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    Skipjack.part 2

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    Re: Skipjack.part 2

    Post  Tom(ADMIN) on Wed Aug 28, 2013 7:57 pm

    It makes life so much easier, Andy...saves all that bending of wire and making up parts to fit.

    After reading the "online how to do it", it took me about ten minutes to get these fitted and working properly. Next up are the top and bottom rudders.
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    Re: Skipjack.part 2

    Post  salmon on Wed Aug 28, 2013 8:15 pm

    Richard(Admin) wrote:It makes life so much easier, Andy...saves all that bending of wire and making up parts to fit.

    After reading the "online how to do it", it took me about ten minutes to get these fitted and working properly. Next up are the top and bottom rudders.
    Richard,
    I really appreciate the work David has done on the fittings for the Skipjack. The quality is top notch and it has made my build go very quick. Keep up the great work there sir!
    Peace,
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    Re: Skipjack.part 2

    Post  merriman on Wed Aug 28, 2013 8:26 pm

    I should mention here that Tom has been a big help getting those instructions sorted out; to make them a bit more clear and useful. Thanks, Tom.

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    Re: Skipjack.part 2

    Post  Tom(ADMIN) on Wed Aug 28, 2013 8:26 pm

    Tell you what, Tom...the man is a master at this. I can't get over how easily everything fits...and fits first time.

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    Re: Skipjack.part 2

    Post  Tom(ADMIN) on Wed Aug 28, 2013 8:27 pm

    I didn't know that...thanks, Tom!
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    Re: Skipjack.part 2

    Post  salmon on Wed Aug 28, 2013 8:35 pm

    Thank you for the kind words.


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    Re: Skipjack.part 2

    Post  Tom(ADMIN) on Thu Aug 29, 2013 1:36 pm

    Day off building today, these dammed fingers are just not cooperating with me, so rather than cock things up, I decided to leave things alone for today.

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    Re: Skipjack.part 2

    Post  Tom(ADMIN) on Fri Aug 30, 2013 11:32 am

    The cylinder has just arrived from Nigel (thanks Nige..lovely job) fits perfectly and there's plenty of room to install everything.




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    Re: Skipjack.part 2

    Post  Tom(ADMIN) on Fri Aug 30, 2013 12:32 pm

    And here's the clever bit...note in the photos the small plastic lugs directly in front of the end caps. These are where the stand fits if you are building a static model...they are perfectly positioned to locate the cylinder and stop it moving in a fore/aft plane, and allow spot on positioning every time the cylinder is removed/replaced.

    Also note the tubes at the top end of the cylinder in the hull...they are where the locating pins for the top deck fit. I'm not using those, so I figure that a small strip of brass, drilled and secured into those holes with self tapping screws, will secure the cylinder in position. Clever stuff, huh?




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    Re: Skipjack.part 2

    Post  Tom(ADMIN) on Sun Sep 01, 2013 7:54 am

    Nothing done yesterday, I'm afraid...and here's why.




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    Re: Skipjack.part 2

    Post  Tom(ADMIN) on Sun Sep 01, 2013 3:11 pm

    So, what does the team think? I have two brand new Turnigy 9gramme mini servos which I'd like to use in the Skipjack for the rudder (via a MicroGyros leveller) and the rear 'planes...will they be man enough, do we think? Or will I need to use standard size servos?

    Your recommendations please, guys...
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    Re: Skipjack.part 2

    Post  merriman on Sun Sep 01, 2013 5:36 pm

    Richard(Admin) wrote:So, what does the team think? I have two brand new Turnigy 9gramme mini servos which I'd like to use in the Skipjack for the rudder (via a MicroGyros leveller) and the rear 'planes...will they be man enough, do we think? Or will I need to use standard size servos?

    Your recommendations please, guys...
    'mini' or larger servo recommended.

