, 2008, 10:04:45 PM »

more pics,all filling done just a little more sanding before im ready for paint also need to sort out the hatch fasteners too.
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Re: New Zippkits Rockett Hydro build
« Reply #33 on: April 23, 2008, 11:48:27 PM »

Looking good mart O0 O0 O0

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Re: New Zippkits Rockett Hydro build
« Reply #34 on: April 24, 2008, 09:31:04 AM »

Cheers mate good to see someone bothers to post a comment i was begining to think no one cared  {-).
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Re: New Zippkits Rockett Hydro build
« Reply #35 on: April 24, 2008, 09:39:58 AM »


Is that ordinary plywood?
How thick?
What's the target weight of the model including engine?
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Re: New Zippkits Rockett Hydro build
« Reply #36 on: April 24, 2008, 10:31:08 AM »


Is that ordinary plywood?
How thick?
What's the target weight of the model including engine?

Its 1/8 birch plyood for  frames and side and bottom sheets ,stringers for engine are 1/4  they use 1/8 light poplar ply for the decking,the target weight of the finnished boat is between 14-16 lbs according to the plans.The ones ive seen a few friends have built over in the states are somwhere in between those weights and speed with a stock zenoah is arround 55-58 mph.There is currently a bit of a new craze going on over there with a new thunderboat racing class for them the only rules are that all motors must be stock zenoah with in hull exhausts .They run very well in choppy conditions apparently even in 6" chop from what ive been told by the guys running them.I have a video of one running in 20 mph wind and chop so if mine handles anything like that ill be very pleased.The colour will be yellow with green on the sponson tops and some graphics a friend is cutting for me,heres a sample.also heres a cpl of pics of what you get in the kits,these are of the rivett which is the normal roundnose ,same hull diff deck to mine which has dropped sponsons.
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Re: New Zippkits Rockett Hydro build
« Reply #37 on: April 24, 2008, 10:46:15 AM »

Heres a video of a thunderboat in wind and chop,this ones glass but will be racing in the same class.you might need to right click save and open to play.
http://columbiapond.com/user/Test_Tune1.mpg
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Re: New Zippkits Rockett Hydro build
« Reply #38 on: April 24, 2008, 10:51:20 AM »

Another nice video with some big air  {-)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIa4oElwLHI
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Re: New Zippkits Rockett Hydro build
« Reply #39 on: April 24, 2008, 10:55:12 AM »

Next best way to make use of a spitfire motor  O0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ub0hwAPiidM
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Re: New Zippkits Rockett Hydro build
« Reply #40 on: April 24, 2008, 10:04:22 PM »

Looking good Martin, the decals and paint should look great when finished. Looking forward to the maiden O0 (at half throttle on a windy day ;D ;D ;D)

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Re: New Zippkits Rockett Hydro build
« Reply #41 on: April 25, 2008, 08:22:43 AM »

Looking good Martin, the decals and paint should look great when finished. Looking forward to the maiden O0 (at half throttle on a windy day ;D ;D ;D)
Thanks mate,half throttle my **** lol watch this space  ;),i cant wait either should be ready for maiden in June after our hols.
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Re: New Zippkits Rockett Hydro build
« Reply #42 on: April 29, 2008, 04:03:55 PM »

Well the hull is now painted and i added some vinyl,the rest of the decals will have to wait as my supplier is working away.Ill clear coat the hull in a day or two and buff her up with some car wax,then i can start putting everything in the hull and getting her ready for her maiden.If i can ill maiden her before we go away in 3 weeks if not she will get wet as soon as we get back from our hols.
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Re: New Zippkits Rockett Hydro build
« Reply #43 on: April 29, 2008, 04:07:04 PM »

more pics
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Re: New Zippkits Rockett Hydro build
« Reply #44 on: April 29, 2008, 04:31:48 PM »

HI Mart,Those colours should stand out OK on the pond. O0
A Boat looks big when you drop it in the water , but at speed @ halfway down the lake its  more like a blurr !

Think I'll go to specsavers  ::)

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Re: New Zippkits Rockett Hydro build
« Reply #45 on: April 29, 2008, 07:19:58 PM »

Yea it is bright enough  {-) if all goes well i could have it in the water before our hols 3 weeks from today,i started the build a month ago so it hasnt taken me long  :o.
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Re: New Zippkits Rockett Hydro build
« Reply #46 on: May 01, 2008, 10:42:11 PM »

Well ive added a few decals today i used printable clear vinyl on my home printer they came out pretty good.I clear coated the whole hull about 3 coats so far decals and all, might do a cpl more.Then ill finnish thew cowl and im ready to start installing everything,i cant belive how close she is to getting wet  :o.
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Re: New Zippkits Rockett Hydro build
« Reply #47 on: May 03, 2008, 02:55:34 PM »

I know your all watching come on gime some feedback  :D.
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Re: New Zippkits Rockett Hydro build
« Reply #48 on: May 03, 2008, 07:57:39 PM »

Excellent looking build Martin, shame the greens are a little different.
Maiden soon by the looks of it O0

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Re: New Zippkits Rockett Hydro build
« Reply #49 on: May 03, 2008, 10:15:28 PM »

Excellent looking build Martin, shame the greens are a little different.
Maiden soon by the looks of it O0
The green on the decals was as near as i could get but hey its fine it looks good to me but thanks for pointing it out to me  ::),maiden could be in a week just depends as we have plans for the weekend.Might try and get her wet one evening all been well.
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