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PostSubject: Emma C Berry   Sun Sep 11, 2011 1:03 am

Built from a Stirling Models Kit (USA) around 1971/2 to help my dad work through a physical breakdown I lay-by'd it at the hobby shop I worked at at the time with Radio and everything needed to finish her $600 was a lot of money back then years later when I got married he gave her to me.







I did sink her once when a squall hit her broad side ooh the water was cold mid July (winter)Emma 100ft from bank 4ft deep top 2" of mast visible in wave troughs not leaving her behind was sick as for months after.
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PostSubject: Re: Emma C Berry   Sun Sep 11, 2011 5:53 pm

that is truly a beutifull vessel Damien no wonder you were sick when she went down. still at least you got her back
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PostSubject: Re: Emma C Berry   Sun Sep 11, 2011 11:09 pm

Phil retrieval was a must dry she weighs 8kg I'd hate to think what she weighed completely full of water I was a newby to sailing back then I didn't know to pin hatches or that scale cotton sails when wet have high surface tension when she was blown on her side the sails got wet and the hatch covers floated away the 2 x 6" sq hatches allowed quick water ingress and down she went & into the water I went.
Upon arriving home I changed clothes and to my wife's horror I commenced stripping the radio gear and home made winches and drying everything with a hair dryer I was successful she is still fitted with the original 6ch Futaba FPT-6 gear.
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PostSubject: Re: Emma C Berry   Mon Sep 12, 2011 7:14 pm

At a quick educated guess I'd say in excess of 16kg or she wouldn't have gone down given that to float she displaces 8kg or 8ltrs of water she has to take on that much to go under. can't imagine modern radio gear surviving that dunking (they don't bulid them like they used too)
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PostSubject: Re: Emma C Berry   Mon Sep 12, 2011 9:00 pm

Very nice model Damien
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PostSubject: Re: Emma C Berry   Sat Sep 17, 2011 12:08 pm

Thanks Alan She's a survivor I've rebuilt her 2 twice and once I accident when I bumped the stand she was on during re-painting and stove in 8" of her bilge the re-builds were a result of damage incurred in house shifts by road 3500km across OZ
She last had her bum in water about 15 years ago
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PostSubject: Re: Emma C Berry   Sun Sep 18, 2011 12:14 pm

Damien You and your Dad did a great job on the build and she seems to have had an

eventful life. Reckon it's time to get her bum wet again.



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PostSubject: Re: Emma C Berry   Sun Sep 18, 2011 1:09 pm

Thanks Geoff I'm thinking on it i'll need to make a new battery pack for the winches and motor she originally had 8 x D cell 4Ah pack that have long since died as Nicads do. I have enough 2800mA AA cells to do 2 sets of 8 in parallel I might even replace the original Futaba speed controller big bulky beast it is.
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PostSubject: Re: Emma C Berry   Sun Sep 18, 2011 8:20 pm

the phrase if it aint broke don't fix it springs to mind mate! although those old speed controllers did use a lot of battery power so a modern esc might be a good thing assuming the rx is a 3 wire affair and not the really archaic 4 wire things
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PostSubject: Re: Emma C Berry   Sun Sep 18, 2011 11:02 pm

Hadn't thought that far Phil, or remembered the System is 5 wire 29Mhz with S3 servos with switches on top for winch control with limit switches each end of the winches.
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PostSubject: Re: Emma C Berry   Mon Sep 19, 2011 8:13 pm

dim and distant memories for me that technology is as Yoda would say Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Emma C Berry   Tue Sep 20, 2011 12:18 am

LOL who says I'm a horder I still have a Futaba 2ch brick Ooooh dear really showing my age pale pale pale pale
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PostSubject: Re: Emma C Berry   Tue Sep 20, 2011 8:42 pm

hey its not so long ago (well 4 yrs) that I let an old home built single channel tx go to a horder (er I mean a collector) it had been built by one of my clever childhood freinds for my slope soarer. the rx disappeared over the horizon still in the aircraft many years ago I still think I forgot to rewind the escapement after a short flight hmm lesson learnt the hard way
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PostSubject: Re: Emma C Berry   Tue Mar 11, 2014 9:42 am

pugwash wrote:
Damien You and your Dad did a great job on the build and she seems to have had an

eventful life.  Reckon it's time to get her bum wet again.



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I have made this my next project after finishing and sailing the 2 x paddlers
Well I made a decision to replace all the brass tube booms and the s/hand antenna top mast that was put in to fit a car boot for taking to water 15+ yrs ago and replace with turned dowel, and test all the 38yo Futaba RC gear and oil the Archimedes screw winches I made and put together a travel box to fit my trailer  to make her ship shape I'll also remove the prop so it doesn't foul with weed really looking to wetting her bum again. I also have to work out how to launch this monstrous Lady.
Perhaps an extendable handle that attaches to my trailer would suffice.
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PostSubject: Re: Emma C Berry   Sun Apr 06, 2014 11:08 am

Ok opened her up to show 40+yo winches before commercial winches came available.
They are based on the Archimedes screw 3/4 copper pipe with a 3/16" slot cut length wise  with bearings each end and a traveler on 1/4" threaded rod to do the work.
I built 2 one each for mainsail and the 2 jibs they're 13 1/2" overall length.
just loading these pic's I've found some cringe worthy problems and servos appear hot melt glued in place lol









As you see from the pic's the wiring is complex I hope it still works as I lost the memory section of the brain in radiation for a grapefruit size brain tumor that had all my electronics skills, I didn't lose model building though just what I'd made a living off for many years all gone lol They call it acquired brain injury and is very common with radiation to the brain.
I had to call my son for help with the battery box.
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PostSubject: Re: Emma C Berry   Sun Apr 06, 2014 3:46 pm

hi Damien,

I cant believe I posted on  pd site, (very rare I go on it.) I thought I was on here, hope you can save this method of yours and show it running, I think it is was a great invention of yours  scratch keep up the good work on it.

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PostSubject: Re: Emma C Berry   Mon Apr 07, 2014 1:36 am

If it all still works I'll keep it for sure no hope of working out the wiring now without a schematic diagram of it all.
each winch has 2 limit switches, a servo with 2 micro switches for winch forward and reverse as the pic's show wires everywhere.

Officially the schooner belongs to my son as after my brain surgery in '94 I was not expected to live 2 of my brothers fought over who would get the model that their dad built they were 5 and 6yo at the time it was built and had no idea of the circumstances regarding it's builds I signed it over to my son to go to first son of each generation.
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