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PostSubject: Re: HA Kits Ocean Racer   HA Kits Ocean Racer - Page 2 EmptySat Apr 18, 2020 5:22 pm

Looking excellent, like the additional bull pit rails, good job 👍🏻

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PostSubject: Re: HA Kits Ocean Racer   HA Kits Ocean Racer - Page 2 EmptySun Apr 19, 2020 12:17 pm

So - fixing the hatch proved easy Rolling Eyes I had the idea last night, and tried it this morning.

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It doesn't need anything but to be stopped from 'popping out'. It can't slide forward or back, so this is all it needs. 2thumbsup

I have edged it with some thin strip wood to make it look as though it is meant to be there!

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Having got that sorted I finished installing the Rx and ESC. All tested - just waiting for ballast and a name!

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PostSubject: Re: HA Kits Ocean Racer   HA Kits Ocean Racer - Page 2 EmptyWed Apr 22, 2020 2:26 pm

I took advantage of the sun to ballast three of my boats, including this one. My order also came from CMB with the propellers I had ordered. Unfortunately the wheel  was missing from the order. My silver paint also arrived, and the model is now finished - except I haven't thought of a name Rolling Eyes

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Also today my next two projects arrived Shocked These are a Dumas Chriscraft Sedan - a static model. Looking at the quality of the wood, I think it may be a challenge. I also bought a fibre glass fishing boat hull with some plans. Again, the hull is not the best, but I think it will be OK.

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Build logs when I get started.

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PostSubject: Re: HA Kits Ocean Racer   HA Kits Ocean Racer - Page 2 EmptyWed Apr 22, 2020 7:44 pm

good looking boat, sun dose it justice, thanks for sharing and looking forward to your next projects!

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PostSubject: Re: HA Kits Ocean Racer   HA Kits Ocean Racer - Page 2 EmptyFri Jun 26, 2020 6:58 am

This had it maiden voyage yesterday. As I suspected it was underpowered. It sailed well enough but was lacking in speed and the bow seemed too heavy, although there is no added weight there. I think the solution, if I want to go ahead, would be either a 400 type motor, or brushless. Given the performance of Vigilant with a 400, I think that could be overkill.

Not sure I will bother to change this one. I have plenty more boats to sail and am thinking of building a more accurate Fairey Huntsman/Swordsman as my next project. 

NOTE to Self ---  Must get rid of some models Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: HA Kits Ocean Racer   HA Kits Ocean Racer - Page 2 EmptySat Jul 11, 2020 11:50 am

I decided to give brushless a try. Its by way of being a test run for when I build my Fairey Huntsman.
I bought a 1000kV motor and 30 amp marine ESC from Banggood. £15 with postage and it arrived from China in 10 days. The ESC and motor are not water cooled - I didn't want that complication.

I had some difficulty getting it all in, and haven't managed to fit a switch. This is not really too much of a problem as I always remove the battery after a run. It is fused - currently at 20 amps, which could be used as a switch.

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I think I could tidy up the wiring a bit by using some thinner wire. I will see how it goes and if I decide to keep the boat, or use the motor/esc in my Fairey.

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PostSubject: Re: HA Kits Ocean Racer   HA Kits Ocean Racer - Page 2 EmptyWed Aug 05, 2020 6:43 am

As one of my LiPos is looking a bit sick I have bought a new one. There didn't seem to be any stock of the one I wanted in the UK so I bought from Banggood again. It came from Europe in less than a week.

I had a run with this yesterday. Much quicker, but not as fast as I expected - still fast enough for me. It still seems bow heavy and doesn't look like the pictures I've seen of the real Fairey boats at speed.
I also found it takes on water. There are no coamings in the design, and I can't at the moment see how to stop the water getting in. Most of it is coming in from under the front of the cabin.

Using the fuse as a switch works well so I will not be altering that although I will have another go at the wiring.

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