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    Re: Skipjack.part 2

    Post  Tom(ADMIN) on Sun Sep 01, 2013 5:58 pm

    Ok, thanks for that David...larger it will be.

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    Re: Skipjack.part 2

    Post  Tom(ADMIN) on Wed Sep 04, 2013 6:47 pm

    I haven't had chance to do much over the last two days due to badly swollen and very painful knees, but this afternoon I managed to make a start on the trays for the cylinder. The gap inbetween the two trays is where the ballast tank will sit. Hopefully I want to cut the ballast tank to size tomorrow, fingers and knees permitting.

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    Re: Skipjack.part 2

    Post  acrowot (Geof) on Thu Sep 05, 2013 1:20 am

    Hi richard I turn my back For five miniutes and your of building another sub good on you I thought I would see whats happening while I'm waiting for a chinese take away and yes its 1.20 am but I'm sitting in florida watching a nice thunder storm the problem is ill be home friday errr and I promise pictures of u boat keep up the good work richard

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    Re: Skipjack.part 2

    Post  Tom(ADMIN) on Thu Sep 05, 2013 10:05 am

    Hello Geoff...Florida? Obviously got far too much money mate, I can't even afford to go to Eastbourne! Yep, cracking on mate, slowly but surely with this one...what used to take me five minutes to do now takes me an hour, but it's coming.

    And here's the ballast tank cut to size and in it's approximate position inside the cylinder...now to cut the end caps and a couple of baffles.



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    Re: Skipjack.part 2

    Post  Tom(ADMIN) on Fri Sep 06, 2013 5:29 pm

    Made a start today on fitting out the cylinder...so far installed are the rudder and dive plane servos, auto leveller, and  the receiver on the rear tray, and the ballast pump on the forward tray (although I may have to move that a little)






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    Re: Skipjack.part 2

    Post  Tom(ADMIN) on Sun Sep 08, 2013 12:13 pm

    This is the battery layout...a 12v 2200a/h Sub C cell pack in it's own wtc, tucked away in the forward flood area. Once again, Nigel is making the end caps for me for both the battery wtc ad the ballast tank...thanks Nigel.




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    Re: Skipjack.part 2

    Post  Tom(ADMIN) on Mon Sep 09, 2013 4:14 pm

    Made a start on fitting out the rear tray today...wires and cables and bad language in all directions!





    The ballast bag I ordered from RC-Sub Workshop in Hong Kong (via eBay) arrived earlier, so I thought I'd check it out...think I may have ordered the wrong size, don't you?


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    Re: Skipjack.part 2

    Post  Tom(ADMIN) on Tue Sep 10, 2013 5:44 pm

    Is it worthwhile installing an inline filter in the inlet pipe to my water pump, chaps?
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    Re: Skipjack.part 2

    Post  tattooed on Tue Sep 10, 2013 7:03 pm

    can't do any harm rich but it's only a small bore pipe and i'd think anything able to go through the pipe would go through the pump with no problem

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    Re: Skipjack.part 2

    Post  Tom(ADMIN) on Tue Sep 10, 2013 7:48 pm

    You've never seen what's in my bath, mate!

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    your bath

    Post  sloop on Tue Sep 10, 2013 10:22 pm

    [quote="Richard(Admin)"]You've never seen what's in my bath, mate! [/quote Can we have photos of the bath to make an evaluation.
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    Re: Skipjack.part 2

    Post  Tom(ADMIN) on Wed Sep 11, 2013 7:45 am

    Too late, JB...my carer cleaned the bathroom yesterday before I could oblige you with some pics...

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    Re: Skipjack.part 2

    Post  Tom(ADMIN) on Wed Sep 11, 2013 9:05 am

    Yesterday I installed the water ballast pump, it fits perfectly onto the rear end cap. At the moment it's secured with double sided tape, but later on I may drill the end cap and attach it with a couple of M4 brass bolts and nuts.





    Today's job, once the medication kicks in, is to plumb the pump and get the power leads on.

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