My son, known in the family as the Sorcerer's Apprentice, has been busy again. He has learning difficulties but fantastic spacial visualisation capability. Give him a couple of pictures and a GA drawing and he produces very passable models.
His latest product has been a 1/12th Shannon class lifeboat using two of the small NDQ speed boat jet units uprated with Speed 480 motors. This goes well but he still needs to sort out better reversing buckets!!
He has also thought about the Supercat launch system and after spending a whole £2 at the car boot sales yesterday on a couple of old battered tanks has decided that it is possible to make the system work.
The large track base unit had no internals but was the correct length for the trailer section. The smaller unit was an r/c unit but the radio was crap so it was removed and the motors at the moment controlled by long wires and a battery in his hand. The two units are coupled with a wooden rod at the moment.
He balanced his Shannon on top of the units to see if the motorised section was capable of moving the whole rig.
First tests had a lot of 'track spin' but after adding a spare battery as ballast onto the power unit this very short clip shows the result.
He will now go ahead producing the Supercat in a better looking format.
Posts : 573 Join date : 2014-01-23 Location : Lincolnshire UK
Subject: Re: Sorcerer's Apprentice strikes again!! Tue May 10, 2016 7:55 am
Interesting it's good to see the younger generation doing practical stuff and not just sat in front of a computer.
Will you show us more as he progresses in the build please.
I have a son with problems, he is dyslexic among other issues but very intelligent, perhaps I should give him a boat kit for his birthday and see what he makes of it, he certainly needs a new interest.
nivapilot Deck Hand
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Subject: Re: Sorcerer's Apprentice strikes again!! Tue May 10, 2016 8:55 am
Smashing...I also have a daughter, although with severe global learning difficulties.... Fair play to your son, looks good.
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